first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Diaz flew in to this city to help up with Colonia backstage, harking back to their teamwork that helped the Zamboanga lass end the medal drought for the Philippines ini the Olympics.“We will come back and prepare in the Asian Games, we have five women’s events,” said weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella.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 shutoutThere was no women’s competitions in this edition of the Games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Filipino weightlifter Nestor Colonia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Not even the presence of Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz could carry the Philippine team in weightlifting competitions here Monday.Nestor Colonia failed to make the podium finish during the men’s 56-kilogram division at MITEC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Centeno, Biado lead 4-gold haul View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe All India Tennis Association (AITA) is contemplating some strong steps, including dropping Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, when the selectors meet here on Saturday to pick the Davis Cup team for the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I tie against New Zealand.This has been prompted by the Indian tennis contingent’s disappointing performance at the London Olympics.Bhupathi and Bopanna, who paired up against the selection committee’s original decision, lost to Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet in the second round.AITA had warned the duo of disciplinary action for sticking to their stand.”The Olympic performance of the players will be taken into consideration,” a selector told MAIL TODAY on condition of anonymity.”We are also going to take into account the attitude of the players before finalising the team. The committee is aware that some strong decisions need to be taken,” he added.The selection row before the Olympics had turned ugly. Leander Paes had refused to partner Vishnu Vardhan while Bhupathi and Bopanna did not budge from their stand.Paes, finally, agreed to play with the rookie as India fielded its biggest tennis contingent at the Games.Paes and Vishnu gave a tough fight to second seeds Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga before bowing out.The positive from the Olympic campaign was however Vishnu, who showed guts in playing against some top players.”He was very impressive,” the selector said.Somdev Devvarman is expected to return after an eight-month injury lay-off to shoulder the responsibility in singles. Yuki Bhambri is likely to be the second singles player.If Bhupathi and Bopanna are kept out, Paes and Vardhan will do the doubles duty.India have come out on top in each of their last three meetings with New Zealand in 2002, 2003 and 2004, after losing the first three in the 1970s.India will meet New Zealand in Chandigarh from September 14 to 16.The winners will stay in Group I, while the losing team will have to deal with another play-off, against Chinese Taipei.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgCongratulations to Colm and Marianne Maguire on the birth of their new baby girl, Brodie Jayla born yesterday at 3.12pm. Weighing 7 pounds and 4 ounces, Brodie is a little sister for Coby-Lee. Both mother and daughter are doing well. Colm is the National Game Development Officer and Marianne is the National AusTouch Manager. Everyone at TFA congratulates the Maguires on their new addition and wish them all the best!last_img


first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino admits he’s ‘suffering’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he’s been “suffering” during their poor start to the season.Poch, 47, took Spurs to the Champions League final last season and is on the radar of both Manchester United and Real Madrid.But asked if Spurs can still match his ambition, he said: “I hope, yes. That is my wish.”“You can be frustrated and disappointed sometimes but the challenge is to get back to where we were.” He added: “In football, I have suffered only two big disappointments.“One, when I was a player and there was the penalty at the World Cup.“The second was in the Champions League final. I so much want to win a trophy with Tottenham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgzoom Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has introduced the Wärtsilä HY, a fully integrated hybrid power module combining engines, an energy storage system, and power electronics.Optimised to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS), the hybrid product is the marine sector’s first hybrid power module of this type produced, thereby “establishing a new industry benchmark in marine hybrid propulsion,” the company said.There is a notable trend in the marine sector towards hybrid propulsion solutions, which are anticipated to represent a significant percentage of all contracted ships within the coming ten years. According to Wärtsilä, the new EMS represents the latest generation integrated control system, and has been specifically designed for this application.The Wärtsilä HY will provide increased operational efficiency and flexibility, resulting in lower fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and improved vessel performance. When operating in ‘Green Mode’ zero emissions can be achieved, the company informed. Smokeless operation is also achievable at all load points and in all operating modes.Furthermore, the reduction in engine operating hours lowers maintenance requirements and extends the intervals between overhauls.Maritime classification society, Lloyds Register (LR) has issued an Approval in Principle (AIP) certificate for the Wärtsilä HY, which will have dedicated versions for each category of vessels, while the first versions being made available will be designed for tugs and medium sized ferries.“This development opens the door to a new era of marine technology that would have been unimaginable until very recently,” Giulio Tirelli, Director, Marine Engineering, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said.The Wärtsilä HY is being officially launched at the Nor-Shipping conference and exhibition being held in Oslo, Norway from May 30 to June 2, 2017.On 30 May, the company received its first order for the Wärtsilä HY from Italy-based Rimorchiatori Riuniti, an owner and operator of tugs in the Mediterranean Sea region.The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered during the second half of 2018, and the new tug is expected to be in service by the beginning of 2019.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Even as the confusion over continuity of budget session hangs in balance, a meeting of opposition parties of Rajya Sabha, which was held here on Wednesday, decided to convey their resolution to the government that at least seven bills out of 18-19 bills be sent to select committee of the Upper House.However, till Wednesday evening, there was no communique from the government side whether it has accepted or not to the demand of opposition. Meanwhile, the opposition parties are ready to meet again on Thursday to decide on future course of action if the government doesn’t agree to their proposal. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Most of the parties, according to sources, feel that there is no point of sitting in the House even if it’s extended. The bills, which the opposition parties demanded to send to select committee include, Right to Information Amendment Act, Triple Talaq, the code of wage bill, Occupational safety, Inter-state river dispute bill, DNA Technology bill, and Unlawful activities Prevention Act. Though TMC leader Derek O’brien has said that they would push for sending all the seven bills to select committee, other opposition parties including Congress are ready to accept if the government send at least four bills to the selec committee. Those four bills are RTI Amendment Act, Triple Talaq, Code of Wage Bill and Occupational Safety Bills. Sources further mentioned that Congress party was pushing for RTI Amendment act to send to the select committee and in case if their demand was not met, it might boycott the session. The party is also urging all opposition parties to come on board on the issue. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi also on Wednesday called a meeting of all opposition parties in this regard.last_img read more


In the wake of American Pharoah’s stunning wire-to-wire Triple Crown-clinching victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, I compared him to Secretariat, finding that — despite having one of the finest Triple Crown campaigns ever — American Pharoah still likely would have finished the Belmont well behind his great-great-great-grandfather. Some readers seem to think this was a cheap shot at the slump-busting champion, although you’d think being called second-best to a mutant horse sent from the future would be considered high praise.Secretariat’s 2:24 Belmont time is safe; no other horse has run under 2:26 (even that is about 10 lengths behind Secretariat). Oh, and he still owns the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes records by two to three lengths each. It has been over four decades, and great horses still can’t come close.But what do we make of this? How is it that even the best horse this era has to offer — with a stride so smooth that it borders on poetic — would still finish 13 lengths behind Big Red?Clearly, it’s that Secretariat is overrated.OK, exhale. I’m not trolling you. I’m just being extremely nitty about the marginal shades of “really, really great.” By “overrated,” I certainly don’t mean to imply that Secretariat isn’t the best 3-year-old American racehorse in history — he is. Or that his Belmont run wasn’t one of the most dazzling moments in sports history (I practically sleep with this footage of it under my pillow). I mean simply that one of the key selling points of his unfathomable greatness is slightly undermined by its broader context. Specifically, that his records — did I mention it has been over 40 years? — have lasted so long in part because the quality of thoroughbred racing has plateaued and perhaps even weakened.To illustrate, I’ve charted all the winning times for Triple Crown races at Pimlico, Churchill Downs and Belmont Park (excluding races that were held at alternative venues) over 9.5, 10 or 12 furlongs (the current distances of the Preakness, Derby and Belmont, respectively).1These distances have been paired with these races since 1926. Each race changed its distance at various points before that (for example, the Derby was 12 furlongs from 1875 to 1895). I’ve marked the trend for the winning times for each distance as of Secretariat’s Triple Crown in 1973 (dashed