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Japanese fans celebrate Matsui’s World Series MVP performance

Tournament fever hits Prem

Ballesteros nominates Swedish stars as warning shot to Asia

Haye beats Valuev for WBA heavyweight title

Japanese fans celebrate Matsui’s World Series MVP performance

Jim Armstrong
Tokyo (AP) - Japan nearly came to a standstill last week as millions watched on TV while Hideki Matsui, the man they know as Godzilla, stomped around New York to lead the Yankees to the World Series title.
Matsui became the first Japanese-born player to receive the trophy for the Most Valuable Player of the World Series with a record-tying six RBIs in the clincher to lead the Yankees over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 last Wednesday.

New York Yankees’ Hideki Matsui hits a two-run scoring double during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Matsui homered, doubled and singled in Game 6, highlighting a series in which he hit .615 with three home runs and eight RBIs.
Japanese businessmen crammed into downtown electronics stores to watch the final few innings on giant TVs. The game ended just before 2 p.m. local time Thursday, giving office workers an excuse to take an extended lunch break.
“All the news recently has been about Ichiro Suzuki,” said office worker Hiroyuki Takeuchi, who took the morning off to watch the game. “But Matsui’s presence is huge. He overcame injuries and came through with the performance of a lifetime. As a Japanese, I’m very proud today.”
Matsui was a three-time MVP for the Yomiuri Giants in the regular season in 1996, 2000 and 2002, his last year in Japan. He also won the MVP award in the 2000 Japan Series, Japan’s version of the World Series.
Earning the nickname “Godzilla,” Matsui hit 50 home runs in 2002. The No. 55 on his uniform is a tribute to Sadaharu Oh’s single-season home run record.
“As the first Japanese to win an MVP in the World Series, this is a great accomplishment for Matsui and will have a huge impact,” said former San Francisco Giants pitcher Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese player to play in the major leagues, who watched at his Tokyo home.
Matsui has always been popular in Japan, but his decision not to play in the World Baseball Classic drew criticism from some fans. Matsui always said he was passing over the WBC to prepare for the season with the Yankees.
The 35-year-old designated hitter is in the final year of a $52 million, four-year contract. And every baseball fan across Japan wants to know this: What will the Yankees do with Matsui?
“He’s a very hard worker and is serious about his career,” Murakami said. “I hope he stays with the Yankees. I know he wants to stay, and the Japanese fans want him to stay.”
Japanese sports dailies have speculated about his future, some even saying he might return to Japan to play for the Hanshin Tigers, the fierce Central League rivals of the Giants.
“I hope he stays in New York,” Takeuchi said. “He looks good in pinstripes.”
Meanwhile in New York hundreds of Yankees fans poured into the streets to celebrate the team’s 27th World Series championship, a party that extended uptown and began building hours earlier when the crowd at Yankee Stadium danced and sang to the music even before the first pitch.
Fans had waited nine years since the team’s last World Series win, a Subway Series against their cross-town rivals, the Mets, in 2000.
But it was a quiet night on Broad Street in Philadelphia, where thousands of fans had partied when the Phillies won the National League championship.


Tournament fever hits Prem

Report & Photo
by Paul Middleton

This current academic year represents the first ever season for Prem Tinsulanonda School’s latest sports academy, the ‘Premiership’ Football Academy. With this arrival comes the opportunity to offer Prem’s facilities for tournaments and matches to all teams in the Chiang Mai area.

The Under 11 soccer players battle for supremacy at the Prem Tinsulanonda School’s Football Academy ground.

The weekend before last witnessed tournament fever with ten teams from the Under 11 age group visiting the school Campus, all eager to compete and win the selection of trophies that were up for grabs. Of these teams most were from local schools, but there were also local club teams playing, as well as a team from the Agape orphanage vying for the prizes.
The competition spanned two days of fine, sunny weather, making for a great weekend of cheering and chanting. The competition involved two leagues of five teams, which eventually progressed into a knockout stage after the most successful teams topped their respective tables.
As expected the standard of football was incredibly high, giving the large numbers of friends, family and coaching staff much to be entertained by.
One such entertaining battle was the playoff game for third and fourth spot between Nakornpayap International School and Christ FC. Christ FC dominated for much for the game but despite their best efforts, couldn’t find the back of the net. Eventually the game was settled on penalties, resulting in a well ground out victory for Nakornpayap, and a secured spot in third place.
The eventual tournament winners was the team from the 700 years stadium, who beat Nakorn CM in a well-fought finale, having put on some outstanding performances for the duration of the competition and being well-deserved winners.
Feedback from the first academy tournament was positive, and all signs look good for more enjoyable competitions in the future. One such tournament is the All-ages competition which promises to be a fierce battle between Chiang Mai’s top men’s teams.
For more information on upcoming fixtures, or to learn more about the Premiership Football Academy, please contact Alan Sparkes at ‘[email protected]’ or telephone 053 301 500.


