Mayweather, McGregor trade verbal jabs as countdown begins

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOFloyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor traded verbal jabs on Tuesday as the circus-like countdown to their money-spinning superfight cranked into overdrive on the Las Vegas Strip.Thousands of fans, including a sizeable contingent of Irish supporters,  thronged the heart of the Nevada boxing capital to greet Mayweather and McGregor at their separate formal grand arrival ceremonies.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor and Mayweather passed each other after their separate introductions, with McGregor taunting the American with a shout of “Why didn’t you want to face off?” — triggering a melee between their two entourages.‘Intriguing fight’ A relaxed-looking Mayweather, meanwhile,  had earlier encouraged fans to bet on the fight finishing inside 12 rounds.“I talked to you before and said that this fight wouldn’t go the distance,” Mayweather said.“If you’re going to bet, bet it won’t go (the distance).”Mayweather did his best to play down his status as a heavy favorite, insisting that his two-year layoff from the ring had blunted his prowess.“That’s what makes this fight so intriguing, I’ve been out a few years, feel like I’ve lost a few steps,” Mayweather said.“So we’ll just have to wait and see.”Earlier Tuesday, Mayweather had taunted McGregor over his fitness, telling the US website FightHype that he believed his opponent would struggle to make the 154-pound limit for Saturday’s bout.“Conor McGregor is extremely heavy right now,” Mayweather said. “I think he’s 164 so he’s still got 10 pounds to go.” Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next McGregor could face a painful financial penalty if he is unable to tip the scales inside the limit. Boxers often have the option of cancelling a fight or collecting a larger share of the purse if an opponent fails to make weight.Mayweather, who is expected to earn at least $100 million from Saturday’s contest, indicated he would take the money.“I get that extra money if you can’t make the weight,” Mayweather said. “Get those extra millions ready. UFC get those extra millions ready.”“If he don’t make the weight, we still going to fight but there’s going to be a heavy fine.”Mayweather has fought at 154 pounds before but is more used to fighting at welterweight (150 pounds). McGregor however has fought at 170 pounds in MMA.McGregor, 29, last week insisted he was in peak condition following a gruelling training camp that had taken him to “hell and back” and left him primed to face either a long or short fight.“There is no way in hell that I’m not ready to fight in the deepest of trenches in this contest,” McGregor said.“We are ready for both scenarios. I’m ready to go to war for 12 rounds and I’m ready to put him away early on.” Mayweather, the 40-year-old undefeated former welterweight boxing champion, has been lured out of retirement to face McGregor, a star of mixed martial arts’ Ultimate Fighting Championship.The two men meet in a 12-round contest under boxing rules on Saturday that is tipped to become the richest fight in history.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 shutoutThe cross-combat collision has appalled boxing purists, with many decrying the event as a farcical publicity stunt more in keeping with the choreographed traditions of WWE wrestling.Mayweather and McGregor, who clashed repeatedly during an expletive-laden world press tour to drum up interest for the fight last month, insist however that they are ready to deliver a battle for the ages. View comments Crawford wants winner of Pacquiao-Horn 2center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ McGregor, a massive underdog in what will be his first professional boxing fight, insisted Tuesday he was ready to stun the oddsmakers.“This is not even close to my toughest challenge ever. I will crumble him,” McGregor said.“I have adapted perfectly to boxing, I am very pleased and ready. I’m a special man, I will prove that August 26, this will go one or two rounds, maybe I will bang him out and hurt him.“If he survives, I will decide whether I embarrass or seriously hurt him.“I’m calm and cool, same as I am in every fight. I’m fit, sharp and I’m gonna be ruthless in there. I believe he’ll be unconscious inside one round.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Santiago blossoms into true leader for NU

first_imgRead Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Santiago, who is now on her fifth and last year at NU, has been imposing herself over just about everyone—her experience culled from playing in several club tournaments coming to fore.She recently nixed an offer to play for Asian top club Bangkok Glass, which reportedly offered P1.2 million for a six-month stint. During Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals, she unloaded 23 markers to help crush Far Eastern U, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24.“I no longer concern myself with any position because I train in playing all positions,” said Santiago in Filipino.Usually the tallest in every team she plays in, Santiago started out as a middle blocker.For the national team, she played open and even opposite, something that worked perfectly for the Lady Bulldogs, who are eyeing a sweep of the PVL title on Saturday—and the league’s first unbeaten run in history.“I have to remind myself to be flexible because I’m a professional player,” added Santiago.ADVERTISEMENT She’s more than that now.NU coach Babes Castillo said he has seen the 6-foot-5 utility spiker evolve into a strong leader for the Lady Bulldogs.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“Her maturity is really coming out,” said Castillo of the 21-year-old Santiago who, over the past year, has been part of the national team in major international competitions.Santiago averaged 26 points during the semifinals, which saw the Lady Bulldogs sweep reigning NCAA champion Arellano University. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For years, Jaja Santiago has been National University’s mean scoring machine.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Sports 5 gets huge boost with ESPN partnership LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

