Tokyo: Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg) secured himself a medal at the Olympic Test event for boxing by winning his quarterfinal bout on Tuesday while six other Indians made the last-four stage without even stepping inside the ring here.Thapa overpowered local favourite Yuki Hirakawa in a 5-0 verdict to fight his way into the medal rounds. The seasoned boxer from Assam claimed his third national title earlier this month. He will be up against another Japanese, Daisuke Narimatsu, in the semifinals on Wednesday. Narimatsu got a bye in the opening round.However, for his six other compatriots, including former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg), a medal was guaranteed without a fight as they either got byes or were helped by the small size of their respective draws.Apart from Zareen, Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan (91kg), Ashish (69kg), Vanhlimpuia (75kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) have made the semifinals.Sangwan, who was crowned national champion earlier this month, will square off against Kazakhstan’s Aibek Oralbay.Zareen, who hit the headlines recently for a bitter row over selection for next year’s Olympic qualifiers where six-time world champion M C Mary Kom has been preferred over her without a trial, will face Japan’s Sana Kawano on Wednesday.Former Asian Games bronze-medallist Rani will be up against Brazil’s Beatriz Soares. Rani had won a silver medal at the Asina Championships earlier this year.Opponents for the other Indian boxers will be known later after the quarterfinal bouts conclude on Tuesday evening.The only disappointment for the country’s contingent was the quarterfinal exit of Anant Choapde, who went down 2-3 in a hard-fought contest against local hope Tosho Kashiwasaki. ashishboxingnikhat zareenOlympic test event First Published: October 29, 2019, 4:09 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3) is tackled by Clemson linebacker James Skalski (47) in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans. How much does Alabama lean on Ridley in the passing game? The junior has 59 catches for 935 yards to lead the Tide. No other receiver has more than 16 receptions of 244 yards. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) Both players will become free agents March 14.J.J. Nelson is expected to return, but the undersized speedster has been affected by dropped passes throughout his three-year career.The Cardinals are also (no secret) looking for quarterbacks, and could pluck one in the first round, but Kiper’s latest mock has four signal callers being selected in the top 11 picks, leaving Arizona holding the bag in this projection.Kiper’s first mock draft, released on Jan. 18, had Arizona selecting Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson in the first round. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Some of those mocks hold more weight than others, based on the author.Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN is one such expert, and his second mock of the season was released on ESPN.com Wednesday morning. It has Arizona selecting Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley with the 15th pick.I love this fit for both sides. Take a look at the Cardinals’ depth chart from the end of the season. Larry Fitzgerald will be 35 when the 2018 season begins. John Brown and Jaron Brown are free agents. They need a No. 2 receiver. Ridley is far and away the best wideout in this draft class, and getting him at No. 15 is good value. He had 19 career touchdown catches with inconsistent quarterback play. Arizona also needs a quarterback, of course, but I think new coach Steve Wilks & Co. are more likely to go the veteran route. But watch out for the Cardinals if one of the top four QBs falls.Ridley is considered by most to be the best receiver prospect in this year’s class. In three years in Tuscaloosa, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ridley caught 224 passes for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was a key cog in helping the Crimson Tide win two College Football Playoff championships in three appearances.The Cardinals certainly need help at the receiver position. Yes, veteran Larry Fitzgerald is coming back for 2018, and his production has shown no drop-off in recent seasons. Where there has been a drop-off is in the contributions of the rest of the receiving corps. Jaron Brown had 31 catches in 2017, the second-most among any wideout. He is a free agent, as is John Brown, who had 21 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns last season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 14 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo There are still 64 days until this year’s NFL Draft, which gets underway April 26 in Arlington, Tex.As of Wednesday morning, the Arizona Cardinals still own the 15th overall pick in the first round. General manager Steve Keim could go in any number of directions with the pick, if mock drafts are any indication.A total of 19 different players have been projected to go to the Cardinals in that slot, according to the over 100 entries in ArizonaSports.com’s Mock Draft Tracker. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories