Bale blasts late winner in Saints defeat

first_img The pressure was on Bale to deliver after a brilliant week for the Welshman, but for most of the game he disappointed. The 23-year-old, who won the PFA Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, and FWA Footballer of the Year awards this week, was marked out of the game for most of what was largely a dull and uninspiring match. Bale flitted between positions, his touch was often poor, and he offered little to help Spurs on the attack. That was until the 86th minute. The forward found space 25 yards out, picked the ball off substitute Lewis Holtby and unleashed a peach of a shot which beat the out-stretched Artur Boruc. The strike brought his tally for the season to 30 – double his previous best – and also meant Bale became the first Tottenham player since Jurgen Klinsmann to register 20 league goals in a season. The victory piled the pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea, in the battle for top-four spots in the Barclays Premier League, ahead of Spurs’ huge clash against the Blues on Wednesday night, but it was a cruel blow for Southampton, who deserved at least a point from the game. After a half-hour delay due to a chemical spillage on the M25, Tottenham started brightly, going on the attack from the first whistle. Jermain Defoe almost opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he drove into the side-netting. The home side’s high line left them vulnerable, though, and Southampton took full advantage. Hugo Lloris had tipped a brilliant Rickie Lambert free-kick in the first half on to a post, and the Saints dominated most of game, but they remained far from safety following Wigan’s win at West Brom. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas looked to Emmanuel Adebayor for inspiration, the Togolese coming on for an injured Aaron Lennon with half an hour left. The hosts’ hopes of salvaging a win looked to be slipping away until the 86th minute, when Bale collected the ball off Holtby and fired a 25-yard shot past a sprawling Boruc. Bale had said earlier this week that he would mute his celebration out of respect to his former club, but the 23-year-old could not resist, racing over to the corner before being mobbed by his delighted team-mates. Gareth Bale rounded off a remarkable week by firing Tottenham to a dramatic last-gasp 1-0 win against Southampton.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Pellegrini praise for strike pair

first_img Aguero and Negredo have struck up a fearsome partnership in the opening months of the season and have already scored nine league goals between them. Aguero is leading the way with 13 in all competitions after a hot run of form that has seen him score nine in his last seven games. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the “incredible” Sergio Aguero and strike partner Alvaro Negredo but wants to share out praise for their goals. Four of those came in three Barclays Premier League games in October and were enough to earn him the player of the month award. Pellegrini said: “It is absolutely well deserved. Sergio has had an incredible last month. “I always thought he was incredible because he is a top player, but now he is in a great moment.” Negredo has linked well with Aguero since his £20million summer move from Sevilla and his performances are keeping Edin Dzeko out of the starting line-up. The Spaniard scored a hat-trick while Aguero grabbed the other two in the 5-2 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow in midweek. Yet Pellegrini insists there is much more to the goals than simply the form of the front two. He said: “It is not only Aguero and Negredo – the team is playing very well. “All the midfielders – (David) Silva, (Samir) Nasri, (Yaya) Toure, Fernandinho – are really playing very well. “The way the team plays I also think benefits both of them.” City are in good heart after their victory over CSKA took them into the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time. They now turn their attention back to the Premier League and this weekend’s trip to struggling Sunderland. Last weekend’s 7-0 thrashing of Norwich at the Etihad Stadium was a powerful reminder of their force but their away form has so far been indifferent. City have collected just four points from five games on the road but Pellegrini will continue to approach all games in the same manner. He said: “I think about different things – one is the Premier League, one is Champions League. “We finished with the Champions League last Tuesday now we must think about the Premier League. “But we don’t need to change the mind. We are always involved in both competitions exactly the same. “Normally teams do not play the same way away as at home, it is different, but not in our case.” City must also overcome their recent poor record at the Stadium of Light, having lost 1-0 on each of their last three visits. Pellegrini is not concerning himself with what happened before his appointment. He said: “I never think what happened in the past. In the future all the games are different. “We are going to Sunderland. They are playing well now with Gustavo Poyet and they will be a difficult team to beat.” City are without playmaker Silva, who suffered a calf injury against CSKA and could be out for up to four weeks. Influential captain Vincent Kompany also remains on the sidelines with a calf problem but he could return after the upcoming international break to face Tottenham on November 24. Press Associationlast_img read more

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World Champion, Obiri Set to Light up Asaba

first_imgThe 2016 Rio Olympics 5,000m silver medalist was in action last week in the Kenya Defense Forces Championships where she clocked 14:48.5 to cruise to victory and she is now eagerly counting down to Asaba 2018 and thereafter, the Intercontinental Cup.“For me, the Africa Championship is a good opportunity. I have never won the 5,000 meters at continental level and that is why I am relishing to compete in both events,” Obiri told reporters in Kenya after her latest victory at the Moi, Kasarani Stadium.Obiri believes she has recovered from her exhaustion following back-to-back competition at the global level and will be firing from all cylinders at the Africa Championships.“I am happy to run 14:35 at the Prefontaine Classic (Eugene USA) after a few weeks of experiencing under strength. This is due to low iron levels in my body. But I promise to get better from here.” She assured.With Athletics Kenya already promising to send a large and equally quality contingent to Asaba, it is expected that world half-marathon record holder Joyciline Jepskogei and Berlin Marathon champion Gladys Cherono will all fight for places in the Kenya team also.The Kenya national championships is due on June 21-24 in Nairobi to select the team for the Africa Senior Championships, which will be held in Asaba, Delta State between Aug. 1-5.Kenya finished as runners-up behind host South Africa at the last African championships held in Durban.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFRICAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPSThe 21st African Senior Athletics Championships will be attracting the continent’s big names to Asaba, Delta State and one of those expected to light up the oil-rich City is World 5,000m champion, Hellen ObiriObiri who finished tops at the last World Championships in London and in the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast is yet to have an African title and the 28-year old is keen to add that to her impressive curriculum vitae in Asaba.last_img read more

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Trojans score third place in weekend championship

first_imgAlthough USC’s club tennis team did not walk away as champion of the USTA National Tennis On-Campus Championships in Cary, N.C., it did reach a high point in the organization’s history in a satisfying finish to the 2012 season.After placing first place in its pool, USC advanced two rounds in the Gold division bracket before narrowly falling 24-21 to the eventual champions Cal in the semifinals on Saturday.With the title out of reach, USC then defeated Cal Poly 27-17 to take third place overall in the competition.“That was kind of our punctuation mark for the season, and I think it was an exclamation mark to be honest,” senior Madeline Segura said. “We did better than we’ve ever done before.”The team of ten USC students began the 64-team tournament in round robin play on Thursday against James Madison University, Northeastern University, and University of Missouri – Columbia.After taking down the three teams to a combined score of 85-33, USC advanced to bracket play, where they defeated UC Davis 25-20 and South Florida 25-19 on Friday en route to their matchup with Cal.“As soon as we got into bracket play, it was a fight every single match. We played really hard, and we proved ourselves as a really competitive team,” Segura said.Last year, USC had to forfeit its invitation to the Nationals because several players had to pull out of the competition.The matches, modeled after the World TeamTennis format, were decided by games won rather than sets won. The five sets of six games each were divided into men’s, women’s and mixed doubles and men’s and women’s singles.Senior Jordan Rees and freshman Colin Tseng paired up in men’s doubles alongside seniors Ashley Ohira and Segura in women’s doubles. Tseng also joined graduate Amber Brightly in mixed doubles.Senior Amanda Ellis and sophomore Dave Warren represented USC in singles in their respective genders. Sophomores Alden Mitchell and Yaron Steinfeld served as alternates for the team, while junior Allen Jebsen stood by as captain of the squad.“We’re all extremely proud of each other. It’s as big of an indication as it can be in not going to the Nationals last year and placing third and losing to the eventual champions,” Jebsen said. “We’re going to go on to bigger and better things next year.”USC’s club team is part of the USC Tennis Club, which offers competitive tennis to over 250 members of all talent levels. Segura, who is president of USC Tennis Club, appreciated the chance to compete after the team missed out last year.“Four of us are seniors, and we didn’t get to go last year, so this was a great way for us to end our time at USC,” Segura said.Despite falling short of its title aspirations, USC’s Club team already has its eyes set on next year and another shot at the crown.“Although we’re pretty bummed we didn’t make it to the finals, we’re brimming with excitement about next year because we know exactly what we need to do,” Jebsen said.last_img read more

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Football: Last-chance hope for CFP lies in undefeated Buckeyes

first_imgThe No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) will face their biggest challenge of the season on Saturday when they travel to Columbus, Ohio and face the No. 3 Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0).The Badgers’ undefeated season came to a screeching halt last weekend in a 24–23 loss to Head Coach Lovie Smith and the Illinois Fighting Illini.It was a disappointing result after Head Coach Paul Chryst and the Badgers were both the sixth ranked team in the country and poised to compete for a College Football Playoff spot come December.Regardless, the season goes on, and the Badgers’ playoff hopes aren’t dead just yet.To make the playoffs, the team will need to begin by shocking the world and winning in Columbus Saturday. This is no doubt a tall task — but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.Here’s what the Badgers will need to do to win on Saturday.First, they will need to play the perfect Wisconsin-brand game by controlling the clock and dominating time of possession.The Ohio State University comes into the contest with arguably the most dynamic offense in the country led by quarterback Justin Fields and running back J.K. Dobbins.To have a chance to win the game Wisconsin will need to dominate both lines of scrimmage and minimize the number of possessions in the game, keeping the ball out of Fields’ hands as much as possible.Football: Four takeaways from Wisconsin’s stunning loss to IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin football team (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) collapsed in the final minutes Saturday against the University of Read…They obviously need to score a lot to win on Saturday, but having long possessions and keeping Fields on the sideline is arguably the most important thing this offense can accomplish.Second, Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan will need to have the game of his life.Coan comes into Saturday after arguably the best performance of his career with 264 total yards and a completion rate of 75%. Other than making a crucial mistake at the end of the game that allowed Illinois to kick a game winning field goal, Coan had an extremely solid outing statistically.He will need to be nearly perfect for the Badgers to pull off the upset, a tough task against cornerback Jeffrey Okudah and The Ohio State University’s elite secondary.Third, the Badger defense will need to rebound after a subpar performance against Illinois and shut down Dobbins and the Buckeye offense.The Ohio State University comes into the contest averaging 49.7 points-per-game and boasts an offensive efficiency rating of 97 — both of these statistics are better than any other team in Division I football.Football: Badgers face critical five-game stretch to close seasonLast year’s 8-5 record was anything but indicative of what this year’s edition of the Badger football team is capable Read…They have weapons on the outside, a dynamic running back and Fields — the first quarterback the Badgers will have faced this season that is a significant threat on the ground.If the Badger defense can contain Fields, keep Dobbins from having the explosive plays he is used to having and force  multiple turnovers, they have a chance at winning the game.Answers will come and the Badgers’ path this season will become more evident once the game kicks off at 11 a.m. CST in Columbus, Ohio on FOX. Gus Johnson will be on the call, so get ready for some excitement one way or another.last_img read more

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Broward County Chiefs of Police Association Issues Statement Regarding Minneapolis In-custody…

first_imgMiramar Police Chief Dexter Williams, in his capacity as the president of the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association (BCCPA) issued a position statement addressing the civil unrest resulting from the death of George Floyd. “The social platforms are presently fluid with information regarding protest in Broward County and all platforms are being monitored by each municipality including the Sheriff’s Office. All agencies will begin preparations for field force operations if an incident in Broward County requires that level of mutual aide.” As police executives, we must do what is necessary to maintain the quality of life within our communities. The video viewed by millions of people displayed a blatant disregard for life and far exceeded the force necessary to effect the arrest of George Floyd. Minneapolis Police Chief Arradondo made strides to quell any civil unrest by immediately terminating the four officers involved in this incident. Unfortunately, the community’s pain resultant from this incident was too great to bear as they stood in protest. Below is his letter to Miramar and the entire Broward community: As protests erupt across the United States, Chief Williams said that police officers stand ready to deal with potential civil unrest. center_img It is our responsibility as leaders in Public Safety to safeguard the community’s trust as we render aide and uphold the laws of the great State of Florida. As we work hard to hold true to this oath, incidents such as the Minneapolis in-custody death degrades the trust of our collective communities, the dignity of the badge and the respect that has been earned by the honorable men and women that serve across this great nation. As an association, we shall not stand by idle and allow the mistreatment of our black and brown communities. The badge should not be used as a tool to protect rude and disrespectful behavior. The badge represents, HONOR, INTEGRITY and RESPECT. It is the position of the BCCPA to stand with our communities as we attempt to anchor our public safety professionals in this region to their ethics, their values and preservation of the integrity of the badge. We believe transparency of the justice process will prevail and root out injustices that exist in our society. It is a sad time for the family and friends of George Floyd, a sad moment for our profession and the nation. We ask all stakeholders, community leaders and the general public to bring forth viable solutions to prevent future atrocities of this nature. The BCCPA membership extends their heartfelt sympathies to the State of Minnesota and the Minneapolis community.” “On May 25th, 2020, the Minneapolis Police Department placed into its custody George Floyd and subsequent to the detainment, died in custody of the officers. Understanding that the sequence of events leading to his death has sparked nationwide protests. The City of Minneapolis is experiencing catastrophic destruction in its communities due to property damage, defiance of public safety, civil unrest and the degradation of trust for the police. The Broward County Chiefs of Police Association (BCCPA) takes these incidents extremely serious and we are standing in solidarity with the Minneapolis communities for peaceful protest.last_img read more

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Simon Trim: Sporting Group – Delivering on new risk dynamics

first_img The Premier League is back: How will the betting market react? June 16, 2020 How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020 Simon Trim CEO of Sporting Group gives an in-depth product breakdown of Sporting Solutions new Risk Management Services (RMS). A key product launch for 2018, Trim details to SBC readers Sporting Solutions fresh approach to industry risk management dynamics, seeking to develop operationally smart functions for all stakeholders…_______________SBC: Simon, thanks for the interview. Why is Risk Management Services such an important project/product launch for Sporting Solutions and Sporting Group? Simon Trim: RMS is truly unique to the industry in the combination of functions it allows operators to outsource: price coverage, risk management, analytics and back-office operations. It’s unmatched in its flexibility and scalability, giving lotteries and private operators access to best of breed outsourced sportsbook solutions and freeing valuable resource to trade sports and competitions where their local expertise allows them to deliver the greatest value.A key component of RMS is our automated “Risk-Adjusted Pricing”, which is a product of combining the market making the expertise of Touchbet with one of Sporting Group’s core competencies – namely a 25-year heritage of trading the most sophisticated and volatile form of sports risk.  It represents a significant, but natural, next step for the business based on our core competitive advantages.SBC: As an industry technology and leadership veteran, how has Risk Management evolved as an industry discipline? What do operators want, and what have suppliers delivered to date? ST: To date, the supply chain for sports betting has centred around additional content for operators trying to expand topline revenue.  Sporting Group’s skills in pricing and trading has obviously been central to that growth but the management of the resultant risk on those prices has largely resided with the operator.  As a result, risk management as a service has remained a relatively nascent part of the industry, and the processes in place in many operations are often heavily manual, subjective and reactive.However, it is well documented that the industry landscape has become harder for many market incumbents, driven by the increase in POC type-regimes, escalating cost pressure and the ever-spiralling complexity of operations.  Sportsbooks are looking to find further efficiencies in their business, whilst at the same time trying to maximise customer experience and optimise their margins, rather than just reduce costs.To satisfy this operator demand requires a much more skilled sports betting supplier than someone who can only provide additional data and content.  Whilst sportsbooks have a need and desire to outsource further, the business processes that they are looking to move are the ones that require deep sportsbook expertise and domain knowledge, so previous operational experience is essential.Neither operators or lotteries are going to outsource specialist business functions (like risk management) to suppliers that have never run a book, taken a bet or managed customers directly themselves.  Similarly, for lotteries especially, they aren’t going to outsource these functions to a competitor already operating in their domestic market and targeting the same customer base.  It is for this reason that we feel our RMS service fills an important gap in the supply chain that no one else can fill.SBC: Sporting Solutions has focused RMS on developing ‘operationally smart’ functions for its clients. How have these sought-after dynamics, influenced your firm’s approach to developing and building its RMS tools?  ST: RMS leverages several tools developed in-house by both Sporting Solutions and Touchbet, and brings them together to service the industry in a new and pioneering way.In terms of combined experience the Group is the global leader in sports spread betting since 1992, has successfully automated market making and risk management since 2006, delivered a best-of-breed B2B sports betting content and liquidity proposition for over a decade and, in recent years, built customer analytics tools capable of deciphering valuable “skill signals” from anonymised datasets.Putting these aspects together means we have the unique capability and expertise in understanding how to deliver a market leading, differentiated, objective, efficient and scalable sportsbook offering.  Coming back to the previous point, this satisfies our partners’ demands for an improvement in their customers’ experience whilst generating improvements in topline revenue and providing greater cost efficiency.We have built this sophisticated trading proposition around a proprietary technology stack and, because it is designed in a modular fashion, means various elements can be deployed alongside operators’ existing technology with a very simple integration and no technical “switching risk”.SBC: Risk Management is now a core dynamic in bookmaker’s day-to-day operations; retention, player evaluation, marketing, etc. Will this emphasis on RM test industry  ‘legacy values’ or make them redundant? ST: We feel that the risk management we are now making available as a service has the potential to fundamentally change the way that operators manage their exposure going forward.  This is due to three core component factors of RMS – the combination of expert modelling and trading skills to generate initial prices; an overlay of automated price adjustment based both on actual exposure & predicted macro market movements, and price refinement on a per-operator basis according to a microanalysis of the client base.As a basis, we are rigorous in our approach to building and iterating highly accurate, statistical sports algorithms for a wide range of sports, based on over a quarter of a century of in-play data – more than any other operator or provider anywhere in the world.  Additional expertise is overlaid where necessary by utilising traders that have been educated through our accredited “Trading School of Excellence” training scheme.As exposure is generated on the operators’ book, prices are adjusted for risk using the methodology largely developed by Touchbet.  This has evolved from the market making expertise they have derived from handling an average betting volume of approximately €4bn per year almost entirely through automation.The use of Profile – an existing Sporting Solutions customer analytics tool – means the operator is trading fully-optimised prices tuned on the specific information that can be derived from their own customers’ activity, rather than a proxy of information derived from market monitoring.  This means that our partners now have access to an objective, bespoke, volume-based risk management service for the first time.The outcome is that RMS is both a cost-saver and margin-driver for operators.  As it is agnostic to the incumbent technology stack the service is available to both legacy operators and more technologically agile ones.  In addition, as we make our range of pricing algorithms available through our “self-trade” service, operators can maintain pricing and trading control of the local expertise they’ve worked hard to develop, rather than cannibalising it. SBC: In 2017 we have seen a set of new pressures placed on bookmakers with regards to social responsibility, cost and margin control. What part does RM play in controlling or adjusting to these factors? ST: Part of the Sporting Group, Sporting Index is one of the most regulated firms in the industry and is based in the UK – one of the most regulated markets in the world.  As such, we recognise the commitment and requirement that our partners have in relation to their TCF and AML responsibilities because we have them ourselves.  However, whilst social responsibility and customer care is always the most important priority for us and our partners, businesses still need to generate returns for their stakeholders.As a result, operators are having to carefully balance their regulatory and care requirements with maximising revenues when embarking on product developments and marketing campaigns.  Within Profile is a “Welfare” rating, specifically aimed at flagging customers who may be at risk of harm according to the type of betting behaviour they are exhibiting.  This is a feature that we continue to develop and improve and is aimed at giving our partners the information required to fulfil their social and regulatory obligations.SBC: Finally Simon, you have delivered RMS, how do you see this service growing in 2018 and beyond…What is next for Sporting Solutions’ products?ST: We are very proud to partner with Danske Spil for our RMS service, especially as they are a market leader and one of the world’s most forward-facing lotteries that offer sports betting.  First and foremost, we are looking forward to going live with them in early 2018 and continuing our conversations with other interested parties for RMS.For the reasons outlined earlier, now that there is a supplier that can deliver specialist trading functions to the market we would expect an evolution towards wider business process outsourcing, rather than just outsourced content.  We will utilise the latest technology to build on RMS functionality, continuing to take the heavy-lifting off operators’ back-ends and empowering them to direct resources towards their brand proposition where they will be of most benefit to them.We have some exciting next steps in the pipeline for building out our risk management and liquidity provision services for operators, and delivering these will be the focus for us in 2018 – watch this space!______________Simon Trim – CEO @ Sporting Group Industry innovation & operational stragtegy will be discussed and debated at the will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting of Football Conference’ (#bofcon2018 – Stamford Bridge London -20-23 March 2018). 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Champions League: How much Chelsea and Man United stand to lose if they don’t qualify

first_imgManchester United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League on Sunday will cost the club £70million.Chelsea face a similar fate as they risk losing £50m if they fail to finish in the top four this season.Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard’s men need just one point each on the final day of the Premier League season to avoid such a destiny. Should United lose to Leicester, Brendan Rodgers’s men will overtake The Red Devils, who could find themselves in fifth and back in the Europa League if Chelsea do the business against Wolves.Should United slip back into fifth, they will lose out on the Champions League qualification money, which is worth around £80m – £50m more than in Uefa’s secondary competition.Though the financial ramifications of failure on Sunday go beyond that of the qualification money.Should United lose to Leicester, Brendan Rodgers’s men will overtake The Red Devils, who could find themselves in fifth and back in the Europa League if Chelsea do the business against Wolves.Should United slip back into fifth, they will lose out on the Champions League qualification money, which is worth around £80m – £50m more than in Uefa’s secondary competition.Though the financial ramifications of failure on Sunday go beyond that of the qualification money.United could lose another £20m from the kit deal with Adidas, as the highly sought after brand states that their annual £75m fee will be cut if they fail to qualify for Champions League football for two years in a row.The Red Devils will also see a loss of revenue from the £330m TV rebate shared between the Premier League clubs.United, among with all other Premier League clubs, have been hit by the coronavirus crisis.Old Trafford has missed out on around £20m in gate revenue due to games being held behind closed doors.The club has even secured for a £140m loan from Bank of America to help cover the dent in their income, according to The Sun.Should United lose to Leicester on Sunday, they will still have the opportunity to make Champions League but would need to win the Europa League when it returns next month.last_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao will not give up boxing, despite pleas from family

first_imgManny Pacquiao is ignoring pleas from his mother and wife to stop boxing following his defeat by Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.The former eight-division world champion was knocked out by Marquez in the sixth round of their non-title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.Pacquiao, 33, listened to his wife Jinkee and mother Dionisia make tearful appeals for the Filipino to quit.But he said: “I’m looking forward to a rest and then I’ll be back to fight.”The defiant stance is at odds with the wishes of his wife Jinkee.In a television interview she said: “When you see your husband get hurt, you cannot even sleep.”And when asked if she wanted her husband to retire from boxing, she said: “You know the answer to that. He knows what I am asking him.”Pacquiao’s mother Dionisia made a separate appeal to her son, asking him to give up boxing and concentrate on his other interests – including his work as a congressman, hosting a television game show and Bible preaching. “I have long asked you son, it is time to retire because you started boxing at such a young age. I always pray that he will stop. I asked God to tell my son to stop,” she said.Pacquiao, who started fighting professionally at the age of 16, insists his defeat was not a sign of a decline in his ability.Manny PacquiaoHe added: “I am OK. I just got over-confident in this fight. That is part of the game – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”The knockout was Pacquiao’s second successive defeat after a controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in June. That was his first defeat in seven years and came despite the Filipino fighter landing 94 more punches.Mexican Marquez, 39, floored Pacquiao to record his first win over the Filipino in their four-match rivalry. Pacquiao had won the previous two encounters, with one drawn.last_img read more

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