ICC will wait for police report before taking action: Pawar

first_imgInternational Cricket Council President Sharad Pawar on Monday said the allegations of ‘spot-fixing’ and ‘match-fixing’ against Pakistani cricketers are very serious but the ICC would wait for a report from the police in London before deciding on its course of action.”Until and unless the process of investigation is over, it is improper for me to react,” Pawar told reporters in Mumbai.”We have discussed it within the ICC and have decided that let us wait for the police’s investigation report. After that we have to take a viewpoint of the two Board, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board,” he added.Reacting to the scandal, which implicates captain Salman Butt, pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and three other unnamed players, Pawar said he does not make comments on what is essentially a media report.”If this is established, there will be quite a serious view that will be taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board, the England Cricket Board and the ICC,” he said.”I am absolutely confident that both Boards will never encourage protecting anybody who has done a wrong thing.Whatever the allegations, the allegations themselves are quite serious,” he added.The furore follows a sting operation by a British tabloid in which a bookie, Mazhar Majeed, is seen boasting about the bribes he paid to get Asif and Aamir bowl no balls during Pakistan’s Lord’s Test against England, which the visitors lost by an innings and 225 runs.Pawar said he would be speaking to the officials from the ECB and the PCB to discuss the matter.advertisement”There is a conference call that I will be attending in which somebody from the ECB and the PCB would be there,” he said.Asked about the Indian bookies about whom Majeed talks about in the sting operation, Pawar said he was not aware of this.”I don’t know. The BCCI have to take a view on that. The BCCI is one of our member and I am sure if any serious matter is there, the BCCI will take cognizance of this,” he said.”I can’t come to a conclusion based on a video,” he reasoned.last_img read more

Just practice for German giants Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm.Even the most ardent of fans will not give India a chance against Bayern Munich. But that does not stop Bayern captain Philipp Lahm from giving respect to their rivals for Tuesday’s friendly match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.”We have come here to win. We want to play attractive football and show the kind of football a top European side plays,” he said.Lahm was honest enough to admit that he has no knowledge about football in this country. “We know cricket is the most popular sport here and the only time we have heard about Indian football is when Bhaichung Bhutia played for World XIs in friendly matches,” he said.His German teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger too is well aware of Bhutia’s standing for the Indian team. “I have just returned from a neck injury and hope that Bhaichung does not attack our half much often so that it makes my task more difficult,” he joked.When asked to predict the score-line, Schweinsteiger also said the same thing what his captain had to say about the match.”This is our last match before the second leg of the Bundesliga starts. So we are taking it very seriously. We want to show what we are capable of,” he said.While Bayern is so much upbeat about the match, India coach Savio Medeira was honest enough to admit his team’s shortcomings. “Everyone knows the difference of the standards between the two teams. For us, it will be about enjoying the match,” he said.advertisementAnd Bhaichung Bhutia, whose farewell match it is, said that though he can return from retirement, if needed, he doesn’t think the need will ever arise.”I am ready to come back from the retirement but with some talented youngsters in the side, I don’t think there will be any need for it,” he smiled.last_img read more

Layul Mountaineers’ and Skiers’ Association: Saving lives of trapped trekkers

first_imgIn September 2005, when four bodies were spotted over the Kangla Glacier, the authorities were perplexed over their identities as nobody had been reported to be missing. The real daunting challenge, however, was to retrieve the bodies from 19,000-ft height. THE BRAVEHEARTS: LMSA volunteersAfter a week-long expedition, the Layul Mountaineers’,In September 2005, when four bodies were spotted over the Kangla Glacier, the authorities were perplexed over their identities as nobody had been reported to be missing. The real daunting challenge, however, was to retrieve the bodies from 19,000-ft height.THE BRAVEHEARTS: LMSA volunteersAfter a week-long expedition, the Layul Mountaineers’ and Skiers’ Association (LMSA) was able to retrieve one body. It was identified as that of a Swedish woman, who had disappeared in the area 23 years ago with three others.The feat earned the search party a pat from the local administration and the Swedish Embassy in Delhi. For LMSA volunteers, however, it was just another mission accomplished.Founded by Norbu Panse, LMSA is a voluntary organisation of natives-farmers, shopkeepers, teachers, lawyers and even priests-based in Keylong, the administrative headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district which specialises in rescue operations.The organisation was born in the wake of a disaster. In 1979 Lahaul was hit by a series of snow avalanches and landslides that caused more than 250 deaths. The locals had no training in rescue.They depended on teams from outside the valley which could operate only during winters via helicopter. Panse, then a havaldar of Dogra Scouts who had trained at the army’s High Altitude Warfare School at Gulmarg, set up a self-help group in his village Yurnath near Keylong. In 1981, LMSA was born.Himachal PradeshIt focused on adventure sports and trained local youth in rescue techniques. The association now has over 100 volunteers and employs ingenious methods in its operations. These include using “Chhang”, a local brew, to revive those trapped under snow and making goggles out of plastic bags to help victims overcome snow blindness. In the Kangla Glacier operation they used a carry-on gas cylinder to make a sledge to bring down the body.”Our volunteers know the terrain like the back of their hand. Their scattered presence helps in a real-time rescue effort,” says Panse. r    “Helping those in distress is like religion to us,” says trainer and a founding member Bishan Dass.LMSA has become the first port of call for the administration when people get trapped in snow. “They are quite an asset in crisis situations,” says Lahaul-Spiti Superintendent of Police Asif Jalal.But, for the “bravehearts”, saving lives is a way of life.advertisementlast_img read more

Milkha’s special gift for Farhan

first_imgThey Are a piece of India’s history and by his own admission, one of Milkha Singh’s most prized possessions.But keen to mark the occasion as the shoot for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – the film based on his life – gets underway, the Flying Sikh has given the shoes he wore during his iconic sprint at the 1960 Rome Olympics as a special memento to Farhan Akhtar. Milkha had barely missed picking up a Bronze for India at the event by a fraction of a second.Farhan, as you all know, will be essaying Milkha’s rise as one of Independent India’s first sporting legends in the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra- directed film.The Flying Sikh presented his special shoes to Farhan in Chandigarh, where the first schedule of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is being shot.The film’s script has been written by Prasoon Joshi and Mehra. Milkha, we hear, is extremely happy with the script and has liked the way his character has been etched out.Farhan, on his part, has been working very hard to step into the legend’s shoes. Apart from the long hours of grueling training, he has also spent a lot of time with the man himself to better understand his mannerisms and journey as a whole.last_img read more

IPL 2012 Live: RCB vs KKR cricket scores and commentary

first_imgA comfortable win for Kolkata. Bangalore went into the break midway with all the momentum after Kolkata’s late collapse but lost the plot completely in the first 6 overs. Kallis picked up the first 2, including the big man Gayle, and Balaji demolished the middle order with a terrific spell. He bowled with a good rhythm and struck important blows including wickets of Kohli and ABD, which left too much for the inexperienced Bangalore middle order. Bangalore were always playing the catch-up game after all the early wickets, and eventually lost by a big margin at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday. Score | PhotosKallis: We played some good cricket today. We were under a bit of pressure after the first 2 games but did well today. We knew that the new ball will be crucial – the ball was doing something and we had to pick the wickets. Gayle is a dangerous player, but we knew that we had a big chance against him upfront.IPL 2012: RCB vs KKR Live: KKR win by 42 runs7:55 pm | 19.6 overs: WICKET – And it’s all over for RCB – They go down by 42 runs. Shakib Al Hasan to Vinay Kumar, out Caught by Shukla!! A wicket to end the game. Sums up the Bangalore innings, and the match in fact. Comes down the track and heaves across but Shukla judges it well and takes it just inside the ropes. A big win for the visitors, who have bounced back after a couple of losses. Vinay Kumar c Shukla b Shakib Al Hasan 25(26) [6s-1] (RCB 124/9 in 20 overs)advertisementZaheer Khan comes to the crease7:55 pm | 17.6 overs: WICKET! Shakib Al Hasan to Harshal Patel, out Bowled!! A wicket for Shakib. The arm ball that skids on after pitching on off, Harshal Patel was neither forward nor back and let a huge gap between bat and pad, the ball sneaks through the gate to hit off stump. Harshal Patel b Shakib Al Hasan 10(9) [4s-1] (RCB 106/8 in 17.6 overs)7:45 pm: Strategic time out: RCB need 75 off 23 balls. Vinay Kumar and Harshal Patel are at the crease.15.5 overs: Shakib Al Hasan to Vinay Kumar, no run, was that a missed stumping chance? Yes! Vinay Kumar comes down the track but misses it completely, goes through the gate and Bisla fumbled behind to allow him back, poor effort that.Harshal Patel comes to the crease 7:32 pm | 14.2 overs: WICKET! Doeschate to Saurabh Tiwary, out Caught by Shukla!! Straight to the fielder! That’s catching practice. In the slot for him to swing across and he does exactly that, gets it off the middle of the bat but hits it flat and straight to deep mid wicket. Shukla didn’t have to move an inch, and Bangalore continue to slide. Saurabh Tiwary c Shukla b Doeschate 18(19) [4s-1] (RCB 78/7 in 14.2 overs)Vinay Kumar comes to the crease 7:25 pm | 11.5 overs: WICKET! Balaji to Vettori, out Bowled!! I’m afraid Bangalore’s hopes end with that dismissal. Vettori was trying to be innovative and shuffled across once again, Balaji maintained it simple and straight with a slower ball, Vettori played too early and missed it. 4th wicket for Balaji, he has been terrific today! Vettori b Balaji 20(12) [4s-3 6s-1] (RCB 60/6 in 11.5 over)Vettori trying revival of sorts, but eventually the pressure will get to him.10.4 overs: Bhatia to Vettori, FOUR, this is superb batting! Vettori looks a determined man. Bhatia bowls this full and outside off, Vettori moves across quickly and paddles it fine to the fine leg fence, picked his spot superbly and executed it even better 10.3 overs: SIX – a big one there Bhatia to Vettori, SIX, Vettori continues to fight! This was well picked – a slower one outside off but Vettori goes on his knees and slog sweeps, drags it from there over the deep mid wicket fence 7:15 pm | 9.6 overs: RCB are 43/5. Balaji to Saurabh Tiwary, 1 run, catch DROPPED by Shakib. That’s a sitter! Tiwary charges down at this short ball and pulls it flat and straight to deep square leg, Shakib positions himself well but the ball pops in and out of his hands. Will Saurabh Tiwary use this chance?! Daniel Vettori, left handed bat, comes to the crease 7:08 pm | 9.1 overs: WICKET! And KKR are busy pressing for a win… Balaji to Agarwal, out Caught by Gambhir!! Another wicket. The 3rd one for Balaji – he unleashes his broad smile. This is good bowling – back of a length and angled in, Agarwal looks to play across but it bounces a touch extra, lobs off the leading edge for a simple catch to extra cover. Gambhir completes the catch and calls his team-mates for a conference. A huddle perhaps? Agarwal c Gambhir b Balaji 5(6) (RCB 33/9 in 9.1 overs)advertisementMayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease 7:00 pm | 7.2 overs: WICKET! Balaji to de Villiers, out Bowled!! What a stunner! Absolute peach from Balaji and he is on a roll. He did this to Shane Watson last year and does the same to de Villiers now! Angles it in and pitches on off, ABD thinks it will come in with the angle and looks to block but the ball straightens and goes past the outside edge to hit off. Absolute peach, nothing else to say. Bangalore will have to chase this down without Gayle, Kohli and de Villiers. AB de Villiers b Balaji 10(10) [4s-1] (RCB 25/4 in 7.2 overs)Saurabh Tiwary, left handed bat, comes to the crease 6:50 pm | 5.5 overs: WICKET! Things getting rather tough for RCB. Balaji to Virat Kohli, out Caught by Manoj Tiwary!! Another important wicket! Just reward for Balaji who has started with a superb over – 4 dot balls and then this huge strike. Once again lands it in an awkward length on middle stump channel and gets it to straighten off the seam, Kohli’s feet don’t move as he tries to work across, only managed a thick leading edge to point. Kohli wasn’t looking at his best today at all, he is furious with himself as he walks off. Virat Kohli c Manoj Tiwary b Balaji 6(14) [4s-1] (RCB 20/3 in 5.5 overs)AB de Villiers comes to the crease 6:38 pm | 3.3 overs: WICKET! And Chris Gayle falls, RCB come under massive pressure. Kallis to Gayle, out Caught by Shukla!! Gayle goes!! No Gayle storm today folks – it’s a huge disappointment to the home fans. Gayle c Shukla b Kallis 2(8) (RCB 8/2 in 3.3 overs)Virat Kohli comes to the crease 6:30 pm | 1.4 overs: WICKET! OK, early wicket there. Kallis to Pujara, out Caught by Yusuf Pathan!! That’s the start they wanted. Poor shot though, there is a slip in place but he opens the face – this was full and just outside off, Pujara gets forward and tries to run it down to third man, the ball goes off the outside half of the blade straight to slip. Pujara c Yusuf Pathan b Kallis 6(9) [6s-1] (RCB 6/9 in 7.1 overs) 6:20 pm | 0.1 overs: Pujara and Gayle are at the crease. Pujara is on strike. Brett Lee will open the attack  ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE INNINGS: Target 166KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: 165/8 in 20 overs. Alright! At one stage it looked like 200 was a certainty. But once Bisla fell, the innings fell apart. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Yusuf, Gambhir, Tiwary, Doeschate and Shakib fell in quick succession. Shukla didn’t contribute either and they would consider themselves 30 runs short looking at how they were going at halfway stage. But, that being said, 166 is not child’s play. It would require a strong contribution from the top order for Vettori’s men to steal the show tonight.Rajat Bhatia, right handed bat, comes to the crease  advertisement6:04 pm | 19.3 overs: WICKET! Harshal Patel to Shukla, out Caught by Zaheer!! What a catch! Shukla goes for the pull and gets a top edge, the ball goes miles in the air swirling around and Zaheer at mid wicket ran back, kept his eyes on the ball until the last moment and falls over to complete the catch. Shukla c Zaheer b Harshal Patel 5 (8) (KKR 154/78 in 19.3 overs)Brett Lee, right handed bat, comes to the crease  5:55 pm | 18.3 overs: WICKET! Vinay Kumar to Shakib Al Hasan, out Caught by Pujara!! They are falling like nine pins, you can’t help but feel for Shah Rukh Khan. He was all smiling moments ago but it has all died down, Shakib Al Hasan tries get under that overpitched delivery, wanted to heave it over long on, mishits it to the fielder at long off, Pujara is as safe as houses. Shakib Al Hasan c Pujara b Vinay Kumar 4(4) (KKR 151/7 in 18.3 overs)Laxmi Shukla, right handed bat, comes to the crease. Kolkata have lost 5 wickets for 19 runs.   5:50 pm | 17.2 overs: WICKET! And Murali strikes… Muralitharan to Doeschate, out Caught by Vettori!! The crowd erupts as another one bites the dust. The top spinner does the trick for Murali, Doeschate was looking for the sweep, the ball bounced a bit more, took the top edge and the ball went straight to the fielder at short fine leg, Vettori finally has a smile on his face. Kolkata have dug their own grave after starting so well. Doeschate c Vettori b Muralitharan 3(4) (KKR 143/6 in 17.2 overs) Shakib Al Hasan, left handed bat, comes to the crease 5:45 pm | 16.5 overs: WICKET! Zak gets his man… Zaheer to Manoj Tiwary, out Caught by Agarwal!! They are falling apart! Slower one from Zaheer, Manoj Tiwary was shaping for the pull but played it a little early, ended up spooning a simple catch to backward square leg, they have just turned on the self-destruction mode. Manoj Tiwary c Agarwal b Zaheer 2(5) (KKR 140/5 in 16.5 overs)16.2 overs: WICKET! Zaheer strikes and Gambhir departs! Zaheer to Gambhir, out Caught by Harshal Patel!! End of a fine innings. Gambhir tried to reverse sweep it with the bck of the bat, lobs it towards short third man, Harshal Patel dives forward and takes a good low catch. It was nicely bowled from Zaheer, full and on the off stump, Gambhir couldn’t do much after he decided to play that shot! Gambhir c Harshal Patel b Zaheer 64(39) [4s-9 6s-1] (KKR 139/4 in 16.2 overs) Manoj Tiwary comes to the crease 5:35 pm | 14.1 overs: WICKET! Another one and RCB are back in the game. Vinay Kumar to Yusuf Pathan, out Caught by Gayle!! Yusuf Pathan got a life in