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Tricky Dominican Republic Test for Gifted Cole

first_imgBy Kunle AdewaleWorld Boxing Federation Junior Middle Weight champion, Gifted Cole Chiori, will tonight take on Jorge Burgos from Dominican Republic in a 10 round non-title fight.Cole, whose record stands at 10-0 in a telephone chat with THISDAY from his base in the United States before jetting to Dominican Republic said he was not intimidated by his opponent, promising to come out victorious at the end of the bout.“With the kind of rigorous training I have gone through, I should be able to stop him before the end of round five. I’m not underrating my opponent or being over confident, but my coach and I had perfected the strategy to stop him early after watching some tapes of Burgos previous fights,” the Ajegunle-born boxer noted.Cole said the fight would also serve as part of his preparation for his title defence later this year.“Burgos is a tested boxer and a worthy opponent any day and could be very tricky, therefore it would help in my preparation for my title defence later this year,” he saidCole defeated German opponent, Tom Reiche, to retain his Junior Middle Weight World Boxing Federation title after the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round after too much torture from the Nigerian.Tonight’s fight is billed for the city of Santiago RodriguezShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Masterpiece by Alex Wood lifts Dodgers to 2-0 victory

first_imgDodgers southpaw Alex Wood was ripped badly when he pitched in Arizona last Friday, to the tune of eight runs — six earned — in just 1 2/3 innings.What a difference four days make.On Wednesday, Wood came through with an absolute masterpiece. He allowed just one hit over eight innings and the Dodgers rode a home run by A.J. Ellis and an RBI single by Corey Seager to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies before 45,906 at Dodger Stadium.Wood allowed just a single by Kyle Parker in the second inning. He struck out five and did not walk a batter on 78 pitches. Thirteen of his 24 outs were via the ground ball. When Wood (11-10) came into the dugout after a quick eighth, Mattingly went to shake his hand, the sign he was coming out. Wood at first refused to shake.“He looked at me kind of funny,” Mattingly said, laughing. “I just said, ‘That’s it, don’t even ask.’”Mattingly said that if the lead were 4-0, he might have left Wood in. Wood found the humor in fanning on the handshake.“I was a little surprised (to be coming out),” Wood said. “He came to shake my hand, I was pulling it back a little bit.”He understood the thinking.• Video: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discusses pulling Alex Wood after 8 innings“Obviously, you always want to stay in, but I wasn’t going to fight too hard, especially after my last one,” he said. “If I wouldn’t have had that last one I probably would have put up more of a fight, but 2-0 ballgame, we’re trying to clinch our playoff berth and have some confidence going into this weekend against Pittsburgh.“Ninth inning, as everybody knows, is Kenley’s for the most part.”The Dodgers have Thursday off and host Pittsburgh beginning Friday.Wood liked his stuff.• Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 2-0“Yeah, you know, baseball’s a funny game, right?” he said. “It was obviously my worst of the year the last time out. Didn’t really have all three (pitches), which doesn’t happen hardly ever.“Then come in tonight, thought we commanded the fastball to both sides of the plate and felt the changeup was real good. And, obviously, got a lot of early contact tonight.” Wood was asked how the four days between the two starts were.“Long,” he said.Ellis hit his sixth home run of the year off Rockies southpaw starter Jorge De La Rosa (9-7) in the second inning and Seager made it 2-0 with an RBI single in the sixth after a double by Austin Barnes.Ellis loved what he saw from Wood.“He was phenomenal tonight, as good as I’ve caught him,” Ellis said. “And I know for him personally coming off Arizona, this was a big start for him and a big start for us trying to win the series. Give him all the credit, he was outstanding tonight.”Seager said the 2-0 lead felt larger the way Wood was working.“Wood threw really well,” he said. “Eight innings, one hit, something like that. When you do that, one or two runs is like eight or nine runs.”The Dodgers did not start several regulars after Tuesday’s marathon and their lineup included four players who were recently in Triple-A. Third-string catcher Barnes, a former infielder, started at second base with Chase Utley starting at first for Adrian Gonzalez. The low pitch-count notwithstanding, Wood did not get the chance to finish because closer Kenley Jansen was brought in to save his 32nd game. Jansen gave up a two-out single to Charlie Blackmon before striking out Carlos Gonzalez to end the game.The game took 2 hours and eight minutes, a night after the teams played for 16 innings over 5 hours and 23 minutes.The first-place Dodgers (84-61) reduced their magic number to 10 and retained their lead of 7 1/2 games over the Giants in the NL West.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked about the ground balls Wood induced.“It seemed like he (Wood) was down all night,” Mattingly said. “He just seemed a little sharper with everything. You never know what goes on from game to game. It was good tonight. He got on a little roll early and just kept his pitch-count down.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee Unveils Women’s Long Jump Field

first_imgSix Olympians will take to the long jump runway at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee as part of the Rio Games Olympic Preview, Relays director Brian Brown announced March 15.Of those six Olympians, four have Olympic medals to their credit and the entire nine-jumper field will be using the Rio Olympic Games Preview as the springboard to add to that tally. Last season, four of the nine in the field finished the season ranked in the top 11 in the world. Four of those scheduled to compete at Drake Stadium were in the final of last summer’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Headlining the field is American Brittney Reese. With a total of five World Championships, Reese is the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the long jump and owns a personal best of 23-9.5 (7.25m). Last weekend she claimed the U.S. Indoor national title with a jump of 22-7.25. In 2013, Reese competed at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and won the long jump with a mark of 22-9.5.Janay DeLoach is another American Olympic medalist, having claimed bronze at the 2012 London Games. She owns a personal best of 23-0.75 (7.03m) in the event and finished the 2015 season ranked No. 6 in the world. She also jumped at the 2013 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and finished second in 22-8.5.Tianna Bartoletta comes to Drake Stadium after finishing 2015 with the top jump in the world at 23-5.25 (7.14m) to win a World Championship last summer in Beijing. As a member of the United States’ 4×100-meter relay team, she earned a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Finishing a few spots behind Bartoletta in the world standings last year was Christabel Nettey with the fourth-longest jump in the world of 22-11.25 (6.99m). The Canadian is the reigning Pan-American Games champion in the event and finished fourth at last summer’s IAAF World Championships.Lorraine Ugen will travel to Des Moines after finishing her 2015 season ranked 11th in the world with a personal-best mark of 22-8.5 (6.92m) and finishing fifth at the IAAF World Championships.Chelsea Hayes is another Olympian set to compete for the prize purse at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. Hayes unleashed a huge personal best of 23-3.5 (7.10m) at the last Olympic Trials to stun the field and earn a spot on Team USA. Another Olympic medalist in the field is Nigerian Blessing Okagbare. Okagbare claimed a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has five African Championships on her resume.  She owns a personal best of 22-11.75  (7.0m) in the event.Funmi Jimoh competed alongside Okagbare in the 2008 Olympics and finished 12th in the event. She has a personal best of 22-10  (6.96m) in the event.Rounding out the field in the women’s long jump is another past Relays performer in Sharon Day-Monroe. A multi-event athlete, Day-Monroe has represented the United States in the heptathlon in each of the last two Olympics. Two years ago, she competed at Drake Stadium in the high jump. The Rio Olympic Games Preview women’s long jump is scheduled to be contested during Hy-Vee Night at the Relays on Friday, April 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. Single-session tickets for the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee go on sale to the general public on March 24 at 9 a.m. All-session and multi-session tickets for the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee are currently available  at www.DrakeRelays.org, www.DrakeTix.com or by calling the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more