Mayweather, McGregor agree to August fight

first_imgUndefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor, two of the most popular athletes in their respective sports, have agreed to a crossover fight in the ring on August 26 in Las Vegas.The fight confirmed is expected to gross millions of dollars, with Mayweather a solid favourite.Mayweather, 40, retired in 2015 with an unblemished 49-0 professional boxing record while boastful Irishman McGregor, 28, is the UFC’s lightweight champion.“IT’S OFFICIAL!!!” Mayweather wrote on his Twitter account alongside a short video that included photos of both fighters.“THE FIGHT IS ON,” McGregor tweeted minutes before Mayweather’s post.The two fighters had gone back and forth for nearly a year on the showdown, each demanding $100 million for the fight.Both camps declined to disclose financial details during a call with reporters but said all sides were satisfied.“Nobody is bummed out about this deal,” UFC president Dana White said.“Everybody’s happy,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said.White told ESPN that the 12-round fight would take place at the T-Mobile Arena and that McGregor would weigh in at 154 pounds.Mayweather Promotions will publicise the event, which will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.“I talked to Conor McGregor this morning,” White said. “He is absolutely, 100 per cent positive that he wins this fight.”If McGregor pulls that off, it would rank among the greatest boxing upsets of all time.Mayweather is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters ever, and prides himself on his ability to evade punishment with his movement and to make adjustments on the fly.McGregor, the UFC’s reigning lightweight champion and former featherweight champion, is known as much for his bravado as for his explosive knockout power inside an MMA octagon.The Irishman became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in New York last November for the lightweight championship.Known for his devastating striking and highlight-reel knockouts, McGregor is also quick on his feet but few would back him to beat one of the most complete boxers of all time.A win for Mayweather would move him ahead of former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano, who also retired with a perfect 49-0 career record.Showtime Sports executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said the fight had the potential to appeal to an entirely new category of fans.“We’re not only drawing from the universe of boxing fans and the universe of MMA fans, we’ve actually tapped into the audience that doesn’t follow either sport,” he said.“This is an unprecedented event.”last_img read more

Rodgers wants Vardy to stay with Leicester for years

first_imgBrendan Rodgers is hoping the purity of Leicester will convince Jamie Vardy to remain with the Foxes “for many more years”.Vardy has been a revelation since Rodgers arrived at the King Power Stadium at the end of February, scoring 19 goals in 22 games, including 10 this season, and five in his last three appearances.Vardy and Leicester next face Arsenal at home on Saturday, a club the 32-year-old considered joining three years ago following the Foxes’ fairytale Premier League triumph.Instead, he opted to remain with a club he joined for just £1million from Fleetwood over seven years ago.Assessing why Vardy turned his back on the Gunners, Rodgers said: “It’s about the individual, and it’s not just the football, it’s family.“Sometimes players have to weigh up everything. He was at the stage in his career where he had just come off the back of being a champion, worldwide status for that season, and the story behind it.“But he also probably had to sit down and reflect on the next part of his career, and thankfully for me, he stayed.”Rodgers has dismissed suggestions that at Arsenal, Vardy would no longer have been the focal point of the attack, as has long been the case with Leicester, instead citing the nature of the club itself as a key reason for spurning a move to north London.“The one thing I know from Jamie Vardy is that he is a team player,” added Rodgers.“Of course, he is a top striker but he loves competition. He is a competitor. I see it every day in our working time together.“I don’t think being the main man…he is the type of guy who has proven himself all his life, all his career, and he has proven himself to be one of the top strikers in Europe, for me.“It wouldn’t have been because of that (not being number one) he didn’t go to Arsenal.“There were a number of things – he was offered a good deal here, he probably felt comfortable and stable here.“It’s an incredible club. When you see all the paraphernalia around the Premier League, this is a club that’s pure, that has community spirit and doesn’t get carried away with all the stuff the Premier League can bring.“He is the type of guy I’m sure enjoyed that, being looked after.”Although Rodgers is unsure whether Vardy will see out his playing days with Leicester, he at least hopes the forward will not be lured away for some time to come.“His best years will be here, and if you look at him now there are a few more to go yet,” assessed Rodgers.“He is still so sharp, so clinical, and fit. He’s 33 in January but he looks after his body. Maybe not having played so much early on in his career is helping him at the back end.“And then what he wants to do in a few years’ time, you never know. He may want to play elsewhere in another country, which he could do, but hopefully he is going to be here for many more years.”last_img read more

Racela proud to see former Tamaraws making impact in PBA

first_imgWe are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Seven former Tamaraws were picked in the recent Rookie Draft, and they didn’t waste any time making an impact for their respective teams.Mac Belo headlines the list, averaging 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in leading Blackwater to a historic 2-0 start. He was also named the first PBA Press Corp Player of the Week for the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliRoger Pogoy also did his damage for TNT, posting 12.0 markers and 3.0 boards through two games.Mike Tolomia also had a rousing start for Rain or Shine, firing 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists while Alaska’s Carl Bryan Cruz had 20 markers and 14 boards in his first game. Read Next From L-R: Carl Cruz, Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, Russell Escoto. Photos by PBA IMAGES/INQUIRER.netIf there’s one guy who isn’t surprised with the way PBA rookies from Far Eastern University are performing, it’s certainly coach Nash Racela.“I’m happy for all the FEU players. They’re all playing really well and representing the FEU program,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ferrer motivated to bounce back after quiet debut EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Racela feels that these standout performances is a reflection of the quality of FEU’s basketball program.“I’m happy to see that they’re playing just like college players. Normally when you’re a rookie, you always hesitate when you start your career. But when you watch all of them, it’s nothing. How they played in college, how they played in the D-League, it’s the same which is really good because they’re making an impact,” he said.Racela is proud with how far his former players have gone, saying that as much as the players have helped FEU, they have also helped themselves to get where they are today.“It worked both ways. FEU helped them and they helped FEU,” he said. “The important thing right now is they’re reaping the benefits of their hardwork.”ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFAlast_img read more

Abolition of death penalty not a priority – President

first_img… Govt in “no rush” to hold consultationsDespite repeated calls from the international community, the death penalty will not be abolished anytime soon in Guyana, with top Government officials declaring that this measure is not a priority.One day after United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) officials urged that the death penalty be removed from the law books, Government affirmed that there is no rush for this to occur since there has already been a moratorium on capital punishment since 1997.President David Granger, during a recording of his weekly telecast “The Public Interest” on Thursday, made it clear that all governments have their priorities; however, the abolition of the death penalty is just not a pressing matter to pursue.Positing that his utmost priorities are the eradication of poverty and alleviation of illiteracy, President Granger argued that the sidelining of this issue does not mean his Government will rush to execute prisoners.“Right now, persons who are being convicted and sentenced to death will not fear that the penalty will actually be carried out… It is not one of my priorities to order the death penalty, I am not about to order an execution,” he explained.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, during the chairing of the post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, iterated that there is no urgency in abolishing the death penalty.In fact, he explained that it is a complicated situation given that the death penalty needs to be enshrined in the country’s laws in order to be compliant with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) regime.“We are aware that recent laws dealing with countering terrorism include the death penalty brought us in compliance with FATF. We are placed in a position where credible international organisations are calling us to enact certain laws which we complied with so we may not be put on certain lists and made a pariah state where terrorism is concerned,” he stated.Notwithstanding, Trotman said holding consultations on the matter is not important at this moment.“Government is not rushed to remove it from the books. Should we do so, we will have widespread consultations with the people of Guyana,” the Minister said.The conversation surrounding the abolition of the death penalty in Guyana became slightly complex after the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Administration included capital punishment in its anti-terrorism laws, even though it had signed on to join worldwide efforts to abolish the death penalty.Ahead of a judicial colloquium on the death penalty on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel, several UN and EU officials once again emphasised the importance of the death penalty to be repealed and called on Government to make advancements in this regard.The officials also expressed hope that Cabinet will find it fit to remove capital punishment from the recently passed Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) legislation.With Government insisting that the death penalty is required to render Guyana FATF compliant, others are contending that this is not the case.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall had asserted that in other countries deemed FATF compliant, the death penalty is abolished.He pointed out that in France, where FATF is headquartered, the death penalty has been abolished decades ago; and the country is still FATF compliant.Nandlall had lamented that the country will only suffer, having the death penalty still enshrined in its laws while standing in solidarity with the worldwide movement to abolish capital punishment, which has been deemed inhumane and completely ineffective in deterring crime.last_img read more

Teenager stabs man to death at Barima

first_imgAlthough the Guyana Police Force has announced a 40 per cent decrease in serious crimes in F Division (Interior Locations) thus far for 2016, another murder was recorded on Wednesday evening. This time, a teenager was accused of stabbing a man during a drinking spree at Ela Landing, North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini).The dead man was identified was Junior Moses, 44, a farmer of Barima, NWD. The stabbing incident occurred about 18:40h. Investigations revealed that Moses and the suspect, a 17-year-old, were consuming alcohol when an argument erupted.It was during the argument, the teenager armed himself with a knife and stabbed Moses once to his abdomen and made good his escape. Moses was taken to the Mabaruma Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His body is presently at the hospital’s mortuary, awaiting a post-mortem. However, the matter was reported and the teenager was subsequently arrested. He is being questioned by the Police and is expected to be arraigned for murder.Only on Tuesday, F Division Commander, Senior Superintendent Ravindradat Budhram highlighted that out of the 19 murders that were committed for the year thus far, 15 of them were solved. He also pointed out that a total of 33 illegal firearms were seized compared to 16 in 2015.last_img read more