his very first ball, but he’s not determined to make the most of it, a simple catch at backward point, Gayle was the fielder. It was too close to the body to be playing the cut shot, slashed at it and it went off the outer half of the bat straight to Gayle, good bowling from Vinay Kumar, kept it slightly short and close to the body, the extra bounce did the trick for his team. Yusuf Pathan c Gayle b Vinay Kumar 1(3) (KKR 126/3 in 13.3 overs)  Yusuf Pathan comes to the crease 5:30 pm | 13.3 overs: WICKET! Bisla falls after a blazing 46. Muralitharan to Bisla, out Stumped!! Bye Bye Bisla says Muralitharan as he bowls a doosra, Bisla didn’t pick it up at all, he was coming down the track looking to go downtown, misread the line of the delivery completely and ABD has an easy task behind the stumps, Bisla was a long way down the track. He has played a fine hand though. Bisla st de Villiers b Muralitharan 46(29) [4s-2 6s-3] (KKR 125/2 in 13.3 overs)  Bisla and Gambhir are going hammer and tongs against RCB. They are well aware that Chris Gyle is playing for RCB in this match and no target is too tough when he gets going.5:24 pm | 12.6 overs: That’s Gambhir’s 50. Vinay Kumar to Gambhir, FOUR, overpitched and beautifully played! Gambhir gets underneath it, carves it over extra cover, off the middle of the bat and it almost cleared the ropes, Gambhir gets his FIFTY.Manvinder Bisla, right handed bat, comes to the crease 4:58 pm | 6.2 overs: WICKET! Kallis falls but not before giving a jump start to KKR… Vettori to Kallis, out Caught by de Villiers!! The captain does it for his team. A much needed break-through this. Good delivery from Vettori, it didn’t turn, got a bit of extra bounce, went straight on and was slightly short, Kallis backed away looking to cut, gets a thick outside edge to the keeper. ABD makes no mistake and Kallis departs for 22. Kallis c de Villiers b Vettori 22(23) [4s-3 6s-1] (RCB 60/1 in 6.2 overs)4:40 pm | 5 overs: KKR are 47/0  with Kallis (14) and Gambhir (30 off 12 balls) at the crease. The match started late, maybe that’s why KKR captain Gautam Gambhir is in a rush to complete the innings ASAP.4:15 pm | o.1 over: Kallis and Gambhir are at the crease. Kallis is on strike. Zaheer will open the attack. Alright, the electrical problem has been sorted out. Kallis is walking out with Gambhir. Fasten your seatbelts folks, here we go! For those who are asking – no overs reduced. It will still be a 20 over game. Zaheer Khan has the new ball. One slip in place for Kallis. Still no news from the venue! Wonder what the problem really is. It is not a complete power failure. We can see the big screen working fine. So are the audio systems.3:55 pm – VINAY KUMAR’S PREDICTION: The Bangalore seamer feels 170-180 should be a good total. “The humidity is a bit high. All the players are feeling good. Coach is feeling confident. Bangalore’s wicket generally favors both batsmen and bowlers. 170-180 will be a good score. It is a very good learning curve playing with Vettori, Gayle and ABDV.”3:47 pm – CAPTAIN’S VIEW: Gautam Gambhir says, “It’s important for us to turn it around, it’s a long tournament but we can’t play the kind of cricket we played in the first 2 games. It’s just a matter of 1 game. Lee has a niggle in his hamstring but he said he is fit enough to play. We would’ve bowled first as well. Shakib and ten Doeschate return for McCullum and Narine.”3:45 pm – CAPTAIN’S VIEW: Daniel Vettori says, “We always get good support here, they know their cricket as well. ABD is a classy player, he showed us what he can do. With Muralitharan in the side it makes my job a lot easier. We have spoken about momentum, that’s important. Bowling first suits us, especially with Gayle back in the side. Gayle returns for McDonald, happy that Gayle is back – he was fantastic last year and hope for more of the same this year.: 3:40 pm – CHANGES ON BOTH SIDES: So, now, the  teams have been named and there are a couple of changes on both sides. First, the big news, Chris Gayle is playing this game, so Kolkata better watch out. The big West Indian was spectacular during the last edition. Andrew McDonald to sit out for RCB. Kolkata have left out Brendon McCullum and Sunil Narine to make space for Shakib-al-Hasan and Ryan ten Doeschate.3:39 pm – KOLKATA PLAYING XI: Manvinder Bisla(w), Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir(c), Manoj Tiwary, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Rajat Bhatia, Brett Lee, Laxmi Shukla, Lakshmipathy Balaji3:37 pm – BANGALORE PLAYING XI: Cheteshwar Pujara, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers(w), Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Daniel Vettori(c), Vinay Kumar, Harshal Patel, Zaheer Khan, Muttiah Muralitharan 3:35 pm – BANGALORE WIN TOSS: Daniel Vettori has won the toss and the Royal Challengers will bowl first. The left-arm spinner seems to be confident in his bowling attack… and why shouldn’t he be, with himself and Zaheer Khan in the line-up. Kolkata will be hoping to deliver a much better batting performance in this game. Perhaps it’ll be Yusuf Pathan’s day!3:30 pm – BUZZ AROUND THE GROUND: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of this exciting match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. This one promises to be one hell of a game — a real cracker. Bangalore are in fine form, which they proved by beating the Delhi Daredevils in their first match. On the other hand, Kolkata have suffered two disappointing losses, but Gautam Gambhir and his men know they are capable of much more. The game is set up perfectly to provide thrills.last_img read more

Pumaren decries ‘crucial’ calls in Adamson loss: Refs shouldn’t decide the game

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blue Eagles earn Final Four spot, down Tamaraws Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The first was Ben Mbala’s block on Sarr which looked to be a goaltend violation, in Pumaren’s eyes and the video replay, and the second was the foul call on Jerie Pingoy as the Adamson point guard wrestled the ball away from Kib Montalbo.“I don’t want to sound like a sour grape but it showed there were a couple of calls that were questionable.”With the loss, the Soaring Falcons fell to a 6-4 card but stayed at the third spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren said the Falcons’ 80-74 loss to defending champion De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament came down to crucial calls.“We shouldn’t let the referees decide the game,” said Pumaren Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Arguably the biggest controversial call of the game was Papi Sarr getting called with a three-second violation with 49 seconds left in the game with the Soaring Falcons down by only two, 74-72.What made the call questionable was that official call was a three-second violation while the baseline referee called an offensive foul on Sarr.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“First of all I don’t think that was a three-second violation,” said Pumaren. “That was crucial, the refs made the decision.”A couple of more plays in the third quarter also left Pumaren bewildered. View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

UAAP taekwondo: NU starts strong in title-retention bid

first_imgBlackwater owner hoping for the best amid lockout fears MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Univesity put on a strong start in its campaign to retain the the women’s division title, dismantling De La Salle, 5-2, in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo tournament at Blue Eagle Gym.Sisters Rhezie and Rheza Aragon led the way for the Lady Bulldogs.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bullpups, which lost to the Tiger Cubs via tiebreak, settled for second while De La Salle-Zobel completed the podium after edging out UE for third place. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Malditas save PH from shutout View comments University of the Philippines, meanwhile, took the top seed in the men’s division after scoring a close 4-3 victory over University of Santo Tomas and a 6-1 domination of Ateneo.UST and Ateneo also chalked up early victories in the women’s division.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 Golden Tigresses ran rampant against University of the East, 6-1, while last year’s Rookie of the Year Pauline Lopez led the Lady Eagles to a 4-3 win over UP.In the juniors division, UST snapped UE’s four-year reign and became the new rulers of the high school tournament behind MVP Israel Cantos. 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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READlast_img read more

Nuggets stop Warriors’ 11-game winning streak

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Gary Harris scored 19 points to lead a balanced Denver offense and the Nuggets stopped the Warriors’ 11-game winning streak with a second impressive road victory in two nights, beating Golden State 96-81.“It didn’t feel like we were into it emotionally tonight. Sometimes after a long winning streak, whatever reason, you let your guard down a little bit. It wasn’t there,” Kerr said. “The biggest concern for me tonight, I didn’t see a lot of joy. … We weren’t having much fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingNikola Jokic added 18 points and nine rebounds and Jamal Murray had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Nuggets after their Friday win at Portland. They held the defending NBA champions to a season low for points.Kevin Durant had 18 points and six rebounds in a particularly poor shooting performance for the typically efficient NBA Finals MVP. He was 6 for 17 and missed all five of his 3-point attempts as the Warriors shot 38.6 percent. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, is fouled by Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APOAKLAND, California — Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t see much passion from his team Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Golden State better find some fast for Christmas Day, when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town for a prime-time holiday rematch of the past three NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT “When you’re missing shots, you don’t let it affect your defense, but this is a feel-good game,” Durant said. “You want to make shots, that’s what gets us going, that’s what gets the crowd going.”Golden State has regularly relied on big third quarters this season, and in this game, it couldn’t even muster a strong fourth after going into the final period down 73-62.It was also the second night of a back-to-back for the Warriors, who beat the Lakers at home on Friday. They fell behind 53-41 at the break Saturday.Harris had his second strong game after missing one with a bruised elbow.The Nuggets had lost five straight on Golden State’s home floor dating to a 100-99 win at Oracle on April 10, 2014.It was an especially slow start for Golden State, which began 6 for 18 — with Durant going 1 for 5 and Thompson missing his initial four shots as the Warriors shot 7 for 21 in the opening quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021center_img Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Westbrook, George lead Thunder to victory over Jazz View comments Draymond Green had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds in his second game back after missing five of six with soreness in his right shoulder. He took a sharp elbow to the face from Jokic with 7:27 remaining and went down hard, then was getting X-rays on his left elbow afterward.Klay Thompson scored 15 for the Warriors but was 6 for 21 overall and 1 of 10 on 3s as Golden State went just 3 for 27 from deep. A night after posting his first career double-double with season bests of 20 points and 10 rebounds, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell contributed seven points and 10 rebounds.Patrick McCaw’s floater with 7:13 to go pulled Golden State to 82-71, but the Warriors couldn’t do much more to fight back.“I can’t remember seeing many teams hold that team to 3 of 27 from the 3-point line,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “So it’s a hell of a win for us and it’s going to make Christmas obviously that much merrier.”The Warriors were sloppy, lacked a flow on offense, looked a step behind most of the night and never got rolling trying to play catch-up much of the evening. Fans headed for the exits with a few minutes left, a rare sight at Oracle Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

Win some, learn some

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH As the Vietnamese celebrated on the streets of Hanoi, waving flags, blowing horns and dancing to disco beats, following the home side’s 2-1 victory late Thursday night in the second leg, completing a 4-2 aggregate win, the Azkals were left to ponder what might have been in their hotel near My Dinh Stadium.The Azkals entered the tournament determined to at least reach the finals after getting to the semifinals in three of the last four editions of the Suzuki Cup.“The players left it all on the field, they can’t complain about that,” said defender Carlie de Murga. “It’s really hard to play like this after so many travels and changing hotels.”The Vietnamese also took the physicality to the Azkals, one of the perceived strengths of the Filipinos in the region. A 2-1 win at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last Sunday left the Azkals needing to replicate the Miracle in Hanoi eight years ago.But Vietnam also showed it was incisive and clinical when it mattered. The Azkals held their ground until the last 10 minutes when they conceded twice in quick succession, allowing the Vietnamese to seal the win before James Younghusband, playing his 100th match for the country, scored a consolation goal a minute from time.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy LATEST STORIES In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Kevin Ingreso fights off the challenge of two Vietnamese players in their match last Thursday night.—CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/LAGARDERE SPORTSHANOI—There have been tougher defeats in recent years, but for the Philippines, the semifinal exit in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup had a familiar feeling that came with the result.Vietnam was a different opponent from the Azkals’ three previous trips to the knockout stage, but the outcome remained the same for a side that will now have to wait two more years for a crack at Southeast Asian football’s biggest prize.ADVERTISEMENT Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 Valdez wants to capture Open crown at home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Obviously, we are all disappointed with the final result but every player really stepped up and played their hearts out,” said James. The period of evaluation will be quick with focus shifting immediately to the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates a little less than a month away.But as far as the players are concerned, this year’s Suzuki Cup, with its new home-and-away format, should serve as an example that nothing less than the best preparation and the best ways to lessen the stress of traveling from one country to another should also be a priority.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“The players gave everything on the pitch tonight,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer as he slowly walked to thank the Filipinos who showed up at My Dinh Stadium to support the team.“We expect to always be playing in these type of games. But if we want to take the next step, we have to be better in all aspects. The support has to improve. The quality of the team can only get us so far.” Read Next MOST READ You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ View commentslast_img read more

Ind vs WI: Visakhapatnam ODI abandoned after cyclone Hudhud mayhem

first_imgAndhra Cricket Association (ACA) had informed BCCI about the unplayable conditionsThe third One-Day International between India and the West Indies, scheduled in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, has been called off after the cyclone ‘Hudhud’ hit the port city, disrupting normal life and leaving the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium in completely unplayable condition.Indian team’s media manager Dr RN Baba said,”There is no match scheduled due to prevailing weather conditions. The players will be staying in Delhi only. We had a scheduled flight for Visakhapatnam on Monday at 12:55 pm in the afternoon but now it stands cancelled.”Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) had informed BCCI about the unplayable conditions.ACA official CR Mohan said,”We have intimated BCCI about the current situation. The entire ground covers were today blown away in the afternoon after 1 pm when the winds were flowing at a speed of over 150 kmph per hour. It was a such a situation where we were not even able to go to the stadium to see what kind of damages have been done. The groundsmen could not be contacted. No way the match could have been possible.””The hotel where we were staying, we were told by the police authorities to move to the underground level for safety reasons. Tomorrow, if the situation improves, then along with police we will go to the ground to check the situation. We are worried about our groundstaff.”With BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in Dubai for the ICC meeting, the board could not issue a press release on Sunday.advertisementThe fourth ODI will be held in Dharamsala on Friday.last_img read more

World’s first ‘bionic bra’ adjusts to breast movement

first_imgPicture for representational purposeScientists have designed the world’s first ‘bionic bra’ that automatically adjusts itself in response to the breast movement to provide more comfort to the wearer.Researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia have created a new prototype of the bra, made using intelligent components.”The advent of approaches such as 3D printing has enabled us to assemble structures containing new sensing technologies to more accurately monitor movement and new artificial muscle technologies to control it,” Professor Gordon Wallace, Executive Research Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at UOW said.”These advances have inspired us to (re)confront the challenges involved in creating the Bionic Bra,” Wallace said.Professor Julie Steele, Director of Breast Research Australia (BRA) based at UOW, has been investigating the movement of women’s breast during physical activity for more than 15 years.She said without the right breast support, long-term damage can be done, including numbness in the fingers caused by compression of nerves on the shoulders, as well as neck and back pain.”Unfortunately, the most supportive sports bras tend to be the most uncomfortable to wear. Making matters worse, BRA research has found that 85 per cent of women are wearing bras that do not fit or support their breasts correctly,” said Wallace.While vast improvements have been made recently to the design of the Bionic Bra, the researchers said there are still some kinks to iron out.”Although we have made substantial progress, we still have a way to go before the Bionic Bra can be taken from the bench top to the washing machine. However, when finished, the Bionic Bra will transform bra design,” Steele said.advertisement”Results indicate that our technologies can sense breast motion and provide additional breast support. The challenge now is to integrate these technologies into a functional, comfortable bra,” Bionic Bra team member Dr Sheridan Gho said.last_img read more

IPL 8: Rahane helps Rajasthan Royals bounce back to winning ways

first_imgAjinkya Rahane (91 in 54 balls) and Karun Nair (61 from 38 balls) helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) register their sixth win of the season, beating Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 encounter at the Brabourne Stadium here on Sunday.Riding on a 113-run partnership by Rahane and Nair for the second wicket, Royals posted a challenging 189 for 2 in 20 overs.In reply, Daredevils were never close to matching the skills displayed by Royals and eventually ended their innings at 175 for 7 in 20 overs. Skipper JP Duminy was the top scorer for Daredevils with 56 runs off 39 balls.For Rajasthan, James Faulkner was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets and finishing with figures of 4-0-22-2. Shane Watson finished with 4-1-25-1. Dhawal Kulkarni went for runs but picked up two wickets. Staurt Binny also picked two wickets in his two overs.last_img read more

IPL 8: Bravo brilliance clinches Chennai win and top spot

first_imgChennai Super Kings (CSK) climbed to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table with a 12-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in a league match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.Chasing 158, Royals were restricted to 145 for 9 in 20 overs. CSK improved to 16 points from 12 matches, keeping Royals in the third spot with 14 points after 13 games.Royals began their run-making process sedately with openers Ajinkya Rahane (23) and Shane Watson (28). They mixed caution with aggression to build a strong platform for their team. Just as it seemed they have settled into a nice rhythm Rahane departed in the sixth over dismissed by Mohit Sharma.No.3 batter Steve Smith (4) also didn’t last long as Royals slumped to 48 for two in the eighth over. But they received a bigger jolt when Watson had to depart, caught brilliantly by an acrobatic Dwayne Bravo at long on off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja in the 10th over.Rajasthan’s situation worsened 11 balls later. Jadeja struck again to dismiss Karun Nair (10) to reduce Royals to 75 for 4. The asking rate steadily went up and Royals needed 73 runs off the last seven overs. But they just couldn’t muster the big hits needed to chase down the total.Earlier, Brendon McCullum’s 81 off 61 balls lifted Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a fighting total of 157 for 5. McCullum hit four sixes and seven fours and joined hands with Faf du Plessis (29) for a 101-run stand in 76 balls for the third wicket that was the driving force behind Chennai’s competitive score.advertisementAfter electing to bat first, Chennai got off to a poor start, losing aggressive opening batsman Dwayne Smith (6) and ever-reliable Suresh Raina (3) inside four overs.While left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma removed West Indian Smith, caught by James Faulkner, left-hander Raina too offered a catch to Faulkner off pacer Chris Morris to leave the hosts in spot of bother at 15/2.Charismatic right-hander McCullum first tried to settle down, waiting for weak deliveries to pounce upon, like he did against off-spinner Pravin Tambe, who got hit for two sixes in the sixth over. However, du Plessis ran himself out and afterwards McCullum also perished, offering a catch to Ankit for Morris’ second wicket. Morr is bagged his third after dismissing Pawan Negi for two.Afterwards, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (not out 13) and Dwayne Bravo (not out 15) raised 28 runs in the final 15 deliveries of the innings to take Chennai to the decent total. For Rajasthan, South African Morris was the best bowler, picking three wickets for just 19 runs in four overs.last_img read more

Diamond League: Usain Bolt and Mo Farah under spotlight in London

first_imgUsain Bolt’s suspect hip and Mo Farah’s status as the golden boy of British athletics will come under scrutiny when both return to London’s Olympic stadium this weekend.The two-day so-called Anniversary Games, which incorporates a Diamond League meeting, features a glittering cast but six-times Olympic gold medalist Bolt is the undoubted top of the bill when he goes in the 100m on Friday.The world record holder has looked a long way from the unbeatable sprinter who elevated track and field above the murky waters of its dope-stained past with stunning 100m, 200m doubles at the Beijing and London Olympics.This season though he is yet to dip below 10 seconds in the 100 and missed the recent Jamaican trials with a troublesome hip injury. He has not run a 100m since April in Rio.Bolt’s fitness, and speed will be under scrutiny a month before the world championships in Beijing when American Justin Gatlin, on fire this season, will be itching to have a crack at him.There will be no showdown in London, however, and a fit Bolt looks a strong favourite ahead of European record holder Jimmy Vicaut of France, who ran 9.86 seconds in Paris three weeks ago.”The race tomorrow will definitely determine whether I’ll race again before Beijing. I have two 100s to make it right,” Bolt said at news conference on Thursday.”But when I get to championships I always make sure I’m ready! I’m definitely excited for Beijing, maybe a bit nervous. I set the bar quite high last time I ran there.”advertisementWith twice-banned Gatlin causing a stir in the athletics world, a sharp 100m by Bolt would be a timely PR boost for a sport still mired in suspicion — most recently allegations surrounding Alberto Salazar, coach to Britain’s 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic champion Farah.Farah has stayed loyal to Salazar, who is being investigated by both USADA and UK Anti-Doping over allegations that he has violated doping rules and will run the 3,000m, also on Friday.Although there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Farah, it has been an uncomfortable few months for the Briton who, after his extraordinary feats on the those balmy nights in London three years ago, could apparently do no wrong.”It’s not a nice thing but at the same time, I answered everything that I can and it’s not in my control, it’s nothing to do with me,” Farah said.”I’m very excited to be able to go back in that stadium and compete in front of my home crowd.”last_img read more

Maruti to have high number of new model launches this FY

first_imgCountry’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India will have a “high number of new model launches” in this fiscal, including a compact sport utility vehicle, as it looks to consolidate its leadership position.The company, which will have a new manufacturing plant in Gujarat where its parent Suzuki Motor Corp will invest, said Centre alone cannot realize the dream of the country becoming a global manufacturing hub and states would have to play an important role.”2015-16 will see a high number of new model launches. Suzuki Japan and our engineers here have been jointly working on new model development, and the results are before all to see,” Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman RC Bhargava said in his address to shareholders in the company’s Annual Report for 2014-15.The company has already launched its premium crossover model S-Cross this week, while a new premium compact car is also around this festive season.”Sometime in the future, we will launch a Compact SUV which will raise our presence in the UV segment by a quantum leap,” MSI Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said.Although the details of the compact SUV hasn’t been shared, the company said, “Soon, we will also introduce the Compact SUV, the concept of which was presented as XA-Alpha. This will help us cater to an emerging class of customers who prefer SUV appeal while staying compact.”Bhargava said, in 2014-15, after three years of stagnation, the company “grew 11.1 per cent (in sales), even though the rest of the passenger vehicle industry actually declined 1.3 per cent”.advertisement”Our market share, at the end of the financial year was 45 per cent and we have so far further improved this to 46.8 per cent. This has been achieved due to successful new model launches, and the efforts by all our employees in production, sales and service, supply chain, engineering, quality and other functions,” he added.For 2014-15 fiscal, the company had posted its highest ever annual sales at 12,92,415 units, up 11.9 per cent, from 11,55,041 units in 2013-14. The previous high was in 2010-11, when the company had sold 12,71,005 units.The company’s domestic sales during the last fiscal stood at 11,70,702 units, up 11.1 per cent, from 10,53,689 units in 2013-14 fiscal.On the Make in India campaign, Bhargava said, “The task of making India a globally competitive manufacturing hub cannot be completed in a short time or by the central government alone and states also need to play a major role.”He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given priority to manufacturing in his development strategy and many changes have been made in rules and regulations so as to make it easier to do business.last_img read more

2nd Test: Sangakkara gets 18 in final knock, India sense win

first_imgSri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara made 18 in his final Test innings as India dominated fourth day’s play in the second Test on Sunday to stand eight wickets away from a series-levelling victory.For the fourth successive innings in the series, offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the 37-year-old left-hander to send groans across the P Sara Oval. Sangakkara walked out to a guard-of-honour by the Indians and the umpires and nearly ran himself out soon after a mix-up with opener Dimuth Karunaratne.Scorecard | As it happened | Day in Pics The southpaw unleashed the trademark flick and straight drive but could not convert the start, edging Ashwin to gully. India rode Ajinkya Rahane’s 126 to reach 325 for 8 before declaring to set Sri Lanka, who lead the three-test series 1-0, a difficult 413-run victory target.Ashwin dismissed Kaushal Silva and Sangakkara to peg back Sri Lanka who were 72 for 2 at close, still 341 runs behind the target. Skipper Angelo Mathews (23) and Karunaratne (25) will return to continue Sri Lanka’s resistance on the final day of the Test on Monday.Earlier, having taken an 87-run first innings lead, India resumed on 70 for 1 and scored freely. Rahane was characteristically composed while Murali Vijay (82) displayed aggression by hitting both paceman Dushmantha Chameera and offspinner Tharindu Kaushal (4 for 118) for six.Kaushal had the last laugh as he ended the 140-run stand trapping Vijay leg before after the batsman went for a sweep shot and missed the line.The 22-year-old offspinner dealt another blow when he accounted for rival captain Virat Kohli who also fell leg before. Rahane showed the temperament that prompted his promotion to number three in the batting order but was not afraid to attempt an occasional cheeky shot, like the reverse-sweep for four off Kaushal that brought up his 50.advertisementHe added 85 runs with Rohit Sharma (34) to consolidate India’s position and took 212 balls to complete his century before Kaushal dismissed both.India scored at a healthy four-an-over run rate in the second session and their only worry appeared to be the fitness of wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who retired hurt with a strain but returned to bat again.last_img read more

Davis Cup: Andy Murray key as Britain eye first final in 37 years

first_imgBritain’s rise from embarrassing Davis Cup lightweights to title contenders has been nothing short of spectacular and they will begin slight favourites to reach a first final in 37 years against Australia on Friday.A glance at the respective depth of the two sides contesting the semi-final would appear to question that wisdom, but with talisman Andy Murray in their ranks and an expected vociferous crowd in Glasgow, the momentum is with the hosts.While Britain claimed the last of their nine titles in 1936, Belgium have never won the team competition and will also approach their home semi-final against Argentina in Brussels with opportunity knocking loudly on the door.Also read: Yuki Bhambri to start India’s Davis Cup campaign against Czech Australia’s cause has not been helped by volatile talent Nick Kyrgios being left out after a spate of disciplinary problems, yet they still boast a line-up consisting of world number 23 Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis, big-serving Sam Groth and former world number one Lleyton Hewitt who is bidding for a golden finale to a career that will end in January.Britain, though, have Murray — two of them in fact with Andy’s less-celebrated brother Jamie fresh from reaching the U.S. Open doubles final with Australian John Peers.”If we’re being honest, if we’ve got Andy in our team then we’ve got a great chance to beat anyone,” Jamie told the ITF’s website in the build-up to the tie.His younger brother’s contribution to Britain’s cause has been immense, building a 23-2 record in singles rubbers to steer his country out of the Davis Cup wilderness they inhabited in 2010 when they nearly dropped into the bottom division.advertisementIn July he dredged every last drop of energy to win three matches against France in the World Group quarter-finals, clinching the decisive point despite being almost on his knees against Gilles Simon at Queen’s Club.He also won both his singles against the U.S. in round one.But he will need help, from brother Jamie, and either Kyle Edmund or James Ward who are vying for the second singles spot.The 20-year-old Edmund, ranked 100 in the world, suffered an injury scare this week, but is relishing a red-hot debut.”It’ll be a great experience if I get chosen to play, but whoever plays is going to do the best for the team, for the crowd, for the country, it’s the team that matters,” he said.Hewitt, 34, will be a formidable foe, whichever role he plays and his desire will no doubt rub off on his team mates.”We won’t be leaving anything in the locker room, that’s for certain,” he said as 28-times champions Australia seek a first final since 2003.Belgium will rely heavily on mercurial world number 15 David Goffin against an Argentina side featuring Leonardo Mayer as their top singles player in the continued absence of former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.Argentina are trying to shake-off the “nearly man” tag having lost four finals.last_img read more