Kilburn’s Ashley Theophane was given a torrid time before showing his class to retain his British light-welterweight title with an 11th-round stoppage of Ben Murphy.Southern-area champion Murphy was a replacement for Nigel Wright, who withdrew from the fight for medical reasons.And the late stand-in was determined to take his big chance, bulldozing his way forward like a man possessed and immediately putting Theophane under pressure in a barnstorming opening round for the Hove-based fighter.Keen to drag his more skilful opponent into a brawl, he continued to swarm all over Theophane in the next round and was warned by the referee for use of the head.It was a similar story in the third and fourth, with the 5ft 3in Murphy – four inches shorter than the Londoner – again storming crudely forward and hurling punches while Theophane offered little in return.Theophane offered slightly more in the fifth but was caught by a stiff left hook towards the end of the round that appeared to shake him slightly.In the following round Theophane began to assert himself, but entered the second half of the fight behind on the scorecards and having taken a worrying amount of shots.Theophane stepped it up again in the seventh, landing with body shots and then opening up a cut around Murphy’s right eye.Those body shots appeared to have an effect and by the eighth Murphy seemed to finally be tiring, with Theophane at last landing with combinations and bringing his usually excellent jab into play.Undeterred, Murphy continued to pile forward in the ninth but his cut worsened and the 10th round was a bad one for him, with Theophane landing a number of classy shots that had the underdog looking groggy – and grateful to hear the bell.It was a mere stay of execution for Murphy, whose gutsy challenge ended when Theophane opened up with a flurry of punches that forced his opponent onto the ropes and the referee to step in.Theophane’s victory takes his record to 31-4-1 and means one more successful defence of his championship would see him keep the coveted Lonsdale belt for good.It would also leave him on course for a possible world title shot.Follow West London Sport on Twitter
Former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa is the shock name on Chelsea’s hit list if they replace Andre Villas-Boas, according to the Daily Mirror.AVB’s position is under scrutiny.Bielsa, who manages Atletico Bilbao, is believed to be one of a number of possible appointments considered by Chelsea as pressure grows on AVB.The Daily Mail claim former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is high on the list of candidates to take over at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season if a change is made following tonight’s vital Champions League match against Napoli.The Mail also say Blues owner Roman Abramovich has considered Fabio Capello but was told the ex-England manager would not be interested in a short-term positionAnd The Sun say AVB, who insists he will not be sacked, would like Abramovich to publicly declare his support for him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
There were 17 categories in this year’s Township Entrepreneurship Awards, while the Lifetime Achievement Award was handed to Dr Sam Motsuenyane, the former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry.The winner of the Tourism Award, Ayanda Hermanus (middle) of Zazas Guesthouse and Spa, is flanked by guests Anthony Leeming (left), CEO Sun International and 2017 Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (right), at the Township Entrepreneurship Awards on 8 April 2017. Sun International sponsored the awards’ Tourism Category. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanGauteng’s Township Entrepreneurship Awards (TEA) recognised 16 businesses out of 33 nominees chosen by judges in 2016 from more than 200 entries. Each nominee received R100,000.The awards are an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government and are implemented by the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP). They were handed out in Johannesburg on 8 April 2017.Winners in the various categories received an additional R200,000 each.Aphiwe Madikizela of Ama X-Rays was named Entrepreneur of the Year; she also won the Services Award. She was awarded R500,000 for the overall prize and in total walked away with R800,000.The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr Sam Motsuenyane. He is the former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Motsuenyane’s family received the award on his behalf.On Twitter, a local newspaper shared Motsuenyane’s thoughts on how to grow entrepreneurship in townships:Dr. Motsuenyane says more black entrepreneurs need to be trained as well as training in land utilisation needs to happen. #teawards2017— Mail & Guardian (@MG_Reporter) April 8, 2017Watch why Motsuenyane is being honoured:“This campaign is a bid to revitalise the Gauteng City Region townships’ economy,” said Thenjiwe Dube, the GEP manager of marketing and communications. The TEA was a creation of the Gauteng Provincial Government under its department of economic development, environment, agriculture and rural development, she explained.“It is heartening to note that in the face of such adversity, townships still produce formidable business men and women whom we hold up high as models of resilience, tenacity and excellence,” said Lebogang Maile, MEC for economic, environment, agriculture and rural development.MEC says next year they will push towards the winner going home with a R1million ?? #TEAwards2017— T E Awards (@TEAwards17) April 8, 2017Brand South Africa spoke to the GEP’s Dube.BSA: What is the aim of the TEA?Thenjiwe Dube: The awards are aimed at entrepreneurship development, exposure to market access, and development of competitive mindset. It also encourages entrepreneurs in the townships to move from being labourers and consumers to being black industrialists and manufacturers.BSA: How do the awards work and what are the criteria for entry?TD: There are several requirements for entry. The business should be operating for a minimum of two years. Compliance documents must be up to date. Importantly, entrants must be South African citizens and must display a strong financial performance, based on their turnover and growth, among other criteria.Aphiwe Madikizela (left) of Ama X-Rays is the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Township Entrepreneurship Awards on 8 April 2017. She is pictured with Lebogang Maile, Gauteng MEC of economic, environment, agriculture and rural development.BSA: How have the awards grown since last year?TD: Comparatively speaking, this year, the campaign created a lot of attention as a result of the television reality show TEA Business Battle This was done in partnership with e-TV.We had more than 200 entries last year, and a total of 33 were nominated. The judges followed the 33 nominees at their businesses premises and did the assessment and adjudication.Our focus was on the following sectors: food and beverages; tourism; creative industries; retail and financial; services; manufacturing; transport, automotive and components; construction, building and real estate; social and community; Entrepreneur with a Disability; Youth Entrepreneur of the Year; and Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year.BSA: From what areas in Gauteng are the winners?TD: The winners are from five regions of Gauteng.The winnersStart-up Kwa Jerry Fast Food – Heremia MthombeniFood and beverages Goapele Bakery – Lerato Radebe and Itumeleng RadebeTourism Zazas Guesthouse and Spa – Ayanda HermanusRetail and finance Cool Apple Dude – Obedius NkunaServices Ama X-Rays – Aphiwe MadikizelaManufacturing Nambitha Nutritional Products – Sipho MzimbaAgriculture Bright Future Agricultural –Phindi ZwaneTransport, automotive and components Nyembe Waste ManagementConstruction, building and real estate Shirinda Trading and ProjectsCreative industries DV Nhlapo Productions – Daniel Vusi NhlapoSocial and community Ditshiamiso business Enterprise – Lucky Siwela and Lefa MolefeEntrepreneur with a Disability SKS Business Solutions – Petrus ZwaneYouth Entrepreneur of the Year Nambitha Nutritional Products – Sipho MzimbaWoman Entrepreneur of the Year Bright Future Agricultural –Phindi ZwaneEntrepreneur of the Year Ama X-Rays – Aphiwe MadikizelaCommunity Journalist of the Year Linda MnisiLifetime Achievement Award Dr Sam MotsuenyaneWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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A win in Suzuka would move Hamilton a step closer to a third F1 title in four years with Mercedes and his fourth overall.Vettel, who had a new engine for the previous race in Malaysia, is a four-time winner in Japan.Rain is also forecast for Saturday’s qualifying but clear skies are expected for Sunday’s GP.ADVERTISEMENT Mavs rookie shows growth in 112-89 loss to Magic Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waits for the start of the rain delayed second practice session for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SUZUKA, Japan — Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap in a rain-hit second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday, when only five drivers set a timed lap.After a lengthy delay, Mercedes driver Hamilton went quickest in the afternoon practice with a lap of 1 minute, 48.719 seconds, .799 seconds ahead of Esteban Ocon for Force India.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ocon’s teammate Sergio Perez and the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were the only other drivers to get in a timed lap in the abbreviated afternoon session.Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the morning practice, which was dry until a light rain started to fall near the end of the session.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith five GP races remaining, Hamilton leads Vettel by 34 points in the driver championship.Hamilton has won twice before in Suzuka, in 2014 and 2015, and was runner-up to former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in last year’s race. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, on Tuesday (September 12), updated the House of Representatives on the total systems failure at the Air Traffic Control Centre in Kingston.The centre’s radar and communications network sustained extensive damage resulting from a lightning strike, which significantly affected the management of and operations within Jamaica’s flight information region.Consequently, the centre was unable to provide air traffic support service for flights that were scheduled to arrive and depart the island, as well as those traversing Jamaica’s airspace from Friday, September 8 to Saturday, September 9.Mr. Henry said the new TopSky automation system and equipment, which were knocked out of service, have been restored and are now operational.“We have tested the MEVA Network node for communications with regional airspace operators and it’s working satisfactorily. The AFTN/AMHS aviation messaging service has been restored,” he stated.Mr. Henry said the Norman Manley International Airport radar feed has been restored to TopSky, adding that plans are advanced to restore Montego Radar feed.The Minister said repairs to the microwave radio communication system from Coopers Hill and Catherine’s Peak have been completed.“Investigations into the full extent of the damage are ongoing, and as soon as I have the full report, I will share it with the members of this House,” he stated.Mr. Henry noted that full restoration of the system requires international sourcing of parts and consulting services.“In this regard, we have sought approval to expedite immediate procurement activities, which include sourcing and clearing of items at customs. This is expected to cost us approximately US$200,000,” he informed.Meanwhile, Mr. Henry said he has been advised that the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority has invested in the enhanced lightning-protection systems, including state-of-the-art atmospheric discharge units.He noted that these “will go a far way in mitigating any future strikes”. The centre’s radar and communications network sustained extensive damage resulting from a lightning strike, which significantly affected the management of and operations within Jamaica’s flight information region. Mr. Henry said the new TopSky automation system and equipment, which were knocked out of service, have been restored and are now operational. Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, on Tuesday (September 12), updated the House of Representatives on the total systems failure at the Air Traffic Control Centre in Kingston. Story Highlights
Ohio State freshman guard Luther Muhammad (1) shoots a three-pointer during the first half of the game against Purdue-Fort Wayne on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 107-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (11-1, 2-0 Big Ten) came back from a 16-2 run by High Point (6-6) to eventually take the lead before running away with a 82-64 win in its last non-conference matchup of the season.Ohio State secured its 18-point victory against the Panthers after shooting 70.8 percent from the field in the second half, making 5-of-10 attempts from deep.After taking a 14-6 lead early in the first half, the Buckeyes allowed High Point to score 16 of the next 18 points, giving the Panthers their first lead of the game. High Point hit from two 3s during the run while the Buckeyes were only 1-for-9 from deep.After the Panthers took a 22-16 lead, the Buckeyes responded with a 19-6 run of their own to close out the half. Freshman guard Luther Muhammad connected on three 3-pointers in the first half en route to 14 points, both career highs with a half still to play.Muhammad finished the game with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. While Muhammad surged offensively, he also played lockdown defense, limiting High Point junior guard Jahaad Proctor to only four points, making two of nine attempts from the field. Proctor was the Panthers’ leading scorer entering the game.Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson also gave life to the Buckeyes’ offense with two 3-pointers during the run, finishing with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists Overall, the Buckeyes shot 43.3 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3 in the first half, taking the lead despite the Panthers connecting on 52 percent of their shots. The Buckeyes extended their lead early in the second half with seven quick points from senior guard C.J. Jackson, finishing the game with 20 points, leading all scorers. After the shaky first half, the Buckeyes only allowed 36 points in the final 20 minutes, limiting the Panthers to 37.9 percent from the field.Four Buckeyes ended the game with double-digit point totals and eight Buckeyes scored.The Buckeyes will stay home on Jan. 5 as they begin the bulk of their Big Ten schedule against No. 8 Michigan State at noon.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes their clash with Tottenham will give them an indication of their current strength under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar SolskjaerThe Red Devils have won all five of their games since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last month at Old Trafford.But Jones, who has started four times under the Norwegian, warns that Spurs will likely give them their toughest challenge yet on Sunday.“Spurs is a good test,” Jones told the club website.“We are in good form and have some momentum going. We have steadied the ship a bit.“We have not done anything yet, we have not achieved anything, but we need to keep it going. Possibly Spurs will be an indicator for us and how far we can go but it is a game we need to win.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They are in good form and doing well and we need to have a good week, train well and prepare for a tough game. Hopefully, the momentum can carry us on to win that match.”The 26-year-old insists Champions League football remains the target with United now just six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea after four successive wins.“Of course we should be in the Champions League next season and that is the aim but we have done nothing yet. I know it is a cliche but it has to be game by game,” said Jones.“I don’t really want to think about the top four, or the Champions League or the FA Cup.“It has to be game by game. Tottenham is tough and we aim to see where we are after that.”Jones has made seven league appearances for United this season.
Ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de France match against Strasbourg, manager Thomas Tuchel called in for a new winter transfer.Paris Saint-Germain’s midfield problem reached a whole new tipping point this past weekend, as manager Thomas Tuchel just lost Italian Marco Verratti due to a nasty ankle injury he suffered against Guingamp.This situation has taken the club to act under extreme circumstances, mainly because Adrien Rabiot is also officially out of the club and won’t play more for PSG after deciding to not renew his contract.The situation has taken a whole new level after Verratti’s incident, it has pushed manager Thomas Tuchel to emergency mode and to publicly beg the PSG board of directors to act quickly before the winter transfer window ends.The major urgency is obviously for a new midfielder, but the market is not as accommodating as it may appear for a club like PSG.Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has always been a tough negotiator with other clubs, which means that they tend to return the favor and make things very difficult for when he is the one in dire need of new players.Tuchel is aware of this and he is scared that things won’t go his way before the window closes, this may leave PSG very exposed for the rest of the season as they won’t have a proper replacement for their absentee players.It is very, very serious for us – PSG boss Tuchel wants midfielder in January window https://t.co/xRoyA1tV5R pic.twitter.com/pmXKJ4DQus— Goal Ghana (@goal_ghana) January 22, 2019“It’s January 21 and we have needs,” Tuchel revealed to reporters ahead of a Coupe de France home match against Strasbourg on Wednesday via Goal.“We lost Adrien Rabiot, Lass Diarra and Marco Verratti, the situation has not improved. We stay with our decision [on Rabiot] because Marco returns in a few weeks. We stay with our basic choice.”“We have recovered Dani Alves in this role but it is very, very serious for us. Who do I want? Yeah, yeah, I know. Unfortunately I cannot tell you!”“Julian Draxler has the quality to play with us because he can adapt and he is very, very reliable in many positions.”“Dani Alves will play in the middle against Strasbourg, with his quality and mentality he has done incredible workouts. Draxler has a more offensive profile than he and Marquinhos.”“I have already talked a lot about Adrien and this subject. I can only repeat that it’s a thing between the club and him.”“This is the second-best attack in Ligue 1, they are also very strong in the defensive game, they are in a phase with four wins in a row away,” Tuchel added.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“It has been experienced there [in Strasbourg] that they are very serious and aggressive. It was very difficult to have opportunities and score.”“It’s a big challenge to play against Strasbourg. We must play at a top level,” he concluded.Tuchel on Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl: “I cannot talk about players who play for another club. Julian was a player of mine, but he is still a Dortmund player today. We are working hard to bring in a defensive midfielder.” #PSGEAG— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) January 18, 2019For PSG things are very clear, they are currently fighting against Barcelona to sign Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong but the negotiations are proving very difficult.There are very few other options that the French club is actually considering, they wanted Denis Suarez to be part of the deal with Adrien Rabiot but Arsenal seems to be getting in the way of that negotiation.Paris Saint-Germain’s clock is ticking, they are quite desperate to get this new midfielder as soon as possible and not finding one could mean that they won’t be able to compete in the Champions League against Manchester United.This might be the very last chance that manager Thomas Tuchel has to prove that he is the right man for the job, because getting eliminated by the Red Devils will bring about his dismissal and quite possibly the exit of either Neymar or Kylian Mbappe.The most immediate worry for the French giants is Strasbourg, they don’t want to get eliminated from this tournament as they did from Coupe de la Ligue last week against Guingamp.📰 [SPORT] | Tottenham ready to bid for Rabiot in January.🔶According to Mirror, Spurs has joined the list of bidders for the PSG midfielder which includes Barça.🔷He finishes his contract in June 2019 and has already rejected the last offer of PSG despite Tuchel’s praise. pic.twitter.com/qWflq5zzX4— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) October 3, 2018Which midfielder would you like PSG to sign during this winter transfer window? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.