‘Enjoy hell:’ Doctor’s sentence next for assaulting gymnasts

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Read Next Frankie Lim tempering expectations but optimistic for Perpetual’s campaign John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Larry Nassar looks at the gallery in the court during the sixth day of his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar has admitted sexually assaulting athletes when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which is the sport’s national governing organization and trains Olympians. (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP)LANSING, Mich. — After listening to the riveting pleas of more than 150 victims, a judge is set to sentence a Michigan doctor who parlayed his reputation and personal charm into years of sexual abuse by molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young female athletes instead of solving their sports injuries.Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear from a few more victims and then send Larry Nassar to prison Wednesday, the seventh day of a remarkable hearing that has given the girls, young women and their parents a chance to confront him in court. He faces a minimum prison term of 25 to 40 years but it could go higher.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The judge is likely to be unsparing in her treatment of Nassar. Aquilina has praised the victims who have appeared in her court since Jan. 16, calling them “sister survivors,” while also assuring them that their perpetrator will pay. The women have included Olympians Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney.“Your words are vital. They are as strong as your martial arts,” Aquilina told Christina Barba, who has known Nassar for decades and practices karate. “They will take him down quicker and cleaner than any kick you’ve got.”Hutchins and Mattie Larson, a former national gymnast, talked about how Nassar won their allegiance with candy, Olympic trinkets and encouraging words while they were under constant scrutiny from their demanding coaches.Brooke Hylek, a gymnast who plans to compete in college, heaped scorn on Nassar.“I cannot believe I ever trusted you and I will never forgive you,” she said Tuesday. “I’m happy you will be spending the rest of your life in prison. Enjoy hell by the way.”ADVERTISEMENT Among those expected to speak on the last day: Rachael Denhollander, a Kentucky woman who contacted Michigan State University police in 2016 after reading reports about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints of sexual misconduct. Nassar worked at Michigan State and also was the national gymnastics squad’s doctor.Nassar, 54, eventually pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in the Lansing area, including Denhollander, but the sentencing hearing has been open to anyone who said they were a victim. His accusers said he would use his ungloved hands to penetrate them, often without explanation, while they were on a table seeking help for various injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe accusers, many of whom were children, said they trusted Nassar to care for them properly, were in denial about what was happening or were afraid to speak up. He sometimes used a sheet or his body to block the view of any parent in the room.“I’d been told during my entire gymnastics career to not question authority,” a former elite gymnast, Isabell Hutchins, said Tuesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emily Morales had a softer message.“I want you to apologize to me right here,” the 18-year-old told Nassar. “I want to forgive you, but I also want to hear you tell me that you regret all the hurting you caused.”He did. She replied with, “Thank you.”Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week on more assault convictions in Eaton County, Michigan.last_img read more

Lakers blow big lead, rally late for win over Bulls

first_imgMOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Los Angeles trailed 95-92 with less than four minutes to play before Ingram — who also had nine rebounds and was 10 for 18 from the field — started the rally with a pair of free throws.Nikola Mirotic scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Denzel Valentine and Bobby Portis had 16 apiece for Chicago, which has dropped three straight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis was the opener of a five-game road trip for Los Angeles, which led by as much as 15 in the first half before Chicago rallied to tie the score at 68 early in the third quarter. The Lakers, though, answered with 11 straight points and led 84-72 entering the fourth.The Bulls rallied again and took a 92-90 lead with 5½ minutes remaining on Valentine’s 3-pointer. It was Chicago’s first lead since 3-2. Mirotic hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulls the 95-92 lead before Los Angeles took control. Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, shoots against Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO — Brandon Ingram scored 25 points, including eight in the final 3:18, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied late for a 108-103 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night after losing a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead.Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Brook Lopez added 17 for the Lakers, who have won four straight and eight of 10.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next TIP-INSLakers: Rookie G Lonzo Ball missed his sixth straight game with a sore left knee. The second overall pick is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists.Bulls: Zach LaVine, playing in just his seventh game of the season following ACL surgery last February, played a season-high 26 minutes. His minutes restriction was lifted to 26-28 minutes before the game . Chicago was 17 for 36 on 3-pointers and now has made at least 10 3s in each of its last 11 home games.DUNN STILL OUTChicago G Kris Dunn missed his fourth straight game with a concussion, and it’s unclear when he might return.“The symptoms really haven’t changed much,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s feeling a little bit better today, but he’s still doing very limited physical activity.”ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo scores 41 points as Bucks torch Nets Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Dunn, who suffered the concussion following a hard fall in a game on Jan. 17, still is experiencing headaches, fatigue and grogginess.UP NEXTLakers: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.Bulls: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

There will be no ‘next Pacquiao’

first_imgRead Next Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Manny Pacquiao. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netSports is replete with the search for new heroes.The United States, the grazing land of sports heroes of all kinds, searched for alternatives when larger than life champions struck out or were knocked down for the final count. Americans and subsequently the rest of the world looked for substitutes for Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and others.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The soft-spoken Jerwin Ancajas, whose ring smarts and quick hands have given him a fourth successful defense of his IBF super flyweight title, will make his own story. His humble beginnings and the path he took to make his boxing dream come true though are similar to those of Pacquiao.And yet Ancajas will be his own man. His journey is just beginning and the challenges of his generation are still ahead. We will always cherish Pacquiao and understandably long for him. But we have to allow Ancajas and others to shape their own greatness. AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There was an aching for greatness. Many who followed in the paths of the great sports icons often struggled until they found their own stature. Baseball’s Mickey Mantle carried the onus of longing for New York Yankee greatness, carved his own name but hobbled with injuries throughout his career. After Ali, the world looked for its ring champion and found traces of greatness in Sugar Ray Leonard and others. But there was only one Ali.And now we find ourselves looking for our “next Manny Pacquiao,” a new ring gladiator who will hold our collective need for a champion who represents us. The rags-to-riches Pacquiao story has been retold so many times that it is now a legend. His ring conquests against some of the ring’s biggest names of this generation have inspired many to follow in his footsteps and try their hand in a sport that can make heroes swiftly and can destroy them just as quickly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPacquiao is still very much around but the “Pambansang Kamao” (National Fist) has already done more than enough for this hero-hungry land. A fight or two remains in the horizon, attempts perhaps to bring a storied career to a fitting ending. But sport can be merciless and the image of the hero heading into the twilight with a triumph is never easily crafted in reality.We owe it to Pacquiao though to make his own decision when to end his career. But now we look at the present and the future and should realistically come to terms with the truth that there will be no “next Pacquiao.” His story and legend will remain his own. Nash Racela rues poor finish in TNT loss to Phoenix LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Hubalde leads Valenzuela past Bataan dribblers

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Communists favor Camanava area for recruitment – NCRPO chief PLAY LIST 02:39Communists favor Camanava area for recruitment – NCRPO chief00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Valenzuela continued its onslaught to take a commanding 52-22 lead at halftime. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Paolo Hubalde dished out a career-high 14 assists as Valenzuela posted its first back-to-back victories in the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup even as Parañaque got back on the winning track late Thursday night at Valenzuela Astrodome.The Classic, supported by Yulz, clobbered the Bataan Defenders-BaiShipping, 97-80.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Parañaque-Yakimix, on the other hand, survived preseason champion Bulacan, 74-72.A costly technical foul called on Jay Gonzales of the Ligo Sardines-supported Kuyas squad, gave the Patriots the cushion they needed down the stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJuneric Baloria made two of three charity shots, including one off the technical foul, in the last 45 seconds, enabling the Patriots to get back on the winning track and join the Muntinlupa Cagers-Angelis Resort and the Classic in a share of third to fifth places (2-1).Playing in front of their wildly-cheering home crowd, the Classic got off to a rousing start, posting a 29-12 lead in the first period behind the hot-shooting Adrian Celada, who nailed three of four shots from beyond the arc. MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ikeda recovers from wobble, nips Korean foe in 3rd playoff holelast_img read more