Canadian skaters break record as Papadakis suffers ‘worst nightmare’

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Our work is not over,” conceded Moir, who despite his vast experience — this is his third Olympics — admitted to an attack of the jitters as the music for their routine began.“I was pretty nervous today, but I was able to look into Tessa’s eyes and squeeze her hand, she was a rock today, I needed that.”The pair were ice dance champions in Vancouver in 2010 but in Sochi four years ago Virtue and Moir, who joined forces way back in 1997, were edged out of defending their title by their then training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White.They then took two years out, switched coaches, and returned better than ever, claiming their second world title at the expense of Papadakis and Cizeron in Helsinki last year.Having taken silver in the team event in Sochi too they helped Canada turn that into gold in Pyeongchang last week, and are now — barring disaster — certain to claim a record fifth figure skating medal.For Moir, the Olympic experience is truly awe-inspiring.“At this point in our career we have a  better grasp of what it’s like to skate with the (Olympic) rings on the ice.“This is what the spirit of the Games is all about.“We have a lot of work to do tomorrow, the butterflies will be flying again, that’s the beauty of the Olympics, with all the country watching back home, we are trying to make them proud.”While the Canadians are out in front their French rivals will fancy their chances of overhauling them in the free dance. MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 “It was pretty distracting, my worst nightmare at the Olympics,” the 22-year-old Papadakis said.“I felt it right away and I prayed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told myself ‘you have to keep going’ and that’s what we did, and we have to be proud of ourselves, delivering a great performance with that happening.”A great performance it was with the Olympic debutants’ samba-rhumba-samba to two Ed Sheeran hits earning them 81.93 to go into Tuesday’s free dance final just behind the Canadians. Read Next The first ice dancers to break the 200 points barrier last year produced a best ever combined score of 203.16 at the European Championships in Moscow last month, suggesting an epic free dance battle is in store on Tuesday. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lying in the bronze medal position in this discipline likened to ballroom dancing on ice were Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.Remarkably, all three couples are coached at the same centre of skating excellence in Montreal run by Marie-France Dubreuil and her husband Patrice Lauzon.After bettering the record they themselves had set of 82.68, Virtue commented: “Better than setting the record was the feeling we had when the music ended, we were able to look at each other and take a moment and feel that pride, knowing that we had to have a strong skate today.”‘Butterflies’Despite their show-stopping samba-rhumba-cha performance to the Rolling Stones and the Eagles’ Hotel California a second ice dance title is by no means in the bag for Scott and Moir as Papadakis and Cizeron could well overtake them if they produce their best free dance.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH James wins 3rd All-Star Game MVP Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Canada’s Scott Moir compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVCanada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir smashed the short dance world record as French rival Gabriella Papadakis suffered “my worst nightmare” with a wardrobe malfunction at the Olympics on Monday.As Virtue and Moir glided, twizzled and spun their way to a best-ever score of 83.67, Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron performed stoically in the face of the embarrassment of her dress becoming unclipped early in their routine, exposing a breast.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Cobb disappointed after failing to complete La Salle’s 3rd set rally

first_imgCobb then replaced Saga and was tasked to close out Ateneo, but one of her sets to Kianna Dy was off and that allowed Maddie Madayag to respond with a block for Ateneo’s 25-24 lead before Tolentino scored the 26th point for the Lady Eagles.“Of course I’m disappointed with how I played because that would’ve been a miracle if we completed the run,” said Cobb. “I wasn’t able to follow through so it all boils down to my actions and emotional stability as a player.”La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus was aware of his setter’s shortcomings in the third set, and he told Cobb to learn from her mistakes in the endgame.“I told Michelle that when we won in our previous games she showed that she wanted to win, but when we lost she let the team lose,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “She’s the pilot of this team, so it’s up to her wher she’ll bring this team.”“In the first two sets she was really calm and in control, but in the third set she couldn’t display the finishing ability. I told her that it’s in those crucial times that she’ll get that emotional strength,” added De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Cobb seemed to have reflected on De Jesus’ words and treated her late-game collapse as a challenge to become as a better player.“Coach told me that I had a good start but then I wasn’t able to finish it off, which I know is a wasted opportunity,” said Cobb. “But I’ll take it as a challenge.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games The young setter, however, wasn’t at all satisfied with how she performed in the Lady Spikers’ four-set win, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, over the Lady Eagles in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.“It was supposed to be my A-game, but then I wasn’t able to perform on a high level in the end,” said Cobb in Filipino as her team ended the first round with a 4-2 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCobb was able to properly orchestrate the Lady Spikers in the first two sets, where she had the bulk of her 22 excellent sets and even blocking Kat Tolentino for the Lady Spikers’ set point in the second set, but she fizzled out in the third set that allowed the Lady Eagles to extend the match.La Salle was down, 21-11, in the third set before it came roaring back in a 10-0 blur to tie the period at 21, but it was CJ Saga, who played as the setter during the run. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding TNT makes playoffs, routs Phoenix MOST READ Michelle Cobb walked out of Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday knowing full well De La Salle won the finals rematch against Ateneo. ADVERTISEMENT 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 Citylast_img read more

Petron tests firepower versus F2 Logistics

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? PH triathletes aim for SEAG golden sweep Powered by the core of University of the East, the Iron Lady Warriors suffered a straight-set loss to Foton (21-25, 16-25, 17-25) Tuesday night, while the Asset Managers bowed to Generika-Ayala (14-25, 25-23, 15-25, 14-25).Petron will also have Marivic Meneses, Ria Duremdes, Mina Aganon, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Remy Palma, Bernadeth Pons and Bang Pineda.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “Yes, we are strong on paper. We [have a] talented lineup. But it’s up to us to work together and be cohesive on the court,” said Tunay, who is one of the Blaze Spikers’ star players.She will have to form one cohesive unit with fellow big names Mika Reyes, Ces Molina, Cherry Rondina and Rhea Dimaculangan, to name a few.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPetron debuts Thursday against F2 Logistics in the main game at 7 p.m. at FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.Cignal and Sta. Lucia open the triple-header at 3 p.m., while opening-day losers Cherrylume and Cocolife collide at 5 p.m. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Carmela Tunay of Petron goes for a kill against Mylene Paat (L) and May Macatuno of Cignal. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonCarmela Tunay admits that her team Petron has become a “super team” in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference—but only on paper.The highly popular open spiker said the task of translating their strong lineup on the court depended on the players themselves.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES 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

‘A dogfight’

first_imgTNT KaTropa and Meralco tangle in the rubber match of their best-of-three quarterfinal series for the right to play the top-seeded Gin Kings in the semifinals and the 7 p.m. game at Smart Araneta Coliseum will certainly take something out of the Texters and the Bolts.“I wish they go to a Game 3 and play triple overtime,” Cone had said earlier in the week after following San Miguel Beer to the Final Four. “But either team will be a tough match for us because of their huge imports.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It will be a dogfight,” Meralco coach Norman Black said on Wednesday night after a 103-100 overtime decision of the Texters that forged this KO match. “We just have to be ready because they are a very talented team.”Meralco carved out the win despite not having an import in the last 1:54 of regulation, surviving after going scoreless for the last six minutes or so of the fourth. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Valdez, Creamline keep head high despite semis exit The Bolts get their inspiration and confidence from their man-mountain of an import, who doesn’t really score a lot but goes after all those rebounds and changes practically every shot in the shaded lane.He had just seven points in Game 2, and his last foul, a silly nudge on Kelly Williams in a rebound play, almost ended the Bolts’ season on Wednesday night.Kelly Nabong literally filled in Stepheson’s shoes, shooting seven points in overtime to bail the Bolts out. He will definitely be in the TNT defensive radar for this game.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 MOST READ The Texters, meanwhile, will be trying to avoid a repeat of an upset loss to the Bolts in the Governors’ Cup last season, when Allen Durham spearheaded Meralco to its first title series appearance which many believe cost Jong Uichico his coaching job at TNT.And the Texters and the Bolts grinding it out one final time sits perfectly well with Cone, who is wary of facing either team because of their huge imports who can pose matchup problems for Ginebra in the best-of-five series.San Miguel, the No. 2 seed, and Star, the third-ranked squad, already sealed their places in the Final Four and will play Game 1 Saturday at 5 p.m. also at the Big Dome in Cubao.That means whoever wins between the Texters and the Bolts will return to action in less than two days, tangling with the Gin Kings at 6:30 p.m. for their series opener on Sunday.Alex Stepheson will have to watch out for his fouls and definitely avoid a repeat of his Game 2 exit, as the Bolts might not be as lucky this time around.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Tim Cone got his wish and the foe Barangay Ginebra will face in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup’s Final Four will be quite weary after Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Two Filipinos in ‘Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs Horn’ undercard

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide The spotlight falls on reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and challenger Jeff Horn, who will headline the “Battle of Brisbane,” scheduled on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.But the main event featuring the Philippines’ eight-division champion Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) and unbeaten hometown boy Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), who is out to make a name for himself, is not the only bout to watch out for.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs) stakes his undefeated record against American Shane Mosley Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), son of former four-time champion Shane, in the middleweight division.In a light heavyweight clash, Damien Hooper (12-1-0, 8 KOs) faces Umar Salamov (19-0-0, 14 KO) of Russia for the vacant IBF Australasian title and the WBO International light heavyweight crown.READ: Win over Kinoshita key to bigger fights for AncajasUp-and-coming Brock Jarvis, whose six of his first seven bouts ended in knockouts, will also see action against unblemished Indonesian Andika Sabu (12-0, 6 KOs) in the bantamweight class.Featherweights Jarret Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs) and Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs) of Ireland tangle in a six-round bout.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Another Filipino champion in Jerwin Ancajas (25-1-1, 17 KOs) will put his IBF super flyweight title on the line against Japanese-Korean foe Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs) in the only other world title fight in the lineup.READ: Ancajas to rely on speed, power vs Japanese foe FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the curtain raiser, 19-year-old Jonel Dapidran, Pacquiao’s cousin who holds a record of 8-1, 4 KOs, takes on Australian Brent Dames, who has only won five of his eight fights, in a six-round welterweight duel.Four other Aussies are also looking to impress and bank on homecourt edge against separate opponents. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The event is expected to kickoff at 7:00 a.m. (Manila time) with the Pacquiao-Horn showdown set for the opening bell at 11:45 a.m.Visit Inquirer Sports’ The Pacquiao Files  for news, features, and other multimedia content about Manny Pacquiao and his upcoming fights.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Ravena, Paras honored to serve country, vouch for Teng’s desire to play for PHlast_img read more

Tennis: McEnroe ranks Serena 700th on men’s tour

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES “Best female player ever — no question.“If she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story,” McEnroe told American broadcaster National Public Radio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe seven-time major winner said the best thing Williams would have going for her on the men’s tour would be her mental toughness.“The reality of what would happen on a given day is Serena could beat some players, I believe, because she is so incredibly strong mentally.” Serena Williams. AP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Tennis legend John McEnroe says while he has great respect for Serena Williams as the best of her gender, the 23-time Grand Slam winner would be the 700th ranked player in the men’s game.Speaking as part of a tour to promote his new book “But Seriously”, McEnroe said he would place Williams “like 700 in the world” on the men’s circuit.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 SMB seizes leadcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire He said her rivals would crack under pressure.“She could overcome some situations where players would choke because she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The US Open, etc,” he said.Williams became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title when she claimed the 2015 Wimbledon title at age 33. The Los Angeles native has 23 Gram Slam singles crowns and 14 doubles titles in majors.The ATP Tour rankings only go to the top 500 and Andy Murray is the current top ranked ATP Tour player while Temur Ismailov of Uzbekistan holds down the 500th spot.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: San Sebastian humbles Arellano in home turf

first_imgTambeling regains confidence, hot hand to lead Tanduay El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes 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 weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian overstayed its welcome and proceeded to run over host Arellano, 65-56, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Arellano Gym.The Stags bounced back from an opening day loss and improved to a 1-1 record, the same slate as the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim RK Ilagan capped the Stags’ 9-0 game-closing run with a booming triple from the right wing to give San Sebastian a 61-50 lead with 2:00 left in the match.Stags head coach Egay Macaraya was proud his team was able to pull-off a win against a hostile Arellano crowd, considering any movement from the Chiefs triggered the home fans.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“This win lifts our morale and it really is a disadvantage when Arellano tries to make a comeback, the intensity is far from normal so it’s really hard to hold our composure,” said Macaraya.“But, I told my players that it’s about the desire to win and we have to compete and forget about the fact that this is the Chiefs’ homecourt.” 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’ Michael Calisaan led San Sebastian with 12 points and 13 boards, six of which came off the offensive board, while Alyyn Bulanadi and JM Calma added 10 points, apiece.Kent Salado had 15 points to pace Arellano. View commentslast_img read more

Dilshan is SL player under ICC scanner for bookie link: Report

first_imgIn a shocking turn of events, top Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has turned out to be the leading Sri Lankan cricketer the ICC’s Anti-corruption and Security Unit has been monitoring for alleged links with a bookmaker.The Daily Mail on Friday claimed that Dilshan was the player named in a Sri Lankan Cricket Board report to ICC’s ACSU last year after he was allegedly spotted with a suspected illegal bookmaker in a London nightclub.The report was filed by the Sri Lankan team manager after captain Kumar Sangakkara passed on suspicions among team-mates that Dilshan had been seen with the bookie during Twenty20 World Cup in England in June last year, the newspaper claimed.”The player concerned has been under the ICC’s scanner since the Twenty20 World Cup in England in 2009,” it said.Sri Lanka Cricket had reportedly kept the entire matter away from the public spotlight though Dilshan has been investigated by Sri Lankan police. No charges though was laid on Dilshan by the Sri Lankan police.”There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of Dilshan. The Sri Lankans followed the ICC’s protocol to the letter, reporting the alleged incident as soon as it was made known to the team management,” the Daily Mail report said.A Sri Lanka team spokesman, however, denied any player having connection with bookies.”He has done nothing wrong. There is no evidence against any of the Sri Lankan players. None of them are guilty. These allegations are being drummed up by unscrupulous elements who are trying to upset Sri Lanka’s plans for the (2011) World Cup,” the spokesman was quoted as saying by the newspaper.advertisementThe revelation of alleged connection of bookies with a high-profile player came at a time world cricket has been engulfed with ‘spot-fixing’ scandal involving three Pakistanis.Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were suspended by the ICC and interrogated by Scotland Yard after a British tabloid claimed in a sting operation that they took bribe from a bookie to bowl deliberate no-balls during a Test match against England at Lord’s two weeks ago.No Lankan player under scanner for bookie link: SangakkaraIn Colombo, Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday rubbished media reports that Tillakaratne Dilshan was under the ICC scanner for his alleged links with bookmakers and said none of his team-mates were suspected of “fraternising with shady characters”.”All these stories going around about Dilshan are absolutely baseless. No Sri Lankan player to my knowledge is in suspicion of fraternising with these so called bookies by their team-mates nor by team management and Sri Lanka Cricket Board. As far as I know there was no report to SLC or ICC’s Anti-corruption Unit,” Sangakkara said.Sangakkara denied it and said he had never passed on information of any suspicious activity by any of his team-mates to the management.”I have never reported against any player specifically. All the players are very open in communicating with me and team management. No one including me have voiced our suspicion over any of our team-mates at any time nor reported specifically to the team manager or SLC,” he asserted.”If there is any report of any suspicion on any player, then it is better to ask the SLC and the team management about that but as far as I know ,there is no such thing,” he told a news channel.Sangakkara also ruled out any Sri Lankan player intentionally mixing up with illegal bookmakers.”Any of the players upto my knowledge have not fraternised with any of these shady characters. The only thing is you never know who is sitting at the chair next to you or who is taking photograph with you at a hotel or somewhere,” he said.SLC Chief Executive Ajith Jayasekara also dismissed reports of Dilshan being under ICC scanner.”We dont go by speculation or what any newspaper wants to say. We don’t want to go by such reports. The Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC has not reported any such involvement of any player. We cant go by speculation. This has not been brought to our notice by the anti-corruption unit of the ICC. There is no evidence against any Sri Lankan player,” Jayasekara said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

What was he thinking?

first_imgMost parents of teenagers end up wondering if their teen was a mutant alien. How did their sweet, cheerful, obedient child mutate into a rude, argumentative stranger, communicating in grunts, prone to mood swings and recklessness? While traditionally the raging hormones of puberty have been blamed, recent studies using magnetic resonance imaging reveal that these changes may be a consequence of the normal growth of the brain. Having spent the past 20 years studying the developing brains of children, I know that the brain grows and changes continually in young  people-and is only about 80% developed in adolescents.Areas of the brain that are fairly well-developed early on is the nucleus accumbens, or the area that seeks pleasure and reward, and the amygdale, responsible for emotional and impulsive responses as well as social interaction. While impulsive actions like snatching someone else’s food may be acceptable amongst alligators, it is not amongst adult humans. So, with evolution humans have developed other parts of the brain to appropriately control and direct primitive drives and desires. Foremost among these areas is the prefrontal cortex, a section of the brain that controls impulses and emotions, weighs outcomes and forms reasoned judgements. If you take the brain to be a car, the limbic system is the engine and the prefrontal lobe the brakes. Another area which helps us distinguish between right and wrong and change the course of our actions based on previous experiences is the anterior cingulate lobe, in the front of the brain.Research has consistently shown that in the teen years, the limbic system is fairly well-developed whereas the prefrontal lobe and the anterior cingulate remain relatively immature, until 25 years. This is what makes teenagers impulsive, susceptible to peer pressure and prone to emotional outbursts. For most adults, their prefrontal cortex prevents them from taking risks like doing wheelies in traffic without a helmet. But the teen’s underdeveloped prefrontal cortex can’t register this and they do it for the thrill of it. When a teenager spends an hour on the Internet instead of focussing on homework, it’s because the teenage brain doesn’t register delayed gratifi-cation. Also, having an immature anterior cingulate means that teenagers find it difficult to stop behaviours that may have been rewarding once but are no longer so.While a little bit of risk taking in the teen years may be an evolutionary necessity; it is important that parents use their growing understanding of their teenagers’ brain developments to help them develop into centred, responsible adults.advertisementBe your child’s surrogate frontal cortex. Since teens find it difficult to make good decisions in risky or emotional situations, step in to help with planning, processing information and problem solving.Anticipate high risk situations such as drinking/smoking, sex, etc. and discuss them honestly. The teen brain needs rehearsals. Set house rules so your teen will have a blueprint to follow when faced with a situation. The teen brain craves structure and is more comfortable with protective rules. Teens who say their parents warned them about drug use are less likely to use them.Encourage positive risk taking. Encourage your teen to take part in adventure sports, volunteering for social change or mentoring disadvantaged children. The thrill of it will keep him going.Dr Vivek Benegal has specialised for the last 20 years in treating young people with addictions. He is additional professor of psychiatry, Deaddiction Centre, NIMHANS, Bengaluru.last_img read more

Sports, cricket books release ahead of World Cup 2007

first_imgBooks on CricketAlong with a barrelful of hype, cricket’s World Cup comes with significant climate change-in an otherwise sedate environment of India’s line-up of cricket books. The World Cup brings an unexpected hailstorm of releases and 2007’s offerings include two that are meant to be giant cricket balls, two that,Books on CricketAlong with a barrelful of hype, cricket’s World Cup comes with significant climate change-in an otherwise sedate environment of India’s line-up of cricket books. The World Cup brings an unexpected hailstorm of releases and 2007’s offerings include two that are meant to be giant cricket balls, two that aim to be comprehensive companions, one that could do double duty as a door stopper in Rashtrapati Bhavan and another that can fit into a jacket pocket.Like hailstorms, it may all look spectacular but venture forth without a sense of timing (or a helmet) and serious injury is guaranteed. Every major sporting occasion has its attendant blitz of books but for all its verbiage, cricket’s World Cup does not yet have a compendium to match David Wallechinsky’s Olympic volumes.Cricket must still face up to de rigueur collection of scorecards with summaries featuring notations like “Tendulkar scored a blazing 57 in 48 balls hitting the ball to all parts”. The serious anorak doesn’t need to be reminded: he already remembers the scores. So is there anything different on offer before the 2007 Cup?Devendra Prabhu Desai, author of Cricket World Cup: Around the World In Seventy-and-a-half Days (Rupa), tries to buck the formula by highlighting 70 memorable World Cup matches: tight finishes, surprise results, and then those games that set a trend, like Sri Lanka’s 1996 first round match against India in Delhi that forever changed the way batsmen opened the innings in the short game. Qaiser Mohammad Ali’s World Cup Cricket Companion (Penguin) has interviews with players, coaches, umpires and officials at its end. Ashis Ray’s One Day Cricket: The Indian Challenge (Harper Collins) is part India-centric memoir-part match summary. Peter Murray’s World Cup Cricket (Murray Books) is the red herring of the lot: its attractive cover meant to look like a red cricket ball even has a seam that feels authentic. Inside, it is merely a collection of statistics and 27 randomly selected profiles and information about the World Cup that can be found on the Internet. Books shaped like cricket balls will catch the eye but they are murder on photographs. Murray has maxed out on the visual mutilations of batsmen and bowlers with arms and feet cut off.The lone biography in the new bunch is Sourav Ganguly: The Maharaja of Cricket (Niyogi Books) by Debasish Datta. Lavishly mounted (and equally lavishly priced), it has some rare photographs to commend it. Ganguly’s career has spawned an industry in deconstructionist discourse. Now that he has exhausted journalists, historians, psychologists, sociologists, probably only his own memoirs will do by way of illumination.To be fair, of the bunch currently in circulation, neither Wisden’s Age of Revolution (Penguin), edited by Stephen Moss, nor Caught & Told (Roli) co-authored by Sandeep Patil and Clayton Murzello was timed with the World Cup in mind. The Age of Revolution is an anthology of writing from Wisden between 1978 and 2006 i.e. since Kerry Packer turned the game from colonial indulgence to modern sport and match fixing brought the CBI into the frame. This was cricket’s age of tumult when power and priorities shifted eastwards. Wisden’s writings now are often more in sync with the times but there is enough in this tome to suggest that the worthies in Wisden had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the revolution.Finally Caught & Told, without fuss or embellishment, documents Indian cricket’s rich tradition of oral yarns. Just the thing to turn to during a change of innings or a break in play. Every cricketer at the first-class or international level has a funny, printable story to tell. This is an idea that lends itself to a sequel or two.advertisementlast_img read more

Players overworked, rotation policy needed: Dhoni

first_imgHit hard by injuries woes in the disastrous tour of England so far, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday conceded that the players were overworked as he called for a rotation policy to give them rest.India lost six regular players Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan due to injuries in the four-match Test series which India lost 0-4 and Dhoni hinted that the hectic schedule had exhausted the players.”We will have to rotate. It’s important that players get rest. Raina has been participating in all formats. It’s more to do with the mental rather than the physical aspect. Good rest helps you keep the injuries away,” Dhoni said ahead of the Twenty20 International against England here tomorrow.Dhoni himself has been on the road for a long time and his fingers are battered, causing a fall in his usually high standards of wicketkeeping, as was pointed out by former Leicestershire keeper Paul Nixon recently.”If majority of your 10 fingers are overworked then it becomes difficult (to keep) in these conditions. But I have more problem with Ishant than with Sreesanth or Praveen Kumar. May be it’s the wobble in these conditions which make it difficult,” said the Indian captain.Dhoni revealed that Rahul Dravid would be making his debut in Twenty20 Internationals on Wednesday but Sachin Tendulkar is not playing. It means young Ajinkya Rahane would get his first game in India cap on Wednesday.Gautam Gambhir is surely out of Wednesday’s match but Dhoni did not sound too confident that left-hander would be available at all in the forthcoming ODI series.advertisement”It’s a big loss. He has done really well not only as an opener but also when he batted at number three when Sehwag and Tendulkar were opening the innings. He also plays spin very well,” said Dhoni.Gambhir, who is suffering from a blurred vision, an injury he picked up after falling on his head in the Oval Test on August 19, is likely to miss the entire ODI series, starting in Chester-le-Street on Saturday.The World Cup winning Indian captain was intrigued by England’s policy of having separate captains for all three formats of the game.”It’s interesting how it shapes out. It’s important that the captain is a regular in all three formats of the game. One thing sure though is it affords rest,” Dhoni said.Dhoni, a keen footballer himself and a Manchester United fan, took time off in Leicester to watch his favourite team thrash Arsenal 8-2 last Sunday.”Being a Manchester United fan, it was fantastic to see them win so big. Since I started as a footballer, it was interesting (to watch the match). As for inspiration, we don’t need it from outside. There is enough inspiration within the dressing room. We don’t need to look outside,” insisted Dhoni.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather clobbers Japanese kickboxer for TKO win

first_imgUS boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr (L) knocks down Kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa of Japan (C) during their exhibition match at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on December 31, 2018. – Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knock-out in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP)Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout on Monday in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement.Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’s trainer rushed in to stop the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Donnie Nietes captures 4th world title after split decision win Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? The 41-year-old Mayweather carried a more than 4kg (9lb) weight advantage into the ring.The rules were very strictly defined: three, three minute bouts and boxing only — kickboxer Nasukawa was reportedly facing a $5 million fine if he aimed a kick at Mayweather.There were no judges, with only a knockout or technical knockout considered a victory in the bout, promoted as a pure exhibition match.Crucially, the match did not feature on the record of either man, allowing them both to retain a cherished unbeaten record.ADVERTISEMENT The American boxer at first appeared not to be taking the fight seriously, grinning at his opponent and aiming only soft punches at him.But he then demonstrated his power, launching a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSensing his opponent was struggling, Mayweather stepped in for the kill, unleashing a flurry of punches that left Nasukawa reeling again within just two minutes of the bout and facing his second standing count.With the Japanese fighter clearly struggling to stay on his feet, the trainer rushed in and stopped the fight with just one minute of the first round remaining. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Army jawan treats polio patients with remarkable success

first_imgJhadav massaging a patient: no scientific explanation of his successWhen two-year-old Lokeshwari contracted polio on her left hand and leg a year ago, her father, Venkatramana, who works as a clerk in Bangalore, took her to several child specialists but was told politely that there was no cure as yet,Jhadav massaging a patient: no scientific explanation of his successWhen two-year-old Lokeshwari contracted polio on her left hand and leg a year ago, her father, Venkatramana, who works as a clerk in Bangalore, took her to several child specialists but was told politely that there was no cure as yet for polio. Last December, Venkatramana read in a local newspaper of a certain army jawan who was said to be treating polio patients with remarkable success.He immediately contacted the army sub-area office and was informed that he would have to wait till May before the jawan could see his daughter. But the wait proved worthwhile. For today, thanks to Lance Naik Yeshwantji Rao Jhadav, Lokeshwari, who was condemned to a wheelchair, now runs and plays like any normal child. Both her hand and leg are slowly coming back to life and, although she has a limp, she is able to walk and carry weights in her hands: things she could not do before Jhadav treated her.Lokeshwari is only one of the 10,255 polio patients that the short, stocky, 39-year-old Jhadav has been “treating” for the past eight years. Jhadav’s methods have yet to be examined by medical science and there is no scientific explanation for his apparent success. But Jhadav’s burgeoning clientele would be the envy of any medical practitioner.He is currently treating 1,259 patients from all over India and has 9,697 more on his waiting list – which will not be cleared before 1984. Jhadav takes no money for his work and is content with the meagre salary of Rs 600 which the army pays him. He has been working on polio patients with a missionary zeal since 1974 when he helped a colonel’s crippled daughter to walk once again.Queues: In Bangalore where Jhadav is currently posted, the queues outside his clinic are endless and by 8 a.m. a crowd of anxious parents carrying their polio-afflicted children is awaiting his arrival. When Jhadav, sporting a black banyan and dive green pants, walks briskly past them he is swamped by cries of: “Doctor saab, look at my child.”advertisement He tactfully extracts himself and enters his small one-room clinic containing a long table, an oil bottle, two elementary medical charts showing blood circulation in a human body and a host of Hindu deities peeping through garlanded frames hung on the walls.Lokeshwari: almost back to normalThe first patient on this particular day is a young boy with a crippled leg. He rubs oil on the boy’s leg, massages it for a minute and then calls for the next patient. Jhadav’s technique still remains a mystery but he says that when he was a boy in Sangli district, Maharashtra, a village elder taught him the methods.Jhadav’s guru made him take 20 oaths which included promises that he would not take money for treating people and practise the art only when his teacher died. In 1974 when Jhadav, who had by then joined the army and was serving in Jammu, heard the news of his guru’s death, he started his practice.Jhadav is not educated but he has his own way of explaining his method. He reasons that the simplest way to get crippled parts moving again is to reactivate the blood flow. So he moves his fingers nimbly over the affected joints to find out exactly where the blood flow has stopped.He then uses pork oil, which reportedly has a warming effect, and massages the areas where there is no blood circulation. It is this precise and sustained massage which seems to make his patients better. He is particular that his patients visit him every day and has a remarkable memory that keeps track of each patient’s ailment.He just has to feel the patient’s affected legs to find out if he has missed a day’s ‘treatment’. He claims that if there is a gap of a day then almost two weeks of massage goes to waste. He instructs his patients not to eat foodstuffs that “cool” the body. Additionally, all of them have to do simple exercises in the sun for three hours a day. Jhadav stipulates a ‘treatment’ period of 19 days to six months. The patient is checked thrice before declared “cured”.Effective: Most of his patients, which include even doctors’ children, that India Today interviewed were enthusiastic over Jhadav’s treatment. Says Dr S. Chittalia of Bombay, whose 12-year-old son Abbas has been seeing Jhadav: “Not only has my son discarded his calipers but his left leg which was shorter than his right is now growing and his limp is reduced.” Similarly Kiran Khaitan’s six-year-old daughter, Nithi, whose legs are crippled and who was taken to all the top specialists including those in London and Paris, to no avail started walking after Jhadav tried his cure on her.advertisementJhadav’s work could be significant because physiotherapy, the normal treatment for polio patients, has rarely been able to bring about a complete cure for crippled limbs. But so far no research institution has investigated Jhadav’s work to find out if there can be a scientific explanation.A neurologist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, said: “It is scientifically difficult to explain such phenomena but we have not taken up a study on him as yet although we have read about success.”Meanwhile the army has freed Jhadav from his ordinary duties so that he can carry on his work. Jhadav’s Jammu unit has been demanding his return but Brigadier V.R. Swaminathan, the Karnataka sub-area commander, is adamant that Jhadav remain in Bangalore for a while till he ‘treats’ a few hundred more patients or till his miracle cures get some scientific recognition.last_img read more