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UFC’s Jones suspended 15 months by USADA; can return in fall

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jones also failed an out-of-competition doping test in 2016, testing positive for two anti-estrogen agents. That result forced the late cancellation of his headline bout against Cormier at UFC 200. Jones, who claimed the result was due to a sexual enhancement pill, received a yearlong suspension.Jones tested positive for cocaine use in 2015, later publicly acknowledging that he used the drug. His checkered history also includes an arrest after a hit-and-run accident in New Mexico in which he broke a pregnant woman’s arm in 2015, a scuffle with Cormier in a casino lobby while promoting a bout in 2014, and an arrest for driving under the influence after he crashed his Bentley into a pole in 2012.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The decision by an arbitrator means the 31-year-old Jones could even fight at UFC 230 in New York on Nov. 3, if the mixed martial arts promotion decides to book his comeback bout on that card.“It’s difficult to express myself at this moment, but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation,” Jones said in a statement posted on his social media accounts. “I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life. It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJones could have been suspended for four years for a second failed test, but arbitrator Richard H. McLaren determined the ban’s length by evaluating Jones’ degree of fault. Jones claimed he didn’t knowingly take any banned substances, and he passed several out-of-competition drug tests leading up to his failed in-competition test, one day before UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster said his group is “agreeable, in concept” to the 15-month suspension, but added that Jones still must pay a $205,000 fine. The relative leniency of the suspension — and the fact that it ends one week before UFC 230, which currently has no main event for Madison Square Garden — attracted bemusement from some of his fellow fighters on Twitter.Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov used an expletive to refer to USADA while complaining its decision includes too “much politics.”Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes also weighed in : “No shade to JJ but no one is surprised by this arbitrary decision. USADA is steadily losing respect in the fight community to the point of questioning why they even exist.”Jones (22-1, 1 no-contest) is widely considered the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, but he has repeatedly sabotaged his own career.He reclaimed the light heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier last year, but the victory was taken away when he tested positive.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – In this July 7, 2016, file photo, mixed martial arts fighter Jon Jones reacts as he speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones should be eligible to fight by late October after completing a 15-month suspension for a doping violation.The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 announced the length of Jones’ ban for his second violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES — Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is eligible to return to competition by late October after completing a 15-month suspension for a doping violation.The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday announced the length of Jones’ ban for his second violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. He has been suspended since testing positive for a steroid metabolite last summer, and the ban will conclude Oct. 28 — 15 months after the collection of the positive sample.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Career night LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Connecticut runners part of debate over transgender athletes

