Dharry confident ahead of ‘biggest fight of career’

first_imgGuyana’s most exciting super flyweight pugilist, Elton Dharry is in confident mood ahead of the biggest fight of his career to date. The Queens, New York-based prize fighter has traveled to Melbourne, Australia to take on Australian Andrew ‘The Monster’ Moloney on Friday for the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Flyweight title.It is Dharry’s toughest test to date but one the likeable 33-year-old is ready to grasp with both hands.Andrew ‘The Monster’ Moloney“I’m a few days away from the biggest fight of my career here in Australia, a fight that I have been waiting for even though I wasn’t expecting this” Dharry told Stabroek Sport yesterday. “I accepted this fight on the first offer I got and I’m more than confident I can bring the title back to Guyana.I have been working hard for many years, I came a long way to this point and a lot of people did not believe that I would have gotten here but determination and my self belief got me here along with the support from my people.”Dharry noted that he will do all in his power to come out victorious. “I am very thankful and I am just happy to say that I will represent my country, Guyana at the highest stage of this sport, and I will give 100% to represent and win. November 15 I will do everything in my power to be the new champion.”The fight will take place at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia.Moloney, an undefeated fighter, boasts a record of 20 wins (13 KOs) as against Dharry’s 24 wins (14 KOs), five losses and one draw. It is noteworthy that Dharry’s five losses occurred in the very early part of his career and he has not lost a fight since 2010; he has won his last 21 consecutive fights. According the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC), locals would be able to view the fight Down Under via the ESPN Plus app. Melbourne, Australia is 15 hours ahead of the local time.Stabroek Sport will keep readers updated as events unfold.last_img read more

England’s lower clubs enjoy spotlight after virus fears shut down top leagues

first_imgHALIFAX/DARTFORD, England, (Reuters) – England’s Premier League and 72-team Football League closed down yesterday due to concerns over the coronavirus but clubs in the fifth tier and below defiantly took to the field — to the delight of football addicts across the country. But while fans made the most of what may have been the final games for several weeks, club officials were facing up to the financial damage that could be on the horizon if they too are forced to stop playing.A crowd of 2,154 turned out in West Yorkshire to see Halifax Town lose 1-0 at home to Ebbsfleet United and, while that attendance was not much bigger than expected, there were several supporters of Premier and Football League clubs who had travelled to get their fix.One Ebbsfleet fan, who had made the four-hour trip from Kent, watched the first half of the game in a gas mask but removed it at the interval to eat a pie. Several clubs, such as Halifax, offered fans of other clubs a discounted ticket of 10 pounds ($12.27)and Manchester City season-ticket holder David Miller took full advantage of the offer, attending two games in one day.“I was at Bradford Park Avenue earlier for the 3pm kick-off in the National League North and then came to this one,” he said.“I’m not worried about coming to football matches”. Wigan Athletic supporter Nathan Sinclair, who had planned to see his club play at nearby Huddersfield in the second-tier Championship, said he simply wanted to watch some football while he could.“I have a feeling this might be the last football match that takes place in the country for a good while,” he said.Sinclair said his wife had decided against coming to the game due to concerns about catching the virus but said he had practiced ‘social distancing’ at the match. “I’ve read the government advice so I have tried to put myself with empty seats around me and I moved once,” he said.BEER AND FOOD OUTLETSAt one of the few matches to take place in London, Dulwich Hamlet took on Hemel Hempstead in the sixth-tier National League South. The only references to the pandemic were the by-now familiar non-handshaking pre-match team greeting and a PA announcement saying there was no guarantee next week’s match at St Albans City would go ahead “in these difficult times” — but that the beer and food outlets would be open all afternoon. “I’m more worried about us going down than I am about catching this bloody bug,” said 75-year-old Archie Harrison, adding that he had supported Hamlet since 1964.“The trouble is, I can’t do anything about stopping either.”A good crowd of around 1,400 turned up at Dartford’s modern and well-equipped Princes Park to watch their side take on Chelmsford City in something of a Kent-Essex derby in the National League South.Regulars said there might have been a few outside fans in attendance too but the crowd was about average. “Maybe there are some fans of Premier League and EFL clubs who are kicking their heels and want to see some football but then others might be worried by the spread of the virus and not come out of their houses,” said Dartford vice-chairman Dave Skinner.Dartford ran out 3-0 winners to keep alive their prospects of promotion to the National League, although whether or not that challenge will come to fruition is out of their hands. A meeting of the National League takes place on Monday, after the British government meets again to discuss banning mass gatherings.The prospect of a lengthy stop concerns club officials across the non-league pyramid. “It could be terminal really. We rely on gate receipts. If the games are abandoned for the rest of the season many of the clubs at our level will go to the wall. Most clubs like us are run on a shoestring,” said Skinner.Halifax manager Pete Wild said he was “pleasantly surprised” that the league had held firm amid calls to follow the bigger leagues and close down but was also worried for the future.“We are going to struggle aren’t we? We need cash flow through the doors to sustain what we do here. The chairman excellently backs the club but even he has a limit and he needs finances coming in to play the wages. “It will be catastrophic if we have to stop playing”. ($1 = 0.8151 pounds)last_img read more

Japan, IOC set July 23 next year for start of delayed Olympics

first_imgTOKYO, (Reuters) – The postponed Olympic Games will now begin on July 23 next year and run until Aug. 8, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee said yesterday, as the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to plan and prepare for them properly this year. The Games were postponed last week – the first such delay in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics. The move was a huge blow for Japan, which invested $13 billion in the run-up to the event and raised $3 billion from domestic sponsors.Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, confirmed the new dates after he made the decision with the International Olympic Committee. Mori said the Paralympic Games would run from Aug. 24-Sep. 5.“The Tokyo Olympics Games and the successful delivery of these Games will be how we overcome all the problems that the world is facing and that the Olympics could be a symbol for this,” Mori said. “These Games are going to have great historical significance.” Earlier yesterday, the Games’ chief executive, Toshiro Muto, said the committee was moving “in the direction” of honouring tickets bought for the 2020 Games at the rescheduled event, or providing refunds in case of scheduling changes.“We want to honour the hopes of all those who purchased the tickets amid high demand,” Muto told a news conference.It was too early to say what the additional costs of the delay would be, Muto said. The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world last Tuesday by agreeing to push back the Games because of the coronavirus pandemic.The pandemic had already led to many sporting events around the world being delayed or canceled. After weeks of insisting the Olympics would go ahead, organizers bowed to what many said was the inevitable and delayed what is the world’s premier sporting gathering.Sporting bodies including the World Athletics association, the International Triathlon Union, and FINA, the international swimming federation, all followed up with statements of support for the delay. The postponement “gives our athletes the time they need to get back into training and competition,” World Athletics said. The association is also working on new dates in 2022 for the World Athletics Championships, it said.The Athletics and Swimming world championships were scheduled to take place next summer around the new Olympics dates, presenting organizers with potential clashes in timing.And problems have already arisen in planning for venues for next year, although organisers have yet to be told that they can not use any facilities, Muto said at the news conference announcing the new date. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics must acknowledge the coronavirus crisis which forced their postponement and incorporate it into next year’s opening ceremony, executive producer Marco Balich told Reuters from his home in Milan.More than 720,000 people have been infected around the world with about 34,000 deaths and governments are taking ever tougher measures such as lockdowns to try to halt the outbreak and support overburdened medical infrastructure.last_img read more

Caribbean netball stars to benefit from COVID-19 pay agreement

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia, CMC – Caribbean stars like Jamaican Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Triniadian Samantha Wallace who compete in the Suncorp Super Netball League will benefit from a decision by netball authorities to extend the government’s JobKeeper payment to international players. The Australian government recently instituted a $1 500 fortnightly payment for eligible employers to help insulate themselves from the disruption in business caused from the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic.Jhaniele Fowler-ReidWhile international stars would not be normally eligible for the payment, the league and the Australian Netball Players Association recently agreed to extend the benefit to the foreign players to keep them on the same level as their domestic counterparts during the ongoing crisis.The fourth edition of the league, Australia’s premier professional netball competition, was supposed to get underway May 3 but the COVID-19 outbreak forced organisers to delay the start until June 30. “It really is a credit to our sport how well all parties have approached these discussions,” league chief executive, Chris Symington said.“It’s not an easy time for anyone and I’m proud of our clubs’ and playing group’s maturity and willingness to ensure the league will survive and bounce back strong.“This player payment model, made possible by the Morrison Government JobKeeper package, will see all athletes considerably better off than what they are within the current COVID-19-impacted payment structure, and further discussions with the clubs and ANPA will continue to take place as the COVID-19 situation progresses. “Our decisions have been consistently guided by the health and safety of the players, staff and fans and this will remain the case until we decide when competition can resume. We hope by the end of May, we will have some indication of how when the 2020 season might be able to take place.”The league had announced last month that players would take a two-week break from March 30 before being placed on “active rest” for seven hours each week for the three weeks following, while having their pay reduced by 70 per cent.However, organisers have since agreed that until May 31, contracted players will benefit from the JokKeeper payments while players earning in excess of $78 000 annually will be paid at 50 per cent of their contract. Most of the players in the league currently make less than $78 000 per year but now stand to earn more than 50 per cent of their normal salary.Additionally, players’ hours have been increased from seven to 12 hours per week.“The ANPA is pleased to have locked in arrangements through to the end of May to provide certainty to players in a world full of uncertainty,” said players union CEO Kathryn Harby-Williams. “Whilst the environment remains extremely difficult for our athletes, they continue to be considerate of the circumstances which confront our sport and will continue to play their role to help it get through these difficult times.”Jamaican stars Shamera Sterling, Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Jodi-Ann Ward, Romelda Aiken and Shimona Nelson all currently campaign in the league.The 26-year-old Wallace was voted Most Valuable Player in last season’s grand final when her New South Wales Swifts defeated Sunshine Coast Lightning.Australia is currently under a lockdown in its fight against the coronavirus which has already caused 6 720 infections and 83 deaths.last_img read more

totejackpot given flexibility to choose day’s best races

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Related Articles Share totejackpot operator totepool has announced some changes that are being made to the bet from next week in order to reinvigorate the format and produce some juicy high jackpots for the product.Instead of limiting the totejackpot to a single meeting, from Tuesday 13 October the bet will have the freedom to take its six legs from more than one race meeting. This change will allow totepool the freedom to select six competitive races on a daily basis and tackle the problem of small, uncompetitive fields in some races.The enhancements are designed to create bigger pools and bigger rollovers and give customers more opportunities to win a life-changing sum for a modest outlay.The measures are being implemented to drive an uplift in totejackpot turnover that has stagnated in line with a fall in field sizes. This has inevitably contributed to a drop in average pool sizes and dividends which totepool, owned by bookmaker Betfred, said it is committed to reverse.The six totejackpot legs will be confirmed a day in advance and distributed in the usual manner across all channels. However for the major meetings at Cheltenham and Royal Ascot the jackpot is likely to stay at the one meeting.Other aspects of the totejackpot will stay unchanged with the minimum stake remaining £1 off course and £2 on course. totepool will also run a toteplacepot across all six totejackpot races.Mark Stebbings, Managing Director of Betfred and Totepool UK said: “The totejackpot is all about eye-catching numbers and unfortunately we haven’t seen enough of them in recent years.“In order to market the bet to the maximum and to a wider audience we need big pools and big winners. We want to create millionaires with our Jackpot bet. We are very much aware that moving away from a one meeting system is a big shift but all our research tells us it will reinvigorate the bet.“The £15m Scoop6 proved what can be achieved with pool betting in this country and we want to sprinkle a little bit of that stardust onto the totejackpot. Going forward we fully believe having the freedom to create a more competitive totejackpot on a daily basis will benefit our customers and make the bet more exciting.”last_img read more

FA suspends three non-league players for match fixing allegations

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 Share Victoria Police charges two following tennis corruption investigation June 29, 2020 Betway ends all football transfer markets June 17, 2020 It has been reported that Zephaniah Thomas of Mickleover Sports, Worcester City’s Tyler Weir and Scott Spencer of Hyde United have been suspended by the FA in relation to match fixing allegations.The players were charged with failing to immediately report to the Football Association an “approach by a third party related to seeking to influence the outcome or conduct of a match or competition”.A statement by the FA said: “It is important to note that the three players were not involved in any attempt to fix matches and did not accept monies or gifts.”Weir, who admitted two breaches, has been immediately suspended for six months of which two months will be applied immediately with the balance being suspended until July 1, 2018.Thomas, who admitted one breach, has been immediately suspended for four months, of which six weeks will be applied immediately with the balance being suspended for two years.Spencer, who admitted one breach, has been immediately suspended for three months of which one month will be applied immediately with the balance being suspended until October 1, 2017.(This story was originally featured on Sporting Life) Share Submitlast_img read more

UK Bookmakers cool on Owen Smith Labour leadership ambitions

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Consensus cannot be the hardest word February 21, 2020 Malta revamps rescue package to focus on workforce protections March 25, 2020 UK bookmakers appear adamant that Jeremy Corbyn will keep his position as Labour Party leader despite the electoral challenge of Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary Owen Smith.Smith will now challenge Corbyn at the upcoming Labour Party Elections on 24 September as sole leadership candidate, with Angela Eagles (Shadow Secretary of Business) having yesterday announced her departure from the race following the first round of MP Voting.As a candidate Smith my carry favour with party moderates against Corbyn’s far-left support, however the majority of UK bookmakers’ have placed the Welshman at 2/1 to takeover the Labour leadership versus Corbyn’s 4/9 odds of retaining the position.  In its latest party member polls released yesterday, YouGov reported that at present Corbyn had more than 54% of Labour public support (more than Owen and Eagles combined).As the sole challenger to Corbyn, YouGov predicts that smith will have to claw back a 20 point deficit if he is to win the Labour leadership race.  Despite Corbyn this month facing a mass shadow cabinet MP walkout following a vote of ‘no confidence’ in his leadership, the Labour leader appears to maintain his popularity with the party’s core base of supporters who will likely back him in September. Submit Related Articles Shadow Charity Minister praises YGAM’s ‘resilience under lockdown’ June 26, 2020last_img read more

12Bet signs deal with Leicester City FC

first_imgShare Leicester City names Yabo Sports as new official partner September 17, 2019 Leicester City FC has announced global sport betting operator 12BET as an Official Betting Partner for the 2016/17 season.Rory Anderson, 12BetFormed in 2007, the sports betting and casino brand specialises in-play football betting and this is far from its first top tier sponsorship in the sport having agreed deals with Sevilla, Swansea and Newcastle United in the past.Leicester City Heads of Partnerships Harj Hir said: “We’re delighted to enter into a partnership with 12Bet, who have a fantastic record of sponsorship in sport. As one of the leading global betting companies, we look forward to working with them over the coming season.”12BET Spokesman Rory Anderson added: “In becoming Champions, Leicester City completed perhaps the greatest story in Premier League history.“It was a remarkable achievement that captured the imagination of football fans across the globe. We are simply delighted to be a key partner of the Club.”Leicester begin the defence of the EPL title tomorrow with a trip to Hull City. Claudio Ranieri has dismissed talk of his heroes becoming repeating their feat however, after the Italian said “It’s easier for ET to come to Piccadilly Circus”.This agreement follows the announcement of a deal between BetStars and the Foxes with the bookmaker becoming its Official European Betting Partner. InsiderSport: On The Ball – Sterling, MLS and UEFA August 16, 2019 Related Articles Share 19.com nets Leicester City betting partnership August 12, 2019 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

Ravens back together on field for first time since AFC Championship loss

first_imgThe most painful reality of an NFL season coming to an end is knowing that particular team will never be together again.When the Ravens walked off the field in Foxborough following a gut-wrenching loss in the AFC Championship, they had not only narrowly missed out on a trip to the Super Bowl but they knew they would be saying goodbye to important components of a division-winning team.Though a handful of veterans — Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata, Matt Birk, and the injured Terrell Suggs — were absent this week, the Ravens took the practice field in Owings Mills as a team for the first time, welcoming fresh-faced rookies and other newcomers while missing former teammates such as Jarret Johnson and Ben Grubbs — defensive tackle Bryan Hall has taken No. 95 while rookie Gino Gradkowski now wears No. 66.The inevitable question was asked, especially after a difficult off-season in which the Ravens lost several key players in free agency and the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year for at least the first half of the season due to a partially-torn Achilles tendon.After such a disappointing finish to their 2011 season, are the Ravens worried about a hangover in 2012?“I would probably not use that term. Take two Aspirin, that’s what you usually do, right?” said coach John Harbaugh, drawing laughs from the media. “I don’t think we have that problem. I don’t think it’s an issue. You go back to work; it’s a new season. Our guys, they’re in great spirits, so we’re excited. We’ve got lots of things to accomplish, things that we have yet to accomplish.”The off-season has been anything but smooth with Rice and quarterback Joe Flacco seeking long-term contracts and Reed recently questioning whether he was 100-percent committed to playing this season. In addition, a limited amount of salary cap room led to only modest additions to the roster, leaving uncertainty at vacated spots at left guard and linebacker. In reality, returning to the field might be the perfect remedy to block out all other distractions.And to move past the pain of the most disappointing loss in the careers of most players on the team.“Obviously, it hurts and it stings, but you have to get back out here,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “We are all tough guys and understand that that kind of thing happens sometimes. I think time is one thing, and getting back out here and running around and realizing that it’s not the end of the world. We have to come out here and we have to become ready to play so that we can get right back there and have the same opportunity next season.”No one fazed with absences of Rice, ReedWhile the absence of Rice was expected considering the Pro Bowl running back has yet to sign his franchise tender and is not under contract, plenty of questions were directed toward Harbaugh and Rice’s teammates on how his absence would impact practices.Rookie Bernard Pierce and second-year backs Anthony Allen and Damien Berry all saw action with the first-team offense with Rice nowhere to be found in the first week of OTAs. Rice recently expressed confidence that he will be in optimal playing shape whenever he does report to the Ravens — which may not occur until training camp if a long-term agreement isn’t reached by July 16.“I know we have a lot of good, talented guys that are working hard that are very good players,” Harbaugh said. “Who’s the next great player? We never heard of a lot of stars before they came out and became what they are. A lot of these guys that you don’t really know about right now are going to become great players. That’s just all around the league.”Given the voluntary nature of the OTA, the 33-year-old Reed being absent shouldn’t be surprising, but the timing of his interview with Sirius XM led to questions about the All-Pro safety’s desire to continue playing. Considering Reed has made similar comments in the past and immediately backtracked in the hours following the interview, the Ravens fully expect Reed to be ready for his 11th season.“Ed is a guy that I really trust and really, really care about and believe in,” Harbaugh said. “There has been no indication that he’s not going to play this year, as far as I am concerned. I don’t worry about Ed.”Considering only seven players were missing from this week’s workouts — the six veterans and fifth-round pick Asa Jackson since Cal Poly still has classes in session — the Ravens were pleased with attendance, but Flacco downplayed the significance of such key contributors being missing this week.After last year’s lockout prevented players from working out at the team’s facility and wiped out the OTA schedule, the Ravens never missed a beat on their way to a 12-4 record and their first AFC North title since 2006.“We’re professional football players. No matter what, we know how to play football,” Flacco said. “These [OTAs] are good for us, no doubt. We get a lot of work done. We have a lot of young guys, and that’s who it is really critical for. The young guys we had last year weren’t able to get that.”Eyes on outside linebacker, offensive lineFourth-year linebacker Paul Kruger and rookie Courtney Upshaw lined up as the starting outside backers, but the two were lined up in the opposite way that many anticipated.Kruger told reporters he has worked primarily at rush linebacker while Upshaw worked at strongside linebacker. Though Upshaw played a position at Alabama with responsibilities very similar to those of Suggs in the Baltimore defense, he will be asked to set the edge and drop more in pass coverage to fill the void left by the veteran Johnson.“He’s a very smart player – very football-knowledgeable guy,” Harbaugh said. “He has been very well-coached down there. He understands the game, he works hard. He has been everything that we anticipated he’d be so far.”There was even more movement along the offensive line as Gradkowski and Justin Boren took reps at center with Birk absent and 2012 second-round pick Kelechi Osemele took an overwhelming majority of the work at left guard. However, offensive lineman Jah Reid told reporters he played extensively at left guard on Tuesday as the two are expected to compete for the job in training camp.The Ravens used Reid at right tackle on a few occasions with the starting offense, shifting Michael Oher to the left side, but Bryant McKinnie received most work at left tackle.With the selections of Gradkowski and Osemele back in April, the Ravens opted for versatility on the offensive line with players capable of playing more than one position.“[You] just play where the coaches tell you to play, obviously,” veteran right guard Marshal Yanda said. “When you’re a young player, any way that you can get out onto the grass and get out and start in the NFL, you want to play wherever they put you and where there’s a spot open. Left guard is open right now, so obviously, those guys are going to be plugged in there and see what they can do one day at a time.Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Bernard Pollard, Terrence Cody, Marshal Yanda, Torrey Smith, Billy Cundiff, Anquan Boldin, and Brendon Ayanbadejo HERE.last_img read more

Vinnie Iyer praises the 8-0 undefeated Carolina Panthers

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