By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Olivia WhitmireCalling into 911 saves lives everyday, but most wouldn’t know that the first 911 call in the United States was made right here in Alabama.At 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, 1968, the first 911 call in our country was made in Haleyville.“In the beginning, we simply wanted to know where it was at and maybe got a telephone number,” said Richard Schreiber of Northstar EMS. “Now we’ve learned that we need to get name, address, phone number ask the caller exactly what happened. It’s changed so much, everything’s changed so much in these last 50 years. We went from we’re just gonna notify people about fires and maybe a break in or something like that and now we’re having to provide all kinds of social services.”Some calls used to take five to six minutes, but with technological improvements help can be on the way in seconds.“911 plays a key role in about everything that emergency services does,” Schreiber said. “They’re the true first responders, they’re the very first because they’re the ones talking to you and they’re the ones gathering information.”It’s important to stay calm and not panic while being questioned by first responders, and the most important thing to remember is if you see something, say something.
Future leaders at Davis Emerson Middle School competed against one another while developing professional skills and learning the value of a firm handshake.Davis Emerson Middle School participated in the Amazing Shake, a national competition that focuses on the importance of professionalism, manners, discipline and respect. Tashara Smith King, the principal of Davis Emerson Middle, said they want to ensure students are ready for their future and understand the importance of soft skills.“Here with the Tuscaloosa County School System, we want to make sure our students are college and career ready,” King said. “So, making sure that they know those soft skills, firm handshake when it comes to an interview, looking the interviewer in their eyes. Overall, critical thinking, problem solving and just working on those soft skills.”The seventh graders were put into teams and were tested on their critical thinking, interviewing and robotic skills. King said the goal of the program was to help students take steps outside their comfort zones while growing their leadership skills. After watching how the students performed throughout the competition, she called it a success.“We work with our friends and it’s all for just one common goal and it’s just really fun,” Angel Gomez, a student, said.At the end of the competition, two winners were announced. These students will advance to the Amazing Shake National Competition, held in Atlanta this February, where they will represent their school.
TweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON (AP) — In some ways, making it to a Grand Slam semifinal is rather been-there, done-that for Venus Williams.She is, after all, already the owner of seven major titles, including five at Wimbledon.This one, though, is different.She’s 36 now, a half-dozen years removed from her last such run. And, in the interim, she has been through the daily struggles of dealing with a disease that can sap energy and cause joint pain.Williams made it to the final four at the All England Club for the first time since 2009, and at any Grand Slam tournament since the year after that, playing mistake-free to beat Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the quarterfinals Tuesday.“Semifinals feels good. But it doesn’t feel foreign at all, let’s put it that way,” said Williams, whose first Wimbledon title came in 2000 and whose most recent came in 2008.Asked to compare her current level of play to that of the past, Williams shook her head, shut her eyes and laughed.“I don’t remember. Six years ago is ages ago,” she responded. “I was most likely kicking butt six years ago, if I was in the semis or the finals. You have to be.”Just like in the old days, Williams will be joined in the semifinals by a familiar face — younger sister Serena, who moved closer to equaling Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22nd Grand Slam championships by defeating 21st-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-4, taking the last three games of each set. Serena hit 11 aces, including one at 123 mph to end it.This, then, is the latest chapter of the remarkable Williams sister tale: a pair of siblings from Compton, California, who rose to the top of tennis. It’s the 11th time they’ve reached the semis at the same major; in all previous 10, one took home the trophy. That includes four all-in-the-family finals at Wimbledon, with Venus winning in 2008, and Serena in 2002, 2003 and 2009.On Thursday, they will try to set up another title match when No. 1 Serena faces unseeded Elena Vesnina, while No. 8 Venus meets No. 4 Angelique Kerber.“It just means that she has a lot of perseverance. She’s a real fighter,” Serena said about Venus, the oldest woman in a major semifinal since 1994, when Martina Navratilova was 37 at Wimbledon. “Like I always say, it’s super inspiring for me.”Kerber, who surprised Serena in the Australian Open final in January for her first Grand Slam title, advanced by eliminating No. 5 Simona Halep 7-5, 7-6 (2). Vesnina, ranked 50th and never before a major quarterfinalist, moved on by overwhelming No. 19 Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2.The last men’s quarterfinal spot was earned by 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych, who completed his 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8), 6-7 (9), 6-3 victory over Jiri Vesely in a match suspended after the fourth set Monday night because of darkness. On Wednesday, the semifinalists will be determined by these matchups: Andy Murray vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic vs. Sam Querrey and Berdych vs. Lucas Pouille.There wasn’t much drama in the quartet of women’s matches Tuesday, although Venus was perilously close to dropping her opening set against the 96th-ranked Shvedova, now 0-3 in major quarterfinals.Shvedova led 5-2 in the tiebreaker before collapsing this way: forehand long, backhand wide, forehand into the net, forehand long. Those unforced errors were part of her 24 in the match, 15 more than Venus. They also created a set point for Venus, who converted it with a 99 mph service winner.Playing with her left thigh taped, Venus moved quite well, covering the court with speed and perfect timing, offering up enough defense and waiting for Shvedova’s miscues. When Shvedova’s final shot nestled in the net, Venus let out a cry of “Come on!” and raised her arms.“Once you get to this part of a tournament, motivation is going to kick in after a few games of every match,” said Venus’ coach, David Witt, “and you’re going to stop thinking about being sore, if you’re sore.”In 2011, Venus revealed that she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, and since then there have been repeated questions about when she might quit tennis — especially as early losses accumulated. She had six first-round exits at majors over the past six years, compared with three over her career’s first 14 years.“Retiring is the easy way out,” she said. “I don’t have time for easy.”About 1 1/2 hours later, Venus went back out to team with Serena and win a doubles match to get to that event’s quarterfinals.One more victory each in singles, and they’ll be sharing the court again — except on opposite sides of the net, reprising their one-of-a-kind rivalry. Just like in the old days.
Marin scored the winner in the third minute of second half stoppage time to give Olympiacos a 2-1 comeback victory over Asteras Tripolis at the Karaiskakis Stadium. The visitors opened the scoring with Mazza’s penalty in the 26th minute and a TREMENDOUS goal from Fortounis brought Olympiacos level on 54 minutes. The win keeps Olympiacos in control of first place in the standings.Olympiacos began their pressure early on creating multiple opportunities in Asteras’ half in the opening 15 minutes of play. However, it was Asteras Tripolis who took the surprising lead in the 26th minute, when Leali was called for a foul on Mazza in the penalty area, resulting in a spot kick for the visitors. From 11-meters, Mazza made no mistake to give Asteras the 0-1 lead, which stood until halftime. If the Arkades had more composure in front of goal, they could have taken a larger lead into the break.In the opening minutes of the second half, both Cardozo and Viana failed to convert with close ranged headers before Fortounis’ ROCKET from well outside the penalty area brought Olympiacos level on the night. Marko Marin, who has been left out of the roster for many games this season, was subbed on later in the half as Olympiacos pressed on for the winner. In the final ten minutes, Olympiacos pinned Asteras in their penalty area with Donnarumma coming up with big saves to keep the score at 1-1. However, in the third minute of stoppage time, Olympiacos found the breakthrough when Marin brilliantly found de la Bella unmarked in the penalty area and the Spaniard’s shot was well-saved by Donnarumma; the ball then fell to Marin whose rebounded effort found the back of the net, completing the late comeback victory for the Erythrolefki.Marin’s late goal keeps Olympiacos well on track for this year’s Superleague title with yet another comeback victory at the Karaiskaki Stadium. Olympiacos is now 9-points clear of second placed Xanthi and 12-points ahead of third placed Panathinaikos, who play tomorrow against Platanias. Asteras Tripolis are only four points clear of the drop zone, level with Levadiakos on 12 points. This weekend Olympiacos will travel to second placed Xanthi (unbeaten in 11 games) in an anticipated match while Asteras host AEK in Tripoli.Source: AGONAsport.com (Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shares
