Already in tough spot, TNT could miss 3 key cogs for 2 games

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “Every game is tough this conference. You can’t take anything lightly and we learned our lesson in our previous games,” he said.“You just have to focus on the next game. Hopefully, we win the next one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Rockets beat Mavericks for 8th straight win Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela struggled to find the right words but at the end of the day, he knew that his team just needs to get its act together and end the slump in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We just need to break the losing streak. We just have to find ways to win the next one. We don’t really have a choice but to focus on the next game,” Racela said.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Losing to Ginebra, 78-93 on Sunday, the soft-spoken mentor accepted the realities that no matter how hard the challenge is, the KaTropa must do their best to advance to the quarterfinals and no longer think about the pressure.Things, however, won’t get any better for TNT, which sits at eighth place with a 4-5 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSlated to battle GlobalPort and NLEX in their last two assignments, the KaTropa could also miss vital cogs namely Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario in those tiffs as the three are set to be called up for Gilas Pilipinas duty for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Racela, however, isn’t ready to surrender just yet. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Tribute to My Dear Teacher, the Late Madam Theresa Jande Sherman Pennoh

first_imgClemenceau B. Urey, CEO, Atlantic Insurance CompanyBy Clemenceau B. Urey Sr.Please permit me to first of all thank Varney and other members of the Sherman family for giving me the opportunity to present some reflections about the life of Mrs. Pennoh, which is the result of the interaction I had with her as one of her many students. I consider this opportunity a great honor and privilege to perform this task. Even though time has erased some of my memories, I will still endeavor to put my memory to task, as I first met her some 57 years ago.I first met Mrs. Pennoh in 1961 when I enrolled at the B.W. Harris Episcopal School in the sixth grade. She was then, a young, energetic and beautiful dark lady who managed very well a fairly large class consisting of about 40 students. There we met an exceptional lady who demonstrated her commitment to the teaching profession and to her students. She imparted to us good morals and ethical principles and values through exemplary behavior. She was punctual at work, hardly missed a class, presented well prepared lessons, knew the subject matter well and paid personal attention to each student in such a large class.I remember she was very concerned that some students would fail tests and exams not because of unfamiliarity with the subject matter but because some would become nervous and experience panic during tests and exams; therefore, she would counsel us how to approach tests, trying to allay our fears; she made us sing familiar songs to reduce tension prior to tests and exams. This was a great help to me personally as I recall.As I reflect on my life today, I give credit first to Almighty God, my parents and next to Mrs. Pennoh for whom I am today. Imagine a little boy coming from this upriver settlement of Careysburg, very skinny, funny accent, poorly dressed, broke most of the time and lacking confidence. Mrs. Pennoh instilled in us self-esteem, discipline, motivation, and to strive for excellence.At a certain time in one’s life, if one makes a crucial turn in the wrong direction, it is difficult to change course and it may have an adverse effect on your entire life.For me, the period I encounter Mrs. Pennoh was the most vulnerable period of my life and, therefore, God first, I credit Mrs. Pennoh for what I am today because she greatly impacted my promotion from the sixth grade to seventh. Had I not made that promotion, I believe my life would have turned for the worst. I was depressed and ripe for self-destruction, having lost my father a month after I enrolled at B.W. Harris. This loss was a great blow for me.Thank God for a teacher like Mrs. Pennoh. Her impact on me was very profound; I, therefore, made a promise to God and myself that I would show her gratitude if I became successful in life; our path separated as she left B.W. Harris to continue her professional pursuit elsewhere and I continued my academic pursuit, graduating from B.W. Harris in 1968 and moving on to the University of Liberia.She later went on to teach at J.J. Roberts, a Methodist institution, eventually becoming principal. Most religious institutions prefer a member of their church heading their institutions, but Mrs. Pennoh, an Episcopalian, was appointed to serve as principal, which I am certain was a result of her special professional qualities; she served with distinction until she was called to serve as educational counselor, based in London, handling student matters for all Liberian Government Scholarship Students studying in Europe at the time.As I became blessed and successful in my professional pursuit, I sought her out and began to pay frequent visits to her home to show her appreciation for the positive impact she had made on me. She began to call me her son. In fact, she called me the second son she never had and wished that Varney and I would develop a close relationship, and live as brothers.Mrs. Pennoh was a committed and professional educator who impacted the lives of many others who were fortunate to come into contact with her in the classroom. Many are today making valuable contributions to the Liberian society and elsewhere. She always told me, “I am not a well to do person but I am happy when I see many of my former students such as you, who are doing well in society”.That is all she had to show for her commitment to the teaching profession. She did not receive any special honors or recognition, no pension, nothing to compensate her for her exceptional service except her intrinsic satisfaction as regards to the progress of students. She was not even formally and honorably retired. Such is the situation of many other exceptional people who have given their youthful lives rendering selfless and sacrificial services to our country.They are abandoned at old age and left to fend for themselves. Many are prone to experience serious deprivation but for their children, concerned relatives and maybe others of goodwill. This is wrong. Good governance demands that a responsible government takes care of the elderly and disabled. Thank God Mrs. Pennoh had prepared her own safety net, her son Varney.We have recently characterized our educational system as a mess. To memorialize Mrs. Pennoh and other exceptional teachers who have predeceased her, we must clean up this mess; we as a nation and people must place a very high premium on the most important resource of any nation–its human resource. Japan, the third largest economy of the world, is very poor in natural resource.Its high level of development and progress is the result of the output of its human resource. Cleaning up the mess involves weeding out the bad apples in the teaching profession: Those lazy teachers who come to school unprepared, those unprincipled teachers who include materials they have not covered in the classroom, on test to justify extorting favors from students in cash or kind, to name a few.Cleaning up the mess involves training and motivating teachers to portray the characteristics similar to those of Mrs. Pennoh as she performed in the classroom. It involves creating a conducive learning environment for students and teachers. Doing these things, however, requires committing more budgetary  resources to education, being cognizant of the fact that meaningful progress in a nation can only be achieved by investing in the youth and human resources in a big way. Human resource development, however, involves much more than education and training; it also involves proper selection and utilization of manpower to avoid mediocrity and placing square pegs in round holes.It involves insulating the government bureaucracy from extreme political influence such as the appointment of political cadres throughout the government bureaucracy without due regard for training and experience. Such situations De-professionalize the government machinery and hinders the ability of government to run efficiently and effectively as it strives to deliver badly needed social services and promote economic development.As we today thank God and celebrate the life of an exceptional educator such as Mrs. Pennoh, we must continue to prioritize, develop, utilize and promote human resource development for our country by cleaning up this mess in our educational system in a robust manner.On behalf of all those students who were fortunate to sit under the voice of Mrs. Pennoh as recipient of her wisdom and knowledge, I wish to thank Almighty God for giving us Mrs. Pennoh and for her impactful life. As He has now decided to call her from labor to rest, we pray for the blissful repose of her soul and may light perpetual shine upon her, and all those exceptional educators who have predeceased her. In the name of the Father, the Son and the blessed Holy Spirit.Amen.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal transfer news: ‘He’d make sure the defence is not exposed’ – sign him up?

