Danilo: ‘Bologna tempo hurts Inter’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Bologna defender Danilo Larangeria assures they can “hurt Inter and pick up points if we keep the tempo up.” It kicks off at 17.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “Bologna like to play with a high tempo in our home games. We know Inter have a Champions League match coming up on Tuesday, but they are accustomed to playing every three days,” the defender told Inter TV. “If we keep the tempo up and force Inter to work hard, we can hurt them and pick up points. Inter also have very strong players in attack, so I’ll be on my toes today. “Having said that, if we get a corner, I’ll try to score against my friend Samir Handanovic!”last_img read more

Genoa target Tankovic

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Genoa are targeting former Fulham striker Muamer Tankovic as a replacement for the injured Christian Kouame. The Swedish international, currently at Hammarby in Sweden, has scored 14 goals this season from 28 games. Tankovic moved from Fulham to AZ Alkmaar in 2014 and spent three years in Holland before moving back to Sweden in 2017. Genoa are in need of a striker after Kouame ruptured his ACL whilst playing for the Ivory Coast U-23s, ruling him out for five to six months. Tankovic should be available for a cut-price fee, as his contract with Hammarby is due to expire in June 2020. Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek has also been linked with a return to the Grifone, the club where he made his name last season. Piatek is going through a difficult second season in Serie A, and reports suggest that if he doesn’t find form in the lead up to the transfer window, Milan will aim to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic and send Piatek to Genoa.last_img read more

Record boxing entries for Commonwealth Games

first_imgHome advantage notwithstanding, Indian boxers will have their task cut out when they take the ring in this year’s Commonwealth Games as a record 304 international pugilists are set to participate in the October 3 to 14 megaevent.Special Coverage – CWG 2010The bulk of the participation will come from the African region, which will have 118 boxers in fray, according to the continent wise entry list for the Games.Among the Africans, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, are set to field full 10-member squads. In all, 18 African boxing teams will be seen in action at the Delhi Games.Europe and Oceania are a distant second in the entry list with 45 boxers each.European powerhouses England and Northern Ireland will have full 10-member squads in competition, while Scotland has so far committed to seven.”It is going to be one of the biggest Commonwealth Games as far as boxing is concerned. The size of draws is going to be huge. The participation is unprecedented for any Games,” the Tournament Director for boxing in this year’s Commonwealth games, Lenny D’Gama, told PTI.”The countries are yet to send the name-wise list for the Games but it won’t be too long before they send that,” he added.From Oceania, strong contender Australia will field boxers in all 10 weight categories, while New Zealand will participate in eight divisions.Given the huge number of entries, light weight (60kg) and welter weight (69kg) categories are set to have the toughest draws with 40 each.The super heavy weight (+91kg) category is expected to have the smallest draw as only 17 entries have been received so far.advertisementIndian boxers have a reasonably good record in the Games.Mohammad Ali Qamar (2002, Manchester) and Akhil Kumar (2006, Melbourne) won gold medals for India in previous two editions of the event.In the Melbourne edition, Indian boxers fetched six medals. Apart from Akhil’s gold (54kg), Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh, a welter weight boxer at that time, clinched a silver.The boxing competition of the Delhi Games would be held at the newly-constructed Talkatora Stadium. The dome-shaped arena played host to the Commonwealth Boxing Championships in March earlier this year.last_img read more

‘Umpiring lapses during India-Pakistan series blown out of proportion’

first_imgAsif IqbalIndia skipper Sourav Ganguly’s decision to put Pakistan to bat in Rawalpindi must have left Rahul Dravid wondering if he should have done the same in Lahore. That decision to bowl first was right not only because Pakistan’s superior pace attack on a lively wicket would have been a,Asif IqbalIndia skipper Sourav Ganguly’s decision to put Pakistan to bat in Rawalpindi must have left Rahul Dravid wondering if he should have done the same in Lahore. That decision to bowl first was right not only because Pakistan’s superior pace attack on a lively wicket would have been a handful but also because it made sense when the Indian seamers got the help they needed from the pitch to give them the penetration they may otherwise lack.For the first 45 minutes it seemed as if Indians were not getting anywhere, but then they switched on their radars and took eight wickets for less than a hundred as Pakistan were reduced from 34 for no loss to 137 for 8. Mohammad Sami and Fazl-e-Akbar stuck it out long enough to suggest that the pitch may be easing and the moisture drying up under the hot sun but it was obvious that the Pakistani effort could only get so far and India fancied their chances after bowling out the hosts for only 224.Pakistan ran out deserving winners in the second Test although it must be said that in Lahore, it was India’s turn to get the short end of the umpiring stick. Yet, they handled it in a slightly more mature manner than Pakistan, who decided to air their complaints.Umpiring inconsistencies can be frustrating in the short run but they generally tend to level out in the long run, and to get worked up over them is counterproductive. This was evident in Rawalpindi as well when both Inzamam-ul-Haq and Parthiv Patel got away with decisions that should have gone against them.TAIL UP: The first morning pitch helped Indian pacersBoth the sides had their selection problems coming into the third and final Test-Pakistan due to injuries and India due to an excess of batting riches. The guesses kept doing the rounds whether it would be Yuvraj Singh, or Patel, or indeed Ganguly himself, now fit and back to open with Virender Sehwag. I think the final decision to play Patel was a good one. Both Ganguly and Yuvraj are too valuable to the Indian batting line-up. But that sort of uncertainty before such a crucial game can at times be unsettling.I am also not quite sure about the idea of dropping an opener and playing a middle-order batsman instead. There was perhaps a valid case to examine the continuation of V.V.S. Laxman whose feet have not been moving well and whose performance has not been convincing. Pakistan’s problems were rather more apparent with injuries to Umar Gul and Sami, ruling the former definitely out of the Test and considerable doubts hovering over the fitness of the latter who appeared to have compounded a back strain with a bout of food poisoning. Sami finally made it and did an excellent job with the bat, without which Pakistan would have been even further down the creek. On a slightly different note, I was somewhat surprised by the statements of both Javed Miandad and Inzamam threatening to resign if “unfair comments and criticism” continued in the media. Test cricket is a very high-profile activity and any such activity is bound to attract comment, not all of which will be positive. In any case, as far as cricketers are concerned, the best reply they can give is out there in the middle.The Pakistani side gave the most befitting reply in Lahore and so it was difficult to see the thinly veiled threat as necessary. Its timing also left a great deal to be desired since most of the “unfair criticism” must have come after the Multan Test and bringing the matter up after the Lahore game had about it an air of being held to ransom that was not pleasant.One big letdown about this Test series was the crowd, about which I have already made my thoughts known.The other, Ten Sports’ coverage of the Tests, which I feel could easily be improved by hiring more commentators from the subcontinent to interact with players who are uncomfortable speaking in English. This weighs so heavily on some of the Pakistani players that one of them has been known to remark he dreads getting the man of the match awards.The writer is a former Pakistani captainadvertisementlast_img read more

Justice Mukul Mudgal report will not affect dope verdict

first_imgJustice Mukul Mudgal may have submitted his findings regarding the doping offences of eight athletes, including three from the Asian Games gold medal-winning relay team, but six of them still face at least a one-year ban when the anti-doping disciplinary panel comes out with its verdict next week.Mudgal’s report has been lying with the sports ministry for some time but the government is unlikely to take any decision and will wait for Dinesh Dayal’s three-member disciplinary panel’s decision.The counsel for six athletes – Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose, Priyanka Panwar, Tiana Mary Thomas and Jauna Murmu – RK Anand, in fact, has cited the findings of the one-member Mudgal committee before the NADA panel, and asked the athletes to be exonerated as ginseng recovered from them was passed on by sacked Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodnik.While the athletes have been completely absolved by the Mudgal committee, they are unlikely to be reprieved by the Dayal panel. Even if they get a milder sentence, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is likely to appeal against the decision, especially in the cases of Jauna and Mandeep, who flunked dope tests conducted by the world body as well.The Mudgal report dealt with eight athletes all of whom flunked dope tests held simultaneously. Besides the quarter-milers, Soniya and Harikrishan were the other two errant athletes.Shot putter Soniya, who also tested positive for methandienone, has already been handed a two-year suspension by the anti-doping disciplinary panel while the verdict on Harkrishan is awaited.advertisementAlthough one report is out, another one is awaited which deals with large-scale doping among Indian athletes.The sports ministry refused to comment on the Mudgal report.”We haven’t made the report public and will wait for the decision from the anti-doping disciplinary panel which is looking into the cases,” said joint secretary (sports) Rahul Bhatnagar.Citing a confession from Ogorodnik, Anand had argued that the Ukrainian bought the ginseng from the Games Village of the Guangzhou Asian Games and distributed it among the athletes.Ginseng is not prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, but in the cases of the six athletes the substance was found to be contaminated with methandienone and stanozolol, both of which are banned.Anand said since the coach was appointed by Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the sports ministry, the athletes had every reason to trust Ogorodnik who has been with them for many years.The defence counsel says that Article 10.5.1 of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) code be applied on the athletes and they should absolved under “No fault or negligence” clause. But the rule says that the athlete has to explain how the prohibited substance entered his/her body.It is likely that Article 10.5.2 will be applied and the athletes are penalised under “No significant fault or negligence” where the “period of ineligibility is reduced but not less than one-half of the period of ineligibility otherwise applicable”.Besides, Ogorodnik was not the competent authority to supply supplements to the athletes as they are supposed to take only those food supplements which are provided by the SAI.It still needs to be established whether the banned substances for which the athletes have tested positive came from the ginseng given to them by the sacked coach.last_img read more

