Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Twice, though, Barcelona had gifted Willian the space to hit the post in the first half. It was third time lucky in the 62nd for Willian, who drifts in and out of the team but was the outlet of Chelsea’s most dangerous moments against the five-time European champions.The Brazilian was left unmarked just outside the penalty area to receive a pass from Eden Hazard. Sergio Busquets charged forward to block Willian but ended up on flat on his back after Willian shimmied past him.“We gave too much space to Willian to shoot,” Valverde said. “The pass to him was perfect, the control was perfect. And we just had to get closer to him.”They didn’t. Willian picked out a gap in the defense to send the ball into the bottom right of the night.“We stayed compact, had a plan,” Willian said, “and did exactly what we expected.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers By cancelling out Willian’s opener, Messi also gave Barcelona a narrow edge in their Champions League round-of-16 matchup heading into the second leg at Camp Nou on March 14. The night’s other game produced a far more conclusive outcome with Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scoring twice as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas 5-0.It was far tighter at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea deploying Eden Hazard as a false nine and containing Barcelona’s energetic pressing before being made to pay for a rare slip in concentration in the 75th minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAndreas Christensen, the 21-year-old center back who displaced 32-year-old captain Gary Cahill from the starting lineup, passed laxly across his own penalty area. Barcelona capitalized. Andres Iniesta beat Cesar Azpilicueta to the ball, skipped past the defender’s attempt to tackle and squared for the unmarked Messi to turn into the bottom of the net. It prevented Barcelona from slipping to only its second loss in all competitions since August.“We lacked more clear-cut chances, but the good thing is we managed to force an error out of them and score an equalizer,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said through a translator. “We go back to the Camp Nou happy.” MOST READ Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Lionel Messi finally managed one of the few things he had yet to achieve in football.At his ninth attempt, the five-time world player of the year finally scored against Chelsea, salvaging a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and halting his longest drought against any opponent after 730 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Vonn trying not to think of downhill as her last at Olympics Described by Valverde as a “clash of styles,” this was not a meeting of equals.While Barcelona enjoys a seven-point lead at the top of the Spanish league, Chelsea is in a scrap to even secure one of the Premier League’s four Champions League qualification places. Recent damaging defeats at Bournemouth and Watford have left Chelsea with only a one-point hold on fourth place — and no chance of defending its title with Manchester City 19 points ahead.Now Chelsea, which won its only European title in 2012, has to find a way to at least score at Barcelona next month to secure passage to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014.“We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity,” said Cesc Fabregas, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona. “It is a suicide mission.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals View comments In this March 29, 2017, file photo, Venus Williams tries to return a shot against Angelique Kerber during a quarterfinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Venus Williams will be competing in the French Open. APSerena Williams may be missing from this year’s French Open, but big sister Venus is still going strong and marks her Roland Garros 20th anniversary on Sunday.Three weeks shy of her 37th birthday, the American star, who made her debut in the French capital in 1997, kicks off her latest campaign against China’s Wang Qiang.ADVERTISEMENT The German left-hander has endured a miserable clay-court season, losing early in Stuttgart and crashing out in her Rome opener, while retiring from her last-16 clash in Madrid with a lower back injury.“Everybody knows clay is not my favorite surface, but I try my best,” said Kerber. “Last year was not the best for me.”Makarova, also left-handed, is a former top tenner who has made at least the quarter-finals of all the majors, except the French Open.Action on Philippe Chatrier center court starts with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova making her comeback after six months away from the sport spent recovering from potentially career-ending injuries sustained in fighting off a knife-wielding burglar in December.Kvitova, a semi-finalist in 2012 and seeded 15 this year, faces America’s Julia Boserup, the world number 86 who is making her French Open debut.The standout match in the men’s singles sees Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem, a semi-finalist in 2016, take on unpredictable Bernard Tomic of Australia.Thiem is regarded as a potential champion should world number one Andy Murray, defending champion Novak Djokovic or nine-time champion Rafael Nadal slip up.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Williams, seeded 10, has played every year since 1997 with the exception of 2011 and despite her senior citizen status, she is still a contender at the Slams as her run to the Australian Open final in January proved.Her staggering longevity is illustrated by the fact that her potential second round opponent is compatriot Amanda Anisimova who, at just 15, is the youngest main draw competitor since 2005.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingWhen Venus was losing the 2002 Roland Garros final to Serena, Anisimova was just nine months old.“I’m here as I still have a lot to give. That just wraps it up,” said Venus who has never got beyond the quarter-finals in Paris since her runners-up spot 15 years ago. LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Anisimova, the Florida-based daughter of Russian parents, made the tournament courtesy of winning the US wild card play-off.She faces Japan’s world number 94 Kurumi Nara on Sunday.“This will be my first main draw match at a major, I’m very excited and I can’t wait to play already,” she said.Elsewhere on what’s expected to be a sweltering opening day in Paris, world number one Angelique Kerber starts against experienced Russian player Ekaterina Makarova.Kerber was defeated in the first round by unseeded Kiki Bertens 12 months ago and has yet to get past the quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend On Wednesday, however, Padda was forced to take a seat after she hurt her back lifting weights.READ: Adamson breaks skid, stops Power Smashers for first winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Padda can still hold her own against her younger players even engaging the Lady Falcons in open practice, yet during their game against the Power Smashers the once opposite hitter coached sitting down.READ: Adamson coach Padda: Players ‘don’t believe they can win’Things got too extreme for Padda that she told her players she can’t stand up anymore.“I’m killing myself, I can’t stand up any longer,” said Padda. “I told them ‘you got to do this for me.’ I’m serious because they’re so used to seeing me on the sidelines. If I decide to sit down, I feel like I’m going to mess something up.”ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was squatting, and it wasn’t even that heavy,” said Padda after her Lady Falcons stopped the Power Smashers 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22 in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.“I was on my second set, I went down, and this pain shot up my back. I literally dropped the bar and fell. They had to bring the wheelchair in for me. It was so embarrassing.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson head coach Air Padda is a spry 31-year-old and is never the one to be contented to sit on a bench or just stand when watching her team play.Padda usually runs up and down the sidelines and jumps around whenever she gets the chance to do so.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Froome looking to make up for 2012 ‘frustration’ at Tour de France LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The BCCI on Saturday authorised its president Shashank Manohar to take a decision on whether to challenge the Bombay High Court’s decision to uphold the stay on the termination of contracts of IPL franchisees Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in the Supreme Court.The decision was taken at the BCCI’s Working Committee meeting in Mumbai.”The Working Committee has authorised the President to take a decision on filing an appeal in the Supreme Court,” BCCI sources said.On December 14, Justice S.J. Vazifdar dismissed an appeal filed by BCCI challenging the stay granted to Royals by the arbitrator, appointed by both the parties to resolve their dispute, and permitted the IPL franchisee to participate in the IPL4 auction.A day later, the two-member Division Bench of Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Anoop Mohata upheld the order of its single bench, Justice Vazifdar, to stay the termination of Kings XI Punjab saying that the entire basis of the letter of termination issued by the BCCI to the Mohali franchise was “erroneous and flawed”.BCCI had on October 10 terminated the franchisee agreement of Royals – winners of IPL in 2008 – and Kings XI Punjab alleging that the teams had committed breach of the contract by having changes in its corporate structure without consent.- With PTI inputs
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Surely the best place in town, Hauz Khas Village is are pository of kitsch and quirky items. Simply Delhi takes you around the best places in the area. Purple JungleLike many foreigners, French designers Iris and Emeline were also fascinated by the vibrancy of India symbolised by the chaiwalla, barber,,Surely the best place in town, Hauz Khas Village is are pository of kitsch and quirky items. Simply Delhi takes you around the best places in the area.Purple JungleLike many foreigners, French designers Iris and Emeline were also fascinated by the vibrancy of India symbolised by the chaiwalla, barber, auto rickshaws, fruit juice corners, cows, and messages on trucks. Purple Jungle brings out the colour of everyday life in their range of kitschy accessories like bags, posters, coasters, cushions and sofas. Their products already retail out of stores in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Surat. The products here are displayed in an unusual manner. While the bags hang from white plastic taps, pouches are stored in steel utensils and stuffed toys in plastic tubs. The shape of the bags may be conventional and the material ordinary, but the funky designs do the trick here.Where: Shop No 16, Hauz Khas Village.Cost: Rs 200 to Rs 600 (Pouch); Rs 600 to Rs 2,000 (bags); Rs 1,000 onward (cushions).Tel: 26538182; purple-jungle.comLola’s worldThis mom and childrens’ store houses international brands for kids-from clothes, toys to furniture. The brands include Bensimon for shoes, Moulin Roty for soft toy characters like Louna the bee, Petit Jour for kitchen accessories, Madam Mo notebooks, postcard and colouring books. Mother-daughter French designers Chloe le Bonnois and Danielle brought their French brand Nana Ki to India in 2006 which is also available at the store. The best part about their clothes is that they use Indian fabrics and motifs in kids’ clothes. Some of the most picked items from their store include colourful school bags and soft toys.Where: Shop 30, Hauz Khas Village.Cost: Rs 600 to Rs 6,000 for kids furniture, toys and clothes.Tel: 