Mayweather beats Japan’s Nasukawa by technical knockout

first_imgWith the Japanese fighter clearly struggling to stay on his feet, the trainer rushed in and stopped the fight with just one minute of the first round remaining.The 41-year-old Mayweather carried a more than 4kg (9lb) weight advantage into the ring.The rules were very strictly defined: three, three minute bouts and boxing only — kickboxer Nasukawa was reportedly facing a $5 million fine if he aimed a kick at Mayweather.There were no judges, with only a knockout or technical knockout considered a victory in the bout, promoted as a pure exhibition match.Crucially, the match did not feature on the record of either man, allowing them both to retain a cherished unbeaten record.Share on: WhatsApp Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout on Monday in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement.Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’s trainer rushed in to stop the fight.The American boxer at first appeared not to be taking the fight seriously, grinning at his opponent and aiming only soft punches at him.But he then demonstrated his power, launching a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.Sensing his opponent was struggling, Mayweather stepped in for the kill, unleashing a flurry of punches that left Nasukawa reeling again within just two minutes of the bout and facing his second standing count.last_img read more

Klopp: It’s not all about Messi

first_img“A draw would not be the worst result in the world, not that we would go for it but it would be okay,” Klopp said.“It would mean a lot to win. It’s difficult, so many teams came here with an idea to do this or that and they got a big knock.“But we saw the game against Real Sociedad and they did well. Levante did well a couple of days ago. But the better the opposition is, the higher the stakes are, and the more they are engaged.“Now they are champions, they can completely focus on the Champions League.”Klopp caused a stir in Spain by downplaying the impact Camp Nou might have on his players. He suggested his comments were misinterpreted.“I give 500,000 interviews and say 500,000 positive things about Barcelona,” Klopp said. “It’s still a stadium where we want to play good football and play the best we can play. That’s allowed, that’s what we try to do.”Unlike Barcelona, Liverpool are still fighting hard in the Premier League title race, where only one point separates them from Manchester City, with three games left to play.Between the two legs against Barca, Klopp’s side travel to Newcastle on Saturday.“We don’t come here thinking it’s Barcelona and we want to go home and concentrate on Newcastle,” Klopp said.“The competition is too big. Nobody has to think about that game, it would be a massive mistake to play Barca with another game on your mind.“We want a result tomorrow that gives us a good chance to do it at home.”Share on: WhatsApp Jurgen Klopp. PHOTO via @LFCBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Jurgen Klopp has warned his players they cannot concentrate only on Lionel Messi when Liverpool face Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.Messi has been rested for Barca’s last two league games and appears more motivated than ever in Europe, after pledging to “bring that beautiful cup back to Camp Nou” at the start of the season.“It’s not only about Messi but of course it’s about him as well,” Klopp said at a press conference on Tuesday.“Can we concentrate on Messi? We should in a lot of moments but if we only concentrate on him there are 10 other world-class players who can decide the game as well.“Messi said before the season, ‘we want to bring back that cup’. That sounds like a threat to me. Now we did it, now we are here and all I can say is we want to go to the final as well.”Liverpool hope to have their own striker back in time for the first leg, after Roberto Firmino trained after recovering from a muscle strain.“If he is 100 per cent ready to play he will maybe play,” Klopp said. “He is here. Tomorrow we have another session.”Messi is likely to be flanked by two former Liverpool players, with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho expected to start in an attacking three.But while Suarez has flourished in Spain, Coutinho has struggled to find his feet since joining Barca for 120 million euros in January last year.“We miss Phil Coutinho a lot because he is a world-class player and I loved working with him,” Klopp said. “When I first heard he wanted to go to Barcelona I couldn’t imagine it would be good. But we had to deal without him and we did well.”Barcelona have not lost at home in the Champions League since 2013 while the last English opponent to beat them on their own turf was Liverpool in 2007.– ‘Mean a lot to win’ –Ernesto Valverde has been able to rest players in recent weeks, with Barca well clear at the top of La Liga before confirming their 26th league title on Saturday.last_img read more

All international football should be postponed, says FIFA

first_imgFIFA boss InfantinoParis, France | AFP |  FIFA on Friday recommended that all international football matches scheduled for March and April be postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus.Falling short of banning matches outright, world football’s governing body said that clubs would be allowed to refuse to send their players to national squad gatherings in March and April.FIFA also said that it was working on rescheduling qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in both Asia and South America which have been postponed.“All international matches previously scheduled to take place in March and April should now be postponed until such time that they can take place in a safe and secure environment,” FIFA said. FIFA added that the “final decision” on any postponements “rests with the respective competition organisers or relevant member association in case of friendlies”.FIFA rules normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches, but this rule has been temporarily reversed.“In light of the current situation concerning the Coronavirus, FIFA has decided that general football rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply for the up-coming international windows in March/April,” the statement said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Laura Loomer announces bid for Congress in Palm Beach County

first_imgConservative investigative journalist Laura Loomer announced her candidacy for Florida’s 21st Congressional District in the 2020 election on Friday.Loomer is known for her controversial rhetoric and describes herself as the “most banned woman in the world.”Loomer is banned from almost all social media platforms including Twitter,  Facebook, and Instagram, which could pose as a challenge when promoting her campaign.She was also banned from Lyft, Uber, and even Uber Eats in 2017 after tweeting that she didn’t want to be driven by Muslim rideshare drivers.The 26-year-old is joining a packed field of Republican hopefuls seeking to unseat Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel in Florida’s 21st district, which covers a majority of Palm Beach County.Frankel represents a heavily Democratic district and did not face a challenger in 2018.“The congressional seat is currently held by Democrat Lois Frankel, a staunch obstructionist and critic of President Donald J. Trump, and a close friend and ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” a press release from Loomer said. “Frankel, despite chairing the Democratic Congressional Women’s Caucus has refused to denounce Freshmen Democrat Reps. Ilhan Omar, AOC, and Rashida Tlaib for their anti-Semitism.” Loomer’s Republican contenders include Christian Acosta, Michael Blueming Jr., Liz Felton and Victor Garcia da Rosa, according to ballotpedia.last_img read more

Grenade forces Goodwill Center in Lake Worth to evacuate

first_imgPolice say an unidentified person dropped off a grenade at a Goodwill Center in Lake Worth.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says the bomb squad is investigating if the grenade is live or not and has evacuated the store on Boutwell Road in Lake Worth Beach.The road in front of the store is closed while the bomb squad investigates, the sheriff’s office says.The Goodwill is located at 701 Boutwell Rd Ste B1, Lake Worth, FL 33461.This story is developing.last_img

England Boys on back foot after Irish defeat

first_img After losing narrowly to Ireland, England must beat the old enemy Scotland tomorrow (Thursday) if they are to retain the Boys Home Internationals at Forest Pines. England went down 7-8 to the Irish, holding them 6-6 in the singles after being edged out 2-3 in the morning foursomes. “It was very disappointing,” said England team manager Derek Hughes. “We have very good performances from the middle order but we didn’t get anything from the top three matches. “Normally you expect to get at least a point from there but it was a day when the big names didn’t deliver. You can’t take anything away from Ireland but the lads are sure to go out tomorrow to make up for today.” The morning foursomes was a session of low scoring as both teams took full advantage of benign conditions at the tree-lined parkland course. The best scoring of all came from the second match where the English pairing of local Ashton Turner (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Haydn McCullen were simply too hot to handle.They defeated the experienced Paul McBride and Jack Walsh 6&5 in an exemplary display of precision and ball striking. The English duo recorded seven consecutive birdies from the second hole, or put another way, Ireland were two under after nine holes but found themselves four down. The pairing of Harry Ellis and Ben Amor teamed up for the second day and enjoyed a comprehensive 5&3 win over Alec Myles and Rowan Lester. They raced 4-up after six holes before Ireland rallied. However, Ellis and Amor closed out the match with a birdie at the 15th. The Irish pair of Jordan Hood and Gareth Lappin never trailed against Robert Burlison and Bobby Keeble and ran out 2&1 winners with a birdie at the 17th and it was a similar story for Sean Flanagan and Ronan Mullarney in the bottom match against Jack Singh Brar and Bradley Moore and they also won on the 17th by 3&1. It meant the decisive match was the top tie where Ireland’s Robin Dawson and James Sugrue were one down with three to play before turning it around and winning on the 18th against Adam Chapman and Marco Penge. In the singles, the top three matches went Ireland’s way with Chapman, Penge and Turner all losing, Turner by 5&4 and the other two on the final green. With the middle order of McCullen, Burlison, Amor and Singh Brar all coming out on top, it left the score at 6-6. But only Keeble managed to achieve a victory, winning 3&2, but Moore and Ellis were both on the wrong end of their scorlines. 7 Aug 2013 England Boys on back foot after Irish defeat last_img read more

Steelers in state of crisis but still in hunt for playoff spot

first_imgIMPRESSIVE DEBUT— Steeler quarterback Dennis Dixon outruns Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Trevor Pryce (90) for a touchdown during the second half, Nov. 29, in Baltimore. Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a concussion in the last game, however, he practiced all week thinking he was going to play. Second string quarterback Charlie Batch broke his hand in the last game and will miss the next three to four games. This moved Dennis Dixon up to second string. Well, after practice on Friday, Roethlisberger started having headaches so the doctors did not clear him for the game. That led to Dennis Dixon starting.Dixon had only thrown one pass in two years in an actual regular season game. However, anyone who had seen him in pre-season knew he could play the game. The Steelers played a very conservative first half with Rashard Mendenhall carrying the ball the bulk of the time as Dixon picked his times to throw, going 8 of 10 for 84 yards.In the second half with the Ravens leading most of the way and rushing everybody he was only 4 of 16 for 61 yards. However, the running game wasn’t as effective either, or the defense.Most expected the defense to step up and either win the game by scoring touchdowns, or at least keep the Ravens bottled up, but Ray Rice had an outstanding all around game as he picked up 88 yards on 19 carries on the ground, the best against Pittsburgh this season, and 67 yards on five receptions. The defense kept quarterback Joe Flacco in check most of the night but was not able to contain Rice. He was the difference in overtime as he marched down field to put the Ravens in field goal range after a Dixon interception in overtime.On the whole, Dixon had a solid game and proved that he belongs in the NFL and could probably be starting for another team soon. The injury-prone Batch is done. The Steelers will probably keep him for the remainder of this season but look for Dixon to move into that second slot.For some strange reason the Steelers offensive coordinator did not take advantage of Dixon’s running ability other than the touchdown run, which was not a called play. If he had the Steelers could have easily won the game.What makes his performance even more impressive is the fact he got very little, if any, practice with the first team, because Roethlisberger was expected to start. Look for the Steelers to be a lot more creative with this young, talented quarterback if Roethlisberger can’t play this week against the Oakland Raiders (3-8).In the AFC North title fight, the Cincinnati Bengals (8-3) moved out to a two game lead with an unimpressive 16-7 win over the lowly Cleveland Browns (1-10). This puts the Steelers in a three- way battle with the Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars for the final wildcard spot with 6-5 record. The Denver Broncos are one game ahead at 7-4.Overall, Mendenhall had a solid game with 95 yards on 24 carries. Dixon was 12 of 26 for 145 yards with one touchdown run, one touchdown pass and the critical interception.The Steelers will play Oakland here, travel to Cleveland and face the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field. The Ravens face Green Bay, the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. The Bengals have two really tough games after Detroit this week. They must play the Minnesota Vikings (10-1) on the road then the red hot 8-3 San Diego Chargers at home.If the Steelers are able to win their next three games they could be right back in the race for the AFC North title. With their top two quarterbacks out with injuries, it was supposed to be an easy win for the Baltimore Ravens. All the experts picked them, even Bill Cowher, but Dennis Dixon showed the world he can play football as the Steelers nearly upset the world before losing 20-17 in overtime.last_img read more

Ochocinco gets 150-mph ride with Jeff Burton

first_imgThat seemed to satisfy Ochocinco, who climbed out and said “That was nice. That was real nice.”Before the laps, Ochocinco said he made sure Burton was ready to push the Chevrolet.“I asked him to let loose,” Ochocinco said. “Please don’t waste my time. Step on the gas.”Ochocinco, the six-time Pro Bowl receiver, is making the most of his extended time away from football during the NFL lockout. He took the ride with Burton about six weeks after visiting the Professional Bull Riders circuit near Atlanta to ride a 1,500-pound bull for 1.5 seconds.He also has had a soccer tryout with Sporting Kansas City of the MLS and last year was one of the final four contestants in Dancing With the Stars.Next? Ochocinco said he plans to wrestle an alligator in Florida.“If you’re not nervous, you’re not living,” he said. “I’m willing to try everything once.” SEARCHING FOR THRILLS—Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton pose for a photo in victory lane after their high-speed laps in Burton’s car at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 30. (AP Photo/Paul Abell) HAMPTON, Ga. (AP)—Chad Ochocinco turned to NASCAR on June 30 in his ongoing search for thrills away from the football field. Ochocinco was strapped in for the ride as Jeff Burton drove his No. 31 car around Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 30. Burton estimated he reached speeds of 150 to 160 miles per hour with Ochocinco.last_img read more

Why is NBA’s Violet Palmer a game changer?

first_imgViolet Palmer (Courtesy Photo)Sometimes longevity under difficult circumstances deserves praise. Violet Palmer became one of two women to infiltrate the all-male referee ranks of the NBA in 1997. Her fellow groundbreaking female referee left after five years, leaving Palmer to hold it down on her own for the last several years.“I didn’t just kick the door — I knocked it down,” Palmer told espnW.The climb upward hasn’t been easy.Palmer spent nine years refereeing high school and women’s college games, including two NCAA Final Fours and the championships. The NBA took notice and recruited Palmer.“The NBA was never my goal, because I thought it was unattainable. I was a college referee. I was the No. 3 referee in the world for women’s basketball.“I had everything. The Final Four. Big TV games – all the limelight I wanted. But my personality is if you give me a challenge, I’m going to take it.“In the back of my mind, I said, ‘It doesn’t cost me anything. I can just try it. If nothing happens, the training will be good.’”But things were difficult at first.“Generally it was a good ‘ole boys club, and I think that’s within any sport. There were a lot of referees that resented me joining the ranks,” Palmer told PBS.But looking back at her life, it wasn’t hard to predict that Palmer would be a trailblazer. If she wasn’t challenging her brother in basketball, she was busy being the only girl on her Little League team.At first, players didn’t know how to deal with her, said Palmer, and the fans and the critics were worse.“‘You’re not going to make it.’ ‘Why are you here? Go back to the WNBA.’ ‘Players and coaches are not going to accept you.’ ‘Your guys that you work with, they’re not going to accept you,’” Palmer said about her critics.And the rookies sometimes didn’t know how to act, Palmer told CNN.“Every now and then, I might have a little young fella come out, and I say, ‘Oh wait, young fella, I’ve got a lot more years of service than you. Check yourself,’” said Palmer.But then the players began to see that she was just like any of the other referees. Some of the players first looked at her as a mother figure and then just began to realize she was a cool person.“I think a woman should be able to do any job that she qualifies for,” Palmer told Scholastic. “If she can go out and be the best at it like any man, why shouldn’t she have the opportunity to do whatever sport or career (she wants)?”Now Palmer’s boldness has left that door she kicked open ajar for other women.“Two more women have already been working two or three NBA games a month this season for on-the-job training,” Palmer said. “And I’m not sure anyone even noticed much, which is great.”http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/news/print_highlights/article_bb0045d2-9fc0-11e3-9c45-001a4bcf887a.htmllast_img read more

City of Olympia Converts to LED Streetlights

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaFrom now through January, Olympia’s city-owned streetlights will be converted from existing HPS (High Pressure Sodium) to new Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. A contract firm, the Light Doctor, is performing the work. The general schedule is as follows:Westside         OctoberSoutheast        NovemberNortheast        DecemberDowntown       JanuaryOlympia has about 3,200 city-owned streetlights located primarily along major roadways and in newer neighborhoods. In addition, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) owns about 1,300 streetlights in Olympia, which are typically on wooden poles. The PSE-owned lights are not being converted at this time, although PSE is supporting the City project with energy savings rebates.Funding for the project is a combination of City money, a $500,000 State Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency Grant, and PSE energy savings rebates with an estimated $375,000 value.Benefits of LED TechnologyIncreased reliability. LEDs have an extremely low failure rate, which means less outages and reduced maintenance costs.Reduced power consumption. We estimate savings of $174,000 per year.Enhanced pedestrian safety. LED light is focused more directly toward the ground.Better light quality. Colors are more identifiable due to the neutral color of LED lights.last_img read more