Floyd Mayweather Comes Out Of Retirement, Plans To Fight Conor McGregor

first_img Related TopicsConor McGregorFloyd Mayweather In what has seemed like a long and winding road of a process, it appears that the fight everyone wants to see will happen.Early this morning, retired boxer Floyd Mayweather announced he was coming out of retirement for one reason and one reason only: To fight Conor McGregor. Regarded as one of the best boxers of all-time and certainly the best of theRegarded as one of the best boxers of all-time and certainly the best of the modern-era, Mayweather has been engaged in verbal exchanges with McGregor for some time now. The murmurs of a potential superfight started more so on McGregor’s end, when the “Notorious” one would spend more time talking about Floyd than his upcoming opponent during press conferences. McGregor would claim he would do what he set out to do in the UFC and then move on to defeat Mayweather in a fight.Check out this exchange below at a UFC 205 press conference last November, where McGregor proceeds to throw a quick jab at Mayweather while talking about his Octagon endeavors:Obviously, Floyd Mayweather shared his fair share of talk about the situation.Since the initial rumors of the two titans clashing, talks have slowly progressed for this matchup. The main issue for both men is who is going to receive more money for this fight. UFC President Dana White tried to get the deal done late last year, offering the same amount of cash to both fighters to hold the fight under his umbrella. Mayweather scoffed at the offer and that’s where the financial part halted.But it appears today that “Money” Mayweather is done talking about the money and wants to fight.“For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor. I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain. Let’s fight in June. You’re the B-side, I’m the A side. We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and talking about you want to fight. You blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. If you want to fight, sign the paperwork, let’s do it. Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor. We don’t need to waste no time. We need to make this s–t happen quickly. Let’s get it on in June.”So, will there be a summertime showdown between Mayweather and McGregor? We’ll wait and see. Eli Mooneyhamcenter_img Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.last_img read more

