The local hopefuls are led by many-time champions Gareth Henry and his sister, Geordine Henry. Mikaylia Haldane, Garron Palmer, Sean Wilson, Samuel Ricketts, and Katherine Wynter are other top Jamaican names. Jamaica Badminton Association president David Thomas has outlined that the local players will relish the opportunity and may even spring surprises as they look to improve their level of play and competitiveness. Speaking at yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Olympic Association on Cunningham Avenue, general manager of the Sports Development Foundation Denzil Wilks praised the event’s organisers and sponsors and implored Jamaicans to support a world-class event. “When you approach the Independence Park facilities in the latter part of next week and you see flags and feather banners on the western side of the facility, please recognise that Champs is not the only activity taking place. Let us join them as our little but tallawah country stages two huge championships simultaneously,” Wilks said. TOP NAMES Determined to be a force to be reckoned with globally in the sport of badminton, Jamaica will stage the second annual International Badminton Tournament this month. The tournament will feature a stellar cast of internationally ranked players who will lock horns with Jamaica’s best for Rio 2016 Olympics qualifying points and US$6,000 in prize money. Action will take place at the National Indoor Sports Centre from March 17-20. Competition will take place in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles competition. Martin Giuffre of Canada, the reigning men’s singles champion, will be back to defend his crown. He is ranked 74th in the world. Also 60th-ranked Osleni Guerro of Cuba is expected to feature, as well as 66th- ranked Howard Shu of the United States. In the women’s singles competition, last year’s runner-up, Zuzana Pavelkova of the Czech Republic is slated to feature; as well as 58th-ranked Jeannine Cicognini of Italy and 75th, Telma Santos of Portugal.
LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a tale of two basketball stories. And despite the feeling of finality that prevailed after the final buzzer, there was the sense that this was merely the start of something.The Battle of Katipunan is far from done.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “I am so proud of you!”And UP has a lot to look forward to next year. Blue-chip prospect Kobe Paras and high-profile transferee Ricci Rivero will reinforce a team that was, according to Baldwin, already fearsome.“I don’t know what they did but they sure got it together, and they got these guys playing as a team, playing extremely hard, and they put together a great season,” Baldwin said.“[A]t the end of the day, yes, there’s only one champion, but there are only two teams that play the last game of the season. So the one that doesn’t win must’ve done a lot of things pretty well,” he added.Ravena, who almost single-handedly foiled UP’s bid, echoed his mentor’s sentiments: “They’ve come so far, that’s why we knew they’re no pushovers. Props to the entire UP community, especially making history this year.”The Maroons intend to make more history next year.“We already did it,” Perasol said, referring to the initial goal of making the Final Four. “While we enjoyed the consequences of that… we need to move on.”“If our expectations this season were lofty ones, how much more next season? There’s no question… it’s about the Finals when we get back next year.” After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Generika-Ayala finally back in semifinals Ateneo’s Blue Eagles, clad in white, basked in the glow of the Big Dome’s spotlight—each of them drowning in applause and falling confetti.On the other side, the Maroons gathered around their mentor one last time this season—tears falling.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAteneo soundly defeated UP Wednesday night, 99-81, in a jaw-dropping display of dominance led by master executioner Thirdy Ravena.The Eagles continued writing chapters of triumph in college basketball lore with their second straight crown and their seventh in the last 10 seasons. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And they’re not done yet.“We’ll try and build a team that could win a championship again,” coach Tab Baldwin said.They could meet a very familiar foe again.As he reminded his boys to hold their heads high in defeat, UP coach Bo Perasol made sure he drilled a message in their heads: The Maroons were champions too.“Nobody expected us to be here!” Perasol repeatedly told the Maroons’ final huddle for the season, casting glances at graduating players Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, Gelo Vito, JJ Española, and Jarrell Lim.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments read more
