Alan Peter Cayetano, House Speaker and chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), thinks it’s only right to include boxing’s only eight-division champion in the opening rites.Cayetano, however, opted to play the cards close to his chest when asked about the extent Pacquiao’s involvement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Yes. I think that’s part of the surprise. But I can confirm to you that he has a role [in the opening ceremony],” Cayetano told reporters during the Team Philippines’ sendoff at the newly-refurbished Ninoy Aquino Stadium Wednesday night.“He’s one of the most known Filipino sports Icon in the world so I think it will be selling the country short if we’re not going to include our ‘Pambansang Kamao.’” MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao, one of the most notable Filipino athletes in the world, is expected to take part in the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games slated on Nov. 30 at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games View comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Olympic swimming champ Sun Yang faces public hearing in doping case LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAccording to reports, Pacquiao will be the one lighting the SEA Games cauldron.If the plan pushes through, it won’t be the first time that the WBA welterweight champion will be participating in the country’s campaign in multi-sport meets.Pacquiao was the Philippines’ flag-bearer in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT
Mumbai, Sep 30 (PTI) The Maratha Kranti Morcha, being held across various cities in Maharashtra, will be organised in Mumbai after Diwali.A meeting of the volunteers of the organising committee was today held at Shivaji Mandir here, a release issued by the Committee said.It also said that there was a demand to announce the date of march in Mumbai, it said.The organisers claimed that since the march in the mega-polis would be the “worlds largest”, adequate planning, time and coordination was required.The march would be held after Diwali and before the Winter Session of the Maharashtra Legislature in Nagpur, it added.The organisers also appealed every household should lit one lamp this Diwali in memory of the victim who was raped and murdered in Kopardi in Ahmednagar district, said the release.The members of the Maratha community would sport a black ribbon along with their festive clothes during Diwali as a protest since their demands are not met so far.At todays meeting around 1,500 volunteers from.all districts except Bhandara and Gondia were present.The communitys demands include stern action against the culprits of Kopardi rape and murder case, reservations for the community and scrapping of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.The silent marches began after the alleged rape and murder of a Maratha girl by Dalits at Kopardi in July. PTI MR NRB SMJ RDS
Mumbai, Nov 16 (PTI) Switzerland Tourism is eyeing over 10 per cent growth in footfalls from India this year as there is an increase in interest for its winter offerings.”Traditionally, Indians have been attracted to experience Switzerland as a European destination, especially during the springs and summers. But we are seeing increasing interest by Indians to experience the country in the winters as well, especially since we launched our Winter Campaign last year,” Switzerland Tourism India Deputy Director Ritu Sharma told PTI here.Switzerland hosted over 8,47,000 visitors from India in 2015.”Although Indians love to go on a vacation during the summers, we do hope for a change after this campaign. Switzerland is also a complete package for families and honeymooners who are not only looking at a relaxing vacation but also crave some adventure,” she added.For summers, Switzerland targets new as well as well travelled people, while for winter the country looking at well travelled people looking to expand their experience, she added.Switzerland Tourism Director, India, Claudio Zemp said: “In India, we see people getting more adventurous these days. They do not only want to take a cable car up a mountain and take pictures but also want that thrill and rush which one gets while doing adventure sports.””With a versatile and energetic personality like (actor) Ranveer Singh, who has been appointed as the brand ambassador, we would like to showcase that Switzerland is not only about scenic beauty but also has many activities and adventures to offer to the more experiential Indian traveller,” Zemp added. PTI SM NRB SAIadvertisement
Legendary captain and batsman Vivian Richards believes the recent sending home of Darren Bravo from the tri-nations One-Day series is another indicator of the lack of progress in West Indies cricket.The former master batsman said whenever there were positive strides made, they were always being undermined by controversy and this was a culture which needed to change, reports CMC.”I think it’s about time that we just leave these things alone at this stage. I guess there are a lot of issues going on there,” Richards was quoted as saying by the Observer newspaper on Thursday. (Also read: Zimbabwe edge out West Indies to reach tri-series final)”All that I can say on the whole matter is that rather than moving on, we just keep moving back every time. Every time there is some grounds gained, we move yards back after that.”Bravo was sent home ahead of the tournament in Zimbabwe after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) cancelled his match/tour contract over a controversial tweet.Responding to WICB President Dave Cameron’s criticism of his form which led to him earning only a Grade C retainer contract, Bravo tweeted: “You have been failing 4 d last 4yrs. Y don’t u resign and FYI I’ve neva been given an A contract. Big idiot @davec51.”@davec51 is Cameron’s twitter handle.The board subsequently informed Bravo that he had contravened the terms of his match/tour contract and that he would be withdrawn from the tour.He was also given a deadline to remove the offending tweet but failed to do so.advertisementRichards, who never lost a series as captain, said it was possible Bravo’s incident could be stemming from his older brother Dwayne’s wrangles with the board.”I just believe that maybe, young Darren Bravo himself could be in that persecuting sort of a lane because of maybe, other stuff that was done with his brother (Dwayne) so it’s a long story,” he surmised.The West Indies failed to make the final of the tri-nations series which was won by Sri Lanka.
Australia named an unchanged squad on Thursday for the first Test against Pakistan next week, which will be the first Day-Night Test held at Brisbane’s Gabba.Steve Smith’s team, drastically overhauled following their series-losing second Test defeat by South Africa in Hobart, salvaged pride by beating the Proteas in the third Test in Adelaide by seven wickets.The selectors made six changes for the Adelaide Test, but decided the squad that reversed the team’s run of five Test successive defeats deserved another chance under lights in Brisbane.”We were very pleased with how the team came together in Adelaide after some significant changes following the tests in Perth and Hobart,” chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said in a statement.”This is a young group with a lot of promise and we believe all deserve their opportunity again in this upcoming Test.”Opening batsman Shaun Marsh was not considered as he recovers from a broken finger he sustained in the first Test against South Africa.The first Test of the three-match series against Pakistan starts on December 15.Squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Matt Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.
Ace women badminton player Saina Nehwal will be provided land by the Haryana government to set up a badminton academy in the state.The land to the international star will be provided by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC) at Manesar in Gurgaon district, 45 km from New Delhi. (Also read: Saina Nehwal hints at abrupt end to career)HSIIDC Managing Director Sudhir Rajpal said that the land will be provided to Nehwal to further promote sports in the state.Rajpal, who was attending the Pravasi Haryana Divas roadshow in Hyderabad on Sunday, made the announcement following a proposal made by Nehwal’s father, Harbir Singh, for setting up a badminton academy in Haryana.Though Saina hails from Hyderabad and lives there, her family originally belongs to Haryana.
Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha believes Jose Mourinho has made mistakes whilst in charge of the club but backed him to eventually turn things around.The 55-year-old has endured a tough start to the season, with the Red Devils currently 12 points off top spot and seven off the Champions League places.However, Saha believes Mourinho has the knowhow and experience to improve United’s results in the remainder of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He is definitely someone who can do that,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports .”He has got the quality, the pedigree, there is nothing wrong with that. We make mistakes as humans and he has done it. He is a grown man and he will identify where he has to improve.”He doesn’t have as much margin to do it, but the club have identified they need to be stable to be consistent.”It is all about results. If you win you get time, if you don’t…”Mourinho will hoping to see his side go on a run of positive results when his players return from the international break. United have, on paper, a more favourable set of fixtures in the coming weeks and play all of the current bottom five in the next seven Premier League games.However, sandwiched in-between those matches are two huge clashes against Arsenal and Liverpool.They also have two important games in the Champions League before Christmas, and know that victories against Young Boys and Valencia would secure their place in the last 16 of the tournament.In five seasons at Old Trafford, Saha helped the Red Devils reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League on four occasions. He was also part of the team that won Europe’s elite competition in 2008.Saha registered 42 goals for United in 124 games, and won five major trophies with the club.He also played in the Premier League for Newcastle United, Fulham, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.
Mumbai, May 14 (PTI) All set to spearhead Indias campaign in the upcoming Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton championships slated to be held in Australia, ace shuttler P V Sindhu is confident of a good show by the team.”I think we have a good chance, its a mixed team event so girls and boys both have to perform well. We are playing Indonesia and Denmark, so I hope we can win,” Sindhu said here last night after being conferred with the honorary life membership of the Cricket Club India.India, ranked no. 9, is placed in Group 1D with Denmark and Indonesia in the preliminary stage of the competition, scheduled from May 21-28. The team had finished 9th in the previous edition of the championships.India will depend a lot on the world no. 4-ranked Rio Olympic Games silver medallist in the event, from which another top woman shuttler and London Games bronze medal winner Saina Nehwal has pulled out due to family reasons.Since only one woman could play as its a mixed team event, Sindhu said Sainas absence should not be an issue.”Yes, Saina isnt playing, but when it comes to one singles and doubles only one player is required, so that shouldnt be any issue,” said the 21-year-old shuttler after having interacted with the CCI badminton-playing children at the clubs courts earlier.Sindhu has slipped down from the world no. 2 ranking she achieved after winning the Indian Open, and is eager to move up the ladder.advertisement”Currently Im on fourth (rank) and I expect to see myself in top three by the end of the year.”But I have already been in top two so I would definitely like to see myself as world number one, but before that I think you have to play well and if you do that ranking will automatically come,” she said.On current no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese-Taipei whom she had beaten on way to the silver medal in Rio, Sindhu said, “We havent played much recently. The last was Rio and All England. So I havent faced her recently.””But she is winning a lot of matches and doing well for herself. But when it comes to me playing against her, I feel its going to be a good match,” she said.Asked about the high points for her after winning the silver in Rio, the lanky shuttler said, “Winning China Open and Indian Open. I had always wanted to win a Super Series (event) and by fulfilling that I feel very happy and it gives me a lot of confidence.””After the Olympics Ive seen a lot of change, kids picking up badminton and also then a lot of academies have come up.”So, its a good sign and badminton as a sport is getting much more encouragement,” she said when asked about the changes she had seen in the shuttle game after her historic silver medal winning effort at Rio.Earlier during her interaction with the younger lot of club players, Sindhu evoked admiration when she said that she trained daily for 7-8 hours.She also said that players can learn a lot after losing a game by thinking back to the match and pinning down the errors they had made.”When I lose a point I dont think about it (at that stage) as thinking over it would make you lose the next 2-3 points,” Sindhu said. PTI SSR GK
New Delhi, May 25 ((PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today met Robert Royte, president of the new I-League champions Aizawl FC, and promised him funds to build a new stadium in the hill town. During the meeting, Royte told the minister that whereas Aizawl FC is all set to play Asia level league in the coming season, absence of a standard football stadium in the state for hosting international matches has become the concern of the people of Mizoram. The minister told Royte that in recognition of Aizawl FCs success, he would soon give funds to the state government of Mizoram to construct a stadium. On the issue of merger of I-League and ISL, Goel advised Royte to sit together with other I-League clubs and come to him with a congrete proposal. PTI AH AH
Former skipper Graeme Smith dropped in at South Africa’s training session, continuing an interesting trend of ex-captains visiting their teams with bagful of wisdom ahead of the must-win match against India.Before the Sri Lanka-India game, former Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara had a session with Kusal Mendis and the youngsters that worked wonders for them and even current skipper Angelo Mathews acknowledged his contribution.Today, it was Smith, looking dapper in a black suit, who walked in at the Lord’s indoor nets. He watched the practice for around 35 minutes and was seen speaking to head coach Russell Domingo and other support staff, inquiring about their preparations.When South Africa batting coach Neil McKenzie was asked if Smith gave any inputs, he replied: “Obviously Graeme has his opinions. He has been a great captain for South Africa and his inputs ahead of India match is invaluable for the boys.”It’s always nice to have Graeme around and have this kind of support away from home.” Smith is in England as a commentator for the ICC Champions Trophy.
India cannot consider playing a bilateral series with Pakistan as long as it supports terrorism and creates trouble in Kashmir, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vijay Goel has said.”For everything there is a Lakshman Rekha”, said Goel, speaking to reporters in Beijing, where he is leading a 200-member youth delegation to China.”We have clearly stated terrorism and sports cannot go side by side. As long as Pakistan does not stop cross-border terror and it creates trouble in Kashmir, there is no chance for a bilateral series, the national mood also does not support it.””Every thing has a limit,” Goel added. “When the line is crossed, there is a need to give a message. This is a message.”GOEL DECLINES TO DISCUSS GUHA’S LETTER On the current controversy in Indian cricket in the wake of a letter written by Ramachandra Guha, who tendered his resignation from the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, the sports minister said cricket is managed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and he would not comment.He did, however, reiterate his wish for a sports code that would also include cricket.Goel also said the government was keen to expand exchanges with China, particularly among youth.The delegation of 200 young Indians he is leading is comprised of graduates and postgraduates from universities from around the country. They will visit Beijing, Hefei, Changsha, Guangzhou and Shanghai.The delegation will interact with various sections of Chinese society with a focus on learning about education, culture, skills development, urban planning, and industry and agriculture in China.advertisementThey will also interact with Chinese university students, part of an annual two-way youth exchange programme between the two countries.ALSO READ | ICC Champions Trophy: Indian batting vs Pakistan’s in numbersALSO READ | India vs Pakistan: Five most heated moments on the cricket field ALSO WATCH | China’s media says SOC won’t back Pakistan’s attempts to internationalise Kashmir
Alexis Sanchez came on as second half substitute to inspire Chile to a 2-0 victory over Cameroon in their opening Confederations Cup outing on Sunday but he had to share the spotlight with the video assistant referee.Sanchez provided the cross for Arturo Vidal to head home their 81st minute opener and inspired the second goal as well. He beat the offside trap but failed to score. Eduardo Vargas was on hand to put the ball into the net in the dying seconds.The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) also made an impact as Chile were denied a legitimate looking goal on the stroke of halftime and technology was used again at the end of the match to overturn a linesman’s offside call.Vargas had the ball in the net as the match moved into stoppage time at the end of the first half, deftly lifting it over the onrushing Cameron goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa after being expertly fed by a defence-splitting pass from Vidal.Slovenian referee Damir Skomina initially awarded it but then, more than minute later, he suddenly reversed the decision on the advice of the VAR, Clement Turpin of France.Vargas looked to be millimetres ahead of the last man in a tight call that was hotly contested by the angry Chileans as they headed down the tunnel for the interval.But Vargas was on the right side of technology for Chile’s second as Sanchez sprung the offside trap from just inside the Cameroon half to round the goalkeeper only to have his own effort blocked. Vargas followed up the rebound only to see the linesman’s flag shoot up.advertisementBut a quick check with the VAR found both Chilean players had been onside and the decision was reversed to confirm a two-goal winning margin.There was no dispute about Vidal’s goal as he rose above two defenders to power home the ball as Sanchez, who had been ruled out of the starting line-up through injury but came in early in the second half, provided the perfect assist.The African champions came closest when captain Benjamin Moukandjo hit narrowly wide with a shot from the edge of the penalty area midway through the second half.
Google is currently working on this year’s Pixel phones, dubbed — Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. This years Pixel phones are expected to be much improved than last years. Report are that Google will announce the Pixel phones 2017 this fall, which is some time around the month of September, this is at the same time when Apple is said to unveil iPhone 8. Ahead of the official launch, Google Pixel 2 and XL 2 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours already. Adding to the rumor mill, a new concept video of Google Pixel 2 (Walleye) leaks online, which shows thinner bezels, dual cameras and much more.Unlike last year, the Pixel phones 2017, codename Walleye and Taimen will be manufactured by LG confirmed a recently report. To recall, Google Pixel and Pixel XL was manufactured by HTC. Going back to the newly leaked concept video, the upcoming Google Pixel 2 shows thinner bezels as compared to its predecessor — Pixel. Further, the video further shows sleek design, dual camera set up and so much more.Also Read: Google sold out only 1 million Pixel, Pixel XL phones in 8 months: ReportThe leaked concept video further hints that the upcoming Google Pixel 2 will feature a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner which will be placed right below the dual rear camera set up. Not only that, the render also shows that there will be significant changes on the rear panel of the Pixel 2, when compared to its predecessor — Google Pixel. The upcoming Pixel 2 is tipped to feature mono-tone rear panel unlike the Google Pixel which is designed with duo-tone glass and metal on the back.advertisementThe video further shows that the upcoming Pixel phone will come with dual camera at the back, unlike its predecessor. To recall, Google Pixel come with 12-megapixel sensor at the back, placed vertically and will be coupled with LED flash, which sits right next to the camera ring. While on the front, the handset features a 7-megapixel selfie snapper. The concept render further show that the device will possible ditch the 3.5 mm audio jackAlso Read: Google hires veteran chip maker from Apple, may use own mobile processor in Pixel XL 2Google Pixel 2, codename Walleye has been subjected to several leaks and rumours in the past few months. Rumours suggest, in terms specifications Pixel 2 will sport a 5.7-inch QHD+ display and will juice its power from an octa-core processor. Other rumours tip that the handset will come with 6GB of RAM coupled with 128GB of internal storage. It is also expected to come packed with 3,800mAh battery with fast charging support and IP68 certification for resistance against water and dust. It is quite obvious that the upcoming Pixel phones will be launched with the latest software — Android O. This years Pixel phones will be the first ones to run on Android O operating system. Further, Google is also planning to build its own mobile processor for the upcoming Pixel phones. As a part of the initiative, Google has hired a veteran chip architect from Apple — Manu Gulati as Google’s Lead SoC Architect. He helped the Curpertino major to build its own chipset back in 2009. By hiring Gulati, Google is reportedly focusing on building its own chip for this years’ Google Pixel phones, dubbed Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 2. Not only that, Google is also looking forward to hire additional chip experts to improve the hardware set up of the upcoming Pixel phones.
Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig got knocked out of the ongoing Aegon Championships after suffering a straight-sets defeat against the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasseli in semi-finals last evening.The Indo-Croatian pair went down 4-6 in the first game before they came up with a much improved performance in the second one. However, it didn’t turn out to be enough as the pair lost the second game 7-5 and got knocked out of the Wimbledon warm-up event.Bopanna and Dodig had entered the semis after registering a thumping win over Australia’s John Peers and Finland’s Henri Kontinen in the quarter-finals.They defeated Peers-Kontinen 7-6, 4-6, 10-2 in a thrilling encounter on Thursday.The French pair of Benneteau and Roger-Vasseli will now face the winner of another semi-final to be played between the pair of Marin Cilic and Marcin Matkowski and Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the summit clash of the tournament.
In-form England and Iraq will battle for the top spot in what could be a mouthwatering Group F engagement of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Saturday.Steve Cooper’s England, on six points, have seamlessly booked their place in the pre-quarterfinals, winning both their games. Two points behind are Asian U-16 champions Iraq, who defied inadequate pre-tournament preparations to storm past Chile 3-0 after holding Mexico 1-1 and remain a draw away from securing a knockout berth.The result on the morrow would open up interesting and varied possibilities.A stalemate would mean the Iraq will finish second in the four-team group with England topping the charts.A victory for the Qahtan Chitheer-coached side would knock England off their perch to settle for the second spot.If Iraq succumb to their first reversal of the tournament, Mexico would have a chance to pip them and finish second but for that to happen, the North American side need to win by a big margin against an out-of-sorts Chile.The tournament rules decree that if two teams are level on points, the goal difference would be taken into consideration and on that count Iraq (+3) have the edge over Mexico (-1).Coming to the match, it is no rocket science to assume that England will put most thought on containing Iraq’s Mohammed Dawood.The winger from Baghdad has so far carried the team on his shoulders and ripped both Chile and Mexico apart with three goals in two matches. England’s defence is not as good as their attack, and Mexico laid that bare on Wednesday.advertisementFIFA Photo After Rhian Brewster, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho helped the Young Lions race to a 3-0 lead within an hour, Mexico’s Diego Lainez unlocked the English rearguard in the space of seven second-half minutes to almost pull off a draw.Against Mexico, Iraq played a lot of long balls behind the backline to feed Dawood who has electric pace and can run in behind defences. The England back four of Timothy Eyoma, Joel Latibeaudiere, Marc Guehi and Jonathan Panzo would surely be wary of that ploy.Upfront, England have been brilliant. From crowd favourite Sancho cutting in from the left channel, to Foden with his silken touches and vision, the Lions have surely roared big. This could be Sancho’s last game before the Borussia Dortmund player leaves for club assignments.Manchester United attacker Angel Gomes has been a super substitute and is likely to fill in for Sancho in the knockout stages.”We know we have got players on the pitch who can make a difference but I think you can make a difference anywhere on the pitch,” coach Cooper had said after the Mexico win when asked about Sancho.”Iraq will be a difficult test as well. Picking up a point against an excellent Mexico team shows their strength and quality. We will be ready for them. Hopefully, we can do what we have done in the first game, take the game to the opposition and we will not be underestimating anybody,” Cooper said about Iraq.”England are a very good team and have talented players. Each match has its own circumstances and we will play differently from the way we played against Mexico and Chile,” was Iraq boss Chitheer’s assesment.The two teams haven’t ever met in the u-17 World Cup history.
Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro both eased into the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals by beating French opponents in straight sets on Thursday.Top-seeded Federer cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over 40th-ranked Benoit Paire in 57 minutes.Federer took his second match-point chance on Paire’s serve, approaching the net to hit a forehand crosscourt winner.Federer has not faced a break point this week in two matches at his hometown event in Basel. He next plays another Frenchman, seventh-seeded Adrian Mannarino.Mannarino advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals after beating Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.Fourth-seeded Del Potro, a two-time Basel champion, beat Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4 and stayed on course to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals lineup in London next month.Also Thursday, Marin Cilic, the second-seeded defending champion, beat 54th-ranked Borna Coric 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to improve to 5-0 against his Croatian compatriot.Cilic will play Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics in the quarterfinals. Fucsovics advanced when opponent Leonardo Mayer retired when trailing 3-0 in the first set.
New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) today said it will wait for the detailed judgement to decide its future course of action after its president Praful Patels election last year was set aside by the Delhi High Court for not following the National Sports Code. The HC directed that fresh elections be conducted within a period of five months.A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Najmi Waziri also appointed former chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi as an administrator to look into the functioning of the AIFF. “AIFF is not aware of the reasons of the Honble Delhi High Court to pass this order. Once AIFF receives the copy of the Order from the Honble High Court, AIFF will decide the course of action in accordance with the law,” a statement from the AIFF said. “AIFF is aware that earlier today the Honble High Court of Delhi has pronounced its judgement in the matter which was earlier reserved on 12th May, 2017. AIFF understands that the Honble court has to make certain corrections, after which the order would be made available to the parties. The Honble High Court also directed to amend the AIFF Constitution to make it compliant with the National Sports Code,” it added. The AIFF said that the HC in its order dated December 15 last year had observed that the election ought to be conducted as per the applicable rules of the institution concerned and also in consonance with the National Sports Code and the elections guidelines contained with respect to conduct and eligibility conditions including age, tenure and restrictions. “That the Honble Court further vide the same order restrained AIFF from completing its election scheduled for 21st December, 2016. Immediately, AIFF had approached the Hon?ble High Court and filed a detailed affidavit to bring on record that AIFF has followed the Election process as prescribed under Sports Code, its Constitution as well FIFA & AFC statutes. “AIFF also apprised the Honble High Court that the Constitution of AIFF is in compliance with the terms of age limit, tenure limit of prime office bearers and one state-one vote policy. Accordingly, the Honble Court allowed AIFF to proceed with elections vide its order 20th December 2016,” it said. Ther AIFF said it conducted its election under the supervision of a retired High Court Judge, who acted as the Returning Officer. “AIFF is fully compliant with all statutory regulations in terms of the Registrar of Societies Act as well as other notifications and orders of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports also confirmed and verified in the past that that AIFFs election was in strict compliances with its Constitution and National Sports Code,” the AIFF said. “AIFFs election process is as per the FIFA and AFC statutes as well.” Patel, a former Union Minister, served as acting president of the AIFF for one year after long-time head Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi suffered a cardiac arrest in 2008. He took over as full time president in October 2009 before being re- elected for the top job in December 2012. He was re-elected unopposed as AIFF president for his third successive term in December last year. PTI PDS AT ATadvertisement
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has indicated that Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are likely to start in the Premier League clash with Stoke City on Wednesday.The German chose to leave the pair out of the starting 11 in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with champions Chelsea, a decision that drew criticism on social media.Although Mane came on for the final few minutes, Firmino was an unused substitute as Liverpool conceded a late equaliser at Anfield. Both men played the entirety of last week’s draw at Sevilla in the Champions League.”It made sense at this part of the season to use the strength of the squad. It’s not completely unlikely they (Firmino and Mane) will start (against Stoke),” Klopp said in a news conference on Tuesday.”For the last one, maybe we thought against Chelsea maybe he needs a rest or whatever – [but] it was that we needed fresh legs against Chelsea and that’s what we wanted to have. I thought it worked quite well.”It was a very important sign for the squad and from my side that I show the faith in all of the boys. It was very important for me that the boys showed me they are 100 per cent ready, so that was good – really good.”Klopp said that Emre Can, who also missed the Chelsea game with a muscle problem, was now fit and Dejan Lovren was “close” to a return after suffering a series of problems and could feature against Stoke.Sixth-placed Liverpool are 14 points behind the leaders Manchester City, who beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 on Sunday, a gap that Klopp suggested his team were unlikely to breach.advertisement”I saw the game against Huddersfield, It was deserved that City won. They win and if they win nobody else has a chance.”As long as City keep winning then no-one else has a chance. I don’t care about this at the moment. If anyone struggles we need to be there.”This is now a really decisive period of the season. We need to be spot on.”
Jinder Mahal, the Modern Day Maharaja, took some time out to interact and play cricket with the some Special Olympics Bharat Kids. The former WWE champion, Jinder Mahal, arrived in India on Thursday ahead of his highly anticipated clash with Triple H at the WWE Supershow in New Delhi on December 9. The Singh brothers, Samir and Sunil have also travelled with Jinder Mahal. Jinder Mahal also trained for the clash with India’s boxing star Vijender Singh ahead of his mega clash. The champions exchanged tickets and invited each other for their fights. Jinder Mahal invited Vijender for the WWE Supershow on December 9, against Triple H, and Vijender invited Mahal to Jaipur on December 23, for his upcoming ‘Rajasthan Rumble’ fight against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu..@JinderMahal tried his hand at #UnifiedCricket, and we believe he is doing pretty good, don’t you agree? 😉 #PlayUnified @spl_info #WWELiveIndia pic.twitter.com/w0a8Znckgw- WWE (@WWEIndia) December 7, 2017Since their fight was announced last month, Triple H and Jinder have been involved in several verbal volleys. And that has certainly hyped up the marquee clash at the LIVE event at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in the national capitol.Here are some moments from Jinder Mahal’s day: WWE PhotoWWE PhotoWWE PhotoWWE PhotoWWE PhotoHere is the updated list of matches:Triple H vs Jinder MahalThe Shield: Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Samoa Joe and RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and SheamusBraun Strowman vs. KaneFinn Balor vs Bray WyattRAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha BanksadvertisementJason Jordan vs EliasWWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore vs. KalistoApollo Crews and Titus O’Neil vs Gallows and AndersonJeet Rama and Kishan Rafter vs The Miztourage*Talent line-up subject to change