Yap, Rain or Shine finally beat Star “Larry is vintage from eight years ago. He’s playing well for us, not only the leadership but also the scoring,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.Fonacier unleashed eight of his 16 points in the fourth period as he went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, on top of four rebounds and three assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAaron Fuller led NLEX with 26 markers, 22 boards, two steals, and two blocks, while JR Quiñahan got 17 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist — that being the tip that led to Fonacier’s backbreaking three-pointer.“It’s so hard to believe that we beat San Miguel in a tight game. We are developing some maturity and composure in the end game and it’s a good sign for us,” he said. “The more important thing is we got our sixth win which, in our calculation, makes us clinch a spot the quarterfinals.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Larry Fonacier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLarry Fonacier drilled the two clutch 3-pointers in the last two minutes to help NLEX escape Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, 103-100, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The veteran marksman drained the go-ahead triple with 1:46 to play and followed it up with another three from the top of the key to put the Road Warriors up, 101-97, with 23.9 left.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX 103 – Fuller 26, Quiñahan 17, Fonacier 16, Mallari 10, Tiongson 8, Alas 7, Soyud 7, Baguio 5, J. Villanueva 3, Lastimosa 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Taulava 0.SAN MIGUEL 100 – McKines 28, Lassiter 19, Santos 19, Cabagnot 19, Fajardo 6, Ross 4, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Espinas 2, Heruela 1, Tubid 0.Quarters: 25-24, 48-39, 68-70, 103-100. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Facing a four-point lead in the final minute, Alex Cabagnot didn’t want the game to slip away from San Miguel, banging a corner three in the last five seconds of the game.The window remained open for the Beermen after Alex Mallari muffed his freebies, but Fonacier and Fuller stifled Cabagnot’s last-second jumper to preserve the victory.Wendell McKines topped San Miguel with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists, while Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Arwind Santos all had 19 markers apiece in the loss.NLEX broke the game open early, 25-10, but San Miguel kept coming back before the Road Warriors finally took the driver’s seat late in the third quarter, 70-68, setting up the nip-and-tuck battle to the finish.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next View comments
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKib Montalbo had the ball in his hands with 7.8 seconds left in the game with La Salle holding a 75-74 lead.All he had to do was give it to Andrei Caracut and let the clock run out.ADVERTISEMENT Montalbo kept mum on the costly play and all he could do is look forward to the Green Archers’ next games.“I have no comment on that [inbound pass],” said Montalbo Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We’re going to bounce back, we felt that we could’ve won that game. We’ll bounce back.”La Salle finished the first round with a 5-2 record, two games behind the 7-0 Blue Eagles, and Montalbo is already raring to lead the Green Archers against Far Eastern University on Wednesday.“Thank you Lord we’ll be playing immediately,” said Montalbo. “That way we won’t feel the sting of our loss today that much. We’ll bounce back and we’ll get the victory.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13 MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Matt Nieto, however, had other plans and denied Caracut the ball and tapped Montalbo’s pass away.That however wasn’t the last of Montalbo’s mistakes as he fouled Nieto with 3.9 seconds left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNieto went on to hit the game-winning free throws as Ateneo escaped with a 76-75 victory.READ: Matt Nieto ‘relaxed’ amid pressure-packed moment Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
Tiu, Quimpo to take on all comers Ma. Nieza Viray added 14 points, Trisha Paras had 13 points, while Satriani Espritu and Maria Jiezela Viray both got 10 hits to aid the Lady Red Spikers’ cause.Mapua, meanwhile, continued its search for a breakthrough win after absorbing its fourth straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDianne Latayan carried the Lady Cardinals with 10 points.Later in the day, undermanned San Sebastian still proved to be too good for St. Benilde as it came away with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 triumph. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCesca Racraquin powered San Beda to a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Mapua in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The open spiker unleashed 19 points, 17 coming off kills, on top of 17 digs and 13 receptions to steer San Beda to a share of the top spot with idle Arellano at 4-0.ADVERTISEMENT Nikka Marielle Dalisay topscored for the Lady Stags with 19 points, 15 coming from spikes and three off blocks, while Joyce Sta. Rita had 12 points.Daurene Santos added 11 for San Sebastian, which rose to 2-2. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq
Raymond Almazan vs Ian Sangalang. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, Pangasinan—Of the four teams still in the hunt for a top two berth in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, Rain or Shine is considered the longest shot.But after getting 23 points from Raymund Almazan and twin digits from four others in a 101-95 decision of Magnolia in a Petron Saturday Special game at Calasiao Sports Complex here Saturday, the Elasto Painters have put themselves in position to go through the eye of the needle.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Read Next Bulanadi powers stags to semis View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “The last four games that we will be playing are the top teams and I just asked my players to go out there and compete,” coach Caloy Garcia said. “We’re not thinking of the top two at the moment; we want to take it one game at a time.”Garcia is wary of the two-week rest his Painters will be having before they play the Aces.“We would have wanted to play again coming from a game like this,” he said. “We will just have to find ways to stay sharp during that break.”Magnolia dropped out of a three-way tie for the lead and fell to third at 6-3 but could still get to eight wins with games against GlobalPort and Meralco still scheduled.But if the Hotshots fall into a tie for second with the Elasto Painters, they will lose in the quotient system because of the winner-over-the-other rule.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Paul Lee missed a third straight game for the Hotshots because of a high ankle sprain as coach Chito Victolero said he won’t take chances until the former Rookie of the Year is 100 percent healthy as he anticipates a tough grind in the playoffs.James Yap, Magnolia’s former franchise player, scored 13 points highlighted by a critical three-point play off Justin Melton in the dying minutes that staved off the last of the Hotshots’ rallies.Aldrech Ramos fired 26 points, including three triples in the fourth that kept Magnolia in the game.Meanwhile, Alaska takes its turn at getting out of a tie for the lead when the red-hot Aces battle resurgent NLEX at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tied with the Beermen, the Aces will be shooting to win a seventh straight game and keep their momentum going in time for a key collision with San Miguel later in the week in a match that could ultimately determine who gets quarterfinal bonuses.Barangay Ginebra and TNT KaTropa lock horns in the 6:45 p.m. contest with both looking for victories that would keep them in the middle of the playoff draw. LATEST STORIES For them, it’s one powerhouse down and three more title favorites to go.Rumored to be demanding a trade for reportedly being at odds with head coach Caloy Garcia, Almazan scored the Painters’ first seven points and finished with a 9-for-11 clip and was obviously the biggest factor in the authoritative win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Painters won a third straight game and rose to 5-3 and kept their outside chance alive, but they will be slugging it out with Alaska, three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer and crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra to close out their elimination round assignment.And there’s no other squad in the field which will have a tougher final three games. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting
“What more can I say? People and management expected this from us,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said after earning a shot at the second jewel of a Triple Crown sweep. “We’re back in the Finals and my players showed that they are (of) championship caliber.”Alex Cabagnot fired 26 points and Chris Ross had 24 and 10 assists and Austria’s starting five scored all but eight of the Beermen’s total. The starters were outscored by just one by the entire Hotshots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Yes, we’re one step closer to the Grand Slam,” Austria said. “But it’s not in my mind. You can never know what will happen in the Finals. But now that we have the chance, we will work hard for it.”June Mar Fajardo fired 22 points and import Charles Rhodes accounted for 21, with Marcio Lassiter shooting eight points after draining the Hail Mary three-pointer in Game 2 Wednesday night. TNT KaTropa will try to put away No. 1 seed Barangay Ginebra on Saturday afternoon at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay in their half of the Final Four.“I really don’t care who we play (in the Finals),” he said. “Either team will be tough because, remember, they were the only ones who beat us in the eliminations.”The best-of-seven title series will start on Wednesday even if the Ginebra-TNT series drags into a fifth game on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESFinally finishing off a foe that simply didn’t want to go away, San Miguel Beer won its Final Four series and took a giant step toward its run at history.The Beermen turned back Star with authority, 109-102, Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena and bundled out the hard-fighting Hotshots by winning the last three games of the best-of-five series to book the first title series slot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Horn out to get Pacquiao with shock shot What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 02: Roger Federer of Switzerland (left) and Rafael Nadal of Spain (right) shake hands after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer is as curious as tennis fans around the world to see if he will finally play against Rafael Nadal for the first time at the US Open.But even if not, the two career leaders in men’s Grand Slam titles will have the chance to bond as teammates and possibly even doubles partners later this month in a new Europe versus The World team event.