Manchester City took control of their Uefa Cup last-16 tie against Aalborg with a comfortable first-leg victory.City took the lead after seven minutes when Felipe Caicedo muscled his way past Michael Jackobsen and fired home.Caca forced a good save out of Shay Given as the Danes responded but Shaun Wright-Phillips made it 2-0 with a superb strike into the top corner.Robinho should have had a penalty when he was fouled in the box but City still have a healthy lead to take to Denmark.Aalborg had arrived in Manchester on the back of a 16-game unbeaten run that included a thumping 6-1 win over Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna in the last round.The Danes ended up in the Uefa Cup after finishing third in their Champions League group, where they had enough quality to take four points off Celtic and draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. On paper at least, it appeared they would provide a stern test to City but the manner of this win means Mark Hughes’ men will approach the second leg on 19 March in confident mood.City, who had won their previous five home games, were quickly into their stride and their fluid passing soon opened up the visitors’ defence.Caicedo had already fired narrowly over when he broke the deadlock, picking up Robinho’s pass on the edge of the area and brushing off Jackobsen’s challenge before slotting past Karim Zaza.That could have opened the floodgates for City, given that Aalborg were still looking nervous and giving the ball away far too often.But, while Magnus Pehrsson’s side continued to look vulnerable at the back, they responded with their best spell of the match and could easily have levelled. Andreas Johansson had a ferocious shot blocked by Micah Richards with City’s defence stretched, before Given saved smartly with his legs after Caca cut inside Nedum Onuoha and let fly.The speed at which City launched their attacks was still causing Aalborg problems, however, and Zaza had to deny Richards from a tight angle after Robinho’s precise pass found the full-back rampaging down the right.And Wright-Phillips’ unstoppable strike moments later underlined the fact that City’s quality in the final third was the biggest difference between the two sides on the night.The England winger left Patrick Kristensen in his wake before smashing the ball past Zaza and into the top corner from 25 yards out.To their credit, Aalborg continued to come forward and Thomas Augustinssen went close to pulling a goal back when he curled his shot agonisingly wide from the edge of the area. But City continued to look dangerous too and they should have won a penalty before half-time when Robinho, after bamboozling Michael Beauchamp with a succession of step-overs, was hacked down by the Australian defender only for referee Alain Hamer to decide against a spot-kick.The game followed a similar pattern after the break, with City fashioning the better chances and Aalborg committing plenty of men forward in the hope of snatching an away goal.Onuoha headed Elano’s corner over when he should have found the target and Pablo Zabaleta tested Zaza again from long range.Zaza did even better to stop Robinho’s first-time shot after good work by Stephen Ireland, while Wright-Phillips was horribly off-target following another sublime Elano through-ball.There was still time for the Danes to threaten again before the end when Caca fired wide when well placed but their failure to score means City will be favourites to progress to the quarter-finals. Man City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, Wright-Phillips (Etuhu 87), Zabaleta, Ireland, Elano, Robinho, Caicedo (Evans 63).Subs Not Used: Hart, Vassell, Garrido, Fernandes, Berti.Booked: Elano.Goals: Caicedo 8, Wright-Phillips 30.AaB: Zaza, Bogelund, Beauchamp, Jakobsen (Lasse Nielsen 86), Kristensen, Augustinussen, Caca, Johansson, Enevoldsen (Risgaard 76), Due (Curth 66), Shelton.Subs Not Used: Kenneth Nielsen, Nomvethe, Tracy, Christensen.Booked: Enevoldsen. Att: 24,502Ref: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg).Source: BBC
Former Brazilian star midfielder’s decision to have a sip of Pepsi at a press conference cost him dearly as rivals Coke pulled the plug on his endorsement deal.The former Barcelona man had himself to blame for his pocket being $760,000 lighter. Coke released Ronaldinho for giving Pepsi the advertisement they were paying for.However Coca Cola marketing chief Marcelo Pontes said it was just a matter of time before Ronaldinho was given the boot.“The fact that the player has appeared with a can of Pepsi was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Pontes told O Estado de Sao Paulo.The playmaker who made his name playing for the Catalan club, has had a torrid few years. He had to change clubs, shifting from Flamengo to Atletico Mineiro after receiving stick from the home fans.This is not the first time a situation like this has taken place. Pop singer Britney Spears was removed from the Pepsi payroll after she was caught on camera drinking a Coke.
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Syria has denied the Trump administration’s charge that it may be planning “another chemical weapons attack,” which the White House said “will likely result in the mass murder of civilians.”In a statement released late Monday evening, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the United States had found “potential” evidence that Assad was preparing to conduct an attack similar to the one carried out April 4 that killed dozens of civilians, including children.“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,” the statement said. “The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017, chemical weapons attack.”“If … Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price,” the statement warned.The strong wording of the White House’s statement drew a reaction from Russia, a key ally and military partner of Assad’s government.“We do not know what is the basis for this,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday. “And of course, we categorically disagree with the ‘another attack’ wording.”“We also consider any similar threats to the legitimate leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic unacceptable,” he added.The April 4 attack, which killed at least 70 people in the rebel-held territory of Idlib province, prompted President Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian government-controlled air base. The Assad regime has denied responsibility for the attack.The strike was the United States’ first direct assault on the Syrian government and was one of Trump’s most dramatic military orders since taking office.U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Monday that Assad’s two main military backers, Russia and Iran, would share responsibility for any attacks against Syrian civilians.“Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people,” Haley tweeted late Monday. Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) June 27, 2017Assad, meanwhile, is touring Syria. He visited a Russian air base in Latakia, according to images published by the Syrian state-run news agency SANA.In the photos, Assad can be seen shaking hands with Russian military staffers and climbing into a Russian fighter jet.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
University of Utah men’s golf coach Wayne Fisher, who has led the program since 1995, resigned Friday.Fisher, who came under fire recently for driving his players to the Mountain West Conference tournament in Oregon after drinking on the airline flight last month, decided it was best for the program if he resigned.”I care very much about my student-athletes and the athletics program at Utah,” said Fisher in a prepared statement. “The best thing I can do for my family, and the program, is to resign as the head golf coach at the University of Utah.”Fisher’s team completed one of its best seasons, which included three second-place finishes and a fourth-place finish at the Cougar Classic, ahead of host BYU. Although the Utes finished sixth in the MWC tourney, they finished just 12 strokes behind winner New Mexico in the 54-hole tourney.”Wayne has done a good job with our golf program and we have enjoyed our association with him over the years,” said Marc Amicone, U. assistant athletic director, who oversees the golf program. “However, Wayne thought it was in the best interests of the program that he step down at this time. We wish him well.”Fisher served as Utah’s assistant golf coach for four years under Ron Branca before becoming the head coach nine years ago. Senior Garrett Clegg made the all-conference team and qualified for the NCAA West Regional tournament being played this weekend in Oregon.Utah’s five golfers were concerned after Fisher drove them from Portland to Sunriver, Ore., after they observed Fisher drinking on the plane. When Fisher didn’t take their concerns seriously enough, the players wrote a letter to the athletic department.Originally, Fisher was going to accompany Clegg to the regional, but earlier this week the U. athletic department announced that assistant athletic director Pete Oliszczak would go with Clegg to the tournament.Although the Utes lost three seniors this year, Clegg, Luke Swilor and Carl Jensen, they had a good recruiting year with three of Utah’s top junior golfers, Dustin Pimm, Nick Carter and Chris Gresh, joining the team. No timetable has been given by the U. for naming a new golf coach. E-mail: email@example.com
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The final wasn’t even close as Club Inter-Retallack crushed regular season champion Ted Allen’s 7-1 to clinch the Jackson’s Hole Masters Men’s Soccer Championship.Club Inter-Retallack finished the season in second spot behind Ted Allen’s. However, Club Inter-Retallack started to roll during the semi final, scoring a 4-0 shutout of Bia Bora, before dominating the final.Mallard’s Source for sports was quick to spotlight Club Inter-Retallack with team of the week.The team includes, Johnny Colbeck, Tony Maida, Dino Falcone, Jake Kelly, Xavier Schutter, Terry Moore, Marcus Nott, Al Gluckman, Roshan D’souza, Phil Pinfold, Darren Peloso, Shayne Brandel, Lenny Arabia and Adam Chochinov.
Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Law, Featured, Forests, Green, Herps, Rainforests, Reptiles, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by Shreya Dasgupta On June 1, a quarterly event in Germany which touts itself as the largest reptile trade show in the world, will again sell tens of thousands of reptiles.The fair, referred to as “Hamm”, is a meeting point for aficionados seeking the rarest and best reptiles, including animals that are threatened with extinction and may have been poached from the wild.Conservationists criticize the fair saying that it is the biggest hub for the legal and illegal trade in reptiles in the world.While national laws protect many of the reptile species, legal loopholes allow the trade to persist. HAMM, Germany — Two hours before the fair opens on a cold day in March, hundreds of people are already queuing in the cold. “The best merchandise is sold in the morning,” a shivering woman explains outside. She’s looking to expand her collection of exotic pet centipedes, and the Terraristika reptile fair in the German city of Hamm is the perfect place to do so. “You’ll find everything you wouldn’t find anywhere else,” she says.Styrofoam boxes loaded on dollies are pushed past the queue and inside the steamy warehouse, where some of the world’s most prolific wildlife breeders and traders are getting ready to sell tens of thousands of not just reptiles like snakes and lizards but also spiders, centipedes, insects and frogs.The fair itself is simply referred to as “Hamm,” after the nondescript town in the middle of Germany’s rust belt where it’s held four times a year. Touting itself as the largest reptile trade show in the world, it’s a bazaar brimming with more than 550 sellers who set up shop, reptile-enthusiasts and specialized transport companies that pick the animals up and drive them back to their clients in countries like the U.K. Some have come from as far as South Korea and the U.S., pushing past Indian giant tiger centipedes (Scolopendra hardwickei), which cost $550 a piece, and common pythons on offer as a “buy 2 get 3” deal.For buyers, sellers and middlemen, Hamm is the pinnacle of a growing international trade worth millions of dollars annually, and a meeting point for aficionados seeking the rarest and best “merchandise,” as the animals are referred to, from Chinese crocodile lizards (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) to manabi bird-eater tarantulas (Pamphobeteus sp. mascara) and beetles belonging to the scarab family (Scarabaeidae).For conservationists, however, Hamm is something else: the biggest real-life marketplace for reptile traffickers who have learned to exploit the European Union’s weak laws and lack of enforcement to sell high-value, endangered, and protected species.“The things that are being sold there, you can’t even imagine,” says biologist Sandra Altherr, who co-founded the German conservation group Pro Wildlife. “There are lots of reptiles that are protected, and they are being sold freely at Hamm.”Reptiles change hands at the “Hamm” reptile fair. Image by anonymous.Snakes in the parking lotHours before the fair officially opens, the parking lot of the nearby Cafe del Sol is bustling. Because not every seller pays for a stall, merchandise is also traded online — often on Facebook groups, despite Facebook’s ban on trading live animals — and exchanged in the parking lot.Phones keep buzzing as buyers and sellers seek out each other. “Where are you? I’m wearing a red backpack,” a middle-aged man with a southern German accent says. “Look for someone Chinese, that’s me,” another buyer describes himself.Poisonous snakes, scorpions and other animals are pulled out of their Styrofoam boxes, and payments of hundreds, sometimes thousands of euros are made in cash or via PayPal.Each transaction comes with a quickly filled-in and pre-typed “proof of origin” form, in which the seller simply attests that he sold a specific, captive-bred animal to the new buyer. No matter the international conservation status of the species, captive-bred individuals can generally be sold legally in Germany unless local laws specifically state otherwise. In many cases, a “proof of origin” letter is all one needs to show that the animal wasn’t poached from the wild — even though it may not be true.Altherr says that Hamm marks a “proliferation of the illegal trade” as a lack of oversight and inspections, and a general disregard for low-priority crimes such as the trafficking of reptiles, allows traders to sell any species they’d like. These include animals that are threatened with extinction and could have been poached from the wild in countries like Madagascar or Sri Lanka, and trafficked to Germany.Representative of local police and customs authorities who were not allowed to speak to the media confirmed to Mongabay that they were not going to inspect the fair in March. In 2015, however, a German customs unit followed a tipoff that led them to a hotel room in Hamm where more than 130 reptiles and amphibians, many of them protected and threatened species, were being sold on the sidelines.The vast majority of reptiles at the fair can legally be sold, but, as one trader at Hamm put it: “If you’re looking for a special animal, I won’t say it’s not possible.”The Hamm reptile fair touts itself as the largest reptile trade show in the world. Image by anonymous.Legal loopholesInternational trade in certain animal and plant species is subject to restrictions under CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which aims to ensure that threatened species aren’t pushed toward extinction by commercial trade. However, CITES only protects 8 percent of the world’s 10,700 known reptile species from the commercial trade.Many more reptile species are protected under national laws, though. Since CITES generally lists species once their numbers are dwindling and trafficking has become rampant, the governments of countries like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Cuba have banned trading endemic wildlife in the hope of never seeing their numbers dwindle in the first place.It’s a pre-emptive measure, but one with gaping loopholes, says Jordi Janssen, a program officer with the Canada-based NGO Monitor Conservation Research Society, who specializes in the reptile trade. While nationally protected reptiles shouldn’t make it out of the country protecting them, bans no longer apply once they cross the borders.“This grey area is really the biggest problem at the moment,” Janssen says. Sri Lanka, he says, is a good example.Out of the tropical island state’s 219 reptile species, many of which are endemic, all but four snakes are protected from being collected in the wild or traded. Yet trafficking in these species appears to be on the rise, Janssen and his colleague, Sri Lankan biologist Anslem de Silva, found in a recent study published in April this year.The pair monitored online trade websites and a number of Facebook groups between 2016 and 2018 and found several hundred Sri Lankan reptiles for sale across Europe, with Germany being identified as the main hub. Most were advertised as captive-bred, but some were openly advertised as having been poached from the wild.Protected at home, sold at HammSpecies that fall under that category — protected by national law but not beyond the border — are a common sight at Hamm. Take, for example, Tiliqua rugosa. Known as the bobtail, this blue-tongued skink is relatively common in its native Australia, where it’s protected from trade under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. This has made it a rare and highly coveted pet reptile outside Australia, with individuals fetching prices of more than $4,000. At Hamm, it’s one of the most expensive merchandises on offer.“At the moment, they are really into curly endives,” a German breeder selling the reptiles, kept in small, glass terrariums, explains to an interested buyer from South Korea. All of them were bred in captivity, he says, given the strict regulations in Australia. Mongabay could not confirm his claims.Both Altherr and Janssen say that no German or EU law stops the breeder from selling the species, even though at one point a couple of bobtails were trafficked out of Australia to begin captive breeding.Tiliqua rugosa, protected in Australia, is a coveted pet at reptile fairs. Image by Donald Hobern via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)Just how tightly wound the legal and illegal trade are is exemplified by some of the sellers’ criminal records, with arrests for smuggling in countries like Costa Rica, New Zealand and Madagascar, according to news reports. Despite their records, fair organizer Frank Izaber continues to provide them with a trade platform. Izaber declined to comment for this story.Journalists aren’t welcome at the fair, and photography is strictly banned. Security guards patrol the venue to remind everyone with a phone that they’ll be “escorted outside” if they don’t comply. Altherr says her advocacy got her banned from the fair.To stymie the trade in Europe, conservationists have proposed a law modeled after the U.S. Lacey Act, which bans the trade in any species that was taken, transported or sold in violation not just of U.S. law, but the law of any foreign country of origin.Such a regulation would also be needed in Europe, which experts say has become a popular hub and destination for trafficked wildlife, not just due to Hamm.In 2015 alone, more than 2,000 reptiles were seized at the EU’s borders, which is believed to be less than 10 percent of the actual trade. In 2018, Spanish authorities dismantled an international reptile trafficking ring and confiscated more than 600 reptiles collected from all over the world. How many had already been trafficked and sold is unclear.What is certain, however, is that reptile trafficking is highly lucrative. Some species can be bought for a few dozen dollars in their country of origin, are easily smuggled past airport and border authorities in check-in luggage or shipments, and can be sold in countries like Germany for thousands of euros per individual. Izaber told a local paper in 2014 that some traders make 200,000 euros ($223,000) or more at the fair.It’s so lucrative, in fact, that it pays off to fly in all the way from Asia, said the three South Koreans who had been bargaining for the Australian bobtail. They bought it for a little over 4,000 euros ($4,460). Toward the end of the fair, the trio had grabbed a table at the bustling Cafe del Sol. Together, they had spent more than 50,000 euros ($55,800) — a good exploit that will make them several times the buying price at home. Trading reptiles, they say, is their main job, and so they’ll be back for the next fair on June 1 this year.“Hamm,” one of them says, pausing as he chews on a steak, “It’s just the best.”Green tree python or Morelia viridis is often illegally traded. Image by anonymous.Banner image of a green tree python. Image released under Creative Commons CC0.Reporting for this story was supported by a grant from the Earth Journalism Network. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
