In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgtake early leadDefending champions Passagefort United signalled from early that they will be the team to beat in this year’s South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, which is sponsored by Member of Parliament Colin Fagan, after they copped their second win in as many games last Sunday. Passagefort moved to eight points as they got by a spirited Garveymeade 250-243.In other games, Westmeade Rising Stars stopped Waterford 250-233, and Cumberland defeated pointless Portsmouth 250-200.Tomorrow’s games: Ken’s Wildflower vs Garveymeade, Portsmouth vs Westmeade Rising Stars, and Waterford vs Passagefort United.Church football clash in semisDefending champions Edgewater FC will take on East Portmore Portals in the opening semi-final game of a double-header, in the Pines Imaging Centre-sponsored Portmore Under-17 Football League at Cedar Grove playing field at 1 p.m. In the second semi-final, Portmore United take on Cedar Grove at 3 p.m.Meanwhile, Portmore had to dig deep last Saturday to secure their semi-final spot, as they clipped Daytona 2-1 in their finalpreliminary-round game.Passagefort semi-finalsThe semi-finals of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church Football League will be played today at Passagefort playing field. Hope & Mercy Ministries play Fair View in one semi-final, while defending champions 65 Waltham Park New Testament Church of God will take on Power of Faith Ministries in the second semi-final.In their final preliminary-round game, Hope & Mercy stunned Faith Temple Pentecostal3-0 through goals from Jason Williams (37th, 65th) and Jemarc Graham (71st).PFM ‘A’, Equator, In Your Neighbourhoodcenter_img Edgewater, Portals face off in finalPower of Faith Ministries ‘A’ take on Equator Faith Mission in the final of the PFM Church Netball League at the PFM Sports Complex today, beginning at 2:15 p.m. In the play-off for third place, PFM ‘B’ play Faith Temple New Testament at 1:30 p.m.In semi-final games played recently, PFM ‘A’ beat PFM ‘B’ 29-22. Debbie-Ann Coghiel, 15 goals from 18 attempts, and Melonie Bailey, 14/18 attempts, scored for PFM ‘A’. Sophie March scored all of PFM ‘B’ goals from 32 attempts. Equator Faith Mission defeated Faith Temple New Testament 22-17. Equator’s Nickeisha Duncan’s 20 goals from 25 attempts led her team, while shooting for Faith Temple was Lorraine Miller, with 12/19.last_img read more

Diamond Mile offers record $13.5m purse

first_imgThe richest race in the English-speaking Caribbean, the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile offering a record purse of $13.5 million, will be run at Caymanas Park on Saturday, December 5, with Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) coming on board as title sponsor.The event is hosted by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and, according to racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr, it promises to be a memorable experience, “bringing glamour, fine entertainment and excitement to the Caymanas racing complex”.Details for the Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile were outlined by representatives of SVL, BGLC and CTL at yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.PRESTIGIOUS EVENT”Supreme Ventures’ commitment of $5 million to the raceday demonstrates our ongoing commitment to enhancing the horse-racing industry,” said Paul Hoo, SVL’s chairman. “We commend the BGLC for its vision in conceptualising and launching the plan earlier this year for what promises to be the most prestigious horse-racing event in the region.”We certainly share the view of the BGLC chairman, Gary Peart, in his comments at the BGLC’s launch in June this year that an event of this nature will help generate more revenue for CTL and, ultimately, it will help the owners, trainers, jockeys, grooms, and all stakeholders at Caymanas Park.”It is also very encouraging for a stakeholder in the gaming industry to note that the regulators do not see themselves as regulators, but also as facilitators assisting in the growth of the industry by their sponsorship.”Our sponsorship of the Diamond Mile race day, a new investment for Supreme Ventures, is valued at $5 million, which will represent an investment of $18 million in sponsorship at CTL for 2015 alone. Indeed, our investment in the sponsorship of horse racing and the promotion of the racedays to date exceeds $103 million, by far the largest partnership in the horse-racing industry.”As one of the companies bidding for the operations of CTL, our vision is to return horse racing to its former glory, with prestigious events that bring out the attendance of patrons, engender the interest of sponsors to come on board throughout the year and make the track one that all stakeholders will be proud of,” he concluded.Also speaking was CTL’s chairman, Christopher Brown, who said SVL has now raised the bar with the addition of the ultra-rich Diamond Mile “which boasts the single-largest purse of any race – $13.5 million”.Denzil Miler pointed to several of the top horses expected to vie for top honours, including two-time ‘Horse of the Year’ TYPEWRITER; the 2013 Derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR; and the crack imported horse, UPPA TUNE. He added that entries for the Diamond Mile will close on Wednesday, November 4, at 2 p.m.last_img read more

