Mike Tyson is ready to turn down a second offer of £16 million to take part in a bare-knuckle boxing fight.The former heavyweight world champion is expected to make an announcement this week about his return to the ring. But any comeback fight is expected to be an exhibition bout, despite the riches on offer from promotional outfit BKFC.President David Feldman admitted Tyson rejected their first offer out of hand but that he has not given up hope.“First, I want to see if we can make the Mike thing happen, period, and then we’ll start talking opponents,” he said.“We’re not successful yet in making that Mike thing happen, but I don’t think the door’s shut.“He did say no immediately. But I think there’s room there.” Fellow former heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs, who signed with BKFC earlier this year, has been mooted as a potential opponent for Tyson.Former star Wanderlei Silva has also been mentioned, and Feldman added: “I think a Wanderlei Silva, someone of that nature. No matter how old Silva gets, he’s dangerous, and I think that would be an intriguing matchup. Something like that, but I don’t actually have anything in mind right now.”But Tyson’s new coach Rafael Cordeiro dismissed the idea of the 53-year-old fighting without gloves.“I didn’t get any calls from Wand or Tyson, but as far as I know that fight wont happen,” he said. “Tyson is training to make a boxing fight – with gloves. It is hard to comment about rumours.”Tyson’s most-likely opponent had been Evander Holyfield who has also returned to training. The former rivals met twice in their prime with Holyfield winning both fights, first by stoppage and then when Tyson bit part of his ear off in the rematch.But when asked if Holyfield would be his opponent, Tyson said: “Na, na we got many guys. Listen we’ve got so many guys that want to do this, man.“We’re in calls, we’re doing business with guys right now. You’re not going to believe the names when the names come out. Some time this week we’ll have the contract done.“And whatever money we get, it’s going to somebody else. I’m not going to make any money – probably the company, my wife because she’s partners with me, she’ll make some probably. But my money is going [to charity].”RelatedPosts ASUU again rejects IPPIS, insists on UTAS Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes Tags: Bare knuckle Boxingmike tysonRejection
A Miami judge has formally charged a 29-year-old who was reportedly caught on surveillance shooting one of his friends execution-style.The incident occurred on March 4th inside the parking garage of a strip mall in the 7300 block of Northwest 36th Street.According to the report, David Paneque was seen on surveillance speaking with 31-year-old Leandro Lopez near a silver pickup truck inside of the parking garage. At one point Paneque pulls out a gun and points it at Lopez as Lopez attempts to get out of the way. Lopez and Paneque then begin speaking again for several moments before Paneque shoots Lopez execution-style and then leaves the scene in the truck.Officials did not find Lopez’ body, which was located on the roof of the garage until March 24th.Paneque was arrested on April 3rd after an investigation, however, officials did not formally charge him with first-degree murder until this Thursday.Paneque has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
They lived in the ever-bustling Lagos Island where they attended public schools but their talents in football earned them scholarships to study in one of Nigeriaâ€™s prime secondary schools â€“ Greensprings School, Lagos. Like every young aspiring Nigerian, the story of Musa Alli and Elvis Onyenze captured how being part of the annual Greensprings Kanu Football Camp changed their lives positivelyÂ Musa Alli got into Greensprings School during the second edition of the annual Greensprings Kanu Football Camp; a platform for young talents to showcase their football skills, as well as receive professional training from experienced international coaches. This platform also provides an educational scholarship for the most promising player of the camp.â€œI was fortunate to be awarded a scholarship to study at Greensprings School at the end of the four-day camp. There are so many interesting things that I find different in Greensprings School compared to other schools, the sporting facilities, curriculum, teachersâ€™ attention to details and professional services rendered by the support staff,â€ Alli said.Asked how his friends see him after gaining scholarship to Greensprings School, the youngstar said, â€œThey see me as a role model and someone that will eventually do something great in life with the help of God and hard work because success is inevitable with hard work.â€Alli indeed acknowledge the fact that the scholarship had helped take off a lot of burden from his parents.â€œI am the last child of the family and most of my siblings are done with schooling. Basically the scholarship helped take off my education cost burden from my dad. In fact it has brought my family a lot of benefits as they would not have been able to afford such a quality school for me. Life was not really hard but the scholarship made it was way easier.