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Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he and his team holds no fear over facing Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the FNB Stadium Johannesburg, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Baxter who is gunning for his third win in three games when Bafana face the Super Eagles expects the three-time African champions to have vengeance on their mind ahead of the clash.


The British gaffer led South Africa to a 2-1 win over Nigeria in 2004 in a Mandela Challenge before defeating the Super Eagles 2-0 in a 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo in June 2017 – his first match in his second stint at the helms.

“Everybody knows what I said in the first press conference (a week ago) that despite that (the injuries) I want to speak about the players that we do have because even though we respect Nigeria, we do not fear them.

“I think we have still enough talent‚ enough desire and if we can structure a game plan in the next three or four days‚ I think by the time we run out onto the FNB Stadium, we would be confident‚ we would not be complacent‚ because Nigeria have just come from a (2018) World Cup (in Russia).


“They are undefeated since we beat them the last time (in the first qualifier in June last year) and they will certainly want to wreak their revenge.


“So‚ we will be ready and I still believe that we have a very good chance of getting the result that we need.”


After the match-day-five AFCON qualifiers on Saturday in Johannesburg, the Bafana Bafana will travel to Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium to welcome Paraguay in the Nelson Mandela Challenge next Tuesday.


A former international, Garba Lawal has said the 2019 AFCON qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa is a must win match for the Super Eagles.

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CM Punk's UFC career might be over after June's lopsided unanimous decision loss to Mike Jackson (who could have realistically finished the former WWE Champion any time he wanted), but 'The Voice Of The Voiceless' looks to have his next mixed martial arts gig lined up.


Per MMA Junkie, Punk will commentate Cage Fury Fighting Championships' CFFC 71 event on 14 December.


As well as marking Punk's debut as an announcer, the event will be CFFC's first to stream on UFC Fight Pass. A lower-level MMA promotion, they have nonetheless helped kick-start the careers of several UFC alumni, including Jimmie Rivera, George Sullivan, and Paul Felder.


Punk had the following to say on the matter:-


“I can’t wait for this opportunity to call the CFFC fights on UFC Fight Pass. CFFC has a long history of putting on exciting fights featuring some of the sport’s up-and-coming athletes. This card is going to be a lot of fun, and I’m really excited to have the chance to be a part of it.”

Though he continues to keep professional wrestling at arm's length, this looks like a logical move for Punk. He didn't make it as a fighter at the sport's highest level, but he's a charismatic talker who seems completely dedicated to MMA, and he'll have an experienced play-by-play guy in Mike Gill to help ease his transition on 14 December.


Let's hope the former WWE star is finally on a career path that makes him happy again.




 (whatculture)

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LEWIS HAMILTON says Formula 1's calendar is already too bloated and has suggested he could quit the sport if Liberty continue to add more grands prix to the schedule. Plans for a Vietnam GP to be introduced in 2020 were confirmed this week, while races in the Netherlands and Miami are also in the pipeline, with Liberty having previously suggested a 25-race calendar is on the cards.


The street race in Hanoi has split opinion among fans, while commercial chief Sean Bratches' suggestion that classic tracks like Silverstone may have to make way for the new venues has again caused consternation.


Hamilton says he would prefer an 18-race schedule – every season since 2010 has featured at least 19.


The freshly crowned five-time world champion says he won't stick around to see if he can hack a 25-race calendar, putting a dent in Liberty's expansion plans.


"It already feels like we are on race 25 this year, so I don't think that's a good thing personally," he said.


"I think 18 was probably the best back in the day.


"I'm someone who really loves racing but the season is long. It's a lot of commitment for all of us and a lot of time away from families and the seasons are getting longer and the off time is getting shorter. All I can speak is for myself.


"The turnaround is so short, you start preparing for your next season often as soon as the season is done.


"Getting your mind turned. That's very difficult. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time. It's most likely I'm not going to be here when it gets to 25 that's for sure."

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FOUR DEVELOPMENT GRANTS WORTH CHF 20,000 EACH WILL BE GIVEN BY THE IOC SPORT AND ACTIVE SOCIETY COMMISSION TO ORGANISATIONS THAT PROMOTE THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL BENEFITS OF SPORT AND PARTICIPATION IN REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.

According to the World Health Organisation, one in four adults is not active enough, and more than 80 per cent of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. In addition, inactivity serves as one of the leading risk factors for noncommunicable diseases.


Sport can consequently play a fundamental role, especially for younger generations. However, it has not only health benefits, as it can also be an essential driver for social change and inclusion.


 

The Sport and Active Society Development Grants are an initiative of the IOC’s Sport and Active Society Commission: non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and International and National Sports Federation (including IOC-Recognised International Federations) can submit their applications by 14 December, and winners will be announced within the first few months of 2019.


To be eligible for 2018 Grants, the projects must focus on at least one of the following themes:


Social inclusion of refugees through sport and physical activity

Promoting gender equality at all level of sport

Bringing sport and physical activity to the urban setting

Engaging young people and/or senior citizens in physical activity

In addition, candidate’s projects should demonstrate some key elements: long-term and sustainable timelines; sport or physical activity as effective tools to tackle social issues; available public space and/or sports facilities and venues used to promote participation in physical activity; long-term partnerships to sustain the project; and/or a monitoring plan is in place.


To apply for a grant, organisations can read the Grant Regulations and then send the application form to activesociety@olympic.org.


The last edition’s Grants were given to three organisations that developed truly inspiring programs: HelpAge International, which promoted health ageing through active ageing groups in Tanzania; Skateistan, which created a project to encourage education through skateboarding for Afghan youth; and Pro Sport Development, which developed and implemented a variety of sports and sports-based programs for young marginalized and underprivileged people in India in various settings and institutions.

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Fans will have to wait until Sunday for the best match of the fourth round of the A-League season, when two of the league's three undefeated teams, Adelaide United and Perth Glory, battle it out in the city of churches.


It is hard to remember a better week in the history of Adelaide United football club, with Marco Kurz's side winning the FFA Cup Final last Tuesday and then cruising past the Central Coast Mariners by a scoreline of 3-0 in Gosford on Sunday.


Reds winger Craig Goodwin has hit a real purple patch of form, scoring four goals in his last two outings, which will surely see him come into calculations for Australia's Asian Cup defense in January.


Meanwhile, Perth's Andy Keogh has netted a goal in each of the club's three games so far, and his partnership with Chris Ikonomidis will go a long way to deciding the outcome of this one.


The home side are a $2.10 AUD favorite to make it two wins from four games while the visitors are $3.30 to make it three wins from four matches, according to AustralianGambling.


Another striker who will be hoping to represent the green and gold in two months' time is the Brisbane Roar's Adam Taggart, who has scored both of the club's goals this season, including a well-taken chance in the 65th minute of the season-opening draw against the Mariners.


Taggart and his teammates travel to Sydney this Saturday to take on a Western Sydney Wanderers side who moved into the top four with a 3-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix last weekend.


Markus Babbel's charges are a $2.10 favorite to make it two wins in a row when they host a Roar ($3.20) lineup who've collected just two points from their three outings so far.


Speaking of the Phoenix, they make the trip to the Victorian capital for the opening match of the round against Melbourne City.


Despite their poor showing against Sydney FC last Friday, City are the second-shortest-priced favorite of the round at $1.57 to be too good for a Wellington ($5.50) side who have opened their season with one win, one draw and one loss.


The shortest-priced favorite of the round is City's cross-town rival, Melbourne Victory, who are $1.36 to beat the Mariners ($8.50). The latter finally got their first win of the season last weekend with a 1-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets in a match between teams from last season's Grand Final.


The Jets are at home again on Saturday night, this time hosting Sydney FC, who remained in top spot on the ladder after a 3-0 win over City and are a $2 favorite to make it three wins from four starts.


The pressure is beginning to mount on Newcastle manager Ernie Merrick, with last season's Grand Finalists collecting just a single point from their three games to date. They're a big outsider to win their first game here at $3.60.


source: ODDSSHARK.COM

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Six packs constitute the main target of virtually every guy/girl who goes to the gym or undergoes a regular training session at home.
No other part of the body receives so much attention but, at the same time, nothing is more difficult to sculpt than the abs.
Whether you are trying to get rid of the extra fat around your stomach or you are attempting to increase your muscle mass in that area, transforming your abs into a six pack is NOT an easy task.

In addition to the innate intricacy of the process, some of us are also encountering seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

TEN POTENTIAL EXPLANATIONS TO WHY YOUR ABS TRAINING SESSIONS ARE NOT PAYING OFF

1). YOU ARE FORGETTING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER HYDRATION

Nowadays due to the standard diet that consists primarily of intensively processed food, your body is very prone to retain water.

Particularly when your meals include high levels of sodium and you do not drink the recommended quantity of water, your organism will develop a lot more fat and, as a consequence, your abdominal muscles will not show. What you can do is limit the salt intake and start drinking about 8-10 ounce glasses of water per day.

You should be able to notice the effects of proper hydration in less than a week.



2).  YOUR DIET IS TOO LOW ON CARBOHYDRATES

There is a misconception in the world of fitness that suggests cutting down carb-rich foods from your diet can help you lose the abdominal fat quickly, therefore making your abs more visible.

True, the main role of low carb diet plan consists of downgrading your levels of fat but, at the same time, this is not the right way to go if you want ripped abs.
The reason for this is that a very low carb intake will also reduce the effectiveness of your anti-fat hormones, effectively causing the metabolism to decelerate up to a full stop.

As of such, you will end up at the point where your organism is no longer consuming calories or creating muscle tissue.

Bummer!



3). A DECREASED MUSCLE TONE IN YOUR ABDOMINAL AREA

Sub-optimal muscle tone in your abdominals is the classic and most frequently encountered reason why, no matter how much you try, the six pack refuses to show.

In other words, every person has a different level of abs development.
Some have too much, others have too little.
The dimensions of the abdominal muscles will determine whether or not they are actually visible through the belly fat, making your stomach appear “ripped”.

If this is indeed your problem, then intensive weight exercises for the abs including reclined sit-ups represent the perfect solution.

4). PERHAPS YOU AREN’T GETTING YOUR REGULAR “BEAUTY SLEEP”

One will be asking what is the connection between getting enough sleep and boasting an enviable six pack?

It’s simple, the body of an individual who constantly sleeps for less than the recommended period or who has chaotic sleep patterns will tend to secrete more cortisol.
This little hormone is a directly responsible factor in promoting the development of fat in the stomach area.

Therefore, sleep well because the advantages don’t only include a stagnation in the cortisol secretion, but also elevated energy levels throughout the day, allowing you to engage in higher intensity workouts.

5). IT COULD BE GENETICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DEVELOP A SIX PACK


Genetics play a major role in your ability to enlarge your abs and grow the notorious six pack.

To put it simply, certain individuals have a propensity towards a higher level of abdominal fat tissue, which means that in spite of their success in toning the arms, legs and upper back, the abs refuse to show.

Keep in mind that genes influence the overall appearance – and functionality for that matter – of our body a great deal, so in this particular situation trying to sport a six pack is a losing battle.

6). BINGE EATING

Binge eating is almost exclusively related to a very low caloric/carb intake throughout the day, but some of us also tend to snack under stress.

Therefore, in order to eliminate this unhealthy habit from your routine the best thing you can do is to adjust your carb/caloric intake to your body’s dimensions and of course, activity levels.


7). YOUR ABS TRAINING ENDS WHEN YOU EXIT THE GYM DOOR

Since the abdominals are so difficult to shape by default, you have to pay more attention to it, at all times.

What this entails is that you cannot stop training the abs once your workout is complete, not that you should go against rule no. 6.

In other words, throughout the entire day, you should educated yourself to tighten and pull the abs until this becomes a habit. Thus; train the abs outside the Gym too by eating RIGHT

8). DRINKING OF BEER REGULARLY

Nobody says that you can’t enjoy a few beers on Friday with your friends, but you must learn how to refrain from frequently indulging in excessive alcohol consumption if you plan to rip your abs.
Alcohol is a real obstacle in terms of trimming the fat – especially in your stomach area – so in turn that means your abs will not show.

In addition, the associated painful sensations in that region that come the next morning will prevent you from exercising properly.

9). YOUR STRESS LEVEL ARE ENORMOUS

Stress, like the lack of sleep, is one of the factors that boost the cortisol secretion of the body.
However, studies show that stress is also involved in the decrease of lean muscles. In essence, the combination of these two effects deems stress as the absolute abs-killer.

10). YOUR TRAINING EMPHASIZES TOO MUCH ON THE ABDOMINAL MUSCLES

You might believe that a routine focused mainly on your abs is the road to success, but unfortunately that is false.

Instead, if you construct your workout in a manner that exercises all groups of muscle – compound movement – then you will definitely increase the number of calories burned by roughly ten times and sculpt the abdominal muscles in the process.

After all, you want your body to appear uniformly ripped, don’t you?

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A father had had enough when he witnessed a rough tackle on his son during a football game. Just on Monday, an Alabama dentist got arrested for allegedly slapping a youth football player who injured his son during a tackle last month.


The father of the injured football player who has been identified as Marcus Dempsey, of Northport, Alabama, has been charged with harassment, AL.com reported. He was released on a $300 bond.


The 43-year-old was working on the chain crew during the little league football game on Sunday.


Police said the tackle occurred on Oct.4 and Dempsey walked onto the field and slapped a player who injured his son  The paper reported, citing an investigation by the Tuscaloosa police’s Juvenile Division.


Jay Stuck, an attorney representing Dempsey, denied the allegations and told the paper “we are confident that once the facts are heard and examined by neutral parties his innocence will be clear to all involved.”


“We eagerly await his day in court to address these allegations as laid out by the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

“We are confident that once the facts are heard and examined by neutral parties, his innocence will be clear to all involved.

“As his attorney, I would hope the media will report that determination with the same zeal and speed in which they have reported this current matter,” Stuck said.


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Promising young rugby player died on Friday at the age of 28, eight years after eating a slug at a party, which left him quadriplegic.


The young rugby player ate the slug at a party in 2010 when he was 19. With no knowledge of the animal being infected with rat lungworm.


He contracted eosinophilic meningoencephalitis and fell into a coma for 420 days.


Sam spent three years in hospital after falling ill, but was later released in a motorised wheelchair.


One of Sam’s friends, Jimmy Galvin, who was present at the party, described the event as a “red wine appreciation night”.


Speaking to The Project, he said: “We were sitting, having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown-ups and a slug came crawling across.


“The conversation came up, ‘Should I eat it?’. Off Sam went. Bang. That’s how it happened.”

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Floyd Mayweather has won world titles in five different weight classes and is 50-0 in an unparalleled boxing career but the American could be set for a stunning detour into the world of mixed martial arts after signing with Japanese promoters RIZIN Fighting Federation.


And the undefeated 41-year-old, who last year said his boxing career was over after beating Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, has told Reuters he could handle himself in whatever format was agreed for the fight on New Year's Eve in Saitama.


His opponent is set to be 20-year-old Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

Mayweather has never fought professionally under MMA rules and did not specify what format the fight would follow. He said negotiations were ongoing with Nasukawa's representatives and that his skill-set did not end at boxing.


"I can wrestle, I can wrestle little bit. I can box a lot a bit," Mayweather told Reuters in an interview Tokyo on Saturday.

"We will just see. I can do it all. I can do anything if I set my mind to it."

Nasukawa is contracted to RIZIN and competes in their championships in both MMA and pure kickboxing. He has won all four of his MMA fights.


While boxing rules restrict bouts to the use of fists, MMA rules can incorporate kicks, knees and elbow strikes, as well as wrestling, joint locks and chokes.


Mayweather was confident they would reach an agreement that would suit both fighters.


"I am pretty sure that when I speak with the guys from my team we are going to get on the same page so we can go out there and do what we have to do," he added.


Mayweather's fight against McGregor pushed his career earnings to $1 billion (769 million pounds), joining American basketball great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods as the only athletes to have reached 10-figures in earnings, according to Forbes.


Mayweather had said in September that he was coming out of retirement for another fight with Manny Pacquiao after the two of them had been pictured talking at a music festival in Japan.

His decision to sign a deal with RIZIN was all about timing, he said.


