Amonsot: Horn's right hand can hurt Pacquiao



MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Czar Amonsot, who on Monday sparred with Jeff Horn, singled out the Australian’s right hand as his best punch.

Horn, according to Amonsot, throws his signature punch with enough speed and power that it would be his main weapon against Manny Pacquiao when they collide in Brisbane on July 2.


“Jeff is explosive,” the 31-year-old Amonsot said in a report by Grantlee Kieza of The Courier-Mail after a 10-round sparring session with Horn.

Horn’s camp has enlisted the former ALA fighter as one of his sparmates because of the latter’s toughness—the now Australia-based Amonsot (34-3-3, with 22 KOs) is on a 12-fight winning streak—and familiarity with Pacquiao.

 A video posted by Kieza yesterday on Twitter showed Horn using his range and footwork to work on the southpaw Amonsot, who kept on charging at the Australian trying to land a looping left hand. But in the process, Amonsot had been on the receiving end of some blows from Horn.

Amonsot got a taste of Horn’s right straight, which is also the punch Pacquiao is most susceptible to.

“His [Horn’s] right-hand lead is fast and powerful. That’s a punch that could give Pacquiao a lot of trouble,” said the Tagbiliran City, Bohol-born fighter.

Horn will most likely rely heavily on that punch when he tries to take Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship at the Suncorp Stadium next month. 

It’s final: Tabal out

by Waylon Galvez/

Rio Olympics marathoner Mary Joy Tabal has been excluded from the athletics roster for her failure to comply with rules set by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) for this year’s Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

PATAFA president Philip Ella Juico said that the selection process used by the association is not solely based on performance by athletes, but on other aspects as well such as respect and honor – and this is where the 27-year-old Tabal failed to comply.

“For the record, the selection for the final lineup of the Philippine team for the SEA Games does not rest alone in performance,” Juico said yesterday in a press briefing attended by members of the national team as the association is finalizing the list of athletes to the SEA Games this August.

“Joining the national team starts with meeting the prescribed standard,” said the former chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

“It does not end there. Performance therefore, it must be stressed, is not the sole criterion for choosing the most suitable national athlete. Neither is the sole criterion for the privilege of remaining in the roster of national athletes,” he added.

Equally important, according to Juico, is for an athlete to have a “word of honor, fidelity to the national team, respect for fellow athletes and authority, commitment to the federation and the absence of any abhorrent attitude of entitlement” as set by PATAFA together with the coaching staff.

This is not the first time that PATAFA and the camp of Tabal are in conflict as the native of Cebu was initially barred from competing in the Rio Olympics last year by the association due to the same issues.

Tabal earned a spot in the Rio Games via the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, thus becoming the first Filipinas to compete in the Olympics.

Tabal proved her worth again to be part of the national team when she topped the half marathon in the same Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon in Canada recently.

Cavs ignore last year’s comeback after another 0-2 hole

Associated Press

OAKLAND, California — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals.
Rather than reach back to last year’s championship comeback for a confidence boost, James’ focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more dangerous this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.
“They’re a different team,” James said following a 132-113 loss in Game 2 on Sunday (Monday Manila time) that put Cleveland in an 0-2 hole.
That’s been quite evident through two games. Durant leads all players with 71 points the first two games — six more than the player he replaced in the lineup, Harrison Barnes, scored in seven games a year ago.
Durant’s scoring has taken pressure off Stephen Curry and allowed the Warriors to withstand Cleveland runs so well that they haven’t trailed after the first quarter in either game.

