Pumaren decries ‘crucial’ calls in Adamson loss: Refs shouldn’t decide the game

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren said the Falcons’ 80-74 loss to defending champion De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament came down to crucial calls.“We shouldn’t let the referees decide the game,” said Pumaren Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The first was Ben Mbala’s block on Sarr which looked to be a goaltend violation, in Pumaren’s eyes and the video replay, and the second was the foul call on Jerie Pingoy as the Adamson point guard wrestled the ball away from Kib Montalbo.“I don’t want to sound like a sour grape but it showed there were a couple of calls that were questionable.”With the loss, the Soaring Falcons fell to a 6-4 card but stayed at the third spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Blue Eagles earn Final Four spot, down Tamaraws Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Arguably the biggest controversial call of the game was Papi Sarr getting called with a three-second violation with 49 seconds left in the game with the Soaring Falcons down by only two, 74-72.What made the call questionable was that official call was a three-second violation while the baseline referee called an offensive foul on Sarr.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“First of all I don’t think that was a three-second violation,” said Pumaren. “That was crucial, the refs made the decision.”A couple of more plays in the third quarter also left Pumaren bewildered. ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

UE sacks Derrick Pumaren

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Pumaren, who is affectionately called “Manong” by his peers and players alike, amassed a 21-35 record for UE since taking over from Boycie Zamar in UAAP Season 77.In his first year for the Red Warriors, he steered the Roi Sumang-led squad to a 9-5 slate but fell to NU in a fourth place playoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe team has not seen the Final Four in the following seasons, but UE did get a share of the limelight this UAAP Season 80.Despite the team racking up a 3-11 record to once again finish at seventh place, the Red Warriors still made waves largely thanks to the offensive outbursts of Alvin Pasaol, who once posted 49 points in a loss against La Salle in the first round. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion UE coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren has been relieved as the head coach for University of the East.Sources close to the situation bared that the amiable bench tactician has been sacked from his post on Tuesday, ending his four-year tenure at the helm for the Red Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Last seat For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:21Faeldon, BuCor exec clash at Senate over early release of convicts01:47Panelo 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 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES It also seemed that Pumaren discovered the fountain of youth as seen in his trendy attires through the course of this last campaign.Another reliable source who refused to be named shared that Pumaren was terminated effective November 20, but the school will still honor his contract until April next year.Pumaren had earlier hinted the possibility of leaving the Red Warriors after their last game against UST.“I don’t know (if I’ll come back), really. I still have to see what’s the direction of the UE management for next season and I have to think about that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Federer ‘no idea’ how long he will go on

first_imgFederer said his age didn’t come into it when questions were raised about his continuing longevity.“I don’t think age is an issue, it’s just a number,” he said.“But I need to be very careful in my planning, really decide beforehand what are my goals, what are my priorities.“I think that’s what’s going to dictate how successful I will be.”But he added: “Exciting times ahead. As a professional, it’s what we do. But I’m happy I’m in that position right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Griffin leads Clippers past Cousins-less Pelicans John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The world No.2 won back-to-back Australian Opens by beating Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on Sunday, dropping his only sets of a stress-free tournament.Federer, who downed great rival Rafael Nadal in a classic five-set Australian final last year, eased through this year’s event with five of his seven matches finishing on or under two hours and he spent just a total of 13hr 53min on court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAsked after his Melbourne triumph how much longer he can continue at the summit of men’s tennis, he replied: “No idea. Honest, I don’t know. I have no idea.“I’ve won three slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself. I just got to keep a good schedule, stay hungry, then maybe good things can happen.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Great teamHis emotional victory in Sunday put him alongside Novak Djokovic and Australian Roy Emerson with the most Australian titles at six.While his long-time rivals Nadal, Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray have injury concerns heading into the new season, not only did Federer blaze on into the final but he finished stronger than Cilic, who is seven years younger, in the fifth set.Federer was the oldest man at 36 to reach the Australian Open final since Australians Ken Rosewall (37) and Mal Anderson (36) played in the 1972 decider. He explained his circumstances which allowed him to play on.“I think by not overplaying, not playing every tournament possible. I enjoy practice. Not minding the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible,” he said.“At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it. They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.”Federer is the father of two sets of twins, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva and Leo and Lenny with wife Mirka, a former player he met at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.Despite his win Federer will remain world No.2 behind Nadal while Cilic has climbed from six to a career-high three.Cilic overcame Federer on the way to winning the 2014 US Open final, but it remains his only win in 10 encounters. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds his trophy aloft after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Age-defying Roger Federer says after winning his third Grand Slam title in a year he has no idea how long he will continue playing.The 36-year-old Swiss marvel continues to defy the years and attrition rate, reaching his 30th Grand Slam decider and claiming his sixth Australian crown and 20th Grand Slam title.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Pacers-Pelicans postponed over concerns about roof leak

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Officials have not yet announced when the game will be made up.Rain fell on and off throughout the day in New Orleans, but water on the court did not appear to be an issue during warmups.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Workers mop the court during a delay for the start of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. The game was under a delay due to moisture falling from the rafters onto the court. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — The NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans has been postponed after nearly two-hour delay because of a roof leak that briefly allowed rain water to puddle near one of the foul linesWhile Smoothie King Center crews fashioned a fabric catch basin in the rafters to stop water from dripping on the court, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said coaches and players on both teams didn’t want to risk an injury in the event the make-shift fix didn’t hold up for the duration of Wednesday night’s game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Pyeongchang Olympics begin with mixed doubles curling John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

KO victory to boost Pacquiao’s stock

first_imgADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao on Horn: ‘I never underestimate my opponent’2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lions slay Archers 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? “But with all of Manny’s experience and abilities, if we can’t win this fight decisively and have a knockout, then Manny and I need to sit down and consider what we will gonna do in the future. So it is imperative we have to make a statement.”A knockout, according to Koncz will boost Pacquiao’s stock in the sport, which dipped a little because of his failure to stop an opponent in the last eight years.RELATED VIDEO Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken And so as not to disappoint the fans, Koncz said Sunday that Pacquiao needed to score an impressive win over Horn, who may hardly be known globally but is regarded as a local icon here.“Manny needs to make a statement,” said Koncz, who arrived here six days ahead of Team Pacquiao. “We can’t go and have a 12-round decision.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKoncz feels that Horn’s come-forward style makes him ripe for Pacquiao’s picking.“Horn is a great kid. Nothing personal against him, but he is not in the league of Manny, hasn’t got the experience of Manny, probably has the heart of Manny,” said Koncz. Brisbane—The drawing power of Manny Pacquiao remains as strong as ever with his fight against Jeff Horn billed as the “Battle of Brisbane” headed for a sellout.“They (Australian organizers) told me that 45,000 tickets have been sold and that they’ve added 5,000 more,” said Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s longtime adviser, referring to the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium, venue of the world title fight.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Horn wants rematch to settle issue with Pacquiao

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “I kind of feel it has been put to bed and that I definitely won the fight because it has been rescored,” Horn told AFP in Los Angeles Thursday.The five-man panel formed by the World Boxing Organization to review and rescore the welterweight title bout concluded on Tuesday that Horn did beat Pacquiao, seven rounds to five.Their tally affirmed the 115-113 scores of judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan.Judge Waleska Roldan, however, was way off in handing Horn a 117-111 victory.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 starsStill, the issue refuses to die down as many quarters, including the Games and Amusements Board, insist the scoring was affected somewhat by the inefficiency of referee Mark Nelson.Horn wants to silence his bashers and these doubters. 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 Megabuilders sets sights on 4th win, faces IEM China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ View comments “But people are always going to have their opinions and you’re not going to be able to change those. So I guess the only way you’re going to be able to do it is to have a rematch,” said Horn, who’s just waiting for Pacquiao to make use of his rematch clause.Relaxing and spending quality time with his family in Gen. Santos City, Pacquiao has indicated that he’ll go after Horn again before considering ending an illustrious 22-year ring career.Promoter Bob Arum is also targeting a rematch in November and even has a new venue (53,359-seater Docklands Stadium in Melbourne) in mind.Brisbane and Queensland officials, however, are adamant in staging Pacquiao-Horn II, with the full blessing of their local hero.With the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium, where the first battle was held, being shunned owing to the unpredictable weather prevailing in November, the much-smaller Brisbane Entertainment Center (15,000 capacity) is being considered for the rematch, according to reports.Oozing with confidence after surviving a near-knockout in the ninth round and carrying the fight to Pacquiao from the get-go up to the final bell, Horn even issued a stern warning.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES “And I think I would do better a second time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Forget the first fight and let’s have a rematch.That’s the message Jeff Horn wants to impart to Manny Pacquiao with regard to their “Battle of Brisbane” last July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenalast_img read more

