Ebola Survivor, Robert Kpoto (looking up)D’Geedawoi Johnson stopped just long enough to look back and share a smile with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers waiting beside the Ebola survivor board for the release of the next patient. Johnson, 46, a father of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and wife Sadatu, 32, was grateful for the treatment at the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), but was anxious to get home. He was full of energy and ready to return to his work as a Drug Dispenser and Contact Tracer. He said, “Ever since I experienced the illness of Ebola all I could think about was death.” He added that after being infected and then getting the news that he was negative, he felt encouraged to tell others about MMU. “I would be happy if I can be of any kind of assistance to you all. I want to get out in the field and get the message out there because I have been saved,” Johnson said. He became infected while providing care to Ebola victims, a US Embassy release said.With a bag over his shoulder and a smile, he promised to send a message to others. “Whenever you feel any sign or symptoms of the disease, don’t waste time; get to the center because that will help you more.”The curtain peeled back and another survivor, Robert Kpoto, appeared through the MMU’s Ebola survivor discharge exit. After receiving a gift from his co-worker, Jacob, and working with MSF for approximately 5 years as a Physician Assistant, Robert looked towards heaven and thanked God, ready to return home to wife, Famata, and their two children, daughter, 11, and son, 7. He also thanked the U.S. Public Health Service Corps. A medical provider for 15 years, he understands the importance of saying thanks to those providing care to others. When LTJG D’Addeo approached Robert to introduce herself for the first time without wearing Personal Protective Equipment, he said, “I am truly blessed that you came over here to assist and helped save my life,” said the US Embassy release. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The fire was so intense that passengers could rescue any belongings from the busA 36-seater privately owned commercial bus carrying 56 passengers from Ganta to Monrovia was yesterday gutted by fire near the Bong County town of Palala, about 10km from the St. John River, with no casualty reported.The bus left Ganta at about 9 a.m. local time, but on approaching Palala, passengers reported extreme heat in the cab, and smoke coming from under the bus, which resulted in a fire.Passengers watch as the bus burned with their belongings suck in the storage compartment.The fire intensified, leading to a stampede that subsequently left most of the passengers sustaining minor injuries, police officers who later came on the scene told the Daily Observer.“All the passengers’ loads, including valuable items, burned because the fire was so huge that nobody could take anything out of the bus,” a police spokesman said.The owner of the bus, or the company – Amos Transport Service, and the driver are yet to be identified. Eyewitnesses said the driver and his conductor (car boy) fled the scene of the incident.The bus was white in color, and loads or luggage were placed in secure cabins under the passenger seats.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DONEGAL athlete Mark English goes for glory at the Ergo Arena in the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Sopot, Poland, today.Drawn in the third of the three heats in the 800m (set for 12.44 Irish time), the 19-year-0ld Letterkenny man knows he has a tough race ahead.Only the winner of each of the three heats, along with the next three fastest losers, will qualify for Sunday’s six-man final. Ireland athletics manager Patsy McGonagle said: “The race is live on the BBC and EuroSport. I would urge schools to allow children to watch the race if they can.“We need to inspire a new generation of young people in Donegal and Mark – like boxer Jason Quigley – is another one of our finest role models.“I certainly won’t be missing it.” MARK ENGLISH’S RUN ON TV TODAY – LET CHILDREN SEE IT IN SCHOOL, URGES McGONAGLE was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:BBCEuroSportmark englishPOLANDWorld Indoor Championships
GAA: Naomh Conaill have joined Kilcar in the hat for the last four of the Donegal SFC, but not before they were given a fright by a brave Termon side in Mac Cumhaill Park tonight.Naomh Conaill were red hot favourites following their hugely impressive display over St Eunan’s in the group stages of the championship.Termon squeezed through on points scored and many predicting a comfortable win for Naomh Conaill. However, it didn’t transpire that way and Termon produced a superb display which forced Martin Regan’s side to dig deep in order to get over the line.The game was played in difficult conditions due to the heavy rain that lashed the county all day and there was a stiff breeze blowing across the Mac Cumhaill park pitch.It was a low-scoring game with chances and scoring opportunities at a premium.Daragh Gallagher notched over three points in the opening period while Eoin Waide also registered for Naomh Conaill. Termon kept in touch with Naomh Conaill and went in at the break trailing by the minimum on a score-line of Naomh Conaill 0-04 Termon 0-03.In the second-period Naomh Conaill started brightly and raced into a four point lead but a lovely point from former Donegal star Johnny McCafferty brought it back to three points.Naomh Conaill were then rocked when Ricky Gallagher