A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He looks more like a two-time MVP than the hobbled player he was in last year’s Finals.
Klay Thompson shook off a shooting slump to score 22 points and the Warriors pulled away late for another lopsided win.
“They play well at home,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “They won their first two games like they’re supposed to. Coming to a tough environment, we knew it was going to be tough, but they won the first two games. We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd where we play well, also.”
The Cavs began to turn things around last year after being outscored by 48 points in the first two losses in Oakland — seven more than this year. They split the two games at home before reeling off three straight wins to become the fourth team to win the title after losing the first two games.
“They’re going keep to coming, man,” Curry said. “There is a lot of work for us left to do. And you got to expect them to play, obviously, better at home. And we’re going to need to play better to win on the road.”
What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn’t really change. They went to a smaller lineup that contributed to Golden State committing 20 turnovers a game after tying a Finals record with four.
The offense picked up thanks to 27 points from Kevin Love and the Cavs scored 22 more points than in the opener in a faster-paced game, but that also helped the Warriors improve their shooting from 43 percent to 52 percent as Cleveland had a weaker defensive on the floor.
“We definitely have a sense of what they’re capable of, and we felt like a lot of times tonight we played better basketball,” Love said. “But they’re a team you cannot — you can’t let them go on runs.”
The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points. The Warriors followed with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson, a three-point play from Durant in transition and four points from Shaun Livingston.
“That’s what they do,” James said. “That’s what Golden State does. If you make a mistake — like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again.”
The first two games have shown a stark difference in depth. While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson’s record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn’t gotten nearly enough help.
Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been nearly invisible and the bench has offered little help.
The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an NBA record with 14 straight postseason wins.
But after being so close last year and falling short, the Warriors know how difficult the next two will be.
“It’s human nature to let your guard down, human nature, 2-0, everybody in the world ‘It’s over, it’s over,'” Livingston said. “No, it’s not over. We saw what happened last year. We’ve been here. The guys that were here last year understand it’s the hardest thing to do is to try to close out a series and we’ve got two more games to go. We need to take that mentality to Cleveland.”

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Spotted: Alberto Contador on new Trek at Criterium du Dauphine

by By /Cycling News

As the 69th Criterium du Dauphine began in Saint Etienne, the seven-time Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador debuted the latest frameset from Trek. The 2018 Emonda SLR is to be launched officially next month at the Tour de France.

Contador's bike features the UCI approved frame code 'Trek-049-RD'. The UCI received application for the frameset last December and notably sits alongside a disc version of the Emonda SLR.

Contador's bike is equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 electronic groupset. The range-topping groupset from Shimano was launched at last year's Tour de France and WorldTour teams have gradually phased in the components throughout the season. Trek-Segafredo use SRM powermeters, which have not yet been produced with the 9100 series crankset and so the new Emonda is paired with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series cranks.

The Trek Emonda is known for being one of the lightest and stiffest race bikes on the market. The 2014 Emonda SLR frame weighed just 690g, less than a full bidon of water, as well as featuring large tubing and an integrated seat mast.

Like the Emonda's predecessor, the latest model features direct mount brakes front and rear, and looks to have relatively unchanged key features. The mech hanger on rear dropouts however, extends further to the rear and is likely a result of the disc version of the frameset having through-axels.

BMC's newly released Teammachine SLR01, launched earlier this week, similarly comes in both a calliper and disc version of the frameset. Whilst we wait on the full details from Trek on the new Emonda SLR, we suspect the geometry will be the same on both bikes so as to allow Trek-Segafredo riders to switch between the two models as the bikes are phased in to top-level racing.

Notably, unlike all of the Spaniard's teammates, Contador's bike was equipped with 25mm Continental Competition tubular tyres. The team has no specific tyre partner, but usually race on Veloflex or Vittoria tubular tyres.

Contador's Emonda was complemented with Bontrager finishing kit including the $600 Bontrager XXX Integrated bar/stem and XXX bottle cages, Bontrager Aeolus 3 wheelset and a Bontrager Serano RXL saddle.

Full Specifications

Full Specification

Frameset: Trek Emonda SLR full carbon E2, Race Shop Limited
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 direct mount
Shift/brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 with SRM power meter, 172.5mm
Wheelset: Bontrager Aeolus 3 tubular
Tyres: Continental Competition Vectran tubular, 25mm
Handlebar/stem: Bontrager XXX Integrated (420mm width)

Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Saddle Bontrager Serano RXL
Seat post: integrated
Bottle cages: Bontrager XXX


Team Sky pip Team Sunweb for Hammer Series victory in Limburg

by By /Cycling News


Team Sky won the inaugural Hammer Series after a thrilling final Hammer Chase race that was decided on the line.

Team Sunweb started 32 seconds after Team Sky in the handicapped team time trial, but gradually chased them down on the three 14.5-kilometre laps of the flat and fast Limburg circuit. The catch came with 3.5 kilometres to go but Team Sunweb were unable to hold off the British squad in the finale.

Team Sky hit back and took the lead going into the final corner. A drag race to the line decided the winner. Tao Geoghegan Hart fought for position, even using his elbows, ultimately managing to finish as the fourth rider for Sky ahead of three of the Team Sunweb riders.

The fight for third place turned into a fight for the road after Nippo - Vini Fantini, Lotto Soudal, Movistar, Cannondale-Drapac, Orica-Scott and LottoNL-Jumbo all came together after the first 14.5km lap.

Under race rules drafting was not allowed but the teams stayed packed together, with some even ignoring instructions from race officials on motorbikes. Orica-Scott spent much of the time on the front of the six-team pack and eventually managed to get their fourth man across the line first to take the final spot on the podium. They finished 36 seconds back on Team Sky, with Lotto Soudal fourth in the same time and Movistar fifth at 37 seconds.

Team Sky's winning race strategy

Team Sky celebrated their historic first win the final podium, praising each other for the work they did. They won the first Hammer Series thanks to better tactics across the three races and especially in the finale.

The British team finished third in Friday's Hammer Climb race and then fourth in Saturday's Hammer Sprint. Their combined consistency on both terrain's meant they started first in the final Hammer Chase, more or less a team time trial with a few adjustments. They avoided the confusion that reigned amongst the other teams and could concentrate on the fight with Team Sunweb.

Elia Viviani explained Team Sky's tactics for the Chase.

"Initially we started with idea to do our team time trial, full gas and try to win the TTT. When we lost Dibben we were down to 4 and with a lap to go. We tried to go steady for all the final lap," the Italian said.

"We knew via the radio that Sunweb was coming up. They played a little game and rested behind us, so we said to give them the space and we'd see what happens in the sprint. We have three good sprinters and Tao did a good job to get fourth." 

Geoghegan Hart celebrated with his teammates, knowing he did an incredible ride in the finale to ensure Team Sky won.

"I think the lead outs we've done for Elia this year have helped a lot but I'm lost for words," the British neo-pro said.

"In the last kilometre Van Poppel led it out and it was unbelievable how fast he overtook them. I was already sprinting from about 600 metres to go and we were all on the limit in the final metres. Thankfully I had a little bit more than Sunweb guys. It was a good job by all the team."

Van Poppel explained the importance of his late charge to take the final corner first.

"I had to bring them to the last corner. It was really close but if I didn't do it we didn't win. It was a big fight," he said as his Team Sky teammates smiled and savoured their victory.

Earlier, the lesser final for places to 9-16 also produced some drama. Quick-Step Floors emerged as the best team but only after BMC was hit by four punctures in the final kilometres. BMC first lost Daniel Oss and then were slowed by further flats. They eventually finished third at 1:38.

Trek-Segafredo fought hard and almost caught Quick-Step Floors at the line but finished in second, four seconds back.

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Hammer Series Final Ranking

1 Team Sky    
2 Team Sunweb    
3 Orica-Scott    
4 Lotto Soudal    
5 Movistar Team    
6 Team LottoNL-Jumbo    
7 Cannondale-Drapac    
8 Nippo - Vini Fantini    
9 Quick-Step Floors    
10 Trek-Segafredo    
11 BMC Racing Team    
12 Team Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij    
13 Bahrain-Merida    
14 UAE Team Emirates    
15 Team Caja Rural    
16 Israel Cycling Academy    


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