Ind vs Aus 2nd Test: India in dire straits after Clarke’s triple ton

first_imgMichael Clarke’s triple ton was the highlight for the day that saw Australian batsmen dominate at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Score | PhotosIndia can take heart from the fact that the SCG wicket has eased out a bit. But the visitors still have a daunting task ahead as their batsmen continue to chip into the mammoth Aussie first innings lead of 468 runs.India were 114/2 with opener Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar at the crease at stumps on Day 3 of the second Test. The visitors still trail by 354 runs in their second innings.Australia 1st inningsStarting with an overnight total of 482/4, Australia captain Clarke and Michael Hussey continued to torment the India bowlers.Clarke, who batted for the whole day on Wednesday putting on 251 runs on board continued to pile on runs as India bowlers struggled to get their line right.At lunch Australia were 583/4 with Michael Clarke, eyeing a triple ton and Hussey having completed his century convincingly. Clearly the two were enjoying batting against a listless India attack.Soon into the second session the Aussie captain Clarke converted his maiden double ton into a triple hundred. Batting at ease, Clarke hit a four off Ishant Sharma to reach the magical figure of 300. His triple hundred was decorated with 37 fours and one over the fence shot – no wonder the man timed the innings rather well giving little chances to the opposition with just one aerial shot in his mammoth innings.The two batsmen also set a new record putting on 334 runs – the highest total by an Aussie pair against India for any wicket. Surprisingly they overhauled the 288-run record that was set by Clarke and Ricky Ponting on Wednesday.advertisementNothing has come India way in this Test, for after a poor batting performance, their bowlers were walloped across the park. Maybe it’s time for the team management to make some major changes in the team composition.Finally there was some respite for the bowlers when captain Clarke decided to declare the innings on 659/5 – a lead of 468 runs in their first essay. Clarke (329) and Hussey (150) remained unbeaten in the innings.Clarke’s efforts can be judged from the fact that the man came out to bat when Australia were reeling on 37/3 on Day One and went on to score almost the double of his previous best of 168.India 2nd inningsA commanding 468 runs lead by the Aussies was enough to put pressure on the visitors as they lost their opener Virender Sehwag rather early.Sehwag fell in the fourth over of the innings with paceman Ben Hilfenhaus and David Warner combining to dispatch him when the India total was 18.At tea India were 53/1 with opener Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid at the crease.The final session for the day saw Gambhir and Dravid try hard to thwart the Aussie attack. The two made good progress, chipping away from the Aussie lead. Runs kept coming at steady pace on a wicket that looked dry and primed for a good batting innings.Soon Gambhir was past his half-century and India had taken away 100 runs from the Aussies lead. But that was when Ben Hilfenhaus struck to remove Dravid on 29 ending their 82-run stand with a ball that entered the batsman gate and crashed against his stumps.With Dravid gone, it was time for Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar to have another go at his 100th ton in this Test.With the wicket proving conducive to batting, it would be appropriate that Sachin scores his 100th ton here in SCG’s 100th Test.last_img read more

Japan eye record gold haul at Tokyo 2020

first_imgJapan’s previous best effort in terms of gold medals was as host of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and at the 2004 Athens Games, when they won 16.Thirty golds would have put them above second-placed Britain’s 27 in Rio, but still a long way behind the table-topping United States, who captured 46.Yamashita was also bullish about Japan’s chances at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, predicting nine medals overall.The country’s previous best haul at a Winter Games was five gold medals and 10 in total as host of the Nagano Olympics in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MVP favorite Fajardo, Beermen likely to banner Mythical Team LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I reckon we can aim to get 2.5 times the amount we did in Rio,” the former Olympic judo champion told local media, pointing to Japan’s recent success in gymnastics, table tennis and badminton.“That’s just my personal opinion, not that of the technical committee,” added the 60-year-old Yamashita, who was Japan’s deputy chef de mission in Brazil.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We will collect the relevant data and decide (the official target) hopefully by next summer.”Yamashita, who won judo gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, also raised the hope that the host nation’s track athletes could deliver a surprise after a Japanese sprinter, Yoshihide Kiryu, finally broke the 10-second barrier last month after years of trying. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges 2020 summer Olympic games host city, Tokyo, is projected on the floor as dancers perform during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)A senior Japanese Olympic official has called on the host country’s athletes to win a national-record 30 gold medals at the 2020 Summer Games, local media reported Friday.Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) sports committee chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita backed home-grown competitors to more than double their haul of 12 golds at last year’s Rio Olympics, where Japan finished sixth in the medal table.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cavs’ Shumpert to have arthroscopic surgery on left knee

