Uruguay, Mexico qualify; South Africa France knocked out

first_imgUruguay and Mexico have qualified for Round 2 of the FIFA World Cup from Group A.It means hosts South Africa and 2006 runners-up France will go home.Uruguay beat Mexico 1-0 at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium with Suarez’s goal in the 43rd minute.In the final Group A game, South Africa beat an off-colour France 2-1 in Blomfontein.South Africa took the lead with Khumalo’s goal in the 20th minute. Mphela made the lead 2-0 in the 37th minute.Florent Malouda’s goal in the 70th minute is France’s only strike in their campaign dogged with controversy.South Africa and Mexico were tied for points, but Mexico had a lower goal-difference allowing them to qualify.Mexico had earlier drawn 1-1 with South Africa and beaten the controversy-dogged France 2-0.Uruguay had drawn 0-0 with France before beating South Africa 3-0.last_img read more

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Match-fixing: ICC provisionally suspends tainted Pakistan trio

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) has provisionally suspended and charged three tainted Pakistan players under its anti-corruption code in the wake of the match-fixing scandal during the team’s tour of England.A statement issued by ICC confirmed that Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir “have been officially notified of the offences they are alleged to have committed and have been provisionally suspended pending a decision on those charges.”In accordance with the provisions of the code, this means they are immediately barred from participating in all cricket and related activities until the case has been concluded.”The trio are now due to appear before the Scotland Yard detectives for further questioning on Friday.The players have a right to contest this provisional suspension and a further opportunity to defend these charges at a full hearing before an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal in accordance with Article 5 of the code, it noted.The players have 14 days from their receipt of the charge sheet to indicate their desire for a hearing, the sport’s governing body said.”We will not tolerate corruption in cricket,” ICC’s Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, adding that “we must be decisive with such matters and if proven, these offences carry serious penalties up to a life ban.””The ICC will do everything possible to keep such conduct out of the game and we will stop at nothing to protect the sport’s integrity. While we believe the problem is not widespread, we must always be vigilant.”The game’s integrity is of “paramount importance”, the ICC Chief Executive said.advertisement”Prompt and decisive action will be taken against those who seek to harm it. However, the facts must first be established through a thorough investigation and it is important to respect the right of due process when addressing serious allegations of this sort,” he said.”Make no mistake — once the process is complete, if any players are found to be guilty, the ICC will ensure that the appropriate punishment is handed out. We will not tolerate corruption in this great game.”The alleged offences against Pakistani players, if proved, would involve the imposition of a ban on them. There is also a possibility, at the discretion of the independent tribunal, that a fine would be imposed in addition to a ban.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had announced that it was withdrawing the three players from the one-day series in England until the completion of the inquiry. The Pakistan High Commissioner in the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan later told the media that the trio had themselves asked the Board to not consider them for the one-day series as they were under a great deal of mental stress because of the allegations against them.The players had told him they were innocent of the charges against them and would contest them in court if necessary, he said.But despite the PCB and High Commissioner’s statements, sources had indicated that the decision to ground the players had come on the insistence of the ICC when PCB Chairman, Ijaz Butt met with Haroon Lorgat late last night in London.The PCB has already hired a British lawyer and also sent its own legal counsel, Tafazzul Rizvi to London to defend the players while the Pakistan government has also rushed the deputy attorney general to London for the same purpose.The Foreign Office spokesman had said that it was waiting for a preliminary report and clearance from the UK government before sending a high-level investigation team to London.The ICC Anti-Corruption Code for Players and Player Support Personnel was updated and strengthened in 2009 with the unanimous support of ICC members.last_img read more

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Now is a great time to be young in India: Kalli Purie

first_imgIndia Today Chief Creative Officer Kalli Purie’s welcome address at the India Today Youth Summit in Chennai on December 10, 2011:Vanakam Chennai to India Today’s Youth Summit Mind Rocks. India Today is India’s number one newsmagazine and has been for the last 35 years. We at the group have always believed that ideas should not be restricted by language or boundaries and that’s why we launched the India Today regional editions. The philosophy remains the same.We held a Mind Rock event in Delhi  in september hot on the heels of the Anna Hazare civil movement. It was a rocking success. The youth turned up in huge numbers to connect with their icons and take the anti corruption pledge with Kiran Bedi. Since then close to one and half lac individuals have taken the pledge.The enthusiasm and the engagement at the event convinced us that we had to create more platforms throughout the country for the youth to express themselves and share their ideas. And what better way to do it but to bring it to the heart and nerve centre of the South, Chennai. The hub of education, politics and culture.Besides up in Delhi we were all looking for the answer to the eternal question:Why this Kolaveri Di?Last year has been the year of the youth from the Arab spring to Anna’s civil revolution. 2012 will  always be known as the year…When a I-Me-Myself generation became the We generation. When a demographic dividend became a nation. When a westernized generation sported the tri colour as their favourite accessory. It’s a great time to be young in India.advertisementAnd that’s why it’s a privilege to be here amongst all of you. Individuals who are deciding all our futures. The India of Tomorrow.The India Today group does close to 40 conferences  and events in a year. But none has the vibrancy, the energy, the electricity of Mind Rocks. Our line up today is fantastic, I am confident that Mind Rocks, with its mix of fun, music, and ideas will leave you buzzing.last_img read more

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India find ways to deal with bumpy turf

first_imgIndian hockey team looks well settled when it comes to one of the most important aspect of the game – drag-flicking. With three drag flickers – Sandeep Singh, VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh – at their disposal, India will have the cushion to work out various combinations on the field.Most of the teams, though, have found it difficult to score from penalty corners, particularly from one side of the field at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, where the turf is bumpy as was seen during the warm up series against South Africa when stoppers found it difficult to stop the ball.”The role of stopper will be very important and we are working on that aspect,” Jugraj Singh, who is part of the coaching staff and a drag-flick expert, told Mail Today. “During practice sessions, we are trying to locate the exact area where the pitch is uneven so that we can avoid that part during penalty corners but it needs some practice,” he said.Jugraj said India have a few surprises up their sleeves as well. “We are practising some variations to surprise the teams in the qualifier. It is sometimes important to use the variations because the opponents may be ready for the straight hits.” Jugraj, who has been with the team for some time now, says the team is looking in good shape as far as penalty corner conversions are concerned.”We never had it so good. We have three quality drag-flickers. They have pace and accuracy and all three have different style and techniques. “Sandeep and Raghunath are in good form and Rupinder is getting back to form.” Jugraj said that they are also getting the videos of the dragflickers of other teams to study them.advertisement”France has a very good dragflicker, but I have not seen him. From whatever information I have been able to gather, I can say that he is good.”We are trying to get some of his footages so that we can analyse his game. Canada, too, are good in penalty corner conversions,” he said.last_img read more

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Admitting marijuana use may help Adrian D’Souza’s case

first_imgIt’s not often that hockey players test positive for banned substances. Adrian D’Souza’s dope flunk, therefore, comes as news with the former India custodian testing positive for marijuana.Adrian tested positive during the World Series Hockey (WSH) and now faces sanctions ranging from a mere warning to a two-year ban.Marijuana being a specified substance does not attract provisional suspension and the Mumbai Marines skipper will now have to wait for the result of his ‘B’ sample test before he faces the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has stringent laws to nab athletes found guilty of anti-doping violations but Adrian will do well just to establish how the banned substance entered his body.Besides, Adrian will also have to establish that the substance he took was not intended to enhance his performance during the WSH, which remains an unsanctioned tournament as far as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is concerned.Article 10.4 of the WADA code makes it clear that in the case of an athlete testing positive for a specified substance, the first violation could attract a minimum of a reprimand to a maximum of two years of ineligibility.If Adrian admits taking marijuana, he may get away with a suspension of just three months or may be even less, depending on the arguments he comes up with before the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.However, there have been cases in the past when athletes have denied taking such recreational drugs right through the anti-doping hearings, as was the case with Pune FC footballer Nishant Mehra who was handed a two-year suspension upheld by the appeals panel.advertisementThe amount of banned substance (28.7ng/ ml) found in Adrian’s sample is also surprising and what is amazing is that the substance was taken in the middle of a tournament, raising doubts over the seriousness of the athlete towards the game.WSH not being a sanctioned tournament, there were doubts over the result management of the samples.However, the Sports Ministry recognises the Indian Hockey Federation, under whose aegis the tournament was being run, and therefore Adrian, in all probability, will have to face the anti-doping disciplinary panel.last_img read more

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Changes in ODI rules will improve the format

first_imgThe ICC’s cricket committee needs to be complimented for taking some bold decisions at its meeting in London. It is well known that with three formats of cricket to choose from today, preserving the richness of the ODIs is imperative. This makes the latest changes a step in the right direction.One important move is that bowlers will be allowed to hurl two bouncers per over in a one-day international. With batsmen calling the shots in limited overs cricket, be it the 50-over ODI or T20, the decision to allow bowlers to show more aggression can make for good viewing.The two other decisions-to do away with the bowling power play and allowing only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle in a non-power play over- will also make the game more challenging.The ICC has, however, retained the obsolete Duckworth/ Lewis method for rain-delayed matches. Even so, at a time when almost every sporting discipline is tinkering with its rules to make the game more attractive, the ICC has shown it does not want to be left behind.last_img read more

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Camson willing to apologize to Almazan, says elbow wasn’t intentional

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sharapova inspired by Serena to get back to top SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais The situation escalated after Camson caught Almazan with a punch in the face before players and referees stepped in to restore order.READ: PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“It wasn’t intended. The replay will show that I wasn’t going for his face and I was just boxing out,” Camson told reporters in Filipino after the game. “I hit him and it was something unavoidable. Then he got back at me and it was just my pride at that point.”Both got ejected after being slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2.center_img Eric Camson vs Raymond Almazan. PBA IMAGESKia big man Eric Camson said he was merely getting in position for a rebound it wasn’t his intention to hit Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan with an elbow that triggered an ugly fight on Saturday.While fighting for positioning in the shaded area, Camson landed an elbow to the face of Almazan, who quickly retaliated with his own.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Kia came into the game having lost 16 straight games dating back to last season and Camson said all the losing was a reason for how he handled the situation.“I didn’t like what happened. I guess I just wanted to win so bad because we’re really tired of losing. We don’t want them (Rain or Shine) to make a run because we know that once they do, we’ll lose our morale,” said Camson, who had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 98-94 victory.READ: PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or ShineThe two got into a heated verbal exchange along the Cuneta Astrodome hallway on their way to their respective dugouts but after the game, Camson said he has no problems apologizing to Almazan first.“Being the younger player, I’ll be the one to approach him. I don’t see any problems with that because we’re all playing in the same league and we all have the same job,” he said. “I never wanted any of that to happen. I’m a man and I got hit.”ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Almazan declined to give interviews to the media after the game.PBA Office-In-Charge Willie Marcial said he will summon both players on Tuesday.Camson plans to use the meeting to apologize to Marcial and Almazan for his actions.“I will respect the league’s decision and I am willing to ask for forgiveness and apologize to sir Willie and Raymond.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

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Nagasu becomes 3rd woman, 1st American, to land Olympic triple axel

first_imgNagasu accomplished the rare feat just 21 seconds into the women’s free skate on Monday. She was the first of the five women to compete and led off her routine with the triple axel, drawing huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.“I feel really great,” Nagasu said. “Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, ‘Get on the tracks and get some speed.’ And, I tripped a couple times. I don’t know if you could tell. It was more something I could feel, but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my teammates standing out of excitement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“And at that moment, I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me.”And, she took care of business. Nagasu skated a flawless routine and pumped both fists as she completed it, smiling as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. LATEST STORIES Nagasu also drew lots of compliments from fellow American skaters, incuding Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Meryl Davis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mirai Nagasu reacts after her performance during the women’s free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Mirai Nagasu wasted no time making some figure skating history.The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, became the first American woman _ and third woman overall _ to land a triple axel in the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Truth is: Cavaliers rout Celtics on Paul Pierce’s day Nagasu had landed triple axels in previous competitions, but never in such a pressure-packed situation as the Olympic stage.“To complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting,” she said.She received a personal-best score of 137.53 points, narrowly edging Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman (137.14) for second place in the free skate. Russian Alina Zagitova won the event, topping even her performance in taking the European title last month with a season-best 158.08 points.Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics. Nagasu, who is also Japanese, joked about the history the three now share.“Maybe it’s the Japanese genetics,” Nagasu said with a big smile. “But lucky for me, I’m American, so I’m the first American to land it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte 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 PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

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