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Angela Lee aims to make history in impressive fashion at ONE Championship: A New Era

first_imgFor Lee, that means storming through Xiong and capturing a second ONE Championship belt, at which point she’ll start trying to figure out whether she wants to stay at strawweight or return to the atomweight ranks.“I want to put on a display of what MMA is about,” she said. “I’m going to put on a dominant performance and I’m looking to take that belt out of her hands. You’re definitely going to see a beautiful, devastating finish from me.”(As for what comes next), it all depends on this fight,” Lee added. “If it goes the way that I imagine it to go and I completely walk through her, I think that I may think about staying in the strawweight division. (Fighting in) the atomweight division has always been a pretty tough cut for me, but we’ll see after this fight.” Now, as the 22-year-old readies to return to action for the first time since retaining her atomweight title last May, she is trying to join Amanda Nunes as the second active female fighter to stand as a two-weight world champion.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThis weekend, ONE Championship brings a stacked card that includes the promotional debuts of Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez to Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan, where Lee will also move up in weight to challenge Jing Nan Xiong for the company’s strawweight title in the penultimate fight of the night.“Just being on this card itself is being a part of history because it’s going to be such a significant event for ONE Championship and to be the co-main event is a really big honor,” said Lee, speaking with Sporting News on Tuesday evening. “I know this is going to be another turning point in my career. This is another opportunity for me to make history and I’m going to put on a big show for everyone.”Lee and Xiong were originally scheduled to face off in November, but less than a week before the event, the Canadian-born atomweight titleholder was forced to withdraw from the event after suffering a herniated disc in her back.Had the bout gone forward as scheduled, Lee could have captured her second world title a handful of weeks sooner than Nunes, who added the UFC featherweight title to her collection with a first-round knockout win over Cris Cyborg at the end of the year. But it wasn’t meant to be.Now, after a couple additional months to heal and prepare, the confident rising star is ready to take care of business this weekend in Tokyo.“My back is feeling much better,” said Lee, who carries a 9-0 mark with seven finishes into her co-main event showdown with the 13-1 Xiong. “I think we gave it enough time to heal up, but of course, sometimes with the hard training, it flares up every now and then. But we’ve been monitoring it and I take the time off to rest and recover, so I’ve been taking good care of my body this camp in order to make sure that I’m able to get the job done on fight night. I feel great coming into this fight.”The addition of Johnson, Alvarez and Sage Northcutt to the ONE Championship roster, as well as the company bringing on Miesha Tate in an executive role, has brought increased attention to the Singapore-based promotion over the last several months, especially from the North American media and this weekend’s event is poised to be the biggest in the company’s history.In total, 15 bouts are scheduled to hit the cage, with the seven-fight main card featuring four championship fights, along with the debuts of Johnson and Alvarez and a kickboxing match between Andy Souwer and Yodsanklai Iwe.And while Eduard Folayang and Shinya Aoki will close out the show in a battle for the ONE Championship lightweight title, Lee and Xiong occupy the second-to-last slot on the fight card. It’s an honor that is not lost on the atomweight titleholder and an opportunity she has no intention of squandering.“I think with DJ and Eddie’s debuts for ONE Championship, I think that lots more eyes around the world that are going to be curious and interested to see how this plays out,” said Lee. “I think it’s great because the more people that are going to tune in, the better and this is going to be ONE Championship’s biggest show, by far.“One thing that I really love about ONE Championship is that they really offer equal opportunities for males and females,” added the rising star, whose last four bouts have all been main event matchups. “They truly look at us all as athletes and I think it’s great that since I’ve joined, they’ve really been behind me and backing me for who I am as a person, as a human being and as a world champion as well. For them to put me as the co-main event on this card — me and Xiong — it makes a big statement for all organizations and is a big step up for women’s MMA. I know this is going to be another turning point in my career. This is another opportunity for me to make history and I’m going to put on a big show for everyone.”While she is acutely aware of the opportunity in front of her and the size and scope of this weekend’s fight card, Lee is also doing her best to not let the magnitude of this event and the fact that she can make history with a victory take too prominent a position in her mind as she readies to step into the cage in search of her 10th straight victory.“Everything is about balance,” she said, acknowledging the need to find a happy medium between the tremendous amount of attention this event and her fight in particular have received and staying focused on the task at hand. “At the end of the day, it is just a fight, but of course, there is so much buildup and hype around this fight.”My dad used to always ask me was, ‘If this girl was to come into your gym and was going to try and punk you out, what would you do about it?’ and of course, I would go in there and smash her, so it’s the same thing. You’ve got to have that mentality,” she added with a laugh. “I’m not overlooking how big an opportunity this is, but I’ve got to do my job and do what I train to do.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year The unbeaten atomweight champion talks moving up to challenge for the strawweight title and serving as the co-main event on this weekend’s massive fight card in Tokyo, Japan.Angela Lee began her career by earning comparisons to Ronda Rousey, who sat atop the UFC women’s bantamweight division until two days after Lee secured the third win of her career at ONE Championship 33: Pride of Lions.last_img read more

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United producing crop of youngsters ‘will probably never happen again’ says Redknapp

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes Manchester United are unlikely to produce another crop of successful home-grown players.Having nurtured the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary and Phil Neville during Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden years as manager, United have recently made a number of big-money signings in an attempt to improve their squad.The sale of striker Danny Welbeck to Arsenal has been seen as evidence of a change of culture at Old Trafford, with Ferguson’s former assistant Mike Phelan suggesting it showed the club’s youngsters are being given less chance to develop.And QPR boss Redknapp, whose side face United on Sunday, said: “It will probably never happen again when you get a group of kids come through in one spell.“They buy players in the main. They had the Busby Babes and then suddenly Fergie had a bit of luck, the same as I had a bit of luck at West Ham when six players came out of the youth team and played for England.“That can happen and it happened at United, who do produce more kids than most clubs because the best schoolboys want to play for United, so they’ve always got a better chance of producing players than other clubs.”Having finished seventh last season and made a poor start to this term, losing at home to Swansea, the Red Devils have spent big in the transfer market.The likes of Radamel Falcao have been brought in and Redknapp believes his team will face a very different United to the one Swansea embarrassed on the opening day of the campaign.He explained: “In the first game of the season, if you were Swansea, you’d be delighted going there because you looked at the team and it wasn’t a particularly strong United team in all honesty.“Now suddenly it’ll look a different team. They’ve brought some top players in. They’ve got quality players and I think they’re now capable again this year, certainly of being back in the Champions League positions.”See also:The Redknapp recap: Harry on Welbeck, Faurlin, FFP and moreFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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9 months ago​Juventus boss Allegri questions need for Arsenal midfielder Ramsey

first_img​Juventus boss Allegri questions need for Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri has questioned whether he needs Aaron Ramsey in his squad.Reliable reports in Italy have suggested the player will sign a contract with Juve when his deal at Arsenal runs out in the summer.And it is common for Juventus to sign top players when they are available on cut price or free deals. But their coach Allegri may not want Ramsey.”I can already rely on five top midfielders. They are so good that I need nobody,” Allegri said in a press conference.”Tomorrow [Coppa Italia game against Bologna] we must maintain our focus or we’d have lost a target”. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber

first_img Facebook Yet this time all of Bieber’s competitors are under the age of 40. Also nominated for album of the year are Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Adele’s 25, Drake’s Views and A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by the roots-music maverick Sturgill Simpson.Youngsters dominate other major categories too, such as Record of the Year (with nominees including Rihanna’s “Work” and Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out”) and Song of the Year (in which Bieber’s “Love Yourself” will battle Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” among others).But if the famously fusty Grammys appear to be aging down, perhaps as a way to attract new viewers to a telecast whose ratings keep sliding, it’s not quite the case that the academy has shaken its old loyalties.Think of Bieber: While the sound of Purpose very much reflects the state of dance pop in 2016 — gleaming synthesizers and throbbing, sometimes harsh beats — the album uses those edgy textures to sell a classic confessional narrative. In songs like “Sorry” and “Mark My Words” he’s apologizing for his public misbehaviour over the last few years; several tracks even invoke God as a sure sign of his penitence.Which means the grown-ups at the Grammys have finally embraced Bieber not because of who he is but because he’s promising to change. That seems only clearer with the nod for “Love Yourself,” an outlier of a folk-pop ballad that Bieber co-wrote with Ed Sheeran, an established Grammy favourite.And the same goes for Posner, recognized for his clever top 5 hit about a drug-fueled meditation on the disappointments of fame. Look closely, though, and you see his nomination isn’t for the popular club remix that makes “Ibiza” so funny; it’s for Posner’s lower-impact acoustic recording.So welcome at last, young pop stars, to the prestigious Grammy club!Now please hurry up and turn into James Taylor.By Mikael WoodLos – Angeles Times Advertisement And at 22 he made it happen while still a baby, at least by Grammy standards.Indeed, Bieber may be the most surprising nominee in a category crowded with young artists. The Recording Academy is notorious for giving its flagship prize to past-their-prime veterans like Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock. In December 2012, Ellen DeGeneres had Justin Bieber on her talk show to discuss the pop star’s latest tattoo (a wise owl), what he likes to do on his days off (sneak into movies) and whether he was bummed not to have been nominated for a Grammy Award.“It’s definitely something that I was looking forward to,” he said of being recognized for his blockbuster album Believe, which failed to pick up a nod that year for music’s highest honour. “But I know that it’ll happen one day. I’m so young.”Four not-so-long years later, Bieber is tasting sweet vindication with Tuesday’s announcement of nominations for the 59th annual Grammys. The polarizing singer whose manufactured sound and tabloid shenanigans once put him beyond consideration is up for four awards, including the coveted Album of the Year with Purpose. Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Terror financing: ED slaps Rs 15L penalty, confiscates Rs 7L money

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED said Friday that it has imposed a penalty of Rs 15 lakh on three alleged terrorist organisation operatives and has confiscated cash worth Rs 7 lakh in a 17-year-old terror funding case linked to the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).The penalty and confiscation action has been taken under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and three people — Mohd Ayub Mir, Bechh Raj Bengani and Harbans Singh — have been charged under it, the agency said in a statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The FEMA Adjudicating Authority imposed a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on Mir, Rs 7 lakh on Bengani and Rs 3 lakh on Singh and also ordered for the confiscation of seized cash of Rs 7 lakhs under an order of March 27, it said. Under the FEMA, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is empowered to impose penalty on those who contravene the law and the seized amount is confiscated by it. A special director rank officer of the agency functions as the Adjudicating Authority. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe ED took over the case on the basis of a Delhi Police’s Special Cell action when it arrested Mir on July 2, 2002 while he was allegedly receiving hawala payment of Rs 7 lakh from Singh for terrorist acts. Mir, it alleged, is an active member of the LeT and was also wanted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. Singh was working as a driver of Bengani and was engaged in delivering cash on the instruction of his employer to Mir. According to the agency, Bengani was “an infamous racketeer” in hawala trade of criminal evasion of legal banking routes to launder illegal funds.last_img read more

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EC seeks report on Supriyo’s remarks

first_imgKolkata: Babul Supriyo, outgoing BJP MP from Asansol, who is contesting from the same constituency in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections seemed to have made a habit of courting controversy every now and then ever since the notification of the elections has taken place.This time around, a serious allegation has surfaced against Supriyo who has allegedly abused two Trinamool Congress supporters and passed controversial remarks against the duo. The Election Commission has taken a strong exception to Supriyo’s comments and the way he behaved during his election rally on April 11. After the Election Commission received a specific complaint in this regard, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state has sought a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan and also wanted to know what steps have been taken so far in this regard. The CEO office will go through the report submitted by the DEO and then decide what can be done in connection to the incident. Supriyo lost his cool during his election rally on Thursday morning when two local Trinamool Congress supporters protested against him for accusing his Trinamool Congress rival of running a syndicate with the coal mafias. The protest by the two individuals did not go down well with Supriyo and he soon engaged in a heated altercation with them. Supriyo’s wrath went to such an extent that he instructed his partymen to slap them. Following the incident, the two victims were heckled by the BJP activists in presence of Supriyo. It was also alleged that the outgoing MP told the BJP workers to throw them out. The incident triggered a political slugfest with the Trinamool Congress calling it a classic example of breaching the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The incident occurred at Dhandadihi area of Andal when Supriyo was conducting a road show. The duo protested against Supriyo as he was accusing TMC of being involved in a syndicate operating out of coal mine areas. Supriyo, however, claimed that the TMC might have deployed the youths to disrupt his road show. As Supriyo was spewing venom against the TMC, the two supporters allegedly shouted the slogan ‘Chowkidar Chor Hain.’ The situation was brought under control following the intervention of the local residents. Supriyo triggered controversy in previous occasions as well. He sang and released a theme song for his party without the prior permission from the Election Commission. He went ahead and played the song during his election rallies despite a ban imposed by the EC. Eventually, he was forced to stop playing the song.last_img read more

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Condoleezza Rice Joins College Football Playoff Committee

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of nine people expected to be part of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff that begins in 2014.George Schreeder of USA Today Sports wrote: “A person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the committee has not been announced, also confirmed the following members: Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez, USC athletics director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long, West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck and Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich, in addition to Rice, former Ole Miss and NFL quarterback Archie Manning, former NCAA Executive Vice President Tom Jernstedt and former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese all to be selections.”Apparently Rice’s appeal came from her diverse background, she holds degrees from the University of Denver and Notre Dame, and is currently a professor of political science at Stanford. She served as national security advisor from 2001-05 and secretary of state from 2005-09.Rice and the others are expected to be charged with weighing in on head-to-head competitions, comparable opponents, conference championships and how key injuries might influence a team’s performance.“It’s an all-star cast,” the source boasted.This information was supposed to be kept confidential until an official announcement was made, but obviously that didn’t happen. read more

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Alabama Is OhSoClose To Being The Best Team In History

A few weeks ago, I wrote that Alabama might be on track to become the greatest college football team of the AP poll era,1So, going back to 1936. at least according to the Elo rating system we like to use here at FiveThirtyEight. At the time, the Crimson Tide had two regular-season games remaining: Home games against Chattanooga (an FCS team they had essentially no chance of losing to), and Auburn (in the Iron Bowl). By my reckoning, there was no way Alabama could pass the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers for No. 1 all-time in Elo versus Chattanooga, and they’d have to win by at least 32 against Auburn to pull off the feat. Instead, they beat the Tigers by 18, so here’s where the Tide stand going into next Saturday’s SEC championship game against Florida:By the slimmest of margins, Alabama is still No. 2 all-time behind Nebraska. But if the Crimson Tide wins the SEC championship by at least 11 points, it would also break the record for the highest peak Elo rating of any team since 1936. Elo says ‘Bama should be favored by 23 points at the Georgia Dome’s neutral field, and the consensus of the betting lines favors the Tide by 24.5, so it’s probably more likely to happen than not.2It’s worth noting, of course, that teams always gain Elo after winning, even if they win by less than would have been expected going into the game. So Alabama will keep picking up rating points as long as it keeps winning. But if not — say, Alabama only beats Florida by a touchdown instead — the Tide would need to win their first game of the College Football Playoff (most likely against Washington, if our CFP model holds up) by any margin in order to break the record. After that, there’s just the little matter of finishing out the season with another win to keep pace with Osborne’s Cornhuskers, who peaked at the end of the season with a national title.CORRECTION (Nov. 28, 5:26 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated Nebraska’s 1995 football ranking. They were the sole champions, ranking No. 1 according to both the AP and Coaches’ polls; they did not share in the national title. VIDEO: Ohio State’s chances are better than most read more

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OSU hockey players Crosby and Rothgery share special bond since childhood

Current OSU hockey players Maggie Rothgery and Nick Crosby hold up trophies from their time on the Elyria Panthers.Credit: Courtesy of Maggie RothgeryNick Crosby always thought he would “end up with her.”The “her” Crosby, a fourth-year in health sciences and a forward on the Ohio State men’s club ice hockey team, is referring to is Maggie Rothgery, a senior forward on the OSU women’s varsity ice hockey team.What did she think of her current boyfriend way back when?“I always thought he was out of my league,” Rothgery said with a smile.Irony aside, the two have been together for quite some time, even when they weren’t dating.Crosby and Rothgery grew up in Elyria, Ohio, playing on a line under Maggie’s father, and former Buckeye hockey player, Don Rothgery when they were six years old.It was under her father’s tutelage where the two developed their relationship and became the talented players they are today.“They hit it off right away as friends when Nick came in our last year on mite hockey,” Don Rothgery said. “They are two of the nicest people I know. They’ve been friends forever.”Current OSU hockey players Maggie Rothgery and Nick Crosby during their days on the Ohio Flames and St. Edwards Eagles, respectively.Credit: Courtesy of Maggie RothgeryIt was not until their high school years when they officially starting dating. Nick attended St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, while Maggie stayed close to home, attending Elyria High School.Crosby competed for state titles as an Eagle, while Rothgery further honed her skills with the Ohio Flames AAA program.Following graduation, Crosby began his time at OSU while Rothgery took her talents to Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, to play for the Lakers.As one might imagine, the four-hour separation between Columbus and Erie wasn’t easy for the two.“Distance was difficult, but I was very lucky that Nick was willing to come visit me almost every other weekend,” Rothgery said. “The hardest part was that we went from living two minutes apart and seeing each other everyday, to living in completely different states.”After a few years, Rothgery decided to transfer to OSU to become a Buckeye.“I was struggling at Mercyhurst and I knew being closer to Nick, regardless, would be better than the situation I was in there,” Rothgery said. “Mercyhurst just wasn’t the right fit for me and in the times that I visited, I loved OSU. The campus is beautiful and it’s arguably the best education you can get in Ohio, and in the country for that matter.”Now in Columbus, the two continue to have a relationship as solid as the ice they play on.OSU hockey players Nick Crosby and Maggie Rothgery.Credit: Courtesy of Maggie Rothgery“She’s my best friend,” Crosby said. “I’ve talked to some of my friends about it. They say, ‘Usually, when I hang out with my girlfriend, we have to try and find stuff to do.’ We can just go out, play hockey, and have a great time.”Granted, there are challenges that come along with dating and being student-athletes.The two are in the same major, meaning they see each other in class during the day, but homework, practice throughout the week and traveling for out-of-town games on weekends can be tough to work around.“We dedicate a few nights a week to each other,” Crosby said. “That’s pretty much all we get are nights.”With no Big Ten hockey conference established for women, Rothgery has to endure the rigorous travel accompanied with life in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Flights to Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin are scattered throughout the season.However, she said having Crosby waiting for her when she returns home is quite the luxury.“It’s nice to date your best friend,” Rothgery said. “He makes it easy. Sometimes I’ll come home and he’ll make me dinner. It’s nice to just relax and have someone to relax with.”Seeming like it has all happened so fast, Rothgery still finds herself in disbelief. Her linemate at 6 years old continues to be right by her side to this day. read more

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