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Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot

first_imgWillie Monroe Jr. of the US is checked by the referee after being knocked down in the first round by Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan during their Middleweight World Championship bout at the Forum Arena in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 2015. Golovkin won the fight by knocking out Monroe Jr. in the sixth round. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONGennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s eagerly-anticipated bout will be watched by a global television audience, but it is not the only world middleweight title fight on Saturday.Billy Joe Saunders’ second defense of his World Boxing Organization belt against Willie Monroe Jr. in London will not attract the same attention or glamour but is nevertheless significant since the winner is likely to face the victor of Golovkin-Alvarez clash, which takes place a few hours later in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren is confident his boxer will face the winner of Golovkin-Alvarez should he beat Monroe Jr.“If Bill comes through he will fight the winner of Canelo-Golovkin,” said Warren. “It’s all in his hands now. He knows what he gets out of this fight if he wins and I believe he will deliver.”– ‘Shot at redemption’ –Monroe, 30, is boxing for the first time in a year and has registered two points-wins since being stopped in six rounds by knockout specialist Golovkin.“He took a beating before and if he quit before when there were three belts on the line, he will certainly quit when there’s one belt on the line,” said Saunders.Monroe, from New York, refused to be drawn into trash talk but is hoping Golovkin beats Alvarez so he can have a re-match.“It’s a shot at redemption,” said Monroe. “I think Canelo is just going to win but I want Triple G (Golovkin) to win so I can get him back.“If you look at my fight with Golovkin and his fight against Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs, he doesn’t deal with fast fighters.“I’ve had a 12 week camp for Billy Joe, but I only got six weeks’ notice for Golovkin. I never had big backers and money guys in my corner to make things happen, so when a shot like that comes up you take it.”He added: “Billy Joe has had a great promoter like Frank Warren in his corner. All the fights have been in his own backyard. “He hasn’t had to go into a lion’s den with all these screaming fans against him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Great Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders (L) is declared winner after defeating Turkey’s Adem Kilicci during their 2008 Olympic Games Welterweight (69 kg) boxing bout on August 10, 2008 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON“You can say lack of motivation but when you’re in touching distance of something great, that alone gives me motivation,” Saunders told reporters on a conference call from his training base in Fuerteventura, one of the Spanish Canary Islands.“The way the Ingles go about their business is second to none. My fitness is on a different level. I’m fit enough now to fight 15 rounds, every minute of every round. That alone boosts my confidence by leaps and bounds.“I know what is around the corner, I want to test myself against one of the greats. Willie had his chance (against Golovkin in May, 2015). I want to beat Willie Monroe in a better way than Golovkin did.”Golovkin, 35, and Alvarez, 27, are recognised as the best middleweights in the division and Saunders thinks the champion will prevail this weekend.“I think it will be a very close fight but Canelo looks like he has overdone it in training, he looked fatigued in training and he’s overdone it,’ said Saunders, from Hertfordshire, northwest of London.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lyceum averts disaster, escapes Arellano to stay unbeaten End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Winning start LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Golovkin, from Kazakhstan but based in California, defends the other three versions of the world title (World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation) against Mexico’s Alvarez in a clash between boxing’s biggest stars now that Floyd Mayweather Jr has gone back into retirement.For Saunders, there can be no more excuses about motivation after an inactive and frustrating reign as champion. The 28-year-old English boxer won the WBO belt from Ireland’s Andy Lee in December 2015 but due to injuries and postponements has only fought once since, an unimpressive points win over Artur Akavov at a leisure centre in Scotland in December.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut Saunders (24 wins, 0 defeats, 12 KOs) feels rejuvenated and credits new trainer Dominic Ingle with improving his conditioning ahead of facing American Monroe (21 wins, 2 defeats, 6 KOs).‘Confidence boost’last_img read more

El Monte man sought following fatal crash

first_imgThe Honda was later found nearby at Brookside Mobile Home Park, where all of the suspects and victims lived. Witnesses told police that someone pushed the Honda from the accident scene into the mobile home park. Three people in the Ford F-150 were treated at the scene of the collision for minor injuries, Batres said. Residents of the mobile home park were stunned Tuesday. “It’s so sad that this happened,” neighborhood resident Lorraine Marquez said. The deaths marked the second time in 36 hours that an illegal street race resulted in tragedy. In Pico Rivera on Sunday, Brian Ramirez, 18, of Los Angeles was killed in a high-speed race on Rosemead Boulevard on Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The crash happened about 5:40p.m. Monday on Parkway Drive at Elliott Avenue near a four-way stop. Police believe that Canizalez and Morones were in a high-speed race on Parkway Drive, which has a speed limit of 25 mph. Traffic investigators have not yet determined how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of the crash. Canizalez, behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang, is suspected of colliding with Groce’s Nissan Altima, El Monte police Detective Ralph Batres said. The force of the crash rammed the Nissan into a stopped Ford F-150 pickup truck with several people inside, he said. The Nissan burst into flames. Los Angeles County Department of Coroner officials said Tuesday they did not yet know whether the three died as a result of the crash or the fire. About the same time, police suspect Morones crashed his Honda Accord into a parked car and fled on foot, Batres said. • Photo Gallery: Mother, two kids died in burning car • Photo Gallery: Tragedy in El Monte• Video: Tragedy in El Monte Authorities searched Tuesday for an El Monte man in connection with a street race that ended in a fiery crash, killing a mother and her two children. Martin Morones, 21, is wanted for vehicular manslaughter and three counts of murder resulting from the wreck Monday evening that killed 41-year-old Dora Groce, her son Robert, 8, and daughter Catherine, 4, police said. A second man, Robert Canizalez, 19, of El Monte was arrested at the scene on suspicion of three counts of murder. His bail is set at $3 million. last_img read more

Garda says man used hacksaw on patrol car to cause a ‘blow-out’

first_imgA Garda says he believes a man used a hacksaw on the tyre of hispatrol car so he would suffer a blow-out while he was driving it.The Garda told Letterkenny District Court that he found the hacksaw under the car when he called to a domestic dispute. A cut had been made on the tyre at an angle so as it would latersuffer a ‘blow-out’, the Garda claimed.The Garda then found the man crouched down behind the car and went toapproach him but the man resisted.He then told the Garda that he knew his wife and children and that hewould “get them.”He named the Garda’s wife and said she was a “lovely woman.”The Garda went to arrest the man but he resisted and spat in theGarda’s face before he had to be brought under control by Gardai usingpepper spray.The evidence was given as part of a bail application made on behalf ofthe man who was charged with obstruction and causing criminal damageon May 8th last.The accused man said he was a vegan who couldn’t even “kill a spider.”He said he made the claims while he was under the influence of drinkand prescribed medication.He told the court “I have seen his wife numerous times and she hashelped me. I have great time for her. I don’t know why he thinks Iwant to do her harm. All I said she was a lovely woman. I canunderstand that he feels threatened but I’m not that kind fo person.”Garda Inspector Barry Doyle told the court that the Garda had been putunder severe personal pressure as a result of the threats to his wifeand children.The court was also told that members of the medical profession hasdeclined to co-operate with the case as they feared possible reprisalsfrom the accused man.Judge Paul Kelly said he was refusing bail as he feared the actions ofthe man when he took drink and or drugs as he appeared to become “adifferent man.”The matter was referred to the Director of Public Prosections for adirection in the case.Garda says man used hacksaw on patrol car to cause a ‘blow-out’ was last modified: May 16th, 2017 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:blow-outcardonegalGardalast_img read more


first_imgTHE man injured in a freak accident in Downings last weekend has been released from hospitalPatrick McGeever from Carrigart was unloading a crabbing boat when the incident occurred during high winds on St Stephen’s Day.The truck door which the injured him blew of its hinges and struck Mr McGeever. It threw him more than 40 feet down onto the deck of the boat which was being unloaded leaving him unconscious.Mr McGeever was taken manually form the boat to the local GAA pitch where he was then transferred by helicopter to Letterkenny General Hospital.After being treated for his injuries, he has been allowed to return home to recuperate.  DOWNINGS PIER FALL MAN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL was last modified: December 29th, 2011 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:Downingsfalllast_img read more

Men’s Basketball Stays In First Place With A 61-58 Victory Over Missouri State

first_imgThe Bears scored a quick two points out of the timeout before once again fouling Timmer, who buried two more free throws to finish the day 8-of-8 at the free-throw line. On a last-chance effort, Missouri State’s Rhodes hit a 3-pointer to pull the Bears within two points at 60-58. After missing a pair of free throws, Drake got a stop at the other end of the court before McGlynn made his final free throw to secure the Bulldogs’ victory.  Box Score (HTML) The Bulldogs were led by senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) who had a game-high 24 points on  7-of-18 shooting. Eighteen of Timmer’s points came in the second half as he willed the Bulldogs to another hard-fought win on their home court in front of their biggest home crowd of the season. Next Game: Missouri State (15-6, 5-3 MVC), the preseason favorite in the MVC, was led by senior Jarrid Rhodes and junior Jarred Dixon who both scored 15 points. The Bulldogs’ defense held Missouri State’s leading scorer and the preseason MVC scorer of the year Alize Johnson to just two points and an 0-of-9 shooting performance. Johnson recorded a game-high 11 rebounds. After opening the second half outscoring the Bears 12-5, Drake took its first lead of the game since the opening minutes with a 35-33 lead. Missouri State erased the Bulldogs’ lead with a 10-2 run. A layup by Timmer broke the Bears run before Drake forced four back-to-back empty possessions for Missouri State to take back the lead, 44-43, on a pair of free throws by senior Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa). Schlatter scored four points but held keep possessions alive with five of the Bulldogs’ 11 offensive rebounds. “I’ve never been one to shy away from that,” McGlynn said. “It’s a team defense effort tonight but it came down to him and I and I had to make a play.” “To win this game is huge, but the way we won it was huge for our guys and hopefully it’s a huge step forward,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. Photo Gallery Senior Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) just missed his first career double-double with nine points and eight rebounds while fellow senior De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) added eight points and six rebounds. Junior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) recorded seven rebounds and tied his career-high with three blocks, the last one coming with 33 seconds left to help prevent an MSU comeback.  Full Schedule Roster Loyola 1/24/2018 – 7 p.m.center_img Story Links Drake (12-9, 6-2 MVC) remained undefeated at home this season (8-0) and moved into a half-game lead in the MVC standings ahead of Loyola. The Bulldogs host the Ramblers Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the Knapp Center for another meeting of Valley contenders. In a game that featured nine ties and four lead changes, Drake won the rebound battle 43-40 over a taller Missouri State team. Both defenses kept the game in check as neither team shot above 36 percent. Drake shot 20-of-58 (34.5 percent) and held Missouri State to 24-of-67 (35.8 percent). The Bulldogs 23 first-half points were a season low and Drake converted on just three three-pointers. “It’s a special place when we can pack this place,” Timmer said of the crowd. “It’s an advantage for us on the court. The more people here the more energy we get from them.” “We knew their bigs were really talented and we knew we’d have to get into them,” Timmer said of the team’s defense on Johnson. “That’s all you can do as a defense, is work to frustrate their best player. Alize is one of the best players in the league and holding him to two points is a credit to C.J. [Rivers] and Ore.” Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom/The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Drake held a narrow 54-53 edge entering the final three minutes of the game and a Timmer layup for gave Drake a 56-53 lead with less than a minute to go. McGlynn’s third block of the day forced Missouri State to foul Timmer, who converted a pair of free throws for a 58-53 lead. Following Saturday’s win, the Bulldogs remain home to host another MVC title contender, Loyola. Tipoff against the Ramblers is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Knapp Center.Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – In a matchup of Missouri Valley Conference leaders the Drake University men’s basketball pulled past Missouri State, 61-58, Saturday afternoon in the Knapp Center. Box Score (PDF) last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil is urging residents and businesses across Letterkenny to make their voices heard at a meeting opposing the abolition of Letterkenny Town Council.Cllr Ciaran BroganThe cross-party meeting, arranged by public representatives from all sides, takes place at Public Service Centre in Letterkenny at 7pm on Tuesday, 05 November.Fianna Fáil Leader on Donegal County Council Ciarán Brogan said the loss of Letterkenny town council would be a major blow to Donegal. “Letterkenny is a role model town council. It has taken the lead in developing Letterkenny and making the town a more attractive place to live in and to work in, and a more attractive place for investors,” said Cllr Brogan.“Letterkenny was one of the first town councils in the country to hire a litter warden and to have its own town gardener. It has an excellent working relationship with Donegal County Council, resulting in significant investment in local amenities, such as Bernard McGlinchy park, Ballymacool park, Ballyboe park and Aura Leisure Centre. It works closely with sporting organisations and the community, operating 90 residents’ associations,” explained Cllr Brogan.“The town structure has served this community well and there is no doubt that Letterkenny would not be where it is if it wasn’t for the council working on behalf of the community. But now the Government now wants to bulldoze through this. It wants to abolish the system where local decisions are made by local people.“This Tuesday, Letterkenny has an opportunity to speak with one voice and demand that our town council is retained. We need to strengthen democracy in Donegal, not weaken it. We need greater community input into the decisions that are made on our behalf. Letterkenny is the only cross-border gateway in the country and it needs the strong leadership that the council provides. “The Environment Minister Phil Hogan, who is leading the charge on abolishing town councils, is in Donegal on Thursday and Friday of next week. So far he has refused the council’s request to meet him about this extremely retrograde step. I am appealing to the Minister to facilitate a meeting with a cross-party delegation from Letterkenny Town Council while he is here. The very least he could do is hear them out.”FIANNA FAIL URGE PUBLIC TO ATTEND MEETING TO SAVE LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL was last modified: November 1st, 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:Cllr Ciaran BroganLetterkenny Town Councillast_img read more

Modeling Solar Cells on Butterflies

first_imgSunlight is free – if we could just learn how to use it better.  For decades, engineers have been trying to improve the efficiency of solar cells.  Why not look at nature?  Science Daily reported on work going on in China and Japan: “The discovery that butterfly wings have scales that act as tiny solar collectors has led scientists in China and Japan to design a more efficient solar cell that could be used for powering homes, businesses, and other applications in the future.”    Artificial solar cells struggle to attain 10% efficiency.  The scientists are finding that butterfly wings not only collect light more efficiently, they are easier to work with.  The fabrication process is simpler and faster than other methods, and could be used to manufacture other commercially valuable devices, the researchers say.Don’t let Charlie take credit for these kinds of stories.  Biomimetics has intelligent-design science written all over it.    For a feast of biomimetic wonders, see “The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry” at  Many of these examples have been reported in our pages.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA youngsters doing better at school

first_img17 February 2012 More South African youngsters are completing grade 9 – from 80% in 2003 to 88% in 2010 – and more are successfully completing their grade 12, with over 24% now qualifying for university entrance, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Friday. South Africa has also doubled grade R enrolment from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 last year, with over 12-million learners now being accommodated in the country’s schooling system. “We have built a relatively stable schooling system that has extended the right to basic education … we are set to fulfil the Millennium Development Goals on expanding access to education,” Motshekga told a media briefing in Cape Town.New school buildings for the Eastern Cape She announced that contractors had been appointed for the construction of 49 schools in the Eastern Cape to replace mud structures which have been partly blamed for the high learner drop-out rate in the province. There are 126 mud schools in the Mount Frere area alone, with Motshekga saying it would take the country more than 20 years to address the backlog. This is despite policy improvements by government, including the implementation of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, which had overseen the construction of 1 648 classrooms and the provision of sanitation and electricity to more than 700 schools countrywide. To improve universal access to education, Motshekga said the department had made inroads in ensuring that free schooling and school meals reached as many poor schools as possible. Currently, over eight-million learners in more than 80% of public schools were benefiting from the no-fee policy, the majority in the Limpopo, Free State and Eastern Cape provinces.Provision of workbooks, textbooks The department had also made progress on the provision of learning and teaching support material. Over six-million workbooks and 24-million books in all South African languages were distributed to schools this year. Motshekga raised concerns about the high number of drop-outs in the country’s schools, which she attributed to poverty and poor academic performance. Poor teaching and school and ineffective school management were also to blame for the high drop-out rate. During his State of the Nation address last Thursday, President Jacob Zuma urged teacher unions to ensure that they worked with education officials in ensuring that teachers were well-prepared, calling for a focus on the so called Triple T – teachers, textbooks and time. “Processes are being finalised to evaluate principals and deputy principals, inaugurating a new era of performance agreements, accountability, sound school management and the accruing benefits of quality teaching and proper use of time,” Motshekga said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The most detailed look at the Midwest crop is coming this week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Whenever someone asks me about being on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, I always start by answering, ‘Don’t tell my wife, but that is one of the best weeks of the year’!Yes, being away from the family for a week is trying, but traveling with a group of people that are crazy enough to scout hundreds of corn and soybean fields across the Corn Belt makes the week fly by.After USDA’s crop estimates came out earlier this month, many farmers all over the country (and some analysts) didn’t believe the record numbers that were released. Some said if USDA would have gone a little further into the fields they would have had much different calculations.So, what is really out there in the corn and soybean fields of the Heartland? Will Illinois and Iowa have corn ears the size of baseball bats? Will there be so many pods on a soybean plant that we scouts may start hyperventilating trying to count so high a number?Nearly 40 teams of 4 will venture out into the great unknown. As we spider-web our way from Ohio west and from the Dakotas east, covering 80% of the corn and soybean regions of the U.S., we will dig a little deeper into the nearly harvest-ready corn fields and the soybean fields working on filling out those last few pods.If you have to see it to believe it when it comes to the 2016 crops, get ready to ride along with me as I share what I am seeing all week long on my 5th journey in a row on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour!You can follow my coverage at and on Facebook and Twitter with #PFTour16.last_img read more

Sadabhau Khot floats new party

first_imgFollowing his ouster from the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha, Maharashtra Minister Sadabhau Khot on Thursday formally launched his own party, Rayat Kranti Sanghatana, in Kolhapur district. “The objective is not to trample on the rights of the toilers of the earth but to fight for their uplift,” Mr. Khot said. He claimed the word rayat was chosen to resonate with the humble tiller of agricultural land.After months of acrimony, Mr. Khot was formally expelled from the Swabhimani Paksha in August this year for allegedly tarnishing the party’s image. While he was expected to formally join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr. Khot decided instead to float his own outfit. The same month, Mr. Shetti, an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, withdrew his support.Speaking at Kolhapur’s Shahu Sanskrutik Bhavan, Mr. Khot, who is the Minister for Agriculture and Marketing in the Devendra Fadnavis-led Cabinet, took potshots at his friend-turned-foe, Mr. Shetti.Mr. Khot said, “I am a worker in my party, not a leader who imposes his views… I will till the land, sow the seed, but the cultivated land will belong to the rayat [people].”He said, “Some people could not bear to see me as a Cabinet Minister. Hence, I was forced to exit the party [Swabhimani Paksha], but I do not want to mention names. Henceforth, my work will speak for myself.”In June, their relations hit rock bottom after Mr. Khot returned a sum of money that Mr. Shetti had once lent to help his family. Mr. Khot’s supporters alleged that Mr. Shetti had failed to give to give their leader ‘moral support’. “In my party, the well-being of the farmer is paramount. In six months, we hope to swell our ranks with 5,000 supporters from all the State’s 353 talukas,” Mr. Khot said. Mr. Khot’s decision to float his party marks yet another splinter in the farmers’ movement in recent times. The first major break occurred when Mr. Shetti broke off from the Shetkari Sanghatna, which was founded by the late agrarian activist, Sharad Joshi, who had mentored him. Mr. Shetti then founded the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna whose political wing, the Swabhimani Paksha, was formed in 2004.last_img read more

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