Late Kroos winner against Sweden keeps Germany alive

first_imgA dramatic stoppage-time goal from Toni Kroos gave holders Germany a 2-1 win over Sweden on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16.Kroos curled in a superb strike from an indirect free kick to grab the three points for the four-times world champions who are now level with Sweden in Group F on three points and behind Mexico who have six.Sweden took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ola Toivonen finished confidently after Germany’s Toni Kroos gave the ball away in midfield.Marco Reus equalised in the 48th minute, meeting a low cross from Timo Werner, and despite having Jerome Boateng sent off in the 82nd minute, Germany found their winner from Kroos.last_img read more

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England stars run riot on Instagram after big Spain win

first_imgEngland players couldn’t wait to revel on social media in their 3-2 win over Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Monday, the nation’s first victory on Spanish soil for 31 years.Captain Harry Kane did not get on the scoresheet but had a hand in all three first-half goals as England ran riot in Seville.The striker posted a picture of himself on Instagram celebrating with team mates above the caption: “Big performance from the boys. Good pressing, clinical in front of goal and dug in.”Kane’s Tottenham Hotspur team mate Kieran Trippier, who also played, opted for a photograph of himself with man of the match Raheem Sterling, scorer of two of England’s goals.“That was a huge performance and a memorable night @England,” Trippier wrote along with three lion emojis.Manchester City forward Sterling, whose opening goal was his first for England in three years, posted pictures of himself celebrating his two strikes which came either side of a goal from Marcus Rashford.“What an away team performance, against a very good Spain team… +3points !!,” the 23-year-old wrote, which was quickly liked by Kane, Trippier and fellow starter Harry Winks.Rashford, who was set up for his goal by his captain, wrote underneath a picture of the frontline pair: “Link up like we’ve been working on in training @harrykane, great assist #threelions.”Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, after just his second start for the national team, paid tribute to the fans who made the trip to the Estadio Benito Villamarin and endured a nervy climax as Spain laid siege to England’s goal in the dying minutes.“Great win tonight away against a top team… thanks for all the support kept us going till the very end,” he wrote with a picture of the team lined up before the match.Aside from being a milestone win against one of the world’s top teams, the victory also turns around England’s fortunes in Group 4 of League A and gives them a chance of reaching the Nations League Finals next year.Spain still lead the group with six points after three games, while Gareth Southgate’s side are second on four, leaving Croatia bottom with one point although the World Cup runners-up have a game in hand.last_img read more

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Balkan 2030 World Cup bid ‘is realistic’

