NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Left and right, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are shown in different portions of their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ticket sales for the superfight were a disappointment after failing to break the record for gate receipts. AFPLOS ANGELEs, United States — Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s money-spinning superfight failed to break the record for gate receipts at a Las Vegas boxing bout, figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Wednesday.The controversial August 26 fight raked in $55,414,865.79, well short of the $72,198,500 generated by Mayweather’s 2015 “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal: Federer not ‘boyfriend’ material The Mayweather-McGregor bout, staged at the T-Mobile Arena, sold 13,094 tickets, well short of the venue’s 20,500 capacity. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight sold 16,219 tickets.A total of 137 complimentary tickets were given away for Mayweather-McGregor, won by Mayweather in a 10th-round technical knockout.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 openingFace-value ticket prices for Mayweather-McGregor were among the most expensive in history, with cheapest seats going for $500 and the most expensive for as much as $10,000.Although the fight failed to challenge the Mayweather-Pacquiao gate total, it becomes the second highest-grossing gate in Las Vegas history, surpassing the $20 million generated by Mayweather’s 2013 defeat of Canelo Alvarez. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 The bout is also set to be one of the richest fights in history if the most bullish predictions of pay-per-view television sales are met.Some predictions have suggested the fight could threaten the 4.6 million buys generated by Pacquiao-Mayweather.Official numbers have not been released although executives from cable network Showtime Sports said they expected the bout would at least be second. CBBADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
Senior players have backed former captain Dhanraj Pillay to be the chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team.The players say that the former India forward’s experience and knowledge can help the national side.Indian men’s hockey team is without a coach since last month’s Guangzhou Asian Games, where they won a bronze.While national coach Harendra Singh resigned immediately after India lost to Malaysia in the semifinals of the Asian Games, chief coach Jose Brasa’s contract has expired.With the position up for grabs, Dhanraj has recently thrown his hat in the ring by expressing his desire to be the coach, which got impetus from the players.”Dhanraj has been the role model for all of us. We have grown up seeing him playing. He knows the requirement of Indian players better then anybody else,” ace midfielder Arjun Halappa said.”He is a good option. The best part is that he is still playing and so he is very well aware of modern techniques,” added Halappa, who has been selected in the Asian All Stars team.Halappa’s views were seconded by drag-flicker Dhananjay Mahadik, who felt Dhanraj and Singapore-based former Indian centre forward Jude Felix are good choices for the vacant post.”It will be beneficial for the team if any former player becomes a coach because he can understand the pressure better. As far as Dhanraj is concerned, players share good comfort level with him, we can talk to him frankly. Jude is also a good option,” said the full-back.advertisementIndia captain Rajpal Singh had recently said that he is open to the idea of a foreign coach but suggested Hockey India to adopt a professional approach, like the Indian cricket board (BCCI), while appointing the support staff of the national team.”Instead of randomly picking anybody, Hockey India should invite applications for the post of chief coach just like BCCI. The coach can be a foreigner or an Indian but what matters is his performance and attitude towards players,” he said”Personally, I am in favour of an Australian coach,” Rajpal added.- With PTI inputs
Hazlewood trapped Jason Holder lbw before rattling the Hazlewood trapped Jason Holder lbw before rattling the stumps of Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo to complete his hattrick and he said his length did the trick. “On that wicket we were just told to bowl good length with the new ball. I just tried to hit the top of the stumps. I was lucky enough to get a couple of straight on. Pretty happy with the effort. Theres still a few things to work on but were improving as time goes on,” he said. “I think with my length. I was a touch short in Johannesburg. The ball set up quite nicely. Were just hitting top of the stumps on that wicket. Its a little bit up and down and it worked for the start.” T20 may still look like a batmen oriented game but Hazlewood said a bowler still can grab his chances with a lot of tricks. “Certainly spinners do it over here. Up front you need to take wickets no matter what and put that batting unit on the backfoot. Otherwise they will enjoy freedom for the rest of the innings,” he said. “You would always want an experienced spinner but they got to start at some point. I think Adam (Zampa) learnt a fair bit on the go tonight. He will better of on the run and hopefully keeps improving throughout the tournament.” He also lavished praise on Shane Watson and said the allrounder would be handy in this conditions with his vast knowledge of playing here in the IPL. “Hes quite a special player, he is experienced as well for a young side. Hes been fantastic throughout South Africa and here as well. His knowledge of these grounds and conditions here will be pretty valuable,” he said of Watson who topscored with 60 as they scored 161/9. PTI TAP ATK ATKadvertisement
Suresh Raina and wife Priyanka have been blessed with a baby girl on Sunday. The Gujarat Lions skipper who had never missed an IPL game in the last nine years, gave the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore a miss to be with his wife in the Netherlands.Here she comes our beautiful angel Gracia Raina???? pic.twitter.com/atGhywJu7B Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 15, 2016Welcome my beautiful daughter. #GraciaRaina?????????????. Long wait but totally worth it. #ProudFather.She is getting dressed up for her photoshoot Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 15, 2016@ImRaina Many Congratulations to Priyanka and you! Wonderful news! From the comm box in Vizag…Sunny, Ravi, Pommie, Lisa and me. Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) May 15, 2016There are chances of Raina also missing the next match on Thursday against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kanpur. The left-handed batsman is also on the verge of another milestone to become the first batsman to score 4000 runs in the IPL.Moreover, the Lions are placed well to book a berth in the playoffs and their captain would like to join his team soon. Presently, Brendon McCullum is leading the side in Raina’s absence.
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu settled for silver at the Rio Olympics after being beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the badminton women’s singles event on Friday. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)It is India’s second medal in the Rio Games after wrestler Sakshi Malik bagged bronze in the women’s 58 kilogram category on Wednesday.In a hard-fought summit clash, which lasted one hour and 20 minutes, fortunes fluctuated dramatically at the Riocentro – Pavilion 4.With the win, two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu now trails Carolina 2-5 in career head to head meetings.Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win silver at any discipline at the Olympics. Sindhu is also the fourth Indian individual Silver medallist, joiningshooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004 Athens), Vijay Kumar (2012London) and Sushil Kumar (2012 London).The Indian shuttler started on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four consecutive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.Unperturbed by the pressure of the occasion and her towering opponent, Sindhu controlled her nerves and displayed swift court movements and hit bodyline smashes to diminish the lead to 13-15.World No.10 Sindhu, who was trailing 16-19 at one point, fought her heart out and took five points on the trot to claim the first game in 27 minutes.Carolina, who can annoy any player with her shuttle retrieving techniques, looked like a spectator as it was Sindhu who reversed the roles to clinch the first game 21-19.In the second game, Carolina, dubbed the “Girl Nadal in Spain” after male tennis star Rafael Nadal, attacked from the start. The Indian couldn’t manage to control the torrent of attacks and trailed 2-11 at the mid-game break.advertisementAfter the break, Sindhu tried to bounce back and displayed a lot of power and strength to dismantle the strategy of the Spanish opponent but failed and relinquished the second game 12-21.In the decider, Carolina got off to a flying start as she took a five-point lead in the initial stage at 6-1.But Sindhu, who was on a giant-killing spree after dismissing two higher-ranked opponents in competition, displayed grit to pull level at 10-10. Carolina went into the mid-game interval leading by a slender one point margin.After the breather, the duo continued to fight for each point valiantly but it was the more experienced Carolina who proved superior. Sindhu though kept herself within a touching distance of Carolina at 14-16.But Sindhu was left powerless when Carolina upped the ante to pull ahead 19-14. She edged closer to match point with a half smash and eventually clinched the contest 21-15.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as coach Pep Guardiola maintained his 100 percent record at the club with a commanding 4-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in their rearranged Champions League Group C opener on Wednesday. (Latest Football stories)City immediately took control of the game, which was postponed on Tuesday due to heavy rain, and Aguero gave them the lead in the eighth minute when he lifted a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov high into the Moenchengladbach net.The Argentina striker doubled the home side’s lead in the 28th minute when he sent Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer the wrong way from the penalty spot after Christoph Kramer had clumsily brought down Ilkay Gundogan, making his debut in place of David Silva who was rested as a precaution after developing a minor injury in training.Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute from close range after being set clear by Raheem Sterling and Kelechi Iheanacho made it 4-0 in stoppage time.The goals took Aguero’s Champions League tally to 45, overtaking Paul Scholes and Luis Figo, and he has now scored nine times in five games for City this season.His efforts ensured Guardiola made a successful start to his attempt to join the elite band of managers — including cross-city rival Jose Mourinho — who have led two clubs to Europe’s most prestigious club honour.’DOMINANT PERFORMANCE’The Spaniard, who reached the semi-finals in all three seasons with Bayern Munich after winning the competition with Barcelona, praised his team for the efficient manner in which they dealt with tricky opponents.advertisement”I know this Borussia team perfectly, I had never won against this coach before. I knew how difficult this would be for us,” said the Spaniard.”It was the most dominant performance of my time here, considering the importance of the game. All the players played at a high, high level.”Guardiola saw new signing Gundogan make a highly impressive debut.The German, full of neat control and incisive passing, played for the first time since dislocating the knee that kept him out of Euro 2016.Three minutes after his clinical early strike, Aguero unselfishly set up Gundogan 10 metres out but the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder was denied by an athletic save from Sommer.After two minor alarms — when Pablo Zabaleta’s over-hit back pass evaded Claudio Bravo and a sweet shot by Raffael was deflected by John Stones — City doubled their lead after Christoph Kramer clumsily brought down Gundogan just inside the box.Aguero coolly side-footed the penalty home and the only negative of a commanding first-half performance was that the striker required lengthy treatment on his left knee.He hobbled off at half-time but reappeared for the second half and, along with Nicolas Otamendi and especially Sterling, threatened Sommer’s goal again.Sterling’s fine reverse pass set Aguero clear on goal in the 77th minute and he put the ball through Sommer’s legs to complete his hat-trick before Iheanacho converted after superb work by substitute Leroy Sane.City next face Celtic in Glasgow on September 28 while Moenchengladbach host Barcelona, who dismantled the Scottish side 7-0 on Tuesday.
India women’s football team head coach Maymol Rocky Thursday said that her players can now match any opposition in terms of fitness and the recently-introduced player tracking technology has helped in that aspect.The Indian team is currently playing in the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers Round 2. It defeated Indonesia 2-0 in its opening match on Wednesday. The next match is against Nepal on Saturday.”We understood that in the time frame for the AFC Olympic Qualifiers in Myanmar, we would be playing in temperatures over 40 degrees. The core group is a youthful one, physically very robust, and can match any opposition,” Maymol said.”This batch of girls can play 90 minutes without tiring, and if needed, even the extra 30. Better speed, reflexes, and stamina — that is what we are stressing on. It allows us to defend with numbers, and move the ball faster in attack,” she explained.Maymol said it would not have been easy had the team not been provided the GPS technology.”The player tracking system (GPS) helps us to understand the players, and monitor their heart rate and work load. Through that we understand how much workload the player is undergoing. They also help to develop conditioning drills that help the players in general fitness.”Maymol said recovery sessions, however, stays paramount.”We want the players to be cent per cent fit and give their all in each and every match, and training session. Recovery is a very important part of that. Mandalay is very hot and humid. So the players need to increase their intake of water, and keep themselves hydrated,” the coach said.advertisement”Diet plays a major key role in fitness, and conditioning. Too much carbohydrates can lead to bloating and stiffness. We have stitched a plan for each player and they follow accordingly,” she said.Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winAlso Read | AFC Cup: Chennaiyin FC, Minerva Punjab share spoils in group stage opener
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the Indian cricket team good luck as it began its World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday. India are one of the favourites in the this tournament.The most widely followed cricket side in the world, India have been in superb ODI form leading up to the World Cup. They are also the last team to play a match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.On Wednesday, after South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in overcast conditions, India captain Virat Kohli said his team would not be weighed down by the pressure of expectations.PM Modi, meanwhile, wished the Indian side good luck and said the team should look to win matches as well as hearts in the tournament.As #TeamIndia begins it’s #CWC19 journey today, best wishes to the entire Team.May this tournament witness good cricket and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship.! #INDvSANarendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2019India, who had won the 2011 World Cup and reached the semifinals in 2015, are being touted as one of the teams to go on and win the tournament this year.For their first match of the World Cup, India decided to go in with both wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. In a surprising move, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was preferred over the faster Mohammed Shami.India and South Africa playing XIs:India: 1.Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (Captain), 4 KL Rahul, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (Wicketkeeper), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit BumrahadvertisementSouth Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (Wicketkeeper), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis (Captain), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Imran TahirAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Kapil Dev wants India to play with full dedication and win World Cup 2019Also Watch:
Filipe Luis said he hopes Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar returns to La Liga champions Barcelona for the good of Brazilian football.Neymar wants to leave Ligue 1 holders PSG, with a move back to former club Barca on the cards two years on from his world-record €222 million (£199m/$249m) exit.Real Madrid are another possible destination for Neymar, whose future is dominating headlines during the off-season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? PSG sporting director Leonardo has conceded Neymar can leave, but he has said no club have made an acceptable offer for the star. While Filipe Luis would like to see his Brazil team-mate return to Camp Nou, the former Atletico Madrid full-back acknowledged it will not be easy.”I want him to finish in Barcelona,” Filipe Luis told Cope’s Tiempo de Juego program.”At Barca, Neymar is happy. I want him to enjoy and play next to [Lionel] Messi.”I hope, for the good of Brazilian football, that Neymar returns to Barca, but I think it will not be easy.”Filipe Luis was speaking having confirmed his departure from Atletico following eight seasons with the La Liga side.The 33-year-old – who started his career at Figueirense – is reportedly set to return to Brazil via Flamengo on a free transfer.It has been a busy off-season for Atletico, who have lost Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez, Rodri and Diego Godin but signed Joao Felix, Hector Herrera, Marcos Llorente, Kieran Trippier, Felipe and Renan Lodi.Atletico have also been linked with Real Madrid and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, who is wanted by Serie A side Napoli.Napoli have been vocal in their pursuit, with coach Carlo Ancelotti hoping for a reunion with the player he coached at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but Filipe Luis is hopeful Atletico can land the Colombia star. Filipe Luis added: “Having a player like James at Atletico would be very interesting, it would not be bad. Whoever comes will help but signing James would be spectacular.”
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