I’m the more skilled boxer, says Ruiz, ahead of Joshua rematch

first_img(REUTERS) – World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr said he was the more skilled fighter and Briton Anthony Joshua will have to rethink his strategy in their December 7 title rematch.Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world champion Joshua, with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June.Their second WBA, IBF and WBO title showdown – dubbed the ‘Clash on the Dunes’ – takes place in Saudi Arabia after former Olympic champion Joshua triggered a rematch clause and Ruiz said the fans can expect “fireworks” when they slog it out again.“He’s going to try to make adjustments. I don’t know if he wants to exchange punches, but I’d love for him to do that because I’m the more skilled boxer,” Ruiz said in an interview published yesterday by The Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/boxing/2019/11/30/exclusive-andy-ruiz-jr-interview-still-chubby-little-fat-kid.“He’ll try to box me round and use his jab. But for how long? How long can he keep me away from hunting him down? That’s what we’ve been working on most of all, right now, heading into the fight.“Fight fans are … going to see a lot of fireworks. If he knocks me down, I’m going to get up and knock him down. I know he’ll try to do the same if I knock him down. The main thing is to stay focussed and disciplined.”Joshua was dropped to the canvas four times in the June bout and Ruiz, who has never been knocked out in his professional career, said that he would look to control the fight and use his speed against his taller opponent.“I want to impose myself in this fight, but I don’t want to overlook him,” Ruiz added. “He’s still a dangerous fighter. I respect him and all the fighters who risk their lives inside the ring.“He’s going to have some tricks up his sleeve and it’s my job to not let that affect me. The main thing is pressure, throw combinations and use my speed. I can’t let him grow balls in there.”last_img read more

The Row placed on probation once again

first_imgVice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson placed The Row on social probation Thursday, prohibiting informal gatherings at fraternities on Tuesday and Thursday nights for the rest of the spring semester because of the recent negative events within the Greek community.Parties at fraternity houses will only be allowed Fridays and Saturdays, according to Jackson. These events must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development.“If houses are found in violation of these instructions, they will be placed on immediate suspension pending a group judicial hearing,” Jackson wrote in an email. Jackson met with more than 150 leaders from USC fraternities and sororities Thursday to discuss the state of The Row, which has been plagued by behavioral problems and public incidents this year.“We discussed the collective responsibility chapters have for their members and that the Greek Councils have for their chapters,” Jackson wrote. This is the second time this year The Row has been placed on social probation.The Row was shut down Aug. 30, after 16 Interfraternity Council chapters were cited for unauthorized parties. Eight students were taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning during what is often referred to by students as “Black Monday.”More recently, a misogynistic email sent on the Kappa Sigma fraternity listserv spread virally around campus and beyond, and graphic photos of a suspended member of Kappa Sigma appearing to have sex on the rooftop of Waite Phillips Hall made national news. Pat Lauer, president of IFC, said the leaders of USC fraternities and sororities understand how serious the situation is, and now they need to pass that message on to all of the Greek members.“Because of everything that’s happened, we need to get our act together completely and identify our weak points and improve upon them,” Lauer said. “It’s up to the leaders to help change the culture of the Greek community that has taken a negative turn.”At Thursday’s meeting, Jackson also established a task force composed of leaders of the various Greek councils and university staff from the USC Center for Women and Men and MenCare.Denzil Suite, associate vice president for Student Affairs, will be heading the task force, which will address issues including risk management, hazing, sexual assault, healthy relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, knowledge of USC policies, and chapter fire, health and safety programs.“I told students that we are depending on them to step up as leaders of their organizations, that [Student Affairs] will provide leadership, guidance and support, and that we want USC to have the strongest possible Greek community,” Jackson wrote.Lauer said the Greek community needs to make sure the negative attention from these actions does not conceal the positive things the Greek community brings to the university.“We’re kind of on thin ice right now, and we need to take it upon ourselves to confront these challenges we are faced with,” Lauer said.Jackson pointed out that USC’s Greek community has the highest GPA of any school west of the Mississippi and has received many national awards for service and leadership.“The hard work students devote to community service, philanthropic activity and participation in providing leadership for the broader USC student community is severely tarnished when members’ actions are arrogant, selfish, show a lack of respect for others, and threaten women in our community,” Jackson wrote.It is up to the members of the Greek community to change this negative perception, according to Lauer.“We owe it to ourselves to fix this image,” Lauer said.last_img read more

NLDS Highlights: Max Muncy, Kike Hernández give Dodgers early lead

first_img— MLB (@MLB) October 10, 2019An official review sent Joc Pederson back to second with a ground rule double.Dodger fans watching at the stadium and in their living rooms shared reaction to the first inning home run.Home Run Dodgers! #NLDSgame5 AND THE CROWD GOES WILD! pic.twitter.com/7ufiW7ObAS — Rebecca Venis (@rvenis) October 10, 2019 Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers take a 3-0 lead with homers by Max Muncy and Hernandez @InsideSoCalSpts pic.twitter.com/8bZCHolCf0— Scott Varley (@VarleyPhoto) October 10, 2019Strasburg has allowed five hits, three earned runs and a walk in two innings pitched. He has one strikeout.Third inning:Walker Buehler has two strikeouts while allowing one hit and a walk after three innings pitched.Fourth inning:Clutch catch by Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers lead Nationals 3-0.Spoiler alert: He caught it. pic.twitter.com/HSYpk9toeO— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 10, 2019Sixth inning:The Nationals scored their first run of the game in the top of the inning against Walker Buehler. A Dodgers’ double play at first and second recorded the first two outs. Kenta Maeda was also seen warming up in the bullpen.Seventh inning:Buehler comes out to start the inning at 97 pitches. Clayton Kershaw is warming up in the Dodgers’ bullpen.Buehler’s 100th pitch is a 94-mph fastball that hit Kurt Suzuki in the head. Suzuki was able to walk off the field on his own and headed into the dugout to get checked out.Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler (21) hits Washington Nationals Kurt Suzuki (28) with a pitch in game 5 of the NLDS @InsideSoCalSpts @jphoornstra pic.twitter.com/gVXHvExDu7— Scott Varley (@VarleyPhoto) October 10, 2019After a career high 117 pitches from Buehler, his night is done. Kershaw comes in the finish the inning.Eighth inning:Kershaw gives up a home run to Anthony Rendon. On the next at-bat, Juan Soto hits a solo home run of his own to tie the game at 3.Kershaw’s night is done. Maeda is in.Ninth inning:Joe Kelly comes in and records the first strikeout of the inning. Dodgers and Nationals remain tied at 3.Kelly and the Dodgers come out clean in the top of the 9th inning quickly.Dodgers have the winning run with Hernández on first.Tenth inning:HOWIE. KENDRICK. #NLDS pic.twitter.com/ta232QleMx— MLB (@MLB) October 10, 2019The Nationals have loaded the bases with Kelly on the mound. Howie Kendrick hits a grand slam and the Nationals lead 7-3.Nationals advance. Dodgers eliminated.Related Articles how grandma josie feels about that max muncy homerun #dodgers pic.twitter.com/SjrGRlfD2B— zak puno (@ZakPuno) October 10, 2019Second inning: Kike Hernández hit a solo home run to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead against the Nationals.¡VAMOS, KIKÉ! pic.twitter.com/3UAD8vmyuL— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 10, 2019 How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Follow along for in-game highlights and updates throughout Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Nationals.First inning:Max Muncy hit a 2-run home run to give the Dodgers an early lead against pitcher Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals in the first inning at Dodger Stadium.THAT one is over the fence! #NLDS pic.twitter.com/RkwjV3gaTL Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more