Simmons’ sacking demoralised Windies – Bravo

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Veteran West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo yesterday revealed that the West Indies Cricket Board’s decision to axe “trusted” head coach Phil Simmons on the day of the squad’s departure for Dubai, had left the Caribbean side demoralised for the ongoing limited overs tour against Pakistan. Speaking on local radio here, Bravo, who was a member of the Twenty20 squad that suffered a humiliating 3-0 whitewash last week, said the players and management team appeared “lost” during the series and the dressing room lacked a positive atmosphere. He said Simmons in his short time with the squad, had built up a high level of trust with the players, an element that was now missing from the West Indies squad. “I’m very passionate about the game so whenever I step on a cricket field I give a hundred per cent,” Bravo told i95.5 FM here. “But the honest truth is, it is very difficult for a bunch of guys – collectively – 15 guys to switch on and go play in a series when on the day of the team travelling, they find out that their head coach was fired. Which organisation in the world would do things like that? “[Simmons was] the most successful coach the team had in recent years in his short stint. I’m sure the people of the Caribbean see the positive signs with and within the team. “We went on, we won the [T20] World Cup … [we played well] in the Tri-Nations against two very powerful ODI teams and yet still, moments before the team flies to Dubai, they fired the coach so it will definitely affect the morale of the team and the players.” West Indies have looked a shadow of themselves on tour, losing all five limited overs games to date with a series of ordinary performances, and this led to rampant speculation over the level of team morale owing to Simmons’ sudden departure. The reigning T20 World champions, West Indies looked anything but as they crashed to nine-wicket, 16-run and eight-wicket defeats in the three-match series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Their shocking effort in the final game in Abu Dhabi when they managed just 103 for five from their 20 overs batting first, was perhaps the clearest sign that was all was not well behind the scenes. Bravo, who got the only half-century for the tourists during the T20 series, said the team environment had been low-keyed throughout. “I’ve been in the team for 12 years and if it is one coach I actually see come there and the players really, really look up to and really enjoyed playing for [was Simmons]. The players had that trust with Simmons and it is no longer there anymore,” the outspoken Bravo continued. “I was there in Dubai and basically players were lost, the management team looked lost … we were looking like school kids again. The team meetings had no sort of positive input or anything like that. It was like we were just there.” Following Bravo’s departure at the end of the T20 series, the West Indies one-day squad enjoyed little change in fortune, losing both opening games in Sharjah to already concede the three-match series. Bravo, who in the past found himself at the centre of a players impasse with the WICB over the abandoned tour of India two years ago, said if there was not a “drastic” intervention soon, West Indies cricket could be seriously damaged. “For me to come out and talk about these things now is because, one, I’m hurting; two, I’m seeing that our cricket actually has nowhere to go and that’s the honest truth,” Bravo said frankly. The WICB announced just prior to the Pakistan series that it had parted ways with Simmons because of “differences in culture and strategic approach” but did not elaborate. His removal was the second major change in team management in the space of weeks as successful two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain, Darren Sammy, was sacked in August.last_img read more

Adamson’s Permentilla sits out another game with swollen anke

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lady Falcons head coach Airess Padda decided to sit out Permentilla against National U, saying that she didn’t want to risk aggravating her player’s injury, even if she had the option of using her as libero.“Her ankle is still swollen, the flexibility is not there yet,” said Padda after their four-set win over the Lady Bulldogs, 25-19, 25-15, 18-25, 25-13 at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We didn’t want to risk putting her on defense or doing something like that, we didn’t want to risk that.”Permentilla, who is averaging 9.5 points per game, sprained her left ankle in practice almost a week before Adamson faced NU. Adamson sophomore hitter Chiara Permentilla missed her second straight game in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball on Wednesday due to a left ankle sprain.ADVERTISEMENT SHS-Ateneo de Cebu stuns no. 1 Ateneo de Manila in NBTC Elite Eight She showed up to the game wearing a pair of joggers and a blue t-shirt but she was free from the brace she wore in the Lady Falcons’ previous game against University of the East.Bernadette Flora, meanwhile, was put in Permentilla’s place and although she wasn’t able to score, Eli Soyud had her back with four points.“We let Eli handle the responsibility and Flora who came in and did an amazing job on defense, that’s what we decided to do today,” said Padda as her team improved to 5-5 while remaining in the fifth seed.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta shines, brushes off social media hate

first_imgView comments Cuneta, who rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, was part of a muse lineup that included Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Ms. International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, and other younger television actresses.No amount of hate, however, could dim the brightness of Cuneta’s timeless star power.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“They don’t mean anything to me because I’m the one in here and chosen by Magnolia and I’m the major endorser,” said Cuneta Sunday at Philippine Arena.Cuneta added she was surprised that players from other teams asked her for pictures but she remained committed to the Purefoods franchise of which she had already represented in the 90s. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Manny Pacquiao lists the top 7 boxers he’s fought Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college She said that she was looking for Rafi Reavis, Marc Pingris, and Alvin Patrimonio all of whom have become close to her on a personal basis.“I was looking for Rafi because he’s like a step brother to me, also Ping because he’s Danica’s [Sotto] husband, and of course captain Alvin because the last time I was a muse for Purefoods he was the player,” said Cuneta.“It was really an honor for me to be here but it’s just unfortunate Captain wasn’t here.”ADVERTISEMENT Forward Marc Pingris snaps a selfie with Magnolia Hotshots muse Sharon Cuneta and teammate PJ Simon during the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—Sharon Cuneta may not be the youngest of the muses that paraded in the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season, but the “Megastar” can transcend her superstardom into any spectrum.The 53-year-old multi-awarded actress was Magnolia’s muse in the opener for the 2019 PBA season and was diligently met with mixed reactions on social media.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Bert Bowes Middle School Track & Field competed in Prince George

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Bert Bowes Middle School Track & Field team was in Prince George on Tuesday and Wednesday.Those participating in the meet included Kane Schreiner, Elenor Copes, Jayden Whitford, Mason Maddigan, and Nathan Jackle.Schreiner was able to earn 1st place in the 400 and 800 m.- Advertisement -Elenor Copes received 1st place in Long Jump and 2nd in 100 and 400 m.Jayden Whitford got 1st place in the 100 and 200 m and 3rd in the High Jump.According to Jen Harrison, of Bert Bowes, all of the students that received medals have qualified to compete at the Provincial Championships in Kelowna on May 30.Advertisementlast_img

Marian Academy chess competition slated for Saturday

first_imgMarian Academy is once again gearing up to host its chess competition, which is held each term and has become a fixture in the school’s extracurricular activities. The tournament will be held at the school’s auditorium this Saturday, June 30 from 09:00h to 15:00h.For in excess of six years, Marian Academy has been able to successfully implement the Chess in School Initiative as an extracurricular activity for both primary and secondary school students. The programme not only teaches students the game of chess, but it also contributes to their academic excellence. This competition will seek to test the skill and knowledge that they have been acquiring during the programme.The Chess in School initiative is a worldwide programme being implemented in school systems where chess is used as a sport and a tool to improve students’ performance academically. Guyana, through the National Sports Commission, has moved to introduce the programme this year to schools across the nation. With over 80 registered students, this tournament is expected to be yet another exciting event for pupils who are between the ages of 7 and 16.Top players such as Ethan Lee and Sasha Shariff are expected to participate on Saturday. Lee, who is ranked at number four amongst Guyana’s top junior players, recently won the St Stanislaus College Open Chess Competition and Sasha was recently selected to represent Guyana at this year’s World Chess Championships scheduled to be held in Batumi, Georgia.Both players also participated in this year’s CARIFTA Chess Championships that were held in Paramaribo, Suriname last March. Both of them have had an excellent year tournament-wise, and as such, are tournament favourites and are expected to perform excellently. Keen eyes will also be on Roshawn Washington and Dwayne Bess, who also participated in this year’s National Junior Chess Championship.last_img read more

Arsenal set for £130m transfers, Man United snubbed, plus all the latest gossip

first_img Transfer Rumours and Paper Review 1 talkSPORT bring you a handy round-up all the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Bayern Munich are prepared to pay £55m for Arsenal’s 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez, who is also a target for Chelsea, Juventus Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. (Sunday Telegraph)Arsenal are willing to pay £85m for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, 18, and offer him the incentive that he will play regular first-team football. (Mail on Sunday)And Mbappe is set to reject a big-money move to Manchester United because he does not like how Jose Mourinho’s team plays. (L’Equipe)Manchester City have made a £50m bid to sign Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, 26. (Sunday Mirror)Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told the club’s owners to prioritise bringing back Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, this summer. (Mail on Sunday)Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho aims to make a £55m bid to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 28. (Sun on Sunday)Chelsea are ready to make a £20m move for 22-year-old Italian midfielder Domenico Berardi from Sassuolo. (Sunday Mirror)Stoke City are set to try to sign Chelsea captain John Terry, 36, in the summer, although they face competition from teams in America’s Major League Soccer as well as the Chinese Super League. (Sun on Sunday)Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, is set to move to Real Madrid with United looking to replace him with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, 24. (Don Balon)Manchester City are monitoring Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac. The 23-year-old will be available on a free transfer, but City are yet to make an offer. (Manchester Evening News)Liverpool should try to sign three more Southampton players, according to former Reds captain Phil Thompson. The Reds are interested in centre-half Virgil van Dijk, 25, left-back Ryan Bertrand, 27, and central midfielder Oriol Romeu, 25. (Liverpool Echo)Here are the latest headlines: Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has praised the work of manager Mauricio Pochettino – but believes the current side need to win silverware to push on againTorino president Urbano Cairo has revealed Manchester City have given no indication over their intentions with goalkeeper Joe HartBorussia Dortmund have joined Chelsea and Juventus in the race for Celtic striker Moussa DembeleSchalke star Sead Kolasinac is expected to decide between offers from AC Milan, Arsenal and Manchester City next weeklast_img read more

Pogba unhappy at Man United, Courtois in talks to leave Chelsea, Liverpool news

first_img moving on 2 targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest transfer news IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti give you the low down of all the transfer rumours and gossip from Sunday’s papers and online…Paul Pogba, the Manchester United midfielder, has been offered to Barcelona as he is reportedly unhappy under Jose Mourinho. (Mail on Sunday) Mourinho, the United manager, is interested in signing Leonardo Bonucci from Milan. The 31-year-old Italy centre-half is rated at around £30m. (Express)Lyons chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is willing to let Liverpool renew their efforts to try and sign Nabil Fekir, the attacker, this summer. The Reds had all but signed the France international before the World Cup, but Lyon pulled the plug on the deal. (Liverpool Echo)Real Madrid are in talks to sign Thibaut Courtois, the Belgium goalkeeper, from Chelsea. (Express)Los Blancos are also keen on Eden Hazard, Courtois’ Chelsea team-mate, and the LaLiga team are ready to make a £200m bid for the forward. (Mail) LATEST RANKED 2 REVEALED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing TOP WORK LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Luke Shaw has rejected the chance to join Everton. The 23-year-old full-back is willing to sit out the final year of his contract at Manchester United and leave as a free agent next season. (Sunday Times)Isaac Hayden, Newcastle’s 23-year-old midfielder, has asked to leave St James’ Park. (Mirror)Arsenal have been handed a boost in their attempts to sign Andre Gomes from Barcelona. The midfielder was not included in Barca’s squad for a pre-season trip. (Sun) Pogba is said to be unhappy at Man United Gomes has been regarded as something of a flop since his move to Camp Nou Everton and Bournemouth are interested in completing an £18m move for Diego Laxalt, the Genoa midfielder. (Sun)West Ham are hoping to add another attacking midfielder to their squad this summer, with the Hammers entering the race for Bernard following the Brazilian’s departure from Shakhtar Donetsk. (O Jogo)Daniel Sturridge may have a future at Liverpool, according to the Anfield club’s manager Jurgen Klopp. (Sky Sports)And here are the top stories…West Ham United sign Lazio forward Felipe Anderson for club-record transfer feeChelsea have reportedly opened talks to sign Gonzalo Higuain from JuventusEden Hazard has admitted he could leave Chelsea this summer, with Real Madrid his preferred destinationHarry Wilson is set to leave Liverpool on loan, with Rangers one of the teams interested in the Wales international wingerFrank Lampard wants to bring Manchester United youngster Demetri Mitchell to Derby Countylast_img read more

The West Ham team that future sides should always be warned about

first_img 4 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Everyone else wondered exactly the same. A glance at the squad list throws up a host of familiar names, including Michael Carrick, David James, Joe Cole, Ian Pearce, Jermain Defoe, Trevor Sinclair, Glen Johnson, Paolo Di Canio, Les Ferdinand, Freddie Kanoute and Steve Lomas.“That team should have been easily competing for top six, top seven. To this day it’s still a mystery how we went down,” Hutchison added. tense Club legend Sir Trevor Brooking had a stand at Upton Park named after him and was in charge of the West Ham team on the final day of the season that were relegated Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The sight of Sam Allardyce dancing at the Reebok with Jay-Jay Okocha after sealing 17th spot still haunts West Ham fans to this day Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings Most popular Premier League news huge blow no dice 4center_img silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 4 shining West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta believes this West Ham team are NOT too good to go down.The club are struggling in the Premier League this season and sit bottom of the table with zero points from four games.It’s not like they don’t have the quality. During the summer a lot of money was spent on Felipe Anderson, while Jack Wilshere was also added to a team already containing Marko Arnautovic, Zabaleta and Javier Hernandez.Fans will know the feeling all too well considering the quality of the side that went down in 2003. The 42 points accrued was a record for a relegated side.“How we took that team into the Championship is beyond me,” Don Hutchison, who was part of the team, has previously said. Two points from their opening six games was not the best start, but then a 3-2 win against Chelsea gave supporters hope. A 2-1 defeat to Birmingham followed, but preceded back-to-back wins against Sunderland and Fulham before everything went wrong.Everton beat them 1-0 at Upton Park on 27 October and the Hammers didn’t win again until victory against Blackburn on 29 January. Even with the talent of Defoe and Michael Carrick, another academy graduate, West Ham went down With three matches of the season remaining, manager Glenn Roeder fell ill with a brain tumour – he made a full recovery – and club legend Trevor Brooking took over.Kanoute scored late to beat Manchester City in Brooking’s first match and Di Canio scored in the 1-0 win against Chelsea, meaning everything was riding on the final day.A 2-2 draw at Birmingham, though, meant the club were doomed as Sam Allardyce’s Bolton beat Middlesbrough 2-1 to preserve their Premier League status at the expense of this hugely talented squad. smart causal REVEALED Trevor Sinclair, who played for England at the World Cup a year earlier, could not help the Hammers This was the starting XI in the final game of the season against Birmingham: James, Repka, Dailly, Brevett, Johnson, Sinclair, Lomas, Cole, Defoe, Ferdinand, Kanoute.“Going down with the record points total was ridiculous – the team we had, how we took West Ham into the Championship at that time was ludicrous.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man Citylast_img read more

Steve Bruce sacked as Aston Villa manager

first_img Most popular football news 3 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Steve Bruce has been sacked as manager of Aston Villa, the Championship club has confirmed.Aston Villa made the decision to give the 57-year-old the boot, along with his assistants Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh, after a run of one win in ten games.Tuesday’s action packed 3-3 draw with Preston – where a fan threw a cabbage at him – was his final match in charge at Villa Park. 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Owner Dr Tony Xia was reported to have cash flow problems and the club failed to pay a £4million tax bill in June before reaching an agreement with HM Revenue and Customs soon afterwards.Former England defender John Terry left the club this summer, while chief executive Keith Wyness and director of football Steve Round also departed Villa Park before the start of this term.The club announced billionaire businessmen Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris would be investing heavily in the club in July and Bruce’s squad was boosted with the arrival of forwards Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie on loan from Chelsea and Everton respectively.But a summer of upheaval appears to have taken its toll and despite winning their first two league matches, Bruce’s side have fallen off the pace at the top of the table.Villa halted a five-game winless run with victory against Rotherham last month, but Bruce has come under increasing pressure after failing to win any of his last three matches. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Bruce was in charge of Villa for two years Steve Bruce is reportedly on the verge of losing his job RANKED BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Under-23s manager Kevin MacDonald will take charge of the first-team while the club looks for a new manager England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY ADVICE “The process of recruiting a new manager has begun. In the meantime, Kevin MacDonald, Aston Villa U23s manager, will be in charge of the team for our trip to Millwall on Saturday.”Bruce, who took over in 2016, endured chants of “We want Brucie out” from the Villa Park faithful against Preston and, after the game, hit out at the fan who bizarrely decided to lob the cabbage at him.Bruce, who has won promotion to the Premier League twice with two different clubs – Birmingham and Hull – replaced Roberto Di Matteo at Villa Park in October 2016.Former Sheffield United, Huddersfield, Wigan, Crystal Palace and Sunderland boss Bruce guided Villa to the play-off final last season, but they were beaten 1-0 by Fulham and the club’s failure to return to the top flight left them financially vulnerable. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY REVEALED Villa are currently 12th in the Sky Bet Championship after winning just three of their first 11 league games this season.According to the Telegraph, Christian Purslow, the chief executive, had always intended to give Bruce until October’s international break to try and turn things around, but has been let down by results and performances.And now new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have already decided to wield the axe.“We would like to place on record our gratitude to Steve and his team for their hard work and commitment. We wish them well for the future,” a club statement said.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s Jason Quigley reaches the quarterfinal of the European Championships in MinksDONEGAL’S Jason Quigley has punched his way into the quarter finals of the European Championships in Minsk.Jason is one of five Irish boxers to make it through the early stages giving Ireland hope of bringing home some medals.Quigley claimed his 23rd straight win at the expense Austria’s Arbi Chakaev. The Finn Valley middleweight earneda unanimous (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) decision.Quigley, who won the Irish title ahead of Olympic captain Darren O’Neill, now meets Germany’s Stefan Haertel, the man who defeated O’Neill in London last summer.The three Olympic medallists from London 2012, John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan are all one win away from a European medal with Donegal debutant Jason Quigley and Belfast heavyweight Tommy McCarthy joining them in the last eight.There was disappointment however for the Bray Southpaw and welterweight Olympian, Adam Nolan, who lost out on all cards to the Ukraine’s Boghdan Shelestyuk. All five qualifiers are in the ring today hoping to add to the 48 medals male and female Irish boxers have won in the championships since the men began in 1939. Katie Taylor’s contribution to that total is five successive gold medals.Mullingar’s Nevin, the number one seed and bantamweight silver medallist, dominated his Turkish opponent Selcuk Exer with all three judges scoring the match 30-27 in his favour.The next is a huge fight for Nevin, who almost quit the amateur ranks after the Olympic Games to turn professional.He meets Hungary’s Krisztian Nagy today knowing that a win will see him become the first Irish boxer along with Olympic champion Taylor to win medals at the four major boxing championships, the Olympics, World, European and EU Championships.A win would also secure his world number one status above Cuba’s reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada, who he defeated in the ExCel Arena last August. The two-time Olympic bronze medalist Barnes also wasted little time sweeping aside Wales’ John Ashley William on an unanimous (30-27, 30-27,29-28) decision. The Belfast light-flyweight dominated all three rounds to set up a meeting with Hungary’s Istvan Ungvari.It’s not a bad draw for Barnes, a gold medal winner at the 2010 Europeans in Moscow, as Ungvari is an opponent he beat in the Olympic qualifiers in Turkey in March of last year.Heavyweight McCarthy beat Finland’s Tomi Honka 30-27 only to earn a difficult meeting against the defending European champion, Teymur Mammadou of Azerbaijan.“Paddy’s performance was very good. He had a long week without getting any trial at all. He always into your man, great defence also. He won it well and we’re very happy with that,” said Irish team manager Joe Hennigan “Tommy McCarthy was another fella that had a long week, but yet again came out on top. It was a good performance from Tommy and Jason had a great contest. He looked very sharp with long jabs to his opponent and John Joe won very well, but we’re only going into the quarter-finals now and it will be all to play for again tomorrow There’s medals to be won now.”Joe Ward returned home to Ireland last night after he dislocated his knee in a freak accident during his bout on Monday.It’s expected that the number one seed at the tournament will be out for at least a month.FINN VALLEY BOXER QUIGLEY REACHES EUROPEAN QUARTER-FINALS was last modified: June 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more