Greensburg Chamber to hold annual legislative update

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Legislative Update on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at the Decatur County REMC Community Room, 1430 W. Main St., Greensburg, IN 47240.Doors open at 7:30 a.m.The event will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude by 9:30 a.m.Indiana Legislators representing Decatur County have been invited to participate.They include Senator Chip Perfect (R-District 43), Senator Jean Leising (R-District 42), Representative Randall Frye (R-District 67), Representative Cindy Ziemke (R-District 55).Each Legislator will be allowed 10 minutes to share their thoughts on the 2017 Legislative session followed by questions from the audience.This is a free event.last_img read more

Treva G. Meyers-Ragle

first_imgTreva G. Meyers-Ragle, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away March 16, 2017.She was born December 21, 1937 in Knox County, IN, daughter of the late Virgil Raney and Mary E. McCord Raney.She was a member of Hope Baptist Church. Treva enjoyed yard sales. She was an artist, she enjoyed painting, had a good sense of humor and she was a good cook. She enjoyed crafts, babysitting and she took care of everyone, she was a nurturing person. Treva was an excellent wife, mom and grandma, and she will be greatly missed.Surviving are children, Rachel (late Daniel) Lea of Lawrenceburg, IN, Paul (Dianna) Meyers of Sparta, MI, Dara (Dana) Swanson of Bennington, IN, Shawn Meyers of Louisville, KY; half siblings, Esther Maddox and Rex Raney both of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren, Isaac, Aaron & Levi Martin and Caden Meyers; great grandchildren, Tristan Martin and Kennedy Johnson.She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Mary; husbands, Lawrence Meyers and Donald Ragle and a half brother, Ronnie Raney.Friends will be received Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Hope Baptist Church, 15593 US 50, Dillsboro Indiana 47018.Services will be held at the Church at 6:00 pm with Pastor Tom Holt officiating.Contributions may be made to the family. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

AFCON 2015: Players to be tested for Ebola

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that all players taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations will be tested for the Ebola virus.The governing body has implemented this measures in a bid to limit the potential spread of the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of over 8,000 people.Anyone showing signs of infection will be quarantined for 21 days, along with those who refuse to be tested.Morocco were originally due to host the tournament but were stripped of their hosting rights after requesting that the tournament be postponed due to fears over the spread of the virus.A CAF statement read: “Everyone arriving at the Nations Cup must respect the medical rules and regulations.”Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are the worst affected countries, although of the three, only Guinea will be involved in the 2015 edition of the tournament.last_img read more

CLUB LEGEND: John Terry extends Chelsea contract

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry has extended his contract until the end of the 2015/16 campaign.The 34-year-old’s existing deal was set to expire at the end of this season, with his new contract in line with Chelsea’s policy of offering players over the age of 30 only one-year deals.Terry has been in outstanding form this season as Chelsea have established a six-point lead in the Premier League and clinched the League Cup.“This new contract is not to say ‘thank you very much’; it is because John continues to perform,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told the club’s official website. “He is a top defender. I am happy that he completely deserves this new contract after a season where he has already played 40 matches.”The Portuguese boss had previously stated his intention to keep Terry on for another season after the League Cup triumph in March. Terry added: “I’m delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea. “After adding another major trophy to my collection this month I hope myself, the players and manager can continue to bring success to our club. “Playing for this great club makes me so proud. And as always I would like to thank the fans who have continually supported me.”Terry joined Chelsea as a schoolboy in 1995 and has made 661 appearances, the third highest for the Londoners behind Ron Harris (795) and Peter Bonetti (729). Not only has he been an imposing presence at the back, he has also been a constant threat at set pieces in opposition penalty areas.One-club-man Terry has a remarkable goal record for a defender, having netted 63 times for Chelsea.JOY SPORTS OPINIONWhatever your opinion of John Terry the man, you can’t deny that John Terry the player is worthy of another year at Stamford Bridge.The Chelsea defence – particularly since the return of Mourinho – looks far more stable with the former England captain as its leader. Given he has never possessed lightning pace, instead relying on positional awareness and an expert reading of the game, it would not be hugely surprising if we’re talking about another contract renewal this time next season. He continues to chip in a healthy amount of goals and is almost certain to lift more trophies as captain.His focus can now fully shift to helping Chelsea win the Premier League before having another crack of winning the Champions League in 2015/16 – hopefully avoiding suspension to take part in the final next time around.Additional info: Associated Press–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Inside the Dodgers: Postseason accountability – The players

