Cignal destroys Racal five

first_imgView comments “I’m happy we won [but] still, I really hate the way we played in the third quarter,” said Fernandez. “It seemed like we didn’t know how to play basketball. We gave up so many points, we gave up so many turnovers.”Davon Potts unloaded 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who staged an 11-0 blitz with 2:38 left to regain control, 88-69, against Racal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJason Perkins and Alfred Ryan Batino also teamed up for 26 points as the Hawkeyes improved to 5-2.Earlier, Wangs Basketball snapped a two-game skid with a nail-biting 88-86 escape over Gamboa Coffee Mix. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao punishes spar mates 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’?center_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cignal HD rolled to a fifth victory in the PBA D-League, but it wasn’t the kind of win coach Boyet Fernandez wanted.Nearly blowing early 20-point leads, the Hawkeyes held off Racal Motor’s late run for a 93-75 victory in the Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I expected to get the ball in the end,” said John Ambuludto, who sank the game-winner. “I thought if I did, I would shoot it anyway.”Gamboa Coffee’s Mike Parala tied the game at 86 with 8.6 ticks remaining before Ambuludto dropped a floater with two seconds left to win the game for the Couriers.Robert Herndon led the Couriers with 27 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal.Gamboa playing coach Leo Avenido nearly finished with a double-double with a day-high 38 points and nine boards. —CARLO ANOLIN, KRISTOFER PURNELLADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

Ginobili set to return to Spurs for 16th season—reports

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili is poised to return for a 16th season with the NBA giants, reports said Tuesday.The Argentine star, who turns 40 later this month, had hinted he may retire after the Spurs were downed in the Western Conference finals by Golden State last season.ADVERTISEMENT Back at 1: Kiefer Ravena on point in old spot “The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my whole family. Whatever it is, it’s two unbelievable options.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Is it over for Spurs’ Manu Ginobili?However ESPN reported that Ginobili, a veteran of four NBA championship-winning Spurs teams, was finalizing terms on a new deal for at least one more season.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 starsGinobili has played the entirety of his NBA career with the Spurs, encompassing 922 regular-season games and 212 postseason appearances.He has averaged 13.6 points per game with 3.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in regular-season play. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img In May, Ginobili was given a rousing ovation on an emotional night in San Antonio as the Spurs’ season ended with a 129-115 defeat to the Warriors.The Argentine star lapped up the adulation but insisted he still felt fit enough to continue playing.“I do feel like I can still play. But that’s not what is going to make me retire or not,” Ginobili said.“I have to choose between two truly wonderful options.“One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love.ADVERTISEMENT 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’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo arrives in Manila for charity stint

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo as he faced the media at Ascott Hotel in Makati Sunday.Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo arrived in Manila on Sunday for a charity event.King Bally Entertainment Group brought the reigning Most Improved Player to the country with the proceeds of  “The Greek Freak Invades Manila” going to Makati Science High School.ADVERTISEMENT The “Greek Freak” faced the media Thursday afternoon at Fairmont Hotel in Makati before he plays exhibition drills with national team members Ranidel De Ocampo and Gabe Norwood at Glorietta Activity Center.Antetokounmpo will also host the final match of the 3-on-3 tournament featuring students from MakSci.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 starsThe one-time All Star will leave the country on Monday.INQUIRER is the official media partner of  “The Greek Freak Invades Manila.” 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 MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Theus says ‘no way to say who’s the best’ coach in NBA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

Neymar PSG switch doubts grow at Barcelona

first_imgTeng shares credit for astounding numbers to entire Thunder Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress PSG are trying to lure the 25-year-old Brazilian to France and are ready to pay off his 222 million euro ($256.8 million) release clause and make the player the best-paid footballer on the planet.Last week Pique took to social media to say “he’s staying” – but when pressed on the matter Tuesday ahead of a pre-season friendly in the United States against Manchester United he was less sure of himself.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“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said.“But it’s not official,” he added. “And it’s not for me to say if he’s going to stay or not.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The position sent a shudder down the spine at Barcelona.“Pique retracts and feeds the uncertainty,” the newspaper Sport said.“The situation is eroding confidence at the club,” columnist Tomas Andreu wrote in Sport.“What really hurts here is the silence of the player himself, which in the end says a great deal.”Neymar departed the stadium without addressing reporters after starring in a 2-1 win over Juventus on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar runs with the ball during the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 22, 2017.FC Barcelona defeated Juventus 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADGerard Pique has sparked panic at Barcelona after appearing to backtrack on his “he stays” tweet on teammate Neymar, target of a blockbuster transfer by Paris Saint Germain.“Doubts, doubts and more doubts,” ran the headline Wednesday on the front page of Catalan daily Sport above a photo of the striker lost deep in thought.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “They (the club) did not expect the negotiations with PSG and the player to go this far,” he said.At the same press conference, the Argentine defender Javier Mascherano said he had told Neymar to carefully weigh up the pros and cons.Mascherano added all the players, including Lionel Messi, had spoken the player to ask him to stay.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