GPSU wage/salary deadlockGovernment’s proposed salary increase to public workers is really not the 10 per cent it is selling to the public, but four per cent less.Former President and now Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo said on Wednesday that Government was attempting to fool the masses with its proposal.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“The actual increase is not 10 per cent; they want the 10 per cent to be stuck in people’s head – it is just over six per cent. So, it is totally unacceptable,” he told Guyana Times in an invited comment.He said what made the situation even more “egregious” was the fact it was the same people who took the huge increase for themselves of 50 to over 100 per cent using two explanations: they took the increases to avoid being corrupt and to make themselves more efficient.“Now if you’re saying that a Minister’s salary has to move from $580,000 to close to $1 million to make him less corrupt, what you are saying to the public servants who are taking home about $100,000 per month is that you can steal until you get to a million dollars a month or not be efficient, because that is the reasoning they use for the Ministers…What we find is a lot of confusion and hypocrisy on the part of this government,” Jagdeo blasted.Government and the GPSU are still at a standstill on salary increase negotiations. While Government maintains that it will not budge from its 10 per cent offer, the GPSU has been holding out and has even suggested that the two parties meet again for more talks. President David Granger has, however, said that there was nothing more that could be offered at this time.On Tuesday, political commentator, Dr David Hinds said Government’s 10 per cent salary increase offer was very much inadequate, considering the social, political and economic factors involved.“For example, 10 per cent of 60,000 is $6000; there is not much more a woman with two or three children can do with that. Public servants, like all categories of workers, deserve a living wage. The Government’s explanation that that’s all they can afford is not good enough. What Government can afford is based on what Government prioritises,” Dr Hinds told Guyana Times in an invited comment.Hinds questioned whether Government has made public servants’ wages a priority.“Of course, there are times when different categories of workers or different policy initiatives must be prioritised, but I have not heard of plausible reasons why public servant wages should not be given a look-in at this point. I say this even after taking into consideration that the Government did give the public servants a raise during its first year in office.When one takes into consideration that the majority of public servants come from the Government’s constituency, it is even more puzzling that it is not more forthcoming,” he posited. read more
Liberia’s former auditor-general, John S. Morlu, II, has said that the country’s democracy is in all practical terms a democracy that is run by a Presidency who lacks moral clarity, a bribe taking Legislature and a judiciary. Speaking at the weekend at the 2015 Annual Congress of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, under the theme, “Journalism and Self Regulations: Towards A Better Media Contribution to Liberia’s Democracy,” Morlu said one of President Sirleaf’s missteps was to allow her Vice President (Joseph Nyumah Boakai), to declare he was running for President when he was supposed to be the last to enter the race “because of the benefit of incumbency.” In his critique, Mr. Morlu quoted a statement from President Sirleaf’s recent special message to the nation: “as we approach the 2017 electoral cycle, there are many who are set to put everything in political context and begin the process of assigning blame and scoring political points at the expense of moving our country in the right direction.”By Boakai declaring his presidential ambition, Morlu believes that electioneering politics started on the day the Boakai made public his aim. Morlu also believes that the time for Liberians to make their case for election is still ahead, and that there is more than enough time to score political points, albeit still two years away.He added that President Sirleaf is running one of the biggest patronage systems in Liberian history, surpassing President Tubman, the man, he said, President Sirleaf blasted for making everything in Liberia a political business during his 27 year rule. “Can anyone get a job, contracts and newspaper advertisements in this country if you are not politically connected? Can anyone get anything done in Liberia if you are not part of the political class that sings praises to this President?” Mr. Morlu rhetorically questioned. He said the President, “for the first time in the history of our country, established County Development Funds (CDF) to support priorities decided by the people themselves across villages and towns. We also encouraged and maintained a policy of corporate social responsibility by which corporate entities are encouraged to extend support to community projects and developmental efforts through the establishment of Social Development Funds. Better accountability and management of these funds will bring development to the communities.” These programs, he said, were set up with the understanding that “better accountability and management of these funds will bring development to the communities.” He said at the time he stepped down as auditor general, US$31 million had been spent on county development, adding: “as of today, more than US$100 million has been spent on county development. And the President is saying better accountability and management will bring development to the communities. Has there been better management or not?”He said after nine years of being President, Madam Sirleaf ought to be in the position to tell Liberians whether there has been better management since she has been in office. “The fact of the matter is that the funds have been mismanaged, including the unaccounted for US$10 million that she told Chevron, a foreign-based oil company, not to give to the Ministry of Finance because, according to her, the Ministry is unable to account for money, but at the same she can put her neck on the line for the officials. “We have attracted more than 15 companies in forestry, four in mining, five in oil palm, and several other sectors amounting to agreements for more than US$16 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Often, this is construed to mean we actually did receive this volume of investment, whereas most of these investments were projected over a 25-year period… As a result, only US$4.2 billion of the US$16 billion that we talked about was (set aside) to produce the jobs, infrastructure and revenues,” he said.He then wondered who, in President Sirleaf’s mind, misconstrued that the $16 billion was not paper money, noting, “I think the Liberian people have long concluded that the so-called US$16 billion was all cheap political talk designed to swindle their resources and sell it on the world market for cheap to the lowest bidder willing to give a few kickbacks.” He said instead of their famous slogan, “Liberia is open for business,” it was more like “Liberia is on sale for a cheap price.” But according to him, the President says US$4.2 billion has been spent to create jobs. Mr. Morlu said perhaps, President Sirleaf’s “beloved son,” Robert Sirleaf, took three of country’s most lucrative jobs: Senior Advisor to the President, Board Member and then Chairman of NOCAL and Special Envoy to Kuwait—the oil money, which he, in Mr. Morlu’s mind, has not accounted for up to present. He said the President has basically thrown in the towel and accepted that she has failed to work in the interests of the Liberian people when she delivered one of her many Special Messages to the Nation on Thursday, November 19. “People called and told me that the President was going to resign during her special message. Instead she surprised the nation by talking about all the small things she has done for Liberia. The main point of the speech, as I saw it, was that the President wanted to tell the Liberian people that they are going to suffer economically over the last two years of her failed administration, as though Liberians have not already being suffering for the past 10 years,” Mr. Morlu told PUL members in Buchanan. Meanwhile, no sooner did Mr. Morlu conclude his speech, did the Deputy Information Minister, Isaac W. Jackson, sharply react to and describe the entire speech as “loose and reprehensible talk that borders on bitterness.” “We rejected Mr. Morlu’s speech assertion about President Sirleaf because the fact that, [since] he is no longer benefiting from the close to 15,000 Euros from the European Union when he served as Auditor-General, he will now thrive on bitterness,” said Mr. Jackson when the Daily Observer contacted him via mobile phone yesterday. Mr. Jackson said among other things that, “Mr. Morlu cannot argue that President Sirleaf does not have moral clarity to lead the country when her name has surfaced among women (aspirants) who would want to replace United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon following the end of his tenure.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Insider Trading: Man United to lose another senior star and Liverpool face battle for Swiss speedster?
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Warren brings us the latest news from Arsenal, with both Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez and Newcastle full-back Mathieu Debuchy set to arrive at the Emirates in the coming days.There are also updates from Manchester United, with Patrice Evra reportedly close to a move to Italian outfit Juventus, and the Red Devils recieving a blow in thier pursuit of Angel di Maria, who is also a terget of Paris Saint-Germain.Meanwhile, rumours have emerged that Serie A outfit Roma are set to rival Liverpool for the signing of Bayern Munich and Switzerland starlet Xherdan Shaqiri.Latest transfer news and rumours on talkSPORT.com:Exclusive – Meulensteen warns Man United: Robben looks happy at Bayern MunichExclusive – Juventus close in on Manchester United starXherdan Shaqiri latest: Roma to rival Liverpool for Swiss star’s signatureBattle for Man United target intensifies as PSG table bidBlow for Arsenal and Barcelona! Argentine star wants to stay at NapoliMorata set to join Juventus and bring an end to Arsenal transfer speculationBayern Munich confirm Mandzukic has agreed Atletico Madrid moveYaya Toure’s future: PSG will NOT make move for wantaway Man City starTottenham star back on Barcelona’s radarWorld Cup star Cuadrado unsure over future as Man United and Barcelona tipped to launch movesBlow for Everton! Wolfsburg set sights on Toffees targetStoke miss out as ex-Arsenal man opts to make Brazil moveValencia star pens new contract to end Tottenham and West Ham’s interestI don’t know where my future lies! Porto hitman in the dark amid Arsenal linkWest Ham transfer news: Hammers snubbed by strike target read more
Fianna Fáil is calling for fair treatment of the 30 workers at Assetco Managed Services in Buncrana, Co Donegal, following revelations on Donegal Daily that they are being let go.Local Deputy Charlie McConalogue has said the job losses have shocked the community and come as a major blow for the local economy.“This is extremely upsetting news for the 30 staff and their families, particularly in the lead up to Christmas,” said Deputy McConalogue. “The treatment of these workers over the past 24 hours has been simply unacceptable. They have essentially had the rug pulled from under them and were given an ultimatum regarding their redundancy package. It is deeply unfair that this ultimatum would be issued unilaterally under an impossible timeframe and with no effort at consultation with the workers themselves.“I welcome the intervention from the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton. These workers must be given every support possible from State employment agencies to ensure they get the terms they are entitled to and to help them find alternative employment,” Deputy McConalogue said.Local Councillor Rena Donaghey met with the workers at Assetco in Buncrana this morning.Speaking afterwards she said, “The staff have been put in an extremely difficult position as they struggle to come to terms with the loss of their jobs. This news comes just 6 weeks before Christmas at a time when Donegal has the highest level of unemployment in the country. All these people want is fair treatment and the terms they deserve.” TD: BUNCRANA WORKERS DESERVE FAIR TREATMENT was last modified: November 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TD: BUNCRANA WORKERS DESERVE FAIR TREATMENT read more
BREAKING NEWS: MET Eireann and the BBC have issued warnings for snow and ice for Donegal today (Thursday).Up to 3cms of snow is expected to fall today, with more on higher ground.Motorists are once again warned to take care on the roads which are already wet from last night’s storm. This will cause freezing road conditions in most areas, especially inland.BBC in the North is predicting snow in Co Donegal through Thursday morning, with the south and west of the county worst affectedSTATUS YELLOW ALERTSnow-ice Warning for Countrywide Scattered snow showers overnight and during the day generally giving accumulations of less than 3 cm.Valid:Thursday 13 February 2014 00:01 to Thursday 13 February 2014 18:00STATUS YELLOW – Weather Alert – Be AwareThe concept behind YELLOW level weather alerts is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action. It is implicit that YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity. NEW WEATHER ALERT FOR SNOW AND ICE FOR DONEGAL was last modified: February 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:iceMet Eireannsnowweather alertyellow warning read more
Tags: Diocesan Annual Youth Sports CampDiocesan Youth Secretary Mr. Tefeero LuleNamirembe Diocesan Players greet some of the officials before the match started (PHOTO/Courtesy)KAMPALA – The long-awaited Diocesan Annual Youth Sports Camp was officially opened on Monday, September 2 at King’s College Budo by the Commissioner of Saccos Ministry of Health- Uganda Government.The highly attended camp which attracted over 500 youth from 11 Parishes is guided by the theme “Sports a healthy activity for disease prevention”.The theme is aimed at promoting the benefits of Sports for a healthy living. A number of health activities aimed at showing the youth the value of their lives such as health talks, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, blood pressure and diabetes check-up, blood donation etc are taking place.The camp is highly competitive and competition is in football for both boys and girls, athletics, netball, volleyball and sports quiz. Leisure and fun games which are non-competitive such as draft, chess, Ludo, darts, basketball are also available for learning by the interested youth. So far 11 parishes are competing including Kasubi, Lutikko, Mwererwe, Kavumba, Kyebando, Bunamwaya, Masanafu, Luzira, Busega, Maganjo, and Bbira.In his opening remarks, the Diocesan Youth Secretary Mr. Tefeero Lule thanked the Clergy and Lay Readers who have supported the Diocese to participate in this very important camp in big numbers which doesnot only focus on sports but also healthy of the youths.Different trophies unveiled (PHOTO/Courtesy)He also appreciated the Minister of Health Dr. Ruth Aceng for the good working relationship which has birthed a Youth Health Promotion Program. Rev. Ssekitoleko of Masanafu who represented the Archdeacon of Nateete thanked the youth for embracing the camp in big numbers. He appealed to the youth to value their lives and live responsibly.The Chief Guest Mr. Okware Joseph thanked the Church for promoting health among the youth through sports. He added that Namiremb e Diocese stands out among the religious institutions which embraced the Government Program of overcoming non- communicable diseases through promotion of physical activities among the population. He pledged total commitment on behalf of the ministry in promoting health among the Church congregation.Comments read more
Another desperately disappointing week for Chelsea, with calamitous defending in Italy meaning their Champions League hopes hang by a thread with the Blues 9/4 to make the quarter-finals with Napoli 1/3 to finish the job at Stamford Bridge.Speculation mounts daily over the future of manager Andre Villas-Boas and we make former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez 3/1 favourite to be the next permanent boss and it is fair to say that sources close to Red Rafa have not exactly poured cold water on the link in recent days.Fabio Capello is next best at 5/1 with a return for Mourinho at 6s and the dark horse Marcelo Bielsa the Athletico Bilbao coach at 10/1.Set to face his former club.Back to the bread and butter of the Premier League this weekend with the big game at Loftus Road between Rangers and Fulham. We can’t split the sides at 7/4 with the draw at 23/10.It is a massive game for R’s manager Mark Hughes and striker Bobby Zamora, who is unlikely to get a particularly warm reception from the Fulham fans. But the (former?) England striker is 11/2 favourite to net the opener and 13/8 to score at any time during the 90 minutes.Joey Barton has been in excellent Twitter form again this week and he is due a big game. Barton is 9/2 to score at any time in a game the Hoops really need to get something from.We still think Rangers will escape the drop (5/4) but I think their season can be put in context by the fact they were short-priced favourites at the start of the campaign to finish ahead of the other newly promoted clubs (Swansea & Norwich) in their mini-league having finished top of the Championship last term. They are currently 16/1 behind Norwich 4/9 and Swansea 7/4.Chelsea are 2/7 at home to Bolton (11/1) with the draw at 5/1 and you would need to be a brave punter to back the hosts at those odds with the Keystone Cops in central defence.6/1 to score the opener.Seriously though, some of Chelsea’s attacking play was excellent in Italy but they were quite dreadful against Birmingham City last weekend and they need an emphatic victory and a clean sheet.It looks as if it’s Didier Drogba’s turn to lead the line and he and England’s Daniel Sturridge are 19/4 favourites to grab the opener with Juan Mata at 6s. BetVictor offer 21/20 for Chelsea to win to nil and that is just what they need to do.It’s a great weekend of sport with new-look England meeting Wales in a vital Six Nations game at Twickenham on Saturday and we bet Evens Wales (-3) on the handicap and Evens England in receipt of a three point start.That looks too close to call but I think one England v Wales encounter this weekend that will go to the English in Sunday’s Carling Cup Final, when Liverpool (2/5) really should have far too much for Cardiff. Luis Suarez is 5/1 to score the opener and I think the Reds will win well. They beat Championship opposition 6-1 last weekend and the same scoreline is 125/1. It could be a long afternoon for the Bluebirds.For all your sporting odds this weekend check out betvictor.com or follow me on twitter @VictorChandlerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook read more
LATEST STORIES MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “People give you confidence,” he said, mentioning college coach Don Larsen. “They kind of see something that you didn’t see. At end of the day, I squeezed everything there is to squeeze out of it.”In his NYC Marathon debut 15 years ago, Keflezighi thought he could win and made a move on First Avenue in 39-degree weather. He went from fourth place to ninth.“My Irish (runner) friend said to be patient,” Keflezighi said. “When you hit the wall, it’s hard to bounce back. My mom said ‘No more marathons for you, just 5K or 10K.’ My dad was massaging my legs to keep me warm (after the race).“I told my coach it’s my first and last marathon. I got my Ph.D. that day, what to do and what not to do.”His parents will be in New York again Sunday. He posted two photos on Twitter, showing his parents and several siblings upon their arrival in the U.S. in 1987 and a more recent photo of the group.The caption reads, “Where did your family immigrate from?”“This country is built on immigrants, unless you’re Native American,” Keflezighi said. “Whether it was 30 years ago like myself or 50 years ago or 100 years ago or someone who just came here last week.”His father cleaned floors, drove a taxi and helped them learn English while his mother raised 10 children.“That’s why my parents got here, by hard work and perseverance. We could have been in Italy forever, it was peace and tranquility,” he said. “But the land of opportunity lies in the United States.“All my brothers and sisters graduated from medical school, engineering, MBA or law. All those things because the great United States gave us opportunities. I maxed out my potential in terms of running. But all my siblings also reached great things to be a positive contributor to society.”Up next? He’ll spend more time with his wife, Yordanos, and three young daughters, run some half-marathons, coach and work with his MEB Foundation. It stands for “Maintaining Excellent Balance” and promotes healthy living and motivation for youth.NYC Marathon officials say they’ll retire the “MEB” bib, the last time a pro athlete wears a first name. Always an ambassador of the sport, Keflezighi plans to return to the finish line Sunday and greet the last stragglers in the dark at Central Park. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa He vowed to never run the grueling 26.2 miles again after going out fast and hitting the wall at mile 21 in his first NYC Marathon. But 26 marathons later, he’s retiring at age 42 after Sunday’s race, capping acareer as the only person to win an Olympic medal and New York and Boston titles.“It’s very emotional coming back,” Keflezighi said. “I’m excited, but at the same time it’s bittersweet. It will be a sigh of relief when I get to the finish line.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn 2009, Keflezighi became the first American man since Alberto Salazar in 1982 to win the NYC marathon. His most dramatic win came at the 2014 Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line with fist pumps in the air and the names of three victims of the bombings and a slain police officer written on his bib. As a spectator in 2013, he’d stood in Copley Plaza to greet finishers and left only a short time before the bomb attack injured hundreds.He kissed the pavement after a Boston Strong and personal-best time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds at age 38. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Keflezighi also won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the first U.S. man since Frank Shorter in 1976 to win a medal in the marathon.“Meb is the premiere American distance runner of this generation,” said George Hirsch, who with Fred Lebow started the NYC Marathon in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial. “We have to really go back a long way to Frank and Bill (Rodgers) and Joanie (Benoit Samuelson) and Alberto.“That was a golden age of American distance running when we literally had Olympic champions in the marathon and runners ranked No. 1 in the world.”Keflezighi says his parents and siblings could have stayed in Italy after escaping East Africa. But they traveled to the United States, settling in San Diego. Keflezighi arrived at 12 in 1987, trading a future as a child soldier in his native country for good grades, a track scholarship at UCLA and a transformation from miler to Olympic marathoner.His athletic journey began when junior high school gym teacher Dick Lord suggested students run a mile around the playground, and young Meb gave an eye-opening performance.ADVERTISEMENT “They’re going to have tears in their eyes when he drops a medal around their necks,” Hirsch said. Messi donates money won in court case against newspaper Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement PLAY LIST 00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2009, file photo, Meb Keflezighi holds a U.S. flag after winning the men’s division of the New York City Marathon. Keflezighi is retiring after the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, capping a career as the only person to win an Olympic medal and New York and Boston titles. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK — He’ll wear the familiar “MEB” bib one final time at the New York City Marathon.Meb Keflezighi, the face of American long-distance running, wraps up his marathon career where it began in 2002 on the multicultural streets of New York. An immigrant of war-torn Eritrea who became a U.S. citizen in 1998, he’ll be cheered by thousands of spectators and some 70 relatives and friends.ADVERTISEMENT read more