World heavyweight champ Charr fails drugs test

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Germany’s Manuel Charr (C) celebrates after winning the WBA world heavyweight boxing title in a bout against Russia’s Alexander Ustinov (unseen) on November 25, 2017 in Oberhausen, western Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Guido Kirchner / Germany OUTWorld heavyweight champion Manuel Charr has had to call off next week’s title defense and is set to be stripped of his WBA belt after testing positive for steroids.The 33-year-old, who was born in Lebanon but lives in Germany, was due to defend his title against American Fres Oquendo, 45, in Cologne on September 29, but the fight is off after Charr tested positive for two anabolic steroids.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Pacio, Naito face off ahead of ONE: Conquest of Heroes Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Under the circumstances, we will unfortunately have to cancel the world title fight,” Charr told Cologne-based newspaper Express and his management confirmed the title defense was off to SID, an AFP subsidiary.“I can only ask my fans and all the people in Cologne to believe me and to trust that everything will be cleared up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Chamberlain to miss World Cup with knee injury

first_img“Absolutely devastated to have picked up this injury at such a crucial time in the season,” tweeted Oxlade-Chamberlain.“Gutted I won’t be able to play any further part now in our Champions League run for Liverpool, and also the World Cup with England.”Liverpool’s win was marred by the news that supporter Sean Cox, 53, was left fighting for his life after suffering a serious head injury in an assault by Roma fans before kick-off.Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking Cox, who had travelled from Ireland along with his brother for the match.Oxlade-Chamberlain underwent a scan on Wednesday that revealed ligament damage, although the club are not putting an exact timeframe on how long he is likely to be out for.“I’m going to give everything I have to make sure I’m back as quickly as possible,” added the 24-year-old.“However, all this pales in comparison to how the family of the Liverpool fan badly hurt before last night’s game must be feeling.“My thoughts are with him and his loved ones.”Oxlade-Chamberlain has been denied appearances at international tournaments by knee injuries in the past, missing Euro 2016 having failed to play at the 2014 World Cup after suffering an injury in a warm-up match.“The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup finals in Russia with England,” Liverpool said in a statement on their website.Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) picks up an injury tackling Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov at Anfield © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFOxlade-Chamberlain has seen a stuttering career revitalised under Jurgen Klopp since moving to Liverpool last summer and his injury is a major blow to England boss Gareth Southgate.The former Arsenal man scored a stunning goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 quarter-final, first-leg Champions League win over Manchester City and was widely expected to be included in the England squad for the World Cup, which starts in Russia on June 15.Klopp’s men looked certain for the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26 when doubles from the outstanding Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino either side of Sadio Mane’s strike saw the hosts race into a 5-0 lead.However, late goals from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti allied to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury soured Klopp’s mood.“The biggest blow for the mood in the dressing room is the injury to Ox,” said Klopp following his side’s win at Anfield, anticipating that his player had been badly hurt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is treated on the pitch during the Champions League semi-final against Roma at Anfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said on Wednesday he was “devastated” to be ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury, but that it “pales in comparison” to the attack on a Liverpool fan before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Roma.Oxlade-Chamberlain was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half of the 5-2 semi-final first-leg victory over Roma.last_img read more

