Read Next Klisura delivered 11 kills, two blocks and an ace for 14 points while new recruit Royse Tubino had 10 markers for Cocolife, which logged its first win in three games.With setter Tina Salak and Klisura employing solid net defense, Silva, Smart’s gem of an import, went quiet in the third set, allowing Cocolife to turn a 15-11 lead into a 20-12 cushion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSilva, a member of the Cuban national team, had 32 kills in just 77 attempts for 33 points for the Giga Hitters, who are still waiting for the arrival of their second import from Serbia.“I was impressed,” said Cocolife coach Moro Branislav. “Their Cuban import was very good. But they (Smart) have yet to develop their game so we beat them in three sets. They will surely be back, especially when their second import arrives.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A night of sports heroes LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 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 Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Cocolife survived an explosive performance from Cuban import Gyselle Silva to pull off a 25-20, 25-22, 25-13 victory over Smart in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Muntinlupa Sports Center.Sara Klisura led the scoring parade, but it was a total team effort for the Asset Managers, who spoiled Smart’s debut.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments
Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Saso bows to Japanese Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress TAIPEI—Gilas Pilipinas started its learning process in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational and crashed and burned in its debut on Saturday against Canada.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ And after playing the team with the least amount of practice here, the Filipinos will be tossed in the fire yet again on Sunday night when they clash with the side that’s been together the longest in the tough international tournament.The Filipinos try to bounce back from a 77-90 loss to Canada when they collide with Chinese Taipei-A at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall here with coach Chot Reyes knowing exactly the problems he needs to address to get the team back on track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We have to figure out ways to score against bigger opponents,” Reyes addressed international media after getting just three players in twin digits against the experienced and bigger Canadians. “My players would have to figure that out.”Another cause of concern for Reyes is the officiating, as his players were whistled for 26 total fouls that resulted in 40 free throws for the Canadians. MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Despite being terribly undersized, the Filipinos battled Canada to a 40-all deadlock in rebounds. They also had 14 steals but just couldn’t convert them to points.“You can tell that they (Filipinos) are working on development,” said Canadian coach Kyle Julius, a member of his national team from 2005-2007. “You can tell that they are very talented. They are hard nosed and tough.”“It’s going to be a dogfight from now on,” said Kiefer Ravena, who led the Filipinos with 12 points followed by Bobby Ray Parks with 11 points and Carl Bryan Cruz with 10.As it is, the Philippines would need to get more scoring from its talented lineup if it hopes to survive the Taiwanese.Matthew Wright scored five straight points, capped by a triple in transition from left quarter court hat had the Philippines coming within 68-60, but the Canadians came through with a 7-0 spurt that put the game away going into the final 6:45.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “You can’t give up 40 free throws against a quality team Reyes said.Canada, featuring a selection of stars from its National Basketball League, came over with just a pair of two-hour practice sessions but instantly showed its spunk using its size and athletic ability.Against the Taiwanese in the 7 p.m. game on Sunday, Reyes and his charges will be playing a crew that has stayed together for so long.Naturalized player Quincy Davis and the pony-tailed Wen Ting-tseng again lead the home squad that commands a noisy following.“They (Filipinos) need to learn to play with each other and the system,” said Reyes, who opened the post-game interview by praising the young Filipinos’ effort.“We played them (Canadians) pretty well in all departments, save for the free throws that we gave up.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
As Delhi gears up to be a world city, high-octane fun and frolic is part of the game. With giant amusement parks springing up in every corner, the city is well on course to becoming the country’s fantasy capital. So grit your teeth, close your eyes and hold on to,As Delhi gears up to be a world city, high-octane fun and frolic is part of the game. With giant amusement parks springing up in every corner, the city is well on course to becoming the country’s fantasy capital. So grit your teeth, close your eyes and hold on to your seat belts. SIMPLY DELHI takes you on the ride of your lifetime.The side winder and flip flop are the most popular rides at Adventure IslandAdventure island -The next time you’re in the mood for some adventure and fun, you needn’t fly all the way to Disneyland. Just hop on to the metro and head straight to Rohini to find a desi avatar of the larger than life theme park. Adventure Island is the new hotspot for everyone from six to 60. Spread over 62 acres, this venture by Unitech and International Amusement Ltd (UAPL), the promoters behind Appu Ghar, has been designed by a Toronto-based architect. The park boasts of 20 dizzying rides and water sports, (one is yet to open) and a retail area called Metro Walk. But the biggest draw is the bumper boats, which replicate, on a lake, the experience of bumper cars. Among other favourites are the side winder and flip flop rides, which have come to India for the first time. While the first is an improved version of the giant boat and rotates 360 degrees with every swing, the flip flop takes five 360 degree rotations before zooming down. Says Monny Vijeshwar, managing director, UAPL: “The number of visitors has been increasing with every passing week.”advertisementNoida e city- This is the latest of them all. And the largest too. The USP of the Rs 1,200-crore Noida Entertainment City (all set to open this August) lies in its rides, besides it being a one-stop family recreation destination, complete with a five-star hotel and a 150-store retail arcade. The 30 rides at the 150-acre park are products of the same makers of the rides at Disneyland, Universal Studios and Six Flags. They include such treats as the looping roller coaster, free fall and bungee trampoline. Called the Worlds of Wonder, the play area is alongside the shopping mall, The Great India Place. Rubal Chaudhry, vicepresident (Operations), International Recreation Parks Pvt Ltd, which runs the park, says the positioning is deliberate as it is a family destination. The place is split into three zones, two for children and teenagers and the third for the whole family. The Teen Zone, for instance, is all about music. There’s a concert-like ambience within, featuring large stages, hi-tech lighting and stateof-the-art equipment. The Family Zone, on the other hand, hosts global fests. A visit to Noida E City is not complete without a dip at Calypso Bay. The 14-acre water park has much to offer, including thrilling water slides, a man-made river and a wave pool that creates waves over 1.5 m high, large enough for water surfing.Amoeba Simulator games are the highlight at AmoebaAmoeba is a digital paradise that has everyone from toddlers and teenagers to mamas and papas furiously keying into the addictive consoles before them. While some sit on the edge of their seats steering through grand prix tracks, others are busy fighting enemy planes. Promoted by HM Leisures, Amoeba in Gurgaon’s Metropolitan Mall is the last word in digital gaming. The highlight is its thrilling simulator games. In another pocket, a bowling alley beckons, offering a calmer option for strained nerves. Unwind as the pins go down, says the new corporate mantra, which draws hordes of office-goers seeking a release after a hard day’s work. If the four-lane alley is full, which is invariably the case, there’s always a session of air hockey to keep you busy. Among the other attractions at Amoeba are its birthday bashes which take care of everything from the invites and games to the catering and return gifts. Then there are the redeemable coupons which ensure you walk away with gift coupon for every game that you play.Oysters, appu gharIt is all about a fun splash at Appu GharTwenty three years on, Appu Ghar is still a kid at heart. The first amusement park in the country, everyone has something special to recall from here, whether it is the cherubic mascot or one of its many thrilling rides. Delhi’s all-time favourite, this amusement park, which was set up by Unitech and International Amusement Ltd (IAL), has been getting better and better over the years. And Oysters, the water park which was launched in 1998, remains the coolest hangout in town to date. With ice games in winter and dance festivals through the year, Oysters is a big hit amongst youngsters who want to let their hair down. The highlight of Oysters is the Magic River and the small overbridges. The river has jacuzzis in places which break the lazy current that carries visitors from point to point. “It’s been 20 years since I have been coming to Appu Ghar and it always feels like the first time. As a kid, the twister and rollercoaster was my favourite but my children love Oysters and the thrilling water games it has to offer today,” says Ashmita Sen, 32.advertisementFuture bowlThe bowling alley at Essex FarmsEssex farms Bowling, a game of pool, some racing, air hockey and a bumper cars, it’s fun unlimited at Future Bowl, the gaming alley at Essex farms. With summer happy hours offering gaming all day long for just Rs 150, parents can join in the fun with junior. Essex boasts of one of the largest bowling alleys in the city, which allows more people to join in at one time. Says the father of six-year-old Rishab Khanna, “This is the best place you can bring your children to. With so much to do, there’s not a minute of boredom, and I love to play a game or two of bowling myself.” A great place to hang out if you love bowling, gaming, yummy food and just want to chill.Fun & food villageThe fun slide at Fun & Food VillageFun and food. While the two go hand in hand, there’s so much on offer at the manicured greens of this theme park that food is the last thing that comes to mind when you here. A through and through desi affair, the village developed by Polo Amusement, is part of the lush green belt of Gurgaon and serves as a perfect getaway. It plays host to a number of artisans and craftsmen who showcase their ware on the premises. Open-air theatres and animal parades add to the ambience with a monorail connecting visitors to the various hotspots. Of the 21 amusement rides in the park, the flying carpet is a huge hit. It’s similar to the flying saucer that flies high up in the air and makes you feel like you’re from outer space. A must-visit at the village is its water park: the Village Club. The club not only boasts of the longest water slide in the country with a 400-ft channel but also a high-velocity aqua shoot and super slide, said to be the world’s first slides to employ aerodynamics. There’s also the fun slide with its ‘awesome’ twists and turns and a wave pool which gives you a feel of swimming in the seas. Other features include a health club, a beauty parlour and four food and beverage outlets, all of them reflecting the Indian theme itself.32nd milestoneGo karting at 32nd MilestoneIf you haven’t crossed this milestone, your chill quotient is lagging way behind. With everything from bungee jumping, bull riding and go-karting to bowling, disco-dancing and speciality restaurants, 32nd Milestone is just the place to party in. “I’ve been coming here for more than five years,” says Siddarth Khanna from Delhi. “Karting and bowling here with friends is a great experience and the discotheque rocks.” The fireball at 32nd milestone had in fact earned the distinction of being the world’s longest party way back in November 1999. While karting along the club’s well-laid out tracks is not surprisingly popular, the bull ride is something you shouldn’t miss. This remote operated bull jumps, spins and rotates in all directions. Then there is bungee jumping, trampling and loads of video games too to keep the children entertained. These attractions apart, it is the specialty restaurants that take the cake here. There’s the Caf Road House, the Caravan Serai that serves Indian and Mughlai cuisine, the House of Bamboo which is a Chinese joint and a juicy Sizzler corner, each having an identity all its own. The place also has a 3 Star accommodation facility with amenities like a beauty parlour abd banquet halls. Need one ask for more?advertisement
Nick Bollettieri is a much sought after man even today. Just a month short of 80, the supreme tennis guru is at Wimbledon in a different capacity – a columnist plus expert.Tennis guru Nick BollettieriBut that has not stopped the celebrated coach from giving interviews. On Wednesday, in an exclusive chat with MAIL TODAY, Bollettieri spoke on a wide range of tennis issues.Even as tennis lovers debate who is the best men’s player and who will win the ladies singles title, Bollettieri is sure the best of the Williams sisters is not yet over. “I have no hesitation Venus and Serena can go the full distance as this is Wimbledon and they love this place so much,” he said.As one who has shaped the careers of several stars from Boris Becker to Andre Agassi and Monica Seles to Maria Sharapova, the tennis guru had one quick point to make. “When Boris used to win at Wimbledon, he would tell me he doesn’t want to leave the place till the end of the fortnight. With so much of unpredictability in women’s tennis, one Williams can still pull it off,” says Bollettieri.So where does that leave Li Na, the Chinese sensation. Bollettieri’s eyes lit up. “Li Na is indeed exciting and her win at the French Open was big. She has almost no weakness in her game and all the strokes are there in her repertoire.She is a tremendous player and loves to hit the ball on the rise,” rattled off the coach.advertisementIn between the interview, Bollettieri also takes business calls, as he runs the busiest tennis academy (NBTA) in Florida.”I have been doing so many interviews today with the London TV channels and now I have an Indian mediaman waiting for me. I am a celebrity I guess!” he said on the phone before returning for the debate on what’s the depth in men’s tennis.Bollettieri’s eyes sparkle when you talk of Federer, Sampras and Nadal. He has been a great fan of Sampras’ serve and volley style. “I mean today you have four guys at the top who can win the men’s title. Between Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, anyone can win. But you have to look at a guy like del Potro. He is big and tough,” says Bollettieri.Bollettieri says with conviction there is not going to be a change of guard in men’s tennis so soon.”Look at the way Federer has preserved himself. His serve and that backhand and his cool, everything is in place. He has a great coach in Paul Annacone who I have coached. With this kind of a technique Roger is going to be around for a long time,” says Bollettieri.So what’s that one factor which makes Federer even harder to beat. “I have no doubt in saying Federer has no off-court stuff and no night clubs to distract him. He has an excellent support and family and if he stays this way, he can win for another four years,” says Bollettieri.”The same goes for Nadal. He doesn’t hang out late, though his training methods are different. He is going to give it a 110 per cent in training come what may, and that’s even if he is returning after a break. I can tell you one thing, Nadal doesn’t burn the candle at two ends,” says the tennis guru.So who is the best? “Sampras’s serve and volley was really good.But if he was to stay back against Federer, then it would be tough to win. As for Federer, he has the serve and the fluid motions in his game. Add to that his backhand, you know it,” says Bollettieri.Still guessing?For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.