Gold medallist England’s Galal Yafai (2nd L) poses with silver medallist India’s Amit (L) and bronze medallists Uganda’s Juma Miiro (2nd L) and Sri Lanka’s Thiwanka Ranasinghe during the medal ceremony for the men’s 46-49kg boxing event during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios venue on the Gold Coast on April 14, 2018. AFP PHOTOKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s Juma Miiro won a bronze medal after losing at the semi final stage in the light flyweight 46-49kg of the on-going on-going 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.India’s Panghal Amit was in good form on Friday giving the 22-year old Miiro no chance to pounce. Amit won the fight 5-0 with all the five judges awarding him 30-21, 30-25, 30-24, 30-25, 30-25 at the Oxenford Studios.To reach the semi final Miiro stopped Kenya’s Shaffi Hassan 3-2 at the quarter final stage. In the women’s fight Kenya’s Christine Ongare also settled for a bronze medal when she lost to Carly McNaul (Northern Ireland) in the 51kg weight category. Moses Muhangi, Chairman of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) told URN that he is happy that the five boxers put up a good show despite training for a short time. ” I will keep my promise of rewarding a medal winner UGX1 million,” added Muhangi who was elected in February this year.Miiro becomes the fourth Uganda to win a medal at the Games. Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei was the first to bag gold in the 5,000m and later the 10,000m, while Stella Chesang won the 10,000m gold and Mercyline Chelangat picked a bronze medal in the 10,000m race. Uganda sent 69 athletes to the Games to participate in 11 disciplines.Share on: WhatsApp
by R.B. FallstromAP Sports WriterST. LOUIS (AP) – Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played like veterans.Cole gave up two hits in six dominant innings and had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their NL division series at a game apiece.After taking advantage of several Cardinals mistakes, the Pirates head home for Game 3 on Sunday. Wild-card game winner Francisco Liriano faces Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly.Roles were reversed from the Cardinals’ 9-1 win in the opener, with the Pirates showing poise in their first postseason appearance since 1992 and St. Louis looking tentative in the field.Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who hasn’t lasted long enough to qualify for the victory in any of his three career postseason starts, yielded five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.He found trouble early. Alvarez doubled in the second on a fly ball that was misjudged by center fielder Jon Jay and he scored on Cole’s single to put the Pirates ahead – eighth-place hitter Jordy Mercer was walked intentionally ahead of Cole. Alvarez then hit a 418-foot two-run homer in the third.Third baseman David Freese dropped Marlon Byrd’s pop fly for an error in gusting wind in the seventh inning, leading to a run.Cole faced the Cardinals for the first time and left most of them shaking their heads, striking out five and walking one. After allowing Carlos Beltran’s double with one out in the first, he retired 11 straight before Yadier Molina led off the fifth with his third career postseason homer.Relying on a fastball that peaked at 99 mph on the stadium radar gun and one that TBS had at 100, Cole had hitters helpless at times even without shadows that benefited pitchers early in Game 1. He retired the side in order on seven pitches in the third, finishing by striking out Lynn and leadoff man Matt Carpenter. The 22-year-old rookie didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in the fourth.Pirates pitchers totaled 10 RBIs during the season and Cole had five of them, including two in his final start.Lynn is 0-2 the last two postseason, allowing nine earned runs in 12 2-3 innings. He faced the Giants in the NL championship series last fall, the longest lasting 3 2-3 innings.Lynn was manager Mike Matheny’s choice for Game 2 ahead of rookies Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha, the decision based on the right-hander’s strong September and 9-3 record at home.Wacha (4-1, 2.78) will oppose Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.26) in Game 4 Monday.Lynn made it to the fifth for the first time, but just barely. Miller warmed up in the third and Lynn was yanked with one out after back-to-back doubles by Justin Morneau and Byrd that put the Pirates up 5-0, followed by a four-pitch walk to Alvarez that gave reliever Seth Maness a little more time to warm up.Miller worked the eighth and gave up a homer to Starling Marte.Liriano is 4-0 with a 1.16 career ERA in four starts against the Cardinals. He dominated in three starts this year, including a complete game in St. Louis, and allowed 10 hits in 22 innings with 20 strikeouts. He was the winner Tuesday night against Cincinnati in front of a raucous, black-clad cloud crowd in Pittsburgh that was celebrating the Pirates’ return to the postseason.Kelly (10-5, 2.69) thrived as a fill-in starter for the second straight season and won eight straight decisions.NOTES: Injured Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter threw the first pitch to his son, Sam, and was accompanied to the mound by his daughter, Ava. … Daniel Descalso made the last out in the second inning and the first out in the Cardinals’ NL division series-record seven-run third in Game 1. … Molina’s last postseason homer came in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS against the Mets.
Jimmy Vaccaro (Twutter Photo)LAS VEGAS (AP) – Jimmy Vaccaro never had to go far to find some action in the Pennsylvania town where he grew up. Even as a teenager he knew the bookie in the backroom of the local candy store, where the cigar smoke was thick and bets could be made on any game in the country.Vaccaro’s fascination with betting would lead him to this gambling town, where he quickly found work in legal shops that didn’t have anything to hide from the authorities. He’s run some of the Strip’s biggest sports books, and taken the kind of bets that can make even a legitimate bookmaker lay awake at night.Now he’s rooting for New Jersey to beat the odds by legalizing sports betting and doing away with the illegal neighborhood bookie once and for all.“Everything we do is transparent, the rules and regulations are on the wall,” said Vaccaro, oddsmaker at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas. “The customer is well protected. That doesn’t mean he wins every decision, but he has a place to go if there are any disputes.”A federal judge will hear the arguments next week on New Jersey’s latest effort to open betting windows for sports fans. It’s the same judge who last year ruled in favor of the four major sports leagues and the NCAA and issued an injunction preventing New Jersey from offering sports bets.This after New Jersey voters spoke loudly by approving sports betting in 2011, and the state followed by enacting legislation to offer it at race tracks and Atlantic City’s casinos.The leagues have again trotted out the same absurd arguments about being harmed by fans being able to wager a few bucks on their games. But those fears of shadowy bookies fixing games are long outdated, and that legal sports betting is no more of a threat to major sports than playing the stock market is to major corporations.“It’s a different world, everything is different,” Vaccaro said. “They’re not even in the 21st century with the way they think.”Just how different that world is these days was evident Wednesday when the NBA announced it was entering a partnership with a fantasy sports website to offer daily games. As part of the agreement, the NBA gets an equity stake in FanDuel, a site that offers winnings every day to those who invest their own cash to try and build a winning team.The NHL entered a partnership of its own with a daily fantasy site, hooking up with DraftKings as the official sponsor of its games.It’s not technically sports betting, but it’s awfully close. Just like betting on a game, there’s potential to win big money, and an even greater potential to lose that money. Worse yet, it’s done without any governing body overseeing it to make sure players aren’t fleeced.Interestingly enough, it was the sports leagues themselves that ushered the fantasy sports exemption through the 2006 anti-gambling legislation passed by Congress. Their argument was that assembling teams to win contests wasn’t akin to sports betting because it takes a certain level of skill to put teams together.Yet the same leagues are in court trying to stop New Jersey residents from using their knowledge of sports and betting a few bucks on the Jets or Giants. And judging from earlier rulings by U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in favor of the leagues, the odds have to be in favor of them succeeding.“More legal gambling leads to more total gambling, which in turns leads to an increased incentive to fix plaintiffs’ matches,” Shipp said in an earlier ruling on behalf of the leagues.Total nonsense, of course, since there is almost no way imaginable to fix an NFL game. No one has even made a real attempt in an era when half-point fluctuations in any line immediately are noticed everywhere from the sports books to the stadium.So what exactly is the point? What is it that the leagues – particularly the NFL, which wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is today without the point spread – have to fear about sports betting?And while we’re at it, why does the NFL keep putting games in London, when there is a sports book on almost every corner offering bets on it? Can you spell hypocritical?NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently said he had no real problem with betting, and saw a way the league might take a cut of the action in the future. His comments suggested a change in attitude, though it’s notable the league’s lawyers are still battling against betting in New Jersey.Those changes are overdue. It’s time for sports betting to come out of the smoke-filled back rooms and enjoy the same legitimacy the leagues are so eager to give the fantasy sites.This is, after all, the 21st century.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg
Twenty-nine years ago Jen Stanger and the Babins had an idea after attending an event south of the border.It’s obvious the game plan was a good one as 29 years later the event is still going strong.Sunday, at Lakeside Park competitors young and old takes to the waters of Kootenay Lake for the 29th annual Nelson Cyswogn’ Fun Triathlon.However, for the 2011 edition there’s a few changes — a la in the swim and cycle stages.The swim has been extended to 1500 meters while the bike course had changed from two loops to Six Mile to a 39-kilometer cycle to Kokanee Park and back.“Most of the competitors like this change,” said Janice Poetsch of the cycle stage. “It was tough having to ride twice to Six Mile.”Poetsch, along with John Knox, coordinates the Nelson Triathlete Club, a program to help novices or rookies get ready for the big race.The changes were made to switch the Cyswogn’Fun from a ¼ Ironman race to a full Olympic Distance event.The race begins at 8 a.m. sharp Sunday with the 1500-meter swim.Competitors then switch to the bike for the cycle stage before completing the race with the 10 km run.Participants choosing the short course racers swim for 500 meters, ride for 22 km and run for five km.Spectators are [email protected]
Another overtime. But this time the Good Guys won.Captain Sawyer Hunt got the last laugh on this former mates from the Bavarian City, scoring with 1:36 remaining in overtime to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Kimberley Dynamiters Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.The win, the first of the season for the Leafs over the Eddie Mountain squad, allows Nelson to leapfrog over the Castlegar Rebels and Grand Forks Border Bruins and into second place in the Murdoch Division standings.
1 England face San Marino today as they look to secure a spot at Euro 2016.The Three Lions know a win will put them into the Championship, being held in France next summer, while Wayne Rooney needs just two goals to break the all-time goalscoring record.But, despite that, England fans are already feeling pretty negative after seeing the starting XI to face their Group E opponents.You can see how they reacted below… Phil Jagielka in action against San Marino
Co-chairman Tony Fernandes posted on Twitter after QPR’s 1-1 draw at Burton to express sympathy for Jake Bidwell and declare that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is “working hard” to turn things around.Left-back Bidwell could be out for up to four months after suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder in the game against Rangers manager Hasselbaink’s former club.Jimmy working hard. The boys working hard. Lots of commitment. See you all at Fulham. Many players back from injury. Real shame on Jake.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 27, 2016My thoughts to Jake Bidwell. Lots of work to do but patience is what is needed. Team is picking up points . Thought we deserved the win— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 27, 2016Rangers have won only one of their last eight league matches but at least salvaged a point courtesy of an equaliser by substitute Sebastian Polter.We have to take the point & need to get back to winning ways… Glad I could help with my goal!🔵⚪ #BURQPR @QPRFC pic.twitter.com/Eu2s5YpG1Y— Sebastian Polter (@polti1991) September 27, 2016Battled hard for a point. Vital goal from the big man @polti1991 thanks to all the travelling fans #BURQPR 👏🏽 🍒 pic.twitter.com/5YhFb6aq8V— Tjaronn Chery (@tjaronnchery) September 27, 2016 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board of Management recognises the critical role that many volunteers play in the coordination of touring teams on a yearly basis & therefore extend an invitation for suitably experienced personnel to apply to be a part of the 2007 World Cup TFA Tour Management.The World Cup of Touch Football is to be conducted in South Africa from the 17th to the 20th of January 2007. Australian Teams will be departing on a range of dates from the 12th of January with overall coordination to be determined to ensure administrative support to each departure. Overall return dates are flexible due to the candidates having the opportunity to extend. TFA requests that all interested members supply in writing an application for consideration. This application will demonstrate key attributes & relevant experience that will support the TFA Tour Manager. There is no requirement to supply curriculum vitae however the expression of interest should cover the following areas: Previous Tour Management or Coordination experienceCurrent contribution in this capacityAny relevant qualifications International experience or awareness of South Africa may be an advantageThe expression should be no longer than 500 words & received by COB Friday the 6th of October. This document should be forwarded to both Colm Maguire at [email protected] & Jon Pratt [email protected]
TagsEnglish ChampionshipPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say FA hit Birmingham with fine after Aston Villa skipper Grealish attackedby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirmingham City have been fined £42,500 after a Blues fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An independent regulatory commission has also warned Blues about its future conduct, having been found to fail to ensure the supporter conducted himself in an orderly fashion.