Joshua sends message to legends Mike Tyson, Mayweather

first_imgAdvertisement The 30-year-old Nigerian-born Brit superstar took to Instagram and suggested that Mayweather and Tyson are two boxers that ‘helped pave the way for him.’ Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Read Also: Boxing: Legendary heavyweight hints at comebackThe future boxing Hall of Famer last fought in a blockbuster crossover fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.Mayweather teased last year in an Instagram post that he would be coming “out of retirement in 2020” as part of a collaboration with UFC president Dana White.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 ‘AJ’ wrote on Instagram Stories: “Gotta pay homage to the [GOATs] that paved the way for us.”Joshua, who became a two-time unified heavyweight champ last year, shared an image of Mayweather and wrote: “‘Hard work, dedication.’ Money May.”The unified heavyweight champ continued by focusing on Tyson and used a quote from ‘Iron’ Mike’s legendary former trainer, Cus D’Amato.‘AJ’ posted: “A boy comes to me with a spark of interest, I feed the spark and it becomes a flame. I feed the flame and it becomes a fire. I feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze.”Joshua added his own thoughts on Tyson and said it was a “tragedy” to see the former undisputed heavyweight champ be beaten by himself rather than an opponent.“To see a man beaten not by a better opponent but by himself is a tragedy,” the Brit heavyweight said.Tyson, 53, was widely feared for his devastating punching power and is often considered one of the best heavyweights of all time.The ‘Baddest Man on the Planet,’ who remains the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title, retired from boxing in 2005 after back-to-back defeats.Mayweather, 43, retired undefeated in 2017 after he chalked up an unblemished record of 50-0. Anthony Joshua has paid tribute to the ‘GOATs of boxing’ as he praised legendary fighters Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson. Loading… last_img read more

Paterson left scratching his head

first_imgStriker Martin Paterson admits Northern Ireland were left dumbfounded by their latest World Cup qualifying defeat, a 2-0 sucker punch in Azerbaijan. Having arrived at Baku’s Bakcell Arena hoping to show last month’s loss to Luxembourg was a blip, Michael O’Neill’s side instead added another depressing result to their Group F hall of shame. Yet at the half-time break, it seemed as though they were well set to claim a positive result. “In the second half I hit the bar – it’s a game of inches – and their second goal was just frustration. “We can’t look to blame anyone else other than who was out there.” After a night that proved a body blow to the team’s hopes of a bright finish to their campaign, Paterson still felt able to tentatively look on the bright side. With two points taken from a possible 12 against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in the campaign, that might seem a stretch, but the 26-year-old gave it his best. “There are positives to take, as mad as that sounds,” he said. “I don’t think we’re miles away but it’s a fine line. We had four or five good chances, they got one break and scored: that’s international football. “But we are still a young group. We’ve got to learn quickly and turn results around. If we do we have a chance of really pushing in the next campaign, but we have to work harder as a unit.” Manager Michael O’Neill, who cut a frustrated figure in his post-match media duties – witheringly telling one local journalist they had posed “a stupid question” – now faces the unenviable challenge of lifting a depleted squad for Tuesday’s final match in Israel. Joining Evans in being suspended for that match are defensive talisman Gareth McAuley and midfielder Oliver Norwood, who each picked up their second bookings of the campaign. Northern Ireland are unlikely to add to their squad in Tel Aviv, leaving O’Neill to sift through his current group for answers. “We have three players out but we also have men to come in – particularly the likes of Sammy Clingan and Chris Baird,” he said. “We’ll have to look at the centre-back situation because of the players we’ve lost to suspension and that is self inflicted. “But I thought the referee was not strong enough. I’m disappointed with him, he should have been stronger on the night.” Paterson and strike partner Jamie Ward both got on the end of good opportunities but could not provide the killer touch. And although they went in at the interval confident their luck would change, the hosts pounced with a 58th minute goal from Rufat Dadashov and it only got worse from there. Paterson lashed the woodwork with a powerful strike in the 88th minute and as the game entered added time Jonny Evans was sent off for a professional foul, as well as conceding a free-kick which Mahir Shukurov bent into the top corner. Huddersfield forward Paterson revealed the players struggled to get their heads around their fate. “If you watched that game you’re probably scratching your head wondering how have we lost 2-0. We are,” he said. “People might see the result and say ‘Northern Ireland lost 2-0, what a poor result that is’ but they don’t see how we’ve played. “Saying that, we’ve only got ourselves to blame. We dominated the game for 45 minutes but didn’t take our chances and their goalkeeper played very well. “Then we just switched off for a couple of minutes, conceded, and the game changes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Always on the road: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will play home games in 6 different stadiums

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Along the first-base line, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees warmed up in their home white uniforms with the iconic Yankee blue pinstripes. On the other side of the field, the Syracuse Chiefs donned their road grays.On the outfield wall in left-centerfield, though, a sign declares Alliance Bank Stadium the Triple-A home of the Washington Nationals. When lineups were announced, the public address announcer read the Yankees’ lineup first and then emphatically listed off the Chiefs’ starters to applause from the crowd.This is the bizarre situation the SWB Yankees find themselves in for the 2012 season. As their home stadium in Moosic, Pa., PNC Field, undergoes a $40 million renovation, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees is roaming around upstate New York to play home games in six different stadiums. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will play ‘home’ games in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Batavia, in addition to Allentown, Pa., and Pawtucket, R.I. The Yankees played their ‘home opener’ Saturday in Syracuse, winning 6-3.Aside from taking the field first and wearing their home uniforms, nothing had the feeling of being in their own ballpark.‘The only thing that felt like a home game was that we had white pants on. That’s it,’ Yankees manager Dave Miley said. ‘And we got to hit last.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough SWB adopted the moniker the ‘Empire State Yankees’ as an unofficial name to try and localize the team to the upstate New York region, the fans in Alliance Bank Stadium were there to support their hometown Chiefs.When the Yankees jogged out of their dugout to take the field, only one fan clapped from the stands behind first base. Yankees starter Adam Warren retired to the side in the first inning and walked off the mound to virtual silence.One week ago, Warren pitched on the same mount as the visiting starter.Warren said the start Saturday felt nothing like the team’s home opener. His white uniform and taking the field first didn’t shake the feeling of being on the road.‘To me, it felt like just another start. I didn’t really think too much about it,’ Warren said. ‘For me, I’ve already pitched here before, so it didn’t really feel any different for me than the last start.’The Chiefs, on the other hand, welcomed the opportunity to play a road game in their home ballpark, in front of their own fans.Mark Teahen, who spent six full seasons in the major leagues with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays before this season, said he didn’t mind having to be the road team but admitted it felt out of the ordinary.‘A little strange,’ Teahen said. ‘I’d prefer to play all our road games at home, so it’s nice to still be in front of our fans here.’The Yankees won’t have that luxury until opening day of 2013, and even that target date is uncertain right now. The renovation would have to go almost exactly as planned for the stadium to be ready in time.PNC Field, which opened in 1989, was in desperate need of a renovation. The Yankees drew less than 5,000 fans per game, had the second-worst attendance in the International League and the fourth-worst for all Triple-A teams last season.As the Triple-A affiliate of a major league team that draws more than four million fans each season, the lack of attendance for Scranton was startling.The architect for the new stadium is EwingCole, the firm that designed the Philadelphia Phillies’ stadium, Citizens Bank Park, and Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate.Mike Vander Woude, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s director of broadcasting and media relations, said the new stadium will be a much more appealing place to watch a game for fans.‘If it’s going to be anything like those two stadiums, then yeah, you’re going to have no complaints,’ Vander Woude said. ‘When we go down to Lehigh Valley, it’s one of the best stadiums in the league to go to. Roomy concourses, 360 degrees, wrap around the whole ballpark and a lot of fan amenities that you’re not going to have at any stadium that’s 24, 25 years old like our stadium is.’But to play for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while those changes take place is a challenge.DeWayne Wise is a 34-year-old outfielder who spent nine seasons playing in the major leagues. As a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2009, Wise drew fame when he made a leaping catch up against the U.S. Cellular outfield wall to preserve Mark Buehrle’s perfect game.Now he’s one of the oldest players on his Triple-A team and trying to make it back to the major leagues.Wise said the constant travel is toughest on players who have families because they’re flying them to road cities all season. Instead of having to live out of a suitcase for short spurts of time, as they do during every other season, Wise and his teammates will do so for the entire six-month season.‘I think pretty much everybody is just going to be hopping from hotel to hotel, suitcase to suitcase all year,’ Wise said. ‘It’s going to be frustrating. The guys that have families, that are married, kids, it’s going to be like flying your wives and kids to the road cities all year.’Ramiro Pena, the Yankees’ shortstop, has spent considerable time in the major leagues as a utility infielder for the New York Yankees. Standing in front of his locker in the clubhouse Saturday, Pena said the situation was ‘OK’ several times and that the players were adjusting.Still, this much travel is an anomaly.‘It’s tough. It’s tough to get used to. It’s tough everywhere you play,’ Pena said. ‘But like I said, we’re trying to deal with this.’The players said knowing two months in advance of the season what the situation would be helped them prepare for the unorthodox home schedule. Wise said winning can help make this strange season a little easier.The Yankees started out the season 1-5, and Wise told his teammates they better start winning games or else it’s going to be a ‘long year.’They’re still playing baseball, but for this season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are a team without a home.‘You know coming into the season what it’s going to be like,’ Wise said, ‘and we’re just trying to stay positive, stay focused, and go out and play.’[email protected]center_img Published on April 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

La Liga: Real Madrid Bounce Back With Alaves Win

first_imgRelated Spanish champions Real Madrid are back to winning ways in the league after they defeated hosts Alaves 2-1 in their Matchday 6 clash.Midfielder Dani Ceballos was the hero for Zinedine Zidane’s side as he netted a brace (10th and 43rd) either side of Manu Garcia’s goal for the home side to take his side to 4th spot.The win takes Real Madrid to 11 points and within 4 points of league leaders Barcelona as they bounced back from the disappointing 1-0 loss to Real Betis in midweek.Top 4:Barcelona 15 pointsAtletico Madrid 14 pointsSevilla 13 pointsReal Madrid 11 pointslast_img read more