RelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland World football ruling body FIFA on Monday filed claims in a court in Switzerland seeking to recover two million Swiss francs (about £1.56 million) from former French football star Michel Platini. It said the money was paid inappropriately by ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter to Platini. “FIFA has today filed claims in the relevant Swiss courts against former FIFA President Joseph Blatter and former FIFA Vice-President Michel Platini, seeking restitution of the two million francs unduly paid to Platini back in February 2011,” FIFA said. It added it was “duty-bound to try to recover the funds illicitly paid by one former official to another”. Blatter and Platini, who could not immediately be reached for comments, have maintained they did nothing wrong. This has come amid what became part of the biggest corruption scandal to shake the world football body, resulting in numerous prosecutions and convictions in the US. Both men were banned from football in late 2015 over the payment made to the Frenchman by FIFA with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work he had done a decade earlier. Platini, the head of European football body UEFA from 2007 to 2015, was originally banned from all football-related activities for eight years. The Court of Arbitration for Sport later reduced the suspension to four years, with his ban ending this year. Blatter’s ban was reduced from eight years to six, a period later upheld by CAS. This was a decision which concluded that the now-83-year-old had “breached the FIFA Code of Ethics since the payment amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis”.Tags: FIFAMichel PlatiniSepp Blatter
Bookmakers have unanimously installed David Moyes the odds-on favourite to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager. Press Association “Nine out of every 10 bets we are taking are being placed on Moyes but we can’t be sure if this is a public reaction to the wall-to-wall media coverage which has put Moyes as a clear front runner or more informed money based on insider knowledge,” said Simon Clare of Coral. “These next manager markets can take on a rollercoaster-style life of their own, but if money talks than David Moyes is about to be given the biggest job in football.” Ladbrokes earlier installed Mourinho as their favourite at a price of 5/4, but they later joined their rivals in moving the Portuguese out to 4/1 as interest in Moyes increased. Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is regarded as the third favourite for most bookmakers, with Betfred offering odds of 12/1. Former United players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (20/1) and Laurent Blanc (33/1) are also attracting some outside interest. Coral playfully offer referee Howard Webb at odds of 1000/1 after he attracted Ferguson’s ire in last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea, while Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler (500/1, Bet Victor) and Kenny Dalglish (250/1, Sportingbet) are also available to those eager to throw their money away. United confirmed on Wednesday that Ferguson is to stand down at the end of the season, ending his trophy-laden 26-and-a-half-year reign at Old Trafford. Bets on Everton boss Moyes surged in the wake of Wednesday’s confirmation, the Scot coming in to 1/5 favourite with Coral from 7/4. Jose Mourinho had been neck-and-neck in the betting, but the rush on Moyes has seen the pendulum swing, the Real Madrid boss now at 4/1 with a number of bookies, including Bet365, Skybet and Victor Chandler.
