C-NS boys volleyball edged by Shenenedhowa in regionals

first_imgSecond, the opponent, Section II champion Shenendehowa, had to win a regional match against Section I champion the night before, and even if it was a three-set sweep over Section I’s Suffern.Once it got underway, though, any concerns about fatigue on the Plainsmen’s part dissipated when it won the opening set 25-19.Trailing for one of the few times all season, C-NS quickly caught up, easily winning the second set 25-13, but this only proved the prelude to the heavy drama the rest of the night. Undefeated, and with a fifth consecutive Section III title secured away, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team set out to grab the only prize it really wanted.In order to have it, though, the Northstars would have to make it through last Saturday night’s Division I regional final at Fayetteville-Manlius, and it almost did – but ended up on the wrong end of a painful five-set defeat to Shenendehowa.Going in, C-NS seemed to have all of the advantages. To start with, it was playing close to home, on a familiar court where it had won during the regular season when it had beaten F-M. A close third set tilted in both directions before the Northstars prevailed, 25-22, helped by timely blocks at the net from Carter Wisely and John Hendry.And it had chances to put away the match in the fourth set, too, only to see Shen fight back and, by that same 25-22 margin, pull back even.The final set was a race to 15 points, and to win by two. C-NS led through most of it, and at 14-13 had one match point. Shen fought it off, regained the serve and got its own match point –which it converted.By that tiny 16-14 margin, the Northstars’ perfect season and state championship dreams were dashed, but it is still a relatively young team with just four seniors graduating, though it includes Wisely and Dan Seliger.With main setter Brandon Millias and libero Trace LaRobardiere, along with Hendry, Kevin Felasco and Grant Sennett, among a large group of returning players for 2020 means that another C-NS push for that elusive state title is quite likely.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: C-NSvolleyballlast_img read more

2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Roster

first_img56 x-Jordan ZumwaltLB6-423510-13-19910UCLA 60 Greg WarrenC6-325210-18-198110NorthCarolina 3 Landry JonesQB6-322104-04-19892Oklahoma 7 Ben RoethlisbergerQB6-524103-02-198211Miami(OH) 57 Terence GarvinLB6-322101-01-19912WestVirginia 98 Vince WilliamsLB6-125012-27-19892FloridaState No. PlayerPosHtWtBornExpCollege 84 Antonio BrownWR5-1018607-10-19885CentralMichigan 11 Markus WheatonWR5-1118202-07-19912OregonState 22 William GayCB5-1019001-01-19858Louisville 85 Darrius Heyward-BeyWR6-221902-26-19876Maryland 73 Ramon FosterG6-632501-07-19866Tennessee 21 Robert GoldenS5-1120209-13-19903Arizona 90 Steve McLendonNT6-432001-03-19865Troy 34 Dri ArcherRB5-817308-09-19910KentState 99 Brett KeiselDE6-528509-19-197813BrighamYoung 94 Lawrence TimmonsLB6-123405-14-19868FloridaState 5 Bruce GradkowskiQB6-122001-27-19839Toledo 6 Shaun SuishamK6-020012-29-198110BowlingGreen 79 x-Bryant BrowningG6-432506-26-19881OhioState 67 Wesley JohnsonT6-529701-09-19910Vanderbilt 77 Marcus GilbertT6-633002-15-19884Florida 46 Will JohnsonRB6-223811-14-19893WestVirginia xx B.W. WebbCB5-1119005-03-19902William&Mary 82 Michael PalmerTE6-525201-18-19885Clemson 28 Cortez AllenCB6-119610-29-19884Citadel 93 Jason WorildsLB6-226203-03-19885VirginiaTech 53 Maurkice PounceyC6-430407-24-19895Florida Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin thanks fans as he walks off Heinz Field after a 20-7 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 29. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Head Coach: Mike Tomlin 96 Cam ThomasDT6-433012-12-19865NorthCarolinacenter_img 27 LeGarrette BlountRB6-025012-05-19865Oregon 74 Chris HubbardG6-428604-23-19911UAB 66 David DeCastroG6-531601-11-19903Stanford 29 Shamarko ThomasS5-921702-23-19912Syracuse 25 Brice McCainCB5-918712-10-19866Utah 10 Martavis BryantWR6-421112-20-19910Clemson 23 Mike MitchellS6-021006-10-19876Ohio 55 Arthur MoatsLB6-225003-14-19885JamesMadison 74 Daniel McCullersNT6-735208-11-19920Tennessee 76 Mike AdamsT6-732303-10-19903OhioState 16 Lance MooreWR5-919008-31-19839Toledo 83 Heath MillerTE6-525610-22-198210Virginia 68 Kelvin BeachumG6-330306-08-19893SouthernMethodist 89 Matt SpaethTE6-726011-24-19838Minnesota 72 Cody WallaceG6-430011-26-19845TexasA&M 43 Troy PolamaluS5-1020704-19-198112USC 9 Brad WingP6-320501-27-19911LSU 26 Le’Veon BellRB6-124402-18-19922MichiganState x-Injured reserve 51 Sean SpenceLB5-1123106-07-19902Miami(FL) 24 Ike TaylorCB6-219505-05-198012Louisiana-Lafayette 95 Jarvis JonesLB6-224510-13-19892Georgia 97 Cameron HeywardDE6-528805-06-19894OhioState 50 Ryan ShazierLB6-123709-06-19920OhioState 20 Will AllenS6-120006-17-198211OhioState 41 Antwon BlakeCB5-919808-08-19903UTEP 91 Stephon TuittDE6-530305-23-19930NotreDame 15 Justin BrownWR6-320903-10-19911Oklahomalast_img read more

