McGregor backers: Mayweather fight is no sideshow

first_imgChina reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Wednesday, June 14, 2017, he will come out of retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match on Aug. 26. Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after winning all 49 of his pro fights, will face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never been in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand arena. The fight will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)SINGAPORE — Conor McGregor’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26 has been described by critics as a novelty and a sideshow, among other things.McGregor’s camp doesn’t care what it’s called, promising only that it’ll be a contest.ADVERTISEMENT “Keep doubting us. We love it,” McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, said in an interview Friday with Sports News Television. “The human element of sport is that anything can happen.”Mayweather, who retired in 2015 after winning all his 49 professional fights as a boxer, is back in training at age 40 after accepting an offer he couldn’t refuse from the mixed martial arts fighter who has never had a pro boxing fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“These are two world-class combat sport athletes,” Attar said. “Yes they come from different disciplines. Yes there are going to be different rules, so it’s going to be confined within those set of rules and we understand that. But I don’t think you can take away from (McGregor’s) ability, his power, his reach, his … all these different attributes that I think he will bring to the table.”Las Vegas oddsmakers immediately made Mayweather an 11-1 favorite when the fight — scheduled for 12 rounds in Las Vegas at 154 pounds in a boxing ring and under boxing rules — was announced. Pinoy windsurfers bag gold in RS: One World Championships in Vietnam For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ McGregor, the wildly popular UFC star, is 21-3 in UFC fights, and is coming off a win in November against Eddie Alvarez. Although he hasn’t boxed professionally, McGregor did box while growing up and is known for his striking expertise.“Floyd’s been an amazing tactician in term of his quickness, his ability to get in there, his ability to elude punches,” Attar said. “But I think on Aug. 26, I’m bullish on the idea that that’s going to change and he is going to meet someone that is going to have the physical attributes that will potentially catch him and be that one, 49-1.”Attar said Mayweather was arguably the greatest boxer of all time, “but there’s some things that he hasn’t faced before and Conor brings those … unique differentiation attributes and strategies.“Both of their styles will cause them to engage differently than Floyd’s other competitors before Conor. And in my opinion, that’s going to yield a different result.“I’m more confident on the idea that we’re gonna be that one. 49 and one.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View commentslast_img read more

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RJR Sports Awards | The Nominees

first_imgRJRGLEANER National Sportsman and Sportwoman of the Year 2018 The Nominees Christopher Binnie (SQUASH): Jamaican squash star, Chris Binnie created history when he claimed the silver medal in the men’s singles at the 2018 Pan American Squash Championships in the Cayman Islands. In the process, he became the first Jamaican to make the finals at the prestigious tournament. Binnie then led the Jamaican men’s team to an eight place finish in the tournament, thereby gaining qualification to the 2019 Pan American Games. The 8-time Caribbean champion also earned a bronze medal at the CAC Games in Colombia and reached the round of 16 at the Commonwealth Games, defeating the then world number 13 ranked and number three seed in the tournament. Danniel Thomas-Dodd (ATHLETICS): Danniel Thomas-Dodd had her best year to date in 2018. She threw 19.36 metres to take the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and was also the second best indoor shot putter with a throw of 19.22 metres made in Birmingham at the IAAF World Indoor Championships to earn the silver medal. The Jamaican champion also made the Diamond League finallast_img read more

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Racism charges fuel battle over Home Depot

first_imgOrganizers originally hired by a public relations firm working for Home Depot say they have independently launched a campaign to expose what they say is rampant racism in the opposition of the big-box home store. “Certain residents of Sunland-Tujunga have made very clear that they don’t want the Home Depot because they `don’t want Mexicans’ to flood their community,” the group wrote on its Web site, stopracismca.com. Daniel Haro said he witnessed blatant racism as he canvassed Sunland-Tujunga to drum up support for the store. About a month ago, he quit his job with Dakota Communications, a public relations and lobbying firm representing Home Depot, to start Stop Racism. “There is a tremendous amount of racism that exists,” Haro said this week. “What’s amazing to me is that people were pretty blatant about their feelings. When I saw this was bigger than even a Home Depot issue, this became a personal issue for me.” Because Home Depot stores are often bases for day laborers looking for work, they have been a focus of anti-immigrant protests and sentiment. The proposed Sunland-Tujunga store is no different. Some residents sent comment cards to Home Depot telling the company to move to Mexico and open taco stands at company gates. As Sunland-Tujunga activists and Home Depot prepare to face off today at a city hearing, charges of racism and corporate skullduggery have added fuel to an already explosive fight over the big-box retailer’s plan to set up shop in this corner of the Valley. For more than two years, Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood activists have fought hard to prevent Home Depot from moving into a vacant K-Mart building in the heart of their community. In March, they won a key victory to block a building permit and send the home-improvement giant back to the drawing board. Last month, Home Depot and its allies fought back. A few people sent letters to the Planning Commission warning that the store would bring illegal immigrants and crime. But Sunland-Tujunga activists are skeptical of Stop Racism, and believe the group is really “astroturf,” or a fake grass-roots organization sponsored by a public relations firm or corporation. “They’re using this to try and discredit us,” said Joe Barrett, chairman of the No Home Depot campaign. “It’s really telling how Home Depot will stoop to anything and you can’t touch them on this because it’s their public relations firm.” Home Depot and Dakota Communications said they have no affiliation with Stop Racism, though both acknowledge the organizers were previously paid employees working on behalf of the home improvement chain. “This organization is not related to Home Depot in any way and they are not employed by Home Depot,” said Home Depot spokeswoman Kathryn Gallagher. While charges of racism are sure to be brought up at the hearing today, the North Valley Area Planning Commission will be considering more technical aspects of the proposed store. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 If you go The North Valley Area Planning Commission will consider Home Depot’s appeal at 4:30 p.m. today at the Marvin Braude Center at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Arsenal complete Chambers signing as Southampton exodus continues

first_imgArsenal have completed the signing of Calum Chambers from Southampton for an undisclosed fee.The versatile 19-year-old, who can play at right-back, centre-back and central midfield, has penned a long-term contract.The Gunners are understood to have paid around £16million for the England Under-19 international, who has made just 22 Premier League appearances.Chambers said: “I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal. They are a team I have much admired for their playing style, and a team who have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years. I’m looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates today and beginning preparation for the season ahead.“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone at Southampton FC for everything they have done for me and for making this move possible.”Arsene Wenger added: “We are very pleased that Calum has agreed to join us. The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a young age shows that he has tremendous quality. He has a lot of the attributes that we look for in a young player and I am sure that he will do well with us.”Chambers is the latest in a long line of players to leave Southampton this summer, after Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren joined Liverpool and Luke Shaw left for Manchester United.Southampton insist they had little option but to leave him leave after he expressed his desire to join the north London club, and their executive director Les Reed has assured supporters the future is bright at St Mary’s.“We are naturally disappointed whenever any of our Academy graduates leave the club, and that is very much the case with Calum’s departure,” said Reed.“Calum made it clear to us that he did not see his future at Southampton. As such, it was crucial that we were able to negotiate a substantial fee that also reflects the work our staff have put into Calum’s development since he joined the club at the age of eight.“Our position remains unchanged in that we are determined to keep our best young players at the club, as is evidenced by the decision to award Harrison Reed a new long-term contract last week, adding to the list of committed young professionals like James Ward Prowse, Sam Gallagher, Jack Stephens, Jordan Turnbull, Matt Targett, Sam McQueen and others who have seen plenty of first-team activity recently.“We have an abundance of talent in the Academy coming through, and everybody at the club is continuing to work hard on bringing in quality new players as we build a team capable of taking us further forward in the coming seasons.“It is important in the transfer window to remain calm, resilient and above all patient. We have targets, and we are working hard to get them across the line.”Arsenal have previously raided Southampton for young English talent, taking Theo Walcott in 2006 and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2011.Chambers’ arrival at the Emirates means right-back Carl Jenkinson, 22, is likely to go out on loan in a bid for first-team football. 1 Calum Chambers [right] in action for Southampton last_img read more

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Tottenham fans would love player ‘who tore the league up’ to join Pochettino

first_img1 Here’s how Liverpool and Tottenham fans reacted to the Adam Lallana rumour Adam Lallana is said to be on Tottenham’s transfer shortlist, with the club eyeing up a £20m move.The Liverpool attacker played under Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton and fans are looking at the rumour positively.Reds supporters, however, are not too keen on the possible transfer given Lallana’s form this season since Jurgen Klopp took over as manager.SNUB TOTTENHAM INTEREST IN LALLANA SAYS HAMMANThe 28-year-old has scored four goals in 29 Premier League games this season and created six, while he also found the back of the net in the Europa League semi-final win against Villarreal.last_img read more

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Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish receives first England call-up

first_img1 Jack Grealish Jack Grealish has been included in the England Under-21 squad for this summer’s Toulon Tournament.It is the first time the Aston Villa midfielder has received a Three Lions call-up since switching his international allegiance.Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, featuring for their Under-17s all the way through to their Under-21s.But he opted to commit his senior international future to England last year after holding talks with Roy Hodgson.He has failed to force his way into Hodgson’s thinking for Euro 2016 after a difficult season for relegated Villa.He was sent to train with the club’s development team by former manager Remi Garde in November after being pictured partying in a Manchester nightclub hours after a 4-0 defeat at Everton and has made just six appearances in total.But he is still highly thought of by the England hierarchy and he will now be part of Gareth Southgate’s 20-man group in Toulon.Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer has also been included for the first time, while Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Redmond and Duncan Watmore return after missing March’s Euro qualifier with Switzerland through injury.The squad will travel to southern France for the competition next week, and will face Portugal, Guinea, Paraguay and Japan in their initial group games.England Under-21 squad for Toulon Tournament:Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Southampton), Matt Targett (Southampton), Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Napoli, loan from Chelsea), Matt Grimes (Swansea City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), John Swift (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Kasey Palmer (Chelsea), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).last_img read more

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Waxman: Prosecutors shortchanged

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney’s offices in Los Angeles and other major cities are critically understaffed, crippling prosecutors’ ability to handle heavy caseloads, a report released Monday found. The report by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, said nearly 25 percent of the assistant attorney positions in the Los Angeles office remain unfilled because of hiring freezes and budget shortfalls. Meanwhile, basic supplies like binder clips are not replenished, and paper clips are in such short supply in some cities that attorneys must fill out written requests. “The consequences appear to be severe,” Waxman, the leading Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee, and Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. “One basic question is, where has the money gone?” Waxman and Conyers noted that funding from Congress to the Justice Department has increased 15 percent over the past five years, adding that “the disparity in increased funding for U.S. attorneys overall and drastic shortages in staff and supplies in individual offices raise questions about Justice Department management.” Throughout the country, the report said, chronic understaffing has forced offices to reach plea bargains more frequently, and forego some prosecutions altogether. In San Diego, Waxman claimed, a U.S. attorney informed his investigators that the agency has been unable to prosecute all of its illegal-immigrant smuggling cases. In addition to the 40 unfilled positions in Los Angeles, the District of Columbia has 40 unfilled assistant attorney positions and Chicago has 25 to 35. Offices in Philadelphia and Virginia have begun charging indigent defendants for legal material that they are constitutionally required to provide because they cannot afford paper supplies. “The picture that emerges is unsettling,” Waxman wrote. “U.S. attorneys have the crucial responsibility of prosecuting federal crimes and pursuing civil enforcement actions. Yet it appears their ability to meet this responsibility has been severely undermined.” Kathleen Blomquist, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Washington, D.C., issued a statement blaming Congress for the understaffing problems. She noted that every year since 2004, Congress has approved less than President George W. Bush requested to fund the agency. Most recently, in 2006, Congress rescinded $20.5 million and did not fund a separate $8 million for pay increases. “As this trend has developed, we have urged Congress to support the president’s request to fully fund the U.S. attorney’s offices so that we can return additional prosecutors to the courtroom,” Blomquist said. She did not address allegations that the staffing problems have hurt law enforcement efforts across the country. Dennis Boyd, executive director of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, said there are 382 unfilled U.S. attorney jobs nationwide – slightly less than 7 percent of all the authorized positions. But understaffing problems are particularly acute in larger offices like Los Angeles where turnover is more frequent. “In places like Los Angeles, assistant U.S. attorneys stay a little while to get some experience, and then they go on to higher-paying jobs,” leaving offices with little institutional knowledge, he said. Boyd said his office has not received specific complaints that law-enforcement efforts have been diminished, but he did not dispute Waxman’s findings. However, he said he doubted attorneys would put such complaints on the record. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (212) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Datebook 7/24

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Paso Robles Wine Tasting, 1 p.m., Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Call (800) 549-WINE or visit www.pasowine.com Rudy’s Radical Science for Teens Workshop, 7 p.m., Burbank Buena Vista Branch Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St. Call (818) 238-5589. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

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Listen: Ollie Horgan delivers stark warning after Harps survive in Premier

first_imgOLLIE Horgan has issued a stark warning that Finn Harps must attract ‘substantial investment’ over the winter months.Horgan, in his sixth season in charge, has Harps to Premier Division survival with his third success through the play-offs.In the wake of last night’s 2-0 extra time win over Drogheda, which sealed a 2-1 aggregate win that preserves Harps’ stay in the top flight.  “It sounds being a killjoy but, unless things change we’ll be in the exact same position next year or we’ll have been relegated straight away,” Horgan told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub in a frank interview after the game.“We need to kick on off the pitch if we want to be a Premier Division club. There are only so many times you can go to the well. Unless we can get investment and people to buy into this club, it’s not going to happen.”Horgan has managed, on a budget dwarfed by their Premier peers, to keep the Donegal club among the big guns.However, the St Eunan’s College schoolteacher says that Harps need to seek external investment in the club. “We’re talking about the corporate end, the multi national companies, the small businesses,” the Harps boss said. “Now is the time that we have to work. If it’s me or someone else, we have to get off our backsides to drive and try and get sponsors and people in.“Unless that happens, we will be relegated or, at best, in this exact situation and I’m the worst in the world.”Horgan twice won promotion with Harps via the play-offs and also kept them in the Premier Division in 2016.He said: “That outweighs any of the nights that we got promoted. We weren’t pretty, but we were dogged. That achievement, without doubt, is more difficult to achieve than getting promoted.”  Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Ollie Horgan delivers stark warning after Harps survive in Premier was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionBallybofeyfinn harpsHarry AscroftMark RussellOllie Horganlast_img read more

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Casilla ‘strenuously denies’ racially abusing Leko as FA charge Leeds ace

first_img Casilla’s potential incoming ban represents a huge blow to Bielsa 2 Getty Images – Getty 2 In a statement released by Leeds, the club said the Spaniard strenously denies the allegation and will appeal the decision. He is free to play until he has a hearing with the FA.A statement from the club read: “Leeds United Football Club acknowledges the charge from the FA today relating to Kiko Casilla and an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 during our Sky Bet Championship match with Charlton Athletic at The Valley in September.“Kiko strenuously denies the allegation and has proactively worked with the FA during their investigation to date. The next step of this process will be a personal hearing, in the meantime Kiko will remain available for selection.”Casilla has started every game of the Championship season so far, with Marcelo Bielsa’s men currently sitting second, level on points with leaders Preston. Leeds United star Kiko Casilla has been charged by the Football Association with racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.The former Real Madrid goalkeeper, 33, was accused of directing a racial slur at the 20-year-old striker when the two sides met in a Championship match at The Valley on September 28. Casilla was found guilty of racism after an FA probe An investigation was launched by the FA after referee John Brooks reported the incident to the governing body and lip readers were used to determine what was said.Casilla has now been charged with using abusive language of a racist nature, leaving him facing a minimum six-game ban. He has until November 12 to provide a response.An FA statement published on Monday afternoon read: “Kiko Casilla has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.“It is alleged that, contrary to Rule E3(1), the Leeds United goalkeeper used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Charlton Athletic player during an EFL Championship fixture on 28 September 2019.“It is further alleged that the words constitute an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in Rule E3(2), as they made reference to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.”FA rules state that from the start of this season, anyone found guilty of an aggravated breach faces a mandatory minimum suspension of six matches, which may be increased based on any additional aggravating factors. Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

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