first_img1. Walker Buehler (.079 cWPA)The decision to start Buehler in Games 1 and 5 was, I think, mildly controversial. Clayton Kershaw had been the Dodgers’ designated “Game 1 starter” throughout the decade. Hyun-Jin Ryu was the team’s best pitcher at home this year, at least by ERA. Buehler, 25, thumbed his nose in the face of inexperience and the death of his aunt in the middle of the series, and pitched better than anyone on either team – better than Kershaw, better than Ryu, better than Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin. In Game 5, he did some “big boy stuff.”When imagining what might have been if the Dodgers advanced to the NLCS, I start with Buehler. This could have been his 2003 Josh Beckett/1985 Ron Darling/1949 Don Newcombe month. Choose the “breakout October pitcher” that best suits your generation; that could have been Buehler. His tears stung more than the champagne in the other clubhouse Wednesday.2. Kiké Hernandez (.049 cWPA)Hernandez only got into three of the five games, taking seven plate appearances. But his twisting catch in the second inning of Game 5 helped preserve the Dodgers’ 2-0 lead, and his home run in the bottom of the second inning extended it to 3-0. His pinch hit double in the sixth inning of Game 3 extended the Dodgers’ two-out rally against Patrick Corbin. Hernandez has been a productive contributor in the Dodgers’ four consecutive NLDS appearances. Count it as further evidence that he can be a valuable role player in the clutch. 3. Kenta Maeda (.049 cWPA)Maeda was the Dodgers’ best reliever in the series, continuing his streak of solid postseason relief work. He succeeded with two pitches, an average fastball setting up a devastating slider. Maybe someday he’ll be able to unleash his changeup against a lefty in October.4. Max Muncy (.048 cWPA)The expectations were higher on Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager, and perhaps Justin Turner, but Muncy proved to be the clutch hitter the Dodgers needed in the middle of their lineup. He had five hits and seven RBIs. He had twice as many walks (4) as strikeouts (2). He was a thorn in the side of lefties (Patrick Corbin, Sean Doolittle) and righties (Stephen Strasburg, Anibal Sanchez) alike. His 0-for-4 effort in Game 4 was his only unexcused absence in the series. Muncy didn’t do much in last year’s playoffs, and it’s possible he is simply a better hitter now than he was a year ago. It’s also possible that this was small-sample luck at its finest, or that he is best left in the lineup everyday, rather than platooned against lefties. In any case, I suspect he would have been fun to watch against the Cardinals, too.5. Justin Turner (.042 cWPA)Since the postseason expanded in 1995, a total of 197 players have batted 50 times in the Division Series round. Turner’s 1.152 OPS ranks seventh. His five RBIs (on six hits) in this series ranked second to Muncy. His three-run home run against Wander Suero put Game 3 out of reach. His glovework at third base, while not golden, was no worse than silver. Turner’s performance amounted to a pointed rebuttal about his myriad injuries in September leaving him “rusty.”6. Russell Martin (.032 cWPA)Knowing the Dodgers planned to pair him with Hyun-Jin Ryu, did Martin’s bat impact the decision to start Buehler in Games 1 and 5? Far from a liability, Martin’s bat provided the most impactful hit of any Dodger in the series – a double against Corbin to spark the Game 3 rally. Martin also hit a home run in his only game of the series. If it was the final game of his career – a distinct possibility – the 36-year-old veteran made it count.7. Julio Urías (.009 cWPA)Big dropoff here. Urías was the losing pitcher in Game 4. He faced five batters, got two outs, and bequeathed a first-and-third, two-out situation to Pedro Baez. You might remember what happened next. Urías also fired three scoreless innings across two more appearances in the series. He did more good than harm overall, and there’s a solid case to be made that Urías should have figured into the relief succession after Buehler exited Game 5.8. Adam Kolarek (.008 cWPA)This is telling: Kolarek was responsible for three of the 135 outs in the series, and that made him the fourth-most valuable Dodger pitcher in this series. Along with Buehler, Muncy, and Maeda, I would have been fascinated to see Kolarek try to extend his mastery of the moment for another couple weeks, but alas. He’ll always have Juan Soto.9. Joc Pederson (.004 cWPA)Pederson got into all five NLDS games, finishing 4 for 15 with a solo home run (against Hunter Strickland late in Game 1) that accounted for his only RBI in the series. He almost homered to begin Game 5, which for a couple hours looked like it might be his critical hit in the series. Ultimately Pederson was neither an obvious asset nor a liability. Against a team with so many right-handed pitchers, it’s reasonable to have expected more.10. Kenley Jansen (.002 cWPA)If you told me Jansen would face only five hitters in the series, and gave me five guesses why, I would have gone:1. Jansen faced five batters in Game 1, all of them reached base, and he wasn’t allowed out of the bullpen again2. All three games were blowout wins3. All three games were blowout losses4. Recurrence of heart problems5. Caught using a foreign substance, was banned after facing five battersThe correct answer? Jansen faced three batters in a non-save situation in Game 3, then faced two batters in a non-save situation in Game 5. To his credit, Jansen retired all five batters, but that’s not what anyone will remember about his performance in this series. If the Dodgers were still playing right now, we would be asking why Roberts asked so little of his closer. Now that the Dodgers have been eliminated it’s arguably an even more important question – not because Jansen’s eight blown saves in the regular season weren’t a sufficient reason, but because Roberts never once indicated someone other than Jansen would be in the mound in close ninth-inning situations.11. Hyun-Jin Ryu (-.001 cWPA)Ryu pitched well enough to win his only start, in Game 3 in Nationals Park. The Dodgers didn’t make that win official until Anibal Sanchez, the Nationals’ starter, was out of the game. Because Sanchez out-pitched Ryu during their five innings on the mound, Ryu doesn’t rate highly in cWPA. Forcing the veteran left-hander to make his only start on the road did not put him in the best position to be his best self. This was hardly Roberts’ biggest mistake in the series, if starting Ryu on the road can be called a mistake at all.12. Ross Stripling (-.002 cWPA)Stripling faced four batters in the series. All came in the sixth inning of Game 3, against the top of the Nationals’ batting order, with the Dodgers trailing 5-1. This is probably the last thing you will remember about the 2019 National League Division Series.13. Dustin May (-.004 cWPA)May made two appearances in the series. The eighth inning of Game 2 didn’t go well; he allowed a run on a double, a walk, and a single against the bottom of the Washington lineup. If the Nationals had not handed May two outs in the inning, it easily could have been worse. The rookie right-hander rebounded to throw two scoreless innings late in Game 4, which mostly served to rule him out of pitching late in Game 5. In hindsight, May’s potential as a late-inning stopper might have been wasted. Conversely, May could have done more in Game 2 to earn a look in a higher-leverage situation later on in the series.14. Rich Hill (-.006 cWPA)Hill started Game 4 and gave the Dodgers 2 2/3 innings while allowing one run. That’s more or less along the lines of “met expectations.” But how anticlimactic! For a 39-year-old journeyman in the final year of his contract, who presumably would have had a longer leash on the mound if the Dodgers advanced to the NLCS, you really feel for the guy. What a waste of a potentially fantastic storyline. Speaking of which …15. David Freese (-.010 cWPA)Ugh. Where do we begin? Freese went 0 for 3 in his only start of the series, against the lefty Corbin in Game 1. Freese went 4 for 5 with a double off the bench, the lone one out serving as the one you’re most likely to remember – a strikeout against Corbin in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 5. Considering Freese was among the best pinch hitters in the game this season, with even better numbers against righties than lefties, he was miscast worse than Vince Vaughn in True Detective. If this performance merely earned Freese another contract with the Dodgers, maybe it wasn’t all for naught.16. Matt Beaty (-.010 cWPA)Beaty went 3 for 8 with three singles in the series, which also feels in line with “met expectations.” His cWPA suffers because 1, he made a couple outs with runners in scoring position and 2, his leadoff single late in Game 2 didn’t materially alter the outcome of an eventual Dodger loss. In the context of his rookie season, I think this series was ultimately a step forward for Beaty. He’s limited defensively, and ineffective against left-handed pitching, but he doesn’t waste at-bats and seems to be the same player regardless of the moment. That’s rare.17. Gavin Lux (-.017 cWPA)Lux homered into a trash can to begin his first-ever postseason. From that point on, he went 1 for 8 with six strikeouts. Woof. That’s the kind of batting line, even more than Beaty’s, that makes you wonder what a healthy Alex Verdugo could have done in this series – the one injury-related “what if” that carries the potential to linger into the winter.If there’s an early concern about what Lux did in 2019, it’s that he saves his best for first. In the hours before his September debut, the 21-year-old said he’s always been driven “to impress people, (to) show people you can play” after being promoted to the next level. Lux homered in his big league debut. He homered in his playoff debut. Each time, his performance petered out after Game 1. That pattern can’t continue if Lux intends to be the Dodgers’ second baseman (or shortstop) of the future.18. Cody Bellinger (-.021 cWPA)Talk about feast or famine. Bellinger started slowly, picked up four hits in the final three games, but ultimately finished the postseason with zero runs batted in. Zero. That’s probably the stat of the series – ahead of Clayton Kershaw’s ERA, Kenley Jansen’s total innings pitched, A.J. Pollock’s strikeouts, all of it.Highlighting RBIs is at least a little unfair to Bellinger. He played excellent defense in the five games. He stole three bases to get himself in scoring position. He was overwhelmingly pitched low-and-away, out of his wheelhouse, and was anything but oblivious to the urgency of making adjustments. Had his teammates sequenced their baserunners better, Bellinger easily could have had an RBI in the series. Yet neither was he the MVP the Dodgers so badly needed. For five days, Bellinger was the face of “good pitching beats good hitting,” for anyone who feels the need to trot out a tired axiom.19. Chris Taylor (-.023 cWPA)Taylor singled and drew three walks in 11 plate appearances. If the expectations on Pederson were high because the Nationals were starting three right-handers (Strasburg, Scherzer, Sanchez), the converse was true for Taylor, the other half of the Dodgers’ outfield platoon. Taylor’s cWPA was torpedoed by his bases-loaded strikeout against Scherzer in the seventh inning of Game 4, and an eighth-inning strikeout against Scherzer in Game 2. Taylor has always been feast-or-famine against Scherzer, however, so I’m not feeling any “Chris Taylor cost the Dodgers this series” narratives. Yeah, he didn’t do much, but this was never going to be his series to shine.20. Pedro Baez (-.025 cWPA)Allowing the home run to Zimmerman in Game 4 will be Baez’s most memorable contribution to this series. He was also responsible for one of Rendon’s three strikeouts. In that way, this NLDS perfectly encapsulated what the Dodgers have come to expect from Baez: you never have to wait long to see him at his best, and his worst. (Once the ball leaves his hand.)21. Will Smith (-.025 cWPA)In hindsight, having Martin catch Game 3 instead of Smith looks like a deceptively simple call. Smith figured to be the more valuable offensive catcher in the series, yet he finished with one hit and zero RBIs – fewer than Martin (two hits, four RBIs), despite catching all but nine innings. At least Smith’s slow bat was consistent with what he showed in September.The rarity of rookie catchers leading their teams to championships is well-documented. The Dodgers’ front office was certainly aware of this risk last winter when Yasmani Grandal left as a free agent, and JT Realmuto wound up in the hands of the Phillies. Would Austin Barnes have been a better choice? Could Martin have sustained his Game 3 magic in an everyday role? Did Smith’s pitch-calling play a role in the Dodgers’ early exit? The fact that these are all relevant questions on Oct. 11 reveals as much as the answers.22. A.J. Pollock (-.041 cWPA)In the Dodgers’ first plate appearance of the NLDS, Pollock drew a walk. He batted 13 more times in the series and struck out in 11 of them – a Division Series record. Here’s a more revealing stat: with Pollock, the Nationals out-hit the Dodgers in the series, .230 to .220. Without Pollock, the Dodgers out-hit the Nationals, .238 to .230.And yet, because he was banished to the bench for the most critical moments in Games 4 and 5, Pollock did not have the most damaging series of any Dodger hitter. That title belonged to …23. Corey Seager (-.071 cWPA)Seager finished the series 3 for 20 with eight strikeouts, and matched Bellinger’s donut-shaped RBI total. The last two men on this list mercifully diverted a few eyes from Seager’s 0-for-4 performance in Game 5, which featured three strikeouts and a double-play groundout. It doesn’t get much worse than that.More than Smith, more than Bellinger, even more than Lux, Seager’s performance in this series must have blindsided the Dodgers. He was heating up in September. He had the platoon advantage against Washington’s vaunted right-handers. The “M-V-P” chants placed Bellinger under a greater spotlight, but the expectations had to be just as high on Seager. These five games represented a razor-thin slice in the career of a talented 25-year-old, but man. What a wasted opportunity to deliver on the promise of a late-season crescendo.24. Clayton Kershaw (-.078 cWPA)More ink will be spilled on Kershaw this week than any individual Dodger. It’s fair because of all the scale-tipping moments Kershaw pressed his finger on in the NLDS. It’s fair because Kershaw is the greatest pitcher of the decade, and might retire as the greatest pitcher in franchise history. The fairness of this critique so overwhelmed Kershaw, he wore it on his face for what must have been hours Wednesday night.Pedro Martinez, of all people, hit the nail on the head: Kershaw needs to reinvent himself. The problem with this thought is it came a few hours too late to save the Dodgers’ season. CC Sabathia never declared himself a finesse pitcher; he gradually became one in the midst of the Yankees’ decade-long rebuild, absent the pressure of a critical postseason juncture. It was incumbent on someone in the Dodgers’ front office or coaches’ room to recognize the limits of a man who carried three pitches and a predilection for hanging curveballs into October, and to do something about it. Something more. Something to save Clayton Kershaw from himself, and to save the Dodgers from elimination. That didn’t happen, and here we are.25. Joe Kelly (-0.115 cWPA)Kelly’s impact on the Dodgers was more damaging than that of any player in any series this postseason. He hurt the Dodgers more, by cWPA, than all but two of the eight players on the 1919 Chicago White Sox who were banned for life for throwing the World Series. As I noted in yesterday’s newsletter, Kelly was asked to do something in the 10th inning of Game 5 (pitch a second inning) that he had not done in more than a month. This wasn’t entirely his fault. Better luck next year, kid.-J.P.Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Oct. 11 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. More required readingWinter of discontent – With the season over, Bill Plunkett asks: what’s next for the Dodgers’ roster? Movin’ on up – One Dodgers executive is reportedly under consideration for the Giants’ vacant GM job (I have not heard this to be the case – yet). Baseball’s best farm team – When it comes to developing pitchers who succeed in the postseason, nobody beats the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Oct. 11 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. In Thursday’s newsletter, I played the “blame game” as it concerned Dave Roberts and Andrew Friedman in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. It took 1,633 words, but we got there. The loser, of course, was the 2019 Los Angeles Dodgers. The winner was you – the fan who took time to write back.Today, I’ll turn to the players. Twenty-five men took the field at various points in the series against the Nationals, and some deserve a closer look than others. The guiding question is, what was each player asked to do in the Division Series, and did he do it? This is a long read, so buckle up. You’re about to find out why so many people are quick to blame the manager and general manager of a losing team: it’s easier.I’m ranking the players by their Championship Win Probability Added (cWPA), an estimator for how valuable each player was to bringing the Dodgers closer to ending their 31-year World Series drought. (You can find an explanation of the stat here.) We’ll start with the most valuable player and work our way down to the least. No peeking!center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pedro Munhoz looking to punch his way to title shot at UFC 238

first_imgFor the first four years of his UFC career, Pedro Munhoz was widely regarded as a talented fighter and opportunistic finisher who had carved out a place for himself in the lower third of the bantamweight Top 15.Competing nine times during that span, the Sao Paulo native amassed a 5-3 record with one No Contest, earning finishes in all but one of his victories and going to the cards against Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera and John Dodson in his losses, the last two producing split decision verdicts. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearSuffering a loss to any one of the members of that trio of talents is nothing to hang your head about or a major demerit for any competitor, but landing on the wrong side of the results against all three, even in close fights, painted a picture of Munhoz as someone who was pretty good, but not quite good enough to be considered a real threat in the highly-competitive 135-pound weight class.Even after bouncing back from his loss to Dodson with a unanimous decision win over Welsh prospect Brett Johns and a first-round stoppage of Bryan Caraway, the American Top Team representative was still considered a fringe contender at best.But all of that changed earlier this year at UFC 235, when the 32-year-old marched into the Octagon and drew former champion Cody Garbrandt into a firefight that resulted in “No Love” getting laid out for a third consecutive fight and Munhoz collecting a narrative-shifting stoppage win.“It was great,” Munhoz said of his win over Garbrandt in March. “I always knew I was capable of going in there and striking with the best strikers in the division, so it was great to prove to myself and everyone else that I’m a complete martial artist.“A lot of people knew about my skills when it comes to choking people and my jiu jitsu background, but now they are able to see that I can step in there and knock out anyone, stand with the guys with the most punching power in the division. It’s been a huge step in my career.”The victory transformed Munhoz from a top-end gatekeeper to a bona fide threat in the bantamweight ranks and moved him forward in the unofficial tournament to crown the next title challenger in the 135-pound weight class.And this weekend in Chicago, the division will be front and center, as Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes’ battle for the vacant bantamweight title headlines UFC 238, while surging Russian Petr Yan squares off with Jimmie Rivera and Munhoz goes toe-to-toe with fellow tournament semifinalist Aljamain Sterling on the ESPN prelims.While his last two outings have showcased Munhoz’s commitment to being more aggressive inside the cage, the usually mild-mannered and affable Brazilian has exhibited a more aggressive approach to dealing with contemporaries who want to talk trash or attempt to get under his skin as well.First it was Yan, who lobbied for a bout against Munhoz politely on social media immediately following his knockout win over Garbrandt, which prompted the surging contender to summarily dismiss the Russian’s request and suggest that he cool his jets in far more crude, far more unexpected manner. I want to fight @PedroMunhozmma next. Who want to watch it?— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) March 3, 2019 Then came Sterling, who was reminded that Munhoz had a victory over Jerrod Sanders overturned as a result of a positive test for testosterone of exogenous origin in 2014 by a fan, prompting the Serra-Longo Fight Team member to call on USADA to test the man he’ll face this weekend a little more rigorously. I just hope you guys test Pedro properly for this fight. I completely forgot his suspension back in 2015 for his testosterone metabolites.Dana White said he didnt know you guys weren’t testing for EPO. Well I want that done too. No shortcuts to victory!@usantidoping @USADA_UFC— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 14, 2019 Munhoz responded by calling Sterling a “b—” and suggesting the 29-year-old from Uniondale, New York is simply trying to give himself an excuse in advance for when he loses their fight this weekend at the United Center in Chicago.“I don’t do that for show and it’s not fake — I am who I am and all the trash talk is for real,” Munhoz said when asked about his verbal counter strikes and generally more aggressive manner in addressing both Yan and Sterling. “People think I’m nice, but I’m nice to who is nice with me and the ones who are going to be mean with me, I’m going to be mean back.“I hate bullies and I’ll always stand up for myself,” he added. “If you come here and say something, we can fight — in the street, in the hotel, anywhere; it doesn’t matter to me. I respect the ones that respect me, but the ones that don’t respect me, I’ll fight them anywhere.”And he clearly has lost respect for Sterling.“He called out Dominick Cruz after he just had shoulder surgery,” Munhoz said of his UFC 238 opponent, who enters on a three-fight winning streak. “How are you going to do something dirty like that? Come on. You waited until the guy got hurt and had a major surgery and then you’re going to call him out? Come on. Call me out — I had been calling you out for the last year-and-a-half and you didn’t (say anything).“Aljamain came up with something that was not a fact from five years ago and for me, it was like, ‘You’re just afraid — that’s why you’re coming up with all this,’” continued Munhoz. “You bring it up five years later, after I’ve been tested 25 times by USADA. You’re just a b— and you’re afraid of fighting because you know what type of fighter I am.”After his performance against Garbrandt, the world does too and while he’s clearly irritated by Sterling’s comments about his issues in Halifax, Nova Scotia five years ago, Munhoz has no intention of letting his emotions get the better of him when the two finally stand across the cage from each other on Saturday night in Chicago.“You have to be there cold, fight in terms of how the fight is going, not doing crazy things,” said the emerging contender. “I don’t let those things affect me. If you want to come up and say something to my face, that’s different, but social media and things like that — come on.”Munhoz is confident that he knows how Sterling will look to approach things this weekend and how things will play out. “I know what he’s going to do Saturday night — he’s going to try to hold me because he’s afraid of fighting,” he offered. “But I train with guys who try to grapple with me and if you want to grapple with me, I’m a two-time jiu jitsu world champion, so go ahead — grapple with me and try to hold me down. If you want to stay standing, you’re going to see me swinging for your head.“I just have to do exactly what I’ve been doing,” Munhoz added. “I have the same idea and the same goal for Saturday night as I do every fight — go in there and finish my opponent. “Either choke him out or knock him out.”last_img read more

Adnan Redzovic: I hope for the Victory

first_imgTonight, the 13th traditional kick boxing memorial “Brothers Basovic” will be held in the CSC Ilidza. Match of the evening will be between B&H representative Adnan Redzovic and Hungarian Szatmari Martin. Even though it was previously announced that Ukrainian Oleksiy Mazikin will fight, that will not happen, as Redzovic confirmed.“Mazikin has a fever for two days and he had to cancel the fight. Instead of him, Hungarian representative Martin will come. Although the opponent was changed, I am hoping to win. He is 10 kilos lighter than me. I was preparing for a fight with opponent who weighs same as I do. Now all my tactic is useless. However, I believe that the hall in Ilidza will be filled and that I will celebrate on the end. Triumph in this battle would open up possibilities for new battles,” said Redzovic.Special guest of the evening is the Guinness recorder Edin Kajevic, while demonstrations from Taekwondo, karate and judo are planned between the fights. The event starts at 8:00 p.m.(Source: read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEAL• Someone famous once said, and I quote, “I don’t know much, but I know what I know!”  Actually, it wasn’t someone famous, it was my dad, but here’s my point, I don’t know much either, but I know this, great pitching beats great hitting everyday of the week.  If you can’t hit the ball, you can’t beat me.  If the Pirates invest in, or trade for another quality ace and a sure-nuff closer, the sky’s the limit.• Serious question.  Is there a heavyweight boxing division, and if so, where is it and who’s in it?• Just so you know, “The World Cup” aka The Big Soccer Game, is officially over and Germany won.  Is it me or is there something creepy about saying Germany won?• Still looking for smart, aggressive, hard working and creative advertising . . . marketing . . . sales and promotional people wanting to “achieve greatness”!  Get on board before we take off.  Call (412) 628-4856 for more information.• There is one big difference between Michael Jordan and LeBron James.  M.J. built his kingdom in one place.  King James has taken his throne on the road!• By now you know Brewstone Restaurant got padlocked for not paying their liquor tax to the tune of $65,000 and as a result ruining our First Friday White Party on the 4th of July.  Well, put that behind you boys and girls because the Par-Tay will go on.  “The All White Summer Breeze Party, Part II” is reset and will be coming at you bigger and better than ever, Friday, August 1, 2014 at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts at 5th and Shady in Shadyside.  (You know the big yellow building where we jammed last summer . . . Summer Breeze!)  Starring “The Sandy Green-Camp Experience” with the Tubby Daniels Band, featuring John Sarkis – D.J. Legend “Sly Jock” – catered soul food by Gibson’s Restaurant – car show by The United Rays Corvette Club – free parking – cash bar – 50/50 – The Allure Models – prizes and surprises – prize for the best dressed white outfit.  Proceeds to benefit The Armon Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work” Youth Basketball Camp.  Call Achieving Greatness, Inc. at (412) 628-4856 for more information.• Registration is still being accepted for the Armon Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work” Basketball Camp, Saturday and Sunday, August 2nd and 3rd, 9-4:00 each day at the Penn Hills YMCA, for boys and girls ages 8-15. $25 registration includes camp supervision, pro-basketball training, lunch, t-shirt, and certificate for completing the camp.  Special guest will be former NBA star Myron Brown.  For information call (412) 628-4856.• Word has it that Paul Spadafora won his fight on the recent Roy Jones promoted card.  Word also has it that it’s still true . . . “Time waits for no man!”• Steeler camp starts in one (1) week.  Yes, sir!!!< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

Son ‘in Spurs changing room in tears refusing to lift head’ after Gomes woe

first_imgDELLE ALLI revealed Son Heung-Min was crying so much in the Spurs’ changing room after Everton star Andre Gomes’ suspected broken leg that he “can’t even pick his head up”.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino thanked Toffees players like Sean Coleman for visiting the away room to console Son, who was shown a red card after Gomes twisted awkwardly following his challenge and a resulting collision with Serge Aurier.2 Son Heung-Min is distraught after realising how serious the injury to Andre Gomes wasCredit: EPA2 Everton star Andre Gomes was carried off after lengthy treatment and taken straight to hospital, with players on both sides distraughtCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd Alli, whose goal was cancelled out by Cenk Tosun in a 1-1 Premier League draw, told Sky Sports Son appeared inconsolableEngland midfielder Alli said: “I’ve just been in to the changing rooms and he is devastated and he is in tears but it’s not his fault.”Sonny know he is one of the nicest people you will meet and he would never mean to do that and you can see that with his reaction. Son breaks down in tears as Gomes screams in agony from broken ankleProof Martin Atkinson changed his mind on Son red card after horror Gomes injuryPrem release statement on why Son was sent off after Gomes leg horrorEverton confirm surgery for Gomes on Monday after breaking right ankleEverton stars including Coleman went into Spurs dressing room to comfort SonSon ‘in Spurs changing room in tears refusing to lift head’ after Gomes woeTosun recalls harrowing moment Andre Gomes lay crying in shock with his eyes wide open after Son tackle PUNDITS BLAST RED CARDMICHAEL OWEN: “Shocking decision to send Son off but that’s insignificant in the scheme of things. The wellbeing of players is the most important thing. Get well soon Andre Gomes.”GARY LINEKER: “Son clearly massively upset. Without the injury he wouldn’t have been shown a red card. He’ll care less about that than injuring a fellow professional so seriously. Such a shame. “”He can’t even pick his head up he is crying that much in the changing rooms. It’s never nice to see.”Alli added that Gomes’ contorted leg and the  Portuguese midfielder’s obvious pain made the incident hard to look at.He said: “It’s not nice to see that. I didn’t want to look at what was going on but we just have to send him our best wishes.”He is an amazing footballer and it is never nice to see that.”MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticEverton finished the stronger after the lengthy delay while Gomes received on-pitch treatmentAnd Alli said: “That sort of injury does play on your mind but you have to stay professional.”With 12 minutes added time you have to try and stay focused but unfortunately we switched off for a split second. We now have to pick ourselves up.”Mario Balotelli walks off pitch following racist abuse by Verona supporterslast_img read more

Serena Williams’ attitude defused dress code row, says French Open director

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The move comes hot on the heels of a furor following French tennis federation chief Bernard Giudicelli describing the “Black Panther” catsuit American star Williams wore at the French Open in May as “going too far”.Williams at the time took the announcement in her stride, describing her relationship with the French Open organizers as wonderful.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“He’s (Guidicelli) been so easy to talk to,” Williams said. “My whole team is basically French so, yeah, we have a wonderful relationship.”Forget congratulated Williams on her attitude. “Why not reconcile elegance without harming the creativity of designers,” he suggested.Forget gave a few examples of over-extravagant outfits including the denim jeans and fluorescent leggings once worn by Andre Agassi, Gustavo Kuerten’s yellow t-shirt in 1997 and Stan Wawrinka’s checked shorts in 2015.“We have a new stadium renovation and new outfits would reconcile elegance, modernity and practicality,” he said.Forget went on to say that perhaps the completion of the new look Roland Garros site in 2021 might be the perfect time to introduce the dress code.Rafael Nadal voiced support for the move from the US Open on Monday explaining he saw no reason the French Open, which he has won eleven times, couldn’t limit what players wear.“I really believe when you have a tournament like Wimbledon that does what they want you cannot say to another event that they have to do another thing,” he said.“Why if Wimbledon have their own rules, why can’t Roland Garros?” NVGRELATED STORIES:Serena Williams returns in style at US OpenFashion flap: Serena OK with French Open despite catsuit ban LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments “With social media everything goes viral these days,” Forget said.“Serena was perfect, defusing any budding controversy,” he explained.“The idea with the dress code will be much more flexible than the one at Wimbledon, which has hardened over time,” he said.Wimbledon has a strict all-white dress code for it’s June lawn tennis tournament.“Our current regulations allow for anything and with no framework, some feel certain players are a bit too out there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Serena Williams at the French Open 2018. Image: CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFPFrench Open director Guy Forget says Serena Williams’ attitude defused a potential row over an up-coming dress code that he insists will be far less strict than the one at Wimbledon, French sports daily L’Equipe reported on Tuesday.The idea he said would be to establish a certain level of elegance or as he put it “a Roland Garros style”.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: NLEX bounces back, sidetracks Columbian Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more