Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US Open

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments US Open fashion: Crystals, shapes and knee-high socks Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kerber’s exit further thins the women’s bracket, which was missing 23-time major champion Serena Williams to begin with because she is expecting a baby. Three of the top seven seeded women were gone before dinnertime on Day 2, with No. 6 Kerber joining Monday’s losers, No. 2 Simona Halep — beaten by Maria Sharapova in her first Grand Slam match since a 15-month doping suspension — and No. 7 Johanna Konta.While Kerber’s quick departure was stunning in and of itself, that Osaka would be the one to do it might not be quite so remarkable, even if she is just 19 and never won before against a top-10 woman.Osaka is comfortable around the grounds at Flushing Meadows, where she has been spending time, and even occasionally practicing, since she was a kid: She was born in Osaka, Japan, so represents that country, but moved to the U.S. when she was 3, has dual citizenship, and used to live on Long Island.“The site,” Osaka said, “feels really familiar to me.”She nearly upended Keys in the U.S. Open’s third round last year, leading 5-1 in the third set before losing in a tiebreaker, a collapse on her mind in the latter stages Tuesday.This time, Osaka held steady, using her powerful baseline game to bully Kerber.Osaka accumulated a 22-9 edge in winners, broke in half of Kerber’s eight service games and saved all four break points she faced.“It was not my day,” Kerber summed up. “Completely not my day.”Hasn’t been her year, either. Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot from Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The question was rather simple after Angelique Kerber became only the second defending U.S. Open champion in the professional era to lose in the first round.The surprisingly lopsided 6-3, 6-1 loss to 45th-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan under the closed roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium at a rainy Flushing Meadows on Tuesday was former No. 1 Kerber’s latest in a long list of disappointing performances in 2017, so she was asked what she thinks went wrong this season.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that I’m strong and I know that I will come back stronger, for sure. I know that I will not (be) giving up,” said Kerber, the first defending champion to lose in the U.S. Open’s first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.Showers showed up before noon Tuesday and led to the postponements of dozens of matches. The only court used in the afternoon and evening was Ashe, thanks to the retractable cover constructed ahead of last year’s tournament.Pliskova, who is seeded No. 1, easily advanced by beating Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko got past Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a match that started on Court 17 then was moved indoors at Ashe, and No. 23 Barbora Strycova defeated Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-3. Yet another seeded woman was eliminated when No. 28 Lesia Tsurenko lost to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-1.At night in Ashe, No. 15 Madison Keys was to face Elise Mertens of Belgium.The only men’s matches completed were at Ashe, where No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set hiccup before overpowering Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2. Nadal’s possible semifinal foe and chief rival for the title, Roger Federer, was to face 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe at night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next She sighed, shrugged her shoulders and began to answer: “I don’t know.”Moments later, her eyes darting around the room, she added, “This year is a completely different year.”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 shutoutTalk about an understatement. In 2016, Kerber broke through to the top of tennis in a spectacular way. A player with only one previous Grand Slam semifinal appearance reached the first three major title matches of her career, winning two of them: She stunned Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final, and then beat Karolina Pliskova in the U.S. Open final to rise atop the WTA rankings for the first time.Her follow-up has been quite a flop. Kerber, a 29-year-old German, hasn’t won any title of any sort this season. She is only 25-18 overall, 0-9 against opponents ranked in the top 20, and Monday’s loss assured her of falling out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2015. At Grand Slam tournaments she is 6-4, including another first-round loss in May at the French Open, where she became that tournament’s first No. 1 seed to lose so early. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Adamson clips UST for first win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University snatched its first win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after tripping University of Santo Tomas, 88-81, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Falcons improved to 1-1 while the Growling Tigers are still winless after two games.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers00:50Trending 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 UST quietly went on a 14-4 run in the final five minutes of the game to cut Adamson’s 81-66 lead to five, 85-80, but time wasn’t on the Growling Tigers’ side as the Falcons held on until the final buzzer. Adamson also forced UST to turn the ball over 41 times, the most since Far Eastern University had 44 errors in 2003, and Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren said his team’s defense made it all happen. 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“I have to give credit to our players, the 41 turnovers is a testament to the defense our players put on,” said Pumaren.“Although we’re still struggling and we made a lot of mistakes down the stretch so I have to give credit to UST for playing hard.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ateneo bounces back, brushes off Lyceum for 2nd win Robbie Manalang led Adamson with 19 points and five assists while Kurt Lojera added 16.Papi Sarr returned to action after recovering from a groin injury and put up 10 points and grabbed four boards in limited minutes. Jeepy Faundo led put up 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead UST while Steve Akomo also finished with his own double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Soon-to-be dad Smith gets added inspiration to go home a champ

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter losing two straight games in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, TNT was in dire need of an inspiration.Little do they know that it would come all the way from Seattle, Washington, where Joshua Smith’s girlfriend is due to give birth within the next 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT “The team know what I’m sacrificing outside of my foot, which is the birth of my daughter,” said the reinforcement.The KaTropa even went out of their way to commemorate the game to the Smiths, wearing a tape on the left side of their jersey bearing the name of Smith’s girlfriend Kristy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a rallying point because Josh has been playing hurt and his girlfriend is giving birth,” said Racela.“If you are hurt, you could use that as an excuse to go home so that you’ll be there beside your girlfriend giving birth, but he chose to stay here and play in the Finals and work for the championship. We just want to honor Joshua and his girlfriend.”With his family on his mind, Smith delivered a performance to remember, dropping 20 points, 15 rebounds, and two assists to carry the KaTropa to a 102-97 Game 4 win over San Miguel and equalize the best-of-seven championship series to two games apiece. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 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 LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Smith shared that tasting the victory has helped in alleviating his woes and is pushing him harder to come home to the Smith household with a championship to boot.“I’m feeling a lot better that we won, but I’ll try to get some rest and be ready for tomorrow,” he said. “The way I look at it, there’s two more games, with a chance to three, and I’ll have a chance to relax and be a dad after that. So I might as well give it all I can.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong No fireworks, but Pacquiao, Horn promise a good bout for fans View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo fine with sitting out 4th quarter as Beermen goes for speed

first_imgThat move from Beermen head coach Leo Austria, though, was actually one way of stopping the KaTropa.To counteract the power of TNT’s hulking 300-pounder Joshua Smith, Austria chose speed over strength and that meant sitting out Fajardo.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 starsBut the reigning PBA MVP said he doesn’t mind sitting on the bench, as long as they walked away with the 111-102 and took a 3-2 series lead.“That’s okay with me, we won right? We just have to believe in coach’s system and of course we have to support coach,” said Fajardo, who finished nine points and five rebounds. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What resulted was San Miguel holding on in the fourth quarter after pounding TNT 36-18 in the third period.San Miguel also put up 23 points off TNT’s 24 turnovers and 28 points in transition.“The game sped up, that was the game plan, it worked and we won,” said Fajardo. “We’re happy but it doesn’t mean we’ll start celebrating because we still have to win on Sunday.”ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Knowing what went wrong in 1st half, Beermen were quick to adjust Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeague MVP June Mar Fajardo is usually a matchup problem for teams with his combination of size and speed.And yet on Friday in the crucial Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between San Miguel and TNT, Fajardo was on the bench for the pivotal fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

LOOK: Paul Millsap bids farewell to Atlanta on Instagram

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WBO says it will re-score Pacquiao-Horn fight; result stands 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “Tried to find the words to better help explain how much the fans and the city of Atlanta has meant to me but words can not explain it,” Millsap wrote, along with a photo of himself in a Hawks uniform.“From an average Joe to a 4 time All ⭐️(star) Atlanta I could not have done it without you.”“Thank you for an amazing 4 years! Thank you for embrace me and my family and for always having my back. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you,” he added, with the hashtags #truetoatlanta #anchormanout #untilnexttime.Since transferring to Atlanta from the Utah Jazz in 2013, Millsap had anchored the team down low with his versatility on both ends of the floor.Although considered undersized at the power forward position, the 6’8 forward has averaged solid numbers of 17.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during his tenure in Atlanta.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ever the consummate professional, the 32-year-old forward recently penned a heartfelt goodbye to the entire city of Atlanta and paid homage to its loyal fans. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments After his fruitful four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Paul Millsap is headed West to join Nikola Jokic and the rest of the Denver Nuggets.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 four-time All-Star recently signed a reported three-year, $90-million contract with the “Mile High City,” in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and the Los Angeles Clippers’ 2018 first-round draft pick.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Tara Borlain, Juan Baniqued eye fitting end to IronKids stint

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games However, Karen Andrea Manayon and Everly Jana Macalalad emerge as the biggest threat to snare away her tiara.A total of 335 young triathletes, including 72 participants (24 teams) in the relays, will partake in the 400-meter swim, 9-kilometer bike, and 3-kilometer run course which will start and end at the Shangri-La Mactan parking lot.All in all, 263 budding triathletes answered the challenge, comprised of 155 boys and 108 girls divided into four age groups.Younger triathletes will join in the Category 1 (short) and Category 2 (long) races.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ IronKids champion Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonLAPU-LAPU CITY — Dominating their age group for the past few years, Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain are both out for a fitting curtain call as they join in their final Alaska IronKids on Saturday at the Shangri-La Mactan here.Graduating from the 14-and-below age group, the former champions seek for one last victory lap as they banner the young triathletes for one last time.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant As in the past stagings of the event, the Biñan, Laguna-born Baniqued is once again the favorite to win the boys’ 13-14 category after ruling for the past two years.Out to deny him of a three-peat are Joe Bernard Sarmiento and Jose Manuel Arao, as the field gun to dislodge Baniqued out of his throne in the grueling 12.4-kilometer course.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 starsTara, meanwhile, bested her older sister Sam last year as the Borlains once again finished 1-2 in the girls’ 13-14 category.Ruling the swim-bike-run event since joining the field five years ago, Borlain hopes to extend that reign in her final IronKids run. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pingris rejoins Star practice, set for return

first_imgPBA IMAGESStar, the team tipped to give Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer a run for its money in the PBA Governors’ Cup, is about to get a much-needed boost.Marc Pingris, the hard-nosed anchor of the Hotshots’ defense, is set to make a return to active play within the next two games at the soonest as Star tries to crack a championship series for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Busmen seek repeat over Tajik club Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pingris went to the United States for rehab and therapy and will definitely be of big use to the Hotshots, who were ousted in painful manners in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup.Star has the tools to go all the way and has been in all pre-conference hypes because of a solid roster that could rival San Miguel, which claimed the Hotshots’ scalps in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four before winning the championship over TNT KaTropa.With a 3-0 record, Star is the only unbeaten team in the ongoing season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Out for more than six months because of a hip injury, Pingris practiced for the first time on Monday as the Hotshots were preparing to slug it out with Phoenix Petroleum in two days, seeking to keep their immaculate elimination round slate intact.But coach Chito Victolero is not about to rush his ace power forward back into action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He needs to get his timing back,” Victolero said.“Relatively, he played well (in practice), but we will not rush him. He needs to get his rhythm back and hopefully, he can rejoin us soon.” 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 LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

WC warm-up match: Sreesanth shows ‘loser’ gesture to Ponting

Match moments in Pakistan vs Canada World Cup match

first_imgWhen Pakistan scored just 184 runs in their allotted 50 overs against Canada everyone began to wonder if there would be a repeat of what had happened during the Ireland versus England World Cup Group A match – a minnow team staging an upset.But, thanks to Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi , who spun a web around the young Canadian team and lead his boys to a scintillating 46-run victory.  The Pakistan skipper didn’t do too well with the bat but changed the shape of the game by grabbing 5 for 23 in his 10 overs. Man-of-the-MatchNo wonder, Afridi won the Man-of-the-Match award for his impressive performance. With 14 wickets in three matches, he is also the leading wicket taker in the World Cup so far.last_img

Why I love yoga

first_imgPeople ask me often how I took up yoga as a practice and then as a career. Well, the story goes like this: when I was in school I was not at all oriented academically and never chased grades. However, physical education and sports played a major role for me in school. In fact, I became the sports captain and the only thing on my mind at the time was sports.After I graduated and it was time for me to choose a career I was not sure what I could do with my passion for sports. In any case, physical education was not a very sought after career choice then. Fitness experts were few and far between and it did not occur to me to think of it. So I ended up studying interior design, which was considered a safer option by far. I did quite a few projects, but you know what, deep down I was not happy. I felt a certain emptiness and that’s when I thought of going back to doing what I enjoyed the most and turn my gift into my profession. But I was not sure how to go about it, the road to travel was not entirely clear yet.Then in 2003 I randomly decided to take up yoga. I thought I would do it for six months as a trial and if I didn’t like it I would know I gave it my best shot. To my surprise, I was totally hooked from the start and there was no question of stopping. After this I went to New Zealand and taught yoga there for two months. I’ve never looked back since. I knew it was the start of a new beginning for me-towards becoming a physical trainer and living my dream! It felt like I was a child all over again, doing what I loved doing the most and helping others in my limited way.advertisementWhat yoga gave meThe mind and body I cherish. It has been over seven years now. Yoga has brought about a dramatic change in my attitude and, of course, physically too. I feel I am born with a completely flexible body and doing yoga helps me keep it that way. It not only works physically but helps me mentally by touching my soul. Today I feel complete wellness within myself.It helps in weight loss. Most people come to me seeking weight loss regimes and end up not only with the exercise but also spiritual cleansing that is so integral to yoga! Many people still think yoga doesn’t help you lose weight but that’s wrong. Many yoga postures achieve what most other forms of exercise can’t. I know this as I have seen yoga’s positive effects on my clients. The best thing about yoga is that it helps you tone your muscles and also makes sure you don’t gain excess weight even if you are sometimes irregular in your practice.It puts me in touch with myself. All my clients and others who have done my classes have come upon form of self realisation in the course of practising yoga. Yoga is a way of living healthy and you need to be patient to reap the benefits. It might take a few years of rigorous practice to achieve significant results. Once you do, you can tell the difference. Let me say this once again: yoga revives you not just externally but internally too! This month onwards we shall start this journey of revival in this column. Come join me in it!Payal Gidwani Tiwari is Bollywood’s most celebrated yoga expert. She is also the author of the bestselling book From XL to XS: A Fitness Guru’s Guide to Changing Your Body from Random House India. Visit her website: www.cosmicfusion.in or call 022 26488055last_img read more

Karnataka: Poor cash flow may force Reddy brothers to sell TV channel

first_imgSaddled by a host of problems on both the political and business front, the powerful Bellary Reddy brothers in Karnataka are reportedly planning an exit from their media venture by offloading their stakes in the 24/7 Kannada news channel, Janashree TV. The channel, which has been named after tourism minister G. Janardhana Reddy and his aide, health and family welfare minister Sriramulu, is the mouthpiece of the Reddy brothers.It was launched after the Reddys started receiving negative press coverage because of allegations of corruptions related to their mining business and their standoff with chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa.However, within a year of launching the channel, the Reddys seem to be keen on exiting from the business. Though they were not available for comments, insiders admitted that the process had been initiated.”There are plans to offload majority stake (60 per cent) in Janashree TV. A Gujarat-based entertainment and media company has emerged as the frontrunner,” a top executive of Janashree TV said.Sources close to the Reddys said the brothers are in neck-deep trouble because of the restrictions imposed on their mining business. ” The cash flow from the mining business has become poor since the last 10 months, as the state imposed a ban on the export of iron ore. This has drastically reduced the bulk of the income generated from the busi- ness,” a source said.In March, as many as 15 miners, who were part of the Bellary Reddy brothers’ mining syndicate, became jobless when the state government withdrew the ‘no objection certificate’ ( NOC) issued to them for extracting iron ore from Bellary.advertisementThe brothers are also being hounded by the CBI, which is probing illegal mining in the district.The Income Tax department, too, has launched an investigation against the Reddys in a case of tax evasion. To make matters worse, their ‘ godmother’ Sushma Swaraj, abandoned them last month, claiming she was not responsible for their political growth.The BJP national leaders sought to disassociate themselves from the Reddys in view of the Lokayukta probe into illegal mining in Bellary.” The Reddys are being hounded from all sides and are trying to save themselves. They are not even on talking terms with their friend- turned- foe CM Yeddyurappa. They are trying to get rid of all their burdens,” a source in the BJP said.Recently, the Reddys sold a significant portion of their Andhra Pradesh- based steel venture Brahmani Industries to the Mumbai- based Uttam Galva Steel. Janardhana Reddy is the chairman of Brahmani Industries.The Reddys have made it clear that they are facing a shortage of funds. When the I-T department slapped a notice to recover Rs 129 crore as tax dues, they sought more time to pay the amount.According to sources in Janashree TV, the monthly operational expenditure of the channel is approximately Rs 3 crore. The channel would need another four years to break even. However, the Reddys are not interested in making such long- term investments, fearing poor returns in the Kannada TV market, which is flooded by several channels.”Besides, it is very difficult for a news channel to survive in the volatile TV market without offsetting the losses from an entertainment venture. There were plans to launch an exclusive entertainment channel under the Janashree brand. But that did not take off,” the source said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Seniors’ guidance missing, says Kapil

first_imgFormer captain Kapil Dev has lashed out at the Indian players for lacking team spirit in the ongoing Test series against England and also criticised senior cricketers, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, for not motivating the youngsters in the team.The former all-rounder, who led India to their maiden World Cup title in 1983, slammed Dhoni’s men for going through the motions during the ongoing four-Test series which England have already pocketed 3- 0 with one match left.”Indian players did not play as a team. I am not trying to blame anybody but I think they played too much cricket. Within four days of winning the World Cup you play the IPL. They then travel to West Indies for a tour and then from there (go) to England. I think our players were going through the motions more than their love for the game,” Kapil said.Asked whether there were any other reason for the humiliating defeat against England that has dislodged India from the number one position, Kapil said the seniors have not played a role in guiding the youngsters during the tour.”No cricketer walked up to young bowlers to advise them on what line to bowl. Dhoni could go up to Ishant (Sharma) and tell this. Media termed him as ‘Captain Cool’. He says everybody should know their job,” he said.”In Indian sports, we have not reached that level where all the players know what they should do. We still look up to captain and senior players. We need somebody with aggression. All the senior players have become so senior that they do not want to be aggressive.” Asked for his take on Dhoni and the team spirit, Kapil said seniors players like Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman are not sharing their experience with bowlers.advertisement”If you ask Sehwag who is your guru, he will say Sachin. If you ask Yuvraj, he will say Sachin.But I’ve never seen Sehwag or Sachin or Laxman, with their bundle of experience in batting, walking up to the bowlers to advise them the correct line to bowl,” he said.”I do not know whether I am making sense or not. But in my opinion, the new theory in Indian cricket is that bowlers have to work themselves and batsmen need to do everything by themselves.”The required guidance is not there. Maybe, I cannot see that what they talk about. I was not on the ground or in the dressing room. My observations are totally based on what I see (during matches) on television.”Kapil said tiredness couldn’t be cited as an excuse. “No. Not tiredness. When you play well there is nothing like you are tired. When you don’t play well then all those negative thinking sets in your mind,” he said.”England played very good cricket, perhaps it is after 15 or 20 years that England looks like an English team in every sense.The difference between England and India is that England has great allrounders who can bat and bowl well. They are the trump cards in their team and they are the strength. Unfortunately our team looked totally lost because we do not have a single all- rounder.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

IOA asks AITA to explain why it picked Sania’s mother as support staff

first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Friday sent a show cause notice to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) for including tennis star Sania Mirza’s mother Nasima Mirza in its official contingent for the London Olympics.Nasima’s inclusion in the tennis team’s support staff had caused a furore with many citing it as AITA’s attempt to pacify the upset Sania after she had lashed out at being used as bait?? by the AITA to placate Leander Paes, who had been rejected as a partner by fellow Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.Taking objection to Nasima’s nomination, the top Indian sports body has asked the AITA on why a team of five support staff was being sent with the seven players, especially when only three officials were allowed per team as per the IOA norms.The AITA had nominated Nasima as the manager of the women’s team citing her previous experience at big events.IOA acting president V.K. Malhotra confirmed to Headlines Today that it has sent a show cause notice to the AITA to clarify on Nasima’s nomination as a support staff.last_img read more

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DCHL in legal wrangles, even as new owner of Deccan Chargers will be finalised on Sep 13

first_imgEven as the new owner of IPL cricket franchise Deccan Chargers is all set to be decided by Thursday evening, its present owner — Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) continues to face legal wrangles in selling the cricket team.A civil court in Secunderabad court on Wednesday accepted an urgent petition of Timothy Wright, former Chief Executive of Deccan Chargers, who sought direction to the DCHL and the Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to protect the money due to him while finalising the bidder for the IPL franchise. The petition has been posted for hearing on Thursday.The Secunderabad court took up the case following a direction from the High Court in the morning for expediting the execution petition filed by Wright on August 24. The former CEO of Deccan Chargers wanted that the DCHL execute a decree passed by the London court against DCHL on July 16, 2012 for payment of 10.55 million to him for breach of contract. Along with the interest of 8 per cent per annum till repayment, the DCHL is supposed to pay Rs 98 crore to Wright.”However, the Secunderabad court posted the matter to October 3 on the ground that it has to serve notices to the DCHL for filing a counter. Though Wright had filed another petition on August 31, stating that the London court order be executed urgently since the DCHL management was planning to sell off the Deccan Chargers, it was dismissed. So, our client had no option but to move the High Court seeking protection of our money,” Wright’s counsel S Niranjan Reddy told Mail Today.advertisementJustice G.V Seethapathi, who heard the petition, advised Wright to go back to the Secunderabad court since the High Court would not hear a petition which was already pending in the lower court. He, however, directed the lower court to expedite the matter in view of the urgency. “Accordingly, we have gone back to the Secunderabad court, which will hear the matter on Thursday,” Reddy said. He pointed out that Wright did not want the auction of Deccan Chargers be stalled, but only wanted the money due to him be protected before finalising the bidder. “Even if the bidder is finalised on Thursday, it would take a couple of days for the BCCI to officially announce the new owner of the Charger and the sale proceeds are realised. Our client wants that the lenders of the DCHL be paid money only after clearing his dues,” Wright’s counsel said.The Bombay High Court also gave a similar direction on Tuesday, directing that the auction for Deccan Chargers be conducted under the supervision of a court officer and the sale proceeds be deposited in ICICI Bank, after paying 5 per cent to the BCCI. The court gave the order on an urgent petition filed by Tata Capital Financial Services, the company to which the DCHL owes Rs 101 crore. The Tatas sought a direction from the court that the auction should not to be held without the DCHL clearing their dues. The court ordered that the sale proceeds once deposited in the bank cannot be disbursed or appropriated by the company without its prior permission.According to sources, at least four industrial groups – Videocon, RPG, Jaypee and Peepul Capital had purchased the bid documents in Mumbai. They would be filing their bids at Chennai by 12 noon on Thursday. And the winning bidder would be announced by evening.last_img read more

Pak Army chief Raheel Sharif warns Nawaz Sharif against use of force but PM defiant

first_imgPakistani protesters help carry their injured colleague to an ambulance during a clashes near prime minister’s home in Islamabad, Pakistan on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Photo: APAn earthquake registering six on the Richter Scale rumbled through the northern half of Pakistan on Sunday, fading away into Kashmir to the east and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west. But no-one really noticed, because the republic’s latest tryst with democracy was being teargassed and lathicharged in the heart of Islamabad, the Prime Minister was in a corner, and the Army was looking restive again.Talk of a military coup hung in the air as the Army’s top brass advanced a high-level meeting by a day and met at its Rawalpindi headquarters. The meeting, presided over by Army chief General Raheel Sharif, lasted four hours and delivered a loaded warning to Sharif, saying the situation should be “resolved politically without wasting any time and without recourse to violent means,” ominously adding that the Army “remains committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state and will never fall short of meeting national aspirations”. Sharif’s office came out a statement of its own, saying that the interior ministry has been “directed to utilise all resources to ensure protection of state institutions without loss of life”, and calling a joint session of Parliament on Tuesday.   Pakistan PM Nawaz SharifThe Army meet came after large-scale violence in Islamabad’s Red Zone that began late on Saturday claimed the lives of three protesters, including a woman, in clashes between security forces and protesters who have besieged the area for 18 days now. The Red Zone houses Pakistan’s Parliament as well as the Presidency, Supreme Court, and Prime Minister’s official residence and has been the site of a massive sit-in protest seeking Sharif’s resignation, and featuring a convergence of supporters of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) leader Tahir-ul-Qadri.Sharif’s political foes weren’t about to quit either. Khan asked all Pakistanis to join him in the protest. “I request all the nation, civil servants, bureaucrats and police to rebel against this illegal government,” he told his supporters, asking officials to “ignore all illegal orders” from the government. “I am prepared to die fighting for the freedom for my people, he said, declaring: “Allah, ya azaadi ya maut (freedom or death).” Echoing Khan’s ultimatum asking Sharif to step down in 24 hours, Qadri said he would “sacrifice” himself.advertisementPakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif. Photo: APSpeaking to Mail Today late on Sunday, Imran Khan made it clear that his party will only resume talks if Sharif resigns. “We will keep on protesting until Nawaz Sharif resigns. I will stand firm even if all of my team and supporters deceive me,” Khan said.Another source told Mail Today that the Army’s quick response force known as ‘Triple One Brigade’ has already reached Islamabad and is in touch with the high command.  This particular brigade has been a key player in previous coups.The rioting began late on Saturday as thousands of Qadri and Khan supporters attempted to storm the prime minister’s residence, and later the Parliament building. The police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells to disperse the violent protesters. Pakistan’s electronic media reported 17 people killed and 500 wounded but doctors confirmed only three dead and 200 injured. “Three people have been killed while more than two hundred were injured,” a spokesperson of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences told Mail Today.As Sunday dawned, the heart of Islamabad looked like a battleground even as sporadic clashes continued. This correspondent witnessed scores of women and children running helter-skelter as policemen fired at will. Many were injured and rushed to hospitals where most were pronounced as critically injured. “They fired teargas shells at us. I witnessed a dozen women falling down after being hit by bullets,” said Ehsanullah, a die-hard supporter of cleric Qadri. Ehsanullah himself received a bullet in leg, and was bleeding profusely.Tahir-ul-Qadri addresses his supporters during an on-going protest near the parliament building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug 30, 2014. Photo: APDefence Minister Khwaja Asif said the police action was in self-defence. “Law enforcement agencies were left with no option other than using force to keep protesters away. Sadly it was the protesters who challenged the government’s writ. The police only retaliated,” Asif told Mail Today. Prime Minister Sharif had rushed to Islamabad by noon from his residence in Raiwind near Lahore and held an hour-long meeting with his Cabinet.Insiders told Mail Today that Prime Minister advised his team, comprising Information Minister Pervez Rashid, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Defence Minister Asif to invite Imran Khan and Qadri for negotiations. “The government has decided to invite Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri to come across the table for talks. We are waiting for their response,” Rashid told Mail Today.advertisementMeanwhile, in another blow to Imran Khan, PTI president Javed Hashmi broke ranks to criticise his leader for urging a forced entry into the prime minister’s residence. Hashmi made it clear that the former Pakistan cricket captain Khan would be responsible if Army conduct another coup. “Imran Khan will be responsible if Army takes over,” Hashmi told reporters at a press conference. Imran Khan reacted with fury, expelling Hashmi immediately.last_img read more

Mazda unveils fourth generation of legendary MX-5 across various global locations

first_imgMazda MX-5 Fourth GenerationMazda Miata or MX-5 is popularly known in some countries is the world’s largest selling sports car. By July 2014, total production volume of this vehicle had exceeded 940,000 units. Incidentally, it also holds the Guinness World Record for the highest selling two-seater sports car. Now Japanese manufacturer Mazda has finally taken the wraps off the fourth generation MX-5 Miata at events simultaneously across Japan, USA and Spain and it is expected to be launched in 2015.Exterior design of the new MX-5 follows Mazda’s KODO design language that has been used in other models of late as well. This design language follows a simple yet successful formula- front engine with rear wheel drive and two seats provided within a beautiful long nose. At the rear, the Miata has a stubby tail body with a soft top foldable roof.At the front, this new generation of the Miata comes with slim and pointed headlights, combined with a large air intake grille to form the familiar face-like structure of earlier versions. At the rear, a set of round LED tail lamps and a dual exhaust tip can be seen.Mazda had originally unveiled the first generation Miata at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, when no other manufacturer made an affordable,  lightweight convertible sportscar. Although this vehicle was never sold in India, many of them were independently imported. Some buyers in India still adore the legendary first generation Mazda Miata.last_img read more

Silk Smitha sign by producer Romu Sippy to add some spice to his latest venture Sadma

first_img(Clockwise from top) Shashi, Rekha and Parveen: Taxing timesWhen film star Rekha put forth her claim last year that the stunning jewellery she wore in Umrao Jaan was not imitation stuff and that it was all from her own collection, few people believed her. But among those who did were,(Clockwise from top) Shashi, Rekha and Parveen: Taxing timesWhen film star Rekha put forth her claim last year that the stunning jewellery she wore in Umrao Jaan was not imitation stuff and that it was all from her own collection, few people believed her. But among those who did were the sticky-fingered sleuths from the income tax department. Last fortnight, they finally decided to find out for sure and arrived at her plush bungalow overlooking the Arabian Sea. Relentless, they went on from there to actor-producer Shashi Kapoor’s house and then to actress Parveen Babi’s. While Babi yielded no hidden lolly, Kapoor apparently did. The treasure-hunt apparently ended most successfully at Rekha’s bungalow from where they emerged clutching their booty, which included the jewels seen in the film. Diamonds are not forever after all.Begun Shafiqa (left) and (from left to right) Quartalin, Rubina and Shaza: making wavesWhile Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq and Mrs Gandhi were having their little tete-a-tete last fortnight, Zia’s wife, Begum Shafiqa was being given a Cook’s Tour of the city which started, inevitably, at the India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan. The Begum, sporting a pink salwar kameez was accompanied by her two daughters, Rubina and Quartalin. But the photographers were more interested in focussing their beady lens on Shaza, her stunningly beautiful daughter-in-law. The VVIP’s. loaded down with presents from the fair authorities, were then given a crash-course in Indian culture and technology before joining the main players in the Indo-Pakistan drama. Said a visibly exhausted Begum: “It’s been nice coming to India. The last time I was here was when I was just 11 years old. I do wish I had more time to spend.”‘Silky’ Smitha and Kamala-hasan in SadmaFilm producers have finally decided to flesh out their story lines a little more, and what better way to do that than sign on curvy star “silky’ Smitha, the southern sex kitten. Smitha has been signed on by producer Romu Sippy to add her obvious assets to his latest venture Sadma, a remake of the Tamil film, Moonramtirai. Smitha is the latest in a steady procession of southern stars who are looking for greener pastures in the north Indian film industry. And, with the attributes she offers, it is little wonder that Bombay film producers are beating a path to her door. Meanwhile, Smitha is ready to give her all in Silk, Silk, Silk, a south Indian film which is apparently autobiographical in nature. She now looks all set for a silky smooth take-off.advertisementlast_img read more

What’s in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras

first_imgIn a statement Friday, organizers said targeted amounts of bronze, silver, and gold will be extracted from the discarded devices with quotas expected to be reached by March 31.The design of the Tokyo medals will be unveiled later this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Pelicans will allow Anthony Davis to play rest of NBA season View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this April 1, 2017, file photo, gold tablets of 3 grams, left, which is able to be recycled from 100 mobile phones, are shown as the example in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers said in a statement Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO— Tokyo Olympic organizers say they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals.The Tokyo 2020 Olympics open in just over 500 days and all medals will be made from discarded smartphones, digital cameras, and other handheld games and laptops.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ateneo shows character in quick win over UP

first_imgView comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo wasn’t leaving its game against University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament to chance.The Lady Eagles already had a comfortable 2-0 set lead when they entered a turbulent third set against the persistent Lady Maroons, but Ateneo had no plans of playing a fourth set.ADVERTISEMENT HS stars Kai Sotto, Joel Cagulangan build respective teams via draft for NBTC All-Star Game Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ “We wanted to finish it,” said Tolentino, who had 12 points against the Fighting Maroons. “We saw a lot of fight in UP and it’s good to see that our team didn’t back down and didn’t let up and continued fighting. It’s just a show of character that we could finish that last set.”Madayag, who finished with a team-high 14 points, said that they had to “win convincingly” against the Lady Maroons and part of that was to end the match as quickly as possible.“Coach O (Oliver Almadro) tells us to win convincingly so this game we showed how convincingly we can win,” said Madayag. “Like what people say that you have to be better than your best.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Going tit-for-tat, Ateneo eventually closed out UP in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 28-26.“We didn’t consider that there would be a fourth set,” said Madayag Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUP held the lead 26-25 in the third, but Ateneo fought back first with Madayag’s block on Maristela Layug before Deanna Wong followed it up with a drop to secure the Lady Eagles’ league-leading 4-1 record.“We really wanted to win, it was a long week for us to prepare and we had composure even though UP came back in the third set.” said Wong. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more