(left to right) Dhoni, R Ashwin and Suresh Raina.Former Australian test cricketer, Tom Moody, currently coaching Sri Lanka for the World Cup, is not impressed with the way the Men in Blue have performed in the tournament. There have been times when Indians have been extremely lucky. “M S Dhoni must realise that luck alone will not help his side win the Cup,” he warned ESPN Star Sports commentator Alan Wilkins on the sidelines of a match at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Excerpts. Q. So Team India’s weakest link is bowling?A. India’s bowling has let them down very badly and they have to work out a formula and stick to it. It has not happened so far in the tournament. Each bowler has to know his role. Once each bowler knows his full responsibility and when he is going to bowl, he will get the best out of the overs allotted. It needs to happen fast.Q. Indians have got great starts while batting but don’t seem to be able to follow up. Why?A. It’s strange. India have been in such dominant positions but they folded dramatically, especially against England, when they should have scored another 30 runs at least. They faltered against South Africa too, when they should have had another 50 runs on the board. They have to value each run scored. Indians threw away priceless runs in crucial matches, especially when they had the opposition bowlers at their mercy.Q. How would you bowl the death over?advertisementA. Dhoni, not me, has to think about his “death bowlers.” Did Ashish Nehra, for instance, know that he was going to be called upon to bowl the final over against South Africa? The Indian skipper has to have a mental checklist of the death bowlers who will do the job for him. And no one should regret that decision.Q. What about India’s poor fielding and lack of fitness?A. It is too late for India to improve their individual athleticism and skills through conditioning, but they have liabilities in the field which are costing runs. It is critical, therefore, for Dhoni to have fielders in positions where they can do the best job. Doing skill exercises in the middle of the tournament won’t help India’s fielders. Knowing what each player is capable of in the field is crucial.Q. So what is the Indian team’s primary strength?A. India’s top order batting is as good as any top order in the World Cup and all the batsmen are in form-Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kholi and Yuvraj Singh. They are the apparatus through which India can impose their superiority in this tournament. India’s top order has to continue to get big scores because India’s bowling is their weakness, and their fielding is also likely to cost too many runs. So the responsibility is on India’s batsmen to bat India into match-winning totals. The collapse against South Africa was inexcusable.Q. So will Dhoni have to do things differently?A. Yes, in a way he has to work out strategies in bowling and fielding that will complement India’s batting. He has to make it clear to every member of the team what his job responsibility is in the side. India’s approach to matches from here on has to be more formulaic. It must not be left to chance.
After registering a comprehensive victory over Kochi Tuskers Kerala to bring their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign back on track, a confident Rajasthan Royals team will be eyeing an upset when they take on leaders Mumbai Indians in Jaipur on Friday. The Sawai Man Singh Stadium will witness the first clash this season between two ageless legends of cricket and whether the Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals can the Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians remains to be seen. Mumbai, hot favourites this year, have been able to live up to their reputation by winning all but one of their six matches in the tournament.Rajasthan, on the other hand, have had a roller-coaster ride so far. Out of seven matches, they have won and lost three each with one match having been abandoned due to rain. They currently have seven points from seven matches, while Mumbai have earned 10 from six.After receiving two successive thrashings, Rajasthan managed to notch up a fine victory against the in-form Kochi Tuskers Kerala in their previous match, with Warne leading from the front with a three-wicket haul on home turf.On Thursday too, they will be relying on their captain-cum-coach to do the trick for them and expect Johan Botha, Siddharth Trivedi and Shane Watson to assist Warne with the ball.So far, the Royals’ strategy has been to restrict their opponents and chase down modest targets.It is high time their batting lineup that boasts of Watson, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Botha and rising star Ashok Menaria fires together and makes an impact.advertisementThe batsmen have shown occasional glimpses of their ability but are yet to win a match on their own, and they will need to be at their best to tackle a bowling lineup featuring the leading wickettaker, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel.Mumbai’s batsmen, meanwhile, led by batting maestro Tendulkar, have clicked extremely well in this competition. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Andrew Symonds and Kieron Pollard doing their job to perfection, Mumbai should be hoping for a cake-walk.Their fielding, no doubt inspired by their fielding coach and South African legend Jonty Rhodes, has been fabulous. “We have Jonty as the fielding coach and the boys have responded well. In the previous match it was the fielding rather my five- wicket haul that won the match for us,” said Harbhajan on the eve of the match.Bhajji available for WIHarbhajan also said he would be available for the Indian team’s forthcoming tour of the West Indies but was not aware of the plans of other senior players.”I have no idea from where the news (of senior players opting out of West Indies tour) has poured in. I am available for the tour. As far others are concerned, neither have I talked to anybody and nor has anybody has talked to me. We will be playing three Tests there and I don’t want to miss any of those,” he said.Harbhajan praised teammate Ambati Rayudu, saying he was a special talent.”It would be a challenge for youngsters like Rayudu to face a great spinner (like Warne). He is a special talent and we always knew that. He was unfortunately lost in between but lately he has been performing well. He is capable of filling in the big shoes of great Indian batsmen like VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid,” the off- spinner said.- With PTI inputs
“Suresh Kalmadi’s conduct has tarnished the image of the country,” was how CBI described him while opposing the bail plea of the former CWG Organising Committee chief arrested on charges of cheating, conspiracy and corruption in the award of games related contracts. “We are opposing the bail plea (of Kalmadi) as other co-accused in this case had already been denied bail by this court. Investigation is going on. Kalmadi’s conduct has tarnished the image of the country,” CBI prosecutor told Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh. Kalmadi was arrested along with OC Joint Director General (Sport) A.S.V. Prasad and OC Deputy Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal on April 25 for allegedly awarding an illegal contract to a Swiss firm for Timing-Scoring-Result (TSR) system for the mega sporting event last year causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer. CBI submitted Kalmadi constituted a committee of “handpicked persons” to push for a selected brand. – With inputs from PTI
Former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar wasn’t the only one to raise an alarm about Suresh Kalmadi. New revelations are bound to further embarrass the Prime Minister’s Office. Former sports ministers M.S. Gill and the late Sunil Dutt had also red flagged the former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief and his methods. In a letter dated September 26, 2007, Gill had pointed out the astonishing jump in costs for holding the Games and hinted at gross mismanagement. Gill had written, “At the time of the agreement, they were to be about Rs 200 crore. It is now something less than Rs 800 crore and we are coming to the Cabinet soon for something above Rs 1600 crore. In the past, the (Organising) Committee rarely met and generally endorsed post-facto decisions, taken in a highly centralised system.” As far back as 2004, late Sports Minister Sunil Dutt had lodged a strong protest against the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi, now sacked and languishing in jail. Dutt had written: “I was surprised to see newspaper reports about a resolution passed by Indian Olympic Association (lOA) regarding appointment of President, lOA as Chairman of the Organising Committee, which is at variance with the decisions taken in the GOM meeting.” Headlines Today had broadcast letters written by Aiyar, warning the PM of financial bungling by the Kalmadi-led OC. In the letter written on October 25, 2007 Aiyar had written: “I grow increasingly alarmed at the profligacy of CWG OC Chairman. Present projections of CWG expenditure have topped Rs 20,000 crore!” Aiyar had even contested the PM’s claim that his objections were merely ideological. “Hope this refreshes his memory,” Aiyar said. Caught in a bind, the then MoS in the PMO, tried to clear the air in vain. Prithivraj Chavan says, “I am not aware what Mani Shankar Aiyer has said. There are many things which are said. I would have to see what he had said. It was a courtesy meet. There were certain pending issues.” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said despite the letters, “the loot was on”. advertisement
Police said Sean Hoare, the whistleblower reporter who alleged widespread hacking at the News of the World, has been found dead.The phone-hacking controversy took a new turn on Monday with the death of a former News of the World journalist, Sean Hoare, who first alleged that illegal practices were being adopted at the tabloid under the editorship of Andy Coulson.Coulson, who was arrested two weeks ago, resigned as editor of the tabloid due to the phone-hacking allegations, but was later hired by David Cameron as his communications director as leader of the opposition and also later as Prime Minister.Hoare was found dead on Tuesday at his home in Watford, but his death was not being considered as suspicious.The issue continued to rock the corridors of power as two top police officers of the Scotland Yard – Sir Paul Stevenson and John Yats – resigned, even as anticipation built up about on Tuesday hearing before MPs of Rupert and James Murdoch, and Rebekah Brooks.The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons is scheduled to examine the three leading lights of the controversy while Sir Paul Stevenson, former police commissioner, will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee.The hearings will be telecast live, and are expected to register a wide audience due to the phone-hacking controversy that has hit Murdoch’s media empire in the UK hard.Hoare first levelled allegations about phone-hacking at the now defunct tabloid in a New York Times investigation into the phone-hacking issue.advertisementHe told the newspaper that not only did Coulson know of the phone hacking, but that he actively encouraged his staff to intercept the phone calls of celebrities in the pursuit of exclusives.In a subsequent interview with the BBC he alleged that he was personally asked by his then-editor, Coulson, to tap into phones.- With PTI inputs
Indian recurve women’s team of Laishram Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro on Wednesday earned three Olympic quota places by beating France 216-213 in the first round of the team event of the World Archery Championship at Turin, Italy. Unfortunately, Indian men’s team comprising of Rahul Banerjee, Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar lost by just a point, 215-216 against the Chinese team. In normal course, Indian men would have been out of contention for Olympic berths but as luck would have it, Olympic Games’ host Great Britain also qualified defeating Chinese Taipei. Since Great Britain has already been assured of three quota places as the host, India is in the play-off for the three berths, the results of which will be known later. Meanwhile, world champion Korea, China and Ukraine assured themselves of six quota places (men three and women three). Italy, France, USA and Mexico made it to London Olympics from men’s section. Georgia, India, Denmark, Chinese Taipei and Russia qualified in women’s category.- With PTI inputs
Vijender Kumar Beniwal has time and again talked of wanting to improve on his Beijing Olympics bronze medal. On Friday night, egged on by a decent crowd, the Indian hero registered a comprehensive 14:10 win against Kazakhstan’s Danabek Sukhanov to enter the 75kg category pre-quarter finals.The name of the boxing arena in London is called ‘Excel.’ If Vijender wanted to gain inspiration from it, he did so as he won his bout with a good mixture of measured tactics and sound technique.In the first round, Vijender sized up his opponent well and the hard right-hander in the final seconds helped him take a 5:4 lead.In the second round, the Indian role model and the Kazakh pugilist stayed in the centre of the ring. Again, towards the closing stages of the round, Vijender had a left upper cut to gain the lead.Once into the decider, Vijender did look a bit tired. But having garnered so much experience in these four years post Beijing, he did nothing in a rush of blood and won his bout comfortably.National coach GS Sandhu said: “It was a tough opening bout and Vijender boxed cautiously. In the first round, he led by a point and repeated the same in the second round.””Yes, Vijender’s experience is very useful but let us not forget these are the Olympics and the world’s best are competing,” added Sandhu.Later, Vijender said: “I am happy to win the first round and have given the team a good start. It’s now on to the next challenge,” said the 26-year-old.Vijender will now take on Terrell Gausha of USA in the pre-quarters on August 2.Gausha got the better of Andranik Hukobyan of Armenia in the opening round with referee stopping contest.The story of Gausha is a fascinating one. As one who made it to the American team at the last minute, he is respected by his federation.”I think Gausha is a very talented boxer with great skill and a technical mindset,” Anthony Bartkowski, the executive director of USA Boxing has said.”So there’s very little we needed to do with him in that regard. Now it’s just harnessing all that energy,” added Bartowski.At age 20, Gausha had chucked boxing and got married and had a kid. But the way he has bounced back after four years has been incredible.This time around, USA Boxing decided that they were not going to pick boxers for the Olympics on automatic qualification and have trials. And that’s how Gausha, who stands at five feet and 10 inches made the grade.advertisementJai Bhagwan storms into pre-quartersCommonwealth Games bronze medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) moved into the pre-quarterfinals as he got past Allisop Andrique of Seychelles on Sunday afternoon.Jai Bhagwan used his height and reach and was not bothered by the big occasion. Competing in the Olympics for the first time, the 26-year-old Indian showed court craft and technical superiority.In the first game, he opened up a quick 7:3 lead and in the second he registered a same score with smart punches.Once into the last round, Bhagwan still looked energetic as he used offence and defence for an 18:8 win.Bhagwan knows his next round opponent as well when he faces Gani Zhailauov from Kazakhstan. Coach Sandhu said Bhagwan had lost to the same boxer in the AIBA world championship quarter-finals.
The Indian male boxers have left fans high and dry, unable to win a single medal at the London Olympics, but federation secretary Brig P K Muralidharan Raja is not going to press the panic button. In an exclusive chat with Mail Today on Thursday, Raja’s lament was the poor quality of work done by the referees.”I think we were distinctly unlucky not to have won a medal in men’s boxing, but there are no excuses. We had our chances and the depth was there for all to see. Had these same bouts taken place in some other country and not Britain, the results may have been different,” thundered Raja.In his view, even Devendro Singh’s last bout, which ended in agony, was a sad one to lose. “I am sure, because of the opponent being from Ireland, we were at the receiving end,” added Raja.Till now, there was a huge debate how the Indian boxers had lost some close bouts in London but Raja’s words make it clear that there are dubious verdicts even today in amateur boxing.”I am an international referee and am convinced the Indian boxers have been unlucky,” said Raja.Looking ahead, Raja said there is no need to panic about the future of Indian boxing. “It’s very creditable that seven male boxers qualified this time and there is huge depth. We need to keep working hard on their training programme,” said Raja.But there could be a brief lull in India’s future boxing preparations after this as elections are due to take place next month.advertisementAs per the government guidelines, Abhay Chautala, president of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, has served two terms and will have to move out.”I have served two terms as secretary and can now become the president of the federation. We have our plans in place though at this point of time my talking about it may be premature,” said Raja.It is well known that Raja has played a huge role in making the federation plans all these years and deciding on the exposure-cum-training schedules.There is a clause in the government guidelines which says a government servant cannot serve more than one term as a sports federation official. However, Raja is hoping this will be waived off as he has permission from his department and the Indian Army to continue as an office bearer.”I am in any case retiring next November from the Army and am ready to be the president,” said Raja.The problem with sports federation elections is that the returning officer goes strictly by the rule book. However, if the sports ministry can make an exception, Raja can continue.In Raja’s view, the growth of Indian boxing has been a well planned one. At a time when more than technique of the boxers, scoring punches for the computers to register points has become important, Raja says it has been a coordinated effort.”We leave the coaching to the coaches but our technical experts do tell them what way the boxers need to be groomed. It is as a combined result of this our boxers have done well, though the disappointment of not winnng a medal is there,” said Raja.But the biggest statement from Raja came when he said the Indian boxing federation needed a total revamp. “I have always said that sports federations should be run like a corporate body. If I am to run this federation, I will ensure there is a total revamp and that will benefit the sport.We have got excellent support from the government and there is so much talent waiting to be tapped. If you got to the north east, there are so many women boxers who want to emulate Mary Kom,” said Raja.As regards the exit of national coach GS Sandhu, as he had said this would be his last international assignment, Raja said there was nothing to worry.”I think it’s only after the elections we can talk about all this. Let us celebrate Mary Kom’s medal for the time being,” he added.
When undergraduate students join Delhi University next year, their courses will not just be longer by a year but probably better too. The varsity has decided to make a new curriculum for all undergraduate courses for the session starting July 2013.DU says a new hands-on curriculum is on the cards which will replace the existing syllabi for the first year. Though time is scarce, senior DU officials say they will get cracking before the end of this month so that the four-year undergraduate programmes can usher in a new study culture in the university when the next session begins.”What’s taught today is too didactic and rigorous. We want to give students time to evolve through their college course,” said a senior DU official who will be working on the course framework for next year.DU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dinesh Singh, said: “We want a new curriculum to be taught in the first year from the next session. It will offer students more time and opportunities to work on projects, innovation and research. The students will have time to think about what they want to study. We are also looking at making the theory part less hectic.” With only nine months to go before the next session begins, Singh said groups of teachers will soon start working on developing a new course for all undergraduate programmes. “We will be able to frame a new curriculum for the first year by next year. We can then take time to develop content for subsequent years as we go along,” he added.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe fact that there are nearly 80 undergraduate courses taught in different DU colleges makes the task more daunting. But Singh feels that the four-year programmes will bring an end to all academic woes.One of the highlights of the proposed scheme is that students will be awarded credit points for different papers as well as co-curricular activities. So if a student excels in a sport, he can seek credit for it and avoid studying for a paper. Secondly, students will have three exit options over the four-year duration. They will get a diploma if they choose to exit after two years, a general degree after three years and a degree equivalent to the existing honours degree on the completion of the course.Teachers, however, are apprehensive. They believe DU is rushing the changes without proper preparation. “We have no information of the curriculum change. We talk of being student friendly but those taking admission next year will have no clue about what is in store for them,” said Sanam Khanna, associate professor, Kamala Nehru College.She said that a new curriculum is adopted after much discussion and debate among teachers in general body meetings as well as course committees. “It’s a laborious process that takes a lot of time. Besides, we have to stock up our library and prepare our teaching material accordingly,” Khanna said.A teacher from Shri Ram College of Commerce was as cynical. “Will students get more jobs after studying for four years? Will they be considered better-qualified? DU officials have no idea of the problems at the grass-root level. I think it’s time they focused on quality and appointment of teachers,” he said.
LATEST STORIES 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Serbia’s Novak Djokovic takes a selfie with spectators as he practices on Rod Laver Arena ahead of his men’s singles final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia — The showdown between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final is their 53rd meeting on tour.Djokovic will be trying to win the hard-court tournament for the record seventh time. He’s also bidding for a 15th Grand Slam trophy overall and third in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments For Nadal, Sunday’s match is a chance to win his second title at Melbourne Park. He’ll also be eyeing an 18th major championship, which would move him within two of Roger Federer’s men’s mark.Nadal has not lost a set in the tournament so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhen they met in the 2012 Australian Open final, Djokovic won in 5 hours, 53 minutes, the longest Grand Slam title match in history. CJ McCollum has triple-double, Trail Blazers beat Hawks ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Brazilian goalkeeper Victor tries to save a goal during an official training session on Tuesday. Brazil take on Croatia at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo. AP photoSit back, and do watch the big game today. With Brazil playing host to its first FIFA World Cup after 64 years, nearly 3-billion people, roughly half of the world’s population, will watch the opening match of the tournament.All eyes will be on Brazil from today, which will host the Summer Olympics two years from now. But it is still not clear which Brazil the world will get to see – the festive, free-spirited South American country, or a country hit by protests over poor public services, and a political system widely viewed as corrupt, besides anger over the $11.5 billion spent on hosting the grand event.In Pics: World Cup 2014 and sex: Who wants it, who does not “The world is going to see multitudes cheering for soccer, but also demanding that our country change,” Helen Santos, a schoolteacher, said as she walked home in Rio de Janeiro. “The world needs to see that we’re a serious country. We’re not just a nation of soccer, but a country striving and demanding the government to provide better education and healthcare. The world needs to see the reality of Brazil, not just the sport.” Football will take the spotlight when play begins with Brazil and Croatia meeting in Sao Paulo on Thursday. Brazilians are hungry to see their team deliver a record sixth World Cup.advertisementCompared to last year, when Brazilians staged rallies against the government and overshadowing the Confederations Cup football tournament, street protests have lessened now. On one of the nights when a match of the Confederation Cup was being played, nearly a million people took to the streets of various cities, and the unrest continued for two weeks.Only time will tell if Brazilians have moved past such mass disruption. “I hope football outshines the protests; I also know there remains a climate of anger,” said Edson Carvalho, an office assistant watching 10 barefoot young men play a pick-up soccer match in Rio’s Botafogo neighbourhood. “What will the world see? I’m waiting to find out myself.”In 2007, when FIFA named Brazil as the host nation for the 2014 World Cup, the country’s folksy and immensely popular president at the time, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told a celebratory gathering in Zurich he would return home filled with joy – but also feeling the burden that comes with hosting the world’s biggest sporting event. “At the heart of the matter, we’re here assuming as a nation, as the Brazilian state, to prove to the world … that we’re one of those nations that has achieved stability,” Silva said then. “Yes, we’re a country that has many problems, but we’re a nation with men determined to resolve those problems.”Seven years later, all eyes are on Brazil; football has returned to a continent that loves the game. The eyes, however, will also be on those problems Silva referred to, the lingering ills that have not gone away. (With AP inputs from Rio De Janeiro)
Netherlands defeated Costa Rica 4-3 after the penalty shootout during the World Cup quarterfinal Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos Krul saved spot kicks from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana after the match had finished 0-0.”We had a lot of chances but it didn’t go in,” Krul said on Dutch television. “Then I come in, stop two penalties and here we are.”In another stroke of tactical genius at this year’s World Cup, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal pulled Jasper Cillessen moments after the Ajax goalkeeper had saved a shot from Marcos Urena in extra time.”The trick is good,” said Krul, who plays for Newcastle. “A lot of preparation went into it.”The Dutch team will next face Argentina in the semifinals on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.Krul looked super confident during the shootout at the Arena Fonte Nova, saving the second and fifth penalties by diving to his left and sticking out his hand.When Krul stopped Ruiz’s penalty, Cillessen, watching from the sideline, punched the air in celebration.When he saved the second to win the match, Cillessen out-sprinted the rest of the bench to get to Krul, who was already being mobbed by jubilant teammates who had watched from the halfway line.Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas had kept his team in the match with a string of great saves in the first half and again in extra time. When Wesley Sneijder twice beat him late in regulation and again in the second half of extra time, the woodwork made the stop.advertisementSneijder hit the post with a free kick in the 80th minute and sent a curling shot over Navas and off the crossbar before the penalty shootout.At the end, however, Navas could not stop any of the four Dutch penalties as veterans Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt all scored.The Krul substitution will only boost Van Gaal’s reputation as a coach who leaves nothing to chance and who has a golden touch with replacements. And it kept his tenure with the Netherlands alive for two more matches before he becomes the manager at Manchester United next season.
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more,” said Joshua, whose 22 professional fights have all taken place in Britain. He has won all of those bouts, 21 by knockout.His last five fights have been in stadiums, with nearly 400,000 spectators attending in total. The highest-profile bout was against Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in April 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut Joshua has been increasingly aware that he needs to fight in the United States to raise his global profile.“AJ has created an incredible ‘Lion’s Den’ atmosphere in the U.K. and we plan to bring that energy to New York,” said Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn. He won’t be doing so against WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who also is undefeated and most recently fought to a draw with Tyson Fury in December. Wilder has been openly critical of Joshua, claiming Joshua has been ducking him, and that boxing fans want to see a matchup to consolidate all the heavyweight titles.Joshua has said he is looking to unify the belts, but negotiations with Wilder broke down last year.Miller, meanwhile, also is undefeated after winning 23 of his 24 fights. He was born in New York, so fighting at the Garden is a natural for him.“AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own backyard,” Miller said. “He wants to announce himself on the American stage, but all he’s doing is delivering me those belts by hand.”The fight will be broadcast by DAZN, the streaming service that also has a huge monetary deal with middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. It will be on live television in the U.K.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I am looking forward to taking on another challenge with a good boxer and a brilliant talker,” Joshua said. “It will be an exciting fight, I will leave nothing to chance, and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Boxers, Britain’s Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia’s Alexander Povetkin pose for photographers with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, after a press conference at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON — The Anthony Joshua roadshow is finally heading to the United States. Not to fight the only other heavyweight champion, though.The four-title champion will make his American boxing debut when he defends his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes D’Angelo Russell delivers in OT to lift Nets past Cavaliers ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
His slump is over, and now No. 3 Duke hopes its slide is, too.The Blue Devils routed Miami 87-57 on Saturday behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from RJ Barrett and 19 points from fellow freshman Cameron Reddish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith national player of the year candidate Zion Williamson sidelined for a third straight game with a mild right knee sprain, Duke (25-4, 13-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and shot 57 percent to bounce back from its second loss in three games — which coincided with Williamson’s injury.“Everyone plays their part in the team and does their thing, but our focus right now is to get Zion healthy and get everyone healthy and feeling good,” White said. “Just trying to have everyone playing their best basketball by that point. But you know, it’s not just about me — it’s a team effort.” 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Chris Lykes, who scored in double figures in 24 of Miami’s previous 27 games, finished with four points on 1-of-15 shooting while being hounded by Jones. The Hurricanes trailed by 25 when he hit his only bucket.Anthony Lawrence and Ebuka Izundu scored 15 points each for the Hurricanes (12-16, 4-12). They have lost nine of 12 and haven’t won a road game in more than 12 months.“For the first time all season, I thought our emotions were maybe a little bit out of control,” coach Jim Larranaga said. “We couldn’t calm ourselves down to make a free throw or a shot or make a good pass or good decision.”BIG PICTUREMiami: Asking the depleted Hurricanes to snap their yearlong road losing streak at Cameron seemed like a tall order — even against a Duke team missing its headliner. Miami fell to 0-9 on the road this season, 0-8 in the conference and were playing four days after blowing a 10-point lead in the final 2 minutes of a loss at Wake Forest. It’s effectively come to this for the Hurricanes — either win at Virginia Tech next week, or carry their road slide into 2019-20.Duke: Barrett averages an ACC-best 23.3 points, has led the league in scoring virtually all season and has shouldered the scoring load in Williamson’s absence. Barrett entered averaging 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists while shooting 51 percent, and with his godfather — two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash — sitting behind the Duke bench, he finished three assists shy of his second triple-double in two weeks.“With Zion being out, everybody kind of gets the ball more, everybody has to make more plays,” Barrett said.ZION WATCHCoach Mike Krzyzewski says there is “no time pressure” on Williamson, adding that the star freshman and second-leading scorer in the ACC “hasn’t done anything with contact” since he was injured in the opening minute of a loss to North Carolina on Feb. 21. “We’re not in any hurry or whatever,” Krzyzewski said.UP NEXT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After Roy Williams falls and leaves, No. 5 UNC outlasts Clemson 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Duke’s Jack White (41) reacts with the crowd following his 3-point basket against Miami during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. — Jack White took the pass from Tre Jones in the left corner, squared to the basket and launched a 3-pointer.Unlike the previous 28 he shot, this one went in.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami: Hosts Pittsburgh on Tuesday night in its final home game.Duke: Hosts Wake Forest on Tuesday night in its home finale. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte White’s struggles from 3-point range had taken on a life of their own. He hadn’t hit one since Jan. 12 at Florida State, was 0 for 10 in a loss to Syracuse two nights after that and missed all 12 he attempted in the month of February.“I haven’t gone through a stretch like that before in my life,” said White, who went 3 for 3 from 3-point range. “Towards the latter end of it, it was more surprising than anything when I’d miss because I’d felt good and I was like, ‘Why?’”When he finally swished one with 12:34 left in the first half against the Hurricanes, Cameron Indoor Stadium erupted with arguably its loudest cheers of the season and the Crazies chanted “Jack is back.”“I was really happy for him,” Barrett said, “but I had to get back on defense.”It wasn’t just a feel-good moment for White and the Blue Devils. It started the run that completely overwhelmed the Hurricanes. Starting with that shot, Duke outscored Miami 36-11 over the final 12-plus minutes of the half.ADVERTISEMENT
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas took a share of the second spot at the end of the first round after upending University of the East, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Golden Tigresses have racked up three straight wins for a 5-2 record to tie defending champion De La Salle while the Lady Warriors dropped their fourth straight game for a 1-6 card.ADVERTISEMENT It wasn’t much of a contest as the Golden Tigresses had their way against UE’s hapless defense that included freezing out Kath Arado in every way possible.Dimdim Pacres scored two straight points to give UST an 18-11 lead in the third set before Eya Laure and Cherry Rondina took over later in the period.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, logisticsLaure punished the Lady Warriors with a sickening kill for the 24-19 match point before Rondina ended the affair with a booming crosscourt.UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes admired how his team’s first round campaign ended, but he knew it would’ve been better if Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini didn’t injure her left knee. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We had an amazing start regardless if we went 2-2 before but I saw the great development of my players and of my team,” said Reyes in Filipino. “The only bad thing that happened to us was Milena got injured.”“This start is a good motivation for us going into the second round.”Rondina led all scorers with 17 points with Laure pitching in 15 but they weren’t the only Golden Tigreses who had considerable impact on the offensive end.Caitlyn Viray, Pacres, and Kecelyn Galdones had eight points apiece for UST.Judith Abil led the Lady Warriors’ offense with 15 points with Arado settling for 11 excellent digs and 12 successful receptions.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other LATEST STORIES Unbeaten Errol Spence Jr. wants ‘legend’ Manny Pacquiao next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Read Next Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