World Cup schedule is not a problem for Virat

first_imgThe seemingly unending group stage of the upcoming World Cup has attracted some criticism from players like England’s Kevin Pietersen. But for Virat Kohli, the format is not a problem as it allows the teams to plan and comeback if there are any reversals.Virat Kohli”I feel the format now is better than before. Anyhow, it shouldn’t be a problem. When you are playing well, the format of a tournament shouldn’t matter. In this World Cup, all teams will have the chance to plan for every match and also stage a comeback if there any setbacks,” Virat said here on Thursday. “We are well prepared for the World Cup. Playing at home, there will be pressure but we will try to avoid all the outside pressures.”The one factor, though, which will weigh heavily on the minds of the players, would be the spate of injuries that has plagued Team India with just two weeks left for the mega event to begin. Virat, however, refused to brand it as a lapse in fitness management and said it was just a case of bad luck.”Injuries don’t happen intentionally. With the amount of cricket being played nowadays, injuries are bound to happen. Unfortunately, it happened to us at a very wrong time. Just unlucky for us. The injury management is not bad,” he said.The entire nation is hoping that luck would be on India’s side, more so for Sachin Tendulkar, who many feel would be playing his last World Cup. For Virat, a win would be a great gift for India and Sachin.advertisement”We need to win it for India and Sachin. What he has done on the field for the country, I don’t think anyone ever has or will ever be able to replicate. So it will be great if we can win not only for our fans but also for Sachin.”Virat will take the form of the ODI series in South Africa, where he was the most consistent Indian batsmen and seemed at ease on the pact wickets, to the World Cup. Even though the conditions would be vastly different, the Delhi batsman felt that he would have to make quick adjustments for the sub-continent wickets.”In South Africa, I just played on the merit of the ball. I didn’t make any special adjustments. It’s just that my upright stance and back-foot play helped me on those wickets. But coming to India, the wickets will be different and I will have to make quick adjustments,” the 22-year-old said.Decision reviewThe Indian team has not been a big fan of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and captain MS Dhoni categorically said he didn’t have full faith in it. But now that the system has been enforced by the ICC for the World Cup, the Indians will have to adapt to it and Virat is confident that the hosts will not be caught off-guard while dealing with it.”We know how the system works. It is going to be the same for everyone and there is no advantage or disadvantage for anyone. Personally, I have no problem with it.”last_img read more


Clink, clink: Lindsey Vonn walks away with another medal

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Whatever it was, the sound was a reminder of what Vonn has come to symbolize — an athlete who battled back from one major injury after another throughout her career to win more ski races than any other woman.Add one more — final — comeback to the listFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFive days after crashing in super-G — a fall that knocked the wind out of her and left her with a black eye and a bruised rib — and three months after tearing a ligament in her left knee, Vonn won the bronze medal in the world championship downhill Sunday in the final race of her career.She’s shed so many tears that there are none left — just like she no longer has any cartilage in her knees. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Third placed United States’ Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)ARE, Sweden (AP) — Lindsey Vonn walked off with her career haul of medals in her right hand, the gold, silver and bronze clinking together almost weighing her down.Or was it the bulging knee braces and metal support rods inside her vast array of broken bones?ADVERTISEMENT “I was weighing in my mind the risk of putting it all out there, crashing and getting injured again, as opposed to finishing where I wanted to,” Vonn said. “It was an internal battle.”As soon as she exited the finish area, Vonn embraced Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, the only skier to win more World Cup races than she did — 86 to 82.“I basically begged him to come here via text, in all caps, many exclamation points,” Vonn said. “He’s an icon and a legend in our sport and he doesn’t really like the spotlight but he deserves to have it. I was just so grateful that he was there. Honestly, it’s a perfect ending to my career.”The third skier on the course, Vonn had a big smile on her face when she came down with the fastest run to that point. She waved and bowed to the crowd.Eventually, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia beat Vonn and took gold, defending her title from the 2017 worlds. Stuhec finished 0.23 seconds ahead of silver medalist Corinne Suter of Switzerland and 0.49 ahead of Vonn.“Not many were counting on (Vonn) to get the medal in her last race, which makes it even more special,” Stuhec said. “She has won everything.”Vonn became the first female skier to win medals at six different world championships. It’s also her fifth downhill medal at a worlds, matching the record established by Annemarie Moser-Proell and Christel Cranz.“Thank You Lindsey: Forever A Star,” read one sign positioned by the side of the course.Four U.S. flags were in the grandstand when Vonn came down and there were quite a few cheers when she started her run wearing a suit with blue-and-yellow trim — Sweden’s colors — to honor Stenmark.“She really deserves this sendoff from her great career,” said Eleanor Bodin, a 21-year-old fan from Sweden who was holding up a sign saying “Thank You Lindsey.” Phil Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “She has been my favorite skier since 2008 when I saw her winning on television,” Bodin said. “I was a little girl sitting on the sofa. I just thought what a great skier and inspiration.”At 34, Vonn eclipsed her own record from two years ago for oldest woman to win a medal at a worlds.Fog and wind forced organizers to shorten the course to the second reserve start, which favored Vonn because it reduced the strain on her knees.Now she can finally let her body heel and move onto the next phase of her life — possibly acting, having children, starting a business.“I’m looking forward to just chilling out a bit and recovering everything, including my mind,” Vonn said. “It’s been a lot to process.“The nice thing is that, in the real world I’m actually pretty young. I have felt really old for a long time, because I’m racing with girls that are like 15 years younger than me. So now, in the real world, I’m normal. Thirty is the new 20 so I’m super young. I’ve got a lot to look forward to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’m literally tapped out, I can’t cry anymore,” Vonn said. “I want to cry but it’s dry. … It’s not an easy thing to feel your bones hitting together and continue to push through it.“Of course I’m sore. Even before the crash I was sore. So I’m just sore on top of sore. My neck is killing me,” Vonn said. “But at the end of the day no one cares if my neck hurts; they only care if I win. … I knew that I was capable of pushing through the pain one last time and I did that. … Every athlete has their own obstacles and I faced mine head on today and I conquered them.”Vonn had been planning on retiring in December but she recently moved up her plans due to persistent pain in both of her surgically repaired knees. Then came the super-G crash, when she straddled a gate in midair, flew face first down the mountain and slammed into the safety nets.“She has been business as usual this whole week, saying I’m racing to win,” Karin Kildow, Vonn’s sister, told The Associated Press. “I was like, ‘Just maybe make it down and maybe stand up.’ But she was like, ‘No, I’m going full out’. She was definitely in the mindset to push it and she really did.”It’s a medal that brings Vonn full circle: the American’s two silvers at the 2007 worlds on the same course in Are were the first two major championship medals of her career.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Pascal Siakam comes from small settings to star on NBA’s big stage

first_imgToronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) lays the ball in as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) watches during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The path to the best NBA Finals debut in seven years began in Cameroon and has stretched from New Mexico to the suburbs of Toronto.Pascal Siakam had to emerge from some small settings before he could reach the big time.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP It was the most points in an NBA Finals debut since Kevin Durant had 36 for Oklahoma City in 2012, and it made Siakam the first player to score 30 or more on at least 80 percent shooting in a finals game since Shaquille O’Neal did it in 2004.Those players were top-two picks, as were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan, the other players since 1970 with 30 points in an NBA Finals Game 1 within their first three pro seasons.Siakam was way down at No. 27 in the 2016 draft. Golden State’s Draymond Green — a second-round pick — said there’s a different level of admiration for players who have played themselves into starring roles from what are considered supporting spots.“You come into this league and there’s really no space for you,” Green said. “You’re essentially someone who kind of comes in — I mean, you can be out in a year, you can be out in two years, you can be out in four years. And to gain that respect and to, as I said before, become one of those guys, I think it’s special. Siakam has done that.”The 6-foot-9 Siakam was already a good athlete, having played soccer as a boy in Cameroon. But it was his desire to become a good basketball player that’s kept him in the gym long hours to make up for his late start in the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ North of border, Warriors enter new territory: 1-0 deficit in NBA Finals Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too That made Siakam’s 32-point performance in Game 1 even more impressive. The players who often stand out this time of year are the can’t-miss prospects who seemed destined for greatness from the time they were kids.Siakam hadn’t even started playing basketball by then.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut there he was Thursday night, shooting 14 of 17 from the field to spark Toronto’s 118-109 victory over Golden State.“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s a pretty big stage for a guy to put that kind of performance on, almost with any background.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war He took part in a Basketball without Borders camp in South Africa in 2012 at 18 and was soon on the way to the U.S. to embark on a basketball career. He ended up at New Mexico State for two seasons, winning Western Athletic Conference player of the year in his second one, before the Raptors drafted him.Siakam was MVP of the 2017 NBA G League Finals after helping Raptors 905 win the title, but success with the big club would have to wait. He didn’t have a reliable shot yet, certainly not reliable enough to be a regular contributor on a 50-win team. But he’s developed one over the summers and unleashed it on opponents during this season, when he averaged 16.9 points and played well enough to be a finalist for Most Improved Player.“He works, works, works,” Nurse said. “He takes care of himself. He’s really got a burning desire to be a very, very good player in this league.”But the biggest change for Siakam came off the court.He was in college when his father, Tchamo, died. Siakam, who still writes “RIP Dad” on his sneakers, called it the hardest moment of his life but said it was a turning point into making him into the person he has become.“Thank God I had the support of my teammates and coaches in college that helped me go through it. But it was definitely one of the toughest moments in my life, and not being able to go home for the funeral and all that,” Siakam said.“So it was definitely a moment where it kind of tested me as a man. Just being able to go through that and for me using that as a motivation and something that’s going to push me to do better things for my family and for myself, for my dad.”Green, a former Defensive Player of the Year, blamed himself for the poor defense on Siakam and vowed to be better Sunday in Game 2. Siakam knows there will be adjustments, but he might make some, too.“I think I always say, I learned a lot and I know I have a lot to learn,” Siakam said. “I think that’s one of the advantages for me. I know I have so much to learn. I have to grow. It allows me to look at my mistakes and evaluate them and try to see how I can do better.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Beyonce And Solange Knowles Miss A Meal For Charity

first_imgMore than 50 million Americans go hungry every day. With those despairing statistics, fashion designer Tina Knowles and daughters Beyonce and Solange joined forces with Bread of Life, Inc. to make a difference.Beyonce Supports The Miss A Meal CampaignCredit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Parkwood, Mason PooleThe Houston-based non-profit organization founded by Rudy and Juanita Rasmus aims to fight for the needs of the less fortunate with the fundraising campaign Miss A Meal.“When we say ‘we are starving,’ we have to remember that there are people who are literally starving. If everyone fed one person, one meal, we could make a huge difference,” says Tina Knowles. “To miss one meal is a small sacrifice to make in the fight against hunger.”According to a recent study, Harris County families struggling to keep food on the table have a food budget shortfall of $12.97 per week, per person. To fill the meal gap, $277 million is needed annually to ensure that every person has three meals a day. The Miss A Meal initiative is designed to meet the needs of the hungry by encouraging people to miss a meal and pass the plate by donating the money they would have spent. The donation is then used to feed those who are less fortunate.“I was 13 and my sister Solange was 8 when we started donating and serving meals to the homeless after church,” says Beyonce. “There were people from all walks of life, even children, who needed a meal. We learned that we are all three paychecks away from poverty. It was a lesson in humility for all of us.”Solange adds, “There are dozens of memories of me and my sister volunteering at Bread of Life, we got to see firsthand how grateful people were to receive a hot meal. For many people this was their only meal of the day and we learned early on not to take anything for granted. I’m passing on those same lessons to my son Julez.”What started as an idea sparked by indie recording artist Cy Jackson’s song “Heartbeat” has blossomed into a growing movement against hunger. Miss A Meal encourages people to donate as little as one dollar, which in turn can provide one well-balanced meal through Bread of Life.Through their Bread of Life non-profit organization, Pastor Rudy and Juanita Rasmus have been providing solutions for the hungry and homeless in Houston, TX for the past 21 years. Bread of Life serves 14,000 meals per month and through a Community Wide Food Fair and Senior Supplemental Food Program; they distribute 9 tons of fresh food and produce every Wednesday. Additional programs include medical services, job development and placement, case management, recovery groups, drug and alcohol counseling, life skills training, The Culinary Art Program, The Art Project Houston and the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments.“We must continue to build bridges through our community,” says Pastor Rudy. “Each of us has the power to change another’s life just by passing the plate. It only takes one plate!”The Knowleses are inviting national and local celebrities to pass the plate and take a stand against hunger. Together everyone can make a difference, one person at a time. Those wishing to pass the plate can donate by texting “50555” or by visiting www.missameal.net.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


Come home Mother pleads for help finding missing daughter in British Columbia

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsShawnee Morita Inyallie has been missing for almost a month.Inyallie is from Chawathil First Nation about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley.“She is 29, she’s homeless, but she always comes home and that is here on Chawathil,” said her brother Patrick Pete.They organized a search party this past weekend where she is known to walk and hitchhike.“She’s a really friendly girl and she talks to strangers, maybe too much. She’s too trusting I think,” said her aunt, Linda Peters.Not knowing has left her mother, Rena Munro, shaking with worry.“She is still out there somewhere and I have no idea where,” said Munro. “Please, my daughter, wherever you are come home.”Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP in Hope, B.C.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more