Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding That was a very different Mexico team.Only four players from the Mexican roster then were in uniform on Thursday night, with the team now able to add those who were playing in their various professional leagues and unable to take part when the qualifying rounds began. Cruz and Mendez-Valdez each had 13 points by halftime, and Gustavo Ayon was a big factor even without big numbers — four points, four rebounds and five assists by the break.If their names are familiar to U.S. basketball aficionados, it’s for good reason.Ayon appeared in 135 NBA games in parts of three seasons with four different franchises, and just helped Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid win the EuroLeague. Mendez-Valdez was part of the Western Kentucky team that went to the Sweet Sixteen in 2008, and he won the Sun Belt’s player of the year award in the following season. Cruz played at Wyoming and has played in pro leagues in Mexico, Latvia, Argentina and Spain.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But the U.S. never got the lead.“In the second half we competed at a high level and that high level got us back in the game, but we just couldn’t get over the hump,” Van Gundy said.The Americans (4-1) — who have already ensured themselves a spot in the second round of qualifying that starts in September — end the first-round series of games Sunday when they go to Havana to face Cuba (0-5). It’ll be the first time a U.S. men’s national team has played in Havana since the 1991 Pan American Games. Mexico (3-2) also wraps up its first round on Sunday, when it plays at Puerto Rico (3-2).David Huertas had 18 points, Angel Rodriguez and JJ Barea each had 15 and Puerto Rico rallied in the fourth quarter in another qualifying game Thursday to top Cuba 84-80.Under FIBA’s new qualifying format, teams are playing home-and-home games against teams in their region to earn places in the World Cup in China, which begins on Aug. 31, 2019. That tournament will qualify seven teams for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.This was the first time the U.S. played a true road game during this tournament. The Americans opened qualifying in November with an 85-78 win in what was a “home” game for Puerto Rico — but the contest was actually played in Orlando, Florida because of continued problems in San Juan following Hurricane Maria.And this was very much a real road atmosphere.Not only was the game played at Mexico City’s 7,500-foot altitude, but in a filled 5,000-seat arena that Mexican officials said sold out in only 45 minutes.The tone was set by the U.S. turning the ball over on each of its first three possessions, and Mexico was off and running.The U.S. routed Mexico back in November, winning by 36 points. 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Xavier Munford added 11 points while David Stockton and Reggie Hearn each had 10 for the Americans.The U.S. lost for the first time in 10 contests under Van Gundy, who is coaching this team that’s tasked with getting the team of NBA stars that will be coached by Gregg Popovich to the World Cup.“We can’t underestimate how hard it is going to be to play on the road, at altitude, and against a team desperate to qualify for the FIBA World Cup,” Van Gundy said leading up to the game. “We have to make sure we match that type of intensity and passion that we know they’ll bring.”By the time the U.S. found its stride, it was already in deep trouble. Mexico led 31-10 after the first quarter, then staved off a big second-half rally try by the U.S.Trey McKinney-Jones’ basket late in the third quarter capped a 15-1 run and put the U.S. within 53-51. Thornton made a pair of 3-pointers about a minute apart in that burst, and Hearn’s 3-pointer early in the fourth cut Mexico’s lead to 56-54.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Francisco Cruz scored 24 points, Mexico opened with an 18-0 run and went on to beat the United States 78-70 on Thursday night in a qualifying game for next year’s FIBA World Cup.According to USA Basketball, it was just the second loss by the U.S. in 30 games against Mexico — with the other defeat coming in the 2011 Pan Am Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOrlando Mendez-Valdez added 20 points for Mexico, which held the U.S. scoreless for the first 5:51 and forced the Americans into missing their first 10 shots from the floor.“Mexico dominated us from the start and that’s on me,” Van Gundy said. “We were not ready to compete at the level Mexico did. Give them all the credit, they played a great, great game.” U.S. player Kevin Jones competes for the ball with Mexico’s Gustavo Ayon during the first quarter of a regular season FIBA basketball World Cup qualifier in Mexico City, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)MEXICO CITY — Jeff Van Gundy warned the Americans that they were in for a serious challenge.To his chagrin, he was right, and the U.S. was handed a rare loss.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cagers, who lead the South Division with a 5-0 record, also got solid contributions from Felix Apreku, Dave Moralde and Don Reverente, whose triple gave Muntinlupa a 73-68 lead with 58 seconds remaining.“We just didn’t want to lose in our home court,” said Mangahas in Filipino. “We owe the fans a good performance for showing up tonight.”The Knights pulled within three, 71-74, after three foul shots by John Wilson, but Jaime buried a triple with eight seconds remaining to seal Muntinlupa’s fifth win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Earlier, Imus drew strength from Genmar Bragais as it notched back-to-back wins at the expense of Valenzuela-Idol Cheesedogs, 81-71.Bragais scored on a wide array of drives and fast break layups to finish with 20 points, while Ian Melencio had an all-around game of eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Bandera, who climbed to 3-3 in the North division. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Veterans Allan Mangahas and Chito Jaime shone the brightest as Muntinlupa toppled San Juan, 77-71, in a battle of powerhouse teams in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League at a jampacked Muntinlupa Sports Complex.Proving his worth as one of the league’s top guards, Mangahas fired 21 points, while Jaime hit 17 on four triples—all coming in the second half—as the Cagers, feeding off the energy from the home crowd, rallied from 20-point deficit in the second half to emerge as the only undefeated side in the 26-team league.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Coming off a 30-day layoff, Valenzuela groped for form as Paolo Hubalde and top gunner Chris De Chavez were neutralized by the Bandera defense.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ramirez apologizes for delay of facilities’ renovations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments
Mr. Charles A. Minor, former Liberian Ambassador to the United States and currently Chairman of the Board of Tax Appeals was last Sunday crowned Father of the Year by the First United Methodist Church, one of the nation’s oldest churches (1822). Mr. Minor was accompanied to the occasion by his wife Comfort, the mother of their three children, Charles (Chuck), Marcia and the youngest, Esi Minor, who predeceased them. The couple was married in First Church on July 18, 1970.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a staunch Methodist herself, was among hundreds who graced last Sunday’s occasion.In his sermon, the Dean of Trinity Cathedral, the Rev. Dr. Herman Browne, urged each in the audience to strive to be “a friend of God,” in the same way Father Abraham was. Abraham was so much a friend of God that old Abe did not think twice to honor God’s directive that Abraham sacrifice his son Isaac, the only son by his wife Sarah. But God knew that Abraham truly loved Him as a true and trusted friend, and saved Isaac at the last minute by ordering Abraham not to kill the boy, and went on to provide a lamb for the sacrifice.Dr. Browne said we should all strive to be friends of God because He alone, along with His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, has the power to be our friend in every way and circumstance and whom we can trust to get us out of every possible situation, especially when the situation is one into which we got ourselves.As a mark of appreciation for the honor done him as Father of the Year, Ambassador Minor has undertaken to build the Siafa Keh Library and Multi-purpose Building at the J.J. Roberts Memorial Elementary School in a village in Grand Cape Mount County, adjacent the Obasanjo Poultry Farm on the highway to Robertsport. The school was erected as a mission outreach of First Church, under the leadership of its senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Erlene P. Thompson.Ambassador Minor and his family decided to erect the building, for which he, along with his wife, the First Church Men and a few friends of the Minors broke ground last Saturday.Mr. Minor pledged that the US$35,000 building will be completed within the next eight months. Charles A. Minor is the son of the late Methodist pastor and Mrs. E.B. Minor. Charles briefly attended the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata before entering the College of West Africa (CWA), where he earned his high school diploma. He later entered the University of Liberia where he graduated, then pursued higher education in Management and Finance in the United States.But from boyhood in Sinoe, Charles has been active in student, youth and church affairs, beginning with the Methodist Youth Fellowship in Sinoe and later Monrovia. He was an active member of the National Student Christian Council (NSCC), of which he became full time general secretary. He was also president of the National Youth Council and has always played an active role in the affairs of the United Methodist Church.An avid entrepreneur, after serving the Arthur D. Little Consultancy that helped build the capacity of the Central Bank of Ghana, Minor started his own firm in Accra, Consultant Management Enterprise (CME), which is still being operated there and in Liberia. He has also served as the Human Resource and Management Development Director of the African Management Services Company (AMSCO) in The Netherlands where he spent 10 years.Minor accepted an invitation of the Chairman of National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) to serve as Liberian Ambassador to the United States. When Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected President of Liberia, she asked him to stay on as Ambassador to Washington, which he did with credit and distinction.Mr. Minor was instrumental in the establishment of the AFRILAND First Bank (Liberia) and is also involved in a number of other private business initiatives. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mondragon turned and stabbed McMillan’s partner – whom police declined to identify – several times. But his bulletproof vest protected him. McMillan then shot Mondragon three times. Mark Cruz, Fair Oaks Manor director, asked staff members not to speak publicly about the incident pending an investigation, but he said Mondragon had recently been upset. “He’s a good kid,” Cruz said. ” … He had wanted to go back to college and start school.” After dealing with years of criticism about how it handled the mentally ill, the LAPD in 2005 implemented a requirement that all officers take a two-hour Internet training course. The department also has a 40-officer unit specifically trained to respond to incidents involving mentally ill patients to try to calm a possibly violent situation. That unit was not called in Sunday’s shooting. Police say when McMillan and his partner arrived, it’s unclear whether they knew Mondragon was mentally ill. Cruz said it’s standard staff procedure to inform any police or medical responders of patients’ conditions. Lt. Rick Wall, head of the crisis response support unit, said he was unfamiliar with details of the case. But he said the communication system that prioritizes emergency calls can sometimes initially kick out key information, such as the mental status of a patient. “It’s too early to say whether they should have been called,” said Andr Birotte, the LAPD inspector general. “It’s a difficult issue. What it comes down to (is): Is there adequate time to employ the resources of a mental-evaluation unit?” A 2004 inspector general report found that dispatch codes sometimes failed to indicate the mental status of suspects. “This raises questions as to why specially trained officers weren’t responding to that call,” said Peter Bibring, an American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney who monitors the LAPD. “… They might not have helped the situation, but they are certainly not going to help the situation if they are not deployed.” Wall said sometimes violent situations cannot be avoided. “There are those occasions that despite the amount of training and experience that the officer has in dealing with the mentally ill, there will be use-of-force incidents,” he said. “And there will be those situations that the patient will be so out of control and is armed that there will be a deadly force situation.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An LAPD officer who shot a schizophrenic man to death in Highland Park after the man attacked his partner with a screwdriver is being placed on administrative duties pending a standard 72-hour investigation, police said Monday. Officer Ivan McMillan was defending the life of his partner when he shot Francis Mondragon, 24, three times at a residential home for the mentally ill, police said. A four-year veteran of the force, McMillan, 29, and his partner responded to a patient who was attacking residents at the home around 2 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived at Fair Oaks Manor, Mondragon was standing on the porch holding a screwdriver. After McMillan and his partner tried to persuade him to drop the weapon, Mondragon ran into the 15-person facility, and they chased him.
“It’s just time to move on again, so I will move on and I will prosper. I will bounce back. I will get an opportunity,” Rivera said during a conference call before his Chargers’ job was announced. But the decision by Bears coach Lovie Smith not to keep Rivera came as a surprise to many, especially the timing – a little more than two weeks since the Bears lost the Super Bowl. Rivera said he never started talks on a new contract with Chicago. Smith, who has a year left on his contract and could be in line for an extension, said he would move quickly to replace Rivera. Linebackers coach Bob Babich is considered a top candidate. The Bears also hired Luke Butkus as their assistant offensive line coach. He is the nephew of Dick Butkus, the former Hall of Fame middle linebacker with the team. Freeney not free from Colts: The Indianapolis Colts made defensive end Dwight Freeney their franchise player, keeping him with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season while they work on a long-term contract. Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was out of a job, but not for long. Just hours after the Bears announced Monday he wouldn’t be retained, the San Diego Chargers gave him a two-year contract to coach their linebackers. Rivera, who has talked with eight NFL teams about their head coaching positions over the past two seasons, had a three-year contract with the Bears that was set to expire next week. Freeney, a first-round draft pick in 2002, missed the ProBowl this year for the first time since his rookie season. He was held to a career-low 5 sacks while fighting shoulder and leg injuries. The franchise tag means the Colts could keep him by matching any offer sheet he might sign with another team. If they chose not to match it, the Colts would get the other team’s first-round draft picks in 2007 and 2008 as compensation. Falcons lineman arrested: Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux was arrested in Lawrenceville, Ga., by Gwinnett County police and charged with one count of felony animal abuse. Gwinnett County police spokesman Darren Moloney said Babineaux was arrested early Monday. Moloney said he did not know any specifics about the case and a report and details concerning the case would not be released Monday. Panthers release key reserve: The Carolina Panthers made their first move of the offseason to clear salary cap space by releasing veteran defensive end Al Wallace. Wallace was a key reserve in 2006, but was scheduled to count almost $2 million against the salary cap next season. Releasing him clears more than $1 million in cap space. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After it was announced he wouldn’t be coming back to the Bears, Rivera vowed he would land another job. And he did, getting a deal to join new Chargers coach Norv Turner. Rivera had just interviewed for San Diego’s head coaching job last weekend.
