All 10 Formula One teams sign new Concorde Agreement

first_imgTopics : “This year has been unprecedented for the world and we are proud that Formula One has come together in recent months to return to racing in a safe way,” Formula One Chairman Chase Carey said.Negotiations over a new Concorde Agreement had been put on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis that hit the teams and sport financially.”We said earlier in the year that due to the fluid nature of the pandemic, the Concorde Agreement would take additional time to agree and we are pleased that by August we have been able achieve agreement from all ten teams on the plans for the long term future of our sport,” Carey added.”The new Concorde Agreement, in conjunction with the regulations for 2022, will put in place the foundations to make this a reality and create an environment that is both financially fairer and closes the gaps between teams on the race track.”Formula One’s three oldest and most successful teams — Ferrari, McLaren and Williams — were the first to sign with rights holders Liberty Media and the FIA on Tuesday, with the seven other teams following suit on Wednesday.”Over its 70 year history, Formula One has developed at a remarkable rate, pushing the boundaries of safety, technology… to the absolute limit and today confirms that an exciting new chapter in that history is about to begin,” FIA President Jean Todt said.  Formula One’s 10 teams have committed to the sport until at least the end of 2025 by putting their signatures to a new commercial ‘Concorde Agreement’.The current agreement, which sets out the terms under which teams race and the share of revenues, is set to expire at the end of 2020.Formula One and the governing FIA on Wednesday said in a joint statement the agreement will secure the long-term sustainable future for the sport and reduce the financial and on track disparities between the teams.last_img read more

PIMCO, Lombard Odier, Northern Trust unveil ESG, climate change funds

first_imgAlex Struc, portfolio manager and co-head of the ESG initiative at PIMCO, said: “Historically, this type of strategy has been pursued by equity investors but we firmly believe that engagement as a debtholder is equally important. Across the vast fixed income universe, small change can have an enormous positive impact.”In a statement, Eric Moen, managing director of ESG research at MSCI, told IPE: “We believe we are seeing a tipping point for ESG integration with many of the world’s leading equities and fixed income investors realising the value of incorporating ESG signals into their investment processes to identify risks and opportunities not normally flagged by conventional financial analysis.”Also in fixed income, Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) today announced a partnership with Affirmative Investment Management (AIM), a fixed income manager dedicated to impact strategies.The aim of the partnership is to add to Lombard Odier’s impact investing capabilities and to launch a new fund “designed to help combat climate change in a verifiable way”, the Swiss firm said. No further information has been provided about the fund.  In a statement, Carolina Minio-Paluello, global head of sales and solutions at LOIM, said that “a major shift in capital” was required to bridge the funding gap standing in the way of meeting the COP21 target of limiting the global temperature rise to two degrees.“Our investors are keen to understand how they can be involved,” she added. “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with the specialists at AIM and together with our own robust impact investing expertise, we are seeking  to develop a compelling and competitive proposition for investors.”Stephen Fitzgerald, co-founder and chairman of AIM, said: “Responsible capitalism has often been perceived as coming at a cost; either lower returns or increased risk.“Our approach seeks to combine mainstream portfolio management and impact, without compromising either.”AIM describes itself as “the first dedicated green bond manager focusing solely on bond and cash investments that generate positive environmental and social externalities”.Its CEO, Stuart Kinnersley, created the first dedicated green bond fund at Nikko AM in 2010, and its head of sustainability Judith Moore originated the criteria for the creation of green bonds when she was head of the corporate responsibility team at the World Bank.Finally, Northern Trust Asset Management has teamed up with GRESB for the launch of a new sustainable real estate index incorporating ESG factors, with a Dutch-pooled fund tracking the index.The fund is designed to provide passive investors with exposure to the performance of listed real estate companies in developed markets whilst integrating responsible investment criteria.The index is being described as an “industry first”. It uses data from GRESB, an organisation based in Netherlands that assesses the ESG performance of real estate and infrastructure assets.Sander Paul van Tongeren, managing director of GRESB, said: “This new fund will, uniquely, allow investors to passively gain exposure to companies that are highly transparent about their ESG performance and reducing environmental and social impact while also incorporating broad geographic and sector diversification.”He also said the use of GRESB’s ESG data “further institutionalizes the important role of environmental, social and governance information in the financial market”. A flurry of ESG fund announcements from major asset managers yesterday underscores the mainstreaming of responsible investment, including through its integration in asset classes beyond equities.   