"Everything is about timing, everything takes time and everything is about timing," he added.


"Its also all about entertainment. I love to entertain, I like for people to be entertained and who doesn't want to be entertained.


"It is good to come over to another part of the world, have fun and enjoy each other."


Mayweather expects a good fight against Nasukawa, who won his last kickboxing bout against compatriot Kyoji Horiguchi at RIZIN.13 in September.


"He is very fast, very young and I am pretty sure he wants to go out and entertain his people," said Mayweather.


"I am pretty sure the crowd is going to be on his side but I am there for a great cause. It is a special bout.


"Just for me to be in the ring with a young guy that is hungry ... It is going to be good, very, very good and I can’t wait."


(Reporting by Mayuko Ono and Kwiyeon Ha; writing by Jack Tarrant; editing by Peter Rutherford)

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 The NBA announced today that Cleveland has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2022, when the league will be commemorating its 75th anniversary.  The 71st NBA All-Star Game will take place at Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022.  The Cavaliers previously hosted NBA All-Star in 1997, when the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary, and in 1981.


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement today during a press conference at Quicken Loans Arena, where he was joined by Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert, Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and U.S. Representative, Eleventh Congressional District of Ohio, Marcia Fudge.


“Cleveland is a passionate sports city with a proven track record of hosting large-scale, global events,” said Silver.  “We thank Dan Gilbert, Len Komoroski and the civic leaders for their commitment, and we look forward to a weeklong celebration of our game.”


With the current, large-scale arena renovations underway that will be completed in advance of NBA All-Star 2022, the game and extended activities in the transformed Quicken Loans Arena will offer fans an enhanced experience.


“We are proud to host NBA All-Star weekend in Cleveland in 2022,” said Gilbert.  “We have been working with the NBA, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to deliver this iconic event to Northeast Ohio for the last couple of years.  The transformation and new state-of-the-art Quicken Loans Arena was an important factor in the NBA’s decision to choose Cleveland for this exciting classic broadcast across the globe. The world will get to see the modern Cleveland and all of its diversity, innovation and promise for the future.”


“Along with the excitement and appreciation for the NBA selecting Cleveland and Quicken Loans Arena to host NBA All-Star 2022, we want to extend a big ‘thanks’ to our local partners at Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and our City, County and Civic leaders,” said Komoroski.  “Their support and energy to always demonstrate what we as a community do best is at the core of bringing these major events to our city.  We have a great partnership that will deliver an experience fitting for the NBA All-Star global spotlight.  We thank the NBA for their confidence in this collective group, and we will put forth the focus and commitment to ensure that the players, fans, corporate partners, media and all who visit have an extraordinary experience in Cleveland and at the transformed Q in 2022.”


“The City of Cleveland is pleased to host NBA All-Star 2022,” said Mayor Jackson.  “Our city is no stranger to hosting successful, large, global events.  It is a good opportunity, once again, for visitors to come to Cleveland and experience all we have to offer.”


“This is great news for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County,” said Budish.  “When we made the decision to invest in the transformation of the Q, we were aiming for exactly this kind of result.  I am thrilled to see the NBA All-Star Game coming in 2022 with an expected $100 million economic impact to our region. Once again, our city and county will shine on the national and international stage and our businesses and residents will reap the rewards.”


NBA All-Star oncourt events will tip off on Friday, Feb. 18 at Quicken Loans Arena with MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars, an annual showcase for top rookies and second-year NBA players.  On Feb. 19, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and the Three-Point and Slam Dunk contests.  NBA All-Star 2022 will culminate with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 20.


The NBA will host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout the city, including The Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University and Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.  These events, including NBA All-Star Practice and the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles, will feature basketball programming and entertainment for fans as well as up-close access to NBA players, legends and celebrities.


The league will also continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events during NBA All-Star 2022. Through partnerships with schools, government and local nonprofit organizations in Cleveland and surrounding areas, the league will reach thousands of children and families and provide critical resources to community-based programs.


In 2022, the NBA All-Star Game will be televised in prime time on TNT for the 20th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 37th year of NBA All-Star coverage. The game will be broadcast worldwide in 215 countries and territories and in 50 languages.


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