Lubin is 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, he 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. “This is a new strategy of trying to make sure our Olympic-aged athletes are not poached by promoters. In the past, USA Boxing was passive and just accepted it.” Tyson isn’t the only promoter trying to lure amateurs to the pros. Last month, DiBella Entertainment said it signed highly touted 17-year-old Junior “Sugar Boy” Younan of New York to a contract and said he would make his pro debut in late October or early November, after he turned 18. Boxing promoters have long trolled the amateur ranks looking for talent, especially in recent years as the lure of Olympic gold has faded for many fighters. Winning in the Olympics was once a guaranteed way to make millions, but as U.S. Olympic boxing teams have faded so have the prospects for Olympic fighters. The last American man to win an Olympic gold in boxing was Andre Ward in 2004, and last year’s team in London didn’t even medal. USA Boxing, meanwhile, has undergone a series of shake-ups and its funding has been cut by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
USA Basketball: Oubre has plenty left
Woods is more of a combo guard than a point guard, but regardless of how you want to label him, he was productive. Another immensely gifted athlete is 2015 five-star Derrick Jones . The 6-foot-6 wing has an electric first step and explosive leaping ability. Jones was playing well above the rim all day Sunday and was in attack mode. While not yet a real creator off of the dribble, Jones does get to the rim quickly with one or two power dribbles when he sees an opening, and he is a competent three-point shooter. A top 20 player in the class of 2015, Thomas Bryant of Huntington (W.V.) Prep was a favorite of evaluators, Team USA coaches and other players in attendance. At 6-foot-9 he has long arms and is really starting to fill out through his shoulders. He came up with lots of loose balls, played with physicality and tried to punish the rim whenever possible. He did it with a big smile on his face and a motor that never quit, making him a lot of fun to watch and play with. Make no mistake about it. Jayson Tatum validated his standing as a top-five player in the class of 2016. The product of St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade looks to have grown to a legitimate 6-feet-7, and he is really filling out physically. Tatum made plays off the dribble, was all over the glass and broke out a highly effective post game while looking like one of the most well-rounded players in camp regardless of class. Another of 2016’s top players, Mustapha Heron is a solid and tough wing prospect.
Backbone Capital Advisors, LLC Assists OpenGate Capital, LLC in Acquisition of PennySaver USA
The Rojiblancos wilted in the heat, struggling mightily in the third leg of the SuperClasico and leaving head coach Jose Luis Guero Real questioning his teams effort for the first time. Without a doubt, this has not only been a bad performance, but we also lacked spirit, Real told reporters. Thats the part that leaves all of us coaches and players alike very discouraged. I can give you five excuses for what happened, but thats worthless. The only thing that counts here is that we played very poorly. OPTA Spotlight: Galaxy passing runs Chivas USA ragged The Goats were thoroughly overwhelmed, surrendering three goals in a span of 20 minutes in the first half. Much of the damage was done on crosses, with Gyasi Zardes repeatedly victimizing Mario de Luna from the flank to assist on two goals and score one himself. Not even the return of veteran Carlos Bocanegra (leg) to the lineup could help Chivas USA, as the Galaxy controlled possession and dissected a struggling backline that has allowed 10 goals over the last three matches. Everyone is pissed off, Bocanegra told reporters. To lose like we did is embarrassing. We have to look at ourselves and we all have to be held accountable for what happened. We have to be better. This was just unacceptable. Captain Dan Kennedy did not record any saves, while the Chivas USA attack recorded only one on-target shot, in the 82nd minute. They seemed to really get at us on the wings and get behind us on the outside, Kennedy told reporters. It created a lot of problems early and before we knew it, they had three goals to show for it. They were clinical. FULL LINEUPS AND BOXSCORE It was another afternoon of firsts for the youthful Goats, who had forward Matthew Fondy and defender Jaime Frias making their first career starts.
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Markets close in 5 hrs 4 mins Stock Watch Backbone Capital Advisors, LLC Assists OpenGate Capital, LLC in Acquisition of PennySaver USA Press Release: OpenGate Capital, LLC 2 hours 56 minutes ago -0.1100 LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– OpenGate Capital, LLC, a global private buyout firm, completed the acquisition of PennySaver USA from Harte-Hanks, Inc., ( HHS ) on September 27th 2013, just one week after announcing it had signed an agreement to acquire the business. Backbone Capital Advisors , a Los-Angeles based financial advisory services firm, assisted OpenGate Capital in this transaction and brought on Capital One Business Credit as the lender. PennySaver USA provides print and digital, hyper-local marketing and advertising services to California-based and nationwide customers. It is one of the largest and most well-recognized weekly local advertising publications in North America, and is the number one Hispanic marketing publication in the US. Britt Terrell, Managing Director of Backbone Capital, commented, Print media is a challenging sector for traditional financing, however at Backbone Capital, we thrive on challenging situations that enable us to flex our creativity and customized solutions. I have worked with OpenGate for several years, and this is yet another successful transaction we have completed together. Backbone Capital aligned OpenGate with Capital One, and managed the entire financing process from inception to funding. Andrew Nikou, OpenGate Capitals Managing Partner and CEO, stated, OpenGate Capital recognized a lot of potential in the PennySaver USA acquisition from both an investment and operational perspective. Working with Backbone Capital, Britt made sure we have the right financing in place with the right lender that took time to understand us and our investment strategy. About Backbone Capital Advisors, LLC Backbone Capital Advisors, LLC is a full-service professional financing arranger, providing both traditional and non-traditional capital sourcing, with complete execution, for middle market businesses that require debt financing and other capital solutions. Backbone Capital supports private equity funds, independent sponsors, direct operating companies, professionals and boutique investment bankers to deliver all types of leveraged solutions. Backbone Capital offers expertise in all types of middle market and lower middle market financings, including asset-based, senior cash flow, second lien, mezzanine, and unitranche. Backbone Capital also offers other solutions across the capital structure of the borrower, with considerable experience in handling more challenging and special situations. To learn more about Backbone Capital, please go to www.backbonecap.com . Contact: