Alyssa Valdez of the Philippines attacks the defense of Vietnam during their women’s volleyball match in the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Vietnamese prevailed, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Alyssa Valdez wants a united Philippine volleyball.“I hope we add more players and we become open [minded]. I hope we become united,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is the start of good relations in Philippine volleyball.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program The Nationals, she said, were just on the receiving end of beating from tough teams like Vietnam and Thailand.“We’re are just taking it all in,” said Valdez. “Hopefully, we gain from this.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next 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 crowd05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Mayweather outpunches McGregor in latter rounds View comments Without pointing that out, she’s referring to the protracted cold war between the top commercial leagues in the country, the well established Premier Volleyball League and the more dynamic Philippine Superliga.“As a team we need to train together. Play together in different places in the country or abroad,” said Valdez. “Other teams spent years to win medals here.”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 shutoutShe added she wants to “move forward” to the next Southeast Asian Games.The highly popular spiker, who made 17 points as the Philippines lost bronze medal to Vietnam, said she’s committed to play for the national team in more competitions in the future. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses READ: Philippines falls to Vietnam in bronze medal match“It’s not an issue. Every athlete when given the opportunity to play for the country will do so all with her heart,” said Valdez.She is batting for a Philippine team with new additions and longer preparation.In the 2019 SEA Games, to be hosted by the country, Valdez said: “There won’t be any excuses anymore. We’re playing in the home soil. We will give our 110 percent.”The Philippine team was formed just three months ago and trained in Japan before playing, and placing eighth, in the Asian Championships days before the SEA Games began.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments MOST READ Read Next “It was a hard-fought victory,” said Racela. “I knew all along that we were going up against a tough team in Rain or Shine. The breaks went our way down the stretch.”Bullock made both his free throws for a 114-112 Rain or Shine lead in the last 46 seconds, pushing the second-ranked TNT against the ropes.But Castro also made a pair of his own to force 114-all before a Jericho Cruz miss paved the way for that air ball/alley oop shot. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESTNT relied on an endgame burst to beat Rain or Shine, 118-114, Friday night and finally nail the last semifinal slot in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But just as soon as the final buzzer sounded, it dawned on TNT coach Nash Racela that they are going to be taking an even more difficult task of facing a rampaging defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Eagles try to stretch unbeaten run; Archers vow rebound “It’s gonna be tough, personally I saw the last game where they dominated San Miguel,” said Racela. “You know their (Gin Kings) strength, it’s their height and the coaches that they have.”They start their best-of-five semifinals series on Monday also at the Big Dome. On Sunday, the other semifinal pairing gets going when Star battles Meralco in Biñan, Laguna.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 Final Four matchups bumped up on intrigue as it will pit squads belonging to rival business tycoons.The reigning champion Kings and the Hotshots are owned by San Miguel Corp.’s Ramon S. Ang while Smart/PLDT’s Manny V. Pangilinan owns Meralco and TNT. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients But even without that curious subplot, TNT import Glen Rice Jr., acknowledged the daunting job ahead.“We just have to go out there and grind it out and see what happens,” said Rice, who topscored with 34 points including a put-back off a rare air ball by Jayson Castro that sealed the victory in the final 10.2 seconds.“It’s a pass, I guess,” differed the son of the famed NBA superstar. “He just happened to find me open.”The shot gave the Texters a 116-114 lead and TNT forced the Painters into a turnover to cement their entry into the semifinals after being forced to a knockout match by a gritty Rain or Shine squad.The Painters, who evened out a twice-to-beat disadvantage after a 106-102 win Wednesday, was in the thick of the fight all throughout until import J’Nathan Bullock threw away a chance to equalize in the last 10 seconds by a bad pass.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
The 20-year-old third seed raced into a 4-0 advantage only to see the Swiss charge back to lead 5-4. Zverev earned a set point of his own at 6-5 but could not convert and Federer made his third set point count.The 19-time Grand Slam champion broke in the first game of the second set to establish an iron grip on the round-robin match but Zverev hit back in the fourth to get back on level terms.Federer only landed 43 percent of first serves in the second set and it finally cost him in the 12th game, when Zverev capitalized on his third set point to force a decider.The Swiss re-found his focus and some consistency on serve in the decider as Zverev’s level dipped, earning three breaks to close it out 6-1.Zverev has been touted as the leader of a pack of young players hungry to oust the creaking old guard but Federer, who has suffered only four defeats all year, shows no sign of slipping.ADVERTISEMENT “It was a good battle and I always enjoy myself at this beautiful arena,” said Federer, who has now reached the semi-finals 14 times.“I have so much fun playing in London and I have been so successful here. Thank you for making it such a special night.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“I’m happy and relieved that I can play freely against (Marin) Cilic, instead of it being a nail-biter. It’s been a tough group so to be through in two matches is great.”Both players were scratchy on serve at the start of the match but were quickly into the groove in a tight first set that saw no breaks of serve, though Zverev had to fend off two set points in the 12th game to force a tie-break. 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Coming into the match Federer, 36, and Zverev had faced each other four times and each had won twice.This year, Federer beat the German in Halle but Zverev returned the favor at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.Earlier, also in the Boris Becker group, Jack Sock kept his dreams of a fairytale finish to his season alive, beating Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4).“It’s been an interesting morning so far,” said the American. “The fire alarm went off at 4:00 am and we had to exit the building. But I love playing here in London. It’s an amazing atmosphere, you make me feel like home.”The top two players from each of the two groups of four progress to the semi-finals.Federer, who beat Sock in his first match, is the standout star at the tournament after the withdrawal through injury of world number one Rafael Nadal.Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are all long-term absentees from the Tour this season. MOST READ Read Next View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates victory over Germany’s Alexander Zverev during their men’s singles round-robin match on day three of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKRoger Federer held young pretender Alexander Zverev at bay in a gripping contest Tuesday to reach the last four of the ATP Finals and stay on course for a seventh end-of-season crown.The world number two saw off a spirited challenge from the much-hyped German 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 6-1 in front of a boisterous pro-Federer crowd to become the first man through to the last four at the O2 Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stindl equalizer saves Germany’s 21-match unbeaten run John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES
Nadal says he is undergoing intensive treatment to make sure he is fit to play in the Mexico tournament which starts on Feb. 26.Nadal was in Madrid to inaugurate a sports medicine clinic dedicated to tennis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Disgraced USA Gymnastics doc sentenced to another 40-125 years Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – This is a Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 file photo of Spain’s Rafael Nadal hits a forehand return to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Nadal said Monday Feb. 5, 2018 that he is recovering well from the muscle injury that forced him to retire in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill/ File)MADRID — Rafael Nadal says he is on track to returning to the ATP Tour in Acapulco this month.The top-ranked Nadal says on Monday he is recovering well from the left leg muscle injury that forced him to retire in the Australian Open quarterfinals last month. He was in the fifth set against Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES After San Beda took a 58-57 lead early in the fourth on Javee Mocon’s free throw, Lyceum raced to a 9-0 run capped off by two charities from Jaycee Marcelino to take a 66-58 buffer with 4:21 left.The Red Lions managed to cut the deficit to four, 68-62, after Clint Doliguez converted on a three-point play, but Marcelino answered with an elbow jumper and extened Lyceum’s lead to 68-62 with 44.9 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough this was a rematch of the NCAA finals, Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson reminded his team to think about their goal and not just getting their revenge against San Beda.“What I reminded the team, and even myself, was that it’s not about San Beda and it’s about the vision we started, it just so happened that San Beda is still in our path,” said Robinson, who led the Pirates to an 18-0 campaign in the NCAA preliminaries. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Coach Boyet [Fernandez] made me work hard because he’s always there when we play, and I have so much respect for him. And the team kept it together, and one thing I reminded my players is to play in the moment and don’t worry about the future.”Marcelino, who won the Finals MVP plum, finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, and three steals to lead the Pirates to their first major championship under Robinson.Mike Harry Nzeusseu put up a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Pirates.Mocon led the Red Lions with 24 points and eight rebounds while Donald Tankoua had a 13-point, 15-rebound double-double.ADVERTISEMENT Petron eager to get back to title contention after last season’s blunder Lyceum Pirates named PCCL champions. Photo by Bong LozadaLyceum avenged its heartbreak in the NCAA Finals and got back at San Beda, 70-66, to take the national title of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Pirates limited the NCAA champions to just nine points in the fourth quarter while scoring 16 of their own en route to the crown.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ 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 Veteran Vince Carter headed to Kings Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ But that changed quickly knowing he has coach Eric Gonzales still on his side.“That faded away when I went home and thought about it. Coach Eric and I go a long way since our days in Arellano and I know that he’s always looking for my best interest and it was his way of helping me to get some games in. I haven’t been much playing time in the last four years so getting any kind of games in, any kind of minutes is only a positive thing,” 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 stars“It’s an opportunity to play, an opportunity to better myself, and focus on the things I need to work on. It’s not really a redemption thing. It’s all part of the process and for me trying to grow.”Unfortunately, it was a forgettable debut for Forrester, who tallied five points and two rebounds but committed five turnovers in the Batangueños’ 70-66 loss to Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 just want to bounce back next game and hopefully, get them a win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fil-Canadian guard’s biggest gaffe came in the final minute, when he threw an errant pass which was easily intercepted by Pamboy Raymundo with the Hawkeyes leading by just two points.Forrester owned up to his mistakes and understood that he had a bigger role in Batangas compared to the job he has with the Batang Pier.“Unfortunately, today I felt I lost the game for them. I didn’t realize how much I have to be a leader for this team. I haven’t been in this position for a while, so I have to lead this team, offensively, defensively, and leadership-wise, be vocal with the guys,” he said.The 27-year-old then vowed to come out stronger in Batangas’ game against Tanduay next Thursday.“There is pressure, but I just want to help this team as much as I can. I know most of the players and I know most of them are trying to get to the PBA. I don’t want to come here and step on anyone’s shoes. Technically, I have a contract and these guys are trying to get a contract so I don’t want to be in the way of these guys getting to the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena James Forrester. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJames Forrester didn’t deny that he saw his two-game loan from GlobalPort to Batangas as a demotion.“To be honest, my initial thoughts were a little negative,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We’ll just continue to be humble and blessed to be in this position,” he said.Prince Eze carried Perpetual (4-8) with 26 points, 20 rebounds, and seven blocks, while Gab Dagangon had 17 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:LYCEUM 94 – Perez 21, Jv. Marcelino 15, Nzeusseu 15, Pretta 12, Jc. Marcelino 11, Ayaay 8, Caduyac 4, Cinco 3, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Baltazar 0, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.PERPETUAL 83 – Eze 26, Dagangon 17, Sadiwa 13, Singontiko 9, Pido 8, Coronel 5, Ylagan 4, Cabiltes 1, Casas 0, Hao 0, Lucente 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s really something that we are not accustomed to, but part of the journey is making it here,” said coach Topex Robinson.CJ Perez scattered 21 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, while Mike Nzeusseu tallied a double-double of 15 markers and 15 boards in the huge win.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 openingJayvee Marcelino added 15 points and four rebounds, while twin brother Jaycee Marcelino got 11 markers and three boards, including the game-sealing triple from the left corner with 41.5 seconds left to give Lyceum a 92-81 lead.Robinson said that though the first bullet in the Pirates’ checklist has already been crossed, it’s still important for his side to sustain their groove coming into the postseason. 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 Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Quarters: 16-19, 43-40, 67-63, 94-83. LATEST STORIES Gareth Barry: Record-breaker, great Premier League survivor For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum continued on Thursday its historic run in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, clinching its first Final Four spot since joining the league in 2011.The Pirates remained unscathed with their 13th straight victory as they hacked out a 94-83 victory over Perpetual at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT
Aiden Blizzard scored a quick-fire half-century helping Mumbai eliminate Kolkata by four wickets during their IPL eliminator match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 148, Mumbai reached the target with four balls to spare. Mumbai will now take on Bangalore in the Qualifier 2 on Friday. Kolkata have been eliminated from the IPL after a fine performance in the season.In response to Kolkata’s rather tame 147 on board, Mumbai got off to a flyer with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Aiden Blizzard scoring at more than 10 runs an over. The way they were batting it seemed that Mumbai would cross the target with overs to spare, but the match went down to the last over. After putting 81 runs for the first wicket with Sachin Tendulkar, opener Aiden Blizzard got out to a Brett Lee delivery. On the penultimate ball of the 8th over he gave an easy catch to Iqball Abdulla at point. He scored a fine 51 hitting seven fours and two over the fence shots on the way.In the next over new man in the middle, Rohit Sharma was run out on a duck. But Mumbai had no reason to worry as they were sitting pretty on 82 with eight wickets in hand.Finally, it was the Master Blaster and Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar’s turn to walk back to the dugout. He scored 36 off 28 balls before falling to Jacques Kallis in the 11th over when the team total was 92.Then Kallis came around to get rid of Ambati Rayudu cheaply in the 13th over when the Mumbai total was 103. Then in the 16th over Shakib Al Hasan trapped Mumbai’s West Indian recruit Kieron Pollard leg-before when Mumbai total was 123/5.advertisementT Suman was last wicket to fall from the Mumbai camp. He fell to Shakib and Mumbai were down to 133/6.In the last over Harbhajan Singh, batting alongside Kiwi James Franklin, hit a six to help Mumbai home with four balls to spare.Kolkata inningsRyan ten Doeschate scored a dogged 70 helping Kolkata to 147/7 against Mumbai after early wickets had Kolkata reeling on 20-4.Earlier, Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and elected to field. And Tendulkar got to witness the results of his decision rather early as Mumbai paceman Munaf Patel scalped Kolkata opener Jacques Kallis in the second over. And it was Tendulkar, who took a low catch to send Kallis back when the Kolkata total was 9.In the next over captain Gautam Gambhir too was forced walk back with Mumbai offie Harbhajan Singh removing his off-stump with his turner on four. Kolkata were down to 13/2.But the misery was far from over as Munaf struck again to remove the other opener Shreevats Goswami on the second ball of the next over.Goswami wanted to play it across the line, but missed and an edge was lapped up by keeper Ambati Rayudu. He failed to open his account and Kolkata were down to 15/3.The sixth over saw Kolkata lose another wicket. Manoj Tiwary was forced to take a walk after a Dhawal Kulkarni ball trapped him plumb in front of the wickets for four. Kolkata lost their fourth wicket on 20/4.Finally Ryan ten Doeschate and Yusuf Pathan brought Kolkata out of doldrums. The two batted together for more than seven over putting 60 runs for the fifth wicket before Munaf Patel got rid of Pathan on the last ball of the 13th over when the score was 80. Pathan wanted to smash Munaf’s bouncer towards the boundary but ended up getting caught by Kieron Pollard on 26.Then Ryan ten Doeschate got involved with another partnership with Shakib Al Hasan adding 41 runs for the sixth wicket before the latter fell to a Lasith Malinga ball. He could do little as a slower one from the Sri Lankan uprooted his stumps and his 26 runs cameo came to an end on 121/6.Rajat Bhatia got run out cheaply and Kolkata were down to 131/7 with Ryan ten Doeschate being the only stable factor in their innings that saw batsmen walk back in a jiffy.Ryan ten Doeschate remained unbeaten on 70 helping Kolkata to 147/7 after early setback had them reeling on 20-4. His 49-ball innings was decorated with six fours and three sixes.
He was Indian boxing’s biggest hope at London 2012. And he was confident of improving on his bronze medal from four years ago.But Vijender Singh’s dream lies in tatters today. After failing to advance to the semi-finals of the men’s 75kg category, Vijender spoke exclusively to India Today and reflected on his unexpected loss to Abbos Atoev, an opponent he knows very well.”I have beaten Atoev twice in the past and he’s now beaten me twice. It was a tough fight and I made some mistakes,” admitted the middleweight maestro.Eager to put his personal disappointment aside, Vijender is currently spending time in the athletes village, trying to motivate and help Devendro Singh, the only Indian men’s boxer still in the fray for medals, as the young Manipuri prepares for the biggest bout of his career.After leaving the Games Village, Vijender plans to rest for a month or so, before getting back to active training.”The last year has been very hectic. We have been preparing for the Olympic Games and I have hardly spent any time at home. Now, I want to put my feet up and relax for a while before I get back in the ring,” Vijender said.The fire to get back in the ring still burns bright in Vijender. The Bhiwani Bomber confirmed to India Today that he is already thinking about Brazil in four year’s time. But at Rio, Vijender plans to increase his weight category to 81kg.