first_img Didi Hamann on Lars Bender to Arsenal 1 Arsenal have never replaced former captain Patrick Vieira, according to Didi Hamann, but there is one man up for the task. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has more on the Germany ace tipped to boost the Gunners…Name: Lars BenderDate of birth: 27/04/89Born: Rosenheim, BavariaClub: Bayer LeverkusenPosition: MidfieldInternational: 19 Germany caps, four goals (correct as of 19/01/15)What is the latest?Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Didi Hamann believes Arsenal need to sign a quality defensive midfielder, calling it one of the most important positions in the modern game. For years, the current talkSPORT presenter says Wenger hasn’t had “a defensive midfielder of the calibre of Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel at Chelsea; or Fernando and Fernandinho at City.” Lars Bender, according to Hamann, is the perfect signing.Did you know?1) Bender began his career at 1860 Munich alongside twin brother Sven, with both leaving in 2009. Sven was sold to Borussia Dortmund and Lars moved to Leverkusen and eventually filled the enormous hole left by influential Chilean Arturo Vidal’s departure when he joined Juventus in 2011.2) The brothers shared the 2008 U19 European Championship’s Golden Player award as Germany won the competition, with Lars scoring the first goal in a 3-1 win against Italy in the final. The duo were crucial to their nation’s win and were the heartbeat of Germany’s midfield.3) As Hamann’s explained, Bender’s work-rate is tireless, his positioning excellent and his defensive attributes superb. This season in the Bundesliga he has made on average more than three interceptions and three tackles per game.4) He seemed on course to travelling to Brazil as part of Germany’s World Cup squad, but a thigh injury sustained in a pre-tournament training camp in May cruelly denied Bender a place.What is being said:Either [Sven or Lars] would give Wenger something he hasn’t got in midfield.Someone who can read the game, is naturally defensively minded and who will thrive, operating in front of the back four, making sure Arsenal don’t get exposed.– World Cup finalist and former Bayern and Liverpool midfielder Didi HamannVideo:last_img read more

‘WATER’ NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION FROM JARLA!

first_img‘WATER’ NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION FROM JARLA! was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHappy New YearJarlalast_img read more

Simon Jordan’s scathing response to Charlton boss Duchatelet’s talkSPORT interview

first_imgSimon Jordan has ripped into Charlton Athletic chairman Roland Duchatelet after his interview with talkSPORT, in which he accused fans of playing a part in the club’s relegation to League One and making it difficult for him to sell the club.Duchatelet broke his long silence over the turmoil at the London club when he sat down with talkSPORT host Jim White in Belgium for a rare interview, which aired on Tuesday.EXCLUSIVE: Listen to the full interview with Roland Duchatelet on talkSPORT hereThe Belgian millionaire’s comments about why his tenure at the club has been such a failure incensed loyal supporters, who have been campaigning for the 71-year-old to leave the club for the majority of his four-year reign. Charlton fans have long protested against their absent owner 2 2 Duchatelet spoke to talkSPORT host Jim White in his native Belgium And former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan has also given a scathing assessment of the Addicks chief’s excuses, telling talkSPORT on Wednesday: “I felt that 90 per cent of what he said was complete and utter tosh.“I don’t think anybody goes into a football club with the intention of destroying it, but he talked about doing due diligence, and the guys that are going to buy the club doing due diligence, and he came up with some nonsense. “He said that ultimately the buyers changed their mind from one result to another and that the fan climate would affect the buying price, but that’s a load of old pony.“The fact that he didn’t do due diligence, that he didn’t understand the club he was buying into, is more important.“In four years he’s turned a football club that wasn’t doing well into a club that is now going dreadfully, and everyone around it seems to be disassociated and disenfranchised.“He’s looking at it from one point of view and one point of view only – his own. This club under his watch has gone really, really backwards.”Listen back to Simon Jordan’s verdict on Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet’s comments abovelast_img read more

PLAQUE TO REMEMBER HISTORIC LETTERKENNY TO BURTONPORT RAILWAY LINE UNVEILED

first_imgThe plaque remembering the Letterkenny to Burtonport railway line.A plaque commemorating one of Donegal’s most historic railway lines and the tragic deaths of four people on it has been erected in Letterkenny.The Station House in Letterkenny received its new historical plaque from Letterkenny Community Heritage Group and marks the starting point of the old Letterkenny to Burtonport line.The memorial shows the train on the Owencarrow viaduct near Creeslough. The train came of the viaduct on the 30th of January 1925 when hit by a gale killing four passengers and badly injuring five others.The plaque is one of a number recently erected by the group which has been attracting great interest from locals and visitors to the town.They will form part of a historical walk that will be launched later in the year.Chairperson Gabriel Flood said they had erected a number of the plaques to be in time for the Letterkenny Reunion recently so returning emigrants,local people and visitors to the town can enjoy this added attraction. Among the key spots where the plaques have been erected are Tinneys House on the Port Rd where the McKinney family first made their Oatfield sweets back in 1927,The Market Square,the original spot near Speers Lane where the Hiring Fairs took place, the plaque is on the Quiet Moment wall.Sentry Hill where a sign was erected on the old boys school which will add to the existing Penal Moument and the history of the area.The A.O.H. Devlin Hall and Institute on Lower Main St and one on the Station House that dates the three Bridges at Oldtown.The Courthouse and R.I.C barracks,Old Workhouse and at the entrance to Sprackburn where the Royal Artillery Garrison were based.The group intend to add more plaques which were designed by local man Barry Mackey at other locations later in the year.Cllrs Dessie Shiels and Jimmy Kavanagh have supported the group with this adventure which will be of huge benefit to everyone with a local interest in the towns heritage.PLAQUE TO REMEMBER HISTORIC LETTERKENNY TO BURTONPORT RAILWAY LINE UNVEILED was last modified: August 31st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportletterkennyrailway linelast_img read more

BuildingEnergy: The Best Little Conference in the Northeast

first_imgThe official theme of this year’s NESEA conference was “Real Solutions, Real Experts.” But that’s kind of a cop-out. NESEA’s conference is always filled with experts and solutions every year. The unofficial theme, it seemed to me, was “How Deep is Your Deep Energy Retrofit?”A keynote address from deep in the energy trenchMarc Rosenbaum (“I are an engineer”) wove his keynote address from peak oil to deep energy retrofits with a side trip to whether or not LEED-certified buildings use more energy than code-compliant buildings (a commentary on the conference’s public forum ).Deep energy retrofits are the most important part of the housing sector because of the number of existing houses compared to the number that are being built (there are about 160 million existing houses, about 60 million of which were built before the energy embargo of ’73 — meaning that they’re really leaky). Despite what the lobbyist group for commercial real estate developers claims , Marc and many of the NESEA attendees are proving that super-efficient buildings are old news — they’re possible, affordable, and easy to accomplish.Marc then took us on a tour of a few deep energy retrofits that his company, EnergySmiths has been working on. The slide show of his presentation is here if you want to have a peek at some of the projects.What Would Mother Nature Do?After the keynote, I headed off to the hour-and-a-half sessions: First stop, Ecological Sensibility in Home Building (with a healthy dose of biomimicry thrown in). The presenter, Kevin Stack , is a builder in upstate New York who does many things right. Kevin focused most of the presentation on new construction, but much of his emphasis was on site work, which most ecologists would qualify as retrofit work.Among one of the more interesting tidbits of Kevin’s talk was using exterior Velcro (the design for which came from nature) to attach siding. There are no nails to penetrate the sheathing, and it’s a built-in rain screen. The Velcro, Kevin said, would delaminate plywood and pull the foil facing off polyisocyanurate foam board before the adhesive pulled off. He’s only two years into this test, so it’s still early, but “so far, so good,” he reports. Look for Kevin and his houses to be appearing in GreenBuildingAdvisor.com sometime soon.What Would Dr. John Do?Next up was John Straube ’s “What Would I Do?” session. Dr. Straube took us on a journey of his (and his gal Victoria’s) deep energy retrofit of a bungalow (which looked suspiciously like a ranch to me) in Toronto. One tip from Dr. Straube: Buy an ugly house that has bad siding. Why? Because it’s easiest to do energy retrofits from the outside, and it’s easy to justify tearing off bad, ugly siding. According to Straube, a simple shape is better because it’s easiest to keep the air, thermal, and water barriers continuous.John used a modified Larsen truss to thicken the outside walls so that he could spray five or six inches of foam on them. He drove gutter spikes through a 2×2, used a three-inch scrap of PVC pipe as a standoff, and then drove the gutter spike/2×2 into the walls. A pretty quick, cheap, and elegant solution. He kept the vented roof and flat ceiling, making sure to seal all the leaks between house and attic with a Froth-Pak before filling the attic with cellulose. Let me repeat that: filling the attic with cellulose (except for the vent channels, that is). His reasoning? Cellulose is cheap, and the majority of the cost is getting the guy into the truck and out to the house. A few extra minutes and a few extra bags of insulation only cost a few extra bucks.As for R-values, John quit counting after R-60. The basement was detailed like all Building Science Corp. basements — rigid foam and a thin concrete slab on the floor, spray foam on the walls followed by a stud wall and drywall. Dr. Straube’s presentation“Don’t Do What Paul Eldrenkamp Did”The last session of the day before my long drive home was a tag-team session with Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister Construction and Mark Rosenbaum of EnergySmiths. I already talked about Marc (let’s just say he had microphone troubles again), so I’ll stick to Paul. Paul presented a series of stories and lessons learned in the deep energy retrofit arena.The lessons:1. Deep energy retrofits aren’t always about insulation.They’re also about how people who live in houses use energy.2. You have one chance to get the envelope right every 30 or 40 years. Don’t blow it.The easiest way to tighten the envelope is from the outside: Replace the siding, add foam, tighten, and replace windows. It’s now or never.3. Every now and then, stop and think about whether you’re doing the right thing as a builder. Consider the types of projects that you do and don’t do. Paul decided to focus on deep energy remodels and lost a million-dollar contract because the potential customers weren’t interested in using less energy. It was hard to lose the job, but it was the right thing for his company to do.4. Much of our nation’s climate policy is being determined by the sales skills of remodeling contractors. Related to the above lesson. Most deep energy retrofits aren’t economically justifiable until the energy costs are real and they reflect the true cost of consuming. Remodelers that can succinctly explain to customers the real costs and benefits of energy-efficient houses can help us out of our energy quandary faster than Congress can. Hint: Payback doesn’t reflect future energy cost increases or better health.5. Don’t be unduly scared of people named Joe.6. Don’t install interior finishes until after the blower door test. Don’t assume that foam insulation is foolproof; experiment responsibly, and monitor for durability.All in all, the best little conference out there. I go every year because the people at this conference know the answers to the big questions and are enthusiastic about digging in. Some other conferences are full of people who complain about having to change and look for ways to drag their feet.last_img read more