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eagles ready to put collapse behind them Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Shumpert was not available Tuesday night after playing seven minutes Monday night in a victory at Philadelphia. He’s averaging 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13 games this season.The Cavaliers were in Atlanta on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on October 25, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert was set to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday morning.The Cavaliers said Thursday that Shumpert was reevaluated by team physicians Dr. Richard Parker and Dr. James Rosneck after the Cavaliers’ home victory over Miami on Tuesday night. Shumpert was scheduled to have surgery at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Wolves complete perfect homestand, beat Blazers

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Timberwolves: At Orlando on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland’s 10 points in the second quarter wasn’t the Blazers’ lowest output of the season — they scored only six against Toronto on Oct. 30. It was, however, the fewest points allows by Minnesota in any quarter at Target Center since Philadelphia scored nine in the second on Dec. 3, 2014. … The Blazers reserves outscored Minnesota’s 42-25.Timberwolves: It’s the third time in franchise history the Wolves have won five games on a homestand. … Jamal Crawford had 10 points off the bench. … There were plenty of purple Vikings jerseys in the crowd, which broke out into its loudest cheers of the first half when the final score of Minnesota’s last-second playoff victory was flashed on the scoreboard. The crowd also broke out into a few impromptu “Skol!” chants. .UP NEXT:Trail Blazers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Collison, Oladipo lead balanced Pacers to rout of Phoenix BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusivescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, front left, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, front right, go after the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 22 and the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up a perfect homestand with a 120-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 37th double-double of the season. The Wolves had their first 5-0 homestand since 2001, winning each game by double figures against the likes of New Orleans, Cleveland, Oklahoma City and New York.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims They led by as many as 26 against Portland to send the Trail Blazers to their third loss in a row.Damian Lillard scored 21 points, and C.J. McCollum and Pat Connaughton each had 18 for Portland. The Blazers had scored 110 points or more in seven straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThat streak was in jeopardy early thanks to the Blazers’ paltry 10-point second quarter and 18 total turnovers.Portland led by five early and ended the first quarter up 33-31. But the Blazers went cold in the second, shooting only 2 for 15 and scoring more points off six free throws in the quarter. The Wolves, meanwhile, put together a 14-0 run and steadily pulled away. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

All about effort, defense for Hotshots’ dela Rosa

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stunner: Keenum-Diggs TD sends Vikings past Saints LATEST STORIES But that’s the least of dela Rosa’s concerns as he just feels glad to see things coming together for the Hotshots with their injured players now coming back from recovery.“It’s nice to have everyone at full strength and hopefully, we can just continue to keep going,” he said. “I’m just gonna go out there and it’s all gonna start with effort, and hopefully, something big will happen for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDefense has always been the main calling card of Magnolia.For Rome dela Rosa, it was also his ticket to see more hardcourt action, something he took full advantage of in the Hotshots’ duel against NLEX on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “It’s just effort. Coach put me in there to play defense in the second half,” he said after posting a new career-high with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in the 105-94 victory.“They trusted me to do my job and I’m glad everything went well. The points came along. Defense first and offense will come eventually.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingMore importantly, dela Rosa played his earnest to keep Road Warriors super rookie Kiefer Ravena in check for the majority of the fourth period.This kind of performance is just what the former San Beda Red Lion needs to stay on the floor and play a major role in coach Chito Victolero’s rotation. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Pistons stay unbeaten with Griffin, rout Blazers