line) and record progression for each distance (solid line). Winning times for all three distances improved fairly steadily through 1973 but have been trending slightly slower since then:It’s as if God saw the perfect race and thought, “OK, I’m done with horses.”Again, for purposes of parsing different shades of awesome, note that in 1973, for all the drama, Secretariat’s records were pretty garden-variety awesome. That is, they weren’t really far off from where we’d expect the progression of records to have led. Indeed, the gap between his record times and the linear (pre-plateau) trend for winning times was reasonably narrow.Which is to say, Secretariat was no Bob Beamon. Beamon’s 1968 long jump in Mexico City beat the previous long jump record by 0.55 meters — which still accounts for 41 percent of the improvement seen in that event’s entire recorded history (and Beamon’s record still stood for only 22 years). Secretariat’s records have stood for this long not because they were so absurd at the time that we have yet to catch up, but because we stopped catching up.For watchers of human sports, this can be hard to interpret. We’re used to top human athletes getting better and better. This is somewhat concealed in competitive and team sports in which opponents’ skill levels offset each other (making millions of bar arguments over the “Greatest of All Time” more interesting). But evidence of athletic progress is laid bare in virtually any discipline that has objective measures, like speed. Here’s a similar chart for men’s 100-meter to 800-meter race winning times at the Olympics:Only Michael Johnson’s 400-meter Olympic record has been around since before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The single longest standing world record in any IAAF track-and-field event dates back only to 1983. For some athletic disciplines, the constant improvement over time has been so consistent as to be almost creepy.As to why horse racing hasn’t improved the way human racing has, this old FiveThirtyEight article has a good roundup of speculation — including small population size and lack of genetic diversity. The elite genes in the racing gene pool may be drifting overseas, and, in general, thoroughbred racing’s center of gravity may be shifting.All of that serves as a reminder that although we often celebrate horses as athletes, the sport of horse racing isn’t really comparable to human athletics. If it were, a superhorse as super as American Pharoah would be rewriting the record books. read more


first_imgJorginho’s shock move to Chelsea instead of Manchester City appears set to happen with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming the newsThe Italy international had been expected to join Pep Guardiola’s this summer after the Catalan had made Jorginho his top transfer target.But, while Jorginho and his agent were keen on the move, City were unable to agree on a suitable transfer fee with Napoli and Chelsea are understood to have now made a move of their own for the 26-year-old.The rumours began this week in a double scoop that will see both Jorginho and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer.During Carlo Ancelotti’s official presentation as the new Napoli manager, De Laurentiis confirmed that Jorginho’s move to Chelsea is set to go ahead – although he was not quite as certain when it came to Sarri.“We said to ourselves if Jorginho has any requests, we’ll take them into account,” said De Laurentiis, according to SportsKeeda.“I accepted Manchester City’s offer 15 days ago but I have to apologise to them.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I can understand if the player prefers to live in London than in Manchester, and if Chelsea pay him more I can understand that too.“Jorginho to Chelsea is not tied to Sarri.”Sarri is no longer the Napoli manager, but is still tied to the club with his contract.With Chelsea reluctant to pay for his release clause, on top of paying current head coach Antonio Conte a big severance package for releasing him, Sarri’s prospects do not look to good right now.But De Laurentiis did have some positive news on the matter: “His case is at the finish line, it depends on him. We’ll see what happens in the next hours.“My lawyers have submitted the text to his lawyers.”last_img read more


first_imgAfter dishing out over £100m in the summer for “quality” players, Fulham are bottom of the Premier League table, but Tom Cairney believes they deserve better.Despite making 12 news signing and spending over £100m in the summer transfer window, Fulham have conceded the most goals and are stuck to the bottom of the league table this season.Manager Slavisa Jokanovic was sacked as a result, and former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri was appointed to help the club survive relegation.“We spent around £100m – a record amount for a newly-promoted team,” Cairney told the Daily Mail. “The owners have backed us, and with the quality, we have in the squad we shouldn’t be where we are.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“When you bring a lot of new players in, that is the hardest thing; getting everyone playing together. The gaffer knows that.“He took all the players and staff for an Italian on Wednesday – and now it is about building something.“We simply have to keep clean sheets because we have conceded a lot of goals. We need to improve defensively.”last_img read more