Bibiano Fernandes (uL) of Brazil and Toni Tauru (R) of Finland fight during the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) One Championship in Yangon on July 18, 2015. Bibiano Fernandes won the match and defending Bantamweight world championship title. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU / AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung ThuBAGUIO – Bibiano Fernandes makes his return to the country as he defends his ONE Bantamweight Championship against Reece McLaren at ONE Championship: Age of Domination on December 2 at Mall of Asia Arena.Loren Mack, ONE Championship vice president for public relations, confirmed the development as the Manila card continues to get more stacked.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK UAAP Swimming: Ateneo gets 3-peat in men’s, UP regains women’s crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Brazilian Fernandes (19-3) has kept the title since winning it in Manila back in 2013. His latest defense came at the expense of Filipino Kevin Belingon last January.Meanwhile, the Australian McLaren (9-3) had strung four straight wins to put him in contention for the title fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentBrandon Vera is set to defend his ONE Heavyweight Championship in the main event against Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine.Five other Filipino fighters from Team Lakay will hit the cage in the Manila fightcard, led by former ONE Featherweight Champion Honorio Banario and Geje Eustaquio. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise MOST READ Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View comments
It is now 20 years since Jamaica’s historic appearance at the FIFA World Cup in France. Some of the members of that team recall some of the memories of that campaign for The Sunday Gleaner’s Rachid Parchment. Former goalkeeper and captain Warren ‘Boopie’ Barrett played 108 times for the Reggae Boyz in a career that spanned 10 years between 1990 and 2000. Barrett, 47, led the team in the first two Group H World Cup games against Croatia and Argentina, where they lost 3-1 and 5-0, respectively. A groin injury kept him out of the following game, which the team won 2-1 against Japan. However, Barrett said that he was happy about every moment of the trip. Rachid Parchment: During the qualifying campaign, did you have any doubts about the team’s chances of advancing? Warren Barrett: There was no point during the Hex (final qualifying round of six) that I felt that we were out of it. We beat El Salvador (1-0) when Andy ‘Bomber’ Williams scored that cracker from 35 yards, and that gave us the momentum we needed going into the summer before we played Canada and Costa Rica, so we were pretty confident. RP: What was your favourite moment from the qualifiers? WB: Probably the 2-2 draw in El Salvador. After the game, we were a bit disappointed, giving up a 2-1 lead to a late equaliser, but it was real quiet in the changing room, and it was assistant coach (Carl) Brown who said “Gentlemen, come on! We haven’t lost. We have gotten a point, and this, basically, has put us in the driver’s seat to qualify.” When we looked at it, reality kicked in that we could get the point against Mexico at home. It was a significant moment in El Salvador. RP: Fans look back at Mexico and the United States as Jamaica’s arch-rivals, some considering their style of play as “dirty”. There was one particular game, the team drew 1-1 in the United States, where the Americans scored from an incorrectly judged penalty where Goodison was said to have handled the ball outside the box. When things like these went against you, how did you feel about your opponents? Did you feel angry, aggrieved, and fired up? WB: All of the above! (laughs) That wasn’t a deliberate handball. It was difficult for him to react or to move his arm. It was in a natural position by his side. I remember when we were coming out for the match, we could hear the Dutch pot covers and I saw my batchmate from Cornwall College banging, and Eric Wynalda (then USA captain) was like, ‘Damn, it seems like we’re in Kingston again’.” When you’re looked down, upon, you’re not under any pressure since everyone expects you to lose or fail. So that gave us extra motivation to prove people wrong. RP: What was it like, as captain, hearing the national anthem being played in France? WB: Goose pimples! It happens every game, actually, especially when you’re at home and Ian Andrews was singing the anthem. We had to force back the tears a lot of times, but you’re supercharged. You could run through the stadium walls. That’s the way we felt at The Office (National Stadium in Kingston), but at the World Cup, reality really sank in, in that this was the greatest showpiece on Earth. It was great and an honour to know that a little boy from humble beginnings is now leading his nation on this stage. What more could I have asked for? RP: Who was your roommate in France, and was it hard to sleep the nights before facing Croatia and Argentina? WB: Most times travelling, Theodore (Whitmore) or my brother, Garth Peterkin, were my roommates. Garth wasn’t on the trip, but Theodore was my roommate. There was no problem falling asleep for the game. Yes, it was the World Cup, but it was just another game. We’re still playing 11 players, not 22. So I didn’t lose any sleep over that. RP: How did it feel knowing you missed the win against Japan through injury, but Aaron Lawrence got his chance in goal? WB: I’ve always been a team player. There was one time in the Caribbean Cup in ’97 where coach rested me to see how I would react. I was like a coach. I was motivating and I was talking. Even Donald ‘Foulie’ Stewart, who was sitting beside me, said: “Jah know, skipper, mi neva know seh a suh yuh talk nuff, man.” Mi seh “Foulie, a my team, yuh nuh.” The following morning coach (Rene) Simoes said: “Barrett, I like that you motivate and encourage.” I was a team player. It didn’t matter who coach selected. At the end of the day, they were representing my team, my country, and I just wanted us to win. RP: Recently, Whitmore said he’d love if a reunion game with the ’98 squad was organised. Would you like that as well? WB: It was something we always discussed. A game against one of those teams from CONCACAF qualifying or even the 98 Brazil squad would be nice. Barrett is now employed to the national programme as a goalkeeping coach. NEXT WEEK: Theodore Whitmore.
Then there’s Manny Pacquiao.The Filipino sporting icon already made history in 2010 when he became boxing’s only eight-division World champion when he defeated Antonio Margarito for the WBC World super welterweight championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Then 10 years later he once again took another proverbial belt in the pantheon of the sport.Manny Pacquiao has case for Fighter of the Year, Decade When all the calendars on the planet turned to January 1, 2020, Pacquiao became the first boxer in history to hold a World title in four decades.Since defeating Chatchai Sasakul in 1998 for the WBC World flyweight title, Pacquiao has since racked up every belt imaginable and his continuing reign with the WBA Super World welterweight championship that he got from Keith Thurman in July meant that he’s been a champion, in one form or another, for two generations.Pacquiao (62-7-2), overall, won 12 World titles and was named the Lineal Champion in five weight classes—flyweight, featherweight, super featherweight, light welterweight, and welterweight—the most of any boxer in history.From 1998, Pacquiao won the WBC World flyweight, IBF World junior featherweight, The Ring featherweight, WBC, World super featherweight, The Ring junior lightweight, WBC World lightweight, The Ring junior welterweight, WBO, World welterweight (three times), WBA Super World welterweight, and WBC World super welterweight titles.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao reacts after defeating Keith Thurman by split decision in a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—There are boxers who defined decades like Muhammad Ali in the 1960s and 1970s, or the Four Kings Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, and Marvin Hagler in the 1980s.Of course, there was Mike Tyson who became the “Baddest Man on the Planet” during the 1990s.ADVERTISEMENT More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Greek star Tsitsipas ready for the top Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MOST READ View comments
“It’s probably the best thing so me and (cornerback) Trey Brown stay in our normal spot,” Verner said. “Mike is a versatile player for us. He fits into that corner spot real well.” Van was not made available to the media. Flicked flea Offensive coordinator Jay Norvell had a strong game in his first as a play-caller, and the Bruins were thrilled with his decision to go with a trick play early in the third quarter. Quarterback Ben Olson handed off to tailback Chris Markey, who stopped shy of the line of scrimmage and pitched the ball back to Olson, who connected with Brandon Breazell for a 49-yard gain. “We practice it so much, we should use it in the game, receiver Marcus Everett said. “He called it and everyone had a smile on his face.” Price update UCLA is still awaiting word from the NCAA clearinghouse about freshman defensive tackle Brian Price. The school and Price’s father, Frank, expect a decision this week. “We’ve got to move forward, whether we have him or not,” Dorrell said. “I know they’re probably more frustrated than we are. We’re going to remain optimistic and stay patient until we find out what’s the word.” Bruins odds and ends Backup defensive tackle Jerzy Siewierski was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but may practice today, Dorrell said. … UCLA commit Nick Crissman, a senior quarterback at Edison High of Huntington Beach, could miss a month after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. … Dorrell said backup quarterback Patrick Cowan (hamstring) was at least a week from returning to practice. Oregon wary of Michigan Michigan’s loss to Appalachian State resonated throughout the Pacific-10 Conference. Oregon (1-0) heads to the Big House on Saturday. Ranked No. 5 going into the game, Michigan fell out of the AP poll following a shocking 34-32 loss. The Ducks had already started their opener at Autzen Stadium against Houston when the Michigan game became final. Coach Mike Bellotti