first_imgMission Hills Group will design and build the school and its six indoor courts, but it will be operated by NBA China.The NBA already has three training academies in China for top male and female prospects.NBA China chief executive David Shoemaker said in a Mission Hills press statement: “This groundbreaking NBA Basketball School in Haikou further builds upon our commitment to developing young basketball talent in China. “We are delighted that Mission Hills Group shares our vision and are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the government’s pledge to grow a sporting culture in Hainan Province.”Hainan, sometimes referred to as China’s equivalent of Hawaii, already hosts a Barcelona football academy, also in partnership with Mission Hills.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Along with football, basketball is the most popular sport in China and Bryant said the new facility — construction begins later this year — will be a boon to the Chinese game.“The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training,” said the retired five-time NBA champion.FEATURED 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“I believe this partnership will lift the game of basketball to a higher level in China.”The 39-year-old was in the city of Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, to unveil the project.center_img Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant enjoying himself during his Mamba Mentality Tour on Saturday night, June 25, 2016, at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players from junior up to professional level after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Teammates in a few minutes? @TheSMBeermen #PBADraft2017 pic.twitter.com/HyTRoJmJX2— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) October 29, 2017Fajardo knows the acquisition of Standhardinger makes San Miguel a much more dangerous team but he doesn’t want to get too far ahead of himself and the Beermen have not done anything yet at this point.“It’s not that easy to win. You have to take it one game at a time, one conference at a time. I hope he could really help us win not only games, but also championships,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 NBA: 76ers rookie Fultz out indefinitelycenter_img MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “We’re glad that we got him. I believe that he could be a huge contributor for us to help us win games and hopefully the championships,” he said.READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBFEATURED 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 shutoutFajardo, though, admitted that the only concern is how Standhardinger would fit in with the Beermen’s system considering that won’t suit up until midway through the conference due to his commitments with Hong Kong in the Asean Basketball League.“Of course, it’s important to him to adapt to coach’s system. We already have something set with our team and he has to find a way to fit right in,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo may have only played a couple of minutes together with No. 1 overall pick Christian Standhardinger in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, but he’s convinced that his fellow Gilas Pilipinas mainstay will help San Miguel Beer in a lot of ways.“He’ll bring the hustle and energy. He can really help us because you already know what he’s capable of, which is high on rebounding,” Fajardo said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

first_imgView comments Apart from the overwhelming talent at all posititons, the biggest problem the Beermen pose is size.“Well, our work just got harder,” quipped Alaska coach Alex Compton. “San Miguel’s clearly the best team in the league. I wish San Miguel has a weakness but they don’t. So our job, the rest of us coaches, is try to find a way, but it’s not gonna be being taller than San Miguel. So we’ll just work and try to make a way.”FEATURED 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“It’s going to be nice to see June Mar and Christian play together, but my tweet was specifically for the Gilas program,” shared TNT coach Nash Racela. “I was hoping to see them play together in Gilas but it will happen in the PBA with San Miguel. This just makes it harder for all the other teams.”“The job gets harder because the disparity just got wider. That’s going to be our task, to compete with teams as strong as San Miguel,” said new Phoenix coach Louie Alas. Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready with formidable starting five bannered by four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel just got a lot  stronger after it traded for the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and selected Christian Standhardinger.Now the onus on the rest league to figure out how to stop the three-time defending Philippine Cup champions this coming PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said that the controversy surrounding the trade between Kia and San Miguel casts the PBA in a bad light.“I’m saddened more than angered. I’m just sad over the situation because everyone who I talked to had some misgivings about the situation, and I can’t explain it enough because I’m also part of the PBA,” he said.The Beermen acquired the Picanto’s top overall pick in this year’s annual rookie selection in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick, a deal which PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa green-lighted on Friday.