Ronaldo says his ban for pushing referee is ‘persecution’

first_imgReal Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Supercup, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo has bitterly criticized his five-game suspension for pushing a referee who had sent him off, describing the ban as “persecution.”Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account on Wednesday that “it is impossible to remain silent in this situation, 5 games!! It seems exaggerated and ridiculous to me, this is called persecution!”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ronaldo was given an additional four-match ban for shoving the referee in the back after he was shown the red card.Ronaldo concluded his Instagram message with “Thanks to my teammates and fans for their support.”The message was accompanied by a photo of the moment when referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea showed Ronaldo the red card.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has also criticized the extended ban of his best player.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ronaldo’s outburst came after the Spanish soccer federation ratified his suspension, which was announced on Monday.The Real Madrid forward will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday. Madrid holds a 3-1 advantage.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 shutoutHe will also miss the first four matches of the Spanish league, which Madrid opens on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna.Ronaldo was suspended for one match after being sent off during Sunday’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Spanish media reports said Madrid appealed Ronaldo’s second yellow card, when the Portugal forward was booked for diving. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES US men’s basketball enters a new world—without its stars Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View commentslast_img read more

SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze

first_imgMalaysia’s Wong Siew Cheer launched a throw of 65.90m, which shattered the 65.63-m meet record of the Filipino-American Stuart, who ruled the meet two years ago in Singapore.Thailand’s Kittipong Boonmawan posted 65.49m to take the silver medal.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 36-year-old Ferreira, who won the SEAG gold in the event in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, has been serving as coach for national team.He said he had no choice but fill in for Caleb, who reportedly got a job back in the United States. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments LATEST STORIES Caleb reportedly got a call from the athletics body to play in the national open, but he didn’t respond. MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games ACL or not, Obiena hunts for SEA Games pole vault gold Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension KUALA LUMPUR—Former champion Arniel Ferrera nailed a bronze medal in men’s hammer throw amid a very tough field that saw the winner posting a new Southeast Asian Games record Wednesday here at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.A last-minute stand-in for original bet Caleb Stuart, Ferrera heaved 55.94 meters on his sixth attempt to secure a place on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programlast_img read more

‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GALLERY: LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation with a resume of godlike proportions that include four MVPS, three NBA titles, and countless All-NBA nods.And it’s not just his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame that has helped him achieve such sporting legacy, but also a belief in one’s self that no other force on earth could ever shatter.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ “For me, it’s all about believing in yourself, uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James during his private session with the Gilas players and members of the media for his Strive for Greatness tour.“If you put in the work then I believe it takes care of itself.”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 shutoutINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames have been the subject of heavy scrutiny since his decision to skip college and go straight to the NBA from St. Vincent St. Mary and his controversial move to Miami from Cleveland catapulted him to super villain territory.Still, James triumphed and won two titles and two MVP trophies with the Heat before he returned to Cleveland to steer the Cavaliers’ to the city’s first championship since the Browns ruled the NFL in 1964. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:37Protesters 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 “Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” said James. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Robinson not losing sleep over Pirates’ 28 turnovers

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCJ Perez may have gotten his career-best in scoring, but it was his six turnovers that caught coach Topex Robinson’s attention.“Career-high in turnovers, too?,” the mentor quipped after Lyceum’s 78-73 win over San Sebastian on Friday where his prized ward dropped 28 points along with 10 rebounds against his six turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Not that Robinson was looking for faults in Perez’ game.The soft-spoken mentor knows that turnovers are an inevitable part of his team’s game given the Pirates’ fast-paced system. What counts is how they make up for those miscues.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“The thing about our team is we’re allowed to make mistakes. It’s not a sin to turn the ball over because you know that they really didn’t mean to turn the ball over,” said Robinson.“What’s important is how you get back after that turnover. I guess that’s very important to our team. So you just have to trust them that they’re gonna make mistakes and they’ll be responsible to make up for those mistakes later on.” Robinson has already accepted that more miscues will be coming Lyceum’s way, and a lot of which may come from his leaders like Perez. But the only way to negate that is to keep his wards prepared for everything that will be thrown at them.“We’ll work on the things that we have control of which is our preparation, on how we’re gonna cover our mistakes,” he said. “We wanna focus all of our energy to us, on how we’re gonna keep on growing, how we’re gonna keep on improving. That’s the good thing about committing mistakes: there’s always room for correction and always room for growth.” Christian Standhardinger piques interest of teams ahead of PBA draft Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next That mindset has been ingrained in the Pirates with Robinson trusting his players to make the right decisions, and it has worked wonders so far as they tout an immaculate 15-0 record this NCAA Season 93.“I just remind them of things, but I’m not gonna get mad at them. I played and I know the feeling if there’s so much pressure, but again, there’s no such thing as a perfect game. So we just let them be. They’re committing mistakes, but then again, I can trust them that they will always fight back and make up for those,” he said.The Pirates committed 28 turnovers in the game against the Golden Stags, no doubt a high mark for any team seeking to contend for a title.But Lyceum did not let San Sebastian take advantage of those, forcing the latter to commit 27 turnovers and holding them to a measly 34-percent clip from the field.Three wins away from completing the unprecedented 18-0 sweep in the elimination phase, the Pirates brace for the toughest stretch yet as they close their schedule with games against Letran, Jose Rizal U, and San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates PLAY LIST 02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending 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 View commentslast_img read more

Victor Oladipo scores 26, leads Pacers past Magic

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Pacers: Indiana has made 11 or more 3-pointers in six of its last nine games.UP NEXT:Magic: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Pacers: At Houston on Wednesday night. Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) loses the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Magic 121-109 on Monday night, handing Orlando its ninth straight loss.Orlando cut the Pacers lead to 95-91 five minutes into the fourth quarter, but Indiana put together a 13-0 run that lasted nearly three minutes. The Pacers’ fourth quarter surge on offense ultimately proved to be the difference in a game where the Magic fought desperately to snap their losing streak. Oladipo, who was back in the lineup after missing Indiana’s last game due to a bruised right knee, made his first 11 shots before finishing the game 11-for-14.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 The Pacers had five players in double figures as Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points while Myles Turner and Lance Stephenson each added 18.Orlando gave Indiana everything it could handle through the first three quarters. The Magic managed to close the deficit and trail 85-84 heading into the fourth quarter after falling behind by double digits in the third quarter. But the Pacers hit their stride during the final 12 minutes and outscored the Magic 36-25 in the fourth.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 shutoutJonathan Simmons led Orlando with 21 points.STEADY PACE Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Since losing 118-95 to Houston on Nov. 12, the Pacers are 6-1. During the same seven game stretch, Indiana has scored 100 or more points in each of its six wins. The Pacers — who average 108 points per game — are now 11-4 in games where they score 100 or more points.MAGIC SPELLDating back to the 2012-13 season, the Pacers have won 17 of their last 19 regular season meetings with Orlando, including the last six matchups with the Magic, leaving former Pacers coach Frank Vogel winless against his old team.TIP-INSMagic: Orlando has now lost nine straight games during a stretch in which it is 2-11 in its last 13 games. … The Magic are now 3-12 when allowing their opponent to score 100 or more points. … With 16 3-pointers Monday night, the Magic have now made at least one three in 841 consecutive games, the fifth longest streak in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IOC judges back truthful whistleblower, ban 5 more Russianslast_img read more

Barcelona says Neymar wants to leave club amid PSG rumors

first_imgRobredo: 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ PSG is rumored to be ready to pay his release clause of 222 million euros ($262 million). That would dwarf the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona said Neymar did not specify where he wants to play next, but the only club speculated to be after him — and one of few which could handle the cost of the transfer — is the Qatari-owned PSG.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 starsPSG did not answer messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.Barcelona said Neymar left the training ground 30 minutes after arriving on Wednesday. He had arrived to Spain on Tuesday night after holding publicity events for both his personal brand and Barcelona in China. Last year, Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona that tied him to the Catalan club through 2021.Both Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu and Spanish league president Javier Tebas have said they will consider filing a complaint to UEFA if they think the PSG transfer violates financial fair play rules.With his lightning-quick feet, creative instincts and scoring touch, Neymar helped maintain Barcelona as one of the top clubs in Europe for the past four seasons as he blossomed into a worldwide star.He teamed up with Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez to make an almost unstoppable attack. Neymar scored 105 goals — some of them true gems — and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.Yet, even before this drawn-out saga, Neymar also provided more than one headache for his club.ADVERTISEMENT FC Barcelona’s Neymar arrives at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Neymar has arrived at Barcelona’s training grounds amid widespread rumors that the Brazil striker could make a record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates “that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given him permission to leave training.”ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img His transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 became the source of a legal dispute that has dogged Barcelona even since. Barcelona said at the time that his transfer cost 57 million euros, while an investigative judge says that the real cost was at least 83.3 million euros.Now Bartomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell, who resigned as president of the club amid the transfer scandal, are facing trial on charges of fraudulent administration.Neymar has also mixed his flair for fancy goals with bouts of immaturity on the field, often needlessly taunting defenders and trying to upstage them with his dribbling skills.But nobody doubts Neymar is one of the greatest talents of his generation.PSG saw it first-hand in last season’s Champions League. In his most memorable performance at Camp Nou, Neymar scored two goals and set up two more to lead Barcelona to a 6-1 rout to overturn PSG’s 4-0 first-leg win in the last 16.Unless PSG gets last-second jitters, Neymar will take over a team that is searching for a leader who can achieve elusive Champions League success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant #MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon after Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

WATCH: Nike unveils new ‘Statement Jerseys’ for 30 NBA teams

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Aside from the vibrant alternates, players donned a new hoodie design as warm-ups—another first for the league. From NCAA to UAAP, Ayo and Jarin have each other’s respect Representatives of the teams proudly wore their nifty new threads for the upcoming season. View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim In July, Nike confirmed that it will do away with the traditional “Home and Away” uniforms and replace them with the “Association” and “Icon” editions.READ: Nike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonNike also described the colorful designs as “inspired by the team’s desire to make a bold statement every time they step on the court.”The “Statement” uniform will be available for purchase on all NBA Stores starting Nov. 20. /racenter_img New year, new look. 🔥#NIKExNBA(Via @NBA) pic.twitter.com/K4xVbunOAN— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 16, 2017Most teams boasted significant and modernized changes to their uniforms, while some opted to keep their signature style from previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Nike took over the reigns from Adidas as the official jersey manufacturer of the NBA and it didn’t take long for the sporting giant to leave its mark.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 openingIn a star-studded event in Los Angeles on Friday (Saturday in Manila), both Nike and the NBA officially unveiled their innovative “Statement Jerseys” from all 30 NBA franchises.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

CWG a ‘dark comedy’, says Madhur Bhandarkar

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games, which are under fire from all quarters, today were on Bollywood radar too with filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar comparing the October event with a dark comedy.”I think a dark comedy film title Games is being played in CWG where bridge is collapsing, ceiling coming down,” Bhandarkar tweeted.Actor Arjun Rampal, tweeted, Rs 70,000 crore spent on CWG, Sensex shoots past 20K but poverty line in India stays constant. Is this a democracy or just plain hypocrisy?”Shilpa Shetty said that it was a great opportunity to make the country proud but unfortunately CWG has not brought us the pride and honor we though it would.In a major embarrassment for organisers, an under-construction foot over bridge collapsed yesterday outside the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue of the Commonwealth Games.last_img

What’s on where and when

first_imgA quick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose from the hottest events, shows and happenings in the world of music, art, cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine and food.BahamasDec 01 to 05More than 100 films from 26 countries to be screened at the exotic islands of Paradise and Nassau in Bahamas adds up to an irresistible combination. At the Bahamas International Film Festival, take your pick from feature, animation and short films and documentaries. Serious movie buffs can also attend panel discussions. Book tickets at www.bintlfilmfest.comIndiaDec 01 to 15Get a first hand insight into the vibrant culture of Nagaland at the Hornbill Festival, held at Kisama village. Besides the colourful dances and shows by Naga tribes, this time the festival will also have special performances by Myanmarese and Thai troupes, as well as Korean and Japanese musicians. You can even pick up tribal paintings, and sculptures here. Visit www.hornbillfestival.comMalaysiaDec 02 to 05Jazz lovers, it’s time to groove to the music of famous jazz bands from Norway, Germany, Azerbaijan, Korea and Netherlands at the 7th Penang Island Jazz Festival. Besides this, exhibitions, photography competitions, music workshops, Malay food and will make sure that your days are packed with jazz-related activities. Book your tickets at www.penangjazz.comThailandDec 02 to 06For four days the sky in Nakornnayok is a riot of colours as thousands of multi-hued balloons are in the air at the Thailand International Balloon & Adventure Sports Festival. This year there are adventure sports as well–choose from paintball, paragliding and whitewater rafting. There is also a fete that offers lip-smacking food. For more information, visit www.thailandadventuresports.comUKDec 03 to 05Christmas in London comes early! Get a feel of this charming festival at Taste of Christmas event which has everything gourmet related to Christmas. There are separate sections for getting to know more about, and of course, tasting wine, cheese, chocolate and coffee. Twelve restaurants will put up a special menu with traditional items. For details, visit www.tasteofchristmas.comSouth AfricaDec 03 to 05If you love your bubbly, be sure not to miss the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. It offers the finest wines and champagnes from the South African vineyards. There is a huge marquee on the lawns of Huguenot Monument where you can indulge in wine tasting and sample dishes by a few restaurants of the region. For bookings visit www.webtickets.co.zaUSADec 25New Yorkers certainly know how to celebrate Christmas. From the annual tradition of lighting the world’s tallest Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center, to window displays at stores like Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the entire city adorns a festive look. Don’t miss a Christmas Eve dinner at the Rock Center Cafe at Rockefeller Plaza.BrazilDec 31This year, celebrate New Year’s Eve with Brazilians at Copacabana beach for its the biggest party to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Besides thumping music and sizzling shows, the countdown to the New Year will feature something new–the launch of the 2016 Olympics logo, followed by a light and laser show.IndiaDec-Jan 19 to 18The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat doesn’t look prettier than it does during winter season and especially during the Rann Utsav. This festival starts at Bhuj and then takes place at various places across Kutch. There are traditional dances and music performances, a display of the region’s art and craft and colourful fairs are held at the beach.advertisementlast_img read more

Top rankings for Mithali and Jhulan

first_imgIndian women managed to retain their number one status in the International Cricket Council’s ODI women’s rankings with Mithali Raj leading the batting chart and Jhulan Goswami topping the bowling list issued in Dubai on Monday.Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.According to an ICC release, Mithali has 823 ranking points at an average of 49.83 while Jhulan has 777 points averaging 21.66. England’s Charlotte Edwards has also climbed up in the batting chart to third position despite her side losing the recently-concluded three-match ODI series in Australia.Edwards scored a total of 188 runs in the series, but her efforts with the bat went in vain as England lost the series 1- 2.Australia’s all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar has climbed two places to occupy sixth place after a positive performance.last_img