Ballesteros nominates Swedish stars as warning shot to Asia

Seve Ballesteros fired a warning shot at rival Royal Trophy Captain Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki earlier last week by making Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson his first Royal Trophy nominations - and promising there will be plenty more powerful players and big names in his European Team.
World number seven Stenson is a proven match play ace, and the sort of heavy-hitter Europe lacked in Thailand last year when they crashed to a 10-6 defeat at the hands of Captain Ozaki’s fired-up Asian Team.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson plays from a bunker during the world match play golf championship in Casares, southern Spain, Thursday, Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Swedish star will be making his third Royal Trophy appearance and he boasts an impressive pedigree. He helped Europe to victory over Asia in 2006 and 2007, winning two and a half points out of a possible three in his second Thailand outing.
Stenson’s compatriot, the formidable Robert Karlsson, is certain to add great strength to the European Team. In 2008, he finished eighth at the Masters, fourth at the US Open and seventh in the Open Championship. The super Swede has been ranked as high as number six in the world, is the winner of 9 European Tour titles and was a member of Europe’s Ryder Cup team in 2008 at Valhalla and 2006 at the K Club, Ireland.
It is no wonder European Captain Ballesteros was pleased to welcome him back into the fold. The Spanish legend commented: “Robert is a wonderful golfer, and someone who fully embraces the culture of being part of a team.
“He is one of the finest players in the world, and we have already seen what a formidable duo he and Henrik (Stenson) have proven to be. Re-uniting them for the Royal Trophy is further evidence of my determination to see Europe return to winning ways, a passion evident throughout the whole of European golf.
“The nomination of Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson is our notice to Captain Ozaki that Europe is coming to Thailand to win and that we are ready for the challenge.”
Asian Team Captain Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki has already nominated 18-year-old superstar Ryo Ishikawa, ten-time professional tournament title winner Prayad Marksaeng, Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Thongchai Jaidee, the Japan Tour’s hottest player Yuta Ikeda and nine-time tournament title winner Korean ace Charlie Wi for Asia’s defense of the Trophy.
The Principal Award for the winning continent is stewardship of the perpetual solid-silver sixteen-kilogram Royal Trophy, graciously donated by His Majesty the King of Thailand.
The fourth edition of the Royal Trophy will take place on 8-10 January 2010 at the exclusive Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand. Tickets are currently on sale for the event, priced at THB 1,000 and THB 2,000 for one and three day passes respectively, and can be obtained at www.royaltrophy.com. (Source – Royal Trophy PR)


Haye beats Valuev for WBA heavyweight title

David Hein
Nuremberg, Germany (AP) - David Haye won the WBA heavyweight championship in surprising Nikolai Valuev by a majority decision last Saturday.

England’s David Haye (right) lands a right hand to Russia’s Nikolai Valuev during the WBA World Heavyweight Title bout at the Nuremberg Arena, Germany, Saturday Nov. 7. (AP Photo/Nick Potts/PA)

The brash British boxer used his superior quickness against the huge Russian, who came close to being knocked down for the first time in his 16-year pro career in the final round.
“The key was my speed,” Haye said. “People don’t realize I am very fast. And I have a powerful punch. I’m athletic and if I wasn’t a boxer I would be playing football or rugby.”
Haye, a former cruiserweight world champion, won his third heavyweight fight to improve to 23-1 with 21 KOs, despite giving up nearly a foot (28 centimeters) and nearly 100 pounds (44 kilograms) to the tallest and heaviest champion in history.
“Everybody thought I was crazy. But I knew I could make him miss,” Haye said.
Haye won over the judges with two scores of 116-112, while a third called it 114-114.
His first defense of the WBA belt will be against former titleholder John Ruiz, who earlier beat German Adnan Serin in the seventh round by TKO.
“He’s a good fighter who is very underrated,” Haye said of Ruiz. “He is not the most spectacular, but I don’t feel like I will struggle with him. He’s about the same size as me and I think I will knock him out.”
Valuev’s record dropped to 50-2 with 34 KOs, and he admitted Haye was too quick.
“Tonight only one thing happened that I didn’t expect,” Valuev said. “It was like a marathon for me. It was like a track event. I wasn’t ready to run that much.
“The judges made their scoring and I think the last round made the difference, especially the end of it.”
Haye tried to keep Valuev on the move and opened with a left to the Russian’s chin and a powerful combo, while Valuev struggled to catch Haye, finding him only with left jabs.
Haye said he injured his right hand hitting Valuev in the head, most likely in the second round.
“It was like punching a brick wall,” Haye said.
Nicknamed “The Hayemaker,” he connected with big rights and lefts to Valuev’s head to build up a points lead. Valuev finally came alive from the fourth round, but in the sixth Haye landed a right-left combo and two solid lefts.
Haye continued to make Valuev work while finding holes, including a strong right followed by a left to Valuev’s face in the ninth and a big right in the 10th. He wrapped up the fight by landing two left hooks that left Valuev wobbly in the 12th.



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