US fixed-income investment manager PIMCO announced that it had launched an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment platform that aimed to offer “a range of fixed income solutions to investors seeking attractive returns while making a positive social impact”.In a statement, the asset manager said it had launched a global bond ESG fund for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region as part of the move, and modified two of its socially responsible funds in the US to incorporate a wider range of ESG considerations into the investment process.The PIMCO GIS Global Bond ESG Fund invests in sovereign and investment grade corporate bonds, the company said. It aims to maximise total return while favouring bond issuers that are deemed “best-in-class” with respect to ESG practices, and those working to improve them.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgLoughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and Giannulli has accepted a five-month sentence under the deal, which must be approved by the judge. They will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed. An attorney for the couple declined to comment.Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSUnion makes counterproposal to ownersUNDATED (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has given management a wide-ranging response to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Some Louisville football and basketball players will return to campus Wednesday in a phased approach and begin voluntary workouts in early June. The first phase of 30 football players and 15 men’s and women’s basketball players will arrive next week after being instructed on safety protocols. Testing and physicals will begin June 3, with voluntary training not directed by coaching staffs to begin five days later.— Indiana University hopes to have some student-athletes back by mid-June. President Michael McRobbie posted a 22-page plan on his web site to reopen the university in stages, which includes the return of at least a percentage of all students this fall. The release comes one day after the NCAA approved a measure to lift the moratorium on voluntary workouts for football and men’s and women’s basketball players.— East Carolina University is eliminating its men’s and women’s tennis and swimming and diving programs to help reduce a $4.9 million budget deficit created by the pandemic. The move affects 68 student-athletes and nine coaches and reduces ECU’s sponsored sports from 20 to 16, including nine for women. The NCAA requires Division I FBS schools to carry minimums of 16 sports, eight for women.— IndyCar has altered its schedule again amid the coronavirus pandemic, cancelling the June 27 race at Richmond and the July 12 street course event in Toronto. The open-wheel series is slated to finally begin June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, but its next event won’t be held until July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race scheduled for June 21 at Road America in Wisconsin has been changed to a doubleheader on July 11-12. — Tom Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Titled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at his six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBoxing aims for June 9 return in Las VegasUNDATED (AP) — Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail. Promoter Bob Arum says he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two nights later, kicking off twice weekly shows at the hotel in June and July.No fans will be allowed, and Arum said fighters and everyone else will be tested at least twice during fight week for the new coronavirus. The fights are pending approval of the Nevada Athletic Commission, which meets next week to consider the events along with two cards that UFC plans to stage at its facility in Las Vegas. They are also pending the reopening of the MGM and other Las Vegas hotels. Associated Press — English soccer club Manchester United says it believes it will miss out on $24 million because the Premier League will have to make refunds to broadcasters even if the season is completed. The league is in talks with its rights holders about rebates because of delays and changes to the broadcasting schedule. Empty stadiums will also change the TV product. The rebates will vary based on the final position in the standings and the number of games aired live.— Swimming’s governing body has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. FINA (FEE’-nuh) says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.”VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTORVanderbilt’s Lee becomes 1st black woman AD in SECNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has removed the interim title and made Candice Storey Lee the first woman to run a Southeastern Conference athletics program. The union says it addressed protections for high-risk players, access to pre- and postgame therapies, testing frequency, protocols for positive tests, in-stadium medical personnel and sanitization procedures.Players viewed many of the concepts in the original draft submitted last week as over-the-top, such as arriving in uniform at the ballparks, a prohibition on them leaving without team permission and a ban on guests other than immediate family members.Players also objected to a ban on the use of showers and hydrotherapy.The union wants more frequent testing than management’s proposed “multiple times per week.”MLB is expected to make an economic proposal to the union within a few days. — Golf Digest is reporting the European Tour hopes to resume its season in England the first weekend in August as part of a four-tournament “bubble” in the UK. The magazine cited sources as saying the British Masters would be followed by two tournaments in England and one in Wales at Celtic Manor for 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in prize money. The European Tour has postponed nine tournaments and canceled eight others on its schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a memo, the European Tour says priority rankings will stay the same for 2021 and there will not be Q-school.— Little League has released a set of “best practice” guidelines it believes would allow baseball and softball to be played safely after local authorities give the groups the all-clear to return to play. The recommendations include eliminating all non-essential contact and banning the postgame handshake line in favor of lining up along the respective baselines and tipping your cap to the opponent. All players should wear masks while in the dugout and coaches and volunteers should wear masks and protective medical gloves at all times.— Horse racing’s National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has canceled its induction ceremony in August because of health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hall of Fame ceremony was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7. This year’s class will be inducted with next year’s group.— Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto spoke Thursday about the need to take “countermeasures” to combat the coronavirus at next year’s postponed games. Muto acknowledged in an online news conference that “there are some in Japan” talking about holding the games without fans. Muto did not say this was going to happen.— German soccer club Dynamo Dresden has reported another case of coronavirus. The already quarantined second-division club has now had four players test positive. Dresden says on its website that another “category one” close contact of its coaching staff has also tested positive for COVID-19. Dresden’s entire team was ordered by local health authorities into 14 days of quarantine on May 9 after two players tested positive. Also around the majors:— The Cubs and Pirates are making tough financial decisions concerning their front office staff with the major league season still on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cubs are instituting pay cuts based on compensation, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced today that they are instituting furloughs for several employees in business operations beginning on June 1. The Cardinals and Twins have informed their employees there won’t be any pays cuts or furloughs through the end of JuneNFL-NEWSNFL looks at adding “booth umpire” and tech adviser for refsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is considering adding a “booth umpire” and a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating crew. Update on the latest sports The league also is looking at other rules changes, including an alternative to the onside kick.NFL clubs received a list of potential rules changes on Thursday. Owners will vote on the proposals at the upcoming league meeting to be held by video conference on May 28. If owners don’t approve adding a booth umpire and/or a senior technology adviser, the league could test a version of both rules in the preseason for possible future implementation.The proposal that would give teams another option instead of an onside kick permits a team to maintain possession of the ball after a score by substituting one offensive play. The kicking team would attempt a fourth-and-15 from its 25-yard line. This could be done a maximum of two times per game. Onside kicks have become infrequent and rarely successful since the NFL changed rules on alignments for kickoffs.In other NFL news:— An NFL player is suing United Airlines, saying he was harassed and sexually assaulted by an intoxicated female passenger on a red-eye flight in February. The player said in a lawsuit that soon after boarding the cross-country flight, a woman sitting in the same row confronted him over a face mask that he was wearing as protection against the coronavirus. The player says the woman confronted him over his face mask, ripped off the mask and groped him. The NFL player and a companion who joined the lawsuit were not named. United confirms there was some sort of incident and a passenger was moved to a different seat but says it won’t comment further. Lee is one of only five women and the second black woman in charge of a Power Five program. Incoming chancellor Daniel Diermeier said Lee is the “living embodiment” of the university’s values and aspirations.The 41-year-old Lee is a former Commodores basketball captain. She took over as interim athletic director on Feb. 4 when Malcolm Turner resigned after one year on the job.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scamBOSTON (AP) — Court papers show actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges that will include prison time in the college admissions bribery case.last_img read more

Historic contest a nightmare for men’s basketball team

first_imgIt all seemed like something from a dream.It was the middle of the Big Ten season and Wisconsin was playing a non-conference opponent, something that hadn’t happened since the 2000-01 season.The game was played at 11:15 a.m., the only morning tip-off of the season. It was early enough to have the Kohl Center patrons looking a little sleepy as they slowly filed into the arena.And most unusual was the fact that Wisconsin was beaten, and beaten soundly, by an upstart opponent who is so new to Division I basketball it hasn’t even found a conference yet.But when North Dakota State had put the finishing touches on its stunning 62-55 defeat of UW, it was very apparent for the Badger faithful that the game hadn’t been a dream at all, but a nightmare.”We just got stomped by North Dakota State,” freshman Joe Krabbenhoft said, putting into words a nearly unthinkable pre-game scenario.Dashed is Wisconsin’s 27-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. Gone is the tide of momentum that was with the team only a week ago, after starting out 4-0 in the Big Ten. The Badgers’ rankings are nose-diving, both in the polls — where they were 15th in the AP and 13th in the Coaches’ poll — and in the RPI, where the Badgers were ranked third.It was a historic day to be sure. The win was without question the biggest in the history of North Dakota State, and it was also probably the biggest surprise upset of a Bo Ryan team since the coach first came to Madison five seasons ago.It is all too easy to equate the Badgers’ loss to overconfidence, especially since there probably wasn’t one fan in the 17,142 at the Kohl Center who went in believing Wisconsin would lose to the no-name Bison.But the fact is that Wisconsin didn’t play like an overconfident team. They played hard through the duration of the game. On defense they managed to force 24 turnovers, a season high. On offense, they snatched down 22 offensive rebounds, also their best effort of the year.”There is only one thing that you always say as a coach when you get into these types of games when you are struggling on the floor,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “You have to get on the offensive boards and rebound when they are not going in. We did. And you have to get the other team to turn the ball over. And we did. You suppose we’d have a chance then, and we had a chance.”The fact is that after starting off the game 1-of-10, the Bison shot 61 percent (22-36) the rest of the way, often knocking down contested shots.”It’s hard to score on Wisconsin,” Bison head coach Tim Miles said. “They play very good defense, but once we kind of got loose and stayed aggressive, we were better.”The Badgers, on the other hand, looked as if they couldn’t have hit water if they fell out of a boat, shooting 22 percent from the field, which included shooting 4-of-27 from beyond the arc.Wisconsin’s two leading scorers, Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker, shot a combined 8-of-42 from the field, scoring 30 points between them.”Well, they were consistent at throwing three guys at me for 40 minutes,” Tucker said of the defense on him, adding that the double- and triple-teams led to open shots for others.”We had some good shots. You can’t get any more open [than we were] and we have to knock them down, especially if we want to compete in the Big Ten.”Five minutes into the second half, Tucker missed a jumper, got his rebound, missed a lay-up, corralled the rebound again and then missed again from close range.”That’s it right there. That’s the tale of the whole night. That right there is very frustrating,” Tucker said. “A lot of shots rattled in and rattled out, and that is heartbreaking.”After the game, Miles was asked if he had envisioned this in his wildest dreams — and that was what this game was for North Dakota: its wildest dream.And, for Wisconsin, its worst nightmare.Landry, Stiemsma out again: For the second-straight game, both freshman Marcus Landry (academics) and sophomore Greg Stiemsma (medical) were unavailable to play for the Badgers on Saturday. The two were on the team bench but not in uniform for the game.last_img read more

NBC, Coca-Cola Charges Super Eagles to Go for Victory in Russia

first_imgWORLD CUP 2018The Managing Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Mr. George Polymenakos has charged the Super Eagles to go for glory in the upcoming FIFA Mundial in Russia this summer.He expressed this optimism while speaking at the press conference that heralded the arrival of the original FIFA World Cup Trophy in Nigeria for the third time courtesy of Coca-Cola and its bottling partners, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited. While felicitating with the entire Nigerian football family, which is already buzzing with excitement and happiness, he expressed the company’s delight to have this unique opportunity to connect with the consumers through their passion point and make them happy with the World Cup Trophy Tour experience.“We at NBC and Coca-Cola would always be committed to bringing happiness and refreshment to Nigerians, this partly informs why we are aligned with FIFA on this World Cup Trophy Tour that would see the trophy touch 91 cities and 51 countries, spreading happiness and psyching up the people to get ready for what is unarguably the greatest sporting fiesta coming up this year in Russia,” he said.Speaking at the VVIP Viewing Experience of the FIFA World Cup Trophy, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, expressed the hope that with the presence of the FIFA World Cup Trophy which is currently on tour in Nigeria, the Super Eagles would be motivated to do well in Russia 2018 World Cup Finals.Also expressing his delight that Nigeria is one of the few special countries where the trophy would be seen in two different cities.“I commend the efforts of the management of Nigerian Bottling Company Limited and Coca-Cola for this memorable moment, they have always been a good partner for the development of sports in Nigeria. I task other corporate bodies to emulate what they have done today and even do better,” he said.Some of the ex-football stars who were part of the tour include; Samson Siasia, Austin Eguavoen, and former French International, Christian Karembeu. The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour would berth in Lagos today and will be on parade at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Guyana government awaits ruling by Speaker, hints at taking matter to…

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana government says it will await a ruling of the Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Barton Scotland, regarding the successful motion of no confidence filed by the opposition earlier this month, even as it hinted at taking the matter to court.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, said the government will rely on the ruling of the Speaker on the consequences of the December 21 motion of no-confidence that was successfully tabled and debated by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, when the Parliament meets on Thursday.Williams, speaking on a television program here, said the government’s position has always been that the motion which passed by a vote of 33-32 with support from former government backbencher Charrandass Persaud, was not validly carried since the opposition needed 34 instead of 33 votes for an absolute majority.He said the Speaker has the power to revisit any decision he sees fit.“Parliament is actually supreme in its own arena. So, we are responsible for our internal rules and procedures. There are rules that can be changed by amending certain standing orders and once the vote is carried, then that is it,” Williams said, adding that the Speaker in his capacity, is preeminent, meaning that if he finds that an error has been made in any decision, it can be corrected.During his television interview, Williams brushed aside calls in some quarters for the coalition government of President David Granger to resign as a result of the vote.“Even if you say it (no-confidence motion) was validly passed, under Article 106:6 (of the Constitution), Article 106:7 says notwithstanding such defeat, the government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months”.Governments will be using precedentsMeanwhile, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, who also appeared on the television program, said the government would be using precedents as it relates to the passage of a no-confidence motion to build its argument during the next sitting of Parliament.“In view of what happened on the 21st when the Speaker of the House indicated that he is going to adjourn Parliament to deal with the consequences, we have decided that we are going to argue the case that it has not been a threshold figure that was arrived at” Ramjattan stated.He told viewers that “once the threshold figure is arrived at and we are now arguing it is 34 as against 33, then Article 106 is triggered, meaning that the elections must be held within a 90-day period.“However, we are saying that will have to now be determined by the Speaker because the internal arrangements of the House is headed by the Speaker and if the Speaker determines there is clearly a mistake in relation to computation of what the threshold level is and that could be corrected… we feel that is the way to go.”The Public Security Minister said while he recognises that immediately after the motion was passed there were statements by President Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo accepting the outcome of the motion, their statements were necessary based on what the government had felt at that time.Nevertheless, he said that after realizing that a mistake was made and that the constitution must not be subverted by a miscalculation, it has to be remedied.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s teammates in awe over his 60-point performance in final game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I didn’t know how he was going to take it,” Bass recalled on Thursday after the Lakers’ exit meetings at the team’s facility in El Segundo. “I thought he’d say ‘Get those damn bottles away from me!’ But he embraced it.”Photos showed Bryant cherishing the feeling of champagne soaking his jersey. After feeling that same filling after winning five NBA titles, however, Bryant could not help but tease his teammates.“‘That’s only for championships,’” Bryant reminded them. “‘But all right.’”Even with Bryant averaging only 17.6 points on a career-low 35.8 percent shooting, several of Bryant’s teammates believed he would make history in his final game. Beforehand, Bass conferred with World Peace and Lou Williams before asking a Lakers staff member to buy champagne bottles. Lakers forward Julius Randle told Bryant “he has to take at least 40 field-goal attempts.” . Bryant actually 50 shots and went 6-of-21 from 3-point range. As Russell said, “for him to leave on a 60-point night is the best way to go out.” “It felt like every shot went in,” Russell said. “I don’t remember his misses. But I remember his makes vividly.”Not right away.Bryant missed his first five shots. He also airballed a pair of jumpers in the third quarter.“He started off looking like a bum,” World Peace recalled. “I was like, ‘Kobe you ain’t got it no more man!’”As World Peace observed later, “He caught fire.” Bryant scored nine consecutive points in the first quarter. With three minutes left in the final period, Bryant posted 15 points on shots only he could make. He drilled a 26-foot 3-pointer to cut the Jazz’s lead to 96-95 with 59 seconds remaining. Bryant then made a patented 20-foot fadeaway for a 97-96 edge with 31 seconds left. In a game that Clarkson called a “blur,” he remembered recalling, “I don’t even know if this is real right now.”“It was incredible to the point where it started to scare me,” Williams said. “The confetti started coming down and I was like, ‘A ring wasn’t coming with this.’”More Bryant memories came instead. He also signed countless shoes and jerseys for most of his teammates. Yet, not everything went according to plan. Lakers forward Nick Young became amused that Bryant’s last play involved passing to Clarkson for a dunk. “He should’ve ended it with a shot,” Young said. “That’s not the Kobe I know!”Bryant fulfilled that expectation on nearly every other play, though. All of which produced something more than an otherwise meaningless win.“It’s an experience I will remember,” Clarkson said, “and cherish for the rest of my life.”center_img The yellow confetti poured onto the Staples Center court. The standing ovation and MVP chants lasted for minutes. All of which produced a backdrop that suggested the Lakers won another NBA championship. Something else extraordinary happened instead. In what marked the final game of his 20th NBA season, Kobe Bryant posted a season-high 60 points in the Lakers’ 101-96 victory on Wednesday over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.As Bryant went 22-of-50 shooting in 42 minutes, Metta World Peace “had a headache from screaming so loud and jumping so high.” As Bryant tied his fifth highest scoring output in his career, Jordan Clarkson saw “the best ending to the movie.” The 37-year-old Bryant traveled back in time for one night. So even if the performance meant nothing more than comfort food to a depressing season, Lakers forward Brandon Bass followed through on his pre-game suggestion for all of Bryant’s teammates to douse him with champagne. last_img read more

UFC 234: 10 things we learned

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearDespite the afternoon letdown, UFC 234 still featured a host of competitive matchups and an opportunity to get more familiar with a group of up-and-coming talents, who were otherwise overshadowed by the standout middleweight contests originally situated at the top of the card.Even with the 11th hour main event change, there was still plenty to discuss from inside the Octagon on Sunday morning in Melbourne.Here at 10 things we learned.1. Still perfectIsrael Adesanya maintained his unbeaten record by sweeping the scorecards in the main event against former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a three-round bout that was tense from start to finish even though there was far less offense than most likely envisioned. THE LAST STYLEBENDER! #UFC234— UFC (@ufc) February 10, 2019 While there were some good exchanges, a couple near misses and plenty of back-and-forth showmanship between the two talented, charismatic performers, there were also stretches where neither Adesanya nor Silva wanted to pull the trigger, both refusing to be the one who rushed in and paid for making a mistake. It was understandable, but it led to the kind of lulls that draw criticism whenever it isn’t two of everyone’s favorite fighters staring each other down in the cage.It’s a good win for Adesanya in that it keeps him moving forward and gives him a victory over one of the greatest to ever grace the Octagon, but beating Silva in 2019 isn’t the same as beating him three, four or five years ago, yet alone when he was at the height of his powers, and although this is the biggest name “The Last Stylebender” has beaten, it’s also the least flashy of his five appearances in the Octagon.Combined with the delay in sorting out the title picture, I can’t help but wonder if his momentum will be slowed a little and if the UFC will roll the dice by putting him in there with a middleweight contender like Yoel Romero or Jacare Souza in hopes of keeping him in line to challenge for the title later this year.2. A modern marvelSilva may not be the same guy who lorded over the middleweight division for 2,457 days, but the fact that he was competitive with a fighter 14 years his junior on Saturday night is astounding and something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.“The Spider” made his professional debut a month before Adesanya’s eighth birthday and secured his 16th consecutive UFC win seven months after his opponent on Saturday night made his MMA debut.This was supposed to be a changing of the guard — the veteran being served up to the leader of the new school — but instead, Silva made it a competitive fight and delivered more than a few moments where you thought, even if ever so briefly, that he might catch Adesanya with something and steal one more win in the Octagon. Now @SpiderAnderson is picking it up at #UFC234— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) February 10, 2019 In a sport where fighters rarely age well and the current generation can often embarrass those who came before them, Silva has managed to stay competitive well into his 40s. Even if he’s not posting victories, the fact that he’s making guys like Adesanya work hard for wins is a testament to just how skilled and talented the Brazilian legend is.3. Social media doctors suckWhen it was announced midday that Whittaker would not be competing on Saturday night due to a hernia, social media lit up with opinions from pretend doctors who questioned the severity of the injury, how he couldn’t have known about it beforehand and the usual assortment of conspiracy theories and diagnoses that usually accompany these types of situations.Midway through the card, his team released a statement detailing the middleweight champion’s condition, informing the masses that Whittaker was suffering from a collapsed and twisted bowel and an internal hernia, both of which required immediate surgery to correct. If the situation wasn’t addressed immediately and Whittaker fought, a blow to the stomach could’ve been fatal, according to the statement.I understand that no one likes when a fight card is altered the day of the event and losing the main event sucks even more, but haven’t we been through these situations enough over the last few years to know that a trained, professional cage fighter who spent multiple weeks and thousands of dollars preparing to engage in hand-to-hand combat isn’t going to withdraw from said fight unless they have absolutely no choice?No one is scared. No one is faking their injuries.Get well soon, Bobby Knuckles.4. Gastelum’s heel turn You have to hand it to Kelvin Gastelum — he took the lemons that he was handed on Saturday afternoon (Sunday morning for him) and did his best to make a tasty batch of lemonade, using Whittaker’s medical emergency as a chance to turn heel and parade around the arena proclaiming himself the champion.Gastelum, who did a backstage interview with Henry Cejudo’s belt on his shoulder, declared himself the rightful middleweight champion and suggesting he would give Whittaker a shot at “his belt” once the Australian standout got healthy. He tried to use the old “if you don’t show up, you forfeit” angle in explaining why he should now be champion and continued to carry the belt throughout the night, preening while holding onto it.A well-executed move and the right thing for Gastelum to do, given that this bout with Whittaker has been a long time in the making and the UFC doesn’t have the best track record of letting guys, who lose title shots through no fault of their own, hold onto said title shots in the future.Hopefully, Gastelum remains at the top of the list of contenders because while his case for a title shot wasn’t exactly overwhelming, he spent the last eight months attached to a fight with Whittaker and he shouldn’t miss out on that opportunity because the true middleweight champion fell ill on fight day.5. A tough sell, but a missed opportunityWhen it was announced that the middleweight title fight had been scrapped, plenty of people quickly soured on Saturday’s fight card, calling it one of the worst pay-per-view main cards in UFC history.It was wholly understandable, as the new co-main event had initially been scheduled for the Fight Pass prelims and the remaining three fights each would have been fine on the main card on their own, but didn’t exactly knock anyone’s socks off as a collection of contests to kick off a pay-per-view.But the flipside to that argument is that this was a chance to get a closer look at a bunch of competitors who otherwise would have been overshadowed and while few people want to pay $65 to see relative newcomers competing on pay-per-view, each of those first three main card bouts were entertaining and raised the profile of the winners in their respective division.This is the constant Catch-22 for the UFC and its fans, as every card that doesn’t feature an overwhelming collection of marquee fights is dismissed as not good enough and the up-and-coming names fighting on those cards wind up getting overlooked, which ends in perpetuating the cycle.Pay-per-view isn’t the place to build up a bunch of new names all at once, but that wasn’t the original plan for this weekend’s fight card.There is no easy way to resolve the issue, but the only way fans are going to become familiar with some of these fighters they currently don’t know or are quick to dismiss is to pay them a little more attention. Unfortunately, doing so Saturday came at a steep price and it’s understandable if many opted against paying it, even if it did end up being their loss.6. Ricky Simon keeps rollingThe bantamweight division is flush with talent and the most intriguing weight class in the UFC right now. Saturday evening, Ricky Simon made a case for a place in the Top 15 and cemented his standing as one to pay closer attention to in the 135-pound weight class going forward.Simon pitched a shutout against Rani Yahya, showcasing outstanding takedown defense, timing, quick hands and a strong chin en route to sweeping the scorecards against the Brazilian veteran. It was the Pacific Northwest native’s third straight triumph inside the Octagon, extending his winning streak to eight, while elevating his record to 15-1 overall. Showing a little bit of everything!@RickySimonUFC #UFC234— UFC (@ufc) February 10, 2019 The 26-year-old, who trains out of Gracie Barra Portland under Fabio Scherner, has been considered a top prospect in the division for a number of years and continues to make good on his advanced billing now that he’s in the UFC. His wrestling has always been on point and he continues to develop his hands and show tremendous awareness inside the cage. Plus, Simon has arguably the best mullet in the game right now, which has to count for something.Dominating Yahya should elevate him into the Top 15 and earn him another step up in competition next time out, which effectively puts Simon in the thick of the chase in the bantamweight division.7. De La Rosa, Crute continue to shineMontana De La Rosa picked up her third submission win in as many starts on Saturday, while Jimmy Crute scored his second consecutive stoppage win in the Octagon to kick off the main card, putting both very much on the radar in the respective divisions.A member of the cast on Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” De La Rosa is 3-for-3 since coming off the show, delivering her most impressive effort yet this weekend. From the outset, the Texas-based flyweight dominated Nadia Kassem, showing improved striking and her signature brand of long, attacking grappling en route to securing a second-round armbar finish.Just 23, De La Rosa is the type of young fighter with obvious upside who could blossom into a perennial contender and perhaps more over the next couple years as she gains more experience and continues to round out her skill set.The same can be said of Crute, who picked up a first-round finish against Sam Alvey to get things underway on the main card.After a brief feeling out process, the Australian light heavyweight cracked Alvey and sat him down in the center of the cage, prompting him to celebrate prematurely as Alvey wasn’t quite out. The follow-up blows landed hard and although the affable veteran objected to the stoppage, the end result seemed academic as Crute was all over Alvey and clearly looked to be the better man.Now 10-0, the 22-year-old has established himself as one of Dana White’s favorite young prospects and he wisely lobbied for the opportunity to keep taking part on fight cards in the Oceanic region going forward.Crute has the potential to become a regional star while racking up wins and gaining some seasoning and could get a quicker-than-normal push in the light heavyweight division with a couple more impressive showings. 8. City Kickboxing, Factory X Muay Thai not slowing downAuckland’s City Kickboxing and Denver’s Factory X Muay Thai both enjoyed outstanding years in the UFC in 2018 and on Saturday night, they showed they have no intention of slowing down in 2019.Three members of the City Kickboxing team secured victories, as Adesanya, Shane Young and Kai Kara-France all had their hands raised, while Devonte Smith and Jonathan Martinez produced a 2-0 night for the Marc Montoya-led outfit.While there are traditional powerhouse gyms that everyone knows and holds in high regard, these two squads are part of a group of up-and-coming teams that have been turning out top prospects, tough fighters and potential title contenders at an alarming rate over the last couple years and they deserve recognition for their efforts.9. Action fighters are always valuableVery few people likely tuned into the prelims specifically to watch Kyung Ho Kang and Teruto Ishihara throw down in the bantamweight division, but the all-action fighters delivered four minutes of non-stop action in a fight that sent a bolt of electricity through the arena and the audience watching at home.Both got caught with big shots, but it was Kang who recovered quickest and went back on the attack, dropping Ishihara with a knee from the Thai clinch before ultimately finishing with a rear-naked choke.This was one of those fights that illustrates why fighters like this are always valuable and how bouts that get a limited amount of coverage can still deliver. This was a wildly-entertaining four-minute tussle and a great way to kick off the television broadcast.10. The real Jalin Turner stands upJalin Turner made his UFC debut last October, moving up to welterweight to fight Vicente Luque at UFC 229 and collecting a first-round stoppage loss for his troubles. Saturday night, “The Tarantula” moved back down to lightweight and made his second start in the Octagon and this time, the outcome was reversed. The excitement for Saturday’s pay-per-view took a hit midday when the news broke that middleweight champ Robert Whittaker would not be defending his title against Kelvin Gastelum as originally scheduled after being rushed to the hospital where he underwent hernia surgery.It’s the second time in the last 13 months that “The Reaper” has been forced out of title defenses at home in Australia, as a staph infection and case of the chicken pox caused him to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Luke Rockhold last year at UFC 221, and an unfortunate situation for Gastelum, whose opportunity to challenge for UFC gold has to be put on hold. Join DAZN and watch Daley vs. Page at Bellator 216 on Feb. 16Turner avoided an early tie-up from Callan Potter, moved to the center of the cage and put it on the Australian fan favorite, earning the stoppage in 53 seconds after rocking “The Rockstar” with twin hooks, a heavy kick to the body and a couple of coffin nails on the canvas.This was the kind of effort anyone familiar with Turner’s work on the regional circuit was expecting, as the Californian has been a buzzy prospect for a couple years and now has the opportunity to justify that hype. Blessed with tremendous size, length and power for the 155-pound weight class, the 23-year-old Turner is someone to keep an eye on going forward.last_img read more

Megan Rapinoe proud of activism but unsure of future; ‘too wild for politics’ right now

first_imgThe winger stated before the tournament that she would not partake in the customary trip to the White House should the U.S. win, prompting Trump to hit back by saying the USWNT should think about winning before any sort of celebration .Rapinoe, who said the president should have better things to do , helped the U.S. do just that, with the 34-year-old winger winning the Golden Boot and Golden Ball while emerging as the star of the tournament . The U.S. topped the Netherlands 2-0 in the finale to win the World Cup.MORE: Julie Foudy tells SN equal-pay fight about so much moreThe winger also stressed to FIFA president Gianni Infantino that she was looking for legitimate action when it comes to equal pay. She has been one of several USWNT regulars to criticize FIFA and U.S. Soccer for their treatment of players in the women’s game.Rapinoe addressed the crowd at the USWNT’s ticker-tape parade in New York soon after the World Cup victory, where she told onlookers to “love more, hate less” while joking that she was “too busy” to challenge Trump with a presidential run of her own. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democratic Party presidential candidate, has said that he would want Rapinoe, who plays for the Seattle Reign of NWSL, as his secretary of state if he is elected, but Rapinoe admitted that she is unsure if politics is something that she would pursue in her future.”I don’t know quite yet. We’re getting a lot bigger, of course. I don’t know if politics is where I want to be,” Rapinoe said Saturday. “I’ll always be very involved with politics in some way, but I think I might be too wild for politics at this point.” In addition to her criticisms of Trump, Rapinoe has been outspoken in advocating for gay rights and equal pay for the USWNT throughout her career.She moved into the national spotlight in 2016 when she kneeled for the national anthem prior to an NWSL match against the Chicago Red Stars. She was protesting was in solidarity with then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled prior to games to protest racial injustice and police brutality.Rapinoe has made 158 appearances for the USWNT since making her debut in 2006, scoring 50 goals, including six at this summer’s Women’s World Cup. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. national team star Megan Rapinoe says she is unsure of her future once she steps away from the game, but she believes she is “too wild” for politics.Rapinoe was an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump before, during and after the USWNT’s Women’s World Cup triumph in France this summer.last_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS incident report: Jan. 20-24, 2014

first_imgThe Wellington Fire/EMS incident report Jan. 20 – 22, 20141/20   7:59 PM        Medical Emergency           800 block N. Washington1/20   9:04 PM        Medical Trauma                 Oxford1/21   9:50 AM        Medical Trauma                 400 block South C1/21   12:28 PM      Medical Trauma                 1300 block E. Lincoln1/21   1:20 PM        Transfer to Wichita1/21   4:17 PM        Transfer to Wichita1/22   5:20 PM        Medical Trauma                 1900 block Grandview1/22   7:21 PM        Transfer to Wichita1/22   7:42 PM        Medical Emergency           700 block West 8th1/22   10:00 PM      Transfer to Wichita Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more