MOST READ ‘The Super Samoan’ Mark Hunt. Image: UFC.comIt may have been almost six months since Brock Lesnar failed multiple drug tests leading to his fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 200, but the hulking Samoan is still holding a grudge over everyone involved.After publicly voicing out his displeasure over the incident, the 42-year-old heavyweight has elected to file a civil lawsuit against the currrent WWE superstar, UFC president Dana White, and the UFC’s affiliate company Zuffa LLC regarding their involvement in the doping issue.ADVERTISEMENT 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ “This was the last straw. I lost that fight, it ruined it for my fans. It wasn’t good,” he added. “I asked to get out of my contract but I can’t. I need to work like everyone else.” Khristian IbarrolaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia has Kerr–not critics–in his head Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books 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 LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Lesnar was originally awarded the victory after dominating Hunt over the course of three rounds. However, he was popped by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) for failing two separate drug tests and even tested positive for the same substance come fight time.The premiere mixed martial arts organization suspended Lesnar and overturned the result of their fight into a no contest, but the hard-hitting ‘Super Samoan’ says the UFC must pay for “wrongfully jeopardizing fighter health and safety for profit”.As of writing time, the UFC has yet to address the lawsuit, but seems to continue their relationship with Hunt who is expected to fight Alistair Overeem in a heavyweight bout on March 4 at UFC 209.Despite being put in a complicated situation, the New Zealand-based fighter said he won’t settle and shall push on with the suit.“I didn’t want to be in this position,” Hunt admitted to ESPN. “It puts me in a weird spot because I’m still under contract.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint The suit, as per MMAFighting, covers eight charges of alleged racketeering, fraud, negligence, and breach of contract, and was filed by Hunt’s lead attorney, Christina Denning.“I want the UFC to understand it’s not OK to keep doing what they’re doing,” the current number 7 ranked heavyweight described his purpose for filing the case. “They’re allowing guys to do this. They had a chance to take all the money from this guy, because he’s a cheater, and they didn’t.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHunt is expecting “millions in damages” and said he wants to make an example out of Lesnar for the future generation of fighters.“What message is that sending to the boys and girls who want to be a fighter someday? The message is, ‘You just have to cheat like this and it’s OK.’ In society, if you commit a crime, you pay. Why is it different in MMA? It’s hurt the business, so it’s even worse. They need to be held accountable for this,” he said. View comments
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) talks with head coach Gregg Popovich during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won, 93-85. APMEXICO CITY — The last time that the San Antonio Spurs visited Mexico to play a regular-season game, the contest was canceled because of smoky conditions from a malfunctioning generator.So probably it’s not surprising to find out that coach Gregg Popovich had only one wish ahead of the Spurs’ game Saturday against the Phoenix Suns, set to be played on the same venue.ADVERTISEMENT “I just want the game to come along. It felt horrible the last time we were here, everybody did so much work and everybody was excited to see the game and then it didn’t happen,” said Popovich upon his arrival at the team’s hotel in Mexico City.On Dec. 4, 2013, the Spurs were warming up, around 45 minutes before their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, when the lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke began coming out of vents in the upper deck. The court quickly became cloudy and players and coaches were rushed outside the arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe game was rescheduled and played at Minnesota.“It was nobody’s fault but it was kind of depressing for everybody so hopefully this time we get it done and put on a show for everybody”, Popovich said. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Federer: Tennis taking proactive approach to address fixing 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 DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ The Spurs have been doing that in the NBA recently. On Thursday night, they beatthe Los Angeles Lakers 134-94 for their largest margin of victory this season. The game was so lopsided that the starters didn’t play in the fourth quarter and every player on the roster scored at least two points.“All of our players will not score every night, I can promise you that”, Popovich said.San Antonio arrives to Mexico boasting a 31-8 record, the second-best mark in the NBA just behind the Golden State Warriors (34-6).The game against the Suns will be the fifth regular season game played in Mexico. Phoenix also played in Mexico City on Thursday night, falling 113-108 to the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.