found the net after a brilliant move by Termon.The game was all level with 14 minutes left to play, but it was Naomh Conaill who showed the greater composure and points from Leon Thompson, Seamus Corcoran and Anthony Thompson put them back in command.Termon couldn’t pull back the three point deficit and bravely bowed out of the Donegal SFC after giving the Glenties a big scare. Termon will rue a missed goal opportunity by Daire McDaid in the first-half and a number of bad wide’s on reflection – and had they been more clinical they could now be preparing for a Donegal SFC semi-final.Martin Regand and Naomh Conaill are back in the semi-final of the Donegal SFC and will be relieved to be in tomorrow’s semi-final draw.DONEGAL SFC: BRAVE TERMON BOW OUT AS NAOMH CONAILL EDGE INTO THE LAST FOUR was last modified: September 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:GAAnewsSport
Chelsea Ladies have signed Dutch-born attacking midfielder Jackie Groenen.The 19-year-old has joined from German side FCR 2001 Duisburg and will bolster manager Emma Hayes’ attacking options for the new FA Women’s Super League season, which gets underway in April.She played 55 times in the German Bundesliga, scoring 14 goals.“I want to develop my game and the opportunity at Chelsea gives me the chance to live my passion and play and train with top players every day,” she said.“I am confident that together, the team and I will achieve our goals and I am excited to be joining the FA WSL for a new start in my young career.“The set-up at Chelsea Ladies, the club, team and the staff are the ideal fit for me and have the same high standards I expect. I am looking forward to getting started.”Groenen was born in the Netherlands but grew up in Belgium. He has represented Holland at youth level and is currently deciding which country to represent on the senior stage.She is manager Hayes’ seventh signing of a busy winter in which Chelsea have also brought in English quartet Rachel Williams, Laura Bassett, Gilly Flaherty and Katie Chapman as well as Sweden’s Emma Wilhelmsson and South Korean playmaker Ji So-Yun.Hayes said: “Jackie is a talented young player who fits our playing style.“She is very technical and very composed in possession and has a lot of experience for someone so young having played in one of the top leagues in Europe in Germany.“Jackie has impressed us and I’m sure she will be a good addition to the group.”See also:Chelsea Ladies sign Japan World Cup starChelsea Ladies sign another England starChelsea Ladies boss targets new signings Chelsea Ladies sign duo from ArsenalChelsea Ladies sign South Korea starFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SANTA CLARA — Mapping out a road to the playoffs is, of course, preposterously premature. When the 49ers start 3-0, however, giddy fans surely want to envision how a five-year playoff drought might/can/will end.It also happens when you’re going on 25 seasons without a Super Bowl win.Here is what awaits over the next three months:San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates with the fans after their game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. …
Penn State scientists have a story for how snakes, which presumably evolved from lizards, lost their legs. They had to burrow through tight places. Part of their story involved disproving that snakes evolved from sea-going reptiles, like mosasaurs, explains the press release from Penn State’s Eberly College of Science. They compared genes from 64 species of lizards and snakes. Since no mosasaurs exist today, they took genes from Komodo dragons, their assumed closest living relatives. They feel their comparisons show that snakes evolved from land-dwelling lizards. So why would a land lizard want to lose its feet? The research suggests an answer to another long-debated question: why snakes lost their limbs. Their land-based lifestyle, including burrowing underground at least some of the time, may be the reason. “Having limbs is a real problem if you need to fit through small openings underground, as anybody who has tried exploring in caves knows,” Hedges says. “Your body could fit through much smaller openings if you did not have the wide shoulders and pelvis that support your limbs.” The researchers note that the burrowing lifestyle of many other species, including legless lizards, is correlated with the complete loss of limbs or the evolution of very small limbs.The research, to be published in the May 7, 2004 issue of the Royal Society’s Biology Letters, was funded in part by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute and by the National Science Foundation.Better not explore caves if you want your kids to have legs. Why do some lizards still crawl into tight places tighter than a big snake could pass? Why do gophers and weasels have legs? Is limb loss really evolution? The quote of the month (see top right box on this page) says it all.