Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile in emotional NBA TV special Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “People said, ‘Floyd said, Oh, he’ll be fighting in the UFC for a billion dollars’ – that’s not what I said,” Mayweather explained in an interview with FightHype.com. “What I said was this: I made a billion dollars. If I made a billion dollars before, I’ll do it again. If I choose to get in the UFC and fight for the UFC, or fight three fights or four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars, which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights. I could make a billion dollars.”After cashing in over a hundred million dollars in his retirement bout against UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor last August—notching a 50-0 pro career record in the process—fight fans marveled at the idea of a rematch under MMA rules.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I choose to get in the octagon and fight – fight three fights, three or four fights, and then fight Conor McGregor in the octagon. We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather, and I don’t look forward to getting back in the boxing ring,” he said.“That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. So, I’m just saying, I could (make a billion in the UFC). I’m not doing it. But I’m saying, what I could do is make a billion dollars quick if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying.” Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues McGregor, meanwhile, has noted publicly several times that he wants a rematch against Mayweather but under the UFC banner.Pundits, however, doubt the cunning Mayweather will risk his unblemished fighting record, especially out of the comforts of the boxing ring.“I never said I was going to fight in the UFC,” Mayweather said. “I didn’t say that. I just said if I wanted to and what I could do. ‘Would’ and ‘could’ do isn’t the same thing. I’m not going to do it, though.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’ADVERTISEMENT In this file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during a weigh-in for a fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.  APUFC President Dana White dropped a bombshell revelation on Wednesday, claiming that he was having “real” talks with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. about possibly fighting inside the octagon.The 40-year-old slugger, however, denied White’s claims and said that people have “misconstrued” his earlier comments about mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Rumours of my retirement are greatly exaggerated, says Francesca Schiavone

first_imgIt was a heart-tugging moment. As Francesca Schiavone went down to defeat in the first round of the French Open, the tournament organisers announced she was retiring, and the crowd had seen her last Roland Garros campaign.But one person didn’t feel very warm and sentimental: Schiavone. The retirement was news to her.Roland Garros’s Twitter feed had carried the announcement. The tweet was quickly deleted, but several reporters took the information into the news conference room after Schiavone’s 6-2, 6-4 loss to Kristina Mladenovic.”Roland Garros announced my retirement, but I didn’t,” Schiavone told them. “So you can stand up, all of you, and go back to work in the office, because I didn’t say that.”Schiavone lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup at the 2010 French Open and was runner-up in 2011. She turns 36 next month, an age when tennis players start hanging up their racquets. But Schiavone would prefer not to be hurried along.”I will announce when I will want to stop,” she said.”When I finished, everybody stood up. I say, I don’t know if it’s respect, I love, I appreciate this situation. But I think that everybody thought this because Roland Garros announced it. It was not the last one for me.”Next up for the 26th-seeded Mladenovic is American Samantha Crawford.last_img read more

Pacquiao teams up with China billionaire Jack Ma in latest jab at Mayweather

first_imgMOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Yeah, I’m ready any time, any place. Manny’s team is ready,” he said in the video.Message to Mayweather! pic.twitter.com/nS3K9a0SCY— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) October 27, 2019Whether or not a rematch between Pacquiao and Mayweather comes to fruition, boxing’s only eight-division champion may have just found a new sparring partner at least for entertainment purposes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Durham, Meralco deal San Miguel its 2nd straight losscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ And on Sunday, Pacquiao called out Mayweather again on social media, and this time, he brought one of his good buddies along.In the video, Pacquiao, who is in China, acted as trainer while Chinese billionaire Jack Ma did the mitts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Floyd Mayweather, if you want a real fight, fight me,” Pacquiao said in the video. “If you want an exhibition, my guy, my friend, Jack Ma will take care of you. The real Manny Team.”Ma, one of the wealthiest and influential people in China, gamely went with it. View comments Photo taken from Manny Pacquiao’s Twitter accountMANILA, Philippines—It’s no secret that Manny Pacquiao wants another crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr.The Filipino boxing legend has been vocal about wanting a second bout with the retired former pound-for-pound king, who beat him by unanimous decision back in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Nokia 9 to be released in Q3 2017, may cost Rs 44,999 in India

first_imgIconic phone manufacturer Nokia just staged what can arguably be called the comeback of the decade a few weeks ago by launching three Android powered smartphones and a re-incarnation of the legendary Nokia 3310. Nokia is now set to launch its flagship smartphone, dubbed the Nokia 9 which is expected to be packed to the gills with features such as an Iris Scanner, Carl Zeiss cameras and a QuadHD OLED display.According to a new report by Nokia Power User, the smartphone is expected to be priced at around EUR 749 in European markets, $699 in the U.S. and Rs 44,999 in India. It must be noted that the Indian pricing is the lowest amongst the three.The smartphone is expected to come with a Quad HD 5.5-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 GPU, a massive 6GB of RAM, a 3,800mAh battery with QuickCharge 4 support, 64/128GB of internal storage and Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box.Also Read: New Nokia 3310 vs old Nokia 3310: How much difference do 17 years make?On the imaging front, the smartphone is expected to come with a 22MP dual lens Carl Zeiss rear camera paired with a 12MP front facing camera for selfies. Additionally, the smartphone is to feature an Iris Scanner like the one found on the recently released Samsung Galaxy S8, a finger print sensor, IP68 dust and water resistance and “Nokia OZO audio” enhancements.Nokia is also rumoured to be working on two more high-end smartphones dubbed the Nokia 8 and Nokia 7 powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 660 chipset which are expected to slot in below the Nokia 9 in Nokia’s smartphone line-up.advertisementThe Nokia 7 is tipped to come with a fullHD display, while the Nokia 8 is expected to feature a QuadHD display. Additionally, both smartphones are expected to sport a metallic unibody design and run on Android Nougat out of the box.Due to Snapdragon 835 procurement issues, the Nokia 9 is not expected to be launched before the third quarter of 2017 – sometime between July and August. Nokia’s 2017 reincarnation of the legendary 3310 is expected to be launched globally in April, with the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 receiving a staggered release throughout May.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 review: Ticks almost all the right boxeslast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: France beat Japan to reach knockout stage

first_imgFrance rode on a brace by Amine Gouiri to beat a stubborn Japan 2-1 in a Group E encounter at the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Wednesday.The Olympique Lyonnais youngster struck in the 13th and 71st minutes while Taisei Miyashiro (73rd minute) reduced the margin for Japan.France are at the top of the group with six points, having won both their matches. They have qualified for the Round of 16 as they will finish among the top two even if they lose their last group match.The Europeans enjoyed a bright start, forcing the Japanese to be defensive right from the start.Gouiri was a constant threat for the Japanese defenders and he opened the scoring with a nice finish through the legs of Japan goalkeeper Kosei Tani.Japan however, fought back and created several chances at the other end.Gouiri doubled the lead in the second half after a superb exchange of passes with Yacine Adli in the Japanese penalty box.Japan reduced the deficit through a penalty conversion by Miyashiro a couple of minutes later.France however, held on for their second consecutive victory.last_img read more

Merseyside Derby: Allardyce Effect Already Clear at Everton

first_imgSam Allardyce leaned back in his seat, a broad grin across his face.As manager of relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, he’d just masterminded a victory at Liverpool and was determined to lap it up.“With our limited possession, we exposed Liverpool’s weaknesses time and time again,” Allardyce said, almost chuckling.“On corners, Liverpool are pretty weak,” he added. “They’ve conceded six off corners (that season). It’s now seven.”It was classic “Big Sam,” reveling in outmaneuvering a bigger club and letting everyone know about it. Just like in 2014 when, after his West Ham team earned a 0-0 draw at Chelsea, Allardyce boasted that he’d “out-tacticed, outwitted” coaching counterpart Jose Mourinho.That win for Palace over Liverpool was on April 23, and Allardyce remains the last visiting manager to leave Anfield with all three points in any competition.He returns there on Sunday, this time as the new manager of an Everton side that has endured years of misery on its short trips across Stanley Park to play its neighbor.Everton is without a victory at Anfield in this century. Its last victory was in 1999 when Kevin Campbell scored the winner in a typically frenetic derby featuring three red cards — including one for a young Steven Gerrard for a waist-high challenge — and an ugly punch-up between Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld and Everton striker Francis Jeffers.The arrival of Allardyce has coincided with an upturn in form from Everton. He watched from the stands at Goodison Park, a day before being officially hired, as Everton beat West Ham 4-0. The team beat Huddersfield 2-0 in his first game in charge and won at Cypriot side Apollon Limassol 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday, even though Allardyce didn’t attend that game because of a pre-arranged medical appointment back home.A few weeks ago, Everton fans would have been dreading the thought of the derby. With Allardyce already working his magic and Everton back in mid-table, they have a glimmer of hope.“Good organization. Clear structure. Set-pieces at the highest level,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday when asked what his team should expect from Allardyce’s Everton on Sunday.“Everyone knows how Sam Allardyce teams play football, in moments like this. He has all my respect, 100 percent.”That despite Allardyce, when manager of Sunderland, calling Klopp a “soft German” after they became embroiled in a heated exchange on the touchline during Liverpool’s 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light in December 2015.Klopp said just last week that he has “kind of a history” with Allardyce.“One of the most experienced, if not the most experienced, managers in the Premier League,” Klopp added on Friday. “I played him now, when we meet on Sunday, in three different clubs already and I am only two years here. At each club, he did the job. Obviously, he is very successful and we know what we will get. That doesn’t make it easier, to be honest, because all Sam Allarydce teams are difficult to play.”Gylfi Sigurdsson is in his best form since joining Everton from Swansea and, with his delivery from corners and free kicks, is set to play a key role on Sunday.“He’s is born to deliver set-pieces,” Klopp said of Sigurdsson.Allardyce should also continue with young striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front ahead of fellow striker Omar Niasse, who has more goals this season but isn’t as troublesome at set-pieces.Most importantly, Allardyce will want to see his defense stand up to Liverpool’s exhilarating attack, which could again feature the “Fab Four” of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.Everton hasn’t conceded a goal under Allarydce, who places much emphasis on getting his defense right first and foremost when joining a new club. Keeping up that record will be tough against a team that has racked up 15 goals in its last three games.“If I was sat in his position with the players that he’s got, it’s a wonderful situation,” Allardyce said of Klopp.“You can’t say, if we can block these one or two players off, we will stop Liverpool. It’s more than that at the moment, there’s four or five. That’s the hard bit for us. And also their finishing ability has increased.”___STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tiger Woods in vintage form as he throws down Masters gauntlet

first_imgTopics Tiger Woods shrugs off collision with security guard saying ‘accidents happen’ The Masters Pinterest match reports “There’s obviously loads of great players in golf right now,” Molinari said. “I think I’m getting the attention that I deserve and it’s not something that I seek or that I want desperately. I’m happy to go about my business and keep playing good golf.”If Molinari’s position is no shock – to anyone outside podcast land, anyway – the same cannot be said for Day. The Australian’s latest back injury, caused when leaning down to kiss his young daughter, led to several bouts of physiotherapy treatment during round one. Day was lying on Augusta’s hallowed turf with legs in all manner of positions not worth trying at home. Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Facebook As Woods holed out again from long range at the 15th Augusta’s belief that a fifth Green Jacket could adorn the returning hero was at an all-time high. Woods’s 68 ensured he will begin day three at six under par, one adrift of Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen. But for a series of missed opportunities on the greens, Woods would be firmly in command.White boiler suit to Green Jacket would be quite a fashion statement. For Molinari it is also a realistic goal. Thirteen years have passed since he donned Augusta National’s famous caddie gear to carry the bag of his brother, Edoardo, in the Masters. The pair lasted 36 holes, with the reigning US amateur champion missing the cut comprehensively. Major Fridays have an altogether different feeling for Francesco now.The Italian has dropped only one shot in 36 holes. And still Molinari’s credentials are commonly underplayed. A Masters podcast presenter on Friday morning claimed the 36-year-old had to be a “dark horse” to prevail here. It took an incandescent caller from New York to apply sanity; how a reigning Open champion, Ryder Cup hero and winner of a PGA Tour event last month would be in any way under the radar defies all (non American) logic. Share on Messenger Facebook Share on LinkedIn Francesco Molinari hits from a bunker on the second hole on his way to a share of the lead. Photograph: Matt Slocum/AP Support The Guardian PGA Tourcenter_img From within inches of disaster to touching distance of the Masters lead. Even taking into account the extraordinary circumstances which attach themselves to Tiger Woods as routine, Friday afternoon at Augusta National witnessed amazing scenes.Given this venue’s propensity for strictness, the punishment that will befall the security guard who caught Woods’s right ankle does probably not bear thinking about. On a wet surface and when seeking to contain crowds in rough by the 14th hole, the officer slipped to the extent where he flew directly into the 14-times major champion. Woods limped, a watching world held its breath but within yards there was a smile. The 43-year-old was to convert a 25ft birdie putt minutes later, emphasising there had been no lasting damage. European Tour Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Phil Mickelson scents the sweet smell of Masters success again Day pieced together a Friday 67 to match Molinari’s 137 strokes. Day played his closing six holes in three under. Attention thereafter, inevitably, turned towards fitness. “I have battled back issues this whole year,” said Day. “I kind of know the protocol of getting myself into game mode.” Scott held the lead at eight under with a wonderful eagle at the 15th after players took to the course from a 30-minute weather delay but immediately conceded it by missing from 4ft one hole later.Koepka handed back what had been a first-round tie at the leaderboard summit after taking seven at thepar-five 2nd. He duly recovered, as one would expect from a three-time major champion, to score a 71. Oosthuizen’s Friday involved just 66 shots.Ian Poulter has chuckled when pointing out the Masters chances of a 43-year-old – Woods – have been widely quoted. At the same age, and enjoying an ongoing career renaissance, Poulter has absolutely nothing to lose here. The Englishman’s 36-hole aggregate is minus five.Dustin Johnson reached halfway at six under, courtesy of a 70, where he has Woods, Xander Schauffele and the debutant Justin Harding for company.Matt Kuchar’s previously clean-cut reputation has taken a battering after disputes over payment to a Mexican caddie and, more recently, a match play incident with Sergio Garcia. Presumably Masters victory would win back some hearts and minds; Kuchar is four under after a second round of 69.Bryson DeChambeau, who held the 18-hole lead alongside Koepka, suffered a back-nine implosion. The 25-year-old signed for a 75, which slid him back to three under.Bernhard Langer eased inside the cut line at minus one, having added a 72 to Thursday’s 71. The 61-year-old provided a non-clichéd reply when asking whether course and distance specialism was key to his recurring Masters longevity.“Experience helps but it doesn’t make up for hitting five more clubs into every green than somebody else,” Langer said. “I’m hitting four irons, they’re hitting nine irons. I would rather hit nine irons and have a little less experience.”Still, the champion of 1985 and 1993 can enjoy his weekend. Not so Justin Rose, who was among those to head home early. Briefly, and freakishly, it was thought the same would transpire for Woods. Fear not, golfing world. US sports Twitter Golf Share on Pinterest Read more Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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The Manual Wind: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

