MOST READ Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors instructs his team against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPThere’s still no reason to think that a fourth consecutive NBA Finals matchup between Golden State and Cleveland cannot happen, even though both teams have been often less than razor-sharp to start this season.Warriors coach Steve Kerr, frankly, isn’t surprised by some early struggles.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook claims bragging rights in marquee matchup Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? 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The best seven-game start in the NBA this season was 5-2.The last time that happened, the league’s 14 teams included ones in Cincinnati, Baltimore, San Diego and Seattle — and Bill Russell was busy leading the Boston Celtics to their 11th championship in 13 years.So while plans of going 82-0 went out the window early this season, so did fears of going 0-82: For the first time since 2010-11, no team started 0-7.LEBRON MILESTONESLeBron James is coming up on a pair of milestone moments.The Cleveland star is 41 points away from 29,000 in his career going into Wednesday night’s home game against Indiana. He’ll be the seventh NBA player to score that many, and — as he’s been for countless other milestones in his career — he’s on pace to be the youngest to reach that mark.And Friday could be the night where he records his 800th consecutive regular-season game of scoring at least 10 points. The last time James didn’t score 10 in a regular-season game was Jan. 5, 2007 in Milwaukee, where he scored only eight on 3-for-13 shooting.He has been held to single-digits in the postseason during that span, most recently when he scored seven at Indiana on May 28, 2014.THE WEEK AHEAD Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Golden State has had uncharacteristic issues with turnovers and defense to start this season — though the Warriors started to look like themselves again in a 141-113 romp past the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Cleveland has dealt with defensive lapses as well, and the Cavaliers went into LeBron James’ annual Halloween party this week on a three-game losing streak.Kerr has seen this before. He played for the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98, part of a team that was coming off two straight titles but started just 8-7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Everybody was fried,” Kerr said.Those Bulls figured things out, eventually finishing off a repeat threepeat by getting their sixth title in eight seasons. And Kerr has no doubt that whatever’s been plaguing the Warriors and Cavaliers in October will be long forgotten when the playoffs start in April. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s not easy,” Kerr said. “I think that’s the hardest thing probably for people to understand, fans, media, whoever — whomever, my mom would want me to say — is the fatigue, the emotional and spiritual fatigue that sets in when you’ve been going to The Finals. That’s why LeBron going to The Finals seven years in a row, to me, is one of the most amazing accomplishments ever for a player in this league.”For all the talent in the Warriors’ lineup, players still take their cues from Kerr.And since he wasn’t panicking after a 4-3 start to this season, neither were they. Scoring 141 points on the Clippers’ home floor Monday night was the clear reminder that the Warriors are still the Warriors.“Not to sound arrogant, but we knew it was coming,” two-time MVP Stephen Curry said of the breakout night by the reigning champions.ODD STARTADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding A look at some of the games to keep an eye on in the coming days:— Orlando at Memphis, Wednesday: Two of the best surprise stories in the NBA so far.— Golden State at San Antonio, Thursday: Until proven otherwise, the standards in West.— Brooklyn at L.A. Lakers, Friday: Brook Lopez goes against the Nets for the first time.— Oklahoma City at Portland, Sunday: Last time they played, Russell Westbrook scored 58.— Milwaukee at Cleveland, Tuesday: Giannis Antetokounmpo faces off with LeBron James.STAT LINE OF THE WEEKDeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans: He had 41 points, 23 rebounds and six assists in his return to Sacramento on Oct. 26. It was the first time any NBA player finished a game with that many points, rebounds and assists since Joe Barry Carroll in 1987. View comments
Manchester United’s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Europa League final football match Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United on May 24, 2017 at the Friends Arena in Solna outside Stockholm. / AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRANDManchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his side’s season had been a triumph of pragmatism over poetry following their Europa League success against Ajax in Stockholm.In a poignant match scarred by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester, which left 22 people dead, United prevailed 2-0 via goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to win the tournament for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Mourinho has received criticism over the quality of United’s football and sixth-place finish in the Premier League, but he finishes his maiden season with three trophies and a place in next season’s Champions League.“The poets are the ones that win every match,” said the Portuguese, who had previously led United to success in the Community Shield and League Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I think I am going to have one of these jobs in a few years. I always lose matches, but some guys win every time and I don’t.“But in a bad season, in a season where sometimes I felt my team is the worst in the world and I am the worst manager in the world, we won three trophies and go to the Champions League by winning a trophy. MOST READ LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution NBA announces 2019 All-Star game will be held in Charlotte ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why “Not by finishing second or third or fourth, and we have the honour of going to the Super Cup.“So the season was the victory of pragmatism and the people who respect the opponent and try to exploit the opponents’ weakness. Based on pragmatism and humble principles. Not poets.”The United manager celebrated Wednesday’s victory exuberantly at the Friends Arena, at one point being bundled to the turf in an embrace with his jubilant son.A two-time European champion with Porto and Inter Milan, Mourinho once declared he did not want to win the Europa League, saying success in the competition would be a “big disappointment”.He has now won the tournament twice, having led Porto to glory in the UEFA Cup — as the Europa League was previously called — in 2003.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Pogba and man of the match Ander Herrera both dedicated victory to the victims of Monday’s devastating suicide bomb attack on concert-goers at Manchester Arena, which also left dozens injured.“If we could, we would obviously change the people’s lives for this cup, immediately,” Mourinho said.“We wouldn’t think twice. Does this cup make the city of Manchester a little bit happier? Maybe. But we just came to do our job.” ‘It means everything’“To me it is the most important trophy of my career because it is the last (most recent) — that is how I look at things,” he said.“Of course, Champions League is bigger than Europa League, but that is the last trophy and that is when the feelings are under the skin and obviously it is a fantastic feeling for the team.“It means everything. It means the third trophy and going back to the Champions League and winning a European trophy and playing Super League in Macedonia in August and means for the club the last piece of the puzzle.“Now it is like Ajax and some other clubs with every trophy in the world of football, so it means everything.”Beaten coach Peter Bosz said United “only played long balls and didn’t take any risks”, turning Ajax’s first European final in 21 years into what he called “a boring game”.But having fielded a team with an average age of 22 years and 282 days, the youngest to ever start a major European final, he expressed hope they would be better for the experience.“For all the players, this was the first final,” he said. “You have to learn from it. All the players who played today learnt a lot.“They’re not used to playing a final, these young kids. It’s all new for them. They will learn a lot from it and become stronger.“If we can keep this squad together, we will be stronger next season, for sure.” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments
A one-eyed fan of Australian cricket may remember the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean as a memorable event in which the men from Down Under became champions for the third successive time, their fourth triumph in all. For most of others though, it was a World Cup they would much rather forget.Bob WoolmerThe spectre of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer’s death will always be linked to the event, which failed to portray the colourful Caribbean cricket ethos.The blame for the insipid 16-team tournament should also lie with its long duration ( a month and a half) and the format (a Super Eight stage after the group matches). Also the fact that India and Pakistan, two of the biggest draws of the tournament, were knocked out after the pool games did not help matters.The over-priced tickets, faraway stadiums and stringent measures that stifled most of the traditional West Indian exuberance also played spoilsport.Add to that, the near farcical end of the championship with the final finishing in darkness.On the field, the biggest positive memory for cricket fans will be Adam Gilchrist’s squash ballaided hurricane 149 off just 104 balls to destroy any plans that the Sri Lankans had in the final.His opening partner, Matthew Hayden was the standout batsman of the tournament as he smashed 659 runs with three hundreds, including a 66- ball ton against South Africa – the fastest in World Cup history.The legendary Glenn McGrath ended his international career by claiming 26 wickets and being adjudged the player of the tournament.advertisementAmong other standout performances were Lasith Malinga, claiming four wickets in four balls, almost fashioning a miracle victory against South Africa, and Herschelle Gibbs smashing the hapless Dutch bowler Dan van Bunge for six sixes in an over.Australia had entered the World Cup on the back of five straight defeats, but as the tournament entered its business end, it became clear that it would be a major upset if Ricky Ponting’s men did not take the trophy.As it turned out, they did not have a close game in the competition and their unbeaten streak at the World Cup now stands at 29 matches. Brian Lara, in what was to be his swansong, failed to lift the hosts enough as they were ousted in the Super Eights. Off the field, England all- rounder Andrew Flintoff made news for all the wrong reasons when he capsized a pedalo after a defeat to New Zealand.It was the first World Cup which featured powerplays but most matches failed to provide any powerful performances.Bangladesh and Ireland made it to the Super Eights at the expense of India and Pakistan, which meant there were few close games.Sri Lanka thrashed the Kiwis in the first semi- final by 81 runs on the back of a hundred by captain Mahela Jayawardene and four wickets taken by Muttiah Muralitharan. There was great anticipation ahead of the Australia vs South Africa semifinal.But it proved to be a nocontest as the Proteas were reduced to 27 for five and the target of 150 was never going to challenge the Aussies.The final was a 38- overs- aside affair to start with due to early rain. Gilchrist had a look at the bowling for a couple of overs before launching his assault, which left Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga shell- shocked.Hayden, who had been the most dominant batsman of the competition, was made to look sluggish as the openers put on 172. Gilchrist smashed 13 fours and eight sixes and the final score of 281 for four seemed a mammoth target for the Lankans.After the early loss of Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara kept the fight going with a 116- run stand. But the rapidly rising asking rate took its toll and Sri Lanka were behind the eightball when play had to be stopped twice for rain and bad light.The Lankans had batted way more than the 20 overs that constitute a game, but the match officials decreed that 36 overs had to be completed to get a result. So the players had to return to complete the farce in utter darkness, ruining the Aussies’ victory celebrations.If that left a bitter taste in the mouth, it was nothing compared to tragedy involving Woolmer. The Pakistan coach was found dead in his hotel room in Kingston, hours after his team had been sent packing by the Irish. All kinds of conspiracy theories – matchfixing, murder, unrest in the team – did the rounds in the days that followed and even the Pakistan players were not considered beyond suspicion.advertisementA police inquiry later concluded that Woolmer died of natural causes, but that has not put all the questions to rest.Indian AngleAll was not well within the Rahul Dravid- led Indian team.Friction between coach Greg Chappell and several senior players meant the team was not at ease.The upset at the hands of Bangladesh in the opener put the players under immense pressure and though they thrashed minnows Bermuda, a loss to Sri Lanka resulted in the premature exit of one of the pre- tournament favourites.Legendary spinner Anil Kumble must have hoped for a better farewell from One-day cricket.Highlights of 2007The then coach of Pakistan team Bob Woolmer died under mysterious circumstances soon after the team’s loss to Ireland in the league stage.Matthew Hayden was the highest run getter in the tournament with 659 runs which included a 66- ball century against South Africa.In the 38- over- a- side final against Sri Lanka, Adam Gilchrist struck a 104- ball 149 as Australia won their third successive World Cup trophy.Herschelle Gibbs hit Dutch bowler Dan van Bunge for six sixes in an over and the South African remains the only player to achieve the feat in One- day Internationals so far.
The Gujarat High Court on Thursday handed over the investigation of the alleged fake encounter of Sadiq Jamal Mahetar to the CBI, in yet another setback to the state police.Sadiq was killed near the Galaxy Cinema in the Naroda area in Ahmedabad on January 13, 2003 by Ahmedabad Crime Branch officers led by D. G. Vanzara, who is already behind the bars in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.The police had claimed then that Jamal was a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative and had entered Gujarat with a mission to assassinate chief minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP leader L. K. Advani and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.However, question marks on the killing surfaced in 2003 itself with Mumbai- based journalist Ketan Tirodkar confessing before the special MCOCA Court that Sadiq was killed in a fake encounter. Ketan had also admitted that Mumbai police’s encounter specialist Daya Nayak had handed over Jamal to the Gujarat Police on the request of a politician from the state.Tirodkar had later told the media that Sadiq was handed over to a team of Gujarat Police, including D. G. Vanzara by Daya Nayak at the Borivali National Park on January 11, 2003, before he was killed.It is pertinent to note here that under D. G. Vanzara, the then chief of Ahmedabad crime branch, Gujarat Police, had killed as many as 20 people within a span of three years.The police have developed a signature style with almost all the victims falling to their bullets in the early hours of the day. The ” killer” cops also did not bother to recycle the motive attributed to their victims and maintained that almost every one of them from Sadiq to Sohrabuddin wanted to gun down the CM to avenge the 2002 Godhra riots.advertisement” The order for the CBI probe into Sadiq’s killing means justice for us,” Shabbir Jamal, brother of Sadiq said. ” We were hoping for justice and today’s order gave us just that,” he added.Shabbir said his family’s faith in the high court has been vindicated and now it trusts the CBI to deliver justice to them.Sadiq’s is the third case of an alleged fake encounter to be handed over to the CBI. While the state government had resisted the probe by the central agency and had suggested a special task force for the same, Justice M. R. Shah turned down the plea and handed it over to the CBI saying that since the involvement of senior police officials is suspected, the case calls for a probe by an independent agency.The court also turned down the state’s plea that a sevenyear delay in filing of the appeal by the brother of the deceased created issues of credibility, stating, ” crime never dies”. Welcoming the high court order, lawyer Dr. Mukul Sinha said: ” Now with the CBI probe into the investigation, the larger conspiracy behind the series of alleged fake encounters is likely to be busted.” Among other notable fake encounters by the Gujarat Police on the premise that the victims were hatching a conspiracy to kill Modi, is that of Ishrat Jahan.Jahan, a college student, was killed along with three other persons, near Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.Vanzara, then head of the DCB, Gujarat Police, had alleged that the victims were Lashkar members and were planning to kill the Gujarat CM. A probe later found that it a was fake encounter.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Santha Mattoo, 37, Director, Planet 3 Studios, MumbaiIn a country so culturally diverse, the options to binge on food keep getting wider. And so does the waistline. Most women set lofty weight loss goals to achieve the perfect 10 body sported by movie stars. But juggling a gruelling work schedule,,Santha Mattoo, 37, Director, Planet 3 Studios, MumbaiIn a country so culturally diverse, the options to binge on food keep getting wider. And so does the waistline. Most women set lofty weight loss goals to achieve the perfect 10 body sported by movie stars. But juggling a gruelling work schedule, children at home and finding a little “me” time-all without a balanced diet-can take a toll on you. With lifestyle diseases on the rise, it’s time to sit back and give your body its due. While food is of utmost importance and exercise is an effort most of us find excuses to make, an easy way to make your hectic lifestyle a little healthier is by incorporating the right eating habits in your everyday routine.Hear four women, Santha Mattoo, 37, director, Planet 3 Studios; Anju Kumar, 42, potter and sculptor; Mira Sagar, 54, director, Rehwa Society and owner, VAYA; and Delna Damodiwala, 34, general manager, Human Resources, Prime Focus talk about how their lifestyle evolved with them over a period of time, while our expert, Sheryl Salis, chief nutritionist and head, patient care, Cheeny Kum, tells them how they can do better.Born and brought up in the city of Mumbai, for Damodiwala, life has been a roller coaster ride. Having been schooled at Bombay Scottish, the one quality she prides herself for is discipline. And that shows in her eating habits. Not a great believer of denying her taste buds what they crave, she makes sure she controls her portions. “I haven’t really been a great diet person, but one thing I stick by is to limit myself to small portions as opposed to denying myself my favourite food. That only leads to gorging on it later,” she says. Salis believes that this is the best way to follow a diet while suggesting a few healthy in-between snacks such as fruits and nuts. Anju Kumar, 42, Potter and Sculptor, Delhi”She should also drink a litre of water before lunch and a litre before dinner. Even butter milk and coconut water will keep her energised through the day,” says Salis. Damodiwala’s first and only taste of going through a diet regime was when she was studying health management in the US. The weight watchers plan, a simple diet watching technique that helps you lose weight and still consume those much deserved treats, gave her the liberty to eat what she wanted and still stay fit. With e-mails that constantly keep pouring into her inbox to a phone that rings for most part of the day, she finds time for herself when she takes her afterdinner walk. “One should never walk on a full stomach as this can interfere with the digestion and slow down the speed of walking. This way there is no weight loss. She should try taking the stairs instead of the elevator to incorporate some form of exercise,” says Salis.Mattoo, on the other hand is a selfconfessed foodie, never denies herself anything and eats what she craves. An architect by profession, she works 10 hours a day, jumping from one meeting to another. But the one thing her body does not allow her is the flexibility of her meal timing. “I live a very structured life. If my lunch or dinner gets even a little delayed, I get jittery,” she says. For Mattoo, age gave her more freedom to experiment with food. In her early 20s she largely stuck with home cooked food, not leaving room for trying different cuisines. But later, when she started travelling, she gradually discovered a whole new world. Salis believes that the best thing about Mattoo is that she sticks with regular timing to eat, a discipline most women lack. “Eating regularly is essential to maintain a good basal metabolic rate,” says Salis. And for a person like Mattoo, who swears by continental and sea food, Salis suggests a bowlful of salad with each meal and, “Greek salad with feta cheese is a good option when eating out. She can also opt for grilled or tandoori fish instead of fried fish. And durum wheat pasta with lots of vegetables or tofu.” Mira Sagar, 54, Director, Rehwa Society, MumbaiAnother problem area that Mattoo is confronted with is stress eating. “Food gives me great comfort,” she says. But a good way to avoid this is by distracting yourself. “Going out to shop is a good way to distract oneself. Otherwise eating carrots or cucumber sticks to kill the stress pangs is a good idea,” Salis suggests.Kumar, on the other hand is very health conscious. She watches her diet carefully and even refers to self-help books time and again. Being a Punjabi vegetarian, her favourite food is “rajma chawal that my mother makes.” But on a regular basis, she eats soups and salads. “When I was younger, I used to eat a lot of junk food-pizzas and burgers. Now I make a conscious effort to eat simple food,” she says. Being a vegetarian, one has to make sure they get their daily dose of protein from sources such as nuts and pulses, something a lot easier for non-vegetarians who get their share of proteins through meat. “If she is fond of soups, she should opt for clear vegetable soup that has not been strained. Even vegetable juice is a healthy option for her,” says Salis. Kumar, who also practices yoga every day, believes in the goodness of sattvic food.Waking up and including yoga in the daily routine is a practice even Sagar follows religiously. Even though when it comes to food, she doesn’t go by the book. “I once consulted a dietician to lose weight. But it didn’t work for me,” she says. After living in Yemen till the age of 10, Sagar moved back to India with her family and stayed here till she completed her graduation in Zoology and Chemistry from Elphinstone College, Mumbai. “In those days we didn’t have an option of dropping out if we thought we were in the wrong place. I had to complete my studies in science,” she says. But it was after graduation that she began experimenting. From cooking classes and jewellry design to a course in travel and tourism, she tried her hand at everything till she got married and moved to Kuwait. It was only in 1987, when she returned, that she chanced upon Rehwa Society, a not for profit organisation that is working for the revival and sustenance of traditional weaving techniques of the country. For Sagar, food brings comfort. Not because she eats to beat the stress but because she uses cooking as a therapy. Delna Damodiwala, 34, GM, HR, Prime Focus, MumbaiHaving travelled so much, she has acquired a taste for various cuisines. “In the past decade, the concept of food has seen an enormous change. In the 1960s, pasta was a novelty and today it’s one of the most easily available things,” she says. Even though she never made a conscious effort to change the way she eats, she believes that her palate has changed. “I’d much rather carry a sandwich or eat a salad for lunch than dal and roti. Even if I go out for lunch I stick to light salads,” claims Sagar. Salis believes that Sagar needs to incorporate foods like soya, fenugreek, kidney beans and flax seeds which are beneficial to post or premenoupausal women. Including fibre and fluids like coriander-mint slush is also essential at her age.So the next time you decide to skip a meal or do a quick-fix by biting into a burger, here is some food for thought. Studies say the basal metabolic rate of women decreases with each passing decade. That’s even more reason to take their food seriously. What you ate in your 20s will have a very different effect on your body than when you are in your 50s. The right combination of nutrients at each stage ensures a longer, more productive and satisfactory life. The time line20-30Avoid crash diets, caffeine and smoking. Stay hydrated.What to eat: Calcium and iron. Milk and milk products, greens and prunes.Why to eat it: Fulfilling these requirements now will keep malnutrition and osteoporosis at bay.30-40Avoid aerated drinks and packaged food. Lower salt intake.What to eat: Energy, protein and folic acid. Nuts, sprouts, soya and tofu.Why to eat it: Protein and energy requirements go up during pregnancy. Avoid eating sea food during pregnancy.40-50Lower caloric intake. Eat smaller, more frequent meals.What to eat: Soluble fibre and fruits. Flaxseeds, barley, fenugreek, beans, apples and strawberries.Why to eat it: This will help keep lifestyle disorders like cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, obesity at bay.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won in contrasting styles as the title contenders battled their way into the fourth round of The Championships on a sunny Saturday.On a packed day, when several marquee names were in the arena, Sachin Tendulkar also watched the proceedings with immense interest. Dressed in a suit and sporting dark glasses, Sachin also soaked in the atmosphere.Second seed Novak Djokovic advanced after a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, but the biggest upset on the men’s side was fifthseeded Swede Robin Soderling losing 1-6, 4-6, 5-7 to Aussie Bernard Tomic.Nadal was back on court after rain had stopped his match against Gilles Muller the previous day.Nadal had looked listless at start on Friday and then won the first set in a tie-break.On Saturday, again, he did not look his invincible self as Muller tried hard with his groundstrokes, attempting to find the range and the depth.But once into the second set tie-break, Muller lost a crucial point with a backhand error.Otherwise for a man who smashed 17 aces and showed his power, the end was tame as he could not win a single game in the final set and lost 6-7, 6-7, 0-6.Three breaks of serve in the decider for Nadal was an anti-climax as Muller, who had beaten the defending champion in the second round in 2005, lost heart.Nadal next faces 2009 US Open champion and 24th seed Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round. “Del Potro is a tough opponent and I have to be ready with my best game,” Nadal said.advertisement”Del Potro, for sure is much better than what the computer (rankings) says. In my opinion, he’s top-five level, if we talk normally.” When then media tried to drag Nadal into a controversy over the choice of court, he was smart. “I have played on the Centre Court and Court No.1. It doesn’t change the game,” he said.On Friday night, when Nadal called for a trainer, it appeared he was in some trouble. “No, it’s not the knee, just a little bit of the muscle,” he added.Moving on to comparisons between champions of this era and the past, Nadal was very frank. “Andre (Agassi) wasn’t that far. I played against Andre. And Federer played against Andre Agassi. So you can prove that, nothing new,” said Nadal.”Champions are champions in their era. It’s difficult to compare the moments of tennis 15 years ago between now because the game changes. I can say one thing for sure, the top four players before didn’t play as solid as they are doing today,” he said.Adding further, Nadal felt today’s rivalries are more intense.”The players of today have a big rivalry and they know if they don’t play at their best in every tournament, it’s going to be very difficult to be in the top positions at the end of the season. For that reason, we have to be very focussed mentally – week after week,” added the World No.1.Meanwhile, Federer changed gears smoothly to get past seasoned pro David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.Both Nadal and Federer are yet to drop a set in The Championships but the Swiss master was able to put his showing in perspective.”It was a good match from both sides. Nalbandian chose to go on the offensive and I did the same. It was a handful of mistakes from me but the level was high,” said Federer.Asked if he was happy with his overall form, Federer said: “I am playing better than last year. This year, may be, I am more confident of my serve and relaxed from the baseline.”Federer thinks it will be much tougher in the second week. “After a day’s break when we are back on court, we will see. The rounds will get tougher,” he added.In men’s doubles, the No.3 seeds Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were shown the door by the combination of Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and France’s Arnaud Clement 6-2, 3-6, 6- 7(1), 4-6 on Court 19.
Cuban judoka Idalys Ortiz won the gold in the women’s 78+kg category at the Olympics on Friday. Ortiz was awarded the victory over Mika Sugimoto from Japan by a unanimous judges’ decision after the golden score period remained scoreless.It is the second Olympic medal for Ortiz, who won bronze at 2008 Beijing. Karina Bryant of Britain and China’s Tong Wen won Olympic bronze.Bryant, 33, a four-time European champion, took her first Olympic medal by beating the Ukrainian Iryna Kindzerska by ippon in a close fight.
