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Arum: Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch likely

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first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH (L-R): CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe, WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, and Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum pose during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and Pacquiao will face each other in a unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI / AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKIHOLLYWOOD—It wasn’t just eye contact between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at ringside, after all.Mayweather, the flamboyant American who retired as unbeaten champion, gave his former ring rival the thumbs up after Pacquiao’s dominant conquest of Jessie Vargas on Saturday night at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT “He (Mayweather) was having eye contact (with Pacquiao),” said Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser. “Yeah, because even after the fight, when Manny stood in that corner and and put his hands up for his fans, he looked at Floyd and Floyd gave him the thumbs up. i saw it.”That little gesture could be a sign of bigger things to come as Mayweather had announced that he’s contemplating on returning to the ring he ruled with Pacquiao several years back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentCoincidentally, promoter Bob Arum told ESPN on Monday that Pacquiao will definitely fight in the spring and there’s a 75 percent chance that he’d be facing Mayweather in a rematch.Pacquiao and Mayweather tangled in a super blockbuster in May 2015, with the American beating the eighth-division world champion, who suffered a rotator cuff tear on his right shoulder in the course of the bout,  by unanimous decision. View comments MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 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 FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img Nowhere near what a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch will generate, of course.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His injury completely healed, Pacquiao staged a virtuoso performance to wrest Vargas’ World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.With his similarly lopsided victory over Tim Bradley last April 9 factored in, Pacquiao was put back on top of the pound-for-pound rankings by some boxing evaluating bodies.On Monday, Pacquiao told a small group of foreign and Filipino reporters at his Wynn suite jokingly said that he’s probably in the top 50 of the pound-for-pound list.Among those cited by Pacquiao as top pound-for-pound contenders are Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenco.Apart from Mayweather, Koncz said he is also considering Adrien Broner for Pacquiao’s next assignment because the fight will sell.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Manny Pacquiao signs new deal with Chinese sportswear brand Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

Raptors OK mentally, Warriors shaky physically in NBA Finals

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first_imgOlympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay LATEST STORIES Golden State held on to win 109-104, tying the series that moves to Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4. The Raptors lost the game and home-court advantage, but not any of their belief that they can win the series.“We fought back and we know that going towards Game 3 we’ve got to play a lot better, and it’s going to be even harder on the road,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said, “but we’re capable and we know what we bring to the table.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Warriors aren’t quite sure, at least as it relates to their health.They are hoping Kevin Durant is close to returning from a seven-game absence with a strained right calf, and that Klay Thompson can play after he limped off the court early in the fourth quarter Sunday. The Warriors said Thompson had an MRI exam Monday that indicated a mild left hamstring strain and that he would be listed as questionable for Game 3. So the Warriors were in no condition to dance their way back across the border in this first NBA Finals to be played outside the U.S. — in fact, DeMarcus Cousins posted an Instagram picture of him and Andre Iguodala being moved through the airport in wheelchairs.But they wouldn’t have been too excited even in peak condition. They’ve played in so many series during their run to five straight finals that they understand better than anyone how momentum works.“It swings so much. They’ve gone through it, too, when they were down 0-2 last series and won four straight games,” Iguodala said. “We won two games at home and went to Houston and lost two and everyone thought the world was ending, especially with our team. Certain things that we pick up along the way, that experience will help us with emotional swings from game to game in this series.”ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Iguodala hit the clinching 3-pointer after the Raptors had clawed their way within two points by scoring 10 straight in the final minutes. It certainly seemed it would be easier for the Warriors after their 18-0 run to start the third quarter, an NBA Finals record to begin a half, had put them in control.Toronto stayed in it thanks to Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds, and an assault on the backboards in which they outscored the Warriors 23-0 in second-chance points.It might take even more than that to get a game at Oracle Arena, where the two-time defending champions will play Wednesday for the first time in nearly three weeks. Golden State hasn’t played a home game since Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against Portland on May 16.“The only thing that matters is the four. Four wins,” Leonard said. “Once you get it, two wins, three wins, it does not matter. Just take one game at a time and just play through the adversity.”That’s what the Warriors did in Game 2, when they turned to all the tricks they’ve learned and pulled a rabbit out of their hats.Now they have to hope they won’t run out of rabbits.“Obviously, we have the star power, but when you bring guys off the bench, that goes a long way,” backup guard Quinn Cook said. “I don’t think they’ll get tired for the finals. There are two days between games. They’ll be back hungry on Wednesday, just like us. We just have to keep being better.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Golden State Warriors’ Shaun Livingston (34), Stephen Curry (30), Quinn Cook (4) and Draymond Green (23) during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors feel good mentally, and they are certainly in better shape physically than the Golden State Warriors.The Raptors know they have outplayed Golden State for perhaps 90 of the 96 minutes of the NBA Finals, and they almost overcame the one brutal stretch where they didn’t. Despite being blanked for nearly half the third quarter of Game 2, the Raptors were within two points in the final seconds.ADVERTISEMENT NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Chooks-to-Go, Coca-Cola tie up to help PH’s Olympic 3X3 bid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. They will be without Kevon Looney, who has been their best center in the postseason. He will be out indefinitely because of a non-displaced cartilage fracture on the right side of his ribcage that he sustained in Game 2.last_img read more

Marshfield freshmen football loses at Ben Franklin

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first_imgHunter Hanson scores Tigers’ only touchdownBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield freshmen football team dropped a 14-7 decision to Stevens Point Ben Franklin on Thursday at Marshfield High School.Hunter Hanson scored the Tigers’ lone touchdown on a 12-yard run, and Ryan Krueger added the extra point kick.Nolan Hertel, D.J. Zimmermann, and Sam Mitchell led the Marshfield defense in tackles, and Riley Boushack and Mason Coffren had fumble recoveries for the Tigers.The Marshfield freshmen play at Wausau West on Sept. 10.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Photo library: Infrastructure 15

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first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal: A ship docked at the harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal: Coal export harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: Steel exports at the harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: Huge piles of wood chips for export at the harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: Dolosse, irregularly shaped concrete blocks invented in South Africa, help protect the sea wall at the harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: The harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: The harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: The harbour. » Download high-res image Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal province: The harbour. » Download high-res image INFRASTRUCTURE 15: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Looking For the Next Big Thing: Amazon Announces Fifth Annual AWS Start-up Challenge

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first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts dan rowinskicenter_img Tags:#Amazon#cloud computing#web Amazon announced today its fifth annual Amazon Web Services Start-up Challenge for entrepreneurs using AWS. This year the contest has been expanded globally and will reward 15 regional semifinalists, five each from the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe/Middle East/Africa. This time Amazon has teamed with YouNoodle.com, a global entrepreneurship network and contest platform to help administer the contest. Past finalists of the AWS Start-up Challenge include Justin.tv (in 2007), cloud-computing email productivity service Sonian Corp. (2008) and Yieldex.AWS and other cloud providers like RackSpace have been pivotal in the next-generation explosion of web and mobile applications that have changed the dynamic of the current era of technology disruption. Amazon’s ease-of-use and elastic pricing model has lowered the bar for startups looking to experiment with their products and scale quickly. By opening the contest to a worldwide audience this year, Amazon has set its sights not just on the Silicon Valley crowd but also on disruptive developer hotbeds across the globe.One of the purposes of Amazon’s contest is not just to find new startups using AWS, but also as a way to keep its nose on the ground floor of innovation. The current tech giants not only want to grow their own product offerings but also find the next Google or Twitter in the rough, especially those that are already using the company’s existing infrastructure. Imagine if Apple had invested in Google in 1998 (which could have easily happened) and the two companies grew within each other over the past 13 years. Of course, no one can tell what kind of course each would have taken (maybe AdWords is never created and Google just becomes an interesting algorithm in the footnotes of history) but the thought is intriguing to the more successful companies like Amazon as well as angel investors and venture capitalists.Sonian is an interesting example. Its goal is to archive electronic communications, files and unstructured content to create actionable intelligence (decision making through data analysis). After a couple of false starts, Sonian and CTO Greg Arnette were able to employ AWS in a cost-effective way that makes Sonian an interesting archiving engine and example of the powers of the cloud. Arnette frequents speaking engagements to help to explain businesses how to institute a cloud strategy and what the pitfalls will be with any cloud infrastructure, especially a third-party one such as AWS.Each of the 15 finalists will receive $2,500 in AWS credits and six finalists will be awarded a $10,000 package including credits and a trip to Palo Alto, Calif. for the final round of judging. The winner will receive $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS credits. Entrants must have made $10 million with their product but also not have accepted more than $10 million in venture funding. This way Amazon can whittle down potential winners or acquisitions by those that have had a degree of success but are also still in early-stage funding rounds, hence ripe to be integrated into Amazon, should the company choose. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Corus shares soar after it reports 40M Q2 profit beats expectations

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first_imgTORONTO – Shares of Corus Entertainment Inc. soared in trading Thursday after the company beat expectations as it reported a second-quarter profit of $40 million.The shares closed up almost 20 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the television and radio broadcaster says the profit amounted to 19 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Feb. 28.That compared with a profit of $24.9 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Corus said it earned 20 cents per share, up from 13 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 11 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.“We are pleased with this quarter’s results and the steady progress we are making against our strategic plan,” Corus chief executive Doug Murphy said in a statement.“Moving forward, Corus remains focused on maximizing and monetizing our high-value audiences, and we have a solid roadmap in place to position the organization for success over time within a changing media landscape.”Revenue in the second quarter totalled $369.5 million, up from $368.2 million a year ago.The increase came as television revenue totalled $336.2 million, up from $335.9 million a year ago, as lower advertising revenue was offset by gains in merchandising, distribution and other revenues.Radio revenue amounted to $33.2 million, up from $32.3 million.Shares in the company closed up $1.14 at $7.35. Despite the gains in the stock on Thursday, Corus shares remain well off their 52-week high of $14.10.The stock plunged in January after the company reported disappointing first-quarter results due to a weak television advertising market.Corus owns radio stations as well as conventional and specialty television services across the country including Global Television.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)last_img read more

MEG Energy CEO says Husky can pay a lot more in its

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first_imgMEG announced Thursday it has signed a three-year deal with Cenovus Energy Inc. to move 30,000 barrels per day through its Edmonton-area crude-by-rail loading terminal to markets in the U.S. Gulf Coast where it expects to get better prices.The Calgary-based company reported record production during the third quarter ended Sept. 30 of almost 99,000 barrels per day of bitumen, up from 83,000 bpd in the same period last year.Evans said it will advance a 20-day maintenance shutdown scheduled for next year to the current quarter to avoid current low prices, likely reducing fourth-quarter output by 4,000 to 6,000 bpd.“We believe that MEG offers one of the greatest value propositions in the Canadian oil and gas business so it’s not a surprise that a company like Husky would see that value and want to participate in our assets, technology, people and our upside,” he said.“The fact that Husky by their own statement has agreed just how valuable we are is flattering. However, everything comes at a price.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of MEG Energy Corp. says shareholders should continue to ignore a hostile takeover bid by Husky Energy Inc. because “by their own admission, Husky can afford to pay a lot more.”Derek Evans, on his first financial reporting conference call since being named CEO earlier this year, says Husky’s $11 per share cash-and-stock offer made in September is actually now worth just $9.61 because of changing share values.He says the offer is opportunistic because MEG produces only raw bitumen from its steam-driven oilsands wells, making any production that can’t get to U.S. markets subject to severe, but temporary, price discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend crude.last_img read more

