first_imgST ANDREWS, Scotland (AP):Jordan Spieth’s spirited bid for a Grand Slam was stopped yesterday by fellow American Zach Johnson, who is no longer just a normal guy from Iowa.Not with a claret jug to go with that green jacket.Johnson captured his second major – this one at the home of golf – winning the British Open in a play-off over Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Australia’s Marc Leishman that capped off five wild days at St Andrews and a suspense-filled final round.Most eyes were on 21-year-old Spieth. No one ever came closer to the third leg of the Grand Slam.Spieth fought back from taking four putts for a double bogey on No. 8 with back-to-back birdies. He rolled in a 50-foot birdie putt for a share of the lead with two holes to play. After missing an 8-foot par putt on the 17th hole, he needed a birdie on the closing hole to join the play-off.”We gave it a great effort,” Spieth said.He joined Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods – the three biggest names in golf over the last half-century – as the only players to capture the Masters and US Open, only to come up short in a quest for the holy grail in golf – all four professional majors in the same year.Johnson won the Masters in 2007 and described himself as just a normal guy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Not anymore.The 39-year-old Johnson now has two majors among his 12 PGA Tour victories, an astounding record and an example that a good wedge game and putter can still go a long way in this era of the long ball. Johnson was in tears when he was interviewed off the green, and he cradled the jug after his acceptance speech.”I’m grateful. I’m humbled. I’m honoured,” Johnson said. “This is the birthplace of the game, and that jug means so much in sports.”On a tense afternoon of shadows and showers on the Old Course, Johnson closed with a 6-under 66 by holing a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation, and caddie Damon Green strutted and flapped his arms in his celebratory chicken dance.Johnson was the first to post at 15-under 273 with his 30-foot birdie putt.last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL (AP):The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has begun investigating allegations by German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain that a third of the medals in endurance races at Olympics and world championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious blood readings.The media reports earlier this month analysed the results of 12,000 blood tests involving 5,000 athletes from 2001 to 2012 leaked from an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) database and concluded that 800 were suspicious. The IAAF responded with a detailed denunciation of the reports, and strongly rejected suggestions that it had failed to follow up on the suspicious tests.WADA said in a statement yesterday that an independent commission has already started work on investigating the claims and will be supported by WADA staff “familiar with analytical results, testing and the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP).”But WADA stressed “that no test data derived from the IAAF database prior to the adoption of the ABP in 2009 can be considered to be proof of doping. It would be reckless, if not libellous, to make such an allegation.”The reported values may be suspicious and lead to targeted testing of the athletes involved, but nothing more could be done with the information.”WADA said the independent commission’s work would include obtaining a copy of the leaked database and a copy of the report prepared by two Australian scientists who analysed the leaked test results.Among other aims, it would also look to “identify suspicious test results that should have led to targeted testing … (and) verify the actions of IAAF in dealing with such suspicious test results.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe 2013 derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR ticked off another major win at Caymanas Park yesterday, capturing the 44th running of the Alex’s Imports Gold Cup feature over 1400 metres for grade one horses.Installed a marginal 7-5 favourite over last year’s winner, POTCHEEN, at 8-5 in a star-studded field of seven, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, ran on strongly on the inside rails leaving the furlong pole to outfinish hat-trick seeker UPPA TUNE (3-1), under Paul ‘Country’ Francis, by 11/2 lengths.With DaCosta’s other runner, the in-form American horse, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, missing the break, UPPA TUNE showed his usual dash to lead the early stages, but FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, with apprentice Linton Steadman, recovered quickly on the inside to join UPPA TUNE on the lead after the first 400 metres.Both raced neck and neck just ahead of UNCLE TAF (8-1), followed by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR some six lengths off the pace in fourth passing the half mile. But it was UPPA TUNE who proved the strongest to turn for home three lengths clear, only to be gobbled up by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who came flying at the crucial stage under a torrid right hand stick, for a decisive win.The recent Fontainbleu Trophy winner, UNCLE TAF, kept pace with the leaders to the last furlong to finish another 13/4 lengths third, with FORTUNEONEHUNDRED fourth.DaCosta, who is well on course for a record 15th trainers’ title, which would surpass the legendary Philip Feanny, hailed PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, a five-year-old dark bay horse by Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewife who has won practically everything on the calendar for total stakes of 18.3 million.”He’s an exceptional horse who has settled down since his three-year-old career. He has won from six furlongs to a mile and a half and with the Superstakes and inaugural running of the rich Diamond Mile coming up in a matter of weeks, I feel good about his chances,” added DaCosta.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is co-owned by Alfred Lee and Jeffrey Mordecai and bred by the Y.S. (1955) Limited.Meanwhile, DaCosta and Halledeen teamed up for a second winner on the 10-race programme, with the Alexander Haber-owned three-year-old gelding, POKER STAR, who romped the fifth race over 1300 metres in the smart time of 1:17.2.Also saddling two winners was second-generation trainer Ryan Darby, including the 300th of his career, GIRLY GIRLY LINKS, at 2-1 in the two-year-old race.Darby started training in 1998 and saddled his first winner, ROMANTIC HUNK, that year with Winston Griffiths aboard.Griffiths and Feanny, the one-time dream team of local racing, got together to win the third race aboard 2-5 favourite CAMPESINO, while leading jockey Shane Ellis celebrated his 42nd birthday with a win aboard LORD STORM (9-5) in the third race over 1100 metres.last_img read more

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January 20, 2020

More sports in brief

first_imgOlympic champion boxer Davis Jr diesMIAMI (AP):Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr, who won the 1976 gold medal and was named over US teammate Sugar Ray Leonard as the most outstanding fighter in the Montreal Games, has died of cancer, his wife said on Friday.Davis, 59, died on Wednesday at his Plantation home, surrounded by family, Karla Guadamuz-Davis said.Amir back inPakistan squadISLAMABAD (AP):Fast-bowler Mohammad Amir is back in Pakistan’s Twenty20 and ODI squads – provided he can get a visa for New Zealand.Amir’s five-year ban from international cricket for spot-fixing ended in September, but the left-arm quick needs clearance from authorities in New Zealand because he also served three months in an English jail for taking bribes to bowl no-balls at agreed times.Pakistan is scheduled to play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals, starting January 15, in New Zealand.AtlÈtico signs Argentine midfielderMADRID (AP):AtlÈtico Madrid have signed Argentine midfielder Augusto Fern·ndez from rival Spanish club Celta Vigo at the start of the winter transfer window.The 2014 league champions say Fern·ndez signed a contract through to 2019 after passing a medical examination.The 29-year-old Fern·ndez will help fill the void left by the injured Tiago Mendes.Fern·ndez scored 10 goals in more than three seasons for Celta. He previously played for AtlÈtico coach Diego Simeone at River Plate in 2007-08.last_img read more

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first_imgTwo promising 28-year-old boxers – Jamaican Camion Goldson, representing the Caribbean team, and Rashid Stevens ,fighting for the USA team – will make their professional debuts tonight on the Wray and Nephew 2016 ‘Contender’ show at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road in St Andrew, beginning at 9:30 p.m. It was an interesting sidelight when the draw was done, that these two debutants were pitted against each other, and a keen contest is expected. Both have over 50 amateur fights and have represented their countries in overseas competition. Stevens has more accomplishments and told The Gleaner yesterday that he has a 45-9 record and was the 2015 National Golden Gloves champion. He also said that he has won other national titles and was runner-up in the tournament that was held recently to select the USA team to the Olympic Qualifier in Argentina. He was oozing confidence and said that he was keen on making a successful debut to the professional ranks. Goldson has been one of Jamaica’s leading amateurs for some time and has been a national representative on several occasions. His performances have not been consistent, but he has shown that on a given night, he can perform brilliantly. This is the seventh week of competition in the preliminary round of the series, which has 16 boxers vying for quarter-final berths. Following next week’s competition, the eight boxers remaining will be seeded and the top four will draw their opponents from the other four contestants. The main prize is purse money of two million dollars, with the runner-up getting $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000. The contest will be shown live on TVJ.last_img read more