first_imgTransgender girls who are not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete in female competitions, the organization said.Jon Forrest, whose daughter is teammates with Soule, is among a group of parents seeking a similar change to Connecticut’s state policy.He said they’d like to see the state adopt a hormone standard or allow transgender girls to run with other girls but have their results placed in a separate exhibition category.“The facts show Glastonbury would be the state champion based on cisgender girls competing against cisgender girls,” he said. “You don’t realize it until you see it in person, the disparity in the ability to perform.”Lungarini said the state organization is not in a position to perform hormone testing of athletes and simply relies on the schools to tell them who identifies as male or female.Yearwood’s coach, Brian Calhoun, said his runner also matters. As Yearwood kneeled behind a teammate, braiding her hair between races at another recent meet, Calhoun said the track team and community have provided the runner with a safe, welcoming place to be.“There’s never been an issue in our town,” he said. “These kids, many of them have known Andraya since elementary school. They know who she is. So when she signed up, the attitude was: ‘OK, Andraya is running with the girl’s team. Here we go.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yearwood, a 17-year-old junior at Cromwell High School, is one of two transgender high school sprinters in Connecticut, transitioning to female.She recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. The winner, Terry Miller of Bloomfield High, is also transgender and set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds. Yearwood finished in 7.01 seconds and the third-place competitor, who is not transgender, finished in 7.23 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMiller and Yearwood also topped the 100-meter state outdoor championships last year, and Miller won the 300 indoors this season.Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage, expressing a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes as they break barriers across sports around the world from high school to the pros. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. In the track-and-field community in Connecticut, the dominance of Miller and Yearwood has stirred resentment among some competitors and their families. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Andraya Yearwood hears the comments, usually from adults and usually not to her face.She shouldn’t be running, they say, not against girls.ADVERTISEMENT Tyler Tio shoots Ateneo past Family Mart-Enderun for 2nd straight win Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments “I have learned a lot about myself and about other people through this transition. I always try to focus most on all of the positive encouragement that I have received from family, friends and supporters,” Yearwood said. “I use the negativity to fuel myself to run faster.”Connecticut is one of 17 states that allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete.com, which tracks state policies in high school sports across the country. Seven states have restrictions that make it difficult for transgender athletes to compete while in school, like requiring athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate, or allowing them to participate only after going through sex-reassignment procedures or hormone therapies.The other states either have no policy or handle the issue on a case-by-case basis.Yearwood acknowledges she is stronger than many of her cisgender competitors, but says girls who are not transgender may have other advantages.“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” she said. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Miller, who declined to be interviewed for this story, has said that if she felt a competitor had an unfair advantage, it would simply push her to try to improve.One of their competitors, Selina Soule, says the issue is about fairness on the track with wider implications. The Glastonbury High School junior finished eighth in the 55, missing out on qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots.Soule believes that had Miller and Yearwood not run, she would be on her way to race in Boston in front of more college coaches.“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” she said. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports in Connecticut, says its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law that says students must be treated in school by the gender with which they identify.“This is about someone’s right to compete,” executive director Glenn Lungarini said. “I don’t think this is that different from other classes of people, who, in the not too distant past, were not allowed to compete. I think it’s going to take education and understanding to get to that point on this issue.”Joanna Harper, a medical physicist and transgender runner from Portland, Oregon, says the issue isn’t that simple. She believes there needs to be a standard based on hormone levels.Until hormone therapies begin to work, genetic males have a distinct advantage over genetic females, she said. Most transgender teens don’t begin hormone therapy until after puberty. Younger teens can be on puberty-blocking drugs, but puberty is very individualized and testosterone levels can vary greatly from one transgender girl to another, she said.“The gender identity doesn’t matter, it’s the testosterone levels,” said Harper, who studies transgender athletes. “Trans girls should have the right to compete in sports. But cisgender girls should have the right to compete and succeed, too. How do you balance that? That’s the question.”Yearwood is hoping to qualify for this year’s National Scholastic Athletics Foundation national championships in March. The group recently adopted new rules allowing pre-pubescent girls to participate with their affirmed gender, though no ages are specified. Post-pubescent transgender girls must have completed sex-reassignment surgery and “a sufficient amount of time must have passed” after the operation or hormone therapy “to minimize gender-related competitive advantages.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Bandit killed during home invasion at Yarrowkabra

first_img…attacked family during partyA well-known bandit was on Sunday evening shot dead, while one man was injured following a home invasionDead bandit, Raphael “Scar” Armstrongat Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Dead is Raphael Armstrong, 32, also called “Scar”, formerly of Friendship, East Bank Demerara and of Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.The injured man is Adrian Mohar, 24, of Yarrowkabra. He has been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to reports, the man was shot about four times by the owner of the house, Gary Mohar, who also operates a business. Based on reports received, the Mohar family were having a family get-together when they were attacked by Armstrong and an accomplice. He held about 12 people at gunpoint, including several children, and ordered them into the house.Without hesitation, the adults led the children into the house with the gunman following. One of the children attempted to run but her father, Adrian Mohar, grabbed her.Apparently thinking that Adrian was going to attack, Armstrong discharged a round hitting the young man in his hand. At this time, the owner of the house put up a fight with the man during which his gun fell to the ground.The man quickly picked up the gun and discharged at least four rounds at Armstrong. The injured bandit, according to Police, was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival. At the home of the businessman on Monday, his brother who asked not to be named told Guyana Times that the men invaded the party about 20:30h. He noted that during the get-together, his brother saw shadows behind the “fat poke” tree and thought that someone had gone to urinate.He said within a few seconds, a man who was masked and wearing dark clothing pounced on them demanding that they go into the house. He claimed that another man was behind him. Fearful that the gunmen would do “something stupid”, the family members complied.The homeowner’s brother said from all indications, the men had jumped the back fence and walked among the bushes to reach the house. The family later learnt that there were at least six men – two who held them up and another four in the yard.However, after the gunshots rang out, the other bandit who was at the door called upon the others to “run” as he took his own advice. The man went on to say that after the bandit was shot, the Police were summoned.When the Police arrived at the scene, they removed the toque covering the man’s face and it was then his identity was confirmed. The Police have since seized the unlicensed firearm as they continue their investigation into the shooting incident.Armstrong has been fingered in several robberies under arms as well as trafficking in narcotics offences. He was busted at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport in December 2014 with 2.8 kilos (6.3 lbs) of cocaine when he arrived on the Caribbean Airlines BW526 Flight from Georgetown, Guyana.The cocaine was found concealed in bottles of cream liqueur which were in duty-free bags. According to information received, Armstrong was pulled aside for a customs inspection when he presented a black suitcase along with a yellow duty-free shopping bag.The black suitcase was searched without any incident and the defendant remained calm, but as drug enforcement agents moved to inspect the duty-free bag, the young man started acting in a suspicious manner.In the bag, the customs agents found two 26-ounce bottles which “purported to contain rum cream liqueur”. While inspecting the bottles, the agents noticed that one of them was not sealed and had a strong odour. Armstrong was arrested, charged and deported to Guyana.last_img read more

Flyers win game 3 in Double-OT

first_imgComing off a 7-3 loss in Spirit River in game two, the Flyers had a full bench for Thursday night’s game three, and they sure needed it.The first 20 minutes saw two goals for each team, with Chad Wilchynski and Mike Lefley scoring for SR, and Jeff Fast replying with a pair for the home team.In the second the Flyers scored 3 times in 4 minutes, courtesty of Todd Alexander, Jeff Shipton, and Matt Shuya.  Responding for the Rangers was Brandon Hessler and Wilchynski (his second).- Advertisement -The lone goal of the third was posted by Ranger Trevor Mazurek, meaning after 60 minutes it was still tied 5-5.The game went into overtime, and then double overtime, before, in the 95th minute of play, the Flyers finally took a 6-5 win, on a goal by Dustin Kersey.And so, the Flyers take a 2-1 series lead, and look to find a way to win in Spirit River, on Saturday night.  Catch all the action on MooseFM, starting with the pregame show at 8:15.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cantwell off to fast start

first_imgIn any case, Cantwell’s opening performance was impressive. The Cardinals pounded 13 hits, seven of them in an eight-run third inning that included a home run and a two-run single by freshman shortstop and leadoff batter Jalisa Rock, and an RBI triple by sophomore second baseman Lauren Yao. Sophomore Roberta Garcia had two singles in the inning, and freshman right fielder Paulina Saucedo had a two-run single. “We’ve really been concentrating on our hitting every day,” said veteran first baseman and returning all-CIF selection Lauren Alvarado, who had two hits and an RBI. As for any pressure to repeat the championship, she added, “There’s always pressure. People ask if we think we can do it again. The players don’t talk about it. We just say that was last year.” Sophomore pitcher Michelle Sierra scattered four hits and pitched out of the only two real scoring opportunities the Victorians had. “Not really,” coach Alex Blanco said after his team opened the season with a 10-0 victory over visiting St. Matthias on Tuesday. “Not a lot of pressure. We’re just looking at it as a season of challenges. Our league is tougher this year, too.” roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img MONTEBELLO – Cantwell High School has won the last two CIF-Southern Section Division VII softball championships, but the Cardinals move up to Division VI this season. Do the Cardinals feel any pressure to make it a three-peat, even though the division is different? last_img read more

France are the new World Champions after beating Croatia

first_img0Shares0000The victory was France’s second in their history – with their first success coming 20 years ago on home soil. Photo/COURTESYMOSCOW, Russia, July 15 – France won their second World Cup 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.The breathless 4-2 victory under stormy skies at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deshchamps’ side — balancing youthful vitality and tournament nous — have buried the pain of their defeat in the Euro 2016 final on home soil. For the small nation of Croatia, the loss spells bitter pain but fans at home will celebrate the best run in the nation’s history, which featured a stunning win against Argentina and a semi-final victory against England.Earlier, Croatia’s fans, massed behind Danijel Subasic’s goal, unveiled an enormous flag during their national anthem and their side roared out of the blocks, pinning France back in their own half.It was the French who scored first, courtesy of an own goal in the 18th minute by Mario Mandzukic following an Antoine Griezmann free-kick but they were pegged back by a lovely Ivan Perisic strike 10 minutes later.Griezmann restored France’s lead from the penalty spot after the referee awarded a controversial spot-kick with the help of VAR (video assistant referee) for a hand ball.As thunder rolled around the stadium, Griezmann lined up the penalty, holding the ball under his arm. Crotia goalkeeper Subasic did his best to put the French striker off but he held his nerve to lash the spot-kick into the net.Croatia were first out after half-time and again were into their stride quickly, with the brilliant Luka Modric pulling the strings in midfield as roars of “Croatia” echoed round the stadium.But Manchester United’s Paul Pogba extended France’s lead within a quarter of an hour, stroking the ball home — sparking scenes of joy behind the goal from French fans, who knew their country had one hand on the trophy.Kylian Mbappe appeared to make sure just just minutes later. But Croatia were given renewed hope when Mandzukic made the most of a mistake by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.– France victorious –France, strongly fancied to win the final, started their tournament in France slowly, beating Australia and Peru by the odd goal before a goalless stalemate with Denmark saw them top the group.But they moved up through the gears in the knockout stages, seeing off Lionel Messi’s Argentina in a seven-goal thriller before cruising to a 2-0 win against Uruguay and seeing off Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final.For Croatia, the match in Moscow was perhaps one too far after they were taken to extra-time for three consecutive games.Deschamps, who captained France when they lifted the World Cup in 1998, has become just the third man to win the trophy as both a player and a manager after Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo.Croatia have brought joy to their Balkan nation of just four million people by defying the odds to progress to the final while reigning champions Germany, then Argentina and Brazil all fell by the wayside in Russia.Football fever has slowly built over the past four weeks as France took its young national team to heart, with ecstatic scenes on the Champs-Elysees avenue after their semi-final victory.Giant screens were erected in scores of fan zones across the country under exceptionally tight security, with the biggest gathering of all expected in Paris, where 90,000 will converge on a fanzone next to the Eiffel Tower.Red-and-white chequerboard patterns were everywhere in Croatia, on cars, in shop windows, trams, buses as well as on jerseys worn by waiters, shop workers or TV presenters.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Blessing in disguise? Arsenal fans on Ozil’s injury

first_img Mesut Ozil’s injury has divided fans Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s record £42.5m signing has been ruled out for three months with injury.Ozil arrived in north London in 2013 from Real Madrid, but has been heavily criticised for his inconsistent displays.This season he has played six times in the Premier League, scored one and created one, with some Gooners claiming his injury could be a blessing in disguise.Read a selection of tweets from Arsenal fans below and let us know whether or not if you are gutted by the news. 1last_img read more

Manchester United plotting shock £10million transfer raid on Chelsea

first_img Charly Musonda Manchester United are ready to make a move for Chelsea starlet Charly Musonda.The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in European football and has already been scouted by several clubs.Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have all run the rule over Musonda, who has struggled for first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.And now, according to Foot Mercato, Manchester United are readying a move to snatch the midfielder away from Chelsea.Scouts sent by Louis van Gaal are said to be very impressed by Musonda and they have urged the club to make a bid.United are now reportedly ready to test Chelsea’s resolve to hold onto their youngster by tabling a £10m-plus offer when the transfer window re-opens in January. 1last_img read more

Every Premier League team ranked by their most followed player on Twitter!

first_img 15. Watford: Nordin Amrabat – 435K followers on Twitter 2. Everton: Wayne Rooney – 14.9million followers on Twitter 11. Bournemouth: Jermain Defoe – 937K followers on Twiter 7. Liverpool: Mohamed Salah – 2.51million followers on Twitter 19. Brighton and Hove Albion: Shane Duffy – 95.3K followers on Twitter 20 20 20. Huddersfield Town: Nahki Wells – 31.8K followers on Twitter – Click right to count down to number one 17. West Brom: Salomon Rondon – 287K followers on Twitter 20 20 10. Stoke City: Glen Johnson – 1.14million followers on Twitter 6. West Ham: Pablo Zabaleta – 2.66million followers on Twitter 13. Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha – 739K followers on Twitter 20 20 20 20 12. Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane – 807K followers on Twitter 20 At this time of year, Twitter is the place to be to find out all the latest news about your favourite team and players.Most supporters have followed their heroes and look forward to all the pictures, comments and interaction on social media website as they wait for the new campaign to begin.Some players are better than others at using the platform and some have a gargantuan horde of fans, but which star has the most for each team?Click the right arrow above to see every Premier League team ranked by their most followed player on Twitter…Stats correct on 11 July 2017 18. Burnley: Steven Defour – 177K followers on Twitter 16. Newcastle United: DeAndre Yedlin – 357K followers on Twitter 20 14. Southampton: Ryan Bertand – 476K followers on Twitter 20 20 20 20 1. Arsenal: Mesut Ozil – 15.9million followers on Twitter 20 20 5. Manchester United: David De Gea – 7.68million followers on Twitter 20 4. Chelsea: Cesc Fabregas – 9.48million followers on Twitter 9. Leicester City: Islam Slimani – 1.29million followers on Twitter 3. Manchester City: Sergio Aguero – 11.7million follwers on Twitter 20 20 20 8. Swansea City: Fernando Llorente – 1.93million followers on Twitter last_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: THOUSANDS AT LETTERKENNY ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

first_imgTHE sun shone on a glorious St Patrick’s Day in Co Donegal today. Watch our video as thousands throng the streets of Letterkenny for the parade.Click to play.© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.  Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily DDTV VIDEO: THOUSANDS AT LETTERKENNY ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE was last modified: March 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO: THOUSANDS AT LETTERKENNY ST PATRICK’Slast_img read more

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