MUNICH: Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili won his fifth career title and second of 2021 on Sunday when he defeated Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in the Munich clay court final. World number 35 Basilashvili, 29, triumphed 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) against 31-year-old Struff who was playing in his first final. Basilashvili had also captured the Qatar title earlier this year, beating Roger Federer on his way to the trophy. "It wasn't easy and I was super-tight at the end," said the Georgian. "It was very difficult. It's never easy playing Jan, he's a very big fighter and serves really well. "I am super happy. It seems like German conditions suit me," added Basilashvili who also won the Hamburg clay court title back-to-back in 2018 and 2019. … [Read more...] about Tennis: Basilashvili triumphs in Munich for fifth career title
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Cooke Town resident, Andrea Cerilo , has been cooking single-handedly to send food to the sick and elderly, while also looking after her own family It’s around 4.30 pm and Andrea Cerilo’s voice, laced with laughter, travels down the phone. There’s no sign that Cerilo has cooked a full lunch for 15 families and sent it off to various destinations in Bengaluru. From Cooke Town, her neighbourhood, to Richmond Town and Banaswadi. “I’m just about to start prep for the night deliveries,” she says, and then adds that because of the lockdown she has no help. And she has to feed her own family of 5 children and her husband. Anyone else would just go back to bed if they had such a formidable to-do list but not Cerilo, who runs a catering business. “I mostly cater to old people who live alone and now to people who are recovering from covid and can’t cook. Word has spread about my meal service and I get calls from people in Dubai and Germany and Australia… asking me to help cater food to … [Read more...] about The Towns Mirror Special: With a spoonful of love
After a turbulent start to the 2021 FIM MotoGP World Championship season, the Ducati Lenovo Team had been written off by many pundits in the paddock. But at the Circuit de Jerez Angel Nito on Sunday (May 2), the Australian was the ultimate opportunist as he pounced all over a serious problem that saw Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) fall from a comfortable 2sec lead to outside the top ten in just a handful of laps. Miller triumphs in Spanish Grand Prix as Marquez comes through unscathed Joining Miller on the podium was the new FIM MotoGP World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia, making it the first Ducati 1-2 in three years, and Petronas Yamaha SRT's Franco Morbidelli. As the MotoGP caravan moves to Le Mans for Round 5, Bagnaia leads the premier class title chase for the first time in his career, but has just a two-point lead over what will be a fired-up Frenchman on home soil next time out. SPANISH GP TOP 10 RESULTS: 1. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo … [Read more...] about MotoGP analysis: How Miller silenced his critics at Jerez
SINGAPORE: Modern football is today played at a tempo and intensity that was unimaginable in the 1970s. Top end players regularly clock 11km of running and complete over 60 sprints in a 90-minute game. In a 1972 study on Everton – way before Opta statistics became a feature in football - Dr Thomas Reilly from John Moore’s University calculated that the average player only ran 8.68km per match. This almost 30 per cent increase in distance run is certainly paralleled in the number of sprints as well. Top teams move the ball at such a high tempo that they can regularly complete over 600 passes in a game, also nearly 30 per cent more than before. The pressing and counter pressing that modern teams employ has restricted time on the ball so much that players pass and move almost by instinct. Where size and strength were the determinants of good footballers in the long ball game of yesteryear, today’s possession-based game requires players who are built around speed, technique and … [Read more...] about Commentary: Let the children play – Singapore’s ‘best chance’ to achieve football success starts in its schools
SINGAPORE: On Mar 8, Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong revealed the latest plan to take the country into the upper echelons of international football. Is it necessary to have Singapore performing at the highest level of world football? Or are we just content with the strong grassroots football scene in the country and limit our supporting passion to our favourite European clubs and World Cup teams? Speaking of the plans in Parliament, the Minister said that football’s mass appeal and high participation means that it helps bring Singaporeans from diverse backgrounds together. READ: The Big Read: Goal 2034 – hard-hitting questions answered on Singapore’s ‘big, hairy, audacious aspiration’ “A national team that can perform at the highest levels affirms Singapore’s multiple pathways of success, and is a source of national pride.” But, is it a realistic target? If it isn’t, would it be a better use of time and resources to look to other sports … [Read more...] about Commentary: Can football deliver Singapore its sporting pride?