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GBA to protest Richard Commey’s loss to Robert Easter Jr

first_imgIt was another day of shame for boxing officiating, says an executive member of the Ghana Boxing Authority(GBA)The unhappy Authority are set to file a protest against the split points decision that denied Ghanaian Boxer Richard Commey a World title as he lost the IBF lightweight bout against American Robert Easter Junior in Reading, PennsylvaniaIn a close contest in which the Ghanaian dropped the American on the canvass in the eighth round insists their campatriot was given a raw deal.Alhaji Tawfif, an executive member of the GBA told the Graphic Sports that the authority was shocked by the decision – which he desribed as ”daylight robbery” – as it was obvious Commey won on the night.“All those who watched the fight including the GBA officials were convinced that Commey was the aggressor, who left his opponent with no option than to hold him (Commey) throughout  the fight.“It was another day of shame for boxing officiating and we of the GBA are obliged to state our position and let the world know that the unanimous decision was a daylight robbery”, he added. Alhaji Tawfik contended that Commey paid the price for the inability to stage the fight in Ghana. “In fact, we had the opportunity to promote the fight in Ghana, but the GBA had no support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.“Had the fight been staged in Ghana the story would have been different”, he argued.Commey is expected in the country tonight.last_img read more

Terrell Suggs timeline: How a strange year led the Ravens legend to a Super Bowl with the Chiefs

first_imgThe Ravens wanted to keep Suggs, especially since his departure would leave them with Matthew Judon, Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams as the outside linebackers on the roster. Suggs said Baltimore made him “a handsome offer” to return, but he declined.Instead, what he called “a decision in the last hour” led him to his offseason home.”It was just time,” he said.Cardinals signingSuggs told SN the factors that pushed him to Arizona in free agency “had nothing to do with football.” That shouldn’t be a surprise considering the Cardinals were coming off a 3-13 season, the worst in the NFL, and had not yet drafted quarterback Kyler Murray. They had given Kliff Kingsbury his first NFL head coaching job just two months prior.”It’s going to be very exciting.” – @untouchablejay4 pic.twitter.com/kE4D0YaSId— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 14, 2019Arizona signed Suggs to a one-year, $7 million contract with $700,000 guaranteed, a steep drop in guarantees from those in his last Baltimore contract but technically a raise from the $5.2 million average salary the Ravens were paying him. Suggs has not said how much Baltimore offered in 2019 free agency.”I had to make a decision to come back and play a couple of more years, or whatever I got left,” Suggs said in his introductory media conference after signing with the Cardinals. “I felt like if I wasn’t going to be in a Ravens jersey, there’s only one place I was going to be playing, so here we are.”After recording a pair of sacks in the Cardinals’ season-opening tie with the Lions at home, Suggs’ first away game in an Arizona uniform was at Baltimore — because of course. He recorded three tackles (one solo) in the Cardinals’ 23-17 loss.Suggs’ contributions remained steady as the season played out, but as the team kept losing, priorities shifted. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/82/fa/terrell-suggs-101618-getty-ftrjpg_19ecs1bvdyrc91jrqena9z5ck9.jpg?t=2116062814&w=500&quality=80 Suggs would be placed on waivers, a process in which all NFL teams get a chance to claim a player who’s been cut. The league’s worst team in the standings gets the first claim opportunity, and so on.Reports indicated Suggs would only play for the Ravens after he had been released by the Cardinals. The truth is he was open to other possibilities as long as a criteria was met.”If I was going to play, I (was hoping) for a playoff team,” Suggs said, adding that he didn’t know what he would have done had a non-contender claimed him. Retirement also was an option.Four teams — the Saints, 49ers, Seahawks and Chiefs, per ESPN — placed claims on Suggs. Thanks to Kansas City’s early-season losses to Indianapolis, Houston, Green Bay and Tennessee, it had the worst record of the bunch.”Coach (Andy) Reid called me,” Suggs said when asked why he agreed to report to a team not named the Ravens. “It didn’t take much convincing. My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t fit in. And he was like, ’Trust me, you can fit in here.'” (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ef/6c/terrell-suggs-013120-getty-ftrjpg_1m67eaa2vw0kn1ly8u822us0wa.jpg?t=-61178153&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/23/f1/terrell-suggs-013120-getty-ftrjpg_12ift72wfu6cp1khji0g0b2ir4.jpg?t=-61150089&w=500&quality=80 Cut by Cardinals, claimed by ChiefsOn Dec. 13, shortly after the Cardinals announced they had released Suggs, Kingsbury told reporters the decision was mutual. Still, it was considered a surprise.Suggs had signed with Arizona for personal reasons more so than football reasons. Why leave? The team had just three games left in what had become a lost season, and it could have opted to simply let Suggs’ contract expire as 2020 arrived. Why cut him?”As the season’s gone on, out of playoff contention, we wanted to see what we had in some younger players,” Kingsbury explained at the time. “We felt like it was the best move for both parties.” MIAMI — Terrell Suggs sat down at a table, clad in a bright red jersey and a matching red hat. This is what the 37-year-old edge rusher imagined for himself at this point in his NFL career, a fresh look with new colors after he had spent 16 years in Ravens purple and black.The seven-time Pro Bowler shook his head in disbelief, though, when asked by a reporter sitting at the same table whether he could have anticipated that his red hat would feature a Chiefs logo rather than a Cardinals logo, and that his red jersey would feature a Super Bowl 54 patch above his right breast. “I never in a million years at the end of last year,” Suggs said, pausing before continuing. “Y’all would have been like, ‘Yo, you’ll be playing in the Super Bowl with the Chiefs next year.’ … What?!”MORE: SN experts predict and make their picks for Super Bowl 54Suggs spent much of his teenage and early adult football life in Arizona, playing high school ball in a Phoenix suburb and setting records in college at Arizona State. He felt a return to the desert upon the expiration of his Ravens contract would be an ideal way to end what likely will be dubbed a Hall of Fame career, so he joined the Cardinals on a one-year deal in free agency. The plan was going smoothly until Arizona cut him just three weeks before the end of the 2019 regular season.Arizona at the time had just lost its sixth straight game to fall to 3-9-1. Suggs technically had started every game, racking up 5.5 sacks in the process, but his role had been reduced as the year progressed. Needless to say, even though he has played sparingly over the last month and a half in Kansas City, Suggs is relieved to have been picked up by the Chiefs.The relationship is mutually beneficial. Kansas City gets an injection of veteran leadership in its locker room and a situational boost to its pass rush. Suggs gets a trip to the Super Bowl for the second time in his career.This twist of fate occurred quickly. Below is a timeline that details how the Baltimore legend arrived in Kansas City after his 13-game detour in Arizona.End of Ravens careerBy the time Baltimore’s 2018 season ended with a wild-card playoff loss to the LA Chargers, “T-Sizzle” had played in 247 games for the Ravens and recorded a franchise record 132.5 sacks. The No. 10 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft and 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year had never even flirted with free agency.He knew that would change in March of 2019, when the contract extension he signed in 2014 that paid him $28.5 million over four years was set to expire.”You don’t make a decision like that just spur of the moment,” Suggs told Sporting News at the Chiefs’ Super Bowl hotel. “I just kind of lived with it. Put it down, stopped thinking about it for a while. Was a dad.” Reid was right. The Chiefs, who in claiming Suggs agreed to pay the $352,941 left on his Cardinals contract, immediately benefited from his presence. Multiple players during Super Bowl week cited Suggs’ impact from a leadership perspective. On the field, he registered a sack in the Week 17 win over the LA Chargers that earned Kansas City a first-round playoff bye. He batted down a pass in a key moment of the AFC championship game against Tennessee.Now Suggs is back in the Super Bowl, and such an extreme rise in this portion of the rollercoaster he has experienced over the last year still baffles him.”This part is shocking,” a wide-eyed Suggs said, pointing at that Super Bowl patch on his bright red Chiefs jersey. “But it’s been a good shocking.”last_img read more

NCD Governor’s Cup underway

first_imgThe annual rugby league event was launched yesterday at the Kone Tigers Oval.There are 42 teams taking part this year in the tournament that started today and will end on December 31.Tournament Coordinator, Sengelo Skonga, said games are being played at two venues – Kone Tigers Oval (Pools A-D) and Ipi Park (Pools E-H).In the results from this morning at Ipi Park, Moutana Roosters drew with Saraga Dwellers 10-10, Freeway Bumpers def. 6 Mile Tigers 8-4, Port Moresby Muruks def. ATT 8-2, and Garden Hills Eagles def. Car Wash Blacks 14-4.K50,000 has been allocated to cover prize money for the tournament, plus operational costs, added Skonga.last_img read more

UP’s Akhuetie leads UAAP MVP race thru 1st round

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Akhuetie leads all players in the MVP race after the first round of the tournament, having accumulated a total of 77 statistical points.The 6-foot-8 center averaged 15.7 points, 15.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists throughout the first seven games for the Fighting Maroons, who ended the first round with a 3-4 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUniversity of the East’s Alvin Pasaol is in second after amassing 71.5714 statistical points for the 1-6 Red Warriors.The burly 6-foot-4 power forward is the league’s top scorer, averaging 23.7 points, the only player so far to norm at least 20 points a game, while being the fifth-best rebounder with 10.1 rebounds per game. Adamson vows to get back at La Salle after painful loss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum University of the Philippines’ imposing center Bright Akhutie is at the forefront for the top individual prize in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame is in the third spot with 68.4286 statistical points after averaging 12 points, 12.4 rebounds while also being the best shot-blocker with 3.9 swats a game.De La Salle’s Justine Baltazar is in fourth with 64.5714 statistical points with averages of 13.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks.Season 80 Rookie of the Year Juan Gomez De Liaño is in fifth with 60.5714 statistical after averaging 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists for the Fighting Maroons.University of Santo Tomas forward CJ Cansino was the only rookie in the top 10 of the MVP race after putting up 57.4286 statistical points and per-game averages of 14.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.Cansino could’ve been in the fifth spot of the race if not for his five-point deduction after he was called for an unsportsmanlike foul in the Growling Tigers’ 85-53 loss to the Blue Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

WHY DONEGAL TV REPORTER’S DIFFERENT TAKE ON CHRISTMAS IS A MUST SEE

first_imgWhile the rest of us are looking forward to a warm drink in front of a crackling fire on Christmas Eve, many people across Ireland will sleep on the streets.Donegal reporter Jerome Hughes spent some days living rough on the streets of Dublin in the run-up to last Christmas. His excellent documentary was first shown on TV3 last year but can be seen again tomorrow night on TV3 at 9pm.In ‘Homeless For Christmas’ Hughes is moved on by Gardai, told where he can get a hot meal, abused and also shown compassion by passers-by.It’s a different take on Christmas but one we should all take an hour to watch for the next time we avert our eyes from the gaze of a homeless person looking for some change we can always afford.    WHY DONEGAL TV REPORTER’S DIFFERENT TAKE ON CHRISTMAS IS A MUST SEE was last modified: December 13th, 2011 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) Tags:Homeless At ChristmasJerome HughesTV3last_img read more

Coronet Peak caps off stellar season with visitor experi
Coronet Peak caps off stellar season with visitor experi

first_imgCoronet Peak caps off ‘stellar’ season with visitor experience awardCapping off a stellar season, Queenstown’s Coronet Peak fought off stiff competition to win the Visitor Experience Award at the New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards this weekend.The ski area celebrated its final ‘hurrah’ on the snow this weekend with a Rugby World Cup-themed day in support of the AB’s on Saturday. On Sunday, all best efforts to host a Beach Party were somewhat thwarted by wet and wild weather, but a few brave souls managed the Pond Skim to cap off an amazing season.The final weekend of 2015 winter started well, with Coronet Peak ski area manager Ross Copland accepting the honour in Auckland on Friday night.The judges were unanimous in their praise, saying the ski area had done an “awesome job” in meeting its objective for 2015 to reduce customers’ ‘time to snow’ to ensure they have the ultimate experience on the mountain.“Late in 2014 we undertook a detailed review of the whole visitor journey looking for opportunities to provide an even better experience for our guests,” said Ross.“We have a short operational season between June and October, with approximately quarter of a million skiers and boarders visiting Coronet Peak in just four months.“Our operational processes vary according to the weather conditions which has encouraged us to be innovative and responsive to weather and business levels on a daily basis.”Putting the spotlight on the customer journey drove changes across the operation, including initiatives around recruitment and training, building restructuring and process flows, roading and car parking, and mountain operations.Tourism Industry Awards judges were delighted with the end result.“The visitor journey has been given a massive overhaul and is now truly world-class. Revenue has increased significantly and they are making an amazing contribution to the industry,” judges said.Guest Survey results have provided solid evidence that guests are loving the reductions in queue time and the additional time on snow.Source = Coronet Peaklast_img read more