Diakali heading to Aintree

first_imgWillie Mullins will rely on Diakali in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle on Thursday. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ stable star was badly hampered by the fatal fall of Our Conor at Cheltenham, but the way he flashed home up the hill suggested he would have played a part in the finish. The New One was narrowly beaten by Zarkandar as a novice in this race last season and Twiston-Davies and his jockey-son, Sam, will be hoping for a bit more fortune. Taking him on is former champion hurdler Rock On Ruby after connections decided to put a chasing career on the back-burner following an error-strewn round of jumping in the Arkle. Another reverting to the smaller obstacles is Nicky Henderson’s Grandouet. With Zarkandar likely to take up on option on Saturday in the Silver Cross Stayers’ Hurdle, Paul Nicholls instead relies upon Irish Saint and Ptit Zig in the two-and-a-half-mile contest. Alan King’s Grumeti, winner of the Grade One four-year-old juvenile hurdle at the meeting two years ago, completes the field of seven. The grey ran such a game race when finishing fourth under top weight in the County Hurdle when last seen at the Cheltenham Festival and takes on a classy field in Liverpool. The New One will attempt to atone for an unlucky run in the Champion Hurdle by aiming to go one better than 12 months ago. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Alderwood on the Way back

first_img Winner of the County Hurdle at Prestbury Park in 2012 before landing a gamble in the Grand Annual 12 months later, Alderwood missed the majority of last season after suffering injury on his comeback run at Naas in October of last year. Since being brought down on his return in this summer’s Galway Plate, the 10-year-old has finished fourth in the Kerry National over three miles, third behind Don Cossack at Punchestown over almost three miles and runner-up behind Champagne Fever in the two-and-a-half-mile Clonmel Oil Chase. Alderwood is back over the minimum distance in an intriguing 10-runner field this weekend. Mullins said: “He’s been running very consistently without getting back to a stage where I could be as bullish about him as I once was. “He had an awful injury last October and I think it’s just taken a while for him to get his confidence back, but hopefully we’re getting there. “He ran a good race in Clonmel the last day to finish second. He hit a bit of a flat spot for some reason, but he came home well and he was giving 4lb to Champagne Fever. “We’re coming back to two miles on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see how he goes. It will give us a good gauge as to where we should go with him. “He seems in good form I’m hoping he has a big shout.” Tom’s brother Willie fires a formidable twin assault with last year’s winner Twinlight joined by stable companion Felix Yonger as the champion trainer bids for a seventh win in the last eight renewals of the Grade Two contest. Henry de Bromhead’s 2012 winner Days Hotel is also in the line-up. Tom Mullins is hopeful dual Cheltenham Festival winner Alderwood may be coming back to top form ahead of the Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase at Cork on Sunday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: NCAA set for voluntary athletic activity June 1

first_img___The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall.Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says the club withheld 50% of the allotment as a “proactive” measure should the NFL use social distancing guidelines.The NFL released its 2020 schedule last month. The Steelers will play 10 games at Heinz Field, beginning with a preseason meeting with Tampa Bay on Aug. 14. The Steelers will make full refunds available “if the NFL or the team cancels a game and it cannot be replayed, or if it is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending.” If games are postponed or rescheduled, the tickets will be valid for the new date. Abbott has already issued new rules to allow youth sports leagues to resume in June and for some professional leagues to hold events without spectators. But the state rules have so far not touched college sports.“Once we get to college football season, our goal right now is to have college football season start as planned, with fans in stands,” the Republican governor told Austin television station KXAN. “What we don’t know is what the capacity level would be.”The University of Texas announced this week it would open campus to students for the regularly scheduled Aug. 26 start of the fall semester. But officials have not detailed social distancing plans or how the school will handle residence halls and athletics.___A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan’s Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the 2022 college baseball season. Rules for summer conditioning programs require workouts be voluntary and students should be allowed to participate virtually from home if they want to. No showers or locker rooms can be used and there should be at least one staff member per 20 students to ensure proper social distancing, hygiene and safety measures.Schools must provide hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations. All equipment must be disinfected throughout the day.Schools are also encouraged to pre-screen any students or staff prior to workouts for any signs of illness.___Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton raised over $200,000 for COVID-19 relief during an 11-hour radiothon. Novak Djokovic is planning to set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.The top-ranked player’s media team says the Adria Tour will start in Belgrade on June 13 and end on July 5 with Djokovic’s exhibition match against Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo. The other events are scheduled for the Croatian Adriatic resort of Zadar, Montenegro and Banja Luka in northern Bosnia.Djokovic will play in all of the round robin tournaments. The other participants are to include Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov.Organizers left open the possibility that the “humanitarian” tour could be played in front of spectators.No professional tennis tournaments have been played since March. The French Open has been postponed and Wimbledon has been canceled because of the coronavirus. A small number of players worked out at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Salt River Fields, their spring training facility about 20 miles away in Scottsdale. The players were separated as much as possible to follow league-mandated guidelines, and the workouts were cleared by Major League Baseball.The baseball season was put on hold in early March due to COVID-19, two weeks before Opening Day.___ The governing body for Texas public high school sports says it will allow on-campus summer strength and conditioning programs as the state gradually eases rules put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.The University Interscholastic League canceled its spring sports championships, which were interrupted just as the boys’ basketball tournament was getting started in March. Schools have been closed for about two months. May 22, 2020 Associated Press Permitted actions are limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel.___Badminton is aiming to begin its revamped schedule in mid-August at the Hyderabad Open in India.The world tour would resume at the Taipei Open from Sept. 1-6 in an updated calendar released by the Badminton World Federation.The Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in Denmark are confirmed on the new dates of Oct. 3-11 and the World Tour Finals have been pushed back a week to Dec. 16-20. NCAA’s Division I Council announced Wednesday that it was lifting its moratorium on voluntary workouts in football and men’s and women’s basketball at the end of the month. The NCAA applied it to all sports Friday.The current waiver allowing teams to require eight hours of virtual non-physical activities in all sports also has been extended.Football Bowl Subdivision members of the Council also have decided FBS schools can’t host football camps and clinics this summer. FBS coaches, including graduate assistants, are prohibited from working at football camps and clinics being held at other four-year NCAA schools.___The Arizona Diamondbacks have started individual workouts as baseball begins a measured return to play from the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Southeastern Conference is allowing voluntary athletic activities to occur on each of its campuses starting June 8, at the discretion of each university.SEC officials noted the workouts would take place “under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.”The SEC had suspended all athletic activities through May 31 due to the pandemic. SEC officials consider June 8 the start of a transition period allowing student-athletes to adapt gradually to full training.The SEC decided to resume athletic activities June 8 with the guidance of the league’s task force on medical guidance and return to activity. That task force includes public health, infectious disease and sports medicine professionals from each of the league’s 14 member schools. The task force prepared a series of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracing, social distancing and maintaining clean environments to serve as a guide for each school. Under the proposal, there would be nine weeks of preseason practice instead of five, the regular season would run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series would wrap up the last week of July. Currently, regular season begins the third week of February and the CWS ends the last week of June.Past efforts to move back the season were rooted in cold-weather schools’ concerns about competitive equity because they had to travel to the South or West to play games the first month of the season.The impetus this time is finances. In the last two weeks, Bowling Green and Furman have dropped baseball to trim costs. Moving the bulk of the season into warmer months would reduce travel costs for northern teams, help increase attendance and revenue from concessions and merchandise for most schools and allow players to miss less class time.Bakich says Division I coaches have given widespread approval to the proposal. He says the next step is to recruit athletic directors who will take up the cause, bring it to faculty athletic representatives and presidents and get it entered into the NCAA legislative process. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NCAA is permitting athletes in all sports to participate in voluntary athletic activities on campus beginning June 1. The season-ending Finals in Guangzhou is one of five tournaments in China at the end of the year. That is not including the Hong Kong Open in November.The Asia championships scheduled for April in Wuhan have been canceled and the European championships remain without a new date after being suspended since April.The BWF says it is still working on how to unfreeze the rankings and make necessary changes to Olympic qualifying.___Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is starting the “202 Assist” program to help with paying rent for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Connaughton was on the air on 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee and 100.5 ESPN Madison throughout the day Thursday. He was joined on air at various times by Bucks teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo and Kyle Korver as well as coach Mike Budenholzer, general manager Jon Horst and co-owner Marc Lasry.His guests on the radio show included Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Packers coach Matt LaFleur, Milwaukee Brewers players Christian Yelich and Josh Hader, Brewers manager Craig Counsell, and Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard.Connaughton’s show raised $205,859 for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, and Connaughton’s With Us Foundation. The $205,859 total included a match of all donations by Herb Kohl Philanthropies.___Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he thinks college football will return on schedule with some level of fans in the stands. The John Wall Family Foundation set a goal of raising $300,000 over the next month.The program is named for Washington’s area code and will work with the city to find those in need and disperse funds.Wall is a five-time NBA All-Star who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Wizards in the 2010 draft. He sat out all of the 2019-20 season after tearing his left Achilles tendon.His foundation donated 2,300 masks and hundreds of meals to front-line workers in Washington and in his home state of North Carolina in April.___ The Latest: NCAA set for voluntary athletic activity June 1 ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

