Philippines seizes silver in equestrian show jumping event

first_imgView comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Arroyo and Leviste were part of the team that won the same silver medal in the 2011 Games but wasn’t able to repeat the feat in the 2013 and 2015 outings.Malaysia won the gold while Thailand settled for bronze.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games FILE PHOTO – Toni Leviste, aboard Loribri, competes in the Longines Global Champions Tour event in Florida. Above left, Toni receives a prize for her lofty finish.The Philippines took a spot in the podium of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after taking the silver medal in the show jumping team event in equestrian Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Antoinette Leviste and Joker Arroyo teamed up with Chiara Sophia Amor and Colin John Syquia for the second-best finish in the event.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Clarice Patrimonio wins silver in tennis MOST READlast_img read more

Nets overcome James’ triple-double, beat Cavaliers

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Nets: The Nets are 3-0 at home for the first time since 2002-03. … The last team with five straight 115-games to open a season was the 1985-86 Pistons. The Nets came in leading the NBA with 123.5 points per game.BRONX BOMBERS IN BROOKLYNAaron Judge, CC Sabathia and Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees watched from a sideline seat.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit New Orleans on Saturday.Nets: Visit New York on Friday. No. 1 pick Fultz out 3 games for 76ers with sore shoulder Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa He ran the offense fine but his long-range shooters couldn’t convert enough of his passes. Kevin Love finished 4 for 13 from the floor and J.R. Smith was 1 for 9, missing all five 3-point attempts.The Nets led by 14 when Quincy Acy made a 3-pointer to open the scoring in the fourth, but James led the Cavs on a 13-0 run that gave them a 94-92 lead on Love’s 3-pointer. The teams traded narrow leads from there.Russell, the Nets’ leading scorer, sat out after spraining his right knee in Tuesday’s loss at Orlando.TIP-INSCavaliers: Lue said he hoped Rose could play Saturday at New Orleans. … The Cavs had won the last four meetings.ADVERTISEMENT Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) defends Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds left while starting for the injured D’Angelo Russell, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame LeBron James’ first triple-double of the season to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-107 on Wednesday night.James had 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in his 56th triple-double, but he missed two free throws — the second intentionally — with the Cavaliers trailing by two with 7.6 seconds remaining. DeMarre Carrollthen hit a free throw and the Cavs’ long inbounds pass intended for James went out of bounds.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Dinwiddie scored 22 points for the Nets, who blew a 14-point lead in the final quarter but recovered toimprove to 3-2 — the same record as the defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe added 19 points apiece and Carroll scored 18 for the Nets, who fell just shy of becoming the first NBA team in 32 years to open a season with five straight 115-point games.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 shutoutJames appeared in his 772nd game with the Cavs, passing former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas for most in team history. But it turned into a frustrating night.He started at point guard for the second straight night with Derrick Rose still nursing a sprained left ankle and Dwyane Wade joining him after bruising his left knee in Tuesday’s victory over Chicago. View commentslast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian claims third spot, drops Letran in three

first_imgAll-Star Harden question Paul snub John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES San Sebastian Lady Stags. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian crept into the third seed after cutting down Letran in straight sets, 25-9, 25-22, 25-18, of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Stags had full control of the game, but the Lady Knights put up a semblance of a fight in the third set as Miracle Mendoza scored on back-to-back possessions to cut the lead to 22-18.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nikka Dalisay then scored two straight points for the Lady Stags 24-18 lead before Daurene Santos finished things off with an off-the-block kill.The Lady Stags improved to 4-2 card, the same as University of Perpetual Help, but edged the Lady Altas to the third seed by virtue of a 14-11 lead in points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLady Stags head coach Roger Gorayeb, who has only been utilizing eight players, believes a Final 4 stint is still a possibility but he’s no longer focusing on the seeds as long as they get to the semifinals.“The Final Four is still in the firing range,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “At least I can already see the performance that I want from them, but we still have to work harder.” PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We just have to face the reality that we don’t have that many players, and that we just have to manage every thing and get to the Final Four.”Joyce Sta. Rita led all scorers with 18 points while Dalisay and Santos added 12 and 11 points, respectively.Jaymeleene Parin and Kathleen Barrinuevo had six points apiece to lead the 2-4 Lady Knights.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

Host France whips Philippines in Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken A two-pointer by Bronchard stretched the gap to eight, 16-8, before Charly Pontens sealed the dominant victory for France, which leads Pool B with a 2-0 record, with still one minute and 27 seconds to spare.The Filipinos, who were forced to take contested shots outside due to France’s size and solid defense, split their first two games in the tournament after a 21-15 win over Romania earlier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Paras, Ravena lead PH over Romania Fiba 3×3 World CupJR Quiñahan gave the 18th seed Philippines a 2-1 edge, but France quickly answered with a two-pointer of its own and the Filipinos never led again. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Castro says Texters must play as a team against Beermen 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 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire The Philippines will try to bounce back against No. 2 Slovenia early Wednesday morning. The game is set at 1:40 a.m before wrapping the elimination round with a duel against No. 15 El Salvador, which was also clobbered by France, 21-5, earlier.The top two teams in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Angelo Tsagarakis of France drives against Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines during the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France. Photo from Fiba.comFrance outclassed the Philippines, 22-11, to gain early lead in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup early Monday morning (Manila time) in Nantes, France.Led by big man Charles Bronchard and speedy guard Dominique Gentil, No. 10 France raced to an early advantage that the Philippines couldn’t recover from.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao’s title on the line vs Horn in ‘Battle of Brisbane’

first_imgBoxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. AP FILE PHOTOBRISBANE, Australia— Manny Pacquiao has ducked and weaved, has been accused of being late and rude, and of thinking more about a Floyd Mayweather rematch than his WBO welterweight world title defense against Jeff Horn.After week of fine-tuning in Australia, Pacquiao and Horn easily made weight at the Saturday morning weigh-in. The Filipino senator did a quick TV interview before making a swift exit to eat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fightLocals have grumbled that Pacquiao only attended a formal pre-fight function for a few minutes on Friday, and Horn’s camp accused Pacquiao earlier in the week of being late for the official news conference and then constantly texting on his cell phone through the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhat nobody can complain about is the pulling power of the 11-time world champion. More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the outdoor bout on Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium, and the so-called “Battle of Brisbane” is expected to set records for pay-per-view in Australia.For the first time since 2005, a Pacquiao fight hasn’t been restricted to pay-per-view in America. ESPN will broadcast the fight to an estimated 95 million U.S. homes in prime time Saturday night. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pacquiao, Horn make weight for ‘Battle of Brisbane’7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pacquiao hasn’t won by knockout since 2009, but Roach said the 38-year-old eight-division champ has knocked down sparring partners and is in vintage form.“Freddie is very happy because that snap is back, the power is there,” Pacquiao said in an interview with ESPN after the weigh-in. “I feel good. Weight is not a problem. Let’s get it on.”Roach believes Pacquiao’s boxing future depends on how the fight goes against Horn. If he were to lose, Roach said he’d likely recommend retirement. A comfortable win would add ammunition for a rematch with Mayweather.Pacquiao has more than a decade of experience in this environment, and said he likes to take on a boxer who has hometown advantage because he enjoys the extra buzz. Horn (16-0-1, 11 knockouts) is unbeaten in his 17 fights since turning pro in 2013, but has never confronted anyone of Pacquiao’s caliber.Experience, “is my advantage,” Pacquiao said. “But I want to make sure that I … use it properly and maximize it.”Pacquiao tipped the scales at 66.1 kilograms (146 pounds) on Saturday, and Horn weighed in at 63.35 kilograms (147 pounds) after shedding 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) in recent days.Horn, a former school teacher and Olympic quarterfinalist before turning pro, said he had the reach and weight advantages over Pacquiao, and had the range of punches that could cause the Filipino great some trouble.During the week, he has talked about being disrespected amid talk of another Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, and said he had the weapons to knock out Pacquiao.“Game face is on. School is out,” Horn said. “I just keep that in my mind, what I’m going to have to do in the ring, which will upset Manny.”RELATED VIDEO MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reports “This is the time that I give back to the fans,” Pacquiao said, adding that he’d suggested “let’s do free TV for the fans,” to Top Rank promotor Bob Arum.“I have to give a good show for them,” he added. “This is it. I’m excited.”Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is defending the WBO title he won on points against Jessie Vargas last November. That was one of the two fights he’s had — the other was a points win over Tim Brady in April of last year — since he lost the 2015 mega fight to Mayweather.Legendary trainer Freddie Roach has predicted a knockout against Horn, saying Pacquiao is perfectly prepared and the fight should be “short and sweet.”READ: Pacquiao out to give former school teacher Horn a boxing lessonADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Amid ‘very low’ morale in Gilas camp, Standhardinger prepares to fill very big shoes

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “I thought we had 12 days of practice and right, we have 12 days practice—except not with the whole team. We’re still not complete so it’s gonna be very, very difficult,” Reyes said. “That’s the tough part with this Fiba Asia. We’re going to go into a tournament, into a war and we’re never complete.”Still, Reyes is hoping that the individual greatness of these players will be enough to deliver results.“You know these guys. They never quit, they never give up. Hopefully, we can spring some surprises come Fiba Asia,” he said.Also doing double duty for the country is Carl Cruz, who will see action in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpuer and in the Fiba Asia.“It’s going to be tiring, but opportunities like this are rare. You can’t mind fatigue if it’s for the country,” said Cruz in Filipino.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Odom opens up about brush with death 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 Christian Standhardinger, the 6-foot-7 stand-in for Blatche will try to keep some light of hope burning for the country.“I’m going to be ready,” the Filipino-German vowed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe better be.Not only is he anchoring the middle for the Philippines—a team traditionally devoid of a low-block threat in a frontline-heavy Asian hardcourt—in the Fiba Asia, he’ll also be pulling off double duty. MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Standhardinger is also in the lineup of the Gilas Pilipinas squad that will do battle in the Southeast Asian Games.“I feel very honored that I’ll play for two tournaments for the Philippines. I think that means that the coaches like what they see or they wouldn’t let me participate in both. I’m going to try my best to help win us as a whole to win both tournaments,” Standhardinger said.Blatche made his official announcement via a brief Instagram post on Wednesday: “I will always be very thankful for the opportunity, the love, and the support I have received from my Filipino family but it’s a lot of reason why I can’t join. I don’t expect for many people to understand but I do wish my brothers the best of luck.”Standhardinger will try to fill in for the 30-year-old Blatche, huge shoes that are not easily filled.And he even doesn’t have time to prepare for it.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that the atmosphere in the national team camp turned dark after Andray Blatche opted to sit out the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.“[Our confidence is] very, very low. I mean, we’re going to fight, and we’re going to fight like hell, but we have to manage expectations,” he said as the national team resumed team practices Thursday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

LOOK: NBA teams exploit solar eclipse to mock Phoenix Suns

first_imgMOST READ As the Moon passed the Earth and “blocked” the Sun, teams collated videos of their players blocking the Suns’ squad, starting with the Atlanta Hawks’s social media team.“In honor of the sun being blocked today, here are our best blocks against the @Suns over the past few years!” the Hawks captioned the video, along with the hashtag #SolarEclipse2017. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening In honor of the sun being blocked today, here are our best blocks against the @Suns over the past few years! ☀️🌑😎#SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/NcnldLq2Ho— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) August 21, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 An extremely rare phenomenon took place over the weekend,  as the Great American Eclipse put on a show over the skies of the United States.But sadly for an NBA franchise that shares the name of the massive star, the Phoenix Suns, rival teams took the astronomical event as a chance to poke fun at the Arizona-based squad.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Azarenka withdraws from US Open amid child custody dispute The Minnesota Timberwolves also chimed in, sharing a clip of Karl Anthony Towns emphatically swatting Devin Booker’s shot.Here’s how @KarlTowns blocks the Sun. #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/2fqsQrRcan— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) August 21, 2017The Milwaukee Bucks rounded out the mischievous bunch, claiming to have been blocking the Suns since 1968.Blocking out the Suns since 1968. #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/KIBQC0zfE0— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 21, 2017The Suns’ social media team, meanwhile, refused to take the online abuse and threatened to “block” back.  /raWhen the Suns block back 😏 #SolarEclipse17 pic.twitter.com/gU32E0LmzW Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side — Phoenix Suns (@Suns) August 21, 2017Screen Grab from Twitter/@Suns Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Brooklyn Nets could not resist the urge as well and posted a clip of their own.PSA: The @Suns getting blocked beginning at 1:23 Brooklyn time 😎🌑 #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/srEY1kHlss— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 21, 2017ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ghosal settles for bronze in squash event

first_imgIndia’s ace racqueter Saurav Ghosal on Saturday settled for a bronze medal after losing his semifinal clash to top-seed Mohammad Azlan Iskandar of Malaysia in the men’s singles squash event at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.World ranked 25 Ghosal waged a grim battle against an opponent ranked ten places higher than him in the world chart to eventually lose 5-11 11-6 5-11 10-12 at the Town Gymnasium.2006 Doha Asian Games bronze medallist Ghosal gave a tough fight to the Malaysian but failed to garner points at crucial junctures.On Friday, he had defeated countrymate Siddharth Suchde, world ranked 73rd, 3-0 in the quarterfinal to book his berth into the last-four stage.India could not win a medal in the women’s singles event as Chennai girls Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa fought their hearts out but eventually ran out of steam against top-ranked Malaysian rivals, to bow out of the individual competition on Friday.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Queenbee Mallika rules on new film set

first_imgMallika SherawatMallika Sherawat has been enjoying shooting for the Indra Kumar directed-Double Dhamaal, the sequel to the Sanjay Dutt- starrer Dhamaal. Mallika seems to have realised that comedy is the only genre she has a knack for.She has been cast with Riteish Deshmukh and Arshad Warsi, who sport all new looks in this hardcore comedy flick. Sanjay and Jaaved Jaffry also return in the sequel. Dhamaal did not have a heroine. Double Dhamaal will make up for it with Mallika, who will add the oomph element missing in the last film.Mallika missed the mahurat shot of the film, but is back with a vengeance, throwing tantrums at co- star Kangna Ranaut and having a gala time with the boys at the same time.Mallika surely knows how to have dhamaal at the expense of others.last_img read more

Second coming

first_imgThe spiffy steel, glass and wood facade is like an adornmentArchitect Rajiv Saini is a makeover maverick. His avant-garde designs celebrate heritage structures in an exquisitely modern format, paying tribute to the grand old buildings of yore but in his trend-setting signature style. Mumbai-based Saini has recently refurbished a Victorian style mansion, some 80 years old, located in Hyderabad’s upscale Banjara Hills. And yes, this stately residence in its new avatar has all the grandeur of a vintage space albeit flaunting a chic and contemporary design aesthetic. “We could have started off with a new design. Instead, we decided to work with what we already had and came up with an original space,” he says.Diagonally-framed metal screens in the hand wash areaOpulent living in this erstwhile 7,500 sq ft two-storey residence meant being surrounded by Victorian column embellishments, marble spiral staircases, wrought-iron mermaids and cherubim fountains. But now in its 12,500 sq ft reincarnation, the space sports a clean, modern look highlighted by cutting-edge architectural features and sleek high-end furniture. Undoubtedly, the addition of new space pockets in the existing structure is the edgiest of innovations undertaken by Saini. For design worshippers, supplementing a dwelling with 5,000 sq ft of extra floor space to cope with its changing accommodation dynamics is no mean feat. The living area flaunts an uncluttered lookExplains Saini, who took almost three years to complete this elaborate project, “Extensive structural alterations were carried out to improve the relationships between various spaces.” He holds forth on how wet areas were relocated, a section of the terrace transformed into a gym and the grand spiral staircase replaced with a sleek metal and stone one.Informal dining area with a Poggenpohl pantrySimultaneously, he augmented the existing area by way of new imaginative enclosures. For instance, the terrace gym overlooking the front garden is a newly added cantilevered steel structure, while guestrooms along with a steel and glass study attached to the master suite are all fresh spaces. Also, the dining quarter, created by enclosing a part of the rear garden, is a must-see.The architecture of this elite abode is both sophisticated and quirky. So, a 10-inch gaping hole in the roof caused by the demolition of a 15-ft turret with staircase has taken on a functional role. It is currently a circular skylight enveloping the family room with a sparkling cocoon of light. It’s easy to figure out that this stylish residence has been painstakingly conceptualised and aims to duplicate a high octane hospitality outfit experience. “No fancy hotel anywhere in the world now gives her (my client) as much enjoyment and comfort as her own home,” says an ebullient Saini.Family room with its circular skylight and stylish furnitureSaini has a fine eye for decor details. The spiffy steel, glass and wood faade is almost like an adornment while the honeycombed structure of the living and dining areas reflects the refined sensibilities of the architect.The glamorous interiors are outfitted with sumptuous furniture like B&B Italia sofas. Highlights of the dining room include a custom-designed table in lacquered metal and glass, faceted mirrored ceiling concealing lighting recesses and an exposed concrete wall at the far end.A red Cappellini rocking chair in one of the roomsEqually impressive is the hand wash area. Making a chic statement here are diagonally-framed metal screens accessorised with marigold flowers. Another attractive feature is the metal and stone diagonal staircase hemmed in by the living and dining spaces. But the piece de resistance is a glass bridge on the first floor which connects the gym as well as guest suites to the main premise.The architect’s love for texture comes across through a mindboggling variety of materials used. There’s a row of yellow travertine bookshelves lining a single wall of the guest suite. The TV lounge too is dominated by acoustically treated leather-clad walls while a delicate relief work etched on white marble forms the wall behind the television.Indeed Saini’s work is contemporary, has a cultural context to it but with an unexpected modern twist. And as the experimental architect puts it aptly, “No one could believe it was the same structure that stood there since the ’80s.”advertisementlast_img read more