Belgium CT Roberto Martinez has assured Inter fans that they have “a unique No 9 who knows how to do it all” in Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku became Inter’s record signing when he arrived from Manchester United in August and has made an immediate impact, already scoring five Serie A goals. “He’s a unique No 9, physically strong: I think it’s important for every team to have a striker who harvests all his qualities,” Martinez told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Romelu dribbles, holds the ball up and – above all – scores. Being able to surpass 100 goals in the Premier League and being Belgium’s all-time top scorer tells you everything. “This is what the Italian fans are starting to appreciate, a chameleon-like striker, able to do many things but always with the intention of scoring. “He knows how to do it all. Therefore, lots of people go around looking for the things he was unable to do. “There are strikers who know how to do only one thing, so no-one asks them to do anything else. “Romelu’s strength is that he can always do something different: this is also a disadvantage because there are games where some of the things he tries fail to come off. “He makes the pitch bigger and creates things for others: if people appreciated these things, even when he doesn’t score, then he’d be criticised less. “I invite fans to go back over his career: at 16 he was already scoring goals for Anderlecht, then at Everton ge was important, getting used to the physicality of the Premier League. “At that point, always putting the team before himself, he matured: now he’s ready to win a title abroad and I think that’s what he wants to do with Inter. “When you put something in your head, you get it.” For all the talk of ending Juventus’ grip on the Scudetto, the Belgian has yet to score in the Champions League this season… “History shows that Italian teams have had strong, physical defenders. Romelu is more used to the Champions League. “He’s been playing in it for a long time so I think he’ll find it less of a struggle, even if Borussia [Dortmund] have several top individuals.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Kévin Malcuit’s season is over after the Napoli defender damaged knee ligaments during the 1-1 draw with SPAL on Sunday. It was confirmed on Monday that Malcuit had injured both the ACL and medial meniscus in his right knee against SPAL. The Frenchman, who left the field in tears, will undergo surgery tomorrow and is not expected to play again for Napoli this season. He becomes the fourth defensive casualty for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, with Mario Rui, Nikola Maksimovic and Elseid Hysaj also out. Consequently, Ancelotti will have to turn back to Faouzi Ghoulam, who has fallen out of favour in recent weeks.
Lilian Thuram is shocked by Verona’s reaction to the racist abuse aimed at Mario Balotelli, calling coach Ivan Juric “a very dangerous person who should be suspended.” The Brescia forward kicked the ball into the stands aimed at the precise section where audible ‘monkey noises’ were coming from during Sunday’s Serie A game at the Stadio Bentegodi. Despite the fact even the Federation representative on the touchline heard and reported the racist abuse, and it was caught on video, Juric, President Maurizio Setti and the Mayor of Verona all insisted there was no racism. “We have to tell people that there is history behind racism and it’s not true that it comes from ignorance,” former Parma and Juventus star Thuram told Radio 24. “History proves that racist people genuinely believe in these ideals, much like with sexism. If someone believes in the inferiority of another race or gender, he is not stupid, he genuinely believes in this. “It is also very dangerous to think of monkey noises as banter. It is not a normal thing to do. We need everyone to point that out, that this is unacceptable. “This is why I say the Verona coach is a very dangerous person who should be suspended for what he said. “He said that he didn’t hear anything wrong, that is the danger. When someone is attacked, others have to come to their aid, not expect the person under attack to defend himself. “When all the players walk off the pitch together, that is when things will change quickly. Racism is violence.” Hellas Verona did, however, ban ultras leader Luca Castellini until June 2030 after he used a series of racial slurs against Balotelli during an interview. “This gentleman says such things because there is history behind it, he believes nationality derives from the colour of your skin,” continued Thuram. “Racism is in the stadium, but what about society? Many say they are not racist, but do nothing for equality. The world of football must understand this is not a joke, it has real world consequences. “I’ve known racism before, during and after my playing career. What white player went to his fans and told them to stop it? Nobody. The only coach that I know who openly said he would walk off is Carlo Ancelotti. It is white players and coaches who must stand up and have the courage to say, enough is enough.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Rupika, 33, emailed to ask how she can stick to her workout routine when travelling. You have a regular fitness routine you’ve stuck with all year. Here come the holidays, and wreck your well-planned exercise regimen. But if you prioritise fitness and are flexible, you can manage things easily. A few tips:1. Use the outdoors and get moving. You could go for a walk through a specific neighbourhood or for a trek, since you mentioned that you are going to the hills. How about getting a group together for some tag races while you get that heart rate going?2. Break up your workout. Segment your workout into three 10-minute sessions that you can squeeze in each morning, noon and evening. Use the time you do have, even if it is five minutes.3. Have a plan B. If something thwarts your best intentions, have a backup plan. For example, tell yourself, ‘Tomorrow, I will walk at 4 pm, but if I’m still shopping, I’ll do it at 6:30 pm.’ If you typically exercise in the evening, you may want to switch your routine to mornings just during the holidays.4. Set realistic goals. Instead of working out five times a week, you may have to settle for three.Always have a pair of running or walking shoes with you, along with a set of light hand-held weights, and a clean pair of socks. If all else fails, you have the minimum equipment necessary to get in a walk.What matters is your total calorie consumption and the total calories expended over the entire holiday period. One or two splurges aren’t going to derail your efforts, so go ahead and have fun.advertisementNeesha Maria Bukht is a certified fitness trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). She works with Talwalkars Gym, Mumbai. Bukht writes regularly on fitness and is also a certified dietician. Write to her at Neesha.firstname.lastname@example.org
A 72-year-old uncle of cricketer Virender Sehwag allegedly committed suicide in his residence in south-west Delhi, apparently depressed over prolonged illness, police said on Friday.Bhagat Singh was found hanging at his residence in Laxmi Garden in Najafgarh on Tuesday night by his son Lalit Singh, who informed police.His body was taken to Rao Tula Ram Hospital where his post mortem was conducted.Singh, who had kidney-related problems, was apparently depressed over prolonged illness. However, he left no suicide note.He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Even before the India-Pakistan cricket series has begun, records are being broken. The title sponsorship – Samsung Cup – has been sold for $4 million (Rs 18 crore). That is about twice as much as the cost of title sponsorship for other cricket series in which India plays. A 10-second,Even before the India-Pakistan cricket series has begun, records are being broken. The title sponsorship – Samsung Cup – has been sold for $4 million (Rs 18 crore). That is about twice as much as the cost of title sponsorship for other cricket series in which India plays. A 10-second advertisement spot on television during the series’ telecast will cost Rs 4-5 lakh, far higher than the Rs 3 lakh it cost during the World Cup 2003. Air tickets to Pakistan for the next four weeks have been sold out. “It is a frenzy unprecedented in cricket history. We have not had an event like this ever since satellite television happened to India,” claims Sharmista Rijhwani, managing director of Taj Television India, the holding company for Ten Sports that has the exclusive telecast rights for the India-Pakistan cricket series.Rijhwani should know. Ten Sports bought exclusive rights to all cricket matches to be played in Pakistan till 2008 for an estimated Rs 60 crore. It had hoped to make big money telecasting Indo-Pak matches, only no such matches took place since it clinched the rights. Now the company is set to make a killing from the forthcoming series alone. Consumer products giant Samsung, the title sponsor, is spending Rs 60 crore while its arch rival LG is pitching in with Rs 50 crore. Two wheeler companies Bajaj Auto and Hero Honda are estimated to spend Rs 15 crore and Rs 11 crore.Highest ScoreClick here to EnlargeJust four weeks of the India-Pakistan series is expected to generate Rs 115 crore for Ten Sports, compared with Rs 230 crore earned by SET Max during the World Cup spread over 42 matches and 52 days. Says Pawan Munjal, managing director and CEO of Hero Honda Motors: “The passion that cricket generates in people on either side of the Wagah border is unmatched anywhere in the world.”Companies are hoping that the cricket frenzy will translate into higher sales. Television industry expects sales in March-April 2004 to be 50 per cent higher than the sales in February-March 2003. That’s when sales too had been propped up by the World Cup. Samsung will be launching at least 10 new products during the series. LG hopes to sell five lakh units during March-April as against 3.5 lakh sold last year. Cellular service provider Hutch will be doing the video replays of the matches and will also bring the critical clips of the tournament to its GPRS subscribers during the series, hoping to boost SMS traffic.The travel and tourism industry has been a surprise beneficiary. Says Ashwani Kakkar, managing director, Thomas Cook India: “As far as this series is concerned, demand is not the constraint for our business. It is the supply which is falling short.” Air tickets to Pakistan during the four weeks of the series have been sold out with a lengthy waiting list. Pakistan International Airlines is increasing its weekly flight frequency from six to 12 from March 20. It is also doubling the capacity per flight by replacing Boeing 737s with the more spacious Airbus A-300s. Indian Airlines is also adding extra flights on the India-Pakistan sector. “We have never had such business in the past,” says Mohammed Ali Haider Naqvi, sales promotion manager, Pakistan International Airlines.The Indian frenzy will have its rub-off effect on Pakistan too. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) – which suffered losses of $20 million when India twice refused to tour Pakistan in the past – will earn $21 million (around Rs 95 crore) from the series. “Revenues generated would be the highest ever in the history of Pakistan,” said PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan at a press briefing. Clearly, for the two countries where war had literally become a game, the game is turning into a war.advertisement
Sania Mirza was on Tuesday awarded a wild card entry into the women’s doubles event of the London Olympics, ending suspense over her participation in the event and also making her eligible to compete in the mixed doubles competition in which India is hopeful of winning a medal.Sania was handed a wild card along with veteran Rushmi Chakravarthy while Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman was given a wild card entry in the men’s singles event.Sania’s wild card entry will now turn the spotlight on a miffed Leander Paes who is yet to take a final call on his participation following the selection row over the men’s doubles team.In a compromise formula worked out by AITA, Paes was forced to play with 206-ranked Vishnu Vardhan in the men’s doubles event against his wishes and was paired with Sania in the mixed section.Paes had however not given his nod to the compromise deal, raising speculations on whether the veteran tennis player would indeed carry out his threat of boycotting the Games.The two wild card entries meant India will be fielding its largest ever tennis contingent in the Olympics.All India Tennis Association has received a letter from International Tennis Federation (ITF) President Francesco Ricci Bitti, stating that wild card applications for Sania and Somdev have been accepted.Paes had demanded a written assurance from Sania that she would play only with him instead of Mahesh Bhupathi in the mixed doubles.Paes, who it is believed, was waiting for announcement of the wild card, will now have to clear his stand quickly.Sania, too, kept mum on the issue till now as she was not consulted before deciding the combination and it will be interesting to see if she also takes a stand on her combination with Paes.While the Hyderabadi had earlier expressed her desire to partner Bhupathi, the AITA broke the recently-crowned French Open combination to appease Paes.AITA had to bow down to Bhupathi and Bopanna’s demand that they be paired as team for the men’s doubles event, following their unwillingness to play with Paes.Paes was then paired with Vardhan in lieu of a mixed doubles pairing with Sania.Thirty-two teams will contest in the men’s and women’s doubles, with 24 direct acceptances and eight ITF places in both events.Direct acceptances were based on the combined world rankings of each team on June 11, with each player using the better of their singles and doubles world ranking.Any player ranked in the doubles Top 10 on June 11 was eligible for direct acceptance with a partner of any ranking.Mixed doubles has been included in the Olympics for the first time since 1924.Entries for the 16-team event will be determined on site from those players already participating in singles or doubles.Teams have to be nominated by their National Olympic Committee by July 31. There will be 12 direct acceptances based on the combined world rankings of each team on June 11, and four ITF Places.advertisement
‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Prince picks up Ricci after ‘meltdown’ “We’d like to put our emotions aside,” added assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We lost this game but we still have the opportunity to win a championship.”Although momentum may have swung to La Salle’s side, Ateneo thinks it still has a strong shot as the two fierce rivals fight for the crown in a do-or-die Game 3 at 4 p.m. this Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We have to be focused on Sunday,” said Arespacochaga. “We can’t look at [Game 2] and say sayang (what a waste). We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena also hopes the Eagles will be better equipped against a La Salle side that can easily flip the switch.“It’s a real lesson for us that it’s not over until it’s over,” said Ravena. “We got complacent in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s the kind of loss that could crush any team’s spirit. But it’s also the kind of loss that would, the Ateneo Blue Eagles hope, give them a fresh mindset.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “We know that we’re tougher and we know we can handle that challenge against La Salle,” said Ateneo guard Matt Nieto. “We know we can trust in ourselves and we trust in our team. And of course, we trust in coach Tab (Baldwin).”Ateneo had looked all set to grab the UAAP championship—at least in the first half where the Blue Eagles erected a whopping 49-28 advantage—before La Salle turned the game around behind Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero for a 92-83 Game 2 triumph last Wednesday that leveled the series at 1-1.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 openingDespite blowing a 21-point lead—and the chance to sweep the title series—the Eagles want to forget about the heartbreak and focus on their second try to bag the crown.“We won’t think about Game 2,” said Baldwin. “La Salle didn’t think about [their 76-70 loss in] Game 1 and they came out and played.” 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout
After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Stanley Pringle then capitalized on a Magnolia turnover and score a mid-range jumper with 1:02 left in the fourth that increased Globalport’s lead to five, 82-77.Magnolia’s Aldrech Ramos cut the deficit to two, 82-80, after a three-pointer with 13 seconds left, but Stanley Pringle’s free-throw line split with 5.4 seconds left ensured the victory for the Batang Pier.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 openingPringle finished with 18 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, and two steals for Globalport while Ryan Araña and Kelly Nabong added 16 and 14 points, respectively.Ramos had 15 points to lead the Hotshot scorers while Ian Sangalang and Mark Barroca added 14 apiece. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 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 Pre-season game between Globalport Batang Pier vs Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA.phGlobalport mustered a last gasp win over Magnolia in an PBA preseason game, 83-80, Thursday at Claret School in Quezon City.The Batang Pier scored five unanswered points with less than two minutes remaining in the game with Kelly Nabong first hitting a three-pointer at the 1:44 mark to give Globalport an 80-77 buffer.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments LATEST STORIES From Bong to Kiefer: Taulava has come full circle with the Ravenas The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte 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 MOST READ The 31-year-old Khan, who owns a record of 31-4, 19 knockouts, aims to prove that he can come back and contend for the crown again.“It’s all about now, rebuilding my career, making the big fights happen, there are some big names out there. I want to fight for a world title within three fights. I really belong at world title level, getting into the ring in Liverpool is just going to get me back moving again, it will show me where I am, and how long I need for a world title fight.“I want the big names. I don’t want the easy fights, but then again I want to see how I feel and how my body feels. I want to fight whoever is at the top, that’s the type of fighter I am.”ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES READ: Pacquiao-Khan fight off—report “When that fight didn’t happen it put me on a really bad downer. I thought ‘where am I going to go from here’. I really put all my eggs in one basket and thought ‘this is the fight I really want,’” Khan told Sun Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Then I had the hand injury, and I was waiting for the hand to get better. “When Pacquiao went and I heard Kell Brook went up a weight I thought ‘where do I go from here.’”Pacquiao went on to fight Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia while Khan is on his way to ending a two-year hiatus on April 28 in Liverpool, England against an opponent yet to be named. Amir Khan warms up in the ring during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFPBritish boxer Amir Khan feared for the worst when his supposed showdown with Manny Pacquiao last year fell apart.The bout with Pacquiao was supposedly Khan’s ring return after he got knocked out cold by Canelo Alvarez in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto #KicksStalker: What flavor are your Jordans? ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After a searing day at Melbourne Park when the temperature hit 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and tempers were tested, No. 9 Wawrinka was one of three seeded players to fall in the men’s draw.Wimbledon champion and No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza was one of five seeded players to lose in the women’s side on Day 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSix-time champion Novak Djokovic survived the round, but complained of the “brutal” heat in a four-set win over an ailing Gael Monfils that extended his record to 15-0 in their career head-to-heads.Djokovic is playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, and has remodeled his serve to take some load of his injured right elbow. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The heat peaked during Djokovic’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Monfils. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.The win was a relief for Djokovic, who lost in a second-round shocker here last year, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Mofils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.“It was obvious we both suffered on the court today,” Djokovic said. “Really tough conditions — brutal.”Djokovic, who won five of the six titles from 2011-2016, is a step closer to a possible meeting with fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who had a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gojowczyk.It’s supposed to be even hotter on Friday, with a forecast high of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).No. 7 David Goffin and No. 13 Sam Querrey won’t have to deal with that after their second-round losses.Among the leading men advancing were 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 19 Tomas Berdych, No. 21 Albert Ramos and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, who rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Warwinka was playing at night when the temperature dropped a few degrees but appeared lethargic and generally didn’t threaten 26-year-old Sandgren, who had never beaten a top 10 player and now has two wins at Grand Slam tournaments.Sandgren appeared to be slightly awkward at how lopsided it was against Wawrinka, who has a clearly visible scar running down his left knee.“I know it’s tough with a former champion,” he said. “I wish him the best on his road to recovery.”Muguruza also struggled with her fitness in the build up to the Australian Open, retiring from a game at the Brisbane International because of cramping, and withdrawing ahead of the Sydney International quarterfinals because of a thigh problem.Blisters from the hot court surface didn’t help her in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to No. 88-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had a career-high ranking of 23rd in singles.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES That left only Maria Sharapova, Aneglique Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women’s draw.Sharapova and Kerber meet in the third round, meaning only one of the remaining Australian Open winners can reach the second week.Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open winner, beat No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) to avenge a fourth-round loss to her in last year’s U.S. Open. That was Sharapova’s first major since returning from a 15-month doping ban following a failed test here in 2016.Kerber, the 2016 champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the Margaret Court Arena crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to celebrate her 30th birthday.“Happy to be playing tennis again like 2016,” said Kerber, who has won 11 straight matches.Still aiming for a first major, top-ranked Simona Halep, a two-time French Open finalist, held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. Halep next plays Lauren Davis.Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to U.S. lucky loser Bernarda Pera, who is ranked No. 123-ranked and making her Grand Slam debut. She didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew.“It feels amazing. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I’m in,” said Pera, who next plays No. 20 Barbora Strycova.U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.Also advancing were No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Ash Barty and No. 29 Lucie Safarova. Benilde outlasts Arellano in shootout for NCAA football title United States’ Tennys Sandgren celebrates after defeating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open, site of his Grand Slam breakthrough.The 2014 champion clearly wasn’t fit enough against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, though, and made his earliest exit in a decade — 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte
According to head trainer Joven Jimenez, who trains both Saulong and Ancajas at their Survival Camp in Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes in Cavite, there are loopholes in Iwasa’s defense which they intend to pounce on.“He (Saulong) must cut the ring and fight at close range to negate Iwasa’s height and reach advantage,” Jimenez said in Filipino. “He will target the body.”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 openingWith Iwata’s reputation as a stylist, Jimenez expects him to move a lot and avoid a slugfest despite being the heavier puncher based on record, 16 knockouts in 24 wins and two losses.Saulong, who hails from Occidental Mindoro and resides in Santa Rosa, Laguna, totes a 21-2-1 slate with eight KOs and is ready to go the full 12 rounds. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Regatta cup charts different course PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ernesto Saulong hopes to follow Jerwin Ancajas’ path to success when he challenges Ryosuke Iwasa for the International Boxing Federation junior featherweight crown at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on March 1.His morale boosted by the fourth successful IBF junior bantamweight title defense of stable mate Ancajas in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 4, Saulong said the fight plan is up for execution against the southpaw Japanese champion.ADVERTISEMENT The 28-year-old Saulong will be accompanied by Jimenez and his manager, engineer-businessman Ariel Araja, when he leaves for Tokyo this Sunday. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Chinese tech major, Xiaomi has finally made an official announcement regarding the launch of its much anticipated Redmi Note phablet in India. After teasing the device via social networking site Facebook, the company, dubbed as ‘China’s Apple’ has now announced that the said device will be launching on November 24 in India. Xiaomi is busy sending out media invites for the launch event even as we speak. The invite clearly mentions that the Xiaomi Redmi Note will be officially launched on the aforementioned date. As far as the expected pricing of the device is concerned, well, Xiaomi has been known to change the prices at the last moment as it did with its previous launch, the Redmi 1S. The Redmi 1S was touted to be launched at a price of Rs. 6,999 however upon launch it was priced at Rs. 5,999. As of now, Xiaomi has hinted that the Redmi Note will be priced at Rs. 9,999, however, it won’t be a surprise if the company launches the device at a lower price tag. With that said, the company is expected to start selling the Redmi Note via its flash sale mode exclusively through Flipkart beginning December 2. The Xiaomi Redmi Note features a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK6592 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It sports a 13MP rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing shooter. The dual-SIM device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box with the company’s MIUI v5 skin on top. It is backed by a 3100mAh battery. advertisement
Rahat Ali celebrates after dismissing South Africa’s Hashim Amla in a Test match.Pakistan have called up tall left-arm paceman Rahat Ali to replace the injured Junaid Khan in their World Cup squad.Rahat, 26, who has been a regular in the Test team since 2012 having taken 31 wickets in 11 matches, has played just a single one-day international way back in 2012 in Sri Lanka without taking a wicket.”Rahat has been included in the World Cup squad on the recommendation of touring chief selector Moin Khan,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Thursday.The official said the PCB had already sent a request to the technical committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the replacement since Junaid was declared unfit for the tournament that begins on February 14 in New Zealand and Australia.Junaid, who has been a leading performer for his country in recent times, missed out on the World Cup after picking up a hamstring injury during training on the eve of the team’s departure for New Zealand late last month.Junaid was named in Pakistan’s squad last month after he showed a remarkable return to form after recovering from a knee injury that kept him out for nearly four months.The PCB official said that Bilawal Bhatti, who was sent as a replacement for the series in New Zealand after the injury to Junaid, would be returning home.Bilawal had a nightmarish match against New Zealand this week in the second one-dayer in which he conceded 93 runs.advertisementPakistan are already without their seasoned offspinner Saeed Ajmal for the World Cup after he was suspended from bowling by the ICC last September for an illegal action.
