Talent spotting is one of the stated goals of the ongoing womens boxing nationals in Haridwar. Undoubtedly, one of the brightest sparks so far has been Haryanas Monika in the 48kg class. Competing in her first-ever Senior Nationals Championships, the 19-year old from Rurkee village in Rohtak district is assured of a bronze medal with a 4-1 win in the quarterfinals against Sudesh of All India Police. The bout was the first time the 19-year-old had a blemish on her scorecard -- she had won her first round by technical knockout and won a unanimous points decision in the next round.Monikas achievement is even more impressive considering she only weighs 45kg, even though she appears lighter with her close-cropped hair.Before the contest begins, shes given away a significant three kilogramme weight advantage in what is already boxings lightest weight class. Considering all her competitors usually drop a couple of kilos to make the required weight, her handicap is even more striking.Monika has played the underdog all her life. Shes the second youngest of six siblings in a Dalit family. Father Mandher Singh works at construction sites, earning 300 rupees on a day he does find employment. Its a hardscrabble life, and sport, frankly, wasnt a priority. For a long time no one in my village knew what boxing was. The expectation was that I should study a little bit and then get married, she says.All that changed in 2012. Inspired by Mary Koms bronze-winning feat at the London Olympics, Sudhir Hooda, who had just been elected as the village pradhan (head), decided to open a boxing academy. When the call went out for the girls to join, Monika too went. It was the pradhans idea after all.Vijay Hooda, who started the academy along with Sudhir and still coaches there, says Monika stood out immediately. She was just much quicker than any of the other girls. And she moved perfectly. She was a natural boxer, he says.Within a few months though, with murmurs of disapproval from her neighbourhood, her father wanted her to leave. Sudhir and I went to Monikas home and had to convince him to let her box. It is hard for a villager to let his daughter box and even harder for someone from her community. We knew he was worried about her safety, so we would take her to practice and bring her back home ourselves, Hooda says.Monika rewarded that faith in her abilities. Winning her weight class at the junior and senior levels in her state since the last four years, she went on to be named as the best boxer in two of those years.While her rise has coincided with chaos in the boxing administration at the national level, she proved herself in the limited opportunities she got. At the 2015 Bongaigaon Nationals, organized by the ad-hoc committee that was then running boxing, she won the 48kg category. Multiple glittering medals, cups and trophies now jostle for space in her familys tiny mud house. Her performances helped her earn a place at the Sports Authority of Indias National Boxing Academy that recently opened in Rohtak.None of this success has been easy. The fact that she concedes such a significant weight advantage is just a reminder of the challenges she faces daily. Sometimes there wasnt money for food. My father would give me money and sometimes take a loan to send me for tournaments but it is hard, Monika says.Seeing her talent, others help where they can. Monika says Hooda has routinely spent out of his pocket to buy kit and pay for her travel expenses. He bought her track shoes ahead of the Haridwar nationals after noticing that she was running in a pair that was splitting its seams. Its nothing. She is a talent that must not go to waste and I want her to succeed, he shrugs.Preeti Beniwal, who competes in the 60kg division, loaned Monika her old ring boots for the tournament. Its a size too large but thats not a concern. Its a size six and Im a size five. Its a little loose but I just tie the laces a bit tight so it fits, she says.Despite fighting in boots a size too big, it seems there has been little impact on her performance. Her teammates call her Tyson -- the generic name for an aggressive boxer, it seems. But the name Pacquiao would suit her better -- the Filipino was also less than the minimum weight at the start of his career. Monikas style is also similar to his. She too launches herself off the canvas with a superman style punch and crowds her opponents hitting them with a barrage of shots coming from multiple angles.She hasnt got a chance to display that style at the national camp so far. But thats likely to change now through her bronze medal, which guarantees her a spot when the camp is called.Coach Jagdish Singh, who founded the Bhiwani Boxing Club and has produced boxers like Olympic medallist Vijender Singh and Akhil Kumar, has high hopes from Monika.This girl has really fast motor abilities and very good handspeed. She isnt the most accurate puncher. She wastes a lot of her punches. But the most important ability she has is aggression. You cant coach that in a boxer. She is born with that, says Singh, who has worked with Monika for a couple of months at the National Boxing Academy.She just needs some polish. At the National Boxing Academy, her diet has improved tremendously and she will get good nutrition at the national camp too. Just wait till she gets a little more muscle on her and a little bit of experience in the national camp, she is going to make a lot of seniors retire, he says. Adidas Superstar Ireland . It was the kind of score that might make everyone else wonder which course he was playing. Except that Graeme McDowell saw the whole thing. Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives Ive seen all year in the last two days. Adidas Nmd r2 Ireland . Q: Team Canada announces their Olympic roster three weeks from today. Who is general manager Steve Yzerman watching? LeBrun: Over the last 48 hours, hes taken in the home-and-home between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche with Jamie Benn and Matt Duchene being the obvious targets. http://www.nacrides.com/superstar-pink-white-18/ . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. Nmd Adidas Womens . LOUIS -- Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says hes recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. Adidas Originals Superstar Sneaker .Y. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season. After a 25-year absence, the World Cup ski circuit returns to the U.S. East Coast next month. No one is more thrilled than Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin.Oh, we are so excited, Shiffrin said. Its been a while. Its like coming back to Vail for the world championships (in 2015) after so long. I know that the East Coast, the people, the ski racing fans, they are so excited for this race. I cant wait to bring ski racing back to them.Killington, Vermont, will host a pair of womens races on Thanksgiving weekend, with a giant slalom Nov. 26 and a slalom the following day. The 21-year-old Shiffrin grew up in Colorado, but most of her family is from New England.They are over the moon. They cant wait for this race to happen, the 21-year-old Shiffrin said. My grandma, she is 95, I think is coming. I hope she will be able to go. That would be amazing.The World Cup circuit visited Vermont before -- in Stratton in 1978 -- but Novembers event will be the first in the U.S. northeast since American skier Julie Parisien won a GS in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, in 1991.Ted Ligety, the Olympic GS gold medalist from Utah, hopes the area will also become a stop on the mens World Cup circuit.Having a race in the East Coast really makes sense, Ligety said. There is a ton of hard-core ski racing fans in the East Coast. There are big populations near these ski races, as well. In the whole New England area you will get a big crowd as long as you are within a couple hours drive from Boston.The event in Killington features the first two of a total of 16 World Cup races on American snow in the 2016-17 season, the highest number in the past two decades.The men traditionally race in Beaver Creek, Colorado, in early December, but Squaw Valley, California, has been added to the womens calendar for March, shortlly before the men and women contest the World Cup finals in Aspen, Colorado.ddddddddddddMany of our athletes grew up training and racing on these hills, Tiger Shaw, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, said. Theyre excited to have this many opportunities to ski in front of a hometown crowd.Shiffrin believes that having 16 races in the U.S. will spark greater interest in the sport across the country.Especially moving into an Olympic year, it provides a lot more opportunities from a business standpoint for us, U.S. ski racers, she said. Thats huge.Shiffrin recalled how watching the likes of Lindsey Vonn, Anja Paerson, Janica Kostelic and Marlies Schild inspired her to get into racing.I watched all these girls and ski racing was the biggest thing in my eyes, Shiffrin said. I am hoping that having this many races in the U.S. can really spark some interest with those young girls, who remind me of myself 10 years ago.The USSA is eager to build on the momentum and host more World Cup races on a regular basis in the near future. Many American ski resorts could stage those races, but the rise of new formats like city events offers further opportunities.Boston hosted a Big Air freestyle skiing event at Fenway Park in February, and could also host an Alpine skiing city event one day.Its great for us to be able to go to big cities around the world, FIS womens race director Atle Skaardal said. We have been to Munich, to Stockholm, to Moscow. Maybe we find an opportunity in North America, in one of the big cities there. These could be the highlights that are absolutely giving us the attraction we are looking for in these very populated areas of the world. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '