Is one good enough?

first_imgIn 2015, American Ashton Eaton did what every athlete dreams of. The decathlon supremo elevated his own world record to win the gold medal at the World Championships in Beijing. His monumental score of 9045 points included a mind-boggling 400-metre run of 45 seconds flat in his fifth event of the decathlon’s first day. Injury, however, made Beijing Eaton’s only decathlon for the year. That leaves the sport with a big question. Has Eaton done enough to be Athlete of the Year? Decathletes seldom do their event more than twice a year, but two quality efforts would have sealed the deal for the American. Usain Bolt had an injury-restricted season too but still managed to win a much-awaited World Championship 100-metre final. That was just the first half of a sprint double completed by a crisp 19.55 seconds run over 200 metres. Only Bolt, Yohan Blake and Michael Johnson have ever gone quicker than 19.55. Mohammed Farah of Great Britain won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in Beijing, but Asbel Kiprop may have been even more impressive. He won commandingly in Beijing, dominated affairs in the 1500m all season and legged one of the best times ever in the metric mile – 3 minutes 26.69 seconds. Times under 3.27 are rare. World record holder Hicham El Guerrouj and Kenyan-American great Bernard Lagat are the only other men to go that fast. Another Kenyan could be in the running for the top spot. Julius Yego did lose a few times but boomed a massive throw of 92.72 metres to win the javelin at the World Championships. Now the popular Kenyan is the third longest thrower of all time. Triple jumper Christian Taylor gradually edged ahead of Cuban youngster Pedro Pablo Pichardo in a high-quality season-long rivalry. Both got past the 18-metre barrier before Taylor scared the 20-year-old world record in Beijing with his winning jump of 18.21 metres. The mark set by Briton Jonathon Edwards at the 1995 World Championships survived by just 8 centimetres. Add American shot putter Joe Kovacs, his trio of 22 metres throws and his gold in Beijing, and it’s really a tough call. Maybe the only safe course of action is to give the Athlete of the Year award to the man who dominated the best event in track and field in all of 2015. The men’s 400m had 18 men under 44.80 before Beijing, with two under 44. Eighteen runners broke 45 in the heats in the Bird’s Nest Stadium. Nine ran under 45 in the semis without reaching the final. In the medal race, Lugelin Santos of the Dominican Republic ran 44.11 … to place fourth. Third went in 43.78 seconds to Grenadian great Kirani James, just 0.04 off his lifetime best. The silver went to American star Lashawn Merritt in a personal best 43.67 seconds. The winner was one of those two men who broke 44 seconds before the World Championships. His winning time was super fast at 43.48 seconds. That man is Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa. Though he lost at the Zurich Diamond League a week after the Worlds, that was the only smudge on a brilliant season. Johnson set the world record 43.18 seconds – when he was 32. The new king of the quarter is only 23, and only Johnson, Butch Reynolds and Jeremy Wariner have ever ran the one-lap distance quicker. There’s no doubt that there are several good candidates for the Athlete of the Year award. Equally, it will be hard to overlook Eaton and his world record. Perhaps the athlete with the best chance of overtaking the superstar decathlete is Wayde van Niekerk. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. Fastest 400m timeslast_img read more

‘It’s just about God’, says JC coach Coley

first_imgHaving pulled off a tactical masterpiece to edge high-riding St George’s College 1-0 and win their third consecutive ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup – the competition’s first three-peat in 48 years – Jamaica College’s (JC) tried and proven coach, Miguel Coley, said their sensational win was his best yet.Donovan Dawkins, who scored a semi-final brace against Denham Town High and who told The Gleaner he was confident he could score in the final, was the JC team’s hero on the evening.He glanced a brilliant header with his back turned to goal in the 88th minute to leave goalkeeper Cyle Elliott and sections of the Sabina Park crowd stunned, none more than the St George’s team, who could not muster an equaliser in the remaining minutes.Saturday’s title-clinching strike took Dawkins to eight goals this season.The Old Hope Road-based institution is now the undisputed kings of Manning Cup by virtue of finishing the tournament unbeaten with two draws, and 27 titles overall.”It’s just about God. It’s been a rough time and testing time and we just have to give Him thanks. We just have to give Him praise, He has always been there for me and this is my gift to Him.”As I say, team work makes the dream work,” said Coley.Clearly overcome with emotions on Saturday, Coley reflected on his team’s 4-0 drubbing by St George’s as the catalyst for this victory.”I just wanna apologise for the 4-0 Super Cup loss. We took our licks and bounced back. It was a tough game, George’s is a fantastic team and we had to counter them with physical play and good man-marking. Team work makes the dream work,” Coley reiterated.JC were 4-0 losers in the Flow Super Cup and lost on penalties in the Walker Cup to Wolmer’s Boys’, who will play St George’s College in that final.JC meanwhile will contest the Olivier Shield final against the rural area daCosta Cup champions, with few betting against the possibility of the Corporate Area titans JC and George’s finishing the season with two trophies apiece.last_img read more

Ja Under-17s whipped by US

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):Jamaica were routed 8-1 by United States after second-half substitute Frankie Tagliaferri fired a sensational beaver-trick to headline their Group B encounter on day two of the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship here on Friday.Entering the contest at the Grenada National Stadium in the 70th minute, Tagliaferri notched goals in the 72nd, 75th, 81st and 87th minute to condemn the Jamaicans to a heavy opening loss.Vivanna Kuhlmann also netted a hat-trick while Ashley Sanchez added another, as the US eased to a 2-1 lead at half-time, before exploding after the break. Jamaica got on the scoresheet through Shayla Smart.In the other game played in the group, Mexica downed Costa Rica 4-2.last_img

Sports Briefs

first_img Celtic great Gemmell dies at 73 GLASGOW, Scotland (AP): Tommy Gemmell, the Celtic great who scored one of the goals that helped the Scottish club win the European Cup in 1967, has died after a long illness. He was 73. Celtic announced the death of Gemmell yesterday, saying the full back was a “true legend”. Gemmell scored the equaliser and played a key part in Stevie Chalmers’ winning goal as Celtic beat Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon to become the first British team to win the European Cup. He also scored in Celtic’s 2-1 loss to Feyenoord in the European Cup final in 1970. Gemmell played for Celtic from 1961-71, making 418 appearances and scoring 63 goals. He won six Scottish league titles and seven domestic cups with Celtic, and played 18 times for Scotland. Sammy, Samuels for final? LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC): Media reports here say West Indies players Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels have confirmed their participation for the Pakistan Super League final once their side, Peshawar Zalmi, qualify for the championship game. Sammy, who captains Zalmi, and Samuels, who also represents the franchise, have reportedly told management of their availability, despite the exodus of foreign players due to security concerns surrounding the game set to be staged here Sunday. Zalmi take on Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard’s Karachi Kings in today’s second qualifier for the chance to face Quetta Gladiators in the final set to be held in the violence-plagued Pakistani city. Neither Gayle nor Pollard is expected to play if Kings advance, with Sri Lankan teammate Mahela Jayawardene also set to be unavailable. Bolivia challenges FIFA LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says the Bolivian Soccer federation has appealed against FIFA orders to forfeit two World Cup qualifying matches for fielding an ineligible player. CAS detailed a timetable yesterday that should take several months to reach a verdict. FIFA imposed 3-0 losses against Bolivia for a 0-0 draw with Chile and 2-0 win over Peru last September. The amended results have lifted Chile over Argentina into an automatic World Cup qualifying place in the 10-team South American group. In both disputed games, Bolivia fielded Paraguay-born defender Nelson Cabrera as a late substitute. FIFA said he was not qualified to represent his adopted country.last_img read more

Boku spoils Kelly’s ONE Championship return

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kotetsu Boku vs Filipino fighter Eric Kelly in their ONE Championship bout in Macau. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMACAU—–Kotetsu Boku played spoiler to Eric Kelly’s return to MMA after earning a technical knockout win in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors Saturday at Cotai Arena here.The Japanese improved to 26-11-2 after pounding away on the grounded Kelly with 3:28 into the third and final round.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipino bet hasn’t fought in more than a year but now saw his record slip to 12-4 after losing his third straight match.The Natural showed flashes of brilliance especially in the first round when he knocked Boku down twice but wasn’t able to sustain the momentum into the latter stages of the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ View comments Cool Smashers show they can still dominate as Valdez cheers onlast_img read more

Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption

first_img“He’s the only reason that I’m playing this game,” Rose said of his son. “My dad wasn’t around. So my mom was that figure for me. I want to be the example to my son, the dad that I didn’t have. He’s going to do what he wants to do, but sometimes he’s going to be like, ‘Damn, Pops was right all these times.’ It’s going to hit him one day.”Thing is, Derrick Rose’s son will never grow up poor like the way Derrick Rose did. His father has earned somewhere around $300 million in contracts and endorsements.“He gets joy just being around immediate family and reminiscing about how things used to be financially before now,” Reggie Rose said. “You can see the glow in his face when he talks about the old times.”He gets the same glow when he talks about what’s coming next.Rose knows people doubt whether he can still play. He doesn’t share those doubts. And though he won’t say so, he wouldn’t mind proving some wrong.“When I get on a good team and I’m still hooping the same way, what are you going to say then?” Rose said. “The only thing that you’ll can say is that I can still play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Most people don’t know these things. Rose doesn’t care if people know these things.Here’s what Rose hopes people know, or at least soon know: He believes he’s still among the NBA elite. So for Rose, this season alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers is a reset, maybe a redemption, maybe even a reinvention. He made $21 million last season; he’ll make about $2 million this season after signing for the minimum, even after averaging 18 points with the dysfunctional New York Knicks a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Now — recovered from a fourth knee surgery — Rose is set to start anew and resume chasing what would be his first NBA title.“I’ve always been into movies,” Rose said. “And I’ve always asked why you don’t see famous actors all the time. Why don’t you see George Clooney? For real, why don’t you see him? It always comes back to how they don’t want the fame. So when I got into the NBA, I never wanted to tap into that. Rose is past his latest surgery, one that repaired his meniscus and, probably mercifully, ended his season with the Knicks. He isn’t worried about how the now-tenuous trade between Boston and Cleveland with the principals being star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas works out; Rose is willing to play with either one.Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said when signing the 6-foot-2 Rose that he would be a good fit. Altman added he knew Rose could have signed with a number of teams, but he signed with Cleveland because of “his specific mindset, goals and total focus and commitment to winning.”Rose, 28, has no doubt he’ll be ready for the season.He has been working out at least five days a week, strength work some days, agility work other days, along with on-court work.Last year fuels him, in many ways. It started with him facing a civil trial in Los Angeles over a rape allegation that a jury did not believe. It ended with him playing for a bad team in New York, the Knicks season dominated by drama off the floor — the Jim Dolan-Charles Oakley mess, the eventual departure of Phil Jackson and the still-going talk of Carmelo Anthony getting traded someplace.“On the court was when it was the craziest to me,” Rose said. “Some of the strategies and all that, I didn’t understand. It was confusing. It was just a learning experience.”Rose’s rise was meteoric: Grew up amid poverty in Chicago, then saw basketball as an escape route and way to take care of his mother and family. In 2006, he hit a shot to win an Illinois state high school championship. Only five years later, he was MVP of the NBA.Then came the injuries : the ACL tear in 2012 and three meniscus surgeries since, along with back, hamstring, ankle and foot issues as well. Out of a possible 164 games in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, Rose appeared in 10. The love affair in Chicago between a native son and the Bulls was clearly waning. He finally got traded to New York in June 2016.The lowest of the low points in Chicago, on the injury front, may have been when he made the statement about how he didn’t want to be sore at his son’s graduation. He doesn’t regret saying it, or the fallout that it caused.What Rose was trying to do was illustrate how being active in his son’s life matters to him. It just came out less than perfectly, and he believes the message got twisted. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison01:57Local peace talks in Davao City may proceed – Palace01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “Personally, that’s just not me.”In an interview with The Associated Press about his offseason and his future, Rose said he believes he’s misunderstood by many, but realized long ago that he’s not interested in changing those misconceptions.“I’m stubborn,” Rose said. “I like moving at my own pace. So as long as I’m not harming anybody, I feel like I’ve got the right to do that. People think that I’m cocky, reckless, unruly. That’s not me. That’s not who I portray myself as. But it’s not up to me to care or worry about that. My family and friends know the person that I really am.”Rose is a self-described introvert, someone who rarely posts on social media. He does his own thing, without apologies. He arrives in China this week to promote his latest adidas shoe, is hopeful to have a place to live in Cleveland picked out by the time he gets back to the U.S. from that trip, and has been so busy this summer with on-court work that there’s been little time for much else — not even a haircut or shave, both of which he thinks are desperately needed.“I’m not going to lie to you; the last two or three years, Derrick has been through a lot mentally,” said his older brother, Reggie Rose. “When you’re losing more than you’re winning, it can get difficult. So with him going to be in a winning environment again now, able to see how LeBron prepares himself, the things LeBron does with his body, Derrick can incorporate that into his own game.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titlescenter_img Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Philippines pitiful as usual National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Derrick Rose poses for a photo at his agent’s Wasserman Media Group offices in Los Angeles. Rose, 28, the former MVP is coming off a fourth knee surgery, though now will be pairing with LeBron James and joining a team that has made three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Derrick Rose has some secrets.He often plays chess online against random people who have no idea that their king is being attacked by the 2011 NBA MVP. He was a decent tennis and baseball player in high school. He’s spent a good amount of time this summer studying the life of Albert Einstein. He watches documentaries.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Bolts notch semis berth

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But the euphoria should be short-lived as the Bolts are facing a big possibility of missing import Allen Durham when they face the Hotshots on Sunday at the start of their best-of-five semifinal duel.“That’s going to be tough particularly if AD (Durham) can’t play 100 percent,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of his reinforcement, who sprained his ankle late in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBlack said they have no immediate plans in case Durham can’t play at all.Black said that compared to the Elite, who relied heavily on import Henry Walker, the Hotshots “got a lot of players who can score.” “Locals contribute a lot in the game,” he said. “It’s a different animal for us.” How to help the Taal evacuees Cone: We still have work to do Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody “It’s back to work in the semifinals,” Dillinger added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blackwater’s Henry Walker gestures after a play against Meralco. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonOrder is restored.Top seed Meralco avoided a major power interruption by frustrating upset-minded Blackwater, 104-96, Thursday night and arranging a semifinal duel with the Star Hotshots in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Walker unloaded 27 points in the first half as Blackwater threatened to nullify Meralco’s twice-to-beat advantage and become only the fourth eighth-seed team to upset the No. 1 squad.But Meralco put the reliable, all-purpose veteran Ranidel de Ocampo on the former New York Knicks player and managed to slow him down with just seven points in the final half.That paved the way for the Bolts’ charge, which was anchored on Baser Amer, who finished with a career-high 31 points, and Jared Dillinger, who threw down five three-pointers.“We showed a lot of heart,” said Black. “For a while there we couldn’t do anything right and we’re like floating in the water. But we remained as calm as possible.”Dillinger, who made all his points from the three-point range, said “it’s very bizarre now that it all depends on how AD is feeling.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more

Dodgers’ title drought reaches 30 years with Series loss

first_imgBoasting the majors’ highest payroll of $240 million, Los Angeles rolled past Arizona in the NL Division Series and then knocked off the defending champion Cubs in five games in the NL Championship Series to reach their first World Series since 1988.The Dodgers and Astros dueled to a 3-all tie through six thrilling games, with Los Angeles rallying to force the first World Series Game 7 in Dodger Stadium history.But, a few miles from Hollywood, the script got flipped.And it was the Astros celebrating the end of their 55-year title drought on the Dodgers’ field.“It’s too hard to think about what the Astros are getting to do right now,” a dejected Kershaw said.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It was a clunker of an ending for baseball’s best team during the regular season.“Like I told the guys, when you put everything, every ounce of your being into something and you come up short, it hurts,” manager Dave Roberts said, “and it’s supposed to hurt.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Dodgers won 104 games, boasted an NL-leading six All-Stars and won the NL West for the fifth consecutive year. They won 43 of 50 games over a two-month stretch from June to early August, the best 50-game run in the majors since the 1912 New York Giants.Their lead reached a whopping 21 games on Aug. 23, and they survived an 11-game September skid to coast into October. Mitchell has 28 as Jazz top Trail Blazers in OT Roberts, so quick with his hook all season, left Darvish in to face Series MVP George Springer in the second. Springer blasted a two-run homer — his record-tying fifth of the Series — and Houston extended its lead to 5-0.Brandon Morrow got the last out of the inning before Kershaw came on in the third. The left-handed ace allowed two hits, struck out four and walked two, leaving fans to question why Roberts didn’t start Kershaw on short rest in the first place. Or at least bring in Kershaw to face Springer in the second.“There’s always going to be second-guessing,” Roberts said. “We felt good with Yu starting the game.”Darvish only managed five outs in losing Game 3 at Houston. He’s the second pitcher in World Series history with less than two innings pitched in two starts.“I let my teammates down,” he said through a translator.Darvish took the loss, giving up five runs — four earned — and three hits. He didn’t record a strikeout and walked one.“I know he wanted the baseball. I know he was prepared. I just can’t explain the results,” Roberts said. “I understand it’s Game 7, but I just felt his stuff was good.”Acquired at the July trade deadline, Darvish was best known in the Series for being the target of a racist gesture by Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel during Game 3. On Wednesday, Gurriel tipped his helmet to Darvish before stepping in for his first at-bat of the game.“I just tried not to hit him,” Darvish said. “What happened didn’t affect me at all.”Kenley Jansen appeared earlier than usual, too. The closer, who tied for the NL lead with 41 saves, trotted out in the seventh to face the top of the Astros’ order. He induced a flyout from Springer, struck out Alex Bregman and walked Jose Altuve, who stole second before Carlos Correa popped out to shortstop. View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Alex Wood, another starter working in relief, retired six consecutive batters over the eighth and ninth innings.Roberts made 32 pitching changes in the Series, breaking a record set by St. Louis’ Tony La Russa in 2011.With Kershaw pumping his fists and yelling, “Let’s go!” from the dugout, the Dodgers got two runners on with no outs to open the sixth.Andre Ethier, the longest-tenured Dodger, pushed across one run with a pinch-hit single. That allowed the crowd of 54,124, stunned into silence early, a rare moment to cheer.But the Dodgers stranded two more runners and trailed 5-1.Their big bats were silenced, too. Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson were a combined 4 for 22. Bellinger whiffed three times, and his 17 strikeouts were a Series record. He also broke Yankees star Aaron Judge’s freshly set mark with 29 strikeouts this postseason.“This is just a great group of guys,” Kershaw said. “Without getting too emotional, just trying to embrace each other. We all feel the same hurt.”The Dodgers didn’t manage a baserunner over the last three innings, keeping their title drought intact.“I hope we can get to this point again,” Kershaw said, “but it definitely wasn’t easy to get here.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig watches as the Houston Astros celebrate their win in Game 7 of baseball’s World Series. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. APLOS ANGELES — Even Clayton Kershaw couldn’t save the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner pitched four scoreless innings of relief when starter Yu Darvish fell into a five-run hole after 1 2/3 innings Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).But the Dodgers’ offense never put it together. Los Angeles mustered just six hits and stranded 10 runners in a 5-1 loss to Houston that extended its championship drought to 30 years.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Spieth falls further from the lead at the Australian Open

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Iniong eyes ONE world title shot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At least he birdied the ninth — his last hole Friday. Finishing on even-par would have left him just one stroke away from the projected cut, which could have changed based on afternoon scoring.“That was only my second one-putt of the day,” Spieth said. “The other was for par.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I feel like you can make up more ground and come from behind here over I think any tournament I’ve played this entire year,” Spieth said. “The golf course will start to bake out and you get really calm conditions in the morning that leave the windier conditions for the afternoon, so I’ll have a pretty gettable golf course. If I can post something like 5, 6-under, then I’m very much in this tournament.”Spieth said the seven-week layoff was the longest he’s had since his college days and that he felt rusty and nervous at times during his first round which featured five bogeys in windy conditions.The wind began to pick up late in Spieth’s round Friday, as did his frustration level at times. On the par-4 sixth — his 15th of the day — his drive traveled well over 300 meters, so far that it reached a spectator crossing area that officials obviously felt was far enough from the tee.Spieth took a drop from it, but his approach to the green failed to spin back, leaving him a putt of at least 20 feet. He missed his birdie attempt.“It’s just been the short game rust that’s kind of hurt me a bit the last couple of days that prevents me from being 5 or so under,” Spieth said.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson First-round leader Cameron Davis, who led by two strokes after a 63, had an afternoon start, as did Jason Day, who trailed Davis by three shots.Spieth, who hasn’t played since the Presidents Cup in late September, has won the Australian Open two out of the last three years and finished second the other time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAt least his morning start Saturday means he will avoid the windy conditions that the leading groups will have to contend with at The Australian in the afternoon.And that left him optimistic of a comeback. In 2014, he shot a then course-record 63 at The Australian Golf Club to win his first Australian title by six shots. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jordan Spieth of the U.S. hits his second shot on the 14th hole during the second round of the Australian Open Golf tournament in Sydney. APSYDNEY — Defending champion Jordan Spieth failed to take advantage of ideal scoring conditions at the Australian Open on Friday, shooting an even-par 71 to fall further behind the leaders.After an opening 70, he was at 1-under 141 and eight strokes behind clubhouse leader Lucas Herbert, who shot 66 on Friday and was at 9-under 133. Spieth trailed by seven strokes after the opening round.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Late run lifts Beermen past TNT in Iloilo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals It was Kerber’s 11th career title.In the men’s final, Daniil Medvedev beat Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a backhand to Ash Barty of Australia during their women’s final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY — Angelique Kerber won her ninth consecutive match to start the season, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the Sydney International title on Saturday.Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, won four consecutive singles matches at the Hopman Cup, followed by five in Sydney.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more