Rodel Mayol sees KO win for Jerwin Ancajas

first_imgFormer boxing world champion Rodel Mayol, right, with Asian Games gold medalist Roberto Jalnaiz. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas—Tapped for their extensive ring experience and street smarts, Rodel Mayol and Roberto Jalnaiz are providing invaluable help to Team Ancajas here.Mayol, the World Boxing Council light flyweight champion from 2009-2011, takes care of Jerwin Ancajas’ nutritional needs.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jalnaiz, the 1992 Beijing Asian Games bantamweight gold medalist and two-time Olympian, assists chief trainer Joven Jimenez in keeping Ancajas’ body in tiptop shape and gives suggestions relative to the title duel on Saturday night.Mayol and Jalnaiz were regulars in the US training camps of Manny Pacquiao, who charts Ancajas’ career by way of his MP Promotions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey were simply glad to lend a hand to Team Ancajas, which also includes unbeaten pro prospect Mark Anthony Barriga (8-0), former national boxer Delfin Boholst, Filipino-Australian cutman Todd Makelim  and MP Promotions’ Joe Ramos and Sean Gibbons.After watching Ancajas’ workouts and viewing some clips of Israel Gonzalez’s fights, Mayol and Jalnaiz were convinced that the top Filipino hope to step up when Pacquiao retires will come out victorious. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Mayol predicted that Gonzalez will be knocked out either in the sixth or seventh round.“The Mexican is strong and will likely go inside, but Ancajas will be ready for that and eventually will control the fight,” said Mayol, trainer of power puncher Romero Duno, who earned plaudits with his first round demolition of Mexican Yardley Suarez at The Forum in Inglewood, California, last month.For his part, Jalnaiz said Ancajas is benefiting from his remarkable amateur career as former Palarong Pambansa champion and National Youth Games gold medalist.“His (Ancajas) footwork is good and his fighting stance refined,” said Jalnaiz, who left the fight game at 24. “His hands are fast and he doesn’t throw wild punches.“If one solid punch or his combination gets through, then Gonzalez will be in deep trouble.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Victims’ dad apologizes after lunging at Nassar in courtroom 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Jalnaiz, who oversaw Ancajas’ weight reduction in this coastal city, featuring the old school sauna, ice and calamansi spit out session, said the southpaw’s punches will even be harder and snappier on fight night. View commentslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Puig makes obscene gesture at Cleveland fans

first_imgDodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn’t see the gesture and asked jokingly, “Are you sure it wasn’t No. 1 he was signaling?”Puig went 2 for 4 with a strikeout in Los Angeles’ 7-5 win over the Indians. Puig said he was heckled in the on-deck circle, which is directly in front of those choice seats.“People were talking to me before the home run, and they talked to me after the home run,” he said through a translator. “I stooped to their level. It happened suddenly. It came out. There’s nothing I can do about it. There were about four of them. They were pretty close there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPuig realizes he could face a fine from Major League Baseball for his actions.“If I get fined, I can’t not pay it. I know I did it,” he said. 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig watches his two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer during the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig made an obscene gesture at Cleveland fans after hitting a home run Tuesday night.After crossing home plate following his second-inning drive, Puig raised both middle fingers in the direction of fans seated in the dugout suites located on field level at Progressive Field. He was booed for the remainder of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon tuneup for extra rest Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

SMB, TNT out to break tie

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games That’s why Racela is sticking it out with burly Joshua Smith as the Texters try to bounce back from the silly manhandling they got as TNT and favored San Miguel break a 1-1 tie on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. also at the fabled Big Dome floor.“They (Beermen) had a scheme [for] Joshua,” Racela said. “The problem was how we reacted to the other things they were doing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOne of those ugly reactions came from rookie RR Pogoy, who was coming off a career game in the series opener. Pogoy had a short night after losing his top and striking Arwind Santos in the groin to get ejected.He was lucky enough to duck suspension and just be slapped a P30,000 fine despite being whistled for a flagrant foul 2 penalty. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We lost our composure, especially in the second quarter,” Racela said as he offered no excuses after the Texters blew an early 17-point lead and trailed by more than that when the third quarter came along. “In the PBA, the team that loses composure is normally the team that loses.”Needless to say, Racela will make preparations for the third game—and the rest of this series—to make sure that his Texters don’t fall into a lapse similar to that of Game 2, where they failed to score in the first seven minutes of the second quarter to lose the lead—and the game—right there.And preparations like that need to be in place especially with Racela knowing just where this series is headed.“We’re expecting a Game 7,” he declared.San Miguel’s Leo Austria, meanwhile, is bracing for a tough fight—despite coming off the very authoritative win—as he believes that just suffered such a defeat will have all the energy to bounce back hard.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRookie TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela was not about to offer any excuses for what happened Friday night.“We did not lose because of the import,” Racela said matter-of-factly, minutes after his Texters got blown off the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor in Game 2 of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title series with San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT That’s exactly what the Beermen did after they gave up the first 17 points of Game 2 and looked ripe to fall into a 0-2 hole.“It would have been very tough coming back from that, because Talk ‘N Text is such a talented team,” Austria said.“Trailing that big [early] pricked their pride,” he added. “And they just worked hard for it (series-tying win). And that’s what we don’t want to happen (allow TNT to bounce back).”Despite proving they have the ability to bounce back from a bad start, reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo said it is crucial that San Miguel bursts out of the starting gate with a lot more energy.“We can’t start flat in the first quarter,” Fajardo said in Filipino. “If we can go hard, we should go hard immediately.The Beermen’s anchor said the lock-down defense the team played after falling behind, 0-17, to start the game will play a key role in the tie-breaking match.“We had a better defense [after falling behind early] and it’s a credit to my teammates,” he said. “They saw that I was having a hard time defending TNT’s import and they helped me. Our coaching staff had a good adjustment, and Kuya JayR (Reyes) and Kuya Yancy (de Ocampo) taught me how to defend the import better.”“We were able to adjust from what they did in Game 1, so we expect them to do the same for the next game. We’ll see what we can do more for Game 3,” Fajardo added. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments LATEST STORIES Stallion forces draw on leader Meralco MOST READlast_img read more

Parks added to Gilas’ Jones Cup roster

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas will be parading a 17-man roster for the Jones Cup in Taipei with Ray Parks as a late addition to the team.Initially, the 24-year-old Parks wasn’t part of the lineup bound for Taipei announced by national team coach Chot Reyes last week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Perlas embracing tough challenge at Fiba Asia Women’s Cup View comments Parks, who is also included in the team’s Southeast Asian Games lineup, saw a lot of minutes during Gilas’ tune-up games against PBA teams the past week and on Wednesday, team manager Butch Antonio confirmed the versatile guard was indeed added to the roster.The 6-foot-4 Parks, however, said he has yet to informed whether or not he’s part of the “exact lineup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He (Reyes) talked to me about it. He just wants to bring me along and see how everything goes. We’ve been showing up in practice, so he just wants to keep this core group together,” Parks said. “I have to wait for comment if I’ll be in the exact lineup playing in the Jones Cup, but for sure I’m going on the trip.”“I can’t say much about it. It’s really up to him. I’ll wait for his final word.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

India-Australia series is important for cricket: Lawson

first_imgFormer Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson considers the forthcoming short visit by his country’s cricket team to India as a very important tour in the background of the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal that has engulfed the game.”This Australia-India series is very important. People in Australia are looking forward to the Ashes. A good, tough and hard series before the Ashes will do a lot to retain people’s faith in the game. We will start to think about the current cricket, not the one which has gone before,” said the 52-year-old New South Welshman in an interaction with a few reporters today, during his brief visit to Mumbai. “If the players play good cricket and the public see good cricket, they will forget what’s gone before. The people want their heroes to play well. There wasn’t a hero in this (controversy),” he said.The former cricketer, who was the coach of the Pakistan team for two years and has seen from close quarters the spot-fixing tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamir, was confident the game would come out of the latest scandal as it has done several times in the past.”Cricket is such a resilient game. People in Australia are looking forward to the Ashes. The more, better and competitive cricket is played, the game will just move on,” said the gangling Lawson when asked whether the game can bounce back in style.Lawson, who captured 180 wickets in 46 Tests from 1980-89, also felt it was the right time for Australia to tour India to play a mix of Tests and ODIs ? and not only ODIs as was the original schedule ? ahead of the important Ashes rubber against England.advertisement”I think it’s a very good time because it’s (going to be) tough cricket. If they had played as per the original schedule of seven one-dayers it would not have been very good. But playing two Test matches and three one-dayers, it would be tough cricket.”India are playing well and would be a tough challenge and they (Australia) would be a tough team when they get home.It’s really good (tune-up) for Australia,” said Lawson who took 88 wickets from 79 ODIs in his career.Australia are set to reach India on September 21 to play two Tests at Mohali (Oct 1-5) and Bangalore (Oct 9-13) and three one-day internationals at Kochi (Oct 17), Visakhapatnam (Oct 20) and Goa (Oct 24).Lawson brushed aside Australia skipper Ricky Ponting’s prediction of a 5-0 home side sweep in the Ashes series.”I think he feels he just has to say that. His objective is to win by one Test match. England do hold the Ashes and Australia have to win the series, not draw the series,” he pointed out.Referring to the spot-fixing scandal that allegedly involved top young talent like Aamir, Lawson said it was very saddening to see it happen to a player whose talents had impressed him when the left-arm pacer was just 15 years old.”If Mohammad Aamir gets suspended, he won’t know what to do with himself. He comes from a poor village on the edge of the Swat valley. He comes from nothing. I am sad about it. If he got a five-year or longer ban, what will he be in five year’s time. How will he exist in five years? What will he do,” he wondered.”He’s a natural talent. You don’t revile or stone him.He’s received fair bit of sympathy from a lot of people. He is an 18 year old and comes from a village that does not have electricity. There’s going to be some human empathy and sympathy. But a lot more may come out of this incident,” said the former Pakistan team coach.”There are so many cricketers in the sub-continent who are like that. They come from the villages and play a great game of cricket and he is one of those. He’s a shining star of Pakistan and world cricket. It’s quite sad what’s happened,” he added.last_img read more

Dhoni under ICC scanner on ambush marketing: Sources

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has reportedly come under scanner of the International Cricket Council for breaching its ambush marketing clause for the World Cup which begins from February 19.According to sources, the ICC has dashed off a letter to BCCI pointing out that a recent commercial Dhoni had featured in could be in breach of its ambush marketing laws.The ICC had written to chief executives of all the national boards reminding them of the need for strict adherence to the ambush marketing clause.”Any squad member that knowingly or unknowingly breaches the squad terms may face sanctions ranging from financial penalties through to being excluded from continued participation in the event,” ICC had said in a memo.Earlier this month, four Indian cricketers led by Sachin Tendulkar had met the BCCI President Shashank Manohar on this issue. Dhoni apparently took part in the meeting via teleconference.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Salman, Asin to lock lips

first_imgSalman Khan and AsinSalman Khan has finally agreed to kiss on screen for the first time in his 22-year-old career. The superstar, who has resolutely avoided locking lips to maintain a family image so far, will be seen smooching co-star Asin in Anees Bazmee’s upcoming film, Ready. “It is not yet decided if it will be a long, passionate kiss or a short peck, but director Bazmee has managed to convince Salman that the scene is important to the script. Salman had initially refused to give the shot and it took some talking on Bazmee’s part to convince him,” said a source in the unit of the film.Salman has all along maintained that he is “not too comfortable kissing on screen”. Despite giving several blockbusters such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Maine Pyar Kiya and Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya as a romantic hero, he has largely refrained from kissing on screen.Naturally, when Bazmee threw up the idea, the superstar was reluctant. Salman apart, the kissing scene is also bound to arouse interest because of Asin. An established superstar in Tamil cinema, Asin has all along maintained a traditional image as an actress down South, as also in Ghajini and London Dreams, the two Bollywood films she has done so far.Lately however, having struggled in Bollywood after London Dreams flopped, Asin is gunning for a glamorous image makeover. Reports have already suggested that she is willing to don a bikini in Sajid Khan’s Housefull 2. Meanwhile, the first look of Ready was launched recently in Mumbai. Initial snapshots of the film feature Salman sporting fashionable shades and a short cropped hairdo, and striking a few whacky poses, in sync with the film’s slapstick flavour.Ever since shooting started for the film, Ready has been in the news for various reasons. Recently, there were rumours that Salman and Bazmee had a spat during an outdoor shooting in Bangkok after the director returned to Mumbai midway. Bazmee later denied any rift with Salman.advertisementlast_img read more

Toyota Etios Liva set for June 27 launch

first_imgToyota’s new small car Liva is all set for launch on June 27, the company said on Thursday.At a press meet, the Japanese car giant said the much-anticipated Liva will be launched in the hatchback category by the end of this month, spiking a price war. It, however, didn’t share how much the car would cost.Toyota also said it will miss its sales target for 2011 in India by about 10,000 units, on account of production cut that it undertook following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan.”Earlier we had set a target of 1,50,000 units for this year. But now that has been reduced to 1,40,000 units due to the one month production cut following the tsunami in Japan,” Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Deputy Managing Director (Marketing) Sandeep Singh told reporters in the national capital.SPECIAL: Stiff competition ahead as Maruti and Toyota enter each other’s territorySpeaking at the launch of the new variant of the premium sedan Corolla Altis, he said TKM hopes to sell 60,000 units of its sedan Etios and upcoming small car Liva.”We are looking to produce 2.1 lakh units in 2012 and will also try to sell all the vehicles,” Singh said.TKM on Thursday launched a new variant of its premium sedan Corolla Altis in both petrol and diesel options in the country, priced between Rs 10.53 lakh and Rs 14.77 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).”Since the launch of the first Corolla in India in 2003, we have been getting very good response for the car. So far we have sold 70,000 units of the car across the country,” TKM Managing Director Hiroshi Nakagawa said.FIRST LOOK: Pictures from the meet when Liva was announced The company sold 10,400 units of Corolla Altis in 2010, and is expecting to sell 11,500 units this year.The new Corolla Altis will come with a 1,798 cc engine. The petrol variant is priced at Rs 10.53 lakh to Rs 14.77 lakh, while the diesel option will be available for Rs 11.46 lakh to Rs 14.55 lakh.On the issue of long waiting periods, Singh said: “When we launched the Etios, we had about six months of waiting period, which has come down to about two months now, after starting the second shift of production in March. By the end of this month, it will come down to less than a month.”Besides, the company has recently increased the output of its multi utility vehicle ‘Innova’ to 4,800 units per month from about 4,000 units a month earlier, he added.Currently Innova has a waiting period of about three months, while customers wait for up to two months to take the delivery of the sports utility vehicle Fortuner.TKM had earlier announced to invest Rs 300 crore to ramp up its production capacity by 60,000 units to 2.1 lakh units annually by mid 2012.When asked if the company would export Etios, Nakagawa said: “Our focus is India. But we are currently studying the option.”advertisementlast_img read more

New Toyota Camry to be assembled at Bangalore facility

first_imgJapanese car giant Toyota , which launched next generation of premium sedan Camry in India at an introductory price of Rs 23.8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), will be assembling the car at its Bangalore facility.Toyota, present in India through a joint venture with the Kirloskar group, launched the new Camry with a 2.5 litre petrol engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.Speaking to reporters in Bangalore on Friday, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Managing Director Hiroshi Nakagawa said, “This is the seventh generation of Camry. We will be manufacturing it locally in India so that it can be available easily.”The model was now being manufactured at 10 locations across the world, and Bangalore would be the eleventh production base, he added.”It will be only in the petrol mode as we do not have diesel in our premium segment across the world. Camry is available only with petrol globally,” TKM Deputy Managing Director (Marketing) Sandeep Singh said.Camry, which was launched in India in 2002, has witnessed sales of 6,500 units so far. The earlier version of Camry was priced between Rs 21.58 lakh and Rs 23.73 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The new Camry will compete with Honda’s Accord, Volkswagen’s Passat and Skoda’s Superb.Sing said, “If you look at the market dynamics in India, there is an increase in the demand for diesel. We have been conducting a feasibility study on diesel engine manufacturing in India but are unable to convince our headquarters.”Asked about launching of Toyotas luxury brand Lexus in India , Singh said: “There is an apprehension about the increase in customs duty…we are still studying the market and we hope to get a clear direction by the end of this year.”The company had earlier said it would bring the brand into India by 2013 and planned to set up exclusive Lexus showrooms to sell cars and sports utility vehicles of the brand.Toyota Motor is also planning to launch eight new products, including Etios, in the mid-term.With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Nokia Asha 311: Price and specifications

first_imgNokia India had announced the launch of two new touch phones in its Asha series – Asha 305 and Asha 311 in the Indian market.Asha 311, priced at Rs 7,139, is powered by a 1 GHz processor. It has a 3-inch scratch resistant capacitive touch screen, internal memory of 256 MB and a 3.2 megapixel camera.The phone also offers users 40 EA games to download for free. These games range across action, arcade and sports, and include titles such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed: The Run and Fifa 2012.”With the launch of Nokia Asha touch range, we are strengthening our range of ‘mobile internet’ devices that offer these experiences to the customers,” Viral Oza, director marketing, Nokia India, said.According to the company, the Asha touch device is supported by Nokia Browser 2.0 that offers consumers faster and cheaper internet access as it compresses data consumption by 85 percent using cloud acceleration technology.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

No time to adapt

first_imgLess than a month from now, the Ranji Trophy – India’s premier first- class tournament – gets underway on November 2. Yet, top cricketers from across the country aren’t bringing their white flannels out of the closet. Instead, they are busy training in South Africa for the Champions League Twenty20, which begins next week.In the past, it was the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – the domestic T20 tournament – that preceded the Ranji Trophy, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) then decided it wasn’t the ideal preparation for four- day cricket, and the Duleep Trophy was brought forward. But for the premier players, the preparation will be the CLT20, which is played with the BCCI’s blessing.From a burnt-out Mahendra Singh Dhoni to an injured Virender Sehwag, all these players have their sights set on bagging glory for their franchises against the top domestic sides from around the world.Speaking to Mail Today , former India and Delhi opener Aakash Chopra feels while the experienced campaigners can still adapt to the formats quickly, it’s the youngsters who will suffer most.”In an ideal scenario, one would obviously want to have a long camp going into the Ranji season. I have often brought up the issue, but to no avail. While the seniors shouldn’t be too fazed by the transition in formats, the juniors will definitely take more time. But then that is how the game has evolved in the modern day. You need to perform at any cost or perish,” he said.”What makes it more difficult for Delhi is that even their coach, Vijay Dahiya, will have to undergo a transition in planning as he will be returning after fulfilling his duty as assistant coach with the Kolkata Knight Riders.” Interestingly, if Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders or Mumbai Indians make it to the CLT20 final, most of their players will have just four days to adapt as Delhi, Bengal and Mumbai start their Ranji Trophy campaign on November 2 itself.Back home, what makes matters worse for Delhi is that nine of their top 15 players are busy in South Africa while ideally they should have been in India and attending a camp for the upcoming Ranji season – a norm followed by every state team for close to a month before the start of every season.Although the fringe players did attend the camp held in the Capital last month, most of the top players were either busy on national duty or working on their fitness at the National Cricket Academy. Even Dahiya was absent as he was with the Knight Riders, preparing for the CLT20.While Sehwag, Unmukt Chand, Punit Bisht and Yogesh Nagar will be plying their trade for the Daredevils in South Africa, Gautam Gambhir, Rajat Bhatia and Pradeep Sangwan will be donning the KKR jersey and Pawan Suyal will be in the squad for the Mumbai Indians.One of the core members of the Delhi Ranji team, whose IPL franchise didn’t qualify for the CLT20, feels it is very important for the players to attend a camp and adapt to the longer version of the game.”It is important that all the players get together and train because it isn’t easy to adapt from the shortest to the longest format. Also, to know every teammate’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of the season helps the team gel and stay positive going into the season,” the player told M AIL T ODAY . Another member, who is presently in South Africa, feels things are going to be really tough if his team gets into the final stages of the CLT20.”It will be definitely tough for us, also because there will be a change in conditions as well.The pitches here in South Africa will definitely be more conducive to the bowlers unlike those back home,” he told MAIL TODAY . With the Indian team’s performances across formats nosediving, it is high time the premier first- class tournament in the country got more respect and stopped being treated as a poor cousin of the cash- rich T20 leagues.advertisementlast_img read more

Super Bowl: Patriots vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future

first_imgLATEST STORIES Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town It put an end to the dream of a rematch between two teams of the future — Rams vs. Chiefs — who delivered a wildly entertaining, defense-optional touchdown-fest in a 54-51 Rams victory in November.Instead, we get a “rematch” of that 2002 Super Bowl, won by the Patriots 20-17.The Rams came into that game as a franchise on the edge of a dynasty.They were one season removed from their first Super Bowl win, led by quarterback Kurt Warner and known as “The Greatest Show on Turf” for the fake grass they burned up at their seven-year-old home in St. Louis. They had amassed what was then unheard of — 500-plus points in three straight seasons — and were a two-touchdown favorite against Belichick and Brady, who was in his second year and best known as the sixth-round draft pick Belichick stuck with after Drew Bledsoe got injured.New England used ball control, defense and a last-second field goal to topple Warner and the Rams. On the surface, the task figures to not be all that different this time around, though Brady is showing he’s perfectly capable of matching opponents touchdown-for-touchdown. Sunday’s win adds to a Week 6 victory over Kansas City by the score of 43-40. The Patriots ranked fifth in overall offense this season, only 28 yards a game behind LA.Theirs is an offense built around Brady, his mastery of diagnosing defenses at the line of scrimmage and his ability to use interchangeable parts on his offense over the years. (Receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski have stood out most recently.)And stability.Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has interviewed for jobs virtually every year since returning to Foxborough after short stints in Denver and St. Louis. He was out the door for Indy last year, but changed his mind and returned once again to call plays for Belichick.As for the Rams, they improved from 10th last year in offense to second this season, as McVay and Goff found their footing. But maybe the most telling sign of their success is that McVay’s offensive assistants are, as a group, the most sought-after sideline talent in the league. Two left after last season. Two more, quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor and tight ends coach Shane Waldron, are drawing attention this season.Now, the ultimate question: If they leave, will they do so with a Super Bowl ring? US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations This hasn’t: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.The duo, every bit as formidable now as when they won that first title, face the Rams, now back in Los Angeles, in a Super Bowl rematch of sorts that pits the NFL’s past against its future.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAt 32, Sean McVay is the youngest Super Bowl coach. At 66, Bill Belichick has an NFL-record 30 playoff wins.At 24, Jared Goff is the youngest quarterback to win the NFC championship. At 41, Brady will be the oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with his teammates after the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)It began in 2002, back when the Rams were in St. Louis and the Patriots were a plucky underdog standing in the way of a potential dynasty.So much has changed.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 The Rams (15-3) are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since that meeting against the Patriots — and for the first time as the “Los Angeles Rams” since 1980, when they fell to the Steelers. The Patriots (13-5) are back for the third straight time — they lost to Philly last year — the fourth in five seasons and the ninth since Belichick got the New England dynasty on track in the 2002 win over St. Louis.The Rams duo of McVay and Goff has spent the past two seasons heralding the coming of a new age of football — one in which McVay’s reimagined offense has dealt a blow to the old, increasingly dated adage that teams ultimately must win championships with defense. The Rams have cracked 30 points in 13 of their 18 games this season. A generation ago, that would’ve been novel; now, it’s normal.But to officially usher the NFL into a new era, the Rams will have to get past New England, which is a 1-point favorite for the game in Atlanta, set for Feb. 3 — exactly 17 years to the date of the last Super Bowl showdown, and a bit more than three months since the Boston Red Sox topped the LA Dodgers for the World Series. (Who will Magic and Bird cheer for? Stay tuned.)Is Brady up to it?Well, on Sunday, he drove the Patriots down the field for three straight touchdowns — two in the fourth quarter and once in overtime — for a 37-31 victory over the Chiefs, the only team that gained more yards than Los Angeles this season.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Juan Gomez de Liaño impresses in first Mighty Sports practice

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ “This kid can play and he’s good,” said Odom who won two titles with the Lakers back in 2009 and 2010.“Juan looked very good, I was also impressed with his decision-making,” said Tiu. “His overall game, including his shooting was great. He can do things pretty well on the court.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTiu added there was already a loose atmosphere with the players exchanging laughs during breaks.“First practice was okay, I like that. Guys were excited, lots of laughs,” said Tiu. “They were practicing well. I hope we will do better next time.” Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:24Alleged Manila drug queen to face murder, drug raps — NCRPO02:12Enrile wants De Lima, Roxas barred from seeking public office for GCTA mess02:42PH 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PCCL: Undermanned Ateneo overcomes San Beda, forces semis tiebreaker Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tiu’s only concern so far is Harris and Odom’s conditioning with both still struggling to find their respective rhythms.Team owner Alex Congchuking, though, is confident that Tiu and his coaching staff can remedy the problem.“We hope we can address that and I believe the coaches have plans for them,” said Wongchuking.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines guard Juan Gomez de Liaño put his teammates in Mighty Sports on notice after the team held its first practice in preparation for the Dubai International Basketball Championship at Urdaneta Village gym Thursday.Former Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom and head coach Charles Tiu were impressed with Gomez de Liaño, who joins a team that also has Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and Chinese Basketball Association veteran Randolf Morris.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Magic get crucial win in NBA playoffs chase, rout Cavaliers

first_imgOrlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) blocks a shot attempt by Cleveland Cavaliers’ Nik Stauskas (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida— For one night, the Orlando Magic did almost everything right. The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t do much of anything at all.“We knew that we had to respond tonight and play a better game, which we did,” Orlando center Nikola Vucevic said. “We played really well from the beginning.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “We’re aware of the situation. We know our schedule, so we know we have to take advantage of that stretch of games,” Orlando swingman Evan Fournier said.Collin Sexton scored 23 points for the Cavaliers, his fourth straight game over 22 points.Eight Magic players contributed to 45.3 percent 3-point shooting, making 14 of 31 attempts. Cleveland also shot 31 threes but made only seven.“I just liked the way we approached the whole game. This is one of the better games we’ve played,” said Magic coach Steve Clifford. “Since the All-Star break, we’ve had three or four good ones, but none any better than that.”Jordan Clarkson came off the bench for 15 points for Cleveland. The Cavs beat the Magic by 14 points at Cleveland on March 3.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Gordon, Fournier and Terrence Ross made 3-pointers in a 15-0 run that left the Magic with a 44-20 lead early in the second quarter. Cleveland went more than five minutes without scoring during that stretch and never recovered.A 3-pointer by Kevin Love cut the margin to 17 a few minutes later, but that is as close as the Cavaliers would get.“It seemed like it was one of those days where you’ve got to give a lot of credit to them,” Love said. “They played extremely hard. Obviously they’ve got something to play for, and a lot of things just didn’t go our way.”TIP-INSCavaliers: The Cavs have lost only four of their last 24 games against Orlando, including two this season. … After missing the preceding game with a foot injury, Love had 10 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.Magic: The Magic are 12-11 while using the same starting lineup in 23 straight games. … C Khem Birch had his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. . . . F Jonathan Isaac has made 44.4 percent of his 3-point shots over the last 16 games after shooting 26.5 percent in his first 48.UP NEXTCavaliers: At Dallas on Saturday night.Magic: Host Atlanta on Sunday night. Nikola Jokic tows Nuggets past Mavericks with buzzer beater SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Aaron Gordon scored 21 points, D.J. Augustin added 20 points and seven assists and the Magic routed the Cavaliers 120-91 on Thursday night. Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds.The Magic won for only the second time in six games while chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The won left them a game and a half behind eighth-place Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Every game moving forward for us, the margin of error is getting slimmer and slimmer – almost to none,” Vucevic said. “We have to get on a run now if we want to get back in the eighth spot.”It was the first of five straight home games for the Magic, the first four against losing teams. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief View commentslast_img read more

Shoulder separation- series

first_imgNormal anatomyLigaments hold the shoulder joint together. A disruption or weakening of these connections is a shoulder separation.Indications, part 1This type of ligament tear is considered a second-degree shoulder separation.Indications, part 2When the ligaments are disrupted in this fashion, the result is a third-degree shoulder separation.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers Live Telecast

first_img Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcGujarat Fortunegiants First Published: September 19, 2019, 2:57 PM IST The PKL 2019 Season 7 match number 97 will be played between Bengal Warriors and Haryana Steelers on Thursday, September 19. Bengal Warriors, who are coming into this fixture with back-to-back three wins, will try to defend their second spot on Pro Kabaddi 2019 standings against Haryana Steelers. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers will be played at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi in Pune.Haryana Steelers, who are haven’t lost any game to the Bengal side this season, will look to continue their winning run. The Haryana side is currently third in the points table and a win will see them replace the Warriors. The PKL 2019 Season 7 Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers game will be played at 7:30 pm. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7’s Pune leg will come to an end on Friday. The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur will host the next set of matches. There is one game lined-up for the day. Bengal Warriors will fight to defend their points table position against Harayana Steelers as they both side face off at 7:30 pm.The game is considered to be a high-octane battle between the two sides. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha.What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers start?The 97th match of PKL 2019 season 7 series is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. The match between Bengal Warriors and Haryana Steelers will be played at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers on TV?The PKL 2019 Season 7 Bengal Warriors and Haryana Steelers clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Bengal Warriors and Haryana Steelers, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Going on a Gold hunt

first_imgPassing the Baton (From left) Prakash Padukone, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa and Geet Sethi at a recent Olympic Gold Quest event in Mumbai   –  PTI When the stars come blazing down to earth… August 05, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT SHARE sport events In mission mode, for a change × Don’t blame it on Rio! Passing the Baton (From left) Prakash Padukone, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa and Geet Sethi at a recent Olympic Gold Quest event in Mumbai   –  PTI COMMENTS Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger How a professional team of stars of yesteryear is moulding tomorrow’s champions It doesn’t get bigger than the Olympics Published on A string of champs from God’s own arena All it requires is 6 g of gold. To induce that heady feeling when an athlete stands on the victory podium, the name flashing on the giant-sized screen, with the national anthem being played.Knowing full well that over a billion people at home will be cheering and sharing the happiness and joy at having triumphed in the ultimate sporting event: the Olympics. Yes, a gold medal at the Olympics has 6 g of gold in it. That’s all it takes to lift the worth of a nation.And this is what Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a not-for-profit organisation started and run by former sportsmen, aims to do: identify and train athletes to increase India’s medal tally at the Olympics and bring home that gold medal.OGQ is the brainchild of former world billiards champion Geet Sethi, who after the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, realised that professional micro-management of athletes was needed if they were to perform well on the international arena. He discussed the idea with Prakash Padukone, former All England badminton champion, who too felt the need for an organisation that would not just identify and train athletes, but provide them all the support that they need on their journey to sporting success.How the idea took offOGQ took off when Sethi and Padukone brought on board executives from the corporate world such as Niraj Bajaj, Shitin Desai and R Ramaraj, who helped the organisation raise the much-needed funds to support the athletes. “In 2007, finally, we got in some corporate board members and with the funding they could manage to provide, we launched our operations, if I can call it that,” recalls Sethi. Rifle shooter Gagan Narang was the first athlete that OGQ took on board, just before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he adds.Of the six medals that India won at the 2012 London Olympics, four – Vijay Kumar (Silver, pistol shooting), Gagan Narang – (Bronze, rifle shooting), MC Mary Kom (Bronze, boxing) and Saina Nehwal (Bronze, badminton) – were supported by OGQ.For the Rio Olympics, OGQ has 21 athletes in badminton, boxing, shooting, athletics, archery and wrestling as part of the Indian contingent. Besides it is also training sportspersons in table tennis and swimming.What exactly does OGQ do? Viren Rasquinha, CEO, says it provides sportspersons with coaches, the best training facilities, doctors, nutritionists and physiotherapists. “We make sure they have the equipment. We have put together a team of world-class doctors, physios, nutritionists and mental trainers,” adds Rasquinha, a former India hockey player, who went on to do an MBA at ISB after retiring from the game.Monitoring performanceOGQ, according to him, has a research team that looks closely into the performances of athletes.“The bottomline is, when we select them, they should have genuine potential to win an Olympic medal,” he says. OGQ monitors sub-junior and junior level national tournaments. It identifies athletes who show potential and takes them in for training and support if it feels it can make a difference to their performance.“We support them for the long term, because the journey to win an Olympic medal takes at least six to eight years,” adds Rasquinha.Once the athletes are selected, OGQ signs individual contracts with them. No money is paid to them, other than a small stipend – and that too only for those who need it badly. OGQ commits a certain funding for each athlete, depending on the sport, seniority of the athlete, equipment required and the level of foreign exposure that is needed.The biggest factor for OGQ, he adds, is that it builds a close relationship, trust and rapport with the athlete. “Only if you build the trust do they open up to you and share their problems. That is critical. That is a big factor in the way OGQ supports athletes,” says Rasquinha.He says it will not be possible to put a figure to how much it will cost to train an athlete as it varies from sport to sport and the level of training and assistance required. It started supporting Lakshya Sen, when he was just 11 years old, in badminton, and also supports 15-year-old Maana Patel for swimming.OGQ raises funds from donors, who can get income-tax exemption. Companies can now also donate to OGQ as part of their CSR activity, adds Rasquinha.The training moduleHow is the training done in other countries? With the weight of international exposure that Sethi has, he says that different countries have different models. In the US, the university model – where athletes get scholarships and are supported in other ways – is strong, he notes. It is almost similar in Australia. In the UK, however, it is mostly government-run.“India,” says Sethi, “is unique. We are a young country, we are grappling with so many issues.” He adds: “Wherever I can add value, why not I add value as an NGO? I am saying I add value if the athlete can fulfil his or her potential.” He says the government has done a lot for athletes and sportspersons. Its mindset has changed over the years. “Money has gone into sports, money has gone into sportspersons.”According to him, what OGQ does best is to professionally micro-manage an athlete and removing any hindrance in his or her path. OGQ’s role and ethos is to plug a gap wherever it can.What are his expectations of the Indian contingent from the Rio Olympics? Says Sethi: “I hope we can better our performance. I think we will. If you study our chart, it is an upward growth. The one big thing that has changed is that we believe we can win. The athlete genuinely believes he or she is a winner. That has a lot of value and that will finally translate into more medals. I don’t want to put a number, but I think we will improve on our tally from London.” RELATED Hope fills Indian hearts as the ‘samba’ Games beginlast_img read more

Sri Lanka 131 for 3 at stumps

first_imgcricket India declares at 536/7 COMMENTS SHARE COMMENT Published oncenter_img December 03, 2017 × Sri Lanka were 131 for three at close on the second day of the third cricket Test after India declared their first innings at 536 for seven, here today.India skipper Virat Kohli hit a career-best 243 even as play was halted on the request of visitors in the post-lunch session due to poor air quality.Angelo Mathews (57) and skipper Dinesh Chandimal (25) will resume Sri Lanka’s innings tomorrow.Brief Scores:India 1st innings: 536 for 7 declared in 127.5 overs. (V Kohli 243 batting, M Vijay 155; Lakshan Sandakan 4/167).Sri Lanka 1st innings: 131 for 3 in 44.3 overs (D Perera 42, A Matherws 38 batting; R Jadjeja 1/24, M Shami 1/30). SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img

‘The Best’ FIFA Football Awards 2018 Round Up

first_imgAdvertisementThe third edition of the ‘The Best’ award ceremony hosted by FIFA oversaw a change in the norm in the form of ending the 10 year monopoly of the two most decorated players on the planet – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Perhaps this marks the end of an era and exhibits a glimpse of the next. The man of the night was the 2018 Champions league winner and World Cup silver medalist Luka Modric. It was a glamorous night for him as he succeeded his former Real Madrid teammate and friend , Ronaldo to win The Best FIFA men’s player.Modric’s performances over the span of the football season were eye-catching and proved to be instrumental for Real Madrid and Croatia to bag elite silverwares. Even Lionel Messi could not resist voting for Modric as the The Best.Other award winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 :* The Best FIFA Women’s player – Marta. The Orlando Pride foward won the award for a record 6th time.* The Best FIFA Goalkeeper – Thibaut Courtois. After a FA Cup victory and a World Cup third place clinch , Courtois’ saw out his only competition Hugo Lloris.* The Best FIFA Men’s coach – Didier Deschamps. There was no looking back for Deschamps after an spectacle of a World Cup win.* The Best FIFA Women’s coach – Reynald Pedros. He lead Lyon Women’s to a spectacular double which includes French Division 1 title and UEFA Women’s Champions League.* FIFA Puskás award – Mohamed Salah. It was in a Merseyside derby where Salah joined the goalscoring elites of Puskás , Zlatan, Ronaldo and others with his brilliant solo goal.* FIFA FIFPro World 11 – David De Gea , Marcelo , Sergio Ramos , Raphael Varane , Dani Alves , N’Golo Kante , Luka Modric , Eden Hazard , Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi , Kylian Mbappé .Advertisementlast_img read more