Lack of experience hampered young Adamson squad, says Pumaren

first_imgSports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Pumaren’s team in Season 81, however, had the veteran stability of Sean Manganti, Papi Sarr, Jonathan Espelate, and Jerrie Pingoy while the Soaring Falcons in 2019 had five players listed as rookies.“The way I look at it, the reason we struggled was because we lacked experience leading us to fall into mental lapses,” said Pumaren after the Soaring Falcons’ 89-63 loss to De La Salle in their final game Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“At the end of the day experience will really benefit the team,” added Pumare,  who singled out Ateneo and University of the Philippines as the two most seasoned teams.The Blue Eagles earned an automatic finals bye after a 14-0 sweep of the eliminations while the Fighting Maroons are at second seed with a 9-5 card. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Adamson Falcons fail to advance to the UAAP Final Four this season. Photo by Tristna Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson University went from title contenders to spectators in just a span of one season and head coach Franz Pumaren said it was his team’s inexperience that ultimately bit them.The Soaring Falcons finished the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament with a 4-10 record for the sixth seed, six less wins than what they have in Season 81 when they were at No. 2.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Mark Nonoy fully embraces point guard mindset to lead Growling Tigers Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Ateneo’s lineup is virtually intact from last season’s with Anton Asistio the only player who graduated from the team while UP added Kobe Paras, already an experienced player from the United States NCAA, and Ricci Rivero from De La Salle.The Fighting Maroons’ core of Bright Akhuetie, Jun Manzo, and Gomez de Liaño brothers Juan and Javi are still in the team.“If you look at the top two teams, Ateneo and UP, they don’t have fresh high school graduates playing for them but they have transferees,” said Pumaren. “Those two teams can handle pressure and that’s the advantage of having a mature team. Unlike them, we lost games down the stretch.”Adamson had three losses decided by four points or less and two of those defeats were against UP.The Soaring Falcons’ last matchup against UP was a total collapse wherein they allowed the Fighting Maroons close the game out with a 21-5 run and take the 81-77 win.ADVERTISEMENT “A year of experience in the UAAP will help us,” said Pumaren. “I think this being such a young team somehow affected us during the crunch time.”“Just like any normal corporation or what, after a bad year you move forward, and you try to gather all the good things that happened that will help you down the road. I guess we just have to regroup and assess everything.” Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Jun Manzo has no regrets over fouling out in his final game for UP

first_imgLATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress With University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas fighting for their lives, Manzo ended his four-year UAAP career by fouling out with 2:33 left in the knockout game for a UAAP Finals berth.As UP center Bright Akhuetie laid on the Growling Tigers’ side of the court writhing in pain, the Fighting Maroons had to commit a foul to allow the Season 81 MVP to go to the bench and get treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceManzo decided to step up and do it without knowing that he was already in foul trouble.“I’m sad because those were the last two minutes of the game but I don’t regret taking that one foul,” said Manzo in Filipino after UP’s 68-65 loss Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I just hope that they continue their winning mindset even though we didn’t reach the finals this year,” said Manzo. “I hope they continue what we started and that is to always get to the Final Four.” Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MANILA, Phiilippines—Jun Manzo’s collegiate career came to an end in the most unceremonious of ways.ADVERTISEMENT Know some of the Cebuano athletes competing in SEA Games What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?center_img Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Whatever the circumstance, I would still commit the foul because Bright is my family and I won’t allow anything bad to happen to him.”Manzo, who finished with 12 points and five rebounds, admitted that he thought he still had on more foul to give and that he was surprised when the barker announced he had committed his final one.“I just cried after it because it’s just sad that we didn’t reach our goal of reaching the finals.”Nevertheless, Manzo believes the Fighting Maroons can bounce back in the future.Manzo, a transferee from University of Visayas, played four years for UP and was with the team during its meteoric rise from perennial cellar dweller to Season 81 runner-up.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

All eyes on Lodha committee meet as BCCI continues to remain defiant

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) defiance over the last couple of months hasn’t gone down well with the Lodha Committee, which has been appointed to oversee the implementation of the Supreme Court order.The Lodha committee will meet in New Delhi on Monday and will discuss a range of issues and where all has the BCCI faltered as far as implementation of the reforms are concerned. The BCCI was to submit a compliance report to the Lodha committee by September 10 but the Board has missed the deadline. To make matters worse, the Board went ahead with its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week and took some decisions which seem to be in violation of the Supreme Court order. (Also read: Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar feel some Lodha panel recommendations are harsh)The Lodha panel, which came up with the recommendations before the Supreme Court to bring reforms in the BCCI, has not revealed its plans on whether they will report the reported violations to the Supreme Court.The BCCI, after the AGM, issued a statement that all the decisions taken at the AGM are subject to the orders of the Supreme Court.However, there is still uncertainty  prevailing in the power corridors of the BCCI. The Supreme Court, in its order, had made it clear that the national selection committee should have three members. But the BCCI went ahead with its tradition of five selectors and appointed a new committee headed by former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad. (Also read: Ravi Shastri blasts Lodha panel recommendations)advertisementThe next one week could well be a crucial one for the BCCI with the Lodha committee meeting on Monday and the Board has convened a Special General Body meeting on Friday.Lodha panel is expected to take some tough calls on Monday and could well report the progress or failure in implementing the reforms to the Supreme Court. Depending on what Lodha committee decides to do on Monday, the BCCI’s SGM will become equally important.Failure in implementing the reforms will draw contempt of court for the BCCI and a number of top office-bearers could well be in the dock. (Also read: BCCI refuses to blink in fight with Lodha panel, names five-member selection committee)For now, all eyes will be on the meeting among the Lodha Committee members on Monday and decisions it comes up with.last_img read more

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Govt seeks funds for various infrastructure facilities

first_imgPuducherry Nov 25 (PTI) Puducherry government has submitted detailed projects to Union Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry for promotion of sports and infrastructure facilities in all the four regions of Puducherry Karaikal Mahe and Yanam and sought financial assistance to get infrastructures ready. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and Health and Sports Minister of Puducherry Malladi Krishna Rao who were on a visit to Delhitoday metthe Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent charge) Vijay Goel, a release said here today. Narayanasamy and Raorequested Goel to concede the plea of Puducherry for grants for creation of infrastructures in promoting sports here. Rao presented a memorandum to Goel during the meeting seeking as much as Rs 33.45 croresfor modernisation of the existing facilities in the Indira Gandhi Sports complex, for raising a multi purpose indoor stadium and laying of synthetic athletic track in the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Research Institute here and for construction of one multipurpose indoor stadium each in Villianoor, Koodapakkam and Bahoor villages here. He had sought a total assistance of Rs 5.88 crores for laying play grounds in Yanam region and also urged the Central minister to sanction Rs 5 crores for laying a football turf and basketball court in Mahe region. PTI Cor RClast_img read more

Merino wool: Warm in winters, cool in summers

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) This winter when you pull out woolens from the wardrobe, you may not have to put them back in again.Apparels made out of Australian merino wool promise not only to keep you warm during the colder months of the year, but also cool during those sultry summer days.The Woolmark Company, based out of the Pacific island nation, has launched a Grown in Australia, Made in India initiative that has roped in local Indian artisans to manufacture Merino wool garments.According to the company, the fabric is trans-seasonal, suitable for summers as well as winters.”It is not 100 per cent wool that works well with climate in India. Its more of blends, so cool wool is one amongst them,” says Arti Gudal, Country Manager of Woolmark India.Merino fibres being extremely fine, are capable of bending far more than traditional, coarser wool fibres and react to changes in body temperature.”So it helps you stay warm when the weather is cold, and cool when the weather is hot,” she says.According to Gudal, Indian designers have been at the forefront in using wool prominently.The companys initiative recently saw a fashion show by designers Karishma Jamwal and Jimit Mistry for brands like Monte Carlo, highlighting the versatility of the fabric.Transforming wool into fabrics like linen wool and several other blends goes well with the Indian climate.”Our blend comprises of 50 per cent wool and any other natural fiber that suits tropical climes. We are also getting into the sports segment and are working with Adidas to create garments with the inner layers made of wool to absorb sweat,” Gudal said.advertisement”Australian wool and the industry serves as part of the research to improve the wool we produce in India. We look forward to the textile ministry and the wool board in India to come together and understand what the wool industry is looking for here,” she said.For Satya Prakash Thakur, the Chairman of Kullu-based Buttico, wool being part of the Indian tradition, has a huge potential market in the form of handloom and handicrafts.”Indian wool is a bit coarse. Since merino wool is cool and be used both in summers and winters, in hills we use this fabric throughout the year.”There is a huge market for hand knitted sweaters, shawls and scarves and we even guide our artisans with international fashion trends to meet the demands abroad,” Prakash said. PTI RJS BSA TRS TRSlast_img read more

Vincent Kompany scores as Manchester City climb to third with Southampton victory

first_imgVincent Kompany’s first goal in 20 injury-ravaged months helped Manchester City to a 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday, lifting the team to third in the Premier League.Kompany marked his latest return to the City defense by heading a 55th-minute opener before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero also contributed goals.”It’s always a long journey back,” Kompany told BT Sport television. “I would like to have been injured less in my career but every single time I put in the hard work I don’t really complain too much about what’s happening to me and I just carry on.”When this happens (scoring), I feel I am giving something back to the fans. I feel like I’m finally giving something back to the team as well.”City wrapped up the win with two goals in three minutes.David Silva sent Kevin De Bruyne through and the midfielder squared for Sane to sweep past Forster for his ninth goal of the season in the 77th minute. Then De Bruyne chipped the ball into the Southampton six-yard box where Aguero headed in at the far post as City eased to a second successive win.The 2012 and 2014 champions are looking to lock down a return to the Champions League and Pep Guardiola’s side moved a point ahead of Liverpool, which occupies the fourth qualification spot. Everton and Manchester United are six points further back.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+: Full specs, top features, India price and everything you need to know

first_imgSamsung launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in India on Wednesday. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ mark a fresh start for Samsung after the disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung builds some beautiful phones. The Note 7 was a beautiful phone. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are also very beautiful phones. But, unlike the Note 7, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have a lot of added responsibility on their shoulders. It won’t be easy. Still, you can’t take away the fact that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ look like pretty amazing phones, at least for now.The new Galaxy S phones from Samsung are an evolved lot that have plenty under the hood to make one excited. They have a fancy new edge-to-edge design, lots of horsepower courtesy a next-generation mobile processor, improved cameras and smart AI tricks. The new Galaxy S phones also have as many as three modes of biometric authentication, and a feature that lets you connect these phones to a monitor the way Microsoft’s Windows Continuum does. We take a closer look.Specifications:Processor: The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ available in India will be powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 8895 processor clubbed with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. The US version of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor inside.RAM: Both the phones come with 4GB of RAM.Internal storage: Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with 64GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card.advertisementScreen: The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with what Samsung calls as an Infinity display. Both the phones boast of an edge-to-edge screen and an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio instead of a regular 16:9. While the Galaxy S8 is a 5.8-inch phone, the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen. Both the phones have a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panels. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ also come with Samsung’s trademark always-on functionality.Rear camera: Both the phones come with a 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation. While the rear camera is largely the same as the one in last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung has made software tweaks to enhance post-processing that should result in slightly better results. At the same time, the camera app now houses a barrage of fancy new animations to add AR effects to photos.Front camera: On the front, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ sport an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ launched in India, price starts at Rs 57,900 Software: Both the phones run Android Nougat-based TouchWiz UI or more precisely Samsung Experience UX.Battery: While the Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S8+ has a larger 3,500mAh battery inside. Both the phones support fast and wireless charging.Special features:– Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, from the onset, are exact replicas of each other. The Galaxy S8+ is simply a larger Galaxy S8 with a bigger battery. Samsung isn’t launching a new Edge phone this year, because probably, both its new Galaxy S phones have just the right amount of curves and Edge-functionality built right into them. There was no need for a stand-alone curved-display phone this year round.– Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ still boast of a glass and metal body, but unlike their predecessor phones, Samsung’s 2017 flagships have near bezel-less screens. These have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front as well as on the back.– The front, in the case of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, is clean and without any buttons. Contrary to reports, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones do have a front-mounted home button, only that it is software-based now. So are the back and recent keys. While the home button is pressure sensitive — and gives haptic feedback when pressed something on the lines of Apple’s Force Touch — it is also now possible to edit and re-position the back and recent keys. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ also come with a dedicated Bixby button.– Bixby is Samsung’s take on Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. It responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Apple’s Siri, for your reference, maxes out at 30. “At launch, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future,” Samsung said. Bixby, for instance, can be used to search for images. Also, it can be used to get details about nearby places. There’s a catch however, in that, it supports only US English and Korean languages for now. Also, Bixby doesn’t support voice commands yet.advertisement– The Galaxy S8 and the S8+ have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that lies adjacent to the camera module. In addition, Samsung’s new Galaxy S-phones also come with an iris scanner and facial recognition for added security. Samsung Knox and Samsung Pay are also built-in.– Just like their predecessor phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.– Samsung has also announced a dock and a feature called DeX that is very similar to Microsft’s Windows Continuum. “Samsung DeX is a unique solution that transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone, making working from a smartphone faster and smarter,” the company said.India price and availability: The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available for buying starting from May 5 — with pre-orders beginning from today — both online and offline in as many as five colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. Both the phones will ship with AKG-tuned headphones. While the Galaxy S8 has been priced at Rs 57,900 the Galaxy S8+ will cost buyers Rs 64,900.last_img read more

Kashmir: Amid stone-pelting, violence, these young girls are chasing another goal

first_imgDefying calls of shutdown, Kashmiri students are taking up competitive sports to leave a mark across the country. Teenage girls who were seen pelting stones while holding a football in the other hand last month, today narrate their passion for football and talk about their dream to make it big.The girls have broken barriers of patriarchy and politics to reach the football field. Using limited resources, these girls are working hard in Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium. The armed forces and state government are together trying to set up a football team for girls, which is expected to compete at the national level.”Kashmir is a mess right now and everyday is a struggle for us. My parents did not approve of me playing football but I received help from the CRPF and my trainers. Initially, I was alone but now many girls have joined in. I am a trained player and I am now helping these youngsters too. We hope football in Kashmir receives encouragement,” said Afsha, while avoiding any controversial questions about her photograph that had gone viral weeks ago. “As the youth, we have power. So, why should we wait for politicians to make a change? We must take the initiative and work toward progress,” Afsha added.Another young girl, who is also the team goalkeeper says, “We are taking a risk but football is my passion. We realise the sport does not have a bright future. Especially for the girls. I miss my friends when schools are shut because of tension in the Valley. I love to meet friends here and practice.”advertisementThe boys are trained as well on the Dal Lake where teachers of renowned Tyndale Biscoe school train them for Regate, a competitive boat race. Dressed in colourful jerseys, the students are rowing. Enthusiastic rowers told India Today that they would love to participate in national games.Aftab Ahmed, academic mentor of Tyndale Biscoe says, “This sport has been a tradition of the school. Our attempt is to stimulate and inspire children to stay away from political upheaval. We intend to instil positivity among students.”Also Read:Kashmiri girl, whose photo of pelting stones went viral, wants to play football for IndiaKashmir has seen worse days in ’90s, not everyone pelting stones: Mehbooba Mufti at Durbar meetlast_img read more

Continue previous pay deal for 12 months, suggests Michael Clarke

first_imgAustralia’s cricketers and board should extend their previous agreement by 12 months while they attempt to find a solution to a bitter pay dispute, former captain Michael Clarke said on Tuesday.The previous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) expired at midnight on Friday with no sign of a deal in place, leaving around 230 leading cricketers without contracts and the fate of future tours in limbo.Once the deadline passed, Australia’s players threatened to boycott an “A” team tour of South Africa later this month unless a new agreement was struck with Cricket Australia beforehand.”What needs to happen is keep the current MoU for the next 12 months and allow the players to get back to what they do best,” Clarke told reporters at Nine Network’s marketing launch for the Ashes.”Cricket Australia, the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association), please go behind closed doors and sort this in private.”The players want to play…let’s allow them to play while this stuff gets sorted out in the background.”At the heart of the acrimonious dispute is Cricket Australia’s (CA) insistence that the two-decade-old model, under which players get a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.CA believes the revenue-share model is unfit for modern times and is starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while players say it has underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.”I don’t want the Australian players to be unprepared because they have been concentrating on something else; give them 12 months and let them concentrate on the cricket,” Clarke said. “I don’t want to see any cricket missed.advertisement”There will be a compromise. The ACA and Cricket Australia will find a way to make this work.”The ACA has called on CA chief executive James Sutherland to come to the negotiating table but he has remained silent since emailing players in May, informing them they would be unemployed if they failed to agree to a new MoU by the June 30 deadline.”It does seem very strange. You’ve got to wonder what the hell is going on,” former Australia captain Ian Chappell said.”They’ve done a few strange things and Sutherland not being involved is one of them.”I don’t see a really good reason for him not to be.”Further tournaments, including a two-test tour of Bangladesh and a one-day international series in India also remain in doubt if the dispute continues to linger on.”I can’t believe they (CA) will want to upset India, so I would have thought that something will happen before,” he said.”Because they won’t want to cancel that. If they get something done then, people will have probably forgotten by (the time the Ashes start in) November.”last_img read more

Kohlis support is a massive confidence booster: Rahul

first_imgBy Chetan Narula Colombo, Aug 3 (PTI) Injury prone India opener K L Rahul today termed captain Virat Kohlis backing as a massive “confidence booster” during the tough times he has endured in his short international career. Rahul returned to action in the second Test after missing the series opener due to viral fever. He made instant impact, scoring a solid 57 before being run out following a mix up with day one centurion Cheteshwar Pujara. After the days play, Rahul said that the knowledge that his place in the playing eleven is secure ? as Kohli had put it in the pre-match interaction? helps him during his repeated recovery phases. “It makes a massive difference. It gives me so much confidence, not just now but even after the surgery the support staff, the coaches, the boys were constantly messaging me and saying ?whenever you are ready, get ready sooner, the team misses you? and small things like that make a lot of difference,” said Rahul. “That kept me motivated, that woke me up each morning to go to physiotherapy and do my boring rehab. It gives you confidence that team is backing you, team trusts you, waiting for you to come back into the team and that makes a big difference and I come back with lot more confidence. “I can walk into the team with ease in my head, there is no pressure me losing my position which is great and which the captain and coaches have always given me that support which has played a big role in my small career so far,” the opener said further. Rahul is no stranger to injuries or illness, and he has been in/out of the Indian team in his short 18-Test career. In fact, hardly a season has gone past since his debut in 2014 when he has not been out of the team nursing some or the other injury. It has obviously made a serious impact on a young and promising player. When asked to compare the wait due to injuries with the time before he made his Test debut, he replied, “I think this is a lot more difficult because in physical injuries, you want to do a lot of things. “We as sportsmen, were not used to just sitting at home and being at home all day. We want to go out, we want to play sport, we want to be in the gym, want to train, we want to hit balls, and when youre not physically able to do that, its really tough. It starts playing on the mind a lot more. “I have kind of gotten used to this. More than playing for a long time, I have been in and out of the team because of injuries. It?s never easy to come back. “It takes you a couple of games to get back into your groove as an opening batsman, understand where your off-stump is, to understand what pace you have to play at, how many shots are too many shots, how slow is too much slow – there are a lot of things, a lot of doubts in your mind if you keep going out and coming back in. But I have enjoyed the challenge,” said Rahul. “People might say there is certain part where I can control my body and I can take care of my body but sometimes it just happens. No matter how well I have taken care of my body, I have been injured a few times which is very unfortunate and which is very disappointing. But each time I have come back, I have come back stronger and I have come back hungrier.” Rahul was immaculate in his innings on day one at the SSC and was well placed to break his drought of hundreds, when he was entangled in a mix-up with Pujara who went on to score 128 not out. The opener said that he is not yet at a desperate stage to convert these missed chances into hundreds, although he is left ruing too many such moments. “I wasn?t upset with him. Run outs happen, it could have happened with anybody. It could have been him who got run out and it could have been my mistake. I wasn?t disappointed about that. I was disappointed because I have been away from the game so long and I didn?t want to get out at all. “I wanted to be in the middle, play as many balls as I could, as many days as I could if I could bat. I was disappointed about that. I was looking good and just after lunch, a crucial time as a batsman, you can capitalise and get a lot of runs during that session. “So I was disappointed that I got out at that time,? he said. Rahul has scored four hundreds and seven fifties so far and he admits that he should have converted more starts. “Ive never chased numbers, firstly. My job as an opening batsman is to give the team a good start, lay a solid foundation and I think Ive done that so far. “Disappointing that I have not been able to convert that, but I think that will keep me hungrier. Each time I go back to bat, I will want to get more and more runs. I am not cautious about numbers right now, but maybe if this keeps going it might start playing on my mind. “But nothing changes, you feel a lot more confident, youre seeing the ball a lot better, so you want to maybe play a little bit more positively. All the answers to the questions I will only find when Im in the middle and when I get a hundred. Thats when Ill know what the right process is and how I need to go about my innings,? he said. When asked about the SSC pitch that turned out to be drier and completely different from the 2015 Test pitch here, Rahul said, ?Its completely different from the one we played on the last time around. When we saw the wicket a couple of days ago, we did expect the wicket to be the same as last time, but today we turned up and the wicket was different. “It was on the slower side and I think it will take turn as the days go. The more the footmarks, the more turn and purchase Ashwin and Jadeja can get.” PTI CN BS BSadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Tie-ups galore in Indian football, but no results in sight

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Tied up in knots could be an apt summation of the plethora of tie-ups that Indian football witnessed with top European clubs in recent years, partnerships that seemed to be driven primarily by commerce, if experts are to be believed. Notwithstanding the involvement of the biggest names in club football — FC Barcelona, PSG Saint Germain, Arsenal and Liverpool etc, these link-ups, most of them technical, have failed to inspire confidence as far as game development in the country is concerned. Recently, Spanish club Atletico Madrid ended its association with Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata due to disagreements over youth development. “These are all commercial ventures and has little impact on football development,” says Shaji Prabhakaran, former FIFA regional development officer for South and Central Asia. Prabhakaran has been involvement with the game for more than two decades and had worked at the All India Football Federation and Asian Football Confederations (AFC) before being appointed regional development officer of FIFA. He added, “Its basically for elite people who can afford. “Many of the countrys promising talent, living in abject poverty in the deep interiors of the country, dont even know of such projects and will never be able to afford them. Its basically a branding exercise.” Despite the flurry of activities in recent years, including hosting the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup and the advent of ISL, an Indian team in the World Cup still remains a far-fetched dream though the country has a huge fan following for the beautiful game. Realising the enthusiasm for the sport among Indian teenagers, Europes biggest clubs have tied up with some leading schools in the country and set up training schools with private partners. As part of a tie-up with DSK Shivajians, Liverpool FC set up a residential football coaching academy to develop players up to age 18. Another EPL giant, Arsenal FC, has opened Arsenal Soccer Schools across the country. “See, these tie-ups have their pros and cons. Football development is one area where we need technical support from them. We get very strong curriculum from them and coaches come and deliver these curriculum,” says Vivek Sethia, founder and CEO, India On Track-Arsenal Soccer Schools. But they are not able to leverage it well because of the “gap in talent”, which is big. “The gap is so huge, it becomes a huge challenge. But the positive thing is there is an exchange programme, like sending students there and getting experts from there,” he adds. Sethia agrees that its a commercial partnership. “Its a commercial partnership from our perspective but the fee is minimum, because they (European clubs) also look at burgeoning Indian market. “Most of the clubs are okay as they can generate revenue from the commercial Indian market, talent is not the first priority right now. “We are trying very hard to become relevant from talent perspective. We run both commercial and non commercial programs and also have scholarships programmes that are talent- based. The onus is on us, we dont have a footballing ecosystem and that is the biggest problem.” Neel Shah, CEO of DSK Shivajians, who have a partnership with English Premier League club Liverpool FC, feels the real test of any technical partnership is to see “how the programme is running” once the novelty factor wears off. “My first recommendation for any group exploring a technical partnership with a top European club is to ensure both parties, the international club and the foreign partner, are clear on the short and long-term objectives and expectations of the project.” Shah adds, “My second recommendation is that the local partner ensures their senior Indian coaches buy into the idea of the technical partnership and their inputs on the deliverables are taken into account before finalising the agreement. “Finally, it is critical to get the right person from the international club to come over to head the project. It is absolutely vital to have someone with solid character who can comfortably handle challenges and serve as a mentor for the local coaches.” Rajesh Mehrotra, director of PSG academy in India, emphasises on the three Cs – coach, culture and curriculum – in “no particular order”. According to him, India is still a long way off from having a good grassroot curriculum like developed football nations. PTI AH BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Aim for England: Michael Chopra advices to Dheeraj Singh and Anwar Ali

first_imgThe future of first team to represent the country in a FIFA tournament has been a subject of debate ever since the end of India’s campaign in the U-17 World Cup.While some suggest the All India Football Federation (AIFF) should stick to the core team for couple of years, many in the football fraternity think otherwise.Former England and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra has suggested the AIFF should encourage the youngsters to aim for clubs in England to develop their potential.”What India achieved against Colombia (in the Junior World Cup) was great for them. If you look at the game against USA, the boys were nervous. This was a big competition, first in India. But, result didn’t reflect the performance. Now they need to reach the next stage,” Chopra told Mail Today.Citing examples from the time he used to play for the England U-15 and U-17 teams, Chopra added, “When I was playing England, after the games I would go on and train with Alan Shearer, Kieron Dyer and Michael Owen at times. I think it’s time for them (Indian players) to think what they need to do. They have to fulfill their potential by playing with the best in Europe. It’s their opportunity.”Chopra, who enjoyed his yesteryears of football with Kerala Blasters, particularly heaped praise on goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh and defender Anwar Ali.Photo Credit: Indian Football Team Twitter The 33-year-old feels the AIFF should figure out a way to help the boys train and pursue their career with the foreign clubs, stating a tie up with the European federations could prove helpful.advertisement”I am quite impressed with some of the players. You look at Dheeraj, Ali, even Boris, there are lot of players who have potential. The AIFF can’t let this go waste. What they have done for the players so far is fantastic and now these players can be a force for the senior team. In one or two years, these players will try and push for the senior team. AIFF needs to find the best way for them to progress at the best rate. These Indian boys should go to England, AIFF should try to get a connection with some of the clubs abroad.”If you look at the way England have progressed, the academy system was helpful to build players for the future in 10-15 years time. Look at the England players in the U-17 World Cup, Angel Gomes plays for Manchester United while Jadon Sancho plays for (Borussia) Dortmund, an ex-Manchester City player. These players play with the Pogbas and Agueros every week. I think that’s what these Indian boys need,” he added.last_img read more

