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first_imgMike DiGregorio pumped 26 points on a 5-of-9 outside shooting and collected five assists and three rebounds, while JP Erram tallied a double-double with 24 markers, 18 boards, four blocks, and three assists.Allein Maliksi chipped in 11 points, eight dimes, and six boards as Blackwater improved its record to 3-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“With three more games, I think we have a good chance to make it to the playoffs. This win could motivate us more and hopefully, the good Lord will continue to bless us in the coming games,” said coach Leo Isaac.The Elite also drew huge contributions from rookie Emil Palma, who got six of his eight markers in the fourth quarter. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Arellano ousts JRU, returns to NCAA volleyball Finals AFP official booed out of forum The Beermen dropped their second loss in three outings to slide to 6-2, and share the first place with Magnolia and Alaska.Arwind Santos led the way for San Miguel with 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks, while Chris Ross flirted with a triple-double with 20 markers, nine boards, and seven dimes.Four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo was limited to just 12 points on a paltry 3-of-11 shooting, while also hauling down 13 rebounds as he played through an injured right elbow.The Scores:BLACKWATER 106 — DiGregorio 26, Erram 24, Maliksi 11, Sena 10, Palma 8, Jose 6, Marcelo 6, Cortez 5, Cruz 5, Pinto 5, Neypes 0, Sumang 0.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESBlackwater caught another big fish, this time slaying defending three-time champion San Miguel, 106-96, Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.The Elite were blistering from beyond the arc and went 13-of-25 from three to snapped their four-game losing skid and grab their first victory since toppling Ginebra last January 12.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers SAN MIGUEL 96 — Santos 22, Ross 20, Lassiter 13, Fajardo 12, Lanete 9, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Heruela 8, Agovida 2, Semerad 2, De Ocampo 0, Mamaril 0, Pessumal 0.Quarters: 20-27, 43-45, 72-69, 106-96. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgRobredo: 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 A power forward who is taking the long route to make the men’s team proper, Hung scored just four points, had two assists and a block before fouling out after just 10 minutes and 22 seconds on the floor.And yet, just because of that little incident where he went nose-to-nose with Wright after a rough play, he got all the local media attention.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 stars“I was just asking him where we were going to have dinner,” Wright answered in jest when asked by Taiwanese media of the incident. “But seriously, this is basketball and things like that happen.“We’re competitors and after all is said and done, you shake the guy’s hand,” Wright went on. “There’s nothing personal about it.” MOST READ Sharapova makes first US match appearance since drug ban Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ TAIPEI – Han Huang-Hung got into a skirmish with Gilas Pilipinas gunslinger Matthew Wright early in the fourth quarter of a tight victory by the Filipinos over a young Chinese Taipei B crew in the Jones Cup here on Monday afternoon.That incident alone made an instant celebrity on the 22-year-old who just got out of college early this year.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Reporters here said that Hung is ready to declare for the coming pro draft here, and that, despite just having completed his college degree, is ready to make the sport a career.He’s already had his 15 minutes of fame in this game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more


first_imgMOST READ “For the SEA Games, we can figure out ways to overpower the opposition,” Reyes said. “It’s a lot different in Asia.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao picks Mayweather over McGregor Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – With the way Filipinos are sized, the outside shot remains to be Team Philippines’ equalizing factor in international games.Gilas Pilipinas’ dismal performance from the perimeter on Wednesday night, when the Filipinos went down to South Korea after going 0-for-26 from three-point range, is the exact nightmare that coach Chot Reyes doesn’t want to have when the Asian Championship comes around next month.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 “We need to make those shots,” Reyes said. “In Asia, we have to have our three-point shooters connecting.”To be ranged against bigger and equally agile foes in Lebanon from Aug. 8, the Filipinos don’t hold an advantage against any team in the field and would need to be at their finest form every night.READ: Gilas falls to South KoreaFEATURED 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 starsWith his 24-man pool to be split practically in two with the Philippines to defend the Southeast Asian Games gold medal from August 20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it’s not difficult to conclude that all of the great shooters will be in the team Reyes will form for Lebanon.Reyes will have all the tools in addressing that aspect of the Gilas game for Beirut, with Jason Castro, Terrence Romeo and Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy and Jio Jalalon candidates to make that team. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES View comments The big question is who will be the main outside guns in Malaysia.READ: It’s final: PBA veteran superstars to beef up Gilas in Fiba Asia in LebanonPro rookies Kevin Ferrer and Mike Tolomia and sophomore Baser Amer and amateurs Kiefer Ravena, Kobe Paras and Bobby Ray Parks form the core of the SEAG team that will try to uphold Southeast Asian supremacy dating back to the 1991 edition in Manila.The first and only time that the Filipinos failed to win the basketball gold in the SEAG was also in Kuala Lumpur in 1989.Reyes, though, is not that much concerned defeating the field from the outside in Malaysia, with Christian Standhardinger slated to see action there.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiannis Antetokoumpo has evolved from a novelty to a legitimate superstar for the Milwaukee Bucks after he took the NBA by its throat in the 2016-2017 season when he led his team in all five major categories.And even though Antetokoumpo became the first player in league history to be in the top 20 in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals, his shooting was the worst in his impressive repertoire.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When you start getting comfortable with your technique, and the way you shoot the ball, you will make more shots,” said Antetokoumpo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Forza Triathlon aims for strong finish in Cebu Ironman 70.3 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet The one-time All Star, though, is determined to improve his jump shots as the Bucks head to the 2017-2018 season.“I’m working hard every day with our coaches and to just try to improve my technique because that’s the important thing,” said Antetokounmpo during his media availability for the “Greek Freak Invades Manila” Sunday at Fairmont Makati.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 starsAs per basketball-reference.com, the reigning Most Improved Player shot a disastrous 27.9 percent from deep and his conversion rate dropped drastically when he stepped from the rim to at most 10 feet.Antetokoumpo made 70.9% of his shots from within three feet of the basket but just converted 39.4% of his shots from three to 10 feet from the basket. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgMOST READ Sara Blicavs collected 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for Australia, which improved to 2-0 in Group B after beating South Korea in the opener.Australia put the game away early as it took a 68-23 lead at the half.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 starsThe Philippines, which got clobbered by defending champion Japan, 106-55, on Sunday, slipped to 0-2.Janine Pontejos paces Perlas with 18 points and three assists. The Philippines faces Korea on Tuesday. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress 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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—report Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas suffered another lopsided loss, this time, at the hands of powerhouse Australia, 107-65, in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup Monday at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium at Bangalore, India.The Philippines was determined to give a better showing but it just couldn’t match Australia’s firepower and had little to counter its huge size advantage.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe outbreak is not the first troublesome event at the biennial SEA Games, which has 11 nations competing in a diverse array of sports from swimming and athletics to pencak silat and wushu.Organizers mistakenly printed Indonesia’s flag upside-down in a commemorative booklet, prompting protests and revenge hacking attacks by Indonesian activists.Among a litany of transport incidents, eight people suffered minor injuries in a bus crash, forcing two squash players from Myanmar to pull out of their doubles matches.Two Myanmar football fans were beaten up after a match against Malaysia, and the home fans were also condemned for chanting “Singapore dogs” during another game.Indonesia’s women’s sepak takraw team walked out of a match in a protest over judging, and the men’s and women’s squash doubles finals had to be moved after the centre court surface was found to be too slippery.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino 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 crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PCCL launches national competition for collegiate basketball Athletes and officials of Malaysia march during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017. AFP FILE PHOTOKuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Sixteen Malaysian athletes have been hit by food poisoning at the Southeast Asian Games and one is in hospital, organizers said on Thursday in just the latest mishap to hit the competition.Games organizers said they were still trying to identify the source of the outbreak, which forced one swimmer to miss an event on Wednesday and also affected a petanque player.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Few other details were released but Low Beng Choo, secretary of the Games’ sports and technical committee, said those affected had been asked not to compete until they recover.“One went into hospital because we wanted to be very sure it was nothing very serious… it wasn’t as if it was an emergency. The rest of them are resting in the hotel,” said Low.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingShe added: “One of the swimmers missed an event. We asked him not to compete… in the interests of the athletes we have told the athletes not to compete.”Low said those affected had breakfast in the team hotel, where Malaysia’s 800-plus contingent are staying, before dispersing to different venues. But she said the source of the outbreak was still under investigation. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


first_imgLeague StageDateTeamsResultFri, Sep 10 2100 IST Group BJohannesburgMumbaiIndiansHighveldLionsLions win by 9 runsSat, Sep 11 1700 IST Group APort ElizabethWarriorsWayambaElevensWarriors win by 7 wktsSat, Sep 11 2100 IST Group ADurbanCentralDistrictStagsChennaiSuperKingsChennai win by 57 runsSun, Sep 12 1700 IST Group BCenturionHighveldLionsSouthAustraliaRedbacksLions win by 11 runsSun, Sep 12 2100 IST Group BCenturionRoyalChallengers BangaloreGuyanaRCB win by 9 wktsMon, Sep 13 2100 IST Group APort ElizabethVictoriaBushrangersWarriorsWarriors win by 28 runsTue, Sep 14 2100 IST Group ADurbanMumbaiIndiansSouthAustraliaRedbacksRedbacks win by 5 wktsWed, Sep 15 1700 IST Group ACenturionCentralDistrictStagsVictoriaBushrangersVictoria win by 7 wktsWed, Sep 15 2100 IST Group ACenturionChennaiSuperKingsWayambaElevensChennai win by 97 runsThu, Sep 16 2100 IST Group BDurbanGuyanaMumbaiIndiansMumbai win by 31 runsFri, Sep 17 2100 IST Group BDurbanRoyalChallengers BangaloreSouthAustraliaRedbacksRedbacks win by 8 wktsSat, Sep 18 1700 IST Group APort ElizabethCentralDistrictStagsWarriorsWarriors win by 6 wktsSat, Sep 18 2100 IST Group APort ElizabethChennaiSuperKingsVictoriaBushrangersVictoria win via Super OverSun, Sep 19 1700 IST Group BJohannesburgHighveldLionsGuyanaLions win by 9 wktsSun, Sep 19 2100 IST Group BDurbanMumbaiIndiansRoyalChallengersBangaloreMumbai win by 2 runsMon, Sep 20 2100 IST Group ACenturionVictoriaBushrangersWayambaElevensVictoria win by 8 wktsTue, Sep 21 1700 IST Group BJohannesburgSouthAustraliaRedbacksGuyanaRedbacks win by 15 runsTue, Sep 21 2100 IST Group BJohannesburgHighveldLionsRoyalChallengers BangaloreRCB win by 6 wktsWed, Sep 22 1700 IST Group APort ElizabethCentralDistrictStagsWayambaElevensWayamba win by 75 runsWed, Sep 22 2100 IST Group APort ElizabethChennaiSuperKingsWarriorsChennai win by 10 runsKnockoutsFri, Sep 24 2100 IST1st SFDurbanChennaiSuper KingsRoyalChallengersBangaloreChennai win by 52 runsSat, Sep 25 2100 IST2nd SFCenturionSouthAustraliaRedbacksWarriorsWarriors win by 30 runsSun, Sep 26 2100 ISTFinalJohannesburgChennaiSuper KingsWarriorsChennai win by 8 wktsadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTendulkar’s batting prowess on display against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in November 1998.I have often been asked whether I knew Sachin Tendulkar was destined for his remarkable run in world cricket-a run that is punctuated with records, some coming in the 22nd year of his international cricket-when I first saw him,Tendulkar’s batting prowess on display against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in November 1998.I have often been asked whether I knew Sachin Tendulkar was destined for his remarkable run in world cricket-a run that is punctuated with records, some coming in the 22nd year of his international cricket-when I first saw him play. It is always hard to spot exceptional talent in a youngster, but when I first saw Sachin, I knew I was watching a special player. He was batting at the WACA, Perth, on a pitch that in those days was a fast bowler’s paradise. Australians found it tough going at Perth and here was an Indian teenager, on his first tour to Australia, batting with great composure and exceptional ease to score one of his finest centuries. The signs of a special talent were clear for the world to see and I knew Sachin would make a mark on cricket.Tendulkar acknowledges the applause from the crowd after scoring a 50 as Australian captain Steve Waugh walks away during the fourth Test match between India and Australia at Sydney in January 2004.Today,twodecades later, there is still plenty of fuel left in Tendulkar and it is fascinating to see his hunger for success and the discipline to remain fit and focused at this level. From the point of view of a contemporary, I find it amazing that he has remained the key wicket that the opposition prizes for more than two decades. It’s one thing to be around for that but quite another thing to remain the linchpin of the team right through that period.It was in the early 1990s that the Indian fans really started to warm to Sachin’s talent and persona. The decade saw Sachin develop from a promising youngster into one who values his talent and is willing to work hard to make the most of it. It’s not always that exceptional talent translates into a great career, but Sachin had the temperament and the discipline to exploit that ability.Tendulkar scores a half century against Sri Lanka during the third Test match at Colombo in August 2010.Right through the 1990s and even thereafter, Sachin has always kept some of his most brilliant knocks for Australia, and very often it was really a pressure cooker situation because you had an unstoppable cricketer as well as thousands of screaming fans to deal with. It was a cauldron, and you could see that Sachin would feed off the fans and the cheering and expectations would actually get him going.As a captain you knew you had to get him out early and if you did not manage that, you were in for a hard time. There were a few plans we had for him, the one that comes in occasionally trapped him in front of the wicket and we often found him impatient if he were kept away from the strike for long. These tactics worked at times, but very often they did not. I remember seeing him scoring at century that is known as the ‘sandstorm knock’ in Sharjah.Australia won the game, but if in the change room after the match, you would have thought we were the losing side. I voiced my concern about Sachin’s form and Allan Border consoled us saying that it would be impossible for him to bat that well in the finals and that Sachin in fact was due for