“If we thought [the TNT series] is gonna be a battle, this next series is going to be a battle. We’re full aware of the challenges that they’re gonna present to us, so we’ll see what happens.” Channelling his inner pro wrestler, the Gin Kings forward only has one thing in mind in response to the Bolts slasher being repeatedly vocal in his desire to have the rematch.“I’m a heel,” Devance said, alluding to the pro wrestling parlance of a bad guy.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’m gonna hit Dillinger. I’m gonna punch him right in the stomach,” he joked.Devance knows that as much trash talk players from both teams fire on social media, they are all aware that it’s all fun and games as they all look forward to silencing each other on the court. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next PBA IMAGESAsk, and you shall receive.That’s exactly what Joe Devance has to say for Jared Dillinger as Ginebra and Meralco meet for the second straight time in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT 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 TNT coach Racela says Ginebra rookie Ferrer best player of Game 4 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I’m just playing. You know, it’s all in good fun, good sportsmanship. You know it’s competitiveness. You know we’re just gonna come out and fight, whatever team wants it more is gonna get it,” he said, sharing that he’s good friends with a lot of Fil-Am players on the other camp.Meralco has been aching to get back at Ginebra after its runner-up finish in last year’s Governors’ Cup Finals, where it lost in heartbreaking fashion in Game 6.Devance knows how motivated the Bolts will be, and is hoping that emotions won’t spill out of the court just like what happened in the Gin Kings’ semifinals series against TNT.Being the last two teams standing from the rival companies, Devance admitted there’s bad blood between Ginebra and Meralco.“I don’t want to say we hate each other, but we hate each other. I mean with MVP and Mr. Ang, it’s just how it is,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ
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Legendary Pakistani fast bowler Imran Khan on Tuesday refused to compare Sachin Tendulkar with Don Bradman but said the Indian maestro was the “most accomplished player in the World Cup”.Imran declined to compare Tendulkar with Bradman as he had not seen the Australian playing.”Sachin is the most accomplished player in the World Cup. He should open Indian innings and with Virender Sehwag. They can give solid start to the team which will be difficult for other teams to match,” Imran said.He said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s squad is the best ever Indian World Cup side and it has the most formidable batting line-up among the teams participating in this edition starting in the sub-continent on Saturday.”I played the first World Cup in 1975 and have been following it since then. According to me this is the best ever Indian side playing in a World Cup,” said Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning captain.”This is the best batting line-up in the world. You have Sachin, Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan and the batting depth will play a crucial role,” he told a TV channel.He predicted that Harbhajan Singh will be the key bowler for India given the conditions, and if he were the captain he would have asked the off-spinner to play the attacking bowler’s role.Asked about the Indian pace battery, the former all-rounder said, “When I saw Ishant Sharma bowling initially, I felt that at last India has got a genuine pace bowler who can run through any batting order. But two years since then when I saw him, I could see flaw in his bowling action.”advertisementWith inputs from PTI
PLAY AND POWER: Juniors at nets at a camp in BangaloreOnce upon a time there was an ambitious young man who played cricket. He was a reasonable under-19 player but wanted more. So, at 25, he became the president of his state cricket association. It wasn’t enough: in November 2000,PLAY AND POWER: Juniors at nets at a camp in BangaloreOnce upon a time there was an ambitious young man who played cricket. He was a reasonable under-19 player but wanted more. So, at 25, he became the president of his state cricket association. It wasn’t enough: in November 2000 he walked into the change room of his state cricket team, appointed himself captain and played a Ranji Trophy match. He scored zero and took two wickets, but the cricket didn’t matter. That match had made him, son of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal, a first-class cricketer. It is a very important piece of fine print because the BCCI’s rules allow only first-class cricketers to be made national selectors. The young man’s name is Anurag Thakur and today he is a member of the national junior selection committee. The country’s best under-19 talent is picked by, among others, a man who chose to strong-arm his way into a first-class team because he was their boss. Thakur is now manager of the India under-19 team as it readies to defend its World Cup title in New Zealand this week.Even though it began with “once upon a time”, this is not a fairy tale. It’s a true – and unpleasant – story about the national junior programme which stays unnoticed because of the bright lights and high-profile concerns of the stars. In this foundry of Indian cricket, there is anarchy on the factory floor.National junior selectors V. Chamundeswaranath, Bhagirath Thakore and Ashok Bhagwat at a match in VadodaraThe method used by Thakur to become a national selector is a symptom. From the very top of the pile, the BCCI