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At 34, Ben Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I can only control things I can control,” Askren said. “There was a guy who didn’t like me, and I can’t control that, and that was the reason I didn’t fight the better guys.”And then the UFC finally called last year. The 34-year-old Askren decided to answer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAfter winning belts in the Bellator and ONE Championship promotions, Askren (18-0) finally makes his UFC debut Saturday night against former champion Robbie Lawler. Instead of enjoying retirement, Askren will be locked in the T-Mobile Arena cage at UFC 235 for a perilous matchup with an inveterate brawler.Askren is at peace with this development, too. View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren of USA talks to the media during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonBen Askren retired nearly 18 months ago. He was content to end his mixed martial arts career as one of the best fighters never to compete in the UFC.Although the unbeaten former collegiate wrestling star had dominated competition around the world for nearly a decade, his tactical fighting style and his personal beefs with UFC President Dana White had kept him off the sport’s biggest stage — and Askren insists he was at peace with it all.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES “I was retired,” he said. “I was happy. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do in life. But I said, ‘This opportunity is too good to pass up. I’m going to take it.’ I’m here to compete, and that’s it.”Askren traveled a long way from suburban Milwaukee to the Vegas lights. He hasn’t fought in the U.S. in nearly six years during an MMA career that began shortly after he competed in freestyle wrestling in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Missouri won the Bellator welterweight title in just his seventh pro bout in 2010, but he wasn’t offered a UFC contract when he became a free agent in 2013. He moved to the Singapore-based ONE Championship and won another title, defending that belt four times while fighting in China, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. Askren never betrayed much dissatisfaction with his situation, praising the promotions that employed him while the UFC ignored him.Tyron Woodley, the UFC welterweight champion, was Askren’s wrestling teammate at Missouri. The close friends have trained together for UFC 235, which features Woodley’s latest title defense against Kamaru Usman in the co-main event.“I just felt like Ben wanted to compete against the best guys, be treated fairly, be paid well and keep dominating, so I didn’t know if he had to be in the UFC to actually facilitate those wants and needs,” Woodley said.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Javee Mocon recognized as top PBA rookie for February MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Askren claims he really thought he was done with the sport when he retired in September 2017, convinced he would never have the right opportunity to join the UFC — and not even sure if he wanted it, given his online history with the company. He has sparred repeatedly on social media with White, who derided Askren as “the most boring fighter in MMA history” and an “absolute moron” before blocking Askren on Twitter.Everything changed last year when White and ONE Championship boss Chatri Sityodtong put together an unprecedented MMA trade. The UFC shipped former flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to ONE in exchange for Askren, and both fighters eagerly jumped at the opportunity.“When this thing happened, I think it hit everybody by surprise, because who the hell would have thought a trade would have ever happened?” Woodley said. “I think it’s dope for the sport.”White hasn’t said much publicly about the reasoning behind the UFC’s decision to sign Askren after so many years. Askren still hasn’t talked to White at any length since the move.“I don’t think he wants to talk to me,” Askren said. “Maybe he doesn’t feel like he needs to, and that’s fine. Whatever.”Askren has changed during his decade in the game. He barely knew how to punch when he started, instead dominating with his superb wrestling, but his striking and jiu-jitsu have steadily improved.But his plan against Lawler (28-12) is simple and obvious, according to Askren: “Close the distance and wrestle him. Can you see a scenario where he beats me on the ground? I can’t see it.”Askren’s fans and teammates can’t believe the wait is finally over. They’re confident Askren will seize this surprising opportunity — and they can’t wait to hear what he’ll have to say about White and the UFC after it’s over.“He’s been talking like this since college, and I’ve just been trying to calm him down, because I recognize it’s an art behind it,” Woodley said. “It’s not ever taking away from his performance.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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Thursday Is Thanksgiving Day

first_imgTomorrow, November 6, 2014 has been declared National Thanksgiving Day and is to be observed throughout Liberia as a national holiday. All businesses and public houses are to be closed.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  by a Proclamation issued this week, has called upon all Liberians and foreign residents, clergymen and women and all religious organizations to gather in their places of worship to give thanks and praise to the Almighty God, that his mercies may continuously rest upon Liberia as a nation and upon all Liberians.There has been no better time in the existence of Liberia that underscores the need for the divine intervention and the healing hands of the Almighty than this period when the Ebola Virus Disease (EDV), the worst ever health crisis to face the nation, is threatening the existence of the state. On this day, the residents will be thanking God through prayers for His healing hands upon the nation.The people of Liberia, President Sirleaf said,  have  always given thanks and praises to God for His mercy on the nation, especially for “His continuous protection and blessings in times of peace, disaster and other natural phenomena and for sustaining us politically, socially and economically over the years,” the President said.The Proclamation, which was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, noted, “At this moment of our national existence, the Liberian people are overwhelmingly confronted by the deadly Ebola virus.  The virus has wreaked havoc in the country and confounds the collective efforts of the nation and the international community to contain the effects of the disease, currently claiming the precious lives of more than 1,800 of our compatriots.“It is befitting that a day has been set aside for the nation and its people to give thanks and adoration to the Lord for His dispensation of grace, mercy, and providence for the perseverance of our lives and to overcome the spreading of the pathogenic disease,” the Proclamation continued.It was in 1883 that the National Legislature, in session, enacted a statute declaring the first Thursday in November of each year as a National Thanksgiving Day. This came after the nation had gone through some rough times.Though the day is traditionally used to give thanks and praises to God for His goodness during the year, this year’s celebration will take a different dimension as all Liberians, as they have done in recent weeks, will be focused on prayer and intersession for the Ebola menace to be eradicated from Liberia.The nation’s health experts have stressed that there is no time for complacency and religious leaders continue to call on their followers to unceasing prays for the nation for “total deliverance”. This should, however, be the order of Thursday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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“Pepsi” wanted for elderly couples’ murder

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force has issued a wanted bulletin Gavin Shepherd, also known as “Pepsi”, of Krishna Street, Tuschen New Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, in relation to the murder of an elderly couple on April 4, 2016, at Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo.The man is wanted by the Police for questioning in relation to the murders committed on Mohamed and Jamila Munir.Anyone with information leading to the arrest of Gavin Shepherd is asked to contact the Guyana Police Force on telephone numbers 226-4585, 225-2700, 225-0593, 225-6411, 229-2750, 229-2019, 268-2222, 268-2328, 268-2329, 911 or the nearest Police station.All information will be strictly confidential, the Police said.According to reports on April 17, 2016, Mohamed Munir, 75; and his wife, Jamilla Munir, 70, who were popular rice farmers, were burned to death in their home, allegedly by bandits who invaded the premises.According to residents at the time, the couple was trapped in their bedroom when gunmen set the building alight.In December 2016, four men – Sanjay George, called “Coolie Boy”; Jason Howard, called “Smelly”; Joel Blair, called “Joey”; and Shabadeen Mohammed, called “Milo”, were remanded to prison for the murders.At that time, it was reported that the men confessed to the crime and implicated Gavin “Pepsi” Shepherd in the murder.last_img read more

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Fivestar boxers go undefeated at B.C. Bronze Gloves

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Five of Fivestar MMA’s boxers are back from competing at the B.C. Bronze Gloves in Quesnel last weekend where the team went undefeated.Nick Dragojevich was awarded the Fight of the Night and won the Welterweight division. Brayden Sims and Lincoln Pomeroy won the Lightweight and Heavyweight divisions respectively. Six-year-old Cruz Gordon not only won his fight but was crowned the Youngest Boxer at the tournament. Nick Young and Ashley Rouble competed in exhibition action as they didn’t have competitors in their weight class.“It couldn’t have gone any better for us,” said trainer and coach Justin Donnally. “Our little guy Cruz Gordon won his fight and could possibly be the youngest boxer in B.C. or even Canada, as the rules have recently changed where six-year-olds are eligible to fight.”- Advertisement -Next up for the Fivestar boxers is a trip to Edmonton for the Alberta Bronze Gloves this weekend.last_img read more

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Sub Zeroes prepare to spring into action

first_imgThe Sub-Zero Track and Field Club is ready to come out of hibernation.Registration and the season’s first practice will go on Tuesday April 6th, at the Bert Bowes Gym. The sub Zeroes will be practicing indoors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Once it’s nice enough, the club will move outdoors, and add a Monday practice to the schedule. “Sometimes we’re outside the second week of April” says club coach Grant Spelsberg. “But I’m not as optimistic this year” he laughs. Spelsberg says no matter what, the club’s first formal competition this year will be the Hershey Track and Field Meet in Grande Prairie, on May 15th. “They have a nice rubber track there, and I’m sure it will be bare and dry. How much running we’ll have done outside by then is another good question.”Registration is $50 per athlete, with a maximum cost of $100 per family. This year, the Sub-Zeros are restricting membership to those born in 2001 or earlier. For more information, call Grant Spelsberg, at (250) 785-5733, or email gcspelsberg@shaw.ca.- Advertisement – By Jon Zackslast_img read more

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Pouderoyen, Santos storm into semis

first_imgLimacol KO Football Tournament…The quarterfinal round of the Limacol Knockout Football Tournament ended on Thursday evening at the Ministry of Education Ground with Mahaica Determinators and Buxton Stars taking their final run after suffering losses.In the opening match of the double-header, Pouderoyen got past Determinators 2 – 1, then Santos steamrolled their way into the semis with a commanding three – nil win over Buxton.This means Santos will now face Pouderoyen in the first semifinal on Sunday, September 30, then Riddim Squad takes on the defending champs, Police Football Club, in the other semi, to wrap up the night.On Thursday, goals from Kacy John and Dwayne St Kitts in the 17th and 38th minutes were enough to give Pouderoyen a spot in the other round. Mahaica’s Delon Charles made it a one-possession match in the 59th minute, but hadn’t enough in the tank to find the equaliser.In the last quarterfinal match, a fourth minute goal from Dellon David along with two second half goals from Jermain Fraser and Sunil Logan proved too difficult a question for the Buxtonians to answer.Meanwhile, the grand finale is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 5th at the same venue.last_img read more

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North Montney Mainline Project supported by NEB; one in opposition

first_imgThe project is being proposed by NOVA Gas Transmission and consists of the construction and operation of new facilities, as well as a 301 km sweet natural gas pipeline connecting the company’s Groundbirch Mainline to the North Montney area. It will also connect to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline and later to a LNG plant on the west coast.The project carries with it 45 conditions set out by the NEB, including but not limited to pipeline integrity, protection of the environment and Aboriginal consultation.“The majority of the board is of the view that with the board’s imposed conditions, and with the implementation of [NOVA’s] environmental protection procedures and mitigation, the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects,” the NEB writes of its decision. “The majority of the board also granted [NOVA’s] request to build temporary infrastructure for the project under section 58 of the NEB Act.”- Advertisement -The board says only one member was in the view that the project should not proceed, citing affected land “that is of special significance to First Nations.”The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator for several parts of Canada’s energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.last_img read more

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ROTARY CLUB CHRISTMAS TREE OF REMEMBRANCE LAUNCHED

first_imgThe Tree of Remembrance is launched.The Letterkenny Rotary Club Christmas Tree of Remembrance is up and running again this year at the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.This Tree is where you can dedicate a yellow ribbon in memory of someone who has passed away, someone who is not able to come home at Christmas, or just to indicate that you are thinking of dear ones now at this special Festive time.A ribbon costs a mere €2 or you can just make a small donation, depending on your circumstances.  All the proceeds are in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Donegal Youth Services Youth Club & The Loft in Letterkenny, and of course, Rotary International Charities. The idea is to have the whole tree covered in Ribbons by Christmas time.  Kids just love clipping them on and seeing the number of ribbons increase each time they go past.   The Tree is manned all the time by Rotarians accompanied by volunteers from the nominated recipients, and therefore all dedications remain totally confidential.  We’re extry fortunate this year to have members of Transition Students from both the Loreto Convent and St. Eunan’s College helping us out.The Ribbons will all be taken to St. Eunan’s Cathedral for a Special Dedication Ceremony on Sunday 10th January at 4pm and everyone is invited to come along and be a part of that wonderful Ecumenical Service.   Naturally tea and refreshments afterwards, and everyone is invited to come along. The Ribbons are then shredded for complete confidentiality. ROTARY CLUB CHRISTMAS TREE OF REMEMBRANCE LAUNCHED was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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UPDATED: GAA DIVISION 2 LEAGUE FINAL: LACEY & MURPHY BACK FOR DONEGAL

first_imgHOPES are growing that Karl Lacey will be fit to face Laois alongside captain Michael Murphy in the National League Division 2 decider against at Croke Park on Sunday (throw-in 2pm), donegaldaily can confirm.Forward Murphy has been suffering from a dead leg since playing with his club, Glenswilly, last weekend, and he has now told manager Jim McGuinness he is fit to start. We understand that Murphy believes he has recovered enough to take his place in the squad and may now start the game.Boss McGuinness will now decide between that option and putting Murphy on the bench, but we understand starting the game is an option.Donegal already had an extended list of injury including Neil McGee, Paddy McGrath, Kevin Cassidy, Adrian Hanlon and Mark McHugh.However we now understand Kary Lacey, Kevin Cassidy and Mark McHugh are also now fit enough to start. And Adrian Hanlon has recovered sufficiently to earn a place on the bench. All of Saturday’s newspapers are tipping Laois to win – another great incentive for our boys to prove them wrong.Laois have confirmed Colm Begley as team captain for Sunday’s game. The former Australia Rules player has rediscovered his best form this season, playing mostly at wing forward, and has started in every league to date.Manager Justin McNulty has been rotating the team captaincy so far, with veteran midfielder Pauric Clancy wearing the armband when Laois beat Donegal in the last round just under two weeks ago.And McNulty admits that beating Donegal last time out has given the Tir Chonaill lads another incentive for Sunday.He said: “Donegal will be coming to Croke Park with a point to prove. They probably feel that they didn’t perform to the level that they’re capable of. They missed several good changes. The result probably could have gone the other way given a few breaks of the ball, literally.”Donegal: P Durkan; P McGrath, N McGee, K Lacey; A Thompson, F McFlynn, K Cassidy; R Kavanagh, M McElhinney; M Hegarty, M McHugh, D Molloy; R Bradley, M Murphy, C McFadden.Laois: E Culliton; D Booth, K Meaney, M Timmons; D Strong, S Julian, P O’Leary; P Clancy, B Quigley; C Begley, J O’Loughlin, D Donoher; R Munnelly, B Sheehan, MJ Tierney.Verdict: Donegal (by four points) UPDATED: GAA DIVISION 2 LEAGUE FINAL: LACEY & MURPHY BACK FOR DONEGAL was last modified: April 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Donegal GAALaoislast_img read more

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Morelos’ behaviour was ‘disgraceful’ and ‘unprofessional’ says Miller

first_img 1 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Livingston striker Lee Miller has slammed Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos, labelling him ‘disgraceful’ and ‘unprofessional’ after the Gers’ shock defeat to the Premiership newcomers.Miller was defending his team-mate, Declan Gallagher who was accused of taunting the Rangers players in the aftermath of the 1-0 victory. Miller also claimed Rangers winger Daniel Candeias refused to shake hands with his side in the bust-up, which involved Gallagher’s team-mate, Craig Thomson, as well as Rangers’ quartet Morelos, Candeias, Borna Barisic and Andy Halliday.Livingston are third in the Scottish Premiership following their victory, while Rangers have dropped down to sixth. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Rangers captain James Tavernier said: “Teams will celebrate how they celebrate but we just have to use that as fuel to improve ourselves and move on.“Our players don’t need to be involved in anything like that. There will be players in certain teams who will try to wind us up. We can’t be seen to be reacting to that sort of behaviour.”Gallagher was one player accused of taunting Steven Gerrard‘s side after the game, but defended his actions on Twitter, insisting the scenes stemmed from the hand-shake refusal. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2/2 light. However due to a few Rangers players refusing to shake hands at the final whistle with myself and team mates things did get heated. We are professional sportsmen who should act and respect our opposite numbers win, lose or draw.— Declan Gallagher (@DeclanGalla) October 2, 2018He tweeted: “At no point did myself or any other Livingston player seek to taunt Rangers players over the result.“As professional sportsmen, we always aim to represent the sport and the club in the right light. However, due to a few Rangers players refusing to shake hands at the final whistle with myself and team-mates, things did get heated.”And watching from the stands due to an injury, Livi forward Miller said he witnessed all of the events unfold and accused Rangers players Morelos and Candeias of showing disrespect to his team-mates.“It was disgraceful from Morelos on Sunday. It was unprofessional as well. I really feel for Declan. He’s been made out to be the bad guy.” he said.“Morelos is a quality act as a player. But he’s got to take it and show respect by shaking hands at the end of the game. That part of it he lacked.“I’ve been in games against opponents where we’ve punched, kicked and literally slogged it out. But at the end you shake hands and say: ‘See you in a few weeks.’” ADVICE Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY huge blow Gers striker Morelos has been branded ‘disgraceful’ and ‘unprofessional’ by Livi striker Lee Miller no dice REPLY BEST OF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more

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