Sports Digest: Local boxers win at regional Golden Gloves championship

Two Portland Boxing Club fighters won their respective divisions at the Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships held Jan. 15 and Jan. 22 in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

Ilyas Bashir, a 139-pound novice division light welterweight from Auburn, defeated Michel DiDino of Manchester, New Hampshire by unanimous decision. Bashir, who was awarded outstanding boxer of the tournament, defeated Tristan Harvie of Essex Junction, Vermont by unanimous decision in the semifinals.

Zordan Holman, a 203-plus-pound novice division super heavyweight from Westbrook, defeated Abdul Sumah of Bangor by technical knockout after the referee stopped the contest 1:20 into the first round. Holman advanced in his semifinal match against Tom Curtis of Spruce Head with a referee stoppage after just 49 seconds.

Bashir and Holman advance to the New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions beginning Feb. 17 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The PBC’s Kate Zehr, a 125-pound elite featherweight from South Portland, and Wade Faria, a 165-pound elite middleweight from Portland, will also compete after advancing by walkover.

SOCCER

GERMANY: Two German soccer coaches have been suspended from working in the sport after it was ruled Wednesday they used fake coronavirus vaccination records.

A disciplinary panel at the German soccer federation ruled former Werder Bremen head coach Markus Anfang and his assistant Florian Junge had obtained fake passes last year identifying them as being fully vaccinated. The federation said Anfang and Junge used the passes to be exempt from virus testing at the club and presented them to local health authorities to avoid going into isolation after contact with an infected player.

“Markus Anfang and Florian Junge have significantly infringed against the role-model function of a coach,” Hans E. Lorenz, chair of the federation’s sports court, said in a statement.

Anfang initially denied using a fake pass when doubts about his documents were first raised in November and said he had been vaccinated. He and Junge both stepped down from their posts at the second-division club soon afterward.

Anfang was banned for a year and fined 20,000 euros ($22,500) and Junge for 10 months and fined 3,000 euros ($3,380), with both bans backdated to start from November. Lorenz said Anfang and Junge had both admitted wrongdoing and would have part of their bans converted into a probation period from June onward so they would have the chance to find new employment for the 2022-23 season.

Proof of vaccination or a recent recovery from a virus infection is needed in Germany for entry to restaurants or other public places.

PREMIERE LEAGUE: Teams will need to have a minimum of four positive coronavirus cases within their playing squad before requesting a postponement, according to new guidelines announced on Wednesday and taking effect next month.

Previously, teams had to show they did not have 13 senior players plus a goalkeeper available before asking for a game to be postponed. That also took into account factors such as injuries and players being on international duty.

There have been 22 postponements since the start of December, with some of them provoking fury as clubs appeared to be exploiting the rules to get games called off. The league said it was continuing to adapt its guidance “in response to the wider public health situation.”

The guidance will come into effect after the game between Burnley and Watford on Feb. 5. Burnley has been the club most affected by postponements and played only 18 games so far – at least two fewer than any other team in the league. First-place Manchester City, for example, has played 24 games.


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