Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says it was the first punch of the fight. His promoter thinks it came during the second round.One shot to the head, and suddenly Manny Pacquiao decided his night might better be spent fighting on the outside.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay McGregor doesn’t believe that, of course and predicted again Wednesday that the fight would end early with Mayweather on his back.“I believe one or two rounds, with 8-ounce gloves I don’t see him surviving,” McGregor said. “I’m starting to think I’ll toy with him once he goes down.”The two fighters got together for the final pre-fight press conference to further hype a fight built on hype. In contrast to the bombastic tone of earlier appearances it was a relatively subdued affair at the MGM Grand.They posed together and didn’t come close to exchanging blows. They did both manage to get in a few final words, though.“It’s not going to be easy Conor,” Mayweather told his opponent. “I’ve got a great chin but remember this: The same way you give it you gotta be able to take it.”ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Though ticket sales have been tepid — largely because of astronomical prices — the pay-per-view is expected to be watched by some 50 million people in the United States alone and millions more worldwide.It’s half-fight, half-spectacle, a bout that matches a UFC star who has never boxed against a masterful ring technician with a record of 49-0. Born of internet hype, it has captured the curiosity of even those outside both sports and could end up being the richest fight ever.And it’s a bout Mayweather says he is taking very seriously, despite training at odd hours and holding meet-and-greets every night before the fight with fans who come to his strip club.“I’m taking a gamble,” said Mayweather, who is coming off a two-year layoff. “But it’s worth it.”Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao ended up going 12 long rounds, and turning a lot of people off from boxing. But while Mayweather hasn’t really knocked out anyone in a decade, he says the streak will come to an end in what he insists is his final fight.Oddsmakers in this gambling town hope it’s not McGregor stopping Mayweather early as he claims. McGregor fans have placed thousands of small bets at long-shot odds of their man knocking Mayweather out in the early rounds, and sports books could suffer their worst loss ever in what is expected to be the most heavily fight ever.McGregor also believes that’s exactly what is going to happen.. He said his years in the octagon and his varied skillset will translate well into the boxing ring, especially after a three-month camp where he used a former referee to help him adjust to boxing rules.What he didn’t bring in was any boxing trainer to teach him more about the sport, insisting that the team he has always been with knows him so well that it wouldn’t have made a difference.“We added what is useful and discarded what is not,” he said. “As the final sparring session approached all the unnecessary was gone. It was a cleaner product, just the perfect product.”He was dismissive of Mayweather to the end, telling those attending the final press conference that Mayweather is not only a one dimensional fighter but more than likely not the sports bettor he claims to be when posting his winning tickets online. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ “I let him know it’s not what you think it is,” Mayweather said. “You’re not just going to run in there. He felt a strength he didn’t expect.”The knock on Mayweather — and the reason some people give Conor McGregor a chance Saturday night — is that he doesn’t knock out people. Pacquiao never went down either, but Mayweather showed there are other ways to change a fight than putting a fighter on the canvas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’McGregor may find that out early if he goes after Mayweather at the opening bell as expected. The prevailing theory is that McGregor wins the power battle, but there’s more than one fighter with power in this, the most unusual of fights.“When he gets hit he’s going to find out it’s totally different,” Mayweather said. “The brittle hands, they keep saying that, but when I come across his head he’ll find out that it’s totally different.” What’s in store for your animal sign this year Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Saving the day Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Perhaps, he said, that’s the reason Mayweather still owes the IRS $22.2 million in back taxes.“I think he has a big-time gambling problem,” McGregor said. “He always shows his winning bets but never his losers. Maybe that’s why he’s in the position he is and had to take this fight.”
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “We have to work hard because they outworked us on both ends and all facets of the game tonight.”Although the Hotshots owned a 49-46 rebounding advantage, they didn’t have the ball movement and spacing to complement that muscle underneath.Magnolia shot the ball at a 26-of-77 clip, 6-of-17 from deep, while allowing the Aces to go 38-for-78 from the field and 11-of-29 from beyond the arc.And the most glaring disparity between the two teams was the assist totals with the Aces dishing out 25 dimes—more than double of the Hotshots’ 11.Alaska point guard Chris Banchero had 11 assists alone and he played for just 28 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk What the Hotshots get instead, however, was a 100-71 punishment as the Aces finally made it a series after cutting the deficit to 2-1.Magnolia’s 29-point loss was the franchise’s worst ever in the PBA Finals after it broke the 28-point losing margin interestingly to Alaska as well in Game 5 of the 1997 Governors’ Cup championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRomeo Travis said his team practically just showed up at the game thinking that their presence and talent alone were enough to get them the win.“I tried to warn the guys and myself about complacency and the thinking that we can just show up and win,” said Travis. “But we’re not a good enough to do that. We’re not talented enough to just show up and win.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trash-talking Harris gets self, Alaska teammates going in Game 3 win Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments “We had bad possession on offense, followed by horrible possessions of defense and it’s pretty much how you lose games,” said Travis, who finished with 18 points. “We didn’t play basketball the right way. We only had I think 11 assists and I think Chris had that by himself.”Adding insult to injury was Mike Harris’ third-quarter explosion of 22 points.Alaska’s import eventually finished with 36 points and 18 rebounds in 30 minutes of play.“Mike Harris killed us, and we didn’t’ respond as a unit and that’s what happens.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines—Magnolia had a chance to take an insurmountable 3-0 series lead against Alaska in the PBA Govenors’ Cup on Sunday night at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT
It is also worth looking at who else contributes to the sheriff’s re-election campaign and what it is that they expect to get from him in return. Certainly much has already been made in the press of contributions from Barron Hilton – which might or might not have had anything to do with preferential treatment proffered to his granddaughter. What would have happened to an appointed police chief who took money from a billionaire and then commuted a family member’s sentence? And then there are vendors, such as tow-truck drivers and service providers, who regularly donate to the sheriff. What do they get in return for their contributions? Sheriff Lee Baca has the largest jurisdiction of any sheriff in the country. He should be a role model as well. He needs to stop thinking like a politician and make public safety in Los Angeles County his first and only priority. Steve Remige is president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE sheriff of Los Angeles County wears two hats: He is a politician who needs to do all the things that politicians must do to get elected, such as make promises, raise money and live in the public eye. And he is a law enforcement professional who, in his day-to-day job, should think about public safety first, be beholden to no special-interest groups and fairly lead his 13,000 employees – even those who do not support his political aspirations. How well is Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca doing at separating his job from his political office? Not so well. The Daily News has reported that 73 percent of sheriff’s employees with ranks of captain or higher who were promoted in the past three years made campaign contributions to Baca. Many did so shortly before or after their promotions. The sheriff’s spokesman ham-fistedly explains that the good news is that the other one-quarter of those recently promoted to senior management haven’t made any personal payments to the boss. At least not yet. And what happens to the deputies who don’t support the sheriff with cash or endorsements? In 2005, the deputies’ union, the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, declined to endorse Baca for re-election. Since then, he has taken every opportunity to get back at the men and women who serve him. This charge is borne out by the numbers. Baca’s increasingly draconian management has resulted in an 833 percent rise in unfair labor-practice charges from 2005, the year of his last election, to 2006. The sheriff shut down deputies’ access to ALADS’ Web site and e-mail addresses, citing “unfair criticism from the union’s newsletter,” and cut off deputies’ access to such “subversive” material as picnic announcements and Blue Cross referral links. This isn’t just a petty issue. Not listening to the deputies because they haven’t paid the price of admission is a threat to public safety. Baca does not have open lines of communication to understand how policy translates to tactics, or what deputies on the ground need in order to do their jobs. Instead, he listens to the circle of men and women who are giving back part of their salaries to keep him in power.