Trump admin. to reverse ban on elephant trophies from Africa

first_imgWashington, Nov 16 (PTI) Reversing an Obama-era ban, the Trump administration has decided to issue permits for elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe, which environmental groups say would lead to more poaching.A US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) official said the agency received new information from Zambia and Zimbabwe that the move would benefit conservation in their countries.The FWS, under former president Barack Obama, determined in 2015 that importing the trophies would not benefit the species in the two African countries.The FWS official said the US move will allow the two African countries to include US sport hunting as part of their management plans for the elephants and allow them to put “much-needed revenue back into conservation.””Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” the FWS sokesperson said in a statement.Critics, however, note the restrictions were created by the Obama administration in 2014 because the African elephant population had dropped. The animals are listed in the US Endangered Species Act, which requires the US government to protect endangered species in other countries.”We cant control what happens in foreign countries, but what we can control is a restriction on imports on parts of the animals,” CNN quoted Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, as saying.”Reprehensible behavior by the Trump Admin,” tweeted the Elephant Project.”100 elephants a day are already killed,” the group said, adding that, “This will lead to more poaching.”advertisementThe number of elephants in the wild plummeted 30 per cent overall between 2007 and 2014, despite large scale conservation efforts. In some places it has dropped more than 75 per cent due to ivory poaching.In 2016, there were just over 350,000 elephants still alive in the wild, down from millions in the early 20th Century.US President Donald Trumps sons Donald Jr. and Eric are themselves big game hunters, US media reported.Several years ago, Trump Jr. was criticised for posting a photo of himself with a dead elephants severed tail.Safari Club International, a worldwide network of hunters, cheered the announcement by the Trump administration.”We appreciate the efforts of the Service and the US Department of the Interior to remove barriers to sustainable use conservation for African wildlife,” SCI President Paul Babaz said in a statement. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img read more

Flipkart Billion Capture+ review: Decent first attempt but not a winner

first_imgThe smartphone market in India has been quite crowded for a while. There are a lot of brands today itching to get a piece of it, especially in the highly popular budget and mid-range segments. It’s no longer just the tech companies pushing out devices, but we’re also seeing budget phones from telecom makers like Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone. E-commerce platforms are also getting into the mix with Amazon India launching the 10.or series this year and now Flipkart bringing its own smartphone , the Billion Capture+.As a debut smartphone, the Capture+ looks ambitious to take on current players in the lower mid-range segment. Priced at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB + 32GB version and Rs 12,999 for the 4GB and 64GB variant, the handset will take on the likes of the Moto G5, Redmi Note 4 and Amazon’s 10.or G, among others. Flipkart’s phone comes with everything you would expect in the price segment and looks good, at least on paper. But how well does it translate in real life?DesignIf you’ve seen Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 and Mi A1 then you’ve seen the Billion Capture+. Flipkart’s phone to a large extent borrows design cues from both the smartphones to some extent, which have become a sort of a gold standard in the budget segment. The Capture+ has an aluminium build, while the back has plastic on the top and bottom and a metal panel in the middle that feels smooth to the touch. Flipkart doesn’t mention the plastic back, but once you hold the phone you’ll find that the finish feels more plastic than premium. This makes it feel rather cheap, and the company could have provided a better metal finish like Xiaomi has with the Redmi Note 4. With that said, the Capture+ doesn’t look unattractive, but it doesn’t look inspiring either.  advertisementThe Billion Capture+ does have sturdy build to it and the frame is pretty solid, but it is also a bit on the thicker side at 8.5mm. It’s mostly comfortable to hold and use with one hand, but it can feel a little heavy at 176 grams. The edges around the back are slightly curved and don’t seamlessly join the frame, but it does give a good grip when holding it. If you look around the frame, you’ll find the volume controls and power button on the right, a dual hybrid SIM tray on the left, a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and a USB Type-C port on the bottom with speaker grilles on either sides.DisplayThe Capture+ features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with bezels around it. I mention bezels because we’re slowly moving towards edge-to-edge displays. While the trend started for high-end smartphones, we’ve seen 18:9 displays trickle down to budget phones like Micromax’s Infinity and LG Q6 already. Next year, you can expect more phones to sport full-screen displays. The Capture+ has a traditional 16:9 screen, which is alright because there still a market for it and there will be for at least a few more years. But bezels aside, displays in general have improved in recent times, and Flipkart’s phone leaves you wanting a little more. We’re seeing more and more budget smartphones coming with stock Android that makes the Capture+ look heavy in comparison Despite a full-HD display, the colours on screen are pretty dull and washed out. Moreover, the brightness levels aren’t great and even at its maximum brightness, you will find it difficult to read the screen outdoors. A dull display may help increase battery life, but it really doesn’t provide the best viewing experience, especially when watching videos. Moreover, you’re going to want to keep the brightness level on maximum when watching videos or playing games to enjoy the experience, which will inevitably cause more battery drain. Overall, this isn’t the brightest of sharpest display out there, which is a shame as its competitors like the Moto G5 and Redmi Note 4 do much better at producing crisp 1080p displays.Performance and softwareThe Billion Capture+ is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU and coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. I tested the 4GB variant and found that the overall performance to be pretty fluid and snappy. The phone is