SMB’s Fajardo expects tougher games ahead after squeaker over Magnolia

first_imgFajardo feels the duel won’t be the last time San Miguel will meet Magnolia as he anticipates the Hotshots, together with Ginebra, which beat the Beermen last week, to make deep runs in the postseason.That’s why Fajardo couldn’t stress the importance of having a healthy team in San Miguel’s bid to retain the all-Filipino crown.“We need to be in condition because the physicality is really intense. We need to be at our peak condition so that we won’t tire that easily,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — With the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup shifting to another gear, June Mar Fajardo is bracing for tougher games ahead.Facing one of the hottest teams in the league in Magnolia, Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, got an early taste of playoff basketball on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re expecting more of those and it’s really tiring,” said Fajardo, who had scratch marks all over his arms after the Beermen’s tight 77-76 win over the Hotshots.Kept in check by the Magnolia defense, Fajardo struggled from the field, shooting 4-of-11, but still managed to produce 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWhat couldn’t be denied, however, was his imposing presence down low especially on the defensive end, grabbing 21 rebounds while also blocking two shots.“All the teams are closely tied in the standings. You really need to get the win to make it to the playoffs,” he said. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ San Miguel gets another boost, this time from Chico Lanete LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgAt the Letterkenny Chamber and AIB seminar “Retail- The Winning Formula” in The Radisson Hotel Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonOver 200 business people from across Donegal came together this week to hear from one of Ireland’s key Retail Experts, Simon Healy.Jointly organised by AIB in partnership with Letterkenny Chamber the roadshow that has taken place across the country attracted one of the biggest audiences here in Letterkenny.Retailers and business people got an insight from Simon on wining retail strategies and how they could gain a competitive advantage on the high street. They also heard from Gordon Burke, Donegal Local Enterprise Office on the support and programmes available for businesses including assistance with going online, mentoring and their range of training programmes.Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber gave a short overview of the success of ShopLK to date and encouraged all to become ambassadors for retail in Letterkenny.At the Letterkenny Chamber and AIB seminar “Retail- The Winning Formula” in The Radisson Hotel Letterkenny. Photo Clive WassonThe local flavour was provided by Mairtin Kelly, Kelly’s Centra & Diner, Mountaintop who told his own retail story explaining how they have remained successful over the last number of years.Speaking about the event Mairtin said “It was a great pleasure to be part of the Chamber & AIB Retail event and I picked up some great learnings for my business from the speaker Simon Healy and around the room from like-minded individuals. The timing of this event was perfect for me as we re-launch of our new look Centra Store at the Mountain Top and introduce “Jakes Famous Burger” franchise to our American Roadside Diner customers this Friday 29th April. With a big day planned I’m sure it’ll be a huge success” Barry Naughton, Regional Director AIB Bank in the Northwest said “We were delighted to host this event for Donegal Retailers in Letterkenny in partnership with Letterkenny Chamber. As Simon outlined we are retailers also and are constantly striving to improve our offerings to our business clients through our Backing Brave programme. As part of this programme we have appointed qualified Business Advisors in every branch, provide customers full access to a team of Business Advisors by phone outside normal banking hours, including weekends, and commit to a 48 hour turnaround of business loans up to €30,000. We also can provide businesses with discounted loans in partnership with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland(SBCI) and more details on this can be found online or in your local branch.”Some of the large crowd at the event in Letterkenny.In his talk Simon emphasized the need for research, he encouraged everyone in the audience to look at their demographic, check out CSO statistics and then target their customers specifically. He gave some basic advice on ensuring your outlet whether on the high street or online was clean, fresh and inviting and suggested you appoint a minister of social media in your business to really take advantage of this technology.The event reminded us that in this very competitive market people still buy from people and that the customer should be at the centre of all you do.Speaking after the event John Bowe, President Letterkenny Chamber, said “This event reflects what an excellent retail community we have here in Donegal. Local retail is at the heart of communities across the County and it was a great pleasure to be able to bring a specialist such as Simon Healy to Letterkenny. His vast experience was reflected in concrete, practical tips that he passed on and I have no doubt that this event will inspire those who attended to even greater success.”DD BUSINESS: HUGE TURN-OUT TO HEAR ADDRESS FROM RETAIL EXPERT was last modified: April 27th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ChamberdonegalSimon Healylast_img read more

