Yuka Saso’s golf odyssey: Philippines to Japan via US Open win

by Daniel HICKS When a little-known teenager from the Philippines burst into the global golf spotlight by winning last year’s US Women’s Open it changed her life — but left tricky decisions ahead. Yuka Saso will next week enjoy the new experience of defending a major. But at Pine Needles she will play under a different flag, the crimson red circle of Japan. Saso, who was born in the Philippines and has a Filipino mother […]

Tatum stars as Celtics rout Heat to square series

Boston, UNITED STATES (AFP) — Jayson Tatum rediscovered his scoring touch with 31 points as the Boston Celtics thrashed the Miami Heat 102-82 to level their NBA Eastern Conference finals series on Monday. Two days after dropping their opening home game of the best-of-seven finals, Boston came roaring back at the TD Garden with a one-sided game four blowout that squares the series at 2-2. Tatum finished with eight rebounds and five assists in addition […]

PHL bags 52 gold medals, ranking 4th in SEA Games

Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo gets five golds, becoming the PHL athlete with the most number of golds in 31st SEA Games   Best SEA Games showing for PHL in events hosted outside the country (Eagle News) – The Philippines bagged 52 gold medals in the just-concluded 31st Southeast Asian Games, ranking 4th in the over-all medal tally with host country Vietnam leading the region with 205 gold medals. This is the best SEA Games gold […]

Tatum scorches Heat as Celtics square series

Miami, UNITED STATES  (AFP) — Jayson Tatum scored 27 points as the Boston Celtics roared back to level the NBA Eastern Conference finals series with a 127-102 thrashing of the Miami Heat in game two on Thursday. Bolstered by the return of Marcus Smart and Al Horford, who both missed Tuesday’s 118-107 game one drubbing, Boston were a team transformed as they squared the best-of-seven series 1-1. Boston made only 11-of-34 from three-point range in […]

NBA fines Mavs again for rowdy bench behavior

The NBA cracked down on the rowdy behavior of the Dallas bench on Wednesday, fining the Mavs’ $50,000 for violating “team bench decorum” rules in their series-clinching victory over the Phoenix Suns. It’s the second such fine levied against the Mavs in two weeks, and doubled the $25,000 penalty meted out on May 6. NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said the  amount of the fine reflected the team’s “prior infractions” during the playoffs. […]

Butler brings heat as Miami sink Boston in series opener

  Miami, UNITED STATES (AFP) — Jimmy Butler scored 41 points as the Miami Heat produced a devastating comeback to defeat the Boston Celtics 118-107 in their opening Eastern Conference finals series clash on Tuesday. Butler led a revitalized Miami second-half display as the Heat transformed an eight-point half-time deficit into a double-digit lead against a depleted Celtics side at Miami’s FTX Arena. Trailing 62-54 at the break, Miami outscored the Celtics 39-14 in the […]

PHL bags 30 golds, 34 silver and 45 bronze medals so far, retaining country’s third spot in SEA games

10 gold medal haul on May 16 alone, four in dancesports, two in gymnastics (Eagle News) – Philippine athletes participating at the 31st Southeast Asian Games bagged a total of 30 gold medals so far, retaining the country at third place in the overall medal tally. The games being held in Vietnam proved to be another sports event where Filipinos excelled after the Philippines got not only 30 golds, but 34 silver medals and 45 […]

Schooling loses first SEA Games gold over swim controversy

HANOI, Vietnam (AFP) — Olympic swimming hero Joseph Schooling had a first gold of this year’s Southeast Asian Games dramatically snatched away when Singapore’s sprint relay team were disqualified. Schooling, Quah Zheng Wen, Jonathan Tan and Mikkel Lee came home well clear of their regional rivals in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the SEA Games in Hanoi on Saturday night and celebrated winning gold. But while conducting a post-race interview the quartet’s elation turned to […]

Asian Games postponed as China battles Covid

  by Matthew WALSH Agence France Presse BEIJING, China (AFP) — The Asian Games due to take place in the Chinese city of Hangzhou in September have been postponed indefinitely because of Covid-19, organizers said on Friday. The Games were scheduled to be held from September 10 to 25 but have now been delayed as China tries to stamp out a large resurgence in infections in several parts of the country. Hangzhou lies less than […]

World champion Yamaguchi powers into Badminton Asia semis

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan surged into the Badminton Asia Championships semi-finals after fighting back to defeat Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong on Friday. Sixth-seeded Pornpawee romped to the first game 21-9 but the title-holder recovered to win the next two 21-15, 21-17 and wrap up the quarter-final in 55 minutes in Manila. Yamaguchi will play India’s P.V. Sindhu in the last four after the fourth seed overcame China’s fifth seed He […]

F1 stars hail ‘very exciting’ prospect of Audi, Porsche

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Top drivers led by Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen welcomed the “very exciting” news Friday that Porsche and Audi could be lining up on the Formula One grid in 2026. Their Volkswagen parent group told AFP on Thursday that they were in the “final phase” of a study to assess the possibility. Seven-time world champion Hamilton said ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix that he “knew about it a long time […]

Celtics march on, Durant sparks Nets comeback

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Jaylen Brown scored 25 points on Wednesday as the Boston Celtics kept up their push for the number two playoff seed in the Eastern Conference with a 117-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls. With the identity of the six automatic playoff teams in the East already settled, the only issue remaining is to determine the final playoff seedings. Boston sits behind leaders Miami with two games remaining in the […]