Rousey shifts to wrestling with surprise Royal Rumble cameo

first_imgJapanese stars reign at Royal Rumble Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – This July 15, 2015, file photo shows mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey working out at Glendale Fighting Club in Glendale, Calif. The former UFC champion Rousey could soon make the move to WWE. She’s met with WWE executives and has seemed excited about the possibility of becoming a wrestler. Rousey may not debut at one of WWE’s signature events this weekend in Philadelphia because she’s filming a movie in Colombia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)PHILADELPHIA — Ronda Rousey’s next bout in the ring won’t come in mixed martial arts but in the world of professional wrestling.The biggest superstar in women’s MMA officially made the jump to WWE on Sunday night with a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img UFC President Dana White said Rousey will never fight again for the company, and Rousey said she hasn’t followed MMA in the past year.Rousey adopted the “Rowdy” nickname from WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. She notably stood side-by-side with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as they fought off the villainous Triple H and his wife and fellow executive, Stephanie McMahon, in a segment at WrestleMania in 2015.Rousey also appeared at WWE’s Mae Young Classic. Rousey and fellow MMA fighters Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke were known as the Four Horsewomen — a tribute to the nefarious Ric Flair-led Four Horsemen stable of the 1980s and ’90s. Baszler now wrestles for WWE, and the rest of the Horsewomen stable confronted WWE stars Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bayley at the female wrestling tournament.“Name the time. Name the place,” Rousey told the WWE stars in a tense standoff.Rousey could lead her Horsewomen against a WWE faction at WrestleMania on April 8.“I think with her main eventing in UFC, she obviously opened the door for us to be taken more serious as superstars,” said Flair, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. “It’s one thing to show up one night. It’s another be a WWE superstar. I’m on the road with all the other girls, all the men and women who are on the road 270 days a year. We bust our butts to be called WWE superstars.“She’ll have to put in the work if she wants to be a part of what we do.”The best scenario for WWE could be Rousey being used sparingly and steamrolling every opponent, much like she did early in her MMA career to earn the reputation as the Baddest Woman on the Planet.“Ronda Rousey should go out there and just smash everybody. Ronda Rousey’s matches should look like her early UFC career where she was out there for a minute, 2 minutes, just submitting everybody,” UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ The former UFC bantamweight champion also told ESPN that she’s fully committed to wrestling and not just planning cameos at WWE’s biggest events.“This is my life now. Yeah, they have first priority on my time for the next several years,” she said. “This is not a smash and grab, this is not a publicity stunt.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRousey appeared to roaring fans Sunday night after the women’s Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, challenging winner Asuka to fight at Wrestlemania — scheduled for New Orleans in April — by pointing to a sign as Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” blared through the arena.Rousey fed into the surprise with a little misdirection before one of wrestling’s biggest pay-per-view events of the year. Before getting in the ring, she had ruled out an appearance at the Royal Rumble in an interview and even posted an Instagram video over the weekend of herself in Colombia enjoying a night out with the crew filming her latest movie, the action thriller “Mile 22” with Mark Wahlberg and John Malkovich. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Still, she had frequently met with WWE executive Paul Levesque, better known as wrestling superstar Triple H, to discuss her interest in a deal that finally came to fruition.She has not fought since she suffered a 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December 2016. Rousey (12-2) lost two straight bouts in 13 months and took a break to extend her entertainment credits, including a stint as team coach in the reboot of “Battle of the Network Stars.”WWE fans have been clamoring for Rousey to make the move and speculation (correctly) ran wild on a Royal Rumble appearance at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Rousey has made cameo appearances on WWE programming the last few years and even trained at the company’s performance center in Orlando, Florida.It’s unclear whether Rousey plans to fully give up on the UFC and mixed martial arts, and she would not commit to saying she’s retired when asked directly by ESPN.“That’s what everybody else seems to say — I mean, I never retired from judo. So that’s what you guys want to think,” she said. “All I know is I really want to devote 100 percent of my time to wrestling right now and whatever people want to call that they can call it.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more

Iraqis don’t see the same safe market as congressmen

first_imgHe added, “This will not change anything.” At a news conference shortly after their outing, McCain, R-Ariz., and his three congressional colleagues described Shorja as a safe, bustling place full of hopeful and warmly welcoming Iraqis – “like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime,” offered Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., who was a member of the delegation. But the market the congressmen said they saw is fundamentally different from the markets Iraqis know. Merchants and customers say a campaign by insurgents to attack Baghdad’s markets has put many shop owners out of business and forced radical changes in the way people shop. Shorja, the city’s oldest and largest market, set in a sprawling labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways, has been bombed at least a half-dozen times since last summer. At least 61 people were killed and many more wounded in a three-pronged attack there Feb. 12, involving two vehicle bombs and a roadside bomb. BAGHDAD, Iraq – A day after members of an American congressional delegation led by Sen. John McCain pointed to their brief visit to Baghdad’s central market as evidence that the new security plan for the city was working, the merchants there were incredulous about the Americans’ conclusions. “What are they talking about?” Ali Jassim Faiyad, the owner of an electrical appliances shop in the market, said Monday. “The security procedures were abnormal!” The delegation arrived at the market, which is called Shorja, on Sunday with more than 100 soldiers in armored Humvees – the equivalent of an entire company – and attack helicopters circled overhead, a senior American military official in Baghdad said. The soldiers redirected traffic from the area and restricted access to the Americans, witnesses said, and sharpshooters were posted on the rooftops. The congressmen wore bulletproof vests throughout their hourlong visit. “They paralyzed the market when they came,” Faiyad said during an interview in his shop Monday. “This was only for the media.” American and Iraq security forces have tried to protect Shorja and other markets against car bombs by restricting vehicular traffic in some shopping areas and erecting blast walls around the markets’ perimeters. But these measures, while making the markets safer, have not made them safe.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Video: Stunning goal from Villarreal youngster!

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Thiago Silva: PSG are a bigger club than Man United

first_img1 Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva risked incurring the wrath of Manchester United fans by claiming Angel di Maria is ”taking a step up” by moving to the French champions.Di Maria is close to sealing a move away from Old Trafford just one season after completing a British record £59.7million switch from Real Madrid.Twelve months later, following a poor season which saw the Argentina international struggle to adapt to life in England, United have reportedly accepted a £45m offer from PSG, with the player set to undergo a medical with Parisian club chiefs in Doha on Monday.And despite the forward’s apparent fall from grace – he was named man-of-the-match as Real Madrid won the Champions League title two years ago – Brazilian defender Silva says Di Maria’s arrival proves mega-rich PSG have now risen above United in the ranks of Europe’s elite.“I think that people now need to respect PSG as a club, and our position as one of the big clubs in Europe,” said the skipper.“Real Madrid and Barcelona are probably on another level, but after that if you are joining PSG it means you are probably taking a step up.”It’s a bold claim from the captain of a team which is only 44 years old and has claimed just five Ligue 1 titles, while Man United have won the English top flight a record 20 times.Nevertheless, PSG progressed to the Champions League semi-finals last season after knocking out Premier League champions Chelsea, and Silva believes that alone proves his point.He added: “We went further than any English clubs in Europe last year – even beating the English champions.“Every season we keep our best players despite much interest, and always add the best players in Europe. How many clubs can say that? The vision our owners have for this club is very clear, and that is for PSG to be the best.”last_img read more

Bristol City complete another loan deal

first_img Simon Cox Striker Simon Cox has joined Bristol City on loan from Reading.The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international has fallen out of favour at the Madejski and has not featured for the Royals since August.Now it has been confirmed that he has made the short trip down the M4 to join Championship strugglers Bristol City until January 3.Cox, who made 37 Premier League appearances during three years at West Brom, joins Elliott Bennett as a new loan arrival at Ashton Gate.Bennett completed a temporary switch to the Robins from Norwich earlier on Friday. 1last_img

Fabregas to start on the bench? Predicted Chelsea XI v Dynamo Kiev

first_imgChelsea may still be recovering from their humiliation at the hands of Liverpool at the weekend, their sixth Premier League defeat of the season, but they have no time to feel sorry for themselves with Dynamo Kiev out to heap further misery on the reigning English champions.November could make or break Jose Mourinho, and the Portuguese manager will need to inspire his troops to a convincing Champions League victory over Kiev at Stamford Bridge, particularly if he wishes to ensure that the supporters remain on his side.However, despite the blockbuster names in his squad, picking his team will be a task not envied by many; with their form so poor, Mourinho arguably does not have a strongest XI to field at present.Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa – to name but a few – are not delivering for the Blues, and are certainly not guaranteed a place as they were in their title-winning campaign.Find our predicted Chelsea XI by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 7. Ramires (centre midfield) 26. John Terry (centre back) 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 5. Kurt Zouma (right back) 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – to see our complete line up, in squad number order, click the arrow above 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 11 8. Oscar (centre midfield) 11 10. Eden Hazard (left wing) 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 22. Willian (right wing) 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left back)last_img read more

