India would look to avenge the league stage humiliation and clinch their second successive ODI trophy on Sri Lankan soil when they take on the hosts in what promises to be a high-voltage summit clash of the cricket tri-series here tomorrow.Both the teams find themselves face to face in a final clash for the second time in just over a month after Kumar Sangakkara’s men finished on the losing side in the Asia Cup finals in June.The ongoing tri-series, however, has been a lot more dramatic then the Asia Cup both on and off the field. The third team in fray, New Zealand, is out of the equation after India handed it a 105-run thrashing in the last league match of the series.Fitting the drama that has unfolded in the past two weeks, including the now infamous no ball that Suraj Randiv bowled to deny Virender Sehwag a hundred, India and Sri Lanka have made the finals and it is hard to pick a winner in conditions where the toss of the coin has been of decisive significance.The 105-run triumph over New Zealand may make it seem that India are in destructive form but the fact remains that had it not been Sehwag’s individual brilliance, the Indians could well have found it hard to put it past the depleted but spirited Kiwis.Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has admitted that barring Sehwag all the batsmen are struggling on the tricky pitches here and mastering the conditions would be the biggest challenge for both the teams in the match which might also have some tense moments given the build-up so far.advertisementRandiv’s deliberate no ball incident has added some zing to the rivalry between the two sides, whose way-too-often face offs were becoming dull.Words have been exchanged in the pre and post-match press conferences but in the end, it will boil down to the cricket played on the pitch and that’s where the Lankans came out trumps in the league encounter.Thisara Perera decimated the Indian batting with a five-for and left Dhoni’s men to deal with the humiliation of their worst-ever defeat in terms of number of balls left.To their credit, the Indians bounced back well in the do-or-die match against the Kiwis but that could not hide their batting frailties, most significantly the lack of application by the youngsters.In the absence of senior batsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, it has been left to the Virat Kohlis and Suresh Rainas to deliver for the team but they have let Dhoni down so far.Sehwag’s individual brilliance cannot be counted upon to bail India out in every situation and it is important that the rest of the batsmen, including the attacking Yuvraj Singh find their feet.But that would not be an easy task against the disciplined Lankan bowling which has discovered a deadly weapon in Perera.Add to this the ever-reliable Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews and the Indian batsmen may once again find the going tough.Unlike the Indians, the Lankan batting line-up has a settled look with veterans Mahela Jayawardene, Sangakkara and the explosive Tillakaratne Dilshan in reasonably good form.It remains to be seen how the Indian pace troika of Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Ishant Sharma contain the islanders this time after being given just 103 runs to defend in the demoralising league-stage defeat.The teams (from):India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha, Saurabh Tiwary, Munaf Patel.Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (c), Mahela Jayawardene (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dilhara Fernando, Rangana Herath, Suraj Randiv, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Thisara Perera, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Upul Tharanga.Match starts 2.30 pm (IST).
Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship: Karan Salwan and Simran Kaur Sethin lift u-16 national titles
Karan Salwan and Simran Kaur Sethi were the reasons for Delhi’s double delight on Saturday with both the local players winning the under-16 boys and girls singles title, respectively, at the Fenesta Open National Championship.Big serving second seed Fatehdeep Singh was the casualty against Karan, who did not have the most auspicious of starts, dropping his serve in the very first game of the match before lifting the crown with a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory.In the under-16 girls singles, Tarannum Handa’s resistance wasn’t enough to stop an in-form Simran who notched an impressive victory (7-5, 6-0) against her Delhi compatriot.Karan, however, had to battle hard especially in the first set which went into the tie-breaker after both the players broke each other once. There were ominous signs for Karan when Fatehdeep broke him in the very first game but the Delhi lad did not give up and continued his search to level the scores.Finally, he got his opportunity when he had two break points in the fifth game and he converted the second one to pave the way for his comeback. Karan got another chance to seal the first set in the 12th game but he squandered two break points, allowing Fatehdeep to