Mr Cracker heads for the field for Friday’s thetote.com Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase at Down Royal. The Jessica Harrington-trained Bob Le Beau, a former Group-placed runner on the Flat, tries to make it second-time lucky over obstables in the Taste @downroyal Maiden Hurdle. Sweet My Lord was brought down on his most recent hurdles run at Kilbeggan but will try to claim compensation in the Gibson Hotel Hurdle. His trainer Willie Mullins has a strong hand on the card with Tasitiocht in the opening www.thetote.com Mares Hurdle and Well Read Man in the Mencap Flat Race. Michael Hourigan’s charge had the reopposing Uncle Tom Cobley behind in second at Listowel last time while Shot From The Hip could finish only seventh but tries his luck again. Moon Dice, the 2011 Galway Hurdle hero, goes for glory after winning one of his four starts over fences to date while Carlito Brigante represents Gordon Elliott. Press Association
Update on the latest sports July 2, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BASEBALL RETURNSMLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts nearUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. And one thing was clear: Despite rising numbers of positive tests and some players opting out, most players and executives are bullish about the season taking place in just a few weeks. In other baseball news:— An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The former major leaguer learned he had the virus on the third day he felt ill following a nasal test. Hottovy tested negative about two weeks ago and still gets winded easily. Hottovy isolated in a spare bedroom with a relentless fever, difficulty breathing, dehydration and an increased heart rate. It was particularly bad at night, making sleep just about impossible.— The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund.— Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he supports outfielder Ian Desmond’s decision to sit out the 2020 major league baseball season over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and other issues in society. Desmond’s will be replaced by veteran Matt Kemp. The slugger has agreed to a minor league deal with the Rockies and could get the DH job.— Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018. In other NFL news:— The Green Bay Packers have signed each of their two top draft picks: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon. Green Bay gave the Miami Dolphins a fourth-round draft choice to move up four spots in the first round and take Love with the 26th overall selection back in April. The Packers chose Dillon with the 62nd overall pick. Both selections were somewhat surprising because the Packers already have two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Aaron Jones at running back.— Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates. JC Tretter, a center on the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL Players Association, wrote an open letter to players saying they have to fight for “necessary COVID-19 protections.” New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said last week that “football is a nonessential business and so we don’t need to do it.” Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has asthma so he wants to “take every precaution” if he plays.NHL-COYOTES-KESSELHealthy Kessel expected to give Coyotes a boost in return The 34-year-old Smith hasn’t played in the league since November 2018, but the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year is a longtime trusted teammate of James. They won the NBA title together with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and reached four consecutive NBA Finals.In other NBA news: — Houston’s Thabo Sefolosha is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hasn’t been announced. Sefolosha is in his first season with the Rockets. The 36-year-old is a 15-year NBA veteran who has also played for Utah, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Chicago. The Rockets are schedule to resume the season on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.— Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Lou Williams is expected to join the team for the NBA’s restart in Florida. Williams has described himself as “50-50” on whether he would finish out the pandemic-interrupted season. Rivers says he doesn’t think any of the Clippers are opting out from resuming the season. The team heads to Orlando next week.— Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are healthy for the NBA restart. Brown says Simmons is “good to go” following a lengthy layoff with a back injury. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown. Brown says he expects Embiid to return to play in the best shape of his professional career. – The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Trey Burke as a replacement after center Willie Cauley-Stein decided not to rejoin the team for the planned resumption of the season.— The Brooklyn Nets don’t look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks says there was no discussion of the team not traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler aren’t going, and Spencer Dinwiddie’s status is uncertain after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. Marks also says neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving will return from injuries to rejoin the Nets this season. The GM says he will support any other players who choose not to play. Brooklyn is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. NFL-PRESEASONAP Source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back startUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL will cut the preseason in half and push the start of exhibition play back a week to give players more time to get in shape. Teams haven’t been able to gather together since last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league and the players association have been meeting to find ways to make sure they can have games in a safe environment. The exhibition slate will now begin Aug. 20 instead of Aug. 13. Teams will begin reporting to training camp July 28. The Rocket Mortgage Classic’s latest policy change on the coronavirus means Cameron Champ can play the tour this week in Detroit. Champ tested positive for the virus last week when he arrived for the Travelers Championship. That meant he had to self-isolate for 10 days without showing symptoms. Champ was asymptomatic when he tested positive. The tour says he had three negative tests over the next three days. The tour consulted with the CDC on its policy change. Now, anyone who is asymptomatic and tests positive will be eligible to return with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.In other coronavirus related sports news:— UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is asking for federal help to get foreign students that include athletes back to campus. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said he and other members of Congress plan to press the Department of Homeland Security to grant exemptions for the students, similar to ones given to professional athletes last month.— Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year. Staley’s focus these days involves getting her South Carolina women’s team back on campus in a safe environment. Her team finished No. 1 in the last AP poll and won the SEC Tournament before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus.— Six players with FC Dallas have tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire team has been quarantined ahead of the MLS Is Back tournament. The team says the players tested positive upon arrival in Florida for a tournament that starts next week. All of the league’s 26 teams are sequestered in hotels in advance of the tournament played without fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. He had been serving a 50-year prison sentence stemming from the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner in the St. Louis area when Irons was 16. Moore and Irons became friends after meeting through prison ministry, according to the Times. The 31-year-old Moore, a Jefferson City, Missouri, native who starred at UConn before helping lead Minnesota to four WNBA titles, put her career on hold last season to help Irons.BOBSLED-WORLD CUPBobsled, skeleton still planning for full World Cup seasonLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races as well as the world championships that remain scheduled for February in Lake Placid, New York. Also still on the schedule: a season-finale at the new track built for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The addition to the revised schedule released Wednesday was the addition of women’s monobob to the schedule for Lake Placid’s two weeks of world-title races. — For the first time in almost a century, Mexico has cancelled its professional baseball season. It’s the first time in 95 years a whole season had been cancelled. The season was scheduled to start Aug. 7, but the 16 team owners decided that they could not guarantee the safety of fans and players. -If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. The Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons have already made deals with local elections officials in their cities. The effort will advise sports franchises around the country on how to follow suit.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSankey: federal NIL law needed to ensure fair competitionUNDATED (AP) — Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey has told a U.S. Senate committee that there needs to be a uniform federal law to regulate the compensation of college athletes instead of a series of state-level versions with different requirements. The hearing came as three states have signed athlete-compensation bills into law, with Florida’s set to take effect next summer. Sankey said there’s a risk of states “one-upping each other” with their own versions without a federal law.In other NCAA news:— The NCAA’s infractions case against the University of Kansas men’s basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. It is the first step in a process that was created in August 2018 to deal with select cases and minimize perceived conflicts of interest. Kansas has been accused by the NCAA of committing five Level I violations, which are considered the most egregious, as part of the fallout of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. The case hinges on whether representatives of apparel company Adidas were acting as boosters when two of them arrange payments to prospective recruits.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCALLEYUtah defensive coordinator Scalley to keep job after review Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A healthy Phil Kessel should give the Arizona Coyotes a big lift when the NHL season resumes. Kessel labored during the first part of his inaugural season in the desert while battling injuries. The 32-year-old right wing suffered a groin injury early and didn’t have the same explosiveness he had in the past, scoring 14 goals with 24 assists in 70 games. The NHL’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic allowed Kessel to heal, giving the Coyotes hope of a deep playoff run.Elsewhere in the NHL:— Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell says executive Rick Dudley won’t return. The 71-year-old Dudley had worked as the Hurricanes senior vice president of hockey operations since 2018, part of nearly five decades in professional hockey. Waddell says the Hurricanes are still in talks with longtime TV play-by-play announcer John Forslund on a new deal.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKUNDATED (AP) — Webb Simpson is competing on the PGA Tour again after his family had a coronavirus scare. One of Simpson’s daughters tested positive for the virus, leading to him withdrawing from last week’s tournament as a precaution. Simpson says the daughter, along with his wife and other kids, later tested negative. Webb leads the tour in FedEx Cup points and scoring average. He is attempting to become the PGA Tour’s first player with three victories during this pandemic-interrupted year. Chad Campbell has withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit after becoming the sixth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. — The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. A longtime official of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America says the issue will be put up for discussion. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton say they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players. Landis was hired in 1920 as MLB’s first commissioner and no Blacks played in the majors during his quarter-century tenure.NBA NEWSLakers add veteran J.R. Smith for Orlando championship pushLOS ANGELES (AP) — J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push.The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player. Smith is the Lakers’ replacement for Avery Bradley, who cited family reasons for his decision not to finish the season with the Lakers in Orlando. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley will remain on staff but will take a pay cut and must undergo diversity training after being suspended for using a racial slur in a 2013 text message. Utah announced Scalley will participate in diversity and inclusion education, and have his salary cut from $1.1 million to $525,000. His contract also was trimmed from a multiyear deal to a one-year deal, and he will no longer be the designated head coach in waiting. Scalley was suspended last month when his use of a racial slur in a text message was posted on social media.WNBA-MAYA MOORE-PRISONERMissouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA’s MooreJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges.Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons, 40, walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. She clapped as Irons approached a group of people waiting for his release. She then dropped to her knees at one point before joining a group hug around Irons. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK-OKLAHOMAOklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budgetUNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma athletics department is cutting $13.7 million from its budget, blaming those cuts on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.Budget cuts include a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1 million per year. Athletic director Joe Castiglione said the moves were the “first steps” in responding to the financial losses associated with virus outbreak.
…Kano Agad, Eat N’Go battle for Low Cup final spot Lagos Ribadu emerged winners of the Italian Ambassador’s Cup by beating Lagos Awolowo 6-4 in the 2017 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament which will end on Sunday.Lagos Petrosmith also defeated Lagos Lintex 5 1/2 – 4 and Kano Agad were also victorious on Friday as they triumphed 10 1/2 – 2 over Ibadan Oluyole.For the Italian Ambassador’s Cup, sponsored by Elper Oilfield Engineering Nigeria Limited, Six-goaler, Santiago Cernadas and Ossama ‘Disco Baby’ Debs (0), got Ribadu to a flying start. Tom De Bruin pecked the lead to just a goal. Senator Toks Ogunbanjo (+1) scored to give Ribadu who are completed by Leroux Hendriks (+5), a 3-1 lead to end the first chukka.De Bruin got another goal at the start of the second chukka to keep Awolowo, who also have Sani Dangote (+1) Bayo Amusan (+1) and Halifa Ibrahim (+3), in the game as the latter drew them level before the end of the second chukka. Argentine Cernadas scored all three goals in the third chukka to give Ribadu a 6-3 lead and despite Ibrahim’s goal for Awolowo, the display of Cernadas was enough to see Ribadu bag a two-goal margin victory in a match watched by the Consul-General Italian Embassy, Andrea Pompermaire.In the second match of the day, three-goaler, Hamisu Buba opened score with a low shot to give Petrosmith 1 1/2 – 0 lead against Lintex. He converted a 30-yarder moment later but Nasiru Lukat (+1) scored a 30-yarder to narrow the deficit for Lintex.Buba influenced the match and kept his team in the lead 5 1/2 – 4 at the end of the third chukka. There was no goal scored in the final chukka as both sides missed series of chances.In the day’s opening tie, Kano Agad defeated Ibadan Oluyole with the game galloping-off on a comical note as Salisu Ibrahim putting his shot wide despite being the only one on the field. Ibrahim had kicked off the match being the only player ready as others are still dressing up but after moving freely with the ball for over 120 yards, his shot drifted to the side of the goal.Agad, who featured Nabil Dantata (0), Sadiq Dantata (+1), Idris Badamasi (+2) and Abdulmalik Badamasi (+2), made Oluyole paid for that inexplicable miss as they lead 3 1/2 – 0 at the end of the opening chukka.Oluyole, completed by Bola Adeyemi (+1), Jibrin Ali (+1), and Babao Lawan (+2), were made to chase the game all through as Agad surged to a 8 1/2 – 2 lead going to the last chukka before seeing out the match 10 1/2 – 2.The semifinals of the Low Cup holds today as Lagos Eat N’ Go confront Kano Agad while Lagos Balmoral International clash with Lagos United. The day’s activities would be rounded off with an award night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Spring football is in full effect on the USC campus. Last Saturday, the USC football team held its first scrimmage at the Coliseum. With the clock counting down until the conclusion of spring practice and the imminent season opener on Sept. 1, now is the time for the Trojans to start prepping for the future.Though not one single snap has been taken, one can’t help but wonder who will follow in senior quarterback Matt Barkley’s footsteps. Who will be the understudy to the Heisman hopeful? Who will be the next leader of the USC Trojans?Auxiliary power · Redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Kessler (above) is one of the backups trying to make a name for himself. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanSure, the Trojans have time to spare before deciding the successor to Barkley, but it is necessary to take advantage of every opportunity to provide an adequate amount of experience before throwing the heir to the Trojan empire into the pack.Redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Kessler seems the most likely to inherit the job. Kessler, who hails from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, Calif., is listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds. Some have likened his talent to former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. Though Kessler has not logged time for the Trojans because he redshirted during the 2011 season, he is primed to have his chance in the spotlight. Prep All-American, Kessler, whose play style is similar to that of the current USC offense, would be an easy fit in the offensive scheme.But Kessler isn’t the only redshirt freshman making a name for himself. Max Wittek, the 6-foot-4 quarterback, is a product of high school powerhouse Santa Ana Mater Dei (and was teammates with current players Barkley, Holmes and Blackwell). An All-American, Wittek was also a member of the All-Trinity first team during his senior year as he completed 153 of 282 passes (54.3 percent) for 2,252 yards with 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.In the Trojans’ first spring scrimmage, Wittek seemed right at home in the pocket. It is undeniable that Wittek possesses what the Trojan offense might need in the future — a strong arm and mobility. Like Kessler, Wittek redshirted during the 2011 season.With the abundance of attention fixed on whether it will be Kessler or Wittek as the official backup quarterback, many forget that another prime candidate is still in the Kiffin arsenal.Redshirt sophomore Jesse Scroggins hasn’t had the best of luck at USC. The 6-foot-2 quarterback was sidelined for the majority of the 2011 season after suffering an injury to his hand and thumb. Scroggins, a product of Lakewood High School, did appear in one game for the Trojans, although only for the final snap in the home duel against Washington. The All-American Scroggins, like Kessler and Wittek, has yet to throw a single pass (in a game) for the Trojans.The top three candidates have little experience behind the Trojan offensive line. Now is the time, however, to properly evaluate all three quarterbacks and determine which will be the best fit. With some players possessing similar play styles, USC can utilize a system that will incorporate the best of both worlds and take advantage of all the various talents.Spring practice is the most vital for the future of the Trojan offense. Every decision now sets the stage for the future of the USC football program. Allowing enough time to have the successor(s) gain confidence in their respective craft is crucial and necessary.Though some might claim it is too early to start prepping for next season, it is in the best interest of the USC football program. Whoever will be serving as backup to Barkley in 2012 needs to be prepared for any situation. Without a doubt, the decision needs to be sensible, but not rushed. “Armchair Quarterback” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, email Andie at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit DailyTrojan.com
Both guys looked completely drained after they weighed in. While Hooker looked great in the fight despite the horrible weight cut, Porter looked like he had some difficulties at certain moments because of it. One could make the assumptions that Hooker and Porter didn’t take LesPierre and Ugas seriously. The point would be a valid one and that is likely because bigger fights loom ahead in their weight classes and they know it. You have to take every fight seriously and not look past anybody. Everything has to be done perfectly. If not, the things you worked so hard for could vanish quickly. MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4Looking at it as a whole, Golovkin made the right decision. The best middleweights in the world fight on DAZN: Alvarez (the WBA & WBC champion), Daniel Jacobs (IBF champion) and Demetrius Andrade (WBO champion). While it’s nice to have that competition, for Golovkin, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is a trilogy fight with Alvarez. The 36-year-old feels he was robbed, and perhaps rightfully so, in their two battles for middleweight supremacy. If Alvarez gets by Jacobs on May 4 and Golovkin gets by whoever he takes on, the boxing world might see quite arguably the two best middleweights lock horns one more time.- Dmitry Bivol just continues to win in his quest to be the best. Bivol (16-0. 11 KOs) made it look rather easy in dispatching of Joe Smith Jr. by unanimous decision. Beyond a moment at the end of the 10th round, when Smith rocked Bivol with an overhand right hand, the WBA light heavyweight champion did anything he wanted to inside the ring Saturday night with little resistance.The case can be made that Bivol is the best at 175 pounds, with IBF titleholder Artur Beterbiev, WBO champion Sergey Kovalev and WBC titleholder Oleksandr Gvozdyk also in the conversation. The latter three, though, are affiliated with the same promoter. The 28-year-old Bivol is willing to fight them all to prove that he’s the top fighter in a loaded division. But will he get the opportunity to prove it? Bivol told Sporting News last week that he would fight at light heavyweight or drop to super middleweight to leave his mark on the sport. Whether he gets a crack at WBC 168-pound champion Callum Smith or the long-awaited bout with Kovalev, Bivol showed against Smith that he’s inching closer to making boxing’s pound-for-pound list.- Daniel Jacobs driving home a key point towards Canelo fight. During the final stop of his three-city, two-country tour with Alvarez last Monday in Los Angeles, Jacobs made an astute statement in regards to whether he could get a fair shake on the judges’ scorecards in Las Vegas.”We don’t know, my job is to go in there and do what I have to do,” Jacobs said. “Obviously, we want to put attention on the judges so everyone is accountable for it. Canelo is a big entity for the sport of boxing, he has that effect. But my job, as my trainer said, is to go in there and have the mentality like, ‘You don’t get paid for overtime.’ So if I can make sure that I have a decisive win, win every round, or put it in my hands to create a knockout, that’s the game plan.”Alvarez received questionable calls in his two fights with Golovkin, a split-decision win over Erislandy Lara and somehow was given a draw on judge C.J. Ross’ card in his lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013. Bringing up those facts, even though the fight doesn’t occur for another two months is a smart, strategic move. It starts to plant the seed in the minds of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who appoint the judges, that the best of the best need to be scoring the fight or risk more backlash if Canelo-Jacobs goes all 12 rounds. Judging is always a hot topic of conversation with Nevada being at the forefront of it since most of the mega-fights take place in “Sin City.” The more it’s brought up, the more the public will keep it engrained in their minds as the bout inches closer. Will Jacobs’ decision to make the judging a topic work in his favor? Who knows, but it doesn’t hurt to try.The Bad- Paulie Malignaggi agrees to deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. The former two-division world champion signed a contract with the upstart organization on Thursday. His debut is scheduled to be in June with an opponent not yet announced. Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs), who is a boxing analyst for Showtime, retired from the sport in March 2017. Beyond a short period of being Conor McGregor’s sparring partner — before the MMA superstar’s match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017 — the 38-year-old has stayed away from returning.Yes, it isn’t boxing per se, but there’s no reason for Malignaggi to embark on this new endeavor. He’s suffered a ton of damage in his career, including what was thought to be his finale — an eighth-round knockout loss to Sam Eggington two years ago. In this day and age of concussions, Malignaggi should just stay away. Why take any more blows to the head than he already has? Why put your body through unnecessary punishment? Malignaggi’s got a fantastic job, he’s great at analyzing fights. No reason whatsoever to put that in jeopardy in any way, shape or form.The Dirty- Shawn Porter and Maurice Hooker almost lost their respective world titles … on the scale Friday. Originally, Porter came in for the first defense of his WBC welterweight title at 148.8 pounds. Struggling to make the 147-pound limit and running out of time to hit 147, Porter had to cut his hair.Hooker just about needed all two hours and four attempts later to cut the half pound, so his WBO junior welterweight title defense with Mikkel LesPierre was official.Hooker, who ballooned up to 160 pounds after weigh-ins, knocked LesPierre down in the ninth round to cruise to an easy decision victory. Porter had more difficulty, winning a narrow split-decision over Yordenis Ugas. Weight cutting is a dangerous thing and it isn’t going away any time soon. If done correctly, it can be done with relative ease. Hooker and Porter, though, made it harder than it needed to be and would have lost their belts without losing them in the ring. It was another interesting week in boxing. Here are the highs and lows of the last seven days.The Good- Gennady Golovkin now fighting on DAZN. After Golovkin lost a narrow majority decision in his rematch with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the big question was where would he call his next fighting home? HBO exited the boxing business at the end of 2018, so Golovkin didn’t have an outlet to which his legion of fans could watch him compete. All of the sport’s heavy hitters courted “GGG” for months. At the end of the ordeal, Golovkin agreed to a six-fight deal with DAZN that will see the former unified middleweight world champion fight out the rest of his career on the live-streaming sports service. The deal is a partnership between DAZN and GGG Promotions in which the hard-hitting native of Kazakhstan will compete twice a year over the next three years, with his first fight in June against an opponent to be determined.
In addition, although he is still in U19 age, he has become a fixture for Luis de la Fuente in U21 (he has played five games). The coach trusts him so much that even He enters the pools to be on the list of 18 of the Olympic Games. In 2020 he had few options, but in 2021, a more mature year, things will change.Beyond its quality, another of its secrets lies in its environment. His agent is Iván de la Peña and after each meeting they have long phone calls to analyze each move. This helps him grow football and, incidentally, keep his feet on the ground. Because if there is something that characterizes Éric, in addition to his talent, it is his humility … His adaptation to the club, at only 16 years old, surprised even those who had bet so much on him. In his first year he became the captain of the U18 team in the League and U19 in the Youth League. A new language, another country … but the same leadership as always when he stepped on the grass. This year has been his definitive explosion: he has played eleven matches with the first team (six from the Premier, three from the Carabao Cup, one from the Champions and another from the FA CUP). In seven of them he has been a starter. Éric García (Barcelona, 2001) is one of the cases that has prickled the most in La Masia in recent years. Central with Barça DNA, raised in the club and leader of the respective teams in all categories. In addition to his enormous abilities as a soccer player, he is an applied boy, educated and a good student (he is finishing high school). One of those cases called to be the example of what Barcelona is looking for in its academy of young talents. However, in 2017 everything was truncated. Manchester City came for him and Éric accepted the offer. A risky bet for a 16-year-old boy that added to the flight of talents that the Blaugrana have been experiencing in their quarry in recent years. He is a central defender with hierarchy, with a vision inappropriate for his age and very reliable in all actions.Time has proved the footballer right, because City made the determined bet that he would have liked Barcelona to make. He signed a five-year contract (until 2022) and, above all, gave him opportunities to grow athletically. Guardiola, for whom Éric has become a ‘right eye’, wants to polish him to make him a central defender top. That is why he made his debut with only 17 years old in the first team, in the Carabao Cup against Leicester. “Play as someone 25,” Pep said after that game. Whenever he is asked about the young Spaniard, he praises him…
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Mr. Shoniyin: “I resigned based on professional and personal consideration.”Barely 24-hour B. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister resigned his post, President George Weah has “directed him to authorities of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) in adherence to official exit process, consistent with best practice and the laws of the land.”Although the President has accepted his resignation, and has thanked him for his 13-year “dedicated and professional service to the Liberian government,” sources informed the Daily Observer that Mr. Shoniyin’s resignation was primarily a result of “non-cooperation and disrespect to his office as deputy minister.”Shoniyin tendered in his letter of resignation on Monday, May 6, 2019, citing “professional and personal consideration” as reasons for his resigning his post, but said he remains with the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.Sources close to the Foreign Ministry confirmed the resignation of Mr. Shoniyin, following the submission of his letter to the office of President weah for “professional and personal consideration.” He has served at the ministry for 13-years. The letter read:“Dear Mr. President,It is with regret that I tender my resignation as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia effective May 6, 2019, after 13 years of dedicated service to the Liberian government spanning two successive administrations. My resignation is motivated solely by personal and professional consideration.Meanwhile, I take this opportunity to thank your Excellency for the opportunity to serve on your team since your historic inauguration on January 22, 2018, and for your personal brotherly support during the period of my service in your administration.”According to Shoniyin, his time spent working as a member of President Weah’s administration was indeed a wonderful experience and an opportunity to continue making a meaningful contribution to the country.“You can have my assurances that I depart the Foreign Ministry, but not the administration as I remain committed to the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, and will be available whenever I am called upon,” Mr. Shoniyin said in his letter.Shoniyin, one of the Liberia’s astute diplomats, was appointed in 2006 as an assistant foreign minister; later he served as deputy minister for international cooperation and rose to the position of deputy minister of foreign affairs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)