BUZZER BEATER | Finally, a world title for Melindo

first_img[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Finally, a world title for Melindo’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Wednesday, May 24, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] AFTER failing in his first two tries, Milan Melindo has finally fulfilled his dream as a professional boxer after winning the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world light flyweight championship.Melindo captured the world title belt after scoring a quick first round technical knockout win over Japanese boxer Akira Yaegashi on Sunday evening at the Ariake Collosseum in Tokyo, Japan.The quick stoppage win by the ALA Boxing Stable standout Melindo over Yaegashi is considered historic as it is the fastest world championship fight in light flyweight division history.The 29-year-old Melindo was aggressive early on as he quickly dropped Yaegashi with a left hook. He unloaded the same shot seconds later for the Japanese boxer’s second knockdown.With a few seconds remaining in the bout, Melindo connected a cracking left and right combination that once again floored Yaegashi. Referee Eddie Hernandez did not bother to count and declared the Filipino boxer as the winner.“Masayang masaya po ako. Hindi ko po lubos maisip na ganoon po ang mangyayari,” Melindo said in an interview. “Si God po ang tumulong sa akin para magwagi sa first round. I just did my best.”“Hark work lang po at yung training po talaga. ‘Yung ginawa na pagdadasal din po sa Diyos, ‘yun po ang nagdadala ng panalo sa amin,” he added. “Belief in God and hard work, ‘yun po talaga ang key ng pagpapanalo.”Prior to his conquest over Yaegashi, Melindo had two tries in nailing the elusive world championship but suffered defeats against Mexican pugilists Juan Francisco Estrada and Javier Mendoza.The Cagayan de Oro-native Melindo became the fourth Filipino boxer world championship titleholder aside from Manny Pacquiao (WBO welterweight), Jerwin Ancajas (IBF junior bantamweight) and Donnie Nietes (IBF flyweight).With the victory, Melindo has improved his impressive boxing record to 36-2-0 win-loss-draw, including 13 stoppage wins. The 33-year-old Yaegashi’s slate, meanwhile, slid to a 25-6-0 win-loss-draw record with 13 knockout wins.***Days after Melindo’s successful title conquest, he immediately received a title defense offer from fellow Filipino boxer Randy Petalcorin, a former WBA interim light flyweight champion.The General Santos City-native Petalcorin said that he intently watch the quick bout between Melindo and Yaegashi and is confident of his chances against the fellow Filipino boxer.“I want to fight Melindo. I hope he has the balls to fight me,” Petalcorin told the Buzzer Beater. “It’s been a long time that we have not seen two Filipino boxers fighting for world championship.”Sanman Boxing Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil said that, while is it unfortunate for two Filipino boxers to contest a world title, it is much needed to bring back the glory days of boxing.“There is really nothing wrong with an all-Pinoy world title fight. I think this is one of the things we need to accept to bring back the glory day of Philippine boxing,” said Manangquil.Petalcorin, who has an impressive 26-2-1 win-loss-draw ring record, including knockout victories, recently won the vacant IBF Pan Pacific light flyweight title and is ranked number 4 by the IBF./PNlast_img read more

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Three Argonauts Earn All-GSC Honors in Post Season Awards

first_imgNovember 19, 2019GSC Post Season AwardsBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UWF volleyball Argos, Jordyn Poppen, Veresia Yon, and Ebony Powers all earned spots on the 2019 All GSC Team. Poppen and Yon each earned First Team All-GSC and Powers earned Second Team All-GSC. Senior Jordyn Poppen as also earned GSC Player of the Year.Poppen is the sixth Argonaut in program history to earn GSC Player of the Year. The last time a West Florida player won this honor was in 2013 when Lindsay Homme won the honor. Poppen also earned her third First Team All GSC selection and Yon has earned her first as a freshman. This is West Florida’s 39th and 40th GSC First Team selections in the program history. Powers is the 25th Argonaut to earn Second Team All GSC recognition. Jordyn Poppen has had an outstanding 2019 senior season so far. Poppen has earned 20 double-doubles this season, is fourth in the GSC in kills with 400 kills and 3.44 avg/set, third in the GSC in points with 453.5 and 3.84 avg/set, has been GSC Offensive Player of the Week, earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at Pacer Invitational and Springhill Suites Invitational and has recorded over 400 kills and 401 digs this season as an all around player. As a freshman, Veresia Yon has had an amazing start to her career so far, as their is still more season left to play. Yon has won GSC Freshman of the Week three times this season, is third in GSC in hitting percentage with .331, ninth in GSC in kills with 315 kills with 2.81 avg/set, seventh in GSC in blocks with 120 total blocks, 18 solo and 102 assisted averaging 1.06 per set, and sixth in GSC in points with 407 total points averaging 3.6 points/set.There have been 11 matches in the season where Yon hit above a .400.Ebony Powers has earned a name for herself this season catching the attention of anybody who watches her play. Powers has recorded two double-doubles on the season and has had eight matches where she recorded four or more blocks. So far, Powers has recorded 243.5 points on the season with 206 kills hitting .211.West Florida, Alabama Huntsville, Union, Montevallo, and West Georgia were the only programs with selections to the All-GSC First Team. To the All-GSC Second Team were players from West Florida, Union, Mississippi College, Christian Brothers, Auburn Montgomery, Montevallo, Alabama Huntsville and West Georgia. The GSC Player of the year is our very own Jordyn Poppen, GSC Freshman of the Year is Tierra White from West Georgia, GSC Setter of the Year is Madi Fleming from West Georgia, and GSC Libero of the Year is Abbie Rahn from Union. The 2019 Coach of the Year is Darrin McClure from Union.How to Follow the Argos: For complete information on UWF Volleyball, follow the team on Twitter at @UWFVolleyball and on Instagram at @UWFVolleyball.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Floyd George: Athletes risk ban at Tokyo Olympics

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that athletes are still banned from protesting at the Olympic Games after several sports moved to allow protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody.Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”As such, athletes who breach the rule are subject to discipline on a case-by-case basis and the IOC issued guidelines in January clarifying that banned protests include taking a knee and other gestures.The IOC reportedly  said the guidelines were still in place and that it would not speculate on “hypothetical cases 13 months before the Olympic Games”.Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25.His death sparked worldwide protests against racial injustice, with several soccer players in Germany’s Bundesliga delivering their own messages of support during games.Anti-racism movements were  discussed at an IOC executive board meeting yesterday and  reiterated  its stands for non-discrimination as one of the founding pillars of the Olympic Movement.last_img read more

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Wadsworth Remains Unbeaten; Rolls Over Cuyahoga Falls 59-0

first_img Related TopicsBrock SnowballCuyahoga FallsWadsworth Grizzlies By Michael Rodgers CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO – The script was much of the same Friday evening for the Wadsworth Grizzlies, as they rolled over the Black Tigers of Cuyahoga Falls 59-0.The Black Tigers were looking to party for their homecoming game, but The Grizzlies turned out the lights early to remain undefeated on the season.Brock Snowball gave them the early lead after a nine-yard touchdown run and from there Wadsworth flexed their muscles.After a safety by Wadsworth to put them up 9-0, Joey Baughman decided to get in on the fun. Throwing touchdown passes to Mitchell Blackburn and Christian Szalay, the Grizzlies were up 23-0 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.Snowball took a punt 27 yards to house and Baughman came back and threw two more touchdown passes to Blackburn and Szalay to go up 43-0 at halftime.The story of the first half was Cuyahoga Falls giving Wadsworth favorable field position and not being able to move the ball. Penalties and unforced errors didn’t help either, as the Black Tigers were helpless against the swarming Grizzlies defense.Wadsworth opened the 2nd half with a 81 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Szalay to build the lead to 50-0. The Grizzlies are now 6-0 on the season, and their hopes for an undefeated season remain very much intact.For Cuyahoga Falls, they drop to 0-6 on the season, and hope to take the tough lesson of a loss to a very good Wadsworth team into next week when they play at Hudson. NEO HS Stafflast_img read more

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BP Teachers of Excellence Awards Celebrate 20 Years

first_imgPatience: “Last year we had Barbara Veeck and she was a special education resource teacher at West Homer Elementary, she’s also a West Homer ski program coach. She was recognized for 33 years of education experience and was recognized as the BP teacher of excellence. We have a local community committee that helps choose different nominations from the teachers every year and last year we had five Kenai Peninsula teachers recognized.  It varies year to year but each of those teachers wins a $500 gift card their school gets a $500 matching grant.” The deadline to nominate local teachers is January 31, 2015. Dawn Patience with BP spoke about the Kenai Peninsula’s nominations last year. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 20th annual BP Teachers of Excellence Award nominations are open and celebrating the 620 teachers from across the state who have been recognized.center_img This year there is also a commemorative plate being made for the teacher who will be chosen. To nominate a teacher who has shown patterns of excellence, click here.last_img read more

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First Team Duo Visit Community Foundation Christmas Camp

first_imgThe duo dropped in for a question and answer session and to sign autographs on the second day of the two-day camp at Cleve RFC.Foundation coach Nick George said: “It was great to have Mitch and Ryan come down and speak to the kids. They absolutely loved having two Bristol players at the camp and asked some very good questions of them.”For more information about the Community Foundation’s school holiday camps, click here.last_img

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Paul lone Guyanese in T20 squad to face Bangladesh

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, Jul 30, CMC – Fit-again all-rounders Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell have returned to the West Indies Twenty20 side while talisman Chris Gayle has been rested, in a 13-man squad named to face Bangladesh in the three-match Twenty20 International series starting here Tuesday night. The squad, belatedly announced late yesterday and almost 24 hours before the first game at Warner Park here, sees little change from the unit which contested the Hurricane Relief T20 at Lord’s earlier this year.Veteran Samuels and fellow Jamaican star Russell have both recovered from injury to take their place in the squad. While Samuel missed the preceding one-day series, Russell played the first game before being forced to miss the remaining two fixtures.Opener Gayle, who gathered 142 runs in the ODI series, will sit out the rubber that features the last two matches at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, United States. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 6Andre RussellCourtney BrownEvin LewisKeemo PaulMarlon SamuelsSamuel Badree “We have rested Chris Gayle and have added left-arm pacer, Sheldon Cottrell for variety to the bowling attack,” said chief selector Courtney Browne.“The team reflects the last squad that performed well in the charity match in the UK.”Cottrell last played a T20 for West Indies on the tour of New Zealand earlier this year, and is coming off a stint in the recent Global T20 Canada league where he grabbed 16 wickets for Vancouver Knights. In fact, most of the squad are coming off outings in the inaugural tournament in Toronto, a tournament which Browne said had provided the ideal environment for the Windies B side players to grab the attention of selectors.“The strong performances of the young players in the Windies B team during the T20 series in the Canada’s Global T20 League and this augurs well for our T20 game.”The opening game here bowls off at 8 pm while the Florida doubleheader at the weekend is carded for the same time. West Indies swept the Test series 2-0 while Bangladesh rebounded to capture the ODI series 2-1, winning the decisive third match by 18 runs at Warner Park here on Saturday.SQUAD – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Evin Lewis, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Ashley Nurse, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.last_img read more

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YWCC donate hampers to sugar workers

first_imgIn a simple act of generosity, the Cumberland, East Canje-based Young Warriors Cricket Club (YWCC) on Monday donated a quantity of food hampers to senior members and former employees of GuySuCo, Rose Hall Estate. The idea was realised through one of the more senior member of the club, Ishwar Singh, brother of former West Indies Under and Senior National Cricketer, Gajanand Singh.At a simple ceremony held recently, Sahadeo Singh, father of Ishwar Singh, said his son felt for the people around the East Canje area who were all affected by the closure of the estate. He said that as far as he could remember, the entire community depended on the sugar estate, adding that it was painful to see the hardship residents are going through.He said he also observed that many young boys and girls are dropping out of school because of severe poverty and promised that his son and the recently resuscitated YWCC will play their part in assisting the needy. The YWCC, which was recently revived, has already played in three-first division finals.They lost to the Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets twice before winning the Ivan Madray Memorial 100 balls final last weekend against the same team.Recent West Indies batting sensation and Indian Premier League (IPL)-bound Shimron Hetmyer is a product of the club. The IPL is the largest and most lucrative T20 tournament globally and Hetmyer has pocketed US$588,000. He is the first Berbician that will play in the IPL cricket. Speaking on behalf of the recipients, Brian Henry thanked Ishwar Singh, owner of GuyBiz Establishment of Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice for his fine gesture and the cricket club for organising the event.He said that the club has, over the years, helped many persons and charitable organizations in the area and has given many youths an opportunity in cricket that changed their lives forever.last_img read more

