Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next LATEST STORIES Jayson David. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian caught fire from beyond the arc and buried Letran, 95-64, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Playing their best game this season, the Golden Stags were scorching from downtown, shooting 16 triples off 37 shots to sink the Knights and grab a leas as big 33, 87-54, courtesy of a Kevin Baytan.ADVERTISEMENT Initial tests reveal no fracture on Galanza’s injured ankle The Golden Stags forced themselves on a tie for the third spot with JRU with their identical 7-6 card.Letran, meanwhile, could not keep up with San Sebastian’s blistering shooting as it saw its two-game winning streak snapped to slide down to fifth with its even 7-7 record.Bong Quinto topped the Knights with 14 points and six rebounds, while Jerrick Balanza had 13 markers and five boards.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 95 – David 17, Bulanadi 16, Calisaan 13, Gayosa 9, Costelo 6, Navarro 6, Are 6, Capobres 4, Mercado 4, Calma 3, Ilagan 3, Baytan 3, Valdez 3, Baetiong 2, Quipse 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LETRAN 64 – Quinto 14, Balanza 13, Calvo 7, Mandreza 7, Nambatac 6, Gedaria 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 3, Vacaro 3, Pascual 2, Caralipio 1, Bernabe 0.Quarters: 25-11, 45-38, 69-47, 95-64. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Our team is really like this, we live and die with the three-points. Good thing that our shots went in, and at 42-percent, it’s high. But I guess they’re improving a lot and let’s give the credit to our guys. This is because of their work in practice. They practice hard and they do extra effort to do shooting every day,” said coach Egay Macaraya.Jayson David led San Sebastian with 17 points, powered by three treys, on top of five rebounds, three assists, four steals, and a block.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 shutoutAllyn Bulanadi also got 16 markers off his 3-of-7 shooting from rainbow country, to go with four assists and three boards, while Michael Calisaan got 13 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Stags.It was still a close game early in the third period with San Sebastian holding a 49-41 lead when it turned on the jets and staged the deciding 17-0 tear, capped off by a Bulanadi trey for 66-41 lead en route to the blowout. View comments
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Mbala pumped in 39 points in 23 minutes, marking the third time this season that he reset a personal scoring high, while front court partner Tratter fired 24 points as the Archers pulled away early before surviving a late onslaught by the Warriors anchored by Pasaol, who scored 18 points in the final frame.While La Salle picked up its fifth win in six games ahead of its finals rematch with Ateneo on Sunday, it was Pasaol’s brilliance for the still winless Warriors that made what was an otherwise routine victory for the Archers even more memorable.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“He was just in the zone,” Mbala said of Pasaol, who shot 20-of-30 from the field.“He was shooting very well and we didn’t do a good job. Knowing that La Salle is a defensive minded team, we have to do better than that. We should have gotten him out of his comfort zone.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren hopes the fighting performance against the Archers will serve as a “springboard” for the Warriors as they face fellow cellar-dweller University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.“This is the first time that even though we lost, I was really proud of the way we played,” said Pumaren.“The team that has been missing the past five games showed up. Alvin (Pasaol) was awesome tonight. He could have scored 60, but he really gave us a really good show.”“I wouldn’t have done it without my teammates’ help,” said Pasaol, who also had eight rebounds and four steals.Earlier, Sean Manganti scored on a putback with a second remaining as Adamson nipped University of the Philippines, 73-71, to gain a share of third spot with Far Eastern U.ADVERTISEMENT Manganti’s tip-in off a Papi Sarr miss broke the deadlock and boosted the Falcons to their fourth victory in six games, while sending the Fighting Maroons to a second straight defeat for a 3-3 slate.“I guess we were lucky to win that game,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “I guess this is a good test on our part that in crucial moments of the game, we can survive.”Manganti also broke up the Maroons’ final play intended for Paul Desiderio as they collected their third straight victory. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot even the highest individual scoring performance in recent memory was enough to stop La Salle from sustaining its winning run ahead of its showdown with fierce rival Ateneo in UAAP Season 80.University of the East forward Alvin Pasaol exploded for 49 points, but the Green Archers also drew career-best outputs from Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter in a 106-100 victory Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NU, Adamson close in on PVL finals
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Here are this week’s best players:(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf you still don’t know who CJ Perez is at this point, where in the world have you been?ADVERTISEMENT The undoubted leader of Lyceum once again spread his wings, highlighting a dominating 100-63 thumping of JRU with a pair of thunderous slams on Friday.But he’s not just all style as Perez also showed he has substance to nab the throne for the third consecutive week and fifth overall, solidifying his case for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.But the last remaining test for the Pirates will be in this upcoming week as Lyceum and San Beda clash anew with an 18-0 sweep on the line.(2) Lervin Flores – C, Arellano Chiefs11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 4.0 blocksLast Week: N/ALervin Flores. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTalk about staying alive.Dead and gone a few weeks back, Arellano woke up from its slumber just in the nick of time to make a late case for the Final Four.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that Lervin Flores’ stellar play coincided with the three-game winning stretch as he rekindled his magic and established himself once again as a force to be reckoned with down low.One more win separates the Chiefs from their goal of forcing a playoff, and Flores is once again expected to backstop his side in their all-important clash against Perpetual. Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe’s not going anywhere just yet as Robert Bolick is staying in San Beda.Skipping this year’s draft, the veteran playmaker showed how valuable he is for the Red Lions as he helped his team to pull off the 73-68 win over Letran on Friday.It’s just the kind of performance the San Beda faithful have gotten themselves accustomed to, and something they will look forward to as the Red Lions engage in a collision course against league-leading Pirates on Thursday.(5) Levi dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: N/ALevi dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s easy to see Arellano flop after Kent Salado suffered a slight MCL tear in his right knee.But the Chiefs are still fighting, and one of the reasons for that is Levi dela Cruz.The pint-sized playmaker has taken the baton and ran with it to keep Arellano in the thick of the playoff race.Even dela Cruz would admit that he’s no Salado, but he’s doing an admirable job holding the fort for the Chiefs in this late run as they are just a win away from forcing a playoff for the fourth and final semifinals seat. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC (6) Jayson David – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 stealLast Week: N/AJayson David. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Egay Macaraya’s secret weapon once again came to play on Friday, unleashing 24 points in San Sebastian’s 97-70 win over Mapua on Friday.Jayson David has shown glimpses of his potential being a game-changing forward for the Golden Stags, but he has to figure things out quick, especially as his team is making a run to get into the final dance.He has one more shot to show that he’s more than just a one-game sensation when San Sebastian ends its elimination schedule against Perpetual on Thursday.(7) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers15.0 points (3/11 3PT), 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assistsLast Week: N/ATey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro remains to be one of the most deadly snipers in the collegiate level today, but just like what coach Vergel Meneses is asking from him, he has to be consistent. LATEST STORIES (3) Clement Leutcheu – C, College of St. Benilde Blazers24 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/AClement Leutcheu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot much can be said of College of St. Benilde’s campaign this season, but that won’t stop rookie coach TY Tang from looking for silver linings.And one of the pleasant surprises for him was the improvement of Clement Leutcheu.Without much to fight for, the Senegalese center has been a rock for the Blazers as they seek to finish the season strong, aiding his side to nab the 94-84 win over EAC on Thursday.St. Benilde has already made strides with its four-win output this season, but Tang remains unsatisfied as he hopes his boys learn a lot of lesson from this run and take it in the Blazers’ rebuild for next year.(4) Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/A MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president One.That’s the number of Final Four spots that’s left to be disputed between the three teams still chasing a playoff berth in the penultimate week of NCAA Season 93.