AFP official booed out of forum Dallas, Texas—Jerwin Ancajas and Joven Jimenez got hundreds of congratulatory messages on social media Saturday night.But there’s one call that warmed Ancajas’ heart.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was from his idol and benefactor Manny Pacquiao.“Congratulations. I am truly proud of you,” the eight-division world champion told a giddy Ancajas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippine senator also reminded him not to forget God for his blessings.That made Ancajas’ day even more glorious. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PAL titlist Luisita wary of tough Bacolod layout MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises A victorious title defense followed by a third call from the man whose ring achievements inspired him to train even harder every day at his Survival Camp, trainer Joven Jimenez’s facility in Cavite.The first call was made Friday when Pacquiao advised him to relax and shun the pressure before praying over him.Another call followed on Saturday, with Pacquiao urging him to give his best.Owing to his dominant performance, Top Rank Promotions honcho Bob Arum intends to give Ancajas more exposure in the United StatesBut first, a mandatory title defense against fellow Filipino and No. 1 contender Jonas Sultan in April at the latest.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal fears that mass pull out by top athletes from the Commonwealth Games will rob spectators of a chance to witness some great contests.Reports of tourist-attack and foot-bridge collapse, coupled with fears of dengue epidemic and doubts over hygiene of Games Village have let to the withdrawal of many top stars and Saina said she is disappointed.”I’m disappointed with the pull-out of some top athletes from the Delhi Games. If competition is not there it does not feel good as people come to see good contests,” Saina said on the sidelines of a promotional event on Thursday.Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal. Photo: Bhaskar PaulA number of participating countries have criticised the living conditions of the rooms in the towers that have been installed for the athletes and Saina said she was pained to read and hear about these negative publicity.”I am sad and it feels bad to hear these on television.But I cannot comment about the Games village as I am yet to see it. Without seeing it’s not proper for me to comment,” Saina said.In what should bring cheers to the ears of the under-fire Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, Saina also gave a big thumbs up to the badminton venue.”I have played there and it’s a top class arena. The stadium is excellent,” she said.Talking about India’s chances at the Commonwealth Games, Saina said the hosts are well poised to win a medal in each of the six events in badminton in Delhi.advertisement”We have all trained very hard in Hyderabad for the Commonwealth Games and I’m confident we have a chance to win a medal in every event we participate in,” said the world No.3.Six gold medals and an equal number of silver and bronze are on offer in badminton which is to be held at the Siri Fort Complex along with squash.Saina said the challenge for India would come from Malaysia, Singapore and Scotland.”We can expect tough challenge from Malaysia, Singapore and Scotland,” said the Hisar-born shuttler who is the brightest medal hope in badminton for the country in the CWG as well as the November Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.Talking about her own chances, especially in the light of the comments from her predecessor Aparna Popat that the country expected nothing less than a gold from her, Saina promised she would do her best.”I cannot promise a medal though I will be aiming for the gold. But I will give it my best shot,” she said.Saina said she had put the World Championship, where she lost in the quarter finals despite being ranked second, well behind her and was looking forward to the Delhi Games followed by the Asiad.”I am happy I tried my best and am now looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. I feel my fitness levels have increased by over 60 per cent since the world championship. But we have to wait and see how things pan out,” she said.Saina said it was totally wrong to compare the sports infrastructure that exists in India to that of China because only in the last couple of years that the country has started to do well at the top most level like the Olympics.
Paceman Mohammad Abbas on Friday fired Pakistan to a massive 373-run victory over Australia in the second Test in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan won the two-match series 1-0 after the first Test in Dubai had ended in a draw.This is Pakistan’s biggest win in terms of runs in Test cricket history. Their previous best of 356-run victory margin was also registered against Australia in 2014.Abbas became 15th Pakistan bowler to take a 10-wicket match haul.Abu Dhabi Test, Day 4: HighlightsChasing and improbable 538 to win the second Test and series, Australia crumbled for 164 after lunch on Day 4 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Abbas, who had picked up his career-best 5/33 in Australia’s first innings, wreaked havoc once again on the fourth day morning as the visitors lost 4 wickets for mere 7 runs.Resuming on their overnight score of 47/1, Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) started the day on a positive note before left-hander Head edged to substitute wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan to become Abbas’s first victim of the day.Head’s wicket opened the floodgates and in no time Australia lost three more wickets to slip from 71/1 to 78/5.Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne then added 67 runs for the sixth wicket but Yasir Shah broke that partnership by trapping the left-arm pacer leg before wicket.Siddle’s stay at the crease did not last too long either and 10 balls later he became leg-spinner Shah’s second victim.Labuschagne, playing only his second Test, grafted his way to 43 but was dismissed second over after lunch becoming Abbas’s 10th victim in the match.advertisementShah then got Jon Holland caught by Haris Sohail to complete Pakistan’s victory.Abbas finished with 5/62 while Shah picked 3 for 45 to hand Sarfraz his first Test series win as Pakistan captain.The morning session started on a sour note for both teams, with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed taken to hospital and Khawaja ruled out with a meniscal tear to his left knee that is likely to require surgery.Pakistan’s captain and regular keeper Safraz was taken to hospital after he woke up complaining of a headache on Friday morning.Sarfraz did not take the field on Day 4 of the second Test against Australia after taking a blow to the helmet.Sarfraz was on 33 in Pakistan’s second innings on Thursday in Abu Dhabi when a Peter Siddle bouncer struck his helmet.The wicketkeeper brushed off the knock as he went on to make 81 off 123 balls, helping the hosts set a mammoth target of 538.(With inputs from Reuters)