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Patterson wants regular FWWC berth

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first_imgGRENOBLE, France: Twenty-five-year-old Jamaican international Toriana Patterson said that having experienced a taste of football at the highest level, Jamaica’s woman footballers are more determined than ever to ensure that FIFA Women’s World Cup (FWWC) qualification becomes more a norm than an anomaly. Jamaica became the first Caribbean country to qualify for the marquee event when they finished third at the Concacaf Women’s Championships last October, a major turnaround for a programme that had been shelved several years earlier before being rescued through financial support from Cedella Marley, daughter of iconic Jamaican musician Bob Marley. The island’s results have not gone to hopes, with the Girlz losing 3-0 to Brazil in their opening game of the competition before Italy put five unanswered goals past them in their second match. They will face Australia today in their final group game, which is likely to bring an end to their first campaign at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. HIGHEST LEVEL OF COMPETITION However, Patterson, who plays club football in Italy with FC Bari 1908 Pink, is hoping that the country will return to this stage in four years’ time at the next FWWC, which is set for 2023. “This is the highest level of competition, so it’s good to be here, good to see everything happening here, and good to experience everything. It’s only going to make us into better players, so it’s all positive things,” Patterson told The Gleaner ahead of yesterday’s training session at the Stade Eugene Thenard. “It has been a little disappointing with the results, but for Jamaica, for us, it’s important that we are on stages like this – and not once every 20 years or whatever it may be,” Patterson said. “Every few months, we need to be together competing in whatever tournaments are out there because, like I said before, this is the highest level of competition, and this is where we all want to be on a regular basis. “We are the youngest team here among all the teams so the future is really bright for us. If we keep getting opportunities and qualifying for tournaments like this, it’s going to be really great,” she added. The New York-born striker shared that on a personal level, she has taken much from her time here in France and is certain that the experience will add significant value to her development as a player. “In terms of what I have taken from this competition, technically is probably the biggest things, and also just tactically. Just watching some of these players, their awareness, focus, movement on and off the ball, professionalism – all of it is just pretty incredible to see, so even at 25, I guess I am one of the older players on this team, but I still have so much to learn, so I always look for ways to grow as a player,” said Patterson. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

High school football: Bossier, Parkway win in Lions Club Jamboree; Airline, Benton tie

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first_imgAs is usually the case, the annual Bossier City Lions Club Jamboree was a mixed bag for the six high school football teams competing.Each team saw some positive results in the 24-minute “games” played at M.D. Ray Field at Airline Stadium. The most positive thing is that it appeared there were no serious injuries.But as the coaches pointed out, the performances showed there are still some things that need to be ironed out with season openers looming this week.In the first “game,” the Airline Vikings and Benton Tigers played to a scoreless tie. The Bossier Bearkats downed the Plain Dealing Lions 14-6 in the second, and the Parkway Panthers defeated the Haughton Bucs 28-14 in the nightcap.The Airline-Benton contest, played during the hottest part of the evening, was a mostly a defensive struggle.Benton came the closest to scoring. Junior quarterback Ken Gay drove the Tigers from their 37 to the Airline 3. But the Vikings blocked a 21-yard field-goal attempt. Stumbling, the speedy Brandon Marshall picked up the ball and headed for the end zone. Benton kicker Legend Denler made what could’ve been a touchdown-saving tackle.“We felt like coming into it that both defenses were a little bit ahead of the offenses,” Benton coach Reynolds Moore said. “Kind of trying to get things to jel on that side of the ball. I think they were a little bit, too. I know we were.”Moore definitely saw improvement from the Tigers’ performance in last week’s scrimmage against North Webster.“I liked what I saw from our guys up front on both sides of the ball,” he said. “Offensive line answered the challenge. Played a lot better than we did last week. I was kind of impressed we moved the football as well as we did. I wasn’t expecting that.”Keldric Moody, who rushed for more than 500 yards last season, had some nice runs. Moore also liked what he saw from Gay.Keldric Moody ran the ball hard,” he said. “We knew he could do that. Ken’s got a ways to go to get a little more crisp, but you know it was his first big-time action against a good football team so we wanted to make sure he continues to progress right there. But overall kind of pleased. Nobody’s hurt. Big, big deal there.”Airline had chances to make some big plays in the passing game but couldn’t quite make the connections.“Benton is a well-coached football team that plays hard and that’s what we expected,” coach Bo Meeks said. “They did that tonight. We had some opportunities, shot ourselves in the foot, didn’t take advantage, and when you don’t do that against good football teams that’s what happens. A lot of things to get better on. So we’re going to go back to work and get ‘em fixed and get ready to roll next week when we go to Union Parish.”As has been the case since spring practice, Meeks alternated seniors Brad Fream and Jordan Gladney at quarterback. He didn’t want to say too much about either’s performance until after watching the video.“We’ve got to make more plays in that position no matter who’s the quarterback so we’ve got to do a better job there,” he said. “We’ve got to do a better job overall.”Meeks did like the way his defense played.“We came up with some big, big stops,” he said. “The score was even but I thought we had a lot of positives tonight to build on. Again, let’s carry that into next week.”Like Moore, Bossier coach Michael Concilio also saw his team improve from last week’s scrimmage. The Bearkats didn’t score against Red River, but they found the end zone twice against Plain Dealing.A fumble recovery at the Lions 30 by Otis Smith set up the first TD, a 15-yard run by sophomore Sentavion Burns. New quarterback Deondre Summage capped a 38-yard drive in the second half with a 14-yard run.Except for some minor early penalties, Bossier coach Michael Concilion thought things went well with his team making fewer mistakes than he expected in a jamboree.“The first drive we had to settle in,” he said. “I expect that in the first drive. The second drive we moved the football, hurt ourselves a little bit. They drove the ball down on one drive. We made some corrections, changed our fronts. We were able to do some good things in the second half.”Six Bearkats carried the ball. Burns, Rico St. Fluer and Roderick Francis combined for 80 yards.TJ McCauley scored Plain Dealing’s TD on a 46-yard run, getting some good blocks before breaking free past the line of scrimmage.Like the rest of the teams, the Lions have a few things to work on this week.“I think we have a lot of young kids running the ball in skill positions,” coach James Thurman said. “We’ve got new guys. Hopefully the mistakes they made tonight, that’s their chance tonight to get them out of the way.“We had some big penalties in key spots. We had a first-down run on a drive trying to go down and at least tie it up. Those kind of things hurt. You get a first down called back because of a holding penalty.”With just 20 players on the roster, Plain Dealing has several players who rarely come off the field.“Defense got gassed a little bit,” he said. “We’ve just got a few big boys going both ways so we’ve got to get in better shape. Hopefully we made all the mistakes this week and next week it will be ironed out and we can move forward. Proud of some things, but there are some things we can work on. We’ve got to grow up in a hurry.”Parkway rallied from a 14-7 deficit in the second 12-minute half. The Panthers took advantage of two turnovers deep in Haughton territory, including one on a botched punt snap, to pull away.Sophomore running back Jamall Asberry had a big night, scoring on runs of 1, 5 and 12 yards. The Panthers’ experienced offensive line opened some big holes for him.“I like our team,” Parkway coach Neil May said. “I like our senior class. We’ve got 30 of ‘em. They’re hungry. They’re led by a few warriors, including Amani Larry, our quarterback. We feel like we can run the ball. We feel like we can throw it. So right now we’re excited about the possibilities.”Larry tossed a touchdown pass to Chase Turner to give the Panthers the lead.May was also generally pleased with his defense.“Our defense is playing better,” he said. “They’re getting better and better every week. We did make a couple of mental mistakes tonight as a team as a whole that I feel like we can fix and continue to get better. But I’m proud of our guys right now.”Besides some misadventures in the kicking game, Haughton looked solid most of the contest.Junior Keyshawn Davis ripped off a 74-yard touchdown run on the Bucs’ first possession.“That was good to see that he can make that play and go the distance,” Haughton coach Jason Brotherton said.Sophomore quarterback Peyton Stovall did a good job of running the offense and scored on an 8-yard run in the second half.But Brotherton saw a lot of room for improvement.“We’ve got so much to work on,” he said. “They beat us up front on both sides of the ball. We never stopped them. They beat us in the kicking game so it’s unlimited what we can work on.”Season openers Thursday Tensas at Plain Dealing Friday Airline at Union ParishBTW at ParkwayHaughton at MindenBTW at ParkwayBenton at WossmanMadison at Bossier— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.comPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Video | Forrest: UT quick strikes ‘deflating’

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Tech-Apollo Football is United Tackle Cancer Game

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first_img 1080p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56490 The Tech-Apollo football game to be held at the new Tiger Stadium will be a United Coaches.  The game will be the first at the new Tiger Stadium at the brand new Tech High School campus.The Tigers opened the season with a 28-21 at Hutchinson while Apollo downed St. Francis at home 31-24 last Friday.Hear Friday night’s Apollo at Tech game on AM 1390-Granite City Sports.  Dave Overlund and Alex Svejkovsky will call the game with the pregame starting at 6:40. About Connatix V56490 1/1 Auto (360p) 720p HD 360plast_img read more

Vikings vs Lions: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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first_img 1/1 The Vikings did what they needed to do, and what everyone expected them to do. They beat a Matthew Stafford-less Detroit Lions team 20 – 7 at US Bank Stadium.Yes, it was a boring game. But I can handle boring as long as it comes with a win. I can handle boring a week after a “exciting” Minnesota/Seattle game which resulted in a loss. I can handle boring with the playoffs on the line and a possible division title on the horizon. Yep…I can handle boring. 360p 720p HD Auto (360p) About Connatix V56490center_img 1080p HD About Connatix V56490 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip So here’s the boring…The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.THE GOOD:The Defense: Mike Zimmer unleashed the pressure immediately, blitzing on the first play of the game with Harrison Smith deflecting the pass. Two downs later, Danielle Hunter got his first of three sacks on the day. The Lions punted seven times in the game and the Vikings defense finished with five sacks, eight QB hits, eight tackles for a loss and two interceptions. A garbage time touchdown led to the only Detroit score of the game.Stephon Diggs: Diggs was really the only significant thing that happened on offense. He had that catch on a high throw from Cousins, the Cris Carter type sideline catch  and the 40+ yard downfield reception. The only thing he didn’t do is score a touchdown. By the way, Diggs as 12 catches for 30+ yards this season. That leads the NFL.C.J. Ham: He didn’t show up big on the box score. But if you were paying attention, he did make an impact. He’s the extra lineman for Dalvin Cook, making big blocks and occasionally the big yardage play. And that dude can hurdle.Download The 1390 Granite City Sports Mobile AppTHE BAD:Second Half Offense: The Vikings didn’t anything in the second half. They had a 17-0 lead going into the half and only scored 3 points the rest of the game. This game should have been a 20+ point blowout. But they seemed to give just enough effort to win the game. Maybe they didn’t want to wear themselves out or reveal too much for future opponents but they pretty much phoned it in, instead of putting their foot on the throat as they say. And what happened to that screen pass they’re so good at?3rd Downs: It’s wasn’t good. 5 for 14. That’s what the Vikings were on 3rd conversions. And while .357 might look good as a baseball hitting stat, it’s not good in a NFL football game.No Thielen…again: I’ve been hooked on a Thielen as much as anyone but it’s been so long since he’s played, I’ve almost forgotten what he looks like. But I haven’t forgotten what he plays like. This team needs him. He affects so much of what they can do on offense. Yes, hamstrings are a difficult injury. I’ve had one so I understand having patience and making sure he is 100% because we need him at seasons’ end. But we’re pretty close to being there now.THE UGLY (aka The Rhodes): Nothing to see here. Not even Rhodes can make his own list this week. But not starting the game helped and so did being involved in only 37% of the snaps. I know he got hurt late in the 3rd quarter but even prior to that he was only thrown at ONE time. I guess Detroit did not watch previous game film. Next week: The Vikings are going to have to give a lot more effort Sunday afternoon when they travel to LA to take on the Chargers.last_img read more

Saints Jersey Change?

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first_imgAll Activity SportsLogos.Net statebully Share on other sites 73 Recommended Posts 423 Sports Logo News sc49erfan15 Posted July 18, 2006 Share on other sites statebully It’s a Photoshop job. Here’s the story from a buddy of mine at adidas:Bush took this photo at NFL Rookie Photo day in Los Angeles. It was during the period when his agent was going back and forth with the league regarding his number. He was given both a #5 and a #25 and was supposed to be photographed in both, but never got around to donning the #25 jersey. Well, we all know the story and now he’s wearing #25. The problem is the NFL decreed that the photos of Reggie wearing #5 could not be used under any circumstances for promotions because he has been assigned another number. The NFL did this because Reggie’s agent was trying to continue to use photos of him wearing the #5 Saints jersey because that is the number that most people associate him with. Long story short, for an ad campaign adidas had to alter an existing image (read: Photoshop). Unfortuantely, the results were not what we had anticipated as the company had an outdated Style Guide and used the wrong lettering style. 0 Share this post Share on other sites 2 sc49erfan15 rmackman 542 Link to post 1,381 posts Share on other sites 5,241 posts 0 4,155 Members Look at the photo of Reggie Bush and then look at an older photo of Aaron Stecker. The #2 looks different and the number boders are at least double the thickness. ninersdd Link to post Link to post 22 Share on other sites rmackman Members Sports Logo News 135 22 0 0 Link to post It really does look like an older Saints jersey, from the early-mid 90’s…I’ll see if I can find some pics. Share this post What he’s wearing a Saints jersey?! Perphaps I didn’t notice since I was engrossed by his pose. Hesiman meets Bruce Lee. 9,699 posts dfwabel Location:Saginaw, MI rmackman 4,155 Members 0 Link to post This topic is now closed to further replies. Location:Born in Palo Alto, CA – left immediately for Milwaukee, WI – then Ft. Lauderdale, FL – then Atlanta, GA – back to FL again – then Chicago, IL, now West Palm Beach, FL….it’s a long story…. 11,800 posts Saints Jersey Change? 22 0 Members Link to post Link to post hormone 4,155 Link to post 1 Share this post Posted July 18, 2006 Members 2 Page 1 of 2   U of Florida ’03 (Telecomm) – FAU ’08/’14 (MBA/MHA) Sign in to follow this   Members Volunteer Fan Link to post 4,155 ninersdd Prev hormone 10,038 posts Members fonz It’s a Photoshop job. Here’s the story from a buddy of mine at adidas:Bush took this photo at NFL Rookie Photo day in Los Angeles. It was during the period when his agent was going back and forth with the league regarding his number. He was given both a #5 and a #25 and was supposed to be photographed in both, but never got around to donning the #25 jersey. Well, we all know the story and now he’s wearing #25. The problem is the NFL decreed that the photos of Reggie wearing #5 could not be used under any circumstances for promotions because he has been assigned another number. The NFL did this because Reggie’s agent was trying to continue to use photos of him wearing the #5 Saints jersey because that is the number that most people associate him with. Long story short, for an ad campaign adidas had to alter an existing image (read: Photoshop). Unfortuantely, the results were not what we had anticipated as the company had an outdated Style Guide and used the wrong lettering style. It’s cool how there’s a story like that behind the pic. Share on other sites Sports Logos Photoshopped? Followers 0 Forums Home 557 1,857 posts rmackman Prev 557 28,545 posts 0 patsox BlueSky Posted July 18, 2006 It really does look like an older Saints jersey, from the early-mid 90’s…I’ll see if I can find some pics. Next Forums Home 1,962 posts 0 Members sc49erfan15 1,857 posts 0 fonz Posted July 18, 2006 135 Posted July 18, 2006 1 135 Change or not, they still can’t have the same colour gold on all of the parts of the uniform… The complaint department is closed. Share this post 888 Members Posted July 18, 2006 22 2,139 66 fonz 4,155 Share on other sites Posted July 18, 2006 Posted July 18, 2006 5,241 posts Members Link to post Share on other sites Location:City of Champions and the Pirates Link to post At first I thought it was from the rookie trading card shoot but he wore #5 for that. I’m sure this is an ad, which is too bad. It looks a lot better than the current jersey IMHO. 542 22 sacker12 Share this post Photoshopped? I am thinking that something was because:1.) While we don’t see the Reebok logo at the shoulder, we definately see he is wearing adidas. The shoes are not spatted, so i am thinking an adidas ad/poster.2.) Right above his left knee, I think I see that the pants do have a black stripe. Those might not be Reebok either, but only those like us would think about such details since it was not supposed to be seen. Upon further inspection and judging by his well pictured Adidas casual shoes, this seems to be an advertisement. Maybe Adidas just switched up the jersey for emphasis on certain parts. The merger last July escaped my for a moment, but the fleur de lis looks definately photoshopped in. 42 Photoshopped? I am thinking that something was because:1.) While we don’t see the Reebok logo at the shoulder, we definately see he is wearing adidas. The shoes are not spatted, so i am thinking an adidas ad/poster.2.) Right above his left knee, I think I see that the pants do have a black stripe. Those might not be Reebok either, but only those like us would think about such details since it was not supposed to be seen. Upon further inspection and judging by his well pictured Adidas casual shoes, this seems to be an advertisement. Maybe Adidas just switched up the jersey for emphasis on certain parts. 22 Posted July 18, 2006 Link to post Location:Sacramento,CA Link to post BRice16 dfwabel Posted July 18, 2006 Share this post Link to post 1,857 posts 73 2 Share on other sites Share this post 73 Bannedcenter_img Share on other sites 423 Posted July 18, 2006 423 Posted July 18, 2006 0 2,008 posts Saints Jersey Change? 2,139 0 0 0 SportsLogos.Net Next Location:Greensboro, NC Bow before my superior smartitude! Members logodawg fonz BlueSky 0 fonz Posted July 18, 2006 Link to post 22 Location:Greensboro, NC dfwabel Well adidas does own Reebok. I think it is an accepted brand IIRC. Share this post Share on other sites fonz BRice16 dfwabel Posted July 18, 2006 Page 1 of 2   Location:Boston Posted July 18, 2006 Link to post 2,139 Posted July 18, 2006 Share this post Well I do see a difference… Reggie actually looks like he’s wearing one of those bad counterfeit E-Bay jerseys. 557 888 0 Share on other sites Members Go To Topic Listing 529 posts 22 542 That Bush jersey looks like it’s from the Heath Shuler years with the font and the thick outline. If this is a change….then DOWNGRADE. One thing is good if they are changing….the mask isn’t gray!!!!!!!!!! It may just be a generic picture since I really can’t tell if there is even a logo on the helmet. 2 whitedawg22 sc49erfan15 Share on other sites Link to post Members Fred T. Jane U of Florida ’03 (Telecomm) – FAU ’08/’14 (MBA/MHA) Share this post By rmackman, July 18, 2006 in Sports Logo News 5,531 posts Sign in to follow this   4,065 posts 2,139 0 Share this post 0 buckeyes Location:Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana 10,038 posts 22 888 2 Share on other sites 0 Share on other sites Favourite Logos:I like a lot of the logos from the early 90s. My signature is proof of that (and a representation of my favorite teams). Location:Collins, MS Share this post Members 42 135 Sports Logos The Original replication of the Original logodawg Banned 0 Mascot Turned Announcer Members I would have said that this happened because ACO (formerly Champion) accidentally put the wrong number style on the jersey, but that was until I remembered that Ripon makes the Saints unis for Reebok. Share this post Link to post 28,545 posts 2,139 0 Share on other sites patsox 135 buckeyes the picture is rediculous, the jersey is awful, the shoes look strange…this has definitely gotta be photoshopped! why would even addidas use it for an ad with all of the inconsistencies in the uniform? it kinda looks like a jersey from JC Penny that only has 3 logos and 2 numbers on the whole thing. Posted July 18, 2006 66 Link to post 0 662 posts 0 Posted July 18, 2006 Share this post Followers 0 Location:Georgia whitedawg22 Location:Michigan 0 Equal amounts of white and gold look like crap. Link to post 0 0 4,155 Share this post Share this post 135 Someday… Photoshopped? I am thinking that something was because:1.) While we don’t see the Reebok logo at the shoulder, we definately see he is wearing adidas. The shoes are not spatted, so i am thinking an adidas ad/poster.2.) Right above his left knee, I think I see that the pants do have a black stripe. Those might not be Reebok either, but only those like us would think about such details since it was not supposed to be seen. Share this post Mascot Turned Announcer Share this post 2,139 Share on other sites Share on other sites 2,894 posts 0 Posted July 18, 2006 42 Fred T. Jane Members Share on other sites Share this post 0 Favourite Logos:I like a lot of the logos from the early 90s. My signature is proof of that (and a representation of my favorite teams). Posted July 18, 2006 Share on other sites 0 Share this post 66 sacker12 Saints Jersey Change? All Activity Members Location:Born in Palo Alto, CA – left immediately for Milwaukee, WI – then Ft. Lauderdale, FL – then Atlanta, GA – back to FL again – then Chicago, IL, now West Palm Beach, FL….it’s a long story…. Members 12,072 posts 0last_img read more

Despite crisis, Muskegon’s Tony Ferguson may still get his shot at UFC title,Former Oakridge star Sophia Wiard learned a lot in first season at University of Toledo

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first_img0 Not relevant $20.00$233.61 Ads by Amazon Displayed poorly By Nich WolakLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – The sports world has come to a halt with the outbreak of COVID-19.Even Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White gave in to the realities of the ever-changing landscape, postponing events scheduled for March 21, March 28 and April 11.Tony Ferguson talks to the press after fighting Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back on June 8 in Chicago. Photo/Nich WolakBut there is one fight White refuses to postpone or cancel – Muskegon’s Tony Ferguson versus Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight championship (155 pounds). “Khabib and Tony is going to happen,” White said last week in an interview with TSN, a major sports channel in Canada. “We’re going to figure that out. We’re going to make it happen. It’s just going to be a matter of how quickly we can get back to being normal.”The bout, originally scheduled to be held at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 18, will be moved to an alternate location. Media speculation has been that the fight card will switch to an international site, with Middle Eastern cities Abu Dhabi and Dubai being prime candidates.Nurmagomedov, a practicing Muslim, is a fan favorite in the region. Part of the UFC’s insistence on keeping the event on the schedule may be due to the elusive nature of the matchup. Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been scheduled to fight four other times, but health issues for both (ribs and a bad weight cut for Nurmagomedov, blood and fluid in the lungs and a torn lateral collateral ligament (LCL) for Ferguson) prevented a meeting.Muskegon’s Tony Ferguson (left) squares up with Donald Cerrone (far right) during their weigh-in on Friday, June 7. Photo/Nich WolakFerguson has felt the UFC gold around his waist before. He won an interim belt in 2017 – interim belts act as a placeholder of sorts when the champion is inactive – but was stripped of it due to the LCL injury. Ferguson, the No. 1 contender with a career record of 25-3, is riding a 12-fight winning streak. He is coming off a TKO of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on June 8, 2019. Nurmagomedov (28-0) last defended his belt on Sept. 7, 2019, defeating Dustin “Diamond” Poirier. Like many professional fighters, particularly Americans, Ferguson has a wrestling background. He earned all-state status three times at Muskegon Catholic Central High School, winning a state title at 152 pounds in 2002, his senior season. He went on to wrestle at Grand Valley State University, capturing a National Collegiate Wrestling Association championship in 2006 at 165 pounds. Ferguson began training for MMA in California at the end of his collegiate wrestling career, with his first professional fight taking place in 2008. He accrued a 10-2 record in smaller organizations prior to his time in the UFC.  Ferguson broke into the world’s premiere MMA organization in 2011 by winning its reality television show, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). In TUF, MMA competitors live in a house together. The fighters break into teams for training, but fight individually to try to earn the tournament title. The winner gets a guaranteed six-figure contract with the company. Report a problem This item is… (32825) $14.99 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive × DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) NBC Sports Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Citru… Not relevant Bestseller ENDS IN (35309) ENDS IN Thank you! 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Chelsea down lively Fulham 2-1 in entertaining derby

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first_img(Reuters) – First-half goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho earned Chelsea a 2-1 win over struggling Fulham in an entertaining southwest London Premier League derby yesterday but they had to work hard for the points. On-loan Argentine striker Higuain volleyed home Chelsea’s first after a perfectly-timed run on to a 21st-minute cross by Cesar Azpilicueta overlapping with Willian down the right.Yet barely six minutes later Craven Cottage erupted when Calum Chambers drifted unmarked to the back post and scored from a Ryan Babel cross following a corner. Fulham’s players rushed to celebrate with new interim coach Scott Parker.It was Parker’s first game in charge following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, a former Chelsea boss, after less than four months in charge. The jubilation was short-lived. Brazilian Jorginho put Chelsea back in front in the 31st, thumping in a cut-back ball by Eden Hazard from outside the area.Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga was back in goal after being dropped in midweek over his refusal to be substituted during last Sunday’s League Cup final. He had to deal with a swirling wind off the Thames river and make a series of sharp saves from Aleksandar Mitrovic, Tom Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon and Joe Bryan.Fulham were on top for significant periods of the second half and had a goal disallowed for offside but the result kept them 19th, 10 points from the safety zone while Chelsea stayed sixth but moved to within a point of fifth-placed Arsenal.last_img read more

