Statehouse initiative addresses rights of police officers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator Jack Sandlin from Indianapolis that would clarify the rights of police officers passed the Senate by a vote of 44-5.Senate Bill 79 would add provisions to Indiana code that would establish minimum due process and personnel rights for full-time members of the police department who are under internal investigation – separate from a criminal investigation.“SB 79 would create a clear course of action for Indiana police departments to follow during internal investigations,” Sandlin said. “This would ensure that both the officer in question and the public are aware of the process, creating transparency in an area that is often unclear.”SB 79 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.last_img read more

EPL: Liverpool crush Leicester to go 13 points clear

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Rampant Liverpool moved 13 points clear at the top of the English Premier League after Roberto Firmino struck twice in an emphatic 4-0 win at second-placed Leicester City. The victory was inspired in large part by attacking right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who created three goals and scored one himself. With Firmino deadly in front of goal and Liverpool in total control throughout, it was a performance that suggested the title race is all but over at the half-way stage. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has been vocal in his criticism of his team’s intense schedule but the European champions showed no signs of any adverse influence from their trip to Qatar. There they had won the Club World Cup. A trip to Leicester, who went into the game unbeaten at home this season, was the toughest test of the season. But Klopp’s men passed the test with barely a hint of drama. It will now take an extraordinary slump for them to fail to win their first title of the Premier League era. “We played really good football after all the travelling and intense period. Yes, it is the best performance of the season and we controlled it. To get four goals is something to be proud of,” said Alexander-Arnold. “You don’t really think you will be 13 points clear, but we are happy to be in this position and we won’t take it for granted. This is the Premier League and anything can happen,” he added. Popping up in the inside-left position, Alexander-Arnold floated a pinpoint cross to the backpost for Brazilian Firmino to head Liverpool into the lead in the 31st minute. Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel then produced an outstanding close-range save to foil Sadio Mane and Liverpool would have been disappointed to go in at half-time with only the solitary goal. Liverpool were utterly dominant but had to wait until the 71st minute to extend their lead when Alexander-Arnold’s corner kick struck the left arm of Caglar Soyuncu. Substitute James Milner slotted home the penalty kick with his first touch of the ball. Firmino then made it 3-0, collecting and firing home a powerfully-struck low cross from Alexander-Arnold. Then the 21-year-old England international rounded off the rout, hammering a low shot into the far, bottom corner at the end of a swift counter-attack. Liverpool have 52 points from 18 games, with Leicester on 39 points from 19 matches and Manchester City 14 points behind the leaders before their game at Wolves on Sunday. “It’s one of many successful nights so far this season,” said Milner. “We are not even halfway. So much can change and happen. The strength of this team is we tale it one game at a time.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Jurgen KloppLeicester CityLiverpoolRoberto Firminolast_img read more

We’re in this together – Poyet

first_img Press Association “We need to make sure that we are all together, players, staff, fans, make sure that we are very strong to make sure that we can win football games.” Poyet, of course, left Brighton under something of a cloud during the summer and has his own reputation as a combustible character, although he is perhaps not in the same league as his predecessor in that respect. However, he has very firm ideas about how he wants a Sunderland side, which played with little confidence or organisation during the latter days of Di Canio’s tenure but improved significantly under temporary boss Kevin Ball, to operate. He said: “I am a very honest person, very honest. I believe that football should be played in one way, which is caring a lot for the ball. “That way of playing football needs to be adaptable to the players. If you want to play football, but you don’t have the players, it’s not going to work, so you need to work, convince, use the ability of the players. “We like to give the players the possibility to perform at their best, to play in the position where they want to play. They can perform, there are no excuses, they can go on the pitch and feel comfortable. “Apart from that, we will help them, explain things that they need to listen to in the next few days. “But the sooner they get it, the better for everybody.” Di Canio, under the guidance of director of football Roberto De Fanti, signed 14 players during the summer as the club embarked upon a radical overhaul of the playing staff. That investment has paid limited dividends to date, but Poyet is convinced there is enough talent within the dressing room to achieve the results required. He said: “That’s why I am here. If there were no talented players, if there were no quality players, the challenge would be practically impossible. “I am convinced that the players are good enough.” Asked if he had a message for the club’s supporters, he told SAFSee: “Trust me, believe, connect with the team. We are all together in this, we are all together, so it is important that we stick together. “It’s a big, big challenge, but I am really excited. I thought I would have an opportunity in the Premier League and now I have got it. “I need to make sure that I prove they picked the right man to get us from the situation we are in, so I am absolutely delighted.” Poyet inherits a team which is yet to win a Premier League game this season and has managed to collect just a single point from seven attempts to date. He will look to address that situation for the first time at Swansea next Saturday before heading into his opening match at the Stadium of Light, a derby clash with Newcastle which has now taken on added significance for a man who twice guided former club Brighton to FA Cup victory over the Magpies. Asked what his priority would be, he said: “Well it is to address the problems quickly, make sure we train and we convince the players to get better, and slowly that will make us pick up points. “The sooner we win, of course, the better, but the idea is to make sure that we understand the way that we would like them to play football. “We think it’s the best way, so there has to be very good communication with the players, understanding, trust – we need to commit as a group. The 45-year-old Uruguayan has been handed the task of lifting the Black Cats from the foot of the Barclays Premier League table following his appointment as Paolo Di Canio’s successor on Tuesday. Having signed a two-year deal, Poyet is confident he can repair the damage wrought during the Italian’s ill-fated reign and ease them out of the relegation zone. New Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has urged the fans to trust him as he attempts to drag the club out of trouble.last_img read more

Courtois wants to remain number one

first_imgThibaut Courtois has suggested he would be looking for a Chelsea exit if, like Petr Cech, he was second choice. Cech earlier this week said his future is entirely in the club’s hands after he was displaced as first-choice goalkeeper by Courtois following 10 years as the Blues number one. Belgium goalkeeper Courtois told Sky Sports: “As a goalkeeper you want to play. If I was in that situation and I didn’t play a lot, then I would leave too. Press Associationcenter_img “I think Petr is still a goalkeeper with a lot of quality and one of the best there is.” Cech has been linked with a number of the world’s leading clubs, including Paris St Germain and Real Madrid, but still has 18 months to run on his current four-year deal. The 32-year-old has made four starts for the Blues this season, two in the Champions League, as manager Jose Mourinho bids to persuade him to stay and apply pressure on Courtois for the number one position. Despite leading the Premier League and being eight points clear of defending champions Manchester City, Mourinho is continuing to fine tune his squad. Andre Schurrle this week played down reports he is set to exit after a disappointing start to the season following his summer World Cup win with Germany. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is another who has struggled to make an impact this term and has been linked with moves elsewhere. last_img read more

South Africa will play on Boxing Day – Lorgat

first_imgDESPITE India not touring till early 2018, South Africa will play a Boxing Day Test. CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat confirmed his organisation is in the process of securing an opponent for the festive season fixture.“We will have content for Boxing Day but we’re not yet in a position to announce that. We need to secure it first,” Lorgat said.Lorgat also said a Test match is preferred over other formats for the last week of the year. “First prize is a Test match. We would love Boxing Day and New Year to remain as Test content. I know in the past there have been one-day matches and there has been discussion internally to consider one-dayers, but personally I would love to see a Test match played.”Though the Boxing Day Test – which has switched between Durban and Port Elizabeth in recent years – is fairly poorly attended, it is still a popular television event. When CSA chose to play T20s over the same period in 2012, there was an outcry over their breaking with tradition. The Boxing Day Test has been held every year since.CSA were thought to be interested in inviting Pakistan for a one-off match over that period but with their series in New Zealand starting early in the new year, that seems unlikely. Instead, it looks increasingly like Zimbabwe could make their first Test appearance in the country since 2005, and may also be persuaded to play in their first pink-ball match.There is talk of a day-night Test at St George’s Park, which will have newly-installed floodlights by December, which will be a first in South Africa. West Indies are the other team available during that period, unless CSA reach out to Test newcomers Afghanistan or Ireland.Should the fixture be finalised, South Africa will play an 11-Test home summer with two matches against Bangladesh starting later this month, one over Boxing Day, four against India and four against Australia. Despite India’s tight time frame, CSA are confident the tour will not be reduced from its original itinerary, and hope to be able to announce match dates soon.“We are pretty close to closing off with India. I’m hoping we can make some announcements towards the latter half of this week. It’s less than ideal – we would have loved that schedule to have been announced a long time back but it is what it is,” Lorgat said. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

On-fire Russell `hungry’ for World Cup success

first_imgKOLKATA, India, (CMC) – All-rounder Andre Russell says there is a renewed hunger to represent West Indies in the upcoming World Cup, especially with his current batting form.The 31-year-old has played only a single One-Day International in the last four years but was named in the Caribbean side’s World Cup 15-man squad last week.He was recalled for the last two matches of the recent five-match home series against England but was subsequently kept out due to a knee injury.“I’m so hungry now to represent the West Indies,” the Jamaican said.“The last time I joined the West Indies team was recently, when I had taken two injections to better my knee and it flared up again. I was so upset. I was watching the game against England and couldn’t do anything about it.“But as I said, I’m so hungry right now to represent the West Indies and smash sixes and do what I’ve been doing here and score hundreds.”Russell has been on fire with the bat in the ongoing Indian Premier League where he has plundered 486 runs at an average of 69 with four half-centuries, to top the Kolkata Knight Riders batting charts.Though there has been less emphasis placed on his medium-fast bowling, the right-armer has already claimed 10 wickets at an average of 22 and economy rate of nearly nine.Despite his absence from the ODI side in recent years, Russell said his selection for the May 30 to July 14 showpiece in England was not unexpected.“I wasn’t surprised that I was a part of the World Cup squad,” Russell explained.“I’ve been doing well. I’ve been back and forth with the selectors and the coaches back home. I know once I’m doing my work here and performing, that will lead to national duties.“I wasn’t really focused on the World Cup. I was just trying to make sure that whatever happened here, I did my best and put my best foot forward.”New interim West Indies head coach, Floyd Reifer, said last week that Russell’s current form in the IPL had weighed heavily in the decision by selectors.“He’s shown that he has tremendous striking ability – look at his stats in the IPL, he’s been doing very, very well,” he pointed out.Russell averages 28 from 52 ODIs and has taken 65 wickets.last_img read more

Yusra Mardini: The Syrian Refugee who Swam for Her Life – All…

first_imgThe middle of three daughters, she lived at home with her parents, attended a gymnastics club and loved swimming – she could potentially become a great swimmer – yet it was an ordinary life, not the sort of existence journalists would travel far to write about.Then came Syria’s civil war, the callousness of conflict, with its bombs, its suffering, its death.Cheerful chatter was no longer normal and as the years passed – one becoming two, three turning into four – home morphed into hell as her country was torn apart.She was alive but not living. Her house came under fire, forcing the family to move. The roof of the swimming pool where she trained in the Syrian capital of Damascus was ripped open by bombs. She could see the water, but no longer be in it. It was torture.Mardini knew of footballers who had died in an attack. “I could not take it any more,” says the 18-year-old.This daughter of a swimming coach had two choices: exist in her homeland without hope, or escape for the freedom to dream.“Maybe I’m going to die on the way,” she explains. “But I’m almost dead in my country. I can’t do anything.”“You are stronger than you think,” says MardiniA journey into the unknownIt is 12 August, 2015, four and a half years since the civil war began. It is the day Mardini and her eldest sister, Sarah, will leave Syria with their father’s two cousins and other refugees.They say farewell to their tearful parents and younger sister, who would follow their journey on GPS, and flee to Beirut, their first destination in what will become a 25-day slog.This group of refugees know what they must do: follow the path taken by over four million of their compatriots.No-one knows how many people have died in the war. The United Nations stopped collecting statistics in 2014 when the death toll was 250,000. More recent reports say the number is twice that – that 11.5 per cent of the country’s population has been killed or injured, that life expectancy dropped from 70 in 2010 to 55.4 in 2015.“Of course I was scared for my life and my sister’s life,” Mardini tells BBC World Service. “I was also scared that I would make it, for example, and something would happen to my sister, or that something would happen to one of us and what it would do to my mum.”Fears are heightened as they approach southern Turkey’s high peaks and deep valleys.They spend four nights in a jungle, the habitat of gunmen lying low. There is no food, no water, and their futures are in the hands of armed smugglers, one of whom, after disputes and threats, will take them across the Mediterranean in a flimsy dinghy to Greece – but only for a considerable amount of cash.Swimming for her lifeThe sisters are in deep water. Waves are crashing into them, the salty water burns their eyes. Every stroke is a struggle. Swimming will one day transform their lives, but now it must save them.It was 30 minutes into their journey to the island of Lesbos that the engine of their dinghy, carrying 20 people rather than the six or seven it was intended for, stopped.My sister didn’t want me to go in the water. We were drowning and arguing at the same time!Water oozed on to the boat, possessions were tossed overboard. Panic.The load needed to be lightened or the dinghy would capsize.“I thought it would be a real shame if I drowned in the sea because I am a swimmer,” says Mardini, who learned to swim when she was three.Few of the refugees could swim so first Sarah jumped in and Yusra, against her sister’s wishes, followed. For the next three and a half hours they and another young woman dragged the broken-down boat towards the shore, clinging to the rope dangling from the side.Thirty minutes from land they succumbed to exhaustion; they couldn’t swim any more. From this day on, Mardini will hate the open water.“Everyone was just grey on the way,” she remembers. “It was like my life was passing through my eyes. We put the rope around our hands because even I couldn’t swim in the sea with waves like that.“Me and my sister were holding on to the boat with one and doing the breaststroke with the other hand and one leg. The last half an hour I couldn’t manage any more, so I got back into the boat. It was so cold. I look at the sea now and I just feel faint.”Shivering, she fell to the ground when she stepped on dry land. Then she prayed.Surviving a 1,000-mile trekSurviving the sea was not the end. Mardini could no longer hear the shelling and the ground no longer rumbled – but she was not welcomed by everyone on this new continent.They think we lived in some desert. No, we had everything, like you.“When we got to Greece we saw a restaurant,” recalls Mardini.“We wanted to buy food but they said no, they thought we were going to steal from them. We said we had money, that they had to let us drink.”Mardini was hungry and thirsty. She had no shoes, just sodden jeans and a T-shirt. She had wrapped her passport, mobile phone and money in a waterproof bag and, somehow, they had also survived.“Eventually they let us buy water, and then some girl saw us, she gave me shoes and the little kid trousers,” she says.“A lot of people think refugees had no home, that they had nothing at all. Sometimes when I have my iPhone they are like, ‘you know iPhone, oh my God’ – but I’m like, ‘of course’. They think we live in some desert. No, we had everything like you.”The refugees, who by now cared for each other like any family would, continued their 1,000-mile trek to their destination of choice: Germany.From Greece, they crossed through Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria – on foot, by train and bus – before arriving in Munich and then onwards to Berlin. They had survived.Twenty-five days after giving up on the life she had known, there was hope again. “I just know that my trip was over, and that I’m at peace with it,” she says.Throwing phones into a fridgeMardini’s first German home would temporarily be a refugee camp, and one of her first questions in this unfamiliar city concerned finding the nearest swimming pool. An Egyptian translator put the sisters in touch with Wasserfreunde Spandau 04, one of Berlin’s oldest swimming clubs.“They saw our technique, saw it was good, they accepted us,” she says.It was of no great surprise that swimming coaches were impressed, particularly by Yusra, once a competitive swimmer supported by the Syrian Olympic Committee.After four weeks of training, Mardini’s coach, Sven Spannerkrebs, began making plans for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 – but in March of this year the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced there would be a team of refugees at this summer’s Games in Rio to send “a message of hope for all the refugees in our world”.In Berlin, of course, there was a teenager making rapid progress, an inspiration who had a real chance of making the team. But little did Mardini realise that her story would chime with the world.So numerous were the phone calls, so constant the questions and interview requests – from journalists in Japan, the United States, all around Europe – Spannerkrebs resorted to throwing his phone into a fridge on that March day when the IOC named Mardini on its shortlist of 43 refugees.The attention, Mardini says, has been tough – but she does not fear expectation or pressure. “I want to be an inspiration for everyone,” she says. “It’s not that I have to help, but that deep in my heart I want to help refugees.”Early starts, late finishesTwo months before the start of the Rio Olympics, Mardini receives an email from the IOC. Her mind races, her eyes widen: will it be a chance of a lifetime or a shattered dream? She clicks, she reads, and jumps up and down as if she were on a pogo stick.Exhilarated, she nearly cries. She will compete at the Olympic Games.“I was so happy,” says Mardini, who makes it clear that it is in Tokyo in four years’ time that she will have a realistic chance of winning an Olympic medal. “It’s a dream come true, the Olympics is everything, it’s a life chance.”Supported by Germany’s elite sports school system, which allows her to train twice a day in an Olympic-standard pool near to her school (on a typical day she will wake at 6am and return home at 8pm), the accomplished swimmer has produced personal best after personal best.Her coach describes her as focused, her father – who now lives with Mardini in Berlin, along with the rest of the family – says his daughter is living his dream.The appeal of the pool is easy to understand. It is a place where the girl who one day wants to be a pilot can forget about the civil war and the friends she has left behind. Gliding through water, the past disappears.“It’s a different life in the water,” she says. “You throw all of your problems out. It’s a different world to me.”Asked whether swimming is her life, Mardini replies: “It’s more than that. It’s my passion, it’s my life, you can’t explain. It’s the most important thing in my life. It’s in my heart and I want to achieve something in it.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram There are those whose footsteps we would not want to follow, whose shoes we would not want to be in – yet we strive to have their character, their strength, their drive and their courage. It is from them we learn that the worst of humanity can bring out the best in humanity.Yusra Mardini used to be a typical teenager. She would chew the fat with friends, smartphone in hand, laughing.last_img read more

