Sparring partner Malignaggi slams ‘scumbag’ McGregor

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Former boxing champ Paulie Malignaggi says he has no regrets about quitting Conor McGregor’s training camp, describing the mixed martial arts fighter as a “scumbag” who surrounds himself with “a bunch of yes men.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’McGregor is preparing to face boxing star Floyd Mayweather in a Las Vegas boxing ring on August 26 in what could be one of the richest fights in history.ADVERTISEMENT Malignaggi indicated that Mayweather should have little trouble with McGregor over 12 rounds of boxing as long as he goes to the body on a regular basis.“From about six rounds on, he became very hittable,” the former champ said. “So much more hittable that I was putting more weight on my shots and sitting down more on my shots, and of course, the body shots started to affect him more and more.“In MMA the body shots aren’t the same as in boxing in that there is consistency to body shots in boxing. There is a debilitating breakdown from the body shots in boxing. Little by little you feel the air come out of you with fatigue.”He said McGregor’s biggest asset against Mayweather will be his excellent conditioning.“Conditioning wise he could push the issue a little bit more than I could,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ With new contract, Stephen Curry vows to do more off court Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “He’s a scumbag,” Malignaggi said of McGregor in an interview Monday with the American website The MMA— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017He also gave a detailed breakdown of how their sparring sessions went, no doubt providing Mayweather with a blueprint on how to beat McGregor.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her The 36-year-old Malignaggi, who retired from boxing five months ago, walked out of training camp last week after he said McGregor used him like a pawn, disrespected him in the dressing room and housed him and the other sparring partners in dumpy accommodations. Malignaggi, a former multiple world champion, said despite training little during retirement he had no trouble getting the better of McGregor.Malignaggi said McGregor is more concerned about putting on a spectacle in training camp than getting ready for a serious boxing debut against one of the greatest fighters of all-time.Malignaggi was also upset about training camp pictures made public that show the Irishman in a positive light.“The guy is all about his ego. He’s actually not trying to get better. He’s got a bunch of yes men in his corner who tell him he’s doing good even if he’s doing bad. It is just about him and cheerleading,” Malignaggi told MMA Hour.He said he asked McGregor to stop releasing misleading sparring photos that showed the MMA fighter getting the better of the exchanges. McGregor refused.“At this stage I’m waiting for Ashton Kutcher to walk into the dressing rooms and tell me I got Punk’d. I thought it was a joke. I thought there was no way this guy is that much of an asshole,” he said.– ‘Some kind of crackhouse’ –“I showed up with the best intentions to camp and at a certain point you start to realize you are being used as a pawn where somebody’s trying to get ahead at your expense and not through your help.“I said ‘I can’t deal with this.’ His team is a bunch of cheerleaders. They are not improving him. I don’t need to be around these people. It is not like they brought me in for anything tactical.”He said the training camp accommodations were better suited to drug dealers. “They put me in some kind of a crackhouse,” he said. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Shiite cleric pulls out ministers

first_imgBush, who will meet with lawmakers on Wednesday, said: “We should not legislate defeat in this vital war.” He said he’s willing to discuss a way forward with Congress, but he stood firm in opposing any measure that restricts military commanders, sets a withdrawal timetable or includes billions of dollars of spending unrelated to the war. “Listen, I understand Republicans and Democrats in Washington have differences over the best course in Iraq,” Bush said. “That’s healthy. That’s normal, and we should debate those differences. But our troops should not be caught in the middle.” Democrats, who do not appear to have the votes to override a presidential veto, are not backing down. They want funding for the war tied to redeploying troops out of Iraq, and possibly contingent on the Iraqis’ progress in securing their nation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The move by al-Sadr, who went underground at the start of the new Baghdad security plan in February, appeared to be an effort by the young cleric to shore up his reputation as the leading opposition figure in Iraq’s fragmented and acrimonious political landscape. Al-Sadr has long demanded that the Americans withdraw from Iraq, but al-Maliki has resisted setting a timetable. Al-Sadr’s diminished presence in the government could complicate U.S. efforts to draw the cleric and his militia, the Mahdi Army, away from violence by giving them more of a stake in the political process. Despite talk of a fractured Mahdi Army, al-Sadr has shown an ability and a willingness to rein in large segments of the militia under the new American security plan, perhaps concerned that resistance could cost him some of his political gains. The immediate effect of the pullout on the day-to-day work of the government and its ministries is unclear. Al-Maliki did not announce replacements, and the six ministries that had been controlled by al-Sadr, one of the larger blocs in the cabinet, could stagnate if Iraq’s various political parties engage in protracted haggling over the new appointments – a common feature of politics here. In Washington, President George W. Bush surrounded himself with military families on Monday to push anew for a war-funding bill that isn’t tied to pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. The Senate’s Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, responded that Bush must choose between holding to “discredited policies” in Iraq or working with lawmakers on a new course. BAGHDAD – Muqtada al-Sadr, the rebellious Shiite cleric, withdrew his six ministers from the Iraqi Cabinet on Monday, in the first major shake-up of Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki’s government since it was installed a year ago. It is the first time al-Sadr has followed through with a threat to cut some of his ties with the government and with al-Maliki, a conservative Shiite whose grip on authority largely rests on al-Sadr’s political support. Legislators working for al-Sadr said that he was pulling his ministers from the 38-member Cabinet because the government had refused to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. In a written statement, al-Sadr said he was motivated by Iraqi nationalism, asserting that his action was intended to give the government a chance to appoint new ministers who would not be beholden to any political party or have sectarian agendas. “I ask God to bestow upon the people an independent devoted government to be like a candle in the middle of the darkness, away from occupation,” said the statement, which was read at a news conference by Nassar al-Rubaie, a senior al-Sadr legislator. last_img read more

Simi Valley Calendar

first_imgTODAY Sunday evening hike, 4 p.m. at the Rocky Peak Trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. Jazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Call (805) 583-3055 or e-mail Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Women’s Anger Management class, 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. TUESDAY Family planning clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950. Overeaters Anonymous, 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1554 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 581-4717 or (805) 529-8183. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. WEDNESDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $40/month; 65 and older, $20/month. Call (805) 379-2378. Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley will meet at 7 a.m. at Paul’s Italian Villa, 2585 Cochran Street. Call (805) 583-2857. Chair Exercise, 12:30 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Power Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. last_img read more

Northern Health still investigating Hepatitis A cases in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Northern Health is still promoting frequent hand-washing following a rise in Hepatitis A cases in Dawson Creek last week.Spokesperson Jonathon Dyck says the health authority has recorded a single new case since their first announcement. However, these cases are still quite contained and there is no reason to be exceptionally concerned.Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver spread through fecal oral contact and the key public precaution is hand washing. Symptoms can include: loss of appetite, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, clay-colored stools, joint pain and jaundice.- Advertisement -The symptoms can last for several weeks, but normally do not last more than two months.last_img read more

Thai cave survivors train with Galaxy, Ibrahimovic

first_imgThe Thai youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, were retrieved from the Tham Luang cave complex in July after a dramatic rescue effort.Friday’s visit to the Galaxy was set up by US television star Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted the team on her show on Monday.Former Sweden international Ibrahimovic had also appeared as a surprise guest to meet the team on the show.“I thought I was brave, but these kids, this team, is more braver than me… This is probably the best team in the world,” Ibrahimovic said.The team became the centre of global media sensation as the world watched and waited for news of their rescue in June.The rescue effort claimed the life of a rescue diver, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Thai youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, were retrieved from the Tham Luang cave complex in July after a dramatic rescue effort © AFP/File / Eitan ABRAMOVICHLOS ANGELES, United States, Oct 20 – The Thai junior football team who were rescued from a flooded cave after being trapped for more than two weeks trained with the Los Angeles Galaxy and their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday in the latest stop of an international tour.The Wild Boars team, who earlier this month were guests at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, were given a tour of the Galaxy’s StubHub Center stadium before training with members of the MLS team at a nearby pitch.last_img read more

