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Sapura asserts tour dominance

Langkawi, Malaysia---Team Sapura Cycling asserted its dominance once more at the close of the 25th Petronas Le Tour de Langkawi on Friday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 15th, 2020

No Dyball, no problem as Sapura aims to keep supremacy in Petronas Le Tour de Langkawi & lsquo;20

Kuala Lumpur---The absence of Benjamin Dyball—the yellow jersey winner of Le Tour de Langkawi 2019—has not affected the confidence level of Sapura Cycling Team (TSC) as they look to maintain their supremacy at Petronas Le Tour de Langkawi 2020 slated for February 7 to 14......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 4th, 2020

Woods comeback at Masters named AP Sports Story of the Year

By Eddie Pells, Associated Press A green jacket. A heart-melting embrace. A stirring return to the top of golf by one of the sport’s all-time greats. In choosing Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters as The Associated Press sports story of the year, voters went with the uplifting escape of a great comeback over options that were as much about sports as the issues that enveloped them in 2019: politics, money and the growing push for equal pay and equal rights for women. The balloters, a mix of AP member sports editors and AP beat writers, elevated Woods’ rousing victory at Augusta National over the runner-up entry: the U.S. women’s soccer team’s victory at the World Cup. That monthlong competition was punctuated by star Megan Rapinoe’s push for pay equality for the women’s team and an ongoing war of words with President Donald Trump. Rapinoe’s efforts to use sports as a platform to discuss bigger issues was hardly a one-off in 2019. Of the top 12 stories in the balloting, only three — titles won by the Toronto Raptors, Washington Nationals and University of Virginia basketball team — stuck mainly to what happened between the lines. All the rest — including the blown call that cost the Saints a chance at the Super Bowl, a California law that threatens to upend the NCAA and Simone Biles’ dominance at gymnastics' world championships, set against the backdrop of the sex-abuse crisis consuming the sport in the U.S. — were long-running sagas that went beyond a single day or event. They painted sports not as an escape from the world’s problems but merely another window into them. It’s no stretch to say that the whole of the Woods saga — namely, the sordid, pain-riddled, decadelong prelude to his victory at Augusta National in April — would fit into that category, as well. His downfall began in the wee hours the day after Thanksgiving in 2009, when he ran over a fire hydrant outside his house in Florida, triggering an avalanche of stories about infidelity that would lead to the breakup of his marriage and play into the near-destruction of his career. Part 2 was the injuries. Woods came close but did not return to his dominant form after his return to golf following his breakup with his wife. And as time went on, his physical condition deteriorated. He didn’t play in 2016 or 2017, and at the end of '17, he conceded his back was so bad that his days of competitive golf might be behind him. There were four risky back surgeries. Woods also required a good deal of inner healing after a mortifying DUI arrest in 2017 that exposed his reliance on painkillers. Through it all, Woods somehow kept nurturing his love for golf. And eventually, he found his game again. He climbed his way back to the top. He had close calls at two majors in 2018 — the British Open and PGA Championship — and then won the season-ending Tour Championship, as good a sign as any that, at 43, he could take on the best and win. But regular tournaments are not the majors, and no major is the Masters. It was on those hallowed grounds at Augusta National where Woods set the marker, starting a decade of dominance that would redefine the game. He blew away the field by 12 strokes in 1997 to win the first of what has become five green jackets and 15 major titles. On that day, Woods came off the 18th green and wrapped himself in a warm embrace with his father, Earl, whose death in 2006 left an undeniable void in the player's life. Though there had been a handful of close calls between his U.S. Open victory in 2008 and the start of 2019, it was clear that if there was a single course where Woods could conjure the old magic and end a major drought, it would be Augusta National. As a four-time champion, Woods built a career on studying every inch of the layout, knowing every fault line and every sneaky twist and turn of the slickest greens on earth. But where, at one time, he might have overpowered the course and intimidated the competition, in 2019, he simply outlasted them both. He avoided mistakes while everyone else was making them. Instead of taking a lead into the last day, then never giving anyone a whiff of hope, this was a comeback. He started the day two shots behind. As AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson wrote in his wrapup of the final day: “Woods never missed a shot that mattered over the final seven holes, taking the lead with a 5-iron to the fat of the green on the par-5 15th for a two-putt birdie, delivering the knockout with an 8-iron that rode down the ridge by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie on the par-3 16th.” When it was over, Woods came to the same spot where he’d met Earl 22 years before. He scooped up his son, Charlie, and held him in a long embrace, then did the same with his 11-year-old daughter, Sam, and mother, Tilda. “For them to see what it’s like to have their dad win a major championship, I hope that’s something they will never forget,” Woods said. Very few golf fans will. And in a sports year dominated by weightier topics, Woods at the Masters stood out — a comeback story that left people smiling at the end......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2019

