Walsh would beat Adams – Barnes

first_img Adams eased into the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as she outclassed and floored Sri Lanka’s Erandi de Silva on her way to a unanimous decision win. But no longer is the gold medal a mere formality for Adams as the revolution she did more than most to fuel yields increasing competition across all three women’s weight categories. Press Association Walsh’s team-mate Alanna Audley-Murphy also squeezed through to the middleweight semi-finals on a split decision over Islington-based Dominican Valerian Spicer. Double Olympic bronze medallist Barnes blazed into the last four by thoroughly outclassing Charles Keama of Papua New Guinea. A succession of swift hooks forced Keama to take two standing counts in round two and two more big shots in the third left the Papuan flailing and handed Barnes his second straight stoppage win of the competition. And Barnes’ team-mate and fellow Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan was another winner as he comfortably outpointed Bashir Nasir of Uganda. Northern Ireland ensured they will take home an impressive nine boxing medals after late wins for Steven Donnelly and Connor Coyle. Welterweight Donnelly out-manoeuvred Custio Clayton of Canada on a unanimous decision and middleweight Coyle completed a successful day by beating Siphiwe Lusizi of South Africa. England captain Antony Fowler led the way into the middleweight semi-finals with a comfortable points win over Nickson Abaka, while Qais Ashfaq and Scott Fitzgerald also guaranteed medals. Meanwhile, Savannah Marshall faces a women’s middleweight semi-final against rugged Nigerian Edith Ogoke after outpointing Pearl Morake of Botswana. Reigning bantamweight champion Sean McGoldrick of Wales edged through on a split decision over Ayabonga Sonjica of South Africa, and Welsh light-flyweight Ashley Williams beat Muhamad Redzuan of Mauritius. Former Welsh junior football captain Lauren Price also went through with a strong points win over Kaye Scott of Australia. Scottish heavyweight Stephen Lavelle outpointed India’s Amritpreet Singh but light-flyweight Aqueel Ahmed was well beaten by classy Indian Devendro Laishram. Nicola Adams may be blazing a trail as the world’s leading women’s flyweight, but the inspiration she provided to others could be about to come back to haunt her. Northern Ireland 21-year-old Michaela Walsh joined Adams in the semi-finals with a points win over Jamaica’s Sarah Joy Rae and is likely to face Adams in the final, provided she dispatches tough Indian Pinki Jangra next. Many remain confident of Walsh’s chances should she square off against the Olympic champion, with her team-mate from the Holy Family club in Belfast, Paddy Barnes, insisting: “What you’ve seen from Michaela is just a fraction of what she can do. “She spars with me in the club and she gives me lots of trouble. You heard it from me first – if they fight in the final, I’m telling you she’ll beat Nicola Adams.” Walsh is the first to admit the success of Adams played a significant part in shaping her own career, but she believes it will soon be time for a new star on the women’s scene. Walsh said: “Nicola and Katie Taylor have done so well but there are up-and-coming boxers now. Nicola is 31 and I’m a kid compared to her. I’m a big fan of hers but if we do meet I can go all the way.” Adams will face Canada’s Mandy Bujold in the last four on Friday and warned her rivals that, while her sport has grown in strength significantly in the two years since the London Olympics, so has her own ability. “I have grown massively since then,” Adams said. “I have really grown into my technique and my style. I am working on new things all of the time and everything just seems to be going really well and in full flow at the moment. “The sport has grown massively too. I know from after London 2012 it increased by 50 per cent and hopefully with everybody seeing the Commonwealth Games on the BBC there will be more and more girls and guys getting involved in sport and in boxing.” last_img read more

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Tottenham overwhelm Stoke with another Kane hat-trick

first_img(REUTERS)-England striker Harry Kane scored a clinical first-half hat-trick in 23 minutes as Tottenham Hotspur rebounded from their midweek European disappointment to overwhelm Stoke City 4-0 on Sunday.Tottenham’s victory put them above Manchester City into second place in the Premier League, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.Kane put the home team ahead in the 14th minute with his 100th goal in club football, with 84 of them coming for Spurs.He added another 18 minutes later, volleying in from a corner and completed his third treble in six weeks with a deflected shot. Dele Alli made it 4-0 before halftime from Kane’s cross.It was a stunning individual performance by the 23-year-old Londoner, who had previously scored hat-tricks against West Bromwich Albion on Jan. 14 and then at Fulham in the FA Cup last Sunday.The team’s display also justified manager Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to field an unchanged side despite Spurs having less than 72 hours’ rest after going out of the Europa League against Gent at Wembley on Thursday.Mid-table Stoke, in contrast, derived no benefit from having had 15 days without a game and were outplayed throughout.Spurs pressed from the start with some neat close-passing and Kane opened the scoring with an opportunistic effort as the ball ran to him off a defender.Soon after Jan Vertonghen had struck the bar with a fierce drive, Christian Eriksen spotted Kane unmarked at a corner and picked him out for a perfect low left-footed volley.Eriksen next teed up a free kick for the striker, whose shot went in off a defender. The goal was credited to Kane, who then did brilliantly on the right flank just before halftime, setting up Alli to score.Stoke, who were no doubt given a talking to at the interval by manager Mark Hughes, livened up in the second half but Kane was only denied his fourth goal by a fine low save from Lee Grant.“We wanted to come out and get back to winning ways,” Kane told Sky Sports.“It was exactly what we need. I just tried to get my shots off and if you don’t shoot, you don’t score.”last_img read more

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Badgers open season with premier game

first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoThe top-ranked Badger women’s hockey team opens its season this weekend against conference rival Minnesota-Duluth in an important series for both teams. An interesting scheduling decision pitted No. 4 UMD against Wisconsin in the first series of the year, with both teams working on just two weeks of practice.”I think it’s exciting,” senior captain Sharon Cole said. “We’ll jump right into the season with one of our biggest opponents. It should be interesting.”These teams last met in the WCHA semifinals when the Badgers upset the Bulldogs in overtime to move on to the championship game against Minnesota. This time around, however, the Badgers will be favored in the series.”Our message to [the players] is one that it’s irrelevant where you’re ranked, and it doesn’t matter who you’re playing,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “You have to compete every night, you have to play hard, and if you’re willing to do that and work together as a group, you have a chance to be successful.”For UMD and Wisconsin, it has been a tale of two off-seasons. The Badgers lost two Olympic-caliber players in defenders Molly Engstrom and Carla MacLeod, but they retained much of their offensive weaponry as well as many of their experienced players.Duluth, on the other hand, has had several players graduate, with other current players either on or trying out for Olympic teams.What the Bulldogs do bring with them is one of the best goaltenders in the WCHA, Riitta Schaublin. The junior goalie out of Switzerland led the country last year with a .944 save percentage and was third with a 1.46 goals-against average.The Badgers have several options in goal this season, with freshman Jessie Vetter, who redshirted last season, joining the mix along with veterans Meghan Horras and Christine Dufour. Vetter will be unable to play this weekend due to illness, but the Badgers have the luxury of playing two goalies that combined last season for a 1.54 GAA.”It’ll be an interesting year, and there will be difficult choices as we go through, but it’s a good [problem] to have because it’s like all of a sudden Jessie’s not able to do the things we need her to do, and so we have two reliable goalies that people are comfortable with,” said Johnson.The Bulldogs also bring back two very capable forwards in Jessica Koizumi and Noemie Marin. The two junior forwards combined for almost 30 percent of Duluth’s total points last season.The Badgers can take heart, though, with the fact that they return much of their offensive talent as well. Along with scorers like Nikki Burish, Cyndy Kenyon and Jinelle Zaugg, Wisconsin should get some production from the duo of Sara Bauer and Sharon Cole. Bauer, with 55 points last season, led the team in scoring and shared a line with Cole, who assisted on many of Bauer’s 26 goals. The two will have a new linemate this season, however, with freshman Kayla Hagen getting the nod for now.”Me and Bauer obviously have played together a long time, and we know those little things like where each other are,” Cole said. “It’s just a matter of getting used to Hagen and kind of getting her into things.”The Badgers should see some new looks on defense starting this weekend. With MacLeod and Engstrom out, junior Bobbi Jo Slusar will be looked to as the leader on defense.The Badgers also have two former forwards on defense this year as Meaghan Mikkelson and Vicki Davis make the switch from offense. Johnson told Mikkelson last spring she would be getting a new role, and she responded.”I took the summer to prepare and stuff, and I feel pretty comfortable back there right now. The other girls are helping me out in practice,” Mikkelson said of her new role.The Badgers begin their season with a new look and high expectations. The opening puck drops Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

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Q&A with sports editors of the Daily Wildcat

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan DT: How do you see tonight’s showdown shaking out?Coghlan: You could determine this game by dissecting the offenses, the defenses, the quarterbacks and statistics, but I think the true nature of this game is going to come down to the current conditions of each team. USC has seen better days, which could either fuel the fire or leave the Trojans in shambles. I do know that when Arizona fired its head coach Mike Stoops two years ago, the proceeding game showed a pumped-up Wildcat team and ended in success against UCLA. USC also has home-field advantage, but the Wildcats are still undoubtedly hungry for a win, so it will be a close one.Prediction: 35-31 Arizona Daily Trojan sports editor Will Laws interviewed James Kelley and Megan Coghlan, the co-sports editors of the Daily Wildcat, earlier this week to give USC fans a better feel for the Wildcats ahead of Thursday’s showdown at the Coliseum. DT: How have the Wildcats been able to keep opponents from doing much damage on defense (14.3 points/game, 9th in nation)?Megan Coghlan: The Wildcat defense has certainly stepped up its performance from last year, after being 118th out of 120. Big defenders like Tra’Mayne Bondurant and freshman Scooby Wright have stood out as surprise leaders. Bondurant has accounted for three of the seven total interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Wright leads with 28 tackles. It is worth noting, though, that Arizona has only had one tough game, which was Washington. Tonight’s game will provide a clearer answer. DT: If USC’s rush defense does force Arizona to rely on B.J. Denker’s arm, does he have the ability to pick apart the Trojans’ secondary?Kelley: B.J. Denker hasn’t shown the ability to make teams consider him a threat yet. Denker is 122nd in passing in the NCAA, with 445 yards in four games and 114th in passing efficiency. Those numbers by themselves are bad, but even more frightening when you consider UA’s opponents. The Wildcats played Northern Arizona (an FCS team), UNLV (who lost to NAU last year) and UTSA (a team in its third year of existence) to open the season. Now that he is facing Pac-12 defenses, Denker’s numbers should fall even more. DT: Do you think that’s been a result of Arizona’s weak opening schedule, or can the Wildcats stuff the Trojans’ passing game?Kelley: Much of Arizona’s impressive start to the season on the defensive side of the ball was due to the schedule, but they do in fact look better than last year. Last year they had some injuries, and those players returning along with some talented newcomers like Wright have added depth. They aren’t stuck in the base defense all the time anymore and have unveiled a “SWAT defense” that is designed for third down passing situations. Even if Marqise Lee doesn’t play, Arizona’s secondary had to have nightmares about last year’s game, so they will be very motivated. DT: It’ll be a battle of strengths this weekend with Ka’Deem Carey and the U of A rushing game (291.5 yards per game, 10th in nation) versus USC’s rush defense (99.6 YPG, 13th in nation). Who do you think comes out on top?James Kelley: Arizona’s run game will have the advantage over USC’s powerful rush defense. The Wildcats are one-dimensional on offense, but their running game is very diverse. Carey is the face of the running game and is fifth in the country in rushing yards per game, but quarterback B.J. Denker is eighth in the Pac-12 in rushing and running back Daniel Jenkins is 11th. Denker runs more like a running back than a quarterback and Jenkins is speedier than Carey and provides a change of pace.last_img read more

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Irish squad begin Euro 2016 prep

first_imgThe Boys in Green take on the Netherlands in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Friday.They’ll follow it with a match against Belarus at Turner’s Cross in Cork four days later.Then Ireland will head to France ahead of their first clash against Sweden at the Stade de France on June 13th. Five days later they face Belgium at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux.Ireland’s final group game is against 2012 runners-up Italy at the Grand Stade Lille Métropole in Lille on June 22nd.last_img

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U16 success for Tipp in Munster Poc Fada

first_imgIn the Munster Poc Fada Final in the Burren in Clare today and Ryan Renehan of Cappawhite GAA won the U16 category.However Newport’s Mike Flannery lost out to Clare’s Bryan O’Loughlin who now goes on to represent the region in the All Ireland Poc Fada Final in the Cooley Mountains in August.last_img

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Samuel Stars for CSKA against Lokomotiv in Moscow Derby

first_imgSuper Eagles striker Aaron Samuel was the star of the show for CSKA Moscow in the Moscow derby against home side Lokomotiv. The tall striker netted the equaliser for his team in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.The game that had three Nigerians starting for their clubs; Ezekiel Henty was on from the start for Lokomotiv Moscow while Samuel and Super Eagles winger Ahmed Musa were also on from the beginning for CSKA.Croatia defender Vedran Corluka put Lokomotiv ahead in the 22nd minute of the game as the Red and Greens looked to get one over their bitter rivals. Despite having chances in the first half, CSKA Moscow could not draw level as the first half finished with the home side going into the break with the lead. It looked like Lokomotiv Moscow would bag the full points until Samuel popped up with six minutes remaining on the clock to score the equaliser for CSKA. All three Nigerian players lasted the entire duration of the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Adventure Race ‘Čapljina 2013’ next Saturday

first_imgIn organisation of Tourist organisation ‘Čapljinka’ the eight Adventure Race ‘Čapljina 2013’ will be held Next Saturday, 1 June, reports Fena.Triathlon will start with 10.2 kilometres canoe ride on the river Trebižat, and will continue with 1.1 running and will finish with 9.1 kilometres cycling, announced organisers.Competitors will gather in Božjak where the race will start at 5.30 p.m. and it is expected to finish at 7 p.m.All interested can apply via the Office of Tourist organisation ‘Čapljinka’ or via phone 036 806 147.(photo: huckfinncroatia)last_img

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