force a tiebreaker.Karan always kept his stronghold in the tie- breaker, surging to a 4-1 lead and finally won it 7-5. In the second set, Karan had to break Fatehdeep just once in the fifth game after which he held on to his serve to win the two-hour-two-minute contest.advertisementSimran also had a similar fate in her under-16 girls singles’ final with Tarannum posing a strong resistance in the first set but came a cropper in the next. After Saturday’s match, Simran enjoys a 2-1 win-loss record over Tarannum and now aims for a junior Grand Slam in near future.”I might play the qualifying rounds in the junior Australian Open and hopefully, in coming years, I might win one,” said the 15-year-old Simran who came into the tournament after a training stint in Paris.”I have played her (Tarannum) before and in Delhi we train together in the same academy. So, I had my strategy planned when I came into the match and in fact, I usually come out with some sort a strategy against all my opponents,” she added.In the under-14 girls singles final, it was the sore ankle again that did Andhra girl Nayanika Reddy in. Although she posed a stiff challenge in the first set to Pranjala Yadlapalli, who eventually lifted the title, there wasn’t much left in her in the second set as she lost the summit clash 6(5)-7, 4-6.Dhruv Pal won the under-14 boys single title, defeating top seed Sachin Kumar 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
Canadian Milos Raonic capped a brilliant week as he slammed 35 aces and outlasted top seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (4/ 7), 7-6 (7/ 4), 7-6 (7/ 4) in three hours and 13 minutes to lift the singles title at the Aircel Chennai Open on Sunday.In a match where 36 service games failed to result in a break of serve, this was a true exhibition of top drawer tennis between the top seed, ranked No. 9 in the world and Raonic, the best newcomer on the ATP Tour.Raonic became the first player to win an ATP World Tour title without dropping serve since Roger Federer at the 2008 Gerry Weber Open in Halle (49 games).After low turnouts during the week, the Sunday crowd soaked in the atmosphere as they witnessed what was eventually the longest final in the 15-year history of the Chennai event.This was a contest between two combatants who play very different brands of tennis. If Raonic, banking on his huge serve, had expected to steamroll his opponent, he was in for a surprise as his opponent from Serbia played smartly and mixed it up well.Standing at six feet and five inches and with extremely long legs, court coverage may appear to be easy for Raonic. But the way Tipsarevic slowed down the rallies and focused on the backhand slice, Raonic had to work very hard getting to the low ball.Tipsarevic’s strategy was simple – not to allow any pace to Raonic, who is comfortable hitting the fuzzy ball on the rise.When Tipsarevic was at the baseline, his focus was on mixing the angles and the occasional shots landing close to the net made it difficult for the 21-year-old Raonic.advertisementRaonic had big chances in a lengthy fourth game of the first set to break Tipsarevic. Leads kept changing hands and eventually the wily Tipsarevic prevented damage. Raonic lost the first set tie- break when he buried a forehand into the net.Similarly, in the second set, Raonic should have broken his opponent in the seventh game but let go of a good chance. However, in the tie- break, the Canadian, playing for the first time in Chennai, pulled it off.There was no big change in the pattern of play in the third set, where, for once, Tipsarevic looked a bit edgy. His serve lacked punch, but Raonic was not able to capitalise on it as his return of serve was not up to the mark.As the final set tie-break was again applied, Raonic had the advantage of a hard serve. He won the first set point and pressure finally got the better of Raonic as he made two uncharacteristic unforced forehand errors.That was the window of opportunity Raonic needed as he barged into the lead and did not lose steam. As Tipsarevic slammed a forehand into the net, baby- faced Raonic smiled. This was his second ATP Tour title and for someone who is looking to break into the top 20, this was a great day. Chennai has seen many new champions in the past. But Raonic is bound to remember the city which cheers for good tennis.”It’s an awesome feeling to be winning my second ATP Tour title in Chennai. Going into the Australian Open, I am happy I have worked for this win,” said Raonic.Talking about his career, Raonic said it was still at a nascent stage. “My serve, I am going to work on till I feel good. This is just my second year on the Tour against the big guys and I am learning a lot,” said Raonic.Looking ahead to the Australian Open, Raonic says he will train hard for it. “There is no fixed pattern for my training. I practice on my serve 40 minutes a day,” said the Canadian after he treated the audience to serves which clocked speeds in excess of 220kmph.Raonic collected the winner’s cheque for $ 71,900 and the 250 ATP ranking points should help him move up the ranking ladder.
