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Nevada approves first boxing, UFC events since virus halt

first_imgUFC’s mixed martial arts events will be staged at its facility on Saturday and June 6 while Top Rank chief Bob Arum will offer fights on June 9 and 11 at the MGM Grand, both without spectators.The commission decision, made on a conference call, comes a day after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak moved the state into the second phase of a reopening plan that includes sports events without audiences after more than two months being shut down since the deadly virus outbreak.Unbeaten US southpaw featherweight Shakur Stevenson, 13-0 with seven knockouts, is expected to face Puerto Rico’s Felix Felix Caraballo, 13-1 with two drawn and nine knockouts, in the June 9 boxing main event.UFC staged three events earlier this month in Florida using testing and COVID-19 safety protocols and have worked with the commission to establish an operations plan for Nevada events, while details of Top Rank’s plan are being finalized.  UFC fighters would be tested upon arrival in Las Vegas and again after weighing in on the eve of the event.Event personnel will be required to quarantine after their arrival tests under Nevada’s protocols until the conclusion of the event, with facemasks required, ESPN reported. Topics :center_img Boxing is set to return to Las Vegas next month after the Nevada State Athletic Commission gave the greenlight to the resumption of combat sports in the state on Wednesday.Nevada chiefs approved two June boxing cards which will be put on by promoter Top Rank as well as two Ultimate Fighting Championship events. The cards are the first combat sports events to be staged in Nevada since the coronavirus pandemic erupted.last_img read more

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Safe Bulkers Buys Post-Panamax Newbuild

first_imgMonaco-based dry bulk owner Safe Bulkers inked a deal to acquire a Post-Panamax newbuild vessel from an unnamed seller availing of attractive market opportunities.The vessel is expected to be delivered within the first half of 2020.Safe Bulkers has the option to finance up to 50% of the purchase price of the vessel through the periodic issuance of the company’s common stock to the seller. The cash component of the purchase price will be financed with cash on hand. “Following completion of the refinancing actions announced by the company last week that were designed to provide financial flexibility and improve liquidity, this acquisition reflects the company’s commitment to opportunistically expand and renew its fleet. This vessel suits our overall fleet profile at an attractive price, while providing significant financing flexibility,” Loukas Barmparis, President of the company said.The company has been very busy over the recent period with refinancing of its obligations, pushing back USD 132.4 million balloon payments scheduled in 2021 and 2022 to 2023 and 2025.Safe Bulkers’ net revenues for the third quarter of 2018 increased by 34% to USD 50.1 million year-on-year, while net income for the quarter increased by 21% to USD 8.1 million year-on-year.last_img read more

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Saudi man marries four wives from one school, including a student

first_imgNZ Herald 22 Nov 2012A Saudi man has married a schoolgirl, her teacher and her principal, as well as an educational supervisor who oversees the same school. The 50-year-old man from the Jazan region, lives just down the road from the school, Saudi-based daily newspaper Okaz reported. The age of the girl was not reported. A colleague of the teacher and principal told the paper school staff were astonished to learn about the marriages, but said the principal treats her fellow wives the same as she does other women at the school. “The matter to the teachers and students is funny and weird, who found it an issue of gossip during the recesses and breaks between the periods of the school days,” she said, according to a translation from the Khaleej Times.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10849218last_img read more

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House Page Program For Teens

