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Okagbare, Amusan Arrive Nigeria for Warri Relays & CAA Grand Prix

first_imgFor Amusan, the home crowd will have a glimpse of the hurdler who has been hugging the headlines with breathtaking performances in the circuit in the United States this season.Among other heroics, Amusan last month won the women’s 100m Hurdles at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title with a new personal best time of 12.57secs.The Delta State Government as well as Solid Works Limited is sponsoring the 2017 Warri Relays & CAA Grand Prix which over the years has attracted top athletes from across the world to the oil-rich and sports loving state.Immediate past President of the AFN and CEO, Solid Works Ltd, Chief Solomon Ogba, revealed that outside of the elite cast of athletes, the High School and Inter-Collegiate Category is also gathering much momentum as students in and around Delta State are looking forward to the July 18th Meet with keen interest.Ogba highlighted the need to continually provide platforms for youngsters to exhibit their skills and get discovered.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s top performers on the track this season, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and Tobi Amusan, have both arrived in Nigeria ahead of the 2017 Warri Relays & CAA Grand Prix.The 2017 Warri Relays & CAA Grand Prix fixed for Tuesday, July 18 at the Delta State Polytechnic Stadium, Ozoro, is guaranteed to have a rich number of top athletes on parade; some of whom are already arriving in the country.Okagbare who last weekend in London ran an impressive 10.99secs in the women’s 100m event is one of the star attractions even as the sprints queen will hope to strike a better rhythm on the home front as she counts down to the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.last_img read more

KO in Pacquiao-Floyd bout unlikely, says trainer

first_imgWell-respected boxing trainer Ronnie Shields doubts the May 2 super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Maweather Jr. will end in a knockout, even though members of both camps insist that a stoppage is possible.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, told On the Ropes Boxing in a recent interview that he believes the “Pacman” will win by knockout.”I don’t have a round, but the thing is, we have to break him down first, and I think in the later rounds, I believe Manny will knock him out,” Roach said.Meanwhile, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe guaranteed that the American – known for his defensive wizardry – will go for a knockout if the opportunity presented itself.”A lot of it will play out on how both fighters come out from the opening bell, but if Floyd sees the opportunity, I know for a fact that he will finish him off,” said Ellerbe during Mayweather’s open workout Tuesday in Las Vegas.Shields is not so convinced, however. “I don’t think so,” he answered when asked by On the Ropes Boxing if fans will see a knockout come May 2.”I think Floyd’s defense is too good, and I don’t believe Floyd punches hard enough, because of his hands, to knock Manny out,” he explained.He believes the bout is more likely to end on a cut than on a knockout.Shields is favoring Mayweather in the bout because the American “knows how to win, he knows how to pull out victories.””Pacquiao, he knows how to lose,” Shields said. “Floyd is a very intelligent fighter, and when you look at it, he picks you off very quickly. Once he does that, he’s a very difficult guy to fight.” Pacquiao has more power than Mayweather, Shields conceded, but is at a disadvantage because he is the smaller fighter. At the same time, Shields doubts Mayweather can knock out the “Pacman” because the American has “bad hands.””Everyone in boxing knows Floyd has bad hands,” he said. “At the same time, when he hits you, he can sting you, but he knows how to put combinations together that really take effect.””Once Floyd gets the judges to really watch him land solid punches, then I just think that Manny is not going to be able to overcome it,” he added.Nevertheless, the fight will be close, Shields said.”I really think it’s going to be a good, close fight. I don’t think one guy is going to dominate the other guy for 12 rounds, because Manny is such a good fighter,” said Shields. “But I just feel the edge is going to be to Floyd, because Floyd knows how to pull out victories. Manny has tried in a lot of fights, but in a lot of fights, he’s lost,” he added.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, December 9, 2014:•8:55 a.m.  Shannon A Kelly, 41, Peck, Ks was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 59 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:18 a.m. Jessica L. Jones, 19, Lewisville, Texas was issued a notice to appear charge with speeding 62 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:41 a.m.  Officers took report of found currency in the 900 block of W. 8th.•1:03 p.m. Officers investigated possession of marijuana in the 1700 block of E. 16th.•5:14 p.m. Cody J. Davis, 24,Wellington was served a notice to appear charged with operating a motor vehicle with no insurance and spilling a load on the highway.•5:21 p.m. Russell B. Rains, 29, Wellington was served a notice to appear charged with criminal trespass and battery.• 6:46 p.m. Officers investigated a non-injury accident at 8th and G, involving vehicles operated by Jeremie D. Hartson, 36, Wellington and Lonnie D. Jacobs, 49, Wellington.•7:15 p.m. Jeremie D. Hartson, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with failure to yield right of way in involved accident.•10 a.m. Officers investigated  a case for care and treatment.• 9:17 p.m. Officers investigated an unattended death in the 1700 block of N. A.last_img read more