Â I used to be quite timid, but Greensprings helped me improve on my social skills,â€ he noted.Alli, who is dreaming to becoming the first Nigerian player to win the Balon Dor stated, “In addition, I would love to give back to the society, improve Nigeria sporting facilities and become a motivational speaker to the less privilege.â€œTo start with, Greensprings has helped me to advance my football skills. This has also improved my social skill greatly. As a result, I am more confident. I firmly believe that a successful sport man must be strong physically, mentally and socially.”For Elvis Onyenze, life before joining Greensprings School was just okay but after joining, life became even better.â€œBefore joining Greensprings, I wasnâ€™t the type that can stand in front of 100 people and talk but today I can talk in front of 10 million people without making a mistake. “Talk about the quality education I got , the morals, our super teachers that are always there to help when you need it, talk about sports, Greensprings has really helped me to get better in football, with our quality coaches. I can say Iâ€™m very proud of being a part of Greensprings as it has impacted my life in numerous ways,â€ Onyenze said.Onyenze emerged as one of the best two players in the 2013 Greensprings Kanu Football Camp and the reward was an admission into Greensprings.On what is unique about Greensprings School, Onyenze said, â€œThe educational system, our teachers, our support staffs, our coaches and let me just put it this way; everything Greensprings does is very unique.â€œFootball is something I canâ€™t live without, itâ€™s in me and itâ€™s my passion. Greensprings provided a platform that is equivalent to international standards for me. Iâ€™ll use these six words to describe my experience: great, elegant, epiphany, ineffable, jubilant and serendipity,â€ he said.Onyenze said he has had numerous memorable moments, but being the first African school to win the annual Keele Cup was unique to him.â€œThe day I received my educational scholarship to study at Greensprings; lifting the GTBank Masters Cup and the day I gave a speech in front of the whole school. I had countless memorable moments at Greensprings. Life has been easy for my parents because they didnâ€™t have to worry about paying my school fees and for me life has been great,â€ he noted.Asked what his dreams and aspirations in life are, he said,â€œI want to be the first Nigerian to win the world best player; I want to play for Manchester United Football Club which is my dream club; I want to make people who didnâ€™t believe in me to be proud of me and also to be successful in life.â€Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Published on January 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse isn’t beating anyone handily — not anyone good, at least.That means that if the Orange is winning in the final minutes of a game, then the team’s only points will most likely come from the free-throw line. This SU team isn’t producing blowout wins where the final minutes get washed away in loose possessions, but rather ones where Syracuse is constantly fouled.Instead, Syracuse (10-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) goes into its 7 p.m. matchup with Georgia Tech (9-4, 0-1) on Wednesday knowing that if SU’s winning, it’ll have to sink the same 15-foot shots the team repeatedly missed against Virginia Tech on Saturday. SU was a contested 3 away from losing to the Hokies. The Yellow Jackets aren’t likely to be as forgiving.“Ronnie said it was close,” head coach Jim Boeheim said of sophomore guard Ron Patterson’s explanation for a missed free throw late in Saturday’s game. “I said ‘Close, really?’ Close? We’re in college. This isn’t high school. My kids when they were in eighth grade said that. It was close. Close isn’t helpful here.”Patterson went 2-for-6 from the charity stripe in the game’s final minute, a stretch that included missing a pair of free throws with four seconds left that would’ve effectively sealed the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfterward Boeheim called Patterson and forward Michael Gbinije “very good free-throw shooters” who just weren’t up to the task against the Hokies. Gbinije shot 2-for-5 from the free-throw line as part of Syracuse’s 9-for-19 performance from the charity stripe in the game’s final 2:43.“I don’t have an answer for you,” Gbinije said when asked to explain SU’s free-throw struggles down the stretch against VT.No. 14 Notre Dame’s 71.4 free-throw percentage was the lowest figure posted by any of the four teams that have beaten Georgia Tech this season. The Fighting Irish’s 68.4 percent free-throw shooting after halftime was also the worst such percentage posted by any of the teams that beat the Yellow Jackets this year.Syracuse shot 57.1 percent from the line against the Hokies for the game, and 52.4 percent in the second half.It’s not that making free throws is especially key to beating GT. The Orange should make the shots against any team with any lead. But Syracuse is coming off what only ties as its third-worst free-throw shooting game of the season.“If we make those foul shots it’s nothing really,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said after the Virginia Tech game.The Orange is shooting 66 percent from the free-throw line this year — good for 10th in the ACC, tied for 246th in the country and slightly below Syracuse’s average of 68.4 percent from the past five seasons.It certainly isn’t pretty.But on Monday’s ACC coaches’ teleconference, Boeheim said if SU is ahead late in games, he thinks he has players capable of sinking free throws to protect those leads and do what they haven’t been able to yet.Said Boeheim: “I think the guys that missed them can make them and I just hope we’re in that position where people have to foul us at the end of games.” Comments
As the final seconds ticked off the clock in USC’s surprise victory over No. 3 Utah, the aura of the Coliseum felt different than in week’s past.The stadium was still full, besides the small section of Utah fans that abandoned their seats early and still rocking as Cameron Smith led the band, somewhat nervously, after his breakout performance.The Coliseum torch burned strongly into the night, maybe signaling a sign of hope for this Trojan season. As it stands, the Trojans are just one loss back of a Pac-12 South title, holding the tie-breaker over Utah and Arizona State.After a month highlighted by more downs than ups, the Trojans got back to their winning ways with a 42-24 whooping of No. 3 Utah. For the first time in the post-Sarkisian era, the Trojans came off the field as victors, a hopeful signal that this talented squad has left the drama of the past month in the past.These athletes, especially the seniors, have endured more change than any program over the past four years. In fact, this year’s seniors have played for four different head coaches — Kiffin, Ogeron, Sarkisian and Helton.Despite all the drama that has surrounded the Trojan program over the past few years, the team has responded exceptionally well. In 2013, the Trojans responded to Kiffin’s firing by ending the season 7-2, including a standout win over No. 4 Stanford at the Coliseum.The Trojans battled hard and lost at Notre Dame last week and then returned home to defeat the Utes — an identical situation to the 2013 squad. That win over Utah in late October sparked a five-game win streak that thrust the Trojans back into the Top 25.While this season may be lost in terms of making the College Football Playoff, the team still has a lot to play for. The Trojans, after all, control their own destiny should the Utes lose one more game to the likes of either Washington, Arizona or UCLA.This Trojan team has all the talent to compete with the best of the best.After all, the Trojans were 6.5 point favorites over the No. 3 Utes despite being at 3-3 on the year. Even more, when the Trojans were up big on the Utes, I know I wasn’t the only person who wasn’t surprised.In fact, I felt that the Trojans should win that game with ease. Utah is great and all, but they field nowhere near the same talent level as the Trojans. Their big wins came over Michigan in their first game and at Oregon — a vastly overrated team as we’ve seen with its subsequent loss to Washington State.USC doesn’t lose to schools like Utah. Now it’s time for the Trojans to reassert themselves with the Pac-12 elite and finish the season strong.The way the Trojans’ schedule lines up won’t be easy, but with the likes of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Adoree’ Jackson, and Ronald Jones II on our side, I’ll take us as favorites in every game.This week’s game features a harder than usual matchup against in-state rivals, the Cal Golden Bears. The Trojans haven’t lost to the Bears since 2003, and if they can contain the Golden Bears’ Jared Goff at least somewhat, they should come out victorious with ease.Following the Weekender, the Trojans will return home for a homecoming matchup against the Arizona Wildcats.The Wildcats have little resemblance to their 2014 counterpart, which surprised everyone and represented the Pac-12 South in the championship game.Should the Trojans win both of those games they will sit at 6-3 on the year with a good shot at making the conference championship. The back end of the schedule will prove to be the most daunting part of the Trojans’ season.The Trojans will have to play back-to-back road games against Colorado and Oregon. While both of these games might not look intimidating at first sight, especially with Oregon’s early season trouble, playing on the road is always tricky, especially in cold weather stadiums. The Trojans will need to show a lot of resilience in order to come out as victors.If the Trojans can escape from Boulder and Eugene victorious, that would put them at 8-3 on the year and would set up a crucial matchup against cross-town rivals UCLA.The Trojans have lost three straight to the Bruins, getting outscored 111-62. It’s time to put that to an end.A strong finish to the season will set up the next coach nicely in terms of recruiting. Now it’s time for Kessler and co. to go out play like we know they can.The Trojans can still salvage their season. After all, we don’t give up. We fight on — we’re Trojans.Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Thursdays.
