Mayweather humiliates brave McGregor, retires from boxing

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first_imgMcGregor started brightly in the early rounds but was unable to really hurt Mayweather. Courtesy photo.By Daniel Kazungu & AgenciesFloyd Mayweather outclassed Conor McGregor to win their money-spinning superfight by technical knockout late Saturday securing his place in boxing history and heading into retirement with a record 50th straight victory.Mayweather who had come out of a two-year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star bided his time before exerting his superiority from the middle rounds onwards at the T-Mobile Arena.The former Welter weight champion finished the fight in the 10th round with a tired McGregor doubled over on the ropes as Mayweather landed two hard left hooks prompting referee Robert Byrd to intervene as a 14,623 crowd with A-list celebrities roared their approval.“He’s a lot better than I thought he’d be,” a jubilant Mayweather said of McGregor. “He’s a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.”Mayweather led comfortably on all three judges’ cards when the fight was stopped.The American boxer said he had deliberately taken his time in order to take advantage of a fatigued McGregor.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch,” he said. “I guaranteed to everybody that this wouldn’t go the distance.”Clinical displayThe Irishman has not ruled out continuing his boxing career following the defeatMcGregor, meanwhile, suggested the fight could have been allowed to go on, but praised Mayweather’s clinical tactical display.“He’s composed, he’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy is he composed,” McGregor said.“I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots.“I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fights will do for you.”It was an explosive finale to their much-hyped contest which proved surprisingly competitive in the early rounds, as McGregor managed to land a string of scoring punches.But once Mayweather began to find his range and McGregor wearied, it was clear who the winner would be.The 40-year-old American scored at will after the early rounds, snapping back McGregor’s head with a series of stinging blows.McGregor, 29, somehow survived an onslaught in the seventh round when a right counter from Mayweather staggered him badly.Finally McGregor’s resistance broke in the 10th when a Mayweather right sent him lurching across the ring.A hard left put him on the ropes and another hook saw him bent over and helpless, prompting the stoppage.The fight had followed a largely expected script — but McGregor, in his first ever boxing appearance, by no means embarrassed himself.Retirement; For now or forever?Mayweather will now head into what he says is a permanent retirement with a perfect 50-0 record, one better than heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.He rejected suggestions that his 50th win, against a novice boxer, would be destined to have an asterisk against it.“A win is a win, no matter how you get it,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day.“This was my last fight tonight. For sure. Tonight I chose the right dance partner to dance with.”Mayweather is also expected to be around $200 million wealthier, taking his career earnings to around $1 billion.McGregor, who was an unemployed former plumber four years ago before emerging as one of the biggest stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is expected to earn around $100 million. If pay-per-view television targets are met, the fight could become the most lucrative in history.Mayweather pounds McGregor enroute to a brutal stoppage.The start of the bout had been delayed by several minutes as anticipation built to fever pitch and television providers struggled to cope with the surge in demand from pay-per-view customers.Anticipation had built steadily at ringside as an array of stars from the sports and entertainment worlds took their seats, including Bruce Willis, LeBron James and Mike Tyson.Ever since the fight was announced in June, the boxing community dismissed it as a farce and a freak show.But fears of a one-sided massacre failed to materialize, and McGregor finished with some respectable statistics. The Irishman’s 111 landed punches were 30 more than Manny Pacquiao managed against Mayweather in their 2015 “Fight of the Century.”McGregor said later he was open to venturing into the boxing ring again.“People ask me what’s next, I’m not quite sure. I’ve multiple titles in the UFC to think about,” he said.“I could also continue in the boxing game. I’m sure there’ll be options in boxing.McGregor’s sojourn into the boxing ring from the Mixed Martial Arts discipline has been compared to a lion finding its way into a river to wrestle with an alligator. On the land, the lion is invincible and in the water, the alligator is a king.Rare bravadoAs heavyweight boxing legend Lennox Lewis said, McGregor has no reason to be ashamed of the loss to Mayweather.“Boxing and MMA are two different sports requiring different skill sets,” Lennox posted on his facebook wall. Commentslast_img read more


