When were you introduced to MMA and by whom?
I watched Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for the first time in 2007 when I was in Las Vegas for a conference. I was at the hotel and I stumbled upon the UFC by chance. At that time, my colleagues and I didn’t know what it was or anything about UFC or mixed martial arts (MMA) at all until I asked someone who worked at the hotel and he told us that it was the biggest weekend of the month in Las Vegas. Everyone seemed really excited about it and they were telling me that MMA was the next best thing in US after watching Mike Tyson fights
- MMA Insider | MMA Insider – 1 hour 28 minutes agoThis week, MMA Insider was privileged to speak to a die-hard MMA fan who also happens to be the Minister of Sports for Malaysia! YB Khairy Jamaluddin gives his take on the fastest growing sport in the world and talks about why MMA is the next big thing for Malaysia.
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NBA fans love to chant "M-V-P" for hometown players. Yet what started as a perfectly understandable expression of fans' admiration for their teams' actual award-worthy stars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James has turned into something much different. In past seasons, the chant has been aimed at everyone from ex-Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis (at the height of his high-usage, low-efficiency exploits) to Amar'e Stoudemire at a time in 2011 when the New York Knicks had already become Carmelo Anthony's team. The chant may exist, but it usually doesn't apply to actual MVP candidates. It often seems to be something more like shorthand for crediting a very important player for his contributions.
At the same time, as far as we know, none of these unlikely targets of the chant has ever asked fans to stop. Until now, because Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has asked his team's crowd to cut it out. From an interview for Bulls.com (via SLAM):
"I don’t like it,” he said. “No, I don’t like
This Saturday's UFC 171 pay per view event will feature three especially big bouts in the welterweight and lightweight divisions. In the main event, Johny Hendricks gets another crack at UFC gold in a scrap for the welterweight title Georges St. Pierre vacated last year after winning a controversial decision over "Big Rigg."
The former two-time national champion wrestler Hendricks will square up against a rejuvenated Robbie Lawler, who has stormed to the top of the 170 pound division in this, his second go-around in the UFC. In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley and Carlos Condit will face one another to determine who will get the first shot at the new welterweight champion.
In a featured lightweight bout, Diego Sanchez returns after his losing but heroic effort last fall against Gilbert Melendez and stands in the way of rising young fighter Myles Jury. Get the low-down on all these fights and a behind the scenes look at all of the fighters' training camps in the three Countdown to UFCRead More »from [VIDEOS] Countdown to UFC 171
The NBA as an organization takes many measures to stop on-court fighting, fromlevying considerable suspensions and fines for any related actions to ensuring fans (and potential fans) at every opportunity that it takes the supposed problem very seriously. While the league likely wouldn't say that fighting is an epidemic, it approaches the situation as something to be solved.
Nevertheless, players still fight, often enough that we could be forgiven for thinking the outpouring of emotion and physicality in the middle of competition might be a natural byproduct of the pressures of the game, not some moral deficiency on the part of the participants. In fact, one NBA player thinks that the league should understand these issues and allow short bursts of fighting in a manner similar to NHL hockey. From Kyle Weidie's interview with Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat for TrueHoop:
Any rule changes that you think would help the NBA game? For instance, sometimes they talk about
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: Welcome to Loud City. Kevin Yeung does a thorough job of digging into the Oklahoma City Thunder's now-leaky defense — allowing 108.3 points per 100 possessions since the All-Star break, 21st among 30 NBA teams, a full nine points-per-100 worse than their third-best-in-the-league pre-All-Star mark, and making stars out of the likes of Gerald Green and Jodie Meeks — and trying to figure out how much of it can be chalked up to injuries (OKC's without starters Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha), and how much stems from lacking energy and effort on stuff like contesting jumpers.
PF: Pounding the Rock. Jesus Gomez makes the case for why Manu Ginobili should win his second Sixth Man of the Year award. I eagerly await your rebuttals, Chicago Bulls (Taj Gibson), Phoenix SunsRead More »from The 10-man rotation, starring the Oklahoma City Thunder's suddenly awful defense
Following months of speculation that Manchester United could make a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, the German international has stated that he will consider a move to the Premier League and clubs not in the Champions League. Presumably because he is sick of winning all the time with Bayern Munich.
From the Guardian:
"It is no secret that the Premier League is a possibility for me," Kroos said. "But no one has come to any agreement with me and it will stay like this until the summer and, some time, a decision will be made. It is also no secret that the Premier League is not a bad league.
"I think I am a person where a lot is possible for me. But I have to think about this for myself to reach a complete decision. There will be a decision in the future but one without giving you [the media] any time frame."
Kroos was asked whether he would consider a move to a team who were not in the Champions League – with United in mind. "I will consider everything," he said. "If I
Cleveland Cavaliers forward and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett will miss the next three weeks with a left patellar tendon strain, as first reported by Bob Finnan of The (Ohio) News-Herald and subsequently confirmed by the team. While the team established a three-week timeline in its announcement, Tom Withers of The Associated Press reports that the team "will likely take a cautious approach with Bennett, and it's possible he could be done for the year."
Bennett missed the Cavs' Feb. 28 game against the Utah Jazz due to soreness in his right knee, but it's the left knee that's proved troublesome now. He seemed bouncy enough during the Cavs' Saturday night meeting with the New York Knicks:
... but he only saw 7 1/2 minutes of floor time, checking out midway through the second quarter after scoring two points, notching one assist and committing one foul. The Knicks went onto win, 107-97, and Bennett went on to be examined by team physician Dr. Richard Parker, with an MRIRead More »from Cleveland Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett (left knee injury) out 3 weeks, 'could be done for the year'
Pat Garofalo represents District 58B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He's a 42-year-old fifth-term Republican first elected in 2004, and unless you were a Twin Cities resident with business before with the state House's committees on energy policy, state and local taxes or living wage jobs, you probably wouldn't have much reason to have any idea who Rep. Garofalo is.
(Unless, of course, you remember hearing about some dude who was mad that you might not be allowed to buy guns at the stadium on an upcoming Minnesota Vikings game day.)
On Sunday afternoon, he introduced himself to the world with a staggering bit of nonsense:
Maybe you read that missive and connected the "possible exception of increase in streetcrime" with the premise that NBA players on those folded teams would be out ofRead More »from Minn. legislator eventually apologizes for ill-considered, uninformed, racially dubious tweet about NBA, 'streetcrime'
The rivalry between Olympiacos and PAOK is about as fierce as intercity conflicts between teams can get. Often, their meeting are peppered with anger and ill behavior, and Sunday's Greek Super League clash was no exception.
In the 57th minute, with the score level at 1-1, PAOK defender Juan Insaurralde and Olympiacos' Delvin Ndinga had a little disagreement as a free kick was about to be taken. The Argentinean settled the dispute by clumping Ndinga around the head with his fist.
Note how Insaurralde looks away a few times — presumably to see if the referee was watching — before delivering the blow.
It's not quite clear whether the official saw the incident, as Insaurralde somehow got away with just a yellow card.
PAOK should have been down to 10 men, but they used their full-strength lineup to score an 84th-minute winner. That probably hurt even more than the punch.
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What more can I say about the above picture? That is Chesson Hadley, fresh off his first ever PGA Tour win this weekend at the Puerto Rico Open thanks to a closing 5-under 67, and he's hanging with wife Amanda and son Hughes, who might win the award for cutest kid in golf.
Hadley decided to stick Hughes in the trophy he won and lucky for us the fine folks at Getty Images were nearby and got this shot of the family giving us a pretty precision moment on the 18th green.
Well done, Chesson, and thank you Hughes for brightening our mid-Monday blues.
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