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David Johnson

first_imgFor some reason I started thinking about David Johnson the other day.  David was an athlete of mine when I taught at Whitewater High School in the mid 60’s.  David came to Whitewater from another school system when he was a freshman.  He didn’t know anybody so he joined the cross country team to feel that he was a part of his new school.  Before it was over, David became an excellent runner and this let him go to college on a partial athletic scholarship.  Besides the love for running, David also liked the outdoors.  His college education allowed him to be a park ranger.David moved to Alaska to pursue his love for the outdoors.  Before his untimely death of a heart attack, David started a marathon in his adopted state of Alaska.  If you have a son/daughter who moves to a new school system as David did, make sure they find some activity that allows them to become involved and make new friends.  David became one of the most popular students at Whitewater because he took a chance and came out for cross country.last_img read more

Everton boss Roberto Martinez delighted with consistency shown by Romelu Lukaku

first_img Press Association But his form picked up during the second half of last term and this campaign only Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored more goals. Martinez said: “We’ve seen a very consistent footballer for the last 12 months. Everything that he’s doing in the final third is as good as it gets in the league. “Only maybe Sergio Aguero had a similar impact in the last three years, and his (Lukaku’s) numbers are above big names and big performers in this league. “From our point of view, it’s been great to see that consistency. To have 27 goals in a calendar year is an impressive stat but, as he will tell you, we want him to carry on improving, carry on wanting more, and, at the tender age of 22, that should be the drive and the focus.” Everton have only lost three matches all season, with five wins and seven draws leaving them in ninth place ahead of Saturday’s trip to Carrow Road. It is Everton’s second match against Norwich in six weeks following the Toffees’ Capital One Cup victory on penalties at Goodison Park. “It was a very different game,” Martinez said. “I think when you play in the cup and you know that everything is going to be decided on the night, there are different ways of approaching the game. “What was very clear was Norwich are a very good team in possession; technically I thought they performed very well on the night. It was a very competitive game and I expect exactly the same. “Looking at the last game they had at Carrow Road against Arsenal, it was a really good performance and we know we’re going to be facing a brave team with a lot of energy that can keep the ball really well.” Midfielder James McCarthy was due to have a fitness test on Friday on the hip problem that has ruled him out of the last two games. Teenage defender Brendan Galloway signed a new long-term deal on Thursday and looks set to keep his place at left-back ahead of Leighton Baines for another week at least. Baines has made two substitute appearances after nearly seven months out following two operations on his ankle. Martinez said: “After the Middlesbrough game he took a little bit of a knock and it took him probably 24 hours to get back to normal. After the game against Crystal Palace, he had no reaction. “We need to be very much aware when a player’s out for such a long period, you cannot just expect to come back and be perfect for 90 minutes. “But I was delighted with the way he reacted after the game on Monday. He’s getting very, very close to being able to challenge for a start.” Lukaku has scored 14 goals in 19 appearances for the Toffees this season, including seven in his last six games, and will be looking to continue the run against Norwich on Saturday. The Belgium international initially struggled to hit the heights he had reached during a season on loan at Goodison Park from Chelsea when he signed permanently for a club-record fee in the summer of 2014. Only Sergio Aguero can match up to Romelu Lukaku’s exploits in the Barclays Premier League, according to Everton boss Roberto Martinez.last_img read more

Missing teen found dead inside of a chimney

first_imgAuthorities in Port Clinton, Ohio are reporting that they found the body of a missing teen trapped inside of a chimney while re-canvasing the area surrounding his home.14-year-old Harley Dilly’s body was discovered Monday inside of a neighbor’s chimney three weeks after he initially went missing while walking to school.Officials say while they did check the areas surrounding Dilly’s home when they re-canvased that area they decided to enter a neighbor’s vacant summer home which is currently undergoing renovations.When authorities entered the second floor of the house, they found Dilly’s jacket and glasses next to a brick chimney. They then looked inside the chimney and found Dilly’s body stuck inside.“The chimney is between the second and third floors and is 9 by 13 inches,” said Port Clinton Police Department Chief Robert J. Hickman.Investigators told reporters that they don’t suspect foul play in the teen’s death.During a press conference, authorities reported that they believe that the teen climbed an antenna to the roof of the house and then went down its chimney.An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.last_img read more

Eugene, Melius shine but Leewards snatch tense win

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Half-centuries from captain Johnnel Eugene and opener Kimani Melius underlined a gallant Windward Islands run chase but the knocks went in vain as Leeward Islands pulled off a narrow 15-run victory in their third round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship here yesterday.Resuming the final day on 49 for one in pursuit of 260 for victory at St Paul’s, the Windwards put up a good fight before they were bowled out for 244 in their second innings.Eugene top-scored with 70, Melius got 68 while Johann Jeremiah chimed in with 40.The Windwards appeared strong favourites for the win when they cruised to 125 for one but lost wickets steadily to watch their challenge fizzle out.Zawandi White led the Leewards with three for 32 while Jerome Thomas (2-31) and Kadeem Henry (2-46) collected two wickets apiece.Melius, starting the day on 26, controlled the earlier part of the innings in a 97-run stand with Jeremiah. He faced 147 balls in 201 minutes and counted five fours and a six while Jeremiah faced 116 deliveries without hitting a single four.Both perished within nine runs of each other but it paved the way for Eugene who then rallied the innings in a knock containing eight fours and two sixes, spanning 144 balls and just under three hours.He anchored three small partnerships – 25 for the fourth wicket with Dillon Douglas (10), 26 for the seventh with Jeremy Layne (14) and 32 for with Lee Louisy (4) which put the Windwards within sight of victory at 239 for eight.But both batsmen fell in the space of four deliveries in successive overs with no addition to the total, as the tail collapsed dramatically.last_img read more

Russia 2018: Super Eagles Storm Yaoundé to Ensure Qualification

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe in YaoundéAfter demystifying African champions Cameroon in Uyo on Friday with the resounding 4-0 defeat of the Indomitable Lions, the Super Eagles are scheduled to storm Yaoundé this morning for the reverse fixture of the World Cup qualifier.According to the programme rolled out by the Nigeria Football Football (NFF) yesterday, the 80-man Nigerian delegation is scheduled to fly out of the Akwa Ibom capital by a chartered Arik Air flight into Yaoundé before noon. Eagles are aiming to do a double on the Cameroonians by picking all six points in the Russia 2018 double header between both countries within a space of four days.With Zambia’s 3-1 defeat of Algeria in Lusaka yesterday in Group B’s other match of the qualifiers to move up into the second spot, the Indomitable Lions were further pushed down to the third position on just two points from three games.Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, allowed his wards the luxury of recovery from the bruising battle with Cameroon on Friday with just light workout.While the wounded Cameroonians returned to full training almost immediately on reaching their base, Eagles took time out to watch clips of the game all over again and made corrections in areas the handlers considered not in line with the game plan put in place by Rohr.A top NFF official told THISDAY in Uyo that the players are in high spirit and believe that they can repeat the feat in Yaounde tomorrow.“The players have regained their self-belief and are now set to prove that the feat in Uyo was no fluke. They are aiming to pick all six points from the Cameroonians by also winning the second leg,” stressed the top football official to THISDAY at the Ibom Meridian Resort in Uyo last night.Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi, was full of excitement when asked what to expect from the reverse fixture.“I have no doubt in my mind that we are going to consolidate on our leadership of the group come Monday in Yaoundé. We are going there to improve on the game we played at home here in Uyo when we take on the Cameroonians again.”The Super Eagles and the Nigerian delegation is scheduled to leave straight from the Omnisport Stade Ahmadu Ahidjo to the airport for the return journey to Abuja on Monday night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trojans swept by crosstown rival Bruins

