Monk proud to get Swans chance

first_imgGarry Monk’s first job as permanent manager of Swansea will be to stamp his authority on the squad in order to take the club forward. After three months in caretaker charge following the dismissal of Michael Laudrup the 35-year-old can now look to plan for the longer term having signed a three-year contract. He has been rewarded for securing the club’s Premier League status for another season and is now looking to build for the future. “That’s what will drive me on to produce a successful team that plays attractive and attacking football. I want everyone connected to this club to be proud of the team. “I am under no illusion how much hard work is needed going forward but I am willing to put that hard work in by giving everything I have to ensure Swansea City is a success.” Monk had a difficult start to his fledgling managerial career as after winning the south Wales derby against Cardiff in his first game he then took three points from his next six matches. With the Swans threatened by relegation a 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Norwich came just at the right time and further wins over Newcastle and Aston Villa ensured they were safe. “As a board of directors we carefully considered our next step because it was a very important decision for our football club,” said chairman Huw Jenkins. “But having gone through that process we unanimously agreed that the timing was right for Garry to be offered the job on a permanent basis. “As we look forward to our fourth season in the Premier League we all agreed that we needed to get back to basics and reinforce the principles that have brought us success in recent years. “Garry represents all the strong values we hold so dearly as a football club and everyone is looking forward to working with him. “We have all been impressed with his work-rate and commitment since taking over the reins in February and how he adapted in very difficult circumstances to secure the points we needed to remain in the top-flight. “Garry will work with the current staff to refocus and improve the playing squad over the summer in order to build a strong, competitive team for another big challenge that lies ahead next season.” Monk, who has been at the club for a decade as a player, is confident he can take the Swans in the right direction after concerns over Laudrup’s leadership led to the Dane being dismissed in early February. “It is the proudest moment of my career. I’m honoured the club thinks so highly of me to give me this chance,” he told swanseacityfc.net. “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime – and one I fully intend to take. I have had a taste of the job for the last three months and it’s something I’ve really enjoyed. “Now I’m really looking forward to the next phase in my life and the club’s progression. “I’ll be looking to stamp my authority on the squad and the club – and take it forward. “I have a plan in my mind and with the help of the chairman and the board how to implement it. “I have been given a massive responsibility to manage this proud football club but I have always been a person that enjoys and relishes responsibility, so I am looking forward to the challenge. “I have been at this football club for 10 years and I know what Swansea City means to everyone in the community – and beyond. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mario Balotelli expected to be sidelined until new year

first_imgMario Balotelli will undergo surgery on Wednesday to resolve a groin problem and is expected to be sidelined until the new year. Press Association A Milan statement read: “AC Milan announces that tomorrow Mario Balotelli will have surgery to correct a persistent groin injury in Munich, Germany. “The injury has been ongoing for weeks and conservative treatment has not had the desired effect. “The operation will be conducted by professor Ulrike Muschaweck.” No time frame has been given as to when the former Manchester City striker, 25, will be available for selection. Balotelli scored 26 goals in 43 appearances for Milan in his first spell at the club before leaving in the summer of 2014 in a £16m transfer to Liverpool. Milan, coached by Sinisa Mihajlovic, are sixth in the Serie A standings as they look to bounce back from two disappointing seasons which saw them fail to qualify for European football. The Rossoneri are seven points adrift of league leaders Fiorentina and rivals Inter Milan after six wins in 12 games. center_img Balotelli has made just four appearances, scoring one goal, since returning to Milan this summer on a season-long loan from Liverpool. He has not featured since September 27. last_img read more

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MBB : After strong effort early, Orange defense breaks down late

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The ‘dead’ spot in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone was dead. The one place within SU’s defensive structure where an opponent cannot be allowed an open catch or shot was missing its biggest protector.Rick Jackson’s four personal fouls transformed the power forward from his usual role of bully into that of a pushover without a choice. He couldn’t flock to Georgetown’s backdoor cutters to physically contest shots. And he couldn’t play aggressive.The spot he normally commands looked much less intimidating.‘We were stopping them,’ SU shooting guard Brandon Triche said. ‘Basically, for 35 minutes we stopped them from getting those backdoor cuts. The last few plays, I think we froze up a little bit.’SU head coach Jim Boeheim said the Orange played its best defense of the year for 35 minutes. In the final five, the zone lost its flare. A handful of slip-ups and one backbreaking backdoor cut were all the Hoyas needed to pull away for the 64-56 win. A five-minute defensive breakdown negated all the positives.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 2:08 left in the game, Hoya guard Jason Clark ran to the open spot next to the SU basket. He received a pass from Austin Freeman and converted the layup.It was exactly what the SU coaching staff preached to the Orange 27 hours earlier on the same court during practice. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins knew the Hoyas’ plan of attack, and he told the team. Syracuse had to defend Georgetown’s angled cuts through the 2-3 zone that would be used over and over again.But when it mattered most, the zone couldn’t stop it.‘They got one backdoor,’ Boeheim said of Clark’s layup.In the last five minutes, the nightmare came to fruition. At the back of the zone, Jackson — with the four fouls — had no choice but to play soft. Clark’s layup increased the Georgetown lead to six as Jackson, Triche, Kris Joseph and the rest of the defense sped around defensively, only to freeze up at the crucial moment.Frozen stiff was the last thing the SU defense was prior to the game’s final stretch. Alive and fluid, the five Syracuse players hounded Georgetown’s triumvirate of guards around the zone. Even from the 14-minute mark of the second half until the final six minutes — a stretch during which SU played without starters Jackson and Triche.With freshmen Dion Waiters, C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita garnering the playing time in the middle part of the second half, the Orange maintained its lockdown on Georgetown. Following a successful first half during which SU held the Hoyas to 40 percent shooting, the freshmen muzzled the penetration of Georgetown veteran guards Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Clark.Waiters baited Clark into risks that resulted in effortless SU steals. Moussa Keita harangued the Hoya basket for five total blocks. And Fair used his sinewy length to force the Hoyas into low-percentage shots.The three freshmen gave SU an advantage while Jackson was out. The team trailed 39-38 when Jackson left and had a 53-50 lead when he returned with 5:37 left.But when he and Triche came back, the 3s Fair was contesting were suddenly wide open. There, the breakdown started.‘We missed assignments,’ SU point guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘They made a couple of 3s where I guess our forwards were trying to cheat out to the 3-pointers. They did make some 3s, and those guys cut. They made some tough plays down the stretch. They are a veteran team.’Veteran enough to pounce on SU at the end.When Hollis Thompson hit a wide-open 3 with 3:50 left to tie the game, it brought Tuesday’s practice to life. From nearly the identical spot on the floor, SU graduate assistant coach Gerry McNamara flung 3s hard off the backboard as soon as he received passes. With McNamara simulating Georgetown’s shooters, Hopkins read his guards as they shifted to the shooter in the zone.But no one got out to Thompson. And he buried the shot. It was the turning point. His 3 pried open the zone, and Freeman and Clark penetrated for three easy layups in the game’s final moments. The last of which was Clark’s backdoor.Without what he called his ‘killer edge,’ Jackson and the rest of the zone walked off the floor disappointed for a simple error in execution.‘I don’t want to say it is a mental lapse,’ Joseph said. ‘They got the backdoor. Execution, you know. Missed directions.’aolivero@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on February 9, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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Sydney Brackett assists on game-winning goal but struggles offensively in 2-0 win over Buffalo

