PHL Davis Cuppers drop playoff match vs Kiwis

PHL Davis Cuppers drop playoff match vs Kiwis

THE Philippines dropped its third straight match against host New Zealand in the Davis Cup Group I Asia/Oceania 1st Round Relegation Play-off in Hawera.

The Filipino-American tandem of Cecil Mamiit and Ruben Gonzales proved to be no match against New Zealand’s Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak, 7-6 (0) 6-3 6-2, in the doubles event.

The Philippines are now 0-3 against the Kiwis in their Group I playoffs match. The loss dropped the Filipinos to the second round playoff where they will try to keep their Group I spot.

The Philippines will still have to wait for its opponent in the second round playoffs. The losing team will be relegated to Group II in 2012.

Despite of the loss, the Filipinos (ranked 36th) still enjoy a 3-2 edge in their all-time head-to-head match-up with the Kiwis (40). The Philippines’ latest win was a 4-1 result in 2009.

Djokovic defeat leaves Serbia tie in balance

Djokovic defeat leaves Serbia tie in balance

LONDON – Novak Djokovic’s first outing since he won the Wimbledon crown ended in disappointment when he and Nenad Zimonjic failed to earn Davis Cup champions Serbia the winning point in their quarter-final tie against Sweden on Saturday.

Six days after conquering the All England Club, world number one Djokovic would have fancied his chances of wrapping up the tie for Serbia as his team mates had won both of the opening singles.

However, Djokovic, who sat out Friday’s action with a knee complaint, and Zimonjic stumbled to a 6-4 7-6 7-5 defeat by Simon Aspelin and Robert Lindstedt in Halmstad.

“It is incredible, the kind of match you dream of winning. We met one of the world’s best doubles players and the world’s best singles player, and I would suggest it is our best match,” Lindstedt told Swedish media.

Serbia will now hope Djokovic will be back in action on Sunday as they need to win one of the two reverse singles if they are to keep alive their chances of defending their title.

Jeter reaches 3,000 hits, goes 5-for-5

Jeter reaches 3,000 hits, goes 5-for-5

NEW YORK – New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter rose to the occasion in spectacular fashion Saturday, going 5-for-5, including the game-winning hit against the Tampa Bay Rays, as he passed 3,000 hits in his career.

Jeter became the 28th Major League Baseball player and first Yankee to reach the milestone with a home run in the third inning off Tampa Bay left-hander David Price.

Not content with that, he added three more hits and singled home the winning run in the eighth to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory.

“If I’d tried to write that script and given it to someone, even I wouldn’t have bought it,” Jeter told reporters after the game. “It was a special day.”

Jeter, 37, who has struggled this season and just returned from injury, became the first major league player to reach the mark since Craig Biggio did it with the Houston Astros in June 2007.

He became the fourth youngest player to reach the milestone, behind only Ty Cobb (34), Hank Aaron (36) and Robin Yount (36), and is the 11th member of the esteemed group to have collected all his hits for one team.

Djokovic to lead Serbia vs Sweden in Davis Cup

Djokovic to lead Serbia vs Sweden in Davis Cup


LONDON – Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will get straight back into action on Friday when he leads defending champions Serbia in their Davis Cup quarter-final in Sweden.

The 24-year-old new world number one will take on 355th-ranked Ervin Eleskovic in the second singles rubber in Halmstad after Viktor Troicki plays Michael Ryderstedt.

With Sweden missing their top player Robin Soderling, Serbia are clear favourites to reach the semi-finals but Djokovic resisted the temptation to rest.

“Davis Cup is always important,” Djokovic told the official Davis Cup website on Thursday. “Me being here proves enough how I value this competition and how much I like playing for my country.”

Djokovic, who beat Rafa Nadal on Sunday to win his first Wimbledon title, has suffered just one loss in 49 matches in 2011, an astonishing run that began after he helped Serbia win the Davis Cup final for the first time at the end of 2010.

Hinrichsen, de Jong to join Azkals in Bahrain

Hinrichsen, de Jong to join Azkals in Bahrain


THE men’s national football team has confirmed that two of its foreign-based midfielders, John Patrick Hinrichsen and Jason de Jong, will join the training camp in Bahrain.

Via Twitter, team coordinator and media liaison Ace Bright said Hinrichsen and de Jong will arrive in Manila Saturday. They were on the national team for the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup in 2010.

Hinrichsen was with the team at the training camp in Germany while de Jong was considered for the national Under-23 team for the coming Southeast Asian Games.

Bright also said the team will resume its training sessions at the Alabang Country Club Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has appealed the one-game suspension of team captain Aly Borromeo and attacking midfielder Stephan Schrock.

PHL team bags 49 medals in Special Olympics in Greece

PHL team bags 49 medals in Special Olympics in Greece


Philippine athletes won 49 medals in the 2011 Special Olympics World Games held in Athens, Greece June 25 to July 4, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

The medals include 21 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze.

“Team Philippines won gold medals in athletics, powerlifting, swimming, bocce, and rhythmic gymnastics, while the silver and bronze medals were also won in these five sports events, in addition to bowling and badminton,” the DFA said.

The 47-member Philippine delegation had participated in seven of 22 sports events at the Special Olympics. More than 7,000 athletes from nearly 180 countries competed in the games.

The DFA said the Philippine delegation included 38 special athletes and their coaches and trainers. Leading the Philippine team was Ma. Theresa Macapagal, president of Special Olympics Philippines.

Jeter’s journey to 3,000

Jeter’s journey to 3,000

NEW York Yankees’ Derek Jeter leads teammates onto the field for a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP)

NEW YORK — Hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Derek Jeter didn’t think he would get a single hit in the big leagues.

A skinny teenager in the low minors, he would spend lonesome nights calling his parents back in Michigan, crying that he was totally overmatched at the plate. His fielding was worse — fans behind first base would start ducking when balls bounced to him, afraid the scatter-armed shortstop would zing another throw into the seats.

Crashes mar a windy, nervous 5th Tour stage

Crashes mar a windy, nervous 5th Tour stage


CAP FREHEL, France — Britain’s Mark Cavendish avoided the crashes that littered the Tour de France on Wednesday to win Stage 5, while Alberto Contador and some other top riders were left to pick asphalt from wounds after a difficult ride on Brittany’s narrow, wind-swept roads.

Cavendish skirted the trouble and again showed that he’s one of the world’s top sprinters by leading a frenzied mass dash to the finish.

Gritting it out through pain of bruises, scrapes or broken bones, defending champion Contador and most of the other crash victims bounced back to finish the 164-kilometer (102-mile) trek from Carhaix to Cap Frehel along the rocky western French shores on the English Channel.

The top of the standings didn’t change. Thor Hushovd of Norway kept the yellow jersey for a fourth day, with a one-second lead over Cadel Evans of Australia. Frank Schleck of Luxembourg is third, four seconds back.

SKorea’s Pyeongchang awarded 2018 Winter Olympics

SKorea’s Pyeongchang awarded 2018 Winter Olympics

DURBAN, South Africa — The South Korean city of Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics on Wednesday after failing in two previous attempts.

Pyeongchang defeated rivals Munich and Annecy, France, in the first round of a secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee.

Needing 48 votes for victory, Pyeongchang received 63 of the 95 votes cast. Munich received 25 and Annecy seven.

The Koreans had lost narrowly in previous bids for the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

Pyeongchang will be the first city in Asia outside Japan to host the Winter Games. Japan held the games in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998.

Korean delegates erupted in cheers in the conference hall after IOC President Jacques Rogge opened a sealed envelope and read the words: “The International Olympic Committee has the honor of announcing that the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in 2018 are awarded to the city of Pyeongchang.”

Fighter to beat me not yet born, says Mayweather

Fighter to beat me not yet born, says Mayweather

FLOYD Mayweather Jr. is convinced the fighter who is destined to beat him in the ring has not yet been born. Or maybe he won’t even come.

In another obvious dig against nemesis Manny Pacquiao, the unbeaten five-time world champion said that unlike the Filipino, who already has three losses in his fight record, he still has to suffer his first defeat.

“There is no remedy on how to beat Floyd Mayweather yet,” said Floyd Jr. to

In typical Mayweather bravado, Floyd Jr., who sports an unblemished card of 41-0 (25 knockouts), then made the ultimate challenge of naming an athlete in the world, be it in boxing or not, who remained unbeaten in a long stretch of time just like the way he did.

Jeter back with Yankees eyeing 3,000 hits

Jeter back with Yankees eyeing 3,000 hits

CLEVELAND — On a tradition-filled day, Derek Jeter is back playing shortstop and batting leadoff for the New York Yankees.

It doesn’t get much more fireworks and hot dogs than that.

Sidelined since June 13 with a calf injury, Jeter was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday to continue his quest to reach 3,000 career hits. Jeter is batting first and playing short in manager Joe Girardi’s starting lineup as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Indians.

“It feels great to be back,” Jeter said. “To be out three weeks is tough when you want to be out there playing. But in retrospect, it was probably the right thing to do.”

Girardi didn’t hesitate writing Jeter’s name at the top of his lineup card.

“It’s easy to put him back in there. It’s like he never left,” Girardi said. “You just put him right back in there.”

The Yankees’ captain, named to his 12th All-Star team Sunday, needs six more hits to become the 28th major leaguer to reach 3,000. Although he has struggled this season, batting just .260 in 62 games, Jeter is also just a few swings from becoming the first player in New York’s storied history to eclipse 3,000 — a distinction that would separate the 37-year-old from all previous pinstriped greats.