J.J. Redick is trusting the process. Gordon Hayward got his sales pitch from Miami. And David West, finally a champion, is coming back for one last season.The first day of NBA free agency Saturday saw things starting to take shape, though there’s still dozens more moves to come in the next few days. After an opening flurry that saw Stephen Curry get a $201 million deal from the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and Blake Griffin take about $175 million to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, most teams started to look at names more within their price range.Redick agreed to a $23 million, one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. West is going back to the Warriors on a veteran’s minimum, which is now worth $2.3 million. And Detroit got some solid insurance at point guard, agreeing with Langston Galloway on a three-year deal.But all that, of course, was overshadowed by Curry’s deal — the biggest contract in NBA history.“Steph should be getting 400M this summer,” Cleveland star LeBron James tweeted.The rules, for now, only allow for Curry to get half of that.With nearly $1 billion in deals agreed to just in Day 1 of this year’s free agency period, there is still obviously no shortage of money out there for teams to hand out.And while Curry got the most, other point guards got plenty — or will when contracts can start being signed Thursday.Jrue Holiday agreed to return to New Orleans for $126 million over five years, with incentives potentially pushing that to $150 million. Patty Mills is returning to San Antonio for the next four years at $50 million, and Jeff Teague agreed with Minnesota on a three-year, $57 million deal.Still out there is another massive offer: John Wall has a chance to sign a four-year extension worth $168 million with the Wizards, another deal under the so-called Supermax structure that allowed Curry to get his record payday.In other major free agent news Saturday:— Redick made his intentions for next season clear with three simple words. “Trust the process,” he tweeted, his way of saying he was heading to the 76ers, who have made that phrase their mantra during their long rebuilding process. Redick averaged 15.0 points and made 43 percent of his 3-pointers last season for the Los Angeles Clippers, who will now need two new starting guards next season after point guard Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets. Philadelphia also got veteran forward Amir Johnson on an $11 million, one-year deal.— Hayward was greeted by Heat players for his free-agent visit, along with a banner strategically placed outside AmericanAirlines Arena showing him in a Heat uniform. The All-Star forward who is coming off the best season of his career spent several hours with Miami officials such as team President Pat Riley, and is still expected to visit with Boston and Utah — the incumbent team — before making a decision in the coming days.— The Jazz still aren’t sure about Hayward, but are keeping Joe Ingles on a four-year, $52 million deal.— After locking up Holiday to feed the ball to All-Star big men DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, the Pelicans were talking with Nick Young and Ty Lawson about joining New Orleans as well.— Dion Waiters, who spent last season with the Heat, had a list of free-agency targets revealed that not only included Miami but also Chicago, New York and Sacramento. Waiters is expected to continue taking meetings in Los Angeles in the coming days.— Former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.— Cleveland offered shooting guard Kyle Korver a new contract. The 36-year-old has expressed a desire to stay with Cleveland after making it to his first NBA Finals. The Cavaliers also added point guard Jose Calderon on a one-year, $2.3 million deal.___TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball WriterAP Basketball Writers Jon Krawczynski and Brian Mahoney, and AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Corfu will welcome the best chess players in the world at Easter for the 1st International Chess Festival “Easter in Corfu 2019” that will be held from 29 April to 5 May at the Congress Hall of a Corfu town hotel.The festival includes an international open chess tournament divided in two groups and many parallel events. The top chess matches will be transmitted live on the platform chess24.com.The winners will receive prizes of 5,000 euros.Chess holds an important position in the life of Corfu residents while the first chess club in Greece was based in Corfu. The first chess club of Greece had hosted the first major summer open in Greece in 1989 and now, thirty years later, will welcome grandmasters, world champions but also amateurs from Greece and abroad.TweetPinShare0 Shares
February is “National Kids Dental Health Month.” Here are some guidelines for good dental health for your child:*Advertisement* Ages 4—24 months:• Every child should have their first dental appointment before age 1.• You should wash their gums with a wash cloth after each feeding.• You can brush new teeth with a soft brush and water.Ages 2—4 years:• After your child knows not to swallow toothpaste, they should brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day.• They should use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.• They should have a dental check-up every 6 months.5—7 years:• They should continue care as above.• They should add flossing as soon as 2nd teeth begin to touch.
The Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) yesterday formed a team that will oversee and implement the grassroots Strength and Conditioning program that is geared towards developing the full potential of the local athletes.CCSC chairman Edward Hayco informed Cebu Daily News yesterday that the team will be headed by Dr. Rhoel James Timothy Dejano with Pio Solon, Commissioner Suzette Gocotano and Abellana National School football head coach Francis Ramirez serving as members of the team.ADVERTISEMENT The first meeting of the team was held yesterday at the Abellana National School.“We see it as a landmark program and will be a turning point for public school athletes to have a rare opportunity to be trained by specialists in the field of strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, injury prevention and sport science,” Hayco said. “The team will create a program specifically designed for public school coaches and athletes. The program will be comprehensive and long-term.”FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeHe also said a workshop will be conducted for 400 public school coaches on Nov. 30 with an overview of the program’s principles and theory with practical application.The newly formed team will oversee the actual implementation of the program initially at the Abellana Special School for Athletes involving 300 participants. Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Sen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performance SMC bags Bulacan airport project MOST READ An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Read Next Hayco added that the program will eventually be taught to all the public school coaches and athletes over the next three years.MORE STORIESnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopeMORE STORIESnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopeRegarding the budget for this program, Hayco said it will be minimal as the members of the commission will be doing this voluntarily.“All volunteers. Isn’t that great?” Hayco remarked. “We will inculcate a culture of volunteerism just like in dancesports. Teaching back what they learned and cascade it to other schools. Culture takes years to develop but we’re getting there.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR View comments What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding
By FFWPU USA, Emiljun Rapada: Elizabeth, New Jersey—More than 100 people celebrated the UN International Day of Families on Sunday, May 22, at the Elizabeth Family Church. The event was co-sponsored by Universal Peace Federation USA and FFWPU Elizabeth to commemorate the importance and diversity of families in the church community. It also provided the opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.The event commenced with an international lunch buffet, with homemade dishes and cuisines from Asia to Latin America and from Africa to the United States.The Elizabeth Family Church Band, headed by Pastor Darryl Franklin, opened the program with its rendition of “We Are the World,” followed by a video presentation introducing UPF and its work. Richard De Sena, president of UPF USA, gave the keynote address and passionately shared the values and significance of the family as the cornerstone for peace and prosperity. He introduced the members of his family and even invited his wife to join him while he was delivering his talk, which was a beautiful testament to a respectful relationship. Mr. De Sena encouraged the community to host an Interfaith Peace Blessing, rededicating marriages and empowering families to contribute to a peaceful community and world.Different cultural presentations were staged by young children, young adults and also parents. Ethnic dances from Thailand, Philippines, Lebanon, and Africa were presented as well as vibrant moves from Latin America like cha-cha and salsa and popular dances in the United States, including line dancing. Some attendees also sang karaoke.The event, which was coordinated by Assistant Pastor Emiljun Rapada and Worship Director Elena Bahian, was also an informational event about the upcoming God’s Hope for America Family Festival on June 5 at Belvedere. A table was set up to register members and guests for the festival, and some young people signed up to volunteer at the event. More than 100 people signed up and were very excited at the prospect of meeting families from across North America centering on True Mother.Overall the afternoon provided a lot of fun and great fellowship for young and old alike. The three-hour program was truly a great experience.
Welcoming Korean Second Generation BY FFWPU RomaniaWe concluded our JeonDo activities of 1st semester before the summer activities with special Sunday service. In this semester we had three 40-Day condition period for witnessing. And we offered our sincere devotion for Heavenly Parent and True Parents through focusing for this with uniting spirit of STF 2nd generations and Romanian young 1st generations.This Special Sunday Service had 3 purposes. First, to offer our gratitude for STF team. Second, welcoming back our Romania SES brothers and sisters from 3 month MMBK experience in Korea. And also welcoming Korean 2nd generations for our summer activities and make ‘Brotherhood, Sisterhood’ ceremony with Romanian new CARP members who will participate in summer activities.Program started with joyful cheerful song. And fallowing the schedule with offering stand bow, family pledge, prayer and speech president of FFWPU Romania, Mr. Jeong. He spoke about importance of the relationship with Heavenly Parent. Because Heavenly Parent and our relationship is Parent-Child, His will have to be our Will.Afterwards we invited all the STF brothers, sisters in front in order to offer our heart of gratitude through presents. And some of the brothers and sisters offer the testimony about ‘JeonDo (witnessing) in Romania’. We could understand for all of them were meaningful and valuable experience with Heavenly Parent through witnessing.Waited program was ‘Welcome Back Romania SES brothers and sisters!’ Since the end of March our brothers and sisters who are in the SES program went to Korea as final experience of Heavenly Parent and True Parents heart and 4 brothers and sisters came back victoriously. We listen their testimonies and we couldn’t stop tears. Because we all could feel how much hardship they came through in order to understand deeply Heavenly Parent heart. They will be the team leader in this summer activities so they can experience next level of heart. We all could feel they are the hope of Romania who realized Heavenly Parent’s Will and who wants to live centered of Heavenly Parent and True Parents.In the end we welcomed Korean 2nd generation brothers and sisters who came to participate in Romania SES leadership tour 2016! This year we received 8 Korean brothers and sisters who has such a joyful positive spirit. And we organized ‘Brothers hood, Sisters hood’ ceremony with Romanian new CARP members who will participate also this summer activities. Mr. Jeong called name of one Korean brother or sister and one Romanian brother or sister, while they came to in front, greeting and offering gifts they prepared for this occasion.All the participants were so happy to receive new brothers and sisters. They will experience every program together and they will be the real brothers and sisters through this summer program.We are all happy to offer this time for Heavenly Parent and True Parents. Specially we could offer our result of this semester for Heavenly Parent and True Parents. Of course we never feel enough to make a better condition for the next semester in order to offer bigger joy and hope for Heavenly Parent and True Parents.
Prepared by WFWP TaiwanOn 20th April, we held our General Assembly was very successful with 210 participants. Because of True Parents’ achievements and the long-term cultivation of WFWP’s leaders and staff, today, women leaders from all walks can gather together and hold a general meeting and three symposia on the theme of family, education and empowerment women.President of the Control Yuan Dr. Chang Po-ya (張博雅) attended and did not leave until after the last discussion. During the meeting, we also read the speech instead of the WFWP International, President Julian H. Moon. Mrs. Zhao Wenyu who is vice president of WFWP-Taiwan expressed his sincere gratitude to President of WFWP-Taiwan Mrs. Lin Lily for bringing together the women leaders and contributing to Taiwan and world peace, so that they can see the value they can play and make the audience feel moved.The first Chief of Village in FFWPU-Taiwan, Mrs. Liu Chunmei’s sister also rented a tour bus to take the Taitung folks to Taipei for WFWP event with offering great sincerity. During the meeting, STF members of second generation served as the reception, and they won the praise of the experts and scholars attending the conference and left a valuable photo with them.A sister shared that she has not attended the WFWP event for a long time! She is very touched by the words of True Mother and the Pledge of WFWP today! It encouraged herself to work towards the content of the Pledge. At the same time, this is also the goal of the sisters to work hard, strive to become a greater woman, work together for God’s Will, and contribute to our social country.
Apparel Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? More From MMAmania.com Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars ProMax 440 BJJ GI More: Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Good Night Tee Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is all set to bring closure to the latest season of its combat sports reality show, with this Saturday night’s (April 13, 2013) FX channel extravaganza from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale is headlined by a bantamweight barnburner pitting former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) stars Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen. The winner stays alive in the 135-pound title hunt while the loser heads to the back of the line.Perhaps for good.The ladies will also do work in “Sin City” when Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano throw down to determine who will coach TUF 18 opposite UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey later this year.”Cupcake” and “Alpha” will be just the second set of dames to grace the Octagon since “Rowdy’s” debut earlier this year.But that’s not the big story on this night.No, this is about TUF 17 assassin Uriah Hall, who won all four of his fights starting with the week one eliminator, while sending all four opponents to the hospital in the process. Hoping to upset his transition to the ranks of UFC is ultimate underdog Kelvin Gastelum.Hey, anything can happen.In other main card action, Bubba McDaniel will attempt to rise from the ashes against fellow TUF 17 castaway Gilbert Smith, while longtime heavyweight hurter Gabriel Gonzaga tries to sneak his way into the “mix” against the once-beaten Travis Browne.Now, enough with the formalities .. let’s get to it.135 lbs.: Urijah “The California Kid” Faber (27-6) vs. Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen (14-6)Nostradumbass predicts: Welp, there’s good news and bad news for Scott Jorgensen. The bad news is, he isn’t going to beat Urijah Faber. The good news is, nobody is going to hold it against him, nor does he tumble down the 135-pound rankings.As frustrating as it is, Faber isn’t going anywhere.While he’s been Florian-esque in his inability to win title fights across different divisions, the former WEC kingpin only loses to champions. And, aside from his spanking against Mike Brown nearly five years ago, he’s yet to be finished by the best of the best, including Jose Aldo, Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao.Everyone else he faces, like the venerable Ivan Menjivar, gets tossed aside like yesterday’s garbage.Jorgensen has good wrestling and plenty of power. What he doesn’t have is a win over a “name” in this division and getting pasted by Eddie Wineland less than a year ago does not help build a case for a win tomorrow night in Vegas.Faber is quicker, craftier and just more balanced in every area.I think “Young Guns” is tough enough to make this a fight, but as far as scoring criteria, it’s not going to be the kind of decision where everyone nervously holds their breath in anticipation while Bruce Buffer reads the scores. This will undoubtedly be a fun fight, just not for Jorgensen.Final prediction: Faber def. Jorgensen via unanimous decision185 lbs.: Kelvin Gastelum (5-0) vs. Uriah Hall (7-2)Nostradumbass predicts: I like how the promotion has been trying to sell us this fight by painting Uriah Hall as increasingly vulnerable. “Will