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Betis took advantage of a great performance by goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a bad night by Madrid’s forwards, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who was making his league debut after serving a five-game suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final last month.“It was bad luck after all the chances that we created,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.Ronaldo had played only three other matches with Madrid this season, including against APOEL in the team’s Champions League debut, when he scored twice.“This is not the start we wanted after three games at home,” Zidane said. “We didn’t expect this.”Key winAtletico Madrid moved closer to the lead by earning a hard-fought 2-1 away victory against Athletic Bilbao.Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak stopped Aritz Aduriz’s penalty kick before halftime and Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals to leave the Madrid side within four points of leader Barcelona.It was the second consecutive win for Atletico, which remains unbeaten after five rounds.“To win in this stadium you need to play a great match and I think we did that,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We controlled the game and were very effective. It’s a very important triumph for us.”Correa opened the scoring from inside the area after a cross by Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion in the 55th minute, and Carrasco added to the lead with a low shot into the far corner after a well-placed pass by Antoine Griezmann in the 73rd. Griezmann had also helped set up the first goal with a pass to Koke. Paraguayan striker Antoino Sanabria scored the winner with a header from close range to give Betis its first win against Madrid at the Bernabeu since 1998.The result ended Madrid’s streak of 73 consecutive games scoring at least one goal, keeping it from surpassing the record scoring run established by Brazilian club Santos starring Pele in 1963.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 shutoutMadrid, which was coming off home draws against Valencia and Levante, is seven points behind Barcelona after five games. It trails Betis by one point.“This gap to the lead won’t change the way we do things,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We will keep fighting. It’s a long championship.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “It was Griezmann’s best match so far this season,” Simeone said.Raul Garcia netted an injury-time goal for Athletic, which has now lost two in a row after an unbeaten start.Winning streakSevilla kept its momentum thanks to Jesus Navas’ 83rd-minute winner at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.He scored from a difficult angle to give the hosts their fourth consecutive win to start the league.The match marked the return of striker Victor “Vitolo” Machin, who left Sevilla in the offseason to join Atletico Madrid but is playing on a loan with Las Palmas until January. He was constantly jeered by Sevilla fans.Rough startDeportivo La Coruna handed Alaves its fifth straight loss with a 1-0 victory at the Riazor Stadium.Luisinho scored in first-half injury time to give the hosts their first win after three losses in the first four matches.Malaga is the only other team to have lost all of its matches so far. It was routed 5-0 at Valencia on Tuesday. No goalsLeganes and Girona failed to take their chances in a goalless first meeting in the top flight.Both teams created clear scoring opportunities but Leganes, playing in the Liga for the second season, had to settle for a point with promoted Girona.Leganes stayed in the top half of the standings, in eighth place, while Girona was 14th. 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Anisova, who is a former Ukranian national team player, pumped in 28 points, built on 22 attacks with four service aces while Philips added 22 points.Sta. Lucia coach George Pascua liked what he saw from his team especially with the way it overcame a bad start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m satisfied, but there were still some lapses in the first and third sets,” said Pascua, a three-time PSL champion.“Although we struggled in our reception, I’m glad that our key players are slowly adjusting. We have a veteran setter in Rubie (de Leon) so she already knew how to make the players work as one solid unit.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bhodana Anisova of Sta. Lucia Realty vs Rhea Meneses and Angeli Araneta of Generika-Ayala. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSta. Lucia posted its first win after squeaking past Generika-Ayala, 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 15-7, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Bacoor Sports Complex in Cavite.Imports Bohdana Anisova and MJ Philips combined for 50 points to lead the Lady Realtors, who bounced back from a four-set loss to Petron on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Improved chemistry doing wonders for Che’Lu-San Sebastian AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Rubie De Leon ended the marathon match that lasted for over two hours with a heady play that caught the Lifesavers sleeping.Generika, which drew 27 points from American import Symone Hayden, dropped to 0-2. The Lifesavers lost to Foton in the season opener three days ago. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES
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Mohammad Asif oversteps at Lord’sIt is international cricket’s most shameful and defining image. London-based property dealer Mazhar Majeed seated in a hotel room counting bundles of notes totalling 1,40,000. He was unaware that he was being filmed by a hidden camera and that he, and the so-called gentleman’s game, would,Mohammad Asif oversteps at Lord’sIt is international cricket’s most shameful and defining image. London-based property dealer Mazhar Majeed seated in a hotel room counting bundles of notes totalling 1,40,000. He was unaware that he was being filmed by a hidden camera and that he, and the so-called gentleman’s game, would make sensational headlines across the cricketing world within hours. The London tabloid News of the World’s sting operation on Majeed stripped the covers off a million-pound betting racket involving not just the three players at its heart-newly appointed Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and the two spearheads of the team’s pace attack, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif-but the shadowy world of cricket betting syndicates and how they operate and make “masses of money” as Majeed, 35, boasted to the undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far-eastern gambling syndicate looking to make easy money.That’s just what international cricket seems to offer in its tragic transition from the gentleman’s game to a safe harbour for crooks. Majeed’s sensational revelations have rocked the cricketing world like no other previous scandal in any sport. The expose reveals facts that will horrify millions of cricket fans around the world.Video grab of Mazhar MajeedMatch fixing or spot fixing goes on in all forms of the game-Tests, One Day Internationals and Twenty20s.The scam involved no less than seven players in the Pakistan team and that future games against England this summer were already earmarked for cheating.That his match fixing takes him around the world and had netted him millions.That he made $1.3 million from just one game, Pakistan versus Australia at Sydney in 2010.He had opened Swiss bank accounts for players to launder his and their illicit profits.That he was in touch with an Indian bookie and called him during the sting to ask what he would pay for fixing a match in the ongoing Pakistan series.advertisementSalman ButtThat this is the most sensational sporting scandal ever was evidenced by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif delivering three no balls exactly as Majeed had predicted, during the just concluded Lord’s Test. It must be a case of deja vu for Lord Condon, the outgoing head of the International Cricket Council’s (IIC) anti-corruption unit who had warned the game’s governing body of spot fixing “spreading like a rash” earlier this year. The former Scotland Yard commissioner, recruited to lead the unit in the wake of the Hansie Cronje match-fixing affair a decade ago, had said fixing, which exploits bets placed on short passages of play rather than match results, remained a serious threat.While the ICC has refused to comment on its ongoing investigation, it is believed that it and Scotland Yard were tipped off a month ago about match fixing in the first match of the England-Pakistan Test series at Trent Bridge.AsifIn a separate long-standing investigation, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs officers were also investigating Majeed, the kingpin of the spot fixing racket on suspicion of money laundering. Two others, a 35-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man, were also arrested in connection with the money laundering case but are out on bail. Majeed, who runs a property company Bluesky Developments with a multi-million-pound portfolio, appears to have cemented his role as the players’ confidant in the financially lucrative world of sponsorship deals and marketing opportunities since Pakistan’s last tour of England in 2006.The increasingly close relationship between Majeed and the players appears to have rung alarm bells with the Pakistani authorities and at the start of the current tour the players were told they were no longer allowed to have agents in their hotel rooms. A team official claims former Test captain Shahid Afridi had also warned his teammates to stay away from Majeed.Mohammad AmirMeanwhile, public outrage at the scandal grew as fans demanded refunds for the remaining games in the series. The backlash started in Yorkshire, which is hosting a one-day match at Headingley. Other grounds staging games in the five-match series have also been affected by the scandal, and could also undermine ticket sales for the two Twenty20 internationals in Cardiff. The county’s chief executive, Stewart Regan, admitted that many will be attending reluctantly, having tried unsuccessfully to cancel their bookings in protest against Pakistan’s conduct.This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated September 13, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy.Pakistan’s manager Yawar Saeed and assistant manager Shafqat Ranan (extreme right) read the tabloid at Lord’s.”The phones in the club office haven’t stopped ringing with people wanting to vent their fury and ask whether they can get refunds on the one-day internationals,” Regan said. “I’ve personally fielded several calls and we’ve had numerous enquiries about cancelling tickets. From the club’s point of view, we can’t give refunds simply because people have got a personal opinion about what’s going on, no matter how much we might agree with them.”What is shocking for the image of cricket is the money involved in mere spot fixing, and not throwing a match: 1,50,000 was paid to Majeed by the reporters posing as gamblers. He also sensationally claimed that the syndicate (the reporters) could make “absolutely millions and millions” by paying him up to 4,50,000 a time for information on matches. He excused the players’ shameful behaviour, claiming: “These poor boys are paid peanuts.”advertisementWhat Mazhar Majeed revealedMatch fixing or spot fixing goes on in all forms of the game-Tests, One Dayers and Twenty20s.He had seven Pakistani players literally in his pocket, aiding him in fixing matches.He made $1.3 million (8,37,000) from just one game-Pakistan versus Australia in the controversial Sydney Test in January 2010. That is somewhat true but for so many Test players to be in on a betting racket and Majeed boasting that he fixes matches around the world means the rot in international cricket runs deep. He also claimed to be in constant touch with an Indian bookie. Cricketers past and present have reacted with shock and horror but not with any great surprise. “Given the shift of cricket’s power base to the east, given the way cricket is placed to offer betting opportunities and that the governing body is weak, it is no surprise to me,” said Michael Atherton, former England captain.The immediate fall-out was in Pakistan. “The incident has forced Pakistanis to hang their head in shame,” said Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Adding sub-continental spice to the allegations has been the rivetting performance by Veena Malik-a Pakistani actor and former girlfriend of one of the players accused, Asif-who has turned a whistleblower.”This is a sad day for international cricket but make no mistake, we will not tolerate corruption in this great game. The ICC will investigate 82 Tests and ODIs for possible match fixing.”HAROON LORGAT, CEO, ICC She claimed that Asif had told her the Pakistani team would not win a single match on its Australian tour last year. “Asif told me he was offered $40,000 by an Indian bookie to underperform in Australia but he had demanded $2,00,000,” she said. The bookie is Delhi-based Dheeraj Dixit, a freelance photographer. Dixit has denied the allegations but he refused to speak to INDIA TODAY, claiming he had been advised by his lawyers. His sudden silence, and his well known friendship with leading cricketers across the world, have put a large question mark over his presence in London when the scandal broke.Allegations linking Pakistani cricketers to match fixing are nothing new but the video footage secretly filmed by the tabloid, brought the scandal into the homes of millions of cricket fans in Pakistan, already reeling from killer floods. Kamran Ahmed, a hospital employee, said it was unbelievable that the players had ignored the people’s attachment to them: cricket is one of the passions that unite Pakistan. The response from the government and politicians was as strong as that of the fans.advertisementHow the sting was plannedA ball by ball account of how the biggest scandal in international cricket was exposed by the News of the World tabloid.AUGUST 16: Posing as a Far-eastern syndicate, undercover reporters meet Mazhar Majeed at the Hilton in Park Lane. AUGUST 18: They meet at the Bombay Brasserie restaurant where Majeed boasts of fixing matches and how he and Pakistan players made money. Explains “spread betting”. Says Pakistan vs Australia Test at Sydneywas fixed and he made 1.3 million.AUGUST 19: He invites the reporter to join him and the players at a restaurant. He borrows a player’s jacket, and he and the reporter go and sit in a Mercedes. The reporter hands over 10,000 which he puts in the jacket pocket. Walks back to the players outside the restaurant, shows the money in the jacket. Fast bowler Wahab Riaz puts on the jacket.AUGUST 21: Majeed invites the reporter to his house in Croydon. Reveals how he launders match-fixing money through a football club he owns and claims he’s opened Swiss bank accounts for the players he “manages”. AUGUST 26: They meet at a hotel where the reporter hands over 1,40,000 in 140 bundles. Majeed counts the money and then reveals which balls would be no balls during the Lord’s Test. It happens as he predicted. This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated September 13, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy.Kamram Akmal (left) during the Sydney Test against Australia.Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the government would take the “toughest action” against anyone found involved in wrong-doing but cautioned that authorities were keen to ensure that the sting operation was not part of a “conspiracy” to defame the country. Sports Minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani pledged any player found involved in spot fixing would be given a lifetime ban. Interior Minister Malik directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to form a special three-member investigation team that would, if required, go to London to work with the Scotland Yard to probe the scandal.But Pakistani commentators and former players said the latest scandal had occurred only because the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)-currently led by Ijaz Butt, considered close to President Asif Ali Zardari-had failed to act on earlier allegations of similar wrong-doing. Even in cases where it did take action, players were let off with a slap on the wrist.”It doesn’t leave a good impression about cricket and cricketers. It is something one would like to erase and make sure cricket heads in the right direction so that it helps cricket to grow across the globe.”SACHIN TENDULKAR, Cricketer Justice Malik Muhammad Qayyum, a retired judge who headed the inquiry that eventually banished Saleem Malik and Ata-ur-Rahman from the game and implicated a number of other Pakistani players in match fixing, has said a “soft corner” for Wasim Akram might had influenced him while handing the former Pakistan captain his punishment. Former cricketer Masood Aamir said the manager of the team must be taken to the task as he was responsible for maintaining discipline.”The manager shouldn’t have allowed players to have links with a controversial man like Majeed, who has been claiming he is the agent of several cricketers,” he said.PAY SCALES MATTERHere is what the top players in various countries get as retainership per annum. It excludes match fees, sponsorship money or money got through domestic events like the IPL.AUSTRALIA – Rs 2.9 crENGLAND – Rs 2.9 crSOUTH AFRICA – Rs 76 lakhINDIA – Rs 60 lakhWEST INDIES – Rs 56 lakhSRI LANKA – Rs 56 lakhPAKISTAN – Rs 16 lakhBANGLADESH – Rs 8.7 lakhSource: The Daily Mail Majeed, or Mr Fixer, has a 1.8-million home in Surrey and is a familiar face at cricket grounds around the world. He bragged to the tabloid that he managed no less than 10 players and handled all their contracts, sponsorship, marketing and even claimed to “work very closely with the PCB”. He also claimed that he had been involved in fixing matches for more than two years “and we’ve made masses and masses of money”. He revealed secret signals like changing gloves or tapping the ground with the bat to indicate that a fix was on.The money for spot fixing during a match he mentioned is shocking. He claimed to charge for “brackets” or short periods of play, as much as between 50,000 and 80,000 from bookies. Twenty20 was about 4,00,000. And for merely bowling a no ball, a person could earn 10,000 on each ball. For results of a fixed match, depending on who was playing, his earnings could go as high as 3,00,000 to 450,000.More ominously for the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), he told the tabloid, “You can speak to any bookie in India and they will tell you about this information and how much they’ll pay. If you had the information and they knew that it was coming from a right source they would pay you that kind of money.””Given the shift of cricket’s power base to the East, given the way cricket is placed to offer betting opportunities and that the governing body is weak, it is unlikely that an absolute end to corruption will come any time soon.”MIKE ATHERTON, Former England Captain This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated September 13, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy.The Indian connection apart, it is the larger ramifications that are worrying everyone connected to the game. “It doesn’t leave a good impression about cricket and cricketers. It is something one would like to erase,” says Sachin Tendulkar. Adds Australian captain Ricky Ponting, “The way we won the Sydney Test was one of the more satisfying moments that I’ve had on the cricket field. And now when some of these things came to light, you start to slightly doubt some of the things that have happened.”How Spot fixing is doneEarlier match fixing scandals revolved around individual players or entire teams underperforming and losing matches where the bookmaker’s odds ensured a hefty profit for illegal betting. The latest is spot bets on shorter periods of play. In bookmaker’s language, these periods are called ‘brackets’-events happening in a group of 10 overs. If players score well in the first three overs, punters would be likely to bet on that continuing for the next seven. But if the fixed players then deliberately stop scoring or slow down, anybody with advance knowledge can make a killing. The same happens with bowlers giving away runs or bowling no balls. A fixer like Majeed can prove invaluable to other betting syndicates who are involved in spread betting where wagers are staked on a range of possible outcomes. The players also have secret signals to let gambling clients know that the fix was on. In one case, as Majeed revealed, captain Salman Butt was to indicate he was going along with the scam by tapping the pitch midway with his bat during the over, as players do when flattening a bump. Majeed claimed that on results for brackets, he charges anything between 50,000 and 80,000 per bracket. For Twenty20, his rate was about 4,00,000. On just no balls, if someone knew in advance when it would be bowled, the better could earn up to 10,000 on each ball. During the second Test between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney last January, at the start of the final day Pakistan were in a dominant position but managed to lose dramatically. Majeed claimed the Sydney Test was fixed and based on the shock result in that match it seems he is not lying.Hall of InfamyThey allegedly succumbed to the fixing bug and were thrown out of the gameMOHAMMAD AZHARUDDIN, INDIABanned for life in 2000 for having links with bookiesAJAY JADEJA, INDIABanned for five years in 2000. Alleged to have links with bookies. Ban lifted in 2003.HANSIE CRONJE, SOUTH AFRICABanned for life in 2000. Found guilty of accepting money from bookmakers.HERSCHELLE GIBBS, SOUTH AFRICABanned for six months in 2000. Agreed to underperform in an ODI at Nagpur, but scrapped the deal.AJAY SHARMA, INDIABanned for life in 2000. Found guilty for associating with bookmakers.MAURICE ODUMBE, KENYABanned for five years in 2004. Alleged to have received money from bookmakers.MARLON SAMUELS, WEST INDIESBanned for two years in 2008. Received money, benefit and other rewards from bookmakers.MANOJ PRABHAKAR, INDIABanned for five years in 2000. Tried to implicate Kapil Dev but was later found guilty himself. In fact, investigations by Scotland Yard after the latest scandal broke have revealed that bookies and fixers have raked in profits running into at least 20 million just from Pakistan’s ongoing tour of England with the three players named having received close to 6 million. The ICC is investigating no less than 82 other Test matches and ODIs, including the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the Asia Cup.Just how widespread is match fixing? Cases involving players from almost every country have surfaced over the last 10 years, but the sub-continent is clearly the hub. That cricket betting was institutionalised had been exposed in a series of scandals involving Indian bookies and players. Match fixing first came to light in the mid-1980s when Sharjah started hosting what was referred as the ‘benevolent fund series’ and gangster Dawood Ibrahim made his in Dubai in January 2003. Bookies work under their patronage from Mumbai and Dubai and hire go-betweens who contact players. Spot fixing was introduced to add bookie revenue so that every ball was being bet on.The CBI sources say the role of the administrators of the cricket needs to be investigated as well. “This rot begins from the top administrators. They are aware but do not do much about it.” So far, match fixing involving Indian players has tainted former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin who was given a life ban and Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Jadeja and Ajay Sharma who were banned for five years.Indian bookies like Mukesh Gupta claimed to have many top players on his payroll. Stephen Fleming, former New Zealand captain, named sports promoter Aushim Khetarpal who had offered him 3,00,000 (Rs 2.3 crore) to join a betting syndicate. Shobhan Mehta, the big daddy of bookies in the country, was arrested in Gujarat in August this year. Maurice Odumbe, the captain of the Kenyan cricket team, admitted that he had made four trips to meet Mehta in Mumbai before the 2003 World Cup.The Hansie Cronje story exposed the depth of match fixing in 2000 when the Delhi Police tapped his phone and stumbled across the scam. Cronje later confessed to taking about $1,00,000 in bribes from gamblers since 1996. He was banned for life and the plane crash that killed him in 2002 was shrouded in mystery.The crux of the problem is that there has been a shift in cricket’s power base from countries like England and Australia to the subcontinent, where a majority of the bookies come from and where the money in the game has reached astronomical levels. Income Tax authorities in India say that an India vs Pakistan one-day international match will invite a betting business worth Rs 800 to 1,000 crore.The advent of cash-rich Twenty20 tournaments like the IPL has only led to a revival in bookie interest and corruption. One reason given for Pakistan player’s vulnerability to bribery is that they were not picked for the IPL’s last edition. Such tournaments are independent of official cricketing scrutiny by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit. An added factor is the change in betting patterns, with spot fixing taking over and being more difficult to uncover. There is also the ICC’s soft approach to allegations of corruption or match fixing and some countries like Pakistan which make a mockery of players’ bans-Shahid Afridi was reinstated as captain four days after been given a six-month ban for ball tampering.The latest scandal will, hopefully, force the ICC’s hand and encourage stricter controls on players and suspected bookies. That may just prove a blessing in disguise and save international cricket from the clutches of crooks and scamsters.with Mihir Srivastava(Aditi Khanna and Tahir Khan reported from London and Karachi respectively)This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated September 13, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy.
The Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi plunged into grave uncertainty on Tuesday over “unlivable” conditions for athletes at the Games Village. Complaints from advance teams of several countries were followed by Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Mike Hooper flatly dubbing the Village as “filthy” and warning that “time had run out”. Village filthy: Hooper”We are disappointed with the condition we find ourselves in. We came to know about this when we paid a visit (to the Village) on September 15,” Hooper said at a press conference. Fennell asks govt to take immediate steps to fix the condition of Games Village’s residential zone.”Cleanliness and hygiene are great concerns. Electricity and plumbing problems, if any, too need to be addressed. We need to put capable resources and staff to fix the issues tower by tower,” he said. “The Village is filthy. One can’t occupy the rooms. There is building dust and rubble and the toilets are not working. Reports of excrement being found are true,” Hooper said without mincing words. “The Village is supposed to provide the athletes the right environment to prepare for the events. But at the moment we cannot say that’s the case,” he said. “The promises made have not been kept. Time has run out. Hopefully we will see significant action to fix the problems,” Hooper said. CWG faces call-off threatEarlier, New Zealand’s CWG chef de mission Dave Currie raised an alarm and even suggested that the Games could be called off. “If the Village is not ready and the athletes can’t come, obviously the implications of that are that it’s not going to happen,” Currie said. “In the timeframe that is left, unless there is tremendous effort and energy and problem-solving ability to get it done, I think it’s going to be extremely hard to get across the line. They’ve got a little bit of time but it’s kind of two seconds to midnight really,” he said. Fennell shockedCommonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell too sent a hard-hitting letter to Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar on the state of the Games Village. Fennell wrote that he was shocked at the condition of the residential zone and that many contingents had complained about it. With less than two weeks to go for the sporting extravaganza and the athletes scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Thursday, Fennell expressed doubts over the readiness of the Village. He said the complex had been “seriously compromised”. NZ, Canada, Scotland complainFennell’s letter came after New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland strongly protested against the quality of accommodation at the Village. The contingents asked the CWG Organising Committee to put their officials and athletes in hotels if they could not set the Village apartments right. The complaints included problems with hot-and-cold water supply, doors and windows as well as stained toilets. No pullouts, says OCBut the CWG Organising Committee expressed surprise. CWG Organising Committee CEO Jarnail Singh admitted to the complaints but said no country was pulling out. “The complaint came three days ago. The teams of the respective countries will be shifted to the older block in the CWG Village,” he said. Singh said more than 700 workers were working overtime at the new block ever since the complaints had been made.advertisement
Football governing body FIFA has exonerated its president Sepp Blatter of all corruption charges but has suspended senior executives Mohammed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner over bribery allegations.The FIFA ethics committee met to deliberate over the most damaging corruption crisis to have hit the sports body.They provisionally suspended the two senior officers amid allegations that they bribed voters in the presidential election campaign.A full blown investigation will now be conducted and if found guilty, the executive council members could be banned for life from all football activity.Blatter, who had been accused of purposely ignoring the bribery, was cleared by the committee.The FIFA chief will now stand unopposed for a fourth term of presidency.
As humble as Viswanathan Anand is, the five-time chess world champion believes aggression has played a big part in his success.In the Capital for a felicitation function organised by NIIT for young chess players, Anand said the insecurity of losing made him aggressive. “Aggression is a very useful tool. I don’t show it openly but the prospect of losing to some players is so horrifying you might want an extra bit,” Anand said.”Against (Veselin) Topalov (in the 2010 World Championship) I was able to channel that feeling into a willingness to play long games. I was able to feel motivated.”Another thing that got me going was thinking how happy Gary (Kasparov) would be to see me losing and then I thought how nice it would be to not give him that pleasure.”The 42-year-old from Chennai won his fifth world title, beating Boris Gelfand of Israel in Moscow in May. “The hunger is still there to go for the next one,” says Anand. “I am often asked how I maintain my motivation even after five world titles. Frankly, I never took to chess because it was on some kind of a check-list. I will keep playing till I enjoy it. The desire is still there,” he said.Anand’s ELO rating has fallen to 2780 and he is now No. 5 in the world. But he is not concerned.”It might take me seven to eight tournaments to take my rating to something close to the 2850 mark. But then I have played bad intentionally,” he joked.advertisementThe world champion is aware that he may face another tough challenge for his sixth title. He pointed out Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Armenia’s Levon Aronian were players to watch out for.”Both of them and others will be fighting for the right to play me at the next world championship. They are the biggest talents that have emerged in recent times and maybe a few decades. It would be challenging to play either of them and I know most people won’t consider me the favourite,” Anand said.On the national front, Anand feels Parimarjan Negi is progressing well.”Parimarjan prepares well, has a very sharp opening and often has creative ideas. He is actually doing very well in the open circuit but now will get into big tournaments and try to win the world cup,” he said.
Sri Lanka exacted a sweet revenge on India with a crushing nine-wicket victory in the second ODI here on Tuesday, to draw the series level at 1-1.It was an absolutely contrasting performance by the Indian batsmen from their last match, as they were bundled out for a paltry 138 in only 33.3 overs.Chasing a target of 139, which isn’t good enough for even Twenty20 format, Sri Lankan openers Upul Tharanga (59 no, 60 balls) and Tillekaratne Dilshan (50, 49 balls, 5×4) added 119 runs as the islanders hardly broke sweat while racing to the target in only 19.5 overs.The win also means that India won’t get a shot at No 1 spot in ICC ODI rankings, for which they needed a 5-0 margin in the current series.Although the second ODI was played on a different strip, it was inexplicable as to how a team, which scored 314 a couple of days back, showed complete lack of application to get out inside the 34th over.Save opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a fighting 65 (96 balls, 4×4), the other batsmen paid heavy price for their indiscretion on a pitch that demanded judicious shot selection. Thisara Perera (3/14) and Angelo Mathews (3/19) ran through the Indian top-order.Although there was a greenish tinge, the pitch, which was primarily on the lower side, also produced the odd deliveries that reared up from the three quarter.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and expectedly decided to bat despite windy conditions that aided swing bowlers.The visitors got off to a brisk start courtesy Virender Sehwag (15) as he blasted debutant Isuru Udana for a couple of boundaries as they raced to 31 in just three overs.After Udana went for 16 in his first over, Mahela Jayawardene had no option but to turn to Perera whose slower delivery did the trick after Sehwag committed to the shot early for the bowler to take a sharp reflex catch.Failure is a rarity for Virat Kohli (1) these days but today was different. He chased a delivery from Perera that was wide outside off-stump and the faint nick gave Kumar Sangakkara, first of his four catches.Rohit Sharma (0), who is lucky to be still persisted with — purely on the basis of potential rather than performance — once again flattered to deceive as he played on while going for an ambitious cut off a very wide delivery from Mathews.Suresh Raina (1) dragged one from Perera back onto his off-stump. Dhoni (11) hit a couple of fours but then went for a non-existent cut shot off a Mathews delivery. The ball reared up from short of good length and there was virtually no room to play the square cut and Sangakkara took the edge.With all the top-order batsmen save Gambhir back in the pavilion before completion of first 15 overs, the Delhi left-hander had an onerous task of saving his wicket as well as scoring some runs.Irfan Pathan (6) too didn’t stay long but Ravichandran Ashwin (21, 15 balls, 3×4) did throw his bat around during a 28-run eighth wicket partnership after which the burly Tamil Nadu offie was needlessly run-out.Gambhir, meanwhile, got to his 32nd half-century with No 10 batsmen Pragyan Ojha for company. He ultimately ran out of patience as he tried to steer a Lasith Malinga delivery, only for Sangakkara to effect a brilliant one-handed catch.Defending a small target was always going to be difficult irrespective of the conditions and India needed early breakthroughs. However, the pace trio of Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav presented the opening duo with a lot of width as they raced to 64 for no loss before break.When Ashwin finally got rid of Dilshan, the contest was as good as over. It was Dinesh Chandimal whose streaky shot through second slip helped Lanka reach the target with 181 balls remaining.advertisement
India’s Gagan Narang failed to add to his medals tally at the 2012 Olympics as he crashed out in the qualifying round of the 50 metres rifle prone competition on Friday.The 10m Air Rifle bronze medallist was off-colour in his secondary event. He finished 18th in the qualifiers with a score of 593 out of 600. The total was only good enough to give him 18th spot on the table.
Perhaps the greatest wrestler that India has ever produced, Sushil Kumar’s journey to sporting glory started in a small village on the outskirts of New Delhi.Sushil took up wrestling after watching his father and uncle sweat it out in the mud-pits or akharas of his village. His enormous talent was spotted at a very young age and the family made a number of sacrifices to nurture his dreams. Sushil’s uncle even gave up wrestling so that the family could support and fund the youngster’s training.Soon Sushil was creating waves on the international circuit. As a junior he won a number of tournaments and got his first taste of the Olympics at Athens 2004, where he finished in the bottom half but gained valuable experience.In the years to follow, Sushil collected many medals at various international events and capped these performances with a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The medal spurred Sushil to aim even higher and he built on the success of Beijing to capture gold medals at the world championships and the Commonwealth Games in 2010.Sunday’s silver medal at the London Olympics has been a culmination of years of effort put in by Sushil and his family. He has entered the history books as the only individual athlete to win back-to-back medals at the Olympics.
The sometimes spectacular, and often quirky and surprising opening ceremony of the Olympic Games had been matched for craziness and bizarre sights in the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, but with one big difference — it was even more madly bonkers.Thousands of athletes on Sunday night took the opportunity to party like mad, to a soundtrack supplied by top British artists.The five-strong girl-band ‘The Spice Girls’ reformed for the evening and were seen whizzing around the stadium on the top of black London taxis, belting out one of their hits, reports Xinhua.The most surreal moment of a truly mad evening was the appearance of Monty Python star Eric Idle singing ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ — often sung by defeated sports fans to cheer themselves up — complete with roller-skating nuns, morris dancers, dancing Roman centurions, frantic Indian Bhangra dancers and a kilted-bagpipe band.The athletes flooded into the stadium from all sides to fill up parts of a giant union flag on the stadium floor, designed by British artist Damien Hirst.They partied to a ‘Symphony of British Music’, showcasing an hour of great British hits, starting with film of John Lennon, the Beatle murdered in New York in 1980, singing his idealistic hit ‘Imagine’ as a giant replica of his face was created in the center of the stadium.The music brought out not just the breadth of British music, but also an underlying surreality, particularly with a Beatle’s track ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ featuring dancing walruses and eggmen (from the lyrics of the song), and D J Fatboy Slim whose appearance also heralded the arrival of the world’s largest transparent plastic octopus, and whose eight limbs twitched disturbingly to the music.Earlier, Stomp, the physical theater group whose show has been running in the West End for 20 years, using giant models of London sights such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge, as percussion instruments.Hundreds of lycra-clad children and teenagers pulled themselves into unlikely poses as the Beatles hit ‘A Day in the Life’ played.Then the audience in the stadium and millions watching on TV and the Internet, saw an actor playing Sir Winston Churchill pop out of the peeled top of the Big Ben tower, quoting the Shakespeare lines from ‘The Tempest’ heard in the opening ceremony, “Be not afeard, this isle is full of noises”.Music in this early segment (and also later in the show) was, in effect, the world’s most expensive karaoke concert, with the audience in the stadium — mostly Brits — knowing the words to the songs and joining in.The bands and artists had created the hit music, an eclectic and very British mix of pop and rock tunes from the past 50 years.More precisely it was not just British but very London, with music by artists from London — like the 1980s ska band Madness — or songs about London — like the Pet Shop Boys with their hit ‘West End Girls’.Madness reprised ‘Our House’, which they had performed just two months earlier on top of Buckingham Palace as part of the concert to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.They were followed by the surrealistic sight of the Band of the Brigade of Guards — the Queen’s personal ‘i-pod’ — playing Blur’s ‘Parklife’, a 90s Britpop hit whose ironic and droll humour is a world away from the apparent formality of the scarlet-tunic clad musicians.In the more formal, and more sane, parts of the evening Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) presented the winners medals for the men’s marathon, and later took possession of the Olympic flag from London Mayor Boris Johnson to then hand it over to Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes.A segment from the 2016 Olympic Games host city Rio de Janeiro showcased its rich blend of cultures and dance, and climaxed with the appearance of legendary footballer Pele.In a final speech, London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said: “Today sees the closing of a wonderful Games in a wonderful city. We lit the flame and we lit up the world, for the third time in its history London was granted the trust of the Olympic movement and once again we have shown ourselves worthy of that trust.”To conclude the evening IOC President Rogge praised London’s spectators and the Olympic volunteers.He added, “You have earned the respect and admiration of a global audience. Through your commitment to fair play and your respect for opponents and grace in defeat as well as victory, you have earned the right to be called Olympians. These were happy and glorious Games.”advertisementadvertisement
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Reyes believes the Philippines can get it done this time.“Angola, although, they’re a very strong team, is beatable the way we were able to beat Senegal before,” he said. “And Italy will be tough, but I don’t think they’re as strong as Argentina or Greece. I think we have a chance against Italy.”“Serbia, admittedly, will be very, very tough. They’re like Croatia before during our time but then we took Croatia to overtime so you can’t really tell.”Reyes is convinced Gilas can win two games in the first round and advance to the next.“We have proven before that we can compete and with this team now, with the players that we have, with coach Yeng’s system, and with Andray Blatche in shape, there’s no reason for us not to improve on that previous one win in 2014 and I think if we get to two wins, that might be enough to get us to the next round.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Reyes is well-acquainted with the World Cup competition having steered the country to its first win in the tournament in 40 years after Gilas Pilipinas edged Senegal in overtime five years ago in Spain.“I’m very optimistic about our chances,” Reyes said on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“First of all, all the teams are tough. But at least there’s only one top 10 team in the world in our group unlike in 2014 when there were three top 10 teams in our group and we went side by side with them so that’s one,” he added.READ: Yeng Guiao: Gilas Pilipinas ‘overwhelming underdog’ in Group D Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The Philippines is in Group D with Italy, Angola, and Serbia. Reyes was referring to Serbia, which is ranked No. 4 in the world.The Serbians also finished second in the 2014 World Cup after losing to the US in the gold medal match.In 2014, Gilas was joined by world powers Greece, Croatia, and Argentina as well as a dangerous squad in Puerto Rico and Senegal in the same group.Despite the overwhelming odds, Gilas nearly pulled off major upsets against Argentina and Croatia.READ: Yeng Guiao on facing Italy, Serbia in World Cup: ‘A miracle can happen’ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Chinese basketball probes ‘racial abuse’ of former NBA player Google Philippines names new country director Former national team coach Chot Reyes feels confident about the Philippines’ chances to at least make the second round of the 2019 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT
Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) controls the ball as Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen will miss the rest of the season after experiencing a rapid heart rate and fatigue.The Bulls say tests to determine the cause of the problem have come back normal. He will continue to be evaluated over the next 10 to 14 days for precautionary reasons.ADVERTISEMENT “”We just want to do what’s best for him,” Boylen said. “We’re not going rush him back.”The 7-foot forward from Finland averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in his second season.Markkanen joins a long list of unavailable Bulls players. Wendell Carter Jr., Chandler Hutchison and Denzel Valentine all had season-ending injuries.Leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis), Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) and Kris Dunn (back) were unavailable Wednesday. That left veteran center Robin Lopez starting alongside guards Antonio Blakeney and Shaquille Harrison and forwards Brandon Sampson and Wayne Selden Jr. starting on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Markkanen did not play Wednesday night in the Bulls’ loss to Portland. The teams announced afterward he will miss the remaining six games.“The long-term health of our players is always our organization’s top priority,” Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said. “We will continue to monitor Lauri’s condition and work with our medical staff and doctors to provide him with everything he may need.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMarkkanen remained overnight in Toronto after exiting Tuesday night’s loss to the Raptors with what the team called “extreme fatigue.” He was evaluated in the training room by the Bulls’ medical staff and Toronto’s team physician and underwent more tests at a hospital.He also was examined Wednesday in Chicago. Coach Jim Boylen said Markkanen was in his office at 2 p.m. and even wanted to play against Portland. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Breakdancing makes next move to Olympic status at Paris 2024 View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag
MOST READ UP NEXTBucks: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday nightNets: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “You can’t place pressure on yourself. These games are fun,” LeVert said.“It’s what we worked for all year. It’s what we worked for it all summer, for these moments right here. Super fun for us, especially because we control our own destiny at this point.”Milwaukee got off to a quick start and led 35-13 lead with 1:39 left to play in the first quarter. But Brooklyn stormed back with a 28-6 spurt to go up 42-41 on DeMarre Carroll’s layup with 5:53 remaining in the half.There were 16 lead changes in the third and for a while it seemed like the short-handed Bucks, who only dressed nine players, could be facing another loss after falling Sunday in overtime.“Character is something we talk a lot about and something we really value,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said.“Your character comes out when you face a little bit of adversity, which I think we did tonight. I don’t think we always had the best response to it, but ultimately I think the character does come through and we were able to get a little bit of separation and win the game.”Antetokounmpo, who had 14 points in the final period, put the Bucks ahead 101-91 with a three-point play with 10:21 to go.Brooklyn cut it to four after LeVert scooped up a loose ball for a layup before Antetokounmpo led a 7-0 run with a pair of baskets to increase the lead to 121-110 with 4:11 to play.“They got into us. They looked fresh and rested,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.“If you really look at it though, it was all about the first quarter. They overwhelmed us.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, April 1, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)NEW YORK — Giannis Antetokounmpo forgot for a moment that Milwaukee had reduced its magic number to one for clinching the NBA’s best record.Once the Bucks have it secured, Antetokounmpo can get some extra rest before the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT NBA-worst Knicks overcome Bulls to snap 6-game losing streak Eric Bledsoe added 29 points, reserve guard George Hill chipped in 22, and Brook Lopez and Sterling Brown each scored 14 for the Bucks, who played without All-Star forward Khris Middleton because of soreness in his left groin.Milwaukee was unable to clinch the best record because Toronto won earlier Monday.D’Angelo Russell had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who remained seventh in the East after losses by Detroit and Miami.Their defeats took away some of the sting for Caris LeVert, who went 8 for 15 from the field with 24 points off the bench.The Nets host Toronto on Wednesday followed by a visit to Milwaukee on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He isn’t interested.“Because I love playing basketball. I just love playing basketball,” Antetokounmpo said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Rest is not in my dictionary. I just love playing basketball. If I am healthy and I can play and I can help my teammates, I am always going to play and help my team.”That’s what he did Monday night, finishing with 28 points and 11 rebounds in his return from an ankle injury to help the Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-121. 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He’s averaged 18.2 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last five gamesMUTUAL ADMIRATIONBefore taking the Brooklyn coaching job, Atkinson spent three years as an assistant in Atlanta for Budenholzer, Milwaukee’s first-year coach.Now both are considered candidates for the Coach of the Year award.Budenholzer, who won the award in 2015 after leading the Hawks to a franchise-record 60 wins, isn’t surprised at the job Atkinson has done and enjoys watching the Nets from afar.“I would love for Kenny to be Coach of the Year,” Budenholzer said.