Latina pop diva Jennifer Lopez will be the latest international celebrity to visit India. JLo is scheduled to be in Mumbai to perform on March 11 at the inaugural gala of the Mixed Martial Arts Super Fight League ( SFL), a venture launched by Sanjay Dutt in association with Shilpa Shetty’s entrepreneur husband Raj Kundra.Lopez, 42, joins an A- list of international pop icons that includes Metallica, Lady Gaga, Akon and Pitbull, who have performed in India in the recent past. She is also the latest western celebrity to hit Indian shores after Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.While Kundra confirmed JLo’s participation in the event, he said plans were being made to rope in a few more big- ticket international names for the gala.A few stars from Bollywood, besides top Indian singers, will also perform at the SFL opening do at Mumbai’s Andheri Sports Complex. ” Kundra and Dutt want to create an annual martial arts event that will rival similar events all over the world. They want to make SFL a brand name. Naturally, they want a big start,” a source said.SFL is being touted as a mix of sport and entertainment on the lines of WWE. The league promises to feature some of the best- known names from the world of wrestling, boxing and other forms of martial arts.The owners will soon reveal the list of fighters for the event. Apart from a grand opening, the SFL promises to have bigticket after- parties.Although this will be JLo’s first visit to India, she may not get much of a chance to visit any other place. She is expected to be in the country for less than a week, and most of the time will be spent in preparations.advertisementShe apparently plans to rehearse at the actual venue every day.The sultry singer- actress shot to fame in 1999 with her debut album, On The 6 , which featured the chart- topping song, If you had my love . By the time her second album, JLo , sold eight million copies worldwide in 2001, she had already become one of the hottest stars in the global pop scene.Twice nominated at the Grammy Awards, she is estimated to have sold close to 60 million records worldwide in her 12- year career as a singer. Earlier this year, she was chosen to have her own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
With the right ambience and the best of food and entertainment options, the capital’s locality-specific clubs are not just great places for members to unwind, they are also the best way to know one’s neighbours. Sports and Cultural Club, NoidaSports and Cultural Club, NoidaClearly the poshest club on the other,With the right ambience and the best of food and entertainment options, the capital’s locality-specific clubs are not just great places for members to unwind, they are also the best way to know one’s neighbours. Sports and Cultural Club, NoidaSports and Cultural Club, NoidaClearly the poshest club on the other side of the Yamuna, this Noida landmark in Sector 15 boasts of 1,250 members that include civil servants, defence personnel, industrialists and top professionals.Established in 1993 to cater to the burgenoning resident population of the area, the Sports and Cultural Club provides all the usual leisure-time activities like card rooms, tennis and badminton courts, a swimming pool where district-level competitions are held, a restaurant and bar as well as a library that offers free internet for children. But its USP is definitely its sprawling, state-of-the-art gym.Says sports in charge Raman Khanna (extreme left in picture), “The concept of fitness has picked up so much in the last few years that there are no age barriers any more. I find it extremely heartening to see 60-yearolds working out alongside 16 year-olds at our gym.”Those looking to pick up some serious skills along with fitness and fun, can choose from kathak, aerobics, piano, guitar, casio, yoga and book-reading sessions. A unique feature here is the study circle which meets once a month to debate upon a topic.Panchshila ClubPanchshila ClubIf vintage is what you’re looking for, this club fits the bill. Founded in 1969, it is among the oldest neighbourhood clubs in the capital and enjoys a vantage point in terms of easy accessibility. The membership of about 2,300 is made up of residents of Panchsheel Park, their dependents and others selected carefully by the managing committee.advertisementAffiliated to 40 clubs in India and abroad, this club offers a host of facilities for its members including a huge swimming pool, lush green lawns, a well-equipped gym, tennis, basketball and croquet courts, a snug library which stocks everything from John Grisham to Amitav Ghosh, card rooms, a resto-bar with an audio-visual entertainment system, a 70-cover restaurant, a coffee lounge and a party area.And for those looking to try their hand at the club’s various sporting activities, there are special instructors at hand. Says S.C. Kohli, a member of the club’s managing committee: “The lawns become the most popular part of the club in winters with members joining in for a round of tambola and the bar being brought down here. The adjoining children’s play area serves to keep the younger lot occupied while the adults enjoy their lazy afternoon.”Food festivals, musical nites and cultural shows form a regular feature of the club’s calendar. An interesting initiative taken by the management in 2001 was the setting up of a rainwater harvesting project in the colony and the club which has been a great success.Says Kohli, “As more and more young members travel abroad these days, they come back expecting that the standards of food and fitness that they are exposed to there will be replicated at their own club.” In keeping with these demands, the club committe is planning to introduce a Chinese restaurant and add a steam and sauna facility to the existing cardio and strength equipment in the gym.Friends Colony ClubFriends Colony ClubExclusivity is the buzzword at this swish club. Spread over an acre, this 30-year-old club offers membership only to residents of Friends colony and nobody else, no matter how important they may be. The host of facilities that the 2,000 members enjoy, include a restaurant and bar, a swimming pool, tennis, badminton and squash courts, a well-furnished library, a card-room which comes alive in the evenings, a billiards room, conference room, banquet hall and a swank coffee shop.Says designer Nikhil Mehra (upfront in picture), who often plays on the synthetic turf tennis court: “This club has been part of my childhood. It was here that I learnt to value and enjoy sports.” The ambience, the tasteful dcor and the excellent facilities make this club a relaxing getaway for both young and old.DLF City ClubDLF City ClubThe newest club on the block, it ranks among the swankiest neighbourhood clubs in Gurgaon. Spread over an area of four acres, and started in November 2003, it has 4,300 members-only DLF residents and those owning property there are allowed membership.Facilities on board include a pool, 28 plush guest rooms with television and Internet access, a restaurant, two conference rooms with audio visual equipment and theatre style seating, a library, banquet hall, poolside cafe, bar which has live music, a well-equipped gym which offers yoga, aerobics and fitness training sessions, a badminton, tennis and squash courts, billiards rooms, a card room, sauna and steam facilities and a beauty salon.advertisementThe landscaped gardens, with barbeque counters, make for a great hangout in winters. Says senior manager, Col Karnail Singh: “Our USP is our multi-cuisine restaurant that is packed with families especially during weekends.”Vasant Vihar ClubVasant Vihar ClubThe membership of this 6,000-member club which began in the early ’90s, can-like a family heirloom- only be inherited. Bulging as it is at the seams, there’s a No New Members policy firmly in place here. Besides the entertainment and fitness options on offer, the USP of this club is its large library with its plush reading room and a section on children’s classics.Says ex-Lt-Governor of Delhi, D.R. Kohli: “I find it difficult to keep track of time when I’m browsing through the wealth of periodicals, magazines and books here.” Keeping the community spirit alive are a host of events like sports fests, tambola sessions and song recitals. Plans are also afoot to develop the terrace into an open air restaurant.Defence Colony ClubDefence Colony ClubLow on show but high on facilities is this prestigious club in one of the the capital’s most prime localities. Started 22 years ago, it has a membership of 4,000 people that include owners as well as tenants of Defence Colony. Facilities include a swimming pool, a billiards room, tennis and squash courts, walking tracks, a restaurant, two card rooms, a wellstocked library, a bar, conference room and a plush lounge equipped with a television.Says chairman of the bar, Col Vikramjit Singh (see picture), “The bar, with its relaxed ambience and reasonably priced drinks is the USP here. Our ghazal nites every Thursday are also very popular and we see a heavy.” In a bid to maintain the formal, old world feel, there’s a dress code for the restaurant and bar areas. This is one place you can’t saunter in with shorts or round-necked Tshirts. Barbecues are great hits during winter as are their tambola sessions.Also, to keep up with members’ demands, a gym and a grass track for women joggers will soon be set up.
A recent masquerade night at Geoffrey’s had Delhi’s pub hoppers getting into the spirit of things quite literallyIf a local Rip Van Winkle were to wake up in Delhi today, he would be in shock. Gone is the “overgrown village”, as nose-in-the-air Mumbaikars once described the city. One remembers a,A recent masquerade night at Geoffrey’s had Delhi’s pub hoppers getting into the spirit of things quite literallyIf a local Rip Van Winkle were to wake up in Delhi today, he would be in shock. Gone is the “overgrown village”, as nose-in-the-air Mumbaikars once described the city. One remembers a time when the high point on a Saturday night was to drive out to Palam and watch the aircraft landing and taking off. Not any more. Delhi is rocking like there is no tomorrow.The transformation from bureaucratic back water to a happening metro has been so rapid it has even left most Delhiites gasping for oxygen. Not so long ago, you could add up the options for an evening out on the fingers of one hand. Today, its impossible to go anywhere in the city without stumbling across a pub, restaurant or a lounge bar.So remarkable has been the makeover that it is difficult to remember the time when partying in Delhi was a no-brainer. Options were restricted to Ghungroo, CJ’s, Annabelle’s, Bali Hi or Someplace Else. After the party, everyone headed to Pandara Road for a midnight butter chicken feast.Retro magic Agni’s Retro Nights has vintage rockThis would only happen on Fridays and Saturdays. For the rest of the week, the most exciting thing happening was walking in Lodhi Gardens. The success of places like Diva and other stand-alone restaurants triggered off amads cramble among wannabes, and before you could say Shalom, Delhi was clocking up a new restaurant a week, ignoring issues like supply