Bowen scores exciting win on Barbican boxing card

first_imgJamaican light-heavyweight boxer Jermaine Bowen stole the spotlight last Saturday night when he scored an exciting unanimous points victory over Sheldon Lawrence from Trinidad and Tobago, at the Barbican Beach Sports Complex on East Kings House Road, in a six-round contest. Judges Ransford Burton and Clifford Brown both scored it 59-55 and 59-55, while judge Lindell Allen had it 58-56. This was the highlight of a seven-fight Pro-Am card, which also featured four bouts between boxers from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. This ended with two victories each by the two countries. In the other fight on the card, Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings scored a 2 minute 47 seconds fourth-round knockout victory over Courtney McCleave from the USA in what was definitely a mismatch. The was shared between the Jamaica Boxing Board, who where responsible for the amateur portion of he card, and two new boxing promoters, I-Fight Promotions and Creative Sports and Entertainment, who had one pro-fight each. It was the start of a new experiment designed to ensure that there are more boxing events over the next 12 months. The cost of putting on regular boxing cards is said to be the main deterrent, so the promoters shared the costs with the board. Sponsors who also assisted were Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, Locker Room Sports and Stoneleigh Coffee. Bowen, who went into the bout with a 1-3 record, was seen as the underdog because his opponent had a 6-0 record, with five knockouts. After a brief feeling-out process, Lawrence, who is a south-paw, made it clear that his aim was to knock out his opponent with body shots. He therefore kept the action at close range, and the Jamaican had to use a tight defence to weather the early storm. Battle of wits In the second round, Lawrence tried to resume where he had left off, but Bowen kept on the outside this time, and used his jabs to good advantage. It then turned out to be a battle of wits, and Bowen’s jab eventually turned out to be the superior weapon. He cut Lawrence over the left eye in the fifth round and referee Owen Nelson asked Dr AndrÈ McDonald to take a look at it. He allowed the fight to continue. Both men were winded at this stage and into the final round, and Bowen came away with a hard-earned but decisive victory. Mullings, at 18 wins and two losses, went against an opponent with one win and three losses and toyed with him all the way. McCleave, who does not have much boxing skills, was knocked down in the third and then knocked out in the fourth with a flurry of body shots. The amateur bouts were well contested. Two Jamaicans met in the first, and Collel Hogg ended his bout with Samuel Grant in the third round by technical knockout. There was a female bout between two boxers who are new to the sport, where Chambria Dolhouse from Cayman won on points over Keron Thomas. Young Daniel Hylton, who is a very talented boxer, won on points over Alexander Smith from Cayman in a junior light welterweight contest, Jamaica’s Ricardo Carter outclassed Cayman’s Eduardo Montalvo in a lightweight contest, and in the final bout, Cayman’s Dariel Ebanks outpointed Jamaica’s Alando Lewis in a light heavyweight contest.last_img read more

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Rural netball champs advance to semis

first_imgDefending rural junior champions Denbigh High and senior queens Holmwood Technical advanced to the semi-finals of the ISSA schoolgirls netball competition after contrasting wins at Manchester High School on Wednesday.Denbigh eased past Montego Bay High 32-8, while Holmwood clipped Glenmuir High by one goal, winning 38-37.Holmwood, the most dominant schoolgirl netball team locally in the past 10 years, were pushed to the limit by a relentless Glenmuir, but as usual the Christiana-based defending champions showed grit and determination to pull through in the end.At the end of the first quarter, Holmwood led 10-9, and at half-time, it was still a one-point lead, 19-18 for the champions. However, it was Glenmuir who controlled the third quarter to lead 29-26 after the third stanza. They were unable to maintain their lead and Holmwood prevailed at the final whistle.Long-time head coach of Holmwood Carlene Graham Powell was happy that her team survived and stated that illness affected her girls.”Three of my top players were suffering from the flu, and and this was the reason why the score was so close because all season, the team has been scoring high numbers and it was the will power of the girls that got them through but come semi-finals next week, we will be in much better condition as the girls should get better by then,” said Graham Powell. Holmwood will meet Manchester High in one semi-final, while last year’s beaten finalists, Denbigh, who had a big 52-10 win over Herbert Morrison will go up against Knox College in the other. Knox defeated Anchovy 31-27 in a close encounter.There were no problems for Denbigh in their junior match as they got by their opponents quite easily. In the semi-finals, they will battle St Thomas Technical, who got the better of Bishop Gibson 24-18. In the other semi-final, Holmwood meet Manchester High.The semi-finals will be played at G.C. Foster College next Tuesday, with the first match set to begin at 10 a.m.last_img read more

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Man City stay close with 3-0 win

first_imgHULL, England (AP):Manchester City wore down last-place Hull yesterday to win 3-0 in the English Premier League, thanks to late goals by Yaya Toure and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho as well as an own-goal.Toure converted a penalty kick in the 72nd minute after Raheem Sterling was tripped by Andrew Robertson as the England winger drove into the area.Up until that point, City lacked inspiration going forward as Hull defended valiantly and in numbers, but more spaces opened up to allow the visitors a second goal.Kevin De Bruyne laid in David Silva, whose pinpoint cross was tapped home by Iheanacho at the far post in the 78th. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Sterling weaved his way into the area and sent in a cross that was deflected into his own net by Curtis DaviesA third straight win continued City’s recovery after a sticky period of results for coach Pep Guardiola, lifting the team into second place ahead of Liverpool. Liverpool play their game in hand against Stoke today.City are seven points behind Chelsea after 18 rounds of the 38-game season.Toure has scored all 10 of his penalties for City and has three goals since returning to the team after being ostracised by Guardiola early in the season.The former CÙte d’Ivoire midfielder could have a key part to play in City’s title challenge this season now that fellow midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with damaged knee ligaments.Hull will rue Robertson’s moment of madness in bringing down Sterling as the bottom side was looking compact in defence and giving up few chances. Only De Bruyne, with a low shot against the post, had come close to breaking the deadlock before Toure’s penalty.Manchester United beat Sunderland 3-1 at home, while Arsenal scored a late 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Champions Leicester were on the receiving end of a 2-0 defeat at home by Everton, with West Ham slamming Swansea 4-1 in front of their own fans. Watford and Crystal Palace drew 1-1, and Burnley edged Middlesbrough 1-0.last_img read more

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Warner calls for sacking of TTFA boss

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Disgraced former CONCACAF president Jack Warner says nothing short of the axing of FA chief David John-Williams can atone for the embarrassment of Tom Saintfiet’s resignation after just five weeks as national head coach.”The person who should be fired is David John-Williams,” the usually outspoken Warner told the News day newspaper here.”They should fire him now. The guy has poor judgement; he doesn’t understand football. He believes football is, of course, like NescafÈ – quick fix. He doesn’t know that in football, there is no quick fix.”There is instant coffee, there is instant chocolate, there is no instant in football.”Saintfiet lasted just four games in charge of Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s team, winning just one and losing three before calling it quits last Tuesday.NO SUPPORTIn a statement, the 43-year-old Belgian said he had received no support from the local FA and had his appointment “double-guessed” by John-Williams from the first day.Saintfiet replaced the popular Stephen Hart, who was sacked last November, but the TTFA now find themselves hunting for yet another coach, two months before their next CONCACAF final- round qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Warner, who served as a long-time special advisor to the TTFA, also questioned whether Saintfiet really resigned or if he was pushed.”I feel like he and Williams came to some agreement whereby he would resign and save Williams the embarrassment,” said Warner, a former powerful vice-president of football’s world governing body, FIFA.”But the fact is he was fired … and they are dressing it up as if it was a resignation.”Saintfiet had been tasked with reviving T&T fortunes in World Cup qualifying, after they lost their opening games to Costa Rica and Honduras last November.last_img read more

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Calabar get pre-Champs boost from FLOW

first_img “Embrace the ‘journey’ as you prepare”, Miller told the students. “The desired end result can only come at the end of a hard journey, and beyond this, the lessons you learn as you prepare are in fact lessons for life.” FLOW also recently launched a consumer promotion titled ‘Winnings a Run’ which features newly signed FLOW Brand Ambassador, Elaine Thompson, double Olympic Champion and offers customers cash and prizes as they celebrate the 2017 athletics season. FLOW will line up for the ninth time as a major sponsor of the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships when the meet begins on the 28th of March at the National Stadium. LESSONS FOR LIFE Reigning ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys Championship winners Calabar High School received a pre-Champs boost from telecommunications firm FLOW, as they prepare for the ultimate high school athletics showdown-the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championship, later this month. The team, this week, accepted a donation of $100,000 along with a rehydration kit, to bolster their efforts as they train to defend their title. FLOW was also joined by former Calabar athletes and Olympians Warren Weir and Federick Dacres for the visit which took place on Wednesday, March 8. Weir represented Calabar as a hurdler, while Dacres represented in the throwing events for the school located on Red Hills Road. Both spent time dispensing words of advice and encouragement during the visit to their alma mater. Weir expressed delight at the newly installed track at the school. “During my time, we were here on the grass and so I am excited at the effect that this improved facility will have on the performance of the students in the future,” said Weir. Similarly, Dacres also expressed high hopes for the performance of this years’ team. Stephen Miller, Sponsorship Manager at FLOW shared that the initiative was a continuation of the company’s annual pre- Champs tradition dubbed: Journey to Champs. Through the programme, FLOW will be making visits to the home bases of last year’s top participants and have partnered with several senior athletes to host motivational sessions at each stop of the tour.last_img read more

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Akash in 2000 Guineas after scratch scare

first_img “I don’t know who contacted Mr Richards next. He called me in one temper, saying that I am trying to scratch his horse to allow Mr Nunes’ horse in. “I explained to Mr Richards that I can’t scratch the horse. I saw the horse moving funny and passed the information to Dr Bartlett, who has the final say in the matter. Dr Bartlett saw the horse and said the horse is moving fine, so the horse is still in the race.” Dr Wright went on to outline the status of Nunes’ two horses, who both cantered Thursday morning before being examined. “ICTUS is moving stiff, so he is out of the race, DONTAE is dead lame, cannot walk, so he is out,” he said. Bartlett, however, said the report on the three horses represented a recommendation that they should be scratched, which he confirmed with Wright. “He said he didn’t like how AKASH was moving. I asked him if the horse should be taken out and he said yes, so I passed that information to the stewards, along with the others,” Bartlett pointed out, explaining how AKASH was initially scratched. “Some time after I heard a commotion outside my office and it was Mr Richards. I told him to bring the horse to me. I had the horse trot, an, in my opinion, the horse was sound enough, so I reversed his decision,” said Bartlett, adding that he did not see Nunes’ horses because there was no protest on that trainer’s part. ATTEMPT TO SCRATCH HORSE Owner Louis Richards is hopping mad that his horse, AKASH, was almost scratched from today’s 2000 Guineas at Caymanas Park on the recommendation of veterinarian Dr Jason Wright, a decision overturned by Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, the Jamaica Racing Commission’s veterinary consultant. Bartlett yesterday told The Gleaner that Wright, whose services were procured by promoter Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) to check horses participating in the weekend feature races, had recommended on Thursday morning that three horses be scratched from the 2000 Guineas – AKASH and Anthony Nunes’ pair of ICTUS and DONTAE. Nunes, who had another runner, BALAZO, two rungs down on the also-eligible waiting list, accepted his sudden turn of fate, which resulted in that horse making the cut. Richards, however, took matters into his own hands and insisted that nothing was wrong with AKASH – resulting in his reinstatement by Dr Bartlett. “I carried the horse to Dr Bartlett myself and he didn’t have to lay a hand on the horse to see that he was okay. All he told me was that my horse was going to run,” said Richards, who also trains the chestnut colt. “From he was a two-year-old, that horse has never had any form of lameness and I really had to carry on bad, really bad,” he added. Wright, in response, said he found that AKASH was moving “rather stiff on his front right foot”. “He had no back swing. I made a note that the horse was moving funny. I have no power to scratch any horse. Any findings I find, I was asked to turn them over to Dr Bartlett. “Later in the morning Dr Bartlett called me and asked about my findings. I reported to him three horses – AKASH, DONTAE and ICTUS. I said to him, ‘ICTUS and AKASH were moving sore, but it might be that they had just been taken out, they were not allowed to warm up or anything,'” he pointed out.last_img read more

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4x100m Penn Relays record by Edwin Allen?

first_imgWhat do you get when you add the fastest Class Three sprinter of all time to a terrific Class One 4×100 metres team?With Edwin Allen High School coach Michael Dyke doing the mathematics, the result could be a new record for the Penn Relays 4×100 metres. Word from the inside is that new Class Three 200m record holder Kevona Davis will join Dyke’s undefeated Class One unit when Edwin Allen lines up at the Penn Relays on April 27.Kashieka Cameron, Patrice Moody and Shellece Clarke have handled the first three legs all season, with team captain Khamoy Farquharson on anchor for two early-season wins. Long jumper and sprinter Tania Campbell took over when Farquharson suffered an injury and closed wins at the Gibson McCook Relays, Boys and Girl Championships’ and the UTech Classic. With Campbell on anchor, these Frankfield flyers have the fastest high school times of the year, 44.56 at Gibson McCook and 44.50 at Champs.Davis could take over the anchor leg at Penn since Carifta Under-20 Trials winner Cameron, 2016 Girls’ Champs 100 winner Moody and Clarke, a 100m champion in Classes Two, Three and Four, are settled in their established roles.Davis brings times of 11.43 seconds for the 100 and 23.07 seconds for the 200 – the new Champs Class Three record – to the task. Together, the Cameron-Moody-Clarke-Davis line-up has more than enough speed to reach the 2004 Vere Technical High School record of 44.32 seconds.GOOD WEATHERIf the tall 15-year-old Davis acquits herself well and if the weather is as good as it was when Vere set the existing mark, the record is within reach. According to www.bbc.com/weather, the conditions’ could favour fast running. On Thursday, when the girls competition begins at Penn, the prediction is for sun with a high temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. On Friday, when the finals are run, the forecast is for a high of 26 degrees Celsius and partly cloudy skies.There are other teams in the hunt. Holmwood Technical and Hydel High became the second and third teams to break 45 flat in Class Two at Champs and both schools could bolster their line-up.last_img read more

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Pacquiao picks Mayweather over McGregor

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThis time, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be on the same side.Pacquiao will be rooting for Mayweather in an eccentric super fight against Conor McGregor on August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a boxing fight so I’m going with the boxer,” Pacquiao said in Filipino on Wednesday after his team Kia lost to Phoenix in the opener of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Mayweather, 40, is shaking off the cobwebs after retiring two years ago.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’The former pound-for-pound king shoots for win No. 50 while staking his undefeated record against one of UFC’s top stars and arguably, the biggest draw in MMA.Mayweather and McGregor just wrapped up their circus-like world press tour that had stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and London with both fighters engaging in explicit trash-talking and drama made for WWE. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments 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 IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation The 12-round bout is set to give the Mayweather-Pacquiao event two years ago a run for its money as the richest fight in combat sports history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Korea spoils Gilas bid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

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Maria Sharapova claims in memoir Serena Williams had nasty words against her

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Russian tennis pro Maria Sharapova’s memoir “Unstoppable: My Life So Far” gives an inside look on her personal life and career.Image: Twitter/@mariasharapovaBefore the book’s release, the 30-year-old athlete shared excerpts with People magazine. One of the highlights is her relationship with top-ranking player Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENT However, in the locker room she heard “guttural sobs.”“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon,” wrote Sharapova. “But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. Not long after the tournament, I heard that she told a friend—who then told me—‘I will never lose to that little b…. again.’”She blames that moment for her dismal record against Williams, which is two wins in their 19 matches.Sharapova also opens up about testing positive for the banned substance mildronate at the Australian Open in 2016, earning her a suspension. The Russian said she needed it for health reasons and that “in Russia, millions take it, even my grandmother!”ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings In this March 7, 2016, file photo, tennis star Maria Sharapova speaks about her failed drug test at the Australia Open during a news conference in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Following the controversy, Williams said she “showed a lot of courage” for being honest about the drug test.In one of the excerpts, she cites that the media called her “a cheater and a liar” and that she was “overjoyed” when her suspension was reduced from two years to 15 months. She wrote, “Before I was thinking only about how I would make my exit. Now I think only about playing.”  Niña V. Guno  /raRELATED STORIES:Drug in Sharapova doping case used by Soviet troops in 1980sTennis: Sharapova back in business, like it or notSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and resting Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano She and the American went head to head in 2004 when at 17, Sharapova defeated Williams in Wimbledon.At the time, Williams was still recovering from a left-knee injury she had endured since 2003.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’In her autobiography, the five-time Grand Slam winner shared that both of them “should be friends…but we are not.”She states that after the finals, Williams hugged her and said “good job.” Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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PH absorbs first loss in men’s water polo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Molina hopes for positive end to PH’s AVC stint ahead of SEA Games View comments MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Alamara Mumar tried to knot the score anew for the Philippines, but his goal wasn’t counted.The Filipinos defeated Thailand, 9-7, last Tuesday to get the ball rolling for the PH delegation.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’They need to beat Singapore on Thursday at 11 a.m. to keep their gold medal hopes alive. Celest Flores-Colina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.After a blazing start in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines yielded to host Malaysia 7-8, in day 2 of the men’s water polo Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos turned a 1-4 deficit into a tied game at 7 in the fourth period on goal by skipper Roy Canete Jr., but the Malaysians got the last laugh as Tan Xi Yun scored the go-ahead with a little under two minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

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