Davis leads Pelicans’ rout of Lakers

first_imgNBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jazz zoom to 11th straight after win over Suns Read Next “(The Lakers) were switching a lot and (Davis) had a small guy on him a lot,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He took advantage of it.”Davis went 15 for 18 from the field with three assists, three steals and two blocks. Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 11 assists, and reserve Darius Miller scored 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was the highest scoring game of the season for New Orleans, which has won three in a row heading into the break.“I was just being aggressive,” said Davis, who was elected to the starting lineup for this Sunday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. “We’re on a good little roll and we’re playing with a lot of confidence. We wanted to make sure we finished on a good note before this break. Now we have to make sure we keep it going and come out with a lot of energy after the break.” MOST READ Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and Brandon Ingram had 21, but Los Angeles surrendered its most points in a regulation game this season. Julius Randle scored 20 points for the Lakers, and Josh Hart had 15.Los Angeles guard Isaiah Thomas and coach Luke Walton were ejected in the first half. Thomas was involved in a minor altercation with Rajon Rondo late in the first quarter, also resulting in the ejection of the New Orleans guard. Walton was tossed in the second after protesting a technical foul on Kuzma.“There were a lot of things that I was frustrated about at that point,” Walton said. “I had had enough.”Brook Lopez made two 3-pointers during an 11-0 run that got the Lakers within two early in the third. But Nikola Mirotic scored 11 of his 16 points in the quarter, helping the Pelicans to a 103-91 lead heading into the final period.“I’ve played with a lot of great guys, guys who can score like 20, 30, but Anthony is a different level,” said Mirotic, who was playing his sixth game with the Pelicans since being acquired in a trade with Chicago. “The way he shot, the way he played, you know it’s just amazing. There is no way somebody can guard him because he can do everything: popping, going to the basket, face-up, low post. It’s just amazing.”ADVERTISEMENT Davis made three baskets and Mirotic hit a 3-pointer that gave New Orleans a 120-100 lead with seven minutes remaining.“We could not stop them from getting whatever they wanted,” Kuzma said.E’Twaun Moore had 14 points for New Orleans, which shot 53.1 percent (53 for 99) from the field. Miller made four of the Pelicans’ 14 3s.“It can’t just be Jrue and AD,” Gentry said. “We’ve got to have three or four guys have really good games each night. Then we’ve got to have another couple do a little better than expected.”FAST STARTThe Pelicans set a franchise record for first-quarter points as they raced to a 46-33 lead. They fell one point short of the franchise record for first-half points with a 79-66 lead at the break.TIP-INSLakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had five points, eight assists and eight rebounds. … The Lakers shot 51.1 percent from the field.Pelicans: Davis scored 31 first-half points despite missing three minutes of the first quarter after sustaining a groin injury. … Gentry said he’ll take turns starting C Emeka Okafor and Mirotic based on matchups.OKAFOR RETURN CONTINUESThe Pelicans signed the 35-year-old Okafor to a second 10-day contract. Okafor was initially signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 3, ending a four-year absence from the NBA, and has appeared in four games, including two starts.“I think it’s fascinating that he can sit out that long, but I think it also shows the dedication that he has,” Gentry said. “He’s not here for any other reason other than he loves the game.”UP NEXTLakers: Visit Minnesota on Thursday before heading into the All-Star break.center_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Pelicans: Host Miami on Feb. 23. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) are separated by an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Both players were ejected. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis tuned up for the All-Star Game with one more dominant performance.Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Reyes issues ultimatum on absent Abueva

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sweep of Pocari a confidence-booster for Bali Pure, says Malabanan View comments 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 “[He’s got some] personal matters to take care of,” the American mentor previously said when asked where Abueva is.Reyes was obviously irked with the continuous disappearance of Abueva with the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup fast approaching.“There’s no news. We’re trying to contact him through Alaska, through their team manager, but there’s none,” he said.Reyes added that Abueva’s spot in the 12-man roster in Fiba Asia is in danger if he continues his disappearing act.But the veteran tactician said that he has yet to make a final decision, hoping that Abueva will eventually show up in the team’s practices on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe search for Calvin Abueva continues and Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes seems to have reached his breaking point.The outspoken mentor on Sunday issued an ultimatum with the energetic Alaska forward still nowhere to be found.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “If he doesn’t come by tomorrow, we’re going to be forced to drop him. We have no other recourse,” said Reyes on Sunday during the national team practices at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.Abueva has been absent since the team resumed practice on Thursday and has yet to reach out to anyone regarding his status.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 starsThe information that got to Reyes was the same detail which Alaska coach Alex Compton shared when asked why the Kapampangan forward was absent on Friday in the Aces’ 101-92 defeat to Star.READ: Compton says absent Abueva dealing with ‘personal matters’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “That’s the big problem. I’m still yet to think about it,” he said.Abueva last saw action with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Seaba Championship, where he averaged 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists.His presence is going to be much needed, especially with naturalized big man Andray Blatche opting to sit out the tournament.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’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It was feeling heavy going to the race, but I gotta do my 100, no 1,000 percent to win,” said Beram after making the rounds wrapped in Philippine flag to the cheers of a packet of Filipino fans inside the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.“I just thank God. I tried my best. I was just so happy I was able to get it done,” he said of the feat which could resuscitate the country’s campaign here.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 openingThe 200m dash champion said he didn’t mind being put in Lane 7.“I doesn’t matter, 400m is all around. The only drawback is I can’t see my toughest opponent,” said Beram whose mother hails from Cebu City. “But it’s a sprint and you gotta run as fast as you can. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 Anthony Beram of the Philippines won the men’s 200 meter dash in the Southeast Asian Games Wednesday night. He also won the 400m race the day after. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Trenten Anthony Beram just became Philippine sports’ newest hero Thursday night.The 21-year-old University of Connecticut math major clocked 46.39 seconds to win the men’s 400-meter gold for his second title in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Could your hands predict your sporting success? Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “There’s no excuse for not running as fast as you can.”Beram’s gold was the country’s 14th after lawn bowls and boxing also brought home honors earlier today.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

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Kobe Paras relishes representing Philippines

first_imgKobe Paras of the Philippines dunks over a Burmese defender in the preliminaries of men’s basketball tournament of the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Thirty years ago, Benjie Paras proudly trotted out his gold medal after leading the Philippines to the championship in the men’s basketball competition in the 1987 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta.Fast forward to today. It’s now his son Kobe’s turn to wear the gold around his neck for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I’m really happy because I was telling ever since that I want to play five-on-five. I was given the chance and I really made the most of it. I just hope that I made the Filipinos proud,” he said.The younger Paras now embarks on a new journey with Cal State Northridge as he reboots his collegiate career in the United States.“When I go to the States, it’s strictly business. It’s not like here that I’m fighting for our country. There, I’ll play for myself and the future,” he said. “I love my teammates, I love everyone, and I can’t wait to get back there.”ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 The younger Paras said he’s honored to have achieved something his dad has also done.“It feels good. When we won against Indonesia, my dad called me right away and joked that we both won gold. It just feels good that I was able to do something he has done at this age,” the young prodigy said.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 openingKobe and Benjie were both 19 when they won the gold in the biennial meet, making the parallelism more interesting for the father-and-son tandem.The 6-foot-6 swingman, though, is just glad to finally have the opportunity to don the national colors and represent the country in five-on-five competition after years of strutting his stuff in the 3×3 scene. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

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Desiderio ends shooting slump with career game vs UE

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pumaren on UE loss to UP: ‘Desiderio killed us’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Desiderio’s paltry shooting almost continued into a third game when he went 1-of-4 in the first two quarters, but the second half was an entirely different story.READ: Pumaren on UE loss to UP: ‘Desiderio killed us’The senior guard singlehandedly outscored UE, 16-7, in the penultimate quarter to finish the game with a 9-of-16 shooting clip.“Coach (Bo Perasol) told me that I just have to wait for the offense to get to me, fortunately I was able to get into the rhythm or else we would’ve lost the game,” said Desiderio, helping UP improve to 2-1. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES But it took just one game to make up for his missed shots after he put up a career-high 28 points in an 84-71 win over the Red Warriors.READ: Desiderio sets career-high, UP pulls away in 2nd half to beat UEFEATURED 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“First two games I was too excited, and I was trying to calm myself down because I was forcing shots,” said Desiderio in Filipino.“My start was just ugly, it’s a good thing that I was able to control myself today.” ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines captain Paul Desiderio has not had an efficient shooting game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament until Sunday when he finally found the mark against University of the East.Heading into the game, Desiderio has missed 28 out of his 38 attempts from the field for a total of 26 points combined in his first two outings this season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Malaysian athlete at CWG site was ill with dengue

first_imgThe threat of dengue at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is real. A Malaysian athlete who participated in a test event in Delhi contracted the disease, sparking serious concerns from Games authorities. Headlines Today has a copy of an email written by M. Jegathesan, chairman of the medical commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation, to CEO Mike Hooper. The email dated August 20 states: “We have just been informed by the national sports institute in Kuala Lumpur that one of the Malaysian athletes returning from the athletics test event in New Delhi from July 27 to 31 was admitted on her return to the hospital with high fever. She has been confirmed as a dengue patient and has been in hospital until August 13.” “This is to alert you all to the real issue of dengue at the Games and to reiterate the earlier comments I have made about the steps that need to be taken to minimise transmission at the (Games) Village and Games sites,” the email states. The alarming rise in dengue cases this season has led to widespread panic about the threat to CWG athletes and officials, especially after the incessant monsoon showers in Delhi. Poor drainage has caused pools of stagnant water around some stadia and raised fears.  More than 1,400 dengue cases have been reported in the city so far. But the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has its excuses. MCD official N.K. Yadav said dengue was affecting people across South-east Asia and not just Delhi.last_img read more

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Squash provides hope on gold-less day

first_imgIndia made a good start in squash on the opening day of the singles events at the Guangzhou Asian Games on Thursday.Saurav Ghosal and Siddharth Suchde won their respective second-round singles matches and will now face off against each other, while Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa thrashed their rivals with identical 3-0 scorelines to make it to the last eight.Doha Asian Games bronze medallist Ghosal made short work of Ammar Altemimi from Kuwait, registering a facile 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 victory. Suchde scripted a 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 win over Hong Kong’s Wai Siu Lau.In the women’s event, Pallikal had a 11-4, 12-10, 11-1 victory over Gu Jinyue of China, while Joshna blew away Aribado Jemyca of the Philippines 11-6, 11-7, 11-4. Pallikal runs into world number one Malaysian Nicol David. Joshna will play Malaysian Low Wee Wern.Pankaj Advani was given a fright by Nisar Ahmed Safuddin of Qatar before he entered the pre-quarterfinals of the snooker singles.Advani came back after losing the first two frames to win 15-70, 41-45, 78-23, 73-26, 70-13, 57-27, 49-6. Aditya Mehta defeated Mazen Berjaoui of Lebanon.In swimming, the Indian men’s 4x100m medley relay team finished sixth in the finals. Rehan Poncha, Sandeep Sejwal, M Badrinath and Aaron D’Souza clocked 3:52.97s.Mandar Anandrao Divase (1500m freestyle), M Badrinath (50m backstroke) and Sandeep Sejwal (200m breaststroke) failed to make the final cut.India’s challenge in table tennis ended as Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj lost in the singles pre-quarterfinals. Shamini Kumaresan also went down to Japanese Sayaka Hirano 2-4 in women’s singles. Sharath lost 4-1 to Korean Oh Sang Eun.advertisementThe Koreans proved India’s nemesis again as Sharath and Subhajit Saha were blanked 3-0 by Sang and Jungwoo Lee in the doubles pre-quarterfinals. Amalraj lost to 11th-ranked Chih-Yuan Chang of Chinese Taipei 0-4.In sepaktakraw, the Indian men were blanked 3-0 by Malaysia, while the women lost against Thailand with the same margin. Indian women suffered a straight-set loss to North Korea in volleyball.Latika Bhandari, Y Shantibala Devi, P Anand and Sandeep Kundu lost in the taekwondo quarterfinals. The Indian women suffered a 39-107 defeat at the hands of China in basketball. In handball, the men lost 26-54 to Japan while the women were beaten 9-43 by China.- With inputs from Agencieslast_img read more

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Days that shook the Cup

first_imgSecurity shenanigans Sri Lanka were co-hosting the World Cup for the first time in 1996. But a bomb blast in Colombo in the days leading up to the tournament spooked Australia and the West Indies, who chose to forfeit their matches against the hosts.It did not help that the World Cup was preceded by a pretty acrimonious tour Down Under for the Lankans, in which Muttiah Muralitharan was called for chucking more than once.The two forfeitures got Sri Lanka into the knock- out stages and were unstoppable after that.Ironically, it was the Aussies who were their victims in the final as the Lankans won their first World Cup.Tragedy in JamaicaBob WoolmerPakistan’s coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room in Kingston, hours after his team was knocked out by minnows Ireland. Lot of conspiracy theories circulated in the media – unrest within the team, murder and matchfixing – and the Pakistan players themselves were not considered beyond suspicion.The death cast a dark shadow over the tournament as the investigation went on throughout the World Cup.It was later concluded that Woolmer died of natural causes, but that did not satisfy everyone.After the early exits of India and Pakistan, it was another big blow which the tournament could have done without.No show in HarareThe British government was one of the staunchest critics of Robert Mugabe’s regime in Zimbabwe and did not want the England team to play against the hosts in that country.advertisementHowever, due to a lack of clear instructions, it was left to the players themselves not to make the trip on “moral, political and contractual” grounds.Zimbabwe’s own Andy Flower and Henry Olonga wore black armbands ” mourning the death of democracy” in ” beloved Zimbabwe’, at much personal risk. Also, the New Zealand board did not allow its team to travel to Nairobi for the match against Kenya due to a perceived terrorist threat.Trouble in EdenThe opening ceremony of the 1996 tournament was supposed to be a grand affair.However, the laser show malfunctioned and the ceremony never lived up to the hype.However, the bigger shame for the Kolkata venue was in the semi- final in which India took on Sri Lanka.Chasing 252, India were on track at 98 for one when Sachin Tendulkar departed. The remaining batsmen failed to come to terms with the Lankan spinners on a turning track and collapsed to 120 for eight. The huge crowd had seen enough and started setting the stands on fire and throwing objects on to the field. The match was awarded to the Lankans and a disconsolate Vinod Kambli walked off the ground crying.22 runs to win off one ball There is still no perfect method to decide targets in weather- hit matches. But the rain rule devised by experts, including Richie Benaud, for the 1992 World Cup created more problems than it solved.Trying to compensate for the apparent advantages of chasing, they decided to deduct the least productive overs from the total of the side batting first.It raised several eyebrows and resulted in the farcical end to the semi- final between England and South Africa in Sydney.Needing 22 runs from 13 balls as the contest moved towards a thrilling climax, a short sharp shower played spoilsport and the Proteas were left to score 22 in one ball when play resumed.Nobody saw the funny side of the situation.Dope taint on legendShane Warne was the catalyst for Australia’s 1999 World Cup triumph. The leg- spinner had already announced that he would retire from ODIs after the 2003 edition. But his campaign ended before it could even start.Warne tested positive for a banned diuretic on the eve of Australia’s opener against Pakistan, and was sent home in disgrace. His excuse that his mother gave him a pill to look slimmer in front of the camera did not convince many. Not that it affected Australia’s title defence. Brad Hogg came into the side and grabbed the opportunity with both hands as the Aussies went undefeated.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng Tests: India focus on facing short-pitch bowling

first_imgAnticipating a barrage of short-pitched bowing in the upcoming Test series against England, the Indian batsmen on Thursday devoted time in finding ways to handle the James Anderson-led pace battery even as the tour opens with a three-day game against Somerset from Friday.With Somerset resting most of their top players, the wicket as flat as they come and rain forecast for the next three days, the Indians are giving it their all during the net sessions.Gautam Gambhir spent as much time as he could in the nets adjacent to the centre pitch. Coach Duncan Fletcher watched him from the front, then slipped behind the nets and had a few chosen words of advice for the tremendous opener.Gambhir appeared to practice against deliveries which bounced and left him. Time and again, he hopped on to his back-foot and angled down the bat in the gully area; a strategy to counter Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad – some of the tallest pacemen operating in international cricket.Sachin Tendulkar preferred to start with throw-downs from fielding coach Trevor Penny. He warmed up and faced up to India’s top medium-pacers and then kept at it for a long time.Somerset would do their own bit to deprive Indians of any worthwhile practice. Captain Marcus Trescothick is away, England’s one-day opener-wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter is unlikely to be around and the only fast bowler of any promise,Steve Kirby, could be missing.Left-armers no problem: StraussHe has been dismissed five times by Zaheer Khan in Test cricket but England captain Andrew Strauss feels there was nothing wrong in his technique, going into the first Test.advertisementStrauss is expected to begin in the visitors’ only tour match against Somerset, where he is playing as a guest.”I’ve looked at it (technique against left-arm seam) but I don’t think there is anything massively wrong,” said Strauss.”You can put yourself into a corner on these things. You have to be clear in your mind that is the right recipe to score run.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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England batting line-up stronger than India’s: Graeme Swann

first_imgEngland off-spinner Graeme Swann on Wednesday sought to spice up the much-anticipated Test series against India, starting at Lord’s on Thursday by claiming that his side’s top order batsmen are better than the famed batting line-up of the visiting team.Swann said England have a superior batting line-up to India’s and expects them to prove it during the four-match Test series.”They have got a very good batting line-up but I’d argue whether they are the best in the world at the minute because I think our top six might be,” said Swann.”Their records certainly stack against each other,” said Swann when asked about the challenge of facing up to the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman in the second half of the summer.Graeme Swann reacts during a practice session at Lord’s on TuesdayThe Test series will see a modified version of Decision Review System in operation with Hot-Spot and snickometer to be employed but Swann rued the absence of Hawk-Eye ball-tracking technology as it will only be worth challenging caught-behind decisions and not LBWs.Swann, who has taken 140 wickets in 32 Tests since making his debut in India in December 2008, has benefited from the introduction of the DRS, particularly with LBW shouts.”It would be nice if we were using it (DRS). It has been a great introduction to Test cricket over last two-three years and it works. But so be it, the powers that be have decided we are only using it for I think caught behinds,” he said.advertisement”It’s a shame it’s (Hawk-Eye) not being used. I hope there aren’t any decisions that change Test matches because of it. It’s one of those things that Indians have been reluctant to use since it came out. All over the world there are traditionalists and I’m sure there are some people at Lord’s who are happy with this situation. The standard of umpiring has improved because of DRS,” Swann said.On his own prospects in the series, Swann said, “The trick is to put enough runs on the board as a team to then allow our bowlers to bowl them out twice. Should that happen, should the sun come out a little bit, I may get a chance to bowl and take some wickets.”I am not overly fussed if it (the pitch) doesn’t spin too much as long as it swings around for the likes of Jimmy Anderson to exploit.”Swann said England should stay focused on the immediate task at hand rather than getting carried away with the thoughts of becoming the world number one side.”It’s going to be a huge game. It feels like summer has finally arrived. We are playing against the number one team in the world, we are striving to be the number one team in the world, so it is a very exciting time for us.”We think about winning each game. At the end of the series we can sit back and see where we are, hopefully after winning 2-0 or 3-1 -or whatever we need to get to number one in the world,” he said.”That (top ranking) is a product of playing well and not something we focus on,” Swann added.England can topple top-ranked India if they win the series by a two-match margin.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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