Danny Jacobs emerges victorious through his one-two punch KO’s

Danny Jacob emerged victorious with his impressive comeback from cancer by knocking out Giovanni Lorenzo with a powerful combination in the third round of their 10-round middleweight fight Monday night at the Best Buy Theater in New York. Jacobs (26-1, 23 KO’s) nicknamed “The Golden Child” won his sixth consecutive fight ever since his shocking knockout loss to Dimtry Pirog three years ago. It has been two years since he had a cancerous tumor on his spine removed and underwent radiation treatment. This was his fourth straight win since his battle with cancer.

Danny Jacob, the middleweight boxer from Brownsville overcame his cancer, learned to walk again, learning to fight again and is confronting the question of whether he is still an excellent boxer. The 26-year old- Danny Jacobs, after two close rounds hurt Lorenzo (36-6, 24 KO’s) the former world title challenger of Manhattan with an overhead right hand in the third and finished him with flurry of punches that dropped Lorenzo to the canvas. Referee Steve Willis counted out Lorenzo at 2:05 of the third round. Due to this win, Jacob improved his overall record to 26-1 with his 23rd knockout. He is expected to be mentioned among the top contenders in the middleweight divisions.

Both Jacob and Lorenzo were feeling each other out in the first two rounds, but when Jacob, who had a cut under his left eye, pressed the action in the third finished Lorenzo with a left hook and then a right hand. Jacobs worked his jab well through the first two rounds then opened it up in the third. Lorenzo by far represents the toughest fighter that Jacobs had faced since being diagnosed with an aggressive form of spinal cancer called osteosarcoma in 2011 that caused paralysis in his legs and forced him to take 19 months hiatus from the sport. Doctors advised him to never fight again.

Manny Pacquiao decides two to three years left to quit

Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino professional boxer and eight division world champion believes that he has still two to three years fighting left before he plans to quit the sport but still retaining the hopes of securing a bout with Foud Mayweather Jr. who is an American professional boxer currently undefeated as a professional and holding a five division world champion. The two straight defeats, the second one a brutal sixth round knock out by old foe Juan Manuel Marquez in December, prompted sport enthusiasts and critics to suggest retirement for this 34-year old Filipino.

Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to take on Brandon Rios at the 147 lbs in November at Macau in China. In his 61 professional contests, Pacquiao has lost five times apart from the knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and to the Bradley loss. Manny was knocked out in his 12th and 28th fight as well as unanimous decision loss to Erik Morales in 2005. The 27 years old Brandon Rios is an aggressive former lightweight world champion well known, as “Bam Bam” will provide a stern test for Pacquiao even though he lacks the box office numbers that a fifth bout with Marquez or a first with Mayweather could bring in.

Pacquiao informed that his mother, three years ago had given her blessing for him to fight once more and now he may continue to fight for two to three years more. Pacquiao amassed a 54-5-2 record with 38 knockouts. Pacquiao whose power punching from both hands and lightening speed helped him to win titles from flyweight through to light middleweight said he had trained everyday ever since Marquez defeated him and that his body was addicted to exercise. Pacquiao has experienced the set back of being knocked out earlier in his career and this is not a new entity for him as he had overcome one of the boxing disasters before, to consummately lose and then to start again.

Serena Williams shows her winning streak by claiming U.S. Open

Serena Williams once again proved her worth by sheer determination and unquestionable skill by beating the World No.1 Victoria Azarenka – 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in a stunning and dramatic performance to clinch her fourth U.S Open Title at the Flushing Meadows.  This is her 15th Grand Slam title overall and with this win Serena Williams had become the first women tennis player to cross the $40 million in earnings. Williams showed her physical endurance by surviving a ferocious comeback from Azarenka.  Serena Williams also became the oldest U.S. Open champion in nearly four decades.

The U.S Open this time was billed as a clash between the greatest player of her generation and the top player in the world this year and this game quite lived up to the expectations. Serena raced through the game through the opening set in just thirty-five minutes with two service breaks and sixteen stunning wins. Adding to that, Serena Williams has not dropped a set in the tournament, losing only 19 games through six matches before this Sunday game. In addition, to that she had an immense pressure and a negative reaction to her loss at the French Open in late May this year.

Serena Williams now joins the ranks of Martina Navratilova as the only women over the age of 30 to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon in the same season since 1968. She will turn 31 on September 26 and now she is dominating the game. Serena Williams won her first major championship at the age of 17 at the 1999 U.S. Open.  The crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium center court roared in excitement as the two titans produced some excellent shots with the stakes rising and the excitement refusing to die down.

Real story behind China’s Olympic sporting glory

China’s dominance in the London Olympics with their massive medal haul has once again showcased the country’s ability to produce sports champions by applying the sporting techniques of Soviet styled sports regime. But behind the sporting glory there are some concerns being raised about the human costs. News emerged about how the parents of Olympic diver Wu Minxia had hidden her mother’s long battle with breast cancer for fear of disturbing her training.

The intention of Chinese sports fraternity is to win every single medal at any costs. There are stories emerging in China in recent weeks about young rising athletes who undergo near torturous conditions at many of the Chinese sports schools.

Winning the Olympic medals is the sole obsession in China at the cost of sacrificing the basic family emotions. It is a fact that majority of China’s 396 Olympians had started their sports at a tender age having sacrificed their childhood for the state and drawing emotional support from team mates, sports coaches and officials in exchange of familial and friendly support. China’s current haul of medals in the Olympics is a result of atrocious training regimes that youngsters are forced to follow back home.

Usain Bolt’s victory march on the eve of Jamaican Independence

Usain Bolt true to his name came like a bolt from the blue and silenced his critics and doubters with an emphatic victory in the Olympic 100 meters and rating himself as the world’s fastest man. This Jamaican made his country proud on the eve of its 50th independence anniversary by claiming gold at the London Olympics in just 9.63 seconds. His training partner and Jamaican colleague Yohan Blake took the silver medal making a double bonanza for their country. Even before the event, compatriot Shelly-Ann-Fraser-Pryce already made headlines by retaining the 100-meters women title.

Some of the sport enthusiasts were in doubt on Bolt about his capacity and capability to win a second successive gold in the blue ribald spirit after suffering back problems, getting disqualified for a false start in the last year’s world championship and losing to Blake in the Jamaican trails.  However, crashing their doubts to the ground, Bolt zoomed past the track to win in 9.63 seconds which is an Olympic record and is the second faster time ever even behind his own world record of 9.58 seconds. The American athlete Justin Gatlin took bronze.

Jamaicans celebrated Usain Bolt’s victory with cheers with plastic horns blaring, pot covers were banged and motorists honked their horns that despite being unable to make the transatlantic journey themselves. Some of the Jamaicans compared the accomplishments of Bolt with those of another popular Jamaican icon Bob Marley. Usain Bolt – the 25 years old sporting phenomenon entered the history books as the sprinter who crossed the line as the winner in two successive men’s 100 meter finals. It was 0.05 seconds down the world record that Bolt clocked at the World Championships in Berlin three years ago but this was faster than his winning run at the Beijing Olympics that was 9.69 seconds.

The woman who stood against the powers of Penn State way

Vicky Triponey – the sole  woman who as a Vice President over saw the student discipline has to quit from her post five years back as she experienced the first hand snobbish outlook, the brute work force culture, the secluded existence and a sense of entitlement. She was told that she was too confrontational, aggressive and does not fit within the culture of Penn State.  She often clashed with the former and late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno over the person responsible for disciplining the football players when they got into trouble. This conflict with such an iconic figure made her quite unpopular within the campus and almost ended her thirty years of academic career.

The latest Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the findings of which were carried on by the special investigator, concluding that the late football coach and other top Penn State administrators had concealed Sandusky’s abuse to shield the University from bad publicity may have brought in a feeling of exoneration, self satisfaction for any other person. But Tirponey otherwise had a deep sense of sadness.

The inquiry was commissioned by the board of trustees by hiring the former FBI Director – Louis Freeh. This inquiry exposed how the personal failings of Joe Paterno and three other Penn State leaders along with the university’s football culture empowered and allowed an assistant football coach to molest fatherless boys.  Triponey agreed with the Freeh’s suggestion that the university’s trustees had leaded an effort to vigorously examine and understand the Penn State’s culture.

Tiger Woods unable to explain the ups and downs of his golf career

Tiger Woods has finally lost the title of world’s best paid athlete and also dropped to third spot. While fellow golfer Phil Mickelson is ranked World No.2.Tiger Woods was unable explain why his golf career is on a roller coaster ride this season that had won him three events more than any player this year. The three times champion openly admitted that the depth in golf is greater now than ever before and that meant that more golfers have a chance to win a major. Winning a major is much difficult as seen from the fact that the last 15 majors had fifteen different winners.

