Sunday 21 January 2018

Giants sweep to World Series title

THE San Francisco Giants capped a wild post-season ride by beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings to complete a four-game sweep and be crowned World Series champions for the second time in three years.

Marco Scutaro, the most valuable player in the National League Championship Series, was again the hero for the Giants, cracking a sharply hit single into shallow centre to bring in Ryan Theriot with the winning run.

As the Giants stampeded out of the dugout, jumping up and down in celebration after the final out in the bottom of the 10th, a sullen crowd turned away and quietly exited Comerica Park, disinterested in joining the party.

Giants' Pablo Sandoval, who slammed three homers in Game One, had added reason to celebrate, voted the Series' most valuable player.

Having survived six do-or-die elimination games in the National League Division and Championship Series, the Giants closed out the season in ruthless fashion, reeling off seven consecutive wins to secure their seventh world championship.

Dubai return for Garcia after eye op

Golf

Sergio Garcia will make his comeback from eye surgery at next month's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The Spaniard, who has not played since helping Europe to victory over the United States at the Ryder Cup in Medinah, underwent an operation to correct an astigmatism.

Elsewhere, organisers have announced that Germany's St Leon-Rot Golf Club will host the 2015 Solheim Cup match between Europe and America. It was played in Ireland at Killeen Castle in 2011. The venue is located near Heidelberg and previously hosted the Deutsche Bank SAP Open -- a now-defunct European Tour event won three times by Tiger Woods and once by Padraig Harrington.

Perez eyes shot at world title

boxing

CORK-based Cuban heavyweight Mike 'The Rebel' Perez could get a shot at either Wladimir Klitschko or Alexander Povetkin in 2013 if he beats Ruslan Chagaev before Christmas.

Perez, who boxes out of the Watergrasshill BC on Leeside under Hamish Thomas, meets the Uzbek leftie on December 1 in what will effectively be a World title eliminator.

Chagaev, who went nine rounds with Klitschko in 2009, lost a unanimous decision to Povetkin in a World title clash last year and is eager for a rematch with the Russian.

But first he will have to dispatch unbeaten Perez, who has 18 straight wins to his name. Texan southpaw Reggie Johnson, who edged out Steve Collins on a majority decision for the vacant WBA middleweight title in New Jersey in 1992, is now working as the Cuban's new coach.

Irish Independent

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