Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension China snubs ‘Little Olympics’ opening ceremony in Taiwan MOST READ The opening ceremony took place at National Stadium, which is part of the newly-refurbished sporting facilities of the Kuala Lumpur Sports City.Present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.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 shutoutThe 29th edition of the Games until Aug 30 brings together some 4,900 athletes from 11 countries, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor Leste and hosts Malaysia.At stake is 404 gold medals in 38 sports, with ice skating, ice hockey, indoor hockey and cricket being held for the first time. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fireworks explode at the start of the opening ceremony for the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Bukit Jalil stadium in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANAKUALA LUMPUR—The opening ceremony of the 29th SEA Games kicked off with a stunning light show at the National Stadium in the Kuala Lumpur Sports City.The procession of the flags of the 11 participating countries together with 320 flags of Malaysia accompanied by a musical performance followed next. Then came the parade of contingents and athletes from the participating countries.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for 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 Games Going into the opening ceremony of the biennial extravaganza that carries the theme ‘Rising Together’, Malaysia – with a 111-gold target – has already clinched seven gold, four silver and five bronze medals to top the KL Games medals table so far.The country’s contingent of 844 athletes are counting on the home ground advantage to better the 62 gold medal haul and fourth placing in Singapore two years ago. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments
View comments Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “I think people that watch Kyrie play a lot can see his passing and his potential there as a passer. LeBron was pretty much the point guard in Cleveland and Kyrie was a point guard often when LeBron wasn’t on the court. I think that he’s a fantastic passer and I think that defensively he’s got to improve and I think he will in Brad’s system.”In his first six seasons with the Cavaliers, Irving averaged a modest 5.5 assists per game, which the 58-year-old executive believes woill go higher in Boston.Although he will no longer have the luxury of playing alongside LeBron James, Ainge adds that his pick-and-roll prowess will be showcased more with new teammates Al Horford commanding the block and Gordon Hayward manning the wings. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kyrie Irving (2). APThere’s no question that recently acquired Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars.Although his talent on the hardwood is exemplary, pundits are questioning how he’ll fit with coach Brad Stevens’ system, now that he’ll be the No. 1 option on offense each given night.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Falcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse But as as far as Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is concerned, the 25-year-old superstar will fit just right in Beantown and prosper even more under a new system, particularly with his play-making skills.“You’ll see that he’s a better passer,” Ainge said of Kyrie in a video interview for the Celtics social media team.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 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams01:37Protesters 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 Danny Ainge calls Kyrie Irving “special” and explains his vision of the blockbuster trade that acquired the All-Star point guard. pic.twitter.com/xlwsKvBgNl— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 5, 2017 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary
Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments On the move Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Viloria immediately found himself rocked in the first two rounds before recovering late in round two and settling himself in the next three rounds. He would then press on Dalakian in the seventh and eighth rounds, landing solid punches.That, however, seemed to be his last hurrah as Dalakian connected with a crushing hook to Viloria’s body in the ninth round as he continued to pummel “The Hawaiian Punch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutViloria was also bloodied in the 11th round after taking an inadvertent elbow to the forehead.Dalakian (16-0, 11 KOs) remained unbeaten and won the flyweight title vacated by Japanese Kazuto Ioka while Viloria (38-6, 23 KOs) saw his winning streak cut short at two. Brian Viloria. APBrian Viloria bowed to Ukranian Artem Dalakian via unanimous decision in their battle for the vacant WBA flyweight championship Sunday at The Forum in Inglewood, California.It was a dominating performance for the Ukranian, with all three judges scoring the bout, 118-109.ADVERTISEMENT
