Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Dejan Kulusevski scored a great goal and hit the woodwork for Parma, but Bologna grabbed a 2-2 Emilia-Romagna Derby draw with the last kick of the game. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the LIVEBLOG.
The accident was reported near Ansal Plaza at Khel Gaon Marg around 6 a.m. on Monday. A speeding Swift Dzire car knocked down the victims, but its driver fled.The car is believed to belong to a senior external affairs ministry official, but it is being probed whether the vehicle had been stolen, police said.The deceased have been identified as Sultan Singh, 50, whose daughter was get to engaged on Monday, and Raghu Verma Raja, 30, who had come to the city from Bangalore to attend the ceremony.The two were rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre where they were declared brought dead.The car, with the registration number DL 2 AL 7285, has been recovered from the spot.The incident comes a day after a speeding Lamborghini sports car crashed on a Delhi road, killing the driver who was a real estate tycoon’s son. It also left a cyclist badly injured.
Sunny with Bobby DeolThe closest Sunny and Bobby Deol have got to playing hockey is using the stick to crack skulls on screen.Still, considering the woeful awareness about the sport in India, that’s a lot.Or so thinks sports channel ESPN which signed the Deol brothers to endorse the Premier Hockey,Sunny with Bobby DeolThe closest Sunny and Bobby Deol have got to playing hockey is using the stick to crack skulls on screen.Still, considering the woeful awareness about the sport in India, that’s a lot.Or so thinks sports channel ESPN which signed the Deol brothers to endorse the Premier Hockey League that kicked off in Hyderabad on January 13. Besides shooting promos, the actors will be seen playing out their sons-of-the-soil role to push the game.”Hockey is India’s sport,” says Bobby when asked why they weren’t pushing cricket.Er, hockey is a colonial legacy too.
The competitor: Anil Kumble has mastered the science of spinWhen this generation of cricketers has passed into the shadows of a distant pavilion, what will be made of Anil Kumble? In a country that dotes on the deeds of its starbatsmen what is to be done with him, neither batsman,The competitor: Anil Kumble has mastered the science of spinWhen this generation of cricketers has passed into the shadows of a distant pavilion, what will be made of Anil Kumble? In a country that dotes on the deeds of its starbatsmen what is to be done with him, neither batsman nor star?Dress things up, talk them down, Kumble won’t be fussed. As the invisible man in the manic market of Indian cricket, 400 Test wickets is the only endorsement he will ever want or need. It is his handshake with history, his pact with yesterday and tomorrow.Already, Kumble is the man to chase, India’s most successful spinner ever. He is only the third slow bowler to get to this exhausting milestone, the third fastest to 400 Test wickets after Mutthiah Muralitharan (72 Tests)and Richard Hadlee (80), a full 30 Tests quicker than Kapil Dev. No Indian has taken more bags of five wickets in an innings (24 times) or 10 wickets in a match (five times) – in batsmen’s terms it is like scoring hundreds.Before they even realised it, the legendary Spin Quartet had company. Kumble gave Indian bowling its Fifth Dimension. If the Quartet were magicians who held the ball on a leash, creating optical, oriental illusions, Kumble is a student of science; a physicist who understood and mastered the correlation between accuracy and pressure.He is a man of economy and depth, sparse words and hidden strength. Through the 1990s, Kumble, all jaw-jutting purpose, became the centrifugal force of India’s bowling.advertisementSpin bowlers record of IndiaHis spells were the drip-drip-drip that eventually bores a hole into the rock of resistance and cracks it open. All he asked of the batsmen overseas was runs on the board and he is a man of his word. In his last nine overseas Tests, Kumble has taken 53 wickets and India has won four of those Tests.In a team full of stars, real and imagined, he moves unnoticed, but makes a deep impression. He has returned from shoulder surgery leaner and meaner, his bowling taken apart and put together again, still demanding the highest standards of himself and others.During a TV recording break earlier this year in Sydney, Sachin Tendulkar did his version of the Doosra Kumble: the trademark whip around to an errant fielder, hands on hips, snarl on lips. The Glare being mimed was actually abruptly terminated on the field, as the target had turned out to be the normally reliable Tendulkar himself.Though Kumble tries to keep a lid on it, behind the responsible citizen, committed doer of quiet charity and donor of organs (yes all of them, pledged to the Foundation for Organ Retrieval and Transplant Education) is a bit of a character. At times even a bear with a sore head. When he is mad not even Sourav Ganguly hovers for chit-chat.If there is a message to be conveyed, the messenger nominated is the team’s Kofi Annan-at-large Rahul Dravid. For the rest of us, only when this quiet, urbane stoic turns into a pouting, barking, head-tossing grumbler do we get a glimpse of his tight, competitive coil. The moment passes, the emotion fades and hereturns to the top of his runup.In that instant of splitsecond stillness, shoulders hunched forward, ball about to be tossed up from his palm, partner, under study and rival Harbhajan Singh sees Kumble at his finest: “Anil never wavers, no matter how much a batsman goes after him. He knows that it is only a matter of one ball. He shows that it is only a matter of one ball.”So is Anil Kumble India’s greatest ever bowler ever? No need to rush to judgement. He’s not finished yet.