said he heard the crowd go crazy, but didn’t know that the score had been announced on the PA system until he asked a player what was going on. “(Upsets) happen every year, and I think in this day and age you can’t assume anything about your opponent,” Bellotti said. Around the nation Troy: Defensive end Kenny Mainor has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, Trojans coach Larry Blakeney announced. Tulsa: Running back Courtney Tennial will sit out the season because of an ankle injury sustained in preseason drills. The transfer from Oklahoma was the Golden Hurricane’s leading rusher last season with 862 yards and 14 touchdowns. Wisconsin: Running back Lance Smith, who is facing battery charges, will not be allowed to play in away games this season. Smith will miss Saturday’s game at UNLV and games at Illinois, Penn State, Ohio State and Minnesota. Smith was suspended from the team in July after he was arrested, but Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez reinstated him in early August just before the first practice of the season. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER Sophomore Alterraun Verner is poised to make his first career start at cornerback, even if senior Rodney Van recovers from a sprained ankle in time for Saturday’s game against BYU. Verner, who grew up in Carson, played with the first-team defense Wednesday while Van, for a second straight day, watched from the sideline. Coach Karl Dorrell said Van, who started 14 straight games, would be a game-time decision. Defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker’s typical stance is if a player does not practice Tuesday and Wednesday, he does not start. “Right now, I think the (starter’s) job is still open,” Verner said. “I’m ready to step in, if needed, but we’re not sure yet.” When Van left the Stanford win in the third quarter with a left ankle injury, Verner filled in. He was beaten by a double move on Richard Sherman’s 70-yard touchdown – “My eyes were in the backfield” instead of the receiver, Verner said – but otherwise had a strong game. “It was just that one play,” Walker said. “He had about three or four bat downs.” If Van does not play, Verner will remain UCLA’s nickel back. When the Bruins use five defensive backs, junior Michael Norris will play cornerback.
“He’s strong, you all, I’m telling you he’s strong,” Everett’s mother, Patricia Dugas said. “Kevin’s going to get up walking and take care of his business like he always has. I don’t think life is going to change that much.” Vikings’ Jackson ailing Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson missed his second straight day of practice, and it’s appearing more likely that veteran Kelly Holcomb will start for Minnesota against the Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson injured his groin in the fourth quarter against Detroit on Sunday, and has been unable to participate in the first two practices of the week. But Vikings coach Brad Childress was still playing it coy, saying the window is still open for Jackson to recover and play at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. “I’m still keeping it open because I watched him move around and he did better this morning,” Childress said. In other injury news, safety Dwight Smith missed his second straight practice with a hamstring injury and fellow starting safety Darren Sharper (hip) was limited. That makes the decision to keep veteran safeties Tank Williams and Mike Doss on the roster all the more important. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he was preparing as if Doss and Williams would be playing most of the snaps in Sunday’s game at Kansas City. Jets’ Pennington looks ready Kellen Clemens is ready to step aside and be the Jets’ backup quarterback again. “It was a lot of fun and it was a great experience being the starter for a week,” Clemens said. “Hopefully that’s going to pay dividends down the line.” Coach Eric Mangini said Chad Pennington will be the starter when his injured right ankle is fully healed. Based on how he’s looked in practice this week, it appears he’ll be under center Sunday against Miami. And that’s OK with Clemens. “As quarterbacks, we all want to compete and we all want to be out there playing on Sundays,” Clemens said. “I understand that Chad’s the starter. My role is the backup and I’ll make the most of the reps that I get and be as ready as possible if my number’s ever called. It’ll be turning back to what it was before if Chad’s able to play, and it’ll just be an adjustment that I’ll have to make.” Pennington was listed as limited in practice on the team’s injury report Thursday, but he looked good dropping back and throwing light passes, just as he did the previous day. On Wednesday, Pennington said his goal was “to be available.” Around the league 49ers: Manny Lawson, a starting linebacker in San Francisco’s 3-4 defensive scheme, will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee during Wednesday’s practice. Colts: Tight end Dallas Clark (neck), right tackle Ryan Diem (neck) and outside linebacker Rob Morris (abdominal strain) – all starters – missed their second straight practice and Coach Tony Dungy has not said whether they will play Sunday at Houston. Dolphins: Middle linebacker Zach Thomas underwent tests for a possible concussion, and he may miss Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Patriots: The NFL has received and destroyed all materials it requested from New England concerning videotaping of opponents’ sidelines. A league statement said the team was in compliance with a request for tapes and other documents.