Gausman Call-Up Seems Like Desperation

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first_imgMost of the top 100 prospects in baseball make it known when they are ready to make the jump to the MLB. When making a significant call-up, there is only a select few reasons to do so; desperation is not one of them.  Taking into the account how volatile the pitching position is, the Orioles may be making a drastic mistake with Kevin Gausman.Most players are at least awarded a full season in the minors (and especially pitchers), before making their way to the big leagues.  Yet Gausman has a total of 60. 4 innings logged between Low A, High A and AA ball, with the team.  He has only amassed over seven innings twice in that span; a situation the Orioles are hoping to generate on a regular basis with him.There is only a select few pitchers to make a major impact with such little seasoning in the minors, namely Stephen Strasburg; who was arguably the greatest pitching prospect to ever enter the majors.  Since his 2010 debut as starter, he had Tommy John surgery, had his innings limited so much he did not appear in the Nationals first playoff appearance and is performing well under expectations in 2013 (2-5 W/L record).Gausman is nowhere near that type of talent and has not dominated the minor leagues, to think he could ever get to that level.   His most recent start has been the best of his professional career, going six innings, with ten strikeouts, one walk and one earned run.  But before that, he only went 4.2 innings with three walks and three hits on April 5th.The Orioles knee-jerk reaction to one good start, a stretch of six straight losses for the big league club and a depleted pitching staff, have led to Gausman’s debut on Thursday night in Toronto.  They will say there were no other options, but they recently sent down Steve Johnson and Jair Jurrjens, after one underwhelming start.  Both should get another shot with the club, but the team seems  insistent on generating some buzz during their low point of the season.This move is in direct correlation with the Orioles lack of production in the offseason.  With key subtractions to the rotation and bullpen, a once deep pitching core lacks arms to fill in.  Thrusting Gausman into action early could have been avoided with keeping their playoff team intact or making price-effective pitching options that flooded the market before the season started.The argument that Manny Machado was successful in his early call-up last year is a moot point, because most of his success in 2012 came because of his fielding prowess, not his ability at the plate.  If he were a below-average fielder, people would have questioned the move to risk their future franchise player.  Machado also spent over a full season in the minors before his call-up, just like other phenoms like, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.Gausman has yet to face failure in his baseball career, like most high prospects, which is an attribute every player must learn to adjust to before becoming successful.  How will he react after getting hit up for more than two runs or having to get out of inning with RISP and one out?  If he is not mentally ready to take on those daunting tasks, which even great pitchers face on a regular basis, his development could be set back drastically.In Baltimore, they should be all too familiar with these situations, watching pitchers like Zach Britton and Brian Matusz display early success, to only be demoted after not handling adversity.  Will the Orioles have to send Gausman back down after a few starts?Gausman could help the Orioles get back on pace but the odds are against him.  The Orioles are putting a player, they are dependent on for their long-term future, in a bad spot and risking his career over a bad week of baseball.last_img read more

Earthquake-causing meteor leaves southeast Michigan residents awestruck

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first_img Related ABC News(NEW HAVEN, Mich.) — Residents of southeast Michigan were left a bit shaken Tuesday night after a big bright flash lit up the sky and the ground beneath them shook.A flying saucer? No. A shooting star? Not quite.The National Weather Service eventually solved the mystery, tweeting “USGS confirms meteor occurred around 810 pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake.”According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was centered about five miles west-southwest of New Haven, Michigan, located about 40 miles northeast of Detroit.Initially though, as curious residents took to social media by droves to share videos of the dazzling display, the National Weather Service wasn’t so sure what these star-gazers had seen.“After reviewing several observational datasets, the NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor. We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor,” read a tweet posted nearly two hours before the NWS confirmed it was a meteor.The American Meteor Society’s report map illustrated that the meteor was visible in six states and in Canada.The sparkling display sent social media users into a frenzy, making “#meteor” a top 5 trending topic in the U.S. on Twitter. One Twitter user captured the entire display in a 10-second dashcam video.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more