Obituary: Ralph Gora former voice over talent dead at 90

file photo from fanbuzz.com: Former San Francisco 49er wide receiver Terrell Owens twice interviewed with Ralph Gora when Owens was with the Cowboys at the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu calling him over to do an exclusive something that was unheard of at the time

By Michael Wang (SRS Staff writer)

SAN JOSE–He was an incredible voice for introducing radio talent during restaurant remotes in San Jose. Ralph Gora voice over talent read copy before all shows introducing Sportstalks’ talent right here on sportsradioservice.com from Chachoe’s Mexican Restaurant, Picasso’s Spanish Restaurant and many more in downtown San Jose. His voice would carry over the entire restaurant when he read his copy introductions.

Ralph had been having a bout with a broken hip and passed away at the age of 90. Ralph was born in Honolulu Hawaii well before it became the 50th state in 1930. He moved to San Jose and attended San Jose State University and graduated as a space engineer. Ralph worked at Ford Aerospace after graduating and retired.

After retirement Ralph took work doing voice overs at 1430 KVVN starting in 2002, besides doing many voice overs and radio introductions at various South Bay restaurants and locations promoting fine dinning and introducing Sportstalk talent from the likes of Michael Duca (mlb.com), David Zizmor (SF 49ers analyst), Shawn McCullough (webmaster and site photographer), Jeremy Kahn (Oakland Raiders beat writer), Amaury Pi Gonzalez (Oakland A’s Spanish radio),  and many more Ralph got to cover Fight Nights in the Tank at SAP Center along with co-writer Michael Wang.

Both Ralph and Michael covered boxer Andre Ward who came from Oakland to fight in San Jose. Ward was very gracious with his interviews with Ralph. Ralph covered two Pro Bowls in Honolulu and interviewed many NFL All Stars.

One former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Terrell Owens called over to Ralph Gora to go ahead and interview him and also asked Ralph to sit with him. A rarity from someone like Owens who had a on and off again relationship with the media.

Ralph was one of a kind never bashful, a pitchman, a host introducing guests on the radio, a salesman in marketing, Ralph could do it all. Ralph worked at sportsradioservice.com from 2002-2010.  RIP Ralph we can only imagine your introducing saints and angels now in the big podcast in the sky.

 

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Pacquiao can still win at 40; Wizards trying to sign Beal; plus more Wiz

Photo credit: @MPac_Foundation

On Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:

#1 Manny Pacquiao thrilled them again last Saturday night. Pacquiao won and is now with a record of 62-7-2 and 39 KOs. It was a 12-rounder won by the 40-year-old Pacquiao.

#2 The Washington Wizards have offered guard Bradley Beal a three-year deal worth $111 million. Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said he wanted to sign Beal at the first opportunity he got.

#3 Detroit Tigers outfielder Nick Castellanos says that Comerica Park in Detroit is a joke. Castellanos says that one day his hair will turn gray, it’s something you can’t control how. Castellanos said he hit a homer to center right for some 372 feet.

#4 Is Derek Carr quarterback for the Oakland Raiders playing for his job? Or is he playing for someone else? The Raiders will be looking for a quarterback that can not only get them wins, but enough of them to get to postseason?

#5 Here’s the San Francisco Giants, who were living in last place most all season, but are now just 2 1/2 games out of first place for the National League Wild Card.

Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: NY Sportswriter tweets N-word regarding LeBron during brawl with Knicks Kanter; Judge and Bellinger MLB Rookies of the Year plus more

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, center, discusses with New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter, center right, and Courtney Lee, center left, during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

On That’s Amaury’s Podcast:

1 Peter Vecsey a long time veteran New York sportswriter covering the Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden Monday night tweeted the N-word edited when referring to the Cavs LeBron James after his scrum on the floor with the Knicks Enes Kanter. Vecsey used rapper Nortorius B.I.G.’s rap in the tweet and used the edited version of the N word which got a ton load of negative responses for Vecsey using the slur and Vecsey used it toward Cavs star LeBron. The heat is on.

2 Ocscar De La Hoya retired boxer said he was considering returning to the ring to take on UFC star Conor McGregor. De La Hoya in his 50s said he has been secretly training and that he could take McGregor in two rounds. What development transpires from the De La Hoya proposal is yet forthcoming but know the two boxers and the publicity and profits from such a match they would accept any kind of huge booking

3 The New York Yankees Aaron Judge was happy to accept the nomination of winning the American League Rookie of the Year for 2017 and Judge is expected to win the 2017  AL MVP as well

4 The Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger accepted the news that he was anointed the National League Rookie of the Year. Bellinger who played in this years World Series said it took lots of hard work and determination to achieve the award.

5 The NL Manager of the Year Award will most likely be Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts who is in his first year of managing and what a way to have a rookie year as skipper than to get into your first World Series as manager as well

Amaury does News and Commentary each week and the podcast every Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Sports Headline Podcast with London Marq: Young Yankees fan recovering after taking line drive in the head; Sharks having success in first two pre season games; plus more headlines

Baseball fans reacts as a young girl is tended to before she is carried out of the seating area after being hit by a line drive in the fifth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

On the Sports Headline Podcast with London:

1 MLB is not brushing the head injury of the young 13 year old girl aside as she was struck in the head with a 105 MPH line foul off the bat of New York Yankee hitter Todd Fraizer. MLB is now mandating netting from one dugout around from home plate to the end of the other dugout. The latest report the girl is making a good recovery. She is currently staying in a New York hospital.

2 Boxer Andre Ward who announced his retirement this week hangs em up after going a career 32-0 and 16 KOs the former Olympic Gold medal winner had boxed since 2004

3 The San Jose Sharks first week of pre season hockey are already 2-0 and have scored five goals in each of their first two games. After watching those first two games head coach Peter DeBoer has a crop of young players to choose from

4 The Oakland Raiders at 2-0 get set for week three in Washington for Sunday Night Football. Oakland’s offense prowess has been off the charts and Derek Carr with one of the best quarterback ratings in the NFL will be under center for this one

5 The San Francisco 49ers at 0-3 are coming off another loss from Thursday Night Football to the Los Angeles Rams in a three point decision 41-39. They’re next game is in Arizona Sunday October 1st.

London Marq does the Sports Headlines each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Ward-Kovalev II: Round-by-round

Andre Ward, right, fights Sergey Kovalev during a light heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

By Jeremy Harness

ROUND 1

Referee Tony Weeks makes it clear that he will not allow prolonged holding and wrestling, making quick breaks before things get out of hand. Ward is the busier fighter inside at this point, although Kovalev is the one moving forward. Ward lands a straight right over the top with 30 seconds left.

Ward’s round, 10-9

ROUND 2

Kovalev is doing a better job of cutting off the ring, which was not the case in the first fight. His jab is also starting to find the mark. Kovalev lands a right –left combo inside. Ward lands a low blow in the final minute of the round, and Weeks gives him time to recover.

Kovalev’s round, 10-9

ROUND 3

Ward beats Kovalev to the punch twice with left hook leads. Moments later, Weeks warns both fighters for holding behind the head. However, Kovalev is no longer cutting the ring off but is instead chasing Ward round the ring. Toward the end of the round, Kovalev lands a left of his own to get Ward’s attention.

Ward’s round, 10-9

ROUND 4

Early in the round, Weeks warns both fighters again for holding behind the head. Ward is not only the busier fighter inside, but he is also the more effective one at this point, as he landed a series of quick rights as the round came to a close.

Ward’s round, 10-9

ROUND 5

Midway through the round, a big portion of the crowd chants “SOG, SOG!” Kovalev is already showing signs of fatigue, as his mouth is visibly open. The damage is also showing on Kovalev’s face, as there is a mouse underneath his right eye. Ward lands a hard right to the body followed up by a left hook to the head in the closing moments of the round.

Ward’s round, 10-9

ROUND 6

Kovalev has started to find Ward from long range, but his shots have no effect on Ward. Although clearly fatigued at this point, Kovalev is clearly the busier fighter in this round.

Kovalev’s round, 10-9

ROUND 7

Left hook lands for Ward early in the round, as he continues to effectively counter Kovalev’s aggression. In the final minute of the round, Ward lands a light shot slightly below Kovalev’s beltline, and after a few seconds of allowing the challenger to recover, Weeks signals for him to continue. He did not rule it’s a low blow, however.

Ward’s round, 10-9

ROUND 8

Midway through the round, Ward lands a shot to Kovalev’s beltline, causing the Russian to double over.

Seconds later, Ward bounces a right off Kovalev’s jaw, backing him up as Ward quickly forces Kovalev to the ropes. From that point, Ward has Kovalev hurt and is stalking the bigger man around the ring. Ward eventually traps Kovalev along the ropes near a neutral corner, landing a series of shots to his beltline, as Kovalev completely drops his hands and slumps against the ropes. Seeing this, referee Tony Weeks steps in and stops the fight with 2:29 left in the round.

 

Ward pounds Kovalev’s body to get surprising knockout

photo courtesy bleacher report.com: Andre Ward defeats Sergey Kovalev at the MGM Grand Las Vegas Saturday night

By Jeremy Harness

If the first fight ended in controversy, Andre Ward erased it in the rematch Saturday night.

In what was expected to be another close fight that would go down to the wire, Ward used a sustained body attack to stop Sergey Kovalev in the eighth round to successfully defend the light heavyweight championship he won from Kovalev last November.

In the process, the Oakland native made a serious case for his being on the top of the list of boxing’s pound-for-pound best fighters.

Kovalev, however, was the aggressor for much of the fight, as he pressed the action early and often. The Russian (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) did a nice job early on of cutting off the ring on Ward, which was one of his keys to victory leading up to the fight.

However, as the fight progressed, Kovalev showed signs of fatigue, and by the fourth round, he was chasing and stalked the champion around the ring as Ward (32-0, 16 KO’s) found ways to counter him. Ward was also the more accurate fighter, particularly in close quarters, where the majority of the fight took place. That accuracy was evident on Kovalev’s face, as he developed a mouse under his right eye by the fifth round.

At that point, Kovalev, who worked with a biathalon coach during his training, was showing signs of fatigue, as his mouth was open and his punches seemed to lose their snap as the fight went on.

Ward, on the other hand, was just getting started. Ward continually found the mark with quick lefts inside as he closed the gap in order to prevent Kovalev from extending his arms for his vaunted power shots.

His best work, however, was aimed directly at Kovalev’s body. Or really, his beltline, to be exact.

He did land one clearly south of the border in the second round, and referee Tony Weeks allowed Kovalev a few moments to recover. He landed a shot on the beltline midway through the eighth, causing Kovalev to double over, but Weeks did not rule it a low blow and motioned for him to continue.

Seconds later, Ward shook Kovalev with a straight right to the jaw, and for the first time, Kovalev began retreating around the ring as Ward moved in for the kill. The champion got it when he trapped him near the corner and zeroed in on Kovalev’s beltline, as a series of body shots forced the challenger to be held up by the ropes and prompted Weeks to stop the fight at the 2:29 mark.

“When I saw him react to body shots that were borderline, I knew I had him,” Ward said. “I had to just keep going down there, and I just had to get the right shots in there to get it over with.

“Can I get on the pound-for-pound list now, at the top? Is it possible?”

Kovalev, on the other hand, denied that he was ever hurt by any legal punch the Ward threw, arguing that the body shots that Ward landed toward the end of the fight were low and should have called as such.

“He didn’t hurt me,” Kovalev said. “I could have continued to fight. It’s crazy. I don’t agree with the decision.

“I want to get another fight with him and kick his (expletive).”

At the time of the stoppage, two of the judges Ward leading the fight by a count of 67-66, while the other had it 68-65 in favor of Kovalev. Sports Radio Service had Ward ahead, 68-65.

Each of the three bouts on the undercard resulted in knockouts, but the third fight was immersed in controversy, with the ultimate decision perhaps still up in the air.

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KO’s), who has not lost a fight in 14 years, was having his way with challenger Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KO’s) in the first round when he landed a left hand that was clearly after the bell sounded.

Flores could not continue and stayed on the ground, and the fight was stopped. After a prolonged period of time which saw referee Vic Drakulich openly debate how he would decide the outcome – with his initial feeling to rule it a no-contest after Rigondeaux was holding Flores behind the head and hitting at the same time, although the Cuban champion had let go of Flores’ head prior to the fateful blow – he reached a decision that came as a complete surprise.

It was determined that the punch, despite replays clearly showing that the punch was landed after the bell, Rigondeaux was given the knockout victory, and the punch was deemed to have been legal.

The controversy didn’t stop there, however. Bob Bennett, the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, implied that after seeing the replay, the decision is likely to be reviewed.

“We’ll take a look at it, and if it turns out that we’re wrong, we’ll make the appropriate decision before the chairman and the commissioners,” Bennett said. “If the punch lands after the bell, it’s a disqualification.”

Kovalev keeps up the trash talk, says “25 year old girl slaps harder than Andre Ward punches”

 AP File photo: Nov 19, 2016; Andre Ward (dark blue) and Sergey Kovalev (royal blue) box during their WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Ward won via unanimous decision. Joe Camporeale/Cal Sport Media (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

 By Jeremy Harness

 Less than a month before he attempts to regain the championship that he lost to Andre Ward in November, Sergey Kovalev has continued to do what he does best outside the ring: trash talking.

Kovalev and Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) are set to square off at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas June 17, and he made it clear during a Wednesday media session that he does not think that Ward deserved the unanimous decision that he won over him.

 The win gave Ward the IBF, WBA and the WBO world light heavyweight titles, and he expressed little concern that he will regain those titles.

 “I want to punish Andre Ward, because he doesn’t deserve the money, the belts and the status as a champion,” Kovalev told Boxing News. “He’s not a champion to me.

 “I don’t respect this guy. He’s nothing to me.”

 The three judges gave Ward, an Oakland native, the victory by scores of 114-113, 114-113 and 114-113, with Ward getting the nod in most of the rounds in the second half of the fight. The fight was described as more of a wrestling match, with Ward using his overall skill and savvy to get the edge on Kovalev.

 Nonetheless, it went down as a win for Ward, and it moved him closer in the rankings for the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game. He is currently second in a number of those rankings, only behind middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin, who is set to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September.

 “He knows he didn’t win the fight,” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s) told Boxing News. “He’s trying to get the people to believe that he got the victory and fair. He didn’t win fair. In my hometown, a 25-year-old girl slapped me much harder than Andre ward punched me in the fight.”

 Meanwhile, Adonis Stevenson, whom Kovalev recently called “Adonis Chicken-son,” has said that he wants to fight the winner of the Ward-Kovalev rematch.

 Stevenson, the reigning WBC light heavyweight champ, will fight Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KO’s) in their rematch this Saturday night at Montreal’s Bell Centre. He has held that title for four years after knocking own Chad Dawson in an upset in 2013.

 

Ward, Kovalev to duke it out again at Mandalay Bay in Vegas June 17th

photo courtesy berkcommunications.net

By Jeremy Harness

OAKLAND–Throughout his career, as an amateur as well as a professional, Andre Ward has always found a way to rise above any circumstance to keep elevating himself to the top of the boxing world.

That was most evident on Nov. 19, when the Oakland product boxed and gutted his way to a unanimous decision victory over then-light heavyweight champion Sergei Kovalev, who entered the fight unbeaten and has utterly destroyed nearly everyone in his path.

The decision, which was reached when all three judges turned in identical scores of 114-113, was disputed, and at that point, a rematch was all but inevitable. The date was made official earlier this month, as the two fighters agreed to the highly-anticipated second meeting, which will happen at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas June 17.

Not only did his win in the first meeting garner him another world title, but it also put Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) into the discussion of who should be the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter.

The other fighters in the discussion include middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s), who solidified his claim on March 18, when he earned a 12-round unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs, who became the first fighter to extend Golovkin to the full 12-round distance.

Another is junior bantamweight champ Roman “Chocalitito” Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KO’s), whose last fight also came March 18, but he was beaten in a 12-round majority decision by a fighter named Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.

Despite his loss, Kovalev is also considered by some experts as one of the pound-for-pound best.

