Groves bout off but world title fight looms

first_imgGeorge Groves has withdrawn from Friday’s British super-middleweight title defence against Kenny Anderson – and it has emerged that the Hammersmith fighter is set to challenge for a world title in the near future.Groves, who was floored by Anderson before stopping him in 2010, was due to face the Scot at Wembley Arena in an eagerly anticipated rematch.But he has pulled out because of a back problem and the entire show – which was also to have included fellow West Londoner Steve O’Meara – has been called off.Groves is unbeaten in 14 pro fightsAnd it has been revealed that Groves is now being lined up for a shot at WBO champion Robert Stieglitz.The Germany-based Russian was due to face Mikkel Kessler – a former title holder who has fought Joe Calzaghe and Carl Froch – on 14 April.But Kessler is currently nursing an injury, leading Stieglitz to make other plans.Groves, unbeaten in his 14 professional fights, is rated as one of the country’s top boxing prospects.Last year he won a close points decision against local rival James DeGale and blasted away ex-British champion Paul Smith in two rounds.His trainer and manager Adam Booth insisted Groves was not ready to fight for a world title.But Stieglitz is regarded as one of the weaker champions in an extremely strong division.Commenting on the postponement of Friday’s Wembley bill, promoter Frank Warren said: “Of course, it’s bitterly disappointing for us and all the boxers involved.“But in sport, injuries occur and there is very little anyone can do about it. I have had no option but to postpone the whole card until a later date.”Light-middleweight O’Meara was scheduled to face former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

School board approves Ryan Bisio, Graham Johnson as Arcata basketball coaches

first_imgMcKinleyville >> The Northern Humboldt Union School Board voted unanimously to approve Ryan Bisio and Graham Johnson as varsity and junior varsity head coaches, respectively, in a special meeting at McKinleyville High School Monday evening.“In the end, tonight was a celebration of Arcata High basketball,” a relieved Bisio said after a tumultuous week. “There’s a lot of happy people out here tonight and I’m just one of them.”After a lengthy public comment session that saw numerous persons …last_img read more

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Sri Lanka vow to win it for their fans back home

first_imgSri Lanka are looking to win the World Cup as much for the people back home as for Muttiah Muralitharan, who will be playing his last international match on Saturday.Former captain Mahela Jayawardene made it clear that winning the coveted trophy for the fans was the foremost thing on every player’s mind – including Murali.”We started off the campaign thinking that we will win the Cup for our fans back home and it will remain the same. Obviously we want to dedicate the win to Murali but even for him the country comes ahead of everyone,” he said.Talking about one of his closest accomplices in the team, Jayawardene said: ” What he has accomplished is for everyone to see. But I would like to take this opportunity to disclose that he was the first person in the Lankan team to take me out for a meal when I made my debut. Even today, he is the first person to take a new member in the team out for a meal.” Sometimes his sweetness can be irritating like when he goes to the opposition camp and exchanges pleasantries with them,” he added.The stylish right- hander feels the sub- continent teams- three of which made it to semi- finals – were expected to play well considering they were playing in home conditions. ” I don’t believe in this shift in power. If three of the four sub- continent teams manage to reach the semifinals in the next edition in Australia- New Zealand, only then can we say that the power has shifted. At home, with conditions favouring our players, we were expected to prosper,” he said.advertisementJayawardene believes that it was the title triumph in 1996 that helped Sri Lankan turn a new leaf. ” The win in 1996 helped the players believe in themselves.Even players like me who were coming through the ranks then believed that we could compete and win against the best teams in the world. As seniors we now tend to do the same with the younger players,” he said.last_img read more

Shanghai esports team ends 42-match Overwatch losing streak

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns out with concussion for 1st missed game of his career SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Shanghai ditched its primarily Chinese roster after a dismal first season and replaced those players mostly with South Koreans. The league’s only female player, Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon, is one of three players remaining from the inaugural roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAmong the players that helped Shanghai beat the Uprising was Noh “Gamsu” Young-Jin, who was traded from Boston to the Dragons earlier this month.“Overwatch” is a 6-on-6 first-person shooter, and the Overwatch League is the first city-based professional esport, including franchises in Asia, North America and Europe. The league plans to bring its franchises to their home cities in future seasons, but all matches are currently being played in Southern California. NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: Philadelphia Fusion play London Spitfire during Overwatch League Grand Finals – Day 2 at Barclays Center on July 28, 2018 in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment /AFPBURBANK, Calif. — A Shanghai esports team has finally secured a victory after losing its first 42 matches, a skid that carried into the Overwatch League’s second season.The Shanghai Dragons went 0-40 as an inaugural “Overwatch” franchise in 2018 and lost their first two matches this season before beating the Boston Uprising on Friday night. Players high-fived on stage after clinching the win, and fans at the 500-seat Blizzard Arena broke out a loud “Let’s go Dragons!” chant.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more