No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption However, his path to Sunday’s championship match in New York has been a rocky ride — embraced at first by Medvedev but one he is now keen to forget as he tries to shed his image as the wacky villain.Booed by fans after an obscene gesture in the third round, Medvedev taunted them in response by saying he thrived on their jeers for the energy to win. He later apologized and admitted it has been a long road to clean up his act.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“There were many who would say, coaches or something, at the age of 16 or 14, I could get engaged during the match because I thought they clapped on a double-fault or something. I would scream at them. They would scream at me,” Medvedev recalled of his younger years.“Many of these people would say, ‘Okay, the guy is completely crazy, he’s never be a good tennis player.’ Which is maybe happened to some of the tennis players. I’m glad I proved them wrong. Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: Daniil Medvedev of Russia returns a shot during his Men’s Singles semifinal match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPDaniil Medvedev has enjoyed silencing those who questioned his fiery temperament and wrote him off during his teenage years after a sizzling hardcourt season that has left him on the cusp of US Open glory.The Russian secured a place in his first Grand Slam final Friday with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Grigor Dimitrov, setting Medvedev up with an instant shot at revenge for last month’s Montreal loss to Rafael Nadal.ADVERTISEMENT Fiba World Cup surprise Poland sense pivotal moment Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Medvedev was hit with a $9,000 fine for his antics in the third-round win over Feliciano Lopez, his third fine in as many matches, but the 23-year-old — a mellow figure off the court — wants his racquet to do the talking in future.“I lost a lot of matches in my career when I was getting crazy. You never know when you lose a match just because you lost it or because you get crazy and lost some concentration. You can never be sure about it,” he said.“I was sitting after these matches, I was like, ‘I don’t want to lose these matches because I get crazy or because I lose some concentration because of the fans, because of the referees, something that happens during the match.’“I want to lose matches because I was a worst tennis player on the court than my opponent. If I manage to do it every time, that’s going to be great.” Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash MOST READ “Talk about reactions, they were totally different. Some wanted to just help me get better. Some, as I say, said, ‘OK, who is this crazy guy and what is he doing on the tennis court?’ I’ve improved big-time. Hopefully I will improve even more.”The glacial relations with the Flushing Meadows faithful appears to be thawing, the frosty reception that greeted his quarter-final entrance against Stan Wawrinka replaced by more generous applause ahead of his clash with Dimitrov.On-court ‘demons’While 18-time Grand Slam champion Nadal figures to attract considerable support from the 24,000 fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the final, Medvedev doesn’t expects the boos to return.“I would be surprised, but I would have to take the energy and go again with this energy. As I say, I’m not proud of what I did. I’m working to never do it again,” said Medvedev, described as a misunderstood genius by his coach.“I will not say that I’m a kind person or a good person. I can only say I’m a really calm person in life. I actually have no idea why the demons go out when I play tennis.”ADVERTISEMENT
0Shares0000Streamers errupt over the pitch at the end of the English Premier League match against Watford at Stamford Bridge © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 20 – Chelsea’s extended victory parade will reach a climax with the trophy presentation when Sunderland arrive at the home of the Premier League champions on Sunday.Having wrapped up the title with two games to go, Antonio Conte’s side have been able to see out the season in comfort, although Monday’s 4-3 victory over Watford confirmed they were certainly not running down the campaign quietly. The meeting with a Sunderland side long since condemned to relegation will allow them to sign off in style before the presentation of the Premier League trophy caps off a memorable campaign.John Terry will collect the silverware in one of his last acts as Chelsea captain before thoughts turn to the FA Cup final against Arsenal as Conte’s side bid to complete the double.Terry will be leaving the club has been associated with for 22 years at the end of the season and Conte has given a clear sign he expects Gary Cahill to take over the armband next season.“Gary is our vice-captain this season. He put the armband on every time John didn’t play,” Conte said.“For sure, Gary has good prospects of being captain, but now it’s important to finish the season.“To start to think about next season is very dangerous because we have different targets still to reach.”Terry’s final appearance as a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge will only add to the emotion on an afternoon of celebration and Conte believes the 36-year-old is fit enough to continue his career elsewhere.Terry, who scored against Watford, indicated he was unsure whether he would carry on playing or retire.But Conte said: “John is strong and the moments I have called him to play he has shown this.“In this point in your career it is important to feel your body and your mind, to feel if you have still the desire and will to fight and to work very hard every day.“If you feel this then it is right to continue to play. I think John has all of these characteristics.“John deserves the best. He is a legend for this club and in this season he has been very important to winning this title, and for this reason I have to take my time and make my best decision for him.”– Chastening –Sunderland are without 11 senior players through injury as they bring the curtain down on a season to forget.The Wearside club will return to the Championship after a decade in the Premier League where they have largely been reduced to an annual struggle for top flight survival.Didier Ndong and Lamine Kone have joined an already lengthy list of absentees in the aftermath of the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal that confirmed they will finish bottom of the table.Jan Kirchhoff, Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore are all long-term absentees, but beleaguered manager Moyes is missing a number of other players for the trip to west London.Steven Pienaar remains unavailable with an ankle problem while George Honeyman is recovering from a back injury and Papy Djilobodji is struggling with a thigh problem.Sunderland fans travel south fearing the worst for the top versus bottom clash that could bring a chastening end to a dismal season.“I certainly don’t want us to be embarrassed, that’s for sure. My biggest problem is that we’ve got 11 senior players out injured,” Moyes said.“We’ll have to put a patchwork team out to try and get a positive performance, because we were obviously up against opposition of a much higher level than us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Perhaps the truest words ever spoken by a representative of my government were these, “For the rest of your lives, when there is a story or reference in the news to Tunisia, you will read it.” Yes. He failed to mention that I would also find myself shouting encouragement across both time and space to my cousins fighting so valiantly on the sports pitch of the World Cup. Tunisia lost to Spain, but I say with all the conviction and passion of my New York relatives, “We was robbed!” Jonathan Dobrer is a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air. Write to him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Based on my identity as a Jew, I was invited by Jewish families to dinners, to Passover Seders and to an occasional Sabbath. I truly enjoyed being with these very distant cousins from whom I had been figuratively separated for nearly 2,000 years. I was amazed at how familiar we were to each other – in the literal sense of feeling like family. At the homes of my Arab/Muslim colleagues and students, we were met with equal enthusiasm and the same relentless attempt to force-feed us like Strasbourg geese. My Muslim cousins have the same tradition of generous hospitality, humor and family. In fact we were nearly killed with kindness till we learned the social rules. I had an Arab student, Nadia Ben Sheikh, who was the double of my red-haired, freckle-faced sister-in-law. We immediately set the two up as pen pals and were quickly invited to the Ben Sheikh family home for dinner. Huge platters of meat and couscous were served, along with bread, salads and harissa – the really hot pepper puree. We finished the first serving and were contentedly living in a brief fool’s paradise when our plates were re-piled with food. As good guests, we were terrified of wasting food and insulting our generous host. So we finished it again. Oy. Now suffering and stammering in Arabic, in French and in English, we are pleading, swearing and affirming by G-d that we are filled both bodily and spiritually. Our host, seeing our ignorance of local customs, smiles kindly at us, and reveals that their custom dictates that an empty plate is a demand for more food. We must leave some food or they are obligated to replenish – presumably forever! Thus are two equally generous traditions at odds with each other and a natural misunderstanding is remedied by generosity of spirit and the willingness to both teach and learn. I was screaming at the television – nothing terribly unusual about that. But what made my yelling noteworthy was that I was cheering for a World Cup Soccer team. What makes this more unusual is the team for which I was so passionately rooting. I am not a betting man, but I am pretty confident that of all my fellow faculty at the University of Judaism, I was the only one screaming for (not at) an Arab team. Team Tunisia is the object of my unabashed affection. Such is not the power of sport to bring us together, but the power of experience. I spent two years in the Peace Corps living and teaching in Tunisia. I was accepted and befriended by my fellow faculty at the Lyc e and by the families of my students. I was invited to dinners, received home hospitality from my students and was welcomed everywhere I went. Never once was I cursed at for being an American or for being a Jew. And yes, everyone in my town knew I was Jewish – as well as American.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – A mysterious blackout during the hottest week of the year left tens of thousands of New Yorkers without power for a fifth day Friday as residents sweltered, businesses idled and city officials seethed. “It’s a total catastrophe. We’ve been throwing things out for four days,” restaurant owner Louis Panazakos lamented as workers threw out garbage bags full of fresh pasta and sauces. Power company Con Edison initially said fewer than 2,500 customers were affected, but it increased that number tenfold Friday morning to 25,000 customers. The new estimate stunned Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said “we might have thrown more resources into the area” had he known so many people were affected. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesBloomberg estimated that would translate to about 100,000 people considering that each “customer” could be more than one household in an area where homes are often sectioned into multiple units, and could even be an entire apartment building. “The sad thing is, this shouldn’t have happened,” Bloomberg said. “We don’t know why, but the most important thing – make sure nobody dies or gets hurt and then help Con Ed to get it back up.” The blackouts started Monday in a handful of neighborhoods in Queens. Two LaGuardia Airport terminals lost power Monday night and again on Tuesday. Since then, hundreds of businesses have been idle, and the city’s jail complex on Rikers Island has had to operate on backup generators. Some building’s elevators were not running, and traffic lights at some intersections were not working. “This is outrageous,” City Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr. said. “When is this going to be fixed? If it’s going to be days, they should tell people it is going to be days.”
THE preliminary round of match play in the Owen McDaid (Roe) Winter League took place last weekend and there was some great golf played. Paul Eccles and Kevin McDermott beat Gary Doherty and Michael Sweeney, Carlo Mc Laughlin and Kevin Monaghan beat the father and son combination of Karl and Michael King while Ciaran Bradley and Caolan McHugh beat David Henry and Eoghan McColgan. The draw for the first round proper of the match play is posted on the clubhouse notice board with all matches in the qualifiers and non-qualifiers sections to o be played on or before Sunday November 24 with no exceptions. CompetitionThere was an 18 hole Open Stableford sweep last weekend and the best score over the two days was returned by 8 handicapper Niall McLaughlin. Niall played some great golf to shoot a 70 gross score which gave him his winning total of 40 points. Niall will be hoping to carry this form into the match play stages of the Winter League over the coming weeks.‘Twenties’ Competitions The winner of the 9 hole ‘Twenties’ last week was Martin Doherty (13) with a great score of 24 points. The 9 hole Stableford ‘Twenties’ competitions will continue over the next few months and will give members the opportunity to play competition golf throughout this period. The cost will be €3.00 to entry and will run until 20 competitors play with the prize being won at this stage and a new competition will start straight away.Find the Joker FundraisingThe ‘Find the Joker’ is up and running again with a Jackpot of €1,000.00, lines only cost €2 each and this draw is open to members and non-members alike. Lines can be purchased in the clubhouse or through chief seller Oliver Doherty. Membership There is a great membership deal at present anyone who joins now can play the remainder of this year and all of 2020 for the normal rate of membership. That’s 15 months for Male €350.00, Lady €232.00, Beginner Male €260.00 and Lady Beginner €190.00 all fees inclusive of G.U.I. / Insurance.Christmas Hamper Qualifying for the Annual Christmas Hamper has commenced and the format is as follows; 7 handicaps up 21 points to qualify and 6 handicaps down 20 points to qualify. Cards can be taken in conjunction with other competitions and the Christmas Hamper will be played weekend of December 7 and 8.Winter League gets underway at Buncrana Golf Club was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
ROSEMEAD – Stephanie Currie, the youngest of eight children, was being raised by a single mother before she started a journey that led her to the steps of a local girls’ home. “I just jumped around from foster home to foster home,” the 37-year-old Whittier resident said. “I wanted something stable.” Currie lived in three different foster homes until her social worker literally left her at the doorstep of the Maryvale Orphanage in Rosemead in February 1981. The move, Currie said, changed her life. The site, now home to 73 girls ages 6 to 18, provided the stability, structure and love Currie yearned for. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Due to Maryvale, I’m the only one \ that graduated from high school, on the stage and on time, and the only one with a bachelor’s of science degree – the only one to go to college,” Currie said. For 150 years this month, Maryvale has provided shelter, food, education and comfort to thousands of girls who have been abandoned, abused and taken from their homes. They will be celebrating the milestone at the Graves Street facility from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Daughters of Charity order of nuns opened the orphanage in 1856 in a building where Union Station in downtown Los Angeles now stands. Within a year, the orphanage grew to accommodate 120 children, and the nuns were also asked to form a school. The sisters’ goal was to not only provide stability, but to instill in their girls fulfillment, dignity and self-esteem. In 1891, the orphanage on Alameda Street no longer had the room to accommodate the demand, so the sisters moved to a larger home on the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Officials at Maryvale say the orphanage is the oldest charity in Southern California. For the 62 years it was in Boyle Heights, the orphanage – which was then called the Los Angeles Orphanage – had 9,000 girls come and go. But the shocks from an earthquake and a blast from a nearby construction project caused significant damage to the building. In 1950, Countess Estelle Doheny donated to the sisters a 14-acre piece of land on Graves Street, where Maryvale still stands. The personalities of the girls who live there can be seen simply by the belongings they showcase in their dorm rooms. Some girls line their shelves with Care Bear stuffed animals, others post pictures of friends and family. Mary Pat Cooper, the director of development for Maryvale, said all the girls seem to yearn for their family, no matter the circumstances that brought them to the home. Karen Kipping, 62, and two of her sisters arrived at Maryvale in 1957. At the time, there were 180 girls living there. She said she didn’t adjust well at first, but as she got older, she grew to love it. In fact, Kipping worked there as an adult for more than 20 years. “When life handed you lemons, Maryvale taught you how to make lemonade,” she said. Sister Betty Marie Dunkel, executive director of Maryvale, said the organization’s help does not cease once a child turns 18. Currie said the sisters and staff were there to help her when her first husband died in a car accident when she was 22. “No one lets go of their kids at 18,” Dunkel said. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Liam Boyce’s hat-trick swung a pulsating Highland derby Ross County’s way as they defeated Inverness 3-2 in the Scottish Premiership.Boyce netted twice in the first half and once after the break and despite Scott Boden and Ross Draper replying for Inverness, the Staggies held on to claim their first three points of the season.The game was played at a frenetic pace throughout, with the Dingwall club dominating the first period and Caley Thistle ending the game bombarding the County box with long balls.However, Boyce’s heroics left the home side with too much to do, with County claiming the local bragging rights. The hosts, fortuitously, got themselves a lifeline before the break.Draper’s ball over the top found Boden in the penalty area and referee Andrew Dallas appeared to blow the whistle for offside. Andrew Davies took the ball off Boden and it angled into the far corner, but County players had stopped. However, the linesman had kept his flag down, Dallas reversed his decision and the goal stood.Any momentum Inverness thought they were building up was killed off by Boyce two minutes into the second half. Christopher Routis’ free-kick picked out Boyce, who beat Gary Warren to the ball to head home.Draper dragged Inverness back into the contest further in the 65th minute with a superb volley from the edge of the area.Suddenly the hosts had life, as Cikos cleared an Iain Vigurs header off the line and Mulraney fizzed a shot just over the top.Greg Tansey saw a goalbound free-kick blocked but it was too little, too late for Inverness as County sealed their first league win over their neighbours in more than two years. Inverness boss Richie Foran made one change from the side that exited the Betfred Cup on Tuesday night, with Draper replacing Jake Mulraney. Visiting manager Jim McIntyre made three alterations, dropping Kenny van der Weg, Alex Schalk and Brian Graham and bringing in Erik Cikos, Richard Foster and Craig Curran.The unlilkely source of Cikos provided the first opportunity, cutting inside on his left foot and testing Owain Fon Williams. But following Boden’s header, which was clutched by Scott Fox, County went up the opposite end and took the lead as an unmarked Boyce flicked in Craig Curran’s cross.After an injury to Kevin McNaughton disrupted the Caley Thistle system, the hosts were shocked further when Boyce doubled his tally. Foster’s diagonal pass picked out Boyce perfectly and he cut back inside, leaving David Raven on the ground, before firing past Fon Williams.Inverness looked shell-shocked in the first half, with County pressing high and not allowing them to settle into any kind of rhythm. Another giveaway by the hosts nearly led to a third goal, with Fon Williams getting down well to hold on to Curran’s shot.
Julianne Herrity says young prospects here should keep the ‘American Dream’ alive and to follow scholarship chances in the States.The 27-year-old from Kiltoy in Letterkenny has just returned from two years at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, where she had a brilliant two years playing colleges football.Herrity, a former Kilmacrennan Celtic and Bonagee United player in the Donegal Women’s League, was Player of the Year for the Carson-Newman Eagles in 2015 and made the Team of the Year again in 2016. “I went for the football and you’re training every day; it’s just like playing pro,” Herrity said on this week’s Donegal Sports Talk podcast.CLCIK HERE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE 2 OF DONEGAL SPORTS TALK“The standard of coaching and the facilities are endless. You have so many opportunities to better yourself.“Technically, I was always decent, but tactically my awareness improved so much in America. You’d be getting one-to-one coaching and I got a better understanding of the game. I really grew as a player out there.” Herrity, capped at underage level for the Republic of Ireland and a WFAI Intermediate Cup winner with Kilmac, scored 30 goals in her two years at Carson-Newman.With the likes of Ciara Grant, Roma McLaughlin, Tyler Toland, Zoe Green and Amy Boyle-Carr, among others, making the step to international level from Donegal, the standard locally is high – but Herrity believes more can be done.She said: “There is a lot more that needs to be done with women’s soccer, even at the young, fundamentals level.“The standard is brilliant in Donegal but, honestly, so many more could come through if the right pathway was there. It is great to see so many girls from Donegal doing well.”She admits to have been ‘blown away’ by the media attention in America in comparison to what she’d experienced at home. She said: “Every college in America has their own media department and the exposure is amazing.“It blows me away, the statistics and what have you. Everything is all over YouTube and you have all the reports and interviews – it’s something we’re missing here at home.”Several Donegal youngsters have followed the scholarship route to America in recent years – and Herrity says more should consider it.She said: “With scholarships, you can get your whole education played for. After it, you can get so many doors opened and so many chances.” Julianne Herrity says opportunities are now ‘endless’ for Donegal’s women footballers was last modified: February 9th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Julianne Herrity
He has a reputation of treating opposition bowlers with disdain but India’s stand-in skipper and dashing opener Virender Sehwag on Monday said the current Australian attack is the best he has faced as it has tested his patience like none before.Sehwag, who is India’s captain for the fourth and final Test starting in Adelaide on Tuesday after Mahendra Singh Dhoni was banned for the team’s slow over-rate, has endured a poor run in the series which his side has lost 0-3 already.”This is the best bowling attack I have seen, especially Australia. They are not giving easy balls to hit boundaries, they are playing with your patience,” conceded Sehwag.Sehwag has scored just 118 runs at 19.67 with one fifty from the series and he is still searching for those boundary-balls from the Australians.”I think they are bowling in good areas. They are not giving easy balls to hit boundaries. Generally, when I played in the past, I will get a couple of balls in early overs to hit boundaries but against this attack, I hardly get balls to hit,” he said.Peter Siddle (17 at 19.58) and Ben Hilfenhaus (23 at 16.00) have invariably got the better of Sehwag in the series and the Indian opener is now inclined to rely on patience to get himself back in the groove.”I think I have to show some patience. If I show patience, I will get some balls to hit for boundaries. It’s a challenge, it’s a great bowling attack and everyone is looking forward to do well against them.advertisement”I am looking forward to do well for whenever you do well against Australia, everyone praises and appreciates your performance,” said Sehwag.As an opener, Sehwag, along with his partner Gautam Gambhir, hasn’t given India any start better than 24 in this series.”It’s not only the opening. All the batsmen didn’t score runs. When you go abroad and score 300-400 runs, your bowlers come in the game and try to get the other team out,” Sehwag said.”It’s everyone’s responsibility to score runs, especially outside India. Unfortunately, on the last two tours, the batsmen didn’t score runs.””Yes, it’s important for openers to give good start but sometimes they don’t. It’s the responsibility of others batsmen to go and score. As a batting unit, we haven’t done well. Hopefully, we would do it here,” he added.Sehwag said he could consider going back into the middle order once there is a vacancy in the future.”Not (in the middle order) in this game. We have a very good middle order. It’s only when they retire, then I would think about it. It also depends on what’s the combination and who’s the captain and who’s going to retire. That’s also important.”Sehwag supported the under-fire VVS Laxman and termed any decision to retire completely in the hands of the seniors.”It’s their decision. They would take the call. Nobody is discussing it in the dressing room. As for VVS Laxman, he’s looking forward to it, he’s up for it. He’s concentrating hard, practising hard and also extra (nets).”I am sure the player that he is, he would perform well in Adelaide. Australia is his favourite team and he has scored a lot of hundreds against them. I am sure he would do well.”Though Sehwag began as a middle-order bat in India’s Test line-up in 2001, majority of his 8098 runs have come as an opener — 7719 runs to be precise.But for his debut century at number six against South Africa in Bloemfontein in 2001, the rest of his 22 hundreds have come as an opener.
Promising dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh on Thursday said playing in the Hockey India League (HIL) has helped youngsters like him overcome the fear of playing against tough opponents during India’s successful campaign at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow.The 21-year-old defender, who plays for the Dabang Mumbai franchise in the HIL, alongside 2012 Olympic gold medallist from Germany Florian Fuchs, Australia’s Kieran Govers and David Harte of Ireland, feels constant interaction with players has boosted his confidence.”Getting to play against top players like Mark Knowles or Moritz Fuerste would also mean that I would have to get rid of the fear of playing against great players,” Singh said. (Hockey Junior World Cup winners eye senior World Cup and 2020 Olympics)”Initially, even the thought would make me nervous but I think constant interaction with players within my team (Dabang Mumbai) like Florian made me more confident. The foreign players are very encouraging and they don’t hesitate in correcting our mistakes.””Personally, for me, this made a lot of difference especially when I got a chance to play with the senior squad and faced tough opponents in the FIH Champions Trophy and in the Rio Olympics and the recent Junior World Cup in Lucknow, I knew I had nothing to fear against the top teams and that I must just stick to my game,” he added.Harmanpreet, who was instrumental in the junior team World Cup win after a 15-year hiatus, said every foreign player came with his own style of play and the new combinations which the teams in HIL try, helps the youngsters when they play for the national squad.advertisement”Usually when we play different national teams, the coach brings in different tactics based on that particular opponent’s pluses and minuses.””Our planning for the Junior World Cup was also executed similarly and due to our exposure in the HIL where we learn to adapt to different variations in a very short span of time it just became a lot easier for us to execute the plans Coach Roelant Oltmans had for us,” Harmanpreet said.For Gurjant Singh who is also part of Dabang Mumbai and was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match in the final at the Junior World Cup, HIL taught him how to cope with pressure.”Playing in front of big crowds can be very intimidating and it can also sometimes inflict self-imposed pressure. But I think the experience in HIL helped us cope with such an atmosphere because at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow, the supporters turned out in great numbers and would cheer loudly, so loud that sometimes we could not hear the calls by our own team-mates.””But we learnt to deal with that through HIL,” said the lanky forward. (India hammer Belgium 2-1 to clinch second Junior Hockey World Cup title)”I am looking forward to the start of the league as it’s a very different environment and playing with foreign players is a different joy all together.”.Harmanpreet Singh and Gurjant Singh will be joined by goalkeeper Krishan B. Pathak, Manpreet and S.H. Nilakanta Sharma from the junior squad for Dabang Mumbai.