0 Have your say Josh Warrington has it all in front of him this year. His wife is due to give birth to twins next month and in May, after so much patient build up, a world title fight is finally waiting. “It’s been a long time coming,” the featherweight said, for him and his city. Leeds, despite its large population, has never had a boxing world champion. Even allowing for the hard hitting of Carl Johanneson, it has not promised one since Crawford Ashley was at his peak in the 1990s.“I grew up watching boxing shows on Sky and there was hardly ever any Leeds interest,” Warrington said. “Sheffield had Naz and Kell Brook and Manchester had Ricky Hatton. I’ve said this a million times but I’m trying to make history. I want to put Leeds on the map.”The city has a long tradition of small-hall shows but Warrington’s success in drawing thousands to his fights at the First Direct Arena has shown the scale of the interest in him … [Read more...] about Boxing: World title contender Warrington aiming to put city of Leeds on the boxing map
Archive photo of Puigdemont walking past a Spanish flag in Belgium. Photo: AFP The deposed president who has been in self-imposed exile in Belgium since October was on a visit with to the Danish capital when he was approached by a man with a Spanish flag. The young man, reportedly a Spaniard named Victor Moreno who works in Copenhagen as a hairdresser, approached Carles Puigdemont as he was breakfasting at a shopping centre café. Thrusting the Spanish flag towards the Catalan leader he said: "How do you like it?" Goodnaturedly, a smiling Puigdemont said he had "no problem" with the flag and when invited to give it a kiss, he did. Twice. The man, who filmed the encounter on his mobile phone and then approached La Vanguardia newspaper to publish the clip, ended the meeting with the retort: “A Spanish jail is waiting for you”. Puigdemont later republished the clip from his Twitter account explaining: “Some day they’ll understand that the problem is … [Read more...] about VIDEO: This is what Puigdemont did when presented with a Spanish flag in Denmark
THIS was a game after which managers Carl Macauley and Jody Banim could be happy and frustrated in equal measure. That probably means the result is right. It was a hard-fought draw, and both Witton and Ashton remain in contention to claim a play-offs place. Macauley happy after Albion 'mix it' with Ashton Albion have now gone five home Premier Division matches without a win, and they played against 10 men for close to an hour following Lanre Olapade’s dismissal. However they were indebted as well goalkeeper Calvin Hare for stopping Nic Evangelinos’ penalty midway through the second-half. “I don’t feel we’ve missed an opportunity,” reflected Macauley afterwards. “We created chances, and their goalkeeper was busier than ours.” On those counts, he’s right. Witton fell behind during a frantic opening when Mark Lees, Ashton’s captain, thundered a rising shot out of Hare’s reach. Albion’s reply was … [Read more...] about Witton 1-1 Ashton: Albion thwarted by 10-man Robins
PUBLISHED: 15:23 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:24 08 January 2018 The leaders of the political groups at Norfolk County Council. Cliff Jordan (Conservatives and council leader), Dan Roper (Liberal Democrats) and Steve Morphew (Labout). Photo: Norfolk Conservatives/submitted/Denise Bradley Norfolk Conservatives/submitted/Denise Bradley Norfolk county councillors have voted to stick with a controversial move to increase their allowances by 10.5pc - but how did your councillor vote? Before Christmas, Norfolk county councillors voted, by 39 votes to 26 with two abstentions, to increase their basic allowance from £9,401 to £10,500 a year. But Labour and the Liberal Democrats triggered today’s extraordinary meeting with a motion that the Conservative-led council should reverse the decision. However, the council voted, by 36 votes to 28, to reject the motion and stick with the increase. Cliff Jordan, Conservative leader of the council, said councillors needed to be … [Read more...] about How did your Norfolk county councillor vote in the allowances debate?
LEFT-WING Jordan Rees was once again the scourge of Newbridge as the visitors were knocked out of the WRU National Cup at the first round stage by 14-man Rhydyfelin, writes Carl Field. Rees bagged himself a brace of tries to inspire the hosts to a 17-0 win in the Championship meeting between the sides on October 21 – and he was at the double once again on Saturday to ensure his team ran out victors. It was Rhydyfelin’s first ever game in the National Cup having been promoted to the Championship at the end of last season, while Newbridge’s wait for a maiden success in the competition since 2014 goes on. Aside from a defeat at runaway league leaders Pontypool in their last outing, Newbridge had been on a decent run of form with four straight wins before that. They will have been disappointed not to have made their numerical advantage pay after a mass brawl only 10 minutes in saw Rhydyfelin go a man down. Tighthead prop Kelvyn Williams was shown a red card … [Read more...] about WRU National Cup: Rhydyfelin 13 Newbridge 0