Ravena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball team View comments MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games “We expected that Thailand would put up a fight, but we didn’t expect that we would play that bad,” said guard Kiefer Ravena Monday at Sunway Putra Hotel here. “It was an ugly one for us but we ended up winning and that was the end goal.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThailand managed to take a 71-69 lead midway through the fourth and it needed the late-game heroics of Ravena and Baser Amer to lead the Philippines to the victory.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 shutoutGilas went on an 8-0 run to take a 77-71 lead with the backcourt tandem scoring six points in the pivotal spurt.Ravena said that if ever they plan to win the Philippines’ record 17th gold medal in the regional games, they have to be sharp from the get-go down to avoid playing catchup. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next KUALA LUMPUR—Gilas Pilipinas barely left MABA Stadium the same way it came in.Southeast Asia’s most dominant basketball program had to fight tooth-and-nail against Thailand to capture an 81-74 win at the start of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I guess we have to avoid things like these from happening again,” said Ravena, who finished with 11 points but shot 4-of-14 from the field. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 9 “I know the crowd wants to see a knockout … but tonight, this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I’m the best. I’m here to stay. I’m here for a reason,” she said.Shevchenko, a Kyrgyzstan fighter nicknamed ‘Bullet,’ is 14-3.The 29-year-old walked to the side of the octagon, shaking her head in disbelief.“I don’t agree with the decision at all,” Shevchenko said afterward, adding: “I won this fight.”She said she believed she won three rounds, and while Nunes took her down in the fifth, “I was landing more punches from being on the ground (than Nunes from above).”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:25Manny Pacquiao signs deal with Japan MMA promotion Rizin but won’t fight01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding It was the second time Nunes had beaten Shevchenko in 18 months. The 29-year-old Nunez took a unanimous decision over Shevchenko at UFC 196 in March 2016.The two were set to fight in July at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out the day of the fight with sinus issues.Nunes has smashed her way to the top of her class over the past 14 months. She bloodied and submitted Miesha Tate in July 2016 to take the belt, and then defended it successfully in December with a 48-second dismantling of star Ronda Rousey.Also on the main card, in a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their welterweight battle. The 10th-ranked Brazilian is now 27-9-0.No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round.Swedish veteran Ilir Latifi lived up to his Sledgehammer nickname, lifting up and pile-driving Australian upstart Tyson Pedro head first to the mat in a light heavyweight tilt. Latifi won by unanimous decision.Gilbert Melendez, dropping down to make his debut in featherweight, was cheered as he staggered up repeatedly from the canvas while taking a hellacious flurry of kicks and punches from eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Stephens won by unanimous decision. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Amanda Nunes, top, of Brazil, and Valentina Shevchenko, of Kyrgzystan, battle during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)EDMONTON, Alberta — Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215.“I wanted to show the world I’m here to stay,” Nunes said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes’ record to 15-4.It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted “Fight, fight, fight!”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 shutoutNunes, nicknamed the Lioness, raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict.She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike — and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad View comments LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
Shumpert is averaging 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 18.2 minutes for the Cavs, who are just 3-4 and take a three-game losing streak into Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.The 27-year-old Shumpert has made one start as coach Tyronn Lue has been forced to juggle his lineups because of injuries.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 shutoutShumpert is in his fourth season with Cleveland, which acquired him during the 2014-15 season in a trade with the Knicks. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on October 25, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cleveland Cavaliers reserve guard Iman Shumpert could miss another week with a sore right knee.Shumpert sat out Sunday’s loss to the New York Knicks and underwent an MRI on Monday. The team says tests didn’t reveal any structural damage, and he will be out five to seven days while undergoing treatment and rehab.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA PSG, Bayern advance in Champions League; Man Utd must wait View comments MOST READ
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES ONE: Aoki ‘really good’ opponent for Askren’s swan song CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA CURRY 4 AVAILABLE IN ALL UA BRAND HOUSES AND SELECTED MULTIBRANDED SPORTS STORES:UNDER ARMOUR BRAND HOUSES;BONIFACIO HIGH STREETMEGAMALLUP TOWN CENTERGREENBELTTRINOMAROBINSONS MAGNOLIAAYALA CENTER CEBUMULTIBRRANDED:SECONDWIND – AYALA 30THLANDMARK MAKATIOLYMPIC VILLAGE- SELECTED STORES ONLYROYAL DUTY FREE SUBICRUNNR ATC AND BGCPLANET SPORTS ROCKWELLTOBYS MOA, AURA AND MEGAMALLRUSTANS ATC AND MAKATISPORTSCENTRAL MOA, BAGUIO AND AURAADVTADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending 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 Games The Curry 4 is all about more – Stephen’s insatiable desire to win more, to play more and to achieve more. The shoe was designed from the ground up with one thing in mind – to help Stephen get more, from the first ideation conversations, to sketches, to design iterations and beyond.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next The Curry 4 offers more control, via continuity; a seamless feel between the foot and the shoe, and that is evident when putting on the footwear. Immediately, the shoe conforms to your foot, with no break in period, offering more comfort than ever before.Traction is critical to Stephen’s game; the ability to grip the hardwood with no slippage and ensure the quickest, cleanest cuts to offer that extra sliver of space gives Stephen all he needs to unleash the fastest, deadliest release in the league. Concentric circles, inspired by gravitational waves, achieve more traction, beyond any prior Curry footwear iteration.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 shutoutAdditional tech details driving the Curry 4:Knit internal sleeve creates a structural fit around the collar & forefoot for an amplified performance feelMicrofiber synthetic quarter panel is bonded to the knit material giving the ideal balance of support with reduced weightDynamic seam taping merges the knit sleeve & synthetic quarter panel without adding any stitchingSpeed plate for underfoot structure & performance containment built to handle explosive movementsCross-centric traction pattern is designed to optimize on forefoot-to-heel traction & provide amazing grip on any courtProprietary foam compound for responsiveness under footStephen has helped redefine what success looks like in professional basketball – being quick and light is the name of the game, and Under Armour has applied that approach to the design and functionality of the Curry 4. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Fegan was long considered one of the best player agents in the NBA, a ruthless negotiator on behalf of clients that included John Wall, Dwight Howard and DeMarcus Cousins. In 2016, Fegan was on Forbes magazine’s list of top agents.“Arms around his family,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts tweeted. “Rest In Peace, my friend.”He was fired last year as president of Independent Sports & Entertainment’s basketball division, but remained close with the clients he’d worked with for many years.Howard tweeted that his “heart and prayers go out to the family .”ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico The day after: Pyeongchang breathes, bids Olympics farewell Colorado State Trooper Gabe Easton told the Aspen Times the SUV’s other occupants, Fegan’s 5-year-old son and a 29-year-old California woman, were airlifted to a Denver hospital in serious condition.“Today we lost a great man, father, son and brother who always stood up not only for his clients, but also for what he knew was right,” Fegan’s family said in a statement through spokesman Terry Fahn . “We are all shocked and saddened by this tragic development and appreciate the outpouring of support. We ask for privacy at this difficult time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe NBA posted a tweet offering its condolences and thoughts to Fegan’s family.No one on the bus was hurt. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority CEO said the driver didn’t have time to avoid the collision. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 30: Dan Fegan, Chandler Parsons and Matthew Chevallard attend a Del Toro Chandler Parsons Event at Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Saks Fifth Ave / Del Toro/AFPASPEN, Colo. — Longtime NBA agent Dan Fegan died in a car crash Sunday. He was 56.The Colorado State Patrol says Fegan was driving an SUV when he tried to merge onto a highway and was broadsided by a commuter bus near Aspen, which is about 180 miles west of Denver.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
Tallo said that he expected a lot from himself in his PBA D-League debut, but never imagined to produce churn out a scintillating sniping in the rout of the Titans.“I expected that I’ll be able to contribute but my expectations weren’t that high. I know for myself that I still needed to practice, but my first D-League experience was truly great,” he said.Despite his confidence-building start, the two-time CESAFI Most Valuable Player believes that he still needs to improve a lot before he can fill up the hole left by Racal’s stars last conference.“I want to improve my defense because I saw my deficiencies earlier. I’m still adjusting to the system and the officiating,” he said.And he’s hoping to make his adjustments with the guidance of his veteran teammates in Racal, while also trying to raise his stock for the upcoming 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bid “My teammates are helping me. Kuya Allan (Mangahas), kuya Roider (Cabrera), everyone of them are sharing their experiences to me because I’m the youngest one here,” he said. “As for the draft, I still don’t know. We’ll see if I think I’m already prepared for the PBA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Mac Tallo. PBA IMAGESWith his academic obligations over with, Mac Tallo can now fully focus on his basketball career anew.And he feels grateful that Racal Motors gave him another shot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I missed the Aspirants’ Cup because I got injured, and I opted to finish my studies first with SWU. I’m lucky that I was able to recover and coach Jerry Codiñera picked me up again after this team made it to the Finals,” he said in Filipino.The 23-year-old Tallo also shared that he has no regrets over his decision to leave the comforts of La Salle to test his mettle in Southwestern University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I just went on a different path, but the destination is still the same,” he said. “When I came back to Cebu from La Salle, nobody wanted me but Southwestern. So what I did there was improve myself and do everything I can to be a better player.”And on Thursday, Tallo showed that he really means business in his return to Manila, unfurling 20 points built on four triples that went with four assists and three rebounds to carry the Alibaba to a 118-100 victory over AMA Online Education to start the 2017 Foundation Cup. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ James, who has long been outspoken about matters of race in America and endorsed Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton for president, had tweeted his dismay at the events in Charlottesville over the weekend.“It’s sad what’s going on in Charlottesville,” James tweeted on Saturday. “Is this the direction our country is heading?“Make [America] Great Again huh?! He said that,” added James in a dig at Trump’s celebrated campaign slogan.While James has attempted to use his celebrity to combat racism, his wealth and fame haven’t made him immune.On the eve of the NBA Finals in June his house in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood was daubed with a racial slur.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES 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 Woods had marijuana, painkillers in system at arrest — report Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured.Trump’s reaction on Saturday, that there was violence “on many sides” provoked a backlash and on Monday he singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis involved as criminals.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 openingREAD: Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violent clashes in VirginiaBut in an exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, a clearly irked Trump again said that both groups were at fault in inciting violence and insisted that those who gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee form a park were not all racist. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ “Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” James said at the time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James. AP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” James tweeted shortly after Trump angrily defended his controversial initial response to the white supremacist rally on Saturday that erupted in clashes with counter-demonstrators.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif says cricketers from all Test-playing nations indulge in spot-fixing and some matches are scripted “like movies”.Latif, who retired in 1994 tour to protest suspected match-fixing by his teammates, said Pakistani cricketers are not the only ones involved in such shady dealings.”It is widely believed that only Pakistani players are involved in this practice (spot-fixing), but I have seen it all very closely and I can easily say that players from every country do it,” Latif told ‘The Age’.”There are clever ways to manipulate the game and maximise profits if players are involved. For example, some cricket matches have been scripted, like movies or plays, where it is decided that so many runs are to be scored in the first session of a Test, or how many in a certain over, and so on,” he said.His comments come amid the raging spot-fixing controversy which has led to the suspension Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir for their alleged involvement in a betting ring exposed by a British tabloid’s sting operation.Latif said he was suspicious about the dismissal of two Australian batsmen in a Test match but the newspaper did not disclose who the players in question were.”I am not saying that both players were involved in spot-fixing, but the sequence of events was enough to create a doubt in my mind.”I want to say that a player is called a cheat only when he is caught, otherwise nobody points a finger at him, and believe me 50 per cent of the players fall in this category,” Latif said.advertisement”I was an average player, yet I was offered money for wrongdoings and I brought it into the knowledge of the ICC.”Latif said keeping internet laptops out of the dressing rooms is one way of ensuring that game remains free of corruption.”Now another point of concern for me is the presence of a laptop in the dressing rooms with internet connection, which is mostly used by a coach,” he said.”The laptop with internet connection should not be allowed in the dressing room, because players can use it for betting on their wickets.
Usman Khawaja’s initial eight balls in international cricket provided some of the rare flourishes on Monday in the fifth Ashes Test before he was out for 37 on the last ball of a gloomy, rain-shortened opening day when Australia’s batsmen struggled again to get on top of England.With no chance of regaining the Ashes but hopeful of levelling the series, stand-in captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat despite overcast conditions tipped to favour the England seamers. After 59 overs and breaks for bad light and rain, the new-look Australian line-up was 134-4 when play was stopped.Mike Hussey, Australia’s leading batsman in the series, was unbeaten on 12.All of the top order, with the exception of Clarke, got starts but failed to capitalise.Tim Bresnan picked up the wickets of Shane Watson (45) and Clarke (4) and returned figures of 2-47 for England, while Chris Tremlett and spinner Graeme Swann took a wicket each.Khawaja, the first Muslim to play Test cricket for Australia, got off the mark with a two and a pulled boundary from Tremlett on his first two deliveries – the first two after the lunch interval. He raced to 15 from eight balls but slowed his scoring rate as he settled in, eventually facing 95 balls in two hours. The 24-year-old left-hander’s five boundaries contained a perfectly timed chip off behind square leg – immediately after he got an edge which just failed to carry to second slip – and a risky glance through the cordon.Khawaja, the leading scorer in the domestic competition this season and on the fringe of Test selection for six months, comes into the international arena as the former top-ranked Australia cast wider than ever for replacements to fill the void created by the retirements of international veterans in recent seasons. He is the first batsman to debut at No. 3 since 1993, largely due to regular skipper Ricky Ponting’s long lock on the position.advertisementKhawaja said he was just concentrating on this Test and expected Ponting, whom he rated as Australia’s best batsman behind the great Sir Donald Bradman, to come back at some stage.”I had a ball out there. I just wanted to stay out there as long as I could,” he said. “It was a good start. Got all the anxiousness out of my system.”He said the Test was delicately poised, with Australia still in a good position if they could produce a big partnership in the second morning.Bresnan said the English attack worked brilliantly in conditions that were more suited to them.”We bowled well, put them under a lot of pressure … definitely our day,” he said. “We certainly bowled well in the first session with the new ball and made them play in a way where they are not used to playing, so we’re happy with that.”Although they played really well, I thought we were unlucky not to have them a few more down.”Bresnan said England had no intention of taking it easy despite securing the Ashes last week, with the targets of winning their first Test series in Australia since 1987 and winning back-to-back Tests in Australia for the first time since 1978-79 firmly in their sights.”We’re definitely up for this game,” he said. “We obviously celebrated quite well after Melbourne, but we still have a job to do and we still want to win this game.”Clarke, in his first Test as Australia captain after Ponting was sidelined with a broken finger, is desperate to level the series at 2-2 in the last Test and urged his lineup to show some old-school fight after a capitulation in Melbourne last week allowed England to take a 2-1 series lead – enough to ensure it retained the Ashes.Openers Phil Hughes and Watson played with discipline and uncharacteristic restraint, leaving as many balls as they played and nudging the score along to 55 in 29 overs before Tremlett ended the stand with the last ball before lunch.The England attack tied down the Australians for the entire first session, and although Tremlett troubled both openers, the bowlers weren’t rewarded until the lanky paceman tempted Hughes with a shorter ball and the 22-year-old left-hander feathered a head-height catch to Paul Collingwood at third slip.Watson batted for three hours, facing 127 balls, before edging a straightforward catch to England captain Andrew Strauss at first slip off Bresnan to make the total 105 for two. All his five boundaries came after lunch in a 50-run second-wicket stand with Khawaja.The second session was played in dull, artificial light and featured an eight-minute suspension due to the overcast conditions, with storms threatening until tea was taken early due to rain.advertisementMore than an hour of play was lost before the evening session resumed. Clarke failed to add to his pre-interval score before guiding an attempted cut straight to Jimmy Anderson at gully with the total at 113.Khawaja and Hussey added 21 in good time before the rookie No. 3 attempted to sweep Swann in the first over of the spinner’s new spell and miscued a catch to Trott at square-leg. Rain started tumbling immediately and players left the field for the day.
The decision to conduct the Saturday night operation at Ramlila Maidan, the venue of Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike, was a “political” one, a top Delhi police official said on Sunday.The operation, which caught Ramdev and his supporters unaware, began after 1 am and it was almost over within couple of hours.”It was a political decision. Otherwise we would not have carried out the operation although we had given permission only to hold Yaga camp and not an agitation,” said the police official.He said police tried to pursued Ramdev to leave the place peacefully but he did not heed to the request and instead asked his supporters not to leave the venue.The official said followers of Ramdev had pelted stones at police personnel.”We requested him to leave the place peacefully. But he did not listen to us. Then his supporters started pelting stones at us,” said the official.Earlier, police had blocked all the roads leading to Ramlila Maidan.When asked whether there was any political pressure on Delhi Police, Special Commissioner Dharmendra Kumar answered in the negative.”There was no pressure on us,” he told a press conference.- With PTI inputs