Wave of the future: Women’s boxing headlines HBO’s last show

first_imgFILE – At left, in a May 5, 2018, file photo, Cecilia Braekhus, of Norway, is shown in action during a fight against Kali Reis, in Carson, Calif. At right, in an Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Claressa Shields poses in the Kronk gym ring during a media availability, in Detroit. Cecilia Braekhus was in the first women’s boxing match on HBO, and the dominant Norwegian champion will be in the main event of HBO’s final boxing show Saturday night when she defends her welterweight titles against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes. On the undercard, two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields defends her middleweight belts against Femke Hermans. (AP Photo/File)CARSON, Calif. — Although HBO has decided to put boxing in its past, the network is leaving the sport by showcasing a possible vision of its future.Cecilia Braekhus was in the first women’s boxing match on HBO, and the dominant Norwegian champion will be in the main event of HBO’s final boxing show Saturday night when she defends her welterweight titles against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Several champions of women’s combat sports also will be watching at ringside, including former superstar Laila Ali, UFC featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino and current boxing champs Christina Hammer and Jenna Mrdjenovich.The mere idea of an HBO boxing show dominated by women’s champions would have been improbable just two years ago. Of course, so would the idea of a boxing world without HBO, a dominant financial force behind many of the world’s biggest bouts for nearly a half-century.After Shields’ dominant run to a second straight gold medal at the Rio Olympics, U.S. boxing purveyors finally began to grasp the fact that women’s boxing was a fertile area for growth if they were willing to invest time and money. So Shields turned pro and became a rising personality in the sport, while the 37-year-old Braekhus teamed up with promoter Tom Loeffler to raise her international profile after fighting in relative obscurity in northern Europe for a decade.While Shields would love to fight Braekhus someday, she also respects the veteran ex-kickboxer.“I’m happy to appear on this card with her and proud that she is in the main event,” Shields said. “It truly gives me something to strive for, to someday headline a big show like this. Cecilia has worked very hard for many years and has deserved everything she’s gotten.”ADVERTISEMENT Braekhus and Shields are favored in their bouts, but both are hoping to put on a show worthy of this milestone in the sport’s evolution.The event should be bittersweet for many boxing fans accustomed to HBO’s presence in the sport. Longtime HBO commentator Jim Lampley will sign off from the network for which he has worked since 1988 along with Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr.HBO elected to get out of the sport after being unable or unwilling to compete with a wave of interest in televised boxing. While Showtime has retained its prominence in the sport, ESPN has dramatically increased its boxing content in recent months, and new streaming service DAZN is aggressively pursuing promoters and fighters, including former HBO star Canelo Alvarez.But for one last night, HBO will showcase rising talent on its distinct platform.“This has been a great year for women’s boxing,” said Hermans, Shields’ Belgian challenger. “The future is very bright.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Short but sweet’ search lands Derek Fisher as coach of LA Sparks SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 On the undercard, two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields defends her middleweight belts against Femke Hermans.Any discussion of the world’s top female fighters must include Braekhus (34-0, 9 KOs) and Shields (7-0, 2 KOs). With women’s boxing on a distinct rise over the past two years, HBO is closing out its 45-year history as a driving force in boxing with a showcase for two fighters atop the sport’s next wave.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s an honor to be in this position right now,” Braekhus said. “It’s truly a validation for the great year it’s been for women’s boxing all over the world, and how strong the future is. We have come a long way in the sport, and I believe there are even more opportunities to come our way.”Super flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada also fights Victor Mendez in a matchup of childhood acquaintances from Sonora, Mexico, but this show is being carried by women — including Australian atomweight champ Louisa Hawton, who fights Lorraine Villalobos on the undercard at the famed outdoor arena at StubHub Center south of downtown Los Angeles. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Andrew Bogut to start in Warriors’ return

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!SAN ANTONIO – The man has not played an NBA game in almost a year. He has not fully completed a practice, let alone a morning shootaround. And he has spent the past weekend flying from Australia, the Bay Area and then down here.And yet Bogut will start when the Warriors (47-21) visit the San Antonio Spurs (41-29) on Monday with DeMarcus Cousins nursing a sore …last_img

Better competition key to Kai Sotto’s improvement, says Uichico

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netKai Sotto, the prized 7-foot-2 youngster of Ateneo, has already garnered considerable hype by virtue of his height alone.Standing a literal head above his contemporaries in the UAAP, Sotto is already pegged to be at the forefront of the Gilas program.ADVERTISEMENT NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary At 14 years old, he has already started making impact for the national team as part of the Batang Gilas U-16 team and is expected to lead the next generation’s Gilas players.Jong Uichico, one of the coaches of the Gilas program, foresees that Sotto will still improve over time as long as the reed-thin teenager gets exposed to better competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSotto currently plays in the UAAP as part of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets where he towers over his competition.“He should really improve a lot in the next year or two and get a lot of exposure. And it’s hard to find a 14-year-old seven-footer walking around,” said Uichico Thursday at Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show SportsIQ. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “He should be exposed to better competition and not just the UAAP where he will face up against what six-footers he won’t have to jump.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Nextlast_img read more


first_imgSeveral recent incidents at different levels of Touch around Australia have lead the ATA to remind the Touch public of the respect that must be there between all involved in the sport. Poor behaviour, abuse of players, referees or administration is not constructive, nor does it portray a positive image of our sport to children and to the general public. In one recent case Penrith Touch have banned a player from all Touch activities for 15 years after he physically assaulted a referee. For the full story please click here: http://smh.com.au/articles/2005/06/11/1118347633545.html In another case NSW Touch highlighted that poor off-field behaviour would not be accepted, suspending the players involved from various events, including the upcoming Vawdon Cup. The ATA would like to make it clear that Touch associations Australia-wide will be continually working to maintain a very high level of integrity and behaviour within our sport. Poor behaviour, abuse and so forth will not be tolerated.last_img read more

Derek Fisher Goes From Court to Taking Over as

On Tuesday, NBA veteran Derek Fisher took on New York, saying he’s prepared and excited that his first NBA coaching job is with the New York Knicks — two weeks after playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder.“I am experienced,” Fisher, 39, said at a press conference. “Basketball is a game that I am experienced in playing, understanding, leading in, guiding in, helping another group of people achieve the greatest gift in the world as a professional athlete, and that’s being a champion … and that’s the experience that I plan on sharing with these players, sharing with this organization.”Knicks president Phil Jackson introduced Fisher at the team’s training facility Tuesday. Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that Fisher and the Knicks were in the process of finalizing a five-year, $25 million agreement.Fisher’s relationship with Jackson was a key factor that led him to New York. Fisher won five titles while playing in parts of nine seasons for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers.“That’s why I’m here,” Fisher said. “That’s why I took advantage of this opportunity, to be a part of that process. … We know without a doubt that we can re-establish what that means, what that is.”Jackson, who originally offered the job to another former player, Steve Kerr, said: “Derek has a long, laundry list of coaches that he’s worked under and had a tremendous amount of success, and we welcome him.”Kerr accepted an offer to coach the Golden State Warriors, spurning Jackson and the Knicks after Jackson said they had a verbal agreement. Once Kerr chose the Warriors, Jackson focused on Fisher, who played in an NBA-record 259 playoff games and won an NBA-record 161.Fisher is an 18-year NBA veteran who also served as president of the National Basketball Players Association during the 2011 lockout. read more

Football Baron Browning out for spring with shoulder injury

OSU freshman linebacker Baron Browning addresses the media on National Singing day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorOhio State freshman linebacker Baron Browning will miss the remainder of spring practice with a shoulder injury, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.Browning re-injured his shoulder he hurt during high school and Meyer said he underwent surgery Tuesday. Jeremy Birmingham of Land of 10 reported that it was a torn labrum.Sources have informed me its a torn labrum for Baron Browning, surgery this morning. Out for spring.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) March 28, 2017Browning, a five-star recruit from Texas, is one of 10 early enrollees for the Buckeyes.Meyer said Browning will be full-speed by June and ready for fall camp. read more

Bocas Almendra likely to end up in Inter

first_imgBoca Juniors President Daniel Angelici believes Inter Milan has the upper hand over Napoli in the pursuit of Agustin AlmendraAlmendra who will turn 19 next month has only recently broken into the Boca first team.“Almendra has a €30m release clause and has just signed a new contract, so we’re waiting for him to return from the Under-20 South American competition,” Angelici told Radio La Red via Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“As part of their proposal, Inter said they are prepared to leave Almendra here for two years, so we could talk about that. However, we have no need to sell.”According to reports on Sunday, Inter’s offer was worth €15m and the chance to keep Almendra on loan at Boca until December 2019, but it seems to be an even longer gestation period.Inter who were relegated to the Europa League from the group stages of the Champions League will be aiming to win the competition when it resumes next month.last_img read more

Wyatt Voted ACC Player of the Week

first_imgWyatt is the second straight Louisville player to win the weekly honor, after freshman Alex Binelas received the award one week ago. It marks the first time the Cardinals have won the conference’s Player of the Week award in consecutive weeks since joining the league in 2015. The strong performance last week continues the tear the All-American has been on over the previous eight contests, in which he is batting .472 with five doubles, four homers, 20 RBIs and 14 runs scored. For the season, Wyatt has his average up to .321 with seven long balls and 38 runs batted in. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior baseball player Logan Wyatt was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday. Louisville will be in nonconference action for its next five games, starting on Tuesday evening with a midweek game at Cincinnati. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET. Print Friendly Version Wyatt was red-hot last week, hitting .550 (11-for-20) as the Cardinals picked up a win at Kentucky and took two of three from Miami. The junior had three doubles, three homers and drove in 12 runs over the four games. Wyatt also had one of the highlights of the week with a straight steal of home in the fifth inning of Saturday’s series finale as the Cardinals rallied back from a 6-0 deficit to win 9-6. Story Links Notre Dame sophomore Tommy Vail was also named the league’s Pitcher of the Week. ACC baseball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a media panel and are announced each Monday throughout the regular season.last_img read more