FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The attorney for Woods says the golfer will not attend his arraignment on a driving under the influence charge. Under court rules, Woods’ attorney can enter a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Any other plea would require Woods’ attendance.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving and will enter a diversion program that will allow him to have his record wiped clean if he completes the program, a prosecutor said Wednesday.Woods, 41, was charged with driving under the influence in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and sleeping medication. No alcohol was found in his system.ADVERTISEMENT Woods did not appear at the Palm Beach County courthouse for his arraignment. Prosecutor Adrienne Ellis said the golf superstar agreed to plead guilty at an Oct. 25 hearing and enter the county’s program for first-time DUI offenders.“He is not being treated any different than anyone else,” Ellis said.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 shutoutWoods’ attorney, Douglas Duncan, entered a not guilty plea to the DUI charge on Woods’ behalf and declined comment as he left the courthouse.Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge, which is a more severe charge than reckless driving. If he completes the program, he can ask a judge to expunge the reckless driving conviction. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Woods announced last month he had completed treatment at an out-of-state clinic to deal with his use of prescription medications.His 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles both rank No. 2 all-time. He has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. His last win was in August 2013. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments Mexico soccer star Marquez among 22 sanctioned for drug ties WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school and perform 50 hours of community service. He would also have to attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged and face other conditions. Since the program began four years ago, almost 2,400 defendants have enrolled, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.If convicted of DUI, Woods would have faced a fine of between $500 and $1,000, had his car impounded for 10 days and other conditions. He also could have been jailed for up to six months, although that was unlikely, received probation and lost his driver’s license for six months to a year.The DUI arrest was the first time Woods had been in trouble since Thanksgiving weekend 2009, when he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his then-Windermere, Florida, home. That led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs and a divorce from his wife Elin Nordegren, the mother of his two children. He spent 45 days in a Mississippi clinic where he was treated for sex addiction.Woods was arrested at 2 a.m. May 29 about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, Florida, when officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked awkwardly on the side of the road and had damage to the driver’s side. It’s not clear how he damaged the car. Officers checked the area but didn’t find that he had hit anything.Woods didn’t know where he was when asked by officers, and he stumbled and swayed through a field sobriety test, police dashboard camera video showed. Woods told officers he was taking the painkiller Vicodin and Xanax, which treats anxiety and insomnia, to cope with his fourth back surgery in April.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next “I am expecting a tough duel with her again on 24 November in Singapore. I have lofty goals in ONE Championship, and I must win this match to achieve them.”The 34-year-old Yamaguchi praised Iniong for agreeing to the fight despite having only little time to prepare.“I commend Gina Iniong for taking this match on a short notice. She is a good martial arts artist with promising potential in the division,” said Yamaguchi, who stopped Jennu Huang last June.READ: ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs“Gina is in good hands, training with no less than the best at Team Lakay. I have faced her before, and she is always in good condition. As always, I am in tiptop shape for every bout. Brace yourselves for fireworks.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort WATCH: LeBron James, Cavaliers take NYC subway Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ READ: MMA star Angela Lee survives car crash, out of ONE Singapore cardIniong and Yamaguchi are familiar with each other having fought three years ago in the Pacific Xtreme Combat and both are expecting a stiff challenge.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“Facing Mei Yamaguchi three years ago was like going through the eye of a needle. That bout opened doors of great opportunity for me in this sport,” said Iniong, who is coming off a second-round victory over Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol last Friday in ONE: Legends of World at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Iniong wins debut in ONE undercard Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino fighter Gina Iniong has been tapped as substitute opponent for Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi in the ONE: Immortal Pursuit card set on Nov. 24 at Singapore Indoor Stadium, just two weeks after her last bout.Iniong was announced as a late replacement for Angela Lee, who had to withdraw from her scheduled title defense after figuring in a car crash in Hawaii last week.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:58ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi00:50Trending 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
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mauro Acot chalked one for the Green Archers at the 83rd minute, but the Taft side’s comeback bid fell short in the end.With the victory, Ateneo has leveled itself with La Salle at six points apiece as they sit tied at third place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the other matches, University of the Philippines conceded its first goal of the season, but that didn’t rain on its 4-1 victory over Adamson to take the top spot with nine points.King Miyagi and JB Borlongan both had braces to tow the Fighting Maroons to their third victory, but had to deal with Falcons’ Jusue Pilarca scoring at the 12th minute, much to the dismay of coach Anto Gonzales. View comments AFP official booed out of forum “We weren’t sharp. We were lazy. We weren’t thinking,” he said.University of Santo Tomas and National University, meanwhile, engaged in a scoreless draw as the Growling Tigers fell to second place with their seven points. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Lyceum gets revenge, beats San Beda to take PCCL title Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jarvey Gayoso scored a brace as defending champion Ateneo downed La Salle, 2-1, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The reigning MVP picked up the scoring in the second half, first putting the Blue Eagles ahead at the 50th minute before doubling the lead at the 66th minute where he eluded two defenders before sending the ball to the back of the net.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Rian Ayonayon. PBA IMAGESRacal Motors locked down Gamboa Coffee Mix in the second half to win, 107-60, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.After a tightly contested first half, the Alibaba limited the Coffee Lovers to just three points, the least points scored in a quarter in league history, that turned a close 47-45 deficit to a decisive 71-50 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racal continued to choke the air out of Gamboa as the latter’s 13-point windup in the second half also registered as the worst scoring half in PBA D-League history.Rian Ayonayon scattered 26 points, seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds to lead the Racal Motors assault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 60 – Montuano 13, Parala 12, Avenido 10, Padilla 8 Acibar 7, Arellano 4, Acuña 3, Knuttel 2, Dadjilul 1, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0, Jumao-as 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-47, 71-50, 107-60.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “For now, it’s a good springboard for us. It gives us a lot of positivity and well build on that,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.Gamboa continued its downward spiral as it incurred its sixth straight loss to fall to 1-6.Mark Montuano got 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Coffee Lovers, while Mike Parala added 12 markers and 10 boards.The scores:RACAL MOTORS 107 – Ayonayon 26, Tallo 16, Cortes 11, Apreku 11, Pontejos 10, Gomez 8, Capacio 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 5, Lozada 5, Ortuoste 2, Mangahas 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cabrera 0.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Tanduay sets PBA D-League record with 76-point rout of Zark’s Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMac Tallo came off the bench and shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe to finish with 16 markers, on top of his two boards and two dimes, while Jam Cortes got 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory.Racal finally ended its three-game losing skid and evened its record to 3-3. View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX had the kind of start it was looking for after a big victory over Alaska to open the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night.Import Aaron Fuller made quite a first impression in his PBA debut, but it wasn’t just him who delivered for the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Alas stood out with 20 points and eight rebounds off the bench, acting as the spark plug for NLEX, which won only two games out of the possible 11 in the Commissioner’s Cup. “We’re happy we got the win but it’s just one game and we need to be consistent,” said Alas, who played inspired basketball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Road Warriors also started the Philippine Cup with a victory but went on to drop 9 of their next 10 games.“We shouldn’t be confident that we won tonight. We need to continue to improve.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lady Maroons out to prove they can compete even sans Bersola, Tiamzon Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments NLEX was the first team to get eliminated from playoff contention and the Road Warriors used their early exit to their advantage as they were able to prepare early for the season-ending conference.“It’s important for us that we’re able to prepare as early as June 7. The other teams were going on vacation but we were already practicing and building our chemistry.”The locals were able to familiarize themselves with Fuller, who, at the same time, had an early grasp of his role and coach Yeng Guiao’s system.The result was a 112-104 win with Fuller dropping 30 points and 20 rebounds. “We just really need to be consistent. It’s okay to be happy with one win but we cannot enjoy ourselves too much. It’s just the start,” Alas stressed.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES
Pingris aims to return next month Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 22-year-old finished the 2016-2017 season with 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.6 steals and was just the fifth player in league history to lead his team in all five categories.He was also the first player in the NBA to finish in the top 20 of the five statistical categories. Antetokounmpo said he’s received compliments from other NBA players including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, but getting better starts with putting in the work and not just mere praise. “I got compliments from LeBron, KD, and Steph when I was a rookie and nobody knew me back then,” said Antetokounmpo. “But if you put in work every year, and get better every year you will achieve it.”RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Durant’s MVP prediction a ‘great compliment’ for Antetokoumpo2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet And on Sunday, Antetokoumpo thanked Durant for the kind gesture.“That was a great compliment,” said Antetokoumpo during his media availability at Fairmont Makati for “Greek Freak Invades Manila” event with King Bally Entertainment Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAntetokoumpo, though, knows he still has a lot of work to do if he ever hopes to win the most prized individual award in the NBA.“I just try to listen and be like ‘yeah but I still got to work’ because if I worked hard enough everybody can say ‘you can be great, you can do great things,’ but most of the time when people say that it puts pressure on you,” said Antetokounmpo. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Giannis Antetokoumpo won the 2017 NBA Most Improved Player award, 2014 Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant congratulated the Milwaukee Bucks star and predicted an even bigger future for the 22-year-old.“It’s guaranteed that he will be an MVP,” said Durant in a video on YouTube. ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has lot of reasons to look forward to the upcoming World Cup, having missed the previous edition due to a doping ban, and one of them is the possibility of a duel with batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.”We all know he is a great player. Every bowler gets hit. Even Brett Lee gets hit a long way, so I am not worried about being hit for sixes by Tendulkar. I have got him off the first ball too,” Akhtar told reporters.”Not only Sachin, we will try to get other key players early because they can single-handedly win matches. Put them under pressure, and get them out early – that’s what I will like to do,” he added.Speaking of Pakistan’s chances, Akhtar said the team has to win the mega event to reclaim the fan base that has been hit due to the scandalous one year in which three of the team’s top players were handed bans for involvement in spot-fixing.”Obviously we are very hurt inside by whatever has happened to us. Pakistan needs to win this World Cup at any cost. It will bring the charm back for people in Pakistan,” said Akhtar.”We have the bowlers who can bowl at the death and we can restrict the sides. The main thing is that the ball is going to reverse swing as the match progresses. That is where I think Pakistan’s strength lies,” he added.The 35-year-old said despite his age, he can still bowl fast. “I still bowl 150 kph. Obviously when you are 26 and 36, it’s a bit different. I will try to do as well as I can with whatever ability I have. I am going to push my limits and give it all to the team.”advertisement
England bowlers looked like kindergarten kids as Sri Lanka openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan thrashed them across the park. ScoreThe two scored unbeaten tons helping their team win by a massive 10-wicket margin and enter the semi-finals majestically, at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.In the process the duo completed their second 200-plus opening partnership in this World Cup. The two had achieved the milestone during the league match against Zimbabwe on March 10, when Tharanga had scored 133 and Dilshan had put 144. Today, Dilshan put 108 not out on board while his partner Tharanga scored an unbeaten 102. Speaking in terms of records, the duo chased down the highest total (230) for the opening stand in the World Cup surpassing 221 by West Indies against Pakistan in 1992.Sri Lanka now play New Zealand in the semi-final in Colombo on Tuesday. The way the two batsmen were batting, it seemed like both were having a race for a century. But, it was Dilshan who reached the milestone first hitting a four off offie Graeme Swann on the fifth ball of the 37th over.Tharanga too hit a four off paceman Chris Tremlett on the third ball of the 40th over to complete his century when Sri Lanka needed three runs for victory.It seemed Tharanga and Dilshan knew that that a 230-run target was gettable and unless they commit blunders things won’t be to tough for them. The two started with ease and then built up the pace scoring in boundaries. After 10 overs they duo had helped Sri Lanka post a fine 57 for no loss.advertisementThe two batted on to frustrate the England bowlers. Pacers, spinners and the part-timers employed to break their concentration — all found themselves up against the Sri Lanka wall.In fact it wasn’t just the bowlers who were a troubled lot even the fielders were at odds as the left-hand-right-hand combo ensured that the field had to be changed every time a single run was taken.Graeme Swann was proved to be the most expensive among the England bowlers as his nine over produced 61 runs.England inningsEarlier, Jonathan Trott scored 86 to help England score 229/6 – a partly total keeping in mind the drubbing they had to endure later in the match.England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat. But, it wasn’t the kind of start that England would have asked for with skipper Andrew Strauss falling on a partly score of five. He attempted a pull off Tillakaratne Dilshan but the ball crashed into his stumps and England lost their opener on 29/1. Another wicket and England were 31/2 with Ian Bell falling to Angelo Mathews on 25.Post those to early assaults England batsmen Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara got on with the partnership to provide stability to the innings. The duo had put 64 runs for the third wicket when Bopara departed to a Muttiah Muralitharan ball that got him trapped leg-before. He fell for 31 and England fell to 95/3 on the last ball of the 27th over.Then Trott and new man Eoin Morgan took up the onus to increasing the England run rate. Their effort was further boosted by some sloppy fielding by Sri Lanka.In fact Morgan couldn’t have asked for a better treatment to his rush-of-blood shots. And Muralitharan must be cursing his luck for twice during his over Morgan was dropped. First Angelo Mathews dropped him on the first ball of the 38th over then Rangana Herath dropped him on the third ball of the same over.Finally, the Sri Lankan managed to scalp Morgan and this time Mathews made no mistake while catching him in the deep. Batting on 50, he played a lofted shot off Lasith Malinga that went down to Mathews and England lost their fourth wicket on 186/4 in 43 overs.No sooner had Morgan departed that another wicket fell with Graeme Swann walking back on a ‘golden duck’ and England were reduced to 186/5 in 43.1 overs.At death Muralitharan claimed the man that the Lankans wanted. Jonathan Trott wanted to sweep Muralitharan across the fence but failed as Mahela Jayawarene took a good catch in the deep to see him off on 86. England fell to 121/6 in 49.3 overs.Finally, Matt Prior and Luke Wright helped England to a not so impressive 229/6 in their stipulated 50 overs.
It might cost the same as a Honda, and nearly the same as a Toyota and even a Chevrolet for that matter, but there’s no denying that it still commands higher snob value. That’s because the vehicle in contention is a BMW. It’s called the X1 and is the younger sibling of the X5 and X3 range of SAVs from the Bavarian carmaker. It comes at a price tag of Rs. 22 lakh, but is still an entry ticket into the luxury circle.BMW has launched the X1 in three versions; the cheapest is powered by a 2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and there’s a 2-litre diesel to be had as well. But, the one we are reviewing costs over Rs. 33 lakh on the road.It is the X1 Exclusive, powered by the aforementioned diesel engine, but packed with more features. There’s the new generation iDrive, a sunroof, better headlamps (projector-type xenon lamps to be precise), headlamp washer and the complete communication package. It includes, among other things, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod and USB compatibility, sat-nav and a 6 CD-changer stereo system. This info, however, is easily available on the company website. The moot question then is–does it feel and drive like a BMW? It surely looks like one with its kidney grille, the corona rings for headlamps and its pronounced belt line and flame surfacing. But, it’s not good looking. There’s something odd about the X1’s long hood and low stance; it looks mismatched. It looks nice from the rear quarters, and the interior design is different (and refreshing, thankfully!) from what we have seen on other BMWs on Indian roads, though the X1 still mostly uses the same buttons, dials and knobs that underscore its Bavarian roots.The X1 is a BMW in the way it drives too. It brakes phenomenally well and is stable in a straight line, no matter what speed. It turns in with alertness and gives the driver feedback about what the wheels and the chassis are up to around bends. When you indulge the X1 by stepping on the gas mid-corner, the throttle and the steering work beautifully. Even with the stability programme switched off, you are always in good hands. The moment you get off the throttle completely in a slide, the stability programme kicks in with alacrity. Ride quality, however, continues to be a BMW India problem. Constantly facing the stick for its stiff ride, BMW has made some changes here. The suspension has been modified in a way as to make it less stiff and more pliant on Indian roads. Dampers have been softened up and the runflat tyres also add to the improved ride quality. To sum up, X1 is a well put-together automobile with fairly good looks and interiors, and impressive driving dynamics. Don’t mistake it as replacement for a full-sized SUV. This BMW is surely a style statement, and a good one at that.Price: Rs. 33.7 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi Hero Honda hunk 150 ccThe Hero Honda Hunk is back in a new avatar, with that sports blacked-out cycle parts and silencer guard. Also new are the front fender and visor, LED tail lamps, which lend more character to the rear end, and a new set of clocks–the latter being a combination of analogue (fuel gauge and tachometer) and digital counters (speedo, odo and tripmeter). Get astride the new Hunk and you will find the riding position comfortable, despite the slightly rearset footpegs. All switches are within easy reach of the thumbs but the switchgear itself does not feel crisp, even though the switches are light and therefore easy to operate. And, an engine kill switch is still missing. To ride, the Hunk is a quick motorcycle that gets up to speed quite quickly, courtesy a torquey engine. What mars it somewhat are engine vibrations that can be felt even at revs as low as 3,000 rpm and a gearbox that is clunky. The addition of a rear disc helps a little when it comes to stopping but the Hunk’s brakes feel mushy.The new Hero Honda Hunk is a good motorcycle; it is comfortable yet reasonably sporty with a punchy engine. The makers have given its looks the right tweaks. All it needs now are a slicker gearbox, better quality switches and of course, an engine kill switch. Price: Rs. 69,000 ex-showroom Delhi.–Aninda SardarColumn courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisement
Royal Challengers Bangalore will not just have to address Sachin Tendulkar’s hunger for runs and Kieron Pollard’s blistering power, but will also have to be wary of Lasith Malinga’s yorkers when they take on Mumbai Indians in an IPL match in Bangalore on Tuesday.Mumbai have a destructive bowler in Malinga who decimated Delhi Daredevil’s batting on Sunday at the Ferozeshah Kotla.The Lankan pace-bowling spearhead returned with inspiring figures of 5 for 13, which was instrumental in bowling out Virender Sehwag’s outfit for 95.Malinga’s fiery, toe-crushing yorkers would be something that the Royal Challengers (RCB) think-tank would have discussed in detail.RCB would look to score their second successive win in the fourth edition of the tournament at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.They had defeated Kochi Tuskers Kerala by six wickets last weekend in their opening match of the fourth edition of the IPL.And it is expected to be a keen battle between Sachin Tendulkar and pacer Zaheer Khan.It will interesting to see how Zaheer, who has the uncanny ability to produce wickets when his team desperately needs a breakthrough, braces up against Tendulkar’s batting prowess.Compared to Mumbai Indians, RCB have a balanced side with Zaheer, skipper Daniel Vettori and Dirk Nannes providing teeth and experience to the bowling.AB de Villiers, who has been in sublime form since the World Cup, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary and young Mayank Agarwal lend depth to RCB’s batting.Tendulkar’s wicket is one which RCB would want to get early in the innings. If the batting maestro drops anchor, they could well expect a late innings blitz from Kieron Pollard.advertisement