Vanishing dominance: India appears more vulnerable than it has in a decadeNo matter what time of the year, in Indian cricket it is always silly season. The past three months have gone by in a blur of bruises, and pessimism hangs in the air like Kolkata’s grey winter fog.A collapse,Vanishing dominance: India appears more vulnerable than it has in a decadeNo matter what time of the year, in Indian cricket it is always silly season. The past three months have gone by in a blur of bruises, and pessimism hangs in the air like Kolkata’s grey winter fog.A collapse in batting form led to failures in four one-day tournaments. A series defeat to Australia brought the lunatics out of the asylum. The still-suspended elections left the BCCI without the pretence of credibility or care. And as India creaked, an inexperienced South African team dug its heels and nails in.When Team India catches this kind of flu, everyone who whirls around in its force field breaks into a cold sweat. Recently, a prominent agent was heard exclaiming on television, “This is not the box office, the Indian team cannot have mood swings.”Oh, but they can and they do and they have. Whichever way you like your coffee-latte, frappe or decaf-now is a good time to smell it.Never mind what has happened on foreign fields in the short game,the real tsunami is probably still around the corner. In the last 10 Tests played at home (before the Kolkata Test against South Africa) India have won only three. In the last eight home Tests, India has failed to bowl out the opposition twice five times and the visitors have crossed 350 on six occasions.Statistics up to the India vs South Africa, Kanpur TestFortress India-that mighty bastion of slow pitches that turn more viciously than roads winding up the Himalayas, unfathomable passion and roaring crowds-while not on the verge of collapse is certainly looking more vulnerable than it has in more than a decade.Captain Sourav Ganguly believes this home-turf hesitancy is because his team has not played much in India recently-only four Tests in 12 months between October 2002 and November 2003. But 2004-5 will feature no less than nine Tests and by the time the Pakistanis leave in April, we will all have our answer.As victories have dried up, the first round of finger-pointing has begun and revolved around the wickets prepared. The ruckus around a Test match surface has gone from the occasional affliction to full-blown epidemic.Predictions and speculation are followed by much prodding of soil, inspection with keys and muttered disapproval. The tracks used have turned into punching bags either for frustrated bowlers or befuddled batsmen with talk of skill taking second place.advertisementFormer India player L. Sivaramakrishnan says an Indian obsession has now in fact become a weapon for the visitors. “Overseas teams have caught onto the hype and go on about how terrible the wickets are.We then expect our spinners to perform miracles.”In the groove: The South Africans celebrate a dismissal in the Kolkata TestIndia-A coach Sandeep Patil feels the wickets of the past 24 months (after 10 tracks were relaid in 2002) are no different from those that teams played on in the 1980s. “We have always had flat and placid wickets until the ’90s when we doctored them under Ajit Wadekar. The team has had a bad run with the bat but you cannot try and create sympathy by talking about the wickets,” says Patil. The draws of the ’80s turned into a huge spike in performance in the decade that followed (see box), but accused of conspiring to trip visiting teams, he believes there is too much confusion. “We have no idea which way to go,” says Wadekar. “We want faster wickets in domestic cricket so our batsmen can play better overseas, but we want spinning wickets in Tests.” Instead of producing morechal-lenging surfaces the relaid tracks have stolen Indian tracks of their life and bounce. Exhausted by the talk, Sanjay Manjrekar recently wrote that as a policy the Indian team should make only minimal reference to the wickets before matches. “No one made a big deal about how there were cracks in Brisbane recently while the Aussies went on about Bangalore,” says Wadekar.Leg spinner Anil Kumble, whose career straddles two decades, has seen wickets change since the time hemade his debut in 1990-and not just in India. Globally he believes pitches are now weighed in the batsmen’s favour. India’s sluggish performances at home are also part of a worldwide trend of more teams travelling better than before. “What you see now in world cricket is the competitiveness and the drive to succeed outside your own comfort zones,” says former South African player and convener of selectors Omar Henry. India’s success in the ’90s raised expectations to a point where the average fan believes that a home win is a foregone conclusion. But the growing number of one-day tournaments in the past decade has seen frequent visits by overseas teams. That familiarity has bred adaptability and a change in mindset. But a home series continue to be seen through the filter of nostalgia rather than altered reality. No longer do teams come to India as timid