DeShone Kizer Conference Call Yields Interesting Points From New Browns QB

first_imgOn having periods of success and periods of inconsistency last season during the course of one game:“As a quarterback you need to be able to be the same guy every play, every rep. Last year, I wasn’t able to do that as much as I would have liked to. I think that has a lot to do with mechanics and footwork. There is a lot that goes into being a good quarterback. I honestly think this is the best opportunity for me as far as teams to be selected to and to be around a great coach who can fix those lulls and create some consistency. I can’t wait for Coach Jackson to go back and continue to allow me to improve from that last year and to take those spurts of greatness and allow that to push forward for a long time.” On the first two days of the NFL Draft:“It’s definitely a different experience. Obviously, being in Philly yesterday was a unique experience. I had a great time. To sit there and wait and try to figure out where you are going to land is definitely new to me. Obviously, the wait was well worth it now that I’m going to be able to stay at home and call myself a Cleveland Brown.” On if he is comfortable in a leadership role:“I’m very comfortable. Coming from a school like Notre Dame, you are required to have responsibilities on and off the field. I think I’m well-polished in that area. I’m looking forward to taking it to the next level under the lens of one of the greatest coaches out there in Coach Jackson. I can’t wait to be a sponge and take in everything he has to say and try to apply it to my game and to my off-the-field leadership.” On where he is currently:“I’m in Toledo right now.” On what he learned being on a team that wasn’t as successful as desired last season:“I learned that there is so much that goes into winning. So many guys take it for granted. Especially elite college athletes who experience success in high school and in college, they really don’t understand what goes into that. I was able to understand that there is a lot more that goes into winning games then just throwing a tight spiral. There is leadership, there is culture and just so many things that go into that. I will continue to learn from it as I move forward. I will be able to evaluate what situation I’m in and try to be the best asset that I can be for the team.”  QB DeShone Kizer: On if he can improve his accuracy in the NFL and why he may not have been as accurate as he desired in college:“Absolutely. I think accuracy and consistency are two good questions that have been asked quite a bit in the past couple of months going into the draft. I have already made some adjustments, and I am very confident. Through workouts with Coach Jackson and Coach Lee, I was already able to make some minor switch-ups with them. It has helped me out quite a bit already. With that, I am very confident that once I get into their system and I am able to be in their facility with them that those improvements will continue and I will be able to become a much more accurate thrower.” On further explaining his comments about himself and Patriots QB Tom Brady and Panthers QB Cam Newton:“I was talking about where I wanted to aspire to be. A guy like Tom Brady, who is a guy who has won quite a few championships, that came from his preparation and his understanding of his offense and the defense that he’s playing against. Cam Newton is a guy who has an extreme amount of athletic ability, and that is a guy that I aspire to be. If I can set some goals for myself, those are two guys that I am going to try to emulate, as far as the preparation that it takes to get to the elite level.” On his comments during the Combine about enjoying the game more:“I think that fun needs to come out on the field. The serious sense and the preparation that it takes to be successful is something that I will continue to have, always. Obviously, my process is going to continue to grow now that I’m able to do this for a living. I will put as much time and effort that I possibly can into understanding the playbook and doing whatever I can to contribute. As far as being on the field and actually doing it, that is going to be the opportunity to let loose and play the game. That is when the fun comes. You are not having fun if you’re not winning. The seriousness and the preparation will continue to remain the same, but out on the field is where I will be able to have my good times.” On assessments of him being successful in most areas but not necessarily consistent:“I believe there is a lot of potential. I believe there is a lot of room for growth. I think coaches like Coach Jackson and Coach Lee will be able to make some of these things a little more consistent. Absolutely.” On if he was a Browns fan growing up:“I was never really a big Browns fan, but obviously, I have much respect for them being from Ohio. There are so many fans around, and my whole family is Cleveland Browns fans. After making the decision to go to the NFL, there is an obvious connection between myself and their situation. From the experiences I was able to go through in this 2016 season, the experiences of going through the 2015 season and comparing them, from having some success to not as much success, I will be able to hopefully bring that over and continue to learn as much as I possibly can, and then try to do whatever I can to contribute to winning some games.”center_img Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. On possibly being the guy to end the long run of QBs in Cleveland:“Absolutely. My goal right now is to figure out a way to figure out a way to learn as much as I can to even get myself on that list and to try to find some success. There is a lot for me to learn in the next couple of months. I just look forward to getting there and learning those things.” On his familiarity with the Browns roster and the team’s three first-round picks:“I’m pretty familiar with it. I was able to get to know a little bit about it as I moved forward. I know the quarterback room is very talented. I’m going to have to come in and compete, and I look forward to it. As far as all the skill positions, there are going to be a lot of weapons around me and an offensive line that is anchored with one of the best tackles in the game, if not the best tackle in the game. I just can’t wait to get there and learn more about it and to do whatever I can to help the team as much as I can.” On his pre-draft contact with the Browns and if he believed there was a possibility to be picked by the team:“Absolutely. I was able to create a pretty good relationship with both Mr. (Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi) Brown and (Head Coach (Hue) Jackon, (quarterbacks) and Coach (David) Lee. Being from this area and playing right down the road at Notre Dame, I was able to already get to know those guys through the relationships I was able to create off of the field. Going into the Combine, I had two informal (interviews) with them, a formal and then they came and saw me before my pro day. I was able to work out for them and then finish it up with a facility visit. I was able to go complete circle with those guys, get to know them and explain who I was to them. Obviously, I owe it to them for pulling the trigger on me.” On learning from Hue Jackson:“I cannot wait to learn from Coach Jackson. Even these last couple of months getting to spend a little time with him, he has been able to make a couple of adjustments to my footwork and to my mentality that allowed me to be a little more consistent and accurate within just a month or two. I can’t wait to actually be with them where we can spend as much time together as needed to maximize the potential that I think I have.”  Related Topics On clarifying his current location:“I’m actually in Toledo, Ohio. I’m back home. I came back from Philly last night and was able to come to Toledo, which is obviously right down the road. I’m only about two hours away. If I yelled loud enough off of this balcony, I am sure you guys could hear me.” David Sprouse On digesting negative comments from individuals who say he may not be ready for the NFL and could have benefited from another year in college:“To digest that is just to understand that there is a lot of room for improvement. I do have a lot of room for growth, and I will grow consistently. I just can’t wait to get into that facility and start to learn and to pick up all of the different things that I need to pick up in order to try to contribute to the team as much as I possibly can. Once again, there is a lot of room to go ahead and grow into the NFL and I can’t wait to do that.”last_img read more

