UFC obliging troubled Greg Hardy’s desire for 2nd chance

first_imgYes, his Twitter handle @greghardyjr was printed underneath his name to let fans know how to find the hulking heavyweight on social media. UFC enthusiasts and social media pundits had already pounced on the disgraced former NFL defensive end:— “he can beat up women that’s for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— “why is this woman beater in the UFC?”— “which woman fighter is he gonna beat up?” FILE – In this Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy arrives prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy says he is “haunted” by his high-profile domestic violence past and wants to prove he has changed as he makes his debut in UFC, a promotion that hasn’t hesitated to embrace fighters with legal or drug problems. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)NEW YORK — Greg Hardy’s eyes popped as he saw his name in bold print on the oversized placard that identified him as a UFC fighter.“That’s dope! It’s got my Twitter thing on it,” Hardy said with a laugh.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. His debut comes one month after UFC allowed Jon Jones to compete following a positive drug test, moving an entire fight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because Nevada regulators wouldn’t license the troubled superstar. It’s also several months after Dana White, UFC’s president, condemned Conor McGregor for his criminal act of throwing a wheeled cart at a bus full of fighters, then turned around and used the video footage to hype up an October megafight between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, a bout that itself ended in a melee.Scrutiny of Hardy’s ascent grew among fans when he was placed on the same card as flyweight Rachael Ostovich, who is fighting Paige VanZant. Honolulu police arrested Ostovich’s husband, Arnold Berdon, who pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and is accused of punching his wife in the head, face and ribs, fracturing her eye socket.White has defended having the two intertwined fighters on the same card and said he had Ostovich’s approval to book Hardy.“From the minute I called her, there was never a situation,” White said. “She didn’t know who Hardy was. She didn’t know anything about it. She said, ‘His situation isn’t my situation. They’re completely different. I don’t even know the guy and I’ll have no problem with any of this.’”Ostovich said in New York that she talked to Hardy this week to “squash whatever might be happening.”“Let’s work together and use this to help other people from both sides,” she said. “It wasn’t bothering me. It was just something that was on my mind and on my heart that I wanted to go in and meet with him.”Hardy appreciated the chat.“She’s a phenomenal person,” he said. “It shows greatness that she went through what she went through and came here to kick butt.”Ostovich was pulled from her fight against VanZant because of the severity of the injuries suffered in her attack, only to insist she could compete as she saw other fighters clamor for the marquee spot.She had earned her spot in Brooklyn and, once medically cleared — she wanted to clear the slate with Hardy. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Jhack Tepora spearheads PH fighters in Pacquiao-Broner undercard Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Keep scrolling and scrolling and the majority of the 240-character sentiments strike similar opinions: Hardy doesn’t deserve a chance to fight for UFC.Hardy understands those who want to wash their hands of someone arrested for assaulting a woman. While still playing football, Hardy was convicted in July 2014 of assaulting and threatening a woman who contended the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder threw her in a bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. He appealed, and prosecutors in North Carolina eventually dismissed domestic violence charges in February 2015, saying the accuser in the case couldn’t be found. The court heard the woman had reached a civil settlement with Hardy.“I do revisit the past at night,” Hardy said Thursday. “I’m haunted and I am a broken man. But at the end of the day, I’ve got to build myself back up.”Hardy wants to show he has changed as he makes his debut in UFC, a promotion that hasn’t hesitated to embrace fighters with legal or drug problems. His co-headline spot in a heavyweight bout Saturday night comes at a key moment for the MMA giant, its first show in its $1.5-billion contract with ESPN.Hardy played 12 football games in 2015 under a $13.1 million deal with the Cowboys before turning to professional fighting, where his rise has been rapid. The 30-year-old breezed through six fights — none lasting past the first round — and won a contract through a UFC reality show.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “If I was pulled from the card because of my situation and being at home just recovering and thinking about it, I would have been at home Saturday night watching my fight and just be so crushed,” she said. “It feels so much better to be here than not.”Hardy feels similarly about a new lease on life as an athlete. He was cheery — downright happy-go-lucky — and did not shy away from answering questions about his past, even as he was light on specifics.And he’s already made a great impression on the new boss.“The guy is gifted. He’s a great athlete. He looks good so far,” White said. “When he hits people, they go down.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I felt like that was the right thing for me to do,” he said. “I totally get it. I understand why people would have a hard time grasping the whole situation and why things happen. But I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe we can change our surroundings for a positive thing.”Hardy has had few positives since he had 15 sacks for the Carolina Panthers in 2013 when he was picked for the Pro Bowl. He was arrested on a cocaine possession charge in a Dallas suburb in 2016.“I’ve grown in every way possible and the people around me have helped me do that,” Hardy said. “Everything’s changed as far as the sport, the venues and myself. Please keep watching and find out for yourself.”Hardy hopped down the stage after the ceremonial staredown against Allen Crowder and gave White a big bro hug.But not all observers backed UFC’s decision to sign Hardy.“It’s quite offensive. It’s gross,” said Kiersten Stewart, director of public policy at Futures Without Violence, a national group that works to prevent domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. “It’s about making money off domestic violence. It really minimizes the harm that domestic violence does.”Stewart said Ostovich had every right to fight at Barclays Center with Hardy, but raised the question: “Why was she put in this position?”White said it was a moot point.“These are two UFC fighters and eventually they would have ended up on the same card anyway,” White said. “It could be this fight or it could be 10 fights from now.”Win or lose, Ostovich knows she’ll end her combat in the cage in tears. She’s been publicly stoic in the face of probing questions about her abuse and Hardy’s presence and is ready to let her emotions out once the bell rings. Through all the adversity, there was nowhere else she wanted to be but New York.last_img read more

Nation’s Road Network Needs Urgent GOL Attention

first_imgMany Liberian socio-economic and political commentators have repeatedly reminded the government that a good road network should be one of the nation’s top priorities.These pundits have also stressed that 99 percent of what Liberians do in terms of movement, interaction and economic activity, depend the country’s roads.They have continually emphasized that a safe and modern road network would help boost vibrant economic and political activities throughout the country. Something everyone in the nation hopes for through 2014 and beyond.  Liberians of all walks of life have endured deplorable road conditions for years.Urban markets, supermarkets and restaurants depend on locally produced commodities from rural Liberia to enhance profit and meet the demands of Monrovia’s population of 1.2 million.Education & Impediments:One commentator said that better roads would make it possible for better equipped schools could be built in rural Liberia. However, if the road leading to that school’s surrounding community is in a poor condition, monitoring and supervision become illusive. Several community colleges have been established in some strategic parts of Liberia in order to deter urban migration by the nation’s youth in search of education.Reports gathered from those community colleges continue to emphasize the difficulties these institutions face in the timely provision of educational materials.If such conditions exist with large institutions, then what will become of a small school placed in the remote village of Boutou, in Nimba County?Health & Medical Provision:The Liberian Government and its support and development partners have constructed many medical facilities in hard-to-reach communities in both urban and rural Liberia.The intents and purposes of these facilities— according to health authorities— are for Liberians and foreigners to have access and affordable medical care at any given point in time at any place in the country.A nurse assigned at a health post in Lukasu, Lawou Kazarku told the Observer that they see their supervisors and others   associated with the health center ‘once in a blue moon.’ A situation owed to the terrible condition of the road. This state of affairs is only made worse during the Rainy Season.Ms. Kazarku underscored the need for sustained and uninterrupted services to such remote parts of the country in order to ensure the safety and protection of rural Liberians.Nurse Kazarku concluded by urging the Liberian Government and its support partners to prioritize the building of the roads for the sake of all Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jamaican found with fake passport at CJIA jailed

first_imgA Jamaican was on Wednesday jailed for eight months by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he admitted to presenting a fake passport last month at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).Ricardo Brown, 36, admitted that on April 23, 2018, he uttered to Kevin Grant, an Immigration Officer, a forged Guyana passport purporting that same was issued by the Central Immigration and Passport Office knowing same to be false.According to Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, Brown boarded a COPA Airlines flight and handed over the passport in the name of Jermaine Samuels.However, when the passport was scanned and compared in the boarder management system, it was revealed that it belonged to Ashana King and was reported stolen. Further examination showed that the said passport was tampered with. As such, Brown was arrested and charged with the offence. The Chief Magistrate also fined the Jamaican $100,000. After serving his time and paying his fine, he will be escorted to the nearest airport and deported.last_img read more

Guyana Forestry Commission gets new Board

first_img– as Govt admits funding options for agency limitedThe Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), which has been featured prominently in the media in recent months owing to its restructuring, has had a new Board of Directors approved to oversee its operations until next year.The forestry sector has experienced contradictory times with a growing sector and a struggling regulatorAccording to a gazetted notice, the new Board will be led by incumbent Chair Joselyn Dow. Other members include Latchmin Punalall, Dr David Singh, Clayton Hall, Audwin Rutherford, Vanessa Kissoon and Commissioner James Singh. Also included are representatives from the Forest Producers Association, the Ministry of the Presidency, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association and the Ministries of Agriculture and Business.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, at a press conference last week, alluded to the Commission’s difficulties in bringing in revenue and paying staff. He noted that the Commission has had to contend with a ban on the importation of greenheart into the United Kingdom, among other things.“We are limited by what we can do, because Parliament is not in session. So even if we want to support them, we’ll have to go to Parliament to get supplemental. That is not possible at this stage, so we’ll have to see if there are any other creative approaches to getting them some money to tide them over,” Jordan had said.“They have had a number of challenges that have reduced their revenue intake. The BaiShanLin concessions were returned, so they are not earning anything from it. It has not been given out. Greenheart exports, problems there. The whole issue of timber not expanding at the rate it should.”Notwithstanding these problems, including payment of the Forestry Commission’s own staff, the 2019 Mid-Year Report had shown that the sector was one of the few economic success stories. The report had said that the forestry subsector was estimated to have grown at the half-year.This growth encompasses the production of timber, including logs, round wood, primary lumber, split wood and fuelwood. According to the report, the production of these commodities rose 7.8 per cent above the level achieved at the end of June 2018.“This pushed growth in the sector to 8.5 per cent in the first half of 2019. The improvements to interior roads in the latter half of 2018 saw community loggers, particularly in Region 10, realising higher production levels in the first quarter of 2019. Production continued to surge, driven by small-scale concessions and community forestry operators.”“At the end of the first half, log production grew by 6.8 per cent, mainly on account of the increased extraction of greenheart logs to meet local demand. On the other hand, weaker international demand for round wood resulted in a contraction of this category in the second quarter, which resulted in a 2.6 per cent decline relative to the previous half-year,” the report adds.According to the report, primary lumber producers recorded gains of 32.4 per cent in the first half, which was attributed to them capitalising on local demand for construction. The report also projects a positive outlook for the remainder of the year for the sector.“Given these factors, the forestry sector is conservatively expected to expand by 5 per cent, 3.1 percentage points above the projection in Budget 2019,” the report says.last_img read more

Man wanted in Dawson Creek arrested in Kamloops

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Kamloops RCMP have captured a man who has several outstanding warrants in relation to a series of events across various jurisdictions in the province.In early January, 29-year-old Michael David Trosky was wanted on outstanding warrants in Dawson Creek, the Okanagan and Shuswap areas for charges including:Evading PoliceDangerous Operation of a Motor VehicleProhibited DrivingFailing to ComplyBreachTheft of Mail and Theft Under.He has appeared before the courts and is being remanded until April 11, 2019.- Advertisement –last_img

Chelsea starlet lined up for SEVENTH loan move away from Stamford Bridge

first_img Nathaniel Chalobah in action for England Under-21s 1 Torino are seeking contact with Chelsea over the availability of outcast Nathaniel Chalobah, claim reports in Italy.The defensive midfielder has yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues and has spent time on loan at six different clubs since graduating from the club’s academy in 2012.The 21-year-old endured a tough time at Napoli in a season-long loan last term, making just nine appearances for the Italian club.Chalobah will report back to Chelsea for pre-season with a view to finally making a breakthrough into the first team under new manager Antonio Conte.But, according to Sky Italia, if Chalobah fails to make an impression on Conte, then Torino are ready to take him on loan with a view to making the deal permanent in 2017.last_img read more