Urchin Genome Hyped by Media as Human Cousin

first_imgThe publication of a new genome for a plant or animal is becoming routine.  For some reason, the news media instantly jumped on claims that the genome of the sea urchin, published in Science, means that evolution is all but figured out, and that we should each feel a special place in our hearts for these our brethren.  Examples of press releases emphasizing our kinship to these spiny ocean-bottom creatures:Baylor College of Medicine:  On EurekAlert, “Decoded sea urchin genome shows surprising relationship to man: Discoveries include novel immune system, unexpected sensory proteins and broad similarity to human genes.”Carnegie Mellon:  EurekAlert says the genome will prove useful for research into “evolutionary relationships with humans and other vertebrates.”Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory:  EurekAlert’s copy of the press release says, “Scientists makes good use of its surprising similarity to humans.”  It also stresses, “sea urchins are remarkably similar to humans in many ways, sharing most of the same gene families, and yet differ in a few critical areas besides the obvious physical ones.”University of South Florida:  the EurekAlert announcement didn’t say as much about urchins and human relationships, but titled the release, “Insight into evolution of adaptive immunity boosted by sea urchin genome sequencing” and talked about the evolutionary split that led to us.Brown University:  The press release from Brown University began, “Scientists have long known that humans and sea urchins are closely related.  In fact, these animals are the only invertebrates on the human branch of the evolutionary tree of life.  Now that the sea urchin genome is sequenced and assembled, that genetic connection is even clearer.”Live Science:  “Surprise!  Your Cousin’s a Sea Urchin” chimed Jeanna Bryner at Live Science.  Her Darwin commercial was aired verbatim on other news sources, like MSNBC and Fox News.National Geographic:  By now the refrain has become a sing-along: “Sea Urchin Genome Reveals Striking Similarities to Humans,” writes Stefan Lovgren and National Geographic News.Mischievous little English boys in Dickens novels have been called urchins, but perhaps never before have so many associations been made in one day between the little purple ocean porcupines and human beings.Have you seen many things in your life more absurd than the Darwin Party mass hypnosis attacks every time somebody hints that Emperor Charlie might have a new fig leaf for his costume?  They can’t validate common ancestry based on such things.  Didn’t we just learn that genes may be minor players in the genetic machinery that make humans and animals different? (11/09/2006).  Have they never considered there are other explanations, for similarities, like modular design?  Don’t they realize that finding an advanced immune system in a lowly sea creature represents a huge evolutionary conundrum?  What on earth are they thinking?  They’re not; for all intents and purposes, they’re divining (09/29/2006).  They are searching for the spirit of Charlie in molecules of DNA.  Supposedly this is an improvement on livers and entrails.To claim an ancestral relationship in this genome, the Darwinists have to purposely ignore a horde of contrary evidence reported frequently in these pages (follow the Genetics and Evolution chain links for plenty of examples, e.g. 09/16/2006, 06/08/2006, 11/20/2005, 11/06/2005, and 08/20/2003).    There are many problems in the sea urchin genome they are not telling you about.  For instance, scientists were startled to find some genes with drastic differences from vertebrates, and others almost perfectly conserved.  And regarding that amazing immune system, they found more immunity genes in the urchin than in the human by an order of magnitude.  Neither of these observations comport with the image of gradual evolution by natural selection.  Then there is the problem that such advanced genes are found in one of most primitive of the deuterostomes.  This pushes the problem of the origin of complexity further back into some mythical ancestor.For now, just focus on the media’s strange behavior.  Reporters go bonkers in their euphoria at the Charlie Parades, because they have sold their souls to the dogma that Charlie must be worshiped no matter what the evidence, and defended against the new God in town at all costs.  This makes them chant all the louder, “Great is Darwina of the Evolutionists!’  It looks so silly.  It is so unbecoming reporters who are supposed to challenge claims and present all sides of a story.  Look at them.  Look how they brag on being related to tiny spiny denizens of tide pools lacking eyes, ears, and thinking brains.  They might as well be urchins.  They have a special place in their hearts for bottom dwellers.  We should shame the dickens out of such mischief.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bulls win Cape Epic for second time

