first_imgCarlo Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli last night and has been linked with the vacant Arsenal job (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg insists he will not be distracted by speculation linking Carlo Ancelotti with a move to Arsenal.The vastly experienced Italian coach was fired by Napoli on Tuesday evening, a matter of hours after presiding over a 4-0 win against Genk which confirmed the Serie A club’s place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.Ljungberg, meanwhile, has been placed in charge of Arsenal’s first team on an interim basis following the sacking of Unai Emery a fortnight ago and celebrated his first win at helm on Monday evening following a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over West Ham.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are said to be favouring Mikel Arteta as their primary candidate, but Ancelotti’s sudden availability has seen him emerge as a genuine contender, not that Ljungberg is at all concerned.ADVERTISEMENT‘I try just to concentrate on my job,’ he said ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League match against Standard Liege. Comment Advertisement Freddie Ljungberg reacts to Carlo Ancelotti to Arsenal speculation Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 11 Dec 2019 6:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link246Shares Freddie Ljungberg celebrated his first win as Arsenal boss on Monday against West Ham (Picture: Getty)‘Who the club decide to choose is totally up to them. I stay out of it.’Arsenal will progress to the next round should they avoid a 5-0 defeat in Belgium and with a raft of injuries to contend with, Ljungberg has taken a young squad to Belgium with a game against Manchester City on the horizon.‘We have a few injuries. We’ve played a lot of games lately, we have another game on Sunday,’ Ljungberg added.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We brought a lot of firepower here. We have younger players that played in the group stages, it’s a big game and we’re here to get a result. We have a lot of respect for the opponents.’Joe Willock is likely to start in central midfield and the England Under-21 international is delighted Ljungberg has been promoted to the role of head coach, even if it turns out to be a temporary measure.He said: ‘I worked with Freddie last year and he taught me a lot on and off the pitch, like a mentor. I’m delighted that he’s in the job now.‘It’s good for me and I’ll continue working hard and working with him.’MORE: Arsenal and Everton target Carlo Ancelotti speaks out after Napoli sackingMORE: Mikel Arteta wants guarantee from Arsenal board before accepting manager’s job Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSyracuse (2-0) continues the start to its season — its longest home stretch of the season — on Saturday against Texas Southern (0-3). The Orange is coming off a 71-62 win against Iona, while the Tigers recently lost, 82-64, to Ohio State.Here’s what to know about TSU:All-time series: Syracuse leads, 2-0Last time they played: The Orange beat the Tigers, 80-67, on Dec. 27, 2015. Syracuse had five players — Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Lydon and Malachi Richardson — score at least 10 points. TSU was led by Derrick Griffin (who also played football for the Tigers), who put up 20 points and nine rebounds.The Texas Southern Report: The Tigers don’t play a single nonconference home game, lining their schedule with tough nonconference games. They’ve already played Gonzaga and Ohio State and will play Kansas three days after playing the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Tigers were led by Demontrae Jefferson in the first two games, as he averaged 21 points over the first two games of the season. He was suspended in last week’s matchup against Ohio State.Jefferson aside, the Tigers have Massachusetts graduate transfer Donte Clark who has put up 17.3 points per game, adding 9.7 rebounds. TSU is missing two of its top four scorers from a year ago, though.The Tigers also run out 7-foot-2 center Trayvon Reed, which will negate the size advantage the Orange has with Paschal Chukwu.How Syracuse beats Texas Southern: The Orange struggled a little bit against Iona, but a similar game plan should lead the Orange to victory. Tyus Battle is averaging 23 points per game over the first two, and the Tigers don’t really have the personnel to match up with him. If SU can limit mistakes on both ends, it shouldn’t have an issue winning the game.Stats to know: 52.6 percentSyracuse has shot a better 52.6 percent combined in the second halves of its last two games. Comparatively, the Orange has shot just 37.2 percent in the first half.Player to watch: Donte Clark, guard, No. 1Clark is a volume scorer, averaging 17.3 points but shooting just 40.5 percent. Even though he stands at just 6-foot-4, he’s crashed the glass, adding nearly 10 rebounds per game. He could be prone to mistakes, though, as he’s racked up more turnovers (10) than assists (9). The Orange will have to try and limit his scoring while forcing him into mistakes. Comments Published on November 18, 2017 at 10:40 am Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throw to the plate against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Danny Darwin (52) walks toward the mound to speak with starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (30) as catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) speaks in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley hits an RBI single off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle, front, during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley runs to first with an RBI single off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle, front, during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson scores on a single by Chase Utley (not pictured) against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman looks toward the field in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy leads off first base after hitting a single against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts smiles in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson slams his bat into the dirt after striking out during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game against the Reds at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers lost 4-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig reacts at bat against the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton slides in to third base after hitting a RBI triple against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate against the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez bites his glove after giving up a RBI triple to Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton (not pictured) in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds’ Scooter Gennett hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds’ Scooter Gennett hits a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Daniel Hudson, foreground, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds’ Scooter Gennett hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds’ Scooter Gennett gestures as he nears home on a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds’ Scooter Gennett is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall makes a catch against the wall on a drive by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer (not pictured) in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto, right, scores on a double by Scooter Gennett as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal stands at the plate during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto, right, is congratulated by Jesse Winker after they scored on a double by Scooter Gennett during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy, left, throws out Cincinnati Reds’ Tyler Mahle at first as starting pitcher Walker Buehler ducks during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall makes a catch on a ball hit to the wall by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez makes a catch on a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A selection of Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp bats prior to a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)prior to a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A Los Angeles Dodgers fan eats a Dodger dog prior to a Major League Baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey who was traded from the Mets hugs Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto during batting practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)From Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe speaks with Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner prior to a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey (32) who was traded from the Mets stands with Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela throws out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cincinnati Reds’ Eugenio Suarez blows a bubble in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throw to the plate against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 35Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throw to the plate against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Walker Buehler is learning the burden of being the Dodgers’ ace in 2018. Clayton Kershaw shouldered that load for five weeks until his biceps gave out; his 1-4 record and 2.86 ERA were a testament to the limits of pitching without much run support.Maybe, after the Dodgers began their latest homestand by collecting two hits with runners in scoring position in their first two games, Buehler got the hint: he might have to win a game by himself.So it was Thursday. Buehler looked unhittable for the better part of five innings but it wasn’t enough. The Dodgers collected only four hits against the National League’s worst pitching staff, and the Cincinnati Reds rode the hot bat of Scooter Gennett to a 4-1 win before the announced crowd of 47,383 at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers (16-21) loaded the bases in each of the first two innings and left a pair of runners on in the third. They finished 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ That was the Dodgers’ only run, and their only hit with a runner in scoring position.A second-inning rally fell short when Cody Bellinger flew out with the bases loaded. Since his last hit Tuesday, Bellinger is 0 for 10 with five strikeouts. He’s left 11 runners on base.The Dodgers had runners on first and second in the third inning, which ended when Buehler grounded out on the eighth pitch he saw from Mahle. There were no more rallies.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“You have to make an adjustment,” Roberts said. “I thought a prime example is Chase tonight: you see a guy who has a good arm in Mahle; Chase shortened his swing, put the barrel to it, and got it moving forward. But if you can’t make adjustments mechanically, there’s going to be a lot of empty at-bats. That’s what’s happening.”Utley said he isn’t the only one trying.“Baseball can be a frustrating game at times but guys are in here; they’re working hard,” Utley said. “We’re all trying to find ways to improve.”Utley said he would look on the bright side, that the lineup continues to create chances.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Buehler threw 93 pitches, including 35 in the sixth inning. Roberts said a seventh inning was in his future until Votto’s at-bat changed the tenor of the inning, and ultimately the game.“He’s one of the best players in the game. There’s a reason,” Buehler said of Votto. “I felt like I made a lot of good pitches to him. He just fouls off the strikes and takes the balls. That’s another guy that I’ve got to finish or get the ball in play, get him out of the box. That 35 pitches in an inning can take a toll. I hung the one slider. I’ve got to be better.”Buehler, 23, might have a future as a United States diplomat.It seemed to matter little that the Reds have the National League’s worst record and the Diamondbacks have the NL’s best. The Dodgers’ offense had no trouble creating run-scoring opportunities against both teams, and all the trouble in the world scoring runs.With one out in the first inning, Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle (3-4) walked Joc Pederson. Yasmani Grandal reached on an error by Votto, the Reds’ first baseman, which allowed Pederson to take second. Matt Kemp walked to load the bases, setting up Utley’s RBI single. Thursday, however, those chances dried up quickly. The Dodgers put only one runner on base over the game’s final six innings – a stunning performance against a Reds team that began the day with a 5.04 earned run average, the highest in the National League. After Mahle’s five innings, former Dodger Dylan Floro, Wandy Peralta and Raisel Iglesias shut the door.Pedro Baez relieved Buehler in the seventh inning and allowed an RBI triple to Billy Hamilton. Daniel Hudson allowed Gennett’s home run in the eighth.At 39, Utley remains a throwback. His partiality to contact over launch angle, to situational adjustments over boom-or-bust plate appearances, don’t often stand out.Thursday they did – for all the wrong reasons.“I see guys making adjustments,” Utley said. “Baseball’s a game of daily adjustments, pitch-by-pitch adjustments depending on how you feel. I do see guys making those adjustments.” To Manager Dave Roberts, the outcome was all too familiar. His postgame comments, usually teeming with optimism, oozed frustration.“Walker pitched his tail off tonight,” Roberts said. “He had no margin for error. He ends up wearing the loss, so it’s very frustrating. I expect those guys in the clubhouse to be frustrated as well as I am.”In his third start of the season, Buehler allowed five hits and two runs in six innings. The rookie right-hander walked no one and struck out eight. He retired 14 batters in a row at one point.But the Reds rallied for two runs in the sixth inning, erasing a 1-0 deficit and leaving Buehler on the hook for a loss. Joey Votto’s two-out single ended a seven-pitch at-bat. Buehler got ahead of the next batter, Gennett, then hung a 1-and-2 slider that the veteran didn’t miss.Gennett’s two-run double was the only extra-base hit against Buehler. He finished 3 for 4 with a double and a home run, driving in three of Cincinnati’s four runs.last_img read more

first_imgPark responded that the NYSAC has “no specific policy” with regard to the issue but that it has “complete authority to prohibit or curtail specific activity that may be disruptive or call into question the integrity or safety of a fight.”Pressed for more, Park seemed unaware of the Brian Viloria precedent and cited a series of NYSAC rules and regulations that deal with disruptive or disorderly conduct by a fighter’s seconds. Don’t look for leadership from the New York State Athletic Commission on this issue.Thomas Hauser’s new email address is [email protected] His most recent book — Protect Yourself at All Times — was published by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism. “It doesn’t matter who you are,” promoter Lou DiBella says. “You can be the promoter, the venue, the network that’s televising the fights. If you’re doing business in the arena, your staff is scattered all over the building. You’d be crazy to try to coordinate everything without a smartphone. It’s the only way to hear about problems as soon as they happen and deal with them in a hurry.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”Social media is another reason you want a smartphone on fight night,” DiBella continues. “It’s a big part of how things are viewed today. I can shape how people view the fights I’m promoting by tweeting about them in real time. And I can see how the fights are being perceived by fans who are watching them.”On Oct. 27, 2018, DiBella was at Madison Square Garden to watch Sergiy Derevyanchenko (a fighter he promotes) battle Danny Jacobs for the International Boxing Federation 160-pound title. Simultaneously, Regis Prograis (another DiBella fighter) was squaring off against Terry Flanagan in the opening round of the World Boxing Super Series 140-pound tournament in New Orleans. DiBella watched Prograis-Flanagan on his smartphone from his seat at Madison Square Garden.Like DiBella, fans onsite are often tethered to their smartphones on fight night.”I see people sitting in the front row at ringside during an exciting fight,” veteran publicist Bill Caplan says. “And they’re staring at their phone. I want to go over and ask, ‘What the hell did you come here for?'”Fans also use smartphones to transmit illegal video streams that make their way onto the internet. And then there are selfies.Spending time with Michael Buffer in a public setting makes it clear that being a celebrity can be an aggravating condition. That’s particularly true for Buffer on fight night. “There are times when it seems as though everyone in the building wants a picture,” he notes. “I don’t want to be rude, but I can’t stop for everyone.”Buffer is in an unusual position in that celebrities at ringside often do a double-take when he passes and ask to be photographed with him. “I was at a fight recently,” Michael recounts, “and [Black Panther star] Chadwick Boseman asked if he could take a picture with me. I thought that was pretty cool.” Great seeing ⁦⁦@chadwickboseman⁩ ringside for Crawford-Horn #LetsGetReadyToRumble ®️ #SUPERSTAR #42 #Marshall #GetOnUp pic.twitter.com/dv87vHZLN5— Michael Buffer (@Michael_Buffer) June 10, 2018 Smartphones have also made their way into fighters’ dressing rooms.”I hate it,” Don Turner (who trained Larry Holmes and Evander Holyfield) says. “I think it’s crazy. If the fighter is on the phone, he isn’t concentrating on what he’s supposed to be concentrating on. It’s a fighter’s dressing room, not a conference center.”Pat Burns (who trained Jermain Taylor from the start of Taylor’s pro career through two victories over Bernard Hopkins) is in accord and adds, “The first thing I say when we get in the dressing room is, ‘Cellphones off.’ You have to lock in on the task at hand. Physically, mentally. I don’t want anyone calling my fighter, and I don’t want my fighter calling anyone. Not his wife, not even the president of the United States.”MORE: Street fights and stories of violence outside the ringWhen Taylor fought Hopkins at Mandalay Bay in 2005, Mike Huckabee (then governor of Arkansas, Taylor’s home state) was escorted into the dressing room. Burns gave Huckabee a minute for a photo op with Taylor and then threw him out.”I did it politely,” Burns recalls. “But I did throw him out.”Smartphone use in the dressing room is now standard operating procedure for most fighters. Some say it helps the fighter relax. Others regard it as a negative.”I see guys, their hands are being wrapped,” promoter Don Elbaum says. “One hand is being wrapped and the fighter is on the phone with the other. No! You’re supposed to be paying attention to the handwrap 100 percent. How does it feel? Is the gauze and tape going on right? When the fight starts, your cellphone can’t help you. You don’t punch with your cellphone.””It can be a problem,” DiBella acknowledges. “I was in the dressing room with one of my fighters — I won’t tell you which one — and he got into an argument on the phone with his girlfriend right before he went to the ring. She was yelling at him about another woman. He got upset and was clearly distracted when the fight started.”That takes us into the ring with the fighter and his team.Early cellphones were much bigger and clunkier than today’s models and weren’t nearly as smart. But there was one area where they were more useful than their 2019 counterparts. They could be wielded as weapons for purposes of assault.On July 11, 1996, Riddick Bowe and Andrew Golota met in the ring at Madison Square Garden. Golota pummeled Bowe for most of the bout, but was disqualified in Round 7 for repeated low blows. Immediately after the disqualification, Rock Newman (Bowe’s manager) and other members of Riddick’s entourage charged into the ring. One of them, Bernard Brooks Sr., punched Golota from behind. Golota turned to confront his assailant. Several would-be peacemakers held him back. And while Golota was being restrained, Jason Harris (another member of Bowe’s entourage) whacked him three times on top of the head with a cellphone, opening an ugly gash.A riot followed. Partisans of both sides stormed the ring. Then people in the crowd away from the ring began assaulting