Gokhan Saki Wins Title, Tyrone Spong Suffers Ugly leg Damage at Glory 15

Tyrone Spong broke his leg at Glory 15. |


Gokhan Saki captured the Glory gentle heavyweight championshipSaturday in Turkey, the place the kickboxing promotion’s one-evening,4-man title match got here to a sudden and surprising finish.

Saki squared off towards TyroneSpong in the tourney closing at Istanbul’s Ulker Arena, a rematchof their 2009 Okay-1 World Grand Prix heavyweight bout which Saki wonvia knockout in an extension spherical.

This day trip, the top-ranked strikers barely had an opportunity to getstarted earlier than Spong sustained a nasty, struggle-ending harm. Ninetyseconds into the opening spherical, Spong’s right leg bent at anunnatural angle below the knee as he had a low kick checked bySaki. The Surinamese fighter hit the ground in agony, and Sakiknelt beside his downed opponent as referee Al Wichgers known as anend to the bout after solely ninety seven seconds.

In addition to his new belt, Saki banked $200,000 for thetournament win, although it was clear after the bout that theTurkish-born champion’s thought were with his opponent.

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Spong severely injured his right leg.

“What happened with Tyrone, I feel actually sorry for him,” Saki saidin a subdued submit-fight interview as Spong was stretchered from thering. “I feel dangerous about it. Tyrone is an efficient man, a realprofessional, and I wish him good luck with his recovery.”

Earlier within the night time, Saki used his heavy left hand to punishAustralian Nathan Corbett’s body in their semifinal, but it was aleft hook behind the ear that sealed the deal. Blood started to leakfrom Corbett’s proper ear after the punch, main the ringsidephysician to advise referee Wichgers to halt the battle on the 2:35mark.

Tournament underdog Saulo Cavalari did not make issues easy forSpong, who needed all three rounds to advance to the final.Cavalari seemed to overwhelm Spong from the opening bell, blitzingthe “King of the Ring” with speedy combos within the pocket andlow kicks from the outside. Spong withstood the Brazilian’s assaultand walked ahead consistently in the last two frames, pumping hisjab and scoring with crushing proper crosses. In the end, the judgesfavored Spong’s power-punching over Cavalari’s high-quantity attack,awarding the Blackzilian
scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

Within the tournament reserve bout, former It’s Showtime champion DanyoIlunga made a powerful case for a title shot by knocking out “Mr.KO,” AndreiStoica. A crushing overhand proper from “Dibuba” sent Stoica tothe floor late in the opening spherical. The bloodied Romanian made itto his ft throughout the 10-rely, only to show his again and retreatto his nook, prompting a stoppage from referee Stefano Valenti at2:33.

At light-weight, Robin van Roosmalen earned a tough-fought splitdecision over Marat Grigorian with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and28-29.

In other motion, heavyweight veteran Hesdy Gerges stopped JhonataDiniz with a second-round technical knockout; gentle heavyweightMouradBouzidi gained a lopsided unanimous decision in opposition to Randy Blakewith 30-25 scores across the board; middleweight Filip Verlindentopped Israel Adesanya with three scorecards of 30-27; JonatanOliveira earned a unanimous nod (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) in hiswelterweight tilt with Atakan Arslan; Niclas Larsen stopped SteveMoxon by way of TKO at 1:33 of spherical two of their light-weight bout; andYodkhunpon Sitmonchai took a majority choice (29-27, 29-27,28-28) in opposition to Raz Sarkisjan at featherweight.

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Brisbane Roar 3-1 Perth Glory: Overdue win

The victory took Roar seven factors clear in the A-League.

Brisbane Roar received back to winning ways in the A-League with a 3-1 win over Perth Glory on Friday to extend their lead over Western Sydney Wanderers to seven points.

The league leaders had lost their last two games and had been unable break by in the first half as Sidnei Sciola spurned two chances.

The finally made their possession count with slightly below an hour gone after defender Ivan Franjic headed in a Thomas Broich free kick.

Former Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller then doubled the advantage over his former club and Broich got his title on the scoresheet with a shocking strike from distance.

Shane Smeltz seized on a poor move to grab a late consolation for Perth, who’ve now misplaced four in a row and sit bottom of the desk.

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Hockeytown relives glory days


The amount of legends on the ice was rather remarkable. (Getty Images)
The amount of legends on the ice was rather outstanding. (Getty Photographs)



DETROIT – From the dugouts of Comerica Park, the legends got here streaming out, donning the uniforms like the times of previous. Igor Larionov, Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Tomas Holmstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman from the Wings aspect alone, each to massive cheers (none greater than Stevie Y's). Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Curtis Joseph, Lanny McDonald, Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler and the gang got here out representing the Leafs.

You'd be laborious-pressed to find one game with a greater collection of hockey gamers ever played. The record of Hall of Famers and guys who will soon be there was deep, the sport steeped in star power and custom.

For Hockeytown specifically, it was an opportunity to relive the glory years that basically aren't all that far eliminated. The heroes of yesteryear had been honored with thundering applause after thundering applause, participating not solely in an exhibition sport however truly giving the fans a treat.

There were objectives from Shanahan, Chelios, Lidstrom, Fedorov. It was like 2002 yet again in Motown on the outdoor rink where the unbridled pleasure comes out of all of the gamers.

"The followers had been into it and you possibly can see the players were into it too," Lidstrom stated. "[It was great] seeing how completely satisfied the fans have been, to see all the guys on the market again. Taking part in within the recreation was fun too."

Earlier than you even begin to get excited, calm down Wings followers. Lidstrom did not get the itch.

"It was enjoyable for one sport, I don't suppose I could do this day-after-day," Lidstrom stated. "But I did enjoy myself for tonight's sport."

For some time they truly did appear to be the Wings of yesteryear, build up a 5-1 lead in the recreation to take it on the verge of a blowout. That was until the Maple Leafs got here charging back and tied the sport up with literally two seconds to go because of Bryan McCabe. It did not quite make up for four-1, nevertheless it was exciting nonetheless. The bonus? It meant just a few more minutes of the legends on the ice for everyone to take pleasure in.

They skipped the overtime and just went straight to the shootout.

"I'm not a fan of the shootout, I never had a shootout when I coached," lamented Bowman. But it surely did give him a chance to get Tomas Holmstrom his shining moment as soon as more as Homer scored the only aim in the shootout to present Detroit the 6-5 victory and the sweep in the doubleheader.

"It was good for Homer as a result of they had been making an attempt to get him a objective," Bowman stated.

It was indeed good for Holmstrom however really it was good for everybody, the horde of Leafs followers in attendance included. They have been even handled to a Tie Domi breakaway objective and goalie Mike Palmateer's superior gear and glove save. It had moments and recollections for all.

The most effective moments, though, came before the sport even began.

What good is a Red Wings alumni game with out Gordie Howe or Ted Lindsay? The answer is just not good, so after all Mr. Hockey and Lindsay had been on hand for the festivities to drop the puck for Sittler and Yzerman with the good Ted Lindsay by his facet. Gordie began to stroll off the carpet and onto the ice, enjoying the moment all with a smile on his face whereas the gang erupted into "Gordie! Gordie!" Howe and Lindsay dropped their pucks and so they had been just about set to go.

But not before a moment with the Russian Five and Vladimir Konstantinov. Much the identical as they reacted with Howe, the gang erupted into chants of "Vladdy! Vladdy!

The chills on Tuesday got here from more than the bitter cold. It was a special night time that gave everybody in attendance the nice and cozy and fuzzies, the gamers included. You could not ask for a better warmup to the sport in Ann Arbor on New 12 months's Day.

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Moyes targets European glory


David Moyes says he is concentrating on nothing less than Manchester United’s third Champions League title this season.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor appeared to minimize United’s possibilities of profitable the competition on the weekend, admitting he doesn’t have the “five or six world-class players” a victorious squad needs.

But ahead of Wednesday’s Group A meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk, Moyes argued he can be defaulting on his duties as a United supervisor if he did not goal for glory in Lisbon next May.

“After all we’ll try to win the Champions League,” mentioned the Scot, who has overseen three defeats in his opening six Premier League video games as boss.

“That’s part of the job at Manchester United and I am going to do every thing I can to attempt to make that occur.”

Rio Ferdinand has a minor groin harm and did not travel with the United squad, although Moyes was planning to rest the centre-half in any case.

“Rio has a slight groin problem,” stated the Scot. “It’s nothing critical however I was never bringing him anyway.”

Anderson, Fabio and Wilfried Zaha have been additionally left in Manchester, but Robin van Persie is fit to start out after coming off the bench throughout Saturday’s defeat to West Brom.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United is reside on Sky Sports four on Wednesday from 7.30pm

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