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Oranza clinches Ronda crown

Monday, 19 March 2018 00:00 Published in Sports

Ronald Oranza came through with a dominant performance to crown himself as new champion of Ronda Pilipinas 2018 presented by LBC yesterday at Filinvest in Alabang.
Despite knowing that he’s already assured of the crown and a spot in Ronda history, Oranza refused to take things slow as he clocked one hour, 28 minutes and 15 seconds to emerge second behind Stage 12 criterium winner Jan Paul Morales.
After 12 grueling stages that started in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Oranza totaled 34:11:23 to best all comers including Morales, the titlist in the last two editions, who finished second and about 11 minutes behind with 34:22:56.
For his effort, Oranza will pocket a cool P1 million plus P300,000 worth of Boy Kanin franchise and a beautifully-crafted trophy and place in that exclusive club of Ronda champions composed of two-time winners Morales and Santy Baranchea of Team Franzia, Irish Valenzuela of CCN Superteam, Mac Galedo and Butuan City’s Reimon Lapaza.
“I can’t feel anything but happiness,” said the 25-year-old Oranza in Filipino.
Oranza took the overall lead as early as the second round while posting nine podium finishes including victories in Stages One in Vigan, Two in Pagudpud and Seven in Tarlac.
The 26-year-old Junrey Navara, for his part, wound up third overall in 34:33:06 while taking home his fourth CCN King of the Mountain trophy while Morales added the Petron Sprint King award to his growing collection of trophies.
Navy was also the undisputed winner in the Versa team race, clocking 135:13:47 ahead of Army-Bicycology, a team sponsored by former Philippine Sports Commission and Games and Amusement Board chair Eric Buhain, with 136:56:19 and Go for Gold Developmental team with 136:59:26.
Go for Gold Developmental team’s Jay Lampawog snatched the only award that Navy failed to win as by becoming the MVP Sports Foundation Young Rider winner.
Go for Gold’s George Oconer finished fourth overall in 34:38:15, Navy’s Jhon Mark Camingao fifth in 34:39:30 and Army-Bicycology’s Cris Joven sixth in 34:41:21.
Rounding up the top 10 were Go for Gold’s Boots Ryan Cayubit (34:43:50), Navy’s El Joshua Carino (34:45:32), Go for Gold Developmental team’s Lampawog (34:48:03) and Navy’s Rudy Roque (34:49:52).

Park grabs LPGA lead as Davies chases historic win

Monday, 19 March 2018 00:00 Published in Sports

South Korea's Park In-bee fired a nine-under par 63 to seize a one-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the LPGA Founders Cup, where Britain's 54-year-old Laura Davies chased a historic triumph.
Park, a seven-time major winner, opened with four birdies and an eagle in the first five holes and vaulted atop the leaderboard at 14-under 202.
That was one stroke ahead of Colombia's Mariajo Uribe with Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn third on 204 at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona.
Davies shot a 63 for the first time since 2005 in jumping into a share of fourth with South Korea's Chella Choi on 205.
The Englishwoman would become the oldest champion in LPGA history by winning Sunday in the first event of the season on US soil.
"I'll certainly have a crack at it," Davies said. "I've given myself a chance."
The sizzling start had Park pondering the all-time LPGA record low 18-hole score of 59 fired by Sweden's Annika Sorenstam in 2001.
"For a little bit I think a 59. I got off to a really good start," Park said. "On the back nine, it was different, a little bit more boring golf."
But after the fantastic start, Park only birdied the par-4 ninth and par-5 11th until she closed her bogey-free round with a birdie at 18.
"To finish with a birdie on the back nine was a big relief," Park said. "The front nine felt great. The back nine I was hitting pretty solid but the putts didn't drop like they did on the front nine. If they did I would've had a 59."
Park, who has won nine times in 15 prior attempts when leading entering the final round, matched Davies for the day's low round.
Davies, who has not won since the 2001 Rochester Invitational, would break the oldest LPGA winner mark held by Beth Daniel, who was 46 when she won the 2003 Canadian Women's Open.
Davies, in her 32nd LPGA campaign, birdied five of the last six holes on the front nine, eagled the par-5 11th and birdied the par-5 15th and par-3 17th holes.
"I hit a lot of fairways and that gives you a chance to get relatively close to the hole," Davies said.

Depleted Cavs, Warriors prevail

Monday, 19 March 2018 00:00 Published in Sports

LeBron James' 70th career triple-double propelled the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-109 NBA victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, when the injury plagued Golden State Warriors also pulled off a win.
Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James was once again the difference maker for the Cavs, who traveled to Chicago without Kevin Love, Rodney hood, Kyle Korver, Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson.
Thanks largely to him Cleveland finished their six-game road trip 3-3.
"For us to go 3-3 throughout everything as far as the injuries and available guys, I think it was a good trip for us," James said.
Coach Tyronn Lue also missed the second half of Saturday's game because of an undisclosed illness, but the Cavs -- who led 69-52 at halftime -- fended off the Bulls' late challenge to secure the win.
Trailing 85-81 going into the fourth period, Chicago tied the score twice in the final frame.

James' jump shot over Paul Zipser with 39 seconds left put the Cavs up by six, and on the Bulls' ensuing possession he rejected Cameron Payne's shot.
James finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and became the sixth player to notch 70 triple-doubles in his career.
For a Warriors team missing stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson along with Patrick McCaw and Omri Casspi it was Quinn Cook and Kevon Looney who stepped up in a 124-109 victory over the Suns in Phoenix.
Cook led the Warriors with a career-high






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