first_imgPH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) reaches in on Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Detroit. APDETROIT — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-91 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.Detroit has won three in a row with Blake Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade last week. The victory on Monday pulled the Pistons back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Griffin had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and did a good bit of his offensive damage from the perimeter, making three 3-pointers. Anthony Tolliver added 15 points for Detroit, and Reggie Bullock and Langston Galloway contributed 13 apiece.Damian Lillard scored 20 points and C.J. McCollum added 14 for the Blazers, who lost again after falling at the buzzer at Boston on Sunday. Portland was without Evan Turner on Monday because of a left calf injury. /kgaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Nets trade Zeller to Bucks for Vaughn, 2nd-round pick SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Lalit Modi’s RCA terms its suspension by BCCI arbitrary

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India has suspended the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) whose new body has been just elected with Lalit Modi as its president on Tuesday.Lalit Modi defeated his opponent Rampal Sharma by a landslide margin of 26-7.Mehmood Abidi, newly-elected vice president, has termed it suspension arbitrary and questioned fairness of acting BCCI president Shivlal Yadav.”We expected a fair decision from him but he has acted like a stooge of N. Srinivasan, harming RCA like never before,” Abidi told India Today.”You may suspend an individual member but suspending an entire state association is ridiculous,” he said, but added that he was yet to see the notice of suspension.Lalit Modi is expected to address his team through video conference in the afternoon as he returns as president of RCA, five years after he lost in March 2009.He said through his victory in RCA , he wanted to prove a point to N.Srinivasan.Will Modi return to India?His return to India will be easier if a BJP government comes to power despite senior leader Arun Jaitley known to be against him in BCCI.Modi’s passport remains impounded but cases against him are expected to be diluted.Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had been instrumental in his rise but this time, she will help him while keeping him away from her administration.Modi was accused of interfering in her administration by Congress leader Ashok Gehlot during her previous tenure between 2003 and 2008, an allegation never substantiated.advertisementThis was in strong contrast to when then Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot ordered police to hound Modi on RCA premises, threaten him with arrest and encouraged his opponents who lodged a series of cases against him and involved the entire state machinery to ensure that Modi lost.Modi lost to Sanjay Dixit in March but Gehlot got re-elections held in December as his close aide Shiv Charan  Mali, RCA general secretary, could not get along with Modi. Modi again lost, this time to CP Joshi, then union minister and present AICC general secretary.Modi’s fortune to rise againElection of the 24-member Modi team was a foregone conclusion. Abidi and Amin Pathan, both close aides of Modi, have been elected as the vice president and Somendra Tiwari as secretary.So was the foregone conclusion about the BCCI threat to act against RCA if Modi, expelled for life, was elected chief.  RCA says it will move court against the BCCI  suspension orders on grounds that its elections were under the Rajasthan Sports Act and not governed by BCCI’s orders.The BCCI has already stopped most of its financial grant to the RCA. Despite the suspension,  the victory marks a change for better in Modi’s fortune, whose emergence in Indian cricket had started with his becoming RCA chief in 2004, ending the regime of the Rungta family.The elections were held on December 19 in an extreme peaceful atmosphere with Raje as the chief minister.For Modi, it is a long legal battle ahead before he gets actively into BCCI affairs. Modi, in the small period of less than five years, made Rajasthan a name on the international scene by improving facilities to world class level, something that was never even attempted earlier.He had the backing of then Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje , whose defeat in 2008 also expedited Modi’s decline. Raje wanted to show that things in sports could be improved quickly and through Modi, succeeded in proving that.Modi went further and floated the Indian Premier league and launched a cricket team named after Rajasthan, Rajasthan Royals.However, his rise and flamboyant style led to some vested interests in Rajasthan turning against him.His staying away from India and Rajasthan has exposed all those who thought they could match what Modi did.last_img read more