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  • One Championship MMA fights to resume next month

    first_imgTopics : One had already put on fights in its Hero series, feeder events for the main championship, in China in June, before deciding to resume major shows. The US-based Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 10 became one of the first sports to restart post-coronavirus. UFC has so far successfully put on six shows in tightly controlled environments in Jacksonville, Florida, and Las Vegas. With virus outbreaks slowing in many parts of Asia, the company said its flagship events would restart with an event without fans in the Thai capital Bangkok on July 31.”Most national borders remain closed in Asia, and this has posed unique logistical and operational challenges,” One’s CEO Chatri Sityodtong said.The first three major bouts of the “One: No Surrender” event have been confirmed.Among fighters taking part are ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy, and “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex.center_img Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion, One Championship, will return behind closed doors in Thailand next month after a five-month break because of the coronavirus, officials said on Monday.One, which promotes cards across the region in mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing, last put on a major show at the end of February.The Singapore-based company has since cancelled several events and slashed 20 percent of staff, although it has also revealed a $70 million funding boost from institutional investors.last_img read more

  • Bel Air RUBiS, Trophy Stall sponsor U-13 cricket

    first_imgTROPHY Stall and Bel Air RUBiS were the latest entities to put youth cricket at the head of their agenda when they launched an Under-13 tournament last week.At a simple ceremony at the Demerara Cricket Club ground, Lalta Gainda of Bel Air RUBiS and Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall, Bourda Market, jointly announced their intention to sponsor the tournament.The competition is for teams on the East Coast Demerara. However, teams or clubs from Georgetown area or any other area in Guyana are welcome to join.The tournament will give exposure to the younger cricketers and will commence shortly.It will feature matches of two innings with a duration limit of 30 overs in the first innings. The second innings will be unlimited. The organisers and sponsors decided on this regulation so as to make sure that there is at least a first-innings result.Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall said that he is delighted to be part-sponsor of this tournament and commended his co-sponsor Gainda for the initiative.He further stated that for West Indies to turn around their fortunes, it has to start from the grassroots level and he hopes that this tournament will unearth some Ramnaresh Sarwans, Shivnarine Chanderpauls, Lance Gibbs and Clive Lloyds among many other outstanding cricketers, produced by Guyana.Speaking on behalf of the East Coast Cricket Committee, Anil Persaud thanked the sponsors for coming on board and for showing interest in the young and upcoming cricketers.The tournament, organised by Mohamed Ashmul Ali and Anil Persaud, is endorsed by the Guyana Cricket Board and will play under the guidance of the East Coast Cricket Committee.Only players born during or after the year 2004 will be eligible.Interested teams can make contact with Mohamed Ashmul Ali on 222-0189/652-5896 or Anil Persaud on 624-6098 for more details.last_img read more

  • Syracuse stifles Bucknell, forces season-high 23 turnovers in 97-46 win

    first_img Published on November 23, 2019 at 3:36 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ Before Syracuse forced its highest turnover total of the season and ran away with a 97-46 win, the Orange started off with a mistake of their own. Not a second had ticked off the game clock and Bourama Sidibe walked to mid-court to get the tip. SU always makes him do the tip, he joked. This time, he won it easily and knocked the ball over the head of Buddy Boeheim. “Well, go get it,” Sidibe said to Buddy, laughing. Buddy chuckled and shook his head.“They’re always trying to say, ‘Oh, well you gotta get tip,’” Sidibe quipped after the game. “So when I get one, I want them to catch it too.”It was a foreshadowing of comfort in a win that never was close. The Orange’s stifling defense opened the gates for an offense that scored its highest point total since February of 2017. SU forced its 23 turnovers (the most by an opponent so far this season) and blocked a season-high 13 shots en route to the blowout win. SU’s zone caused trouble for Bucknell to convert on inside scoring opportunities and pass around for an open shot on the perimeter.“Steals, blocks, defense,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We were active.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse pressured immediately to start the game. The Bison turned the ball over six times in the first six minutes of play. Looking for openings often gave SU time to poke the ball away and forcing the ball into tight spots led to easy interceptions.The Orange played Marek Dolezaj together on the court frequently with Sidibe, which closed off the interior while allowing their versatile bigs to grow comfortable to take away options on the corners. On one of the first plays of the game, Bucknell’s Bruce Moore beat Sidibe down the court and caught a pass for a transition look at the basket. The Bison tried the move again several times and each time SU got a hand on the ball or took it out of the air.Midway through the first half, and in the midst of the scoring barrage from the Orange, Bucknell swung a pass around the perimeter in hopes of finding an open shot. But when Bucknell’s Ben Robertson found a shot he liked in the corner, Elijah Hughes jumped out from underneath the rim, flew by Robertson and swatted Robertson’s 3-pointer out of bounds with his left hand. In a game where the Orange could afford simple mistakes, Syracuse’s close-outs frequently turned into blocked shots.“We moved. Everybody moved. We stepped out on the shooters,” Dolezaj said. “The key was defense today.”The loose balls from blocks and poke-aways sent Syracuse back in transition, where for the first time all season, it converted in a dominant way. Syracuse produced 37 points off turnovers and even more off of blocks that were taken the other way. One late first-half run saw SU run the same set multiple times with a shooter lined up on the opposite side as a player in the paint attacked the right side. The sequence led to two back-to-back open shots in the same spot — the first Joe Girard III, then Buddy.In the second half, the game started to settle: Syracuse’s offense built on its hot start, the Bison continued to throw the ball away and the score grew further and further apart.After five straight points from the Orange, again the ball was loose on the ground for Syracuse to take on the break. A Dolezaj block sent Hughes out on the break. A few plays after a tomahawk dunk on the baseline, Hughes was prepared for another highlight. The ball trickled out to him and his gather slipped from his hands and out of bounds. Hughes laughed and shook his head as he gave joking greetings to his teammates and approached his seat with a little over nine minutes left in the game. The lead was at 48. Syracuse emptied its bench onto the floor. Commentslast_img read more

  • Governor and aides to frame timeline for reopening Iowa

    first_imgJOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds is meeting privately with a group of state agency directors today to chart when COVID-19 closures may be lifted.“We’ll start to kind of frame up the timeline,” Reynolds said yesterday, “what we’re looking at.”The governor has ordered Iowa’s K-through-12 schools to be closed through April 30 and she has promised to announce by this Friday if those closures will extend into May. Iowa bars and restaurants have been closed since St. Patrick’s Day and Reynolds ordered other types of businesses to close in late March as well.“We want to get things up and going. We have to do it responsibly. We have to be cautious in how we do that, because we don’t want to just flip the light switch and then you know, have another spike happen in a week,” Reynolds said. “That’s not going to be beneficial for anybody. We don’t want to open things up, only to say in a week: ‘We’ve got it shut it back down.’”Reynolds has suggested businesses in areas of the state where few, if any, COVID-19 cases have been confirmed may be the first to reopen.“Everybody should be making plans because at some point, you know, as we base the decisions based on data, we want to open up this economy,” Reynolds said.A top public health official says the state’s current estimate that COVID-19 cases in Iowa will peak by the end of the month is based on what’s happened in other states where cases of the virus were first reported.last_img read more