first_imgSydney Brackett grew restless. Syracuse had totaled 10 shots by the 61st minute, four of which were by Brackett. Yet none had squeezed past Buffalo goalkeeper Laura Dougall. By all accounts, it appeared that Syracuse was headed toward overtime and possibly a draw. Brackett’s demeanor suddenly changed. She appeared more aggressive in fighting for loose balls. She initiated more runs along the wing in hopes of sneaking behind the defender. After another missed opportunity that made Brackett clap her hands together, she dashed down the left sideline and received a pass from Eva Gordon. As Brackett approached the end line, she noticed Opal Curless running toward goal and slid Curless the ball. The latter’s shot was deflected and Sheridan Street booted it in. It was goal that proved decisive in holding off Buffalo in SU’s 2-0 win over Buffalo Thursday night. “I live for the through balls,” Brackett said. “It’s like you shoot out of a cannon.”The connection between Gordon and Brackett was strong throughout. At many points when Gordon received the ball, she would immediately look in Brackett’s direction for a potential through ball. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrackett leads the Orange (7-1-1) with 26 shots on the season. She was not able to score her second goal of the season against Buffalo (3-3-2), but she was an active threat for SU throughout. “I know what she’ll do when she gets the ball and she knows what I’ll do,” Gordon said. “That connection will only get stronger as the season goes on.” In the seventh minute, Sheridan Street tapped a through ball past a Buffalo defender, which left Brackett with a one-on-one opportunity. She narrowly fired the ball wide left. Until Street capitalized in the second half, Syracuse was woeful at finishing. By game’s end, SU had taken 21 shots. “When things don’t go well I’m obviously going to get mad at myself,” Brackett said. “But I’ve told myself, all you can do from here is get better.”SU head coach Phil Wheddon raved about Brackett’s ability to place herself in goal-scoring situations. He recruited Brackett as a goal-scorer but expects her to turn it around soon.“When you make a great play and the goalkeeper comes up with a big save, it’s definitely frusturating,” Wheddon said. “I just told her, ‘be patient it’ll come.’”After Courtney Brosnan punched out a corner kick in the 89th minute, Alana O’Neill had a one-on-one with Buffalo goalkeeper Dougall. Across from her, Brackett galloped toward the net. O’Neill opted to take the shot and finished it with ease.SU came away with the win. But inconsistent finishing from Brackett and others may not prove as forgiving entering into ACC conference play. “Every game counts from here on out so we need to be at our best,” Wheddon said. “We expect her to put it in the back of the net. She’s her worst critic so we’ve tried to stay positive with her because we expect big things from her going forward.” Comments Published on September 16, 2016 at 2:06 am Contact Byron: brtollef@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Scramble for tickets for Saturdays All Ireland Senior Hurling final replay well and truly…

first_imgSome supporters are giving out, because family tickets for the game are reducing the number of stand tickets that a club will receive.The matter was raised at last nights Tipperary County Board meeting – secretary Tim Floyd says the GAA have tried to make the replays a family orientated game by reducing the price of family tickets.A limited number of Nally Terrace tickets for Saturdays eagerly awaited All Ireland Final Replay go on sale today. Priced at €25 they will be available from 12 noon at the the Tipperary GAA Shops in Lar Na Pairce Thurles and Clonmel.You can hear the All-Ireland Hurling Final Replay between Tipperary and Kilkenny this Saturday LIVE on Tipp FM.Throw-in at Croke Park is at 5 o’ clock- our big-match build-up gets underway from 4:30, in association with Lyoness Loyalty Card, Clonmel.last_img read more

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Odell Beckham Jr. hopes to spoil playoff-bound teams if Giants are out

first_img Cowboys QB Dak Prescott responds to Eagles’ trash talk “At this point, we can only focus on Washington. There is no ‘what if.’ We’re going out there to win,” Beckham said, via ESPN. “If our season is over, I’m making sure somebody else is coming home with us. That is the goal.”The goal is to win all these games and see what happens, but if not, you have a tough game to play against us for the last four games.” Related News Redskins say QB Alex Smith has ‘serious injury’ after reports of infection “Since the bye week, we’re playing at a very, very high level,” Beckham said. “I just hope we can continue that. That is all we can do at this point. Leave the rest of the season up to everybody else and focus on what we can control, which is winning our game and seeing what happens.”Not really much more to say than that.”center_img New York is still alive in the race for the division title or a wild-card spot, but its slow start capped off by a five-game losing skid makes things difficult.The team has also yet to perform well in their division. New York has lost all four of its divisional games this season. It has two left with one in Week 14 with the Redskins and Week 17 versus the Cowboys. ​If the Giants can win out they would do more than spoil another team’s playoff potential as they would have a spot of their own.  The lowly Giants (4-8) will likely watch the playoffs from home, barring a late-season surge, and if New York is out, its star wide receiver wants to make sure the team sends another packing.Despite winning three of their last four games, the Giants have a less than 1-percent chance at making the playoffs, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, with two NFC East matchups still on the schedule.last_img read more

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Lakers hold off furious Oklahoma City Thunder rally for road victory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I looked out there, we were up 10 and the guys were out there smiling,” Walton said after the Lakers hung on for a 108-104 win over the Thunder. “It’s not over. That’s the perfect example.”Randle’s dunk put the Lakers up 107-97 with 1:08 remaining, but things went from jubilant to terrifying real quick. In the final minute, the Lakers focused on three keys: rebound, defend the 3-point line and don’t turn the ball over.“We did almost the exact opposite,” Randle said.After two turnovers from Jordan Clarkson and a pair of missed free throws from Brandon Ingram, the Thunder pulled within 107-104 on a 3-pointer by Paul George with 24.7 seconds left.Randle inbounded to Clarkson, who was hounded into losing the ball out of bounds. The initial call had the ball going back to the Thunder, but was overturned upon review. PreviousOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, reach for a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) goes to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, top left, shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) passes between Los Angeles Lakers forwards Larry Nance Jr. (7) and Brandon Ingram (14) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, fouls Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) as Westbrook shoots in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, center, and guard Alex Abrines, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, left, and guard Terrance Ferguson (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives around Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, keeps the ball away from Oklahoma City Thunder forwards Jerami Grant, left, and Paul George (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) knocks the ball away from Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, front left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) celebrates as he walks off the court during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, bottom, falls as he drives around Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) as he shoots in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, dunks near of Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, reach for a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) goes to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) goes to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Expand The Lakers subsequently inbounded to Randle, who nearly traveled but was fouled and split two free throws with 17.9 seconds remaining. On the Thunder’s last possession, trailing by four, Russell Westbrook, who scored a game-high 36 points, missed a 3.It was an impressive reversal from the Lakers two previous games against Oklahoma City and it was perhaps most fitting that the game ended with Randle refusing to let Steven Adams, the Thunder’s relentless center, strip the ball away.After getting pushed around in losses of 38 and 24 points in their previous two encounters against the Thunder, the Lakers on Sunday found an answer.“We got pushed around again today,” Walton said, “which is fine as long as we push back. That was the difference, because we pushed back tonight.”On Sunday, the Lakers were outrebounded 46-40, but limited the Thunder to just 13 second-chance points.“It’s a physical game and it should be like that, that’s when it’s fun when guys are going at each other. But the first two times it was just them pushing us.”All five Lakers scored in double figures led by 20 points from Brook Lopez and 19 points from Julius Randle. Brandon Ingram, in his second consecutive start at point guard, finished with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and two blocks.Ingram scored eight of his 16 points in the final period, including a three-point play with 3:32 left.George received the Thunder’s third technical of the game, and the sequence allowed the Lakers to push their lead to 102-92, at the time their biggest of the game.While Clarkson strode to the line for the free throw, Ingram and Josh Hart paused at the top of the key and spoke briefly and laughed.“We were talking about how tired we were,” Ingram said, “from trying to push the pace and move the ball.”Hart may have been the Lakers most valuable player for the second straight game. He added 11 rebounds to his 14 points, giving him 25 boards over the last two games.“He’s always had the heart of a big (man),” Lopez said. “I’m proud to say that and claim him as a big.”It has been a bizarre 11 days since the Lakers left home for five games on the road. Their two identities were constantly engaged in battle, fighting for prominence.There were the triumphs in Chicago and Brooklyn, but also duds in Toronto and especially Orlando.On Sunday, the Lakers were — at least before the final minute — at their very best.“We came in at 2-2 on this road trip,” Hart said, “and we just wanted to fight. … We played a heck of a game.” OKLAHOMA CITY – As the Lakers closed in on of their most unexpected wins of the season, Brandon Ingram blocked Carmelo Anthony’s jump shot and flung the ball ahead to a streaking Julius Randle.Randle slammed the ball with one hand, then galloped back to the Lakers’ bench where he leapt and was greeted with a body slam from rookie Thomas Bryant.The celebration was on. And Luke Walton was nervous. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Džumhur officially welcomed in Sarajevo