B’ville boys track ties for team title at Arcaro Classic

first_imgMerely 48 hours after they had a league championship showdown, the track and field teams from Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse reunited at the Bees’ annual John Arcaro Classic.Not content to just host, B’ville’s boys team would earn 70 points to tie Fairport for top honors, just ahead of C-NS’s total of 63 points as, on the girls side, the Northstars had 69 points, second to Fayetteville-Manlius (87) as the Bees were third with 59 points.Sam Kellner won for the B’ville boys in the 400-meter hurdles, tearing to a time of 58.68 seconds to edge Fairport’s Mason Kozody (58.80), while Michael Lawrence was victorious in the 400-meter dash in 52.69 seconds. C-NS had Nathan Poirier win the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:02.21, more than 16 seconds ahead of the field. Andrew Culver was victorious in the shot put, his throw of 46’3” more than three feet farther than any other competitor.Also, the Northstars’ 4×800 relay team of R.J. Davis, Lucas Sharron, Tyler Murray and Christian Carlin prevailed in 8:36.64 to edge Westhill (8:38.03), with B’ville in fifth place. Davis was sixth and Matt LeClair seventh in the mile.Sam Nessel, in 53.60 seconds, was second to Lawrence in the 400 sprint, with Adron Pafford fourth in 54.08 seconds. Isaiah Wright was third in the 110 hurdles in 16.41 seconds and third in the long jump, going 20’ ½”,, with Carlton Garnes sixth in the 110 hurdles. Evan Breitbeck was fifth in the 800.B’ville’s girls team had Karen Ekure win two sprints, going 12.70 seconds to top the field in the 100 and then, in the 200-meter dash, going 26.08 seconds to beat out Spencerport’s Emily Sugar (26.32).The Bees’ Justus Holden-Betts went 7:08.19 in the 2,000-meter steeplechase to grab second place, with Vivian Holden-Betts fifth in 7:52.45. Jenna Wallace threw the discus 88’2” to finish second as Ella Smith cleared 8’6” in the pole vault to take fourth place.C-NS had Liliana Klemanski win the girls high jump, clearing 5’3” to edge Corcoran’s Kiari Hameed (5’2”) as Lilly Capria was fourth with 5 feet. Klemanski also finished fifth in the 100 hurdles, just ahead of B’ville’s Allyson Surowick in sixth place.Brooke Blaisdell’s long jump of 16’4” left her second to Hameed’s 17 feet. Also, the Northstars’ 4×800 relay side get second place in 10:10.25, adding a third in the 4×400 in 4:13.52.Savannah Kuhr was second in the 400 hurdles in 1:10.06. Sarah Davis got third place in the 800 in 2:26.81, with Abbee Norris fifth, while Marissa Navarra was fourth in the 3,000-meter run. Capria (32’1 ½”) edged Julianna Hutt (32’ ¾”) for fourth place in the triple jump.Liverpool had some athletes at the Arcaro meet, including Jenna Schulz, who in the 1,500-meter run tore to a time of 4:38.28, but still trailed her F-M rival, Claire Walters, who won in 4:34.96. C-NS’s Allison Newton was sixth.The Warriors did win the 4×100, though, having the quartet of Havne Hicks, Anne Gullo, Riley  Norris and Marissa Baskin tear to a time of 50.82 seconds, more than a full second ahead of the field as B’ville was third in 52.50. Madyson Oliveri finished fifth in the shot put.But many other Liverpool stars made the trip last weekend to the Loucks Games at White Plains High School, where they competed against top talent from across the state.On the girls side, Madison Neuner was superb in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, her time of 6:54.84 only topped by Tully’s Brooke Rauber, who won in 6:48.43.Nathan Reeves made it to third place in the boys mile, tearing to a time of 4:18.19, not far from the winning 4:15.38 from Bronxville’s Matt Rizzo, while Spencer Ruediger broke two minutes in the 800, finishing in 1:59.34 ahead of Cameron O’Connell (2:01.81).Gabby McCarthy was 14th in the steeplechase in 7:48.35 and Emily Neuner posted 7:58.40. Windsor Ardner ran the 800 in 2:15.87 to take 15th place, while Imahni Sinclair was 14th in the shot put and discus.Nick Brancato ran to seventh place in the boys 3,000 steeplechase in 10:01.99, with Jake McGowan 12th in 10:10.27. Jacob Barnes had a ninth-place discus throw of 136’11” ahead of Antwan Kelly’s 128’8”.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The Bees also won the 4×400 relay as Lawrence, paired with Nick Kruger, Connor McManus and Connor Waldron, went 3:34.77 to hold off Fairport (3:35.33) at the line, with C-NS fourth in 3:42.05. B’ville took third place in the 4×100 relay in 46.97 seconds.Mike Letizia, in 11.53 seconds, was second to Spencerport’s Khalize Beaman (11.44) in the 100-meter dash, while Steven Miller had a discus throw of 121 feet which put him in second place.Kruger had a fourth-place triple jump of 40 feet 2 inches. John Arvantides finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run, with Jon Formoza sixth in the 800-meter run. Aidan Priest was fifth in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.center_img Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSliverpooltrack and fieldlast_img read more

Opponent preview: What to know about North Carolina State

first_img Published on February 11, 2020 at 12:25 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse (14-9, 7-5 Atlantic Coast) looks to create another win-streak in a home matchup with North Carolina State (15-8, 6-6) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange bounced back after two-straight losses with a win over Wake Forest last Saturday that came courtesy of a game-winning Brycen Goodine layup.Here’s what to know about NC State ahead of its game against Syracuse.All-time series: Syracuse leads 7-5Last time they played: North Carolina State dominated the Orange 73-58 on Feb. 13, 2019. Braxton Beverly led NC State in scoring with 21 points, and Frank Howard matched that point total for Syracuse. But the Orange couldn’t overcome an off-night from Tyus Battle, who shot 33% and scored just seven points.The NC State report: The Wolfpack, who started the season strong and firmly placed themselves around the top of the ACC, fell off a little bit recently and now sit behind SU in the conference standings. Though the Wolfpack suffered three-straight losses recently, a balanced scoring approach keeps them a threat in any game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textC.J. Bryce and Markell Johnson have nearly identical scoring averages to lead NC State, and Johnson is its top distributor as well. This allows NC State to be one of the most efficient offenses in the nation with a 110.2 adjusted efficiency per KenPom. It’ll play clean basketball and score efficiently.How Syracuse beats the Wolfpack: Syracuse needs its offense to reemerge. Though Syracuse has not played poorly lately, it could use a big performance to stave off a North Carolina State team that during its best stretches of the season steadily scored between 65 and 77 points. Syracuse has much more firepower and if its shooters get hot, that could be too much for the Wolfpack to handle.Stat to know: 7.5 — NC State’s non-steal turnover percentage, one of the 15 lowest rates in the country. The Wolfpack are crisp with their passing and communication.KenPom odds: The Orange have a 65% chance of winning the game with a final score of 77-72, per KenPom.Player to watch: Markell Johnson, No. 11, guardJohnson has the ability to score at a high level — evident by a 27-point performance earlier in the year — and also has 11 seven-plus assist performances to his credit this year. He’s a rare player that can damage SU from anywhere, and will have to put on a solid performance for NC State to win. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

BBBC suspend Fury’s fight licence

first_imgThe British Boxing Board of Control confirmed his licence was suspended “pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues”.Fury was charged with an offence by the UK’s anti-doping body in June.He also recently told Rolling Stone Magazine that he’d taken “a lot of cocaine” to help deal with depression.last_img

Wife of Jamaican PM slated to deliver keynote address at SFLA…

first_imgJuliet Holness, wife of Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, and a member of the Jamaican parliament, has been invited and accepted the invitation of the Female Development World Organization (FDWO) to be the keynote speaker at the second annual Protect the Children Gala on April 29.FDWO formerly known as Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD) in Association with Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill will host youth and children advocates, community, business, faith leaders and dignitaries at the gala to held at the Hyatt Regency, Fort Lauderdale.Mrs. Holness is one of the country’s leaders currently tackling the issue of child sexual abuse in Jamaica and across the Diaspora. She has been married for almost twenty years to Prime Minister Holness   with whom she has worked tirelessly to raise their two sons – Adam and Matthew.  She is also a well-known community servant and leader who made political headlines in Jamaica, with stunning upsets on her journey to Parliament.  Among the issues which constantly occupy her mind, in addition to the welfare of her family, are matters concerning community development, gender equality, child abuse and disenfranchised youth.A trained accountant and real estate developer, Mrs. Holness holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting and Economics from the University of the West Indies.“We are grateful to the Jamaican government for supporting the prevention and eradication of child sexual abuse,” said Wayne Messam, Mayor, City of Miramar “Mrs. Holness is a vibrant champion of the people and we look forward to having her illuminate the issues, facilitate solutions and help us mobilize for positive outcomes for Jamaicans at home and those across our Diaspora.”Business, community, faith and cultural leaders are invited to support this important event, designed to inspire activities and funds to support organizations in South Florida and Jamaica working with the survivors of child sexual abuse.Lavern Deer one of the principal founders of FDWO and an organizer of the gala said “guests to the gala will enjoy an evening of networking, learning and giving; culminated by words for mobilization from the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Jamaica.”last_img read more

Injuries stand in the way of Egypt’s AFCON hopes

first_imgAction in the group stage match, Egypt versus Uganda 10pm: Egypt vs Burkina Faso – Weary Pharoash seek another semi-final triumphLibreville, Gabon | AFP | Weariness will worry Egypt as they seek to extend an Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals winning streak to six matches by beating Burkina Faso in Libreville Wednesday.Surprise survivors Burkina Faso overcame Tunisia in the first quarter-final last Saturday evening, more than 24 hours before Egypt edged Morocco in the last.Many pundits believe this could give the west Africans an advantage at Stade de l’Amitie in the Gabonese capital, especially if the match went to extra time.Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was concerned about the shorter recovery time his team have compared to Burkina Faso.“It is not an ideal situation, but we have no choice but to adapt,” said the greying 61-year-old former Valencia and Inter Millan manager.“The players will be given time to rehabilitate and hopefully they will be ready come Wednesday night.”A calf injury rules out Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and striker Marwan Mohsen is a doubtful starter owing to a knee problem.Despite the disadvantages, record seven-time African champions Egypt will be expected to continue a remarkably successful semi-finals run spanning 31 years.The Pharaohs eliminated Morocco (1986), Burkina Faso (1998), Senegal (2006), the Ivory Coast (2008) and Algeria (2010) to reach finals, all of which they won.Egypt have reserved some of their finest performances for the last-four stage, thrashing Didier Drogba-led Ivory Coast 4-1 in Ghana and Algeria 4-0 in Angola.A wide winning margin against the Burkinabe Stallions is unlikely, however, as Egypt have clawed rather than cruised past opponents in Gabon.Following a 0-0 draw with Mali, they achieved three consecutive 1-0 victories against Uganda, 2015 runners-up Ghana and Herve Renard-coached Morocco.– Rock solid defence – While scoring only three goals — an average of one every 120 minutes — must trouble Cuper, his team are the only one not to concede a goal in this tournament.Much credit for that goes to goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who turned 44 this month and became the oldest footballer to play at a Cup of Nations.“He is first on to the training field and the last to leave,” said Cuper in admiration of an Egyptian chasing a fifth Cup of Nations winners’ medal.El Hadary was part of the squad that went to Burkina Faso 19 years ago, and beat the hosts 2-0 in the semi-finals en route to lifting the trophy.Morocco did give the veteran shot-stopper moments of severe anxiety from crosses — a fact that will not have gone unnoticed by Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte.Given the outstanding semi-finals record of Egypt, the Portuguese handler studiously avoided making any gung-ho predictions.“We dream of doing better than in 2013,” he said, referring to the 1-0 final defeat by Nigeria in South Africa after a giant-killing run.“My team is capable of producing fantastic football. There is quality and confidence among the boys.”Like Egypt, Burkina Faso enter the semi-finals boasting an unbeaten record after victories over Guinea-Bissau and Tunisia and draws against Cameroon and Gabon.Goalkeeper Herve Koffi, 24 years younger than El Hadary, has conceded two goals, but none from open play.Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo beat him with a free-kick and 2015 African Footballer of the Year and Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty.In front of Koffi, Burkina Faso have an experienced ‘spine’ in Bakary Kone, captain Charles Kabore, Prejuce Nakoulma and supersub Aristide Bance.Cameroon and Ghana, both four-time African champions, meet Thursday in the second semi-final in southeastern city Franceville.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Governor’s Cup to play washout games

first_imgAll washout games are being played at the Kone Tigers field.In the first match, Spiders defeated Hurricanes 8-0.The next two games were forfeited after the teams failed to turn up on time to play.Tournament director, Billy Aki said the draws for the weekend will be finalised after the completion of the washout games this afternoon.The grand finals will be played this Sunday at the Kone Tigers oval.last_img

Canelo Alvarez says he’ll fight Rocky Fielding next at super middleweight

first_imgCanelo Alvarez celebrates after his majority decision win over Gennady Golovkin during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Canelo Alvarez says he will move up to 168 pounds for his next fight against Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 in New York.Alvarez made the announcement on his social media accounts Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) won two middleweight title belts last month with a razor-thin majority decision over Gennady Golovkin.Instead of pursuing a third fight with Golovkin, Alvarez will move up to super middleweight in an attempt to win a world title in a third weight class. He will challenge Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs), an unsung English fighter who holds the secondary version of the WBA title after winning his last six bouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlvarez and Golovkin fought to a draw in September 2017. Alvarez hasn’t lost in his last nine bouts since September 2013. View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard sits out Toronto’s preseason home debut Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more