FILe – In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) shoots between Memphis Grizzlies forward Myke Henry (4) and guard Ben McLemore (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Memphis, Tenn. Tony Parker’s time in San Antonio is over, after 17 seasons and four NBA championships. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Parker has agreed to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity Friday, July 6, 2018, because the deal has not been signed.(AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)Tony Parker’s time in San Antonio is over, after 17 seasons and four NBA championships.A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Parker has agreed to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal has not been signed.ADVERTISEMENT Parker lost his starting role with the Spurs last season. The move to Charlotte reunites him with former Spurs assistant James Borrego, who became the head coach in Charlotte earlier this offseason.Parker averaged career-lows of 7.7 points and 19.5 minutes last season. The six-time All-Star is the No. 4 all-time scorer in Spurs history and the franchise’s career assists leader.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He was part of 137 playoff wins with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the second most by any coach and player in NBA history. Popovich and Spurs legend Tim Duncan combined for 157 playoff wins. Parker has also appeared in 17 consecutive postseasons; only Karl Malone and John Stockton’s run of 19 straight playoff trips are longer. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aces sew up playoff bonus Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
Burtonport MMA star Joseph Duffy makes his UFC debut this Saturday in Dallas against Jake Lindsay.Donegal UFC star Joseph Duffy makes his long-awaited UFC debut on Saturday night when he faces Jake Lindsay at UFC 185 in Dallas.Duffy is the latest in a long-line of Irish fighters to fly the Irish flag in the UFC octagon.However, Duffy will also have the Donegal flag draped around him when he goes into battle on Saturday. Duffy has enjoyed a dizzying nine months since making his return to Cage Warriors after a three-year sabbatical from MMA.He destroyed Damien Lapilus at The Helix in Dublin in his comeback fight then a simply stunning KO of Frenchman Julien Boussuge with a knee to his face put him firmly back on the UFC radar.It had been well documented how Duffy was the last fighter to defeat current UFC stars Conor McGrgeor and Norman Parke.So the UFC offered Duffy a lucrative contract and his dream move to the UFC was sealed. Duffy has been in an intense training camp at Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada for the last six weeks.The world-famous gym took Duffy on-board once he signed for the UFC and that’s where he will be based from now on.Tristar coach Eric O’Keefe has been impressed with Duffy and believes the Burtonport man is destined for great things in the sport.O’Keefe said, “From all we’ve seen of Joe, he can take it to the top.“I think he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the UFC,. “The sky is his limit.Duffy’s opponent has a decent record he win his first nine bouts in the UFC and was regarded as a future world champion.However, consecutive defeats have meant Lindsay is now fighting to save his career.Duffy knows he’ll faces a top-class opponent and there’s no such thing as an easy fight in the UFC. However, he’s confident he can do the business and get his UFC career off to a dream start in Dallas on Saturday night.A huge following of from Ireland and Wales are expected to descend on the venue and that will only add to Duffy’s armour.DUFFY DOES DALLAS – BURTONPORT MMA STAR READY FOR UFC DEBUT was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BowburtonportCareerDallasDebutdonegalIrelandJake LindsayJoseph DuffyMMASaturdayUFCUFC 185
Debutant Nico Schulz scored a scruffy 85th-minute winner as Germany claimed their first victory since their World Cup debacle by beating Peru 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.Schulz’s unconvincing attempt appeared to be heading wide of the target before Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese diverted the Hoffenheim man’s drive into the net.Schulz was one of those culpable for the Peruvians’ goal, failing to stop Luis Advincula breezing past him down Germany’s left before beating Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a tight angle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Yet Joachim Low’s men replied three minutes later through Julian Brandt’s chipped finish, and Schulz’s late winner ensured the Germans could start to look forward following their poor performances in Russia.Germany started brightly as Marco Reus was denied inside two minutes by Gallese, who then stood up to keep out Matthias Ginter’s free header from a corner, before Peru took a 22nd-minute lead.Advincula was afforded too much space and neither Schulz, Niklas Sule or Germany goalkeeper Ter Stegen could prevent his near-post effort sneaking in.Yet the hosts hit back quickly, Brandt cleverly lifting the ball over the advancing keeper after the Bayer Leverkusen winger was picked out by Toni Kroos’ pass.Both teams created chances in the second half – Timo Werner wasting Brandt’s good work by firing over before Jefferson Farfan fired wide of the target when picked out by Advincula.It appeared the game would finish level until Gallese’s error, Schulz’s weak side-footed shot squirming under him.We got there in the end Nico #Schulz ‘s debut strike wins it late on for Germany! #DieMannschaft #GERPER 2-1 pic.twitter.com/UNRDep4PWr — Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 9, 2018 What does it mean: Germany can look to the future This was not a convincing German victory, but it was perhaps fitting it was delivered by a debutant. The memories of Russia will take some shifting and new blood like Schulz can help this team move on.Pat on the back: Brandt a bright spark Germany lacked creativity and flair at the World Cup and Brandt is seen as one of those who can change that. He offered a directness few in Low’s team possess and also showed a cool head to score in the first half.Boot up the backside: Goalkeepers find it tough Ter Stegen, brought in for Manuel Neuer, really failed to grasp his opportunity as he was beaten too easily for the opener. Yet that was not as bad as Gallese failing to keep out Schulz’s weak try.What’s next? Having drawn 0-0 in their opening Nations League match with world champions France, Germany face Netherlands in the competition in October. Peru, meanwhile, have another friendly against Chile at the start of next month. read more
Nur Sultan (Kazakhstan): Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after holding off world number one Sarah Ann Hildebrandt with some superlative defensive display in the World Championship here on Wednesday. At least, five times Sara had got hold of Vinesh’s right leg but with her immense upper-body strength, the Indian did not let her rival take advantage and won 8-2 in her second repechage round. After being placed in an extremely tough 53kg draw, Vinesh had lost to reigning champion Mayu Mukaida in the second round. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In her first repechage round, she had easily dispatched Ukraine’s Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya 5-0. While it has been a spectacular career for Vinesh with gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, none of her three attempts at the world championship resulted in a podium. Competing in her fourth Worlds, she is one win away from her maiden medal and standing in her way is Greek wrestler, Maria Prevolaraki. “I am happy and relieved that I am going to Tokyo but it’s not over yet. I have a medal bout and I don’t want to miss that,” Vinesh said as she walked into the training area. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Navjot Kaur gave her a hug and the Indian camp, which has endured tough initial days, was gleaming. There were handshakes but coach Woller Akos was still not smiling. He was still seriously discussing something with Vinesh, probably what she needs to do in her next bout. “Her motion was not at best but the defence was. We had asked Vinesh to move right and block Sarah’s right hand. “What it did was that it put Vinesh further away from Sarah, not letting her attack. It also meant that Vinesh could go for her attacks,” explained Akos about they plotted the fall of the American world number one. At the beginning itself, Vinesh put pressure on Sarah, taking 2-0 with a take-down on double leg attack. The American thrice attacked Vinesh’s right leg in the first period and twice in the second but the Indian kept her on the ground, using all her power. That is what clinched it for Vinesh. Whenever she got the opportunity, she converted attacks into take-down points. Countering the wrestler from USA was not new for Vinesh, who had beaten Sarah at the beginning of the season at Dan-Kolov tournament in Bulgaria, immediately after switching to 53kg category from 50kg. In the first repechage, the Ukrainian largely went for head-locks but Vinesh not only defended well but also timed her double-leg attacks to log take-down points. Seema Bisla though missed Olympic qualification in 50kg after losing her second repechage round 3-11 to Russia’s Ekaterina Poleshchuk. In the 76kg, Kiran had rattled her German opponent Aline Rotter to lead 4-0 but lost five points in a row in the second period to lose the opening bout 4-5. She paid the price for being over-defensive. Much was expected from Sarita Mor after her shock victory over 2018 World Championship bronze medallist Pooja Dhanda in the trials but she was far from her usual aggressive self. Up against Moldova’s Anastasia Nichita, she remained defensive, losing the 57kg qualification bout 1-5.