first_imgBy the time Nadal was biting the handle of the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday night , his usual way of celebrating a tournament victory, he had raised his career Grand Slam championship count to 16: three at Flushing Meadows, an unprecedented 10 at the French Open (including this June, shortly after turning 31), two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open.That moved him back within three of Federer, whose 19 is the record among men: an unprecedented eight at the All England Club (including in July, shortly before turning 36), five at the U.S. Open, four at the Australian Open (including in January) and one at Roland Garros.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 shutout“Of course, (it’s) something difficult to imagine, eight months ago or nine months ago, that we will be winning two Grand Slams each,” Nadal said. “But here we are.”Indeed, in January, it sure appeared that the two greats of the game had left their best days behind. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding As of Monday, they are ranked 1-2 .Federer began this season at No. 16, having missed the last half while letting his back and left knee heal.Nadal was No. 9, having pulled out after the second round of the French Open and skipped Wimbledon entirely because of an injured left wrist.“When you get (an) injury,” Nadal said, “then (it) seems like the season is a disaster.”Federer began 2017 having gone 4½ years without a Grand Slam title.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — Who would have guessed at the start of 2017 that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would divvy up the year’s four Grand Slam titles?And who could possibly pretend to know what 2018 will bring for them?ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Nadal’s drought without so much as one appearance in a major semifinal had stretched to about 2½ years.By the end of the Australian Open, though, they were squaring off to decide the title.It was the pair’s ninth Grand Slam final against each other — it’s happened at least twice at each major except the U.S. Open, where they have never met — but first since the 2011 French Open.At the time, Nadal said Sunday, “I was surprised.”But he wasn’t taken aback by what he and Federer were able to do later in the year. It was clear — to Nadal, to everyone — that they were once again capable of being the dominant figures in their sport.“To come back and win all four Grand Slams was quite an achievement, regardless of how good they are. There is a lot of very tough competition,” said Kevin Anderson, the first-time major finalist who failed to put up too much of a fight in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 loss to the No. 1-ranked Nadal.“When they’re healthy, I think they have so many skills they can rely on. In addition to that is just the amount of experience they have had,” Anderson said. “Playing at this level, I think they feel very comfortable, and obviously they might get nervous, but just like anything, the more you do it, the more used to it you get.”It didn’t hurt that the three men who are next in the pecking order all had down years and injury issues: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. All missed the U.S. Open. All could return to contention for big prizes next year.Add in that trio’s major totals (Djokovic has 12, Murray and Wawrinka three apiece), and since the start of the 2005 French Open, the top five men have won 49 of the past 51 Grand Slam championships.Still, after all this time, there are still two who stand alone at the top: Rafa and Roger. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LA loves the Olympics, even though they’re 11 years away “There is just two things that probably we share — that is passion for what we are doing, passion for tennis , passion for the competition,” Nadal said, “and the spirit of improvement all the time.”The question was put to him Sunday night: How important is it for you to catch Federer in the race for most Grand Slam titles?“I really never thought much about that. I just do my way. He does his way,” Nadal responded. “Let’s see when we finish, no?” View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino MMA fighter Bernard “Burn” Soriano last foray into ONE Championship didn’t end the way he intended.Soriano suffered a first round technical knockout loss to Malaysian Saiful Merican back last Feb. 10 in Kuala Lumpur, and it’s been almost eight months and the Ilocos Sur native has yet to set foot inside the ONE cage.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Arellano soldiers on without go-to-guy Salado Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentscenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “My team is outstanding. I have the best coach in my corner. I also train with the most talented athletes in the region. With that said, I’m motivated and oozing with confidence coming into this bout because I have them behind me.” LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary During that stretch, Soriano chose to train under the guidance of Alliance MMA’s George Castro whom he feels could help him get back to the winning track.“Right now, I have a tremendous support system in my training, especially with the help of my coach George Castro. He knows how to bring out the best in me. With him in my corner, it is always exciting to prepare for a bout,” said Soriano, who olds a professional record of 3-3.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 shutoutSoriano will be put to the test on Nov. 3 when he faces undefeated Chinese fighter Chen Lei (3-0) in ONE: Hero’s Dream in Myanmar.“I want to win so bad. I have dreams and aspirations as a competitor. In order to turn those into a reality, I have to win first. This is the first step,” said Soriano. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Curry scored 13 of his points in the third quarter and the defending champions avoided falling to 0-2 at home after losing their opener to Houston on Oct. 17. He made an off-balance layup with 1:28 to go then Golden State made a stop on the other end before Durant’s big three.“We had ourselves in a great position and we made some key mental mistakes that cost us,” DeRozan said. “Nothing went our way, everything went their way in that last minute.”Pascal Siakam scored 20 points as Toronto lost its 13th in a row at Golden State and seventh straight in the series. Serge Ibaka added 15 points and Kyle Lowry 14 points and nine assists.Thompson had two 3s and Durant another from downtown during a 9-0 run late in the second quarter and Thompson another in the waning seconds that put Golden State up 61-53 at the break.Rookie Jordan Bell’s dunk that featured a toss to himself off the backboard Saturday at Memphis drew some debate.Coach Steve Kerr spoke to the first-year forward out of Oregon, whose play had Curry and Durant’s jaws dropping.“I told him after it happened, I said be ready for them to retaliate. He had a bewildered look on his face. I think the issue is you’ve got old-school people, players on our own team, like Shaun Livingston, David West,” Kerr said. “The young guys are like, ‘Man, that was cool.’ I’m sort of in the middle, I never want to embarrass our opponent.”Kerr made a heartfelt message about loving and accepting your neighbor as the Warriors hosted LGBT Pride Night. Warriors President and COO Rick Welts was the first openly gay NBA executive.“There’s never been a more important time in our country to respect the person next to you, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual preference, sexual identity. I’m really encouraged by my kids’ experience here in California growing up, just in terms of acceptance. It seems like the young generation is learning more and more about we all just are who we are. We’re all individuals. What makes our country great is our diversity. The fact that we can respect each other and work together and embrace each other, I think it’s an important night for us. We want to welcome everybody from the LGBTQ community. Maybe, if you’re coming to the game tonight and your child says, ‘What does that mean?’ explain it to them. Explain to them the importance of loving the person next to you, respecting them, no matter who they are, where they come from. They’re human beings, we’re all human beings. We’re all in this together.” Ferrari’s fast F1 start reduced to late-season flop Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, shoots against Toronto Raptors’ Jakob Poeltl, left, as Warriors’ Draymond Green, second from right, blocks Raptors’ Delon Wright (55) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Oakland, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—The defending NBA champions are working to rediscover their defense. Not to mention their basic rebounding fundamentals of boxing out and ability to avoid silly fouls.They barely beat the scrappy Raptors to avoid an 0-2 home start.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Our defense has been horrible,” Draymond Green said.Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top with 31.9 seconds left on the way to 30 points, and the sloppy Warriors held off Toronto 117-112 on Wednesday night.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 shutoutKevin Durant’s 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining tied the game at 112, then he found Curry for the 3 that made the difference.“A 4-year-old up in the stands probably could have seen that we should have been boxing out,” Durant said of the 17 offensive rebounds surrendered. “… We don’t want to build bad habits and Coach is doing a good job of correcting us when we make mistakes.” Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Durant finished with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting, Klay Thompson scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, and Curry capitalized with a huge second half.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points. He drove through the paint for a dunk with 3:53 to play then hit a key jumper a minute later to put Toronto in position after Curry, Durant and Thompson each missed key 3s down the stretch.Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals but also six of Golden State’s 17 turnovers.Jakob Poeltl had 11 of his 14 rebounds on the offensive glass.“It’s a focus thing,” Green said.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

first_imgConsider Kidd’s dismissal a wake-up call for a team that had been a feel-good story in the NBA over the last couple years.“A general manager in the NHL had a statement once: ‘If something is inevitable, why wait?’” Horst said at a news conference before the game.Horst added that the decision was made “relatively quickly” and was not in the works through the season. Co-owner Wes Edens said Horst had the ownership group’s support.“We just felt that we got to a point in the season where this team could do more and could perform at a different level in a different way and (we are) looking for a fresh approach and different voice in leadership for the team,” Horst said.Kidd was one of the NBA’s most dynamic guards during his playing career and a triple-double threat in his heyday. He made the unusual jump right into coaching the year after his playing career ended, guiding the Nets to a 44-win season and a trip to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in his one and only season in Brooklyn in 2013-14.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Without Neymar, Messi and Suarez keep Barcelona thriving NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers He was hired by Milwaukee a few months after a group led by co-owners Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. The Bucks traded two future second-round draft picks to the Nets as compensation.In Milwaukee, Kidd inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14. He was part of a fresh start for an organization that had been mired in mediocrity for years.Other than a 33-win season in 2015-16, the youthful Bucks hovered around .500 under Kidd while Antetokounmpo and Middleton developed. Malcolm Brogdon won the NBA rookie of the year award last season, and Jabari Parker has the potential to be an explosive scorer when healthy.Despite all that, Milwaukee has largely treaded water in the wide-open East, even after adding talented guard Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Suns in November. The Bucks are 8-12 since going a season-high five games over .500 on Dec. 9.Under Kidd, Milwaukee a regular-season record of 139-152.“We didn’t lose any talent. We still have all of our guys on the floor. We still have to make the playoffs our goal,” Brogdon said.The Bucks plan to conduct a coaching search after the season. It will be an important hire for a franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary and getting ready for the opening of a new downtown arena next season.“I think Jason’s done obviously a tremendous amount for the organization. He’s a good friend, he’s a soon-to-be Hall of Fame basketball player,” Edens said in an interview before the game.“But we think this team can be the best team in the East and we want to give ourselves every chance we can to do that.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Still, if and when Milwaukee does compete for NBA titles, Kidd’s influence will be clear. He led Antetokounmpo and company to two playoff appearances in three seasons — not bad for a team that won 15 games four seasons ago. Antetokounmpo has become a star, and Khris Middleton has also become a standout player.Yet the Bucks are hovering around .500 and stuck in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The perimeter defense hasn’t ever really improved, and turnovers have become a debilitating issue of late.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Horst, there wasn’t enough progress for Kidd to keep his job. The surprise firing, hours before the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105, sent a message to players about mounting expectations as the talented kids become veterans.“It’s not all on one person. The players have some type of responsibility,” Middleton said after scoring 35 points in the victory. “He’s the first one to go, but it could be one of us next. We have to do our job night in and night out.” Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Jason Kidd helped make the Bucks relevant again. Someone else will have to help them become champions.Despite mentoring a young, athletic core led by All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kidd was fired by Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst on Monday. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will lead the team for the rest of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next In the first game, Holy Trinity College pulled off a 75-69 upset win over UAAP runner-up De La Salle in Group B.The Green Archers, although, tapped their Team B for the tournament.Joseph Diamante and Leomark Salas had 21 and 20 points, respectively to lead the Wildcats while Everby Dialogo added a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double.Antonio Miguel Yang led the Green Archers with 21 points and eight rebounds.And in the second game, NCAA defending champion San Beda closed out league rival San Sebastian, 70-67, in Group B.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum UAAP champion Ateneo easily handled Naga Foundation College, 84-69, to open its campaign in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite 8 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.The Blue Eagles are the first of the Group A teams to earn a victory in the round-robin-styled competition that will see the top two groups from each bundle advancing the knockout semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Thirdy Ravena missed out on a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists while committing just one turnover to lead Ateneo.HTC never experienced to take the lead as Ateneo held fort as early as the first quarter with a 27-16 lead with a minute remaining in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Blue Eagles had its biggest lead in the game, 80-61, when Gian Mamuyac hit a three-pointer with 5:43 left in the game that ended a 21-4 run throughout the final two quarters.Emmanuel Ojoula led the Tigers with 34 points and 14 rebounds. South Korea dog meat restaurants refuse to stop serving for Olympics 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robert Bolick played floor general for the Red Lions with 14 points and seven assists while AC Soberano also had 14 points.JV Mocon had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double for San Beda.Alvin Capobres led the Stags with 14 points and five boards. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe Filipinos can still cap off the campaign on a positive note as they brace for El Salvador in the tournament closer.The Scores:SLOVENIA 21 – Ovnik 7, Finzgar 7, Srebovt 4, Kavgic 3.PHILIPPINES 14 – Ravena 7, Paras 4, Teng 2, Quiñahan 1.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Kiefer Ravena skies for a layup in the Philippines’ game against Slovenia. Photo by Fiba.comThe Philippines bowed out of contention in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup with a 14-21 defeat to second-seed Slovenia Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) at Parc des Chantiers de I’lle in Nantes, France.Overwhelmed from the get-go by the powerhouse Slovenians, the Filipinos struggled to find their rhythm and found themselves down early, 5-0, before stumbling to a 14-4 deficit courtesy of Simon Finzgar’s hot shooting.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Parks ready to serve PH as Reyes welcomes him in Gilas pool Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiefer Ravena rallied the troops and got the Philippines within four, 15-11, but Gasper Ovnik was quick to douse that run before Adin Kavgic iced the game from the free throw line with 1:20 left on the clock.Ovnik and Finzgar fired seven points apiece, Anze Srebovt added four markers, and Kavgic had three for Slovenia, which topped Pool B with a 4-0 slate to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena led the Philippines (1-2) with seven points, while Kobe Paras chipped in four markers from a pair of two-pointers.Jeron Teng chimed in two points, while JR Quiñahan got one in the losing effort. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? View comments MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

first_imgPride in our collective sporting achievements, regret at the opportunities missed due to lack of support at the right time for our athletes and despair at the inefficiencies and corruption which have dented our image in the world outside. That sums up the past 35 years for me. The 10,Pride in our collective sporting achievements, regret at the opportunities missed due to lack of support at the right time for our athletes and despair at the inefficiencies and corruption which have dented our image in the world outside. That sums up the past 35 years for me. The 10 memorable moments in Indian sports, not in any order of merit, are:1998 KPS Gill sacks six members of Asiad gold winning hockey team The Indian contingent danced through the night at the Asiad Village, celebrating the hockey gold which Dhanraj Pillay and his team won at the Bangkok Asian Games after a gap of 32 years only to experience despair and anger after a week when KPS Gill, the then president of the Indian Hockey Federation, removed Pillay, Ashish Balal (the goalkeeper instrumental for the victory in the final) and four other key members from the national team. Thankfully the our athletes have given us many more moments of pride that outnumber such self-goals.1983 India win the Cricket World CupKapil Dev With The World CupRepresenting a country obsessed with cricket, Kapil Dev, playing with panache and fearless abandon, led his team to an improbable victory at the Lords in London, and destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the mighty West Indies. It was India’s first World Cup triumph and one that was cherished by every Indian across the world.1999 Anil Kumble takes all 10 wickets in a Test innings in DelhiThere is something so special about being the first ever. To achieve a feat which no other countryman has in your discipline and when it is done in a competitive arena and that too in a Test between arch rivals Pakistan and India, then it just makes that memorable moment so much sweeter. There are only two names-the other being England’s Jim Laker-against this record in the 133-year-old history of Test cricket.advertisement2008 Abhinav Bindra becomes the first Indian to win an individual Olympic Gold medal with a stellar show in the 10m air rifle finalAbhinav Bindra In 2008I have always maintained that India’s sporting identity will be defined on the world stage by her achievements at the greatest sporting spectacle on earth-the Olympics. And for me, Bindra’s gold, India’s first Olympic individual gold, will always be the gold that will be remembered for instilling belief into the generations of athletes who came after him.1996 Leander Paes wins bronze at Olympic Games in AtlantaAn indelible image in my mind is the visual of Leander Paes on the victory stand at Atlanta and tears rolling down his cheeks. It encapsulates the intensity of patriotic emotion experienced by athletes when they win a medal for their country. He has achieved great personal milestones, but that Olympic bronze will be the one that the country will always remember.1980 Prakash Padukone wins All England badminton titleHe proved that nice men can win. He proved that physical fitness and dexterity at the nets can go hand in hand. “When I went to Indonesia and saw the top players train there, I realised they were far ahead in fitness and stamina. I came back and changed the way I trained. I worked harder and longer and eventually this paid off,? says Padukone.1986 P.T. Usha’s four gold and a silver in the Asian Games at SeoulP.T.Usha In 1986She is the golden queen of Indian Athletics. Her authority and dominance in Asian track and field events made her a household name in India and, more importantly, lifted the image and future of Indian women athletes. So what if she went on to miss the Olympic bronze by a hair’s breadth. Her performance at the Seoul Asian Games catapulted her again into the limelight and made other Asian countries look up and notice.2000 Viswanathan Anand wins World chess ChampionshipAsk any Indian sportsperson who they think is India’s greatest contemporary sportsperson and an overwhelming majority will take Viswanathan Anand’s name almost instinctively. Path-finders and players who have forged ahead and defied the supremacy of established sportspersons and nations and broken long traditions are special. Anand took to a sport which was dominated by the Russians, the Americans and the Europeans. He discarded the psychological timidity which had afflicted many Indian sportspersons before him, and wore his boldness and courage in international tournaments with ease and confidence, converting his 1987 Junior World Championship victory into the World Championship title in 2000. He went on to win three more world titles but the first will be his and India’s most memorable.advertisement2010 Mary Kom wins her fifth world Boxing championshipWhat can you say about a woman who wins her fifth world boxing title in the 46-48kg weight category? The feat is memorable when one considers that she has remained unbeaten since 2002 in the World Boxing Champions hip in her category and that the 2008 world title was won after she took a break in 2006 to get married and deliver twins.2009 Saina Nehwal becomes the first Indian woman to win a Super Series tournament at JakartaPrakash Padukone had done it and her coach P. Gopichand had also won international titles in badminton. Saina Nehwal, however, forged a new path to become the first Indian woman player to assert herself on the world stage and audaciously questioned the dominance of the Indonesians and Chinese.last_img read more

first_imgIf your New Year resolution was to fight the flab, chances are you have already signed up at the neighbourhood gym. But if you are not too comfortable matching steps with a group or feel awkward discussing your body or your health problems with a male trainer, do not despair.,If your New Year resolution was to fight the flab, chances are you have already signed up at the neighbourhood gym. But if you are not too comfortable matching steps with a group or feel awkward discussing your body or your health problems with a male trainer, do not despair. The city’s top female fitness trainers can take you from fat to fit with tailormade regimes in the privacy of your homes. What’s more, they can also double up as confidantes for your bingeing bouts. So take your pick from kickboxing, yoga and pilates and work out your way to good health and picture perfect bodies.Rashmi Kumar Speciality: Yoga.At: Pocket 52, House no. 126, 2nd floor, C.R. Park.Tel: 9212244220.An expert in Ashtanga yoga, Rashmi Kumar was initially drawn to the science by the poses which she found fascinating. In 1999, after finishing school, she enrolled for a two-year diploma course in yoga at Delhi’s Chandra College and followed it up with an MA in the subject from Jain Vishwa Bharati Institute, Rajasthan. Eight years later, she not only teaches yoga at The Park, the Brazilian embassy and the Jor Bagh Association, she also makes home visits for personal training. “The clients I train personally usually have health problems like cervical pain, diabetes, arthritis and asthma. Through specific asanas and cleansing processes, I help them recuperate faster,” says Kumar. The fitness enthusiast also holds special classes for pre and post natal cases and believes that women are more comfortable