NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual

first_imgSAN BEDA 57 – Doliguez 11, Bolick 10, Presbitero 9. Mocon 8, Tankoua 6, Potts 5, Noah 4, Adamos 3, Bahio 1, Abuda 0, Carino 0, Oftana 0, Soberano 0, Tongco 0.PERPETUAL 53 – Dagangon 17, Eze 11, Pido 11, Ylagan 7, Hao 3, Coronel 2, Mangalino 2, Clemente 0, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.Quarters: 10-9, 21-20; 37-35; 57-53. CEU shocks Flying V, advances to D-League Finals MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / DENNIS ABRINA/UPHSan Beda banked on Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez in the clutch as it slipped past Perpetual, 57-53, on Thursday for their sixth straight win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Perpetual Help Gym in Pasig.Doliguez drained the go-ahead triple with 59.0 seconds to play to push his side up, 55-53.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Prince Eze had a chance to tie the game for the Altas, but botched his free throws with 34.4 secondsremaining, before Bolick canned the dagger freebies in the final 6.9 to help the Red Lions move up to 7-1 in the standings.Rookie Doliguez fired 11 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Bolick did it all for San Beda with 10 markers, 11 boards, and seven dimes to atone for his eight turnovers.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“Even if it’s an ugly win, I’ll take that,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “I will not argue that the game is a credit to my boys because they really played well today. Again, I salute Perpetual, the team, the coaching staff because they did a really good job in preparing for us.”Prince Eze led Perpetual with 11 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks as the Altas fell to a 3-5 card.The Scores: Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

BPC plum ‘validation’ of hard work, says Slaughter

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coming off a devastating ACL injury that sidelined him for the better half of last year, all Greg Slaughter wanted was to return to form and help Ginebra get back to title contention.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But for the 6-foot-11 slotman, he’s just glad to see Cebuanos like the two of them making their mark in the league as he looks forward to facing off anew with the San Miguel center.“I know June Mar has five (BPC awards) now, but we’re still young in our careers. We got long ways to go in terms of our stay in the league and I think we can still win more of this in the years to come. But I know between the two of us, I got a lot of catching up to do.” he said.Still, Slaughter isn’t losing sight of his ultimate goal, which is to help Ginebra defend its title.“Of course, the goal will always be a championship and I’m motivated to help us win back-to-back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Slaughter wins 1st BPC; Durham is back-to-back Best Import LATEST STORIES Little did he know that all of his efforts will eventually bear fruit as he came back in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup stronger than ever, enough for him to win the Best Player of the Conference in the season-ending tourney.“It’s indeed a validation for all the hard work I put in,” he told the INQUIRER. “Coming back from the injury I’ve been in, I feel thankful to be in this position again and to receive awards like this is just indescribable. It’s always great to win your first.”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 shutoutSlaughter was stellar all conference long, leading the Gin Kings to a return trip to the Finals with his averages of 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks.Bagging his first BPC trophy also brings back the talks of his rivalry with five-time BPC winner and three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo to life. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Abueva, Aces fall short in comeback bid vs Road Warriors

first_imgSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough those days are long gone, Abueva did admit that his side showed glimpses of that old fight after battling back from 30 points down against the Road Warriors.“I don’t know what happened in the first to third quarters. There were bad calls on our side which prevented us from making a run, but in the fourth quarter, we just played our game and tried our best to cut the lead down,” he said. “We still can’t say that we’ve brought the Alaska of before. If we’re able to get through our remaining games, if we make it to the quarters and the semis, that’s the only time we can say that we’re back on our old form,” he said after Alaska’s 89-96 defeat to NLEX on Sunday.Regular fixtures in the playoffs back in 2015, the Aces were feared by their opponents showing their capability to crawl their way from big deficits, a characteristic which earned them four trips to the Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Alaska made a huge rally in the payoff period, pulling to within two, 91-89, in the waning seconds before a costly turnover helped NLEX escape.Still, at 6-3, Abueva remains upbeat as Alaska shifts its focus on its final two assignments against San Miguel and Rain or Shine.“Whatever we’re doing, whatever we worked for, we have to double our efforts and keep our focus on our goals,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESAlaska has been known for making big comebacks, but Calvin Abueva believes this batch of Aces are still far from where they used to be.Abueva stressed Alaska has yet to prove anything in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 UST rookie Alessandrini set to miss rest of 1st round due to shoulder injury View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Cavaliers sign Turkish talent Osman

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Los Angeles, United States — The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Turkish forward Cedi Osman, the team confirmed on Tuesday.Terms of the deal were not released but local media reports said the 22-year-old shooting guard had inked a three-year contract worth $8.3 million.ADVERTISEMENT View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Cavaliers have also agreed to pay $700,000 to Turkish club Anadolu Efes to help meet his $1 million buyout clause.Osman heads to Cleveland after spending the last five seasons with Anadolu in the Turkish Basketball League first division.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 starsThe 6ft 8in forward averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35 games last season.Osman represented his country at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and the 2016 Manila FIBA World Olympic qualifying tournament. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Gilas enters killer stretch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Teng records 3rd triple-double as Flying V completes eliminations sweep

first_imgLATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games With the Thunder in control the whole game, Batangas threatened to close in and got the lead to as low as 11, 84-73, with 9:53 remaining, but Salamat and Torres torched the nets to once again bring the lead back to 20.New recruit Robby Celiz paced Batangas (6-4) with 15 points off the bench, while Cedric de Joya had 14 markers and five assists.The defeat brought the Batangueños down to fifth-seed, as they will now brace for the fourth-ranked CEU in the quarterfinals, which will start on Thursday.The Scores:FLYING V 116 – Torres 26, Teng 24, Salamat 22, Thiele 13, Paredes 9, Tampus 7, Banal 5, Dionisio 5, Cañada 4, Austria 1, Koga 0.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Perpetual holds off San Sebastian for back-to-back wins View comments MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng tallied a historic third triple-double and led Flying V to a dominant 116-101 blowout of Batangas and complete the team’s perfect 10-0 campaign this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The La Salle stalwart registered 24 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists to lead the romp for the Thunder as it became only the fourth team to reach the milestone previously done by NLEX in the 2012 and 2014 Foundation Cups, and Cagayan Valley in the 2015 Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BATANGAS 101 – Celiz 15, De Joya 14, Isit 13, Ablaza 11, Saitanan 10, Mendoza 8, Ragasa 7, Avenido 6, Anderson 5, Gabayni 4, Dela Peña 3, Bulawan 3, Bautista 2, Laude 0.Quarters: 36-24, 57-46, 84-71, 116-101.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Still, coach Eric Altamirano isn’t putting too much on Flying V’s eliminations sweep as he prepares his team for the semifinals as the top-seed.“We’re happy that we’re able to get it done, but I’ll be happier if we win it all the way,” he said. “As much as we want to win a championship, we can’t look beyond that yet. Our focus right now is the playoffs and we have to hurdle the semis first.”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 starsThomas Torres caught fire from the outside as he went on a flawless 6-of-6 clip from threes to wound up with 26 markers and five boards.Eric Salamat also had 22 points, six assists, and two rebounds in the win. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Gameslast_img read more

Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailand

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlon Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Gilas shot 6-of-30 from the downtown.“Four more shots and we are shooting 30 percent, that’s still not good but we could have won the game by a big margin,” Uichico told reporters, who stayed out until before midnight at MABA Stadium.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 openingUichico has valid reason to be upset.He has a first-rate team with first-rate players like Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Mike Tolomia, Troy Rosario and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger. They are not the best version of the Gilas program, but the country has employed collegiate players and still won the SEA Games gold through the years.“I told them to just make the basket, that’s all,” said Uichico, referring to the tense moments of the game when Thailand was trading leads down the stretch.He said the Philippines wasn’t able to practice at the 5,000-seater stadium whose administrators had to send away hundreds of people who would like to watch the games live.“But this is the toughest team out there, and we hope to face them again because that means we are in the next round,” Uichico said.Gilas won’t have a game Monday but will practice based on its performance Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Gilas big man Troy Rosario tries to protect the ball against Thailand during the 2017 SEA Games basketball tournament. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Miserable shooting was the main reason Gilas Pilipinas struggled against Thailand Sunday night.“If we made four more shots from the three-point line instead of six (Gilas shot 6-of-30), then it would have been a different score,” said Uichico, who emerged from the dugout where he was overheard dressing down the team.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Fitting farewell for Dravid on India’s mind in final ODI

first_imgEnding what has been a nightmarish tour positively is not the only motivation for the Indian team to win the final cricket ODI against England as the side would also want to ensure a fitting farewell to veteran Rahul Dravid, who plays his final one-dayer here on Friday. Dravid, who has amassed 10,820 runs in 343 ODIs at an average of 39, has announced his retirement from one-day cricket after this series and he would be keen to go on a high, more so since the first four games of the series have only yielded 51 runs to him. The 38-year-old right-hander, nicknamed ‘The Wall’ for his rock solid defence and consistency, has scored 12 hundreds and 82 fifties in the ODIs and he would want to notch up a big knock tomorrow to make his swan song appearance memorable. Aside from this, the match is of academic interest only as England have already won the series. The hosts are leading 2-0 after one match was rained out and another ended in a tie also due to rain interruptions. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men would be keen to get at least a consolation win on what has been a massively disappointing series. Dhoni has a difficult choice to make on the team selection as he can either look for a win or test the mettle of his reserves. If a solitary win from a horrendous tour is his motivation, it’s unlikely he would give better performers of the side, men like Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar and even himself a break. If the choice is to view the men for tomorrow, then medium-pacers Varun Aaron and Vinay Kumar and batsmen such as Manoj Tiwary and Subramaniam Badrinath should be on the starting block. Despite the series loss, India have run England close in the one-day series which is commendable given eight of their World Cup stars were missing due to injuries. Openers Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane have been good against the new ball and Raina and Dhoni himself have been pillars of strength in the middle order. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, presently the top wicket-taker from both sides, has been a good presence with both bat and ball and bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has won the solitary man of the match award among the Indians. Jadeja was adjudged man of the match in the third one-day international at the Oval last week when he made 78 and picked up two England wickets with his left-arm spin bowling. Given how injuries have hurt India on this tour, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to blood youngsters and mark their performance for future references. A win in the final game could only be token and wouldn’t make any material difference in a series already lost. Some good performances from youngsters would also alert the seniors who would be looking to return in the home series against England next month. England, ironically, wouldn’t be in the best of spirits even though the series is already won for them. Two key players, Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad, have been injured and both would have been invaluable when England pays a return visit to India next month. Craig Kieswetter and Ben Stokes, two young talents, haven’t covered themselves in glory and clearly there is a case for Kevin Pietersen’s return in England fold next month. Fast bowler Jade Dernbach, despite the specialist role he plays as a one-day bowler, hasn’t put the skids under the Indian batsmen.  Indeed, despite providing two green pitches in London and having asked India to bat first in both the matches, England were lucky to leave London without losing either of the two matches at the Oval and Lord’s. England clearly don’t have the flair and the flamboyance of the Indian batsmen and hitting over the top doesn’t come easy to them. A case in point was the last match at Lord’s where Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara prospered as long as they kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos. The moment Bell and Bopara flexed their arms and went for big hits, they were caught in the deep and England were just about lucky to escape with a tied match. The pitch here usually helps batters and England would struggle to contain the Indians. As has been the trend in the series, home captain Alastair Cook would once again hope to win the toss and insert the visitors in. Squads: England: Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott. India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Vinay Kumar, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Varun Aaron. The match will start at 6.30 pm (IST).advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Mumbai cricket has lost its sheen

first_imgMany years ago, it was said that when Mumbai cricket sneezes, the country gets a fever. The recent happenings in Mumbai cricket have not been great for the city, considered the cradle of Indian cricket. The team that once dominated the landscape with more than half the members of the national team being Mumbaikars is, today, struggling to maintain its stronghold.Apart from maestro Sachin Tendulkar and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, the current Test team is devoid of cricketers who sport the lion crested cap in domestic cricket. Yes, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are on the brink of wearing India colours in Tests, but the era of Mumbai’s secondstring side giving the rest of the country a run for its money is all but over.One has to hark back to April 1971 to see how a second-string Bombay (as Mumbai was known then) pulled the rug under the feet of their arch-rivals Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy final at the historic Brabourne Stadium. More than half the regular Bombay side was away on national duty and the team, led by young Sudhir Naik, consisted of those who sat in the reserves for most of the season. With Ajit Wadekar, Dilip Sardesai, Sunil Gavaskar, Eknath Solkar and Ashok Mankad away, Bombay beat the Chandu Borde-led Maharashtra by 48 runs to retain the Ranji Trophy.The situation was similar in 1976 when a strong Hyderabad, led by the charismatic ML Jaisimha and which had titans like Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Abbas Ali Baig, Abid Ali and Kenia Jayantilal in their ranks, took on Bombay in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final at the Wankhede Stadium. After having taken a 59- run first innings lead, all the Hyderabadis needed was to bat out part of the fourth day to qualify for the semi-finals.advertisementBombay skipper Ashok Mankad, batting on 89 runs overnight, sought the advice of his father, Vinoo Mankad, on how his team could claw its way to the semis. An eyewitness recalls that Mankad Sr advised his son to stick to the straight and simple path: get quick runs and declare the innings. His final word was that Bombay needn’t try something different, Jaisimha will “win it for you”.The legendary allrounder had correctly predicted that Hyderabad will go on the defensive to try and bat out the day. That is exactly what happened. Bombay won that match by a margin of 70 runs.Incidents like these just go to show that the Bombay cricketer had tremendous self-belief in himself and to top it all, the opposition never imagined that they could beat Bombay in the Ranji Trophy.One has been reading a lot of articles about how the lack of planning and systems are a few of the reasons that have caused a decline in furthering the game of cricket in Mumbai. One does agree, to a point, that the present Mumbai cricket system needs a makeover and a huge dose of adrenalin. Iconic Mumbai cricket tournaments like the Kanga League – played during the monsoons – are not throwing up the talent like they did in the past.The amount of cricket that a young Mumbaikar plays throughout the year deters him from feeling enthusiastic about donning his kit to play the league on a wet August Sunday. This, coupled with Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) state-of-the art indoor nets lying unused (lack of funds is the reason given) is not a good sign for a city that prided itself on having the best cricket system in India.One remembers the time when at any given moment, the Mumbai cricketer could always count on the guidance and advice of former cricket heroes. One would always find greats like Sardesai and Hanumant Singh watching all games in the city from Ranji Trophy to club and inter-office tournaments. The former cricketers thought – and rightly so – it was their duty to pass on their experience to Generation Next, and it worked.The Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) of the MCA has recently appointed former India captain Nari Contractor as its chief, which augurs well for cricket in Mumbai. Contractor is a product of the Bombay school of cricket – though he never played first-class cricket for the city. The elegant left-handed opener has the credentials in unearthing talent – he was the force behind the famous BCA Mafatlal scheme to find fast bowlers.Contractor is faced with a tough job – to put the Mumbai cricket juggernaut back on track and unearth talent that exists in the gullies and by-lanes of Maximum City. To achieve this, amid factionalism and petty politicking, is not going to be easy. One just hopes that his no- nonsense approach will help Mumbai grow, slowly but steadily to take cricket in the city – and the country – to the pink of health.advertisement(The writer is a former Cricket Club of India captain and Bombay University cricketer)last_img read more

Entire Indian team will miss VVS Laxman, says MS Dhoni

first_imgApparently incommunicado when VVS Laxman tried contacting him before announcing retirement, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni paid rich tribute to the veteran batsman saying that his absence would be felt by the entire team.”The whole team will miss you VVS. One of the best human being I have ever met in my life. Spent a lot of time with him while batting and fielding and the chat would always be about the team. Will miss him whenever the team cuts cake, personally I will really miss you Lachu bhai,” Dhoni tweeted.On Saturday, while announcing his immediate retirement despite being selected for the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand, Laxman had raised a few eyebrows by stating that he could not contact Dhoni despite trying.”I did try to get in touch with Dhoni but as you know it’s very difficult to reach him,” Laxman had said with a smile during an emotional press conference in Hyderabad.Meanwhile, tributes poured in for the stylish right-hander with not just cricketers but athletes from other sports lauding him.”Thank you for all the memories VVS. Cricket world will mourn, Aussie cricket will celebrate,” tweeted tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi.”India will miss VVS Laxman, rock solid batsman, a great ambassador for cricket and above all one of the best human beings I have met,” added Olympic silver-medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore.Young Indian batsman Virat Kohli also took to twitter to applaud the veteran.”A very very special cricketer and a more special person. A true inspiration and class personified! You will be missed Laxman bhai. Take a bow,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more