first_imgWhen USC coach Chad Kreuter jogged to the pitcher’s mound with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday afternoon, he wanted reliever Chad Smith to relax. He also wanted to assure the sophomore he could get UCLA left fielder Cody Keefer out by pitching him low and outside.Up and down · Freshman designated hitter Cade Kreuter hit a solo homer in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to UCLA but also struck out twice on the day. – Courtesy USC Sports Information Apparently, Smith did not listen.Two pitches after the meeting, Smith shook off sophomore catcher Kevin Roundtree and went against the coaching staff’s pitch selection, choosing to throw an inside fastball. Keefer turned on the pitch and lined it over the right field wall for a walk-off, two-run home run that gave the Bruins (37-11, 13-8) a 2-1 victory and series sweep of USC (23-28, 5-16) at Jackie Robinson Stadium.“We’re baffled as a coaching staff,” Kreuter said. “That was a pitch he should have never thrown. That’s a cardinal sin. You don’t throw [inside] with the winning run at the plate with two out in the ninth inning.”Kreuter placed blame on both Smith and Roundtree for not following the instructions he imparted during the mound visit.“They have to trust that we’ve got a good scouting report,” Kreuter said. “We chart all the pitches and see what we’ve got guys out on. That should not have happened. It just shouldn’t have happened.”Up until the final pitch of the game, the only scoring occurred in the fourth inning when freshman Cade Kreuter launched a 1-0 fastball from Rob Rasmussen over the left-centerfield fence for a home run.Rasmussen allowed only six hits while striking out eight batters in seven innings, but senior starting pitcher Kevin Couture’s second consecutive strong performance had USC on the verge of salvaging one win against its rivals before Keefer’s homer.“Couture went through a rut [earlier in the season] where everyone was hitting everything off him, but today he pitched to the corners and kept the ball down probably the best he has all year,” coach Kreuter said. “I’m extremely proud of him.”Couture threw five scoreless innings while allowing only two hits Sunday, following a six inning outing against Long Beach State. He gave up only two runs on six hits in the Wednesday night start against the Dirtbags.But Couture didn’t get a win in either game as limited run support and bullpen woes haunted the Trojans.Against Long Beach, USC managed only four hits and one run – a line drive home run by senior outfielder Mike O’Neill.In the series against their crosstown rival, USC was outscored 30-10 with seven of those runs coming Friday night. Despite roughing up Bruins’ ace Gerrit Cole for five runs in five innings Friday night, the Trojans fell 13-7. Sophomore slugger Ricky Oropesa knocked four hits in the series opener and drove in four runs, including two on a towering home run that bounced off the Gifford Hitting Facility beyond the right field wall.But USC couldn’t overcome a short outing by sophomore starter Ben Mount (three innings pitched, three earned runs) and six runs allowed by the bullpen.It was more of the same Saturday. Junior starter Chris Mezger was knocked around for 10 hits and eight runs – six earned – in only four and  one-third innings pitched; the bullpen allowed an additional seven runs; and the offense was unable to string together hits, leaving 15 men on base and scoring only two runs.All of which made Sunday’s heartbreaking loss even more devastating.“That hurts because it’s stolen away from you with two outs in the ninth,” coach Kreuter said. “There’s more disappointment because we had the game won.”Prior to the current four-game losing streak, USC had won six of seven, including two of three from Arizona, who was nationally ranked No. 19 at the time. Kreuter hoped his team would carry the momentum of a three-game sweep of Utah into the games against Long Beach and UCLA.The Trojans are now buried at the bottom of the Pac-10 conference standings. Sitting three and one-half games behind the next closest team with only six conference games remaining, USC will need help to avoid finishing last in the conference for the second time in Kreuter’s four-year tenure — and only the third time in the last 80 years.last_img read more

All about confidence for Sheffield

first_imgAs Wisconsin volleyball head coach Kelly Sheffield watched his team win its second game against the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday night, he knew his team had bought into what they had been training for all year: playing with confidence.With a new head coach and highly-regarded recruiting class, a new era of Wisconsin volleyball is set to begin with a strong foundation to continue on for the future. Sheffield, winner of four season and tournament championships and three Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year awards at Dayton, has already successfully changed the culture of a losing program back to winning one. He needed just 15 games to prove it.“You’ve got to play with enthusiasm. You’ve got to play together. You’ve got to be disciplined,” Sheffield said. “It’s not about yourself, it’s about the team. I want our players to be very confident within themselves and with the team. Confidence comes through by putting the work in and having a vision.”It’s that vision that Sheffield knows will get the Wisconsin volleyball program back to its wonder days. For Sheffield, a team that believes in itself is a team that can win.In the past five years, though, it seemed as if the team had lost its poise. From 1999-2007 under head coach Pete Waite, the team qualified for the NCAA tournament every year and seemed practically unstoppable in the Big Ten. Since 2008, however, the program had gone steadily downhill, which resulted in a 77-80 overall record in the past five years.This year, however, the Badgers have started the season 14-1 and had their best start to the season since 2000 where Wisconsin finished runners-up in the NCAA tournament. And many of the players — such as senior Annemarie Hickey who now has played under both coaches — have taken notice of the changes to the team and styles of coaching.“We knew that it was going to be a lot different with [Sheffield] coming in from our previous years here,” Hickey said. “The team really focused on moving forward and not thinking about the past and that’s kind of what he told us from day one.“We don’t want to worry about what happened two, three, four or five years ago, we just want to keep moving forward. We want to make it better for this team and what we can do better for this team.”Sheffield is always trying to motivate his players but also demands the absolute best and has been known to hold his players accountable if they don’t do as he says, even while training for the upcoming season.“I remember the first week of practice we messed up a couple times, and things that would usually slip, he wouldn’t let happen,” junior starter Ellen Chapman said. “Little things like leaving the ball out, we got punished for. I’m glad that he started the season off with that kind of mindset. Hard work ethic is something he really believes in.”That work ethic has gotten the Badgers off to their fast and triumphant start. Wisconsin always looks composed this year when it takes the court. Sheffield has made sure that they are always prepared for each and every game.The Badgers have proven their tenacity on the court, but its their strong will to play for Sheffield that has really garnered their success.“He’s really good at just giving us a game plan to know what we need to do out there,” Hickey said.  “If we’re not doing that game plan, he’s holding us accountable between matches two and three. He’s really good at just motivating us. I hear a lot of my teammates saying I really want to do good for Kelly. That’s one of the big differences, too.”The stakes of coaching volleyball at Wisconsin are much higher than at Dayton, and Sheffield is no fool to that condition. As appreciative as he is for his time at Dayton, he’s well aware of the opportunity he has at Wisconsin and values every day he can coach here.“I had a great job where I was at, a great place to live, worked with great people,” Sheffield said. “But you have the opportunity when you come here to be able to recruit the absolute best in the country. You have the ability at coaching the best and coaching against the best and that was very, very [good for] me. Wisconsin has it all.”And by all, Sheffield doesn’t just mean that Wisconsin is a great sell for both sports and academics while recruiting. He’s also describing the overall atmosphere here and how fans are part of the equation.Sheffield recognizes how supportive and involved Badgers’ fans are to their alma mater and its sports. He knows having fans there at games is what will continue to build on his players’ confidence.“What I’m learning about the fans here is that [the fans] are part of the solution. When the opposing team is getting on a little bit of a run, they’re cheering for us. They’re trying to help us out,” Sheffield said. “Very few places in the country are like that. After a match, I don’t want them to say you played well. I want them to say we played well. That one word is a big part. I think here they believe it’s we, and I love it.”last_img read more

City of Lauderhill’s “Jammin’ in the Park and Art Fest” on…

first_imgThe 6th Annual Jammin’ in the Park & Art Fest will take place on April 28, 2018 at Ilene Lieberman Park, from 4 pm – 10 pm. Hosted by Hot 105’s Traci Cloyd, this party in the park is for the mature and grown who like music, food, and art!Support the Lauderhill Art, Culture, and Tourism Board as they provide the Art Fest with several art filled tents and displays. Several local artists will be selling paintings, sculptures, and jewelry at affordable prices. Everyone can go home with an original work of art!Live acts will take the stage all afternoon and include local talent to include the winners of last year’s Lauderhill Talent Contest and music by DJ Jabbow of Parkway.  There will be Blade Martin and The Sons of David Band (reggae and today’s hits), the Old Skool Gang (hits of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and Motown), and the headliners we all know and love Lenny Williams – whose hits were “Cause I Love You” and “Don’t Make Me Wait For Love”, and Rob Base – whose hits were “It Takes Two” and “Joy and Pain.”Lauderhill Commissioner M. Margaret Bates, Event Organizer explains, “Jammin’ in the Park is always a way to leave your cares behind and enjoy time with your friends and family. Let the music take you back to a time and place that we all loved and enjoyed. The food is always top notch and the price is just right. If you can make it to Jammin I promise you will NOT be disappointed! I will see you there!”Jammin’ in the Park is presented in conjunction with LT’s Throwback Golf Tournament and the proceeds benefit Fore Life. Sponsors also include Fore Life, the Lauderhill Art, Cultural, and Tourism Board, The Inverrary Association, and We Florida Financial. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.Entry into the park is FREE! Drinks and food will be for sale. Stop by the City of Lauderhill booth to register for the raffles to win cool prizes. Ilene Lieberman Park is located at 3801 Inverrary Boulevard. Parking is at 3800 Inverrary Boulevard and 3840 Inverrary Boulevard.last_img read more

Alex Wood, Cody Bellinger win honors for marvelous May

first_imgWood is the first Dodger to be named NL Pitcher of the Month since Clayton Kershaw in May 2016.Bellinger made his big-league debut April 25 and hit nine home runs in May (tied for fourth in the majors) while driving in 27 runs (second in the majors) in 28 games. He tied Joc Pederson and James Loney for the most home runs in a calendar month by a Dodgers rookie. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error May was a good month for the Dodgers.They went 19-9, one of the best records in the majors for the month. And two key players in that surge are being honored for their individual performances.Left-hander Alex Wood has been named the National League’s Pitcher of the Month for May and Cody Bellinger the NL Rookie of the Month.Currently on the disabled list with SC joint inflammation in the front of his pitching shoulder, Wood went 5-0 with a 1.27 ERA in his five starts last month. He didn’t allow a run in four of those starts and finished the month with a scoreless streak of 25 1/3 consecutive innings. That is the longest scoreless streak in the majors this season. He had the lowest ERA in the NL for the month (minimum 25 innings pitched) and struck out 41 batters in 28 1/3 innings.last_img read more

UFC 247 results: Jon Jones escapes with controversial decision over Dominick Reyes to retain light heavyweight title

first_img“I knew it was a really close right and I turned it on in the fifth round,” Jones said in his postfight interview. “That fifth round won me the fight. Those takedowns won me the fight.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearReyes (12-1) came out a man possessed and did what most of Jones’ opponents don’t do — come right at him. The strategy proved to be effective; his signature left hand and leg kicks were his best weapons. He mixed up his striking well and used combinations that had Jones backing up for the first two rounds. Much of the same was happening in the third round until about halfway through it, when Jones ramped up the pressure to test Reyes’ cardio and see whether he could go through a 25-minute war. As the fight entered the championship rounds, Jones showed why he’s perhaps the best of all time. After Reyes stunned him and had him on the ropes in the opening seconds, Jones was relentless and got scoring takedown after takedown. To his credit, Reyes kept getting up, but the energy spent staying off his back had taken its toll. The fifth round belonged to Jones. He controlled the Octagon, landed the harder shots and was the aggressor throughout the last five minutes while Reyes rode his bicycle in the final two minutes thinking he had the fight in the bag. When the final horn sounded, both fighters felt they had done enough to win. Throwing away the horrific 49-46 scorecard, the result comes down to how one views the third round. Reyes felt he owned it.”I thought I won [Rounds] 1 through 3,” Reyes said. “He was on me [in] 4 and 5. I had him 1 through 3, I was all over him.”Reyes didn’t walk out of the Lone Star State with the gold, but he could still hold his head up. People believe believe he did more than enough to dethrone Jones.”I’ll get better. I know I will,” he said.With his toughest opponent behind him, what is next for Jones? Will he finally make the trek up to heavyweight or stay at 205 pounds? “I’m going to have to talk to my coaches and figure out what I want to do,” he said.An immediate rematch, anyone? If any fight deserves one, it’s this one.Here is what happened at UFC 247.UFC 247 live results, updatesRound 5: That final round belonged to Jones. He shored up his striking and mixed it up to dominate the last five minutes. Don’t know what Reyes was doing in the last two minutes. Instead of fighting, he was acting like he already won because his corner told him he was ahead and just had to survive. Let’s go to the scorecards. Remember we are in Texas. (10-9 Jones, 48-47 Reyes)Round 4: The round began with Reyes coming in and rocking Jones with a series of shots. Knowing he was in trouble, Jones immediately rushed in for a takedown. Reyes initially stuffed it but Jones was relentless and finally got it. But the will of Reyes allowed him to continue to get up. Jones found something with his striking at the end of the round that did it for him. Jones needs a stoppage to win. (10-9 Jones, 39-37 Reyes)Round 3: Good round for both guys. The pressure Jones is applying has Reyes backpedaling and exhausted. But Reyes connected more and stayed active and stuffed a big takedown attempt by Jones. Can Jones captialize on the exhaustion of Reyes because he’s in trouble? (10-9 Reyes, 30-27 Reyes)Round 2: Don’t get why Jones is keeping it on the feet. A takedown can win the fight. Reyes is throwing in combinations while Jones is going one at a time. Reyes is landing the harder shots, keeping up his pace and letting Jones know he isn’t going anywhere. (10-9 Reyes, 20-18 Reyes)Round 1: if you thought Reyes would lay down for Jones, think again. Reyes controlled the action on the feet, including dropping Jones with a straight left hand and stunning him on more than one occasion. Shocked Jones hasn’t attempted to get Reyes down. (10-9, Reyes)12:29 a.m.: It is time for the main event of UFC 247 as Jon Jones defends the light heavyweight championship against No. 4-ranked Dominick Reyes. Jones (25-1, one no-contest) competes for the first time in 2020 after defeating Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos last year. Reyes (12-0) roars into the fight of his life, knocking out former middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the first round back in October. Is Reyes the guy to dethrone Jones? We are about to find out.Valentina Shevchenko decimates Katlyn Chookagian to retain women’s flyweight title12:15 a.m.: Shevchenko def. Chookagian by TKO at 1:03 of the third round to retain the women’s flyweight championship.Shevchenko dominated from the jump and it only appeared to be a matter of time after making it look easy after two rounds. Chookagian started to get some success in the third round when Shevchenko took her down and landed in side control. Shevchenko got Chookagian into the crucifix position and the champion took it from there. With Chookagian unable to do anything, Shevchenko unloaded a barrage of shots until the referee stepped in and put an end to the beating.Who is going to beat Shevchenko at 125 pounds? It’s going to take someone special to get it done.Round 2: A dominant round for Shevchenko. She connected on a back spinning wheel kick to the head which was absolutely flawless. And when she sees an opening than she took Chookagian back down to the mat. Chookagian has to fully commit to her shots. Can’t go half speed. With Shevchenko, it’s either you go all in or get blasted out.Round 1: Shevchenko is such a joy to watch. Her striking is crisp and on point. The end of the round saw Shevchenko taking Chookagian down and, moments later, slicing her head open with a vicious elbow. Chookagian is gushing blood over her left eyebrow. (10-9 Shevchenko)11:50 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of UFC 247 as Valentina Shevchenko defends her women’s flyweight title against No. 1-ranked Katlyn Chookagian. If it weren’t for women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, Amanda Nunes, we would be talking about Shevchenko (18-3) as the best female competitor in the world. Shevchenko is 7-2 in the UFC with both losses coming to Nunes at 135 pounds. She won the vacant 125-pound strap against Joanna Jedrzeczyk at UFC 231. Since then, Shevchenko scored one of the most violent knockouts in recent memory over Jessica Eye in June and then a dominant decision against Liz Carmouche in August. After losing to Eye in a close decision that most felt she won at the aforementioned UFC 231, Chookagian (13-2) has earned back-to-back wins vs. Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia to secure the championship opportunity with one of the premier talents in the sport.Will Chookagian become the one not named Nunes to take care of Shevchenko?Justin Tafa blasts through Juan Adams in under two minutes11:40 p.m.: Tafa def. Adams by TKO at 1:59 of the first round. Tafa doesn’t get paid by the hour. A check right hook wobbled Adams. Sensing he could close the show, Tafa blasted Adams with a right uppercut to send him to the canvas. A couple of ground and pound punches was all she wrote for Tafa to notch his first UFC win. 11:30 p.m.: Right now at UFC 247, Justin Tafa faces Juan Adams. Tafa (3-1) has won all of his fights by knockout. Adams (5-2) looks back to get back on the winning track after losing to former NFL star Greg Hardy in July. The heavyweight division needs more blood and the winner continues their progression towards the upper tier.Dan Ige extends his win streak to five, beating Mirsad Bektic11:20 p.m.: Ige def. Bektic via split-decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).If you are a fan of grappling then this was the fight for you. If not, then hopefully you stayed awake. Ige clearly won the first round, Bektic took the second. The third was close and could have gone either way. A good win for Ige that runs his winning streak to five and should be in the rankings next week in the 145-pound division.10:55 p.m.: Up next at UFC 247, Mirsad Bektić meets Dan Ige in featherweight action. Ige (12-2) rides a four-fight winning streak heading in as he competes on the biggest card of his career. An interesting story about Ige is that he’s also an MMA manager. Bektic (13-2) needs to gain some consistency as he’s 2-2 in his last four. A showcase bout for both guys here. Who can get it done?Derrick Lewis narrowly gets by Ilir Latifi10:44 p.m.: Lewis def. Latifi by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). People will say Latifi should have gotten the nod for what he did for a good chunk of the third round. Until the last minute, it looked like it would go the Swede’s way. But went Lewis went “Beast Mode” and unloaded everything including the kitchen sink and wobbled Latifi on more than one occasion. Remember, Latifi did nothing with his groundwork. You can take someone down but if you do nothing with it, one shouldn’t get the points. A solid win for Lewis. Hopefully, he stays in the good shape he was in at UFC 247. It will do him good in the heavyweight division.10:32 p.m.: It’s about time that the referee stood Latifi and Lewis up. What was he waiting for? Latifi did nothing with the position he had. I’m about to fall asleep as we enter the third round.10:15 p.m.: The main card of UFC 247 begins with No. 6-ranked Derrick Lewis taking on Ilir Latifi in heavyweight action. Lewis (22-7, one no-contest) snapped a two-fight losing streak, defeating Blagoy Ivanov by split-decision at UFC 244. Latifi (15-7, one no-contest) is making his debut at heavyweight. He moves up after losing back-to-back bouts. Can Lewis get it done in his hometown and make another run towards a title shot?10:01 p.m.: A beautiful tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.Remembering Kobe. pic.twitter.com/HZkK0CYf3d— UFC (@ufc) February 9, 20209:33 p.m.: The champ is here. Report: Jon Jones is here and he feels good. pic.twitter.com/He85Q925Vw— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 9, 20209:30 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC 247, headlined by the return of Jon Jones, as he defends the light heavyweight championship against Dominick Reyes. Grab the refreshments, sit back, relax and enjoy what should be an exciting night of action. UFC 247 undercard resultsKhaos Williams def. Alex Morono via knockout at 0:27 of the first-round; WelterweightMario Bautista def. Miles Johns by TKO at 1:41 of the second-round TKO; BantamweightJourney Newson def. Domingo Pilarte via TKO at 0:38 of the first-round; BantmaweightAndre Ewell def. Jonathan Martinez by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28); BantamweightYoussef Zalal def. Austin Lingo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); FeatherweightUFC 247 fight cardMain cardJon Jones (c) vs. Dominick Reyes for Jones’ Light Heavyweight titleValentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Katlyn Chookagian for Shevchenko’s Women’s Flyweight titleJuan Adams vs. Justin Tafa; Heavyweight Mirsad Bektić vs. Dan Ige; Featherweight Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi; Heavyweight Preliminary cardTrevin Giles vs. James Krause; Middleweight Alex Morono vs. Kalinn Williams; Welterweight Lauren Murphy vs. Andrea Lee; Women’s Flyweight Mario Bautista vs. Miles Johns; BantamweightBantamweight Miles Johns vs. Mario BautistaBantamweight Journey Newson vs. Domingo PilarteBantamweight Andre Ewell vs. Jonathan MartinezAustin Lingo vs. Youssef Zalal; Featherweight Jon Jones was the heavy favorite coming into title defense on Saturday at UFC 247 against Dominick Reyes, and rightly so, due to Jones’ reign of terror over the light heavyweight division.  Reyes provided Jones with arguably the stiffest test of his career despite being a big underdog. At the end of the day, however, Jones showed the heart of the champion in the final rounds to narrowly defeat Reyes by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to retain his title. The decision didn’t go over well with the fans at the Toyota Center in Houston, who felt the challenger had done more than enough to win. Sporting News had the fight scored 48-47 for Reyes.last_img read more