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Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 1:50 AM
NEW YORK — Georges St-Pierre (26-2) choked Michael Bisping (30-8) unconscious to win the Middleweight Championship at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Here’s a recap:
St-Pierre looked as good as he ever has opening up the first round, connecting on stiff jabs and a takedown of the champ.
Bisping slipped an overhand and popped St-Pierre to stun him momentarily. St-Pierre landed the takedown of Bisping, but the champ was able to hip escape.
St-Pierre got the takedown to open the third round yet again. He looked gassed in the second round, and it was an interesting decision to go to the ground, exerting more energy early. From his back, Bisping cut St-Pierre. St-Pierre rocked Bisping late, then took his back and choked him out.
Bisping won five consecutive bouts heading into Saturday night’s main event. The defending middleweight champion won three consecutive fights before beating Luke Rockhold for the title in June 2016 by knockout and Dan Henderson by decision in the legend’s retirement fight in October 2016.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 1:48 AM
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Canadian women’s hockey player Jocelyn Larocque apologized after taking off her silver medal during Thursday’s ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Olympics, saying she meant no disrespect and was caught up in the emotion of a bitter loss.
The United States edged Canada 3-2 Thursday in a shootout victory in the gold medal game. During the postgame medal ceremony, Larocque took off her silver medal almost immediately after it was put around her neck. Her action sparked criticism from media and fans in Canada.
Later Friday, Larocque issued an apology through Team Canada, the National Post reported. Larocque expressed regrets to the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation, the Pyeongchang Olympic Organizing Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Hockey Canada, her teammates and fans.
“I take seriously being a role model to young girls and representing our country,” Larocque wrote. “My actions did not demonstrate the values our team, myself and my family and for that I am truly sorry.
“In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me.”
#JocelyneLarocque you are an embarrassment to Canada and Manitoba not even wearing your silver medal. Ripped it off once it was put on. Maybe you should concentrate on less turnovers instead of embarrassing your province and country— Bobbyorama (@BobbyBoucher204) February 22, 2018
Larocque said the action was something she wished she “could take back,” the National Post reported.
“I meant no disrespect — it has been an honor to represent my country and win a medal for Canada,” she wrote. “I’m proud of our team, and proud to be counted among the Canadian athletes who have won medals at these Games.
“Being on the podium at the world’s biggest sporting event is a great achievement and one that I’m thankful I was able to experience with my teammates.”
If I was Canadian I would be proud to have her representing my country. She was obviously raised to be a winner and not be happy with 2nd place. This is what competition is all about. You play to win not just compete. #JocelyneLarocque— Chris B (@StarsPatriots) February 22, 2018
As a Canadian I am embarrassed. Grow up! You are playing with adults now! Shame! #CBCOlympics #TeamCanada #2018Olympics Rules are rules: After shunning silver, Jocelyne Larocque ordered to wear medal /via @globeandmail https://t.co/5xA0m03Wg3— Sharon Dorey (@sharon_dorey) February 22, 2018
#JocelyneLarocque I understand your disappointment but the world was watching & you were respresenting all of 🇨🇦. You embarrassed your sport & insulted the fans that supported your journey. We all deserve better.— Jander’s Better Half (@ibemomam) February 22, 2018
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 2:22 AM
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The United States has defeated Canada 3-2 to win the gold medal in women’s hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:27 AM
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — One skier who competed in the women's halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics really stood out – but not for her skills.
American Elizabeth Swaney, a member of Hungary's team who finished in last place Monday after a qualifying run that Deadspin described as "thoroughly average," apparently was able to game the Olympics' quota system to get to Pyeongchang. She also met another requirement – cracking the top 30 at a World Cup event – because many of those events featured fewer than 30 competitors.
“The field is not that deep in the women’s pipe, and she went to every World Cup, where there were only 24, 25 or 28 women,” International Ski Federation judge Steele Spence told the Denver Post. “She would compete in them consistently over the last couple years, and sometimes girls would crash so she would not end up dead last."
The 33-year-old from California was able to snag a spot on Hungary's team instead of the more competitive U.S. team because her grandparents are Hungarian, Deadspin reported. She also skied for Venezuela, where her mother is from, in World Cup events.
In Pyeongchang, Swaney didn't attempt any fancy tricks and finished last – but she didn't fall.
"It is an honor to compete at the Olympics, and I am really excited to compete among other amazing women from across the world," Swaney said, according to Reuters.
She added: "I hope this can be a platform to inspire others."
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:02 PM
The NCAA stripped the University of Louisville of its 2013 national basketball title and mandated that the school must vacate 123 wins between 2011 and 2015, the organization said on its website Tuesday. The decision by an NCAA panel denied the Cardinals' appeals in a sex scandal case.
The NCAA’s appeals committee also upheld the Division I Committee’s decision in June 2017 to require the university to return money it received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in NCAA basketball tournaments during 2012 and 2013, when the Cardinals appeared in the Final Four; and tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015.
It is the first time in modern Division I men's basketball history that a championship was vacated. The Louisville-Courier Journal reported.
The decision ended a two-year process that began after a book published by Katina Powell sparked an NCAA probe in October 2015. In “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” Powell alleged that former Louisville basketball staff member Andre McGee paid women thousands of dollars and gave them game tickets to dance for and have sex with players and recruits, the Courier-Journal reported.
Louisville officials imposed a postseason ban for the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments, and then added recruiting sanctions after confirming Powell’s allegations, the Courier Journal reported. Former coach Rick Pitino was suspended for five conference games and appealed the ruling. Pitino dropped the appeal after he was fired in October 2017 after an FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting practices included allegations against the school, the Courier-Journal reported.
In its appeal, Louisville argued that the penalties were “excessive,” the NCAA said.