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first_imgNigeria’s Israel Adesanya successfully fended off Yoel Romero’s bid for his middleweight title with a unanimous-decision win in the main event of UFC 248 from Las Vegas in the early hours of today. The Last Stylebender scored the win in a bizarre, uneventful affair that saw both fighters mostly play it safe, with  fans booing after the fight as it was not the match-up they expected. Read Also: Ighalo becoming a cult hero at Man Utd despite meant to be a temporary fix Still, his vision goes beyond those challenges. Paulo Costa and/or Jared Cannonier might be intriguing matchups, but Adesanya hasn’t shied away from beef with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and Bareman even mentioned Adesanya eventually moving up to heavyweight. Those are obviously big, transcendent goals. He has the potential to capture the imagination of MMA fandom in a way few fighters have been able to. But it all starts with picking up big wins in his own division like he did against Romero in Vegas. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… In winning the  unanimous decision, Adesanya won on all of the judges scorecards to retain his middleweight title to extend his undefeated record to 19-0 and solidifies himself as the best middleweight on the planet. The 30-year-old added one of the scariest fighters in the division to a list of victims that already includes Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. Israel Adesanya retained his UFC middleweight title via unanimous decision against Yoel Romero, but the fight failed to catch fire Adesanya’s ascent to UFC stardom has been drastic. He made his UFC debut in February 2018 and has skyrocketed to impressive champion in 2020. Now, the Nigerian-born fighter will likely turn his focus to other challengers in the middleweight division, although he seems to have set his sights on an even bigger picture.center_img Israel Adesanya reacts after accidentally poking the eye of Yoel Romero in their UFC middleweight title fight Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bareman, has acknowledged the middleweight division has more than one contender the champion should beat before looking beyond his division. “There’s some really tough challenges. He should clear those out,” Bareman said on Submission Radio (h/t Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “There’s at least three or four more good challenges. But three or four more fights for Israel is like, maybe within this year. So after that, what’s the next challenge?” Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can Explain7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?last_img read more

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — The Franklin County FFA and Franklin County High School Student Council recently hosted a drive called “Give for Gatlinburg,” to collect items for those in need in the Gatlinburg area after the devastating wild fires.The FFA and Student Council students organized a contest among the first period classes at the high school to see which class could contribute the most items per student to the cause.Overall, students from the high school brought in over 2000 items, and were sent with Crum Trucking to Gatlinburg.last_img read more

first_imgStoke forward Jonathan Walters enjoyed a mixed afternoon at Carrow Road as his penalty earned a point for the visitors before he was sent off just minutes later. Bradley Johnson had headed Norwich in front early in the second half before captain Sebastien Bassong was adjudged to have fouled substitute John Guidetti inside the penalty box. Former Ipswich man Walters converted from the spot but his adulation lasted less than five minutes as he was dismissed for a dangerous challenge on Canaries midfielder Alex Tettey – although Norwich could not find a winner and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Hughton’s side were slow out of the traps as the hangover from the 4-1 mauling they took at Villa Park last weekend took time to clear and it was in those early stages that Stoke failed to capitalise on their hosts’ anxiety. Peter Crouch, Marko Arnautovic and Walters all had early opportunities to put Mark Hughes’ men in front and build on their win over Arsenal but, once Norwich had settled, the game became much more open. The first real chance of the game fell to Crouch on eight minutes as Glenn Whelan’s through ball split Norwich’s centre-backs but the striker could only shoot tamely at John Ruddy. Arnautovic was the next man to spurn a decent opportunity to open the scoring as he lashed high over Ruddy’s crossbar after being found inside the box by Erik Peters. With unease spreading through the Norwich supporters at such an early stage, Walters worked Ruddy once more inside the opening 15 minutes after Crouch and Arnautovic combined to create the chance. Nathan Redmond, who starred for England’s Under-21 side in midweek, did well to skip past a couple of Stoke challenges on the edge of the box but his ball to Snodgrass was a little in front of the Scotland international and his cross squirmed harmlessly out for a goal-kick. Wes Hoolahan was given a rousing reaction by the home fans as he kept his place in the side and the diminutive playmaker found Snodgrass with an intricate pass, with the winger this time able to bring a good stop from Asmir Begovic. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, without a goal since the opening day draw with Everton, glanced a near-post header wide from a Snodgrass corner as the game moved past the 30-minute mark with no side able to stamp a telling level of authority on proceedings. With five minutes to go before the break, the returning Peter Odemwingie was clipped on the edge of the box by Bassong but Arnautovic could only drill a low free-kick well wide of goal. Almost any attack of note for the hosts stemmed from Hoolahan and the Irishman tested Begovic from distance after picking up possession and driving into Stoke territory. The first chance of the second half was a replica of Hoolahan’s long-range effort only this time Begovic could not gather cleanly and was forced to dive back and push the ball behind for a corner. There was nothing Begovic could do shortly afterwards as Snodgrass whipped a free-kick into the six-yard box and Johnson was on hand to power a header past the Stoke goalkeeper and put the hosts ahead. Redmond came close to adding a second on the hour but his arrowed shot was pushed away by a flying Begovic. Stoke, who have only one away league win all season, levelled with just under 20 minutes remaining as referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty after Bassong bundled down substitute Guidetti. Walters stepped up to convert his second spot-kick in as many games, much to the chagrin of the home fans. But Walters could not enjoy his equaliser for too long as the jeers from the home fans turned to cheers as the Republic of Ireland international was shown a straight red card for catching Tettey high on the leg. The dismissal prompted Hughton to go on the attack as he introduced both Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander from the bench, with Tettey and the ineffectual Van Wolfswinkel replaced. With 10 minutes remaining Norwich started to exert the pressure their one-man advantage had given them, with Stoke falling deeper and deeper towards their own goal. But the home side could not muster up a chance to win the game late on as Hughes’ side hung on for a draw – leaving the Canaries just four points above the bottom three. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgJust last month, Super Eagles qualifying match with Sierra Leone scheduled for the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba was postponed along with other games planned for that weekend due to the pandemic which has led to total lockdown in most cities of the world including Nigeria.But President of Senegal’s football federation, Augustin Senghor, told BBC World Service’s Newsday programme yesterday that it will be “impossible” for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to take place if qualifying cannot be completed.Senghor said he is “very concerned for the future” and has called for a “world plan” to help reorganise the global football calendar in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.“We need many FIFA windows to complete the qualifiers. And if we don’t play in June or in August I think it will be impossible to play the AFCON in January,” Senghor told the BBC.He stressed that the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) would need to take a on wether to postpone the tournament.“The executive committee of CAF will have to take a decision which would almost certainly be to postpone. Nobody can do anything if the conditions are not fulfilled.“Nobody in the world can say that in September or November we’ll have won the battle against coronavirus which is why it’s very difficult to give a serious opinion on this matter. But what is important is that in this time we see if we can finalise the qualifiers.”The postponement of football across the globe has also left domestic football in a state of limbo. Senegal’s local competitions just like in Nigeria still need to be completed and Senghor says a joint effort is now needed to help get schedules back on track.“It’s not something only we can decide – we need to have consultation with UEFA and FIFA to know what’s best for football in the world. We have to organise a world plan to postpone or reorganise the football calendar agenda for the next months or the next years.“If we have to postpone all the competitions and reorganise the football agenda, we’ll have to do it despite the interests of one party or another amongst the football associations.”Senghor says the uncertainty about when it will be safe to start playing football again has had a deep financial impact on the game in his country.“It is very, very, very hard for the clubs. It’s very difficult to pay the salaries, it is very difficult to continue to work when you don’t know when the situation will end.