Month: November 2019

Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third place

first_imgReigning MVP June Mar Fajardo put up 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks while point guard Alex Cabagnot had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.Brown had a game-high 30 points with 17 boards to lead the Fuel Masters. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With the game tied at 100, Terrence Watson took charge and muscled his way inside for four straight points to give San Miguel a 104-100 lead with 1:46 left in the game.Arwind Santos then, stole the ball from Brandon Brown at the 27-second mark and this led to June Mar Fajardo’s two free throws that gave the Beermen a 106-100 bubble.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 shutout“I realized it’s really hard to win a game especially when you go up against a team that has everything to gain nothing to lose,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria. “Phoenix’ pride is still there and they really want to win.”San Miguel enjoyed a bevy of double-double performances from three individuals with Terrence Watson leading the way with 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—San Miguel held off a tough endgame from Phoenix to escape with a 109-107 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Beermen improved to 7-3 and created a logjam at third place with TNT and NLEX while the Fuel Masters, who failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, slipped to their ninth straight loss and a 2-9 card.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters 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 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Rain or Shine dumps Alaska in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewelllast_img read more

Gervacio joins Foton, ends feud with Suzara

first_imgView comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dzi Gervacio along with Foton and PSL execs during a small press conference Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTODzi Gervacio will suit up for Foton in the Philippine Superliga, putting the former Ateneo stalwart with the same official she criticized heavily early this year.But the feud is apparently water under the bridge as PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara dismissed fears that their past would lead to a disadvantaged stint by Gervacio with Foton.ADVERTISEMENT “It was unfortunate that rivalries sometimes take the best out of us all,” said Suzara. “Negativity has no place in our quest to become the leading sports league in the country.“Ms. Gervacio would be assured that she will be treated the same as the other players. I hope she plays her best for Foton and becomes one of the reasons for the team’s continuing success in the Superliga,” added Suzara.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 shutoutGervacio took to social media early this year to protest what she felt was Suzara’s poor handling of import credentials of PSL rival Premier Volleyball League.But in a closed-door meeting Friday, Gervacio, who was accompanied by her mother, apologized to Suzara and the two put their quarrel behind them. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Mondilla caps ‘Merit’ season with 4th crown Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Foton is seeking a three-peat when the PSL Grand Prix starts Oct. 21. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Kings see Game 4 as ‘do-or-die’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe drama was over even before it could gather ground and Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio was quick to point out at what the task at hand is all about.“Like how we treated (the last game), this should be a do-or-die game for us,” the cat-quick, heady floor leader of the Gin Kings said, referring to Game 4 of their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Meralco slated Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ “That’s why this (Game 4) should be do-or-die for us,” he went on. “Actually, I told (my teammates) that (the last game) was already do-or-die. We cannot afford to give them (Bolts) the confidence.”Meralco already has that now, especially after Allen Durham tore the Ginebra defense to shreds when it mattered in Game 3.The Bolts, though, will be without Ranidel de Ocampo, who tore a left calf muscle in the first quarter of Game 3.It was an endgame that upset Cone and he reacted quite unexpectedly to a timeout called by counterpart Norman Black with 38 seconds left and the outcome already beyond doubt.Cone refused to shake the hand of his fellow Grand Slam champion and did not talk to reporters later on. He issued an apology and said that “there is no one in the PBA I respect more than Norman Black.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 ‘Beast mode’ Maraño named league ambassador QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Read Next “I got caught up in the moment and could have handled it differently,” he said in a text message. “I apologize, and will do so to him (Black), personally.”End of the drama. Now back to the action on the floor. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa He also owned up to the task of failing to provide the finishing kick for the Kings in that wild ending to Game 3.“I feel that it was my responsibility, because I am the leader on the floor,” Tenorio said. “We expected them (Bolts) to come out and play desperate basketball, which is what happened.”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 shutoutThe 5-foot-8 guard doesn’t want to see another Meralco victory in their 7 p.m. showdown because he has already experienced first hand what it feels blowing a 2-0 lead and eventually losing the championship.“That was in my rookie year, while playing for San Miguel,” Tenorio said. “I was very happy that we were already leading (2-0) before Ginebra won the last four games. I was devastated (then), and I don’t want that to happen again.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Austria makes history

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:15PBA Press Corps awards night01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police 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 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria etched his name in history by becoming the first coach to keep the perpetual Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan trophy—an honor that goes to any mentor who wins the PBA Press Corps’ coach of the year award for three straight years.Austria, 59, bested Barangay Ginebra’s Tim Cone, TNT KaTropa’s Nash Racela and Magnolia (formerly Star) Hotshots’ Chito Victolero for the highest award to be given during the formal event presented by Cignal TV.ADVERTISEMENT Good fight, but where’s the killer punch? Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Austria, who saw action in the PBA from 1985 to 1993, steered the Beermen to the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup championships.He came a title short of completing a rare Grand Slam as sister team Ginebra retained the season-ending Governors’ Cup crown.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 shutoutSMC president and chief executive officer Ramon S. Ang will also have the spotlight on as the recipient of the Executive of the Year award conferred in honor of the late Crispa team owner Danny Floro. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

I lost motivation after grandfather died, says emotional Kyrgios

first_imgAustralia’s Nick Kyrgios returns the ball to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 1, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONAustralian firebrand Nick Kyrgios admitted that the death of his beloved grandfather made him fall out of love with tennis.The 22-year-old, who tumbled out of the French Open on Thursday, losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to big-serving Kevin Anderson of South Africa, was on the brink of tears when asked to recall memories of Christos Kyrgios who passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES View comments Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Meanwhile, Kyrgios brushed off his spectacular racquet demolition, insisting that was part of the whole package — like it or not.“I don’t know if that’s the best role model you want,” he said.“But I’m not trying to show anybody my frustration. I just do it for myself. I’ve been doing it my whole career. It’s just a habit now.”Anderson, meanwhile, said he was able to take advantage of Kyrgios’s meltdown to record his second win in two meetings with the Australian, having also come back from a set down to win in Chengdu, China last year.“I was in his head after winning that second set,” admitted Anderson.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The family tragedy forced Kyrgios to dash back home, cancelling the start of his claycourt season in Estoril before jetting pack to Europe in the build-up to Roland Garros.“After my grandpa’s passing, I just lost a lot of motivation to do anything really,” said Kyrgios whose frustration boiled over as he slid to defeat, smashing a racquet on a courtside chair and picking up a penalty point for his troubles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen he was asked to talk about his relationship with his grandfather Kyrgios was on the verge of tears and called a swift halt to his press conference.“It was tough back home. I can’t talk about it, I can’t,” he said. Murray, Del Potro set up French Open blockbuster “He was struggling with his own battles, I didn’t give him a way to get back in the match. So it’s something that I knew I needed to do, and I thought I was able to execute that very well today.”Anderson, ranked at 56 in the world, made the most of the 18th-seeded Australian’s 42 unforced errors to progress to the third round where he will face Britain’s Kyle Edmund.Anderson has gone as far as the fourth round in Paris in 2013 and 2014.“I feel like each week I’m playing better and better tennis,” said the South African.“My body feels really strong and healthy, which is the biggest focus.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

IPL mess takes new twist with foul SMS

first_imgThe mess in Indian cricket slid to new depths on Monday with board secretary N Srinivasan saying that his mobile phone was hacked into and a nasty SMS was sent from it to Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisees and others while he was asleep late on Sunday night.BCCI secretary N SrinivasanThe incident happened just a few hours after the governing council of the IPL unexpectedly scrapped IPL franchisees Kings XI Punjab and 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals for alleged breach of contract.Srinivasan denied that he had sent the message, apparently to the IPL franchises and others, asking them to fall in line, otherwise they too would be thrown out from the lucrative Twenty20 tournament in the manner in which IPL chairman Lalit Modi was dumped.”As we have been saying, please align yourself with us. Or else everyone will get the same taste of the medicine we have given today to Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. Owners should not think they are above the BCCI,” read the SMS purportedly sent from the mobile of Srinivasan, whose war with Modi is well documented.The SMS, a copy of which is with MAIL TODAY, further said: “You should be happy we allow you to participate. We know how to clip your wings. [The BCCI] president and I have decided we will run the IPL the way we want to and after all it is our property. You can either be a part of it or we can find a way for you to get out. We will throw Lalit Modi and anyone attached with him. So best avoid talking to him.”advertisementWhen contacted, Srinivasan completely denied having sent the SMS. “They apparently hacked into my mobile to send the message. I go to sleep at 9 pm and the SMS was sent at around 11 pm. And it was sent to people whose phone numbers I don’t have. I don’t know how it was done,” he claimed.”I asked the service provider (of my mobile) and they said that it wasn’t sent from their end. I have lodged a complaint with the police and they are investigating the matter,” Srinivasan told MAIL TODAY. When asked if he had an idea as to who could have done the act, he quipped: “You can guess on my behalf.”Like e-mails IDs, hacking mobile phones is also easy and it can be done with a software available on the internet. Hackers just need to know the mobile number of the targeted person and with help from microwave rays they can send SMSs on behalf of the targeted person.If caught, they can be tried under the Information and Technology Act. Srinivasan, who was unanimously chosen BCCI presidentelect last month and would take over the reins from Shashank Manohar in September next year, has a longstanding feud with Modi, who was suspended from the IPL chairman’s post in April for alleged financial transgressions.People close to them say it’s essentially a war of egos of two high profile people. Modi, abroad for several months and against whom a light blue notice has been issued, has reacted with sarcastic postings on his twitter page.”Of course, he (Srinivasan) will cry foul,” he wrote. The architect of the IPL even posted links of the blogs that supported him and asked people to re-tweet them so that it reaches a wider audience.Their feud intensified after Modi disclosed on Twitter that Sunanda Pushkar, one of the stakeholders of new IPL franchisee Kochi was a friend of the then external affairs minister Shashi Tharoor and that he had influenced Kochi’s bid. This tweet eventually led to the fall of the high-flying Modi.Kochi was unexpectedly given another lease of life by the IPL council on Sunday while both scrapped franchisees were supposedly extremely close to Modi.last_img read more

‘Crowd Pressure got on to English nerves’

first_imgIndia came up with a superior show against England to enter the hockey final, though the scoreline does not reflect it. It was in the last 10 minutes when India came out full throttle and changed the course of the match.Click for CWG specialEngland seemed exhausted in the final 25 minutes, including the 15-minute extra time, and India did well to capitalise on it. England were always tough to deal with but I had a gut feeling that India might pull it off especially after the win against Pakistan which had set the tone for the hosts.In their last match, India allowed Pakistan to claw back into the match but here it were the hosts who fought their way back and did not lose the plot against a top side. England made it to the Champions Trophy final which is testament of the quality of their game.But I think England crumbled under pressure, especially with such a huge crowd supporting their opponents. Except in the Netherlands, one does not get to see so much of a crowd; England might have found it a bit uncomfortable in such an atmosphere.But credit has to go to the Indians who dodged the English players quite consistently. A comeback from 1-3 down told the entire story about India’s confidence as well. Our goalkeeper Bharat Chetri deserves a lot of credit.Initially, I thought the decision to go into the tournament with just one goalie would be risky, but now I guess the selection has been justified. Sardara Singh was once again extraordinary while Shivendra and Tushar Khandekar made really good attempts at the goal.advertisementThere were a few lapses in the Indian defence. Sandeep Singh needs to pull up his socks because his tackling is just not up to the mark. At the same time, if Sandeep’s penalty corner conversion also suffers, as is evident at present, the team management needs to give a serious thought in that regard.Winning crucial matches always helps and India have got into the rhythm after two morale boosting victories. But the mighty Australians await them in the final and it remains to be seen if we trump them. My best wishes are with Team India.(Writer is former India hockey captain)last_img read more

India beat NZ by 8 wickets, win series 5-0

first_imgIndia swept past the Kiwis 5-0 after an impressive eight-wicket win over the visitors in the fifth and final ODI at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Friday.With this series win, India have inflicted the most devastating blow on the Black Caps surpassing 1988’s 4-0 win.India players celebrate their win against New Zealand in Chepauk on Friday. Photo by APBut Friday’s match would not have shaped the way it did, if it hadn’t been for a 97-run stand between Parthiv Patel and Yuvraj Singh.Chasing 104, the two got on with the rescue operation after early blows in the form of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli left the hosts tottering on 10/2.Batting briskly the duo completed the job in 21.1 overs putting 107 on board.Parthiv scored 56 off 70 balls decorating his innings with six fours and one over-the-fence shot, while Yuvraj hit a quick-fire 42 of just 46 balls, hitting six fours and two sixes on the way.At the start of the India innings, opener Gambhir fell to a Nathan McCullum ball that pitched on the off and took a thick edge of his bat to land in wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum’s glove in the third ball of the first over. At the stage India were yet to open an account.Two overs later, New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori sent danger-man Kohli packing as the Kiwis tried to claw back into the game. But Parthiv and Yuvraj undid their plans with their third-wicket partnership.Earlier, R Ashwin claimed three Kiwi scalps and Ashish Nehra, Yusuf Pathan and Yuvraj Singh took two each in an innings that saw the batsmen walking in and out in quick time.advertisementScott Styris’s 24 was the highest individual score in the New Zealand batting-up that was ripped apart by the Indian bowlers in just 27 overs.Surprisingly, New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori had elected to bat against Gautam Gambhir’s men under overcast conditions.last_img read more

French Open: Sania Mirza says loss hurts but she is satisfied

first_imgThe French Open final loss is hard to swallow, admits Sania Mirza, but the Indian tennis ace also has a sense of immense satisfaction at finishing runners-up in the women’s doubles event given the way she was struggling for form and fitness a few months ago.”A loss is a loss at any stage and initially it hurts. But when I look back at where my career was a while back, there is a feeling of immense satisfaction at what I have managed to achieve,” Sania, who was battling a career-threatening wrist injury not so long ago, told PTI from Paris.A second Grand Slam title slipped out of her hands when she lost the French Open final along with Russian partner Elena Vesnina. The Indian star said the strong wind throughout the clash was a major factor but lauded her rivals for overcoming the adverse conditions better than them.Sania and Elena lost the final 4-6 3-6 to unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, yesterday. The Czechs were the sixth unseeded pair in 30 years to win a Grand Slam.Both the pairs committed numerous unforced errors but the Czech girls put on slightly better show which was instrumental in their win.While Sania-Elena’s first serve percentage was 54, it was 61 for rivals. Winning percentage for both the first and second serve was less than 50 percent for the Indo-Russian duo.The only area where they performed better was that they committed five double faults to eight of the Czech pair.advertisement”Yes, it (wind) was but in tennis, it is always the team that acclimatizes to the existing conditions that comes out on top. In the final, our opponents managed to adjust to the conditions better than us,” Sania said.Sania was categorical in stating that Elena was the best of all the partners she has played with before.They teamed up at the start of the year and won titles at Indian Wells and Charleston, though, they continue to wait for their first Grand slam title together.Sania has teamed up with America’s Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek and Chinese Taipei’s Chan, Yung Jan before.”Elena is definitely right up there among the best,” she said.Asked what is it that makes this partnership so successful, Sania said, “We’ve been friends since our junior days and get along wonderfully. She has a brilliant backhand and serve and is an ideal foil for the forehand and return of serve, which are my strengths.” .As the talk veered from doubles to her singles career, Sania was asked about her not-so-impressive Grand Slam record.She has not reached the singles third round in a Grand Slam since the 2008 Australian Open.But the Hyderabadi said it’s only because she drew against strong players early.”I don’t look at it as a jinx. I think I’ve generally lost to better players in the Grand Slams. I lost to Justine Henin in Australian Open and to Agnieszka Radwanska in French Open,” she said.The next Grand Slam -? Wimbledon — is on grass, a surface Sania enjoys more than the clay.Sania was not ready to predict how long would she stay in the singles there but was hopeful of breaking into top-50 in the WTA rankings.”I will continue to work hard and try to be the best that I can be. Yes, I could break into the top 50 in singles in a few months.”last_img read more

Salt Lake to be renovated for Messi match

first_imgThe hype around Lionel Messi playing an international football friendly is becoming bigger by the day but the venue where the much-anticipated match will be held will need a huge facelift to host it.Lionel Messi is set to play at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on September 2. APRealising the ‘messy’ state of affairs at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, the West Bengal government on Wednesday decided to work on a war footing to ensure that the high-profile FIFA friendly between Argentina and Venezuela is held without any hiccup on September 2.This the state Sports Minister Madan Mitra said after a meeting with the organisers of the match, Celebrity Management Group, officials of AIFF and IFA.”Right from goalpost to artificial turf, the stands … everything is in a state of mess and not fit to hold the match as of now. But we are giving our best effort to make it suitable for the FIFA friendly,” Mitra said after the meeting.”We’ll take stock of the situation by visiting the ground with the officials from AIFF, IFA and CMG. The artificial turf is not in a suitable condition and it will be repaired and made fit for the match,” he said.The meeting, however, failed to decide on ticket prices that were reported to be ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000.Mitra said the price of tickets was too high and they would try to lower it.”Let everything gets ready and then we will decide on the price of the tickets. Hopefully the sale of tickets will begin from the second week of July.”advertisementMitra clarified that there was no involvement of the state government in organising the match and it was just providing the venue free of cost.On participation of world’s most-sought after footballer Messi, Mitra said, “Messi will definitely play here. But there is no confirmation on FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s arrival.”He said the match will be telecast live in 156 countries.- With inputs from PTIFor 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.last_img read more