first_img30 March 2009Despite its fearsome reputation, this year’s Absa Cape Epic, which ended in Lourensford on Saturday, saw only 118 riders of the 1 196 cyclists that had entered the eight-day event fail to finish. It was the highest percentage of finishers in the history of the race, even though many participants felt it was the toughest edition of the Cape Epic yet.Known as “the Magical and Untamed African MTB race”, this year’s event, brought together many of the world’s leading mountain biking competitors, for seven gruelling stages, covering 685 kilometres.The early pace in the race was set by the powerful combination of Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser, the cross-country mountain bike world champion and South Africa’s Burry Stander, the world under-23 cross-country champion.Altered the outcomeRiding as Songo.info, the pair dominated proceedings, building up a six-minute lead, until the kind of mishap that can happen at any time in a tough event like the Cape Epic occurred and incontrovertibly altered the outcome of the race.Heading down a downhill track near Greyton, during stage four, Stander had an accident and destroyed the front wheel of his bicycle. Max Knox, one of South Africa’s top MTB competitors, in a magnanimous gesture gave his bike to Stander so that Songo.info could carry on.They eventually finished 20 minutes behind the stage winners in ninth place, but worse was yet to come for the former race leaders. The race referees, after a number of teams had objected to the help received by Stander, penalised Songo.info a further 15 minutes. Later, this was extended to an hour when Sauser admitted that Stander’s broken bike had been carried by a third party.Bulls in the leadFrom being comfortably in charge of the race, the Swiss/South African combination tumbled down the standings and out of serious contention, leaving the way clear for Team Bulls, consisting of the German duo of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, to take the stage victory and move into the overall lead.It would prove hard to dislodge them from first place. After all, Platt and Sahm had finished runners-up in 2008 and had won the race in 2007.The stage win by Team Bulls came at a price, however, and it required a tremendous amount of courage from Karl Platt to ensure they took the line honours. He had dislocated a shoulder in the race’s prologue and dislocated it once more on the fourth stage.Songo.info stage winsSauser and Stander fought back on the next stage, pushing hard to stand atop the podium for the stage. In fact, the Songo.info riders captured five of the seven stages, as well as the prologue, but they couldn’t overcome the time they lost on stage five.Victory on the last day went to Spain’s Lukas and Mathias Fluckiger, with the South African combination of Brandon Stewart and Max Knox, Team DCM Chrome, finishing second.They were followed across the line by the Multivgan Merida team of Germany’s Hannes Genze and Jochen Kaess. Fourth place was shared by Platt and Sahm of Team Bulls, who finished arm-in-arm with Songo.info’s Sauser and Stander.Overall winAlthough Team Bulls took the overall win, it was only on stage four that they finished ahead of Songo.info. They claimed the overall title with a time of 28 hours, 10 minutes, 13.8 seconds.It was a third victory in the event for Platt who, besides his win with Sahm in 2007, also took the honours in 2004 with Namibia’s Mannie Heymans.Second place went to the Trek-Brentjens team of Bart Brentjens, from the Netherlands, and Chris Jongewaard, from Australia, in 28 hours, 15 minutes, 07.9 seconds.Sweden’s Emil Lindgren and Switzerland’s Andreas Klugler, racing as Felt Factory 2, finished in third place.The top South African team was the MTN Energade combination of Kevin Evans and David George, who picked up the Best African Team award. Songo.info, the dominant team in the race, had to settle for sixth position.Women’s winThe Absa Ladies team of England’s Sharon Laws and South Africa’s Hanlie Booyens dominated the ladies’ race. They won every stage, which gave them a convincing overall victory.Laws and Booyens finished in 37 hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds, over five hours ahead of second placed Robyn Adendorff and Sarah van Heerden of WSP – Jeep Girls, an all-South African team. Another South African pair, Nolene Saunders and Sarah Wielopolska, racing as Tread Magazine, took third place.MixedMountain Bike Hall of Fame member Alison Syder captured the mixed title with South Africa’s Nico Pfitzenmaier in 32 hours, 13 minutes, 09.5 seconds. Racing as the Adidas Tree team, they ended nearly 40 minutes ahead of Epic rookies, Esther Suss and Marcel Bartholet of Switzerland, competing as Team Wheeler iXS Pro.IMC/Momentum GT/Activeworx – an all South African duo, made up of Yolanda Speedy and Paul Cordes – completed the podium positions.MastersThere was a fantastic dice for honours in the Masters category. Victory went to Doug Brown of South Africa and Barti Bucher of Switzerland, the Absa Masters, who finished just over three minutes ahead of Cycle Lab Toyota’s Shan Wilson and Andrew Mclean.Over three-and-a-half hours further back, Doug Andrews and Rich Bartlett of the USA secured third place.The Absa Cape Epic is the most widely televised mountain bike race in the world. The 2008 race was broadcast in more than 175 countries in 17 languages.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

UPDATED: US bans electronic devices from cabins on some airlines.

first_imgThe US government has confirmed it has banned electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and cameras from cabin baggage on flights to the US  from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa.The ban affects flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries and nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. People will still be allowed to take mobile phones  with them and medical devices are also exempt.The ban was revealed in tweets from airlines and the Associated Press reported it covered  all direct flights to the US from Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates..Dubai-based Emirates confirmed that the ban will take effect from March 25 to October this year while Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, which also said it was affected, warned that travellers would have to put the devices in their checked luggage at their point of origin. “Mobile phones and medical devices are permitted but larger items such as laptops, tablets, cameras and e-readers will need to be placed into checked-in baggage,” Etihad said. ” For those guests bound for the U.S., this must be done at the point of origin which may not necessarily be at Abu Dhabi International Airport.”It is understood that other impacted airlines are Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways and Royal Air Maroc,US media reports said that authorities had relied on “evaluated intelligence” about unspecified terror threats to make the call.  The BBC’s security correspondent, Frank Gardner, said this meant that US intelligence had  either intercepted discussion of a possible extremist plot or had been passed word of one by a human informant.”The Middle Eastern and North African airports affected are nearly all ones with close, friendly relations with Washington, so this will be seen by some as a drastic and unpopular measure,” he said.A tweet from Royal Jordanian which alerted media to the move said instructions from “concerned US departments’’ cited laptops, tablets, cameras DVD players and electronic games as examples of items which needed to be carried in checked baggage.While US authorities declined to comment on a specific reason for the move,  there is speculation it could be related to laptop bomb detonated on Dubai-based carrier Daallo as it departed the Somali capital of Mogadishu in February, 2016.The laptop was thought to have been rigged with a timer set to explode when the plane was at cruising altitude but a delay meant it was still at 14,000ft when it detonated and blew a hole in the fuselage.The only casualty was the alleged bomber, who was apparently blown out of the plane, and the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility.Still unclear is how the US authorities assessed the safety implications of placing a big number of electronic items generally powered by lithium ion batteries in the hold. There have been a number of instances of batteries overheating and these have been easier to detect because they have been in the cabin.last_img read more

Nadal loses, hopes over for 4 Slams in a row

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal (right) reacts as he talks with compatriot David Ferrer at the net after his quarterfinal loss to Ferrer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday.Rafael Nadal’s bid to win four straight Grand Slam tournaments is over.An injury-affected Nadal lost for the second straight year in the Australian Open quarterfinals, going down 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.Nadal, who appeared to have tears in his eyes during a changeover while trailing 3-0 in the third set, took a medical timeout for an apparent leg injury after three games and was clearly out of sorts, failing to chase down balls that he would ordinarily return easily.”This is a difficult day for me,” Nadal said, adding that he preferred to not talk about the nature of the injury.”Today I can’t do more than what I did, he played at a very high level.”When pressed about the injury, Nadal added: “I don’t have to tell you what I felt on the court, but it is obvious I did not feel at my best. I had a problem with the match at the very beginning, and after that, the match was almost over.”It was the second year in a row he lost in the quarterfinals here due to injury – in 2010 he retired against Andy Murray due to a right knee ailment that kept him off the tour for two months, again on the Australia Day national holiday.advertisement”This is one big victory for me, but it’s not like a victory really,” seventh-seeded Ferrer said on court after the match.”He was playing with injury … and I had luck. But I played my game.”Nadal, who didn’t bother chasing the winner on match point, won last year’s French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open and was trying to add the Australian title so he could hold all four major trophies at once. That hasn’t been achieved since Rod Laver won four in a row in 1969.Nadal didn’t want to elaborate on his injury, saying he didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse when he lost matches.”In general, I had a virus. When you have a virus, your body goes down and you have more risk of everything,” he said of a sickness he picked up in Doha at the start of the year and carried into the tournament. “That’s probably what happened. That’s the simple thing.”The fireworks that would have lit up the tennis world had Nadal won his fourth in a row came Wednesday night during the match – Australia Day celebrations forced a 10-minute interruption while the sky outside Rod Laver was lit up by a pyrotechnics show.As the fireworks exploded, Nadal changed his shirt and briefly left the stadium. He came back a couple of minutes later and took off his right shoe and rubbed his toes and sock.After losing the second set, the usually fidgety Nadal slumped in his chair at the changeover, completely still with his head bent.The crowd cheered almost exclusively for Nadal – “Come on, Rafa,” – they roared, while often applauding Ferrer’s errors.All, eventually, for nothing.Nadal picked up a virus two weeks ago. He sweated profusely in several of his matches, but appeared to be over his problems, saying after his fourth-round win over Marin Cilic that he was “perfect physically.”Murray won’t have to get past Nadal this year, but he will have to beat Ferrer and either defending champion Roger Federer or 2008 champion Novak Djokovic to claim his first major title.He advanced earlier Wednesday with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov, after Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva advanced to the women’s semifinals.Clijsters, the growing favorite in the women’s draw, advanced to a semifinal against No. 2 Zvonareva, whom she beat in the final at the U.S. Open last September. It will be the 10th tour meeting for the pair, with Clijsters holding a 6-3 advantage.Clijsters had some nervous moments in her 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska. None were as bad as when some air force planes flew in formation overhead as part of celebrations for the Australia Day holiday. Cannons went off earlier when Zvonareva started the Australia Day proceedings with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova.Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki plays Li Na of China in another semifinal Thursday, before Federer and third-seeded Djokovic meet in a night semifinal.Dolgopolov had already beaten 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and French Open finalist Robin Soderling and has the kind of unorthodox game that can unsettle higher-ranked players.advertisementApart from the second set, when 2010 finalist Murray didn’t lose a point on serve until he had triple set point, momentum swung frequently.Dolgopolov had 77 unforced errors, mainly because he was trying to push Murray to the extremes. In the first set, it took Murray more than 10 minutes and four set points to finally win the 12th game.Murray spent a lot of time talking – maybe swearing – to himself.”I was trying to get myself pumped up,” Murray said. “It was very slow, cool conditions out on the court. You need to make sure you’re moving your feet a lot when you’re out there. You need to urge yourself to play a solid, stable match, not make too many mistakes.”Clijsters is the only Grand Slam winner into the women’s semis, although she’s still seeking her first major title outside of America.”I hope the experience can help me a little bit,” Clijsters said. “But there are some tough players out there, we have Nos. 1, 2, 3 still in and Li Na has been playing really well. So it is going to be really tough.Zvonareva has lost the last two Grand Slam finals, to Clijsters in New York and Serena Williams at Wimbledon.Clijsters was up a set and a break before Radwanska rallied, winning three straight games to lead 5-4 with a chance to serve for the second set.Zvonareva wore a black ribbon on her hat in honor of the 35 victims of the suicide bombing at a Moscow airport this week. Her quarterfinal also featured a couple distractions.Zvonareva and Kvitova were surprised when cannons went off in a nearby park. And Zvonareva asked that the match be stopped for a few minutes while a woman in her sight line was given medical attention in the stands, but chair umpire Mariana Alves told them to continue.”I didn’t know they were going to start this noise during our match, it was a difficult moment,” said Zvonareva, who led the final set 3-0 before the disruptions but saw Kvitova level it at 4-4. “You’re here to play tennis … I was trying to keep my concentration.”At the end of the day, a reflective Nadal pondered his loss in the quarterfinals again. He had two months off before rejoining the tour, preparing him for what became his best year to date.”Last year I had a fantastic year,” he said. “I think it is almost impossible to repeat that. I still hope to have a lot of really good moments.”last_img read more

Ryan Bader KOs Fedor Emelianenko in 35 seconds for Bellator heavyweight belt

first_imgSurging Tennessee beats West Virginia for 14th straight win US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Bader comfortably won his first two Grand Prix fights, stopping Muhammed Lawal and earning a decision over Matt Mitrione.The vaunted wrestler has been known to make mistakes in striking exchanges during his bouts, but he didn’t even give Fedor a chance to hurt him.Emelianenko has always made up for his lack of heavyweight size with quickness and athleticism, but he was stopped for the fourth time in his last 11 fights.Emelianenko and Bader won two fights apiece to reach the final of the tournament conceived last year by Bellator to highlight its biggest stars.Emelianenko stopped veterans Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen in the first round of his fights, demonstrating his feared punching power hadn’t diminished much with age.ADVERTISEMENT Bader added the heavyweight title to his 205-pound light heavyweight belt with his seventh consecutive victory. The former Arizona State wrestler showed his dominance in Bellator’s biggest weight classes with two opening-minute stoppages while winning his three bouts in the eight-man Grand Prix.The quickest loss in the 42-year-old Emelianenko’s storied career also might have been his final fight. Although he had won seven of his past eight bouts, The Last Emperor (38-6) planned to consider retirement even with a victory — and his chin could no longer hold up to punches from the likes of Bader.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I want to give it up to that man across the cage from me,” Bader said. “He’s had a storied career. One of the best to ever do it. It’s an honor for me to be in the cage with him and win the heavyweight title. Lot of respect to him.”The 35-year-old Bader is one of the world’s top fighters outside the UFC, where he competed for eight years before leaving in 2017. He won the light heavyweight title in his first bout for Bellator, and he entered the Grand Prix for the chance to join the small club of fighters to hold two belts simultaneously in a major MMA promotion. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READcenter_img Ryan Bader, right, knocks out Fedora c during their mixed martial arts heavyweight world title bout at Bellator 214 on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Ryan Bader stopped Fedor Emelianenko just 35 seconds into the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix finale Saturday night, becoming the first Bellator fighter to hold two championship belts simultaneously.Bader (27-5) floored the vaunted Russian heavyweight with a left hook from distance in the opening exchanges of their long-anticipated bout. He added a right hand on the ground and a hammer fist, forcing the early stoppage at the famous Forum south of downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT The former Russian Army firefighter was a near-mythical figure in the early years of MMA’s growth into an international sport. Emelianenko, who trained in judo and the Russian martial art of sambo, won 30 of his first 32 MMA fights while landing a string of spectacular knockouts and excelling as a heavyweight despite standing just 6 feet tall.Emelianenko never fought in the UFC even after numerous attempts to bring him to the sport’s biggest promotion, which meant he never faced some of the sport’s top competition. Although his aura of invincibility dissipated with three consecutive losses in 2010-11 and a subsequent three-year hiatus from competition, he was on a lengthy roll of success heading into the grand prix finale.In a co-main event between two elite featherweights from nearby Whittier, California, Henry Corrales stopped promising prospect Aaron Pico with one spectacular punch just 67 seconds in. Pico knocked down Corrales and nearly finished him in the opening minute, but Corrales got up and landed a right hand to the head, rendering Pico unconscious on his feet.Former professional wrestler Jake Hager also made a successful pro MMA debut, submitting 41-year-old heavyweight J.W. Kiser in the first round with an arm triangle.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more


first_imgPhotographs taken by Sporting Images at the 2004 School Sport Australia Touch Championships, will be available for viewing at www.sportingimages.com.au from Friday November 5th. Please contact Sporting Images for all enquiries. The 2004 School Sport Championships have dominated touch news in the last week. All stories have been archived from the ATA homepage but can be viewed under the `National Youth Events’ link. This link can be found by using `Tournaments’ on the left hand side of the homepage and then clicking on National Youth Events or by using the link SCHOOL SPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS LINK and clicking on 2004.last_img

Alabama Football: Here’s Video Of Nick Saban Dancing To Greek Folk Music

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)As you’d imagine, the photos and video taken at Kristen Saban’s wedding this past Saturday have provided a treasure trove’s worth of content for Alabama fans. So far, we’ve shown you the fireworks at Bryant-Denny, the “Sweet Home Alabama” rendition and the happy couple dancing with Big Al mascot heads. But we saved perhaps the best clip of all for last.Here’s Nick Saban dancing to some greek folk music – presumably to celebrate the heritage of his daughter’s husband.We’ve seen him do the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. This might be the best we’ve seen yet from him, however.last_img read more