“The clubs are asking for help from the FA and the state government and we are waiting for an answer from the government.“Our federation finances all the competitions in the country and when we stopped, we had had many expenses from the first half of the championship. But now all is stopped and it will be very very difficult to find finance to play again when we have the end of the epidemic. That is why I am very very concerned with the future.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportSuper Eagles and other teams playing to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2021) have been told that unless the qualifiers are completed as scheduled, the tournament faces risk of been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.There are still four rounds of group matches to be played in qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which is set to take place in Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February 2021.last_img read more

first_imgKRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoThrough 14 games of the 2008-09 season, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has played at home just four times. Starting this weekend, the Badgers (5-7-2, 5-5-2 WCHA) will be home for four straight series, beginning with the College Hockey Showcase against Michigan State and No. 14 Michigan. And for a team trying to get back to .500, a little home cooking may be just what UW needs.“I think these are a big eight games for us,” said freshman forward Jordy Murray, who scored Wisconsin’s lone goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over St. Cloud State. “We win these two games here and we’re back to .500. That’s been our goal ever since we got off to that slow start.”Murray and the Badgers saw their five-game unbeaten streak end Friday after a 6-2 loss to the Huskies. While they rebounded with a shutout win the next night, the series split is exactly the type of thing sophomore defenseman Brendan Smith hopes the team can avoid.“It definitely took a little wind out of our sails,” Smith said of the loss. “But I think we’ve just got to get off this roller coaster thing where we’re playing great and then we’re not playing so great.”Following the weekend split, Wisconsin is no longer receiving votes in the latest USCHO.com poll. For goaltender Shane Connelly, who admits to keeping an eye on the polls, the Badgers can’t seem to get any respect as of late.“It’s kind of crazy. I think we were 0-6-1 and we were getting votes, and now we’re .500 in the league and two games under .500 overall and we’re not getting votes,” Connelly said. “You can’t really pay much attention to that. We take care of our job, get back to .500 and then start going from there.“The votes will start coming in, and we’ll get our due.”The upcoming eight-game stretch may be UW’s best opportunity to gain some momentum while building a winning record. Michigan State, which Wisconsin will host Friday, is just 4-8-2 overall and 2-6-2 in CCHA play. The Wolverines, the Badgers’ Saturday night opponents, come to Madison with a 5-5-0 conference record and sit at 8-6-0 overall.Following the College Hockey Showcase, Wisconsin will see Alaska Anchorage, Alabama Hunstville and Northern Michigan all come to town. It’s a stretch of home games that some had circled at the beginning of the season as an opportunity to gain ground.Connelly still sees it as a chance for the Badgers to make some noise.“I see an opportunity that lies ahead of us,” Connelly said. “We could definitely make some ground that we lost in the beginning of the year.”Wisconsin’s biggest obstacle during that stretch could come in the form of the Michigan Wolverines, a team laden with NHL draft picks. Sophomore Aaron Palushaj leads the team with 20 points, while fellow sophomore Louie Caporusso’s 12 goals are a team best.“Both teams are extremely skilled,” Connelly said. “They’re both extremely offensively gifted teams. … We’ve just got to make sure we stay disciplined.”Michigan topped Wisconsin 3-2 in Ann Arbor in last year’s College Hockey Showcase, so the Badgers will be looking to return the favor on their home ice Saturday.That home ice advantage, however, is something UW has enjoyed on a very limited basis so far this season.“It’s a little bit easier schedule for us. That’s a little bit more comfort,” Connelly said. “Not too much of an adjustment, but at the same time it will be nice to get on a little streak here. We’re at home, and some of the freshmen can actually enjoy playing at the Kohl Center a little bit more.”This weekend’s series will also present Wisconsin with a scenario it already faced once this season: playing two teams in as many nights.The Badgers opened the year on the road against Boston College and then traveled to New Hampshire the following night. While UW dropped both games, that experience is something that could pay off this weekend with the Spartans and Wolverines in town.“That first weekend where we had to play two teams in two nights definitely gave us a little bit (of preparation),” Connelly said. “You can look back at that experience and realize there were so many adjustments we didn’t make going into UNH on Saturday night. Now we can switch gears after we’re done Friday night; we have to adjust to a new team on Saturday and get focused on that.”last_img read more

first_img Published on January 4, 2016 at 11:05 pm Syracuse (10-5, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) gets its third shot at its first conference win at the Carrier Dome against Clemson (8-6, 1-1) on Tuesday. Interim head coach Mike Hopkins and the Orange could push his record to 5-4 in his last game as SU’s head coach for the time being.Here’s how our beat writers think the game will unfold.Sam Blum (11-4)Clemson 72, Syracuse 63Oh noSyracuse has reason to panic. It’s played well against Pittsburgh and Miami in conference, but has shown that its underlying weaknesses can take over against better teams. Clemson probably isn’t a better team, but things are getting bad quickly for the Orange while the Tigers are coming off an upset win over Florida State. This once promising Syracuse season is starting to get out of hand, and it will be time to press the panic button after an 0-3 start to ACC play.Jesse Dougherty (11-4)Syracuse 67, Clemson 62The difference a sport makesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Clemson football is preparing for the National Championship game, its basketball team will help Syracuse to its first Atlantic Coast Conference win after losses to now-No. 12 Miami and now-No. 24 Pittsburgh last week. The Tigers convincingly beat Florida State over the weekend, but seem to be a slightly worse version of the Orange. Both teams shoot a lot of 3s, protect the rim well defensively and have tight rotations, but Syracuse has a bit more talent and will ride its backcourt to a victory.Matt Schneidman (10-5)Syracuse 66, Clemson 60PoachedClemson has nine players that average more than 10 minutes per game so this will be no cakewalk. The Tigers are coming off a nine-point win over previously 10-2 Florida State and the catalysts from Clemson’s 13-point win against Syracuse last year return. But Malachi Richardson is catching fire at the right time and Michael Gbinije rebounds from his worst performance of the season to get Mike Hopkins a much-needed conference win to close out his rocky stint as SU’s interim head coach. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As soon as Louisville defense lineman Chris Williams hit the turf, the Carrier Dome crowd erupted in a chorus of disapproving boos.Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey approached Williams and turned the lineman over from his facedown position. It was unclear whether he was trying to get Williams to get up or if he was checking on his opponent. Either way, running back Dontae Strickland rushed over to Dungey and pulled the QB away.Syracuse had just gotten a first down at Louisville’s 14-yard line and was driving with its no-huddle offense. But Williams grabbed his right leg as a trainer worked on stretching it out, the fourth time in the game that a Cardinals defender halted SU’s pace with an injury timeout and the third time it happened while the Orange was in the red zone.“You guys look at your watches,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said after the 62-28 loss to No. 13 Louisville that lasted nearly four hours. “How long did the game take? It might have been shorter if we wouldn’t have had so many people like that.”The first time it happened was on Syracuse’s third drive of the game. Dungey slipped a pass to running back Moe Neal who took it to Louisville’s 17-yard line. As the Orange tried to lineup for another snap, a Louisville defensive lineman remained on the ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textReferees stopped the play and Babers ran down the sideline yelling in their direction, throwing his hands in the air and charging all the way to the 10-yard line.“I can’t talk about officials,” he said after the game. “They’re going to fine me and do all that kind of stuff.”The next time, Syracuse was at Louisville’s 19 and had just gotten a first down off a 22-yard pass to Ervin Philips. Cardinals defensive end Drew Bailey was on the ground smacking the back of his left leg.“Lock him up,” an SU fan yelled as the trainers came out. Fans started yelling for Syracuse players to “fall down” during Louisville drives.“I’m sure they cramped sometimes,” defensive linemen Steven Clark said. “I’m sure some of them were fake. It is what it is. They’re not conditioned like we are.”Even during a timeout a few plays later, cornerback Shaq Wiggins had his leg stretched out. Babers was tightlipped regarding the validity of the injuries.“That’s about as far as I go,” he said after his comment about the time. “Hopefully I didn’t get hit with a fine for that.” Comments Published on September 10, 2016 at 1:55 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more