Silver medallist Allicock eyes 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

first_img…Blake pleased with fighters’ performance at Commonwealth Youth GamesKEEVIN Allicock, Guyana’s silver medallist at the just concluded Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, returned to Guyana and is setting his sights on 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan as the Caribbean’s top flyweight fighter.Allicock was the lone Guyanese to pick up a medal at the games in Nassau, but now the 18-year-old fighter believes that it’s time to shift his attention to the next Olympic games, telling Chronicle Sport that his showing at the Commonwealth Youth Games added fuel to his drive to win Guyana’s second Olympic medal.“My big aim is being at the Olympics for Guyana and bringing the gold home, so I was able to get a lot of experience at these games, so I know that when I get out there next time, I will be able to do better,” a smiling Allicock said.Allicock’s coach Sebert Blake believes the fighter has what it takes to fulfil his dreams, but, it would take much funding and exposure for him (Allicock) to reach his goal.Meanwhile, looking at his fight against Englishman James David in their flyweight (52kg) encounter, Allicock and even his coach believe that the Guyanese fighter was ‘robbed’ of the gold medal.Christopher Moore“The last fight I wasn’t comfortable with the decision because I know I didn’t deserve it; but what could I do? I have to live with the decision because I was able to win silver, so I’m thankful for that,” said Allicock.He added, “I think the fight was very close. The decision that they gave me showed that the guy won all the rounds and I was wondering how is that because the guy was nowhere on my level in boxing. Not boasting or anything, he was never there.”“We trained for gold, and I was more focused on that. I was very confident in the final, I was strong and I was prepared. I’m a neutral guy, if I lose, I would say I did, but I think I won the final match,” the fighter added.According to Blake, “Keevin won the crowd and yes I believe he was cheated and we observed that in the entire competition, the guys from Britain they were favoured in many bouts and not just against Guyana but other countries.”“It wasn’t a fair decision, so the judges’ decision is final and now we have to move on and plan for other bouts,” said Blake.Christopher Moore was the other Guyanese fighter vying for a podium finish at the Commonwealth Youth Games, but he fell short at the quarter-final stage of the tournament, nonetheless, Blake was proud of the fighter’s achievement, despite his missing the podium.“The guys really worked hard and we were able to achieve about 50% that we’ve been working on. Other than the Youth Olympics which is next year, this is the second highest level of competition and I’m glad that they were able to do well,” Blake said.The fighters and coach were greeted by officials from the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) who showered them with praise and encouraged the duo to stay focused on the task ahead; qualifying for the Olympic Games.last_img read more

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Holoway silent force for Ole Miss

first_imgWhile Marshall Henderson is the player on Ole Miss who steals the spotlight, in reality, the biggest reason the Rebels are in the dance is the play of senior forward Murphy Holloway.In his second season since transferring back to Ole Miss from South Carolina, Holloway has served as a steady rock of production for his team, especially when star guard Henderson goes cold.A Second Team All-SEC selection after leading the conference in rebounding (9.6 per game) and field goal percentage (.557 percent on the season) while ranking seventh in scoring (14.6 per game), Holloway stands at an imposing 6-foot-7 and 240-pound challenge for Wisconsin in Thursday’s Second Round game.It was Holloway who led his team to victory in the SEC Tournament championship against Florida. With his team shooting cold from the field, Holloway kept his team in the game by scoring 12 of his squad’s 26 first-half points, using a variety of post moves from the catch to one-on-one dribbles from 10 feet out.Finishing with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, Holloway’s competiveness embodies the persona that his Ole Miss team took on during its tournament run, one that solidified a tournament berth that might not have come if the team had lost. It wasn’t just desperation that fueled the post player’s performance but a thirst to prove himself.“We had a chip on our shoulder from Missouri, they beat us really good one time,” Holloway said. “Florida beat us really good one time, and so we wanted to have a chip on our shoulder of ‘us against the world’ and thinking we’re not good enough.”Strange, considering Holloway is more than good enough. He’s the model of an efficient offensive player and a true back-to-the-basket scorer.“I think it took me to my junior year just to know what works, when to do it, when to make certain moves,” Holloway said in an interview with The Badger Herald.“He reminds me a lot of the guys at Michigan State,” Wisconsin associate head coach Greg Gard said. “He doesn’t shoot the three …but just relentless on the glass.”Those “guys” Gard is referring to are the Big Ten’s most talented group of true post players in Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson and Derrick Nix, who combined to record 38 points and 41 rebounds in their two games and harassed the Badgers on both ends during their two meetings meetings with the Spartans.Holloway hadn’t gotten the chance to watch film on Wisconsin at the time of the interview, but he had high compliments for the Badgers’ posts from what he had seen on TV.“All of them got a swag to them,” Holloway said. “They’re really good guys, they’ll play basketball at the next level whether it’s overseas or the NBA. It’ll be like going against guys like [Florida’s Erik] Murphy and [Patric] Young, NBA level guys.”With the Badgers’ struggles against players like Holloway throughout the season, Wisconsin is going to make sure it takes away as many touches for the Rebel’s player as possible.“You try to eliminate the amount of times he can touch the ball or limit it as much as possible and that’s not always easy to do because he moves pretty well,” Gard said. “They do a good job of finding him, and he also gets on the glass so well. He can step off eight, 10 feet and attack, he’s got some moves he goes to there.“He’s long enough and athletic enough and nimble enough that he can make plays off you whether it’s straight line attacks or countering with the spin.”Gard also sees that Wisconsin’s experience playing against talented big men like Indiana’s Cody Zeller and others as a great reference point when describing to the players the similarities of Holloway’s skill set to that of other Big Ten posts.“I think this is where the games we’ve played in the league will help us because we can give some reference back to the type of the player they are,” Gard said. “We’ll prepare and try to follow our rules the best we can.”Facing elite players isn’t anything new for this Badgers’ group, and fifth-year senior forward Jared Berggren is eager for a chance to test his skills against another skilled adversary.“It’s our time to step up and lead,” Berggren said of the Wisconsin starting frontcourt. “I think I can provide a little more for the team.”last_img read more

