Miura successfully defends WBC title

first_imgCANCUN, MEXICO – Boxer Takashi Miura made a successful first defense of his WBC super featherweight title with a win by unanimous decision over top-ranked Mexican Sergio Thompson on Saturday.Miura twice knocked down Thompson in 12 rounds winning 113-112, 114-110 and 114-111 in Cancun, Mexico. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Miura improved his record to 26 wins (19 knockouts) against two losses and two draws. last_img

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14-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto becomes youngest national table tennis singles champion

first_imgFourteen-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto became Japan’s youngest national table tennis singles champion on Sunday, beating Rio de Janeiro bronze medalist Jun Mizutani 4-2 in the men’s final.Harimoto fought aggressively throughout his 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-5 victory and snapped Mizutani’s hopes of winning his 10th national title at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS table tennis, Mima Ito, Miu Hirano, Jun Mizutani, Tomokazu Harimoto Mima Ito plays a shot during her victory over Miu Hirano in the women’s singles final on Sunday. | KYODO KEYWORDS Tomokazu Harimoto celebrates after beating Jun Mizutani in the men’s singles final at the national table tennis championships on Sunday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. | KYODO “My opponent had more experience, so I tried to fight aggressively,” Harimoto said. “I figured I had nothing to lose.”Harimoto, who also defeated Mizutani at last year’s world championships, said he hopes to boost his momentum and top the podium at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“I want to work hard and defeat good foreign players too, and win gold in Tokyo,” he said.Mizutani had been the youngest men’s champ, winning his first national title at the age of 17, while Miu Hirano won a women’s crown when she was 16.In women’s singles, Mima Ito defeated Hirano 4-1 in the final en route to her third championship at the seven-day meet following titles in mixed doubles and women’s doubles. Ito is the fourth triple winner and, at 17, the youngest.Ito took the initiative throughout in her 11-7, 11-9, 11-2, 5-11, 11-6 victory over Hirano, a bronze medalist at last year’s world championships. The victory provided some long-awaited revenge against Hirano.“I played with all of the strength I have and that worked out,” Ito said. “I lost 4-0 in the final two years ago, and I knew that I could only get my payback here.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Campfire Closure Lifted North Of Alaska Range, Still Remains In Effect On The Peninsula

first_imgResidents should contact their local forestry office or go online at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn to determine whether there is a burn suspension in effect in their area. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With wildfire danger moderating in some parts of the state due to cooler, wetter weather, the Alaska Division of Forestry is lifting the campfire closure that was put into effect last week on state, private and municipal lands in the following boroughs and geographic regions effective at noon on Sunday, July 14.Denali BoroughFairbanks North Star BoroughTanana Valley including Delta, Nenana, Northway, Tanacross, Tok and surrounding communities.Campfire restrictions will remain in effect for the following boroughs and geographic areas:Copper River Valley, including Glenallen south to ValdezKenai Peninsula BoroughMunicipality of AnchorageMatanuska-Susitna BoroughFire managers will continue to monitor conditions daily and adjust campfire closures and Area burn permit suspensions as conditions change. Burn permit suspensions prohibiting open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are currently in place in all Division of Forestry protection areas and will be re-evaluated daily based on conditions. While conditions have moderated in some northern portions of the state, wildfire danger remains high in the southern half of the state, particularly in the Copper River Basin, Southwest Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The campfire closure and burn suspensions in those areas will remain in place until conditions change.last_img read more

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Which coaches will survive four more years in SEC?

first_imgSouth Carolina coach Steve Spurrier speaks to reporters at SEC Media Days on July 14 in Hoover, Ala.South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier speaks to reporters at SEC Media Days on July 14 in Hoover, Ala.Interactive graphic Setting the odds on the future of SEC football coachesAt age 70 and after 25 seasons as a college football coach, Steve Spurrier knows it’s best to steer clear of oddsmakers.Even so, Spurrier recently invoked the name of sports handicapper Danny Sheridan as someone who might put odds on which SEC coaches would be in their current positions in July 2019.“I wish he did the odds on every coach being here four years from now,” Spurrier said at SEC Media Days. “It would be something to bet on, wouldn’t it?”For those keeping score, eight of the 14 SEC coaches were not in their current positions four years ago. It is a conference marked by high coaching salaries and outrageous expectations. If you don’t produce, there’s a buyout with your name on it.As for Spurrier, his comment about Sheridan and the odds was his way of suggesting he’s not even thinking about retirement, even after a 7-6 season that included four losses in five games during one painful stretch.“The retirement thing, I don’t think I’d be very good at it,” he said.In the SEC, however, coaches don’t often get to make their own exit plans.With that in mind, here is a look at where current SEC coaches stand in terms of their likelihood of still being on the job entering the 2019 season:HUGH FREEZE, OLE MISSOverview: After going through six coaches in an 18-year period during one stretch, the Rebels have been to three bowl games in three seasons under Freeze. Beyond that, he has endeared himself to the Ole Miss administration and fan base by embracing the program’s history and tradition.Four-year plan: All indications are Freeze will be at Ole Miss for the foreseeable future. He’s making $4 million a year and has the Rebels headed in the right direction. Plus, he seems very comfortable in Oxford.GARY PINKEL, MISSOURIOverview: He is entering his 15th season at Missouri and is coming off back-to-back SEC East titles, which allayed any concern that the Tigers might not handle the jump from the Big 12 to the SEC. Pinkel consistently gets the best out of his roster on both sides of the football.Four-year plan: He’s not the flashiest of coaches or the hottest recruiter, but Pinkel is a great fit. He champions the “Missouri Made” approach of identifying under-the-radar prospects and developing them into productive players.BUTCH JONES, TENNESSEEOverview: Most Vols fans understand what a monumental rebuilding challenge Jones faced when he replaced Derek Dooley after the 2012 season. Although he has won only five SEC games in two seasons, Jones has recruited extremely well and seems to have UT poised for an uptick in 2015.Four-year plan: At some point, Jones needs to gain upward mobility in the SEC East to confirm that his recruiting victories will translate to success on the field. This could be the year. After so much turmoil, UT will have patience with him.BRET BIELEMA, ARKANSASOverview: After losing his first 13 SEC games, Bielema broke through with back-to-back wins over ranked teams LSU and Ole Miss last season and capped things with a bowl victory over Texas. His teams play with toughness, which serves them well in the brutal SEC West.Four-year plan: Although he arrived as an SEC outsider, Bielema’s personality has won over the Arkansas fan base. With his previous success at Wisconsin and his willingness to take on a new challenge, Bielema isn’t going anywhere.NICK SABAN, ALABAMAOverview: It tells you how high Saban has set the bar that there have been some complaints about the Crimson Tide’s two-year national championship drought. He continues to evolve as a coach, and his recruiting guarantees Alabama of one of the nation’s most talented rosters annually.Four-year plan: At age 63, Saban seems less and less inclined to try his hand at the NFL again. He shows no signs of slowing down. But how long does he want to deal with the pressure and scrutiny that come with coaching Alabama?MARK RICHT, GEORGIAOverview: The Dawgs have averaged 9.7 victories and have won or shared six SEC East titles in his 14 years as coach. In an era dominated by the spread offense, Richt has continued to champion a pro-style offense that puts up big numbers. He also sends loads of players to the NFL.Four-year plan: It is duly noted that Richt has failed to deliver a national championship on his watch. His teams sometimes fail to perform when the stakes are stacked highest, which leads to criticism by many fans.GUS MALZAHN, AUBURNOverview: It’s hard to believe that Malzahn was coaching high school football just 10 years ago. In two seasons, he’s won 20 games and taken the Tigers to a national championship game. Offense is never a problem, and credit him for acting quickly and hiring Will Muschamp to run his defense.Four-year plan: He’s been a college head coach for only three years — one at Arkansas State and two at Auburn. At 49, you wonder whether Malzahn might be on the Chip Kelly track where an NFL owner decides to hire a coach out of college.STEVE SPURRIER, SOUTH CAROLINAOverview: Even with the 7-6 downturn in 2014, Spurrier has taken South Carolina football to levels not previously seen. In 2011-13, the Gamecocks won 11 games each season and were ranked in the Top 10. He remains one of the nation’s top offensive minds.Four-year plan: Spurrier already has had a taste of retirement (he was out of coaching in 2004 after a failed stint in the NFL), so that’s not a major concern. But at age 70, there are only so many games left for the Head Ball Coach.MARK STOOPS, KENTUCKYOverview: When the Wildcats opened last season 5-1, including a triple-overtime loss to Florida, Stoops gave Kentucky fans a glimpse into just how good things can be. Then his team lost six straight. Even so, he has improved the Wildcats roster since arriving after the 2012 season.Four-year plan: Even with the bad finish in 2014, Stoops obviously has things moving in the right direction. But Kentucky football tends to hit the reset button on coaches quite often. Since 1997, only Rich Brooks lasted more than four seasons.JIM McELWAIN, FLORIDAOverview: McElwain fast-tracked Colorado State from four wins in 2012 to eight in ’13 and 10 last season. He has a strong resume as an offensive-minded coach and spent 2008-11 as offensive coordinator under Saban at Alabama.Four-year plan: Saban proteges have not fared well as SEC head coaches. Dooley washed out at Tennessee, and Muschamp, McElwain’s predecessor, lasted only four years. Gators Athletics Director Jeremy Foley can have an itchy trigger finger.DAN MULLEN, MISSISSIPPI STATEOverview: Mullen is coming off the best of his six seasons with the Bulldogs. State spent five weeks at No. 1 in 2014 before losing three of its last four games, including the Orange Bowl. Even with quarterback Dak Prescott, that’s a tough act to follow.Four-year plan: It’s hard to argue with Mullen’s impact on the Bulldogs program, but it’s fair to wonder if he might tire of the challenges of coaching in the SEC West and look to relocate in a conference that offers an easier schedule.LES MILES, LSUOverview: After averaging 10.6 wins in his first nine seasons as Tigers coach, Miles’ 2014 team slipped to 8-5, including a loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl. With a couple of noteworthy exceptions, quarterback play has been an issue for the Tigers on Miles’ watch.Four-year plan: Yes, Miles has the 2007 national championship on his resume and he played for it again in 2011, but his inability to win at the highest level despite recruiting so much NFL-in-waiting talent has left many Tigers fans disenchanted.KEVIN SUMLIN, TEXAS A&MOverview: His arrival with the Aggies coincided with Texas A&M’s move to the SEC in 2012, when Sumlin debuted with an 11-2 record as Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. But the Aggies are just 7-9 in the SEC since then. Sumlin hopes the arrival of coordinator John Chavis fixes his defense.Four-year plan: The victory total has gone down in each of Sumlin’s three seasons with the Aggies — 11, 9, 8 — which is cause for concern. The $450 million renovation of Kyle Field puts extra pressure on Sumlin to win big in the near term.DEREK MASON, VANDERBILTOverview: Mason had a tough act to follow in James Franklin, and the Commodores’ 3-9 record in 2014 left many fans wondering whether he is up to directing an SEC program. The jury is still out. Mason has taken matters into his own hands by taking over as defensive coordinator, which was a good move.Four-year plan: While it probably was unfair to expect Mason to step in and keep the Commodores winning at the level they did under Franklin, his debut season was a huge disappointment. This looms as a crossroads season for him.Reach David Climer at 615-259-8020 and on Twitter @DavidClimer.SEC East continues to chase the WestSEC football by the numbersVanderbilt-Tennessee football game needs a nameUT’s Butch Jones banks on local recruitinglast_img read more

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Piggies dig deep to upset Nova 22-8

first_imgRUGBY UNION BY SIMON KESLEP Gangloff Consultancy University Piggies pulled of a surprise 22-8 win over the inform Moni Plus Nova in PI Capital Rugby Union at the Bava Park in Port Moresby on Saturday. With two matches remaining before the finals, the Piggies dug deep to get the better of a Nova outfit that have hit a bad patch. The Gerehu-based side led 5-3 at half-time, courtesy of a try to rampaging centre Kenneth Taviri. However Nova, who were missing several regular starting players still showed they meant business when they finally cracked the Piggies defence with a sweeping set-move in the backs to score in the left-corner. However despite leading 8-5, Nova could not hold down the grumbling Piggies as they grinded their way back into the game with a further three tries to prop Eugene Mel, winger Damien Fo’o from an intercept and then reserve winger Justin Sios scoring out wide following a barnstorming run by Taviri through heavy traffic. Piggies backrow with Philip Suapo, Jacob Niggins, Barol Homerang, Oscar Pilak and the ageless George Oki featured prominently in the much needed win. While for Nova, centre Freddie Black was strong in defense and kick returns but simply could not match up against the decisive attacking set-pieces by the Piggies. Their only chance to celebrate was when winger Bradley Barai finished off a well executed back line play to score their only try of the match. Nova’s bench coming on in the likes of Elipema Kini, Manu Mora, Ricky Vaina and Dale Malepere tried to lift the tempo but struggled to boost their team’s last minute dying efforts as the Piggies held on defensively to claim the win. Nova without several notable regular starters, found the going tough with their second-string line-up. And with both sides running third and fourth respectively on the premier grade points ladder, they are both likely to meet up again in three weeks in the minor semi-final as teams begin to lift the tempo to secure a finals berth in the Pacific Industries sponsored competition.last_img read more

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Keeper Bettinelli signs new Fulham contract

first_imgMarcus Bettinelli was dropped at the start of the season. [Picture: Simon Galloway/PA Wire]Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract.AdChoices广告The 26-year-old, who was called up to the England squad for last month’s internationals, has committed to the Whites until 2021, with the option of another year in the club’s favour.Bettinelli made his debut in the 2014/15 campaign and has played 105 times for Fulham, having joined the club as a 13-year-old.He told the club’s website: “It’s something I’ve been wanting for a long time now.“I’m really happy, it’s a proud moment for me and my family and something that I’ve worked towards for a long time.“Thank you to the owners and everyone at the club for giving me this opportunity to stay here and continue my career at this fantastic football club.“The fans are a massive reason for me wanting to stay, I know how much they support me and how much they’re behind me, and it’s fantastic to see that.“I know we’ve had a tough start to the new league, but they’ve continued to show their support and I’m pretty sure going into Saturday they’ll be up and ready for the game.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Khan withdraws bid to buy WembleyWembley bid scrapped: Khan’s statement in fullQ&A: Why Khan’s proposed Wembley deal is off and what it could meanDefiant Jokanovic insists he ‘can find the solution’Jokanovic plays down significance of Fulham owner’s backinglast_img read more

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Lazio in contact for Stoke City star, competing with Liverpool

first_imgLazio’s interest for the Stoke City star Xherdan Shaqiri is starting to spread through the Italian media. On Wednesday, when Liverpool’s chase for the player was the big topic, we covered a story from Corriere Dello Sport which claimed the Serie A side also have him as an option.Now it’s website Calcio Mercato who brings an exclusive about the case, saying that although the Reds are in the race, Lazio are still a ‘viable option’.According to the report, the Italian club have already opened talks for the player. It’s said that he could cost a €15m fee, and currently earns €3m per season at Stoke City.Embed from Getty ImagesAs we’ve pointed out before, Shaqiri could have a major role at Lazio once their main star Felipe Anderson seems to be on his way toWest Ham. However, Liverpool can still offer a Champions League spot, which is always a great attraction.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndolast_img read more

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Newcastle decision on player after this season ‘still unclear’ – More…

first_imgJetro Willems was one of the players Newcastle United signed in the summer, albeit on a loan basis. He arrived at St James’ Park from Eintracht Frankfurt and as part of the deal, the Magpies have an option to make the left-back’s transfer permanent after this season.After coming off the bench against Arsenal in the first match-day, he was dropped for the next two fixtures.Since then he has made four starts in the league, managing a goal against Liverpool and assisting Matt Longstaff’s winner against Manchester United.Fussball Transfers have hailed the 25-year-old as they suggest he is ‘developing into a high performer’ for the Tyneside club. Despite that, the Dutchman’s future beyond his loan spell is ‘still unclear’.Steve Bruce’s side are just one point above relegation zone and they could be in for a long season.Thus, there should be more clarity towards next summer as to how things will continue for both Newcastle and Willems.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must Have.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo熱門話題來自日本的抽脂丸讓胖了10幾年的她變成靚女!熱門話題Undolast_img read more

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Kent City boys basketball team rolls past White Cloud, remains undefeated

first_img0 DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly × LocalSportsJournal.comThe Kent City boys basketball team continued its hot run through the season and improved to 13-0 with an easy 61-17 CSAA win over White Cloud on Friday.The Eagles defense dominated the second half, allowing just three points in the final 16 minutes.Fraser Wilson led the way offensively for the Eagles, who had seven players score off the bench . Wilson finished with 17 points while Eli Carlson added 10 points for Kent City.Kent City faces a tough challenge on Saturday when it plays Class A Kenowa Hills in a 3 p.m. clash at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids. Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (117) Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Bestseller Willie Salcedo gets ready to catch the pass for the Eagles. Photo/Jason Goorman The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extr… Shop Now Fraser Wilson on the Kent City transition. Photo/Jason Goorman ENDS IN Bestseller Not relevant Displayed poorly Displayed poorly × Ads by Amazon (17612) Fox Sports Go ENDS IN Displayed poorly Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… × $9.99 Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Not relevant Shares No. 22 Gavin Mead looks to pick up the steal for Kent City. Photo/Jason Goorman Other Kent City bench cheers on after Salcedo drained the 3-pointer. Photo/Jason Goorman Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller (7802) DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller × Mail $0.00 Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY Other Report a problem This item is… Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other $0.00 $0.00 Displayed poorly (657) Gavin Mead eyes up on defense for Kent City. Photo/Jason Goorman DEAL OF THE DAY × ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust … Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… The League Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Other Other Report a problem This item is… Twelve Report a problem This item is… Bestseller Kent City Coach David Ingles encourages his team after draining a 3-pointer. Photo/Jason Goorman Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant $49.95 DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive Share Not relevant $14.99$18.00 ENDS IN Kent City’s No. 21 Fraser Wilson flies in for two points. Photo/Jason Goorman (2) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… (34271) Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN Other Kent City Coach David Ingles talks with his team during a timeout. Photo/Jason Goorman NBC Sports (822) FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $15.29$17.99 × Bestseller Share Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… (31628) $37.99 Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

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Ward takes care of IMCA Modified business at Crystal

first_imgA.J. Ward was the Saturday IMCA Modified feature winner at Crystal Motor Speedway. (Photo by Christine Hale)CRYSTAL, Mich. (Aug. 26) – A.J. Ward was taking care of business as he assumed the early lead in the Lane Automotive IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Crystal Motor Speedway and was never headed.Myron DeYoung came in second, followed by Myron DeYoung, John DeYoung Jr., and Chad Wer­nette.The IMCA Modified title fight continues until the final event of 2017. Ward holds a 21 lead over Myron DeYoung with two more point races to go.last_img read more

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