Dharry breaks into top five in WBA ranking

first_imgELTON Dharry broke into the top five of the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Flyweight Division in its September ranking. The US-based Guyanese is happy with his highest ever position and calls it “one step closer” in his quest to reach the top.Early this year the top boxer was ranked eighth, but in the July 31 ranking, he jumped to sixth position before now climbing higher.Dharry’s most recent victory was in Panama a few months ago, where he won the Central American Boxing Federation (Fedecentro) World Boxing Association and Central American Boxing Federation (Fecarbox) World Boxing Council (WBC) champion titles after he defeated Panama’s champion and former title challenger Gilberto Cacique Mendonza by unanimous decision.Since then his team has been attempting to set up a fight with current world champion Khalid Yafai.Although the Great Britain boxer’s team had indicated that they might be interested, nothing has been finalised.The Guyanese is, however, hopeful to get back into the ring in November. Dharry, who fights under Havoc Boxing Promotions, has won his last 21 consecutive bouts.  At fifth in the world, he is ranked higher than June’s number one-ranked competitor Norbelto Jimenez. The Dominican retained his seventh spot.Dharry is also ahead of former unified world champion (WBO and IBF titles concurrently in 2014) Jose Francisco Rodriguez, who is ranked sixth.last_img read more

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Syracuse tennis success follows solidified doubles pairings

first_img Published on April 12, 2017 at 11:13 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Early in the season, Syracuse’s doubles pairings were far from settled. Head coach Younes Limam freely mixed partners and a season-ending injury to stalwart senior Valeria Salazar after one game only further blurred the picture.Yet lately, Syracuse’s doubles pairings have been the most consistent thing about the team.“At the beginning of the spring season, knowing Valeria can’t go,” Limam said, “it was a little bit challenging to know what combinations are going to give us a doubles point. Obviously, if you know who’s going to be playing with whom, it’s a little bit easier.”Syracuse’s (7-10, 4-6 Atlantic Coast) doubles point wins strongly correlate to its wins in overall matches. In its first eight games of the season, Syracuse’s 1-7 mark in doubles resulted in a 2-6 overall record. Syracuse has improved to 4-5 in doubles and 5-4 overall since.The key cogs to the Orange turnaround, Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez, began their time as the permanent doubles pairing in the last match of the season-opening eight-game slide. Before then, SU rotated through different doubles pairings, looking for the right fit. Since Knutson and Ramirez became an official pairing, the duo has won six of the 10 matches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnutson spent much of last season playing with Salazar, a pairing ranked in the Top 10 to begin this year. Once SU ruled Salazar out for the season, Limam searched for her replacement. He tried playing Knutson with Anna Shkudun and Libi Mesh but settled on Ramirez.“I think they (Salazar and Ramirez) are a little bit different,” Limam said. “Miranda has good hands at the net, and Gabby sets her up most of the time.”But Knutson and Ramirez aren’t enough alone. It takes two out of the three doubles matches to win the doubles point.With its first pairing in place, Syracuse pieced together a second stable one on March 5 against Notre Dame. That day, Dina Hegab and Shkudun began a stretch of playing seven doubles matches together in eight games. The team’s six most recent doubles matches have come at the second spot, and Shkudun and Hegab are 4-3 in their time together.“I think the best thing for us now is how we’re working as a team,” Hegab said. “We kind of expect what the other one is going to do for this point.”The remaining healthy players, Mesh, Maria Tritou and Nicole Mitchell, are pieced together week by week to form SU’s third pairing. Tritou appears the most consistent, and is usually featured alongside Mitchell.Two recent matches against ranked teams demonstrate the importance of winning the doubles point.On March 26, then-No. 6 Georgia Tech visited Syracuse as an ACC power visiting a conference underling. But the Yellow Jackets narrowly escaped with a 4-3 win. Shkudun and Hegab won their second doubles match, but Knutson and Ramirez fell in a tiebreak in first doubles, 6-7 (4-7). Had SU won the tiebreak and the singles finished accordingly, the Orange would have pulled off the upset, like it did two weeks later.On Sunday, Syracuse knocked off No. 42 Miami behind its doubles team. Knutson and Ramirez won at first doubles, and Mitchell and Tritou escaped with a 7-5 win at third. The final score was a familiar 4-3, but this time in SU’s favor.Syracuse’s improvement throughout the season has mirrored its improved consistency to start the match at the doubles. Players have grown comfortable with their partners, a sharp contrast to earlier this season when Knutson said, “We have no idea,” regarding double’s pairings. Now, they know.“I think it helps a little bit,” Ramirez said. “Just because you’re prepared.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott escapes charges in Las Vegas incident, report says

first_imgIt appears Ezekiel Elliott will have one less thing hanging over his head as he pushes for a new contract with the Cowboys.According to a report from TMZ, the star running back will not face charges for his connection to an altercation at the Electric Daisy Carnival music festival in Las Vegas in May. Patriots’ Josh Gordon reinstated; Roger Goodell, Bill Belichick release statements Elliott was handcuffed after shoving an event staffer, a TMZ Sports report stated.He was seen arguing with his girlfriend in a parking lot around 3 a.m. local time. Although Elliott doesn’t appear put his hands on her in the cellphone video obtained by TMZ, the report noted he allegedly blocked her from walking away several times which is when event staffers stepped in.  Related News Cam Newton difference ‘like night and day’ with new throwing motion Elliott shoved one staffer, Kyle Johnson, to the ground. He eventually was handcuffed and escorted off the property after event security and Las Vegas Metro Police arrived.After Johnson filed a police report, police gathered evidence and ultimately decided not to move forward with any charges, according to TMZ.Elliott met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in July about the incident and released a statement on Twitter that said he’s “determined not to be in this position again.” Jay-Z on track to become part owner of NFL team, report says pic.twitter.com/blstMAWPUN— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) July 2, 2019Elliott is still in the middle of a contract dispute with the Cowboys and hasn’t reported to training camp. He has been working out to stay in shape in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, according to multiple reports, but will not return to the team without a new deal, ESPN noted, citing a source close to the situation. Elliott has one year left on his rookie contract as well as a fifth-year team option.The same report added it’s unlikely Elliott will hold out into the regular season. Dallas opens its season Sept. 8 against the Giants.last_img read more

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