travellers.Kolkata centurion Jacques Kallis says, “Coming to India means playing in front of large crowds, being part of the passion that the game thrives on here. We don’t get to play in front of such large crowds at home.” So there go the invisible members of the Indian team: heat, dust and Delhi belly.Great expectations: (From left) Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan and Anil KumbleWadekar remembers England coach Keith Fletcher spying on the touring Indians in South Africa in 1992 before England’s tour of India and declaring that his team had nothing to fear. England lost 3-0. Rather than such hubris, teams touring India now take special pains. The South Africans have spent a week at their board’s high performance centre in Pretoria where they played on wickets that had been left to dry for a week, spent time in heat rooms, and woke at 4.30 a.m. to get their body clocks accustomed to the time difference in India-measures that would have been deemed to be a bit too much 10 years ago.Apart from local point men, ice vests, Sun Tzu and mental disintegration, the Aussies have the most reliable method-sending out regular developmental and A-teams to India.For teams with less potent bowling, the prevention of defeat is seen as a victory in itself. Sivaramakrishnan says that the clean-out betweenWorld Cups makes rebuilding a priority for many teams. Only the Australians, world champs two times running, who have met India five times in six years, play with menace and intent. As batsmen have learnt, bowling tactics have changed too. “Teams set different fields to our batsmen here, they bowl to contain and frustrate and go out to attack. They see it as their best chance of getting a result or forcing a draw,” says Kumble. England bowled wide of Sachin Tendulkar’s leg stump and South Africa’s batsmen have batted with excruciating slowness, scoring at 2.6 per over in three innings. Nasser Hussain remains unapologetic about his leg theory against Tendulkar and South African coach Ray Jennings took the pragmatic view. “The way you play depends on the players you are surrounded by. It is all very well to say that Kallis should be scoring at 70 per cent strike rate. You can do that when you have Tendulkar batting behind you, but we had a debutant behind Kallis.”Teams are also aware that when India fails to bowl out visiting teams, the pressure on thehomeside begins to crank up. Harbhajan Singh defends his mates, “I don’t think we would be happy playing for draws. Playing this way won’t take the South Africans anywhere. You don’t become great by drawing matches.”advertisementadvertisementIt is a predicament the Indians understand: backs to the wall all season, they know that they too cannot aspire for greatness if they do not find a way to win more often.
Viswanathan Anand achieved his prime objective of a draw with black pieces in the penultimate game and in the process also made Boris Gelfand sweat under time pressure in the 11th game of the World Chess Championships at the Tretyakov Gallery.The score now stands tied at 5 points each as the match heads into the 12th and final game, where the defending champion has the advantage of white pieces. Anand offered the draw in 24 moves and the match had lasted a little under two and three quarters of an hour, with Gelfand having used up an hour and 47 minutes of that.Anand not only unleashed a very rarely played move on the eighth 8… Bd7 which sent Gelfand into a problem with the clock, but later on the Indian also had a novelty Bc3 on the 11th.As the match headed towards a climax, and this being the weekend, a huge crowd turned up for the match and it spilled over outside the main hall.Two years ago in a match that put Anand under a great deal of pressure off the board, too, the Indian had successfully defended his world title by winning the 12th and final game with black pieces. This time around he has white.Considering Anand’s reputation in shorter formats, he may start as the favourite in the tiebreaker, involving rapids and maybe even Blitz games. Both players refused to be drawn into that discussion though Gelfand with a smile, said, “Vishy is the best player in all formats and that’s why he has been the world champion for so many years.”advertisementAnand admitted that he had played some Blitz games but those were not as a preparation specifically for this, and it was more routine while trying a few games. He also admitted that the thought did cross his mind, but felt that there was time (a rest day) before the tie-breaker, if it came to that.Gelfand with white pieces might have hoped to put Anand under some pressure, as he had with white in the past in this match. But this time Anand surprised him first with an eighth move that has been very rarely played. It left Gelfand thinking for more than 35 minutes, putting him under severe time strain, which may have also thwarted any thoughts he may have had of trying to play for a win.The win was never there, unless Anand made a mistake, which he indicated he was not going to in this crucial game. Despite having almost 50 minutes more on the clock, Anand realised that there really was