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first_imgWith the strides made by local table tennis over the last five years under the Godfrey Lothian administration, national team coach Stephen Grant believes that new Japanese coach, Takashima Satoshi can lift the sport to the next level in Jamaica. The arrival of Satoshi comes on the heels of the departure of international table tennis instructor, Christian Lillieroos and Grant says the game, players and coaches have all seen improvement in recent years and he expects the Japanese to help them make that next step up the ladder. “The game has developed (locally). Table tennis has turned the corner, where we were four years ago to where we are now it’s night and day, so we want to continue on the same trend, ” Grant said. “Jamaica was in Division Five of the world rating for many years, and we have been to the World Championships twice. Division Five in 2013 and we won that division and got gold. Two years later, we went back in Division Four and won bronze, so now we are in Division Three, so I am definitely for it because Japan is a new superpower in table tennis. They are rated (number) two in the world, so this can boost our playing abilities from the junior level up,” he said. ENLIGHTENING PERIOD Despite holding all three coaching levels certificates, Grant said his time under Lillieroos was very enlightening and he and fellow local coaches are looking forward to working with and learning from Satoshi. “We just sent off Mr Christian Lillieroos, who was here for six months. So the techniques and the abilities of the coaches have advanced a great deal under his experience. I was with him for the last week and it was a great refresher for me. With Mr Christian’s experience and application I have learnt a lot, and this new coach will only enhance what we have started and as national coach I am definitely for it in every shape or form,” he continued. He also added that corporate support is vital to the sports’ continued progress. “What we need more is corporate support, everything takes finance and we only get $161,000 a month, so all you see we are doing it’s with all that we get from SDF.”last_img read more

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first_imgRobert Bailey, Gleaner WriterNASSAU, Bahamas:2011 100m world champion Yohan Blake and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby have been named male and female captains of Jamaica’s team at the IAAF World Relays.The two-day event is set to run off today at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium.Blake, who has been plagued by injuries over the last two seasons, will lead Jamaica’s 4x100m quartet, which includes Kemar Bailey-Cole, Jevaughn Minzie, Everton Clarke and Nickel Ashmeade.McLaughlin-Whilby, 31, an Olympic relay medalist and World Championships 200m finalist, will compete on Jamaica’s 4x400m relay team, which also includes Christine Day, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Verone Chambers, Shericka Jackson, and Janieve Russell.Jamaica will be aiming to better their second-place finish at the championships in the 2015, this after they tallied 46 points behind the winners United States, who won the championships with 63 points.last_img read more

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January 20, 2020

Mumbai fall short

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies stars Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons both struck uptempo half-centuries, but failed to prevent Mumbai Indians from a narrow seven-run loss to Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League yesterday.Set an imposing 231 to win at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai made a valiant effort before finishing on 223 for six off their 20, with opener Simmons top-scoring with 59 and fellow Trinidadian, Pollard, unleashing an explosive unbeaten 50.Simmons set the stage for a successful run chase when he lashed five fours and four sixes off just 32 balls as he put on 99 for the first wicket with wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, who made 38 from 23 balls.Their departures saw four wickets fall for 22 runs in the space of 24 deliveries to leave Mumbai stumbling on 121 for four in the 13th over.ENERGISED INNINGSHowever, Pollard stepped up, belting a four and five sixes in a 24-ball cameo to energise the innings in a 55-run, fifth-wicket partnership with Hardik Pandya (30).Mumbai needed 16 from the last over bowled by seamer Mohit Sharma, and even though Pollard blasted a six off the second ball, he was then held scoreless from the next three.Earlier, opener Wriddhiman Saha delivered a splendid 55-ball unbeaten 93 to propel Kings XI up to 230 for three after they were sent in.last_img read more

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first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Kim Yeon-koung is regarded as Korea’s top volleyball player and her accolades for both club and country could fill pages.The Korean skipper is a multi-medal winner for Korea and has won numerous championships with cub Fenerbahce both in the domestic and continental stage.ADVERTISEMENT Kim, however, wasn’t there to inspire the Philippines.She was there to make life harder for the Filipinos and she did just that, finishing off the first set for Korea upon setting foot inside the court.Kim would do the same in the second set as she led the Koreans to an eventual three-set sweep of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.“Personally, facing up against KYK was a huge challenge and when I blocked her that was really big for me.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano And when Kim made her surprise appearance in the first set of the game between Korea and the Philippines in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, Jovelyn Gonzaga couldn’t help but feel blessed to be playing against the world’s greats.READ: AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeated 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’“We were joking inside the locker room that we should force Korea to bring in KYK because it’s almost a given that she won’t be playing,” said Gonzaga in Filipino Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena after their game.“We said that our goal was to have Korea put in KYK in the second set, but when she stepped inside late in the first set we all looked at each other and said ‘goal!’ So it was really a morale-booster for us to play against her.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NLEX bounces back, deals Meralco 1st loss LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Rookie De’Aaron Fox scored 14 points off the bench to lead seven Kings in double figures.Cousins received overwhelming support and love with a standing ovation during pregame introductions with a few boos. After his initial basket, the Kings answered with a 17-2 run.A video and highlight tribute to Cousins played on the scoreboard during a first-quarter timeout as he was formally welcomed back to the city where he played seven seasons, and the big man gave a big wave.“I loved it,” Cousins said. “I’ve got nothing but love for this city. I came here as a kid and left as a man. As I stated many times, I’ve got people here I consider family. These fans have been great to me throughout the years.”“BOOGIE THANK YOU, LOVE YOU, MISS YOU” read one sign held by a female fan in Golden 1 Center.“Very talented dude,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Cousins, who was fined $25,000 last week for cursing at a Grizzlies fan in Memphis, shot 14 for 25, dished out six assists and kept his emotions in check.At the 9:23 mark of the first quarter, Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein were tied up under the basket. Cousins then carried the ball out of the crowd and set it down in front of the New Orleans bench before the jump ball.“This was just as big a game for them as it was for us,” Cousins said. “We knew they would be juiced. We knew they would come out swinging and that’s exactly what they did.”He had faced the Kings once already since his February trade, in New Orleans on March 31, and scored 37 points while making 12 of 21 shots in the Pelicans’ 117-89 victory.“For him, he came here as a young kid, really. He’d been with this franchise the entire time,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “You have friends in the city, you have things that you’ve done just from a community service point of view that you had. And then very emotional when he left here. I was there when he got on the plane. I think people don’t realize, they look at these guys as something other than a 22- 25- 27-year-old kid, and that’s what they are. I don’t care how big they are, they’ve got the same emotions as everyone else has.“It’s tough, because it wasn’t his decision to leave. I think when that happens, it stings, it hurts initially. I think he has found himself in a positon where we really appreciate everything he brings to the table.”WEBBER TRIBUTEFormer Kings star Chris Webber worked the nationally televised game for TNT and received his own video highlight recognition and a standing ovation late in the first quarter. Webber stood, smiled and acknowledged the fans.TIP-INSPelicans: Darius Miller started in place of Davis and was scoreless. … After being outrebounded 63-42 in a 103-93 loss at Portland two nights earlier and giving up 18 offensive boards, New Orleans outrebounded Sacramento 47-34.Kings: As the Kings returned from a three-game road trip, Zach Randolph made his home debut for the Kings after missing the Oct. 18 opener against Houston following oral surgery.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Cleveland on Saturday.Kings: Host Washington on Sunday. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Horford, Irving lead Celtics past Bucks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Cousins took the crowd at Golden 1 Center on a trip down memory lane, then left them with some heartache after a spectacular performance. He waved to his supportive former home fans as highlights showed of his time in California’s capital.“It was pretty emotional,” Cousins said. “I was super nervous coming in. The anticipation was like through the roof. I really couldn’t wait for the ball to go up and we could just actually get to the basketball part.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:21 to play for a 108-106 lead and the Pelicans held on — and Cousins finally got some help in a second-half comeback after New Orleans trailed by 14 at intermission playing without injured star Anthony Davis.Jameer Nelson contributed 18 points with four 3-pointers with Davis sidelined with a left knee injury sustained at Portland on Tuesday. The Pelicans were down 70-56 at halftime with Cousins largely a one-man show already with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins, right, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins could exhale at last. The nerves were long gone, his highly anticipated return to Sacramento in the books — and what a beauty it was.Cousins immediately scored after winning the opening tip and never stopped on the way to 41 points and 23 rebounds, and the emotional big man dominated his old team to rally the New Orleans Pelicans past the Kings 114-106 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

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