Conor McGregor to make return at UFC 246, will face Donald Cerrone, per report

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt is unclear whether McGregor’s deal is a one-off or part of a multifight contract. The fight, a non-title welterweight bout, will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 18. The fight will be McGregor’s third in the 170-pound weight class, and the 31-year-old McGregor will be searching for his first win in UFC in over three years. Conor McGregor is heading back to the Octagon.UFC president Dana White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Thursday that “The Notorious” one is set to return at January’s UFC 246, where he will square off against “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone. The bout will headline the event. McGregor (21-4) last fought in the UFC vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018. McGregor lost via submission. The event was marred by a postfight brawl that involved both fighters and their camps.Cerrone, 36, is coming off a knockout defeat to Justin Gaethje in September. He previously urged McGregor to “sign the deal” that was on offer for the two to fight.Material from Omnisport was used in this report.last_img read more

AFCON: Benin win boosts 2017 qualifying hopes, Cranes in race

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |Benin made the most of their FIFA world ban being lifted to beat Equatorial Guinea 2-1 on Sunday and retain hopes of reaching the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.A Khaled Adenon goal put the Beninese Squirrels ahead, Ben Essono equalised and David Djigla scored the winner on 59 minutes at Stade de l’Amitie in Cotonou.Adenon and Essono scored with diving and looping headers respectively off free-kicks and Djigla slammed a cut-back into the net from close range.Scheduled for last Sunday, the fixture was delayed one week to allow Benin to hold national football federation elections, which they did two days ago.The FIFA ban stemmed from a court blocking the elections after a complaint by 20 clubs, who said federation statutes had been violated.Mali lead Group C with 13 points, Benin have 11, and South Sudan (three) and 2015 Cup of Nations hosts and semi-finalists Equatorial Guinea (one) are out of contention.The Malians are guaranteed a place at the 2017 tournament either as group winners or one of the best two runners-up. Benin visit Mali for a final-round qualifier and a victory would lift them to the top of the final standings.A draw would give the Squirrels a chance to fill one of the runners-up places.Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Morocco, Senegal and Zimbabwe have qualified for the biennial tournament.Hosts Gabon are automatic participants, leaving six places up for grabs during the September 2-4 final match day.RELATED STORYUganda favourite to grab one of two runners-up qualifying places (CLICK HERE)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Rahul Dravid reveals how taking commerce over science led to a career in cricket!

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANSAdvertisement ty3rNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscmcqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3qwc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3szznlWould you ever consider trying this?😱r3tCan your students do this? 🌚j17Roller skating! Powered by Firework Assessing risk is a pretty tough task in sports, even in cricket, taking decision under a critical point in a match can completely change the outcome of the game. Every great name in the gentleman’s game have been famous for taking such risks in some point of their career, which has often rewarded them in the long run. Former Team India stalwart Rahul Dravid, who is revered for the calm and composed attitude he maintained on the 22 yards, spoke about one important decision back during his academic days that was very impactful for his career.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANSOn Sunday, Dravid teamed up with retired Indian badminton icon and former world no. 1 Prakash Padukone and Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra for the talk show ‘Staying Ahead of the Curve – The Power of Trust’ organised by the Padukone – Dravid Centre For Sports Excellence located in Bengaluru.Joined by the host Mr. Nandan Kamath, the three icons of the Indian sporting fraternity had discussion on various topics ranging from the current novel Coronavirus pandemic to how the lock down might affect the performance and fitness of sportspersons.Advertisement Speaking about the precautionary measures that are necessary during the ongoing virus crisis, the trio were asked about the importance of ‘risk assessment’ in sports. Dravid, who was famous for his defensive and sound approach towards cricket, spoke on how critical decisions impact on a player’s career.“There are certain stages in your career when you need to be able to take certain risks, take certain decisions that probably go against the grain of conventional thinking, if you really want to be a successful sportsman,” Dravid said during the live session.Advertisement Recalling his academic years, there was a certain point of time when Dravid was up against a critical decision to make.He continued, “I got out of 10th standard with an opportunity to get into any of the engineering colleges in Bangalore. They had good cricket teams at that time as well and quite keen to get me to join one of them.”However, the young Dravid took the risk of opting for commerce instead of engineering, so he could invest more time in cricket.“I kinda realised that I would not be able to pursue sports seriously or to the level that I wanted to if I picked up engineering, it would have been a lot more complicated for me at least personally. So, I went with commerce,” the 47 year old added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Virat Kohli reveals origins of his ‘maniac’ mentality to fellow skipper Sunil ChhetriDale Steyn reveals umpire Ian Gould’s fear for his safety influenced decision to give Tendulkar not out Advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelsea

first_imgSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed Cesc Fabregas’ departure from the club. The 31-year-old is on the verge of joining Monaco, managed by his former teammate Thierry Henry.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, Sarri said: “I can say only my opinion, I don’t know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go.”At this club there’s a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy.”I don’t know, yesterday he had a free day for the injury, so I don’t know.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Big question for Amazons 2 chosen cities Will it pay off

first_imgWASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost?Amazon’s decision will bring to Arlington, Virginia, and the Long Island City section of New York a combined 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment over the next two decades. But the influx is sure to swell already-high home prices and apartment rents and could overwhelm public transportation systems. And the two areas combined are providing over $2 billion in subsidies to one of the world’s richest companies — a bounty that many analysts say probably wasn’t necessary to sway Amazon.The decision to bring those jobs, which Amazon says will pay an average of $150,000 a year, to the New York and Washington areas will also exacerbate U.S. regional inequalities, economists say. Such Midwestern cities as Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, which made Amazon’s short list, would have helped spread the tech industry’s high-skilled, high-paying jobs more broadly.“It’s ambiguous for the winners, not good for the ‘losers’ and not good at all for the nation,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.Still, on the surface, the deal appears to be better than most. Amazon says it’s receiving $1.525 billion in incentives and subsidies from New York state and $573 million from Virginia and Arlington County. That works out to $61,000 in incentives provided to Amazon for each job in Long Island City and roughly $23,000 for each job in Arlington.That compares with a much larger average figure of $658,000 per job for other large deals, said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, a nonpartisan watchdog group. Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, for example, received $4.8 billion in subsidies for a plant in Wisconsin on which it broke ground this year. That deal is expected to bring just 13,000 jobs.Still, Amazon’s total subsidies will likely end up much higher, LeRoy said. Amazon said it will also apply for existing incentive programs that could add nearly $1 billion to the subsidies from New York.And Amazon’s final selections suggest that all the subsidies and giveaways probably weren’t needed, other economists said. Other state and local governments offered a lot more, including at least $8.5 billion on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland, and $7 billion for Newark, New Jersey.“If Amazon was pursuing subsidies, it made the wrong decision,” said Michael Ferren, a research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “Even the biggest subsidies you can imagine really don’t sway these kinds of decisions.”Rather, Amazon’s top priority was having access to a sizable pool of highly skilled employees, Ferren said, and it likely would have chosen the same two locations even without the subsidies.“The only things they’re useful for are the companies that get them and the politicians who get the credit,” he said.Indeed, Jay Carney, an Amazon senior vice-president, acknowledged in an interview on CNN that the company had chosen two locations that offered less in subsidies than others had.“That reflects that talent was really the driving factor for us,” Carney said.Some experts in regional economics suggested that the payoff for the selected cities would go well beyond Amazon’s initial investment. Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University, estimates that the new headquarters in Arlington would generate roughly $1.3 billion in spending each year after the initial construction is complete. That would support nearly 50,000 jobs in the state, Fuller said, in addition to those at Amazon.“It’s really a no-brainer,” Fuller said. “They’re going to pay an enormous amount in real estate taxes and sales taxes.”Fuller also argues that the region is large enough to absorb the influx of new workers.“The region adds 50,000 jobs every year, and no one complains about that,” Fuller said. “They’re not all coming at one time; they’re coming over 15-20 years. It isn’t as overwhelming as people think it’s going to be.”At the same time, Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute, cautioned that with unemployment so low in both cities, many of the jobs Amazon will bring will likely go to people who don’t now live in either Arlington or New York. The inflow of those workers could burden schools and transportation systems.A coalition of non-profit groups warned that Amazon’s arrival will likely worsen housing affordability for many lower-income workers in the two cities. Roughly one-third of residents in Washington, D.C., and 40 per cent in New York pay more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, the groups, which include LeRoy’s Good Jobs First, pointed out. The typical rent in Queens, which includes Long Island City, is already $3,000 a month.Some analysts had thought Amazon might follow a trend that other companies have set and add jobs in cities where salaries and housing were often cheaper. A few Wall Street banks, for example, have sent many of their back-office jobs to states far from New York. The auto factories that once filled the Midwest have migrated to the South, where labour unions have held less sway.Instead, Amazon chose to expand its footprint to two places where salaries and home prices are relatively close to those of Seattle, its current sole headquarters city, said Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at the real estate firm Zillow.“These two markets definitely can absorb this kind of employment shock — and they have some time to prepare for it,” he said.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sinai car bomb kills at least 10 Egypt soldiers security

first_imgCAIRO – At least 10 soldiers were killed and 35 wounded as a car bomb targeted an Egyptian army convoy Wednesday in the Sinai where security forces are battling Islamists, a security official said.The bombing took place near El-Arish, regional capital of North Sinai where attacks on security forces have mounted since the army’s ouster in July of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.A parked car blew up as the military convoy passed, the security official said. Wednesday’s bombing was the deadliest since an August 19 ambush by gunmen on a convoy of security forces that killed 25 policemen in the town of Rafah in North Sinai.That attack was the bloodiest in the Sinai Peninsula in several years.Dozens of soldiers and policemen have been killed in near daily attacks in Sinai, especially since Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the army.Egypt’s army has poured troops and armour into the restive peninsula to crush militant activity.Egypt’s security forces are also engaged in a sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of Morsi in other parts of the country.The crackdown has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide since mid-August.last_img read more

Last Years Warriors Werent The Best Ever But This Years Might Be

4Warriors2014-156/16/15103✓1822.3 10Pistons1988-896/13/8999✓1788.1 1Bulls1995-966/9/9697✓1853.1 There was plenty of “greatest of all time” speculation swirling around the Golden State Warriors at this time last year, as they tore through the Western Conference after breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for regular-season victories. As it turns out, though, the Warriors weren’t even the greatest team of the 2015-16 season, since they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. I suppose we all learned our collective lesson, because there hasn’t been anywhere near as much GOAT chatter this time around.The irony, of course, is that this version of the Warriors might actually be the best NBA team ever. Although they “only” won 67 games during the regular season, the 2016-17 Warriors had a better schedule-adjusted point differential than they did in their 73-win season, and then they rattled off what is so far the most dominant postseason of any team in recent memory (including the fabled 2001 L.A. Lakers).And if they can take care of Cleveland without much trouble in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, they’ll officially become the GOAT — at least, according to the Elo ratings, our pet system for judging an NBA team’s strength at any given moment.As my boss wrote on Saturday, the LeBron James Cavaliers have had a tendency to make Elo look silly. But by now, Elo has learned from its mistakes and is (mostly) giving Cleveland its due. The main reason our prediction system is still giving the Cavs a minuscule 10 percent chance of defending their championship, then, is that the Warriors are just so ridiculously dominant.Golden State’s Elo rating is currently 1850.5, which ranks second in NBA history to the peak rating of the ’96 Bulls (1853.1) — which was set after Chicago took a 3-0 lead over the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals. (The Bulls’ Elo would dip to a final rating of 1823 after they lost two of the next three games to the Sonics.) TEAMSEASONDATEGAME NO.DURING PLAYOFFS?ELO 3Warriors2015-1612/11/15241838.6 The best peak Elo ratings in NBA history 6Bulls1996-972/4/97471811.3 9Bulls1997-986/10/98101✓1788.3 8Lakers2008-096/14/09105✓1790.0 7Spurs2015-163/19/16691800.1 2Warriors2016-175/22/1794✓1850.5 5Celtics1985-865/29/8696✓1815.7 To surpass those Bulls and set a new peak-Elo record of 1853.2, the Warriors would need to prevail by eight or more on Thursday night. That’s far from an unreasonable goal; Golden State has the superior rating and is at home, so Elo actually considers them nine-point favorites for Game 1. (The Las Vegas betting line for Game 1 has the Warriors winning by seven.) According to research by Wayne Winston and Jeff Sagarin, the probability of a nine-point NBA favorite winning by at least eight is about 54 percent.But even if Cleveland plays the Warriors close in Game 1, a new Elo record is inevitable as long as Golden State keeps winning. A string of one-point victories in Games 1 through 3 would be enough to push the Warriors past the Bulls’ mark with at least a game to spare in the series. But any loss could be a major setback for the record-breaking bid. Even a three-point loss in Game 1 would need to be followed by four straight four-point wins to pull Golden State ahead of Chicago; a stray double-digit loss would require four 10-point wins in a row. And two losses in the series might prove too much for the Warriors to overcome unless they also rack up offsetting blowout wins, particularly if the Cavs’ wins are spaced apart in the series (Elo gives more weight to more recent games).Then again, it’s also possible that the Warriors could set an all-time peak Elo record after Game 1 and then the Cavs could rally back to win the series. In that scenario, Golden State’s season would parallel that of the 2007 New England Patriots, who set the NFL’s peak Elo record when they rattled off 18 straight wins before losing the Super Bowl. We’re guessing the Warriors would probably rather have the title. Source: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com read more

Diego Simeone would never coach his son at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone confessed that he would never give his son Giovani a spot on his squad while he is the manager.After striker Giovanni Simeone’s first ever match for Argentina in a big match last week in which he scored a goal, the rumors about Atletico Madrid getting the player due to Diego Simeone’s desire to coach his son started spreading like wildfire. But this Monday the Argentine manager spoke about the possibility for the first time since his son started playing as a professional, he denied that Giovanni playing for Atletico under him in the near future was a possibility. Situations like this in which nepotism can become a very dangerous subject, are something that straight arrows like Diego Simeone will always try to avoid during their career. ‘Cholo’ has always been proud to play by the book, always living by the rules and never taking advantage of his position in any shape or form during his time as the manager for Atletico Madrid. Giovanni Simeone does look like the perfect fit for Atletico Madrid, he plays in a very similar manner to Diego Costa for example.#PartidazoSimeone https://t.co/juu15vNi0h— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Contrary to popular belief, Diego Simeone just confessed that he wouldn’t be on board with the idea of him coaching his son in any of his teams at such an early age. There were rumors that suggested that Diego Simeone desperately wanted to sign his son Giovanni, the striker has every single attribute that the boss looks for in his favorite type of striker as a potential signing for the Colchoneros. But contrary to what the general idea was about ‘Cholo’ having his son on the squad, he didn’t want this because he feels like it would be too complicated for the relationship given that he would be even more strict than he usually is with the rest of his pupils. The eldest Simeone recently spoke to Cadena Copa about many different topics, but he was very adamant to deny his son’s possible arrival to the Colchoneros and didn’t close the door for that chance but after he leaves the club.?️?Simeone en el Partidazo de COPE: “Griezmann este año fue sin ninguna duda el mejor jugador del mundo. Sin duda”#PartidazoSimeone pic.twitter.com/gA1KAvnjtl— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Watching him play in the national team gives me chills. He knows exactly what we feel for the national team, he has it in his blood like me. I think he did a very good job but I don’t like talking about him from a father perspective, but I do like talking about him from a manager’s perspective. He is a lad who has all the characteristics to play for one of my teams, but I will unfortunately never bring him to Atletico while I manage the club. I don’t want to say never but… It’s very difficult having a son in the dressing room. It would be difficult for him, as well as the relationship… Maybe 5 or 6 years from now he becomes an even more important player than he is today, maybe we can discuss something. If he becomes an even bigger start and he plays for me it would be easier for everyone because he would be more protected. He is going through the stages of his career in the perfect manner. Maybe someday when I’m no longer the Atletico Manager, maybe then he could come and play here,” said Diego to Cadena Cope.#SelecciónMayor @Argentina comienza su entrenamiento en el centro deportivo de @NYCFC. pic.twitter.com/IDSZgKLBDu— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 9, 2018Giovanni’s great performance for Argentina.Diego Simeone was incredibly proud after his son scored the first ever goal for the National Team, this was during the 3-0 victory against the Guatemala side last Thursday and he celebrated with a lot of excitement. This goal marks a great historic moment because there are not many Argentina players who can presume to have more than one generation playing for the National Team in history, Giovanni looks like he could potentially become a great player like his father but with very different abilities. Because as we all know, Diego Simeone was a defensive midfielder in every club he played and Giovanni is a striker with very different skills. It’s a bummer we are not going to see Diego Simeone coaching his son this early in his career, but we are confident that they will meet as manager and player down the line when the young striker becomes a world-class star.#SelecciónMayor Tras la victoria ante Guatemala, el técnico Lionel Scaloni y los jugadores dialogaron con los medios de comunicación ➡ https://t.co/eYublPG2Y3 pic.twitter.com/Rj33w6anpC— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 8, 2018How long do you think Giovani will take to become manageable for Diego Simeone? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more