Robredo’s firing not a ‘diversion’ from SEA Games mess – Panelo

first_imgPalace spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Vice President Leni Robredo’s dismissal was due to her “failure” to present before the President clear plans and programs to combat the illegal drug trade in the country. PCOO This was the first time the Philippinesis hosting the biennial tournament since 2005, where the country last won theSEA Games overall championship./PN MANILA – The firing of Vice PresidentLeni Robredo as co-chair of the government’s campaign against illegal drugs wasnot meant to divert attention from the issues hounding the Philippines’ hostingof this year’s 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which will start thisSaturday. Robredo, the leader of the opposition,was dismissed as co-chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs orICAD last Sunday, the same day SEA Games organizers drew flak for thetransportation, hotel accommodation and food woes encountered by football teamsfrom Cambodia, Myanmar and Timor Leste. Amid complaints from foreign delegates, Panelo vowed that the organizing committee will do everything to improve pull off the country’s SEA games hosting. “We can no longer undo what has been done. The Office of the President will not offer any excuses. As host country, we apologize for the unintentional inconvenience suffered by our athlete-guests,” Panelo said. Presidential spokesperson SalvadorPanelo claimed Robredo’s dismissal was due to her “failure” to present beforeDuterte clear plans and programs to combat the illegal drug trade in thecountry.last_img read more

Tyson confirms date for comeback fight against Roy Jones

first_img Loading… Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion who retired in 2005, said Thursday he will make a comeback at age 54, fighting Roy Jones Jr. on September 12 in Los Angeles. On his Legends Only League website, Tyson announced the eight-round exhibition bout against Jones, a 51-year-old fighter who briefly held the heavyweight title and has fought consistently into his 50s. “It’s just going to be amazing,” Tyson said on a video call on ESPN. Tyson shrugged off any notion of danger for serious injury for himself or Jones, saying that California rules will require they both wear headgear for the fight. “We’re both accomplished fighters,” Tyson said. “We know how to protect ourselves. We’ll be alright.” Tyson finished 50-6 with 44 knockouts while Jones, who last fought in February 2018, is 66-9 with 47 knockouts.Advertisement Within a year, Tyson was the undisputed champion and dominated the division, earning his nickname as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” and going 37-0.But in February 1990 at Tokyo, Tyson suffered a 10th-round knockout at the hands of James “Buster” Douglas in a stunning upset.He was arrested for rape in 1991 and convicted in 1992, serving three years in prison before his 1995 release and return to the ring.Tyson regained the title but lost twice to Evander Holyfield, disqualified the second time for biting his rival’s ear, earning a suspension that kept him sidelined for 18 months.He had one last chance at the heavyweight crown, losing to Britain’s Lennox Lewis in 2002, and retired after six rounds against Kevin McBride in 2005 in his final fight, days shy of his 39th bithday.“I’ve been through some experiences and now I’m back here,” Tyson said. “I’ve taken care of my body.”Jones has done much the same since winning his first middleweight title in 1993 and rolled through the super middleweight and light heavyweight ranks at 49-1 before dropping three fights in a row in 2004-2005. Read Also: Serie A: Ekong’s Udinese delay Juventus title celebrationHis championship run included a 2003 victory over John Ruiz for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title, a crown he never defended before rejoining the light heavyweight ranks.Jones fought at least once a year into 2018 but has spent more time as a commentator than fighter in recent years.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Tyson vowed it would be competitive rather than for show – “we’re showing our skills and fighting” – and said he wants to recapture the fearsome form he once displayed. “It’s 100% of it looking to be Mike Tyson in the ring,” Tyson said. “I’ve got one speed – forward.” In a battle for the aged, Tyson said he wants to show older can still mean exciting in the sports realm. “It’s because I can do it and I believe other people believe they can do it,” Tyson said. “We aren’t washed up. Somebody says over-age is washed up but they have a bigger fan base than the guys who are training now.” Tyson envisions elder statesmen events of mixed martial arts and NBA fame, mentioning such former NBA stars as Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson. Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at 20 years and four months when he stopped Trevor Berbick in the second round in 1986 to win the World Boxing Council crown. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Best Cars Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look Irresistiblelast_img read more

Chelsea beat Spurs 4-2 in thriller to reach FA Cup final

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON,(Reuters)-Late goals from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matric settled a rip-roaring FA Cup semi-final 4-2 in Chelsea’s favour over title rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday.It was only the fourth time in the famous old knockout competition that a semi-final had featured the current top two in the top flight and it did not disappoint.Brazilian Willian, surprisingly selected ahead of Hazard in the starting line-up, twice put Chelsea ahead in a sizzling contest, first after four minutes with a free kick and then close to halftime from the penalty spot.Twice Tottenham roared back with Harry Kane heading them level after 18 minutes and fellow England international Dele Alli making it 2-2 with a superb finish in the 52nd minute.Tottenham, who are four points behind Chelsea in the Premier League after a brilliant run of seven successive wins, dominated at times but their hopes of a first FA Cup final since 1991 were sunk late on by two moments of magic.First Hazard, who replaced Willian with half an hour remaining, buried a low shot past Hugo Lloris after 75 minutes, then Matic’s 25-metre piledriver sank Spurs who have won only one of their last nine matches at Wembley and have now lost in seven successive FA Cup semi-finals.It was a huge win for Chelsea who have wobbled lately with two league defeats and they will face either Arsenal or Manchester City in the final when a “double” could be on offer.After a resounding ovation for former England defender and Tottenham’s Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu who died on Friday the semi-final began at a high tempo.Chelsea, with Diego Costa and Hazard surprisingly on the bench, settled quickly and struck first.Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld was a touch fortunate to escape a red card when his desperate tackle ended Pedro’s marauding run, but greater punishment was exacted by Willian who curled a beautiful free kick past a flat-footed Lloris.Tottenham were rattled as Chelsea swarmed around the pitch threatening a second goal but Chelsea’s lead lasted only 13 minutes.DELICATE HEADERChristian Eriksen’s corner was blocked but when the ball came back to the Dane he curled in a low cross and Kane, almost kneeling, feathered a delicate header beyond Thibaut Courtois for his 26th goal of the season.Alli was becoming more involved and left David Luiz in agony after accidentally treading on the Chelsea defender’s ankle.As Tottenham assumed control Eric Dier went close to giving them the lead with a glancing header from Jan Vertonghen’s teasing delivery that floated just wide.Chelsea regained the lead out of the blue.Eating up the ground on a forward run N’Golo Kante slipped a ball towards the overlapping Victor Moses down the right and he was sent sprawling to the turf by Son Heung-min, playing as a left wing back, who needlessly slid in.After a short delay referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the penalty spot and Willian dispatched it past Lloris.Tottenham hit back again in brilliant fashion seven minutes after the break when Eriksen’s teasing ball left Luiz floundering and Alli, timing his run to perfection, stabbed the ball high past Courtois.Conte reacted by introducing Costa and Hazard with Willian making way and it was Hazard who stunned Tottenham when he was allowed to much space and he fired home through a crowd.Matic then sent Chelsea’s fans into ecstasy with an unstoppable fourth.last_img read more

India rushing relief to cyclone-hit Fiji

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) India is rushing 44 metric tonnes of relief materials including food, medicines and tents to Fiji as the cyclone-hit nation reached out for foreign help.The relief materials are being airlifted from New Delhi and Chennai and being sent to Fiji capital Suva in an Indian Air Force aircraft C-17 Globemaster.The relief includes basic food supplies, medicines, tents and kitchen sets, an official spokesperson said.The relief materials are being sent in consultation with Officiating Ambassador of India in Suva.The National Disaster Management Authority is coordinating the relief operations with the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Food Processing, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defence, Indian Red Cross Society and NDRF.The island nation of Fiji was hit by category five cyclone Winston, with wind speed 325 km per hour and waves up to 12 m high. The cyclone has caused widespread damage to the housing stock and power disruption. PTI ACB ZMNlast_img read more