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 shutoutAnd by the looks of it, whether or not Lyceum completes the 18-0 sweep, we would still go on a stepladder playoff as San Sebastian, Letran, Arellano are poised to finish the eliminations in a three-way tie for the fourth spot, barring any upset against their also-ran foes.That leaves much of the responsibility to the team’s leaders as their play late in the season would very much dictate whether their teams progress or not. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 FEU pushes shorthanded UST to brink of elimination With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Stellar in JRU’s 62-58 squeaker over Mapua on Tuesday, he was largely inefficient as league-leading Lyceum bamboozled his side to a 100-63 beatdown.The Heavy Bombers may have already secured their seat in the Final Four, but it doesn’t mean that they can now fall into the trap of complacency, especially with motivated teams raring to upset them on their way to the semifinals. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico In the thrilling stretch, Belangel’s charities put the Blue Eaglets up, 62-58, and virtually sealed the Season 80 title, their first juniors’ championship since brothers Mike and Matt Nieto steered the school to the throne back in Season 77.All hail, the Kings of #UAAPSeason80Jrs Basketball! pic.twitter.com/irIoSz48QoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 2, 2018 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ONE: Despite last-minute opponent change, Danny Kingad ready for anything Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Robert Minerva chimed in 13 markers and nine boards in the defeat, while Matthew Manalang got eight.The Scores:ATENEO 63 — Sotto 19, Belangel 16, Ildefonso 13, Credo 4, Manuel 4, Chiu 4, David 3, Escalona 0, Jaymalin 0, Santos 0.NU 58 — Fortea 14, Minerva 13, Manalang 8, Oczon 7, Amsali 6, Javillonar 5, Pangilinan 3, Malonzo 2, Coyoca 0.Quarters: 15-6, 28-23, 44-43, 63-58. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kai Sotto survived a foul-plagued outing and helped Ateneo recover from a 54-48 deficit, scoring seven of his 19 points in the last 4:18, while also hauling down 13 rebounds and rejecting three shots en route to him being named as the Finals MVP.Belangel chipped in 16 markers and eight boards, while Dave Ildefonso got a near-double double with his 13 points and nine rebounds as the Blue Eaglets completed a fitting ending to what was almost a perfect season for them.“I just told the boys to stay composed. We’ll fight back,” said coach Joe Silva.It was a classic duel between the top high school teams in the UAAP which saw heroes come out from both sides.Terrence Fortea went on a blitz in the second half, unloading 12 of his 14 points in the final two quarters, but none bigger than his wrap-around assist to Rhayyan Amsali to give NU the six-point lead in the final four minutes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo Blue Eaglets celebrate UAAP juniors crown. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the game on the line, SJ Belangel sent the ball to the heavens and got his prayers answered.The shifty playmaker canned the crucial foul shots in the last 9.8 seconds as Ateneo escaped Nazareth School of National University, 63-58, to once again be crowned the king of UAAP juniors’ basketball Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “It was a hard-fought game and it’s nice that we ended up with a win,” TNT coach Nash Racela said after getting six players in twin digits. “But all we did was tie the series, cut it down to a best-of-three.”“It will be war (in Game 5),” added the rookie coach. “I don’t expect them (Beermen) to back down. We just have to find ways to win, like we did tonight.”Meanwhile, playmaker Chris Ross used his all-around talent to nail his first Player of the Conference award on Wednesday night. Charles Rhodes was named Best Import.ADVERTISEMENT Smith finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds as TNT squared the series at 2-2 and grabbed some sort of momentum heading into Game 5 on Friday also at the Big Dome.There was a lot of commotion on the floor, with TNT board representative Patrick Gregorio charging onto the court in the second quarter because of an inadvertent whistle that gave San Miguel two free points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReferee Jimmy Mariano was relieved for the rest of the game and is facing suspension for the error that he later owned up to.Jason Castro fired 10 of his 17 points in the payoff period, eight of them when the Texters put the Beermen away. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Soon-to-be dad Smith gets added inspiration to go home a champ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith a big game befitting his mammoth frame, Joshua Smith prolonged meeting his newborn daughter.Smith’s girlfriend, Kristy Ochoa, was scheduled to give birth Wednesday in the United States and the wide-bodied import was half-a-world away giving TNT KaTropa the lift it needed to scuttle San Miguel Beer, 102-97, in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
FILE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/I QUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Kia head coach Chris Gavina was far from pleased with how his team fizzled out in the fourth quarter en route to a 106-96 loss to TNT in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Sports Center here.“It’s not been easy this past week,” said Gavina whose team is at the bottom of the standings with a 0-3 record. “The guys I had out there did not have the same look as the five players that I had in the third quarter that got us back in the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Cedric De Joya pouncing on chance to lead Batangas “If I put you out there at the end of the game, I’m expecting you to make plays and be a big-time player,” said Gavina. “I told our guys that from now on, nobody’s entitled to any minutes, they have to earn it.”“We got too many guys that feel entitled to things. And that was evident today, some guys just want to win more than others and that will to win doesn’t show in our whole group.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “For me that’s hardly unacceptable.”TNT had a 13-point lead, 77-64, late in the third quarter when the quintet of Reden Celda, Bong Galanza, Jackson Corpuz, Nico Elorde, Eric Camson made things a little interesting and mounted a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 77-71 at the 1:57 mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe fourth quarter, however, was a far different story as the KaTropa regained control and held on until the final buzzer.Kia essentially became a two-man show in the fourth with import Markeith Cummings and LA Revilla left to carry the Picanto on their shoulders.
Pakistan Test opener Yasir Hameed might have backtracked on allegations of match-fixing against his Pakistan teammates but the side’s captain Shahid Afridi is still livid with the opener and has ridiculed him as being mentally a teenager.Afridi, who has apologised for the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal involving Pakistani players that has shaken the core of international cricket, said Hameed cannot be trusted.”Yasir Hameed is about 30 or 31 – but mentally he is 15 or 16,” Afridi said.”People know the type of character he is. We have known him for a long time and we know what to expect from him. He has done this sort of thing many times. Is he unreliable? Well, he is sitting with someone he does not know and gives these messages out, so, yes.”I don’t know who he was sitting with or in what situation he gave this message,” he added.In the video of a sting operation carried out by the ‘News of the World’, Hameed had claimed that almost every match Pakistan played was fixed. But he later went back on the statement, saying that he was tricked and later blackmailed to stand by the remarks.Afridi, who led Pakistan in yesterday’s Twenty20 match against England which the visitors lost, said he has told his players not to read newspapers.”It was a relief to be playing again. Even though it was not a perfect performance. All the allegations are history now and until the ICC completes their investigations and it is all before us, we don’t want to talk about it,” he said.advertisement
An unbeatable 3-0 lead in hand, India would now aim for a cleansweep while trying out new players when they take on a demoralised West Indies in the inconsequential fourth game of their five-match one-day international series, on Monday.Led by Suresh Raina, the second-string Indian team has given a good account of itself dominating the struggling Caribbean side, which has been weakened further by the absence of big-hitting Chris Gayle and reliable performers such as Dwayne Bravo.In fact, the series has done a world of good to young Indian players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Raina himself.They have proved themselves as fighters when faced with tense situations, prompting coach Duncan Fletcher to state that the given the pool of talent, his wards are set to dominate world cricket for another decade or so.”It is due to the amount of talent India have. Indian cricket is in a very, very healthy state presently,” stated Fletcher after India clinched the series with a three-wicket win yesterday.Right-handed batsman Manoj Tiwary might get a look in after Raina hinted that reserve players are likely to be fielded for the remaining two matches. But bowling would certainly be an area of concern for the Indians.Without the ever-reliable Zaheer Khan, who won’t be available even for the Test series due to injury, the pacers led by Munaf Patel have struggled as was evident from the way West Indian number nine Andre Russell took them to the cleaners on Saturday.advertisement- With PTI inputs
It’s kind of strange at Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Even though it was raining heavily outdoors, with the retractable roof on you could shut out the elements.On Wednesday, though, it took Venus Williams a greater effort to put out the never say-die Kimiko Date-Krumm in two hours and 56 minutes with the scoreline reading 6-7(8), 6-3, 8-6.It is matches like these that stir up a Grand Slam – where the combatants hit each ball with such intensity as if their lives depend on it. Venus versus Kimiko was not a battle between teenagers.It was a battle between two senior pros, though barring their dates of birth, there was nothing to suggest that these two are old in any sense. At 31, a lot of people say Venus is over the hill.Kimiko Date-Krumm reacts during her match against Venus Williams.Today, up against the 40-year-old battle-hardened Japanese, Venus would have felt younger as her fresher legs carried her through the gut- wrenching second- round tie. Down 1-5 in the first set and again trailing in the tie- break, Venus was not in orbit.The style of play defied the combined age of 71 years as the two fought for every point with intensity and treated the audience to the richest tapestry of tennis thus far at The Championships.Once Venus had lost the first set, there were whispers that the former champion had lost the plot. To have been away from the tennis courts for five months and a poor comeback at Eastbourne did not help her cause.advertisementBut then the older Williams sister played without inhibition and her white jumper dress was proof how much she loves the freedom in her stroke production.As a player who likes to express herself, the white jumper with a triangular slit in the back was pretty bold. However, Venus still thinks it’s a simple dress with a lot of draping on the shoulders.In the second set, Venus forced an early break to go up 2-1 and another break of serve ensured she would serve in the decider.With no tie-break, the final set turned out to be an amazing battle.Venus’s big serve versus Kimiko’s hard and flat groundstrokes made for great viewing as each point was a teaser. What was even more captivating was how Kimiko hit the ball deep and with penetration.Finally, when Kimiko hit a backhand into the alley in the 14th game of the decider, it was all over for the Japanese star. ” I returned to the Centre Court after 15 years and lost. Though I lost, I am happy I could match Venus. My claycourt season was bad but it’s hard to lose a match like this,” said Kimiko.Asked how tough it was to work on her fitness at this stage of her career for a match like this, Kimiko said: ” After 30 or 40, you lose muscles.So I have to train hard,” she said.But the seasoned pro was not willing to reflect on retirement. “I can only think about this match now,” she added.For her part, Venus was philosophical.”I was serious about winning. Even at 1- 5 down in first set I was trying to win. And even in the tie- break I wanted to win,” said the former champion.Asked to describe her opponent’s game Venus said: ” She hit into the corners and came to the net. Yes, it took me a while to adjust to her game. She played well and took a lot of risks.” Looking ahead to the future, Venus said the 2012 Olympics were a priority for her.”It’s big for me and I see Kimiko as a role model.At this age she still plays so well,” said Venus.Results Men’s singles 2nd roundRichard Gasquet (FRA x 17) bt Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) 6-1, 6-4,6-4; Tomas Berdych (CZE x 6) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; Mardy Fish (USA x10) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4; Alex Bogomolov Jr (USA) bt Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG x25) 6-0, 6-3, 6-4; Simone Bolelli (ITA) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x14) 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4); Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Ryan Sweeting (USA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4; Andy Murray (GBR x4) bt Tobias Kamke(GER) 6-3, 6-3, 7-5Women’s singles 2nd roundVenus Williams (USA x23) bt Kimiko Date-Krumm(JPN) 6-7 (6), 6-3, 8-6; Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) bt Monica Niculescu (ROM) 6-3, 6-0; Victoria Azarenka (BLR x4) bt Iveta Benesova (CZE) 6-0 , 6-3; Vera Zvonareva (RUS x2) bt Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-1, 7-6 (5)Women’s singles 1st roundAgnieszka Radwanska (POL x 13) bt Olga GovortsovaBLR) 6-0, 3-0 (retired); Julia Goerges (GER x16) bt Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-0; Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x24) bt Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 3-6, 6-3, 8-6; Flavia Pennetta (ITA x21) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2; Misaki Doi (JPN) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA x30) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.