Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes and his coaching team learnt yesterday that his professional boxing match against the unbeaten Cody Crowley will be for the Canadian Junior Welterweight title. The 10-round bout will take place in Montreal, Canada tonight and Holmes will be looking for a knockout against Crowley as he and his coach Carl Grant have said that they expect judges to favour Crowley (who is fighting in his hometown) if the match goes all 10 rounds and needs their decision. Holmes said that hearing that the title was now on the line was a surprise for him, but he is planning a few surprises of his own for not only Crowley but also his fans, when he steps through the ropes tonight. “When I found out that it was a title fight, I said ‘What?! I didn’t know of any title fight,” Holmes shared with The Gleaner. “I just knew that I came here to fight a 10 round fight so when I heard that it was a title fight, it was news to me. “But then I said ‘Okay, it’s a surprise for me’. Then in the back of my head I just said all right it’s a surprise for me, then I’m gonna surprise him, and surprise his whole community by knocking him out in front of them. “The belt looks good to me. Mi need it!” Holmes laughed. Should Holmes win the title, he would become the new Canadian Junior Welterweight title but he would not be able to defend it outside of the country unless he is facing a Canadian. Holmes’ record stands at 14 wins, eight by knockout, seven losses and no draws. Crowley on the other hand, has 12 wins, six by knockout, no losses and no draws.
In the long heave that trails the silenceWith those tensions mounting so higherBewildered eyes so keen on the dramasAs the sharp ears heed all voices unknownSans those melodies to make misery feltHe who preserves his mouth prevailsFor a single moment of despair strikesAll things pleasant now at a standstillDeserting the prize that was once cherishedIn the long course a new stance to craftFor the everlasting plans we dream ofVision we have of greater times impendingThe glories that will savor like winesThe skies will feel like there’s no more limitsFor success forever will spring headlongSoundless slumbers as the hard work pays offReaching for the paramount of prosperityFor the glories that was forever presentShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Danny Kelly is joined by Barry Glendenning for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.Joining the boys on today’s show is England legend Sir Geoff Hurst and former Hull City striker Dean Windass.
Scroll down for today’s top stories from the Sunday papers Here is a selection of the top stories from Sunday’s newspapers…Antonio Conte wants to bring Paul Pogba to Chelsea from Juventus, where Conte was previously his manager. (Sun on Sunday)Jose Mourinho wants John Stones to sign for United from Everton as a top priority. (Sunday Express)Barcelona also want Stones and are preparing a £25m offer for the Toffees centre back. (Mail on Sunday)Pep Guardiola’s top transfer target for Manchester City is Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos. (Daily Star Sunday)Leicester and Liverpool are keen on signing Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. (Sunday Express)Paris Saint-Germain are considering Everton’s Romelu Lukaku as a replacement for the departing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (Sunday Express)Everton remain interested in appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager, following talks last week. (Mail on Sunday)Louis van Gaal believes he was “stabbed in the back” by his successor as Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho. (Sun on Sunday)Marcus Rashford has penned a new deal with United, bumping his salary up to £20,000 per week, plus bonuses. (Sunday Telegraph)Roy Hodgson believes mental fitness will decide if Daniel Sturridge travels to the European Championship this summer. (Observer)Swansea want to bring Wilfried Bony back to the club from Manchester City and are prepared to write off the £16m still owed to them by City in lieu of a transfer fee. (Sunday Mirror)Man United players want Ryan Giggs to remain at Old Trafford in an assistant manager’s role to new boss Jose Mourinho. (Daily Star Sunday) 1 read more
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBut the relationship bet- ween the city and Consolidated – which has held the franchise since 1995 – may be at an all-time low. “Objectively, this has prompted a thorough review to determine if they are the best service provider for La Mirada from a standpoint of costs and service provided,” Councilwoman Susan Tripp said. When the franchise with Consolidated expires in 2009, the city will seek other bidders, Mayor Pete Dames said. “We’re going to have to look at it long and hard,” Dames said. “It doesn’t mean \ has to be cheaper. But are we getting the services residents want?” Council members have complained that La Mirada ranks third-highest in trash rates among area cities. And officials are upset about what they call poor service. City Manager Andrea Travis said Consolidated has on occasion missed picking up trash on entire streets and has failed to pick up bulky items for a number of days. Most of the complaints were made in July, and since then Consolidated has a new employee serving as liaison with the city. Bill Stansberry, general manager for Consolidated, who represented the company at last week’s council meeting, said the company is trying to improve its service. He’s not sure that La Mirada’s comparison of costs is accurate. “We might not be comparing apples to apples,” Stansberry said. For example, La Mirada seniors receive a 40 percent discounted rate – something most other cities don’t offer, Stansberry said. Travis said she believes Stansberry will make improvements. “I’ve seen an improvement in the way they’re dealing with us,” she said. “I believe \ takes this very seriously.” email@example.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – It looks like La Mirada residents’ trash rates might not increase as much as originally feared. Consolidated Disposal Service has scaled back its proposed increase, lopping 18 cents off its original proposal. Now the company is proposing a rate of $17.41 per month. That’s still an increase from the current rate of $16.44 per month, but less than Consolidated’s original proposed rate hike to $17.59 per month. The City Council today will hold a public hearing to consider Consolidated’s request. read more
Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT he has ‘empathy and sympathy’ for Frank de Boer after replacing the axed Dutchman as Crystal Palace manager.Hodgson’s new position as Eagles head coach was confirmed on Tuesday, following De Boer’s departure from Selhurst Park after only four games in charge.The former Ajax boss was sacked just 77 days into a three-year contract on Monday, after Palace became the first team in Premier League history to lose all of their opening four games of the season without scoring.And, in an exclusive chat with talkSPORT host Jim White, new Eagles chief Hodgson said: “As a football manager and coach, you always have sympathy for people who have lost their jobs.“It’s always ‘there but for the grace go I’. Unfortunately it’s fact of life and if a person loses their job and the club turns to you, you accept it of course but you don’t accept it without feeling some sort of empathy and sympathy for the person who has gone before you.”Hodgson will take charge of his new team for the first time on Saturday, with the Eagles hoping to secure their first league win of the season when Southampton visit Selhurst Park.And, despite taking over from a man who was sacked after such a short time, the former England boss is not fazed by the pressure as he looks to lift the gloom at the club.When asked about the growing pressure on Premier League bosses, Hodgson added: “It’s always been there and it’ll only get stronger as the mass media interest gets greater and the coverage of games gets greater too.“The money improves every year and the thought of relegation gets more and more frightening for the teams that are going to be threatened by it, so there’s no doubt the pressure has increased.“But you take on every job knowing what the benefits and the shortfalls and problems are likely to be and I go into this job with open eyes, with great enthusiasm and a great energy which has certainly been boosted by the fact I’ve had a bit of time away from the game.”Hodgson has been tasked by many with saving Palace from a relegation battle after their horror start to the season.The new manager admits the team are in for a fight after four straight defeats, but insists it’s far too early to be deciding their fate just yet.“It will be tough, of course, but it won’t just be tough for us, it’ll be tough for a few teams,” he added.“We’re four games in and the start has been a poor one, we can’t deny that, but there’s 38 games in the league season and there’s 34 more to play and quite frankly the relegation issues are not going to be decided this side of Christmas, they’re probably not going to be decided this side of Easter.“The important thing now is to get down to work and make certain we become a really highly competitive team which is hard to beat and is capable of picking up points, and then around Easter we’ll see where we are.“I’m certain we will pull away from the mire and I’m very confident the players we have here will help us achieve our goal, which is to make certain we don’t get relegated.” read more
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “She has Kate’s lips and eyes,” the 44-year-old Cruise is quoted as telling the magazine. Counters Holmes: “I think she has Tom’s eyes. I think she looks like Tom.” Leading up to the frenzy over the photos, “We were just living our lives, being a family,” Cruise says. “Actually, we were taking our own photos and always planned to release those at the right time.” With a cherubic face and a shock of dark hair, Suri Cruise – subject of the world’s most anticipated baby photo – made her debut Wednesday on the cover of Vanity Fair. The magazine’s 22-page spread of 4 -month-old Suri and her famous parents, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, includes photos taken by Annie Leibovitz for the October issue, on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles and nationwide on Tuesday. The cover photo shows Suri peeking out of a jacket worn by Cruise with Holmes looking on. Katie Couric, in her first night as anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” revealed the photo Tuesday. Born April 18, Suri had not previously appeared in any published photos, prompting some public speculation about her very existence. read more
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won They broke the British transfer record when they signed Robinho for £32.5million.In the decade that followed they have won the Premier League three times and continue to set new standards under manager Pep Guardiola.Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “I thought it was going to be a fly by. They had an owner who came before, that didn’t end too well.“Did Robinho come at this stage as well? You think that’s going to be their great big signing. Then all of a sudden they sign Tevez as well. That was when you started to think ‘hold on a minute’. And then Yaya came, David Silva. huge blow Joleon Lescott, who was also speaking on BT Sport, said claims that players only joined City for money gave them added motivation to succeed.Lescott, who joined City from Everton in 2009, said: “That extra motivation of people – players, fans, pundits – only assuming we went there for money. No one assumed we went there to win the title.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED After an injury plagued four seasons he crossed the divide and joined City in 2011 for one season, but only played four times.Hargreaves said Sir Alex Ferguson knew what was coming from the blue half of Manchester.“Sir Alex – he knew they were going to be virtually impossible to stop,” the former midfielder explained. He knew this blue wave was coming. They’ve set the tone for everyone else in this league and now it’s catch up because City are that far ahead.” MONEY Rio Ferdinand has recalled the moment he and his Manchester United team-mates realised Manchester City were there for the long haul.City were purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group in August 2008 and what followed was a flurry of bids for high-profile players. 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Manchester City have won the Premier League three times in the last decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE REVEALED Rio Ferdinand has spoken about Manchester City’s sustained success “I was sitting there with Giggsy and the guys thinking ‘this is going to be serious, they aren’t going away.'”A fascinating chat on how Man City grew into the club they are now, with players from both the red and blue side of the city… pic.twitter.com/sUwv9foVEd— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 20, 2019“We were sitting there – me, Gary Neville, Giggsy, the guys – this is going to be serious, these guys are not going away in two or three years’ time – they’re here for the long haul and they’ve put their forks in the ground and they’re starting to build for the future.”Owen Hargreaves joined United in 2007 and won the Premier League and Champions League in his first season at the club. RANKED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice read more
He said: “Moura is a tricky forward who could slot into the team if any of the front three [Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane] were out and the same could be said of his team-mate Son Heung-min, although I would be surprised if Spurs allowed the South Korean to leave after his outstanding season.“It may be that Klopp and his excellent team of scouts have an ace up their sleeves as they look for an extra striker, with their signings over the last couple of years confirming they tend to get things right when they bring players to Anfield, so I’m confident they will get this one right.”Liverpool are yet to make a signing this summer but have been linked with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Nicolas Pepe. 2 Getty Images – Getty Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Aldridge played for Liverpool for two years between 1987-89 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Getty Images – Getty Liverpool fan Dan reckons the Premier League is rigged against the Reds On any potential transfers, Klopp said: “It is always more difficult the better the team gets [to improve it], but that’s a good sign.“Transfers, we are not there to excite the people out there and think, ‘Wow, a new player!’ and stuff like that.“Actually, the job is to improve the team and there are different ways [to do that], we’ve said that always.“It’s about training – actually, I think that’s the best way to do [it] and if you have to sign somebody, you sign somebody.“Then, if you have him then you don’t think immediately about doing the same thing in the same position again. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals JIBE Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa IN DEMAND whoops LATEST The 2018/19 season was a successful one for Liverpool, who beat Tottenham in the Champions League final, and finished second in the Premier League but finished on 97 points, a club record.However, Kopites are desperate to see Liverpool get past City and win their first ever Premier League crown.And Aldridge has identified Spurs stars Lucas and Son as potential transfer targets for the Anfield club.Writing in the Irish Independent, Aldridge was full of praise for Lucas and Son but admitted they might be too difficult to obtain. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:54Loaded: 2.80%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen latest REAL DEAL Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Jurgen Klopp should consider bringing Tottenham duo Lucas Moura Heung-min Son to Liverpool this summer.This is the view of former Red John Aldridge, who believes Liverpool should strengthen their attacking options during the current transfer window. Aldridge believes Liverpool could go after Lucas and Son this summer punished “The team is pretty well balanced, so that’s how it is. For sure, our plans are not for the public, that’s how it is.“But will it be the biggest transfer window of LFC? No, probably not, but I think it would have been a surprise if I said yes.“Our eyes are always open, we always look, but what happens if and when, there is nothing to say about in the moment.” read more
Professor Steven Chown, recognised forhis outstanding contribution to Antarctic science and policy, is the inaugural recipient of the Martha T Muse prize. (Image: Stellenbosch University) The ice-covered continent is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959. (Image: US Antarctic Programme) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Steven Chown+27 21 808 2385• Engela DuvenageMedia liaison, Faculty of Science, SU+27 21 808 2684 or +27 82 874 1291RELATED ARTICLES • World honour for SA botanist • Unesco fellowship for SA scientist • Top award for Rhodes scientist • SA biologist wins thesis awardJanine ErasmusProfessor Steven Chown of Stellenbosch University is the inaugural recipient of the Martha T Muse prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica.The announcement was made at a gala evening held during the Antarctic Treaty Summit, which took place from 30 November to 3 December at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.Delegates at the gala also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing by 12 nations, South Africa among them, of the Antarctic Treaty in the same city on 1 December 1959. The treaty came into force on 23 June 1961. Today, South Africa is the only African signatory out of the present 46 member nations. The award recognises Chown’s status as a world leader in his field, and his work with invasive alien species on the snowy continent, as well as the effects of climate change and the many years of human inhabitation in the region. It is worth a one-off US$100 000 (R750 400).As well as holding the position of director of the university’s DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, Chown is professor of zoology in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch.He will receive his award and deliver the Muse lecture at the Oslo International Polar Year Conference in June 2010. The conference aims to promote and strengthen the scientific and outreach achievements of the International Polar Year (IPY), which was established in 1882. The third IPY began in March 2007 and carried though to March 2009.The professor will also be a guest of honour at the 31st Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (Scar) and Open Science conference in Buenos Aires in August 2010. Here the international polar community will gather to discuss various topics under four main themes: health of the Antarctic ecosystem, tipping points, continuity and change, and connectivity and cross-scale interactions.Preserving the continentDespite its wintry appearance Antarctica is regarded as a desert, with an annual rainfall of just 20cm. The continent has no permanent human habitation, but many bird, animal, plant and even insect species have adapted to the cold and now call the vast icy expanse their home.Antarctica is almost completely covered by the Antarctic ice sheet, which is about 1.6km thick on average and constitutes about 90% of the world’s ice. This is the equivalent of about 70% of the world’s fresh water.South Africa has been involved in Antarctic research for about half a century and runs the South African National Antarctic Programme, maintaining bases on the continent as well as on Marion and Gough Islands.The Martha T Muse award is given by the Tinker Foundation, a funding organisation with a special interest in Antarctica, to individuals that contribute to the science- and policy-related understanding of Antarctica, and help preserve it for future generations.Scar, a committee of the International Council for Science, and tasked with overseeing scientific research in Antarctica, acts as the administrative body in the award process.The award is named after Martha Twitchell Muse, chair of the Tinker Foundation. Muse is known for her particular passion for Antarctica and intended the prize to honour a like-minded person in the early to middle stages of his or her career.Distinguished careerProf Steven Chown has built a solid international reputation and has garnered many awards and honours.Earlier in 2009, together with his colleague Prof Sue Nicholson of Pretoria University, he took the Bill Venter/Altron Literary Award for 2009 for their book on insect physiology. The award is presented for the most outstanding contribution to research by an academic, published in book form.Also in 2009 he received the gold medal from the Zoological Society of Southern Africa for his contributions to zoology.Chown obtained his PhD in Ecology and Systematics in 1989 from Pretoria University and immediately accepted a position as lecturer in the zoology and entomology department there. Just eight years later he received his full professorship.Chown has been with Stellenbosch University since 2001 and with the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology since 2004. In the five years since he has built the centre into a world-renowned research institute that focuses on the impact and management of invasive plants and animals.He is an A1-rated researcher according to the National Research Foundation, which establishes him as a world leader in his field of research, and consequently is in great demand as a lecturer at local and international meetings and workshops.Under his supervision many M.Sc. and PhD students have obtained their degrees, and he has also mentored several post-doctoral researchers. Chown has set disadvantaged students on their career path by developing and running the USAID Capacity Building Programme for Climate Change Research on the Prince Edward Islands in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean.Chown has been instrumental in many policy decisions regarding the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions. He is the Scar representative on the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection, and is the chief officer of the Scar standing committee on the Antarctic Treaty System.A prolific author, Chown has published over 250 scientific papers and has co-written four books and contributed to 21 others. He edits two journals and sits on the editorial board of six other journals, among them The American Naturalist and Antarctic Science. He is also a member of a number of scientific societies.Chown is said to have one of the highest h-factors of any South African zoologist – around 31. The h-index is a tool to measure the scientific productivity and consequent scientific impact of a scientist or group of scientists. It is based on the scientist’s most cited papers as well as the number of citations he or she has received. read more