Oshoala Dethroned as Salah Retains African Player of the Year Title

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeEgypt and Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah, last night won his second African Player of the Year award, beating off competition from teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.He is the fourth African after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure to win the award back to back. The Egyptian was unarguably the expected winner of the 2018 African Player of the Year award due to his stunning season for both country and club.Salah secured 13 goals in the English Premier League to help the Reds lead the log this season. The 26-year-old was named the Premier League Player of the Year and ranked high in Goal 50, FIFA Best Awards and Ballon d’Or. He was voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time last December.Last season, he finished with 44 goals across all competitions and helped Jurgen Klopp’s men end as runners-up in the Champions League.Salah shrugged off a shoulder injury to feature in the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he scored two goals in two games for Pharaohs.Speaking shortly after he was presented his award, Salah said: “I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said.After dominating the podium in the last three editions, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala was beaten to the African Woman Player of the Year award by South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana. The South African was voted the Most Valuable Player of the last African Woman’s Nations Cup in Ghana last month, when the Super Falcons won the title a record ninth time.The Super Falcons were named the women’s National Team of the Year while men’s National Team of the Year surprisingly went to Mauritania.Morocco’s national team’s coach, Herve Renard was selected as the National Team Coach of the Year. Banyana Banyana’s Desiree Ellis was the winner of the women’s version.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Juan Francisco Estrada outboxes Srisaket Sor Rungvisai to claim WBC junior bantamweight title