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Geocaching HQ’ers Annie Love (front left) AKprincesswarrior (center) lead Pathways middle school students on their first ever geocaching adventure – and they loved it!Geocaching: Middle Schooler Tested and ApprovedBy: Maria McDonald.A new generation discovers the GPS device.As a Geocaching HQ staffer often tethered to the office, I love it when the opportunity to be out in the community presents itself. Such an opportunity presented itself last week when a teacher (Username: Cache-alope) from a local after school science program (Pathways) asked me and Partner Programs Manager Annie Love (Love) to present geocaching to her middle school students. My immediate reaction: Middle schoolers?!? Oh no…anything but the awkward tween years. Luckily, my love of all things geocaching overcame these initial thoughts, and the opportunity to share my passion for geocaching with the next generation removed any lingering doubt.While preparing our presentation, I got to thinking about children’s involvement with geocaching more generally. While one of the most fascinating elements of geocaching is its ability to be many different things to many types of people, children have a particular place in this game we cherish. First and foremost, kids love toys. If nothing else, geocache SWAG gives youngsters the opportunity to find fun toys. This often keeps them interested in a ‘treasure hunt’ before the more nuanced elements of the game can hold their attention. Another element that particularly appeals to children (or rather to their adults chaperons) is the idea of giving their walk a purpose. Have you ever tried talking a child into going for a walk with you? Nearly impossible! They’re bored and whining before you hit a quarter mile. Tell a child you’re going geocaching and you can get her to cheerfully – and unknowingly – go for a long walk. Lastly, I thought about the importance of finding activities the entire family can enjoy. Geocaching has wide appeal in this aspect as babies in strollers, grandparents in walkers, and every age and stage in between can find something about geocaching they enjoy with geocaches they are able to access. It truly is an adventure for the whole family.So how do you get your youngsters into geocaching? Here are 5 easy Tricks of the Trade (TOTT…but different this time around).1. Bring Snacks. Simple but true, you can bribe – I mean convince – a child to do just about anything with the right snack as incentive.2. Be enthusiastic. Kids know fun when they see it. If you see geocaching as something fun, adventurous, and exciting, that enthusiasm is going to shine out your face like rainbows and they will want to be part of the action.3. Plan geocaching outings that you know will provide SWAG. This part is easy, as mentioned earlier children love stuff. Geocaches have stuff in them. Plan on searching for geocaches with young ones that you know will provide them with cool stuff. Worried the geocache may not have the goods needed to keep your child’s attention? You’re an adult – use your super sneaky adult powers to have extra SWAG of your own on hand to suddenly make SWAG ‘appear’ as if from the geocache itself. Sort of like planting evidence but much more legal. After the planted SWAG is discovered enthusiastically, mention the next geocache with cool stuff is just around the corner…4. Find caches that match the child’s skill set and ability. At every age of child development there are markers and goals for what children are capable of learning. Find a way to incorporate the learning goals for their age range into the caching experience. Think broadly about what this could entail, are they working on balance? Climbing? Counting? Over/under/up/down differentiating? Find the skills they seem naturally drawn to learning in their age range and work them into the adventure.5. Make them part of the team. Children of any age, much like all other ages of humans beings, want to be included. When children are able to participate and contribute to something they see others doing with enthusiasm they will want to play a role themselves.Hunting in the rain for the geocache… and SWAG.So how did the presentation with the dreaded middle schoolers go? Amazing. This was the greatest group of youngsters you could ever hope to geocache with. They were riveted by the geocaching presentation and remained two steps ahead of us with every engaging question. When it came time to leave the classroom and enter into the woods on this particularly rainy day, the kids charged ahead brimming with enthusiasm. The students worked together in pairs, one using a compass and the other piloting a GPS heading towards a staged geocache their teacher had placed specifically for them. They worked their way quickly towards the find and made up usernames on the spot when signing the staged logbook. How “XXthekillertacoXX” came so quickly to one young lady’s mind I’ll never know, but a greater username I challenge you to encounter. The adventure came to a close upon returning to their classroom where the students excitedly talked about how they could share this fun new activity with their families. This afternoon in the woods with youngsters reminded me that Geocaching really can be fun for all ages, even tweens when presented correctly.Editor’s Note: Maria McDonald wears many hats at Geocaching HQ. She is both our Office Manager and Education Specialist, having worked years in public school systems. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHow Dr. Polley, edu-cacher extraordinaire, incorporates geocaching in his classroomOctober 28, 2015In “Community”Geocaching on a National Level (for a Grade)April 26, 2012In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Geocaching Finds Its Way To the ClassroomAugust 4, 2011In “Community”