and demand or quality of food and service.The result: for every new outlet that opened, two shut down. So, somewhat inevitably, restaurateurs began resorting to theme nights to stay in business. Some say they are trying to bring a little culture and class to Delhi’s party people, others say they just want to showcase something different.The real reason for the upsurge in theme nights is plain common sense. Clubs, bars, pubs, lounges and the rest of the family make most of their money during weekends. Almost every joint in town hosts theme nights during the rest of the week to keep the cash register ringing. Salsa Nights at Tapas brings out the Latino loversSo, you have Supper Theatres, Cigar and Cognac Nights, Rock Nights, Trance Nights, Hip-Hop Nights, et cetera, et cetera. Earlier theme nights were easy to throw together since they were by and large restricted to music based themes. Dim the lights, fix the strobes on maximum and get a foreign DJ (usually some washed up hippie from Paharganj) to spin the tables.The music ranged from rap to rock to Bollywood. Now, clubs and bars spend a sizeable amount of sponsors’ money on intricate invites (from carved silver scrolls to LP records with customised stickers). The venue itself is totally kitted out. Olive’s Med Mosaic nights have everything from flea market stalls and tarot card readers to ventriloquists and models garbed in edible chocolate.Tuesdays at DV8 are for rock fansAgni’s retro nights have bartenders looking like BobMarley meets Groucho Marx, while Helen Night at Filmi Masala had everyone wearing silk scarves. In the early days, circa 1988-1999, theme nights were restricted to the ubiquitous ‘Ladies Night’ (girls got in free, guys coughed up 500 bucks or more), which through some unwritten rule was always on Tuesday.This all changed when Bacardi invaded the subcontinent with the Bacardi Blast series of parties. It got every brewer and distiller in the country worth his hops to follow suit. Where earlier theme nights were more music-oriented and less activity-driven, the reverse is true today.Today, theme nights have three different sub-species. Music based theme nights are where the music is in focus.Take your pick from hip-hop nights at Delhi’s Devils, Bollywood nights at Agni, psytrance and electronic at Mojo, Odyssey and Elevate, salsa nights at Tapas, live jazz nights at Ssteel?pretty much the whole nine yards.Pebble Street is overrun by sports buffs on Formula One race daysRock is surprisingly getting a new lease of life with DV8 and Agni jumping on board the live bandwagon. On Monday, it’s the latter at The Park where live rock bands usurp the DJs console, while around the corner, DV8 hosts their weekly Tuesday Night Music Club.The second sub-species belongs to activity-driven nights where there is more on offer than discounted (or free) booze and earsplitting music. Here, you can take your pick from supper theatre at Nasha, wine tasting at Bed or Formula One racing at Pebble Street The third sub-species is when club owners pinpoint a certain segment among patrons and encourage them to get sloshed.Case in pint: Turquoise Cottage, where at least half the scribes in the Capital descend every Wednesday. Embassy nights every Thursday at Bed, media nights at Azzuro on Wednesdays and bankers’ night every Thursday at Spirit are some of the other venues.Flea by night Olive’s Med Mosaic apes Goa’s flea marketsForum went a step further and hosted media exchange nights where folk from the fashion industry debated with representatives from the media and where everyone got very drunk anyway. Pebble Street’s Abhishek Ahuja says their theme ‘nights’ are usually all-day affairs. For 17 Sundays in a year, Street is overrun with face painted, flag-draped and Foster fuelled race fans.In Elevate, things are a little different. Unlike other clubs, they don’t get liquor sponsors; instead they hold events like an MTV Night with motor mouth Nikhil Chinappa as guest DJ. Even bars like Geoffrey’s are getting into the act. Mukesh Nair from State of Mind, the event management company behind the makeover, says Tuesdays will be classic nights with a difference.Elevate is second home to city ravers”We won’t be going the usual Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple way,” he says.”Instead, we’ll have Belafonte Nights or Don McLean Nights”. Sushen Roy, marketing controlling for Budweiser in India, says they are still in the process of brand building and found the retro night theme at Agni an ideal launch pad.”The music played here is old fashioned rock and pop and nothing exemplifies the spirit of that era more than a bottle of Bud!” he gushes. “As far as patronage in bars is concerned, there’s no common denominator anymore,” says Sidharth Bannerjee, CEO, Kyndal India, the company responsible for getting Absolut vodka into India. With Delhiites now increasingly willing to experiment and with disposable incomes going through the roof, specialisation is clearly the way to keep your overheads above water.advertisementadvertisement
The Red Spikers dropped UP in a 3-8 hole in the third set, but Diana Carlos, Isa Molde and Justine Dorog provided the strong finish the Lady Maroons needed to seal the victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UP thus notched its third straight win after dropping a five-setter to unbeaten group leader Adamson Lady Falcons (3-0).The victory tied UP with idle Arellano U at 3-1 as the Lady Maroons stayed in the hunt for one of the semifinal berths in the two-division tournament serving as the season-ending conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.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 openingBoth teams will dispute that semifinal slot on Sept. 30.The Lady Maroons also virtually knocked the Red Spikers (2-2) off the race going into the last four playdates of the elimination round. LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Alisa Buitre (left) and Isa Molde underscore the UP Lady Maroons solid blocking against the San Beda Red Spikers on their way to a three-set romp.University of the Philippines steadied a shaky start in the third set and frustrated San Beda, 25-16, 25-19, 25-20, to boost its Final Four bid in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre yesterday.The Lady Maroons fashioned out the victory in a little over an hour, with most of that time spent fighting off a letdown in the third set before completing the shutout.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans UP Rising ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
LATEST STORIES Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving smiles as he takes off his mask during the final moments of Boston’s 111-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Kyrie Irving has long admired Al Horford’s skillset from afar. He’s now getting to really savor all the advantages that come along with being his teammate.Irving had 19 of his 32 points in the second half, helping offset a 40-point night by Giannis Antetokounmpo as the Boston Celtics held off the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Al Horford added 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Jayson Tatum chipped in 17 points to help Boston improve to an NBA-best 21-4. The Celtics have won five of their last six.“We’re just utilizing our strength’s — me realizing that he can use me and I can use him,” Irving said. “When we utilize each other, we can get other guys great shots.”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 openingThe Celtics shot 50 percent or better from the field for the fifth straight game. That’s their longest such streak since 2010.“I think it’s just the work I’ve been putting in. It’s starting to pay off for me,” Horford said. “I feel like we’re starting to find our rhythm as a group, and I’m finding my rhythm, too.” After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Curry hobbled after Warriors roar back on Pelicans Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 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 Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ It was the third 40-point game this season for Antetokounmpo. Khris Middleton added 19 points while Eric Bledsoe had 18 points.“You have to compete against them because they don’t stop playing hard,” Antetokounmpo said. “From start to finish they play hard and play together.”Boston led by as many as 20 in the third quarter, before the Bucks stormed back, thanks in large part to Antetokounmpo. He almost singlehandedly kept the Bucks in it, scoring 16 points in the period and trimming Boston’s lead to 88-81 entering the fourth.It was 104-97 following a free-throw by Bledsoe, but the Celtics got five straight points from Irving to get the lead back up to 12 with less than a minute to play.Antetokounmpo and Middleton entered Monday as the most productive scoring duo in the Eastern Conference, averaging a combined 49 points per game.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments They combined for 59 Wednesday. It offset some early inconsistency from the rest of their teammates, which went just 6 of 24 from the field in the first half.TIP-INSBucks: Bench was outscored 18-4 in the first half.Celtics: Are now 11-2 at TD Garden this season, the most home victories in the NBA. … Outscored Milwaukee 60-34 in the paint. … Tatum went 4 for 4 from the 3-point line in the first quarter. Boston shot 61 percent (11 of 18) from the field overall in the period.QUOTABLE“I think his mannerisms are just one that you can’t see if he’s rattled or not. His composure is at a very high level to only be 19.” — Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd on Tatum.RUNNING TIMEKidd was called for technical after jawing with an official at 4:44 in second quarter. It ignited an 8-0 Celtics run that pushed Boston’s lead to 56-37. Irving had five points during the run.MASK OFFIrving said he could shed his protective facemask for Saturday’s matchup with Utah. He has been wearing the mask since breaking a bone in his face on Nov. 10 against Charlotte.CENTURY CLUBThe Celtics improved to 16-2 when scoring 100 or more points.The Bucks haven’t been held under 100 points since a 99-88 loss to Washington on Nov. 20 — a span of six games.UP NEXTBucks: Begin a three-game homestand Wednesday against Detroit.Celtics: Conclude five-game homestand Wednesday against Dallas. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ Coutinho scores as Barcelona reaches 5th straight Copa final Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 115-108. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NEW YORK — Golden State forward Draymond Green was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official.Green was ejected in the second quarter of the Warriors’ 125-105 home loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night after a second technical when he argued with the officials.ADVERTISEMENT Last month, Green was fined $25,000 for criticizing the NBA’s officiating. He’s averaging 11.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 47 games this season.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 Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’