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Patrons should see a real fight this time

first_img 43 VICTORIES Corley is a 41-year-old veteran from Washington, DC, who has had 70 fights, with a record of 43 victories, 26 losses and one draw. He has boxed all over the world and last fought in Denmark on February 26, scoring a tko victory over Osama Hadifi. He has fought for world titles several times, among them a loss to Zab Judah for the WBO super lightweight title in 2003 and another loss to Miguel Cotto for the same title in 2005. He also had a non-title fight loss to boxing kingpin, Floyd Mayweather Jr, in 2004. Azore has 16 victories, five losses and three draws in a career that started in December 2006 and saw him becoming the Guyanese welterweight boxing champion in December 2012. He has been inactive recently because of his inability to get fights, but has been training hard for several months since learning that he would be a challenger in the Contender series. He told The Gleaner yesterday that he is “fit, ready and confident” and is looking forward to a good fight. Two experienced boxers – DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley from the USA and Iwan ‘Pure Gold’ Azore, a Guyanese-born fighter who lives in Trinidad and Tobago – will exchange punches tonight over five rounds in the second preliminary bout of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender Series. The action starts at 9 p.m. at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road, and will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week, spectators left the venue bemused and disappointed when after only 55 seconds, one of the boxers, 19-year old Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, USA, suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder and could not continue, gifting the bout to his opponent, Jamaican Richard Holmes, who was declared the winner by technical knockout. The promoters and sponsors were very disappointed with the outcome and have made an effort to have a better line-up this week. Corley, who was not on the original list of boxers selected to appear this year, was recruited a few days ago to join the USA team in their bid to defeat the Caribbean team. The format of the competition is that there are eight boxers on each team – the Caribbean and the USA – respectively. A draw is then used to select the opponents from both camps, and they will challenge each other over five rounds, with the winners moving on to the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and then the final. The eventual winner of the competition takes home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.last_img read more

Bruins, Howland forsake the flash

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Josh Shipp’s recollection of Showtime was Magic Johnson leading fastbreaks that ended in dunks and layups. Arron Afflalo wears No. 4 because, as a grade schooler, he watched videos of the Lakers dynasty and was enamored with Byron Scott and the team’s up-and-down style of basketball. Influenced by this basketball backdrop, UCLA heads into the postseason led by a balding coach who has made grunting, lateral defensive slides and rebounding relevant factors in the team’s success. UCLA enters today’s Pacific-10 Conference tournament as the top seed and the overwhelming favorite. The Bruins enjoy that role not because of grace and style and sublime athleticism, but because of teamwork, commitment, rebounding and coach Ben Howland’s calling card – defense. The run ‘n gun style employed by Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, a former UCLA assistant, plays to the aesthetically pleasing Hollywood tableau. But fans embraced Howland’s rigid defensive philosophy, which, when it comes to artistry, is more Theo Van Gogh than it is his more famous brother, Vincent. “At the end of the day, it all comes down to one thing,” Howland said. “People, players, fans, they want to win.” Despite a lackluster nonconference home schedule in which a road atlas was needed to find the locations of many of the opponents, the Bruins averaged 10,428 per game at Pauley Pavilion. It is the highest average since 1997-98. If the essence of Hollywood was crystallized in sport, it was through those high-flyin’, fast-breakin’, no-look passin’ Lakers under three-peat entrepreneur and movie star-handsome coach Pat Riley. Even the Lakers of the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal era, led by zen master Phil Jackson, were as much Hollywood soap opera as they were NBA champions. center_img “You think of USC football and you think of Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush and more TV-type stuff, and we’re not like that,” said Afflalo, UCLA’s junior guard and leading scorer at 17.2 points per game. “I think (fans) have come to expect us as winners. I think that’s what it is. “I don’t think they come to the game to see us defend well. They don’t come to the game to see us get up and down and dunk all day. Honestly, I think they enjoy us winning.” Howland cannot recall a light-switch moment in which he realized the importance of defense, but he remembers playing one-on-one basketball in the Goleta boys’ club, and understanding what it took to win. It is a philosophy Howland never forgot. brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Why Warriors coach Steve Kerr is staying out of China-NBA debate

first_imgFor now, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is sticking to sports when it comes to commenting on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.Kerr, arguably the most socially conscious coach in professional sports, hesitated Monday night to jump into the international debate created by Morey’s tweet about China that also compromised the NBA’s massive business interests in that country.When asked if he had a reaction to Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters in their ongoing battle with the …last_img

JCF to Provide Adequate Security During Busy Shopping Season

first_img “We are reducing our administrative deployment and putting more persons into operational deployment, so what you will find now is that there will be an increase in the number of officers…. on our streets to ensure that everybody has a safe Christmas,” he said. Story Highlights The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is assuring that adequate security will be provided in major commercial areas during the festive season to ensure public safety.Speaking with JIS News, Communications Officer, JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit, Sergeant Shaunjay Mitchell, says additional personnel have been deployed to reinforce security in the areas.“We are reducing our administrative deployment and putting more persons into operational deployment, so what you will find now is that there will be an increase in the number of officers…. on our streets to ensure that everybody has a safe Christmas,” he said.In addition, Sergeant Mitchell is encouraging Jamaicans to reduce the number of jewellery they wear and amount of cash they travel with by using credit or debit cards where possible.“In order to minimise your risk of being robbed or of you losing that cash by way of somebody picking your pocket or removing it from your wallet or purse, we advise that you walk with less cash. Avoid big handbags or bulky wallets or purses,” he said.He noted that persons should monitor their bank cards while conducting transactions, so that persons do not clone or duplicate the cards. “You must always be able to see what that merchant is doing to your credit (or debit) card,” he said.Sergeant Mitchell further advised that persons should use automated teller machines (ATMs) that are heavily trafficked.“Avoid using ATMs in dark lonely places…use ATMs within areas where a lot of persons tend to use, and use ATMs in public spaces where you have a lot of traffic. Once you get inside the ATM, ensure that you bolt the door behind you,” he said.He further encouraged persons to examine the machines to ensure that duplicate keypads are not placed on the legitimate ones.Meanwhile, Sergeant Mitchell is urging drivers to exercise patience on the road, while obeying the road codes and regulations.He urged persons to be alert of their surroundings, adding that if they believe they are being followed, they should proceed to a busy location and contact the Police immediately. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is assuring that adequate security will be provided in major commercial areas during the festive season to ensure public safety. Speaking with JIS News, Communications Officer, JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit, Sergeant Shaunjay Mitchell, says additional personnel have been deployed to reinforce security in the areas.last_img read more