Bayern Munich suffered a heart-breaking 0-3 loss against Barcelona in UCL semis on ThursdayBayern Munich striker Mario Gotze has apologised for his behaviour after his German club’s 0-3 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of the European Champions League semi-final on Thursday at the Camp Nou Stadium in the Spanish city.Germany’s World Cup hero, Gotze was seen sharing a joke with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after the final whistle in the first leg of the semi-final. It caused an uproar among Bayern fans, who felt the former did not care much about the heart-breaking loss.However, the 22-year-old on Thursday insisted he was equally hurt after the debacle and has apologised for sending a wrong signal to the fans.”There have been reports in the press that I was joking around and having fun with my friend Marc-Andre ter Stegen after the game,” a statement on Gotze’s official website read.”People who think I do not care about the defeat are completely wrong. I was at least as disappointed as my teammates and the fans.”If things looked different, I would like to apologise for that. I would like to make it clear that I always give my all for the team.”I want to achieve success with the club and I always behave respectful toward fans, Bayern and opponents,” the release added.The former Borussia Dortmund star has faced severe criticism from fans following some mediocre performances in the recent past.
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Pakistan picked fast bowler Wahab Riaz for the two Twenty20s against Sri Lanka this month in hope he recovers from a hand injury in time. Fast bowler Ziaul Haq will replace Riaz in the 15-man squad if the left-arm fast bowler isn’t available for the T20s in Colombo on July 30 and August 1.Riaz injured his hand during the test series against Sri Lanka last month, and was ruled out of the ongoing five-match one-day international series. Riaz will start bowling from Friday under the supervision of National Cricket Academy coaches in Lahore, chief selector Haroon Rashid said in a statement on Wednesday.The squad also includes another experienced left-arm fast bowler, Sohail Tanvir, who impressed in the Caribbean T20 league. The selectors also kept faith in legspinner Yasir Shah, who played a key role in Pakistan’s victory in the test series against Sri Lanka.”Yasir has emerged as a strike bowler who takes wickets, and in T20I cricket a bowler having this ability is a big plus,” Rashid said.Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Nauman Anwar, Mohammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz or Ziaul Haq.
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Mehr Jesia and Arjun Rampal may have been married for over 15 years now, but the couple has been in the eye of the media about a rumoured split for years now. When asked during a fashion event, Arjun decided to not speak about it and said that he did not have any views on the matter.He told IANS, “I don’t have any views as I feel people have more views than me.”ALSO READ: Arjun Rampal to play gangster-turned-politician Gawli in DaddyHe was present at the event with his wife and sat next to each other for Designer Monisha Jaisingh’s show, silencing speculations about a split. Mehr and Arjun have two daughters and Arjun is clear about his parenting style.When asked whether he would like his daughters to join modelling as a profession, he said, “Modelling gave me a lot in my life. I never look down upon modelling as a profession. Whatever my daughters want to do, I’m fine with it. They can act, model, (indulge in) sports, as long as they are passionate towards it. They really need to love it and it should come from within.” ALSO READ: What new is Shraddha Kapoor doing for Rock On 2?The actor who is currently busy filming for Daddy is in no hurry to launch his own clothing label. He said, “My mind is more in films, so I am focusing more towards that. I am really not leaning too much towards creating a clothing line.”Arjun will also be seen in Rock On 2 next year. The film being directed by Shujaat Saudagar will see Arjun, Farhan Akhtar, Prachi Desai and Purab Kohli will reprise their roles from the prequel. Shraddha Kapor has been signed in to join the franchise. advertisement