PanARMENIAN.Net - Football: Georgia kept alive their outside chance of sealing a play-off place with a 3-2 win away to Armenia in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2.
Armenia suffered a 1:3 defeat in a friendly against Iran. In a game with many blunders and unforced errors on either side, both teams had a couple of chances, mostly with shots from outside the area.
Tennis: Andy Murray crushed in-form Argentine David Nalbandian to book his place in the semi-finals of the ATP Rogers Cup. The Scot, the defending champion and fourth seed, saw off the former Wimbledon finalist in style, winning 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and nine minutes. It was a vital win for Murray who must reach the final of the event to preserve his world number four ranking. Murray asserted his authority early on, breaking in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
Beating Ivan Ljubicic and John Isner at the Cincinnati Masters, David Nalbandian was stopped by Novak Djokovic 6-1, 7-6(7) in the third round.
Boxing: Armenian Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan met with WBA, WIBF and WBO flyweight world champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian and her German manager Christoph Wesche. Minister Hakobyan thanked Susi Kentikian’s team for contributing to Armenian boxer’s victories. Lebensbaum Armenien (Armenia’s Tree of Life) project was also discussed. Diaspora Minister welcomed the idea of organizing one of Kentikian’s fights in Yerevan.
The highly-anticipated four-man bantamweight tournament from Showtime is moving forward. Yonnhy Perez, Vic Darchinyan, Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko are all in. Perez will meet Agbeko in a rematch of a tremendous fight from Halloween 2009, and Darchinyan will face Mares. The first two fights will be on the same card, which is very exciting. The dates being mentioned are November 6 and December 18. The November date had already been reported for Perez-Agbeko II, but it has to make sense for all four fighters and the promoters now, and this is a heavyweight promotional crew. Gary Shaw represents Perez and Darchinyan, while Don King promotes Agbeko and Mares is a Golden Boy fighter. The opening round, however, probably will wind up being Perez in a Nov. 6 rematch with Agbeko, who is his mandatory challenger, and Darchinyan and Mares meeting in the other half of the bracket. The winners would meet in early 2011.
Former super middleweight champion Carl Froch is well aware of the high guard that Arthur Abraham uses to avoid being hit with punches. Froch has been training in the gym to target the body because he knows Abraham has a very tight defense. They are set to clash in the third stage of the Super Six Boxing Classic on October 2 in Monaco. Froch needs to win if he wants to avoid being knocked out of the semi finals. “I am already five weeks into a 12-week camp and now that I have hit 30 I need to be in tip-top condition. Everything is going smoothly and I know that I will do a job on Abraham. I am confident and I have belief in myself to get back to winning ways. That’s where I have always been and if I cannot be a winner I don’t want to be in the sport hanging around," Froch said. “I have the champion mentality and I know I should beat Abraham. He sits back and has a high European guard with his hands held high. If he does that then I will try and break his ribs."
Chess: Armenia’s Robert Hovhannisyan finished 18th at the World U-20 Chess Championships, which took place in Chotowa, Poland, between August 3 and 16. Hrair Simonyan came 44th. Samvel Ter-Sahakyan is the 33rd. Ani Khanamiryan finished 57th. Top seed Dmitry Andreikin of Russia and favorite Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia are the winners.
In the framework of One Nation. One Culture festival, the first ever All-Armenian Chess Olympiad kicked off in Yerevan, bringing together 12 teams from 10 countries. The teams include 11 grandmasters, 10 international masters and 7 FIDE masters. The youngest participant Samvel Sevyan is 10 years old. He is from San Francisco. The budget of All-Armenian Chess Olympiad is $21700.