CBI arrests Kalmadi over irregularities in CWG baton relay

first_imgSix months after the Commonwealth Games scam fiasco, former Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi has finally been arrested. The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested Kalmadi over financial irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay in the CWG.Meanwhile, the Congress suspended Kalmadi following his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case. The decision was taken by the disciplinary committee of the party.The CBI on Monday questioned the Congress MP from Pune to clarify details before arresting him in connection with cases related to alleged irregularities in hiring AM Films and AM Car and Van Hire Limited during baton relay in London.The CBI team had spoken the London-based owner of both the companies — Ashish Patel — who has given a lot of information and documents with regard to the allegedly overvalued deal.The documents and records made available by Patel will be provided to the CBI officially in reply to their Letter Rogatory issued to British Authorities.CBI sources said the agency now wants Kalmadi to reply to the new pieces of information on the monetary transactions with the two companies.The CBI had already questioned Kalmadi earlier on the massive scam in the CWG and had also carried out searches at his homes and offices.Kalmadi has also the backing of the Congress party. Congress sources say appropriate action will be taken at the appropriate time against Kalmadi.Kalmadi will be produced in a Delhi court on Tuesday.Minister of State for Sports Ajay Makan will also ask the IOA to remove Kalmadi and elect a new president in his place.advertisementlast_img read more

Olympics: Bindra says winning at Olympics is a ‘lottery’

first_imgJust as Bindra, the lone Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics, and woman boxer Mary Kom unveiled the countdown clock for the London Games here on Wednesday they could not hide their excitement.Bindra may well have some of the best accomplishments in the sport but the ace marksman still looks at the London Olympics as a lottery.Abhinav Bindra”I must have pulled the trigger 30,000-40,000 times in my career so it might not be something different but, of course, it is the Olympics and just as anybody else it is a lottery for me as well,” said Bindra during a function at the British High Commissioner’s residence on Wednesday.The hype around the Olympics has already begun and Bindra said that he was as excited as ever to compete at the biggest stage of them all.With the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold already under his belt, Bindra was modest enough to admit that it took a lot of hard work for him to reach where he is today and said there was still a long way to go for him. ” I don’t think I was very talented and whatever I have achieved in my career it is all because of my hard work which I intend to continue. It was my sixth or seventh birthday when my parents gifted me a toy gun and from there on it has been a long journey.”But as far as the London Olympics are concerned I am really excited and it will be a challenging task to compete against the best shooters of the world. I have been working really hard but if I am not able to make it this time, I’ll look forward to 2016,” said Bindra with a grin.advertisementFor five- time world champion Mary Kom, the news that women boxing will also be a part of the Olympics, has given her an opportunity to stamp her authority in another major competition.Alongside the two Indian stalwarts were the British deputy High Commissioner Julian Evans and British Council director Rob Lynes who were probably as ecstatic as any other Englishman.”In the next 12 months, until the Games are over in London, we will be proud to justify that there couldn’t have been a better place to stage these Games as Nelson Mandela (former South Africa President) said in 2005,” said Evans. “Olympics are not just about games but engaging people for the Games as well. London has invested more than 9 billion and the venues are the best prepared to host the Games.”last_img read more

Audi revises its flagship supercar R8

first_imgAudi has revised its flagship supercar, the R8, with a host of improvements plus the addition of a new top of the range R8 V10 plus model. According to Auto Express, the visual tweaks of the new car are minor, and include a redesigned bumpers front and rear, new LED headlights, a new rear diffuser, exhaust pipes and badging bearing a modified R8 logo.The new R8 comes in two solid colours, Ibis White and Brilliant Red, with four metallic and five pearl effect options. An additional matt effect colour is reportedly available exclusively for the R8 V10 plus. The side blades on the Coupe are offered in a choice of eight colours, while the Spyders soft top can be finished in either black, red or brown.The top model R8 V10 plus, which is available as a coupe only, gets a 542bhp version of the company’s 5.2-litre V10, making it 24bhp more powerful than the standard V10 model. The V10 plus features lightweight alloy wheels, reduced sound deadening and uprated suspension. Visually, the plus stands out from the standard V10 due to its carbonfibre front spoiler, carbon mirrors, air vents, a larger rear diffuser and black-finished exhaust pipes, while the interior comes with lightweight sports seats.Prices for the R8 V8 start at 91,575 for the coupe and 100,225 for the Spyder, while the V10 costs 112,675 and 121,325 respectively. The V10 Plus starts at 124,675 and the S Tronic box is a 2,900 option.The new car is likley to be showcased at the Paris Motor Show in September with UK sales starting before the end of this year.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

