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Khabib Nurmagomedov hits back at critics after 5th cancellation of fight vs. Tony Ferguson

first_imgKhabib Nurmagomedov says he is more upset than anybody that his fight with Tony Ferguson has been postponed for a fifth time, this one because of the coronavirus pandemic.The unbeaten UFC lightweight champion was due to face Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18, but the COVID-19 outbreak meant the event could not take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nurmagomedov had been informed it was “99 percent” certain that he would still do battle with Ferguson, and Abu Dhabi was set to stage the event. Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight? – I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all. The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably. But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying? – Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes. – Сижу дома на карантине и читаю реакцию людей на ситуацию вокруг моего боя, получается весь мир должен сидеть на карантине, правительства всех стран и известные люди всего мира призывают людей соблюдать требования безопасности, чтоб ограничить распространение болезни ради спасения людей, а Хабиб, освобождён от всех обязательств и должен демонстрировать свободу воли и тренироваться летая по всему миру рискуя своей жизнью ради боя ? – Я все понимаю и точно не меньше вас расстроен отменой боя, наверно у меня , как и у всех других, было много планов после боя, но я не в силах контролировать все это. Сверх державы и крупнейшие компании нашего времени в шоке от того, что происходит, каждый день ситуация меняется непредсказуемо. Но Хабиб все равно должен драться, так получается? – Берегите себя и поставьте себя на мое место.A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) on Apr 1, 2020 at 12:02pm PDTRewatch classic fights on DAZN”Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine,” Nurmagomedov wrote on Instagram. “(G)overnments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight?”I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all.” The 31-year-old Russian on Wednesday said there is no chance he can fight as he follows orders to remain at home.center_img View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

In today’s NBA, 3’s are most definitely wild

first_imgIn this April 26, 2014, file photo, fans cheer as Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter stands in the corner after he made the game-winning 3-point basket at the buzzer in the fourth quarter against the San Antonia Spurs in Game 3 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in Dallas. More 3-pointers got shot than ever before in the NBA last season, and everybody, or so it seems, is adding that shot to their repetoire. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)MIAMI (AP) — The offensive concept of pace-and-space was nearly an unbeatable combination for the Miami Heat, the plan of surrounding LeBron James with multiple shooters good enough to net two straight NBA titles.Plenty of teams are having success with the approach.None more than the San Antonio Spurs, who ended Miami’s championship reign with their pace-and-space attack.Shooters might be valued more now by NBA teams than ever, particularly those who can connect from beyond the 3-point line. More than 86 percent of those who played in the league tried at least one 3-pointer last season, and the most attempts in the history of the league were taken from that distance  — continuing a trend and smashing the previous mark that was set just one year earlier.And no one seems to believe the fascination with movement, passing and plenty of 3’s will end anytime soon.“The teams that are playing with the pass and shooting seem to be doing really well,” said Atlanta’s Kyle Korver, one of the league’s best shooters. “I think the Spurs are the model that a lot of teams are understanding that not everyone gets to have LeBron James on their team. Not everyone gets to have one of the few super-dominant, all-pro, superstars in this league and so playing with the pass and playing with space and playing quick is a really good backup.”The Spurs led the league in 3-point accuracy last year, making more shots from deep than ever before.In the playoffs, their percentages got even better, and in the NBA Finals against the Heat they shot a wildly good 47 percent from 3-land.“I hate it,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.No, he wasn’t kidding when he said that in June. Popovich detests the 3-pointer, but in this NBA, it’s a prerequisite.“It’s changed the game,” Popovich said. “It makes it tougher to cover that much room defensively on the court, so you do have to pay attention to it defensively. It’s a heck of a weapon. … To me it’s not basketball but you’ve got to use it. If you don’t, you’re in big trouble.”To wit: Of the 14 teams that made 600 attempts or less from 3-point range last season, 10 didn’t make the playoffs. The other four combined to go 14-21 in the postseason.“All the analytics guys have looked at it and they see the value of the 3-point shot, especially the corner 3-point shot,” Heat forward Danny Granger said. “Teams are obviously game-planning to get those shots and to get shooters to space the court.”It’s not accurate to say everybody in the NBA is shooting 3-pointers.It just seems that way.Kevin Love, Kevin Durant and Paul George were all among the 10 most prolific 3-takers last season — and they’re all listed at 6-foot-9 or taller. James made eight straight 3’s in a game against Charlotte, on his way to a 61-point night. Spencer Hawes and Chris Bosh combined to take more than 500 shots from past the arc — and they’re both 7-footers, give or take an inch.Hawes actually shot a smidge better from long range last season than San Antonio’s Danny Green — who just happens to have record for most 3’s in an NBA Finals.Now the Cavaliers are surrounding James with shooters in Cleveland, including Love.“It’s more of a skilled league,” Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Just the way fouls are called, the way the offense and the freedom of movement is, if you’re a skilled basketball player there’s a place for you. And skill is shooting the basketball. I think we’re seeing that across the board in our league now.”When Vaughn played, the game was more physical, defenders allowed to do more things within legal limits. Vaughn said the first time he ever had a pick set against him was by longtime league strongman Charles Oakley, and he laughed at saying that he’s “still recovering” from that hit.Suffice to say, there aren’t many Oakleys in today’s game.Finesse is in, force is out.“The game has definitely changed,” Vaughn said.Preseason numbers show more of the same. The Heat took nearly 50 shots from 3-point range in a team scrimmage earlier this month. Corner 3’s seen to tax teams defensive rotations more than anything else, and offenses aren’t going to take away that weapon anytime soon.In short, 3’s are wild in this NBA.“The game that we play today is a different game that was played 10 years ago, 15 years ago, 20 years ago,” Korver said. “Rules are different, philosophies are different, and shooting is a big part of the game. I think for a while people thought that shooting was a lost art in the NBA and I feel like it’s made a huge comeback recently and the trend is that it’s probably going to keep going.”last_img read more

Love of Highlands and Flowers Celebrated This Valentine’s Day

first_imgEditor’s note: John Burton and Nancy Burton’s husband Rob are cousins. By John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Valentine’s Day is an important day for many, but most definitely for a florist. This year, it’s more important than ever for Nancy Burton.Burton’s shop, In the Garden, was heavily damaged in late October by Super Storm Sandy. Since then she has been working feverishly to get everything completed for its planned Feb. 14 reopening. She is hoping to take advantage of the business that day – Valentine’s Day – tends to offer those in her line of work.The day also has a special significance for her business.Nancy Burton stands in front of her florist shop, In the Garden. She has been working to get her Highlands floral and plant studio ready to reopen on Valentine’s Day.Burton initially opened In the Garden in February 2005 – Feb. 7 to be exact – first on the corner of Bay Avenue and Miller Street. She moved the business about two years ago to its current location, 69 Waterwitch Ave. Coming back and reopening on Feb. 14, as Highlands continues coming back, resonated with Burton.“It just seemed really appropriate,” she said. “I’m kind of excited to open on Valentine’s Day, for the business and to be able to pay back some of the costs. But it’s also the nostalgia of Valentine’s Day” in relation to when she first opened.Burton, a 37-year-old lifelong Highlands resident, said she walked back into the borough after Sandy when authorities weren’t letting anyone drive in. She was worried about her borough home and her business.Her home was flooded with about 32 inches of water, keeping her and her family out of it for more than 20 days during which time they lived with friends in Atlantic Highlands. The repair work at home is continuing.Burton had prepped her business for the storm, storing equipment on upper shelves, unplugging and putting electrical devices away and not restocking the refrigerators following a couple of large event orders she completed just prior to the storm. She believed the shop should be all right if the water rose to about 3½ feet. But the water came in and rose more than 5 feet, Burton said, pointing to a marker still on the shop’s wall, put there by a Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) inspector, showing the water’s height.“I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was worse than I could have imagined,” she said of the damage caused by the storm. “It looked like a tidal wave came through the store.”She recalled how items were washed up toward the shop’s front, including her more than 7-foot tall floral refrigerators that had actually floated in the floodwater. Her front window had been smashed, as well.“Everything that wasn’t latched down got washed out with the tide,” she said.As she surveyed the damage, she stood in front of her store, “a local guy walked by and gave me a big hug and I just cried.”Since then, Burton has moved forward, forming a new partnership with her two former co-workers, Jenna Morris and Eileen Rico, and the three have been working to get the business up and running again.Burton said it will cost her about only $10,000 to get the operation back on track, thanks to the work contributions of her father, a woodworker, and a nephew’s construction business.In The Garden is a floral and plant studio where Burton and her partners specialize in weddings and other special events, garden design and maintenance.Burton said working with plants and flowers “is basically in my blood.” Both her mother and grandmothers have been avid gardeners.Burton studied at the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horti­culture. She had been thinking about starting her own business – another longtime dream – and opening a floral and plant studio seemed appropriate, she said.Burton, who has returned to her Highlands home with her two toddler sons and husband Rob Burton, a Highlands police officer, insisted, she is here to stay. “We were able to grow up here,” on the shore, loving all that it provided. “I want the same for my kids.”She also jokes that, given what she and her neighbors have gone through with this and previous storms, “the webbing on my feet gets a little thicker.”last_img read more

Wild, wacky weekend leads to 40-plus game suspensions

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThere must have been a full moon hanging over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this past weekend.Why else would 16 players be suspended for a total of 44 games over three days?“I don’t know maybe it really was a full moon,” KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen said when asked if he knew why all the line brawls. “I have to admit as the president I’m a little disappointed but maybe it’s getting close to Christmas and the players are not thinking about the rules that are in place to stop these sort of events from happening.”The craziness started when Columbia Valley’s Guillaume Glasspoole was hit with a match penalty Friday. His sentence, three games.In Fruitvale Saturday, gloves starting flying between Beaver Valley and Nelson with 2:07 remaining in the third period.The line brawl cost Hawks’ Keanan Patershuk and Arie Postmus and Blake Arcuri and Cody Abbey of the Leafs each three games for multiple fights in the same stoppage.
Game referee Jim Maniago handed out more than 145 minutes in penalties.Four Columbia Valley players and five from the Penticton Lakers were also suspended for, what else, multiple fights in the same stoppage.“The message is already out there,” Ohlhausen exclaimed. “Hockey Canada has decided any major penalty in the last 10 minutes o the game is an automatic one-game suspension.”“And multiple fights in the final 10 minutes or after the game are all things we as a league are trying to get through to the players that will not be tolerated,” Ohlhausen added. “It’s the same message the NHL is using to try to stop fighting.”Nelson coach Chris Shaw feels emotions may have started to escalate during an earlier game in Nelson between the Hawks and Leafs.Those emotions hit the boiling point during the final minutes Saturday.“It wasn’t anything that was cheap or dirty,” Shaw explained. “It was kind of a situation that happened where one player went to protect another one and then the other player went to protect his player that all turned into a line brawl.”“It’s not something that’s uncommon in the past in hockey but now a days you don’t see it happen that often,” added Shaw, part of the collateral damage from Saturday night, suspended for one game for his team being involved in four fights in the game.Abbey and Arcuri started serving their three-game suspensions Sunday, watching from the stands Nelson lose 6-5 in double-overtime. The pair is due to return January 2, 2011 in Spokane when Nelson faces the Braves. “I hope it was just a freak thing and it’s all over with now,” Ohlhausen said. “I hope it was just the players ready for the Christmas break and not thinking about the rules.”We can only hope because the next scheduled full moon is set for early January 2011, when the league begins the home stretch to the season following the Christmas [email protected]last_img read more

BALLYBOFEY WOMAN LARISSA TO START LATEST GAME FOR IRISH RUGBY STARS

first_imgBallybofey rugby star Larissa Muldoon has been given her chance to shine for Ireland after being given the green light to start against Kazakhstan in the final pool game at Women’s Rugby World Cup.Larissa in actionMuldoon is one of two Donegal women on the team.Fahan’s Nora Stapleton lined out a fly half for the wins over New Zealand and the USA and is on the bench for the latest game. An Irish victory today will secure them a semi final spot.  BALLYBOFEY WOMAN LARISSA TO START LATEST GAME FOR IRISH RUGBY STARS was last modified: August 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalLarissa MuldoonNora stapeltonRUGBYWORLD CUPlast_img read more

Letterkenny Folk Festival hosts thrilling Soap Box Derby – Picture Special

first_imgA revised version of the popular Letterkenny International Folk Festival took place over the weekend drawing in huge crowds. One of the events that caught the imagination from those at the Folk Festival was the Soap Box Derby and it made a return for the 2019 version in association with the RNLI Lifeboat.The starting ramp was located at the Golden Grill on the Port Road, Letterkenny. Enthusiasts turned out in their soap boxes to compete for the €500 in prize moneyJoe Boland (NWNewspix) was in attendance to capture the thrilling encounter. Letterkenny Folk Festival hosts thrilling Soap Box Derby – Picture Special was last modified: August 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Fossilization Requires Special Conditions

first_imgA science writer wrote a semi-amusing account on how to become a fossil.  In so doing, he pointed out that fossilization is a very rare fate for most organisms.Writing for National Geographic, freelance science writer and evolutionist Brian Switek quipped, “Pick your burial spot carefully if you want future paleontologists to find you.”  For those needing “Tips on How to Become a Fossil,” this article is for you.  (First tip is not to use a coffin.)Switek pondered this question when finding a footprint in a national park and wondering, “When I die, will I leave any traces behind in the fossil record?”  The chances of being preserved are slim, considering the combination of accidents that have to occur and hazards to be avoided.  (Note: the study of fossilization processes is called taphonomy.)  Here are your choices, summarized from the article:Sedimentary rock: get buried quickly.  “The sooner I can be buried by sediment and kept safe from the various organisms that decay a body after death, the better.”  Even that, though, won’t prevent the “ecological recyclers” (bacteria, fungi, burrowing insects, plant roots) from erasing all memory of your existence.  And if you survive them, your traces could be scattered by floods or other geological forces.The deep blue sea:  prepare to be fish food.  “After sharks and crabs had their fill, my bones might become home for bone-eating snot-flower worms that rely on the skeletons of whales and other benthic bonanzas to carry out their peculiar life cycles.”  Don’t count on recognizable remains.Desert decay:  prepare to be insect food.  “My drying corpse might become home to beetles and other insects that burrow in bones, their circuitous pathways permanently recorded in my skeleton.”  Unless buried quickly though, bones decay in the desert heat.Volcanic ash:  good luck.  Fine-grained volcanic ash has preserved some of the best fossils, like those in China.  Switek jokes that his favorite T-shirt would not be fossilized, though.  It says, “Future Transitional Fossil.“Muck:  good luck.  The exquisite detail in Archaeopteryx came from its burial in oxygen-depleted muck from an ancient lagoon, Switek says.His last paragraph underscores the rarity of fossilization of any animal:But even a perfect burial doesn’t guarantee discovery. In the millions of years of Earth history that lie ahead, oceans and mountains will rise and fall, and the continents will shift. Should my remains actually become a part of the fossil record, they may rest in a place wholly inaccessible to any future explorers. Even if I come to my final rest at an accessible spot on the surface, erosion might expose and destroy what’s left of me. Or there may not be any future explorers to find me. This is why the discovery of any fossil is a joyous occasion. In the face of so much destructive potential, a fragment of the past has survived and at long last been found.It’s interesting to ponder whether the late Harry Truman (not the President, but the lodge owner at Spirit Lake, Mt. St. Helens) became fossilized after being buried instantly in volcanic ash on May 18, 1980.  Even if he did, the chances of ever finding his remains are slim to none.It was nice of Brian to point out how rare fossilization is.  Very special conditions are required.  Those conditions were ideal during the Genesis Flood – an explanation that Switek (as evolutionary moyboy) is guaranteed to mock.  He doesn’t have to wait to become a “future transitional form” (where is his company?).  According to God’s word, because he refuses to acknowledge the clear evidence for creation all around him, he is already a transitional form between Homo sapiens and Homo reprobatus, most likely (because of evident exercise of his brain), at stage 2, “Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22). (Visited 119 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Soybean Council sweepstakes to give away the ultimate backyard BBQ

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For grilling enthusiasts, nothing beats summer’s backyard barbecues with the perfect steak, chop or burger hot off the grill, complete with sear marks and juicy, mouth-watering flavor, and served with an ice cold drink.This summer, one lucky Ohioan will win the Ultimate Backyard BBQ for up to 24 of their family and friends as part of the Ohio Soybean Council’s (OSC) “Get Grilling, Ohio” sweepstakes. The sweepstakes winner, to be named prior to Labor Day, will be awarded an Ultimate Backyard BBQ prize package worth more than $2,500, which includes:Weber 4-Burner gas grillColeman 100 qt. Xtreme Wheeled Cooler$500 Kroger gift cardVarious cuts of beef, pork, poultry and lambSauces and seasoningsGrilling utensils, cookbooks, tips and tricks and morePrize items and meat for the sweepstakes have been donated by OSC, Luckey Farmers, Inc., Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, and Woeber’s Mustard Company.As a primary source of protein for livestock in Ohio, soybeans and soybean farmers are an important step of the process in getting meat from the farm to the store to the grill. Soybeans are fed to a variety of animals, including cattle, swine, sheep and poultry. Ohio soybean farmers are invested in helping produce healthy, great-tasting meat for grilling.To enter for the chance to win the Ultimate Backyard BBQ, Ohio residents can fill out the entry form at getgrillingohio.com. The entry deadline is Aug. 29 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced Sept. 1.Grilling enthusiasts are encouraged to join the Get Grilling, Ohio! Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/getgrillingohio to share recipes, grilling tips and tricks, and more. For more grilling ideas and inspiration, visit the Get Grilling, Ohio Pinterest page at pinterest.com/getgrillingohio/.last_img read more

CP NewsAlert Owner of truck in Broncos crash pleads guilty to safety

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The owner of the transport truck involved in the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash has admitted he did not follow provincial and federal safety rules.A lawyer for Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking pleaded guilty on his behalf in a Calgary court this morning to five charges.They included failing to maintain time logs for drivers, neglecting to ensure his drivers complied with safety regulations, and having more than one daily log for any day.He also pleaded guilty to not having or following a written safety program.Court documents showed the offences occurred between Jan. 1 and March 31 — prior to the fatal crash on April 6.Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured in rural Saskatchewan when the Broncos junior hockey team bus and a semi owned by Singh collided at an intersection.The driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison on 29 dangerous driving charges.Court heard during his sentencing hearing that Sidhu was an inexperienced driver who had been on the road for only three weeks.He had worked with another driver for two weeks and had been on his own for just a few days before he missed a stop sign and drove into the path of the bus.last_img read more