64514201; lolasworld.netadvertisementMaatiHand-painted is the buzzword here. Owners Aniruddha and Swati Saha go to villages near Kolkata and in Uttranchal to buy works of local artisans. All their products highlight traditional art forms like dokra earrings from Jharkhand, jute earrings from Assam and water hyacinth jewellery from Nagaland. T-shirts and kurtis are painted with motifs like Nataraja and Shiva. The items considered best buys include their hand-painted peacock clutches, saris and blockprint dupattas.Where: 26 Hauz Khas VillageCost: Rs 650 to Rs 1,600 for T-shirts and kurtis, Rs 1,400 to Rs 1,600 for bags, Rs 150 to Rs 500 for cushion coversTel: 9910085433; email@example.comTwistedRohit Kant, a graduate from National Institue of Fashion Technology ditched the ramp to start something of his own. He started with painting a few helmets which were loved by his designer friends. Within a few months Kant had painted all sorts of bric-a-brac that he saw around-from keychains, cigarette cases, card holders, wallets, ties and bags to pocket watches. At his store, which opened last year in January, there are helmets and ties with Che Guevara paintings, and wallets with paintings of Indian legends like Bhagat Singh and Subhas Chandra Bose. You can even get your BlackBerry painted the way you like.Where: T 49, Hauz Khas Village.Cost: Rs 500 to Rs 800 (wallets and card holders).Tel: 9560709313; facebook.com/rohitkantNaapa DoriGiving up his career in fashion to let leather and thread (nappa and dori) play muse to his skills, Gautam Sinha set up Nappa Dori in HKV. In his store, he combines Indian rural scenes or images of the British Raj, Moghul architecture or portraits of holy men with leather, canvas and fine craftsmanship.Look for their laptop bags with digital prints of Delhi’s monuments or life in Kolkata, satchels made of harness leather, same as what youd find on a horse saddle, and iPad covers made of cow hide. Accessories like pencil rolls, storage boxes and colorful macaroon measuring tapes are cool buys here.Where: Shop No 4, Hauz Khas Village.Cost: Premium collection ranges between Rs 3,000 to Rs 15,000.Tel: 9810400778; nappadori.com
Australian side Sydney Sixers notched their second consecutive win in the Champions League Twenty20 with a dominating eight-wicket win over English county side Yorkshire on Tuesday.The Sydney Sixers, who beat Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings in their first match, had little difficulty chasing down Yorkshire’s score of 96 for nine in the stipulated 20 overs.Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin put together a 78-run stand off 42 balls with Englishman Michael Lumb as the Sixers scored 98 for two in just 8.5 overs. Young pacer Mitchell Starc impressed with figures of three for 22.Yorkshire, who won the toss and elected to bat, got off to a rollicking start as former Australian opener Phil Jacques (21) hit some early boundaries. But the joy for the English team was shortlived as the Sydney bowlers came back strongly.Jacques’ wicket in the seventh over started Yorkshire’s downfall. Joe Root, who was the top scorer for his team with 25 off 24 balls fell to Moises Henriques with the score on 62 in the 13th over. From then on, Yorkshire could manage only 32 runs in eight overs, losing six wickets in the process.Shane Watson (11), who will soon be returning home to train with the Australia’s national side, failed to fire with the bat but chipped in with two wickets. Watson’s wicket caused some panic in the Sydney dressing room before Haddin’s whirlwind innings calmed nerves.Haddin (41) was the main aggressor and was well supported by Lumb (43 not out). Lumb finished the match in style hitting Azeem Rafiq for two consecutive fours.advertisement
MANILA, Philippines—It’s the year of Team Lakay.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gold was the luster of 2018 for the Baguio-based team as it ran through the competition in ONE Championship to become the most prolific organization in the promotion, making their story no. 2 in INQUIRER.net’s top 7 sports stories of the year.Mark Sangiao, the quiet and peaceful mentor of equally friendly warriors, guided Kevin Belingon, Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, and the iconic Eduard Folayang to World titles in their respective weight classes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionEustaquio (11-6) was the first of the four to become a World champion in 2018 when he unified the flyweight belts after a split decision win over rival Adriano Moraes in June after reigning on an interim basis since January.Belingon (20-5) followed soon in July to become the interim bantamweight champion after a unanimous decision win over Martin Nguyen, which he followed up with a split decision victory over Bibiano Fernandes to become the undisputed champion in November. Donnie Nietes, Japanese foe make weight ahead of super flyweight bout “It’s our biggest year, we won titles, and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. These awards and titles are just the fruits of our labor.”RELATED STORIESRELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominanceINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her Fight to ProtectRELATED VIDEO LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pacio (13-2) was the next to hold gold in the bunch when he dethroned Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision for the ONE World strawweight title.And just before December arrived, Folayang (21-6) dominated Amir Khan to become a two-time ONE World lightweight champion.Of the eight male champions of ONE, five are from the Philippines and four of those Filipinos are under the tutelage of Sangiao at Team Lakay.And the soft-spoken coach assured that his team is just getting started.“This is definitely the best year for us, but of course, we will not stop,” said Sangiao. “We have to keep on improving and defend those belts.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments