George Groves has vowed to get “nasty” when he defends his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles against Paul Smith.It will be Groves’ first outing since his points victory over bitter rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale in May.For that encounter the Hammersmith fighter, 23, strictly followed a gameplan devised by trainer Adam Booth, but insists sparks will fly when he meets Smith at Wembley Arena on 5 November.Groves said: “The DeGale fight was about exposing someone’s technical flaws. Adam was always holding me back, not letting me fight the way I wanted to fight.“This fight is going to be different. In this one I’m allowed to be nasty – he [Booth] has given me the green light already – and that’s what I plan to do.Groves won a close fight against DeGale“I’ve been back in the gym a long time now and am really excited about defending against Paul Smith. He’s a really good fighter and it’ll be a great domestic dust-up. I’m 100% motivated for this fight.“On paper, I should beat him but I know that he will ask different questions and I’ll need to find the answers, which I will do.”Booth says he will not hold his fighter back this time around and expects “a much more entertaining fight for boxing fans and purists.”“DeGale is very defensively minded, whereas these two just like landing heavy shots,” Booth added.“Last time my job was to stop George losing his temper and getting involved, but this one is going to be a proper fight. It’s going to be one hell of a fight.”Liverpudlian Smith, 28, lost the British title to DeGale when the Harlesden man stopped him in the ninth round of their bout last December.But he is convinced he will get it back and re-establish himself as a possible world title contender when he takes on Groves.Smith said: “It’s a fight I’ve wanted for a long time. When I was champion George had a few things to say about me, calling me out to try and get the fight.“People keep asking me if this fight will be redemption for losing to DeGale. It won’t. The only way I’ll get redemption is by fighting DeGale again and beating him.Warren has predicted “an explosive night” at Wembley“I’m 100% improved since that DeGale fight – I keep telling that to anyone who’ll listen. Nothing seemed to go right in camp or on the night. I had no tactics.“I paid the price for that but I’m focused on the next fight and am fitter than I’ve ever been because I’ve been using different methods of training.“I just want to put in my best performance and get my title back. I feel my best days are ahead of me.”The fight will be the chief support to the WBO lightweight title clash between Scotland’s Ricky Burns and champion Michael Katsidis.“It’s fireworks night and it will be an explosive night,” said promoter Frank Warren.“Styles make fights and this [Groves v Smith] has all the ingredients to be a real quality fight.”
SAN FRANCISCO — It was exactly the type of outing the Giants needed from ace Madison Bumgarner. It was exactly the type of ending Buster Posey desired, too.With the Giants and Dodgers tied in the bottom of the ninth, Posey blooped a single into left field to plate Steven Duggar and send his club to a 2-1 walk-off victory on a night Bumgarner delivered a stellar performance.“We always play those guys tough but that’s a big series win for us,” Bumgarner said. “They’ve got a really good team …
28 November 2008South Africa has undertaken to help to Zimbabweans who cross the border seeking treatment following an outbreak of cholera in both countries.Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday, Health Minister Barbara Hogan said that while South Africa was under pressure to respond to its own health problems, the country was obliged to assist its neighbour.“We will not look down on people suffering in Zimbabwe,” Hogan said. “These are people who need our help … Under no circumstance would we want to stop people who are sick and in need of treatment from entering the country.”South Africa’s health system could cope with the extra burden, the minister added. “I do not think the scale of the problem is large enough to stretch our resources.”Zimbabweans crossing the border for treatment would not be considered illegal, Hogan said, as they were neighbours and part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).South Africa has partnered with Doctors without Borders to ensure that supplies such as water treatment tablets, treatment tents, latex gloves, body bags, IV sets and other products not available in Zimbabwe are sourced.As of 26 November, 8 887 suspected cholera cases and 366 deaths had been reported in Zimbabwe.South Africa’s Limpopo provincial health department has reported an increase in the number of acute diarrhoea cases since 15 November, with one death occurring on 16 November.Other affected provinces in South Africa are Gauteng, with nine cases and six suspected cases of cholera, KwaZulu-Natal with one confirmed case, Mpumalanga with one suspected case, and the Western Cape with one suspected case.South Africa’s health department deployed its national and provincial outbreak response teams in Musina on 17 November.Three treatment tents had been set up, staffed and stocked to deal with the outbreak, and additional doctors, nurses, epidemiologist and public health specialists had been sent to the border town.“Structures are in place and functional additional supplies are being provided, education and communication material is being distributed, treatment centres have been established, and potable water is being provided in some areas,” Hogan said.She noted that there should also be a focus on helping Zimbabweans to access clean water and repair sanitation plants.Travellers to and from the Beitbridge area who suspect that they have contracted cholera should note that, after prevention, the best control measures were early detection and effective treatment of the disease.“Recognition of the ‘rice water stools’ of a suspected cholera case is very important,” Hogan said.“Cholera should be suspected when any person develops a sudden onset of three or more watery stools after being in an area where there is an outbreak of cholera, or … develops severe dehydration from acute watery diarrhoea (usually with vomiting).”Where cholera is suspected, patients are urged to drink oral rehydration solution – which can be made by adding 8 teaspoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt to one litre of safe water – and to seek medical help immediately.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest To get a preview of what to expect this harvest season, the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team will once again go on the I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by AgroLiquid Fertilizers. On the tour, two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on August 16 and 17. The teams start in the north and meet at the end in Clinton County. Over the two days, each team will sample a representative corn and soybean field in more than 20 counties (for a total of more than 40 counties over the two days).The groups will be estimating yields and overall conditions for corn fields and the conditions and yield potential of soybean fields. We will be updating the results on the go online at ocj.com, so check back regularly on our progress. Coverage will also include photos, videos and radio broadcasts of tour highlights. The results will be posted in the September issue of Ohio’s Country Journal as well. I-75 Team Includes:Bill Mullen, Maria Stein Grain Co. sales agronomistPaul Ralston, Hardin County farmerBob Black, Pickaway County farmerBrent Pence, Clark County farmerMatt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal I-71 Team Includes:Harold Watters, OSU ExtensionDusten Watson, Sandusky County farmerBart Johnson, Ohio’s Country Journal, Delaware County farmerTy Higgins, Ohio Ag NetJustin Blackstone, Premier Environmental Liquids, LLC
Sunil Gavaskar suggested Dinesh Karthik could be India’s third opener in the 2019 World Cup. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the first-choice openers while KL Rahul, who was suspended after the Koffee with Karan controversy, has looked out of sorts for a while now.Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni make a formidable middle-order but the return of Hardik Pandya and the presence of Rishabh Pant could put some pressure on Dinesh Karthik with the World Cup only a few months away. Karthik has starred in a few close chases for India and Gavaskar feels he could still be in the reckoning for a World Cup berth.On Wednesday, Dinesh Karthik flopped in India’s chase of 220. Walking in to bat at No.6, Karthik lasted only 6 balls. But Karthik has done the job as a finisher rather well even in recent victories. Against Australia, Karthik scored a brisk 25 not out in a crucial partnership with MS Dhoni and in New Zealand, he scored 38 not out in the third ODI.”I am looking at him [Dinesh Karthik] as the third opener for the World Cup. Look you need to have spare operner. I will look at him as a possible third opener,” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.”He has opened the batting for India in Test cricket and yes we so far we have only seen him in limited over cricket as a finisher. Particulalrly taking it into account the Nidhahas Trophy final (in Sri Lanka against Bangladesh) which gave India the trohy. ” Gavaskar added.advertisementDinesh Karthik makes up for dropped catch with stunner | WATCH”So yes I think he has the experience and has done well. It was just one bad day in the office for Dinesh Karthik. Basically it was a bad day for all the Indian batsmen. I don’t think it dents India’s chances any way as they have much more to come before the World Cup,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | MS Dhoni part of an unfortunate record as New Zealand hammer India in 1st T20IAlso Read | Ravi Shastri is right, Kuldeep and not Ashwin India’s No.1 away spinner: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli at No 4 in World Cup? Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri differ
Time off has not been advantageous for Ohio State in the past. The Buckeyes have dropped three of their last four contests following a bye week, but coach Jim Tressel said he thinks the week off could pay dividends this time around when OSU hosts Penn State on Saturday. “I thought we used our time wisely,” Tressel said. “Hopefully we will be back on the field with a lot of enthusiasm and pep in our step. We did work out on Sunday for about an hour and guys seemed to be refreshed.” As the Buckeyes prepare for the home stretch of the season, Tressel said it’s also important to recover emotionally. “I think if there’s anything that you can accomplish during an open week, it’s perhaps to fill your emotional gas tank back up,” he said. “We’re going to need every ounce of emotion we can get as Penn State comes in.” Injury report Plagued by injury this season, the banged-up Buckeyes got the chance to rest and heal during their break. After suffering a foot injury in the team’s lone loss at Wisconsin, captain Ross Homan has been making strides toward full health, Tressel said. “The key will be how does he do two days in a row to see if there’s any issues,” Tressel said. “But based upon after Sunday, I would say no doubt” he’ll be ready. Tressel said he expects both Homan and fellow linebacker Dorian Bell to play Saturday. Revived running games A key to each squad’s success of late has been a resurgence from the running back position. For the Buckeyes, junior Dan “Boom” Herron eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground for the first time in his OSU career against Minnesota on Oct. 30. “I think ‘Boom’ has raised us through his play,” Tressel said. “I think his play has been excellent, and if he’ll play like he did this last month and like he did last November, we have a chance this November because I think he is a difference-maker.” The Nittany Lions’ leading running back, Evan Royster, has regained form from his First-Team All-Big Ten selection a year ago. Achieving 100-yard performances in each of the last two games, Royster is now PSU’s all-time leading rusher, with 3,652 yards. “Evan Royster is a guy that now has hit it into gear,” Tressel said. “I think at the beginning of the year, he probably wasn’t himself, and as the year has gone on, just like most tough backs do, he got himself back to where he’d like to be.” Featuring two of the conference’s elite rushers, dominance on the ground could be the key to victory on Saturday. “We’ve never been bashful about saying if you do well with the run game, you’ve got a chance to win,” Tressel said. Penn State quarterback duo The Nittany Lions will come to the Horseshoe with two quarterbacks who have thrown for at least 500 yards and five touchdowns: redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin and freshman Rob Bolden. Tressel said the Buckeyes expect to see both under center. “They’ve now played two quarterbacks, and I would expect that we may, perhaps, see both of them. That’s the way we would prepare,” he said. Despite having to prepare for two signal-callers, Tressel said the duo’s styles don’t differ much. Mr. November The Buckeyes are 26-4 under Tressel in November, including 14-1 since 2005. Tressel said his team knows the importance of improvement in the last month of the season. “I think they’ve done a pretty good job of believing you have to keep working to get better, and if you keep working to get better, you probably will,” he said. “Then it gives you a chance in November.” Tressel said his players understand the importance of the team’s final three games. “When I saw these schedules about four or five years ago when they said, ‘You’re going to have Penn State to start your November for a few years,’ I thought, ‘Oh,’” he said. “Not to mention you’re going to have Iowa and Michigan right after them, that’s going to put a challenge on any November record anyone would ever have. “I think our guys believe that this is a very important time.”
Manchester United have reportedly reached an agreement with Lazio for the first newcomer to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.The Serbian is set to be the Red Devils’ first signing in the summer transfer window as the Premier League side has agreed with the Serie A team to acquire him for the hefty fee of 80 million pounds, according to the Hard Tackle.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Savic has become a well-known and often mentioned name in Europe ever since he arrived at Lazio from Genk back in 2015. He played a key role for his team in the last two campaigns as he has exhibited excellent defensive skills as well as an incredible passing ability, thus making him a perfect midfielder.Milinkovic-Savic has been able to score 13 goals and provide the assists for 9 others in a total of 46 appearances across all tournaments Lazio are participating – which explains the interest in him coming from all around Europe.
Gonzalo Higuain has confirmed that Argentina’s controversial warm-up fixture against Israel in Jerusalem has been cancelled ahead of the World CupThe build-up to the friendly had been fraught with tension with Palestinian football association chief Jibril Rajoub having urged the supporters to burn Lionel Messi shirts and pictures if he participates in the match.While neither national federation had confirmed the cancellation of the game, Juventus forward Higuain has now revealed that it has indeed been cancelled.“They’ve finally done the right thing,” he told ESPN.Higuain is glad of Juve return and reunited with Ronaldo George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Gonzalo Higuain is happy he returned to Juventus and has the opportunity to be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine spent last season on loan…Meanwhile, Argentinian football association vice president Hugo Moyano said it was the right decision, per Radio 10: “I think it’s a good thing that the match between Argentina and Israel was suspended. The right thing was done, it’s not worth it. The stuff that happens in those places, where they kill so many people, as a human being you can’t accept that in any way. The players’ families were suffering due to the threats.”The fixture against Israel had been Argentina’s final warm-up game before the start of the World Cup on June 14.La Albiceleste are in Group D with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.
Paul Pogba admits it’s been a struggle to concentrate this season after winning the 2018 World Cup with FranceThe 25-year-old midfielder’s ongoing feud with manager Jose Mourinho has done little to help Manchester United, who have equalled their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign in 29 years.Despite Pogba providing United with four goals and three assists in 10 games this term, the Frenchman’s displays have still been put into question.Reflecting on this to AFP, Pogba conceded that concentration has been an issue following France’s World Cup triumph in Russia.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s hard to concentrate, to start again, to hit hard, because we touched the stars. For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer,” said Pogba, according to the Evening Standard.“But we like challenges, too. We have goals. For example, I’ve never won the Premier League, that’s an objective. I’d like to do that.”Pogba is expected to feature for France in tonight’s game against Iceland in Guingamp with kick-off set to begin at 21:00 (CEST).
The English legendary footballer ended his international career with 120 caps with the Three Lions in the 3-0 win over the United StatesLegendary footballer Wayne Rooney is surely happy after he retired from international football with a 3-0 win over the United States in front of his fans at Wembley Stadium.“I’m happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress,” he was quoted by the BBC.“I know some ex-players I’ve spoken to can’t come to terms with England doing well.”“I wouldn’t say I regret never winning a trophy with England,” he commented.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I have given everything when playing for England and I’ve tried to make us successful. Sometimes everything just isn’t enough.”“I’ve had my time and it didn’t quite work out in terms of trophies,” he added.“They called the team I played in the ‘golden generation’ but this team has also got superstars like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and John Stones.”“This is a great young squad with other players who can come in if there are injuries,” he concluded.