Disappointed Young blasts Waterhouse

first_img TUESDAY’S MEETING “You have some people in their office pushing to start a (certain) team and asking why is a player playing or not playing. They don’t know if the player attended training or if he was late. I came in a situation where players are not coming to training, players coming to training late, coming to training drunk, players having injuries and not going to the physio, all these things I try to fix. “I tried to teach them how to be a professional as this is the closest some will come to professionalism, and that is what I was trying to bring to Waterhouse. For them to respect the game and treat it as if their lives depends on it,” Young added. He revealed that following the defeat to Tivoli on Sunday, a meeting was arranged between himself and Vidal, who wanted Donovan Duckie to assist him for the remainder of the season. However, he flatly refused the proposal, and following another meeting with other stakeholders, he decided that they should part ways. “Sunday, after the (Tivoli) game, the president called and said he had a proposal for me. So we met at Jojo’s and he told me he had no problem with my coaching and that I knew what I am doing, but noted that we are not getting the results and asked if I could bring in (Donovan) Duckie to be my assistant. “On Monday, I got an email from the treasurer, (Ainsley) Smeikle, saying the warm-up was poor and that too many old players were in the team. That email was accompanied by another from the manager, Conrad Byfield, agreeing with the treasurer and bashing the players, which I resented. After just one win in nine matches, Waterhouse and former national striker-turned coach, Paul Young, parted ways by mutual consent on Wednesday. The former Waterhouse coach, however, defended his time in charge at the Drewsland club and shared that he walked away following a proposal from the club’s president Fitzroy Vidal to take on Donovan Duckie as an assistant for the rest of the season. Young also accused players of not being professional enough and club administrators of trying to influence team selection. He was very disappointed at leaving the club as he believed they were on the right path.. “At the first staff meeting, I told them we needed to be united on and off the field and that was the only way. But we have members trying to influence who play, when they play and why they play. But the only person I listen to when it comes to team selection is my assistant Shavar (Thomas), and they didn’t take lightly to that,” he explained. “Tuesday after training, I saw the president, vice-president, treasurer, manager, gen-sec, and me and my assistant went in a the meeting, which was chaired by the president. He came with the same (Duckie) story and my response was the same. I told him that the reason why we were here is because some people wanted to influence who play, and I don’t go for that,” he revealed. “They knew that I wouldn’t go for it though, so maybe they wanted to fire me, but never knew how,” he added. Although disappointed, Young said he always knew it was going to be a tough job and wished the Drewsland team the best in their fight to avoid the drop. FIXING PROBLEMSlast_img read more

Jaguars win on dramatic day in WICB Regional Four-Day Championship

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):Leaders Guyana Jaguars remained on course for a title repeat when they trounced Windward Islands Volcanoes by six wickets on a dramatic third day when 17 wickets fell yesterday.The visitors were dismissed for 339 in the morning session to secure a first innings lead of 123 at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium and then promptly dismissed Volcanoes for 161, to set themselves a target of 39 for victory.Drama then followed as Jaguars crashed to 13 for four before Man of the Match and captain Leon Johnson smashed a four and a six in an unbeaten 17 off 15 deliveries to see his side to victory in the eighth-round contest.The win handed the title-holders 18 points and propelled them to 125 points, keeping them in pole position to pick up their second straight Regional four-day title.Resuming the morning on 310 for six, Jaguars added 29 runs with Barbadian Raymon Reifer finishing on 37 not out and seamer Mervin Matthew claiming six for 81 – his third five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.Reifer then sliced through the Volcanoes innings to finish with four for 35, while Test leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed three for 71, as Volcanoes slumped badly in their second innings.Veteran opener Devon Smith hit his second half-century of the match with 51, while Shane Shillingford struck 26 and Dalton Polius got 22.They were cruising at 90 for two at one stage, but lost their last eight wickets for just 71 runs.In one final twist, off-spinner Shillingford (2-26) combined with seamer Kyle Mayers (2-13) to stun the Jaguars’ top order before Johnson restored order.Red Force poised for victoryAt the National Cricket Centre: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, trailing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 181 runs, were 147 for five in their second innings at the close on the third day of their eighth round game here yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 225 all out (Jahmar Hamilton, 53; Nkrumah Bonner, 47; Rahkeem Cornwall, 31; Montcin Hodge, 24; Rayad Emrit, 3-55; Marlon Richards, 3-55; Imran Khan, 2-63). RED FORCE 406 for nine (Imran Khan, 82; Narsingh Deonarine, 68; Steven Katwaroo, 50; Marlon Richards, 31 not out; Yannic Cariah, 30; Rahkeem Cornwall, 5-88; Gavin Tonge, 2-73).last_img read more

Update: Bigger World Cup coming, France 98 Reggae Boyz weigh in

first_imgFIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament which is likely to be held in North America. President Gianni Infantino’s favoured plan — for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 — was unanimously approved today by the FIFA Council. It meets Infantino’s election pledge of a bigger World Cup, and should help fund promised raises for FIFA’s 211 member federations. With 80 matches instead of 64, FIFA forecasts the equivalent of $1 billion extra income at current rates from broadcasting and sponsor deals, plus ticket sales, compared to $5.5 billion revenue forecast for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s 1998 World Cup goalkeepers, captain Warren Barrett and his number two, Aaron ‘Wild Boy’ Lawrence, have expressed opposing views on the development. Barrett says that many would welcome the change, but he does not see the reason to increase the numbers. “I think that is watering it down a bit. For the World Cup, the most prestigious tournament in the world, teams need to work hard to get there. It should not be watered down to accommodate or commercialise the sport. I would rather it stayed at 32,” Barrett said. “If they are increasing it and the format remains the same, maybe I would support it. If you are going to have that knockout stage, I won’t agree with that. If teams are going to play one game and get knocked out and go home, it makes no sense. For the group stage, you have at least three games, so you get a chance to make it to the knockout round. I would stick with that format,” he added. Barrett’s number two during the ’98 campaign, Lawrence, holds a contrasting opinion as he believes that it would be good for developing football countries and aspiring players from these countries. “I don’t think it will water it down because you would give more countries a chance to showcase themselves. You have countries with good talent and ability, and they never got a chance based on how difficult it is in their region. So you will see more football, and more countries will get an opportunity to show their skills on the big stage,”said Lawrence. “It will be more challenging for the Caribbean teams. Teams like Costa Rica, Mexico, and the US might not mind, but for smaller nations like us, Trinidad, Haiti, Cuba, and the top teams in the Caribbean, will find it a lot more difficult to qualify. I certainly wouldn’t welcome that change,” Barrett added. FIFA projects an increased profit of $640 million despite some extra operating costs and prize money for teams. FIFA’s six continents should find out by May how many extra places they will each get. UEFA wants 16 European teams at the tournament, which is strongly favoured to be played in North America.  Africa and Asia could be winners in a bigger World Cup with up to nine places each. They had only five and four teams, respectively, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Still, FIFA said it expects the standard of soccer to drop compared to the 32-team format locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar. FIFA must break with tradition to make its new format work after an original 48-team plan — with an opening playoff round sending 16 “one-and-done” teams home early — was unpopular. Instead, three-team groups will replace the usual groups of four to create simple progress to a knockout bracket. However, it leaves one team idle for final group games and could risk collusion between the other two teams. FIFA said it could guard against result-rigging by introducing penalty shootouts after group games that end in draws.last_img read more

IAAF will have to help athletes … JAAA boss responds to body ban of allegiance transfer

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake said the IAAF will have to find a way for lower-tier athletes to make a liveable income from track and field after the world governing body on Monday placed a freeze on athletes’ transfers of allegiance.According to statistics on the IAAF’s website, since 1998, 11 Jamaicans have switched allegiance.In 2015, three Jamaican sprinters – Winston Barnes, Kemarley Brown and Andrew Fisher – switched allegiance to Turkey and Bahrain, respectively. All three represented their respective countries at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The transfers were controversial, and Blake had raised concern about the practice.He said that the fact that some countries went only in search of the top-tier athletes meant that if more Jamaicans were gobbled by wealthy countries, within 10 years, the country would begin to suffer a shortage of talent.”They (other countries) are not really interested in second-stream people. It is only top- tier people they are after, and they have significantly deep pockets and if you remove 10 people each year out of the programme, it would not take long to affect Jamaica,” Blake told The Gleaner.MAIN CONCERNBlake added that the IAAF’s main concern was with African countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia, evidenced from the statement by its president Sebastian Coe on Monday.”It has become abundantly clear with regular multiple transfers of athletes, especially, from Africa, that the present rules are no longer fit for purpose. Athletics, which at its highest levels of competition is a championship sport based upon national teams, is particularly vulnerable in this respect. Furthermore, the present rules do not offer the protections necessary to the individual athletes involved and are open to abuse,” Coe’s statement said.Blake said that in Kenya, once an athlete switches allegiance he is stripped of nationality, which raised problems if he or she failed to perform satisfactorily for their new countries.”What has been happening is they are not given full citizenship of those countries. They are given passport and nationality and if anything happens to them, they find themselves stateless and once they can’t run anymore, they can’t go back to the home country, and they can’t stay where they are. It’s only good for them while they continue running,” Blake said.He also noted that in the case of Jamaicans, many of them continue to train in Jamaica even after switching allegiance.”… And it’s clear they don’t live in the country. It’s things like that that prompted the IAAF to say they need to regularise it,” he added.He admitted, however, that with so few spots for the highest calibre athletes, the IAAF would have to find a way to make the lower-tier athletes earn enough on which to live.”Because right now, only the top of the top can live comfortably off the sport, and once it remains that way, it will always be for people to find ways to around it.”last_img read more

Taylor, Bromfield head Carifta Games squad

first_imgAn 82-strong squad has been named to represent the island at the 2017 staging of the Carifta Games, which is scheduled to take place at the Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad, Curacao from April 15-17.The 22-member boys’ Under-20 squad is headed by Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, who won the 400 metres at the trials in a national leading time of 45.41 seconds.Taylor is stepping up to the senior-age group for the first as he won the Under-18 one-lap event a year ago in Grenada. Taylor is joined in this age group by Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson, who won the Under-20 100 metres at the Trials in 10.25 seconds.World Under-20 400m silver medallist Junelle Bromfield will lead a strong senior girls team. Now a student at the University of Technology, she won the one-lap race in an impressive 52.75 at the trials.Full squadUnder-18 girls: Britanny Anderson, Annia Ashley, Abigail Brooks, Lotavia Brown, Janique Burgher, Kevona Davis, Lamara Distin, Cemore Donald, Rushana Dwyer, Shaquena Foote, Marie Forbes, Daszay freeman, Michae Harriott, Shaday Hudson, Joanne Reid, Kimone Reid, Taffara Rose, Danielle Sloley, Sanique Walker, Briana WilliamsUnder-20 girls: Gabrielle Bailey, Aneka Brissett, Junelle Bromfield, Amoi Brown, Devia Brown, Janeek Brown, Kasheika Cameron, Britnie Dixon, Taqece Duggan, Nicolee Foster, Kara Grant, Kayan Green, Tissanna Hickling, Chrissani May, Kimoria Muchette, Lorean Murray, Myesha Nott, Fiona Richards, Shian Salmon, Sah-jay StevensUnder-18 boys: Ricardo Clarke, Daniel Cope, Dashinelle Dyer, Michali Everett, Kimar Farquharson, Cobe Graham, Renardo Johnson, Ramone Lindo, Damar Marshall, Xavier Nairne, Wayne Pinnock, Tyrese Reid, Tarees Rhoden, Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens, Antonio Watson, Rovane Williams, Safin Wills, Terrol Wilson, Tyreke WilsonUnder-20 boys: Gabriel Allen, Timor Barrett, Orlando Bennett, Ryan Brown, Tyreke Bryan, Ackeen Coley, Delano Dunkley, Ronaldo Griffiths, Agerian Jackson, Keenan Lawrence, Jhevaughn Matherson, Carey McLeod, Kyle Mitchell, Dashawn Morris, Kevin Nedrick, Kobe-Jordon Rhooms, Alex Robinson, Shemar Salmon, Malik Smith, Roje Stona, Christopher Taylor, Jelani WalkerOFFICIALSChef de mission: Colleen MontagueTeam manager: Ewan ScottAssistant manager: Orett WallaceAssistant manager: Georgia FrancisHead coach: Corey BennettCoaches: Glasford Stona, Marion James, Ruel James, Dwight Jones, Roderick Mile.Doctor: Dr Peter SoltauMasseurs: David-Patrick Thompson and Rory Rhodenlast_img read more

TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT rose from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to stun Alaska, 107-106, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro just missed a triple-double with 23 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists for the KaTropa, who bounced back from a sorry loss to the San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Aces just couldn’t catch a break as their woes continued with their losing skid now at 12 games dating back to last conference.Calvin Abueva played his first game for Alaska since his mysterious disappearance and notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.Michael Craig Jr. led TNT, which hiked its record to 2-1, in scoring with 28 points while Roger Pogoy added 25 points.Alaska dropped to 0-4 this conference, joining Kia at the bottom of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Pacio sees potential title fight if victorious in ONE Macau tilt “The players just made the right plays and big plays,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.Castro capped off his brilliant showing with a clutch triple that gave TNT a 107-103 edge with 35.8 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’TNT overcame a monster effort by import LaDontae Henton, who had 42 points and 22 rebounds for Alaska, which blew a 95-82 lead with 7:01 remaining.Henton, however, missed a potential game-winning jumper as time ran out. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

RoS import vows to play better after lack of aggressive play vs Kia

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybelles “The style of play here is what I got to be able to adjust to. I was fortunate to have this game right now so I can adjust and make the adjustments this week,” he said, as the Elasto Painters gear up for TNT next Sunday. “Life’s a challenge. I accept all challenges and we’ll just see what happens.”What Bullock’s glad about, though, is helping Rain or Shine finally break out of its slump and level its standing at 2-2, even if it came against a lowly foe like the Picanto.“Even though it wasn’t the best team in the league, it’s still a win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments J’Nathan Bullock. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEven J’Nathan Bullock admitted his debut game for Rain or Shine on Sunday was far from advertised.“It wasn’t my best performance, but we were able to still get the win,” he said after posting 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in the Elasto Painters’ 94-86 win over Kia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Though Bullock’s statline was still decent compared to his counterparts, coach Caloy Garcia expressed his displeasure for what he felt was lack of aggressiveness from his new reinforcement, as he only earned six free throws for the game.READ: Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of KiaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Our import took too much outside shots. He only started attacking the basket in the last six minutes of the game and that’s the only time we started getting to the line. I was surprised that he was not able to get to the stripe during the first half, so I just told him in the fourth quarter to head to the line,” said the youthful mentor.The 30-year-old Bullock understand his coach’s concenr and vowed to adjust better for Rain or Shine’s next game. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READlast_img read more

Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fight

first_imgLyceum rallies to keep slate clean Alvarez was up next, climbing onto the scales in his blue shorts and registering the same 160 pounds for a bout that has all the ingredients to produce a fight of the year.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin seek their places in boxing historyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I am very happy for all the love and support of these fans,” Alvarez told the crowd. “I am going to give them 100 percent. I trained hard and I am disciplined.“I take all this responsibility seriously and I am going to give them a great fight.” Signature move Alvarez, who was the more stonefaced of the two, sent the crowd into a frenzy as he shadowboxed briefly at the front of the stage — his new signature weigh-in move.Hundreds of people stood on line for hours outside the Grand Garden for the chance to see the weigh-in, chanting and signing along with a neatly-attired Mariachi band.For many, it represented their only hope of seeing either fighter in the flesh as the bout has been sold out for weeks.Las Vegas construction worker Harvey Hernandez attended the weigh-in with his friend Roger Ramirez and said Alvarez has a better boxing style.“I am picking Canelo,” the 26-year-old said. “He is better than Triple G. He is going to outclass him and he is from Mexico.“It won’t go the distance. He is going to get knocked out or he will knock Golovkin out.”READ: Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin boutSaid El-Tahan flew all the way from Sweden to watch the fight and says Golovkin must avoid having the decision in the hands of the judges.“Golovkin will win,” said the Malmo police officer. “He is a great fighter and a strong puncher. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled “It won’t go 12 rounds so he must finish him off. If it goes to the judges Golovkin won’t get a fair decision.”Phoenix’s Lorenzo Ventura, 29, said he put a lot of thought into who will win Saturday’s bout which many feel could be the start of a the latest boxing trilogy.“Canelo is going to tire out around the fifth or sixth round,” said Ventura, a part-time boxer, as he headed to his seat in the Garden arena. “Triple G is going to establish his jab and is going to finish him in the 11th round.“When you study both fighters and you see Canelo consistently tire out in the fifth or sixth round fighting smaller men and now he is going to come up in weight class and knock out the most dangerous fighter in that weight class.“The dude (Golovkin) has proven himself over and over again. Jabs win fights. Golovkin lands more jabs accurately than any other fighter in the game. It is that simple.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Break new ground LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESLAS VEGAS—Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena then came face-to-face for the cameras on Friday (Saturday, Manila), one day before they meet in one of the most anticipated fights in years.Three-belt Champion Golovkin wore black shorts and smiled as he stepped on the scale first weighing the 160-pound (72.5 kg) middleweight limit for Saturday’s world title fight against Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin is putting his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation, belts on the line but to the uninitiated it might have seemed more like Alvarez was the champ.Alvarez drew louder cheers from the pro-Mexican crowd, stepped on the scale last and made Golovkin wait several minutes on stage before making his initial appearance, which was preceded by a video tribute on the jumbotron screen.The fighters, who once sparred together at Golovkin’s gym in Big Bear, California, then posed amicably during their staredown in front of a crowd of 9,400.That has been consistent with the buildup to the sold-out fight, which has lacked the vitriolic trash talk typical of world title fights.“See you tomorrow. I have been champion a long time. This is boxing and I am a very true guy,” said Golovkin, who goes by the nickname ‘Triple G’ on Friday.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 MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more