Serena Williams set for 1st-round match at Indian Wells

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Two-time winner Maria Sharapova returns to the desert for the first time in three years. She plays Naomi Osaka of Japan on Wednesday. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Paul stars as Rockets top Thunder for 16th straight wincenter_img View comments Serena Williams of the United States reacts as a call goes against her and to opponent Zhang Shuai of China during the Tie Break Tens tournament at Madison Square Garden, Monday, March 5, 2018 in New York. Zhang defeated Williams to advance to the final round in the tournament but was defeated by Elina Svitolina. The Tie Break Tens’ New York event is a one-day day exhibition tournament featuring eight female players competing for a $250,000 winner’s prize. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Serena Williams makes her return to the pro tour after a 14-month absence with a first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.She will play Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in a night match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Williams has played just one Fed Cup doubles match while away from the WTA Tour. The former world No. 1 is unseeded and as a result did not receive a first-round bye.The new mother, who gave birth in September, will try to become the first woman to win three singles titles in the desert. Her other titles came in 1999 and 2001 before she boycotted the event for several years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWilliams, a winner of 23 Grand Slam titles, is in the same quarter of the draw as older sister Venus. The siblings could potentially face each other in the third round.Also set to play Thursday night is another new mom, Victoria Azarenka, a two-time tourney winner who got into the main draw with a wild card.last_img read more

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NBA: Carmelo Anthony open to waiving no-trade clause for Rockets, Cavs—report

first_imgRobredo: 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 MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Knicks, top executive Jackson agree to part waysHowever, the former Syracuse product is reportedly open to waiving his special case, if the right deal comes along.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAccording to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Melo “is open to waiving his no-trade clause to join the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers should those teams create a pathway to a deal.”The veteran sports columnist, who’s been breaking the news of deals as they happen, added that the team is expecting to receive multiple assets for the 10-time All Star. “After Jackson’s firing last week, the Knicks have maintained a stance of wanting significant assets back for Anthony in a trade, and have resisted the idea of a contract buyout,” he wrote.With Chris Paul’s shocking arrival in Houston to pair up with James Harden, the Rockets have catapulted into title contention and could form their own version of a “big three” if they somehow manage to land Anthony.The allure of playing for the Cavaliers, meanwhile, remains to be present as long LeBron James is in the fray.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Beaten Pacquiao to ‘think hard’ about retiring LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong What ‘missteps’?center_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks.  Elsa/Getty Images/AFPThe NBA off-season continues to be a busy one, as marquee players continue to be shipped left and right around the association since the past recent weeks.Although Phil Jackson no longer runs the show in New York, disgruntled Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony continues to be the subject of trade rumors—despite having an exclusive no-trade clause in his contract.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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‘Greek Freak’ Antetokounmpo invades Manila

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant King Bally has donated a fully refurbished basketball court to the campus along Kalayaan Avenue. The official turnover of the completed basketball court will also take place at the event.Antetokounmpo will also meet the MakSci students who participated in the 3-on-3 tournament. He will have a chance to offer advice and inspire young Filipino players who might one day enjoy the same success.ADVERTISEMENT Milwaukee Bucks breakout star Giannis Antetokounmpo is headed to the Philippines on Sunday for “The Greek Freak Invades Manila” at Glorietta Activity Center in Makati.ADVERTISEMENT 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’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Tour de France cyclist shows off tired, vascular legs after 16 stages Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Fans will get a chance to see Antetokounmpo in action as he participates in exhibition drills with PBA players Gabe Norwood and Ranidel de Ocampo  along and college basketball stars Vince Tolentino, Marco Sario and Thomas  Torres at 4pm in the event organized by King Bally Entertainment Group.INQUIRER is the official media partner of the “The Greek Freak Invades Manila.”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 charity event is free for public but fans have the chance to get up close with the young Greek forward. Mechanics are available King Bally’s official Facebook and the Ayala Center website.“The Greek Freak Invades Manila” will also host the final match of a 3-on-3 tournament featuring students of the Makati Science High School, which is the beneficiary school of the event. MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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The real Mr Cricket

