Tyson Fury urges UK Anti-Doping for resolution

first_imgMOST READ View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:24Sotto urges Robredo to accept antidrug post01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Fury, who admitted last October to taking cocaine to alleviate depression, was told by the British Boxing Board of Control in May his license was suspended “pending further investigation by UKAD into anti-doping and medical issues”.Fury beat Klitschko on points in a world title fight in November 2015 and once held both the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) belts now held by compatriot Anthony Joshua.But mental health problems forced him to relinquish his titles, while his license to box was subsequently suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  London, United Kingdom — Britain’s troubled former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury challenged the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) body to either hurry up and ban him for taking an illegal substance or clear him to resume his turbulent career.The 29-year-old, who has not fought since his shock defeat of Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles in November 2015, is waiting to appear in front of a UKAD hearing after being charged with a doping offense over a year ago.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  UKAD postponed the original hearing in May — because of a potential conflict of interest involving a member of the panel— and have yet to announce when it will be held.“How long must I be held up and kept out of action?” tweeted Fury on Monday.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“It’s been 15 months since I’ve been under investigation, you’re keeping an innocent man from fulfilling his destiny and from providing for his family.”UKAD refused to comment on Fury’s case, adding there is no timescale for its investigation. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Lady Chiefs fuel F4 drive Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fury, whose cousin Hughie takes on WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker in Manchester this Saturday, said UKAD were denying him his human rights.“Everybody else is dealt with in a few months, why must I be treated any differently?” he tweeted.“Surely there must be a human rights law preventing this from happening to people!“Either ban me or set me free as I’ve been in limbo for a long time! I want to move on with my life!“Clear my name and let me return to my former glory.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

PSG’s Neymar has broken right foot and sprained ankle

first_imgNeymar is second in the league scoring charts behind teammate Edinson Cavani, with 19 goals in 20 games. Overall he has 28 in 30.PSG also said in a statement on its website that center half Marquinhos has a tear on his left thigh. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Read Next View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH, 11 others make round 2 Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But PSG faces Real Madrid on March 6, trailing 3-1 from the first leg in the last 16.Before that, PSG plays Marseille in the French Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, and is at Troyes in the league on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNeymar, a world record signing from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($260 million), was carried off on a stretcher late in the league leader’s 3-0 victory against Marseille on Sunday.The Brazil striker was hurt challenging Marseille defender Bouna Sarr. His standing leg jarred as he lost balance and the weight of his body went onto his ankle, which briefly buckled. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico PSG’s Neymar lays on the pitch after being fouled during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — Neymar is doubtful for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League game against Real Madrid next week after tests showed he has a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with a sprained ankle.PSG revealed the extent of Neymar’s injured foot late Monday without saying how long he will be sidelined.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Game 2 loss blessing in disguise for newly-crowned Blue Eaglets

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may not have been a perfect season for Ateneo, but for coach Joe Silva, winning the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball championship still tastes sweet no matter how you win it.“All we wanted to do is to win the championship, whether we had to sweep or do it the hard way,” he said after the Blue Eaglets claimed the title with a 63-58 Game 3 win over the NU Bullpups on Friday. “All our main focus, our main direction was to win a championship.”ADVERTISEMENT “Fortunately, we lost,” he said as the Blue Eaglets once again focused on what they need to do to accomplish their set goal. “We needed that, not just in basketball, but in terms of the character of the boys. At least, the boys were humbled down.”Silva saw the differences—from the practices to the bus ride to the venue, to moments before Game 3 started — that Ateneo is hell-bent on bagging its first title in three years.“We had the right mindset coming into this game. We really knew that we wanted the championship,” he said.And just like the last time he hoisted the trophy with his Blue Eaglets, Silva still revels in the celebration of this recent success.“We took the same route but its a different cast of characters, different experiences. Both are fulfilling,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stephen Curry shatters hotel table after golf blunder LATEST STORIES Read Next Finishing with a perfect 14-0 sweep of the eliminations, Ateneo seemed poised to complete the rare perfect season.As much as Silva and the players tried to downplay the situation, they knew that eventually, the streak would get in their heads — something which happened in Game 2, when the Blue Eaglets fell for the first time, 70-67, last Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I’ll mention in Game 2, I felt that the sweep got in our heads. We didn’t play well,” he admitted.But Silva looked at it as a blessing in disguise—a much-needed humbling experience for Ateneo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

Avenido on playing coach role: ‘I’m not Jawo’

first_imgReluctant at first, the former ABL Most Valuable Player did himself well in the Coffee Lovers’ debut in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.While he said he was no “Living Legend,” Avenido’s came out like one as he carried Gamboa Coffee mix, drilling the go-ahead freebies with 3.1 seconds remaining while also thwarting Robby Celiz’ potential game-winner late to secure the pulsating 85-84 win over Zark’s Burger on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBut more than anything, the 6-foot-2 forward said that all he did was to give confidence to his players as Gamboa Coffee Mix pulled itself out of a 13-point hole in the first half.“I saw that our morale was down, so I just tried to lift our morale. I just thought that when I come in, I will show them that I’ll give my all,” he said, as he finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the victory. Avenido, though, reminded his fellow Coffee Lovers to not shy away from sharing their insights to him as the squad seeks to make noise this conference.“I told them I’m just a coach on paper, but we’re all coaches here and I’m open for suggestions on the plays they think could help us win. That’s how I wanted when I’m playing and that’s the same idea I’m applying here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Leo Avenido. PBA IMAGESThrust to the job of a playing coach for Gamboa Coffee Mix, Leo Avenido admitted that he’s still feeling his way in his new role.“I’m not Jawo (Robert Jaworski),” the 38-year-old said. “This is hard, but it’s the task that was given so I have to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Kobe Paras plans to try out for Gilas Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Bolt rues start, booed Gatlin hails his ‘amazing’ rival

first_imgRobredo: 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Normally it gets better during the rounds, but it didn’t come together. And that is what killed me. I felt it was there.”Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, shrugged off the boos of the crowd to hail the great Jamaican, even dropping to his knees to bow to his rival.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 starsGatlin said Bolt had told him “You don’t deserve all these boos.”“So I think for all that and inspiring throughout my career he’s an amazing man.” Gatlin gatecrashes Bolt’s 100m farewell party DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ US athlete Justin Gatlin kneels in front of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt after Gatlin won the final of the men’s 100m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 5, 2017. AFPLONDON, United Kingdom — Usain Bolt was left ruing a disastrous start as his failure to fire saw American arch-rival Justin Gatlin poop what was supposed to be a party in his final 100m race at the world championships on Saturday.“My start is killing me,” said Bolt, who battled back up through the field to claim bronze behind Gatlin and silver medalist Christian Coleman.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers “Usain has accomplished so much in our sport and inspired others like Coleman to come out and compete in the championships.“Usain said: ‘Congratulations, you deserve it.’ And that’s from the man himself. He knows how hard I work. Tonight was all about the W (win) and I managed to sneak it.”Gatlin played down the jeering, perhaps summing up the difference between him and Bolt perfectly by saying: “It’s not about the crowd: I tuned it out through the rounds and stayed the course. I kept my energy through the semis and came to the final to do what I do.“The people who love me, they’re cheering for me. They’re at home cheering for me and my coaching manager is cheering for me, and that’s what I’ve been focusing on.“I thought of all the things I would do if I won, and I didn’t do any of that. It was almost like 2004 all over again” when he won the Olympic 100m title before going on to claim a world sprint double in 2005 and then falling foul of doping laws. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bolt had complained about the starting blocks in Friday’s first round, and left himself too much to do after finding himself behind Coleman.“It was rough,” he said. “I was a little bit stressed. But I came out like at any other championships and I did my best. Thanks for the support. I could never expect this from any other crowd. They are what pushed me to do my best.“The atmosphere was wonderful. I knew they would come out. I’m just disappointed I couldn’t do better for them but that’s how it goes sometimes.”Gatlin was loudly jeered by the sell-out 60,000 crowd at the London Stadium, where Bolt’s victory over him at the 2012 Olympics was hailed as triumph of ‘good over evil’ given the American’s doping-tainted past.“It’s just so surreal right now — I jumped in the crowd and went wild,” said the 35-year-old who has served two doping bans, the second between 2006-10, a period of forced exile that he credits has helped his track longevity.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Gagan Narang: Man with the golden gun

first_imgThe trouble with shooter Gagan Narang is that he does not know when to stop winning. On Saturday, he bagged his fourth gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, onesixth of all the gold that the 619- strong Indian contingent has won so far.On current form, he is expected to win his fifth in the 50-metre Prone Pairs event on Tuesday. By the end of the Commonwealth Games, he could have six gold medals, one more than fellow shooter Samaresh Jung’s record haul at the 2006 Melbourne edition, where Narang had won four gold.But in the hierarchy of global sport, a single Olympic gold medal counts more than most other achievements. Therefore, it was not surprising when Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra took all the glory in India that the sport of shooting had to offer, while Narang had to be content with a lower profile.Not anymore.In the Delhi edition of the Commonwealth Games, Narang not only teamed up with Bindra to win his first team gold last Monday, he later beat him to win an individual gold, thus earning the epithet ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. On Saturday, Narang was in top form scoring 1262.2 points in the Rifle Three Positions event. For those not accustomed to the vagaries of shooting, the Rifle Three Positions is a quirky event. Marksmen have to shoot 40 times at a target placed 50 m in front of them. They then fire at 40 targets standing and in the last position they kneel and take aim, again 40 targets.advertisementNarang scored 1166 out of 1200, a Commonwealth Games qualification record. In the final, he shot 96.2 to set a new final Games record for a total of 1262.2 points. It’s no secret that Narang has been itching to have a go at Bindra for two years. It was at the Games’ Delhi edition that he finally stepped out of Bindra’s shadow.The shooting fraternity knows Narang as “Mr Cool” for his unflappable temperament but these appellations do not seem to affect him much. In fact, he has been told by his coach Stanislaus Lapidus to remain inside the Games Village on Sunday and Monday to prevent any distractions. He will emerge only on Tuesday.Many say his shyness is often confused with arrogance. By all accounts, he is not arrogant but it is his well-publicised outrage at not being awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna this year that often works against him. “Am I not good enough for the country’s top award? What have I not achieved?” Narang had cried then. The award finally went to Saina Nehwal.But he may well be a top contender for next year’s top national sports award. For that he may have to win his fifth and sixth medals.Two-time silver medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Ronjan Sodhi said Narang will win his fifth yellow metal medallion on Tuesday. It is the last medal hunt that could prove the toughest; an event where he faces off with Australia’s Warren Potent, a bronze winner at Beijing.But then champions love a scrap, don’t they, and it could well be that Potent’s presence brings out the best in Narang. In fact, Narang’s success story is much like the story of tennis legend Boris Becker who, at the peak of his form, lunged and dived at seemingly impossibleto- retrieve volleys and won points out of nowhere. Becker later spoke how he had a sort of “tunnel vision” during that period when he did nothing but focus on the sport.Narang has a similar attitude. He refuses to let anything apart from his sport distract him. It is only his weight that troubles him often. The 27-yearold has no serious problem other than the battle of the bulge. He says he can put on 10 kg in two months and knock those off with his own set of exercises.There is no serious “mantra for success” he says. When pressed for it he says, “Just a prayer on my lips. I prefer to keep things simple and focus my attention on the task at hand. I guess it’s all about timing too.” In a country beginning to learn to love its noncricketing heroes, Narang is the perfect role model. Soon after the Commonwealth, he heads to Munich for the rifle World Cup Finals, after which he flies to Guangzhou in China to lead India’s challenge at the Asian Games. “The party can wait till after the Asiad,” he says.Worth His Weight In Gold:Gold in Bangkok Asian Championships 2005 (10m air rifle)4 gold in 2006 Melbourne CWG (10m air rifle, 10m air rifle pairs, 50m rifle 3 positions and 50m rifle 3 positions pairs)Gold in Guangzhou World Cup in 2006 (10m air rifle)Gold in 2008 Bangkok World Cup Finals (10m air rifle with final world record of 703.5, also equal qualification world record 600/600)Gold in Changwon World Cup in 2009 (50m rifle 3 positions)Gold in Doha Asian Championships 2009 (10m air rifle)advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA selected good hosts

first_imgIf you thought only digesting losses on the sporting field was tough, you should have tuned in to the FIFA World Cup bids for 2018 and 2022 which were won by Russia and Qatar respectively.While the whole process of (s) electing which country would be given the right to host the high profile World Cup did not take much time, it left England in tears as they had almost taken it for granted that their bid was the best.Almost two days after the Englishmen have been brought down to terra firma, the big point remains that nothing can be taken for granted in high profile bids like this. I am not one bit surprised by the reactions which have come from the Englishmen, be it the average football lover or their own media.Words like “rigging”, ” mafia” and so on are being mentioned openly and so are insinuations about the process of choosing a host nation being flawed. My point is the 22 members who were part of the FIFA committee must have gone by some facts, figures and projections before taking such big decisions. That England went out in the first round with only two votes, one of them from an Englishman, is a big message about their own popularity.The English bid was supposed to have been comprehensive with solid financial projections. But what can be understood from the voting pattern is that England was not at all popular and since the event had to be allotted to a European country, Russia got it.advertisementIf one flips through the list of countries which have hosted the FIFA World Cup since 1930, with the first edition held in Uruguay, it is clear the event stayed in Europe or South America. There was a departure in 1994, when the United States of America got to host it.I still remember what I saw on television. There seemed to be a total lack of interest in the World Cup. It certainly was not the best advertisement for football as the world saw it.Again, after 1994, the host countries were France (1998), South Korea and Japan (2002), Germany (2006) before South Africa came up as a surprise host for the 2010 World Cup.It is well known that when South Africa was chosen, there was anger, jealousy and outrage among so many countries. It was as if South Africa was the worst possible choice with doubts over their organisation skills. Memories of the 2010 FIFA World Cup are still fresh. From Shakira’s ‘ Waka Waka’ at the opening ceremony to pulsating matches day in and day out, South Africa showed the world what it was capable of.If Russia has been chosen, FIFA knows that the World Cup is still in Europe only, though England will never reconcile. At a time when not just Englishmen but others are also demanding that the people who choose host nations should be larger in number, I think the present style is fine.As soon as Russia got the nod, it was time to look at 2022. Again, Asia was counting its chances and the Aussies thought they would have a good chance. But there were a couple of tricks played and how Qatar was chosen is something which can be debated for a long time.It does not require rocket science to understand that FIFA boss Sepp Blatter is a very shrewd man. He knows in the name of broad- basing the sport, the World Cup is bound to travel to newer continents.So when the Middle East as a region was looked at, Qatar had to be picked. It is here the role played by Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam came into focus.When one factors the AFC’s might in terms of votes it has, there are 46 members. Surely, Blatter must have factored that when the next FIFA elections take place in 2014, the AFC countries will be behind him.Call it a masterstroke or the art of booking votes for the future, it’s not just politicians but sports administrators who play their cards well.You may crib about Qatar being conservative and so on and how there are restrictions on alcohol in public. If you look at the other side, minus the European lager louts, handling the crowds will be easier in Qatar.Agreed, temperatures hover above 45 degrees centigrade but it’s not like that all the time in Qatar. When you see Europe under snow now and football still being played, you know what this sport is all about.There is big money in Qatar and you can be sure they will splurge in such a big way, the World Cup infrastructure will be top- class.advertisementThey have held big sporting events before and the Doha Asian Games in 2006 was a big success.Henceforth, the heavyweights in Europe, North America and Australia will do well to realise that there is a big change now in the way giant sporting bids are being decided.If the USA could lose two successive Olympic bids and Rio got the nod for the 2016 Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cups of the future are indeed going to be defining. And the losing nations should stop whining!last_img read more

Out of the Box

first_imgAlan WilkinsTHE BIG LEAGUEAustralia are taking Shane Watson very seriously. He has got John Gloster, the former Team India physiotherapist, to fly in from Mumbai, where he lives, to Colombo for personal attention. Watson’s all-round attributes are key to Australia’s success in the World Cup. Gloster, who earlier used to manage the physical well-being of none other than Sachin Tendulkar, will soon be saying, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”BAT FOR BALLAustralia are keeping their cards close to their chest with regard to a replacement for the injured fast-bowler Doug Bollinger who has flown home. There’s a good chance that his place will be filled by Michael Hussey, who was disappointed on being left out of the squad that was selected for the World Cup. Will the bowler’s loss be the left-handed batsman’s gain?Jagmohan Dalmiya, who once ruled world cricket, is now a virtual nobody. He is still sulking because the ICC gave the unprepared Eden Gardens a miss. Last heard, he called the ICC big guns a bunch of liars.FEAR FACTORWhy is West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels turning down an offer to play for the national team in the World Cup? The cricketer says he wants to mature before taking on such a huge responsibility. But there are others who smell a rat. A Jamaican daily has said Samuels has opted out because there were chances that he could be questioned by Indian investigators for sharing match details with bookies. For the record, Samuel was banned for two years, starting May 2006, by the West Indies board for relations with bookies.advertisementBOMB IN A BOXGeoffrey Boycott is extremely upset with the Indian Capital. He has called the city very inhospitable. Why? First, the cab driver, meant to drop him near the Feroze Shah Kotla ground, took him to Nehru stadium. Boycott, dressed in a suit and his traditional hat, waited for 45 minutes before another taxi driver helped him reach the cricket ground. His second trouble started when policemen refused him entry because he had carried a box of sandwiches. “This box has no bomb,” yelled Boycott, which caused further commotion. Finally, a ddca official rushed to his rescue.The writer is an ESPN Star Sports commentator for the World Cup 2011.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata aim for home triumph against Rajasthan

first_imgThe away battle won, Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to win the home contest as well when they take on Rajasthan Royals in the return leg of the Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.The Knight Riders on Friday stopped the Rajasthan Royals’ two- match winning run with a clinical nine- wicket victory in Jaipur.The two sides now meet again with the hosts overwhelming favourites this time.The new- look Knight Riders under Gautam Gambhir started Season IV shakily against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings losing the battle from a winning position.But the Knight Riders, who shunned local hero Sourav Ganguly, earned back the confidence of the city with an easy win over Deccan Chargers in their first home match.From there on, Knight Riders looked unruffled against the more fancied Royals in their away match that saw some failed strategies by the wily Shane Warne.The Aussie legend raised many eyebrows by keeping an in- form Shane Watson at number four in the batting order. With Watson not opening, Rajasthan Royals failed to get the blistering start that is so needed in Twenty20s.Fresh from his 185 not out with a record 15 sixes against Bangladesh, Watson scored 22 from 13 balls.Bangladesh skipper Shakib al Hasan, who saw Watson wreck his side a few days ago, did the Aussie all- rounder in after being hit for two sixes as Royals gave the Knight Riders a target of 160.Chasing the tricky target, the Knight Riders did not look in any trouble at all. Jacques Kallis was at his consistent best for his third consecutive half- century – – this time an unbeaten 80.advertisementGambhir played a skipper’s knock of 75 not out as he took the attack to Warne, who returned wicket- less conceding 28 in his four overs.Form on their side, Knight Riders boast of a balanced line- up and have three consecutive home matches lined up next.With runs under his belt, Gambhir can surely look forward to opening the batting with Kallis. In Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan and Shakib, the Knight Riders batting runs deep and looks devastating.Their bowling too has got a boost with the addition of Aussie pace spearhead Brett Lee and Shakib.But even after the loss at home, it would be a folly to rule out Warne at the Eden.-With PTI inputslast_img read more