November 30

Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Photo taken from the official Twitter account of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games @KL2017KUALA LUMPUR — A 46-year-old rider with “rockstar personality” thrilled the Southeast Asian Games equestrian show jump individual competition Monday after capturing the gold medal for Team Philippines in Rawang.John Colin Syquia, riding for the Philippines for the first time, won via jump-off and shocked the field when he upstaged his Malaysian foes, riding four seconds faster than the second placer to rule the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Nextcenter_img Colonia fifth in weightlifting “He is a rock star here. We call him our secret weapon,” said team manager Daniella Virata.Virata said Syquia has been competing in the Florida circuit where he is based. He grew up in New York City and began riding in Claremonth Academy.“He is a cool guy. Good personality. He gave us six clear rounds, three in individual and three in team event,” said Virata.Syquia was part of the team that won silver last Saturday along with Chiara Sophia Amor, Joker Arroyo and Marie Antoinette Leviste.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The horse dealer and professional equestrian rode with his mount Adventure L.He finished tied with five other riders after two rounds and then in the jump-off clocked 37.63 seconds besting local riders Sharimini Cristina Ratnasingham  (41.30) and Dato Seri Mahamad Fathil Qabil Ambak (41.66).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 shutoutRatnasingham on board Arcado, and Ambak on 3Q Qaliya, wound up second and third, respectively.After two rounds, Syquia finished in a bunch of five riders who went to the jump-off along with the Malaysians, Brunei’s Mohd Nasir and Singapore’s Catherine Chew. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READlast_img read more

November 30

#KicksStalker: Pop-up store for Filipino sneakerheads

first_imgView comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The LeBron 15 “Ghost” that features Nike’s latest innovations and Air Jordan 32 “Bred” were finally made available to Filipino basketball fans and sneakerheads.In line with the 35th anniversary of the iconic Air Force 1, Reinoso said there are going to be new AF1 drops every Friday at the store.For NBA fans, authentic NBA jerseys and other gear are also available.Titan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoTitan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH01:37Protesters 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 The pop-up space features the best of what Nike and Jordan Brand have to offer.“It’s the destination for basketball for the holidays. We’re open to the public right now just to really celebrate the game and culture of basketball,” said Raoul Reinoso, Co-Founder and special projects director of Titan.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“What to expect really is a lot of basketball product that’s gonna be coming in to the space for the next three months,” he said.The event held on Wednesday night also marked the release of LeBron James’ latest signature shoe and the newest pair from the iconic Jordan lineage. Titan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Photo by Mark GiongcoThere’s a new place in town sneakerheads will love.Nike and Titan, one of the biggest basketball retailers in the country, teamed up for the Titan x Nike pop-up space at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPcenter_img Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No title repeat: Cubs bow out in Game 5 against Dodgers LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

November 29

Spurs stop 4-game slide, rope LeBron, Cavaliers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kyle Korver’s 3-pointer with 4:47 left brought the Cavs within 96-88, but Patty Mills countered with a 3 for the Spurs.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has spent most of the season adjusting his lineups and rotations, and he may have to do some more tweaking after starters Cedi Osman, J.R. Smith, George Hill and Tristan Thompson shot a combined 6 of 28. Cleveland has to find a dependable No. 2 option on offense while All-Star Kevin Love recovers from a broken hand.“We just had a rough night shooting the basketball. It’s going to happen,” Lue said. “I thought defensively we were pretty good. I just thought Aldridge took advantage of us in that third quarter, the start of the third quarter on his post-ups.”TIP-INSSpurs: G Manu Ginobili sat out with a bruised sternum sustained in Friday’s loss to Denver. … Leonard’s absence continues to hang over the team. He hasn’t played since Jan. 13 and Popovich said earlier this week it’s possible the star could miss the remainder of this season. … C Pau Gasol and Cavs G Jose Calderon spoke in the hallway before the game. They’re close friends, having been teammates on Spain’s national team since 2002. … Traveled 6,546 miles on their annual road trip. San Antonio is 90-41 on the trek since it first began in 2003.Cavaliers: F Larry Nance Jr. wore No. 22 — his father’s retired number — for the first time since he was traded to Cleveland. The NBA granted Nance permission to switch jersey numbers (he had been wearing No. 24). … Thompson had a season-high 13 rebounds in 23 minutes. … Golfer Jason Day and NFL players Ryan Shazier and Ted Ginn Jr. were among the celebrities in attendance. … Dropped to 39-10 against Western Conference teams at home since Jan. 21, 2015. … James passed Rod Strickland (7,987) for 11th place on career assists list.STAR GAZINGBefore the game, Popovich joked that it’s easy to become entranced against James.“I just have to make sure that I don’t just stare at him all night like I did when I first came in the league and played the Bulls. I’d just watch Michael (Jordan) the whole time and Larry Brown would elbow me like, ‘You going to do something?’ I said, ‘Coach, I’ve got to watch. I’ve got to see this guy.’”James dazzled in the first half, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds and five assists.GREEN DAYGreen said bad spaghetti caused him to vomit for just the second time in 20 years.“I’m just glad I feel better,” he said. “That day’s rest helped for sure.”UP NEXT Spurs: Host New Orleans on Tuesday in their first home game since Feb. 7.Cavaliers: Host Brooklyn on Tuesday. AFP official booed out of forum Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City League Cup: Man City old guard help Guardiola win 1st trophy MOST READ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reaches for a pass against San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green (14) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The Spurs ended their “rodeo” road trip by roping the Cavaliers.LeBron James thought San Antonio got some help.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico That would be James, who had 33 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. The Cavs fell to 3-2 since overhauling their roster with three trades, but James wasn’t t disappointed with his team’s effort.However, he did have a problem with the officiating.San Antonio was called for just 12 personal fouls — only three in the second half— and shot 32 free throws compared to 14 for Cleveland.“We’re at a point now where we protect the shooter more than the driver,” said James, who shot four free throws. “There’s no reason I should be going to the line four times in a game when I drive 100 times to the paint and I’m getting hit and slapped and grabbed and whatever and what not. We protect the shooter. That’s what it’s turned into. Chicks dig the long ball and that’s what it’s about.”Cleveland was within two points after three, but the Spurs scored the first 10 of the fourth and made all the necessary plays down the stretch to pull off the impressive win.ADVERTISEMENT LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Danny Green added 22 and the Spurs ended their annual trip by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-94 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.Green, who missed Friday’s loss at Denver with food poisoning, came off the bench for the first time in 49 games this season and made five 3-pointers to provide a perfect outside complement to Aldridge’s dynamic inside game. Dejounte Murray added 13 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio, a team not accustomed to any turmoil.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the super-steady Spurs have not been themselves as they continue to play without injured star Kawhi Leonard, whose timetable to return remains a mystery. They had dropped six of seven and four in a row on a trip (their arena hosts a rodeo every year) that coach Gregg Popovich’s squad typically uses as a spring board into the playoffs.“Every win is a big one for us,” Green said. “But this month we’ve had some ups and downs. This is a really good team, especially with the best player in the world over there.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

November 28

Mugabi picks Horn over Pacquiao

first_imgJohn “The Beast” Mugabi. Photo by Roy LuarcaBRISBANE, Australia—His savage fight against Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1986 cemented John Mugabi’s legacy as a fierce warrior.Though he eventually got halted in the 11th round of their world middleweight title unification bout, John Mugabi gave Hagler enough pounding from his dynamite fists that squeezed out some of his fighting juices.Mugabi, dubbed “The Beast” for his ferocity in the ring, was present during the press conference of “Battle of Brisbane” between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Mugabi actually won all his first 25 fights by knockout before being thrown into the fray against Hagler, who was then making his 11th title defense at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Now weighing over 200 pounds and 57 years old, Mugabi, an Ugandan who has settled down here, was there to lend support to Horn.Naturally, he picked Horn to prevail over Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMugabi, who was a silver medalist in the Moscow Olympics, said Horn has the power and strength to dethrone Pacquiao.“Pacquiao is a great boxer but Horn can beat him,” said Mugabi, who wound up with a 42-7-1 record, including 39 knockouts. What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Djokovic seeks answers after decline and fall Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

November 28

Man interrupts Swedish Open semi to give Nazi salute

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ A man in a black t-shirt supporting Revolution, a Nordic resistance movement gestures as he is escorted off the court by security, during the ATP tennis tournament Swedish Open semifinal match between Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer, in Bastad, Sweden, Saturday July 22, 2017. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP)BASTAD, Sweden — A man walked on to Centre Court during a Swedish Open semifinal and shouted Nazi slogans and raised his arm in a Nazi-like salute on Saturday.The man casually walked on to the court during the all-Spanish match between David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco, and shouted “Heil victory” while raising his right fist. Booing from the crowd drowned out his other comments, and he was led away without fuss by police. He was wearing a black T-shirt promoting Revolution, a Nordic resistance movement.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belo has complete faith in Chot: ‘He knows what’s best for the team and me’ Tournament director Chris Hult defended the event’s security, saying the man was not considered a threat by security guards. The man was reportedly arrested for trespass.Ferrer beat two-time runner-up Verdasco 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-4 to reach his fourth Swedish Open final. He’ll be going for his third title at the beach resort of Bastad after wins in 2007 and 2012.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 starsIn the final on Sunday, he’ll play Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, who beat Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-3, 6-2. Dolgopolov will play for his fourth career title, and second of the year after winning in Buenos Aires in February. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View commentslast_img read more

November 28

Ceres-Negros extends winning run at home turf

first_imgPinoy chessers snatch 3 golds The Busmen needed to overcome the Aguilas’ defensive approach as they patiently and systematically broke down the visiting side with slick passing and quick movement.“It was the hardest game that we had here at home,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “They defended really good [and are] well organized, but my players were persistent for 90 minutes and they had patience.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 starsIt’s not easy to play when one team is defending with 10 players in front of the goal, especially when they know how to defend and they defend very good.”The Aguilas paraded new signings Matthew Hartmann, who was acquired from Global Cebu, and Harry Sawyer, a tall Australian striker, but they hardly offered anything going forward as the visiting team was content to soak up the pressure. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Ceres-Negros kept its fine form at home as it blanked the Davao Aguilas, 2-0, Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Goals from midfielders OJ Porteria and Stephan Schrock kept the Busmen unbeaten at home, while denying the Aguilas a first victory of the season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Schrock nearly opened the scoring in the 19th minute when his effort rattled the bar.Porteria, who recovered just in time from food poisoning, made no mistake eight minutes later as he fired an unstoppable shot from outside the area to beat Marko Trkulja.Schrock, who was denied by the post late in the second half, finally broke through in the 57th minute after finding space just inside the box.The victory augurs well for the Busmen who now shift their focus on the AFC Cup zonal finals against Singaporean side Home United starting on Aug. 2 at Jalan Besar Stadium. The return leg at Panaad is set Aug. 9.“We were a little bit scared here and there because we have a very important match in the AFC Cup,” said Schrock. “We lacked concentration but like coach said we took it very professional, very disciplined, and were patient enough so a 2-0 result is a good result for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READlast_img read more

November 28

Star stops San Miguel, stays unbeaten

first_imgView comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Marcio Lassiter added 24 points with his third and final 3-pointer pulling SMB within two, 100-98, with 20.3 ticks remaining before Sangalang went 4-of-4 from the free throw line to end the game.Fajardo is expected to be out at least two weeks due to a calf injury he sustained in San Miguel’s 97-91 win over TNT on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “It’s all about team effort. It’s all about the teamwork and the game plan of the coaches,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero.The Beermen, who played without their reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, went on a 12-2 run after Arwind Santos’ putback cut the Hotshots’ lead down to two, 97-95, with 1:11 remaining.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 starsMalcolm Hill also helped Star keep San Miguel at bay with a clutch triple, 100-95, with 1:02 left. Hill finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.Wendell McKines powered the Beermen with 27 points and 22 rebounds but he missed a potential game-tying basket with Hill contesting his attempt underneath the basket inside the last 20 seconds. 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 PBA IMAGESStar blew a big lead late before surviving San Miguel Beer, 104-98, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Ian Sangalang capped his double-double effort of 18 points and 11 rebounds with four game-sealing free throws in the final 10 seconds for the Hotshots, who climbed to 3-0 and dealt the Beermen their first loss in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Three Filipinos see action in ONE Macau card Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

November 28

Warriors defeat Central Districts by six wickets

first_imgOpeners Davey Jacobs and Ashwell Prince shared a 147-run partnership off just 94 ball to help Warriors beat Central Districts by six wickets in their Champions League Twenty20 Group A match here today.After Central Districts opted to bat, Warriors restricted them to 175 for three in 20 overs and then chased down the target with five balls to spare at the St George’s Park.Skipper Jacobs (74) and Prince (64) laid the foundation for Warriors’ successful run-chase.With three wins in as many matches, Warriors have now virtually progressed to the semifinal, while Central Districts who have failed to win even a single match in the tournament, have been eliminated from the race for a final-four berth.Chasing 175 to win, Warriors started aggressively and reached 50-mark in just five overs, with Jacobs and Prince smashing the Districts’ bowlers.Jacobs clobbered two fours off Micheal Mason in the first over of their innings and then hit Adam Milne for a four and a six in the very next over.Pacer Doug Bracewell was then brought into attack but was proved expensive as Jacobs hit two fours and two sixes to accumulate 21 runs.George Worker and Mason tried to slow down the run-rate but skipper Jacobs was simply unstoppable as he blasted a four and a six in the eighth over to score 13 runs.Jacobs took his side across the 100-run mark by hitting a six off Bracewell in the 10th over to add to the frustration of Districts’ bowlers.Boundaries flew thick and fast as Jacobs and Prince dealt only in fours and sixes to take their side closer to target, scoring another 45 runs in the five overs to make the scoreline read 145 for no loss in 15 overs.advertisementWith no option left, Districts captain Jamie How gave the ball to part-timer Kieran Noema-Barnett.Barnett justified the decision by removing Jacobs, whose ambitious shot found Mason near the rope. Jacobs struck five fours and six sixes in his 47-ball stay.In the 18th over, Bracewell got rid off other opener Prince, who finally hold out to Peter Ingram at mid wicket.Looking for a six, Prince ended up giving a straight catch to Ingram as Districts fought back, reducing Warriors to 151 for three in 17 overs.Needing 25 runs from 18 balls, new man Craig Thyssen hit two fours and a six off Bracewell to again swung the match in Warriors’ favour.In the 19th over, Thyssen smashed a huge six and a four off Noema-Barnett to take his side inside the victory lap. But just as he was getting prepared to finish the match, Thyssen fell to Noema-Barnett.Experienced Mark Boucher then came in and completed the formalities with a huge six off Bracewell on the first ball of the last over, while Johan Botha remained unconquered.Warriors scored 181 for four in 19.1 overs.Earlier, captain and opener How cracked a strokeful 88 to help Central Districts reach 175 for three after the side were reduced to 76 for three in 10 overs.How blasted a 55-ball 88, bejewelled with 12 fours and three sixes, while Noema-Barnett (53 n.o.) and Brad Patton (24) made some useful contributions to help the Districts cross the 150-mark.Districts paid the price for their sloppy fielding and pathetic bowling to succumb to their third defeat in as many matches.Young batsman Brad Patton gave his captain able support with a patient 27-ball 24 as the duo shared 64-runs from 38 balls to take the Districts score past 50.How clobbered four fours off Theron in the second over and three fours off Tsotsobe in the third over of the innings to accumulate 28 runs.After a brief lull, How took South African pacer Makhaya Ntini to task this time, hitting him for three fours in the sixth over.Warriors introduced their experienced spinner Nicky Boje in the seventh over and the gamble worked as the off-spinner caught Patton in front of the stumps to make the score 64 for two.Patton, who was looking dangerous in the company of his captain, struck five fours in his brief innings.Mathew Sinclair next came in to support his captain, but the experienced right-hander lasted only nine balls.Botha pitched the ball in the middle which turned and found Sinclair (6) plumb in front of the stumps.Noema-Barnett, who came in after Sinclair’s departure, joined How and blasted Justin Kreusch for a six in the 14th over to keep the scoreboard ticking.Both How and Barnett accelerated in the end to accumulate 70 runs in the last six overs, mostly dealing in fours and sixes but 175 later proved insufficient.last_img read more

November 28

Sheila brought the Games on track: UK CWG chief

first_imgEngland, Scotland and Australia were close to pulling out from the Commonwealth Games, but for the last-minute intervention of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, a top English Games official has revealed. “She really did kick shit,” is how Dame Kelly Holmes, president of the Commonwealth Games England, put it.”Every day, for two weeks, we had board meetings and conferences. It was close, of course it was,” The Guardian quoted the official as saying on how close the team was to pulling out of the competition. “It was only when Dikshit got involved with the organisation of the Games at the last minute that England made the decision to go ahead,” Holmes said.Until then, she said, the England team was close to withdrawing because of persistent reports of mismanagement, unhealthy living conditions in the Games Village and potential security hazards. Scotland and Australia were also on the brink of deciding to withdraw.Holmes thinks England’s decision to go ahead led other countries to follow suit. In retrospect, Holmes said if the Commonwealth Games operations, structure and chain of command had fallen in place a week earlier, it would have been the best Games ever. The English official lamented that a last-minute rush to give finishing touches to the Games arena as well as security concerns had led to a number of top British competitors crying off.”It is a shame as a lot of athletes pulled out because of what they heard,” she said. But it was not all brickbats from Holmes, who after Thursday’s dazzling closing ceremony, said: “The bond these athletes have got now reminds me of Sydney in 2000.”advertisement–With inputs from PTIlast_img read more