Joke as playing captain turns into reality for Tiger

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods meant it as a joke. And it was accompanied by laughter. Woods was introduced as U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup in Australia on March 13, 2018, and the first question was whether he considered being a playing captain. "Yes, I have," Woods said. The laughter that followed that day at Bay Hill could have been interpreted two ways. His answer was quick and short, no elaboration necessary, because a guy who dominated golf like no one else had never considered himself anything but a player. Or maybe it was simply laughable to think of Woods playing in team matches again. At the time, it had been four years and five months since he played on his last team, the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village. He had gone through four back surgeries since then, limiting him to only six tournaments in the previous two years. And only five months earlier, when he was a vice captain at the Presidents Cup, he said he could envision a scenario where he never competed again. "It was a joke," Woods said Tuesday at the Hero World Challenge, smiling at the memory. "But it turned into reality. Here we are." That now seems so long ago. The notion that he would be at Royal Melbourne without his clubs is absurd. Starting with the Tour Championship last year, when Woods had gone five years without winning, he won at East Lake to complete one phase of his comeback. Then, he won the Masters in April, the missing piece, because he had gone 11 years since his last major and 14 years since his last green jacket. And then he had another surgery on his left knee — his fifth, making the knee 1 up over the lower back — and returned two months later by winning the Zozo Championship in Japan for his 82nd victory on the PGA Tour, tying Sam Snead for the career record. "To come back from what I've come back from and have won three events, it's been pretty good," Woods said. He is not entirely back to normal because Woods turns 44 at the end of the month, and his body — no matter how often it's been repaired — doesn't respond the way it did when he was in his early 30s. What doesn't get enough attention was the knee surgery the week of the Tour Championship to clean up minor cartilage damage. The surgery was supposed to be after his Hero World Challenge last year, but he wanted to start the season at Torrey Pines and surgery wouldn't have allowed it. So he put it off, and then it caught up with him later in the year when he couldn't practice as much and rarely squatted down to read putts. Was it worth it? Of course. "I did get a Masters out of it," Woods said. The surgery ultimately gave him a busier schedule than he would have imagined, and it gave golf a boost at a time of the year that it's easily forgotten. What follows is two weeks of Tiger in dual roles. He is the tournament host of the Hero World Challenge that features 18 of the top 50 players in the world at Albany Golf Club. Woods has won his tournament five times, all of them at Sherwood Country Club in California when he was at full strength. He has never played well in the Bahamas, but he has never been at full strength. Next week, he heads to Royal Melbourne as the captain of a team that has little to gain and much to lose. The Americans have not lost the Presidents Cup since 1998, such dominance that winning is a given. The last thing Woods wants is to be in charge of a team that allows the International team to end years of futility, particularly a team that has only two players who have won tournaments this year — Joaquin Niemann and C.T. Pan, both Presidents Cup newcomers. He is the first playing captain since Hale Irwin in 1994 for the inaugural matches that really did feel like an exhibition. "It's a pretty neat responsibility," Woods said. "And the role's not easy. There's a lot of moving parts, whether it's talking to the guys, talking to my vice captains, organizing what we need to have done down there, not only to be ready but also, I need to keep sharp. I need to keep practicing. Because at minimum, I'll be responsible for two points." Players are required to play at least once before Sunday singles. "I'm host here and a player," he said of the Bahamas. "And next week, I'm captain and a player. So it's a lot of hats going on." But at least he's playing. That's what he suggested the day he was appointed Presidents Cup captain, even if he says he meant it jokingly. Deep down, he probably didn't......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

