Ireland one down as Nevin turns pro

first_imgJohn Joe Nevin’s absence from the Ireland boxing squad for next month’s World Championships in Kazakhstan has left the nation without a representative in the bantamweight slot. The departure of world number one Nevin to the professional ranks is a big blow to the Ireland squad which hopes to surpass the one bronze – won by Nevin – at the last World Championships in Azerbaijan two years ago. Ireland head coach Billy Walsh said: “John Joe will obviously be difficult to replace. He’s ranked number one in the world and would have been seeded at number one in Kazakhstan. “But our focus is on the World Championships. John Joe is not going and the rest of the squad are, and they are our focus now.” The Ireland squad is headed by two London 2012 bronze medallists, light-flyweight Paddy Barnes and flyweight Michael Conlan – who is expected to follow Nevin into the professional ranks after the tournament. Walsh added: “The World Championships is always the toughest tournament – tougher than the Olympic Games. But if the team perform to their potential they are capable of doing well.” Ireland squad: Light-flyweight: Paddy Barnes; Flyweight: Michael Conlan; Lightweight: Sean McComb; Light-welterweight: Ray Moylette; Welterweight: Adam Nolan; Middleweight: Jason Quigley; Light-heavyweight: Joe Ward; Heavyweight: Tommy McCarthy; Super-heavyweight: Con Sheehan. Nevin was on the original list of 10 names lodged by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association with world governing body AIBA, but subsequently declared his intention to turn professional. Ireland attempted to replace Olympic silver medallist Nevin with Gary McKenna at 56kg – only for AIBA to then rule out the switch due to the deadline for registration having passed. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Giants beat Diamondbacks, end Gallen’s record streak

first_img Written By COMMENT LIVE TV Kevin Gausman and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the San Francisco Giants ended pitcher Zac Gallen’s record-setting streak to begin his career, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night.Darin Ruf hit a two-run single in the sixth and Brandon Belt had a bases-loaded walk as the Giants won for the sixth time in eight games. Mike Yastrzemski added a pair of singles.Gallen had not allowed more than three earned runs in his first 23 career starts, a major league record to begin a career. The right-hander faced the minimum through five innings against the Giants before getting tagged for four runs in the sixth.Gallen (1-1) allowed five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two.The biggest blow came from Ruf, who entered the game as an injury replacement in the fourth when Alex Dickerson fouled a ball off his right knee. Ruf looked at two pitches to complete Dickerson’s at-bat, but didn’t swing. He did in the sixth, singling up the middle on Gallen’s first pitch.After Donovan Solano singled to load the bases, Arizona reliever Junior Guerra walked Belt to force in a run and make it 4-1.Gausman (3-2) struck out nine in six innings to win his second straight. Gausman allowed one run and two hits, and retired nine of the last 10.David Peralta homered off Sam Coonrod leading off the ninth for Arizona. Ketel Marte also had an RBI.MATHISEN DEBUTDiamondbacks third baseman Wyatt Mathisen went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts in his major league debut after logging 649 games in the minors. “He’s worked hard to deserve this moment,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “In my small discussions with him, he’s transformed his body, he’s made himself a totally different player than he was several years ago. It’s a lot of hard work that he’s putting in behind the scenes when nobody’s really paying attention.”ROSTER MOVEThe Giants released INF Abiatal Avelino. Avelino had been at the alternate training site.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: Dickerson left in the fourth after fouling a ball off his right knee. … 3B Evan Longoria was scratched from the original lineup as a precaution because he is dealing with some soreness in his right glute. Pablo Sandoval started in his place. … LHP Drew Smyly, sidelined by a sprained index finger on his pitching hand, could be ready to be activated as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. RHP Jeff Samardzija may face hitters one more time to increase his volume before being deemed ready to return from inflammation in his throwing shoulder. … Both Smyly and Samardzija could come back as starters before the season ends, nothing determined yet. … Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Trevor Cahill is OK after dealing with a right hip issue and is on track to make his next start.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (1-6, 7.44) tries to snap his three-game losing streak Tuesday against the Dodgers. Weaver’s command has improved, with only five walks over his previous six starts.Giants: San Francisco has not named a starter for Tuesday night’s game against Seattle.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News First Published: 8th September, 2020 09:25 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 8th September, 2020 09:25 IST Giants Beat Diamondbacks, End Gallen’s Record Streak Kevin Gausman and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the San Francisco Giants ended pitcher Zac Gallen’s record-setting streak to begin his career, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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