Saudi wants Joshua, Ruiz ring as royal souvenir

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double The ring Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will face each other in will remain in Saudi Arabia and be rebuilt in a palace in Riyadh for the Saudi Crown Prince.Joshua is looking for revenge against Ruiz after he lost the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles to the Mexican-American on June 1.They will face each other in a 22ft ring that has been shipped over from the UK.It is the ring that has been at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green from the last decade.It had to be shipped over from the UK in October to get through customs here in the Saudi capital.The ring was used for the public workouts on Tuesday night but it was set up at 17ft for that event at the Public Investment Fund building in the city.It can be extended though and is expected to be 22ft when set up at the arena in Diriyah on Thursday.The purpose-built venue will be demolished after a tennis event next week here.But the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, has asked for the ring to remain in the country.It will be dismantled following fight night and then taken to one of the palaces and rebuilt.The canvas and ropes will remain unwashed as per the request of the member of the royal family, who is a big boxing fan and backing the event being brought to the Middle East.The Saudi government has put huge investment into bringing the heavyweight rematch here.Ringcraft boss Mike Goodall – who sets up venues for all the promoters in the UK – is responsible for the operation out here.The much-liked figure in British boxing has travelled out to Riyadh with a small team to ensure it all goes smoothly.Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony JoshuaSaudi Arabialast_img read more

Balanced offense propels Syracuse to 3-set sweep over Clemson

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Jalissa Trotter sprung high in the air, using all the force she could generate from her 5-foot-7 frame to peek over the net. The junior setter walloped the ball, which brushed off the fingertips of a Clemson player and out of play, ending the match. As the visitors looked on in dismay, Trotter shouted, flexed, and was mobbed by her teammates.Trotter was one of four Syracuse (12-6, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) players to record six or more kills in a straight-set win against Clemson (5-12, 0-5) on Friday night at the Women’s Building. The Orange offense overpowered the Tigers throughout the match, as the visitors were unable to contain SU’s various weapons.“It was hard for them to set up their defense,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said. “They didn’t know who was going to get it or when they were going to get it.”SU’s established its balanced offense from the get-go, as four different players tallied kills before the Orange reached 10 points in the first set. From there, Christina Oyawale took charge. The redshirt junior finished the set with a team-high five kills and an .833 hitting percentage, including a cunning drop-shot that evaded four diving Tiger defenders to end the set, 25-17.“(I was efficient) because of my connection with Jalissa” Oyawale said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOyawale ended the night with a career-best 11 kills, coming on just 12 attempts. Trotter, her supplier for much of the match, had a season-best six kills along with 24 assists. Coming off the heels of a four kill effort off 11 tries against Wake Forest, Trotter attempted 10 attacks for just the second time all season.“I benefit my team where I am needed,” Trotter said. “If my team needs a kill, set me up. I’m ready. That’s all.”Offensive inefficiency plagued Clemson, which converted 29 kills on 107 attack attempts. The .037 hitting percentage was the lowest of any of the Orange’s opponents all season.The Orange exploited those misplays in the second set just as it had in the first, by establishing an early lead. SU’s hitters generated two 8-3 runs to that led to a 25-16 second set victory. After two sets, four different Syracuse players had five or more kills, including a perfect six kills on as many attempts by Santita Ebangwese.The third set was the toughest of the day for the Orange. Four of SU’s first six points were Oyawale kills. Both teams traded points until the score was knotted at 14. Then, a Gorelina kill and three Clemson attack errors gave the hosts a four point advantage, which SU turned into a 25-21 set victory.“The emotional level of the team keeps going up,” Yelin said. Commentslast_img read more

Week 5 FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice, strategy for GPP tournaments

first_imgMcCaffrey is an elite talent with elite usage playing at home this week. He’s in both my cash and GPP lineups because he’s just too good to ignore.D/ST Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Saints ($3,500)The defense may raise some eyebrows, but the Buccaneers are an excellent value at $3,500. Their defense under new defensive coordinator Todd Boles is getting after opposing quarterbacks, and Shaq Barrett is the Defensive Player of the Year through the first quarter of the season. Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater looked brutal last week against the Cowboys, and the Bucs will be able to put the pressure on him and force him into mistakes. Last week’s FanDuel core plays didn’t pay off as we hoped GPP tournaments. Austin Ekeler was a great start, but everyone was on him against the Dolphins. We needed Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and Phillip Dorsett to deliver, and they definitely didn’t. Thank goodness there are new daily fantasy football contests each week because we’ve got another chance coming up to right our NFL DFS ship in Week 5.If you’re new to this article, we pick four players every week we’ll be overweight in our lineup builds. Then, we give an example of how we’d fill in around them in tournaments. Our “Core Four” this week is Matt Ryan, Aaron Jones, Will Fuller V, and Auden Tate. This isn’t an “optimal lineup”, but it’s an example of one you could build if you start with our “Core Four”. If you’re looking for more great NFL, NBA, or MLB, or PGA DFS advice, check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj). WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerFanDuel Picks Week 5: NFL DFS example lineup CORE PLAY: QB Matt Ryan, Falcons @ Texans ($7,700)This is a tricky week for quarterbacks on FanDuel. There aren’t a lot of great spend-down options at the position, and most of the high-end choices are in tough matchups. However, there are two quarterbacks who are standing out at first glance and both come in the Falcons-Texans matchup. Deshaun Watson and Ryan are great options in a game that has serious shootout potential with the highest total on the main slate at 48.5 points. Between the two, I’m slightly giving the edge to Ryan, although I still love Watson in all formats if you can find the extra $300 in salary. What’s drawing me to Ryan is the Falcons have shown zero ability to run the ball this season, which has led to Ryan averaging 44 passing attempts per game. Ryan has parlayed that passing volume to more than 300 yards passing in all four games this season, which gives him one of the most secure floors on the slate. I fully expect his touchdown numbers to positively regress after he was shut out last week at home against a stingy Titans defense. While the Houston defense is by no means a pushover, they are solidly in the middle of the pack and aren’t a team that I’m going to avoid, especially with the high total of this game. WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPCORE PLAY: RB Aaron Jones, Packers @ Cowboys ($6,800)There are a lot of great options at the running back position this week. You can comfortably spend up on Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Dalvin Cook, and Alvin Kamara, but for my core play, I’m going to go with the value option and save those top-end options for the example lineups. Jamaal Williams left Thursday night’s game with a nasty looking head injury, and his status for Week 5 is extremely questionable. If Williams is forced to miss the game, which looks likely at this point, then the Packers backfield is the Jones show. I love Jones at his $6,800 price, and he should push for 20-25 touches with Williams out of the lineup. If he gets that kind of volume, then Jones is the top overall point per dollar play on the slate at his price point. In six career games with more than 15 touches, Jones has averaged 20.4 fantasy points, which is good for a FanDuel plus-minus of plus-10.4. Sure, the matchup with the Cowboys in Dallas is a tough one for running backs, but volume trumps matchup in every situation, and this is setting up to be a career volume day for Jones with the Packers possibly missing both Williams and top WR Davante Adams. WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB Dalvin Cook, Vikings @ Giants ($8,200)Cook has just as much upside as Ezekiel Elliott does for Week 5, but should come in at lower ownership despite a better matchup against the Giants. CORE PLAY: WR Will Fuller V, Texans vs. Falcons ($5,700)Fuller has undoubtedly been disappointing this season. We haven’t seen him have one of the explosive games that he has been known for during his career, but if there was ever a get-right spot for Fuller, it’s this week at home against a porous Falcons passing defense in the highest total game on the slate. Fuller has slate-breaking upside at his $5,700 price point on FanDuel. While anyone casually looking at the box scores will likely overlook Fuller, a deeper dive suggests that he should have some positive regression coming his way. Deshaun Watson just missed Fuller on a deep pass last week that would have been a walk in 75-yard touchdown, and two weeks ago, Watson again missed Fuller with a seemingly easy 35-yard touchdown against the Chargers. The matchup couldn’t be much better against the Falcons, who were just lit up at home by A.J. Brown and Corey Davis. Atlanta will be without their best player in the secondary in Keanu Neal for the rest of the season, and we saw how badly they struggled without him when he was out of the lineup for the entirety of the 2018 season. I love the Watson-Fuller stack this week, as well as running Fuller in Matt Ryan-Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley lineups. WEEK 5:Top waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsCORE PLAY: WR Auden Tate, Bengals vs. Cardinals ($5,300)I’m admittedly a Florida State homer, so seeing a former Seminole in Tate getting an opportunity at the NFL level is great to see. Tate has seen his role in the Bengals offense rise over the first few weeks of the season, and he will slot into the No. 2 receiver role in the Bengals offense in a perfect matchup against the Cardinals at home if John Ross misses this week after suffering a shoulder injury on Monday night. Tate is a red-zone monster with his 6-5 frame, and he has great speed for a big wide receiver. Tate has 16 targets over the last two weeks, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him approach or surpass 10 target should Ross be ruled out. The matchup could not be any better for Tate and the rest of the Bengals offense against a Cardinals team that inflates opposing offenses given their pace of play. I don’t see the Bengals having the same pass protection issues that they had on Monday night against the Steelers against a bad Cardinals pass rush, which should lead to QB Andy Dalton having a week that more resembles this production from Weeks 1-3 rather than his dud in Week 4. WR Julio Jones, Falcons @ Texans ($6,200)I’m going to Julio Jones with Ryan in this lineup, and I see a nice bounce-back week for Jones in this spot. He had a tough week last week against the Titans, but the targets are always going to be there for him and the Texans passing defense is nowhere near as strong as the Titans. It’s hard to tell where Jones’ ownership will fall, but he is a guy to play in GPPs every single week regardless of ownership. MORE WEEK 5 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup builderTE O.J. Howard, Buccaneers @ Saints ($5,400)I realize that Howard has been a huge disappointment this season, but his big-play upside is impossible to ignore at his $5,400. There aren’t many tight ends that can take a pass 70 yards to the house like Howard can, and we have seen the Saints scheme to funnel targets to the inside thus far this season. Howard will be extremely low owned, and he can more than pay off his salary even with low projected volume.FLEX Christian McCaffrey, Panthers vs. Jaguars ($9,100)last_img read more

Liberia at 171:  What Have We to Show?

first_imgAnother July 26 has come to celebrate our Independence Day, a day on which we recall how eleven men representing three commonwealth counties (Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Sinoe) signed the Declaration of Independence in 1847 and thus leading Liberia to becoming the first African independent state.No female was among the eleven signers of independence, although we know from history that women played key supportive roles in the drive to independence amongst which was the design of what is known today as the Liberian flag made up of eleven stripes representing the 11 signers of the Declaration of Independence.As the nation looks back today reflecting from whence we have come as a people and what we have so far achieved in terms of the quest for dignity and justice and equality as enshrined in the Preamble of the 1847 Declaration of Independence. It reads thus: “We the people of the Republic of Liberia were originally the inhabitants of the United States of America. In some parts of that country, we were debarred by law from all the rights and privileges of men-in other parts, public sentiment more powerful than law frowned us down. We were everywhere shut out from all civil office. We were excluded from all participation in the government. We were taxed without our consent. We were compelled to contribute to the resources of a country which gave us no protection. We were made a separate and distinct class and against us every avenue to improvement was officially closed. Strangers from all lands of a different color from ours were preferred before us. We uttered our complaints but they were unattended to, or only met by alleging the peculiar institutions of the country. All hope of a favorable change in our country was thus wholly extinguished in our bosoms, and we looked with anxiety abroad for some asylum from the deep degradation. The Western coast of Africa was the place selected by American benevolence and philanthropy for our future home. Removed beyond those influences, it was hoped we would be enabled to enjoy those rights and privileges and exercise and improve those faculties, which the God of nature has given us in common with the rest of mankind”. These words written 171 years ago, basically a litany of complaints, in effect constitute perhaps what is the longest duration anywhere of unlitigated complaints against the Government of the United States of America. Those unlitigated complaints notwithstanding, after nearly two centuries of existence as a nation, what can we as a nation truly celebrate aside from the fact of our independence declared 171 years ago?Truly speaking the quest to establish an independent nation was in fact a quest for equality, justice and the freedom to enjoy all those rights denied the founding fathers in the land of their birth that propelled them to seek succor on this piece of land now otherwise referred to as the Republic of Liberia.In establishing the Republic, the founding fathers established a form of government akin to that of the United States of America with a government made up of three separate independent but coequal branches, namely the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative. Indeed the founding fathers had a lofty vision of a future Liberia built on the foundations of justice and equality.But nation building, being a human endeavor, is prone to mistakes and even failure. In this vein we acknowledge that successive leaders of this Republic have betrayed the vision of the founding fathers. And they have done so by creating a hydra-headed monster of an Executive branch that is very corrupt, dominates and even emasculates the others.Through the influence of the Executive for example, over 60 bogus concession agreements have been midwifed into existence through corrupt means. For its part, the Legislative branch has willy-nilly accommodated the hunger of the Executive to bend the rules for personal gain, and passing into legal existence concession agreements in violation of the laws of Liberia.For much of its history, it (the Legislature) has been nothing more than a rubber stamp body approving and indulging the Executive in its breach of the laws of the Republic. For its part the Judiciary rather than being a guardian of the People’s trust have also over the years accommodated the Executive in abusing the rights of the people leaving the mass of the citizenry completely bereft of trust in the Judiciary.Bribery and other forms of corruption have taken hold and threaten the very independence of the Republic. Courts of law, rather than being Holy Altars of Justice have been instead desecrated and presided over by mean, vile and corrupt men and women thus placing Justice far out of reach of the ordinary Liberian today.As if by Providence, what remains of the Republic after encroachment by colonial powers, is a land mass not as large as before but richly endowed with a wide variety of natural resources. But as if by Satanical intervention, citizens of the Republic remain mired in abject poverty with virtual predators manning its machinery of government and for personal gain, selling for few pennies any and everything they can lay hands on including their own birth rights.So after 171 years of existence, the Republic finds itself at a crossroads of history, where every step forward has to be carefully measured. But we must also ask the question what is there to celebrate against the backdrop of dismal national statistics such as 85 percent illiteracy, very high infant and maternal mortality rates, 1,072 deaths per 100,000 live births (2013 DHS), a broken and dysfunctional education system, over 80 percent unemployment, a very corrupt judiciary, a compromised Legislature and an overbearing and corrupt executive.This 171st Independence anniversary should be a time of deep national reflection. Liberia is in crisis — very deep crises and uncertainty appears to have gripped the nation amidst mounting economic hardships, to which real solutions appear elusive.Rather than merry-making and basking in the fantasy of promised but false Hopes, Liberians should instead engage in deep reflection on the future. And we must ask ourselves the all-important question What is there to show after 171 years of existence as an independent nation?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spotted in Cahuita

first_imgRelated posts:Almost ready to let go A Christmas tamal for your afternoon coffee Waiting for the train Tan lindo Tamarindo At this time of year, folks in cold places and harriedjosefinos have something in common:  they’re dreaming of moments as sunny and still as this one, captured by Kristel Segeren at Cahuita National Park when she came across a Brown Basilisk Vittatus.This holiday, we hope that all our readers find a little time to enjoy nature, explore and travel. For more stories and photos from Kristel, visit her blog, The Tiny Travelogue, or follow her  (and her dog’s) adventures in the tropics and beyond on Facebook or Instagram. Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img read more