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Kevin Everett will be transferred this morning to a Houston hospital to begin the next phase of his rehabilitation, less than two weeks after the Buffalo Bills tight end sustained a life-threatening spinal cord injury. And doctors said Thursday they believe he will be walking within weeks – perhaps sooner. “Soon … they’re going to stand him up,” Dr. Barth Green told The Associated Press, shortly after discussing Everett’s condition with Bills orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Cappuccino. “They’re very confident he’ll be walking very soon … in the next days or weeks, not months.” Eric Armstead, a partner of Everett’s agent Brian Overstreet, said Everett was going to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and would be traveling by private plane. “I talked to him today, and he’s very excited,” Armstead said. The prognosis is remarkable after Everett arrived at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital paralyzed from the neck down after being hurt while making a tackle in Buffalo’s season opener against Denver on Sept. 9. Doctors initially expressed fears Everett would never walk again. Green is chairman of the neurological surgery department at the University of Miami school of medicine and has received regular updates from Everett’s doctors on the player’s progress. “Now that doesn’t mean he’ll be walking normally, but standing up and holding his own weight,” Green said. “I think the future for him is very bright.”
Rodgers revealed that he had used the potential to go into the history books as a movitational tool for his squad.“This is a day that will last forever,” he said. “I said to the players before the game: ‘There’s not too many days in your life when you waken up with a chance of creating history. It’s going to be tough for us but if we play like we can play then we can create a memory that’s going to last with supporters for the rest of their lives’. “They had to take that opportunity and they did that.”After a summer break, Rodgers said the side will return with their eyes on a repeat performance and a successful defence of all of their trophies.“That’s our idea,” he said. “I certainly will have to push them even harder next season, there’s no doubt about that.“There won’t be too many pats on the back. This is our job, we’re here to win.“I think we can be better. Everyone always recognised that this year was going to be difficult for us on the back of last season but to still churn that out and have the spirit and mentality, and to produce really good performances when you need to is a real mark of the group. “We need to improve. We need to get better again. We dropped too many points this year, especially at home. So there’s lots for us to push for and we enter every competition to win.” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his pride at leading the team to successive trebles and said he will now push the side to improve even further.A 2-0 win over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final secured the historic achievement and gave Rodgers his sixth piece of silverware since arriving in Glasgow two years ago.He said the players had created a moment that would live long in the memory for supporters and that it would take some time for the achievement to sink in.“It’s a historic day for players and everyone that’s here,” he said. “For the first time for it to be achieved in such a great footballing country with a whole raft of great players and manager, for us to be the first team to have done it is a real privilege and a real special day. “It’ll probably take time for me to enjoy it. I think you’ve got to the end of a long season and created history so it’s a real special feeling.“My feelings are more with the supporters, the players, the staff and the board that brought me in a couple of years ago.“I’m so happy for them that they can enjoy this moment of creating history.“And for the supporters. We can be nothing but inspired by the Celtic support, their commitment to us and how wherever we go, they are always there. To give them a day like today and an overall moment in history gives me real satisfaction.”
Glenn Middleton has extended his Rangers contract until the summer of 2023.The 18-year-old joined the Light Blues in January from Norwich, initially taking his spot in the club’s academy setup.He made the step up to the first-team squad during the summer after impressing manager Steven Gerrard.Since then, Middleton has gone on to make 12 appearances for the Ibrox side, including outings across their Europa League campaign, and scored three times. The Scotland youth international shared his delight after putting pen to paper.He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract.“I’m loving every moment and cannot wait for the future.”
Indiana State Police have issued more than 100 tickets to drivers over the past 12 months since a law took effect requiring drivers to move over from the left lanes of highways in favor of faster vehicles.The law allows police to issue tickets to left-lane drivers who don’t budge when they should reasonably know another vehicle is overtaking them. State police report troopers wrote at least 1,535 warnings and 109 tickets under the law since last July.State police Capt. David Bursten says the intent isn’t to penalize drivers for not yielding to others going 95 mph, but to discourage inconsiderate drivers who think they own the left lane and help avoid traffic backups.The mandate does not apply during traffic congestion or bad weather.
Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed funding of more than €100,000 for four festivals in Donegal this year.The financial support is being provided by Fáilte Ireland to enhance and promote events across the county and help boost tourism numbers.Local music, culture and motorsports events included in the funding allocation are Donegal International Rally, the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, the Earagail Arts Festival, and Sea Sessions. Minister McHugh said: “Festivals are key to getting more and more people to come to our county and to see what’s on offer and spread that message.“It is great to see such support from Fáilte Ireland and financial backing for the thousands of visitors that these festivals bring to Donegal.“The funding for 2019 will see Donegal International Rally get €15,000; the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival get €37,000; the Earagail Arts Festival get €35,000; and Sea Sessions get €20,000.“Right there Donegal has four very different festivals and they each attract a whole new audience to see the best of what we have to offer.” Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, added: “I want to wish all those involved in these festivals the best of luck and I hope this funding helps to make your events even bigger and better.”Four Donegal festivals getting €100,000 funding boost in 2019 was last modified: January 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Rockets have eight named to all-Cloverbelt Conference East softball teamBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — Spencer senior shortstop Marisa Johnson was one of three first-team selections for the Rockets to the All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Softball Team and was named the conference’s Player of the Year.Senior outfielder Brooke Kettleborough and junior pitcher Macie Weber were also named to the first team for the Rockets, who went 21-4 overall and were a perfect 14-0 in the Cloverbelt East to win the title.Johnson was also named to the third team on the Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association all-state team, and Kettleborough was selected for one of the state all-star teams that played on June 16 in Wisconsin Dells.“This may have been the first time we had eight athletes receive recognition,” Spencer coach Jason Gorst said. “We tend to focus on team goals, but it is nice for some of the individuals to have their moment in the spotlight. We are really going to miss their (Johnson and Kettleborough’s) leadership in the program.”Juniors Mandie Schultz and Lindsey Vaughan and freshman Lexi Baehr were second-team selections, and junior Kallie Reckner and senior Colleen Arnold were honorable mention choices for Spencer.Columbus Catholic junior Abby Baierl was the lone Don named to the all-conference team. She was an honorable mention pick.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2015 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Softball TeamFirst Team: Brooke Webster, sr., Gilman; Emily Johnson, jr., Gilman; Morgan Birkeholz, jr., Gilman; Kaylee Learman, fr., Greenwood; Morgan Reinwand, so., Loyal/Granton; Devyn Schoonover, jr., Loyal/Granton; Allie Pfeiffer, sr., Neillsville; Marisa Johnson, sr., Spencer; Brooke Kettleborough, sr., Spencer; Macie Weber, jr., Spencer.Second Team: Kendall Skabroud, sr., Gilman; Kayla Chause, so., Gilman; Ashley Walker, jr., Greenwood; Madison Lucas, sr., Greenwood; Ryleigh Wilke, jr., Loyal/Granton; Jena Pavloc, jr., Neillsville; Dani Pfeiffer, jr., Neillsville; Mandie Schultz, jr., Spencer; Lindsey Vaughan, jr., Spencer; Lexi Baehr, fr., Spencer.Honorable Mention: Felicia Stange, fr., Colby; Abby Baierl, jr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Taylor Hendricks, so., Gilman; Morgan Hinker, sr., Greenwood; Kelly Nielsen, fr., Greenwood; Baileigh Johnson, fr., Neillsville; Kallie Reckner, jr., Spencer; Colleen Arnold, sr., Spencer.Player of the Year: Marisa Johnson, Spencer.