Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line when he steps into the ring to face Andre Berto in Las Vegas on Sept. 12 in what could be the final fight of his career, it was announced on Tuesday.Mayweather, who beat Manny Pacquiao in May in what was billed as the “Fight of the Century”, will risk his WBC and WBA welterweight world titles against the power-punching, two-time welterweight world champion Berto (30-3) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.A victory for Mayweather would match the record of the late heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, who retired in April 1956 with an unblemished record of 49-0.“I’m ready to get back in the ring on September 12 and prove again to the whole world why I’m ‘The Best Ever,’” said the 38-year-old Mayweather.“I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception.“He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best. Forty-eight have tried before and on September 12, I’m going to make it 49.”Haitian-American Berto, who has lost three of his last six fights, sounded a confident note about finding the range against the elusive Mayweather, rated one of the greatest defensive fighters of all-time.“I’m coming to kick Floyd’s ass on September 12,” said Berto, 31, who has won his last two bouts.“Best believe that I plan to bring it to Floyd and I’m not concerned about what 48 other fighters have been unable to do. Somebody is getting knocked out and it won’t be me.”The match will be the sixth and final fight of a record-breaking deal between Mayweather and Showtime Networks, leading to speculation it could be the farewell match for the American.A world champion in five divisions, Mayweather made a reported $220 million from his unanimous decision over Pacquiao in what the most lucrative fight ever staged generating close to $600 million in revenue.Two other world championship fights are also planned for the pay-per-view telecast.Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2) will risk his WBO junior lightweight title in a rematch against the boxer he dethroned, four-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-2).Badou Jack “The Ripper” (19-1-1) will make the first defense of his WBC super middleweight title against mandatory challenger “Saint” George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs).
The National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Wednesday it was suspending the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus.The test result was reported shortly before the Jazz were due to play the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game was then scrapped.The league said the affected player, reportedly Jazz center Rudy Gobert, was not in the arena.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said.“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”Players from teams that Jazz has played in the past 10 days were told to self-quarantine, ESPN reported, citing sources.Those teams are the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors, the ESPN report added.More than 126,000 people have been infected globally by the flu-like virus and more than 4,600 have died, according to a Reuters tally based on official announcements. In the United States, about 1,280 people have been infected with 38 deaths.The pandemic rocked the North American sports calendar on Wednesday, leading to the cancellation of the figure-skating world championships and the announcement that college basketball’s annual ‘March Madness’ tournament would take place without fans in attendance.Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James tweeted http://bit.ly/2IF2noL: “Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc.“What we really need to cancel is 2020! Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe,” he wrote, likely alluding to the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in January.Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said his team were “stunned.”“This is a very serious time right now. I think the league moved appropriately and prudently,” he said.Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the situation was “crazy”.“This can’t be true,” he told ESPN as his team played the Denver Nuggets.“This is not in the realm of possibilities. This seems more like out of a movie than reality.”A game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings was also called off at the last minute, leading to tears from at least one young fan in attendance.The NBA playoffs were scheduled to tip off on April 18 with the finals set to begin on June 4.Following the NBA’s announcement, the National Hockey League said it was consulting with medical experts and would have a further update on Thursday.
RANKING SOARED NEW YORK (AP): Sloane Stephens never looked shaken by the setting or the stakes in her first Grand Slam final. Her opponent, Madison Keys, most definitely did. Stephens, 24, easily beat her close friend, 22-year-old Keys, 6-3, 6-0 to win the US Open yesterday, capping a remarkably rapid rise after sitting out eleven months because of foot surgery. “I should just retire now,” Stephens joked. “I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this. I mean, talk about a comeback.” The 83rd-ranked Stephens, who beat Venus Williams in the semi-finals, is only the second unseeded woman to win the tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968. A year ago, she sat out the US Open altogether because of what turned out to be a stress fracture in her left foot. She had an operation in January and made her season debut at Wimbledon in July, exiting in the first round. Lost her next match, too, in Washington. Since then, she has gone 15-2, and her ranking has soared from outside the top 900 to what will be around No. 20 as of Monday. Oh, and, don’t forget: She is now, and forever will be, a Grand Slam champion. This was only the second time in the Open era that two women were making their Grand Slam final debuts against each other in New York. Stephens most certainly handled the occasion better, claiming the last eight games and making only six unforced errors – Keys had 30 – in the entire 61-minute mismatch. There hadn’t been an all-American women’s final at Flushing Meadows since 2002, when Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus.
