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Quartararo takes on Marquez as Yamaha make it a tight battle at the top in Barcelona

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

Quartararo takes on Marquez as Yamaha make it a tight battle at the top in Barcelona

sports June 16, 2019 09:57

By MotoGP

Quartararo takes on Marquez as Yamaha make it a tight battle at the top in Barcelona

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) has done it again. The French rookie followed up going fastest on Friday by taking his second pole position in the premier class despite still recovering from arm pump surgery, and that despite suffering his first ever crash in MotoGP™ during FP3. It was close between the two men at the top in qualifying, however, and the number 20 only just beat reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to pole by 0.015. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third fastest as Saturday proved a top day for Yamaha, but the number 12 subsequently received a three-place grid penalty and will be bumped back to the second row.

An infinitesimal 0.001 advantage for Viñales means Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) just missed out on a place in the fastest trio, but the Italian was impressive and will start from the front row after the Spaniard’s penalty. A huge crash in the morning prefaced a trip through Q1, but the number 21 bounced back in qualifying and just got the better of compatriot Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) in Q2, who was the fifth fastest but now heads the second row. Rossi’s 1:39.753 was the lap that meant all four Yamahas were inside the fastest five in qualifying for the first time since Brno 2012 after a phenomenal showing from the Iwata marque.

Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) continues the Italian invasion near the front as he was sixth quickest and now starts fifth after improving on his second run and gaining a place as Viñales takes his penalty. ‘DesmoDovi’ was the fastest Ducati in qualifying, and although teammate Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) wasn’t far behind, Viñales will now split the two on the grid. Petrucci suffered a crash in Q2, as did the man just behind him: Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar).

Rins was on a hot lap when he went down and with only two minutes left on the clock, the Spaniard didn’t have chance to improve. So it’s P8 for him and he needs another stellar first few laps like Mugello, where he picked his way through to perfection from 13th on the grid. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) starts alongside the Suzuki rider, but a few tenths in arrears.

Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) finished just 0.048 off Crutchlow to line up tenth for his home Grand Prix, with the five-time World Champion having gone straight through to Q2. Q1 graduate and rookie Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) took 11th place, with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro launching from P12 at a true home race for the rider born only kilometers from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

One name missing from the normal Q2 mix was Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), who faces a fight back from P14, and he’ll be one of many to watch when the lights go out. Can Quartararo race away from pole? It’s his last chance to beat Marquez to the record of youngest winner. Or can Marquez beat him to the holeshot? Yamaha look strong, Rossi is a record-breaker in Barcelona, Ducati always bring the pace on race day…you don’t want to miss Round 7 of the season from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with MotoGP™ coming your way at 14:00 local time on Sunday (GMT+2).

Qualifying results:1 – Fabio Quartararo* (FRA – Yamaha) 1’39.484

2 – Marc Marquez (SPA – Honda) +0.015

3 – Maverick Viñales (SPA – Yamaha) +0.226

*Independent Team rider

Front row L-R: Marquez, Quartararo and Viñales
Fernandez takes first pole, top six within a tenth in Moto2™The Spaniard took a first podium the last time he rode on home turf. This time it’s poleAugusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40) has been impressive so far in 2019 and qualifying for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya was no exception. The Spaniard took his first ever pole position from veteran intermediate class campaigner Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) in Barcelona by just 0.021, with the front row covered by just 0.029 in total as Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) took P3.

The close battle at the top didn’t end there, with all three riders on the second row qualifying within a tenth of the top. Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) took P4, edging out an impressing performance from rookie teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio, with Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) sixth fastest. Marquez has won the last two races, and is exactly a tenth off pole…

Marquez’ key title rival Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40) spearheads the third row of the grid in seventh – the Italian improving on his final flying lap to get into the top ten – ahead of rookie Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46), with Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team) completing an all-Italian Row 3. His teammate, Enea Bastianini, was just half a tenth in arrears to take P10.

Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) crashed during Q2, rider ok, but the Australian will line up 11th, ahead of Mugello polesitter Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Italian GP podium finisher Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) just behind.

How will different conditions in the morning shake up the grid? It may well be cooler at race time. With such tight timesheets, you can’t miss the intermediate class in action at 12:20 local time (GMT+2).

Qualifying results:1 – Augusto Fernandez (SPA – Kalex) 1’44.170

2 – Tom Lüthi (SWI – Kalex) +0.021

3 – Sam Lowes (GBR – Kalex) +0.029

Front row L-R: Lüthi, Fernandez and Lowes
Rodrigo bests rookie Ogura to become seventh different polesitter in a rowArgentinean takes his fourth career pole position by just 0.021 in BarcelonaAnother day, another record broken in Moto3™: Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) became the seventh different polesitter in the opening seven races of the season at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, taking his fourth career pole position by just 0.021 ahead of a stunning session for Japanese rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia). It’s the first time since the introduction of the category in 2012 that the first seven pole positions have all been taken by different riders, and if Rodrigo can win on Sunday he would become the 12th different winner in a row, as well as the seventh different winner this year. And if he is the magnificent seventh different winner? It’ll be the first time it’s happened in the lightweight class since 1988.

Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) completes the front row and he’ll be the first aiming to stand in Rodrigo’s way and become the first repeat winner of the year, but the second row has some serious threats to contend with too. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) has been on both the pace and the podium this season, but he’s yet to visit to top step – something not true of Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), who lines up alongside him. The Championship leader will be aiming to win his second race of the season. Albert Arenas (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) completes the second row, a Grand Prix winner already last year but another potential addition to the record-breaking roll in 2019.

Friday’s fastest Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) heads up Row 3 ahead of Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) after a crash for the man second in the standings, with John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) starting ninth. Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) completes the top ten.

Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) was eighth quickest but is the first of seven riders to have received grid penalties. Six have 12-place penalties: Masia, Championship contender Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), Dennis Foggia (Sky Racing Team VR46), Kazuki Masaki (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race), Andrea Migno (Bester Capital Dubai) and Filip Salač (Redox PruestelGP). Vicente Perez (Reale Avintia Arizona 77) has a six-place penalty.

Will more history be made on Sunday? Can Rodrigo become the first Argentinean winner in the lightweight class and add to the incredible roll we’re on in 2019? The lights go out for the Moto3™ race at 11:00 (GMT +2).

Qualifying results:1 – Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG – Honda) 1’48.450

2 – Ai Ogura (JPN – Honda) +0.021

3 – Tony Arbolino (ITA – Honda) +0.314

Front row L-R: Ogura, Rodrigo and Arbolino
Marquez took second just 0.015 off Quartararo

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Stamp retains ONE atomweight Muay Thai world title in Shanghai

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Stamp retains ONE atomweight Muay Thai world title in Shanghai

sports June 16, 2019 09:54

By ONE

ONE Championship™ (ONE) made a triumphant return to the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai for yet another night of world-class martial arts action

ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST showcased the brightest stars in global martial arts. In the main event, reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtexretained her title with a unanimous decision victory over Alma Juniku of Australia.

In the main event of the evening, two-sport World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand overcame a game effort from challenger Alma Juniku of Australia to retain her ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship. The two women warriors battled through five action-packed rounds, trading spitfire combinations. Throughout the contest, it was Stamp who established her dominance, often getting the better of striking exchanges. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Stamp to win by unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, former ONE World Title challenger Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Malaysia spoiled the ONE Championship debut of Japanese legend Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama to win via unanimous decision. Thani showcased improved striking skills, pressing with a plethora of boxing combinations as Akiyama attempted to retreat to his elite judo. Thani also dominated the grappling sequences throughout the duration of the contest. After a gruelling three-round affair, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Thani.

In a ONE Super Series bantamweight kickboxing contest, local star “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglongscored a destructive one-punch knockout of Australia’s Tyler Hardcastle to notch a first round finish. Action started off furiously at the sound of the opening bell, with both men meeting at the center of the ONE Championship ring. After a few heated exchanges, Zhang exploded with a leaping uppercut, catching Hardcastle right on the chin as the Australian crashed to the canvas almost immediately.

In a ONE Super Series bantamweight Muay Thai contest, former ONE World Title challenger Han Zi Haoof China turned in a spectacular performance, stopping opponent Andrew “Maddog Fairtex” Miller of Scotland. It was an intense battle of attrition for the duration of the bout, as neither man was willing to take a step backward. Han turned the aggression up towards the end of the first round however, carrying momentum over into the second where he dropped Miller twice en route to the satisfying knockout win.

Rising featherweight contenders Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima of Japan and “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il of South Korea put together a spirited and competitive three-round battle to the delight of the passionate crowd. Although Kwon brought the punching power, Matushima showcased his superior wrestling skills, controlling the South Korean martial artist on the canvas for the majority of the contest. All three judges scored the bout in favor of the Japanese star to win by unanimous decision.

In a highly-competitive ONE Super Series kickboxing contest, light heavyweights Tarik “The Tank” Khbabez of Morocco and Anderson “Braddock” Silva of Brazil lit up the Baoshan Arena with an action-packed striking showcase. Through three gruelling rounds, the two kickboxing behemoths took each other’s best shots, unloading a series of thunderous combinations at the center of the ring. Neither was willing to take a step back and in the end, it was Khbabez who emerged victorious by unanimous decision.

Reinier “The Dutch Knight” De Ridder of The Netherlands retained his unblemished record, keeping his 100% finishing rate intact with another highlight-reel technical knockout, this time over Brazilian Gilberto “Giba” Galvao. It was all De Ridder from the sound of the opening bell, as the Dutchman was able to close the distance and establish his grappling dominance early. In the second round, De Ridder snatched Galvao’s head in a front headlock position and delivered a series of knees to force a verbal tapout.

In one of the most entertaining bouts of the night, Muay Thai World Champion Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym announced his arrival to the ONE Super Series stage with a unanimous decision win over the United Kingdom’s Liam “Hitman” Harrison in a Muay Thai bout. Rodlek appeared to be unfazed as he walked through Harrison’s best shots and punished the Brit with stinging jabs and kicks of his own. Harrison picked up steam in the final round as he tried to rally back, but it was too late as Rodlek walked away with the dominant unanimous decision win.

“Rock Man” Chen Lei of China used a strong third round performance to seal a unanimous decision victory over Indonesia’s Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen to cap off the preliminary card. It was all Chen in the first round, as he took Engelen down with ease and maintained control with superior grappling. After getting rocked early, it was Engelen’s turn to showcase his grappling skills, as he managed to keep Chen down to keep the bout competitive. In the final round, the hometown favorite regained the momentum by once again taking the bout to the ground and controlling Engelen to earn the nod on all three judges’ scorecards.

“King Kong Warrior” Fan Rong put on an impressive display of grappling and striking as he overwhelmed Egypt’s Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed en route to a second round technical knockout victory. Mohamed came out swinging in the opening round, but Fan remained patient and timed a takedown perfectly and kept the action on the ground. In the second round, Fan again took Mohamed down and looked for the submission before eventually posturing up and punishing the Egyptian with some ground and pound for the stoppage win.

China’s own Niu Kang Kang picked up a big win on home soil as he defeated Filipino mixed martial arts veteran Eric “The Natural” Kelly by unanimous decision. Looking to snap a losing skid, Kelly came out aggressive and scored an early takedown, but on the ground however, it was Niu who was in control. Niu repeatedly threatened with submission attempts and kept Kelly grounded for the better part of the three-round contest. After 15 minutes of action, it was Niu who was declared the winner on all three judges’ scorecards.

“The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min of South Korea remained undefeated in his mixed martial arts career after picking up a quick first-round technical knockout victory over Filipino Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan. Yoon brought the action to the ground almost immediately, but instead found himself in a submission attempt from the Filipino welterweight veteran. Yoon was able to power out of the submission and began to light Tan up with thunderous knees and precise punches to take the Filipino out and earn the highlight-reel stoppage.

Japanese newcomer Itsuki “Strong Heart Fighter” Hirata was spectacular in her ONE Championship debut as she steamrolled through the Philippines’ Angelie “D’Explorer” Sabanal by first round submission. Hirata used her crisp striking to keep Sabanal, a National Muay Thai Silver Medalist, at bay before eventually getting the takedown. On the mat, it was all Hirata as she maneuvered into a tight Americana armlock, leaving Sabanal with no choice but to tap out.

Myanmar’s Phoe “Bushido” Thaw put on an impressive display of dominance to kick off the preliminary card, defeating Indonesian Victorio “Indra” Senduk by knockout in the first round. Phoe Thaw stunned Senduk early and threatened to put a swift end to the bout with a rear naked choke submission attempt. Senduk survived but merely prolonged the inevitable, as Phoe Thaw finished the Indonesian off with strikes for the stoppage victory.

Official results for ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST

ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship bout: Stamp Fairtex defeats Alma Juniku by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight bout: Agilan Thani defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

ONE Super Series Bantamweight Kickboxing bout: Zhang Chenglong defeats Tyler Hardcastle by Knockout (KO) at 1:54 minutes of round 1

ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai bout: Han Zi Hao defeats Andrew Miller by Knockout (KO) at 2:36 minutes of round 2

Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight bout: Koyomi Matsushima defeats Kwon Won Il by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

ONE Super Series Light Heavyweight Kickboxing bout: Tarik Khbabez defeats Anderson Silva by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Middleweight bout: Reinier De Ridder defeats Gilberto Galvao by TKO (Verbal Tapout Due to Strikes) at 0:57 minutes of round 2

ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai bout: Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym defeats Liam Harrison by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Catch Weight bout (67.5kg):  Chen Lei defeats Anthony Engelen by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Middleweight bout: Fan Rong defeats Sherif Mohamed by TKO (Strikes) at 3:50 minutes of round 2

Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight bout: Niu Kang Kang defeats Eric Kelly by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight bout: Yoon Chang Min defeats Trestle Tan by TKO (Strikes) at 4:05 minutes of round 1

Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight bout: Itsuki Hirata defeats Angelie Sabanal by Submission (Americana) at 2:59 minutes of round 1

Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight bout: Phoe Thaw defeats Victorio Senduk by Knockout (KO) at 4:17 minutes of round 1

Woodland leads Rose by one heading into US Open 4th rd

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Gary Woodland of the United States
Gary Woodland of the United States

Woodland leads Rose by one heading into US Open 4th rd

sports June 16, 2019 09:45

By AFP

Gary Woodland produced three birdies and a string of gutsy par saves in a two-under par 69 that left him a one-shot lead over Justin Rose after three rounds of the US Open at Pebble Beach.

Woodland, a three-time US PGA Tour winner in search of his first major title, stretched his two-shot overnight lead to as many as four on the front nine.

While he couldn’t maintain that lead, a back-nine birdie at the 11th and three straight par saves at 12, 13 and 14 kept Rose at bay, the Englishman whittling the gap to one stroke with a birdie at the 18th to cap a three-under-par 68.

Woodland had an 11-under-par total of 202, Rose was at 10-under 203.

It was another three strokes back to a group headed by two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, who stayed within striking distance of a fifth major title with a 68 for seven-under 206.

Koepka, who could become just the second player, and the first in more than a century, to win three straight US Opens, was joined at seven-under by fellow American Chez Reavie, whose three-under 68 put him in the top 10 going into the final round of a major for the first time, and former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa who carded a one-under 70.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, trying to add to his cache of four major titles for the first time since 2014, was alone in sixth after a one-under 70 for six-under 207.

He was a stroke in front of Americans Matt Kuchar and Chesson Hadley, who both posted 70s to land at five-under.

Tiger Woods, who began the day nine shots off the pace on even par, was unable to make headway, finishing with five birdies and five bogeys to remain even for the tournament.

‘Exuberant celebrations are part of a World Cup’ – US coach Ellis brushes off criticism

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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United States' coach Jillian Ellis. / AFP
United States’ coach Jillian Ellis. / AFP

‘Exuberant celebrations are part of a World Cup’ – US coach Ellis brushes off criticism

sports June 16, 2019 06:38

By AFP

United States coach Jill Ellis insists her team’s allegedly over-exuberant goal celebrations in their record demolition of hapless Thailand at the women’s World Cup were nothing to do with humiliating their opponents and all about pride from “years and years of hard work”.

The holders began their defence of the trophy by trouncing Thailand on Tuesday, scoring 10 second-half goals on the way to a 13-0 victory, a record for the biggest win at a World Cup.

Criticism of the Americans’ celebrations was widespread, with former Canada international Kaylyn Kyle labelling them “disgraceful” in her role as a television analyst.

But Ellis defended her team and her own reactions, citing the example of Carli Lloyd, the 36-year-old veteran star of the 2015 final win over Japan who came off the bench against Thailand to score the last goal.

“That night was about celebrating people. I was most excited on the last goal we scored because that was Carli Lloyd and I know all the history and all the background of that player to get to that moment and what that meant,” Ellis said at a press conference in Paris ahead of the USA’s second Group F outing against Chile on Sunday.

“The human element is important as well. It might seem a scoreline to you, but it’s also years and years of work, and the pride I had in that moment — I didn’t know the score, I wasn’t celebrating the goal, I was celebrating Carli and I think that’s important.”

Alex Morgan led the way for the USA in their opening match by scoring five times, a feat only previously achieved in a World Cup game by her compatriot Michelle Akers.

“Goals are hard to come by in our sport and I think the meaning behind those goals, the people behind those goals, you have got to celebrate that,” Ellis added.

“You have to seize those moments. I have seen a lot of goals in this tournament and there have been a lot of unique celebrations, exuberant celebrations. That is part of a World Cup.”

Another big victory could be in the offing against a Chile side ranked 39th in the world, five places below Thailand.

Three more points would see Ellis’s team close on securing top spot in the group before their last outing against Sweden, and would ensure they and France remain on course to meet in the quarter-finals.

Ellis dismissed suggestions she might encourage her players to go easy in an attempt to avoid finishing top of their section, thereby delaying a possible encounter with the hosts.

“I struggle to tell my players not to tackle each other in training a day before a game, so I think at this point it’s making sure your focus is on yourself and that you put yourself in the best position to advance in this tournament,” she said.

Henderson leads Meijer Classic after birdie blitz

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Brooke Henderson of Canada hits her tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic. / Photo credit to LPGA
Brooke Henderson of Canada hits her tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic. / Photo credit to LPGA

Henderson leads Meijer Classic after birdie blitz

sports June 16, 2019 06:34

By AFP

Canada’s Brooke Henderson produced a barnstorming finish to maintain her lead after the third round at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan on Saturday.

Henderson, who had surged into the lead after producing back-to-back eight-under-par 64s in the first two rounds, has a two-stroke advantage heading into Sunday’s final round at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.

On Saturday, Henderson carded a three-under-par 69 to remain ahead of the pack after recording consecutive birdies on the final three holes to put her at 19 under par.

Until that late birdie spree, Henderson had risked relinquishing the lead after an even-par round that contained of three birdies and three bogeys.

Henderson is two clear of American Annie Park, who took full advantage of the benign conditions to post a flawless seven-under-par 65.

Park made seven birdies and 11 pars in a bogey-free third round which left her alone in second on 17 under.

The round of the day however belonged to Lexi Thompson, who motored up the leaderboard with a dazzling 10-under-par 62, equalling the course record.

Thompson started the day 10 shots off the lead at six under par.

However the 24-year-old from Florida produced a sensational performance which included 10 birdies before a brilliant eagle three on the 18th. Bogeys on the third and 16th holes denied Thompson a 60.

Thompson, who is coming off a dramatic win at last weekend’s Shoprite Classic last weekend, shared third with Brittany Altomare, who carded a 69 to finish the day on 15 under.

Jennifer Kupcho was alone in fifth place on 15 under after a third consecutive round of 67, while three players — Su Oh, Morgan Pressel and Madelene Sagstrom — were tied for sixth on 14 under.

Rodtang to challenge Haggerty for ONE flyweight muay Thai world title in Manila

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Rodtang “Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand
Rodtang “Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand

Rodtang to challenge Haggerty for ONE flyweight muay Thai world title in Manila

sports June 16, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced ONE: DAWN OF HEROES, set for Friday, 2 August in Manila.

The Mall of Asia Arena in Manila will play host to another electrifying evening of world-class martial arts action. Once again, the world’s greatest martial arts athletes will descend upon the ONE Championship global stage to showcase their incredible skills. In the main event, reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Jonathan “The General” Haggerty of the United Kingdom will defend his title against Rodtang “Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand.

Haggerty is already an accomplished martial artist despite his relative youth. He began training in Muay Thai at the age of 7 under the watchful eye of his father, John, who was himself an active competitor.

Haggerty quickly racked up multiple accolades in the sport of Muay Thai as an amateur becoming a three-time English Champion, three-time British Champion, and winning a European title as well. As a professional, he has dominated almost everyone he has faced to date, winning almost all of his bouts via knockout while facing the sport’s elite.

Last May in Jakarta, Haggerty captured the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship after a stunning performance, upsetting former titleholder Sam-A Gaiyanghadao. He is now set to defend his title against Rodtang Jitmuangnon.

Like many Thai warriors before him, two-time Omnoi Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang started training at a young age when he was just 7 years old. He had his first professional Muay Thai bout at the age of 10.

Rodtang initially trained at a small camp in his hometown of Pattalung, but soon began traveling to the famed Jitmuangnon Camp in Bangkok in pursuit of better training. He would make the move permanent in order to train full-time and pursue his dreams of becoming a World Champion.

Rodtang was highly successful, compiling over 250 wins by the time he turned 21, and he even won the prestigious Omnoi Stadium World Title twice.

Seeking redemption, multiple-time World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States returns to action against former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines.

A four-time Lightweight World Champion, Alvarez is not just an incredibly exciting martial artist – he is also the only man in history to have claimed World Titles in both of North America’s leading promotions. Now that he is on the global stage, he is intent on cementing his status as an all-time great by capturing the ONE Lightweight World Championship to become the first man to conquer the three largest organizations on the planet.

He hit a stumbling block in his ONE Championship debut however, when he ran into Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin. Now Alvarez is on the comeback trail, and will need to defeat Filipino icon Folayang if he hopes to reinvigorate his chances at the ONE World Title.

Folayang, on the other hand, is the former ONE Lightweight World Champion. Born in Baguio City, he joined the Philippines Wushu Team, and won several gold medals to become a national hero. “Landslide” then transitioned to mixed martial arts under the instruction of Mark Sangiao at Team Lakay, and captured a Filipino Welterweight Championship in his June 2007 debut. Folayang made his promotional debut in the main event of ONE Championship’s inaugural show in September 2011.

Five years later, he returned to Singapore to capture the ONE Lightweight World Title, defeating the legendary Shinya Aoki. After losing the title, and then regaining it once more, Folayang defended the belt last March in a rematch with the Japanese warrior. The Filipino unfortunately fell via first round submission.

Up next for Folayang is perhaps the most difficult test of his career in the form of lightweight great Alvarez.

In a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final round, American sensation Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson takes on Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada of Japan.

A 12-time Flyweight World Champion, Johnson is widely considered one of the greatest pound-for-pound mixed martial artists of all time. In 2018, after completely dominating the highly-competitive North American scene with a record-setting run of 11 World Title defenses, Johnson decided to make ONE Championship his new home as part of a landmark deal.

Johnson made his ONE Championship debut last March when he took on Yuya Wakamatsu. “Mighty Mouse” overcame a spirited effort from his opponent to win by submission in the second round, advancing to the tournament semi-finals. Now, another Japanese warrior in Wada awaits.

Wada started his training with karate at his father’s insistence, and he later added judo to his growing skill set in high school before taking second place in a state tournament.

Wada was inspired to train to compete in mixed martial arts after watching some events on television, and he began training at the famed Yoshida Dojo after relocating to Tokyo in search of better training.

Nicknamed “The Sweeper,” he went a stellar 11-1 while twice capturing the Flyweight World Title in Japan’s DEEP organization and took an eight-bout winning streak into his ONE Championship debut. In his most recent outing, Wada overcame a spirited effort from Cuba’s Gustavo Balart, advancing to the semi-final round of the tournament to face Johnson.

In another ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout, the Philippines’ Danny “The King” Kingadgoes up against former ONE World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov of Kazakhstan.

Kingad is from Sadanga in the Mountain Province, but he went to school in Baguio. He began training in wushu at the famed Team Lakay in 2012, and went on to win gold medals in several local tournaments. Inspired by the success of his esteemed teammates such as former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang, he then turned his attention to the cage. Kingad made a successful start to his professional career in 2014, debuting with ONE Championship on the way to an impressive 8-0 record.

This earned him a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship against Adriano Moraes, but the Igorot warrior unfortunately failed in his first bid at World Title glory. Now, “The King” is back on the title hunt, but will have to get past former champion Akhmetov in order to clinch a tournament finals berth.

Akhmetov is a three-time National Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion in Kazakhstan. He also took to taekwondo, winning a regional championship.

In May 2010, he started his professional cage career in perfect fashion, taking the Eastern European scene by storm and winning his first 22 bouts. He then signed with ONE Championship in November 2015, with his first bout in the organization being against ONE Flyweight World Championship Adriano Moraes for the coveted belt. After five grueling rounds, Akhmetov won the title via split decision in a thrilling affair and reached the pinnacle of his career. He then lost the title in an immediate rematch with Moraes two years later, after a lengthy recovery period from a debilitating back injury.

Akhmetov now has the chance to make his way back to title contention as a contestant in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. He will have to defeat Kingad first however, who stands firmly in his way.

In a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout, former ONE Featherweight World ChampionHonorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines steps in for the injured Lowen Tynanes to take on Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin. Both men are looking to advance to the final round of the high-profile tournament.

Banario is a top contender at lightweight who has won six of his last eight contests in the division. He possesses immense power in his hands, particularly his left hook, which has led to five big victories by knockout throughout his career. A member of Baguio City’s famed Team Lakay, Banario faces one of his toughest opponents to date in Nastyukhin.

Nastyukhin, who shocked the world when he defeated Eddie Alvarez in the first round of the tournament via knockout, is a man on a mission. With only Banario standing in his way to the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Finals, the Russian stalwart will bring his heavy firepower to the ONE Circle, as he looks to end matters early and secure a finals berth.

Former ONE World Title Challenger Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Australia is back in action, this time taking on Japan’s Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu in a flyweight contest.

Both McLaren and Wakamatsu are looking to bounce back after early exits in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix last March in Tokyo. A victory for either means redemption, and moving further up the flyweight ladder.

McLaren, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, is known in the ONE Circle for his incredible grappling skills. Wakamatsu, on the other hand, is a former Pancrase Flyweight Tournament Champion. This matchup features two high-level martial arts athletes both at the top of their game.

Multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Leandro “Brodinho” Issa of Brazil will face Japanese mixed martial arts standout Daichi Takenaka in a bantamweight contest.

Issa, from the famed Evolve Fight Team, has won most of his bouts via submission, in a career spanning over 20 professional bouts since 2006. The combat sports veteran has seen his fair share of tough challenges from the world’s top promotions. Conversely, Takenaka is one of the fastest rising stars on the local Japanese mixed martial arts circuit. A victory for Takenaka here could legitimize him as a top contender in the division.

Japanese women’s mixed martial arts sensation Ayaka Miura is back in action, following a successful ONE Championship debut last February to take on former ONE World Title Challenger Samara Marituba” Santos of Brazil. Meanwhile, Neunglanlek Jitmuangnon of Thailand takes on Chris Shaw of Scotland in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest.

ONE: DAWN OF HEROES

Friday, 2 August 2019

Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines

ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship

Jonathan Haggerty (C) vs Rodtang Jitmuangnon

ONE Super Series Muay Thai (4oz. gloves): 61.2kg

Eduard Folayang vs Eddie Alvarez

Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-Finals

Demetrious Johnson vs Tatsumitsu Wada

Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg

ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-Finals

Danny Kingad vs Kairat Akhmetov

Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg

ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-Finals

Honorio Banario vs Timofey Nastyukhin

Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

Reece McLaren vs Yuya Wakamatsu

Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg

Leandro Issa vs Daichi Takenaka

Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg

Ayaka Miura vs Samara Santos

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg

Neunglanlek Jitmuangnon vs Chris Shaw

ONE Super Series Muay Thai (4oz. gloves): 65.8kg

Thailand Polo Association hosts “VS Trophy” competition to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thailand Polo Association hosts “VS Trophy” competition to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

sports June 16, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

The late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – who pioneered and supported polo in Thailand, bringing it up to international standards – once said: “Whatever I do, I must do the best I can.”

From this came the idea to bring polo to Thailand.

He said: “I used to ask myself whether I would really play polo? Could I play it at my age? The answer was that playing polo made me happy. It is different from football.

“With that sport, I watch football players and feel happy with them. With polo, I am playing and relying on myself and so the happiness comes from inside me.”

His love for the sport translated into a strong determination to establish the Thailand Polo Association. Thanks to his dedication, the sport became recognised in Thailand and developed to international standards.

Early in April, the association hosted a memorial competition the “Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Trophy”.

The event featured an exhibition remembering Vichai through photos of unforgettable moments and polo games as well as his passion for the sport.

Also on display were trophies from various polo competitions including the first-prize trophy handed out for the Thailand Polo King’s Cup, which was bestowed by His Majesty the late King Rama 9.

The first-prize trophy from the Cartier Queen’s Cup which was awarded by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, the first-prize trophy from Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup as well as the bronze medals won in 2007 and the silver medals won in 2017 at the SEA Games were also on show.

The encouraging words he give to the national polo team after they won silver medals at the latest SEA Games were also on display. They read: “We made this competition the best. For the next game, we will win the gold medals”.

Kanoksakdi Bhinsaeng, president of Thailand Polo Association, said that the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Trophy was organised for the first time this year in memory of Vichai, the founder and former president of the association.

Support and promotion of the sport came from Vichai who was passionate about the game and made it his mission to popularise polo both in Thailand and abroad.

In addition, Vichai also worked to develop the capabilities of Thai

polo players so that they were on a par with international players.

Vichai established the Thailand Polo Association in 1998 with the aim of having the sport included in the SEA Games.

The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Trophy was held between April 1-7 and players from various countries including Argentina, Brunei, China, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States and Thailand took part.

HRH Prince Abdul Mateen Bolkiah and HRH Princess Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah, the son and daughter of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and his brother HRH Jefri Bolkiah, HH Prince Qawi Bolkiah,

a grandchild of HH Prince Bahar Bolkiah, and HRH Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, the Crown Prince of Johor, Malaysia also participated in the competition.

The final round was held on April 7 at VS Sport Club, Bang Bo, Samut Prakarn Province.

Kanoksakdi Bhinsaeng presided over the opening of the final by throwing a polo ball to mark the start of the match between VS Blue team and VS Yellow team. They played four chukkas of seven minutes each.

During half-time, spectators were invited on the field for the traditional “divot stomping”, stamping on the divots that had been torn up by the horses’ hooves during the game and smoothing the surface of the field.

At the end of play, VS Blue team beat the VS Yellow team with a score of 8:6 and Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman of King Power International Group presented the prizes to all the players.

The Thailand Polo Association said it is proud to see international players coming together to carry on Vichai’s dreams.

The event also served to gather those who love and are passionate about polo.

They experienced happy moments just as Vichai said: “Playing polo is spending time in the company of those you love.”

Kwanchai remains solid in Nakhon Pathom

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Kwanchai Tanin
Kwanchai Tanin

Kwanchai remains solid in Nakhon Pathom

sports June 15, 2019 15:16

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

Nakjon Pathom – The in-form Kwanchai Tanin carded a solid 69 to capture a three stroke lead over South Korean rising star Johyung Kim after the third round of the Bt3 Billion Singha All Thailand Championship at Suwan Golf & Country Club on Saturday.

The 33 from Hua Hin, winner of All Thailand Golf Tour’s Chiang Mai Open in April, produced three birdies without a bogey to maintain the lead for the second day on 19 under-par-197 at the par 72 7,055 yard layout.

“I was a bit under pressure in the first four holes,” said Kwanchai who committed only one bogey from 54 holes. “I guess I’m not comfortable with being the leader,” added Kwanchai whose other ATGT victory came from the 2013 Pattaya Open.

With several young guns including Kim (200) and Poosit Supuppramai and Phachara Kongwatmai, each on 201, chasing after him, Kwanchai said he cannot underestimate these strong contenders who can shoot low score on any given day.

“I’m just 50 % confident about my chance in the final. Anyone can shoot seven to eight under and turn things around. I have to stick to my plan by hitting the fairways and remain focused,” added Kwanchai.

Teen sensation Kim put himself in another good position to win on the ATGT after back-to-back second finishes in Phuket Open and Singha Classic in Nakhon Nayok over the course of four weeks.

“It was really windy at the back nine but I controlled well. My putt didn’t go in as much. Hopefully tomorrow my putts are going to drop it,” said Kim who spent most of his life outside Korea.

The teenager lost the three-way play-off to Miguel Carballo of Argentina in Phuket last month and to Sarit Suwannarat by a stroke in Nakhon Nayok two weeks ago.

“I would say a bit of luck. But at the same time I’ve been working hard,” the South Korean explained why he has been in such a great form.  “The last tournament I had good friends around to put me on the second place. Tomorrow I’m just three shots behind. Anything can happen on this golf course which is so scorable . if I can make fast move, things may go my way,” added Kim who just came to Thailand to join the ATGT last year.

“I grew up and lived in Australia for seven years and then in Philippines for six years. I think All Thailand Golf Tour is tough and the players are so good. So I came here to learn from them,” he added.

A stroke behind at joint third was 20-year-old Phachara who just teamed up with Thongchai Jaidee to win the European Tour’s GolfSixes Cascais in Portugal last Saturday.

“There’s still a chance to catch up with the lead but I’d rather focus on my game plan. I’ve been playing a bit more solid now,” Phachara said.

Red-hot Henderson shoots consecutive 64s to lead Meijer golf, Moriya at tied 5th

Published June 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Brooke Henderson of Canada and her caddie talk before hitting her second shot on the 10th hole. / LPGA Photo
Brooke Henderson of Canada and her caddie talk before hitting her second shot on the 10th hole. / LPGA Photo

Red-hot Henderson shoots consecutive 64s to lead Meijer golf, Moriya at tied 5th

sports June 15, 2019 12:17

By AFP

Canada’s Brooke Henderson picked up right where she left off by firing her second straight 64 on Friday to grab a three-shot lead in the weather hit Meijer Classic which was suspended due to darkness.

The 21-year-old former tournament winner played 30 holes on Friday after rainstorms forced a seven hour delay during Thursday’s opening round.

She played 12 holes in the morning to complete her first round of eight under and a one-stroke lead at the Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In the afternoon she rolled in nine birdies and one bogey for back to back 64s which extended her clubhouse lead to three strokes over second place Brittany Altomare, who shot a second round 65.

“I started off really well late last night and I was able to carry it on early this morning,” said Henderson, who won this tournament two years ago. “Then I had lunch and came right back and played another 18.

“I just felt really confident today with my ball-striking, which is awesome, and I rolled in a few putts, too.”

Henderson, who won the 2016 Women’s PGA Championship, finished with a two round total of 16-under 128.

Altomare was alone in second with a 13-under 131, followed by fellow American Jennifer Kupcho, who shot two straight 67s to reach 10-under. The second round was suspended because of darkness with about two dozen players still on the course.

Henderson’s opening round included a hole-in-one on the par-three 15th which she aced just before Thursday’s round was halted.

It was one of three hole in ones on 15 with the other two coming from Mariajo Uribe on Thursday and Hara Nomura on Friday.

“I’m pretty tired right now, not a lot of sleep last night with the late night, early morning, so I look forward to some rest later tonight,” Henderson said. “I think it kind of was a bonus when I had things rolling just to keep it going.”

Henderson is hoping a victory this week which would give her a ninth title and sole possession of the all-time Canadian win record. Former Masters winner Mike Weir and George Knudson both have eight PGA Tour titles. Sandra Post also had eight career wins on the LPGA.

Meanwhile, Moriya Jutanugarn hit a second round 67 for a midway total of eight under-par-136 for tied fifth.

Woodland storms to record-equalling 65 for two-shot US Open lead

Published June 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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 Gary Woodland of the United States tosses his ball after making par on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2019 U.S. Open.
Gary Woodland of the United States tosses his ball after making par on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2019 U.S. Open.

Woodland storms to record-equalling 65 for two-shot US Open lead

sports June 15, 2019 09:29

By AFP

Gary Woodland rammed home a 50-foot birdie putt at his final hole to cap a record-equalling 65 and seize a two-shot lead after two rounds of the US Open at Pebble Beach on Friday.

The 35-year-old American, ranked 25th in the world, surged to a nine-under total of 133, vaulting past England’s Justin Rose who carded a one-under 70 and held the lead at seven-under 135 for much of the day.

It was the second 65 in as many days at Pebble Beach, where Tiger Woods had posted the only prior six-under round in US Open play on the way to his devastating 15-shot victory in 2000.

Woodland, teed off on 10 and climbed the leaderboard with birdies at 12 and 16. After a birdie at the first, he drained a 15-footer for birdie at the par-three fifth to tie Rose, then birdied the par-five sixth for the lead.

Woodland held his nerve at eight and nine, the toughest holes on the course. He saved par from the greenside rough at the eighth and overcame a bad break at the ninth where his tee shot nestled in a small divot in the fairway.

He still managed to reach the green in two, setting the stage for his final putt.

The three-time winner on the US PGA Tour heads into the weekend trying to improve on his previous best finish in a major, a tie for sixth at the 2018 PGA Championship where he also led after 36 holes.

He was tied for eighth at this year’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

Rose was alone in second after 36 holes, one stroke in front of South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who had seven birdies and six bogeys in a wild one-under 70.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy and South African-born American Aaron Wise were a shot back on five-under 137, McIlroy with a 69 and Wise a 71.

Five players were tied at four-under, a group that included two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, who carded his second-straight 68. He was tied with Americans Chez Reavie, Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar and England’s Matt Wallace.

However, Thai No 1 Kiradech Aphibarnrat did not make it to the weekend rounds due to his total score of seven over-par-149.

Elsewhere among the late starters, McIlroy had five birdies to offset a bogey and a double-bogey in a two-under 69 for a five-under total of 137, tied with Aaron Wise.

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