first_imgThe perpetual calendar is one of the most classic higher complications.  A personal favorite of mine, this calendar complication tells the day, date, month, year, and will adjust for different length months and leap years.  More useful than a chronograph and less expensive than a tourbillon or minute repeater.  Although the complication has been around for hundreds of years, it’s long overdue for Audemars Piguet to update one of their flagship timepieces; the Royal Oak Perpetual.A few years back, Audemars Piguet introduced their world class royal oak design in a slightly larger 41mm.  Time only and chronograph versions have been terrific sellers and its about time a new complication has been introduced.  The larger case allows for the a legible, symmetrical dial which includes a moon phase and 52-week indicator along the perimeter.  A newly engineered movement has been designed to fit the slightly larger case but still maintains a slim profile of a mere 4.31mm.  An exhibition back offers a view of the fine movement finishing.  Equally fine is the finishing on the royal oak case and bracelet with a combination of matte and shiny finishes.  This new perpetual is offered in four variations: rose gold with either silver or blue dials, and stainless steel with either silver or blue dials.If there was one high end timepiece that could be the be all and end all it would would be the Royal Oak Perpetual.  At its new 41mm size, it makes for a great all around piece and thin enough for dress as well.  The Royal Oak is one of the few bracelet pieces that is a certifiable dress watch as well.  With the price tag that comes along with it might have to be your only watch also.  The stainless steel MSRP is $60,900 and the rose gold is $95,700.  A small price to pay for the most iconic bracelet design with the most classic complication inside. Editors’ Recommendations The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Introducing a New Look for The Manual Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional last_img read more

This was meant to be says Plunkett after Englands World Cup glory

first_imgLondon: Fast bowler Liam Plunkett believes England were destined to win the World Cup, admitting that the lucky overthrow in the last over changed the tide in the home team’s favour in the nerve-wrecking final against New Zealand here. In a high drama encounter on Sunday night, the pendulum swung viciously in the final over with England needing nine from three balls when Ben Stokes hit Trent Boult to the deep. The return throw from Martin Guptill hit Stokes’ bat as he dived to make his ground for the second run, with the ball rebounding to the rope for additional four runs. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together It impacted the equation to the extent that the heart-stopping contest stretched to the Super Over and eventually the hosts lifted their maiden World Cup trophy on boundary counts at the iconic Lord’s here. And Plunkett said: “I don’t believe in the stars and all that stuff, but it was the first time that I felt: ‘This is meant to be.’ “We have played together as a group for the last four years and we have played different countries and we have dominated teams. I just felt we did deserve it as a bunch of guys. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “We are good mates but we also work hard. Everyone else does but I felt it was meant to be. Especially when those overthrows went, that changed the tide,” he added. Plunkett played a crucial role in England’s World Cup win as he claimed big wickets throughout the tournament. On Sunday, he dismissed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson before removing opener Henry Nicholls and Jimmy Neesham. “Kane is a massive player and to get a crucial wicket is what I do pride myself on. So it was nice to get that,” he said. “As soon as I came up the hill (from the Nursery End) I felt comfortable attacking the crease, it felt a lot better. “To get that wicket and close up and not go for many wickets. I was satisfied but I knew the job was half done.” Plunkett ends his World Cup campaign on unbeaten note, considering he wasn’t part of the playing eleven which suffered losses in the three group-stage matches. “The old lucky charm thing, I was riding with it! I was hoping the coach thinks that so I can get a game,” he said. Plunkett, who took 11 wickets in seven games this World Cup, was selected way back for the 2007 World Cup. “The last four years playing for England was the best time of my life,” he said. “You cannot be too bitter (if you are out the team), you can be bitter and upset inside that you are not playing. Especially if you feel like you are doing well. “But look at TC (Tom Curran), he has done nothing wrong, his stats have been class. You can be disappointed but you have to turn up and keep training. And when you get the nod, you have got perform,” Plunkett said. The 34-year-old seamer hoped England’s World Cup glory will be remembered like the first Ashes win of 2005 that inspired a nation. “Even if we didn’t win the World Cup it would have still be a journey. We have been amazing, we have changed the culture of cricket in England. People expect us to win which is a lot different from a few years back,” he said. “To watch guys like Jos (Buttler), freaks like Jofra (Archer) step up to the plate, it’s amazing for me to just watch it. “What a day, it has changed the history of English cricket and everyone got to watch that. I hope everyone gets involved and loves it like when we won the Ashes. It was a special day,” Plunkett signed off.last_img read more

ICBC to submit next basic rate application with Utilities Commission

first_imgAccording to ICBC, the escalating cost of injury claims is the single biggest factor impacting basic insurance rates.“Injury claims costs have soared by 43 percent in just five years; projected to total $3.67 billion in 2018 alone. These costs have been spurred by increased injury claim legal representation, larger payouts and the rise in large and catastrophic injury claims.”Government and ICBC have responded to these challenges by putting in place major reforms to the auto insurance system in B.C. to reduce the burden that rising claims and legal costs are putting on the insurance rates British Columbians pay.According to ICBC, B.C. is the last province in Canada to introduce some form of restrictions to address rising minor injury claims payouts. Without these changes, every vehicle owner in B.C. would be faced with an approximate $360 increase to their basic insurance rates.“The significant reforms will reduce legal costs by introducing a limit on payouts for pain and suffering for minor injuries and a new dispute resolution model, while at the same time providing substantially increased care and medical benefits for anyone who is injured in a crash. These changes are projected to bring in net savings of $1 billion annually to ICBC, without these changes, British Columbians would be paying more for their basic insurance.”If approved, the new basic insurance rate would be effective April 1, 2019, and will mean an average increase of less than $60 for personal customers’ basic insurance coverage. VANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is submitting its next basic rate application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission.The Crown Corporation is asking for a 6.3 percent increase to basic insurance rates; an increase which would have needed to be almost 40 percent if not for the major reforms being introduced to B.C.’s auto insurance system.Last month, ICBC projected a net loss of $890 million for its current fiscal year, as external pressures continue to grow from a record number of crashes taking place in B.C., and the increase in claims volume and higher claims costs.last_img read more

Lankan in Chennai murders family

A 48-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil settled in Chennai killed his mother, wife and daughter by slitting their throats before committing suicide by jumping in front of a suburban train near Pazhavanthangal this morning (Tuesday). His friends said the man was in debt, the Time of India reported.C Sundaresan came to Chennai from Sri Lanka 30 years ago and was settled in Thillai Ganga Nagar near Adambakkam. He ran a travel agency and owned two cars. He was also involved in buying imported goods and selling them here. He had suffered losses in the business, his friends told TOI. He left the door of the house open and went to the railway tracks near the Pazhavanthangal railway station and flung himself in front of suburban train plying between Tambaram and Beach. The Government Railway Police found a mobile phone near the body and called the last called number. The person who attended the call identified the owner of the phone and gave police his address. The police team which went to Sundaresan’s first floor apartment found the door open and the bodies lying in a pool of blood. On Monday he took his family to a theme park and later to a temple and returned home. Around 4am he slit the throat of his mother Thangamma, 70, and then that of his wife Chitra, 48. His daughter Tamira, 13, resisted his attempt to kill her after which he stabbed her eight times. read more

Football Skill positions dishing out blocks for Ohio State

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs the ball while OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) blocks a Maryland defender. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe blocking ability of the offensive line for Ohio State has been a key to the 9-1 record of the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price have been instrumental in opening up wide lanes for the offense, but the ability of the running backs and wide receivers to throw blocks downfield is the true instrumental piece to rushing the ball.Against Maryland, junior H-back Curtis Samuel was lined up in the slot on the right side of the offensive line. The ball was snapped, and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett rolled to his right. Samuel drove the cornerback in front of him straight back into Maryland’s own end zone, opening up a lane for Barrett to push in for a touchdown.The Buckeyes are averaging 6.0 yards per carry since 2013, which is the highest mark among all Power 5 teams. The offensive line is the biggest reason, but some fans might not realize how much the blocking of the running backs and H-backs has been a factor. Barrett has picked up a 5.25 yards per carry on average for his career, with a large portion of his carries coming behind the blocking of his running backs and H-backs.’Namely, Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber have led the way for their quarterback. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford spoke highly of both men, and said the junior H-back’s blocking has been one of his best aspects this season.“You just watch the way he’s blocking, and obviously he’s very gifted with the ball in his hands,” Alford said. “We’ve always known that. But then you just watch his full game and how he plays and how he runs routes … just the precision as he does his entire job, his job description.”Samuel is the only player in the nation with 600 rushing and receiving yards, and is shaping up to eclipse 1,500 total yards. According to Alford, there is more to Samuel than meets the eye. The ability of the all-purpose back/receiver to remove defenders from the play on sweeps by running backs and quarterback runs has earned him high marks from his teammates and coaches.Last season, OSU was spoiled with the ability of its running back to throw punishing blocks on opponents’ defenders. However, Alford made a comparison of Samuel to a current-campus legend in Columbus.“He’s playing at a very high level, to watch the way he blocked against Maryland was, I mean I took it into my room and said, “Guys, this is how you finish plays.” It’s very reminiscent of how (Ezekiel Elliott) did things.”After racking up the yards against Maryland on Saturday, there were 25 players named champions by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Of those players, four were wide receivers. Playing wideout normally means being predominantly known for running long routes and hauling in acrobatic catches. But against Maryland, the players earned the recognition not for their hands, but for the blocking aspect of their game. Meyer said it was because of “selfless play,” and singled out redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and Samuel.“I think, if anything, our receivers have done a great job at blocking,” he said. “You see the runs that have been explosive runs, that’s something that has been a difference in their play. As far as the passing game … they haven’t changed. Have they done a better job, I do believe so, but I don’t think it was something drastic.”“Zone 6,” the moniker of wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s unit, has been carrying its weight in the run game. It’s a down-and-dirty part of football that is rarely discussed for wideouts, but OSU has lucked out in the group it has.Not to be outdone, Weber has been racking up the yards while also knocking heads against opposing defenders. He too has been known for opening up wide lanes and knocking opponents to the turf. It’s an aspect of play that might not make a mark on the statsheet or wow the fans, but it is a part of the game that matters immensely. Even with such a vital task on the shoulders of Weber, Alford said it’s just business as usual for a running back playing under Meyer, and requires a sharp eye for when to attack.“Just kind of know when to deliver shots,” he said. “That’s kind of a timing thing and the more you do it the better you get at it obviously. But there’s still room for improvement. Mike’s a tenacious football player and he’s a tough guy.”Samuel was asked about the ability of Weber to lead the way through the hole and lay a load to the defender in front of him. Simply put, he felt that the first-year running back was more than capable of handling things in the trenches. “If anybody I want in front of me running, it’s Mike,” Samuel said. read more

European Beach Handball Tour Chardash GreekBrasilian triumph

After 2,5 rainy days players of all best European Beach Handball clubs saw sunny afternoon near Thessaloniki. „EBT Finals“ again wasn’t lucky with weather conditions as we still remember havy rainy days in Budaors (HUN) last year.At the end, few suny hours were gift for all involved in Championship, above all gift for the players that showed to us very interesting and thrilling matches.Female competition finnished with repeted triumph of defending champions from Hungary. „Chardash“ won against „Sirtaki“ in quite tie match. „Agenta girls“ won in the finals against Greek team „AC Spartacus Goalbet“ 2:1 (21:16; 20:22; 7:4).Bronze medal will travel to Nederlands as girls from „Camelot“ won decisiv match against their compatriots from team „Westsite“ (2:0 (16:12; 20:13)).Male competition brought some spectacular matches and up to the last moment of the last match of group stage yesterday up to 4 teams from each group had their options for playing semifinals. At the end, bronze medal was match of defending champions from the most successful club in Europe . „Detono“ (CRO) and Dutch „Camelot“. Defending champions defended their proud and medal will come once again to the showroom of „Students“ from Zagreb, for 8th consecutive year.Final match was match, clash of two Titans: Greek club „Akropolis“, with line-up full of Brazilians, members of the best national team ever, managed with their coach Antonio Guerra. Opponent was „Ekaterinodar“ from Russia, with players which are members of „Sborna komanda“ leaded by Roman Kalashnikov and with two foreigners, former MVPs of European BH competitions Hugo (ESP) and Paja (SRB).Extra quality on the send brought fantastic show to spectatores in „Avant garde sports club“ and to all that followed match via Internet live stream. If you didn’t do it, take your time and watch it, because that was one of the matches that proof why Beach Handball make such long and strong steps of development, globalisation toward programme of some of the following Olympic games.There are no words to explain thrill moments of final match, because of that we will skip first two interesting tie periods and nine attempts of „shootout“… In the last, 10th attempt Russian team had chance to finnish match while scoreboard showed result 6:6. One point was enough for „Ekaterinodar“ to write it’s name with golden latters to the EBT Finals’ history. And it should be deserved victory for Russians, club that for last 5 years have their place on the EBT podium, but never on it’s highest position. Goal net was target, just one hit was needed…. And there were hit, but of goalpost, done by GK Valiakin. Just few centimeters decided. Dream dissapeared, after next, 6th attempt, reallity became victory of Greek – Brazilian team. „Akropolis is new champion! „Kilkis Akropolis“ – „Ekaterinodar“ 2:1 (12:10; 18:20; 7:6)).It was fantastic end of one extraordinary Beach Handball competition and excelent beggining of new Beach Handball’s season in Europe which will for sure culminate in July (from July 12 till 17) in Budapest where wlll be held VII Beach Handball World Championship.X.Q Beach handballEuropean Beach Handball Tour ← Previous Story Johan Sjostrand to stay at Melsungen until 2020 Next Story → Meshkov Brest win Belarussian championship 2016! read more

Everything You Need To Know Going Into Logan

first_img Logan is a very, very, very good movie. You can check out MovieBob’s review of it for Geek.com if you need further convincing. However, as great as it may be, it has a very weird relationship with the comic books. Most of the previous X-Men movies, up until Deadpool, took the team and stories from the comics and somehow managed to suck all of the fun and heart out of the series. Deadpool found its footing by taking everything that makes the comic book version interesting, injecting a little more substance, and fully embracing its source material. Logan, however, seems to have the comic books at arm’s length, a fact that the movie is very much aware of.via Marvel ComicsWhile many people have associated the new Logan movie with the Old Man Logan series from 2008-2009 by writer Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, the movie doesn’t share many qualities with the story beyond the fact that Logan is, well, old. Instead, Logan focuses on older versions of Wolverine of Professor X, forced on a road trip in a seek of a better future. The movie feels as if it owes much more to the Lone Wolf and Cub manga or Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic book than it does anything even remotely related to the X-Men comic books. A beat down, aging version of a popular superhero reluctantly takes a young girl under their wing in a future that hasn’t been kind to their respective franchise.The Wolverine of the movies up until now has shared a lot with his comic book counterpart, even if the Logan movie doesn’t deal much with it. First appearing in The Incredible Hulk #181 in 1974, the character has a very long and complicated history. Born to a wealthy Canadian family in the 1800’s, James Howlett tragically discovers that he is a mutant with retractable bone claws after his family is murdered. Roaming the wilderness for many years, he becomes a drifter, serving in almost every major war of the past century, even fighting alongside Captain America. Sometime in the 60’s or 70’s, he is captured by the Weapon X program and the metal Adamantium is bonded to his skeleton, to brainwash him and turn him into a killing machine. Eventually escaping, he continues to travel the world, briefly joining the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, while also spending time in Japan and learning their culture. Making his way onto the X-Men, he becomes a staple member of the team for many years and has been ever since.via Marvel ComicsLogan‘s version of both Wolverine and X-23 are so far removed from the comic books that it almost comes down to them just sharing a name and powerset with their source material, especially for the young Laura aka X-23. Created for the X-Men: Evolution cartoon in early 2003, X-23 made her first comic book appearance a year later in NYX #3. A child created in a lab, to clone Wolverine, she is raised to be an assassin. She eventually escapes and makes her way out into the world, by this time already being well into her late teens. Eventually, she meets the superhero Wolverine that she shares DNA with, and he helps her get accepted to the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning as a way to keep an eye on her. Acting as an X-Men for a few years, she is eventually drafted alongside Wolverine into the new X-Force, a lethal black-ops team created by Cyclops. Currently, she acts as the Wolverine of the Marvel Universe, ever since the “death” of Logan in 2014.via Marvel ComicsCoincidentally, around the same time that the comic book version of Logan “died,” and Laura started acting as Wolverine, another version of Logan appeared in the Marvel Comics Universe. The Old Man Logan iteration of the character was displaced from his timeline/alternate Earth and has been running around the main Marvel Universe. The gnarled version of the character has found himself as a man with a second chance, able to prevent the tragedies that caused his timeline to fall apart. However, just like Logan will eventually be rebooted or recast, the proper comic book version of the character will eventually return to life.Marvel’s Old Man Logan series is currently on sale at Comixology. Anti-Black Panther Group Shut Down, Stan Lee is OK & More MCU NewsThe Future of Marvel’s Stars, Possible New Arrivals & More MCU News Stay on targetlast_img read more

Ribery hoping that Boateng stays at Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribéry is hoping that Jerome Boateng will decide to remain at the club for next season after Arturo Vidal’s exitThe Germany international has been strongly linked with a departure from the Allianz Arena this summer after previously revealing his desire to test himself elsewhere before the end of his playing career.And Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Boateng has entered negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over a summer move, although the German club has yet to receive a formal offer for the centre-back.“I hope he stays with us because he is very important with his presence, and for me he is one of the best center-backs in the world,” Ribéry said on OneFootball.The former France international conceded that it will be difficult to replace Vidal after the Chilean completed his €18m move to Barcelona.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“This is a difficult situation for us, Arturo was a really great player and also a good person, he has always been positive, has brought a lot of fun, it is a pity,” he said.“We have to wish him and his family good luck.”But, on the bright side, Ribéry is enjoying things under new Bayern boss Niko Kovac.“He brings discipline to the team, loves his job and has a lot of energy, he’s a motivator,” said the wideman.“It works well with him because he knows when we have to work very hard on the pitch and when we need to be free.”last_img read more

Mueller hired at Lacamas Heights

first_imgCamas — Julie Mueller will be the new principal of Lacamas Heights Elementary School. She currently serves as the associate principal of Liberty Middle School.With a bachelor’s degree from George Fox University and master’s from City University, Mueller was one of five internal candidates interviewed for the position by a panel of teachers, support staff and administrators from the Camas School District.The district made a decision to hire for the position internally after recognizing there was a great deal of districtwide interest in the position, officials said.Mike Nerland, superintendent of the Camas School District, said he was confident Mueller would be able to motivate students and staff “to reach the highest potential.”Earlier in her career, Mueller worked as a teacher at Lacamas Heights Elementary.Mueller said she was excited to rejoin the Lacamas Heights Elementary community.last_img read more

Authority for DOD to Treat Water Contamination at National Guard Installations Dropped

first_imgLawmakers hashing out the conference report to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill opted to strip out a provision that would have allowed communities outside state-owned National Guard installations to obtain funding to treat drinking water contaminated with PFOS or PFOA. The provision — added to the Senate version by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to aid the communities outside of Stewart Air National Guard Base and Francis Gabreski ANGB — would have provided the National Guard Bureau access to defense environmental restoration funding to treat water from wells owned and operated by local water authorities. The language was intended to counter an effort by DOD to force the National Guard to use its operation and maintenance funds to cover the cost of cleaning drinking water supplies contaminated by Army or Air Force activities, Gillibrand said in May.The Senate on Wednesday voted, 87-10, to adopt the conference report for the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, marking the 58th consecutive year Congress has cleared the annual defense policy bill and the earliest that lawmakers have finished the work in 41 years. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for his signature. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

OBITUARY Hazel Vera Bragg Malcolm 92

first_imgROCKLAND, ME — Hazel Vera (Bragg) Malcolm, 92, died Monday, May 7, 2018, peacefully with the care of the excellent, compassionate staff at Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport.Hazel was born in Dedham Jan. 24, 1926, to Ansel Jason Bragg and Abbie J. Allie. Her father, Ansel, died before she was born and her stepfather, Harvey B. Gray, was a true father to her. Hazel was born into a large family of 13 brothers and sisters. Her closest siblings were Charlie Bragg, Lillian Bragg Houston and her younger brother, Raymond Gray.Hazel was educated in Dedham and Brewer.Hazel met her first husband, Arthur Levi Collins, in the 1940s. They enjoyed a wonderful, adventurous life together, traveling across the United States, selling books and encyclopedias for Colliers. Hazel and Arthur settled in Reading, Mass., on the Collins homestead and raised their son, Charles William Collins II, whom they proudly adopted in Rockland in 1956 from Knox General Hospital.Hazel was a member of the Women’s Bowling League, and a Cub Scout leader in Reading, Mass. She was very proud of her membership in the Priscilla Chapter No. 52 Order of the Eastern Star in Reading, in which she held the position of Worthy Matron.She married her second husband, David Malcolm, who was also a member of the Reading Masons and a funeral director in Reading.She retired from Compugraphic in Wilmington, Mass., and moved to Rockland, where she continued to work part-time for The Courier-Gazette and as a personal care assistant well into her 70s.She was predeceased by her husband, David Malcolm, of Reading, Mass., her father, mother and stepfather, as well as all of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Charles W. Collins II, and wife Dianne Weeks of Rockport,; step-grandchildren Eric Prosser and wife Cynthia of Freedom, Ellen Prosser Trudel and husband Brian of Wyndham, N.H.; step-great-grandson Colby Prosser of Oakland; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear and loyal friends, Gloria Young and Julie Kinney of Rockland, Lori Cousens of South Thomaston, Rita and Ron Webster of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Mona Plourde of Louden, N.H.We also would like to thank the wonderful, caring staff at The Homestead in Owls Head for providing a happy and loving home, as well as Maine HealthCare At Home personal care attendant Cindy Joy and Lisa Duda, RN, from Rockland District Nursing.Family and friends are invited to a gathering of love and remembrance from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.,Saturday, June 9, at 104 Limerock, Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s reception facility.In lieu of flowers, donations in Hazel’s name may be made to Rockland District Nursing, P.O. Box 1713, Rockland, ME 04841 or MCH Meals-on-Wheels, 46 Summer St., Rockland, ME 04841.To share a memory or condolence with Hazel’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.Hazel V. MalcolmLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of May 6, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Patricia (Patti) Ann Griffin, 66In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Thomas M. “Tom” Haas, 62In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Moccasins take over social media for Rock Your Mocs 2015

first_imgNovember is Native American Heritage Month, and people across the world are celebrating on social media with an online event called Rock Your Mocs.Crystal Nelson holds up a pair of moccasins passed down to her from her grandmother. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)Now in its fifth year, the event encourages indigenous people everywhere to post pictures of themselves wearing moccasins. Social networks are full of people sporting an array of moccasins of all shapes, sizes and colors under the hashtag #rym2015.Crystal Nelson in Juneau posted a picture of her moccasins to the group’s Facebook page this year. For her, they represent a common symbol for Native people no matter where they are.“I think moccasins are such an iconic image for indigenous people on this continent and they look different from different regions, but we all have a version and it’s probably one of the easiest things we can use to represent us all, ‘cause we can just slip them on and go about our day,” she said.Her moccasins have intricate bead work and fur, but their significance goes far beyond their aesthetic  appeal – they make a statement.“It’s about family, it’s about heritage, it’s about solidarity,” she said. “To make people remember, we are still here and we still hold the parts of us that they could never take away.”Each pair has a special meaning for her and a story that goes with them. The most significant to her are a pair that has been in her family for generations. When her aunt gave them to her as a graduation gift, she was overwhelmed.“I was like ‘oh my god, you’re giving these to me?’ And she said, yeah, your grandmother put a lot miles on those, and then your mom put a lot of miles on those and now they’re for you to dance in because I know that you’ll use them and I know you’ll take care of them.”Crystal uses these moccasins for dance performances, but for other occasions and every day wear, she has other pairs as well – each with their own story.Two pairs of moccasins Crystal Nelson has worn for Rock Your Mocs 2015. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)last_img read more