RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua is as hungry to unify the heavyweight division as fans are to see him try, revealing he would prioritise a Deontay Wilder bout over meeting Tyson Fury in the ring. The Watford-born champion cruised to victory in his rematch with Andy Ruiz earlier this month – putting him back on course for an iconic clash with either of the other ‘big three’ members. Fury and Wilder will fight for the second time in February, with the ‘Gypsy King’ challenging for the American’s WBC belt – while Joshua holds the IBO, IBF, WBO and WBA belts. Joshua was asked which of his rivals he would prefer to fight next: “I really don’t know. Either one of them, it doesn’t matter. “The preference would be the champion Wilder because it’s a championship fight, but Fury is so talented as well and it’s the best of British so why not? I’ll fight either one of them. “The dream would be to go for the fifth belt in 2020.” Wilder has voiced his doubts over the unification bout, and was highly critical of Joshua’s careful tactics in the ring against Ruiz. However, with Joshua’s audience figures dwarfing the American’s in his recent Luis Ortiz fight, Wilder can’t sniff at the opportunity of taking on Joshua. The ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ Fury saga is expected to become a trilogy, after the pair reached a split-decision draw at the end of 12 thrilling rounds in their first bout a year ago. Joshua re-ignited talk of fighting either man with his dominant unanimous decision win against Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, showing outstanding mental strength to reverse his embarrassing defeat to the Mexican in the summer. Talking on the shock loss, he said: “I feel that if you always look back you can always find a reason as to why you could have done things better, but honestly, I just got beaten by the better man. “I have to take it on the chin and do it better next time.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderTyson Fury
NEW DELHI: Poker Stars India, one of Indias most popular online poker portals, has announced former India captain M.S. Dhoni as its new brand ambassador.”I am excited to be associated with the PokerStars family. The thrill, the excitement, the pressure and the competitiveness of it – these are just some parallels I can draw between poker and cricket,” said Dhoni. “In the last few years there has been a change in the mindset of people when they think of online poker. Online poker like any game of skill requires one to be strategic and play responsibly. Slowly but surely it is being recognised as a sport that is fun and quick to learn but rich in its complexity. “With this collaboration we hope to take online poker to a larger audience.” he added. To mark his ambassadorship with the brand, the veteran cricketer stars in PokerStars India’s latest campaign – ‘I’m In’ in which Dhoni can be seen enjoying a game of poker with three unique personalities, while inviting others to join in the fun game of skill and thrills. “It’s already well established that MS Dhoni, who has led India to many international victories, is one of the all-time cricketing greats. What is less known is that his Zen-like poise, combined with his ability to make fearless decisions, make him a perfect poker player and a truly valuable member of Team PokerStars India,” said Ankur Dewani, CEO, Sachiko Gaming. “With MS Dhoni at its heart, the campaign showcases how poker is a game for absolutely anyone, a truly universal sport. We cannot wait to see the response of our audience and players across the country,” he added. (IANS) Also watch: #NewsMakers: Youth sensation Ashish Chanchlani in an exclusive conversation with Oineetom Ojah
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Shamarh Brooks hit his 12th first class half-century and his third of the Regional four-day season, to lead a Barbados Pride recovery against Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the opening day of the sixth round encounter here Saturday.Slumping at 19 for two early in the morning at Kensington Oval, Pride finished on 302 for eight, with the right-handed Brooks top-scoring with 63.Test batsman Roston Chase made 49 while West Indies left-handed Jonathan Carter extended his decent form from the one-day series against England with 46.Captain Kevin Stoute weighed in with 41 and Justin Greaves and Jomel Warrican both ended unbeaten on 30 to further rally the Pride innings.Veteran seamer Gavin Tonge (3-39) and Test rookie Alzarri Joseph (3-39) were the best bowlers on show with three wickets apiece.Opting for first knock, Pride found themselves in trouble when they lost left-handed openers Omar Phillips (6) and Anthony Alleyne (11) cheaply inside the first hour.Phillips edged a prod at Tonge to be caught at the wicket in the sixth over and 12 balls later, Alleyne drove the same bowler to Kacey Carty at mid-off.Brooks then combined with Chase to put on 106 for the third wicket, a partnership which took Pride to the safety of lunch at 116 without further loss.They were separated in the fourth over following the resumption when Chase edged Tonge to captain Kieran Powell at second slip, after facing 47 balls in just over 1-3/4 hours and counting six fours a six.His departure triggered a slide as three wickets tumbled for 19 runs to leave the hosts on 144 for five.It was then the turn of Carter and Stoute to revive the innings, putting on 75 for the sixth wicket, to carry Pride to tea at 212 for five.Carter struck seven fours off 103 balls in nearly two hours at the crease while Stoute hit two fours and two sixes off 102 deliveries.When three wickets fell for 38 runs, Greaves and Warrican ensured the tail wagged by adding 45 in an unbroken ninth wicket partnership.PRIDE 1st InningsO Phillips c wkp Hamilton b Tonge 6A Alleyne c Carty b Tonge 11S Brooks c wkp Hamilton b Joseph 63R Chase c Powell b Tonge 49J Carter lbw b Bonner 46+S Dowrich c Cornwall b Joseph 0*K Stoute lbw b Joseph 41J Greaves not out 30K Roach c wkp Hamilton b Bonner 3J Warrican not out 30Extras (b2, lb2, w2, nb17) 23TOTAL (8 wkts, 93 overs) 302To bat: Miguel Cummins.Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-19, 3-125, 4-144, 5-144, 6-219, 7-245, 8-257.Bowling: Joseph 21-8-39-3 (w1, nb1)), Tonge 14.4-6-29-3 (nb5), Hosein 9-0-48-0, Cornwall 19-0-71-0 (nb6), Campbell 15-2-65-0 (nb1), Bonner 14.2-4-46-2 (w1, nb4).
ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – West Indies selectors have kept faith with the same squad of 13 for the decisive third and final Test of the current series against Pakistan, starting on Wednesday at Windsor Park here.Buoyed by the side’s stunning 107-run victory in the second Test which ended last Thursday at Kensington Oval in Barbados, the selection panel will choose from the same group of players that have served throughout the three-Test series which is currently level at 1-1.Courtney Browne and his fellow selectors will however, face some key decisions ahead of the crucial match which West Indies will be aiming to win to claim their first Test series victory in four years and over a side ranked higher for the first time in eight years.They will have to decide if to offer a reprieve to the inexperienced, left-handed Guyanese middle-order duo of Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh, instead of going for greater stability in the more experienced Jermaine Blackwood.Though they have promised much, Hetmyer has had scores of 11, 20, 1 and 22, and Singh 9, 9, 3 and 32, hardly reassuring figures, but they have given brief glimpses of what they may be able to accomplish given more opportunities.The 25-year-old Blackwood has played 22 Tests, gathering 1,128 runs at an average of 31.33, not overpowering stats, but in a side light on experience, he could offer a bit more of a competitive edge.The selectors will also have to consider if the current bowling combination will be effective enough, especially if the Windsor Park pitch is typically unyielding.Though they bowled the team to victory in Bridgetown, skipper Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Devendra Bishoo would crave a little more help from Miguel Cummins, particularly if the local ground-staff fails again to cooperate.This too, may impact on the batting of the side meaning leaving out one of the batsmen to play five bowlers and asking Holder to shoulder more responsibility with the willow.Squad:Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Vishaul Singh
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan will be Ireland’s first Test opponents next May after the two countries reached an agreement at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in New Zealand.Ireland and Afghanistan were given full Test status by the ICC in June, taking the total number of Test-playing countries to 12.Bangladesh were the last team to gain Test status in 2000.“We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural test match next year,” Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said in a statement.“It has been our wish to make our test debut in front of our own fans within 12 months of becoming a Test nation, and against a big team, so I‘m delighted.”Deutrom said a venue and exact date for the Test had yet to be confirmed, but the country has played one-day internationals in both Belfast and Dublin.Captain William Porterfield said it was a massive step forward for the side.”It’s fantastic news for Irish cricket,“ Porterfield added. ”It’s going to be a bit special and it’s always great to be a part of history.”Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and I know how much this game will mean to not only the players but all involved with Irish cricket.“It’ll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time.”
Tim Floyd says Tony is an iconic figure in the game. Tipperary County Board Chairman Michael Bourke said the name of Tony Reddin will go down in hurling folklore as one of hurling’s legends.He said his achievements list high among the greats not only of his own era, but also of those in modern times.Funeral arrangements have been announced.He will repose at his home on Tuesday from 12 noon until 7 o’clock, followed by removal to St. Rynagh’s Church Banagher arriving at 8pm. Tony Reddin will be laid to rest in Rathcabbin following funeral mass on Wednesday at 12 noon. Tipp County Board secretary Tim Floyd says Tony is recognised as the greatest goalkeeper in the history of hurling.The Lorrha-Dorrha clubman won three All-Ireland Senior Hurling medals as well as 3 Munster titles along with 5 National League medals during his hurling career. He was named goalkeeper of the Century and also on the hurling team of the Millenium.
An Ohio man received about 55,000 copies of the same exact letter from College Avenue Student Loans.Dan Cain of Twinsburg told WOIO that he knew there was a problem as soon as the clerk at his post office told him that he had too much mail to walk through the front door with.Cain said there was about 79 trays of letters with about 700 letters in each.In a statement obtained by WOIO, the college loan company said the letter was in regards to Cain’s daughter’s student loan being due /The company blamed the mistake on a computer glitch.
The United States Senate voted not to impeach President Trump Wednesday on two articles of impeachment. In Article 1 Abuse of Power 52 Not Guilty and 48 Guilty. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote guilty.In Article 2 Obstruction of Congress. 53 Not Guilty and 47 Guilty. We will have more reaction on this story throughout the evening and tomorrow morning with Jennifer Ross and Bill Adams.
GREG McGHEE by Ed Hill Jr.For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Howard freshman quarterback Greg McGhee was named the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, joining six other Bison football players to receive post season awards from the MEAC. A 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound freshman from Perry High School Pittsburgh, Pa., McGhee becomes just the third player in school history to receive the honor, joining former Bison Vontae Long and Willie Carter. McGhee had an outstanding season, starting 11 games and finishing as the team’s second leading rusher with 388 yards and four touchdowns.McGhee had an efficiency rating of 110.5 and passed for 1,784 yards and 13 touchdowns to finish fourth in the MEAC in passing. He was named Rookie of the Week five times during the season and he is a candidate for the Inaugural Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in the Football Championship Division.Junior linebacker Keith Pough, senior defensive lineman Sackie Kerkulah, senior receiver Willie Carter and senior offensive lineman Cory Gwinner were each named to the MEAC all-conference first team, while senior defensive back Lanny Kelly, senior defensive lineman Corey Berry were voted second team; McGhee was also named to the MEAC all-conference second team. The selections were voted on by the MEAC’s coaches and sports information directors.(Edward Hill Jr. is the sports information director for Howard University.)
Government on Friday again used its majority in the National Assembly to railroad the political Opposition which obstinately objected to the several thousand-fold increase in a range of taxes, penalties and fees.Successfully piloted by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, the Miscellaneous Licences (Amendment) Bill, which was first presented to the House at the end of last year and gives effect to several of the Budget measures that were announced.It will, however, according to the political Opposition, lead to the further impoverishing of Guyanese people, serve as an incentive for corruption and have a deleterious effect on small businesses and entrepreneurs.Finance Minister Winston Jordan1958 – last hikeMinister Jordan, in presenting his rebuttal arguments in the debate, told the House that the fees were in fact last hiked in 1958 and at the time a $75 fine was in fact prohibitive.Jordan told the House that 60 years ago the fine was not only prohibitive but also served to act as a deterrent since if a person was caught breaching any of the provisions—such as the requirement for a dray cart licence —“you get punished”.Jordan conceded that the hikes in the various fees, licences and penalties could be deemed humongous by some, but it was just a play on statistics.The Finance Minister was of the view “you could make magic with statistics” even as he argued that the new fines despite their thousand-fold increase were still within the realm and the existing fees “mean nothing”.He was at the time responding to members of the political Opposition which had objected to the Bill in its current form on the basis of the draconian increases that were proposed—the lowest increase being in the vicinity of 3000 per cent.PPP MP Collin CroalJordan in defence of the steep increases in fees said that the next time around the Government would listen to the Opposition and incrementally increase the fees, but given the extended hiatus of some 60 years since the last time they were raised, the precipitous increases were warranted at this time.He used the occasion of his rebuttal to also take an unveiled swipe at the political Opposition’s arguments, calling them “unbelievable”, since there appeared to be “great sympathy for tax cheats, tax dodgers, unlawful behaviour and so on”.This, he said, was evident in the presentations of the Opposition speakers.DraconianWrapping up the Opposition’s arguments against the proposed increases, former Permanent Secretary of the then Local Government Ministry, Collin Croal, told the House that his Party was in no way opposed to an increase in fees, but rather the steep draconian levels to which the fees are being raised.He appealed to no avail to have Government reconsider the proposal. His Party also failed to sway Government members when it called for a division of votes but lost, given the majority held in the House by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration.Croal was adamant that any right-thinking Guyanese would be opposed to such a steep increase in fees, calling the amendments nothing but a case of extracting wealth from poor Guyanese and putting it into the hands of the Government.Government, he said, intends to tax and penalise Guyanese into poverty, adding that the draconian increases make little economic or financial sense and would “only accomplish the draining [of] the blood of the poor Guyanese and putting them further in destitution”.He used the occasion to query too what was Government’s plan to educate the nation on the range of increases since many could find themselves in breach owing to ignorance of the many changes.Croal posited too that while there has been much said by the Finance Minister with regard to the lengthy delay since the last increase was effected, the hiatus was in fact testimony to the prudent management of the economy under the past Administration.He said this was the case, since even without the increase in fees, penalties and fines, the Guyana economy was in fact performing positively.“The fact that under the PPP Government you would not have had to touch increases here and the economy was doing so well shows the prudent management under the PPP,” said Croal, as he reiterated the objections to the level of increases being foisted on the nation by Government and not necessarily the need for an increase.Disposable incomeHe told the House that there could be an argument had to increase the fees from their current level, but any such increase must be done gradually, noting that the APNU/AFC Administration has introduced some 47 additional taxation measures in the 2017 Budget.The PPP Member of Parliament added that the debate sought to make the point that ever since taking office the APNU/AFC Administration has been consistently eroding the disposable income available to the average Guyanese and businesses alike.Croal, like his fellow PPP/C parliamentarians, argued that the measures contained in the Miscellaneous Licences (Amendment) Bill would, in fact, be affecting the poor and small-scale entrepreneurs such as dray cart operators, butcher shop owners, hucksters and the like.He was adamant that Government was embarking on the biggest transfer of wealth from the people to the Administration itself while creating a perverse incentive for corruption and further impoverishment.Croal’s arguments were presented on the heels of his colleague parliamentarian Yvonne Pearson, who sought to impress on the Finance Minister and other Government representatives the impracticality of several of the provisions.ImpracticalShe singled out as an example the need for a person looking to slaughter an animal for sale to first seek permission from the Police or face an exorbitant fine.According to Pearson, in the vast hinterland regions of Guyana, this measure could very well be very impractical while placing further hardships on persons.She spoke too to the requirements that would now obligate persons to register their canoes and carts with which they would transport goods from their farms to market, in some instances – all of which she contends will add to the hardships of the poor.Calling the increases exorbitant and overbearing, the PPP Member of Parliament posited that under the current regime, in a matter of two years’ time, “who ain’t dead badly wounded and it looks like none will escape”.The increases, she said, will be burdensome and will have negative effects on the ordinary people, and small business operators.Vickram Bharrat, another of the PPP Members of Parliament to vehemently oppose the proposals questioned the need for such drastic increases for what some could consider trivial misdemeanours such as the requirement for dray cart and other cart operators to have their registration and visible markings or face retribution.He argued that the Guyanese nation was already heavily overtaxed and the Government seemed to have an innate lust to simply raise revenues on the backs of the poor.