EDDIE G. ALINEA

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Never mind if Jackie Robinson, in his brief 10-year Major League Baseball career, failed to even approximate the number of home runs the great Babe Ruth hit in that span. Nor how many bases he stole. How many consecutive games he played. How many championships his team won. Robinson retired…

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The well-built 17-year-old known to the world as Pele soared high into the air, caught the ball by his chest, then controlled it with his left thigh before whirling around hooking it over his head past the astonished Swedish goalie. The goal handed Brazil a 3-1 lead 10 minutes after…

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Many had come close to it, but were eventually thwarted as if held back by powers unseen and demonic. They all were, until one drizzly afternoon of May 6, 1954 at the Iffley track in Oxford, Englishman Roger Bannister, a medical student, became the first man ever to shatter the…

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The Philippines officially saw action in 1924 edition of the Modern Olympic Games for the first time in Paris where sprinter David Nepomu­ceno put the country’s name in the annals of once every-four-year conclave when he raced against the world’s best in the 100 and 200 meters and was eliminated…

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Five weeks from now the whole of the sporting world will commemorate the 17th death anniversary of long distance medallist Emil Zatopek, one of the 20th century’s most loved athletes and best-known Czech. Zatopek, a four-time Olympic champion died on November 22, 2000 in a Prague military hospital after a stroke…

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In one of the most exciting finishes in Olympic track and field history, unknown American Mills and Tunisia’s Mohamed Gammoudi both improved their personal best times by more than 45 seconds in a monumental reversal of Australian world record holder Ron Clarke in the 10,000-meter in 1964 in Tokyo. After…

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Today on October 13, 1982, the International Olympic Committee posthumously restored the pair of gold medals won by American athlete Jim Thorpe in pentathlon and decathlon events in the 1912 Olympic Games at Stockholm. The two gold medals were stripped off Thorpe, the first native American member of the Sac…

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Someone said that encouragement is simply reminding a person of the “shoulders” he’s standing on, the legacy he’d been given. Last season when the Meralco Bolts first made it to the finals of the Governors’ Cup of the PBA’s 41st season against crowd favorite, the Ginebra Kings, and were told…

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He dominated his sport in the way few have in the long history of game men play. God made Wilt Chamberlain 7-feet and 1-inch tall and weighed 275 pounds. He took care of the rest. NBA legend Oscar Robertson was once asked in an interview by the Philadelphia Daily News…

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