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Saso yields Player of the Year lead as Furue triumphs again

Yuka Saso missed hitting Y100 million in earnings in record fashion as she succumbed to an in-form Ayaka Furue in the Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open final, imperilling even her bid for the Player of the Year honors that had once appeared to be hers with two tournaments left in the LPGA of Japan Tour......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarNov 22nd, 2020

Saso yields Player of the Year lead as Furue triumphs again

Yuka Saso missed hitting Y100 million in earnings in record fashion as she succumbed to an in-form Ayaka Furue in the Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open final, imperilling even her bid for the Player of the Year honors that had once appeared to be hers with two tournaments left in the LPGA of Japan Tour......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2020

Yuka yields POTY lead as Furue tops Elleair tilt

Yuka Saso missed hitting Y100 million in earnings in record fashion as she succumbed to an in-form Ayaka Furue in the Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open final, imperilling even her bid for the Player of the Year honors that had once appeared to be hers with two tournaments left in the LPGA of Japan Tour......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Saso targets Y100M in earnings, 3rd crown in Itoen tilt

Coming off a strong finish behind winner Shin Jie of Korea in last week’s Toto Classic where she closed out with a solid 63 at the Taiheiyo Club Minori course in Ibaraki, Saso has snapped out of a long slump after scoring back-to-back victories in NEC Karuizawa and NItori Ladies last August, causing her to yield the Player of the Year lead to local bet Sakura Koiwai......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

Saso keeps lead, inches closer to second Japan LPGA crown

Yuka Saso kept her tight grip of the lead with a 68 in the penultimate round of the Japan LPGA Nitori Ladies golf tournament. A hot streak in the front nine Saturday gave the Filipino-Japanese enough cushion to protect her lead after a cold outing at the turn in Day 3 of competition at the Otaru Country Club in Hokkaido. The rookie hauled in a 4-under card after a 67 and a 69 in the first two rounds with just 18 more holes to go. Saso, who is looking for her second win after capturing the NEC Kuruizawa title two weeks ago and is now staring at a roughly P16.5 million purse, assembled a 12-under 204 for a one stroke lead over closest pursuer Japanese Sakura Koiwai. The 19-year old Saso scrambled in the last nine holes as Kowai made her move to finish with a 66 for an 11-under 205 to turn the final round into an exciting two-player duel. Hinano Muguruma and Hikaru Yoshimoto were tied at third, hitting a 69 and a 71, respectively, for 8-under 208 cards. Mayu Hamada tallied a 54-hole score of 209 while Chie Aimura had 210......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

World No. 1 Korda rules Olympic golf; Saso ends up joint-9th

The 23-year-old took the top spot in a tight competition that was also affected by the weather with home bet Mone Inami and New Zealand's Lydia Ko, with only a one-shot lead after the four rounds......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2021

From diamond in the rough to rare polished gem: Yuka Saso goes full circle

“I think I’ve learned so much last year and early in the season. I played in so many good tournaments and had a great chance playing with the great player, seeing them play, being so patient, trusting on what they do.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2021

Saso: Chasing a dream

She barely missed the Player of the Year title but emerged as the money leader in a pandemic-disrupted season that led to the integration of JLPGA’s 2020-21 seasons, giving the Fil-Japanese another crack at a sweep of the top two honors......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2021

Saso gains in world ranking, JLPGA derby

Yuka Saso made a five-spot jump to No. 45 in the world rankings following her joint 13th place finish in the US Women’s Open in Houston Monday even as she bolstered her bid for a sweep of top honors in the Player of the Year derby and money race in the LPGA of Japan Tour......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 16th, 2020

Yuka Saso gains in world ranking, Player of the Year race

Saso actually reached No. 48 from No. 55 a couple of weeks back but dropped two rungs last week after finishing tied for sixth in the JLPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup. But her gutsy stint in the tough storm-hit US Women’s Open at Cypress Creek netted her 2.47 average points for a total points of 86.45 to post her best world ranking at the close of her rookie campaign......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 16th, 2020

Saso vows to get better, stronger

After falling short of ending on top of the Player of the Year derby, Yuka Saso said she’s thankful to be given the chance to launch her pro career on the LPGA of Japan Tour, guaranteeing to get better, stronger in the next season and beyond......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

Saso yields lead despite 67 but stays in record hunt

Unable to shake off Nishimura in the first two rounds, Saso gained headway with a frontside 34 but it was not until she rebounded from an unlikely bogey on the par-5 11th, which she birdied in the past two days, that she finally got past the recent Mitsubishi Electric Ladies winner. The fired-up ICTSI-backed Fil-Japanese rammed in four straight birdies from No. 12 to spike a 34-33 card for a 54-hole total of 11-under 202 at the par-71 Elleair Golf Club Matsuyama......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Saso fires 65, ties for lead in Japan tilt

        Rookie Yuka Saso rediscovered her deadly form, firing a six-under 65 to forge a three-way tie for the lead at the start of the Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open in Ehime Prefecture Thursday. The 19-year-old Filipino-Japanese hinted of good things to come when she tamed the backside of the par-71 Elleair […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

Saso hard-pressed to deliver in last 2 JLPGA tilts

With pressure mounting, Yuka Saso hopes to deliver in the last two LPGA of Japan Tour events in the next two weeks and complete a record sweep by a rookie of both the Player of the Year and money list honors......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2020

Saso hard-pressed

With pressure mounting, Yuka Saso hopes to deliver in the last two LPGA of Japan Tour events in the next two weeks to complete a record sweep by a rookie for both the Player of the Year and money list honors......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2020

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78 His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown on Monday. No details were disclosed. “Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else,” the statement said. “However, for us, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear everyday.” One of the most celebrated and polarizing figures in his sport, Thompson took over a moribund Georgetown program in the 1970s and molded it in his unique style into a perennial contender, culminating with a national championship team anchored by center Patrick Ewing in 1984. Georgetown reached two other title games with Thompson in charge and Ewing patrolling the paint, losing to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina team in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985. At 6-foot-10, with an ever-present white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson literally and figuratively towered over the Hoyas for decades, becoming a patriarch of sorts after he quit coaching in 1999. One of his sons, John Thompson III, was hired as Georgetown’s coach in 2004. When the son was fired in 2017, the elder Thompson -- known affectionately as “Big John” or “Pops” to many -- was at the news conference announcing Ewing as the successor. Along the way, Thompson said what he thought, shielded his players from the media and took positions that weren’t always popular. He never shied away from sensitive topics -- particularly the role of race in both sports and society -- and he once famously walked off the court before a game to protest an NCAA rule because he felt it hurt minority athletes. “I’ll probably be remembered for all the things that kept me out of the Hall of Fame, ironically, more than for the things that got me into it,” Thompson said on the day he was elected to the Hall in 1999. Thompson became coach of the Hoyas in 1972 and began remaking a team that was 3-23 the previous season. Over the next 27 years, he led Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournaments (1979-92), 24 consecutive postseason appearances (20 NCAA, 4 NIT), three Final Fours (1982, 1984, 1985) and won six Big East tournament championships. Employing a physical, defense-focused approach that frequently relied on a dominant center -- Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were among his other pupils -- Thompson compiled a 596-239 record (.715 winning percentage). He had 26 players drafted by the NBA. One of his honors -- his selection as coach of the U.S. team for the 1988 Olympics -- had a sour ending when the Americans had to settle for the bronze medal. It was a result so disappointing that Thompson put himself on a sort of self-imposed leave at Georgetown for a while, coaching practices and games but leaving many other duties to his assistants. Off the court, Thompson was both a role model and a lightning rod. A stickler for academics, he kept a deflated basketball on his desk, a reminder to his players that a degree was a necessity because a career in basketball relied on a tenuous “nine pounds of air.” The school boasted that 76 of 78 players who played four seasons under Thompson received their degrees. He was a Black coach who recruited mostly Black players to a predominantly white Jesuit university in Washington, and Thompson never hesitated to speak out on behalf of his players. One of the most dramatic moments in Georgetown history came on Jan. 14, 1989, when he walked off the court to a standing ovation before the tipoff of a home game against Boston College, demonstrating in a most public way his displeasure against NCAA Proposition 42. The rule denied athletic scholarships to freshmen who didn’t meet certain requirements, and Thompson said it was biased against underprivileged students. Opposition from Thompson, and others, led the NCAA to modify the rule. Thompson’s most daring move came that same year, when he summoned notorious drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III for a meeting in the coach’s office. Thompson warned Edmond to stop associating with Hoyas players and to leave them alone, using his respect in the Black community to become one of the few people to stare down Edmond and not face a reprisal. Though aware of his influence, Thompson did not take pride in becoming the first Black coach to take a team to the Final Four, and he let a room full of reporters know it when asked his feelings on the subject at a news conference in 1982. “I resent the hell out of that question if it implies I am the first Black coach competent enough to take a team to the Final Four,” Thompson said. “Other Blacks have been denied the right in this country; coaches who have the ability. I don’t take any pride in being the first Black coach in the Final Four. I find the question extremely offensive.” Born Sept. 2, 1941, John R. Thompson Jr. grew up in Washington, D.C. His father was always working — on a farm in Maryland and later as a laborer in the city — and could neither read nor write. “I never in my life saw my father’s hands clean,” Thompson told The Associated Press in 2007. “Never. He’d come home and scrub his hands with this ugly brown soap that looked like tar. I thought that was the color of his hands. When I was still coaching, kids would show up late for practice and I’d (say) ... ‘My father got up every morning of his life at 5 a.m. to go to work. Without an alarm.‘” Thompson’s parents emphasized education, but he struggled in part of because of poor eyesight and labored in Catholic grammar school. He was moved to a segregated public school, had a growth spurt and became good enough at basketball to get into John Carroll, a Catholic high school, where he led the team to 55 consecutive victories and two city titles. He went to Providence College as one of the most touted basketball prospects in the country and led the Friars to the first NCAA bid in school history. He graduated in 1964 and played two seasons with Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics, earning a pair of championship rings as a sparingly used backup to Bill Russell. Thompson returned to Washington, got his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia and went 122-28 over six seasons at St. Anthony’s before accepting the job at Georgetown, an elite school that had relatively few Black students. Faculty and students rallied around him after a bedsheet with racist words was hung inside the school’s gym before a game during the 1974-75 season. Thompson sheltered his players with closed practices, tightly controlled media access and a prohibition on interviews with freshmen in their first semester -- a restriction that still stands for Georgetown’s basketball team. Combined with Thompson’s flashes of emotion and his players’ rough-and-tumble style of play, it wasn’t long before the words “Hoya Paranoia” came to epitomize the new era of basketball on the Hilltop campus. Georgetown lost the 1982 NCAA championship game when Fred Brown mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina’s James Worthy in the game’s final seconds. Two years later, Ewing led an 84-75 win over Houston in the title game. The Hoyas were on the verge of a repeat the following year when they were stunned in the championship game by coach Rollie Massimino’s Villanova team in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Success allowed Thompson to rake in money through endorsements, but he ran afoul of his Georgetown bosses when he applied for a gambling license for a business venture in Nevada in 1995. Thompson, who liked playing the slot machines in Las Vegas, reluctantly dropped the application after the university president objected. Centers Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo turned Georgetown into “Big Man U” under Thompson, although his last superstar was guard Allen Iverson, who in 1996 also became the first player under Thompson to leave school early for the NBA draft. “Thanks for Saving My Life Coach,” Iverson wrote at the start of an Instagram post Monday with photos of the pair. The Hoyas teams in the 1990s never came close to matching the achievements of the 1980s, and Thompson’s era came to a surprising and sudden end when he resigned in the middle of the 1998-99 season, citing distractions from a pending divorce. Thompson didn’t fade from the limelight. He became a sports radio talk show host and a TV and radio game analyst, joining the very profession he had frustrated so often as a coach. He loosened up, allowing the public to see his lighter side, but he remained pointed and combative when a topic mattered to him. A torch was passed in 2004, when John Thompson III became Georgetown’s coach. The younger Thompson, with “Pops” often watching from the stands or sitting in the back of the room for news conferences, returned the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. Another son, Ronny Thompson, was head coach for one season at Ball State and is now a TV analyst. ___ Joseph White, a former AP sports writer in Washington who died in 2019, prepared this obituary. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

Saso vaults to No. 26 in Olympic race, eyes duel vs Jie

Saso, who has long expressed her desire to deliver the Philippines its first Olympic gold, moved to No. 26 in the latest Reallocation Reserve List for next year's Tokyo Games, firming up her bid for one of the coveted spots in the 60-player field......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Rookie Saso poised for JLPGA record romp

Back in the groove, Yuka Saso is back on top of the Player of the Year derby and as runaway leader in the money race, the Fil-Japanese is on clear track for a sweep of top honors in the LPGA of Japan Tour......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2020

Saso fires 68, trails leader by three

Multi-titled Ai Suzuki is back with a bang, so did Player of the Year frontrunner Yuka Saso......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2020

Saso cards 68, trails Taiwanese by 3 in Descente Ladies Tokai Classic

Multi-titled Ai Suzuki is back with a bang, so did Player of the Year frontrunner Yuka Saso......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Saso stays ahead of Player of Year derby

Despite her joint 13th finish in the Japan LPGA Championship, Yuka Saso kept her top ranking in the Player of the Year race although in-form Sakura Koiwai is closing in and Saki Nagamine made a big surge following her triumph in the JLPGA Tour’s first major in Okayama last Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020