Edin Dzeko scored two goals in Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Everton on SaturdayEdin Dzeko’s brace helped Manchester City come from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and stay in control of the English Premier League title race on Saturday.City had won just one of its last 15 matches at Goodison Park and looked like continuing its poor run when Ross Barkley curled in a brilliant shot to give Everton an 11th-minute lead.However, Sergio Aguero equalized in the 22nd – before going off with an apparent groin injury – and Dzeko scored twice in a five-minute span around halftime to put City 3-1 ahead.Romelu Lukaku’s goal in the 65th set up a tense finish but City held on to provisionally go top of the standings on goal difference from Liverpool, and two points clear of Chelsea.Victories in its two remaining games – at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday and West Ham on Sunday – should clinch City a second championship in three years.”The most important thing is to pick up form at the right time and we have two home games left,” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “But the past has taught us to be careful.”Liverpool, which lost 2-0 to Chelsea last weekend, was looking for a big favor from its Merseyside neighbor to wrest back the advantage in this most open title race, and Barkley’s goal will have been celebrated as much across Stanley Park as by Everton fans inside Goodison Park.The 20-year-old midfielder, looking to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup, showed a glimpse of his undoubted class by curling a first-time effort into the top corner from just outside the area and was excellent throughout.advertisementBut Everton was second best after that with City controlling possession and looking more dangerous going forward – even with the 28th-minute withdrawal of Aguero that continued his frustrating, injury-plagued second half of the season.The Argentina striker had been signaling to City’s bench that he was hampered by his injury minutes before he latched onto Yaya Toure’s through-ball and drove a low shot inside goalkeeper Tim Howard’s near post for his 28th goal of the season. Aguero slumped to the ground five minutes later and was helped off the pitch.”He came to me, saying he felt a strange thing in his leg,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who added that Aguero would undergo tests on Sunday.Aguero wrote on Twitter that he left the pitch as a precaution, saying “fortunately I’m fine.”City missed Aguero’s pace going forward but, with Toure pushing further forward in Pellegrini’s rejigged formation, Everton’s defense still lacked pace. And just before halftime, Dzeko rose to head home James Milner’s floated cross, moments after the striker saw his shot saved by Howard.In a lively start to the second half, City goalkeeper Joe Hart produced a brilliant save to tip Steven Naismith’s shot around the post – a stop Everton manager Roberto Martinez labeled the “save of the season,” and the “turning point” in the game.For City quickly broke at the other end, Fernandinho clipping a pass to Samir Nasri, who went outside his marker and crossed low for Dzeko to prod in from six meters in the 48th.The visitors appeared to be coasting to victory but Lukaku headed a cross from Leighton Baines in off the post and City was suddenly under pressure.There were few scares in a nervy final quarter, though, as City ended a four-game losing streak at Goodison Park to become the big favorite for the title.”The worst thing we must do is think that today we finished the Premier League,” Pellegrini said. “We have to play teams who are not fighting for anything, they can play without pressure.”
Greece’s Giorgos Samaras challenges Japan’s Yoshito Okubo during their Group C clash Reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a 0-0 draw with Japan on Thursday that kept both alive in Group C and sent rival Colombia through to the knockout round of the World Cup.MATCH COMMENTARY Both teams inserted new strikers in search of goals and a first victory, but ultimately the main objective was survival and both achieved that with one match left in group play. Japan would have been eliminated with a loss.Once Katsouranis was sent off after a rough challenge on Makoto Hasebe, Greece withdrew into a defensive setup and held firm. Greece surrendered three goals in a loss to Colombia, but even short-handed was better organized against Japan and avoided any critical mistakes.Japan pressed the attack after halftime and had several chances to score.The best came in the 68th minute when Shinji Kagawa played a long pass over the top to Atsuto Uchida, who sent it back across the middle to Yoshito Okubo, who blasted the volley over the net.Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis also was forced to make a diving save in injury time to preserve the draw and the point for Greece.Greece was determined to turn around its dismal scoring history in the World Cup – 18 goals conceded against just two scored – inserting Kostas Mitroglou up front. But Mitroglou’s best effort was an early volley that spun off his foot and he didn’t even make it to halftime.advertisementAfter taking an elbow in the side in the 30th minute, Mitroglou collapsed to the ground. He got up and walked off under his own power but soon determined he couldn’t continue and was taken off for Theofanis Gekas in the 35th minute.Things got worse for Greece just moments later when Katsouranis was sent off. Greece retreated into its half of the field for most of the second half.Japan, which had been beaten up in a physical matchup with Ivory Coast in a 2-1 opening loss, once again had to deal with a bigger, stronger and much taller opponent.Coach Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni dropped Kagawa from the starting lineup in surprise move, putting veteran striker Okubo up front with Europe-based star Keisuke Honda.Okubo had one of Japan’s best chances to score in the first half but sent his header over the crossbar in the 33rd minute.Team Lineups(from):Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Atsuto Uchida, Maya Yoshida, Yasuyuki Konno, Yuto Nagatomo; Hotaru Yamaguchi, Makoto Hasebe (Yasuhito Endo, 46th); Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda, Yoshito Okubo, Yuya Osako (Shinji Kagawa, 57th)Greece: Orestis Karnezis; Vasileios Torosidis, Konstantinos Manolas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Jose Cholevas; Ioannis Maniatis, Konstantinos Katsouranis, Panagiotis Kone (Dimitrios Salpingidis, 81st); Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Georgios Karagounis, 41st), Konstantinos Mitroglou (Theofanis Gekas, 35th), Georgios Samaras