Kanu Nwankwo, Drogba, Eto’o, others get new appointments

first_imgArsenal legend, Kanu Nwankwo, has been appointed by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, to be part of the special envoy for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Egypt on Friday.The 42-year-old was shortlisted along with six other African legends for the special roles, according to Sporting Life.The other six African legends that made the list are: Mahmoud El Khateeb (Egypt), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba (Both Cote d’Ivoire), Rabeh Madjer (Algeria), and El Hadji Diouf (Senegal).Kanu won the CAF African Footballer of the Year in 1996 and 1999 respectively.The former Super Eagles captain featured in six AFCON editions for Nigeria from 2000 to 2010.AFCON will begin on 21 June with the final scheduled for 19 July.last_img read more

Berea-Midpark Boys Varsity Soccer defeats Valley Forge High 6-1

first_img4 2 Vince McKee 1 The Titans (5-0-2) traveled to Byers Field in Parma on Saturday afternoon to take on Valley Forge. Valley Forge were looking to secure their first win of the season, and the Titans were looking to push their undefeated streak to 7 games.Titans took little time to open up the scoring line in the 3′ when B. Garibotti connected with junior N. Ruggiero on a corner kick delivered to the back post. The Titans would add another in the 6′ minute from C. Munsterman assisted by N. Ruggiero.Valley Forge would turn it up as the first half continued. Valley Forge keeper D. Kucera would several key saves to keep the Titans lead from growing. It would not be until the 23′ minute that the Titans would find the net again when defender C. Sevastos earned his first goal of the season as he sent a rocket shot in towards goal. Valley Forge defenders attempting to clear the shot unintentionally put it in the back of the net.The half would end when junior J. Roberto would receive a ball from B. Fudale around 18 yards out. Jacob sent a well placed shot into goal for the Titans 4th goal of the half.Halftime Score: Titans 4Patriots 0Valley Forge would begin the second half with renewed energy. The Titans would be denied scoring opportunities until the 49′ minute when C. Musterman beat VF defenders to grab his second goal of the afternoon. The Titans would put their guard down and quickly after Valley Forge would beat Titan defenders and goalkeeper D. Baglier for the Patriots only goal of the game.The Titans would wrap up scoring for day with Freshman J. Matese recieved a ball from defender C. Sevastos and send a ball past the VF defense and goalkeeper for his first varsity goal of his career.Final Stats of the MatchBMHS Shots: 24BMHS Saves (Baglier): 1BMHS Corner Kicks: 13VF Shots: 5VF Saves (Kucera): 5VF Corner Kicks: 1The Titans are back in action on Wednesday for another SWC battle as Midview travels to the RAC. JV: 5:15, Varsity 7:00 Berea-Midpark High School Valley Forge High School 0 12 12 Related Topicslast_img read more

Inoue continues to chase NFL dream

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS People may laughingly call Japanese quarterback Tomotsuna Inoue’s challenge reckless, but he isn’t letting that stand in his way.Inoue desperately wants to become an NFL player. The 26-year-old is currently in the United States, traveling all over the country looking for an opportunity to get invited by an NFL club to a training camp or tryout over the summer.center_img “In any field, there are always those people who say someone’s challenge is impossible,” Inoue said. “But they’ve never challenged the NFL as a quarterback and I’m doing that right now. So I’m the one who understands the possibility most and I do believe there’s a chance out there.”Inoue isn’t the first Japan-born player to attempt to make it onto the NFL gridiron, but the way he’s trying to do it is probably unprecedented.The native of Osaka Prefecture, who is based in Los Angeles, has flown to NFL cities, from Chicago, to New York, to Foxboro, Massachusetts, to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to visit the teams’ offices — without an appointment — to hand out his highlight DVDs and negotiate with them in the hope of earning a chance for a private workout. (He even went to the house of Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, though he wasn’t there.)The long, coast-to-coast journey sometimes exhausts him, but at the same time it’s given him some fruitful learning experiences. For instance, Inoue got the chance to train with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki on different occasions in Los Angeles.“All of the NFL players I’ve met were trying to always improve, not being satisfied with where they were,” Inoue said. “Obviously they make a lot of money, but still try to control themselves.”“We don’t have the NFL Europe and International Practice Squad (selected international players were assigned to the practice squads of several NFL teams) anymore, and it’s made it much more difficult for non-Americans to enter the NFL,” said Inoue, who took over the starting quarterback role in the middle of his sophomore season at Waseda University.“But I still want to be an NFL player and unless you take action, nothing’s going to happen. So that’s why I’ve been in direct contact with the teams to advertise myself.”Standing at 190 cm with a weight of 98 kg, Inoue said that he doesn’t feel inferior physically. And he added that he also has confidence in his pass precision, mobility and moves inside the pocket.“I’ve come to think that the NFL isn’t as great as other Japanese people say now,” said Inoue, who played for the Amarillo Dusters and Tri-Cities Fever of the arenafootball2 league in the 2009 season (he was acquired by the Utah Blaze of the league’s first division for the 2009 season but it was cancelled because of recession).“I believe that there’s a chance a Japanese can play there.”Meanwhile, though he’s currently traveling the North American continent by himself, Inoue has received financial backing to achieve his dream from many supporters in Japan.Inoue has raised money for the stay and travel in the States through a new funding concept called “got your back,” which is run by a Japanese company based in California, gturbk, Inc. Instead of asking companies for support money, he asked individuals to finance him from a minimum amount of ¥1,000 (paid by PayPal).So far, nearly 200 people have helped him to collect about ¥1.3 million yen through it.Inoue stayed in the States training between September 2010 and August of last year but had to come home for financial reasons.“I can’t say anything but appreciation to those people,” Inoue said. “There wouldn’t have been this challenge of mine this time without their financial support.”Inoue returned to the U.S. in June of this year and doesn’t intend to come home right away. Even if he is not invited by a team for its preseason training camp, which starts at the end of this month, he will remain in the U.S., looking for a chance at possible tryouts in August.“I know the chance may not be so big,” said Inoue, who plans to visit a few more West Coast clubs. “But I’m still making this attempt, putting all my energy for the slim chance.” Chance encounter: Tomotsuna Inoue had the opportunity to train with Tim Tebow earlier this year. | TOMOTSUNA INOUElast_img read more

Japan crushed by France in Women’s Rugby World Cup opener

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES French flanker Romane Menager made some history with her match-opening try after just 14 seconds, the quickest in the history of the tournament.In its first appearance at a World Cup since 2002, Japan finally got on the scoreboard when Mateitoga Bogidraumainadave crossed in the 25th minute, but after Mayu Shimizu’s successful conversion, Japan was unable to keep the momentum as the French side scored again to push the deficit back to 22 points at the interval.“We didn’t have what it takes to put up a good fight against France. Their power and speed is way better. They are more experienced. But I’m not as pessimistic as what the gap in score suggests (I should be),” said Japan coach Goshi Arimizu.Things are unlikely to get any easier for Japan in Pool C with games against Australia and host Ireland to come in the Aug. 9-26 tournament. The semifinals and final will take place in Belfast on Aug. 22 and 26, respectively.Japan will meet Ireland, which beat Australia 19-17 in the Pool C opener, on Sunday and Australia four days later. KEYWORDS DUBLIN – Japan got its Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign off to a losing start with a 72-14 defeat to European powerhouse France on Wednesday.Japan, ranked 14th in the world, gave up an early 22-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the match as tries from four different players put the fourth-ranked French team in the driver’s seat at University College Dublin. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Moe Tsukui passes the ball to Mayu Shimizu during Japan’s Women’s Rugby World Cup game against France in Dublin on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more

Spring Lake girls soccer team rallies for a thrilling 3-2 regional victory over Cadillac

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As virus spreads, next casualty could be Tokyo Olympics

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News LIVE TV FOLLOW US As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged that a postponement of the crown jewel of the sporting world could be unavoidable. Canada and Australia then added to the immense pressure that has been steadily mounting on organizers by suggesting that they wouldn’t send athletes to Tokyo this summer.“If it is difficult to hold in a complete way, a decision of postponement would be unavoidable,” Abe said.The massive headache of changing the logistics of an event that has taken years to prepare for — not to mention the huge cost involved and the blow to national pride — would simply be the latest example of something once unthinkable becoming reality as the fabric of human life continues to unravel before the virus’ march.The accumulation of canceled events, lost or altered work and a general, widespread shrinking in spending and interaction has economies worldwide suffering. In the United States, politicians were negotiating an enormous rescue package that could be worth nearly $2 trillion.A surge in infections has caused a critical shortage of medical supplies in many places. Spain erected a field hospital in a convention center. British health workers pleaded for more gear, saying they felt like “cannon fodder.” And President Donald Trump ordered mobile hospital centers be sent to Washington, California and New York.As the shadow of the virus widens, there has also been a who’s who of politicians and celebrities announcing they’d tested positive or were taking quarantine precautions.Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky became the first U.S. senator to announce he was infected. Opera superstar Plácido Domingo announced he has COVID-19, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel put herself into quarantine after a doctor who gave her a vaccine tested positive.For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever or coughing. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.Italy’s infections continued to spike Sunday, hitting 59,000 cases and 5,476 deaths, and India’s prime minister asked, with mixed results, his nation of 1.3 billion people to stay home.In Australia, a ban began Monday on bars, gyms, cinemas, nightclubs, restaurants and a host of other places where large groups of people gather.Japan has apparently dodged, so far, the unchecked spread of the virus that some had earlier foreseen. But for many here, the fate of the 2020 Olympics has been a daily worry.Many in power have been insisting that the virus would not change the games that are set to begin July 24 in Tokyo.But there were major cracks in that narrative Monday.The International Olympic Committee’s announced a plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision that could include the option to postpone.Australia issued a statement saying it was advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021. The Australian committee’s executive board agreed unanimously that “an Australian Team could not be assembled in the changing circumstances at home and abroad.”Abe ruled out the possibility of a cancellation and said Monday that he hoped the IOC will make a decision early if the games are postponed, because the process would involve a lot of work and officials would need to start making changes as soon as possible.The Olympic torch arrived in northern Japan last Friday ahead of the March 26 start of the torch relay, though officials are looking to keep crowds low.As of Sunday, Japan had 1,719 confirmed cases of the virus, including 712 from a cruise ship, with 43 deaths.Japan has so far managed to slow the acceleration of the outbreak, but experts say they have found a growing number of clusters in urban areas with untraceable origins.While other countries struggled to contain the virus, the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus outbreak emerged last year, said Monday that it is now allowing for limited movement, both within the city and out of it, as its months-long lockdown gradually eases.Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, has 67,800 cases, the bulk of China’s 81,093 total. The first infections were reported there, and Wuhan was also the first city to be locked down.There was less promising news in business circles.Singapore Airlines said it will cut 96% of its capacity until the end of April as international travel continues to be hit by tightening of border controls to battle Covid-19.South Korea’s low-cost airline Eastar Jet said Monday it was temporarily shutting down its all domestic flights, days after it halted its last remaining international flights.In New York, everything from play dates to picnics in the park and pickup games of basketball were shut down as officials set up dramatic restrictions to slow the virus. There are worries the state could become one of the world’s biggest coronavirus hot spots.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential businesses in the state to close and nonessential workers to stay home starting Sunday night, tightening previous restrictions.New York City hospitals are just 10 days from running out of “really basic supplies,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said late Sunday.“If we don’t get the equipment, we’re literally going to lose lives,” de Blasio told CNN.Health care workers also warned of the worsening shortages, saying they were being asked to reuse and ration disposable masks and gloves.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, promised on CBS’ “Face The Nation” that medical supplies are about to start pouring in and will be “clearly directed to those hot spots that need it most.”But efforts for a quick aid package from Congress faltered. The U.S. Senate voted against advancing a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package. Democrats argued it was tilted toward corporations rather than workers and health care providers. But negotiations continued.The delay shook investors, as futures for U.S. stocks fell sharply at the start of trading Sunday. Futures for the S&P 500 fell by 5%, triggering a halt in trading shortly after opening. Wall Street is coming off its worst week since 2008, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 17%.Worldwide, more than 335,000 people have been infected and more than 14,600 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.There were more than 33,000 cases across the U.S. and more than 400 deaths.Worldwide, some 97,800 people have recovered, mostly in China.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) center_img First Published: 23rd March, 2020 12:08 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 23rd March, 2020 12:08 IST As Virus Spreads, Next Casualty Could Be Tokyo Olympics As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics.last_img read more

Ravens-Dolphins: Inactives and pre-game notes

first_imgIn search of a win in Miami for the third consecutive season, the Ravens are trying to keep their microscopic postseason hopes alive in taking on the Dolphins in Week 13.As expected, Baltimore will be without left tackle Eugene Monroe, who was officially declared out after being listed as doubtful with a shoulder injury on the final injury report. Counting the playoffs, Monroe has now missed 12 games in the last two seasons and has started and finished just three games all season.Second-year tackle James Hurst will start in Monroe’s place, but the Ravens will welcome back starting left guard Kelechi Osemele after a two-game absence because of a knee injury.The Ravens will be without tight end Maxx Williams (concussion) and wide receiver Marlon Brown (back) for Sunday’s game.Veteran cornerback Cassius Vaughn will make his Ravens debut after being inactive in each of the last two games.Meanwhile, Miami has activated both center Mike Pouncey (foot) and wide receiver Kenny Stills (ankle) after they were listed as questionable on the final injury report. The Dolphins will be without starting right tackle Ja’Wuan James (toe), starting receiver Rishard Matthews (ribs), and starting defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (calf) after all three were declared out on Friday.The Ravens and Dolphins will be meeting for the 11th time in the regular season with the teams tied 5-5 but Baltimore owning a 2-0 postseason edge. In the John Harbaugh era, the Ravens are 5-0 against the Dolphins, which includes a postseason win in Miami in 2008 and a 28-13 victory at Sun Life Stadium last season.The forecast for Sunday’s game calls for temperatures in the high 70s, a 15 percent chance of precipitation, and winds up to 17 miles per hour, according to Weather.com.The referee for Sunday’s game will be John Parry.The Ravens will be wearing purple jerseys with white pants while Miami dons its white tops with white pants.Below are Sunday’s inactives:BALTIMOREWR Marlon BrownCB Tray WalkerOT Eugene MonroeG Kaleb JohnsonTE Maxx WilliamsDT Carl DavisDE Kapron Lewis-MooreMIAMIWR Rishard MatthewsCB Jamar TaylorLB Chris McCainC Jacques McClendonOL Ulrick JohnOT Ja’Wuan JamesDT Earl Mitchelllast_img read more

Youth Olympic flame arrives in Berlin

first_imgThe Youth Olympic Flame arrived today in Berlin, Germany, on its mission to spread the spirit of Olympism to as many youth around the world as possible. This marked the first stop on the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame that will span five continents as a prelude to the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.Upon its arrival from Ancient Olympia, Greece, where the first Youth Olympic Flame was lit the day before, the Flame made a brief visit to Siemensstadt, a famous sports club in Berlin built in 1984. Over 650,000 visitors visit the Siemensstadt sports club a year, and when the Flame made its stop, it was greeted by youth engaging in basketball, tennis and volleyball.The Flame then made its way by boat on the Spree River, through the Haus der Kulturen der Welt – one of the leading European centres of contemporary art and culture – and towards Pariser Platz, where the famous Brandenburg Gate is located for the City Celebration held for the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame.On stage, two German athletes bound for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, together with Ronny Ziesmer, the former German gymnast, ignited the Celebration Cauldron using the Flame. Other athletes present at the City Celebration included Dirk Nowitzki – Flag bearer of German Olympic Team in Beijing 2008, and André Lange – Flag bearer of German Olympic Team in Vancouver 2010.“I am thrilled to see the level of enthusiasm for sports displayed by youths here in Berlin as well as Germany. This is especially true of the 70 German youth athletes present here today who will be competing at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games next month,” said Mr Ser Miang NG, Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee and Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee. “Their dedication to their chosen sport shows that they embrace the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect in their daily lives.”To bring a slice of Singapore life, culture and tradition to Berlin, the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) has partnered Singapore’s Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA) to present a Singapore Showcase at the City Celebration. The Singapore Showcase comprised four segments. The dance segment by “The Roses” saw a group of four spunky girls take to the stage with an energetic performance of hip-hop dance. The music segment featured singer Erick Guansing performing the much-loved Singapore song Bunga Sayang (which means “Flowers of Love” in Malay). The showcase will not be complete without a sport segment. This segment featured the “Urban Street Team”, Singapore’s own “Football Freestylers” who displayed some nifty footwork combining dance and football.To heighten the festive mood at the City Celebration, the Singapore Showcase also featured a fourth segment – a music, dance and sporty extravaganza with singers Erick Guansing and Gayle Marilyn Nerva performing the catchy favourite, “Celebration” alongside pop-inspired moves by young male dancers and the spunky dance quartet, “The Roses” and the football juggling antics of “Urban Street Team”.The Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame is a 13-day journey to celebration cities, representing five continents around the world. The Flame then arrives in Singapore on 6 August for a traditional six-day torch relay around the island nation. The five cities are:1. Berlin, Germany representing Europe2. Dakar, Senegal representing Africa3 Mexico City, Mexico representing the Americas4. Auckland, New Zealand representing Oceania5. Seoul, South Korea representing AsiaAt each of the celebration cities, the Flame will journey to significant city landmarks and allow as many people as possible to welcome the Flame to the continent. The day will end off with a City Celebration, where the people of the city and continent can join in the festivities to celebrate the world’s first Youth Olympic Games. The Flame’s journey will culminate in the torch being brought to the Float@Marina Bay in Singapore, the world’s largest floating stage on 14 August 2010 where it will ignite the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games cauldron as part of the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the Games. Once lit, the Flame will continue to burn brightly throughout the 12 days of the Games until the Closing Ceremony on 26 August 2010.By Harold Lim, Berlinlast_img read more

Mike Tyson biting Holyfield’s ear off, Tyson Fury’s drugs axe and Saunders video shame: Nine boxers who have been banned

first_img Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk DayZ Amazing Mods ~ More Cars, More Guns, More Gore! Funny Moments Of Football Football player touch female referee s breast! Animals are so funny that you can die of laughter BOXING is often a majestic, fascinating sport but it does come with its dark side.But several big names have been told to stay away from the ring while they clean up their act – having major impact on world title fights across the divisions.Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield remains one of the most shocking moments in boxing historyCredit: AFP – GettyThat has led to several big names being told to stay away from the ring while they clean up their act, having a major impact on world title fights across the divisions.Here, SunSport delves into the stories behind boxing’s biggest bans – from Muhammad Ali’s war vow to Mike Tyson’s crunching bite.Mike TysonWhen Mike Tyson fought Evander Holyfield in November 1996, the tagline was simply “Finally”, such was the anticipation of seeing the two champions square off in the ring.Seven months later, the pair met again for a rematch as Tyson sought to avenge his 11th-round TKO defeat – only the second of his career.The New York native went into the fight angered by what he perceived to be deliberate headbutts from his opponent during the first meeting.And, once again, Holyfield’s head connected with Tyson while dodging a right-hander in the second round.Referee Mills Lane put it down as accidental and Tyson sensationally attempted to enter the next round without his mouthguard – suggesting what he was about to do was absolutely premeditated.Ordered to put it back in, he nonetheless made for Holyfield’s ear within seconds, biting off a chunk of his rival during a clinch.The damage to Holyfield’s ear was clear for all to seeCredit: ReutersThat sent Holyfield hopping around the canvas in sheer agony, heading back to his corner with a bloodied ear for a time-out and receiving a stunning shove from Tyson while his back was turned.A lengthy stoppage saw only two points deducted from the defending WBA champion before he launched another bite in the fifth round, incurring a disqualification.The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down a £2.4million fine and banned Tyson from fighting, leading to over a year out of the ring.Later, he admitted it was indeed a retaliation for the headbutts before he apologising in 2009 – one which his opponent accepted.Muhammad AliNot every banned boxer had necessarily done something wrong, by today’s standards.In the mid-1960s, the US war with Vietnam saw Muhammad Ali drafted into the army having previously registered for conscription.Famously, the boxer remarked “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong” and refused to join up on the grounds of his religious beliefs and general opposition to the war.Convicted of a federal offence, the boxing world reacted by stripping Ali of his licenses to fight while he also had his passport removed.In 1968, he said: “I am not allowed to work in America and I’m not allowed to leave America. I’m just about broke.”Ali was already an outspoken superstar by this point, hence the reaction from the American establishment, with a 29-0 record and Olympic gold medal to his name.Effectively banned from boxing at the age of 25, the legend returned to the ring just before his 29th birthday to defeat Jerry Quarry in 1970.But arguably more important was that, on June 28, 1971, the US Supreme Court overturned his conviction for draft evasion – a crime coming with a five-year prison sentenced that he never served.Tyson FuryTyson Fury was on top of the world after a shock win over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.Holding the unified belts of the heavyweight division, the Gypsy King never got to defend them with the Ukrainian star ready for a rematch the following year.Suffering from mental health issues and gaining excessive weight, Fury then tested positive for cocaine.Fury’s weight ballooned as he battled personal issuesCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdHe told Rolling Stone soon after: “I’ve had total enough of it. Never mind cocaine. I just didn’t care. I don’t want to live anymore. So cocaine is a little minor thing compared to not wanting to live anymore.”Also being investigated by UK Anti-Doping for the discovery of banned substance nandrolone in a previous test, Fury’s license was suspended ahead of a protracted and expensive investigation.Finally returning in June 2018, the Manchester-born fighter would later re-announce himself with a stunning draw against WBC champ Deontay Wilder before downing him in seven rounds earlier this year to complete one of boxing’s greatest comebacks. Canelo AlvarezMexican superstar Canelo is one of global sport’s biggest earners but he was forced to spend a year out of the ring following two failed drugs tests.The asthma prescription drug clenbuterol was detected in his samples.The “surprised and bothered” fighter blamed contaminated meat.Backdated to February 2018, the consequence was a 12-month ban for Canelo.That meant a planned rematch with Gennady Golovkin had to be put off until almost a year to the day after their draw the previous September.Canelo’s long stretch without a fight might have given the Kazakh star the upper hand yet he came through to claim a controversial majority decision win after 12 rounds in Las Vegas.Jarrell MillerIn terms of knock-on effect throughout the boxing world, the denial of Jarrell Miller’s boxing license and six-month WBA ban in February 2019 is right up there.Set to fight Anthony Joshua for the Brit’s Stateside debut, two positive tests for three different banned substances saw him cast aside and Andy Ruiz Jr elevated to the top of the card.What happened next was one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history, setting back AJ’s no longer undefeated career and sending shockwaves through the division.Joshua vs Miller might have had a very different outcome to Joshua vs Ruiz JrCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe 31-year-old is still picking up the pieces of a shattered career and hasn’t fought since November 2018.Initially stating the first adverse finding in a drugs test to be wrong, Miller later came out and admitted his error when the B sample also came up positive.He said: “I messed up. There were a lot of ways to handle the situation, I handled it wrongly and I’m paying a price for it.”Shannon BriggsWith a career spanning 68 fights and almost three decades, Briggs fell foul of a six-month WBA ban in 2017 when plotting a bout against fellow veteran Fres Oquendo.The 48-year-old harbours dreams of becoming the world’s oldest heavyweight champion, a record held by a 45-year-old George Foreman.But a drugs test ahead of the fight came back with a hugely abnormal testosterone reading.World Anti-Doping guidelines allow for a testosterone to epitestosterone ratio of 4 to 1, and Briggs’ was a massive 7.89 to 1, setting back his ambitions and pushing the American into considering a stint in bare knuckle boxing.Billy Joe SaundersThe most recent case of a banned boxer is Billy Joe Saunders, whose loss of his boxing license was more needlessly self-inflicted than most.A shocking video of the middleweight emerged teaching boxing tips to men who want to hit their wives or girlfriends, leading to a major backlash and the suspension of his license pending appeal.Billy Joe Saunders apologises for his social media post that appeared to condone domestic violenceIt was far from the 30-year-old’s first example of poor decision making, having previously been caught filming himself while speeding down a motorway and appearing to taunt a drug addict with the offer of money in exchange for sexual acts.The undefeated Saunders has therefore released almost as many apologies as he has left hooks and a career-defining fight with Canelo is now on ice.Dillian WhyteExactly how Dillian Whyte’s career would have panned out had he not been banned for two years after the stimulant Methylhexaneamine was found in his blood is a good debate to have.The promising heavyweight was pinned for not properly checking the ingredients of an over the counter supplement, leading to a suspension between October 2012 and 2014.Making up for lost time, Whyte has since won all his professional contests bar a 2015 defeat to Joshua.And the pair could be drawn together once more with Whyte still battling to become a mandatory challenger for a world title belt.Shane Mosley‘Sugar’ has fought some of the world’s top boxers, from Floyd Mayweather to Canelo, Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.But his career was blighted by allegations he knowingly took performance enhancing drugs when US investigators looked into California laboratory BALCO.These substances were not discovered in Mosley’s tests as he claimed a unanimous points victory over De La Hoya in September 2003.That meant he avoided an official ban. Court transcripts from the BALCO investigation were subsequently reported by New York Times to show the fighter admitting to a grand jury that he injected himself with the doping agent EPO before the bout.Mike Tyson reveals fantasy dream fight would have been to face undefeated Floyd Mayweather and ‘I’d fight dirty’ center_img Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4 Most awesome bullfighting festival Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopterlast_img read more

Austen Becerra

first_imgBowen, Ill., speedster Austen Becerra motored from ninth starting to the lead right before midway, then held off Kyle Olson of Cedar Rapids following a late restart to capture the last-chance event for Northern SportMods Wednesday.The rest of the top six advancing to Saturday’s main event are Joe Docekal of Dysart, Jimmy Berkevich of Watertown, Wis., Robert Moore of Maxwell and Vince Engebregtsen of Algoma, Wis. Moore and Engebregtsen got transfers following disqualifications of Trent Roth for failing real end inspection and Jared Waterman for failing rear suspension inspection.Becerra, Olson, Berkevich, Moore and Engebregtsen are all first-time qualifiers for the Northern SportMod dance. Docekal has one previous appearance to his credit, in 2008.Feature results – 1. Austen Becerra, Bowen, Ill.; 2. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 3. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 4. Jimmy Berkevich, Watertown, Wis.; 5. Robert Moore, Maxwell; 6. Vince Engebregtsen, Algoma, Wis.; 7. Thomas Egenberger, Des Moines; 8. Darin Roepke, LeMars; 9. Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.; 10. Robbie Thome, Spalding, Neb.; 11. Thomas Stark, Egg Harbor, Wis.; 12. Tim Warner, Malone, Wis.; 13. Brian Schrage, Cresco; 14. Dusty Masolini, Des Moines; 15. Bill Davis Jr., Des Moines; 16. Tyler Watts, Beloit, Kan.; 17. Brandon Ostwald, Algona; 18. John Watson, Des Moines; 19. Jake Simpson, Algona; 20. Miles (Adam) Shelman, Ames; 21. Rodger Peck, Minneapolis, Kan.; 22. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 23. Austin Luellen, Minburn; 24. Trent Roth, Columbus, Neb.; 25. Jared Waterman, Milan, Ill.last_img read more