Deaf student wins case against school

first_imgGLENDORA – Samantha Solorzano, a deaf sophomore at Glendora High School, cried tears of joy after she and her family won a lawsuit against her school requiring it to provide her with a real-time transcription of her classes. Then, June 7, the school appealed. In court documents, the district called having a court reporter transcribe classes an “extreme solution” that could intimidate other students. “I feel mad that they won’t give up … I want to hear what everybody’s saying,” said the 16-year-old. She doesn’t enunciate much, but she is understandable. Being deaf since birth hasn’t kept Solorzano from attending regular high school classes, but it has kept her from joining classroom discussions. She has several ways of understanding what people say, from lip reading to a cochlear implant in her left ear, although she still might need people to repeat themselves. Her teachers have microphones so their voices are transmitted to her hearing aid. “We have an obligation to provide students with what they need … but we try to distinguish between what would be needed and what is just helpful,” McNevin said. The appeal could take one or two years, but Solorzano’s attorney, David M. Grey, said federal laws will require the school to provide captioning during the appeal – but he will have to get a court order for it. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But most students sit behind her and she can’t always see their lips. Since she doesn’t know what they’re saying, she doesn’t want to speak, she said. So in May 2006, Solorzano and her family asked the school to provide a transcription service, which is used in several area high schools and colleges. A court-reporter style “captionist” would sit in class with Solorzano, typing what the teachers and students said word for word for her to read on a computer screen, or projected onto a classroom screen. But the school disagreed, saying in court documents that captioning was unnecessary. It would also cost upward of $35,000 per year. The school offered other options, including a sign language interpreter and the note-taker. So in November, the family sued, and they won in May. Glendora High School appealed last week. Ted McNevin, the Glendora Unified School District’s director of instructional and student support services, said he couldn’t talk about Solorzano’s case for confidentiality reasons, but spoke about special education programs. last_img read more

WATCH! Former Man United midfielder’s ‘horrible elbow’ on Portsmouth player

first_imgJonathan Greening, the former Mancheser United midfielder, was sent off for York against Portsmouth on Tuesday night for catching Michael Doyle in the face with his elbow.Greening insisted after the game, which his side went on to lose 6-0, that he did not deserve to be sent off but Adrian Durham insists he got exactly what he deserved, describing it on Twitter as a ‘horrible challenge’.Have a look at the video above and let us know what you think…last_img

Kern County hit by 4.3 temblor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RIDGECREST (AP) – A minor earthquake swayed Kern County in Southern California early Wednesday. No injuries were reported. The magnitude-4.3 quake struck at 5:22 a.m. and was centered 15 miles north of Ridgecrest, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. Ridgecrest is about 110 miles northeast of Bakersfield. “It was a jolt and then a smooth roll,” said Kammy Rana, a dispatcher for the Ridgecrest Police Department. “It made the office sway slightly.” last_img read more

