Kairat Akhmetov. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — Kairat Akhmetov narrowly edged Filipino bet Geje Eustaquio in the main event of ONE: Total Victory Saturday at Jakarta Convention Center here.The former ONE Flyweight Champion bested the Team Lakay flyweight by split decision in a match that was truly too close to call.ADVERTISEMENT Akhmetov improved his record to 24-1, while Eustaquio fell to 9-6.Eustaquio’s defeat ruined what would have been a great night for Filipinos, after flyweight Ramon Gonzales and strawweight Roy Doliguez won their respective matches in the undercard.Meanwhile, hometown pride Stefer Rahardian (6-0) extended his winning streak in the flyweight division, making Cambodian Sim Bunsrun (3-4) tap out by rear-naked choke at the 1:07 mark of the first round, much to the delight of the Jakarta crowd.“It was really tough because I saw my opponent scrambling. But as soon as I had a chance to take his back, I took the opportunity,” Rahardian said of his dominant showing.Alain Ngalani (3-3) made quick work of Hideki Sekine (7-2), putting his Japanese opponent to sleep with a right straight within 11 seconds of the first round.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH fighters Doliguez, Gonzales stop foes in undercard of ONE: Total Victory WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eustaquio rocked the Kazakh early, landing a couple of kicks to the former champion’s face, but referee Yuji Shimada inexplicably halted the match that allowed Akhmetov to recover.Akhmetov took the fight to the ground but the Ifugao warrior showed immense brilliance in his ground defense.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 shutoutWith the bout seemingly even, Akhmetov may have gained the advantage after knocking down Eustaquio with a punch in the third round and holding the Filipino challenger in a guillotine until the final minute.Winning the virtual number one contender’s match, With the victory, Akhmetov once again gave himself a shot at the title against reigning ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes of Brazil, who had previously beaten him for the belt. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “The back nine, I think I honestly got really tired,” Thompson said. “I don’t really know what hit me. Overall the whole week, I played very well. Just missed a few putts that I needed to make, and kind of my wedges let me down a little bit.” /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Cycling: Chris Froome under fire over ‘cheating’ jersey Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kang birdied the final hole to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, edging defending champion Brooke Henderson.Kang bogeyed the tricky par-3 17th, and Henderson closed with two birdies to move into a tie for the lead, coming up just short on a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th. But Kang responded with two solid shots to get to the green in two, and then two-putted for the victory.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“I just told myself it was my week. It was my day,” Kang said.Kang lost her father, K.S., to cancer in 2013, but her mother, Grace Lee, was one of the first people to congratulate her on the victory. She also face-timed with brother Alex, an instrumental figure in her performance at Olympia Fields, after the trophy presentation. Kang also had a clutch 21-foot par putt at 16 on her way to a 3-under 68 and the winner’s check of $525,000. Her previous best finish in a major was a tie for 14th in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open.Henderson closed with a 66 to finish a stroke back. Choi, who was tied with Kang for the lead coming into the day, was third at 10 under after a 71.“Really, she won this, and I was just trying to make it a little bit closer and maybe force a playoff but like I said, I played great and I wouldn’t really take anything back,” Henderson said.Mi Hyang Lee (67), Amy Yang (68) and Sei Young Kim (68) tied for fourth at 9 under, and Lexi Thompson (69) and Inbee Park (68) were another two strokes back.Kang’s first victory in her 144th LPGA start was a popular one in some high-profile circles. Michelle Wie, one of Kang’s closest friends on tour, followed her around right after the win. Dustin Johnson texted “That’s how you’re supposed to play, congrats,” and Wayne Gretzky and Caitlyn Jenner — two buddies from her days at Sherwood Country Club in California — also reached out.While she got some great support from her friends this weekend, it was some sage advice from brother that set the tone for her breakthrough win. Feeling overwhelmed after her last practice round, Kang called Alex, who plays on the Web.com Tour, to help formulate a game plan. He told her to “just blast it down.”“Alex is the one that I called to map out the golf course. He’s one of the people that I lean on for everything,” Kang said.Worked out quite well. Kang posted four rounds in the 60s. She had just five bogeys, with each of them coming in the final two rounds.Thompson looked ready to make a charge, beginning with three birdies and no bogeys on her front nine. But she sputtered down the stretch.Thompson contended for the first major title of the year, but was penalized for a controversial rules violation and lost to So Yeon Ryu in a playoff in the ANA Inspiration. The top-ranked Ryu shot a 72 in the final round at Olympia Fields and tied for 14th. LATEST STORIES Kang’s father caddied for her when she won the US Women’s Amateur in 2010 and 2011. She keeps a journal where she writes messages to her father.“If I could wish anything, I would wish that my dad saw me won,” said Kang, wiping tears from her eyes. “I think that it’s been a really difficult road for me the past four or five years. It’s life, though, you pick yourself up and you have to keep working hard at it, and then believe in what you’re doing, and not letting yourself down.“I just know that he’s here for it. What are the odds that my first win is a major? Pretty sure he had something to do with it. It’s just incredible. But I know that he was there, because I felt—I felt him with me every day, and I still do.”It was another great finish for the LPGA Tour’s second major of the season. Henderson beat Lydia Ko in a playoff last year at Sahalee in Washington.The 24-year-old Kang trailed Henderson and Chella Choi by one after she bogeyed the par-4 10th. But Kang moved in front with four straight birdies on Nos. 11-14, getting hot with her putter at the right time.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? View comments 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 China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Danielle Kang reacts after making birdie on the 18th green to win the Women’s PGA Championship golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club, Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois, USA—From a young age, Danielle Kang’s parents instilled in her the belief that anything was possible.Even major championships.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ The sought-after All-Star had also considered offers from the Miami Heat and his former team Utah Jazz, but announced that he’ll be heading to the Boston Celtics through an emotional piece published in The Player’s Tribune.Prior to his announcement, multiple reports indicated that the former Butler standout heavily considered all three teams—so much so that he had a ghostwriter pen three different pieces for each potential destination.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 starsHis agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the news to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News, claiming that the 27-year-old forward prepared a piece announcing his return to Utah and two more stating his move to either Boston or Miami.But despite his earlier confusion, Hayward couldn’t resist the allure of reuniting with his college coach Brad Stevens and joining a contender like the Celtics. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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 Gordon Hayward STREETER LECKA/Getty Images/AFPGordon Hayward decided to take his talents from Salt Lake to Beantown on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).READ: All-star Hayward agrees to sign with CelticsADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend NBA: Guard Nick Young headed to Warriors Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hayward will reportedly sign a four-year, $128-million contract with Boston, although nothing has been confirmed yet as Utah is also working on a sign-and-trade deal for its former franchise player. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
LATEST STORIES MOST READ Romeo, meanwhile, broke through internationally in this same tournament under Tab Baldwin in 2015 and averaged 15.2 points in just over 18 minutes per game, a stint that has practically made him a shoo-in in every national team that’s being assembled.Without saying it, Reyes would obviously want to see someone like Castro and Romeo emerge from this crop of Nationals, and if that happens, this could be a promising campaign for Gilas despite the opening day setback.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Inspired Valdez delivers for Creamline before leaving for nat’l team duties “We (his current players) have to figure out ways to score against bigger opponents. They would have to figure that out,” Reyes said after a 90-77 loss to Canada on opening day. “The veteran players went through that exact process years ago.”The Canadians had the size and heft advantage in almost every position against Gilas and exploited that to the hilt as the Filipinos struggled all game long in one-on-one match-ups.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 starsCastro was with the 2013 team that Reyes coached to the championship here, while Romeo has emerged as an international superstar with his ability to break down defenses and score in dazzling ways.The 6-foot Castro has even gone on to become Asia’s point guard in the last two continental championships, averaging 11.8 points and three assists and 16.7 points in the 2013 and 2015 editions, respectively. Photos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Ever wondered why Jason Castro and Terrence Romeo have become special, not just as PBA players but as international stars for Gilas Pilipinas?“Jason and Terrence know how to score against bigger opponents,” national team coach Chot Reyes said on Saturday night as he exalted the undersized and young Filipinos playing in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational to be the same.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes
El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “To be honest we didn’t really know what to expect going to the game because, of course, we prioritized rest over practice,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose team played six games in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals.“And we really didn’t know what to expect from our import but I think the earlier we could learn to play with each other, and with the import, the better.”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 starsDespite playing in only its first game, the KaTropa’s control of the game never seemed to be in peril.Although TNT lost a 12-point lead, 95-83, when Kia mounted a 8-1 run to cut the margin to 96-91 at with 3:40 remaining, the KaTropa was quick to regain control of the situation. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES TNT built another double-digit lead, 104-94, when Troy Rosario converted on a breakaway layup with 1:09 left in the game.Michael Craig made a splash in his first game in the conference with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists to lead TNT while Troy Rosario finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 boards.Markeith Cummings led Kia with 27 points but turned the ball over 10 times.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—TNT didn’t begin the PBA Governors’ Cup as early as the other teams but it went straight to work turning back Kia, 106-96, Friday at Ynares Sports Centre here in Antipolo.The KaTropa started their conference more than a week after the Governors’ Cup opened and immediately tacked on a 1-0 card while the Picanto languished at the bottom of the standings with a 0-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress WATCH: Simone Biles shares goofy video after wisdom teeth surgery View comments
The Indian Premier League’s Governing Council is all set to meet here on January 5 to discuss the details of the player auctions to be held on January 8-9 in Bangalore.”The IPL Governing Council is to meet on January 5 evening at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Bandra Kurla Complex. They are expected to discuss the player auctions,” a Cricket Board source said here today.With the deadline for IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals to give full disclosure to the Bombay High Court about its ownership pattern and payment of guarantee money fixed by the court to the BCCI ending today, the Governing Council is expected to take stock of this situation too.The opening match of IPL 2011 will take place on April 8 in Chennai.As many as 350 top cricketers from India and abroad would go under the auctioneer’s hammer in Bangalore with the IPL franchises bidding for their services in the fourth season of the lucrative Twenty20 League.Barring a dozen players, including Indian superstars Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virender Sehwag, who have been retained by five franchises in advance of the auction as per the IPL player regulations, most of the world’s top players would be up for grabs.The list of players has 11 out of 12 century makers in the previous three IPL seasons, including the Twenty20 league’s fastest century hitter Yusuf Pathan and 2010 ICC ODI Player of the Year, A B de Villers (South Africa).- With PTI inputs
National-level volleyball player Arunima Sinha, who lost her left leg after being pushed out of a speeding train by robbers and is undergoing treatment at AIIMS, has fracture in the spine too.Though her condition is stable, a CT Scan of her spine showed fracture, doctors treating her said.Arunima, 23, who is also a national level football player, was admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre on Monday night after it was detected that her amputated left leg had been infected.”We did her spine assessment and the CT Scan of the spine showed fracture there. After opening the bandages of the amputated leg we found the infection there was minimal,” AIIMS Trauma Centre chief Dr M. C. Misra, who is looking into Arunima’s case, said.Doctors conducted a CT Scan after she complained of severe pain in her back. On Monday night, her haemoglobin level had fallen drastically and she had to be given blood and plasma, he said.”She is very cheerful now. She had a good sleep last night. But she will take time to reconcile and rehabilitate,” Misra said.Sinha was travelling through Bareilly to Gautam Buddha Nagar on the outskirts of Delhi to appear for CISF recruitment examiniation when three men attacked her and tried to snatch her gold chain.When she resisted, they pushed her out of the moving train. Another train coming in her direction ran over her left leg. Her left leg was amputated which later developed a severe infection.Both the long bones of her right leg were also fractured.advertisement”There are many sports prosthesis available and there are sportsperson who play with help of prosthetics. Arunima is passionate about sports and a girl with strong determination.,” the doctor said.
India surprisingly opted not to press for a win with 86 needed from 15 overs with seven wickets in hand as the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies ended in a draw, giving the visitors a 1-0 series victory here on Sunday. Score | PhotosNeeding 180 for a win from 47 overs, India were 94 for three after 32 overs but they decided to end their run chase just before the start of 15 mandatory overs on a Windsor Park pitch which was not too bad for a fifth day track.Rahul Dravid was batting on 34 while V.V.S. Laxman was giving him company on three when India decided to close shop and their offer of a draw was readily accepted by the hosts.Initially, India appeared serious on the chase when Murali Vijay (45) and Dravid put on 73 runs for the second wicket and West Indies began resorting to negative tactics by asking leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo to bowl down the leg-side.India pacer Ishant Sharma poses with his Man of the Series trophy in Roseau, Dominica, on Sunday. APIndia clinched the three-match series 1-0 with the lone victory coming at Kingston, Jamaica in the opening Test. The second Test at Bridgetown, Barbados had also ended in a draw.India now have recorded their third series victory in the Caribbeans, having achieved the feat in 1971 and 2006 under the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar and Dravid respectively.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side, however, missed out on a chance to beat West Indies 2-0 at the Caribbeans for the first time. The 1971 and 2006 series victories by India were also by 1-0 margins.advertisementIn a reflection of their domination over the West Indies in recent times, India’s series win was also the third in a row after the 2-0 victory in the three-match Test series at home in 2002-03 and 1-0 win in the Caribbeans in 2006.India had a terrible start to their run chase when opener Abhinav Mukund (0) was adjudged leg before wicket to Fidel Edwards off the first delivery of the innings and both Vijay and Dravid had a couple of close calls against the new ball.The first signs of changing equations in India’s favour appeared when Vijay jumped out of his crease to cart Darren Sammy for a near six to midwicket and Dravid pulled a short delivery from Devendra Bishoo in the same direction.At the first drinks break in the final session, India had moved to 64 for one with Vijay on 40 and Dravid on 22 and the hosts had begun to feel the heat with 116 required from 28 remaining overs.West Indies dropped the guard when they spread the field and Bishoo began pitching his leg-spinners much beyond the leg stump. It immediately worked to the hosts’ advantage as both Vijay and Dravid found it difficult to break the shackles.A frustrated Vijay then pulled a Ravi Rampaul delivery from outside the off-stump to mid-on fielder after making 45 runs and sharing a 73-run second wicket stand with Dravid.Vijay faced 78 balls and hit four fours. India still showed their intent to chase down the target by promoting Suresh Raina (8) up the order but once the left-hander offered a return catch to Rampaul, they gave up the chase.The appearance of Laxman from the dressing room, with 94 required from 18-odd overs, was a clear signal that India were not going to chase down the target with two discarded ODI players in the middle.Earlier, West Indies staged a remarkable fightback with veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul leading the way with a defiant unbeaten 116, his 23rd Test century and sixth against India.The hosts, down in the dumps at 224 for six, ahead by just 81 runs before the start of day’s play, kept India in the field for 48-odd overs to take their score to 322 all out.Chanderpaul was the batting hero of the hosts and his 65-run association with Fidel Edwards (30), which consumed 37 overs, was the proverbial straw which broke the back of the Indians.India, however, had looked good to wrap up the West Indies innings in the pre-lunch session itself when they got rid of Sammy (17) and Ravi Rampaul (0) in a space of four deliveries.Sammy had added 32 runs with Chanderpaul in convincing style before umpire Richard Kettleborough wrongly adjudged him out caught at forward short leg though the ball had gone off the pads.Rampaul was ruled run out though the television replays suggested Dhoni’s gloves might have disturbed the stumps before Ishant Sharma hit the timbers.New man Fidel Edwards had a nasty reception at the wicket when a rising delivery from Munaf Patel smacked him below his right ear and he needed a prolonged medical treatment at the pitch.advertisementChanderpaul, who resumed at 73 this morning, was determination personified, manipulating the field with his deft placements and glides.Neither Ishant Sharma nor Praveen Kumar, who shared the second new ball this morning, looked lacklustre and only off-spinner Harbhajan Singh looked like taking wickets with his probing spin.Suresh Raina then struck for the visitors, claiming the final two wickets in successive overs. He first had Edwards caught in the deep and then Devendra Bishoo fell to a catch in the slips. Edwards batted for 157 minutes and faced 106 balls, hitting two fours.Chanderpaul remained at the crease for 471 minutes and hit five fours from 373 balls.Harbhajan Singh was the most successful bowler for the Indians with four for 74 while Raina and Praveen Kumar had two scalps each. Ishant Sharma claimed one wicket.- With inputs from PTI
Three members of the Paralympics squad from Jordan have been charged with committing sexual offences against a child and a woman, The Sun reported on Wednesday.The men are part of the 19-strong Jordanian squad which has been training in Britain for the past two weeks.Police in Antrim, Northern Ireland, said two of the men — aged 23 and 35 — face two counts of sexual activity with a child.The younger man is also accused of voyeurism. He and the third man, aged 36, have been charged with sexually assaulting a woman.The three were arrested before they were due to head to London for the start of the Games.They are expected to appear at a magistrates court.The men were held after complaints by staff at a leisure centre in Antrim, where they have been training, and two local women.The Paralympic Games will take place Aug 29 to Sep 9.
In an alliance with Microsoft, Finnish company Nokia has taken a big leap to revive it fortune by launching its smartphones, Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, in New York last week. Among the two smartphones launched, Nokia Lumia 820 is a mid-range phone, which doesn’t have the special camera lenses but it sports exchangeable backs that can switch colours.Launching the smartphones, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop reportedly said the new phones will go on sale in the fourth quarter in “select markets.” Nokia, which has been nearly absent from American market in the past few years, expects to recapture the attention of US shoppers.Facing stiff competition from Apple’s iPhone and devices running on Google’s Android software, Nokia has tried to stem the decline in smartphones in part through a partnership with Microsoft Corp. announced last year. It has moved away from the Symbian operating platform and has embraced Microsoft’s Windows Phone software.Nokia launched its first Windows phones late last year under the Lumia brand, as the first fruits of Elop’s alliance with Microsoft. Those ran Windows Phone 7 software, which is effectively being orphaned in the new version.Nokia sold 4 million Lumia phones in the second quarter, a far cry from the 26 million iPhones that Apple Inc. sold during those three months. So far, the line hasn’t helped Nokia halt its sales decline: Its global market share shrunk from the peak of 40 percent in 2008 to 29 percent in 2011, and it is expected to dwindle further this year.The new Windows Phones come as Google and makers of Android phones have run into legal trouble, which could slow the momentum of Android devices.With AP inputsadvertisement