first_imgIs your teenage son or daughter interested in politics? If so, the House Page Program for the 2014 legislative session may be right up their alley.The program allows students 13 to 18 years of age the opportunity to visit the Indiana Statehouse for a day and view the legislative process first hand. Students who serve as pages receive an excused absence from school for the day.Visiting pages are able to attend committee hearings, where bills are being explored and discussed in an in-depth manner; witness section, where bills that pass out of committee are put up for a vote in front of the entire House; as well as help staff members with the daily tasks that keep this operation going.In addition to seeing the General Assembly, students will also have the opportunity to tour locations such as the governor’s office, the chambers of the Indiana House and Senate as well as the Indiana Supreme Court.“Each year as I look forward to another legislative session, the opportunity to meet more young Hoosiers is one of the things I look forward to the most. I am always so impressed by their interest in state government, and their eagerness to get involved,” said District 67 State Representative Randy Frye said.Pages are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Statehouse, but Frye said it is worth the trip.“I highly encourage our local students to apply today, as spots tend to fill up quickly,” he added.If you are interested apply here.Interested applicants can also apply by phone at 1-800-382-9841.Spots will be available on session days: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from January through mid-March. When applying, applicants are asked to provide two different dates that they are available.Frye said, “I cannot wait to see a whole new group of District 67 students this session, but until then, I wish you all the peace and love that accompanies Christmas and a New Year filled with joy!”last_img read more

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Donna Martini

first_imgDonna Kennett Martini, age 79, of Yorkville, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Donna caught the eye of her soon to be husband of 56 years, Leo, at Winter Gardens in E-town and they were married on February 1, 1963. She adored her family more than anything and enjoyed going to the kids sporting events. She loved to play cards and was lucky at the slots. She liked to travel to Vegas and play at Belterra. Donna was an excellent cook with one of her favorite meals being roast beef with potatoes and carrots, potato salad and German chocolate cake. But she would also fry up whatever Leo brought home from hunting, which usually included squirrels and rabbits. Donna liked playing tennis and going out with the girls and was a member of the “Golden Girls”.Donna will be greatly missed her husband, Leo, and children Donald (Tammy) Martini of Bright, daughter-in-law Lynda Martini of Yorkville, Brenda (Philip) Jonas of Harrison, and Rhonda (Eric) Sizemore of Bright; and sister Dorothy Cox and brothers Denver & Ron Kennett. She will also be fondly remembered by her nine grandchildren Jamie (Dave) Shillinger, Kristi Martini, Zachary (Danielle) Martini, Todd (Emily) Jonas, Bradley (Colby) Jonas, Brandon (Jessica) Jonas, Andres Jonas, Samantha Sizemore, and Matthew Sizemore; and 13 great grandchildren Curtlyn & Caeden Shillinger, Carsyn Martini, Lexi, Logan, Lincoln & Luca Martini, Emmett, Vera, Vivian, Shepard, Bennett, and Lucy Jonas. Donna is preceded in death by her son Jeff, brothers Willis Jr., & Robert Kennett, and sisters Wanda Evans & Yuelta Dodd.Visitation for Donna will be Saturday at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home from 9-12 with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Martin Church, All Saints Parish at 12:30. Memorials can be made out to St. Martin’s Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook or offer online condolences, please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com.last_img read more

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Syracuse claims monumental win over No. 3 Boston College

first_imgA thunderous applause echoed from the Syracuse locker room. Paul Flanagan’s squad had just shocked No. 3 Boston College. Its first win against a top-five opponent and first-ever win against the Eagles.“We understand the recipe for our team to be successful. We have to work hard,” Flanagan said. “When we have faltered so far this year, it’s when we have been outworked.”After losing four of its last five games, Syracuse was desperate for an offensive eruption. The Orange averaged less than three goals a game during this stretch of play.Fortunately for Flanagan, his team answered the call with a combined nine goals in two victories. Syracuse (4-4) executed its offensive game plan at the right time, defeating Boston College (5-2) 4-1 on Friday in front of 258 at Tennity Ice Pavilion. SU then knocked off Union (3-5) 5-2 on Saturday.From the first drop of the puck, Syracuse matched the Eagles in every facet of the game. There was no sign of intimidation, a problem that plagued the Orange while playing nationally ranked Clarkson a few weeks ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInstead, Flanagan’s squad was aggressive on the attack. Freshman Jessica Sibley scored for the Orange less than three minutes into the first period to put her team on top 1-0.“I went around the circle and saw that I would be able to cut to the net,” Sibley said. “It was good to get first on the board. The team got really pumped up and we kept the momentum going from there.”A one-goal lead was not a comfortable setting for a team that has been struggling on the offensive end. When a power play opportunity came early in the second period, forward Allie LaCombe capitalized on the assist from defender Kaillie Goodnough to give the Orange a 2-0 lead.“The goal I give credit to my teammates,” LaCombe said. “It was a power play goal. It was a nice shot from Goodnough at the point and I happened to tip it in.”Syracuse stayed on the attack as Sibley and forward Margot Scharfe continued to keep Boston College on its heels. Scharfe scored with less than two minutes left in the period to give the Orange a three-goal cushion. The Eagles answered when forward Kate Leary scored midway into the third period to cut the lead to two. But any momentum that Boston College tried to gain did not even last a minute. Forward Sadie St. Germain scored 48 seconds later to secure the biggest win in program history, supplanting a win over then-No. 8 Cornell on Jan. 5, 2010. “That’s a good win for us,” Flanagan said. “If anything, that builds confidence when you get down into league play and in big games against good teams. That’s something to fall back on.”Less than 24 hours later, Syracuse capitalized on four power play opportunities en route to a win over Union.“It’s big to execute on our power plays,” Scharfe said. “I think we kept it simple today, which really helped to keep shots on net. Things went our way today which really helped our momentum.” Comments Published on October 28, 2013 at 12:20 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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In photos: Men’s basketball defeats Pittsburgh in St. Louis

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was victorious over Pittsburgh Friday night in St. Louis with a final score of 47-43. Their next game will take place Sunday evening against Xavier.Men’s basketball breakdown: Tough defensive effort pushes No. 7 Badgers past No. 10 PanthersThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s offense was as bad as it has been all season, as the Badgers ended Read…Before the game, a pep rally was held in the Fox Sports Midwest Live complex near the Scottrade Center. The cheerleading squad, UW marching band and Bucky Badger worked together to lead the crowd in classic school songs and chants.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldThe game then took place at the Scottrade Center following the Dayton vs. Syracuse and the Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee games.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMarissa Haegele/The Badger Heraldlast_img read more

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first_imgEver since Lauren Carlini’s arrival in Madison three seasons ago, University of Wisconsin volleyball has made deep runs into every NCAA Tournament. In that time, as one of the best setters and all-around players in the Big Ten each season, it’s no wonder Carlini has amounted a list of accolades unlike any Badger before her.She led the Badgers to Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four, and national championship appearances, but has never been able to make that final step to bring home the title. Each of her last three seasons came to a bitter end. But those deep runs in the NCAA tournament were seen as progress. There won’t be a next season for Lauren Carlini this year, after her junior campaign was again forced to an abrupt end in last year’s tournament loss to Florida.“Once we ended last year and lost to Florida in the Sweet 16, I felt that sense of urgency right away, because at that point I became a senior for volleyball and for the athletic program,” Carlini said. “I think that has really driven me in the offseason.”Carlini’s motivation to win, as well as her dedication to excellence, have been recognized on the national spectrum too. The senior from UW was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2016 Pan American Cup in July. It proved to be great practice for her during the offseason, and allowed Carlini to surround herself with the best competition the continent has to offer.With Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield in attendance, watching his star player taking on some of the best competition, Carlini and Team USA took home a bronze medal.“I think it was a great experience for her,” Sheffield said. “I know she was excited about playing and representing the country. It was really, really high-level play.”The United States’ third-place finish came alongside familiar Big Ten rivals for Carlini. Micha Hancock and Megan Courtney from Penn State, and Justine Wong-Orantes from defending national-champion Nebraska, were also among the United States’ ranks. Playing alongside three elite players gave Carlini distinctive insight into the game of three quality opponents whom she often faces. But the senior was more focused on bettering herself and what it will take to elevate her game in order to win that elusive championship.“One good thing that I learned while I was out there in the Dominican Republic is just always being able to be aggressive and physical,” Carlini said. “No matter what you are doing on the court, doing that is going to be a huge advantage, and I hope to bring some of the things that I learned with the U.S. back to Wisconsin.”With Carlini’s added edge and determination, Wisconsin could stand a good chance to make special things happen in 2016. Her skills and experiences will also be aided by the women around her. The Badgers have a promising roster for the 2016 season by returning the majority of a team that finished last season ranked No. 7 in the country, despite their Sweet 16 tournament stumble. Though they lost veteran libero Taylor Morey to graduation, Amber MacDonald will fill her role after a solid 2015 season in which she split time with Morey at libero. A dynamic group of hitters and middle bockers in Haleigh Nelson, Lauryn Gillis, Tionna Williams, Kriskova, and Madison Duello will also be at her disposal once more — an advantage which Sheffield plans to exploit by running a more diversified attack this season.“I think the thing that makes this team exciting is that they are experienced, they’re motivated, and they’re working hard,” Sheffield said. “I like the mindset of this group; I like it a lot. I think they are very motivated, and I think they are backing it up with work.”Wisconsin should hit the ground running in a season that may just finally end with a title. They are fueled by their desire to take the final step.last_img read more

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3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 75-65 loss to No. 1 Duke

first_img Published on February 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse (18-9, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 1 Duke (24-3, 12-2), 75-65, on Saturday night in front of a college basketball attendance record of nearly 36,000 fans. The Orange were led by junior guard Tyus Battle, who scored 16 points. In a game featuring two of the winningest coaches in Division I history, the Orange fell for the third time in their last four meetings.Here are three quick takeaways from the game.Near major upset on national stageA Syracuse win over a Zion Williamson-less Duke team immediately would have functioned as another NCAA Tournament resume booster. Three nights after the Orange toppled No. 18 Louisville, 69-49, they would have picked up a fourth Top 25 win this season. It would have been the second time an unranked SU team has beaten No. 1 Duke. Last month, SU beat the Blue Devils, 95-91, in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium behind a monster game by Battle.But Battle was stymied by Duke point guard Tre Jones, one of the country’s premier on-ball defenders. He held Battle to five points at the half and 16 points in the game on 4-of-17 shooting.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe RJ Barrett showThe Orange entered Saturday night ranked 12th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (39.2 percent), coming off one of their better defensive performances of the season. They also didn’t have to defend freshman sensation Williamson, widely projected to be the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA Draft. Duke freshman RJ Barrett, who leads the team in scoring (23.1 points per game entering Saturday), utilized crafty inside moves to score a game-high 30 points. At halftime, he had 17 of Duke’s 29 points.On several possessions, the Orange doubled Barrett in the post area. They tried to force him to his off hand, his right. And they left point guard Jones open to cover Barrett on select possessions. Yet Barrett was cooking all game. After SU cut the Duke lead to two points with just over six minutes left, the Orange played 28 seconds of strong defense. The shot clock was winding down. Then Barrett caught a pass on the left wing and knocked it down to extend the Blue Devils lead to five, quieting the Dome again. Barrett now has 20 games in which he’s scored 20 points or more, an ACC freshman record.Aside from Barrett, the SU defense largely held a potent Duke team with the best offense in the conference. Duke guard Alex O’Connell drilled five 3-pointers and had an and-1 that silenced the crowd early in the second half. While the Blue Devils weren’t close to their season average, 75 points proved to be enough to pull away to a comfortable win.Shooting woes returnLess than two weeks, North Carolina State stymied Syracuse in a 73-58 win. The Orange shot 5-for-25 (20 percent) from deep, 21-for-60 (35 percent) from the field and 11-for-22 from the charity stripe.Against the Blue Devils, Syracuse shot just 34.3 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from 3-point range. Despite four players reaching double-figures — sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj, senior point guard Frank Howard, Battle and junior forward Elijah Hughes — nobody scored more than 16 points. Yet the Dome was rocking most of the game, until a late Duke run put the game away.With about five minutes left, while dribbling at the top of the key, Howard picked up his dribble. He couldn’t find anyone open to pass to. Duke stole the ball and scored two points on a fast break, preceding another alley-oop dunk that swelled the lead to nine.Syracuse fans filed for the exits with about a minute left, the ballgame securely in Duke’s hands. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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El-Amin Wins 16th IBB Cup

