Month: November 2019

Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

first_imgMOST READ It was supposed to be a crowning moment for the returning McIntyre, who made his comeback to the WWE umbrella after getting released in 2014. He survived a pair of Glorious DDTs from Roode and reversed the third before hitting the Claymore for the three-count.Unfortunately, his triumphant celebration was ruined after the Cole, O’Reilly, and Fish crashed the party and asserted themselves as the new force to be reckoned with in NXT.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 openingO’Reilly and Fish earlier made their presence felt as they made a post-match attack after SAnitY dethroned the Authors of Pain to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe have just dethroned the defending champions after they hit a tandem neckbreaker on Rezar, before the indy duo left all of the competitors in a pile of heap. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the night’s other matches, Asuka continued her 504-day NXT Women’s Championship reign as she survived a game challenge from Ember Moon, working on her challenger’s left arm all match long before submitting her with the Asuka Lock.Aleister Black also topped Hideo Itami in a highly physical matchup, which ended after the Dutch star nailed his Japanese foe with the Black Mass.Andrade “Cien” Almas won in the night’s opener after his valet Zelina Vega threw a #DIY shirt on Johnny Gargano, providing the distraction which led to the Mexican star hitting La Sombra on his opponent.ADVERTISEMENT PH finishes 4th in men’s water polo (From left to right) Bobby Fish, Adam Cole, and Kyle O’Reilly made immediate impact at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, attacking newly crowned NXT Champion Drew McIntyre. Photo by WWE.comDrew McIntyre finally realized his potential after winning the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Sunday (Manila time), but that may have come with a price.The Scottish star emerged as the biggest target in the locker room, which led to former Ring of Honor champion Adam Cole making immediate impact as he, alongside fellow independent standouts Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, attacked the newly crowned champion after his grueling match against Bobby Roode.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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular

De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo In the video that went viral, de Ocampo was seen trying to give James a dose of his own medicine as he attempted a chasedown block on the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s patented Statue-of-Liberty dunk during an exhibition game.“Actually, I really wanted to challenge him, but I had already jumped when I realized that I won’t be able to get to him. But at the same time, I was okay to be included on his poster,” said the veteran forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Aside from the video that was shared by top websites in the US, a photo taken by the Inquirer’s Sherwin Vardeleon also made rounds on social media.Almost got it Del!!😂 @jutaca33 https://t.co/ZzfkDS0Ltg— Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) September 2, 2017The picture appears to show de Ocampo mirroring James from behind as the three-time NBA champion went for lift off.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If you look at it, I made a lot of people laugh. I’m sure my face was able to reach different places in the world and I think I made LeBron popular,” De Ocampo added in jest. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonRanidel de Ocampo is already a household name in basketball crazy Philippines.Then he went global over the weekend after taking part in LeBron James’ highlight video during his Strive For Greatness Show in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Even de Ocampo’s former longtime teammate with TNT, Jimmy Alapag made fun out of it.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ 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’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or Shine NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

Sachin, Viru openers in ICC Dream Team

Sachin, Viru openers in ICC Dream Team

first_imgThe best-ever ODI team has been announced, virtually. In an online poll, fans from across the world cast 600,000 votes to make their views known about the best ODI players in the last 40 years.This is what the International Cricket Council’s All-time ODI Dream Team looks like -Opening batsmen: Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag (India)Middle order: Brian Lara, Viv Richards (West Indies) and Ricky Ponting (Australia)All-rounder: Kapil Dev (India)Wicketkeeper: Adam Gilchrist (Australia)Spinner: Muthiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)Fast bowlers: Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Glenn McGrath (Australia) and Allan Donald (South Africa) 12th man: Michael Bevanlast_img

High octane

High octane

first_imgAjeet Bajaj, Managing Director, Snow Leopard AdventuresIt was the summer of 1986 and a moment of truth for me. I had just completed my graduation from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and was at the most significant crossroads of my life. The perplexing question before me was whether I should follow the prime passion of my life and opt for a career in adventure sports or go the more conservative way and get a ‘real’ job.In the 80s, adventure sports in India were still at a nascent stage. Most people here considered adventure sports as nothing more than ‘daredevilry’. There was no well-defined government policy or guidelines for adventure tourism and, in the pre-liberalisation era, adventure sports equipment was extremely hard to come by. Many regions of the Himalayas were not only unsafe for adventure activities but also almost impossible to get to. There was also a lot of red-tape involved for overseas mountaineering expeditions to India, even by the ’80s standards. Even getting contour maps was tough.The scenario has changed drastically since then and Indian adventure tourism is on an upswing. According to industry estimates, domestic adventure tourism is seeing an annual growth of about 30 per cent while inbound adventure tourism to India is increasing by up to eight to 10 per cent annually. Unofficial figures say that we have over one million adventure tourists in India every year.Though adventure tourism has come a long way in the last decade or so, a lot of ground still needs to be covered. Matters like the use of satellite phones by adventure tour operators in the course of their work need to be resolved. Tourism being a state subject, there is need for a national adventure tourism policy that is endorsed by all the states. Some operators in the far-flung regions of the country still have to adhere to national and international benchmarks in safety and adopt the good field practices that are advocated by the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.India’s topography holds out great prospects for adventure tourismThe Indian adventure travel fraternity, which is a 200-member community, represented by the Adventure Tour Operators’ Association of India, strongly feels that India has the potential of becoming a global hotspot for adventure and ecotourism. The industry is working in close cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism to harness this potential in a sensitive manner and to take Indian adventure tourism quite literally to the summit.At present, there are no tailormade courses for adventure tourism in India. The best course of action for those keen on a career in adventure tourism, in my opinion, would be to finish their graduation and follow it up with an MBA in Tourism Administration from the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, apart from which there are numerous universities-like the Himachal University, the Kurukshetra University-that offer a Master’s programme in Tourism Administration. While in college it would be equally important to immerse fully into adventure sports. There are a number of clubs, institutions (like the Youth Hostels’ Association of India) and commercial outfitters offering trekking, wildlife activities and river rafting trips and it would be ideal to gain as much experience as possible as well as test your resolve and commitment about getting into adventure tourism. It is also worth looking at the adventure and mountaineering courses offered by Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi; Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling; and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali. These courses are subsidised for Indian nationals and the level of instruction and the overall experience is rated high. The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering in Gulmarg also comes highly recommended for skiing and adventure training. I would like to emphasise the importance of physical fitness here. If you are not physically fit, you could still consider an office job in adventure tourism but definitely not field work. Some North American and New Zealand universities offer allied courses such as Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation and Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management.The ideal way to get going would be with a professional, Government of India, Ministry of Tourism-recognised adventure tour operator. There is need for a rather lengthy apprenticeship in adventure tourism due to concerns of safety and professional guest handling. In terms of emolument, the industry is more passion-driven than moneydriven; although in the present scenario, it is possible to make a decent living in the field.I was extremely fortunate in that I got tremendous support from my parents and family and took a decision to follow my heart. I am passionate about my profession and completely believe in the saying-‘if your hobby and profession are the same, you do not work for a single day. There is no better office than ‘the great outdoors’. I am fortunate to have taken the right decision.Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt Ltd, is India’s first certified adventure travel outfit that organises adventure tours in the Indian Subcontinent. (www.snowleopardadventures. com)advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

PCB to allow Afridi to play in national T20 meet: sources

PCB to allow Afridi to play in national T20 meet: sources

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board will not stop suspended all-rounder Shahid Afridi from taking part in the national Twenty20 championship, scheduled to be held in Faisalabad from June 24.A well-placed source in the board said that as of now far it has been decided to allow Afridi to lead the Karachi Dolphins side in the tournament despite the ongoing disciplinary process against him.”Since it is a domestic tournament and the matter between him and the board is now in court it is felt it is better he is allowed to captain the Karachi side in the event,” a source said.The Karachi City Cricket Association has also written to the board, seeking written clearance to allow Afridi to lead their team in the tournament.The national T20 meet is one of the most popular domestic event in Pakistan as it is televised live and also attracts huge crowds.This is the first time it is being held in Faisalabad — all previous editions have been organised either in Karachi or Lahore.Subhan Ahmed, the chief operating officer of the board, declined to comment on the issue of whether Afridi is eligible to play in the domestic event.”Right now we don’t see any problem in him playing in domestic cricket but we don’t want to comment as the matter is in court,” he said.Afridi went to the High Court and got a stay order against the board’s disciplinary process against him that included suspension of his central contract and revoking his NOC’s to play in foreign leagues.advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England can grab No. 1 spot

Ind vs Eng: England can grab No. 1 spot

first_imgThe four-Test series between India and England is expected to be an explosive series and there will be more at stake than just the series trophy.According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), England will go to the top of the Test Championship table if Andrew Strauss and Co manage to beat MS Dhoni’s men by a margin of two Tests or more.Although currently placed third in the rankings, Strauss’s team will leapfrog South Africa and current No. 1 India to take pole position if they clinch the series 3-1 or 2-0.The first Test, which starts at Lord’s on July 21, will be the 2,000th in the history of the game and the 100th between England and India.According to the latest table, following the annual update, England will lead the table by three ratings points if they win the series by two clear matches.In that scenario, India would hold on to second position with South Africa slipping to third. If the home team was to sweep the series 4-0, India would drop to third place.A 1-0 or 2-1 series win for England will put their rating level with India’s, but India will still be top by a fraction of a point. A drawn series (0-0, 1-1 or 2-2) will ensure India stay six points clear at the top but will see England edging ahead of South Africa into second position.An India series win will see them stretch their lead at the top of the table, leaving England lying in third place.advertisementThe ICC annual update has led to no changes in the rankings but India’s lead over South Africa has been trimmed from nine points to seven.We want to be No. 1: Alastair CookEngland’s ODI captain, Alastair Cook, has said his team wants to beat India and assume the number one position in the Test rankings.”It has been a good couple of months and to win the series is very pleasing. We have certainly got a lot to prove. We know as an English side, we know that we have to win. We have made a step in the right direction,” Cook said on ICC’s Cricket World radio show.”It is going to be a great summer, we need to go back to Test mode. We want to world number one in the ICC Test Championship.”There is nothing better than playing against the current world number one, to show that we can reach there. They have got some players who will go down as all-time greats. But I am very confident that if we play well, we will be a hard side to beat,” Cook said.last_img read more

Somerset beat Auckland by four wickets

Somerset beat Auckland by four wickets

first_imgAuckland Aces were knockout of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament after they suffered a four-wicket defeat against Somerset in a nail-biting qualifying match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. ScoreElecting to bat, Auckland could never recover from their disastrous start where they lost three wickets for 14 runs in 3.1 overs and were restricted by Somerset to 125 for seven in their stipulated 20 overs.Lou Vincent provided some resistance with an unbeaten run-a-ball 47, laced with three fours and a six, but with wickets tumbling on the other hand, he could do very little.Somerset batsmen then achieved the target in the last ball of the match to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the main tournament. They will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in a virtual knock-out tomorrow.Chasing 126 to win, Somerset opener Chris Jones blasted three quick fours before a stunning catch at point by Jimmy Adams off Kyle Mills ended his innings.RE van der Merwe and Peter Trego then took Somerset across the fifty mark but Ronnie Hira struck in the ninth over, removing the former to reduce them to 52 for two.Michael Bates then struck twice in two balls, dismissing Trego and Nick Compton, as all of sudden Somerset slipped to 54 for four in 9.2 overs.Fifteen balls later, Chris Martin removed Arul Suppiah (3) as Somerset lost half their side, still needing 62 off 49 balls.James Hildreth and Steve Snell then joined hands and stitched 61 runs off 48 balls to take Somerset on the threshold of victory.Hildreth was run-out in the second last delivery of their innings when he tried to steal an extra run but it didn’t have any bearing on the results as next batsman Thomas scored the winning runs in the last ball of the match.advertisement-With PTI inputslast_img read more

London Olympics: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins match, sets Olympic record for longest set

London Olympics: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins match, sets Olympic record for longest set

first_imgThe longest set in Olympic history was played on Tuesday when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Milos Raonic, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the second round of men’s singles tennis at London Olympics. The fifth-seeded Tsonga of France leaped and roared when he won his fourth match point with a drop volley. Raonic of Canada congratulated Tsonga with a smile.The previous record was 30 games, set in 2004 when Fernando Gonzalez defeated Taylor Dent 16-14 in the third set to win the bronze medal.last_img

Megadeth, Santana in Delhi’s October music fest

Megadeth, Santana in Delhi’s October music fest

first_imgThere’s no way you can be anywhere other than Delhi this October – November as event organisers have decided to end the Capital’s drought and lay out some of the best musical acts that we have grown to love.Enrique, October 19, HUDA GroundsPopstar Enrique Iglesias, guitar sensation Carlos Santana, Heavy Metal gods Megadeth and Jamaican reggae sensation Sean Paul – the list of names is like an invitation to nirvana for any lover of good music.It doesn’t matter if you dig the head – banging music of Megadeth or the classic guitar riffs of Santana, the next four weeks promise to bring out the best even in those with two left feet.Santana is the big draw at F1 Rocks this time.Santana, the ten – time Grammy winner, is the big draw at F1 Rocks on the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on October 28. You can catch the four – member Megadeth at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, which will also take place at the circuit on the coming Sunday ( October 14).Anoushka Shankar, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Kaiserdisco, Indus Creed, The Circus, Parikrama, Zero, Scribe and Undying Inc.are some of the other names lined up for the Weekender taking place on October 13- 14.Sean Paul, November 2, HUDA GroundsEnrique, who’ll perform at the HUDA Grounds in Sector – 29, Gurgaon, recently released his single Finally Found You and is open to suggestions from fans for his next Indian collaboration, having worked with Sunidhi Chauhan on Heartbeat in 2010.”Fans can definitely expect a lot of surprises and some great new productions,” says the singer, who gave us Bailamos, Hero and Addicted, over Email. “I cant give away any more info than that, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself.” Multi –  faceted artiste Sean Shake That Thing Paul, who’ll also perform at HUDA Grounds on November 2, also plans to stop by in Goa. The buzz in the music circles is that Paul will scout for new talent when hes here.advertisementMegadeth, October 14, Buddh InternationalWith Paul wondering aloud if he should open his maiden act in India with a surya namaskar and Enrique promising that “it’s going to be awesome”, music lovers should be on high alert – this is the beginning of the good times.last_img read more