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Brooke Henderson’s hockey mentality shaped her golf game

Updated on  April 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm
There are days when Brooke Henderson acknowledges almost wistfully that she “kind of misses” her former sports love, hockey, “a little bit.” Read More

China’s Feng inspiring a nation that barely understands golf

On her 17th hole of the day, where China’s Shanshan Feng cemented her first-round lead in the Lotte Championship on Wednesday with a birdie, that was pretty much all there were … birds. Read More

Basketball schedule adds to UH’s money woes

An airball at the box office for University of Hawaii men’s basketball this season has prompted pledges of a much-needed upgrade in scheduling and marketing going forward. Read More

Oh, I see, the UFC’s $6M demand to come to Hawaii included a circus

Updated on  April 6, 2018 at 11:00 pm
Maybe Dana White should have told the Hawaii Tourism Authority that the $6 million he was demanding to stage UFC 227 in Hawaii this summer was to have included a circus. Read More

Dana White’s attempted shakedown didn’t work against HTA

Updated on  April 5, 2018 at 12:09 am
UFC president Dana White, a one-time South Boston bar bouncer and businessman, likes to tell the story of an alleged shakedown attempt by associates of the notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and how he said he refused. Read More

Holloway taking huge risk fighting on short notice

Just when you thought there wasn’t much Max Holloway could do to surprise you, here comes a hay-maker nobody saw coming. Read More

UH men’s basketball job unique in Division I

Updated on  March 31, 2018 at 11:26 pm
In a roundabout way this week, Eran Ganot reminded us of a reason that the University of Hawaii men’s basketball coaching job he holds is fairly remarkable, if not unique at the Division I level. Read More

Kealakehe’s Wooching made the right decision picking rugby over NFL

Updated on  March 31, 2018 at 12:53 pm
This time last year Psalm Wooching was adamantly insisting to disbelieving NFL teams that, yes, he really was serious about forgoing the draft to take a shot at a future in rugby. Read More

Tsutsui aims to revive sports vision for Hawaii

Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 11:35 pm
Shan Tsutsui is a couple months removed from being Hawaii’s lieutenant governor, but it seems he might be carrying some of the unfinished business from that job with him. Read More

John John Florence after trophy that has eluded him

Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm
The brass-bell-topped Rip Curl Bells Beach trophy is said to weigh more than 60 pounds, but ringing it while hoisting the iconic piece of surfing hardware is still less arduous than winning it. Read More

Money year for Mariota

Updated on  March 27, 2018 at 12:15 am
In NFL contract terms, this sets up as Marcus Mariota’s “payoff year,” as he can’t help but be reminded when checking the headlines these days. Read More

Ta‘amu’s loyalty rewarded by Ole Miss

Updated on  March 24, 2018 at 11:05 pm
Making a name for himself in college football did not come easy for quarterback Jordan Ta‘amu. Read More

Holly hits the books before he hits the hole

It is a leaner, stronger and quicker Freddie Holly III on the practice field for the University of Hawaii football team this spring, but the biggest difference, his coaches will tell you, isn’t measured solely in the running back’s 40-yard dash time. Read More

UH QB McDonald seizing golden opportunity

Updated on  March 22, 2018 at 9:58 pm
Sunrise was nearly an hour away in Manoa when quarterback Cole McDonald threw his first passes of the opening day of spring practice Wednesday morning. Read More

Trapasso didn’t soften schedule to his benefit

This is Mike Trapasso’s 17th season as University of Hawaii baseball coach and, so far, there is no indication whether there will be an 18th. Read More

UH’s basketball programs fall from great heights

Updated on  March 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm
Was it really two years ago that we watched the University of Hawaii’s basketball teams triumphantly cutting down the nets at the Big West basketball tournament? Read More

Tagovailoa heads into spring with no promises

The confetti was still cascading at the end of January’s College Football Playoff championship game when what looms as the most intriguing question of the 2018 preseason nationally was breathlessly posed. Read More

This season, anybody can win the BWC title, even UH

Normally being a fifth, sixth or seventh seed in an eight-team conference basketball tournament is akin to a postseason kiss of death. Read More

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