Indonesia’s e-commerce sales to surpass India’s

first_imgManagement consulting company Redseer projected Indonesia’s online retail gross merchandise value (GMV), which indicates overall sales value, to surpass India’s this year, driven by a new cohort of e-commerce users amid the pandemic.Redseer Southeast Asia partner Roshan Raj Behera said Indonesia’s 2020 e-commerce GMV will reach US$40 billion this year, the third-highest in the world and higher than India’s predicted $38 billion. Last year, India’s GMV was higher at $29.2 billion, ranking third, compared to Indonesia’s $23 billion, which followed suit.The change is backed by Indonesia’s retail spending, which is 2.5 times higher than India’s, according to Redseer. Indonesia’s e-commerce marketing and subsidy outflow are also higher, aiding e-commerce adoption. In the online shop payment, the company predicted that there will be more e-commerce collaborating with e-wallet platforms as payment through digital wallet has been rising since the fourth quarter last year.Read also: E-commerce group sees room for digital wallet growthA recent survey from MarkPlus revealed that ShopeePay has outperformed competitors due to its integration with Shopee as well as the company’s vigorous marketing and discounts.Behera also said that e-commerce players would be most likely to continue advertising because the COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity to focus on online marketing.“This is a year for ads investment. E-commerce players should focus on getting people on board as the acquisition cost for post-COVID-19 will be higher,” he said, adding that e-commerce would also still be giving out discounts to gain traction.  “Some players are more mindful about giving out discounts in correlation with their profitability. However, subsidizing purchases is not necessarily bad in the long run as it can lead to higher revenue in the future.”  A 2019 study by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company showed that e-commerce has overtaken online travel to become the biggest sector of the internet economy in Southeast Asia, with a trajectory to reach exceed $150 billion GMV by 2025. Of the regional value, Indonesia is predicted to gain the highest GMV share at $82 billion.Topics : “Many people in Indonesia are looking to e-commerce platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic, and most of them will continue to spend money online,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Behera added that online shoppers grew to 85 million people during the pandemic, from 75 million pre-COVID-19.Indonesia’s e-commerce gross GMV grew strongly in the second quarter this year, reaching $10 billion and driven by people switching to online platforms to buy consumable products such as health and personal care, groceries and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).“The average order value in e-commerce platforms is down, but the average daily transactions are almost more than double,” Behera said, adding that people used to buy electronics online, which cost more but are bought less often than FMCG and groceries.last_img read more

Pot legalization: Link to marijuana and more car crashes, suicide

first_imgCar crashes, psychosis, suicide: Is the drive to legalize marijuana ignoring major risks?USA Today 7 March 2019Family First Comment: Finally… some mainstream media outlets are asking the questions that need to be asked.“These critics – doctors, police and auto safety officials, parents – point to stories and studies that link the drug to suicide, schizophrenia and car crashes. Marijuana might be safer than alcohol or tobacco, they say. But that doesn’t make marijuana safe.”In less than 25 years, marijuana has gone from illegal everywhere in the United States to legal for at least some uses in all but four states.Advocates say the drug can help patients who are suffering from chronic pain, multiple sclerosis-triggered muscle spasms and the grueling side effects of chemotherapy. Some states are exploring whether cannabis could help wean people from addiction to opioids.Beyond the medical claims, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and more are considering it. The advocates’ long-repeated argument: It’s safer than alcohol or tobacco.But as cultural acceptance of cannabis grows, opponents are warning of potential downsides.These critics – doctors, police and auto safety officials, parents – point to stories and studies that link the drug to suicide, schizophrenia and car crashes.Marijuana might be safer than alcohol or tobacco, they say. But that doesn’t make marijuana safe.An increase in impaired driving by people under the influence of drugs including marijuana, for example, is threatening the huge progress made in recent decades to reduce drunk driving crashes.EAD MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Leicester City fans laud wonderful Super Eagles star

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney MoviesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Leicester are currently third on the log behind Manchester City and league leaders Liverpool. Meanwhile, the player had opened up about his opportunities at Leicester City this season and his determination to take his chances in the first team for the Foxes. The Nigerian has spent most of his ​Leicester City career  playing the understudy to Jamie Vardy and it is easy tosee why. Despite Jamie Vardy being 33 years old, he has  already found the net an incredible 17 times so far thisseason in just 24 appearances in all competitions. Having made a strong impression at current champions  Manchester City, Iheanacho has struggled to have quitethe same impact at his current club, having scored just  seven league goals in three seasons at the King Power. ​However, the formerly misfiring striker appears to have  turned his fortunes around and is having a strong season. Read Also:Westwood’s late strike helps Burnley stun Iheanacho’s LeicesterHe has managed to get on the scoresheet six times in his 10 appearances in all competitions this campaign. Having  found himself a peripheral figure at the start of the  season, a strong run of form near the end of 2019 hasseen Iheanacho force himself into Brendan Rodgers’ plans. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester City fans across the world continued to encourage the inspirational support of Nigeria forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, following his terrific form for the Foxes this season. Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates  The Super Eagles striker who started the season on a wrong note has fully regained his form to fight for permernent position in the team. Iheanacho has virtually won the heart of his coach Brenda Rodgers who has tried many options to keep the player away from dumping the team this season. Iheanacho has now scored six goals and assisted five in all competitions for the Foxes, something that left the fans impressed. The fans however took to their social media handle to praise the Nigerian, after coming off the bench to help Leicester City sucure a 4-1 win over West Ham United at Kingpower Stadium on Wednesday with two assists. “Now an indispensable member of the team!’ Leicester Foxes twitted. Loading… Leicester City fans praise ‘indispensable’ Iheanacho— omotimehin nelson (@omotimehinnelso) January 23, 2020last_img read more

Bing defends P9.5-M park rehab

first_imgHe added: “Rest assured, your city officials are not ignoring the urgent needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.”  This was the statement of Mayor Evelio Leonardia in relation to proposed rehabilitation of the Bacolod Rizal Park project worth P9,454,107.33 after the said project gained several criticisms from the public particularly from former Mayor Monico Puentevella. However, Leonardia countered that the funding for this infrastructure project will infuse funds into the local economy to help generate jobs and sales of construction and hardware materials and other supplies needed for the project.  He said that at this time when the city does not even have testing labs for COVID-19, no funds for mass testing and others. “This is the height of stupidity and insensitivity,” the former city official pointed out. The funding for the rehabilitation and improvement of the Bacolod Rizal Park was sourced out form the national government through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). According to Leonardia, it was called the Local Government Support Fund-Assistance to Cities or LGSF-AC.center_img “Thus, it will help spur the economic recovery of the City from the downturn caused by the recent quarantines to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Leonardia. In his public statement issued to several media outlets in this city, Puentevella said “it is not proper specially this time that the country is fighting against the corona virus disease 2019(COVID-19) pandemic. This funding was part of an appropriation item of close to P2.5 billion approved by Congress for the 2019 national budget as financial assistance to all cities nation-wide to fund the construction, rehabilitation, repair or improvement of public open spaces. “Local government units with project proposals evaluated and approved by the DBM were given until Dec. 31 to fully utilize their LGSF-AC project funds; otherwise, whatever will be left unused  will be forfeited and must be remitted back to the national government,” the mayor explained. BACOLOD City – “If we don’t use it, we’ll lose it.”last_img read more

Kane signs new Tottenham deal

first_img Press Association Kane, who was born in Walthamstow and a boyhood Spurs fan, has become a big favourite for Tottenham supporters, who hail him as ‘one of our own’. He made his first-team debut in the Europa League in August 2011 after a spell on loan at Leyton Orient and scored his first goal in the same competition that December. Further loan spells with Millwall, Norwich and Leicester followed, with mixed success, before his breakthrough back at Tottenham last season. After mostly having to make do with appearances in the cups, Kane scored his first Premier League goal on his first start against Sunderland last April. He scored in the following two games as well and kept his place until the end of the season. Speaking about the potential of a new contract for Kane following Saturday’s 3-0 win at The Hawthorns, Pochettino said: ”This is a club decision and the player’s decision. “This is business, but Harry wants to stay with Tottenham and Tottenham want Harry to stay long term.” Kane’s superb form is expected to earn him a first call-up to the full England squad after success with the age-group sides. He has played at every level from under-17 and has netted eight times in 10 appearances for the under-21s. Harry Kane’s superb form for Tottenham this season has earned him a new five-and-a-half-year contract at White Hart Lane.center_img The 21-year-old only signed a new deal in August but his 20 goals in all competitions have earned him improved terms and a contract until 2020. Kane’s goalscoring form in the cup competitions prompted manager Mauricio Pochettino to give the academy graduate a run in the Premier League and he has not looked back, netting 10 league goals, including braces against Chelsea and, on Saturday, West Brom. last_img read more

Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

first_imgLook up in the sky!The Delta Aquariid meteor shower is about to peak.Although it appears during both July and August, officials at NASA say the best chance to see it is at the end of July, specifically on Sunday, July 28.The shower began on July 12 and is active until August 23. A new moon this Wednesday and Thursday will provide dark skies needed for spotting meteors.The best chance of seeing them without the moon in the way will be the first week of August, at about 3 a.m. Eastern time.NASA says you can expect to see about 20 meteors per hour during the peak, traveling at 25 miles per second.The Delta Aquariid meteors appear more faint than others, and are more apparent in the Southern Hemisphere, according to NASA.However, people in the Northern Hemisphere’s southern latitudes can still see them.Some of the Delta Aquariid meteors leave glowing gas trails that linger for a few seconds after burning up in Earth’s upper atmosphere.The Delta Aquariid meteor shower is created by comet 96P/Machholz. The comet, which completes an orbit around the sun every five years, was discovered by amateur astronomer Donald Machholz in 1986.last_img read more

No. 12 Syracuse loses 1-0 in ACC tournament quarterfinal to No. 6 Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Syracuse junior Carolin Hoffmann stood motionless, her hands on her knees, head bent over her legs. The scoreboard read 1-0, and Syracuse’s weekend would be cut short on the first day of the conference tournament. Five days after beating Louisville (15-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) in overtime to complete the regular season, Syracuse (12-6, 3-3) couldn’t generate any offense against the Cardinals in a 1-0 shutout loss. SU went long stretches without possessing in the attacking zone and was outshot 13-3 in the ACC quarterfinals match. SU recorded just one shot on goal. “Louisville played a good game,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “There were times they were able to open us up and we didn’t make the adaptations.”After Saturday’s win over the Cardinals, SU players and coaches said Louisville’s strength lies in its center midfielders and their ability to open up the field. That continued in Thursday’s rematch. In the seventh minute, a Cardinals’ center midfielder initiated a counterattack, which led to a rush down the right sideline by Erica Cooper. Cooper angled in and sent a shot across the penalty circle. SU goalie Sarah Sinck kicked away to the right, then slid off her line to corral the rebound, but tapped it to the outside of the shooting circle. Before Sinck could recover back to her cage, Louisville’s Mercedes Pastor — a two-time All-ACC first team forward — struck a shot into the bottom right corner.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith nine minutes left in the first half, Louisville nearly tacked on another goal. Off a penalty corner, Sinck had to make a diving save, just barely knocking down the ball with her glove and covering it up. SU was dominated in the second quarter, gaining possession inside the shooting circle just once in the first nine minutes of the period. But SU only entered halftime down one goal, largely thanks to Sinck (seven saves) in the cage. “We gotta be quicker on our free hits in the front third,” Bradley told ACC Network during her on-field halftime interview. “And be able to get our counter a little bit stronger, a little bit more stretch.”Three minutes into the second half, SU earned one of its best chances of the match. Hoffmann intercepted a pass at midfield, then passed laterally to midfielder Claire Cooke, who advanced it forward Chiara Gutsche at the edge of the shooting circle. Gutsche turned the corner and drove down the baseline, but was turned away by LU’s goalie before she could attempt a shot. Then, Sinck had to make another acrobatic save to keep SU within one goal. As a Louisville cross went all the way through from left to the right post, Sinck departed from her line and slid to deflect a shot out of bounds.Later in the fourth quarter, Louisville’s Minna Tremonti snuck behind SU’s backline and had only Sinck to beat. She deked away from the freshman goalie, but defender Olivia Graham sprinted back from outside the circle to cut down the angle on Tremonti, whose shot went wide.A last-minute swinging shot attempt from freshman Charlotte de Vries was rushed and mishit. de Vries, SU’s leading scorer, registered two shots — neither on goal. For several freshmen, including de Vries, Graham and Sinck, Thursday was a first taste of collegiate postseason. Though Bradley said on Tuesday that she doesn’t have a different message for them and doesn’t prepare the team any differently than for the regular season, SU’s inexperience flashed against Louisville.“I think a lot of people going through something for the first time in the postseason really made us get focused on outcome versus process,” Bradley said. Though the Orange’s spot in the NCAA tournament is likely secured, their performance on Thursday may hurt their seeding. Sixteen teams make the NCAA tournament, and SU entered the ACC tournament as with the eighth-best RPI. The NCAA tournament selection show is Sunday night at 10 p.m. Said Bradley: “This is a very disappointing loss but this group is resilient, they’re gritty, and will bounce back and be ready for the postseason.” Commentslast_img read more

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury in perspective

first_img (Getty Images) Welcome to Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury — a fight between two loud personalities, one of them the “lineal” heavyweight champion of the world and the other the World Boxing Council heavyweight champ. They’re not great fighters, but they’re good ones.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWilder won a bronze medal on behalf of the United States at the 2008 Olympics and, prior to facing Fury, had fashioned a 40-0 professional ledger with 39 knockouts. He isn’t a “small” heavyweight, but at 6-7 and weighing in under 220 pounds, he’s a “light” heavyweight.After 10 years as a pro, Wilder is still a project. His technique is flawed. His footwork is clumsy. Some of his overhand rights misfire so far off the mark that boxing aficionados are inclined to smile at his awkwardness.People laughed at Rocky Marciano, too. Marciano couldn’t do this, and he couldn’t do that. But he could punch.It’s easy for an opponent to win rounds and look good against Wilder. Until the opponent gets knocked out. Wilder comes into fights in top condition. He lets his hands go. And he can punch.”The killer instinct I have, it’s natural-born,” Wilder says. “I deliver whether I’m mad at you or whether I’m happy. I can beat your ass and smile at the same time. There’s nothing like showing people so they believe it. I show people each and every time.”Fury, despite his size (he fights in the neighborhood of 260 pounds), is not a big puncher. Nor is he particularly well-conditioned. But his boxing skills and 85-inch reach make him difficult to fight. On Nov. 28, 2015, he decisioned an aging Wladimir Klitschko in a stultifyingly dull bout to claim the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts in addition to the “lineal” heavyweight crown. That brought Fury’s ring record to 25-0 with 18 knockouts. Then he self-destructed.MORE: The key moments that changed the ring walkFury’s trials and tribulations have been well-documented. He can be charming and has charisma. On good days, he can flip a switch in his head and transition back and forth between calm rational thinker and disturbed showman. On bad days, he has been psychotic.At the postfight press conference after beating Klitschko, Fury stated, “I am what I am. If people don’t like it, change the channel. That’s all I got to say. I will be dictated to by nobody. I’m the man. You don’t like it, change the station. You don’t like it, don’t take photos. You don’t like it, don’t print in your newspaper. Do I care? Not really.”One week later, he sparked controversy by posting a video on YouTube in which he opined, “I believe a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back.”Then Fury sat for an interview with Oliver Holt of the Daily Mail in which he equated homosexuality with pedophilia and proclaimed, “Every time I stray away from the Lord’s word, I find emptiness and darkness. … The world is very evil out there, and people may think I am a lunatic or whatever or a Bible basher or an insane lunatic, but it’s very, very true. And if you believe in the Word, then you believe what I am saying. We live in an evil world. The devil is very strong at the minute. Very strong. I believe the end is near. … Just a little short few years, I reckon, away from being finished. …”I have been praying to God from being as small as I can remember. Always said my prayers at nighttime and that sort of stuff. I did believe in God. I believed in Jesus the Son, I believed in the Father and the Holy Spirit. All that sort of stuff. It’s OK believing. There are people out there who tell me that the devil doesn’t exit and demons don’t exist. But … there’s also people who practice exorcisms and casting demons out of people. That’s what they do for a living. Are they getting paid for something that’s totally ludicrous? Do they go to school and educate theirselves all their lives to do this for nothing? … Why are there so many priests and people of God and celibicism and all that sort of stuff and Buddhist monks who don’t talk forever? It can’t just be baloney, can it? … I may sound daft but I’m actually not daft when it comes to it. I know what’s going on out there.”On Dec. 9, 2015, the British Sports Journalists Association issued a statement condemning Fury’s equating homosexuality with pedophilia. The following day, in an interview with Sky Sports News, Fury denied that he was homophobic and proclaimed, “I wouldn’t be a very good Christian if I hated anybody, would I? If Jesus loves the world, I love the world. I can actually say that I have no hate for anybody. I haven’t any enemies, I don’t hate any race, color, creed, generation, nobody. …“My team is one of the most diverse teams amongst religions in the world of boxing. … Tyson Fury is uniting the world. Uniting Christians and Muslims in a time when everything is up in the air. We don’t hear about that, do we? We just hear about the comments that people want to twist and want to make me sound like I hate people, and that I hate the world. I love all of God’s children.”On April 27, 2016, Fury attended a kickoff press conference in Manchester, England, for a scheduled July 9 rematch against Klitschko. Then, on May 13, he sparked new controversy with a foul-mouthed 57-minute video rant filmed in training camp and shown on SportsView London in which he suggested that rape and bestiality would one day be legalized and also included anti-Semitic remarks:”It’s like you’re a freak of nature if you’re normal. You’re the odd one out. What’s normal? I’ll just get myself changed into a woman. That’s normal, isn’t it today? Call myself Tysina or something like that, put a wig on. I don’t think it’s normal. I think they’re freaks of nature. … Everyone just do what you can; listen to the government; follow everybody like sheep; be brainwashed by all the Zionist Jewish people who own all the banks, all the papers, all the TV stations. Be brainwashed by them all. …”I think it’ll be perfectly normal in the next 10 years to have sexual relationships with your animals at home. You know; your pets, your cats and dogs and all that. That will be legal. You are already allowed to marry your animals and stuff. It is going to happen, isn’t it? Whatever you can think of that’s bad will be made legal because that’s what the devil wants. They might start making it legal so that four or five men can grab a granny and rape her in public in front of kids and all that. Or grab an old man and rape him. … In the schools now, they’re asking the little kids at 5 and 6, do they want to be a boy or girl when they get older? What the f— is that?”One might add here that, shortly after the April 27 kickoff press conference for the Klitschko rematch, Fury was asked about Anthony Joshua by a reporter for iFL TV and answered, “I don’t hate Joshua. I don’t dislike him. I like the guy. He’s doing well. He’s got a good body. I bet he’s got a big c—. I wish I had it.” And during a May 30 interview with iFL TV, when asked about the possibility of fighting Joshua and Deontay Wilder, Fury responded, “I’ll let ’em fight me. I’ll bend ’em over and boom — split them down the middle with this long d—. I’ll rape Wilder over Joshua. Wilder’s my man.”On May 16, 2016, Fury apologized for his May 13 homophobic, anti-Semitic rant. “I apologise to anyone who may have taken offence at any of my comments,” a written statement issued in his name read. “I said some things which may have hurt some people, which as a Christian man is not something I would ever want to do. … I mean no harm or disrespect to anyone and I know more is expected of me as an ambassador of British boxing and I promise in future to hold myself up to the highest possible standard. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am in no way a racist or bigot, and I hope the public accept this apology.”Thereafter, Klitschko criticized Fury’s comments, saying, “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and then when he got to Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler. The man is an imbecile. … We have an imbecile champion. … In this crazy world, with everything that’s going on, we don’t need somebody having the stage and bringing hate to Jewish people. I cannot accept it. I won’t accept it. … Friction creates friction. The more hate you bring out there — with women, the gay community and Jewish people — what next is he going to say? … It’s just something we don’t need in this world, it’s beyond boxing.”On June 24, referencing his own Gypsy roots, Fury responded to Klitschko’s reference to Adolf Hitler with this declaration on Instagram, “Hitler killed hundreds of thousands of gypsies. … A lot of my ancestors were brutally mass-murdered by Hitler. For you to call me that is a very, very bad insult. Let’s not forget; your people, the Ukrainians, were the guards in the death camps where my people were slaughtered. … You stupid f—ing Ukrainian prick.”That same day, citing an “ankle injury” suffered in training, Fury announced that his July 9, 2016, rematch against Klitschko was postponed. The fight was rescheduled for Oct. 29, but on Sept. 12, Fury failed to attend the kickoff press conference, saying that his car had broken down.Then, on Sept. 23, Mick Hennessy, Fury’s promoter at the time, announced that Fury had been found “medically unfit to fight” and that “medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring.”By now, it was clear that Fury’s medical problems were psychological in nature. That was confirmed in an interview posted Oct. 4, 2016, on Rolling Stone’s site.”I’ve not been in a gym for months,” Fury acknowledged. “I’ve not been training. I’ve been going through depression. I just don’t want to live anymore, if you know what I’m saying. I’ve had total enough of it. … I’ve been pushed to the brink. I can’t take no more. I’m in a hospital at the moment. I’m seeing psychiatrists. They say I’ve got a version of bipolar. I’m a manic depressive. All from what they’ve done to me. All this s— through boxing, through taking titles, through writing me off. I beat the best man but I’m still s—. I used to love boxing when I was a kid. It was my life. All the way through, it was my life. You finally get to where you need to be and it becomes a big mess. And that’s it. I hate boxing now. I wouldn’t even go across the road to watch a world title fight. That’s what it’s done to me. I don’t even want to wake up. I hope I die every day. And that’s a bad thing to say when I’ve got three children and a lovely wife, isn’t it? But I don’t want to live anymore. If I could take me own life and I wasn’t a Christian, I’d take it in a second. I just hope someone kills me before I kill me self (or) I’ll have to spend eternity in hell. … I’m in a very bad place at the moment. I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. I don’t know if I’m going to see the year out to be honest. … I am seeing help, but they can’t do nothing for me. What I’ve got is incurable. … I don’t see a way out, I don’t even see a way of living for me, I don’t want to live anymore. It has brought me to the brink of death. That’s where I’m at at the moment.”The spotlight hasn’t always been kind to Deontay Wilder, either. There are times when he comes across as a decent man with an admirable work ethic. “My first job was working at Burger King,” Wilder reminisced earlier this year. “It was a low-paying job, but I made sure I was the best worker there. Anything I do, I want to be the best. It’s not about all those things that people get so wrapped up in their minds. Everyone got themselves so wrapped up into who making the most money and who got the most followers. It ain’t about that to me.”But Wilder has had several run-ins with the law, the most serious of which came in 2013 when he was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation after an incident in a Las Vegas hotel room. According to the police report, the woman in question had a possible broken nose, swelling around her eyes, a cut lip and red marks on her neck. Wilder’s attorney later said that he was apologetic and had mistakenly thought the woman was planning to rob him. The matter was settled out of court.Then, on Feb. 3, 2017, heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale posted a statement on Instagram that read, “I want to address the fact that Deontay Wilder and a mob of about 20 people unprovokedly attacked my team and my family in the [hotel] lobby last night [after a fight card in Birmingham, Ala.]. My coach and I were blindsided by sucker punches and my Team was assaulted as well, all in front my wife and kids. This cowardly attack has no place in boxing and believe me will not go unpunished.”Also part of the Deontay Wilder feel-good story was his image as a loving husband and father. Wilder and his wife, Jessica Scales-Wilder, had four children together. But in 2014, Wilder started dating reality-TV star Telli Smith, who he met at Los Angeles International Airport. Smith became pregnant in 2017 and, in December of that year, told People magazine, “It’s been a crazy journey. Deontay had baby fever, but I don’t want to be a typical baby mama. I want to get married.”Smith gave birth to a daughter on March 7, 2018. Deontay and Jessica are now divorced, but Deontay has not yet remarried.When it was time to set up the business end of Wilder-Fury, the fight was one of the easier high-profile matches to make. Both fighters wanted the bout. Wilder is an Al Haymon fighter with ties to Showtime in the United States. Fury is promoted by Frank Warren, who has a deal in the United Kingdom with BT Sport.MORE: The history of the mouthpiece in boxingBut first, Fury had to be rehabilitated in the ring and in the public mind. During a 30-month absence from boxing, his weight had ballooned to almost 400 pounds.Thus, it was decided that Fury’s first fight back would be on the undercard of Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker in Manchester on June 9, 2018, against Sefer Seferi (a 39-year-old Macedonian who Tyson outweighed by 66 pounds). After three sluggish rounds highlighted by a fight that broke out in the crowd during the third stanza, Seferi quit on his stool.Next, on Aug. 18, Fury lumbered to a 10-round decision over Francesco Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson in Belfast. In Pianeta’s three most recent fights, he’d beaten Daso Simeunovic (a novice with one professional fight on his resume) and lost to Petar Milas and Kevin Johnson.Fury looked more fluid against Pianeta than he had against Seferi and he weighed 18 pounds less (258 vs. 276). But the flesh around his waist was jiggling. And while he won every minute of every round, he never noticeably hurt Pianeta.Fury wasn’t fully back. But given his proclivity for going off the rails, it made sense from a business point of view for him to fight Wilder sooner rather than later because “later” might mean “never.” On Sept. 21, it was announced that Wilder-Fury was a done deal and that the fight would be contested on Dec. 1 at a soon-to-be-chosen venue, later designated as Staples Center in Los Angeles.The kickoff press tour was a traveling circus with stops in London, New York, and Los Angeles. There was a lot of profanity (by both men), simulated masturbation onstage (Wilder), and in-your-face jawing.British boxing writer Tris Dixon summed up the promotion with the observation, “[Wilder-Fury] is unpredictable. It is wild. It is bonkers. It is loud and in your face. … It is the Vegas hooker under the neon lights to Joshua’s registry office wedding. It is a smash and grab, a heist. … The go-slow on the Fury comeback roller coaster has broken, the accelerator has come off in someone’s hand, and the ride is headed for the precipice. Will he hit the summit again or will he plummet at the Alabama man’s rock-like fists? We are passengers on this wild ride. Some will watch through their fingers. Some will wave their hands in the air, flying along with happy screams while promotional and broadcasting competitors might be reaching for the sick bags. But they’re still watching. We all are. We all will be.”Fury’s persona drove the promotion. It was odd that a fighter who’d been WBC heavyweight champion for three years and successfully defended his title seven times needed an opponent to raise his own profile. But that was the situation Wilder found himself in.”This fight means everything to me,” Wilder acknowledged. “This is my coming-out party.”Early numbers suggested that the pay-per-view telecast would do well in the United Kingdom but poorly in the United States. Staples Center can accommodate 20,000 fans for boxing. Ultimately, there was an announced attendance of 17,698, but that included a lot of freebies.The fight shaped up as boxer (Fury) vs. puncher (Wilder). Wilder opened as a 6-to-5 betting favorite. As fight night approached, the odds moved to 8-to-5.The case for a Wilder victory was obvious.Fury has boxing skills. But his handlers had kept him away from punchers throughout his career. The exception to that was his fight against Klitschko. But Klitschko, by that point, was a tentative puncher who was having trouble pulling the trigger.Wilder is not a tentative puncher. He pulls the trigger quickly and is dangerous at all timesFury, by his own acknowledgment, is mentally fragile. That’s never good in a fighter.Also, Fury was being trained for the Wilder fight by a 26-year-old novice named Ben Davison whose primary contribution, some said, was bringing his fighter down in weight to a respectable number.And most significantly, Fury’s years of self-destruction had been marked by drug abuse, alcohol abuse and a weight gain of more than 100 pounds. Could he sustain a championship-caliber effort against Wilder over the course of 12 hard rounds?People knew what to expect from Wilder. The unknown variable was Fury.”I am no challenger for no man,” Fury proclaimed at the Oct. 1 kickoff press conference in London. “I am the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. Nobody forced me to fight Deontay Wilder, I picked him because I believe he’s an easy touch. I will stand right in front of him and prove what I will do. I will punch his face seven days a week and twice on a Sunday. If we fought 30 times, I’d win 30 times.”Thereafter, Fury elaborated on that theme, saying, “Wilder has only one style: come forward and knock you out. If he doesn’t do that, he’s lost. … He’s got one way, one path. It’s all he knows. But he doesn’t have the ability to set up the knockout against me, doesn’t have the schooling.””You’re known for being clever, aren’t you?” Fury was asked during a Nov. 14 media conference call.”I don’t know about clever,” Fury answered. “If I was clever, I’d be a rocket scientist and not a boxer. But I have got the ability to see punches [and avoid them], which is a very good skill. I’ll be looking to avoid the knockout punches and land mine. Boxing is about hitting your opponent and not taking any in return. I don’t look at boxing like I’m going to hit you in the face and you’re going to hit me back because then I’d be a fool. … It’s my business to get out of the way.”Fury weighed in for the fight at a relatively soft 256 pounds; Wilder at 212 1/2 (the lightest Wilder had been since tipping the scales at 207 1/4 for his pro debut in 2008).Bart Barry summed up the proceedings as follows: “Wilder is a professional athlete who fights like he’s insane. Fury is an insane man who boxes conventionally. … For 36 minutes, absolutely nothing might happen. Fury is a good boxer but not much of a fight-night entertainer. Wilder is an entertainer but not much of a boxer. … Each man has the best chance of besting the other man by being himself. Wilder would be a fool to try boxing Fury, and Fury would be a greater fool if he tried to slug with Wilder. … How much fun it will be, how wickedly suspenseful, when the opening bell rings and you get to cheer for one loon or the other without much idea of what comes next.”When fight night arrived, the pay-per-view undercard consisted of three dreary mismatches. Then Wilder-Fury began. Slowly.Fury’s flesh jiggled a bit as he moved around the ring. He put his hands behind his back and stuck his tongue out at Wilder from time to time. Other than that, he didn’t do much for the first five rounds. He made Wilder miss but didn’t make him pay.There were times when Fury held his hands low and shook them in a herky-jerky motion that made him look like a character in a flickering old silent movie. Effective feints are one thing. A fighter jerking his hands around like they’re attached to a vibrator is another. It means the fighter’s hands are not in position to punch. A boxer more skilled than Wilder could have timed Tyson’s hand movement and taken advantage of it.Wilder went for the knockout with every punch. That’s the way he fights and it’s all he can do. The most noticeable punch missing from his arsenal was an effective jab to set up his right hand. The absence of that jab enabled Fury to keep the fight in the center of the ring where he wanted it for most of the night. Fury lay on his back, seemingly only barely conscious.Wilder shimmied to a neutral corner.”Credit to him,” Fury said afterward. “He caught me flush. But I got a good fighting spirit and I never say die. … I ain’t gonna lay down just because I got punched in the face and knocked down. I’m gonna get back up and fight. I’m not the lineal champion for nothing. … You can make two decisions on that floor: Stay down or get up. As long as there’s life left in this body, I’ll continue to fight.”Fury rose to his feet just before the count of 10, a heroic effort that evoked images of a barely conscious Larry Holmes climbing off the canvas against Earnie Shavers and Renaldo Snipes.Referee Jack Reiss let the fight continue.And Wilder couldn’t finish. Indeed, a minute later, Fury shook him with a clubbing right hand that had him holding on.The general consensus was that the fight was close with Fury having a slight edge. Alejandro Rochin of Mexico was off the mark with a 115-111 scorecard in Wilder’s favor. Robert Tapper (Canada) saw the contest 114-112 in favor of Fury. That left the deciding vote to Phil Edwards (United Kingdom), who scored the bout a 113-113 draw.All three judges awarded Fury Rounds 5, 10 and 11 and Wilder Rounds 1, 9 and 12 (the latter two by 10-8 margins). That gave Wilder a two-point cushion and left Rounds 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 up for grabs. Rochin scored four of those six rounds for Wilder. Tapper scored five of the six for Fury. Edwards scored four of the six for Fury.Asked about the decision at the postfight press conference, Fury responded, “I should have won the fight but I’m not gonna complain. It was what it was.” One day later, he was more voluble, saying, “Wilder got a gift decision in his home country. … To be honest with you, I’ve never seen a worse decision in my life. I don’t know what fight them judges were watching. … But it’s boxing. It ain’t the first time this has happened. You win some; you lose some; and in my case, you draw some.”As for what comes next; boxing arguably has three heavyweight champions at the moment. A champion keeps his title on a draw. Thus, Fury can still — and now credibly — claim that he’s the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. Wilder retained his WBC belt. And Joshua holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles. Any mix and match amongst the three would be welcome in 2019.Who would win? Rock, paper, scissors. Styles make fights.MORE: Watch Canelo-Rocky on Dec. 15 free on DAZNIf Fury builds on what he accomplished in recent training and in the Wilder fight, he’ll be favored over Wilder the second time around. Will Fury go on an eating and drinking binge over the holidays, or will he maintain his condition?Joshua, because of his all-around ring skills and Fury’s lack of a big punch, would probably be favored over Fury. But Joshua’s chin is suspect; he gets hit too much, and Wilder can whack. Ergo, Wilder might be favored over Joshua.The contract for Wilder-Fury called for a rematch if Fury won. But he didn’t win; not on the judges’ scorecards. Now, ironically, Wilder probably has less leverage in negotiating for a fight against Joshua or a rematch against Fury than he did before. That’s because Fury and Joshua are the biggest-money alternatives for each other. Something good happened on Dec. 1. A big fight lived up to its billing.Two physically imposing men — one of them 6-9, the other two inches shorter — squared off in a boxing ring. There was a dramatic ebb and flow to the action with one of the men swinging for the fences with every punch. (Getty Images) Meanwhile, Dec. 1 confirmed several often-repeated theories about Wilder: 1.) He has excellent power; 2.) His ring skills are limited; and 3.) He has heart. Again and again, boxing fans have seen a fighter go into the 12th round needing a big round to win and not going for it. Wilder never stopped trying. He never gave up. He went for it.Fury is also a fighter. “I was suffering from mental health problems,” he said the day after fighting Wilder. “When you give up the passion to live anymore, you’re in a bad place. I’m a well man now. Everything is good. I’m happy to be alive and healthy and well.”Thomas Hauser’s new email address is His most recent book — “Protect Yourself at All Times” — was published by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism. By the midway point, the fight was clearly moving in Fury’s favor. The area around Wilder’s left eye was swelling. Wilder was starting to look tentative. Fury was landing authoritative right hands. And when Wilder landed, Fury took the punches well. Also, it appeared as though Wilder rather than Fury was the fighter who was tiring.In Round 9, the tension escalated when Wilder dropped Fury with a right hand behind the ear. But in terms of the flow of the fight, it was an isolated moment. Fury rallied to win Rounds 10 and 11 on each judge’s scorecard.Round 12 was a time-capsule round. Less than a minute into the stanza, a right-hand-left-hook combination decked Fury for the second time in the bout. This time, unlike in Round 9, the fight appeared to be over.last_img read more

David Price could benefit from new environment with Dodgers

first_img“That’s just kind of the way baseball is trending. I don’t think it’s one team. That’s just the way the game is going. But those horses, they’re still going to go out there and eat up six and seven and make pitches in the eighth and go out there for the ninth every now and again. That’s still going to happen.”More than anything, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts points to Price’s renewed health as a positive sign for 2020. Price had surgery in September to remove a cyst from his left wrist, ending his season earlier than he could remember.“I think that was the longest I’ve gone in my life without touching a baseball,” Price said. “To be able to have that time to regroup, get everything back under me feels really good right now.”The wrist issue had been a problem as far back as his days in Tampa, causing circulation issues in his hand and a lack of feeling for the baseball that reached a head last season.“The way it was described to me was it was kind of gravel. We would use different tools to smooth it out. But it kind of accumulated to be so much the best thing was to go in there cut it out and get it over with,” he said.“I could instantly tell how much warmer my hand was. The feeling in my hand was instantly better.”BELLINGER VS. ASTROSOn Friday, Cody Bellinger asserted that the Astros “stole a ring from us” and Jose Altuve stole the AL MVP from Aaron Judge by using an elaborate system to steal signs. On Saturday, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa responded to Bellinger’s comments, defending Altuve and saying Bellinger didn’t “know the facts.”Related Articles GLENDALE, Ariz. – David Price has spent a lot of time in some tough neighborhoods.The veteran left-hander has spent 11 of his first 12 seasons in the major leagues pitching in the American League East, home to three of the most hitter-friendly ballparks (based on ESPN’s ballpark factors rankings). For parts of seven seasons, his home park was one of the top 10 most hitter-friendly in the majors – Boston’s Fenway Park, Rogers Centre in Toronto and Comerica Park in Detroit, with the first two particularly difficult for left-handed pitchers.Pitching at Dodger Stadium (24th in ESPN’s ballpark factor rankings last year) and no longer facing AL lineups fortified with the designated hitter could mean a nice late-career boost for the 34-year-old Price.“I hope a big boost, you know,” Price said with a smile. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I mean, facing the pitcher is cool. Having the ability to pitch around the 8-hole is part of the strategy. But at the same time, National League guys (pitchers) are taking BP, they’re running the bases. … That can take a toll on you as well.”In an era when “load management” has been added to the sports language, the Dodgers do their best to minimize the toll on their starting pitchers over the course of the regular season.Last season, the Dodgers starting pitcher had more than four days’ rest in 117 of their 162 regular-season games – not far from their annual standard over the past few seasons. Only one pitcher over the past three seasons has made as many as 30 starts (Walker Buehler last year) and none have pitched more than 183 innings in a season since both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke topped 220 in 2015.Price has made at least 30 starts in seven seasons and pitched over 200 innings six times.“I had no clue about that,” Price said when told the Dodgers’ recent history of handling their starters with care. The number of starts made with extra rest, in particular, caught his attention.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Bellinger did not make himself available to the media Sunday and Roberts made it clear he hopes there will be no further back and forth.“He said what he said. It was his honest thoughts on the situation and our guy gave his thoughts,” Roberts said. “Right now, I think it’s at the forefront obviously guys have an opportunity, a platform. I think Dusty (Baker) said it — it’s time to move on and move forward.“I think they (Bellinger’s comments) were honest. I do believe that was something he wanted to get off his chest and felt compelled to voice his thoughts. But I do know he’s ready to move forward. What he said was said and I don’t think there will be any follow up or retort for what Carlos said.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s presence and injury overshadows youth in loss to Spurs