Andy Carroll MUST go to Euro 2016… he gives England a ‘Plan B’, says Paul Ince

first_imgPaul Ince says Andy Carroll must be handed a place in the England squad for this summer’s European Championship.Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has an array of options to choose from in attack, including Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney.But Ince believes Carroll would provide Hodgson with a much-needed ‘Plan B’ in France and has urged him to find a place on the plane for the West Ham striker.The powerful 27-year-old hit a hat-trick against Arsenal last week and looks to be back to his best after numerous injury problems in recent years.Ex-England captain Ince told talkSPORT:  “We have Vardy, Sturridge, Kane, Welbeck, but they are all similar types of striker.  Andy Carroll gives us a Plan B.“I understand the way the game has changed now and it is all about pass, pass, pass, but if you are 1-0 down with ten minutes to go and you need that ball in the box… He [Carroll] is the most aggressive and the best header of the ball we have in the Premier League.“And he has been out for quite a while so you are getting a fresh, hungry Andy Carroll. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be in the squad.”Like Carroll, another player who is in form and being tipped for a Euro 2016 spot in Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford.The 18-year-old has been a revelation since making his first-team breakthrough in February and struck his sixth goal in 11 games on Wednesday night to help United move into the FA Cup semi-finals.But Ince believes this summer’s finals have come too soon for the rookie striker.“He has got the potential to be a very, very good player but we are going a little bit over the top and getting a bit too excited with him,” said the former United midfielder.“His time will come. We tend to big these players up after two or three games or one season, but he has got a long way to go.“He is exciting and he is one for the future but when you go into the European Championship finals in France you need your experienced and your strong players. Carroll comes into that category.”Read More: ‘Andy Carroll could be England’s secret weapon at Euro 2016, but who would you leave out?’ – Harry Redknapplast_img read more

New Tory ferry and breakwater for Magheroarty Pier on cards

first_imgISLANDS Minister Joe McHugh has announced his officials are to develop plans for the provision of a purpose-built ferry for Toraigh and for a breakwater to Machaire Rabhartaigh Pier to accommodate a new vessel.The Minister of State made his comments after meeting with a delegation from Tory Island yesterday.A new ferry for the island is expected to cost €4 million while the breakwater for the pier will cost a further €2.5 million. Minister McHugh said: “As Minister for the Islands, it is essential for me that the residents of Toraigh are provided with all-year-round access to the mainland.“I have listened carefully to the issues raised today and I have now asked my officials to develop plans for both a new boat and pier improvements. These plans will be worked on now in the time ahead with a view to bringing the plan to fruition in the medium-term.“I want to reassure the islanders of Tory that I will have their best interests at heart throughout this process.”Cllr. Séamus Ó Domhnaill has welcomed confirmation that €2.5 million has been announced for the provision of a breakwater at Magheroarty Pier. In welcoming the news Ó Domhnaill commented “I am delighted that this money has been announced to provide a much-needed breakwater at Magheroarty pier which will ensure that when constructed the Pier can be used year round. The pier is currently in need of dredging at least once a year and the build of sand at the pier effectively means that it cannot be used on a dependable basis for fishing or ferry operations on a full yearly basis.“Magheroarty pier is the main route from the mainland to both Tory and Inishboffin Islands as well as a hub for the local fishing community, the current silt and sand build up at the pier means that the pier is not fully functional nor can further employment be gained in and around the pier either by increased fishing or tourism.”The construction of the breakwater will be a large long wall which will be constructed out into the sea which will trap the sand behind it, thus removing the need for dredging at the pier itself.It will further create more berthing spots for either work or leisure crafts which in turn will allow for the tourism potential of the area to be fully realised and a safer more sheltered berthing harbour being created both at the existing pier and along the breakwater.It will also allow for safe and dependable passage to Tory and InishboffinIslands from and to the Pier without the uncertainty of possible sand build up at the harbour. Ó Domhnaill continued “ I was pleased to front the campaign to have this funding secured as I was fully aware of the massive need for this breakwater in Magheroarty as well as the need to cease the wasting of money each year on the dredging works which were occurring, I will now endeavour to ensure that the Council and the various Government Departments work in an expedient manner to bring this project to construction stage.”The next steps in this process will be to carry out a study of tidal and wave movements in and around the pier so that the exact design and location can be determined.Cllr O Domhnaill added “I believe that the local knowledge from those who use the pier will be paramount to the success of this design and therefore I will be asking that the relevant local stakeholders are engaged with as well as a full public briefing session taking place at each stage of the process.“It is essential that this good news is not dampened by slow progress and I will at the earliest opportunity be requesting that the Council who will be the deliverers of this project draw up a realistic but short timeframe to bring this important project to construction and operation stage.” Cllr Ó Domhnaill further commented that “The Pier at Magheroarty is an integral part of the local Cloughaneely mainland and island Community and every effort must be made to ensure that the work which will be carried out through this allocation of €2.5 million is correct and future proofed as well as being sensitive to the Beach and surrounding coastline.”This announcement signifies a massive victory for those who have campaigned for this work for so long such as the Local Pier users, Coíste Tráigh Machaire Rabhairtaigh and the Public Representatives of the Glenties Municipal area ( both local and National) and I am delighted to have been front and centre in the delivery of this funding which is much needed.He added “Credit must also go to Minister Joe Mc Hugh who listened to these calls and has delivered upon the needs as highlighted and I certainly hope that this is the first step in a short process which will see Magheroarty get a breakwater constructed and allow the pier to be fully functional for Fishing, Ferrying people to the islands and also to realise the massive tourism potential which exists in this idyllic Gaeltacht area along the Wild Atlantic Way.”New Tory ferry and breakwater for Magheroarty Pier on cards was last modified: September 24th, 2017 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Chelsea prospect injured in reserve game

first_imgYoungster Nathaniel Chalobah picked up an injury as Chelsea’s reserves drew 2-2 with Swansea City this evening.The highly rated teenager limped off during the first half of the match in Llanelli and his condition is being assessed.Casey Thomas scored the opening goal of the game early in the second half – and was later himself carried off injured.Striker Patrick Bamford, signed from Nottingham Forest a few weeks ago, maintained his impressive scoring record for the second string with an equaliser 12 minutes from the end.Romelu Lukaku had a late effort cleared off the line by Swansea’s Alan Tate, before substitute Rory Donnelly – who replaced Thomas – put the home side back in front.But there was still time for Lucas Piazon to net another equaliser for the Blues.Feature: One to watch in 2012Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bulldogs boys win by the skin of their teeth

first_imgLos Molinos >> After a tedious first half, the No. 3 Los Molinos boys kept their heads up and secured a close win in the fourth quarter against No. 6 American Christian Academy. The Bulldogs led the first quarter with a 24-15 lead. Aaron Hardy set the pace of the first quarter by scoring twice in the first 30 seconds. Alex Russell made 6 points in the first quarter with fancy footwork and long runs after grabbing a series of rebounds and keeping the ball away from ACA’s Matteo Mancasola, who …last_img read more

An early exit for Tiger Woods at the British Open; good round for J.B. Holmes

first_imgBy DOUG FERGUSONPORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Tiger Woods turned and saluted the fans at Royal Portrush who saw him for two days at this British Open, but no more.A Masters champion in April, Woods ended the major championship season by missing another cut after a 1-over 70, and then said he would skip the World Golf Championship next week to rest up.“It’s more frustrating than anything else because this is a major championship and I love playing in these events,” Woods said after …last_img read more