discussing their health problems with trainers of the same sex. Incidentally, Kumar also holds workshops for call centre employees suffering from stress and spine-related problems, besides taking groups on three-day yogacum-adventure tours to Rishikesh and Dharamshala.advertisementVesna JacobSpeciality: Pilates.At: 202, Kailash Hills.Tel: 9350026373.One of the hottest names in local fitness circles, Vesna Pericevic Jacob moved to India from Bosnia after marriage three years ago. This athletic lady says she was involved in sports from childhood and used to play basketball at the national level in Bosnia. After a knee injury cut short her sporting career, she got herself an associate degree in fitness coaching from Cantonbridge in England and took to training others. While working as a fitness expert and language consultant for the US Army Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia in 2000, she met a US Army sergeant who introduced her to pilates. Once she came to India, Vesna began teaching pilates to family friends who in turn recommended her to their acquaintances. Almost overnight, she had a host of people queuing up for lessons. “Most of my private clients come with back problems and I customise their workouts accordingly,” says Vesna, who, interestingly enough, has an equal number of men and women clients. “Most people don’t expect women to know much about fitness. But I build up respect and trust in my male clients with my knowledge and by keeping myself updated with new technology and research related to fitness,” she says. Proof of her success lies in the fact that her male clients trust her with weight training while her female clients say they find it easy to bond with her. But then, Vesna customises her workouts according to gender. “Usually men are encouraged by military regimes, while for women, reasoning works better,” she says, very reasonably.Nirmala Bhanu Speciality: Krav Maga.At: Krav Maga Studio, M-6, Saket.Tel: 41764597.The first woman instructor in India to be certified by the International Krav Maga Federation of Israel, Nirmala Bhanu’s fist packs a lot of punch. Bhanu, who learnt the art from the chief instructor of the Saket-based International Krav Maga Federation Vicky Kapoor, coaches women in kickboxing and Krav Maga. “This martial art includes cardio and stretching exercises, is easy to learn and effective in keeping fit,” says Bhanu, adding, “Compared to about 500 calories burnt at a regular one-hour workout, Krav Maga burns 800 calories.” This trainer from Kullu has an impressive record in self defence, having worked as deputy manager at the Ladies PSO Wing at Vision Security Group and as a martial arts coach for NCC’s No. 1 Air Squadron Kullu. She is also a second degree black belt karate expert and has worked as a fight master with Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty.Nisha Varma Speciality: Aqua aerobics and yoga therapy.At: Reebok India Company, Gurgaon.Tel: 9810493313.Nisha Varma, whose workout sessions combine cardio and strength training with pilates and yoga, started out as an advertising professional. But when her husband got posted to Paris, she decided to do something different and got seriously interested in fitness. When she returned to India in 1993, she signed up for a yoga course in Visakhapatnam and later, in 2004, got a Reebok Master Trainer certificate from Paris. Varma has been working as a trainer for 16 years now and handles several clients suffering from orthopaedic problems and muscle weakness, besides women wanting to tone up after childbirth. “My workouts strengthen the abdominal and lower back muscles, and allow people to perform daily chores with fewer chances of injury,” says Varma.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPoliticians with sports fiefs to guard have ganged up to oppose a draft Bill that aims to end their cushy reign by putting age and tenure limits for office-bearers of sports federations and the Indian Olympic Association.On Tuesday, they seemed to have drawn first blood. Sports minister Ajay Maken, who presented the draft National Sports Development Bill to the cabinet – it also seeks to bring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI) – has been asked to come again with a fresh draft.The Bill got a second life because despite the opposition, it had the backing of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister P. Chidambaram and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.Few had illusions that it would be plain sailing for Maken at the cabinet meeting.As many as five ministers present at the meeting head sports associations.Besides, it is a known fact that politicians holding these positions are usually united across party lines when it comes to defending their turf.What was, however, surprising was the timing of the opposition from the politicians concerned. It comes a mere two days after Anna Hazare ended his fast to demand accountability in government functioning.While Hazare’s strike raised hopes of increased transparency in public life, the winds of accountability and transparency have yet to reach Indian sports.The major bone of contention seems to be the sports ministry’s long-term development plan (LTDP) which many in the cabinet felt was too “intrusive.” Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is the International Cricket Council (ICC) president and heavy industries minister Praful Patel heads the All India Football Federation. Minister of road transport and highways C. P. Joshi heads the Rajasthan cricket association and new and renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah heads the cricket association in Jammu and Kashmir. Minister of science and technology Vilasrao Deshmukh recently defeated former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar to become the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association.advertisementThe PM and Chidambaram are understood to have backed Maken, but the numbers were never on their side. Opposition leaders such as Archery Association of India president V. K. Malhotra, who has been at the helm since 1979 and is the IOA’s acting president, has been vehement in his criticism of the draft.Another senior BJP leader, Arun Jaitley, heads the Delhi and District Cricket Association. Malhotra had described the draft Bill as ” Draconian”. Most of them do not comply with the proposed age and tenure restrictions of 70 years and three terms 12 years) mentioned in the draft, and were never going to let go of their fiefdoms. Back in May 2010, then sports minister M. S. Gill suggested an age and tenure bar for office- bearers of sports federations. The IOA had then lobbied with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the latter had warned that India may be barred from the Olympics if the proposals – that reportedly went against the Olympic charter – became law.Pawar and Patel wanted the removal of the intrusive provisions for all sports from the LTDP. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president even threatened to take up the matter with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi if the cabinet approved the draft. He said if the 70- year age limit was agreed upon, “then whosoever is sitting in the room has no right to stay here”.HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who is facing flak for his handling of the Hazare agitation, argued it is not the political environment in which such a Bill can be tabled. Septuagenarian Farooq Abdullah found the age limit a problem. He is reported to have said during the meeting: “I can do things that young people cannot do.”Urban development minister Kamal Nath also had reservations about the LTDP. It was Chidambaram who saved the day for Maken. It was his intervention that ensured that the draft was not deferred or referred to the group of ministers (GoM) as that could have made it impossible for its reintroduction. Sources said Chidambaram remarked: “Let us not throw the baby along with the bathwater. Let us give the sports minister a chance.”Apparently, the PM said Maken should get a chance to rework the Bill.Pranab Mukherjee said most of the parties would not support the Bill in its current form. “Let’s rework this,” he said.In the past three years, the government has given grants of ` 458 crore to sports associations. It wanted in return was for them to come under the RTI and be accountable.advertisementOn the RTI Act, the BCCI argued that it is financially independent and takes no aid from the government. Therefore it is not liable to abide by the Act. However, the BCCI avails of concessions which have played a role in making it the richest cricket board.”BCCI is autonomous and our accounts are audited regularly,” its vice- president Niranjan Shah said. Sunil Gavaskar disagreed. “If an organisation has nothing to hide, it should be open to any information that is sought from it,” the batting legend argued.What the fuss is all about?Sports minister Ajay Maken, made a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha on February 22, 2011, proposing a National Sports Development Bill, which aims to instill good governance among National Sports Federations (NSFs), and talks of participation of athletes in the decisionmaking processHighlights of the proposed billImbibes the philosophy of Olympism Aims to bring in more accountability, transparency in functioning of national sports bodies Adopts basic universal principles of good governance proposed by the International Olympic Committee Seeks to set up a National Sports Development Council headed by an eminent athlete Includes the core principles of fair and transparent elections and strictly enforce the age limit and tenure for office bearers of NSFs Proposes retirement, age at 70 years for office bearers of NSFs. Fixes the term of the president a maximum of 12 years, or three terms Forbids a Union sports minister from contesting the election to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) or a federation until the expiry of five years after demitting his office Includes athletes in decision making and ensures 25 per cent of the membership and voting rights for them Proposes to appoint a retired HC judge to the post of sports ombudsman to deal with grievances and disputes relating to sports organisations Prescribes rules for the prevention of sexual harassment, age fraud and anti-dopinglast_img