Del Potro stuns Federer at US Open

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, hits a backhand to Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in New York. APJuan Martin del Potro sensationally gatecrashed the US Open again on Wednesday, stunning five-champion Roger Federer and shattering hopes of a first New York showdown between the Swiss legend and Rafael Nadal.The Argentine giant, who won his only Grand Slam title in the city in 2009 by beating Federer in the final after seeing off Nadal in the semis, triumphed 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 in front of a spellbound Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The 28-year-old will once again face world number one Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday, a stunning achievement for a man who had saved two match points to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the last 16.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 Mayweather-McGregor ticket sales fall short of record E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Adamson gets 2nd wins, trumps NCAA champ Arellano

first_imgAteneo snatches top spot, FEU humbles La Salle in men’s PVL E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino 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 Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson remained undefeated and ran Arellano aground in straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16, in thePremier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Falcons, who recorded their first win streak under head coach Air Padda, remained undefeated and topped Group B with a 2-0 record while the Lady Chiefs slipped to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Padda, who started her Adamson tenure in 2016, said their win over Arellano was quite an accomplishment considering the stature of their opponents.“This could be really small for other teams but this was huge for us,” said Padda. “Arellano is the NCAA champion and when we play against higher teams the girls usually get timid but today the girls were focused.”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“I wasn’t expecting this and what I expected was that Arellano would give a better fight.”Jema Galanza reigned high for the Lady Falcons putting up 18 points while Christine Soyud added nine points.center_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 11 points. MOST READ Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Maliksi regrets early exit after tough stand against Meralco

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESBlackwater was 12 minutes away from history.After a forcing top seeded Meralco into a do-or-die with a 92-91 stunner in Game 1, the no. 8 Elite had a real chance to advance to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Star.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img View comments Blackwater even had the upper hand early in the rubber match but Meralco just showed its class, outscoring the Elite 31-19 in the fourth quarter en route to the the semifinal clincher.Maliksi, who finished with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting and six boards, was disappointed he couldn’t lead his new team to greater heights.“I feel bad about myself because the trust of the coaches is there,” said Maliksi who only came to the Elite a couple of games before the eliminations ended. “My teammates trusted me and I feel bad because there were opportunities I know I’ve wasted.”ADVERTISEMENT Tasked to guide the Bolts, Amer drops 31 in crucial game BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ All Blackwater needed was one more strong quarter to prove that a small franchise could make it big in the PBA.The Bolts, however, had other plans and that came in the form of a 104-96 win that ousted the Elite in a heartbreaker.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“All of us want something to prove, we can’t call this overachieving if we played just the quarterfinals,” said a dejected Allein Maliksi Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Of course you want to win the championship. So, I think there’s a reason why we were put in this situation.”“It’s that we have to learn from this and apply whatever we need to do next conference, next season.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Turkey seeks jail term for Enes Kanter for insulting Erdogan

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ravena shines as NLEX survives KIA; Magnolia rips Alaska The player is a vocal supporter of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for last year’s failed military coup.Kanter was detained in Romania on May 20. He said he was able to return to the United States after American officials intervened.He said his family remains in Turkey and he is concerned for them — he said his father at one point was jailed for a week — but he downplayed the situation otherwise.“I was like, that’s it, only four years? All the trash I’ve been talking?” Kanter said. “I promise you guys, it doesn’t really bother me even bother me a little bit, because my thing is just going out there and playing basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kanter said he wasn’t concerned and continued his criticisms of Erdogan, saying, “That dude is a maniac.”“That stuff really don’t bother me because I’m used to it,” Kanter said after the Knicks practiced Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) in New York.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“I think it’s just nothing to me, man. I’m in America. I’m good and my focus right now is just going out there, playing basketball, have fun with my teammates and just winning and just thinking about playoffs.”Kanter cannot return to Turkey because his passport has been canceled. He would be tried in absentia. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next AFP FILE PHOTOANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Anadolu Agency says an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office accuses the New York Knicks player of insulting the president in a series of tweets he posted in May and June 2016.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’last_img read more