London Eye: Michael Phelps, a marvel forever

first_imgIf there is one man who has made the Olympic arena his own in recent years, its Michael Phelps. At a time when we Indians are praying for a single gold in London, magical Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all times, winning his record 19th Olympic medal on Tuesday.The Baltimore giant’s journey began in Athens 2004 and there has been no looking back. Those lucky enough to have gotten tickets for the swimming events at the Cube in Beijing would remember his record haul of eight gold medals.This time around, even as swimmers from around the globe have been pulling their arms harder and kicking the water faster, there has been no stopping the Phelps machine. Even after all these years of being at the top, Phelps realised on Tuesday evening he can still muff a race in the final stretch when he was outtouched at the wall by South Africa’s Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly.When Phelps saw the giant scoreboard and it flashed his name as the “No 2” swimmer, he tossed his cap, knowing he made the mistake of gliding to the wall rather than taking one more stroke.The previous record for 18 medals, spanning three Olympics, stood in the name of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, whose efforts came in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics. Phelps’s current Olympic collection stands at 15 gold, two silvers and two bronze, with the last gold coming when he anchored the United States in the 4x200m freestyle relay.At the age of 27, this will be his last Olympics as swimmers from his country like Ryan Lochte are now breathing down his neck.The swimmers who used to lose to Phelps by a clear margin are now putting so much pressure on the champion from Baltimore that he had to ask his relay colleagues to open a lead for him.Phelps’s story is truly captivating and he is a medical marvel of sorts. He has a 12,000 calories per day diet chart, which is obviously not recommended for people like you and me. But when you factor his 80-kilometre-a-week swimming regimen, he burns it all very fast.However, London has seen Phelps in a different mode as he is no longer dead sure he will win gold in each event. Phelps in Beijing and Phelps in London are different avatars of a champion whose legacy will be remembered forever.In each sport, there are athletes who leave such a huge impact, even post retirement they are never forgotten. Carl Lewis may have moved away from the spotlight and as also Steve Redgrave, but their deeds still touch you.After Mark Spitz, if there is one swimmer who is close to my heart, it is Phelps. Had I been just a sporting fan and not a professional writer, I would have wanted to touch this giant and see what he is made of.I will keep that on hold as he still has three more events to go through in London. How I wish Phelps never retires.advertisementlast_img read more

For once VVS Laxman has got his timing wrong

first_imgSports Editor, S. Kannan.It’s nice to hear sportspersons talk about playing with passion for the country and how their hearts beat for India. Each sentence which VVS Laxman spoke at his retirement press conference in Hyderabad on Saturday made you feel nostalgic.There was actually no need to ask the champion batsman about his best Test knocks, since each big innings he has played has always been special.Yes, what will always remain in memory is the classic 281 in Kolkata and the daring 167 in Sydney, each bearing the stamp of excellence and what application is all about in Test cricket.Alas, if one compares these invaluable knocks of Laxman with the nightmare he faced in the Test series Down Under earlier this year, it is clear the Hyderabadi had forgotten what it was to bring the bat down in time.The criticism which he faced in Australia was unrelenting, something which Rahul Dravid will also vouch for. Yet, to me, as a fan of Laxman, the timing of his retirement announcement is baffling.Laxman said on Saturday that he had told the Board of Control for Cricket in India selection committee chairman K Srikkanth about his decision to quit.By evening, there was a statement from BCCI boss N Srinivasan showering praise on Laxman, but the selectors seemed to have forgotten they had a job to do.It is well known that when a player gets injured, the selectors have to promptly do a teleconference and name the replacement. Perhaps, the whirlpool of Laxman’s emotions seems to have caught the selectors napping as they are yet to name the replacement for the short two Test series against New Zealand.advertisementI honestly think the timing of Laxman’s retirement is wrong. It’s not as if he woke up on Saturday and decided he was going to say goodbye. By his own admission, he was speaking to people close to him and listening to his inner voice.How come Laxman’s inner voice never said that having been chosen to play for India, he ought to compete in the best possible way he does.If at all retirement was crossing his mind, Laxman should have told the selectors before they picked the squad. This is one of the rare instances when an Indian cricketer has been picked for a series and has then decided he has had enough.Retirement is a topic which is so difficult to come to terms with. Yet, for a player like Laxman, who performed at the peak when representing the country, the timing of his retirement has not been good.With less than four days to go for the first Test, whichever batsman is going to be drafted in is going to face maximum pressure. It was nice to hear Laxman say that he did not want to hold up a youngster’s place in the squad. But it would have been so much better had he informed the BCCI in advance, so that whichever newcomer is going to get a look in could have prepared for the challenge.Nothing is permanent in sport. Yet, as far as the two gems of Indian Test cricket are concerned, Dravid and Laxman will be missed in every sense.The stability and solidity they lent to the batting lineup can never be replaced, even as we still keep talking about how India hasn’t been able to find the right replacement for Sourav Ganguly.On a day when Laxman saddened the cricket fans by saying goodbye, another champion answering to the name of Leander Paes said no to national duty.This is the same Leander who keeps talking about playing for the country and how whenever the national anthem is played, his heart swells with pride.How come, for September’s Davis Cup tie against New Zealand, Leander has chosen to ignore national interest and is going to play in the World Team Tennis tournament.We often accuse the Indian cricketers of putting club over country when the Indian Premier League (IPL) takes place. This time, Leander has put club ahead of country and the All India Tennis Association watches like a mute spectator.If the AITA could penalise Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna and not pick them for this tie, why has Leander’s decision been taken so lightly? When Sachin Tendulkar picks the series he plays and which ones he ignores, we never bother to question it. Unlike cricket, in tennis, we just have no depth.The AITA should have ensured that Leander lends his experience in national interest as the bunch of rookies who have been picked don’t have the caliber to win you Davis Cup ties.advertisementAs a nation, we are far too nostalgic and like to relive the golden moments again and again. Yet, if we are to look at the present and the immediate future, Laxman and Leander have made decisions which are going to hurt.last_img read more

