Before the historic show, Sporting News sat down with ShoBox executive producer Gordon Hall to discuss the series, some of the most notable moments and where boxing would be without it.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year(Editor’s Note: This article has been edited for length and clarity.)SPORTING NEWS: Could you explain the difficulty in trying to make fights for a series like ShoBox?GORDON HALL: Well, I think you know finding prospects — It takes research. I think dealing with managers and promoters. We were in a position because we are Showtime that the phone does ring, and there are promoters out there have prospects. Getting TV is important for any promoter in order to first to get talented prospects and to sign them. They all want to be on TV.So, in that case, we have that offer for them. We seek out prospects from various promoters and then a lot of promoters approach us. ShoBox is known as a series for up and coming prospects. So, when you think about a ShoBox fighter, it is a fighter that is a young prospect, but also somebody willing to be matched competitively at a young age, which might be different than what happened in boxing in the past.SN: Is there a specific criteria that you’re looking for when you’re trying to find fighters?GH: We’re fortunate to have the Internet. There’s research that’s done on our part here to research prospects and fighters, and seek them out through looking at top prospects to watch lists that are compiled at the end of each year. We pride ourselves on trying to get the top prospects in boxing to fight on this series. And I think the 149 shows that we’ve had 81 world champions — 81 fighters that fought on the series and go on and win world titles. It validates what we try to do as a series. You know, find tomorrow’s champions today.SN: How much does it mean to you in the fact that out of 249 cards, you’ve been able to have 81 boxers who have become world champions?GH: We are validating the definition of our series, which is to have young talented prospects matched up competitively and turn from prospects to a contender, and hopefully, world champions. And the fact that in 249 shows that we’ve had 81 champions means that every third ShoBox show you’re going to see a future world champion. The level of prospect we’re putting on because they obviously, must have been talented.SN: I was looking through the list, and it’s quite an impressive list of the former world champions who have fought on ShoBox such as Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Claressa Shields. Who do you think are some of the best fighters that have competed on ShoBox?GH: Some certain fighters and moments stand out. The most talked-about fight right now in boxing is Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Both of those fighters fought on ShoBox. It just says to the level of fighter that we had them on as prospects. It’s hard to say who was the most talented. They were all talented because, obviously, they started as prospects on Showtime. They went on to become world champions.But if I were to talk about a notable world champion and someone that encapsulates everything we stand for on ShoBox, it would be Timothy Bradley. Tim Bradley was a fighter that we had on ShoBox. He had four appearances. He started out as a prospect. And through his development, he turned into a contender and then went on to be a world champion.The ShoBox crew, we went all the way over to England to televise his fourth appearance on ShoBox when he fought for the title against Junior Witter (on May 10, 2008). And he ended up, of course, winning that. And it just encapsulates everything we try to do turn prospects into contenders and have them go on and win world champions, become world champions. So, Tim Bradley stands out.Andre Ward stands out because he was a fighter a little earlier in our ShoBox years, where he was everything. We wanted to get the fighter. He was a gold medalist. He was American, and he was a superior boxer. We were lucky and fortunate to have them on the series. That he went on to win a world title and be such a great champion and end his career undefeated … speaks a lot about him.SN: There have been plenty of great fights on ShoBox. What are some that stand out?GH: There have been so many great fights. Back in the beginning stages of ShoBox, if you haven’t seen this fight, I would go and try to find it, but it was back in 2004. And it was between Ebo Elder facing Courtney Burton (on Dec. 17, 2004). It was one of the best fights we ever had on ShoBox. It was a war. And it was a very dramatic ending with Elder winning in the final round.In the last couple of years, we had Ivan Baranchyk vs. Abel Ramos (on February 10, 2017). It was a non-stop rock’em, sock’em robot type of fight that was a tremendous matchup. But we hope that every fight is going to be a memorable fight. We have a lot of memorable knockouts. We have had memorable comebacks. I mean, we had John Molina over Mickey Bey and won in the last round to upset the undefeated Mickey Bey. It was dramatic.There was another memorable knockout with Derek Edwards and Badou Jack. You had Jack as the favorite undefeated fighter coming into that fight. And he got beat and knocked out. And he went on after that fight to win a world title. It shows that even when you lose, you can still go on to become a world champion. Robert Guerrero fought on ShoBox. He lost on ShoBox and he avenged his loss and then didn’t lose for another 18 fights until he fought Floyd Mayweather. And along the way, won several titles. ShoBox is a series that has had everything from Olympians like Marcus Browne, Errol Spence Jr., and Dominic Breazeale. They all made their debuts and Spence and Browne have won world titles. So it goes to support the fact that we look for talented fighters with potential. And certainly it fits what we’d like to try to do with all fighters on ShoBox.SN: Where do you think boxing would be if it weren’t for ShoBox?GH: Well, it would certainly still exist. But I don’t know if in 2001 anyone would have thought that a series about unknown fighters in the infancy of their careers would take off. But what we did know is that the series would be unique and have a purpose and definition that would be like no other. The fact that we could find top prospects and the fact that we could match them competitively, and that we could create something unique to the point that we could get people to watch. Because tuning in, we hope to have talented fighters. And that’s what you expect as a boxing fan when you turn into ShoBox that you’re going to see — you know, talented fighters and tomorrow’s champions today. In July 2001, ShoBox debuted on Showtime with a main event between Marty O’Malley and Leo Dorin from Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Dorin won the entertaining battle to start the series with a bang. Even though it was a succesful show, the question was: Would it last? Well, 18 1/2 years later, ShoBox, which is designed to feature young prospects, is alive and thriving, with 81 former and current world champions such as Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Andre Ward having fought on the series. Its 250th event takes place Friday night (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET) with Shohjahon Ergashev meeting Adrian Estrella in the headliner.
In a lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida, a woman claims Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions after the wide receiver hired her as a personal trainer. She claims Brown sexually assaulted her three different times in 2017 and 2018, but Brown’s attorney says the two had a “consensual personal relationship.” The 1_Complaint says that Brown — in three separate incidents, two in June 2017 and another in May 2018 — sexually assaulted a woman named Britney Taylor, a gymnast whom he met while they were attending Central Michigan together and whom he later hired as a trainer.The lawsuit was filed one day after Brown, 31, became a Patriot following a brief, turbulent tenure with the Oakland Raiders that ended when he requested his release last week. Late Tuesday night, the Patriots issued a statement saying that the N.F.L. planned to do its own investigation of the accusations against Brown.“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” said a statement from Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown. “He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”Brown recently signed with the New England Patriots after he was released from the Oakland Raiders.The Pats signed Brown last weekend after the Oakland Raiders cut the four-time All Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler. The New England Patriots will be back at practice today but it’s uncertain whether the newly-signed wide receiver will be on the practice field. The defending Super Bowl champs had the day off Tuesday, the same day a woman filed suit against Brown, accusing him of sexually assaulting her.
Rust was definitely a problem as the Selkirk Saints opened the second half of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.Mason Spear rescued the Saints undefeated record, allowing the Castlegar-based school to set a new league record by scoring the winner with just over three minutes remaining in the third period to lift Selkirk to a 4-3 BCIHL victory over Simon Fraser before the largest crowd of the season Saturday night at the Castlegar Complex.”We anticipated some rust coming out in the first and we didn’t really get going until midway through the game, but once we found our legs we seemed to carry the play in the second and third,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. Selkirk trailed 1-0 after one period and 3-2 after 40 minutes.The one-goal deficit remained until Thomas Hardy tied the game with 3:29 remaining in the frame. Nineteen seconds later Spear sent the crowd of 550 into a frenzy with the game winner.”We have a confident and resilient group, and the feeling on the bench and in the room between periods was that it was just a matter of time before we got rewarded for our hard work,” Dubois explained.”SFU has a very talented team and we know we’re going to have some more battles with them down the road, but tonight the guys put in the type of effort that it takes to win a tight game and it paid off.”Logan Proulx and Jordan Wood also scored for Selkirk.Trevor Milner, with a pair, and Bruin McDonald replied for the Clan.Selkirk outshot the Clan 12-1 in the third period as the host club, pushed the play to set a new BCIHL record — the Saints are 13-0 on the current campaign.Saints netminder Alex Sirard turned aside 19 shots in the victory while Graeme Gordon made 34 saves — including a number of outstanding stops in the latter half of the game — in a losing effort.The Saints return to their home ice on Friday, January 18th when Trinity Western University visits Castlegar. Face-off is set for 8 p.m.SAINTS NOTES: Saturday night’s crowd set an all-time record for attendance at a Selkirk hockey game with 550. . . .The Saints (13-0-0) now boast a five-point lead over SFU in the BCIHL standings and also hold a game in hand over the 10-3-1 Clan. . . .The teams next meet on Saturday, February 2 when the Clan returns to Castlegar. They conclude their four-game regular season on February 23 in Burnaby.
The cover of the new Simply Green magazine to be launched later this month. (Image: Simply Green) Simply Green believes in using the media as a powerful tool to ‘green’ the world.(Image: Living Green magazine)Khanyi MagubaneSimply Green, a new consumer magazine aimed at educating the public on ways of reducing the human environmental impact through smarter consumer choices is about to hit the shelves in South Africa.Publisher of the magazine Chris Erasmus says the idea for the magazine came about after they realised that there was a gap in the market for this type of publication, “There are some publications that make specific references to small gardens but no one is looking into green at the whole consumer spectrum.”“We then decided to do something before other people beat us to it, especially big publishing companies.”What will the mag contain?The contents of the magazine will focus on creative and resourceful ways in which consumers can reduce their shopping costs, through going “green” such as using recycling shopping bags.According to Erasmus, Simply Green will give consumers a realistic view on how to live a greener live on a daily basis.“Greener is considered better for our health, our homes and families, and our world. Consumers want to hear about simple, eco-friendly solutions for their lives – solutions that not only leave a smaller footprint on the earth but also save money.”In this day in age of global warming and the effect on the environment, South African consumers are becoming more aware of the necessity of leading a lifestyle that’s environmentally friendly.Simply Green’s website describes the publication as South Africa’s response to the imperatives of “saving money, energy, water, endangered habitats and species, the environment and – if we all do our part – even the planet.”The ethos behind the magazine is to provide “next best step” solutions to consumers across the board. This includes guiding the readers though offering advice on family needs such as buying safer, friendlier hair shampoo, baby products and household cleaners and energy-saving kitchen ware.It will also feature more sophisticated advice on green electronics, fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative energy options for the home and office.For those interested in how they can continue the green theme in the office, the magazine will also provide information on greening of the corporate environment.Competing in fierce industrySouth Africa has a competitive magazine industry that consists of several titles – all-fighting for shelf space. Erasmus though, is not concerned. He is confident of the publication’s ability to appeal to the reader, as it will be packed in a visually stimulating, yet content rich package.He believes that those who follow a green lifestyle are not necessarily weirdoes, but simply more sensitive to the need for humans to be kinder to the environment, “We do not believe that being green equates to a lifestyle of alternative abstinence but rather to improved product quality, lifestyle, enjoyment, and innovation – we strive for a fuller healthier life no doom, no gloom.”Simply Green will be launched at the Natural & Organic Products Exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 17 to 19 October.The Natural and Organic Products exhibition caters for environmentally aware, intelligent consumers. The exhibition will also help businesses, looking for sustainable solutions to changing their life and work style requirements.Green MediaMedia outlets focusing on ways of educating the consumer on being eco-friendly have made an appearance over the past few years.Living Green, a print and online magazine aimed at informing and educating readers about green practices.Similar to Simply Green, the magazine guides the consumer to eco-friendly products, as well as sustainable solutions for the home and workplace.Based in Taos, New Mexico, the publication describes their readers as people who come from all walks of life. From the so-called “baby boomers” that prefer to walk and use bikes to avoid using fossil fuels, to young couples learning about the benefits of sustainable living. The common thread in all their readers, they say, is the interest that they have in creating a healthy environment for themselves, their families and their community at large.The magazine, in addition to informative and useful articles, also provides the latest eco-news and list green events around the country.One of the interesting news articles that it carries, for instance, is the development of a new generation of video games that feature natural organisms and not violent characters as the protagonists.The new PlayStation 3 title, Flower is a game about different types of flowers. Even though it’s a seemingly non-conventional video game subject, it has been well received by video game fundis.The game was also nominated for a Game Critics Best of E3 award this year.Another green game that has emerged from playstation is Eden. In this game, players have to burst open pollen-bearing creatures, capture the falling pollen, and then make their way to lofty seeds where, much like a bee, they help the plants spring forth.The green media revolution has also gained momentum in offices in some parts of the world.In a bid to prove that it is possible to go green in the office environment, Canada-based Media organisation Xod Media launched in August 2008, an innovative, “paperless” office environment.Xod media took the bold step to no longer mail any letters or invoices to clients. Instead, it will now concentrate on emailing all its invoices and literature, thus avoiding the need to use paper.Care2 is an online community of about 8-million people who are passionate about making a difference by restoring the planet’s environmental balance.Care2 was started in 1998 by Randy Paynter, from California in the US, who describes himself as a passionate individual who wants to make the world a better place.It’s an online portal that provides information and is also an action site for people wanting to make a difference in reversing the damage caused by global warming as a result of pollution.Whether it’s being passionate about green living, health and wellness, human rights or protecting the environment, Care2 provides information that people can use in practical ways.The organisation has 400 non-profit partners and hundreds of advertisers who are already aligned to the organisation.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Luke Schulte, Beck’s HybridsWalking corn throughout the past few weeks has revealed a significant number of fields showing nitrogen (N) deficiency. Several factors have contributed to these N shortages, but what is imminent is that stalk strength and standability will likely be compromised in these situations.Contributing factors of N shortage include:There were less than ideal planting conditions resulting in poor root structure.Tillage performed in wet conditions has created a density layer for root restriction. This has also led to decreased aggregate stability and poorer water infiltration.There were dry conditions during the rapid N-uptake period. Beginning at approximately V8-V10, N uptake is approximately 7 pounds per day for three weeks. The majority of N is mobilized into the plant with water.There was the potential for significant N loss with pre-plant or early N applications.Beginning at approximately the R2 growth stage (kernel blister), the corn plant begins to remobilize most of the necessary N for grain fill from the stalk and leaves. Corn plants are trained to fill grain regardless of the sacrifices that may impact the overall health of the plant. If the “N bank” is not adequately full at the time of remobilization, the plant will draw down the N bank (stalk and leaves) in an attempt to fill the grain. This N drawdown can and will likely result in greater foliar disease infection as well as stalk cannibalization.Another observation made earlier in the season that has not cured itself is crown discoloration or crown rot. The extremely wet weather many areas experienced in the month of June led to Fusarium and Pythium species of fungi to enter the corn plant via the root system around V2 to V7. While these fungi enter the plant very early, infected plants show little to no outward sign of infection until several weeks prior to black layer. By then, the stress of nutrient remobilization along with the obstruction of the crown area (which prevents water or nutrient movement from the roots to the remainder of the plant) is too much to bear and the plant succumbs to premature death or PMD.The impact of PMD is smaller ear sizes and lower test weight. However, what further complicates this issue is the typical stalk breakage that occurs at the soil level (crown region) or just above.Many farmers have chosen not to apply a fungicide post tassel this year for various reasons. Because of this and the observations described above, it is my opinion that corn in these situations will not likely stand well late into the fall.I would encourage you to walk your fields and take observations now in order to develop a harvest plan and prioritize affected fields for an early harvest. While I recognize increased drying costs are not ideal, they may cost less than the value of the grain lost due to complications of harvesting down corn.Have a safe fall.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Some new leaders come in like a hurricane. They’re a storm that is strong enough to blow down anything and everything in their way.A new leader knows he’s been hired to make change, and he wants to get busy. But in moving to make those changes fast, he destroys the relationships with the very people he needs to succeed. He hasn’t taken time to learn the ground truth, and he hasn’t walked a mile in his team’s shoes (even if he has walked many miles in shoes just like theirs before being hired into this role).Trust is established over time, and formal authority is authority in it’s weakest and most easily resented form. Moral authority takes time to build, but it is one of the most powerful levers a leader can pull.Some leaders come in like a lamb. They don’t want to make the mistake of going too fast and instead go to slow. This is particularly true when it comes to changing out members of the team they inherit. They’re right to go slow when it comes to people because they’re dealing with a person’s life. They’re also right to go slow because new leadership can and does make the difference, magically transforming a poor performer into what they could have been the whole time.But you can move too slowly. You can keep people who aren’t willing to change too long, and you can leave them around long enough to put your new initiatives at risk.It’s a tricky balance, but a good leader knows where and when to move fast and where to take more time.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ “CJ’s an energy guy at our team needs someone like him,” said Cardel. “Since his first years at San Sebastian he was already playing like Abueva who has everything. His attitude is also a plus.”Columbian already has a promising backcourt in Rashawn McCarthy and Jerramy King.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefKing was the team’s best scoring local during the Governors’ Cup putting up 20.2 points per game while McCarthy norms 13.6 points per game.The Dyip, however, haven’t fared well in the season finishing with a total record of 6-27 the whole season. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “He has a great work ethic, he’s a team player, and those are the qualities I’m looking for,” said Cardel, whose team also owns the 11th pick in the first round. “He’ll be a great addition to the team.”“He can create for his teammates, give energy to the team, and he can give the team victories.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Columbian has had its eye on CJ Perez declaring him as the team’s No.1 overall pick in the PBA Draft as early as the end of October.Dyip head coach Johnedel Cardel said back in October 30 that the 25-year-old Perez is a younger version of Phoenix superstar Calvin Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT Jamal Murray, Russell Westbrook tussle as Nuggets beat Thunder
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES “They’re deserving of special things,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Not going to the Final Four is a huge disappointment for us.”Williamson is expected to go pro and be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.Asked whether he was done in college, he replied: “I mean, obviously, it’s a high possibility, but I’m not really focused on that right now.”Barrett is considered a top-three talent, too, and while he had 21 points, six rebounds and six assists against Michigan State, he also ended up with seven turnovers and missed one of two free throws with a chance to tie the game.After his first foul shot was off, Barrett wanted to miss the second, because Duke was down by two with 5.2 seconds and hadn’t fouled enough yet to set up a 1-and-1 for the Spartans. But it bounced high off the rim and slipped through the net.“It’s funny that it went in,” Barrett said, his voice a monotone.Funny how the Big Dance is coming to a close, too. After 14 of the top 16 seeds made it through the opening weekend — including all the No. 1s — the more surprising results arrived now, one after another.Duke, North Carolina and Gonzaga all are gone.So is the most talked-about player in all of college basketball, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound combination of size, strength and speed, known to many by just one name: Zion.“For us to come this far, I’m proud of everybody,” Williamson said Sunday night. “It’s been an incredible ride.” /gsg Young’s buzzer-beating jumper lifts Hawks past Bucks in OT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Two other members of their class were sitting in Duke’s locker room after a 68-67 loss to Michigan State in the East Region final Sunday: Tre Jones covered his face with a white towel and sobbed; Cam Reddish put his right hand on the nape of Jones’ neck to console him.“Our bond is very deep. I don’t think nobody will ever understand it, because all season long, we were under the microscope,” said Williamson, who had game-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“People said we wouldn’t do this, we wouldn’t do that. And I think we exceeded all their expectations. I’m very proud of my brothers.”Actually, he was a player so dynamic, and Duke was a team so talented, that plenty of folks thought they were capable of anything — including a national championship. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants After squeaking by in their previous two games by a combined total of three points when their opponents missed last-second chances from close range, Williamson and the Blue Devils could not quite come through this time.They didn’t exactly lose to a nobody, of course: Led by Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston, No. 2 seed Michigan State is headed to its eighth Final Four under coach Tom Izzo. Still, the Blue Devils were a 2-1 title favorite after Selection Sunday and a pick in more than a third of ESPN’s brackets.“We obviously had some pretty big-name guys and they had a lot of hype around them and things like that,” Jones said.“No one was jealous or insecure. Everyone just accepted it and had as much fun with it as we could.”Now the question becomes how many of the key freshmen — that quartet accounted for all but eight of Duke’s points on Sunday — will return.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks to his players during the second half of an NCAA men’s East Regional final college basketball game against Michigan State in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — Twenty minutes after his first and, in all likelihood, last season at Duke ended with an Elite Eight exit, Zion Williamson trudged through an arena hallway, his head down.Following closely behind was teammate RJ Barrett, another fabulous freshman for the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving
Napoli coach Ancelotti: Koulibaly subject of monkey chants throughoutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti says he’s prepared to take his players off the field if they’re subject to racist abuse.Kalidou Koulibaly was allegedly barracked by racist taunts throughout defeat to Inter Milan.He was booked at San Siro and reacted with sarcastic applause to the referee, prompting a red card.Lautaro Martinez went on to win the game at the 92nd minute, creating tension that went beyond the final whistle.“I asked the referee for information on the red cards and nothing else. Those incidents rather decided the match, as we had done very well in the second half and were pushing hard.“We even had the chance to win it when down to 10 men, but tempers were a little raised at the end,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.“There was a strange atmosphere, as we asked three times for play to be suspended, they had announcements with the speaker three times. Koulibaly was certainly irritable. Usually, he is very calm and professional, but he was subjected to monkey noises throughout the game.“We asked three times for some action to be taken, but the match continued. We keep being told play can be halted, but when? After four or five announcements? Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us forfeit the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it.“It’s not good for Italian football, seeing this.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Braxton Miller’s first NFL training camp appears to be going well.The Houston Texans’ rookie wide receiver has only been playing wideout for about a year, but he looked like a seasoned-veteran while making a one-handed catch at practice today.Check this out:Another day at the office.Check out video from practice.We you @BraxtonMiller5.: https://t.co/8AHggQ6neS pic.twitter.com/Gs4FYtO0Rc— #TexansCamp (@HoustonTexans) August 3, 2016Here’s a better look at the catch.Braxton Miller doing @BraxtonMiller5 things pic.twitter.com/tUTYArNWK9— First Picks Sports (@1stPicksSports) August 4, 2016Houston’s coaches lauded Miller’s playmaking ability back in July.From HoustonTexans.com:While his position coach Sean Ryan wasn’t as expansive in describing Miller’s role in the offense, the wide receivers coach did acknowledge the rookie pass-catcher is a dynamic addition to squad.“I think Braxton is coming along great,” Ryan said. “Another good inside and outside guy. Great skill set, change of direction, catching the ball well. I’ve been really happy with him.”Miller said then that he thought his transition into playing wide receiver – especially on the outside against press coverage – was going well.“I’ve adapted pretty well,” Miller said. “That was one of the main things coming out. That’s why I wanted to go to the Senior Bowl, basically. The whole time at the Senior Bowl, I was playing outside and I was going against the better DB’s in the country. I had to come out there and really prepare myself to be ready for big competition and playing outside receiver. I adjusted really well. Right now I’m just out there having fun with it. I’m still learning the techniques and everything, but still being the playmaker and being myself.”Miller, 23, was a third-round pick out of Ohio State by the Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft. The former quarterback made the switch to wide receiver prior to the Buckeyes’ 2015 season as a result of a shoulder injury.The Texans open the 2016 season on Sept. 11 against the Chicago Bears.