MOST READ Askren, meanwhile, eyes the perfect end to his career as he battles Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in the co-main event.“This is going to be the biggest event we have ever put together for martial arts fans in Singapore and around the world,” said ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong.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 shutoutOther fights in the card have not yet been announced. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Castro admits De Ocampo irreplaceable LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Angela Lee celebrates after stopping Jenny Huang in the third round to defend her atomweight title in the main event of ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom on March 11, 2017 in Thailand. Photo from ONE Championship’s Facebook pageWorld champions Angela Lee and Ben Askren defend their titles in the main offering of the ONE: Immortal Pursuit fight card in Singapore on November 24.Hometown bet Lee stakes her undefeated record and ONE Women’s Atomweight belt in a rematch against Japanese martial arts veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi in the main event of the promotion’s return to Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View comments
Photo from Fiba.comChooks-To-Go Pilipinas leaned on a strong fourth quarter to repulse a pesky Mono Vampire squad, 115-102, at the Fiba Asia Champions Cup on Sunday at Chenzhou Sports Center in China.The Filipinos engaged the Thais in a shootout for the first three periods before pulling away in the final frame.Four Filipinos scored 17 points or more, led by Carl Bryan Cruz, who bounced back from an anemic performance the day before to lead his squad with 28 points, including eight three-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa OOM winner has eyes on another prize LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Import Isaiah Austin produced 27 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Filipinos, who pace Group A with a 2-1 record.Lead playmaker Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng also impressed with 24 and 17 points, respectively. —FIBA.COMFEATURED 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients 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
MOST READ “It’s very crucial, please keep praying for her. If the bone marrow transplant is successful, I’m sure she will come back again on the table tennis arena and proudly carry our flag again,’’ added Ledesma, who recently organized the Lariba Cup, a fund-raiser intended for Lariba.Ryu also donated a huge box of brand-new table tennis balls to the PTTF worth roughly $3,000 and gave Lariba a South Korean jersey with the signatures and messages from all the members of the Korean team.Ryu said the Korean team is open to a fund-raising activity where they would play an exhibition match against top Filipino table netters for Lariba’s benefit.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kevin Ferrer hoping to return to action for Ginebra by Friday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president IOC Korea Representative and former 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist Seung Min Ryu (second from left) and Korean Table Tennis Association officials pay visit to Philippine’s first ever Olympian table tennis player Ian Lariba. CONTRIBUTED PHOTORio De Janeiro Olympian Ian “Yanyan’” Lariba personally received words of encouragement from South Korean Olympic champion Ryu Seung-min before she goes through a high-risk bone marrow transplant.Ryu, the International Olympic Committee’s representative to South Korea, visited Lariba at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City on Monday and handed out the financial assistance from the members of the Korean national table tennis squad.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Lariba, the first Filipino table netter to wear the national colors in the Olympics, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia five months ago and will go under knife on Saturday.“I’m here to support Lariba in her fight against her ailment. I couldn’t believe she’s sick, she smiled all the time,’’ said Ryu, who met Lariba during last year’s Rio Games with Lariba’s coach, Kwon Mi Sook.“I believe she will come back soon and play with us,’’ added the table tennis men’s singles gold medalistin the 2004 Athens Olympics.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 shutoutApart from the $3,000 donation of the Koreans, Philippine Table Tennis Federation president Ting Ledesma said the International Table Tennis Federation, the world governing body in the sport, has also committed $20,000 inn monetary aid.“This news is already known all over the world with table tennis enthusiasts from other countries helping her,’’ said Ledesma. “Ryu’s visit will boost Yanyan’s confidence for this Saturday’s bone marrow transplant.’’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
LATEST STORIES “They just came out aggressive. They just came out like they needed to win,” said Brownlee after a 103-96 loss.TNT took an 18-point lead early in the second quarter before Ginebra mounted a rally and made it interesting.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“We kind of countered their aggression in the second quarter, but they were just really focused, and whatever their game plan was, they executed it very well, gave us a problem tonight.” The KaTropa took the Kings’ best shot and rolled through the punches with Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro delivering in the crucial stages. Rice and Castro combined for 41 points. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The pivotal Game 3 is on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Game 3 is going to be different. We’re definitely going to be ready.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Castro held TNT together in the third quarter when Rice had to sit on the bench the entire third quarter with four fouls.A well-rested Rice, then, flourished in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of his 21 points.