a failure. Sachin famously scored another century, this time on his 25th birthday to seal the trophy for India. At that point common opinion was that Sachin could not get much better than this.It’s hard to say what motivates a player, and when a career spans two decades, the targets must have shifted often and the desire to raise the bar must manifest itself in various ways. Who would have predicted that Sachin would breach the 200 mark in ODIs in his 22nd year? Today he has gone past my 169 Tests and I think he looks good to cross 200 as far as Tests go as well. Perhaps the 200-Test mark is the motivation that is taking Sachin through the training sessions, the travel and the hard yards that might make a player feel jaded after two demanding decades.Plays a leg glance during the second Test against Australia in Mohali in October 20.Today, we are looking at at least two more years of Sachin Tendulkar. However, it was not always this way. He had a bit of a dip a few years ago, but he emerged from that 12-month slump with greater determination to prove that there some fire in the belly. In fact, my last Test was a significant one for Sachin as well. It was the Sydney Test from when we saw a new, cautious, more accumulative batsman take over from his earlier, free-flowing avatar. He had been struggling through that series, and this when the rest of the Indians were actually scoring a lot of runs. Sachin reassessed his game and cut off his off-drive which forced the bowlers to bowl to him while he was content to play the waiting game. It seemed that he had decided that this was the role he wanted to play and this phase continued for many seasons. Again at the SCG in 2008 he played delightfully in the Test that ended in controversy. Few who saw him play would forget his effortless strokeplay, and the manner in which he put the bowlers away in the first innings.Today, Sachin plays smart cricket, but he also seems to be enjoying himself. The body does give him reminders of the wear and tear it has been through, but he has gained in experience and knows his game well enough to adapt himself. He also seems content to preserve himself and does take a break every now and then. Significantly, he has opted out of the Twenty20 format even though he looks very good when he turns out for Mumbai.Tendulkar raises his bat after scoring a century during the second Test against South Africa at Kolkata in February 2010.There is a lot to remember Sachin by whenever he decides to call it a day. There are records that will stand the test of time and there will be some that are bound to be broken. For instance, who is to bet that Virender Sehwag will not score a triple century in onedayers! The game is shifting and reshaping itself all the time, and scores are going to get increasingly stratospheric.However, the one record that he might have for himself is the one for Test appearances. I remember thinking 168 Tests would be a hard number to get past, but it has happened in six years. However, with the number of formats that have now come into the equation, it will be hard for a player to sustain himself for the number of years it takes to play 200 Tests.I am assuming that that is the motivation that will keep the little master hungry for a couple of years more. For all you know it’s the 100 centuries in Tests and one-dayers that is keeping Sachin hungry. His centuries are coming at a regular rate once again after a dip in 2005-2006. He is pulling away from the competition, and at 48 and still counting, he might have the record for himself for quite some time.Every player has his own reasons for calling it a day. Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath wanted to sign off with an Ashes series. When I decided to retire, it seemed right to call it a day at Sydney against the Indians. I had made my debut against India in 1985 and it seemed like a cycle would be completed if I were to retire after playing against India. When I hung up my boots, I knew that the goals that would keep me hungry were no longer there.It’s clear that Sachin too has earned the right to decide his future on his terms. We are talking about a mature, fit and sensible cricketer who knows he has the desire to play on coupled with the ability to do well. I see the legend growing for at least two more years.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgSomdev Devvarman and Karan Rastogi kept themselves in the medal hunt by reaching the men’s singles quarterfinals with easy wins in the tennis competition of the Asian Games on Saturday.Both the Indian players, who have hardly been challenged so far in the tournament, yet again scored dominating victories.Second seed Somdev won at the expense of just two games as he beat Uzbekistan’s 16th seed Vaja Uzakov 6-1 6-1 in the third round at the Aoti Tennis Centre.The ranking difference between the two players was all the more palpable as 105th-ranked Somdev took just 39 minutes to dispatch the 960th ranked Uzbek.Somdev will next take on sixth seed Chinese Zhang Ze, who is ranked way behind the Indian at 307.Rastogi, coming back to international tennis after an injury lay-off, did not have much trouble in thrashing Taipei’s 10th seed Ti Chen 6-0 6-4.After blanking his rival in the opening set, the 332-ranked Indian dropped his serve in first game of the second set but broke 525-ranked Chen in the eighth game to draw parity and broke him for again in the 12th game to clinch the issue.Rastogi’s first real test comes now as he faces top seed and world number 40 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan next.If Somdev and Rastogi manage to win one more match, they will be assured of at least a bronze medal in the singles event.With PTI inputslast_img read more