Cignal wins PVL men’s crown anew

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Saku Capate added 16 points and was awarded as Finals MVP four days after being named conference MVP.Ismail fired a game-high 21 points for the Volley Bolt, who forced the winner-take-all following a five-set victory on Wednesday in Game 2.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 shutoutIn the battle for third place, Air Force turned back Sta. Elena, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23.Alnakran Abdilla led the Jet Spikers with 25 points. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village 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 Read Next MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Cignal seized its second straight championship after topping Mega Builders, 25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Ysay Marasigan topscored for the HD Spikers with 17 points, including the title-clinching block on Fauzi Ismail.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Spurs use stingy defense to down Hornets

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ The Spurs defense held the cold-shooting Hornets to just 29 first-half points and 22.2 percent shooting from the floor.The Spurs also got 15 points from Rudy Gay, 14 from Kyle Anderson, 11 from Manu Ginobili and 10 from Patty Mills.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 shutoutThe Hornets dropped to 8-11 on the season and have now lost eight of their last 11 games.Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 18 points despite missing about five minutes in the third quarter with a bruised left shoulder. Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Messi staying with Barcelona to 2021 after new contract Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CHARLOTTE — Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 34 points as the San Antonio Spurs completed a two-game season sweep of the Charlotte Hornets with a 106-86 win on Saturday.San Antonio, who improved to 12-7 on the season, led by 11 points at halftime and stretched the lead to as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter at the Spectrum Center arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 T.J. McConnell also delivered a double-double with 15 points on seven-of-12 shooting and 13 of the Sixers’ 34 assists. Dario Saric added 21 points. McConnell was in the starting lineup in place of Simmons.Elfrid Payton scored 22 points for Orlando, which dropped its eighth game in a row. The Hornets also got 12 points each from Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb, and 10 points and 11 rebounds from Dwight Howard.Elsewhere, J.J. Redick hit eight three-pointers and scored 29 points as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the struggling Orlando Magic 130-111 at the Wells Fargo Center.Redick drained six three-pointers in the first half and the Sixers never trailed after the first quarter en route to their fifth win in six contests.Philadelphia won despite the absence of starting point guard Ben Simmons, who is out with an elbow injury.Sixers center Joel Embiid produced his ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Nadal into 4th round; Ostapenko out of Australian Open

first_imgThe step up to facing a top 10 player was too much.Kostyuk, who had nine double-faults — including one on match point — later joked about the defeat when asked later what she could take out of the 59-minute experience.“Well, a lot,” she said. “How much you have to pay Svitolina to have one-hour lesson? I got it for free.”Svitolina will next play Denisa Allertova. No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win over Kateryna Bondarenko.Petra Martic celebrated her 27th birthday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 over Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.“That was really ugly,” Martic said of the heat. “You need to be mentally tough and ready to just suffer out there.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “She’s a great fighter,” Svitolina, one of five women in contention for the No. 1 ranking, said of her fellow Ukrainian. “We’re going to hear a lot more about her.”Andreas Seppi withstood 52 aces from 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (5), 9-7 win in 3 hours and 51 minutes in the afternoon.Players were bothered and spectators clamored for shade and mist-spraying fans in searing heat earlier Friday, and organizers were on the verge of enforcing the tournament’s extreme heat policy before temperatures dropped significantly after peaking at 40 Celsius (104 F) around 2 p.m. local time.Alize Cornet, who had her blood pressure checked during a medical timeout in her 7-5, 6-4 third-round loss to Elise Mertens, was among those calling for a review of the limits that determine when play should be suspended.“I started to feel dizzy. … I was feeling super, super hot. I kind of felt that I could faint at any moment,” she said. “Playing in this condition is of course very dangerous for the health of the player.”She got some support from Nadal, who said the conditions were “very, very tough” but the Australian Open wasn’t the only tournament affected by high summer temperatures and at least it wasn’t humid.“Sometimes is too much and can become little bit dangerous for health,” he said. “It’s not nice to see players suffering that much on court.”Dimitrov beat No. 30 Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in just over three hours after the change came through and said “the heat didn’t scare me at all today.”Kyle Edmund overcame Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (0), 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 in 3 ½ hours on an open court in the peak of the heat, earning a spot in the next round against Seppi. No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta beat No. 23 Gilles Muller and will next play No. 6 Marin Cilic, a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) winner over Ryan Harrison.Kostyuk entered the tournament ranked No. 521 and opened with a win over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai, becoming youngest player to win main-draw matches at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:29Police 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 Actor Will Smith had a prime position in the crowd to see Kyrgios win for the first time on Rod Laver Arena, taking the last five points in the tiebreaker for a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) victory.Kyrgios, aiming to be the first home-grown winner of the Australian men’s title in 42 years, will next play third-ranked Grigor Dimitrov.Nadal’s fourth-round match is against No. 24 Diego Schwartzman, who beat Aleksandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.The youngest player in the tournament and the oldest player in the men’s draw went out earlier on Day 5.Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk’s run with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img Return to coaching a blessing for Frankie Lim BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq His fellow French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko followed Nadal’s match on Margaret Court Arena but didn’t make it through to the second week, losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to No. 32-seeded Anett Kontaveit.The seventh-seeded Ostapenko’s loss left only two major winners in the women’s draw — and only one of them can reach the fourth round. Five-time major winner Maria Sharapova and former Australian and U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber are playing each other Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal had lost his only previous meeting against Dzumhur, when he had to retire because of heat-related issues in the third set at Miami in 2016.It was also a change of scenery for Nadal, who was playing on the No. 2 venue at Melbourne Park while local hope Nick Kyrgios beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a night match on the main court. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIES Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — The heat wasn’t a factor for Rafael Nadal this time against Damir Dzumhur, despite the searing temperature causing trouble for players earlier Friday at the Australian Open.Nadal reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with the 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win, and leveled his career head-to-head record with Dzumhur.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Wizards beat Pacers to win 5th straight without Wall

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next The difference appears to be more balance.On Monday, eight players scored in double figures and three had at least seven rebounds. Thomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier each finished with six assists and Beal was the only Washington player with more than two turnovers.The Wizards outscored Indiana 30-11 in transition and had a 43-35 rebounding edge, too.“I thought everybody chipped in and played well,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said.But the Pacers weren’t themselves.ADVERTISEMENT Indiana Pacers guard Joe Young (3) catches the ball between his knees as he goes for a loose ball with Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. The Washington Wizards defeated the Pacers 111-102. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Suddenly, the Washington Wizards look unbeatable.Their early season shooting woes are gone, they’re sharing the ball more and they’re playing like a contender. And they’ve done it all with All-Star guard John Wall on the mend.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 JRU nears Final Four, goes on 15-0 run in 4th set to beat Lyceum With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out with an illness and point guard Darren Collison out with a bad left knee, the Pacers were out of sync and out of contention for most of the game.The Wizards took advantage.Indiana missed its first six shots, which allowed Washington to jump out to a 17-8 lead. The Wizards took complete control with a 13-0 run that made it 55-39 with 3:13 to go in the first half.The Pacers never got closer than seven again.Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 29 points for the Pacers as he tried to spur a fourth-quarter rally. Joe Young added 17 as Indiana’s six-game home winning streak ended.“Vic is our go-to-guy. We knew it was going to be tough without both,” Bogdanovic said. “They play heavy minutes. We got two less players in the rotation. I think (Washington) didn’t win this game. We lost this game with too many turnovers and (giving up) too many easy points.”TIP-INSWizards: Markieff Morris had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Otto Porter Jr. scored 13 points. … Ian Mahinmi finished with 12 points and seven rebounds against his former team. … Washington shot 55.6 percent from the field. … The Wizards have won four of the last six played in Indianapolis. … Washington has had at least 25 assists in six consecutive games. … Beal was 1 of 4 on 3-pointers, giving him 2,002 attempts in his career.Pacers: Domantas Sabonis finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. … Young made a career-best five 3s. … Lance Stephenson had 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and six turnovers. Joseph had seven points and four assists. … Indiana was 12 of 29 on 3s but shot 46.2 percent overall, ending its four-game run of topping 50 percent. … The Pacers also were 16 of 25 from the free-throw line.INJURY REPORTBefore the game, the Pacers announced Collison would miss two to three weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee.Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Collison was injured during Saturday night’s win over Philadelphia. He’s hoping Collison, who was averaging 12.8 points and 5.3 assists, can return shortly after the All-Star break. AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ They did it again Monday as Bradley Beal, their other All-Star, scored 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 15 to lead the Wizards past the Indiana Pacers, 111-102 for a season-best fifth straight win.“John is such a key and valuable piece to our team. He draws so much attention at what he brings to both ends of the floor, that’s kind of irreplaceable,” Beal said. “It’s definitely a huge hit to us having him out, but we’ve been having some success. We’ve figured it out a little bit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutActually, they’re thriving.Since Wall went down with an injured left knee, Washington hasn’t lost. The latest victory gave the Wizards their fourth in a row over the Pacers, something that hadn’t happened since a nine-game winning streak in the series ended in 1983-84. McMillan plugged Cory Joseph and Stephenson but may change it up until Collison returns.“I like Cory and Lance coming off the bench, so once Vic is back we’ll look at each game we’re playing and make a decision,” McMillan said.UP NEXTWizards: Finish a three-game road trip Tuesday at Philadelphia.Pacers: Will try to earn a split in the season series Wednesday at New Orleans.last_img read more

Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in NBA Finals

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs and have won 27 of their last 28 overall. Cleveland will have to slow down a team that has been beating teams by 16.3 points per game in the postseason.A lackluster postseason could be salvaged by a close, compelling series, which was the result of an NBA 2K17 simulation that ended with Durant leading the Warriors to a Game 7 rout.READ: Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA FinalsThe Warriors are a powerhouse, but the Cavs are 12-1 in the playoffs and give themselves a shot no matter who else does.“Since I’ve been in this league, it’s hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals,” guard Iman Shumpert said. “But I think we got a great group, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it. That gives us a chance in any game.”ADVERTISEMENT Stephen Curry ready to take back championship that got away Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, is guarded by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year’s meeting between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. A video game simulation has them going the distance.All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Some things to watch in the series:A LOT OF LOVE? Cleveland almost certainly needs the Kevin Love of the last round to have a chance at the upset. He averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then busted out for 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals. Golden State will try to keep him in check with Draymond Green, one of the league’s best and most versatile defenders.READ: Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogies “When he’s going, he makes their team a lot better,” Green said, “so it is my job to try to take him out of the game.”WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers’ nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers’ league record, started with victories last year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland. The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals, part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory.READ: Durant gets chance to follow Lebron’s path to titleSTRAIGHT SHOOTERS? All-Star Klay Thompson is shooting 38 percent from the field in the postseason and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala is just 3 for 27 from 3-point range. The Warriors’ best lineup against the Cavaliers probably has both players on the floor at the same time, with Iguodala on James and Thompson defending Irving, so Thompson said he doesn’t get caught up in whether his shot is falling.“What happened in the past in my mind doesn’t really count now unless we go out and finish the deal,” he said. “So as long as I perform at this stage now and play my hardest, that’s all I can ask for. It’s been working up to this point, so I can’t change what I’m doing.”NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn’t in top shape last June. He’s in better health now, even while wearing a sleeve over his elbow to protect some swelling.“Obviously not really dealing with any bumps or bruises really besides this elbow that’s not really a factor,” Curry said. “So other than that, feeling fresh.” Beaten last year by Cleveland’s historic comeback, the Warriors will try to avenge that defeat and get back on top when they face the Cavaliers again, the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals.Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship last year by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. The Warriors are back with a more formidable team after adding Kevin Durant, a healthier one after Stephen Curry was injured last postseason, and not even LeBron James and the Cavs are given much chance of stopping them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingREAD: Warriors seek redemption, Cavs want repeat as NBA Finals open“I think they’re the prohibitive favorite,” ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said. “I think when you’re the prohibitive favorite against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that means you’re a heck of a team, and they sure are.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Ray Allen visits Manila

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ On his Instagram account @trayfour, Allen posted a photo of the boarding pass of his flight from Hong Kong to “thrilla” Manila. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Jesus Shuttlesworth is coming to Manila.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 openingRetired NBA player Ray Allen Jr. is heading to the country for the first time on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentscenter_img 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 debacle looms LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion The two-time NBA champion is making a side trip to the Philippines after attending Sneaker Con Hong Kong over the weekend.It is unclear, though, what Allen’s itinerary here would be.Allen, widely known as one of the purest shooters to ever play the game, last played for the Miami Heat where he helped LeBron James and company win the championship in 2013.He also won the title with the Boston Celtics in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Pleasure seekers

first_imgKiran Sawhney, 40, Owner, Fitnesolution, DelhiHeading to a gym at the end of a hard day’s work figures as a chore on your daily list of must-dos and you obviously do not look forward to it. So how is it that all those women staring out at you from the glossies manage it day in, day out? Simple, have fun while you’re at it.”It is essential to make a mundane routine fun. There’s no point in doing the same thing 365 days a year. I try and do something different every single day,” says Delhi-based fitness expert, Kiran Sawhney, 40. If it’s aerobics you’re doing, try and change the choreography. If it’s circuit training, tweak it a little or try any form of ‘dancercise’- jazz, tango or bhangra-as they are great fun workouts. For, as the body begins to get used to a fitness regimen, its effectiveness begins to drop. At her studio, Fitnesolution, Sawhney tries to bring these elements together.A graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, this fitness aficionado was a stay-athome mother until 1996. She had also completed a course in commercial flying and then went on to do a course in fitness and took a liking to it. Courses and certifications followed as she balanced work with bringing up her two sons, Sarthi, 19 and Siddharth, 18. Of course it helped that her timings were flexible, there were no deadlines and her husband was supportive.Unlike other gym-obsessed trainers, she recommends working out at home once you know the exercises. “You don’t have to buy heavy duty machines, inexpensive equipment like a bosu ball, trampoline or medicine ball can give you fully equipped workouts,” she says. A good idea in the summer is to go for water sports or aqua aerobics. It keeps you fit and cool. And since it’s a group activity, you can ask your friends to join in. In fact enrolling with a friend for a workout like kick-boxing or krav maga can be enjoyable and is sure to keep you motivated.Eefa Shrof, 37, Wellness Coach, PuneAnd who better to ask about the power of motivation than a survivor. At the age of 22, Eefa Shrof met with a serious accident and severely injured herself. Besides broken bones, she had torn ligaments and damaged the soft tissue in both her legs. She was told it would be a few years before she could walk. Shrof was bedridden. That is when a friend introduced her to yoga. She recovered without any surgery and in eight months was walking around.Four years later, she began to teach the practice that had helped her heal. “It transformed me in a way you only read of in books,” she says. At 37 today, she’s trained the who’s who of Bollywood. Her specialisation is the Ashtang Vinyasa and her innovation, super yoga, is her attempt to bring the physical, spiritual, emotional and social aspects of the practice of yoga together.Since she practices the same routine everyday, once in a while she takes a break and instead goes cycling or running for a week. So what is it that spurs her to keep going? For some people music works but for her it’s movies all the way. “I find the Rocky series intensely inspiring. Whenever I’m down and out, I watch one of the films and it lifts me instantly.” Setting goals is important too. “If there’s a posture I’m trying to master, I tend to look at a lot of its pictures and keep trying till I get it right,” she says.She stresses the need for role models especially those you can identify with. It’s something she also tries to incorporate in the leadership development programmes she runs for children and young adults. “I take up youth icons and break their success down into attributes all of us have. It makes the person more identifiable and the goal more achievable.”Mishika Goel, 31, Co-founder, Leapstart, DelhiFor entrepreneur and mother of two, Mishika Goel, the best workout is one where she can involve the children. “Then it’s not something you dread and gives you great time with the kids.” Echoes Sawhney, “Outdoor activities like biking are an amazing way to bond with the family or your partner.”Goel suggests turning the TV off and heading outdoors as much as you can. She does train in the gym four to five times a week but it’s playing with the young ones she enjoys most. And her work gives her ample opportunity to do just that. She has co-founded Leapstart in Delhi and Bangalore, a programme for age appropriate fitness for children that supplements the school curriculum with physical education by providing trainers and assessing performances of the students.It was when she wanted to enroll her five-year-old son Arnav, then four, for soccer classes, that she realised it wasn’t the right way to go about it. “In India, there’s no research about how a child should learn a sport, the way lessons should be divided, individual needs and hardly any recognition of the fact that sports give you skills to deal with life. They teach you to accept defeat in a positive way and try harder,” she says.An MBA from Cardiff University in the UK, Goel left the corporate world to pursue what she felt strongly about. With mounting rates of diabetes and heart problems, she thinks the current trend of ill-health among young professionals is only going to get worse and that’s where physical fitness steps in to sort the problem. “It’s great if we can make a difference by building a healthier community and make children enjoy fitness as much as they enjoy games.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Ind vs WI 5th ODI: India aim to sign off on a high ahead of Tests

first_imgJolted by the massive loss in the fourth ODI, India would aim to get the crucial psychological edge over the West Indies before the Test series when they take on the hosts in the fifth and final one-dayer, here on Thursday.The ODI series is already in their pocket as the Indians have taken a 3-1 lead but they would try and ensure that the score line suggests domination by signing off 4-1.Berths in the eleven for the first Test match, scheduled to start next Monday, are up for grabs and those certain would aim to fall in a groove while those still on the edge would look to leave a definite impression on the team management.There are at least two batsmen and the fast-bowling combination which needs to be sorted out ahead of the Test series.India needs two middle-order batsmen for the first Test.So, there is an added incentive for Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, almost certainties, to familiarise themselves with the venue.The pitch at Sabina Park is expected to have pace and bounce and it would do a world of good to Kohli and Raina if they are able to spend some profitable time in the middle.Both have had at least one notable innings in the series but their runs and averages so far — 105 for Kohli at 26.25 and 82 for Raina at 27.33 — aren’t very impressive.The only contender for a berth in the middle order, Subramaniam Badrinath, is way too behind in the race having made a mere 40 runs at 13.33 from four games and looking distinctly uncomfortable against short-pitched deliveries of Andre Russell in the fourth game on Monday.advertisementThe biggest beneficiary has been leg-spinner Amit Mishra with nine wickets at 17 apiece from four games.He could revise the trend of going into a Test abroad with just one spinner. The West Indian batsmen have found him more than a handful in one-dayers and he could be an even bigger force in Tests given that he would have an attacking field to support him.Mishra is likely to be retained in the fifth one-dayer even though he went for a few in the fourth game on Monday.The team management would like to have a closer look at him on a pitch which is more suited to a fast bowler.India would almost certainly go with two spinners in the final game and that leaves just two places for medium pacers.On the face of it, Munaf Patel is almost a certainty for the Tests and that leaves Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma to battle it out for the second slot.Praveen is yet to play a Test for India so he would not be short of motivation.West Indies would be encouraged by their consolation win in the fourth game. A couple of young men, Andre Russell and Anthony Martin, have shown the way forward with their spirit and belief but with Chris Gayle once again ignored, batting looks brittle.But the good news is that fit-again opener Adrian Barath made his way in, replacing a not-too-impressive Kirk Edwards in the squad which beat India by 103 runs in the fourth one-dayer.Besides Barath, Ravi Rampaul also returned to the side after a brief rest to replace Danza Hyatt.The 21-year-old Barath was undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a hamstring injury which forced him out of the 2011 World Cup.West Indies also finally have their wish for a hard and bouncy pitch answered in Sabina Park. They would love to carry the momentum forward into the game and in the Test series beyond.Opener Lendl Simmons has been a positive influence and Kieron Pollard is showing signs of asserting himself in the middle.The lower order has definitely shown signs of resurgence.If only the top order can look to tackle spinners, build stands and not give up then this West Indian side could still run the world champions close.- With inputs from PTISquads:India: Suresh Raina (capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh (vc), Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Adrian Barath, Ravi Rampaul, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.last_img read more

Jaguar Land Rover to launch sports cars in next 2 years: Ratan Tata

first_imgTatas-owned British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover would launch a number of fuel-efficient sports cars in the next two years, group Chairman Ratan Tata has said.In Tata Motors’ Annual Report for 2011-12, Tata said Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) was developing higher-powered and more fuel-efficient engines to attract more customers.”The company has undertaken its most ambitious product development programme in its history and will be launching several new sports sedans and sports cars in the next two years in order to provide dealers with a more competitive and wider product range,” he added.Face-lifts and new models of the Range Rover as well as a competitively-priced new line of “rugged, lifestyle vehicles under the Land Rover brand are also scheduled to be launched,” Tata said.He, however, did not share details such as how many new models will hit the roads or how many will be under each of the two brands – Jaguar and Land Rover.JLR had earlier announced to roll out 40 new products in the next 4-5 years.Talking about JLR’s performance, Tata said: “Jaguar Land Rover’s operations have shown impressive growth in sales and profitability. Sales have increased by 37 per cent and 29 per cent respectively in value and volume over the previous year.”The company is currently considering to set up a new manufacturing facilities in China to meet market demand for the two luxury brands in the region, he added.For 2011-12 fiscal, JLR’s profit after tax stood at 1,481 million pounds (over Rs 12,900 crore) against 1,036 million pounds (over Rs 9,020 crore) in FY’11, up 42.95 per cent.Its revenue went up by 36.89 per cent to 13,512 million pounds (over Rs 1,17,800 crore) from 9,871 million pounds (over Rs 86,020 crore) in the previous fiscal.Earlier in March this year, JLR had said it would invest 3.5 billion yuan (over Rs 2,800 crore then) in its recently-announced joint venture with Chery Automobile in China to commence local assembly there.The company is currently investing 355 million pounds in an engine plant in the UK. It also planning to set up an engine manufacturing facility in India.In April 2011, JLR had said it would invest 1.5 billion pounds every year for the next five years, mainly on product development as it looks to catch up with global luxury car makers and position itself as a top premium brand.JLR had also raised 500 million pound (over Rs 4,000 crore) in March this year through issue of bonds.advertisementlast_img read more

Honest Jammu and Kashmir cop’s no to BCCI lakhs

first_imgJavaid Ahmad Dar.In his 26 years, there’s been hardly a few times that Javaid Ahmad Dar has picked up the willow. Despite his interest in the game, he was not such a good cricketer and his appearances in neighbourhood matches were also limited.Thus it came as a great surprise when a cheque worth Rs 1.68 lakh was sent to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and delivered right at his doorstep in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, on May 7. The cheque (serial number 128902) was sent from the office of Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of the BCCI. Dar, a police officer, was on duty when the cheque arrived. His family called him up to tell him the unexpected news. By the time Dar reached home, his family had already deposited the cheque in his account.”I have an interest in cricket but I am not so great a player that the BCCI would send me a cheque. I was not even a great gully cricketer. So I was surprised when I got a call from home saying I had received a cheque from the BCCI,” Dar said.Back home, when Dar heard that the cheque had already been deposited in his account, he went to his bank and inquired about it, having realised someone had made a mistake.The bank told him that the amount had already been credited to his account and in case he wanted to return it, he would have to get in touch with the BCCI officials.advertisementWhile Rs 1.68 lakh is not much for the richest sports body in the country, the amount was huge for Dar. Any other person would have perhaps been tempted to keep the money, but Dar doesn’t belong to that group.The honest police officer got in touch with the BCCI officials and informed them about the goofup they had committed.The BCCI officials admitted to the error and said the cheque was meant for one Javaid Mir, a resident of Soura, Srinagar, but had mistakenly gone to Dar. They asked Dar whether he could transfer the amount to Mir, if he was given the bank account details.”They told me the cheque was meant for someone who is a resident of Soura in Srinagar and asked me to transfer the amount to his bank account,” Dar said.However, he said he would rather send the money back to the BCCI, to which the officials agreed and told him that whatever charges he incurred in the process would be returned to him.Dar then got a demand draft of Rs 1.68 lakh made and couriered it to the BCCI office in Mumbai, having spent Rs 3,600 from his own pocket, which he hopes the BCCI would return to him.last_img read more