first_imgLove-fest: Kevin Love is the new face of Cavaliers ONE: Reign of Kings press conference. Photo from ONE ChampionshipIt’s been almost a decade since the legendary Renzo Gracie fought inside a ring or a cage, but the Brazilian icon remains inspired as ever as he ends his hiatu against Yuki Kondo on Friday in the ONE: Reign of Kings card at Mall of Asia Arena.Gracie, a member of the famed Gracie family that developed Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and introduced it to the world, said he’s eager to come back to fighting.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “The only thing that I know is that I’ll be a better man, I’ll be a better teacher, and I’ll be a better person in the sense of passing forward everything that I learn in there.”Gracie added that his fighting career is far from over.“I believe I’m going to fight more, I’m going to impress people with this fight, and they’re going to want me to fight more, so I will do it. This is not a farewell fight.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “To be able to come back after all these years and do this again, it seems surreal to me,” said the 51-year-old Gracie. “For me, I’ve always been talking about life and following your passion.”“Mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are avenues for me to exemplify desire, diligence, discipline, dedication, character, integrity, and pride for my culture.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Gracie, 13-7, last fought in UFC 112 and lost against Matt Hughes via technical knockout 4:40 into the third round.Apart from fighting, Gracie is also a decorated teacher having taught the likes of Georges St. Pierre, Frankie Edgar, Matt Serra, and Chris Weidman. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more

first_imgJason Cole certainly knows how to impress a girl.Jason and Chantelle make tracks for the prom!Some guys hire a limo or pull up in a sports car for a date.But that would have been too predictable for our Jason. So you can imagine his date Chantel Kelly’s face when he pulled up in a tractor to take stunning Chantel to the Deele College prom last night.Jason even rounded off the look by wearing a purple tie to match the purple ribbons he decorated his tractor with.Who said romance is dead?!JASON STANDS OUT FROM THE FIELD WITH TRACTOR RIDE TO PROM! was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Chantel Kellydeele collegedonegalJason ColeRaphoelast_img read more

first_imgThe students are presented what their scholarships earlier today.A total of 34 eagar and enthusiastic young pupils from all corners of Donegal have just received received the gift of a full Gaeltacht summer scholarship as part of the annual Donegal County Council Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme.The students were jointly presented by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr John Campbell, and Cathaoirleach of the Council’s Coiste na Gaeilge, Cllr Mick Quinn on Monday 25th May in Lifford.Young 11-year-old, Jake McDaid, from Sappagh in Muff stated that he was very pleased to get this opportunity to attend Coláiste Ghael Linn in Bun an Inbhir in Gaoth Dobhair, a sentiment echoed by 13yr old Charlene McGinley from An Tearmann who will be taking up a three-week summer placement in Coláiste an Phiarsaigh in Dunlewey.Cathaoirleach Clr. John Campbell, who officially welcomed the pupils and parents to the ceremony in Irish, referred to the importance of the Irish language in Donegal, his own experiences with the language as a learner, and he wished the young people all the best during their time in the rich linguistic community of the Gaeltacht.Cllr Mick Quinn, chairperson of the Council’s Irish language committee ‘Coiste na Gaeilge’ thanked the various colleges who were also supporting the annual scheme by providing 17 matching scholarships for the 17 provided by Donegal County Council, including Coláiste Bhríde in Rann na Feirste, Coláiste Árainn Mhór on Arranmore Island, Coláiste Chill Chartha in Kilcar, Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne in Teelin, Coláiste Chú Chulainn in Gaoth Dobhair, Coláiste Ghael Linn in Gaoth Dobhair, Coláiste na Rosann in Annagry and Coláiste an Phiarsaigh in Dunlewey. ‘The Council received a total of 465 applications this year’ he stated, ‘and we are presenting 34 full scholarships to the lucky pupils whose names were drawn out in an open and fair draw in which everyone had the same chance. And the scheme is worth up to approximately €25,000 in total’, he continued, which is a significant investment in our language, and in our youth, and in our county. He thanked the ongoing support and work of his fellow colleagues on Coiste na Gaeilge.Addressing those present in Irish, Séamus Neely, Chief Executive Officer for Donegal County Council stated that it was important that we demonstrated to our young people that we ourselves respected the language.He talked about the increasing importance of the language in the area of work