Jamaican welterweight Michael Gardener made a spectacular debut to the professional ranks of boxing on Wednesday night when he scored a knockout victory over JosÈ Guzman from the United States SA in the fifth week of competition in the Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 series at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.Guzman hit the deck at one minute and 22 seconds of the second round and could not make it back to his feet before the 10-count was administered by referee Peter Richards.There were some question marks surrounding Gardener’s appearance in the competition with no professional experience, but he stated before the fight that it would not matter.”I have had good experience in 40 amateur bouts all over the world. I am in the best condition of my life, and I am going to win this fight convincingly. It will be pure excitement,” he stated at the weigh-in.He then proceeded to back up his words with his fists.Guzman, with 20 professional fights and a 6-13-1 record in a 10-year career, was also confident. “My experience will make the difference, and I have been in the ring with the best,” he stated. He did show in the early stages of the fight that he has experience. His jabbing was pinpointed and he scored freely in the first round, but Gardener made it clear right from the outset that he had a knockout in mind.He threw some good jabs, but his main target was his opponent’s body, and he put the full weight of his 146 pounds behind every hook that he landed. The first round was fast and sometimes furious, with Guzman throwing mostly jabs and Gardener mixing it up with jabs to the head and hooks to the body.NO CHANCES TAKENThe pace stepped up in the second round and Gardener came out of a clash of heads with a cut over his right eye. He dabbed at the cut with his gloves and then seemed to decide not to take any chances, with the fight possibly being stopped.He moved in aggressively and suddenly landed a hard right hook to Guzman’s body that made the American wince and then fall to his knees in agony. He bent over, with his head on the canvas, as referee Richards gave the count. He did lift himself briefly, but the pain was obviously too much for him, and even after the count reached 10, he remained on his knees.In two entertaining amateur bouts, heavyweight Ricardo Brown from the G.C. Foster gym outpointed Oshane Watson from Heavy Metal gym; and light heavyweight Renaldo Beckford, who is based in St Mary, defeated Dwayne Henry from Stanley Couch gym, also on points.
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Doctors last month discovered that Jamaican heptathlete Salcia Slack had been competing with a broken elbow since last April. During the period, she competed at a number of major events including the NCAA Division II Championships and the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.She is, however, breathing a huge sigh of relief since doctors said the injury has healed on its own and she won’t require surgery.Slack, 26, withdrew midway competition in Beijing because of the injury, and an ankle injury that hampered her ability to be competitive.Then just last month, doctors examining her painful elbow told her she had been competing with a broken bone which would have required surgery. However, further scans showed that the injury was now healed. She now has to undergo rehabilitation therapy which might last six to eight weeks. This was welcome news to the athlete who is hoping to make Jamaica’s team to the Summer Olympics in Rio in August 2016.Online postingIn celebration, she posted on her Facebook page, “On April 8, 2015 I was throwing the javelin and after my second throw, I hurt my elbow while throwing. I had horrible pain after that. I never knew that it was broken twice, so I have been throwing with a broken elbow for months. I did an MRI in September that showed that it was broken, and this had me so worried because it was a high possibility that I would have to have surgery that would rule me out for a year. I have been stressing for weeks now, but the Lord had a different plan for me. The CT scan and the X-Ray came back that it is healed with some swelling to it. Now, it’s time for rehab on this arm”.Slack, who is in her penultimate semester at the New Mexico Highlands University where she is majoring in psychology, is hoping to be able to heal in time to compete in what will be her final indoor season. She also harbours ambitions of being selected to compete for Jamaica at the World Indoor Championships in Poland early next year.On reflection, she said the pain she suffered last season was the worst she had ever experienced.”I am always competing in pain, but this elbow pain was my worst pain ever. This injury only allowed me to throw one throw after it happened, especially in the javelin. I couldn’t even do arm work in the gym after it happened,” she said.Despite the pain, Slack dominated NCAA Division II last season during which she won a handful of awards including Athlete of the Year, and led her team to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships in Michigan in May. She was also inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
As she gets ready to launch the third edition of her now annual six-a-side football competition in the Waterhouse community where she grew up, World and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is urging businesses within the Waterhouse community to lend their support to the competition that has helped build relationships and ease tensions between rival communities.She also revealed plans to develop the field, located at 451 Spanish Town Road into a sporting complex. The opening ceremony and dress parade are set for 3 p.m today.The additional sponsorship, she said, will help offset costs associated with catering to four additional teams as well as having medical staff present at every game this season.”Last year, we had an incident where two players went up for the ball and headbutted each other and we had to carry them to the hospital, so this year we have to make sure that we have medical personnel on the field at all times,” Fraser-Pryce revealed.Four more teams have registered for this year’s competition, bringing the total number of teams to 24. Meanwhile, two additional sponsors, NCB Foundation and Sagicor Bank, are now supporting the competition already backed by title-sponsor Digicel, Tankweld, GraceKennedy and WATA.”I am really excited to have them on board for them to see the impact this football competition has had on the community,” Fraser-Pryce said. “Each year, the players get better in how they talk to each other and to officials, very respectful. I remember years ago when I lived in the community, men were in argument over football, and one person ended up dying. It’s a good thing when you can have young men from different parts of the community come together and play some football, and when they are done they can lyme and talk and go about their business after.”The 24 teams will be divided into six zones of four teams each. The final is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 2015.
American Ameer Webb posted his second sub-20 time of the season in the half-lap event, winning in a meet record 19.85. Panama’s Alonso Edward was second in 20.06. Jamaica’s only field athlete on show, Shanieka Thomas, competing at her first Diamond League meet, fell well short of her personal and season’s best 14.47m in the triple jump. The 24-year-old, who cited her coach’s absence as the possible reason for her below-par showing, placed sixth after managing 14.10m. The event was won by Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen with a meet record and world-leading 15.04m to stretch her unbeaten run to 32 competitions. Yulimar Rojas, with her leap of 14.92m, broke the Venezuelan national record for second, with Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova (14.61m) placing third. firstname.lastname@example.org DOHA, Qatar: “I want everything!” Those were the words of Omar McLeod shortly after he got the better of a quality field at the Qatar Sports Club at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday. McLeod won in a world-leading and season’s best 13.05 seconds. This was the 22-year-old’s first Diamond League outing, and having created history since the start of the year by becoming the first athlete to run under 10 seconds in the 100m and sub-13 seconds in the 110m hurdles to go along with his World Indoors 60m success, he intends to stay dominant right up to the Olympics as he wants all that’s on offer. “You always want to go out with a bang, especially in hurdling. You always want to stay on top of your game, especially with these world-class athletes. Let them know you are around and let them know you are here to stay,” McLeod said. McLeod survived a stumble at the end of yesterday’s race as he finished ahead of compatriot Hansle Parchment. Parchment, who also clocked a season’s best 13.10, viewed his run as another rung on the journey to the two big races. “I think the technique was a little off today, but this is just another build-up race to the main event – first the trials and then the Olympics, ” Parchment said. Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Olympic champion and world record-holder Aries Merritt was sixth in 13.37. MEET RECORD One of two other Jamaican top three finishers on the night was Veronica Campbell-Brown, who improved her season best to 10.91 seconds in the women’s 100m. Campbell-Brown was not perturbed at not winning as she intends to produce her best when it counts most. “I am working to keep getting better so that when it matters most, I am at my best,” Campbell-Brown said. There was a mild upset in the race. American champion and World bronze medallist Tori Bowie won ahead of pre-race favourite Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands in a new meet record and world-leading 10.80. Schippers clocked 10.83. The second Jamaican in the race, Simone Facey, was sixth in 11.05. The country’s most successful Diamond League athlete, 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, failed in her bid to notch a 22nd victory in the series as she appeared race rusty and was third in a season’s best 55.02. “I wasn’t hurdling properly … I was jumping for the most part of it,” Spencer, the four-time Diamond Trophy winner in the event, said. The race was won by Great Britain’s Eilidh Doyle in a world-leading 54.53, with world indoor 400m champion Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya placing second in 54.87. Nickel Ashmeade placed a disappointing seventh in the men’s 200m in 20.31, which he said was due to the flu, which made it difficult even for him to speak. NEW SEASON BEST
Jamaica put in an improved showing in the second game of a three-match netball series against hosts New Zealand. However, the Sunshine Girls were defeated 38-61 yesterday (Tuesday night Jamaica time) at the Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The Jamaicans reduced the deficit from the 38-point gap seen in the first game of the series. The Sunshine Girls battled hard in the first quarter but lost ground after the scores were tied at 8-8. That segment finished 14-9 to the hosts. In game one, the score at the same stage was 18-9. In that game, the world number two-ranked Silver Ferns dominated throughout, but in game two, the third quarter was 13-13. That brought the overall score to 42-29. The New Zealanders pulled away, with a 19-9 margin in the last quarter, to a final tally of 61-38. Shantal Slater scored 23 of the Jamaican total from 29 attempts. Turnovers by the Jamaican girls went down from 43 in the first match to 37. The final match of the took place last night at the Energy Event Centre in Rotorua.
PRESSURING CIRCUMSTANCES Three years ago Neil Harrison took the job as head coach at Kingston College (KC). This year, Harrison says he remains just as optimistic about winning that institution’s first ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships in almost eight seasons. The purples, with 31 titles overall, lead reigning champions Calabar High, who have swept the championships on five straight occasions since 2012. In this, Harrison’s third season, he is optimistic about breaking the Calabar dominance and, hopefully, winning KC’s first Mortimer Geddes trophy since 2009. “Things have been going well. We have been doing well all season, so I am very optimistic and I am hoping that come March 28 to April 1, we will rise to the occasion,” said Harrison, who feels his team could spring a secret weapon on the defending champions. “If it is a secret, then I should not say,” Harrison joked to The Gleaner, while stressing that he is under no pressure to deliver that long-awaited title. “Quite honestly, there is not any pressure per say. If you have gone two seasons, and you have not been victorious, then you would want to really get a victory. At least one out of three would be satisfactory, and I think we have the material to get the job done,” explained the coach. In what could be pressuring and gruelling circumstances for KC athletes over the five days of competition, Harrison is hoping his charges will stay injury free. “I am just hoping that we stay healthy and that we rise to the occasion come that day, but we are physically, mentally charged and ready to go,” he assured. The team will be captained by Kary McLeod and his vice, Shane Buchanan. They will be joined by sprint standout Jhevaughn Matherson, who, though not team captain, could show some leadership. According to Harrison, KC has prepared and used the development meets as a yardstick to measure their strengths; now it is just to go to the championships and perform at their best. Speaking of leaving former champions Munro College (where he stayed for 17 years) for KC, Harrison had no regrets, but visits home every weekend. He said he was not mindful of critics of KC. “You have to actually be in the Kingston College family to actually understand the KC family. At KC, looking outside and being inside are two totally different scenarios,” Harrison said.
IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (1-2) with 10 points and five rebounds, while Kendrix Belgica and JJ Domingo both scored eight markers in the loss.The Scores:SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 12, Bolick 9, Soberano 9, Tongco 8, Potts 7, Noah 6, Doliguez 6, Carino 6, Presbitero 4, Bahio 4, Abuda 3, Tankoua 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0, Cabanag 0.ST. BENILDE 52 – Leutcheu 10, Belgica 8, Domingo 8, Pili 7, Dixon 6, Sta. Maria 6, Naboa 4, Young 3, San Juan 0, Castor 0, Bunyi 0, Johnson 0, Suarez 0.Quarters: 16-15, 37-24, 62-44, 76-52.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer New Knicks regime open to moving on with or without Carmelo 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It’s really their character that led them to bounce back,” lamented coach Boyet Fernandez. “Probably with the loss (to Lyceum), it showed that our players aren’t really matured in that game.”Javee Mocon led San Beda with 12 markers, eight boards, and five dimes to anchor the balanced attack for his squad, while AC Soberano pumped nine points on a 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Engaged in a tight contest early, San Beda pulled away from a 21-all deadlock with a scathing 16-3 blast to grab a 37-24 halftime edge before erecting a lead as high as 29, 76-47, with a Clint Doliguez basket with 2:00 remaining.“We started really flat in the first quarter. The guys were really excited, but we needed move on from that loss,” said Fernandez. “We had a bad start, but our defense led us back in the second quarter and we finished strong.” Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda took out its frustrations on St. Benilde en route to a 76-52 rout to bounce back in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Losing to Lyceum, 96-91, last Friday, the Red Lions roared to their second victory in three outings in convincing fashion, with Robert Bolick doing it all with his nine points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View comments
Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bloodied Nieto willing to ‘sacrifice anything’ Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES He did it in the Final Four in Ateneo’s 88-84 win over Far Eastern University when he hit the game-tying three that sent the game into overtime and an improbable kneeling bank shot in the extra period.And Go did another of his backbreaking baskets this time in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals when he punched home a bank shot with 10.4 seconds left that gave Ateneo a 75-70 lead over defending champion De La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneGo said it was his team’s collective trust on each other that made the shot possible for him.“First off, I have to thank God because without him none of this would be possible,” said Go Saturday after their 76-70 win at Mall of Asia Arena. “Second, I guess, it’s the trust again. Thirdy [Ravena] passed me the ball to show that we don’t care who scores the last two points or the crucial baskets.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsRavena first shook off the double team of Ricci Rivero and Abu Tratter before bouncing a pass to Go, who then had to get a shot up against Kib Montalbo and Ben Mbala that earned him a trip to the foul line for the game’s final point.Go, who finished with five points, two rebounds, and two assists, was quick to defer the praise given to him saying that any Blue Eagle could’ve taken the clutch shot.“Even though I could’ve scored it, or anybody else, we would’ve looked at that rather than saying I scored or Matt scored or anybody else,” said Go. “At the end, it’s for Ateneo.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn just two games, Isaac Go turned from Ateneo’s jovial center to a cold-blooded, clutch-shot maker. Go’s still the same lighthearted big man for the Blue Eagles but he’s established himself as one reliable scoring option when Ateneo is in dire need of points.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Paul’s dazzling performance came on a night James Harden had one of his worst 3-point shooting nights of the season, making 6 of 18 from the field, including 2 of 11 from 3. Harden had 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists, scoring half his points on 14-of-16 shooting from the free-throw line.The Rockets are on the fourth-longest win streak in franchise history and the longest since a franchise-best 22 straight in the 2007-08 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAll Rockets starters and reserve Eric Gordon had scored in double figures by the end of the third quarter. Clint Capela had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Gordon scored 14 points, Ryan Anderson had 12, and Trevor Ariza added 11.The Rockets beat the Spurs for just the third time in their last 12 meetings. View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 16 points. Joffrey Lauvergne had 14, Patty Mills had 13 and Davis Bertans scored 12, all off the bench for San Antonio.The Rockets jumped to a 31-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 60-43 at the half. The Rockets entered the fourth quarter with a 92-72 lead.Kawhi Leonard played in his second game back after making his season debut on Tuesday night in Dallas after missing the first 27 games of the season with a right quadriceps injury. Leonard, who has been recovering from a quadriceps condition that causes pain and weakness in the knee, started and had 12 points in 17 minutes, all in the first half.Before the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hinted before the game that Leonard and Tony Parker were unlikely to play Saturday night in Dallas in the second half of San Antonio’s back-to-back.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks to shoot against San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)HOUSTON — Chris Paul had 28 points, eight assists and seven steals to lead the Houston Rockets to their 12th straight victory, a 124-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.Paul became the first player in NBA history to post 28 points, eight assists and seven steals in a game against the Spurs. In the past 10 years, that stat line has been achieved just 10 times — Paul has done it six of those times. The Rockets are unbeaten when he plays this season.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs: SF Kyle Anderson missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left MCL, but he is progressing well and could return after San Antonio’s back-to-back in Houston and Dallas, possibly as early as Monday when the Spurs host the Clippers. … Danny Green started and played through left groin tightness, scoring two points in 19 minutes.Rockets: Houston played its first game without Luc Mbah a Moute, who suffered a dislocated right shoulder on Wednesday night against Charlotte. Mbah a Moute could be out 2-3 weeks with the injury. … The Rockets improved to 19-1 when leading after the third quarter, winning by double digits for the 17th time in 27 games.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Dallas on Saturday night.Rockets: Host Milwaukee on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panthers owner under investigation for workplace misconduct