UAAP 82: UST opens double championship defense

University of Sto. Tomas opens quest for another golden double in the UAAP Season 82 Beach Volleyball tournament Sunday at Sands SM By The Bay. Ushering the post-Sisi Rondina era, the Tigresses will set in motion their bid for a fourth consecutive crown against University of the Philippines at 10:40 a.m. UST begins its back-to-back men's title bid against National University in an early showdown of favorites at 8 a.m., before returning in the afternoon session with a 1:20 p.m. duel with University of the East. Babylove Barbon, last season's top rookie who is more than ready to carry the Tigresses torch in the years to come, will have Gen Eslapor as her new partner. Setting its sights for a record seventh championship overall, UST will have to do it without Rondina, who has already completed her checkered collegiate career in the sand court. In her five years with the Tigresses, four-time MVP Rondina gave her school four titles. A perennial contender in the highly-popular Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour and were among the Philippine representatives in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 1-Star last May, Barbon and Eslapor are looking good to continue UST's dominance in the sport.  Derie Virtusio will be the third player. Jaron Requinton, who with Krung Arbasto put the Growling Tigers back in the throne last year, will have Efraem Dimaculangan as his partner. De La Salle hopes to give UST a run for its money behind Tin Tiamzon and rookie Justine Jazareno. The Lady Spikers will play their season opener versus the Lady Bulldogs at 11:20 a.m. Together with Michelle Morente, Tiamzon led De La Salle to a runner-up finish last year. The Lady Maroons will have a brand new set of players, with Rosie Rosier, Euricka Eslapor and alternate Noreen Estrellanes hoping to sustain their podium finishes that Isa Molde, Justin Dorog and Tots Carlos gave in the last two years. In other season-opening matches, Ateneo, with Ponggay Gaston and rookie Roma Mae Doromal in tow, goes up against Far Eastern University at 12 noon, before Adamson University and UE caps first day of women's action at 12:40 p.m. Seeking to rebound from last year's third place finish, the Bulldogs will bank on James Natividad and James Buytrago. Incidentally, UST and NU are tied for the most number of men's titles with four. The Bulldogs' other opening day opponent will be Ateneo at 2:40 p.m. FEU's Jude Garcia and Doy Barrica will be one of the Tigers' biggest threats for the crown as the last season's second placers tackle Adamson University at 8:40 a.m. and UP at 2 p.m. Other men's morning matches are UE-Ateneo at 9:20 a.m. and UP-De La Salle at 10 a.m., while Adamson University-De La Salle will round up opening day action at 3:20 p.m......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2019

Cohesion, commitment key to Angels rise

American Janisa Johnson has one “good” problem to mind after helping provide the answer to ending Creamline’s dominance in the Premier Volleyball League – how to fit her Finals MVP trophy into her stuff when she leaves for France this Saturday for another tour of duty......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Maijers rules 10th Le Tour de Filipinas

LEGAZPI CITY -- Dutch Jeroen Meijers of Taiyuan Miogee Cycing Team of China successfully defended his lead in the fifth and final stage topped by German Mario Vogt of Team Sapura Cycling of Malaysia to snare his first title in three years in the 10th Le Tour de Filipinas that concluded Tuesday in this beautiful Bicol City fronting the majestic Mayon Volcano here. Meijers, 26, was with Singaporean Goh Choon Huat of Terrenganu Inc., TSG Cycling of Malaysia in the peloton that clocked three hours, 34 minutes and 48 seconds to secure the victory with a total clocking of 20:38:07. Goh finished second overall in 20:38:52 while Aussie Angus Lyons of Oliver’s Real Food Racing of Australia in 20:39:45. 7Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Philippines’ Daniel Habtemichael (20:40:20), PGN Road Cycling Team’s Sandy Nur Hasan (20:40:32) and Aiman Cahyadi (20:40:39), Team Ukyo’s Kohei Yokotsuka (20:40:39) and Naoya Yoshioka (20:40:41) and Team Sapura Cycling’s Muhsin Al Redha Misbah (20:40:42) and Taiyuan Miogee’s Li Shuai (20:40:43) rounded up the top 10. “I felt good entering Stage Five, we had a good feeling about it and I know you need to celebrate at the finish line, not before because anything can happen,” said Meijers, whose last manor victory came in France three years back. Vogt topped the 138.1km Stage Five in 3:33:39 and bested Filipino Dominic Perez of 7Eleven and Malaysian Mohd Zamri Saleh of Terengganu Inc TSG Cycing Team of Malaysia, who each timed in 3:34:41. It was the third podium finish for the 27-year-old Stuttgart native after he also ruled Stage Two Saturday and placed third in Stage Four Monday. Vogt eventually finished 12th overall. Team Ukyo clinched the team crown in 61:59:35 and the US$1,200 (P62,400) purse. Taiyuan Miogee wound up second (622:36) and PGN Road Cycling Team (62:03:05) third in this five-stage race sponsored by Air21, Cargohaus, NMM, Ufreight and SPL and backed by the Phl National Police, Armed Forces of the Phl and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office with Onesports by Cignal as official coveror. Filipino Marcelo Felipe of 7Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Phls slipped from 10th to 11th in 20:43:43 after losing to Li via countback. Li had a better finish than Marcelo in Stage Four, paving the way for the former to steal No. 10. Felipe, however, went home as the best Filipino rider, besting Mark Galedo of Celeste Cycles Bianchi Phls, who won this same race five years ago, Go for Gold’s Jonel Carcueva, who finished 15th and 16th overall, respectively. Meijers’ ascent started in Stage One Friday when bested all comers to win the lap. Meijers lost the Air21 purple jersey for a time in Stage Two when Goh orchestrated the breakaway group only for the latter to get it back at the end of it. And then it was all Meijers from there. Le Tour chair Donna Mae Lina later said she’s looking forward to next year’s 11th edition. “It was a fitting end to Le Tour’s 10th year anniversary and we’re excited for another one next year,” said Lina......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Aussies nab 2nd straight leg as foreigners dominate Le Tour Stage 4

ALBAY, Bicol – Foreigners flexed dominance at the 10th Le Tour de Filipinas as Aussie cyclist Jesse Coyle roared to a Stage 4 win in Legazpi City here on Monday, June 17. Feeding off the momentum of teammate Samuel Hill's first-ever Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-sanctioned win in Stage 3 last ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Morales 4th sa Le Tour Stage 2

Daet, Camarines Norte - Dumating na pang-apat si Philippine National team rider Jan Paul Morales sa Stage 2 ng 10th edition ng Le Tour de Filipinas kahapon na nagsimula sa Pagbilao, Quezon. Umoras si Morales ng apat na oras, 52 minuto at 11 segundo, may 3:05 minutong diperensiya sa nagwaging si Mario Vogt ng team Sapura Cycling sa 194.9-km race.The post Morales 4th sa Le Tour Stage 2 appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Tourism stakeholders in Cebu brace for possible travel ban on S. Korea

  CEBU CITY, Philippines – While the Philippine government has not issued a travel ban on South Korea, tourism stakeholders in Cebu have braced themselves for the impact of such possibility. The Hotel Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC), and Cebu Association of Tour Operators (Catos), two of Cebu’s largest organizations catering to tourists, […] The post Tourism stakeholders in Cebu brace for possible travel ban on S. Korea appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News14 hr. 52 min. ago

TCC Invitational kicks off PH Golf Tour

The Philippine Golf Tour ushers in a new decade with its flagship championship—The Country Club Invitational—unfolding March 4, featuring an elite 32-player field all geared up for four days of battle of power, stamina and mental toughness at the wind-swept TCC course in Laguna......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated News19 hr. 13 min. ago

THE DEAN: Dominance @55

The men looked dashing in their suits, his five children included (Jad, Jomar, Jorap, Gabriel and Jomel) — but nothing beat the man of the hour’s fashion above all. The post THE DEAN: Dominance @55 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News20 hr. 51 min. ago

US concert tour ni Pomoy may 2nd part agad

Mabilis na nabebenta ang tickets ng US concert tour ng “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” 3rd runner-up na si Marcelito Pomoy......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2020

Lascuña regains Asian Tour card

Local golf’s loss is Asian Tour’s gain as vintage Tony Lascuña re-claimed his card in the region’s premier circuit by closing out with a brilliant 68 to finish tied for 17th in the 2020 AT Final Qualifying Stage at the Lake View Resort course in Hua Hin, Thailand yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

Alido, Quiban rally to stay in hunt

Ira Alido and Justin Quiban charged back with identical 67s to join Tony Lascuña in the final cut of the 2020 Asian Tour Final Qualifying Stage at the Lake View Resort course in Hua Hin, Thailand yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2020

Marcelito Pomoy may 3 buwan US tour dahil sa ‘AGT: Champions’

Matapos manalong 3rd runner-up sa America’s Got Talent: The Champions, magkakaroon na ng US tour si Marcelito Pomoy this year. Ito ang ibinandera ng Kapamilya singer sa kanyang social media accounts kasabay ng announcement ng mga dates kung kailan at saan siya magko-concert sa Amerika. Sa kanyang Instagram account, ipinost ni Marcelito ang poster ng […] The post Marcelito Pomoy may 3 buwan US tour dahil sa ‘AGT: Champions’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2020

Lascuña makes move with 68

Tony Lascuña sustained a second-round effort of 69 with a three-under 68, moving from joint 65th to a share of 39th in the third round of the Final Qualifying Stage of the 2020 Asian Tour, which found a solo leader in Ben Follet-Smith of Zimbabwe in Thailand yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

NoKor cancels marathon over virus

North Korea has cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon — its biggest tourist money-spinner of the year — because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, tour companies said Friday. Beijing-based Koryo Tours, the official partner of the marathon, said on its website it had “received official confirmation today that the Pyongyang Marathon 2020 is cancelled”. “This is due […] The post NoKor cancels marathon over virus appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

NBA-best Bucks continue dominance of sputtering Pistons

   LOS ANGELES, USA – The Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA's best record, continued their drive to clinch homecourt advantage in the playoffs with a 126-106 win over the struggling Detroit Pistons on Thursday, February 20 (Friday, February 21, Philippine time). Reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 33 points and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

Binibining Pilipinas 2020 candidates tour Gateway Gallery Museum

In line with the celebration of the National Arts Month, the candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2020 paid a visit on Feb. 18 at the Gateway Gallery Museum, Gateway Tower......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020

Alido safely makes cut despite 1-over 72

Ira Alido slowed down with a one-over 72 but safely made it to the first cut in the Final Qualifying Stage of the 2020 Asian Tour in Hua Hin, Thailand yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020