and the public service in general, and referred to a range of activities within Council, including Seachtain na Gaeilge events earlier this year in the libraries across the county, the implementation of the Council’s Language Scheme 2014-2017, plans for including the Irish language as part of the programme of events for the 2016 centenary year, and also the inclusion of Irish language initiatives as part of the up and coming Local Economic and Community Plan for the county.ENDList of pupil names below Ainmneacha don Scéim Scoláireachta 2015Liosta Deiridh do Scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta 2015Kathlyn McFeeley, Uisce Chaoin, MaghColáiste Bhríde, Rann na FeirsteLeah Quigley, Ballynally, Bun an Phobail, LeifearColáiste Bhríde, Rann na FeirsteDonna McConnellogue, Sappagh, Magh Coláiste Ghael Linn, Bun an InbhirSophie Doherty, Bóthar Ghaoth Dobhair, An Clochán LiathColáiste Ghael Linn, Bun an InbhirJake McDaid, Sappagh, MaghColáiste Ghael Linn, Bun an InbhirLauren Callaghan, An Phríomhshráid, Cúil na gCuirridínColáiste Ghael Linn, Bun an InbhirNiamh O’Hagan, Sappagh, MaghColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireRebecca Blaney, County Lane, An Clochán Liath Coláiste na Rosann, AnagaireRuairí Kelly, Glenmaquin, Leitir CeanainnColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireOrla Egan, An Cheathrú ChaolColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireAoife Ní Dhuibhir, An Bábhún/Bavan, Cill CharthaighColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireMathew Callaghan, Arda Radharc an Bhaile, Bealach FéichColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireRebecca Blackburn, Magheracorran, ConmhaighColáiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheÉimear Nic Pháidín, Cnoc an Chuilinn, Hollymount,Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheCharlene McGinley, Cashleenan, An TearmannColáiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheOdhrán McGlynn, Thompsonstonduff, An ClochánColáiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheJames Monagle, Cloch Ard, Gleann Tóchair, Carn DomhnachColáiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheTadhg Quigley Brennan, Bóthar Leitir Ceanainn, Ráth MealtainColáiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne, TeileannSiobhán Ní Dhochartaigh 24/02/2001 An Bogach Carraig Dún na nGall Contae Dhún naColáiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne, TeileannShannon Doherty, Ard na Rí, An Lána Fada, Leitir CeanainnColáiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne, TeileannMáirtín Mac Fheargail, Assaroe View, Béal Átha Seanaidh Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne, TeileannRóise Ní Andersson, Coguis, Cill CharthaighColáiste Chill CharthaDanielle Masterson-Burrows, Lawne Close, Béal Átha SeanaidhColáiste Chill CharthaAva McGinley, Na Caislíní Cill CharthaighColáiste Chill CharthaAisling O’Malley, Clós Naomh Muire, St Mary’s CloseColáiste Chill CharthaCourtney O’Connor, Carnmalin Carn Mhálanna, Cionn MhálannaColáiste Chill CharthaSeán Coleman,Dungorman, Caisleán na FinneColáiste Chill CharthaAoife Kelly, An Craoslach, Leitir CeanainnColáiste Chill CharthaConor Bowe, The Fairways, Leitir CeanainnColáiste Árainn MhórHarry White, Na Mínligh / The Fairways, An Glaidhb, Leitir CeanainnColáiste Árainn MhórShaun Marley, Coillte Feargail, An ClochánColáiste Chú ChulainnChloe Doherty, Baile Áir / Ballyare, Ráth MealtainColáiste Chú ChulainnAmy Dilleyston, Cornfield Lane / An Baile NuaColáiste Chú ChulainnAmelia Yeoman, Gort na mBó, Aghilly, Bun CrannchaColáiste Chú ChulainnDé Luain 25 Bealtaine. Ba é Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, An Clr. John Campbell, agus Cathaoirleach ar Choiste Gaeilge na Comhairle Contae, An Clr Mícheál Ó Cuinn, a rinne na scoláireachtaí a bhronnadh ar an aos óg ar an lá.Agus é ag caint ag an ócáid, dúirt Jake McDaid, atá aon bhliain déag d’aois, go raibh lúcháir air an deis seo a fháil freastal ar Choláiste Ghael Linn i mBun an Inbhir i nGaoth Dobhair, agus bhí an méid céanna le rá ag Charlene McGinley, 13bl, agus í ar tí freastal ar chúrsa de chuid Choláiste an Phiarsaigh i nDún Lúiche. Chuir an Cathaoirleach John Campbell fáilte fhoirmeálta roimh achan dalta agus achan tuismitheoir chuig an ócáid agus luaigh sé an tábhacht a bhí leis an Ghaeilge i gContae Dhún na nGall, a eispéireas féin agus a thaithí féin leis an teanga mar fhoghlaimeoir, agus ghuigh sé gach ádh leis na daoine óga le linn a gcuid laethanta saoire i gceantar saibhir na Gaeltachta.Ghabh an Clr. Mícheál Ó Cuinn, cathaoirleach ar Choiste Gaeilge na Comhairle Contae, ghabh sé buíochas leis na coláistí éagsúla atá ag tacú leis an scéim bhliantúil trí 17 scoláireacht a chur ar fáil i gcoinne an 17 scoláireacht atá á gcur ar fáil ag Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, ina measc Coláiste Bhríde i Rann na Feirste, Coláiste Árainn Mhór ar Oileán Árainn Mhór, Coláiste Chill Chartha, Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne i dTeileann, Coláiste Chú Chulainn i nGaoth Dobhair, Coláiste Ghael Linn i mBun an Inbhir, Coláiste na Rosann in Anagaire agus Coláiste an Phiarsaigh i nDún Lúiche. ‘Fuair an Chomhairle 465 iarratas san iomlán’ ar seisean ‘agus tá 34 lánscoláireacht á mbronnadh againn ar na daltaí ádhúla ar tarraingíodh a gcuid ainmneacha amach as an bhosca i gcrannchur oscailte agus cothrom ina raibh an deis chéanna ag achan duine. Is fiú suas le €25,000 an scéim seo’ a lean sé ‘agus is infheistíocht shuntasach í sin sa teanga, san óige agus sa chontae’. Ghabh sé buíochas lena chomhleacaithe tofa ar Choiste na Gaeilge.Agus é ag labhairt i nGaeilge, dúirt Bainisteoir Contae Dhún na nGall Séamus Ó Conghaola, go raibh sé tábhachtach dúinne a léiriú do na daoine óga go bhfuil meas againn féin ar an teanga. Labhair sé faoin tábhacht mhór a bhí bainte leis an teanga i saol na hoibre agus sa tseirbhís phoiblí i gcoitinne, agus rinne sé tagairt chomh maith do réimse imeachtaí agus gníomhaíochtaí laistigh den Chomhairle contae, ina measc imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge ní ba luaithe i mbliana sna leabharlanna ar fud an chontae, cur i bhfeidhm Scéim Teanga na Comhairle 2014-2017, pleananna leis an Ghaeilge a bheith san áireamh sa chlár imeachtaí atá á chur le chéile le haghaidh Chomóradh Céad Bliain 2016, agus go mbeidh an Ghaeilge mar chuid den Phlean Áitiúil Eacnamaíochta agus Pobail don chontae atá ar na bacáin.DONEGAL STUDENTS PRESENTED WITH GAELTACHT SCHOLARSHIPS was last modified: May 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGaeltacht Scholarshipslast_img read more

first_imgCill Chartha Notes 30.04.2012.The Club has had a succesfull two weeks. Last weekend our U-17 boys won the Gaeltacht competition in Galway for the second year in a row.Congratulations to the panel and management on their success. Our Ladies team had and exciting win over local rivals Naomh Columba, as well as Reserve and Seniors getting compreshive wins over Glenswilly on Sunday. The Bingo Jackpot will be €1,100 on 46 numbers next Sunday night as there was no winner this week. . Some of winners were; Joan Ellis €180, Mary Breslin €70, Brid Byrne €70, Sarah Gallagher €70, Trina McShane €70, Laura Gallagher €70, Anthony Burke €70, Eithne Byrne €50. The LOTTO Jackpot this week will be €2300 as it was not won last week. The winning numbers were 7,9,11,17. Drawn prizes were €50 – John O’Donnell, Post Office. €30 – Frank McSweney, Cruckarra. €20 – Marie Cunningham, Cuskery. Lotto sellers this weekend-Saturday : Barry McShane, Ronan McCloskey,David McShane, Conor McShane. Sunday sellers are: John McNulty and Michael Curran.Senior and Reserve Teams play Malin at home this Sunday in the Preliminary round of the Senior Championship in Towney on Saturday evening. The Ladies team take part in the Donegal Gaeltacht competition in Gaoth Dobhair this weekend.Good luck to all involved.GAA NOTES: KILCAR was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Kilcar GAA noteslast_img read more

first_imgBranislav Ivanovic scored a potentially crucial away goal for Chelsea to put them ahead in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg in Paris. The defender continued his remarkable knack of scoring important goals when he headed home following John Terry’s ball in from the left.It came slightly against the run of play, with Thibaut Courtois, back in the Chelsea side, having kept out three headers – two of them from Edinson Cavani – during a bright start by Paris St-Germain.Courtois dived to his right to save Blaise Matuidi’s powerful header after Cavani had lifted the ball into the penalty area.Cavani then headed straight at the Blues keeper after Matuidi turned provider, drifting out to the left and serving up an excellent cross towards the PSG striker.And Courtois was called into action again on 34 minutes, this time to deal with Cavani’s near-post header from Ezequiel Lavezzi’s right-wing corner.Three minutes later Chelsea were ahead. Cahill flicked on Terry’s cross with the outside of his right boot and Ivanovic was well placed to score his fifth goal of the season – and his first in Europe since his winner in the 2013 Europa League Final.As well as Courtois and Cahill, Diego Costa and the fit-again Cesc Fabregas are back in the Chelsea starting line-up.David Luiz is playing for the home side, featuring in midfield for the first time since joining them from Chelsea last year. Chelsea Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Oscar, Cuadrado, Drogba, Remy. Paris St-Germain: Sirigu; Van der Wiel, Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell; David Luiz, Verratti, Matuidi; Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic, Cavani..Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer will take a leave of absence beginning immediately.Baer, 61, was involved in a public altercation with his wife Pam, 59, in San Francisco on Friday.The Giants board of directors issued a statement Monday announcing that Baer has requested to take time away from the organization.“The Board of Directors of San Francisco Baseball Associates is closely monitoring the matter involving Giants President and CEO Larry Baer.  Pursuant to League …last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts In 2006, Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake coined the term “BizDev 2.0” when looking at the phenomenon of supplying commercial API keys to startup partners. Said Fake, traditional business development meant “trying to get hopelessly overbooked people to return your email. And then after the deal was done, squabbling over who dealt with the customer service. [It’s] much, much better this way!” Three years later, many are finding that while APIs are great biz dev tools for the larger provider, startups can often suffer under the thumb of their platform keepers.In November ReadWriteStart spoke to Lookery CEO Scott Rafer about his company’s shutdown. Rafer counts his dependency on a single platform as being one facet of his downfall. Said Rafer, “I’ve ranted for years about how bad an idea it is for startups to be mobile-carrier dependent. In retrospect, there is no difference between Verizon Wireless and Facebook in this context.”This week, Totlol CEO Ron Ilan set the blogosphere abuzz in a blog post describing his latest issues with YouTube. Tags:#NYT#start#startups dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In July 2008, unbeknownst to Ilan, Google was about to change its YouTube terms of service. According to the startup entrepreneur and father of two, Ilan found himself in a predicament. He had originally planned to find sponsorship for his community of curated toddler-appropriate YouTube videos; however, the new YouTube ToS restricted commercial use and his ability to monetize. In one fell swoop from the API provider, his entire business model and livelihood changed. Unwilling to violate the new terms, Ilan began work on a subscription model. Says Ilan, “When publishing a public API, a company forms a relationship withdevelopers. To quote from the movie Love Actually – I love that word ‘relationship’. Covers all manner of sin doesn’t it? The relationship is by definition asymmetrical, as in me (one person) with them (the world’s most powerful company). I think the API provider should be at least as honest and open as the startup. I don’t know how Facebook and Twitter are with their API users, but I guess they can’t be worse.”Similar to Totlol, entertainment community Redux offers a community where users aggregate niche video content from third party sites. While much of the content comes from sites like YouTube and Vimeo, Redux CEO David McIntosh has a decidedly different view of the YouTube ecosystem. Says McIntosh, “We’re committed to adhering to YouTube’s Terms of Service as it exists today, and as it may change in the future. We believe that there are many awesome opportunities for 3rd parties to monetize around YouTube content in ways that are consistent with the YouTube’s Terms of Service and great for users.”McIntosh plans to monetize his service via video insertions in Redux’s television mode and promotional items displayed in the real-time Redux feed similar to Digg’s latest ad efforts. But the question is whether or not ToS can affect these revenue streams as well. You never believe your home is going to be damaged by an earthquake, but for some it happens. If you build on a platform you don’t control, is this akin to laying your foundation on a fault line? If you’ve got suggestions on how to mitigate this type of risk, let us know in the comments below. YouTube didn’t respond by press time to our request for comment but we’ll update this post if we get a response later.Disclosure: RWW is sponsored by API management service Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgA Kasuli court on May 4 ordered five-day police remand for Vijay Singh, who had allegedly shot dead a government official overseeing a demolition drive near Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh. Singh, who was nabbed by a joint team of Himachal and Delhi Police on May 3 from Vrindavan town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, was produced before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate in Kasauli on May 5. The police wanted the five-day custody to take the accused to the crime scene. “The court has remanded him [Vijay Singh] to five day police custody. We had sought his custody for further investigation of the case. Also, we have recovered the .32 bore revolver used in the crime,” police said. Shiv Kumar, officiating Superintendent of Police, Solan, said that the weapon used for committing the crime was hidden by the accused in the forest area near his guest house.last_img read more