Anil Kumble’s Royal Challengers Bangalore will be the only IPL side in action in the Champions League Twenty20 tomorrow when it squares off against West Indian underdogs Guyana in the second of the two matches here.Kumble’s Bangalore, which made the Champions League after winning the third-place playoff of the IPL, will be the favourites against Ramnaresh Sarwan’s Guyana.In fact Sarwan is the only big name in Guyana, which replaces last year’s runners-up Trinidad and Tobago as the Caribbean flavour in the two-week tournament.Well aware of the enormity of the task ahead of him, Sarwan has said that the team is banking on talented youngsters such as pacer Devendra Bishoo and all-rounder Jonathan Foo to give Guyana an opportunity to surprise their rivals.Guyana’s passage to CLT20 wasn’t the easiest of affairs.Playing in the semi-final of the Caribbean T20 2010, they beat Trinidad and Tobago, the defending champions, in a closely contested match and then snatched victory after very nearly courting defeat against Barbados in the final.In contrast, Kumble’s Bangalore have established names such as Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Ross Taylor and Robin Uthappa in their batting line-up.On the bowling front, they have the pace of Dale Steyn and Praveen Kumar while Kumble himself leads the slower bowling department. All-rounder Cameron White adds variety to the team.In the other match of the day, South African domestic champions Highveld Lions, who sprung a major surprise by beating IPL runners-up Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener, will take on South Australian Red Backs.advertisementLed by Alviro Petersen the Lions will once again seek inspiration from their home crowd to create another upset.Although not as star-studded as Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai, the Red Backs have some in-form players such as Callum Ferguson, Daniel Harris and skipper Michael Klinger.Pacer Shaun Tait leads their bowling attack which also leg-spinner Cullen Bailey.For the Lions, Jonathan Vandiar was their top-performer with the bat against Mumbai making 71 against fine bowling attack that included established stars like Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh.The reliable Neil McKenzie would also be expected to carry on the form he showed while notching up an unbeaten 43-ball 56 yesterday.Against the formidable batting line-up of Mumbai, the Lions’ bowlers held their own rather well with Shane Burger picking up two wickets, that too of Tendulkar and the aggressive Kieron Pollard.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevattendancematchMexico city First Published: November 24, 2019, 4:09 PM IST Mexico City: Broadcaster ESPN claimed a new world record for attendance at a tennis match on Saturday, with more than 42,000 people watching Germany’s Alexander Zverev go down 6-3, 4-6, 2-6 to Roger Federer in an exhibition match in Mexico City.That smashed an almost decade-old record of 35,681 set at an exhibition game between Belgian Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in Belgium in 2010. ESPN put the exact number of fans in Mexico City’s bullring at 42,517.Even before Saturday’s match, Federer had announced his intention to set a new world record for attendance when he meets Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in South Africa in February.That duel will be staged at the Cape Town Stadium, which has a capacity of 55,000. It will also have the draw of a preceding doubles match in which Federer will partner Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Nadal will play alongside South African comedian Trevor Noah.
Cesc Fabregas says that AC Milan have not contacted him over a January move, but that he is open to talking to clubs in January with his contract expiring in the summer.The 31-year-old has yet to be offered a new deal by Chelsea and he will be able to talk to other clubs over a pre-contract for a free transfer upon entering the final six months of his deal in January.There had been talk that he could leave Chelsea as early as January, but Maurizio Sarri has been impressed with how Fabregas has deputised for Jorginho. The Spaniard produced 127 passes against 10-man PAOK on Thursday, and he provided two assists in the 4-0 win in the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “No [Milan contact]. I haven’t spoken to anyone,” Fabregas said at Stamford Bridge. “Obviously, in January I can sign [a pre-contract] with whoever I want and probably this will attract many clubs. But, so far, from what I can say right now, yes I will stay here until the end of the season.”I will play in the Premier League now. In December I will play games. I already know which games I will play and I am ready for it. I have spoken to the coach. He has been straight-forward with me and I need to be ready for when the opportunity comes. That’s it.”Fabregas has played only nine times for Chelsea this season and he has not yet started a Premier League game, with Jorginho having come in and taken his place after a £57 million summer transfer.Sarri knows Jorginho from his Napoli days and is using the midfielder to implement his new style of play in west London. Fabregas is acting as his deputy and admits that he would rather be in Chelsea’s first-choice XI, with Sarri having changed every outfield player for Thursday’s match.”This was another opportunity for the rest of the team,” Fabregas added. “The whole side changed except Kepa, so probably the same will happen in Hungary against Vidi. We have to take our chances. At the moment this is the only platform for us to show what we can do, we have to take it and that’s what we did.”That’s the problem with the Europa League to be honest. You saw that with Arsenal – I think two players travelled [to Ukraine] from the squad that will play on Sunday. It’s a tricky competition, you play every Thursday and Sunday.”We knew it was going to be a difficult season because of that. We just have to be ready. 10 players played on Saturday, 10 on Thursday. That means you have 20 players who can play at the top level and that is positive.“I would rather be on the other side of the team, but I play at Stamford Bridge, I’m happy. That’s the most important thing. But, of course, every player wants to play more. He made that clear to be honest. I have known that since the beginning of the season.”I know that [Sarri] rates me highly but at the same time it’s a new position for me and I think it is just my fifth game starting in it. I only played there when I was 10 or 12 in the academy at Barcelona. It is something new to learn. At the same time, I can give more in other positions.”Maybe at the moment, he still doesn’t see it. We have had a chat about it and maybe in the future it will start to happen. But at the moment it is what it is and you just have to take it.”Sarri has spoken about how he needs a “very technical player” like Fabregas or Jorginho to act as the pivot in the centre of his three-man midfield, as he implements a 4-3-3 formation at the club.Many pundits and fans have called for Sarri to switch Jorginho with N’Golo Kante, who has been somewhat struggling with his more attacking role on the right-hand side. Sarri has dismissed those calls, but Fabregas admits that the nature of his and Jorginho’s position means they are easier to man mark than any other player on the pitch.”He is a good player, he knows the system very well, he plays one touch, makes short passes,” Fabregas said of Jorginho, before going on to explain how teams are looking to stop him. “But it has been difficult for him because opponents know how to defend against this.“Maybe whether he plays, or I play, sometimes we have to find a solution, new movement, be quicker with the ball. But it’s not easy when you play in this position because you can’t move too much. If you move too much to get an option on the ball, then you leave too much freedom in there.”For the opponent, it is probably the easiest position to man mark. You can’t really get away from the play, you need to stay there. Even if you don’t touch the ball, you have to stay just in case there is a lost ball or something like that.”In terms of if you want to put in a man-marking player, this is the easiest player to mark. But we know what we have to do, we know what the coach wants from us, we just have to keep going.”Chelsea’s win over PAOK offers some relief after they were well beaten last weekend by London rivals Tottenham, who leapfrogged their the Blues in the Premier League table after a convincing 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium.Fulham are next for Chelsea and Fabregas has warned his team that another London derby against a side with a new manager in Claudio Ranieri will be tough.”It’s massive. Fulham played well the other day, they won and have a new manager,” he concluded. “There is new motivation for the players and it will be a tough game. It is an early kick-off too so we need to be ready for it.”
England have no safety concerns in the wake of Saturday’s militant attack that killed seven people in London and the Champions Trophy cricket tournament must go on, bowler Steve Finn has said.In the third major assault to hit Britain in less than three months, attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing revellers in nearby bars.All team hotels subsequently went into lockdown and the International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a statement on Sunday saying it would review security in line with threat levels. (India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2017: Record turnout at Edgbaston despite London terror attack)”It is a sorry state of affairs but we will keep playing cricket and be defiant in the face of it and hopefully put a smile on people’s faces here,” said Finn, who replaced the injured Chris Woakes in the England squad on Sunday.”We are fully supportive of the security plans that are in place. We have been briefed on how we are going to be protected.”We are very comfortable that there is a ring of steel around us so that everyone who is in the ground will be safe. As long as our minds are at ease, we will be alright to play cricket,” the 28-year-old added.Cricket Australia (CA) said they were also “comfortable” with the security for the event featuring the top eight teams in the one-day international rankings.”We toured Bangladesh last year under very tight security and were looked after very well. This tournament will be no different,” Finn said.advertisementSome of his team mates were staying in a hotel less than half a mile (800 metres) from the attack, while all-rounder Ben Stokes was dining in Leicester Square.”Ben struggled to get back to the hotel because of the roads being cordoned off,” Finn said.”But as far as I am aware no one else was affected or involved. Everyone in our squad was fine.”With Woakes unavailable and Stokes struggling to bowl at full pace because of a problematic knee, Finn can expect to be selected for Tuesday’s match against New Zealand with England looking to record a second straight victory in the tournament.”Woakes is an excellent bowler and has been for England in white-ball and red-ball cricket for a long time. I am obviously taller than the other guys around, so maybe there is a different element to that,” he told Sky Sports.”I’m going into these training days leading in the game and if I get the call beyond that then great and I will try my best for my country.”
After months of hype and profanity Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor take their war of words into the ring on Saturday for a boxing mismatch that is poised to become the richest fight in history.From motorcycle daredevil Evil Knievel to off-the-wall comedian Carrot Top, the Las Vegas strip has seen it all, but nothing quite like the crossover fight between undefeated boxer Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion McGregor.Boxing purists have dismissed the bout as nothing more than a cash grab with McGregor in line for a $100 million pay day and Mayweather adding upwards of $200 million to push his career earnings towards the $1 billion mark.Despite what is by most barometers a massive mismatch there is global fascination in the fight that could prove to be the richest in boxing history.Promoters have sold the bout as “historical,” a fight that will be talked about around the world for years to come and many intrigued fight fans have bought into the hype.A crowd of close to 20,000 is expected to fill the T-Mobile Arena, where ringside seats on resale sites are being offered for more than $100,000, with millions more around the globe watching on pay-per-view.There will be no titles on the line, only a gaudy “Money Belt” with a strap made from crocodile leather and featuring 24 karat gold, 3,360 diamonds along with sapphires and emeralds, but much will be riding on the result.For Mayweather it will be the culmination of a life’s work, a chance to surpass former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano, who retired with a perfect 49-0 career record.advertisementFor McGregor, a victory would give him the greatest upset in combat sports history and establish him as a crossover star able to choose big money fights in both the octagon and the ring.The brash, charismatic Irishman, also known as ‘Mystic Mac’ for accurately predicting the outcome of his fights, has gazed into his crystal ball and says he will knock out the 40-year-old American inside two rounds of the scheduled 12-round bout.Mayweather, a 12-times world champion over five weight divisions who traditionally fights defensive battles, is also calling for a knockout, something he has not done since stopping Victor Ortiz nearly six years ago.”I’ve said it’s not going the distance and you can mark my words,” said Mayweather. “I know that I’m in for a tough fight but there is one thing I do know, this fight is not going the distance.”McGregor, who was on social welfare from the Irish government as recently as four years ago, is the blue collar populist champion but the bulk of the money being wagered is all in Mayweather’s corner.Smaller bets are going on McGregor with UFC fans backing up their loyalty with their wallets. But the Las Vegas smart money is all streaming towards Mayweather with reports of several $1 million bets being laid on the ‘Money Man.’So sure is Irish bookmaker Paddy Power of the outcome that they have already paid out on a Mayweather victory.As far as McGregor is concerned, anyone betting against him should take their money onto the Strip and set it on fire.”I will go forward and put the pressure on and break this old man,” said McGregor. “I don’t see him lasting two rounds, I feel I will have the decision to end it inside one.”He’s a beaten man. He will not be able to take the ferociousness that I come with.”Aside from McGregor’s cocky assurances there is little in the tale of the tape to tip an upset.Mayweather, who will bring a 49-0 record into the ring, is already recognised as one of the greatest fighters of all-time, a brilliant defensive tactician and counter puncher who has ruled the ring for 21 years.In the other corner stands hard-hitting McGregor, a two-time world champion in the octagon making his professional boxing debut who will try to do what a long list of great fighters have been unable to do — stop Mayweather.McGregor’s potential to register the biggest upset in boxing history rests largely with the intangibles.As aggressive in the ring as he is outside it, the 29-year-old Irishman will have youth and power on his side.A fearless and vicious fighter taking on an ageing boxer who hasn’t fought in almost two years, McGregor’s best shot at a victory will be connecting with a thundering left hand like the one that dropped Jose Aldo 13 seconds into their UFC featherweight championship fight.advertisement”Everyone knows I can fight. I can give it and I can take,” said Mayweather. “After 21 years I’ve been hit with everything and I’m still right here.”
Brief scores: Australia 236/7 (Usman Khawaja 50, Glenn Maxwell 40; Mohammed Shami (2/44), Kuldeep Yadav (2/46) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/60) vs India. Scorecard | Live BlogRohit Sharma can pull off some unbelievable shots when he is on song which is exactly what he did during the first one-day international against Australia on Saturday.The ninth-over of India’s run chase saw Rohit play a delightful scoop shot, one which took even Virat Kohli by surprise.Kohli, who was batting with Rohit at the other end, just couldn’t believe what he saw as Rohit played the shot with such ease against left-arm pacer Jason Beherendorff to take India’s score to 33 in 8.2 overs.The ball was bowled at over 131kmph by the left-arm pacer but Rohit had no trouble in shuffling across the stumps, he went down on his knees and scooped the ball over fine-leg for a boundary.Rohit and Kohli added 76 runs for the second wicket before the Indian captain departed for 44 off 45 balls. The vice-captain fell soon after for 37 to leave India in a spot of bother at 95 for 3 in 20.5 overs as they look to chase down 237 at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Uppal.Earlier, India bowlers restricted Australia to 236 for 7 after being asked to field by Aaron Finch.Pacer Mohammed Shami led the attack with figures of 2/44 in 10 overs as chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (2/46 in 10 overs) Ravindra Jadeja (0/33 in 10 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (1/31) made up for a rare off-day by Jasprit Bumrah (2/60 in 10 overs).Usman Khawaja (50) and Glenn Maxwell (40) scored the runs for the visitors but never looked in full flow as the Indian attack displayed its versatility.advertisementAlso Read | 11 years of Virat Kohli’s U-19 World Cup triumph: Legends pay tribute to India skipper
Rohan Sen WellingtonFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 12:07 IST Rohit Sharma’s 200th ODI match ended in defeat but he will be looking to make amends in the final game in Wellington (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe 5th ODI is also going to be a dead rubber as India lead the series 3-1But Team India will be looking to right the wrongs in Wellington after their loss in the 4th ODIRohit, Hardik, Shubman, Siraj and Khaleel were seen practicing in the netsTeam India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya were among the players who hit the nets at the Wellington cricket stadium on Saturday, ahead of the fifth and final one-day international against New Zealand.The final match is also going to be a dead rubber as India had already won the five-match series 3-0 after outplaying New Zealand by eight wickets in the first match, by 90 runs in the second and by seven wickets in the third.Young fast bowlers Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj were also seen at the nets having a conversation with bowling coach Bharat Arun while Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill enjoyed fielding drills and took some sharp catches as well.All set for the 5th and final ODIWhat’s your prediction for tomorrow’s game?#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/PX2BKHYnIWBCCI (@BCCI) February 2, 2019Rohit’s team will be looking to right the wrong in the final match and end the series on a high after a disappointing performance in the last game in Hamilton.New Zealand finally found conditions to its liking in the fourth game at Seddon Park where the hot conditions made the ball swing, and in the absence of Virat Kohli, who was rested, and MS Dhoni, who has a hamstring strain, bowled out India for 92 in 30.5 overs with Trent Boult picking up 5 wickets for 21 runs.The Blackcaps then reached 93 for 2 in only 14.4 overs, concluding the match before the scheduled dinner break.The hosts meanwhile, suffered a blow on Saturday as opener Martin Guptill suffered a lower back injury while fielding and remains doubtful for the final match.advertisementNew Zealand cricket team revealed the news on its Twitter handle and also announced that Colin Munro will come back into the squad.”Martin Guptill is in doubt for tomorrow’s fifth ODI against India after aggravating his lower back while fielding this afternoon. He’s been assessed by team physio Vijay Vallabh and will be reassessed tomorrow morning. Colin Munro will rejoin the ODI squad tomorrow morning,” the Blackcaps posted on Twitter.Guptill has been woefully out of form in this series having scored just 47 runs in the four matches so far at an average of 11.75 with 15 being his highest score.Munro has fared even worse with 46 runs in three ODIs at 15.33. As a result, he was dropped from the team for the fourth ODI.Henry Nicholls was promoted to the opener’s position in Munro’s absence and he made an unbeaten 30 off 42 balls in Hamilton.But with Guptill doubtful for the final match, Munro is most likely to come back in the side and open the innings along with Nicholls.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Shubman GillFollow Khaleel AhmedFollow Wellington ODIFollow Mohammed Siraj Team India sweats it out in Wellington ahead of 5th ODI against New ZealandIndia vs New Zealand: The Indian team was seen hard at practice in Wellington where they will play the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand which will once again be a dead-rubber game on Sunday as the tourists already clinched the series after winning the first three matches.advertisement