Cobb stars as La Salle halts late UP rally to stay unbeaten

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES With La Salle trailing 24-23, Cobb scored three straight service aces ending the Lady Maroons’ rebellion and sending the Lady Spikers to a 2-0 card.UP built a 23-19 buffer and looked to force a fifth set after Diana Carlos and Clarice Ramos teamed up for a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDesiree Cheng would score off UP’s blockade and Aduke Ogunsanya followed it up with a service ace that trimmed the margin to two, 23-21.After UP got the 24-21 set point, reigning MVP and captain Mary Joy Baron displayed a queenly poise and kept La Salle’s fight alive with an off-speed kill cutting the deficit to 24-22. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:29Police 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Sophomore Michelle Cobb played heroine for De La Salle as she helped the defending champion finish off University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Carlos had 19 points to lead the 1-1 Lady Maroons while Molde added 10. Mentality is back as Galanza showcases best game since return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ironically, it was UP’s Isa Molde who would usher the Lady Maroons’ doom with an error that allowed La Salle to creep in 24-23.“I told them that UP is not an easy opponent to beat, but you even though it was almost impossible to win the team still pulled it off,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino.“My team just needed to display the maturity needed to win the game.”Cobb not only executed the team’s offense with 32 excellent sets but she also did a little dirty work with 10 points, the same scoring production as open spiker Desiree Cheng.Kianna Dy and Tin Tiamzon were the ones who paced La Salle in scoring with 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Kerr credits ex-Dubs coach Jackson for team’s defensive prowess

first_img‘A dogfight’ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Mark Jackson  AP FILE PHOTOThe Golden State Warriors are one win away from hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy and going undefeated in the 2017 NBA Finals.Much can be said about the Warriors’ offensive firepower, but the team’s prowess on the defensive end is truly something to marvel at.ADVERTISEMENT Before current head coach Stever Kerr took over the reigns in the Bay Area in 2014, Mark Jackson was the catalyst of the then up-and-coming squad.Prior to Game 3, Kerr was quick to credit his predecessor as the man responsible for instilling the team’s core defensive values.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When I was in TV, I was doing Warriors games for years; every year, they were one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Mark came in and made a focus of being a tough defensive-minded team,” Kerr said, as relayed by ESPN.“The year before I got here, the Warriors were the fourth-ranked defensive team in the league—already top-five. We knew what we had. We didn’t change one thing defensively,” he added. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games RELATED STORY:Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs for 3-0 leadSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img MOST READ 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES He said they started switching more when Draymond [Green] took over the power forward role. “But for the most part, our schemes—everything—stayed the same.”The reigning NBA coach of the year also lauded Jackson for making his transition to coaching much easier.“We already knew they had established that defensive identity. Our job was to improve the offense—to get more movement and more flow. And that was my focus,” he said.Kerr has returned to coach the Warriors in Game 2 after being sidelined most of the playoffs due to complications from his back surgery.Jackson, meanwhile, currently works as a broadcast commentator for ESPN and ABC and continues to call the finals match-up between his former team and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Dying at Wimbledon would have been acceptable—Bartoli

first_img“It was almost a miracle from God to win Wimbledon,” said Bartoli, whose highest world ranking was seven.Bartoli says the weight loss was so dramatic she was reduced to buying clothes made for young teenagers.“I was in the public eye and I could hear people talking behind my back and saying, ‘Oh, she’s anorexic’ and I wanted to scream out and say, ‘You have no idea what I’m going through’,” said Bartoli, who went through her 2013 Wimbledon campaign without dropping a set.“It was a battle to survive every day. I could not believe people were thinking I was doing that on purpose to myself. I was scared of everything.“I was not processing protein, I was losing my hair and I love my long hair, and my teeth were almost falling out and my skin was breaking down.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena After shock win over Pacquiao, Horn ignoring the criticism LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img French former tennis player Marion Bartoli. AFPMarion Bartoli has battled back from ill health to be fighting fit for her role commentating at Wimbledon but the former French tennis star admitted on Monday she feared she would die.The 32-year-old who beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki to win the 2013 Wimbledon title, retired later that year and faded away to a mere shadow of the robust looking athlete she once was.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES She told The Times she was battling the HINI virus, the swine flu bug blamed for wiping out millions in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, but was only diagnosed after Wimbledon last year, laying to rest the rumours she was anorexic.“I did not know if I would wake up alive the next morning,” she said while taking time out from commentating on the WTA tournament at Eastbourne last week.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 stars“But I thought, ‘if I have to die, then if it is at Wimbledon, I would accept it.’”Bartoli, who also reached the 2007 Wimbledon final, says her career-defining victory in 2013 came just at the moment she was physically falling apart. “I could not wash myself with normal water, I could not type an email, my skin was so thin that I could feel the electricity. I had arthritis. I was buying clothes for 14-year-olds.”Following her diagnosis last year Bartoli spent four months in hospital in Paris and then required daily visits from a nurse at her home in Dubai.She puts her illness down to battering her body incessantly from a very young age in her bid to succeed in the sport.“I felt it happened for a reason. My body was reminding me that it has been going non-stop since I was eight years old until the moment I got ill,” said Bartoli, whose immediate target is to focus on her personal life and her desire to find love and found  a family.“I am starting to feel alive again and ready to build a love story, to start a family,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View commentslast_img read more