the talented striker be able to overcome his own fears and self-doubt, or will it consume him on fight night?”Puh-leeze.Hall was head and shoulders above anyone else on TUF 17 and I think that was evident from the start. Not just because of the way he was knocking fools out, but by the way he moved inside the cage, his comfort level, ability to execute his gameplan, etc.Just look at some of the other contestants.It’s actually been a recurring theme on this show, but that’s okay, it’s a proving ground for up-and-coming fighters. That’s why you’ll see guys get takedowns, only to look over at their corners with a bewildered look, as if to ask, “Now what do I do?”Hall was already seasoned in Ring of Combat (ROC), fighting top UFC middleweights Constantinos Philippou and Chris Weidman. True, they were both losses, but it counts as big game experience. ROC may fall under the label of “regional promotion,” but this isn’t some dirt floor arena with wooden ramps and strippers as ring card girls (sorry AK).Gastelum, who in five fights has yet to beat an opponent with a winning record, is a tough kid with an aggressive pace and Hall is not immune to the takedown. I expect a spirited effort from the underdog, but toughness and resilience can only take you so far. Sooner or later, experience and skill will take over.So too, will the referee.Final prediction: Hall def. Gastelum via technical knockout135 lbs.: Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (13-3) vs. Cat “Alpha” Zingano (7-0)Nostradumbass predicts: On paper, Cat Zingano looks like the next big thing at 135 pounds. In addition to her undefeated record, “Alpha” has torched most of the regional talent with her power and stifling ground game. And heck, it sure would be nice to have a fresh face in the Ronda Rousey sweepstakes.Not gonna happen.When you watch this video of Zingano and listen to her talk about going into a fight with no gameplan, ignoring her corner, winning through heart and tenacity and blah blah blah, you can’t help but wonder how that kind of reckless abandon will hold up against Miesha Tate.It won’t.I know “Cupcake’s” stock plummeted when she was broken in half by “Rowdy” last year, but keep in mind she was doing well on her feet and also escaped the first armbar attempt from the former Olympian. Where Zingano has fought “good” competition, Tate has fought the best in the world.In addition to Rousey, she’s battled Sarah Kaufman and Marloes Coenen. That’s the top of the 135-pound food chain, anyway you link it. You also can’t discount her will to win (see Kedzie, Julie) and we know her cardio is top shelf after winning two fights in one night in the 2010 Strikeforce mini-grand prix.Both of these women are excellent wrestlers and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Zingano bully Tate for the first few minutes, but as the contest wears on, experience will be the deciding factor and “Alpha’s” technical flaws will eventually cost her the fight.Final prediction: Tate def. Zingano via split decision265 lbs.: Travis “Hapa” Browne (13-1) vs. Gabriel “Napao” Gonzag (14-6)Nostradumbass predicts: It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when Gabriel Gonzaga was the UFC heavyweight number one contender. That was a long-ass time ago and since then, we’ve kinda learned everything we need to know about “Napao.”On the plus side, he’s as strong as an ox and has frightening jiu-jitsu. On the negative, his chin is suspect and his cardio is trash.His claim to fame is a 2007 knockout win over Mirko Filipovic. Outside of that, his biggest victory to date is a submission win over “Big” Ben Rothwell. Those aren’t the kinds of names you use when building a case for a runaway performance, especially against a talented up-and-comer like Travis Browne.Where Gonzaga may get too much credit, Browne may not get enough.He tasted defeat for the first time at UFC on FX 5 by trying to eat a few shots from Antonio Silva while hobbling around on one leg. When you consider that “Bigfoot” also destroyed Alistair Overeem — after forcing doctors to halt his bout against Fedor Emelianenko — it’s not really a huge strike against his career.If Brendan Schaub can outbox the Brazilian, so can Browne.That’s really the story of this fight. Gonzaga can win on the ground, but he’ll probably waste too much time on the feet before getting it there. If “Hapa” can use his jab and stay nimble on his feet, then he only needs to wait one round for his opponent to gas out and become a fish in a barrel.Final prediction: Browne def. Gonzaga via technical knockout185 lbs.: Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (20-6) vs. Gilbert Smith (5-1)Nostradumbass predicts: What’s unfortunate for Bubba McDaniel is how he was labeled as this season’s honorary TUF douchebag. And for what? Some trash talk? Think about the years of douchebaggery we’ve had to endure on this show and it’s not like he jizzed in anyone’s sushi like those sickos on season eight.I’m willing to give him a pass.For most fans, all there is to judge McDaniel on, is his body of work on TUF, which I will concede, is rather putrid. I do however, recognize that living in the TUF house and trying to stay on weight for such a long period of time can be a total mindfuck.He’s had a real camp, in his normal environment, with a second chance at life inside the Octagon.I think he makes the most of it. After all, he’s 20-6 and riding a six-fight winning streak. I know some of you are thinking, “Yeah, over a bunch of nobodies.” Well, what do you think Gilbert Smith is? The Coloradan has won 10 fights: Five professional and five amateur.And he has yet to knock anyone out.He’s got some decent grappling, but Bubba has a tremendous height and reach advantage and 15 submission finishes in 20 wins. I believe this fight, as well as his spot on the main card, was a favor from UFC for friend and teammate Jon Jones.I think he repays it rather easily.Final prediction: McDaniel def. Smith via submissionThat’s a wrap, folks.MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of TUF 17 live finale main card action on fight night (Sat., April 13, 2013), which is slated to begin promptly at 9 p.m. ET on FX. The latest fight-by-fight updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 5:30 p.m. ET with the “Prelims” bouts on Facebook and FUEL TV.For previews and predictions on the preliminary card fights click here and here. To see all the odds and betting lines for TUF 17 click here and remember to come check us out after the show for all the latest results, recaps and coverage of “Faber vs. Jorgensen.”What do you think? Now it’s your turn … let us have it in the comments section and share your thoughts and picks for tomorrow night’s event. 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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight hitters Antonio Silva and Soa Palelei will scrap this Saturday (Aug. 1, 2015) at UFC 190 inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.After being forced off Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) as perhaps the only legitimate user, “Bigfoot” has looked incredibly vulnerable. The once ferocious bruiser seems slow and without power, and Silva may be fighting for his UFC career.Having won four of his five Octagon bouts via knockout, Palelei has made it clear he intends to stick around this time. By taking out Silva, Palelei is looking to prove that he’s deserving of a ranking inside the Top 15.Lets take a look at the keys to victory for both men:Antonio SilvaRecord: 18-6 (1)Key Wins: Fedor Emelianenko (Strikeforce: “Fedor vs Silva”), Travis Browne (UFC on FX 5), Alistair Overeem (UFC 156)Key Losses: Cain Velasquez (UFC 160, UFC 146), Frank Mir (UFC Fight Night 61), Andrei Arlovski (UFC Fight Night 51)Keys to Victory: For much of his career, “Bigfoot” imposed his will upon opponents. Pushing his opponents into the fence and throwing them down to the mat with pure force, Silva then made it a habit to destroy opponents with his brutal ground-and-pound.Just ask the great Fedor Emelianenko how those Heavyweight hammer fists feel.For whatever reason, Silva didn’t even attempt that strategy in his last two fights. Instead, he stood around at the edge of the boxing range, basically waiting to get knocked out.Luckily, Palelei is a fairly mediocre striker, as most of his knockouts come from top position. If “Bigfoot” has anything left in the tank at all, he should be able to work the outside with his straight punches and long kicks. Technically, the Brazilian should have an advantage on his feet.In addition, Palelei often shoots from very far out in search of the takedown. If Silva can read his shot and reverse him, we may even be treated to some classic “Bigfoot” smashing.If he fails to do both of those things, this truly might be the end of his time in the Octagon.VS.Soa PaleleiRecord: 22-4Key Wins: Walt Harris (UFC Fight Night 55), Pat Barry (UFC Fight Night 33)Key Losses: Jared Rosholt (UFC Fight Night 43)Keys to Victory: One of the strongest men to ever step into the cage, Palelei is definitely a ground-and-pound specialist. Once in top position, Palelei does a nice job moving into the mount and finishing his opponent with rapid punches.For Palelei, this bout is all about where Silva’s abilities currently rely. Palelei should definitely look for his usual double leg early and test out Silva’s strength in the clinch. If he does manage to land a quick takedown, the fight is very likely over.Nothing like an easy payday.However, if Palelei cannot drag down Silva, he should abandon the wrestling game. If he gives away a reversal, being underneath even a degraded “Bigfoot” is still a terrible place to be.Instead, Palelei should trust in his chin — the Australian has lost via knockout just once — and slug with his opponent. Palelei’s striking can be awkward, but the man weighs something like 280 lbs. on fight night. If he can connect clean a couple times, Silva will go down hard.Bottom Line: While it’s a big opportunity for Palelei, this is truly a must win for Silva.To be frank, Silva has looked awful in his last two fights. He accomplished nothing before getting knockout out violently. That’s a worst case scenario. And if it plays out once more in this bout, Silva may need to call it quits even if UFC gives him another chance.On the other hand, a victory would help pull Silva from his slide. It wouldn’t put him in a great position — Silva would be just 1-4 (1) in his last six — but it would show that he has SOMETHING left.Despite his opponent’s obvious decline, this is a major moment for Palelei. He doesn’t really have any victories over big name opponents, but that could change here. Plus, a new face in the heavyweight rankings would be a welcome change, and this could even be the start of his title run.I wouldn’t bet on it, but Heavyweight is a strange division.A loss here would basically confirm about Palelei what is already widely known. He’s seen as a mid-tier fighter who can crush low-level opposition, but he struggles when given a step up.At UFC 190, Antonio Silva and Soa Palelei will battle for their place in the heavyweight rankings. Which man will earn the victory? Latest From Our Partners Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports MMAmania.com Gloves Sale Lockdown duffle bag Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam More: Accessories Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Standard Ranked Rashguard ProMax 440 BJJ GI Lights. Out. Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? 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000 By Spencer Buell· The Patriots Are Going to the Super Bowl They’re headed to Houston with a score to settle. Photo via APHere we go again. With a score to settle with a dictatorial commissioner and with the chance to cap off another dominant year, the Patriots are headed to Houston for Super Bowl 51.After besting the Steelers 36-17 at Foxborough to claim the AFC Championship, they will now take on the Atlanta Falcons, who beat the Green Bay Packers 44-21. It’s a chance for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to earn a record-setting fifth Lombardi trophy.While it’s great to have a shot at another title (a full hand’s worth of rings would look awfully nice) there is a lot more on the line than that. For many fans, the face-off in February will be about revenge for a season tainted by a ruling that cost the team its star quarterback for four games—a campaign led by reviled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who hasn’t visited Foxborough in quite some time, but will soon be forced to come face-to-face with Belichick, Brady, Bob Kraft and the rest of the crew. Pats loyalists, who jeered Goodell at last night’s game, would love nothing more than to hold another victory over him, just like they didn’t hold back when word got out that he wouldn’t be at Gillette Stadium for Sunday’s championship game.The decisive win Sunday night is also a victory for those enraged by the expletive-laden, Patriots-targeting Facebook Live video starring Antonio Brown that consumed much of the pre-game chatter this week. And the role in the Steelers’ struggle last night played by that fire alarm at the Hilton by Logan, where the team was staying, will never fully be known (the alleged prankster, a 25-year-old man from East Boston, has been arrested).Also, we can report that Tom Brady was warm as all hell on the bench last night, as confirmed by his yeti-size outerwear, which for some reason set the internet ablaze last night.When Tom Brady gets hot, he stays hot. https://t.co/5XYf23Kvkf pic.twitter.com/fUnAFDQkvQ— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) January 23, 2017The Super Bowl, featuring Lady Gaga at halftime, is slated to begin February 5, at 6:30 p.m, on Fox. And don’t forget to look for two of Boston’s finest local dogs (from Last Hope K9 Rescue) at the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Print 1/23/2017, 10:58 a.m.
Zdeno Chara Slapshot Catches State Trooper Right in the Groin Get well soon. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! By Kyle Scott Clauss· Photo via APThough he’s getting up there in years, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara remains the proud owner of one of the most feared slapshots in the National Hockey League. He’s a five-time winner of the hardest shot competition and holds the record for the fastest of all time: a blistering 108.8 miles per hour.Standing on the receiving end of a six-ounce disc of vulcanized rubber traveling this speed, as any doctor will tell you, is not medically advisable.Massachusetts State Police trooper Keith Segee dropped in for a practice skate with the B’s Tuesday afternoon, and soon learned this the hard way. The Revere native, who appears to have logged two games with the Salem State Vikings in the mid-Aughts, had to skate out of the crease to regain his composure.Almost two years ago exactly, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson found himself in a similarly painful position.[h/t Deadspin] 3/29/2017, 3:39 p.m. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 000 Print