Although he is not known for having big punching power, Ward is known for his superior boxing skills and ring savvy, and those two qualities have served him extremely well during his career, allowing him to capture titles in three different weight classes.

Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s), on the other hand, is known for the exact opposite, as his heavy hands have paved the way for his rise from humble beginnings in his native Russia to becoming a world champion.

He is also known for trash talking in and out of the ring. Upon his knockout win over Jean Pascal in their rematch in January of last year, he called for a possible matchup with Pascal’s fellow countryman in Adonis Stevenson, who was in attendance at that fight and to whom Kovalev referred as “Adonis Chicken-son.”

Andre Ward Turns Deaf Ears To Kovalev’s Assault of Insults

Berk Communications photo: Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev weigh in for the upcoming rematch Mon June 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

by Barbara Mason

OAKLAND–“There is such a thing as a close fight with a clear winner,” said Andre Ward at the second of three press tours scheduled this week. On Monday April 10 the tour made their first stop in New York City. Tuesday’s press event took place at the Marriott Hotel as Ward returned to his roots in the Bay Area.

There was such an uproar as to the decision of the last fight and many thought that Kovalev clearly won the fight. All the attention was centered on what happened in the second round and not what happened in the later rounds. Kovalev was tired, very tired and his boxing suffered as a result. That was then and this is now. That fight is history and the question now is, will history repeat itself?

All the trash talk has begun mostly on the side of the Kovalev camp. While it’s all about getting into your opponents head it doesn’t do much good if that talk falls on deaf ears. Mocking Ward’s nickname, calling him “Son of Judges” and also posting a photo of Ward on all fours in the second round of their first fight and saying here you are praying to your God is just the beginning of a long two month assault. Ward doesn’t pay much attention. He knows who he is and what he stands for. Ward is putting the past in the past and looking only towards the fight on Saturday June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

For the next two months Andre Ward will be training in earnest. He will not train any differently than last time but might also add some jabbing. I would say that more jabbing might be the answer to a victory for Ward. He will continue to stay in reality and leave perception to everyone else. He feels that Kovalev’s arrogance will be his downfall. “Big-talk is all a cover-up,” said Ward. “Your hiding something.” He plans to get Sergey outside of his realm where he can exploit his weaknesses.

Kovalev’s social media posts over the past five months indicate that the Russian is infuriated by Ward. He says he does not respect him and there is nothing to like about him. He doesn’t like the way he acts, he doesn’t like his nickname, and he no doubt doesn’t like his popularity. I’d say Ward has crept under his skin big time which could be trouble for the Russian.

The rhetoric will get uglier and the bottom line is that is great for the fight. The more hype the merrier and the more interest in this fight which may attract more attention than the last fight because there is clearly deep hatred in the Kovalev camp. “When he looks at me, I just want to punch him in the head,” said Kovalev. “I want to punish him,” he said. This immense hatred will be good for sales no doubt. Tickets go on sale this Friday April 14 at 10am and range from 1,255.00 to 105.00

 

 

Sports headlines podcast with Tony Renteria: Jon Jones suspension will take huge bite out of the UFC 200

photo by mmajunkie.com: Jon Jones and manager Malki Kawa meet with the press over Jones’ positive test for performance enhancers on Thursday

On the Sports headlines podcast with Tony, the UFC’s Jon Jones who failed a drug test finding Jones positive for performance enhancers for a substance that Jones says he can’t even pronounce “Metabolite” which was found in his DNA. Jones was quite emotional while meeting with the press on Thursday and swore he didn’t take illegal substances as he spoke he was in tears over the whole situation. Jones manager Malki Kawa said that he’s 1000 percent positive that Jones didn’t take any banned substances and that the situation “would be resolved.”

On the NBA front former Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade co-hosted Live with Kelly Ripa on Thursday it was there that Wade talked about his signing a $46 million, two year deal with the Chicago Bulls. While the Bulls aren’t going anywhere this year this is a home coming for Wade and Wade had personality issues with Miami Heat team president Pat Riley as the two butted egos in Miami. Wade is happy for the move.

Tony Renteria does the Sports Headlines podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com