Nambatac shines late as Letran topples Arellano

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Rey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac came alive in the fourth quarter as he carried Letran to a huge 82-75 victory over Arellano Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Misfiring in the first three quarters, the senior swingman torched the Chiefs as he fired 13 of his 15 points, to go with his 12 rebounds, five assists, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen reunite on the hardwood 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet The Scores:LETRAN 82 – Ambohot 15, Nambatac 15, Taladua 13, Balanza 12, Calvo 9, Quinto 8, Balagasay 4, Pascual 4, Mandreza 2, Bernabe 0, Caralipio 0, Gedaria 0.ARELLANO 75 – Flores 17, Salado 15, Cañete 12, Enriquez 10, Alcoriza 8, Concepcion 5, Dela Cruz 3, Nicholls 3, Taywan 2, Abanes 0, Meca 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Rivera 0.Quarters: 18-25, 46-38, 57-58, 82-75. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nambatac broke out of his funk and paired up with Jeo Ambohot in the fourth quarter as the two gave the Knights the commanding 72-65 lead with 3:50 left to play.Kent Salado still tried to bring Arellano back in the game, managing to close the gap to five, 77-72 in the final minute, but Nambatac swiftly sank his freebies as Letran did just enough to halt their two-game losing skid.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 starsAmbohot also deserves a praise of his own as he’s starting to emerge as the Knights’ lead big man, tallying 15 markers, 13 boards, and five blocks.Jeremiah Taladua completed the trifecta of double-double for the Knights with his 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Jerrick Balanza got 12 markers and four boards in the win. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Finally, we’re able to get a win. It’s a nice buffer for us coming to our next game. Hopefully, we can have a good turnaround and our boys work hard,” said coach Jeff Napa in Filipino.What adds to Napa’s glee is him seeing that some of his bench players are stepping up and helping the cause for Letran, something he hopes the team could sustain, especially with a home game slated on Thursday against St. Benilde.“I hope they can still improve. We’re a very young team and it’s a given that all of us are adjusting. Hopefully, the adjustment and the learning will be faster so that it can favor us,” he said.Lervin Flores tallied a season-best 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks in the losing effort for Arellano, while Salado was once again limited to 15 markers, four assists, and three boards.Their efforts, though, went for naught as the Chiefs lost their second straight game and fell down the standings at 2-3.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

India set to dominate tennis at CWG

first_imgWhen tennis makes its debut at the Commonwealth Games 2010, it will be an advantage for India.The team of Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna, which ousted Brazil in the Davis Cup, is expected to shine during the Games.While Paes and Bhupathi will start as favourites in the men’s doubles, one can’t count Bopanna out. He is in better form compared to Paes and Bhupathi and could make a formidable pair along with Devvarman.While Devvarman will look the sweep through the singles draw, Bopanna – with his renewed confidence – could give him stiff challenge.The tennis rounds at CWG may seem to be an Indian affair as a slew of pullouts have left the event shorn of stars such as Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray and Marcos Baghdatis.For Sania Mirza, a front-runner in the women’s draw, a medal could prove to be a remedy to her ailing career. Sania will be partnering Paes in the mixed doubles while Nirupama Sanjeev will team up with Bopanna.last_img read more