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Serena survives Fourth of July test by Slovenian student

first_imgLONDON,  (Reuters) – For the second time in four days a Wimbledon champion called Williams found herself being whipped by a high school teenager but in the end it was Serena Williams dishing out the punishment yesterday. Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan, 18, appeared to have being inspired by fellow qualifier and teenager Cori Gauff’s sensational first-round win over Williams’s elder sister Venus, a five-times winner at the All England Club, as she came out swinging to break Serena twice in the opening set.An ugly smash into the net not only handed Juvan the set but also left an angry Williams staring at the ball in disgust — and if looks could kill, the ball would have turned to dust.But if the Court One fans feared that it might be a case of “Gone on the Fourth of July” for America’s most decorated tennis player, she stormed back for a 2-6 6-2 6-4 second-round win. The 37-year-old missed easy slam-dunk smashes, she belted the ball wide while on break point and glared down on the net after yet another of her shots got tangled up at the bottom of the black mesh.But despite producing more unforced errors (26) than winners (25), she put on a winning show for her friend Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, to seal a place in the third round against Germany’s Julia Goerges by firing down her sixth ace.“I play my best when I am down; it brings out the best in me. I’m just a fighter and I never give up,” said a relieved Williams, who is chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. That was certainly true on Thursday because during the first hour of her contest with Juvan, things were not exactly looking rosy. Williams had never lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 at the All England Club nor to a qualifier at any of the slams.She had a 102-13 win-loss ratio on grass and a 338-47 record at the slams.Taking on a Wimbledon debutante whose Grand Slam record stood at a slightly more modest 1-1, the result appeared to be a foregone conclusion. However, Juvan, who will return to her homeland to finish her high school exams, appeared to have done her homework on her more illustrious rival as she belted winners galore to race to a 3-0 lead in the first set.She barely put a foot wrong as she converted both of the break points she earned and made only two unforced errors while Williams failed to make a dent in the Slovenian’s serve.When the American finally broke Juvan in the opening game of the second set, it was game on. Williams had a chance to grab a double break for a 4-1 lead but Juvan played like a seasoned professional as she refused to get intimidated by her rival’s reputation.The world number 133 saved break point by luring the 11th seed into the net with a dropshot and then just stood back to watch a screaming Williams wildly belt the ball into the backboards.Williams did go on to win the set, and eventually the match, but she knows that if she wants to hoist the Rosewater Dish for an eighth time, she needs to improve in all departments.“I’m just low on matches basically,” said Williams, who has opted to double her Wimbledon workload by joining forces with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles even though her build-up was troubled by a knee injury. “I could feel it but I’m getting there. Just have to… really learn from every single point.“I’m excited to play with a British icon like Andy… it’s going to be an honour to share the court with him. Maybe I can learn a thing or two.“Usually when I play doubles, it really helps out my singles game. I really need it.”last_img read more

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Atletico’s Arda Turan: “My agent is currently in touch with three or four clubs”

first_img This explanation would correspond with the rumours that his agent has been in talks with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City over the course of the last week.  The future of Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan remains up in the air. However, a resolution is edging closer. The Turkish international, tired of all the speculation, has used his Twitter account to clarify the situation.  “The transfer rumors are not entirely correct. My agent is currently in touch with 3-4 clubs. I will update you all if a deal is made,” Arda wrote.  28/06/2015 Sport ENcenter_img CEST As of today, the only thing which seems certain is that Arda will not be at Atletico Madrid when the new season begins. Upd. at 14:19 last_img read more

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