first_imgEL-Amin defeated Kakuri in a thrilling final at the foremost IBB Sports Complex venue of the prestigious annual polo festival, to claim their 16th IBB Cup crown and head into other tournaments in the national tour full of confidence.Kakuri dribbler, Ibrahim Babangida had pushed his ambitious side on a revenge mission with a goal in the early minutes of the cracking final that had two state governors, Senator Muhammad Jibrilla Bindo of Adamawa and host Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger, first class emirs from the north and thousands of polo buffs all watching from the edge of their seats.But just as the hard-playing Kakuri appeared to have taken control of the contest, the reigning champions who were not prepared to be taken prisoners and risk their treasured title came storming back with three quick fire goals from the Mohammed Babangida, Bello Buba, Ibrahim Mohammed and Aminu Alhaji that saw them reclaim the initiative and pull clear.Team patron, Babangida was understandably delighted with EL-Amin’s first major win this year against their great rival, which sets them up nicely for a possible Georgian Cup curtain-raiser against Kakuri at the Kaduna International Polo Tournament holding at the legendary Murtala Mohammed in November.“The IBB Cup and Minna annual tournament is a major part of our build up towards other high goal tournaments and to win the event’s biggest prize and General Abdulsalami Cup as well before our teeming supporters who traveled from across the country to cheer us, is a major plus,” Babangida said.“We will now go back home and savour this victory, then after the Ramadan we will be back in camp to focus on our future tournaments. We know that it is not going to be easy but we have the chemistry and what it takes to come out clear,” stressed Babangida.The Kaduna based El-Amin was the brightest star of the prestigious Minna event, retaining the event’s biggest prize, the glittering General Abdulsalami Cup and carting home personal awards in an action-packed week that was hailed by everyone from royalties to politicians, business gurus, diplomats and polo enthusiasts.“I feel great to realise how much joy one’s effort has positively impacted the lives of the teeming polo enthusiasts across the country and Minna in particular. Their support and belief in EL-Amin has always been the driving force and I want to dedicate these victories to our teeming fans,” Babangida declared.As in all high stake polo competitions in the country, the fight was always going to be a four-way battle pitching Kaduna, Katsina, Port Harcourt and host Minna. Yola, Bauchi, Zaria and Jos were not really ready for the fierce Minna polo rumble.As the festival climax with pomp, it was not too surprising that at the end of the competition that threw up plenty of anxious moments, the prizes were evenly shared by the big four, with Kaduna EL-Amin smiling home with the juiciest part of the pie.Babangida added another special to his loaded caps as he stepped out to lead Minna Air Peace to their first Governor’s Cup, while Katsina Danmarina got their wish, defeating a determined field to clinch the General Hassan Cup.The IBB Sports Complex, venue of the glamorous annual polo carnival, was always filled to capacity on a daily basis, as the battle for the coveted Emir of Minna Cup rage and when the dust finally settled, it was Port Harcourt’s Octopus Clan who had the last laugh, carting home the royal polo crown.Governors Bindo, Bello and , Nigerian Polo Federation (NPF) President, Francis Ogboro, were led by the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Farouk Bahago to give out prizes to the winners at the colourful closing ceremony.“I congratulate the winners and the losers alike and urged them to remain disciplined and always adhere to the rules of the game not only during tournaments, but while playing their clubs chukkas,” Ogboro declared in his closing remarks.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram EL-Amin Polo Patron, Mohammed Babangida (left) receiving   the IBB Cup from the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello while his  Adamawa State counterpart, Governor Muhammad Jibrilla Bindo and President  of the Nigerian polo2016 MINNA POLONigeria’s most successful high-goal polo team, EL-Amin, has sent out a Georgian Cup warning to its rivals after a ruthless display that saw it retain the high stake IBB Cup title at the expense of Kaduna Kakuri at the just concluded 2016 Minna Polo Tournamentlast_img read more

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