I have always felt that entertainment and sports are two factors that are looked upon some what frivolously in the building of a nation. But both these entities bring the nation fame. Amitabh Bachchan,I have always felt that entertainment and sports are two factors that are looked upon some what frivolously in the building of a nation. But both these entities bring the nation fame.Amitabh Bachchan
UEFA has also ordered Man City and PSG to limit their Champions League squads to 21 players next seasonBig-spending clubs Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain were fined 60 million euros ($82 million) by UEFA on Friday and ordered to limit their Champions League squads to 21 players next season for breaching the body’s financial fair play rules.In the first series of sanctions handed down by UEFA over its new regulations meant to curb over-spending by wealthy owners, nine clubs in all were handed punishments – but those given to the Premier League winner and the French champion were by far the heaviest.City said it will accept the sanctions and will not appeal, but insisted that the club has a “fundamental disagreement” with UEFA about its “interpretations of the FFP regulations on players purchased before 2010.”PSG also accepted the punishment “in spite of the tremendous handicap they represent in terms of the club’s ability to fully compete on an equal footing against Europe’s biggest teams.”PSG also said in a statement that it “deplores the fact” that UEFA hasn’t recognized “the full value” of its partnership with the Qatar Tourism Authority, which the governing body said was inflated.The fines given to City and PSG are the heaviest ever handed by out UEFA. However, UEFA said 40 million euros will be returned to the clubs if they fulfil their financial obligations over the next two years.Those obligations include limiting the deficits to 10 million euros in the financial year ending in 2015 for City, with PSG allowed a deficit of 30 million euros for that period before being obligated to break even by 2016.advertisementCity said it expects to break even by the end of 2014.UEFA said both clubs have agreed to “significantly limit” their spending in the transfer market over the next two years. However, City said it is allowed to spend 60 million euros, plus whatever it earns for selling players, in this summer’s transfer window. It said the UEFA sanction “will have no material impact on the club’s planned transfer activity.”The reduced Champions League squads may not have much of an impact either. Teams are ordinarily allowed 25-man squads for the competition, but few end up using that many. City and PSG both used 21 players on the field this past season – not counting unused substitutes.”Our ambition to build one of the best and most competitive European Football clubs will not be undermined by these measures,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “We will continue to invest in developing a highly competitive team and will continue our investments in our stadium and training infrastructures while at the same time remaining, as we are today “debt free.”The FFP rules require clubs who play in the Champions League and Europa League to balance their finances, and are meant to curb huge investments by owners and excessive spending on transfers.The sanctions were handed down five years after UEFA President Michel Platini launched the program to tackle “cheating” by overspending. No club was expelled from next season’s Champions League or Europa League, which had been billed as the harshest punishment available.The other clubs to have failed FFP were Galatasaray, Trabzonspor and Bursaspor from Turkey, Russian sides Zenit St Petersburg, Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan, as well as Levski Sofia from Bulgaria.Those were handed fines ranging from 200,000 euros – for Galatasaray, Trabzonspor, Levski and Bursaspor – to 12 million euros for Zenit.UEFA was expected to rule against Man City and PSG, which far exceeded a limit of 45 million-euro losses over the first two seasons of very complex accounting rules for FFP assessment. Both clubs tried to balance their finances with inflated sponsorship deals linked to their owners in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, respectively.City was also scrutinized for booking tens of millions in revenue from selling image rights and consultancy fees to third parties.Critics of FFP say it was effectively manipulated during UEFA’s lengthy consultation with clubs who saw an opportunity to lock out emerging rivals whose new, wealthy owners wanted to spend quickly to join the elite.Clubs such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Real Madrid, which have lucrative commercial deals worldwide, will all likely benefit from City and PSG now having to rein in their transfer strategy.
MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Wrestler’s attorney suggests haircut due to ref’s tardiness Another eventful year in Philippine sports has passed and there were moments that stood out from the rest.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Believe it or not, it marked only the first time in the rich history of the PBA that the three SMC squads completed a season sweep, according to league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.Magnolia punctuated SMC’s dominance after it dismantled Alaska in Game 6 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals last week while also ending the franchise’s four-year title drought.The Hotshots’ championship run was also the ninth time in 10 conferences that an SMC team won the crown.What makes SMC’s dominance more impressive is that it doesn’t look like it’s going to end soon with the 2019 Philippine Cup to come off wraps less than a month from now.The Beermen have been the undisputed all-Filipino champions for the past four seasons while the Gin Kings, who ruled the Commissioner’s Cup for the first time in 21 years, and the Hotshots appear to be just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the next several days, INQUIRER.net runs down the top 7 sports stories of 2018.We kick off the list in the PBA and a season like no other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefIt’s a good year to be under the San Miguel Corporation umbrella.Better yet, it was a historical season for SMC teams after pulling off a Grand Slam of sorts in the PBA with San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia each celebrating a championship in three separate conferences. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) hangs from the rim and bumps Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin (7) at the end of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry shared the court for the first time in almost a month for Toronto, yet it was Serge Ibaka who scored the biggest basket of the game for the RaptorsIbaka scored the winning points on a dunk with 17 seconds remaining and the Raptors won their sixth straight home game, 104-101 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Following a timeout, Young drove against Leonard but missed his shot. Ibaka grabbed the rebound that led to a fast break dunk for Anunoby with less than a second to go.“You had a rookie going up against probably the best defensive player in the league,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “He just kind of fell for the bait.”Carter, a former star with the Raptors, launched a long 3-point try at the buzzer but came up empty.“Tip your hats to the Hawks,” Lowry said. “Those guys, they’re playing extremely hard.”The banged-up Hawks were without guard Kevin Huerter (back). Guard Kent Bazemore missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained right ankle, while center Miles Plumlee sat for the third straight game because of a sore left ankle. Forward Taurean Prince has not played since Dec. 3 because of a sprained left ankle.“I’m personally not a big fan of the moral victories, but with a lot of guys down, guys stepped up and played hard,” Carter said.A former slam dunk champion whose career began in Toronto, Carter received a brief standing ovation when he checked in for the first time at 5:13 of the first quarter. He scored six points in 13 minutes.“The joy of stepping into this arena each and every year is something I always look forward to,” Carter said.Making his first start of the season in place of Huerter, Lin made all four of his shots and scored 10 points in the first as Atlanta led 31-28 after one.After shooting 0 for 6 from 3-point range in the first, the Raptors shot 6 for 10 from long range in the second. Atlanta led 57-56 at halftime. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Toronto is 16-6 when Lowry and Leonard both play.John Collins had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Jeremy Lin scored 20 points and Trae Young added 19 for the Hawks, who have lost four of five. Atlanta made a season-worst 27 turnovers, leading to 34 Toronto points.“If we keep it under 20, the result is a little different,” Atlanta’s Vince Carter said.Neither team led by more than five in a tight fourth quarter. Atlanta’s Dewayne Dedmon made a pair of foul shots at 2:15 to put the Hawks up 101-98, but Toronto finished the game with a 6-0 run.Anonuboy’s layup with 1:57 remaining cut the gap to one and, after a steal by Leonard, Ibaka’s dunk with 17 seconds to go put Toronto up 102-101.ADVERTISEMENT Raptors: Host Brooklyn on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “We pulled one out,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We were trying to get away from them and never really could.”Leonard scored 31 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Lowry scored 16 points as the Raptors earned their sixth consecutive win over the Hawks.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 starsOG Anunoby scored 14 points and Ibaka had 13.Lowry and Leonard played together for the first time since a Dec. 9 home loss to Milwaukee. Toronto has not lost at home since. Lowry had missed 10 of the past 14 games because of hip and back injuries, returning Sunday against Indiana. Leonard missed that game to rest. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Leonard and Lowry each scored eight points in the third and Toronto took an 80-77 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta scored 12 points off six Toronto turnovers in the first quarter. … Carter’s mother attended the game.Raptors: G Danny Green (rest) did not play. Fred VanVleet started in his place. It was Toronto’s 14th different starting lineup of the season. Twelve different players have started at least once. … F C.J. Miles (right hip) was active, but did not play. … C Jonas Valanciunas has had the splint removed from his dislocated left thumb. Valanciunas was injured Dec. 12 at Golden State. … Toronto waived G Lorenzo Brown on Monday. G Jordan Loyd was active. Loyd played a G-League game at Philadelphia earlier in the day.ON A ROLLLeonard scored at least 20 points for the 17th consecutive game, extending his career-best streak.STEALING THE SCENELeonard’s six steals were a season-high, while Lowry matched his season-high with four. In doing so, Lowry became the first player to top 700 with Toronto.UP NEXTHawks: Visit Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Stephen Curry’s PGA Tour event scrapped Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion ‘Servant leader’ Jerrili Malabanan ready for her first year as captain for FEU Aringo added that the event is in line with the vision of the founder of The Sister of Mary School Father Aloysius Philip Schwartz.“The wish of our founding father is for the students to always be active,” said Aringo in Filipino. “In fact, our father founder is also athletic, so he is also super active. He was very busy, but also active in sports.”“Our students, not only academically, but we want to develop them holistically so they need to be active every now and then. This is also for their team-building allowing them to play with each other and have fun.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—A charity organization in Cebu received a massive boost in support from Chooks-to-Go and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.The Sister of Mary School Boystown and Girlstown received a monthly P100,000 grant from Chooks-to-Go while also getting to experience three Fiba records during the Chooks-SBP 3X3 Basketball Festival.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SBP and Chooks made such an impact to the school that the officials decided to be host future 3×3 tournaments.“If it is really for the benefit of our students, why not?” said Girlstown’s Sister Eva Aringo, SM. “Our students are happy, and if our students learn many things from these kinds of events, why not continue? Our desire is to always make our students happy and satisfied.”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 starsBoystown and Girlstown were the hosts of the Chooks-SBP 3X3 Basketball Festival that saw 3,036 Fiba-sanctioned kids to play across 100 basketball courts.The festival allowed the SBP to accumulate points needed to get a slot in Fiba-sanctioned tournaments. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The former Lyceum star said he was nervous and overly excited at the same time to begin the game and that played a role to him getting off to rough start.Call it superstition but his spellbinding show in the second half may have been also due to the fact that he actually changed his sneakers during halftime.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 starsThe 25-year-old Perez wore Russell Westbrook’s Why Not Zer0.2 in the first half where he struggled with just two points and then, went with the Nike Kobe AD Exodus in the last two quarters, where he just took over.Columbian rookie CJ Perez wearing the Russell Westbrook Why Not Zer0.2 in the first half against San Miguel Beer. PBA IMAGES🎥 CJ Perez mag-isa, DINAKDAK na sa fastbreak!#PBALabanKungLaban pic.twitter.com/4h3X8OCG2K— PBA (@pbaconnect) January 18, 2019While Perez announced his arrival in the PBA, another guard in Kevin Alas of NLEX reintroduced himself also on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Rajon Rondo returns to Lakers practice, LeBron James back next week Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? CJ Perez’s much-anticipated PBA debut did not disappoint after he led Columbian Dyip to a stunning win over the perennial all-Filipino champions San Miguel Beermen in the 2019 Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.Perez, the top overall pick in last month’s draft, dazzled with 26 points, 24 of which came in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Alas appeared in his first game in 10 months after being sidelined with an ACL injury.The 27-year-old Alas returned in the PG 2.5 “Fresno State.” He played 29 minutes off the bench and contributed 12 points, four assists and one steal.NLEX guard Kevin Alas returns in the PG 2.5 “Fresno State” against Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine had a triumphant season debut after beating NLEX behind a total team effort. Among those who helped the Elasto Painters in the win was veteran big man Beau Belga, who hooped in the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” and backed it up with an all-around game.Belga had a near triple-double effort of nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 96-87 victory.Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga in the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” against NLEX. PBA IMAGESADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Kyrie Irving, Celtics outlast Thunder in thriller MOST READ FILE – Photo from ABLMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks returned and Alab Pilipinas continued its winning ways after a 111-87 whipping of Saigon Heat in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Lapu-Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu.Parks, the reigning two-time Local MVP, collected 23 points and seven assists in his first game back after missing three games due to a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The 25-year-old Parks had an efficient shooting night, going 8-of 12 from the field. The 6-foot-4 guard also became the 16th player in the ABL to reach 1000 career points.Reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos were dominant anew as both combined for 59 points and 25 rebounds to lead Alab, which stretched its winning run to six games and hiked its league-best record to 12-2, including 10-0 at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRamos had 30 points and 18 rebounds while Balkman had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists.Alab raced to an early double-digit lead before closing out the Heat (10-7) with an 11-3 blast at the midway mark of the fourth quarter. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Apple logo.Apple Inc is preparing to sell its first wearable device this October, aiming to produce 3 million to 5 million smartwatches a month in its initial run, the Nikkei reported on Friday, citing an unidentified parts supplier and sources familiar with the matter.Specifications are still being finalized, but the devices are likely to sport curved OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays and sensors that collect health data from blood glucose and calorie consumption to sleep activity, the Japanese news service cited industry sources as saying.The industry has long expected Apple to unveil some sort of smartwatch, following the release of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Gear watches.Wall Street is hoping to see a new Apple product this year to galvanize the former stock market darling’s share price and end a years-long drought of ground-breaking devices. CEO Tim Cook has promised “new product categories” in 2014.Apple declined to comment. (Reporting by San Francisco newsroom. Editing by Andre Grenon)
Parupalli Kashyap with his gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on August 3, 2014. Photo: PTI.Parupalli Kashyap on Sunday etched his name firmly in the history books by becoming the first Indian male shuttler in 32 years to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games here.A bronze-medallist at the Delhi Games, Kashyap rose to the occasion and played a sensational game of nerves to eke out a breath-taking 21-14 11-21 21-19 triumph against Derek Wong of Singapore in the final showdown which lasted for over an hour.The 27-year-old from Hyderabad thus joined badminton legend Prakash Padukone and the late Syed Modi, who had won the title in the past. While Padukone had won the men’s singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Canada, Modi retained it four years later.It turned out to be a red letter day for World No. 22 Kashyap who bagged the biggest title of his career. He had reached the quarterfinals of the London Olympics and won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in 2012.Up against a tricky player, Wong, who was immaculate with his court coverage and wrist play, Kashyap was rewarded for his relentless never give up attitude at the Emirates Arena here.In the first game, Kashyap was leading 14-8 in first game before Wong came back with the help of some precise smashes to gather four straight points but the Indian soon turned the tables.Parupalli Kashyap celebrates after winning gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photo: PTI.Kashyap put pressure on his opponent and gathered few points at the net to reach 18-12. Soon he garnered seven game points after Wong’s return got buried into the nets.An inaccurate down-the-line smash from Kashyap helped Wong save one but the Indian soon wrapped it up with another jump smash to earn the bragging rights.advertisementNot ready to take it lying down, Wong changed his gameplan and started penetrating the defence of Kashyap to lead 11-6 at the interval. Kashyap committed too many unforced errors and Wong too stepped up his game to move to 15-8.In the end, a service error, a down-the-line smash from Wong and a few wide shots helped the Malaysian to make a roaring comeback into the contest.Back to his winning court, Kashyap started the decider on a positive note as his smashes were more accurate and he judged the shuttle well too.But still he found it tough to break Wong’s defence who used his tricky deceptive shots, better court coverage and better net play to lead 11-8.After the interval, Kashyap narrowed the lead to 11-12.Parupalli Kashyap in action against Zi Liang Derek Wong. Photo: PTI.At 13-11, the duo engaged in a long aggresive rally which the Indian won, amid loud cheers from the expat fans at the Emirates Arena.Kashyap soon drew level at 14-14 when Wong found the net and then surged ahead with a bodyline smash. The Indian stepped up the attack and engaged in a fast-paced rally which ended with Wong hitting long.Wong found the net again and Kashyap them earned a point with a cross-court smash to move to 19-16. The Malaysian, however, soon rubbed off the deficit with a three-point burst but he hit long and wide next as Kashyap burst into celebration.
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Afterward, Osaka wiped away tears while speaking to reporters and discussing the difficulty of dealing with her new-found spot atop the sport.“I don’t think I necessarily understand what position I’m in, in a way. Because last year, I wasn’t even anywhere close to this ranking. People didn’t pay attention to me — and that’s something that I’m comfortable with,” Osaka said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I don’t really like attention,” she said. “It’s been a little tough.”Playing a second-round match after an opening bye as the tournament’s top seed, Osaka won only 5 of 27 second-serve points, just 19 percent, and barely half of her first-serve points, 12 of 22.She was broken seven of the nine times she served. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war No. 7 seed Kiki Bertens lost to Viktoria Kuzmova 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (6), while No. 11 Daria Kasatkina was eliminated by 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts during her match against Kristina Mladenovic, of France, at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach.The two-time major champion had trouble with her serve and was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Championships in a little more than an hour on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Ex-NBA player Glen Davis avoids jail time in marijuana bust MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine football chief LATEST STORIES View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Mladenovic came into the Dubai Championships with a record of 0-4 in 2019.Osaka had not competed since winning the Australian Open in January for her second consecutive Grand Slam title, a victory that also allowed her to become the first tennis player from Asia to lead the rankings.Last week, Osaka announced on Twitter that she would no longer work with coach Sascha Bajin, who began coaching her before last season and helped her win the U.S. Open in September.Osaka didn’t offer an explanation for the split at the time, but addressed it during a media availability before the Dubai tournament, saying: “Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t. … I think my reason is I wouldn’t put success over my happiness.”In other action Tuesday at the hard-court tournament, second-seeded Petra Kvitova — the runner-up to Osaka at the Australian Open — beat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4; third-seeded Simona Halep — Osaka’s predecessor at No. 1 — defeated Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (5), 6-4; and No. 4 seed Karolina Pliskova edged Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
The Tamaraws were eliminated from the Final Four in Season 80 despite holding a twice-to-beat advantage against third seed Ateneo and they made sure that won’t happen this time around.FEU ended its finals curse of six years after it upended Ateneo, 21-25, 25-23. 25-22, 25-22, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena in what turned out to be a statement game for the Tamaraws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We were at that point [where the past could happen twice] but I told my teammates that this is Season 81, that was in Season 80,” said Richard Solis in Filipino. “We won’t let happen what happened last year repeat itself. We worked really hard to get this victory.”FEU owned the twice-to-beat advantage in its Season 80 series against the Blue Eagles but had no answer for the monstrosity of Marck Espejo. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With his team at a disadvantage, Espejo put up an unreal average of 39 points per game including a 55-point outburst in the opener.The Tamaraws’ win over the Blue Eagles also pushed them to their first finals series since Season 75 where they lost to National University in three games.John Paul Bugaoan said they won’t stop until they get the title and that the pain they’ve experienced in Season 80 was a lesson learned for them.“We won’t stop until we get that big trophy,” said Bugaoan. “We don’t want what happened last year to happen again. We just have to work hard, and as Kuya Richard said that was in Season 80, this is Season 81.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University made sure it has learned its lesson from a season ago.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Fiery weigh-in whets appetites for Alvarez-Jacobs showdown Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments
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DefinitionAnterior knee pain is pain that occurs at the front and center of the knee. It refers to many different problems, including:Chondromalacia of the patella — the softening and breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) on the underside of the kneecap (patella)Runners knee (sometimes called patellar tendinitis)Alternative NamesPatellofemoral syndrome; Chondromalacia patella; Runners knee; Patellar tendinitis; Jumpers kneeCauses, incidence, and risk factorsYour kneecap (patella) sits over the front of your knee joint. As you bend or straighten your knee, the underside of the patella glides over the bones that make up the knee.Strong tendons help attach thekneecap to the bones and muscles that surround the knee. These tendons are called:The patellar tendon (where the kneecap attaches to the shin bone)The quadriceps tendon (where the thigh muscles attach to the top of the kneecap)Anterior knee pain begins when the kneecap does not move properly and rubs against the lower part of the thigh bone. This may occur because:The kneecap is in an abnormal position (also called poor alignment of the patellofemoral joint)There is tightness or weakness of the muscles on the front and back of your thighYou are doing too much activity that places extra stress on the kneecap (such as running, jumping or twisting, skiing, or playing soccer)You have flat feetAnterior knee pain is more common in:People who are overweightPeople who have had a dislocation, fracture, or other injury to the kneecapRunners, jumpers, skiers, bicyclists, and soccer players who exercise oftenTeenagers and healthy young adults, more often girlsOther possible causes of anterior knee pain include:advertisementArthritisPinching of the inner lining of the knee during movement (called synovial impingement or plica syndrome)SymptomsAnterior knee pain is a dull, aching pain that is most often felt:Behind the kneecap (patella)Below the kneecapOn the sides of the kneecapOne common symptom is agrating or grinding sensation when the knee is flexed (when the ankle is brought closer to the back of the thigh).Symptoms may be more noticeable with:Deep knee bendsGoing down stairsRunning downhillStanding up after sitting for awhileSigns and testsThehealth care providerwill perform a physical examination. The knee may be tender and mildly swollen, and the kneecap may not be perfectly lined up with the thigh bone (femur).When you flex your knee, you may feel a grinding sensation below the kneecap. Pressing the kneecap when the knee is straightening out may be painful.X-rays are usually normal, although a special x-ray view of the kneecap may show signs of arthritis or tilting.MRI scans are rarely needed.TreatmentResting the knee for a short period of time and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin may help relieve pain.Other treatments or self-care for anterior knee pain include:Changing the way you exerciseLearning and performing exercises to both strengthen and stretch thequadriceps and hamstring musclesLosing weight (if you need to)Special shoe inserts and support devices (orthotics — for people with flat feet)Taping to realign the kneecapWearing the correct running or sports shoesSurgery for pain behind the kneecap (anterior knee pain) is rarely needed. During the surgery:Kneecap cartilage that has been damaged may be removed.Changes may be made to the tendons to help the kneecap move more evenly.Expectations (prognosis)Anterior knee pain often improves with a change in activity, exercise therapy, and the use of NSAIDs.ComplicationsCalling your health care providerCall for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of this disorder.ReferencesCollado H, Fredericson M. Patellofemoral pain syndrome. Clin Sports Med. 2010;29:379-398.De Carlo M, Armstrong B. Rehabilitation of the knee following sports injury. Clin Sports Med. 2010;29:81-106.Steiner T, Parker RD. Patella: subluxation and dislocation. 2. Patellofemoral instability: recurrent dislocation of the patella. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr., Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drees Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2009:chap 22:sect C.Silverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Review Date:6/29/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.advertisement
Andy Murray ended a long drought against Novak Djokovic when he beat the Serbian 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a draining final of the Rogers Cup on Sunday.The British right-hander ended an eight-match, 25-month losing streak against Djokovic and improved from third to second in the world rankings. He had not beaten the world number one since the 2013 Wimbledon final.Djokovic, who lost for just the fourth time this year, had won 12 consecutive Masters Series finals since he fell to Roger Federer in Cincinnati in 2012.Murray and Djokovic embraced at the net after a three-hour battle of attrition that left them exhausted as courtside temperatures reached 40C.”Everybody wants me and Novak to dislike each other and people always try to stir things up between us,” Murray, 28, said in a courtside interview.Also read: Djokovic retains No.1 position in latest rankings”It’s impossible to be extremely close when we’re playing in these sorts of matches because it’s so mentally challenging and physically demanding and you need to try to still have that competitive edge as well. “But it’s not easy, not only because we get on but because he’s bloody good, he’s number one in the world and he hasn’t lost in a Masters Series this year. To win against him is extremely tough.” Murray made the decisive break in the second game of the final set but it was not all plain sailing after that, as he survived an 18-minute fifth game to hold serve and take a 4-1 lead en route to his third title on the Canadian hardcourts, and first since 2010.advertisement”We’ve played many matches like that, especially in grand slams,” Murray said. “If this was the U.S. Open, we’d have to play another couple of sets like that, which isn’t easy.”He’s obviously one of the best returners in the world and he obviously has a lot of confidence to stand and fight right to the end, so you have to play right to the end of the match and weather the storms when they come, and I managed to that today.”The vanquished Djokovic said sub-par serving had cost him the match.”Andy is deservedly a winner today on the court,” he said.”I thought what made the difference was his serve and my serve. I didn’t serve well the first set and a half.”But not taking anything away from him, from his victory. He deserved it. He stepped in, played some great shots. Most of all the moments when he needed to, he served very, very well.”
England has dropped opener Adam Lyth for the three-Test series against Pakistan, with uncapped duo Alex Hales and Zafar Ansari named in the squad.Lyth struggled alongside captain Alastair Cook in England’s seven Tests in the summer against New Zealand and Australia and averaged only 20.38 runs.Hales is England’s opening batsman in one-day cricket and Ansari is an allrounder who bowls left-arm spin. James Taylor also has a chance to add to the two caps he won in 2012.The series against Pakistan will be played in the United Arab Emirates.England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, Mark Wood.
World number four Naomi Osaka will take on Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the quarter-final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Friday.USA’s Madison Keys will take on Germany’s Angelique Kerber, while Japan’s Misaki Doi will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. In the fourth quarter-final, Camila Giorgi of Italy will take on Belgium’s Elise Mertens. On Thursday, Camila Giorgi dropped just three games to upset third-seeded Sloane Stephens. The unseeded Italian, who reached the semi-final last year, beat the 2017 US Open champion 6-0, 6-3.Misaki Doi upset seventh-seeded Donna Vekic 7-6 (5), 6-3 to reach the last eight, whereas Yulia Putintseva defeated qualifier Varvara Flink 6-1, 6-1.Naomi Osaka reached the quarters by beating qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 7-5, 6-3, while fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber won her first match since Wimbledon, beating American qualifier Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-4.Madison Keys defeated Zarina Diyas 5-7, 6-0, 6-4, as Elise Mertens beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaAngelique Kerberbelgiumcamila giorgi First Published: September 20, 2019, 11:58 AM IST
Kathmandu: The Indian football team lifted the SAFF U-18 Championship for the first time when they defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in the title clash here on Sunday.India surged ahead as early as the 2nd minute when Vikram Partap Singh sped past his marker and banged it in. The match-winner came in injury time when the nippy Ravi Bahadur Rana scored off a screamer from about 30 yards. Yeasin Arafat reduced the margin for Bangladesh in the 40th minute.”I had maintained that it will take a moment of brilliance to end this SAFF Championship, and it was fitting that Ravi finished if off with a wonderful strike,” head coach Floyd Pinto stated moments after the final whistle.”We were not just the best footballing team in the tournament, but also the most effective team. I am really happy for the boys. They earned it,” he added.”The sacrifices, and the commitment of the boys was exemplary.”🙌🏻 🎉 🎊#BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽ #SAFFU18 pic.twitter.com/6wQKPltiHL— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 29, 2019 India’s Ninthoinganba Meetei was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel congratulated the team.”The team improved with every match. It’s double delight for Indian youth teams especially after the U-16 qualified to AFC Championships last week. Keep it up,” Patel said.General secretary Kushal Das said: “The SAFF U-18 Championship had been eluding us. Congratulations to everyone. This triumph will add confidence prior to the AFC U-19 Qualifiers in November which is the ultimate test.”The victory makes it sweeter with the U-15 national team having lifted the SAFF U-15 Championship beating Bangladesh in the final in August 2019.Ninthoinganba Meetei aka Ninthoi is the MVP 🎖️ of #SAFFU18 🙌🏻 👏🏻#BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/6lJUzI9Z5y— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 29, 2019 While the U-16 team went on to qualify for the AFC U-16 Championships, the U-19 team will play the AFC Qualifiers in November in its quest to qualify for the AFC Finals.”This is going to give us a huge boost for the AFC Championship, and make us more confident as we prepare for it. Hopefully, we will be able to kick-off AFC Qualifiers in a good manner,” Floyd said.”I am very thankful to AIFF and SAI for their help in the exposure tours all throughout, and look forward to their support.”Meanwhile both teams were reduced to 10-men each in the 22nd minute when Gurkirat Singh and Md Fahim were given marching orders following a tiff. Bangladesh were further reduced to nine men in the 40th minute when their skipper Yeasin was booked for a second yellow card for “illegitimate celebration” following the equaliser. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. bangladeshFloyd PintofootballIndia First Published: September 29, 2019, 7:07 PM IST
Chennai: Chennaiyin FC takes on ATK in a clash of former champions in an ISL game at the Marina Arena here on Wednesday, eyeing their first win of season-6.However, the task is easier said than done as the Kolkata team is coming off a 5-0 thrashing of Hyderabad FC at home on Friday last. Chennaiyin FC, to their credit, bounced back from 0-3 hammering at the hands of FC Goa in the opener, to pick up their first point courtesy a goalless draw against Mumbai City FC on the day of Diwali.Though CFC kept a clean sheet, head coach John Gregory would be concerned with the fact that the defence appeared shaky at times.Also, he would be hoping that the forward line gets cracking and finds the net.It was a night of missed opportunities as CFC and Mumbai City muffed chances with the former getting a lion’s share of attempts.Brazil’s attacking midifelder Rafael Crivellaro and Anirudh Thapa created several chances against Mumbai City and the coach will expect him and Maltese striker Andre Schembri to deliver in the games to come, starting with the one against ATK.CFC showed improvement from the game against FC Goa, but they would need to do well with regard to finishing and control the midfield more if they need to make an impression against Antonio Lopez Habas’ ATK.It is the defence that will worry the CFC coach as captain Lucian Goian didn’t look at his best in the Mumbai game and the onus would be on him to marshal the backline.CFC’s lanky Lithuanian forward Nerijus Valskis said the team should have scored against Mumbai, adding they were probably unlucky.He expressed the hope that he would get a start on Wednesday (against ATK) and be part of a win.However, Habas is not taking CFC lightly and said the Blues were a ‘dangerous team’.”(Chennaiyin are) dangerous. I don’t know Chennaiyin now, but I remember them from the past. Chennaiyin is a strong opponent. I absolutely respect the opponent, the coach, the players and the fans of Chennaiyin,” he said at the press conference in Kolkata on Monday prior to the team’s departure to Chennai.Habas would be happy with the way with ATK played against Hyderabad but will want to team to maintain the intensity against CFC.The CFC-ATK match promises to be an interesting tussle as both teams look to gain early momentum in a long season. atkchennaiyin fcindian footballindian super league First Published: October 29, 2019, 11:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The upcoming Bundesliga fixture will see a face-off between Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg on Saturday (November 2). Borussia Dortmund, who are currently on 6th spot with 16 points from nine games, will look to produce a clinical performance as they take on Wolfsburg.The Bundesliga 2019 Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg will be played at Signal Iduna Park. Wolfsburg will try to close the gap with Bayern Munich. Currently, Wolfsburg are sitting the fourth slot with seventeen points. The Bundesliga 2019 Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg will commence at 8 PM. Bundesliga 2019 Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup vs Wolfsburg: Burki; Piszczek, Weigl, Hummels, Guerreiro; Witsel, Delaney; Sancho, Reus, Hakimi; AlcacerBundesliga 2019 Wolfsburg possible starting lineup vs Borussia Dortmund: Pervan; Tisserand, Bruma, Brooks; William, Guilavogui, Arnold, Roussillon; Victor, Brekalo; WeghorstWhere to watch Bundesliga 2019 Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg match live in India (TV channels)?Eintracht Frankfurt will welcome Bayern Munich at 8:00 PM on Saturday. The Bundesliga 2019 Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg will be played at Signal Iduna Park. Bundesliga 2019 Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online Bundesliga 2019 Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg match live streaming?Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users. borussia dortmundbundesligafootballgermany First Published: November 2, 2019, 6:18 PM IST
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AjaxCesar Azpilicuetachelseadraw First Published: November 6, 2019, 8:55 AM IST London: Frank Lampard believes his Chelsea side are going places after summoning the spirit to fight back from 4-1 down to salvage a 4-4 draw against nine-man Ajax on what he described as a “mad” night at Stamford Bridge.The Blues seemed destined for a defeat as first half own goals from Tammy Abraham and Kepa Arrizabalaga added to Quincy Promes’ header and predatory finish from Donny Van der Beek handed the Dutch champions a 4-1 lead. However, after Cesar Azpilicueta brought Chelsea back into the game at 4-2, the visitors were reduced to nine men by second yellow cards for Daley Blind and Joel Veltman in the move that led to the hosts being awarded their second penalty of the night.Jorginho scored his second spot-kick before Reece James levelled and only VAR denied Chelsea a famous victory when Azpilicueta’s strike was ruled out for a handball by Abraham.”I had some mad nights over the years and some great nights, but it’s certainly right up there,” said Lampard, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in a glorious 13-year playing career.”The spirit we showed and the character is something that I loved and I think our fans loved. We need to tighten up for sure, but with that sprit we can go places.”Both sides are now locked on seven points at top of Group H with Valencia, who were 4-1 winners over Lille, and host Chelsea next on November 27.”I always felt this group could be quite tight. We are in it but we certainly have a lot of work to do,” added Lampard.The former England international hailed his side’s 1-0 victory in Amsterdam two weeks ago as the best of his Chelsea tenure to date for the way they added a defensive resolve to their attacking verve.CHELSEA DEFENSIVE LAPSESTwo weeks on, they were easily undone from crosses as Ajax went in front inside two minutes when Promes’ free-kick flicked off Abraham and into his own net.Chelsea responded immediately as Christian Pulisic’s promising form of recent weeks continued with a powerful run into the box before he was brought down by Veltman and Jorginho coolly slotted home the resulting spot-kick.Just as Chelsea were beginning to wrestle control, Ajax retook the lead with a wicked cross from Hakim Ziyech picking out Promes to head home.Ziyech was the creator once more 10 minutes before half-time when his sensational free-kick from near the right touchline came back off the post and rebounded in off goalkeeper Arrizabalaga’s face.Any hope of a comeback appeared to have gone 10 minutes into the second half when Van de Beek, who scored a number of vital goals on Ajax’s run to the last four last season, rifled home another Ziyech assist.But Azpilicueta sparked the fightback by prodding in at the back post after Abraham had flicked Pulisic’s low cross goalwards.Then a minute of madness turned the game on its as Ajax had Blind and Veltman sent-off and conceded a second penalty.Blind was shown a second yellow card for bringing down Abraham and, as the advantage was played, Veltman handled Callum Hudson-Odoi’s shot inside his own box and was also booked for the second time.”We are controlling the game then in one moment everything changed,” said Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, who felt Blind had been fouled before diving in on Abraham.”From our performance we deserved to win tonight with 11 and also with 9.”We are still top of this pool and it is still in our hands. When we perform like this we can justify that I am positive.”Jorginho calmly sent Andre Onana the wrong way from the spot to make it 3-4.Three minutes later, Chelsea were level when James smashed home after Kurt Zouma’s header came off the bar.After VAR ruled out Azpilicueta’s second goal, Hudson-Odoi fired inches wide and Onana made a brilliant save to deny Michy Batshuayi a winner in a frantic finale, but Ajax held out for what in the end was a welcome point.