TJ Dillashaw gives up UFC 135-pound title because of drug test

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, TJ Dillashaw reacts after a flyweight mixed martial arts championship bout against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night in New York. Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test. Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)LAS VEGAS— TJ Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test.Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img “While words can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I’m working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible,” Dillashaw said. “Out of fairness and respect to the rest of the division, I’ve informed the UFC that I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I deal with this matter.”A spokesman with the New York commission said Wednesday that Dillashaw was fined $10,000 and suspended for one year for drug use, but declined to give further details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 33-year-old Dillashaw (16-4) had cut 10 pounds of weight to fight Cejudo. Dillashaw used a program devised by a triathlete math professor and performance specialist to cut some serious weight in his attempt to hold championships in two weight classes.He’s a two-time bantamweight champion and won the title for a second time when he defeated Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November 2017. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Damian Lillard unleashes 33 as Blazers beat struggling Mavericks Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Monaco under fire after ‘most boring F1 race ever’ claims

first_img0Shares0000Monaco’s narrow street circuit gives little opportunity for overtaking © AFP/File / Andrej ISAKOVICMONACO, Monaco, May 28 – The Monaco Grand Prix faced a growing barrage of criticism on Monday after Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton described it as “probably the most boring race ever”.Daniel Ricciardo’s winning performance on Sunday in his power-reduced Red Bull may have boosted his value in the drivers’ market and given him an outside tilt at the title, but the dull procession behind him was widely condemned as a spectacle. Two-time world champion Alonso, twice a winner on the narrow street circuit in the Mediterranean principality, was not the first or only driver to complain after a contest lacking incident and excitement.It was the first Monaco race without the deployment of a safety car since 2009.That Ricciardo could win from pole position in a car that had had its power reduced by 25 percent confirmed both his maturing talent and the enforced tedious mediocrity of the racing.Alonso, of McLaren, was only echoing what championship leader and defending champion Hamilton had said after finishing third behind Ricciardo and fellow four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.“Extremely boring. I mean, this is probably the most boring race ever,” said Alonso. “Without a safety car, without yellow flags, I think the sport needs to think a little bit about the show because this is very disappointing.Daniel Ricciardo’s victory in Monaco proved he is a growing force © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVIC“So I think we probably need to give something to the fans at the end of the race just to pay the ticket back a little. I think it is Monaco -– the way it is. It think it is quite boring. We just start in our qualifying position and we run to the flag in that position.”Finn Kimi Raikkonen, in the second Ferrari, started and finished fourth.“Qualifying decides everthing here,” he said. “Not a lot happens. Everyone drives around behind each other and whoever is in front dictates the speed.”Hamilton had set the tone among the senior drivers when he said: “The tyres were not great, but we were all driving so slow… it was not an attacking race — we were just cruising. It was not racing.“I will be shocked if anyone was awake at home while it was on, because I would have been asleep on the couch.”– Headache for Liberty Media –The predictability of the Monaco race is normally forgiven if there is some incident to enliven the glamorised choreography of what is a largely corporate festival, but this year’s contest plumbed new depths of mediocrity.It has presented F1’s new American owners Liberty Media with a major problem as they grapple with the task of brightening up the show without losing its traditional values.Hamilton suggested looking over the Atlantic for inspiration to create a closer race.“You look at NASCAR, they put in a bunch of safety cars for no reason at all to bunch the pack up. There’s like 100 yellow flags in the race to bring them all together.”The main problem, this time, appeared to be the new “hyper-soft” Pirelli tyres.They produced stunning one lap speed, but lacked durability and, as a result, in a one-stop race on a tight street track where overtaking is virtually impossible, drivers were instructed to be conservative and make their alternative “ultra-soft” tyres last the distance.“We must decide what we want… If they want to push, we must produce more consistent tyres, less sensitive to over-heating,” Pirelli racing chief Mario Isola said.“But if we go softer, it is the other way and there is overheating and then they have to cruise.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lucero moving on to play at the next level

first_imgGizelle Lucero, one of the most effective hitters on the College of the Redwoods softball team in 2018, has signed a letter of intent to play at Central Christian College in Kansas next season.Lucero announced her decision last week.“It feels good to be able to move on and play at the next level,” Lucero said. “My hard work has paid off. ”Lucero was selected to the 2018 Golden Valley All Conference softball team after a season during which the sophomore outfielder led her team in hits, with …last_img

Warriors report: What Warriors make of Patrick McCaw saga

first_imgAfter all, McCaw had rejected … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *PORTLAND, Ore. — In about 24 hours, the Warriors will have an official response to Patrick McCaw’s two-year, $6 million offer sheet from the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the Warriors appeared to make a decision on McCaw’s future well beforehand.last_img

In Jaipur, BJP leans on a stalwart’s legacy

first_imgGirdhari Lal Bhargava, a former BJP stalwart who was elected six consecutive times from Rajasthan’s Jaipur constituency, had coined a phrase in the 1990s to prove his commitment to his constituency and its people: Jiska koi na puchey haal, uskey sang Girdhari Lal (If you have no one to bank upon, I am with you). The locution impressed his supporters so much that they would raise it ad nauseam in every Lok Sabha election till his death in 2009. Bhargava set standards which the candidates of every political party has found difficult to match in the past one decade. Yet, sitting BJP MP Ramcharan Bohra won the 2014 Lok Sabha election by a margin of over 5.30 lakh votes, which was the largest ever in Rajasthan, by defeating Mahesh Joshi of the Congress.Mr. Bohra, 63, is in the fray again this time, trying to take advantage of his clean image. A businessman and agriculturist, he has been active in Parliament, taking part in the debates. He participated in 110 debates and asked 312 questions in the Lok Sabha sessions.With Jaipur being the State capital, an elected representative has to deal with multiple urban agencies to bring relief to the common people on various fronts.Despite his criticism by several quarters, Mr. Bohra says he has tried to reduce congestion in the city and improve water and power supply. “The local bodies need to help out the State government… I am probably the first MP who has spent ₹3 crore from MPLAD for creating a robust infrastructure for cleanliness.” Woman candidate The Congress has fielded a woman candidate, former Jaipur Mayor Jyoti Khandelwal, while taking a “calculated risk” in the constituency dominated by Brahmins and Vaishyas. A woman candidate is contesting in Jaipur after 48 years, as it was Gayatri Devi of the erstwhile royal family who had won for the third time here in 1971 as a Swatantra Party candidate.Ms. Khandelwal, who has been a Congress office-bearer in various capacities since 2004, has promised to formulate an action plan for rejuvenating all traditional water resources, including the Ramgarh dam on the outskirts of Jaipur which has completely dried up. Improving the capital city’s rail and air connectivity is another area of her emphasis.All India Milli Council’s Rajasthan secretary Abdul Qayoom Akhtar, who resides in the Walled City here, said the elected MP should not only work for infrastructure development, but also for equitable distribution of resources among all sections of society. “The living conditions in some parts of the city are pathetic. The new MP should take an initiative for its betterment,” he said.As the 21.27 lakh voters in the urban area look forward to casting their ballot on May 6, two Olympians are facing each other in the Jaipur Rural constituency in one of the State’s most keenly watched electoral battles. The Jaipur Rural seat came into existence in 2008 following delimitation of parliamentary constituencies.last_img read more

Gehlot meets Maharashtra MLAs

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met the Congress MLAs-elect from Maharashtra on Tuesday night after the imposition of President’s Rule in the State. He reportedly spoke to the newly elected members, staying at a luxury resort near Jaipur since Friday, on the latest political developments.Mr. Gehlot headed to the resort after arriving here from Punjab. AICC general secretary Avinash Pande and other Congress leaders were in the resort.The Opposition BJP accused the Congress government of extending hospitality to the party’s newly elected MLAs at the cost of its work for the people of Rajasthan. “The primary responsibility of the State government is the welfare of people here. The Congress has forgotten them,” former BJP Minister Arun Chaturvedi said.Mr. Chaturvedi said the Maharashtra MLAs had been brought to the State and were being kept in a resort here with the “sole objective” of the formation of government by the Congress in that State. All the 44 MLAs were shifted to the Rajasthan resort in two phases on Friday and Saturday. The MLAs, who earlier visited the tourist destination in and around Jaipur, did not venture out of the resort on Tuesday. They went to Mr. Gehlot’s official residence for a dinner on Monday night.last_img read more

Tanduay keeps outright semis hopes alive, routs AMA for 4th straight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Chongson reiterated his approach to these final games as his chance to correct the recurring mistakes for his Rhum Masters.“We’re treating these last games as tuneup. We want to finetune our execution and I hope our communication won’t go offline,” he said.Mario Bonleon topped cellar-dwelling AMA (1-8) with 23 points on a paltry 8-of-23 clip, while also hauling down seven rebounds.Daniel Salonga added 15 markers, while Andre Paras notched 12 points and 12 boards in the Titan’s third straight loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant But that’s the least of coach Lawrence Chongson’s concerns as he seeks to improve his side going to the playoffs.“Whatever happens, it’s a process. All I want is to build a certain identity, a certain culture that we’re ready regardless on who we play against,” he said.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 starsJames Martinez scattered 14 points and two assists to lead Tanduay’s balanced attack.Renz Palma got 11 markers and five dimes, and Jom Sollano tallied a near double-double of 10 points and seven rebounds. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img View comments MOST READ James Martinez. PBA IMAGESWith the playoffs firmly in mind, Tanduay crippled AMA Online Education, 91-80, to grab its seventh win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The victory kept the Rhum Masters in contention for the second outright semis seat, but they would need to win their final game against Racal on Thursday and Cignal HD to drop its game versus CEU on Tuesday to claim the slot.ADVERTISEMENT Marinerong Pilipino inches closer to D-League playoff berth LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo TANDUAY 91 – Martinez 14, Palma 11, Sollano 10, Gaco 9, Vigil 9, Alvarez 8, Eguilos 6, Sanga 6, Santos 6, Varilla 6, Tambeling 4, Villamor 2, Taganas 0, Terso 0.AMA 80 – Bonleon 23, Salonga 15, Paras 12, Alas 10, Magpantay 10, Calma 4, Macaranas 3, Malones 3, Carpio 0, Celso 0, Jordan 0.Quarters: 21-18, 44-35, 65-53, 91-80.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

We will target Indian openers, says Shahid Afridi

first_imgPakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Monday said his statement that his team is aiming to make the Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar wait for his 100th international century, had been given a negative bend by the Indian media.”No one doubts the greatness of Tendulkar. But if someone asks me about him and the semi-final clash against India, obviously I will not say we will allow him to make runs,” said Afridi.”I will say we will try to stop him from scoring runs. There are instances where Sachin has scored a century and India has lost the match,” he added.Pakistan are all set to clash against India in the high-voltage semifinal in Mohali on Wednesday and it seems that the mind games are on.Earlier, Afridi had reportedly said, “He (Tendulkar) will have to wait until after the World Cup to reach the landmark. We will try and make sure no batsman plays a long innings (in the semi-final at Mohali).”Afridi further slammed the Indian media for spreading negativity surrounding his team and the high-profile match itself.”There is lot of negativity in the Indian media. We are not in India for any war but to play cricket. All this negativity is very disappointing,” Afridi told Geo news channel from Mohali.He said that the only way the Pakistan team could respond to the negative campaign in the Indian media was by performing well on the field.”We will try to give our 110 percent in this big match. But we will just do our best whatever the result. After the match we just want to be content in our hearts that we gave our best,” he said.advertisementSpeaking on his team’s strategy against India in the semifinal, Afridi said the basic strategy will be to target the Indian openers – Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar – and not give them room to play their shots.”We will finalise our strategy tomorrow but these are quality players and you can’t allow them room in such a big match.” .Expressing his apprehensions about the dew factor at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium, the captain said, “Yes there is plenty of dew here in the evening but they are using chemicals to fight it and hopefully it will not be that bad but in such circumstances the toss becomes important for both teams.”Responding to the growing clamour for the inclusion of retiring fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for the crucial game, Afridi confirmed that the touring team management was seriously considering playing him on Wednesday.”Yes, we would like him to play but we first have to check his match fitness and form. We will watch him in the nets. We don’t want him to just bowl four or five overs but his full quota of overs,” said Afridi.Shoaib has been ignored for Pakistan’s last three matches in the tournament but Afridi said the management would watch the paceman in the nets on Tuesday and then take a decision on his inclusion.The 35-year-old speedster, who will retire after the World Cup, has not played since a reported bust up with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal after the match against New Zealand that Pakistan lost and for which Shoaib was fined USD 2000 by the management on disciplinary grounds.Afridi said he was disappointed by the remarks made by Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik about the government keeping a close watch on the players in the semifinal because of the spot-fixing scandal.”I don’t think he should have said such a thing at such a time.”Afridi said he and his players were just keeping themselves restricted to the hotel and ground because of the security issues.”We are spending a lot of time together in the hotel and gelling together and preparing for the big match because the pressure and expectations on us are very high.”But the good thing is the boys are relaxed and smiling and looking forward to the match,” said Afridi.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

Was not aware of warnings about Easter Sunday attacks says Lankan President

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena claimed that he was not aware of the warnings by the Indian intelligence agencies about the Easter Sunday attacks, saying that the tragedy could have been prevented had he been kept in the loop by the concerned officers. Sirisena had last month said a clear report about a possible terror attack was sent by Indian intelligence agencies 17 days prior to the April 21 bombings, that killed 258 people, but he was not informed about it. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe president said he left for a foreign trip on April 16 and till then he was not informed about the Indian intelligence report, though there had been exchanges on the issue between the defence secretary and the then inspector general of police. I was not aware of the prior warnings of the April 21 attacks but if the officers attached to defence establishments had informed me, I would have taken steps to prevent them,” he said during the National Conference on Peace, Harmony and Coexistence on Tuesday. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSirisena said that the attacks could not be avoided due to shortcomings of certain government officers. I was blamed for not doing anything to prevent the attack but the truth is that I was never aware of it, he added. The Easter Sunday attacks have led to a fear psychosis among the communities in this country. Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims have begun to suspect each other. “Those who died in the Easter Sunday attacks are Sri Lankans. Also one should consider that Muslims also suffered as a result of the riots that broke out after the Easter Sunday attacks, he said. As a fallout to the Easter Sunday attacks, clashes broke out between the Muslims and Christians, killing one person in northwestern Sri Lanka and forcing the police to impose curfew in certain areas. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts on April 21 that tore through three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka’s deadliest terror attack since the devastating civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in 2009. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings which killed 258 people, including 11 Indians.last_img read more

Last call to vote ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony

first_img Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, July 23rd 2015 – Industry insiders, consumers and stakeholders from across Europe are being urged to cast their ballots ahead of the deadline for votes at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015.The ceremony will take place at Forte Village, Sardinia, Italy, on September 5th, with voting scheduled to close on July 26th.Ahead of the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “Preparations for the next stop on our annual Grand Tour are well underway and we are looking forward to our time in Sardinia with Forte Village later this year.“With just days to go until voting for the Gala Ceremony closes, now is the time to make your voice heard.“Recognition by the World Travel Awards is rightly seen as the highest accolade in the industry, and your vote can really make a difference.“Register for your chance to vote now.”A full list of nominees can be seen here, while interested parties are urged to head over to the official World Travel Awards website and register to vote here.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media. Premier Of The Turks And Caicos Islands, Dr. The Honourable Rufus W. Ewing Addresses The Foreign Affairs Committee On Governance In London Related Items:Forte Village, Italy, london, Sardinia, world travel awards, World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more