SBO REPORT:UFC 182 Results: Jon Jones Outclasses Daniel Cormier

SBO REPORT:UFC 182 Results: Jon Jones Outclasses Daniel Cormier

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During the UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier press  sbo  tour, Daniel Cormier said that he hoped Jon Jones was his equal. On Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Jones proved he was more than Cormier’s equal. He showed that he was better.
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After years of trash talk and months of build up including a brawl during a press conference in August  sbo  the Jones and Cormier rivalry was finally settled inside the octagon.

Cormier pressured Jones throughout the fight. He moved forward, limiting the champion’s 12-inch reach advantage. Inside the clinch, Jones delivered knees to the body and short elbows while Cormier landed uppercuts.

The fight was grueling and competitive through the first three frames. Once the bout got into the championship rounds, the champion began to take over.

The rivalry began when Jones told Cormier that he thought he could take him down when the two first met years ago, despite Cormier’s Olympian status in  sbo  wrestling. Cormier took offense to the comments and the grudge began, but the argument was settled in fourth round on Saturday.

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Jones secured two takedowns on the former Olympian. The fourth frame was Jone’s most dominant round. He controlled Cormier inside the clinch and delivered elbows and knees.

Heading into the final round, Cormier’s corner told him that he needed a finish to win. He was unable to deliver. Instead of working for a stoppage, Cormier opted to show he could take Jones down. He elevated the champion and slammed him to the canvas. It may have been a moral victory, but it did little to win the fight.

In the closing seconds, Jones raised his hands in victory and then punched Cormier. Cormier fired back as  sbo  the bell sounded. Jones earned a clear-cut unanimous decision win, but the rivalry with Cormier is hardly over.

“Hey, for everybody who bought a ‘Break Bones’ shirt, take it back now. You wasted your money,” said Jones after defending his title for the eighth time.

“It felt great. I told you he’s only human man. The undefeated DC, all the haters, all the crap he talked, it motivated me. I took him down, I think it’s like five takedowns to zero,” said Jones about putting the Olympian on his back several times.

“I’m sorry that I’m being classless right now. I do not like DC and that’s why I’m being this way,” he added.

Cormier was humble after his first career defeat, giving credit  sbo  to Jones.

“I just couldn’t find my rhythm tonight. Jon is the best for a reason and he was the better man tonight,” said Cormier.

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SBO REPORT:Peter Laviolette keeps it ‘pretty professional’ as Nashville blasts Philly

SBO REPORT:Peter Laviolette keeps it ‘pretty professional’ as Nashville blasts Philly

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There were apparently no extra fiery  sbo  speeches from Predators coach Peter Laviolette or anything out of the norm in advance of Nashville’s Saturday 4-1 win over Philadelphia. Or at least that’s what his players said.

“I’m sure inside he wanted this one a little bit more but he’s pretty professional. I don’t think he was coming in making sure we did it for him,” forward Colin Wilson said. “I think he wanted the win no matter what. I’m sure it’s a little more special for him, but certainly not on the outside.”

On this evening of epic attempted trolling that included a  sbo  bobblehead doll for Nashville captain Shea Weber (Yes … against the very team that tried to sign him away from Nashville) and multiple Bridgestone Arena video montages explaining why all things Philadelphia were horrible, the former Flyers bench boss played it straight.

Said Laviolette, “We were focused on what we had to do. We knew it was a big game for us coming off the break and a chance to move up in the standings. That’s mostly what we talk about in our room, it’s never anything personal for anybody.”

Sure, and elephants fly.

If Laviolette looked calm on the outside in his first game against his former team, he had every reason to burn  sbo  on the inside.

Being fired after three games of the previous season after an emotional four-plus season stint with Philly will do that. Having personal relationships with the players on the other side, a group that still has some pieces he took to a 2010 Stanley Cup Final adds to the emotional bond.

“We know it’s obviously a little more important for him,” Predators defenseman Seth Jones said. “He didn’t really show it before the game but obviously we have a sense.”

The game exemplified why Laviolette is in a better spot now than he was with Philadelphia. Beyond the fact that Nashville has 48 points to Philly’s 34, it was just so clear the Predators are a better team.

Nashville dominated the Flyers, out-shooting them 38-27 and  sbo  out-Corsi-ing them 57-45. The Predators also beat the Flyers in many other advanced-stat categories.

Beyond these numbers, there’s the eyeball test, and the Predators scored higher.

Nashville had multiple pieces up and down its lineup it used to activate its attack and defend its net. From super rookie Filip Forsberg (one goal and one assist), the 25-year-old Wilson (two goals), Weber (one assist in 25:01 of action) and goaltender Pekka Rinne (26 saves on 27 shots on goal), the Predators had more weapons a team needs to win a hockey game.

Beyond Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux, Philadelphia didn’t show much. Granted, goaltender Steve Mason is injured, but defensemen Mark Streit, Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald don’t exactly make a goaltender’s life easy, regardless of who is in net.

Plus, as owner Ed Snider so eloquently put it, where is the secondary scoring?

In a weird way, the Flyers are one Weber  sbo  away from being a solid team. They sort of had him two summers ago with a 14-year $110 million offer sheet. Then Nashville matched it. Now the Predators have Weber locked up forever, Philadelphia’s former coach, and a shiny new system that continues to confound opponents and produce wins.

One loss in the first game out of the holiday break – which is always tough on a road team that has to travel that day – shouldn’t be a major barometer. But on this night, it was obvious that Nashville’s present and future look brighter this season.

The Flyers were stuck in neutral, missing a few pieces to make them playoff-worthy. The Predators are probably one player away (cough, first line center, cough) from being a top-flight contender

And because of this, it was more than just a victory for Laviolette,   sbo which at very least should make him feel good. Even if he will never admit it.

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SBO REPORT:FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup

SBO REPORT:FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup

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England’s failed bid to host  sbo  the 2018 World Cup “was by far the strongest contender”, FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday.

“How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise,” Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times.

The 53-year-old, a former Chilean football federation president, was chairman of a FIFA group tasked with assessing the strength and feasibility of the various bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals.

Having visited all 11 countries bidding, Mayne-Nicholls concluded  sbo  that England had the best infrastructure and public involvement, crucial facets of any successful bid.

The bid, however, received just two votes from a possible 22 with Russia winning the right to host the 2018 tournament. Qatar secured the 2022 Cup.

“England were on the top. They had the best concept, the best infrastructure and the people were very much involved,” said Mayne-Nicholls.

“I was there and I saw the faces of Prince William and (David) Beckham, and they were shocked. It’s like when you are a first division team and you play a third division team and you lose by five goals.”

Mayne-Nicholls has  sbo  previously raised concerns about Qatar, whose bid was the only one labeled as high risk by the evaluation committee due to the searing heat.

He again questioned the logistical issues raised by hosting the tournament in one city and said the transport and infrastructure would not be able to cope with the deluge of fans flocking to the tournament.

“It is a real possibility that lots of people cannot get to the games,” Mayne-Nicholls.

On Friday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced the world body would publish, “in an appropriate form”, a 430-page report compiled by former ethics  sbo  investigator Michael Garcia which explored claims of bribery in the bidding process.

Mayne-Nicholls said last month he would decide in the New Year whether to stand for FIFA presidency against Blatter. FIFA rules prevent campaigning before Jan. 29 with the election set for May 29.

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SBO REPORT:Seahawks thrive keeping same weekly approach

SBO REPORT:Seahawks thrive keeping same weekly approach

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At some point every week, Pete  SBO  Carroll will describe the upcoming opponent as a ”championship opportunity.”

Every week. Without fail. No matter the quality of the competition or the  SBO  setting of the game. The end goal is that when a big game arrives – like last February’s Super Bowl, or Sunday’s NFC West showdown with Arizona – it’s handled in the same way as any other week.

”We’re not going into this game thinking we’re unfamiliar with it or it’s going to be something we don’t know how to handle or what’s up. We don’t feel like that at all,” Carroll said Wednesday. ”That comes from years of experience and being through it and a bunch of young guys now that they’re pretty well experienced at the timing of these kinds of games.”

That attitude and approach took a while to kick in. Richard Sherman first noticed it when Seattle won at Washington in the 2012 NFC playoffs. Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett – newcomers during  SBO  Seattle’s title run in 2013 – started to understand where Carroll was coming from about midway through the regular season.