“We have an intelligent basketball public. They know what’s happening. The sad thing for me is we’ve already been judged,” he said.Now the only thing left to do for the 11 other teams in the PBA is to be on  their 100-percent or more whenever they play San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Maybe it’s time to move on. The more we give reasons, the more the people will be angered. We just have to live with that,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive01:37Protesters 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 Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgLonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass the ball as he drives against Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks during a semifinal game of the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 108-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLonzo Ball seems to be just what the Lakers needed.Yes, it’s only summer league, but Los Angeles is mired in a playoff drought and in much need of some excitement. Enter the No. 2 pick in the draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “All press is good press, technically,” Finish Line content manager and creative strategist Brandon Edler said. “Just the fact that we continue to talk about their every single move is amazing for their brand. … Maybe his dad is just on a completely different level and he’s sitting there thinking, ‘Maybe this isn’t a great way to sell the shoe, but we’ve got everybody talking about us and every time somebody’s talking about us, that’s great for Big Baller Brand.’”Ball and his boisterous father, LaVar, just might be marketing geniuses with how they’ve kept his sneaker choice as headline news despite turning down lucrative offers from the major brands.The sneaker rotation is clearly a deliberate plan and LaVar continues to tell people he’s asking for a huge deal with one of the major companies.Many have criticized the hype machine and multiple summer league players have said they wouldn’t wear the brand. But those same players were supportive, even envious, of the concept of having their own independent fashion and sneaker line.The Ball method is certainly unconventional. Rarely does someone promote their own brand by featuring products from other companies. But Lonzo said that’s part of the Big Baller Brand — having the independence to do what one wants.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments LATEST STORIES Ball has created a buzz around the Los Angeles franchise — on and off the court.He has averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds in six summer league games in Las Vegas. The California native with Showtime-like flair has two triple-doubles and four double-digit assist games while leading the team to Monday night’s championship game. He will miss the final contest with a mild calf strain.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 starsHis absence Monday is almost throwaway line in the final chapter of Ball’s summer league story.The 19-year-old Ball made more headlines wearing different brands of sneakers each game. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant It’s final: PBA veteran superstars to beef up Gilas in Fiba Asia in Lebanon Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 The circus atmosphere off the court somewhat overshadows what Ball has done on the court.Ball has been impressive with is play-making skills.It all makes the 6-foot-6 Ball seem like an ideal for La La Land.He grew up in the suburb of Chino Hills and the City of Angels is used to big point guards with next level passing ability. Fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma has averaged 20.5 points per game in large part due to Ball’s pinpoint passes.Magic Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, immediately laid out his expectations after drafting Ball — for the rookie’s number to hang from the Staples Center rafters. And the former UCLA star is making the architect of Showtime and owner of five championship rings look like a soothsayer.“Passing translates, I don’t care what level you’re on,” Johnson told Lakers.com. “Lakers fans are thirsty. … This team will be exciting and it starts with that point guard position. ”Lakers fans in Vegas are all on board for the Ball era.“I like the idea the Balls are taking control of their own lives and trying to start their own brand and do things their way,” said Mark Appelbaum, 51, who sat courtside in a Kobe Bryant high school jersey. “It’s brought life and excitement back to the Lakers because Lonzo brings life and excitement with the way he plays.“I don’t look at it as being brash I look at it as being confident. … I think it’s funny that people are making a big deal about it, he’s just doing what he wants.” El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mega Builders head coach Dong Dela Cruz said the fifth set all boiled down to whoever executed its plays better, rather than who has the better players.“When you get to the fifth set it won’t matter who are the better players,” said Dela Cruz. “The team who plays better will take the win.”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 starsMadzlan Gampong and James Natividad provided ample support for Fauzi as they put up 17 points apiece while Kim Malabunga played fourth option as he finished with 10.Lorenzo Capate led the HD Spikers with 23 points. In the bronze medal series, Sta. Elena forced a third match against Philippine Air Force coming away with a five-set win, 27-25, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 16-14.Joven Camaganakan had 22 points to lead the Wrecking Balls while skipper Berlin Paglinawan added 19.Jeffrey Malabanan had a game-high 26 points to lead the Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mega Builders snatched a five-set win over Cignal, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13, to set up a do-or-die in the championship series of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference men’s division Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Volley Bolt tied the series at 1-1 with Ismail Fauzi firing a game-high 24 points in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Jimmy Alapag named new Alab Pilipinas head coach View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas Already missing the services of June Mar Fajardo (strained calf) and Christian Standhardinger (stiff neck and shoulder), the Philippines also had to deal with Raymond Almazan’s foul woes and Calvin Abueva’s sprained ankle after he slipped in the paint at the 2:01 mark of the second quarter.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 starsCalvin Abueva being helped off to the bench. Photo from Fiba.comBut the Phoenix rookie came to the rescue as he drilled seven triples to finish with 25 points for the Philippines, which awaits the winner of the playoff between Japan and Korea for its next match up. He also had four assists.The quarterfinals are slated on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Romeo struggled to get his offense in the game, but made a living from the charity stripe, canning six of his seven freebies to finish with 10 markers, three assists, and two rebounds in the win.READ: Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia CupQatar remains winless in its three outings.Elhadary paced the Qataris with 23 points, six assists, three rebounds, and three steals in the losing effort, while Saad got a double-double of 18 markers, 11 boards, three dimes, and two steals.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 80 – Wright 25, Cruz 13, Norwood 10, Romeo 10, Castro William 6, Pogoy 5, Almazan 4, Aguilar 3, Abueva 2, Jalalon 2.QATAR 74 – Elhadary 23, Saad 18, Erfan 9, Abdelhaleem 8, Al-Muftah 6, Mohamed 6, Mohmmed 4, Abdelkawy 0, Al-Darwish 0, Al-Rayes 0.Quarters: 25-16, 41-27, 59-47, 80-74. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Matthew Wright. Photo from Fiba.comBanking on its torrid three-point shooting, Gilas Pilipinas snared the top seed in Group B with an 80-74 victory over Qatar Sunday in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.Matthew Wright compensated for the Filipinos’ problems up front and caught fire to help them sweep Group B of the continental tilt, which also included China and Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games gives Malaysia tourism a big push NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul READ: Gilas PH squad underdog no moreWright wasn’t the only one who got going from downtown as the team shot 15-of-42 from three.Carl Bryan Cruz added 13 markers on a 3-of-9 shooting from three, while Gabe Norwood shot 2-of-4 from beyond the arc to wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.Norwood’s three-pointer at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter gave the Philippines a 20-point edge, 49-29, but Qatar leaned on Mansour Elhadary and Abdulrahman Saad to slice the lead down to as low as five, 75-70, with 2:06 to play.Photo from Fiba.comHowever, Wright was there to restore order as he banged a corner three, followed by the dagger floater from Terrence Romeo to seal the deal for Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

first_imgDon’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’ “It’s our defense that stepped up in this game, and we had a tough time preparing for San Sebastian,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.“They have a good coach [in Egay Macaraya] and good players like [Michael] Calisaan.”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 openingSan Beda outrebounded San Sebastian, 45-25, and held the Stags to 37.88 percent shooting from the floor.Although the Red Lions made just 21 field goals in 47 attempts, they made up for it from the stripe going 25-of-33. 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Javee Mocon led San Beda with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks while Davon Potts added 16 points.Calisaan practically carried the Stags’ offense with 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda continued the second-best winning streak in the NCAA season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking down San Sebastian 76-65 Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions won their 10th straight game and improved to 11-1, half a game behind league leader Lyceum with a 12-0 card, while the Stags dropped to 5-6.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Some Olympic leaders impatient with onslaught of scandals Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgThe Australian High Commission in India on Thursday denied media reports that athletes from its country had behaved like hooligans at the Commonwealth Games Village.In a statement, the high commission accepted that some spirited celebrations had taken place but denied hooliganism by the Australian team.  “We can confirm that in the course of celebrations a washing machine was damaged, though it remains unclear who did the damage, what their nationality was and whether it was deliberate or accidental,” the high commission said in a statement. “The suggestion that this was a reaction to Australia’s loss in the second Test is completely baseless. Australia sent its biggest team ever to the Delhi Games. The athletes embraced India and left with wonderful experience,” the statement said. The Herald Sun newspaper claimed that Australia’s Commonwealth Games chief Perry Crosswhite had confirmed that a washing machine was thrown off the eighth floor of an Australian residential tower at the Village.  But Crosswhite said he would be surprised if the culprit was an Australian and blamed athletes from other countries who were in the Australian building at the time of the incident. The Delhi Police confirmed the rampage but said it had not received any complaint from the CWG Organising Committee.  Media reports had said that some members of the Australian contingent went on the rampage after being unable to accept India’s thumping win over the Australian cricket team in the Test match.  The reports said a washing machine, electrical fittings and furniture at the Village bore the brunt of the athletes’ anger. Apparently, slogans were also raised against Sachin Tendulkar.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSunil Gavaskar recently exited the IPL Governing Council because he felt that the IPL, as a commercial enterprise, was not remunerating him adequately. In any case, his exit sparked off a controversy.Sunil GavaskarFrom the time the Kochi franchise was rigged up, there has been speculation about the role of a top,Sunil Gavaskar recently exited the IPL Governing Council because he felt that the IPL, as a commercial enterprise, was not remunerating him adequately. In any case, his exit sparked off a controversy.Sunil GavaskarFrom the time the Kochi franchise was rigged up, there has been speculation about the role of a top former cricketer. Outing Gavaskar just a day before the crucial IPL Governing Council meeting at Nagpur only confirmed the top cricketer’s name. Holidaying in Dubai, Gavaskar spoke to sandeep bamzai on the eve of the ipl Governing Council meeting about his actual involvement with the Kochi franchise. Excerpts:Q. What is the extent of your involvement with the controversial Kochi franchise of the IPL?A. This is not the first time I have been approached by a potential franchise. In the past too there have been several approaches to help on the cricketing aspect but nothing actually materialised.Q. Has a formal offer been made to you by the Gaekwads?A. Till I get a formal offer in writing, it is just like all previous approaches made to me. It is only after a formal written approach is made that I will be in a position to answer questions about monetary aspects and any stake in the franchise. Of course, before that we have to wait for the BCCI’s decision on the matter of retaining the franchise or not.Q. Why did you quit from the Governing Council after being an integral member of the executive from the beginning?advertisementA. I opted out because I feel like Tiger Pataudi that since the IPL is a commercial enterprise, those who give their expertise, experience, inputs and time should be remunerated. You are aware that I have been a coach and consultant for the Indian team in the past and did not ask for nor got a rupee for doing so. I thought it was my duty to do so for what Indian cricket has given me and I will still do so if asked. But the IPL is a commercial enterprise.last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in their World Cup Group A match at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Friday. Score Barring experienced opener Brendan Taylor, who top scored with 44 (57 balls, 4×4) and rearguard action from Prosper Utseya (36) and Graeme Cremer (22), the top-order batsmen put up an insipid show to leave Zimbabwe tottering at 89 for 7 after 27 overs on a strip that was good for batting.Apart from Taylor, who was the sixth batsman to be dismissed, only Craig Irvine (11) got into double figures among the top six against a determined and efficient New Zealand. The Black Caps’ bowling was backed up by some splendid fielding.Former captain Utseya who made 36 in 65 balls with the help of 3 boundaries showed more gumption than their more accomplished front-line batsmen barring Taylor.Zimbabweans added 40 runs for the last two wickets as New Zealand were left to score the runs at an asking rate of 3.26.In their six head-to-head meetings, New Zealand have won five times while one match didn’t yield any result.Zimbabwe, opted to bat first received an early jolt when opener Charles Coventry was run out for a duck in the second over of the day.Coventry drove a Tim Southee delivery to mid-on and set off for quick single. However Hamish Bennett showed brilliant anticipation as he hit the stumps with a smart under-arm throw as Coventry was still short of his ground.The New Zealand bowlers then stuck to a disciplined line as the batsmen found it difficult to score runs. As Zimbabwe batsmen perished due to poor shot selection, it was Taylor who showed a lot of common sense in his approach before he was adjudged leg before off Scott Styris.Wickets fell at regular intervals. Tatenda Taibu, who scored a fine 98 in their 175-run victory over Canada, was trapped leg before by an in-cutter from Southee as the batsman tried to play it down the leg-side. The wicket-keeper made just 8 in 18 balls.Inside 25 overs, more than half of the side were back in the hut as Daniel Vettori’s men had firm grip over the proceedings.New Zealand skipper Vettori grabbed two wickets in the space of three deliveries in his very first over to leave Zimababwe tottering at 46 for 5 inside of the first two Powerplays.Prior to that Kyle Mills, had sent back Craig Ervine as the batsman slashed one straight to Jesse Ryder standing at backward point. Mills (two for 29) returned to the side to play his first match in the World Cup after recovering from his back injury that forced him to miss action for one month.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more