ETC

first_imgChannel V Wants to create more than music for the young. Two new programmes – Channel V Sports and The Jaaved Jaaferi Show – won’t have a music base, and even a drama series is possible. Says channel manager Don Atyeo: “Music may be reduced by 30 per cent.”By Amit,Channel V Wants to create more than music for the young. Two new programmes – Channel V Sports and The Jaaved Jaaferi Show – won’t have a music base, and even a drama series is possible. Says channel manager Don Atyeo: “Music may be reduced by 30 per cent.”By Amit Agarwallast_img read more

Neymar brace fires Brazil into FIFA World Cup round of 16

first_imgBrazil will be eager to seal their round of 16 berth with a win against Cameroon Neymar lived up to the expectations of the World Cup host nation Monday, scoring two goals as Brazil routed Cameroon 4-1 to reach the knockout stage as the top team in Group A. Fred and Fernandinho added second-half goals for Brazil, which will face South American rival Chile in the second round.Neymar netted twice in the first half, on either side of midfielder Joel Matip’s goal for Cameroon in the 26th minute.He opened the scoring off a low cross by midfielder Luiz Gustavo in the 17th, deftly side-footing the ball home from close range, then restored the lead with a low right-foot strike from the top of the penalty area in the 35th after a pass by left back Marcelo.MATCH COMMENTARY “If I’m not mistaken this is our best game yet,” Neymar said. “Everyone deserves congratulations for their efforts until the end.”Fred found the net in the 49th and the substitute Fernandinho struck in the 84th.Brazil finished Group A with seven points after two wins and a draw. It ended with the same points as Mexico, but had a better goal difference. The Mexicans eliminated Croatia with a 3-1 win in Recife.Playing in its 100th World Cup match, Brazil needed at least a draw to advance. Elimination in the group stage would have been unthinkable for the five-time world champions playing at home. The only team to play in all 20 World Cups, Brazil has advanced to the second round in every tournament since 1970.advertisementBoosted by a crowd of nearly 69,112 at the Estadio Nacional in the nation’s capital, Brazil began the match pressuring Cameroon and created many scoring chances early. But the African team eventually picked up the pace and was able to keep the hosts from threatening too much.Despite playing without Samuel Eto’o because of a lingering right knee injury, Cameroon had a few good chances, even when the match was level in the first half.”The first half was not so bad, but we need to focus for 90 minutes, and this is not the first time that this happened,” Cameroon coach Volker Finke said. “Some goals were not needed, three times we had the control of the ball and we lost it.”It was Neymar who got on the board first, neatly finding the net after Gustavo stole the ball on the left flank and sent a low cross into the area.Cameroon equalized after a nice run by Allan Nyom ended with Matip’s goal, but Neymar again showed he is carrying the hopes of the entire nation, running toward the area and then moving to his right in front of a couple of defenders before firing a low shot into the net.The 22-year-old Barcelona striker had already been decisive in the 3-1 opening win over Croatia, when he also scored twice while Brazil was struggling.Brazil improved in the second half and Fred, who had been loudly criticized for his lackluster performances, got his first goal of the tournament with a header from close range after a cross by defender David Luiz from the left. Cameroon players complained of offsides.Fernandinho, who replaced Paulinho in the second half, closed the scoring after Oscar stole possession from a Cameroon defender near the area. Quick passes by Fred and Oscar set up the midfielder’s toe poke from short range.Cameroon, which hasn’t advanced to the second round since becoming the first African nation to reach the World Cup quarterfinals in 1990, likely saw Eto’o playing in his final World Cup. The 33-year-old striker, in his fourth World Cup, is the team’s all-time leading scorer.Team Lineups(from):Brazil: Julio Cesar; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Paulinho (Fernandinho, 46th), Luiz Gustavo, Oscar; Hulk (Ramires, 63rd), Fred, Neymar (Willian, 71st)Cameroon: Charles Itandje; Allan Nyom, Nicolas N’Koulou, Henri Bedimo; Joel Matip, Stephane M’Bia, Landry N’Guemo, Eyong Enoh; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Jean Makoun, 81st), Vincent Aboubakar (Pierre Webo, 72nd), Benjamin Moukandjo (Edgar Salli, 58th)last_img read more

World Cup 2014 match preview: It’s Europe vs Africa in second-round matches

first_imgBenzema, Sissoko, Matuidi, Valbuena and Giroud were on target in France’s 5-2 win over Switzerland.Free-scoring France takes on Nigeria and Germany faces Algeria as the second round continues at the World Cup with two games pitching European teams against African opponents. Eight goals in its first two group games have made France an exciting team to watch and the favorite to reach the quarterfinals. Not the least because Nigeria’s preparations have been overshadowed by widespread reports of problems over player bonuses. Algeria has a 32-year-old score to settle with Germany following its exit from the 1982 World Cup. However, the odds are stacked against anything but a Germany victory. What to watch out for: FRANCE vs NIGERIA Apart from a 0-0 draw with Ecuador in its last group game, France’s attack has been prolific in Brazil. A 3-0 win over Honduras and a 5-2 demolition of Switzerland have made the French an outside bet for the title and won back their fans at home – four years after a training ground strike resulted in the team becoming a national disgrace. “In recent matches, we have noticed a love rekindled with the team,” France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. With temperatures expected to reach 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), coach Didier Deschamps pointed out: “Nigeria players are more accustomed to the heat than we are, even though a lot of their players play in Europe with their clubs.” On the injury front, Mamadou Sakho needs to recover from a left hamstring problem or his place in central defense will go to Laurent Koscielny.advertisement Nigeria is waiting on the fitness of winger Victor Moses after a muscle strain and defender Godfrey Oboabona following a foot injury, though the Nigerians have also had other issues. A potential strike by players over unpaid bonuses was averted late on Thursday when Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan stepped in and spoke to coach Stephen Keshi and captain Joseph Yobo. Keshi, who said last week that France was “beatable”, is optimistic about Nigeria’s chances. On current form, the player most likely to deliver on that optimism is Ahmed Musa, who scored twice in a 3-2 loss to Argentina. GERMANY vs ALGERIA Known as the ‘Disgrace of Gijon’, West Germany’s 1-0 win over Austria at the 1982 World Cup in Spain provides the backdrop to Monday’s game. The Germans scored early and the teams just knocked the ball around for the rest of the match as that score ensured both teams progressed to the second round, and sent Algeria home – despite its earlier upset victory over the Germans. It’s taken Algeria another 32 years to finally secure its first trip to the second round. And blocking its path to the quarterfinals is none other than Germany, whose coach Joachim Loew is well aware of the talk of revenge. “Why should they be seeking to punish this generation of Germany players? I am irritated by the use of word ‘revenge,'” Loew said. “But maybe this will work as motivation for Algeria.” Germany’s attack will again be led by Thomas Mueller, who scored four goals to help Germany win Group G, though Mario Goetze is tipped to replace the injured Lukas Podolski in the other forward position. Algeria will not lack motivation and in Islam Slimani, who scored in a 4-2 win over South Korea and a 1-1 draw with Russia, it has a proven finisher. Slimani has said Algeria’s progress had been a dream so far and “I don’t want anyone to wake me up yet.” For the IndiaToday World Cup homepage, click here .last_img read more

Raptors beat Lakers as LeBron James struggles with limited minutes

first_img“With the injuries we have and with LeBron watching his minutes, we’ve got to get creative with some of our lineups and make sure we have groups out there that give us a chance to win still,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Ultimately, we’re trying to get a win each and every time out.”Pascal Siakam scored 16 points and Marc Gasol added 15 to help Toronto win its ninth consecutive meeting with the Lakers, extending a franchise record. The Raptors have not lost to the Lakers since Nov. 30, 2014. They also set a franchise record with their 20th victory of the season against a Western Conference opponent.Rajon Rondo scored 13 points but the Lakers failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 15 and 17 when they beat Chicago and won at Oklahoma City.Los Angeles overturned a 20-point deficit to win at Chicago on Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Lakers kept it close through three quarters against Toronto, the Atlantic Division leader, but couldn’t hang on in the fourth as the Raptors started the quarter with a 13-4 spurt.The Lakers made 7 of 31 attempts from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ “We gave ourselves a chance to stay around and stay in the game,” Walton said, “but to win against a good team on the road, for the most part, you’re going to have to knock down more than that.”Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shot 3 for 11 and scored seven points. He missed all three of his attempts from long range.“It just wasn’t my night,” Kuzma said. “You can’t be perfect all 82. I’ve got to be better, for sure.”Kuzma got an earful from his coach after he failed to defend a 3 by Toronto’s Danny Green in the third quarter.Toronto guard Malcolm Miller, who played 24 minutes in a G-League game earlier Thursday, made two 3-pointers in the fourth.The Raptors were without guard Kyle Lowry, who sat because of a sore left ankle and forward Serge Ibaka, who began serving a three-game suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on Monday night.The Raptors were up 65-54 at halftime and took a 90-84 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles has not won consecutive road games since victories at Miami on Nov. 18 and Cleveland on Nov. 21. … C Tyson Chandler missed his fifth straight game because of a sore neck, and G Lance Stephenson sat for the sixth time in seven games because of a sprained toe on his left foot. … James missed three straight free throws in the fourth. … The Lakers are 1-6 in March.Raptors: Gasol started in place of Ibaka, and Jeremy Lin started in place of Lowry. … Toronto signed F/C Eric Moreland to a 10-day contract. … The Raptors are 10-0 against Pacific Division opponents. The last team to go 10-0 against a single division was Golden State, which did it against the Southeast in 2015-16. … Toronto’s 28 home wins are the most in the NBA. James scored 29 points and Alex Caruso had a career-high 16 for Los Angeles. The struggling Lakers lost for the sixth time in seven games, further denting their fading playoff hopes.Earlier this month, after consulting with James’ personal trainer, the Lakers said James would play limited minutes the rest of the season and might sit out one of any back-to-back gamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s challenging for me mentally, because I’m so accustomed to being out on the floor, especially when I’m healthy,” James said. “This is the direction they wanted to go the remainder of the season, given the lack of success we’ve had with our ball club.”James played 32 minutes Thursday and has not played more than 33 in any of the past four games. His status for Friday’s game at Detroit is not known. Kyrie Irving gets 2nd career triple-double as Celtics overcome Kings Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — LeBron James is finding it hard to stay chill about his season-ending cooldown.Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Norman Powell had 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-98 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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It’s a nod to the team’s partnership with Grammy award-winner Drake. The Toronto-born rapper has been involved with the Raptors since being named the team’s ‘global ambassador’ in September 2013. OVO is an acronym for October’s Very Own, Drake’s record label and clothing line.UP NEXTLakers: At Detroit on Friday night.Raptors: At Detroit on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more

Kevin Durant helps lead Warriors past Pacers after friend’s death

first_imgDeMarcus Cousins returned after missing two games with a sore right ankle and had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Andrew Bogut received a warm welcome for his home debut after re-joining the Warriors on the road. The 7-foot big man played on Golden State’s 2015 championship team and the 73-win team the following season that lost in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and he got hurt in Game 5 of the finals and missed the rest of the series.“In my old age you get a bit sentimental,” Bogut said. “It’s funny how life works, right?”Both teams had slow starts: The game was tied at 19 after the first quarter, when the Warriors were 1 of 10 on 3s.“I thought our defensive intensity was good in the first half, and what happens in this league is when you’re not scoring points the flood gates can open,” Pacers assistant Dan Burke said.BOGUT’S RETURNKerr still expects Bogut to make an impact even with Cousins healthy again and despite “an insurance-policy role.”Bogut had seven rebounds and four points — shooting 1 for 8 — in nine minutes.And Bogut was greeted exactly how Kerr figured — with “a raucous reception.”The big man waved and smiled as fans cheered when video highlights were shown on the big screen with “Welcome back Andrew Bogut.”“I think our fans recognize that, in many ways, Andrew represented the shift in the Warriors organization and its emphasis on defense,” Kerr said. “I think that trade was really kind of the first domino to fall in terms of — well Steph’s drafting was the first one, let’s not forget that one — but shortly thereafter Andrew came over in the trade and there was an organizational shift toward a defensive mindset which I think Mark Jackson implemented and the players started to reflect that philosophy.” LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, blocks a shot from Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant established Golden State’s defensive energy by swatting away shots early. Eventually, the Warriors got going on the other end as they almost always do.Durant had 15 points, six assists and three blocks after losing a close friend earlier in the day, and the Warriors ran away from the Indiana Pacers 112-89 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indiana ended its four-game swing out West by losing an eighth straight road game and missing another chance to clinch a playoff berth following a 115-109 defeat at the Clippers on Tuesday night.The Warriors, whose defense has become a greater focus with the playoffs approaching, have allowed their fewest points in two of the past four games. Oklahoma City scored 88 points Saturday before the two-time defending champions held down Indiana.Klay Thompson began 0 for 7, missing his first five 3-pointers, and wound up with 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting. He scored his first field goal of the night, which he followed with another basket the next possession, at the 7:46 mark of the second quarter and his first 3 came in the final minute of the first half as Golden State built a 53-43 lead at the break.“Well I finally decided to make a shot, so that felt good,” Thompson cracked.Golden State returned from an impressive 3-1 road trip — with wins at Houston, Oklahoma City and Minnesota and a loss at San Antonio — to play its first game at Oracle Arena since a 115-111 flop against lowly Phoenix on March 10.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Durant led a balanced Warriors attack, playing the same day childhood friend Cliff Dixon was shot to death in Atlanta. Warriors guard Quinn Cook also was close with Dixon as they’re all from the Washington D.C./Maryland area.Stephen Curry scored 12 of his 15 points with four 3-pointers during the Warriors’ 35-point third quarter in which they limited Indiana to 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Tonight I thought our spirit and our energy were fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said, crediting his group for being “engaged.”Tyreke Evans scored 20 points off the bench and Thaddeus Young added 18 for the Pacers, who were without coach Nate McMillan for family reasons. 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When he missed Tuesday it snapped his streak of 71 straight starts this season. … Indiana is 4-9 on the road vs. the Western Conference, having lost the last five.Warriors: All five Warriors starters scored in double figures for the fourth time, with Golden State winning each of those. … The Warriors won 132-100 at Indiana on Jan. 28, getting 39 assists and shooting 54.1 percent and going 13 of 31 on 3s. … Golden State is 27-4 when notching 30 or more assists (32 on Thursday). … Bogut is three regular-season games shy of 700 in 14 seasons.UP NEXTPacers: Host Nuggets on Sunday.Warriors: Host Mavericks on Saturday night having won 12 straight at home in the series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Angioplasty and stent placement- carotid artery- discharge

first_imgAlternate NamesCarotid angioplasty and stenting – discharge; CAS – discharge; Endarterectomy – carotid artery – discharge; Angioplasty – carotid artery – dischargeWhen You Were in the HospitalYou had an angioplasty done when you were in the hospital. You may have also had a stent (a tiny wire mesh tube) placed in the blocked area to keep it open. Both of these were done to open a narrowed or blocked artery that supplies blood to your brain.Your health care provider inserted a catheter (flexible tube) into an artery through an incision (cut) in your groin or your arm.Your health care provider used live x-rays to carefully guide the catheter up to the area of the blockage in your carotid artery.Then your health care provider passed a guide wire through the catheter to the blockage. A balloon catheter was pushed over the guide wire and into the blockage. The tiny balloon on the end was inflated. This opened the blocked artery.What Expect at HomeYou should be able to do most of your normal activities within a few days, but take it easy.Self-care If your surgeon put the catheter in through your groin:Walking short distances on a flat surface is okay. Limit going up and down stairs to about 2 times a day for the first 2 to 3 days.Donot do yard work, drive, or play sports for at least 2 days, or for the number of days your doctor tells you to wait.You will need to care for your incision.advertisementYour doctor or nurse will tell you how often to change your dressing (bandage).If your incision bleeds or swells, lie down and put pressure on it for 30 minutes. If the bleeding or swelling does not stop or gets worse, call your doctor and return to the hospital. Or, go to the closest emergency room,or call 911 right away. If bleeding or swelling are severe even before 30 minutes have passed, call 911 right away. Do not delay.Having carotid artery surgery does not cure the cause of the blockage in your arteries. Your arteries may become narrow again. To lower your chances of this happening:Eat healthy foods, exercise (if your doctor advises you to), stop smoking (if you smoke), and reduce your stress level.Take medicine to help lower your cholesterol if your doctor prescribes it.If you are taking medicines for blood pressure or diabetes, take them the way your doctor has asked you to.Your doctor mayask you totake aspirin and/or another medicine called clopidogrel (Plavix), or another medicine,when you go home. These medicines keep your blood from forming clots in your arteries and in the stent. Donot stop taking them without talking with your doctor first.When to Call the DoctorCall your doctor or nurse if:You have a headache, become confused, or have numbness or weakness in any part of your body.You have problems with your eyesight or you cannot talk normally.There is bleeding at the catheter insertion site that does not stop when pressure is applied.There is swelling at the catheter site.Your leg or arm below where the catheter was inserted changes color or becomes cool to touch, pale, or numb.The small incision from your catheter becomes red or painful, or yellow or green discharge is draining from it.Your legs are swelling.You have chest pain or shortness of breath that does not go away with rest.You have dizziness, fainting, or you are very tired.You are coughing up blood or yellow or green mucus.You have chills or a fever over 101F.References2011 ASA/ACCF/AHA/AANN/AANS/ACR/ASNR/CNS/SAIP/SCAI/SIR/SNIS/SVM/SVS Guideline on the Management of Patients With Extracranial Carotid and Vertebral Artery Disease. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2011;124:e54-e130.Eisenhauer AC, White CJ, Bhatt DL. Endovascular treatment of noncoronary obstructive vascular disease. In: Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P, eds. Braunwalds Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 9th ed. Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 63.Silva MB Jr., Choi L, Cheng CC. Peripheral arterial occlusive disease. In: Townsend CM Jr., Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Elsevier Saunders; 2012: chap 63.Review Date:1/11/2013Reviewed By:Michael A. Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, Washington Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.advertisementlast_img read more

Sai Praneeth Elated With Historic Win in World Badminton Championships

first_imgBasel: After creating history by becoming the first men’s singles player after Prakash Padukone in 1983 to win a World Championships medal, Sai Praneeth on Friday termed his straight games victory over world No. 4 Jonatan Christie of Indonesia as a “very big win”.Just a week after being chosen for the Arjuna Award, Praneeth breezed past Christie 24-22, 21-14 in 51 minutes to progress to the semi-finals, assuring himself of a bronze medal. He will next take on defending champion and world No.1 Kento Momota of Japan on Saturday. Padukone had won bronze at the Worlds 36 years back. “This is a very big win. The last time it was Prakash Padukone and since then no Indian men’s player has won a medal at the World Championships. So yes, it is big and I am very happy,” Praneeth, 27, said moments after he sunk to the floor as Cristie’s shot went wide of the court.”I need to prepare for the semi-final. We have a 3-2 head-to-head record. But that won’t matter now. It will be who plays better on the day,” said Praneeth, who is a lot fitter now than what he used to be.Praneeth said he would also like to work on his smashes going into the last-four clash.”I missed a few smashes (today) and would like to work on that. Tomorrow’s game would be different as the opponent is different,” he said.Before Praneeth’s encounter, PV Sindhu overcame world No. 2 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 to storm into the semifinals and assure herself of a fifth medal at the Worlds. Asked if her gritty win gave him inspiration, Praneeth said: “When one wins, the other gets confidence. It is always that way. We train together.” 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. badmintonbwf world championshipsJonatan ChristiePrakash Padukone First Published: August 24, 2019, 12:00 AM ISTlast_img read more

FIH Mulling to Have India, Pakistan Play Home and Away Ties in Europe

first_img 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. Karachi: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is mulling to have India and Pakistan play their home and away matches in Europe if the arch-rivals face off in the Olympic qualifying tournament for a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Games.India and Pakistan have been seeded in two separate halves of the draw by FIH on Thursday and they could meet in the Olympics qualifying tournament. According to a source in the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), the FIH will soon be announcing draws for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 qualifiers.”In the qualifiers in September-October, the top tier teams will have to play against the lower tier teams and Pakistan and India which has already won one qualifying tournament could be drawn up against each other,” he said.Pakistan, Egypt, South Korea, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, India, and some other teams are expected to feature in the qualifying tournament for the summer Olympics with seven berths at stake.The PHF source said they had managed to convince the FIH to give them entry in the qualifying tournament after paying the first installment of the fine imposed on the PHF for not sending its team for the Pro Hockey League earlier this year.”It is not necessary we might draw up India but if that happens then the FIH will probably schedule the matches in Europe as conditions are not conducive to play the matches in India or Pakistan,” he said.Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated in the aftermath of Indian government’s scrapping of Article 370 which had accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.The source further said that preparations are on for Pakistan to compete in the Olympic qualifying events as appearing in the Summer Olympics would be a big boost for the game in the country.Pakistan, currently ranked 17th in the world, had missed out on the last Olympic games in Brazil. Europefihhockey indiaIndia First Published: August 31, 2019, 4:38 PM ISTlast_img read more

Manju Rani Settles for Silver on Debut at Women’s World Boxing Championships

first_img 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. Manju RaniWomen’s World Boxing Championships First Published: October 13, 2019, 2:02 PM IST Manju Rani had to settle for silver at the Women’s World Boxing Championships after losing her 48kg final to Russian opponent Ekaterina Paltceva with a scoreline of 4-1 at Ulan-Ude in Russia on Sunday.Despite the loss, this was a historic campaign for Manju, who became matches Mary Kom’s feat after reaching the final at Worlds in her debut. Back in 2011, it was Mary Kom first who had qualified for the final in her debut campaign. Apart from these two, Sonia Chahal, Sonia Lather, Saweety Boora, Sarjubala Devi and Usha Nagisetty had also made it to the final in their maiden appearance at the World Championships. Manju was the only Indian in fray on the finals day of the Worlds and with this, India finished their Women’s World Boxing Championships campaign with a silver and three bronze.Manju had reached the final with an emphatic win over former World Championships bronze medallist Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand 4-1. Her pace and aggression increased as the bout progressed and she eventually secured the win.After the semi-final win, Manju had said, “I had already played her in Thailand Open semi-finals so I had the experience and knew what to expect. I managed to land a few uppercuts in the first round but she caused me trouble in the second round. I followed the strategy of the coaches in the last round and won the bout.”Manju was in terrific form throughout the tournament and also downed top seed Kim Hyang of North Korea in the quarter-finals.There was very little separating Rani and her rival, both of whom looked to attack in the first round. The Russian stood out for her near perfect left hooks in the opening three minutes.In the second round, the Indian connected some good straights and seemed to have the upperhand over the crowd favourite.The proceedings slowed down in the final three minutes when both the boxers adopted a cautious approach. There was quite a bit of holding, requiring the referee’s intervention quite a few times. However, at the end of it the Russian emerged victorious perhaps for her a shade sharper reflexes. The Indian contingent was however visibly upset after the Paltceva’s hand was raised as the victor.Rani broke into the national camp only this year by winning the national crown for Punjab after not getting the selection nod in Haryana.Earlier this year, she won a silver medal on debut at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament, one of Europe’s oldest and most competitive boxing events.Rani hails from Rithal Phogat village in the Rohtak district of Haryana. The youngster lost her father, a Border Security Force officer, to cancer in 2010.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Dhoni reaches 350 dismissals milestone in ODI,Dhoni reaches 350 dismissals milestone in ODI

first_imgRELATED Mahendra Singh Dhoni today became the fourth wicketkeeper in the world to reach 350 dismissals in One-day Internationals, while widening the gap further with his India predecessors.The limited overs skipper achieved the feat during the ongoing third and final ODI against Zimbabwe, when he caught Elton Chigumbura off medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the 33rd over of the innings at the Harare Sports Club.Dhoni has so far taken 261 catches and effected 89 stumpings in 278 matches.Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara leads the list with 482 dismissals followed by Australian Adam Gilchrist and South Africa’s Mark Boucher with 472 and 424 dismissals respectively.As far as dismissals in the 50-over format are concerned, Dhoni is the only Indian in the 300-club, which he scaled during an ODI against New Zealand in January 2014. Dhoni is the only Indian in the 300-club. File Photo   –  The Hindu × cricket Published on India trounce Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to complete whitewash Becomes the fourth wicketkeeper in the world to reach the milestone accomplishmentcenter_img COMMENT June 15, 2016 COMMENTS Dhoni is the only Indian in the 300-club. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE null SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more