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES “I’m happy I’m still around. Rafa fought well through again today. I’m happy for him, too. We’ll see if it gets done or not. I’m curious to see myself.”Federer is having a banner season after some suspected he might never lift another Grand Slam trophy, taking the Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns.Nadal has done the same at age 31, winning his 15th Slam title by capturing his record 10th French Open crown.But the long-time rivals will team up on September 22-24 for the Laver Cup in Prague, a new three-day team event pitting Bjorn Borg’s European squad against a World lineup guided by John McEnroe.Federer and Nadal will work together alongside Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Czech Tomas Berdych, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Croatia’s Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Rafa, he has been such a wonderful champion and a good friend of mine on the tour, one of my big rivals for life, that it’s just nice to be able to spend some time with him and support him,” Federer said.Federer, who would be the oldest US Open champion in the Open Era (since 1967), was also excited about the chance to spend time with 61-year-old Swedish legend Borg, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who captain’s the European side.“For me to spend time with Bjorn, it’s quite rare,” Federer said. “He doesn’t spend so much time on the tour. When he shows up, it’s short. I feel every minute you get with him is a privilege.“Here we are, he’s going to be stuck with us. So it’s going, I think, to be very special for all of us, particularly me. I mean, I have incredible respect for him.”Federer said if he could turn back the clock and face one all-time icon from another era, it would be Borg in his prime, when he was winning six French Open and five Wimbledon crowns from 1974 to 1981.“If I could play one player ever going back, I feel like it would be Bjorn,” Federer said. “I feel he’s that incredibly good, for what he did for the game. If I look how he played, what he brought to it, it’s crazy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Good for a change, yes, after all these years,” Federer said. “If I can help him, great. If he can help me, even better.”Federer rolled into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday, extending his bid for a 20th career Grand Slam title by downing Spanish 31st seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 36-year-old Swiss third seed, seeking a record sixth title on New York hardcourts, could meet world number one Nadal in a Friday semi-final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the one Slam where they have never played.“For many years Rafa and me, we’ve tried to play against each other here, and it just didn’t work out,” Federer said. “Now this week, I don’t feel necessarily the pressure’s there. Ex-NBA star Stoudemire won’t play for Jerusalem next season Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side End of the road for Ceres in AFC Cup MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Josephine Medina. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonWinning a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Paralympics brings its own set of expectations.But Josephine Medina would rather shrug off the pressure and just focus on doing her best for the country in the upcoming 2017 ASEAN Para Games. ADVERTISEMENT Currently, she is forced to train by herself or with her partner Pablo Catalan, who isn’t even getting any allowance from the governing body.“The issues with our incentives will always be present. Same on us not having a coach. We’re training without a coach while the other teams are training with experienced coaches. We’re already at a disadvantage. That’s why we can’t help on always asking ourselves if you really trained hard,” she said.Still, what keeps Medina from doing this is her will to make the Philippines proud.“Even if you don’t win, the important thing is that you fought a good fight in the games. You no longer think of yourself because you fight for your country,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “There’s too much pressure because they expect you to always win a medal. But for me, no matter what happens, I’m sure that I’ll always give my 100-percent in the games,” she said.Placing third in singles class 8 in the Rio Games, Medina is seen as one of the shoo-ins to deliver on table tennis’ target of two mints.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut the 47-year-old paddler doesn’t want to get too caught up on the promises, saying, “It’s hard to assure the medal. The approach should always be God’s will.”While the paraathletes are now enjoying some level of support from the government and other sponsors, Medina believes they are still not getting enough to let them train at a high level. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony
Mike Fennell never stops springing surprises. On Thursday night at the closing ceremony, the Commonwealth Games Federation boss read out the name of Jamaican Trecia Smith as the winner of the David Dixon award for the best athlete.Not only was this a surprise to the people present at the stadium, it looked as though Trecia herself was surprised at having been chosen despite winning a solitary gold medal at the Games – that too with a performance she herself had said was poor.”I am very happy to win the gold but it was still a very terrible jump,” Trecia had said after winning in the triple jump event. As one who jumped only 14.19 metres in New Delhi with just one legitimate attempt, the decision has left sports lovers scratching their heads.Trecia is a former world champion and her personal best is 15.16 metres. As Fennell read out the name, which he said was handed to him in a sealed envelope, there was a sense of disbelief.Fennell said representatives from the six zones of the Commonwealth had met and decided on Trecia’s name. One factor that could have influenced the decision is that the 35-year-old may not compete in the CWG again, after having won bronze in Manchester 2002 and gold in Melbourne 2006.A top official from the Organising Committee shook his head in disbelief at the decision.”The entire Indian contingent is flabbergasted with this decision. One has to raise the question that has this athlete got the award only because she happens to be from the country that the CGF president belongs to,” he wondered.advertisementIn the last edition in Melbourne, Samaresh Jung had got the David Dixon award for his fivegold effort. There had been an air of expectancy that this award would most probably go to the athlete who had won the maximum number of medals.By that count, it should have been Alicia Coutts from Australia who won five gold medals in the swimming pool. From India’s point of view, one thought Gagan Narang was in with a chance as he had won four gold to his credit besides notching up an unofficial world record with a score of 703.6.If there was an athlete who perhaps deserved the award on the basis of a single gold medal, it had be discus gold medallist Krishna Poonia. She not only lived up to the expectations of a 50,000-strong crowd, but also helped India clinch its first track-and-field gold since 1958.There are a lot of things that Fennell has said in the run-up to the Games and during them as well. But what he did on Thursday defies logic. Before he goes, the Jamaican needs to explain this seemingly biased choice.
Korean auto maker Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) launched its popular luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) Santa Fe in India, its third offering in the category after Hyundai Terracan and Hyundai Tuscan for the Indian consumers. The SUV is available in two options – two- wheel and four- wheel drive – and are priced at Rs 20.95 lakh and Rs 22.95 lakh (ex- showroom Delhi), respectively.Santa Fe comes with a compact 2.2-litre common rail diesel unit with 194 bhp@ 4,000 rpm and 44.9 kg of torque between 1,800 and 2,500 rpm. According to the company, this diesel vehicle has mileage of 14.66 km per litre. The company claims a 0- 100 kph time of less than 10 seconds.The car boasts of features like a dual- zone climate control system, an audio system with auxin and USB ports, cruise control and stereo controls on the steering and six airbags.Santa Fe was first introduced globally in 2001 as Hyundai’s maiden SUV. “This is really very exciting time for the Indian auto sector and the market is just apt to launch a luxury SUV. Just look at the number of SUVs that have been announced this year.We have already learnt from our earlier two SUVs and both price and performance- wise it is ready to take on competition,” Arvind Saxena, director (marketing and sales), HMIL, told Mail Today. “After many successful launches this year, we will be focussing on building our portfolio and the company is looking at offering products under all possible categories. We will have a couple of launches starting from the beginning of next year,” Saxena said.advertisementSaxena added that it will not compete with the existing SUVs and the company is also planning to revamp the Tuscan. The company said it will start bookings for the car from October 18.The company aims to sell 600 to 800 units a year.Hyundai Motor said it will import completely built units of the SUV to India from South Korea. It has no plans to manufacture the vehicle locally now, it added.”Globally, Santa Fe has already sold over 20 lakh units since its launch in June, 2000.We are confident that in India Santa Fe will give us a competitive edge in the SUV segment,” H. W. Park, chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD), HMIL, said.The luxury SUV segment is catching up in India as companies ranging from Tata Motors to Volvo are trying to get a pie of the expanding SUV market.Santa Fe will compete against Mitsubishi Motors Corp’s Pajero, Ford Motor Co’s Endeavour and Toyota Motor Corp’s Fortuner.Hyundai currently sells six passenger car models in India including the hatchbacks Santro, i10, i20 and sedans Accent, Verna and Sonata.
England inflicted an unprecedented third innings victory upon Australia on Friday, providing a fitting finish for Andrew Strauss and his team after thoroughly dominating the Ashes series.AP photo: England players James Anderson (right) and Graeme Swann celebrate their win over Australia on the final day of the fifth and final Ashes cricket test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Friday, January 7, 2011.England completed an innings and 83-runs run victory before lunch on the last day at the Sydney Cricket Ground – taking the last wicket as a trumpeter played The Last Post for a humbled Australian squad – to seal a 3-1 series win.It was England’s first test series win in Australia since 1987 and the first time since 1978-79 that the English have won back-to-back test matches in Australia. Strauss’ squad was also the first ever to inflict three innings defeats on Australia in a single series.Alsatian Cook scored 189 in the first innings here to help England post 644, its highest total ever in Australia, and to become the most prolific English runscorer in an Ashes series since Wally Hammond in 1928-29.Jimmy Anderson took three second-innings wickets, and eight for the match, as Australia was dismissed for 280 and 281, unable to handle the reverse swing and the disciplined line and length of England’s bowling unit.”It feels pretty special if I’m honest,” Strauss said after receiving the old urn. England retained the Ashes by taking a 2-1 lead with an emphatic victory at Melbourne last week but was desperate to go one better and win the series outright.advertisement”Until an Ashes series is finally over you’ve got half an eye on what’s to come, so even in Melbourne we were still very conscious that we wanted to finish on a high and show people that we deserved to win this series.”Now we’ve done that we can … be very proud of what we’ve achieved because not many sides have come out here and won, certainly not many … as emphatically as we did in the end.”It was just a matter of time Friday for the series to be wrapped up, with England only requiring three wickets and Australia having no chance of victory.Steve Smith (54 not out) and Peter Siddle (43) prolonged Australia’s resistance for an hour around a couple of suspensions for rain, but Graeme Swann broke the 86-run, eighth-wicket stand when he had Siddle caught on the boundary by Anderson.Anderson (3-61) then had Ben Hilfenhaus (7) caught behind and Chris Tremlett (3-79) picked off No. 11 Michael Beer (2) to end the test and cue wild celebrations among England players and its ‘Barmy Army’ supporters.In one of the few highlights for Australia, young allrounder Smith raised his second test half century with a stylish late cut to the boundary off Anderson.Critics have called for a complete overhaul of Australian cricket, starting with the administration and the national team.”Pretty disappointing and a hard pill to swallow,” said Mike Hussey, Australia’s leading batsman in the series. “But you’ve got to give credit to England. They deserved the 3-1 scoreline.”The English batsmen and bowling unit dominated at the SCG as they had done in the series. Only two Australian batsmen scored centuries in the series, while three English batsmen produced hundreds in this match alone.Cook scored 766 runs in the series, second only to Hammond’s 905 in 1928-29 in the list of English batsmen in the Ashes and was a deserving winner of the player of the series award.”To win man of the match in the final game of the Ashes is a dream come true,” Cook said. “Our bowlers have been fantastic throughout the whole series. They’ve put some pressure on the Australians the whole series, made our jobs a lot easier.The fifth test defeat was a major setback for Michael Clarke, who was playing his first test as Australia captain after Ricky Ponting was ruled out with a broken finger, and auditioning as the long-term replacement. Plagued by poor shot selection throughout the series, Clarke immediately retired from Twenty20 cricket to concentrate on long forms of the game.”It’s been a tough couple of months. England has outplayed us in all facets,” Clarke said. “We’re disappointed we haven’t put on a good enough show. We need to get back to the drawing board and work our backsides off.”Clarke said the Australian squad had the talent to rebound and said there was no reason for panic.Most commentators disagreed.As veteran analyst Peter Roebuck wrote on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald, “Despair has descended upon Australian cricket. Embarrassment has become an acquaintance.”advertisement”Humiliation has introduced itself. Calamity has piled upon calamity.”On the back page, the usually conservative broadsheet highlighted: “After 135 years, 730 matches and 417 players Australia have finally fielded Our Worst XI.”Australia great Neil Harvey never masks his opinion about players or administrators. His blunt assessment was that Australia had to “bite the bullet” and overhaul the team. England great Geoffrey Boycott blamed selectors for chopping and changing the team.Officials opened the gates for free entry on an overcast final day, and a crowd exceeding 12,000 – mostly England fans – soaked up the final hours of the series.Strauss summed it up for them: “If you look back at the history of Ashes confrontations, what we’ve achieved here will be remembered pretty fondly.”