The former British middleweight champion returned to the ring in recent weeks, despite being put in a coma following a defeat to Chris Eubank Jr in March, which prompted him to announce his retirement.Blackwell was rushed back to hospital and surgeons removed part of his skull to relieve bleeding on his brain, but the 26-year-old has regained consciousness this week and no longer requires a breathing ventilator.His father John Blackwell told The Wiltshire Times: “We’re all absolutely delighted. We’ve been hoping he would get to this stage, but didn’t think it would be for another few months yet.”He’s out of intensive care and has been put in a new ward in his own room. Even nurses are surprised at how he’s recovered over the past week.”There’s still a long road ahead though, and he’ll need another operation sometime next year to replace the part of his skull which is missing, but we’re just so happy to see him smiling again.”The British Boxing Board of Control have suspended trainer Liam Wilkins and light-heavyweight Hasan Karkardi after Blackwell took part in the ill-advised sparring session.”The last four weeks have been utter hell,” said John Blackwell.”The first week in particular was awful. We had everything going through our heads and experts were telling us that it was 50/50 whether or not he would make it.”We would have given up everything we had just to see him recover – nothing else has mattered to us other than making sure he makes it.”We’re all going to visit him in hospital on Christmas Day. It would be amazing if he’s able to pull crackers and share jokes with us.”
Recently-appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, said he was surprised at being handed the position, however, now that he is in the post, he will give it his best shot. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” stated Bonner, who is currently in St Kitts preparing with the eastern Caribbean outfit for the second half of the WICB First-Class Tournament. “Since joining the Leewards, earlier this season, I believe I have been doing reasonably well, particularly with the bat. “I have also been active in the field, and making suggestions so on, and I guess they were of the opinion that I was having a good influence on the team “I was approached and asked if I would like to take charge, and after thinking about it I agreed to accept it,” added the West Indies representative. A former Jamaica Under-15 vice-captain, it will be the first time the 26-year-old Bonner will be leading a team at the regional level. He has, however, led teams at the club level in Jamaica performing similar duties even up until recently with St Catherine Cricket Association in the two-day Senior Cup. “I am prepared mentally for the challenge, and is expecting good things,” Bonner highlighted. “I tend to say things as I see it, and I guess people respect me for that. This, I believe, is a good starting point, and is something I hope to build on.” Bonner, who has represented the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals, has also expressed pleasure in the confidence placed in him by team officials. “The coach (Reginald Benjamin) and manager (Hugh Gore), who is a no-nonsense guy, recommended me, so from that point of view, it’s good to know they have the confidence in me,” he said. Looking at the on-going four-day tournament, Bonner, who is the Leewards’ leading runs scorer, said he believes the team can improve their fortunes. The Leewards have lost all of their five matches to date, and are currently at the bottom of the six-team standings. “I am expecting us to do a lot better in the second half of the season,” he explained. “We will be looking to win, but even if we don’t, I would love to see our batting, bowling and fielding performances improve overall.” The Hurricanes are scheduled to play third-place Jamaica Scorpions in their next encounter in Antigua, commencing on Thursday.
Kobe Paras urges Kai Sotto to go to US to develop basketball game It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson There are other obstacles to the fight, as well, including whether to hold it in England or in the U.S. and on what pay-per-view network. Joshua’s camp has indicated their fighter would have to get more money than Joshua, too, because he has proven his ability to sell huge amounts of tickets in England.There’s also the feeling that both fighters should fight once more — perhaps on the same night — to build up more anticipation for the bout.“They want a warmup fight,” Wilder said. “Joshua’s last performance was OK, but it wasn’t his best. They want to redeem that and they want to make at least one more good payday before fighting me.”Joshua fought last month, stopping Carlos Takam in the 10th round of a sloppy fight in Wales. A week later, Wilder destroyed Stiverne in Brooklyn to keep his share of the heavyweight crown.Stiverne, who lost his title to Joshua in their first fight, was criticized for being out of shape and didn’t land a punch. But Wilder showed his brute power in stopping him in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “It was a devastating knockout,” Wilder said. “Being able to put on a spectacular performance like I did put the icing on the cake.”Joshua is massively popular in England — his fight earlier this year with Wladimir Klitschko drew 90,000 to Wembley Stadium — but not as well known in the U.S. Wilder also is trying to grow his fan base outside his home state of Alabama and there have been questions about the quality of his opponents.But both fighters are undefeated with impressive knockout records. When they do meet it could be thebiggest heavyweight fight since the days Mike Tyson was destroying everyone in front of him.“The heavyweight division was once in a dark place but now it is coming into the light,” Wilder said. “It’s exciting and I can’t wait to make it even more exciting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Deontay Wilder paces the ring before a boxing bout against Bermane Stiverne for the WBC heavyweight title Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in New York. Wilder knocked out Stiverne in the first round. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Deontay Wilder can’t wait to get Anthony Joshua into the ring.He’s just not sure when it’s going to happen.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I just want to prove who is the best, that’s all I want to do,” Wilder said Thursday. “I want people to see a great fight and witness the two best heavyweights compete with each other one night in the ring.”Wilder, who is coming off an impressive first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne, said his representatives have been in contact with Joshua’s camp, and the sides are exploring ways to stage the heavyweight unification fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneIt could happen sometime next year, Wilder said, if Joshua’s handlers aren’t too protective of the British fighter.“I think they’re hesitant for a reason,” Wilder said in a phone call with The Associated Press. “They’ve got a great thing going. He can fight literally a guy who doesn’t even have a name and can make millions and millions of dollars off him. Why would they risk taking a chance with the most dangerous heavyweight in the division?” View comments
Grand Bassa County Electoral District #4 Representative, Jeh Byron Brown, has donated an ambulance for use by the six public clinics in the county.The six clinics have mostly depended on commercial vehicles to transfer patients over the years.The residents did not only describe the donation of the ambulance as a “patient transport ambulance,” but also as a “Divine gift” that was “Heaven sent”.The ceremony was held last Saturday in District #3, which is part of Electoral District #4 in the Wee Statutory District.The county clinical supervisor, John Geedeh, said the ambulance will greatly help to transport pregnant women, and newborn babies who need intensive medical care.Mr. Geedeh said the ambulance will be used by six clinics in Sue, Desoe, Garduor, Barseegiah, Boeglay and Compound #3.“We thank God for the gift, and we thank Rep. Brown for being the messenger that donated the ambulance to us,” Mr. Geedeh said.Rep. Brown said the ambulance is in fulfillment of his promise to support good health delivery system for the district he represents at the National Legislature.District #4 comprises of the concessional area of the Liberia Agricultural Company (LAC).In a related development, Rep. Brown disclosed that a generator to supply electricity to residents of Compound #3 has already been procured with all it appliances. He did not say when it will be installed.In separate remarks, Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, also a representative of District #1, Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Montserrado County District #1; Rep. Josephine Francis, and Liberty Party Secretary General, Jacob Smith, hailed the residents for their confidence in Rep. Brown.They also thanked Rep. Brown for the development initiative in the district.The Commissioner of Blezee Administrative District, James M. Tuedue, on behalf of all the commissioners certificated Rep. Brown, and the women, led by Madam Mary Peter. He also gowned Rep. Brown and his wife.In appreciation, Rep. Brown gave them L$50,000, while Sen. Lawrence also donated US$200.The traditional midwives also gave Rep. Brown – a white egg, kola nut and rice to symbolize the allegiance of the district to him. They also asked him to construct a meeting hall for the community, which he promised to do, while Deputy Speaker Bachue pledged 50 bags of cement, and Sen. Lawrence gave them US$100 toward the construction of the meeting hall.District Youth Coordinator Oliver Yeaney, Senior Elder Matthew Gborga and the chairman of the Project Management Committee, T-Wah Bedell also thanked Rep. Brown for the ambulance.Keynote speaker, Dr. Danny Kalala urged Rep. Brown to help in the maintenance of the ambulance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mrs. Watchen Harris BruceCountry Director of Agric Power Africa Liberia (APAL) in an exclusive interview with journalists at her in SinkorAgric Power Africa –Liberia, a non-governmental organization is expected to launch a 5-year project today in Gbarnga, Bong County, that is aimed at transforming the agricultural landscape of Liberia.The Country Director of Agric Power Africa-Liberia, Watchen Harris Bruce, told reporters over the weekend in Monrovia that Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor will serve as the chief launcher.Madam Bruce said counties’ superintendents, members of the legislature, private sector actors as well as smallholder farmers will be in attendance.She said the program will support smallholder farmers to increase their yield and improve agribusinesses in Liberia, to attract both domestic and export markets in the rice, cassava, vegetables, aquaculture and livestock value chains.According to her, the project will target seven counties in the five years of its operations, which will include Bong, Lofa, Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Bassa, and Nimba. “It will however be piloted in Bong Mines, in Fuamah District, and later extended to other parts of the targeted counties,” she said.She stated that the project will establish warehouses and factories to add value to food that would be produced for local and international export markets.“This is meant to transform Liberia by creating wealth through agriculture, mobilizing smallholder farmers to go beyond subsistence farming, and to make the country self-sufficient in agricultural production,” she added.“The strategy is expected to eventually help Liberia to reduce its dependency on food importation. We are working to secure at least 5,000 hectares in Bong County, where the initial operation will commence,” she added.She expressed optimism that the program will greatly enhance food security in Liberia, adding: “It is designed to galvanize African men and women to use agriculture to create jobs, wealth, alleviate poverty and enhance food security within countries in Africa. This program is the only model that will bring Africans together both at home and the diaspora, to transform the agriculture landscape of the continent using innovation methods to increase farmers’ yields and create market access,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
UPDATE: Kevin McNee and Layne Peterkin will play against each other to win the Championship Flight. Troy Dorie and Chris Ford are the pairing sqauring off to be named the Championship Flight Consolation Winner.CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – After 27 holes and two rounds of golf, 2015 Championship Flight winner Kevin McNee is still in contention to defend his title.In the Championship Flight, McNee beat Len Holland after nine holes of match play golf to advance to Round 3 this afternoon, which will also go for nine holes. Spencer Gardner will be facing off against McNee after winning against Warren Haugan. Layne Peterkin and Shawn Ward will also be paired up for Round 3 after knocking out John Giesbrecht and Justin McKinnon respectively. The four golfers teed off at 12:30 this afternoon.- Advertisement -In Flight One, Todd Alexander, Bruce Craig, Forrest Liddicoat, and Ryan Currie advanced to Round 3, beginning their trip around the back nine at 12:54 P.M.Flight Two saw Jeff Hiebert, Jeff Kalb, Jim Tillett, and Mike Hanrie advance. They also hit the course for Round 3 at 12:54 P.M., albeit on the front nine.
Gene Haas, owner of the two-car Haas CNC Racing team in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, is awaiting his trial on charges of filing false tax returns, witness intimidation and conspiracy. Haas, a California State University, Northridge, graduate who also owns the Oxnard-based Haas Automation Inc., is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 18. He was arrested in June by IRS agents and has been free on $10 million bond since June. In the meantime, Haas has expanded his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series efforts – from one to two cars – and is also preparing for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday. Jeff Green and Johnny Sauter will be his drivers. Both have already qualified for the race. Green’s No. 66 team finished in the top35 in the owner points standings last year, earning a starting spot. Sauter, driver of the No. 70 Chevrolet, earned his starting spot during qualifying Sunday. Sauter was ninth and Green was 26th in qualifying for the Daytona 500. “The car felt good, but we didn’t have our qualifying speed up to where we wanted it,” Green said. “This is a brand new car, and we didn’t even get to test with it.” Green said he plans on taking an aggressive strategy in today’s Gatorade Duels, even though he has a guaranteed spot in the Daytona 500. “Well, you definitely don’t lay back in the early going,” Green said. “You’ve got to put yourself in position to try and get a good starting spot for the 500.” Green and crew chief Harold Holly have been reunited at Haas CNC Racing. They worked together to win a NASCAR Busch Series championship in 2000. “You can’t buy chemistry,” Green said. “You can’t buy what Harold and I have. Our first race back together, (Martinsville, Va., October 2006) we finished eighth. That just shows you how much confidence and chemistry means to the success of a race team.” Sauter drove the Haas CNC Racing entry in the NASCAR Busch Series last year. He was one of three drivers to earn a spot in the Daytona 500 on qualifying time. Four more starting spots are up for grabs in the duels. The top-two drivers in each race will earn starting spots in the Daytona 500. The finishing order of the duels will determine the starting order for the 500. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Haas Automation issued a statement that said its founder is “innocent of any and all charges,” and the “IRS issues revolve around the activities of a former Haas Automation employee.” Requests for an interview with Haas were respectfully declined.
Frederic Piquionne 1 Former West Ham and Portsmouth striker Frederic Piquionne has linked up with ex-Chelsea and Arsenal star Nicolas Anelka at Mumbai City.The 36-year spent four years in English football for Pompey, West Ham and also Doncaster Rovers but left for the Portland Timbers in 2013.He spent last season in France with Ligue 2 side Creteil but he has now become the latest former Premier League star to join up with an Indian Super League club.The former Monaco and Lyon forward has agreed to join up with Mumbai City, whose manager is Anelka, who also plays up front.
DONEGAL-BOUND Neil Lennon could be forced out of Celtic Park as a result of a terror campaign reignited by the interception of a suspect package yesterday.First-team coach Alan Thompson last night admitted that, while Parkhead boss Lennon won’t leave before the end of the season, he is likely to reconsider his position in the summer.Lennon and his Celtic team are in Donegal this weekend for a charity match with Finn Harps – a testimonial for ex-Celt John Kennedy. The former Northern Ireland midfielder has been placed under 24-hour surveillance as a result of this most recent scare, which police later declared a hoax.Celtic are now seriously concerned that Lennon – who has received death threats and been sent live ammunition in the post – will put his family first by walking away after one full season in charge of Celtic.Asked if he thought his gaffer would review his future at the end of this campaign, Thompson said: “I would assume so, yes. We are in three domestic competitions, which we’re delighted with.“Wednesday night was a great feeling, getting through to the next round of the Scottish Cup. The league is still up for grabs and we have Rangers again in the Co-operative Insurance Cup Final later this month. “So I would be very surprised if anything happened between now and then. I think it will be something he will sit down and look at in the summer.”Lennon’s family are also under constant watch by police and Thompson added: “His family are first and foremost, both in Scotland, his partner Irene and his little boy Gallagher, as well as his mum, dad and sisters back home Co Armagh.“Only Neil and his family can make that decision (on his future). But I’d be surprised if he goes anywhere in the next nine or 10 weeks.”Lennon had a minder with him at training yesterday and was excused pre-match media duties following the latest incident surrounding his safety.A Strathclyde Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we are currently investigating a suspicious package intercepted at the Royal Mail sorting office in Saltcoats. The package was examined and it is being treated as a hoax. Police enquiries are ongoing.” In January, Lennon was the target of bullets intercepted at a postal sorting office outside Belfast.Ex-Derry City players Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn were also sent bullets in the post.DONEGAL-BOUND CELTIC BOSS NEIL LENNON GIVEN 24-HOUR GUARD AFTER BOMB DEATH THREATS was last modified: March 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Dunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:We had another busy weekend in the club. Our 14 hole scrambles are going down well with everyone and there was another big attendance this Friday.Our Captain Gerald was victorious with Maura Irwin, Carlos O Reilly and Finn Dalton. Our President, Brian was second with James Mc Cormack, Edward O Reilly and Michael Dolan. Thereare no more scrambles until after Open Week. Well done to Tony mc Gilloway on Sunday who had a fantastic score in the Centenary Cup. Well done to the Ladies who defeated Rospapenna and qualified for the next round of the Maura O Donnell Cup. They will play Ballybofey or Greencastle in the next round.Our open week begins on Wednesday. The weather forecast is good and the course has never been better. Make sure you try and play in as many competitions as you can during open week. Make sure to let your friends know about all the competitions. There is something to suit everyone. There are great prizes on offer on each day.There will be presentations for each of the 18 hole Ladies Competitions on the 24th of July and the 29th of July at 9.30pm. There will be presentations for the other prizes on Sunday the 27th of July and Sunday the 3rd of August. I would ask that all prize winners for each of the competitions leading up to the presentation nights be in the clubhouse for 9.30pm on these presentation nights. There are no scrambles on Friday until after Open Week. The chef will be in the clubhouse on each day of Open week and the bar is also open each day.We would like to thank all