Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor, speaking ahead of the Dublin premiere of “Conor McGregor: Notorious” — a documentary about the fighter — said his next fight would be to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title.“Right now I am focused on my world, the world of true fighting,” he told the BBC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Ideally I would like to take one of the boxers into an MMA bout — someone come into my world now.“I went into their platform and faced the so-called best-of-the-best and I handled him pretty easily in the early rounds, before I got fatigued and got stopped.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “My sparring in the lead-up to the camp was always against fast-twitch, light-on-their-toes opponents. I was never against forward pressure because he (Mayweather) had never fought like that. That took us by surprise and I got beat.“But if we had a rematch I would correct that and beat him.”Referring to a possible Mayweather rematch, he added: “He’s retired. I will not call him out. I respect what he has done.”Asked if he would get back in a boxing ring, McGregor replied: “Of course. Boxing is certainly an interest of mine. But the next fight will be to defend my UFC lightweight belt.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kyrie Irving to ’flat Earth’ theory doubters: ‘Do your own research’ Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again PLAY LIST 01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor says he wants a boxer to “come into his world”, insisting he would beat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch, the BBC reported Wednesday.The 29-year-old Irishman lost to ex-welterweight champion Mayweather in Las Vegas in August in one of the richest boxing bouts of all time.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mayweather, who returned after two years of retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star, bided his time before exerting his superiority from the middle rounds onwards at the T-Mobile Arena.The match ended with a 10th-round stoppage as Mayweather ended his career with a perfect 50-0 record.But McGregor, nicknamed “The Notorious”, said he would beat the 40-year-old American in a rematch by changing his training regime.“He (Mayweather) was a tactical genius in there. He changed his gameplan three times and that is the sign of a true champion,” said McGregor.“If it happened in a rematch, it’s a simple adjustment of me having a heavier sparring partner coming in the later rounds, leaning on me and walking me down.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Rafael Nadal of Spain (left) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (right) pose with their trophies after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Like a couple of old friends gathering for a reunion, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could face each other in the Wimbledon final more than a decade after their first such meeting.The draw at the All England Club on Friday established plenty of intriguing matchups along the way, too, including what appears to be a particularly tricky path for three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who’s been struggling for much of the past 12 months or so.ADVERTISEMENT Murray’s spot at No. 1 in the ATP rankings is up for grabs this fortnight: He, Nadal, Wawrinka or Djokovic could all leave the All England Club with the top spot.The WTA No. 1 ranking, which currently belongs to Angelique Kerber, also could change hands at tournament’s end. Four other women have a chance to take it: Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki, who already has spent time at No. 1.The potential women’s quarterfinals are Kerber vs. Svetlanta Kuznetsova in a matchup between a pair of two-time major champions; 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova vs. two-time U.S. Open finalist Wozniacki; Svitolina vs. Dominika Cibulkova; and Halep vs. Johanna Konta, Britain’s best hope for its first women’s champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.Konta withdrew from a grass-court tuneup in Eastbourne on Friday after hurting herself during a fall a day earlier, when she pulled off two big victories in one day after rain had jumbled the schedule, beating Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, seeded 10th in her 20th appearance at the tournament, was drawn to face Elise Mertens of Belgium in the first round. A publicist for Williams said that the former No. 1 will play at Wimbledon after a police report in Florida said the tennis star caused a car crash in early June that led to the death, two weeks later, of a passenger in another vehicle.ADVERTISEMENT Venus Williams sued by estate of man fatally hurt in crash Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Djokovic will start against big-hitting Martin Klizan, and then could face another power player in the third round: 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who stunned the Serb at the Rio Olympics last year. Get past that, and Djokovic might play the mercurial Gael Monfils or Fernando Lopez, who is coming off a grass-court title at Queen’s Club. His quarterfinal foe could be Dominic Thiem, who eliminated Djokovic in straight sets at the French Open.Other potential men’s quarterfinals are seven-time champion Federer against 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in last year’s semifinals; two-time winner Nadal against 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic; and defending champ Andy Murray against three-time major titlist Stan Wawrinka.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIf the seedings hold, Federer would meet Djokovic in the semifinals, with Nadal taking on Murray. That quartet has combined to win each of the past 14 titles at Wimbledon; Federer beat Nadal in the 2006 and 2007 finals, then lost to him in the 2008 title match .Federer turns 36 on Aug. 8, and Nadal just turned 31, but both are back to playing quite well this year. They met in the Australian Open final in January, won by Federer, and Nadal earned his record 10th French Open title in June. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Williams and Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, are the only two past champions in the women’s field: Williams’ sister, Serena, is taking the rest of the year off because she is pregnant, while Maria Sharapova is injured.Victoria Azarenka, a former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, is appearing in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in more than a year after giving birth to her first child. Her first-round match should be interesting — it’s against 18-year-old CiCi Bellis, an up-and-coming Californian. The winner could eventually take on Halep in the fourth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Much as he had done for most of the tournament, Jeron Teng took charge in the second half as Flying V turned back Tanduay, 104-89, on Thursday to extend its unbeaten start to six games in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teng poured 19 of his 30 points in the last two quarters as the Thunder put away the Rhum Masters with a blistering second half to tighten their grip of the top spot ahead of Cignal HD, which held off Batangas, 70-66, in the first game.It marked the third time in the tournament that the former De La Salle standout breached the 30-point mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We knew that in the first half the defense was concentrated on Jeron,” said Thunder coach Eric Altamirano. “So we wanted to move the ball around first and be unpredictable.”Teng scored or assisted on the Thunder’s last 14 points in the third period, which Flying V closed out with a 12-0 run. —WITH CARLO ANOLIN AND KRISTOFER PURNELL LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Filipino-German stars in Gilas PH tuneup
PH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
As part of the strategy to nail dope cheats, National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) officials came unannounced at the Bangalore centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Monday and raided the rooms of athletes and coaches. The NADA team, headed by project officer V Jayaraman, found four supplements that were not supplied by the SAI.”The NADA team also collected samples of four supplements from the hostel rooms that were not supplied by the SAI. The samples have been seized and will be brought back to Delhi for testing at the National Dope-Testing Laboratory,” a source told MAIL TODAY on Monday.The NADA officials, including a lady doctor, took the athletes at the Bangalore centre by surprise when they began searching the hostel rooms and collected urine samples of 20 swimmers and weightlifters. A four-member NADA team had earlier made a surprise visit to the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, on Saturday and returned with 22 samples.The raids come in the backdrop of eight positive dope cases among Indian athletes, including Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose who won gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth and Asian Games last year. “The NADA team reached the SAI centre at 8:00am and checked rooms of athletes and coaches for banned substances and also took urine samples on a random basis,” read a statement from NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar.”The team checked 51 rooms in the hostels, belonging to 30 women and 21 men. Samples of food supplements and other medicines found in four rooms were sealed and will be brought for testing. Twenty urine samples of weightlifters and swimmers were also taken on a random basis and will be sent to NDTL for testing,” Bhatnagar added.advertisementIt is alleged that coaches and support staff have a role in facilitating doping among athletes, and this was the reason that the rooms of coaches were also searched by the NADA team.’B’ samples return positiveAsian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji faces a two-year ban after her ‘B’ sample test returned positive for anabolic steroid methandienone on Monday. Another quarter-miler Priyanka Panwar, who, along with Ashwini, was pulled out of India’s squad for the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe at the eleventh hour after failing a dope test, also had her ‘B’ sample returning positive.The NADA has notified the athletics federation and asked the chairman of the national anti-doping disciplinary panel to fix a date for the hearing of the two athletes.
North Korea’s Kim Un Guk broke the world record in men’s 62kg category weightlifting on the way to win gold at the London Olympics on Monday.Kim opened up a big lead by snatching 153kg, equalling the world record held by Chinese lifter Shi Zhiyong since 2002, Xinhua reported. He held on to his lead in the clean and jerk, lifting 174kg to notch a world and Olympic record total of 327kg. The previous world mark of 326kg was set by Chinese lifter Zhang Jie in 2008 at the Asian Championships.Kim, who stands 1.58 metres tall, saluted to a cheering audience with standing ovation as he won the second weightlifting gold for his country.”I want to lift up the world,” the 23-year-old said.”(North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un is waiting for the news so I will be pleased to get the news to him. The whole country will be happy, and the father of the country will be very happy too.”Zhang Jie, the 2011 world champion, succeeded in only two lifts during the competition, with 140kg in his first snatch attempt and 174kg in first clean and jerk. He twice failed to jerk 178kg, an Olympic record, and had to settle for fourth.After the match, Zhang said he was happy with his snatch results, but his clean and jerk was a problem.”I felt a bit nervous,” he admitted. “In the first clean and jerk I felt something strange about the way I was holding the bar, so I tried to change it. It didn’t work.”advertisementThe silver medal went to Colombia’s Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera, who was on brink of elimination when he failed to lift 177kg in the clean and jerk but managed to deliver a successful lift on his final attempt and set an Olympic record.”Concentration. Somehow I managed to maintain my concentration even after my first failure,” Figueroa said.Indonesian lifter Irawan Eko Yuli won the bronze medal with a total of 317kg, the same as Figueroa, but was placed behind the Colombian because of heavier bodyweight.Earlier in the women’s 58kg category, China’s Li Xueying won gold with a 246kg total, surpassing the previous Olympic record of 244kg.Pimsiri Sirikaew of Thailand grabbed silver with a total of 236kg, and Ukrainian Yuliya Kalina took bronze with 235kg.