Ross: Racism is never justifiable

first_imgThe reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year refused to talk to the media after the Beermen’s 109-98 victory over the Road Warriors but posted the message on his Instagram stories.Screenshot from Chris Ross’ Instagram account.According to San Miguel coach Leo Austria, Ross was reportedly on the receiving end of a racial slur from NLEX coach Yeng Guiao when the two but heads late in the game. He blew a gasket and was ejected with 1:46 left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGuiao, though, denied that he used the derogatory word n****r on Ross, but admitted to flashing the dirty finger.READ: Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Teammate Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, meanwhile, leapt to Ross’ defense and related his own experiences regarding race and equality.On Twitter, the Filipino-American forward said that the alleged racist remark from Guiao was nothing new to him.“As a black man who grew up in America, my self and my ancestors strived for our values and worth to be seen through our work ethic. To be criticized for our skin color is demeaning, demoralizing, and should not be tolerated,” he said.“Fil-Am, Fil-foreigner, or local, we are one. For the thousands of Filipinos I’ve met and played with, these remarks don’t define us as people. From a father who only wants the best for his mixed children’s futures, there should be no tolerance on hate and bigotry.”ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net“Racism is never justifiable.”That was the message of  Chris Ross hours after the heated duel between San Miguel and NLEX on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lowry big in 4th, scores 24 as Raptors beat Spurs OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right tracklast_img read more

Nick Foles a Super Bowl MVP and unlikely folk hero in Philly

first_imgBut the ambling Brady, although wide open, couldn’t quite haul in receiver Danny Amendola’s high pass for what would have been a nifty over-the-shoulder reception which might have gone all 35 yards for the score.That brought to mind Gisele Bundchen’s famous dig after one of Brady’s two losses to Eli Manning and the Giants in the Super Bowl when his supermodel wife responded to hecklers by complaining about the Patriots’ many dropped passes that day.“You’ve to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” she fumed. “My husband cannot … throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”Nor could he haul in Amendola’s throw early in the second quarter with New England trailing 9-3.Foles’ only interception was a fluke, but it did help Brady and the Patriots staunch an early stumble to stay in it until the very end when Brady’s desperation pass into the end zone on the final play failed to find its big target, Rob Gronkowski.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Foles, Eagles outshoot Patriots for 1st Super Bowl Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — Cast aside once in Philadelphia, Nick Foles delivered the city its first Super Bowl title, and he outdueled the great Tom Brady to do it.Foles, who took over when Carson Wentz injured his right knee in mid-December, matched the five-time champion and three-time MVP big play for big play Sunday in leading the Eagles past the New England Patriots 41-33.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson He threw the go-ahead touchdown to tight end Zach Ertz from 11 yards on third-and-7 with 2:21 remaining, capping a seven-minute, 14-play drive that covered 75 yards, kept Brady cooling his cleats on the sideline and allowed the Eagles’ exhausted defenders to catch their collective breath in a game that featured 1,151 total yards, the most in any NFL game in the Super Bowl era.Brady threw for more yards — a playoff career-high 505 to Foles’ 373 — but Foles matched Brady’s three touchdown tosses and even caught another.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe hauled in tight end Trey Burton’s toss from the 1 that gave Philadelphia a 22-12 halftime edge and made him the first player in Super Bowl history to be on both ends of a touchdown pass in the same game.Brady nearly beat him to it. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Foles was 28 of 43 and wasn’t sacked at all. Brady was 28 of 48, and while he didn’t throw any interceptions, his only sack was a doozy.Brady, who threw TD passes on all three of New England’s second-half drives, dropped back on second-and-2 at his 33 when Brandon Graham swept in and jarred the ball loose. Derek Barnett smothered it at the 31 with just over two minutes remaining.Jake Elliott’s 46-yard field goal, the longest in a Super Bowl by a rookie, made it an eight-point cushion and gave Brady just a minute to work his magic.He started at his 9 with 58 seconds remaining and drove the Patriots to midfield before Foles and the Eagles could exhale.A third-round pick by former Eagles coach Andy Reid in 2012, Foles had tremendous success as a starter under Chip Kelly his sophomore season. He threw 29 TDs and only two picks in 11 starts, including playoffs in 2013. Foles posted a passer rating of 119.2, third-highest in league history. He tied an NFL record with seven TD passes in a game at Oakland in November 2013 and won an offensive MVP award at a Pro Bowl.But Foles was traded to St. Louis for Sam Bradford in March 2015. He lost his starting job to Case Keenum and asked for his release after Jared Goff was drafted No. 1 overall. Foles considered hanging up his cleats before Reid persuaded him to go to Kansas City to be Alex Smith’s backup.After one season with the Chiefs, Foles returned to Philly for $12 million over two years to provide insurance behind Wentz.Now he’s a folk hero for a franchise that had gone 0-for-2 in Super Bowls and for a legion of fans who were rooting for anybody other than Brady and the Patriots, who were seeking their third title in four years. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View commentslast_img read more

Summer’s biggest party ends with Warriors-TKR tussle for Hero CPL 2018 title

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018Two experienced and skilful old rivals will engage in competition today for one last time this season when the Guyana Amazon Warriors, chasing their elusive dream, confront defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders in a season-ending battle for the coveted Hero CPL 2018 Championship title and accompanying bragging rights.The action, expected to be scintillating, bowls off at 17:00h at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.Defending champs TKR, showing remarkable grit and determination, clawed their way back into the finals after the Warriors had handed them back-to-back losses at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. They defied the odds to beat the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on Friday night at the Brian Lara Academy and set up a match that could possibly see them retaining their title at home.But the Trinbago Knight Riders could just as well find themselves surrendering the title to the Guyana Amazon Warriors, who seemingly have their number heading into this encounter.With a few days off to rest and assess the conditions in Trinidad, the Warriors — now in the finals for the 4th time — are more dangerous than ever. Their ruthless disposing of the champs during the knockout stages has exhibited a settled resolve to emerge victorious, and they will rely on their young crop of power-hitters to inflict more damage on the competition.Much will revolve around leading run-scorer Shimron Hetmyer, who has been in blazing form with a hundred and a few fifties under his belt. Currently playing his first full Hero CPL season for the Warriors, the left-hander is the X-factor in this game, especially with his role in the two losses.Sherfane Rutherford has stepped up in a major way, and has become the Warriors’ go-to pinch-hitter in a crisis. His six sixes against TKR will still be fresh in their memories come Sunday.Apart from the two Guyanese, the seniors in Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton, Jason Mohammed and Sohail Tanvir will have to maintain their batting form. Tanvir, with his six off Bravo in the previous encounter, has blasted Guyana into the finals.Colin Munro, the Trinbago left-hander, is the leading run-getter with a whopping 499 runs; while Hetmyer follows not too far behind with 425 runs, making either batsman capable of ending the tournament as leading overall run-scorer.The Warriors will be backing their world-class battery of bowlers, mostly their spinners, who have played key roles throughout the tournament. Captain Chris Green, leg-spinner Imran Tahir, and possibly any of the options, including Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul, could slot it nicely in the attack, if needed.TKR have confirmed that Sunil Narine could be out of the finals, while the Warriors might have to play without Keemo Paul.The change in venue to their home turf would have the Champs booming with confidence despite losing to the Warriors in Guyana. The Patriots discovered on Friday that the TKR were too much to handle in their backyard.Aussie leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed is the leading wicket-taker with 21 scalps; while Tahir, with 16, will certainly prove a challenge at Tarouba. Most of the TKR batsmen have been clicking in match-winning ways, but their last game on Friday saw meagre knocks of 20 apiece from a few of their batters playing big roles.TKR will back Ahmed for luck, while pacer Ali Khan, spinner Kharry Pierre and Skipper Dwayne Bravo himself will be crucial with the ball. The sides are evenly balanced on paper, and both units will have much to prove, as they have faced off before in the past for high stakes. These considerations have set a scene for possibly one of the most intriguing finals in Hero CPL history to be played today. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

TWO GREAT DRAMAS AT AN GRIANAN WITHIN 5 DAYS!

first_imgAn Grianan Theatre has two great Dramas on its stage within five days starting this Friday.In fact it’s three great Dramas as the first is a double bill of short Brian Friel plays : Winners and Afterplay.Then on Monday and Tuesday 21st&  22nd it’s the wonderful Conor McPherson play The Seafarer. This Friday and Saturday An Grianan has two of Friel’s most acclaimed one act plays.The first of the two is Winners – directed by John McGinley, and featuring Sarah McGoohan and Odhran O’Donnell.In Winners, a teenage couple study for their final examines on a sunny day outside. Their future seems to be all set: Mag is pregnant, they are engaged to be married, the lease for their flat is signed. The day, however, ends quite differently than expected. Fragile and poetic in style, it is a firm favourite of drama lovers the world over.The second play on the evening is Afterplay – directed by Sean McCormack, featuring Jean Curran and Donal Kavanagh, and the voices of Kieran Kelly and Afterplay is Friel’s homage to the Russian playwright Chekhov. Twenty years after their previous fictional lives ended, two characters from different Chekhov plays meet by chance. In a run-down café, Andrey Prozorov, the brother of Chekhov’s Three Sisters (and husband of the ghastly Natasha), wanders in to find Sonia Serebryakova, niece of Uncle Vanya. Friel fleshes out the experiences they might have had and the relationship they might pursue.The Seafarer, stars acclaimed Donegal actor Frankie McCafferty. One of the most popular plays ever seen at An Grianán returns in a new production by the award winning Nomad Theatre Network and Decadent Theatre.It’s Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who’s recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. With the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher.In the midst of this eerie, darkly humorous tale, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson celebrates the tender story of a family and examines how we face the demons of our past as we struggle to find redemption.So, pull up a chair alongside Sharky, Nicky, Ivan and co and enjoy a great story, well told. “The Seafarer” has wowed audiences’ internationally winning Olivier and Tony awards and was voted one of the top plays of the last decade in the Sunday Times Critics Choice. Directed by Andrew Flynn, and featuring a stellar cast which includes Garrett Keogh, Frankie McCafferty, Joe Savino, Robert O’Mahoney and Paul Roe.To book or for more information on any of the shows at An GriananTheatre call 074 91 20777 or go online here at www.angrianan.comTWO GREAT DRAMAS AT AN GRIANAN WITHIN 5 DAYS! was last modified: November 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TWO GREAT DRAMAS AT AN GRIANAN WITHIN 5 DAYS!last_img read more

Am sure Sultan will be a good film: Aamir

first_imgMumbai, Feb 16 (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan has a lot of expectations from his actor-friend Salman Khans upcoming film “Sultan” and is confident that it will turn out to be good.”Salmans films are always very good. I have a lot of expectations from Sultan. I am sure it will be a good film. Like everyone I also wait eagerly for his film,” Aamir told reporters here at the screening of “Neerja”.The Dabangg Khan plays a wrestler from Haryana in “Sultan”. Aamir also plays the role of a wrestler in his much talked-about film “Dangal”.”Sultan” is scheduled to release on Eid and “Dangal” is expected to hit the cinema houses in December.In “Dangal”, a biographical sports-drama directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Aamir plays Mahavir Singh Phogat who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat. Aamir underwent a drastic change in his looks for the film.”It will be Ghajini look again. For this film, I had to lose and gain weight. I had to gain 25 kg weight in six months and in the beginning my character is young…national level champion wrestler. I have to shoot for the young part,” the 50-year-old actor said.”Like how Sushil Kumar has muscular look…like Ghajini…I have to get that look. I am working on that, it will take six months,” he said. PTI KKP GK BK BASlast_img read more

Europe’s best backline: How Pep helped change art of defending

first_imgMaybe it was the wording of the question that provoked Pep Guardiola into giving a detailed explanation of the differences between conventional defending and how his Manchester City side do things.In a recent press conference it was put to him that he is “not just the best attacking coach, but the best defensive coach, too”.He sensed an opportunity to set a few things straight: “Normally you have the mental approach that you defend well when you defend so deep,” he explained. “The only difference is we defend so high, we defend with a lot of space in behind and that is a little bit difficult to understand when you think about defending well or not.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Guardiola quoteThis is what Guardiola was getting at in Monaco 18 months ago. Back then he confused fans, media and many of his own squad by insisting City would not be sitting on their two-goal aggregate advantage, they would be trying to increase it.It appeared counterintuitive to those of us who have become accustomed to a certain idea of what ‘defending’ actually is. Particularly in England, where many of our teams’ most iconic nights have been gritty, battling displays against Europe’s greatest clubs.Dig deep, shackle the playmakers, throw yourself in front of every shot. That’s how it’s supposed to be done.So when City went against all that in Monaco and lost, Guardiola’s approach, his game management, was branded at best “very questionable” and at worst “reckless”.One review of City’s Champions League elimination referred to a “stubborn refusal to abandon his idealist approach.”Had he abandoned that approach City may well have reached the quarter-finals that season, but would they have become what they are now?And what they are now is the best team in England. As the press conference question suggested, it is not just their attacking exploits that are enviable.City have conceded just five league goals this season, the same as Liverpool. No team in Europe’s top five leagues has conceded fewer.Paris Saint-Germain, 13 points clear in Ligue 1, have conceded seven. Juventus, the dominant force in Italy, have conceded eight, so too have the miserly Atletico Madrid. In fact, the last goal City conceded from open play was on September 1.Yet they are by no means what we would consider a “defensive” team. The idea of dropping deep and letting the opposition have the ball is anathema to Guardiola; his teams do their ‘defending’ at the other end of the pitch.“We always believe and try to convince our players here that as long as the ball is far away from our goal we are safe,” Guardiola continues. “It’s much, much better.“The moment the ball is close to our box everything can happen. Everything. You concede corners, free-kicks, you concede fouls, the talented players can put the ball in the corner.”Guardiola quoteIt sounds obvious when he says it, doesn’t it? Not that Guardiola invented all this, of course. The idea of defending from the front has been around since long before he became a coach.Yet there is still an out-dated idea of what ‘good defending’ actually constitutes, just as there is a notion that football is somehow like the NFL, that offence and defence are separate entities.And seeing as Guardiola is in the vanguard of modern coaching, and his team are top of the table, is anybody better placed to spell out a few subtle details?“You cannot talk about them as different things, just attack or just defend,” Guardiola continued. “Maybe you will realise if you see the statistics from the last 20 years, the team that scores the most is the team that conceded less. It’s a balance.”City have found that balance through hours of work on the training ground, and after the win against Brighton at the end of September Guardiola made the kind of bold statement he usually avoids.“Our positional game is so good, everybody is in the right position, everybody knows where his mate is,” he said.He started off talking about Sergio Aguero but quickly moved on to defending and positional play. Everything is connected. “The important thing of course is clean sheets,” he said as part of his explanation before the game against Southampton, with his team on a run of six consecutive league clean sheets, “we have many in the last period, but what’s more important than that is how few chances we concede during the game, and that shows our stability.”Yet after the Southampton game, one that City won 6-1, Guardiola returned to the topic of stability. Typically, he was demanding improvement.”The team shows me today that in some actions we are still not stable enough,” he said afterwards.Guardiola quoteThe Saints’ goal came from the penalty spot, but they managed six shots on target – in City’s previous five league games combined they had seen just eight in total.The Blues sharpened up for their next game and only allowed Manchester United one shot on target, but they did give away a penalty in the exact same circumstances – a ball played in from the left wing behind John Stones that the striker reached just before Ederson.That is a glitch in the matrix that Guardiola will want to put right, but it is the measure of just how well City are defending playing that we are splitting hairs over shots on target and penalties.This is defending, but not as we know it. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Oval Test: Joe Root roars back to form with 14th Test hundred