Classic offers golf with a few signatures

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “I never thought I’d play with Lee Trevino,” said Lopez. A golf enthusiast since his 20s, Lopez first played golf with Trevino two years ago. Lopez said they make a good pair, both being Latino and fans of each other’s work. The two played the course with three other men, whom tournament sponsors invited to play with the big shots for an additional $2,500 each. Their tournament sponsorship amounts were undisclosed. Following Lopez and Trevino around all 20 holes were about two dozen people, some clutching their jackets closely as they stood in unusually chilly weather for nearly three hours. Weathering the cold was worth it for Robert Nuyda, who after four years of volunteering at the golf tournament finally got a photo with a famous face. In the past, celebrities turned him down for photos. VALENCIA – They called in sick at work. They skipped school. They volunteered on the greens. The star-struck crowds did whatever it took to see favorite celebrities play golf Wednesday as the six-day AT&T Classic at the Valencia Country Club continues. They weren’t the only ones with stars in their eyes. Comedian George Lopez couldn’t believe his luck that he was playing a round with golf legend Lee Trevino. “Oh my gosh – he’s awesome,” the 38-year-old said after he and Lopez smiled into a camera. Nuyda picked up football great Jerry Rice from the airport Tuesday night. Knowing that the athlete was teeing off the next day, Nuyda remembered to bring a football Wednesday for Rice to sign. Friends Guillermo Gutierrez and Jerry Villasenor took the day off from work to watch Lopez and Trevino together. “We grew up watching Lee,” Gutierrez said. “We don’t get too many opportunities to see them up close and this casually.” When Lopez shouted after missing a shot, the group sighed with him. When he told jokes, they laughed. When Trevino gave golf tips, they stepped in close to hear. For Gil Aldous and daughter Jenn, the day brought the chance to watch some good technique and learn from the professionals. The Castaic man is teaching his 11-year-old how to play. “We thought we’d come out here and take a look at what the best players look like when they play,” said Gil Aldous. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA Judge has ordered Gardai to break down the door of a house belonging to a dead Church of Ireland minister to get to the bottom of a land dispute.John Doe, aka Daniel Greene appears at court in Letterkenny.The house at Newtowncunningham was left to charity by the late Rev Samuel Reede, 86, when he died in 2010. However when estate agents called to the house at Rooskey in February, they found the house was occupied and had ‘No Trespassing’ signs on the windows.Since then a legal battle has taken place in a bid to get the man living in the house to come to court and explain himself.The man, who was initially known as John Doe, was eventually brought before Letterkenny Circuit Court on July 19th.The man gave his name as Daniel Green and told Judge John O’Hagan that he had deeds for the house and had paid a deposit for it.The case was due to be heard last week when Judge Petria McConnell ordered Green to appear in court.He failed to appear in court again today after Gardai went to the house.Garda Evan Joyce told the court they waited outside knocking on windows and doors for up to an hour and a half.He said there was “possibly” someone in the house but said he was not sure if he had reasonable grounds to use force to gain entry to the property and bring Green to court.Judge McDonnell instructed barrister Fiona Crawford to deliver a summonse to Green telling him he is to appear in court tomorrow.She also said she was now giving Gardai permission to “break down the door at 8.30am” if Green does not come voluntarily.She told Gardai that was perhaps not something they would like doing but that “this is going to go on forever if we do not do something.”Judge McDonnell also ordered Gardai to secure the house if Mr Green and his partner, known as Jane Doe, are not at the property.JUDGE ORDERS GARDAI TO BREAK DOWN DOOR OF DEAD CHURCH MINISTER’S HOME was last modified: October 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Daniel GreenGardaihouseRev Samuel Reedelast_img read more

Leicester 0-0 Southampton (6-5 on pens): Foxes into Carabao Cup quarter-finals

first_imgIt was harsh on Southampton, who had the better chances to win the tie during 90 minutes. But Leicester progressed in the tie rearranged in the wake of the helicopter crash which killed chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.Danny Simpson and Fousseni Diabate were handed their first starts of the season as two of nine changes made by Leicester boss Claude Puel. Just Jonny Evans and Demarai Gray retained their places in the starting line-up from Saturday’s Premier League draw at Brighton.Southampton manager Mark Hughes made five changes from the team that lost at Fulham at the weekend as Angus Gunn, Yan Valery, Jack Stephens, Jannick Vestergaard and Michael Obafemi replaced Alex McCarthy, Cedric Soares, Wesley Hoedt, Gabbiadini and Charlie Austin. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Jamie Vardy hushes the crowd having scored his penalty. 4 gameday cracker It was clear from the outset that Valery, who along with Obafemi was making his full debut for Saints, was in for a busy evening as Gray looked lively down the left and Leicester began on the front foot, putting Southampton under early pressure with a couple of corners.Saints survived and grew into the tie and created a good opening midway through the first half when Ward had to be quickly off his line to block Obafemi’s effort with his feet.Southampton slowly assumed control, making Leicester defend for long periods, although without troubling Ward. 4 Leicester’s best moment came with 10 minutes remaining. Gray ran beyond Steven Davis and Soares before flashing a shot narrowly wide from 20 yards which had Gunn worried.Southampton thought they had broken the deadlock when a weaving run from Redmond was finished off by Davis, but the goal was ruled out by VAR after Redmond was adjudged to have handled the ball. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 4 Leicester City players run from the halfway line to celebrate with game-winner Danny Ward. REVEALED shining REAL DEAL REVEALED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star tense Leicester City players celebrate winning their Carabao Cup clash with Southampton. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Jamie Vardy, captain for the night with Wes Morgan only on the bench, endured a frustrating first half but almost caught a lucky break in injury time. He got in behind the defence and his cut-back from the byline was nearly steered into his own net by Vestergaard, but to his relief the ball drifted wide of the post.Nathan Redmond turned Caglar Soyuncu and Simpson inside out on a mazy run into the penalty area and his shot struck the underside of the crossbar. Obafemi was unable to turn in the rebound on the half-volley from close range.Shortly afterwards, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s effort from the edge of the box brought a decent save from Ward. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manolo Gabbiadini looks dejected as he applauds travelling supporters following his spot-kick miss. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 4 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Latest Premier League Stories There was still time for another VAR review at the other end when Evans went down under a challenge but no penalty was awarded.A superb fingertip save from Ward to divert Gabbiadini’s late free-kick on to the crossbar ensured the tie went to penalties, when Ward was the hero again – denying Gabbiadini once more. whoops huge blow Leicester City reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after they beat Southampton on penalties following a goalless draw at the King Power Stadium.There were 10 successful kicks before Danny Ward saved Manolo Gabbiadini’s attempt with Foxes midfielder Nampalys Mendy then scoring to put them into the last eight, where they will host Manchester City on December 18.last_img read more

Beauty: Eyelash lifts explained – why they’re a real eye-opener

first_imgBeautician Lorraine Quinn from Beauty at the Lodge Ballybofey reveals why lash lifts are the hottest trending treatment:You’ve probably heard about the new-age Lash Lifting sweeping the beauty industry. It’s the hottest Lash treatment in the celebrity world, with beauty bloggers agreeing that it’s the best treatment ever!The Lash Lifting Treatment is everywhere right now. Our clients are loving it. People who have never even been in a lash lounge are flocking to get lifted, Ex-Lash-Extension-Lovers are returning for this new method that gives results without the maintenance. The Lash Lift is here to stay, so if you’ve not already tried it, here are some reasons why you should. The Lash Lift is the revolutionary lash phenomenon that reveals your natural lashes in all their glory. It’s about knowing your eyes will be the centre of attention, without you having to do a thing. Make the most of what nature gave you with the length, volume and lift effect.If you’re looking for a way to elongate, enhance and exaggerate your natural lashes, then Lash Lifting is the answer. We are giving 10% off on Elleebana Lash Lift Treatments at Beauty at the Lodge this month, visit us on Facebook here to book.The Lash Lift permanently curls your natural lashes for up to 8 weeks with no maintenance required, meaning people who want some extra oomph without the commitment of extension upkeep, now have a service just for them. HOW DOES IT WORK?The structure of a single hair is made up of 3 parts: the hair cuticle, the cortex and the medulla. When the Lifting product is applied during the treatment, the hydrogen comes into contact with the air and oxidizes. This creates a chemical process which breaks down the disulphate bonds in each hair, allowing them to move into a new shape. The next step is applying the volumiser, which reforms the disulphate bonds into their new shape, which is long and lifted with maximum volume.HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE / LAST?Around 30 minutes with an expert lash technician. It’s a closed-eye procedure too! So time to relax and take a power nap. You’re then set for up to 6-8 weeks. That’s a lot of days to have your lashes-on-fleek!DOES THE LASH LIFTING PROCEDURE HURT?No, the procedure is totally painless. You will have your eyes closed for the entire treatment and although it may feel a little strange being unable to open your eyes for this time, it offers you a chance to relax during the treatment.WILL IT DAMAGE MY NATURAL LASHES?We ensure proper lash lift procedures are followed. You can be assured that all our products used have been specifically formulated and tested to prevent damage to your lashes.CAN I STILL WEAR MASCARA You can still wear mascara and use make-up remover, though your lashes will look so good you certainly won’t need to.COULD I HAVE A REACTION TO THIS TREATMENT?Very few people have a reaction to the product but that doesn’t mean you won’t be one of them. What one person reacts to, another is fine with. This is why you can opt to have a patch test 24 hours beforehand. A patch test is quick and simple. It consists of us placing 2 drops of the product behind the ear. Wiping it off and waiting to see if any subsequent irritation occurs over the next 24 hours such as redness, itching or inflammation for example. CAN I WEAR MAKE-UP AFTER MY LASH LIFT?Yes, but it is advised that you leave your lashes untouched for at least 24 hours after your treatment. You may find that there is no need for mascara anyway, but if you wish to make your lashes even fuller, a non-waterproof mascara is advised, as the removal of waterproof mascaras can be harsh on the lashes and weaken the lift.HOW DO I CLEAN MY EYES?Gently, by using mild products and always wait 24 hours before doing this. CAN I USE AN EYELASH CURLER?No. There will be no need for an eyelash curler as this treatment gives a much better result than using a curler, but more importantly, using one may weaken and damage your lashes.WHAT AFTERCARE IS INVOLVED?No maintenance other than a regular lick of our nourishing Lash & Brow Conditioning Serum that’s it! YOU’LL SAVE TIME GETTING READY IN THE MORNINGDo you ever wake up and wish you could have ten extra minutes in bed? Well, with Lash Lifting you can! Waking up with perfect lashes every morning will cut down the time it takes you to get ready in the morning, leaving you with more time to work out, eat a nutritious breakfast, or simply hit that snooze button a few more times.IT’S PERFECT FOR HOLIDAYSA Lash Lifting is the perfect treatment for your holidays because it doesn’t require any maintenance. The last thing you want on holiday is a full face of make-up and as you don’t have to wear mascara, you can kiss goodbye to panda-eye disasters in the pool or while sunbathing!Why not take advantage of our Christmas offer and receive a 10% discount off our Elleebana Lash Lift Treatment. valid until 30th December 2017To book, call: 074 91 30446Terms and Conditions apply and this offer is not in conjunction with any other offerYou can find out more about our Lash Lifting service by clicking on the link of: LVL by Nouveau Beauty & Elleebana Lash Lifting Lorraine xBeauty: Eyelash lifts explained – why they’re a real eye-opener was last modified: December 5th, 2017 by Lorraine QuinnShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beauty at the lodgelash liftlorraine quinnlast_img read more

Dream Riders cycle for kids

first_imgNedbank Dream Catchers – riders who raised more than R15 000 in 2012 – from left to right: Bastiaan Smit, finance executive at Nedbank Retail; Veronique Breugelmans, a Reach For A Dream volunteer; Bronwyn du Preez, Business IT Strategist at Nedbank Retail; and, Louise Davies, from Nedbank Wealth.(Image: Nedbank Dream Riders)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nkosinathi MsizaNedbank: Communications+27 11 295 3560Ray MaotaOver 200 youngsters will benefit after a team of passionate and dedicated cyclists raised over R1-million for the Reach for a Dream Foundation, which helps youngsters with life-threatening ailments fulfil their life dreams. A growing teamA team of 488 cyclists took part in the 2012 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg and collectively raised R1 050-million (US$118 801) for various projects. Dream Riders began in 2007 when eight employees at Nedbank, one of South Africa’s big four banks, collected sponsorships from friends and family for every kilometre of the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge they completed.By joining the team, each cyclist commits to raising at least R1 200 ($135) in sponsorships and donations, while riders can ride either the 40km, mountain bike or road race as a Dream Rider. The annual 94.7 Cycle Challenge is the world’s second-largest timed cycle race, after the Cape Argus Cycle Race, which takes place each year in Cape Town.Between 20 000 and 30 000 riders complete the challenging 94.7km course every year. The event’s main sponsors are radio station 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Momentum, the life insurance company. Volunteering to helpKone Gugushe, the divisional executive of corporate social responsibility at Nedbank, explains: “We encourage our employees and clients to volunteer in support of our corporate service initiatives objectives to develop and grow volunteerism in the workplace as a logical extension of our vision-led, values-driven ethos, as well as our deep green aspiration of being highly involved in the community and environment.”Nedbank’s staff members are encouraged to play their part in uplifting and empowering communities through volunteering for such initiatives. Some of those for which they volunteer are: the Local Hero Programme, which encourages and honours individuals who participate in volunteer work by supporting their projects financially; and the Team Challenge Programme, a 10-month staff volunteerism programme in which staff form teams that support various non-profit organisations. Reaching for the dreamGugushe said: “Reach for a Dream gives hope and fulfils dreams of over 200 children with life-threatening ailments in our society and we believe that this contribution will enable them to help more children … Additionally, through such initiatives, we are able to extend our reach and make a meaningful difference where we might not have been able to reach ourselves.”Bronwyn Feldwick-Davis, Reach for a Dream’s projects and marketing manager, said it was a landmark year for the foundation as the number of riders doubled, and together they raised R1-million ($113 147).“This makes the Dream Riders one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and enables us to distribute the funds to all of our seven branches. Nedbank once again sponsored all the costs for the team, for which we are so grateful,” she said. “This allows all the money raised by the cyclists to go directly to dreams and projects and not expenses.” How the money helpsReach for a Dream helps youngsters aged from three to 18. According to Dream Riders, to fulfil a dream for a child who has a life-threatening illness, on average costs R3 500. The diseases that the youngsters who benefit from this project have include cystic fibrosis, HIV/Aids, renal failure, type 1 diabetes, and leukaemia.They have varying wishes, among them going scuba diving, going shopping, going to the airport, going on a steam train ride, meeting the president, and going on a submarine ride.Reach for a Dream says that for children with life-threatening illnesses, the magic of childhood may be lost in the emotional, physical and financial strain of dealing with their disease. The foundation tries to alleviate some of this strain, which often affects the whole family, by creating a different environment for the child – one that is not focused on her or his illness.last_img read more

Bus depot launch raises CM hope on pending projects

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said most Commonwealth Games projects have been completed and the remaining ones will be completed before the mega event.She appeared confident about achieving what seems impossible – several Games projects have missed deadlines many times over – while opening a bus depot for the Games.The depot, built opposite the Millennium Park on the Ring Road and claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world, can accommodate 1,000 buses.It has five workshop-cum-bus scanning centres, seven dormitories to accommodate up to 500 DTC officials, eight washing pits, four underground tanks for water to wash buses, two CNG filling stations and baggage scanning centre to be maintained by Delhi Police, a transport official said.Dikshit said constructing the depot was difficult because of the soil conditions existing in the area.”We have done this despite the bad weather. Our officials and labourers have worked hard so that the works can be completed,” the chief minister said.She also thanked the media for keeping her government on its toes by criticising the preparations for the Games.Four low-floor hybrid buses, which can run on compressed natural gas as well as electricity, were also launched at the function. They will form part of the government’s efforts to hold a green Games.Lockdown:Security forces will place a lockdown on the Commonwealth Games Village on Sunday. Other venues, including the Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) stadium, will be similarly closed by September 23.A government source said rehearsals for the opening ceremony alone will be allowed at the JLN stadium on September 28 and October 1. The source also rubbished reports that the Indian Mujahideen planned to target the Games venues.advertisementUp to 1,000 buses can be parked at the bus depot, touted as the world’s largest.last_img read more