Saunders retains title, stays on course to face Golovkin or Alvarez

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin reacts after his fight with Canelo Alvarez was called a draw during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championionship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Billy Joe Saunders remained on course to challenge either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez after Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over American Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday.The 28-year-old Saunders, (25-0, 12 knockouts) was fighting for the first time under new trainer Dominic Ingle. He received scores of 117-111, 115-114, 117-112 from the three ringside judges.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Monroe’s record fell to 21-3, with six knockouts.Promising heavyweight Daniel Dubois had earlier earned his fifth victory from five when stopping A.J. Carter in only 48 seconds. Carter required oxygen and was immediately sent to hospital, having been knocked down three times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championship Saunders had been tipped to face the winner of the Las Vegas fight, but Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a 12-round draw with Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters holding their hands aloft in victory. There is already talk of a rematch.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to comeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn London, it was Saunders’ superior sharpness and intent as much as his skills that secured his latest victory. Leading with the jab and also succeeding to Monroe’s body, Saunders began with a typically fast pace and faced little more than jabs in return.In the third round an accurate right uppercut hurt his challenger, and it was only when a cut opened by the bridge of his nose following an accidental clash of heads in the fourth that the American temporarily fought with greater belief.last_img read more

Humour

first_imgThe earth finally moved for me. It was 7.10am on Saturday September 19, 2009. And there I was, insouciantly au naturel, face flushed, heart racing, on the Island of the Gods. Who says 50-something means one foot in the grave, the other on a banana peel? I listened to birdsong, watched the swimming pool heave, the ground shake, and the windows rattle. It was 5.8 on the Richter scale, the BBC later reported. It was time to get some clothes on. I showered in ten seconds and raced out; not exactly poetry in motion, but efficiently survivalist. The blonde hair on the deck chair was the only reminder of her. She was long gone now. Scooting through the trees. I didn’t even have a picture, but there would be other opportunities to observe lion-tailed macaques in Bali.I was alive. Hallelujah. And it was time for breakfast. The Bible rightly says, “What God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” Thus it was I headed for my sacred tryst with runny underdone eggs, scrambled to perfection. And on this, the sixth day, it was served, and I saw it was good. Not scrambled eggs this time but exquisitely done Eggs Benedict, dripping with hollandaise sauce, on a lush bed of spinach and Canadian ham, bursting with the goodness of what the West calls free-range, barn-laid, organic eggs–usually with a price tag to rival a Mercedes E-Class.In local parlance it’s simply “local eggs”. Hens in Bali, India, and much of Asia don’t have any other option than to dodge passing cars and forage free range. They don’t do Alaska cruises and battery-fed buffets in climate-controlled environs perusing the latest farm-feed menus, driving egg prices ever higher. I had switched to Eggs Benedict today. Not because the resort cooked them to perfection but because I had just had an epiphany. Hotels simply do not know how to cook scrambled eggs. Why can’t hotel chefs–with more titles and decorations than General Douglas MacArthur–make decent huevos? This remains one of the enduring mysteries of modern travel. The elite Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne has been around since 1893, churning out brilliant hoteliers, administrators, oenologists; and chefs in starched aprons and reassuringly stiff white caps strongly hinting at a certain culinary pedigree. I do think a hundred years is long enough to teach anyone how to whisk a spatula. In Singapore I got dour looks from a sourpuss chef who pointed towards the buffet table. “Scrumble over there,” he