Punjab Panthers cruise past NE Rhinos to set up title clash with Gujarat Giants

first_imgLast Updated: 21st December, 2019 08:57 IST Punjab Panthers Cruise Past NE Rhinos To Set Up Title Clash With Gujarat Giants Punjab Panthers on Friday registered an overwhelming 5-2 victory over NE Rhinos to set up a Big Bout Indian Boxing League summit clash against Gujarat Giants COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 21st December, 2019 08:57 IST Press Trust Of India center_img Punjab Panthers on Friday registered an overwhelming 5-2 victory over NE Rhinos to set up a Big Bout Indian Boxing League summit clash against Gujarat Giants. The Panthers won four bouts in a row to overturn the 2-1 advantage that the NE Rhinos had got through Meenakshi and Francisco Veron after Sonia Lather drew first blood. Naveen Kumar used his extra height, reach and body weight to bring the Panthers back on track. The India Open silver medallist had ceded some ground to Ergashev Timur in the opening round of the 91kg bout but gradually took control of the bout. READ | Tony Khan Pays Stone Cold Steve Austin The Ultimate Tribute On AEW DynamiteWith the younger fighter from Uzbekistan getting tired and unable to sustain the onslaught, Naveen Kumar secured a unanimous verdict. Abdulmalik Khalakov showed quick glovework in the 57kg clash with Mohammed Etash Khan and PL Prasad did likewise against Laldin Mawia in the 52kg battle to ensure that the Panthers would book the berth in the final against Gujarat Giants. With personal pride to play for after the outcome of the match was known, the seasoned Manoj Kumar took time to warm up against the bustle of Muhammad Rahil in the 69kg bout. READ | UFC: Jose Aldo And Alexander Volkanovski Make Big Jumps In Latest Official RankingsHe conceded the first round to the boxer from Akola but attacked consistently to secure a unanimous win. The younger fighter, making his Big Bout debut, needed to sustain his effort but did not get the room. Earlier, Panthers’ Sonia Lather raised her game after trailing Pwilao Basumatary in the first round of the women’s 60kg bout. She was unruffled that a majority of judges had ruled in favour of her NE Rhinos rival and changed her tactics to swiftly swing the balance her way with a calm and sensible approach that called her to step up the aggression but cautiously. Indeed, Punjab Panthers were able to overcome the absence of their captain MC Mary Kom better than NE Rhinos papered over the cracks left by Nikhat Zareen (women’s 51kg) and an unwell Mandeep Jangra (69kg). READ | UFC Fight Night 165: Fight Card, Live Streaming, Preview And More DetailsThough Meenakshi stood in well for Nikhat Zareen, NE Rhinos knew that the Panthers would be a different challenge in the semifinals than in the climactic league match on Tuesday. The Rhinos were delighted that Meenakshi made light of a massive task of standing in for skipper Nikhat Zareen. She handled pressure with disdain as she beat Darshana Doot in the women’s 51kg bout. She backed her eagerness with good ringcraft, landing a combination of punches to run out a comfortable winner and level the match scores  at 1-1. They were strengthened by the return of Argentina’s Francisco Veron who claimed a win against debutant Mohit Khatana in the 75kg bout. In posting a unanimous verdict, Francisco Veron offered the Asian Junior Championships silver medallist insights into competing with more accomplished boxers.  The final will be held on Saturday. READ | Antonio Brown Throws Shade At Tom Brady With A WILD Proclamation On Twitter Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

