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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Dec. 19

first_imgCounty voters should remember pay hikesAt a special meeting of Schenectady County Legislature on Dec. 4, the following raises for county clerk, county sheriff, and county legislators were on the agenda for approval:The just-adopted 2020 budget listed a salary of $93,989 for the county clerk (the daughter of the current county legislative chair). The ink is barely dry on the budget, but that salary is now being increased to $98,000. The county clerk also “shall be eligible to receive management longevity payments.” For the sheriff, the just-adopted 2020 budget listed a salary of $99,379 for the sheriff (the son of the previous county legislative chair). That is now being increased to $112,500. The sheriff also “shall be eligible to receive the longevity rates and supervisor differential – the special rates of pay as established in article 6, and holiday payment.”And lastly, effective in 2021, legislator pay will increase from $14,093 to $19,000, a raise of 35%. Of further note: These actions are timed just after the election. Isn’t that interesting? Voters hopefully will remember this, but those in power right now are betting that they won’t.Jim MartinGlenville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCounties can offset education expensesThe Dec. 10 article “Regents seek rise in school funding” indicated the state Educational Conference Board supports the Regents’ proposal to increase funding, including expansion of mental health services.I think school districts partnering with county government to administer the Regents “Guidelines and Resources for Social and Emotional Development and Learning in New York State” will enhance a “whole child” approach throughout the community.County government officials’ decision needs to include school districts in the planning and administration of the county Shared Services Initiative to achieve social-emotional learning standards and opportunities for youth.Collaboration among school districts’ guidance counselors, supportive health practitioners, county Youth Bureau social workers and county mental health counselors can enhance resources for students.The coordination of social, emotional and mental health resources and services on school grounds and in community settings while sustaining net budgetary savings will qualify for Local Government Efficiency Program matching funds.In addition, application to the Capital Region Economic Development Council for consolidated funding from the state Dormitory Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) can finance construction of energy efficient facilities, such as 21st Century community learning centers.Of course, coordinated approaches to problem-solving of social harassment, drug dealing and gun violence will promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our children/grandchildren.Michael McGlynnWatervliet Exercise doesn’t require a machineIt’s no coincidence that snowblowers are heard in every neighborhood throughout the winter, cars riddle our streets all year long and “going to the gym” is our “workout.”The fact that we’ve invited conveyances and conveniences into every aspect of our daily lives, to the extent that we now need to make time to exercise, is laughable.If the bulk of us started using our bodies for what they are made to do, move and work, we would quickly improve our personal and community health and our neighborhoods would smell better.Consider this before buying a new car, gadget or gizmo for your loved one.Ian KlepetarSaratoga Springscenter_img Business owner has earned RPI degreeThe Dec. 13 story about the success and generosity of Anthony Constantino and his Amsterdam company, Sticker Mule, is certainly “note”-worthy.It would be a wise and generous gesture for RPI to bestow a degree on this smart and ambitious young man, even though he was one class short of graduation before leaving to help his family’s business.He is a credit to himself, employees and family. It seems those RPI economics courses played a part.Leslie SittnerBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Earthquake felt in the North of the island

first_img 8 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Earthquake felt in the North of the island by: – July 28, 2011 Sharing is caring! Photo credit: channel6online.comThere have been reports that an earthquake was felt in the Northern part of Dominica last night.Disaster Preparedness officials say the relatively small earthquake occurred under Morne au Diables volcano shortly after 9pm last night.According to information, the earthquake is nothing new and persons should not be all that worried.There have been no records of earthquake in that area for several months however it is expected that from time these quakes will continue under the volcanoes in the north.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Sigurdsson seeks extended run in team

first_imgGylfi Sigurdsson hopes to keep on delivering the goals for Tottenham after finally starting to live up to the hype which caused the club to out-bid Liverpool for his signature last summer. Andre Villas-Boas made Sigurdsson his first acquisition as he wanted him to replace Hamburg-bound Rafael van der Vaart, but the 23-year-old struggled to replicate the kind of form which saw him score eight goals for the Swans last term. The forward has now broken into the first XI, though, and – after two goals in his last three games against West Ham and Inter Milan – he aims to keep finding the net in order to retain his place in the team. “It’s important for every player to get a run in the team,” said Sigurdsson, who also set up Gareth Bale for Tottenham’s first goal in Thursday night’s 3-0 Europa League win over Inter. “You see Gareth now, he’s got a lot of confidence and he’s scoring every game. “I know he’s got an unbelievable amount of talent, but it’s different when you’ve got confidence; you can do those things you wouldn’t do without it. It’s really important. “I think (the Inter game) was my best game for Spurs. It is good to get two starts in a row and these are the games you want to play in.” Sigurdsson says he chose Spurs ahead of Liverpool because he was convinced the north London club’s recent Barclays Premier League finishes indicated that they were more likely to achieve success, and a quick glance at the table suggests he was right. Press Associationcenter_img Liverpool were clear favourites to sign Sigurdsson because of the Iceland international’s close relationship with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers from their time together at Swansea, but he opted instead to move to White Hart Lane. Sigurdsson said: “It was really important to get my first league goal (against West Ham). Now I’ve got my second European goal. It gave me a bit of a lift and hopefully we can continue that run and build on it.” last_img read more

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Aguero out for a month

first_img The Argentina striker hobbled off during City’s 5-1 Barclays Premier League win at Tottenham on Wednesday. Pellegrini said: “The doctor is seeing him – maybe one month, but we are not sure absolutely.” Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero is expected to be out for a month with a hamstring injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini has announced. Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview Monday’s Premier League game against Chelsea, gave little away about the possibility of making new signings before the transfer deadline. City have been heavily linked with a late move for the Porto pair of defender Eliaquim Mangala and midfielder Fernando. Pellegrini did not rule out deals but did not wish to discuss them. He said: “For the moment – sorry – no news, but I promise tomorrow you will know all about it.” On the matter of players leaving, Pellegrini was similarly unmoved. “Same thing,” he said. Defender Joleon Lescott has been the subject of speculation linking him with West Ham. When asked if any business at all might be likely, Pellegrini said: “Business maybe, a lot of business – but no news.” Press Association The injury will rule Aguero, who has scored 26 goals this season, out of the first leg of City’s Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona as well as Premier League and FA Cup games against Chelsea. The match at White Hart Lane had been Aguero’s fifth since returning from a month-long lay-off with a calf injury. Yet with City having scored 115 goals in all competitions this term, Pellegrini is confident his team can overcome his absence. He said: “It is very difficult. Sergio is a top player for us but I think we can replace him. “As with the other injury, we hope we can continue to do it. “But, of course, he is a very important player for us. “Sergio is just coming back from an injury – one month that he couldn’t play. “All the other strikers, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and now Stevan Jovetic, replace him.” last_img read more

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Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no-one better to lead the club despite a disappointing end to the season prompting questions about his future. “I’ve not taken over a machine that was winning trophies for 10 years. “That is something we are clear on but of course we want to be better next year.” Rodgers feels last season’s title near-miss was down to a number of factors aligning and their runners-up finish was actually over and above what had been expected. He believes the current campaign is a more realistic representation of the level the club is at. “If you take the emotion out of last weekend this was a team which overachieved last year,” he added. “We weren’t expected to get into the top four and that same team had a world-class striker (Luis Suarez) in it and someone on fire in terms of Daniel Sturridge, who has the potential to be that (world class) when when fit and playing. “We have lost those players (Suarez to Barcelona and Sturridge to injury). “We sit in fifth place, having reached two cup semi-finals, which is probably on par with where we are at. “The ambition is to be much greater than that and we have to be planning forward and that means bringing in players in the summer, that is something which is well under way. “This year was an opportunity, next year will be an even greater opportunity to kick on and keep improving.” Worringly for Rodgers, there is still no sign of a return for Sturridge, who has been sidelined with a hip problem for the last two matches after missing the first five months of the season with thigh and calf problems. “We are unsure. He is certainly not available for the weekend,” said the Reds boss when asked if there was a timescale for Sturridge’s comeback. A dismal FA Cup semi-final exit to Aston Villa last weekend, after back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United derailed their top-four chances, led to speculation about the Northern Irishman’s tenure – particularly in light of the availability of Jurgen Klopp who leaves Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Sunday’s Wembley reverse meant Rodgers became the first Liverpool manager since Phil Taylor in 1959 to not win a trophy in his first three years in charge. However, the 42-year-old, is adamant there is no-one who could replace him. “I don’t think there is anyone better, that is the reality of how I see it,” he said. “Whenever you are at a club like Liverpool you will have many names mentioned. “There is absolutely no problem with that, it is something that happens all the time if you lose a couple of games. “You had former managers linked with the job before and that will continue whether you are good, bad or indifferent. “Three months ago I was a tactical genius and performing to a good level and we lost a couple of games, some important games, and maybe were not so good but I feel the same now with what I did back then. “I have a strong relationship with the owners and the partnership who run the club. “They understand, like when we spoke at the beginning, this was going to be a process, this is not a group of ready-made players who were used to winning. Press Associationlast_img read more

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ChiSox return emotion

first_imgRaw: Being in an unnatural condition, powerfully impressive, stark.Emotion: A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling.Two years ago I watched as the Chicago Cubs made their way into the postseason. I cheered against them as much as possible, after seeing the amount of bandwagon fans. I didn’t feel bad at all when the TV cameras turned to the faces of the older fans — most of whom showed the raw emotion of coming so close, the devastation of their hopes and dreams.I promise I’m not that mean-hearted of a person. I’m not from Chicago and I have no ties, yet I find it fun to see the Cubs lose.I thought this was a Chicago-wide feeling … until Sunday night.Because of midterm season and a freak accident that temporarily cut off my cable, I hadn’t seen much of this year’s playoffs. I wasn’t really pulling for any team in particular, and wasn’t rooting against anyone either — although it was nice to see both the Yankees and Red Sox bow out early.So when my friend Cary invited me out to State Street Brats to watch Sunday’s Game Two of the World Series, I couldn’t pass it up. It doesn’t matter who the teams are, October baseball is a must-see, and I had barely seen any of it.So I met up with my buddy, a die-hard White Sox fan from the south side of Chicago, and two others who I would get to know over the next few hours — one of them another lifelong Sox fan and the other a Cubs fan, desperately cheering for an Astros victory.From the first pitch, I knew I was in for a treat. Little did I know that I was about to see raw emotion swing back and forth and culminate in an ending that I will never forget.I already got a feeling for how bad the South Side fans wanted this World Series — and who could blame them? They have been cheering for a team their whole lives that has played second fiddle to the Cubs and much of the country didn’t know and didn’t care to know about.However, it was Morgan Ensberg who gave the Cubs’ fan reason to cheer in the top of the second. But this year’s “Mr. October,” Joe Crede, tied the game with a single and the White Sox later took the lead in the second inning, and the great emotion shift began.The Astros tied the game in the third and the nail-biting ensued.Lance Berkman picked up RBIs two and three in the fifth, giving the ‘Stros a 4-2 lead, and Cary started getting worried … until the bottom of the seventh.Of course, what would a White Sox playoff game be without some controversy? Jermaine Dye seemed to foul a pitch off, but the umpires ruled that it hit him and awarded him first base, loading the bases.Of course, this spawned a remark about lucky breaks and bad calls by the Cubs fan — which was a reasonable argument. But of course, Chicago would take advantage of the more-than-questionable call.With Cary downstairs refilling on beverages when Phil Garner went to reliever Chad Qualls with the bases loaded, the subsequent return to action to see Paul Konerko’s grand slam sparked what I thought would be the most exciting part of the night.The slam caused an uproar — as most fans in the bar were cheering for the Sox. It also caused the greatest two-floor exchange of words that I’ve ever seen. Let’s just say, expletives were exchanged, but you can imagine the Sox fan on the first floor yelling up to the Astros — err…Cubs — fan on the second floor, and vice versa.Classic.When the White Sox held their lead into the ninth, the game seemed like it was over to me. After all, it was Bobby Jenks time.The Sox fans, while confident, were not celebrating yet, which turned out to be a good thing. The Astros put a chink in the closer’s armor, scoring two runs off him and tying the game.Looking at the White Sox fans, you would’ve thought they had lost the game. Their heads were buried in their hands as the Cubs fan gloated. But as we all know, it wasn’t over yet.With one swing of the bat in the bottom of the ninth, former Brewer Scott Podsednik changed the night, and perhaps these fans’ lives forever.The left fielder’s solo shot to end the game sent the Sox fans in an uproar, jumping up and down, shaking the rafters.Of course, it sent the Cubs fan home, and in such a quiet fashion that I hadn’t even noticed he’d left until after the 10-minute celebration had ended.But the raw emotion from the Sox fans helped me to remember the raw emotion that is so great to see in sports.As a sports writer, I have taught myself not to cheer for the teams I cover. Consequently, these are the teams that I grew up loving, so I haven’t had the chance to feel the raw emotion in a few years — perhaps the Badger football team’s win to end Ohio State’s streak my sophomore year, or the basketball squad’s Big Ten championships.While I love my job, the absence of the emotional aspect is kind of sad, and thus I must thank those Sox fans who helped me — even though I wasn’t the one cheering — feel those emotions once again.Don’t stop believin’.last_img read more

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USC captain Byron Wesley announces he will transfer

first_imgJunior guard Byron Wesley, the Trojans’ leading scorer and rebounder last season, announced Wednesday on Twitter that he will graduate from USC this summer before transferring for his final season of basketball eligibility, sending shockwaves throughout the USC community.Moving on · Junior guard Byron Wesley averaged 17.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game last season while serving as USC’s captain. – Tucker McWhirter | Daily Trojan“First and foremost I would like to thank the Trojan family for all of the love and support they have given me these last three years. I’d also like to thank my coaches for helping me become a better player, my teammates for all of the great memories, & fans for the support,” Wesley said in a series of posts. “This was the opportunity of a lifetime & I couldnt [sic] be more thankful. I will be a Trojan for life & I’m most proud of that! Fight On Forever!”After playing in all of USC’s games in his first two seasons — and starting all but one — Wesley was suspended for two games this February for a violation of team rules and was left out of the starting lineup for three other games. He averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in head coach Andy Enfield’s first season at USC, which yielded just an 11-21 record, including a 2-16 mark in Pac-12 play and a first-round loss in the conference tournament.The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native also served as team captain and led the team in minutes per game, with 34.6. He scored a career-high-tying 31 points in the Trojans’ victory over Washington State in March.Wesley’s announcement comes several weeks after freshman forward Roschon Prince declared his intention to transfer to Long Beach State. With Wesley and Prince gone and center Omar Oraby, guard J.T. Terrell and Pe’Shon Howard set to graduate in May, USC will enter next season without five out of its top seven scorers from the 2013-14 campaign.“We wish Byron well and we thank him for his valuable contributions to our program,” said head coach Andy Enfield in a statement. “He had a very productive career here and I am sure he will do well wherever his career takes him.”Before coming to USC, Wesley was rated the No. 1 player in California.Wesley’s transfer also means that freshman guard Kahlil Dukes and sophomore guard Brendyn Taylor are the only USC high school players recruited by former coach Kevin O’Neill to not switch schools during their collegiate careers. O’Neill was fired in January of 2013, midway through Wesley’s sophomore year, and was replaced by interim head coach Bob Cantu.Since Wesley is graduating a year early, he will be able to play immediately for whichever school he transfers to, per NCAA rules. Wesley’s departure also means that USC will have no seniors on its roster next season, barring any incoming transfers. Instead, the Trojans will have to rely on junior forward Strahinja Gavrilovic and junior guards Chass Bryan and Brendyn Taylor for veteran experience — even though the trio had just eight starts combined last season, and Bryan is a walk-on.There’s a possibility that Wesley’s vacated scholarship could be given to Bryan, who provided speed and a steady hand off the bench last season while averaging 9.2 minutes and 1.6 points per game.Sophomore guard Katin Reinhardt, who’s set to make his USC debut this fall after transferring from UNLV last year, tweeted, “I just wanna wish my brother @byron_wesley the best of luck in the rest of his career! Hate seeing u [sic] go bro but just know I support u [sic] 100%!”It’s unknown where Wesley will transfer, although it seems likely he desires to go to a successful Division I program after suffering through 65 losses compared to just 31 wins during his USC career.Wesley also expressed discontent with the Pac-12 conference when the organization released its list of honorees this season, leaving Wesley off completely. Wesley was the sixth-leading scorer in the conference and was 14th in rebounds per game.last_img read more

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Player Control – Game Lounge acquires Slottracker Solutions

first_img Cherry AB delivers excellent final statement as a Stockholm enterprise February 13, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Cherry AB affiliate marketing subsidiary unit Game Lounge has confirmed the acquisition of Slottracker Solutions (Slottracker.com) for a total consideration of €1 million.Slottracker.com is a software that allows online casino players to better monitor their playing habits, tracking gameplay information with regards to slot spins, wagers staked and games played.Game Lounge management has agreed to purchase the Slottracker  player solution from US gaming development studio Game Solutions Partnership founded by Thomas Starkie and Brett Lawson.Confirming the purchase, Game Lounge wull pay €200,000 over a 12-month post-acquisition period.  An additional purchase consideration of €300,000 will be paid if Slottracker achieves certain objectives over a two-year period.Jonas Cederholm, CEO of Game Lounge, commented on the deal: “The purchase of Slot Tracker complements Game Lounge’s already strong offering in order to help players find the right casino or other online games. We look forward to working with the people who built Slot Tracker to be able to develop new features that allow each player to gain more control over their gaming. Among other things, we want to offer solutions that can warn players who risk losing control of their gaming. With Slot Tracker we can combine these goals, and I think we are the only ones in the market with this smart solution.”Slot Tracker is currently available in a free version and in two pay versions. The program currently works with WMS, NetEnt, Microgaming, Thunderkick, Novomatic, NextGen Gaming, Nyx, IGT, Play ‘n’ Go, Anders Holmgren, CEO of Cherry AB, says: “Game Lounge is continuing to expand its business. Slot Tracker makes it even clearer that the company’s solutions give players access to information that provides an overview, so that players can choose a game more easily based on their own criteria. With the different service levels, players can choose more complete statistics, different extensions, and comparisons between their results and those of others – called Community Statistics. With Slot Tracker, we complement Cherry’s value chain and I look forward to the new features we will launch in 2018.” ComeOn withdraws all brands from UK market September 2, 2019 Related Articles ComeOn rebrands to reflect company set-up January 16, 2020last_img read more

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THE LIST: Ghana’s final 21-man list for 2015 Africa Youth Championship

first_imgSellas Tetteh has announced his final 21-man squad for the 2015 African Youth Championship to be staged in Senegal next month.The Black Satellites squad will count on the experience of Spain-based midfielder Clifford Aboagye who was the third best player at the previous U20 World Cup in Turkey two years ago.The Granada player will join the squad dominated by players who ply their trade in the Ghana top-flight with 15 players from the First Capital Premier League named in the squad.The GN Bank Division One League also boasts of five players in the squad which includes three goalkeepers, seven midfielders, eight midfielders and three strikers.The Black Satellites have been paired in Group B alongside Zambia, South Africa and Mali.The Satellites defeated Azebaijan 2-1 in a pre-tournament friendly in Turkey and will face Iraq in any friendly match before they travel for the tournament which begins on March 8. Ghana will play their opening game on March 9 against South Africa before taking on Zambia and Mali in their subsequent group matches.The Black Satellites will play its group matches in Mbour.last_img read more

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Fury vs. Schwarz results: Tyson Fury steamrolls Tom Schwarz in two rounds; aims for Deontay Wilder rematch in 2020

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The spring of the heavyweights concluded at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury leaving the 9,012 fans in attendance thoroughly entertained with a dominant seconnd-round stoppage of overmatched Tom Schwarz that was broadcast on ESPN+.  Fury (28-0-1, 19 KOs) promised to entertain in his Las Vegas debut and did just that from beginning to end. “The Gypsy King” channeled Apollo Creed’s patriotic entrance from Rocky IV as he walked to the ring with a top hat and robe emblazoned with the American flag to James Brown’s “Living In America.” As the showgirls flanked him, Fury’s 6’9″ frame climed over the ropes to a thunderous ovation from the fans who traveled thousands of miles to see the unbeaten lineal champ.  –  Anthony Joshua is finished after Andy Ruiz Jr. humbling, Tyson Fury says.- Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury offered differing views of Anthony Joshua’s shocking TKO loss. – Who is boxing’s heavyweight champion? Rating Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury MORE:  Join DAZN and watch “About: The story behind the upset of the era” along with the full replay of the fight​He would take the fight itself a bit more serious, but didn’t lose his ability to entertain as he flashed the jab, dodged his German opponent’s advances and mugged for the crowd. Try as he might, Schwarz (24-1) was clearly in over his head, but attempted to make the best of it by chasing Fury around the ring. In the second round, Schwarz managed to sneak in a hard combination that got the attention of Fury. Unfortunately, all that did was expedite the process of ending Schwarz’s night as Fury slipped to the outside and thrust a wicked uppercut that badly damaged his foe. With the pro-Fury crowd urging him on, the 30-year-old fired a left jab and follwed it with a hard right hand that caught Schwarz clean and sent him to the canvas. Fury retreated to the corner with his hands high as Schwarz slowly got to his feet. But the end was inevitable as Fury throttled him with a bevy of hooks that caused referee Kenny Bayless to rescue the damanged Schwarz at the 2:54 mark of the second round. “The key tonight was to enjoy myself,” Fury said. “I was using the jab and slipping and sliding. I caught him with the left hand and followed with a right that put him down.” It was the first time Fury was in action since his epic encounter with Deontay Wilder that ended in a split draw last December. The framework is rumored to be in place for a rematch with Wilder in 2020, but Fury stated that he’ll take another fight in September or October before having a return fight in early 2020. The timeline makes sense considering that Wilder is also set to fight later this year in a rematch with Luis Ortiz. The opponent for Fury’s next fight is unknown, but the picture will surely become clear over the next few weeks. “What’s next is that I fight on either September 21 or October 5 and then we’ve got Deontay Wiilder,” Fury said. “He’s going to give me that green (WBC) belt!”​Fury wasn’t done entertaining as he broke into song with his version of Aerosmith’s classic “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”Always the entertainer, there is truly never a dull moment when Tyson Fury is around. Here’s how it all went down. Fury vs. Schwarz live updates, resultsTyson Fury runs roughshod over Tom Schwarz in two roundsResult (12:09 am) : Fury didn’t want to waste time with Schwarz and put his gigantic paws on him to coerce the stoppage in the second round. An emphatic debut for “The Gypsy King.” Time of stoppage was 2:54 in the second round. Round 2 (12:06 a.m.):   Fury with an uppercut that rocks Schwarz. He’s having fun out there. Schwarz, not so much. Fury is tearing up Schwarz after Schwarz lands a combination. It’s clear that Fury is fighting loose. He’s already busted up Schwarz. Schwarz throws a combination and Fury dodges damn near all of it. Straight left hand and down goes Schwarz! Fury wastes no time pouncing on his wounded opponent and decimates him with brutal hooks until referee Kenny Bayless calls it a night as the towel from Schwarz’ corner comes flying in. Round 1 (12:02 a.m.):  Fury starts quick with a left hook and is moving around briskly. Fury fires the jab, puts the right hand behind it. Schwarz is following him around. Lands a right hook. Fury is landing with frequency with that jab. Not good news for Schwarz in the early going. (10-9 Fury)11:50 p.m.: All of the National Anthems are complete and Tom Schwarz enters to Bob Marley’s “One Love.” With so much love and respect being spread between Fury and Schwarz, I suppose this makes sense. But Tyson Fury gets everybody up when he enters to James Brown’s “Living In America” with a full Apollo Creed entrance. Quite the showman. 11:30 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez, Shaquille O’Neal, Terence Crawford, Shakur Stevenson, Gordon Ramsey and others are in attendance. It’s announced that 9,073 are in attendance. Jessie Hart def. Sullivan Barrera via unanimous decision (99-90, 96-93, 97-92) 11:20 p.m.: What once started out as a promising action brawl turned out to be a sloppy affair down the stretch that saw Hart pick up the victory. Barrera wasn’t really in this fight and was caught with a few clean shots from Hart. Hart says that he hurt his left hand late in the fight and it was the reason he stopped throwing. Either way, it’s a big win for Hart, but he has a long way to go before being considered an elite light heavyweight. 11:07 p.m.: The fight has slowed to a crawl in the eighth round with both Hart and Barrera seeing their punch output drop significantly. Hart does manage to score a flash knockdown, but it’s clear that the conditioning for both of these fighters is waning. Hart is walking away with this one, but it’s not quite over. 10:52 p.m .: An entertaining fourth round found Hart have early success rocking Barrera with a chopping right hand and several stinging uppercuts. But the old dog came roaring back at the end of the round and clipped Hart with a counter right hand that turned his opponent’s legs into spaghetti. Fortunately, the round ended. Could have been bad for Hart. 10:44 p.m.:  We’ve got a fun fight shaping up between Hart and Barrera after two rounds. Hart decided to look for the knockout and the result was both fighters launching heavy leather at each other. Hart buzzed Barrera a few times but the Cuban has offered some return fire that got Hart’s attention. It’s a little sloppy, but could result in a stoppage at this rate. 10:35 p.m. : The co-main event is up next as Jesse Hart (25-2, 21 KOs) makes his light heavyweight debut against the grizzled veteran Sullivan Barrera (22-2, 14 KOs). It’s an intriguing fight with two guys going in different directions. Can Barrera’s experience give him the edge against Hart’s raw talent? Mikaela Mayer def. Lizbeth Crespo via unanimous decision (99-91, 100-90 & 98-92)10:15 p.m.: Although Mayer won the fight, there’s no way she had a clean sweep. Sporting News had it competitive early with Mayer taking over in the second half of the fight. Nevertheless, Mayer improves to 11-0 while Crespo falls to 13-5. Solid, but not a terribly spectacular performance by Mayer. 10:08 p.m.: Two-minute rounds continue to be a major issue for women’s boxing. Mayer has stepped on the gas in the later rounds, buzzing Crespo at the end of the eighth. However, there wasn’t enough time for her to capitalize on the opportunity as Crespo simply held on for the final 20 seconds of the round.   9:51 p.m .: Crespo is giving Mayer all she can handle through three rounds. If Mayer doesn’t turn it up soon, we could have a pretty big upset on our hands. She’s allowing Crespo to dictate the tempo throughout. 9:34 p.m.: We are live from inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for Fury vs. Schwarz. We’ve cleared most of the undercards and are awaiting the undefeated Mikaela Mayer (10-0, 4 KOs) as she faces Lizbeth Crespo (13-4, 3 KOs). Mayer recently claimed she was the Ronda Rousey of women’s boxing and looks to help push the ladies of the sweet science further into the mainstream. Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwartz fight cardMatchupClassBeltTyson Fury vs. Tom SchwarzHeavyweight…Sullivan Barrera vs. Jesse HartLight Heavyweight…Mikaela Mayer vs. Lizbeth CrespoFemale Jr. Lightweight…Andy Vences vs. Albert BellJr. Lightweight…Guido Vianello vs. Keenan HickmanHeavyweight…Isaac Lowe vs. Duarn VueFeatherweight…Cem Kilic vs. Martez McGregorSuper Middleweight…Sonny Conto vs. Daniel InfanteHeavyweight…Peter Kadiru vs. TBAHeavyweight…Fury vs. Schwarz latest news- Tyson Fury says that he couldn’t have come back from the Deontay Wilder knockdown three years ago . – The three top heavyweights all competed in a month’s time and “The Gypsy King” plans to end this run on a high note .last_img read more

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Sierra Leone’s African Cup ties against Ghana scrapped

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The bustup is rooted in a move by the country’s anti-corruption commission to sack SLFA president Isha Johansen and general secretary Christopher Kamara during an ongoing probe into corruption and mismanagement.FIFA had demanded that the pair be reinstated when it announced the suspension on October 5. Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Sierra Leone’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ghana this week have been scrapped owing to the nation’s unresolved row with FIFA, the Confederation of African Football said Wednesday.Sierra Leone was suspended by FIFA over government interference in football and was given a deadline of 1700 GMT on Tuesday by world football’s governing body to come up with guarantees that it had resolved the issue.“Qualifier matches Ghana vs Sierra Leone & Sierra Leone vs Ghana on the 11th and 14th of October respectively have been cancelled…” CAF said in a tweet.It added that the Sierra Leone Football Association had failed to supply the guarantees requested by FIFA to allow the suspension to be lifted.The West African nation was rocked last week when FIFA suspended it for government interference.last_img read more

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Sensative Documents Unsealed in Ghislaine Maxwell Civil Case

first_imgIt’s getting juicy…a cache of documents in civil litigation against the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was unsealed last night, including correspondence with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.The documents stem from a 2015 civil action brought against Maxwell by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who has claimed that Maxwell lured her into Epstein’s orbit at 15 years old, under the guise of offering work as a masseuse at his Palm Beach estate. They include personal emails between Epstein and Maxwell as well as information from a discussion between Giuffre and her lawyer.Many documents in this case have been subject to an intense legal battle. Maxwell’s attorneys in the civil suit had argued to keep many records under seal, maintaining previously that “this series of pleadings concerns [attempts] to compel Ms Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life”. Maxwell’s attorneys are fighting to keep the documents under seal arguing that they are “extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media.”Documents involving Maxwell’s deposition have not been released yet, as her lawyers are appealing their unsealing.Federal authorities arrested Maxwell on 2 July and charged her for allegedly participating in Epstein’s sex trafficking. Maxwell, daughter of the late publishing baron Robert Maxwell, pleaded not guilty on 14 July. Maxwell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. Her lawyers have said she “vigorously denies the charges” and is “entitled to the presumption of innocence”.Maxwell is being held in jail pending trial, which is scheduled for next July.last_img read more

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Terrell Owens enjoys his personal induction far from Canton

first_imgFormer wide receiver Terrell Owens holds a street sign after a road was named for him following his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Instead of speaking at the Hall of Fame events in Canton, Ohio, Owens celebrated his induction at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he played football and basketball and ran track. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Terrell Owens came in wearing a suit spotted with the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo and swapped that out for the prized gold jacket.His bust? That remained 600 miles away in Canton, Ohio, along with the seven other members of this year’s Hall of Fame class, leaving the stage at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga all alone to Owens.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “It’s not because of how many times it took for me to be voted to the hall,” said Owens, who got in on his third try — the same as Joe Namath, for example. “It’s about the mere fact that the sports writers are not in alignment with the mission and core values of the Hall of Fame.“These writers disregarded the system, the criteria and bylaws in which guys are inducted, and ultimately the true meaning of the Hall of Fame and what it represents. I wanted to take a stand so the next guy coming after me will not have to go through what I and others have gone through. Whether it’s three years or 45 years, you should get what you rightfully earned.”The wide receiver who ranked second in NFL history with 15,934 yards receiving and third with 153 touchdown catches didn’t mention that Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and James Lofton also are on the selection committee. Owens later discussed his issue with the current selection process at a news conference that lasted 26 minutes, saying writers never played the game, with no “blood, sweat and tears” invested.Only one person makes a speech in Canton to introduce an inductee. By holding his own ceremony, Owens heard short speeches from five coaches, including three former position coaches, with James Kirksey and Ray Sherman from the NFL. The university named a street after the Hall of Fame receiver.A friend of Ray Lewis was at Friday night’s gold jacket ceremony and brought it to Chattanooga for T.O. The original plan had been to mail it on Saturday to him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew T.O. said he had a Plan B in case it didn’t arrive in time. He also wore a “C″ for Chattanooga pin on each lapel.Owens thanked everyone from his late grandmother and mother to coaches from his high school days in Alexander City, Alabama, through his time at Chattanooga and into the NFL. At times, he was grateful for help received along the way, cited a Bible verse from Deuteronomy, and even thanked people who “defamed” him behind his back and teammates who hated him.“This is for you,” Owens said.Near the end of his speech, Owens asked anyone who had ever felt isolated, misunderstood or bullied to stand up. Then Owens encouraged them not to be afraid to be themselves.“We have more commonalities than differences. This entire speech you thought was about me, this was for you,” Owens said.None of his former NFL teammates could be seen in the crowd. Johnny Taylor, the 17th pick overall in the 1997 NBA draft by Orlando, flew in to see his former teammate inducted into the hall. He understands that some people were surprised by Owens’ decision.“He’s always going to do it his way and what’s beneficial to him and his family,” Taylor said. “Me personally, I’m excited that he is doing it here. It means so much to the city, it means so much to the university. It speaks volumes to the type of person that he is, even though other people may think other of him.”Fans wore Owens’ No. 81 jersey from his stints in Dallas, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Renee Davis of Philadelphia canceled tickets she bought to see Owens inducted in Canton and arrived in Chattanooga on Friday to see the receiver she called the best ever give his speech. She wore Owens’ No. 80 from his college days, bought when he was an NFL rookie.Missing the Hall of Fame’s other seven inductees and all the pageantry of Canton was no loss for Davis.“Can’t compare to being here with my favorite,” Davis said. “Can’t compare.” And yes, the man known as T.O. later brought out a big bucket of popcorn.Owens entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a celebration uniquely his own Saturday afternoon at his alma mater before approximately 3,000 fans who frequently cheered, chanted “T.O.” and gave him the occasional standing ovation. Owens also made clear why he chose to enter the Hall of Fame with a ceremony in Chattanooga instead of with Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and former Eagles teammate Brian Dawkins in Ohio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“A lot of people say that I may regret not being in Canton 10, 15, 20 years from now,” Owens said. “But just like my choice to be here today, I choose not to live in regret. I will leave a legacy that will leave an imprint on this world forever.”Owens used part of a speech lasting about 39 minutes to explain why he was in Chattanooga instead of Canton, addressing the “elephant in the room.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Las Vegas Aces waiting to hear WNBA decision on canceled game View commentslast_img read more

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Antetokounmpo, Bucks survive Hornets

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Walker missed a driving layup with 3.4 seconds left and the loose ball got kicked outside where Nic Batum misfired on a 3-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer.Khris Middleton had 19 points and Eric Bledsoe added 17 as the Bucks set out on the quest to reach the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. Brook Lopez 14 points in his debut for the Bucks after signing a one-year contract in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWalker, a two-time All-Star, was terrific in the loss, hitting 15 of 29 shots including seven 3-pointers — three of those in the fourth quarter — to rally the Hornets. Malik Monk had 18 points and Tony Parker had eight points and seven assists in his first game with the Hornets after 17 seasons with the Spurs.New Bucks coach Budenholzer stressed spacing and perimeter shooting to open up more 1-on-1 opportunities for the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo to drive the lane. It certainly opened up some 3-point chances as the Bucks used that spacing to knock down 11 of 22 3-point attempts in the first half to build a 67-54 halftime lead. Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks in Fizdale’s debut Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Hornets trailed by as many as 18 in the second half, but battled back to tie the game at 101-101 with 6:22 after coach James Borrego went small ball with a lineup of Walker, Parker, Monk, Batum and former small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at center.TIP INSBucks: Started the game on fire, hitting their first five shots to take a 14-5 lead.Hornets: Charlotte wore its throwback white jerseys with pinstripes and they celebrated its inaugural team back in 1988-89. Several members of the original team were introduced before the game, including Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry, Rex Chapman and Kelly Tripucka. … Walker set a franchise record for the most points in a season opener.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Miles Bridges #0 of the Charlotte Hornets tries to stop Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during their game at Spectrum Center on October 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled the Charlotte Hornets’ celebration of 30 years of basketball with a 113-112 victory in the season opener for both teams Wednesday night.Antetokounmpo made two free throws with 23.7 seconds remaining to put the Bucks ahead after the Hornets battled back from a 20-point deficit behind 41 points from Kemba Walker.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bucks: Host Indiana on Friday night.Hornets: At Orlando on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

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