Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming race

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rolex and the Championships, Wimbledon – partners in innovation UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor’s crossover from mixed martial arts to boxing has certainly caught a lot of attention—including that of the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.The legendary swimmer recently took to Twitter and asked his 2.2 million followers if he should invite the Irish superstar to meet him at his domain.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’ PLAY LIST 02:28Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’01:12MMDA assures public: No escorts for Panelo’s commute challenge01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “All of this talk… Should we race as well??” Phelps wrote perhaps in jest, after he tagged McGregor’s Twitter account and shared an edited photo of the brash fighter wearing a swimming cap.All of this talk… Should we race as well?? @TheNotoriousMMA pic.twitter.com/l3JoMgb1qTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 29, 2017center_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The 23-time gold medalist, of course, is no stranger to novelty sporting events, having recently participated in Discovery’s Shark Week special, where he lost to a Great White Shark.Phelps’ challenge would most likely not materialize, but it did get some netizens buzzing, as his post has been retweeted over 48,000 times as of this writing.Phelps retired from professional competition for the second and, perhaps, the last time in 2016, while McGregor is expected to return to the UFC in the coming months.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

Rosario practices but likely out of Gilas lineup vs Australia, Japan

first_imgMOST READ The 26-year-old Rosario attended practice on Tuesday at Meralco Gym, his first on court appearance after suffering a bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday, but could only watch his teammates during the scrimmage.His potential absence is an additional blow to the Gilas frontline, which already lost Raymond Almazan and Calvin Abueva after Reyes dropped them from consideration for the February window last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough the situation was tough, Rosario understood the precaution and accepted his fate given his health status.“The team knows my situation so I’m just practicing, doing shooting. I still can’t participate in scrimmages because anytime that I feel dizzy, it might be dangerous,” he said. “The neurologists advised that I could only do light practices for three days before we can assess my situation.” LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Abueva hopes to get second chance at Gilas, vows to redeem self Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Read Next AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes isn’t willing to roll the dice as he virtually ruled Troy Rosario out for the February window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“He’s cleared to practice, but he’s really not cleared to play,” Reyes said on Tuesday. “He’s cleared to do some light workouts, shooting drills, but not really full contact. We’re not keeping our hopes up high for him to be able to join the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Rosario did promise to make his presence felt by showing up to every Gilas practice, an evidence of his unwavering dedication to the program.“I’ll attend our practices everyday. [TNT] has a game tomorrow, but I’ll still go here first before I go to the game,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Graduating Baniqued, Borlain reign in IronKids anew

first_imgQuirino closed in on Baniqued after falling behind by over a minute, making his chase in the run course with a time of 14:18. 2 PH kids earn slots to Bayern Munich training camp Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the reigning champion’s cushion was enough to get him past the finish line by just a millisecond to claim his fourth gold in Cebu.Adrian Thomas Dionisio placed third at 38:58Meanwhile, Tara Borlain extended her dynasty in the girls’ 13-14 category, running away with the crown with a time of 41:34The 14-year-old slowly pulled away from the field, clocking 6:27 in the swim, 20:19 in the bike, before putting an exclamation with her 14:50 time in the run course.Tara Borlain stays on top of the girls! pic.twitter.com/3R3IFf5jsdADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Photo finish for the boys! pic.twitter.com/UTmXTtnQX1— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017FEATURED 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 LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain capped off their careers in the youth circuit and once again topped the 2017 Alaska IronKids on Saturday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.Baniqued edged Joseff Miguel Quirino in a photo finish in the boys’ 13-14 division as the two clocked an identical 38:50 to finish the swim-bike-run course.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017Nicole Marie Del Rosario was distant second at 45:21, while Marielle Estreba was at third with a 45:46 clocking.Hyonde Keum topped the boys’ 11-12 category as he finished the race in 35:28. Following him are Glendwyn Giles Mariscotes (36:22) and Matthew Justine Hermosa (36:40).Moira Frances Erediano won the girls’ 11-12 category, clocking in 34:25 to lead the field. Sophia Psalm Belican placed second (34:32) and Jeanna Mariel Cañete third (35:03).Beboy Dolen bested the boys’ 9-10 category with his time of 24:29, with John Christian Pabuaya (27:21) and Juan Alessandro Suarez (27:22) chasing him.Kira Ellis remained on top in the girls’ 9-10 category with her 28:16 clocking, outlasting second-placer Alexei Gunhuran (28:41) and third-placer Franchezka Borlain (30:04).Rafael Jopson conquered the boys’ 6-8 category with his time of 17:38, followed by Van Wincy Pagnanawon (18:02) and Ryonde Kum (19:57).Kyle Enialle Toledana paced the girls’ 6-8 category as she clocked 21:18, as she was chased by Eleora Caelle Avanzado (22:50) and Mireille Dee (25:21).Team Cebu protected the home floor as they won the Relay for 10-14 category with their time of 23:24, followed by two teams from TLTG/Omega 1 (24:26) and TLTG/ Omega 2 (25:16). View commentslast_img read more

LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come back

first_imgMOST READ “I said it two years ago that I was coming back. Last year, some unfortunate event happened but I’m back,” James told the packed crowd at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night.“I’m happy spending this time with you guys throughout my busy schedule, but there’s no way I wasn’t going to be back here in Manila this year and I’m happy I’m celebrating this time with you,” added the NBA superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 32-year-old James had the fans on the edge of their seats with his electrifying dunks when he entered at the five-minute mark of the exhibition game pitting the young guns of Gilas Pilipinas against the former and veteran national team players.LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time5.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LeBron thanks ‘patient’ Philippines for welcoming him back The three-time NBA champion drew a thunderous roar from the crowd after shaking the rim with his patented Statue of Liberty dunk wherein his arm is stretched in the air and as far back behind his head before emphatically putting it through the hoop.James was just warming up.The four-time MVP delivered another one-handed throwdown, but this time, taking off farther than the first. James fittingly closed the show with a windmill to beat the final buzzer before he was mobbed by Ravena and company, who beat Jayson Castro and the rest of the OG team, 91-72.“You guys are unbelievable and I thank you so much for being part of the LeBron James Tour 2017 and I hope you guys continue to welcome me because I would love to come back.”ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion James, who, arguably, has been the best basketball player for the past decade, gave the fans what they were waiting for as he teamed up with the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks and Baser Amer for the Youngbloods and left them wanting more. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NBA superstar LeBron James soars for a dunk as PBA player Ranidel de Ocampo attempts a chasedown block in an exhibition game featuring former and current national team players at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe King was back in Manila like he never left his throne.Returning to the city known for its unparalleled love for hoops, LeBron James thrilled Filipino fans for the third time in five years.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Axed from Test side, unhappy Yuvraj says he’s fit and fine

first_imgAxed from the Test squad on grounds of poor form and fitness, Yuvraj Singh today insisted he was in good nick during the Sri Lanka tour and the selectors’ decision has come as a big disappointment for him.Yuvraj, who has been struggling to cement his place in the Test side, felt scoring a century and a fifty in the two games he played in Sri Lanka should have earned him a place in the two-match series against Australia.He had smashed 118 in the practice game before the first Test at Galle, where he made 52 in the first innings.”Selection is not in my hands. In Sri Lanka I played two games, in the first I scored a hundred and a fifty in the second. If that’s not good enough, I can’t say,” he told reporters here.”Of course it is a disappointment but disappointments have become part of my life. In the last two years, I have had a lot of injuries and struggled. It’s out of my hands,” he added.Yuvraj missed the second Test due to illness and was left out of the third Test as well after Suresh Raina scored a century on his debut in second match.Asked about his fitness, the Punjab left-hander said, “It’s much better now. Sri Lanka tour was hard for me especially due to dengue and the neck injury. In the next few days I will be more fitter.”Yuvraj lends a lot of solidity to the middle-order in the Indian ODI team but has never been a regular in the Test side.advertisementAsked why he was struggling in the longer format of the game, Yuvraj said he himself could not identify the shortcomings.”Not a great feeling. For the last seven years I have been trying to cement my place in the Test team but have not been able to do that. And that is a big disappointment. The reasons may be many. The first reason even I don’t know. Then I was injured and got ill.”The last two games, I am satisfied and then Raina scored a hundred and he got the chance to play the next match. These things are not under my control,” he said.”If I continue to be dropped like this, definitely I will have to look for something else,” he said jokingly.Yuvraj, meanwhile, refused to speak on the issue of the ongoing battle between suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi and the BCCI.last_img read more

Stomach infection hits Aus, UK swimmers

first_imgA rash of Delhi belly cases has laid low as many as 50 international swimmers, here to compete at the Commonwealth Games.The unusually large number of complaints has forced an immediate inquiry into the water quality at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex, an obvious suspect since almost all those reporting to the sickbay have been swimmers.Ravi Kumar smashes CWG record | Renu Bala win first lifting goldAmong those suffering the pesky viral infection are a dozen Australian swimmers. Two of them – Andrew Lauterstein and Hayden Stoeckel – had to pull out of their heats on Wednesday after severe cramps kept them bedbound.EnglandEngland’s Rebecca Adlington has been badly hit by the stomach bugSuch was the plight of former Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill that he rushed “straight to the bathroom” after getting off the team bus. From the English camp, champion swimmer Francesca Halsall tweeted her anguish and frustration.Deeply bothered, she said: “Tummy still not fab? very very hard to get out of bed. I hope the piece of bread I had for tea gets me through the heats.” Halsall wasn’t the only one in her team to report sick.Rebecca Adlington too was under the weather. On Wednesday, Halsall failed to qualify for the 100m butterfly final after she won the gold medal in the 50m event and blamed “Delhi belly” for her failed attempt.Complaining of a revolting stomach, Adlington, said she was eating light food and keeping away from chicken. “? I ate pasta.” England team spokesperson Dave Richards conveyed the extent of the outbreak in his camp: “Till last evening, 20 per cent of our swimmers had an upset stomach and a few of them are on course of recovery. We’ve asked the organisers for tests to be conducted on the water at the main pool and the warm- up area.advertisement”We have 541 athletes and officials in Delhi and over the 28 days since the first ones arrived, seven to 10 per cent have suffered a mild stomach bug, which has lasted 24 hours.” England has asked the organisers for an assurance on the water quality at the aquatics complex.English swimmers Ryan Napoleon and Rob Hurley, along with team coach Matt Brown, were the first to complain of grumbling tummies. Butterfly and freestyle swimmer Marieke Guehrer joined the queue but recovered sufficiently to compete.Concerned over the ailments Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Michael Fennell has ordered an immediate investigation.He assured that the matter would be taken up on an urgent basis and the issue was of “paramount” concern. “Let’s not speculate. If there’s something unsafe, you can’t swim in that water. So we’ll have to deal with it with the greatest of urgency.” Even though the water at the S. P. Mukherjee complex looked suspect, competition manager Kamlesh Nanavati was dismissive of all such possibility.”I have the water testing certificates. These are in accordance with FINA (the world governing body for swimming). There is no problem at all. In any case, the water quality is checked every day without fail.”Those who weren’t quite willing to find a culprit in the pool suggested the problem could be because of “casual dining”. Or, there could be a problem with the food being served at the complex.In fact, Halsall seemed to suggest as much in her tweet: “I think it’s more to do with food and hygiene than the water at the pool.” Still, it was curious that most of those reporting the stomach bug were swimmers.Australian chef-de-mission Steve Moneghetti sounded worried: “There seems to be a larger number of swimmers. It seems quite isolated to the swim team at the moment.” He didn’t subscribe to the casual dining argument. “Why only swimmers then, why not others,” he asked.”The doctor doesn’t think it is food related because it’s more confined to one sport. All of us eat at the dining hall. We eat the same food and there are very few cases across the board,” he said.The Australian swimmers seemed to be in more than just a spot of bother. Spokesperson Lachlan Searle confirmed that two swimmers had pulled out with stomach bugs and the list includes 10 other.”Yes, our swimmers have taken ill but at the moment we don’t want to speculate about anything and let the results for the (water) tests come out,” he said.Team coach Leigh Nugent said both Lauterstein and Stoeckel had symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. Their absence from the competition would hit the team hard. “They are the two spearheads in our team, our No.advertisement1 butterfly swimmer (Lauterstein) and the No. 1 backstroker (Stoeckel), but that’s one of the reasons you come with a number of people – to have cover for such things.” South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh also claimed that as many as nine of his team members were facing similar problems.”We have nine members in the team who have reported Delhi belly symptoms but I wonder if we can blame the quality of water here,” van der Burgh said soon after qualifying for the men’s 50m breaststroke final on Thursday.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

first_imgCaptain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary put on an unbeaten 85 for the third wicket as Kolkata beat Punjab by 8 wickets during their IPL match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. Score | PhotosChasing 120 for victory, Punjab left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt got the better of Kolkata opener Jacques Kallis on one. The Kolkata score at the stage was 5. The other opener Eoin Morgan too fell to Bhatt in the fifth over when the Kolkata score was 35.Post that wicket captain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary partnership frustrated the Punjab bowlers even as they tried hard to break their stand. But the two remained relentless and put on an unbeten 85 runs for the third wicket helping Kolkata win by eight wickets in 17.2 overs.Punjab inningsEarlier, Punjab batsman Dinesh Karthik scored 42, the highest in their caamp, as the visitors scored a meagre 119/6 against Kolkata during their IPL match.Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field. And Punjab opener Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty got off to a fine start scoring at 6.66 runs an over.The run rate soon dropped as Kolkata’s Yusuf Pathan scalped Valthaty in the fifth over of the match and then Shaun Marsh ended up getting run out in the seventh over when the score was 40.Then Iqbal Abdulla got the better of Punjab captain and opener Adam Gilchrist on 26. The ball kept low and even as Gilchrist wanted to play it across the line, the ball passed through his legs and crashed on to the stump when the team total was 44.advertisementThe 10th over saw Abhishek Nayar walk back run out on a duck even as the Punjab score read 53/4.Dinesh Karthik and David Hussey put 33 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter fell to Iqbal Abdulla, adjudged LBW on the last ball of the 15th over. Punjab were 86/5 at the stage.Finally, Punjab managed to score 119/6 in their 20 overs with Dinesh Karthik top scoring with 42, before being run out in the last over.last_img read more

Health meets recreation in a trend that sees gyms giving way to lifestyle centres

first_imgHigh on life: Dancing to Bollywood songs is the zingy way to reduce inchesFor a dank, sweaty place stacked randomly with treadmills, cross trainers and weights, the gym of the early 1990s was an unlikely hotspot for the emerging breed of the health-conscious yuppie.But with the craze showing scant signs,High on life: Dancing to Bollywood songs is the zingy way to reduce inchesFor a dank, sweaty place stacked randomly with treadmills, cross trainers and weights, the gym of the early 1990s was an unlikely hotspot for the emerging breed of the health-conscious yuppie.But with the craze showing scant signs of dying out, the health centres were forced into a facelift – sauna, massage and steam rooms. Even jacuzzis were crammed in to stretch the salubrious experience.It was an expansion that never stalled. In a transition that has edged out its predecessor much like an extinct species, today’s gym is embellished with a flurry of accoutrements designed to lure the laziest of gym rats. So after the workout, one can have a shampoo, blow dry or a hair cut, sip a decaf with wholegrain muffins in the cafe, chill out in the spa, get an oxygen hit, even buy a few paintings while leaving. Gym rat? More like a pampered poodle.Take Moksh in south Mumbai. A beauty salon, cafe, an exercise studio and a spa all rolled into one in 11,000 sq ft of space, it shies away from being the quintessential gym. It also offers pre-film screenings and displays affordable art by famous Indian painters for its members, besides ante-natal and post-natal exercise classes, salsa, Art of Living, yoga and jazz ballet. For those who want an energy boost, there is an oxygen bar.De-stress zone: Relaxing at Moksh in Mumbai can mean time spent at the oxygen bar as much as at yoga, salsa or jazz ballet classesThe new recreation-cum-fitness urge is making gym owners across the metros sit up and herald changes. In cities where distances limit recreation, it is becoming a fad among entrepreneurs to throw in that extra something to attract the fitness-conscious and the uninitiated.Says Swati Bhargava, sales and marketing team, Jay Wellness Centre (JWC) in Kailash Colony, Delhi: “These are no longer just gyms. They are lifestyle centres that address your needs round the clock, operating on flexi-time.” Which means you can walk in for a workout, a breakfast, even a visit to the doctor any time of the day.advertisementIt’s clearly an idea whose time has come. Darshana Gupta, 45, gets restless if she can’t squeeze in her workout every three days, but till only eight months ago, the housewife, unlike most fitness buffs, had not set foot inside a gym. Today, she’s dancing the salsa and shimmying to the latest Bollywood tracks in her Filmy Fit class in order to reduce. She is one of the 3,000 members at Exert, Mumbai, which houses a spa, a salon and a cafe, Injest, under the same roof.Says Anuradha Yusuf, proprietor of Exert: “There is a lot of spillover. Members like to indulge themselves after a workout with a spa package. They also spend time buying sports accessories from the pro shop as much as they enjoy sipping coffee in the cafe.” Gupta, who spends 10-15 hours a week at Exert, says, “I come to the gym to exercise to the Hindi film songs and practise my salsa moves.” She chose from a variety of speciality classes like kickboxing, tae bo, taekwando, kung fu, spinning and power punch on offer in her gym.Health drink: Coffee after a workout is a cool way to unwind at Inch by Inch, MumbaiIn Delhi, 26-year-old businessman Ravish Kapoor spends a good part of his mornings at the JWC, “a gym five minutes from my workplace”. So practically every weekday, Kapoor carries his work clothes and shaving kit to the gym for dressing up after the workout. “I have moved my bathroom in here,” he jests. The centre is conveniently equipped with a salon, sauna, jacuzzi, health cafe, even an underwater gym.The routine also gives him time to catch up with his “buddies” who are also members. To cater to surging desire to be fit more and more gyms and health centres are propping up. So, Inch by Inch – The Body Temple on Mumbai’s Marine Drive has a low-cal cafe with several extra services thrown in, while Qiuses Dynamix, an exercise studio, to offer classes ranging from kickboxing to taekwando. A swimming pool on its multilevel gym for aqua aerobics is the latest lure offered by Zaf in Mumbai, and 02 in Chennai, which started with a gym and a dance floor last year, now has two exercise and dance studios, a health bar and a gallery for art shows.The mushrooming of fitness centres has given rise to a new trend – gym hopping. For Mumbaikar Zarina Mittal, 31, who has changed three gyms in the past nine months, being seen at the latest fitness destination is also an ego massage. “The gym you go to is a style statement. So at Moksh, I am not just exercising but also gossiping, going on shopping sprees, partying at the in-house restaurant and going out with friends formed here.”advertisementSuch luxury does not come cheap. The annual membership at Moksh varies from Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000 depending on peak/non-peak hours, with free sessions at the oxygen bar and discounts thrown in. The rates are similar at the JWC, and membership includes yoga, aerobics, aqua aerobics classes and “recreational events”. But as Kapoor says, it helps relieve stress and more important, it’s fun. Which seems to be the latest credo fitness centres are living by.-with Methil Renuka in Delhi and Arun Ram in Chennailast_img read more

