Related It’s one of the worst scenarios for any event organizer – postponement. That’s the situation for the team behind off-road triathlon, XTERRA Ireland, with the announcement at the end of last week that this year’s event – scheduled to take place on 20 July – will be postponed.“There have been a number of unforeseen logistical problems that make it impossible to deliver the event to the high standards a prestigious international event like XTERRA demands,” said Race Director Dean Watson. “We’re really disappointed and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”(With XTERRA England closing its doors across the Irish Sea in February, due to the cessation in trading of former local organiser Brave Events, XTERRA England 2014 is now back in business and recently re-opened for entry. UK-based Limelight Sports has secured rights from Vachery Estate and XTERRA HQ to deliver the XTERRA England Championship race in Cranleigh, Surrey, at the same venue and on the same date, 24 August 2014, as previously listed.)Watson and the XTERRA Ireland team are already looking forward to the future in Ireland. “We’re working hard to secure a more suitable location for next year,” added Watson. “And we’re liaising with [XTERRA owners] Team Unlimited in Hawaii to sort out a date that will fit better with the XTERRA European and World tours.”All entrants in the 2014 event, which was scheduled to take place in Killaloe, County Clare, have been contacted and made aware of the situation. They’ve been offered a choice of a full refund or a postponement until 2015.“[XTERRA] Is a fantastic format with events run round the globe,” said Watson. “We’re excited Ireland is involved in the worldwide circuit and look forward to 2015 and seeing everyone who entered this year get the chance to race.”www.xterra-ireland.com
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“We are very thankful to everyone who supported these girls one way or another,” Jalandoni said. “We hope our provincial government will continue to support us in the upcoming World Series.”Meanwhile the junior team of head coach Roselle Hulleza also stamped class in Singapore – blanking Australia 10-0 in six innings to notch a berth in the World Series in Kirkland, Washington.“It was really an answered prayer winning against a very strong opponent like Australia,” said Hulleza. “Now that we are back in the World Series, we will try to improve on our silver finish last year.”/PN The Negros Occidental-based major softball team. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEROME GALUNAN NEGROS Occidental-based softball players clinched a slot into the World Series after ruling the major and junior finals of the 2018 Little League Phoenix Asia Pacific Regional Softball Championship in Singapore.The major league players dominated the host team 20-0 in the finals held at the United World College of South East Asia field to clinch the title on Sunday.Mentored by Lizvi Jalandoni, the players also defeated the Singapore team twice in the preliminary round 27-0 and 15-0.This is the second straight time the Negrense squad will compete in the World Series. Last year in Portland, Oregon the team placed fifth.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES GOLD COAST, Australia – Japan’s Ai Sugiyama produced another gritty performance as she came from behind to beat Russian No. 2 seed Nadia Petrova in the final of the Australian Women’s Hardcourt Championship on Saturday.Ai Sugiyama shows off her trophy Saturday after winning theAustralian Women’s Hardcourt Championship. Sugiyama beatRussia’s Nadia Petrova 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the final. Top-seeded Sugiyama, who made hard work of seeing off Australian wild card Samantha Stosur in Friday’s semifinals, dropped the first set 6-1 but regrouped to take the next two sets 6-1, 6-4 to claim her second victory at this event following her 1998 triumph.“I just kept my concentration. I don’t know how it happened but I am so happy,” said Sugiyama who beat Petrova in her last victory on the WTA tour in Linz, Austria last October.“My movement wasn’t there. It’s just a mental thing. I never gave up and I just played every single point and tried to be aggressive,” she added.It was Sugiyama’s sixth singles title on the tour. “There is still a week (before the Australian Open) and I want play even better tennis (in Melbourne),” said Sugiyama, who was knocked out of the Australian Open in the second round last year.The 28-year-old, who broke into the world’s top 10 for the first time at the end of last year, needs one more win to equal the Japanese record of seven wins on the WTA tour set by Kimiko Date. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5