Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The 25-year-old holds career averages of 15.2 points and 4.3 assists in 382 career games with the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Suns.Confirmation that Knight would miss the entire season came on the same day that the Suns said rookie guard Davon Reed underwent meniscus surgery on his left knee and would be sidelined for four to six months.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 shutoutReed, 22, was selected by the Suns with the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He averaged 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals while appearing in all six of the Suns’ games at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Los Angeles, California — Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight had surgery to repair a torn left knee ligament on Friday and will miss all of the 2017-18 NBA season, the Suns said.Knight, who was hurt last month in a charity game, averaged 11.0 points and 2.4 assists in 54 games last season.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Mayweather, McGregor ticket prices dropping View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES
Diaz, Cray cop silver medals Playing his first game of the season after suiting up for Cameroon in Fiba Afrobasket, the reigning Most Valuable Player fired a season-high 32 points, including a couple of triples, as the Green Archers relied on a fiery start to seize control, before holding off the Falcons’ surge in the second half.While La Salle overcame a team it beat in the Final Four last season, La Salle coach Aldin Ayo can only hope that his team puts together better games ahead.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“That was a bad win,” said Ayo, whose team averaged 105 points in the first two outings. “I did not make a lot of adjustments when Ben left, but we gained a lot as a team when he wasn’t here, and Ben also gained a lot individually while he was away. It will be a matter of putting these together, but what’s important is Ben is here and we’re ready to move forward.”Earlier, National U held off a gritty University of Santo Tomas, 94-84, to gain a share of third spot with University of the Philippines. Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Returning with new weapons on his offensive arsenal, Ben Mbala propelled La Salle past Adamson, 85-73, for its third straight victory Wednesday night in UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Dave Yu nailed a triple from the corner and Jordan Bartlett converted a fast-break lay-up as the Bulldogs pulled away late and kept the Tigers winless in three games.“Coming into the game, I really felt it was gonna be hard-fought because we knew they (UST) will come out slugging,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin, whose team improved to 2-1.Senegalese center Issa Gaye had 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, while J-Jay Alejandro finished with an all-around game of 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.Buoyed by Mbala’s early explosion, the Archers led 36-12 at the end of the first period on their way to tying fierce rival Ateneo on top.“We started strong but down the stretch we committed lots of mistakes,” said Ayo.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next MOST READ View comments
View comments Panama trailed 1-0 to Costa Rica at halftime and Honduras was behind 2-1 to Mexico, but both rallied against nations that already had clinched berths. Gabriel Torres scored for Panama in the 52nd minute on a shot that did not appear to cross the goal line, and Honduras went ahead on Guillermo Ochoa’s own goal in the 54th and Romell Quioto’s goal in the 60th.At that point, the 28th-ranked Americans were playoff bound, but Roman Torres scored in the 88th minute to give Panama a 2-1 win, a third-place finish with 13 points and its first World Cup berth. Honduras finished fourth on goal difference and goes to the playoff.The Americans, who would have qualified with 13 points because of a superior goal difference, instead had 12 points and finished fifth in the hexagonal.“It’s a blemish for us,” coach Bruce Arena said. “We should not be staying home for this World Cup and I take the responsibility for that.”American players were not aware of the scores of the other games until after the final whistle.ADVERTISEMENT “Our center backs were not confident enough with the ball and really often in the first half we were playing eight against 10 because they really need to carry the ball and bring a player to the ball and then move it a little quicker,” he said. “Our forwards were not able to hold the ball. They did a poor job there. We didn’t get Pulisic into the game. We played poorly. The first goal was unfortunate. Those things happen. The second goal was an incredible shot. What can you say?”Gonzalez said Jones’ cross struck his left shin as he tried to prevent it from reaching Shahdon Winchester.“One of the most unlucky goals ever,” Gonzalez said. “It is one that will haunt me forever. … I never thought that I’d see this day. This is the worst day of my career.”USSF President Sunil Gulati said the result felt unreal.“It’s a huge disappointment for everybody: for players, for the staff, for coaches, for the federation,” Gulati said. “It’s not good enough, obviously. In some sense, 2022 starts tomorrow for us.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We let down an entire nation today,” said defender Omar Gonzalez, whose 17th-minute own goal started the collapse.Gonzalez casually tried to clear Alvin Jones’ cross and sent it looping from 15 yards over the outstretched right arm of Tim Howard. Jones doubled the deal in the 37th minute with a 35-yard strike.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 shutoutChristian Pulisic, the Americas’ rising 19-year-old star, scored in the 47th minute, giving the U.S. hope.Clint Dempsey, at 34 trying to make it to a fourth World Cup, entered at the start of the second half and was denied by goalkeeper Adrian Foncette’s leaping save in the 69th and hit a post from 22 yards in the 77th. Bobby Wood’s header in the 88th was sent wide by Foncette.Even a defeat could have earned a berth, but only if Panama and Honduras both lost. And if the U.S. and only one of those rivals were beaten, the Americans would have finished fourth and advanced to a playoff next month against Australia. 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(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)COUVA, Trinidad — Twenty-eight years after the United States ended a four-decade World Cup absence with a stunning victory at Trinidad, the Americans’ chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela in even more astonishing fashion.Needing only a tie and confident of victory against the world’s 99th-ranked team, the U.S. was eliminated from World Cup contention Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago that ended a run of seven straight American appearances at soccer’s showcase.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games James returns, Cavaliers debut new starting lineup LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When I looked over at the bench and everyone was sitting down,” Gonzalez said, “I could just see from the looks on their faces that it wasn’t good.”Back in 1989, Trinidad needed merely a tie to reach its first World Cup, but Paul Caligiuri’s long-range goal in the 30th minute put the U.S. in the tournament for the first time since 1950.That game was played before a crowd of 35,000-plus at National Stadium in the capital of Port-of-Spain. With Trinidad already eliminated, this one drew a few hundred fans at Ato Boldon Stadium, 24 miles to the south.The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica caused the U.S. Soccer Federation to fire Jurgen Klinsmann and bring back Arena, the U.S. coach from 1998-2006. But after a loss to Costa Rica in New Jersey last month, there was little margin for error.Shocked American players slumped on the bench, and center back Matt Besler sat on the field after the final whistle as Panama’s game ended and then Costa Rica’s. Dejected U.S. players filed into their locker rooms with blank looks.“You can go around in circles a million times over again, but the reality is that it was all there for us and we have nobody to blame but ourselves,” U.S. captain Michael Bradley said.Arena, a 66-year-old member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, agreed with his usual bluntness.“We foolishly brought Trinidad into the game with the own goal,” the coach said. “That was a big goal for Trinidad psychologically. That got them motivated.”Missing the World Cup is a devastating blow to the USSF, which has steadily built the sport in the last quarter-century with the help of sponsors and television partners. It also is a trauma for Fox, which broadcasts the next three World Cups after taking the U.S. rights from ESPN. The USSF hopes to co-host the 2026 tournament with Mexico and Canada, and Morocco is the only other bidder.“Every time you have a setback you have to look at things, re-evaluate and get better,” 38-year-oldgoalkeeper Tim Howard said. “And as a program we have to get better. This hex proved that. There’s somegood teams on the up and up and we’ve got our work cut out for us.”Arena left his lineup unchanged from Friday’s 4-0 rout of Panama in Florida, but the Americans couldn’t generate the needed energy and emotion. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But a defensive lapse just seconds after taking the lead cost Kaya maximum points as Guinean striker Sekou Sylla pounced on a scramble inside a waterlogged penalty box to fire a shot between the legs of goalkeeper Ref Cuaresma.Global moved up to third ahead of Ceres by a point, three days before the Visayas clubs square off in Cebu.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 stars Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Red Lions out to dominate anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Global Cebu FC warmed up for its rematch with Ceres Negros by battling Kaya FC Makati to a 2-2 stalemate on Sunday in the Philippines Football League at University of Makati Stadium.Shu Sasaki put Global on top in the 25th minute, but the home side looked poised to grab maximum points after second half goals from Jordan Mintah and Robert Lopez Mendy, who smashed home from just inside the box in the 89th minute.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments
Jeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao won’t box Jeff Horn in a rematch of their WBO world welterweight title fight this year because the Filipino senator will be busy with government duties.Pacquiao’s unavailability for a proposed Nov. 12 bout was announced Friday by Australian promoters of the fight.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The WBO said in a statement then that three of the five independent judges who scrutinized the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored it a draw.The review concluded that Horn won seven rounds to Pacquiao’s five. The fight took place before 51,000 fans at an outdoor stadium in Brisbane.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Perpetual takes NCAA Shooting Stars crown NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Horn beat Pacquiao in a contentious unanimous decision in Brisbane on July 2. Pacquiao at the time said he wanted a rematch.“On behalf of the Philippines government, he (Pacquiao) will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight,” local promoter Dean Lonergan said. “Pacquiao is committed to fighting again in 2018 and a rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight title.”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 openingAmerican contender Jesse Vargas, a former world title holder, could possibly take Pacquiao’s place for a fight later this year against Horn, the promoters said. Pacquiao beat Vargas in a unanimous decision last November in Las Vegas.A week after his loss to former schoolteacher Horn, Pacquiao said he still disagreed with the unanimous decision that resulted in him losing the welterweight title, despite an independent re-scoring of the fight confirming the unheralded Australian’s win. LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters
The game of tennis has “enough depth” to negate the absence of star players when the sport makes its debut at the Commonwealth Games, feels India’s star player Sania Mirza.It would have been a treat for home fans had world No. 4 Andy Murray, former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, French Open finalist Smantha Stosur and Cyprus’ Marcos Bhagdatis, who recently stunned Rafael Nadal, not pulled out of the Games.The Games are clashing with prestigious season-ending ranking events on the two professional tours, forcing players to decide against playing in the Games.Sania, who has been India’s face on the WTA circuit in last half-a-decade, feels star-factor or rankings doesn’t count much when one is on court.”As a tennis player, one can only compete with the players who are on the other side of the net! However, I can assure you that at least in a global sport like tennis, the depth is tremendous and stardom or rankings have no bearing once a player enters the court,” Sania told PTI.India’s men’s squad is packed with legends such as Leander paes and rising stars in Somev Devvarman but the women’s squad wears a complete contrast look.AITA had to recall 33-year-old Nirupama Sanjeev for the Games and apart from Sania and Nirupama, another veteran Rushmi Chakravarthy (513) and youngster Poojashree Venkatesh (444) comprise the four-member women’s team.Sania acknowledged the bleak picture.”It is a great achievement for Niru to be still good enough to get into the team. However, it is disappointing that the cupboard of upcoming talent in Indian women’s tennis looks bare,” Sania said.advertisementSania will not compete in the women’s doubles event as Poojashree and Rushmi will take part in the event. She will play in the singles and pair up with Leander Paes in the mixed doubles. Nirupama will pair up with Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles.Talking about her own expectations at the Games, world’s third largest sporting event in terms of particpation of countries, Sania said she just believes in giving her best shot and do not think much beyond that.”I have always expected myself to give my best and to leave the rest to God. This is what I have done for every tournament that I have ever played in my life and till date my expectations from myself remain the same.”One being asked, if she feels pressure to put up a good show before home crowd since it has been an unimpressive season so far for her, she said, “International sport is all about pressure and handling it to the best of one’s abilities.I don’t really feel any extra pressure.”She though was quite optimisitc about winning gold in the mixed doubles event along with Leander Paes.”We had won a bronze medal at the Busan Asian Games in 2002 and the gold medal in the Doha Asian Games in 2006. I’m hoping we can re-create that magic to win another medal for India in New Delhi.”Sania’s career graph has dipped in the last two years due to injuries and lack of form, though recently she won her ninth WTA doubles title in Guangzhou.The free fall of singles ranking forced her to go through the qualifiers at the US Open since 2005.Considering this, a good show at the Games before the home fans, look a must as a medal winning performance, would give it a massive fillip in order to revive her career .But the Hyderabadi says one single tournament may not shape or mar a career.”It takes a lot of patience, determination and will power to make a comeback from a serious injury at the highest level.Every win at the professional level adds to one’s confidence.I do not believe that any single tournament can make or break a career,” she contended.
The government has roped in five-star hotels to spruce up the much-criticised Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village and get it ready for the athletes. Three five-star hotel chains – Oberoi, ITC and the Taj Group – have offered to send their staff to supervise the cleaning up of the Village. All three hotel chains confirmed to Headlines Today that their managers will supervise the housekeeping services at the Games Village. The Hotel Association of India too has stepped in. A three-tier system has been put in place to ensure that all hospitality services at the Village are top-notch. As part of this, volunteers from the association will work round the clock at the Village. All the residential towers inside the Village have been assigned to one Delhi government official each. The officers were pulled out of their regular duties and deployed at the Village. The Hotel Association of India volunteers will report to these officers. They will, in turn, be assisted by the city’s municipality staff. The decisions were taken after Thursday’s CWG review meeting with the prime minister. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit personally supervised the operations at the Village on Friday. She has also allotted areas inside the Village to her ministers. Scores of cleaners have descended at the Village. They include sweepers, polishers, painters and housekeepers.
Heena Sidhu and Samresh Jung capped off the Indian shooting team’s awe-inspiring campaign in the 19th Commonwealth Games by winning a silver and a bronze medal, respectively, on a day when Gagan Narang failed to progress beyond the qualifying stage at the Karni Singh Shooting Range here today.Sidhu missed the gold by a whisker as her 481.6 was just 0.3 less then Malaysia’s Pei Chin Bibiana, who shot an impressive 491.9 to clinch the gold medal in women’s singles 10-metre air pistol event. Australia’s Dina Aspandiyarova bagged the bronze medal scoring 478.8 at the final range here.’Goldfinger’ Jung, who had won seven medals including five gold in the last edition in Melbourne four years ago, had to be content with a bronze medal in the standard pistol event after he totalled 559.Hariom Singh, who partnered Narang in the pairs event yesterday, finished seventh in qualifying but failed to impress when it mattered most finishing a notch below, at eighth. Scotland’s Jonathan Hammond clinched the gold medal after aggregating 696.9, while Australia’s Warren Potent (695.4) and England’s Mathhew Hall (695.1) bagged the silver and bronze respectively.Sidhu’s silver, along with Jung’s bronze in men’s singles 25-metre standard pistol, somewhat made up for the disappointment of Narang’s failure in men’s singles 50-metre rifle prone.In the 50-metre rifle prone qualifying, Narang was tied at 590 — a point less than Hariom — with Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samarakoon and Canada’s Wynn Payne. In a high-scoring shoot-off, Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samarakoon prevailed after scoring 53.2 (10.6, 10.5, 10.7, 10.7, 10.7) to Narang’s 51.6 (9.9, 10.8, 10.5, 10.1, 10.3).”The idea was to get maximum number of gold but I was a little bit struggling with prone position,” Narang later said.advertisementFor Sidhu it was a case of so near and yet so far. She was leading till the seventh shot but then faltered to hand over the yellow metal to Bibiana. The Patiala girl, pursuing dentistry, was understandably disappointed at not winning gold.”I was leading till the seventh shot and still I couldn’t win. I am not happy with my performance and should have won the gold medal,” a visibly upset Sidhu said after her event.”I was feeling cold and then the mind went and the focus too. I was actually trying to focus too much before the final and that’s why I got exhausted,” Sidhu added.For Jung his performance in this edition of the Games was a far cry from his exploits in Melbourne. The pistol shooter scored 188 in series 1, 187 in 2 and followed that up with 184 in the final series. But Jung’s efforts were not good enough to give competition to Trinidad and Tobago’s Peter Roger Daniel, who aggregated 563 after scoring 189, 191 and 183 in the three series. Singapore’s Bin Gai won the gold medal after aggregating a fine 570.The Singaporean shooter – who had finished in the top three in every event — now has seven medals including three golds in this edition of the Games.Thanks to their five medals in the last two days, Indian shooters finished with 30 medals – 14 gold, 11 silver and five bronze – three more than the last edition.
The unprecedented success at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) has definitely raised spirits and India will go with a jumbo contingent at next month’s Asian Games in Guangzhou. There will be 42 sports on show in the southern Chinese city and India will feature in as many as 36 of them. Out of 36, 15 disciplines featured at the CWG.Gearing up for AsiadThe rich medal haul at the CWG – 101 medals including 38 gold – has obviously taken expectations to a new high and India will send about 600 athletes and 150 coaches and support staff to the Games. The decision was taken at a meeting between officials of the Indian Olympic Association and the sports ministry.The ministry has cleared these sports ‘on cost to government’ basis and India will have medal hopes in several of them.The hosts dominated the shooting and wrestling competitions at the CWG, but they are expected to face a stiffer test at the Asian Games. Indian sportspersons in athletics, hockey, badminton and archery are always expected to feature at the quadrennial extravaganza. However, there are some surprises too as sports like football, rugby and sepaktakraw are also in the picture.It is a different matter though that India are nowhere in the reckoning in the bigger picture. With Ashish Kumar bagging two medals at the CWG, India will hope that they can put up a good show in gymnastics as well.They will have high hopes in shooting, boxing, tennis, badminton and kabaddi. But India will not be in action in Twenty20 cricket, making its debut at the Games, which clash