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    Getty Israel Adesanya attends UFC 277. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is set to defend his title against Alex Pereira, a man known to have the ‘touch of death.’ The UFC has found the headlining bout for its long-awaited return to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12 in New York, Adesanya announced Friday on ESPN MMA’s “SportsCenter.” He will defend his belt against a former foe, who he’s already fought twice but in a different sport. With only three outings under the banner, Pereira gets a title shot off the back of a vicious knockout win over the formerly fourth-ranked middleweight contender Sean Strickland. While he went into his bout against Strickland unranked, Pereira broke through into the top five rankings after the win. The former two-division Glory champion has stepped inside the ring opposite Adesanya on two occasions in kickboxing. He won both outings, with the first coming by decision in 2016 and the second by way of knockout a year later. As the only man to have put Adesanya out cold on the canvas, his arrival...
    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — It was just one year ago that Nelly Korda won the Women’s PGA Championship, securing her first major and reaching No. 1 in the world. “It feels like forever ago, honestly,” she said. READ MORE: Austin Hays Hits For Cycle To Help Orioles Beat Nationals 7-0A lot has happened — both good and bad — since then for Korda. She also won an Olympic gold medal last year for the U.S., but she went through a four-month layoff this year because of health problems and only recently returned. This week she defends her title at the Women’s PGA at Congressional Country Club — looking ready to contend after a near-victory in Michigan last week. “I gave myself a chance last week,” she said. “If you told me that when I was laying in the ER, I would have definitely been very happy with that.” Korda’s season was interrupted when she felt swelling in her left arm — a blood clot in the subclavian vein. She missed the year’s first major in the California desert and and...
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco Giants will open defense of their NL West title without two key components. It’s a situation they managed well a year ago. Third baseman Evan Longoria and outfielder/first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. will begin the season on the injured list, although the Giants played through a host of absences while posting a franchise-record 107 wins last year. READ MORE: Dungeness Crab Fishery Along Entire California Coast Closing Due To Whale Entanglements“There are always injuries on every team,” versatile infielder Wilmer Flores said. “The good thing about this team is there are always good options where you can keep a good level of baseball going. That’s what it is right now.” Longoria underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his right index finger last week and no timeline has been set for his return. Wade had a bone bruise in his left knee in spring training, and it is uncertain how much time he will miss. The Giants are optimistic that first baseman Brandon Belt will be ready for the start of the season...
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco Giants will open defense of their NL West title without two key components. It’s a situation they managed well a year ago. Third baseman Evan Longoria and outfielder/first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. will begin the season on the injured list, although the Giants played through a host of absences while posting a franchise-record 107 wins last year. “There are always injures on every team,” versatile infielder Wilmer Flores said. “The good thing about this team is there are always good options where you can keep a good level of baseball going. That’s what it is right now.” Longoria underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his right index finger last week and no timeline has been set for his return. Wade had a bone bruise in his left knee in spring training, and it is uncertain how much time he will miss. The Giants are optimistic that first baseman Brandon Belt will be ready for the start of the season Friday at home against Miami after he reported to camp with swelling in...
    THE WAIT is over and the new Premiership season finally returns on Friday night. Bristol Bears get the party started at at Ashton Gate against Saracens and SunSport have the lowdown on all 13 teams ahead of this unique rugby union season. 5Harlequins are out to defend their title after last season's unlikely winCredit: Getty BATH RUGBY Title chances: BIG-SPENDING and ambitious Bath are the Arsenal of the Premiership. Expect to see some nice stuff played down at The Rec, but don't expect a title chase. For too long the West Country side have been way too powder-puff and lack the killer-instinct and staying power to replicate to their glory years. Star man: Danny Cipriani - Now at his fourth and likely final Premiership club, the exiled England fly-half, 33, is still a joy to watch - but does he still want it after his failed stint at Gloucester? One to watch: Max Ojomoh - Son of England and Bath's ex no.8 Steve. Classy runner and this should be his breakthrough season with Jonathan Joseph, 30, struggling for form....
    WINNING the Champions League is one thing, but Chelsea learnt the hard way that defending it is going to be another thing entirely even with a stronger squad. Romelu Lukaku may have been brought in to help secure another Premier League title, but the Blues have to offer more than just that if they are serious about European glory again. 2Thomas Tuchel's team are going to be a target for many teams this season and they need to learn to deal with it quicklyCredit: AFP For this year they are not unfancied or the underdogs, a team last year who some opponents were more willing to play open football against. Instead they are right up there with a massive target on their back, one of the big guns who opposition managers fear the most. In simple playing terms, that means sides like Zenit packing out the defence and midfield and challenging the Blues to break them down. Every time Chelsea got possession the white shirts formed narrow, rigid lines and made it so difficult to play through them. What that...
    U.S. President Joe Biden is set Tuesday to again defend his decision to end the country’s two-decade war in Afghanistan that leaves Taliban insurgents in power, just as they were in 2001. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden, in his speech, would discuss “the tough decisions he made over the last seven months since he took office to bring the war to a close,” with the last troops leaving Kabul on Monday. After Nearly 20 Years, Last US Troops Leave Kabul US commander admits ‘we did not get everybody out’ despite largest US airlift in American military history  Biden “will make clear that as president, he will approach our foreign policy through the prism of what is in our national interests, including how best to continue to keep the American people safe,” Psaki said. She said Biden would commend military commanders and service members for evacuating more than 124,000 Americans, Afghans and others from the war-torn country, even though perhaps 200 Americans and thousands of Afghans who wanted to leave their homeland were left behind in the chaotic end...
    More On: new york mets Mets get the injury news they desperately needed Everything goes wrong for depleted Mets Mets star pitcher exits early as nightmare continues Trade likely with Mets in full-blown pitching crisis The All-Star weekend crowd will roar for the “polar bear,” when he defends his Home Run Derby title on July 12 in Colorado. The Mets slugger posted a video on Instagram announcing his return to the Home Run Derby. The video showed Alonso’s 2019 derby highlights, but with a twist. Instead of Alonso’s face, a roaring polar bear was photoshopped onto his head. The post also had a simple caption. “I’m back. July 12th @ Coors Field. #LFGM,” Alonso captioned the video. Alonso won the 2019 Home Run Derby by bashing a total of 57 home runs, the third-most in derby history. He was able to narrowly escape the first round by defeating Carlos Santana 14-13. He followed that up by beating Ronald Acuña Jr. 20-19. Alonso prevailed on a walk-off bomb that traveled 453-feet. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pete...
    Princess Dianas Voice Coach Recalls the Moment She Was Put to the Test Remote Job Postings Skyrocket 457% on LinkedIn: Media and Communications Industry Lead the Way © Provided by Sports Illustrated “Double or Nothing” is a chance for Kenny Omega to prove he’s the best in the world, in more ways than one. Kenny Omega is covered in championship gold. Already the premier title-holder in All Elite Wrestling, AAA and Impact Wrestling, he is manifesting an impossible dream in the industry, working a multitude of compelling styles against a variety of star opponents. Outside AEW, Omega has upcoming matches in AAA against Andrade in Impact against Moose. In theory, this trajectory also places him on track to challenge for the industry’s most prestigious title, New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s newly vacant IWGP world heavyweight championship. After establishing himself as the best in the world in Japan, particularly during his run as IWGP heavyweight champ in 2018, Omega brought his talents to AEW. He charted out a course that saw him work his way to the top of the card—even though...
    The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter return (virtually) to Congress today to defend their legal liability shield to lawmakers keen to weaken it. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The executives will face lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee. Members unanimously supported the hearing after its scope was expanded to include discussions of digital privacy and tech's impact on local media. Republicans and Democrats on the committee remain divided over how to tackle these issues, but their shared concern leaves an open path for reform to come down the road. "There is more common ground than people realize," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told CNBC Tuesday of Republicans' and Democrats' approach to reforming the legal shield known as Section 230. He said there could be more "opportunity for bipartisan consensus" after the election. Section 230 protects tech platforms from liability for their users' posts but also allows them to moderate content they consider "objectionable." Republicans have complained that the legal shield allows tech companies to get away with removing messages they disagree with, particularly those from conservatives. Tech...
    Aljamain Sterling can now end his relentless campaign to get a shot at UFC gold. The fighter will get his chance to fight the 135-pound champ, Petr Yan, for the belt later this year at UFC 256. UFC President Dana White told Yahoo Sports that the Russian champ has his first title defense lined up for him. ‘Funk Master’ will meet Petr Yan in the co-main event of UFC 256 which will take place on December 12. I did an interview with @danawhite a few minutes ago. He confirmed that @PetrYanUFC v @funkmasterMMA will be co-main event of UFC 256 on Dec. 12 in Vegas. Nunes-Anderson will be the main. — Kevin Iole (@KevinI) October 14, 2020 Sterling is the No. 1 ranked contender in a stacked bantamweight division. The ‘Funk Master’ has made his way to the top by defeat ing all five of his previous opponents. Moreover, he’s won seven out of his last eight fights. The only loss came against former title challenger Marlon Moraes. Sterling’s last outing in the UFC took place at UFC 250 earlier...
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore police on Friday arrested a lawyer for alleged criminal breach of trust, days before he was set to defend a client in a defamation case against the city-state's prime minister. Police said the lawyer, Lim Tean, who leads a small opposition party that unsuccessfully contested an election this year, was also being investigated for stalking and had not complied with earlier notices to attend police interviews. "The police had no choice but to arrest Mr Lim Tean in order to conduct the investigations," police said in a statement, adding that they rejected allegations by Lim that the arrest was politically motivated. The prime minister's press secretary referred Reuters to the police statement and did not have further comment. In a trial likely to be watched closely next week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is suing financial adviser Leong Sze Hian over a Facebook post in which he shared a story linking Lee to Malaysia's 1MBD state fund money-laundering scandal. Lee's lawyers at the time said the allegation was "false and baseless" and Leong subsequently deleted the...
    Reigning champion Rafael Nadal shocked the US Open by declaring that he will not defend his title in New York this month. His announcement came just hours after the clay court Madrid Open - to which he had committed - announced that it was not going ahead in September due to the rising number of Covid cases in the Spanish capital. It was easy to conclude from that the likelihood that Nadal would travel to New York, but instead he swiftly put out a statement saying that he would not go under any circumstances. Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open, citing concerns around the coronavirus pandemic The Spaniard won the competition last year but said the health situation was 'still complicated' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Madrid Open set to be cancelled due to rising coronavirus... 'I don't know how many opportunities I'll have left to play... Unnamed female player set to play in Palermo Ladies Open... All systems go for Palermo as women's open predicted safe......
    U.S. marshals are being told they should be ready to help protect national monuments as protests against racism and police violence continue. The Washington Post reported the directive came in an email from Marshals Service Assistant Director Andrew Smith. In the email, Smith wrote the agency “has been asked to immediately prepare to provide federal law enforcement support to protect national monuments (throughout the country).” “This is a challenging assignment due to the breadth of possible targets for criminal activity,” he wrote. The newspaper noted that other internal correspondence suggests officials are concerned attempts could be made to vandalize monuments over the July 4 holiday. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has “authorized” federal authorities to arrest people trying to vandalize or destroy monuments, statues, or other federal property. Trumps comments came in tweets posted after protesters unsuccessfully tried to take down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, a park just north of the White House. The Pentagon said on Wednesday that between 100 and 400 National Guard members will provide security and crowd management to keep monuments from...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. When the house is on fire, it’s not the time to argue whether you want a kitchen re-model, or a change of paint. When the house is on fire, you don’t waste time arguing whether the fire is technically a “fire” or is actually a conflagration or an immolation. When the house is on fire, you do everything you can to put out the fire. The house is on fire. The fire, of course, is the rapidly escalating fascist threat of the Trump/Pence regime. In the past ten days, the mask has come off. Across the country, militarized police are brutally repressing nonviolent protest, teargassing marchers and deliberately targeting journalists. Active duty United States military patrol city streets. Tom Cotton, a sitting Senator, has openly lusted for a violent response to protests in the pages of the New York Times. Unidentified, unmarked security personnel guard the White House. Donald Trump and Attorney General...
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