George Groves eased to his second quick victory in as many weeks, this time stopping Baker Barakat in round two in Magdeburg, east Germany.Only a fortnight after his third-round knockout of Dario Balmaceda at Wembley Arena, Hammersmith’s unbeaten super-middleweight was on top from the start against his Syrian opponent and staggered him with a vicious left towards the end of the first round.There was no reprieve in the second for Barakat, who was floored after being caught with two heavy right hooks.He got to his feet but was then hurt by a left-right follow-up, prompting the referee to end the contest.The fight took place on the undercard of the world title clash between Robert Stieglitz and WBO champion Arthur Abraham.Commonwealth title holder Groves, now the WBO’s number one contender, has been tipped to face the winner of the Abraham-Stieglitz bout.Last year an injury forced him to withdraw from a proposed world title challenge against Stieglitz, who was then champion.Groves, 24, is next due to appear as the chief support to the rematch between world champions Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in May.See also:Groves eyes title clash against 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Eureka >> Any thoughts that the 2017 version of the College of the Redwoods baseball team’s offense would resemble last season, where the Corsairs’ finished at or near the bottom of every major offensive category in the California Community College Athletic Association, were quelled after a 19-run outburst during Sunday’s double header against Mendocino College. The Corsairs bashed their way to a 12-0 win in game one that ended a 16-game losing streak dating back to last season. CR followed …
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India will play Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.As Mumbai prepares for the ICC World Cup finals between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday, the city has virtually turned into a fortress. Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, in addition to the Mumbai Police, have been deployed heavily to ensure a tight security blanket over the city. This comes after successful conduct of high voltage semi-final match between India and Pakistan in Mohali on Wednesday. The presence of the two countries’ prime ministers along with several other dignitaries had seen unprecedented security cover all around the city. Now, as Mumbai braces for the finals at Wankhede Stadium, it is the city’s turn to be fortified, especially in the wake of some terror threats issued earlier to disrupt the World Cup. The roads leading up to the stadium have already been cordoned off two days before the match. Even officials were being allowed inside after security checks. Several high profile dignitaries, including President Pratibha Patil, her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa and BJP president Nitin Gadkari have already announced their decision to watch the match. The Sri Lankan team has arrived in the city for the match, while the Men in Blue were on their way to the city from Mohali on Thursday afternoon.
CWG OC chairman Suresh KalmadiThe Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Commonwealth Games (CWG) fiasco has blamed the prime minister’s office (PMO) for appointing Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi as the chief of its organising committee (OC), sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday.The report, which is yet to be tabled, holds the PMO responsible for overturning the 2004 decision of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to appoint the then sports minister as the head of the OC, sources added. Kalmadi was only supposed to be the vice-chairman of the OC.The CAG report claims that the PMO gave full reins to Kalmadi on expenses, enabling him to decide on the expenditure for CWG projects. The report says Kalmadi had control over nearly Rs 2,000 crore that was placed at the disposal of the OC.Besides the money directly controlled by the OC, the report says, Kalmadi had a major say in all infrastructure and other projects related to CWG. Many of these projects have been under scrutiny for shoddy construction, inflated costs and rigged tenders.Kalmadi was arrested on April 25 for his alleged role in awarding a Games contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate.