Walters finally gets shot at Lomachenko – Clash in Las Vegas on November 26

first_img NOW SET TO HAPPEN “It took some time to happen, but I will definitely be fighting Lomachenko in November,” former World Boxing Association (WBA) Featherweight Super Champion Nicholas ‘The Axe Man’ Walters told The Gleaner yesterday. Walters confirmed that he and Ukranian Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko, will clash on November 26 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Featherweight title. The fight has been on the radar for some time, and Bob Arum, from promotion company Top Rank, made an effort to get both men to fight last June 11, for Lomachenko’s WBO featherweight title. It did not happen then because Walters was adamant that he wanted US$1 million as his purse for the fight. Arum refused, saying that based on the budget he had to work with from cable giants HBO, he could not afford to pay Walters that much and offered him US$550,000 instead, which Walters refused. Lomachenko went on to fight Roman MartÌnez on the June date for the WBO super featherweight title held by MartÌnez and scored a fifth-round knockout, to make himself the fastest two-division champion in boxing history. He accomplished the feat in seven fights to pip Naoya Inoue, who did it in eight fights. Boxing fans kept clamouring for Walters and Lomachenko to fight, however, and Arum stated earlier this week that based on the amount that HBO had agreed to put into the fight, it could now happen. Walters said yesterday that there were a few minor details to be worked out but declared that he was looking forward to the contest. “We have an agreement, and I am going to fight the boxer who I most want to fight. Lomachenko believes that he is the best at 130, and I know that I am the best, so let’s get it on and see who is right,” he declared. “I only want to fight the best opponent, and right now, he is that person. He is a two-time Olympic and World amateur champion as well as a two-division professional champion. When I beat him, then I will certainly be recognised as the best. That is what I want to make happen in November,” Walters added. Walters had his last fight on December 19 last year against Jason Sosa in Verona, New York, a fight that was judged to be a draw. He stated that he was very unhappy with that decision and believed that he clearly had won. “Not having had a fight since last year, I am hungry and ready. This could be the greatest fight of my career,” said Walters. Walters goes in with a 26-0-1 record, while Lomachenko is 6-1-0. Lomachenko, however, also has a 396-1 amateur record and a 6-0 semi-professional record. He won the WBO featherweight title in his third professional fight, and this was against American Gary Russell Jr. Beating Martinez in June, in his seventh pro fight, gave him the WBO Super Featherweight title and the record.last_img read more

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Asian Games: Philippines nears 5th place, routs Japan

first_imgThe Philippines moved closer to a fifth-place finish in men’s basketball after dumping Japan, 113-80, in the classification phase Friday of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christie wins host Indonesia’s signature gold at Asian Games Despite missing out on the podium, the Filipinos are assured of a better finish in this year’s edition of the continental meet after wounding up at seventh, the worst in history, in the 2014 Incheon Games.They battle for the fifth place on Friday with the opponent yet to be determined.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Nationals broke the game wide open in the third, turning a slim three-point advantage into a 21-point lead after an 18-to-nothing run.Christian Standhardinger poured 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Philippines while Jordan Clarkson added 22 points, six rebounds and nine assists.center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

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Several Azkals without clubs after national team stint

first_imgMOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Silva, who has played in Spain, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Vietnam and most recently, Malaysia, said he remained focused on the Azkals and would decide on his future only after the team’s stint was finished here.Phil and James Younghusband are also without clubs after Davao Aguilas decided it won’t field a professional team next season. Another teammate of the Younghusband brothers at Davao, Adam Reed, is also here with the national team and came on as a sub against South Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I want to focus on the team because we still need to win and reach the knockout stage,” said the 34-year-old Silva, who was set to start for coach Sven-Goran Eriksson against Kyryzstan in the Azkals’ final group C match at Rashid Stadium here.A strong physical presence with the ability to read danger before it happens, Silva is one of the primary reasons why the Azkals held South Korea for long periods, before conceding a goal in the second half in a 0-1 defeat. The Philippine Azkals were readying for a key match against Kyrgyzstan at press time. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/DENNIS MALLARIDUBAI—It’s not just Phil and James Younghusband whose club careers were uncertain before they joined the national team in the AFC Asian Cup here.Defensive stalwart Alvaro Silva is also playing for the Azkals without even knowing where he will continue his club career next season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Pacquiao larger than life for Broner Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Congratulations Bai!