Gor, Bandari in SOYA Team of the Year shortlist

first_imgOn their part Gor, successfully defended the KPL title with three matches to go, to win back-to-back title and a record 18th with 75 points when the league ended in May before the news season started in August.K’Ogalo also became the first Kenyan team to reach the CAF Confederation Cup Quarter finals stage after finishing second in Group D with nine points jointly with Zamalek who had a better goal difference.To add on the league crown, Gor also won the KPL Super Cup after beating Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield winners Bandari 1-0 in the 2019/20 KPL pre-season opener.Bandari FC players line up with their trophy after clinching the Football Kenya Federation Shield title at the Kasarani Stadium on June 2, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFor Bandari, they reclaimed the FKF Shield after beating Kariobangi Sharks in the finals before reached the playoff round in the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time ever and will be hoping to win the award at their home tough in Mombasa.The Mombasa-based side also reached the final of the SportPesa Cup, losing 1-0 to Kariobangi Sharks in the finals.Other nominated team  is the Morans who will be hoping their exploits this year will give them a high chance of being named the Team of the Year.The team that reached the final of the inaugural FIBA AfroCan tournament in Bamako, Mali will, however, face stiff competition from other men teams that also did extremely well this year.Kenya Morans players celebrate after beating Tunisia in the FIVA Afrocan quarter finals in Bamako, Mali on July 25, 2019. PHOTO/FIBAEn-route to the final which they lost 61-82 to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Morans had beaten some of the top sides in the group stages.Among some of the outstanding results they registered include beating Nigeria 81069 in the group stages, beating Ivory Coast 85-83 in the round of 16 before beating another top side Tunisia 85-83 in the quarter-finals.Before going to Mali for the tournament, Morans had made history by beating Egypt in the Zone 5 tournament where they finished top to secure the ticket to play at the FIBA AfroCan tournament.KCB RFC players celebrate after winning the Christie 7s Main Cup title in Nairobi on September 1, 2019. PHOTO/KRUKCB RFC who were close to winning the team of the year last year, will be hoping it will be second time lucky for them this year.Apart from successfully defending the Kenya Cup crown for the third year in a row, where they lost only once, the Curtis Olago coached side also retained the Floodlit tournament for the third year in a row. They also won the National Sevens Series Circuit.The beach team won bronze at the African Beach Games and was also the first Team to qualify for African Beach Games apart from being the first male beach tennis Team in Kenya.Apart from Safaricom as the title sponsor, this year’s gala has also been sponsored by the County Government of Mombasa, Kenya Pipeline, Communication Authority of Kenya, New KCC, Lapfund, Kenya Power, UBA Bank, Nairobi Bottlers, Kenya Ports Authority, NHIF, NSSF, Kenya Tourism Board and GOtv.-Nominees-Gor Mahia (Football)Morans (Basketball)KCB RCF (Rugby)Tennis Beach team (Tennis)Bandari FC (Football)0Shares0000(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrating with the KPL trophy after winning the 2018/19 season. Photo/SPORTPESA NEWSNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 1 – Record 18-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia have been shortlisted for the Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) Male Team of the Year 2019 ahead of the gala to be hosted in Mombasa on January 24.Gor Mahia, who are a regular nominee, will battle it out with the national men’s basketball team, KCB Rugby Club, Bandari FC and Tennis Beach team.last_img read more

DATE FINALLY SET FOR INQUEST INTO DEATH OF SCHOOLGIRL LAST SEEN IN DONEGAL

first_imgA DATE has finally been set for the inquest into the death of schoolgirl Arlene Arkinson.The teenager, from Castlederg, Co Tyrone disappeared almost 20 years ago without trace after a night out in Bundoran.The 15-year-old’s family said they were relieved that the eight-week hearing is to go ahead in April, 2014. Speaking after a preliminary hearing at Belfast’s Old Town Hall on Friday, the Arkinsons called for the inquest to be held close to their Co Tyrone home, so family members who suffer ill health can attend.Kathleen Arkinson said: “It is good news. It has been a long process and at times we felt like giving up. But Arlene deserves justice.”The Castlederg teenager went missing in August 1994 after a night out at a disco in Co Donegal.Her body has never been found and in 2005 child killer Robert Howard was acquitted of Arlene’s murder by a jury unaware of his history of sex attacks.Two years prior to the case, Howard was found guilty of murdering 14-year-old Hannah Williams in south London.Ms Arkinson added: “I do not want to go up that road again to Laganside – there are too many bad memories after what happened in 2005 with the not guilty verdict.“We travelled that road everyday for six weeks during the trial which was seven years ago and we do not have the same health as we did then.“Arlene is from Tyrone and we think Arlene’s inquest should be held near her home place.”The hearing will start after Easter next year, on the day which would have been Arlene’s 35th birthday.Senior Coroner John Leckey said Howard may give evidence via videolink from Frankland prison in Co Durham, where he is serving his sentence.“Robert Howard is a category A prisoner and if this was a criminal trial he would have to be there obviously, in the dock,” said Mr Leckey.“But this is not a criminal trial and he will be wearing the hat of a witness. In a previous inquest where there was also a Category A prisoner, coincidentally from the same prison, we were able to engage that person successfully via videolink.”The Coroner’s Office will have access to a 250,000 pages of documents cleared by the PSNI, including transcript from police interviews, messages, reports and statements.However, the results of forensic tests carried out during searches of Howard’s former flat at Main Street in Castlederg are not included in the documents.Arkinson family barrister Henry Toner QC he welcomed the outcome of the preliminary hearing.“We have been pressing for the fixing of a date. We welcome the provisional date of April 2014.”He later added: “There has been a very active and constructive approach by all concerned.”Another preliminary hearing is expected to take place next month.DATE FINALLY SET FOR INQUEST INTO DEATH OF SCHOOLGIRL LAST SEEN IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DATE FINALLY SET FOR INQUEST INTO DEATH OF SCHOOLGIRL LAST SEEN IN DONEGALlast_img read more

Reid calls for Rove to quit

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate Democratic leader said Sunday that presidential adviser Karl Rove should resign because of his role in exposing an undercover CIA officer, and a veteran Republican senator said President George W. Bush needs “new blood” in his White House. Rove has not been charged, but he continues to be investigated in the CIA leaks case that brought the indictment and resignation Friday of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, an adviser to Bush and the top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has not made a decision on whether Rove gave false testimony during his four grand jury appearances. Rove is Bush’s most trusted adviser. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he is disappointed that Bush and Cheney responded to the indictment by lauding Libby and suggested they should apologize for the leak that revealed the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “First of all, the vice president issues this very terse statement praising Libby for all the great things he’s done,” Reid said. “Then we have the president come on camera a few minutes later calling him Scooter and what a great patriot he is. There has not been an apology to the American people for this obvious problem in the White House,” Reid, D-Nev., told ABC’s “This Week.” Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said Cheney should “come clean” about his involvement and why he discussed Plame with Libby before Libby spoke to reporters about her. “What did the vice president know? What were his intentions?” Dodd asked on “Fox News Sunday.” “Now, there’s no suggestion the vice president is guilty of any crime here whatsoever. But if our standard is just criminality, then we’re never going to get to the bottom of this,” Dodd said. Democrats appearing on Sunday talk shows portrayed Libby’s indictment as one of many serious problems surrounding the White House and one of several allegations raising questions about Republican ethics. Republicans repeatedly said the charges have been made against only one individual and that Libby should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Public opinion appears to be running against Bush. Almost half the public, 46 percent, say the level of ethics and honesty in the federal government has fallen with Bush as president, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll. That’s three times the number who say ethics and honesty have risen during that time. Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi said Bush should be on the lookout for “new blood, new energy, qualified staff, new people in administration.” He said poor advice may have even contributed to the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. A grand jury charged Libby on Friday with five felonies, alleging obstruction of justice, perjury to a grand jury and making false statements to FBI agents. If convicted, he could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines. Libby was not charged with the crime that the grand jury was created to investigate – specifically, who leaked the name of Plame to reporters in 2003. Libby and Rove were named by reporters brought before the grand jury, but it was unclear whether they knew that she was a covert agent. Reid said Rove should resign or be fired for even discussing Plame. He recalled that Bush once said he would fire anyone involved in the leak, although Bush later amended that standard to say he would fire anyone convicted of a crime. “If he’s a man of his word, Rove should be history,” Reid said on CNN’s “Late Edition.” Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Rove has not been charged with any crime and that any talk of him stepping down is politically motivated. “Senator Reid is entitled to his opinion, but he’s not the president of the United States, and he doesn’t administer justice in this country,” Specter said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GARDAI IN NEW ROADS APPEAL AFTER INCREASE IN DEATHS

first_imgGARDAI have renewed their appeal for safer driving following an increase in the number of deaths on our roads.As of the 12th August 2013, 118 people have lost their lives on Irish roads, an increase of 7 on the corresponding date in 2012.162 people tragically lost their lives on Irish roads in 2012. This however, was the lowest figure ever recorded in terms of road safety. It was also reflective of how many drivers changed their driving behaviour and drove according to the prevailing conditions.In saying that, many continue to drive under the influence of an intoxicant, drive whilst fatigued, or travel at excessive or inappropriate speeds. Many drivers (or their passengers) still fail to wear a seatbelt, or continue to hold a mobile phone whilst driving. These examples of high risk behaviour continue to be major contributory factors to road deaths. 61 drivers have lost their lives on our roads, the largest of any road user category. 13 of those drivers were between the ages of 21-25, the highest of any driver age group. Friday continues to carry the highest risk on the road of any day of the week, accounting for 1 in 5 of all fatal road traffic collisions. The time period 2pm-6pm every day is the time with the highest risk on the road. 37 people have lost their life in fatal road traffic collisions which occurred during this time period.Of particular concern is the number of motorcycle fatalities that have occurred to date in 2013. 17 riders have already lost their lives on Irish roads compared to 16 in total for 2012.With this in mind An Garda Síochána appeals to every road user to take maximum care not only for their safety, but for the safety of every other person who shares the road with them. Chief Superintendent Michael O’ Sullivan said today:-“7 more people have lost their lives compared to this date last year. Motorcycle fatalities in particular are already in excess of the total for 2012. There is no doubt that excessive or inappropriate speed plays a significant factor in collisions, and in particular what happens to those involved. We know from our analysis that 4 out of 5 fatal road traffic collisions are occurring on roads with a speed limit of 80km/h or more. Reducing your speed, and ensuring you and all your passengers wear a seatbelt, could be the difference between life and death.”Chief Superintendent O’ Sullivan continued:-“This is not a driver or rider issue alone. We are all road users, and we all need to always take personal responsibility for everything we do on the roads. If we fail to work together and reverse the increase in fatalities showing to date in 2013, we could ultimately be facing an increase in road fatalities for the first time in eight years. Every road fatality brings devastation and heartbreak to the families and friends of those involved.”Year to date (2013)• As of Monday 12th August a total of 118 people have been killed on Irish roads, an increase of 7 on the same period last year.• At the same time 277 people have been seriously injured, compared to 312 in the same period last year, a reduction of 35 serious injuries.• The difference between a fatal and a serious injury can be as simple as a few km/h or whether a person was wearing a seatbelt or not.• July was the worst month for road deaths so far with year with 18 people killed. The good weather may have encouraged people to travel more and to pay less attention to their speed.Fatal collision profile• So far in 2013 Friday afternoons and evenings have been the single worse time for fatal collisions• Drivers account for the majority of those killed – 61 people or 52%. Young drivers aged 21 to 25 remain the single highest age group for driver road deaths.• Just over half of fatal collisions (56%) only involve a single vehicle, usually involving a loss of control and collision with a road side object (e.g. tree, ditch, fence, wall etc.)• The majority of fatal collisions occur on local and regional roads outside built up areas – approx 63% of collisions. 80% of fatal collisions are occurring on roads with a speed limit 80 km/h or above.• Similar to last year a significant number of people are killed not wearing a seatbelt – 13% of vehicle occupants killed this year, including both driver and passengers, were not wearing a seatbelt. This figure could rise as investigations are completed.Motorcyclists• Motorcyclists have accounted for nearly 15% of road fatalities (or 17 riders killed) this year despite only representing a fraction of road users (approximately 1.5% of the national fleet). Motorcyclists riding for leisure at weekends on higher powered bikes are involved in a significant number of these collision types.• The four most common types of collision involving motorcyclists and other vehicles wereo A motorcyclist overtaking another vehicle turning right resulting in the motorcyclist colliding head on into the side of the turning vehicle.o A motorcyclist overtaking a vehicle travelling in the same direction colliding head on with an oncoming vehicle.o A motorcyclist losing control while taking a corner and crossing into the path of an oncoming vehicle resulting in a head on collision.o Another vehicle turning or driving through a junction / joining a main road from a minor road colliding with a motorcyclistEnforcement figures Advertisement  PULSE Incidents (as of 31st July 2013)2013 YTDDriving while intoxicated incidents4,542MAT Checkpoints42,915Total breath tests at MAT checkpoints249,793Road Transport incidents2,171Dangerous Driving1,766Section 41 Detention of Vehicles11,786 FCPS Incidents (as of 30th June 2013)2013 YTDSpeeding95,820Seatbelts5,974Mobile Phones12,898Ref: 732/13GARDAI IN NEW ROADS APPEAL AFTER INCREASE IN DEATHS was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by John2Share 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:GARDAI IN NEW ROADS APPEAL AFTER INCREASE IN DEATHSlast_img read more

ANGER AT PLANS FOR IRISH DANCING FÉIS IN ISRAEL

first_imgAn Open Appeal to Seamus & Aine O’Se, Anthony Davis, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha and all Irish Dancers at home in Ireland and worldwide.The Palestinian activist community based in Ireland has recently learned of your intentions to hold the ‘First Israeli Feis’ in Tel Aviv on 15th August 2015.To say that we, and all other right thinking people, are deeply troubled by this decision is an understatement. In 1948, the state of Israel was established by methodically dispossessing and ethnically cleansing more than 750,000 native Palestinian people in order to create an exclusivist Jewish state.To this day, Israel has denied Palestinian refugees, currently exceeding more than 7 million people, their internationally recognized right to return to their homes.Israel continues unabated and with impunity with its colonial and apartheid designs to further dispossess, oppress, and ultimately ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homeland and still on a daily basis, they expel native Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and the Negev.This apartheid state maintains over 50 racist laws that discriminate against its “non-Jewish” citizens including over 60,000 African migrants who have crossed into the country seeking shelter as refugees, often fleeing persecution in their home countries. Instead of offering them protection, Israel regards the African migrants as a threat to the “character of the Jewish identity of the state”. Under its racist laws African asylum seekers can and are being imprisoned for up to a year. Even Jews of Ethiopian origin were attacked forcibly this year in Israel when protesting against widespread Israeli discrimination, based on their colour. We could go on and list thousands of examples of Israel’s crimes against humanity.We could tell you all about the siege of Gaza where since 2007, Israel has blockaded a section of Palestine, turning the Gaza Strip into an open air concentration camp, restricting one million Palestinians not only in their movement, but preventing trade and export to and from Gaza and blocking by land, sea and air, foodstuffs, medicines and educational supplies.We could tell you how Israel has over 500 checkpoints and barriers across occupied Palestine and how, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 10% of pregnant Palestinian women were forced to endure labour or childbirth at a checkpoint between 2000 and 2007, resulting in the death of at least 35 babies and five women during the seven-year periodWe could tell you that Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, an act which will soon carry a 20 year sentence and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. No Israeli child comes into contact with the military court system.We could tell you how in the summer of 2014, Israel went on a month long killing spree that left over 2000 defenceless people dead including four little boys who were murdered as they played beach soccer and how Israel recently investigated itself and found itself ‘not guilty’ of this crime. We could tell you more. But will you listen? Or will you go ahead with your performance in Israel, the moral equivalent to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era.Will you be the voice for the Palestinian people who have asked the world to boycott Israel in an effort to bring pressure upon this rotten, apartheid, criminal state?Please don’t stand on the wrong side of history.Don’t Dance for Israel. Don’t Shame Our Name. Sincerely,Irish Palestinian Activists CollectiveANGER AT PLANS FOR IRISH DANCING FÉIS IN ISRAEL was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by John2Share 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:feisIsraeltel avivlast_img read more

Groves lining up world title challenge

first_imgGeorge Groves intends to face the winner of next month’s world title clash between Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz.The pair meet in Germany for Abraham’s WBO belt – a week after Groves takes on Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye at Wembley Arena for the vacant European super-middleweight crown.Groves was due to fight Stieglitz – then the WBO champion – last March but was forced to withdraw from the bout because of an injury.Stieglitz subsequently lost to Abraham and unbeaten Commonwealth champion Groves is in line to take on the winner of their rematch.The 24-year-old from Hammersmith is the WBO’s number one contender and therefore the mandatory challenger.Groves said: “With me being number one in the WBO that is the direction that I’m going in and I’ve got to keep an eye on these guys as I’ll be looking to fight the winner next.“I’m focused on the fight in hand first, though, against Ndiaye, and winning the European title. But once I come through that I want to be in Germany to see Abraham against Stieglitz up close.“I was gutted when I couldn’t take on Stieglitz last year as I’m confident I would have beaten him as Abraham went on to do, and I’d be the world champion now. But my time will come.”Groves v Ndiaye is on 16 March and features as chief support on a card joint-headlined by WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns’ unification showdown against IBF champion Miguel Vazquez, and WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly’s defence against Robin Krasniqi.West Londoners Steve O’Meara, Gary Corcoran and Mitchell Smith are also due to feature on the bill.It will be screened on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/Virgin channel 546). Join at www.boxnation.comTickets are available from the Eventim box office on 0844 249 100 or eventim.co.uk and the Wembley Arena box office on 0844 815 0815 or wembleyarena.co.ukSee also:Dominant Groves easily sees off JohnsonGroves tipped to win world title in 2013Groves set to fight for European title Groves to fight for title at Wembley ArenaTrio in action on Groves’ Wembley bill The press conference to announce Groves’ Wembley returnTrainer Booth discusses George Groves’ European title fightGroves ready to add European belt to his title collectionGroves warned ahead of title showdownYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Analyzing Raiders roster after cutdown to 53 players

first_imgALAMEDA — A look at each position group as the Raiders reduced their roster to 53 players on Saturday. There will be additional moves to come as well as the forming of a 10-man practice squad.“I was cut three times and you have no idea how I empathize with these kids,” general manager Mike Mayock said. “Every cut was brutal. I had tears in my eyes with several of these kids. Every one of them handled it with class and distinction.”Players who were let go Friday are also included.QUARTERBACK …last_img read more

Using Aliens to Titillate the Public

first_imgGeologists cannot even figure out our own planet (next headline), but some of them claim to know a lot about other planets – their geological history, and even their prospects for life.  Is it fair to tease the public with the L-word life when so much remains to be understood on the ground under our feet?Mars life:  A new study reported by PhysOrg from a JPL press release claims that Mars had a nearly global wet era 4 billion years ago.  Talk about water on Mars has gone back and forth for decades; was it really necessary to evolve life there by just adding water?  “The new findings suggest that the formation of water-related minerals, and thus at least part of the wet period that may have been most favorable to life, occurred between that early giant impact and the later time when younger sediments formed an overlying mantle.”  (Nobody saw that impact, by the way.)Mars hands:  “If there’s life on Mars, it could be right-handed,” teased a headline on New Scientist.  The article was about chiral molecules, but it made Mars a lively place.  Some astrobiologists have never been able to forgive the 1976 Viking landers for not finding life.  One experiment gave ambiguous results that are the basis for ongoing hopes.  They keep trying to find other explanations for the gas that Viking measured coming out of a prepared broth when Martian soil was added.  Jeffrey Bada, astrobiologist at Scripps, still thinks non-biological explanations can explain this.  “No matter how you construct an experiment, Mars is likely to throw you a curve ball,” he said.Europa bones:  An Arizona planetologist has an easier way to look for life on Europa.  PhysOrg reported how he feels one could find evidence of it on the surface without having to drill through the ice.  It might not even be microbes, Richard Greenberg (U of Arizona) said: “there’s always the possibility that we could find structures – something analogous to skeletal remains.”Starry avatars:  A JPL press release seemed to play on the public’s fascination with the recent 3-D alien movie by starting, “Many scientists speculate that our galaxy could be full of places like Pandora from the movie ‘Avatar’ — Earth-like worlds in solar systems besides our own.”  So have they found any?  Nope; just looking.  “Once considered the stuff of science fiction, it may not be long before Earth-like planets, or, in the case of Pandora, Earth-like moons of giant planets, are found to exist other places besides the silver screen.”  That was in a paragraph captioned, “Pandora, up close and personal.”  Incidentally, the real Pandora is a small moon of Saturn.  Here it is, up close and personal from Cassini.  Not quite like the movies.For SETI fans, Space.com announced that Frank Drake is retiring as director of the SETI Institute, and is turning the job of “Chief Alien Life Hunter” to long-time astrobiologist David Morrison.  Even though NASA doesn’t do SETI work, Morrison revealed an inside secret: “The SETI Institute has partnered with scientists at NASA Ames in a teaming arrangement that has greatly benefited both organizations.  The Institute played an especially important role in the development of the new multidisciplinary field of astrobiology.”  The two fields are closely allied, if for no other reason than the fact that neither has any evidence to support its reason for being.This has all the appearance of a cult (see CMI essay).  Only in this case, we have a cult funded by taxpayer dollars and preached by the mainstream media.  It’s not science if you have no evidence.  Whatever happened to separation of search and state?(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more