Prescriptions: Daddy’s little genius

first_imgSo the “test-tube baby” is back in the news three decades after it was hailed a medical miracle. This week British scientist Robert G Edwards was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine for pioneering in vitro fertilisation (IVF), a technique that has enabled millions of infertile couples to become parents.Today IVF is almost a routine medical procedure, and contrary to popular notion, test tube babies are as healthy as those conceived naturally.In fact a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction has proven that IVF conception produces kids that are brighter than others: Children created in a test tube scored higher on reading, language, maths and vocabulary tests, a finding that provides impetus to scientific research on ways to produce a smart child.Smartness aside, medical technology can help parents to determine other traits in their children too. Advances in genetic research have made it possible to get some clues about a child’s predisposition towards different diseases, intelligence, athletic ability, personality, and appearance too. While these traits are strongly influenced by genetics, the manifestation of any characteristic – blue eyes, mathematical skills, or cancer- depends upon the interplay of multiple genes with environmental, behavioural, or nutritional factors.The test for athletic prowess looks at ACTN3, a gene code for fast-twitch muscle fibre. People with lots of fast- twitching muscle are ostensibly suited for ” burst” sports like football or sprinting whereas those with slow-twitch muscles ought to be better at endurance sports. It’s only a matter of time before this test and others for genes underlying traits relevant to career choices and life success become wide- spread in the country, making it easy enough for any prospective parent to determine what his son’s chances of making it the Indian cricket team are; whether he is likely to get through an IIT entrance test or if he will be struck by heart disease in middle age or not.advertisementThe question is, how many of us really need this kind of reality check?last_img read more

3RD TEST: DAY 3- Dravid, Dhoni put India in drivers’ seat

first_imgRahul Dravid produced a monumental 191 as India tightened the noose around New Zealand by taking a huge 373-run lead on the third day of the third and final Test at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Monday.After declaring their first innings a mammoth 566 for eight declared built largely around Dravid’s marathon knock and captain Mahendra SIngh Dhoni’s 98, the Indian bowlers went flat out in the final hour as the visitors reached 24 for one when stumps were drawn.SCORECARDHarbhajan Singh trapped opener Tim McIntosh (8) leg before, leaving New Zealand with a huge task of scoring 350 runs to avoid innings defeat.With two days left, Indian bowlers have enough time at their disposal to get the remaining nine New Zealand wickets and clinch the series 1-0.Having scored his 31st Test century, Dravid was unlucky to miss out on his fifth career double hundred as he mistimed a lofted shot off Kane Williamson’s bowling to be holed out in the deep by Martin Guptill. He played 396 deliveries hitting 21 boundaries in the process.If Dravid’s batting was about accumulation of runs, Dhoni’s innings of 98, for the better part, was all about flair and adventurous strokes. After reaching the 90s, the Indian captain was seen hobbling and seemed to have injured his right foot.In his bid to complete his fifth Test century quickly, Dhoni offered the simplest of return catches to his opposite number Daniel Vettori.Dhoni’s 98 came off 156 balls and with the help of 12 boundaries and a six.Meanwhile, Dravid, who have had an indifferent time with the bat before the start of this Test series now has two centuries to show for his effort having scored the first one in the first Test at Ahmedabad.advertisementIt wasn’t one of his smoothest of efforts and was more about patience and intense concentration. Nevertheless, it was an effort that was worth its weight in gold, considering that there was a mini-slump in the morning session after Sachin Tendulkar (61), VVS Laxman (10) and Suresh Raina (3) got out in quick succession.From their overnight 292 for two, India were suddenly 328 for five, when Dhoni and Dravid came together.Along with Dhoni, the former India captain added 193 runs for the sixth wicket to consolidate India’s position in the match from where they can only look forward to one result and that is a victory.The moment Dravid tucked Daniel Vettori to square leg for a two, it was more about the release of pressure than celebration for the former India captain. It took him 256 balls and 384 minutes to complete the ton.It should be double delight for ‘The Wall’ as it came in the town where his in-laws stay, and after being elected in the managing committee of the KSCA yesterday.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more