The Latest: Mayfields donating to Cleveland food bank

first_imgThe 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.”Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak. ___Players from German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach have accepted pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players approached the club with an offer of voluntary pay cuts, and the coaching staff, directors and executives have joined in.Eberl says “I am very proud of the boys. A clear signal: we are standing together for Borussia in good and bad times.”Gladbach is fourth in the German league and was on course to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers says the club and Bundesliga are in their toughest financial situation in more than 20 years because of lost revenue from tickets, TV and sponsorship. The International Weightlifting Federation says it has changed its Olympic qualifying criteria in response to the coronavirus outbreak but won’t say how the new system works.Olympic qualifying in dozens of sports has been thrown into chaos as continental championships around the world have been postponed.The IWF says it has drawn up a replacement set of qualifying rules and submitted them to the International Olympic Committee but it won’t tell athletes or national federations about the changes until the IOC signs off on the plan.The IWF says it has ruled out extending the qualifying period beyond April 30. That means any rescheduled continental championships won’t count.Weightlifting’s long-standing problems with doping caused the IWF to demand top lifters competed more regularly at international events to be eligible for the Olympics — and to be subject to more doping tests. They were required to compete at least once between November and April. The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, an organization they’ve worked with in the past. Mayfield says they “wanted to give back and help out any way we can.”They asked others to donate and pledged to match those contributions. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 has recently been working out at his high school in Lake Travis, Texas.___USA Cycling is tweaking its selection timeline for the Tokyo Olympics after the UCI, the sport’s global governing body, instituted a freeze on points accumulation and results due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.The first deadline for the American team is May 1 for track cyclists. The BMX freestyle team will be May 15, followed by the mountain bike and road racin teams on June 1. The BMX racing team will be June 3. USA Cycling has an ambitious goal of bringing home seven medals from the Summer Olympics, which at this point are still scheduled to begin in July.The organization says it will adjust its schedule if the International Olympic Committee alters the date of the Tokyo Games.___The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus.The conference and the Collegiate Officiating Consortium issued a joint statement saying the games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11. The Latest: Mayfields donating to Cleveland food bank Gladbach played a game last week in an empty stadium. The club estimated it lost about 2 million euros ($2.16 million) in revenue by playing without fans.In Scotland, Hearts has asked all its players and other fulltime employees to accept a 50 percent pay cut, or contract termination.___The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens.The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896. It is not yet clear when the first race of the season can be held.___The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis on Tuesday.The tour says Lange has no symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery while under quarantine at home in South Africa. The soccer league had been continuing without spectators after most other leagues in Europe stopped. Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir had argued that the country was one of the least affected by the virus.Some players and coaches had complained about the league going ahead, expressing concerns for their health.Trabzonspor announced this week that it had “mutually agreed” to part with former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel after the former Chelsea player said he did not feel comfortable playing amid the pandemic.___UEFA is giving European soccer clubs extra time and leeway to comply with financial monitoring rules during the coronavirus outbreak. March 19, 2020 The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vermont); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, New Jersey).The American East Conference says it continues to adhere to the guidance issued by the CDC and federal and state governments and encourages fans to do the same.___The Monaco Grand Prix is among three Formula One races postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch and Spanish GPs in May were also called off by governing body FIA. Soccer in England will stay suspended until at least April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak and the season could be finished in June.The Football Association and Premier League say they have agreed to extend the suspension from April 4 to April 30. The FA board has waived a regulation which would normally oblige leagues to finish by June 1.That means the English leagues can continue playing in space that opened up when UEFA postponed the European Championship to 2021.The FA, Premier League and English Football League say they are “united in their commitment” that the season should be resumed.___ UEFA says it has extended a March 31 deadline by one month for clubs to show they have no outstanding debts for taxes and transfer fees.The shutdown of European soccer has deprived clubs of match-day income and many risk getting less revenue from broadcasting contracts if games cannot be played.The “Financial Fair Play” system monitors at least three years of accounts for hundreds of clubs which qualify to play in the Champions League and Europa League. Clubs which fail to break even on commercial income and spending on transfers and wages risk sanctions which include being expelled from competitions in the most severe cases.UEFA says the established rules allow for unforeseen circumstances which “is taken into account as part of the clubs’ assessment on a case by case basis.”___ The Swedish soccer association says the start of the top professional leagues in the country have been postponed with the aim of playing again in late May or early June.The decision comes a day after a request from clubs in Sweden’s top two men’s leagues to delay the start of the season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The federation says a detailed program of games will be presented after UEFA clarifies dates for rearranged European club tournaments.___ Associated Press The PGA Tour Latinoamerica is one of six circuits the tour runs. It says in a statement Lange’s diagnosis will allow the tour to alert those with whom he might have come in contact.Lange has played three events this year — two in South Africa in January and February, and Mexico two weeks ago.___Turkey has suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu made the announcement after meeting with the heads of the three sports federations.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018.The Rangers said in a statement that “a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible.” The team said it is investigating the matter.The hacker repeatedly posted the one-word slur in all capital letters on the Rangers’ “Future Fridays” series on Twitter.The NHL also released a statement condemning the hack, saying “No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Dayton’s Anthony Grant also swept Naismith and AP honors as the national coach of the year after the Flyers won their third Atlantic 10 championship in five years.Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu won the women’s award.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKERHacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur hundreds of times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect. The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and Major League Baseball postponing the start of its season.The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field.The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTrump speaks to sports commissionersUNDATED (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues in a conference call Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus. Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to prove his greatness. He’s now officially a Hall of Famer.Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They all got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were also selected.All eight finalists who were announced in February were chosen to get in by the panel of 24 voters. Former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann is also headed to the Hall. He was selected as a direct-elect by the international committee.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NAISMITH TROPHYDayton’s Toppin wins Naismith TrophyATLANTA (AP) — Dayton forward Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) has been awarded the Naismith Trophy as college basketball’s most outstanding player. Toppin was named the Naismith Trophy winner on Friday, adding to an award collection that includes national player of the year by The Associated Press.Toppin had a breakout sophomore season for the third-ranked Flyers, averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 63%. The 6-foot-9 sophomore is Dayton’s first consensus All-American and he led the Flyers to a school-record 29 wins. The Flyers finished No. 3 in the final AP Top 25 after the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, matching the highest ranking in school history, back in 1956. Associated Press April 4, 2020last_img read more

Syracuse gets 1st Top 25 win with 77-63 victory over No. 19 Michigan State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 20, 2019 at 5:03 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Over winter break, in a gym built for Division II Rollins College, Syracuse finally got its first win over a ranked opponent in 2019.A half-court heave at the buzzer to force overtime against Green Bay on Nov. 30 set the Orange back, and an overtime loss at No. 24 Michigan on Dec. 5 prolonged Syracuse’s search for a resume-boosting win. Even when SU lost four of five games, head coach Quentin Hillsman deflected reporters’ concerns and said “we’ll be right back in it.”“You say we’re in trouble,” Hillsman said. “But it won’t be long (before) we’re back to ranked.”Though the time and setting may not have been how Hillsman envisioned it, Syracuse’s 77-63 win over No. 19 Michigan State (7-3) is the first step of returning to where the Orange were in the preseason: Inside the AP Top 25. The victory at Warden Arena in Winter Park, Florida also gives SU (6-4) much-needed momentum heading into its toughest stretch of the season – with three more upcoming top-25 opponents including No. 6 Louisville and No. 8 Florida State.Out of the blizzard in Central New York and into the neutral site in the suburbs of Orlando, Syracuse came out with the hot hand. The Orange converted on 10 of their first 13 shot attempts, jumping out to an early 25-8 lead in the first quarter. Senior guard Gabrielle Cooper, who sank three 3-pointers in the first, finished 4-for-10 from behind the arc for a team-high 19 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Orange couldn’t bank on the long ball, as Cooper made four of the team’s five 3s on 19 attempts (26%). In the second quarter, Syracuse struggled on the offensive end, scoring just 11 points in the frame. Still, SU entered halftime with a 38-30 lead.Instead of continuing to launch from the perimeter, SU pounded the ball inside. The Orange outscored Michigan State in the paint (38 to 28) and at the free throw line (20 to 16).A combination of sophomore Emily Engstler and redshirt sophomore Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi led Syracuse’s paint presence. With 13 points and 17 rebounds, Engstler tallied her sixth double-double of the season. After a tumultuous freshman season, Engstler is leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounds per game (11) and has become arguably Syracuse’s most important player, impacting the game on both ends. Engstler added five assists and two blocks.Forward Djaldi-Tabdi also continued her strong play on Friday. Off the bench, the Paris, France product scored 16 points in 16 minutes on 5-for-6 from the floor. She’s scored in double-digits four times this year, once more than starting center Amaya Finklea-Guity.The Orange opened the fourth quarter with a 13-point lead, but Michigan State cut that down to three with five minutes to play. From there, Taleah Washington finished a putback layup off a Kiara Lewis miss and Syracuse’s press forced MSU errors, leading to easy points for Lewis (18 points, six rebounds, five assists) at the free throw line.But the Spartans hung around. It wasn’t until Cooper’s 3-pointer with 63 seconds remaining that Syracuse could breathe with a 10-point lead.Syracuse’s next “opportunity,” as Hillsman likes to put it, comes on Sunday against No. 22 West Virginia in the same gym. Commentslast_img read more

St. Lucia and Barbados on Ebola Disease Alert

first_imgJerome Delay/AP BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 23, CMC – Barbados and St. Lucia have responded to a warning by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that regional countries should seek to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorisation of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a public health emergency.Both countries have indicated that steps are being taken to ensure that their populations are not put at risk for the disease the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).The WHO statement was in reference to the current EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).St. Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James says while the risk of getting a case of Ebola is extremely low here, the possibility of being affected exists, regardless of how low it may be.“Though the outbreak continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation has indicated that at this point in time it is not necessary for countries that are far away – such as countries in the Caribbean, to implement excessive screening measures at their ports,” Fredericks-James stated in a statement made available to the media.She recalled that during the last Ebola ‘scare’ St. Lucia had implemented screening measures at its ports. But she disclosed that the measure is not indicated at this point in time, adding also that the WHO has advised that there should be no hindrance to trade or travel.“Certainly not for countries as far away as ours,” Dr. Fredericks-James said, noting that countries near the DRC or which share land borders with the African nation would need screening measures for persons crossing the borders into or out of that country.“At the Ministry of Health level, we have raised the alert. We have informed our stakeholders and we have meetings planned to inform persons at the national level as well. We have a National Health Security Committee which should be meeting very soon to discuss the threat,” she said.Fredericks-James also revealed that St. Lucia has reactivated its Ebola preparedness plans and will continue sensitizing persons and monitoring the situation.The deadly Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. It spreads to people through direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from the disease.Meanwhile, in Barbados, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said it is reviewing and updating its Ebola Plan to ensure that authorities are able to respond effectively if the need arises.In a statement, the Ministry said that Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, had met with the Ministry’s senior officials as well as representatives of the Bridgetown Port, the Grantley Adams International Airport and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to review the status of preparedness.The Ministry has assured the public that it will continue to take steps to strengthen its level of preparedness and these measures would inform the revision of the Ebola Plan.last_img read more

Goalkeeper saves THREE penalties after referee orders it to be retaken twice [VIDEO]

first_imgRB Salzburg goalkeeper, Daniel Antosch, must have felt very confident when facing up to a Lyon penalty.The confidence paid off when he dived the right way and saved the spot-kick.However, that save was nullified when the referee blew his whistle again, ordering the kick to be retaken because of encroachment.The kicker, Florent da Silva, stepped up again and, yet again, his kick was saved by Daniel Antosch.The goalkeeper’s joy, however, was short-lived after the referee blew his whistle once more.da Silva opted to try and redeem himself after the first two misses and stepped up for the third time.He shot in the other direction but yet again, the keeper guessed the right way and saved the kick which was finally allowed to stand by the referee.A video of the incident was posted on social media and has since gone viral. The coach after those penalties— Jez #BLM (@Ygjez) August 20, 2020 I thought he would do it again and get a red card lol— csfifaking (@csfifaking) August 20, 2020 The UEFA Youth League match between RB Salzburg and Lyon seemed pretty unremarkable when the day started.However, it produced one of the most astonishing recent moments in football.center_img Coach standing there like.— UNDERCOVER AGENT (@ntabalasa) August 20, 2020 Why did the same player take all 3 penalties?? Should of changed Jim after the 2nd 🤦🏻‍♂️— Richard Carr (@Richscfc2020) August 20, 2020Take a look at the video below:How the hell, do you miss 3 penalties in a row 😂😂😂😂— The Cheek Clapping Connoisseur (@mikeviceo) August 19, 2020Salzburg came from behind to beat Lyon 4-3 on the back of a Chukwubuike Adamu hat-trick.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Trayce Thompson trying to use his wingspan to his advantage

first_imgANAHEIM >> When Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson was a senior at Santa Margarita High, he was invited to work out at Angel Stadium. Another invited guest was Aaron Altherr, now an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. In Altherr, a tall and slender outfielder, Thompson saw a kindred spirit.Thompson inherited the wingspan of his father, former Lakers big man Mychal Thompson. So did his brother, Golden State Warriors guard Klay. Long arms are an indisputable asset on a basketball court, but in a batter’s box they can be a burden. There are solid hitters taller than Thompson – Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger – but few have limbs as long as his.That’s why Thompson studies all of them. “When you have long arms, your levers are longer,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To try and manage an entire strike zone with the velocity it’s tougher. To look at comparables as far as physique makes sense.”That’s what made Thompson’s home run Wednesday – his first hit in the majors in nearly a year – so satisfying.Angels pitcher Keynan Middleton pitched Thompson by the book, pounding a 96-mph fastball over the inner half. Thompson got around on the pitch quickly, launching it 413 feet to left field for a home run.“You look at a lot of bigger guys around the league, a lot of pitchers attack them on fastballs inside,” Thompson said. “That’s something I had to work on, especially when I first got to the big leagues, then last year. It’s something I work on every day. It’s definitely something that I have to cover and I’ll probably have to work on the rest of my career.”Injury updatesX-rays on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s left foot were negative, and the pitcher said he would not need to visit the 10-day disabled list one day after he was struck by an Andrelton Simmons line drive on Wednesday.Ryu pitched another two innings after suffering the injury, lasting into the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Angels. He conceded feeling some pain in his foot while walking Thursday but was not wearing a walking boot. When would he be able to pitch again?“I assume four days,” Ryu said through his interpreter, adding that the front office hadn’t discussed a possible trip to the 10-day disabled list with him.Pitcher Brandon McCarthy, on the 10-day DL with right knee tendinitis, played catch but hadn’t scheduled a bullpen session as of Thursday afternoon. In his last start Sunday against Colorado, McCarthy suffered through a case of the yips that led to three wild pitches and a pair of walks in three innings.“Mentally I think he’s in a good place,” Roberts said. “I think the first thing would be to set up a bullpen, then probably the next piece would be to get a simulated situation where it’s controlled and he can work through some things, then a potential rehab game. With that, there’s really no definitive start date for him because there are things that he personally would want to get through, to feel really confident about taking the mound in a major league game.”Scott Kazmir threw a bullpen session for Roberts and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt at Angel Stadium. His next rehab start, expected to be a three-inning outing, is Sunday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.Kazmir is on the 60-day DL with a left hip strain.AlsoDodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That would line him up to start a week from Sunday, which might in turn rule him out from pitching in the All-Star Game on July 11. “When we get to that point I think that he’ll make a decision that benefits him,” Roberts said of Kershaw. … Triple-A outfielder Alex Verdugo and Class-A pitcher Yadier Alvarez were selected to the World team for the Futures Game on July 9 in Miami. … Oklahoma City Dodgers coach Luis Matos was also selected for the World staff. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I remember when I first got drafted, Stanton’s a Southern California guy so a lot of the scouts talked to me about him,” he said. “I watched a lot of video of Matt Kemp. A-Rod. Guys that are of that stature. I tried to pick up on some habits, some stuff that works for them. At the end of the day, I’m myself. I’m still learning what works best for me.”For Thompson, that’s a process that takes time. After missing the entire second half of last season with a back injury, he suffered through a miserable April at the plate. Shuttling between the majors and Oklahoma City to begin the season, Thompson didn’t collect a hit until his 30th at-bat. He didn’t find any consistency until May.The trick, Thompson said, was doing drills designed to corral his long swing into something more efficient and effective.“We found a pretty good routine that’s helped me the last couple weeks,” he said.Long arms make outside pitches easier to reach for Thompson than most hitters, but a good test is his ability to hit pitches on the inner half of the plate. The same holds true for baseball’s other long-limbed sluggers.last_img read more

UFC Uruguay: Valentina Shevchenko focused on improvement, not being best in the world

first_img“My target and my goal are to train hard for every fight to make each fight a good one and to win every one of them,” Shevchenko told Sporting News. “That is what I want from me. I’m not focusing on who is the best in the world. I think it’s a job for you guys in the media and the fans. For me, I decided in my career that I’m going to focus on each fight because I have to keep my focus on my performances.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearShevchenko is 17-3 with 12 of her wins coming by stoppage. Two of her defeats came against Nunes in bouts that could have gone either way. The other loss was at the hands of Liz Carmouche, and they meet Saturday at UFC Uruguay with Shevchenko’s belt on the line. The champion and challenger first squared off under a fly by the night promotion called C3 in Concho, Oklahoma, in September 2010. Carmouche, who has said in the lead-up that she was supposed to face Valentina’s sister Antonia, won via second-round TKO when the fight got stopped by the fight doctor after Shevchenko had a cut over her eye.No video of the first fight exists. It’s one that never leaves Shevchenko’s mind to this day and uses it as motivation every time she gets ready to go into combat.”I remember the fight,” Shevchenko said. “I was winning the round, and I was coming out of the standup, and then I took her down. I was looking at her, and she was laying on the ground. She threw her heel in the air towards my head. I didn’t feel it and didn’t hurt at all. We continued to fight and grappled on the ground.”When we were on the mat, I saw blood, but I didn’t realize it was mine. But after we grappled for about another minute, the round ended and the doctors came inside the cage. I understood that something happened to my eye. There was a cut on my eyebrow. They decided to stop the fight. I was against it because I felt I could continue. Blood can be stopped from cuts, and the fight does continue. But they decided to stop the fight. There was nothing I can do at that point to change their minds.”I take everything I’ve learned today from that fight. I became a better fighter because I lost to her. I think about that loss before every fight. And we have history heading into this fight on Saturday. It’s going to be a completely different fight.”Since the 31-year-old entered the UFC in December 2015, Shevchenko’s gone 6-2. The way she’s won each of those fights makes fans think there isn’t much to improve on considering her extensive martial arts background where she is a 17-time Muay Thai and K1 world champion. Combined with her MMA record, Shevchenko is a staggering 71-5.With those credentials, what else is there for Shevchenko to improve on? The consensus among MMA pundits is that women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes and flyweight titlist Valentina Shevchenko are the two best female fighters in the world. Even though the world feels that way about Shevchenko, she doesn’t want to hear any of it. She’s only worried about stepping into the octagon and coming out on top.  “Continuing doing what I’m doing,” Shevchenko said. “Every fight gives me more and more experience and knowledge to never stop in my desire to be better because in all my training I’ve learned that MMA is an amazing sport and you can always find new techniques, and you have to learn to adopt them to become No. 1.” Shevchenko has noticed the improvement in Carmouche from almost nine years ago and is impressed with her performances. To Shevchenko, the progress of her opponent doesn’t matter as long as she improves from her last fight and retains the gold. “I know it’s going to be a good fight,” Shevchenko said. “I’m training for every situation that can happen to you. She’s going to do everything she can. But my goal in my mind is on the victory, and I’m going to do more than she is.”last_img read more

Wesley Musson, 82, Wellington: Aug. 25, 1931 – Feb. 25, 2014

first_imgWesley MussonWesley L. Musson died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at his home in Wellington at the age of 82.Wesley was born the son of Arthur and Ruby (Marsh) Musson on Tuesday, August 25, 1931 in Arkansas City.On August 20, 1950, Wesley and Shirley Kay Bowser were united in marriage in Arkansas City. Together they celebrated nearly 60 years of marriage before her death in 2010.Wesley held a strong dedication to volunteerism and spent his retirement from Lamar serving others as a board member and volunteer at the Wellington Food Bank. He along with his wife were able to touch the lives of many through their acts of service.Survivors include his four daughters; Susan Musson of Wellington, Sandy Musson of Benton, Leanne Watts and her husband Gene of Pratt, Lori Jones and her husband Greg of Wichita, brother, Bill Musson of Las Vegas, Nevada, sister-in-law, Donna Campbell and her husband Raymond of Wellington, five grandchildren; Marc Brownlee and his wife Riane of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Mandy Traffas and her husband Brett of Attica, Brooke Rindt and her husband Dalton of Wamego, Sidney Jones and Aubrey Jones of Benton and two great-grandchildren; Cooper and Chloe Traffas of Attica.He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Shirley Musson, two brothers and one sister.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014 with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Wesley will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014 in the chapel of Day Funeral Home, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Riverview Cemetery, Arkansas City.Memorials have been established in his loving memory with Wellington Food Bank, 305 S. Washington, Wellington 67152. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

New York Islanders’ Barry Trotz ‘wasn’t a big fan’ of Nashville Predators’ Peter Laviolette late-game tactics

first_img“I’ll see Peter [Laviolette] maybe in the summer and we’ll discuss that a little bit,” Trotz told reporters Thursday in Boston, two days after his squad lost to the Nashville Predators. “I wasn’t a big fan of that. It’s 8-3 and you’re putting your guys blasting pucks and you’re putting guys at risk. That’s fine. Everybody has their own way of doing it. I probably wouldn’t have done it that way.“It tells me a lot about him,” Trotz continued.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade TeamSo, what got the Isles bench boss so perturbed? With just under four minutes left in regulation, his squad was down two men and on the 5-on-3 Laviolette opted to play his top power-play unit in defensemen Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis and forwards Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene.  Youth hockey coaches know the rule: if you have a big lead, take your foot off the gas. If you don’t, it’s considered an unsportsmanlike approach to the game.Of course for the professionals, it’s a little different — unless you ask New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz. That didn’t affect the scoreboard, but according to Newsday’s’ Andrew Gross, Casey Cizikas blocked three shots, including one to the arm that seemed to cause him some pain.Laviolette, who coached the Islanders in 2001-02, has been the coach of the Predators since 2014 — after Trotz was let go. Both coaches have hefty resumes, with Trotz holding a 2-0 advantage in Jack Adams Awards as the NHL’s top coach and each winning the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s best bench boss.The loss was the Islanders first at home in regulation since Oct. 8 against the Edmonton Oilers. Nashville will host the Islanders in February, ironically, on the day before Valentine’s Day.last_img read more


first_imgSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)FORSTER, MARTINA, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND,CLASIE, WANYAMA,MANE, LONG, TADIC,PELLEBONY, AGUERO,NASRI, FERNANDO, DELPH, NAVAS,KOLAROV, MANGALA, OTEMANEDI, ZABALETA, HART CITY (4-4-2)On Tuesday, Manchester City held Real Madrid to a creditable goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and now go to Spain for the return knowing a 1-0 win will take them to their first ever final at San Siro in Milan, Italy.Both teams are in fine form in the Barclays Premier League. Southampton have won four and drawn one of their last six while City have won five and drawn two of their last eight.Saints won 4-2 at relegated Aston Villa last weekend and remain in eighth place. City beat Stoke 4-0 last time out in the league and moved into third spot ahead of Arsenal on goal difference.Sergio Aguero scored a penalty against Stoke and now has 22 goals in his last 21 Premier League appearances, including seven in his last five games.Aguero has now netted in five consecutive Premier League games for the fourth time in his career (also November 2013, January 2014 and May 2015).City beat Saints 3-1 at the Etihad in November and, on their last visit to Southampton they won 3-0 despite having Eliaquim Mangala sent off.That was the latest of five City wins in the Premier League at Southampton in 11 visits. They drew four more and have lost there just twice, most recently three years ago.Southampton are relatively healthy, missing only Charlie Austin and Florin Gardos. City, meanwhile, test Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure, who both missed the draw against Real on Tuesday.last_img read more