first_imgINGLEWOOD, Calif. — We thought we were getting a Fight of the Year candidate Saturday night, but instead we got a virtuoso performance from one of the best fighters in the world.Juan Francisco Estrada finally came up big in a marquee fight, earning a 12-round unanimous decision over top pound-for-pound fighter Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the WBC super flyweight title in a long-awaited rematch. Estrada (39-3, 26 KOs) outboxed Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41 KOs) in the early going and outlasted a late surge from the Thai champion, winning by scores of 116-112, and 115-113 twice. The bout headlined a DAZN-streamed card from The Forum, a place that’s long welcomed some of the sport’s smallest warriors. A crowd of 5,127 attended the show.Join DAZN to watch Canelo-Jacobs and 100+ fight nights a year In their first encounter last February, Estrada got off to a slow start. That wasn’t the case Saturday, as Estrada came right out of the gate attacking. He dominated from mid and long range, blasting Rungvisai with combinations before moving out of the way of return fire. Estrada looked loose, with his opponent looking stiff. Estrada made Rungvisai miss wildly and when the Thai tank landed a big shot, Estrada took them well. In their first fight, Estrada went back to the corner early and mentioned that Rungvisai indeed hits hard. But after going 12 rounds the first time, Estrada knew he could take Rungvisai’s best shots. Estrada set up some of his best work early on with a precise body attack. The opening round saw Estrada work the body, which then allowed him to land some pretty uppercuts. Estrada’s best punch was a jab, which kept Rungvisai at bay as he came in recklessly throwing overhand rights. In the seventh, Estrada landed a couple of right hands, and avoided Rungvisai’s attack. When the two met in center ring moments later, Estrada patted his gloves together and landed a nice right hand, further cementing his dominance up until that point.Rungvisai surprisingly fought from an orthodox stance early in the fight, finally going to his natural southpaw stance in the later rounds.By then, Estrada had built a big lead on the scorecards. He was up 80-72 on one card and 78-74 on two others. Rungvisai came on strong towards the end, but it was too little, too late. But Estrada didn’t stop trying to pile up points on the cards.“I needed to show the Mexican fans and everyone here tonight that I was going to win that belt,” Estrada said.In his two previous big fights, Estrada came up short against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in a close loss in November 2012, and again versus Rungvisai via majority decision in February of last year. At long last, Estrada gets that career-defining victory and has established himself at least on the fringes of the top ten fighters pound-for-pound in the sport.Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn told Sporting News he would love to see Estrada and Rungvisai do it again, but also noted that he has WBA champion Khalid Yafai (25-0, 15 KOs) in his stable, and that would be quite a unification bout if it were to come off.“If he wants a third fight, I will give it to him,” Estrada said in the ring afterward. “I would prefer to fight some other champion first. That’s what I think is next.”Estrada was the clear crowd favorite, with chants of “Gallo! Gallo! Gallo!” ringing out across The Forum throughout the night. With Chocolatito’s best days behind him, Southern California fight fans may have found the next 115-pounder to throw their support behind for the foreseeable future. Though The Forum wasn’t quite as packed as in Chocolatito’s prime, Estrada is 30 years old and definitely won himself some new fans with his fantastic performance.–It wasn’t easy, but Los Angeles native Daniel Roman unified two belts at 122 pounds with a 12-round majority decision over then-unbeaten TJ Doheny in a thrilling war. The scores were 116-110 twice and 113-113 in favor of the WBA champion, who was fighting in the LA area for the first time in his career. He added Doheny’s IBF belt to his mantle with the win.Doheny proved to be a bit tricky early on, using cute movements to frustrate Roman and make him miss, landed pot shots to a lot of success. Doheny tasted the canvas in the second round courtesy of a long left hand from Roman but didn’t otherwise seem hurt. An action-packed fourth round forced swelling around Doheny’s right eye and blood from the nose, but he answered with his own barrage. He nicked a close sixth round before unloading the clip on Roman in the seventh. Roman went down from what was ruled a slip, though it could have easily been ruled a knockdown.Roman took control of the bout in the ninth, clipping Doheny with a big right hand. The 10th round saw Roman land some body shots that bothered the IBF champion, and a left uppercut early in round 11 sent Doheny to the canvas. It looked as though it was going to spell the end of the fight, but Doheny proved his grittiness in not only surviving but getting off some shots of his own.After the fight, Roman said he wants to face unbeaten Rey Vargas, the WBC champion at 122 pounds. Doheny was a long-odds underdog but proved he belongs at the top level and doesn’t lose much in defeat beside his world title.Jessie Vargas earned his $1.2 million purse in his super welterweight debut, stopping a game Humberto Soto in the sixth round. Vargas (29-2-2, 11 KOs) was cut by a headbutt in the opening moments of round two and had to deal with a pesky Soto (69-10-2, 37 KOs), who landed some tremendous shots.It was an even affair through four rounds, with the two trading on even terms when the fight was in a phone booth. When Vargas got some distance, he was able to land almost at will, beginning in the fifth round. He dropped Soto with a pretty overhand right in the sixth round, and sensing blood in the water, chased Soto to the ropes. It was there Vargas wasted no punches, landing some devastating punches at will before referee Thomas Taylor rescued Soto at 1:48 of the round.Vargas earned his first win since December 2017, following back-to-back draws against Adrien Broner and Thomas Dulorme. Soto should hang them up after giving the fans a solid effort. Vargas still wants a fight with Kell Brook. Compton-trained super middleweight Anthony Sims Jr. (19-0, 17 KOs) saw his 17-fight knockout streak come to an end, earning a 10-round unanimous decision over gatekeeper Vaughn Alexander (14-3, 9 KOs) by scores of 98-92 twice and 96-94. The 24-year-old Sims looked solid but is still some time away from being a serious player at 168 pounds.2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakhram Giyasov (8-0, 6 KOs) of Uzbekistan (now fighting out of Brooklyn) struggled on the way to a unanimous decision over Emanuel Taylor (20-6, 14 KOs) in their ten-round super lightweight bout. Taylor hurt Giyasov a number of times throughout the bout but was mostly outworked en route to scores of 99-91 twice and 97-93. Sporting News scored the bout 95-95, and even Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn felt the scores were too wide when he stopped by press row at the conclusion of the bout. Giyasov clowned a bit and got checked with left hooks from Taylor inside on a number of occasions. Taylor just didn’t piece enough combinations together and Giyasov did. Giyasov proved he’s still well away from championship level.Towering 18-year-old Mexican-American middleweight prospect Diego Pacheco (3-0) made easy work of Guillermo Maldonado (1-1) in the opening round of their four-round bout. Maldonado didn’t belong in the ring with the former top-rated amateur Pacheco, who was making his U.S. debut after fighting twice before his 18th birthday in Tijuana. Pacheco was a crowd favorite, hailing from East Los Angeles, and at 6’4″ is a monster at the weight. He hurt Maldonado with every shot he landed and put him down in a heap in the corner with a barrage, bringing an end to the fight at 1:46.last_img read more

