Air Force stuns Pocari to inch closer to PVL Finals

first_img“Almost everyone stepped up for the team,” Jimenez said. “Our service and blocking worked and we also did well on our floor defense.”May Pantino and Jocemer Tapic scored 12 and 11 points, respectively for No. 3 Air Force, which fell to Pocari in straight sets back in the elimination round on July 26.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Myla Pablo had a game-high 14 points for the Lady Warriors, who will shoot for the equalizer in their best-of-theee duel less than 24 hours from now. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Head-turners Mendez, Kilgroe relish challenge in Cobra Ironman 70.3 ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAir Force got back at Pocari Sweat, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, to take a 1-0 edge in their semifinals series in the Premier Volleyball League Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Head coach Jasper Jimenez said everything clicked for the Lady Jet Spikers, resulting to a surprisingly quick victory over the formidable Lady Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIEScenter_img Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Guiao awaits word on Clarkson’s inclusion in Asian Games roster

first_imgWith a week left before the Jakarta Asian Games, head coach Yeng Guiao is still putting in his final touches for the basketball team that will play in the continental meet. ADVERTISEMENT And part of that preparation is awaiting word on the participation of NBA guard Jordan Clarkson. Guiao said he has no problems reserving one of the 12 spots in the roster for the Asian Games for the Cleveland Cavalier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“For me, it’s okay to reserve a slot for Jordan,” said Guiao in Filipino after the team’s practice Thursday at Meralco Gym. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is still finalizing Clarkson’s inclusion in the lineup and getting clearances from both the NBA and the Cavaliers.  Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIEScenter_img Brownlee wishes he can play for Ginebra ‘forever’ MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Olympic Council of Asia also still has to accredit Clarkson for the Games. “I still don’t know the answer to that [if Clarkson is good to go],” said Guiao who will announce the final 12-man lineup on Friday evening. “I think if there’s a possibility it’s worth the risk of reserving a slot for him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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GAW needs fresh ideas to win CPL

first_imgDear Editor,Before the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) started, I wrote to the press a letter wherein I posited that the players that were bought during the CPL draft do not have what it takes to win the CPL this year, and my prediction has come to pass.I alluded to the fact that Jason Mohamed and Rayad Emrit should never have been in the squad because of their poor performances over the years, and instead Colin Munro and Chanderpaul Hemraj should have been selected before them.As I said then, those two — along with Chadwick Walton and Cameron Delport — had a very poor tournament, which contributed to the Warriors’ not winning the CPL.Editor, I want to submit, though, that the blame must lie squarely with the Operations Manager, who has been with the Warriors since the inception, and who has been integral in the selection of the teams over the past six years. Over those six years, the Warriors have reached the finals four times and never won, yet the Operations Manager remains at the helm.Something is definitely wrong. For the Warriors to win the CPL next year, there has to be new management with fresh ideas, who must buy players who specialise in all aspects of the game: batting, bowling and fielding. In other words, we must have a more balanced team, with no weak links. And the players who were outstanding during this year’s CPL, such as Luke Ronchi, Shimron Odilon Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Imran Tahir and Chris Green, should form the core of the team for next year.I would not select Sohail Tanvir for next year, for the simple reason that age has caught up with him. He was very slow in the field and in running between the wickets, and as the commentators mentioned, he seemed to have been burnt out towards the back end of the tournament.Finally, Editor, it is clear we need more Guyanese in the team. Remember the last time we won a T20 tournament, Stanford, the entire team were Guyanese; and looking at many of the players in the Warriors team over the years, many of them are no match for Guyanese players. Hetmyer and Rutherford are classic examples.Yours Faithfully,Imtiaz Baccuslast_img read more

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India votes in world’s largest election

first_imgDear Editor,Hundreds of millions of Indians voted in five phases of balloting so far. Two phases of voting remain — one this Sunday and the other the following Sunday — to complete the process.The general election has been billed as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The campaign takes the form of a Presidential election. Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a historic landslide in the last elections, in 2014.Modi staked his claim in 2014 to lead India on a tough image against terrorism and a truly secular government without favouring any religious or caste group. He has been tough against those who infiltrated the porous borders of India to spread terror. Modi ordered surgical strikes against camps in Pakistan in February. His action won overwhelming approval from the nation.In India, people generally vote against the incumbent. Most of the incumbent MPs of the BJP are disliked, including the popular Bollywood actress Hema Malini, who is seeking re-election from Mathura, the holy city of Lord Krishna.But voters tell this writer they want to give Modi a second term; thus they will vote for the incumbents on account of Modi, who remains the BJP’s main vote-getter.Modi is campaigning everywhere on behalf of the candidates of his party, the BJP, which is in an alliance with other parties called the NDA. The largest opposition party is the Congress, which is in an alliance with other parties called the UPA. Sworn enemies in the opposition have come together to defeat Modi, but opinion polls put the NDA ahead of the UPA by almost two to one. However, the polls say the NDA will not win a majority of the seats. It takes 272 seats to form the government in a parliament of 543 elected members of the lower house, or Lok Sabha.This writer, in his own informal polls, puts Modi ahead of the Congress and likely to come close to a majority of seats, giving him a second five-year term in office. Without an opposition alliance, the BJP would win over 300 seats. As it is now, the party is struggling to capture 250 seats. The BJP won 283 seats in the last election.The seven-phase elections commenced on 19th April and will conclude on 19th May. Counting of ballots is on 23rd May. There are some 970 million eligible voters across the country. This is the largest election ever conducted in the world.The tone of the campaign has been acrimonious, especially against opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and two of his alliance partners, Akilesh Yadav of SP and Mayawati of BSP.The BJP faces strong challenges from other regional parties in the south and in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been trying to bring together the parties to form a coalition to unseat Modi. Rahul’s father (Rajiv), grandmother (Indira) and great-grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) were all Indian prime ministers.His mother, the Italian-born Sonia, declined the PM position in 2004. Rahul himself declined the PM position in 2009. His sister, Priyanka Gandhi, formally launched her political career in January. She is not contesting a seat, although it was announced she would contest against Modi. Had she done so, she would have been trounced.Modi is contesting in the prestigious Benaras seat. This writer’s poll has him well ahead to win by a landslide. Priyanka is campaigning for her brother and mother Sonia, who is contesting a seat Rae Bareli, from Uttar Pradesh, the state where 70 percent of Indo-Caribbean people trace their roots. Rahul is also contesting from UP in Amethi constituency. Fearing he would lose, Rahul has fielded himself in a second seat in Kerala state. In India, a candidate can run for more than one seat, but can only represent one seat in parliament and resign the others if elected from more than one.The Lok Sabha, or lower house of Parliament, has 543 elected seats, and any party or coalition needs a minimum of 272 MPs to form a government. Opinion polls say Rahul will lose Amethi. However, this writer found from his survey that Rahul would win Amethi and also in Kerala.The main issues in the campaign are high unemployment, national security, and India’s role in world affairs. Caste and religion also play critical roles in how people vote. Chamars, called dalits in India, are voting for the BSP led by Mayawati. The Yadav cast is voting for the Yadav party, called SP. At Friday namaz before each vote, imams instruct Muslims to vote for the party they feel would defeat the BJP. But Muslims are divided, with women supporting BJP because the party has given women equal status to that of males, angering the latter. In addition, the BJP has sought to outlaw multiple marriages and triple talaq divorce in which a man simply tells his wife he divorces her.It is hard to predict the exact number of seats each alliance would win, but everywhere this writer has travelled, voters tell him the NDA under Modi would be returned to office for another term, unless something major goes wrong.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisram(In India)last_img read more

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Police, Protesters in Street Battle

first_imgA planned protest action demanding the unconditional release of political activist Vandalark Patricks from his cell at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) yesterday turned violent leading to the arrest of another activist, Archie Sarnor.Patricks was sent to prison after he failed to secure a US$15,000 bond for his temporary release from jail and to enable him prepare for the sedition and criminal libel charges brought against him by the Government of Liberia.It all started early Monday, Feb. 29, when Mr. Sarnor led a group of protesters, among them students that were dressed in military khaki uniform, as well as representatives of political parties and civil society organizations to the Temple of Justice to demand the immediate release of Patricks without posting a bond.At the Temple of Justice, Sarnor and his group prevented the movement of people and vehicles in and out of the compound, thereby leading to the disruption of normal court activities.They even stopped the convoy of Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor from entering the Temple of Justice compound, which led to the intervention of Liberia National Police (LNP) officers. The police, however, managed to successfully convince the organizers of the protest to allow the Chief Justice to enter his Temple of Justice office.Minutes after Chief Justice Korkpor entered the compound, the protesters decided to force their way into the compound to continue with their protest; an action that was strongly resisted by the police, who were dressed and armed with riot gear. In the process of containing the situation from escalating into further chaos, eyewitnesses said, the protesters starting throwing stones at the police who, without hesitation, responded with teargas, which scattered the protesters in all directions. The protesters then began setting roadblocks and vandalizing vehicles on Capitol Hill, the citadel of power.Normal activities, including the free-flow of traffic, came to a standstill for at least three hours when students from the University of Liberia, dressed in military uniforms, marched to the Temple of Justice and reportedly joined the melee. There are reports that a related case concerning the expulsion from UL of their student-comrade, Alvin Wesseh, motivated their involvement in the protest at the Temple of Justice. The expulsion case against the UL administration is currently pending at the court. Several others believed to be members of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), led by Mulbah Morlu, joined them. With batons in hand, police responded to the protest, making several arrests, including Archie Sarnor. Some of the protesters, eyewitnesses said, were throwing stones at the police, while police sprayed teargas in return to disperse them. Some of the protesters reportedly incited groups of UL students to join the fray when they said, “Move on them! Move on them! Their teargas finished!”The drama ensued when the CDC vice chair for mobilization, Mulbah Morlu, who was at the center of yesterday’s protest, escaped after encountering police head-on and leaving Sarnor at the mercy of the police. He told journalists that the police escalated the situation by brutalizing “peaceful protesters.”He told reporters at a news conference shortly after the incident that an LNP officer hit him in his right knee with a baton as he was escaping the scene, causing him “some internal injuries”. Although there was no independent confirmation, a female eyewitness said Morlu “leapt from the police like frog from an advancing hunter.” He however promised to create headache for the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration until Patricks is released from further detention.“We will plan the next course of action to engage the government in street protests using elements of surprise to release Patricks,” Morlue told reporters at CDC headquarters. Yesterday’s incident coincided with the university administering its final examinations for the first semester. As a result, academic activities came to a standstill, leaving other students expressing annoyance. “This is complete rudeness these people are carrying on against state security. They have the advantage because the police are not armed,” a frustrated female student said from a distance.A statement from the Government of Liberia late yesterday condemned what it described as “reckless and unlawful the action of some misguided elements of the society to storm the Temple of Justice when normal courts activities were in session, thus disturbing peaceful citizens transacting their judicial businesses.” The Government promised that, “strong security measures are being put in place to decisively deal with any other acts of violence.” Vandalark Patricks, for whose cause the protest was held, was invited by the LNP on February 24 over remarks made by him insinuating that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered the Police in 2011 to shoot CDC standard bearer, Winston Tubman, vice standard bearer, George Weah, and other citizens. He also claimed that the government hired assassins to murder former LPRC Managing Director, Harry Greaves Jr. After Police preliminary investigations, Patricks was charged with sedition and criminal libel against the President and was subsequently incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison, where he could only be released on bail if he filed a US$15,000 bond.As for student Alvin Wesseh, he was expelled from the UL for inciting violence, which led to his supporters dragging the UL administration to court with the hearing pending.GOL Response The MICAT statement said government “regrets that in the wake of the democratic atmosphere prevailing in the country, which ensures access to justice for all, it is unthinkable that some unscrupulous elements will once again use young people to create un-necessary tension in the society as a way of achieving their personal motives.” According to the statement, few officers of the Liberia National Police were wounded in their bid to restore law and order. Police authorities are investigating three of those who participated in the disturbances, including Archie Sarnor, Emmanuel Payne and Wilmot Karngbe. “Therefore,” the statement concluded, “the government assures everyone, Liberians and foreign nationals residing in the country that their security is guaranteed and that strong security measures are being put in place to decisively deal with any other acts of violence.”Meanwhile, the US$15,000 bond for Vandalark Patricks could not be paid and therefore he was not released from further detention, despite the demands for his release by the protestors yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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14 Senators Recognize ‘Constitutionally Elected Speaker Tyler’

first_imgFourteen Senators yesterday issued a position paper in which they signed to officially transact Legislative business with the ‘constitutionally elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler.’According to the paper read to Legislative reporters at the Capitol Building, the Senators pledged their commitment to work with Tyler, “until there is a change in the leadership of the House of Representatives for cause and in consonance with due process of law as provided in the Rules of the House and Constitution of Liberia.” Additionally, the Senators declared that “the Senate needs to make serious and appropriate efforts to ensure that the concerns of the aggrieved members of the House of Representatives are accommodated for the unimpeded operations of the House.” The 14 Senators, among them George Tengbeh (Lofa County), “noted with immense regrets, the ongoing political quagmire within the House which has adversely affected the working of our bicameral Legislature and, by extension, stalled the progress and development of the Liberian people whom we represent.” The political wrangling in the House, according to a statement by the Senators, has essentially divided the membership of the Senate, which relates to efforts aimed at a change in leadership and a resistance thereto. “Without passing judgment on the merits and demerits of the unfortunate situation in the House, we unequivocally call on all members of House to ensure that their actions and inactions are consistent with the dictates of both the Rules and the 1986 Constitution of our country,” the statement said.To do otherwise, the Senators warned, will not only be a threat to the peace and security of the country, especially on the eve the impending presidential and legislative elections, but will also be a recipe for chaos and lawlessness in the political governance system of the country. “We therefore call on the House to allow reason to prevail as a means of bringing the conduct to an amicable resolution where there will be no victor or vanquish.”The Senators called on the aggrieved members of the House to honorably return to the Chambers and process their grievances in accordance with the Rules and Procedures of the House and the Constitution of Liberia. Likewise, the lawmakers called on Speaker Tyler and the leadership of the House to create an enabling environment for the transparent hearing and judicious disposition of the concerns of the aggrieved members that constitute a significant percentage of their membership. “Finally, let it be known that our clarity has become imperative as a consequence of doubts and ambiguities being created in the public domain as to the stance of members of the Senate on this matter; we the undersigned seated members of the Senate will continue to work in concert with our colleagues in the Senate, play a meaningful role, one grounded in the rule of law for the common good and remain sensitive to the concerns and grievances of the aggrieved,” the statement said.The 14 senators with signatures include Sando Johnson, Alphonso Gaye, Francis Paye, Thomas Grupee, Daniel Naatehn, Jewel Howard Taylor, and Oscar Cooper. Others are Matthew Jaye, Morris Saytumah, Varney Sherman, J. Gbleh-Bo Brown, Dan Morais, (unsigned); A. Marshall Dennis, (unsigned), and George T. Tengbeh.Meanwhile, the Senate convened yesterday afternoon following almost an hour of leadership meeting, and immediately went into Executive Session. But they were tight-lipped on the outcome of their close door deliberations. A press briefing that was announced by the Senate Secretariat failed to come on. However, some staffers at the Senate Media Center told the Daily Observer that the statement issued by the 14 Senators does not have the consensus of the entire Senate, and that the Senate plenary will take a vote during their sitting on Thursday to determine that body’s next course of action.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GARDAI INVESTIGATE SPATE OF ROBBERY INCIDENTS

first_imgFOUR men have been questioned after a robbery at a service station in Muff at the weekend.They are due to appear in court later today.Gardai say they are also investigation an armed robbery near St Johnston where masked men with knives held up staff at a petrol station and made off with cash.  GARDAI INVESTIGATE SPATE OF ROBBERY INCIDENTS was last modified: April 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDAI INVESTIGATE SPATE OF ROBBERY INCIDENTSlast_img read more

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Men’s Tennis Heads to Wisconsin

first_imgThe Bulldogs head into Thursday’s with a 6-2 record and are coming off a pair of wins on Feb. 12 over Middle Tennessee and Omaha. Sophomore Vinny Gillespie, who is ranked 78th in singles, earned his second MVC Athlete of the Week honor this season on Tuesday for his outstanding performance against MT and Omaha. He closed out his day with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 53rd ranked Razvan Grigorescu. The Badgers have a 4-1 record and spent last week on the East Coast with a 4-3 setback at Pennsylvania and earning a 4-3 win at Princeton. UW are led by Lamar Remy and Daniel Soyfer, who both have a 4-1 singles record this spring. In doubles, Remy and Chase Colton are a perfect 5-0 at No. 2 doubles. Following Thursday’s match, the Bulldogs head to Eugene, Ore. for a neutral site match against BYU on Feb. 25 and then square off against the Oregon Ducks on Feb. 26. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team travels to Madison, Wis. on Thursday to square off against the University of Wisconsin at 2 p.m. at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.last_img read more

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BOI customers warned of clever new scam

first_imgBank of Ireland customers are warned to remain vigilant due to a new texting scam.The scammers will send a text to the victim’s phone saying that their online banking account has been suspended. The victim is then prompted to click a link within the text message to “reverify” your account. It will seem legitimate as the receipt will come up as ‘365 online’.They will then be brought to an identical replica of the Bank of Ireland website, where they will be asked for personal details. Bank of Ireland will never send links to your phone, and are asking customers to be on their guard.“If you suspect you have received a fraudulent email, text or call or have been asked to provide your personal or banking information (username, pin, etc.) in an unusual manner, such as by pop-up or web page, report it immediately. Do not reply to or follow any of the instructions provided, regardless of how genuine they may appear,” a statement on their website reads.If you have received something suspicious, send the suspicious Bank of Ireland email or text to 365security@boi.com.BOI customers warned of clever new scam was last modified: February 18th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bank of IrelandBOIscamtextlast_img read more

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History made as DeGale wins world title

first_imgJames DeGale became world champion by beating Andre Dirrell on points in their IBF super-middleweight title clash in Boston.Harlesden’s 2008 Olympic gold medallist floored the highly regarded American twice in the second round, with a thunderous overhand left doing the damage.Dirrell recovered and gave DeGale plenty of problems, but a late flurry from the Londoner saw him win a unanimous decision and make history by becoming the first British boxer to win Olympic gold and a professional world title.He faced a talented opponent in Dirrell, whose only previous defeat was a split points decision against Carl Froch in 2009 – a fight many observers believed the man from Michigan had won.But DeGale, 29, grasped his opportunity to secure the vacant title that was up for grabs after Froch opted to relinquish the belt.And he paved the way for a potential rematch with arch rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves, who won a close points decision when the pair met in May 2011 – DeGale’s only loss.Groves, twice beaten by Froch having been knocked out in their rematch last year after being controversially stopped while ahead in their first encounter, is in line for another world title shot.Hammersmith’s former British, European and Commonwealth champion is expected to challenge WBC champion Badou Jack later this year and a victory could lead to a unification showdown with DeGale.Dirrell did well to make it past the second round after being sent to the canvas by a vicious shot.The 32-year-old touched down again as DeGale followed up but he made it to the end of the round and appeared to have the upper hand in some of the subsequent rounds, although they seemed tough to score.Canadian judge Alan Davis had the bout 117-109 in DeGale’s favour, which seemed somewhat bizarre, while Daniel Fitzgerald of the United States and Britain’s Howard Foster both scored it 114-112.See also:DeGale ‘too fresh and too good’ for ButeDeGale to defend title against Medina next monthFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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