Lake wins exciting Contender clash

first_imgThings finally heated up in the Wray and Nephew Contender series on Wednesday night, as Guyana’s Revlon Lake secured a hard-fought majority decision over Anthony Woods, from the Bahamas, in their five-round, preliminary bout.It was all out action from the first minute, as both men threw caution to the wind and engaged each other in fast and furious action.After five bruising rounds, Jamaican judges Lindell Allen 49-46 and Peter Richards 48-47 voted for Lake, while American judge Eddie Cotton voted 48-47 for Woods. The large and enthusiastic crowd cheered wildly throughout the fight and most agreed with the decision.Two teams of eight boxers representing the Caribbean and the USA started the competition, on March 4, and the ultimate goal is to win the title Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 and the first prize of $2-million.Lake went into the fight with eight wins 13 losses and two draws while Woods had nine, wins and 13 losses.Both men came in with aggression on their minds and it was action galore from the first bell, to the delight of the fans, who had been longing for such an approach since the start of the competition. Lake started throwing punches from all angles, some of which landed while others missed the mark. That did not deter him, however, as he kept in an attacking mode throughout.Woods decided to fight fire with fire, and it paid dividends as a hook to the head opened a small cut on the outside of Lake’s left eye. Blood flowed, but instead of being a hindrance, it spurred Lake into more furious action. Woods stayed cool, however, kept attacking, and won the round.Lake was even more aggressive in the second round, and one got the impression that because of the cut, he wanted to try to knock out his man. The elusive and equally aggressive Wood, did not flinch, and he responded with two-fisted counter punching. Lake won this round.Woods used his jabs and hooks effectively in the next round, and his attacking approach kept him in the fight, but Lake never flinched and seemed to have the edge once more. The next two rounds saw the pace remaining at fever pitch as both boxers gave it their all. At the end, both men seemed certain of victory but the judges gave the edge to Lake.He was thrilled to win this time after losing early when he first appeared in the Contender competition.”I am going for the big prize this year. I want it badly, and this is just the start. I am really excited and pleased with this victory,” he added.In the two amateur bouts that preceded the main bout, Shimon Gayle from Boys’ Town defeated Collel Hogg from Sugar Knockout gym on points, while his teammate, Orlando Dixon, also won on points from Samuel Grant from Sugar Knockout gym.last_img read more

Can Martin Jones give the Sharks the goaltending they need to win the Cup?

first_imgSAN JOSE — After a decade of playoff disappointments, it seemed like the Sharks had finally found the missing ingredient with a slick trade in the summer of 2015.Martin Jones opened his career with the Sharks by setting a franchise-record shutout streak of 234:33 during his first week on the job. Later, in the spring, he led the Sharks to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, recording a .923 save percentage in 24 games. The future looked bright. At 26, Jones had the potential to …last_img

Haryana Cong. cycle yatra to resume from May 31

first_imgSetting the tone for the campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in 2019, Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Tuesday said the second phase of the party’s bicycle campaign would start from May 31.“We will start ‘Haryana Bachao, Parivartan Lao’ cycle yatra from Chautala in Sirsa district on May 31. During the campaign, we will expose the anti-people policies of the BJP government at the Centre and in Haryana,” said Mr. Tanwar, who will lead the campaign, covering more than 350 km, passing through 200 villages of five Assembly constituencies.He said during the campaign ‘misdeeds’ of the BJP governments will be exposed. “The BJP has failed to fulfil any of its promises. We will expose the party on issues such as unemployment, price rise, corruption and deteriorating law and order. Besides the BJP’s attempt to divide the cohesive social fabric of the State will also be taken to the public,” said Mr. Tanwar.‘Will expose INLD also’The Congress leader said the party will also expose the Indian National Lok Dal which has been misleading the people of Haryana on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal issue. “The INLD has been playing like the ‘B’ team of the BJP,” he alleged.“The BJP has completely failed to honour its pre-poll promises to youth, farmers and all sections of the society. With this campaign, we will seal the victory for the Congress,” he added.last_img read more

IPL 7: Punjab seek finals berth against Chennai in Qualifier 2

first_imgPunjab will be looking to make their second chance count as they face upbeat Chennai in IPL 7, Qualifier 2Buoyed by their convincing seven-wicket win over title holders Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings will take on Kings XI Punjab in their second IPL knockout game inside three days on Friday with swashbuckling batsman Glenn Maxwell being a major threat to their chances.Riding on the 25-year-old Australian batsman`s incandescent 90-plus run knocks in Abu Dhabi and Cuttack in the group stage of the T20 League, Kings XI Punjab had flattened two-time champions Chennai Super Kings.Tomorrow`s Qualifier 2, the penultimate IPL-7 match, at the Wankhede Stadium will provide Chennai a great platform to avenge those two defeats and leapfrog into the June 1 summit clash against Kolkata Knight Riders at Bangalore.However, to achieve the feat of entering the final for the sixth time, Chennai will have to stop Maxwell, who simply tore into their bowlers, especially two key spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on the two previous occasions. Maxwell, the third highest run-getter with 539 runs this season, smashed 95 in 43 balls in Abu Dhabi last month to help Punjab chase down a massive 206-run target set up by the Super Kings. The Victorian was even more dominating in their subsequent clash earlier this month at Cuttack, where he hit a whirlwind 90 off just 35 balls to power Punjab to an incredible score of 231.Ashwin was smashed for 38 runs without a wicket in just two overs by Maxwell, while Jadeja conceded 37 runs in three overs without any success.The destruction of these two Super Kings` bowlers by Maxwell will certainly come up for discussion by the Super Kings` think-tank ahead of their do-or-die encounter.advertisementBut Chennai will certainly look to take advantage of the fact that Kings XI, who had looked almost unstoppable during the group stage, have had their hiccups of late. They were beaten comprehensively by Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens yesterday. Kings XI need to not only regroup quickly but also get over the travel fatigue in order to match the efficiency of the Super Kings, who simply outplayed Mumbai Indians here last night.Super Kings changed their opening combination as they sent South Africa`s Faf du Plessis along with Dwayne Smith, the second highest run-scorer with 559 runs this season, instead of in-form New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. The strategy paid off as the two stitched a half-century stand in quick time to lay a solid platform. Suresh Raina, who hit 33-ball 54 not out and stayed till the end, along with David Hussey (40 not out in 29 balls) then carried the Super Kings past Mumbai`s 173 for eight with a breezy unbroken stand of 89 for the fourth wicket.The Super Kings` overall display was efficient without being flamboyant, and they would require another such stellar performance to deflate Kings XI`s hopes of making their maiden entry into the IPL title contest. Super Kings have relied on their Indian bowling trio of purple cap holder Mohit Sharma and two lead spinners (Ashwin and Jadeja), and would hope they can do the trick against the marauding blades of not only Maxwell and David Miller but also those of Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha and captain George Bailey.This explosive batting line up failed to get going against the Knight Riders while chasing a modest 164-run target, and Kings XI would be eager to get over the flop show and put their best foot forward in what is their second and last chance to enter the final.Kings XI`s bowling attack is also good. They have been relying mostly on their Indian players in Sandeep Sharma (17 wickets), left arm spinner Akshar Patel (16 wickets), who has been included in the Indian team for the tour of Bangladesh next month, and seasoned Laxmipathy Balaji (12 wickets), along with Australian left arm pacer Mitchell Johnson (14 wickets). They tried out leggie Karanveer Singh and Parvinder Awana in Qualifier 1, while resting Sandeep Sharma and Balaji, both of whom should be back in the playing eleven tomorrow.The Kings XI bowlers need to provide the team with some early wickets against the Super Kings, who have the requisite depth and explosive power in their batting that includes captain and world`s most envied finisher Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to overhaul big scores. A capacity crowd is expected to witness the season`s second last IPL game and they would not like to watch anything less than another humdinger.Teams (from):Kings XI Punjab: Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra, Wridhiman Saha, Glenn Maxell, David Miller, George Bailey(c), Akshar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Mitchell Johnson, Karanveer Singh, L Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, B Hendricks, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mandeep Singh, Shardul Thakur, Shivam Sharma, Anureet Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, M Karthik.advertisementChennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree, Ben Hilfenhaus, Matt Henry, B Aparajith, Mithun Manhas, Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, Vijay Shankar, Ronit More, John Hastingslast_img