first_imgJoe Root smashed his first century of the series and 14th overall as England surged ahead on day four of the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval on Monday.Root, who has had a very mediocre series according to his standards, showed immense class to sign off from the series with a century to his name.The England captain pushed himself to No.4 in the last innings of the Southampton Test and persisted with the position in the last Test match as well and the move has worked wonders for him. Moeen Ali, who replaced Root at No.3 has seen off the new ball and taken the shine off it on all three occasions and Root has benefited immensely from that.Root’s innings was not flawless however. He was dropped twice by Ajinkya Rahane on 46 and later in his 90s by Cheteshwar Pujara, when he edged one off Mohammed Shami on 94 but he shook the nervousness aside and took a single off Ravindra Jadeja in the 80th over to reach the landmark.Also read – Alastair Cook becomes 5th player to score a century in first and last TestA special day as @root66 scores his first century since last summer!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/6erwzLEIKR#EngvInd #ThankYouChef pic.twitter.com/e9qL2FpsEiEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2018Root’s innings might come at a time where the series is not on line but his return to form will be a welcome sign for the Englishmen, who are all set to lose one of their key players in Alastair Cook after this Test.advertisementRoot and Cook have been the backbone of the English batting for the last few years and it was this pair again, which haunted the Indian bowlers on a pitch that had little turn but nothing major to trouble the likes of Cook and Root.The pair got together when Ali fell for 20 with the score on 65 and forged a partnership over 200 to take England’s lead past 300 as the Indian bowlers struggled to get a breakthrough.Also read – Alastair Cook touched by India’s gesture in farewell Test Joe Root and Alastair Cook shared a stand of over 200 runs for the third wicket (AP Photo)While Cook had the best moments of the day after reaching his 33rd Test ton and his last ever in international cricket, Root did the majority of the scoring. Not out on 29 at the end of Day 3, Root took the onus on himself to score runs quickly from the beginning of the day.Resuming the fourth day at 114/2, both the English batsmen looked in solid control. Cook, who was not out on 46 at stumps on day three reached his fifty early on the penultimate day of the Test match while Root reached the landmark in the 57th over with a boundary of Shami.After that, Root accelerated and got quick runs and went into lunch unbeaten on 92. He resumed the second session of the day nervously and was dropped by Pujara as well but Root hung in there and reached his 14th Test ton and celebrated wildly in joy as his family watched on.This was only the second three-figure score for Root in the second innings after 180 against Australia at Lord’s in 2013.last_img read more

Sudirman Cup: Kento Momota stunned as China cruise to 11th title

first_imgChina reclaimed the Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament title on Sunday in Nanning after thrashing Japan 3-0. Shi Yuqi and Chen Yufei shone as the powerhouses of world badminton extended their dominance in the mixed team tournament by clinching their 11th title.China had not lost the biennial Sudirman Cup title since 2005 but they were stopped in the final by South Korea in 2017. However, China were unstoppable in the ongoing year as they cruised to the top step of the podium, showcasing their depth ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Shi Yuqi, world number two in men’s singles badminton, came up with a fantastic come-from-behind win in a crunch men’s singles rubber in the final on Sunday as he beat world number one Kento Momota in three games.Shi Yuqi completes stunning comeback over World No.1 Kento Momota to clinch China three-game sweep of Japan in TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup Finals#TOTALBWFSC2019 #Nanning2019 pic.twitter.com/NwtJ5lxNefBWF (@bwfmedia) May 26, 2019China had a 2-0 lead and they needed Shi Yuqi to close out the first men’s singles match of the final. However, Kento Momota, who had beaten Shi in four of their last five meetings, took the first game 21-15.Shi then staged a memorable comeback beating Momota 15-21, 21-5, 21-11 in an hour and 9 minutes to hand China the title. Japan’s search for the elusive Sudirman Cup title thus extended.Notably, Shi also snapped Kento Momota’s unbeaten run of 29 matches in team events with the superlative show on Sunday.advertisementEarlier in the day, world number three Chen Yufei of China scripted a similar come-back-from-behind, lower-ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the women’s singles rubber 17-21, 21-16, 21-17.China began the final on a high when their mixed doubles pairing of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen thrashed Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-18, 21-10 in just 54 minutes.China reached the knockout stages of the tournament after blanking India and Malaysia in the group stages. They had beaten Denmark 3-1 in the quarter-finals before two dominant performances against Thailand and Japan in the semi-final and the final, respectively.Also Read | Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as vice president of Badminton Asia CouncilAlso See:last_img read more