No. 7 UWF women’s tennis defeats Alabama Huntsville 9-0

first_img    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  – The No. 7-ranked University of West Florida women’s tennis team defeated Alabama Huntsville 9-0 on the road Sunday afternoon. West Florida (4-0, 3-0 GSC) wraps up the weekend road trip with three 9-0 wins over conference opponents.The No. 20-ranked singles player in DII, Monika Kochanova (Bratislava, Slovakia), won 6-0, 6-0 at number one singles. Laure-Eline Faure (Toulouse, France) won 6-2, 6-3 at number two singles while Nina Bubelova (Považská Bystrica, Slovakia) won at number three singles 6-1, 6-0.Kochanova and Faure won 8-3 at number one doubles while Kat Dikosavljevic (Queensland, Australia) and Francesca Fanchin (New York, N.Y.) won a close match at number two doubles 9-8. Bubelova and Fernanda Amaral (Curitiba, Brazil) won 8-6 at number three doubles.West Florida will next play host to No. 15 Florida Tech on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m. CT.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS# Print Friendly Version Share No. 7 UWF women’s tennis defeats Alabama Huntsville 9-0center_img Senior Monika Kochanova got three wins in singles play over the weekend to improve to 3-1 on the year. (Photo by Bill Stockland) last_img read more

Alaskan Leaders Oppose California Representative ANWR Amendment

first_imgThe Joint Leadership of the Alaska State Legislature responded to Huffman’s proposed amendment Wednesday, objecting to the restriction which would further limit Alaskans’ access to their own land. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享During a convention of U.S. governors in D.C. this week, President Barack Obama took a question from AK Gov. Bill Walker who addressed how Alaska needs access to 1% of our national parks to fill up the TransAlaska pipeline. The proposed amendment to House Resolution 2406, submitted by Democratic California Congressman Jared Huffman, would further restrict development within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 1002 area.That area is recognized for prime potential oil and gas reserves. Governor Walker: “A lot of oil up there.”President Obama: “We have encouraged exploration in some areas, but some areas are just real sensitive. One of the ironies when we were up in Alaska, I’d have some people say in the same breath ‘Protect this beauty and scenic areas and make sure nobody’s polluting it’ and then, ‘Oh and by the way, let’s get going on some oil drilling.’ Our goal has been to try to balance those equities and to make sure that economic development is taking place in Alaska, that folks are being well-served but that we’re also preserving the very thing that makes that place so unique and people care about it so deeply.”center_img State Senate Majority Leader John Coghill (R-North Pole) stated in the release, “It’s unfortunate that some from other states are trying to erode the carefully crafted compromises in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.” Coghill added that ANILCA already doubled the size of the country’s national park and refuge systems and designated wilderness areas. He stressed that the California Representatives proposed action would further cripple Alaska’s ability to produce an economy.last_img read more

Takanashi outscores men to win SBC Cup

first_img“My timing being off was noticeable (on the first jump) but I fixed that,” said Takanashi, who outjumped her nearest female competitor by a combined distance of 64 meters, but did not score well on her form.“The wind was swirling. I was unable to keep my skis steady and wasn’t able to get into a proper Telemark (landing style).”Takanashi struggled for several years to master the prescribed landing form. But with the women’s circuit planning to more strictly judge the Telemark this season, Takanashi has additional homework ahead of her.“In order to be get into position even when you are not completely stable in the air, I need to begin with training on the ground,” she said.Takeuchi, who competes on the men’s World Cup circuit and won a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, scored 242.8 points from jumps of 127.5 and 132.5 meters.The sport’s elder statesman, Noriaki Kasai, came third with 238.0 points. KEYWORDS Sara Takanashi IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES HAKUBA, NAGANO PREF. – Three-time World Cup overall champion Sara Takanashi won the SBC Cup on Sunday, scoring more points to win the women’s competition than Taku Takeuchi, who won the men’s competition, which doubles as the men’s national championship.Takanashi delivered jumps of 130 and 125.5 meters — with an unfavorable tail wind for the second — to earn 255.1 points for her efforts.last_img read more

Report: Millwall U18s 0-3 Bristol City U18s

first_imgTrevor Challis’ side are now four unbeaten in the Professional Development League, after registering eight points from a possible 12. The young Robins were in front after just seven minutes as trialist Joshua Newbury-Teelock crossed for Harrison Reeves to fire home. Allen doubled the advantage midway through the first half, latching on to Reeves’ pass before dispatching the ball from 12 yards with aplomb. City kept the pressure up after half-time and Allen took advantage of a weak backpass to round the Millwall goalkeeper and make it three just before the hour mark. Coach Challis said: “We were totally dominant and my only criticism is that we didn’t win by more goals; we certainly had the chances. “It’s a good run we find ourselves on now and it’s a shame the season finishes in two games because the lads have really hit form.” City Under-18s: Sesay, Ali, Webb, Z.Smith (Harry Smith), Parsons, Harvey Smith, Edwards, Richards, Allen, Reeves, Newbuy-Teelock (Taylor).last_img read more

City Women’s re-arranged fixture against Chelsea to be televised

first_imgThe fixture will be live on BT Sport at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.The original date was Saturday, April 28th (5:30pm kick-off), but due to Chelsea’s progression in the Champions League, this date is no longer possible.Tickets bought for the original date will be valid for the re-arranged fixture.Tickets for all of City Women’s remaining home fixtures are here.last_img

Report: Arsenal Women 4-0 Bristol City Women

first_img Player of the Match:Loren Dykes was Bristol City Women’s stand-out performer on Thursday night. She captained her side fantastically and lead by example when organising her side’s patterns of play. The full-back’s speed also allowed her make some timely interventions and clear the danger when Arsenal looked most threatening. Key moment:With the game finely balanced at 1-0, Bristol City Women were pressing for an equaliser at the start of the second-half. The visitors had a flurry of chance but couldn’t find the net and Miedema made the visitors pay, she got in behind the City Women defence to slot the ball into the back of the net and kill all momentum. Gemma Evans in action at Meadow Park (via Daniela Porcelli). Bristol City Women started the half the brighter of the two sides. First, Ella Rutherford picked out Abi Harrison with a neat through-ball and the striker curled a left-footed effort on target which forced Peyraud-Magnin into a smart save. Harrison then picked out fellow Scot, Lucy Graham with a searching ball but the midfielder couldn’t steer her header on target. Ella Rutherford also tested Peyraud-Magnin with an effort from just outside the eighteen-yard box. Arsenal hadn’t had a sniff all half, but when they did they took their opportunity. Miedema’s deft touch took her behind City Women line and she cooly finished to double her side’s lead.McCabe managed to beat the offside trap and fire home to add a third and shortly after Miedema connected with Van De Donk’s cross to secure her hat-trick and wrap up the victory for the home side. Teams: Bristol City Women: Baggaley, Dykes (C), Evans, Kerkdijk, Pattinson, Brown (Ayane 45’), Biesmans, Humphrey, Graham, Rutherford, Harrison.Subs: Cumings, Kemppi, Payne, Wilson, Robinson, WoolleyArsenal Women: Peyraud-Magnin, Veje, Williamson (Arnth 73’), Evans (Samuelsson 82’), Quinn, Bloodworth, Van De Donk, Little, McCabe, Mead, Meidema (Carter 82’)Subs: Veenendaal, Schnaderbeck, Kuyken, Grant What happened? Vivianne Miedema opened the scoring for the Gunners on the eleventh minute as she picked up the ball on the edge of the box and drove into the danger area before poking the ball into the far corner of the net. City Women responded well and Ella Rutherford’s teasing crosses into the box just managed to evade her fellow teammates and were unable to trouble Peyraud-Magnin in the Arsenal goal. Poppy Pattinson advanced into the Arsenal box and the full-back flashed a ball across the six-yard box, but it was just out of reach for Abi Harrison, who had gambled at the far post. Van De Donk went close before the half was up as she was slid in behind the City Women defence, her effort beat Sophie Baggaley in the City Women goal but Gemma Evans was on hand to clear the ball off the line. last_img read more

Liverpool held by third-tier battlers

first_imgSoccer The sight of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino entering as substitutes late in the second half summed up Liverpool’s desperation in their FA Cup match against third-tier opposition on Sunday. Even the two superstar forwards couldn’t prevent the world, European and likely English champions slumping to their most embarrassing result in years in a quaint market town near the Welsh border. Liverpool squandered a two-goal lead and were held to a 2-2 draw by Shrewsbury in a riveting fourth-round match between clubs separated by 59 places in the English football pyramid. By the end, you wouldn’t know which team was the Premier League leaders by 16 points. “The 2-2 is the least Shrewsbury deserved,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who fielded a much-weakened starting lineup featuring fringe players and youngsters. Klopp said his lineup for the replay will be even weaker, with the game at Anfield next month coming in the middle of the first so-called “winter break” in the history of English football. The first-team squad will be having that break, Klopp vowed, so he’ll be playing the kids. It was an evening to remember for Jason Cummings, who scored a 65th-minute penalty to reduce Shrewsbury’s deficit and then turned Liverpool’s defence inside out before slotting home the equaliser in the 75th. Liverpool went ahead through Curtis Jones, their 18-year-old matchwinner against Everton in the third round, in the 15th minute and looked comfortably through to the last 16 when former Manchester United defender Donald Love accidentally turned a cross into his own net for 2-0 a minute into the second half. No team in the Premier League has managed to score two goals in one game against Liverpool this season and the Reds could have conceded more, with Shrewsbury – who had won just one of their previous seven games in all competitions – having Liverpool rattled at times. Backup goalkeeper Adrian was arguably Liverpool’s best player, producing some great saves especially from Shaun Whalley in the first half. “It is a dream come true against the best team in the world,” Cummings said. “Going to Anfield is what it’s all about.” The two Manchester clubs had no such problems against lower-league opponents in the fourth round. United won 6-0 at third-tier Tranmere after City beat 10-man Fulham 4-0.last_img read more

Ole Miss bouncing back following loss to Arkansas

first_imgOXFORD – Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram was surprised Sunday afternoon.Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and the Rebels are bouncing back well from the team's loss last Saturday to Arkansas.Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and the Rebels are bouncing back well from the team’s loss last Saturday to Arkansas.He figured his teammates would be hanging their heads and lacking energy when they came to practice following the Rebels’ 53-52 overtime loss to Arkansas the day before.Overwhelming disappointment would’ve been understandable considering the Rebels nearly won. The Razorbacks converted a fourth-and-25 play in overtime on a lateral and then a two-point play for the win following a touchdown two snaps later.“We responded a lot better than I thought,” Engram said. “We came in with a lot of energy.”The response bodes well for the Rebels (7-3, 4-2 SEC), who have a bye this week before their final two regular-season games. They play host to LSU at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 (CBS) and travel to Mississippi State on Nov. 28 for their annual Egg Bowl game.The Arkansas loss ended the Rebels’ being in control of winning the Southeastern Conference’s West division. They need to win out and for Alabama to lose to either Mississippi State or Auburn, both road games the Crimson Tide should be favored in.Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell doesn’t think the Rebels’ effort will be lacking despite their likely not having a shot of reaching the SEC title game for the first time in program history.“It won’t be tough at all,” he said. “This team is built around playing with intensity, playing with passion and having fun with each other. We’ll go out and attack LSU just like we attack any other team and try to win. We’ll make the most of the opportunities we’re given.”The Rebels have struggled with those opportunities following adversity of late.After a difficult 35-31 home loss to Auburn last season, the Rebels beat FCS opponent Presbyterian College before losing 30-0 to Arkansas following a bye week. The Rebels finished the regular season with a win against Mississippi State but lost 42-3 to TCU in the Peach Bowl.Engram believes the team struggled to move past the Auburn loss last year.“That one stuck around for a while,” he said. “We throw everything in the trash and move on to next week — especially in this conference, we know how important that is — but no, we didn’t empty it. Last year, that one hurt a little longer.”The Rebels followed their 38-10 loss to Florida on Oct. 3 with an easy win against overmatched New Mexico State before falling 37-24 to Memphis.The Rebels are hoping to avoid a similar letdown going into their final three games.“Got to let it go,” Treadwell said. “(Coach Hugh Freeze) said he’d never seen anything like that. He asked us if we’d ever seen anything or played in a game like that. Nobody could even say that they did. It was something we all hadn’t seen before. Didn’t expect it to go like that.“We just look forward to playing LSU.”Contact Daniel Paulling at dpaulling@jackson.gannett.com. Follow @DanielPaulling on Twitter.last_img read more