Tiger Woods will tee off on Thursday at 4:26 a.m. EST in the British Open at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club where he will get another chance to pick up his 15th major championship. He has not won a major since 2008 U.S Open at Torrey Pines but he says that he is not anxious of winning another title. Tiger Woods fondly remembers the events when he played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes golf course way back in 1996 and in 2001. He scored T21 in 1996 and at that time was considered as a low amateur but he scored T25 when he played for the Open Championship in the year-2001. While playing for the 1996 Open Championships, Tiger Woods realized that he is now ready for the PGA tour.

Woods to tee off with Garcia and Rose at British Open

Tiger Woods will partner Spain’s Sergio Garcia and England’s Justin Rose in the first and second rounds of the upcoming British Open. The American Golf great will kick off his campaign with Rose and Garcia at 9:42am local time on Thursday in round one at Royal Lytham and at 2:43pm on Friday.

Tiger is chasing his fifteenth major and is in pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors. The men that will stroll the course along with Woods however have not won any majors as yet. They are still expected to draw the crowds at the par-70 Lancashire layout because of Woods and several other prominent groups nearby.

Defending champion Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland will tee off with Zach Johnson of the United States and South Africa’s Ernie Els at 9:09 am on Thursday. They are scheduled to be three groups behind Woods and company.

England’s World No 2 Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson of the United States and Japan’s Yoshinori Fujimoto will tee off right after Clarke’s group. Westwood is chasing his first major and has impressed one and all with his play. Bubba Watson happens to be the reigning Masters champion and had great things to say about Lee “You always expect Lee to do well,” “It seems like every major he is in, he’s in the top five.” “He’s a great player. Even if he starts off slow he fights back and has a chance to win.” He said

Roger Federer reaches the pinnacle of his tennis career

Roger Federer added another feather to the cap of his tennis career by gaining another record when he began his 287th week as world number one ranker. Roger Federer got his ranking as World No.1, by winning Grand slam 17 times after beating Britain’s Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final last week. The Swiss’s seventh title at the England Club ensured that he would be equal and then pass on Pete Sampras’s record of 286 weeks at the top of the ranking. Sampras won 14 grand titles in 14-year tour career.

It is hoped that the Federer will keep the number one spot throughout the London Olympics thereby extending the mark still further. The Association of Tennis Professionals or ATP also lauded Federer. The passion towards tennis showed no signs of waning despite his age and being the second oldest man after Andre Agassi to hold the top ranking. Federer also holds a 75-point lead over world number two Novak Djokovic.

Federer now holds best five titles in 2012 that includes his 20th Master crown in Madrid in the run up to French Open. In spite of equaling Sampras’s record of seventh Wimbledon title, Federer believes that it was not just his victory at the All England Club over Andy Murray in the final that enabled him to win the Wimbledon cup and return to the top, but also due to a series of high and low periods he had to face in his tennis career. For instance, his notably heartbreaking loss to Djokovic in the US Open semi finals last September where he was two sets to love ahead with match points.

Management ambitions of midfielder Ryan Giggs revealed

The Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs reveals his ambitions of going into management or coaching after his retirement from regular football career. The 38-year old Welsh footballer who plays as a midfielder also made his 900th appearance for the Red Devils last term but has just one year left on his current sporting deal. Giggs admits that he was quite tempted towards coaching in recent times and is preparing to look forward towards that direction. At an international level, Ryan Giggs has played for the Welsh national team before his retirement from the international football scene in the year 2007 and was once the youngest player to represent his nation.

Ryan Giggs is also named as one of the three over aged players for the Great Britain team to compete at 2012 Summer Olympics and was later on named as the teams’ captain. Giggs informed that in the middle of the last season he had completed his Uefa A License and is on the threshold of gathering more knowledge as much as he can, thereby preparing as best as he can for entering into management or coaching.

The Cardiff born mid fielder informed that he is looking to take as much as possible from the experience of captaining the Team GB football squad at the Olympics this summer. The rumors regarding the job as Wales’s manager was linked with Ryan Giggs when John Toshack resigned in 2010 that was followed by the death of Gary Speed in 2011. Giggs has signed a one year contract extension with the Red Devils in February.  Ryan Giggs is one of the five Welsh players in Great Britain’s 18-man squad for the men’s football competition at London Olympics-2012.

 

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