first_imgBy Lekpele M. NyamalonThe appointment of Bai Best as Managing Director of Liberia’s oldest independent daily, the Daily Observer newspaper, is laudable and brings the glorious chapter of the senior Best, Kenneth Y, to a momentous close. While the curtains draw on the tenure of KY, it reinforces the inevitability that one generation would take over from the former, almost unapologetically.KY and his wife Mae Gene led the Observer during one of the most tumultuous times in our political history. From the early 1980s of the military dictatorship to the beginning of the first Liberian civil war, when the Observer was burned down, the Daily Observer remained a voice of conscience deeply wanting in a society that had sunk to its lowest ebb of socio-political consciousness.As Bai steps onto the larger stage to head a paper whose reputation as a fierce change maker in our discourse, expectations are mounting, and rightfully so that he takes us on a cruise, safely. The Daily Observer remains an epicenter of ideals expanding its reportage on topical issues outside of mainstream politics: Arts & Culture, the Environment, Women and Gender and Entertainment. No doubt, Bai is a passionate journalist, arts enthusiast and a consummate professional whose hands are steady to guide the Observer to enviable heights.This brings to view cardinal points to consider:Every generation has a time on the stage and would fade away, whether by wish or will. It behooves therefore for mentorship and coaching to exist alongside professional training in preparing the next generation of leaders, scholars, journalists, teachers, doctors, etc. A gap in the phase of mentorship and training leads to the emergence of inexperienced, poorly qualified, and unguided youth barking for their place, rightfully so, when the time is due. And, society would have to hush and watch them ply the carpet.Every generation should leave an indelible stamp upon its shores that compels succeeding generations to aspire to maintain or improve upon. The halls of mediocrity are loose grounds that set no standards; and never challenge.It’s honorable always to bow under the shadows of applause and cheers, to sit, reflect and watch the sun rise on a new generation. All through history, it’s inevitable that one generation would take over from another.Congratulations, Bai. Walk these shores in your time and never leave, even long after you’re gone. Best Wishes.Lekpele M. Nyamalon is a Liberian Writer, Poet and Inspirational Speaker. He can be reached at nyamalon23@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bill would add $6 fee to PC sales

first_imgThe Assembly Committee on Natural Resources approved the bill Monday along party lines. It must go through additional hearings before reaching a full floor vote. Opponents – including Hewlett-Packard, the California Chamber of Commerce and the American Electronics Association – said the fee is unnecessary because the private sector and recyclers are already encouraging recycling. Already, 191 disposal sites statewide accept PCs for free, said Larry King, who oversees Hewlett-Packard’s recycling program. “Is there a problem for the citizens of California which is not being addressed by the marketplace?” King said. “And is that problem to such a degree that the citizens need an additional tax placed on them? We would argue the marketplace is addressing the needs of the citizens.” Other bills to expand electronic recycling include AB 48, which would lengthen the list of products banned for sale in California. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A $6 recycling fee would be tacked onto the price of personal computers as part of a lawmaker’s effort to boost the state’s underused e-waste program. The state established an electronic-waste recycling program in 2003, but left PCs off the list of consumer products that carry a $6 to $10 fee to pay for their eventual disposal. Assembly Bill 1535 by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, would add PCs to the list of products that carry the fee. The money is used as an incentive for local governments, nonprofits and private recyclers to collect e-waste, which is considered hazardous and unfit for disposal in ordinary landfills. “We have learned since the passage of California’s e-waste law that in addition to monitors, the computer CPU itself is toxic,” Huffman said. “It is currently illegal to dump them, yet thousands and thousands of them are going to the landfill each year.” last_img read more

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Pressure back on as Real and Zidane reunite with Juventus

first_img0Shares0000The future of Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid’s coach hinges on the team reaching the last four of the Champions League © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Apr 2 – Zinedine Zidane said last week he wants to stay at Real Madrid but how welcome his wishes are will depend on the team’s Champions League tie against Juventus.Real face Zidane’s former club in the first leg of the quarter-final on Tuesday, knowing their season, and perhaps the Frenchman’s future as coach, hinges on reaching the last four. It was the same in the previous round against Paris Saint-Germain. Real’s limp La Liga title defence, combined with their early exit from the Copa del Rey, means they now have only one shot at winning a major trophy this term.The mood in Madrid, however, is upbeat. Real have won 10 out of their last 11 matches, a run that has seen them brush aside PSG and move to within four points of second-placed Atletico Madrid in the league. They have scored 36 goals in that period, at an average of just over three a game.“The match comes at a good time for us,” Real forward Lucas Vazquez said. “We have been doing things well for the last few months, playing better, more goals, it’s a good moment and now we have to try to take advantage of it in this tie.”Zidane therefore declared his intentions on Friday from a position of strength but lose to Juventus and his pledge might look more like a plea.Despite winning back-to-back Champions Leagues and the La Liga title last year, he is still not immune to the weight of Real’s expectation.Zidane will be returning to Turin for the first time as a manager, his last outing as a player there coming in March 2005 when Real were beaten 2-0 by the Old Lady in the Champions League last 16.David Trezeguet’s goal and an extra-time winner from Marcelo Zalayeta sealed victory for Juve, then managed by Fabio Capello, against a Real side that included David Beckham, Ronaldo and Thomas Gravesen.Thirteen years on, Gianluigi Buffon is the only player likely to make a repeat appearance this week but the two current teams need no introduction, their latest meeting coming in the competition’s final last year.That 4-1 victory remains the high-point of Zidane’s Real tenure, not only because it earned him an unprecedented second consecutive Champions League crown but because of the sheer ruthlessness of the performance.– Serie A ‘priority’ –If Zidane uses the win in Cardiff as a reference point, it may be to the advantage of Isco, who was excellent there, having been picked ahead of Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio.The same trio are now competing for the same spot on Tuesday, with an added competitor in Vazquez.Isco trained on Sunday after missing Saturday’s win over Las Palmas with a back problem and he may still be flying high from his hat-trick for Spain against Argentina last week.Bale, meanwhile, played 90 minutes against Las Palmas, perhaps an ominous indicator for his prospects against Juve, but he could hardly have done more to state his case, after scoring twice in the 3-0 win.“It’s another game, another competition, we know we have to go to Juve with ambition and we have to go there to score,” Zidane said.For Juventus, who edged past Tottenham in the round of 16, it is an opportunity to avenge last year’s loss and sustain hopes of an historic treble.They have won both Serie A and the Coppa Italia for the past three consecutive seasons, but each time fell short of adding the Champions League, twice losing in the final.“We have the ambition to beat one of the best teams in the world, Real Madrid,” coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “It will be a great game, but our priority remains Serie A. We will fight against Real Madrid with realism and ambition.”Juan Cuadrado and Giorgio Chiellini both returned from injury against AC Milan on Saturday while Allegri also hopes to have Federico Bernardeschi and Alex Sandro available again.Real defender Nacho is a doubt after he pulled his hamstring against Las Palmas but Sergio Ramos trained on Sunday after overcoming a knock.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Chelsea stuck with Radamel Falcao as Monaco refuse to cut short loan deal

first_imgMonaco have snubbed the chance to bring Radamel Falcao back from his loan at Chelsea.The striker has endured a miserable time at Stamford Bridge this season, scoring just once in 11 appearances.The Colombian has also been plagued by injury and he recently returned to Monaco to have his fitness assessed.Following that, the Ligue 1 club have now decided to reject the chance to bring Falcao back and he will remain at Chelsea until the summer.“Falcao is currently injured,” Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told the club website.“He has six to eight weeks to go like that. We have decided not to take him back to Monaco for the moment.” 1 Radamel Falcao last_img read more

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VOICE STAR SHANE LEFT DAZED AFTER SURFING ACCIDENT IN DUNFANAGHY

first_imgVoice of Ireland finalist Shane McLaughlin was left dazed and confused after a surfing trip with judge Kian Egan went dramatically wrong today.Shane comes back to himself after surfing accidentThe former Westlife star joined Downings man Shane on Marble Hill beach near Dunfanaghy to shoot a television clip for this Sunday’s series finale.But Shane, 28, had to come out of the water after being struck in the side of the head by his own surfboard. Shane told Donegal Daily “The board just came back around and hit me in the side of the head.“I thought I had been split but I couldn’t find any blood.“I was dazed and confused. It took me about five minutes to come back around to myself. I didn’t feel well at all.“I wasn’t actually knocked out but I went under the water for a long time. I was worried for a while and I had to come out of the water,” he said. Shane hadn’t surfed since last November and had been a little rusty in the water.Two of his brothers, Letterkenny-based priest Fr Eamonn McLaughlin and another brother Desmond, looked on anxiously as he came out of the water trying to catch his breath.Kin and Shane head out to catch some waves at Marble HillShane didn’t need medical attention but wasn’t able to get back into the eater to surf.Kian, a veteran surfer, managed to ride a number of waves before coming in.The Sligo singer said he genuinely believes that Shane is the dark horse in the final and could go all the way. “Shane has got stronger and stronger in the competition and if he can repeat his performance from last week then he is in with a real chance and could go all the way.“I’m delighted that I have Shane and Kelly left but any of the finalists could win it because there’s a lot of talent there,” he said.Shane said he is delighted how his campaign has gone and making it to the final.“Things are really shaping up for me now and I feel like I am just about to peak now. “People know that I am only reaching my best now and I’m planning to give it all this Sunday.“But I need the votes and I would ask people to get texting during the show,” he said.Shane was soon back to himself after his close shave on the waves and even invited Kian back to his house to meet his mum and dad and the rest of the McLaughlin family.The Brothers McLaughlin – Fr Eamonn, Shane and Desmond McLaughlin pictured at Marble Hill todayKian and Shane on the wavesVOICE STAR SHANE LEFT DAZED AFTER SURFING ACCIDENT IN DUNFANAGHY was last modified: April 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DunfanaghyKian EganMarble Hillshane mclaughlinVoice of Irelandlast_img read more

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DEAL CLOSE! Watford nearing deal for Sunderland centre-back Younes Kaboul

first_img Younes Kaboul is reportedly nearing a move to Watford 1 Watford are close to completing a deal for Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul.The Hornets almost signed the centre-back last summer when he left Tottenham following six years in north London.Sunderland ended up landing the Frenchman though, but now he could finally be set for a move to Vicarage Road.Indeed, according to L’Equipe, Walter Mazzarri’s side are on the cusp of signing Kaboul after holding talks with him for over a week.The 30-year-old is ready to sign a three year-deal with Watford and negotiations over a transfer fee are underway.Kaboul still has three years to run on his current contract at Sunderland and the club are hoping to bank around £4million from his sale.last_img read more

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BUNCRANA MURDER: FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE DEVASTATED, SAYS VICTIM’S PRIEST

first_imgTHE PARISH priest of the area where murder victim Andy Allen lived said today that the family and community in Derry are horrified by the killingFather Michael Canny said no cause could justify the “senseless” taking of life.“What has happened has brought devastation to family and friends,” said the well-respected Derry priest. “Here we find people who are judge, jurors and executioners, there’s no room for this in a civilised society.“If anybody has any information about this murder they need to contact either the PSNI or Garda immediately. ”SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said he knows the Allen family well and hit out at the killers.“One can only imagine what his mother and father are going through,” he said. “There are no excuses for this most violent act. Shame on those who carried out this deed. Our community has suffered enough.“Nothing will be achieved by this action last night.“We need to have a community response to these attacks,” he said.Mr Allen, who had two children, was fatally wounded in an attack at 9.20pm on Thursday. He died at the scene an hour later. BUNCRANA MURDER: FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE DEVASTATED, SAYS VICTIM’S PRIEST was last modified: February 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncrana murderfather michael cannylast_img read more

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