Olympic team in 2016. According to ESPN.com , USA Boxing head Dr. Charles Butler said in an open letter that Tyson’s recently formed Iron Mike Productions has been offering money to the best amateur fighters to turn pro — including 18-year-old Florida fighter Erickson Lubin, who some in amateur boxing believe to be the country’s best hope for a gold medal at the Rio Games. He says the money being offered is “pennies on the dollar” of what the prospects could be worth with an Olympic medal. “Mike, USA Boxing does not have the funds to compete with your offers,” the letter said. “If you have money and would like to assist these young athletes and the sport, you should donate for athlete stipends to support the training of these boxers and help your country regain its prominence on the medal stand. Please do not take them from us. If they win a medal for their country, you can always sign them to professional contracts at that time.” Iron Mike Promotions signed Lubin on Tuesday (October 1), his 18th birthday. He’s a two-time Junior Olympic national champion and won the 152-pound division at the National Golden Gloves this year. In his USA Boxing bio, the teen prospect said his goals were to win a gold medal at the Olympics, turn pro and win every title possible. “We want to be competitive and we want to increase our overall performance in the Olympic Games,” said USA Boxing executive director Anthony Bartkowski.
USA Triathlon prepares for return to Milwaukee
Milwaukee hosted the 2013 event near Discovery World and the Milwaukee Art Museum that drew a record field of more than 4,000 competitors from all 50 states. Representatives of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based USA Triathlon said Oct. 1 they look forward to another event in Milwaukee. aMilwaukee proved to be an excellent host in 2013 and the support from the city, as well as key organizations and individuals, helped make the event memorable for nationas top amateur triathletes,a said Rob Urbach , USA Triathlonas CEO. An Olympic-distance race scheduled for Aug. 9, 2014 consists of a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike race and 10-kilometer run. A sprint race on Aug. 10, 2014 is comprised of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike race and 5-kilometer run. Both races will include the nationas top age-group fields and qualify members for Team USA, a select group of amateur triathletes who will represent the U.S. at the 2015 International Triathlon Union World Championships in Chicago. Athletes who have qualified for Olympic-Distance Nationals between July 10 and Sept. 15 will receive an email during the week of Sept. 30 with registration instructions.
‘The X Factor USA’ 2013: Is Simon Cowell Turning to One Direction to Pump Up Ratings? Band Set to Perform Live on Fox Show [PHOTOS/VIDEO]
“They’re coming in to perform I think on the third or fourth live show, but that’s the only role they’ll play,” Simon said. Knowing the trouble The X Factor USA is facing at the start of the new season, it was suggested that One Direction be tapped to help the show get more buzz this season. “TXFU” is on its third season. The soon-to-be-dad, however, played down any advice to maximise 1D fanbase to benefit his show. “They’re all One Direction fans and I don’t like the idea of databasing and all that kind of stuff, because I like people to make their own mind up,” SiCo added, noted Mirror UK . It is an open secret that Simon plays a big role for the creation of One Direction on the UK edition of “The X Factor. The British mogul suggested that the group be formed. Though Harry Styles gave the name of the group, it was Simons idea that each teen members who auditioned as individuals at that time be organized as a group and the brilliant idea made 1D one of the most successful boy bands today. Billboards 21 Under 21 even listed One Direction as the No. 1 Most Powerful Young Artists today, beating out Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. SiCo, however, leaves it up to the group to pay forward (should they wish). After all, as SiCo noted, the group knows what hes been up to and the show he has been holding on to.
Conference USA preview: Can anyone replace Memphis as the league’s flagship program?
Small forward Julian Washburn is formidable perimeter defender who blossomed into a scoring threat late last season, though his outside shooting remains a major weakness. Veterans John Bohannon and Cedrick Lang, 7-foot-1 Matt Willms and top freshman Vince Hunter combine to form a strong frontcourt, but the Miners have questions at point guard, where a replacement for last year’s starter, Jacques Streeter, must emerge. In addition to UTEP, it would be a surprise if Southern Mississippi and Louisiana Tech weren’t factors in the league title race. Three starters return for Southern Miss from a 27-win NIT team and the Golden Eagles also add 6-foot-5 wing Aaron Brown, a Temple transfer who led the team in scoring during its five-game August exhibition tour of the Bahamas. Four starters including standout guards Kenneth “Speedy” Smith and Raheem Appleby return for Louisiana Tech from a team that also won 27 games last season but must prove it can handle a step up in competition from the WAC to C-USA. If one or more of the three leading contenders falter, there are a handful of teams more than capable of taking advantage. Tulsa returns three starters from Danny Manning’s inaugural season and gets back forward Rashad Smith , a sophomore who led the Golden Hurricane in scoring through four games before suffering a season-ending foot injury. Charlotte should also be strong in its first season back in C-USA thanks to the return of guard Pierria Henry, forward Willie Clayton and two other starters from a 21-win team that advanced to the NIT. And Middle Tennessee and UAB also could factor in the league race if the Blue Raiders’ eight newcomers prove ready to contribute immediately or the Blazers’ five key returners make significant progress. Even at the height of Memphis’ run, C-USA has often struggled to shake the reputation of being a one-team league and earn multiple NCAA tournament bids. It won’t be any easier to win respect now that the Tigers are gone, but at least the league promises to have a far more competitive title race. MAKING A LIST Best shooter: Akeem Richmond, East Carolina. Trained by his father to release his shot at the peak of his jump and hold his follow through until the ball went through the rim, Richmond put those lessons from the dirt court behind his house to good use last season.