first_imgTokyo, Japan | AFP | Boxing is fighting for its Olympic future amid serious concerns over the governing body AIBA, threatening the participation of the sport at the Tokyo 2020 Games.The so-called “Sport of Kings” has a proud Olympic history and can chart its involvement back to the Ancient Games in 688 B.C.Many giants of the sport began their careers as amateurs in the Olympic ring. AFP recalls five of the best:– Muhammad Ali: The Greatest –In 1960 in Rome, a relatively unknown lightweight 18-year-old called Cassius Clay made his Olympic debut. He would go on to become Muhammad Ali, widely considered the greatest boxer of all time — and perhaps the greatest sportsman.Clay didn’t have it all his own way in his final against a southpaw from Poland, Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, who caused him difficulties in the early exchanges.But the five judges eventually gave him an unanimous 5-0 decision, handing him a gold medal that the future World Heavyweight Champion wore “everywhere he went,” according to biographer Jonathan Eig.After a glittering career, Ali then returned to the Olympic stage at Atlanta in 1996, where his trembling lighting of the Olympic flame spotlighted his battle with Parkinson’s and provided one of the most emotional moments in Olympic history.– ‘Fabulous’ Sugar Ray Leonard –After failing to win selection for the US team in 1972, Sugar Ray Leonard headed to Montreal in 1976 to take part in what has been hailed the greatest competition in Olympic history, packed with stars.In the end, the 21-year-old cruised through the tournament, winning every bout 5-0 and dispatching the mighty Cuban Andres Aldama in the gold medal bout, also by a 5-0 decision.The 1976 gold medal served as a springboard for an impressive professional career that saw Leonard considered as one of the “fantastic four” that kept boxing popular after Ali’s retirement.In 1980, he would return to the same venue for a bout dubbed the “Brawl in Montreal”, losing to “Hands of Stone” Roberto Duran from Panama.– ‘Big George’ Foreman – American George Foreman arrived at the 1968 Games in Mexico City as a 19-year-old novice with only 18 bouts to his name.He left a superstar of the sport, winning three out of four of his bouts by knock-out or stoppage, including stopping tough Soviet fighter Jonas Cepulis in the second round in the final.Foreman turned professional immediately after the Games and within five years was World Heavyweight Champion after knocking out Joe Frazier, who had himself won gold in 1964.He later became famous for a stunning comeback from retirement, winning back the Heavyweight Championship at the age of 45.– ‘Money’ Mayweather –Floyd Mayweather will forever be known for the 2015 “Fight of the Century” against Filipino Manny Pacquiao — the highest grossing bout of all time — but his Olympic career was shrouded in controversy as he won only a bronze medal.Mayweather fought as a precociously talented teenaged featherweight in the 1996 Atlanta Games and progressed to the semi-final against Bulgaria’s Serafim Todorov.The judges scored the fight 10-9 to Todorov, confounding even the referee who raised aloft Mayweather’s arm, convinced the American had done enough to win.The controversial decision sparked an official protest from the US team, which claimed Mayweather landed punches that were not counted. “I got ripped off,” Mayweather was quoted as saying at the time.– Neon lights for Spinks –Leon “Neon” Spinks is best known for becoming World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Ali in 1978 in a split decision considered one of the sport’s most controversial.But he too cut his teeth in the Olympic ring, winning gold in Montreal in the light-heavyweight division while his brother Michael also picked up gold as a middleweight.In the final, he pulled off what was seen as a shock result against the Cuban Sixto Soria and turned professional the year afterwards — another fighter who launched his career via the Olympic ring.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgThe National Lottery has compiled a definitive list of Ireland’s luckiest counties when it comes to winning the top prize when playing scratch cards.And it shows that Donegal is the seventh luckiest county with 14 players claiming top prizes worth €945,000 in winnings from scratch cards.Since 2015, there have been a total of 402 winners who have won top tier prizes, which are the maximum cash prizes on a given scratch card game, worth a massive total of €22,565,000 when playing National Lottery scratch card games. Scratch card players in Dublin came out on top with 102 players winning more than €5.3 million in top tier prizes.Tipperary came in second place with an incredible €1,695,000 in top prizes shared among 20 winners. Cork came third with €1,580,000 won by 39 individual players while Wexford and Kildare round off the top five with total top prize scratch card wins of €1,415,000 and €1,385,000 respectively. The full county by county stats can be viewed below.Donegal is scratching itself up the National Lottery’s top prize list! was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Yeng Guiao’s wish for a friendly between the Philippine national basketball team and Australia isn’t going to happen.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img F1 practice in Azerbaijan disrupted by loose drain cover DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said a scrimmage between Gilas Pilipinas and the Boomers won’t be part of the Philippines’ for the upcoming 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in Foshan.Marcial on Thursday said the Boomers’ schedule in preparation for the World Cup is already packed and that there’s no way for the Philippines to face them in a scrimmage, which what was Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas initially wanted to happen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“They [the SBP] planned it but it just so happened that Australia’s schedule is full so they’re looking at either New Zealand or Korea,” said Marcial in Filipino at Cuneta Astrodome before the Game 5 tip-off between San Miguel and Phoenix in the semifinals.The Philippines and Australia figured in an ugly brawl during the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers that resulted in 13 players getting suspended. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Guiao said during the past Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum that he wanted Gilas to play the Boomers in an attempt to foster goodwill between the teams.Scheduling, though, made that impossible.“We reached out to Australia but once we knew their schedule was full, it was scrapped,” said Guiao.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has dubbed Inter Milan’s Champions League clash with PSV on Tuesday as the most important of his career at the clubInter’s qualification is no longer dependent on them as they need Barca to beat Spurs while they beat PSV on their patch. But Spalletti has called for the focus on the San Siro crunch clash.“We often fail to keep our concentration up for the whole game and when that happens, our opponents take advantage,” the Coach said at a Press conference and cited on Football Italia.“The team are fine. Juventus and Tottenham are two top teams, one’s been winning for 10 years, the other reached the Champions League quarter-finals last season.“We played on par with Juve and, if anything, we dropped points against Parma and Atalanta.“You can lose in Bergamo, but not how we did [a 4-1 defeat]. We must maintain a high level over 38 games, so we have to do better.“Only serious people work for Barcelona. The only mistake we can make is if we focused on their game.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We must think about winning our own, against a team who were in the third pot, whereas we were in the fourth.“They’re also higher than us in their respective League. It’s the most important match since I’ve been here, even more than against Lazio last season.“If, at the time of the draw, we were told we’d be playing for qualification against PSV and Tottenham had to face Barcelona, what would we have said? We’ve seen that the group’s very tough.It’s still open to any outcome. We have the same calmness for Barcelona as Tottenham do for PSV, who’ll want to win here because they only have a few points.“Vecino’s had a test and probably won’t be available. Nainggolan needs a few more days because he risks getting injured again.“We’ll make assessments and study his problem further. Vecino’s problem seems difficult to solve.”last_img read more

first_imgNew York Red Bulls Head Coach Chris Armas is excited to reunite with his team again after the end of season break ended. “It’s great to be back with the guys, out in the field, training,” Armas told the club’s official website. “You quickly get reminded what a great group of players we have.”“It’s like we haven’t missed a beat out there,” he said.The ascension of RB Leipzig – Good or bad for football?The ascension of RB Leipzig – Good or bad for football? Milan Gjorgjevikj – February 12, 2018 RB Leipzig put east Germany back on the football map, but at what cost? Is their achievement a success story, or is it bad…Armas says he hopes to instill the club’s discipline and tradition on the new players and make sure the experienced players become sharper and quicker with the ball. “You love the energy those young guys bring, there’s so much for them to be fighting for,” Armas said. “To see Bradley Wright-Phillips interact with some of the younger players, it’s a thing of beauty to watch it all come together.”The Red Bulls continue training at home before heading to Florida for their first preseason stint, starting on January 21.last_img read more

first_imgKepa Arrizabalaga’s Wembley bust-up with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has resulted in a fine by the club.Sarri and the former Bilbao shot-stopper held talks on Monday over the ‘keeper’s obstinacy in the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City on penalties.The Italian manager was frustrated on the sidelines after Kepa failed to be subbed for Willy Caballero ahead of the penalty shootout.Reports claim both men have settled their differences and Kepa has personally apologised to Sarri, his team-mates and the club in full acknowledgment he made “a big mistake”.His wages will go to charity, and he told Sky: “I have thought a lot more about yesterday’s events. Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation.“I wanted to take the time today to apologise fully and in person to the coach, to Willy, my team-mates and to the club. I have done this and now I want to offer the same apology to the fans.“I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.Sarri said: “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation. There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted. He has apologised to me, his team-mates and the club.Chelsea fine Kepa Arrizabalaga a week’s wages after Maurizio Sarri Wembley bust-up:— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 25, 2019“It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me, this matter is now closed.“The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive cup final.“Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”last_img read more