no way black could play for a win unless Gelfand made a serious error. So, the Indian offered a draw after 24 moves and Gelfand, who then had only 13 minutes left on the clock – as against Anand’s 64 minutes – accepted the truce and sent the match into the 12th and final game.In the past, Anand has lost to Anatoly Karpov in the rapids in the 1998 title match in Lausanne and Vladimir Kramnik beat Topalov in the tie-breaker in 2006.Gelfand played white for one last time in the scheduled 12-game series. For Anand, a quick draw would mean negating Gelfand’s advantage with his last white, and in case he got some good play, it would give him an added psychological boost, however small, before the final game where the defending champion has white on Monday.Scoreboard, Game 11 Boris Gelfand (white) vs Viswanathan Anand (black) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O- O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O- O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Bd7 9. a3 Ba5 10. Qe2 Bc6 11. Rd1 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Nbd7 13. Bd3 Qa5 14. c4 cxd4 15. exd4 Qh5 16. Bf4 Rac8 17. Ne5 Qxe2 18. Bxe2 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 Rfd8 20. a4 Ne4 21. Rd3 f6 22. Bf4 Be8 23. Rb3 Rxd4 24. Be3 Rd7 -Aronian laughs off on Gelfand linkThere was much speculation that Levon Aronian, the world No. 2 was helping Boris Gelfand with his prematch preparation, but Aronian himself laughed it off, while neither confirming nor denying the news.Making a brief visit to the venue in Moscow on Saturday, Aronian, when asked by some media person if he had helped Gelfand, smiled and said, “Well if I was helping I should be helping both as they are playing my opening.” Then he made a few quick comments on the game and left.Aronian, who is one of the few players against whom Anand has a minus score, was on his way to Berlin for some personal work, so stayed on for a very short time. Aronian is scheduled to play the strong Tal Memorial to be held in Moscow soon after the World Championships, where the field also includes Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Teimour Radjabov, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana.advertisement
Former India coach Greg Chappell has opened old wounds, claiming that some players did not give their best when Rahul Dravid was leading the national team. Had Dravid been given “wholehearted support” by all the players, he could have gone on to become India’s most successful captain ever, says the former Australia captain.Chappell also claimed that all the team members did not enjoy the success achieved under Dravid. He made these startling revelations in an article written for the book Rahul Dravid – Timeless Steel, which was launched in Mumbai on Wednesday.”He was an excellent deputy, in that he gave wholehearted support without ever thinking he might be better than the incumbent, and when he got the job he was a much better captain than he will ever be credited with,” Chappell wrote, referring to the period when Dravid was deputy to Sourav Ganguly.”Had he been given the same wholehearted support in the role that he had given others [read Sourav Ganguly], I think the recent history of Indian cricket may have been very different and he could have gone on to become the most successful Indian captain ever,” he said.Dravid was vice-captain to Ganguly for a long time, except for once in mid-2005, when the latter was suspended by the ICC for a few ODIs for the team’s slow over rate in previous matches.Incidentally, Dravid’s assuming captaincy in Ganguly’s absence, on the tour of Sri Lanka, coincided with Chappell’s first assignment as coach.Later, when Ganguly was dropped from the team due to a lack of form, Dravid took over the reins.advertisementChappell and Ganguly shared a frosty relationship and they made no bones about their dislike for each other, leading to one of the most controversial phases in Indian cricket.The Australian quit in the aftermath of India’s early elimination from the 2007 World Cup.Chappell cites a remarkable world record winning streak by the Indian team under Dravid. He led India to 17 consecutive wins while batting second.”To learn how to get better at chasing a target, Rahul kept asking the opposition to bat first, no matter the conditions. Under his leadership, India won nine ODIs in a row against Pakistan and England, and went on to complete a world record of 17 consecutive wins batting second,” wrote Chappell.”A similar approach to Test cricket brought about India’s first overseas victory in the West Indies for 35 years and a first ever Test victory in South Africa, which could have been turned into a series win if the team had batted better in the second innings in the final Test in Cape Town.”Chappell was referring to India’s 1-0 Test series victory in the Caribbean in 2006 followed by their maiden win in the first Test in Johannesburg in 2006-07. India lost the next two matches and the series to South Africa.Chappell unashamedly admits that he liked Dravid.”Men don’t say these things, but I have a genuine affection for Rahul Dravid,” he wrote in the article.
