Month: November 2019

Years later, Roger Federer still on top

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first_imgSwitzerland’s Roger Federer poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Used to be that Roger Federer simply could not win a match, let alone a championship, at major tournaments.That might be hard to imagine now that Federer owns 20 Grand Slam trophies. But you can look it up: He lost in the first round on three of his first four trips to Wimbledon, and three of his first five appearances at the French Open.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Source: Pistons finalizing deal to acquire Blake Griffin So let’s recall what Federer said at the All England Club on the day he collected his very first Grand Slam title, all the way back in July 2003.“I hope,” Federer said, “it’s not going to be my last.”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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim It’s hard to decide what is most remarkable about Federer’s career.Cilic’s take?“The passion to compete, season after season, especially at this high level,” said the man who has lost two of the last three Grand Slam finals to the Swiss maestro. “Also, being able to challenge himself, first physically and then mentally, as well, to be at the top almost every single week.”The sheer volume of it all does stand out. Federer has won exactly 10 percent of the 200 major tournaments contested in the professional era. Before Federer started collecting his 20, the most any man managed to accumulate was the 14 for Pete Sampras; he now stands No. 3, behind Federer and Rafael Nadal with 16.There’s also that constant work to evolve and improve, most notably during his recent renaissance by adding versatility to his backhand side with a flatter, more powerful shot than his long-preferred slice.ADVERTISEMENT Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Seems silly nowadays, doesn’t it?Because there he was, nearly 15 full years later, tears dotting his cheeks as he spoke to an adoring Australian Open crowd after beating 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in Sunday’s final in Melbourne. Holding his most recent prize, Federer declared, “The fairy tale continues.” PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridcenter_img MOST READ Federer was on his way, just like so many times before.“It’s always very, very challenging to play him,” Cilic observed.Wasn’t always that way at the very beginning, actually. Yet it very much is, all these years later.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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte And there’s the longevity, which is particularly impressive in light of the recent injury woes for the younger members of tennis’ elite: Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.At 36½, Federer is now the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era — Ken Roswell won Australia in 1972 at 37. And after going more than four years without a trophy, he’s added three in the span of four appearances at majors (he skipped last year’s French Open and sounds like someone contemplating doing so again in a few months’ time).“I don’t think age is an issue, per se. It’s just a number,” he said Sunday. “But I need to be very careful in my planning, really decide beforehand what are my goals, what are my priorities. I think that’s what’s going to dictate how successful I will be.”Federer was asked how long he thinks he can continue playing at this level.“No idea. Honest, I don’t know. I have no idea. I’ve won three Slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself,” he said. “I just got to keep a good schedule, stay hungry, then maybe good things can happen.”Take a look at the way Federer earned his sixth Australian Open championship, tying the men’s record for most in history, to go along with his unprecedented eight Wimbledons, five U.S. Opens (tied for the most in the professional era) and one French Open.After letting a lead slip away and getting outplayed by Cilic the fourth set, Federer faced some danger in the opening game of the decider in the form of two break points.“Momentum,” Cilic would say later, “was on my side.”Right when nerves would figure to be most frayed, Federer was steadier. On the initial break chance there, Cilic got a look at a 104 mph second serve and dumped a forehand return into the net. On the next, Cilic pushed a forehand return wide off a 119 mph first serve up the “T,” and Federer yelled out in Swiss German. Two points later, Federer conjured up a cross-court backhand winner that clipped the outside of a line to cap a 15-stroke exchange and grab that game.In the next, Cilic double-faulted twice and Federer took advantage, breaking en route to a 3-0 lead. And that was pretty much that. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusiveslast_img

Police turn away players’ baggage bus

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first_imgFor once, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) was efficient and left no stone unturned to ensure there were hardly any organisational problems on Saturday. However, the same can't be said about the Delhi Police.In a bizarre incident, the bus carrying the players' baggage was asked to be driven out of the Ferozeshah Kotla and return with the correct parking label.Even though the players and the bus carrying their baggage was allowed to enter the stadium at first, the latter wasn't allowed to be parked as the label designated for parking inside the stadium wasn't the one put on the bus.Eventually DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan had to intervene before the bus was allowed to stay.Even though he was seen shouting at the officials, Chauhan played down the incident when MAIL TODAY enquired about the mess."Well, these things keep happening when you are hosting an international match. You can't really blame anyone and it is more a case of misunderstanding. The police also have to do their job and be cautious of every movement as security is of prime importance," he said.While the bus driver kept shouting and Chauhan tried to calm everyone down, an official of the Delhi Police could be overheard screaming that he wouldn't allow anyone unless the stickers on the vehicles weren't proper. But the police's insistence on maintaining a strict vigil wasn't restricted to the baggage bus. Even the commentators' car was stopped outside the stadium. They had to walk the few hundred metres from the Kotla Fort to enter the ground.advertisement"The police stopped us suddenly as we were about to enter the stadium and said we didn't have the sticker that was designated to be put on the commentators' vehicles. So they said we needed to get down and walk to the ground. We all know that there is no point trying to argue with the police, so we preferred keeping shut," one of the commentators told MAIL TODAY.last_img

Champions Trophy: England top Pool A after 1-1 draw against Belgium

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first_imgEngland, seeking its first title, has been the pick of the teams in the Champions TrophyEngland topped its Champions Trophy pool by drawing with second-place Belgium 1-1, while Argentina dispatched Germany 3-0 on Tuesday.England, seeking its first Trophy title, has been the pick of the teams with wins over five-time defending champion Australia and Pakistan. It conceded an early goal to Belgium but dominated thereafter.Amaury Keusters put Belgium ahead in the eighth minute, and goalkeeper Vincent Vanash fisted out some threats from England to help hold on to the lead.But England's pressure was unrelenting. Iain Lewers hit the crossbar from a penalty stroke but produced the equalizer in the 48th minute with a crisp reverse-flick from the top of the circle."I was fortunate to find myself in a position to score and make up for not converting the stroke," Lewers said. "We're pleased with our performance today but what matters is that we win our knockout games."Winless teams Australia and Pakistan were to decide third and fourth in the pool.In Pool B, Argentina handed Olympic champion Germany a second straight loss with its biggest ever win in the Trophy.Captain Matias Paredes connected on a cross from the right to put Argentina ahead early in the second quarter. Joaquin Menini doubled the lead with a fine move down the center in tandem with Peredes, and an unmarked Ignacio Ortiz tapped in on a pass from Manuel Brunet to made it 3-0.The Netherlands could top the pool if it beat winless India late on Tuesday.advertisementAll eight teams are assured of quarterfinal berths, and the final pool positions determine the draw.last_img

4th Test: Big score puts Australia on top as India trail by 501

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first_imgLokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten to take India to 71/1 at stumps.Mitchell Starc struck in the first over of India's reply to Australia's imposing 572 for 7 declared before Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul combined to guide the visitors to 71 for 1 at stumps on Wednesday on the second day of the fourth Test.Australia declared just after tea with their top six batsmen all scoring above 50, including centuries for Steve Smith (117) and David Warner (101), and then Starc took the first wicket without a run on the board when he had Murali Vijay caught behind. But Sharma (40 not out) and Rahul (31 not out) ensured there was no further damage for India in the last session, cutting the first-innings deficit to 501.Bat has dominated ball in every session so far at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Smith continued his fine form, scoring his fourth century in as many Tests and sharing a 196-run partnership with Shane Watson (81).His milestone matched the marks of Don Bradman (vs South Africa in 1931-32) and Jacques Kallis (vs West Indies in 2003-04) in scoring four hundreds in four consecutive Tests in a series. Smith, promoted to the Test captaincy due to Michael Clarke's latest recurrence of back and hamstring trouble, leads the scoring this series with 698 runs at an average of 139.6.Only Bradman (715 runs in 1947-48) and Ricky Ponting (706 runs in 2003-04) have scored more runs in a series between Australia and India.Umesh Yadav (1 for 137) eventually dismissed Smith for 117 caught behind when Australia had reached 400. Watson again failed to convert a promising start into a century when he heaved a short-pitched Mohammad Shami (5 for 112) delivery straight to deep midwicket where Ravichandran Ashwin made no mistake taking the catch - he dropped Watson on the penultimate ball of day one.advertisementWatson has 24 half-centuries to go with only four Test hundreds in his 55 Tests. With Shaun Marsh (73) and Joe Burns (58) adding half-centuries, Australia set a benchmark with their top six batsmen all passing 50 in the same Test for the first time.Marsh had two reprieves before he as acrobatically caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off Shami's bowling. Burns offered good support to post his first Test half-century before lofting a catch to Rahul in the outfield off Shami as Australia chased quick runs to end its innings.Ryan Harris produced a brief cameo, belting 25 off nine balls before Shami had him caught by Ashwin for his fifth wicket and prompted Smith's declaration.On the first day, David Warner smashed 101 and Chris Rogers made 95 after Smith won the toss and chose to bat first. Australia have an unassailable 2-0 series lead, and regained the Border-Gavaskar trophy, with two wins and a draw in the first three Tests.last_img

Kangana Ranaut turns boho-chic for Katti Batti

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first_imgBollywood actress Kangana Ranaut's latest look from Nikhil Advani's 'Katti Batti' is all bohemian and chic. The two have been paired up together for the very first time for a unique romantic comedy. Directed by Nikhil Advani, the film is slated to be released on September 18.She sports a lots of junk bangles, armlet, watch, a scarf wrapped around like a poncho over a blue tank top.Recently the makers of the film tweeted the first look of Katti Batti, which saw a bespectacled Imran and quirky Kangana.Nikhil Advani, who is known for films like Kal Ho Na Ho, will yet again make a romantic comedy but the leading actress Kangana Ranaut says that it is a unique love story. "It is a very good love story. It is different from the usual love stories that we get to see in Bollywood films. The element of love has been depicted in a different way in that film. The film's idea and philosophy is very good."The film revolves around new age relationships and Kangana who plays Payal in Katti Batti says that the film will strike a chord with the young generation."Writers have used elements like the battle of the sexes, issues of urban couples, expanded truth and non-linear narrative. We have UTV as the producers and I have worked with them in Fashion and Life in a Metro, two of my most memorable films," said Kangna."It's a most unusual love story steeped in the culture and language of today's relationships. We wanted to make sure that the script gets the right director and cast. We are thrilled to have Nikhil, Imran and Kangana on board for the film," said Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, Disney India.advertisementlast_img

Top 5 jobs for sports lovers

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first_imgA lot of people in India enjoy sports but if you live, breathe, eat and sleep sports, maybe you should consider earning money out of it!Sports analystIf you truly are an expert in the sports you enjoy, you could share your expertise with the world as a sports analyst.Sports managerWouldn't it be really enjoyable to manage players and how they play? Well then, this job is for you.Sports commentatorIf you really do know a lot about the sport you enjoy, you could give live commentary during sporting events. If you have the knack for speaking and making sense, this job is definitely for you.ScoutDo you have an eye for players and you can predict if they will go a long way in the game or not? Well maybe being a scout and finding out 'the next big thing' in sports could be your next job!SportspersonLast but not the least, if you do have the athletic ability and the skill required to play the game of your choice, you could follow your dreams and become a sportsperson yourself. No one became a sports star just playing it safe.last_img

Vivo X5Pro, with eye scanning technology, leaked in TENAA certification

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first_imgThe Vivo X5Pro has been leaked in a certification test onthe Chinese telecom regulatory body, TENAA. The phone was rumoured to sport a2.5D glass along with an interesting eye recognition technology.  According to the Chinese website, the newleak shows that the phone will sport a 5.5 inch AMOLED screen with a 1080x1920resolution. On the camera front, the phone will house a 13-megapixel primarycamera assisted by a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Earlier leaks suggested thatthe front cam will be able to produce pictures equivalent to a 32 Megapixelsensor, which seems possible only through the use of software technology. Amammoth 4,150mAh battery might feature in the phone. The phone is powered by a 64-bit octa-core chipset clockedat 1.7 GHz. Earlier, rumours suggested that the phone will carry a Snapdragon615 which falls in line with the TENAA certification. The processor will beassisted by 2GB RAM and the phone might carry an inbuilt storage of 32 GB.  To get an official confirmation on the specifications wewon't have to wait long as the launch is scheduled to happen within hours fromnow, on May 7. The iris scanner and the mammoth battery will prove to be thephone's USP in the crowded mid-range segment.last_img

Hemant Kanitkar: 10 things to know about the former Indian wicket-keeper and batsman

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first_imgFormer cricketer Hemant Kanitkar was an Indian wicket-keeper and batsman who represented India in two international Tests in the home series against Clive Lloyds West Indies in 1974-75. The cricketer passed away on June 9, 2015.Here are some interesting things you should know about him:1. He was born on December 8, 1942 in Amravati, Maharashtra and his full name was Hemant Shamsunder Kanitkar.2. At the age of 21, Kanitkar made a splendid debut in national cricket. It was his first milestone in 1963 when he scored a splendid 151 not out against Saurashtra, which made him the second man to have scored a ton in his Ranji debut for Maharashtra.3. He has a record of 20 stump hits and 70 catches as a wicket-keeper.4. It was at the age of 30 that Kanitkar was selected to play internationally. He represented India in the home series test against Clive Lloyd's West Indies in 1974-75.5. In the two international Tests, Kanitkar played alongside Sir Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge at Bangalore. He batted at No. 3 in the first innings in which he scored 65 runs. Opening in the second innings, he could score only 18.6. For his consistent performance on field, he was awarded Indian Cricketer of the Year in the year 1973.7. Not many know, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Hemant's son is also a cricketer. He came recalled for his great performance against Pakistan in One-Day International at Dhaka in 1998. He remained not-out in that match.8. It can be said that sports runs in the blood of the Kanitkars. Hemant's second son, Aditya, played golf and is married to Radhika Tulpule, a former tennis player.advertisement9. Besides sports, Kanitkars have their own business as builders.10. He scored over 3,000 runs at an average of 42.78, hitting 13 centuries and 23 half-centuries.last_img

Ind vs SL: Lahiru Thirimanne fined for showing dissent

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first_imgSri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct during the third day's play of the second Test against India at the P Sara Oval on Saturday."Thirimanne was found to have breached Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for players and player support personnel, which relates to showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match," the ICC said in a statement.The incident happened in the 85th over of Sri Lanka's first innings when the left-handed batsman stood his ground for a prolonged period of time before leaving the crease while shaking his head after being adjudged caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off pacer Ishant Sharma.Following the draw of stumps on the third days play, Thirimanne admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker and third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge.last_img

Pro Kabaddi League 2015: U Mumba crowned champions after thrilling win over Bengaluru Bulls

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first_imgU Mumba overcame a fighting Bengaluru Bulls 36-30 in a thrilling summit clash to lift the second Star Sports Pro Kabaddi crown at a packed NSCI Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.Starting the game as slight favourites, the Mumbai outfit had to stretch every sinew to get the better of their rivals from Bengaluru who fought tooth and nail but fell short at the end.U Mumba came up with some magical play when the occasion demanded, especially in the closing stages of both sessions, to run out victors and take home the top prize of Rs one crore. The Bulls got Rs 50 lakh. At half time U Mumba led 16-8 after a late surge from 7-all.Earlier, in the 3rd-4th placing game, Telugu Titans from Hyderabad downed Patna Pirates 34-26, after leading 16-8 at half time, to finish third and get prize money of Rs 30 lakh. Pirates got Rs 20 lakh.In the final match, U Mumba were held in check by the Bulls' determined defence for the first 15 minutes of the opening half before they took control in both attack and tackling to take a 16-8 lead.Such was the tackling skills exhibited by the Bulls, ably led by Dharmaraj Cheralathan, that at one stage Mumba's star attackers, captain Anup Kumar and second raider Shabeer Bapu, were both warming the bench together after being trapped in raids.The scores ran neck-to-neck till 7-all when U Mumba hit a purple patch in both attack and defence, in which Vishal Mane and raid specialist Rishank Devadiga excelled.advertisementDuring this period, U Mumba secured raid points from Anup and Bapu while packing off rival raiders - captain Manjeet Chillar and Thakur - before making the Bulls all out by taking care of last man left - Deepak Dahiya - to get three points at a stretch.This period was ultimately the turning point in the game. In the second half, Mumbai led 23-18 when Thakur came up with a super raid to secure five points, by packing off three rivals and making U Mumba all out.Then the Bulls even led 24-23 when Mumba's captain Anup was trapped but the Mumbai outfit hit back strongly and regained the initiative with some excellent attack and solid defending to emerge deserving winners.Shabeer Bapu led the Mumbai attack with ten points while Anup got six touch points and one for tackling. The surprise packet was Rishank Devadiga who played a good all-round game to get five points along with Mane who stole the show in defence.For the Bulls, Manjeet Chillar was the stand out player with 11 points to his credit, including seven touch and two for tackling. Thakur got three touch points in one raid while Dharmaraj Cheralathan did well in defence to get four points.Overall Mumbai trailed their rivals 17-18 in attack but made up for these with superior defence (14-10) and all-outs (4-2). They also got one bonus point.Earlier, Telugu Titans beat Patna Pirates 34-26 to finish third.Pirates got all out twice and also were 1-4 in the bonus point ratio. While Titans led their rivals 19-15 in raid points the only area where the Pirates excelled was in defense as they secured 10 tackle points as compared to the Titans' seven.In attack, Titans were led by Rahul Chaudhari (10 raid points, including nine touch points) and K Prashant Rai with six points that included five touch points while all-rounder Deepak Hudda secured five points in offence and defense combined.For the losers, captain Sandeep Narwal was outstanding with his all-round effort that fetched him 11 points, including eight in attack. He was given good support by defender Sunil Kumar who got six tackle points but most others disappointed.last_img