“They just came out very physical. Early, we didn’t match it, but I think in that second quarter, we battled them pretty good. But I think they were just very focused on the details, on how they were guarding certain players,” said Brownlee, who topscored with 25 points.Rookie Roger Pogoy served as one of TNT’s anchors defensively that caused problems for Ginebra’s execution and disrupted the Kings’ offensive flow.“I think that’s a conference-low for us. I think we definitely need to move the ball better,” said Brownlee, referring to Ginebra’s 20 assists. “They did a good job, they were pressuring on the passing lanes, so I have to give a lot of credit to Talk ‘N Text.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Saddled with foul trouble, Rice had no doubt TNT locals could get job done PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee praised TNT for its execution on both ends of the floor in Game 2 of their semifinals series.Aiming to avoid facing a 0-2 hole in a best-of-5, the KaTropa played with a sense of urgency and it showed from the onset.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ 2 — The number of North Korean athletes who qualified for the Olympics on merit. Up to 22 will actually compete in the games, cheered on by a highly choreographed group of singers and dancers, along with the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.13,500 — The number of eggs Norway’s Olympic team will be sending back after a breakfast order went sunny side up. Norway thought it was ordering 1,500 eggs from a Korean distributor for the Games but a translation mistake caused 15,000 to be delivered instead.50 — Miles from the mountains of Pyeongchang to the North Korean border.4 — The unofficial over-under for the number of halfpipe snowboarders carried off the slopes on stretchers. White himself was sent to the hospital twice after crashes last year, and defending gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov was knocked out in a scary crash last month at the Winter X Games.149 — In Sochi the best teams were made up of NHL players, 149 of them in all. No current players will be in Pyeongchang, after the league decided its best interests were not served by shutting down in midseason for three weeks like it did the last five Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Max Parrot, of Canada, trains ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The world hasn’t seen such an intersection of sports and politics since the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the Soviets returned the favor four years later in Los Angeles.The Winter Olympics begin Friday in a rugged and brutally cold area of rural mountains near the North Korean border, with a lot more at stake than the glittery medals chased by the best ice and snow athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Unfinished business brings Will Gozum back to UP Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH They will unfold — officially, at least — without the Russians who dominated on the ice and snow and in the backroom of the drug testing labs four years ago in Sochi. And they will take place amid rising world tensions and a last-minute rapprochement of sorts between the two Koreas that may be as much of a show as the games themselves.Politics are very much in play, but in the end the Olympics are usually defined more by numbers than philosophies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith that in mind, here’s some numbers that might help make sense of it all:3 — Mikaela Shiffrin’s goal is to do what no skier has ever done — win five gold medals on the slopes. The young American star probably won’t do that, but there’s a good chance she can win three, something skiers have done only three times. Shiffrin is a prohibitive favorite to defend the slalom title she won in Sochi, a top contender in the giant slalom and the favorite in the combined. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum $900 million — The amount of ads NBC has sold for its broadcast of the games.14 — The time difference in hours from New York, which is why some of the biggest prime-time events on NBC will actually take place in the morning in Korea.86 — The number of workers ill with norovirus a day before opening ceremony. The figure is expected to rise, forcing organizers to bring in 900 military personnel to take the place of sick or exposed security workers.4 – If it’s a Winter Olympics there have to be new sports. There are four of them in this Olympics, including a mass start speedskating event featuring 24 skaters that has been compared to a NASCAR race on ice.168 — Russia is officially banned from the Olympics because of a state-sponsored doping scheme the country carried out in Sochi. But 168 Russians will still compete under a neutral flag as “Olympic athletes from Russia” and 45 others could win last-minute appeals and make their way onto the snow and ice.10.5 — The over-under for gold medals won by U.S. athletes.100 — The perfect number Shaun White scored last month to give him a spot in the snowboard halfpipe. The U.S. star won the first two golds in the sport before flaming out in Sochi.32 — The temperature water freezes, and also the forecast for Friday night’s opening ceremonies. Organizers are giving 35,000 fans heated seat cushions, hand warmers and other gear to ward off the cold in the outdoor stadium, where winds are expected to make it feel like it is in the 20’s. 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BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We (athletes) have to unite and pray for Yan’s recovery. I’m hopeful that she could join us in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,’’ said Diaz during the launching of the Hidilyn Diaz Weightlifting Open Championships set July 8-9 at the Meralco Fitness Center in Pasig City.A five-time UAAP women’s singles champion in table tennis, Lariba and Diaz were batchmates in the Philippine team to the Rio De Janeiro Olympics last year when Diaz broke the country’s 20-year medal drought in the quadrennial Summer Games. Philippine Weightlifting Association president Monico Puentevella also forked P20,000 from the association’s pockets to help the 22-year-old Lariba while the Philippine Olympic Committee initially gave P30,000 through the members of its general assembly.The Philippine Sports Commission and De La Salle University, which Lariba gave several honors in the UAAP, have formed a collaboration that could help defray the cost of her medical expenses.Lariba, the first Filipino paddler in the Olympics, was supposed to wear the national colors in the ongoing World Table Tennis Championship in Dusseldorf, Germany but was confined at the St. Lukes Medical Center in Quezon City prior to the event.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “As an athlete, she (Lariba) has proven her worth and surpassed all challenges. I know that she will overcome this challenge, too,’’ said the Olympic silver medalist in Filipino.Diaz couldn’t contain her grief and hid from the cameras after announcing that the Athletes Commission, which the weightlifting heroine spearheads with triathlete Nikko Huelgas, would start a solicitation drive for Lariba.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Ballon d’Or in play as Ronaldo bears down on Messi BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 2017 Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFinancial support and words of encouragement continued to pour on Rio De Janeiro Olympian Ian Lariba with fellow athletes from the Philippine national team going out of their way for her speedy recovery.A teary-eyed Hidilyn Diaz took the lead Thursday on rallying Filipino athletes to help Lariba, who will undergo treatment after being diagnosed with leukemia.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGESTNT refused to lose and earned a ticket to 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals after a 104-96 overtime victory over Meralco Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro canned the game-tying freebie with 5.1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and drilled the insurance free throws in the extra period for the KaTropa to win the best-of-three quarterfinals series, 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT 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 What ‘missteps’? The Scores:TNT 104 – Castro 31, Smith 31, Pogoy 13, Reyes 8, De Ocampo 7, Garcia 7, Williams 6, Semerad 1, Rosario 0, Rosales 0, Carey 0, Tautuaa 0.MERALCO 96 – Amer 25, Dillinger 20, Stepheson 15, Hugnatan 12, Newsome 7, Hodge 6, Caram 6, Daquioag 3, Nabong 2, Uyloan 0.Quarters: 29-19, 38-43, 66-73, 89-89, 104-96. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ “As a coach, you can’t really give up early. I know we were down but we said until it’s not over, we still have a chance,” said coach Nash Racela. “We just wanted to force a turnover so the ball gets back to us and we’ll have a chance.”Castro finished with 31 points, three rebounds, and two assists to power TNT to complete the Final Four cast.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoshua Smith also nabbed a huge double-double of 31 markers, 27 boards, four dimes, and two steals for the KaTropa, while Roger Pogoy had 13 points, two rebounds, and two assists.TNT will face top-seed Ginebra in the best-of-five semifinals, to start on Monday at Mall of Asia Arena. View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES The Bolts squandered a 14-point edge in the third quarter, 64-50, and a five-point lead, 87-82, in the final 2:29.Miscues down the stretch doomed Meralco after Chris Newsome threw the ball away on the inbounds pass and Castro secured the steal and got fouled by Jared Dillinger.Castro, though, could only muster a split from the charity stripe with 5.1 seconds remaining, but Dillinger muffed his runner as the game went to overtime.Baser Amer gave it his all for Meralco with 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while Dillinger had 20 markers and five boards in the defeat.Alex Stepheson got 12 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort for the Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Reyes taps Alas, Amer to join Gilas pool WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong And that change of culture is exactly what the neophyte mentor wants as he starts his journey with the Blazers.“That’s what we’re hoping for, that somehow, that experience for them, that snake-pit down there would give them a sense of urgency, a sense of motivation that we don’t want to be back there again,” he said.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 starsTang knows that bringing St. Benilde back to its old glory is going to be a tough climb. But just like every rebuilding team, he’s trusting the process.“Right now, we don’t really expect much. It’s the changing of the culture and the environment and we’re trying to change that whole atmosphere. What we’re trying to get through is trying to work as a team. We’re struggling, but hopefully, when the season starts, we’ll be able to mend ourselves working together.” 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 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hail to the Timberland King of the Mountain The Blazers will once again lean on Gerard Castor, JJ Domingo, and Senegalese big man Clement Leutcheu in their campaign, but Tang believes that with the right breaks, his whole team is capable of doling out significant contributions for the Taft side this year.“The whole team is in a different level in terms of everyone of them are equal and ready to contribute.It’s just a matter of giving them the right time and exposure in the game. I feel that everybody can help our team this time around,” he said. LATEST STORIES View comments Head coach: Ty TangLast Season: 1-17Holdovers: JJ Domingo, Gerard Castor, Clement LeutcheuKey Losses: Christian Fajarito, Fons SaavedraKey Additions: Matthew Johnson, Unique NaboaStuck in the cellar for the past two seasons, St. Benilde is eyeing to finally get out of the muck under new coach TY Tang.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera NCAA Season 93 Preview: St. Benilde Blazers650 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ“My favorite is steak. But I also love pancit and lechon,” said the senior high school student at Shukugawa Gakuin High School.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingShe was the youngest gold winner for Team Philippines after winning the women’s -70-kilogram gold Sunday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.“My strength is in-born. My father influenced me,” she said through judo officials Lorna and Takeshi Nakano. The Nakanos are parents of bronze winners Shugen and Keisei. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Mariya Takahashi of the Philippines competes against Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in the finals of the women’s -70kg class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Hall 5. Takahashi prevailed via ippon in 48 seconds to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Mariya Takahashi may have learned judo from her father, but it was her mother, who introduced her to Filipino delicacies such as pancit and lechon.The 16-year-old Takahashi went to her mother’s home province of Davao when she was 10 and that’s when she developed her love for Filipino food.ADVERTISEMENT Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Takahashi honed her skills in Hyogo, a district in Japan which has a very strong women’s judo team.Her father played judo for Aichi district and he helped his only child Mariya learn the ropes.But back in the district level, Takahashi said her best achievement was only second place.In this SEA Games, however, she’s the No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony
Widening its probe, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is looking into at least 22 more Commonwealth Games-related construction and procurement works carried out by different government agencies here for alleged financial irregularities.Besides, the CVC has found alleged misuse of official position by Raj Kumar Sacheti, Joint Director General of Commonwealth Games, who is considered a close aide of Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi.According to the information received in response to an RTI application, out of the total of 22 projects, a highest of six were being carried out by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, four by Delhi Development Authority, three by Organising Committee and two each by Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Central Public Works Department, Government of Delhi.One work each relating to Department of Commerce, Indian Meteorogical Department and New Delhi Municipal Council is also being probed, the reply said.An analysis by Chief Technical Examination Wing of CVC earlier found alleged financial and administrative irregularities in 16 construction and procurement projects.Six of them were done by PWD, three by MCD, two each by CPWD, DDA, NDMC and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise, the CVC report said.The expansion of the probe by the CVC came even as it directed all agencies concerned to submit their reports by the month-end.Official sources said a reminder has recently been issued to Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Public Works Department (PWD) in this regard.The move came after Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas objected to the “lackadaisical approach” and continuous delay by agencies in submitting replies to the queries raised by the anti-corruption watchdog, they said.advertisementA senior CVC official said that based on their replies, the CVC will give its findings or final report to a committee formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India V K Shungloo.As per the RTI information, it has been found out that some of the agencies are sitting on the clarification or delaying their replies asked by CVC on corruption charges since January this year.”Complaint regarding misuse of official position and corruption by Raj Kumar Sacheti, Joint Director General of Commonwealth Games, 2010; factual report awaited from the CVO, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports,” the CVC said.In a related move, both the Income Tax Department and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) have also tightened the noose around all the agencies for alleged irregularities.The Income Tax department has collected documents pertaining to tenders and award of contracts for its “two pronged” probe into the finances of the Games.The I-T department’s second line of probe will go into deductions under the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) category which the Organising Committee of the Games is expected to cut from the salaries of professionals hired by it like event managers, anchors and other officials.The CAG has also asked the CWG Organising Committee and the Sports Ministry to keep a sample of each item of the equipment and props hired from foreign suppliers for the Games venues ready for its inspection.The agency will start the audit work of Commonwealth Games Village here from October 28 to probe allegations of financial irregularities.Official sources said the CAG will also audit the accounts of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the expenditure incurred for building over 1,160 residential apartments inside the Village in addition to the alleged undue favours given to Emaar MGF, a leading real estate group, for its construction.Emaar MGF did not respond to an email query sent by PTI.The audit process by CAG teams began in the middle of August. However, later it was halted between September 24 and October 14 in view of the Games.The audit resumed this Friday and memos have been issued to different parties including Delhi Government and others.”At least 10 teams would conduct the audit. Each team has at least three supervisory officials. Three teams have already been pressed into service for the audit of Central Public Works Department (CPWD), DDA, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Public Works Department (PWD), Organising Committee (OC), Delhi Government etc,” a senior CAG official said.According to the auditing agency, huge financial irregularities worth crores of rupees have been noticed in various contracts by civic and construction departments.Meanwhile the CWG OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi today met Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy.The Minister later said Kalmadi had come to wish him on Dussehra festival.
Gold continued to elude Indian shooters as the trio of Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh and Zoravar Singh Sandhu settled for the bronze medal in the men’s team trap event of the Asian Games on Friday.Manavjit, Mansher and Zoravar combined for a score of 341 to finish third.Kuwaiti trio of Khaled Al-Mudhaf, Naser Meqlad and Abdulrehman Al-Faihan, who totalled 352, won gold and was followed by Lebanon (351).However the women’s trap team of Shagun Chowdhary, Seema Tomar and Shreyasi Singh failed to finish on the podium.The three finished fourth with a score of 181, a point behind bronze-medallists Korea.The gold was clinched by the Chinese team of Yingzi Liu, E Gao and Xia Tian, who combined for a score of 200 at the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre.The silver went to the North Korea team which totalled 191.- With inputs from PTI
There were many Pakistan fans who wanted Shoaib Akhtar in the team for the semi-final against India. After the Indian innings, they must have been happy that the Pakistan team management chose to ignore the Rawalpindi Express and put faith in the new kid on the block, Wahab Riaz.If Shahid Afridi’s men managed to restrict the hosts to a gettable 260 for nine in the allotted 50 overs, despite a number of howlers in the field, a major part of the credit has to go to the 25-year-old left-arm pacer. After Virender Sehwag had given a brisk start, Riaz first pegged India back by trapping the Delhi opener in front and just when the home team was going strong, he turned the match on its head by taking out Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh off successive deliveries in the 26th over. The full swinging delivery that got Yuvraj, playing on his home ground, was a treat to watch. Riaz then got the skids under any possible Indian assault in the late overs by getting rid of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni LBW and rounded off a superb spell by having Zaheer Khan caught behind in the last over.The enormity of the achievement – his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs and that too in a World Cup semi-final against the archrivals – prompted him to kneel down before the Almighty. Anyone who has seen Riaz bowl will agree that there is something about him. Though he may not be in the Wasim Akram class yet and does not still have the ball that comes into the right-hander, there is another invaluable weapon in his armoury – pace. The left-armer was clocked at 149 km per hour once and was consistently above 140kmph. Riaz stepped in effortlessly on to the big stage and into the breach created by the considerable talent of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.advertisementWhen New Zealand’s Ross Taylor took a special liking to Akhtar in Pallekele, smashing him for 28 runs in one over – including three sixes and two fours – it prompted the veteran speedster to announce his retirement. The decision worked well for Pakistan. Riaz had not set the world on fire in the four matches he played before the semi-final, taking only three wickets. But he chose a grand stage to showcase his skill. Akram has interacted off and on with the youngster and if the Pakistan legend passes on some of his invaluable trade secrets and Riaz stays fit and motivated, the world can witness another fearsome paceman in full cry in the years to come.
Languishing at the bottom of the table, Delhi Daredevils have their task cut out against Kings XI Punjab, who are on a roll after three back-to-back wins. With just one victory from four matches, the Daredevils have their backs to the wall but for the Saturday encounter at the Ferozeshah Kotla, skipper Virender Sehwag has finally got a green wicket, which he had been asking for quite some time now as they are well aware of their limited spin bowling resources.On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab are on a good run after the defeat against newcomers Pune Warriors India in their opening clash. The Daredevils desperately need a victory in the day-night encounter on Saturday but they will have to do so with limited arsenal after they allowed most of their star players to go this season.The most herculean of tasks for the Daredevils would be to stop the fiery Kings XI top-order which is in exceptional form. The most potent of bowling attacks have had no answers to the blazing form of Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty at the top and to make matters worse for the Daredevils, Shaun Marsh will come into the match on the back of a match-winning knock against Rajasthan Royals.Time and again, Sehwag has admitted that it is very crucial that he fires with the bat and though David Warner has been in decent form, the Australian hasn’t been able to win many games for his side.None of the other high-profile batsmen have found their feet in the tournament so far. Venugopal Rao has had a few decent knocks but what the team actually needs is the top order to fire. Even the bowlers have been disappointing for Delhi and except for South African pacer Morne Morkel, none of them have been able to trouble the opposition batsmen.advertisementThe green strip at the Kotla hasn’t been used in the tournament so far may assist the Daredevils but they don’t boast of quality pacers to exploit the conditions and even if they did, Kings XI Punjab will also have the same advantage with the likes of Ryan Harris, Praveen Kumar and Ryan McLaren in their ranks.The hosts have a lot of thinking to do and have to prove that their solitary win against the Pune Warriors wasn’t an aberration. The Kotla wicket will be the cynosure of all eyes but despite all the permutations and combinations, Kings XI Punjab look a better side on paper and on form.Latest sensation Valthaty has been a perfect partner for Gilchrist at the top and their last batting performance against Royals has kept their momentum and confidence high.For Delhi, getting rid of their top three batsmen will be the key as their middle-order hasn’t been tested yet.Daredevils will certainly have these three batsmen at the top of their agenda and if they can execute their plans, they will have a serious chance to add a couple of points to their tally.