“We just didn’t want to leave our fate in the hands of other teams,” said coach Vergel Meneses as the Bombers entered the Final Four for the fifth time in seven seasons.Tey Teodoro finished with 19 points, before limping off in the last two minutes due to an ankle injury, while Jed Mendoza added 10 points, including a couple of key baskets in the final period that helped put away the Cardinals.The Chiefs refused to let up in the final period even after losing top playmaker Kent Salado due to a knee injury midway in the last quarter.Salado fired 22 points, before leaving the game.“With what happened today, I need to play for us to have a chance in the Final Four,” said Salado.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges LATEST STORIES NU targets perfect tourney The win improved the Bombers’ record to 11-6, assuring them of third spot at the end of the elimination round.But the Chiefs blew the race for the remaining Final Four spot open after turning back the San Sebastian Stags, 85-79, in the second game.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 openingWhile Letran still has the inside track for the last postseason berth with an 8-8 record, Arellano’s win forged a tie at fifth spot with San Sebastian at 7-9.Emilio Aguinaldo College remains in contention with a 6-10 record, but the Generals have to win their remaining games while hoping that no other contender goes beyond nine wins. View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Jose Rizal U punched its ticket to the Final Four, while Arellano lived to fight another day as the NCAA Season 93 playoff race took another twist on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.In cruise control for most of the game, the Heavy Bombers avoided complications with a narrow 62-58 victory over the Mapua Cardinals, leaving Letran, Arellano, San Sebastian and Emilio Aguinaldo College to fight it out for the remaining Final Four berth.ADVERTISEMENT
“We just have to play a lot better and play much closer to what we’re capable of,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We have to accept the humility of the scenario, we have to get back to understanding what we do well, and sort of rediscover who we are,” said Baldwin, moments after emerging from the Ateneo dugout at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.“It’s there, there’s no question that it’s still there. But today I thought we played like a young team, and we shouldn’t. Yes, there’s youth there, but we’ve been together long enough and we shouldn’t play like a young team. We have to figure it out.”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 openingThe Tamaraws seemed to have the Eagles all figured out as they started strong and finished even stronger to send their Final Four matchup to a do-or-die affair this Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.While Baldwin acknowledged FEU’s brilliance, the American coach said the defeat was also due to his players lacking confidence with their shots. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Two weeks ago, Ateneo was flirting with a perfect UAAP Season 80 elimination round and an outright finals berth.But two successive losses, including a 67-80 defeat to Far Eastern U in the Final Four, has put the Blue Eagles’ impressive campaign in peril, a scenario which coach Tab Baldwin said is humbling for his team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 Cash incentive, more allowance await world champ Tabora The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Baldwin said his team shot “abysmally” in contrast to the Tamaraws, whom he described as “sharper on both ends of the floor.”Ateneo shot just 36 percent from the field, including 31 percent from beyond the arc.For a team that hardly showed any weakness in the elimination round, the sputtering performance by the Eagles came as a surprise.“I think FEU played real well,” he said. “They had a good game plan, we shot the ball just abysmally. We had open shots particularly in the first half, and we didn’t hit them. I think our confidence kind of went down, and I hate to see that because with young kids, you don’t ever want to see their confidence sort of erode a little bit.”Baldwin feels this type of adversity will only strengthen his players, saying he can already feel the urgency within the team.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES
Head coach: Francis VicenteLast season: 1-13 (8th)Key holdovers: Shaya Adorador, Roselle Baliton, Judith Abil, Kat AradoKey losses: Angelica Dacaymat, Jasmine AlcaydeADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ Aldridge scores 30 as Spurs escape Nuggets Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments LATEST STORIES BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending 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 “When they think that ‘oh we can’t do this, but we’ll do everything be it three or five sets we will do everything to win,’ that will be our mindset.”And with Vicente instilling that fighting spirit and attitude in his team, he wants to finally see the Lady Warriors avoid final place in Season 80.Leading the team toward that goal are open hitter Shaya Adorador, setter Roselle Baliton, and Season 77 Rookie of the Year Kat Arado who all played for Generika-Ayala in the Philipine SuperligaThe rest of the Lady Warriors also managed played in the PSL All-Filipino conference under the Cherrylume franchise.“Our goal is to overcome our reputation that we were in the bottom places last year,” said Vicente. “We should improve by at least two spots, and we should always be aiming to improve.”ADVERTISEMENT University of the East remained at the bottom of the standings in another woeful performance in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Red Warriors did a repeat of their sorry 1-13 finish from Season 78, and after back-to-back years winning just two combined games they are hell-bent on shaking off the reputation as being pushovers.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 openingHead coach Francis Vicente said they want to change their mentality that they are already defeated even before playing the game.“We really want to overcome the mentality where they think they’ve already lost the moment they see their opponents,” said Vicente in Filipino. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto