first_imgBEIJING, China:Jamaican hurdler Hansle Parchment says he is happy to have won silver in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics but couldn’t help feeling a bit disappointed with the execution of the race.Parchment, the bronze medal winner from the Olympic Games in London, topped the clock at 13.03 seconds – his best time of the season, to finish second to Russian Sergey Shubenkov, who crossed the line in a national record 12.98 with world record holder Aries Merritt taking the bronze in 13.04.It has been an up and down season for the powerful Jamaican, but like he did in London in 2012 and even more recently at the National Senior Championships, where he ran 13.08 and booked his spot to Beijing, despite a less than ideal lead-up to the championships, Parchment knows how to produce his best when he needs to.”I’m very happy for this medal. I feel I could have done more, but I’m satisfied,” said Parchment.Happy with performance”I’m very happy. I can just imagine how my mom, my coach and the people back home are feeling right now. I think they are happier than I am because I was a little disappointed with the start, but, overall, it was a good performance,” Parchment added.”I was looking forward to a stronger start. I didn’t get it as well as I wanted to, but I held my composure nonetheless because I knew that if I tried to do too much then I would mess up and that is not good for a race. So, I just kept my focus and ran through the line,” he shared.”I think I keep a level head. I try not to stress or worry too much or fret about the race. I aim for the highest every single time I go out there so I’m aiming to get on top of the medal podium,” said Parchment, who is hoping that his performance and those from others competing in less popular events in Jamaica will, spark greater interest in these non-traditional events.Parchment became the first Jamaican to win a medal at the World Championships in the 110m hurdles.last_img read more

first_imgCanelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a middleweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez was just Saul Alvarez back then, a red-haired 15-year-old who wanted nothing more than to make some money boxing.He got his chance on a summer night in 2005 in a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico, where he grew up. His opponent was another teenager named Abraham Gonzalez, but he could have been anyone.ADVERTISEMENT Alvarez showed some potential by stopping Gonzalez in fourth round. Afterward he collected his first real payday.“Eighty pesos,” Alvarez recalled this week. “I think it was like $6.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogA dozen years later, the pay has gotten a lot better. On Saturday night Alvarez will make millions as he meets knockout specialist Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight showdown that boxing purists are comparing to some of the division’s great fights of years past .Some 40 million of his countrymen are expected to be watching on television as the fighter who is arguably Mexico’s biggest sports hero takes on the fearsome Golovkin in a fight that could define the career of both fighters. The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view in the U.S. Break new ground MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start LATEST STORIES “I give a slight edge to Triple G because of his sheer punching power with both hands,” Leonard said. “Canelo has to fight the best fight of his life, just like when I fought Hagler. I had to be technically sharp, strategically sharp and smart.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img A costly, catty dispute finally settled “My mentality is 100 percent to win,” Alvarez said. “Every night before I go to bed I visualize a knockout.”Alvarez has been on the big stage before. He and Mayweather delivered more than 2 million pay-per-view buys in their fight, and he has consistently drawn big crowds and big television numbers over the last five years.He’s done beer commercials with Sylvester Stallone, collected multi-million dollar purses, and established himself as the latest in a long succession of aggressive Mexican fighters.If he can beat Golovkin — and he’s a slight underdog — he’ll have a handful of championship belts and a signature win that will resonate throughout the sport. It’s something he thought would happen if he beat Mayweather, but at 23, he wasn’t ready for the defensive master.“Most definitely I was too young and it showed,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “I don’t take it today as a defeat but as an experience. I learned a lot from that fight.”In Golovkin, Alvarez will be fighting a boxer who hasn’t lost since the gold medal match in the 2004 Olympics. He’ll also be facing a slugger who has 33 knockouts in 37 fights and is defending his middleweight titles for the 19th time.But Golovkin looked somewhat vulnerable in his last fight, where he went 12 rounds with Danny Jacobs. He won, but the fight that may have convinced De La Hoya to risk his most marketable fighter against Triple G.No one on either side expects it to be easy.“He has a very aggressive style. He comes to search and destroy and he comes in search of a knockout,” Alvarez said. “You know me, I don’t back down. I’m a counter puncher and I like to fight. It has all the ingredients to be one of the best fights ever.”Whether the fight will deliver the classic everyone expects remains to be seen. But it has brought talk of great middleweight fights from the 1980s, including Tommy Hearns versus Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Hagler against Sugar Ray Leonard.Leonard posted a video on Twitter this week giving his thoughts on the outcome. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ “This is for my country and my people,” Alvarez said. “Simply put, the people wanted this fight.”It won’t be a fight for the faint of heart. Golovkin had a 23-fight knockout streak before going the distance in his last fight, while Alvarez is a masterful counterpuncher who is not afraid to mix it up.Between them they have only one loss in 88 fights. Alvarez suffered it in 2013 against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight he admitted he took too early in his career.By contrast, he may have waited until just the right time to fight Golovkin. Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, were widely criticized for avoiding Golovkin for the last two years, but now Alvarez has grown into a full-fledged middleweight and both fighters seem to be in their prime.There shouldn’t be many surprises. And there will certainly be no excuses.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSam Allardyce believes West Ham may struggle domestically this season if their Europa League campaign is successful.The Hammers face Maltese side Birkirkara in the first leg of their second qualifying round clash on Thursday, and face another four matches before they even reach the competition proper.With six group stage games then possibly to follow, the east London club are likely to play more than 50 matches this season.Slaven Bilic’s main task this campaign is to keep the Irons in the Premier League, ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium.And Allardyce, who left Upton Park at the end of last season, claims the Croatian could struggle if the club continue to progress in Europe’s secondary competition.“Europe is going to be a defining factor,” the 60-year-old told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “If West Ham have a very good run in Europe it could have a detrimental effect on their Premier League results.“If you play more games in Europe, along with the FA Cup and League Cup, you’re going to test the squad.“I’m not sure the squad is strong and deep enough if they have a long run in Europe. Staying clear of injuries is the most important thing in any manager’s season.“If not, Slaven Bilic could run into the same problems I did over the last four years.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Tourists from mainland China also added a new stop to their sightseeing tours in Hong Kong this week: gawking at the WTO protesters. The demonstrations are curious spectacles for the mainlanders, whose Communist government is highly sensitive about such displays and often cracks down on them. Previous trade-liberalization talks in Cancun, Mexico, in 2003 and Seattle in 1999 collapsed in disarray. Another failure could seriously undermine the WTO’s goal of forging a global free trade agreement by the end of 2006, already two years later than originally planned. Much of the blame for the lack of progress has been pinned on the EU, which has refused to further reduce trade barriers protecting its farming market – a key demand of poorer nations that depend heavily on agricultural exports. But EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said the 25-nation bloc has been working hard to broker a deal, and faulted developing nations – particularly India and Brazil – for not agreeing to lower their tariffs on industrial goods and services. “It is hard to see where progress can be achieved in Hong Kong if the talks continue in this direction,” Mandelson said. “The level of ambition, if anything, is going backwards.” Late on Friday, WTO chief Pascal Lamy began circulating a draft of the agriculture section of a final agreement. The draft text, obtained by The Associated Press, suggested 2010 as a date for ending all government payments to domestic producers to promote exports. The EU has refused to commit to any date, and it remained to be seen how it and other members would react. And since the WTO is a consensus-based organization, even one holdout could doom an agreement. The banana trade reflects the difficulties involved in this approach. The Group of 77 – made up of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, many of whose populations are subsistence farmers relying on crops such as sugar, cotton and bananas – said they would reject any final deal that ended their preferential access to European markets. “We will not be a party to any consensus that that does not recognize our right to grow bananas,” said Charles Savarin, trade minister of Dominica. “We must preserve our traditional access to the EU markets.” The EU’s system of tariffs and quotas favors Caribbean and African banana producers over large-scale growers in Latin America, preferential treatment the WTO has ruled violates world trade rules. But Savarin said ending that system would “destroy” their domestic banana markets. Honduras, on the other hand, has said it will reject any deal that preserves the preferences. The so-called Doha round of WTO talks was launched in 2001 in Qatar’s capital to pay particular attention to poorer nations’ trade concerns – chief of which is agriculture. But developing countries feel that wealthy nations have largely failed to fulfill that pledge. Mexico’s secretary of economy, Sergio Garcia de Alba, said the United States, EU, Japan and other rich nations sent delegates who weren’t given enough flexibility to make deals. “They sent their negotiators with papers, but also with straitjackets that don’t let them move,” Garcia said. “This week has turned more into a gripe session than a negotiation.” Mandelson lashed out at that criticism, saying the EU had “taken initiative” and offered generous cuts, including an average 46 percent reduction in farm tariffs. He said developing nations seemed to expect the Europeans to settle for fewer opportunities in industrial trade while agreeing to make more concessions in agriculture. “In other words, pay more to get less in return,” Mandelson said. “We are going to stick to our position.” The U.S. delegation is eager for progress because of the July 2007 expiration of so-called “fast-track” authority, which allows U.S. trade ministers to negotiate international deals with little congressional interference. Officials believe they need a WTO treaty finished by the end of 2006 to give lawmakers enough time to deliberate on it. “This 2006 deadline is a real deadline,” said Faryar Shirzad, the chief economic adviser for President George W. Bush. “We really have to get work done.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONG KONG – Global trade talks slid closer to failure early today over the issue of protection for poor farmers. The European Union’s chief negotiator said the talks were “going backwards” – an ominous development that could damage the credibility of the World Trade Organization itself. Delegates from the WTO’s 149 member nations tried to hash out a draft agreement that likely will be their last chance to reach compromises on a slew of thorny issues. But so far, the negotiations have been virtually fruitless. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said the talks will become more intense before the strict Sunday deadline. “There is always a cranky phase,” she said. “Most of the business is done in the last 48 hours.” South Korean protesters – the most militant of the 10,000 who have come to Hong Kong hoping to block a WTO agreement – shaved their heads, threw eggs and spray-painted graffiti on the U.S. Consulate General building and briefly scuffled with police on Friday. last_img read more