each other as the disturbance devolved into a racially motivated series of black-white confrontations. Madison Square Garden’s 50 ushers and 70 security personnel were quickly overwhelmed. The police were called with 150 police officers assigned to the operation. There were 16 arrests.On a more innocuous note; on March 27, 2015, Marvin Jones (then 2-4 with 4 KOs by) fought Ramon Luis Nicolas at the Turner Agri-Civic Center in Florida. Early in Round 1, a cellphone fell out of Jones’ trunks. Referee Frank Santore Jr. picked it up and handed the phone to one of Jones’ corner men.Jones was knocked out in the first round. Afterward, he explained that he’d been listening to music before the fight, put the phone in his trunks, and forgot it was there. He also said that the incident caused him to lose focus during the fight and contributed to his loss because he kept thinking, “Man, my cellphone just fell out in the ring on TV.”In recent years, a ring judge was photographed using his smartphone in the middle of a round that he was supposed to be judging. Not to be outdone, a referee sought to justify his gross mishandling of a fight by taking out his smartphone and pointing to an email that praised his performance.Trainer-commentator Teddy Atlas is vehemently opposed to the proliferation of smartphones in a boxing setting.”I don’t allow phones in the gym during training camp,” Atlas says. “I don’t care who it is. The fighter, his manager, anyone. It’s unprofessional. And the dressing room on fight night? I don’t allow it. Come on! The fighter’s future and maybe his life are at stake. Be professional and treat what you’re doing with respect. If you’re getting ready to go into surgery, you don’t want the patient and the surgeon and the anesthesiologist and the nurse talking on their cellphones.”MORE: Anthony Joshua tops boxing industry pollBe that as it may; Atlas inserted cellphones into boxing lore on March 29, 1997, when Michael Moorer (who Atlas trained) defended his IBF heavyweight title against Vaughn Bean at the Las Vegas Hilton. Moorer was fighting in desultory fashion and returned to his corner after Round 8 to be confronted by Atlas, cellphone in hand.”It’s your son on the phone,” Atlas told Moorer. “He’s crying. You know why he’s crying? Because his father doesn’t want to be heavyweight champ. You know what he asked me? ‘How come daddy don’t want to be champ no more?'”Uninspired, Moorer continued fighting as he had before and edged Bean on a majority decision.But there’s a more serious issue attached to the use of smartphones in a fighter’s corner on fight night. Some trainers now use them to receive information and gain a competitive edge during the fight. The information can be that the opposing fighter was just televised telling his trainer that his ribs hurt or he broke his hand or he’s tired and doesn’t think he can go 12 rounds. Or it can be another trainer calling with strategic advice.The NFL forbids the use of electronic coaching aids such as smartphones that might give one team or the other a competitive advantage during the course of a game. The use of league-issued tablets to disseminate still photos taken by coaches is allowed.By contrast, most state athletic commission don’t even know that a potential problem exists with regard to smartphone use in a fighter’s corner during a fight. Or if they do, they haven’t addressed it.The California State Athletic Commission is staying ahead of the power curve. Mark Relyea (lead inspector for the CSAC) says that the use of electronic devices by a fighter’s corner during a fight is monitored by an inspector assigned to each corner.”We don’t want a situation where using a cellphone gives one fighter a competitive advantage over another,” Relyea says. “We’ll allow a fighter’s second to use a cellphone as a timer to keep track of how much time is left in a round but not to receive communications from outside the corner. That means no earpieces. Right now, we’re dealing with things on a case-by-case basis and relying on the ‘best practices’ provision in Rule 390 of the California Code of Regulations. We hope to have a clear written rule in the near future that deals specifically with the situation.”Similarly, Francisco Soto (chief inspector for the Nevada State Athletic Commission) says the NSAC doesn’t have a formal written policy in place yet but adds, “We don’t allow the use of any smart device during the contest. We simply ask the corner to put away the device until completion of the match.”By contrast, the New York State Athletic Commission appears to be in limbo at the moment.When Brian Viloria fought Roman Gonzalez at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 17, 2015, Freddie Roach, who trained Viloria, was unable to make the trip to New York because of obligations to Miguel Cotto (who was in training to fight Canelo Alvarez). In Roach’s place, assistant trainer Marvin Somodio worked Viloria’s corner. Team Viloria requested that the New York State Athletic Commission permit Somodio to strategize by cellphone with Roach during the fight, but the NYSAC refused.”We didn’t have time to properly consider all of the ramifications.” David Berlin (then executive director of the NYSAC) remembers. “The cameras and microphones sometimes reveal what the opponent’s corner is saying, so a trainer with that information might coach a fighter on how to counter what is about to come his way. We didn’t want to set a precedent for cellphone use during a fight until we were comfortable that it wouldn’t give the user an unfair competitive advantage.”Berlin was fired as executive director in May 2016 for putting the proper conduct of his job ahead of political imperatives. In his absence, the NYSAC has become increasingly ill-informed as an institution and divorced from issues that are important to the conduct of fights.”I know for a fact that communications devices are being used in the corner in New York,” Lou DiBella says. “The trainer is there with a cellphone in his pocket and an earbud or bluetooth in his ear. He gets information while the fight is going on, and sometimes it can give his fighter a competitive advantage.”Recently, Lee Park (a spokesperson who handles media inquiries on behalf of the NYSAC was asked, “What is the policy of the New York State Athletic Commission regarding the use of smartphones and other communication devices by a fighter’s seconds to receive information during a fight?”MORE: Watch your fight nights on DAZN without pay-per-view  Smartphones have become an integral part of business activity and social interaction for people from every walk of life. Talking, texting, accessing the internet, taking still photos and transmitting videos are common.In keeping with this phenomenon, smartphones are now intertwined with the boxing scene on fight night.last_img read more

first_imgA motor vehicle was on Thursday evening stolen less than five hours after the driver parked it in front of his home and retired to bed.Reports are that around 21:30h on the day in question, the Hope Low Lands, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident retired to bed and as he woke up at 02:15h the next morning, he realised that the car was missing.Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) C (East Coast Demerara), Assistant Police Commissioner Royston Andries-JunorAs such, he rushed out of the house to confirm his worst fears and without hesitation, he raised an alarm. He contacted the police and a report was lodged.Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) C (East Coast Demerara), Royston Andries-Junor, when contacted, told Guyana Times that an investigation has been launched into the matter and that his ranks are combing the ECD corridor with hopes of locating the missing Toyota Spacio.He explained that information received indicated that the stolen car belongs to a butcher who had employed a man to operate as a taxi.According to the Commander, there was no cash or valuables inside the vehicle when it was allegedly stolen. The car, however, was found in the vicinity of Rising Sun Turf Club, West Coast Berbice, on Friday afternoon.Less than two weeks ago, a 42-year-old contractor, who visited a city bank and withdrew over $3 million in cash, had his vehicle hijacked when he had parked it in the capital city while running errands.The man had all of his money inside of his Mazda model motorcar when he had parked it at New Garden Street, between Church and Foreshaw Streets, Queenstown, and exited the vehicle.Although local cops retrieved the man’s motorcar some hours after it was stolen, the money along with important documents that were inside of the vehicle were missing.According to a police source, the contractor’s vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) located on Oronoque and Croal Streets, Georgetown.last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders trimmed their roster to 77 players with the following transactions Friday. They’ll need to get to 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday.Check back here for updates:RELEASEDTight end Luke Willson: One of the stars of the “Hard Knocks” series was in a tough spot. Darren Waller is locked in as the Raiders’ receiving tight end, with rookie fourth-round pick Foster Moreau the likely backup. Derek Carrier is the favorite to be No. 3.Linebacker Brandon Marshall: Spent all off-season …last_img read more

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS • +27 11 656 6349 +27 71 236 2118 [email protected] [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Crime lit in SA – a new phenomenon • Praise for new isiZulu paper • New website for rural community • Using theatre to educate • Godot a hit with SA audiencesMary Alexander“Chris Rock, the American comedian, jokes that if you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book. Let’s prove him wrong and let’s get reading, sistas!” That call to action comes from Sis’ Nolly, the face of Nollybooks, a new South African romance imprint aiming to make readers out of young black women.Nollybooks takes the British Mills & Boon model of chick-lit romance written to a formula and adapts it for the urban South African context, with recognisable – if aspirational – characters, settings, language and culture. But it further adapts the model for a less literate society with the “bookazines” format, with a letter from the editor – Sis’ Nolly – in the front and word games, quizzes, a glossary, book club talking points and celebrity news included at the back.The series, launched in October 2010, is an imprint of MME Media and the brainchild of Nigeria-born Moky Makura, a writer, TV presenter and producer, PR pioneer and, now, publisher.Makura, who has an Honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK, is on a mission to get “aliterate” young South Africans – particularly girls and young women aged 16 to 24 – back to books.“For many young people in this country, the last books they read were probably at school,” she told City Press a few months before the Nollybooks launch last year. “It is likely the books were not books they would have chosen to read, so it may also have been a negative experience – so they stop when they leave school.”Makura points to the fact that more than 3-million South Africans are illiterate, 8-million functionally illiterate, and many millions more aliterate – they can read books, but don’t. It’s this last, vast market that Nollybooks targets.“We’ve identified a big gap in the market and the time it takes before young people can afford to buy at Exclusive Books,” Makura said. “It’s pricey and intimidating.”Creating an entirely new market of readers out of ordinary, aliterate South Africans has been done before – to huge success. The country’s first tabloid newspaper Daily Sun revolutionised the local publishing industry by tapping into the market of working-class readers, people who had never bothered with newspapers before. Launched in 2002, Daily Sun is by far South Africa’s largest paper, with daily sales of some 500 000 – three times that of its nearest rivals – and a readership of over 3-million people.Like Daily Sun, Nollybooks seeks to attract readers with a low price – R50 a book, between half and a third of the cost of a conventional novel – and content that speaks to their lives.“I named this company Nollybooks because we must write our own stories and make them accessible,” Makura told City Press. “The best way to get people to enjoy books is to give them content they enjoy.”The name of the imprint reflects her inspiration from the success of local storytelling in the film industry of Nigeria, her home country. “I believe we Africans want to see ourselves reflected in the content that we consume,” she said. “Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, was created by Nigerians telling their own stories to themselves. It’s an incredibly successful, self-sustaining industry. It shows that despite questionable production values, people want to see themselves.”The bookazine format is also an attempt to fit with the readers’ lives, being smaller than most books and so easier to fit in a handbag and read on a bus or taxi to and from work. The glossary of more difficult words included with each book will be useful to members of an aspirational generation, young second-language English speakers keen to improve their language. And dictionaries are rarely found in homes, let alone on public transport.Nollybooks have so far published 11 titles, including The Perfect Holiday Romance, The Spy Who Loved Him, A Man Worth Knowing and More than Friends. Most were written by first-time authors. The Nollybooks team see nurturing new writing talent as part of their goal to spread literacy in South Africa, so they encourage new writers, offer writing tips on the website and recently held a writing workshop at the National Book Week in Johannesburg.The plots of the books are fun, upbeat and very local. In The Spy Who Loved Him, journalist Thuli Mabena takes on a job as domestic worker for wealthy businessman Luasi Nkosi, all the while spying on him and reporting back to her readers on how the rich and famous treat their employees.In Looking for Mr Right, Cassandra is fed up with making wedding gowns for other women while she stays single. Online dating seems a good idea – “until she realises that what glitters in cyberspace isn’t gold in the flesh”. Neo in More Than Just Friends is excitedly awaiting her childhood friend Nceba’s return to South Africa, expecting the awkward-looking boy she grew up with. She is “stunned to see a devastatingly handsome man, and the two immediately rekindle their friendship …”Like the hugely successful international franchise Mills & Boon, all Nollybooks are put together according to a formula that dictates plots, character and writing style.“Formulaic writing works,” Makura told The Times. “It captures readers. It gives them a guarantee. They know what to expect. It’s like watching a soap opera. There is a little bit of the same in each book, and this is like what Enid Blyton does for young readers, too – helping to creating reading habits.”But unlike Mills & Boon, and despite many lines given to the protagonist’s attractions – “How did he keep his body so trim and rugged with all the time he spent in court; settlement after settlement?” – there is no sex.“We are sensitive to the reality of South Africa, to Aids and to young girls,” Makura said.“The sex happens after the story finishes.”last_img read more

first_imgRecords Management systems are becoming ever more important in their role of protecting against risks that might result from litigation or disaster.  RM systems are often a key component of a Compliance strategy, such as those mandated by regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, FDA-CRP 21, and others.  In the United States and increasingly in other countries, public and private organizations are using Records Management systems that are based on the 5015.2 standard.At the heart of 5015.2 is the File Plan concept.  This is a taxonomy or a method for classifying documents.  File Plans are pre-defined classification schemes that are adopted by an entire organization.  Normal users of the RM system are not able to change the structure of the File Plan.  This kind of rigid classification is similar to the classification hierarchies for content used by Web Search Engines like Yahoo! or Google.Within RM, when a document is classified as a record, document classification and retention periods for the record are assigned based on the File Plan.  File plans are also often sometimes referred to as Business Classification Schemes (BCS).The main purpose for having a file plan is to ensure that document/records are filed in a consistent manner.  As a corollary to this, consistent filing should  improve the success of being able to retrieve documents managed this way.  As part of the File Plan, documents are also assigned document life-cycle retention information.Typically File Plan information within the electronic RM system is maintained as additional metadata associated with the document.  Conceptually the File Plan is laid out hierarchical folders, similar to the directory structure for files stored on a PC.  An example File Plan can be seen here as used by the EPA.Folders within a File Plan represent more than just organizational structure.  Documents when declared as records and stored in folders of the RM File Plan will inherit properties of the folder that include user access permissions, business metadata and retention policies.Declaring records then is the process of classifying the document within the File Plan.  Once classified, documents could then be located by navigating the File Plan directory-like structure or by a full text index search that can be made across all documents in the File Plan.last_img read more

first_imgCongress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the Chinmayanand case, alleging that a rape case was not filed as the administration was “protecting” the former Union Minister.A postgraduate law student from Shahjahanpur has accused Chinmayanand of rape. Taking to Twitter, Ms. Gandhi also posted a media report that claimed that administrative officials performed Chinamayanand’s ‘aarti’ (a ritual of worship) a year ago.“Just about a year ago, many administrative officials of Shahjahanpur were seen performing aarti of Chinmayanand. The matter was raised in newspapers,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.“Rape case was not filed despite the rape victim narrating her ordeal. How would it have been filed? When the whole administration was embracing and protecting him,” the Congress general secretary in-charge U.P. East said. The law student was on Wednesday arrested on charges of extortion and sent to 14-day judicial custody. Hours later, her bail plea was rejected. Chinmayanand, sent to judicial custody after his arrest, has been booked under section 376C of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a charge with lesser punishment than rape.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Marine transport and logistics conglomerate Qatar Navigation (Milaha) has launched the first direct reefer service between Qatar and Turkey.“Trade volumes between Qatar and Turkey have significantly increased over the past few months, and we are launching this service as a … solution for this growing demand. This service … complements our existing services, and will further enhance connectivity and facilitate trade between Qatari, Arabian Gulf, and Turkish importers and exporters,” Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha’s President and CEO, explained.Over the past few weeks, Milaha had arranged two ad hoc voyages of reefer vessels from Turkey to Qatar; however, the company has moved to regularize the service, with departures every 20-25 days between Hamad Port and Port of Izmir, with a transit time of 11 days.The new service will be initially operated with one vessel with a capacity of over 5,000 tons per voyage, and will cater mainly to temperature-controlled cargo and breakbulk, with the option of adding containers upon request, according to Milaha. Last week,  Milaha also launched the first ever direct feeder service between Qatar and Kuwait. The new service, named Kuwait Qatar Express Service (KQX), will operate between Hamad Port in Qatar and Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait once a week initially, using a 515 TEU vessel.Currently, the company calls two ports in Oman, three ports in India and one port in Kuwait. What is more, Milaha said it is “actively evaluating” further expansion of services.last_img read more