Toms beaten in challenge for English title

first_imgRyan Toms’ attempt to win the English light-middleweight title ended in defeat, with the Northolt man succumbing to body shots in the fifth round of his clash with Erick Ochieng at Alexandra Palace.He caught Ochieng with a stiff left in the opening round and had some success in the second but was also caught by a right-hand counter which was followed by a crunching left.Wary of Toms’ powerful left, the elusive Ochieng was a difficult target to hit but Toms did get through in the fourth, trapping his man on the ropes and landing to body and head.But the defending champion took control in the following round, flooring Toms with a left to the body.Toms got to his feet but was badly hurt and after another flurry of shots sent him back to the canvas he was unable to beat the count.See also:Toms aims to bounce back in PrizefighterToms in controversial Prizefighter defeatFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Gonzaga, Daquis rescue Cignal spikers

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Philta sets elections MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cignal’s Rachel Ann Daquis goes for a kill against Sta Lucia’s (from left) Mar-Jana Phillips, Jannine Navarro, and Pam Lastimosa. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonWhen the going got tough, Cignal knew who to go to.Valuable acquisitions Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis did what was expected of them, lifting Cignal past Sta. Lucia Realty, 19-25, 25-18, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12, Thursday in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Newcomer Sta. Lucia put Cignal on its toes all match long, forcing one of the league’s title favorites into a five-setter at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“In fairness to Sta. Lucia, they played very well today,” acknowledged Gonzaga who fired 21 points, including three blocks for the HD Spikers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDaquis scored the winning point, a solo kill-block on Sta. Lucia’s Fil-Am spiker Mar-Jana Phillips, to finish with 14 points.Cignal barely beat Sta. Lucia in attack points, 47-46, and got their reprieve only because the Lady Realtors committed more errors, 41-35. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View commentslast_img read more

Warriors embrace a new NBA Finals challenge with Raptors

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cavs owner Dan Gilbert suffers stroke, remains in hospital MOST READ LATEST STORIES Off to Toronto, finally a fresh team that’s tops from the East. Golden State is embracing every part of this new-look — well, the other half of it, at least — finals.“I love it,” Stephen Curry said Monday following Golden State’s first game-planning practice ahead of the series opener Thursday night in Toronto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Warriors coaches gathered Sunday to prep once they had an opponent, with the players taking a day off. Golden State is well-rested after wrapping up its Western Conference finals sweep of Portland on May 20 — giving the Warriors nine full days off between games.Toronto won the Eastern Conference finals with a Game 6 victory against Milwaukee on Saturday. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting This certainly isn’t the familiar Cavaliers.“That was the exception. This is more the rule,” coach Steve Kerr said. “You’re not supposed to play the same team every year. So that was a special era, a special rivalry and we’re thrilled to be back. Cleveland has moved on and their team has broken up and with LeBron leaving the East, things were wide open.“It was a hell of a ride through that East playoffs for Philly, Boston, Milwaukee, Toronto, all great teams, quality of play was something to watch. Toronto obviously emerged as the best team of the East and well deserved. The scene the other night was amazing to watch, too. The fans in Toronto have been amazing over the years. I’ve compared that arena to Oracle many times. When I was in broadcasting both the Raptors and the Warriors were really bad and yet every time I went to either arena there was this organic energy that felt so much alike, so similar. And there’s just a genuine love for the game in both regions.”No chance of Golden State getting complacent preparing for the same opponent again in its quest for a three-peat.This is the last hurrah for Oracle Arena, too, before the Warriors move across the bay to new Chase Center for next season.ADVERTISEMENT He will be focused on bringing home Golden State’s third straight title and fourth in five years — an NBA Finals MVP would mean so much — yet can still appreciate what Toronto is experiencing at last.“In what 24 years of their existence and for them to finally get over the hump, you could tell how much it meant. The city was going crazy,” Curry said.“It looked like they had won the championship already the way that they were celebrating. It’s the first time there, so the fans really got into it. It looked like a crazy atmosphere. In that short 24 years there’s a lot of history and there were some great teams. I think it was 2002 the team my dad was on with Vince (Carter), Antonio Davis, Alvin Williams. … They’ve gotten close and obviously the last couple years they’ve been struggling with Cleveland. There’s a lot of passion up there for the game of basketball, for the Raptors. You could tell how much it meant.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and guard Quinn Cook react after Curry made a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)OAKLAND, California — After four straight years of facing LeBron James and Cleveland in the NBA Finals, this feels refreshing for the two-time defending champion Warriors.“For sure,” Shaun Livingston said with a smile of taking on the upstart Raptors, “for sure, we’ll leave it right there.”ADVERTISEMENT “Everybody talks about it’s hard to find that edge and get up for, (you) find some sort of monotony — I don’t know if you find that in the finals — that’s part of human nature that you fight,” Curry said.“So us getting on a plane tomorrow to go to Toronto, different energy, different city, different views, everything, should prepare us to lock understanding we have a prime opportunity to start off this finals series on the road and get a win and set the tone for how it’s going to be.“So I like the challenge and the unfamiliarity of this kind of schedule and flow. We’ve been there before, we’ve experienced a lot and this is I think something we’re capable of doing.”The Warriors are motivated by everything that will be new for these finals.“You get to go to a different city,” Livingston said. “It was similar to what we did last year with Houston, starting on the road, just that sense of urgency, it’s something different we haven’t done in the last four or five years being the top seed. Now starting the finals it’s something new for us. It’s a challenge that we haven’t had to face yet, so this is good for us.”While center DeMarcus Cousins scrimmaged Monday for the second time since going down with a torn left quadriceps muscle in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers, he is listed as questionable for the series opener. Cousins had returned Jan. 18 from a nearly yearlong absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon only to get hurt again — a tough blow in his first career playoffs.Now, jumping right back in on the finals stage will be tough.“It’s a lot to ask,” Kerr said, without completely ruling out the chance Cousins could be cleared to return by Thursday. Two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant won’t play Game 1 as he continues to recover from a strained right calf.Curry has a special affinity for Toronto, where he spent two years in middle school when his dad, Dell, played for the Raptors from 2000-02. Curry’s wife, Ayesha, grew up outside Toronto.“I still don’t think it’s sunk in this is for the finals, so pretty special,” Curry said. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more