Biden says endorsements from Tom and Christie Vilsack ‘gigantic’ boost

first_imgDES MOINES — Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and his wife, Christie, endorsed Joe Biden’s bid for president Saturday.Tom Vilsack said Biden has a unique combination of experience and long-standing relationships with decision-makers around the globe.“We elected a rookie in Donald Trump,” Vilsack said during a Radio Iowa interview. “We elected a person who had no governing experience, a person that walked into the highest office in the land and the most difficult job in the world with no clue as to what that job was and it’s fairly obvious.”Christie Vilsack said Biden has ideas focused on rural economic development that will appeal to Iowans.“That’s a really strong point that we have here, that the vice president has a plan for that,” Christie Vilsack said. “We’ll be out there with the Bidens in the next week or so, in those communities, so we’ll have an ample opportunity to talk about it.”Biden will embark on an eight-day bus tour of the state next weekend. The former vice president said getting the Vilsacks’ backing is a “gigantic” boost to his campaign.“The most significant thing that’s happened in this campaign so far in Iowa is these two incredible people endorsing us,” Biden said late this morning. “…The two most respected people in this state…They deeply care about this state. It’s in their blood. It’s real.”Jill Biden, who has campaigned solo in Iowa on her husband’s behalf, used the word “beloved” to describe the Vilsacks, suggesting character witnesses are important in this election.“You know, our kids are watching and it’s important they see a president that they can feel proud of and that they can respect,” Jill Biden said. “And, like Tom said, we need somebody with experience and so all those things point to Joe.”Tom Vilsack served two terms as governor and then served eight years as President Obama’s secretary of agriculture. Vilsack said polling shows Biden has a national advantage in a one-on-one race against President Trump, plus Biden does better in key states that are crucial to winning the Electoral College.“And then, finally, people know him,” Vilsack said. “They know where he comes from. They know the value system that’s important to them and it’s very similar to their value system.”Vilsack has suggested Biden has shown a resilience as a candidate and an ability — in Vilsack’s words — to “take a punch.” Biden routinely tells audiences he’s targeted by Trump and Republicans in congress because he has the best chance of beating Trump next November. CNN reports an associate of former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani is willing to testify that the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee went to Vienna last year and met with a former Ukrainian official to try to dig up dirt on Biden.“Devin Nunes doesn’t surprise me at all,” Biden told Radio Iowa late this morning. “Devin Nunes has never been what you might call the most trusted or honorable person in congress. Now we learned that he was trying to undercut me…to keep me from being the nominee.”South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham recently indicated he plans to make Biden’s son, Hunter, a focus of impeachment proceedings when they reach the senate.“I must tell you I’m really disappointed in Lindsey Graham. I don’t know what’s happened to him…He’s had this 180 degree turn and I wonder what John McCain is thinking right now,” Biden told Radio Iowa. “John and I disagreed. We fought like hell, but we both were honorable with one another and we never did anything that was anything other than honorable. I just don’t quite get it.”Both Biden and Graham were invited by the McCain family to speak at McCain’s funeral in Arizona. The Bidens and the Vilsacks spoke with Radio Iowa earlier today between public campaign events in Des Moines and Knoxville.Biden is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Mason City on Tuesday morning December 3rd at a site to be determinedlast_img read more

“I see Lautaro happy in Milan”

first_imgZanetti revealed several anecdotes about the ex-defense Taribo West: “Once he invited us to his birthday at seven in the afternoon. We arrived, there were six of us, and he began to pray. The hours passed and he did not stop. At 10 at night he suddenly said to us: ‘Okay, the party was over. It ended. ‘And so we left, eating nothing. ” Regarding his role as vice president, he stated, “When they proposed to me, I went to college to study business and finance. Once you stop playing, you must start from scratch.” Christian Vieri follow his daily show on Instagram with big names in live football. This Thursday it was, among others, Javier Zanetti, who commented on the rumors about the future of Lautaro Martinez, main objective for the front of the Barcelona: “When we signed him, we already knew he was going to go far. With Conte he trains great, he can grow and give us a lot “. In the middle of the coronavirus emergency, nobody wants to talk about the market, but the vice president of Inter reiterated that he does not see the ‘Bull’ far from Milan: “At such a difficult time we don’t think about what will happen, but I see Lautaro well here, have fun. And with Lukaku he is great“.last_img read more

Off track at the track

first_imgCaymanas Track Limited (CTL) is losing money on a daily basis. The Government of Jamaica, the only shareholder, insists that the company will be divested. Timeline after timeline for divestment passes by with a regularity that defies logic. A “divestment committee” is formed and the chairman insists that he is “working on it” (reminds me of a Burger King advertisement of recent vintage) when questioned by worried stakeholders. One could not be faulted for thinking that the Government-appointed board of the company would develop a more hands-on policy as frantic attempts are made, first to minimise losses, and second, to improve the handle (the amount of money bet on its programmes), both locally and overseas. Instead, punters, the life blood of the sport, are treated as if ‘dem-mus-come’. Races never start on time. The official reason is always “technical difficulties”. The air-conditioned North Lounge at the track is subject to the whims and fancies of the employees. For example, no ticket sellers are in place half-hour before the start of the first race, and air-conditioned units are either not working or not turned on at least one hour before the start of the first race to welcome the early punter. Also, food is running out during well-established ‘big’ racedays, and recently, word has surfaced that fans/supporters of racing who buy four reserved seats for six months to enable these supporters of racing to bring guests to the track from time to time are told by the promoters that they will be issued with only two tickets, and if they are bringing guests who do not come to the track with the person who paid for the seat, “just ask for one of us at the gate” and it will be okay! Woe on to the guest if the named official is not available at the time of arrival of the guest. There is a story making the rounds at the track that last week Thursday (September 3), CTL was simulcasting races from Gulf Stream Park in the USA. The second race was won by horse #5, Behzads Pride. However, when the results were posted by the company, another horse (my source insists that it was horse #4, Unspoken Quality) was posted as the winner and dividends declared. It is further alleged that punters who backed the posted winner promptly cashed their tickets. Minutes later, after a telephone call to “control”, the error was corrected, and punters who correctly selected #5, Bezhads Pride, as the winner, were duly paid. My source insists that losses to CTL were in the region of J$190,000. Another loss. The standard answer of “Oops!” will be accepted and the company moves right along to another day. Another loss! Finally, the action of the raceday stewards in suspending jockey Aaron Chatrie after his mount, Woman is Boss, was disqualified for interfering with Asia’s Dream in the seventh race on Saturday August 29 was understandable after a slow-motion review of the race. However, to suspend the jockey from taking further part in the race meet (he had two more rides for the day) because he was guilty of “ungentlemanly behaviour” when told of his disqualification, begs the question: Are the raceday stewards competent enough to make a decision that a jockey is in “no condition to ride?” I maintain that that decision is a medical matter. Even if it is psychological, evidence from a doctor/psychologist MUST be obtained. No decision that affects a livelihood should be made arbitrarily. It must be evidence-based. As the operation steward stated when questioned by The Gleaner reporter, Ainsley Walters, they do have a discretion (according to the rules) that is unassailable. BUT ONLY IF THERE IS EVIDENCE! Each individual deals with anger and disappointment differently. One jockey may remain quiet and take it out on the horse or his competing jockey. Aaron Chatrie may have “blown his top” to get it all off his chest and thereafter ride in a most professional manner. Only a steward with a crystal ball would know which is about to happen and anticipatory breach of rules just isn’t allowed. This wrong MUST be corrected. J$190,000 in losseslast_img read more

Lowly Hurricanes blow away Scorpions in Regional First Class Championship

first_img AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars, leading Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 58 on first innings, reached 244 for four at the close on the third day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: JAGUARS 237 (Vishaul Singh 104 not out, Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson 23; Marlon Richards 3-41, Rayad Emrit 3-44, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-59) and 244 for four (Leon Johnson 111 not out, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 42, Anthony Bramble 39 not out; Jon-Russ Jagessar 4-67). RED FORCE 179 (Yannic Cariah 68, Jason Mohammed 30, Evin Lewis 26; Veerasammy Permaul 5-65, Devendra Bishoo 3-48). VOCANOES IN TROUBLE NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed his first-ever 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket to inspire Leeward Islands Hurricanes to an 85-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions and their first win of the Regional first-class championship here yesterday. Starting the final day of their sixth-round clash on 58 for two in search of 366 for victory, Scorpions were dismissed for 280 – undermined by Cornwall – who claimed seven for 131 to end with match figures of 12 for 205. Barbadian right-hander Kirk Edwards converted his overnight 28 into a top score of 93, while tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell got 39 and Carlton Baugh Jr, 25, but the task of scoring 308 on the final day proved too much for the visitors. Hurricanes had lost all five of their previous outings this season to languish at the bottom of the six-team standings. However, they broke out of their slump in style, taking wickets at regular intervals throughout the day to ensure that there was no way back for Scorpions. Edwards seemed to be steering Scorpions to safety when he anchored a series of small partnerships. He struck 13 fours and three sixes in an innings spanning 142 deliveries and 189 minutes before he was sixth out. He extended his overnight third-wicket stand with AndrÈ McCarthy to 41 before Cornwall grabbed his first wicket of the morning, trapping McCarthy lbw for 22 after 35 balls at the crease. Edwards then put on 38 with Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, who made 21, and added another 47 for the fifth wicket with Antiguan Devon Thomas, who got 15. Unbeaten on 78 at the break, Edwards combined with Baugh afterwards to add 22 for the sixth wicket and looked set for his 10th first-class hundred when he edged Cornwall to slip at 189 for six. Cornwall then pulled off a fine return catch three balls later to remove David Bernard Jr, with no runs added to the score, as the death knell sounded for Scorpions. With hope dwindling quickly, Cottrell threw his bat around for three fours and three sixes in a 47-ball cameo, which unnerved Hurricanes, as he and Nikita Miller (15 not out) put on 34 for the last wicket. Fittingly, Cornwall took the final wicket to hand Scorpions their third defeat of the season. AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Barbados Pride by 200 runs on first innings, were 134 for seven in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: VOLCANOES 250 (AndrÈ Fletcher 84, Kavem Hodge 53, Shane Shillingford 28; Miguel Cummings 5-47, Sulieman Benn 3-65) and 134 for seven (Keddy Lesporis 29, Johnson Charles 25, Andre Fletcher 25; Roston Chase 3-19, Sulieman Benn 2-38). PRIDE 450 for five decl. (Shai Hope 162, Kraigg Brathwaite 117, Roston Chase 40 not out, Kyle Corbin 38, Carlos Brathwaite 27; Johnson Charls 2-51, Shane Shillingford 2-131). JAGUARS IN COMMANDlast_img read more

President Granger to attend Commonwealth Heads’ Meeting in London

first_imgPresident David Granger will be attending the 25th Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations, slated for April 16-20, 2018 in London, and to be held under the theme, “Towards a Common Future”.This was announced today by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during a post-Cabinet press conference.The president will be accompanied by Second Vice President and Minister ofPresident David GrangerForeign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Director General Audrey Waddell, and Guyana’s High Commissioner to London, Frederick Hamley Case.President Granger will emphasize Guyana’s role in, and contribution to, the green agenda of the Commonwealth.“It will be pointed out that 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Iwokrama Reserve. It will also be recalled that Guyana has dedicated approximately 700,000 hectares of protected area on Konashen, the home of our Wai-Wai people in the South Rupununi, in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy,” Minister Harmon pointed out.Guyana will, therefore, use the opportunity of the Heads of Government Meeting to continue its leadership role in the establishment of the green agenda in the Commonwealth, even as the country seeks to establish a green economy and state as a model of development.According to the State Minister, the 2018 meeting is likely to orient the Commonwealth towards a more proactive and relevant global role as this relates to increasing global turbulence and unease.last_img read more

New Chamber Vice President

first_imger/manager Russ Beerling has been elected first Vice President, of the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce. Russ takes over from Steve Troyer, who stepped down last month, following reports of dissatisfaction within the Chamber, over its role in the processing of the cities new budget…. [asset|aid=44|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Russ Beerling – Chamber Vice_1_Pub.mp3] Take Clip: Russ “people are members” .25 Russ, a former President of the Dawson Creek Chamber, was elected to his new position, by acclamation. Meantime, the local Chamber has also confirmed Cindy Zsomber has rescinded her recent resignation and remains second vice-president.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Key star returns? Tottenham team news v Crystal Palace – Predicted starting XI

first_img 11 15. Eric Dier (central midfield) 11 11 7. Heung-Min Son (right-sided forward) 11 20. Dele Alli (central midfield) 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Man United team by leaving a comment below 11 Tottenham v Crystal Palace is live on talkSPORT at 1.00pm on Sunday 20 September.Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a successful week as they earned their first two wins of the season.A 1-0 victory over Sunderland in the Premier League was followed up night with a 3-1 triumph over Qarabag in the Europa League.There has been good news on the injury front too with Clinton N’Jie making his first appearance for the club on Thursday, while Christian Eriksen, Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele may all be fit to face Crystal Palace on Sunday.Will this mean a first start for of the season for Clinton? And will Heung-Min Son start his first Premier League match after grabbing a brace against Qarabag? talkSPORT takes a look.Do you agree with this predicted line-up? Let us know your thoughts below… 23. Christian Eriksen (attacking midfield) 33. Ben Davies (left-back) 10. Harry Kane (striker) 11 11 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) 2. Kyle Walker (right-back) 22. Nacer Chadli (left-sided forward) 11 11 11 11last_img read more

Priests asked to give up pay to fund settlement

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Bishop Robert Brom issued a memo this week asking priests in the Diocese of San Diego to contribute one month’s salary to help pay for the recent $198.1 million sexual abuse settlement. “We cannot ask of others what we are unwilling to do ourselves,” Brom wrote in the memo to about 280 priests, whose monthly salary can be as much as $1,535. Roman Catholics in San Diego and Imperial counties will also receive letters asking them to make “a generous contribution,” according to Brom’s memo. Packets will be sent no later than Oct. 26 and will include letters from Brom and parish pastors, along with a return envelope. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Citylast_img read more