first_imgAfter great performances at the ATP tournament in Miami, the best BiH tennis player Damir Džumhur arrived in Sarajevo today, where he was officially welcomed at the premises of the company BH Telecom.Damir was welcomed by numerous friends and athletes, and then the BiH tennis player addressed the media.“The past week has been the best week in my career. After two weeks of not so great results, there came the week that nobody hoped for, including me. When I saw the draw, honestly, I was thinking about how I will have to play in Napoli next week to ensure Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but there it is, in the end it turned out that it was one of the best weeks in my life,” Džumhur stated.In Miami Džumhur eliminated Mayer, Nadal and Kukushkin, while BiH and the region were euphoric. The BiH tennis player once again proved his quality.“Victory against Leonard Mayer gave my additional self-confidence to win against Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Kukushkin. Honestly, I am glad that I got Kukushkin after Nadal, because there is the statistic that the tennis players who win against Rafael get eliminated in the next round. I wanted to prove the statistic wrong and I made it. However, I have worn myself out too much for Miloš Raonić, one of the best players this season. He is in excellent shape. Regardless of the defeat, I can be satisfied with what I did. I hope I will keep up the good work. It is strange to talk about the victory against Nadal, I am still not used to it. This week will give a lot regarding my career and my life,” Damir said.Džumhur thanked the fans for great support they are providing him with.Numerous athletes congratulated Damir on his success. The BiH national football team player Miralem Pjanić sent a vide message, congratulating him especially on the victory against Nadal, wishing him even more success in the future.Džumhur gave a gift to BH Telecom – the shirt in which he played against Nadal. In return, the company gave him a smart phone and a phone number consisting his result against Nadal. Great results have brought him a new sponsorship contract, i.e. the extension of cooperation with the BiH company.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Kansas City Royals fans… the legitimate ones… we want to hear from you

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wow, the Kansas City Royals are in World Series. Hard to believe, isn’t it?This hasn’t happened in 29 years, and it may not happen again for another 29. So let’s live the moment to the max.Sumner Newscow wants to hear the story of being a true Kansas City Royal fan. We’d like to get your take on what it has been like to suffer for so long and then suddenly be jolted into this land of ecstasy. Send us a picture. Tell us about 1985. Tell us your story.There are several ways of doing this. You can e-mail us at sumnernewscow@gmail.com, or you can provide your story on the comment section below, or call me at 620-326-0717. This is your time. Live the moment and let us hear from you. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Rio Ferdinand launches bid to become pro boxer

first_imgRio Ferdinand set to try boxingLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Former England football captain Rio Ferdinand confirmed Tuesday he will train to become a professional boxer with the ultimate aim of challenging for a title belt.The 38-year-old former Manchester United star, who retired from football in May 2015, is taking part in online betting firm Betfair’s “Defender to Contender” project and will be training with former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall.Ferdinand will be seeking to qualify for a British Boxing Board of Control licence before starting training and competing for a title belt.“Boxing is an amazing sport for the mind and the body,” said Ferdinand. “I have always had a passion for it and this challenge is the perfect opportunity to show people what’s possible.“It’s a challenge I’m not taking lightly — clearly not everyone can become a professional boxer — but with the team of experts Betfair are putting together and the drive I have to succeed, anything is possible.”Ferdinand, who will also work with personal trainer Mel Deane, added on Twitter: “It’s happening… Can’t wait to get started with the team @betfair have put together, @richiewoodhall and @meldeane #DefenderToContender.” The ex-West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United and QPR defender, who currently works as a pundit with BT Sport and the BBC, will hold a press conference in London on Tuesday. Woodhall, a former Olympic bronze medallist turned Team GB trainer, believes Ferdinand has the ability to turn professional.“In all honesty, I think Rio can definitely box as a professional given time,” he said. “He has natural power in his right hand, is extremely fit and is very enthusiastic to learn, which is encouraging.“Style-wise, he’s very raw and I’ll have to develop this which will take time but he has all the natural ingredients, height and reach advantages over boxers in his weight division and definitely has potential to win a title in the future.”Ferdinand’s love of boxing is apparent on social media, with a picture on his Twitter profile showing him draped in the WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight title belts of his friend Anthony Joshua.The Londoner, who won 81 caps for England, was in attendance when Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April and posed for pictures with the Olympic gold medallist.There are also several videos on his Instagram page showing Ferdinand training with the gloves.Former Sheffield United midfielder Curtis Woodhouse won the British light-welterweight title in 2012 after swapping football for boxing, while cricketer Andrew Flintoff won a one-off bout, of modest standard, against American Richard Dawson, having been mentored Barry McGuigan.RELATED VIDEO:Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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