However, their disenchantment didn’t cut much ice with Iran coach Carlos Queiroz.“I must praise my players, they more than deserved this draw,” said the 61-year-old, who guided his native Portugal to the 2010 World Cup finals.“The most important thing is that everything is now open to us.”After a bright start from Nigeria, it was Iran who forced the only meaningful save of the afternoon from Vincent Enyeama as the Lille goalkeeper parried Reza Ghoochannejad’s headed effort.A point apiece leaves both sides tied for second place in Group F with Argentina leading the way thanks to their 2-1 win over Bosnia and Hercegovina on Sunday.Nigeria started by far the better of the two sides and had an effort on goal inside three minutes as Victor Moses’ low shot was comfortably held by Alireza Haghighi.The African champions had the ball in the net moments later, but Ahmed Musa was adjudged to have fouled Haghighi as they challenged for a high ball before Ogenyi Onazi slotted inches wide with Nigeria’s best opening of the half.The intensity from Nigeria then dropped as they were forced into a change midway through the half when former Everton defender Joseph Yobo replaced the injured Godfrey Oboabona.Iran’s only effort on goal in the opening 45 minutes produced the best stop of the game as Enyeama had to leap to his right to parry Charlton Athletic striker Reza’s header to safety from a fine Ashkan Dejagah corner.With no sign of a breakthrough coming early in the second-half, Nigeria boss Stephan Keshi introduced Newcastle United’s Shola Ameobi for the ineffectual Moses.However, Iran then went onto have their best spell in the game with Adranik Timotian firing wildly over when well-placed inside the area.Nigeria ended the game with four strikers on the field in the search for a winner as Stoke City’s Peter Odemwingie was also introduced.Ameobi came close to breaking the deadlock, but his flicked header sailed wide and he was adjudged to have fouled his marker in the process.Nigeria’s abundance of forward players was leaving them more susceptible to the Iranian counter-attack, however, and Dejagah should have done better when he was picked out at the far post but failed to make a proper connection with his header.The draw leaves Iran still in search of their first ever World Cup victory, whilst Nigeria’s winless streak in the competition extends to nine games stretching back to 1998.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000CURITIBA, June 16- Nigeria and Iran became the first sides to draw at the 2014 World Cup as they played out a turgid 0-0 draw in Curitiba on Monday.In stark contrast to the attacking nature of the tournament so far, neither side showed much creativity and the final whistle was met by a cacophony of boos from the mainly Brazilian crowd.
“It is not over until it’s over. There is still some 90 minutes to play in this match. We drew 1-1, but I don’t think that is the end. We can still go there and perform. We are going to attack to see that we score as early as possible. We have nothing to lose now and we need to give our all,” Nsimbe said, ahead of the tricky return leg.Looking back at the performance on Saturday which fell way below the expected level, Nsimbe has blamed this on lack of proper match fitness.Tusker never played any international friendly matches with their biggest match of pre-season being against Ulinzi Stars who are representing the country in the CAF Confederations Cup.“To be honest, the boys didn’t perform as expected. The passing was not all that good especially when we reached their final third and we didn’t create as many chances. Maybe lack of match fitness played a role because we have not had any international friendly matches,” the former Azam FC assistant coach said.Tusker still harbor hopes of making it into the group stages and in Port Louis on Sunday, they need any kind of win to progress to the first round where they are scheduled to play against Sudan’s Al Hilal Omdurman.But the Southern Africans are not planning to let their feet off the speed peddles heading into the return leg especially after scoring a crucial away goal.Head coach Sakoor Boodhun has promised Tusker a tougher test when they play in Port Louis says his side’s self-belief rose after the result last Saturday.“We are a small nation if you compare us to Kenya and we did not come here to win. When we got the goal, we believed that we could actually get something. We didn’t know anything about Tusker before this but now, we will plan accordingly because we know what they can do,” Boodhun said.“I am promising that we will do much better in the return leg. We see it as a possibility to go into the second round. We only need to be careful of their tall players because they posed a lot of dangers for us. My players know that they have the ability to make it,” he added.The six-time Mauritian league champions have played in the Champions League only four times before and their best performance was in 2003 when they reached the second round.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach Gorge ‘Best’ Nsibe during training.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14- Ugandan George ‘best’ Nsimbe did not have the best of starts in his new role as Tusker FC head coach when his side was held to a 1-1 draw by Mauritian side AS Port Louis in the CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg, but he believes they will redeem their image on Sunday when they play the return leg away in Mauritius.Nsimbe conceded that his charges did not play as per his expectations but reckons they will rectify the small mistakes for the return leg.
Just a few days after defending his former boss by saying it was “too soon” for Wenger to leave, Martin Keown, a centre-back in all three of Arsenal’s Premier League title triumphs under the Frenchman, pulled no punches this time, saying it had been a clash of “men against boys”.“It’s almost embarrassing — outclassed, outplayed,” Keown, now a pundit, told BT Sport.“This is his (Wenger’s) lowest point ever. Twenty years and Arsene must be considering his future now. Arsenal were bullied, weren’t they? Completely.”Another former defender, Lee Dixon, said he felt Wenger’s demeanour has finally changed following years of belligerent defiance in the face of numerous failures.“He just seems so low,” Dixon told ITV.Arsenal’s French midfielder Francis Coquelin (L) and head coach Arsene Wenger speak together during the Champions League round of 16 match against FC Bayern Munich in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2017 © AFP / Christof STACHE“I think he’s realising that with this team he’s getting no response from them. They’re not doing themselves justice or him.“That is the first time where I’ve seen him where I’ve thought, ‘he thinks it’s time’.”Ian Wright, a former striker, let the expletives flow in a foul-mouthed Twitter rant during the game.Former goalkeeper Bob Wilson, who was a champion with Arsenal in 1971, pondered whether this result would “tip Arsene over the edge”.“He can only take so much,” said Wilson on BBC Radio 5 Live. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Arsene, given the amount of headlines that are coming his way, might just look at that and say enough is enough.”Barring a minor miracle in the second leg in three weeks’ time, it will be the seventh year in a row that Arsenal have been knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16, and the third time in five years by Bayern.And that on top of their failure to win the Premier League since 2004 and last year’s abject challenge when Leicester City ran away to a shock triumph by 10 points.“Spineless!” screamed Britain’s Dail Mail while The Times described Arsenal’s latest European chastisement as “Groundhog Day”.The Sun, as ever, opted for a pun relating to Bayern while suggesting Wenger’s time was up with “Bay bye Arsene”.“Always the same nightmare,” said France’s L’Equipe, a newspaper that usually waxes lyrical about Wenger’s teams.La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy called it “a slap in Wenger’s face”.In his first eight full seasons with Arsenal, Wenger won the Premier League three times and the FA Cup four times.But in 11 seasons since he’s managed to add only two more FA Cup successes and Arsenal are currently fourth in the league, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come under heavy fire after his team’s humiliating Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich © AFP / Christof STACHELondon, United Kingdom, Feb 16 – Former players were brutal in their criticism of manager Arsene Wenger following Arsenal’s latest Champions League humiliation.And newspapers across Europe were no less scathing of Wednesday night’s “nightmare” 5-1 thrashing at Bayern Munich.
Hull’s bid to avoid the drop has received a boost after they confirmed their appeal against the red card Oumar Niasse received in the win over Watford was successful.The on-loan Everton striker had been due to miss the Tigers’ next three fixtures after being dismissed by referee Robert Madley on Saturday for a challenge on M’Baye Niang.However, Hull, who remain just two points above the relegation zone, have announced the decision has been overturned following their appeal to the Football Association.Niasse received his marching orders midway through the first half at the KCOM Stadium during a 50-50 challenge with Niang when the side of the Hull striker’s boot caught the Watford man’s shin.The studs of Niasse’s boot were not showing, and the contact appeared minimal, yet Madley brandished the red card, much to the player’s disbelief.Hull boss Marco Silva, who saw his side overcome the loss of their forward to win 2-0 and maintain their two-point cushion over Swansea, declared straight away that his club would challenge Madley’s decision.“Of course, we will appeal,” the Portuguese had said.“I don’t want to talk too much (about it) because I respect the work of the referee, it’s not easy. We all make mistakes. I make mistakes sometimes, the players, referees as well.“My feelings during the match were it was a yellow card – if it was a yellow card – and everybody who has seen the replay said it wasn’t a red card. One decision was not good to us. The referee gave us problems. We achieved the win, but it wasn’t easy.”Hull were set to lose Niasse for three of their final four fixtures but will now have him available for the games against Southampton, Sunderland and Crystal Palace.The 27-year-old has scored five times in 15 appearances since making the move from Goodison Park in January. The 27-year-old received a straight red card for a challenge on Watford’s M’Baye Niang 1
THE TOP two positions on Donegal County Council are now occupied by women after the appointment as deputy mayor today of Cllr Marie Therese GallagherShe replaces her Sinn Fein party colleague Padraig Mac Lochlainn following his election to Dail Eireann.She will shadow party colleague and current Mayor Cora Harvey. Cllr Gallagher said she was delighted to take up the position – but said the historical first for the country of having female mayor and deputy mayor positions at the same time showed up the need for more women in politics.“It is a very proud day for me; to be the second citizen of my county,” she said.“The mayor has had a great year so far and I want to help her with many projects that she has started.”COUNTY GETS NEW SINN FEIN DEPUTY MAYOR was last modified: March 28th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Bryar Brooks scored early in the second period, and that proved to be the only goal of the game as Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids shut out Marshfield 1-0 in a nonconference girls hockey game Monday at the Marshfield Ice Arena.Brooks scored off an assist from Zoe Derks 4:47 into the second period to provide the game’s only score.Alexis Straughan had 22 saves in goal for Marshfield (4-8).Emily Bubla had 18 saves for Point-Rapids (3-8-2).Marshfield is off until next Monday when it plays a Great Northern Conference game at Northland Pines.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Red Panthers 1, Tigers 0Point-Rapids 0 1 0 – 1Marshfield 0 0 0 – 0Second period: 1. PR, Bryar Brooks (Zoe Derks), 12:13.Saves: PR, Emily Bubla 18; M, Alexis Straughan 22.Records: Point-Rapids 3-8-2; Marshfield 4-8.