Groves set for rematch with Anderson

first_imgGeorge Groves will defend his British super-middleweight title in a rematch against Kenny Anderson at Wembley Arena on Saturday 16 March.The unbeaten Hammersmith fighter, who also holds the Commonwealth belt, was given a tough time by Anderson when they clashed in November 2010.Groves endured some worrying moments and was floored before battling back to stop the Scot in the sixth round of an explosive fight in Manchester.Double champion Groves is unbeaten in his 14 fights.It is the 29-year-old Anderson’s only defeat in his 15 professional contests and he has secured a rematch after the British Boxing Board of Control installed him as the mandatory challenger.Their second encounter takes places 10 days before Groves’ 24th birthday and will give an indication of how far the Londoner has progressed since beating Anderson.He beat bitter local rival James DeGale on a majority points decision last May to take the British title, and ended 2011 with a two-round demolition of former champion Paul Smith.But he continues to be criticised for being too easy to hit and was caught with a crunching right during his brief fight with Smith, which was also at Wembley Arena.A second victory over Anderson could pave the way for another grudge match with DeGale or a possible world title shot later this year.Promoter Frank Warren won the purse bids to stage the fight, which Anderson wanted to take place in his home city of Edinburgh.Related stories and features:Injury rules Groves out of Liverpool fightA work in progressI’m not world class – yetGroves blasts away Smith at Wembley‘Ugly kid’ looks the partDeGale eyes rematch with ‘chicken’ GrovesLet history decideOnes to watch in 2012 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA set for young ‘Pimps’

first_img17 August 2007In an effort to boost self-employment in the country, the Usobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) is assisting 250 youngsters with start-up capital to sell prepaid airtime vouchers and energy drinks, as well as to become “Pimps” – positively intelligently motivated persons.The 250 were chosen from various UYF databases.The government-endorsed youth organisation has entered into a partnership with local company Mojalife that will see Pimps around South Africa distributing prepaid airtime and PimpJuice, a non-carbonated energy drink created by US rapper Nelly.The St Louis-based musician, whose real name is Cornell Haynes junior, has also released a song named after the drink, which sells over 2-million cans a month in the US.“We have a very big year planned for Derrty ENT (Nelly’s record label), Apple Bottoms, and Pimp Juice,” Nelly explained on the official PimpJuice website earlier this year.“I am very excited about the new pimp juice flavour coming out this summer. I am continuously amazed by PimpJuice and hip hop’s success overseas, and am very excited about visiting South Africa for personal and promotional reasons,” Nelly said.PimpJuice will be distributed and licensed under Mojalife, a company headed by local businessman Matthews Phosa. It will be produced and manufactured in South Africa, with plans to supply Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Israel.“The person that sells the most PimpJuice at the end of 24 months will receive a BMW 116i vehicle and will have their entire loan paid back to UYF by Mojalife,” Phosa said in a statement earlier this month.“The person who comes second will receive a holiday valued at R25 000, while number three will receive an X-Box and games valued at R5 000.”There is also a retail distribution opportunity for youth-owned companies who want to start or expand their businesses. Distributors will also be given rights per area to supply retail chain stores, pubs, restaurant other prospective buyers.The partnership between the two organisations will provide youngsters with a unique opportunity of being part of an international brand and will help them establish business with large companies and other world brands.Pimp My RideThe relationship will also see Mojalife, using the branding of PimpJuice, venturing into television. The partners recently signed a deal with UK-based Screen Ventures and MTV Networks to shoot 52 episodes of the international television series “Pimp My Ride” in South Africa.The popular show sees young people writing in to have their old, damaged and sometimes written-off cars given a new lease on life by being re-vamped, customised and made better than new by a team of motor mechanics and customisers.“Pimp My Ride” is currently screened in the original US version and as “Pimp My Ride UK” and “Pimp My Ride International”, which focuses on Europe. Also mooted for local television audiences is a hip-hop reality show based on the “Idols” format.The winner could possibly receive a two-year recording contract with Nelly’s Derrty ENT record company.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

California voters approve Prop 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Election Day California voters approved Proposition 12, an initiative that, starting in 2020, bans the sale of pork and veal from animals raised anywhere in the country in housing the state banned through a 2008 ballot initiative. (In 2010, the California Legislature banned the sale of eggs from hens housed in so-called battery cages regardless of where they are raised.)Prop. 12 also requires egg-laying hens in the state to be cage free. National Pork Producers Council, which strongly opposed it, maintains that the initiative violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause and that it will be costly for farmers and consumers. The organization is supporting federal legislation that would prohibit states from regulating agricultural production practices outside their borders and is backing lawsuits — now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court — filed by attorneys general from nearly two dozen states against California’s egg sales ban and a 2016 Massachusetts ballot measure that banned the sale of eggs, pork and veal from animals raised in housing prohibited by the same measure.last_img read more

In battle against sly SMB guards, Ravena gives himself a failing grade

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena felt that he disappointed in his much anticipated duel against the famed San Miguel backcourt on Friday.“Maybe, I failed because we lost,” he said on the heels of the Road Warriors’ 98-109 defeat to the Beermen at Cuneta Astrodome. “No matter how good you played, in the end, we still lost.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or Shine NLEX has now lost three straight games to fall to 2-3 in the standings and Ravena believes the Road Warriors need to start doing a better job down the stretch.“We’re always in the game and we know we can complete the job. But sometimes, we just fall apart in the end,” he said. “We can’t be frustrated. But also, we can’t always say that we need to learn from this because this is already our third straight loss. What we need now is to act on it.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ravena faced the toughest test in his professional career as he was guarded by Mythical Team members Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot, as well as former Ateneo teammate Von Pessumal in stretches during the tiff.READ: SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEXFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They tried to get inside of my head,” he shared. “They were talking smack so I was trying to do the same thing, but as much as possible, I wanted to focus and stick to the game because it seems like I’m losing my focus out of my game.”The experience also served as an eye-opener for Ravena that there’s still so much that he needs to learn. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I study them too much and I thought know what they’re going to do. But they’re really good that while talking smack, they’re carrying the load for their team. I can’t be affected about that. That tells me that I still need to focus more on my game to be able to do what they are doing,” he said.READ: Ravena says staredown not intended to shame PessumalThough he was largely kept in check in his 30 minutes of action, the 24-year-old was still able to muster 15 points, six assists, and three rebounds in the game.Ravena, though, was man enough to admit that San Miguel was the better team in the match. “They just have too many weapons.”“We were in there for 40 minutes, but the last eight minutes was really tough for us. We had mental lapses, each one of us. Again, you can’t give a great team so many chances. They will really take advantage of you, they’re gonna pick you apart, and that’s what San Miguel did,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Feeling blue! Jose Mourinho rues Hazard’s perceived selfishness

first_imgChelsea’s 3-1 loss against Atletico Madrid led to their exit from Champions LeagueChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at his midfielder Eden Hazard after the Belgium international blamed team tactics for their Champions League exit.Hazard, who has been pivotal in Chelsea’s English Premier League title challenge, said after the 3-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid in the semifinals second leg this week that the team was not set up “to play football” but to excel on counterattacks.At a news conference on Friday, Mourinho says Hazards comments are not critical, but adds, “When the comments come from a player like Eden it’s normal because he’s not the kind of player to sacrifice himself for the team.”Hazard’s failure to track back allowed Atletico to equalize in Wednesday’s game, a costly error on his return from a calf injury.last_img read more

Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers

first_imgYoung had 22 points and 14 assists, John Collins also scored 22 points despite foul trouble, and the Atlanta Hawks defeated James and the Los Angeles Lakers 117-113 on Tuesday night.The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak despite a triple-double from James, who had 28 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.FEATURED STORIES SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I try to live in big moments,” Young said. “I feel like I belong here. He’s one of the best players of all time. But when I’m out on the court, I’m trying to compete and get a win.”Young matched his season high by playing 38 minutes, taking on a greater burden after the Hawks bought out the contract of his veteran backup, Jeremy Lin. With Jaylen Adams sidelined by a sprained right ankle, Young was the only true point guard on the roster. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES “It was definitely different,” Young said. Asked if he was tired, he said with a smile, “A little bit.”Despite chants of “Kobe’s better” from the sellout crowd of 16,824, James was cheered loudly by a hefty contingent of Lakers fans. He turned in a dazzling effort, equaling his season high by playing 43 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the subpar group around him.The Lakers dropped 2½ games behind Sacramento for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.“We either make it or we don’t make it,” James said. “Don’t worry about it.”But the frustration was apparent on his face when he stormed straight to the locker room as soon as the horn sounded.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img The Lakers were without center Tyson Chandler, who was sidelined by a toe injury. Mike Muscala dressed despite a sprained right ankle, but didn’t play against his former team.Adams is set to take over as Atlanta’s backup point guard as soon as he is recovered from his ankle injury. In his absence, DeAndre’ Bembry and Kent Bazemore shared the playmaking duties when Young wasn’t on the court.“Those guys did a good job of keeping up afloat,” Carter said.STAYING PUTThe Lakers stuck with the same starting five they used in Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia.Newcomer Reggie Bullock, acquired last week from Detroit, took the court with James, Kuzma, Ingram and JaVale McGee.Coach Luke Walton said he wanted to give that group another look before deciding if further changes are needed.UP NEXTLakers: Head into the All-Star break after completing a six-game trip. They don’t play again until Feb. 21, when Los Angeles will host James Harden and the Houston Rockets.Hawks: Host the New York Knicks on Thursday in their final game before the break. “Some guys have never played a playoff game before,” James said. “You can’t teach them that. It’s very important to understand how important every game is, no matter who you’re playing or where you are.”Both teams struggled mightily in the final quarter after an up-and-down track meet over the first three periods. The Hawks made just 5 of 19 shots over the final 12 minutes; the Lakers weren’t much better, hitting 6 of 22. The teams combined to go 3 of 18 from 3-point range.The Hawks scored just seven points in the final 6:33 but managed to hold on. Taurean Prince delivered a key 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and Young darted past James for a lay-in and a foul that thwarted any hope of a Lakers comeback.It sure didn’t start out that way.Atlanta tied a franchise record for 3-pointers in a quarter, going 10 of 17 in the opening period for a 38-32 lead. The Lakers fought back to take a 69-65 edge at the half, but Atlanta pulled ahead for good to lead 100-95 going to the fourth.The Lakers had a chance after an Atlanta turnover led to a driving basket by James, cutting the Hawks’ lead to 116-113. But after desperately trying to come up with a steal, Los Angeles was forced to foul Kevin Huerter with 4.3 seconds left. He made the second of two free throws to seal the victory.TIP-INSLakers: James’ triple-double was his fifth this season. … Rajon Rondo was charged with six turnovers. … Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram scored 19 points apiece.Hawks: After matching its record for 3s in a quarter, set Oct. 21 at Cleveland, Atlanta missed all six of its attempts beyond the arc the next period. … Forty-two-year-old Vince Carter turned in some crucial minutes, contributing 11 points, five rebounds and three assists after sitting out Sunday’s loss to Orlando. … Collins picked up his fifth foul with 7:19 remaining but managed to make it to the end.INJURY REPORT MOST READ Michael Jordan: 6 NBA titles tougher than James Harden, Russell Westbrook streaks ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Trae Young knew he’d have to carry a heavy load, and that was OK with him.The rookie was pumped to face LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more