Shot Putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor Smashes Own National Record

first_imgRanchi: Shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor broke his own national record to lit up a rainy day in the 59th National Open Athletics Championships here on Saturday.Representing AFI, Toor came up with a best effort of 20.92m to improve upon his own earlier national record of 20.75m which he had set while winning the Asian Games gold medal in Jakarta last year. His farthest throw came in his third attempt. After a half-hour delay caused by heavy rain, the 25-year-old Toor warmed up with a put of 20.41m, just 2cm short of his season’s best that he managed during the World Championships in Doha on October 3.He followed that up with a 20.29m effort before uncorking the biggest throw yet by an Indian and raising his arms in triumph as soon as he knew he had got a new national mark.On his subsequent attempts, he egged himself on to try and get 21.10m — the Olympic Games qualifying standard — but without any success.”I was in good rhythm today. I was aiming 21.30 to 21.40 and I think it crossed that in the last throw but unfortunately it was a foul. I will try again to qualify for Olympics at the World Military Games in Wuhan, China later this month. It will be a good competition at Wuhan,” Toor said.Noah Nirmal Tom and VK Vismaya claimed the 400m titles for men and women respectively as evidence of their rising stature among India’s consistent quartermilers.The 25-year-old Tom clocked 45.88 seconds, only his second sub 46 second run.The 22-year-old Vismaya’s time of 52.71 seconds was her fifth fastest, having clocked 52.12 In the Josefa Seckare Memorial in Brno on August 28.With Jisna Mathew (Kerala) not finishing the race, Vismaya beat two challengers from Haryana — 19-year-old Kiran and Anjali Devi Kundu.The home state’s Priyanka Kerketta won a tough women’s long jump battle with a 6.16m effort. She endured stiff competition from Railways Rintu Mathew, whose final two jumps were over 6m gave her the silver medal ahead of team-mate Neena Varakil.Railways’ Bhawna Jat won the women’s 20km race walk with a new meet record to boot. The 23-year-old clocked 1:38:30.00 to lower the 1:39:30.40 mark set by Deepmala Devi in New Delhi way back in 2006.Ravina (Haryana) and Sonal Sukhwal (Rajasthan) finished second and third respectively. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. athleticsIndiaIndian Athleticsnational open athletics championships First Published: October 12, 2019, 10:09 PM ISTlast_img read more

Bengaluru FC rope in Xisco

first_imgBengaluru, Jul 6 (PTI) Bengaluru FC today said they have roped in Spanish winger Francisco ‘Xisco’ Hernández Marcos on a one-year-deal. Born in Palma in Mallorca, Xisco came through the youth ranks of local giants RCD Mallorca before making his senior debut with the reserves in the 200809 season. After a two-year spell with the reserves, he moved to CD Puertollano in Segunda División B the following season before returning to Mallorca B in 2011. The 28-year-old winger who can also operate as a second striker and a playmaker becomes the sixth foreigner in the current squad and ninth Spaniard to play for the Blues since 2013. “I am very grateful for this opportunity of playing for Bengaluru FC. They are a big team in the region and I am eager and excited to come to India,” Xisco said. After short spell with Gimnàstic de Tarragona (2016) in the Segunda División, he returned to Atlético Baleares midway through the season. His second spell with the Mallorca-based side saw him notch up 21 league goals in 66 league appearances. In fact, during the 2016-17 season, Xisco was an ever-present figure in the Baleares squad featuring 36 times and scoring 13 goals to help them finish fourth and seal qualification to the promotion play-offs and the Copa Del Rey. “I realise the responsibility of playing for one of the best teams in the country is huge. It is going to be a challenge for me, but I am very happy to belong to Blue family now and I will be giving my very best,” Xisco stated.advertisement Other Spaniards bought over by BFC this season are Kean Lewis, Rino Anto, Sairuat Kima, Gursimrat Gill and Chencho Gyeltshen. He also becomes the second new foreigner for the season behind the Bhutanese who joined ten days ago. His second spell with the Balearic Island giants saw him finally break into the first team playing in the Copa Del Rey against fellow La Liga giants Sporting Gijón. Xisco then played for Lleida Esportiu (2012-13), CD Atlético Baleares (2013-14) and CF Reus Deportiu (2014-15) in the following seasons netting a total of 17 goals in 82 league appearances in Segunda B. PTI BDN AHAHlast_img read more