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first_imgWith a 1-0 win each, USA and England have qualified for the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup 2010. [Follow live matchcast]1966 champions England faced a first round exit today in their game against group toppers Slovenia.But Jermain Defoe’s strike in the 23rd minute sealed their win.In Group D, Germany beat Ghana 1-0 and both sides made the Round of 16. In the other game, Australia beat Serbia 2-1 but both teams were eliminated nonetheless.  They had an eye on USA’s game against Algeria. Landon Donovan scored again for the Americans to take them through.Mexico, Uruguay (Group A), Argentina and South Korea (Group B) are the other two teams to make the cut.last_img


first_imgSushil Kumar feels that repeating his Beijing Olympics exploits in London next year is going to be a tough task.The 66kg category freestyle wrestler, who won an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 but crashed out in the second round of the World Championships in Istanbul two weeks ago, said the competition at the top was cut-throat.”Currently, there are about four wrestlers who are capable of winning the (Olympic) gold. There is hardly anything to choose between the top four in the world now,” Sushil told Mail Today.Sushil said Iran’s Mehdi Taghavi and Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu stood a real chance to win in London. “Mehdi and Tatsuhiro are two of the best in the game right now. Mehdi won the gold at the Worlds while Tatsuhiro clinched the silver. Apart from these two, there are Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan) and Livan Lopez (Cuba). I feel one of these four will win the gold at London,” he said.But London has been a happy hunting ground for him, and that gives Sushil some hope. “I have very good memories of London. I won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Championships in 2003 and 2007 there. I just hope and pray that London proves to be lucky for me a third time as well,” Sushil said.To qualify for the London Olympics, Sushil said has three major opportunities to attain the grade. “The Asian Championships are coming up in Kazakhstan, and there are two more tournaments in Minsk (Belarus) and one at Paris. Hopefully, I should seal the berth in the first qualifying event itself,” he said.advertisementOn his early exit from the World Championships, Sushil said the fact that he had not participated in a competition for nearly six months had proved costly.”I am not trying to make excuses for my early exit, but the fact remains that to play a tough competition like the Worlds, one has to be in peak physical condition,” Sushil admitted.”I tried to be too fast in an attempt to subdue (Ukrainian) Andriy Stadnik. He has a good defence and those were certainly the wrong tactics. I should have been more patient against him.”Incidentally, this was the same wrestler to whom he lost in the first round of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. “One thing I know for sure, that whenever I play Andriy, it is a big challenge. He has a very awkward style and one has to be really cautious while playing against him,” Sushil said.Sushil plans to set up base in Colorado Springs, USA, for a month early next year in order to train. “Colorado has weather similar to that of London. Since I am going there for a tournament in January, I thought it would be a good idea to stay put there for a month and set up my base there.”Some of the leading wrestlers are also basing themselves there before the Olympics,” he said.”I have informed Wrestling Federation of India secretary Raj Singh about my plans to train in the US. He has promised to help me out in this,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgAsif IqbalThe first comment I would like to make after the first two one-dayers between Pakistan and India is how unfortunate it has been that these two countries have not played against each other for the past so many years. The quality of cricket has been outstanding and it would,Asif IqbalThe first comment I would like to make after the first two one-dayers between Pakistan and India is how unfortunate it has been that these two countries have not played against each other for the past so many years. The quality of cricket has been outstanding and it would be safe to say that the cause of peace has been enhanced in this period in a manner that a year of political activity would not have been able to achieve.  Both the matches must be ranked among the finest ever played. Shoaib Akhtar lamented that the pitches were too flat and the contests were weighed too heavily in favour of batsmen.While sympathising with him, the main reason for the very high scores has been some outstanding batting and bowling which sometimes has been quite mediocre. There have been two truly great innings in the two matches, one by Inzamam-ul-Haq at Karachi and the other by Sachin Tendulkar at Pindi. Rahul Dravid also played one superb innings and the start given by Yasir Hameed and Shahid Afridi at Rawalpindi was the base on which Pakistan went for victory at Pindi. Both games have turned the given wisdom about Pakistan’s main strength lying in its bowling and its batting being the weak link on its head. In both games, Pakistan’s batting has performed superbly. Sachin’s performance in the second ODI merely confirmed for the umpteenth time that this man has to be the finest batsman in the world today.In both games, India again confirmed their status of perhaps the best batting side in world cricket today. I thought the wicket at Rawalpindi was not as batsman-friendly as at Karachi. advertisementGeneral geniality: The Indian team with Pervez MusharrafThe Rawalpindi wicket was certainly taking some spin and if I was in Sourav Ganguly’s place I would have bowled Ramesh Powar for his entire quota. I would also not have let Zaheer Khan bowl the final over, given that he had gone for 52 in his first five overs and confidence could not have been all that high. On this spinner-friendly wicket, both sides may have been well advised to go for a “horses-for-courses” selection policy and concentrated more on spin than speed. The Pakistani attack would have been more effective if another spinner had been included in place of Shabbir Ahmed.And India may have done better by taking Powar and Murali Kartik. I was particularly impressed by Powar, not just by his bowling and batting but overall temperament.The news that Ashish Nehra is probably out of the rest of the one-day series is a sad blow for India, particularly as Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, by far their best spinners, are already out.But it is never a good policy to play half-fit players, specially half-fit fast bowlers, and one sincerely hopes that any damage Nehra’s ankle may have suffered does not have far-reaching effects. It is really heartening to see my sport as the catalyst that has brought Indians and Pakistanis together in a spirit of laughter and good cheer. Cricket played a big role in the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa. In the past week, I have had the distinct feeling that this great game has an even greater role to play in the context of our subcontinent. One of the banners carried by fans in Rawalpindi showed the flags of India and Pakistan imprinted side by side; I would like to see politicians achieve that feat! @ Gameplan. – The writer is a former Pakistani captainlast_img read more


first_imgJuna is a sleepy village on the edge of the Rann of Kutch that separates India and Pakistan. Its people eke out a living by rearing cattle. In Gujarat’s forbidding outback, life is tough. But the spirit of the people is tougher. This inner strength was evident when Gujarat was ravaged by the earthquake in January 2001. All structures in Juna and adjoining villages were completely destroyed. With their homes reduced to rubble, the villagers were forced to live in makeshift dwellings. Yet hope refused to die.Juna was chosen as one of the beneficiary villages of Care Today’s project to construct homes for 474 families in seven villages in Pachham region in partnership with the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, an NGO. In Nani Dadhar, an adjoining village, 58 families were given new houses. Fifty of them got two-room homes. Care Today also supported the construction of houses in Mindhiyara, Meghpar Navavas, Juna, Tuga, Khavda and Misariyado villages. The houses were designed keeping in mind the local culture and the confidence people have in traditional cylindrical struc-tures. (In fact, the only houses that did not collapse in the earthquake were cylindrical ones.) The new structures were made earthquake-proof by metal reinforcements in the walls as per government guidelines. The construction was overseen and certified by a UNDP engineer deputed for this purpose. A truly remarkable aspect of the reconstruction programme was that all the beneficiary families also contributed in the effort, both financially and physically. In fact, most of the families themselves built the houses. This was important because it helped create a sense of ownership of the structures and place responsibility of future maintenance on them.  Care Today spent over Rs 2.16 crore from the Rebuilding Gujarat Fund in Pachham; the villagers also contributed their own money to the rebuilding corpus. Even more important was the complete transparency in the handling and disbursement of funds. The finances were managed by teams comprising representatives of the village and KMVS. The final expenditure statements at each village were presented to the community at gram panchayats. With a roof over their heads, people like Vayadana Amad, Rahiman Mishri, Rajbai Juma and Jalal Haji could afford to sport a smile on their faces again and the Rann did not look as forbidding as earlier. advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic’s spectacular second-half volley helped Sweden to a Euro 2012 consolation victory over France on Tuesday, relegating the French to second place in Group D and a quarterfinal against Spain. PhotosThe AC Milan forward struck flat and hard from the edge of the box on 54 minutes to give his team their first win after two narrow defeats.England win Group D after beating Ukraine 1-0 in Tuesday’s other game in Donetsk to set up a quarterfinal with Italy.Little separated the sides until Sweden coach Erik Hamren introduced midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson at half time. The player gave Sweden another attacking option, used to devastating effect midway through the second half as the Swedes conjured their best football of a disappointing competition.Martin Olsson crossed for Ola Toivonen, in for injured Johan Elmander, to loop a header just past Hugo Lloris’ goal inside three minutes.The French found space down the left to release Hatem Ben Arfa, but the Newcastle man fired wide.The ball fell to Franck Ribery when the Swedes failed to clear, the Bayern Munich winger sending a left-footed drive straight at Andreas Isaksson.Sweden should have gone ahead on ten minutes when Toivonen outjumped Philippe Mexes and rounded Lloris only to hit the post from an acute angle.Ribery and lone striker Karim Benzema combined on 18 minutes for the Real Madrid forward to half-volley over.The teams sparred in midfield, canceling each other out until three minutes before half time, when Benzema let fly from 25 yards with a shot that bounced just wide.advertisementRibery then stumbled through a few challenges to hit a shot that Olof Mellberg lunged to take the sting out of, the last meaningful action of the half.France shot out of the blocks in the second half as Benzema beat the offside trap from a Nasri through pass and tried to steer the ball around Lloris, but he put it around the post too.Sweden then grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, playing their most decisive football of the tournament.Sweden worked it out to Larsson on the right, whose targeted cross found Ibrahimovic lurking on the edge of the box. The AC Milan forward twisted in the air, connecting sweetly to lash the ball into the goal.Ibrahimovic turned provider moments later, playing in substitute Christian Wilhelmssson, who half-volleyed against Lloris’ chest.Mellberg flicked the resulting corner at goal, but Lloris got a last-second fingertip to the ball to divert it just over.France coach Laurent Blanc looked to seize back the initiative by replacing Ben Arfa with Florent Malouda.A flurry of substitutions changed the pattern of the game as Blanc went in search of the equalizer.But it was Sweden who had the last say, with Larsson volleying in after Samuel Holmen’s shot came back off the crossbar.last_img read more