Ateneo ‘a better team’ than last year heading into finals rematch vs DLSU

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces La Salle in UAAP Finals rematch Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo head coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t have time to ponder over the Blue Eagles’ hard-fought Final Four duel against Far Eastern University.After overcoming the Tamaraws in overtime in their do-or-die, Baldwin said he immediately turned his attention to the defending champions, whom the Eagles will face in a best-of-three finals for the second straight time.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Baldwin is raring to get back at La Salle after it swept Ateneo last year.“We’re a better team [this season],” said Baldwin after his Blue Eagles topped the elimination round with a 13-1 card. “We’ve proven we’re a better team all year long.” “La Salle, what else would I be thinking about?” said Baldwin after Ateneo pulled off an 88-84 win Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We have to move on. I think the coaching staff has to set the tone and we got to come down the cloud pretty quick.”READ: Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces DLSU in UAAP Finals rematchFEATURED 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“We have to put our focus on the next game because we didn’t play this season just to win in the semis. We played this season to go as far as this team is capable of going.”La Salle is already in the championship round after scoring a controversial 82-75 win over Adamson University that saw the three referees, who officiated the game get suspended for four games. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

RCB beat Gujarat Lions by 4 wickets to enter IPL final

first_imgKarnataka : Bengaluru , 24/05/2016 . AB De Villiers being greeted by team members after winning the match during VIVO IPL Twenty20 match between RCB ( Royal Challengers ) and Gujarat Lions at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on 24th , May , 2016 Photo : Bhagya Prakash K –   –  THE HINDU Karnataka : Bengaluru , 24/05/2016 . AB De Villiers being greeted by team members after winning the match during VIVO IPL Twenty20 match between RCB ( Royal Challengers ) and Gujarat Lions at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on 24th , May , 2016 Photo : Bhagya Prakash K –   –  THE HINDU IPL 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL × May 24, 2016 SHAREcenter_img Published on Ab de Villiers played a breathtaking knock to singlehandedly lead Royal Challengers Bangalore fightback and take them into the Indian Premier League final with a thrilling four wicket win over Gujarat Lions here today.Chasing 159, RCB looked down and out at 29 for five before de Villiers smashed 79 off 47 balls to script a sensational comeback and take the team home in 18.2 overs. The Lions were outdone by one man’s class as the efforts of Dhawal Kulkarani and Dwayne Smith went in vain.With the spectacular win, RCB are into their third IPL final and one step away from their maiden title. Lions on other hand will have another chance to make the summit clash in the Qualifier 2 in Delhi on Friday.The RCB were expected to overcome the target with minimum fuss but tricky batting conditions at the normally batting friendly Chinnaswamy made the job tougher for them.Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle can close the game in a space of a few overs but the devastating opening pair had an off day. Kohli, who has been in sensational form this IPL, suffered a rare failure when he dragged a wide one off Kulkarni on to his stumps, stunning the crowd into silence.The disappointment on the face of India’s star batsman was evident as he walked back into the dressing room. The two of his four hundreds in the competition had come against the Lions.The odd ball stopping on a slower surface made the task more challenging. Gayle too was out in Kulkarni’s over as he attempted a whack over midwicket to see his stumps rattled.Kulkarni kept bowling in the off stump corridor and that worked brilliantly for him. Lokesh Rahul was caught at first slip the following ball and Kulkarni was on a hat-trick.Kulkarni ended up with a career best figures of 4 for 14, albeit in a losing cause.Soon after, RCB had lost half their side with de Villiers left to pull off a herculean task. The South African, as he often he does, brought his team back into the game and involved Iqbal Abdulla (33 not out off 25) in a unbeaten 91-run stand for the seventh wicket.The team needed 49 off the last 30 balls but de Villiers paced his innings perfectly to take the team with 10 balls to spare. He ended with five sixes and as many boundaries in his special knockBrief scores: Gujarat Lions 158 all out (Dwayne Smith 73; Shane Watson 4/29). RCB 159/6 in 18.2 overs (AB De Villiers 79 not out, Iqbal Abdulla 33 not out). cricket COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

SPORT-BOLT-FAREWELL 2 LAST

first_imgBolt set his first 100m world record (9.72sec) in May 2008Bolt set his first 100m world record (9.72sec) in May 2008 in New York. The Jamaican then stormed the Beijing Olympics with his first 100m, 200m, relay treble. The world was forced to take notice of his chest-beating.His 9.58 record at the world championships in Berlin in 2009 was an even bigger sensation.After completing the triple triple of Olympic sprint titles in Rio on Friday, Bolt summed it up by saying: “There you go. Im the greatest.”Athletics bosses must wish he could stay longer. Bolt has said he will hang up his spikes after next years world championships in London.With each major win he has deflected attention away from bad news for track and field.In Beijing it was the doping controversy surrounding womens sprint star Marion Jones and her boyfriend Tim Montgomery. Gatlin was unable to defend his title as he was serving an initial eight-year doping ban, which was reduced to four.Other rivals have also been tainted and fallen by the wayside.Bolt has maintained his common touch with the crowds through all this.At the 2013 world championships in Moscow, with heavy rain falling, Bolt mimed putting up an umbrella and appropriately lightning bolts lit up the sky around the stadium.Bolt has made it clear why he feels obliged to give something back to the spectators.”A lot of people come out to see what Im going to do today, tomorrow and its fun for them,” he said.advertisement”I enjoy showing them and giving them the joy I get out of doing this because they give me the energy to do it so Im always hungry.” AFP AH AHlast_img read more