Ruthless Toms retains title

first_imgNortholt’s Ryan Toms ruthlessly brushed aside Pat McAleese on Saturday night to retain his southern-area light-middleweight title.Toms, making his first defence, stopped McAleese in the fourth round of their bout on the undercard of the Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora fight at Wembley Arena.The 29-year-old southpaw rocked McAleese in the third, before flooring him with a body shot early in the next round. He then followed up with a combination that forced the referee to call a halt.Toms, who was on QPR’s books as a teenager, is unbeaten in nine fights as a professional.last_img

McCue: Bo knows, and it shows

first_imgAs basketball season approaches, there’s one thing almost every fan in Madison can count on: Not much will be expected of Bo Ryan’s squad this season.Every year, it seems, the Badgers are expected to be outside the Big Ten title race. Yet somehow, Ryan’s magical swing offense continually guides them to the NCAA tournament. Every year, analysts don’t see how a team without any big-time recruits or returning star players could achieve any success. Love it or hate it, the key to this success is Ryan’s signature scheme.Debates constantly surround the program regarding whether the oft-criticized system is truly the best choice for the UW program, as the Badgers often hit a wall when March Madness arrives. Having reached three Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight under Ryan, haters point to the fact that Ryan can’t take the team to the next level, that the Badgers will forever remain a consistent squad that can’t step up their game when it counts. But, as the program continues to garner national attention and begins to pick up more talented recruits, it’s only a matter of time before Wisconsin is back in the Elite Eight and Final Four. The Badgers seemed to have a perfectly paved road for an Elite Eight or maybe even a Final Four run in last year’s tournament, but they only fed into critics by falling to Butler (possibly the only team in NCAA basketball that overachieves more than the Badgers).The swing offense – known for its slow pace and limited offensive production – is often credited with UW rarely picking up the recruits that will allow the Badgers to make a similar breakthrough as the much talked about football program.While highly touted in-state players, including Vander Blue (take solace in the fact that he averaged 5.4 points per game last year) and J.P. Tokoto, have decided to take their talents to places other than the Kohl Center, Ryan and Co. have locked down a top talent for next season in Sam Dekker. The four/five star small forward out of Sheboygan, Wis., is ranked as the 26th-best player in the nation by ESPN and the 18th by Rivals, evidence that Ryan’s system can attract the best players in the state to Madison. While the system is by no means flashy and makes for understandably boring games to ACC and Big East fans, getting a commit from Dekker could reverse the trend. On top of Dekker, the Badgers recently received a verbal commitment from standout guard Bronson Koenig, a point guard who turned down offers from Kansas, North Carolina and Duke, among others, to play for Bo. A junior out of La Crosse Aquinas High School, Koenig could be a future replacement for Jordan Taylor’s spot on the hardwood. I’m certainly not predicting that Ryan will turn into Coach K and the Badgers will have their pick of the top players in the country. But the fact that Wisconsin has recently received commitments from two of the best players in the state is a positive sign. If Dekker and Koenig can flourish in the passing-oriented offense, the Badgers might be able to shed the stigma that it’s difficult to put up big numbers in Ryan’s system.Even for haters of the swing, it’s hard to deny there’s no way UW would make 13-straight NCAA tournaments without the man who may one day find his name on the Kohl Center court. With eight 20-plus win seasons during Ryan’s 10-year tenure in Madison, Ryan has brought an unmatched record of success to the program and turned UW into a perennial Big Ten contender.Dick Bennett’s legendary run to the Final Four in 2000 with a squad that rarely hit the 60-point mark was a sign of great coaching, but there’s no way the Badgers would have experienced the same level of success under Bennett.And let’s not forget about the other outstanding wins that have decorated Ryan’s career at Wisconsin. From Michael Flowers knocking down a last-minute trey to beat Texas on the road in 2008 to the Badgers taking down Duke two years ago at the Kohl Center and their more recent upset over then-No. 1 Ohio State, Ryan has brought tremendous excitement back to the UW basketball program. With a ridiculous 152-11 record at home, he can largely be credited for creating the raucous environment that is the Kohl Center and the excitement around the men’s basketball program.With the level of talent Ryan is given every year in assembling a team, his system gets the most out of his players. Apart from the occasional stars like Alando Tucker, Jon Leuer and Taylor, the majority of the Badgers are Midwest guys who were overlooked by other top-notch Division I schools.Rather than individual talent, Ryan’s teams are built off assembling several overachieving role players who rarely average double-digit points. Stars like Leuer and Taylor may garner much of the attention, but the key to Bo’s teams are guys like Mike Bruesewitz, Tim Jarmusz (yes, even Timmy) and Jason Bohannon, whom he develops into standout players.Without Ryan’s system, UW fans would be pulling for a mediocre program that occasionally makes the NCAA tournament but generally finishes near the bottom of the Big Ten. The man at the helm does more with the players he is given than perhaps any other college basketball coach in the country. Just as in football, it’s often difficult to attract the most talented recruits in the nation to Madison, and with his recruiting based in Wisconsin, Minnesota and much of the Midwest, Ryan overachieves as a coach just about as much as his players do.This year, the Badgers don’t look like they have much to offer outside of Taylor. Undoubtedly, critics will pick against Ryan and the Badgers. But in doing so, they’ll be forgetting one key fact: Bo knows best, and he always will.Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you agree that Bo Ryan is the best thing to ever grace Wisconsin basketball? Let him know at imccue@badgerherald.com or tweet him feedback on the column @imccue.last_img read more

Bayelsa Gov. Aspirants Promise to Prioritise Sports

first_imgThree frontline Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Bayelsa State have pledged that their administration would give priority consideration to sports development.The aspirants, Senator Douye Diri, Dr. Nimibofa Ayawei and Barr. Kemela Okara, who are all seeking the sole ticket of their party to contest the November 16 governorship election, made the promise when organisers of the Restoration Cup football Tournament presented branded jerseys to them.The Tournament Director, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, who is also Special Adviser to the Bayelsa Governor on Public Affairs, quoted Senator Diri as saying that as a former Commissioner for Sports in the state, it is expected that sports would be prioritised when he becomes governor. His words: “It is on record that during my time as commissioner in charge of the sports ministry, our sports men and women had a robust welfare package. I never compromised their welfare and wellbeing. At that time, Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens emerged champions of the male and female league respectively.“Sports is a very important tool to positively engage our youths. A physically sound body produces a sound mind. That is the reason I exercise at least three days every week,” he said.Diri commended the governor for enhancing unity and peaceful co-existence in the state through the Restoration Cup, which is also known as the Governor Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament.On his part, Dr. Ayawei noted that as a footballer himself, he understands the importance of sports in lifting the youths out of idleness, indolence and criminality.He said a competition like the Restoration Cup has succeeded in bringing the youths of the state together and has become a good channel to discover talents that abound in the communities.“Seeking out and positively engaging our youths is a lifelong commitment for me. So, sports and competitions like the Restoration Cup would be well supported and the welfare of our athletes prioritised,” he said.The Chemist-turned tax-man also spoke about his vision to further boost the internally generated revenue profile of state.Okara, who is the immediate past Secretary to State Government, described sports, and football in particular, as vital and a sure means of getting young people out of harms way.“You cannot write off the huge multidimensional benefits that sports bring, whether in terms of character moulding or in the area of job creation because Nigerian footballers now earn millions of dollars.“The Restoration Cup has come to stay. I am committed to this and will support it. I believe that by God’s grace, when I emerge as the governor of this state, I will invest massively in sports.”In his remarks, Director-General of the Restoration Cup, Mr. Ono Akpe, commended the aspirants for their support, without which he said the competition would not have made good progress.He solicited their continued cooperation to enable the organisers discover more football talents for the state and the country.“Through this competition, we were able to take the Restoration Starlets to the Africa Youth Cup in Cape Verde, where they came third. That competition offered some of these young lads the opportunity to leave the state and flew in a plane for the first time in their lives.“They returned to Nigeria and took part in the state league, which they won. Today, they are set to represent the state in the playoffs of the national amateur league,” Akpe said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tipstrr announces new cryptocurrency at #bofcon2018

first_imgShare Submit Related Articles Tipstrr launches new in-house affiliate program October 4, 2018 Share StumbleUpon Tipstrr acquired by Natural Intelligence December 10, 2019 SBC Sponsorship Forum drives Betway’s Deportivo Alavés deal August 14, 2018 Tipstrr, the online betting tips service, announced a new sports tipster-focused cryptocurrency yesterday, at the Betting on Football 2018 conference.Named Tipcoin, it has been launched to alleviate a number of issues that had been identified by the West Midlands-based firm. Andy Jones, Tipstrr Technical Director, described the thought process behind the decision: “So the biggest barrier our users have, is the fact that the more bets you place, the more effort it is. You might be going to the supermarket but you need to place that bet. Time is important, but if you follow 50 tipsters you can make a lot of money, if you have the time. “So we’re breaking that barrier down now, by launching a new cryptocurrency that will enable us to allow for automated betting based on tipsters. “What it does is allows users to create their own hub of betting syndicates, based on their own risks, choose their own staker plans, choose their own risks and rewards. “The way that the cryptocurrency comes in to it, we’re gonna be offering a way for users to bid for unlimited access across the site each week. At the start of the week users can spend Tipcoins, they can bid on the amount of Tipcoins, and the top 10% – there or there about – will get full access across the sites. “So that’s gonna mean the people that want it most, the people who bid the most amount of money, will get access to every single tipster, from that they can then use parameters to decide which bets they place, which will be automatically placed.”Jones also spoke enthusiastically about this year’s Betting on Football, and why he thought the conference was ideally suited to Tipstrr’s big announcement.“It’s got the perfect audience for us – there’s a lot of people interested in betting on football! It’s been a really enjoyable experience so far and we’ve had the chance to speak to a lot of interesting people.”last_img read more

GPL Preview: C.K Akonnor aims to disrupt WAFA play by high pressing

first_imgDreams FC coach CK Akonnor has hinted of  a possible game plan to strangle WAFA when both sides meet in matchday six of the Ghana Premier League.The Kweiman side have lost momentum after a blistering start to the campaign failing to win in their last three encounters.Their opponents WAFA have created a niche for themselves as one of the best passing sides in the league and ahead of the encounter, Dreams coach Akonnour is aiming to destroy their rhythm by having much of the ball.“They are a team that can possess and pass the ball very well and so we’ll not give them the chance to do that. We don’t want them to be comfortable and play,” Akonnor told the club’s website.“They have a history of not winning away matches and our field is very good for football and so if we allow them to settle down and play it will be a bit of a problem because they know each other very well and a team which plays with discipline.”“And so, we will not allow them to play, we want to make sure we mount pressure on them and make them uncomfortable for them to be disorganized.” WAFA are yet to win away from home this season while Dreams have picked up four points out of a possible six at Dawu. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

US Patent Office finds Redskins’ name offensive

first_imgIn this Sept. 23, 2012, file photo, Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca carries a football in his helmet before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins’ name is “disparaging of Native Americans” and should be stripped of trademark protection – a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.By a vote of 2-1, the agency’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sided with five Native Americans in a dispute that has been working its way through legal channels for more than two decades.The ruling doesn’t directly force the team to abandon the name, but it adds momentum to the campaign at a time of increasing criticism of Redskins owner Dan Snyder from political, religious and sports figures who say it’s time for a change.“If the most basic sense of morality, decency and civility has not yet convinced the Washington team and the NFL to stop using this hateful slur, then hopefully today’s patent ruling will, if only because it imperils the ability of the team’s billionaire owner to keep profiting off the denigration and dehumanization of Native Americans,” Oneida Indian representative Ray Halbritter and National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata, two of the leading forces in the campaign to change the name, said in a statement.The Redskins quickly announced they will appeal, and the team’s name will continue to have trademark protection while the matter makes its way through the courts – a process that could take years.A similar ruling by the board in 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003.“We’ve seen this story before,” Redskins attorney Bob Raskopf said. “And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo. We are confident we will prevail once again.”Snyder and others associated with the team have long argued that the Redskins name is used with respect and honor and is a source of pride among many American Indians.The ruling involves six uses of the Redskins name trademarked by the team from 1967 to 1990. It does not apply to the team’s American Indian head logo.If it stands, the team will still be free to use the name but will lose a lot of its ability to protect its financial interests. It will be more difficult for the team to go after others who print the Redskins name on sweatshirts, jerseys or other gear without permission.“Joe in Peoria is going to have a pretty good argument that he could put the ‘Redskins’ name on some T-shirt,” said Brad Newberg, a copyright law expert in Virginia.Newberg estimated that the ruling, if upheld, could cost the team tens of millions of dollars per year. Forbes magazine puts the value of the Redskins franchise at $1.7 billion and says $145 million of that is attributable to the team’s brand.The board exercised its authority under a section of the Trademark Act of 1946 that disallows trademarks that may disparage others or bring them into contempt or disrepute. Over the years, the courts have rejected arguments that the First Amendment guarantees the right to register any name as a trademark.In reaching its decision, the board drew on the testimony of three experts in linguistics and lexicography and combed through old dictionaries, books, newspapers, magazines and even vintage movie quotes to examine the history of “redskin,” looking specifically at whether it was considered disparaging at the time the trademarks were issued.The board concluded that today’s dictionaries “uniformly label the term ‘offensive’ or ‘disparaging’” – a change that took place between the late 1960s and the 1990s – and that its derogatory nature is further demonstrated by “the near complete drop-off in usage of ‘redskins’” as a term for Native Americans beginning in the 1960s.Also, the board said a “substantial” number of Native Americans – at least about 30 percent – have found the team’s use of the term to be offensive.Earlier this year, the agency rejected trademark requests for “Redskins Hog Rinds” and “Washington Redskin Potatoes.” It also turned down an Asian-American rock band called The Slants and the Jewish humor magazine Heeb.Courts overturned the board’s 1999 ruling in part because the plaintiffs waited too long to voice their objections after the original trademarks were issued. The case was relaunched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans who only recently became adults and would not have been able to file a case earlier.The chorus of critics against the use of the name has grown over the past year.President Barack Obama himself said last year that he would think about changing the name if he owned the team.On Saturday, a major sector of the United Church of Christ voted to urge its 40,000 members to boycott the Redskins. On Capitol Hill, half the Senate recently wrote letters to the NFL urging a change because “racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports.”Washington Mayor Vincent Gray suggested Wednesday that the name will almost certainly have to change if the team ever wants to build a new stadium in the city.Snyder, who has vowed repeatedly never to abandon the name, declined to comment as he walked off the field after a practice Wednesday.Redskins players have mostly avoided the topic.“Our job as players is to focus on what we can on this field day-in and day-out and let the legal people take care of that stuff,” quarterback Robert Griffin III said. “And when it’s the right time, then we can voice whatever it is we know about the situation.”The Redskins have responded to critics by creating a foundation to give financial support to Indian tribes. Suzan Shown Harjo, a leading figure in the trademark case, called the foundation “somewhere between a PR assault and bribery.”Supporters of a name change hailed the decision.“Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor, “but it is just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing.”___AP National Writer Eddie Pells in Denver and Associated Press writer Sam Hananel contributed to this report.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

No NCAA season 94 basketball games today

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) management committee chair Frank Gusi of host Perpetual Help announced there will be no basketball games today at Filoil Flying V Centre due to the forecast of inclement weather. As such, the seniors and juniors matches between Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College, Perpetual and College of St. Benilde, and Arellano and San Beda University will be rescheduled in the latter part of the first round of the double-round elimination.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIEScenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacquiao arrives in Malaysia ahead of title fight vs Matthysse View comments MOST READlast_img read more

STAND-OFF AT FERRY AS SWIMMERS USE BOAT AS DIVING BOARD

first_imgThe Foyle Rambler ferry being used as a diving board! PIcture by Brendan Flanagan.A number of people were involved in a ‘stand-off” with the operators of the Lough Swilly Ferry service yesterday.The people, who were swimming at Buncrana Pier, too exception to the Foyle Rambler ferry docking at the pier.Some of the group then boarded the boat and climbed to the top and began diving off the boat. Eye-witnesses said the Captain asked them to get off the ferry, but they refused.Swimmers at the pier in Buncrana before the ferry docked. Picture by Brendan Flanagan.On a number of occasions he tried to get the men from climbing up on top of the ferry to dive off the boat.Staff on the boat eventually made a phonecall and the men eventually dispersed.The men, who had been drinking cans of alcohol, began shouting at the captain of the ferry. The ferry finally pulled out at 4.40pm. STAND-OFF AT FERRY AS SWIMMERS USE BOAT AS DIVING BOARD was last modified: July 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ferryFoyle Ramblerstand-offlast_img read more

STUNNING DONEGAL SINGER CHANELE GETS TV GIG AFTER WINNING NATIONAL COMPETITION

first_imgA young Donegal singer has been voted the best in Ireland in an emerging talent competition – and will make her TV debut this weekend.Stunning musician Chanele McGuinness made the final three today from more than 550 entrants to the John Murray Show/Saturday Night Show emerging music competition. Chanele McGuinness, Gary Showbiz and The New Transmission battled it out live in the RTE Studio 8 final on the John Murray Show.And the public – and judges – gave Chanele the coveted slot on the Saturday Night Show with Brendan O’Connor this Saturday evening.Chanele, who is just 21, stunned both John Murray and his guests with her performance today.So much so that she’s now being invited to play the Electric Picnic. She also won a free recording deal at a top Dublin studio. Her music is a combination of honest lyrics with warm melodies and simple acoustic guitar parts. Her style is often described as haunting.“I’m absolutely delighted,” she said on air, thanking her competitors for their support in Dublin this morning.Studio judges Cait O’Riordan, Jerry Fish and Caroline Henry were blown away by her performance with Fish giving her the Electric Picnic invite.“It was an absolutely stunning performance,” said Fish, “I’ve fallen in love with Chanele’s music.”To see how good she is, click play to watch her video of ‘Stay’.And tune in to the Saturday Night Show this weekend on RTE1. STUNNING DONEGAL SINGER CHANELE GETS TV GIG AFTER WINNING NATIONAL COMPETITION was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballyshannonchanele McGuinnnessJohn Murray Showlast_img read more