Daly City's Julaton defends belt against Alcanter

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Daly City's Julaton defends belt against Alcanter

Feb. 25, 2011Ryan MaquianaCSNBayArea.com
Neither a questionable scale nor the absence of her world renowned trainer could deter WBO super bantamweight champion Ana Julaton from enjoying her Bay Area homecoming party, as the Daly City native earned a unanimous decision over Franchesca Alcanter on Friday night.A boisterous crowd packed Richmonds Craneway Pavilion to capacity as The Hurricane, normally a speedster by trade, surprisingly pressured the bigger Alcanter into the ropes and unleashed combinations that scored frequently.With four-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach stuck in Hollywood due to scheduling conflicts and a scale that peculiarly determined that Julaton weighed 116.5 poundsa staggering 5.5 under the 122-pound limitThe Hurricane was forced to adapt to the situation.Displaying the guile and heart that made her a champion, Julaton passed the test with flying colors.Some things may happen unexpectedly, said Julaton (8-2-1, 1 KO), whose black and orange trunks matched the Giants baseball jersey she donned in her ring entrance. Sometimes you just have to stick to the basics, put your head down, and go to work.We were prepared for the event that Freddie wouldnt be able to make it, added her advisor, Angelo Reyes, who assumed chief second duties in Roachs place. It even happened in the past with Manny Pacquiao when Freddie had prior commitments with other fighters. Ana was working with Freddie as late as Wednesday, and he gave us the right gameplan. We just had to execute it, and we did.Alcanter (18-10-1, 9 KOs), a former world title challenger at featherweight and junior lightweight, seemed to enjoy a natural size advantage, having weighed in a full two pounds heavier at 118.5. However, she was unable to utilize it as Julaton called on her superior speed and defense to avoid Alcanters vaunted right hand throughout the first six rounds.In the seventh round, a looping left from Julaton followed by a right cross down the pipe found Alcanters chin and elicited the crowds approval. By then, Julaton sensed her foe weakening and began to stalk Alcanter behind her signature stiff left jab.However, to Alcanters credit, the game fighter refused to fall. The challenger returned fire until the final bell, but it was not enough to take the belt away from a resolute Julaton.Scores were 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93 in favor of the defending champion.Were going to the Philippines for our next fight, said promoter Allan Tremblay. After that, well be back in North America for the summer.To give an idea of the treatment Julaton will receive for her next fight in the Asian archipelago, almost six million Filipinos tuned in to watch her two previous bouts. For this fight, estimates ran as high as 11 million viewers worldwide.Im looking forward to having a title fight in the Philippines in April, added the champ, who will enjoy yet another ticker-tape parade through the streets of Manila in the next few days. I just wanted to thank the fans in the Bay Area for coming out and supporting me.In the boxing undercard, San Carlos resident Mighty Bruno Escalante (2-0-1, 1 KO), notched a second round stoppage of Martin Sandoval, (0-1-0), an MMA veteran who was making his pugilistic debut. A short counter left hand from the southpaw Escalante floored Sandoval at the end of the first round. In the following frame, another left cross put Sandoval on the canvas a second time, prompting referee Ray Balewicz to call a halt to the bout at 1:05.I was just trying to set him up with the jab, said Escalante. I was able to hit him with a perfect shot both times.He only had ten minutes to glove up and get ready, but he executed the plan perfectly, added his trainer, Brian Schwartz. The show also featured three kickboxing bouts.Dee Al-Hadi outworked Marc Toledo en route to a 30-27 unanimous decision on all three scorecards.Gaston Bolanos stopped Ike Spears at 0:32 of the third round with a series of punishing kicks to the legs and body.Xavier Vigney knocked out Gary Grant at 1:40 of the first round to cap the fight portion of the evening, which was followed by musical performances from American Idol semifinalist Sway Peala, singer AJ Rafael, and rapper Nump Trump among others.

Giants place Eduardo Nunez on 10-day DL

Giants place Eduardo Nunez on 10-day DL

The injury bug continues to hit Eduardo Nunez.

Bruce Bochy announced 90 minutes before the Giants' game Friday night that Nunez has been placed on the 10-day DL retroactive to June 20 for an ailing hamstring injury. 

In a corresponding move, the Giants activated Conor Gillaspie from Triple-A Sacramento.

Nunez exited early on June 15 in Colorado. He beat out an infield single, but had trouble stopping after reaching base and signaled for trainer Dave Groeschner. 

On June 19 Nunez returned to the lineup, but has not played since. 

Throughout the season Nunez has battled hamstring issues. When healthy, he's been consistent at the plate while playing multiple positions. 

Nunez is batting .299 with 17 doubles and has stolen 17 bases in 64 games played this season. 

Sharks select center Josh Norris No. 19 in 2017 NHL Entry Draft

Sharks select center Josh Norris No. 19 in 2017 NHL Entry Draft

CHICAGO – The Sharks used their first round draft selection on Friday night to select Josh Norris, a center from Michigan.
 
San Jose stayed in the 19th position in the first round, where it was originally slotted, to take Norris. The six-foot, 189-pounder posted 61 points (27g, 34a) in 61 games with the U.S. National Under-18 team last season, and added 26 points (12g, 14a) in 25 games in the USHL. He has committed to the University of Michigan for the 2017-18 season.
 
Norris became the Sharks’ first North American-born first round pick since Charlie Coyle in 2010. Their previous four first round selections were born in Europe.
 
Norris’ father, Dwayne, was drafted 127th overall by Quebec in 1990 and played in 20 games with the club from 1990-93.
 
Just before making the pick, general manager Doug Wilson had a quick chat with Washington general manager Brian MacLellan, but nothing apparently came of it.
 
The Sharks had never selected a player 19th overall in their history. Notable players around the league selected in that spot include Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay, 2012), Oscar Klefbom (Edmonton, 2011), Nick Bjugstad (Florida, 2010), Chris Kreider (Rangers, 2009), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim, 2003) and Keith Tkachuk (Winnipeg, 1990).
 
The Sharks have seven more selections on Saturday when the draft resumes at 7 a.m. PT, including the 49th overall pick in the second round, acquired from New Jersey as part of the Mirco Mueller trade earlier in the week. They also own one fourth round pick, two in the sixth round, and three in the seventh round.
 
Swiss native Nico Hischier went first overall to the New Jersey Devils, while the Philadelphia Flyers selected Nolan Patrick second.
 
Recent Sharks first round draft picks
 
2016 – None
2015 – Timo Meier (9th overall)
2014 – Nikolay Goldobin (27th overall)
2013 – Mirco Mueller (18th overall)
2012 – Tomas Hertl (17th overall)
2011 – None 
2010 – Charlie Coyle (28th overall)
2009 – None
2008 – None
2007 – Logan Couture (9th overall), Nick Petrecki (28th overall)