first_imgA bid by Balkan countries to host the 2030 Fifa World Cup would have a realistic chance because the governments of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Romania would offer support for the joint candidature, Bulgaria’s Sports Minister Krasen Kralev said on Wednesday.No Balkan nation has hosted the World Cup and last month’s announcement raised eyebrows given the poor sports infrastructure in the region but former long-distance runner Kralev said it was an achievable target.“Оur bid is completely realistic, we are aware that we have to meet a number of FIFA criteria,” the 51-year-old Kralev told Reuters. “Let us remind you that Russia also began building the necessary sports infrastructure after being named host of the 2018 World Cup.”The Balkan quartet will also bid to host the European championship in 2028, hoping that would give them a chance to improve or build new stadiums.Kralev said that Greece had already announced it would modernise its Olympic stadium while Serbia planned to build a new 60,000-capacity stadium.He said Bulgaria was considering investing some 30-40 million levs ($40.61 million) to renovate the Vasil Levski Stadium and construct a new national stadium in the capital Sofia and two more grounds in other cities.“The joint bid is an important political sign,” Kralev said. “It shows that the Balkan countries will work together not only in the field of sport but will jointly stand up for their common political and economic interests.“This is what FIFA is looking for – a political and economic stability. This is the most important thing after the infrastructure.”World governing body FIFA is not expected to decide the 2030 hosts before 2022, when the World Cup goes to Qatar.A South American bid involving Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay has already been announced. Morocco, which has made five unsuccessful bids to host the tournament including 2026, has also said it would try again for 2030 and could be joined by Algeria and Tunisia.The English Football Association has announced plans to conduct a feasibility study into a joint bid with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Irish FA said it would join them in exploring the potential bid.HUGE PROFITSThe 2026 World Cup will be hosted jointly by the United States, Mexico and Canada and Kralev said that the Balkan neighbours already had an example to follow.“Investments in the construction of roads, airports and sports infrastructure lead to huge profits for each country,” he said.“Calculation showed that the forecast revenues for the 2026 tournament were $14 billion while spending was expected to be around $3 billion.“And since final requirements for the 2030 World Cup will be prepared by FIFA no earlier than 2020, we decided to look at the working plan of Canada, USA and Mexico.”Local media and pundits, including former European Footballer of the Year Hristo Stoichkov, have poured scorn on the bid, saying the Balkan states did not have the financial muscle to compete with richer countries.The four countries would discuss the bid in Belgrade on Dec. 21-22, Kralev said, adding that Bulgaria might consider bidding to host another major soccer championship if the 2030 candidature failed.“If we build the infrastructure needed to host the 2030 World Cup, we can apply for each subsequent championship,” he said. “The built infrastructure can be used in the future.”Bulgaria, home to seven million people, is also preparing a bid to host the Winter Youth Olympics in 2024 after receiving encouragement from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.“The Bulgarian candidacy enjoys serious top-level support at the IOC. Personally, Thomas Bach encouraged us to apply for the Youth Olympics when he came to Bulgaria and saw how we organised at the same time three world championships in Olympic sports,” Kralev said.During Bach’s September visit, Bulgaria hosted world championships in rowing, rhythmic gymnastics and volleyball.last_img read more

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Superb Stokes century levels Ashes series in dramatic fashion

first_imgAn extraordinary 135 not out from Ben Stokes earned England an exciting one-wicket victory in the third Ashes test on Sunday to level the series against Australia at 1-1, with the home side chasing down a record target of 359 in dramatic fashion.Starting the day looking to prevent Australia from retaining the Ashes, England were 286-9, still 73 runs short of their target. The tourists needed only the win to ensure a series defeat was impossible and the urn would stay in their possession.However, with one wicket left, England one-day World Cup hero Stokes knew everything depended on him and he smashed a remarkable eight sixes to all corners of the ground to get England within touching distance of their highest-ever second-innings total to win a test match.Nathan Lyon missed an easy run-out chance to dismiss England number 10 batsman Jack Leach and Stokes survived loud lbw shouts, with Australia unable to review, before, fittingly, Stokes hit the winning boundary to spark euphoria at Headingley. (last_img read more

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Liverpool win Club World Cup as Firmino sinks Flamengo

