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Fonacier wants no letup from NLEX

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Larry Fonacier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLarry Fonacier turned back the clock and looked like the gunslinger of old as he shot NLEX out of danger en route to a 103-100 stunner over San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday.With the Road Warriors engaged in a tight battle in the last two minutes, the 35-year-old first struck at the 1:46 mark for the go-ahead triple to push the Road Warriors up, 98-95.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, Fonacier said that the big shots he had wouldn’t be possible if not for Guiao, the same coach who bestowed much belief on him back when he was still an upstart in the league coming out of Ateneo.“He started it all. I give credit to him. He helped me to have strong will in this league. He’s trained me to be ready for those moments and I thank him for the tough love while we’re still at Red Bull,” he said. It also helps that he’s playing alongside players who are no stranger to Guiao’s system like Quiñahan and Cyrus Baguio, as they all give NLEX the much-needed veteran presence.Fonacier thinks the Road Warriors’ win over the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen is a sign that they can compete against any team in the league.“It means that we’re on the right track of being able to compete at a high level this conference. We’re almost on our goal of making it to the semis. We’re an inch closer to that and we don’t want to relax. We don’t want any meltdown like in our previous game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT He doubled down a minute after, puncturing the dagger three from the top of the arc off a JR Quiñahan pass with 23.9 seconds left to give his side a comfortable 101-97 edge that took the air out of the Beermen.“Larry was vintage from eight years ago,” said ROS coach Yeng Guiao, who acquired the veteran marksman via trade late in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lassiter after SMB loss to NLEX: ‘We’re still finding our way’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Malaysia dismiss judging concerns as SEA Games close

first_imgBut Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, director-general of Malaysia’s National Sports Council, said none of the 10 visiting teams had registered an official complaint.“We have a technical delegate appointed by the international (SEA Games) federation,” he told reporters.“We have procedures on whatever protests or dissatisfaction (there is) from the teams and until now if I’m not mistaken we haven’t received any official complaints.”He added: “The bottom line is, there are rules, there are procedures. There is a technical delegate appointed by the international sports federation, and we have to trust those people to deliver the competition properly.”Malaysia have never won an Olympic gold medal, although they had four silvers and a bronze at last year’s Rio Games. They won five golds at the 2014 Asian Games and six at the last Commonwealth Games.‘Worst tournament’ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Later on Wednesday, the tournament was declared closed in a colorful ceremony at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, where the Games flag was passed to 2019 hosts the Philippines.“Kuala Lumpur 2017 has been truly magnificent, memorable and majestic,” said SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMalaysia, who won 62 gold medals at the last SEA Games in 2015, topped the table for the first time since 2001 — when they also hosted the mini-Olympics. Thailand had 72 golds and Vietnam 58.Thai and Indonesian officials have hit out at the judging standards, and there have been a welter of complaints and videos online, many under the #ShameOnYouMalaysia hashtag. Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Malaysia dismissed concerns over judging at the Southeast Asian Games as the hosts finished the competition with a record 145 gold medals on Wednesday, more than twice the number of second-placed Thailand.The home team won five of the seven titles on the final day, a typically dominant performance as they ended the Games with more than one-third of the 406 gold medals handed out.ADVERTISEMENT CEU, La Salle-Zobel dribblers try to extend WNCAA reign SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Newspapers trumpeted Malaysia’s victory, and were thick with full-page ads taken out by companies to congratulate the team. Malaysia also celebrates its 60th independence anniversary on Thursday.Foreign media were less effusive. The Bangkok Post commented: “For many Thai officials, athletes, journalists and fans, KL 2017 is the worst tournament in SEA Games history in terms of both officiating and organising.”On Wednesday, Malaysia won three gold medals in speed skating, which was making its Games debut, and two in diving. Thailand took one in speed skating and one in weightlifting.The SEA Games, which now look forward to their 30th edition in 2019, allow the host nation to adjust the programme to suit their strengths, meaning they often finish top of the table.Winning one-third of the gold medals is not unusual for the home country. When Indonesia held the 1997 Games, they won 194 out of 448 gold medals, or 43 percent.Malaysia’s chef de mission Marina Chin admitted their original target of 211, the national record set in 2001, was probably conservative.“When we made the target together with the national associations, I would admit that we were a bit conservative because we didn’t know about the achievements of the other countries,” she said.last_img read more

Bolick likens cohesive San Beda to Spurs

first_img“After that game, we adjusted in our practice, went back to basics and re-learned our schemes,” he said. “When our shooters make their shots, we can drive to the rack. But we really played good defense, limiting (EAC) to just 51 points. That’s really how we are: we play as a team.”As much as coach Boyet Fernandez agrees with Bolick with his assessment, all the mentor is hoping for is San Beda to play consistent in its next games against Letran and Lyceum.READ: San Beda racks up 14th straight win, eliminates EAC “This is the first time probably that we led 37 points at the end of the game. This will be a good start, but again, I will just preach consistency. We just have to be consistent in our execution as well as our defense. We cannot win against LPU if we will not execute and we will not play defense. Our barometer is our game against Letran and we’re looking forward to LPU.”Bolick is optimistic that the Red Lions can finish the eliminations on a strong note.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThings may have been shaky for San Beda for the better part of NCAA Season 93, but when it’s playing to its potential, it’s a sight to behold.So much so that even Robert Bolick likened the Red Lions to another well-oiled team elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Get to know San Beda’s Robert Bolick in 7 questions MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I also hope we can continue this because this is the last stretch of the season and I hope we can still improve what we need to improve on and we become consistent,” he said. “We’re like the Spurs,” he  said of his team’s exemplary flow on offense. “We really played good today.”Bolick could only gush about San Beda’s 26 assists in its 88-51 victory, their 14th straight, over Emilio Aguinaldo on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: WATCH: Get to know San Beda’s Robert Bolick in 7 questionsBut before that breathtaking performance, the Red Lions had to survive an atrocious showing against Perpetual three days back, which they used as a motivation heading into the homestretch of the eliminations. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Warriors’ Draymond Green sued over alleged assault by couple

first_imgDraymond Green sings during the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship rally Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland is celebrating its second championship in the past three years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was sued Tuesday by a couple who claim he and his entourage assaulted them last year in Michigan.Jermaine Edmondson and Bianca Williams filed the lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages in California’s Alameda County.ADVERTISEMENT The lawsuit claims Green bumped into them at a night club in East Lansing last summer and that the forward bullied Edmondson, who was then a football player at Michigan State University, about how he pays for scholarships for people like him. It claims men in his entourage then physically assaulted him, pushing him against a wall and choking him. When his girlfriend tried to intervene, one of the men pushed her into a wall, the lawsuit says.The next night they ran into Green at a restaurant and when the couple approached him to make peace, he slapped Edmondson in the face, the lawsuit claims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGreen did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.The couple’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said at a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday that they decided to file a lawsuit because Green has refused to accept responsibility for the July 2016 incidents. LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Rose ceremony: Cavs finalize 1-year deal with Derrick Rose Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “The filing of this lawsuit was a last resort,” Bloom said.Green, a former Michigan State Spartan, last year paid $560 for a noise violation in a deal that got rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge filed in the case.Green has been an essential member of the Warriors team that has won two championships in the past three years, and last month was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

I’m a relived man now says Kallis

first_imgSouth African all-rounder Jacques Kallis said he is now a relieved man after scoring his maiden Test double ton, and that too against India, in the first cricket Test here on Saturday.”Yes, the monkey is off the back and I no longer have to answer the question why I have not got a double hundred in Test cricket. Really it’s big relief for me,” an ecstatic Kallis said at the post-match press conference after scoring an unbeaten 201.”Yesterday, I got a call from Yohan Rupert (billionaire cricket lover friend) and he said that if I get double hundred then he will offer life membership of his exquisite golf course to me,” he said with a big smile.”I would have been happy getting this ton against any attack. But honestly speaking getting this knock against India which is the number one Test side in the world is special.This series is so vital for us and getting good score in the very first test match gives me immense pleasure,” Kallis added.After achieving the coveted feat Kallis looked up in the and he said the gesture was a tribute to his late parents.”My mom and dad must have been watching from the heavens.They would have loved getting me there. I am sure they must be feeling happy,” he said with slightly moist eyes.Kallis also praised AB de Villiers who scored a quick-fire 129 today.”He played so well. He took all the pressure off me. The main thing about his batting in recent past is consistency. He is getting big scores for us. It was our planned effort to score at quick pace and AB (de Villiers) played such an attacking innings,” the broad-shouldered right-hander said.advertisementTalking about India’s batting in the second innings, Kallis said, “They have quality players in their line-up. But I would like to insist that there is something for bowlers in this wicket.”If you keep bowling in right areas the ball is bound to do something. I believe that we have that firepower to take 10 wickets in the second innings as well.”We are well aware that there is slight chance of rain on the fourth day of the match but we cannot control weather. I would say that there is going to be some hard work for us on tomorrow. They are going to try their level best to hang in.We have to keep bowling in right areas to produce expected result,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Eden Gardens lags in WC preparations

first_imgIs Kolkata going the Delhi way as far as preparations for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup is concerned? After the national capital getting attention of the international media for its lack of preparedness to host the Commonwealth Games last year, now the city’s iconic Eden Gardens stadium lags behind.Eden Gardens, one of the biggest stadiums of the world, has missed its December 31 deadline to prepare for the cricket’s biggest extravaganza, beginning on February 19. It raises a question on the fate of four World Cup matches to be played in the city.The renovation of the stadium, which started in January 2010, is at least a month behind schedule. Bucket sets are yet to be installed and the roof over the stands is not ready. Even the entire facade of the stadium is being reworked.Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) secretary Biswaroop Dey admitted the delay in completion of work. “Eden Gardens is one of the traditional grounds in the world. It is not so easy to build Eden Gardens in new look. Our target date was December 31, but I think one more month is required to complete the renovation work,” he said.Thankfully, the stadium’s pitch is ready and the outfield looks like a green carpet. To test the playing conditions a few Ranji matches were played recently which evinced positive feedbacks. Even the floodlights, which have failed quite a few times in the recent past, have been equipped with generator back up.”Our pitch is ready, ground is absolutely ready. Already two Ranji matches were played here… huge runs were scored. I think, with ground and pitch everything is alright,” Dey said.advertisementlast_img read more

Aroon Purie’s welcome address at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgAroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief, India TodayThe INDIA TODAY Conclave is something I look forward to every year. It allows me to be in the world of ideas. As one wit said: “Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas.” So, as you turn the pages, you are,Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief, India TodayThe INDIA TODAY Conclave is something I look forward to every year. It allows me to be in the world of ideas. As one wit said: “Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas.” So, as you turn the pages, you are in the company of some great minds.In the last five conclaves, we argued about India’s power and responsibilities, its aspirations and its attitudes, its potential and its limitations. Only the text of the themes was Indian. The context was always global. That is why, the theme this year, ‘Challenges for the Brave New World’, is not a total break from the past. It is not as if we have completed our five-year plan in nation building. Challenges for the Brave New World are the challenges of India as well.Can we afford to remain in nationalist isolation in a world made smaller by knowledge and technology? The information age threatens to make geography redundant. Digital democracy is no longer a piece of science fiction. The global village shrinks further at the click of a mouse-or a camera. It is a world where a mediocre actress in her wedding gown can make Jodhpur the capital of international celebrity-dom, for a few days.The news from the marketplace too is exhilarating. The world economy has grown at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent since 2000. The robust performance of the US, Chinese and Indian economies has made this possible. Also, two major world economies, Germany and Japan, have come out of a prolonged slump. This is no longer an abstract, impersonal phenomenon. It is powered by the spirit of the individual. The billionaires club continues to expand its membership. It is a world that rewards those who make the best use of opportunities. It doesn’t let dreamers down, and quite a few of them are from India.advertisementGlobalisation can make us heady. Should it be allowed to cloud our conscience? Should it be allowed to make us prisoners of our progress? Should it be allowed to take us away from realities that don’t fit into its script?CAN WE AFFORD TO REMAIN IN NATIONALIST ISOLATION IN A WORLD MADE SMALLER BY KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY? Take freedom. It was one concept that gave birth to many ideologies of salvation. Most of them failed us, most notably communism which created a terror apparatus of de-humanising proportions. When the Soviet empire fell and the Berlin Wall was breached, as Francis Fukuyama, whom you will be reading in these pages, famously said, the moment marked the end of history. Or that is what he thought. He 18 INDIA TODAY . APRIL 9, 2007 argued that the triumph of liberal democracy constituted “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution” and the final form of “human government”.Then, the trapdoors of history opened in the Balkans and elsewhere, and the old ghosts of nationalism and ethnicity came marching out. Provoked by this sight, another observer of the fault lines of the post-Cold War World, Professor Samuel Huntington, said the future conflicts would be a clash of civilisations. After 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq and a string of attacks in London, Madrid, Mumbai and many more, I would say it was a clash against civilisation. Like business, terror too has been globalised. Ghettos of anger and disillusion multiply across the world.Various ideas of freedom are at war today, most frighteningly in the Middle East, where liberation is defined by angry gods and hungry Kalashnikovs. The Iraqi civil war intensified by the Sunni-Shiite divide has already made the region the post-Vietnam killing fields. The Iraq war, in the beginning, was a moral mission by America, though some would say it was an imperial overreach. Today, it raises some pertinent questions about international morality and American power. Can open societies be imported? Is the selective war on terror losing its moral legitimacy?The Berlin Wall may have gone; but not the one in the mind. The war on terror and the globalisation of hate bring us closer to new challenges of a dangerous world. The challenges go beyond Iraq. Already, headlines are staring at us: after Iraq, is Iran the next? The Tehran-Washington faceoff over Iran’s nuclear ambition makes that fear a possibility. Washington’s veiled threats and warnings are matched by reckless presidential statements from Tehran on the Holocaust, and Israel. In certain parts of the world, the bomb has become an instrument of bargain, and a weapon of nationalist delusion. North Korea is an example. There has to be a balance between national confidence, nuclear ambition, and international responsibility.advertisementTHE WAR ON TERROR AND THE GLOBALISATION OF HATE BRING US CLOSER TO CHALLENGES OF A DANGEROUS WORLD. It doesn’t mean the global flashpoints are always elsewhere. The subcontinent is still one of the most dangerous places on earth. India and Pakistan are still struggling to break out of mutual mistrust. In Washington’s scheme of things, Pakistan may be a frontline state in the war on terror. We cannot deny the fact that it is home to many jihadist groups.Globalisation has made the world flat, we have been famously told. Nobody has told us much about the profusion of potholes in this flat world. About the entrapments of poverty. We have only war on terror, not one on poverty, which too divides, and breeds anger that makes the world less stable. A vast section of humanity can spoil the party of the brave new world. They include people who have been left behind by the forces of globalisation. They include people who don’t have a password to key into the digital democracy. They include people living in places where a liberal democracy is a distant dream. They include people who remain untouched by the wonders of science and technology. They include people living in zones of fear. They are the disenfranchised of the brave new world. It is our challenge to make this world accessible to them. We need a global leadership to take up the challenges. A leadership that can rise above the exigencies of politics.The topics cover a wide spectrum of the challenges from which we can’t run away: Challenges in technology, information, business, politics, science, entertainment, health and climate. The last two are concerns as urgent as war on terror. Stem cell research will probably give us the power to play God, but saving what God created is a problem. Global warming is no longer an abstraction. We are living in an endangered planet. And we all want to live longer. And with globalisation, what will happen to local cultures? And with the plethora of wireless devices, will we have death by iPod?In the imagination of Aldous Huxley, the Brave New World was a dystopia. The world we live in is a wonderful place, but it is far from perfect. We have here an unelected parliament of what the author of Brave New World would have called alpha-plus intellects. In the following pages, you are invited to some brave new resolutions.last_img read more

Hockey: Successive defeats affected team’s confidence, says Michael Nobbs

first_imgIndia’s head coach Michael Nobbs admitted on Sunday that four successive defeats at London Olympics could have adversely affected the confidence of the team.After defeats to the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany, India went down 1-4 to Korea, a team they had had success against in the recent past.”The performance so far has been very disappointing and unacceptable, but we need to remember that we haven’t been at this level for eight years. Maybe the first three games have taken their toll on ability to believe in ourselves,” the Australian told Mail Today after Sunday’s defeat.The coach was especially frustrated that his team could not capitalise on the chances they created against the Koreans before conceding three goals in the last 12 minutes.”We played well for the first 50 minutes and let ourselves down by not taking our chances.” Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh was expected to be one of India’s main weapons, but the occasion seemed to have got the better of him.”It looks like he may have succumbed to the pressure as up until this, he had an 82 per cent success rate and now some of his corners almost fail to make the goal line,” Nobbs said.last_img read more

First Super Selector winner to be named in November

first_imgMuthiah MuralitharanIn the words of more than a few men with mikes, it’s all happening out there! November just around the corner is going to be a big month – the first Super Selector winner will be named and will fly to South Africa to sit down in the ESPNStar,Muthiah MuralitharanIn the words of more than a few men with mikes, it’s all happening out there! November just around the corner is going to be a big month – the first Super Selector winner will be named and will fly to South Africa to sit down in the ESPNStar commentary box during the India-South Africa Test series and talk cricket with Sunil Gavaskar, Navjot Sidhu and Harsha Bhogle.November is also when the big boys – Australia – come out to play along with some very handy performers from Sri Lanka, the West Indies and New Zealand, throwing open the options for wholesale changes in case your current Dream Team is proving to be more of the nightmare variety. Glenn McGrathMore choice may mean more questions but on the plus side two very different captains and batting superstars come into the picture. Both are almost as valuable as Sachin Tendulkar but unlike the Indian will be playing at home.Steve Waugh and Sanath Jayasuriya – at 140 points each – will lead their teams versus New Zealand and West Indies respectively. Neither bowling attack looks like it can dent their reputations. So if your openers aren’t looking good or the middle order is shaky, you know what to do. If you’re short on two dozen or so points, remember there are quality bats like Brian Lara and V.V.S. Laxman on the squad lists now too, both due for big runs.V.V.S. LaxmanTwo great bowlers come into the frame. Recent form and the Windies batsmen to bowl at make Muthiah Muralitharan a big bet for heaps of wickets. He’s worth 150, like the quick boys, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Shaun Pollock. Pollock’s got captaincy and Lee fitness to worry about so if your bowling lacks teeth choose between McGrath and Murali. When making your choice, remember the conditions, the opposition and the number of Tests and ODIs due in a month. The 1,000 points limit will mean you have to take a gamble like Dilip Vengsarkar has with Brian Strang. Think about New Zealanders like Craig McMillan or Danny Vettori. Sometimes Kiwis do fly!Ex-captain Dilip Colonel Vengsarkar on his regimentVengsarkar’s TeamGary Kirsten (SA) 95 pts – An experienced campaigner, Kirsten has done well against all teams.Marvin Atapattu (SL) 90 pts – Dependable and certainly one of the best options for the opening slot in contemporary cricket. Atapattu is very organised.Darryl Cullinan (SA) 80 pts – A rock-solid kind of batsman, Cullinan possesses every shot in the textbook.Sachin Tendulkar (IND) 150 pts – An obvious choice.Without doubt the best batsman in the world, Tendulkar has the ability to win matches single-handedly.Yuvraj Singh (IND) 25 pts – Yuvraj is the best prospect in India. Also a brilliant fielder, he needs to be nurtured.Jacques Kallis (SA) 150 pts – Because Jacques Kallis is Jacques Kallis.Deep Dasgupta (IND) 20 pts – Dasgupta has the potential. He should do justice to his capabilities.Allan Donald (SA) 110 pts – The fastest bowler in the world, Donald has always been consistent.Brian Strang (ZIM) 20 pts – Strang is a very good mover of the ball. Importantly, he possesses the ability to strike early blows.Shane Warne (AUS) 135 pts – The best leg-spinner in the world, Shane Warne is an automatic choice. He is a class apart. Period.Harbhajan Singh (IND) 120 pts – Harbhajan’s performance against Australia proved his mettle. I rate him the next best off-spinner to Muthiah Muralitharan. advertisementlast_img read more

Katy Perry used therapy to get over Russell Brand

first_imgKaty Perry has revealed that getting over her divorce from Russell Brand took a lot of therapy.The couple got married in 2010 in a traditional hindu wedding ceremony in RajasthanThe ‘Roar’ singer told Cosmopolitan Magazine that she happened to be attracted to high-frequency men, the Daily Star reported. The 29-year-old singer said that sometimes one had to go through all that sh** to get their grips on life, and figure out what their next boundaries in their love life and world were going to be. Perry added that one had to go through the mud in order to find that peaceful place and in the long run, it was necessary for her to have more of a teammate.last_img