Goldson, Stevens make pro debut at Contender

first_imgTwo promising 28-year-old boxers – Jamaican Camion Goldson, representing the Caribbean team, and Rashid Stevens ,fighting for the USA team – will make their professional debuts tonight on the Wray and Nephew 2016 ‘Contender’ show at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road in St Andrew, beginning at 9:30 p.m. It was an interesting sidelight when the draw was done, that these two debutants were pitted against each other, and a keen contest is expected. Both have over 50 amateur fights and have represented their countries in overseas competition. Stevens has more accomplishments and told The Gleaner yesterday that he has a 45-9 record and was the 2015 National Golden Gloves champion. He also said that he has won other national titles and was runner-up in the tournament that was held recently to select the USA team to the Olympic Qualifier in Argentina. He was oozing confidence and said that he was keen on making a successful debut to the professional ranks. Goldson has been one of Jamaica’s leading amateurs for some time and has been a national representative on several occasions. His performances have not been consistent, but he has shown that on a given night, he can perform brilliantly. This is the seventh week of competition in the preliminary round of the series, which has 16 boxers vying for quarter-final berths. Following next week’s competition, the eight boxers remaining will be seeded and the top four will draw their opponents from the other four contestants. The main prize is purse money of two million dollars, with the runner-up getting $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000. The contest will be shown live on TVJ.last_img read more

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SWANSEA CITY VS MAN UNITED

first_imgSWANSEA (4-2-3-1)FABIANSKI, NAUGHTON, FERNANDEZ, WILLIAMS, TAYLOR,CORK, SHELVEY, AYEW, SIGURDSSON, MONTERO, GOMISMAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)ROONEY, MATA, JANUZAJ, MEMPHIS,SCHWEINSTEIGER, SCHNEIDERLIN,SHAW, BLIND, SMALLING, DARMIAN,ROMEROManchester United have started a Barclays Premier League season with three successive clean sheets for only the third time, winning two, drawing one, scoring just two goals and conceding none.And Sergio Romero, who has replaced David de Gea ahead of a potential move away from Old Trafford, is the first goalkeeper since David Ospina to keep a clean sheet in each of his first three Premier League games.Yet, at the other end, Wayne Rooney is looking to score for the first time in the Premier League since April. Since then Rooney has failed to score in nine league games and a total of 774 minutes – 12 hours and 54 minutes.In six previous meetings with Swansea, Rooney has scored just once – on the opening day of last season.However, he should be confident after netting a hat-trick against Club Brugge on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League play-off. United won 4-0 and 7-1 on aggregate.Last season Swansea did the league double over United, winning 2-1 both at Old Trafford and the Liberty Stadium.last_img read more

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Former heads call WICB response to CARICOM ‘pointedly discourteous’

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Three former presidents of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have condemned the decision by the Dave Cameron-led WICB to ignore a request for an urgent meeting with CARICOM leaders.Sir Wes Hall, Patrick Rousseau and Ken Gordon have also blasted Cameron’s response to the prime ministers’ request as “pointedly discourteous”.Last month, Chairman of CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Committee, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, called for an urgent meeting with the WICB to discuss the latest independent report which demanded a dissolution of the board.However, the embattled WICB president has been insisting that the board of directors first needed to go over the controversial report before any meeting with CARICOM could be held.”The president of the WICB, Mr Cameron, has responded that such discussion can await the next scheduled meeting of the WICB on December 12th, a pointedly discourteous response to CARICOM leaders who have been supportive of the WICB in so many ways,” said the joint statement from the three former WICB presidents.”You and your board have erred very badly, President Cameron, and we publicly call on you to reflect on the unfortunate implications of your response to CARICOM leaders.”resignation en blocThe latest report on the WICB was compiled by a cricket review panel, which was chaired by UWI Cave Hill campus Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau.Apart from the dissolution of the WICB, it also recommended the resignation of the current board and the appointment of an interim board.Also, the panel recommended that a change management expert be installed to help run the affairs of cricket in the region until a new governance structure is implemented.Hall, Rousseau and Gordon say Mitchell’s request for an early meeting with the WICB is reasonable.”You carry an important trust as president of the WICB. But no individual or transient board can be bigger than the game and the shaping of its future,” they argued.”Prime Minister Mitchell’s request for an early meeting is eminently reasonable and necessary. We urge that you accede to it so that the consultative process may continue.”The former presidents also pointed out that the “widespread demand for transparency and accountability, coupled with the obvious deterioration in the performance and governance of West Indies cricket” has led to the appointment of three independently structured committees over the past eight years.They were referring to the Patterson report, Wilkin report and the Barriteau report, which was published two weeks ago.”The Patterson and Wilkin recommendations have been treated with scant courtesy and virtually ignored by WICB which appointed them,” the former presidents noted.”It is also significant that the three reports were unanimous in the view that the structure of the WICB must change following the resignation of current directors.”last_img read more

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World records matter

first_imgIn 20 of the 28 times when the International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) has presented its male Athlete of the Year Award, it has been won by a man who has set a world record in the season under consideration. That may satisfy Jamaican curiosity as to why Usain Bolt did not receive the IAAF award this year. It, instead, went to Ashton Eaton, the American decathlete.At the 15th World Champion-ships, the tall Jamaican won a highly anticipated double-sprint clash against Justin Gatlin. Bolt squeezed past to take the 100 metres by 0.01 seconds and later cruised to victory in the 200, winning in 19.55 seconds, the fastest time in three years.At the same championship, Eaton raised his own decathlon world record to win the gold medal over Canada’s Pan-American Games winner, Damian Warner. The new mark, 9045 points, included a 45 seconds flat dash through 400 metres. It was only the third time the 9,000-point threshold had been attained.EDGE OVER BOLTWith both men having injury-affected seasons, the world record seems to have given Eaton the edge over Bolt and the other man under final consideration forthe award, triple jump world champion Christian Taylor of the United States. The latter mastered triple jump’s elusive 18 metres barrier, gained the upper hand over his main rival, Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Cuba, and won the World Championship with a mammoth jump of 18.21m. That’s just eight centimetres off the 20 year-old world record owned by Jonathan Edwards of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.Injuries restricted Bolt to a three-meet season in the 100m and just four in the 200m. For the same reason, Eaton managed just to start just one decathlon. That was his record performance at the World Championships.By comparison, Taylor triple-jumped seven times, cleared 18 metres in three different meets, and scared the Edwards world record. He and Eaton dabbled elsewhere, producing long jumps measured at 8.18m and 8.03m, respectively, and with the decathlete also running the flat 400m in 45.54 before the Worlds.Eaton is now in illustrious company. Carl Lewis, Roger Kingdom, Steve Backley, Kevin Young, Colin Jackson, Noureddine Morceli, Edwards, Wilson Kipketer, Haile Gebreselassie, Michael Johnson, Kenenisa Bekele, Asafa Powell, Bolt, David Rudisha, and Renaud Lavillenie have all won the award in seasons they punctuated with world records. In fact, this was the case for every winner of the award from its first year in 1988 to 1999.In 2012, Eaton set two world records in 2012, but saw the award go to Bolt, whose brilliant Olympic season included a sizzling 9.63/19.32 double win in London.last_img read more

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Steadman gets the best out of Royal Assault

first_img BETTER LUCK Harvey, who was second aboard TALENTED TONY K, had better luck aboard another evens favourite, JESSIE JAMES, in the third race over a mile for the Alty McKenzie Memorial Cup for $350,000 – $300,000 claiming horses. Outpaced for most of the way as NO MONEY FRIEND (10-1) enjoyed a good lead into the straight ahead of the highly fancied pair of COMPUTERIZE and BIGBROWNGREYHOPE, JESSIE JAMES stormed through in the last furlong to beat NO MONEY FRIEND by three lengths in an eight-horse field. The winner, an eight-year-old bay gelding by Storm Craft out of Jessica, is owned by Nadon and trained by Ryan Darby. Harvey, Steadman, and fellow apprentice Javaniel Patterson rode two winners each, while Nunes saddled two winners in the two-year-old debutante BILINGUAL and ROYAL ASSAULT. ROYAL ASSAULT, the even-money favourite with apprentice Linton Steadman riding for trainer Anthony “Baba” Nunes, ran on strongly in the last 100 metres to win the overnight allowance sprint in decisive fashion at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. The four-year-old chestnut colt by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Maken Joy raced prominently in third as the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K (7-2), with top apprentice Bebeto Harvey, led comfortably into the straight ahead of highly fancied DREAMLINER (6-5) in a field of eight. Although looking likely to hold on after leaving the furlong pole two lengths clear, TALENTED TONY K was worn down by ROYAL ASSAULT, who responded to a bustling ride to hit the front in the last 50 metres, winning by 11/4 lengths from TALENTED TONY K and the late-closing ROYAL VIBES (32-1), this in the smart time of 1:05.0. Owned by Preferred Racing and bred by Mark Croskery, ROYAL ASSAULT was notching only his third win from eight starts this season, but by and large, has been a model of consistency, having finished in the first three seven times.last_img read more

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Windies to begin preparation for Pakistan series

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):West Indies players will assemble in Barbados today as they begin preparation for their four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting next Sunday.The 16-man squad, headed by captain Carlos Brathwaite, will undergo training sessions tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, before being whittled down to 13 for the opening encounter at Kensington Oval.The training group includes newcomers Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed and Veerasammy Permaul, but missing is superstar opener Chris Gayle, along with all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.Russell is serving a one-year suspension for an anti-doping whereabouts violation, while no explanation has been given by selectors for the exclusion of Gayle and Bravo.Trinidadian Bravo recently underwent surgery last January for a hamstring injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash, but there has been no indication about the status of his recovery.West Indies will be looking to rebound after suffering a heavy 3-0 whitewash in the recent one-day series against England in the Caribbean.They will also be looking to make amends for a similar whitewash to Pakistan when the two teams last met in the United Arab Emirates last September.The remaining T20s will be played at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on March 30, and April 1 and 2.last_img read more

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Liverpool beat Watford, lose Coutinho

first_imgWATFORD, England (AP): Liverpool improved its bid to secure a Champions League spot by beating Watford 1-0 in a largely forgettable English Premier League match yesterday. Only Emre Can made this one memorable, by meeting a Lucas Leiva cross with a bicycle-kick scored in first-half stoppage time. League rivals Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal dropped points in the race for a top four position, so a win was vital for Liverpool, which has struggled against teams in the bottom half. The Reds, with 69 points, moved four points clear of fifth-placed United, though they have played an extra game. The victory came at a cost, as forward Philippe Coutinho lasted less than 10 minutes.last_img read more

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ONE: Pacio leaves frustrations from title match loss behind

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return And although his last fight was for the belt, Pacio said he’s not in a hurry to get back into the title picture as he awaits the right opportunity to fight for the strap once more.“I am willing to wait for the right time, timing is everything and every moment has its purpose,” said Pacio. “I don’t race to be in line for the belt, but I’m racing perfection in this sport.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFilipino strawweight contender Joshua Pacio said he’s eager to leave his frustrations behind after losing in his first championship fight in ONE Championship to title-holder Yoshitaka Naito back in October of 2016.Pacio, who had control of Naito in terms of strikes, downplayed the loss and instead treated it as a learning experience to improve.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Backyard fights: UFC coming to Long Island for 1st time Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It’s not a defeat, I viewed it as an important lesson,” said Pacio (9-1-0) in a statement. “It also served as an inspiration to push myself to the limit.”It was an eye-opening experience. And here I am as a more matured competitor inside the cage.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Pacio, who is 12 years the junior of Naito, lost after the Japanese champion locked him in a rear-naked choke with 1:33 elapsed in the third round of the fight.The Team Lakay fighter has a chance to avenge his loss come August 5 when he faes Naito’s compatriot Hayato Suzuki in ONE Championship Kings & Conquerors in Macau. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READlast_img read more

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Blue Eagles fend off Maroons, close in on UAAP elims sweep

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We showed a lot of character in the end. It was a tough game, we were challenged from the start and I’m happy that the players stepped up to the challenge,” said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga.READ: Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni: ‘It pressure us to deliver’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMatt Nieto scored a team-high 19 points, including seven inside the last three minutes, while Isaac Go and Gian Mamuyac added 13 points each for Ateneo, which out-rebounded UP, 49-34.Thirdy Ravena struggled from the field but did a little bit of everything to still finish with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and a block. LATEST STORIES UP mounted an 11-0 blast to tie the game at 79 with all the momentum on its side but a controversial call near the four-minute mark turned the tide.READ: Down but not out: Maroons still fighting for Final Four spot The referees missed what should’ve been an 8-second violation on Ateneo guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court. Instead, a foul was called on UP playmaker Jun Manzo.Juan Gomez de Liaño topscored with 21 points while Paul Desiderio had 16 but went 6-of-18 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsoncenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo moved a win away from an elimination round sweep after holding off University of the Philippines, 96-82, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The No. 1 Blue Eagles, who will shoot for a 14-0 record against defending champion De La Salle on Sunday, went on a 17-3 run in the final four minutes and 11 seconds to break away from a 79-deadlock.ADVERTISEMENT No limbs, no problem for Italy’s fencing firebrand For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

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NBA: Vince Carter hopes Raptors will retire his jersey

first_imgVince Carter. INQUIRER.net file photoIt seems so long ago when Vince Carter put on one of the most memorable aerial performances of all time, during the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest.Seventeen years removed from his stunning display of athletic prowess, the man once dubbed “half-man, half-amazing” is still in the league, doing what he loves the most.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Doctor: Hernandez’s brain was severely damaged by disease RELATED STORY:Vince Carter biopic to be shown at Toronto film festSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carter, who donned the Raptors’ colors from 1998 to 2004, is credited for elevating the expansion franchise to new heights and boosting the sport’s popularity in Canada.Although he failed to secure a title for the Raptors, he was named 1999 Rookie of the Year, made five All-Star Game appearances, and was also named to an All-NBA Team twice while on the team.However, his willingness to pursue a championship resulted into a less than amicable exit with the franchise in 2004, when he was traded to the then-New Jersey Nets.Still, “Air Canada” considers Toronto his home, and would like to honor those memories when he decides to hang up his sneakers for good.“At the end of the day, every player’s end result is to see their jersey hanging in the rafters somewhere. That is where it started. Hopefully I will get that opportunity,” he said. Khristian Ibarrola/JBADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Now at 40 years and entering the twilight of his storied career, Carter shared aspirations of having his jersey immortalized at the place where it all began.After suiting up for seven different teams in 20 seasons, Carter expressed his desire to have his number retired by the Toronto Raptors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Of course, I’d like for [the Raptors] to retire my jersey. You’d always like your jersey retired. That is where it’s started,” the veteran wing player said in a diary entry for The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.“There have been talks about it. People talk about it, and I’m very thankful for it. But for me, I try my best not to think about it because I am still of service in this league,” he added. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

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