first_imgAn extra-time goal from Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Brazil’s Flamengo to win the Club World Cup at the Khalifa International stadium on Saturday.It is the first time Liverpool have won the competition, which features each continent’s champions, and they became only the second English team to lift the trophy after Manchester United in 2008.Brazilian Firmino drilled home the winner in the ninth minute of extra time to secure victory for Juergen Klopp’s European champions and Premier League leaders.The closest either side came to breaking the deadlock in normal time was when Firmino hit the post two minutes after the break and there was drama after Liverpool had a stoppage-time penalty award reversed following a VAR review.Liverpool, with Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk returning to the side after illness, started brightly and Firmino had an early chance but blasted over.Naby Keita was also badly off-target after being set up by Mohamed Salah, who again had his every touch roared by a large Egyptian contingent in the 45,000 crowd.Trent Alexander-Arnold drilled a fine long-range drive just past the post as Liverpool looked to capitalise on their early domination.But, backed by a noisy 13,000 travelling support from Brazil, Flamengo grew into the game and began to pose questions of Klopp’s defence.Joe Gomez had to make a last-ditch tackle to foil the dangerous Bruno Henrique and with skipper Everton Ribeiro dictating in midfield, Flamengo were showing exactly why they became South American champions under the wily charge of Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus.Liverpool regrouped at the break and they should have gone in front when Firmino chested down a pass from Jordan Henderson and created space but could only strike the post with his shot.KLOPP SHAKENSalah went close and Flamengo’s much sought after number nine Gabriel Barbosa twice forced Alisson Becker into action before a moment that left Klopp looking shaken.Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain landed badly after an aerial challenge, hurting the same right knee which he suffered ligament damage to in 2018 and which sidelined him for a year.The looks on the faces of the players suggested the England international’s injury could be serious and another lengthy absence would be a bitter blow to the 26-year-old.Salah had the ball in the net in the 76th minute but his effort was rightly ruled out for offside and Flamengo keeper Diego Alves was at full stretch to keep out a curling Henderson shot.Then came the drama an interesting but not memorable game had been missing — Sadio Mane burst goalwards and Rafinha made a desperate sliding tackle from behind as the Senegalese forward fired wide.Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim pointed to the spot, ruling the former Bayern Munich defender had fouled Mane but left the field to check the VAR monitor and changed his decision after deciding the incident occurred outside the area.That meant 30 minutes of extra-time and the threat of a penalty shootout but the game was settled thanks to a classic Liverpool counter-attack.Henderson found Mane with a brilliant ball and the Senegalese striker span and fed Firmino, the Brazilian calmly cutting inside, losing his marker and drilling home.There was still time for one last opportunity but it was not to be Flamengo’s night, substitute Lincoln firing over after he was picked out by a smart ball from Vitinho, and the Brazilians who had trekked from Rio to the Gulf were left to watch Klopp and his players enjoy another night of celebration.last_img read more

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Used to winning, Mallari and Araña stay patient with winless Mahindra

first_imgWe are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Varner wins Australian PGA Championship; Scott finishes 3rd Mallari, meanwhile, won four straight championships with the Purefoods franchise as a vital part of the San Mig Coffee Mixers’ Grand Slam team.But that was before as both are now removed from their championship glories and are left to lead a rebuilding Mahindra side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“The difference is we have a bunch of young guys, and at Star we have a bunch of older guys that could dig us out of the hole,” said Mallari on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Now it would take a real team effort.”“At Star we had three, four guys who could do it themselves.”  Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlex Mallari and Ryan Araña are no strangers to winning.Araña is a two-time champion, and his last title was with San Miguel in the 2016 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDcenter_img PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mahindra is now a 0-3 after losing to Phoenix, 114-104, in a game where they trailed by as much as 30 and with Mallari standing out as the team’s highest scorer with 19.As for Araña, the Floodbuster just needs to be patient and perform as a cohesive unit if they want to put their losing behind.“Patience lang and hoping pa rin kami na makuha ang first win eventually (we just have to be patient and we’re still hoping we can get our first win eventually),” said Arana, who had 11 points in the loss.“Yung chemistry ng team namin, yun ang pinakamalaking adjustment and feeling ko yung role ng bawat isa kailangan i-accept (I think the team chemistry is the biggest adjustment we need to have, and each player should accept their role).”ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View commentslast_img read more

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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, December 28, 2018

first_imgThere are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsCommunities in Malawi are replanting forests to save a tree threatened by deforestation (Nyasa Times).New research in South America finds that, with tree plantations, the bad outweighs the good for local communities (CIFOR Forests News).Conservation continues despite violence in the troubled Central African Republic (DW).The deforestation rate in Nigeria reaches 3.7 percent, concerning the country’s leaders (New Telegraph).Kenyan prisoners are replanting trees to battle deforestation in the country (African News Network).Experts say that researchers need to study the results from REDD+, a strategy to slow deforestation and encourage economic development, to understand its impacts (CIFOR Forests News).An Indian investor is looking for ways to help forests recover after mining (Nagpur Today).Other newsIce from the Arctic is melting enough to send 12,700 metric tons (14,000 tons) of water into the ocean per second — enough to raise its level by 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) since the 1970s (The Washington Post).Authorities have found guns from a U.S. manufacturer being used by poachers in Africa (The New York Times).The U.K. is wrestling with whether to outlaw the import of trophies from big game hunting (The Guardian).A new method for mining the genome sheds light on how species evolve (University of Gothenburg).Scientists have discovered a new species of gecko in India (Research Matters).Business leaders suggest that technology could help address the massive loss of species around the world (Forbes).Banner image of ice in the Arctic by Ansgar Walk, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

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Ginebra shuts down Meralco

first_imgPBA IMAGESILOILO—Barangay Ginebra held Meralco to two points in the first 6:30 of the third, and to just 10 in the period, to break away from the Bolts and pull out an 83-72 victory that got the Gin Kings back on the winning track in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at University of San Agustin gym here.The Kings were dragged into another low-scoring contest but came out on top this time, rising back to .500 with a 4-4 card to stay mathematically in the hunt for a top two finish while virtually sealing Meralco’s doom in the season-opening conference.’ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ It was the sixth straight loss in a 2-7 card for the Bolts, who fell in danger of bringing up the tail here for the second season in a row.Meralco had a 23-14 lead at the end of the first and clung to a 40-39 edge at halftime before the Kings shut down the Bolts in the third to ease out front and never look back.Joe Devance scored 19 points, LA Tenorio chipped in with 18 and Japeth Aguilar completed a double-double with 17 and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who could sweep their remaining three games and hope that they fall into a tie for No. 2 and forge a playoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAs things stand, San Miguel Beer, the two-time defending champion, more or less sealed No. 1—and the first twice-to-beat privilege—after a 106-101 overtime win over Rain or Shine on Friday, leaving the Elasto Painters and GlobalPort tied for second with 5-3 records.For the Kings to have a shot at a twice-to-beat privilege, they must win over Blackwater, Phoenix Petroleum and NLEX and hope that the Batang Pier, the Elasto Painters as well as Alaska and TNT KaTropa don’t win more than seven games to forge a tie. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Quiñahan tells NLEX players: Tough love from Guiao is normal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taalcenter_img Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 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 Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ SCORESGINEBRA 83 – MERALCO 72GINEBRA 83—Devance 19, Tenorio 18, Aguilar 17, Mercado 9, Thompson 7, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 4, Ellis 3, Marcelo 2, Cruz 0, Mariano 0, Taha 0.MERALCO 72—Hugnatan 18, Newsome 14, Amer 11, Caram 6, Yeo 6, Bono 5, Hodge 5, Faundo 4, Daquioag 3, Grey 0, Nabong 0.Quarters: 14-23, 39-40, 56-50, 83-72Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Chan Sun Jung makes UFC return, KOs Bermudez in 1st round