“I think he’s very deserving, and what he’s done here the two or three years — three years — he’s been (here), the culture, the way they compete, the way they play both ends of the floor.“He’s incredibly deserving.” Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war But it was Creamline’s other import, Thai Kuttika Kaewpin, who did most damage, hitting 27 points to inflict the Perlas Spikers’ second setback in three outings.Creamline was ahead, 21-20, in the fourth until Kath Bersola and Dzi Gervacio scored back-to-back kill-blocks on Alyssa Valdez to take the upper hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut a Valdez retaliation and two errors in the row did BanKo Perlas in before Blanco hit the clincher. MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines—Creamline recovered from a lethargic opening set and a rough fourth frame to defeat BanKo Perlas, 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-23, Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Aleoscar Blanco fired the winning shot to finally end the Perlas Spikers’ last-ditch comeback attempt and ensure the Cool Smashers’ second win in three matches.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:15‘Perla’ intensifies into severe tropical storm03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Veteran August Benedicto, Leonard Rondina banner Filipino finishers in Ironman 70.3 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
To Hell with HockeyThe Life Story of OlympianAslam Sher KhanAllied PublishersPrice: Rs 40; Pages: 89″Victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan.” That was an American President, John F. Kennedy, on international crises, but he could as easily have been referring to the vagaries of Indian sport, so,To Hell with HockeyThe Life Story of OlympianAslam Sher KhanAllied PublishersPrice: Rs 40; Pages: 89″Victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan.” That was an American President, John F. Kennedy, on international crises, but he could as easily have been referring to the vagaries of Indian sport, so aptly does the description fit. But perhaps no other sport has demonstrated the truth of that statement as forcibly as hockey, India’s solitary and sporadic claim to international fame.Till the late ’60s, when Indian hockey was riding the crest, nothing was too much for the national hockey team and everybody remotely connected with the sport hopped nimbly onto the bandwagon.Then came the slump in Indian hockey and suddenly the champagne rat flat, the roses wilted and the players were more akin to pariahs. The same story repeated itself with the Indian World Cup win in Kuala Lumpur in 1974 when the heady feeling again proved momentary and the witch-hunts and buck-passing once again took precedence over the actual sport.Though by now an all-too-familiar litany, the seamy side of Indian hockey has never been stripped so naked as in the autobiography of Aslam Sher Khan, former hockey superstar and architect of India’s 1974 World Cup win.Sher Khan in Kuala Lumpur in 1975: Treading on toesKhan’s is the kind of rags-to-riches story that probably holds true for most of the country’s hockey stars, but he is the first to feel so powerfully about the injustice and the wheeling-dealing that governs the sport to put it into a book. In purely literary terms, that perhaps is an error of judgment. The passion and anger is too strong and too overpowering to make for any literary pretensions.But that, in the final analysis, is probably the only way that a book of this type could have achieved some impact. Though crudely crafted, it is nonetheless a straight-from-the-gut, no-holds-barred account of the struggle of a highly talented athlete to claw his way to the top of the heap, and the pitfalls and politics that eventually dictate his every move.advertisementDaring Revelations: Starting with Khan’s baptism into hockey, when he was dropped from the Bhopal team in the nationals because he refused to go to bed with the 55-year-old coach of the team, the author takes the reader on a sordid and sweat-stained sojourn into the tortured maze that represents the state of sports in this country.The politics of the selection process – Khan was the first Muslim hockey player to play against Pakistan, 27 years after Independence; its fickleness – he was dropped from the team immediately after a match-winning performance; and its illogicality – he is perhaps the only Olympian to have played as a full-back, a wing-half and a forward, all in the same tournament.Khan dismisses the selectors as “chauvinistic bastards” for their petty parochial interests and cites some telling instances of the depths to which hockey officialdom is capable of unabashedly plunging. In fact, Khan’s book, for all its slim look, is not just a side-swipe at the powers-that-are but a constant barrage of literary body-blows.Those looking for lengthy descriptions of historic matches and revelations on the finer points of the games will be disappointed. Only at one point does Khan make the significant observation that “we are taught to dodge and dribble but no great emphasis is ever placed on scoring”. For the rest.To Hell With Hockey is essentially a personal testimony to the dark side of Indian hockey, a side that few people have so far had the courage to expose. Aslam Sher Khan is certainly never going to get a government-sponsored job or that of a coach in this country; he has stepped on too many sensitive toes for that.But if the sordid revelations in To Hell With Hockey make even the most miniscule impact on the way the game is run, it will be Aslam Sher Khan’s greatest contribution to the game.
Top order batsman Joe Root has revealed that the English cricket team didn’t leave Trent Bridge for 10 hours as they were partying in the dressing room and on the pitch with “plenty of drink swilling around” following their 3-1 Ashes victory over Australia that saw them reclaim the urn.Australia lost the fourth Test at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs inside three days. The visitors had earlier lost the first and third Tests and are trailing the five-match series 1-3.”Celebrating wins is very special and, at Trent Bridge, we didn’t leave the ground until about 10pm, even though the match was over by midday,” Root was quoted as saying by Sunday Mirror on Saturday.Also read: Australia coach Darren Lehmann sorry for poor Ashes show”As you can imagine there was plenty of drink swilling around in the dressing room and people were wearing as much champagne as they drank.”Root’s role in the celebrations was highlighted, as the Yorkshire star took to Sky mock pundit Bob Willis in the dressing room.”After the spraying was out of the way I couldn’t resist doing my Bob Willis impression, although quite a few people have told me it doesn’t sound anything like him. I’ll have to keep working on it,” he said.England now go into the final Test in the series with an unassailable 3-1 lead, thanks to back to back wins inside three days, but Root insisted that the side would not be taking their foot off the gas next week.advertisement”We want to go to the Oval and make sure, when we lift that urn, we are having a huge celebration and it doesn’t become a damp squib because we have not won the final game,” Root said.