Illegals measure put on ballot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe council acted after a day of strong criticism of the proposal and its author, anti-illegal immigration activist Joseph Turner, 29. Councilman Rikke Johnson cited his upbringing in Alabama as he denounced the measure. “In Alabama, you knew who the Klan were. They openly paraded around in sheets,” Johnson said. “In California, racism has taken on a more covert approach. Here they wear suits, they have Web sites and they use initiatives to spread their message of hate.” Councilman Gordon McGinnis called Turner a “youngster who doesn’t have enough time on the planet to be putting together something like this. He says he was educated in our schools – I think our schools need more help.” Earlier, Mayor Patrick J. Morris told a press conference that the measure would cost the city more than $1 million in enforcement and lost business, and the election alone would cost $300,000. SAN BERNARDINO – The City Council voted 6-1 Monday to let voters decide a measure that would impose sweeping restrictions on the ability of illegal immigrants to live and work in San Bernardino. The decision was greeted with cheers by opponents of the measure who overflowed the council meeting, and its backers claimed they were happy as well. The proposal would prohibit landlords from renting to undocumented people, force day laborers to prove legal residency to work, ban taxpayer-funded day-labor centers, mandate that city business be in English and deny permits to businesses hiring illegal immigrants. The measure had already qualified for a special election and the council faced the decision of whether to adopt the initiative outright or let it go to voters. Morris charged that Turner was using San Bernardino to make a national political statement. “I can tell that he’s on a mission and that mission is not local. He wants to use our city. … we’re Mr. Turner’s guinea pig,” Morris said. Turner also came under attack by Art Guerrero, a resident who addressed the City Council. “Diversity thrives here,” Guerrero said. “I take offense to him (Turner) using our city and ruining the city’s beloved named. If he wants a fight we’ll give it to him.” Nationwide, cities are dealing with an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, a majority of whom are Hispanic. Some cities have built day labor centers and declared themselves immigrant “sanctuaries,” while others have used ordinances to arrest day laborers and proposed using their police forces to enforce immigration law. Attorneys from the National Alliance for Human Rights, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the ACLU said at a press conference that they would take immediate legal action if the San Bernardino measure was approved.The initiative was intended to circumvent a Supreme Court ruling prohibiting public schools from asking students for proof of legal residency, Turner, the executive director of Save Our State, said in an interview. He said if families can’t live in the city, then their children won’t attend its schools.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

OLYMPIC STAR BRENDAN OVERCAME CANCER SCARE REVEALS MOTHER

first_imgOlympic athlete Brendan Boyce’s mother has revealed she never thought he would fulfill his dream – after he was diagnosed with a cancer aged just 5.Margaret Boyce revealed her horror when she found a tumour on her son’s back when he was just a child.Brendan, from Milford, was rushed to hospital and had the cancerous lump removed from his spine. Two months later he was given the all-clear and never looked back.Mum Margaret told Highland Radio she found it hard to believe her son was competing in the 50k walk around the streets of London last weekend.“I was just thinking back how far he’d come and I was very proud of him,” she said.Brendan said he never dwelled on his life-saving operation as a young boy. “I didn’t know too much about it. I don’t dwell on that at all. It happens to a lot of people and you just get on with it,” he said.Brendan smashed his own personal best time by two minutes to finish in 29th place and will now concentrate on the next Olympic Games in 2016 in Brazil.“My plan is to improve and by time Rio comes around I should be more competitive at the front of the field,” he said. OLYMPIC STAR BRENDAN OVERCAME CANCER SCARE REVEALS MOTHER was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Brendan Boycecancertumourlast_img read more

IS IT THE END OF THE ROAD FOR THE LOUGH SWILLY BUS COMPANY?

first_imgThe taxman in the North has secured a court date in a bid to wind up the famous Lough Swilly Bus Company.The service has been operating between Donegal and Derry for decades.But now the Revenue and Customs office has put a petition to the courts to have the company wound up. The case is due to be heard on April 3rd.IS IT THE END OF THE ROAD FOR THE LOUGH SWILLY BUS COMPANY? was last modified: March 20th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Lough Swilly Bus Companylast_img read more

Rockies pitcher carted off field at Oracle Park after being hit by line drive

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeff Hoffman exited Tuesday’s game at Oracle Park against the Giants on a cart after being struck in the right leg by a 99.6-mile per hour line drive.In the bottom of the fourth inning, Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson hit a line drive back at Hoffman that appeared to strike the Rockies right-hander near his right knee.Play stopped immediately after Dickerson reached first base with a single so trainers from both the Giants and Rockies could attend …last_img