McGregor holds strong on prediction of a knockout

first_imgConor McGregor has his hands wrapped before a media workout Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor is convinced he will beat Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, inside of four rounds.And if the Nevada Athletic Commission approves the fighters’ request to use eight-ounce gloves, he said he will beat Mayweather in the first six minutes of the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games READ: Mayweather promoter tired of talk about ticket salesWhile speculation is McGregor will be the aggressor early on, his gameplan and strategy remain a mystery since this will be his first professional boxing match. What hasn’t been a mystery is the air of confidence he displays, combined with a clear disdain for his opponent that has him assured he will hand Mayweather his first professional loss.“You can’t prepare for me, you can’t prepare for me, you can’t prepare for the movement, you can’t prepare for any of it,” McGregor said. “He can sit here and watch this (workout), and I’m sure he has been watching that. Let him watch, let him try and study, but you cannot prepare for this. There is nobody in the game that moves like me, that strikes like me and that has the confidence like me.“This is a fight that has been in my crosshairs since Floyd’s been opening his mouth, simple as that. I see a beaten man in his eyes, in his body language, in everything he does. I’m going to knock him out bad, he’s too small. I know he’s fast, I know he’s got good reflexes, I know he’s experienced. I don’t care. I hit you, you fall, and that’s it. He will be unconscious.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes “He’ll be unconscious inside two rounds, really one round, only for the 10-second count I will give him maybe surviving into the second,” said McGregor, who enters the boxing world with a 21-3 MMA record. “But if it’s 10-ounce gloves, maybe four rounds. But under four rounds he’ll be unconscious.”READ: Mayweather, McGregor clash over racism FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut if McGregor plans to fight the same way he worked out for the media on Friday at UFC’s exquisite headquarters in southwest Las Vegas, Mayweather shouldn’t have any problem improving to 50-0.The 29-year-old Irishman simulated a 12-round boxing match by dancing around punching bags for roughly 47 minutes, at times looking like an out-of-sync boxer with wide swings that left his guard down, awkward combinations and unnecessary shuffling. Other times he looked like an MMA fighter eager to charge his opponent, something he obviously can’t do in a boxing match. Los Angeles takes another step toward 2028 Games But with as much hype and promotion being thrown into the ring with both fighters, McGregor left plenty of intrigue and insists he didn’t show half the boxing skills he honed has a youth in Ireland, simply teasing anyone in attendance and everyone else who may have tuned into any livestreaming on social media.READ: Mayweather-McGregor is a stale act already “I don’t know how many times I’ve shocked the world, and I’m going to shock it once again,” McGregor said. “It’s not going to end well for Floyd. It’s not going to end well for all the people doubting me.”The 29-year-old Irishman insists nothing has changed in his training, other than the fact he can’t use his legs or take his opponent to the ground, and he’s the same hard-working fighter that won two Ultimate Fighting Championship titles.“I show up to the gym, I work hard, and through my hard work I gain my confidence – that’s been the same since day one,” said McGregor, the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion. “The fundamentals are still there, I show up, I work hard.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? 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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 5

first_imgWith the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the past week.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Oh, how fast time flies.We’re past the halfway point of the first round and it seems that Lyceum and San Beda have pulled away from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut beyond them is where the action is, with only a win separating the third and the ninth seeds, showing how important every game is for every team aspiring to be in the Final Four.But those wins wouldn’t come to be if not for the players themselves, and this is our list of this week’s top performers.1. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 blockLast Week: 7 LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 5. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdmittedly inconsistent through the first six games, Donald Tankoua has finally had his best game to date for San Beda as he took a page out of his old self in the team’s 66-55 win over Mapua.With only Christian Bunag challenging him on the inside, the Nigerian center may have just gotten the shot of confidence he needs as the Red Lions gear for the tougher wars ahead.Couple that with the good showing of young prospects like Clint Doliguez and San Beda may just very well be building up a solid team ready to defend its throne.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere starred in EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano, but largely was absent in its home game on Thursday.Francis Munsayac, meanwhile, corralled a career-best 26 points, but committed the heartbreaking turnover which took the fight out of the Generals in their 97-93 loss to Lyceum.Despite the up-and-down week, the lone consistent force for coach Ariel Sison has been Juju Bautista, who refused to let his team down in those two close games.The Fil-Samoan’s role, though, is expected to get bigger with Hamadou Laminou being ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL in his right knee.7. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5 View commentscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHas San Sebastian finally figured things out after a shocking slump early in the season?It’s still too early to tell, but for Michael Calisaan, this past week’s dominating 101-71 victory over lowly St. Benilde should be a good indication on how far the team can go.Known as a heady defensive crew, the Golden Stags put their offensive prowess in full display, with Calisaan dominating a stretch in the fourth quarter and racking 12 straight points.If San Sebastian keeps this up, there shouldn’t be any hitches for it to realize the preseason predictions placed on its head. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief As promising as this stretch is, the road is about to get bumpier for the Knights, with San Sebastian and Lyceum next in their schedule.3. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2A staple of this list from the start, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that CJ Perez is still flying high in these rankings.Just as the past weeks, the energetic forward has embraced the team concept coach Topex Robinson has been preaching and seven games in and Lyceum has still yet to fall.The test, however, will be in this coming week as the Pirates’ discipline will be put to the test with Robinson serving his one-game suspension following his ejection in the EAC win.4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 1FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer took a bit of a bump down the rankings, but that shouldn’t take away his contributions for Letran in its game against Perpetual.Rey Nambatac did all he could to tow the Knights to the victory, even if that meant crashing the boards against the towering Prince Eze, as he became the engine that made the team work.Showing the leadership qualities Letran has been looking for since last season, Nambatac has indeed established himself as one of the best young prospects in the amateur ranks today.But just like Quinto, he and the rest of the Knights will be put into the test this coming week with a tough two-game grind coming up. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Creamline gets headway for bronze medal, trumps Air Force Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAdamson’s loss is Lyceum’s gain. And Jaycee Marcelino has no qualms on making that fact known.With the past week his coming out party, the offensive-minded half of the Marcelino twins is proving that he might just be the next great NCAA playmaker, coming out of nowhere to follow the footsteps of stars like Scottie Thompson and Jio Jalalon.This week, Marcelino hushed the boisterous crowd in EAC with his stupendous showing including the game-sealing steal on Francis Munsayac as the Pirates bucked the absence of coach Topex Robinson to stay unscathed at 7-0.2. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKnown as a gunner throughout his career, Bong Quinto shared that it took time for him giving the steering wheel to Rey Nambatac.But with this selfless act, the 20-year-old seems to be thriving, as the duos’ trust with each other have helped Letran nab three straight wins to pull it out of the muck and grab solo third place.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Petecio leads Pinoy pugs

first_imgNesthy Petecio (red)  INQUIRER FILE PHOTOTeam Philippines is fielding veteran Nesthy Petecio and two others in its search for the gold in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships slated to begin Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Accompanying Petecio, who settled for the bantamweight silver medal in the 2015 edition held in Wulanchabu, China, are light flyweight Judelyn Casin and flyweight Aira Villegas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH More learning, more success Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 25-year-old Petecio of Davao is aching to get back at Thai Peamwilai Laopean, who ruled the 54kg division of the biennial event, which will run up to Nov. 8.Accompanying the boxers sent by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines are coaches Roel Velasco and Violito Payla and team manager Patricio Gaspi, also the national head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Harden lifts Rockets in victory over Grizzlies

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) regains control of the ball under pressure from Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24). APHOUSTON — James Harden scored 38 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).After suffering two losses to Memphis in the first two weeks of the season, the Rockets finally solved their shooting woes against the Grizzlies.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Beal, defense lead Wizards to win over Hawks LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion In their previous two meetings, Memphis held the Rockets to 90 and 89 points, the only two times the Rockets have been held under 100 points this season, and Houston’s lowest two scoring efforts ever under head coach Mike D’Antoni.On Saturday night, however, Houston jumped out to a 9-0 lead by draining three 3s and never let Memphis go ahead, leading by as many as 25 points. The Rockets outdid their previous scoring against Memphis by the end of the third quarter, entering the fourth with a 93-70 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHouston hit 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) from beyond the arc, including 6 of 14 from Harden, who added eight assists and four rebounds. Eric Gordon added 26 points on 6 of 11 3-point shooting for Houston.Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 22 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley struggled from the floor, scoring 15 and 12, respectively. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ben McLemore made his season debut and Grizzlies debut, returning from an Aug. 8 surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. McLemore had four points and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in his first game since joining the Grizzlies after four seasons in Sacramento.The Rockets led 62-50 at halftime behind 22 first-half points from Harden.Houston won its fifth straight game and improved to 10-3, the team’s best 13-game start since opening the 1996-97 season at 12-1.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Memphis’ bench outscored Houston’s bench 50-19, led by Evans’ 22 points and Chandler Parsons, who had 10. Memphis’ bench entered Saturday outscoring opposing second units 483-281. The Grizzlies reserves have outscored their opposing counterparts in every game but one this season.ADVERTISEMENT Rockets: Nene played seven minutes but sat out in the second half with ankle soreness. . Luc Mbah a Moute, who entered the game questionable with a left knee contusion, played 28 minutes. . Clint Capela had seven points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Nextlast_img read more

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Bittersweet as Cousins injures Achilles in Pelicans’ victory over Rockets

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City D’Antoni to coach Team Stephen in NBA All-Star Game LATEST STORIES “We’ve got enough guys in here who are professionals who are always ready when their number’s called, so we’ve got to make sure that we stay locked in.”Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and unconventionally sealed the victory by purposefully missing a free throw with 1.8 seconds left, causing time to run out as players fought for the rebound.“Right now, just praying everything’s OK,” with Cousins, Holiday said, adding that it made the win victory “bitter-sweet.”“Just unfortunate, really. I think we’ve been doing really well, got in a great groove,” Holiday added, noting that Cousins’ triple-double against Houston was his second in three games. “The way we’ve been playing, and him in particular, has been awesome.”Darius Miller hit six 3-pointers, including one with 1:52 left to give the Pelicans a five-point lead, and finished with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Rockets: Harden moved into second in Rockets history in assists with 3,347, passing Allen Leavell’s 3,339. … Harden missed eight of nine 3-point attempts, although six of his free throws came after he was fouled on 3s. … Former Pelican Ryan Anderson, who came in averaging 10.1 points, did not score, missing all three of his shots.Pelicans: Piled up 24 assists on 27 field goals in the first half and finished with 36 assists on 44 made shots. … Recently acquired guard DeAndre Liggins contributed a pair of timely 3s in the second half. … Improved to 14-9 at home.UP NEXTRockets: Host Phoenix on Sunday.Pelicans: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Read Next New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the court while being tended to after injuring his left Achilles tendon, according to the team, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The Pelicans won 115-113. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before seriously injuring his left Achilles, and New Orleans survived a furious Houston rally for a 115-113 victory over the Rockets on Friday night.A person familiar with the situation said Pelicans team physicians have provided a preliminary diagnosis of an Achilles tear, which would end Cousins’ season little more than a week after he was named an All-Star starter.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because, officially, the team said an MRI will determine the severity of the injury.Yahoo! first reported the initial diagnosis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe injury, which occurred as Cousins pursued a missed free throw with 12 second left in the game, all but squelched the jubilation from a team and its fans, who otherwise would have been celebrating a fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games.“We were just figuring everything out. That’s the tough part,” Davis said, adding that he hadn’t spoken to Cousins and wasn’t yet certain if the injury was season-ending. “We’ve got to keep going and just keep finding a way to win. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Chris Paul scored a season-high 38 points before fouling out in the final seconds and nearly led Houston back from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit. James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon scored 27 points.Houston tied it at 104 on Luc Mbah a Moute’s layup with 2:34 to go. And the game was tied once more at 109 on Trevor Ariza’s 3 with 1:17 to go before Holiday’s driving floater and Cousins’ put-back gave New Orleans the lead for good.The Rockets’ comeback bid began after Miller’s 3 gave the Pelicans an 81-60 lead with 5:54 left in the quarter.Houston turned the tide with a 20-6 run, during which Paul scored 10 on two 3s, a layup and two free throws.Early in the fourth quarter, Paul sneaked in behind Cousins to steal an inbound pass to set up his breakaway layup as he was fouled, trimming New Orleans lead to 96-92.However, Paul committed his fifth foul with 7:29 left, and went to the bench for more than three minutes, during which the Pelicans’ lead crept back to eight.Paul returned with four minutes left and the Rockets scored the next eight points to tie it.Davis dominated early, scoring 16 points in the first quarter, and the Pelicans pushed ahead in a lopsided second quarter in which they hit 14 of 20 shots.New Orleans took its first double-digit lead when Miller’s 3 made it 51-40. Davis’ third alley-oop dunk of the game put the Pelicans up 13 and his free throws one possession later gave the Pelicans a 15-point lead.Harden’s short jumper cut it to 66-53 at halftime.TIP-INS NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin bout

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? “Canelo is ready, 100 per cent. I know him, he’s the best. I have a plan, my coach Abel Sanchez has a new idea.“His power, his timing, he has a good team, he lives well, he has everything. He’s tough.”‘Fighting the very best’It was all very respectful and the most interesting point of the press conference came when British pugilist Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO world middleweight champion who was sitting among journalists, asked Alvarez why he had relinquished the WBC title and not fought Golovkin sooner.“There were a lot of conditions from the WBC and a timeline, they put conditions in the purse split,” said Alvarez through a translator. “I had a court case in Miami and they wanted to negotiate with them (Golovkin’s management team) within 15 days. I couldn’t do it.”Saunders asked if he could fight the winner, but Golovkin was non committal. “You talk too much, you are a boxer, not a promoter,” said Golovkin addressing Saunders. The lack of trash-talking between Golovkin and Alvarez will contrast to the build up of the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and UFC star Conor McGregor who clash in the same Las Vegas venue on August 26. Mayweather is returning from two years ‘retired’ to face Irishman McGregor and, despite the questionable competitiveness of the contest it is expected to generate more global interest and revenue. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ambulodto sinks game-winner as Wangs snaps skid vs Gamboa Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), 26, came face-to-face with WBC-IBF-WBA champion Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) at a press conference in London, the first leg of a global media tour to promote their fight.Both boxers have a high knockout ratio and Golovkin’s last fight, against American Daniel Jacobs in March, was the first time he had been taken the distance since 2008. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have to be careful with everything when facing him because he’s good all around,” said Alvarez.“There’s a lot of probability there will be knockout, as we can both punch. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage In this file photo, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose in Las Vegas. The much anticipated Sept. 16 middleweight title fight between Golovkin and Alvarez will take place on the Las Vegas Strip. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya said Monday, June 5, 2017, the T-Mobile Arena on the Strip won out in bidding over AT&T Stadium in Texas. APMexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez believes there is likely to be a knockout when he challenges Kazakhstan legend Gennady Golovkin on September 16th for three versions of the world middleweight title in Las Vegas.Their bout is regarded as boxing’s biggest world title fight since Floyd Mayweather Jr fought Manny Pacquiao in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Mayweather-McGregor could make more than the record $623.5 million made when Mayweather beat Pacquiao in a world welterweight title unification fight.Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter, made a thinly-veiled dig at Mayweather-McGregor.“Both fighters have the type of action packed style that the fans clamour for and something fans will not see in any other fight this summer,” said De La Hoya. “You have two fighters here who are stepping up and fighting the very best.“I know for a fact that what you have seen from Gennady has been amazing and what you have seen from Canelo has been incredible.“But they are going to step up their game and move on to a new level.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m Mexican and he’s trained by a Mexican (Abel Sanchez) and the fans are in for a treat. There’s a high probability there will be a knockout.“I’m going to have to be smart and elusive to avoid his punches. He’s very powerful if you stand in front of him.”Golovkin, 35, has made 18 consecutive world middleweight title defences but was given his toughest test yet in his last outing against Jacobs.The Kazakh admits Alvarez will be an even more difficult opponent.“This is the most difficult,” said Golovkin.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more

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Kotla will rise to the occasion says ICC

first_imgCritics believe the present state of the pitchsquare at the Ferozeshah Kotla is far from ideal despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) reinstating it as an international venue with effect from January 1.Even after the announcement, questions are still being raised with detractors going to the extent of calling ICC’s remedial instruction of planting fresh grass on three pitches and a few patches on the square as a new twist to the murky Kotla tale.With various sources in the Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA) coming up with different versions behind the remedial suggestions of the ICC inspection team, Mail Today contacted ICC pitch curator Andy Atkinson to get a clear picture.Although he failed to throw much light on the issue owing to his contract with the ICC which allows him to comment on such matters only after the board’s permission – not granted in this case, James Fitzgerald – the media liaison officer on the ICC team’s recent visit and also the media and communication manager of the world body – commented on the issue and cleared the picture to an extent.Fitzgerald said that ICC was happy with the way things have progressed since the fateful day – December 27 – when the Kotla was deemed unfit to hold international matches and banned for a year.He also said that the remedies suggested by ICC will be explained in detail to the local association – DDCA in this case – and the suggestions given did not mean that there was any problem with DDCA’s remedial work under pitch and grounds committee chairman Venkat Sundaram.advertisementAccording to Fitzgerald, the suggestions were given so that Kotla can provide top- class pitches for the 2011 World Cup.”Unfortunately, the contents of Andy Atkinson’s reports following the venue inspections are confidential. The reports will be forwarded to the venues themselves so that any recommendations he may have can be implemented.At this stage, we are confident that the Ferozeshah Kotla pitch in New Delhi will provide excellent surfaces for the matches that are scheduled for that ground during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011,” he told Mail Today.Sundaram, on his part, said that he had no issues with the suggestions of the ICC inspection team as they were all working towards ensuring that the World Cup matches are not only a treat for the spectators, but also enjoyable for the players.” The media has had a lot to say over the last week and I believe they are all doing their duty. ICC and the DDCA has been working hand in hand to ensure that the four matches allotted to the Kotla are all a success.” It has been a tough time since taking over from former committee chairman Daljit Singh. Not only did we need to work on the square, but also the outfield.” Since we didn’t get much time before the third edition of the IPL, we were once again criticised but even then I had said it is not an overnight task and will take time. With the ICC reinstating the Kotla, I feel I have been able to live up to the faith put in me by the DDCA,” Sundaram told Mail Today.” Also, the ICC praised our outfield and said that it is one of the best in the country. I feel privileged.” Commenting on the decision to shift the next set of Ranji matches to the Roshanara Club, Sundaram said: ” The wickets have undergone a lot of wear and tear and after thorough discussion with ICC, it was decided that not only would grass be planted, but also the wickets would be given rest so that they stay fresh for the World Cup. We are looking to hold some friendly matches in February so that the wickets aren’t under- used going into the showpiece event.” Meanwhile, SP Bansal, general secretary of DDCA, said that the association was in talks with BCCI’s national broadcasters Neo to ensure that the last home match against Mumbai is also played at Roshanara and not the Kotla.” Since grass will be planted at the Kotla, we are in talks with Neo so that the match is held at Roshanara. Actually, they have to move their equipment anyway as the centre pitch won’t be in a position to hold the match.So we might as well play at Roshanara as there will be a chance that the players’ spikes might uproot the newly laid grass at the Kotla,” Bansal told Mail Today.advertisementDDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev said that ICC’s decision to re- instate the Kotla came as a huge relief. ” We have undergone a lot in the past 11 months and I am really happy that our efforts have borne fruit.Although I believe it wasn’t our fault in the first place and Daljit was to be blamed, let’s forget the past and move on. We hope to host top- class matches in the World Cup,” he said.last_img read more

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Hair and make-up tips for party season

first_imgAs the year draws to an end, the temperatures dip, champagne tastes better and the mood gets merrier. Partying means looking your best, but you don’t want to stand brooding about what colours, shades, styles and textures to use this season. Here are a few tips from make-up and hair,As the year draws to an end, the temperatures dip, champagne tastes better and the mood gets merrier. Partying means looking your best, but you don’t want to stand brooding about what colours, shades, styles and textures to use this season. Here are a few tips from make-up and hair experts to beat the gloom of the dull skies. Try these for a day party, an evening cocktail or a wedding.Day party lookGetting ready for a day party during the cold months can be really challenging if you haven’t been paying attention to your skin, because harsh weather conditions easily damage your skin.A well-moisturised, radiant skin is the key to a fresh winter face. Day parties mostly use natural light and thus the glow that lies beneath is of utmost importance here. Opt for a liquid based foundation, only if required.The eyes should not be overloaded with make-up either. “It’s best not to use too much eye shadow as it may make the face look harsh,” says Lakme studio makeup expert Sushma Khan. Use coloured eyeliner along with a couple of coats of mascara instead to accentuate the eyes. One can choose citric colours for the eyes like lime green, orange, and aqua colours such as blue and green.As against the powder-based blush of the summers, it is best to opt for a cream-based blush for the cheeks in shades of peach and pink in this season on order to give them a natural glow. Also, a dewy look for the lips is the thing to go for this season. The lips should be given a subtle look in shades of pale pink. Make sure that you use a lip liner and blot the lips with a balm to give them the moist look.”Ponytails are very much back in fashion this season. Straighten your hair with a flat iron and tie it up into a high ponytail,” says Lakme Studio hair expert Sudeep Grover. Other options include making a braid or any other style of long hair dressing. The basic idea is to keep the look of the hair simple, so that it does not distract any attention from the natural glow of your winter skin.Wedding bash lookLuminescent make-up and shimmer has always been a favourite with Indian women as it highlights their features. The glitter is especially essential for a wedding guest’s look to add to the festive mood.Use glitter on the corner of the eyes or the highest point of the brow line. You can choose silver eye shadow along with kohl-defined eyes to complete the look. Black glitter eye liner is popular and can be used to contour the eyes.Accentuate your cheeks by using shades of reddish brown to give them a hint of blush. The colours applied on the lips can range from rust colours for darker skin to pale pinks and reds for fair skin tones.Style the hair with loose curls at the ends. This gives a classic Victorian look. “Backcomb the hair and create a bouffant to add volume,” says Grover.Pick from the palette1. Eyes: If your eyes are brown, wear green or bronze eye colour. To give your eyes dimension, use a combination of two to three colours.2. Lips: To make lips look naturally beautiful, use a nude or pink lip colour, and complete the look with lip gloss. Use a bold red or dark pink to make a statement with a simple black or white dress.3. Cheeks: Take a big blusher brush, rub it onto the apples of your cheeks by smiling in the mirror and rubbing upwards till you have blended it. The shading can be highlighted by adding a little shimmer over the blusher. It will completely change your look from that of a girl-next-door to that of a stunning style diva.Cocktail lookCocktail parties make formidable winter evenings fun. But most people forget that the make-up should add to the mood of a cocktail. The trick is to achieve the thin borderline between a fun look and a mysterious, sensuous look. “Since cocktail parties in the evening use a lot of artificial light, the make-up should use lightreflecting particles,” says Khan. Metallic shades are great for this. Concentrate on shades of gold, silver, bronze and copper. They will give you that desired oriental look, the perfect blend of adventure and sensuality that is needed.Generally people tend to look paler during winters, so your makeup should add vitality and a subtle tint to your skin tone. A basic foundation should be a shade lighter in order to make the skin look brighter. Your look for the cocktail should accentuate your eyes. Highlight the eyes through a smoky look created by using a kohl pencil, some eye shadow and bold brows. Use a soft brown to highlight the eyebrows to give them a more natural look. One can use eye shadow with a brownish or golden tinge to accentuate the eyes. Heavy eye make-up with golden/silver shimmer at the corners of the eyes can be one way to enhance the evening look for your eyes. False eyelashes also make a bold statement. Just make sure that there is negligible gap between your real eyelashes and the fake ones. The lashes should differ in length very slightly.Highlight the cheeks in shades of plum and reddish brown to showcase your metallic look and to add a little shimmer as you get ready for a delightful evening.Saturated colours, such as reds for the lips are back in fashion and these tones suit the Indian skin beautifully. Define your lips by lining them, but make sure you condition them first. Then use the pencil before adding glitter or shine.”Sleek and straight hair is back on the style radar,” says Lakme Studio’s Grover. Whether one dresses in Indian or western attire at a cocktail party, sporting shiny, straight hair is the way to go.Dark smoky eyes never fall out of favour1. Start the make-up by applying a light shade of concealer to the under eye area, and all over the top lid. Outline the rims with an eye pencil. If you have small eyes, apply liner starting from the middle of the under eye to the outside of the eye. If your eyes are large, feel free to line from corner to corner.2. With a small eye shadow brush, soften the edges of the pencil line. Apply a dark shadow directly over the penciled area and smudge. Brush away any shadow that has fallen below the eye and clean up any areas that have smeared.3. For a more dramatic look, just add more shadow; curl those lashes; and apply two-three coats of black mascara.Show your metal1. Silver metallic make-up should always be worn as the base to your regular shadows. You can then layer and blend your regular colours on top. You will quickly see that a layer of silver underneath adds depth and highlights the upper eyes.2. Use copper, bronze or gold for a glamorous way to add sparkle to your eyes. Whether you are playing it cool and using natural tones or going bold, applying metallic makeup will add style to your look. Silver eyeliners are perfect for blue and purple shadows, while gold is great for greens, reds and natural tones.3. For the ultimate luscious lips, add a touch of your metallic eyeshadow to the centre of your lips after applying the liner and lipstick.With inputs from Sushma Khan, Lakme Studio Make-up Expert; Sudeep Grover, Lakm Studio Hair Expert; and Reshma Lekha, Head Tainer, Beauty, VLCCadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Easy win for Nadal at the Australian Open

first_imgTo get an assessment of how much better Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are than most of the competition in men’s tennis, look no further than Marcos Daniel.At the Australian Open on Tuesday, Daniel was on the other side of the net from Nadal, who is attempting to win his fourth major title in a row – the “Rafa Slam.” Daniel saw, ever so briefly, why the top-seeded Nadal is among the best ever in the game.Rafael Nadal returns to Marcos Daniel during their first round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday. APOnly briefly, because the Brazilian’s left knee gave out, forcing him to retire from the first-round match while trailing 6-0, 5-0.”If you see all the top five guys, they improve so much,” said Daniel, who has also lost to Federer. “They are one step forward, faster than the others, they hit the ball harder than the others, they can stay very focused for four hours, different than the others. Imagine Federer and Nadal, they are the same.”Nadal’s limited court time should hold him in good stead for the rest of the tournament, but he wasn’t counting his blessings as the result of another player’s misfortune.”I am a professional and I try my best on every point,” Nadal said, explaining why he didn’t hold back in the match. “That’s the best thing, to respect the opponent in that situation. If you do something and you let him win a game, it is worse.”advertisementNadal will play American qualifier Ryan Sweeting, who beat Daniel Gimeno 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.Another one of those top five that Daniel mentioned was Andy Murray, the 2010 finalist who also advanced when Karol Beck retired with a shoulder injury in the third set of their first-round match. The fifth-seeded Murray, who was leading 6-3, 6-1, 4-2, was the only man to beat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament last year, the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park.”You’d rather finish the match off without your opponent being hurt,” Murray said, “but it does happen quite a lot. So you just have to move on and get yourself ready for the next round.”Fourth-seeded Robin Soderling had to go the distance but was rarely challenged, completing a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Potito Starace of Italy. Australian wild-card entry Bernard Tomic advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Jeremy Chardy of France. Tomic could meet Nadal in the third round.Another winner was 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who played only three matches last year due to a right wrist injury. He beat Dudi Sela of Israel, 7-6 (13), 6-4, 6-4.”I don’t want to think in the past,” del Potro said. “I won a Grand Slam, but I’m working to improve my game. I don’t know if I can play like two years ago or not, but I will try.”Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who lost in the final here to Novak Djokovic in 2008, came back from two sets down to beat Philipp Petzschner of Germany 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Andreas Seppi of Italy beat Arnaud Clement of France 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in another late match.On the women’s side, U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters did nothing to dent her growing status as favorite by routing fellow former No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-0.The U.S. Open champion never allowed the 2009 Australian Open finalist to get into the match, placing pinpoint forehands to all areas of the court. When Safina did have an opportunity to return, her many unforced errors gave away the point to Clijsters.”I expect my opponent to come out and play their best tennis,” said Clijsters. “She obviously didn’t do that today.”Safina was less polite.”I was sitting in the changeover, and I was like, OK, at least how can I get a chance to hurt her?,” Safina said. “There was nothing that I could do to hurt her. Embarrassing.”Elsewhere, No. 15 Marin Cilic of Croatia beat American qualifier Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to advance along with No. 7 David Ferrer, No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 11 Jurgen Melzer, No. 20 John Isner, No. 31 Feliciano Lopez and No. 32 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian of Argentina were scheduled to meet in a later first-round match in a replay of their 2002 Wimbledon final won by the Australian.Hewitt leads the series 3-2 but has not beaten Nalbandian since their controversial 2005 Australian Open quarterfinal in which the pair bumped into each other purposely on a changeover. The video clips of that altercation have featured prominently on television promotions of the night Rod Laver Arena match.advertisementAfter the 2005 match, won in five sets by the Australian, Nalbandian said Hewitt was “not a gentleman'” and “nobody is friends” with the Australian. Hewitt said Nalbandian was “not the cleanest guy.”No. 2-ranked Vera Zvonareva began her bid to reach a third consecutive Grand Slam women’s final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sybille Bammer. Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final and to Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open final last year.She dominated the first set against the 30-year-old Bammer, conceded only four points in the first four games of the second set and didn’t allow the Austrian to hold until the sixth game.Ana Ivanovic, the 2007 French Open champion and 2008 Australian Open finalist, slumped to her worst result in seven years at Melbourne when she lost 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 to Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. The 19th-seeded Ivanovic saved five match points before finally going out.Also advancing were French Open finalist Sam Stosur, the fifth-seeded Australian who beat American wild-card entry Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1; No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, who took six of the last seven games after a medical timeout in the third set to hold off Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; No. 7 Jelena Jankovic; No. 10 Shahar Peer; No. 13 Nadia Petrova; No. 18 Nadia Petrova, No. 22 Flavia Pennetta; No. 25 Petra Kvitova and China’s Peng Shuai.last_img read more

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