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One small step for Mok Ying Ren, one giant leap for Singapore sports.
Mere moments after the announcement of his three-year, S$100,000 sponsorship by budget carrier AirAsia, the Singaporean and Southeast Asian (SEA) Games marathon and triathlon champion was already thinking of his fellow countrymen.
“This is a big step for sports in Singapore,” said Mok, 25. “I hope more and more corporate companies will come in and support athletes.”
His AirAsia sponsorship, which runs from 1 January 2014 to 1 January 2017, will mainly cover travel expenses, including flights for all overseas training and races, in preparation for Mok’s big goal of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic marathon event in Brazil.
Local fans of Mok will even enjoy travel packages to support the long-distance ace’s overseas exploits.
“We are extremely privileged and proud to support Mok and his big dream of representing Singapore at the 2016 Olympics… We are glad to provide Mok with a platform to excel globally,” said the
- Justin Ong | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:51 PM SGT
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- Eric Freeman | Ball Don't Lie – Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:49 PM SGT
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is the NBA's likely MVP for the 2013-14 season. While LeBron James might still be the league's best player, depending on how you rate such things, there's little question that Durant has put forth the best campaign of any player. Apart from winning his fourth scoring title in five years, Durant has improved in virtually every aspect of the sport and carried OKC through several lengthy periods of absence for co-star Russell Westbrook. It's hard to imagine him having done more to help his team.
In Wednesday night's regular season finale against the Detroit Pistons, Durant put an exclamation mark on his already amazing year. With the Thunder needing a win to lock down the West's No. 2 seed for the playoffs, the lackluster Pistons held a meaningful lead for much of the contest. Then, in the fourth quarter, Durant took over. With OKC down 111-110 and under 20 seconds on the clock, Durant took an inbounds pass, went to his left, and dunked on bothRead More »from Kevin Durant's game-winning dunk finishes off a likely MVP season (Video)
Knicks finish with 37 wins, just as projected by computer system that team made fun of before seasonBy Dan Devine | Ball Don't Lie – Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:05 PM SGT
Heading into the 2013-14 NBA season, many observers and prognosticators expected the New York Knicks to take a step back from the 54-28 record they put up en route to winning the Atlantic Division and making it to the Eastern Conference semifinals last year. (I mean, when you add Andrea Bargnani in the offseason, you've got to take some type of hit.) Here at BDL, we pegged the Knicks at 49-33 — a five-game drop-off that would make it tough to maintain their spot atop the Atlantic, but still figured to keep them comfortably in the top eight of the Eastern Conference.
Others were a bit less bullish, picking the Knicks to fall closer to .500. One preview, though, raised an awful lot of eyebrows by projecting Mike Woodson's club to sink like a stone in the standings.
ESPN Insider's prediction for the Knicks' season, as forecast using Kevin Pelton's SCHOENE projection system, included a record of 37-45 — a staggering 17-win decline predicated heavily on an anticipated drop in 3-pointRead More »from Knicks finish with 37 wins, just as projected by computer system that team made fun of before season
- Eric Freeman | Ball Don't Lie – Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:00 AM SGT
After nearly six full months and 82 games for each of the NBA's 30 teams, the regular season now gives way to the postseason. With no clear favorite, a massively competitive Western Conference, and two big rivals atop the Eastern Conference, this year's playoffs figure to be worth the wait.
Without further ado, let's take a quick look at the first-round matchups, along with full schedules (all times Eastern and some quick analysis. (We'll publish in-depth previews for every series later this week.)
No. 1 San Antonio Spurs (62-20) vs. No. 8 Dallas Mavericks (49-33)
Game 1: Sunday, April 20, at San Antonio, 1:00PM on TNT
Game 2: Wednesday, April 23, at San Antonio, 8:00PM on NBA TV
Game 3: Saturday, April 26, at Dallas, 4:30PM on TNT
Game 4: Monday, April 28, at Dallas, 9:30PM on TNT
Game 5*: Wednesday, April 30, at San Antonio, TBD
Game 6*: Friday, May 2, at Dallas, TBD
Game 7*: Sunday, May 4, at San Antonio, TBD
The eternally effective Spurs bounced back from lastRead More »from Check out the first-round matchups for the 2014 NBA Playoffs
Tim Kennedy got the last word in his feud with Michael Bisping with a unanimous decision win in the TUF: Nations Finale Wednesday night. Scores were 49-46 (twice) and 50-45 in favor of Kennedy, who moved into the top five of the middleweight division with this, his third UFC win.
Kennedy used a persistent grappling attack to best Bisping over five rounds. The former Army Ranger sniper controlled the fight with multiple take downs and dominant positions repeatedly achieved on the ground.
Per usual, Bisping proved resiliant and used his excellent conditioning to fight until the end. Bisping's toughness and sharp striking on the feet, however, were not enough to keep Kennedy off of him and prevent him from controlling him in the clinch and on the ground.
The win is Kennedy's fourth straight. Bisping, who was returning after nearly a year lay-off because of serious eye injuries, has now lost two out of his last three fights and three out of his last five.Read More »from Tim Kennedy wins decision over Michael Bisping
- Dan Devine | Ball Don't Lie – Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:14 AM SGT
Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of two pressure-cooker bombs exploding near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, an attack that killed three people and injured 264 others. It was an unspeakable tragedy that shook Boston — and the country — to its core, and touched countless lives. But the city's response to in the aftermath of the attack — the tireless work of Boston police officers, firefighters and emergency personnel, the selfless heroism of civilians like Carlos Arredondo, etc. — also showcased the very best of the character and fortitude that Boston could offer.
As Boston and its residents began the long and difficult journey of returning to normalcy, the city's sports teams — the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins and perhaps most of all the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox, led by the famously quotable David Ortiz — played a significant role in giving Bostonians something to band together and rally behind, common colors and causes to celebrate. AfterRead More »from Rajon Rondo honors Boston Marathon bombing victims with 'Boston Strong' sneakers for finale
- Eric Freeman | Ball Don't Lie – Thu, Apr 17, 2014 8:29 AM SGT
This Los Angeles Lakers season was always going to be a trying one full of challenges, but the reality has been something akin to a worst-case scenario. L.A.'s most popular squad enters Wednesday night's season finale at the San Antonio Spurs with a 26-55 record, second-worst in the Western Conference and sixth-worst in the entire NBA. The franchise will have to consider many options this summer as they attempt to reload and return to relevance.
The most bizarre aspect of this terrible season, though, has been the relative absence of Lakers icon Kobe Bryant. In his 18th season, Kobe managed to participate in only six games as he struggled to recover from a torn Achilles tendon and subsequent injuries. He has been a presence around the Lakers, but he hasn't been the sort of ever-present force that has made him the NBA's most popular active player around the world.
It now appears that Bryant has ended his 2013-14 responsibilities with the Lakers a little earlier than originally intended.Read More »from Kobe Bryant went to France before the Lakers finale, refers to season as 's---'
- Brooks Peck | Dirty Tackle – Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:48 AM SGT
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has officially been awarded an MLS team that will begin play in 2017. This will push the size of the league to 22 teams, with four scheduled enter the league over the next few years — New York City FC and Orlando City in 2015, Atlanta in 2017 and David Beckham's Miami team yet to be determined.
Though this burst of expansion is an exciting show of the league's growth, the stadium situations for each new club are less than ideal. After making an odd attempt at a grand entrance by landing in a helicopter, MLS commissioner Don Garber announced that the Atlanta team will share the Falcons' new stadium, using a new "downsizing technology" to shrink the 70,000-seat, $1.2 billion stadium to a more intimate 29,000 seats for soccer once it is completed. It will have artificial turf, but Blank vowed that the American football lines would not be visible on the field, which drew the biggest cheer of the announcement.
This follows the New York Times report thatRead More »from Atlanta awarded MLS's 22nd team, will share new stadium with NFL's Falcons
- Brooks Peck | Dirty Tackle – Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:12 AM SGT
With Cristiano Ronaldo unable to play in the Copa del Rey final due to injury, Gareth Bale, one of the most expensive footballers in the world, stepped up and scored a later winner for Real Madrid with a tremendous burst of speed. And he did it against Barcelona, no less.
Angel Di Maria opened the scoring in the 11th minute for Real Madrid and the lead held into the second half. Marc Bartra did come up with an equalizer for Barca in the 68th minute, but his night would soon get much, much worse.
In the 88th minute, Bale knocked the ball out in front of himself as he battled with Bartra near the touchline. The Barca defender forced Bale off the pitch, but this prompted the Welshman to turn on his exceptional speed, making Bartra look like he was running in sand as Bale beat him to the ball and scored the winner. Cristiano Ronaldo partied in the stands like every other Madridista watching and the Barcelona fans made their feelings known by giving Bale the finger as he celebrated withRead More »from Gareth Bale speeds past Marc Bartra to score Copa del Rey winner, Ronaldo goes nuts in the stands
- Dan Devine | Ball Don't Lie – Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:11 AM SGT
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: Sports Illustrated. Patrick Beverley tells Lee Jenkins what he wants his opponents to experience when he defends them — "It's going to be something you don't like. It's going to be hell." — in a predictably fantastic piece on what makes the hard-nosed point guard such an integral piece of the Houston Rockets' championship hopes.
PF: SB Nation, Hardwood Paroxysm, GQ and The Triangle. James Herbert, Andrew Lynch, Bethlehem Shoals, Andrew Sharp and Danny Chau sing songs of praise for the dearly departed 2013-14 Phoenix Suns, who gave us more than we had any right to expect, never let us forget that we didn't expect anything, and head into the summer of 2014 with a remarkably bright future.
SF: Bleacher Report. A great read from Howard Beck on how the Chicago Bulls "have become,Read More »from The 10-man rotation, starring Patrick Beverley on his defense: 'I'd probably want to fight me too'
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