Scoreboard roundup — 7/26/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUESt. Louis 5, Houston 3AMERICAN LEAGUETampa Bay 3, Toronto 1Boston 10, N-Y Yankees 5Minnesota 6, Chi White Sox 2Cleveland 8, Kansas City 3Texas 5, Oakland 2Baltimore 9, L-A Angels 3Seattle 3, Detroit 2NATIONAL LEAGUEColorado 12, Cincinnati 2L-A Dodgers 4, Washington 2Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 2N-Y Mets 6, Pittsburgh 3Miami 3, Arizona 2Milwaukee 3, Chi Cubs 2San Francisco 2, San Diego 1, 11 InningsMAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERNew York City 3, Kansas City 1Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. July 27, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 7/26/19 Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img

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first_imgHOBOKEN– The filing deadline to be a candidate for the Hoboken Board of Education is Monday, July 30 at 4 p.m.There are three seats for three-year terms up for election on November 6. The existing seats are currently held by Board President Thomas Kluepfel, John Madigan, and Elizabeth Walker.Nominating petitions are available from the Office of the County Clerk Elections Division between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The County Clerk is located at 257 Cornelison Ave, 4th floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302. The contact number is 201-369-3470 extension 2767 or option 6. ×last_img

Veterans Hired by the FAA Will Now Receive New Paid Sick Leave Benefits under…

first_imgPictured: Congressman Frank LoBiondo, center, joined veterans J.R. Robinson and Chester DeFelice at the 2016 Walk for the Wounded. Bipartisan FAA Veteran Transition Improvement Act heads to President’s DeskWASHINGTON, D.C.—Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that their bipartisan bill – which aims to expand paid sick leave benefits recently made available by the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 to veterans hired by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – is now headed to President Obama’s desk for signature.“I am proud to work across the aisle – but especially when it means expanding healthcare for veterans,” said Larsen, Ranking Member of the House Aviation Subcommittee and a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “The FAA Veteran Transition Improvement Act will help ensure that no newly hired veteran FAA employee who has sustained an injury due to military service will have to choose between earning a paycheck and receiving healthcare – and that is great news.”“I applaud my colleagues for quickly remedying the injustice veterans working at the FAA were subjected to in terms of choosing between their jobs and their medical appointments. Common-sense solutions do exist and can be achieved when a bipartisan approach is taken. I appreciate Rep. Larsen’s continued partnership in finding solutions to issues affecting our constituents and communities,” said LoBiondo, Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee and member of the House Armed Services Committee.The bill, which Larsen and LoBiondo introduced earlier this month, was unanimously approved by the full House last week.The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 makes up to 104 hours of paid sick leave available to most newly hired veteran federal employees with service-connected conditions rated as 30 percent or more disabled for the purposes of attending medical treatment related to these conditions. However, veterans hired by the FAA were ineligible for these new benefits.Larsen and LoBiondo’s bill requires the FAA to prescribe policy and procedures that ensure disabled veterans have access to the new disabled veteran sick leave benefits that their counterparts in other agencies receive. Senators Hirono (D-HI) and Fischer (R-Neb.) sponsored identical legislation in the Senate.Between 2012 and 2016, the FAA hired between 150-350 veterans with a 30 percent or more disability rating each year. Currently, there are more than 650 veterans in Washington state, 245 veterans in New Jersey and 15,500 veterans nationally who work for the FAA.Veterans of Foreign Wars, Federal Managers Association, FAA Managers Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, American Federation of Government Employees, American Legion, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, National Air Traffic Controllers Association and Paralyzed Veterans of America all support this legislation.last_img read more

Local Photojournalist Recognized as a Time Magazine Person of the Year

first_imgPaul Gillespie, shown just below the “T” on the cover photo, was among those recognized as a 2018 Person of the Year by Time Magazine. (Photo Courtesy of Time, Inc.)  By Tim KellyA local man was among the journalists recognized by Time Magazine this week for its highest honor, the annual Person of the Year cover story.Paul Gillespie, 48, a Margate native, narrowly escaped with his life during the mass shooting inside the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md., on June 28. Five people died and two more were injured during the attack.Gillespie, an award-winning photojournalist at the paper, has ties to Ocean City as well, having worked on various commercial and editorial photography assignments. He survived by hiding under his desk as the gunman walked past just several feet away, and making a run for it when the shooter briefly moved to a different part of the building.“I’m humbled to be part of a great group of journalists selected …” Gillespie posted on his Facebook page. “I wish it did not take losing our five Guardians of the Truth.”He mentioned each of the victims: Rob Hiaason, 59, assistant editor and Sunday columnist; Gerald Fischman, 61, editorial page editor; John McNamara, 56, who served the paper in various capacities including writer, editor, page designer and sportswriter; Rebecca Smith, 34, sales assistant; and Wendi Winters, 65, editor and community reporter. Paul Gillespie, an award-winning photojournalist at the Capital Gazette, has ties to Ocean City, having worked on various local commercial and editorial photography assignments.Gillespie, reached on Tuesday, said he learned about the honor in a Twitter post, two days after the cover photo shoot on Sunday. He said he and the staff believed it was to be part of an article about journalism, just not for Person of the Year.“That’s an honor reserved for popes, presidents, kings and queens … not newspaper people,” he said.  “It didn’t (sink in) right away.”Time chose to honor the journalists either threatened with jail or whose lives were taken or threatened while in pursuit of their duties. The Capital Gazette staffers’ experiences and reaction to the incident certainly warranted the honor. “We’re putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” an editor’s vow in the wake of the tragedy, became a battle cry in the war on truth.According to news reports of the incident, about a half-hour following the gunman’s entrance into the building with a shotgun blast through a glass door, he was apprehended – found cowering under the same desk where Paul had hidden just minutes earlier.Paul said that he made his run when the shooter briefly went to a section of the newsroom where Gillespie’s desk was not visible. Though he escaped unhurt physically, the notion of losing five people close to him took an understandable toll.  He had no siblings and both of his parents had passed away a few years earlier.“Jennifer is great and she’s gotten me through so much,” Gillespie said in an interview two weeks after the shootings. “And not having parents or brothers, my co-workers really became something of a family to me. It really hurts. This feels just like losing family members.”On Tuesday, he said the reaction to the Time recognition bubbled up bad memories of the incident and he broke down crying soon after receiving the news.“It’s not going to end. We’ve done TV and a press conference. After this (fades into 2019) we have the trial,” he said in reference to alleged shooter Jarrod Ramos’ jury trial, currently set for June.Gillespie is pictured on one of four covers Time produced announcing the award. In addition to the Capital Gazette staff, Time also featured murdered columnist Jamal Khashoggi, convicted reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and indicted editor Maria Ressa.The journalists were recognized as the “guardians in the war on truth.” The featured subjects were either jailed, murdered or targeted for murder, for doing their jobs. Paul Gillespie marched in a July 4 parade with his wife, Jennifer, and colleagues not long after the tragedy. (Photo courtesy of Capital Gazette)“We at (the Capital Gazette) were chosen as one of four covers, but we represent every journalist out there working hard every day,” Gillespie posted. “(We are) telling important true stories and fun features from our communities. This (recognition) is for all of us. Journalism matters.”Formerly known as the “Man of the Year” issue until 1999, the magazine has recognized a person, group, idea or thing that “for better or worse has done the most to influence the events of the year,” according to Wikipedia.  The first Person of the Year, in 1927, was aviator Charles Lindbergh, pilot of the first solo trans-Atlantic flight. Recipients through the decades have included Mahatma Gandi (1930), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1963), and Pope Francis (2013). Most sitting U.S. presidents have also received the recognition.It was not an easy road from Margate kid to the cover of Time. Paul Gillespie learned the technical aspects of photography working for local photographer and videographer Bill Horin. His new boss immediately saw something in his new assistant.“Paul’s work ethic set him apart from day one,” said Horin. “He would deliver pizzas until 1 a.m. and be waiting for me at a shoot at 7 a.m. He was not a natural talent as a photographer, but he became a great one through dedication and hard work.”After his four-year stint with Horin, which included everything from photographing products for catalogs to special events, Gillespie began shooting freelance for the Hammonton Gazette and eventually landed a staff photography job with the Current weeklies in Egg Harbor Twp. A Paul Gillespie photo captures a head-on view of Navy’s Malcolm Perry’s run late in Saturday’s Army-Navy game. (Photo courtesy of Capital Gazette)There Paul met a reporter named Jennifer Donatelli, whom he married. Jennifer moved on to the Capital Gazette, where Paul was soon hired to the photo staff.  “Feeling overwhelmed and so proud of Paul and his coworkers for their resilience,” wrote Jennifer, who no longer works for the paper, in a Facebook post. “But wishing this honor did not come at such a high cost. They would return it in a minute if it meant not losing (the victims).”Gillespie covers everything from hard news to sports and features.In the months following the shooting, he has benefited from his wife’s steadying presence, the support of friends and counseling. He has battled difficult moments and symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder and he shared it all on social media with his friends.He has since returned to work, which sometimes provides a tonic, other times places a burden. Last week his posts expressed excitement for heading to Philadelphia to photograph the Army-Navy football game. Prior to that, he expressed cautious optimism about getting back to work on more routine assignments.On a separate visit to some of his old haunts in South Jersey and Philly, Paul posted a shot from Geno’s Steaks and gave his obligatory take on the Pat’s vs. Genos debate. “I love my visits back to my home area, especially when the trips are food-related,” he enthused, in a post reflecting the observational humor he displayed more often prior to the life-changing events of June 28.There have also been amusing photos and posts of Paul and Jennifer’s installation of their Christmas tree.  Gillespie says he still has a way to go to resume a more peaceful and calm existence.  However, he gives the impression that resilience and passion for life will win out over unspeakable tragedy.  For that, and similar resilience from his co-workers, Time magazine took notice.last_img read more

Zoogma Reveals First Single “What It Is” Ahead Of Upcoming EP Release

first_imgLive electronic quartet Zoogma has been busy over the past year. While maintaining a busy tour schedule, the band has been steadily working on their new concept record, A Future in Blue. The new record combines their Mississippi/Memphis blues roots with their unique electronica sound to bring listeners their own refreshing brand of “Future-Blues”.The first single, “What It Is”, mixes Leslie-driven guitar and classic 70’s-era horns, with catchy vintage-blues samples that mesh with the funky, futuristic electronic sound Zoogma delivers both live and in the studio. Listen to the new single, streaming below.Zoogma finishes off 2016 with a handful of shows in the southeast to complete their A Future in Blue fall tour. Check out the band’s tour schedule below.Zoogma 2016 Tour Dates11/18 – Orlando, FL – Zen Awakening12/2 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen12/3 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco12/8 – Boca Raton, FL – Funky Buddha Lounge12/9 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall12/10 – Tampa, FL – The Crowbar12/16 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 512/23 – Memphis, TN – 1884 Lounge12/30 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Loungelast_img read more

Hamilton Breaks the Record With 16 Tony Nominations

first_img View Comments ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hamilton broke the previous record held by The Producers and Billy Elliot by one, picking up 16 Tony nominations for the 70th annual Tony Awards on May 3. Announced by Andrew Rannells and Tony winner Nikki M. James, Eclipsed and The Humans garnered the most nods of new plays with six. Other standouts included a Best Musical category made up of five productions (instead of the usual four): Bright Star, Hamilton, School of Rock, Shuffle Along and Waitress. Notable snubs included American Psycho and Shuffle Along’s six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.Broadway’s biggest night is scheduled for June 12, hosted by James Corden.Here is the complete list of 2016 Tony Award nominees:Best MusicalBright StarHamiltonSchool of RockShuffle AlongWaitressBest PlayEclipsed by Danai GuriraKing Charles III by Mike BartlettThe Father by Florian ZellerThe Humans by Stephen KaramBest Revival of a MusicalFiddler on the RoofShe Loves MeSpring AwakeningThe Color PurpleBest Revival of a PlayA View From the BridgeBlackbirdLong Day’s Journey Into NightNoises OffThe CrucibleBest Leading Actor in a MusicalAlex Brightman, School of RockDanny Burstein, Fiddler on the RoofZachary Levi, She Loves MeLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonLeslie Odom Jr., HamiltonBest Leading Actress in a MusicalLaura Benanti, She Loves MeCarmen Cusack, Bright StarCynthia Erivo, The Color PurpleJessie Mueller, WaitressPhillipa Soo, HamiltonBest Leading Actor in a PlayGabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into NightJeff Daniels, BlackbirdFrank Langella, The FatherTim Pigott-Smith, King Charles IIIMark Strong, A View From the BridgeBest Leading Actress in a PlayJessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into NightLaurie Metcalf, MiseryLupita Nyong’o, EclipsedSophie Okonedo, The CrucibleMichelle Williams, BlackbirdBest Featured Actor in a MusicalDaveed Diggs, HamiltonBrandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle AlongChristopher Fitzgerald, WaitressJonathan Groff, HamiltonChristopher Jackson, HamiltonBest Featured Actress in a MusicalDanielle Brooks, The Color PurpleRenée Elise Goldsberry, HamiltonJane Krakowski, She Loves MeJennifer Simard, Disaster! Adrienne Warren, Shuffle AlongBest Featured Actor in a PlayReed Birney, The HumansBill Camp, The CrucibleDavid Furr, Noises OffRichard Goulding, King Charles IIIMichael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night Best Featured Actress in a PlayPascale Armand, EclipsedMegan Hilty, Noises OffJayne Houdyshell, The HumansAndrea Martin, Noises OffSaycon Sengbloh, EclipsedBest Direction of a MusicalMichael Arden, Spring AwakeningJohn Doyle, The Color PurpleScott Ellis, She Loves MeThomas Kail, HamiltonGeorge C. Wolfe, Shuffle AlongBest Direction of a PlayRupert Goold, King Charles IIIJonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into NightJoe Mantello, The HumansLiesl Tommy, EclipsedIvo van Hove, A View From the BridgeBest ScoreSara Bareilles, WaitressSteve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright StarLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonAndrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater, School of RockBest Book of a MusicalJulian Fellowes, School of RockSteve Martin, Bright StarLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonGeorge C. Wolfe, Shuffle AlongBest OrchestrationsAugust Eriksmoen, Bright StarLarry Hochman, She Loves MeAlex Lacamoire, HamiltonDaryl Waters, Shuffle AlongBest ChoreographyAndy Blankenbuehler, HamiltonSavion Glover, Shuffle AlongHofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the RoofRandy Skinner, Dames at SeaSergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!Best Scenic Design of a MusicalEs Devlin and Finn Ross, American PsychoDavid Korins, HamiltonSanto Loquasto, Shuffle AlongDavid Rockwell, She Loves MeBest Scenic Design of a PlayBeowulf Boritt, Thérèse RaquinChristopher Oram, HughieJan Versweyveld, A View From the BridgeDavid Zinn, The HumansBest Costume Design of a MusicalGregg Barnes, Tuck EverlastingJeff Mahshie, She Loves MeAnn Roth, Shuffle AlongPaul Tazewell, HamiltonBest Costume Design of a PlayJane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into NightMichael Krass, Noises OffClint Ramos, EclipsedTom Scutt, King Charles IIIBest Lighting Design of a MusicalHowell Binkley, HamiltonJules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle AlongBen Stanton, Spring AwakeningJustin Townsend, American PsychoBest Lighting Design of a PlayNatasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into NightJustin Townsend, The HumansJan Versweyveld, A View From the BridgeJan Versweyveld, The CrucibleProductions with Multiple NominationsHamilton – 16Shuffle Along – 10She Loves Me – 8Long Day’s Journey Into Night – 7Eclipsed – 6The Humans – 6Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge – 5Bright Star – 5King Charles III – 5Noises Off – 5Arthur Miller’s The Crucible – 4The Color Purple – 4School of Rock—The Musical – 4Waitress – 4Blackbird – 3Fiddler on the Roof – 3Spring Awakening – 3American Psycho – 2The Father – 2Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive CategoriesSpecial Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the TheatreSheldon HarnickMarshall W. MasonSpecial Tony AwardNational Endowment for the ArtsMiles WilkinRegional Theatre Tony AwardPaper Mill PlayhouseIsabelle Stevenson Tony AwardBrian Stokes MitchellTony Honors for Excellence in the TheatreSeth GelblumJoan LaderSally Ann Parsonslast_img read more

Salvadoran Administration Rules Out Negotiating with Gangs

first_img Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes’s administration will not sit down to negotiate with gangs that agreed in March on a truce that has led to a decrease in homicides in the country, Deputy Security Minister Douglas Moreno stated in Washington, D.C., on June 21. “We don’t have a reason to sit down” to negotiate, Moreno said at a press conference. The country’s two leading gangs, the violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Mara-18, agreed in March on a truce mediated by the Catholic Church that has caused homicides in the country, one of the hemisphere’s most violent, to decrease from 14 a day to five. Upon celebrating the first 100 days of the truce on June 19, MS-13 vowed to find “a definite solution” to the problem. Funes’s administration has been careful to distance itself from the process, however. “The Church will be the one to continue intervening between them,” Moreno said. Nevertheless, the administration recognizes that the truce is an opportunity that must be taken advantage of to combat violence, according to the deputy minister, who is visiting Washington, D.C. in search of resources for a project of “labor parks” that will provide jobs to gang members who embark on the process of social reinsertion. In the U.S. capital, Moreno met with business leaders and members of Congress and planned to meet with representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS). “We’re going around explaining our plan and seeking resources to make it viable,” said Moreno prior to the meetings, indicating that the first two community centers are under construction in areas of El Salvador where they will be able to provide services to around 1,500 people. As part of the administration’s efforts to promote an agreement that could make it possible to return gang members who have not committed serious crimes to productive life, President Funes has undertaken a series of meetings with mayors, business leaders, churches, universities, and unions. Slightly over 10,000 gang members are being held in El Salvador’s prisons for various offenses, according to official data, while around 50,000 remain free. By Dialogo June 25, 2012last_img read more

Unilever abandons restructure under pressure from shareholders

first_imgIn the days before the announcement, several major shareholders had voiced objections to the planned restructure.Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), a major provider of passive index tracking funds, said it would vote against the resolution. Sacha Sadan, director of corporate governance at LGIM, said Unilever was understood to have looked at several alternatives before reaching its final decision, but LGIM did not believe it had made a compelling case for shareholders to support Dutch incorporation.As part of its engagement with Unilever, LGIM worked with the UK shareholder group Investor Forum to engage collectively with other investors, including some of the UK’s biggest pension funds. In a statement, Investor Forum executive director Andy Griffiths said: “Our purpose is to escalate investor concerns through collective engagement and we would like to thank the board of Unilever for its constructive response in recent weeks.“We have worked with over 20 institutions on this assignment and believe that it represents a powerful illustration of the effectiveness of collective engagement.”Mike Fox, head of sustainable investments at Royal London Asset Management (RLAM), which holds approximately £360m (€406m) worth of Unilever shares, also praised the board for having “listened to shareholder concerns and responded in a constructive way”.Prior to this morning’s announcement, Fox warned: “Many UK Unilever shareholders voting for the upcoming resolution are effectively voting for forced divestment of their holding… We think that Unilever is a high quality company, both in its own right and as a key constituent of a number of UK indices.”While the consumer goods company might be able to convince European shareholders that the move made sense in the long term, Fox said, it was hard for a UK investor to see an incentive to vote in favour.PIRC, a leading proxy voting adviser, had also recommended that investors oppose the move.Unilever’s UK share price this year, versus the FTSE 100 index#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Source: CapitalIQ In developing the initial proposal, it said the board had been “guided by the opportunity to unlock value for our shareholders by creating a stronger, simpler and more competitive Unilever that is better positioned for long-term success”.It had received widespread support from shareholders for the principle behind simplification, it said, but the proposal’s implications had not received enough support. Unilever chairman Marijn Dekkers said the board would consider its next steps and continue to engage with its shareholders.UK objectionscenter_img Unilever, the British-Dutch consumer goods giant, has scrapped a plan to “simplify” its corporate structure after pressure from investors who would have been forced sellers of UK-listed shares.The announcement came early this morning in the wake of objections over the last few days from UK institutional investors owning millions of pounds of Unilever stock, who said they would vote the proposal down.The company – the third biggest in the FTSE 100 index by market cap – had proposed to incorporate in the Netherlands under a new holding company, which would have involved delisting from the London Stock Exchange and listing the new entity in its place. The matter was due to be put to the vote at extraordinary general meetings (EGM) on 25 and 26 October in Rotterdam and London.Unilever said in a stock exchange announcement at 7am today that the board had decided to withdraw its proposal.last_img read more

Warren dismisses Joshua’s claims for negotiating a fight with Wilder

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Largest Cities In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With However, as Warren states, the option would be open for Joshua to vacate his WBO championship rather than face Usyk – in order to pursue a bout with the winner of Wilder vs Fury. There is even the outside chance that the WBO may grant Joshua a special dispensation to allow him to postpone a defence against Usyk – in the event that a bout to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion can be negotiated. Warren himself even acknowledged this possibility but argued that it could prove too costly to turn into reality. “Can things change? Of course, but it’ll be expensive to do that…I mean really expensive. Whatever this fight makes, Joshua will have to match it to get the loser to step aside. “That will be millions upon millions of pounds…But to talk now all glib about a ‘curve-ball offer’ is rubbish. Joshua knows full well he’s talking nonsense. Is he trying to con the public?” The fact is that the contract for Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 does contain a rematch clause. The likelihood of that clause being invoked, however, very much depends upon the outcome of their upcoming fight. In the event that the bout has a conclusive ending, then one would have to wonder as to how much interest there would be in a third fight. Read Also:Anthony Joshua backs Fury to win rematch against Wilder Anthony Joshua’s chances of unifying the heavyweight division in 2020 become far greater if a clear winner emerges from the Wilder Vs Fury showdown in Las Vegas. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Veteran promoter Frank Warren has accused unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of talking “rubbish” with regards to a potential fight with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury. In fact, Warren believes that the immediate future has already been mapped out for each of the division’s top fighters. WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) recently revealed that he wants to attempt to become an undisputed champion this year by fighting the winner of the February 22 WBC heavyweight title clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Joshua also insisted that talks had already taken place regarding such a fight. Reports suggest that Wilder and Fury have a clause in their rematch contract for a trilogy fight – but Joshua seems confident that he can throw a “curveball” into those plans. “I can categorically say Anthony Joshua didn’t meet with any of Deontay Wilder’s team. It’s just all rubbish. “The bottom line is, they can have 10,000 meetings, but all three fighters are already under contract,” Warren confirmed. “Tyson Fury, Wilder, Joshua- they all have their 2020 mapped out. Joshua has two mandatories or he vacates a title. “Tyson and Wilder fight on 22 February and the loser has the right to invoke a trilogy fight. That’s in their contracts.” Joshua appears set for an early-summer bout with his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev – and, if successful, should then go on to face WBO number one contender Oleksandr Usyk.last_img read more

Brunt back in N Ireland squad

first_img The West Brom midfielder missed the side’s 1-0 win over Russia at Windsor Park – manager Michael O’Neill’s first victory in the job – after picking up two yellow cards in the campaign. All of the players who featured in that match return for the double header, with Portugal coming to Belfast on September 6 and Northern Ireland away to Luxembourg four days later. Chris Brunt has returned from suspension to take his place in a 22-man Northern Ireland squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester United’s Jonny Evans, who was a late withdrawal on the evening of the Russia match due to illness, is in the squad along with Kyle Lafferty, who was ruled out of that game with an Achilles problem. The Palermo striker, so long a first-choice pick for his country, may find it hard to dislodge either Martin Paterson, the goalscorer against Fabio Capello’s Russia, or Jamie Ward after both men impressed in a new-look forward partnership. Chris Baird misses out once again having yet to sign for a club since his release by Fulham, while Paddy McCourt is also absent having yet to play since joining Barnsley. Grant McCann, the Peterborough midfielder, has taken a voluntary break from international football to concentrate on his coaching commitments at Posh. Northern Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg: Carroll (Olympiacos), McGovern (Falkirk); Hughes (Fulham), McGivern (Hibernian), Cathcart (Blackpool), McAuley (West Brom), J Evans (Manchester United), Bruce (Hull), Hodson (MK Dons), D Lafferty (Burnley); Davis (Southampton), Norwood (Huddersfield), McGinn (Aberdeen), Ferguson (Birmingham), C Evans (Blackburn), Brunt (West Brom), O’Connor (Rotherham); K Lafferty (Palermo), Grigg (Brentford), McKay (Inverness), Paterson (Huddersfield), Ward (Derby). last_img read more