decent at multitasking and is quite fast at opening and closing apps without any lag or stutters. The phone will pretty much handle most daily apps that you throw at it including web browsing, messaging and social media.My experience with playing some graphic intensive games were quite uneven. At times I found games like Asphalt 8 to work smoothly, but I did notice some stuttering and drops in frame rate every now and then. Browsing through heavy websites and apps was smooth as well and I did not find anything to complain about here.advertisementThe phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and is powered by Smartron’s AI smarts. Despite the company’s promise of stock Android, the Billion Capture+ had a few too many pre-loaded apps for my liking, which will also disappoint many others. You get apps like Flipkart (obviously), Myntra, Ola, PhonePe, Microsoft’s Office suite and tronX app to name a few. The latter is a Smartron-powered service that includes purchasable products, cloud storage and security features. We’re seeing more and more budget smartphones including Amazon’s 10.or range coming with stock Android that makes the Capture+ look heavy in comparison. I’m also not confident the phone will age well in terms of performance as the bloatware will weigh it down eventually.The fingerprint sensor on the rear isn’t the fastest out there. It takes about 0.8 seconds to unlock which is quite slow and one expects a far snappier sensor in 2017 and at this price point. But the sensor is mostly accurate so there is some takeaway in that. The dual speakers on the bottom could have been a lot powerful, but you’re left wanting a little more punch to it.CameraOne of the biggest highlights of the Billion Capture+ is its dual rear camera system that comprises of a pair of 13-megapixel sensors, one RGB and one Monochrome and with f2.0 aperture. Dual rear cameras have become somewhat of a standard this year with almost every other smartphone from budget to high-end now sporting a dual camera system. Flipkart says the phone offers impressive low-light shots, more light in each frame and DSLR-like bokeh effects, among other things. It also comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.To be honest, the dual cameras were largely disappointing. Outdoor shots under bright sunlight lets in too much light and the images look overexposed. The reds and greens were too bright and lacked accuracy. The cameras also have a hard time focusing on the subject and you’ll likely capture a few hazy shots before one really clear image. The images also lack detailing so I wouldn’t suggest zooming in on them or seeing them on a display bigger than 5.5-inch. SInce the sensors let in a lot of light, it works better in low-light conditions. However, images captured in poor lighting will come with a lot of noise and will lack detail. XPreviousNextThe Portrait Mode was pretty underwhelming as well. The subject would look artificially laid on a blurred background, which makes it look photoshopped rather than seem like a natural depth of field image. This is probably because the bokehs generated rely on software, which isn’t great at differentiating the subject from the background. You’ll find that the subject will have heavy blurring around the edges or look cut out and artificially  pasted on the background. There is a Supernight mode that you can use to capture low-light shots as it smoothes out the photos via software and removes a lot of noise. I found the feature to be pretty good and prefered using the mode almost always for low-light photography.advertisementFront camera disappoints as well, but perhaps not as much as the primary cameras. The 8-megapixel sensor looks good on paper, but doesn’t really work great in real life. Selfies captured were oversaturated and lacked sharpness. The colours looked on the warmer side of things and will look quite hazy when viewed on a larger display.BatteryThe other big highlight apart from the dual rear cameras is the battery. The Capture+ packs a large non-removable 3500mAh Li-Polymer battery that promises up to 30 hours of calls over 3G and 12 hours of video streaming. Now, my experience with this has been quite middling. On an average, streaming movies or TV shows on Netflix or videos on YouTube for an hour drops the battery level down by about 10 per cent. On an average, you should get about 9-10 hours of battery life, which is decent. I found myself needing to the charge the phone only once before going to bed. The phone takes about an hour and a half to charge from zero to 100 per cent, which is pretty fast considering its large battery capacity The headset supports Quick Charge over USB Type-C and it takes about an hour and a half to charge from zero to 100 per cent, which is pretty fast considering its large battery capacity. The only real problem I have is with the standby time. Considering the battery you’re getting, the standby time isn’t exceptional here and you’ll probably get about 4 days idle time on 4G before the phoned dies on you.Should you buy it?Flipkart’s entry in the smartphone game comes at a time when the market is quite crowded and some players like Motorola and Xiaomi are seated firmly in the budget to mid-range segment. Xiaomi, especially, has been dominating the budget to mid-range market in recent times and has invested a lot in advertising both online and offline as well. For Flipkart, the Billion Capture+ will largely ride on the e-commerce platform’s name. The company will need to promote the phone a lot more especially on its website if it wants to grab people’s attention.As far as competition is concerned, the Billion Capture+ will face off against the likes of the Moto G5, Redmi Note 4 and Amazon’s 10.or G to name a few. Flipkart has launched a decent first smartphone and provides a few compelling features such as good battery life, fast charging, a decent build and performance that could attract buyers. But the phone feels wanting in pretty much every other area such as design, camera and software, which makes it fall short in front of its competition, especially since most others offer near stock Android experience and have upped their camera game. Without proper marketing, the Capture+ risks getting shunned to the background.Flipkart will probably use the Capture+ to test the waters a little and see how consumers are reacting towards it. It may come out with a another phone that will look to fix some of the shortcomings of the Capture+ based on user feedback and I would suggest waiting for that one to arrive. The Billion Capture+ just isn’t compelling enough to buy right now considering what other brands have to offer today.Capture+ review7.5/10Good stuffDecent build qualitySnappy performanceGood battery lifeBad stuffUninspiring designPoor camerasBloated softwarelast_img read more

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘crazy enough’ to enter dancing show

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is too desperate to make an appearance on the British television show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.According to Daily Star, Klopp feels that he is ‘bold and crazy enough’ to enter the famous dance show.”Jurgen is always dancing around the training ground and bouncing along the touchline during games. He feels he’s got what it takes to have a go at Strictly,” said a source to the publication.Klopp’s wife also believes that he will not be bothered with confidence issues on the show due to his outgoing personality.If the former defender is serious of participating in the show, he’ll have to ask for time off from club chiefs, which seems quite unlikely as he is ‘the manager’ of Liverpool.last_img

Greece In World Cup Off Romania Tie

first_imgBUCHAREST, Romania – It wasn’t a bailout but the Greek national soccer team – called football around the world outside the United States – provided some good news during a crushing economic crisis, tying Romania 1-1 Nov. 19 in a playoff leg that was good enough for the team to advance to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Greece had easily won the first leg on Nov. 15 in Piraeus, 3-1, and the final aggregate was 4-2. Romania had little chance really because it needed to turn around on Greece by two goals at home but it never came close. For the first time, Greece has made back-to-back World Cups, and will be making its third appearance ever.Kostas Mitroglou, who scored twice in first game and narrowly missed a third which would have given him a hat trick, gave Greece the lead in the 23rd minute, beating Romania’s offside trap to control a cross from Giorgos Karagounis and steer the ball past goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.Romania came back into the game in the 55th minute when a botched Greece clearance led to an own goal by Vassilis Torosidis.Moments after the final whistle at Bucharest’s National Arena Greece players lifted coach Fernando Santos and heaved him into the area to cheers from 2,000 traveling fans.“I thank God and I thank the players who were fantastic. We are going to Brazil and that’s amazing,” the Portuguese coach said, publicly speaking Greek for the first time since taking over the national team three years ago.He added, in Portuguese: “I think it is a great thing for Greece that we are going to our second consecutive World Cup … And certainly this is a huge moment for me, personally.”Romanian fans pointed lasers at players and hurled firecrackers onto the pitch at stages — one hitting defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos — but applauded the Greek team after the match.The group draw of the final phase of the competition will be held on Dec. 6, 2013 in Bahia when Greece will find if it gets lucky in the pairings or is placed in with world powerhouses. Greece had a respectable showing in 2010 in South Africa after a disastrous appearance in Boston in 1994 when it was shut out in every game and went home in disgrace after scoring no goals and giving up 10 for the tournament’s worst showing.Greece won its series with Romania by an aggregate 4-2 score, giving up a goal in the first game on a header off a free kick and in the second on an own goal as its defense proved it’s one of the most formidable in the world.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiakos Gives Mitroglou 1M Euros

first_imgWith their prize striker being eyed by English Premier League clubs, the Greek soccer team Olympiakos kept star striker Kostas Mitroglou in the fold – by increasing his contract from 600,000 euros ($820,000) to one million euros ($1.37 million) that should keep him with the team for several more years.Mitroglou, 25, is the star of the national team as well and has become a hot prospect with his scoring ability in a sport where they aren’t many. He has scored 21 goals this year for Olympiakos and Greece.He had an eight million euros ($10.94 million) release clause but the new contract has no ceiling which means the team could demand an exorbitant amount from other clubs if they want to sign him away.Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, all with deep pockets were all chasing Mitroglou, who has become a fan favorite with his flamboyant style and tatooed personage. The contract extension is for one year and takes him into 2017 if he stays.“I’m really happy that I renew once again with the team that belongs in my heart,” said Mitroglou, Eurosport reported.“I want to thank the club and the President Vangelis Marinakis who have always believed in me even at times when my career was not progressing as I dreamed. I will give everything in training and in matches to try and make our fans happy,” he said.“Olympiakos is a family and we all struggle for the red and white. We are all proud of this team and we will give everything to produce more glory the club,” he added.Olympiakos is atop the Greek Super League with a big 10-point advantage over teams scrambling to catch up and prevent the Reds from winning a fourth consecutive regular season title.It has also made the final 16 of the European Champions League against perennial powerhouse Manchester United.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mariners Harpoon Mets, 5-2

first_imgSEATTLE — Dustin Ackley drifted back to find the wall, jumped and wondered.Only when the Seattle Mariners’ left fielder tumbled to the ground did Ackley know he’d robbed Travis d’Arnaud of a home run.“I knew I felt something. I didn’t know if I felt it hit off my glove or go in the web, but when I came down is when I knew I had it,” Ackley said. “I was like, ‘Well something is in there.’”Ackley had three hits to go along with his outstanding catch, Kyle Seager drove in two runs and Mike Zunino homered into the second deck in the Mariners’ 5-2 win over the New York Mets on the night of July 21.After losing two of three to the Angels after the All-Star break, Seattle got a solid start from Roenis Elias and improved to 8-2 all-time against the Mets.Elias (8-8) threw 5 1-3 innings before leaving with cramping in his left forearm. Seattle’s bullpen was stellar the rest of the way, helped by Ackley’s grab to steal a home run from d’Arnaud in the sixth.“How about that catch?” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “I think it really goes back to the work he put in in spring training … and he really, really worked hard to improve his outfield play, and he continues to work hard.”Seager had RBI singles in his first two at-bats and Zunino hit his 14th homer of the season, an estimated 415-foot shot off starter Jonathon Niese (5-5) into the second deck in left field.Ackley added an RBI double in the eighth. “I’ve felt pretty good and the results are there, too,” Ackley said. “That helps build the confidence.”Elias took advantage of a long break between starts — he hadn’t pitched since July 9. He looked rested and his improved command led to eight strikeouts and two walks.Elias had retired five of six batters when he looked down at his hand after throwing a pitch to Lucas Duda leading off the sixth. Elias was immediately visited by trainers and McClendon. The left-hander threw a couple of warmup pitches and stayed in, striking out Duda on a 2-2 pitch.That was enough for McClendon, who immediately signaled to the bullpen. Elias walked off to a nice ovation, but with a trainer at his side and continuing to try to stretch his hand.Seattle announced Elias left with cramping in his left forearm and McClendon said there was no worry as of now about it being a lingering problem. “I didn’t want to take a chance,” McClendon said. “He was outstanding.”Dominic Leone took over and was immediately greeted by a deep drive from d’Arnaud. Ackley found the left-field fence, got just enough elevation to get his glove over the wall and made the catch in the webbing of his glove.Jonathon Niese came off the disabled list before the game. He hadn’t pitched since leaving in the first inning July 4 against Texas when he was struck in the back by Alex Rios’ line drive. The left-hander was placed on the DL two days later with a left shoulder strain.Niese’s streak of 21 straight starts giving up three earned runs or less was snapped when Willie Bloomquist collected his third hit, an RBI double in the fourth inning for a 4-1 Seattle lead.David Wright had an RBI single on the 10th anniversary of his debut in the majors, but the Mets’ only other run came on second baseman Robinson Cano’s error in the ninth that allowed Juan Lagares to score.New York lost its third straight after winning eight of nine.“You look at every game since the All-Star break and we’ve been outhomered,” Manager Terry Collins said. “That was what was getting us going, and you’re not going to ask guys to start swinging for the fences, but it helps out when we hit the ball out of the ballpark.”(TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more