Next Game: Preview vs. Green Bay 2/13/2016 – 2:45 PM CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University softball blanked Saint Louis, 7-0, on Friday evening at the UNI-Dome Classic to open the 2016 season. Drake slugged 15 hits and sophomore pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was dominant in the circle allowing just one hit while striking out 13 Billikens and working around five walks. Drake (1-0) had three players, Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa), Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) and Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) each collect three hits. Jonas drove in three runs and Finneran had two runs batted in. Jonas ripped a two-run double in the fourth quarter to break open a scoreless game to that point as she drove in Finneran and Chambers, who each roped singles. In the next frame, sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) drew a leadoff walk then moved to third base on freshman Kennedy Frank’s (Chesterfield, Mo.) double. One batter later, junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) lifted a sacrifice fly to score Wright. The Bulldogs weren’t done scoring as another freshman, Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) followed with her own double to bring in Frank. Finneran followed with her own RBI-double and Jonas added another run-scoring double to make the score 6-0. Finneran drove in the final run in the seventh inning with an RBI single. Drake continues the UNI-Dome Classic with games against Nebraska and Green Bay on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster Live Stats
Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha knows how to live her life on the edge and her recent pictures on Instagram are a proof of that.Recently, the daredevil posted a picture of herself on social media from her holiday in Maldives.In the picture, the actress can be seen doing a headstand at the edge of a swimming pool as a part of a challenge and she perfectly nailed the pose.Sonakshi posted the photo with the caption, “The challenge here was not to stand on my head. It was to do it at the edge of the pool and not fall in… happy to announce that i did not.”The diva sported a chic all black look for the pose. She wore a racer-back black sports bra and leggings, nailing the athleisure-wear look which is very much in vogue right now.Sonakshi has been constantly posting pictures from her vacation and they are all giving us pure vacation goals.Last week, the Dabangg actress shared a picture of herself lounging on the beach dressed in a sheer white slip-on, black bikini and a mermaid outline etched around her on the sand.She had captioned the picture saying, “Mermaids exist.”Sonakshi will next be seen with Ajay Devgn in Total Dhamaal.ALSO SEE | Sonakshi Sinha in bikini is a mermaid in this dreamy photo from MaldivesadvertisementALSO WATCH | Saif-Kareena holidaying in Maldives
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores pleased with Capoue developmentby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is very impressed with the way Etienne Capoue has developed.The defensive midfielder is now club captain, and Flores believes that he is one of the senior members of the dressing room that others look up to.The two have a history, with Sanchez Flores coaching Capoue the last time that he was at Watford as manager.”He’s really mature now,” said the head coach to reporters about Capoue.”Three years ago he was an amazing player, a very good player and very important for us. “Three years later, he’s the captain right now, also he’s more mature, he’s able to take and to organise some of the players – for us he’s a very important player.”
Robins: Man Utd board must give Solskjaer timeby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United FA Cup winner Mark Robins says the board must be patient with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robins, now manager of League One outfit Coventry City, believes that Solskjaer must be given plenty of time to implement his philosophy on the playing squad.”What he’s trying to do is reinstall the values that he felt as a player and that were there under Sir Alex,” he told Sky Sports.”He needs time to do that. If you remember when Sir Alex took over, it was six years before that started to take an effect.”I don’t think you get that times these days but I think the board will be patient. As long as they can see things moving forward in the right way they will be patient.”Clearly you need to get results alongside that. Ole knows that but the noises coming out of there and what is being said, they seem happy, the players seem happy, it seems a happier camp.”Things can turn quickly but you need results to maintain it. I hope he gets that time and he gets the backing in the transfer market because it’s going to take a long time to get them back to where they were.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@CBSSportsCBB Twitter/@CBSSportsCBBThis weekend featured some fantastic college basketball, but no moment matched Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, where Duke pulled off a huge come from behind win over St. John’s to clinch win number 1000 for head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K became the first coach in division one history to eclipse that milestone, and he did it behind a gritty effort by Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, and the rest of his Blue Devils team. With the win, and an early-week blowout loss for Villanova to Georgetown, Duke is once again in the top five in both polls.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.VirginiaVirginia3.GonzagaGonzaga4.DukeDuke5.WisconsinWisconsin6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.Notre DameNotre Dame9.KansasLouisville10.LouisvilleUtah11.UtahKansas12.Wichita StateWichita State13.North CarolinaMaryland14.VCUNorth Carolina15.Iowa StateVCU16.MarylandIowa State17.West VirginiaWest Virginia18.Northern IowaNorthern Iowa19.TexasBaylor20.BaylorTexas21.GeorgetownIndiana22.IndianaGeorgetown23.MiamiMiami24.Oklahoma Colorado State25.ButlerArkansas
oxford tweetThe No. 25 Florida Gators are back in the AP Poll and will host the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels next weekend in an SEC showdown. In anticipation of the match-up, the Oxford Police Department trolled the Gainesville P.D. on Twitter this afternoon.Hey @GainesvillePD, welcome to the @AP Top 25. We’ll be saying bye to ya after Saturday.— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015Nothing too shocking about them doing that, but what was surprising was the type of joke that followed: one mocking former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s decision to leave the Gators for health reasons in 2010 before resurfacing as the Ohio State head coach in 2012. The tweet has since been deleted but here is a screen-shot of it. oxford tweet Naturally, the Oxford P.D. got a ton of backlash from Ohio State fans, and quickly. We’d like to welcome the Ohio St fans to our timeline. #toosoon #WeMeanNoHarm— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015The two departments have since gone back and forth with each other and kept it good-natured, which is a good thing.
🇷🇺Alexander Grischuk116.9– Based on 1 million tournament simulations using Elo ratings for each player.Sources: 2700chess.com, author’s analysis 🇦🇿Shakhriyar Mamedyarov317.6– PLAYERWORLD RANKCHANCE OF WINNING 🇦🇲Levon Aronian221.2%– 🇷🇺Vladimir Kramnik711.9– The American men’s soccer team is missing out on next year’s World Cup, but members of a different U.S. national team will have a shot at international glory. The elite field for chess’s Candidates Tournament is now set,1The eight grandmasters qualified via a few chess-world paths: the official ratings lists, the just-completed FIDE Grand Prix, the Chess World Cup and an organizer’s wild-card selection. The runner-up in last year’s World Chess Championship also qualifies. and two American grandmasters have qualified: Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So. The winner will go on to play for the World Chess Championship, the game’s pinnacle title, and the probability that it will be either Caruana or So is about 30 percent. An American hasn’t won a world championship since Bobby Fischer did in 1972.The Candidates Tournament, a 14-game double round robin, will take place March 10-28 in Berlin. The winner challenges the reigning world champion and world No. 1, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, in a one-on-one, 12-game match for the title later next year. (The date and location of that match have not yet been announced.) Carlsen successfully defended his title in a tense match last year in New York City; he’s been world champion since 2013.Who is likely to be next to challenge the champ? Using the eight candidates’ most recent Elo ratings, I simulated a million hypothetical Candidates Tournaments and tallied the winners. Here are each player’s chances of winning the tournament based on those simulations: 🇺🇸Wesley So612.3– 🇨🇳Ding Liren108.4– Candidates Tournament simulations 🇷🇺Sergey Karjakin134.2– 🇺🇸Fabiano Caruana317.6– It’s a wide open race: Five players have a better than 10 percent chance of winning the tournament and challenging Carlsen. At the top, Levon Aronian, the world No. 2, has a roughly one-in-five shot. At the bottom, Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, the runner-up in the 2016 World Chess Championship, has a roughly 4 percent chance. The most notable absence from the field is the world No. 5, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, who narrowly missed qualifying on a few different fronts.Both of the Americans in the field transferred to the American team — Caruana from Italy and So from the Philippines. They are now the flagships of a broader movement, fueled by money and imported talent, to make American chess great again. Caruana has roughly an 18 percent chance and So a 12 percent chance of winning Candidates. In the 2016 Candidates, Caruana missed winning by a single point. This will be So’s first Candidates.You don’t need to wait until March to watch these grandmasters do battle, however. Caruana and So are slated to play in two major tuneup tournaments: the London Chess Classic next month and Tata Steel in the Netherlands in January. Many of the candidates will be sparring there — alongside Carlsen himself — before they head to Berlin.Read more: American Chess Is Great Again