and its selectors, down to the club coach and even pushy parents, junior cricket is pock-marked with greed, mismanagement and even corruption. When the juniors step onto the big stage they are not bursting with confidence and ambition, they are a mass of insecurity and confusion. Because this is the world they come from:None of Thakur’s colleagues on the junior selection panel is a former India player. Four out of six members of the national junior cricket committee are not first-class players. Thakur’s modus operandi is obviously pioneering.An under-16 player accused a Mumbai Cricket Association junior coach and office worker of demanding Rs 25,000 from him for a spot in an under-16 selection tournament, Rs 50,000 for a place on the Mumbai junior team and Rs 1 lakh for a West Zone place. The office worker was suspended but an inquiry is still on against the coach. A Mumbai-based 20-year-old told INDIA TODAY that a cricket official had said he could be selected for the Baroda Ranji Trophy team for Rs 1 lakh. He has given up his ambitions of playing a higher level of cricket ever since.A North Zone National Cricket Academy (NCA) coach sent his wards out to buy his daily dose of chewing tobacco. His accompaniment to slipcatching practice to the youngsters was a backward glance – for spitting.The probables picked for the under-19 World Cup this year were refused permission to play practice games at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai because of a BCCI faction – fight between the officials who run the ground and those in charge of the team’s preparation.Two members of an Indian under-15 team for the World Cup in July 2000 were declared overage by doctors for a national under-19 competition in October that year.But hold on a moment. This must be a mistake: in the past six years, India have won the under-19 World Cup, the under-15 World Cup, and are under-15 and under-17 Asian champions. There are, on average, 322 official junior matches played in India every season across four age groups.advertisementThe national team should have a big hungry pack nipping at their ankles. The fact that it hasn’t means something has got lost in the transition. By the time quality is strained through the agendas of coaches and the ego of officials, fragile talent has been lost. Robust survivors learn an altogether unsavoury game.SELF-SELECTOR: Himachal cricket chief Anurag Thakur made himself state team captainFormer Hyderabad Cricket Association secretary P.R. Man Singh says, “Junior cricket is in a pathetic state because nobody pays attention to developing good traditions. The better youngsters are the ones who do not have the money to appease or please the corrupt selectors.” The phrase “corrupt selectors” is not considered heresy any more and not just in junior cricket. There are those who allege that in the late 1990s no less than three players had to give senior selectors a cut of their match fees.Says former Bengal Ranji player Raju Mukherjee: “Selectors are normally called jokers and not without good reason. They can easily be bought over.” Mukherjee, a Bengal under-16 coach in the 2000-1 season, walked out of a selection meeting when the panel picked a player who had scored three ducks and a 12 in four matches.advertisement After Mukherjee refused to field the boy, he was told not to accompany the team for their final league game, where the boy played. “There is nothing wrong with the boy but he hadn’t performed,” Mukherjee says. The traumatised teenager, who could hardly understand what was happening, came to Mukherjee’s home and wept. Mukherjee has since been removed as Bengal under-16 coach and looks after the under-14s.”There’s not only a price for selection but also for being able to attend a trial. I know coaches who sell forms for attending trials in the black market,” says one Delhi cricket official. “Only about 60 per cent of all state teams are selected on merit.” An under-14 selector from Tamil Nadu presents another equation. “Of 16 guys, at least 12 are selected on merit,” he says. “As for the rest, the association succumbs to pressure from influential people. But even meritorious guys think a godfather is necessary.”THE BOYS IN BLUE: India’s under-19 team for the Junior World Cup has survived a system defined by its arbitrariness and corruptionMan Singh remembers occasions when an under-14 side travelled with as many parents as players. The purpose: to keep the coach and selectors in good humour. Mumbai-based Dr Kinjal Suratwala, who works with Mumbai junior teams, says, “Parents look at cricket as a profession, and every parent believes that his child is destined to play for India. The youngsters who play now are more anxious.”He has also noticed another more insidious trend. Young players arrive at representative level armed with something more lethal than a surprise bouncer. “Bad coaches teach not just bad technique but wrong attitudes. Kids of 15-16 know how to suppress a rival, how to manipulate. If you are captain you don’t give enough overs to someone you consider a threat to yourself,” says Suratwala. “Coaches must be role models, trained people. But ‘mushroom coaching’ found in big cities means anyone with access to a cricket pitch becomes a coach.”A junior selector from Tamil Nadu agrees, “There is no system of coaching, nor are there any set standards. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is detached from the camps.” It is estimated that there are more than 100 “clinics” in Delhi, with all and any stripe of “cricketer” running them. A respected Delhi coach says, “The problem is that the star players who run clinics think that mere se zyaada kisi ko nahi aata (no one knows more than I do). It’s a mindset.”STARTING BLOCKSSullied Selection: Cricket officials often bow to the dictates of power and influence while picking junior teams.Coaching Cons: Clinics run by former players who are not trained coaches teach bad habits and bad attitudes.Pushy Parents: Cricket is seen as a viable profession by ambitious parents.Former England fast bowler and coach Frank Tyson has worked with Mumbai and India juniors from the early 1990s. “At the moment there are too many coaches coaching wrong techniques which worked for them,” he told INDIA TODAY. “What do they do when the same techniques do not work on youngsters? They then have to unlearn bad habits before they can learn the correct way. India needs a National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.”advertisementWhen the NCA invited applications for a coaching seminar last year, four “star” player-coaches from Delhi had to take the help of a less glamourous peer to help them fill in the preliminary test questionnaire.When a cricketercoach or a secretary of a club doubles up as a selector, objectivity is history. Says India junior coach Balwinder Singh Sandhu: “Junior coaches want to win trophies and not to develop skills. That way they are known as coaches you must go to.”Of all the state associations, the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) sets the standard in maladministration and corruption. “There are all kinds of clout available in Delhi and people use anything,” says a Delhi-based BCCI official.DDCA selections are pure farce. Twenty players are routinely named on squads to accommodate all kinds of sifarish (recommendations) and sent on tour. Goons threaten junior selectors and routinely, the best talent available to Delhi selectors is neglected and moves to other states. India under-19 player Mihir Diwakar’s move to Bihar is only the latest example.The issue of cheating on age has been addressed with a rule that requires every junior picked for representative cricket to undergo a mandatory age test through X-rays of the wrist and the jaw. BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya has turned his attention to junior cricket with a blur of hyperactivity.Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar is now the director of the Talent Resource Development Programme, and has been given the job of selecting five “talent spotters”. There is now a move on to “coach the coaches” in order to have some kind of uniformity down the line for technical and physical training received by young cricketers.But how does this earnest endeavour weigh up with the personnel who will finally judge who plays and who doesn’t for an India junior team? NCA Director Brijesh Patel believes that the selection of the selectors is critical. “The BCCI needs to do a rethink on its policy of appointing selectors. They have to sort out the system because it’s most important at the junior level.” Patel also lists the order of priorities in junior cricket-coaching, selection, pitches, quality of umpires.Those conclusions do not require an advanced degree in lateral thinking; but given the political compulsions inside the BCCI they are very difficult to achieve. Because the cricket doesn’t matter, of course. Thakur’s elevation to the junior selection committee is directly linked to his ability to swing the four deciding votes that helped Dalmiya win a fractious election in Chennai last September.Only when the cricket begins to matter will there be the realisation that while many people and most things may have their price, there are still some jobs which cannot be gifted away. Until then, expect little joy and fewer miracles from Indian cricket.- with Amarnath K. Menon and Arun Ram
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has termed his side’s jammed-packed schedule as ‘not human’ after the club’s growing list of injuries continue to threaten their hopes of making top-four finish in the Premier League.United slumped to their sixth stalemate in eight games following their 1-1 draw against Swansea City at Old Trafford, thus harming their hopes of a place in next season’s Champions League.To add to their woes, the Mourinho-led side are also hit with number of injuries.Luke Shaw, who was criticised by Mourinho earlier this month, was forced to walk off the field during the draw after nine minutes with an injury to his left leg.United also lost fellow defender Eric Bailly ahead of Thursday’s Europa League first leg semi-final visit to Celta Vigo.Meanwhile, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are already sidelined.Reflecting on the same, the Portuguese manager said although his side do not seem to be tired and exhausted, they are quite affected by the hectic schedule in reality.”We lost players and we lost points, so yes today was a bad day. We did not look tired and exhausted, we are tired and exhausted,” Sport24 quoted Mourinho as saying”You cannot isolate the performance out of the context. This is the ninth match of April, it is not human. We have a squad of 22 that is reduced to 13 or 14 players. The players are very tired,” he addedWith Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini returning against Vigo from injury and suspension respectively, Mourinho remains hopeful that his team would continue their amazing spirit and bring the side back on track.advertisement”I trust the boys, the spirit is amazing. The group is phenomenal. Fellaini and Pogba will be back for that game, so a bit more options and we try with everything we have and we go again,” the former Chelsea boss said.United are currently standing at fifth spot in the Premier League table, having 17 wins from 34 games they played so far.
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Today is a great day. It’s Friday, but, more importantly, Season 3 of House of Cards has been released. Millions of people across the country will be visiting Netflix to watch Frank Underwood wreak havoc in Washington, D.C. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Collier wants to be one of those people watching the show. But he can’t – the spotty wireless on OSU’s Columbus campus isn’t letting him access the online media platform. We feel for you, Stephen. Finally get a break to go watch House of Cards in between class in then Osuwireless does Osuwireless things pic.twitter.com/u479rsHAsJ— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 27, 2015Ohio State wireless: step your game up. There’s TV shows to be binging.
Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate converts a layup as he was fouled in the first half against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 83-73. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorThe will or drive of a team is rooted in self belief. Without a belief or a vision, a team cannot achieve its goals.For a while, the Ohio State men’s basketball team didn’t have a vision, it didn’t have a moment that could spring a successful run as the season grows nye. Well, now OSU has both.The Buckeyes handily defeated the 16th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers at home Thursday night, 83-73, in their most complete game this season. Four players were in double figures, the bench scored 32 points and as a team, OSU outrebounded the Badgers by 13 and shot 63 percent (10-for-16) from 3-point range.All of that happened against the fourth best defense in the country.The players — sophomore guard C.J. Jackson in particular, who had a career-high 18 points Thursday — had been saying throughout a mentally taxing conference season that they believed there run of consecutive wins was just around the corner. Wisconsin might be the start of that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean OSU’s predicament has changed. The Buckeyes will likely still need to win the Big Ten tournament to make the NCAA Tournament, but at the very least, OSU finally has proof it can win games against top competition.“I feel like everybody was on the same page (on Thursday). We played hard. It seemed like we couldn’t miss,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “If we play like this the rest of the time and in the Big Ten tournament, I feel like we can win.”That type of language hadn’t been heard since the beginning of the season when winning the conference was seen as an attainable goal. Yes, the Buckeyes said things like, “There’s still a long way to go,” and “Anything can happen” after losses, but maybe what OSU needed was the reality of winning a game that many didn’t believe it had a prayer in.So it begs the question, why can’t OSU always play like this?“I wish we could (always play like this) and for now on I hope we can,” Tate said. “We just got to build from it.”The game was equally important for OSU coach Thad Matta, who has been dealt an unprecedented amount of criticism this year. The 13-year OSU coach was already the most winningest coach in school history and became the most tenured coach in school history on Thursday night.He has not been one to ever focus, or truly care, about what outsiders say, but there’s no denying that critics will think twice about scolding the 13-year OSU coach after the Wisconsin win.“I’m sure there’s a lot of people that wouldn’t be pissed off if I didn’t come back (tomorrow),” Matta said. “But I say that from a standpoint of I guess that’s a tremendous feat, but I kind of like the most wins more than the most games to be honest with you.”While nothing on the winning side has come naturally to the Buckeyes this season, they had the answers on Thursday night. Each answer paved the path to success. There remains a long way to go for them, but the Buckeyes saw what their best looks like and that could be a motivator with two games remaining before the conference tournament.“We haven’t seen it a whole lot,” Matta said. “Everybody sort of did there part. When you’re making shots, it probably helps your cause … I hope these guys got a good taste of what it feels like to win a game.”
France defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, bringing the progress of Uruguay in the tournament to a halt.Speaking on their victory after the match, France manager Didier Deschamps declared that his side deserved the victory and hailed his players for raising their game against Uruguay known as a tough opposition.“I think we deserved the result, we played against a beautiful Uruguayan side but we were better than they were today,” he told reporters via Sportsmole.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“I have a younger team, and they’ve already played as a team before, but today’s requirements were even higher because the opponents become better as you progress.“I like to reach my goals like everybody else but I don’t look at this from a personal perspective. My pride is related to the entire group and here I want to mention my technical staff who help me day in day out. I’m not doing this for myself, I’m there for the team.”The goals that came Raphael Varane and Olivier Giroud has transitioned France into the semi-finals.
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from Real Madrid and is said to be considering an approach from Inter.Diario AS cite a report in local TV station Telemadrid and carried by Football Italia claiming the Ballon d’Or winner has turned down Madrid’s initial offer and there are strong indications that the interest from Inter is huge.Modric has been instrumental in both club and country as he helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and his nation Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Modric is believed to be influenced by the fact that his fellow compatriots Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic all play at the Nerazzurri.The midfielder’s current deal at the Bernabeu runs through until 2020 but he is said to be holding out for an improved offer, one which would match or exceed that offered by Inter.