EDDIE G. ALINEA

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The date was November 3, 1996, when Kobe Bryant made his official NBA debut in the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and sophomore pro Kevin Garnett. Few in the crowd would have guessed they were looking at history when the 17-year-old fresh from high school Kobe played…

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Willie Howard Mays, popularly known in Major League Baseball as “The Say Hey Kid”, spent almost all of his 22-season career as a New York then San Francisco Giant before ending up with the New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, in his…

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Ceferino Garcia a has largely been forgotten, especially nowadays with the emergence of new fistic horoes as Manny Pacquiao and a few others whose names are being floated in heated debates on the relative merits of Pancho Villa, Flash Elorde and Garcia himself. The memory of his being one of…

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Baby Dalupan’s coaching career actually started as a temporary substitute to then regular University of the East mentor Gabby Fajardo. It was his father, Don Francisco Dalupan, UE’s founder, who in 1955 broached the idea of temporarily calling the shots for the Red Warriors, then the perennial doormat citizens in…

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On this day, October 28, 1973, Secretariat ran victorious in the Canadian Stakes at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack by six lengths ending a 21-race career with16 triumphs, four placings and $1.3 million prize money. That 1973 was his year was further confirmed by his sweeping the Triple Crown – Kentucky Derby,…

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She barely stood five-foot flat. Her arms and legs were short. She weighed competitively at 145 pounds, too heavy for her built. In short, she looked everything but a softball pitcher. No less than the then United States Softball Commissioner Joe Barber pronounced her as such during a dinner tendered…

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She was not supposed to start that day. Purita Jacinto, the Philippine women sotfball team’s top pitcher should have. But in a sudden change of heart, team manager Santos Ret (in the sports of softball and baseball, the team manager calls the shots, a job reserved to the head coach…

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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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