first_imgKasparov would appear to be motivated more by love of the game than anything else. Though the winner’s purse in St. Louis is a not-paltry $150,000, the grandmaster said he would donate any winnings to promote chess in Africa.Kasparov did in fact return to the game, though only in informal capacity, once before, in 2015. He played a friendly match against Nigel Short — 10 years after formally bowing out of professional competition.Kasparov did not appear to have lost a step: He crushed his British opponent, 8 to 1. CBB So there was considerable surprise when he agreed to play in the new Rapid and Blitz tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, which follows closely after the annual Sinquefield Cup competition, a major stop on the world tour, in the same city on the Mississippi River.Kasparov, who became the youngest world champion ever at age 22 in 1985, is now 54, more than a decade past the age when professional chess players typically retire.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 shutoutIndeed, in a Facebook posting early Sunday, he made clear that the Rapid and Blitz tournament represents “not an end to my retirement from chess, only a five-day hiatus.”He added, “I have no plans to play after this event.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The younger generation, which Ramirez sees emerging almost by the day, “certainly looks up to him,” he said. “His contribution to chess theory and our understanding of the game resonate still today.”But what are Kasparov’s realistic chances after so many years away from the grueling competition of professional chess?“Garry Kasparov has always had a fighting spirit second to none, and he is extremely competitive,” Ramirez said. “But he is still going to be facing very stiff competition,” including “some of the best of the best of the world.”The man himself sought to “manage expectations,” quipping in his Facebook post Sunday that “at the age of 54 I would have as much hope of returning to my chess form of age 40 as to my hairline of age 20!”The high-pressure, speed-chess format of the St. Louis tournament, where players are forced to make their moves far more rapidly than during normal competitions, could be tough on the graying Kasparov, as he takes on much younger players who specialize in that approach.“I expect him to be fighting for the top spots, but I would be surprised if he wins it all,” said Ramirez, 29, who became a grandmaster at age 15.His ‘incredible aura’But in a tournament that will include four of the world’s top 10 players, Kasparov is not expected to be a pushover, said Sylvain Ravot of France, who has a master rating.“His sense of the game, his passion for winning, his experience and his reflexes should all help him do well, perhaps even land in the top three, even if it will be much harder for him,” Ravot said in an interview, while emphasizing Kasparov’s “incredible aura.”Accustomed to being a step ahead of the field, the Russian “chose the venue well — more or less within his reach — for his comeback,” Ravot said, adding that the mere fact of Kasparov’s return might be more important than his actual performance.“It’s a bit like Pete Sampras making a comeback” to tennis, he said. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NLEX zooms to 5th win Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses From Monday to Saturday, the Russian will put aside the business that has kept him busy in retirement — his vocal and determined opposition to President Vladimir Putin — to play against some of chess’s big guns, like fellow Russian Sergey Karjakin.The world’s current No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, will not be there, however.Still, the return to competition of the Azerbaijan-born Kasparov — a man once dubbed the “Beast of Baku,” whose epic clashes with Anatoli Karpov are part of chess legend — has had an explosive impact in the chess world, particularly in St. Louis.‘To see this dude play’“Everyone is talking about it,” American chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez told AFP. “People are flying from India and China to see this dude play.”Kasparov’s long and “unparalleled” dominance of the chess world made him “a cultural icon,” said Ramirez, a US Open champion who coaches the chess team at Saint Louis University.ADVERTISEMENT This file photo taken on September 07, 2011, shows Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, playing simultaneous chess games in Porto Alegre, during his visit to Brazil. The former World Chess Champion and one of the leaders of Russian political opposition owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics. But he just can’t seem to stay away from the chessboard. The 54-year-old former world champion is coming out of retirement on August 14, 2017 to play in an official tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, against nine top-notch players. AFP FILELOUIS, United States — In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement — if only briefly — to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a “chess god.”Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. Since his withdrawal from a tournament in Linares, Spain in March 2005, the Russian’s absence has left many chess fanatics feeling orphaned.