Win should spur officials to end feud

first_imgThe Indian men’s hockey team booking the 2012 Olympic ticket to London is indeed an occasion to cherish and celebrate. After all, they have qualified for the Games after eight years, during which a lot of unsavoury incidents have taken place in Indian hockey and the standard of the game, barring a few sparks like the one witnessed in Delhi on Sunday night, has been consistently going downhill.But the victory is a golden opportunity for officials of the two warring factions – the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Hockey India (HI) – to put a yummy icing on the cake of Olympic qualification by making a symbolic bonfire of their inflated egos and coming together in the interests of the nation.IHF and HI officials have shaken hands in past, but only to go back on their word, with all that is left of their rapprochement being photos of the bosses of the rival bodies clutching each other in a tight embrace. Sadly, the warmth shown was fake and meant only for the cameras; the intent was missing.Now, with the International Hockey Federation (FIH)- supervised talks between the IHF and HI failing again, the mandarins of the two bodies should be wary of the punitive action that the FIH or the Court of Arbitration for Sport – the highest Lausanne-based global body that settles disputes – might take against them.Although the FIH bosses have said that they would soon be back in Delhi to try and bring the warring factions to the table once again, Sunday’s win is an opportunity for both the IHF and HI to surprise the world body by sinking their differences before its officials return. This would be the fittest tribute to pay to the sportsmen who did the country proud against France on Sunday night.advertisementHere’s a suggestion for the warring officials: they can take their elephantine egos to the India Gate lawns, aptly situated opposite the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and make a symbolic ‘bonfire’ in full public view. Such a public display would ensure that they don’t go back on their word, as in the past.The amount of goodwill that the HI has earned by ensuring an almost glitch-free qualifying tournament would count for nothing if there’s more than one apex governing body and players are not mentally relaxed to give their best on the field.We have seen in the past how players feel uneasy while playing for one or the other national championships, unsure of how the rival body would react to their aligning with the other side.It’s time to remove such misgivings from players’ minds. Unlike administrators, their career is short; there’s also not much money to be earned in hockey; Perhaps most importantly, players often find themselves at the mercy of officials who generally have no playing experience, leave alone having been a part of the national team.Money is vital for players too and they should not be singled out if they want to earn through the game. We have seen many a sporting great of this country live and die in penury, going as far as having to sell their cherished medals or trophies to make two ends meet and sustain their families. So, let’s not be cavalier about the economic needs of the hockey players.If players feel they can earn good money by playing in the supposedly unauthorised World Series Hockey (WSH), starting on Wednesday, they can’t really be faulted. WSH is offering good money in a short time span and when the players are not engaged with the national team or with preparatory camps, there’s no harm in their taking part in such a tournament.Don’t Indian cricketers go to England in summer to play in the county championships? If cricketers can be allowed to supplement their income in this manner, why have a different yardstick for poor hockey players?===Why is Srikkanth keeping mum?Srikkanth (right): He must come clean on the issue.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sudden initiative to begin preparations for the World Cup in 2015 came as a shocker. In no sport in India, leave alone cricket, do preparations start three years before an event. So, it was surprising to see Dhoni, who has hinted that he may not play the 2015 World Cup to be held in Australia-New Zealand, suddenly wake up and enforce a rotation policy as part of his blue print to retain the World Cup.It was all the more surprising because he had often said at press conferences that a rotation policy can’t be implemented for the Indian team. So what was the real reason for initiating the policy that led to a huge controversy? Well, several interpretations have been put forward but given the stout silence on BCCI’s part only Dhoni seems to know the answer.advertisementChairman of selectors K Srikkanth, who loves to talk non-stop, has also been quiet for a change. He owes an explanation to cricket fans on what led to the public spat between Dhoni and his vice-captain Sehwag. In the absence of a convincing explanation from the authorities, speculation is bound to continue and the media can hardly be blamed for this.===Aspirant coaches left in the lurchCoaches continue to get the rough end of the stick. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has not recruited coaches since 1992. So, when 100 posts were advertised for recently, it came as welcome news. But the 1,150-odd National Institute of Sports degree holders who applied were in for a shock.Last week, many of them turned up in Delhi to appear for interviews, spending their own money on travel and food. What they got instead was a terse message from officials. “The interviews for appointment of Grade-III coaches in SAI, scheduled to be held on February 21 and 22 at Delhi, February 23 and 24 at Bhopal and March 5 and 6 at Patiala have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances,” they were told. “Next course of action will be intimated in due course of time.”The official reason given was interesting. SAI secretary Gopal Krishna said it was felt that the selection procedure should be made more comprehensive. “It has been decided that we will also conduct a written test besides the interview,” Krishna told Mail Today. However, he couldn’t explain why the mandarins got the bright idea only after the aspirants had landed in Delhi. Sources say the postponement order came from the sports ministry.===Modi goes after JoshiFormer IPL chairman Lalit Modi.Due to India’s abysmal performance in Australia, recent developments within the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) got overlooked. Representing the next stage of the constant churning that goes on in RCA, its suspended secretary Sanjay Dixit and former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, also a former RCA president, have joined hands to fight the RCA faction headed by association president CP Joshi.One of the latest charges against Joshi, also a Union minister, is that he wants to shift the RCA office from Jaipur to Udaipur. “He says that he wants to correct a historic wrong by taking the RCA office to Udaipur,” said an insider.last_img read more

BCCI to allocate TV, mobile, Internet rights today

first_imgThe BCCI is expected to allot the media rights, comprising television, internet and mobile, on Monday, though the focal point of interest is the price they will fetch at a time when ‘cricket sentiments’ in the country are down.A total of five entities – ESPN, STAR Sports, Multi-Screen Media (MSM), Bennett & Coleman, a TV-18-Reliance-led consortium, and Zee – are said to be interested in securing the rights that are for global territories, for the period between July 2012 and March 2018.Sources say that the Walt Disney-owned ESPN and STAR Sports, owned by Robert Murdoch’s News Corporation Limited, may bid as separate entities while MSM is reportedly set to launch a sports channel soon. Insiders say that Zee TV, which has been involved in arbitration with the BCCI over a cancelled offshore TV rights contract since 2006-07, may also bid, though with conditions attached.They say that Bennett & Coleman, which won the four-year IPL internet and mobile rights for Rs 2.616 billion ($58 million), may only be interested in the mobile rights.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could allot the rights to two separate entities, one till March 31, 2014, and the other from 2014 to 2018. The need to float the television-mobile-internet tenders arose after the BCCI, on December 12 last year, scrapped the existing contract of Nimbus after the company repeatedly defaulted on payments.Nimbus was allotted the fouryear contract (April 1, 2010-March 31, 2014) and was paying Rs 31.25 crore for every Test/ODI/Twenty20 International played in the country.The new rates decided by the BCCI’s marketing committee have been split into two periods – till March 31, 2014. This is the period left in the Nimbus’s fouryear contract.The new base price for the first period is the same, Rs 31.25 crore per match, including Rs 1 crore for the internet and mobile rights. But for the 2014-2018 period, the base price per international match has been increased to Rs 34 crore, including Rs 1 crore for the internet and mobile rights.The increase in base price comes to just 5.42 per cent, a conservative increase reflecting the lukewarm cricket market in the country and a series of defeats of the national team since winning the World Cup in April last year. The BCCI has allowed interested parties to bid either for all three mediums collectively or separately. They can bid only for the television rights independently and for the mobile-internet rights. Companies could do this for both periods – till March 31, 2014 and for the 2014-18 stretch.A copy of the tender document was priced at Rs 5 lakh, and it was non-refundable.Despite the string of defeats, there will be no dearth for the rights winner(s) as India will play a lot of cricket at home. For instance, till March 2013, the team is schedule to play 10 Test matches, five One-day Internationals, and four Twenty20 Internationals against Australia, England and New Zealand.A top BCCI official said that Zee too could bid with a note that the ongoing arbitration proceedings would be settled before the rights are allotted to the company that was sought to be blacklisted by the BCCI.”It’s a walk-in tender, meaning that people can walk in and submit their bids till 11.30 am tomorrow,” he told MAIL TODAY.”Zee, with which arbitration proceedings have been going on, could also bid, with certain conditions attached.”Zee Entertainment Enterprises initiated arbitration proceedings under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 in connection with the offshore tour agreement it had with the BCCI for the DLFAbu Dhabi Cup held in the United Arab Emirates in 2006-07.Zee has claimed a refund of $7.46 million (Rs 33.19 crore) which it claims had paid to the BCCI as advance money. The BCCI has shown that amount as ‘income’ in its 2006-07 balance sheet following an “oral understanding with Zee” and was pending to be incorporated in the offshore tour agreement. Zee has also claimed that it suffered a loss of Rs 480.40 crore after the cancellation of the offshore contract. The BCCI has since filed an affidavit of evidence, as the case went into arbitration.advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket match-fixing case: ‘Arbitration in Ajay Jadeja’s favour has nothing to do with justice’

first_imgJadeja’s defence is not the truth. It is procedure. The law may work that way but cricket doesn’t.In a memorable scene from the Bollywood classic Sholay, a drunken Dharmendra threatens suicide from high up on a water tank, watched by a crowd of horrified villagers who beg him to climb,Jadeja’s defence is not the truth. It is procedure. The law may work that way but cricket doesn’t.In a memorable scene from the Bollywood classic Sholay, a drunken Dharmendra threatens suicide from high up on a water tank, watched by a crowd of horrified villagers who beg him to climb down.His buddy Amitabh Bachchan, stretched out at some distance with his back to the entire melodrama, is unmoved and pronounces sneering judgement, “Saala, nautanki.” It is probably the best response to the pantomime of absolution being enacted around Ajay Jadeja and his five-year BCCI ban for canoodling with the bookies.This nautanki (or high farce) contains several characters, including the cricketer himself, his backers like mentor Kapil Dev, national selector Kirti Azad, former opener and high-profile commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu, politicians inside Jadeja’s family and outside it and even the men who are supposed to be his adversaries – the BCCI’s brass. The latest episode of the drama saw the player being turned away from a DDCA league match. Its background score featured high-decibel talk about the principles of natural justice and a young man’s poignant desire to play the game that made him famous. It has nothing to do with either justice or love and everything to do with Indian cricket’s unique brand of politics. The match-fixing bans were carried out during the tenure of former BCCI president A.C. Muthiah, whose arch-rival Jagmohan Dalmiya now controls the board. Dalmiya has turned Indian cricket into a financial behemoth and adroitly fights the sahibs of the ICC with the nationalist card. But what Indian cricket needs is greater vigilance on its home front. The developments vis-a-vis the banned players in Dalmiya’s regime are disturbing. For many months now, there has been a stealthy campaign to reinstate Jadeja both in the public eye and into Indian cricket. The cricketer has turned up for Page 3 dos, engaging smile intact, given interviews and talked about his life as a father, aspiring actor and part-time golfer. Behind the sunshine, the mills of power move, casting their shadows. Selectors whisper “write about Jaddu” to journalists. The energetic cricketer has married into a political family and it is hardly a secret that pressure is being exerted on ruling party honchos in the BCCI, whose numbers grow by the year, but whose good deeds sadly do not. It has taken less than three months of hearings to produce an arbitration award in Jadeja’s favour. The award must be unchallenged for 90 days before it can be turned into a ruling by the high court. It is the speed from both parties which is downright baffling. Arbitrations normally take place under commercial contracts where a clause states that all disputes go to arbitration rather than to a court of law. Secondly, an arbitration takes place when both parties consent to it as a means to arrive at a swift settlement of a dispute. Why was the BCCI keen to arrive at a swift settlement of the Jadeja affair and yet not so snappy with Mohammed Azharuddin?advertisementThe BCCI’s bewildering army of legal counsel stonewall questions: Radha Rangaswamy, who attended the hush-hush Jadeja hearings, told INDIA TODAY that the BCCI had gone into arbitration after “legal advice from senior lawyers”. Senior counsel U.N. Banerjee would not discuss the board’s legal issues unless they are first placed before its working committee. This despite the fact that the fairly radical decision to go into arbitration was not placed before the working committee in the first place. Says a BCCI official: “The general body of the BCCI banned the players. Nobody has the power to decide to go in for an arbitration other than the general body. But there was no meeting held over this matter.”What has happened is a selective use of the democratic principle; and it has happened with Dalmiya’s full knowledge over a matter that poisoned Indian cricket at the highest level. At no stage during his appeal did Jadeja contest the issue of guilt or innocence in the player-bookie nexus. He questioned the validity of the Madhavan Report, through which the BCCI arrived at its punishments, and not the CBI’s report. The Madhavan Report is based on the CBI report into matchfixing. Jadeja’s defence is not the truth. It is procedure. The law may work that way but cricket doesn’t. Nearly three years after Cronjegate, circumstantial evidence is not the issue, credibility is. In this case, neither party has any left.last_img read more

Grand Slams planning to cut seeds from 32 back to 16 in 2019

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Going back to 16 seeds in 2019 would, in theory anyway, make early upsets more likely. That’s because if all of the highest-ranked players enter the field, whoever is No. 1 could wind up facing whoever is No. 17 in the opening round.With 32 seeds, none was forced to play someone ranked higher than No. 33 before the third round.The changes with regard to first-round withdrawals, retirements and lack of full effort appear to be in response to what happened at Wimbledon this year. Novak Djokovic’s first-round match at Centre Court lasted all of 40 minutes, and Roger Federer’s went 43, before their opponents stopped playing because of pre-existing injuries. Two other men also stopped mid-match that day, bringing the first-round retirement total to seven and sparking discussion about whether spectators were being shortchanged.The rule changes issued Tuesday, and taking effect next year, let players collect half of the first-round prize money at a Grand Slam tournament if they are “unfit to play” and withdraw onsite after noon on Thursday but before the main draw begins. The person replacing them in the field — a “lucky loser” who failed to advance out of the qualifying rounds — will get the other half of that money, plus whatever they might accumulate by winning matches.The reasoning: Injured or ill players won’t start a match simply to collect their prize money before quitting.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout UE sacks Derrick Pumaren View commentscenter_img — A player who retires from a first-round match or “performs below professional standards” could face a fine as high as the entire prize money due a loser in that round.— A 25-second serve clock will be tried out at the Australian Open in January, but like at this year’s U.S. Open, not during main-draw matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening— Players could be fined up to $20,000 for violating “strictly enforced” prematch timing, which will give them one minute to meet at the net after walking on the court, five minutes for warming up, followed by one minute to be ready for play to begin.The four Grand Slam tournaments — the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open — doubled the number of seeded players to 32 in June 2001. That decision was made partly in response to complaints from clay-court specialists that they wanted more draw protection at Wimbledon, the only major tournament played on grass. Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017.Rafael Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADGrand Slam tournaments are planning to return to seeding only 16 players, instead of 32, as of 2019, and now will give a player who is a late withdrawal because of an injury 50 percent of the first-round prize money.Also among the announcements by the Grand Slam Board on Tuesday after two days of meetings in London last week:ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The 25-second serve clock gives players 5 more seconds than ATP rules currently allow on the men’s tour.But Grand Slam Board Director Bill Babcock said the clock will be used at the 2018 Australian Open on a trial basis the way it was at the U.S. Open, which tested it only for events such as qualifying and junior matches.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’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Pacquiao ‘extends’ McGregor challenge

first_imgMOST READ Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTOManny Pacquiao just let out a subtle invitation for Conor McGregor to fight him next year.On Thursday afternoon, the Fighting Senator posted on his Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENT Foton tries to snap F2 Logistics win streak Malditas save PH from shutout 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 Though he’s a certified billionaire, Pacquiao is still hoping to land one or two lucrative fights before hanging up his gloves. And McGregor is at the top of the pay scale. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma,” read the message, which was written below a picture of McGregor looking relaxed sitting on a sofa.Pacquiao hasn’t fought since losing the World Boxing Organization to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July, opting to bypass a rematch clause to concentrate on his legislative duties in the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMcGregor also hasn’t fought since bowing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a megabuck boxing bout last August.With a fight against the mixed martial arts superstar sure to bring in oodles of money, even boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has hinted he’s going to come out of a seven-year retirement to tangle with the Irishman. View commentslast_img read more