Saunders retains title, stays on course to face Golovkin or Alvarez

first_imgLAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin reacts after his fight with Canelo Alvarez was called a draw during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championionship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Billy Joe Saunders remained on course to challenge either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez after Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over American Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday.The 28-year-old Saunders, (25-0, 12 knockouts) was fighting for the first time under new trainer Dominic Ingle. He received scores of 117-111, 115-114, 117-112 from the three ringside judges.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:57UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UP Fighting Maroons02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Saunders had been tipped to face the winner of the Las Vegas fight, but Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a 12-round draw with Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters holding their hands aloft in victory. There is already talk of a rematch.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to comeFEATURED 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 shutoutIn London, it was Saunders’ superior sharpness and intent as much as his skills that secured his latest victory. Leading with the jab and also succeeding to Monroe’s body, Saunders began with a typically fast pace and faced little more than jabs in return.In the third round an accurate right uppercut hurt his challenger, and it was only when a cut opened by the bridge of his nose following an accidental clash of heads in the fourth that the American temporarily fought with greater belief. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Monroe’s record fell to 21-3, with six knockouts.Promising heavyweight Daniel Dubois had earlier earned his fifth victory from five when stopping A.J. Carter in only 48 seconds. Carter required oxygen and was immediately sent to hospital, having been knocked down three times. Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championshiplast_img read more

Ancajas destroys foe

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. In so doing, the new Filipino sensation not only retained the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown at American Bank Center. He also enthralled the fans inside the venue and the viewers from the United States and worldwide.Ancajas lived up to the hype and dominated the game but overmatched Gonzalez, stressing a point with a flash knockdown right in the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe pride of Panabo City, now residing in Barangay Ramirez in Magallanes, Cavite would have settled for a shutout victory, but found an opening and went for the kill in the fateful round.Ancajas staggered Gonzalez with a snappy right jab then sent the Mexican down again with another hard left straight. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Gonzalez beat the count, but when Ancajas floored him anew with an overhand left, Puerto Rican referee Rafael Ramos finally halted the bout at the 1:50 mark.Gonzalez launched an attack in the fifth round only to be repelled quickly. The Filipino had won all the previous rounds before the stoppage.The 26-year-old Ancajas, hailed as the second coming of Manny Pacquiao, raised his record to 29-1-1 with 20 knockouts.For countryEver humble, Ancajas said the victory wasn’t only for him to savor.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For now, however, Ancajas is looking forward to a two-week respite back home, something well earned for masterful demolition of Gonzalez has put him among boxing’s elite. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending 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 Jerwin Ancajas poses with MP Promotions Joe Ramos. Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas —After displaying his ferocity as a fighter, Jerwin Ancajas unraveled his gentle nature—and class—on Saturday night.Ancajas knocked Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez out in the 10th round, and, instead of celebrating right away, went over to his fallen enemy to find out if he’s all right.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img “This honor is not for me alone, but also for the Filipino people,” Ancajas said in Filipino.It was a rude awakening for the 21-year-old Gonzalez, who was also hoping for a grand entry into boxing’s mainstream.“It was a tough fight. I wasn’t expecting this result,” said Gonzalez, who dropped to 21-2 with eight knockouts.“It was a great experience and I will bounce back.”Back in his locker room, Ancajas bared he drew inspiration from the attention Pacquiao, his idol and benefactor through MP Promotions, has been giving him.They talked late Friday night, with the eight-division world champion and Philippine senator giving him encouragement before praying over him.On Saturday, Pacquiao advised Ancajas to shun the pressure of being compared to him, to relax and do his thing in the ring.Best yet to comeAccording to chief trainer Joven Jimenez, however, Ancajas wasn’t at his optimum best against Gonzalez, giving him a seven with 10 being the maximum.For revered promoter Bob Arum, who signed up Ancajas to a three-fight deal with an option to extend, the southpaw’s fourth straight knockout victory over title challengers was an excellent performance.As such, expect Arum to pit Ancajas against other renowned 115-pounders in more lucrative fights within the year. ‘Gonzalez needs more experience’ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

MLB honors school shooting victims with special caps

first_img“You can’t put it into words,” he said, fighting back tears. “I think it’s great what Major League Baseball is doing to show support for our community and our school. It’s been a rough week and just being out here … (gives me) a sense of freedom.”Teams had the option of wearing he caps, which are black with “SD” in block letters, during the games or only during warmups. Both the Astros and Nationals wore them during Friday’s game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMLB ordered more than 2,500 of the caps from New Era, league spokesman Steven Arrocho said. Many teams will have players sign them, and they will be auctioned to benefit the victims and families affected by the shooting.Stoneman Douglas, which won a state title in 2016, counts several baseball players as alumni, led by Cubs star Anthony Rizzo. He left camp in Arizona to return to Parkland the day after the shooting, gave an emotional speech at a candlelight vigil and later visited victims in the hospital. He wasn’t in the lineup for Chicago’s game on Friday, but wore the hat bearing his high school’s initials while working out. Read Next FBI probe docs list range of payments to top college basketball players Marlins players and staff wore maroon shirts that read “MSDSTRONG,” and CEO Derek Jeter mingled with the teams and posed for selfies with some players. The revered former New York Yankees shortstop drew on his experience in dealing with 9/11, telling players that they can help the community heal.“When I was in New York playing after September 11, obviously you’ll never forget what happened, but at least for those three hours we gave people something they could cheer for,” Jeter said. “We appreciated that and we sort of took that and ran with it as an organization. I think a lot of times professional sports teams, sports teams in general, can help distract people, so to speak.”Before the first pitch, the Marlins and Cardinals observed 17 seconds of silence in memory of the victims. Douglas players and coaches watched from seats behind home plate.“In Parkland, there’s not a lot of smiles,” said Dustin Brian, Connor’s father and a former Douglas assistant coach. “That’s why I think this is so cool, getting them away from the community.”At the New York Yankees’ opener against Detroit, both teams lined up along the foul lines for a moment of silence before the game. A flickering candle was shown on the left-field video board.“You know a community is hurting right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Baseball sometimes can play a part in helping with the healing process.”Back at Astros camp, Hinch said he hopes wearing the caps would let those affected by the shooting know that they’re thinking about them.“The only thing we can do is bring some recognition and offer our support,” Hinch said. “I think around baseball we have heavy hearts that we even have to do this because of the tragedy that happened. For us to wear their hats, for us to tell them that we’re on their side is our way to kind of galvanize everybody, get everybody together in one setting and let them know they’re not alone.”Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder, and authorities said he has confessed to the shooting.“We’re not going to let one individual define who we are,” Fitz-Gerald said. “That’s it. That’s the bottom line … our responsibility is to be strong for our community. And our baseball program has a long tradition of success and we owe it to the students, we owe it to the community to represent them and give them something to be proud about.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:29Police 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 MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Both Fitz-Gerald and his son Hunter, a junior, were on campus during the shooting, in which 14 students and three teachers were slain. The elder Fitz-Gerald wore a crisp white shirt that was adorned with the words “Douglas Strong” as he chatted with Astros manager A.J. Hinch and several other players and coaches during morning workouts. He and Hunter accompanied Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow on the field before the game to hoist the World Series trophy.Down the road in Jupiter, Florida, the rest of the Stoneman Douglas baseball team as well as the school’s softball team were guests of the Marlins before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals.“It’s helping us feel better and it shows that we are one big family,” Douglas center fielder Ryan Shinko said. “It’s not just us.”Douglas pitcher Connor Brian, a senior who will play baseball at Middle Tennessee State next season, had the names of all 17 victims written on the bill of his cap.“It just gives me a remembrance when I’m pitching to do it for them,” Brian said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Washington Nationals pitcher Tim Collins wears the cap of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team before the start of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Players around the league are wearing the caps to remember the victims of a shooting at the school last week. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and his sons were guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday as Major League Baseball honored victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by having its teams wear caps with the school’s initials.Fitz-Gerald said it was a “relief” to get back to the sport he loves and to stop thinking, at least for a moment, about the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others wounded.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

Blackwater not in a rush to find new import

first_imgTrevis Simpson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBlackwater is taking a cautious approach as it remains in search for a new reinforcement this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Elite were left with no choice but to look for a replacement import after Trevis Simpson tore his groin muscle Saturday in their 118-93 loss to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Team manager Johnson Martines shared Blackwater has yet to select a new reinforcement to backstop the squad and will wait for team owner Dioceldo Sy’s return overseas before making the call.“We have not decided on it yet. Maybe, by Wednesday, we’ll have our guy,” he said in a text message.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 starsSimpson averaged 24.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in his first two games for the Elite before being going scoreless in 10 minutes against the Beermen.The 25-year-old was evidently playing through the pain as he hobbled all over the court and the team decided to shut him down for the second half. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lesnar to Jones: ‘Be careful what you wish for, young man’ Luckily, Blackwater has the luxury of time with its next game set on August 6, against Rain or Shine, giving the Elite plenty of time to integrate the new import.The Elite are currently at the cellar of the standings with a 0-3 record together with the Kia Picanto and Alaska Aces.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

Baseball fans flock to minor league stadiums to see eclipse

first_imgLOOK: NBA teams exploit solar eclipse to mock Phoenix Suns Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “It made me all teary-eyed,” said Robyn Mason, who watched with her husband, Greg, from a grassy embankment near the third base outfield. “It was just so momentous. Just really cool — and very pretty.”Other teams hosting events included the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Oregon, the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Bowling Green Hot Rods in Kentucky, Tennessee’s Nashville Sounds and the Greenville Drive, Columbia Fireflies and Charleston RiverDogs, all in South Carolina.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This was really the easiest place to get to that was in the path of the totality,” he said as he walked into the Lincoln stadium. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event — that minute and a half of experiencing something out of this world.”Jordan Wilson and his wife, Nicole, brought their 5-year-old son, Izayah, to the game to see the eclipse. On the way down from their home in Omaha, the family sat through bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate 80.“It’s probably the last full eclipse we’ll see in our lifetimes,” he said.In South Carolina, the Columbia Fireflies celebrated a “Total Eclipse of the Park” event as they hosted the Rome Braves. The Fireflies wore special glow-in-the-dark jerseys that were scheduled to be auctioned after the game, with proceeds benefiting local science, technology, math and engineering programs.No Major League Baseball games coincided with the event, but some players checked out the eclipse as their teams warmed up to play hours later. And the cosmic spectacle caught the interest of teams from other sports preparing for their season openers.Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey scheduled practice to end in time so that the team could watch the eclipse on the practice field.“It was pretty cool to be out there with the rest of the team, looking like 9 o’ clock at night at 1:30,” linebacker Derrick Morgan said.As the Titans gathered to watch the eclipse, Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” and “Dancing In The Dark” and Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses At Night” played over the loudspeaker.Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle said he and his teammates were all excited to see the eclipse. “We’ve been talking about it in the locker room,” he said.The Minnesota Golden Gophers tweeted out their practice play list for the day, with songs ranging from Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next One of the Germans was Theo Kleinfeld, 65, who flew to Lincoln last week so he could photograph the eclipse at the Saltdogs’ game against the Gary Southshore Railcats.Kleinfeld said he watched the 1999 eclipse that crossed Germany and traveled to Shanghai for another in 2009. But in Shanghai, he said, the sky was overcast.“This is a good opportunity,” Kleinfeld said as he set up his camera outside Saltdogs Stadium. “If it doesn’t work today, I’ll just have to come back in 2024,” when the next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will occur.Paul Kobs, 38, of Minneapolis, took a day off work and drove to Lincoln with his girlfriend. The couple started planning the trip three months ago and picked Lincoln because it was one of the places closest to their home to see the eclipse.Kobs said they initially planned to drive down to Beatrice, Nebraska, where eclipse viewers gathered at the Homestead National Monument, but the cloudy forecast for that area persuaded him to stay in Lincoln.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Gamescenter_img LINCOLN, Neb. — Baseball fans in more than a half-dozen cities from Oregon to South Carolina crowded into minor league ballparks Monday to watch the solar eclipse at game-day viewing parties.The Lincoln Saltdogs wore special black-and-white jerseys and stopped their game just before 1 p.m. to watch the eclipse darken the sky. Spectators erupted in applause at 1:02 p.m. as the moon crawled in front of the sun until the whole sky looked like a late-evening sunset. The air turned chilly and went still.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments The Volcanoes’ game against the Hillsboro Hops started late because the Hops got stuck in traffic. The game stopped briefly in the first inning as fans and players paused to watch the eclipse. Many players donned disposable protective glasses and sat in the grass in front of each dugout. At one point, the sellout crowd chanted, “Let’s go science!”In Nebraska, the Saltdogs sold game tickets to buyers from as far away as the United Kingdom and Germany, team spokesman Michael Shively said. 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Green is in as city sports a fresh look

first_imgThe New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has pumped in more than Rs 10 crore to give Delhi a green makeover for the Commonwealth Games (CWG).NDMC has spent Rs 10 cr to beautify parks and public spaces. Its massive revamp effort, which started three years ago, has involved turning around 1,100 parks, 53 roundabouts, and 93 pavements, besides planting 2.5 million saplings of 100 plant varieties, worth Rs 1.23 crore, and 20,000 trees.Armed with saplings of perennial and seasonal plants, notably Hamelia, Ixora, Acalypha, Araucaria, Lavender, Kochia and Euphorbia Milii, around 1,200 men of the NDMC’s horticulture department were involved in this massive plantation exercise. And ironically, the monsoon, which had slowed down the pace of work in the CWG Village and stadia, actually gave a great last-minute boost to the greenification drive. The heavy downpours helped the horticulture department conserve the city’s dwindling water resources.Subhash Chandra, director (horticulture), NDMC, said he and his team planned the plantation strategy keeping in mind the city’s “climate, soil texture and resources in mind.” Focusing only on “doable” projects, Chandra zeroed in on roundabouts at Shanti Path, Lodi Road, Kautilya Marg, Sardar Patel Road, Niti Marg, Janpath, Pusa Road, Rani Jhansi Road, Tulsi Marg and Desh Bandhu Gupta Road to turn them around with colourful flower beds, perennial herbs, trimmed shrubs, trees and (at some places) fountains.But Chandra is proudest of the Commonwealth Games Park, which came up before the promised five-star hotel The Leela Palace, which was scheduled to open in time for the jamboree, on Africa Avenue (Chanakyapuri).advertisementThe horticulture department planned the park, spread over 2.5 acres, in a manner that would remind Delhiites of a hill station. The usual flat garden look made way for undulating hillocks with herb and flower beds, and a jogging track that winds through them. Trees mark the park’s boundary, instead of the standard cemented wall. Iron benches have made way for seating on tree stumps.”We started work on the CWG Park a year ago. The tree trunks used are of those trees that got uprooted in the rains,” said NDMC official Rajesh Kumar, who developed the park. Elsewhere, ornamental potted plants will greet you at the entrance of the NDMC-run parks. The muddy patches in various parks have been replaced by thick coats of grass and walking tracks have been laid out for visitors.Those driving on Shanti Path, Africa Avenue and Kautilya Marg will have a good reason to look out of their car windows to admire the mini lawns that have been laid out on both sides of the roads.The NDMC roped in private consultants for 10 major streetscaping projects on Park Street, Ramakrishna Ashram Marg, Udyan Marg, Aurobindo Marg and Mandir Marg, but its own teams were involved in the landscaping of parks, roundabouts and pavements, said Chandra proudly.The NDMC is ensuring that this greenification drive is not a one-time affair. “A third of the plants that we used are seasonal; two-thirds are perennial – these can last for more than five years,” Chandra said. “Our job is not over yet. Beautification requires intensive maintenance work.” That’s something the city will expect from the NDMC.last_img read more