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first_img(Visited 201 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A record-breaking structure in the universe “defies theory,” the news said, ignoring that theory has been defied for decades since smaller large structures were found (the lumpiness problem).PhysOrg‘s article begins with an image of it.  It’s 4 billion light-years across, Science Daily‘s headline reads.  And National Geographic led off with: “Biggest Thing in Universe Found—Defies Scientific Theory.”  What is it?  a huge Large Quasar Group (LQG), found in data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.Talk about a whopper—astronomers have discovered a structure in the universe so large that modern cosmological theory says it should not exist, a new study says.Well, then, will they junk theory and start over?  Roger Clowes confessed, “It could mean that our mathematical description of the universe has been oversimplified—and that would represent a serious difficulty and a serious increase in complexity.”  Nobody seems ready, however, to jump ship, even with the confessions:“This structure is bigger than we expect based on the shockwaves formed in the universe after the big bang,” said [Gerard] Williger.“This discovery was very much a surprise, since it does break the cosmological record as the largest structure in the known universe,” said study leader Roger Clowes, an astronomer at University of Central Lancashire in England.So this represents a challenge to our current understanding and now creates a mystery—rather than solves one,” Clowes said.One theory holds that this type of colossal collection of quasars may be precursors to galaxy superclusters in the modern universe—but the exact nature of their connection is still a mystery.Theory will survive because they need it to solve other problems.  National Geographic speculates,….the massive structure could possibly shed light on the evolution of galaxies like our own Milky Way. Quasars, which pump out powerful jets of energy, are among the brightest and most energetic objects from when the universe was still young. They represent an early, but brief, stage in the evolution of most galaxies.—not that anyone has seen that happen, but it fits with theory.The Lumpiness Problem in cosmology is old.*  PhysOrg writes, “Since 1982 it has been known that quasars tend to group together in clumps or ‘structures’ of surprisingly large sizes, forming large quasar groups or LQGs.”  Geller and Huchra threw down the first challenge in 1989 with their discovery of a “Great Wall” of galaxies.  This LQG is so big, though, that big bang theory cannot deal with it.  It spans 1/20 the observable universe.  That’s 500 Mpc (megaparsecs), far exceeding the limit of theory: “Based on the Cosmological Principle and the modern theory of cosmology, calculations suggest that astrophysicists should not be able to find a structure larger than 370 Mpc.”  Well, now they do.The team, led by Dr Roger Clowes from UCLan’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, has identified the LQG which is so significant in size it also challenges the Cosmological Principle: the assumption that the universe, when viewed at a sufficiently large scale, looks the same no matter where you are observing it from.New Scientist says the trend to find larger and larger structures has been ongoing:“As time went on, people did more and more surveys,” says Clowes. “Each time they found structures the size of the new survey, and you began to wonder when it would all stop.“Previous calculations gave a value of one billion light years as the maximum possible size of a cluster. The 1991 LQG is at this supposed limit, but Huge-LQG smashes right through it. The researchers say this could undermine the cosmological principle, although it may simply mean that we need to revise upwards the size limit on large structures.Aha—that suggests that theory can be rescued with a revision, something like raising the national debt ceiling.  But the Huge-LQG is not the only crisis: a controversial stream of galaxies all moving in the same direction, called the “dark flow,” also flies in the face of theory.Getting from a smooth beginning to a universe of structure has long proved a challenge to modern cosmology.  Now, at the other end of the problem, according to another article on Science Daily, spacetime is “a smoother brew than we knew.”  It’s not foamy like beer, but smooth like whiskey, the reporter quipped.  So how does one get from a smooth spacetime, and a cloud of expanding gas, to dense clusters of dense matter in long chains of quasars?  If it was hard to imagine in 1982, it’s much worse now.The responses of some cosmologists are instructive.  Reporter Jacob Aron at New Scientist ends with these:The search for such large structures is key to furthering our understanding of the universe and creating new and improved cosmological models, says Subir Sarkar of the University of Oxford. “All of this suggests there is structure on scales at which the universe is supposed to be boring,” he says.But the cosmological principle is so ingrained that it is hard for researchers to shake. “People are maybe understandably reluctant to give up the thing, because it will make cosmology too bloody complicated,” says Sarkar.In the NG article, Gerard Williger opined about what it would take to replace current theory:  “There is very likely some mechanism [that] is turning on quasars over a large scale like this—and in a short time—which could relate to some condition in the early universe.” With that, the cosmologists, briefly awakened from their dogmatic slumbers, rolled over and went back to sleep.*For previous entries on the Lumpiness Problem, see 11/10/2000, 6/05/2001, 8/22/2001, 10/24/2003, 1/02/2004, 6/12/2008, or search on “lumpiness” in the Search Bar.Try that kind of language in government to explain to a Congressional committee an unexpected expense doubling the limit of funding.  “There is very likely some mechanism that could relate to some condition in the early accounting.”So is the big bang falsified?  The Huge-LQG “broke through” the limit set by theory.  That should account for falsification.  Can we move on now to design theories?  The universe isn’t boring any more.  It’s downright exciting.  It’s far more complex than the secular consensus had “oversimplified.”  Let the evidence speak, and get to work.last_img read more