first_imgTendulkar in action during the second Test against South Africa at Johannesburg in November 1992.It was a chilly winter morning in 1989. The Karnataka team was alighting at the porch of the Patiala cricket ground to face Bombay in the quarterfinals of the Wills Trophy, at that time the premier,Tendulkar in action during the second Test against South Africa at Johannesburg in November 1992.It was a chilly winter morning in 1989. The Karnataka team was alighting at the porch of the Patiala cricket ground to face Bombay in the quarterfinals of the Wills Trophy, at that time the premier domestic one-day tournament.Suddenly we heard cries from the back benchers of our bus, “Hey that must be Kambli?”. “No, no HE is Sachin.” That was my first glimpse of the famous Bombay duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli. In fact at that time it was Kambli who was the more conspicuous of the two, with his flashy attire and overwhelming enthusiasm.Even before the match began, and definitely while it was on, it was amply clear to all of us that these twowere treated as the two “special” Bombay boys, even by the established seniors, Dilip Vengsarkar and Ravi Shastri. Without a doubt they were the cynosure of all eyes in the match. Kambli played a bigger role in sealing a win for the Bombay team and Sachin was just impressive with his batting technique.Sachin in the company of Dilip Vengsarkar and Sanjay Manjrekar.Eighteen months down the line, I found myself sharing the same dressing room with the boywho was to become the Little Master. Always in the company of Sanjay Manjrekar, it appeared as if Manjrekar had been given the duty of grooming this prodigy and making him at home. Sachin somehow remained by himself. He did not belong to the group of rookies like us and at the same time kept a measured distance from the seniors like Kapil Dev, Vengsarkar and Srikkanth.That year, in the season of 1991-92, he produced two 100s-one at the world’s fastest wicket, the Perth WACA, and the other against Allan Donald and co, the fastest bowler in the world. It was a stunning statement of intent and arrival.advertisement”It has been tough to argue with Sachin on any issue related to cricket. Be it batting or bowling, his logic is unique which is drawn from his own abilities.”Srinath spearheaded the Indian pace attack and took 551 wickets in Tests and ODIs With childhood friend Vinod Kambli.I can still vividly remember the crack on the Perth wicket from where the ball was deviating dangerously off the track. The rest of the Indian batsmen struggled for survival at the centre and Sachin stood tall not just negotiating the awkward bounce but belting the bowlers disdainfully. Under the shadow of Sachin, it honestly looked as if the batsmen at the other end had been sent into oblivion. The common chorus that often rang in the dressing room was, “why can’t he give the strike to Sachin”?On many other occasions, and the fans will remember this, if Sachin was dismissed, it seemed to us as if the match was over. It was his extraordinary brilliance which led to what I could only think of as the diminishing value for the other performers around him. Sachin’s dismissal often brought back the lost confidence of the opposing bowlers; there was a spring in their step, suddenly all the fielders perked up. Their attack looked more penetrative, the wicket looked more difficult to bat on. That’s how it affected our own team.After a run of very successful seasons in international cricket, he was put in charge of the team. It was obvious to us that the crown of captaincy did not fit him perfectly. Under Sachin’s leadership for the first time in 1996, many of us found it difficult to match his expectations. His demands and anticipation of his teammates’ performances originated from his own talent. Lesser mortals found the going tough even to understand their roles, never mind the whole business of taking on the pressure of international cricket.Everytime he was in charge, a curious pattern of a slump in form followed. To others it may not have been a slump, but by his standards it was. Sachin took some time to realise that it’s not practical to expect others to emulate his feats. Basically, his talent was inborn and those skills cannot be acquired or transferred to anyone. The loss of any game under him his captaincy worked him up so much that it preyed on his batting abilities.On many occasions, if Sachin was dismissed, it seemed to us as if the match was over. It was his brilliance which led to what i could only think of as the diminishing value for the other performers around him. His dismissal often revived the lost confidence of the opposing bowlers. advertisementChild prodigy Sachin practising brother Ajit Tendulkar.The genius then realised very soon that detaching from the top seat was the way forward in his career. Unlike many other captains who stand down, the fact that Sachin was not leading the team made no difference. Players knew very soon who the true leader was in the dressing room and on the field.Things changed in the late 1990s with emergence of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and then shortly after that, Virender Sehwag. The reliance on Sachin lessened, but the importance of his presence in the side remains. Today, that presence could best be described as an ancient cricketer whose legendary skills are still on display and are still contemporary.People wonder whatkeeps him going even today.The runs, records, wins and accolades under his belt can weigh anybody down with a great sinking sense of achievement.Once an athlete achieves what he dreams of, he asks himself the next question, “What do I do now?” It is like Sachin has always known and he is the kind of sportsman whom sports psychologists and pundits want to analyse constantly to discover the answers for sustained motivation.While his achievements are both weighty and numerous, he could have been bogged down by many things-the pain, expectations, disappointments, pressure. Adulation and public stress caused by the media are two sides of the same coin in Indian cricket.During tough times, Sachin has always said his brother Ajit has been the source of strength. But many close to him know that Sachin wages his own battles within before making some adjustments and bouncing back stronger. Sachin scoring his fourth century on November 28, 1992 against South Africa at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg.The constant media glare and public attention imposes high discipline and demands great sacrifices of cricketers in their personal life too. It can often give rise to the dark side of sportsmen of the highest calibre. As far as I know, this exemplary cricketer has no dark side to worry about.To spend more than two decades under the glare of a focused spotlight and to steer clear of any controversy is, frankly, twice as tough as scoring tens of thousand of runs. He has faced a different set of problems, particularly the longer he has played. Injuries, the fatigue syndrome and loss of form can make a cricketer, even of the most immense achievements, run into a wall.During such tough times, Sachin has always said that his brother Ajit has been the source of strength and a sounding board. But many close to him know for a fact that Sachin wages his own battles within, before making some adjustments and bouncing back stronger. I believe his response has much to do with his very strong nuclear family upbringing.Whenever doubts were raised about his future during injury layoffs, Sachin has been able to strike back with his familiar rhythm. The champion in him has defied time and age again and again.All that is what everyone sees in the public eye. As his teammate, we have shared times both good and bad and been entertained not just by his batting on the field. I have to say that it has been tough to argue with Sachin on any issue related to cricket. Be it batting or bowling (swing, spin or fast), the logic he applies is unique which is drawn from his own abilities. As a talented bowler, he can turn and spin the ball either ways. This creative of idea of swing and spin came from his hours of bowling in the nets.He is one man who is either batting or bowling in the nets all the time and he has had to be stopped from over-working himself. I knowother people have that nickname, but having played with him for more than a decade, I think of Sachin, teammate, friend, as the real Mr Cricket.advertisementEverytime Sachin was in charge of the team, a curious pattern of a slump in form followed. He later realised that it’s not practical to expect others to emulate his feats. His talent is inborn, not acquired or transferred.last_img read more

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Woman wrestlers round off impressive show with twin gold

first_imgIndia’s woman grapplers capped their impressive Commonwealth Games campaign on a high with a gold for Anita (57kg) and Alka Tomar (59kg) in the freestyle competition at the K. D. Jadhav Stadium on Friday.World Championship bronze medalist in 2006, Alka outmanoeuvred her fancied rival Tonya Verbeek of Canada, who is a twotime Olympic medallist, via pinfall.Later in the evening, Anita swelled India’s medal tally with another gold, as she subdued the challenge of Megan Buydens of Canada 4-1 in the 67kg bout. After her bout, Anita admitted that it was her coach’s strategy that allowed her to achieve the best result of her international career.”My coach asked me to move in just when my opponent backed out after an attack. That is what I did and capitalised on it to win.This was the best achievement of my entire career and I hope to carry on from here,” Anita said.Alka said it was two years of hard work that finally made her a noticeable face in the country.”We have been preparing for this day for the last two years at Patiala. My opponent (Verbeek) was very tough since she has two Olympic medals under her belt and she gave me a good fight.”This was probably my toughest bout but now, I am ready for all such competitions.I hope I’ll carry on my performance in the same fashion and a gold medal at the Asian Games this year is now what I have in my sight,” she added.advertisementIt was the first time that women’s wrestling was introduced at the Commonwealth Games and the Indian grapplers did exceptionally well to win six medals including three gold.Babita, however, failed to repeat her elder sister Geeta’s gold- winning feat and had to remain content with a silver after her 4- 7 (0-2, 4-5) loss to Nigerian Ifeona Nwoye in the 51kg category.last_img read more

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BCCI will not leave Kochi players in lurch: Srinivasan

first_imgNew BCCI president N Srinivasan on Tuesday assured that the players’ interests of the terminated IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala will be taken care of by the Cricket Board.Cracking the whip for breach of contractual terms, the Board on Monday terminated Kochi’s contract, a move which prompted the controversial Kerala team to threaten legal action against the BCCI.”What will be the consequences of the termination and the future of the players as well as whether to play with nine teams — all these will be decided by the IPL governing council. (But) players’ interest will be safeguarded. BCCI will not leave the players in lurch. We will find a equitable solution that is viable both for the players and the BCCI,” Srinivasan said.”Whether it will be nine-team affair it’s for the IPL governing council to take a call at their next meeting, which I hope, is soon. I can?t decide that on my own its a decision of the IPL governing council and for BCCI as a whole to take,” he said.He brushed aside allegations of conflict of interest involved in him holding the top post in the BCCI and at the same time owning the Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings, saying that India Cements Limited and not he owns the team.”India cement, the public limited company, owns Chennai Super Kings. I don’t own it. I don’t have any personal conflict of interest at all. All members take decisions in BCCI at the AGM or the executive committee unanimously. In governing council if any matter on franchisee issue comes up I would excuse myself,” Srinivasan said.advertisement”I don’t make up the governing council. There are eminent people and I will observe all propriety as far as the IPL franchisee is concerned,” he said.Regarding the just-concluded England tour of India, Srinivasan, while backing the Indian team, reiterated that there would be no post-mortem of the side that failed to win a international single match.”I agree that we lost badly and whoever watched the matches are aware about the reasons. We had far more injuries than we had in the past during a single tour. We did not have a full strength team to begin with and a little bad luck that England played well. It’s too early to write off the team or to criticise the team whom we praised to the sky two months ego,” he said.While many attributed the team’s pathetic show in England to too much cricket, Srinivasan said the players can ask for rest whenever they wish to.”Our team played little bit more than other teams but not the all players. Many of them played only 50-60 per cent of the total number of days. Senior players are professionals and they know their bodies the best,” he said.”If they feel to take rest the board would grant it and in the past (too), the board has granted them rest. Playing for India is more important and that will be the priority. IPL franchisees have been asked to inform BCCI and the physio about the injury of any player.”Asked about the controversial Decision Review System, Srinivasan said that the BCCI would take it up with ICC to reverse the decision taken in Hong Kong meeting in which India had agreed to use a modified version of the DRS.”In the last ICC meeting in Hong Kong, India has agreed to use a minimum standard DRS, namely the use of hotspot. The England tour has proved otherwise. We have to again take up with the ICC that the decision taken at Hong Kong has to be reversed. We presently don’t believe in the accuracy of the technology on hot spot. We have to convince others about our viewpoint,” he told a news channel.last_img read more

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Wrong choices, neglect make professionals shy away from Royal Calcutta Golf Club

first_imgThe Royal is below par today because of bad luck and bad decisionsIt should have been like old times. When two of India’s top golfers, Arjun Atwal and Smriti Mehra, returned home on a winter break in January they planned to meet up and play a few rounds on their,The Royal is below par today because of bad luck and bad decisionsIt should have been like old times. When two of India’s top golfers, Arjun Atwal and Smriti Mehra, returned home on a winter break in January they planned to meet up and play a few rounds on their home course, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC). On the appointed day, when they arrived at the club, they were shocked.As Mehra, India’s only professional female golfer, put it: “The game was a disaster. The course was in such a terrible shape, we just wanted to get off it. There was so much sand, it was like walking on a beach.” Atwal and Mehra left after playing seven holes. Two days later, Atwal who now plays on the European tour packed his bags and left for Delhi.”Arjun realised there was just no way he could improve his game at Royal, so he decided to shift,” says brother Govind. The RCGC is not just any other golf club: established in 1829, it is the historical home of Indian golf. In fact the RCGC is recognised as the second oldest golf club in the world, after the legendary St Andrews in Scotland.Some of India’s best golfers consider the RCGC their sporting home. Instead of cashing in on the ongoing boom in Indian golf and promoting itself as the alma mater of top Indian players, the RCGC and its shabby grounds are in danger of becoming an embarrassing relic from the past.advertisementBANNED”There was so much sand the last time I played there that it was like walking on a beach.”Smriti Mehra, India’s only female professional golferMehra made a prediction. “It’s sad, Kolkata will never produce another world-class player,” she said to a local daily and was banned from the grounds by the club managing committee. Today, members of the venerable “Royal” are still not sure which side of the fence they’re on.Many agree with Mehra, but prefer not to stick their necks out. Others are willing to make allowances for the poor shape of the greens. “We have had some problems, it’s true,” says former RCGC captain Lakshman Singh. “But the course has never played better.” When professional Indian golf grew in the last decade, Royal could have been on top of the heap of Indian courses. But that never happened.This despite the fact that the club had everything on its side: heritage and heroes. The RCGC has produced an exceptional assembly line of top Indian pros: Atwal and Mehra, Asiancircuit regulars like Indrajit Bhalotia, Uttam Singh Mundy, Indian Tour pros Basad Ali, S.S.P. Chowrasia, Firoz Ali, his brother Rafiq Ali, and old timer caddy-turned-pro and Arjuna Award winner Jamshed Ali. “In 1990-91, 10 of the top Indian pros came from Royal,” says a golfer. “Last year, there were only three.”RCGC, it appears, is losing out to newer contenders – not just in terms of who plays on its course but what is played on the old links. This year’s Royal Challenge Indian Open winner Vijay Kumar honed his skills in Lucknow.Clubs like the Delhi Golf Club, DLF and Classic Golf Resort, Noida’s Jaypee Greens, Golden Greens in Gurgaon, courses in Chandigarh and Bangalore with their top-class maintenance plans and state-of-the-art technology, seem to have replaced the hallowed grounds of the Royal on the list of pro golfers’ favourite courses.Almost symbolically, the RCGC has not even been able to hold onto the Indian Open, the country’s oldest traditional professional tournament, shared between Delhi and Kolkata since 1964. The RCGC hosted the Indian Open 20 times between then and now. Under the sponsorship of Shaw Wallace, the Open has now moved to the Delhi Golf Club for the next three years.The Royal is below par today because of bad luck and bad decisions. The course could have got by with minimum maintenance but in 1997 the authorities chose to remodel it following a design set down by Australian course designer Peter Thompson, an Indian Open winner in 1964 and 1966.FUN DFETTERED”When the RCGC decided to hike the membership fees, the proposal was shouted down.”Neeraj Bhalla, CEO, Royal Calcutta Golf Club”That was the first mistake, forcing the course into a supposedly more challenging shape,” says Brandon D’Souza of Tiger Sports Marketing. “They followed the design so blindly, they ended up ruining many of the holes.” Bhalotia says, “If the idea was to make the course more difficult, it hasn’t worked. It was better earlier. Now it’s only good for a long game.”The RCGC is now battling on many more fronts like inclement weather and intractable neighbours. The 183 acre club is hemmed in by seven slums and has a road running through it. On a good day, cyclists pedal through the fairway, people squat on the driving range and bathe in any one of the club’s 50 odd tanks.On a bad day, picnickers roll out their plastic sheets and tuck in. With the boundary wall collapsing at places, encroachers use the club grounds as a thoroughfare. “On several occasions, we found the greens strewn with bottles and garbage after a night of revelry by the local dadas,” says former committee member Joydip Moitra.Besieged by problems within, the Royal’s managing committee is too hard-pressed to tackle these issues as it suffers from a cash crunch. “When we wanted to hike our membership fees, the proposal was shouted down,” says CEO Neeraj Bhalla.advertisementMembers who pride themselves on playing the cheapest golf at RCGC Rs 150 as opposed to Rs 800-900 a pop at Delhi courses for cart and caddy – dug their heels in when asked to pay regular green fees. The club’s 3,000 members contribute Rs 1.2 crore every year in fees, while course maintenance costs alone soar to about Rs 1.1 crore. There’s little left over for other things.”Since golf is their main business, the RCGC should invest more in improving the sport,” says Atwal. All but forgotten, too, is a Rs 32.68 lakh grant from the Tourism Ministry. With its 175th anniversary coming up in 2004, Bhalla says the club has big plans to upgrade its greens. ABOVE PARSense of tradition. The RCGC was set up in 1829.Has produced an exceptional assembly line of top Indian pros.BELOW PARShabby greens, minimal maintenance.Club fees too little to repair the course.Much as some members may hate the idea, Thompson may be recalled for another overhaul. With a better course, the Royal hopes to wean back many of the money-spinning tournaments it has “lost”. The Indian Open, for one, which could bring in a cool Rs 50-60 lakh per hosting.Consider this: golf in India is a Rs 12-15 crore business annually. The 25 tournaments on the Indian professional tour put out a prize money of about Rs 2.3 crore. The two biggest Asian Professional Tour dollar-events in the country at the moment the Royal Challenge Indian Open and the Hero Honda Masters together offer $600,000 (Rs 2.88 crore) in prize money. The organisational costs of running Asian Tour events is an additional $200,000 each per event alone.The equipment industry pulls in close to Rs 6 crore a year, while the business of managing and maintaining golf courses is anywhere between Rs 45 crore. “If you don’t count endorsements, golf is much bigger than any other sport in India,” says Bhalotia.If even a fraction of those crores of rupees were to come Royal’s way, the country’s oldest golf club might just be rich enough to live up to its name.advertisementlast_img read more