Saina makes shock exit, Indian campaign ends at Asian Games

first_imgIndia’s Saina Nehwal looks dejected after losing to Hong Kongs Yip Py during the quarterfinal match of the women’s singles badminton event of 16th Asian Games at Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China on Thursday. PTIIndia’s gold medal hope Saina Nehwal suffered a shock defeat in the women’s singles quarter-finals as country’s campaign ended in the badminton event of the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Thursday.World number three Saina lost 8-21 21-8 19-18 to last edition’s silver medallist and world number 12 Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in the fiercely fought quarter-final, which lasted 46 minutes.Saina was carrying millions of Indian hopes as all of her compatriots had already crashed of their respective events early in the day.The second seed Saina came back well after surrendering the opening game but her weak net-play, in comparison to her sixth seed rival, dented her chances severely.The Indian saved a match point in the decisive game but a service error at crucial 19-20 stage sealed her fate.Both the players fought their hearts out in the third and final game. Even till the deep end the scores were tied 18-18.Yip attacked Saina’s backhand throughout the match and earned her first match point with the same strategy with a smash winner.Saina managed to save that and got her service back but unforced error on the next point brought curtains on her campaign.At Beijing Olympics also Saina had lost at the same quarter-final stage.Early in the day, men’s singles player Aravind Bhat and mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju also crashed out.advertisementBhat lost 19-21 12-21 to world number sixth Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in his second round encounter at the Tianhe Gymnasium here.Jwala and Diju further plunged the Indian camp in dismay as they squandered a first game advantage to lose a gruelling battle against Koreans Baekcheol Shin and Hyojung Lee in the mixed doubles event.The Indian pair lost 21-17 13-21 16-21 against the Korean combination in a 36-minute match.Bhat, who had got a walk over in his opening round match against Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka, found it tough to negotiate the smashes of Poonsana as the Thai player scored 20 smash points compared to Bhat’s seven.In the first game, Bhat caught up with Poonsana after trailing 5-10 to make it 12-12 and moved neck-to-neck till 17-17 but the Thai shuttler marched ahead from there on.In the second game, Poonsana opened a six point lead and did not allow the Indian to come back as Bhat’s game crumbled.Bhat’s compatriot and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Parupalli Kashyap had made a first round exit on Wednesday.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Deepika qualifies for second stage, leads team into last 16

first_imgTeenage archer Deepika Kumari led the Indian women’s archery team into the pre-quarterfinals of the Asian Games competition with a creditable display, which also helped her qualify for the next round along with another budding youngster Rimil Buriuly.While more fancied compatriots Dola Banerjee and Laishram Bombayla Devi put up a flop show on friday.Jamshedpur-based Deepika, who was the best Indian archer in the Commonwealth Games with a gold medal to her credit, entered the second stage by finishing seventh after shooting 1329.Rimil stood 17th amongst 52 archers with 1298, but former world champion Dola and Bombayla exited after ending up at a distant 28th and 29th with 1270 and 1264 points respectively.Dola will continue to be part of the team which will take on Vietnam for a place in quarterfinals on Saturday. South Korea’s Yun Okhee set a new Games record with a total of 1371. Deepika fired 326 over a distance of 70m, 333 over 60m, 323 and 347 over 50 and 30m. The Indian shot 64 ten pointers and 17 times hit the bulls-eye. Rimil shot 309, 325, 313 and 345 in that series and she had 47 ten pointers and 18 golden hits.Dola brought in a disappointing 313, 313, 296 and 342 while Bombayla did 320, 321, 296 and 333. Archery Association of India secretary Paresh Mukherjee was disappointed with the women’s off target shooting which he described as “very poor”. “We were expecting better show from them but it was not to be,” he said. He pointed out that decision to include Dola in the team event, instead of Bombayla, was taken because she was the more experienced among the two. advertisement”We hope she would be able to withstand the pressure (in the team event) though Bombayla did better in the individual event,” he said.last_img read more