$200-million man: Curry inks ‘richest’ deal in NBA history—report

first_imgPacquiao’s title on the line vs Horn in ‘Battle of Brisbane’ MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Curry’s existing contract had been agreed when there were still doubts about his long-term fitness, with the player thought to have issues concerning the durability of his ankles.However, those doubts have been obliterated during a series of dazzling seasons for the Warriors that have helped him become a four-time All-Star.He was named NBA Most Valuable Player during the Warriors’ championship winning run in 2014-2015 and the following season became the first player in history to win the award in a unanimous vote.He averaged 25.3 points per game this regular season and has led the league in three-point field goals for five straight seasons.That remarkable run of scoring included 402 three-pointers in 2015-2016 — a single-season record. No other player had passed 300 threes in a season before Curry.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img News of the agreement wipes away any uncertainty concerning the future of Curry, who had been on a four-year contract worth a relatively modest $44 million until his new deal.Despite being one of the league’s highest profile stars, Curry had languished way down the pecking order of the NBA’s best-paid players.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 starsAccording to the basketball-reference.com website, Curry had been the 82nd best-paid player in the league, earning just over $12.1 million last season.That figure is dwarfed by the league’s highest-earner, LeBron James, who stands to earn $33.3 million next season and $35.6 million in 2018-2019. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. AP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has clinched a new five-year deal worth $201 million, the richest contract in NBA history, ESPN reported on Friday (Saturday, Manila).Curry, who recently helped the Warriors to their second NBA Finals crown in three years, is the first player to break the $200 million barrier, ESPN said, citing the player’s agent Jeff Austin.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

UAAP Wednesday games to push through

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Tropical depression Maring ravaged the Metro since Monday, forcing schools to suspend classes on Tuesday. The NCAA cancelled its Tuesday’s triple header. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Maring” is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday afternoon. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ranidel de Ocampo ‘right fit at right time’ for Meralco Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The UAAP Season 80 officially opens at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDespite the torrential rains, UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball games scheduled on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum will push through.After their losing their opening day assignments, University of the East and Far Eastern University look for their first win as they clash in the first game at 2 p.m., while University of the Philippines and Ateneo dispute early leadership at 4 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

CWG: Saina and party make promising start

first_imgSaina Nehwal won her match as expected but was not a hundred per cent happy with the conditions prevalent at the Siri Fort Indoor complex on Monday. The Hyderabadi who dismissed Kenya’s Mercy Mwethya 21-11, 21-14 to help India beat Kenya 5-0 in their opening team Group D tie felt that she had not adjusted to the court conditions.”The court is quite fast,” she said. She was referring to the drift in the hall, which had proved to be her undoing at the Asian Badminton championships in April – she had lost to Chinese qualifier Li Xiuerei in the quarters.Saina felt a more pronounced drift this time. “I feel it’s a bit more pronounced. But there is no cause for concern. I will get used to it in a couple of days,” she said.Chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand was happy with his wards’ performance. “I am satisfied with the way the team played. But it will be much tougher against Scotland and Wales. They are much tougher than Kenya and Barbados (whom India play on Tuesday),” he added.Chetan Anand put India on the right track with a 21-7, 21-13 win over Victory Oderga in 14 minutes. He was in good form, scoring repeatedly with smashes and cross-court drops.Saina stepped on court to rout Mwethya in a mere 16 minutes.Then, the doubles combine of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas crushed Victor Munga and Patrik Kibet 21-5, 21-5 to hand the home team an easy win over the Kenya pair.advertisementHaving clinched the tie, the Indian think tank decided to rest Jwala Gutta as she was paired with Velliavetil Diju for the mixed doubles – the day’s last match.Aparna Balan partnered Aswini Ponnappa to crush Joseph and Anitah Bushuru 21-8, 21-6 win the women’s doubles.In the fifth and final match Jwala and Diju spanked Anna Njambi Ng’ang’a and Frederick Choube 21-8, 21-5 as India recorded a clean 5-0 sweep over Kenya.For Chetan, it was an easy outing. “It was good to be off to such a good start. I was stroking well and catching the shuttle early. We are aiming to reach the finals – let’s see what happens,” he said.He agreed that India’s last two ties against Scotland and Wales would be a different proposition. “There is no mistaking the fact that Scotland and Wales are much stronger.They have been regulars on the European championships,” he added.On her part, Jwala said: “I think all the hard work I had put in is bearing fruit. Playing with Diju is a real pleasure,” she added Jwala, a strong mixed-doubles medal contender, expects to meet Canada in the quarter-finals. “We should make it to the finals,” she said.Former international Sanjay Sharma said India stood a good chance of putting it across to top seeds Malaysia.”I think England will be tougher for us to beat than Malaysia. They have an edge over us in the men’s singles and doubles events. In the singles, Rajiv Ouseph is a hard nut to crack. I am not saying he is a sure shot but would fancy his chances more than Chetan. Saina should almost certainly win her match. But the three doubles ties are loaded in England’s favour,” he said. India are drawn to play England in the semi-finals.In the case of Malaysia, Sanjay said despite having the likes of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and the leading doubles pair of Kein Keat Soo/Boo Heong Tan, India had the advantage in the other three matches.For instance, Saina and the pairs of Diju/Jwala and Jwala/Ashwini are better than the Malaysians. I will stick to my stand that we have a better chance against Malaysia than against England,” he added.In the other matches, New Zealand beat Jamaica 5-0, while earlier in the morning session, Malaysia beat Isle of Man 5-0, Australia defeated Seychelles 5-0, Singapore thrashed Nigeria 5-0 and Canada beat Uganda 5-0.On the other hand, the Organising Committee left the Indian team’s technical officials to run from pillar to post for their kits.Eventually, they had to return empty-handed or were handed over kits without anything substantial – there were socks but no shoes, ties but no blazers. There was only one trousers instead of two and no sport Tshirts.The Organising Committee had promised the kits to these officials.”Even after going to collect my kit but fot the third time, I haven’t got a complete one. It is really embarrassing,” a Badminton Association of India official said, showing his receipt. The receipt remarked “a rain coat and two bright yellow tshirts pending”.advertisementlast_img read more

Ready for probe into CWG, says Suresh Kalmadi

first_imgCommonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Saturday said he is ready to provide all kind of support to the Prime Minister-appointed high-level committee formed to look into allegations of corruption related to the conduct of mega sporting event.Kalmadi, already under fire from various quarters over delays and charges of corruption ranging from favouritism in award of contracts to expensive hiring of training equipment, welcomed the government’s initiative to launch a probe into the matter and hoped that the report covers all aspects.”The Honourable Prime Minister has appointed a committee to probe into all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games. We welcome the initiative and hope that it will be comprehensive, covering all aspects. The Organising Committee will be happy to provide all support to the panel,” Kalmadi said in an OC release.The committee, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu, will submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months.The announcement came even as the CAG stepped into the picture to conduct assessment of various projects related to the CWG with officials set to visit all the stadia and go through records.Kalmadi also thanked people of Delhi for helping the Organising Committee live up to its promise of a great Games.”We would like to thank everyone concerned, especially the people of Delhi. We are happy to note that the athletes and officials have praised the arrangements made for them.”The people of Delhi and India have done themselves proud as they have successfully hosted Delhi 2010, overcoming all challenges, and demonstrated to the world that the have the capacity and commitment to host major international events,” he said.advertisementKalmadi, also the Indian Olympic Association chief, said during the run up to the Games, many concerns were expressed about India’s ability to conduct the Games and ensure the security and safety of the athletes and the Organising Committee delivered the task of conducting the Games really well.”All these were cleared and everyone left Delhi very satisfied. The IOA was responsible for winning the bid to host the Games in Delhi and the Organising Committee was given the task of delivering the opening and closing ceremonies and the sporting competitions.”The grand opening and closing ceremonies as well as the actual conduct of the sporting competition have received widespread acclaim and praise, including from athletes and team officials as well as from media at home and overseas,” he said.Kalmadi also acknowledged the contribution of all those involved in the preparations and delivery of the Games.”It includes all stakeholders, the 22,000 volunteers who worked tirelessly and were India’s ambassadors during the Games, and the media for its wonderful coverage of the Games.”We owe special gratitude to the thousands of security personnel who ensured fool-proof and incident-free security arrangements. Senior Government officials, hundreds of sports officials, National Sports Federations and security agencies who worked hard for years and their contribution need to be acknowledged,” the OC chief said.He also congratulated the Indian athletes for putting up a good show in front of the whole world.”With 101 medals from 12 sport, India’s sportspersons finished higher than ever before in a Commonwealth Games and made India proud.”Kalmadi said the whole effort of organising the Games has been applauded by the Commonwealth community.”Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell summed the event as ‘Delhi has delivered a truly exceptional Games’,” he added.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Tendulkar, Sehwag in ICC shortlist for greatest ODI team

first_imgIndian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, along with Virender Sehwag, on Wednesday found a place in the list of players nominated for an ICC online poll to pick the all-time greatest team as part of one-day cricket’s 40th anniversary celebrations.The retired Sourav Ganguly is also part of the list of openers, from which only two would make the final dream team.”To mark the 40th anniversary of One-Day International cricket, the ICC’s official website is asking supporters from across the globe to select their choice of the greatest ODI match and team of all-time,” the ICC said in a statement.Website www.icc-cricket.com is asking supporters to select a dream team from a shortlist of 48 players and pick their favourite game from a choice of 10 memorable matches.Fans can select dream team and favourite game till January 2, with the choices set to be announced on January 5 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first-ever ODI match between Australia and England.”With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 now less than two months away, excitement and interest in the one-day format of the game will certainly intensify. We know that fans will enjoy having the chance to remember some of the great games and great players that have played in ODI cricket during the past 40 years,” ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.The Australian ODI team from 1971 will also be presented to the crowd during the innings break of the first ODI match of the series between Australia and England at the MCG on January 16.advertisementIn the nominees for the Greatest ODI team of all time, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the lone Indian in the list of wicketkeepers.However, no Indian has found a place in the list of middle-order batsmen and fast bowlers, while the legendary Kapil Dev has found a mention in the all-rounders’ nomination.Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh have made the list of spinners shortlisted for the dream team.Two India match (the win over West Indies by 43 runs at Lord’s, 25 June 1983 and the triumph against Pakistan by five runs at Karachi, 13 March 2004) are there in the list of nominees for the greatest ODI match.The shortlist for Dream Team: Opening batsmen (2)  Saeed Anwar, Sourav Ganguly, Gordon Greenidge, Matthew Hayden, Sanath Jayasuriya, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn Turner.Middle-order batsmen (3): Michael Bevan, Martin Crowe, Aravinda de Silva, Inzamam-ul Haq, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards.All-rounder (1) Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Andrew Flintoff, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock.Wicketkeeper (1)  Mark Boucher, MS Dhoni, Andy Flower Adam Gilchrist, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Moin Khan, Alec Stewart, Kumar Sangakkara.Fast bowlers (3) Wasim Akram, Allan Donald, Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Glenn McGrath, Chaminda Vaas, Waqar Younis.Spinners (1) Shahid Afridi, Carl Hooper, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Warne, Daniel Vettori.Greatest ODI match of all-time:West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs at Lord’s, 21 June 1975.India beat West Indies by 43 runs at Lord’s, 25 June 1983.Pakistan beat India by one-wicket at Sharjah, 18 April 1986.England won by three wickets against Australia at Sydney, 22 January 1987.Australia won by one-wicket against West Indies at Sydney, 12 January 1996.Australia tied with South Africa at Edgbaston, 17 June 1999.Pakistan tied with Sri Lanka, at Sharjah, 15 October 1999.India beat Pakistan by five runs at Karachi, 13 March 2004.Bangladesh beat Australia by five wickets at Cardiff, 18 June 2005.South Africa beat Australia by one-wicket at Johannesburg, 12 March 2006.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more