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first_img9 November 2011President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the launch of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative in Mkhondo local municipality in Mpumalanga province on Sunday, urged emerging farmers to use their farms to help create jobs and alleviate poverty in the country.He told community members that through agricultural projects initiated in the area, people could get jobs and poverty could be alleviated.“If you stand firm and make sure that these projects don’t fail in your hands, poverty can be alleviated and job creation can be high,” Zuma said. “We need to wake up and do things ourselves. Government is here to help you. People must not rely on [social] grants for a living when they have land.”Zuma co-founded the nationwide Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative with KwaZulu-Natal businessman Daebo Mzobe.On Sunday, he visited various agricultural projects that fall under the initiative around Piet Retief, handed over five houses, and also handed over the newly built Ezakheni Combined Boarding School in Donkerhoek. The school will accommodate children from child-headed families.‘Let the supermarkets buy from them’Zuma was accompanied by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza.He promised that offices of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative would be built in Mpumalanga soon.“We have taken a resolution to build offices here in Mpumalanga, where Mpumalanga people can access them easily. We want people, including businessmen, to volunteer and boost projects in their communities.“We do not want the community to buy food from supermarkets, but let the supermarkets buy from them.”Mabuza promised that his administration would support the Masibambisane famers by buying food from them.“We will make sure that to sustain these projects, as government, we will buy food and vegetables for schools, hospitals and other government institutions. We will also help process them,” Mabuza said.Five houses handed overA recipient of one of the five houses handed over by Zuma at eThandakukhanya township, Nelisiwe Mbokazi, 37, who cares for 10 children, including six of her own, couldn’t hide her joy when she stepped into the solar-powered house.“This is something I will never forget in my life. I’ve been staying in a shack all my life, but having Zuma give me this house has changed all our lives,” she said. Mbokazi’s house was fully-furnished.Gigaba told the community that his department would spend R1-million electrifying 63 houses in eThandakukhanya township.He said R300 000 would also be spent electrifying agricultural projects that have been initiated in the area to boost their irrigation.“All the aforesaid help, especially the electrification of the houses, will start this week,” Gigaba said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


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first_imgBy his sheer grit and determination, a poor teenage boy from a remote village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan has won laurels by getting prizes and awards, thanks to his teachers’ guidance and an educational quality support programme honing his skills.High scoresFifteen-year-old Dharma Ram has excelled in both academics and extra-curricular activities, winning prizes in athletics, kabaddi and inter-school arts competitions, in addition to scoring high marks in his science subject. He is at present a student of Class X at the Government Senior Secondary school in Dhandhaniya Bhaila village.Financial hurdlesDharma started his education at the age of six years in his native Jati Bandhu village, when his family was struggling to make ends meet. His father was working at a stone quarry and mother was battling the last stage of cancer.During his early days in school, Dharma’s teachers sensed his thirst for knowledge and encouraged him to polish his talent. The young boy’s confidence and resolution grew with the passage of time. In addition to his keen interest in science, he emerged as an all-rounder student.Dharma lost his mother to cancer and his father quit his daily job at the mines due to failing health, while the family survived on occasional stints at the stone quarries. Despite such tough conditions, Dharma has excelled in academics and won several medals at the State-level science quiz competitions.Science teacher Dharma told The Hindu from Dhandhaniya Bhaila village that he aspires to be a science teacher. He is getting help from the Satya Bharti Quality Support Programme, which covers his school. His family comprising two brothers, a sister and father continues to face financial hurdles.Represents schoolThe young boy has recently won first prize in a State-level science exhibition organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. He was also sent to represent his school at a State-level science quiz competition, where he won the third prize and was encouraged to continue pursuing his aspirations in the field of science.School principal Lalit Kumar said Dharma, consistently a topper in his class, was preparing hard for his examinations due next month.last_img read more


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first_imgVillagers stumbled upon a rare and beautiful idol of Mahavira, believed to be dating back to the 9th-10th century AD while levelling a field at the Parahata village in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district. Villagers installed the three-feet-high idol, discovered five days ago, in the village temple. A couple of years ago, a one-foot high statue of the Buddha made of red brass was also found while a farmer was tilling his field.“A contractor required soil to level a canal road passing through our village. Bhaguni, a villager, volunteered to even out his field. When the bucket teeth of the earthmover hit some hard substance, we advised the earthmover’s operator not to apply force. Then we carefully dug the area around the statue and brought it out,” said Parahata villager Bhawani Panda.Villagers say they have come across many earthen pots and other unrecognisable earthen items while levelling the field. They wonder if a proper excavation would reveal more.“The idol is in standing position on a lotus pedestal. We generally find single idols of Mahavira. Statues with images of deities as well as devotees carved on stone were widely in circulation in the 9th-10th century AD,” said Sunil Patnaik, archaeologist with the Odisha Institute of Maritime and South-East Asian Studies.last_img read more


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first_imgThe air is so clean it makes your lungs sing an aria. Even if you don’t know what an aria is. That’s one of the reasons I’d go back to Lavasa. And because you can read a book under a tree, or crawl under ferns on nature trails like in an Enid Blyton story. Because you’ll squint at ochre-throated bats festooned in trees on the side of the lake. Because the only noise here is of someone shrieking joyfully as they race a jet ski over the water. And yes, because it’s 3,000 ft above sea level, and your prayers reach heaven faster.’Wouldn’t it be a wonderful place to get married?’ A fellow journo sighs, at the green skirts of the Sahyadri mountains, wrapped in veils of mist, at little villas dotting their sides, the lake, at the cobble-stoned town square that looks like it’s been airlifted from Europe. Hmmm. I hadn’t thought of that one. Standing by the railing near hotel Ekaant, at a viewing point, I look down and see the 20 km-long Warasgaon Lake, hugged on all sides by Dasve, the first of the three towns that make up Lavasa, India’s first planned hill city. Meant to eventually sit over seven magnificent hills, Lavasa is slowly taking shape, the Master Plan developed by design consultant, HOK, USA. You do see the odd mud lifts and other machinery working quietly in background. But you can forgive their presence. After all, they’re working towards New Urbanism, a concept that allows urban life and nature to subsist in wonderful harmony. Translated, it means you bump into butterflies on your stroll to work, instead of potholes and traffic. About four hours out of Mumbai, Lavasa is a city, as the brochures say, where you will live, learn, work and play. And how! About 25,000 acres–nearly a fourth the size of Mumbai, only about 200 times greener–of carefully designed space is one big playground. And right now, you can begin with Dasve. With waterfront apartments, Lavasa International Convention Centre and the promenade on one bank, and Dasvino Country Club on the other. (Yes, on the bank of the lake–just in case you have to rush, and take a speed boat to the conference). Of course, one can soak in a few cocktails at the pub or wake up sleeping muscles at the gym. But I wonder why anyone would want to stay indoors when there’s a Yamaha wave runner zipping across the water at high speed leaving surf trails in its wake.Yes, that’s where the action is, the guide tells us. “The Watersports Zone had 5,000 tourists in the last two years.” Why? Good reasons: Kayaking, parasailing, a children’s pool, jet skis… Oh, that’s why the trained lifeguards from Jebelali. And well, also because the lake is 100 ft deep. As our own boat bobs through the water towards the orange spire of the Dasve village temple standing sentinel in the trees, our guide mentions that the lake is full with tilapia, katla, rohu… Yes, you can fish here. Yes, you can proudly take a picture with your trophy. No, you can’t keep it. Please sir, throw the fish back in the water. A fountain will soon take its place in the centre of the lake, the tallest in Asia. I wonder if the birds that migrate here really care. In the trees along the banks, looking quite indifferent to our cackling, egrets, kingfishers, grey heron, rest before they take off for lunch. Speaking of which, since you can’t cook your own fish, you can stop at the cafes on the promenade. Granma’s Homemade Patisserie, Chor Bizarre, the All American Diner…. Pick any. And while you slide into a bench taking your time over a burger, you can watch children roller-skate, students from Ecole Hoteliere take a break (yes, the famous French culinary school, actually exists here), or simply enjoy the space–yeah, when you come from the city as we know it, you treasure it like the precious stuff miners go 1000 ft deep for. Later, you can spend afternoons letting your coffee go cold, contemplating the little bridges, listening to water make music as it gurgles out of the sluices of the Warasgaon dam. Evenings? They tell me that Past Times, an English pub, is coming up soon and what cooler thought than to be able to say, ‘I’m walking down to the pub.’ And maybe then the bartender will tell you about the Karvi flower, which blooms only once in seven years. And you’ll drink another scotch to that. Yes, it’s a charming town. A little building calls itself Post Office. Here you can mail actual letters, or a postcard if you please, but before you imagine Dasve is rural, stop. Lavasa has a municipal corporation that uses e-governance. How’s that for high-tech? It’s slated to be home to non-polluting businesses like Hollywood-affiliated film studios, IT companies, research centres. We had the option of watching the latest movies at The Lavasa Experience Center, but I preferred to walk in the fresh drizzle. And I relished it, as much as I relished the song of the ‘Whistling Schoolboy’ also called the Malabar Whistling Thrush, and the dustbins on the street that say ‘wet’ and ‘dry’. Yup, it seems like Lavasa is looking to be friends with nature. It’s a good sign: separate garbage equals recycling, vermiculture, clean hills. It’s part of their Environment Management Plan (EMP), that includes biomimicry, hydro seeding–a hi-tech process that gives back the mountains its green blanket, and mass plantation: ‘8,000 trees have already been planted,’ Ajay Gulabchand, chairman, tells me. Well, here’s to more shady paths to stand and stare. But if you want to take some plants back, find the nursery. If you’d rather hang upside down from a cliff, with the blood rushing to your brains, there’s what they call XThrill Adventure Sports that tests your nerve. Let’s see now, you can go back and tell friends, ‘I went bungee jumping’. Or rappelling, rock-climbing, valley crossing–crossing ravines with the help of high tension ropes, paragliding, cross country cycling on a mountain bike. (Though we doubt you’ll need it, Lavasa has Apollo hospital, and for the aches, some world-class health spas.)Me, I’d just like to get a cycle–the hotels let you borrow them–and explore the many paths, the hidden streams. Or sing like Julie Andrews in the movie The Sound of Music. Only, I’d scare all the precious migrant birds out of the trees.advertisementadvertisement Fact fileGetting there: About 4 hours from Mumbai, and 1.5 from Pune. The best way to get there is by car, but keep in mind that the roads near Lavasa are winding. Check www.lavasa.com for more details.When to go: Anytime except the monsoon, when there are no watersports. Plus saysStay:Fortune Select Dasve; tel: (020) 3099 4444Ekaant; tel: (020) 6675 7000Mercure; tel: (020) 6792 9000Eat: There are multiple restaurants in Lavasa offering varied cuisine.Shop: At Bamboosa craft factory for bamboo products.See: The mountains and the lovely landscape around.FYIMercure hotel:Part of the Accor group, Mercure is the first international hotel in Lavasa. Each of its 130 rooms offers a calming view–my walk-out balcony that still needed some finishing, overlooked a little stream. The rooms feature a neat contemporary style, and luxurious beds, but it seems like the hotel has been put together in a hurry. Loved the beautifully designed, ‘Mercure and me’ range of bath products. Strongly believe the food left a lot to be desired.last_img read more


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first_imgIndia is not underestimating the threat Rashid Khan poses even after he was mauled by England in his previous outing, all-rounder Vijay Shankar said ahead of Saturday’s World Cup match against Afghanistan.Rashid returned 9-0-110-0, the worst bowling figures in World Cup history, against England after home captain Eoin Morgan clobbered him for seven sixes at Old Trafford.Every day is different, and every wicket is different. You cannot take things for granted, all-rounder Shankar told reporters at the Hampshire Bowl on Friday.Tomorrow might be a completely different scenario where we’ll have to target him, or we might have to play off. So it is just about adapting ourselves to different situations as quickly as we can.Most of the Indian batsmen are comfortable against the turning ball and will hope to dominate the spin-heavy Afghan attack led by leg-spinner Rashid.Shankar, who shares the Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room with Rashid in the Indian Premier League, said he had tried to read the wily 20-year-old spinner at nets.”He’s definitely one of the best bowlers right now in limited overs, and he has done well,” Shankar said about the poster boy of Afghan cricket, who tops the list of T20 bowlers and is ranked third in the ODI list.”Having played with him for a couple of years, it’s very important for me to pick things from him like whenever I bat against him in the nets, I try and pick his variations. He’s a good bowler. Anyone can go for runs any day. It is about how we come back strong. So for me, it is about how I play against him tomorrow. That will be the key.”advertisementShankar was picked to bat at number four but Hardik Pandya’s better ball-striking ability earned him a promotion against Pakistan.Shankar denied feeling under pressure to match Pandya’s power-hitting.”The pressure will always be to deliver whatever the situation demands. So it’s not about how powerful,” he said.”I’ve also played down the order. I’ve also got runs playing at number six or seven. It’s not about taking that extra pressure. It’s about taking extra responsibility and delivering it at the right time for the team.”Shankar made a memorable World Cup debut against Pakistan, claiming the first of his two wickets with his maiden delivery and scoring 15 not out.”The best is yet to come,” said the Tamil Nadu player.”The last game gave me some confidence, and especially playing against Pakistan, making my debut against them,” he said.”I always look to get better in all three aspects of the game as I know I can keep getting better. I know I can bowl a lot better than what I am bowling even now, so I’m just working on my bowling.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Afghanistan, battered by 5 defeats, take on clinical IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India won’t relax against Afghanistan, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Seelast_img read more