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Rank appoints Liam Wallwork as digital transformation lead

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit London-listed Rank Group Plc has confirmed the appointment of Liam Wallwork as inbound Director of Transformation for its Interactive division.Wallwork joins Rank’s executive management team from William Hill, where he formerly served as Commercial Director and Director of Gaming (2017-2019).A digital strategy expert for mass-market igaming brands, Wallwork holds further industry experience having served as an operations and gaming director for Betfair and Paddy Power.In his remit, Wallwork will lead strategy and planning of Rank’s digital assets, as a key stakeholder of the firm’s ‘transformation team’ leading Rank’s ‘corporate recovery plan’, under the guidance of former McKinsey executive Jim Marsh. Updating the market, John O’Reilly, CEO of Rank, said: “I am pleased that Liam is joining Rank next week in the newly created role of Director of Transformation for Rank Interactive. Liam has a wealth of industry and digital experience, most recently from his time at William Hill, and this will be invaluable to the Group as we continue to work through our digital transformation work-stream.” StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Economy seen as top concern

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTwenty-two percent of those with a high school education or less named the economy as the country’s worst problem, compared with 8 percent with college degrees. In addition, 20 percent of minorities cited the economy as the top issue, compared with 9 percent who did so in July. There was no real difference between Republicans and Democrats, with just less than one-fifth of each naming the economy as the biggest worry. Foreign affairs was considered the top problem by 42 percent, down from 49percent in July. Within that category, concern about the Iraq war and other conflicts was named most frequently – by 30 percent – and showed little change since the summer, while fewer people chose immigration as the top issue. Democrats were nearly twice as likely as Republicans to mention war as the primary concern. Domestic issues were named by 33 percent in this month’s poll, about the same as the 29 percent who cited them in July. That included 8 percent who named morality as the major problem, up from 2percent in the earlier survey. The poll was taken Oct. 1-3 and involved telephone interviews with 499 adults. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. WASHINGTON – A growing number of people say the economy is the nation’s top problem, with the less educated among the most worried, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll showed Tuesday. Yet even with a credit crunch and soft housing market, economic angst remains well behind war and domestic issues among the public’s chief concerns, according to survey results. Given an open-ended opportunity to name the major problem facing the United States, 15 percent volunteered the economy. That was 6 percentage points more than named it when the AP-Ipsos poll last asked the question in July. “They talk about a big surge in Iraq; well, there hasn’t been a big surge over here,” said Sadruddin El-Amin, 55, a truck driver in Hanahan, S.C., who named the economy as the top problem. “The job market isn’t getting any better, not for the working class.” last_img read more

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Women take over male bastions

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Women now earn the majority of diplomas in fields men used to dominate – from biology to business – and have caught up in pursuit of law, medicine and other advanced degrees. Even with such enormous gains over the past 25 years, women are paid less than men in comparable jobs and lag in landing top positions on college campuses. Federal statistics released Thursday show that in many ways, the gender gap among college students is widening. The story is largely one of progress for women, stagnation for men. Women earn the majority of bachelor’s degrees in business, biological sciences, social sciences and history. The same is true for traditional strongholds such as education and psychology. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In undergraduate and graduate disciplines where women trail men, they are gaining ground, earning larger numbers of degrees in math, physical sciences and agriculture. “Women are going in directions that maybe their mothers or grandmothers never even thought about going,” said Avis Jones-DeWeever, who oversees education policy for the Institute of Women’s Policy Research. “We’re teaching girls that they need to be able to explore every opportunity that they are interested in. It’s good to see that is happening,” she said. The findings were part of a 379-page report, “The Condition of Education,” a yearly compilation of statistics that give a picture of academic trends. Women now account for about half the enrollment in professional programs such as law, medicine and optometry. That is up from 22 percent a generation ago.last_img read more

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