Fighters suing Mayweather over Vegas cable TV bout

first_imgBoxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., center, appears with attorney Shane Emerick, right, and Leonard Ellerbe before the Nevada Athletic Commission Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two fledgling professional fighters in Las Vegas are suing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and producers of a cable TV show, alleging they never consented to be part of a promotional training bout depicted as a “dog house” fight that was supposed to last until someone quit.Hashim Rahman Jr., 23, and younger brother Sharif Rahman, 18, accuse Showtime Networks and Mayweather of profiting at their expense.The lawsuit filed last week in Nevada state court seeks unspecified monetary damages of more than $10,000 from the New York-based network and Mayweather, who goes by the nickname “Money.”Mayweather’s attorney, Mark Tratos, declined to comment. Showtime officials didn’t immediately respond to a message.The lawsuit also accuses Mayweather of lying in testimony Sept. 23 before the Nevada State Athletic Commission about the “All Access” show at his gym.“Defendant Mayweather falsely testified that Hasim’s 31-minute fight did not happen as aired, and that the fighters took several breaks,” the document said.The lawsuit alleges that Mayweather forced Sharif Rahman to fight several rounds lasting five to seven minutes in length and said that if Rahman left the ring, he faced beating by others.“Sharif feared for his safety and was forced to fight,” the lawsuit said.The lawsuit also says Sharif Rahman didn’t sign a release agreeing to be filmed or having his name used for the show and that Hasim Rahman Jr. fought the same boxer for more than 30 minutes with no breaks.The Rahman brothers are the sons of former professional heavyweight boxer Hasim Rahman Sr.Their attorney, Vicki Greco, declined comment about the lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court.Mayweather was licensed this year as a promoter in Nevada. His attorney, Shane Emerick, told the athletic commission last month that Mayweather knows that gambling in the gym is illegal and scenes showing cash exchanging hands in bets on the fighting didn’t really happen.The boxer and his attorney also discussed the appearance of marijuana on the show. They said that despite “All Access” showing Mayweather at his Las Vegas mansion while marijuana cigarettes are rolled and smoked, Mayweather doesn’t smoke the drug or drink alcohol and wouldn’t be around secondhand pot smoke because it could show up in drug tests.Asked Monday whether commissioners were satisfied with Mayweather’s responses, commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar referred questions to Bob Bennett, commission executive director.Bennett said the commission wasn’t a party to the lawsuit and declined to comment Tuesday.last_img read more

Bring masterminds of Dabholkar’s murder to book: MANS

first_imgThe threat to progressive thinkers in society loomed large as long as the masterminds of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar’s murder were roaming free, said the Maharashtra Andhshradha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) on Friday.The MANS, founded by the rationalist in 1989, will launch a campaign called ‘Jawab Do’ (give us the answers) on August 20 — the sixth anniversary of Dabholkar’s death — to demand the arrest of the masterminds.“After the Bombay High Court rapped the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for dragging its feet over the probe, the agency finally arrested Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar last year and named them as Dabholkar’s assailants. At the time, we had hoped that the case would finally see a speedy conclusion with the masterminds being brought to book. Regrettably, nothing of the kind has happened so far,” Dr. Hamid Dabholkar, MANS activist and son of the late rationalist, said.He said Dabholkar’s killers had no personal quarrel with him, but were incited by certain people on the basis of differences with the rationalist’s way of thinking and his ideas. “So, it is all the more urgent that the masterminds of this crime, who are responsible for this murder, be nabbed by the CBI,” Dr. Hamid said, alleging a lack of political will on part of the State government in probing the case.He said that from the evidence gathered by investigating agencies and the charge sheet filed by the CBI, it was reasonably certain that the crime was linked to the murders of Communist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur, scholar M.M. Kalburgi in Dharwad and journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru and that all four killings were committed by members of an ideologically hard-line outfit.“Despite this, it seems that the State government is not interesting in probing these radical organisations. The High Court has also repeatedly ticked off the CBI for its tardiness in retrieving the alleged murder weapons that are believed to have been dismantled and thrown by the assailants in a creek near Mumbai. We also demand that the agencies take action in that regard,” Dr. Hamid said.He said that as the CBI delayed in filing a charge sheet against Amol Kale, Rajesh Bangera and Amit Degvekar in the Dabholkar case, the trio was able to secure bail. All three are prime accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder and are lodged in Bengaluru’s Central Prison. The MANS will also launch a social media campaign tagging Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demand the arrest of the mastermind.Dr. Hamid said the Dr. Narendra Dabholkar Memorial Lecture will be delivered by N. Ram, chairman, The Hindu Group, on August 20 at the Tilak Smarak Mandir in Pune. “Mr. Ram will be speaking on three challenges facing current Indian society: the assault on reason, the erosion of free speech and the reality of mass deprivation,” he said.Dabholkar was shot by assailants during his morning stroll at the Omkareshwar Bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013. Pansare and his wife, Uma, were similarly shot at close range from two 7.65-mm country-made weapons while they were returning from a morning walk outside their home in KolhapurThe similar nature of the murder of Kalburgi outside his home in Dharwad and of Lankesh in Bengaluru has led several activists to believe that the killings were part of a pre-planned fundamentalist, right-wing Hindutva conspiracy.last_img read more

Quebec wildlife officials probe mysterious killing of endangered caribou

first_imgMONTREAL – Wildlife officials in Quebec appealed to the public this week as they probed the suspected poaching death of an endangered caribou on the province’s Gaspe peninsula.An estimated 74 animals now remain in Gaspe’s depleted woodland caribou herd after the animal’s carcass was found in late October, Paul Montpetit of Quebec’s Wildlife Department said.A citizen discovered the remains near the Cascapedia River on Oct 26. and alerted wildlife officials, who arrived two days later, Montpetit said.Upon arrival, they found an animal that was gutted but otherwise mostly intact, with neither its antlers nor its hide removed.“Were the suspects disturbed in their actions?” Montpetit said in a phone interview. “That’s the question we’re asking.”It is forbidden to hunt Gaspe’s woodland caribou, which have been listed on the province’s threatened species list since 2009.An aerial survey of the animals conducted last year pegged its population at 75.Their low numbers are explained mainly by high mortality due to predation, habitat loss and a shortage of breeding adults, according to a government report published last year.Montpetit said anyone who is charged with deliberately killing the protected species could face a fine of up to $20,000.But for the moment, investigators are in the dark about the culprit’s motives.“Was it a mistake? An accidental slaughter?” Montpetit asked. “As we speak, there could be many possibilities, and it’s all speculation.”The department posted photos and a description online this week, encouraging witnesses to contact their local Wildlife Department office or to leave an anonymous tip on the government’s anti-poaching line.Montpetit declined to say whether the investigation has yielded any useful clues.“That’s a good question,” he said, “but I’m keeping that to myself for the moment.”Alain Poitras, the president of the regional chapter of the provincial hunting and fishing association, said it is the first time he has heard of one of the endangered animals being poached in his 15 years with the organization.He said hunters “are really not happy” about the news, noting the organization has worked with the Quebec government on preservation efforts.“We’re not looking at a herd of 20,000,” he said. “We’re looking at a herd of 74 that has already been under protection for many years.”Poitras said it is possible a hunter mistook the caribou for a deer, but that would be unusual given where the carcass was found.“What we find odd is that the area where the poaching occurred, there normally aren’t any deer around there,” he said. “It’s a moose area, not a deer area.” And he said no hunter would mistake a caribou for a moose.Poitras said responsible hunters are opposed to poaching, and he’s encouraging anyone, hunter or not, to report any suspicious activity in the area.last_img read more

Federal budget expected to have more wiggle room even with weaker outlook

first_imgOTTAWA — The improved economy is expected to give the Trudeau government more fiscal room than anticipated in next week’s pre-election budget — but a wobbly economic finish to 2018 means conditions could look much different as the October vote approaches.An abrupt deceleration in economic growth over the final three months of 2018 has dimmed the outlook for this year. Last week, the Bank of Canada predicted a weaker economic performance through the first half of 2019, compared to its previous forecast of just a short slump.Still, the economy posted solid numbers for much of last year and employment has remained particularly strong. Some experts predict it’s been enough of a boost to give the Liberal government billions more in fiscal wiggle room. With extra money, hints of tougher times ahead and an election just months away, the government is expected to use up all that space based on the argument the economy will need stimulative investments.Scotiabank chief economist Jean-Francois Perrault said larger-than-expected government revenues last year mean Ottawa could have as much as $5 billion more than it had predicted in its November update to dedicate to new pre-election spending, or even tax cuts.“It’s this really fascinating mix of political challenges with some uncertainty on the economic side,” said Perrault, a former assistant deputy minister under Finance Minister Bill Morneau.“The Trudeau government is clearly in more difficulty now (politically) than it was six months ago. They’re probably going to be looking for something on the budgetary side that will increase their chances of being elected.”CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld also sees the Liberals in a stronger fiscal starting position, but with economic headwinds in the forecast.“There’s good news and bad news, in a sense, for the fiscal path,” said Shenfeld, who also noted the effects of an approaching election on budget decisions.“I’m expecting cheques to go out somewhere. Remember that in the last election the party that won was the one party not promising to balance the budget… The recent sluggishness of the economy is just one more reason to expect a budget that sends out some goodies.”Morneau has said his fourth budget will focus on helping workers get the skills they need and on ensuring seniors feel optimistic about their futures. The government, he added, is looking for ways to make homes more affordable for millennials, while keeping the housing market stable.The Liberals also intend to use the budget to lay out how they will achieve their two main goals on pharmacare: keeping costs down and ensuring better coverage for everyone.The budget will also update the country on the state of the federal books, which could prove to be an important ballot-box concern for many voters.The Liberals’ fiscal record has faced regular criticism from the Opposition and some economists. In particular, the Conservatives have targeted the Liberals over their decisions to ditch their 2015 election vow to run only modest annual shortfalls and to eliminate the deficit by 2019.Instead, the Liberals have posted deficits of more than $18 billion in each of the last two years, with no timeline to achieving balance.In November’s update, the government projected annual deficits of $18.1 billion in 2018-19, $19.6 billion in 2019-20 and $18.1 billion in 2020-21.Morneau has shifted his focus to reducing the net-debt-to-GDP ratio — a way of describing how burdensome debt is, relative to the national economy— each year.TD senior economist Brian DePratto recalls how in past budgets the Liberals have enjoyed “growth dividends” because the economy had outperformed expectations. The extra fiscal room enabled them to use up the space without affecting the debt-to-GDP anchor.This time, however, things are different because the overall economic picture has “clearly degraded,” he said.“It’s a little bit of a funny one because there’s a lot of these different currents playing out at once that differ a bit from what we’ve seen in different years,” DePratto said.“There’s also the challenge of, well, if we’re going into a slower-growth period where the risks are mounting, perhaps there’s more impetus for spending regardless of anything else.”Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,728.32, down 47.98 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down eight cents, 2.57 per cent, to $3.03 on 9.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 19 cents, 1.50 per cent, to $12.48 on 6.3 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up 94 cents, or 10.40 per cent, to $9.98 on 4.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Pharmaceutical. Down 23 cents, or 2.99 per cent, to $7.45 on 4.1 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 20 cents, 5.35 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down four cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, 0.91 per cent, to $2.21 on 3.4 million shares. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce tacked on another 79.82 per cent of preliminary anti-dumping duties, now totalling almost 300 per cent, for Bombardier to export its CSeries commercial jet into the American market once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Up $1.21, 1.50 per cent, to $82.11 on 315,991 shares. The legal battle between a group of Tim Hortons franchisees and their parent company escalated Friday as the corporate-unsanctioned franchisee association filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives of subverting their right to associate.last_img read more

Rotary District Governor visits Fort St John to meet with fellow Rotarians

first_img“It’s been tremendous. We’ve been to communities all the way up into the Northwest Territories, into B.C. and Alberta and we’ve seen the impact of what Rotarians are doing in the community and their hands-on work. They’re working on projects like parks, ensuring food security and they’re also ensuring that communities have the strength they need to be strong. There’s not one area that our Rotarians are not strongly focused in communities.”Vavrek says Rotary is a core platform that ensures communities are strong and is a social fabric helping to shift change and make a difference.Starting in July and ending in November, Vavrek expects to travel more than 33,000 kilometres to visit all 60 Rotary Clubs in the District. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Sunrise Rotary Club of Fort St. John was host to a special guest at their breakfast meeting on Wednesday at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.As part of a western tour, the new Rotary District Governor, Tracey Vavrek, was in Fort St. John to meet with fellow Rotarians to talk about the meaning of Rotary and how they are serving their community and beyond.So far in her tour, starting back in July, Vavrek says it has been a tremendous experience to see the impact that Rotarians are making in their communities such as making parks and ensuring food security.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball finishes off season sweep of Rutgers 7969

OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has been a mystery wrapped in a riddle for much of the season.It has been nearly impossible to get any kind of gauge on what kind of team the Buckeyes are, to learn if the team that has shown itself thus far in 2015-16 is underperforming, lacking talent, lacking experience or some combination of the three.One thing has become abundantly clear, however: OSU is far from the worst team in the Big Ten. After beating Rutgers, which is still winless in conference games this season, by a combined 38 points in their two meetings, it is clear that the Buckeyes have placed themselves well above the basement of the conference.Their opponent on Saturday, however, might want to be on the lookout for flooding after heavy rainfall.The Buckeyes (16-10, 8-5) handled the Scarlet Knights (6-19, 0-12) on their home floor in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Saturday by a score of 79-69 in a game that was never really in question. That contest came a month to the day since OSU handled Rutgers in Columbus 94-68.A pair of sophomore forwards in Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate were major contributors in the game for the Buckeyes, with a double-double each. Bates-Diop scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting and had 14 rebounds, while Tate added 22 points and 13 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams was also big, scoring 19 points off the bench, including 12 in the second half.The Buckeyes did not get off to a tremendous start shooting the ball, but they really didn’t need to, as Rutgers started the game shooting a grotesque 3-of-20 — which included making its first shot of the game 22 seconds in.When all was said and done on the first 10 minutes of the game, the Buckeyes held a 20-6 lead, shooting 8-of-18. That effort was led by Bates-Diop, who scored a quick 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in quick succession.An extended 13-0 spurt by Rutgers made a dent in the lopsided score, cutting it to 22-19, but the Scarlet and Gray snapped their lengthy scoreless drought with a jump shot by Bates-Diop. That was followed up on the next possession with a layup by Tate to bring the lead back up to seven points.The visitors were then able to jump their lead back up as high as 14 points en route to a 35-26 halftime margin.Bates-Diop led all first-half scorers with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while the Scarlet Knights countered with freshman guard Corey Sanders’ 13. Williams contributed seven points while Tate had six, but junior forward Marc Loving continued his extended period of poor play with zero points, four missed shots, a turnover and a few defensive lapses throughout the opening 20 minutes.The opening minutes of the second half featured much more efficient scoring for the Buckeyes, who put nine points on the scoreboard in the first four minutes of the stanza. That enabled them to take control of the game, holding onto a comfortable lead throughout the half that never got smaller than seven points.Twice when the home team threatened to get the deficit back down to single digits, Williams knocked down a shot from outside to take the crowd out of it. The Scarlet Knights finally did get it back there with a 9-0 run midway through the half, but, once again, Williams dropped in a shot from the outside to move the momentum back toward the Scarlet and Gray.Eventually, the Buckeyes’ 61.5 percent shooting mark in the second half was too much for Rutgers to ever mount a real comeback, sealing OSU’s 17th victory of the year, with five contests left on the regular-season schedule.OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, who had the strongest all-around performance of his young college career with a triple-double in the teams’ first matchup, was unable to replicate the dominant performance. He finished with four points, three rebounds and five assists, and played just eight minutes in the second half.Loving was also absent for much of the second half after struggling while on the court. He was on the court for just five of the final 20 minutes and failed to score a point. Sanders was the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer with 23 points.One very unsatisfactory statistic for OSU coach Thad Matta was the turnover column, where his team coughed the ball up 19 times to Rutgers’ 11.A trip back home is next in the cards for the Buckeyes, as they are scheduled to take on Michigan on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Report Jared Sullinger medically redflagged by NBA doctors

Former Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger has been medically red-flagged by NBA doctors, according to a report from ESPN.com. Doctors who examined the former sophomore forward, according to the report, said they were worried about Sullinger’s back – something that kept him out for two games including a high-profile matchup against Kansas in December. Sullinger did not immediately respond to an email request for comment from The Lantern. His father, Satch Sullinger, told ESPN’S Andy Katz that he doesn’t think the issue with his son’s back is serious. “He had a bulging area that was due to his hamstring and quads being so tight. It pulled on his hip flexor and he’s been taking care of it to loosen it. You can call it a red flag if you want. But it’s tight hamstring and tight quads,” Satch Sullinger told Katz. “He’s been to doctors, he’s doing yoga and deep tissue massage. The flexibility is helping take the pressure off the area.” The Lantern was unable to reach a number to contact Satch Sullinger on the matter. According to the report, several NBA team doctors “have reviewed the information from the NBA and have told their front office staff that Sullinger’s back issues could shorten his NBA career and some have advised their teams not to draft him in the first round.” Sullinger, who is projected to be a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft, has worked out with Golden State, Portland and, most recently, New Orleans. He’s scheduled to work out with Toronto, Cleveland and Detroit within the coming weeks. A Columbus native out of Northland High School, Sullinger came to OSU as a highly decorated recruit. During his two-year career at OSU, Sullinger was the 2010-11 Big Ten and National Freshman of the Year and a two-time first-team All-American and All-Big Ten selection. Sullinger was 64-10 in his career at OSU and finished with 1,281 points and 717 rebounds. read more

Caldara curious to learn from Ronaldo

Caldara curious to learn from Ronaldo

first_imgNew Juventus signing Mattia Caldara says he is ‘very excited and curious’ about learning from Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli at Juventus.The defender also stressed that he made the right decision by giving everything to the Atalanta, confessing ‘I wasn’t ready’ to leave Atalanta.“It’s a very important time for me, I’m aware of it,” he began at his official unveiling on Friday as quoted in Football Italia.“I know I’m at a great team, I’ll have to show why I deserve to be here every day. I’m also very excited and curious to see how Cristiano Ronaldo trains and understand how he can stay at these levels for so long.“Continassa? This is a training complex of the highest level, with perfect pitches and structure, as well as a great gym.“Mentality? It’s enough to see how Chiellini and Barzagli work to understand the winning mentality of this team.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I could’ve joined a year ago, but I always gave everything for the Atalanta shirt. I think Perin is right when he says that the Juve train passes only once in a lifetime.“My lawyer, family and I decided to wait, I wasn’t ready. It’s a big change, especially in terms of mentality, so it was the best choice for everyone.“Nesta and Chiellini? My idol has always been Nesta, that’s why I chose the No 13. Over the years, I’ve also learned to value Chiellini. I have his poster in the room.“Playing with him fills me with pride, and he’s already helping me a lot in training. There’s a lot of competition here, there are some good players in my position, but it makes me want to give more and improve myself.“I’m happy to be here, and I’ll need [that motivation] to get higher and higher. From Chiellini, I have to learn how he marks his man. He’s unique for that.“As for Barzagli, I admire how he reads the ball, both in possession and not so.”last_img read more