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Explosive Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has said that his body language while playing for the country is such that no bookie would dare approach him for match-fixing.World cricket has been rocked by some serious fixing allegations against Pakistani players and both the Scotland Yard and the International Cricket Council are investigating the matter.There are allegations that three Pakistani cricketers took bribe from a bookie to bowl no-ball during the Lord’s Test against England.But Yuvraj said no bookie can approach him for fixing.”Nobody can ever approach me for match-fixing. My body language is so strong for my country that nobody can lay a hand on me. For me, playing for India is a matter of pride. I will never want to stain my nation’s honour,” the dashing left-hander said.Speaking on the match-fixing controversy Yuvraj said, “It is shameful both for the country as well as the individual. People get into wrong doings when they are young, but one must be honest. A good night sleep is more important than money.””The youngsters must look up to their seniors for advice like we used to take help from Sachin (Tendulkar), (Rahul) Dravid and (Sourav) Ganguly,” he told a TV channel.Yuvraj, whose lack of form over the past one year saw him lose his place in the one-day squad, said, “I suffered too many injuries in last one year. First, it was the knee injury and then I had a wrist injury. I also suffered three fractures.advertisement”In fact, I have been facing ups and downs in my career for the past 10 years just like in my life. But there has never been any dearth of effort on my part. Though I’m not in form at the moment, I will be back very soon,” Yuvraj said, though the Chandigarh lad is not in a mood to change his style of play.Asked about the former cricketers who often advice him to change his style, Yuvraj said, “I listen to everybody but I do what I feel like. I was told to leave my attacking frame of mind and my aggressive tone. But If I leave my aggressive tone and attacking form, I don’t think I would be successful.””In cricket, the success rate for a batsman or a bowler is less than 50 per cent. I don’t think there is any batsman at the moment who can score runs in every match, except for some exceptional players like Sachin and (Ricky) Ponting.”Asked about his world-record feat of hitting six sixes in an over in the T20 World Cup in 2007, Yuvraj said the verbal dual with Andrew Flintoff had spurred him to go after the English attack.”Verbal battles always bring out the best in me, particularly when I’m playing for my country. During the England-India match, I got into a verbal dual with Flintoff and wanted to take revenge. And when I hit Stuart Broad for six sixes I thought ‘hisaab barabar ho gaya bilkul’ (account has been settled).”Admitting that he is emotional, Yuvraj said, “I’m emotional but I never show. I have learned many lessons in my life. I now keep my emotions in check.”Asked why the Indian cricketers were not invited to M S Dhoni’s wedding, Yuvraj said, “Ask him. Whenever we ask him, he tries to avoid it by saying that he have to go to a press conference or to the nets. I’m also not going to invite him to my wedding.”
Indian wrestlers on Tuesday did the nation proud by winning three gold medals in the Greco-Roman category at the Commonwealth Games.While Ravinder Singh won the gold in the 60 kg Greco-Roman category, Sanjay Singh and Anil Kumar clinched the gold in the 74 kg and 96 kg segments respectively.Ravinder defeated UK’s Terence Christopher 2-0, 7-0 while Sanjay beat Richard Brian Addinall of South Africa 1-0, 1-0.
Lady luck smiled on CPR Sudhir Kumar of India as he picked up a bronze medal in men’s 77-kg weightlifting despite not being in the reckoning for any medal in the beginning at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium sports complex on Thursday.The Indian supporters had lost all hopes when Kumar finished both his snatch as well as the clean and jerk events with a total of only 297 kgs, placed behind three lifters.But fortune smiled as one of the frontrunners – Nigeria’s Felix Ekpo, who shared the top spot along with Yukio Peter of Nauru after the snatch round, flunked all his three attempts in clean and jerk, handing the Indian the third spot.Yukio Peter of Nauru bagged the gold, while Ben Turner of Australia took the silver.The Indian lifter was far from impressive as he could just lift 131 kgs in his first attempt in snatch event but failed in his next two attempts to heave 136 kgs.Meanwhile, Yukio Peter, the best-credentialled lifter in any division, predictably created a new Commonwealth Games record in snatch event with 148 kgs, to break Indian Satheesha Rai’s previously held record.But it came as a surprise when Felix Ekpo of Nigeria also finished the snatch event with a successful lift of 148 kgs as well to be placed on top.The next in line were Ben Turner of Australia (133 kgs), Cyprus’s Alexandros Amanatides (132 kgs) and India’s Sudhir Kumar (131 kgs) after the snatch event.Ben Turner later made it a combined lift of 308kg (133 in snatch and 175 in clean and jerk) and acquired the third position, leaving the top two lifters of the snatch event to fight for the gold.advertisementNauruan star Peter moved far ahead with a total of 333 kgs with his very first lift of 185 kgs and it never mattered that he could not lift 188 kgs in next two attempts.But unfortunately for Ekpo, he failed in his all three attempts in clean and jerk to lift 185 kgs to be disqualified, which gave Turner the silver and Sudhir, to the crowd’s delight, the bronze.