Kick off there is at 5.30pm.Meanwhile, Celtic are in Scottish Premiership action this afternoon – they’re at home to Inverness at 3pm. City can stretch their lead at the top of the table with a win at home to Middlesbrough at the Etihad at 3.00pm.Also at 3, West Ham host Stoke, Burnley take on Crystal Palace and strugglling Sunderland visit Bournemouth.The evening game is the meeting of 4th and 6th as in-form Chelsea welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge.
World number one Serena Williams recovered from her shock early exit at Wimbledon by beating home hope Johanna Larsson to win the Swedish Open.The American dropped serve twice in the first set but overcame those setbacks to win 6-4 6-1 in Bastad.Williams, 31, has now won 51 matches and seven titles in 2013.She had been a strong favourite to win her 17th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon earlier this month, but lost to Sabine Lisicki in the last 16.“It was really good to come here and win after a disappointing Wimbledon, so hopefully this confidence will help me for the rest of the year,” said the top seed.Williams chose to return on clay at the relatively low-key Swedish event, and victory brought her a first ever title at an ‘international’ level tournament, the fourth tier below Grand Slams.The second seed was Romanian Simona Halep, ranked 30th in the world, so it was no surprise that Williams won all five matches without dropping a set.She did not have it all her own way in the final, however, struggling in the early stages and letting out a huge scream when she finally slammed a forehand winner at 3-1 down. Larsson, the Swedish number one and world number 76, had her chances but could not convert as she struggled to make enough first serves.Williams eventually found her range and from 4-3 down lost just two more games on her way to capturing the 53rd WTA title of her career.She remains unbeaten on clay this season, having also won in Rome, Madrid and Charleston.In Hamburg, Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis could not follow up Saturday’s win over Roger Federer with another victory, as Fabio Fognini won the German Tennis Championships final 4-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-2.
Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to reduce his 18-month doping ban.Powell 31, and three-time Olympic medal winner Sherone Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at Jamaica’s national trials last June.Simpson, 29, has also asked for her own 18-month suspension to be reduced.”The athletes put forward that the offence committed is minor,” a CAS statement read.”They request that the suspensions be reduced to three months.”The pair, who have been suspended from competition since their doping case was disclosed last July, received an 18-month ban from the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel in April. Powell called the ruling “unfair and unjust”, and said a legal supplement he took, Epiphany D1, was contaminated.Simpson, an Olympic 4x100m relay gold and silver medallist, is a training partner of Powell and took the same substance at the same event.Powell. who was the biggest name in Jamaican sprinting before the rise of double world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt, broke the world record in the 100m when he ran 9.77 seconds in 2005, then lowered the mark to 9.74 in 2008.In January, Powell testified that Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb provided him with nine supplements,including Epiphany D1.Xuereb has denied providing performance-enhancing drugs. Powell and Simpson will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, but will be eligible to return to competition on 20 December.
Maclean Atsu Dzidzienyo, one of Ghana’s leading para-athletes, has set sight on winning a gold medal at the annual OCC Wheelchair Challenge slated for September 14, in Cape Town, South Africa.According to Dzidzienyo, participating in the competition forms part of his preparation towards the African Para Games to be staged in Morocco starting from January 26-31, 2020.In an interview with the GNA Sports, Dzidzienyo was pleased with getting assistance from Ethiopian Airlines to compete in the tournament.”I’m grateful to Ethiopian Airlines for supporting me and I want to use this competition as a preparatory platform towards next year’s Para African Games.”I am going for a gold medal this time around, because I am in a top shape of my career at the moment and with this type of support, I can’t disappoint my nation Ghana and my sponsors,” he said.Dzidzienyo has won silver medals in all his three appearances at the competition.
We could score more goals at home, that was our chance, said the national team player of B&H Haris Medunjanin after the rematch against the Ireland in the play-offs for Euro 2016.“We had a good chance, but we have not achieved our goal. It was not a penalty kick, in matches like these the penalty kick should not be played at all,” added Medunjanin.He reminded that he had an injury, but he received an injection so he could play. He also added that it was only a matter of time when our team will score the goal in the second half of the match, but that never happened.“They won, we lost. That’s football,” concluded Medunjanin.(Source: klix.ba)