Sykes’ buzzer-beater leads Syracuse past Saint Joseph’s in gritty contest

first_img Published on December 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Among last season’s highlights for Syracuse was Brittney Sykes’ half-court desperation shot as the final buzzer sounded to beat St. John’s by three points.On Saturday afternoon, Sykes again proved her flair for the dramatic. The sophomore guard sank a layup as time expired as No. 23 Syracuse (11-1) topped Saint Joseph’s (9-2) 64-62 at the Carrier Dome before a crowd of 346.Head coach Quentin Hillsman took a timeout with 11 seconds left and the score knotted at 62. All game long he had run designed plays for Sykes to take the ball at the right elbow, where she either attacked the basket or earned a trip to the line – where she hit all eight free throws.With one final possession to decide the game, Hillsman called for the play one last time.“None of us wanted to go into overtime,” Sykes said in the postgame press conference. “Coach told me, ‘Go right and finish the play. Bring the game home for us.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“And that’s what I did for my team.”From the right elbow, Sykes dribbled to the hole past two defenders, avoided a last-second swat attempt and banked the shot in as the buzzer went off. The Orange bench exploded with joy and Sykes backpedaled to half court, pounding her chest.Sykes and fellow guard Brianna Butler didn’t leave the court once, each logging 40 minutes of playing time. Sykes finished with 20 points – her fourth consecutive performance of at least 20 – with nine rebounds, and Butler chipped in 15 points.It wasn’t a pretty beginning for Syracuse, as the Hawks scored eight unanswered points to open the game and held a 14-point lead at the 12:07 mark.But slowly, the Orange fought back. Behind by seven points with less than five minutes left in the half, SU knotted the score after a 3 by Isabella Slim and jumpers by Butler and Sykes.Freshman Briana Day’s layup at the 2:15 point put Syracuse ahead for the first time all afternoon, and Butler followed with a 3 to extend the lead.“Just gutsy,” Hillsman said in the postgame press conference. “Really, really gutsy game… For us to come out of this game with a win was about guts and about heart.”In the second half, though, the Hawks again came out firing. Saint Joseph’s connected on three 3s in the first three minutes of the frame – the Hawks shot 10-of-23 from downtown for the game – and built a lead as large as 10 points. Syracuse drew within one point on two occasions, but trailed entering the final stretch.A Rachel Coffey 3 finally sprung the Orange ahead with 3:32 remaining, but SJU’s Erin Shields responded with one of her seven 3s a minute later to knot the score at 60.Two Sykes free throws in the final minute gave SU a brief edge, but the Hawks’ Natasha Cloud answered by hitting a tough short jumper from the paint.That was the equalizer, but not for long.“We just wanted to get (Sykes) open,” Hillsman said. “She got to the rim and I was thinking, ‘Do not pass this ball.’ And she really made a strong move.“It was a tremendous, tremendous shot.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

First Academy students enter second semester

first_imgIn December, USC’s newest school, the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy wrapped its first semester with its first class of 31 students. The Academy’s curriculum was developed by its director, Dean of the Roski School of Fine Arts Erica Muhl, focuses on three areas of study: art and design, engineering, business and venture management. The programming also emphasizes collaboration and innovation.“Our goal is to ensure that the Academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world,” President C. L. Max Nikias said in a statement.The Academy, which was founded by music producer Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young, known by his stage name, Dr. Dre, is made up of 31 students, each selected for the program for “proven ability in original thought,” according to the school’s website. The curriculum includes independent applied techniques and technology classes, courses on innovation and cultural change, and skills-based courses.“The thing that I had hoped most for the students in the Iovine and Young Academy is that they would find a couple things when they came to USC,” Muhl said. “First, the Trojan family, but also an environment that encourages who they are as individuals as well as highlighting the strengths in teamwork.”According to Muhl, the garage, located on the fourth floor of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, provides the ideal environment for fostering the kind of learning the Academy strives to maintain.“The garage as a facility has proven to be everything that we had hoped,” Muhl said. “The facility, not only as an instruction but also as an ideation space, allows students both inside and outside class to be constantly envisioning.”The environment that has been created in the Academy’s first semester extends beyond the physical.“As we can see so far, one of the most successful aspects of the Iovine and Young Academy as a whole has been the strength of the cohort we have built,” Muhl said. “Each time I walk into the garage and see groups of Academy students working on projects that are not necessarily assigned with such enthusiasm really reinforces what I had hoped to do with this program.”The Academy has already made headway toward completing its first-year goal of introducing students to cross-disciplinary study. Students have learned about the history of disruptive innovation, and courses have both integrated the core disciplines of computer science, business and venture management and taught their skills individually.“I believe that the precise experience that the Academy offers was very welcome to a certain type of student and it is exciting to have been able to build that,” Muhl said. “The students are learning from us but we are absolutely learning from them.”In this way, the innovative and collaborative aspects of the Academy’s curriculum carry over into the development of the program. A successful first semester might be somewhat attributed to the adaptive nature of the program and its students.Amri Rigby, a freshman majoring in arts, technology and the business of innovation explained that the application process for the Academy includes a proposal video and interviews in addition to the Common Application.“My experience has been amazing. I am surrounded by a lot of talented people with a diverse set of skills,” said Rigby. “I am thankful for the opportunity. I’ve grown so much after only one semester.”Muhl attributes the program’s success to its ability to adjust to change.“The Iovine and Young Academy is a brand new program, so we knew there were going to be surprises,” Muhl said. “We have learned a great deal already, both in terms of how to perfect what might not be one hundred percent and to expand upon the many good ideas that are already in place. The program was built in such a way to be able to respond with great agility.”Muhl, as well as the faculty and the rest of the administration of the Academy look to the future as applications for the next school year are submitted this month.“Our applications for the 2015-2016 academic year look spectacular,” Muhl said. “We are up in application numbers and the pool, once again, looks very talented and really well prepared for this type of an experience.”The future for the Academy, according to both its students and its faculty, looks bright as the program and curriculum continue to grow and develop.“I am just hoping that each year we can learn more than we did the year before,” Muhl said. “I believe we can build upon not only the strength of our exceptional faculty but upon what students are able to bring to the program.”Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Academy founders Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young contributed to the development of the program’s curriculum. The founders were not involved in curriculum development. The previous version also stated that the class was made up of 25 students. There are 31 students in the program. The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.last_img read more

BOXING:Osumanu Adama prepares for the biggest fight of his career

first_imgGhana’s boxer Osumanu Adama is currently preparing in the U.S. for the biggest fight of his life.The report said the fight is against unbeaten Kazakh fighter, Gennady Golovkin, scheduled for Feb. 1.Ghana’s Adama vowed he would become the first person to beat Golovkin.Adama, who won 22 fights and lost three in his professional career, would take on Golovkin, the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) middleweight champion in Monte Carlo, Monaco.Golovkin, 31, is considered one of the best boxers in the middleweight class, having been unbeaten in his 28 professional fights.With an 89 knockout percentage rate, Golovkin holds the greatest KO ratio in middleweight championship history and is first among all active current and former champions and 3rd in overall championship history.But the 33-year-old Adama said the winning streak of the Kazakh fighter is about to end.“It (the fight) will be different. Most of the fighters don’t have the speed that I have. It is about speed and power,’’ he said in an interview with an online boxing website.He said many of his supporters from Ghana would come to witness the bout, which would be an added advantage for him.“A lot of my supporters are coming to Monte Carlo. All Africans are willing for me to win this fight and Insha Allah I will win,” said Adama, who is training in Chicago, U.S., where he is based. PANA reports that Adama turned pro in 2001 with a second round knockout of compatriot Akeem Alarape in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.In 2010, he won his first title, the vacant IBO international middleweight championship.In March 2012, Adama lost a decision for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Middleweight title in Tasmania, Australia, against champion Daniel Geale.After a one-year lull, the Ghanaian won a split decision over Grady Brewer in March 2013, and is currently ranked 16th in the world by BoxRec, which holds the updated recorded of professional boxers.last_img read more