It was in a 12×12 CBI lock-up that Suresh Kalmadi spent his 67th birthday, far removed from the pomp that marks such occasions for the well-connected Congress MP in the past.There was no cake, no candles and no celebrations except for a visit by his son, Sumeer and three other members of his immediate family.The room in which he held though is in the new, swanky CBI headquarters building opened only on Saturday by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. During the Prime Minister’s presence at the function where he asked the agency to act without fear, Kalmadi is said have been shifted to the old CBI headquarters, which in no way detracted from the irony of the occasion.The family of Kalmadi, remanded to CBI custody following his arrest in the CWG scam, wanted to have a get together in his cell including cutting of a cake but the CBI wanted them to get the permission of the court which was not possible, according to a top official of the investigating agency.Kalmadi’s lawyer Hitesh Jain had approached the CBI to permit the cake-cutting but was told that this cannot be allowed without court’s clearance.Arrested by the CBI on April 25, Kalmadi is under CBI custody for eight days. The suspended Congress Lok Sabha MP from Pune was wished by some CBI officials questioning him in connection with the purchase of Time-Score-Result from Switzerland, agency sources said.His son refused to talk about how Kalmadi spent the day.”Birthdays are private affairs so I would request privacy on this issue.”advertisementKalmadi was arrested by CBI for allegedly awarding a contract for the Games to a Swiss company at an inflated rate of Rs 141 crore in a “pre-meditated” manner.The CBI has so far registered ten cases of which three are related to restoration work of two sporting venues, two are related to Queen Baton’s relay, while one each is related to overlays, contract given to Swiss Time Keeping, and contract given to SIS live for the coverage of the Games.- With PTI inputs
The ICC code of conduct commissioner Michael Beloff on Sunday dismissed the appeals of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir against their suspensions for alleged spot-fixing.The world governing body of the game had suspended the three Pakistani cricketers, including Mohammed Asif, last month when a British tabloid claimed that they were involved in spot-fixing.Fast bowler Asif had also challenged the suspension along with Test captain Butt and the 18-year-old Aamer, but had later withdrawn his appeal.”Having considered every aspect of the case I dismiss their appeals and they remain suspended,” Beloff told reporters outside the ICC headquarters in Dubai.The rejection of appeals means that all three cricketers will have to appear before a ICC code of conduct commission to pursue their case.”The players have denied the charges, but they will remain suspended before a code of conduct commission is formed to hear the case,” Beloff sad.The International Cricket Council said in a statement that Asif’s suspension will also continue.”After considering all the evidence Mr Beloff has rejected both challenges. As such, the players remain provisionally suspended from all cricket pending the outcome of the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal which will hear their disciplinary cases in due course.”As he chose not to challenge his provisional suspension, a third player – Mohammad Asif – also remains provisionally suspended,” the statement read.Beloff chose not to speak if the Pakistani cricketers were guilty.”It was not up to me to decide whether they committed any crime, the commission will establish their guilt and if they are found guilty then they will be given punishment as per the ICC code of conduct,” he said.advertisementThe two cricketers were accompanied by their lawyers — Butt by Khalid R Anjha, a former Law Minister, and former Pakistan player Aftab Gul, while Aamir was with Shahid Karim.British tabloid News of the World had shook the cricket world with a sting operation which had suspected bookmaker Mazhar Majeed claiming that he paid bribes to three cricketers for sending down no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England in late August.Scotland Yard is also carrying out a separate investigation into the case and has spoken to the three players and Majeed.After the Test series, the third One-dayer at the Oval also came under suspicion but the ICC later cleared the match of any wrongdoing.Pakistan Cricket Board had backed the players calling the entire episode a conspiracy. PCB chief Ijaz Butt had in fact created a flutter by saying that it was British players who took money to throw the Oval ODI.He though had to withdraw his comments after being threatened with legal action by the England and Wales Cricket Board.With inputs from PTI