Steve O’Meara overcame cuts over both eyes to make a winning return to the ring, beating Chas Symonds on points on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s world title fight at Wembley Arena.Clashes of heads left O’Meara with a cut over the right eye in the opening round and then a nasty injury over the left, which led to moments of concern towards the end of the third.After the ring doctor allowed O’Meara to carry on before the start of the fourth, the West Drayton man boxed at longer range for the rest of the six-round contest and was a 58-56 winner after having a point deducted for a low blow late in the fight.It was the Shepherd’s Bush-born light-middleweight’s first outing since an unsuccessful attempt to win the Commonwealth title in December.“I half-panicked and thought there’s no way I was going to let the fight get stopped, so I tried to get him out of there,” he told West London Sport.“That was probably not the best idea and they weren’t the tactics when I went in there with, but I felt I had to do something.“He was catching me but not hurting me, so I neglected my defence a bit and was prepared to take one to give one to try and stop him.”Mitchell Smith enjoyed a great win.And O’Meara admitted he was worried when the referee seemed inclined to stop the fight before the beginning of the fourth round.He said: “I was pleading with the referee. I said to him: ‘I can see fine’ and he wasn’t listening to me.“The first person you should ask is the fighter and see if he can see. At least test me rather than telling me I can’t see.“It didn’t seem like he was on my side at all and he’s meant to be caring for the fighters.“When the crowd comes and pays money to see fights, the last thing they want is to see a fighter get stopped prematurely on a cut.“The referee didn’t seem to give a monkey’s about that and if he’d stopped that fight I’d have been really disappointed in him and in boxing in general.“I know next time to stick to the gameplan and not panic, but the ref didn’t help with that panic because I saw him keep looking at the doc.“The ref would have helped if he’d have been a bit calmer. He looked over the doctor twice and as a fighter you know that’s not good.“I told the doc I was okay and luckily he agreed with me. I’m pleased to get the win.”Earlier in the evening, Harrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith enhanced his growing reputation by destroying Gavin Reid in the first round.Wembley welterweight Gary Corcoran also maintained his unbeaten record, comfortably beating Tottenham’s Mark McKray, but there was a controversial defeat for Northolt light-middleweight Ryan Toms.See also:Smith dazzles Wembley with quick winTrio to feature on Wembley Arena 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 4.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced on Tuesday.“Real gross domestic product at market prices increased by 4.1% quarter-on-quarter, seasonally adjusted and annualised,” Stats SA said. This growth was more than what markets had expected.“GDP growth accelerated by much more than the markets expected in the final quarter of 2014, growing by a seasonally adjusted and annualised 4.1% quarter-on-quarter, up from 2.1% and 0.5% in the third and second quarters respectively and better than the consensus market forecast of 3.7%,” said Nedbank economists.The largest contribution to the quarter-on-quarter growth of 4.1% was manufacturing that contributed 1.2% based on growth of 9.5%. The mining and quarrying industry contributed 1.1% based on growth of 15.2%. The finance, real estate and business services contributed 0.7% based on growth of 3.5%.Economic activity in the manufacturing industry reflected positive growth of 9.5% due to higher production in petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products division, among others.Mining and quarryingMeanwhile, economic activity in mining and quarrying reflected positive growth of 15.2% due to higher production in the mining of “other” metal ores, including platinum; and “other” mining and quarrying, including diamonds.The growth in finance, real estate and business services was due to increases in activities in the financial markets and banking.Over 2014 as a whole, real GDP grew by only 1.5%, down from an already tame 2.2% in 2013.Market pricesAccording to Stats SA, the nominal GDP at market prices during the fourth quarter of 2014 was R979-billion, which is R16-billion more than in the third quarter of 2014.Real GDP at market prices increased by 1.5% in 2014 following an increase of 2.2% in 2013, with the largest contribution to the increase in 2014 being general government services, which contributed 0.5% based on growth of 3%. Finance, real estate and business services contributed 0.4% based on growth of 2.2%.Nominal GDP was estimated at R3.8-trillion for the year of 2014.According to the Nedbank analysts, the economy should fare better in 2015 off the low base of 2014. Consumer spending is forecast to accelerate as lower fuel prices and easing inflation support disposable income and interest rates remain steady for much of the year.This, along the low base of 2014, is expected to outweigh the negative impact of load shedding, lower international commodity prices and subdued global demand on exports. On balance, Nedbank expects GDP growth of about 2.5 % in 2015.The Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee is unlikely to read too much into the stronger-than-expected GDP figures. The risks to the economic outlook still remain on the downside given limited power and other economic capacity locally and an uncertain economic environment globally.In contrast, the inflation outlook remains benign, which should persuade the MPC to keep interest rates unchanged at its upcoming meeting in March. Our forecast is for rates to remain on hold throughout most of 2015, with the first rate hike expected in November. Much however depends on the trajectories of the rand and oil prices,” said Nedbank.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Swimmer Taguinod heads PSC-Batang Pinoy prized finds Team Yellow repulsed Blue’s rally in the decider as it hacked out a 25-16, 20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9 decision in the Premier Volleyball League All-Star Game Sunday night.League organizer Sports Vision and ABS CBN’s S+A Channel put up the exhibition game, including the women’s All Star being played at presstime, to highlight the PVL’s successful inaugural season and raise funds for the Hero Foundation.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “The Hero Foundation is thankful. I am an enlisted personnel and we are really thankful to the PVL because this will really help the families of soldiers,” said Team Yellow coach and staff sergeant Vhyl Verayo of Air Force Special Services Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Read Next PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio agree personal terms with Chelsea fullback Zappacostaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are a step closer to signing Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.TMW says Lazio have agreed to cover Zappacosta’s €2m salary at Chelsea to bring him back to Italy.Lazio now hope to close a loan arrangement with Chelsea chiefs.The stumbling block is the form of the loan, Chelsea are demanding a obligatory permanent option, while Lazio would prefer a choice in signing Zappacosta permanently.The Italy fullback moved to Chelsea 18 months ago from Torino.
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange on October 25, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Christian Wilkins is a defensive tackle by trade, but the 300-pound Clemson Tiger is a spectacular all-around athlete. During spring practice, Wilkins has tried his hand at a number of skills that aren’t usually part of being an interior lineman, like making one-handed catches and kicking field goals.Of course, Wilkins is also pretty good at playing his position. As a true freshman, he racked up 33 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks for the Tigers this season. More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>
georgia new battle hymn hype videoGeorgia’s 2016 season is less than three months away, and fans are already amped for the start of the Kirby Smart era. Tuesday, the school released a short hype video dedicated to the tradition of the program, set to the school’s fight song, Glory, Glory. If you’re craving UGA content this offseason, it’s a good holdover. #TuesdayTradition || The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation #GloryGlory#CommitToTheGhttps://t.co/25z0D2CANq— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) June 8, 2016Georgia takes on North Carolina on Saturday, September 3.
Ohio State freshman infielder Marcus Ernst (28) makes contact with the pitch during the March 24 contest against Hawaii at Nick Swisher Field. The Buckeyes lost 15-3. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternDespite trailing 7-3 heading into the eighth inning, Ohio State was able to rally to end its five-game skid.In the ninth inning, the Buckeyes (17-16, 2-4 Big Ten) scored three runs to complete the comeback Tuesday, edging out Ohio (8-22, 3-6 MAC) 10-8.Sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler was able to deliver a two-run double to left-center field to give the Buckeyes a 10-8 lead in the ninth inning. With a four-run deficit through seven innings, freshman outfielder Nolan Clegg scored on a passed ball, cutting the Bobcats’ lead to 7-4. Redshirt sophomore catcher Brent Todys then tied the game on one swing, launching a three-run home run to tie the game at 7.The Buckeyes tallied three more runs in the ninth inning on an RBI single from junior first baseman Conner Pohl and Dingler’s two-RBI double to win their first game since March 30. Todys finished with three hits and four RBI. Clegg also hit his second home run of the season, finishing the game with three RBI. For the Bobcats, redshirt freshman designated hitter Cole Revels tallied five RBI in the game. On the mound, Ohio State freshman pitcher Will Pfenning struggled, allowing five earned runs on five hits and two walks in three innings of work. After allowing three runs in the next 4.2 innings of work, junior left-handed pitcher Andrew Magno was able to keep the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the remaining 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Ohio State will take on Dayton at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.
Real Madrid have received a welcome boost in the return of Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward completed his first training session of the week, reports MarcaThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been out injured after being replaced at half-time with an ankle injury in Real’s 2-2 draw against Barcelona at the Nou Camp ten days ago.Head coach Zinedine Zidane had expressed his confidence that Ronaldo would return in time for Real’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev on May 26 and was hopeful on including him in time for their final La Liga game of the season on Saturday against Villarreal.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.More good news for Real is that their defender Dani Carvajal also returning to full training with the squad and is expected to start, alongside Ronaldo and co, in the Champions League final in 10 days time.Real won their final home game of the season against the lowly Celta Vigo 6-0 last Saturday to keep the pressure on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the battle for second place in La Liga.