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Kell Brook defeats Michael Zerafa; calls out Amir Khan

first_imgKell Brook put an underwhelming but effective performance to defeat Michael Zerafa via unanimous decision in a WBA world super welterweight eliminator at the Fly DSA arena in Sheffield, United Kingdom.Brook improved to 38-2 (26 KOs) with the hard-fought 12 round battle as judges saw it in his favor by a wide margin with scores of 118-110, 119-109 and 117-111. Brook started fast in the first round and bloodied the nose of his Austrailian opponent behind a jab and a three-shot combination. However, Special K struggled to get into any kind of rhythm thereafter in what was a less than impressive performance in front of his hometown fans. Zerafa grew in confidence as the fight entered the later rounds but offered little that would have had the former IBF welterweight champion in trouble. WBA super-welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd (23-0 16 KOs) — who recently defeated Jason Welborn via a fourth-round knockout on Dec.1 — now has Brook as his mandatory defense, but Brook has his sights set on another fight.Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15Speaking at the post fight press conference, Brook called out longtime rival Amir Khan to agree to the Battle of Britain/War of the Roses bout that the boxing fans in the United Kingdom have been demanding for the past five years.“I want to make it public, I will agree to 147 pounds and the rehydration for Khan,” Brook said regarding the fight and the weight issue that has been an obstacle in making the showdown final. “The time is now. Give the fans the fight they want. I’m on a mission in 2019.”Although the fight has been verbally agreed to, Khan has also been in talks with pound for pound star and WBO welterweight champion Terrence Crawford (34-0 25 KOs) for an early 2019 bout. “People have big expectations of Kell but for me he boxed well,” Brooks trainer John Fewkes said about his fighter’s performance. “He came through 12 rounds and the things we were working on worked. The reason he got hit too much was because he was trying too hard.”Team Brook acknowledged their fighter’s underwhelming performance, as did Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.”Kell knows that was below par,” he said. “If I was Amir Khan, I’d be on the phone now.”The co-main event between Josh Kelly (8-0, 6 KOs) vs. David Avanesyan (23-3-1, 11 KOs) for Kelly’s WBA International welterweight title was postponed due to Kelly falling ill the night before the fight. that bout was replaced with Ireland’s Jono Carroll taking on France’s Guillaume Frenois, which ended in a 114-114, 113-115 & 115-113 draw. MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Fielding on Dec. 15Also fighting on the card…Undefeated IBF inter-continental champion Kid Galahad scored a points victory over Brayan MairenaAnthony Fowler defeated Jose Carlos PazAnthony Tomlinson defeated Innocent AnyanwuTerri Harper defeated Feriche MashauriQais Ashfaq defeated Jay CarneyCallum Hancock defeated Ivan NikolovShakeil Thompson defeated Konstantin Alexandrovlast_img read more

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I don’t believe in playing sarcastic mind games, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli’s maturity as a captain came to the fore on Monday as he made light of Jimmy Anderson’s comments about his technique, urging the England veteran to “move on” but also made it clear that playing “sarcastic mind games” is not his cup of tea.He also said that Ravichandran Ashwin had told Anderson in no uncertain terms about the importance of “accepting defeat”.Anderson in his post-match press conference yesterday had made an uncharitable comment that Kohli’s technical deficiencies was not on display because the pitches in India lack pace and bounce. (Also read: Virat Kohli turns peacemaker to douse Ashwin-Anderson fire)This was after the Indian captain had decimated the England attack scoring 640 runs in four Tests.”I am no one or in no position to question someone else’s technique or faults. They should understand it themselves and work on it. As international cricketers, it is their responsibility. So I am not going to sit here and play sarcastic mind games. I want to focus on good cricket and that is exactly what we have done.”Kohli said India have always been graceful in defeat. (Also read: Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remark)”We focus on our strengths, we accept defeat pretty gracefully. We have never complained, we always find faults in our game and try to improve that. That is exactly what we keep doing in every game that we play.”When Anderson came out to bat, Ashwin was seen talking to him and it was Kohli and the umpires who intervened.advertisementAsked about the incident, Kohli tried to douse the fire. (Also read: Mumbai Test: Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”It was the first time I was trying to calm things down at a time when Anderson involved. Ashwin was not pleased with whatever he had said in the press (yesterday). Ashwin told me on the ground, I had no clue about it. I was laughing about it, but Ashwin was not too impressed,” Kohli told media persons.”Ashwin let him know, not using bad words at all, I think he said he was pretty disappointed in what he said and it’s important to accept defeat and things like that. You know how Ashwin is, to the point he can really strike you well without using bad words. That’s exactly what happened. Later on, I told James these things happen and it’s time to move on,” Kohli showed that he is ready to put an end to the controversy.However, England captain Alastair Cook said the entire episode has been blown out of proportion.”It was a bit of a sour end really. A disappointing end in terms of how well the spirit between both sides has been. It was clearly reference to what Jimmy said yesterday which has kind of been blown out of all proportions which it can happen here,” said Cook.”Anderson was just stating a fact which if you asked Virat is probably quite true. But yes, it was obviously just ticking up for their captain, which I thought was slightly unnecessary,” he added.last_img read more

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Investors seek stability as they bail out of tech stocks

first_imgNEW YORK — Goodbye iPhones and Facebook feed. Hello power plants and bleach.Since stocks began tumbling two months ago, investors haven’t abandoned the market. At least, not all of it. In recent weeks, as they’ve pulled money out of funds that invest in go-go technology companies, they’ve also been buying utilities, companies that make everyday necessities for consumers and other stocks that tend to have smaller swings in price than the rest of the market.It’s part of a big shift in investor behaviour as fears about rising interest rates, a global trade war and slowing economic growth around the world have roiled markets. The S&P 500 plunged a combined 3.4 per cent Monday and Tuesday, with technology stocks again suffering particularly sharp losses, and the index has lost 9.6 per cent since setting its record on Sept. 20.Technology stocks’ fall marks a big turnaround from earlier this year, and from much of the bull market that began nearly a decade ago. After leading the market higher on the backs of their strong profit growth, Facebook and other big-name tech companies have recently stumbled on concerns that increased government regulation will dent their profits, on top of all the other concerns dragging on the rest of the market.Apple has slumped particularly hard on fears that its newest crop of iPhones isn’t as popular as expected after phone-part suppliers gave discouraging forecasts. Apple has plunged 19.7 per cent since the S&P 500 set its record two months ago, nearly double the loss of the index. Amazon, the third-most valuable U.S. company after Apple and Microsoft, has fallen 21.3 per cent over the same time, during which it gave a forecast for revenue growth this holiday season that fell short of Wall Street’s high expectations.After their years of eye-popping returns, those stocks had become some of the most popular to own among hedge funds, mutual funds and other investors. But just as they bought the stocks together on the way up, investors are now heading for the exits en masse as well.“There’s no doubt that tech companies are widely owned, people have made a lot of money on them and we’re finally seeing for the first time where the rotation is having some legs,” said Nate Thooft, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “They’re selling the winners and redeploying the money somewhere else.”For now, at least, that somewhere else has been areas of the stock market seen as holding steadier during economic downturns. Last week, for example, investors plowed $1.47 billion into exchange-traded funds that focus on utility stocks. The thinking is that utilities’ customers will continue to turn on their lights and buy power regardless of how many tariffs get placed on Chinese goods.Utility stocks have not only held up better than the rest of the market in recent weeks, they’ve been among the few areas to thrive. Shares of Duke Energy and Xcel Energy have both climbed more than 7 per cent since the S&P 500 began its downturn after Sept. 20.Besides utilities, investors have also been putting money into real-estate stocks and companies that make everyday items for consumers, such as Church & Dwight. The maker of Arm & Hammer baking soda and Oxiclean stain fighters has climbed nearly 10 per cent over the last two months. Clorox, which last month reported stronger profit than analysts expected, is up 5.1 per cent.All these companies are common fodder for “low-volatility” ETFs that have surged in popularity in recent weeks as investors seek out stocks that have historically had smaller price swings than the rest of the market. Last week, $1.3 billion went into “low-volatility” ETFs.At the same time, nearly $500 million left technology stock ETFs. It’s a huge about-face in interest. As recently as two months ago, these ETFs had attracted $8 billion in net investment for 2018. But subsequent waves of selling mean they’re now down to $525.9 million in net investment for the year, according to Jefferies.“These things had outperformed the S&P by a mile over the last three years,” said Mark Hackett, chief of investment research at Nationwide Investment Management. But that’s changed now. “On good days they’re not the leaders, and on bad days they’re the laggards.”Stan Choe And Marley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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AAP LS candidates to start filing nominations from April 18 Rai

first_imgNEW DELHI: The AAP Tuesday said its Lok Sabha candidates would file their nominations from Thursday even as uncertainty remained over a possible alliance between the ruling party in Delhi and the Congress. On the other hand after door-to-door campaign at East Delhi, AAP candidate from the constituency observed that 80 per cent of the residents neither know the name of BJP MP Mahesh Girri nor they have ever seen him. Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the party’s west Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar would file his nomination on Thursday while Chandni Chowk candidate Pankaj Gupta, East Delhi candidate Atishi and North West Delhi candidate Gugan Singh would file their nominations on Saturday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn Monday, South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha, North East candidate Dilip Pandey and New Delhi candidate Brajesh Goel would file their nomination, Rai said. He said before filing of nominations, a road show would be taken out by all the candidates and senior party leaders would also participate in it. Meanwhile, AAP East Delhi candidate Atishi alleged that sitting MP from East Delhi Mahesh Girri did not allow the Delhi government to set up a superspeciality hospital at East Delhi. “The MP did not allow the DDA to give us the land and now people throw garbage to that place,” said Atishi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShe also said that Girri made a false inauguration of East Delhi campus of IP university but did not do anything later Delhi govt had to interfere. “In the last five years at the meetings of police monitoring committee where he was supposed to represent the area attended only one out of sixty meetings,” alleged Atishi. She also said that the law and order situation at the constituency dropped severely in the last five years and also there have been various caste and communal violence took place at the ground level.last_img read more

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Naidu meets Sharad Pawar again in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party Chief N. Chandra Babu Naidu on Sunday met Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar at his residence here. The meeting was part of Naidu’s continued outreach to Opposition party leaders in order to firm up a non-BJP front ahead of the announcement of Lok Sabha poll results on May 23. However, what the two leaders discussed, was not clear. Naidu arrived in the national capital on Saturday evening, after meeting Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow. According to the Telugu Desam Party sources, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister is likely to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence in evening. On Saturday, before leaving for Lucknow, Naidu held meetings with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Pawar and Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) leader Sharad Yadav in Delhi. On Friday, he said that all parties, including rival K. Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), were welcome to join the non-BJP Mahagathbandhan (grand-alliance). The TDP chief also met the Election Commission on Friday and accused it of being biased and pro-government.last_img read more

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Football Kerry Coombs expects plenty of young players in the secondary rotation

OSU cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs talks to the media on March 30 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorSpoiled with the likes of potential first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley last season, Ohio State football is returning just senior safety Damon Webb to its secondary. Although most writers and analysts deemed Lattimore and Conley the only two starters at cornerback, with redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette returning as the potential nickelback, cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs feels one Buckeye keeps getting left out.“You guys keep saying (Denzel Ward) wasn’t a starter last year, and I know he didn’t walk out onto the field for the first snap of the game, but he played the same number of snaps as Marshon and Gareon,” Coombs said on Thursday. “So I would prefer it if you guys would refer to him as the third starter at corner. Because that’s what he was. We had a true three-man rotation.”Arnette was scrutinized for some mistakes early in the season, and eventually lost snaps to Ward. With both players entering their third year at OSU, it’s a race to see who will get the nod as a starter for the Scarlet and Gray next season.  However, with a slew of young players arriving with their fair share of accolades and hype behind them, it might not be a clear-cut depth chart in the secondary, much like it was last season for OSU. Only this time, Coombs might be increasing the number of players who see snaps in the defensive backfield.“I tell them all the time in the room, if we have four guys who can go out there and cover their man so that he doesn’t catch the ball, we’ll play four,” he said. “In addition to the nickel.”Of the potential contributors, Coombs said any one of the incoming members of the 2017 recruiting class can make an impact.“The new guys are really, really playing well, as is (sophomore) Rodjay Burns,” he said. “This group of kids, from a pecking order standpoint, if we lined up today, I would expect six of them to play, or maybe seven, during the course of a game. They’re that talented, and we’re keep fresh guys out there.”Although Coombs isn’t giving anything away in terms of who he feels is the top cornerback, it would seem easy to infer Ward should be the frontrunner. After matching the number of snaps had by the two lead corners who will be playing soon in the NFL, his resume is impressive.Plus, Coombs would have to answer to OSU coach Urban Meyer if he wasn’t putting the best players on the field.“I don’t run out a guy who’s not as good as the other guys,” he said. “Who would do that? Have you met my boss? He would say, ‘Dammit, what are you doing?’”Webb, who will be staying at his position from last season while coaches attempt to find a replacement for Malik Hooker, said he shares the sentiments of his coaches, and is excited by what might come this season.“I see the younger players on the team coming along real well,” Webb said. “Incoming freshman, dudes that were on the team last year, I feel like they’re all stepping up and fighting. This is one of the best springs that I’ve had too.”OSU will present its new-look secondary on April 15 during the annual spring game. While the starters for the game might not be the same as the regular season, the scrimmage will give a good look into who is pulling ahead. read more

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Favre hopes Reus will recover quickly for Dortmund

first_imgBorussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre hopes Marco Reus’ injury isn’t too serious after coming off in their DFB-Pokal defeat to Werder Bremen on Tuesday.The BVB captain was withdrawn at half-time with an apparent injury problem after just equalising with a free-kick for Dortmund to cancel out Milot Rashica’s early opener at Signal Iduna Park.Replacing Reus was super-sub Paco Alcacer, but the Spanish forward couldn’t get on the scoresheet with the Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic instead rising to the occasion by putting Dortmund ahead in extra-time of their last-16 clash.But 40-year-old Claudio Pizarro put Werder back level before Achraf Hakimi made it 3-2 in Dortmund’s favour.However, Werder mounted a late fightback against the Bundesliga leaders with Martin Harnik’s header in the 119th-minute proving to be too much for Dortmund’s debutant goalkeeper Eric Oelschlagel to handle.Florian Kohfeldt’s side then went on to claim a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win to progress to the last-eight of the DFB-Pokal.But, for Favre, the main concern now is on Reus’ availability for Saturday’s Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim at home.The Germany international has been in sensational form for Dortmund this season and he’s already been named the Bundesliga’s Player of the Month three times.“We hope, but we don’t know yet,” said Favre on Fox Sports, when asked if Reus will be available for the Hoffenheim game.“I can’t answer that definitely. We will have to wait some days and examine him again.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“[Wednesday] will be too early so we will have to wait a day longer, but we hope.”Reus has managed 17 goals and 11 assists in 27 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions this season.BVB will hope to quickly put their DFB-Pokal cup exit behind them and claim victory this weekend to maintain their seven-point over Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table.Favre’s side will also return to Champions League action on Tuesday, where they will take a trip to Wembley to face Tottenham in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Full-time! ⏱️An unbelievable game ends with #Pavlenka performing some heroics to see @werderbremen beat @BlackYellow in a penalty shootout 😱#DFBPokal #BVBSVW 3-3 (4-2) pic.twitter.com/wDSHNhV6Kb— The DFB-Pokal (@DFBPokal_EN) February 5, 2019last_img read more

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President Trump Underscores USJamaica Relations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, April 10, 2017 – Washington, DC – United States President, Donald Trump, says he looks forward to working with the administration of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on bilateral and regional issues.  The President made the comment during a courtesy call paid on him by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, at the Oval Office in the White House.During their discourse, Mr Trump and Ambassador Marks underscored the strong longstanding bond of friendship between the people Jamaica and the United States of America, while noting the island’s contribution in many spheres of American life.Ms Marks said she looked forward to working with the President in the interest of both countries, and highlighted the synergies of the US-Caribbean nexus cementing the relationship between the nations.  The Ambassador, in noting the President’s agenda of providing more trading opportunities for US companies, called attention to the significant trade surplus the North American country enjoys in the Caribbean.She highlighted the fact that the region is the United States’ seventh largest trading partner, importing non-oil goods and services valued over US$50 billion.  This, she said, placed the region ahead of U.S. exports to comparatively larger economies such as Russia and India combined.Ms Marks further noted the mutual benefit and alignment of interest for the continued stability and economic growth of the Caribbean which she described as the United States’ ‘third border’.  The Jamaican envoy also took the opportunity to invite President Trump to visit Jamaica in his official capacity.#USJamaicaRelations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#USJamaicaRelationslast_img read more

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January Designated As Human Trafficking Awareness Month

first_imgIn a proclamation issued on December 29,  President Trump announced that it is time for the U.S. to “recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-January-as-human-trafficking-month.mp3VmJennifer-on-January-as-human-trafficking-month.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享President Donald Trump designated January 2018 as  “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.” According to the proclamation, an estimated 25 million people are currently victims of human trafficking for both sex and labor. January 11 is the Blue Campaign’s “Wear Blue Day”, a day where you can all pledge solidarity with victims of human trafficking and raise awareness. The Blue Campaign is the unified partnership for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations. President Trump: “This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality.  We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.”last_img read more