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Cormier-Miocic brace for UFC rematch

Cormier scored a controversial technical knockout win over Miocic in their first face-off in UFC 226 in Las Vegas last year in a match that drew a lot flak due to Cormier’s alleged foul play. In the middle of the first round, footage showed that Cormier might have used an illegal “eye poke” which caught the Croatian-American fighter off-guard......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2019

Cormier-Miocic brace for UFC rematch

Cormier scored a controversial technical knockout win over Miocic in their first face-off in UFC 226 in Las Vegas last year in a match that drew a lot flak due to Cormier’s alleged foul play. In the middle of the first round, footage showed that Cormier might have used an illegal “eye poke” which caught the Croatian-American fighter off-guard......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

Return of the Mac-killer: Nate Diaz ends hiatus at UFC 241

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The mostly empty arena rumbled with outsized excitement when Nate Diaz stepped onto the stage. The fans erupted into cheers while Diaz lit a joint and took a big drag before doing a little shadowboxing for the cameras. Even before he said a word at his open workout four days before UFC 241, Diaz showed he can captivate an audience like no active fighter in the mixed martial arts world. Fighters can train for almost every skill in the game except charisma, and the Diaz brothers are laden with it. The younger Diaz (19-11) returns from a three-year hiatus on Saturday night, taking on Anthony Pettis in his first bout since his two showdowns with Conor McGregor in 2016. A heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic is the main event, but many fans at Honda Center and around the world will be watching mostly to see what Diaz does next. "I'm here as a businessman and a natural born killer," Diaz said. "I'm here to get the job done, and he's the guy to do it on, so there's no problem. It's all good with me. I'm just here to kill and stay alive for the weekend." Diaz and his older brother, Nick, receive a level of adulation in the MMA world that exceeds even their considerable accomplishments. It's difficult to explain the Diaz appeal to observers who don't have a full historical perspective on the pugnacious, thoughtful brothers' omnipresence in their sport's attitudes and images during the past 15 years, even when they weren't competing very often. Their swashbuckling attitude, angry disregard for authority, profane words of wisdom and athletic fighting styles all appeal tremendously to many people who support a young sport that's still seen as repellent counterculture by a big segment of mostly aging sports fans. Put it this way: A 22-year-old Nate Diaz once completed a submission finish with his legs while simultaneously thrusting two middle fingers in the air. You might love that or hate it, but you have an opinion. "That's the way I've been from Day One," Diaz said. "It's going to stay this way, too, until I'm 100 years old. I'm the Don of all this. If anybody is going to step in this room and say they're the (butt)-whipper, I beg to differ." Even Anthony Bourdain, the late traveler and gourmand, famously filmed a segment with Nick and Nate for his CNN show on Los Angeles, not because the Northern California natives knew much about LA and its cuisines — other than the best weed, probably — but simply because Bourdain, a jiu-jitsu practitioner and MMA fan, was fascinated by the brothers' outlaw ethos. Some of the brothers' behavior seems performative, but some of it isn't: Both Nick and Nate have essentially walked away from the UFC for long stretches of their prime, turning down countless millions in prize money because they refused to compromise what they considered to be their principles. Diaz split two tremendously entertaining matchups with McGregor and became one of the UFC's biggest stars in 2016, but he is 34 years old now, and Saturday's fight will be only his fifth since November 2013. Diaz said he felt mistreated by the UFC, although he struggles to explain how its persistent attempts to book one of its most popular fighters constitute disrespect. Diaz turned down matchups worth millions, including a probable shot at Georges St. Pierre, and he lost a chance to return last year when future champ Dustin Poirier was injured before their bout. Diaz also said he doesn't fight for money. He and his brother, Nick, who hasn't fought in nearly five years, are busy with Nick's thriving gym in their native Stockton, California. Nate said they've also got a successful CBD business, to absolutely nobody's surprise. "They've been trying to degrade me the whole time I've been out," Diaz said. "They're trying to put me low on the card against not very big names. They also tried to give me huge names, but those fell through. It don't matter. I believe I'm the main event in any event they've got. They'll do the best they can to keep me from that." Diaz's complaints are more likely a distilled version of that everyone-is-against-me mentality that drives so many athletes. But he was tempted back by a matchup with Pettis, who nurses a grudge against Diaz that apparently isn't mutual. Diaz dismissively refers to Pettis as "this Wheaties box" in reference to Pettis' former endorsement deal with the cereal, but has mostly ignored Pettis' pointed criticisms. Diaz won't say whether he plans to fight again, or whether he would like his first UFC title shot since 2012. He will stick to his own timetable and goals while nursing the same attitude that kept him on top of the UFC star pyramid even during three years away. "No one on the roster for the last three years even read the blueprints," Diaz said. "I'm right there. Why don't you go take it? And nobody did, and tomorrow, if some of these young guys say they're going to step up and take my position, I'm not with that.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers brace for tough grind this week

Defending champion Creamline faces a very challenging grind this week as the Cool Smashers take on two powerhouse squads in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers are still undefeated after three games with all of their victories coming off straight sets. Behind a star-studded lineup bannered by three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, Creamline keeps a tight hold of the solo lead but the Cool Smashers will put that on the line in a pair of acid tests. First up for the Cool Smashers is BanKo on Wednesday in the 6:00 p.m. encounter that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Perlas Spikers are at second spot with a 2-1 win-loss slate and are fresh off a rebound win over Air Force on Saturday. Up next for Creamline is the much-awaited rematch against PetroGazz. The two squads met in the Reinforced Conference Finals series that went the full distance with the Angels booting the Cool Smashers off the throne. The game is slated at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Meanwhile, ChocoMucho and PacificTown Army clash on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with both teams looking for a follow up to their respective opening day victories. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Flying Titans will then face listless Chef’s Classics on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. before the PetroGazz-Creamline showdown. In the Collegiate Conference, opening day winners Adamson University, University of Perpetual Help, and Ateneo De Manila University in Group A and Group B’s University of Sto. Tomas, Arellano University and College of St. Benilde try to keep their momentum going this coming weekend. On Saturday, Arellano takes on Lyceum of the Philippines at 8:00 a.m., followed by Ateneo’s clash with San Sebastian College at 10:00 a.m. while Adamson collides with Perpetual at 12:00 noon. Opening the Sunday playdate is the Letran-San Beda match at 8:00 a.m. followed by CSB-UST showdown at 10:00 a.m. and the FEU-TIP pairing at 12:00 noon. All 12:00 noon matches will air via iWAnt and livestream. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

OFW ala-mummy na dumating sa NAIA

MISTULANG mummy na dumating ang isa sa 117 mga distressed overseas Filipino worker (OFW) mula sa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia dahil naka-brace ang katawan matapos umanong mahulog mula sa 3 palapag na gusali nang duma­ting sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) kahapon nang umaga......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated News2 hr. 46 min. ago

PBA teams brace for Macau ‘T 12’ import invasion

It won’t be easy sailing for three PBA teams vying for the $150,000 first prize at the Terrific 12 tournament in Macau on Sept. 17-22 as they face top-caliber imports from China, South Korea and Japan brought in to turn the region’s richest six-day competition into a fierce battleground......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

San Beda drubs LPU in finals rematch, Stags deny Knights in OT

MANILA, Philippines – The dynastic San Beda Red Lions reasserted their mastery over finals foes Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates with an 88-67 blowout win in the NCAA Season 95 tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Tuesday, August 20. Off a close 70-64 lead midway through the 4th quarter, San Beda emphatically proved ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Mayweather claims receiving $2.2M for video on Pacquiao rematch

Floyd Mayweather Jr. claims he released an old video about a planned rematch with Manny Pacquiao only because he was paid to do so......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

San Beda-LPU, Letran-Baste go to war in NCAA 95

Games on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 p.m. - San Sebastian vs Letran 2:00 p.m. - EAC vs Perpetual 4:00 p.m. - LPU vs San Beda The top two teams in the last two year's finally meet again in the ongoing NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. Defending champion San Beda University puts its perfection on the line against Lyceum of the Philippines University, runner-up of the previous two tournaments, in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor on Tuesday. The highly anticipated Finals rematch tips off at 4:00 p.m. and, as always, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. The game day begins with a showdown just as intense when Colegio de San Juan de Letran rekindles its rivalry with San Sebastian College-Recoletos at 12:00 p.m. Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help plays its first game sans head coach Frankie Lim who is said to be on leave at 2:00 p.m. opposite Emilio Aguinaldo College. In Jrs. action, the LPU Jr. Pirates have their sights set on another statement win at the expense of the league-leading San Beda Red Cubs at 6:00 p.m. There will also be matchups between the Letran Squires and the San Sebastian Staglets at 8:00 p.m. and the Perpetual Jr. Altas and the EAC Brigadiers at 10:00 a.m. For the first time ever, the best and brightest young talent in the country will be on livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Lions, Pirates battle in NCAA finals rematch

San Beda University and Lyceum of the Philippines University clash head-on in a titanic finals rematch in Season 95 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament today at the…READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Mayweather denies Pacquiao rematch rumors

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. denied any comeback fight that would lead to his potential rematch with reigning World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East….READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Mayweather-Pacquiao: No Saudi, No Rematch

No trip to Saudi Arabia means no rematch with Manny Pacquiao......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Mayweather looking at Saudi Arabia for Pacquiao rematch

Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he is flying to Saudi Arabia to talk with interested parties about holding a megabuck rematch with Manny Pacquiao in the Middle Eastern country......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Pacquiao unaware of Mayweather s rematch plans in Saudi

Floyd Mayweather’s impending trip to Saudi Arabia to explore about the possibility of staging a rematch with Manny Pacquiao there came as news to the Filipino icon’s camp......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Filipina booters blank Malaysians 3-0 to start AFF bid

Camille Rodriguez scored a brace against the Malaysian booters during the 40th and 60th-minute marks of the match......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2019

NCAA 95: Spotless CSB gets challenged by streaking LPU

Games on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 p.m. - Perpetual vs San Beda 2:00 p.m. - JRU vs Mapua 4:00 p.m. - CSB vs LPU College of St. Benilde remains unscathed in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, but coming right for them is smooth sailing Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Blazers stake their spotless slate while the Pirates put their five-game win run on the line in the clash of titans in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor, Friday. Starting at 4:00 p.m., CSB is out to ace its toughest test thus far in the season even as LPU is out to stretch its streak ahead of its rematch with the defending champions. As always all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. Also hoping for a morale-boosting win ahead of the rematch of last year's Finals is San Beda University which will take on a University of Perpetual Help side on a downward spiral at 12:00 p.m. while Mapua University is hoping its newfound groove will take it even farther at the expense of Jose Rizal University at 2:00 p.m. In Jrs. action, defending champion Mapua Red Robins also seek a bigger boost for its playoff push when they take on the dangerous JRU Light Bombers at 10:00 a.m. There will also be big-time battles between league-leading San Beda Red Cubs and daring Perpetual Jr. Altas at 8:00 a.m. as well as between second-running CSB-La Salle Green Hills Jr. Blazers and fourth-running LPU Jr. Pirates at 6:00 p.m. For the first time ever, the best and brightest young talent in the country will be on livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

Alyssa Valdez-Myla Pablo duel up as Creamline, Motolite clash

A fired-up Alyssa Valdez and a healthy Myla Pablo brace for a power duel as Creamline shoots for a second straight victory and Motolite tries to kick off its campaign right in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

Princess Superal, Cyna Rodriguez join chase as LPGT Malarayat begins

Princess Superal hopes to make the most of her extended stay while Cyna Rodriguez goes all out in her comeback tournament as they brace for a fierce duel with the Thais and Koreans in the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic beginning today at Mt. Malarayat’s composite course in Lipa City, Batangas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers eye back-to-back wins

Alyssa Valdez and the rest of defending champion Creamline brace for a tough battle against Motolite on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers cruised past returning Philippine Air Force in straight sets last Sunday. But this time, Creamline knows that Motolite poses a tougher challenge considering the recruitment it did during the preseason when it tapped Fil-American setter Iris Tolenada. “Ako, ang masasabi ko lang. Ang Motolite, mag-iiba siguro ang rotation,” said Valdez. Tolenada, who helped Pocari Sweat alongside Myla Pablo rule the defunct V-League in 2016, will make her long-awaited return in the 4:00 p.m. match that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. “It's going to be an interesting game kasi for the longest time, si Iris yung nakikita natin na setter na medyo mas matangkad sa most na setters na nakikita natin. So, it's going to be an interesting match on Wednesday,” said Valdez. The Tolenada-Pablo tandem will be backed by a very young core led by Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Thang Ponce and Marist Layug all raring to bounce back from a forgettable fifth place finish in the six-team Reinforced Conference. However, the Cool Smashers aside from parading a star-studded lineup will bring in the momentum of their emphatic, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, win in the conference opener. Michele Gumabao hopes to sustain her fine form after scoring 14 points the last time out along with Valdez, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and top setter Jia Morado.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

Princess, Cyna join chase as LPGT Malarayat begins

Princess Superal hopes to make the most of her extended stay while former Cyna Rodriguez goes all out in her comeback tournament as they brace for a fierce duel with the Thais and Koreans in the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

Pacquiao rematch

BIBIGYAN ni Sen. Manny Pacquiao ng karanasan sa pagkatalo si Floyd Mayweather Jr. sa oras na muling magtuos ang dalawa sa ring, ito ang paniwala ni Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. Sinabi ni Arum, na siguradong papatok ang rematch ng dalawang kampeon gaya ng una silang magharap apat na taon na ang nakalilipas. Matatandaang kumita […] The post Pacquiao rematch appeared first on PINAS......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019