”It’s all about preparing the same, don’t get too high because it’s a Monday night game or because it’s a 1 p.m. game or whatever,” Avril said. ”Treat every game the same and you’ll get probably the same results.”

Clearly what Carroll has implemented has worked. For the fourth time in Carroll’s five seasons with Seattle, the Seahawks are in contention for a division title going into the final weeks of the regular season.

But after being in control of home-field advantage and the No. 1 seed for most of last season, this Week 16 showdown with Arizona is significant.

A win by the Cardinals gives them the NFC West title and home-field  SBO  advantage throughout the playoffs, needing just two wins to play in the Super Bowl on their home field.

For the Seahawks, a victory wouldn’t guarantee a playoff spot unless they get some help earlier in the day. But it would potentially leave Seattle needing just a home victory over St. Louis in Week 17 to clinch the division title and home-field advantage.

Two wins would give Seattle the No. 1 seed in the NFC as long as it doesn’t finish in a tie at 12-4 with Dallas, in which case the Cowboys would hold the tiebreaker. Seattle would win any two-way tiebreakers with Detroit, Green Bay or Arizona and all three-way tiebreakers go in favor of the Seahawks.

Why is that important for Seattle? Over the past three seasons, playoffs included, the Seahawks are 23-2 at  SBO  home and have outscored opponents by an average of 14 points per game.

”I think it’s important that if you’re going to play at your best and perform at a very high level you have to be comfortable with the setting, and if you’re uncomfortable and unsure it can make a difference and distract you some,” Carroll said. ”We have that going for us. We feel very good about that. We have been in winning situations in December and it’s been the chance for us to do some really good things and we’ve come through for a good part of that.”

While Seattle tries to keep important games on the same level as every other matchup, Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday he wants his players to embrace the scope of Sunday’s matchup.

”You don’t get to play for the damn thing very often so it’s not like  SBO  Seattle’s played for it for a hundred damn years. I’m sure they’re embracing it also,” Arians said. ”So you fight your (rear) off all year to play for this game and sure you embrace it but you don’t change how you prepare for it, it’s still the same process.”

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SBO REPORT:Khan outclasses Alexander to win Vegas fight

SBO REPORT:Khan outclasses Alexander to win Vegas fight

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British boxer Amir Khan defeated Devon Alexander  sbo  by a unanimous decision in a welterweight fight, using his superior hand speed and strength to dominate the American southpaw for 12 rounds.

The 28-year-old Khan consistently beat Alexander to the punch, jabbing his way to victory in the non-title fight on all three judges’ scorecards, 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.

“I think it was one of my best performances,” said Khan, who looked unscathed except for a welt under his left eye. “I am the best boxer with the quickest hands in the world. I am getting better.”

Khan used his  sbo  jab effectively to set up combinations that earned him the bulk of points as both fighters made it to the final bell in front of a crowd of 7,768 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

Khan also showed off his much-improved defensive skills, the result of hooking up with trainer Virgil Hunter in September 2012.

Alexander, who looked impressive in his last fight against Jesus Soto Karass, went into the 12th round needing a knockout to win.

Khan was originally scheduled to fight the American for Alexander’s  sbo  International Boxing Federation welterweight title last December in New York.

But the Briton scrapped the bout because he thought he had a chance at landing a bank-breaking dream fight with Floyd Mayweather that never came off.

Alexander then lost the title to Shawn Porter, and Khan’s fellow Brit Kell Brook snatched it from Porter in August.

Khan won every round on one judge’s scorecard, all but one on a second and all but two on the third card.

He connected on 43 percent  sbo  of his shots, compared to just 20 percent for Alexander.

“I just fought a three-time world champion and proved myself to be a force at 147 pounds,” Khan said.

“I think I’m getting better with age. I’m better than I was at 26 and now just starting to hit my peak at 28. I worked very hard and put on one of my best performances.”

Boxing fans the world over are hoping unbeaten Mayweather’s next fight is against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, but Khan showed Saturday that he would be a solid opponent if the highly-anticipated “richest fight in boxing history” can’t be realized.

“I believe I have earned my shot against Floyd Mayweather,” said Khan,  sbo  who was fighting for just the second time as a welterweight. “It would be huge and I would walk out with the belt.”

In another welterweight fight at a different Las Vegas venue Saturday, former two division champion Timothy Bradley and Diego Chaves fought to a 12-round controversial draw.

The decision resulted in plenty of boos from boxing fans who thought Bradley deserved the win.

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SBO REPORT:Stricker’s semi-retirement could see big change

SBO REPORT:Stricker’s semi-retirement could see big change

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Steve Stricker’s easy ride into semi-retirement  sbobet  could be coming to a crossroads.

Not that it’s been easy lately.

The year began with his older brother, Scott, in the hospital waiting for a liver. He had transplant surgery five days before Stricker made his season debut in the Match Play Championship, and that turned out to be an example of how Stricker was tugged in so many directions that meant so much more than chasing after a golf ball.

“I was power of attorney,” he said. “So I got a call that morning before I teed off in my first match. I’ve got to make a decision whether they can go in and do a procedure because they can’t do it without asking me. That was before my first match. That’s the kind of stuff that was going on  sbobet . It got to where my mind wasn’t focused. And to play well out here, you have to put everything into being out here.”

That was rarely a problem for Stricker, which is why this reduced schedule was so appealing in the first place.

He could neatly package his life into time on the PGA Tour, at home in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters, with his charity project and time in a deer stand.

When he cut his schedule to 13 events in 2013, Stricker still managed to earn more than $4.4 million, finish No. 3 in the FedEx Cup (worth a $2 million bonus), qualify for the Presidents Cup team and move up 10 spots to No. 8 in the world ranking.

This year was a blur.

Instead of taking his daughters to school and heading to the golf  sbobet  course during the weeks he was preparing for tournaments, Stricker stayed with his brother. He said Scott was in the hospital for all but two months before he died with little warning on Oct. 4.

“He would never, ever say that was the reason he played good or bad,” said Stricker’s wife, Nicki. “But as much as he is able to separate things, it was tough on him. The hours he spent there were hard. You’re in ICU with a lot of people who are really sick.”

The work ethic didn’t change. Stricker doesn’t take short cuts. But while his hands were wrapped around a golf club, his head was somewhere else.

“I really wasn’t there,” he said. “I would take my kids to school and then I would go to the hospital until noon  sbobet  or 1 p.m. And then I would try to go practice, but coming out of the hospital, that takes a lot out of you.”

The weekend after Stricker returned from being a vice captain at the Ryder Cup, his brother took an unexpected turn for the worse and died at age 51.

Stricker finished No. 89 on the money list. He did not compete in any of the FedEx Cup playoff events because of a hip injury. His ranking has plunged 30 spots to No. 38. He will be eligible for the Masters next year by finishing the year in the top 50. He is not guaranteed a spot in any of the other majors.

Which brings him to the crossroads.

Even with his limited schedule, he could always count on playing a pair of World Golf Championships early in the year. But the Match Play has been moved to the first weekend in May. And after his most unproductive year since 2005 when he didn’t have his card, Stricker realized he probably won’t be eligible for Doral. If he doesn’t  sbobet  play until March, he will be out of the top 50.

That could present the first big temptation of semi-retirement. Does he add tournaments to make sure he’s eligible for the biggest events?

Ever since Stricker turned his game around a decade ago by hitting balls out of a three-sided trailer to a snow-covered range in the Wisconsin winter, he has been among the elite in golf. He has been in the top 50 for nearly eight years. He has been eligible for every major and WGC since 2007.

Being entrenched in the top 50 makes it easy to build a schedule around the biggest events.

But now?

“It is a concern of mine,” he said. “Because  sbobet  I’ve played in all these great events over the years. Then again, there’s so many good events I can play. I really enjoy what I’m doing with this limited schedule. The kids like having me at home. Nicki likes having me at home. I feel like if I can stay competitive enough, I should stay in that top 50. But I’m getting older. I turn 48 in January. It’s going to be harder and harder every year.

“Someday these events are going to stop,” he said. “I’d like to play them as long as I could. But I probably won’t chase that, either.”

So where would he start up next year?

“You might not see me for a couple of months,” he said, smiling as he walked off to join his wife.

They were headed to Naples for the Franklin-Templeton Shootout this week. The kids were to fly down on Tuesday.

It’s been a long  sbobet  tough year. And it’s good to be with family.

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SBO REPORT:Veterans missing from India team in Australia

SBO REPORT:Veterans missing from India team in Australia

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Already missing Sachin Tendulkar from  sbo  a tour of Australia for the first time in more than 20 years, India will go into the opening test against Australia on Tuesday with a new test captain.

M.S. Dhoni failed to recover from a broken left thumb and will be replaced by 26-year-old Virat Kohli, who captained India on a limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe last year but who has never led his country into a test match.

Dhoni tried vainly to take part in the first test, but the thumb injury was too severe to allow him to play. Wriddhiman Saha will be wicketkeeper in Dhoni’s place.

Kohli, India’s 32nd test skipper, appreciates Dhoni’s advice.

“M.S. coming in is always a help for the younger guys on the team  sbo  and his input is so important,” Kohli said Monday. “Just discussing plans with him, taking a few tips as to what we are thinking of doing and what he feels about them, because he’s been there, done that, seen possibly every situation in cricket.”

India hasn’t toured Australia without Tendulkar — who retired last year — since 1991. Rahul Dravid and fellow veteran V.V.S. Laxman have also retired, while international stalwart Virender Sehwag is experiencing a form slump and wasn’t named in India’s 30-man World Cup squad last week.

Kohli said his group of pace bowlers could cause Australia some trouble.

“This one of the best bowling attacks we’ve had in a while,” Kohli said. “Guys who are bowling with  sbo  pace and they’re fit.”

Varun Aaron, the fastest of the Indian pace bowlers and who would be playing in his fourth test, is likely to spearhead the visitors’ attack with Ishant Sharma.

Indian swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a question mark because of soreness in his left ankle. Kumar took 19 wickets at 26.63 on India’s recent tour of England, and was later named India’s player of the year.

Sharma, 26, is on his third tour of Australia and has offered some advice to his teammates — expect some verbal abuse from the crowds.

“Australia is a really amazing country to play cricket in,” Sharma  sbo  said. “What I know from my past experience … I think you will get a hard time from the crowd as well and you have to be prepared for all these things.

“Obviously it’s mentally challenging for you when the people are saying all these things to you, and at the same time you’re handling the pressure in the center as well.”

Sharma’s two previous tours Down Under haven’t gone well. In 2007-08, he took six wickets at an average of 59.66 and four years later just five wickets at 90.20.

Kohli indicated Monday that his side will be aggressive and perhaps return some of Australia’s expected sledging on the field.

“That’s something that I play my cricket with, and that’s certainly something I’m going to use in my captaincy, as well,” he said.

“I don’t mind a fight … a bit of  sbo  chat on the field. It probably makes me more determined.”

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SBO REPORT:Returning Tiger solid in ‘needed’ pro-am round

SBO REPORT:Returning Tiger solid in ‘needed’ pro-am round

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Tiger Woods walked 18 holes for  sbobet  the first time since the PGA Championship, swinging well in a Wednesday pro-am event ahead of his competitive return at the Hero World Challenge.

Woods, making his return this week after a four-month back injury layoff, made three birdies with a lone bogey, missing four fairways and two greens at Isleworth in the first hint of the form golf fans can expect from him in 2015.

“I’m starting to get my power back, starting to get my speed back,” Woods said. “That has been nice.”

The 14-time major champion, chasing the career record of 18  sbobet  majors won by Jack Nicklaus, said he needed the workout more than usual because he had not walked an entire layout since last August, when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

“It felt good to be out there,” Woods said. “I felt like I really needed today. It was a nice little indicator.”

Woods, who turns 39 later this month, will tee off alongside Australian Jason Day, who is also returning from a back injury at the 18-player event.

The $3.5 million unofficial tournament that starts on Thursday benefits Woods’ charity foundation.

Former world number  sbobet  one Woods, who stands 24th in this week’s rankings, looked in solid shape in his tuneup round, swinging well without the obvious back pain that had hindered his efforts in much of his injury-trimmed 2014 campaign.

“I built up my body, made a few adjustments on my swing and hit some good shots,” Woods said.

He was joined by new swing consultant Chris Como, hired by Woods last month after a split with swing coach Sean Foley in August.

PGA veteran Steve Stricker said he likes what he has seen so far from Woods.

“He’s one of the best ever and coming back with a lot of anticipation,” Stricker said. “It looks like he’s swinging at it pretty good. It looks similar to the early 2000s to me.”

That’s the time frame in which Woods won four majors in a row and one that still influences his game. Woods said he has looked back at his past  sbobet  styles to revamp his swing without the nagging back and knee injuries that have slowed him in recent seasons.

“It looked a lot freer,” Stricker said. “Didn’t look like he was getting in his way. It looked like it was on a better path. I’m sure he’s going to have some issues going forward. It will be fun to watch it play out and see how he handles it going forward.”

- Don’t write off Tiger yet -

Woods has lost the aura of invincibility he once owned but remains a respected foe when healthy and comfortable with his swing as he was Wednesday.

“As far as players writing him off, I don’t think so,” Stricker said. “We all know what amazing things he has done over the course of 20 years. We know it’s in there. If he starts swinging it better and starts feeling good about what he’s doing again, it won’t take long for him to be at the top of the game again.”

Defending Challenge  sbobet  champion Zach Johnson has seen only a handful of shots from Woods but is happy to have him back in the field.

“It looked great to me,” Johnson said. “I’m glad he’s playing.”

Johnson defeated Woods in a playoff last year, the last time Woods has cracked the top 10 in a tournament.

“That’s strange,” Johnson said. “You’re talking about the best player I’ve ever witnessed. It’s really, really strange. I’d be interested to see what he does this week.”

Jordan Spieth, coming off a victory last week at the Australian Open, sees Woods closing the major gap on Nicklaus once he’s fully fit.  sbobet 

“If he’s 100 percent healthy, I don’t have any doubt he will get back to winning major championships,” Spieth said. “I look forward to be the one trying to stop him.”

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SBO REPORT:Actor Mickey Rourke’s exhibition bout was staged, Daily Mail Online reports

SBO REPORT:Actor Mickey Rourke’s exhibition bout was staged, Daily Mail Online reports

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Actor Mickey Rourke’s return to  sbo  boxing last week was successful, if the only standard by which success is judged is by having one’s hand raised.

The 62-year-old actor, most famous for his Academy Award-nominated role in “The Wrestler,” came out “victorious” in the exhibition match with Eliott Seymour Friday in Moscow, winning by second-round stoppage. It was a joke of a fight and an affront to the sport. The men moved in slow motion and showed no skill whatsoever.

Rourke has an excuse, given his age and that it was 20 years since he last had a bout. He fought to a 1994 draw against Sean Gibbons, now a popular manager and matchmaker in boxing. The 29-year-old Seymour showed little talent and less effort  sbo  and was counted out after twice being knocked down by body shots.

Actor Mickey Rourke, 62, fought an exhibition match Friday in Moscow that a London newspaper alleges was staged. …
Promoter Arthur Pellulo should be ashamed for being a part of that farce.

But the London Daily Mail, in an exclusive report, says the fight was fixed. The Mail’s accuracy on its exclusives is somewhere less than the weekend weather guy’s in Dubuque, but that hasn’t stopped it in the past from salacious headlines. The Mail “reported” last year that former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis would end a 10-year retirement for $100 million  sbo  to fight Vitali Klitschko. Of course, both sides denied it and it never occurred.

That, though, was the Mail’s bright and shining moment compared to its “exclusive” on the Rourke fight.

This time, the Mail quotes a “source close to the family” as well as “a gym source,” that Seymour was asked by unidentified associates of Rourke to intentionally lose. It referred to Seymour as a “homeless drifter” and quoted a family member that it never identified discussing at length a theory that Seymour threw the bout.

Seymour is 1-9 as a professional boxer and has lost eight fights in a row. He most recently fought professional on Oct. 16 in Costa Mesa, Calif., when he lost a decision to Taif Harris.

Rourke is close friends with legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach  sbo  and trains at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. The so-called family member told the Mail that Seymour trained at Wild Card, as well.
There are few facts presented in the story. It’s more a string of anonymous quotes from the unidentified relative and an alleged source at the gym where Rourke trained.

The story doesn’t indicate whether any attempt was made to speak with Seymour, Rourke, Pellulo or Roach, despite the serious allegations. It did quote a “gym source,” as well as the manager of a Starbucks where Seymour supposedly hang out before the fight. It said it had reached out to Rourke’s manager, but did not indicate if it had received a response.

The Starbucks’ manager’s contribution was to confirm that Seymour often showed up at his establishment at 5 a.m., which made him suspect Seymour is homeless.

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Elliot Seymour (R) struggles to get up as the referee waves off his fight with 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke (L) in the  sbo  second round Friday in Moscow. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Elliot Seymour (R) struggles to get up as the referee waves off his fight with 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke …
It also quoted Seymour’s mother, but did not refer to her by her full name. It only referred to her as “Mrs. Seymour.” She expressed concern about her son and said they were estranged because of differences over his boxing career, but she presented no facts to support the story’s headline that the fix was in.

The bout was beyond awful and neither man had much ability or was in condition for a real fight. Simply by being a part of it, Pellulo’s reputation is deservedly going to take a massive hit. It was bad enough that Pellulo allowed well-past-his-prime Jose Luis Castillo fight in the main event against Ruslan Provodnikov, but it showed terrible judgment to be a party to something like the Rourke-Seymour debacle.

What’s clear is that it wasn’t much of a fight and neither guy tried hard. Why an exhibition bout featuring a 62-year-old actor would be fixed is beyond me, but  sbo  perhaps it was. It seems unlikely, but not impossible given the horrible nature of the fight.

The Mail, though, simply offered nothing in the way of proof for its allegations.

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SBO REPORT:Murray on the way to get hitched as coaches get ditched

SBO REPORT:Murray on the way to get hitched as coaches get ditched

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Andy Murray announced his  sbo  engagement to longtime girlfriend Kim Sears on Wednesday while also dispensing with two members of his backroom staff in Dani Vallverdu and Jez Green.

The 2013 Wimbledon champion, who was originally coached by his mother, Judy, has retained Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, herself a former Grand Slam winner, as his head coach, while his engagement to Sears follows their nine  sbo  years as a couple.

But two of the men who have played such a big part in Murray’s professional life will no longer be involved after he parted company with friend and hitting partner Vallverdu and fitness coach Green.

Murray’s management company, who also announced his engagement, said the coaching split was “mutual”, with the 27-year-old Scot adding: “We sat down at the end of the season and decided that a change would be best for all of us.

“My off-season training and Australian Open preparations have already begun and I am very excited for the new year.

“I thank Jez and Dani for  sbo  all their hard work over the years and wish them the best for the future.”

Murray and Vallverdu met at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Spain as promising young players more than a decade ago, with the Venezuelan becoming a key member of the British player’s entourage.

Both Green and Vallverdu were said to be unhappy when Murray decided to appoint Mauresmo as his main coach in succession to Ivan Lendl in June, although the issue was reported to be a lack of consultation rather than consternation at their boss’s decision, unusual for a top male player, to have a woman as his head coach.

Murray has made significant changes to his coaching staff throughout his career, splitting with Brad Gilbert at the age of 20 despite Britain’s governing Lawn Tennis Association paying the American a hefty fee primarily just to coach him.

His decision to hire a former champion in Lendl in 2012 sparked  sbo  similar moves from Roger Federer, who brought Stefan Edberg into his camp, and Novak Djokovic, who recruited Boris Becker to his team.

But with Lendl seemingly reluctant to spend as much time on the road as Murray wanted, their partnership came to an end when the Scot was struggling for form following back surgery.

The end of that partnership in March came from Lendl and was a painful blow for Murray at a time when he was still trying to recover form, fitness and confidence following back surgery.

Murray, the 2012 US Open and London Olympic Games champion, flew to Manila on Wednesday to play in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League and will travel to Miami next week.

He is due to begin his 2015  sbo  season with an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi on January 1.

The 26-year-old Sears has become a familiar, and much photographed, figure in her own right while watching Murray courtside at events all around the world.

She too grew up in a tennis-loving home with father Nigel Sears formerly the LTA’s head of women’s tennis.

Kim Sears was once described by Judy Murray as “the best thing to happen to Andy”.

But he reportedly upset her when in January this year he sent a ‘joke’ message to a fan saying: “We are getting married just after Wimbledon, should be a great  sbo  day,” only to have to issue a retraction in a follow-up tweet.

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