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Heartbreak and disbelief as Andy Murray announces retirement

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: PBA Q&A with Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio “Unreal results in a brutal era. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy,” he said.Murray’s failure to recover from a long-term hip injury has put his dream to win next week’s Australian Open almost beyond reach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSuch is the level of pain that there is speculation he may not be able to go the distance, much less set up a dream farewell at Wimbledon this July.Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — who fell short against Murray in a memorable 2016 Olympic gold medal game — urged him not to throw in the towel. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations.”That sentiment was echoed by Belgian four-time major winner Kim Clijsters, who like many could not help but be moved by Murray’s emotional announcement.“My heart breaks listening to @andy_murray during his press conference,” she tweeted.It is in his native Britain that the announcement will be perhaps most keenly felt.Murray’s status as the greatest British male player in several generations meant he carried the expectations of a nation onto the court. By meeting them, his impact transcended tennis.Many hoped he can muster the strength and fitness to return to the All England Club — where he twice won in fairytale fashion — for a career finale.“He deserves his moment to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too important to Great Britain and Wimbledon history to not have it,” said Roddick.“He just needs to play any match for the goodbye he deserves.”US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish pointed to Murray’s famous determination, which helped him compete against stronger and more skilled players.“The @andy_murray that I know will absolutely make it to Wimbledon to play his final tournament,” he tweeted. “Not many with more heart, effort in the history of the game. Was always a pleasure to share the court pal.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting,” he wrote.“I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.”The sentiment was echoed by tennis’ women stars, who Murray championed — famously rebuking a journalist for glossing over American greats like Serena Williams arguing for equal billing on the centre courts.Indian star Sania Mirza dubbed him her “foreverfavourite” and a “#foreverachampion”.Legend Billie Jean King declared him a “champion on and off the court”.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he leaves a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell.American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as an “absolute legend” who is on the “short list of best tacticians” in the history of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Xolo Win Q900s Windows Phone 8.1 device goes on sale for Rs 9,800

first_imgXolo has been making a lot of headway in the Indian market. Last month it announced the Q900s, which is its first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone and now the phone is available with online retailers for Rs 9,800. Earlier, Microsoft had announced Xolo as one of its newer hardware partners. Some of the new entrants in the Windows Phone ecosystem also include Micromax, which had unveiled its Canvas Win line of Windows Phones last month. Of late, there has been a proliferation of Windows Phone OEMs as Microsoft has eliminated the licensing fee for the OS.For the uninitiated, the Xolo Win Q900s sports a 4.7-inch 720p IPS screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz working in concert with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 302 GPU. It has a 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera, a microSD card slot, 8GB of internal storage, and a 1,800mAh battery. It’s also a dual-SIM smartphone and is touted as one the lightest smartphones in the market as it weight only 100 grams. To give some perspective, the iPhone 5S weighs 112grams. It will do battle with the likes of the Canvas Win, though it will also be flanked by the new wave of high-quality affordable Android smartphones like the Moto G. Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBoneslast_img read more

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