Month: November 2019

Swim star Schooling ‘really sorry’ for Malaysia jibe

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village “If I offended anyone, I do apologize… that wasn’t my intention,” the 100m butterfly Olympic gold-medallist told reporters, after arriving for the regional Games in Kuala Lumpur.“I’m really sorry for my comments and I definitely didn’t mean it that way.”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 shutoutSchooling won Singapore’s first and only Olympic gold medal in 2016 in Rio, while neighbouring Malaysia is yet to produce an Olympic champion.The Texas-based swimmer won nine gold medals at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, but he said he will contest a smaller programme of six events in Kuala Lumpur, including relays. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Nadal returns to No. 1 with heavy heart over Barcelona “I’ll do my best in all of them. I’m just going to do my best and let the outcome speak for itself. We have two days to prepare so hopefully we’ll put on a good performance in the Games,” he said.“It’s definitely not like training for me. Every race my dad likes to say race fast and that actually holds a lot of ground. There are a lot of great swimmers in the Southeast Asian region so I gotta be the best as I can to make my country proud.”center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino 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 Games Singapore’s Schooling Joseph prepares to compete in the men’s 100m butterfly semi-final during the swimming competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on July 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONSingapore’s Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling has apologized to Malaysians after he raised hackles by promising to “teach them a thing or two” at the Southeast Asian Games.The 22-year-old said he was “really sorry” for his unguarded comments, which made him a target for Malaysian fans. He had earlier insisted the remarks were taken out of context.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

San Beda stretches streak to 12, clinches twice-to-beat

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SAN BEDA 83 – Cabanag 14, Mocon 14, Bolick 13, Tankoua 11, Noah 7, Soberano 7, Adamos 4, Abuda 3, Doliguez 3, Potts 3, Bahio 2, Cariño 2, Tongco 0.ARELLANO 72 – Salado 17, Cañete 15, Viloria 15, Flores 6, Dela Cruz 5, Concepcion 3, Meca 3, Nicholls 3, Taywan 3, Enriquez 2, Abanes 0, Alcoriza 0.Quarters: 21-17, 43-40, 61-55, 83-72. LATEST STORIES The Red Lions had a hard time shaking off the desperate Chiefs in the game as Arellano cut the deficit to as low as four, 67-63 with 7:34 remaining.But Cabanag and AC Soberano commandeered San Beda’s 9-0 blast to restore order and take a 13-point lead, 76-63, with 5:31 to play.Kent Salado paced Arellano (5-9) with 17 points, three assists, and two rebounds, but his efforts weren’t enough as the Chiefs lost three of their last four games.Michael Cañete and Kraniel Viloria both had 15 markers in the defeat.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda secured a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs as they fought off a tough stand from Arellano, 83-72, Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.Robert Bolick flirted with a triple-double as he fired 13 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds, including the last four points for the Red Lions to finally put the Chiefs away.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next PVL goes to Tuguegarao, Bacolod, Iloilo Javee Mocon registered 14 markers, seven boards, and five assists, while Jeramer Cabanag posted a career-best 14 points, six of which coming in the fourth quarter, to go with two rebounds.Donald Tankoua also added 11 markers and five boards in the win.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 shutoutCoach Boyet Fernandez is glad to keep San Beda’s 12-game winning streak rolling, but warned his players of complacency, especially as it prepares for its final eliminations assignment against Lyceum and the Final Four.“As what I’ve always said to my players, we only have to take good care of ourselves. We cannot pray for other teams to lose, other teams to win. All we have to do is take care of ourselves and win our games. Whatever will be the result, we’re always ready and prepared,” he said.last_img read more

Ex-NBA player Sebastian Telfair arrested on gun charges

first_imgIn this Dec. 28, 2012, file photo, Phoenix Suns’ Sebastian Telfair brings the ball up against Indiana Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough during a basketball game in Indianapolis. Former NBA player Telfair has been arrested on weapons and marijuana-related charges during a traffic stop in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say the 32-year-old Telfair and another man were arrested early Sunday morning, June 11, 2017, after police found firearms, a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, a ballistic vest and marijuana inside their vehicle. APNEW YORK — Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair has been arrested on weapons and marijuana-related charges during a traffic stop in Brooklyn.Police said the 32-year-old Telfair and another man were arrested early Sunday morning after police found firearms, a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, a ballistic vest and marijuana inside their vehicle.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Nadal braced for bittersweet symphony at Wimbledon View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage It was not clear if Telfair had a lawyer.Telfair was a first-round draft pick in 2004. He started with the Portland Trail Blazers and spent time with the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and other teams before ending his career in China in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTelfair and another friend were arrested in 2007 after a traffic stop when police found a loaded handgun in the vehicle. He pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to three years of probation. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino for 1-0 lead in D-League semis

first_imgPBA IMAGESCignal HD derailed Marinerong Pilipino’s dream voyage with an 86-67 rout Thursday to gain a 1-0 lead in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Possibly playing his final game before leaving for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Raymar Jose imposed his presence and uncorked 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead his side to the win.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I’m really thankful for Raymar. I had to play him for the whole of the third quarter and he did his job for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.Jason Perkins provided the stability for the Hawkeyes as he scattered 13 markers, 18 boards, three assists, one steal, and one block, Byron Villarias had 13 points, four rebounds, and three dimes, and Oping Sumalinog got 12 markers and four boards as the Hawkeyes starters jumped to an early 34-14 first quarter lead and never looked back.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“I’m really happy that the starters stepped up on defense. We’re pressured enough to play at our best today given the fact that we haven’t played for a long while. But credit to my boys again. They really played their hearts out today,” said Fernandez.Showing no rust from their three-week layoff, Cignal controlled the tempo of the game and even led by high as 24, 62-38, at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter. CIGNAL HD 86 – Jose 17, Perkins 13, Villarias 13, Sumalinog 12, Arboleda 6, Bringas 6, Cahilig 6, Raymundo 5, Batino 4, Sara 4, Apinan 0, Uyloan 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 67 – Javelona 11, Sargent 8, Subido 8, Moralde 7, Herndon 6, Lopez 6, Iñigo 5, Marata 5, Alabanza 3, Isip 3, Javillonar 3, Gabriel 2.Quarters: 34-14, 48-29, 65-45, 86-67.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 Gamescenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lyceum escapes EAC for 7th straight win But as always, the Skippers woke up from their slumber late and made a huge push in the fourth period, cutting the deficit to as low as 12, 75-63, after a Julian Sargent bucket.Unfortunately, the Skippers’ late-game magic was no match for Cignal’s end game poise, with Jose, Sumalinog, and Villarias icing the game down the stretch.The Hawkeyes can close the deal out on Tuesday for Game 2, still at Ynares Sports Arena.Pao Javelona paced Marinerong Pilipino with 11 points, while Sargent and Renzo Subido both got eight markers apiece as they saw the end of the Skippers’ seven-game winning run.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more

Gill doubles cash awards for CWG and Asian Games

first_imgThe Sports Ministry on Tuesday doubled the cash awards for gold medal winners to Rs 20 lakhs for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to encourage sportspersons to come up with an improved performance in the upcoming mega-events.The announcement to increase the cash incentives was made by the Sports Minister M. S. Gill, who also expressed confidence that the Commonwealth Games will be held successfully in October.He said the main outcome of the Games would be the performance of our sportspersons and the sporting legacy left behind by the event.”With a view to encouraging the sportspersons, the Minister announced doubling of cash awards for the coming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to Rs 20 lakhs (from Rs 10 lakhs) for gold medalist, Rs 10 lakhs (from Rs 5 lakhs) for silver medalist, and Rs 6 lakhs (from Rs 3 lakhs) for bronze medalist,” the Ministry said in a release.Meanwhile, the State Sports Ministers stressed on the need to enact a National Sports Act to bring more accountability in the functioning of the federations and promoting better governance.”The State Sports Ministers unanimously resolved that there was an urgent need for enacting a National Sports Act for promoting good governance practices in the National Sports Federations, including professional management, financial accountability and good electoral practices,” the statement said after the annual conference of State Sports Ministers.”They also recommended the setting up of a National Sports Dispute Redressal Tribunal to ensure speedy resolution of sports disputes, including player’s grievances,” it added.Gill also emphasised the need to promote and protect playing fields, and urged the State Governments to set up State level Playing Field Associations.He referred to the new proposal for creation of Urban Sports Infrastructure, which envisages 100 per cent financial assistance for the setting up of community sports facilities and sports academies, coach development etc, the release said.advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket review system still being debated

first_imgCricket’s inconsistent use of the Umpires’ Decision Review System is the subject of fresh debate and is sure to again be a contentious issue when India tours England later this year.The system was used during the Ashes series in Australia but not for India’s tour of South Africa, because the International Cricket Council has left it up to individual countries to decide whether to use it.India has been reluctant to use the challenge system, however, it will be in place for the World Cup beginning next month, which India co-hosts.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said recently that the benefits of the system to assist umpires had been seen and “we are now keen to use it in the ICC Cricket World Cup.”India is not open to the idea of using the system in England, even though England Cricket Board’s media manager James Avery indicated it would be part of discussions ahead of the tour starting July.Indian cricket board secretary Narainswamy Srinivasan said no team could insist on using the review system.”Both teams have to agree to it,” he told the Associated Press on telephone. “It wasn’t used in South Africa as we didn’t agree to it.””We don’t trust it and I don’t want to go into further details.”India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too has not been taken in by the system.”I have a mixed opinion on the system,” Dhoni said during a recent home test series against New Zealand. “It is not something that gives 100 percent results, so it may not be worth it considering the big costs involved.”advertisementBut others seem inclined to use technology.Australia’s stand-in skipper Michael Clarke said the system should be used even though it is not perfect.”The technology has helped the game,” Clarke said during the Ashes series. “I would like it to be 100 percent right, but there’s not many things in the world that are.”Clarke felt it was a matter that would affect all teams.”I’d like it to be either in or out. I’d like us to make that decision, or the ICC to make that decision. And then at least it’s fair … every team is dealing with the same issue. It should be either 100 percent used, or not used,” said Clarke.South African skipper Graeme Smith was more vehement in his support.”The ICC needs to take responsibility for that (implementation of the system),” Smith said after South Africa’s loss in the Durban test, which saw some doubtful decisions. “They (ICC) can’t leave it up to boards to negotiate. They must lead the way.”Smith felt the system had to be used regularly.”Using it once every seven series is not going to benefit anybody. If the technology is available and they want us to use it, then we must use it. Then you can have a proper idea of whether it works or not,” he said.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir doubtful for 2nd Test

Developers willing to pay crores for Mumbai shanties as land prices soar in Bandra

first_imgBharat Nagar slum along the Mithi river, the Adani project (center) under constructionStanding in the slush in front of his home at Bharat Nagar in Bandra (East), surveying a garbage pile, Shamshuzama Ansari dreams of a bright future. A Mumbai builder has offered to buy his 225 square feet brick-and-cement-roofed,Bharat Nagar slum along the Mithi river, the Adani project (center) under constructionStanding in the slush in front of his home at Bharat Nagar in Bandra (East), surveying a garbage pile, Shamshuzama Ansari dreams of a bright future. A Mumbai builder has offered to buy his 225 square feet brick-and-cement-roofed shanty for a whopping Rs 1.25 crore. The 30-year-old owner of a mobile phones and accessories shop lives here with his wife and parents. He now plans to buy a flat in the suburbs of the city and invest the rest in his business.Ansari’s is not an isolated rags-to-riches tale. At least 800 other residents of Bharat Nagar, a slum settlement comprising 2,400 dwellings, received between Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1.45 crore from real estate giant HDIL. (A 280 square foot flat in a nearby building constructed under the state government’s slum redevelopment scheme costs just Rs 35 lakh). Most have moved into their own flats in the western suburbs of Nallasopara and Bhayander, where a 300 square foot one-room-kitchen apartment costs anywhere between Rs 15 and Rs 18 lakh. The rest of the money has been invested in buying shops near their homes. For some, the windfall has not brought good tidings. Khalida, 55, who shifted to a flat after 40 years in Bharat Nagar, says: “Many people frittered the money on either dance bars or gambling. Some people could not survive outside the slum and fell sick. They had to spend huge sums on medical treatment.”Abdul Hamid Abdul LatifSpread across 20 lakh square feet, Bharat Nagar has come up on the banks of the Mithi river over the past 50 years. The land is owned by the state government which collects a monthly rent of Rs 55 from each owner. All shanties built before 1995 have been regularised, hence the owners can sell them. All have electricity, television sets and some of the dwellings sport tiled floors. Bharat Nagar is in demand because it connects the commercial hub of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) to the posh Kala Nagar. With BKC’s vacant plots closer to downmarket Kurla, the demand for land closer to Bandra brings buyers flocking to Bharat Nagar.Pankaj Kapoor, md of real estate rating agency Liases Foras, says developers are more than willing to pay slum-dwellers for the land. “Due to its proximity to the Bandra-Kurla Complex, land rates in Bharat Nagar are very high. The developer is paying to get the land and one should look at it purely from the perspective of the whole project,” he says.advertisementDeveloped as an alternative to Nariman Point, the 370-hectare bkc business hub has banks, the National Stock Exchange and the Bharat Diamond Bourse. Land rates in bkc are now touching Rs 50,000 per square foot. HDIL bought the land on behalf of the Gautam Adani Group, which has started building a commercial centre on the cleared plot.Shamshuzama AnsariAt Tata Colony, another slum pocket of 300 shanties a stone’s throw away from Bharat Nagar, all but 65 slum-dwellers have sold out to DB Realty. They received between Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1 crore per dwelling. DB Realty handed out Rs 45 lakh by cheque and the rest in cash and also appointed a private bank to guide the shanty owners on investing their money and saving taxes. The firms plans to build a commercial complex were put on hold after two of its mds Vinod Goenka and Shahid Balwa were jailed in the 2G case.In Worli’s Jijamata Nagar, a hut costs Rs 45 lakh. DB Realty and Lokhandwala Builders are eyeing this slum settlement spread over 68,400 square metres. DB Realty has already spent Rs 16 crore on buying several shanties. “The land will be worth Rs 1 lakh a square foot after redevelopment so they can afford to spend crores,” says Datta Navghane, chairman of the slum society. A builder has already offered Rs 45 lakh per shanty in Worli’s Mahatma Phule Nagar.last_img read more

3 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBA

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Also, the Atlanta Hawks beat Oklahoma City 142-126.The league said it was the first time three teams scored 140 on the same night since Jan. 7, 1984 , when the Warriors (154), Nuggets (141) and Knicks (140) reached the mark.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES #KicksStalker: Nike unveils next-generation self-lacing basketball shoes Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, congratulates guard Andre Iguodala after his dunk against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Denver. The Warriors won 142-111. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn’t done in 35 years.Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Warriors went on to a 142-111 win that moved them ahead of the Nuggets into first place in the Western Conference.“They made a lot of shots, to be honest,” Denver’s Nikola Jokic said. “They played really good basketball at a high level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd that wasn’t even the biggest total of the night.Philadelphia went for 149, with an 83-point first half, in a 42-point rout of Minnesota in the first meeting between the teams since the Jimmy Butler trade. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

Hashim Amla braces for challenge of leading South Africa

first_imgHashim Amla has become the second non-white captain of South Africa after Ashwell Prince The two-test series starting in Galle on Wednesday marks the start of a new era for South Africa and the pending end of one for host Sri Lanka.Following the retirements of captain Graeme Smith and allrounder Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla becomes only the second non-white captain of South Africa after Ashwell Prince and the first to be appointed for the long run.Leading the team, he says, is “an honor and privilege” and hopes his team will draw confidence from its 2-1 one-day international series win last week, its first in Sri Lanka.Winning both tests to wrest back the top spot in the test rankings will be difficult, though.”The one-dayers have given the team a lot of confidence and a lot of belief of winning here even though test cricket is a largely different game,” Amla said. “We’ve got an experienced bunch of guys and it has been a lot easier to focus. After a series like that, you don’t really need a down time.”Amla himself smashed two centuries in the series under one-day captain AB de Villiers, who carries a hamstring injury into the opening test, and may have to hand the wicketkeeping gloves to Quinton de Kock.”AB has been struggling with his hamstring so he’ll be playing but it’s highly unlikely he’ll be keeping,” Amla said.Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews says they don’t have an advantage just because South Africa has a new captain.advertisement”Changing the captain doesn’t really matter because they’ve still got those players in the team,” Mathews said. “They’re a very strong team to beat. They’ve lost to us in the past but they’ve played some really good cricket in the recent past so we can’t be complacent.”Stalwart Mahela Jayawardene has declared this series to be his second-to-last in tests.Mathews conceded it will be difficult to make up for Jayawardene, who announced on Monday he will retire next month after playing two tests each against South Africa and Pakistan.”He’s been tremendous for us in the past 15 years or so. It’s going to be a loss and difficult to fill his shoes. When I walked into the national team he was my first captain, and I learnt a lot by looking at him, by what he is doing on and off the field, the way he handles situations,” Mathews said.He indicated that left-hander Upul Tharanga, who was recalled to the test side after six years, would open the batting with Kaushal Silva on a pitch expected to help slow bowling as the match progresses.The second test will in Colombo from July 24-28.Squads:Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (captain), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad, Chanaka WelegedaraSouth Africa: Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla (captain), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Stiaan van Zyl, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, Dane Piedtlast_img read more