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member “I put myself in his shoes,” Bermudez said. “If I was away from the sport for three years, man, I would be so thirsty, so hungry to get after it.”In the semi-main event, the previously unbeaten Alexa Grasso lost to veteran Felice Herrig by unanimous decision in a women’s strawweight fight. Herrig won her second straight fight.This was just Herrig’s third fight since the start of 2015, with her last being a victory on July 23, 2016. At 32, Herrig felt she was overlooked with the matchup against the 23-year-old Grasso.“Sometimes, the veterans in this sport actually get overlooked because we’re not these young, up-and-coming fighters that you can market,” Herrig said. “It’s like we kind of get left behind and forgotten about. I wanted to prove I’m here, and I’m here to stay.”Grasso’s unbeaten record come to an end in her second UFC fight.Texas native James Vick picked up a lightweight win over Abel Trujillo. The Fort Worth native won via submission in the third round with a choke hold. He improved to 10-1 overall and made a request in the octagon to get his next fight in Texas, as well, during the UFC’s event in Dallas on May 13.“I’m like a little kid right now. I’m so happy,” Vick said. “This is my state. I love to fight here.”At 6-foot-3, Vick is tall for the lightweight division. He thinks others in the division think they can wrestle him to the ground, but he proved on Saturday that is not the case.“I knew that it was going to present itself because I knew he was going to try to wrestle me,” Vick said of the choke. “I don’t know why they think I can’t wrestle.” Jung is 4-1 in the UFC, with his only loss coming to featherweight champion Jose Aldo in his last fight before his spell in the military on Aug. 3, 2013. Overall, Jung is 14-4 as a professional.Bermudez was ranked ninth in the featherweight division, and this victory makes Jung feel his goal of featherweight gold is once again in his sights.“My goal is always to be the champion, and I think this fight has put me back in the game,” Jung said.Bermudez ended a two-fight winning streak but was happy with his performance, saying he felt he improved on his previous showing last August.It may have been difficult for Bermudez to prepare for Jung, with no recent film to watch. On Thursday, at the pre-fight workouts, Bermudez noted that Jung was in the featherweight division’s top-5. He came in expecting to get the South Korean’s best.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 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 PH clinches tie vs Indonesia behind Gonzales Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. HOUSTON — After a 3 1/2-year absence from the UFC, Chan Sun Jung looked like he never left.The South Korean featherweight, who left the UFC in 2014 to serve his two-year mandatory military service in his home country, knocked out Dennis Bermudez in the first round at UFC Fight Night 104 Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jung delivered a right uppercut that knocked Bermudez to the ground before delivering multiple right hands that forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight at 2:49 of the first round.“I actually was expecting and planning for a five-round decision,” Jung said. “But I thought if I can catch the knockout or submission, then even better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBermudez delivered the most effective blows early in the first round, stunning Jung temporarily. Two minutes into the fight, he thought he was in control.“Everything was going my way, I felt,” Bermudez said. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments LATEST STORIES Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown MOST READlast_img read more

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NBA: Aaron Gordon won’t compete in next year’s slam dunk contest

first_imgOrlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon competes in the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night events in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP/Gerald Herbert)After a stellar showing in last year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest, many believe that Orlando Magic swingman Aaron Gordon will captivate fans again and bring the spectacle to even greater heights this year.But after a rather underwhelming showcase at the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), the dynamic leaper said he would no longer participate in the event next year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government With LaVine sitting out the contest this year, Gordon was primed as the heavy favorite among contestants DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Jones Jr. and Glenn Robinson III.NBA: Zach LaVine declines 2017 slam dunk contest invite—reportHowever, much to the surprise of many, Gordon missed majority of his dunk attempts and failed to reach the championship rounds after receiving the lowest score among participants.Aaron Gordon: “I just wanted to do something new, something innovative. It didn’t go my way.”— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) February 19, 2017ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Anthony Davis sets All-Star record with 52 points, West tops East LATEST STORIES In a statement to Sport’s Illustrated’s Ben Golliver, Gordon explained his intentions to take a break from the high-flying competition.“This event takes a lot out of you when you approach it as seriously as I do,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe 21 year-old forward, who many believed was robbed of the title against Zach LaVine last year, has been vocal about his strict preparations coming into the  NBA All-Star weekend’s premiere event.“He’s taking this year’s contest very seriously,” Graham Betchart, Gordon’s mental conditioning coach and dunk consultant, told Bleacher Report. “It’s been on his mind since the third grade.” Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Robinson eventually won the hardware in arguably one of the most lackluster dunk contests in history.READ: Robinson III, Gordon, Porzingis win NBA All-Star eventsTNT commentators, meanwhile, noted that a current foot injury appears to have sapped Gordon’s signature air time.Throughout his performance, Reggie Miller kept pointing out that Gordon did not appear to have the same ‘bounce’ he had last year. Khristian Ibarrola/ra/jbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 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 respitelast_img read more

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