Wilder survives pummeling to stop Ortiz in 10th

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Wilder survived a pummeling from Luis Ortiz, then knocked out the challenger in the 10th round Saturday night to retain his crown. Befitting the undefeated champion from Alabama, it was a wild affair for the final few rounds after a dull series of pawing and gesturing by Wilder gave Ortiz a solid lead.“A true champion always finds a way to come back and that’s what I did tonight,” Wilder said. “Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy. He put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down. I showed everyone I can take a punch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWell, yeah — Wilder certainly took his share of them.Even after Wilder knocked down Ortiz in the fifth round, the bout remained in the Cuban’s favor. MOST READ Then, in the seventh, Wilder was dazed and confused by Ortiz’s assault. Though he never hit the canvas, he stumbled to his corner when that round ended. The end seemed near.“I almost had him and I think I would’ve if there were a few more seconds in the round,” Ortiz said. “Wilder was definitely saved by the bell. I thought I had him out on his feet. But you have to give him credit, he weathered the storm.”Instead of folding, Wilder closed the ninth with two hard rights, and then a series of vicious combinations in the 10th started Ortiz’s downfall.It was over with 55 seconds to go in the 10th after Ortiz went down for the second time in the round from a right uppercut and referee David Fields stopped it.“I just had to get my range back and my fundamentals back,” Wilder said. “And I was able to do that. I showed I was a true champion tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking down Luis Ortiz during the sixth round of a WBC heavyweight championship boxing bout Saturday, March 3, 2018, in New York. Wilder stopped Ortiz in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin IINEW YORK — Deontay Wilder was out on his feet. Forget defending his WBC heavyweight title, Wilder was lucky to find his corner when the seventh round concluded.About 10 minutes later, he was strutting around the Barclays Center ring, his belt secure, but his reputation as being untouchable severely tarnished.ADVERTISEMENT NU bounces back, blasts UP to end 1st round campaign GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings What boxing doesn’t know is how this performance will affect the division. Wilder’s sights have been set on Anthony Joshua, who defends his WBA and IBF crowns at the end of the month against WBO champ Joseph Parker.If nothing else, Wilder’s ring reputation took a hit, although his toughness and ability to take a punch can’t be questioned.“I’m ready right now,” Wilder said. “I always said that I want to unify. I’m ready whenever those guys are. I am the baddest man on the planet and I proved that tonight. This solidified my position at the top of the food chain tonight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 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 Wilder, 32, is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. This easily was his toughest bout. Somehow, he was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards.The Associated Press had it 86-83 for Ortiz heading into the 10th.Ortiz, 38, is 28-1. He couldn’t have come much closer to becoming the first Cuban heavyweight belt holder after finally getting his match with Wilder. Their initially scheduled bout was in November, but Ortiz twice tested positive for a banned substance, a diuretic.He was ready Saturday, but not quite resourceful enough.“In this sport, any punch can end a fight,” Ortiz said. “In the ring anything can happen.”Wilder basically threw away the early rounds with a lack of aggression and much clowning. The left-handed Ortiz was all business.In the fifth, with boos raining down from the crowd of 14,069 at Barclays Center, Wilder finally landed a solid punch. That invigorated him and two rights to the chin sent down Ortiz.Wilder couldn’t finish him, and was nearly finished himself two rounds later. Ortiz was so dominant in those three minutes that Wilder looked bewildered at his predicament.The champ hung on in the eighth, then somehow found the fortitude and punching power to turn it around in the final two rounds.“Luis Ortiz was one of those fighters that everyone ducked, even champions ducked him,” Wilder said. “I wondered why it took so long for him to get a title shot and now we know.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

INCHR Wants Teachers, Students Investigated

first_imgThe Independent National Commission of Human Rights (INCHR) has called on the government to constitute an independent inquiry into the circumstances that led to protests by teachers, followed by a series of student demonstrations. The INCHR’s call comes in the wake of student demonstrations demanding the return of the protesting teachers to classes, while the teachers are also boycotting classes in demand for the resignations of Education Minister George K. Werner and the Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Benjamin Jacobs.The Commission also wants the government to examine the constitutionality of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) education reform, which has become the bone of contention. The PPP, which the INCHR observes as the basis for the demonstrations, is preferred by Werner. “The work of the independent panel to probe the teachers and students’ actions must consider demands made by the public school teachers and determine how future (proposals from MOE authorities versus the interest of a targeted sector) can be harmoniously reconciledwithin the context of law and the best interest of the nation,” INCHR said in a statement yesterday.The INCHR therefore recommends that the best way to institute public service policy reforms is through inclusive consultations. However, the proposed PPP action appears uncoordinated, fragmented and fraught with contradictions to the country’s education framework, according to the Commission. As a result, the INCHR says the situation has increased distrust in the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the lack of national ownership of the reforms.“The recently introduced PPP measures taken by the MOE to strengthen the country’s education system from (mess to best) must be also be cognizant of the moral and ethical transgression of this policy against the poor and weak in our society, who live below the poverty line,” The INCHR said.The Commission also called on the government to return to the drawing board to review the PPP policy option in the hope of restoring confidence and revamping the education sector.The Commission therefore recommends to the MOE to review all actions and objectives of the PPP and convene a national policy framework dialogue that is inclusive of all education stakeholders; that MOE prioritizes and clearly states how and what public education workers and school pupils stand to benefit. The INCHR noted: “Those are the ones at the forefront of this ‘mess to best’ education reform fight and continue to complain of neglect thus victimizing the vast populace.”Therefore, said the INCHR, Liberia is and must remain a country that supports, protects and promotes the fundamental principles of inalienable human rights, which also promotes the right to participate in decision making that affects one’s life.On Tuesday, protesting students in Unification Town (Smell-No-Taste) near the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County blocked the airport/Monrovia highway demanding the return of their teachers to classes.Also on Monday, normal commercial activities and the free-flow of traffic were brought to a standstill in Kakata, Margibi County’s political capital, when students staged a similar protest by taking to the streets in solidarity with the leadership of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) demanding the resignations of Werner and Jacobs.In their action, which turned violent, the students ransacked several public buildings in Kakata including the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, offices of the National Elections Commission, the county’s Service Center and part of the fence surrounding the MOE’s facilities in Kakata. Despite calls for their dismissal, the teachers yesterday staged another round of protest at the entrance of the 3rd Street, Sinkor offices of the MOE carrying placards with various inscriptions, many of them reaffirming the teachers’ resolve to see the backs of Minister Werner and MCSS Superintendent Jacobs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

There was no changing Coutinho’s mind- Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp poses with Philippe Coutinho when he renewed his contract with the merseyside club. PHOTO/Sky SportsLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 7 -Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool did everything in their power to try to persuade Philippe Coutinho to remain with the club.The 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder reached an agreement with Barcelona for a reported £142 million transfer, subject to his passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. Speaking in the wake of the news, the Reds manager said they tried to retain Coutinho’s services but were always up against it, following three failed bids from Barcelona that ultimately prompted Coutinho to put in a transfer request.Klopp told the club’s official website: “It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known.“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.“Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do.“I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona. It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.“I have been here long enough now to know in the history of Liverpool, key players have left before – but the club always goes on. You cannot transfer the heart and soul of Liverpool Football Club, although I am sure there are many clubs who would like to buy it.“I have so much belief in the talent we have here already and even more faith, together with our owners, that we will make continued investment into the playing squad, which will allow more growth and more improvement.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Marseille’s Pele will attempt to shut out PSG’s superstar

first_imgHe has made several blunders lately but Stephane Cassard, Marseille’s goalie coach, insists he has full confidence in Pele.“He does not even have to prove his mental qualities anymore,” Cassard told AFP. “Just look at the number of clean sheets Yohann has in his career.”Last season, Pele held the opposition scoreless 18 times in 38 appearances for Marseille. His percentage is even better this season. In just eight games in all competitions, he has kept five clean sheets.Pele, who is 35, was sidetracked by ill health and missed most of three years after suffering a pulmonary embolism in 2010 while with Toulouse.Recently, Pele has been plagued by sporting rather than health worries.After coming on as a sub in Saint Etienne he allowed a cross to loop over his head to set up a goal that cost Marseille two points.On Thursday in the Europa League, he hit one clearance straight to an opponent. Braga could not capitalise on the chance and Marseille won comfortably, but such incidents can create doubt.– ‘Two great goalies’ –“Yohann showed what he can do over a whole season,” Cassard said. “He can take it. That’s why I first chose him.”Cassard and Franck Passi, a longtime Marseille coach who had a couple of spells as interim manager, brought Pele to the club in 2016.Cassard says that the player did not “even want talk about number one or number two.”“When one has experienced a serious illness, as he has, and been forced from the pitch for three years, and one succeeds in returning to the highest level, that says something. He can face anything.”“Yohann was backup to Steve Mandanda who had proved over nine years that he was a top goalie,” said Cassard.When Mandanda left for Crystal Palace, “few believed in Pele when he took over,” recalled Cassard.Mandanda returned in the summer. Having been, briefly, No.1, Pele became No.1b.“I have two great goalies,” said manager Rudi Garcia who also coached Pele for one season at Le Mans.“These are intelligent lads with lots of experience,” said Cassard. “Yohann knows why he is still at Marseille. We all get on well, there is no misunderstanding, the situation is clear”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Modern day ‘Pele’: Marseille goalkeeper Yohann Pele is braced to face PSG on Sunday © AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIERMARSEILLE, France, Feb 24 – His famous namesake was the “King of Football”, but Marseille backup goalkeeper Yohann Pele will take a reputation as the “Prince of the clean sheet” into his encounter with the potent Paris Saint-Germain attack.Steve Mandanda has not recovered from his thigh injury so the “Albatross,” as Pele is known, will start at Parc des Princes on Sunday.last_img read more

Bolt has ‘touch like a trampoline’ – A-League striker

first_img0Shares0000Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt is trying to launch a career as a footballer. © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 26 – Former Ireland striker Andy Keogh blasted Usain Bolt as having “a touch like a trampoline” Friday as the coach of the Central Coast Mariners refused to say whether he believes the sprint star can make it as a footballer.Keogh, who plays for Perth Glory, said it would be a “kick in the teeth” to footballers if the eight-time Olympic champion earns a professional contract with Australia’s Mariners. The 32-year-old Jamaican, who retired from athletics last year, has been on trial with the A-League club since August but contract negotiations have stalled and he is no longer training.Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported this week that Bolt’s representatives were initially seeking Aus$3 million (US$2.1 million) but the Mariners have offered closer to Aus$150,000.The Mariners have said it appears unlikely the Jamaican will sign unless a third-party agreement can be found to deliver him more money.Keogh, who used to play for Wolves and Cardiff, was blunt in his assessment of Bolt’s footballing prowess.He told Fox Sports the 100m world-record holder had a touch “like a trampoline” and that “he’s not going to be able to make it”.“It’s nice to have the attention on the A-League but him playing in the A-League, that’s not for me,” said Keogh, who made 30 appearances for his country.“He’s shown a bit (of potential) but it’s a little bit of a kick in the teeth to the professionals that are in the league.”He added that “if there’s someone who genuinely thinks he’d be a good football addition, I don’t think they should be in a position to make those calls”.Mariners boss Mike Mulvey was peppered with questions about Bolt at a press conference Friday, batting most of them away.“There’s no update. He’s not at training and I’m just concentrating on the lads I have here,” he said, insisting the Bolt saga was not a distraction.Pressed on whether Bolt had the ability to make it as a footballer, he replied: “I’ll say this one more time — my focus is on the game on Saturday and on the players contracted for the Central Coast Mariners and that is how it should be.”Bolt, who retired from athletics last year, has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway.He recently turned down a two-year, trial-free deal from cashed-up Maltese champions Valletta.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe hugely successful ‘All Shook Up’ musical performed by students from Rosses Community School have been brought back by popular demand.The play was initially ran over FOUR nights in February and was an incredible success.Staff and students put in months of hard work and rehearsing which ensured the show culminated into a great success. For the FOUR nights it ran in February the school was packed to the rafters as the local community came out in their droves to support the show.Encouraged by the interest those involved in organising the play have decided to run more show during the EASTER holidays.The show is back this WEDNESDAY and they will also run a SECOND show on Holy Thursday so make sure and book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.Tickets are available from Supervalu and from the school office. It promises to be a night not to be missed.ROSSES COMMUNITY SCHOOL SET TO BE ‘ALL SHOOK UP’ was last modified: March 31st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:’ALL Shook Up’EntertainmentFeaturesrosses community schoollast_img read more

Carndonagh artist to launch first solo exhibition in Derry

first_imgSinéad Smyth is an Irish artist with a passion for people, and the geography of Inishowen, Donegal. At the end of September, she will launch her first ever solo exhibition at the Cascade Gallery in Derry.Painting full-time from her studio in Carndonagh, she is one of Ireland’s finest artists with her work being shown nationally and internationally.Inspired by the works of economist  E.F. Schumacher containing small landscapes lost and forgotten, studies of small things and portraits of scientific interest. “Night is coming, mountainside”This self-taught artist has spent time travelling across Europe, Northern Africa and South America which is reflected in her use of colour.She is a mother of three children and is currently renovating an old studio beside her home in Carndonagh into a studio and gallery!To view some of Sinead’s work you can visit her website.The exhibition will launch on 5th Sept at 6.00pm, and run until 28th September in Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre, Glendermott Road, Derry/Londonderry, Tel: 028-7131-4000. “Blue Girl”Carndonagh artist to launch first solo exhibition in Derry was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:artistCarndonaghdonegalInishowenpaintersinead smythlast_img read more

Alan Brazil breakfast bite – Monday, July 10: Al goes bananas over pyjamas!

first_imgWayne Rooney has revealed he’s been wearing Everton pyjamas in secret for 13 years! But when is it socially acceptable for men to wear PJs? Alan Brazil sets the record straight…last_img

SA ‘in communication’ with Nigeria over abducted girls

first_img15 May 2014 The South African government is in constant communication with the Nigerian government as calls for the release of the abducted girls continue to spread, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, the minister described the kidnapping of more than 200 girls by militant Islamic group Boko-Haram as “unfortunate, heinous and unprecedented”. “The South African government – first through [the Department of International Relations and Cooperation] and the statement made by the Presidency two days after their abduction – has come out unequivocally condemning this heinous act of using girl children as weapons of some mysterious action by these abductors,” the minister said. Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa joined the global community, firstly as an African country, to support of the efforts of the Nigerian government and its people. “We are in constant communication with the Nigerian government through our High Commission in Nigeria and also the Nigerian High Commission here in South Africa. “The responses we’ve been getting from the Nigerian government have been positive and we remain seized with the kind of support that the Nigerian government would be requesting from us.” Nkoana-Mashabane also welcomed the initiatives of civil society across the world as well as those by other governments to pressure the abductors to release the girls. “We welcome … equally our own [initiatives] in South Africa, particularly the students who have come out in support of the ‘bring back our girls campaign’.”South African learners support #BringBackOurGirls Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana, addressing about girl learners from Moletsane High School in Soweto on Wednesday, exactly a month since the girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, again called for the girls’ safe return. “We believe that this is a serious violation of the human rights of these girls and a crime against humanity. We are calling on the whole world to stand up and fight against this horrific incident,” the minister said. The minister urged South Africans to continue to stand in solidarity with the abducted school girls and their families and call for their immediate release by using every avenue and platform available to say #BringBackOurGirls. Learners at the school yesterday made a guard of honour and carried placards which called for the release of the Nigerian girls. “We call on those who have taken the girls to return them because when you touch kids, you’ve gone too far, especially when it’s kids trying to get an education,” said grade 12 learner Itumeleng Madidimalo (18). Boko Haram’s name translates to “Western education is a sin” in the local language. The group especially opposes the education of women. Under its version of Sharia law, women should be at home raising children and looking after their husbands, not at school learning to read and write. On Monday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau offered to release the girls in exchange for militants imprisoned by the Nigerian government. Meanwhile, a 30-member team from the US is in Nigeria to help with the search for the kidnapped girls. The US is also using satellite imagery and making reconnaissance flights over Nigeria. Britain has also sent experts to help with the search. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Announcing the January Geocacher of the Month

first_img SharePrint RelatedSay “Well Done” to the Latest Geocachers of the MonthMay 9, 2014In “Community”Announcing the Newest Geocacher of the MonthApril 15, 2014In “Community”The Newest Geocachers of the Month – A Geocache Series CreatorJuly 4, 2014In “Community” The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month GeocoinGeocachers from around the globe commented on their favorite geocachers, even if they only know them through their glowing reputation. It’s a small geocaching world out there and through nominees,  the worldwide community learned about three amazing geocachers this month.Each of the nominees is already a winner, with a prize package headed their way. But only one geocacher can be named Geocacher of the Month.All the nominees add an important contribution to their local communities and inspire the global geocaching community. Each will receive special recognition for their contribution to the adventure of geocaching. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ  reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read and posts in native languages are encouraged.A geocaching pioneer from a progressive geocaching state in the U.S. claimed the title of January’s Geocacher of the Month: MikeOtt.One comment reads, “He is not the reason I joined Geocaching but he is certainly one of the reasons I am still involved. He has taken a huge role in our state with organizing events and special caches. He has a unique way of finding the “right spot” for a cache. Always an educational experience in one way or another. Thanks. Mike for all you do for new cachers as well as veteran cachers!!”MikeOtt is one of geocaching’s top geocache makers. Celebrate makers, learn the craft of creating clever geocaches and earn a new digital souvenir for your geocaching profile at a Maker Madness event near you.MikeOtt – January Geocacher of the MonthIf you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.com. Every nomination must include the following items and abide by the following guidelines:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for Geocacher of the Month are accepted at any time.Congratulations again to Mike  for being recognized as the Geocacher of the Month for January.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more