The failure of the much-hyped Alzheimer’s drug being developed by the as-hyped Axovant Sciences, the biotech firm founded by 32-year-old Vivek Ramaswamy, in a final-stage trial has set analysts talking about the haste with which investors supported the venture. The company said on Sept. 26 that the drug, intepirdine, did not help patients and that it would stop testing it after it failed to meet the main goals marked out.“While we are deeply disappointed by these trial results, we also are saddened for the millions of patients and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease,” CEO David Hung said. “However, we believe that the fight against Alzheimer’s and other important areas of unmet need in neurology is too important to be derailed by this setback.” The statement sent Axovant shares plummeting by 70 per cent in the day’s trading to a record low of $6.13 in the morning. The firm was worth over $2.6 billion when the news of intepirdine’s failure came.Ramaswamy, who was hailed as a wonder boy in the field of biotechnology, expressed his disappointment at the development. “This is the single greatest failure of my career,” he told Forbes. “I feel much more accountable and it hurts me to have disappointed others who took a bet on something I believed in,” he added. “It’s a humbling day.”Axovant purchased intepirdine three years ago from GlaxoSmithKline for $5 million, milestone payments, and a 12.5 per cent royalty. The drug was deemed a failure by GlaxoSmithKline after four failed clinical trials. In the most recent trials involving patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s who were receiving background therapy, intepirdine failed to demonstrate statistically significant improvement in cognitive ability and showed no difference in daily living activities, as compared to a placebo.The company will now focus on other trials, Daily Mail reported. It will see the effect of intepirdine in people with Lewy Body Dementia, a neurodegenerative disease with symptoms that resemble those of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. The results are expected to come by the end of the year. Three other drugs are in earlier stages of development by Axovant.Ramaswamy had made news as a 29-year-old hedge fund investor three years ago when he founded Roivant Sciences, and chalked out plans to build an empire of pharmaceutical companies. The Manhattan-based entrepreneur bagged $1.1 billion from Softbank and other existing investors last month for the company, which is based in Basel, Switzerland. Roivant has five subsidiaries, including Axovant, which works on cure for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, and women’s health company Myovant Sciences..The Harvard and Yale alumnus addressed his employees at Roivant about the intepirdine failure, and expressed disappointment on behalf of Alzheimer’s patients and their families. “Some bets are worth taking and I hope others take bets on Alzheimer’s disease because if they don’t there is a looming public health catastrophe,” Ramaswamy said, Forbes reported. “We wanted to take our shot. We did. It failed.” Related ItemsAlzheimer’s researchAxovant Alzheimer’s drugAxovant trial failureIndian origin pharma entrepreneurIntepirdine failureRoivant Alzheimer’sVivek RamaswamyVIVEK RAMASWAMY ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCHVivek Ramaswamy Roivant
A Dubai-based human trafficking racket, that was allegedly luring victims on the grounds of getting them employed in the United Arab Emirates and sending them to prostitution agents instead, was busted by the Malkajgiri Police Special Operations Team in Telangana.Five people were arrested after the racket was busted by the police on Jan. 19, the Indian Express reported. The police are searching for over 30 other agents from Andhra Pradesh.The five persons arrested were identified as U Trimurthulu alias Murthy, 32, M Tathaji alias Nani, 26, 30-year-old P Dasu, 40-year-old G Rama Rao and S Murali, aged 37. The men hail from East Godavari and West Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh.“They were running the racket for more than 10 years. They have good contacts with manpower agents in Dubai as well as in Muscat, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain,” Ch R Umamaheshwara Sharma, the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Malkajgiri, said, Telangana Today reported.The gang focused on targeting rural women and promising them lucrative employment as cooks, caretakers, and housemaids in the UAE. The monthly salary they were offered was Rs 30,000.Sharma added that the women were exploited sexually by the suspects. A travel agency called Man Power Agencies (MPA) sent them to Dubai.“They came to know that they were cheated only after being handed over to local manpower consultancies and their passports forcibly seized,” he said.A complaint was lodged by a woman with the Ghatkesar police last year. She said that travel agents were luring innocent, illiterate women on the pretext of getting them high paying jobs in Dubai.U Trimurthulu or Murthy, a Dubai resident contacted the Ghatkesar resident, telling her that his friend there was looking to hire laborers. He promised her and her husband good salaries. The couple paid Murthy Rs 2.8 lakh for visa and air tickets, and he confiscated the couple’s passport and kept it with him for over one and a half years.According to the police, he then introduced the couple to P Srinu Babu, who took Rs 70,000 from them. Following this, the woman was sent to Dubai on Feb.12, 2017 on a tourist visa. When the woman reached Dubai, Babu sold her as a sex slave to MPA. The racketeers threatened her that if she did not cooperate, they would report her to police for illegal stay. Her husband was sent to Dubai after 10 days.“Indian agents in Dubai are employing sub-agents in villages of Andhra Pradesh. The five arrested agents have trafficked more than 100 people for flesh trade. Over 50 agents have been identified residing in Dubai. There are 33 agents in East and West Godavari districts, who would be apprehended soon” Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said, the report added.The police said that the couple had to cough up more money and were kept in confinement for around three months before the woman was sent back. After she returned to India, she lodged a complaint with the police. The agents then sent her husband back to India as they came to know that she had complained against them. Related ItemsHuman TraffickingUAEwomen’s rights
Indian American hotelier Nik Patel, who pleaded guilty to $179 million fraud and tried to flee the United States earlier this year, wanted to buy diamonds using $35 million in “dirty money,” according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Patel wanted to buy one of the rarest diamonds to launder the money through bank accounts in Dubai, according to a new FBI report. He was indicted in 2015 for the fraud and had been helping investigators recover the money since then. According to a report in Orlando Sentinel, Patel used the cooperation with the investigators as a shield to launder $35 million he had stolen.He reportedly also wanted to seek help from lawyers and consultants from around the world. The FBI caught Patel with a blueprint of this plan that also said that buying diamonds was the easiest way to launder money, the publication added.The documents also listed luxury cars valued at $500,000 in Ecuador, a bag of some kind of white powder seized at the airport, luxury watches, $20,000 in cash, and eight cellphones at his home.“This is the cleanest way to do the transaction, kill any trace, and cover everyone,” said the outline that the investigators attribute to Patel. “Legit stones are being bought, and the ‘trace’ ends there. Francesca did nothing wrong by buying the stone for the ‘client’ and neither did the person selling the stone.”Patel was arrested on Jan. 6 from Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Kissimmee, Florida. He was going to board a flight to Ecuador with an Indian passport. He had also made plans for his wife, Trisha, to flee the country a day after he did.Patel said that he was at the airport with Orlando businessman Kevin Timirchand and that both of them were planning to start a business in Ecuador. Timirchand allegedly hired the chartered plane that was going to take them to Ecuador. An American Ecuadoran attorney Estaban River is said to have helped Patel get asylum paperwork done.Patel’s company, First Farmers Financial LLC, had sold 26 fake loans to a Milwaukee financial firm, Pennant Management, totaling about $179 million. He had falsely said that the loans were guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.He had been out on bonded release since his initial arrest. He will be getting a sentence for the original fraud and attempt to flee on March 5. Related ItemsFraudIndian AmericanUnited States
An analysis by Association of Democratic Reforms and Odisha Election Watch has found that 26 out of 67 candidates with declared criminal cases won the last election to the Odisha Legislative Assembly against runners-up with a clean background.Among the 146 seats analysed in the report, there were 38 winners with a clean background who defeated a candidate with declared criminal cases. Of these 38 winners, six won with more than 25% margin of votes.As many as 45 candidates won with 50% and above of the total votes polled in their constituencies, while 101 candidates won with less than 50% of the total votes polled.According to the report, out of 112 winners of the Biju Janata Dal, 68 won with less than 50% of total votes polled.A total of 37 out of 95 crorepati candidates won against non-crorepati runners-up. Three of these 37 candidates won with more than 20% margin of votes. There were 22 non-crorepati winners who defeated crorepati runners-up. Two of them won with more than 25% of vote share. Of the 13 women winners, Latika Pradhan of the BJD won from the Kabisuryanagar seat with the highest vote share of 62.87% and 33.38% margin of victory.
A man was killed and his wife and nephew were injured when their relatives attacked them on the suspicion of the woman practising sorcery, at Marabai village under Kavisuryanagar police station in Odisha’s Ganjam district.Banamali Swain (40) died on Wednesday morning while he was being shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack from MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. His wife, Namita Swain, and nephew, Manu Swain, are being treated at MKCG Medical College and Hospital.Ms. Swain alleged that sons of her husband’s elder brother were behind the attack. They had accused her of practising sorcery and the ailments in their family.No arrests had been made till Wednesday afternoon.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Game 7 drew 54,086 fans in attendance and Cone couldn’t wait to tell his good friend and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra about it when he flies to the United States for a family reunion and watch an NBA game between Golden State and Miami at Oracle Arena in Oakland.READ: Game 7 breaks PBA attendance record anew 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“It’s unfathomable you’ll play in front of 54,000 people,” said Cone Friday at Philippine Arena. “I’ll watch the Warriors-Heat game in San Francisco and I’d get a chance to see Erik Spoelstra and I can’t wait to tell Erik that I just got through coaching in front of 54,000 people. That’s amazing.”The two coaches share a special bond and there will surely be a lot of ribbing happening when they catch up. Desiderio nails clutch 3 as UP forces tie at 4th with FEU Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE—As Tim Cone steered Barangay Ginebra to a 101-96 win over Meralco in Game 7 of the Governors’ Cup Finals, he knew he had just been part of something special.Not only did Cone chalk up his 20th title, he and the Gin Kings celebrated it in front of a record crowd at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 READ: More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6“He’s been in the NBA Finals and such but he’s never coached in front of 50,000 people so I got a one up on him,” said Cone. “It’s awesome, I’m proud of being part of it.”“Nobody does that, nobody coaches basketball in front of 54,000 people. Maybe 30,000, or 25,000. But 54,000? That’s such a privilege.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, tries to move the ball as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — The Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris combination worked so well that Denver went back to it two days later.It wasn’t scripted, but it paid off anyway.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harris hit the game winner against the Thunder on Thursday when Jokic found him with an inbounds pass with 1.4 seconds left and he drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer.This time Harris drove the baseline and went up to dunk, but Durant got a hand on it. The ball went out to Jokic in the corner, and he calmly drained a 3-pointer with 2:10 left to give the Nuggets a 107-104 lead.“Missed, dunk, layup, pass, assist. That was huge,” Jokic said. “I thought I heard the whistle because everybody stopped. I’m just going to shoot it. I’m glad I made it because I didn’t think about it.”After Curry missed a 26-footer, Jokic hit two free throws to make it 109-104 and Denver closed it out.“It was a tie ballgame, things had gone our way to the point where Gary Harris goes up for a dunk,” Curry said. “It was just one of those lucky kind of bounces, right to Jokic and he knocks down a 3 and he gets the crowd into it.”ADVERTISEMENT Jokic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer off a missed dunk by Harris, and the Nuggets rallied to beat the Golden State Warriors 115-108 on Saturday night.Jokic finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Will Barton had 25 points and Harris 16 for the Nuggets, who split the four games with Golden State this season. Denver rallied from 12 down in the second half to hand the Warriors their second loss in three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKevin Durant scored 31 points and Stephen Curry had 24 for Golden State.“It was huge, especially coming off an emotional win over (Oklahoma City),” Harris said. “For us to come and get the defending world champs was huge.” AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harris joked he deserved an assist on the play but wasn’t credited with one.“It was definitely a pass and I’m sticking with it,” he said.Durant, who didn’t attempt a shot in the first quarter, was 12 of 16 from the field the rest of the game. He had nine points in the fourth when Golden State appeared to take control, but Denver rallied to take a 102-99 lead on Barton’s 3-pointer.The Warriors still had a chance down 109-105 but Nick Young missed everything on a 3-point attempt. He and Durant were then hit with technicals and Jamal Murray hit the free throws with 28 seconds left.“They hit some shots tonight,” Durant said. “We made plays but down the stretch we couldn’t get it done.”TIP-INSWarriors: F David West (personal reasons) and Jordan Bell (left ankle) were out of the lineup. … G Shaun Livingston returned after missing Friday’s game for personal reasons. … C JaVale McGee had five fouls in 6:15 but also finished with a game-high four blocks.Nuggets: Trey Lyles had 15 points and 10 rebounds. … F Mason Plumlee missed his third straight game with a right calf strain. … F Wilson Chandler did not take part in the morning shootaround due to illness but was in the starting lineup and had five points in 23 minutes. … The announced crowd of 20,103 is the largest for a Nuggets game in Pepsi Center history.ONE-LEGGED MANDenver got a scare when Murray left the game with a right leg injury after he collided with Draymond Green on a drive into the lane less than a minute in. He went to the locker room and came back to the bench with his right thigh heavily wrapped. Ramirez dominates Ahmed with 6th round stoppage Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Murray played 28 minutes and had 12 of his 15 points after halftime. After the game he got some treatment, and his teammates praised his effort.“I was worried but then I remembered it was Jamal and he was going to figure a way to get back on the court,” Harris said. “He’s a tough kid. The bruise is going to be ugly in the morning but he’s a competitor. He’ll go out there and play on one leg. That’s just the type of guy he is.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? 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NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Lassiter open to Gilas return Following Magnolia’s loss to San Miguel, Alaska now tied with the Hotshots in second place with a 6-2 record. The Aces are currently the hottest team in the league having won six straight games, but their streak wouldn’t have reached this far if it wasn’t for Manuel’s production this past week that eventually earned him the Player of the Week honor.The 6-foot-4 Manuel posted 21 points and five rebounds to lead Alaska past GlobalPort, 105-98, in overtime on Sunday in Antipolo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe also sparked the Aces to a 93-75 rout of the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Wednesday with 10 points and three rebounds off the bench.Manuel averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals off the bench during that stretch. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFree from injuries, Vic Manuel is reminding everyone that he’s still among the best big men in the PBA.Manuel has regained his deadly form and he has been one of the major reasons for Alaska’s rise in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Yun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold View comments Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines performs during the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Michael Christian Martinez failed to advance in the men’s single figure skating, finishing 28th in the short program Friday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Gangneung Ice Arena.The 21-year-old could only muster 55.56 points–26.04 from technical elements and 29.52 from presentation–in his short program performance, good for third to the last place among 30 skaters.ADVERTISEMENT Only the top 24 skaters from the short program are advancing to the free skate round which is slated on Saturday.Though Martinez had a clean run without deductions, most of his moves were seen as largely basic compared to the level of difficulty of the routines of the other competitors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: PH bet Michael Martinez puts on flawless show in Olympics short programYuzuru Hanyu of Japan lead all the skaters with 111.68 points, followed by Javier Fernandez of Spain with 107.58 and Shoma Uno of Japan with 104.87. Back in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Martinez proceeded to the next round after ranking 19th with his 64.81 points in the short program. He then ended up at 20th place after getting a 119.44 points in the free skate round.The Philippines’ medal hopes in the quadrennial Games now hinges on Asa Miller, who will compete in the men’s giant slalom in the alpine skiing event on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ
Conor McGregor watches replays after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Although his fighter took a painful loss, UFC President Dana White is extremely proud of his Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor after going toe-to-toe with iconic boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 10 rounds.With the Irish sensation showing promise in the ring despite the defeat, the UFC head honcho was asked if he’d be ok if McGregor returns to the boxing ring again.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda clobbers Arellano to end 1st round on seven-game streak Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 “I would rather he did not,” White said, as relayed by MMA Fighting. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed use his hands.”McGregor’s transition from the octagon to the boxing might open some doors for other MMA fighters to do so as well, but White made it clear that this was a special case.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 opening“I don’t even want to talk about my other guys in a boxing match,” he said. “This one was these two big superstars, this thing built from the bottom up from the fans to the media and then up to us when we even started remotely considering something like this. It was a special event and a rare event. I’m not looking to do this again.”McGregor looked comfortable in the early minutes of the fight, but was visibly slowing down in rounds 4 and 5. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “It’s not the fight I thought it would be, it was a completely different fight than I expected,” White told the news outlet. “When you get into professional boxing, you guys know, you start four rounds, you go six rounds. He went 10 rounds tonight with arguably the greatest to ever do it.”Regardless of the result, White still has full support of his fighter and is not rushing him for a comeback to the octagon anytime soon.“We’re not talking about fighting tonight,” White said. “He put on a great performance. We’re not talking about fighting. You know how he is. When he’s ready, he’ll let me know.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—reportADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES View comments
Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a hit at the box office and could end up the biggest pay-per-view ever, with an estimated 50 million people watching in the United States alone.Preliminary figures released by Showtime PPV on Friday showed the fight was tracking in the “mid to high” 4 million range, threatening the 4.6 million record set by Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao. Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza said the number will likely rise some as more firm figures come in.ADVERTISEMENT The pay-per-view numbers include streaming on the Showtime and UFC apps as well as cable and satellite television buys. The fight was held up briefly because of some streaming issues, but Espinoza said reports of widespread problems with the online feed were overblown.“We were particularly pleased with the digital streaming aspect,” he said. “It was our first venture going direct to consumers on Showtime and we were thrilled. We generated over four times the buys we had expected online.”There were also reports of several million illegal streams of the fight and Espinoza said Showtime’s anti-piracy technicians saw more illegal streams than any previous fight. But he said the nature of the fight meant groups of people gathered to watch it, and that most bought it legitimately to be guaranteed the best possible feed.“We knew we had a massive event with huge interest,” he said. “And we knew a huge amount of people were going to be watching, including some who watched illegally.”Mayweather improved to 50-0 in what he said was his last fight, while McGregor is expected to return to UFC following his only pro fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Barcelona closes transfer market with whimper MOST READ 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “It’s a little soon to be predicting a record,” said Espinoza, who heads sports for Showtime. “But the record is definitely within reach.”Estimates vary, but if an average of 10 people watched each pay-per-view the total audience for Saturday’s fight in the US could reach 50 million people, or nearly one in six Americans.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 opening“I’d absolutely call this a complete success,” Espinoza said. “This was a fight that had massive expectations in both the fight itself and the business results. It lived up to those expectations in every respect.”At $99.95 a buy, the pay-per-view generated at least $450 million in revenue on domestic television alone, money from which each fighter gets an undisclosed percentage. Mayweather estimated after the fight he would make $300-350 million, while McGregor said his take would be around $100 million. Though the fight suffered some at the box office because of extremely high ticket prices, it hit the kind of numbers on pay-per-view that promoters were hoping for. When added all together the fight could generate some $600 million in total revenue, which would be along the lines of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round, the first time he has had a real stoppage in nearly a decade. But McGregor’s performance also won some applause, as he boxed better in his first boxing match as a pro than many thought he would.Assuming the preliminary estimates hold up, Mayweather will have participated in the top four pay-per-view events of all time. His fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 sold 2.4 million pay-per-views, and his 2014 fight with Canelo Alvarez sold 2.2 million.Espinoza said he should know by next week whether the fight will end up No. 1 or No. 2 on the all-time list. But he said the early estimates were lower than what the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight ended up to be, and that this would likely go higher, too.“There could be a good amount of growth between the initial numbers and where we eventually end up,” Espinoza said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 View comments
India need to cut down on the amount of cricket they play, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.Akram said the upcoming South African tour just before the World Cup in February has been ill-timed and will only exhaust the Indian players.”I have been keenly following Indian cricket for a while and I can say that they are playing too much cricket,” he said.Making a balanced cricketing calendar has been a problem with the BCCI for the last five to six years.”There is a serious overkill. India play too many matches round the year and no wonder their fast bowlers are getting injured far too often,” said Akram.”I will beg to differ with Imran Khan’s views on India’s upcoming tour of South Africa. Imran has said a tough tour of South Africa ahead of the World Cup will stand India in good stead. Not really.”No matter how good the players’ form is, the South Africa series will end just a couple of weeks before the World Cup and that is little too close. Although, they may not be tired physically but it will certainly take a mental toll on the Indian cricketers.Such a long tour is quite tiring and there is a great risk of injuries,” the legendary pacer said. India’s South Africa tour starts on December 16 and involves three Tests, a Twenty20 and five ODIs.Commenting upon India’s 5-0 win over New Zealand in the just- concluded ODI series at home, Akram said the result has once again proved India’s might in world cricket.advertisement”The 5-0 clean sweep against New Zealand does not say that New Zealand were a weak side but the result clearly indicates India have a strong bench strength. Even after resting the seniors before the South African tour, India easily outplayed the Kiwis in the Tests and ODIs.””The Black Caps are no pushovers in the limited- over format and to beat them convincingly speaks volumes about India’s young guns. Players like Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan rose to the challenge at crucial junctures to help Gautam Gambhir lead an inspired show in the ODIs,” said Akram.- With PTI inputs
Kings XI Punjab strike bowler Praveen Kumar on Thursday said all his disappointment of missing the World Cup vanished after India won the showpiece event under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership earlier this month.Originally named in the Indian squad, Praveen missed the World Cup because of an ankle injury and was replaced by S Sreesanth at the last minute.”It’s always a big disappointment to miss out on the World Cup, that’s quite obvious. But it did not matter in the end as we won the World Cup. That was the biggest joy, nothing can be greater than winning the World Cup,” Praveen said.”Yes I’ve come out of that phase for a long time now. Injuries are part and parcel of every sportperson’s career. I was at NCA rehab and it helped me a lot. Since most of the matches were in India, it was not a big disappointment. We would catch up on all the matches especially when Bangalore hosted. We used to watch from NCA,” he said.The Kings XI pacer said he is focusing on the ongoing Indian Premier League and a comeback in the Indian Team is the last thing on his mind at present. “The focus is just to play good cricket, that’s it. My target is to bowl well, in good line and length with variations.”Ishant (Sharma) got five wickets yesterday while at the same time you tend to concede more than 10 in some matches. This is all about Twenty20. Anything can happen. We don’t think much but to bowl line and length,” Praveen said.advertisementPraveen said his side’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday will be a tough contest.”Both are good teams. They have good opening and middle-order batsmen. So it’s going to be a tough contest. We are also doing well, our openers are in fine nick. But as a bowler you tend to get hit in Twenty20. It’s going to be very competitive.”Asked to about Duncan Fletcher who has been appointed as India coach for a period of two years yesterday, Praveen said: “I heard only recently. I saw him only during the England tour. I have no idea (about him).”– With PTI inputs
Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag scored a quick-fire 80 and then his bowlers struck thick and fast as Delhi beat Kochi by 38 runs during an IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. Score | PhotosChasing 158, Kochi were all out for 119 with Delhi paceman Morne Morkel and left-arm spinner Roelof Erasmus van der Merwe sharing six wickets between them. The striking part was that Van der Merwe took three wickets in the 19th over even as Kochi ran out of batsmen with seven balls to spare.Like Delhi, Kochi too started off on a poor note with three wickets falling in the first five overs. Opener Michael Klinger fell to a Morne Morkel ball in the second over then the other opener Brendon McCullum fell to Irfan Pathan in the third over when the team total was 15.Parthiv Patel too could not last long and departed in the fifth over off Pathan when Kochi were batting on 28.Captain Mahela Jayawardene stayed in the middle for some time. But he did not make any significant change in the scoreboard and fell in the 10th over off Ajit Agarkar putting just 18 runs on board. Kochi were 50/4 post his fall.On the first ball of the 14th over Morkel scalped Brad Hodge on 27 with wicketkeeper Naman Ojha performing the final rites with his stumping. Kochi were down to 77/5.Balachandra Akhil became Morkel’s third victim in the 16th over and the only man, who could save Kochi from the jaws of defeat, was Ravindra Jadeja. Ajdeja fell to Ajit Agarkar on 31 on the last ball of the 18th over and Kochi were reduced to 118/7.advertisementThe first ball of the 19th over saw new man Ramesh Powar walk back clean bowled by Roelof van der Merwe on a duck. A ball later van der Merwe clean bowled S Sreesanth and then on the penultimate ball of the 19th over he bowled R Vinay Kumar on 11 and Kochi were all out for 119 with seven balls to spare.Delhi innings Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag played a captain’s knock scoring a fine 80 and helping the team post a good 157/7 against Kochi during an IPL match.Earlier, Delhi captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bat against Kochi in the 36th match of the IPL-4.Kochi paceman S Sreesanth struck in the second over to send opener David Warner back when the score was 4. The ball moved away from the left-hander, kept low and entered the bat-pad gate and uprooted his off stump.Two balls later new man Naman Ojha too was walking back with an LBW written against his initials and Delhi were down to 4/2.There was no respite for the Delhi batsmen as in-form batsman Venugopal Rao too departed in the seventh over off Ravindra Jadeja ball adjudged LBW on 1. Delhi lost their third wicket on 35.Finally, Delhi opener and captain Virender Sehwag and Yogesh Nagar salvaged the innings for Delhi staying in the middle and thwarting the opposition attack. Sehwag went on to complete his half-century.But as soon as he reached there, Sehwag upped the tempo and started converting singles into doubles and during one such effort in the 15th over Yogesh Nagar, a slow runner between the wickets ended up getting run out on 22. Their fourth wicket stand ended 94.But Sehwag was still at the crease and he continued to play the captain’s knock, providing the much-needed stability to the innings. And he task didn’t end there for he also had to speed up the run rate and he did that in fine fashion hitting boundaries and over the fence shots off the balls that warranted such play. He scored a fine 80 off 47 balls hitting eight fours and five sixes on the way.R Vinay Kumar got the better of Sehwag with a slower ball that was hit by him towards the boundary where Brad Hodge took a fine catch. Delhi were 132/5 post his fall.Delhi’s Aussie import Travis Birt fell in the next over off Ramesh Powar when the team total was 145.Delhi managed to score 157/7 in 20 overs with Irfan Pathan remaining unbeaten on 13 while his partner Roelof van der Merwe got run out on the last ball of the innings.
England’s man of the day Jonathan Trott believes that first Test is evenly poised and expected India to make a strong comeback on second morning of test match on Friday.”The game is even really. India will obviously try to make inroads as a bowling unit while we, who played pretty well on Thursday have a lot of hard work on Friday,” stated Trott who, including his unbeaten 58 on Thursday, now has 564 runs from four Tests at Lord’s at an average of 141.00 with two centuries.In order to make England progress smoothly on Friday, Trott wasn’t willing to look too far ahead in the present game.”Our job is to combat and do what best we can, not looking too far ahead. We ought to first get through half an hour, then one hour or somebody’s good spell. We need to work as a pair and score as high as possible.”Indian left-arm seamer Zaheer KhanThere’s a speculation now if Zaheer would be fit to bowl further in this test as the initial reports of cramp from the dressing room have given way to suspicions of a hamstring strain.Trott has no doubt that Indian left-arm seamer would be fit tomorrow.”I would not be worrying about Zaheer?I would rather believe that he would be ready to be bowling tomorrow-that’s the way we prepare.” .While admitting the conditions were testing on the first day at the Lord’s, Trott didn’t rule out the chance of the pitch easing out if the next four days are bright and sunny.advertisement”It rained a lot last night and Lord’s has been pretty much under cover for the last few days. Most teams would have chosen to bowl first for it can get better and stay quite flat.”Trott got two reprieves from the Indian fielders at 8 and 32 but rather than term himself lucky, viewed as part and parcel of the game.”Sometimes you nick the first ball and while fielding, sometimes screamers are accepted and you put down simple ones.”Trott, modestly, believed that his record at Lord?s was good because as a playing unit, England play two Tests each summer at this venue.With inputs from PTI
Vidya Balan has grown comfortable in her sex bomb avatar. After racy posters of The Dirty Picture took the nation by storm is all set to create more sensation.She will sport another raunchy avatar, this time doing an item number with none other than Amitabh Bachchan in a film titled Enjoy Your Life! “I picked up the role in the film because I wanted to do something beyond wearing suits and sarees. I also have an item number in the film with Amitabh Sir,” Vidya said.Vidya has gone ultra sexy from being a prim, proper and low key girl. In The Dirty Picture , she kisses Tusshar Kapoor, Emran and Naseeruddin Shah. In fact, Hashmi, infamous for being the ‘serial kisser’ has said Vidya wins hands down in the kissing department! Now that’s a compliment.
Welcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the third day of the second Test between India and New Zealand from the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday. Score | PhotosInd vs NZ second Test Day 3ONE FOR THE RECORD: New Zealand’s lead is close to 250, and India will have to achieve the fifth-highest successful chase ever in the country if they want to win.DAY 3 SUMMARY: India have the edge at the end of the day. It was a day that had a lot of wickets in it, 14 to be precise. After getting bowled out, India did well to come back with the ball and really made New Zealand toil hard for their runs. Not a single Kiwi batsman was able to register a score of 50 or more and that resulted in New Zealand ending the day with the loss of 9 wickets. The spinners did the trick again for Dhoni and Umesh Yadav assisted the bowlers well with his pace and bounceBRIEF SCORES: New Zealand 365 all out (Taylor 113, Ojha 5/99) and 232/9 (James Franklin 41; R Ashwin 5/69) vs India 353 (Kohli 103; Southee 7/64)5:00 pm | 68.6 overs: Umesh Yadav to Jeetan Patel, 1 run, fuller length delivery angled in to the right hander on the off stump, Patel hangs his bat out at it and the ball goes off the inside edge, past the stumps to square leg for a single. STUMPS Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease4:50 pm | 66.1 overs: WICKET! This one’s for Ojha! Ojha to Doug Bracewell, out Lbw!! Double blow! Flighted on middle, pitches and straightens, Bracewell pushes down the wrong line and gets struck on the front pad right in front of middle, Ojha appeals and the umpire has no hesitation in raising the index finger. Doug Bracewell lbw b Ojha 22(43) [4s-3] (NZ 222/9 in 66.1 overs)advertisementJeetan Patel, right handed bat, comes to the crease4:46 pm | 65.6 overs: WICKET! A fiver for Ashwin; there’s more to come though… Ashwin to Southee, out Bowled!! The perfect off break! Flighted just outside off, draws Southee in to the drive, the ball pitches and spins sharply in to the right hander and goes through the gap between bat and pad to clip the top of middle. Southee b Ashwin 2(11) (NZ 222/8 in 65.6 overs)Tim Southee, right handed bat, comes to the crease4:35 pm | 61.5 overs: WICKET! That’s the fourth one for Ashwin! Ashwin to Franklin, out Stumped!! Wonderful bowling! Tossed up outside off, Franklin comes down the track and swings across the line but gets beaten as the ball spins away from him after pitching and it goes through to Dhoni who whips off the bails in a flash. Franklin was absolutely beaten by the flight and turn there. Franklin st Dhoni b Ashwin 41(90) [4s-3] (NZ 216/7 in 61.5 overs)Doug Bracewell, right handed bat, comes to the crease4:07 pm | 55.4 overs: WICKET! Plumb and Kurger van Wyk takes a walk! Ashwin to van Wyk, out Lbw!! This time the finger goes up! Flighted on middle, van Wyk tries to defend off the front foot but ends up playing down the wrong line, the ball crashes in to his front pad, in front of middle and leg, Ashwin appeals and the umpire raises the index finger. van Wyk lbw b Ashwin 31(48) [4s-3] (NZ 195/6 in 55.4 overs)3:58 pm | 52.6 Overs: Ojha to van Wyk, FOUR, flighted on middle, van Wyk gets down on one knee and sweeps it powerfully to send the ball racing away to the deep square leg fence. NZ lead is 200 runs at the moment.3:40 pm | 49.4 overs: Umesh Yadav to van Wyk, no run, OUCH! Banged in short on the off stump, van Wyk walks down the track and then tries to duck, he takes his eyes off the ball and gets struck on the helmet. van Wyk looks shaken and the physio has come on to the ground3:33 pm | 49 overs: NZ are 168/5 at the stage with James Franklin (29 n.o.) and Kurger van Wyk (13 n.o.) in the middle. The game is evenly balanced at the moment. A wicket here can tilt the match in India’s favour. DRINKS breakKruger van Wyk, right handed bat, comes to the crease2:55 pm | 40.5 overs: WICKET! That’s the second one for Ashwin today… Ashwin to Flynn, out Caught by Sehwag!! Flighted outside off, Flynn tries to run it down to third man but gets cramped for space and eventually ends up getting an outside edge that goes straight to Sehwag at 1st slip. Flynn c Sehwag b Ashwin 31(65) [4s-6] (NZ 140/5 in 40.5 overs)2:50 pm | Light drizzle at this M Chinnaswamy Stadium.2:48 pm | 39.1 overs: Zaheer to Flynn, no run, 110.4 kph, bouncer dug in very short, and rises gently over the ducking batsmanadvertisement2:30 pm | 35.1 overs: Zaheer to Flynn, no run, fuller length delivery on the off stump, Flynn drives it off the front foot to the man at mid-offFINAL SESSION | The players are back out to the middle, and are ready for the final sessionSECOND SESSION SUMMARY: The post-lunch session started off very poorly for NZ. Umesh Yadav snapped up the openers quickly. Ross Taylor batted confidently but he was snapped up by Ojha yet again. Flynn has managed to play solidly while Franklin is looking to be positive. The Indian bowlers will be buoyed by their performance in this session and they will look to take some quick wickets after the interval. NZ 123/4 (Daniel Flynn 25*, James Franklin 11*) 2:10 pm | 34.6 overs: Ashwin to Franklin, no run, flatter ball on middle, Franklin keeps it out to safety and that will be TEA>2:07 pm | 34.5 overs: Ashwin to Franklin, FOUR, wonderfully done by Franklin,fd but too full just outside off, Franklin threads the drive past the gap at cover and mid off, the ball scoots away to the wide long off fenceJames Franklin, left handed bat, comes to the crease1:48 pm | 28.3 overs: WICKET! India get their man! Ojha to Ross Taylor, out Lbw!! Ojha gets a massive wicket. Taylor moves to the off side and once again attempts the slog sweep, Ojha darts this delivery full and quick on the stumps, it straightens as Taylor swings and misses as the ball hits the front pad, Ojha appeals and the umpire has no hesitation in lifting the finger, that was plumb. Ross Taylor lbw b Ojha 35(66) [4s-3] (NZ 111/4 in 28.3 overs)1:35 pm | 25.1 overs: FOUR and 100 comes up for NZ. Ashwin to Flynn, FOUR, quick and short delivery outside off, Flynn uses the pace and cracks it to the deep backward point fence.Daniel Flynn, left handed bat, comes to the creaseDRINKS are on the field now. New Zealand are in big trouble here. The rest of the batting line-up looks fragile. Taylor is the key for the Kiwis here.1:12 pm | 17.6 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to Williamson, out Caught by Sehwag!! Ashwin strikes in his first over. This is the top-spinner that is bowled slightly quicker, it spins back in and bounces a touch more, Williamson pushes at it and the thick edge is snapped up at first slip. Williamson c Sehwag b Ashwin 13(37) [4s-2] (NZ 69/3 in 17.6 overs)1:05 pm | 15.1 overs: Umesh Yadav to Ross Taylor, FOUR, fabulous batting from Taylor, good length delivery just outside off, Taylor comes on the frontfoot and presents the high elbow as he spanks the drive past the gap at extra cover for a boundary, he threaded the gap superbly thereRoss Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease12:25 pm | 7.1 overs: WICKET! Another one for Umesh! Umesh Yadav to Brendon McCullum, out Caught by Dhoni!! Yadav seems to have had a wonderful lunch. Good length ball in the zone outside off and it nips away, Brendon pokes at it uncertainly and the thin outside edge is snapped up by Dhoni, NZ are in a spot of bother here. Brendon McCullum c Dhoni b Umesh Yadav 23(21) [4s-3] (NZ 31/2 in 7.1 overs)advertisementKane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease12:15 pm | 5.3 overs: WICKET! In-swinger from Umesh gets the desired result…Umesh Yadav to Guptill, out Bowled!! Yadav gets the breakthrough. He spears in a low full toss on the off stump, Guptill looks to drive it down the ground but gets an inside edge that uproots the leg stump, one hand came off the bat handle as Guptill played that, he is walking back in disbelief. Guptill b Umesh Yadav 7(16) [4s-1] (NZ 30/1 in 5.3 overs)12:10 pm | 5.1 overs: Umesh Yadav to Brendon McCullum, no run, full ball slanted in on the middle and leg stump, Brendon pushes it to mid on SECOND SESSION | New Zealand have started off positively and they will have to start all over again. The Indian players are out in the middle. Three slips in place as Umesh Yadav starts off proceedings.LUNCH SUMMARY: New Zealand have batted positively in the short period just before lunch. Brendon McCullum has batted confidently but he survived an LBW shout on 15. The Kiwis will have an even bigger battle in the second session as they confront India’s spin duo of Ashwin and Ojha. Join us in 40 minutes for the second session. New Zealand are 29/0 at the stage with opener McCullum and Guptill in the middle.Brief score: New Zealand: 365 (Ross Taylor 113, Pragyan Ojha 5/99) & 29/0 vs India 353 (Virat Kohli 103, MS Dhoni 62, Suresh Raina 55; Tim Southee 7/64)11:30 am | 4.6 overs: LUNCH – Zaheer to Guptill, no run, fullish ball and wobbling away outside off, Guptill shoulders arms and that will be lunch11:20 am | 2.3 overs: Zaheer to Brendon McCullum, leg byes, 1 run, loud shout for an LBW but not given, Brendon is a lucky man indeed, back of a length delivery just outside off, Brendon moves to the off side and tries to work it to the leg side, it nips back in and hits Brendon on the pads, Zaheer appeals but umpire Steve Davis is unmoved, that would have hit middle and leg stump, poor call that11:12 am | 0.3 overs: Zaheer to Brendon McCullum, FOUR, Brendon gets off the pair, short of length ball and wide of the off stump, Brendon hops back and crashes it to the deep point fence to get off the mark in style11:10 am | NZ INNINGS – Brendon McCullum and Guptill are at the crease. Brendon McCullum is on strike. Zaheer will open the attackSUMMARY: The morning has belonged to Tim Southee. He now has the third best figures by a New Zealand bowler in Tests by picking up 7/64. Kohli got to his 2nd Test ton while Dhoni scored an aggressive fifty. Southee then ran through the lower order but Ashwin and Umesh Yadav delayed the end slightly. New Zealand have a slender lead of 12 runs and they will have a tricky period just before lunch.1st innings: NZ 365 all out (Taylor 113, Ojha 5/99) vs India 353 (Kohli 103; Southee 7/64)11:05 am | 96.5 overs: WICKET! And it’s innings for India. Boult to Umesh Yadav, out Bowled!! Boult finally breaks this stand. He comes round the wicket and slants this good length ball in, it nips back in further as Yadav looks to defend, gets an inside edge onto the back thigh pad and it hits the leg stump, NZ have a lead of 12 runs. Umesh Yadav b Boult 4(21) [4s-1] (India 353 all out)11:00 am | 95.6 overs: Southee to Ashwin, FOUR, full ball on middle and off, Ashwin latches onto it and wallops the straight drive up and over mid on, the ball screams away to the long on fence10:56 pm | 95.3 overs: Southee to Ashwin, FOUR, the frustration mounts for NZ, full ball but he fires it outside the leg stump, Ashwin uses the pace and flicks it to the fine leg fence10:30 am | 89.6 overs: Southee to Umesh Yadav, FOUR, edged but safe, fuller length ball speared in on off stump and it curves away sharply, Yadav pokes at it and the outside edge falls just in front of van Wyk, it goes past him and to the third man fence.10:27 am | 89.3 overs: DROPPED! Southee to Ashwin, 1 run, catch dropped by Guptill, this yorker length ball swerves away late outside off, Ashwin does not move his feet as he tries to squeeze it out, gets an outside edge to second slip, Guptill dives to his right but spills the chance.Umesh Yadav, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:19 am | 87.6 overs: WICKET! 7th wickets for Southee in the innings… Southee to Ojha, out Caught by van Wyk!! Southee continues to rock. Back of a length delivery and it is again bowled with a scrambled seam, it nips away as Ojha pushes at it, gets a faint outside edge and van Wyk does the rest. Ojha c van Wyk b Southee 0(4) (India 320/9 in 87.6 overs)Pragyan Ojha, left handed bat, comes to the crease10:14 am | 87.2 overs: WICKET! And that’s a sixth one for Southee… Southee to Zaheer, out Caught by van Wyk!! Best figures for Southee in Tests. What a spell this has been. Short ball and it again climbs up sharply from the deck, it straightens just outside off as Zaheer hops and looks to fend it to the off side, the ball takes the outside edge and van Wyk snaps it up. Zaheer c van Wyk b Southee 7(5) [6s-1] (India 320/8 in 87.2 overs)Zaheer Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:00 am | 85.5 overs: WICKET! And the skipper takes a walk! Southee to Dhoni, out Lbw!! Southee gets his 50th wicket in Tests. It is also his second five wicket haul. Once again Southee bowls this delivery with a scrambled seam, it pitches on a good length and nips back in, Dhoni tries to work it to the leg side and the ball hits him on the front pad, NZ appeal for an LBW and umpire Steve Davis has no problem in raising the finger, that was hitting leg stump. Dhoni lbw b Southee 62(94) [4s-8 6s-2] (India 312/7 in 85.5 overs)Ravichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease9:50 am | 83.3 overs: WICKET! And Kohli departs soon after his ton! Southee to Virat Kohli, out Lbw!! No shot offered and Kohli departs. Good length ball bowled with a scrambled seam and it is angled in, Kohli misjudges it completely and decides to shoulder arms, the ball thuds into the front pad and Southee appeals for an LBW, umpire Steve Davis raises the finger, that ball was hitting off stump. Virat Kohli lbw b Southee 103(193) [4s-14 6s-1] (India 301/6 in 83.3 overs)9:40 am | 80.6 overs: 100 up for Kohli! Boult to Virat Kohli, FOUR, 2nd Test century for Kohli, what a knock this has been, full ball on the pads, easy picking for Kohli as he clips it to the deep mid wicket fence, he is all smiles as he raises his arms in triumph9:35 am | 80.1 overs: 50 up for Dhoni! Boult to Dhoni, FOUR, awesome way to get to his 26th Test fifty, full ball angled across and it bends back in on middle, Dhoni negotiates the swing by presenting the full face of the bat and punchily driving it straight down the ground for a boundary9:30 am | 78.4 overs: Doug Bracewell to Virat Kohli, FOUR, majestically done by Kohli, full ball but angling it in on the pads, Kohli uses his wrists nicely and flicks it to to deep backward square leg, Southee dives to his left but he cannot stop it9:27 am | Right, we are all set to start. Kohli is seven runs away from a wonderful ton. Bracewell is going to start off proceedings. The new ball is just two overs away. Two slips and a gully in place.Ind vs NZ second Test Day 2DAY 2 SUMMARY: New Zealand’s bowling performance early in the day was really admirable. The new ball bowlers troubled the top order with pace and swing and India were in a spot of bother at 80/4. Suresh Raina dazzled with a counter-attacking knock with Kohli giving him company. Later, Virat Kohli put on another good stand with his skipper and both these stands together have added 203 runs. India are now in a comfortable position with two set batsmen at the crease and Ashwin to come. The second new ball might trouble them, but the silver lining for the Indian spinners is tha the pitch has begun to assist turn.1st innings: NZ 365 all out (Taylor 113, Ojha 5/99) vs India 283/5 in 78 overs (Kohli batting 93; Southee 3/35)
Circles of SilenceBy Preeti Singh Hodder and StoughtonSomewhere around chapter two, aptly titled “Ennui”, a dark suspicion takes hold of the reader. It is confirmed by the time you reach “The Red Serviettes” and “Heart to Heart”.Though Circles of Silence does its best to masquerade as Yet Another Indian Novel,Circles of SilenceBy Preeti Singh Hodder and StoughtonSomewhere around chapter two, aptly titled “Ennui”, a dark suspicion takes hold of the reader. It is confirmed by the time you reach “The Red Serviettes” and “Heart to Heart”.Though Circles of Silence does its best to masquerade as Yet Another Indian Novel within the respectable embrace of Hodder and Stoughton’s covers, it cannot deny its true self: it has the soul of a Mills and Boon.The footprints of that genre are unmistakable. Women in shoulder-length curls sport diamond-and-pearl earrings and are draped in mithai pink crepe saris as they exchange brittle conversation with other women in mushroom-and-peach coloured crepe saris.The heroine, dishevelled after a bomb blast in an Egypt restaurant, “surrenders completely” to the hero’s kiss, though (being the hero), “his touch was soft and gentle, as if aware that this was hardly the moment”.To justify its 503 pages, Preeti Singh must go beyond boy-meets-girl, so she tosses in a Gothic side plot, a fakir with strange powers, a birthmark of unusual aspect and even a bit of ersatz feminism. Rattan is the quintessential good Indian boy, picking up a veneer of “cosmopolitan sophistication” at Boston University but returning to India for an arranged marriage.His wife, Tanvi, and he make a decent go of it, despite her lurking fear of Rattan’s mother, the formidable Pammi. Until Tanvi walks into the wrong room at the wrong time and sees something nasty in the woodshed.She’s found hanging from the ceiling fan, the feminist activists next door hurl hysterical accusations against the family and (significantly) Ram Singh, bearer and Pammi’s confidant, twirls his moustache and indicates that there’s more than meets the eye here.advertisementRattan, now legitimately equipped with a dark past, escapes to Egypt, where he meets Nalini, the daughter of the Indian ambassador. Many twists later, the two have done the requisite amount of grappling with the past as well as with each other.Ram Singh the fakir and Pammi return for cameo appearances, Pammi having exchanged her mushroom-and-peach crepes for white cotton saris that match her new-found zeal for bhajans and repentance.To call Preeti Singh an emerging Indian writer might be taking things too far. A few years ago, someone attempted to introduce the Rose of Romance to India, but those custom-made Mills and Boons sank without a trace. They should have called in Singh.
ECONOMY CLASS: Sunil Gavaskar speaks up for ex-playersMumbai: In a letter to BCCI President A.C. Muthiah, cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has demanded that the board treat ex-players better, instead of paying fat salaries to foreign consultants.The letter, dated September 11, 2000, came after Gavaskar read recently that former Test captain,ECONOMY CLASS: Sunil Gavaskar speaks up for ex-playersMumbai: In a letter to BCCI President A.C. Muthiah, cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has demanded that the board treat ex-players better, instead of paying fat salaries to foreign consultants.The letter, dated September 11, 2000, came after Gavaskar read recently that former Test captain Polly Umrigar was given economy class airfare to attend a meeting of the National Cricket Academy committee in Bangalore. He said he was not making a case for ex-players, but “surely economy class travel can be avoided”.Polly UmrigarGavaskar also brought up the issue of the board officials commandeering passes during international games in the country, giving ex-players a raw deal. (Ex-players get a single non transferable ticket while ex-presidents get seven transferable ones.)He suggested that former players and administrators be treated on a par. Writes India’s former cricket captain: “Surely those who have toiled and sweated for India deserve the same consideration if not more than those who have administered the game.”Copies of the letter have been circulated to all the affiliated state associations in the hope that these issues are taken up at the board’s forthcoming annual general meeting. Muthiah will certainly have much to discuss.