Jeff Horn who?

first_imgDILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Pacquiao fans may dismiss this as braggadocio, coming as it were from someone who took up the sport at the late age of 17, notched 84 amateur fights, and turned pro just four years ago.Horn, who bowed out of the London Olympics to eventual silver medalist Denys Berinchyk of Ukraine, may have been made to believe that way by Rushton, his first and only boxing coach.Rushton promised to make Horn a national champion and Horn reigned for three years from 2009. The millionaire investment manager promised Horn an Olympic stint and got it done. Only the promise of making Horn a world champion remains unfulfilled.When Lonergan forged a deal for the title duel with Pacquiao, who has 50 more fights than Horn, Rushton did not hesitate despite the huge odds.“I respect Pacquiao for everything he’s achieved in the sport,” Rushton tells smh.com.au. “But when you start to weigh it up, you will see what we have in Jeff. You can’t see the future, but I believe we’re looking at a future legend.”Horn surged ahead of the rest of possible Pacquiao foes following three straight stoppage wins over Randall Bailey, Rico Mueller and Ali Funeka, the last one coming in the sixth round in Auckland, New Zealand, last Dec. 10. And like Brandon Rios, Chris Algieri, and Jessie Vargas before him, Horn now believes he has tools to defeat the Philippines’ future Hall of Famer.Rios, Algieri and Vargas started the fight unconvinced about Pacquiao’s hand speed, nimble footwork and power. They all left the ring thinking that the only fighter to win world titles in eight divisions may indeed be a freak of nature.Rushton says Horn stings like a hornet, possesses the heart of Rocky Balboa and attacks like The Terminator. Whether the fictional combination will work in actual battle against Pacquiao remains to be seen, though. Basking in the limelight at last, Horn (16 wins, one draw, 11 knockouts) is convinced that he has the power, strength and skills to match up with Pacquiao. A busy fighter like the Filipino superstar, Horn sees his foe as “more vulnerable” now.“He’s probably past his best days, that’s for sure,” Horn tells ringtv.com. “He hasn’t stopped anyone at welterweight for a while now. I’m a little bigger than him. I think I’d outmuscle him.”Horn, whose biggest claim to fame was making the quarterfinals of the 2012 London Olympics as a light welterweight, enjoys a three-inch height advantage at 5-foot-9 but has a reach just an inch longer than the Fighting Senator’s. “I think I’ve got the speed, I’ve got a similar style to his, so I’m a good mover,” he says. “It’s going to be harder for him to lay those shots on me because he’s fought a few guys that don’t move as well.”According to Horn, he took up boxing to defend himself from bullies who had beaten him up twice in school, he wouldn’t have accepted the Pacquiao fight offer if he didn’t believe in his chances of victory.“I definitely don’t want to say I’m going to stop Manny Pacquiao,” boxingnewsonline.net. quotes the Australian as saying. “But, yes, I do think I’ll win. I’m very confident of that.”ADVERTISEMENT A former PE teacher, Jeff Horn took up boxing to defend himself from school bullies.There are many tiers in boxing and it’s difficult to put the Australian fighter Jeff Horn in the most appropriate spot yet.Without a doubt, Horn is a Class A boxer, but even at that level there are ladders that need to be climbed. Many a ring pundit would say that the unbeaten 28-year-old is still jostling for a prime place in the lower rungs with the other upstart world-ranked contenders.ADVERTISEMENT Alab-PH tries to extend ABL streak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’center_img MOST READ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The truly elite ones like Manny Pacquiao are huddled at the top, waiting in ambush for daring challengers. Now, it’s Horn’s turn to try to sneak in after he was handpicked by promoter Bob Arum to take the big leap for international acclaim.A ring icon back home in Brisbane but hardly known in the international arena, Horn will try to snatch the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown from Pacquiao on April 23. The venue remains open to the highest bidder, although there’s a strong chance Pacquiao-Horn will be staged at the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium in the hometown of the former high school physical education teacher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThere, adoring fans can give Horn all the support and goading he would need to pull off a major shocker and hurt Pacquiao’s legacy as a boxer.After all, Horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, and manager, Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, genuinely believe that their man is capable of cutting short what’s envisioned to be Pacquiao’s four-nation farewell tour. 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Ateneo eyes payback vs NU

first_imgJia Morado appears to have an inside track on coach Tai Bundit’s mind both on and off the court.The prolific Ateneo setter, whose perfect understanding of Bundit’s almost unintelligible instructions during matches enabled the Lady Eagles to fly high in the UAAP women’s volleyball, apparently knows her mentor’s thoughts on their hot streak.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Azkals face Malaysians Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu NU coach Roger Gorayeb, who has been vocal on his team’s seeming underachieving attitude, this time blasted his liberos for their spotty defense in their game against lowly University of the East.“I told them that they defended well twice, thrice, but gave away the ball 10 times,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “You are supposed to defend 1,000 times because that’s the job of liberos.”In the other game, University of the Philippines faces winless Adamson at 2 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “Even now that we are on a winning streak, we have to keep ourselves grounded,” said Morado. “Coach Tai keeps on reminding us that other teams are preparing very hard against us.”Currently riding an eight-game winning streak, Ateneo hopes to secure a Final Four berth Wednesday when it goes up against National University at 4 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Lady Eagles are also out to avenge their first-round defeat at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs.While things are doing well on the Ateneo side, NU is struggling to keep it together.last_img read more

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Conley leads Grizzlies in rout of Pacers

first_imgDragic, Heat roll past Knicks Brooks made four 3-pointers and scored 14 in the first half for Indiana.“They got off to a fast start,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Conley was pushing the ball. … We weren’t able to keep up with him, and they just kept the pressure on us throughout the game.”The Grizzlies led 96-79 after three, and the sliding Pacers never threatened in the fourth.Indiana (37-38) dropped into a tie with Miami for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Both are two games behind Milwaukee and Atlanta.The Heat, Bucks and Hawks all won Wednesday night.Young played high school basketball in Memphis and still lives there. Pacers guard Monta Ellis has a home in the Eads community east of Memphis.Memphis, which sits seventh in the Western Conference playoff race, has a beneficial schedule down the stretch. Of its seven remaining games, five are at home, and five are against teams with losing records.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conley matched his career high with seven 3-pointers on his way to 36 points, helping the Grizzlies rout the Indiana Pacers 110-97 on Wednesday night.Memphis (41-34) had lost four in a row, all on the road.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It was a must-win,” Conley said, “and I just wanted to make a statement, not only with my team, but to the coaches, the city that we’re not playing the basketball we need to be playing right now, and we’re better than this.”Vince Carter added 21 points and eight rebounds, and Zach Randolph finished with 17 points. Conley went 13 for 21 from the field. MOST READ ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points. Aaron Brooks, who provided an early spark from outside the arc, scored 18 points, and Thaddeus Young had 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.Indiana lost for the fourth time in five games.“We were supposed to come out here and make the game tough,” George said, “but to start the game off, they kind of did what they wanted, and it showed.”Memphis played without All-Star center Marc Gasol, who missed his third straight game with a left foot strain. But Conley helped the Grizzlies get off the fast start, and Pacers were never able to catch up.Memphis led by as many as 22 in the second quarter and carried a 72-53 advantage into the break. Conley scored 22 points in the first half, and the Grizzlies went 10 for 17 from beyond the arc in the first two periods.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) drives against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE—Mike Conley wanted to set the tone for the Memphis Grizzlies.He succeeded, in a big way.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu View commentslast_img read more

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Smith’s 40 lifts Blackwater past GlobalPort

first_imgSpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test But Smith scored off a goaltending call on White as the Elite grabbed a 116-113 lead with 58.8 ticks left.Smith unleashed 15 points in the final frame, where Blackwater rallied from seven points down.DiGregorio added 18 points capped by two free throws that sealed the game with 5.9 seconds left. Pinto chipped in nine points and seven rebounds, including a crucial one off a miss by Smith that led to DiGregorio’s freebies.“Hopefully, the win will boost our morale and confidence for us to be a better team,” said Isaac.The Batang Pier slid to 0-4 despite getting huge production from Terrence Romeo and new import Malcolm White, who combined for 68 points.ADVERTISEMENT UST roars back, ousts NU to complete Final Four cast Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Blackwater import Greg Smith. PBA IMAGESGreg Smith willed Blackwater past GlobalPort, 118-113, for its first win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Smith, the former NBA veteran, bullied his way to 40 points and 19 rebounds as the Elite improved to 1-4.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Romeo led all locals with 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field, highlighted by nine triples, while White, who replaced Sean Williams, had 33 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks in his PBA debut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “After four heartbreaking losses, finally we’re able to break into the win column. This time, we played a lot smarter in the crucial moments of the game,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac.“He’s good. The thing is sometimes he gets frustrated so we’re mending ways on how we can involve him more,” Isaac said of his burly import, who had stints with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s a competitor and he still has a chance to make it back to the NBA. He’s only 26 years old.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Elite, who are playing minus three injured key players in Mac Belo, Art dela Cruz and JP Erram, turned to Smith down the stretch and also drew timely plays from guards Nard Pinto and Mike DiGregorio.Blackwater took a 114-105 lead after a hook shot by Smith before Romeo and Pringle brought GlobalPort within one, 114-113, with 1:09 remaining. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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Ballon d’Or in play as Ronaldo bears down on Messi

first_img“I feel better than in recent years. That is why I think this year will be good for me.“I hope to help the team with a good performance and goals if possible.”If he adds to his 14 goals in his last nine games against the meanest defence in this season’s Champions League, Ronaldo will likely have his name etched on yet another Ballon d’Or.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ However, the Montenegrin believes Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon could finally end Messi and Ronaldo’s reign if he lifts the Champions League for the first time at 39 to complete the treble for the Italian giants.“I think the next Ballon d’Or will come from the team that wins the Champions League,” added Mijatovic.“Cristiano is there, as is Buffon and other great players at Real Madrid like Sergio Ramos that could aspire to it.”Ramos uninterestedRamos more than Ronaldo has been Real’s hero in beating Atletico in two of the past three Champions League finals, scoring in both games in Lisbon and Milan.However, the Spanish international doesn’t seem interested in depriving his teammate of a fifth Ballon d’Or to tie Messi’s record.“If I wanted to win individual awards I would have played tennis,” Ramos said on Tuesday.In contrast to Madrid’s previous finals in recent seasons, though, Ronaldo arrives in Cardiff in his best form of the campaign having been spared for a series of league games recently.Despite Ronaldo missing nine La Liga games in total, Madrid didn’t miss a beat, winning every single one to edge out Barcelona and claim a first league title in five years.“It was very intelligent management on the part of the coach because everything had minutes, everyone played and contributed,” added Ronaldo on Zinedine Zidane. “I haven’t broken so many records by accident. That’s not an obsession for me, but I do like breaking them.”Ronaldo has already added his name to more record books during this season’s Champions League.His hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals made him the first man to score more than 100 Champions League goals.And he duly added another hat-trick in the semi-finals against Atletico Madrid to carry Real to the final in Cardiff this weekend.“He has a good opportunity with the season that he has had, above all in the Champions League this year,” Predrag Mijatovic, who scored the winning goal when Real last met Juventus in the Champions League final in 1998, told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Tallo heats up as Racal cruises past AMA Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workingcenter_img Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Now the Portuguese has four to his name, but Messi still remains one step ahead with five.The two have dominated the award for the past decade in the battle to not just be considered the best of their generation, but among the best of all time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundYet, whilst Juventus’s stubborn defence forced Messi to fire blanks in a 3-0 quarter-final aggregate win for the Italians over Barcelona, Ronaldo can complete another stellar season by ensuring Madrid become the first side to retain the Champions League.“I am aware of the fact that what I’ve done in football has already left and will continue to leave a mark,” Ronaldo told UEFA.com. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the match after the Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. APCristiano Ronaldo heads to Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus on the brink of realizing a burning ambition of matching Lionel Messi’s record of winning the Ballon d’Or five times.“I want to catch Messi,” Ronaldo confessed when collecting his third World Player of the Year crown back in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Thompson, Coe among latest JN Racers Grand Prix confirmations

first_img Other new athletes confirmed for the meet include Shericka Jackson and USA’s Francino McCorory for the women’s 400m. In the women 100m hurdles, Sally Pearson, Danielle Williams and Nia Ali have also been added. Meanwhile, IAAF president, Coe, a long-time admirer of Bolt, will make the trip to see the legend’s final race at home and will be making a presentation at the event. The nation’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, will also make a special presentation to Bolt. Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer Olympic double sprint champion, Elaine Thompson, IAAF president, Sebastian Coe and Prime Minister, Andrew Holness will add to the already star-studded JN Racer Grand Prix track meet set for June 10 at the National Stadium. Thompson, was one of the many new athletes confirmed for the meet at a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Tuesday and will compete in the 100m. Also added to the women’s 100m sprint event are USA’s English Gardener and Ecuador’s, Angela Tenorio. Thompson has been on fire since the start of the year, although she suffered a setback after a loss in the 200m at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday. However, she will be looking to rebound at the JN Racers Grand Prix and continue her progress to the 2017 World Championships this summer.center_img The meet is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm and the last race, which will include Bolt, is set for 10.10 pm.last_img read more

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Lindo in 400m final at CYG

first_imgJamaica’s Ramone Lindo advanced to the boys’ 400 metres final at the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) when he finished second in 48.25 seconds in heat one at the Bahamas Stadium yesterday. Lindo finished behind Zambia’s Kennedy Luchembe who clocked 47.75. The final is set for today at 8 p.m. In girls’ beach football preliminary action, the Andrew Price-coached Jamaicans crushed hosts Bahamas 15-2 for a second win in two games. Jamaica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 5-2 two days ago.  In boys’ beach volleyball the Jamaican pair of James Lavarie and Daunte Smith beat Nathan West and Kyle Wilson of hosts Bahamas.last_img

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Scorpions secure win over CCC in Super50

first_img The Scorpions were once again exceptional with the bat, as opener Assad Fudadin fell eight runs short of what would have been his second straight century of the tournament, to help the Jamaicans post their second highest Super 50 Cup total of 330 for 8 in 50 overs. Middle order batsman Andre McCarthy also fell short of a century, as he made 91, while captain Rovman Powell got 57 and  wicket-keeper Aldane Thomas 48. Pacer Akeem Jordan bagged 3 for 72 for the CCC, who could not capitalise on a good start, as they could only manage 233 for 9 in 45.2 overs. Openers Romaine Morrison made 96 and Paul Palmer 30. Pacer Oshane Thomas took 3 for 25, while spinner Dennis Bulli bagged 3 for 44 for the Scorpions. The Jamaica Scorpions pulled off a comprehensive 97 run win over the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) to secure their first win in three attempts at the Super 50 Cup tournament.last_img read more

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HALF-TIME| STATHS, Wolmer’s locked at 1-1 in Manning Cup semi-final

first_imgSt Andrew Technical (STATHS) and Wolmer’s ended the first half of their ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup semi-final, locked at 1-1, in an exciting contest at the National Stadium on Wednesday.  STATHS, who are looking to return to the final, where they lost to Jamaica College in 2017, took the advantage in the ninth minute, when defender Steven McQueen powered a close-range header beyond Wolmer’s goal-keeper Denzel Smith.  However, in the 15th minute of play, Wolmer’s striker Orlando Russell made the most of a delightful pass out of midfield, outwitting STATHS defender Noel Walker, before calmly slotting a rolling shot beyond goal-keeper Ricardo Laing, to secure parity for the team from Heroes Circle, who are looking for their first Manning Cup title since 1994.  Defending champions Kingston College and Jamaica College will play the second semi-final, which starts at 5:00 p.m., also at the National Stadium.last_img read more

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