Home Minister P ChidambaramHome Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday dismissed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s statement demanding his resignation on the ground he was elected in “fraudulent” manner in 2009 Lok Sabha polls calling it a “gross contempt of court”.Referring to her remarks in a press conference in New Delhi on the issue, he said “she knows that her candidate Rajakannappan has filed an election petition in the Madras High Court and that is pending since September 2009. Her statement, is therefore in gross contempt of court.”The Home Minister said that Jayalalithaa has the habit of “starting on the wrong foot” and “she has always had utter contempt for court proceedings and hence her statement today is not at all surprising”.He said Rajakannappan had also contested the Assembly elections last month and lost from one of the segments falling under his parliamentary constituency Sivaganga.”Perhaps, she would say that that election result was also fraudulent,” he said.Jayalalithaa said the alleged attack on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy figured to a “great extent” during her talks with the Prime Minister.”There is a lot of discrepancies in the figure given by the Sri Lankan Government and the private agencies on the number of Sri Lankan Tamils still in the camps. So I requested the Prime Minister to verify and get the correct figure,” she said.The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said she requested the Prime Minister to consider sending a delegation of MLAs from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka to see for themselves the living conditions of the Tamils displaced due to the decades-old civil war.advertisement”We would want the Tamils in Sri Lanka to lead a life of dignity that is on par with their Sinhala counterparts,” she said.She parried a question on whether she thought Tamils in Sri Lanka should have a separate state.Referring to ceding of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka by India in 1974, she accused Karunanidhi of not approaching the Supreme Court seeking a stay for implementation of the agreement.”Despite a precedent of the Supreme Court declaring null and void the ceding of Berubari to the then East Pakistan, Mr Karunanidhi did not approach the Supreme Court,” she said.Demanding the revoking of the 1974 agreement on the grounds that it was never approved by both houses of the Parliament, Jayalalithaa said Katchatheevu should be taken back so that Indian fishermen can have a decent catch when they venture into the sea. For more news on India, click here. For more news on Business, click here. For more news on Movies, click here. For more news on Sports, click here.
Former Gujarat minister of state for home, Amit Shah, is likely to be arrested again as the investigation in Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case reaches a decisive phase.It is learnt that the CBI has stumbled upon crucial evidence which may spell serious trouble for Shah, who was arrested last year in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.The CBI maintains that the killing of Prajapati was a sequel to Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter involving senior police officers of Gujarat and Rajasthan and was carried out to destroy evidence.The investigating agency has further alleged that Shah had conspired with the policemen to eliminate Prajapati as he was the main witness in the fake encounter.Sohrabuddin was allegedly running an extortion racket on behalf of the then Ahmedabad DCP (crime) Abhay Chudasama, who was allegedly Shah’s point man. He was also involved in blackmailing the marble lobby of Rajasthan and was killed in a staged encounter by the Gujarat Police on November 26, 2005.Chudasama was later arrested by the CBI. Sources said that Shah not only conspired to eliminate Prajapati but also allegedly orchestrated his killing. “Just before Prajapati was killed, D.G. Vanzara was posted as DIG (Border Range) at Banaskantha. It was an out of turn posting,” the source said, adding that Prajapati was killed within ten days of Vanzara taking over the charge.”Such senior posting has to be cleared by the MoS (home), who at that point was Amit Shah. The question that comes up is what caused such an out of turn posting,” the source said, adding that the CBI has found evidence of collusion between Shah and Vanzara for this posting.advertisementPrajapati, who was lodged in the Udaipur Jail, was reportedly attacked in the prison on March 25, 2006.Within days of Vanzara taking over, summonses were issued to the Rajasthan Police asking Tulsi to be present in the Ahmedabad court in connection with the Popular Builder shooting case. On his way back to Rajasthan on December 27, 2006, Tulsi was shot dead near the Rajasthan border.The state police had filed a chargesheet in the Prajapati encounter case three-and-ahalf years after the incident. It is learnt that the CBI is also probing the role of the state CID, which was allegedly used to mislead the investigation.Interestingly, the CBI in its chargesheet filed in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case had maintained that the shootout at Popular Builders office in Ahmedabad was also stage managed by the Gujarat Police in December 2004 to allegedly create a viable criminal ground justifying Sohrabuddin’s killing.The Gujarat Police had named the Patel brothers – owners of Popular Builders – as the main accused in the case and had also implicated Prajapati and Sylvestor, associates of Sohrabuddin.The CBI had also said that the motive behind implicating them was merely to extort money from the Patel brothers at the behest of Shah, Vanzara and Chudasama.The investigating agency had reiterated its allegations once again before the Supreme Court in March this year when it sought merger of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter cases.The Supreme Court had barred Shah from entering Gujarat after he was released on bail in October last year, fearing he might influence the witnesses.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
The unholy nexus between the mining mafia and politicians has once again been exposed with the death of Swami Nigamanand amid serious allegations that the fasting holy man was poisoned and the BJP-ruled Uttarakhand government turned a blind eye to it.The pathological report of Nigamanand’s serum sample – a copy of which is in the possession of Mail Today – shows evidence of organophosphate poisoning. The test was performed at Dr Lal’s Laboratory in Delhi on May 4. The cholinesterase serum test is usually done to measure exposure to organophosphate insecticides. In the case of Nigamanand, doctors recommended it when his aides reported signs of poisoning.Nigamanand, fasting since February 19 against illegal quarrying on the Ganga bed, was forcibly shifted by the local administration to the District Hospital, Haridwar, on April 27 (the 68th day of his fast). He was given an injection by an unknown nurse on the afternoon of April 30, according to a police complaint lodged on May 11 by Nigamanand’s ashram, the Matri Sadan. The development is suspicious since she took away the used syringe.When Nigamanand’s condition worsened, he was moved to the Doon Hospital and subsequently to the Himalayan Institute Hospital, where he was first diagnosed with “unknown poisoning”. He was treated with antidotes after the serum report confirmed the poisoning.The complaint claimed that Himalaya Stone Crusher Pvt. Ltd. owner Gyanesh Kumar Agarwal connived with the doctors to kill Nigamanand, who was agitating against quarrying by his company. The Matri Sadan was also engaged in a legal battle with Agarwal and the state government against quarrying and pollution in the Kumbh Mela notified area in and around Haridwar.advertisementThe stone crushing mafia is close to the party ruling the state. Agarwal, according to the Sadan’s members, is close to the Sangh Parivar and also enjoys the BJP government’s patronage. He was the chief guest in July last year at the annual Guru Dakshina programme of the RSS’ Haridwar branch. His father has been an RSS officebearer in the Haldwani area.While Nigamanand slipped into deep coma following the alleged poisoning, the high court of Uttarakhand at Nainital gave an order in his favour on May 26, ordering for the closure of the Himalaya Stone Crusher and saying that the crusher was “causing inherent damage not only to the eco-fragile zone, which is environmentally very sensitive, but is also being run to the utter violation of the licence conditions”.”The death of Nigamanand under mysterious circumstances has shocked us and points to the deep-rooted nexus existing between the mining mafia and the government,” Hemant Dhyani of Ganga Ahvaan said. “Even the doctors have colluded with the administration,” he added.Nigamanand and other sadhus of the Sadan were deeply disturbed by the growing menace of quarrying in the Kumbh Mela area. The Himalaya Stone Crusher was mining and crushing boulders on the Ganga’s banks on the outskirts of Harid-war. “Under this pretext, the crusher owners started digging up the floor and banks of the Ganga and caused deleterious effects,” the high court observed.Due to the consistent digging and mining, the river bed got lower and the water table in the surrounding villages slipped. This illegal mining also caused air pollution and soil erosion in a large area along the river.Even as the Matri Sadan is adamant on its demand for a CBI probe into Nigamanand’s death and a ban on mining on the banks of Ganga, the state government has been pushed on the defensive. The state government had ordered a CB-CID investigation into the death, but now it is willing to go for a highlevel probe.The Congress also launched a fresh attack on the state government following the swami’s death. Governor Margret Alva has also taken note of the incident and suggested ordering an independent probe into the “suspicious death”.Uttarakhand tourism minister Madan Kausik said, “If the Matri Sadan or Swami Nigamanand’s family members want to go for a higher level of inquiry, the state government is ready for it.” He added, “Nigamanand was given nose-feeding after obtaining a written permission from the Matri Sadan.”Inputs by Raju Gusain in DehradunFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his help for civil services (CS) aspirant Sukhsohit Singh, who has been suffering from thalassemia.The development comes days after Headlines Today launched a campaign for Sukhsohit in his fight against his rejection by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on medical grounds.”Human spirit must triumph over physical challenges and Sukhsohit needs your healing touch. It is appropriate occasion for UPA headed by you to show its human face. Sukhsohit’s rejection would discourage large number of challenged people to seek excellence,” Soni wrote to the prime minister.Sukhsohit has been rejected twice on medical grounds for being thalassemic, firstly by Safdarjung Hospital and later by Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He had become the first thalassemia major patient to clear the civil services examination in 2008 securing a rank of 833 in the general category despite his medical condition which require blood transfusion every 15 days.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
It’s pretty unusual that a day before the finals at The Championships, the two contestants have to actually interact with the media.On Friday, Russian Maria Sharapova, looking as elegant as ever, waxed eloquently on how she is not bothered about pressure, how Wimbledon is such a great place and how she wants to win it so badly – against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.Nothing new with that really, except the fact she made it clear to the media that after the interview, she was going home to sleep. One of the questions was – will you do anything special to prepare for the final?Sharapova smiled and said: “Maybe a little longer nap this afternoon. That’s about it. It’s a pretty similar routine, nothing special. Maybe watch some of the tennis.”There is no doubt, as a precocious teenager who won the ladies singles title in 2004, Sharapova has come a long way. After her early success at Wimbledon, she did win the 2006 Australian Open and then won the US Open in 2008.And then came that big shoulder injury for Sharapova which threatened to end her career. The diva of tennis survived that as well and is now in her second Wimbledon final after a seven-year gap. Such kind of a gap between two finals is unusual, though in the wooden racquet era, Australian Goolagong-Cawley won her two Wimbledon titles nine years apart, in 1971 and 1980.There are a few bonuses as well which await Sharapova if she wins the title as she will return to the top five in WTA rankings after a three-year gap. But going by her own admission, Sharapova is not losing focus.advertisement”Well, you know, I’m a few years older, more mature. You learn and you grow and develop not only as a player, but as a person as well,” she says.Petra Kvitova all set to meet Maria Sharapova in Wimbledon final. APAnd then she reflects on the bigger things. “I have gone through many more things in my life and career. But at the end of the day I’m not gonna be, you know, playing for my whole life. Tennis can only go to a certain point in your life,” is Sharapova’s mantra.After all the philosophy, the conversation again moved towards Saturday’s final against Kvitova. “Well, she’s (Kvitova) got a lot of confidence coming in here, the sense of feeling of having nothing to lose, as it’s her first Grand Slam final. Also being a lefty, I think that’s quite dangerous on grass, because she’s been using a lot of her strengths as a lefty and playing really well throughout the matches,” Sharapova said.For her part, Kvitova was looking equally relaxed. “Well, no, I’m not nervous. I’m looking forward for tomorrow, for sure. I slept well. So it’s okay,” said the Czech Republic player.”I have nothing to lose and of course, I’m going on the court for the win,” added a relaxed Kvitova. There seemed to be a streak of arrogance as well when Kvitova answered some banal questions.The “I don’t care” remark was made quite a few times, as if that’s going to be her approach in the final.It’s been ages since a left-hander played a Grand Slam final. In 1998 at Roland Garros, Monica Seles finished as the runner-up.And if you take a look at Kvitova, last year she was ranked 62 when she entered Wimbledon. And now she is World No. 8.
Kolkata Knight Riders produced a disciplined bowling display as they beat Auckland Aces by two runs in a thrilling low-scoring Champions League Twenty20 qualifiers match in Hyderabad on Monday. ScoreElecting to bat, KKR scored a modest 121 for six after they suffered a batting collapse but their bowlers produced a superb show to restrict Auckland to 119 for six in a match that went down the wire after many twist and turns.Auckland lost their first wicket in the first ball of their run chase, recovered at 60 for one and then slumped to 61 for four in the 10th over. They were still in for an upset victory but with pressure piling they eventually fell short by two runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.Auckland needed 11 runs from the last over bowled by Brett Lee but they could score just eight runs.KKR used as many as seven bowlers and all of them did well, either taking wickets or bowling economically. Yusuf Pathan was the picked of the KKR bowlers with figures of 2/21 — the two wickets coming in the space of three balls.Rajat Bhatia and captain Jacques Kallis chipped in with a wicket each.KKR fielding also rose to the occasion with two crucial run outs.Auckland run chase began on a disastrous note with Martin Guptill run out in the very first ball of the innings bowled by Iqbal Abdulla.Adams played towards midwicket and Guptill wanted a single but Ryan ten Doeschate’s throw was quick enough for wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla to removed the bails.advertisement