Nicola Adams repelled the brave challenge of Belfast flyweight Michaela Walsh to claim Commonwealth Games boxing gold in Glasgow. The 31-year-old Olympic champion was simply too classy for Walsh, who will go home with a richly deserved silver medal after a promising week of performances. However, the three ringside judges remarkably did not quite see the fight the same way with one scoring in favour of Walsh as Adams triumphed only via split decision. Press Association Fearless Walsh went into the fight convinced of her ability to cause an upset and started well as she snaked home a right hand in the opening seconds. However, Adams stepped up a gear, landing a left and right combination which wobbled Walsh, and following up with a sharp right hand as she pursued the Northern Ireland fighter around the ring. Adams never let go of her dominance, relying on all her considerable experience to keep Walsh at bay and land shots on the button almost at will. After a tangle sent the pair rolling on the floor early in the third round, Walsh had some success with her left hand, but Adams responded with a good right and resumed command. At the end of a more competitive fourth both fighters raised their arms in triumph, but the reality was that Adams had once again proved herself a class apart .
It’s just a fact of life that sometimes you’ve got to learn things the hard way. I’ve learned many things this way, including a few things from one instance this weekend.You’re probably thinking I’m going to spout off some crazy Halloween story. However, as much as I wish I could’ve learned my lesson by trying to outrun a horse on State Street dressed as Lee Corso, this was even dumber.While playing a great sport — perhaps involving ping-pong balls being thrown at 10 plastic “hoops” — I slipped up and knocked one of the “hoops” over. While that is not unheard of, it is one of my biggest pet peeves.In a spat of anger and stupidity, I turned around and propelled my fist into a wall. I was pretty sure it was broken, but I played on, sinking my next three consecutive shots before deciding I probably should be done.After going about my business the rest of the night, I went in for X-rays the next day to find out I had a broken hand.So what did I learn, and how does this relate to sports, you ask? I’m glad you did … here’s the laundry list of lessons and ideas I pondered while sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office and relaxing with my hand and wrist in a splint over the last five days:— Things can be learned from St. Louis Cardinals reliever Julian Tavarez.No, I’m not saying it’s a good idea to change the pronunciation of your name at the beginning of every season in order to confuse everyone.But I should have learned from Tavarez that frustrated dugout tirades get you nowhere. After all, he did the same thing after a rough outing in last year’s National League Championship Series.In fact, when he punched a dugout phone, he broke two bones — one of them, the fifth metacarpal, was the same bone I broke.— Being competitive is not always a good thing.Ever since I can remember, I’ve had an unwavering competitiveness that I thought was a blessing. The only negative thing it had ever gotten me was a few technical fouls in rec-league high school basketball.In fact, as far as the previously described “sport” I was playing when I broke my hand, this competitiveness had led me to an astounding record and one major championship.Suddenly, I realized that there is such a thing as being too competitive, which leads to my next lesson.— I have always heard teams — primarily the University of Wisconsin hockey team — describe a utopian balance between hard and smart on the ice.The basic principle is that you want to play every game as hard as you can, but not to the point that you forget the systems or the basic idea of the game. Sometimes you can be firing on all cylinders, or perhaps over-firing, to the point that you don’t remember the simple things.Now I really see what they mean. I have always played hard — thus the competitive attitude — but apparently I haven’t had that balance.I was playing so hard that when I went for a block, I knocked over that “basket.” That was obviously not very smart, and neither was slamming a wall.— When fighting a wall, the wall always wins.This is pretty self-explanatory. Outside of a skirmish about a year ago in which I never threw punches, but merely sat on the guy, I had never been in a fight.Needless to say, I didn’t expect my boxing debut — and perhaps my boxing retirement — to come against an inanimate object.— Playing through the pain.I have always loved the stories of athletes playing through pain. Curt Schilling and the famous “sock game,” Kirk Gibson’s walk-off, Donovan McNabb playing through his sports hernia and Anthony Davis — oh, wait, he never played through anything more than a stubbed toe.But I digress … by sinking my next three shots with my broken hand, I feel like I can now put myself in their shoes.I know it sounds like a major exaggeration, and it probably is, but, wow, you should’ve seen the size of this thing thanks to the immediate swelling.— While it’s hard to admit after wanting to hate him last year, I have a lot of respect for Dee Brown.You see, as I was laid up I found myself reading the article in ESPN Magazine about his battle back from a broken fifth metatarsal — same injury as mine but in the foot instead of the hand.Reading about his comeback was inspirational, and I commend him for taking a leadership role despite everything that went down leading up to the NBA draft.Now we’ll see what happens when the season starts. I’m actually hoping that he does well, because I want to know that I can come back from this.I’m sure this is not the last time I will learn things the hard way, although I hope next time it’s a little less painful, a lot less annoying and doesn’t involve me being on the shelf for four to six weeks.But never fear kids, I’m still playing through this one. I’ll be here again next Wednesday, and, if you see me on the streets before then, please don’t laugh at me.Eric is a senior majoring in history. If you want to send him cookies or be his own personal nurse for the next four to six weeks, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: 15th February, 2019 23:57 IST WATCH | Boost Morale Of Soldiers To Give Terrorists, Pakistan A Fitting Response; Investigate Traitors: Babita Phogat Urges Government, Political Parties Babita Phogat conveyed a hard-hitting message on the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. The wrestler spoke about the impact that left in her mind and paid homage to the martyrs and conveyed condolences to their families. She also hoped government and the political parties come together to encourage the soldiers to give a fitting response to the terrorists and Pakistan. 1 year ago ‘The country is in pain, we all are hurt’: Film associations to hold protest against Pulwama terror attack; no shooting at the time of the event 40 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were martyred when a 70-vehicle convoy of 54 Battalion of CRPF on its way to Srinagar from Jammu were attacked with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion. Pakistan-backed terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility over the attacks. 1 year ago WATCH: PM Modi pays tribute to each of the braveheart CRPF martyrs at wreath-laying ceremony in Delhi’s Palam Airport FOLLOW US COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Babita Phogat conveyed a hard-hitting message on the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. The wrestler spoke about the impact the incident left in her mind and paid homage to the martyrs and conveyed condolences to their families. She also hoped government and the political parties come together to encourage the soldiers to give a fitting response to the terrorists and Pakistan. READ: ‘India Is Going To Serve Justice To The Great Martyrs’: Yash, Mohanlal, Anushka Shetty, Mahesh Babu, Suriya, Other South Stars Mourn Death Of CRPF Soldiers In Pulwama Attack Session ID: 2020-09-09:4c472c64e447bcb5a44f1b58 Player Element ID: video_player_5f5860fcc3e0a OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Joel Kurian Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED In a video, we can see Babita saying in Hindi, “I’m feeling very sad since yesterday. I couldn’t muster the courage to speak about it, but I’m still trying, to say a few words in respect of the martyrs. First of all, I pay my homage to the martyrs and offer my prayers to the Almighty to give their souls peace and their families strength and their children hope. Along with that, I want to say that that today the entire country has come together to stand with the soldiers to raise their morale to give terrorists and Pakistan a fitting answer. I urge the Government and also the political parties that they should all come together to boost the confidence of our soldiers so that they can hit back at Pakistan. And the start to that will be through the traitors and the anti-nationals who need to be thoroughly investigated.” SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 15th February, 2019 21:05 IST LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND Written By (Watch the video above) Earlier in the day, Babita had posted tweets on similar lines on how she was horrified and speechless about the shocking incident. She had conveyed her prayers for the souls of the martyrs and expressed solidarity with their families. The wrestler had also lashed out at the enemies and the traitors. READ: ‘We Are Not So Weak To Not Avenge The Sacrifices Of Our Martyrs’: Geeta, Babita Phogat Salute The Jawans, Condemn Pulwama Terror AttackHer elder sister Geeta Phogat had also tweeted her thoughts on the incident. 1 year ago Here’s a step-by-step account of how the heinous Pulwama terror attack took place, as briefed by DG CRPF to Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Black Stars striker, Raphael Dwamena, will hope to put a difficult last few months behind him after he signed for Danish club, Vejle Boldklub on Thursday.Dwamena joined Spanish Second Division club, Real Zaragoza on loan from Levante in 2019 but was ruled out of on-field action later that year due to health concerns.The player’s heart condition, which had previously scuppered a move to the Premier League had apparently resurfaced.Dwamena underwent successful heart surgery in January but doubts remained as to whether he would take to the field again.However, the player himself has shown that he is ready to return to on-field action.He has now been given a lifeline by the Danish club who have offered him a contract.Vejle BK are one of the most successful clubs in Danish football history with five league titles and six domestic cups.Technical manager at Vejle Boldklub, Jacob Krüger, said the club belies Dwamena could be the key to a successful campaign. “Raphael Dwamena is a physically strong striker who has both speed and good technique. It is a player we believe can help ensure a good season in the Super League. “Raphael will be a great addition to our offensive line. He joins the club after a successful rehabilitation. Despite this, the necessary time has been spent to ensure that the player is fit for fight.”Back on the riseAfter a rough period, Dwamena’s form looked to be back on the rise at his new club Real Zaragoza.Following a stunning pre-season campaign, and a good start to the season, it appeared that Dwamena had finally put a troubled past behind him and was heading back to his very best.His season-long loan move to Zaragoza from Levante was seen as a make-or-break one after a disappointing season with his parent club where he struggled to find his best form, being relegated to 16 appearances in all competitions, scoring just one goal.He had moved to Levante despite seemingly bound for Premier League club Brighton who were willing to shelve out £10 million for the striker.However, the biggest disappointment of the career of this young forward saw the deal fall through after he failed a medical.This was a huge blow for a striker who had been tipped for greatness in Europe, having earned rave reviews at FC Zurich, scoring 13 times and assisting 12 more in his final season for the Swiss club.Dwamena had drawn blanks in Zaragoza’s first three games of the season against Tenerife, Ponferradina and Elche despite starting all three games.He finally got his reward against Alcorcón, scoring his first goal of the season.He managed one more goal in his next five games before his season was unceremoniously cut short.Dwamena will hope this move will be the catalyst for the revival of a striker who had been tipped to lead the Black Stars’ line.