‘Proud’ Pochettino hints he could stay at Spurs after final defeat

first_imgPochettino made the decision to start Harry Kane, despite the striker not playing a match in almost two months.Kane had just recovered from an ankle injury and struggled for chances against a resilient Liverpool defence.“It’s not about playing with Harry Kane or Lucas Moura,” Pochettino said.“We had to make a decision and of course for me, Harry Kane after one month and a half finished the game fresh.“He didn’t score like other players but it’s not a point to talk about too much. My decision I promise was about analytics and thinking with all the information.  I don’t regret my decision.”Spurs were never at their best during a subdued match at the Wanda Metropolitano, forced to chase the game after Moussa Sissoko conceded a penalty after 23 seconds.“You never believe that after one minute you’re going to be 1-0 down, a situation that not only changed our plans, it changed the dynamic (of the game),” Pochettino said.“I’m very proud with the effort, how we fought. We played so well, we played so well in the second half. I feel so proud, there is nothing else to say.”Share on: WhatsApp Tottenham’s coach Mauricio Pochettino is tight lipped on his future at the club.Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Mauricio Pochettino kept tight-lipped about his future as Tottenham Hotspur coach after his side lost the Champions League final to Liverpool on Saturday.The Argentine has been linked with a move to Italian champions Juventus and German giants Bayern Munich but suggested he may stay to try to guide Spurs to another final after their 2-0 defeat in Madrid.“When you live this experience you want to do it again. I hope we can do it again in the future,” Pochettino told BT Sport.“It’s about trying, it’s about believing, it’s about building, and I hope it happens again as soon as possible.”Spurs fell behind to a Mohamed Salah penalty almost straight after kick-off but were the better side after the break, before Divock Origi arrowed in a second late on.Pochettino has said he wants clarity on Tottenham’s ambitions before the start of next season and said on Saturday he would be holding talks with the club.“Now is the time to stay calm, change the mood, for sure we are going to have time to talk,” said Pochettino.“It is not a moment now to talk too much. You can interpret things in different ways. People want to compare me with different managers but they don’t know that we are in a different project in a different position and different place.“In five years at Tottenham the project was so clear, our ambition was amazing, and the commitment from the players was amazing — the club played their first Champions League final.”last_img read more

DeSantis: State Ready to Withstand Financial Effect from Coronavirus

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the Sunshine State is financially prepared to withstand the blow of the coronavirus.“We already see that this is going to cause economic dislocations,” he said after Thursday’s budget vote.Nonetheless, Florida lawmakers have already earmarked about $300 million to offset the financial setbacks.“We entered this session with unemployment going down, down, down to 2.8%, and now we’re going to be exiting this on the back end of this COVID(-19) looking at a different economic picture,” according to DeSantis. “I think it’s one we can recover from, don’t get me wrong, but that is going to be an issue that we’ll have to address in future sessions.”The approved $93 billion budget includes more funding for water quality and Everglades projects, as well as a three-percent pay increase for state employees. It should also move Florida into one of the top five states for teacher salaries in the nation, providing $500 million to boost minimum pay for new teachers.In terms of how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact Florida’s tourism and workforce, the governor explains, “There’s going to be Florida businesses that are going to take it on the chin, because we’re so sensitive to things like tourism, but once this passes, and it will pass, I think we’ll be able to pick back up and start going.”last_img read more

PBC to Punish Businesses Violating Orders, as COVID-19 Cases Rise

first_imgReferring to it as a “proactive effort,” the mayor explained that the team will conduct random spot inspections on businesses throughout the county.“They’re gonna do it across city boundaries and municipal boundaries, and no one is ever gonna know when they’re coming and at what time,” he said.Dr. Alina Alonso, the county’s health director, added that Palm Beach County was averaging 68 cases of the virus per day before certain businesses began reopening May 11.She said that number jumped to an average of 220 cases per day as of June 1.“As we opened and people started feeling better, we started loosening up and everybody felt a little better. Then the virus had more people to attack and make positive. That is what’s going on,” added Alonso.She explained that the best defenses against the “silent infection” continue to be social distancing, wearing face coverings in public, washing hands and surfaces frequently, and keeping your hands away from your face.Dr. Alonso also addressed businesses, saying, “You agreed to do certain things, and some of those certain things were social distancing and keeping your patrons, and most importantly, your employees safe.”According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 10,754 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, including 468 deaths. Palm Beach County plans to punish businesses that violate emergency orders regarding the coronavirus and social distancing, officials said on Friday.Mayor Dave Kerner announced the formation of the COVID Education and Compliance Team, which is comprised of local law enforcement agencies, the Florida Department of Health, code enforcement, and other entities.“There are bad actors in this community,” said Mayor Kerner.Palm Beach County is currently under Phase One of Florida’s reopening plan, which allows restaurants and retail shops to operate at 50 percent capacity. However, movie theaters and bars must remain closed.“We will utilize the full force of the law,” Kerner said. “Notices to appear, regulatory restrictions, pulling relevant licenses, and in the most rare circumstances, criminal prosecution.”WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE:last_img read more