How To Save MLB Free Agency

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Free agency is becoming less lucrative for MLB playersAverage value per contracted season for MLB free agents through the first 100 days of the past six offseasons Our pool of available free agents includes any player with major league experience who was granted free agency or released in October and November of each season. That excludes players signed internationally or those waived by a club before the season ended or later in the offseason.Source: The Baseball Cube 2018-195408015.01,066.81238.7 2015-165788214.02,298.318212.6 free agentsContracts OffseasontotalSigningsshare signedtotal valuetotal seasonsAvg. Value per season FanGraphs forecasts that payrolls could decline for the second straight year this season, while revenues grow and values of franchises soar.Moreover, the percentage of one-year deals signed has spiked. Of the 80 free-agent deals signed through Feb. 5 this offseason, 51 — or 63.8 percent — were of the one-year variety. That’s the greatest one-year contract share since at least the 2013-14 offseason, perhaps suggestive of players lessening their contract expectations.So how would restricted free agency help beyond getting players to the market earlier? It should also increase their share of revenue.Players with more than three years of service time but less than six are eligible for arbitration. The first year of arbitration eligibility is supposed to garner a player about 40 percent of their open-market value, the second year 60 percent, and the third year of arbitration approximately 80 percent, though that estimate does not always apply. While arbitration earnings are far greater than pre-arbitration salaries, which are typically near the minimum salary, they are still short of market value.The type of restricted free-agency system that owners attempted to implement in 1994 seems increasingly beneficial to players today. That system could have made young star Francisco Lindor a 25-year-old free agent this winter and Mookie Betts a 25-year-old free agent last winter.While clubs would likely fight today against something they proposed a quarter-century ago, free agency isn’t working as intended for many players. The union might need to be more creative and dig in for change.“As we approach the next round of collective bargaining, we’re going to be considering all aspects of the system, as we always do,” an MLBPA spokesperson told FiveThirtyEight in November.And perhaps that should include an examination of an idea that originated from the other side.Neil Paine contributed research. The average age of position players last season (28.1 years) was the youngest since 1979. That age has gradually declined from a peak of 29.3 years in 2004. The average age of pitchers has also declined from a free-agency-era peak of 29.2 years in 2005 to 28.4 last season, tied for the third-youngest this century.Yet the average debut age for hitters and pitchers has remained static.The average debut age last season was 24.3 years for hitters and 24.6 for pitchers. For hitters, the average debut age has ranged between 24.0 and 24.6 years since 2000, and for pitchers, it’s ranged between 23.8 and 24.9 years.What it all means is that hundreds of age 30-plus seasons have gone missing from baseball. In 2004, there were 250 players age 32 or older who recorded at least 100 plate appearances or faced 100 batters on the mound. Last season? There were 190 such players. There have only been four seasons — 1915, 1917, 1965 and 1975 — in which age 32 and older position players accounted for a lesser share of wins above replacement than last season, at 12.9 percent. The fifth-lowest share was 2017’s 13.1 percent.This youth movement is likely tied to performance-enhancing drug testing that began to be attached with penalties in 2004 as PEDs were thought to extend careers. But teams have also never had more data to understand how players age. Clubs seem increasingly unwilling to spend on 30-something free agents.And while the back end of careers are being squeezed, clubs are often accused of manipulating the service time of players, particularly elite-level prospects, on the front end of their careers to push down wages in prime earning years and gain more controllable years over players.While this offseason has warmed after an even colder start than the previous winter, the 2017-18 class was considered to be a weak crop of free agents. This year’s class was long considered elite, with some forecasting that the total contract amount would set a record, with $3 billion or more guaranteed to players. But the total dollars guaranteed through Feb. 5 — or 100 days after the World Series — hit just $1,066.78 million, which fell well short of the totals through the same point in recent offseasons, excluding the winter of 2017-18. And it’s not just total dollars that are off those of the not-so-distant past, but also the annual average value of contracts. 2017-18569508.8736.7957.8 2013-145307514.2%$1,527.5m152$10.1m 2016-175438014.71,295.41409.3 In the midst of the 1994-95 baseball strike, 38 players received surprising news: They had been granted free agency. They were a new type of free agent — a restricted free agent. Players with at least four years of service time in the major leagues but fewer than six — which is still required to become a free agent today — could field offers on the market. Their previous teams could match any offer they received, much like teams do in the NBA or NFL.As Major League Baseball remained engaged in a bitter labor dispute that wiped out the World Series, owners had declared an impasse and implemented the restricted free agency plan, along with a salary cap, to replace salary arbitration. The Boston Red Sox even reached verbal agreements with restricted free agents Sammy Sosa and Kevin Appier before the MLB players association filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and the owners’ new system was scrapped.MLB has not had a work stoppage since 1994-95, its longest stretch of labor peace in the free-agency era. But because free agency seems broken for many players, and accusations of collusion are being levied, there’s growing speculation that labor strife could await when the collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021 season.To save free agency, it turns out that players could actually benefit from what the owners proposed nearly a quarter-century ago. What players need is a pathway to the marketplace nearer their prime seasons.The MLBPA’s biggest problem with the current free-agency structure is that to become a free agent, a player must accumulate six full years of service time, which players typically reach after age 30. The average age of a free agent signed so far this winter was 32.2 years, according to data compiled by The Baseball Cube.1We used the player’s age as of the start of the season. Since the 2013-14 offseason, the average signing age has hovered around 33 years. That’s well past a player’s prime.Position players generally peak between age 26 and 28. Pitchers peak even earlier. Those years are almost always controlled by the club at below-market wages, unless a player debuts at an extremely young age like Bryce Harper (who was 19) and Manny Machado (20) — unusually young free agents who are entering their age-26 seasons.The other issue for players and free agency is that the game is becoming younger. 2014-155277213.71,558.614211.0 read more

Report Mousa Dembele close to completing £11m move to China

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first_imgTottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is reportedly closing in on an £11m switch to Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super LeagueThings haven’t gone so well for Dembele this season with just seven starts in 10 Premier League appearances due to the strong competition at Spurs and his own fitness problems.The Belgium international has been sidelined since injuring his ankle against Wolves at the beginning of November.And, with his contract due to expire this summer, Dembele and Dutch striker Vincent Janssen are expected to leave Spurs during this month’s transfer window.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Now the BBC reports that Dembele is on the brink of sealing an £11m move to China with Beijing Guoan.This comes despite Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claiming to be unaware of any interest from China in Dembele on Monday.Since arriving from Fulham in 2012, Dembele has managed 12 goals and 12 assists in 243 Premier League appearances for Spurs.last_img read more