The open-ended waiver, which likely will not be barred under Wright’s temporary injunction, “is by far the worst part,” said Mike Meacham, a mechanical engineer working on the Mars Science Laboratory rover. During the hearing, Caltech attorney Mark Holscher said that 4,100 of the 5,000 JPL employees had filled out the forms for the new security check. He and the other attorneys for the defendants and the plaintiffs declined to comment on Wright’s decision. The security measures in dispute were created by NASA in accordance with a post-Sept. 11, 2001, order by President Bush calling for “a mandatory, government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the federal government to its employees and contractors.” JPL employees who objected to the manner in which the order was carried out, have sought support from their congressional representatives, hosted protests outside the campus, and donated thousands of dollars to a legal fund to fight it. During the hearing, Wright said he wanted to balance their privacy concerns with those for safety. “I don’t want to see these employees hurt,” he said, “but I want the security of this nation preserved. I don’t want any sleepers infiltrating NASA or JPL.” email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – Twenty-eight JPL staff members suing Caltech and the government over invasion of privacy concerns have gained a partial victory in federal court. U.S. District Judge Otis Wright said Monday he planned to grant a temporary injunction that would keep the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from asking employees about past drug use or treatment during a mandatory new background check. But Wright did not mention expanding the injunction to cover the most controversial portion of the check, an open-ended waiver that JPL employees must also sign. The waiver gives investigators access to records that “may include, but is not limited to, academic, residential, achievement, performance, attendance, disciplinary, employment history, and criminal history record information.” Wright said he would make his formal ruling on the injunction by the end of the week, after more research into previous cases. Wright also set an Oct. 19 hearing to decide whether to grant a permanent and broader injunction. Employees have until Friday to complete the forms or their employment will be “voluntarily terminated” Oct. 27. Monday’s ruling brought confusion and concern for several of the approximately 80 JPL employees who attended the hearing. “We didn’t know what it meant. It was very baffling and we still aren’t sure,” said lead plaintiff Robert Nelson, a scientist on the Saturn-visiting Cassini mission. For many at JPL, the partial injunction will not ease the decision about whether to complete the forms.
A Donegal couple has successfully raised funds to award two NUI Galway nursing students with the inaugural Victoria Thompson Scholarships.The scholarships were awarded to two students, including a woman from Letterkenny, who are studying the new Masters in Children’s Palliative and Complex Care at the University.The School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway hosted the inaugural launch on Tuesday the 14 March. Comedian and TV presenter, Tommy Tiernan presented nursing students Anne Browne and Aisling Devitt with the scholarships. The Victoria Thompson Scholarship was set up by Victoria’s parents Sharon and Brian Thompson, who live in Moville. It was established to assist nurses in obtaining specialist qualifications in the care of children with terminal and life limiting conditions. The scholarship was set up in memory of baby Victoria, who lived for exactly nine months and required the help of specialist pediatric palliative care nurses as a result of a rare disease. Commenting on the scholarship, Victoria’s mother, Sharon Thompson, said: “When we were told Victoria’s condition was rare and terminal, we found it difficult to find specialised nursing care for her. In her memory we highlight the need for rural palliative care services for children. Families should automatically get access to options of care for a child with complex or palliative medical needs. Skilled nurses and this new course at NUI Galway are key to this happening for children all over the country.” The dedicated Masters/Postgraduate Degree programme in Health Sciences specialising in children’s palliative and complex care, aims to equip nurses with the necessary skills for the increasing numbers of children and adolescents who have complex, life-limiting or terminal conditions and require care in a variety of settings (hospital or community), according to child and family preference.Victoria Thompson ScholarshipDr Georgina Gethin, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway, stated: “It is timely that this first scholarship is awarded in the very same week that the School of Nursing and Midwifery has been recognised for its work and nominated in the Top 100 Globally for the subject nursing in the 2017 QS World University Subject Rankings.“We are delighted with the opportunity this scholarship provides for nurses to further their studies and acquire new knowledge and skills in this highly specialised and very challenging field of nursing. We wish the recipients every success and know that they will make a positive impact on the lives of so many children and their families.” Anne Browne and Tommy TiernanSpeaking about the new programme and her scholarship award, Nurse Aisling Devitt, said: “It can be difficult to work with children and families in such tough circumstances and the more education we have about palliative and complex care can only help us to be become better practitioners. “It’s fantastic that NUI Galway has recognised this Health Service need as the numbers of children increases significantly. It has also been great to see nurses from all corners of Ireland attending the course to help bring the knowledge and skills back to our individual work places and encourage others to consider doing further education in this area, or at the very least highlight the important role we play in caring for these children and their families. “It is also an honour to receive the Victoria Thompson Scholarship and I am delighted to be able to put it towards the second year of the programme this September.” Applications for the second intake of the NUI Galway programme are being accepted from Spring 2017 at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/nursing-midwifery.For more information about the Victoria Thompson Scholarship visit: www.thevictoriathompsonscholarship.com. Moville couple present student scholarships in memory of baby Victoria was last modified: March 16th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charityeducationtommy tiernanVictoria Thompson Scholarship
Ballyliffin International 10 Mile Coastal ChallengeBy PATSY McGONAGLE: In conjunction with the annual Ballyliffin Coastal 10 mile Challenge to be held on March 30th 2013 (Easter Saturday), the organisers felt it would be a positive development to have a 1K run on Pollan Beach, Ballyliffin at 2.30pm on that day to ensure a family occasion. This proved very popular in 2012Your school is invited to encourage children under your care to attend. • No entry fee (simply turn up)• Certificates for all• Cream Eggs/ Easter Eggs to top 20Races: U-11 girls (from 2003/2004/2005)U-11 boys (from 2003/2004/2005)Over 11 girls (at primary school)Over 11 boys (at primary school)It’s a fun event with a slight competitive edge… Email:Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.orgCheck out our facebook page:Ballyliffin International 10 Mile Coastal Challenge for details of the major eventCHILDREN’S BEACH RUN TO BE INCLUDED IN BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE was last modified: February 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHILDREN’S BEACH RUN TO BE INCLUDED IN BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE
George Groves’ plan to fight in Liverpool on 9 December has been scuppered by an injured hand.The Hammersmith prospect was due to appear on the bill along with west London rival James DeGale, who will defend his WBO inter-continental super-middleweight title against Spaniard Jose Maria Guerrero.But Groves, whose opponent had not been confirmed, has been advised not to fight after picking up an injury while training at his Vauxhall gym.Groves, the British and Commonwealth champion, was due to return to the ring only five weeks after a second-round knockout of Paul Smith at Wembley Arena.“I’m really gutted as I was coming along nicely in training and on course for the fight in a couple of weeks’ time,” said Groves.DeGale and arch rival Groves were both scheduled to fight“The injury is a setback. I’m sorry that my fans won’t be able to see me in action, but I’ll back early next year and ready to kick of 2012 with a bang as I continue towards further titles.”Promoter Frank Warren added: “It’s disappointing for everyone concerned, but George can’t fight if his hand is injured and if he did go ahead and put in a sub-par performance we don’t want to make excuses.“He’ll have a good rest and treatment. and I’ll look to get him back out early next year – which will be a big one for him.“It’s still a cracking show with James DeGale now headlining and our best talent from Liverpool all in action.”Groves, who beat DeGale on a majority points decision in May, will have his condition assessed next week.The 23-year-old hopes to fight for a world title in 2012 and his trainer and manager Adam Booth insisted it would have been foolish to take any unnecessary risks.Booth said: “Obviously we are all disappointed as George was looking forward to getting back into the ring again so quickly after his great win over Paul Smith.“At this stage of George’s career it would be crazy to compromise him and carry an injury of that nature into the fight.“He’s been advised to rest it for now and we’ll seek further medical guidance next week.”Follow West London Sport on Twitter
Steven Caulker misses QPR’s game at Wigan after failing to recover from a groin problem in time.It means James Perch starts at right-back, with skipper Nedum Onuoha partnering Grant Hall in the centre of defence.There are places on the bench for Rangers youngsters Olamide Shodipo, Osman Kakay and Chris Paul.For Wigan, centre-back Jake Buxton returns after a three-game suspension.Wigan: Bogdan, Buxton, Power, Gilbey, Grigg, MacDonald, Jacobs, Garbutt, Morgan, Warnock, Powell.Subs: Jaaszkelainen, Gomez, Flores, Davies, Burke, Wildschut, Burn.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Bidwell; Henry, Luongo; Cousins, Chery, Ngbakoto; Polter.Subs: Ingram, Borysiuk, Washington, El Khayati, Shodipo, Kakay, Paul.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook