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Sergey Kovalev says Andre Wards points win was wrong decision

Posted in Trending Topics on 21st November 2016

Sergey Kovalev says Andre Wards points win was wrong decision

The Russian called for a rematch immediately after losing his IBF, WBA Super and WBO world titles to a close points decision at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Kovalev put Ward on the floor in the second round only to lose 114-113 on all three judges’ scorecards

“It is the wrong decision,” Kovalev said.

“I do not want to say my opinion, so the people are the witnesses are here and everybody saw what happened.

“I made the best shape for this fight since I was 11 years old. It was the [biggest] fight of all my life and really I am disappointed with the judges decision.

“He got a few rounds. I am agreeing with that, it is not the full fight and controlled all the rounds. I lost maybe three rounds in all the fight.

“Of course I want a rematch. And I will kick his a***. I just wanted to show boxing I am good boxer and fight rounds – not small rounds.”

Kovalev was making his third appearance in Las Vegas in comparison to the winner, Ward, who was making his debut.

‘Krusher’ admitted he had no problem with the crowed backing the unbeaten Californian but made the point that judges, Burt A Clements, Glenn Trowbridge and John McKaie, are also American.

“I am the guest here in the USA… he’s a local and all the judges were from the USA,” he said.

“I agree they support a boxer but be honest, this is a sport – do not make it politics. I won this fight and everybody agreed.”

Ward, who suffered a knockdown for the first time in 11 years, refused to discuss a rematch, saying he would never make a decision like that so soon after a fight.

The Californian did pay credit to Kovalev but believes the unanimous decision was the correct outcome.

“I have been a champion and was a champion before I came in here and I knew it was going to be a tough fight,” he said.

“You never anticipate getting dropped; that was the first time in my career getting dropped but I was pleased with myself they way I responded.

“He did everything that I expected him too, including fade a little bit. He started to slow up. He never quit but he started to slow.

Photos: Carson Wentz and the Eagles vs. the Atlanta Falcons

Posted in Trending Topics on 15th November 2016

Photos: Carson Wentz and the Eagles vs. the Atlanta Falcons

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz takes the field before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz is brought down by Atlanta Falcons’ Vic Beasley during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz is under pressure from Atlanta Falcons’ Brian Poole during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz hands off to Philadelphia Eagles’ Ryan Mathews during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Doug Pederson talks to Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz passes during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz runs for yardage during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz runs for yardage during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz walks off the field past head coach Doug Pederson during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz, right, parts company with Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 24-15. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 24-15. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz takes the field before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz is brought down by Atlanta Falcons’ Vic Beasley during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz is under pressure from Atlanta Falcons’ Brian Poole during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz hands off to Philadelphia Eagles’ Ryan Mathews during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Doug Pederson talks to Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz passes during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz runs for yardage during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz runs for yardage during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz walks off the field past head coach Doug Pederson during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz, right, parts company with Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 24-15. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 24-15. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles: RECAP, score and stats (11/13/16), NFL Week 10

Posted in Trending Topics on 14th November 2016

Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles: RECAP, score and stats (11/13/16), NFL Week 10

PHILADELPHIA – Led by rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles look to snap a two-game losing streak Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field against quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons in a 1 p.m. kickoff on Fox.

Here’s NJ Advance Media’s coverage of the game: 

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Instant observations from Eagles impressive win

Check the scoreboard above for the final score and click on the stats link for game stats.

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The Eagles look to improve to a perfect 4-0 at home this season. Under Pederson, the Eagles are just 1-4 away from Lincoln Financial Field this season. 

Pederson said this week that he has emphasized the importance of winning at home to his team all season.

“I stressed it all the way back in the offseason when the team is together for the first couple of weeks that you are playing in front of your crowd, and you feed off of that, but you have got to take care of obviously your home games, the eight home games that you have, and ultimately if you can split the road games, obviously it is a pretty good record at the end of the year,” Pederson said Friday. “But yeah, [there is an] emphasis on home games, and the crowd – you mentioned home games – I think a lot of it has to do with our crowd and the way they fill the stands and the noise and making it hard for opponents to come in here and play.”

Who needs to step up?

Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday’s game.

Who: Falcons (6-3) vs Eagles (4-4)   

When: Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia     

Kickoff: 1p.m. 

Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt (play by play) John Lynch (analyst)  

Livestream: NFL.com Game Pass (subscription required)

Line: Falcons by 2  

What time, channel is United States vs. Mexico (11/11/16) World Cup qualifying? USA, USMNT livestream, watch online

Posted in Trending Topics on 12th November 2016

What time, channel is United States vs. Mexico (11/11/16) World Cup qualifying? USA, USMNT livestream, watch online

In 2018 World Cup qualifying, the goal of the Americans is to finish among the top three in its region to clinch an automatic berth to the World Cup in Russia 2018.

The match is the opener of the 10-game final round of qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region. While the top three nations qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff against the fifth-place Asian team for another berth. The U.S. plays Costa Rica on Tuesday.

The Americans will play a total of 10 matches, beginning with Round 1 on Nov. 11 against Mexico. They will meet again in Mexico City in Round 6.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Mexico at USA

What: 2018 World Cup qualifying

Where: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

When: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Start: 7:45 p.m. Eastern

Livestream: Fox Sports Go

Defender Geoff Cameron, midfielder Kyle Beckerman and forward Chris Wondolowski will miss the United States’ World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica because of injuries, and Tim Howard has regained the No. 1 goalkeeper’s job.

Howard, now 37, took a year off from the national team following the World Cup, then late in 2015 and alternated with Brad Guzan.

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Guzan started at this year’s Copa America and while Howard has been a regular since leaving Everton to join Major League Soccer’s Colorado team this summer, the 32-year-old Guzan has not appeared with Middlesbrough in England’s Premier League since Aug. 28.

“He thought he would be No. 1 there. He is not,” Klinsmann said during Facebook Live interview, adding that Howard “is back to No. 1.”

Cameron was paired with John Brooks in central defense during this year’s Copa America but has missed Stoke’s last two Premier League games after hyperextending a knee against Hull on Oct. 22.

“It is just not healing in time. It is a bummer,” said Klinsmann, who was considering moving Cameron into a defensive midfield role.

Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Steve Birnbaum and Michael Orozco are the candidates to replace Cameron at central defender.

Beckerman and Wondolowski play for Major League Soccer teams whose seasons are over, and the nature of their injuries was not clear. Klinsmann went to Colorado on Sunday to personally watch Jermaine Jones and selected the 35-year-old Rapids midfielder, who was sidelined from July 4 until Oct. 23 because of a knee injury.

“Other teams simply fear him,” Klinsmann said.

Twenty-six players will be at a training camp ahead of Friday’s game against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, the Americans’ opener in the 10-match final round of qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region. Among them is 18-year-old defender Cameron-Carter Vickers, who could make his U.S. debut. He played his first game for Tottenham in the League Cup on Sept. 21.

The U.S. has beaten Mexico 2-0 in four consecutive home qualifiers, all in Columbus, where the Americans are 8-0-3. After playing El Tri, the U.S. is at Costa Rica on Nov. 15.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

US election 2016: polls open as Clinton and Trump aim to make history – live

Posted in Trending Topics on 9th November 2016

US election 2016: polls open as Clinton and Trump aim to make history – live

Hillary Clinton and her family will watch tonight’s election returns at the Peninsula, a very fancy hotel in Midtown Manhattan that is a mere two-minute walk away from Trump Tower, where Donald Trump will be watching with his family.

From the Guardian’s Sabrina Siddiqui, who is part of Hillary Clinton’s press pool tonight:

Clinton’s motorcade departed her home in Chappaqua at 4:48 p.m. en route to New York City. Your pooler did not spot Clinton, as we were already loaded in the vans and joined the motorcade as it was rolling.

The cake is a guy.

Florida’s “bluest” county, the Democratic Party stronghold of Broward, delivered potentially good news for Hillary Clinton less than three hours before the polls closed. At 4.30pm, Brenda Snipes, the county’s supervisor of elections, reported that more than 170,000 people had already voted in person today, added to the 622,000 that had already cast ballots in early voting. It means that more than 790,000 votes are in from a total county electorate of almost 1.2 million. Or about 66% so far.

With a high turnout seen as the key to the Clinton campaign, the Democratic nominee needs to rack up the tally in heavily populated Broward and Miami-Dade counties to counter the advantage Donald Trump holds in Florida’s more rural northern counties. The turnout in Broward in 2012 was 67%.

With a clear, low-humidity day in South Florida, voters are turning out steadily, and lines are moving smoothly. However, Snipes fired two poll clerks at a site in Pompano Beach following a dispute over where people could stand. Broward sheriff’s deputies were called to the polling station but no arrests were made during an incident a spokesperson described as “minor”.

The first early exit polls are coming out and they show that most of those who have voted are not feeling overjoyed. After a presidential race characterized by surprises and uncertainty, 71% say they are feeling nervous according to a Morning Consult/POLITICO Exit Poll which was conducted October 18-November 8 among 6,782 early and Election-Day voters. Another 85% said they “just want it to be over” and 39% said they were depressed.

The fact that only 25% of those surveyed said they were feeling “happy” while 53% said they were “angry” could well affect the mood of the country long after the final results are counted.

The most accurate exit poll available to us:

Iconic suffragette Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite in Rochester, New York, has become a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of voters celebrating the potential election of the nation’s first female president.

Esther Diamond does not like people who do not vote. “Voting is a privilege,” she reminds me, as we sit in her apartment in Queens, New York. “People have died for it. You ca not throw away an opportunity to be listened to.”

Diamond knows what that feels like. She was born in January 1920, months before the final state ratified the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Now, the 96-year-old, who immigrated to America from Russia as a child, is looking forward to voting for a woman herself. “I have hoped for a long time that this day would come,” she says.

Diamond is just one of many women born before the 19thAmendment profiled on the website iwaited96years.com: different women from different backgrounds sharing the same excitement about this historic moment. In a lifetime they have gone from being disenfranchised because of their sex to casting a vote for, potentially, the first female President of the United States.

There’s Eugenia Perkins, 102, in North Carolina: “It is about time there was a woman President!”

There’s Lung Hsin Wu, 98, in Oregon, by way of Beijing: “My vote means another step towards equity for women!”

And there’s Diamond, who says: “Since as long as I can remember…I do not want to be better than men. I want to be equal to them. You are a second-class citizen if you are not.”

Women’s rights have progressed a lot in Diamond’s lifetime, but there’s still a way to go. “When you hear the difference in salaries between men and woman for the same job and the men get more than you do…” she shakes her head. “Maybe Hillary can help.”

Diamond has been doing as much campaigning as she can for Clinton. When her assisted living facility had early voting a couple of weeks ago she got a placard of Hillary made up “sat 50 feet away from the voting booth” doing last minute electioneering.

Diamond thinks the final result will be close. But whether Clinton wins or not, “she’s opened the door for future women to think about running and that’s important. I am sure there will be others, maybe not in my lifetime. You just need one person to try the water. Maybe my great granddaughter will be President.”

Missing from the invite list: Tiffany Trump.

Donald Trump may not have had any celebrities appearing his behalf on Monday night – but he told a crowd of more than 10,000 that he was backed by the New England Patriots star quarterback, Tom Brady, and their head coach, Bill Belichick.

In a local interview earlier on Monday, though, Brady said he had not voted yet – “I am going to vote today or tomorrow” – and played coy on who he might vote for: “Next week I will tell you.”

Speaking in Manchester, New Hampshire, in an arena lit with laser lights and smoke machines, the Republican nominee took the stage in his penultimate event before election day to announce the support of two of the most beloved sports figures in New England.

Trump has long bragged that Brady, a two-time NFL MVP and four time Super Bowl champion, “is a great friend of mine”. Brady was suspended for four games at the start of the 2016 season for his role in the Deflategate scandal.

The Republican nominee told the cheering crowd on Monday night that Brady called him earlier in the day to say: “Donald, I support you. You are my friend and I voted for you.”

The quarterback was photographed in 2015 with a Make America Great Again hat in his locker. Brady also said in an interview in December 2015: “Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends.” However, Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, last week denied that the couple would vote for Trump in a comment on her Instagram page.

A man in the city of East Lansing, Michigan, pulled two women wearing hijabs out of line to check their IDs early this morning and attempted to prevent them from voting, officials said.

Ingham County clerk Barb Byrum confirmed the incident was reported to her office, which oversees East Lansing, at 7.53am this morning, in what she described as an act of voter intimidation.

According to the complaint received by Byrum’s office, the man pulled two women wearing hijabs out of line to check their voter registration cards.

“It appeared he was trying to direct them to another polling place, which may or may not have been justified,” the complaint from an East Lansing resident said, adding in an email to Mother Jones that the man “seemed polite and non-confrontational.”

The resident, Ron Fox, reported the incident to poll workers, and the man was soon asked to leave. Byrum told the Guardian she contacted the East Lansing clerk, who in turn contacted law enforcement.

“This was the procedure that was established a week or so ago in the event there was any event or voter intimidation or harassment,” she said.

“I have zero tolerance for the harassment or intimidation of my voters.” Byrum said she has received no additional reports of voter intimidation, as of4pm. East Lansing is located about 90 miles west of Detroit.

“It is kind of a special day,” Vermont senator Bernie Sanders said after he cast his vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont.

“When I am on the ballot, Jane and I usually drive around the state to kill some time and wait for the results to come in, but we have a beautiful day today. I hope we have a very large voter turnout,” Sanders said.

“I hope today we defeat Donald Trump and we defeat him badly,” Sanders continued. “I think when you have a campaign like Mr. Trump’s where the cornerstone of his campaign is based on bigotry and trying to divide us up, I think it is very bad for our country.”

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