first_imgBASEL, Switzerland — Roger Federer was tested before beating 28th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals on Friday.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Second-seeded Cilic was on court for more than three hours to beat 100th-ranked qualifier Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (4).Cilic, the defending champion at Basel, clinched the quarterfinal with a delicate sliced backhand volley for a winner.Fourth-seeded Del Potro needed exactly two hours to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 against sixth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.Del Potro, who won back-to-back Basel titles in 2012 and ’13 beating Federer in the final, will qualify for the ATP Finals in London if he wins the title on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorscenter_img The top-seeded Swiss saved two break points when trailing 3-2 in the decisive set, including with a backhand half-volley winner from the baseline.Federer never gave the French left-hander another chance and clinched his first match point on Mannarino’s serve with another in a series of backhand winners.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingA finalist in his last 10 appearances at his hometown event in Basel, Federer will play either David Goffin of Belgium or Jack Sock of the United States in the semifinals on Saturday.Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro, both former U.S. Open winners, will face each other in the other semifinal after also being pushed to three-set wins. MOST READ Wolves hold off Thunder in Butler’s return Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments And even after all the celebrations he’s been in with Ginebra winning back-to-back Governors’ Cup titles, the 29-year-old couldn’t stay away from the game he loves.He even follows UAAP games featuring the Adamson Soaring Falcons and his friend Papi Sarr, who, like Brownlee, is also handled by the same agent in Sheryl Reyes.“I like the team and I like (Sarr) as a player. I think he’s an incredible rebounder and when he gets the ball around the basket, you might as well say it’s two points,” he said. “It’s a lot similar. The college atmosphere, for me, has a lot of excitement especially with the band playing and the fans they get really into it. They get emotional. It’s really exciting.”Leaving the country on Tuesday, Brownlee couldn’t help but feel emotional as he leaves what he felt his second home once again.But the 6-foot-7 forward is keeping his fingers crossed that the Gin Kings will give him a call to return to the Philippines anew next season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Hopefully, I could return pretty soon. I definitely would love to play the second and third conferences. I don’t think (Ginebra) has decided yet, but hopefully, I’ll be back, for sure,” he said. “I’m just trying to relax right now, reflect a little bit, and take it from there. But Ginebra will always be my priority.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytaycenter_img Inspired Parker delivers for FEU with his family in attendance That feeling shouldn’t come as a surprise given how warm the legions of Ginebra fans have welcomed Brownlee with open arms in the two years he’ve spent in the country.So inculcated is the soft-spoken reinforcement that he already has his go-to food whenever he goes out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I love the chicken adobo here,” he said.But it’s not just the food, as Brownlee said that what makes him love the country more is the people’s passion for the sport of basketball — the same reason why the former St. John’s standout found himself here, roughly 9,000 miles away from his hometown of Tifton, Georgia. Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter leading Barangay Ginebra to another title, Justin Brownlee would be the first to admit that he feels right at home here in the Philippines.“I feel more like a Filipino the longer I stay here. I love it here,” Brownlee said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more


first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cindy Imbo goes up for a kill. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help climbed to the third spot after fending off woeful Emilio Aguinaldo College in five sets, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament  Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Altas improved to 3-1, just half a game behind second seed San Beda that has a 3-0 card, while the Lady Generals stayed at the bottom of the ladder with a 0-4 slate.ADVERTISEMENT And orchestrating Perpetual’s offense was Necelle Gual who had 41 excellent sets.Aira Binondo led EAC with 13 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES This was Perpetual’s second straight five-setter win after the Altas trumped Season 92 runner-up San Sebastian, and  Lady Altas head coach Macky Cariño believes it is testament to the team’s character.“Those two straight five-set wins became a test of our character because if you really don’t have that strength within you will fail,” said Cariño.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingPerpetual saw five of its players display the fortitude Cariño looked for with Cindy Imbo leading the bunch with 17 points.Captain Maria Tripoli and Maria Clemente each had 15 points for the Lady Altas while Allysa Sangalang and Hershey Llorente added 11 and 10 points, respectively. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ Players get chance to show skills to scouts in PBA D-League Showdown Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View commentslast_img read more