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Usyk may fight Parker for WBO title

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk may be able to fight for a WBO heavyweight title. If the WBO belt becomes vacant, Usyk and New Zealand boxer Joseph Parker will fight for the title, according to “Anthony Joshua now holds the WBO belt, and he needs to make the defense according to two versions – WBO and IBF. If the Briton chooses the defense of the IBF title (a duel with Bulgarian Kurbat Pulev), it is likely that WBO will make its belt vacant,” the report said. It is noteworthy that Eddie Hearn is the promoter for Parker, Usyk and Joshua so it will not be difficult to agree on a unification fight.— Tags: Eddie HearnKubrat PulevOleksandr Usyklast_img read more

Keane: Don’t pressurise young stars

first_img Press Association However, 19-year-old Grealish remains tantalisingly out of his grasp after rejecting the opportunity to meet up with the squad this month. The Birmingham-born player, who also qualifies for England, had previously indicated that he would make himself available for Ireland’s Under-21s again next season after representing the Republic at under-age levels, but has taken a year out of international football to concentrate on matters at Villa Park. Speculation has been rife over which way he will eventually jump after a strong finish to the season, which saw him start in the FA Cup final on May 30, but Keane, who worked with the player during his time as number two to former manager Paul Lambert, is philosophical about the situation. He said: “I was lucky enough to work with him at close quarters at Villa, and he’s a talented kid. But as usual, the media interest – not just the Irish, but in England – they like to build these kids up before they have done too much in the game, and Jack has a lot to do yet. “But he’s got potential, and we’ll see over the next few months and years how he progresses. It would be great if it was with us; if not, then we’ll just get on with it. It’s pretty straightforward. “From my experience working with him, Jack is a really good kid, an absolutely good kid, but he has still got a lot to do in the game. He has obviously got a big decision to make, and I think whatever decision he makes will be the right one, and you would wish him well. “From Jack’s point of view, if he came and played for Ireland, I think he would love it. I think he would enjoy the players. He obviously enjoyed it at under-age level. “I enjoyed working with him at Villa. He’s a really nice kid. People have been too hard on him lately, and if he comes and plays for us, brilliant. But if he goes and plays for England, then you have got to respect the decision. Whether you like it or not is irrelevant. You have got to accept it.” Roy Keane has urged people not to pile the pressure on a new generation of potential Republic of Ireland midfield stars. McCarthy turned in the kind of commanding display which has sometimes eluded him at international level in the second half of the 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifier draw with Poland in March, but Keane knows he cannot be rushed. He said: “James is still finding his feet at international level – I have said it before – and there is nothing wrong with that. “I felt it took me 20, 25 international games really to get a feel for the group, the players I was working with, and I think James might be the same. Sometimes, you can be a slow-burner. “But like all players – and he’s young at international level – he is learning his trade. But the signs were very good in the second half (against Poland). “James is playing regularly for Everton and we are delighted. James has got a chance of being a really good player. But you have got to give the boy a little bit of breathing space. “Sometimes there are expectations on certain players. Other players can be under the radar and seem to get away with it, but there are certain players fans and the media pick up on and seem to put too much pressure on. “Give James a bit of a breather. He’s still a young lad and from my own experience – and that’s what I can talk from – I was playing for Ireland probably 20, 25 games before I really felt ‘I can start running the show now’.” McCarthy seems certain to start the qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium a week on Saturday having established himself at the heart of O’Neill’s midfield. Everton’s James McCarthy could win his 26th senior international cap at the age of 24 against England on Sunday, while Republic boss Martin O’Neill and assistant Keane are keeping their fingers crossed that Aston Villa’s teenage prodigy Jack Grealish eventually opts to represent the country of his heritage rather than that of his birth. However, Keane, who admits it took him up to 25 games to establish himself on the big stage, insists both men need to be given time to do what they have to do. last_img read more

Schmidt faces tough decisions

first_img Lock Ryan and centre Earls will make their first Test appearances since the 22-15 defeat in Italy in March 2013, with Jamie Heaslip and Mike Ross the sole frontline stars on show. Ryan admitted he feared his Test career was already over as he battled a long-term toe injury branded “weird” by Munster boss Anthony Foley last season. “Without being too dramatic about it yes, I did think I may not get another chance,” said Ryan. “Pre-season is always quite tough so I’ve just got to empty the tank and it’s as much mental strength as anything.” Ireland’s Kiwi boss Schmidt denied Saturday represents the one and only opportunity for a clutch of stars to prove their World Cup worth. The former Leinster boss branded the Cardiff match “the biggest examination” after a gruelling six-week training stint. For men like Ryan, Earls and Ulster centre Darren Cave however, this could well be their sole opportunity to force Schmidt’s selection hand. “I wouldn’t say it’s the one opportunity, they’ve worked really hard and we’ve taken note of how they’ve trained,” said Schmidt. “It’s a very narrow window, but it is the litmus test, it is where we find out whether they can stay in the game and physically and mentally deliver what is required. “It’s probably the biggest examination but it’s been an examination over the last six weeks.” Schmidt also admitted Cian Healy’s protracted recovery from neck surgery could pose a selection conundrum further down the track. Ireland face England on September 5, before opening their Pool D World Cup account against Canada on September 19. Schmidt conceded he remains unsure what approach he would take should Healy look likely to miss the England game but be expected to be ready to face Canada. “We’re just hoping the picture gets clearer as we get closer so that we can make a decision that would see him fully fit at least to start the tournament,” said Schmidt. “We play two weeks prior to the first game so if we thought he might not be fit for England but he would be fit for Canada I’m not sure what we’d decide.” Joe Schmidt will cut as many as seven players from Ireland’s World Cup training squad next week. Ireland must name their final 31-man World Cup squad on August 31, with home and away Tests against Wales and a Dublin battle with Scotland all to come in advance. “I want to have my mind made up now: it would make it a lot easier!” said Schmidt regarding World Cup selection. “There are some really tough decisions. “Over the next week or so that inevitably has to happen. “We’ve got to hone the group and those decisions are tough enough without even looking at the 31. “We might end up with 38 or 39 in a week’s time, and then we have to take it from there again.” Donnacha Ryan and Keith Earls will both end 29 months without Test rugby when they start Ireland’s Cardiff clash this weekend. The luckless Munster duo’s catalogue of injuries has kept both from Test action in Schmidt’s coaching era, but now both men can state their World Cup selection case at the Millennium Stadium. Press Association Head coach Schmidt has been at pains to leave Ireland’s options as open as possible in the long build-up to September’s global showdown, but conceded the time for tough decisions is nigh. Schmidt has retained 45 players in his training squad but will start whittling that down following Saturday’s warm-up clash against Wales in Cardiff. last_img read more

Divine Entertainment Summer Super Cup Final | Eagles. Botofago clash for $600 000 prize tonight

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanTHIS evening’s Devine Entertainment Summer Super Cup invitational football championship should be a gem when the number one-ranked Eagles United go up against third seed Botofago for $600 000.The match, set for 21:00hrs at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground is also for the championship trophy and bragging rights in the tournament.This final will be preceded by a collision between Net Rockers, who are seen as the second-best team in Upper Demerara, and Capital FC from 19.00hrs.The final will, as expected, see the fans from both teams compete for the top prize. These two teams had met in the GT Beer semifinal in December when Eagles United prevailed by a 5-4 penalty shootout route.This time the top-ranked Eagles will no doubt start as favourites but they must be wary of what Botofago will bring to this competition.Speaking about their attitude going into this final vice-president of the Eagles United FC, Aulston Thormond, told Chronicle Sport, “As it relates to insight on outcome … I foresee a well-played game. These are two of the better teams in Linden and a high level of skills will be on display. Our strikers and theirs are both fast and skilful. Both teams’ defences are solid.”He continued, “The result will come down to who wants it more on the night. However, he was quick to add, “Colwyn Drakes, who scored a hat-trick in our last game, is in good scoring-form shape. He is a player to watch but captain Kellon Primo is hungry for goals and our defence has been tested and solid.”Not to be forgotten are Donovan Francis and Deron Charter, who have shown the ability to score goals on the big stage along with a defence that hinges around Benny Neblett, Kendolph Lewis, Romain Adams and the young Omar Brewley who can overlap.Their rivals’ president Colin Moore remarked, “To give you some insights into the final, I must tell you that we always treat every game as a final, meaning that we don’t underestimate any team. We give every team their respect but we fear no team. We do our talking on the field.He continued, “The mood right now is good for the team to go ahead and win the final. Once the conditions are good, people are going to witness a great game because everyone knows that Botofago FC and Eagles United always produce exciting games.”Moore singled out Jamal Haynes as one of the key players up front for Botofago but said his availability is based on his recovery from an injury.Also, their captain Jahshaun ‘Sarwan’ Moore will be the link at midfield to control the tempo of the encounter.He said the new acquisition from Capital FC, Duquan Hercules, has proved his potential and has been a boost with his long-range shooting ability which must be watched.He said the experienced Tevin David, Trevon Archibald, Floyd Headley and John Allicock are players who have stepped up to the opposition and would be confident that their talent-loaded side will win tonight’s big game.The man between the uprights for Botofago is Wayne Wilson. On the tag of underdogs Moore quipped, “We are not perturbed by that, we are accustomed to being in this situation. It serves as motivation for us.”While this is the game of the night, Net Rockers would be looking forward to winning their game against Capital FC as they are looking to maintain their ranking among the three clubs in the mining town.The losers of this final get $400 000 and third-placers between Net Rockers and Capital FC will collect $200 000 and the losers $100 000.last_img read more

Lagos Women Run Holds November 10

first_imgThe 2018 edition of the Lagos Women Run, a 10 kilometre marathon race, the third in the series, has been scheduled to hold in Lagos on Saturday, November 10, with series of innovation introduced to make the event a memorable one.According to the General Coordinator of the Lagos Women Run, Tayo Popoola, the LWR, which is the first and only Women race in Nigeria, would see females from all walks of life running the 10 kilometres race.One of the latest innovations that would be introduced in the 2018 edition of the Lagos Women Run is the new route of competition. In the words of Tayo Popoola: “This time around, the Lagos Women Run would start from the ultra-modern Bus Rapid Transit park at the Race Course, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island and move throughApogbon, down to Ijora Olopa to link the National Art Theatre, then down Costain Bus Stop towards the National Stadium and finish at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere. Popoola, stated that the new route was carefully selected by the Local Organising Committee to compliment the new face of Lagos under the administration of the sports-loving Governor of the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, while at the same time showcasing the beauty of Lagos.She stated that in fulfillment of the promise she made in 2017, that the 2018 edition would be a lot better, two categories of women runners will compete in the race. They comprise the Open Category made up of runners from ages 18 years to 44 and the Veteran Category for runners from age 45years and above. The two categories will be differentiated by the colours of their running bibs.Popoola, who is also the first Nigerian woman Black Belt holder in Taekwondo, revealed that the winner of the Open Category will go home with a cash prize of N500,000, while the winner of the Veteran Category takes home N200,000.She also hinted that the Lagos Women Run 2018 will be a mixture of sports and entertainment as always.  Fadekemi Olude emerged champion at the first edition of the Women Run, while Oluwaseun Olamide, a runner-up at the first edition, won the 2017 edition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Men’s volleyball to host top-ranked Long Beach

first_imgSenior outside hitter Ryan Moss gets a kill against Pepperdine at Galen Center March 2 (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan) The No. 11 USC men’s volleyball will face off against No. 1 Long Beach State this Saturday night in USC’s North Gym. The 49ers are a force in serving with both senior opposite/outside hitter Kyle Ensing and senior outside hitter TJ DeFalco putting up 33 aces this season. Ensing and DeFalco also lead the team in kills with 213 and 205, respectively. On defense, Jordan Molina has 113 digs and Nick Amado has 52 blocks. The match against the defending national champions begins in USC’s North Gym Saturday at 7 p.m. He acknowledges USC is at .500 in conference play, but remains realistic about what he can do with the time he has left to lead the team. USC has lost its last four meetings with Long Beach State, including a 3-1 loss in January. Until last week when Long Beach played UC Santa Barbara, USC had been the only team to take a set off the 49ers. This is Moss’ last chance to face players who he’s been competing with since middle school. “I’ve been playing against these guys since seventh, eighth grade so it’s been a long time coming,” Moss said. “I’m really excited for the opportunity to get to play them as No. 1 in the nation. They’re doing really well.” Moss reflected on his time playing for USC and is happy with his experience on the team. “I think we found our identity and the way we play,” senior outside hitter Ryan Moss said. “We’re in the final sprint here. I think on a mental standpoint and mindset we’re all on the same page — we know what needs to be done, and we know what we’re capable of. I think the whole team is just in a good space where we know that every night we need to come out and play our absolute best to show what we can do and try to build on that moving forward.” Moss and redshirt senior outside hitter Jack Wyett are leading the Trojan offense with 249 and 231 total kills, respectively. Senior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso has served up 16 aces so far this season. Moss and sophomore middle blocker Sam Lewis anchor the defense with 42 and 40 blocks, respectively, while senior libero Matt Douglas has 107 digs in the back row. “I think this season is definitely a step in the right direction, and I personally am just trying to get everything out of myself as I can this last month of the season,” he said. “So, did I accomplish everything I set out to? I’m not too sure, but I’m happy with where we are right now.” “I think my goals have shifted throughout my years here,” Moss said. “We’ve suffered a lot of losses and we’ve had some terrible seasons in the past. So at a certain point, my goals shifted from winning national championships and all that stuff to just leaving the program in a better place than I found it.”last_img read more

Asamoah Gyan retires from Black Stars

first_imgGyan has been captain of the national team since 2012 and led the nation to the 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions of the African Nations Cup. Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, has announced his retirement from the national team barely 24 hours to the naming of the provisional team for the tournament.The Kayserispor player made the announcement on Monday evening via a statement he posted on his Twitter handle.In the statement, he expressed happiness at having been given the chance to serve the nation but he sounded very unhappy that he was not going to be named captain of the team even if he were to be included in the squad.Thank you Ghana, am forever grateful 🙏 @AnimSammy @BaffourGyan4 @cobbyafriyie— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) May 20, 2019Gyan, in the statement, said:“Upon consultation with my family and team, and as an active footballer and captain of the national team, if the decision of the coach is to give the captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team for the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament. I also wish to retire from the national team permanently; not pretending my presence would not fuel the reported undermining the country has seen under my captaincy.”last_img read more

Government shutdown beginning to cast shadow over upcoming Film Festival

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, (Mich) — As the partial government shutdown continues on, eight hundred thousand federal workers continue to go without pay including quite a few key workers in northeast Michigan.As the country wraps up day 14 of the partial shutdown, the NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary buildings and U.S. Fish and Wildlife continue to stay closed.Today the president met with top leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties. Both parties produced conflicting reports on how the meeting went with the major dispute being funding for the border wall in the south where the president feels strongly on protecting the border. A reporter asked the president how long the shutdown could go on for after hearing reports from the meeting that Trump said it could take months and even years.“Absolutely, I said that… I don’t think it will,” said Trump. “I think I can speak for Republicans in the House and Republicans in the Senate that they feel very strongly about having a safe country.”The president originally promised that the wall would be paid for by Mexico. That money apparently will come from the new United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement according to Trump. Lawmakers will continue to work over the weekend to find a solution to reopen the government.As for the 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival which is held at a NOAA building (Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center), here is what the president of the non-profit group Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary had to say…“It is our hope that the government will reopen soon, so the sanctuary can continue it’s important work to protect the Great Lakes and their rich history. The Thunder Bay International Film Festival is not only an important cultural and educational event for our community, it is also important economically. The Friends of Thunder Bay are working on a contingency plan for the festival if it looks like the shutdown will not be resolved in time for the event. On behalf of Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, we appreciate the communities enthusiastic support in helping to grow the festival each year and ask everyone to stay tuned for future updates.” -Chuck Wiesen President Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Democrats, Film Fest, Government Shutdown, GREAT LAKES MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER, NOAA, President Donald Trump, Republicans, Rose Garden, Thunder Bay International Film Festival, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, US Fish & WildlifeContinue ReadingPrevious MSP Reminds Drivers to be Cautious on the Road During the Winter MonthsNext Michigan Department of Corrections Recruiting 700 Corrections Officerslast_img read more