Folayang eyes ‘legend’ status vs Aoki

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ Eduard Folayang of Team Lakay shows his fighting stance as he gears up against defending champion Shinya Aoki on November 11 for the One Championship lightweight title at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. INQUIRER PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/@eespirituINQEduard “Landslide” Folayang knows that to be one of the greats, he has to beat the best.Pitted against the high caliber fighter in Shinya Aoki in the main event of ONE: Defending Honor set on Friday in Singapore, Folayang is facing his greatest battle yet.ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas READ: Folayang gets title shot vs Asian ‘legend’ after long wait“Aoki is a legend in mixed martial arts and beating him will also make me a legend,” said the Baguio City native. “That will be a great motivation for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentA heavy underdog, the 31-year-old Folayang is determined to defy the odds.READ: ‘I’m ready’: Folayang going all out in bid for ONE title Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I want to get that belt. I’ve worked my ass off for that belt. I believe even legends fall. I believe this is my time. When that time comes I will be the next legend,” Folayang, a champion in the URCC who is in his first title fight with ONE, said.“Some people think that I cannot beat Aoki but I believe in myself. This is a great opportunity for me to show them that they are wrong.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway View comments Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Pacquiao is my motivation, says Filipino MMA star Folayanglast_img read more

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Giving ‘Full’ backing! – Former national striker urges more support for Girlz

first_imgFormer national striker Ricardo Fuller says that corporate Jamaica and the Government should give all possible financial support to the senior national women’s team for them to have the best possible chance of doing well in the World Cup in France next year. The ex-Stoke City star is impressed by what he sees as growth in the women’s game in Jamaica and said that it was no surprise that the Reggae Girlz qualified. “I watched one game (live). I went to the stadium, and to be honest, I wasn’t thinking much of it, but when I got there, I loved it. I haven’t watched much women’s football, but I never expected it to be so exciting. There was even the full blowing of horns like it was the men playing. I was shocked even though I knew that at this level, it should be like this. But having not seen it before and to go and actually watch it, trust me, it wasn’t much different from the men, and now I know why they qualified,” he surmised. “They ended up qualifying for the final round, and now, they have qualified (for the World Cup), but I read the papers recently and heard them complaining about finances again. But we should just get behind the Girlz like they got behind the Boyz in ’98 when all these companies sponsored players. MAKE PLAYERS COMFORTABLE “We had a programme where individual players were sponsored by different companies, so we need to put back these things in place. It is important. For players to perform at their best, they have to be comfortable. They have nothing to worry about except concentrating solely on football. “So the best chance for them to do well in France is to support them financially, physically, psychologically, in every way, and we will have a better chance of doing well with the females in France,” he reasoned. Sports Minister Olivia Grange recently announced plans to give the team a belated celebration parade. But Fuller believes it is too late to capture the euphoria of that qualification moment. He thinks they should use the parade as a send-off to France for the Girlz, and this, he says, would boost confidence and morale going into the finals. “They should have done it shortly after the qualification, but it could be a blessing in disguise,” he said. “So they must do it just before they fly off. Show them the love. Give them the energy going into the start of the tournament. You never did it that time, so you have to do it smartly now. Do it just before they leave for the tournament to improve their confidence, and show them that we are behind them. I think that’s the way to do it. That will help them uplift their morale, and that is very important,” he said.last_img read more

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Video: See Chelsea and Liverpool target in action

first_imgFormer AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato could be set for a move to the Premier League.The player is believed to be keen on a transfer to England, after years of speculation linking him to various clubs. The Corinthians striker is a Chelsea and Liverpool target, with Manchester United also mentioned with a move for the 26-year-old. See some of his best bits from 2015 above!last_img

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The Weekend Starts Here PODCAST – March 18/19, 2017

first_imgTom Rennie and friends dissect another massive week in the world of football in their unique and sideways way.With appearances from Jason Euell and Danny Gabbidon, they look at Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal, Tom puts the world to rights about the FA Cup, and there’s a tribute to the late, great Chuck Berry too.last_img

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Barcelona confirm long-serving star to leave club

first_img1 #ThankYouMasche… for everything! 🔵🔴@Mascherano 👏 pic.twitter.com/XsSkKh8gYK— FC Barcelona 🏆🏆 (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2018 Javier Mascherano is to leave Barcelona after eight years at the Nou Camp.The Argentinian will receive an “institutional farewell” from the club on Wednesday from 11am.Mascherano has made 334 appearances for Barcelona since joining the club from Liverpool in 2010 for a fee of around £17million.He has collected 18 trophies, including four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues, during his time in Spain.The 33-year-old is widely expected to move to the Chinese Super League to join Hebei China Fortune. last_img read more

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How Harry Maguire compares to the world’s best centre-backs

first_imgHarry Maguire is the world’s most expensive defender having joined Manchester United in a £80million deal.The Red Devils agreed a deal with Leicester to finally end the long running transfer saga. talkSPORT 3 Logic would suggest that the 26-year-old is one of the best centre-backs in the world but some still have their doubts over his ability at the highest level.Here at talkSPORT.com, we have taken a look at how Maguire compares to the world’s best defenders.The centre-backs currently thought of as the world’s best include Virgil van Dijk, Aymeric Laporte, Jan Vertonghen, Rafael Varane, Matthijs de Ligt, Kalidou Koulibaly and Sergio Ramos.According to statistics on WhoScored.com, there is very little to choose between Maguire and the others when looking at how they performed in the league last season. FAREWELL The England international averages one tackle per game, which is on par with Van Dijk, De Ligt and Varane.Jan Vertonghen leads the way with 1.8 with Koulibaly on 1.7 and in between is Ramos and Laporte on 1.5 and 1.2 respectively.Maguire averages 1.2 interceptions per game, which is more than the Van Dijk, Laprote, De Ligt, Koulibaly and Varane. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers 3 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January New job Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January deals LIVE on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Getty Sam Allardyce says Harry Maguire is similar to Virgil van DijkIn clearances per game, only the Liverpool star (5.2) betters the Man United target (4.9).The only category where Maguire falls slightly behind his counterparts is his passing accuracy which is 85.6 per cent.Unsurprisingly, Laporte tops the list with an incredible 92.3 per cent with Ramos just behind (92.1).Maguire has shown he can do it on the biggest stage with his incredible performances at the World Cup with England.He was one of the players of the tournament and even won more aerial duels than any other person in Russia. How Europe’s elite defenders comparecenter_img Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions TROPHY Luton vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTSalford City vs Stevenage (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Brentford vs Birmingham (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Nottingham Forest vs West Brom (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Liverpool (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Leeds United (Sunday, 4:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 3 REVEALED latest Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 19.81%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Harry Maguire has been a target of Man United all summer Getty Images – Getty The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets LATEST It is easy to forget that Maguire is still only 26, partly because he has been around for so long working his way up from League One to the Premier League.On paper, there is little that separates him and the players who are widely considered as the world’s best.The price tag will bring plenty of expectations but in his career so far he has proved himself at every stage and there is no reason why he cannot excel at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally got his man as he looks improve the centre of his defence for the new Premier League season.The fee eclipses the £75million Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018 while there have also been some other high profile moves this transfer window.Matthijs de Ligt was signed by Juventus this summer in a deal worth £67.5m while Lucas Hernandez moved to Bayern Munich for £68m. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Virgil van Dijk is no longer the most expensive defender in the world last_img read more

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Scotland captain Preston Mommsen quits international cricket

first_imgScotland captain Preston Mommsen has announced his retirement from international cricket.The 29-year-old has decided to walk away from the national side to take up a business opportunity.A key player and leading batsman, Mommsen was one of only two centrally contracted players with Cricket Scotland.He told the organisation’s website: “After much thought and reflection, I have taken the decision to step down as the captain of Scotland and not renew my contract with Cricket Scotland in order to pursue a very exciting and attractive opportunity in the corporate world. “I would like to wish both the team and the organisation all the very best.” “It has been an incredibly difficult decision but one that I felt I had to make at this stage in my life.”Mommsen helped Scotland qualify for the ICC World Cup in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and also played a pivotal role during the World T20 Championship in India earlier this year.He added: I am enormously proud of what we have achieved over the last few years and I have no doubt that the team and the organisation will continue to grow its presence on the global stage in the future. “I leave the team in a very healthy position with a world-class management setup and a group of players that are demonstrating the skill and hunger to push Scotland cricket into the top 12 in the world. last_img read more

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A Nine-Year-Old Is Upset When Santa Tells Him to “Lay Off the Hamburgers and French Fries”

first_imgChildren today are larger than children used to be.  It’s fine, food is delicious, and based on adult weight trends we’re obviously in NO position to judge.  But you have to imagine it wreaks havoc on Santa’s lap this time of year.And he finally snapped.  Metaphorically.  I don’t mean his leg bones literally snapped under the weight of an American child.A nine-year-old kid named Anthony Mayse went to sit on Santa’s lap in Forest City, North Carolina last weekend, and asked him for an iPod Touch and a drone.But at the end of their conversation, Santa told Anthony, quote, “Lay off the hamburgers and French fries.”Anthony was really upset and started crying, and now his mom wants the city to fire Santa.The town manager says Santa has apologized, but for now, he’s keeping his job.last_img read more