with the home series against New Zealand. India finished eighth in the medal tally four years ago in Doha with 10 gold, 17 silver and 26 bronze.advertisementShooter Jaspal Rana won three gold medals – two of them in individual events – and almost bagged the award for the most valuable player of the Games. Chess and tennis contributed two gold medals each while cue sports, kabaddi and the 4x400m women’s relay team also came up with the yellow metal.There were several unlikely medallists as well, in rowing, sailing and wushu. India will face a tough ask in football as the under-23 side has been drawn with Qatar, Kuwait and Singapore.The men’s volleyball team finds itself in Group B of the draw, alongside Vietnam, Kazakhstan and Korea. There are 10 teams in the women’s volleyball competition and India has been grouped with Japan, Taipei, Kazakhstan, Maldives and North Korea.India, which had a tough time against some of the best teams in rugby sevens at the recent Commonwealth Games, has been grouped with Korea, China and Sri Lanka. The women’s rugby team will also be in action and will take on Kazakhstan, Singapore and Japan in group games. India has also entered the sport of sepaktakraw.The men will face Malaysia, Japan and China in the group phase while the women will take on Thailand, Korea and China. In the men’s doubles draw in regu, India has been pooled with Indonesia, Japan and China. The women will face Myanmar and China. India is not considered a force in handball, but that has not stopped them from entering the competition.The men have been grouped with Qatar, Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and Mongolia. The women take on Japan, China and North Korea. India will take on Afghanistan in the men’s basketball preliminary competition.If they get past them, they will find themselves in Group F along with Qatar, Iran, Japan, Taipei and either the Philippines or Saudi Arabia. The women hoopsters, meanwhile, faces an uphill task at the Asian Games as they are drawn in Group A with China, Korea and Thailand.Tentative list1. Aquatics; 2. Archery; 3. Athletics; 4. Badminton; 5. Basketball; 6. Boxing; 7. Cue Sports; 8. Chess; 9. Cycling; 10. Equestrian; 11. Football; 12. Golf; 13. Gymnastics; 14. Handball; 15. Hockey; 16. Kabaddi; 17. Rugby; 18. Sepaktakraw; 19. Shooting; 20. Squash; 21. Table Tennis; 22. Tennis; 23. Weightlifting; 24. Wrestling; 25. Volleyball; 26. Wushu; 27. Bowling; 28. Taekwondo; 29. Rowing; 30. Sailing; 31. Canoe/kayak; 32. Modern Pentathlon; 33. Triathlon; 34. Judo; 35. Karate; 36. Fencing
ith light fading rapidly in the final of the Hermes Sir Pratap Singh Cup polo tournament on Sunday, it became even more difficult to distinguish between the teams; not because of difficulty in sighting the players but due to the neck and neck polo played by Cavalry USPA and Jindal Sahgal at the Jaipur Polo Ground.In the end, Cavalry USPA pipped Jindal Sahgal to the post in sudden death after both teams were tied on nine goals each at the end of the fifth chukker.Samir Suhag successfully took an open goal penalty to seal the match in Cavalry’s favour.Ravi Rathore opened the account for Cavalry in the first chukker before Abhimanyu Pathak and Vishal Singh scored to give Jindal- Sahgal the lead.In the second chukker, Rathore scored to take the score to two-all. A goal each by Simran Shergill and Samir Suhag (60- yard penalty) maintained the deadlock. After Samir converted a 40- yard penalty for Cavalry, Gaurav Sahgal teamed up with Abhimanyu as the latter restored parity at the end of the second chukker The third chukker was another battle of attrition as Samir and Vishal put Cavalry ahead by two goals.But the game took an unexpected turn as the referee waived the red flag and warned both teams for protesting the foul calls. The break in the game helped Jindal claw back with Simran and Vishal Singh taking the score to six all.In the second last chukker, Vishal Singh took a penalty that scooted along the ground but found the back of the goal. A spot hit was successfully converted by Samir but Vishal Chauhan’s goal from the left gave Cavalry a slender lead at the end of the chukker.The last chukker saw Cavalry extending their lead after Samir took a 60- yard penalty. But Jindal were in no mood to relent as first Abimanyu first scored from an acute angle on the right before Vishal Singh scored from a spot hit to end the chukker tied on 9- all.The match went into sudden death and after Cavalry were awarded an open goal penalty, Samir completed the formalities to clinch the Pratap Singh Cup.Scores Cavalry-USPA – Samir Suhag (6), Ravi Rathore (2), Vishal Chauhan (2) Jindal- Sahgal – Vishal Singh (4), Abhimanyu Pathak (3), Simran Sherigll (2)advertisement