Football star Sunil Chhetri to make his digital debut with Bombers

first_imgFootball star Sunil Chhetri is excited about making a cameo in a web series Bombers, a high-octane football drama.Talking about why he agreed to be part of the show, the Captain Fantastic told IANS, “It’s a story about characters who lose their focus in life and how football brings them together. This is a story of redemption, where sport gives them a chance to find their way in life.””It is a motivational story. For me, of course, it’s football that brings me here to be part of this endeavour. I just hope that a lot of people watch this and get motivated in life,” he said.Bombers features Ranvir Shorey, Varun Mitra, Aahana Kumra, Sapna Pabbi, Prince Narula, Zakir Hussain, Annup Sonii and Meiyang Chang, among others.The 10-episode show will start streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5 on June 22.The show intends to support a special programme Education With a Kick of the Oscar Foundation. The programme encourages underprivileged children to learn life skills to complete primary education.As the footballer met the children from the organisation, he said: “I enjoyed meeting such enthusiastic talents. In fact, we had a game with those kids and it was so much fun.”Watch the trailer below.Also read | Jwala Gutta to be a part of Bigg Boss Telugu 3Also read | Karisma Kapoor wraps up shooting for her digital debut Mentalhoodlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Jubilant fans rejoice Pakistan’s dominating win over South Africa

first_imgPakistan returned to winning ways in World Cup 2019 after securing a morale-boosting 49-run win over South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.Haris Sohail’s 59-ball 89 played a major role in the win as Pakistan posted a formidable 308 at a loss of 7 wickets after they opted to bat first at Lord’s.Pakistan then restricted South Africa at 259/9 to win the match by 49 runs, thanks to leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz who picked up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Amir contributed with 2 wickets.This win kept Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup hopes alives as they next face New Zealand in another must-win match on June 26.South Africa, with three points from their opening seven matches, were knocked out after being condemned to 5th defeat in World Cup 2019.Pakistan will face New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their remaining matches while the Proteas have Sri Lanka and Australia remaining in their roster before they return home after a disappointing campaign.Pakistan lie 7th on the ICC World Cup points table with 5 points from 6 games.An idolatrous swarm of green-jerseyed fans had just burst into a paroxysm of happiness after Pakistan’s dominating performance against South Africa.After the defeat against arch-rivals India, Pakistani fans were crestfallen and had very little to cheer about. Yesterday, Pakistan cricket team gave them their share of happiness and jubilation.Pakistani Twitterati also took to the micro-blogging website to share their emotions regarding the win which lead to a meme fest. Some were even seen apologizing to the captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, as the latter was the prime target on social media after the loss against India.advertisementPakistan making fans happy on and off the pitch #WeHaveWeWill | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/jqb1gASXBTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019What a comeback for Pakistan after their defeat to India #CWC19 | #WeHaveWeWill | #PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/LnpNwakvksCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019Congratulations team Pakistan !!Today team played with unity #PAKvSA #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/fiUhtlH88UTalha Tahir (@talhatahir96) June 23, 2019This picture was some nice gesture by Pakistanis sarfaraz deserved tht apology for whatever he has gone through #PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/PdjDUoNjXS(@priya_gaddam) June 23, 2019The Champion Amir is back where he belongs, ON TOPALHAMDULILLAH #PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/CK34p2RDKySaad (@iSaadAwais22) June 23, 2019High in the Air #PakvSA pic.twitter.com/h6kREdw6wXIhtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) June 23, 2019Also Read | Hopefully we can just shut some people up for a while: Mickey Arthur after Pakistan’s win over South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Haris Sohail batted like Jos Buttler in last 15 overs, says Sarfaraz AhmedAlso See:last_img read more