“We just got to pull ourselves up, it’s definitely not for a lack of effort I can assure you that.”This conference, the Aces have they lost their games by an average of 6.33 points, which is respectable at best.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 starsCompton said the team is obviously frustrated with the string of losses and there would be a problem if there’s no negativity surrounding their dismal performance.“All of us [are frustrated],” said Compton. “In this sport you don’t do one play right and you’re going to end up frustrated, our thing is ‘next play, next play.’” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Alaska is in the midst of the worst storm in franchise history after losing 11 straight games that has spanned two conferences and four months, but instead of moping around and doing nothing head coach Alex Compton knows there’s no way to go but up.“We just have to keep fighting,” said Compton after the Aces lost their third in as many games in the PBA Governors’ Cup in a 101-92 disappointment against Star Friday at Ynares Sports Center here.ADVERTISEMENT “If we weren’t frustrated we have serious problems and if losing 11 straight was okay, we better be frustrated.” LATEST STORIES Kimura stuns China’s Zou to win WBO flyweight title Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alcantara eyes revenge, men’s doubles gold vs Thai twins LATEST STORIES Nikko Huelgas.KUALA LUMPUR — Let’s not get over confident.That’s the stern reminder of triathlon top boss Tom Carrasco to the four Filipino triathletes who will try to retain the country’s double golds Monday in Putrajaya.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony 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’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Last SEA Games’ champions Nikko Huelgas and Ma. Claire Adorna will once again suit up along with John Leerams Chicano and Marion Kim Mangrobang, who won silver in 2015.“We are the favorites, everything is looking good, but I told the players, let’s not put our guards down,” said Carrasco after a lunch meeting with his team.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 openingField reports said the waters of Putrajaya is 31 degrees, which is hotter than usual.“We need to get used to it, so they had a swimming work out today (Saturday),” Carrasco added. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Huelgas and Chicano have been competing and training in Johore Bahru since June 29 and getting acclimatised should not be a big problem to them.Carrasco said the pair competed in Palembang, Indonesia and finished five minutes ahead of the Indonesians.Adorna and Mangrobang have been training in Portugal and competing around Europe, according to Carrasco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Old habits die hard. Just ten days after the Indian Weightlifting Federation borrowed Rs 1.75 crore from the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to pay a balance fine to the international body for doping, Sanamacha Chanu has now returned a positive test.Sanamacha ChanuArguably one of India’s most successful lifters, who won a number of medals on the big stage, Chanu flunked a dope test as she tested positive for methylhexanamine, the same substance which been haunting the swimmers, wrestlers and even track-and-field athletes at home.While reams have already been written about where this ‘salt’ can be found, it is surprising how the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) and the Indian federation did not make public the result of Chanu’s test before.It is believed that Chanu was tested on August 7 in the Capital and the result came out on September 3. However, the NDTL, which has been announcing names of sportspersons failing tests with glee, did not do so this time.On the other hand, the Indian weightlifting federation has been seeking refuge in strange technicalities.A top official of the body said on Wednesday: “All weightlifters cleared the dope test barring one and the report was given to us by NADA seven days ago.” The same official is also now seeking refuge under the fact that the ‘B’ sample of Chanu is yet to be tested.Chanu was banned in 2004 for two years after she failed a dope test just before the Athens Olympics. At that time, the substance detected was a diuretic.advertisementThis time, it is a stimulant.Even as doctors, coaches and sports medicine experts have been debating at length from where the methylhexanamine is showing up in results, it is worth taking a look at what the Indian weightlifting federation buys as supplements.Some officials connected with the sport say that it is accepted that ‘Whey protein’, fat burners, glutamine, amino acid, creatinine and more supplements are being supplied to the lifters.Earlier, the Sports Authority of India was responsible for advising and administering these to the lifters. However, the Indian weightlifting federation is now buying all this directly from a supplier. There is intrigue as to why the federation is buying its supplement requirements from a company in Modinagar, Ghaziabad.Questions are being raised as to why the supplier is not from Delhi and whether these supplements are one hundred per cent safe.At the same time, it is also clear that if any of these supplements does contain any banned substance as per the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list, then all the lifters should be testing positive.The belief now is that people flunking dope tests and testing positive for methylhexanamine are certainly using additional supplements as well. Till 2009, this was fine as the substance was not on WADA’s banned list. However, there still seems to be a lack of literacy among several athletes on what is now banned and what is not.As per the rules, Chanu, a repeat dope offender, faces a life ban.Agreed, her ‘B’ sample is yet to be tested and she has not been heard, but what defence she has to offer will be interesting.The saving grace in this messy situation is that Chanu is not part of the Commonwealth Games squad. Chanu was not available for comment and her phone was switched off.
Indians expectedly finished in the bottom half of the results chart in the weightlifting events on the first day of the competitions in the Asian Games here on Saturday.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Soniya Chanu improved upon her CWG performance by lifting a total of 170kg (75+95) but still finished fifth in women’s 48kg category. She had lifted 167kg (73+94) in the CWG.CWG bronze medallist, Sandhya Rani finished sixth in the eight lifters field with a total of 158kg (70+88), which is seven kilogram less than her CWG effort.China’s Wang Mingjuan ran away with the gold medal with a total lift of 285kg. She created new records in both snatch and clean and jerk with efforts of 91kg and 95kg respectively.Thailand’s Pensiri Laosirikul won the silver with a lift of 192kg (83+109) while the bronze went to Chen Wei-Ling of Chinese Taipei who had a total lift of 191kg (86+105).In men’s 56kg, V Srinivasa Rao and Sukhen Dey finished eighth and 10th respectively with below par performances.Rao lifted 245kg (110+135), three kilogram less than his bronze-winning effort in the Commonwealth Games.Dey, who won a silver in the Commonwealth Games, was far below his best with a total lift of 230kg (104+126), a whopping 12 kilogram less than his CWG performance.World champion Wu Jingbiao of China won gold with a total lift of 285kg (133+152), seven kilogram less than his effort at the World Championships in Turkey in September.South Korean Cha Kum Chol, who finished third in the World Championships, expectedly won the silver with a total lift of 276kg (128+148), which is four kilogram less than his effort in Turkey.advertisementIndonesia’s Jadi Setiadi won the bronze with a total lift of 271kg (120+151).With inputs from PTI
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A day before the grandaunt of all clashes at Mohali, Agent Viru and I discussed a matter of great national importance. With two hostile nations watching, this was too important a day to mess around with. So, in accordance with the National Security Act, we decided not to divulge any inside information and rather focus on the enemy camp. And given that I had helped Viru during an especially painful period in his career, when he found himself in the middle seat of an airplane with Ashish Nehra and Amit Mishra on either side, he put me in touch with Double Agent Akhtar, code named Double A. And within an hour, I found myself peacefully walking through the security cordon and into the Pakistan team hotel.I exited from the elevator on the fourth floor and walked down the corridor when I passed by a room with the door, probably accidentally, open. Inside, Misbah-ul-Haq was leaning over a copy of the National Geographic. My heart went out to the man, clearly the most cerebral player in the Pakistan team who, if fate had dealt a better hand, could so easily have been the Rahul Dravid of Pakistan cricket. Here he was, like our own Jammy, keeping his mind constructively occupied, I thought. A closer inspection, though, made me quickly change my opinion because what appeared to be Einstein Misbah reading about African tribes was actually just Misbah sketching underwear on natives’ pictures. Sorry, Rahul.I continued towards Room No. 420, where I was greeted by Double A, an 86 kg man-beast of pure muscle. Once I got over his imposing presence and the Manchester-meets-Rawalpindi twang, I realised that he was ranting about being overlooked after being the man solely responsible for getting Pakistan into the semi-finals. Double A claims that the kick he gave up Kamran Akmal’s backside at a team huddle had altered the wicket-keeper’s bio-mechanics, changing his style from that of a clapping toy monkey with drum cymbals for hands to that of a football goalkeeper. To Double A, this was as important to Pakistan’s World Cup campaign as the emergence of homo erectus to the evolution of humankind. “And what do they do? Fine me $2,000 for this service,” he said disconsolately. “Look at India and look at us. We have no team spirit,” Double A screamed. “I have announced my retirement and so far not one player has said that he wants to win the World Cup for me.”advertisementShahid Afridi had banned his players from watching Indian news channels for what he thought was negative coverage. In fact, he was conducting surprise raids on players’ rooms to check what channels they were watching. During one of the raids, he caught a bunch of misty eyed players glued to a Hindi news channel. Shockingly, Afridi too was hypnotically drawn to the programme on air titled Jung ke Jalwe Mein ek Maa ke Do Bete-Hindustan aur Pakistan.Double A told me that from the time they have landed in India, the team has been sending sos signals to Shoaib Malik. Several players, Afridi included, had been calling him daily, sometimes multiple times a day. While Double A had no clue, I guessed it must be because Malik was the captain when Pakistan had beaten India in Mohali in 2007. Late at night, I shared this piece of inside information with Agent Viru. “Isn’t Shoaib Malik married to Sania Mirza?” he asked. “Saaley sudhrenge nahin. They must be asking for tips on how to land Indian girls.”- The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.
Putting up a splendid all round show, India scored a comfortable 16-run win over the West Indies in the one-off Twenty20 international to begin their Caribbean tour on a resounding note here on Saturday.It is India’s first win over the West Indies in T20 format as they had lost the previous two encounters at Lord’s and Kensington Oval.After being invited to bat on a tricky Sabina Park Oval strip India recovered from a top-order collapse to post a competitive 159 for six and then restricted the hosts to 143 for five.Host skipper Darren Sammy had asked second-string India to bat under helpful conditions for the pacers and he himself did all the damage with four wickets as the visiting batsmen struggled to adjust to the bounce of the pitch.India owed their recovery to top-scorer S Badrinath (43) and Rohit Sharma (26) as they combined for a 71-run stand for the fifth wicket after the visitors were reeling at 56 for four inside nine overs.Yusuf Pathan (15 off 6) and Harbhajan Singh (15 off 7) hit some lusty shots towards the end to help India cross the 150-run mark.Indian bowlers then complimented the good batting effort from the middle-order with a disciplined performance.Harbhajan Singh (2/25) took two wickets while Praveen Kumar (1/27), R Ashwin (1/30) and Munaf Patel (1/35) contributed in the win with a wicket apiece.For the West Indies, Darren Bravo hit a-run-a-ball 41 and Christopher Barnwell sparkled with a 16-ball unbeaten 34 but that only reduced the defeat margin for the hosts.- With PTI inputsadvertisement
Having been in the ugly world of drugs and done all that in college, director Anurag Kashyap says he does not want to revisit those days ever again.The 38-year-old filmmaker who rose to prominence with his controversial award-winning film, Black Friday, has said that although the drug culture is very much part of the film industry, he has no intention to be part of it again.”I have been there and done that. I have come out of it. I did it for various reasons. Many in the industry do drugs but sooner or later everyone realises it. I have survived and I don’t want to go back,” Kashyap told PTI.The director, who recently got married to his girlfriend of three years, Kalki Koechlin in a low-key ceremony in Ooty said that both of them wanted a simple, quite wedding.”We invited only 25 people, just family and very close friends. We did it for ourselves and so didn’t want to involve a lot of people. We were together for three years. We were as good as married so the next step for us was to get married,” he said.Kashyap was also all praise for his wife but said that initially Koechlin didn’t care at all for him.”Kalki is beautiful in a different way. She is intelligent. What I liked most about her was that she didn’t give me any importance,” he said.Kashyap, whose latest production Shaitan, is out in the theatres said that he had no creative say in the film and it is the director, Bijoy Nambiar’s baby.advertisement”Shaitan is Bijoy’s baby. I am just the financier. I decided to produce the movie only for Bijoy and not Kalki. I knew Bijoy is a great filmmaker,” he said.– With PTI inputsFor 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.