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But as Bryant fought through another injury that will add to his legend, the Lakers made little progress in fulfilling the stated goal Scott outlined beforehand for the last two months of the season.“The No. 1 task is still to win games,” Scott said. “The No. 2 task is develop our young guys. In that order.”The Lakers accomplished neither in any order you choose. San Antonio (46-9) thrived despite missing Manu Ginobili (groin) and Kawhi Leonard (left calf). The Spurs still sliced through the Lakers’ defense with 64 points in the paint and seven players cracking double figures, including Tony Parker (25 points), LaMarcus Aldridge (16), Patty Mills (15), Kyle Anderson (14), Duncan (12), Boris Diaw (10) and Rasual Butler (10).Meanwhile, only Lakers second-year guard Jordan Clarkson (20 points in 35 minutes) and second-year forward Julius Randle (11 points, 15 rebounds) marked the young players that closed the game out. Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell sat in the final three minutes after posting eight points on 2-of-5 shooting and three assists in 26 minutes, while Lou Williams had 21 points in 35 minutes. The night started with nostalgia as Kobe Bryant hugged San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and made friendly exchanges with Spurs forward Tim Duncan for one last time. The night ended with more memories surrounding Bryant’s journey with late-game heroics and battling injuries, though it did nothing to prevent the Lakers’ 119-113 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday at Staples Center. Bryant played through a dislocated middle finger in his right hand. He also posted 25 points albeit on a 10-of-25 clip. But Bryant stated his plans to play in Sunday’s game in Chicago after x-rays came out negative and revealed no fracture. Lakers coach Byron Scott called Bryant a “tough hombre” after trainer Gary Vitti popped the finger back in. And Bryant raised his bandaged middle finger afterwards.“This is probably the only time I can sit here like this at a press conference and not get fined,” Bryant said, laughing. “I have a built-in excuse.”center_img “Once he starts, that’s when he’ll get that opportunity,” Scott said. “I truly believe when he starts, the guys that normally start the game will be the guys that normally finish the game. So he’ll get that opportunity again pretty soon.”But not on Friday. That stage belonged to Bryant. Moments after Bryant slipped on the floor to chase a loose ball, Scott motioned Nick Young to sub in for Bryant. But Scott shared that Vitti asked if Bryant wanted him to pop his dislocated finger. He agreed. So as Bryant stood by the scorer’s table with 2:10 left, Vitti “worked his magic,” as Bryant put it. He then went in for Young nearly 14 seconds later.Said Scott: “He said he was good.”Said Bryant: “I wanted to see how it felt. But it was numb. So I wanted to see if I pushed it, if there was pain there. Is this something that will linger?”Bryant does not sense that. He did not suffer a fracture. He also did not feel any pain when he held the ball. But unlike many times before, Bryant could not deliver late in the game. He may have posted a team-leading 25 points. Bryant may have nailed an 11-foot floater to cut the Spurs’ lead to 111-107 with 1:23 remaining. But Bryant only went 10-of-25 from the field. He only shot 2-of-7 in the fourth period. That starkly contrasted the twisted feeling Popovich experienced amid endless regular season and playoff matchups against Bryant through 20 years.“If you weren’t careful, you start coaching and you start watching,” Popovich said. “It’s so incredible.”Yet, seeing Bryant try that for one last time against the Spurs contradicted another one of Scott’s apparent priorities.Scott vowed to play Bryant fewer than the 29 minutes he has averaged this season. Bryant’s minutes against San Antonio stayed the same. Scott vowed that “sometimes” Bryant will sit out at the end of games. Bryant went on the court with 5:44 left in the fourth quarter. He finished his night with 36.2 seconds left.“It really doesn’t matter to me,” Bryant said about his playing time. “I’m going to go out there and play. Whatever minutes I have, I’m going to go out there and play.”But it mattered to Bryant he played late in the game against the Spurs, including Duncan.“It’s been fun competing against him for all these years,” Bryant said. “He and I had an opportunity to have some great dialogue tonight. It’s been so much fun competing against him in that organization. I’ve truly truly enjoyed it. They’ve pushed me to fine tune and sharpen my game.” Bryant then boasted the Lakers won four out of seven playoff matchups, including in the Wester Conference Finals (2001, 2008) and Western Conference semifinals (2002, 2004). Earlier, Scott waxed poetic about Bryant and Duncan each winning five NBA championships despite their vastly different personalities in different markets. Popovich called both players “iconic figures.”“If you peel away all those layers, they’re a lot alike,” Scott said. “They both had that hunger to win, that hunger to compete at the highest level. I think they both put championships up there pretty high. That’s the thing that makes it such a beautiful rivalry.” But the current Spurs are competing for another NBA title, while the current Lakers are competing for the NBA lottery. Hence, Scott vowed to feature less Bryant and more youth.“A lot of those guys defer to him, understandably so,” Scott said. “There will be some of those games where he’s not on the floor. Then they don’t have that security blanket to just say, ‘OK, we’re just going to throw it to KB and see what happens.’ They’re going to have to make some plays for themselves.”That led Bryant to explain in condescending detail why that storyline has become overblown.“I do a lot of coaching on the floor and try to help them through angles and all this other stuff,” Bryant said. “If you’re looking for ‘Step back and let others shoot’, that’s very surface content. You’re not looking deep enough. To help a player, you don’t help a player by stepping back. You have to help a player through details, through angles, through nuances, through understanding tempo. A lot of that is conversation. A lot of that is coaching on the floor. By saying a player is helping somebody by stepping back, that doesn’t do a damn thing. It’s constantly coaching. It’s constantly teaching. It’s constantly being in their ear. I’ve done a lot and will do much more.”Will that become as seamless as Bryant’s having his finger fixed. Or will that prove as difficult as Bryant’s shooting stroke on Friday?Scott stressed that shift had nothing to do with any recent conversations with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and more to do with his young players’ readiness, a stage he likened to “raising your kids.”“You will have those times they give you a big smile on your face. There are times you have to get the belt out,” Scott said. “But I enjoy the process.” As the Lakers saw on Friday, that process has not ended.last_img read more