’61 caps too late!’ – Fans react to James Milner’s international retirement

first_imgJames Milner officially announced his retirement from international duty on Friday afternoon, after seven years of service and 61 caps won.The Liverpool man decided to hang up his boots following talks with new England boss Sam Allardyce, with confirmation that he was not going to be a guaranteed starter in the new regime.The versatile midfielder’s entire career has been characterised by his ‘Jack of all trades’ usage by managers, starting only 36 of his 61 appearances.The 31-year-old has also only ever netted one goal for the Three Lions, and despite playing at two World Cups and two European Championships, his most famous act in an England shirt is horribly misplacing a long-range pass at Wembley in a 2014 friendly against Norway.Milner has both his fans and detractors, leading to both positive and negative reactions to his retirement, and talkSPORT have collected some of the best comments below… James Milner made his England debut in 2009 1last_img read more

CARRIGANS CARPENTER BURNED DOWN GIRLFRIEND’S HOUSE AFTER SHE SPLIT WITH HIM

first_imgA Carrigans carpenter beat up his girlfriend and then burned her house down after she ended their relationship.Owen Grant could not accept seeing his ex-partner Michelle Bradley with another man after they broke up after they had dated for eight years.Ms Bradley had changed the lock on her house which she had been sharing with Ms Bradley. However on September 11th, 2009, Grant turned up at the house and demanded the keys for her BMW car which he had claimed was his.He grabbed the keys form her and then pushed her to the ground and kicked her in the side.He left and later that day was approached by Ms Bradley’s brothers Paul and Kieran who called the Gardai.They Gardai arrived and told the men the matter would be dealt with.However later that evening, Grant, 44, arrived at Ms Bradley’s home and broke into it.He set fire to four different chairs in the house and burned the luxury home to the ground.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard Grant of 447 Imlick Villas, Carrigans, Co Donegal heard how he simply could not accept that their relationship had ended.Grant sought treatment from the Mental Health Services after the attack and spent seven weeks in their care.However Ms Bradley, 40, from Dunmore, Carrigans said she still lived in fear of Grant and was terrified he would come after her.She said as well as losing her home, she had also lost all her precious memories including photos in the arson attack carried out by Grant.“I am still terrified of him. He threatened to kill me and that’s why I’m still afraid of him,” she said.Judge John O’Hagan said Grant was not a teenager and he did not accept that he had any great mental health issues.“He lost it and couldn’t cope with the break-up. He was besotted with Ms Bradley – utterly consumed by her and could not get it out of his mind that this had happened.“He demanded their relationship be restored and it took over his life. But it made her life a total misery by contacting her again and again.And he added “There’s no mental health issue here. He’s depressed – so – lots of people are depressed. There is no excuse for what he did.”He added that it was only by luck that Ms Bradley had not been staying in the house at the time of the arson attack.He took the common assault into account but sentenced Grant to two and half years in prison for the arson attack on Ms Bradley’s home.He also ordered that Grant have no contact ever again with his former girlfriend.EndsCARRIGANS CARPENTER BURNED DOWN GIRLFRIEND’S HOUSE AFTER SHE SPLIT WITH HIM was last modified: February 10th, 2011 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)last_img read more

GAA NOTES: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS

first_imgSEAN MAC CUMHAILL’S NOTES 19/03/12FIXTURES/RESULTS Senior Footballers. Well done to our Senior footballers who have reached the Ulster League Final. They played Strabane Sigersons in Mac Cumhaill Park on Friday night. Please see our facebook page for a match report. The Final is on next Sunday March 26th against Fourglen, Derry at Faughanvale, Derry at 12.00pm. For supporters bus please contact Peter or Alan.€6 first come first served. Please come and support Mac Cumhaills as we look to lift our first piece of silverware of the season.Under 16. Our 16’s had a disappointing result against Gaoth Dobhair on Sunday morning. Both teams started evenly enogh but at the 25 min mark Gaoth Dobhair scored a goal and started to pull away.The second half fared no better for Mac Cumhaills with a lot of wides and with Gaoth Dobhair showing more composure, they couldn’t be caught. Gaoth Dobhair ran out comfortable winners. Under 16’s are away to Milford next Sunday morning at 12.00pm. Third Team. Training for the 3rd team this Tue 6th at 8.30. Everybody welcome. For more Details contact Anthony Logue 0876830320.Senior Ladies Football.Anyone wishing to play or help out with the Ladies team please contact Enda on 086 8876401.Please keep an eye on our Facebook page, as fixtures are liable to change. We’ll update all fixtures as soon as we have the informationSEAN MAC CUMHAILLS EASTER CAMP 2012Mac Cumhaills are running the very successfull Easter Camp again this year.It will run from Mon 2nd Aprill till Wed 4th. 10.00 am -2.00pm.Ages from 5-13. Prices are as follows:Mac Cumhaills Members €25 1st Child, €20 2nd & 3rd Child.Non Members €30 1st Child,€25 2nd & 3rd Child.Registration for the camp will take place on the Friday 30th Mar 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Contact Luke Gavigan 087-7980865,Noel Doherty 086-6028868 for more details.REGISTRATIONRegistration is now due for 2012. ALL Senior players and members must be registered before 31 March 2012. If you are not registered before this date, it will affect your player insurance and your voting rights at the AGM. Please contact Stephen Lynch. Cost of membership is: €70 for Family membership, € 30 for Adults and €10 for childrenSCOR Well done to all the participants in the underage Scor held in The Villa Rose last Wednesday night. With a selection of singing dancing and music, a brilliant nights entertainment was had by all. Special thanks to all the schools and teachers who prepared the students for the night.MAC CUMHAILL’S CLUB LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 1,4,6 and 29There was 1 match 3 winner.Eddie Walsh, Cappry receives €150.NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT IS A MASSIVE €8,800€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams is as follows,Under 6’s Boys and Girls: Wed 5.30pm. On Astro pitch Contact Alan Martin 0861723899Under 8’s: Boys and Girls : Wed 6.30 on Astro pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Wed 6.30- 7.30 on Training pitch, weather permitting.Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys: Friday evenings 6.00pm. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.00All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm.All new players welcome.Girls Underage FootballTraining for girls 14-18 is on Thurs 5.45pm and Sundays 11.45am.New players welcome. Contact Michael Gordon 0877941058We still need managers/assistants for the following teams:U12/14 girls footballAnyone interested please contact any Minor Board member.FOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35. Please contact John Burke at 086/8185915 for order form. IDEAL BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in Jacksons Hotel this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome!CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NOTES: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS was last modified: March 19th, 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:Sean MacCumhaills GAA noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL LADIES U-14 FOOTBALLERS IN O’DONNELL PARK FUNDRAISER

first_imgDonegal U14 girls county panelDONEGAL’S U14 girls footballers will be out and about at O’Donnell Park on Sunday – fundraising for a trip to the All-Ireland blitz.Forty-four girls from 23 clubs across Donegal will be travelling to Mullingar on the weekend of May 15 and 16 to take part in the tournament.And the girls will be hoping the Donegal public gets behind them when Rory Gallagher’s men take on Monaghan at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny tomorrow in the Allianz National League Division One clash. The girls were pictured earlier today after a training session hosted by CLG Ghaoth Dobhair.The county coaches want to thank Sharkey Waste & Recycling of Annagry for sponsoring new jerseys and the Sandhouse Hotel Rossnowlagh for sponsorship of new track suits.And they also want to thank CLG Ghaoth Dobhair for hosting the girls for their training session today.The girls will be collecting on all roads leading to O’Donnell Park on Sunday from noon. Please give generously.  DONEGAL LADIES U-14 FOOTBALLERS IN O’DONNELL PARK FUNDRAISER was last modified: March 7th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Countydonegaldonegal girlsfund raisingfundraierMonaghanO’Donnell ParkU14’slast_img read more