sniffed. The ready made “scrumble” wasn’t bad at all. But I wanted mine underdone with tomatoes, mushrooms, chillies and ham. With a few honourable exceptions, at almost all hotels I have sampled breakfast at, the scrambled egg exercise invariably resulted in an omelette. All these omelettes look the same, taste the same and they have one other thing in common. They are definitely not scrambled egg.In Bangkok I watched as the chef put the eggs on the fire and then wandered off to have a chat with his friends. By the time he returned my scrambled egg was a pancake. Nowadays I direct the breakfast chefs firmly and stand there glowering at every move.The following week on my flight to Shanghai the air hostess came up and smiled sweetly, “K 4 coffee?” “No, K for kangaroo, C for coffee. Actually I’d like some Japanese green tea.” “And would you like scrambled eggs with sausage?” I sighed. I’d rather knock out all my teeth with a hot iron than eat airline eggs. That’s an entirely different level of gastronomic pain and endurance. I settled for the green tea. The duty-free selection was not bad at all but there was no DVT. I’ve always wanted one–preferably from Sony. It’s all the rage on long-haul economy class and apparently works better than Ambien and Ketamine combined. Best of all, deep vein thrombosis requires no batteries. I later watched the inflight video with interest. Some spoiled sport has packed it with tips to avoid getting DVT. First you need to find a tall oak tree to lean against. Then you proceed to stretch out and pummel the hell out of your neighbours as you swing your arms about. It was good to be back in Hong Kong. I broke open two barn-laid eggs, beat them, dropped in some butter on the skillet and added a dash of chilli and herbs. Let nothing separate a man from good scrambled eggs. Forget the blonds. I’ll take a good breakfast any day.The author edits SmartTravelAsia.comadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

India beat Pak to reach volleyball final

first_imgA fit-again Gurchand Singh returned with a power- packed performance to help defending champions India smash Pakistan in straight sets and set up a summit clash with Iran in the third Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship ( Central Zone) in Kolkata on Sunday.Gurchand, who missed the first two league matches due to illness, recovered in time as Indians thrashed their arch- rivals 25- 17, 25- 15, 25- 22 without much sweat.Pakistan conceded at least a dozen points through unforced errors that did not help the cause as India, despite struggling at service, improved with each set to wrap- up the match in 70 minutes.With central attacker Gurchand, the Asian Cup skipper, in the starting line- up, India cruised to an 8- 3 lead and stretched their lead to six points at the second technical timeout.India never really seemed in trouble even as they gifted Pakistan few points through faulty service and maintained their lead. India wrapped up the first set in 24 minutes with the setpoint coming via an unforced error by Pakistan.Pakistan were more generous in conceding points through errors in the second set that was clinched by India in just 21 minutes.Lifting themselves up, Pakistan gave some anxious moments to India in the third set that took the hosts 25 minutes to settle the issue.Leading 16- 9 at the second technical time- out, Pakistan scored 13 points before India wrapped the set 25- 22 to win the match.In another match Iran sailed past Kazakhstan in straight sets 25- 20, 25- 10, 25- 19 to reach the final with an all- win record.advertisementSpeaking about the upcoming final with Iran, India coach Desh Raj said said he has a full strength squad at his disposal to stop Iran in Monday’s final.” I have a full strength squad at my disposal. We will give them ( Iran) a tough fight and hopefully retain the title,” Desh Raj said.India had lost to Iran in their first match and the coach said they would hope to rectify the mistakes.” Iran are the top side in Asia.No doubt, they will be tough to beat but we will rectify the mistakes we did against them. I am really happy with today’s show.We were fantastic in all the departments,” said Raj.India captain Sanjay Kumar said his best was yet to come in the tournament.” I am still not happy with my performance. A lot needs to be improved. Hopefully, my best show will come tomorrow ( Monday),” said Sanjay, who was adjudged the best scorer in India’s historical bronze medal finish in the Asian Cup.last_img read more