Hillary’s world

first_imgThat’s Hillary’s problem. She works at the likability thing, and has done a good job these last few years of making herself look more human and less political. But deep down, people will always harbor the suspicion that she’s a cynical, calculating manipulator; every act of home-spun charm the product of focus-group testing. And all it takes is the emergence of one embarrassing anecdote to undo all those efforts at sincerity and compassion. According to The Times of London, Socks – the Clintons’ White House cat – got the boot at the end of Bill’s term in office. The feline was shipped off to go live with Betty Currie, the president’s personal secretary during the Lewinsky affair. This, despite the success of Hillary’s book, “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets,” in which she claimed that the White House didn’t “become a home” until Socks joined the family. In that same book, Clinton also urged readers to think of pets as an “adoption instead of an acquisition.” Will the discarded Socks come to be seen as a metaphor for Clintonism? Should all the groups Hillary has adopted into her campaign – gays, Chinese-Americans, middle Americans, women voters, moderates – fear being dumped as soon as their political utility has expired? Little things mean a lot in politics. That’s why Socks was brought into the Clinton limelight in the first place. The Clintons understand that symbols matter much more than platforms to much of the electorate. Socks was a way to show just how loving Bill and Hillary really are. Now, it seems, he may have served his purpose all too well. A Clinton campaign smear? A significant flap on the campaign trail this past week has been Sen. Obama’s appearances with gospel singer/pastor Donnie McClurkin. Gay-rights groups and Clinton supporters have denounced the appearance, calling McClurkin “anti-gay.” But if one takes a look at his history and what he’s actually said, it seems that McClurkin is being smeared in an effort to damage Obama. First, a little context: When McClurkin was 8, his uncle raped him. When he was 13, his uncle’s son – that is, his cousin – raped him again. Naturally, this led to profound sexual confusion and disturbance, which plagued McClurkin for the rest of his life, and has included struggles with homosexuality. The way McClurkin sees it, he was not born gay. He wrestled with and suffered from sexual confusion because of his abuse. Later, he would find peace in his faith. And now he wants to share that peace with others who suffer the way he did. No, McClurkin is not out to “change” people against their will. “If you’re gay, and you’re happy, if you don’t think you need to change, stay just how you are,” he said. “But there are some people who are in the gay and bisexual lifestyle that are broken; that’s why the suicide rate is so high.” And when he speaks of change, he’s not so much talking about altering people’s inclinations as much as reforming the way they respond to them. You might disagree with McClurkin’s take, but you can’t argue with his experience – and there are many others he’s ministered to who feel the same way. It’s not “hate” to want to bring what has brought you peace to others who crave it. Moreover, McClurkin has been critical of Christians who pick on gays, or pretend that their sins are worse than anybody else’s. “You’ve got the church people who are lambasting and so demeaningly preaching hard against the person and not the sin. You’ve got the preachers calling them names,” he says. “We become harsh and we haven’t portrayed the love of Jesus Christ.” Instead, McClurkin says, “we’ve got to address (gays and lesbians) and we’ve got to love them, we’ve got to nurture them and we’ve got to embrace them. And we can’t judge them.” What’s more, if it’s really so disgraceful that Obama would even associate with him, what does it say that McClurkin performed at Bill Clinton’s Democratic National Convention in 1992? Chris Weinkopf, the Daily News’ editorial-page editor, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Sure. Anyone care to guess how many people “consigned to the margins” in other ethnic groups are making $2,000 contributions to HRC `08? Given her massive lead, both in money and in the polls, Clinton seems all but destined to win the Democratic nomination. All that could derail her is a major gaffe – or a scandal. If I were Barack Obama, I’d be sending investigators to Chinatown … Hillary’s cat problem In politics, personality often trumps everything else. Americans loved Ronald Reagan, just as they loved Bill Clinton, less for ideology than for personality. It’s why Arnold is a star and Davis was a bum; why Villaraigosa is a hero and Hahn a goat. It’s why W beat Gore and Kerry, and why Obama is even a contender. It helps to be likeable. China girl Amazingly, New York’s Chinatown happens to be a major fundraising hot spot for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The Los Angeles Times reports that legions of dishwashers, waiters and other low-wage earners in the area have been ponying up large donations for the New York senator’s war chest. Who knew Hillary could inspire such support from poor Chinese-American laborers? Or, perhaps, I should say, Hsu knew? Still, despite doing a solid job of exposing all the seedy ways this money may have changed hands – including pressure from the Chinese Mafia – the Times holds out hope for Hillary, noting that she was able to raise the cash through “appeals to the hopes and dreams of people now consigned to the margins.” last_img

Celtic FC team news: Predicted XI to face FC Astana in the Champions League

first_img 11. Scott Sinclair (left-wing) 11 63. Kieran Tierney (left-back) 49. James Forrest (right-wing) 8. Scott Brown (central midfield) 11 5. Jozo Simunovic (centre-back) 11 21. Olivier Ntcham (central midfield) 23. Mikael Lustig (right-back) 11 11 11 6. Nir Bitton (centre-back) 11 1. Craig Gordon (goalkeeper) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Celtic XI to face FC Astana in the Champions League… 11 11 9. Leigh Griffiths (striker) 11 18. Tom Rogic (central midfield) If Scottish giants Celtic are to make the Champions League group stage, they must first dispatch Kazakh opponents FC Astana.Brendan Rodgers’ men have already shown good form this campaign, playing seven games in all competitions and winning six. But the fact they have only conceded one goal, in a 4-1 win over Hearts, will ensure their confidence is high.And they will also be buoyed by the news striker Leigh Griffiths has declared himself fit for the first leg at Celtic Park.Unfortunately, defenders Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata, midfielder Eboue Kouassi (all knee) and striker Moussa Dembele (hamstring), remain absent.So who will Rodgers pick for the crunch clash? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Celtic XI to face FC Astana in the Champions League… 11last_img read more