our sponsors of Open Week and would urge everyone to support our sponsors of Open week who are as follows: Tennants Ireland, Frank and Nora Crumlish, Seamus mc Monagle (Club Professional), Roarty Development, The Oyster Bar, Mabel Gillespie and family, Eugene and Geraldine Magee, Starcrest Seafoods, Lynas Foods, Moores Garage, Arnolds Hotel, Sigma Wireless, Molly’s Bar, Patrick and Pauline Hunter.Dunfanaghy Ladies;The qualifier for the Lady Captain’s Shoot Out and the subsequent Shoot Out took place on Tuesday 15th July. Lady Captain Cheryl took the decision to play this competition ahead of Lady Captain’s week and was rewarded with an excellent turnout (42 players) and lovely playing conditions which resulted in very good scoring. The 18 hole competition was won by Karen McCormick (34) with 42 points while Sandra McGinley (25) came second with 38 points. Karena Brady (12) and Janice Doherty (34) won the first and second nine respectively with 20 points. Barbara Eakin and Rose Gavaghan had 2s. The 8 best nett scores and the 2 best gross scores were invited back in the evening to play in the shoot out. The contestants were: Natalie Cummings, Janice Doherty, Maggie Foy, Rose Gavaghan, Mabel Gillespie, Moira Irwin, Karen McCormick, Sandra McGinley, Deborah Moore and Margaret Witherow. The Shoot Out was competitive yet good natured and on the final tee box, Janice Doherty and Margaret Witherow were left to do battle down the 18th. Congratulations to Janice Doherty, who came out victorious, after a very tense final hole.The Centenary Cup, sponsored by Barbara Eakin, was played on Saturday 19th July. Mary Lafferty (20) triumphed with a nett 67 and a better back nine from June Nelson (24). Mabel Gillespie (24) was third, with a nett 69, while Olivia Moore (13) won the gross with 81. Marsha McKendry (27) and Moira Irwin (17) won the first and second nine respectively with 32.5.Lady Golfers are reminded that Open Week starts this Thursday 24th July with a stableford competition sponsored by Frank and Nora Crumlish. The Gillespie family have sponsored the second of the 18 hole stableford competitions on Tuesday 29th July. There are two 14 hole competitions on Saturday 26th July and Saturday 2nd August, teeing off from 4pm. The first of these competitions is sponsored by donations received by Dunfanaghy ladies branch, the second by member, Pauline Hunter. Thanks to all our sponsors. Tee times for all of these competitions can be booked through the shop (074-9136335. Lady Members are asked to check the notice board in the locker room for details of Lady Captain’s Day on 9th August and put their names up for the draw. Dunfanaghy Juvenile Notes;The course was full on Friday for the Annual Donegal boys competitions. It was great to see so many young golfers playing in the competition and some of them have the potential to be the next Rory Mc Elroy. Well done to Seamus Mc Monagle, our Club Professional for organising this event. The club also thanks Michael McGinley (Sigma Wireless) who kindly sponsored the running of the Donegal Boys competitions. Well done to Jack Patton from Letterkenny Golf club who was the winner. I have no doubt he has the potential to go on to even greater successes.Results:Wednesday 16th July: Gents Open Singles Stableford 1st: Eddie Mc Groddy 382nd: Sean Duffy Jnr 36 BOTGross: Paddy Mc Clafferty 253rd: Brian Mc Ginley 36Category: Tom Mc Clintock 341st 9: Neil Mc Ginley 202nd 9: Gary Wright 19CSS: 35Saturday 19th July: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st: Charles Gallen 462nd: Conor Moore 41Gross: Paul Wallace 333rd: William Irvine 40Category: Pat O Kane 37 BOT1st 9: Sean Duffy Jnr 232nd : David Lapsley 23 BOTCSS: 38Sunday 20th July: Gents Centenary Cup Stroke1st: Tony Mc Gilloway 592nd: Peadar Curran 62Gross: Paul Burton 77 BOT3rd: Charles Roarty 63Category: Paddy Hegarty 621st 9: Fergus Mullen 302nd 9: Cornie Mc Mullen 31CSS: 67Competitions Open week:The competitions are as follows:• Wednesday 23rd July Open Singles Stableford• Thursday 24th July Ladies open• Friday 25th July Mens open Singles Stableford• Saturday 26th July Open 4BBB Stroke/ 14 Hole Ladies Competition Stableford• Sunday 27th July Open Singles Stroke• Monday 28th July 3BBB Stableford any combination• Tuesday 29th July Ladies open• Wednesday 30th July Open Singles Stableford• Thursday 31st July Mixed Scotch Foursomes Stroke• Friday 1st of August Charity Classic• Saturday 2nd August Open Singles Stroke/ 14 hole Ladies Competition Stableford• Sunday 3rd August 3BBB Stableford any combinationGOLF NEWS: EDDIE MC GRODDY LEADS THE WAY AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DunfanaghygolfNoticesSport