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Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepJul 15th, 2019

MMA Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell plays peacekeeper in California protest

Legend has it that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell got his “The Iceman” moniker from keeping cool and stress-free before the fight.  As it turns out, Liddell can keep himself pretty cool and collected in pretty much any high-stress situation.  As seen on a news report from ABC 7 in the United States, Liddell kept his chill as he helped diffuse a high-tension situation at a George Floyd protest in Huntington Beach, California.  In the video, Liddell can be seen breaking up altercations and getting in between protesters who appear to be losing their tempers.  Protests have been widespread all over the United States in the past few days as people have rallied against racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd, an un-armed African-American man who was violently and forcefully subdued by Minneapolis Police, which resulted in his tragic death.  Some of the protests have been peaceful while others have escalated into vandalism, looting, destruction of property, and even violence.  Liddell, according to the report, was out in the streets looking to make sure that things didn’t go off the rails as business owners feared for their establishments and their own safety.  “It’s good to see people defending their city, and it’s terrible, violence begets violence. Violence doesn’t help anybody,” Liddell said.  “We all know what happened was wrong, everybody I know thinks it was wrong, it’s hard to watch,” Liddell continued, talking about the footage of Floyd being choked to death as a police officer knelt on his neck.  Liddell however says that violence, destruction, and looting isn’t the right way to go about protesting.  “But this does not help, destroying cities, destroying people, hurting people does not do any good for anybody. So hey, protest all you want, just do it peacefully.”  Another light heavyweight great, Jon Jones, was also seen actively trying to prevent destructive protesting in his area in New Mexico.  The 50-year old Liddell is best known for his career with the UFC, which spanned from 1998 to 2010. In 2005, Liddell captured the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and defended it four times. In 2009, Liddell was inducted to the promotion’s Hall of Fame.  In 2018, Liddell came out of retirement after 8 years to face long-time rival Tito Ortiz in a trilogy bout which was the headliner of Golden Boy Promotions’ first MMA show. Liddell lost to Ortiz by KO in the first round.  (READ ALSO: MMA legend Tito Ortiz says he's been offered a fight with Mike Tyson).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2020

Out of the Woods: Tiger emerges for TV match with Lefty, QBs

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer The purpose is to raise $10 million or more for COVID-19 relief efforts, and provide entertainment with four of the biggest stars from the PGA Tour and NFL. Another appeal to the Sunday made-for-TV exhibition, “The Match: Champions for Charity,” is a chance to see Tiger Woods swing a golf club for the first time in 98 days. Live golf is on television for the second straight Sunday, this one with the game's biggest headliner. Woods was last seen on television Feb. 16 at the Genesis Invitational, where he moved cautiously in California's chilly late winter weather and posted weekend rounds of 76-77 to finish last among the 68 players who made the cut at Riviera. He skipped a World Golf Championship in Mexico City, and said his surgically repaired back wasn't quite ready in sitting out the opening three weeks of the Florida swing. And then the pandemic took over, and there has been no place to play. This is a reasonable start. Woods and retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will face Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, who won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and signed this year with Tampa Bay. The match will be at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. It is Woods' home course and about 20 minutes from Seminole, where last week Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff ushered golf's return to live television. What to make of Woods? His only interviews were with GolfTV, the Discovery-owned channel with whom Woods has a financial deal, and a playful Zoom call with the other match participants hosted by Ernie Johnson of Turner Sports, which is televising the match. He described his health in the April 9 interview with GolfTV as “night and day.” “I feel a lot better than I did then,” Woods said. “I've been able to turn a negative into a positive and been able to train a lot and get my body to where I think it should be.” Mickelson has missed the cut in four of his five tournaments this year — the exception was third place at Pebble Beach, where he started the final round one shot behind Nick Taylor and closed with a 75. Just like last week, rust is to be expected for players who haven't competed in two months — three, in the case of Woods. Manning, meanwhile, is retired and is a golf junkie. Brady remains employed, and this week got in some informal work with his new teammates in Tampa Bay. No fans will be allowed, just like last week at Seminole. One difference is the players will be in their own carts, whereas the four PGA Tour players last week carried their bags. But this is as much about entertainment as competition. It's the second edition of a match between Woods and Mickelson, the dominant players of their generation and rivals by name, but not necessarily by record. Woods has 82 career victories to 44 for Mickelson, leads 15-5 in major championships and 11-0 in winning PGA Tour player of the year. Mickelson won their first made-for-TV match over Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, a pay-per-view event that ran into technical problems and was free for all. Lefty won in a playoff under the lights for $9 million in a winner-take-all match. He also has a 5-3-1 advantage over Woods in the nine times they have played in the final round on the PGA Tour, most recently in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2012 when Mickelson shot 64 to a 75 for Woods. He also stopped two streaks. Woods was going for his seventh straight PGA Tour victory when Mickelson beat him at Torrey Pines in 2000. Later that year, Woods had won 19 consecutive times on the PGA Tour when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead until Mickelson beat him at the Tour Championship. Woods, however, captured the streak that mattered, holding off Mickelson in the final group at the Masters in 2001 to hold all four professional majors at the same time. The banter was lacking in Las Vegas, and perhaps having Manning and Brady will change the dynamics. The broadcast includes Charles Barkley providing commentary and Justin Thomas, whom Woods has embraced, on the course as a reporter in his television debut. After this exhibition, golf has two weeks before the PGA Tour is set to return at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. Mickelson plans to play. Woods has not said when he will return......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2020

‘Paradise Lost’ and the Lost Horizon

It is undeniable that the coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 is the single dominant news on record, gracing the pages of all media outlets worldwide. No publication or broadcast entity goes without this most “favored” headliner. This phenomenon scratched some historical sensitivities etched in my memory decades ago. One is John Milton’s 17th century epic […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 29th, 2020

ONE Championship: Team Lakay seniors Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio proud to see Joshua Pacio in the main event

For the third time in his young career, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio finds himself on the top billing of a ONE Championship card.  Pacio will be defending his title against fellow Filipino Rene “D’Challenger” Cataln at ONE: Masters of Fate this coming Friday, November 8th at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Manila, Philippines.  What makes this main event quite different for the 23-year old Pacio is the fact that it will be his first headliner at home.  It will also be the first time that he’ll be having two of his Team Lakay seniors and former ONE world champions Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio on the undercard.  For the two elder Lakays, seeing their ‘ading’ Joshua in the main event is simply a testament of the hard work and dedication that they, and the whole of Team Lakay, have put in becoming world-class fighters.  “Ibig-sabihin lang nun tama yung tinatahak namin na landas, kasi nakikita nila and nagpupursige sila na [maka-abot] ng mas-mataas pa sa amin, and they are proving it well,” said former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Folayang. He faces Mongolian up-and-comer Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhu in the co-main event.  “Yun naman ang gusto natin, hopefully, mas marami pa sanang susunod na mag-main event na mga upcoming fighters natin,” Folayang added.  The future is indeed bright for the next generation, so to say, of Team Lakay stars, as Pacio, flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad, and strawweight newcomer Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang are all poised to fly the Benguet-based MMA stable’s flag high for the forseeable future.  For Eustaquio a former ONE Flyweight World Champion, it doesn’t stop with this batch of Team Lakay’s young guns. As he put it, it continues on as a cycle.  “Ang sa akin, it's really nakaka-proud, because we did our part and they're also doing their part.” Eustaquio shared. “We really dreamed, it's the vision of Coach Mark, to make it a cycle. As much as possible, it will not stop in our generation, on their generation, but it will go on.” “It will go on as a cycle, we will produce world champions that come from the mountains, or that come from the Philippines,” he added.  More from the #ONEChampionship #MastersOfFate Open Workouts: @TeamLakay seniors @efolayang and @lakaygravity101 talking about having their “ading” Joshua Pacio in the main event pic.twitter.com/v8fYCcFrlO — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) November 7, 2019 For his part, Pacio is obviously happy to hear such praise from the people that he himself looks up to. After all, Pacio says, they’re definitely a big part of why he’s in the limeline in the first place.  “Nakakataba din ng puso and dagdag motivation. Hindi lang nila alam na isa sila sa mga ladders ko, kung bakit nandito ako ngayon.” Truth be told, Pacio really doesn’t mind if he’s in the main event or if they’re in the main event. The important thing is that he’s fighting alongside his Team Lakay family.  “May mga nagtatanong sa akin ano yung feeling ko na ako na yung main event tapos sila yung nag-uundercard sa akin, ang sa akin, hindi ko iniisip yun, kasi ang importante sa akin ay may makasama ako sa card na lalaban and of course mananalo kami lahat. Yun ang importante.”   Catch ONE: MASTERS OF FATE live on Friday, November 8th LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 on LIVESTREAM via the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and on iWant starting at 8:30 PM. ONE: MASTERS OF FATE will also air on Sunday's Best on November 17th, Sunday, at 11:30 PM with local commentatry from Anton Roxas and Theo Castillo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2019

Team Lakay’s Honorio Banario, Lito Adiwang added to ONE: Century

The Philippines will be well-represented on ONE Championship’s upcoming 100th event, ONE: Century at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, October 13th.  Headlining the Sunday evening card will be ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines moving down a weight class to challenge reigning and defending ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese” Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar. In the co-headliner of that same card will be Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines challenging Brazilian legend Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship.  In the co-main event of the Sunday morning card, Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines will face former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious” Mighty Mouse” Johnson of the United States in the Finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.  Also added to the massive event in Tokyo are a pair of standouts from Team Lakay. Joining Belingon and Kingad are former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario and the latest ONE Warrior Series contract winner Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang.  Banario, who now competes at lightweight is looking to get back on track after back-to-back losses, but it won’t be an easy night for “The Rock” as he’s set to face former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion and Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki on the Sunday evening card.  Aoki is coming off a stunning second-round TKO loss to Christian Lee back in May.  Making his official ONE Championship debut will be Adiwang, the newest Team Lakay member to make it to the ONE roster.  The strawweight standout made a name for himself on ONE Warrior Series, picking up three impressive wins before finally being offered a spot on the main roster.  Adiwang will meet Japanese veteran Senzo Ikeda on the Sunday morning card.    ONE: Century will be available on multiple ABS-CBN platforms on October 13th! Stay tuned for more news in the coming days. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

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Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Donaire: Fight in the bag

Nonito Donaire reveals why he will emerge victorious Saturday night when he meets Jessie Magdaleno during the second defense of his World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight title underneath Manny Pacquiao’s headliner at the Thomas and Mack Cent.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2016

World Sports: Miocic retains UFC heavyweight title

CLEVELAND still has an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion as heavyweight fighter Stipe "The Silencer" Miocic retained his gold with a devastating knockout victory over challenger Alistair "The Reem" Overeem in their headliner for "UFC 203" yest.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 11th, 2016

World Sports: 'Bullet' Shevchenko adds to Holm misery

VALENTINA "Bullet" Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan added to the misery of former women's bantamweight champion Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm yesterday with a dominating unanimous decision victory over the latter in their headliner for "UFC on FOX 20" in C.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 24th, 2016

World Sports: Holly Holm returns to fight in UFC Chicago

FORMER Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm returns to action for the first time since losing her title, taking on Kyrgyzstan's Valentina "Bullet" Shevchenko in the headliner for "UFC on F.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 21st, 2016