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBack in January, when most other teams around the world were struggling to find the right combination for the ICC World Twenty20, India had appeared to hit the jackpot.  (Full World T20 Coverage | Points Table )After the drubbing in the five-match ODI series against Australia, India ran rampage in the T20 series, handing the hosts a 3-0 whitewash. Next, India crushed Sri Lanka at home and then lifted the Asia Cup T20 without a fuss.Meanwhile, the other heavyweights, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies had barely played enough T20 cricket. India on the other hand, had played as many as 11 T20 Internationals before the World T20 had started and won 10 of them.India, at home, were red-hot favourites to win the World T20 for a record second time. How could they be stopped? The pitches would either favour their spinners or their hard-hitting batsmen. They would steamroll everyone who came in their way. (Watson to retire from international cricket after World T20 )But New Zealand came up as a rude wake-up call. On a square turner in Nagpur, three Kiwi spinners shocked and stunned India with nine wickets. The hosts faced Pakistan in a must-win game at the Eden Gardens and after a splendid show by the bowlers, the top-order caved in again.Virat Kohli’s genius and Yuvraj Singh’s resilience helped India get past the finishing line against their arch-rivals. But the problems were glaring. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina had been done in by searing pace; in Nagpur, they had no answers to spin. The flat pitches were nowhere to be seen.advertisementIndia’s usually fleet-footed batsmen were desperate for some relief in Bangalore with its shorter boundaries. Maybe, just maybe, the surface would be to their liking. And what do they get? A slow pitch that allowed Bangladesh to stifle a star-studded batting line-up.  Everyone struggled and India were restricted to 146.Bangladesh knew it was their game to lose from thereon. Tamim Iqbal, aided by two dropped chances early on, sent the Indian fielders on a leather hunt. They were sensible for most parts of the innings before a sensational penultimate over by Jasprit Bumrah left them with an uncomfortable 11 to get off the last ball.Yet, victory was in sight for Bangladesh after Mushfiqur Rahim hammered two boundaries off rank bad balls from Hardik Pandya and then somehow, they lost two wickets in two balls, off full tosses! Pandya conjured up the skill and nerves to steal a one-run win and the nation erupted.India were still alive in the World T20. They have to now beat Australia to reach the semi-finals, but the hosts are still hanging in there with a fighting chance.However, this is not how the Indian players, fan and the media would have envisaged it. A loss to New Zealand, a must-win game against Pakistan and a miraculous jail-break against Bangladesh, who have never defeated India in T20s. But Ashwin put it aptly. India are not  yet contenders for the trophy.”We have not really batted the way where we would be really pleased with our performance. We are a very, very good batting unit. Once we fire on all cylinders we will be great contenders for the title. As of today, with where we stand, I don’t think we are contenders,” Ashwin said after India’s last-ball victory over Bangladesh on Tuesday.But do India have it in them to win this? They certainly do. Kohli is in majestic form and Rohit is just one good knock away from bouncing back. Dhawan can do plenty of damage when he is on songh and Yuvraj has shown the tenacity that was expected of him. Dhoni can keep his cool under pressure and that in itself is a great asset.The pacers have been brilliant over the last three months. Ashish Nehra, Bumrah and Pandya have bowled their hearts out. The young Bumrah has stood out with his accurate yorkers in the death. Ashwin and Jadeja are now seasoned pros, who deliver everytime the chips are down.Raina’s form is a concern but the skipper’s continued backing could be a massive boost for the feisty southpaw.Moreover, India are gradually moving towards happier venues. They play Australia in Mohali and if they do make it to the semis, they are most likely to play the West Indies in Mumbai (provided West Indies top Group 1 and India finish second in Group 2). The final is at the Eden Gardens and it won’t be easy for any team facing India there.advertisementIt’s all easier said than done. But India, after months of preparation, have to win three matches. That’s what it has all come down to. Three matches. Three must-win matches.Mohali was where India had defeated Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi-final and Mumbai was where a Dhoni classic had helped them lift the World Cup, after 28 years.But for that dream to be realised, the batsmen have to start firing. India are over-reliant on Kohli and that has to end at some point. It’s time for the other stars to stand up, deliver and be counted.last_img read more