Former Mapua guard CJ Isit makes his case at PBA Draft Combine

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo PLAY LIST 02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo02:19Charges: Ex-Google engineer stole self-drive tech01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH 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 Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Guard John Ragasa out of St. Mary’s University was the fastest in the shuttle run completing a course that measured a total of 60 feet in 21.97 seconds.Joe Allen Trinidad had everyone beat in running a straight line with the former Far Eastern University guard needing just 3.25 seconds to clear three quarters of a basketball court or 70.5 feet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefCenter Jeepy Faundo had the most explosive jump of the 47 applicants who attended the Combine with the former University of Santo Tomas center recording a vertical leap of 33.29 inches.Former Ateneo guard Dan Wong had highest maximum touch when he reached 39.19 inches . Highly-touted Robert Bolick says ‘hateful messages’ from bashers fuel his fire PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—CJ Isit showed his wheels as a potential PBA speedster after topping the lane agility and reaction tests in the Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center.The former Mapua gunner tallied an 84 percent score in the reaction test and was a whirling derby in the lane agility test after clocking in at 11.2 seconds while circling the paint.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Carlo Biado makes World 9-Ball Championship quarterfinals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 35-year-old Biado arranged a duel with Lin Wu Kun of Chinese Taipei scheduled on Wednesday, 8 p.m.Lin advanced to the quarters after beating Petri Makkonen of Finland, 11-6, in the Round of 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? FILE – Carlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLCarlo Biado, the last Filipino standing in the 2018 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar, is still alive and kicking.Biado, the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, bested Wu Jiaqing of China, 11-9, to enter the quarterfinal round.The win kept Biado’s bid for a title repeat going.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Narendra Modi to today reply to criticism against President Pranab Mukherjee’s address

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra ModiWith the first session of the 16th Lok Sabha coming to end on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will respond to discussions and criticism against the motion of thanks on President’s address, in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.The PM is expected to speak in the Lok Sabha at 4pm and later in the Rajya Sabha, and outline the agenda of the government.Sushma Swaraj is expected to unfold the agenda of governance of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the Lok Sabha. This will be the first time she will defend the Modi government in the 16th Lok Sabha. The PM’s reply in the Rajya Sabha is likely to be a stormy one, as the BSP had staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday to demand the dismissal of the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh over the Badaun gangrape and murder incident, and lawlessness in the state.In his address on Monday, the President laid out the priorities and goals of the Narendra Modi government. The speech also included a series of ambitious policy goals that had been laid out in the election manifesto of Mr Modi’s BJP, including the creation of 100 new cities and a revamp of the railway network.”The country is passing through an extremely difficult phase on the economic front,” said Mukherjee. “Putting the economy back on track is paramount for my government.”last_img read more

After Rajya Sabha washout, govt ready for debate on Gaza

first_imgYielding to the opposition demand, government on Thursday agreed for a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Gaza situation on July 21.Doubts, however, remain on whether the House will function even on Friday as the opposition wants discussion at the earliest.The opposition contended that a “wrong message” has already gone out to the world about the “silence” of Indian Parliament on such a serious issue.For the last two consecutive days, the issue echoed in the House which saw a deadlock as the opposition persisted with its demand for an early debate while the government resisted strongly, arguing that any discourteous remark could affect India’s relations with Israel and Palestine.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj even wrote to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, saying that the notices given by opposition members for a debate are inadmissible but her contention was rejected.Ansari, however, did not give a ruling in favour of immediate discussion even, saying a date will be fixed for it in consultation with the government.After the ruckus ensured washout of the proceedings of Rajya Sabha with opposition parties like Congress, Left, SP, JD(U) and Trinamool Congress remaining adamant, the government on Thursday agreed to have a discussion on Monday.Official sources said the debate will take place at 12 pm on Monday.last_img read more

Ishant Sharma breaks into Top 20 in ICC rankings after Lord’s feat

first_imgThe ICC announced on Tuesday its latest rankings after India won the second Investec Test against England by 95 runs on Monday.According to the press release, India’s win has seen its young players make noticeable improvements on the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings. India leads the five-Test series with the third Test to start in Southampton on July 27. Players who have risen in the rankings following the historic win include Man of the Match Ishant Sharma, fellow fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, opener Murali Vijay and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Ishant Sharma has returned to the top 20 for the first time in nearly three years. Following his match figures of seven for 135, including seven for 74 in the second innings, the towering Delhi bowler has jumped three places to 20th position. Sharma was last in 20th position following the third Test against the West Indies in Mumbai in 2013.Sharma now trails off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (11th), the highest-ranked India bowler, by 139 ratings points.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 24, returned match figures of 47-17-103-6, including six for 82 in the first innings. He has vaulted 12 places to claim 34th position with team-mate Ravindra Jadeja in 28th position firmly within his sights.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Vijay has rocketed 11 places to claim 19th position following his contributions of 24 and 95. This is his career-best ranking to date. Vijay is the third India batsman behind Cheteshwar Pujara (8th) and Virat Kohli (14th) to feature in the top 20.advertisementRahane, who scored a masterly 103 in the first innings, has gained 11 places on the table and is now sitting in 35th position.South Africa’s AB de Villiers is the No 1 Test batsman in the world, followed by Kumara Sangakkara and David Warner. Dale Steyn retains the top spot among bowlers, followed by Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson.last_img read more

Into the city

first_imgWorld on your plateTucked away in the heart of South Delhi’s Clarion Collection-Qutab Hotel, The Hiatus is an oasis of calm. It’s also home to some inspired cooking. Divided into four sections, the restaurant offers a generous view of the green surrounds and has plenty of open air space to,World on your plateTucked away in the heart of South Delhi’s Clarion Collection-Qutab Hotel, The Hiatus is an oasis of calm. It’s also home to some inspired cooking. Divided into four sections, the restaurant offers a generous view of the green surrounds and has plenty of open air space to enjoy windy evenings. The interiors include marble top tables and walls adorned with wine and cigar humidors.The menu is adventurous, with Chef Piyush Jain producing exceptional world fusion dishes. Take for example, the watermelon salad. Served with parma ham for non-vegetarians and feta cheese for the herbivores, the salad is presented inside an emptied out, half cut watermelon. The choice of drinks ranges from local beer to international wines and punchy cocktails. For starters, the air bread with mini cottage cheese tikka looks more like a feat of engineering than a dish, with the cheese tikkas perfectly balanced on the air-filled bread pockets. The Spanish style chicken tikka is a brilliant piece of meat-the paprika-infused chicken chunks blend harmoniously with the mango salsa and crispy dehydrated vegetables.Another classic example of extraordinary fusion is the bacon wrapped chicken with makhani gravy. Makhani dal and bacon-two giants in their respective cuisines-come together seamlessly. More such gems include the exotic mushroom money bag served with saffron risotto and truffle oil-scented vegetables, and river sole with shitake mushrooms and asparagus, where the fish is properly rested and treated with the care and attention it deserves.For dessert, order the lemongrass kulfi, served with strawberry spaghetti and sweet ginger reduction. The flavours explode pleasantly in the mouth. We loved the daring and experimental food at The Hiatus, all served with big smiles.Meal for two Rs 4,000At Clarion Collection – Qutab Hotel, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, Katwaria Sarai, Qutab Institutional AreaTel 33036588advertisementBy Kavyanjali KaushikThe Other Robin SinghIf you want to search for him on Google, you have to type football next to his name, because invariably, you will land up on a page dedicated to his namesake cricketer. But the 24-year-old striker from the Bengaluru Football Club is creating a name for himself. Kavyanjali Kaushik caught up with Singh, who is currently training for the Asian Games, to be held in South Korea in September.Q. How has the journey been so far in Indian Football?A: I feel honoured to be representing my country in the upcoming Asian Games, but the journey for me has just begun and I will be working hard to be the best footballer this country has seen.Q. What are your favourite teams in EPL, World Cup, and other international football leagues?A: I like to watch the big teams playing in the premier league; I try to learn from those world- class strikers. In the World Cup, I was rooting for Netherlands, Germany and the previous champions, Spain.Q. Not only is there stark difference between the way cricket and other sports in the country are promoted, there is also a huge gender disparity, even in football. What do you think is the solution?A: Everything, except cricket in our country is considered a second-tier sport. As far as football is concerned, we should work at the grassroot level, open more academies to nurture young and buddingathletes, boys and girls like.Go PinkSeptember 14The 2nd Pinkathon International Women’s 10K Run-an all-woman marathon that aims to raise awareness about breast cancer and other issues related to women’s health-is set to take the capital by storm again. Led by avid runner and fitness enthusiast Milind Soman, the event is divided into three categories-10 km, 5 km and 3 km runs. Registration for the event is open till September 1 on pinkathon.in.For more information 8879943659; info@pinkathon.inSummer PlattersTill SeptemberBeat the heat with Cafe Turtle’s summer menu, which includes drinks and a delectable range of cold soups, fresh salads and delicious desserts.Meal for two Rs 1,300At Cafe Turtle’s across the city Tel 24655641Hauz Khas SocialQuirk BoxThe cosmopolitan comes with candy floss, the LIIT comes in huge test tube jars, the rum is filled in syringes and the sugar is in a capsule! These are just some of the eye popping things at Hauz Khas Social. The newest entrant in the HKV party scene, a trip to Social is must. Right from the water served in no-fuss glasses labelled ‘#paani’ to the bare bulbs hanging right down to your table, the restaurant effortlessly grows on you. There’s a certain quaintness to the space with red brick interiors, which are an extension of the Huaz Khas ruins.advertisementThe bustling HKV market slips away from your memory as you stand nursing your drink, looking at the spectacular view of the lake amidst. To think that this could be your workspace in the day and party spot in the evenings sure sounds fascinating. Plonk yourself on one of the comfortable couches in the upstairs section early in the morning with your laptop. Order a platter of healthy breakfast-a bowl of assorted fruits or a plate of pancakes-and work can never be as fun as this. Speaking of which, the food has been as meticulously planned as the space. There’s the Butter Chicken Biryani for the rice lovers, the Big Bad Burgers for those popping over with a big appetite.And there’s always comfort food like the fully loaded nachos or the mezze platter to accompany your drinks. Don’t be surprised at the number of hours that passed by, when you look at the watch once you’re done with your food and work ‘ time just seems to fly at Social.Meal for two Rs 1,800At 9A & 12, Hauz Khas Village Tel 33036118By Rewati Raulast_img read more

Indian men go down fighting 1-2 against Pakistan in Asiad hockey

first_imgPakistan hockey players celebrate after scoring a goal against IndiaThe Indian men’s hockey team went down fighting 1-2 to arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan in a keenly contested Pool B match of the 17th Asian Games at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium here Thursday.With the loss, India’s two-match winning streak came to an end. India are currently placed second in the group behind Pakistan.After a barren first two quarters, Pakistan took the lead in the eighth minute of the third quarter when Muhammad Umar Bhutta scored from a rebound. Nikkin Thimmaiah drew level for India in the 53rd minute by tapping home Kothajit Singh’s cross from the left flank. Pakistan restored their lead a minute later through Muhammad Waqas and held on to win their third consecutive group match.The high-voltage clash saw a neck-and-neck fight till the last minute. Playing as per expectations, both the teams displayed enormous amounts of strength and skills. India challenged their arch-rivals in all quarters but went down fighting.Both India and Pakistan showcased extreme attack and powerful defence, restricted each other from opening the goal account in the first two quarters of the game. It were Pakistan who managed the first breakthrough in the 38th minute when Bhutta sneaked in a field goal from a goalmouth melee and opened the account for the Greenshirts.Going into the fourth quarter, India went full throttle on the opponents D and drew the game in the 53rd minute when Thimmaiah sliced in a field goal that left Pakistan stunned.advertisementHowever, in the next minute, Waqas scored the second goal for Pakistan. India intensely fought back for the rest of the match to try and level the score but were unsuccessful in their efforts, and eventually lost the match by 1-2.India will be playing their last pool match against China, Saturday.last_img read more

Owning a sports club, the new status symbol for the uber-rich

first_imgFor India’s richie rich, flaunting a sports club is the latest status symbol with the country’s billionaire’s led by Mukesh Ambani investing in teams ranging from cricket and hockey to badminton and now traditional kabaddi, according to Forbes magazine.India’s leading billionaire for the eighth year in a row, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Ambani, who along with his wife Nita, is ahead of the rest with his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians being worth an estimated $200 million, Forbes said. Forbes points out that RIL had picked up the Mumbai Indians cricket franchise for more than $110 million in 2008.The Ambanis are also looking at what they see as the next big thing: soccer, a sport that is popular in the country but in which the playing standard has been falling. The newly launched Indian Super League, in partnership with sports management firm IMG, made its debut in October with Brijmohan Lall Munjal’s Hero MotoCorp as the title sponsor.Mohit Burman, scion of the Burman family and ranked number 18 on Forbes India rich list, has three sports teams. In 2008, the Burman family, which runs the Dabur Consumer Goods empire, acquired a stake in the Kings XI Punjab cricket team at the inaugural auction of the IPL.The IPL tournament has generated $3.2 billion in sponsorship fees and broadcasting revenues over the years. Last year, the Burman family had picked up the Mumbai Magicians field hockey team and the Pune Pistons badminton team, the magazine added.Other billionaire IPL team owners include G.M. Rao, ranked 98th in the Forbes India rich list, who owns the Delhi Daredevils, and media magnate and SpiceJet promoter Kalanithi Maran (ranked 38), who owns the Sunrisers Hyderabad.advertisementElectronics and oil magnate Venugopal Dhoot and Sanjiv Goenka are among the eight franchise owners.Kabbadi recently got a fresh lease on life after Mahindra and Mahindra chairman and managing director Anand Mahindra (ranked 74th) created the Pro Kabbadi League in March. The inaugural edition of the Pro Kabbadi League has garnered 435 million TV viewers over the 37-day event. It is now the country’s second-most-viewed sporting tournament.Banker Uday Kotak (ranked15th) is a fellow team owner. Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who has been dropped off the billionaires list because of the Kingfisher Airlines financial collapse, is not mentioned by Forbes but fits the trend. He owns the Royal Bangalore Challengers IPL team and has a stake in Mohan Bagan and East Bengal.last_img read more

Prez, PM, Sports Minister congratulate Paes for US Open win

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 12 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today congratulated Leander Paes and his Swiss team mate Martina Hingis on winning the US Open mixed doubles. “Well done @Leander @mhingis, hearty congratulations on winning the U.S Open mixed doubles,” Mukherjee said on the official Twitter account of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi also tweeted, “Well played again, @Leander & @mhingis. Congrats on a great win. We are all very delighted.” In his message, Sonowal tweeted, “Many congratulations to @Leander and @mhingis.You guys are truly legendary!!.” Paes today created history by winning the US Open mixed doubles title with Hingis in New York as the veteran Indian now has the highest number of mixed doubles titles in open era. The fourth seeded Indo-Swiss pair edged past unseeded Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4 3-6 10-7 in the final to win their third Major title together this season. 42-year-old Paes now has won nine Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, surpassing compatriot and former partner Mahesh Bhupathis record of eight titles. He is now behind only legendary Martina Navratilova, who has won 10 mixed doubles trophies. PTI PDS ATK AKK AKKlast_img read more

Thangavelu wins gold; Varun Bhati bags bronze in Paralympics

first_imgGold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu (L) celebrates with compatriot and bronze medal winner Bhati Varun Singh after the event.   –  Reuters Mariyappan Thangavelu competes on his way to winning the gold medal in the event.   –  Reuters Mariyappan Thangavelu competes on his way to winning the gold medal in the event.   –  Reuters 1/2 Published on September 10, 2016 India made an impressive start to its campaign at the Paralympic Games with Mariyappan Thangavelu creating history by bagging the gold while Varun Bhati won the bronze medal in the men’s T42 high jump on the second day of the mega-event, here.But it was a disappointment for another Indian athlete Sharad Kumar who failed to finish on the podium.Thangavelu won the yellow metal with his best jump of 1.89 metres, while Bhati’s best effort of 1.86m fetched him the bronze.The silver medal in this event went to USA’s Sam Grewe who also registered the same mark of 1.86 metres.But it was heartbreak for Kumar, who led the pack at one stage after clearing hurdles of 1.55m and 1.60m. His best jump, though, was only 1.77m which placed him at the sixth position.The event witnessed huge competition as six out of the 12 para athletes cleared the 1.74m mark in their first eight attempts.In his 10th attempt, Thangavelu jumped 1.77m successfully, along with three others — Poland’s Lukasz Mamczarz, China’s Zhiqiang Zhing and countrymate Kumar.In the later stages with the contest being reduced to only three competitors, Bhati set the tone with a jump of 1.83m mark along with Thagavelu.However, just when it looked like India would fetch a gold and a silver, the American cleared 1.86m to grab the top spot but the Indians also equalled the height to make it even.Eventually, in a nail biting finale, Thangavelu grabbed the top honours by finishing with a jump of 1.89m. 2/2 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE RELATED Rio Paralympics: Deepa Malik wins silver in shotput Gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu (L) celebrates with compatriot and bronze medal winner Bhati Varun Singh after the event.   –  Reuters × Gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu (L) celebrates with compatriot and bronze medal winner Bhati Varun Singh after the event.   –  Reuters In a nail biting finale, Mariyappan Thangavelu grabbed the top honours by finishing with a jump of 1.89m. null Mariyappan Thangavelu competes on his way to winning the gold medal in the event.   –  Reuters sport COMMENTSlast_img read more