LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View comments Watson was the league’s second-youngest active coach behind the Lakers’ Luke Walton, and the Suns were tied with the Chicago Bulls as having the youngest opening-night roster in the NBA this season.“I’d like to see the fight be a little bit more,” Watson said after the blowout loss to the Clippers. “Or a lot more, until you know they’re just fatigued.”The Suns came into this season with only four losses by 40 or more points in franchise history. They’ve had two in the first three games of this season. Phoenix has not made the playoffs in seven years, the longest drought in the franchise’s 49-year history.Watson was the 17th Suns coach in the franchise’s history.This was the first NBA season where every coach who started one year had the same job to begin the next. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP NBA: Kyrie Irving fined for NBA fan spat Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Assistant coach Jay Triano, a former head coach of the Toronto Raptors, was named interim coach. Triano was an assistant at Portland before coming to Phoenix last year.Watson was promoted from assistant to interim coach of the Suns after Jeff Hornacek was fired Feb. 1, 2016. The interim tag was removed on April 19 of that year.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 shutoutWith an extremely young team, the Suns struggled under Watson. He compiled a 33-85 record. Watson’s only full season was 2016-17, when the team went 24-58.The 38-year-old Watson played collegiately at UCLA and in the NBA for 10 seasons. He often spoke of his long talks with John Wooden, emphasized togetherness and a family atmosphere to nurture the young squad but wins were hard to come by. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In this Oct. 21, 2017, photo, Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson watches action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. The Suns have fired coach Watson just three games in to the NBA season. Phoenix announced the firing Sunday night, Oct. 22, after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Earl Watson just three games in to the NBA season.The Suns announced the firing Sunday night after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And owner Robert Sarver apparently didn’t like what he saw. Phoenix is 0-3 and two of the losses were especially ugly. The Suns were blown out 124-76 by the Portland in their season opener Wednesday night, the most one-sided loss in franchise history and the most one-sided season opener for any NBA team.Phoenix was routed by the Clippers in Los Angeles 130-88 on Saturday night.“I Dont wanna be here,” point guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted Sunday, just as the news of Watson’s firing surfaced in an ESPN report.The tweet by Bledsoe, a former Clipper, was followed by one from the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan saying “Come back home bro.”Bledsoe has been rumored in possible trades for months.Watson’s dismissal is the first NBA coaching change in well over a year. Hornacek’s hiring by the New York Knicks, which was finalized in June 2016, had been the most recent change — and the irony there is that Watson got the job in Phoenix with 33 games left in the 2015-16 season, after the Suns fired Hornacek.ADVERTISEMENT
Venus Williams of the United States pauses between points as she plays Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the Women’s Singles final match on day twelve at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 15, 2017. (David Ramos/Pool Photo via AP)NEW YORK — Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and John Isner will headline World TeamTennis, which begins its 42nd season on Sunday.Williams, who finished runner-up at Wimbledon on Saturday, will play her sixth season for the Washington Kastles. She’ll travel to Philadelphia to face the Freedoms on July 24 and be home for the Springfield (Missouri) Lasers on July 25.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harden plans to be in Houston ‘forever’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress The six-team coed league also features Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey and Australian Nick Kyrgios on the Kastles.Sharapova recently returned to the WTA after a doping ban and skipped Wimbledon because of a thigh injury. She plays for the Orange County Breakers, who face the defending champion San Diego Aviators on Sunday.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 starsIsner and Eugenie Bouchard play for the New York Empire.The WTT final is Aug. 5 in San Diego. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments
For all that the World Cup is billed to be, there are a few contests that carry their own baggage, irrespective of the forum and format. Sri Lanka and Australia contests are played on a tinder box ready to burst into action any moment.Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga during a training sessionThe two teams face off at the Premadasa Stadium on Saturday in a Group A match that will have a bearing on the quarter-final line-up and also prove how the teams have coped with recent off-field ‘incidents’. Players from both teams have been accused, directly or indirectly, of indulging in fixing in this World Cup. If Australian openers Brad Haddin and Shane Watson were reportedly under the lens of the ICC anti-corruption unit for unusually slow batting against Zimbabwe during a game in Ahmedabad, a local channel in Sri Lanka accused Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera of throwing a match against Pakistan. Both episodes have since died down but such accusations don’t leave the players’ mind so easily. These incidents have added spice to an already fiery encounter, given what happened in the 1996 World Cup.That time, Australia and West Indies refused to tour Sri Lanka following bomb blasts in Colombo and the hosts entered the quarter-finals even before playing a single game. The Sri Lankans then had a dream run to the final, where they, ironically, met the Aussie and beat them in the final at Lahore.But when the teams enter the ground on Saturday, the baggages will have to be left in the dressing rooms. Current form and team balance will matter and this is where the difference between the two teams has narrowed down. The Australian team of the previous World Cups were so far ahead of the competition, most teams lost a large part of the battle even before the toss. But the current Australian side has a few shortcomings which Krejza – and will rely on their pace attack.advertisementBut it’s not a bad attack to rely on. Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson form one of the fastest and most potent pace battery seen in recent times. A lot of sides have opened the bowling with spinners this World Cup but teams can expect a barrage of thunderbolts from the Aussies first up. On the batting front, the form of Watson and Clarke will be of comfort. Skipper Ponting is slowly returning to form and fitness and will be the backbone of the line-up. The Sri Lankans have a few niggling concerns in their batting. Their middle order was exposed by Pakistan last Saturday and with a lethal pace attack to contend with, any frailties will be out in the open.They, however, have a trump card up their sleeve in paceman Lasith Malinga. He played his first game of this World Cup against Kenya and picked up a hat-trick and will be expected to give the initial breakthroughs on Saturday.The wicket at the Premadasa isn’t the minefield it used to be under lights, so chasing won’t be disadvantage. But with the overcast conditions seen over the past few days, the pacers could have a say in the game. There is very little separating the two teams. The Aussies have a proud record in ICC tournaments and Sri Lanka make the best possible use of home conditions. It could well turn out to be a case of who blinks first. the Sri Lankans know can be exploited.With Michael Hussey out of their side, the ability of their batting lineup to handle the Lankan spin attack will be severely tested. Skipper Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke will be the best bet against an attack which might have three spinners in Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath.The defending champions have a spinner with modest abilities – Jason Krejza – and will rely on their pace attack. But it’s not a bad attack to rely on. Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson form one of the fastest and most potent pace battery seen in recent times. A lot of sides have opened the bowling with spinners this World Cup but teams can expect a barrage of thunderbolts from the Aussies first up. On the batting front, the form of Watson and Clarke will be of comfort. Skipper Ponting is slowly returning to form and fitness and will be the backbone of the line-up.The Sri Lankans have a few niggling concerns in their batting. Their middle order was exposed by Pakistan last Saturday and with a lethal pace attack to contend with, any frailties will be out in the open.advertisementThey, however, have a trump card up their sleeve in paceman Lasith Malinga. He played his first game of this World Cup against Kenya and picked up a hat-trick and will be expected to give the initial breakthroughs on Saturday.The wicket at the Premadasa isn’t the minefield it used to be under lights, so chasing won’t be disadvantage. But with the overcast conditions seen over the past few days, the pacers could have a say in the game. There is very little separating the two teams. The Aussies have a proud record in ICC tournaments and Sri Lanka make the best possible use of home conditions. It could well turn out to be a case of who blinks first.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has criticised Team India on its disastrous showing in the Nottingham Test. Speaking exclusively to Headlines Today, Ganguly termed India’s show as the worst that he has seen in the recent past. “I have never seen such pathetic performance by India in the last 10 years. India had opportunities (122 for 8 and when India were 267 for 4), but they couldn’t make use of that. I don’t want India to bowl first as it is difficult to bat 4th. India’s batting has been very ordinary. You can’t win with 200-150. We have to score big to win,” Ganguly said. India lost the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham against Engand by 319 runs on Monday. Ganguly added, “The team came here undercooked. They weren’t ready. Preparations were so poor for what is the Battle of the Year.” “Dhoni’s batting has been letting the team down. If he doesn’t score, the tail wouldn’t be able to. Look at how (Matt) Prior’s batting is helping the team. I will give benefit of doubt to Dhoni as of now. But time is running out for him,” the former captain said. Ganguly, who said it will be difficult for India to bet on Virendra Sehwag in the third Test, questioned Abhinav Mukund’s role in the team. “It will be difficult for Sehwag, but India have to gamble with him in Birmingham. What is Mukund doing? It’s strange Sachin Tendulkar hasn’t scored runs in four innings. But he looked good on Monday,” he said.advertisement
England snatched away the No. 1 Test ranking from India beating them by an innings and 242-run margin during the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday. Score | PhotosEngland claimed the number-one ranking in the ICC Test Championship table for the first time in 32 years.In terms of runs, the 1958 loss against West Indies at Eden Gardens is the worst of India’s losses. India had lost that match by an innings and 336 runs.The win also gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match Test series. India managed to ward off their worst ever defeat in their Test cricket history spanning 454 matches.The visitors started their campaign on the fourth day with an overnight total of 35/1 – a deficit of 451-runs from England’s first innings.On Friday, James Anderson had claimed Sehwag on the first ball that he faced during the innings. In the first innings too Sehwag had lost his wicket on the first ball to Stuart Broad.Saturday didn’t get off too well with the visitors as opener Gautam Gambhir lost his wicket on the first ball that he faced on the day. An away moving ball from Anderson was tamely pushed towards Graeme Swann in the slips. He fell for 14 and India lost their second wicket without adding a run to their overnight total of 35.Dravid too did not last long and fell on a identical ball from Anderson. However, the edge off his bat was too thin and caught carried away towards the wicketkeeper Matt Prior.advertisementDravid fell for 18 and India went down to 40/3. Later, the Hot-Spot didn’t show any edge. Dravid could have been batting had he reviewed it. In fact even Dravid wasn’t too sure whether he had nicked it, but it was strange he decided to walk back.Anderson, who was in good nick, came around to get rid of Laxman on two and India were looking down the barrel with 56/4 on board.Can you beat this, Raina asked for a review on that one? Does he not know that LBW’s are not under the DRS purview. His appeal was turned down by on-field umpire Steve Davis.Then it was turn of offie Swann to polish his wares and he did it in style by trapping left-hander Suresh Raina cheaply and India lost their fifth wicket on 87. In fact, Raina could have walked by earlier, had England captain Andrew Strauss not dropped him at gully off Swann.Sachin, who was holding fort at the other end, got run out in a very unfortunate manner. A straight and low drive off skipper MS Dhoni touched the finger tips of bowler Graeme Swann and went on to strike against the stumps at the other end and Sachin was off his crease. He fell for 40 and India lost their sixth wicket on 89.At lunch India were 116/6 with skipper Dhoni and tail-ender Amit Mishra in the middle. They were trailing by a massive 370 runs at the stage.Straight into the second session, Amit Mishra departed. He played an aerial shot off Swann, but failed to clear Stuart Broad in the extra cover region. India lost their seventh wicket on 130.Towards the end of their innings, Praveen Kumar and Dhoni belted a few boundaries and over the fence shots to help India keep afloat and sty clear of their worst defeat ever.But, Praveen short blitz came to an end in Broad’s over. He wanted to whack him towards the long on boundary, but a top edge got carried away towards Ravi Bopara near mid-wicket. He fell for 40 after belting five fours and three sixes. In process he even injured the thumb of his right hand.Ishant Sharma, too did not stay for long and fell LWB to Broad with lone ranger Dhoni holding fort in this innings as well. He scored an unbeaten 74.Within minutes India’s innings folded and England went on to become the Number One Test team in the World grabbing an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four match series.The two sides next meet on August 18 at the Kennington Oval in London.
Beijing Olympics gold medallist and 10m Air Rifle defending champion Abhinav Bindra made an early exit from his favourite event, denting India’s hopes of its first medal of the 2012 London Games.The Indian hopeful was way off the mark on Monday as he managed a lowly 16th place in the qualifying round with a score of 594 out of a maximum 600. Bindra made a slow start and then showed signs of a gallant comeback in between. But he could not keep the intensity towards the end of the qualifying round and slipped out of the top-10.Meanwhile, the second Indian shooter in the fray — Gagan Narang — kept the tri-colour flying high with a superb performance in qualifying. Narang qualified for the final third with a score of 598 / 600.India Today correspondents were following every second of the action in London. Here are some of the highlights:S Kannan: “On the bright side, Gagan Narang has qualified third for the final of the event. He scored 598 out of 600.”S Kannan has sent us this picture of a disappointed Abhinav Bindra right after missing the cut in the 10m Air Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Beijing gold medallist Abhinav Bindra fails to qualify for the finals of the 10m Air Rifle event in London 2012. That’s a massive upset for the Indian contingent. Bindra finished 16th with a score of 594 / 600″S Kannan: “Bindra seems to be faltering again after a good comeback. He’s out of the top-10 at the moment. Narang continues to be strong in fourth position. Last series of shots going on. This is it!”advertisementGaurav Gala: “Bindra showing his class in the second and third series. Making a late charge with 20 perfect shots. Bindra in 7th position.”Gaurav Gala: “Abhinav steadily climbing the leaderboard… 99, 99, 100… 30 more shots left for the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan has shot 20 perfect shots so far. Fingers crossed!”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan Narang still on a roll. He wants this Olympic medal.” Aaj Tak Sports Editor Samip Rajguru has sent us this picture of Sports Minister Ajay Maken at the 10m Air Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Bindra at 198 / 200. Hoping for a late surge from the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan is taking his time. And its paying off so far.”Headlines Today Sports Editor Gaurav Gala says from London: “Gagan Narang on fire early on in the 10m Air Rifle qualification. He hasn’t missed a perfect 10 yet.”S Kannan: “Shooting arena is packed. Sports minister Ajay Maken is also here.”Mail Today Sports Editor S Kannan says from London: “Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra start their 10 m Air Rifle match.”
Indian runner Tintu Luka failed to qualify for the 800m final after she finished sixth in the second semi-final in the women’s event at the 2012 London Games here on Thursday.Tintu, who is coached by legendary Indian athlete P.T.Usha, clocked 1:59.69 seconds. It was way below her personal best of 1:59.17 secs she achieved two years back.South African Caster Semenya, who is making her Olympic debut, won the race in 1:57.67 secs.Semenya, who was sidelined for a year after failing a gender test, is the favourite to win the gold medal.Semenya won the world title in 2009 at the age 18. After that she was tested and was cleared to return to action in 2010. She finished runner-up in the 2011 World Championships.Semenya also carried South Africa’s flag at the opening ceremony in London.
Catch all the live updates of the London Olympics opening ceremony @ Indiatoday.in Game for Gold: Special coverage of 2012 Olympics 05:15 am | The spectacular London Olympics opening ceremony comes to an end. Good bye!05:15 am | Sir Paul McCartney sings Hey Jude, crowd singing with him, what a classic opening of London Olympics! 05:10 am | What a view: Fireworks go off all over the Olympic Park as clips of iconic Olympic moments are played. 05:03 am | The petals come together to form an enormous cauldron. 05:00 am | There is the light that never goes out. The Olympic cauldron is lit. 04:55 am | Olympic flame comes to the stadium and is carried by Steve Redgrave. 04:50 am | Crowd cheers for Muhammad Ali, one of the most famous boxers of all time. 04:50 am | Olympic flag is brought into the stadium. It will go up shortly. 04:50 am | Queen Elizabeth II declares London Olympics Games open. Crackers light up the sky. 04:38 am | London Organising Committee chairman Sebastian Coe addresses the crowd: “Welcome to London,” he says. 04:30 am | British athletes take the lap in front of their home crowd. 04:25 am | And now Zambia at the flag end followed by Zimbabwe and Great Britain, the hosts. 04:20 am | March past almost coming to an end. Yemen’s contingent marches in. 03:55 am | Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom surely missing. 03:50 am | Many top athletes have stayed away as they have events on Saturday!03:45 am | Usain Bolt gets a huge cheer as he enters the stadium.03:42 am | Kuwait back in Olympic fold. Seen at march past. 03:40 am | No head of state from India at opening ceremony. TV camera focuses on Randhir Singh and his wife. In Beijing, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka were there. advertisement03:30 am | Indian contingent marches in. Wrestler Sushil Kumar is the flag bearer. 03:26 am | Hesham Mesbah carries Egypt’s flag as their only medallist at the Beijing Olympics. 03:20 am | Adele’s Rolling in the Deep plays in the stadium as athletes march. Now Staying Alive by Bee Gees is playing. What a colourful selection of music.03:05 am | Basketball giant Yao Ming carries China’s flag at the Beijing opening ceremony. 03:00 am | Time consuming this exercise, each country walking into the stadium. 02:57 am | Australia’s flagbearer in London is basketballer Lauren Jackson. 02:53 am | The Greek flagbearer is Alexandros Nikolaidis, a taekwondo silver medallist in both Athens and Beijing. 02:50 am | Athletes start marching into the stadium. Greece first, followed by Afghanistan. 02:45 am | Choreographer Akram Khan and his group performs the dance which is a fusion between Indian art form and European classical. 02:35 am | Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web, gets standing ovation from the crowd. 02:30 am | Music that ruled last decade is at displayed, hundreds of participants dance to the tunes of Queens and the Rolling Stones. 02:20 am | English humour at its best, bravo Mr Bean – one of the greatest British comedians.02:10 am | Now he is racing against 15 odd competitors and he wins the race, brilliant… just brilliant. 02:15 am | Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is in the stadium to give everyone laughter medicine. He is playing piano with the British orchestra or he is just messing with the instrument! 02:10 am | Chilly wind blows across the stadium. Wonder why a hospital scene depicting NHS, Britain’s national health scheme is being shown.02:08 am | History of United Kingdom at display. Children and nurses from the National Health Service perform a cheery number! 02:05 am | Now the national anthem of the United Kingdom, performed by the Chaos Signing Choir. 02:00 am | Ladies and gentlemen please rise for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who just walked in the opening ceremony venue, what a royal moment! 01:55 am | A short film shows 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig) escorting Queen Elizabeth II from her palace to the Olympics venue.01:53 am | The fluorescent five giant Olympic rings hang over the centre stage and fireworks are amazing.01:50 am | The high decibel music is heady stuff indeed. Workers from old Britain showcased in labour scene. Their clothing is incredible, captures the ethos. 01:45 am | Spectacular display of great revolutions in British society, including the Industrial Revolution at the ceremony. 01:35 am | Tour de France winner Bradly Wiggins on stage. Giant bell tolls. 01:20 am | Ceremony officially opens – Finally the time we have been waiting for, the mega event officially begins. 12:40 am | Pre-show begins – The Red Arrows fighter jets of the British Air Force thunder above the Olympic stadium to signal the start of the opening ceremony pre-show begins 12:30 am | Countdown to 2012 Olympics – The world’s best athletes and top celebrities descend on the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London, tonight for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games to celebrate the start of the ‘greatest show on earth’.advertisementOne billion people around the globe are expected to watch the spectacle, orchestrated by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle. While details as to what will happen during the ceremony is a closely guarded secret, stars of the silver screen, royals and political giants are expecting to enjoy the party.Star-studded audience expected at the opening ceremony:1. Queen Elizabeth II 2. Prince William and his wife Kate3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie4. Michelle Obama5. Mitt Romney6. David Beckham7. Muhammad Ali may also attend