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2010: home away from home

first_img14 April 2010A number of prominent European communities within South Africa – in particular the Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, English and Greek communities – plan to give their teams a welcome that will make them feel right at home during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.Since the announcement of the base camps for the 32 teams taking part in the competition, fans of Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands are pleased that their national teams will be based in Gauteng province, which includes the host cities of Tshwane/Pretoria and Johannesburg.ItalyMembers of local Italian community – whose team will be practicing at Southdowns College in the Tshwane/Pretoria area – are ecstatic at the fact that their heroes will be based in the area.“This is great news for Azzurri supporters, as we will be able to follow the team training sessions, and they will feel our support,” said Andrea Lazzari, a student at the University of Johannesburg. “The training ground is only half an hour’s drive from my house, so it will be my second home during the tournament. We are the current champions, and we can win it again in South Africa.”Secretary Jessica Santorello is preparing to welcome her heroes by gathering friends and family to watch the Azzurri train. “I am planning to start a Facebook group to get all my supporter friends ready and update them on all the news,” Santorello said.“I am so glad Cannavaro and the team will be at Southdowns again, it is a great place for them to train, and because of the Confederations Cup I know the place and I can show my friends how to get there.”PortugalAnother World Cup hopeful to be based in Gauteng province is Portugal, who will be training at Bekker High School in the Magaliesberg region, which boasts one of the most populous European communities in South Africa.“Gauteng will be the perfect venue for the team because they will have thousands of football-crazy Portuguese fans supporting them, and the training sessions will be overflowing with flags and banners,” said airline ticket salesman Rodrigo Almagro. “We will make them feel like they are training at home in Portugal.”It certainly does not come any bigger than the World Cup, and businessman Diego Parreira knows he will be the envy of many Portuguese people in June. “I am planning to follow Portugal all over South Africa when the tournament is on, and I am excited to see Portugal take on Brazil in Durban, that will be a real cracker,” Parreira said.“I am pleased that they chose to stay in this area because I live between Johannesburg and Pretoria, so and it will take me about 20 minutes to get to their training pitch when they are preparing for matches. Those sessions will be packed with Portuguese supporters.”The NetherlandThe Netherlands will also be based in South Africa’s “City of Gold” during the 2010 event, and Dutch fans in Johannesburg will make the stay a special one for the Oranje, according to Jan and Ed Vorster, two brothers who moved to South Africa from Amsterdam when they were teenagers.“From when they were the first European team to qualify, I was hoping that they would choose Johannesburg as the host city to stay in,” said Jan Vorster. “I cannot wait for the World Cup to begin so that I can support them with all my power. I have ordered a giant flag so that I can bring it to matches and training sessions where the public are able to attend.”The younger of the two brothers, Ed Vorster is hoping to get a number of autographs for himself and his two children when the Dutch side holds open training sessions.“I want to get the signatures of Wesley Sneijder especially and a few others as well,” Vorster said. “I will be very happy to get five or six of them. I have a few Dutch national team shirts that I will wear to watch them train, and hopefully I will get them signed.“My children are small, but they understand that something special is happening, and I am sure that they will enjoy the World Cup, and hopefully we can finally win our first title.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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GMail to Kick Up Free Storage – Where’s My GDrive Already?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google told analysts more than a year ago that it wanted to store 100% of our data, a “golden copy.” Perhaps its failure to do so yet is a sign of the finite power it truly holds. Or perhaps its just a ruse to lull cynics like me into a false sense of security. That’s probably not what’s happening.I should probably pay $50 for super Google, as advocated this morning by Amit Agarwal in reference to the news. See also one estimate of forthcoming free storage capacity over at the blog Googlified.Finally, I’m sure there are some of you out there that still haven’t seen the following video about the future of Google and the web in general. It’s not to be missed, it’s thought provoking and funny. See you in the “hive mind” if it ever arrives! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I’m regularly outspoken about my concerns that Google is going to take over the world and start passing out brain implants – but the fact of the matter is that I love Google services. Today’s announcement that more GMail storage is on the way is heartening, but you’ve got to wonder: why is this mighty giant messing around with anything other than a total storage solution for all my data across all their apps? Where is the GDrive already? Tags:#Google#web marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

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