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DeGale in line for world title eliminator

first_imgJames DeGale looks set to face the unbeaten Badou Jack in a final eliminator for a shot at the WBC world super-middleweight title.The WBC [World Boxing Council] has called for the bout to take place after Marco Antonio Periban withdrew from a planned fight with Harlesden’s former Olympic champion.Jack, a Swedish-born Gambian based in Las Vegas, is currently under the Mayweather Promotions umbrella.He has won 16 and drawn one of his 17 professional contests – the draw coming against Mexican Periban last year.Hennessy is in negotiations.A victory for DeGale against the 30-year-old would secure a showdown with the WBC’s world champion Sakio Bika.“This is the fight I’ve been aiming towards and it’s one I’m going to take with both hands – I’m 100% fit, 100% hungry and I’m good to go,” DeGale declared.DeGale wants the fight to take place on 1 March and in a message to his planned opponent, he said: “I hear that you’ve been training for a while now, so let’s get it on and make it a night to remember.“You’re in my way and I’m in your way, so please don’t do a Periban!”DeGale, 27, currently holds the WBC Silver title and has also been British and European champion.His only defeat as a professional came in May 2011, when he lost a close points decision against his arch-rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves, who fought Carl Froch for the IBF and WBA world titles in November.“James is a proven world-class fighter and I’m delighted to have secured him this opportunity, because he has worked so hard for his chance,” said DeGale’s promoter Mick Hennessy.“He has done things properly; he became ABA champion, Olympic gold medallist, turned professional, went on to win the British title, then the European title and now is the WBC Silver title holder.“He has paid his dues so it is only right that he goes on towards the prestigious world title.“We’re now in the private negotiation period and if we cannot come to an agreement with Jack’s representatives it will go to purse bids on 14 February.“We have already made an offer to Mayweather Promotions for this fight to take place in England on 1 March and we are awaiting a reply.“The great thing about eliminators and mandatory positions is that fighters are forced to face each other, as no-one was in a hurry to face James.”See also:DeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeJames DeGale v Dyah Davis as it happenedVictory keeps DeGale in line for title shotPromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightPromoter vows to deliver DeGale title fightDeGale keen to put on ‘wicked’ displayDeGale eyes world title after joining HearnFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Saturn Still Serving Surprises

first_imgThe Cassini Spacecraft, three-fourths of the way into its 4-year prime mission, is not running out of new things to see.  Some of the latest discoveries are both awesome and strange.A Hex on the Pole:  As if the south pole of Saturn, with its earth-sized hurricane (picture) were not dramatic enough, the north pole seems determined to steal the thunder.  A bizarre hexagon-shaped feature was observed surrounding the pole that has scientists scratching their heads.  The press release at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) states that the structure, unique in the solar system, is a long-lived feature.  It’s not just a shallow cloud formation, either; the hexagonal shape extends 60 miles deep into the atmosphere.  How such a shape could form and endure in a fluid is a new and unexpected puzzle to solve.  Watch this short video of the hexagon in motion.The whole Enceladus:  Little Enceladus, the second sizeable moon beyond the rings, is like a planetary David tugging on Goliath’s beard.  This little moon, no bigger than the British Isles, amazed scientists when its south polar geysers were caught in action in 2005 (see 02/10/2007, 11/28/2005).  Now, scientists have found that this tiny erupting moon is influencing Saturn’s gigantic magnetic field.  It spurts out so many charged particles, it drags the plasma with it, causing slippage of the plasma disk.  The JPL press release explains, “In a David and Goliath story of Saturnian proportions, the little moon Enceladus is weighing down giant Saturn’s magnetic field so much that the field is rotating slower than the planet.”  As a result, this throws off measurements of the rotation rate of the magnetic field, a key parameter used to infer the planet’s inner rotation rate.  See also the Science Daily report.    Little Enceladus made yesterday’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.  The output of the moon’s geysers are clearly seen feeding the E-ring around Saturn.  One wonders whether this is an unusual burst of activity, or a long-lived feature – and how long such a feature could live.  See our previous story from 03/13/2007.Tug of Warp:  Little moons around the F-ring of Saturn tug at the material in noticeable ways.  JPL issued this picture of Prometheus dragging material out of the ring, and breakaway clumps of material from previous passages of nearby moons.  The material may pass hands back and forth between the moons and the rings, but scientists are not sure; some of the embedded moonlets appear to have eccentric orbits and pass right through the F-ring at times.Missing pockmarks:  Space.com wondered where all the craters went on Titan.  Cassini’s radar mapper has only examined about 10% of Titan’s surface, but only four clear craters have turned up – a “surprisingly small number” for a moon nearly the size of Mercury.  Either the craters are quickly erased or the surface is young.  “If Titan’s surface had the same density of craters that other Saturnian moons have, there should be thousands of craters,” remarked one member of the science team.Charming physics:  For those liking to delve deeper into the physics of Saturn, a new CHARM PDF file (Cassini-Huygens Analysis and Results of the Mission) was posted 3/27.  Dr. Claudia Alexander delivered a colorful Powerpoint presentation about science results from the magnetic field observations.  Click here for a list of previous CHARM presentations on other aspects of the Saturn system.  To see Dr. Alexander in action, click here for her latest videocast on mission status, and here for the archives.To add to Cassini’s art gallery, a beautiful color picture of Saturn was taken with the large moon Rhea.  The Imaging Team has their own website with special features, like Saturn Golf, and the Planetary Society keeps a running blog of happenings.  Since 18 countries are involved in the mission, you can find additional Cassini-Huygens stories from a European perspective at the European Space Agency.  Even amateur scientists (and some pros with aliases) gather at the Unmanned Spaceflight forum to share their reactions and opinions.  Some even take the raw images and do amazing things with them, like this and this.  Anyone with imaging tools and some imagination can join the fun.  Our previous Cassini story was on 03/01/2007.    Cassini is flying by Titan numerous times this year and next (see schedule), looking for more lakes and evidences of cryovolcanism, studying the atmosphere and mapping the surface with radar.  Some other big-news encounters are in the plans.  June 27 Cassini flies by Tethys at close range for the second time.  On August 30 there is a close flyby of Rhea.  On September 7, one of the most spectacular and waited-for moon encounters of the mission occurs: a flyby of Iapetus from only 932 miles (see latest image and 01/07/2005 story).  And, to top it all, next March 12 the spacecraft will attempt a daring plunge through the geyser plume of Enceladus from only 14 miles up –the closest encounter of the tour.  This will enable the instruments to collect samples of the material, precious data that will help scientists understand the processes at work in the smallest hyperactive globe in the solar system.  The prime tour ends with a “high dive” high-inclination sequence (August 31 to July 1) that should provide stunning views of the rings and the polar hexagon from above.    The end of the prime mission (July 2008) may not be the grand finale; assuming Congress approves plans for an Extended Mission, and the spacecraft stays healthy, Cassini has enough fuel and power to continue to dazzle us with its Saturn postcards for two or three years – or more.An amazing story.  Enjoy it while you can: a ringside seat on the most successful interplanetary tour ever.  It won’t feel the same when Cassini is in the history books; it’s much more fun to learn while it is happening.  Go Cassini!  Keep those bits coming, and fill our dishes with wonder.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Josie Gabuco takes home gold medal in Asian Boxing Championships

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES More experienced Phoenix comes out of tough series vs San Miguel PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Gabuco, a 32-year-old mother and a member of the national team for 15 years, silenced her detractors by displaying top-flight speed in conquering Kim in the women’s light flyweight final.“She’s a talented girl with a lot of heart and has the ability to confuse the enemy,” said Don Abnett, a coaching consultan from Australia, of the boxing veteran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“In the final match, she made the North Korean lass miss so many punches and delivered her own ones and twos to seal the deal.”Philippine Olympic Committee head and ABAP president Ricky Vargas was all praises for Gabuco. MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Josie Gabuco showed her pedigree and trumped North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi to claim the gold medal in the Asian Boxing Championships Friday at Indoor Stadium of Hua Mark Sports Complex in Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “She really deserves this win, she worked hard, focused, and believed,” said Vargas. “She did it all, I’m so happy for her.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more