Friday, June 10, 2016

Did you know that having sex could be as healthy as eating a fruit? Well, find out how.




 

Sex maybe one of the best pleasurable experiences to have as a human being. But, did you know that having sex could be as healthy as eating a fruit? Well, it is.  Here are some health benefits of sex that you might have not known about.


Sex maybe one of the best pleasurable experiences to have as a human being. But, did you know that having sex could be as healthy as eating a fruit? Well, it is.  Here are some health benefits of sex that you might have not known about.
1.Boosts your immunity 
Yes! It’s true. Having sex regularly will decrease your chances of falling sick. According to a research conducted at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, people who had more sex had 30% higher levels of the antigen immunoglobin A, as compared to people who didn’t. This antigen defends your body against colds and flu. Alternatively, you could also try including these foods in your diet to boost immunity. 
2. Helps you sleep
After you orgasm, endorphins which are released in your body make you feel relaxed and sleepy. Sleeping well is important too and has a range of health benefits of its own. 
3. Reduces stress
Indulging in sex releases endorphins like oxytocin which releases your stress by making you feel good. Even though, stress can lower your libido, it is advised that you do not get dissuaded and have sex. Read more about some natural remedies to reduce stress. 
4. Helps you lose weight
Obesity is a serious problem in today’s world and if gymming does not count high on the pleasure scale – try having sex. A research conducted by William Masters and Virginia Johnson showed that men burn 4.2 calories, and women burn 3.1 calories for every minute of sex that they have.
5. Lowers your risk of prostate cancer
According to a study conducted by National Cancer Institute, men who ejaculated more than 21 times a month had a significantly lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Here are some more tips to lower your risk of having prostate cancer.
6. Makes you look younger
Dr David Weeks of Royal Edinburgh Hospital conducted a 10 year long study which found that people who had sex more than 4 times a week, felt as much as 10 years younger. This is not just a perceptive feeling, as the hormones released during sex actually help in preserving your youth. Besides having sex, you can do the following things to look younger.
7. Reduces risk of heart disease
Heart disease is a major problem these days with 70% of the urban population at risk. According to a study published in American Journal Of Cardiology, men who had sex twice a week had a lower risk of having heart disease than men who didn’t. With sex helping you lose weight, releasing your stress and helping you sleep – this study is not surprising at all. 
8. Makes you more intelligent!
Extremely intelligent people like George Bernard Shaw, Einstein and Mozart loved having lots of sex. We can’t say for sure, but probably that was the secret to their genius. Scientists in Melbourne have found that sex boosts mental performance by helping in the production of neurons in the hippocampus. 
So yes, sex is indeed good for you! But make sure you always use protection to avoid STDs and unwanted pregnancy.

A must-win game for Cavaliers






















In the early hours of Saturday the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers will look to tie the NBA Finals at 2-2 against the Golden State Warriors and SuperSport will show it live.
Early this week, the Cavaliers made a tremendous statement of their playoff intentions by trouncing the Golden State Warriors 120-90 in Game 3.
If the Cavaliers lose Game 4, they will be on the brink of elimination.
So, how can they turn the best-of-seven series around after being blown out in Games 1 and 2?
“It's the same mindset,” James told reporters on Thursday referring to Game 3 in which they outplayed the defending champions.
“We can't afford to go down 3-1 and go into their building and give them confidence going back. So it's a do-or-die game for us still.”
Entering Game 4, the Cavaliers are perfect 8-0 at home in this year’s playoffs. The 30-point win over the Warriors was the Cavaliers’ largest margin of victory in a Finals game, and the 3rd time winning by 30 or more points this postseason.
With reigning MVP Stephen Curry and fellow sharpshooter Klay Thompson struggling for most of the series, the general feeling among the Cavaliers is that this is a must-win contest.
Take Tristan Thompson’s statement as an example.
“They're still up 2-1,” the Canadian big man said. “The most important game for us is Game 4. It's a game that we want to win. We view it as a must-win. We're going to come with that approach and give it all.”
Golden State is shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc in playoff wins, but only 33.0 percent in defeats.
“For us, we have to just stop that force that they played with in Game 3 and come with more effort and more focus from the jump,” Curry said.

Why Did She Allowed Her Boyfriend To Video Her





Dam she let her boyfriend video her ,this was the reusult ;Never ever on any circumstance allow yourself to be video tayped in any nude form  whatsoever in the name of love  or fun. The consequences can be really disastrous! Beware! and don't let your future to be in the hands of the public to be talked about.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Behind the Scenes of Kobe Bryant's Last Game

 

           WE ALL THANK YOU KOBE!!!

‘Ninja Turtles 2’ Slightly Stronger, But Still Struggling With Sequelitis; ‘Me Before You’ Hooks Women – Saturday AM B.O. Update


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4TH WRITETHRU, Saturday 8AM: Refresh for updates Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is gaining strength bit by bit in the wake of that A- CinemaScore, but not enough to scream “Cowabunga!” as this sequel cost a reported $135M before P&A. Current industry estimates show TMNT2 coming in with a $12.4M Friday and an opening weekend of $33.7M at 4,071 theaters.
I heard yesterday that TMNT2 was originally tracking at $49M on NRG three weeks ago and since then, its projection tanked. Some attribute this swing to broken tracking models; they tend to have the pulse on TV ads, but fail to take into account the social media vibe (That said other tracking firms tell me they take all factors into account when forecasting).
Others blame TMNT2‘s sequelitis on Paramount’s decision to change-up its target audience. When the studio rebooted the franchise two years ago, they executed a perfectly calibrated campaign that would appeal to Generations X and Y nostalgia for the brand. That pulled in 55% over 25. This time the studio focused on kids, and 52% under 25 and 40% under 18 showed up. Still, we’re looking at lower ticket sales here. iSpot.TV shows that Paramount shelled out an estimated $28.3M on television ads, with heavy spends on such Nickelodeon kid shows as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Thundermans and Henry Danger. Let’s not forget that the Melrose Lot also spent at least $5M on a Super Bowl spot for TMNT2.

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But c’mon, it’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, not X-Men. How high can the stakes get in this sewer world with four fat, bulky turtles? I still have the Eastman and Laird comic books upstairs in my closet from my junior high days and the original property since the mid-1980s has weathered various blenders at New Line, TWC/Warner Bros (remember that 2007 animated film TMNT which made $54M at the domestic B.O.?), and Nickelodeon prior to Paramount. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was an indie comic book that completely sold out to commercialization, leaving a large portion of its tonal roots in the dust. The original comic book was a die-hard satire, even sending up Wolverine, but dramatic gravitas played on screen would have seemed ridiculous. A sequel for TMNT was announced during its $65.5M successful opening weekend two years ago.
While this sequel is -49% off from the 2014 installment’s $65.6M opening, the 1991 New Line sequel only slid 21% from its initial 1990 chapter ($25M to $20M). What also contributed to the success of the early August opening of TMNT two years ago was the fact that there were more kids out of school. By Monday, only 52% K-12 schools will be on summer break.
The one thing that the turtles can beat their chests about this weekend is that A- CinemaScore, up from 2014’s B. Since Par went after the kid demo, it’s crossing its fingers that TMNT2 plays like one with a high multiple this summer. We’ll see. Strong CinemaScore grades for this sequel lie with males who turned up at 54% (A-), females at 46% (A-), the under 18 crowd (A), and the under 25ers (A). TMNT2 received sour results on PostTrak: 78% gave it a total positive score (meh), 47% said they’re definitely passing around the good word about it (not good), while only 20% said it exceeded their expectations (a good indicator of whether the sequel is worth moviegoers’ cash). Sixty-five percent males turned up for TMNT2, but despite 53% being under 25, there was thick draw among the millennials with 38% between 18-24 and 33% 25-34. So, a portion of the old hipster fans showed up. 3D repped only 36% of all ticket sales per PostTrak. Thirty-four percent of the crowd said they bought tickets because they like the franchise.
20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse is down a bit further than we originally thought with $6.57M on Friday and a second weekend of $22.3M, -66%. Nonetheless, it will cross the century mark with $116.6M by Sunday.
In third is MGM/New Line’s Emilia Clarke weepy Me Before You which is outperforming its projections with $7.7M on Friday and an $18.3M opening at 2,705 theaters. But that’s not all. CinemaScore audiences gave it a string of big sloppy kisses with straight As in the over/under 25 demo, over/under 35 demo and audiences overall. Sixty-six percent of the crowd were over 25, 53% under 35. Women, per CinemaScore cards, turned out at 81% (A) with 66% over 25 (A). All demos gave Me Before You either an A or A- except for the guys who got dragged into the auditorium by their better halves. Still, Emilia Clarke is easy on the eyes and 18% of the audience said they turned up to watch The Game of Thrones actress, while 21% cited The Hunger Games Mockingjay hunk Sam Claflin. But overall, 57% of the audience wanted to watch a young romantic drama.
PostTrak shows an 83% total positive score with 61% giving it a definite recommend to friends. Even though PostTrak is showing a 74% female, 54% over 25 turnout, peering through this demo report further we see those aged 13-34 watched this movie with two to four friends (13-17 year olds at 35%, 18-24 at 22% and 25-34 at 24%). Those teens (13-17) who brought the most friends (five-plus) repped 21% of the crowd.
“When you get that young female crowd ignited, they’ll arrive at the theater in droves,” said one studio distrib chief, “but this film will have a quick burn given how most of the women arrive during the first weekend.”
Another rival exec counters, “There are lots of good examples of high weekend multiples for female driven films such as If I Stay at 3.22x, My Sister’s Keeper at 3.95x, and Age of Adeline 3.23x.” CinemaScore is comping the demos to Me Before You to Fox’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride which received an A, opened to $13M and finaled at $37M. Something tells me Me Before You will have a much better leg out factor as it serves as solid counter-programming this summer. To give you an idea of what type of nerve Me Before You is hitting, Warner Bros. retweeted a moviegoer’s tweeted photos that read “I went to see Me Before You and cried off my spray tan.”
ISpot.TV shows that Warner Bros. went after females aggressively, running ads on Dancing With the Stars, The Voice, Mom and Grey’s Anatomy with a total media and TV spend of $13.7M. Warner Bros. teased exhibitors with the following clip at CinemaCon:

Relish Mix observed how two song drops were key in raising the profile for Me Before You on social media: an Imagine Dragons music video “Not Today” which has racked up 5.3M YouTube views, 120K per day, and X Ambassadors’ “Unsteady,” which has clocked 1.2M views. There’s also a lot of chatter about the film among the books’ fans, with Clarke’s official Instagram tubthumping the movie to her 4.1M followers.
Then there’s Universal’s $20M low-budget comedy from the Lonely Island guys, Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping which is halting in seventh place with $1.77M on Friday and $4.6M and a B CinemaScore. The title isn’t even registering on iSpot.TV which means that Uni invested largely in a thrifty digital campaign. This film wasn’t teed up to rally theatrically like Neighbors or Ted, but rather as a post-theatrical cult performer.
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By Sunday, Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship will be close to $7M, soon topping Barcelona, the director’s highest grossing theatrical release. A24’s The Lobster crawls from 116 theaters to 560, bound to see a 26% hike in its fourth weekend with $1.25M and a running cume of $3.7M.
The top 13 films for the weekend of June 3-5, 2016 per industry estimates as of Saturday morning:
1). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (PAR), 4,071 theaters / $12.4M Fri. (includes $2M previews) / 3-day cume: $33.7M/Wk 1
2). X-Men: Apocalypse (FOX), 4,153 theaters / $6.57M Fri. (-75%) / 3-day cume: $22.5M (-66%) /Total cume: $116.6M/Wk 2
3). Me Before You (MGM/New Line/WB), 2,704 theaters / $7.77M Fri. (includes $1.37M previews) / 3-day cume: $18.3M /Wk 1
4). Alice Through the Looking Glass (Disney), 3,763 theaters (0)/ $3.15M Fri. (-68%) / 3-day cume: $11M (-59%)/Total: $51M/Wk 2
5). The Angry Birds Movie (SONY/ROVIO), 3,484 theaters (-448)/ $2.6M Fri. (-49%) / 3-day cume: $9.2M (-51%)/Total cume: $86M/ Wk 3
6). Captain America: Civil War (Disney), 3,084 theaters (-311) / $2M Fri. (-50%)/ 3-day cume: $7.1M (-54%) /Total cume: $388.4M/ Wk 5
7). Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping (UNI), 2,311 theaters / $1.77M Fri. (includes $322k previews) / 3-day cume: $4.64M/Wk 1
8). Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (UNI), 2,417 theaters (-999)/ $1.48M Fri. (-48%)/ 3-day cume: $4.62M (-51%)/Total cume: $48.4M/ Wk 3
9). The Jungle Book (DIS), 1,990 theaters (-533) / $1.1M Fri. (-37%) / 3-day cume: $3.9M (-45%)/ Total cume: $347.2M / Wk 8
10.) The Nice Guys (WB), 1,888 theaters (-977)/ $964K Fri. (-43%) / 3-day cume: $3.2M (-51%)/Total: $28.7M/ Wk 3
11.) Love & Friendship (AMZ/RSA), 819 theaters (+326) / $610k Fri. (-9%) / 3-day cume: $2.1M (-13%) /Total cume: $6.97M/Wk 4
12.) Money Monster (SONY), 1,323 theaters (-992) / $492K Fri. (-55%)/ 3-day cume: $1.68M (-61%)/Total cume: $38.1M/Wk 4
13.) The Lobster (A24), 560 theaters (+444) / $394K Fri. (+82%)/ 3-day cume: $1.25M (+66%)/Total cume: $3.7M/Wk 4
2nd UPDATE, 12:27PM: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is on course per industry projections to make $11M today, with an opening between $28M-$30M, but rival distribution czars aren’t impressed by nor envious of this Paramount release’s weekend. In regards to a sequel’s opening vs. its predecessor’s, TMNT2 isn’t seeing the biggest drop from part 1, with its opening off by 54%-57% from the 2014 title. The goat horns for the worst sequel debut this year, of course, land upon the hat of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Last weekend the James Bobin-directed movie opened 77% below its 2010 first chapter’s $116M debut. TMNT2 will have the added benefit of 331 Imax locations and 3D showtimes. The first TMNT reboot drew an over-25 crowd of 55%, roping in all the Gen X and Y fans of the comic books and New Line series. The sequel is earning slightly better reviews at 36% rotten than the first at 22%; the critics were no threat to its B.O. longevity two years ago. Nor were CinemaScore audiences, who gave TMNT a B grade
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20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse is looking at $8M today, off 70% from a week ago because its $26.3M Friday had a Thursday injection of $8.2M, with a second FSS in the mid-$20M range. MGM/New Line’s Me Before You is building momentum with young females and eyeing a $7M-$8M opening day (including $1.5M from Thursday night). Per one insider, matinees indicate a $15M opening, but rivals think it could have a shot at $20M. With Rotten Tomatoes critics, the Emilia Clarke romance has a middling 56% score.
Alice Through the Looking Glass is projected at a second weekend of $11M, -59%, taking its 10-day take to $51M.
Universal’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is exactly where we figured it would be with $1M-$1.5M Friday and a $4M debut. Its 93 reviews currently have Pop Star ranked with a 78% Rotten Tomatoes score.
1ST UPDATE, 7:38AM: Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows drew $2 million in Thursday previews last night at 3,000 locations. That compares to two years ago, when the film’s rebooted first chapter made $4.5M on Thursday on its way to a startling $65.6M opening. Still, $2M isn’t too shabby in a marketplace where sequels have taken a beating at the B.O. this year. TMNT2 will hope to clear $30M-$35M this weekend, making up its $135M production cost abroad; that rollout in 40 markets begins this weekend. Sixty-one percent of the 2014 title’s $493.3M worldwide B.O. came from foreign.
The Melrose Studio promoted TMNT2 at WonderCon this past spring and made the pic the cornerstone of its CinemaCon presentation with Will Arnett ordering pizza to the stage at Caesars Palace Colosseum where he engaged in a lengthy banter with co-star Megan Fox.
A likely recent comp for TMNT 2 is Sony/Rovio’s The Angry Birds Movie, which made $800K on its preview night, $10.8M on its opening day and $38.2M in its first FSS.
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MGM/New Line’s weepy romance drama Me Before You grossed $1.37M last night, in what is expected to be a $12M-$14M opening. Warner Bros. is distributing the movie. That’s a few bucks ahead of the $1.1M that another young adult drama, If I Stay, made on the eve of its opening day. That late August 2014 cash cow raked in $15.7M on its first FSS and finaled at $50.5M off an $11M production cost.
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And Universal’s Lonely Island comedy Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping made $322K last night, a number that’s under what Horrible Bosses made on its preview night ($365K) and above the $250K preview cash posted by Andy Samberg’s 2012 R-rated comedy That’s My Boy. Pop Star is expected to ring in around $4M, a far cry from That’s My Boy’s $13.5M. Uni kept P&A thrifty on Pop Star and relegating it largely to digital where the Lonely Island guys have always had a huge following.
The top-grossing title last night on the charts was 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse which made an estimated $3.58M for a first week’s gross of $94.2M. The fourth Bryan Singer X-Men movie is expected to decline 55%-60% this weekend for $26M-$29M. Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass filed second with an estimated $1.8M and a first week’s tally of $40M. It is poised to tumble 60% for a second session of $10.7M.

‘Code Black’: Bonnie Somerville & Raza Jaffrey Exit As Part Of Creative Changes, Jillian Murray & Boris Kodjoe Promoted


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CBS’ freshman medical drama Code Black clinched a second season renewal based on a pitch by creator/exec producer Michael Seitzman that included changes for Season 2 and a structure resembling real-life that includes a revolving cast of younger cast members. As part of the plan, two series regulars, Bonnie Somerville and Raza Jaffrey, are departing. Two recurring players, Jillian Murray and Boris Kodjoe, have been promoted to regular. A male co-lead for Marcia Gay Harden is expected to be added, along with four new residents, all heavily recurring with an eye toward becoming regulars.
“The concept of the show is for each season to begin on the first day for incoming freshman residents, just as in real life there is a cycle of residents coming in and residents either graduating or moving on,” Seitzman told Deadline. “Another hallmark of the show is that our fictional hospital is intensely populated. Not only do we average 800 extras per episode, but we have a revolving cast of doctors and nurses who enter and exit the show regularly. Bonnie Somerville and Raza Jaffrey are beloved by the audience, as well as the rest of the cast and crew. Their departure is painful for us, is no reflection on the extraordinary work they both did on the show.”
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The reasons behind the casting changes are purely creative and not a sign of cutbacks as Code Black will boast one of the biggest casts on television, especially for a sophomore show, counting 13 regulars. It also features a very big guest cast, another way Seitzman and his team are trying to have the series reflect the real-life situation at a busy ER. (The 800 extras per episode support the title of the show, which indicates ER that is overwhelmed by patients.)
While going forward Code Black will continue to spend the lion share of its budget on cast, the series will likely be more nimble with contracts to allow the writers to take creative chances, like killing off Christina Vidal’s recurring character Gina in Season 1.
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“The goal is to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, wondering if the jeopardy is real, and the only way to do it is to make it real,” Seitzman said.
Code Black, whose first season revolved around four first-year residents and their colleagues at the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, was a consistent ratings performer, never falling under 1.1 ratings among adults 18-49 in Live+same day. What’s more, I hear CBS brass opted to go for a second season on the show — co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS Studios — while canceling two fully owned CBS drama series, freshman Limitless, which was higher rated, and sophomore CSI: Cyber, because they believe Code Black has long-term potential.
Code Black is returning in the fall, staying its its Wednesday 10 PM slot. It is one of two medical dramas on CBS’ schedule, along with new series Pure Genius. That is reminiscent of the 2009-1010 season when CBS launched two medical dramas, Three Rives and Miami Medical. Neither made it to Season 2.
For Code Black, this is a second revamp. The project underwent changes at the pilot stage when the lead, originally written younger and cast with Maggie Grace, was reworked for Harden. Meanwhile, the supporting role Harden had been cast in was aged down and cast with Somerville.

Elizabeth Banks Says Parental Responsibilities, Scheduling Prevented ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Directing Gig – Produced By


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Elizabeth Banks said today that she exited as director of Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3 because delayed shooting – the film is now set for a Christmas 2017 instead of Summer 2017 release – would interfere with her duties as a parent. “We’ve been in development and it’s taking longer than we thought,” said the actress, Pitch Perfect franchise producer and director of last year’s Pitch Perfect 2. The comments came during a panel at the Producers Guild of America’s 8th annual Produced By conference at Sony Pictures.
“I thought I was going to direct the movie in the summer,” said Banks, who has two children. “It was really important to me to direct the movie in summer because if we pushed into fall it bumped up against my parental responsibilities, which made me feel uncomfortable.”
Banks’ husband and Brownstone Productions partner Max Handelman, also interviewed on panel, noted that the movie’s newly announced Dec. 22 2017 release date was Universal’s call, and that 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2 had originally been intended for a holiday release.


Good for you her. I know many parents who wish they'd chosen family first.
“The summer of 2017 feels incredibly crowded,” he said.
Banks also expressed confidence in the threequel. “I think it’s going to be a great infusion of energy in the third film,” she said.

AC/DC's Brian Johnson Optimistic About Hearing Loss After Meeting With Specialist



 
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has been sidelined from the iconic band's Rock or Bust tour due to serious hearing loss, but has now shared some positive news about his condition.
Johnson has met with in-ear technology specialist Stephen Ambrose for treatment that he is hopefully will improve is hearing issues, Rolling Stone reports. Johnson said Ambrose's ADEL hearing technology -- which absorbs harmful pneumatic pressures inside your ear canal -- works and has hope it could help restore hearing to his everyday life as well as performances down the line.
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"It works. It just totally works and you can't argue with that," the singer said in a statement. "I was really moved and amazed to be able to hear music again like I haven't heard for several years now. I can't wait for it to be miniaturized so I can use it in every situation from normal communication, going out to noisy restaurants, [and] performing live music onstage."
Ambrose is the creator of the wireless in-ear monitor over 40 years ago and is widely used today. When he discovered that his invention was causing damage to people's hearings, he began working with scientists to improve the in-ear monitor and make them safer.
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He reached out to Johnson with an open message on YouTube when he learned that the singer was threatened by "total hearing loss."
Guns N' Roses singer Axle Rose has replaced Johnson on AC/DC's tour -- to many fans' disappointment, including Ambrose.
"Brian, I introduced Guns N' Roses to in-ear monitors in 1990 and I'm a big fan of Axl Rose's voice, but let's be clear: I'm with Roger Daltrey on this, I really can't imagine anyone but you singing 'Back in Black,'" Ambrose said in the video.

The Day Muhammad Ali Met The Beatles


It's hard to imagine now: barely having a clue who The Beatles were, or the man who would become Muhammad Ali.
But that's how things were when Robert Lipsyte found himself face-to-face with these future legends more than 50 years ago, through a chance of publicity matchmaking.
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The New York Times had plucked Lipsyte from the feature department to go to Miami Beach and cover the heavyweight boxing title fight between champ Sonny Liston and the upstart Cassius Clay, who would later change his name to Ali. He barely knew who Clay was, and even less about the mop-haired singers who happened to show up during his visit.
"I wasn't a teenage girl," Lipsyte said. "I really didn't know who the Beatles were or what they would become."
A few days earlier they had appeared for the first time on television's popular Ed Sullivan Show. Now they were being led up a stairway in the gym where Clay trained, with an unwitting Lipsyte swept along.
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"They're little guys with lots of hair and all wearing white terrycloth cabana jackets," Lipsyte said. "They were yelling and cursing because they had just been told Clay wasn't there yet, and they wanted to leave. But these big security types just kind of herded them up the stairs."
Lipsyte found himself in a dressing room with the Beatles, who weren't at all happy. They had gone earlier to Liston's training, but Liston took one look at them and refused to pose for pictures.
Lipsyte introduced himself and asked for their prediction, which was for a first-round Liston knockout. Then they all waited for 10 or 15 minutes, with the Beatles complaining the whole time, for Clay to arrive.
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"But suddenly the door burst open and there he is. He's the most gorgeous creature I've ever seen. He kind of glows and he's laughing, and he says, 'Come on, Beatles, let's go make some money.'"
Make some money they did. In photos that would become legendary, Clay is shown knocking the Beatles down like dominoes, and standing over them sprawled out in the ring.
It was as if they had all rehearsed it beforehand, Lipsyte said.
"There was a lot of laughter, and then they're gone, off to their limo," he said. "Cassius then started training in front of people who paid 50 cents to get in."
After the workout, Clay went back to the dressing room for a rubdown, and Lipsyte crowded in with him. Clay recognized him as being in the room earlier, and beckoned him over with a question.
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"Who were those little sissies?" he asked.
Clay, of course, would beat Liston and go on to even greater things as Muhammad Ali. Lipsyte would become a columnist for the Times and cover him for years.
And the Beatles? They ended up doing OK, too.

Germany's Rock am Ring Festival Suspended After Storm Injuries





A rock festival in western Germany was suspended Saturday after scores of people were injured in a lightning storm and forecasters predicted more severe weather.
Paramedics said more than 70 people were hospitalized after a storm struck the Rock am Ring festival late Friday (June 3) at a former airfield near Mendig, 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Frankfurt.
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Organizers on Saturday urged tens of thousands at the festival to seek shelter in their tents or cars, saying local authorities had ordered them to put the festival on hold.
"It's not about causing panic but giving people the feeling that someone is looking after them," said Marek Lieberberg, head of the organizers.
The German Red Cross said 72 people were taken to the hospital due to the storm -- including those who got electric shocks from nearby lighting strikes, were hit by flying debris or had serious asthma attacks. Spokesman Frank Bredel said one person had to be revived by paramedics and remained in critical condition Saturday.
Lightning Injures 33 People at Germany's Rock am Ring Festival
Rock am Ring is one of the most popular festivals in Germany and has been staged since 1985. Performers this year include Tenacious D, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath.
Lieberberg dismissed reports that organizers had failed to act quickly enough to warn music fans about the storm, blaming instead the "catastrophic weather situation in Germany" for the large number of injuries.
Germany, along with neighboring France and Belgium, has been hit by severe storms that have caused heavy flooding and at least 16 deaths in the last few weeks.
Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, chairman of ticketing company Eventim, said organizers hoped to be able to resume the show later Saturday if the weather improved, but warned that more storms have been forecast for Sunday.
"Visitors' safety is our top priority," said Schulenberg.

Freddie Gibbs Arrested In France For Alleged Rape

Freddie Gibbs Arrested In France For Alleged Rape

Toulouse, France - Freddie Gibbs was arrested on Thursday, June 2, in Toulouse, the capital of France’s southern Midi-Pyrénées region on suspicion of an alleged rape.
The arrest occurred moments before he was set to take the stage at the Rex, a venue in Toulouse in conjunction with his Shadow of a Doubt European Tour.
Authorities in Austria had issued a warrant for Gibbs, 33, claiming their was an alleged rape all the way back in 2015 and the French police acted on their behalf.
French publication La Depeche published a slanted report writing "[Gibbs] probably away and forgotten investigators" but they say he has been "calm and cooperating with investigators, despite the language barriers."
As for the length of time it took to even hear about the alleged rape, the Law Offices Of Scott E. Leemon, P.C. issued a statement obtained to slam the arrest.
"SCOTT E. LEEMON, ESQ., United States based attorney for FREDDIE GIBBS states: FREDDIE GIBBS adamantly denies the allegations that have been levied against by Austrian authorities. It makes you wonder why it took almost a year for Austrian officials to bring these charges.
FREDDIE will be fighting the extradition request as these are nothing more than trumped up charges."
Reports of Gibbs undergoing a hearing yesterday afternoon are also fairly inaccurate. He spoke with the prosecutor general on June 3 but his official hearing that will determine whether or not he will be extradited for more questioning in Austria will take place on Tuesday, June 7.

Andy Murray & Novak Djokovic seek first French Open title in final

Andy Murray
            Murray is playing in his first final at Roland Garros
French Open - men's singles final: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Date: 5 June Time: 14:00 BST
Coverage: Live radio and text commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will meet in Sunday's French Open final - with both men seeking their first title in Paris.
Murray, the first British man to reach a Roland Garros final since 1937, hopes to add the French Open to his victories at the US Open and Wimbledon.
Djokovic, the world number one, can finally add the one major title to have so far eluded him.
It will be the pair's seventh meeting in a Grand Slam final.
Djokovic leads that head-to-head 4-2, their overall contests 23-10 and has 11 major titles to Murray's two - but it was the Serb whom Murray beat to claim his Grand Slam victories at the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013.
The Scot also won their most recent meeting in the final of the clay-court Italian Open four weeks ago.
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'There's a lot riding on the match'
There is a huge amount at stake for both men in Sunday's final, with Murray again looking to match Fred Perry, Britain's last male champion in 1935.
Sue Barker won the women's title in 1976 but since then a surprise run to the semi-finals by Tim Henman in 2004, followed by three semi-finals for Murray, were the best any Briton had managed on the Paris clay.
"It's obviously a very big match for both of us, Novak trying to win the career slam and me trying to win my first French Open," Murray said.
"Neither of us know how many more chances we'll have to win here. It's a very tough event to win.
"There's a lot riding on the match for both of us."

'The conditions aren't that easy'

It is the first final between two top seeds trying to win a Grand Slam title for the first time since Ivan Lendl beat John McEnroe in Paris 32 years ago. 


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Lendl came back from two sets down to beat McEnroe in the 1984 final
Murray will hope to emulate the achievement of his former coach - and then second seed - Lendl, and he takes on a very familiar rival.
Both finalists turned 29 last month and have known each other since junior days - but Djokovic has taken a firm grip on their personal duel in recent years, winning 12 of their last 14 matches.
"We have had some really big battles in the Slams before on all the other surfaces," Murray said. "I'm sure it will be the same again on Sunday."
Murray needed five sets to beat Radek Stepanek and Mathias Bourgue in his first two matches, and four sets to beat Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals, but played superbly to beat defending champion Stan Wawrinka on Friday.
"The conditions aren't that easy," he said. "It's been cold, wet, slow - much, much slower than what we played in the last few weeks.
"Obviously getting through difficult matches, you can find your rhythm. I spent a lot of time on court at the beginning of the event. I'm starting to feel better every day."

Djokovic one win from career slam

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    Djokovic beat Murray in January's Australian Open final

Djokovic and Murray have stood at the top of the rankings for all but a week in 2016 - but the Serb has a huge lead and would hold all four Grand Slam titles with another victory over Murray.
Only American Don Budge in the 1930s and Australia's Rod Laver in the 1960s have achieved that feat, and just seven men have completed the career slam.
However, Djokovic has played three French Open finals without success, losing twice to Rafael Nadal and then suffering a surprise defeat by an inspired Wawrinka 12 months ago.
"I've put myself in a position in which I wanted to be in of course ever since last year's final," Djokovic said.
"It's always high on the priority list when I start a season, thinking about Roland Garros."

Gordon Reid loses French Open singles final, doubles win for Jordanne Whiley

Britain's Gordon Reid at the French Open

Reid had been bidding for a second Grand Slam singles title of the year
Britain's Gordon Reid lost to Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez in the men's wheelchair singles final at the French Open.
The 24-year-old Scot, who was beaten 7-6 (7-4) 6-1, had been bidding for a second Grand Slam singles title of the year after his Australian Open victory.
"I lost to the better player. I struggled with my serve and that let him dictate the points," Reid said.
Both Reid and fellow Briton Jordanne Whiley won doubles titles.
Reid and Japan's Shingo Kunieda defended their doubles crown with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Michael Jeremiasz of France and Swede Stefan Olsson.
Whiley won her seventh slam doubles title alongside Kuneida's compatriot Yui Kamiji as they defeated Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot 6-3 4-6 10-6.
Yui Kamiji of Japan and Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain
Whiley (right) won the calendar Grand Slam in 2014Reid misses out in singles

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Reid led 4-2 in the opening set but Fernandez battled back and went 6-5 up before the Scot forced the tie-break, which he eventually lost.
The Argentine was the stronger in the second set, quickly racing into a 4-0 lead and there was no way back for Reid, who had won his last three matches against Fernandez.
"It's been a good week to get this far, following on from Melbourne," said Reid, who is ranked two places above Fernandez at four in the world.
"Obviously, I wanted a good result but I wasn't good enough in the final.
"He had all the momentum in the second set."

French Open 2016: Garbine Muguruza upsets Serena Williams to win title

Garbine Muguruza (2nd L) receives her trophy from former US tennis player Billie Jean King

Spain's Garbine Muguruza beat world number one Serena Williams in straight sets to win her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.
Fourth seed Muguruza won 7-5 6-4 to make amends for losing last year's Wimbledon final against Williams.
The 22-year-old is Spain's first female champion at Roland Garros since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998.
Williams, 34, had hoped to win a 22nd Grand Slam singles title and tie Steffi Graf's Open-era record.
"I'm so, so excited - to play in a Grand Slam against one of the best players, it's the perfect final," Muguruza said.
"I'm so happy. I had to be very ready and concentrated on all the points and just to fight as much as I can.
"All the matches I've played against her helped me. It's our favourite tournament in Spain and I want to thank all my Spanish supporters."
Williams had reached the final despite reportedly struggling with a thigh problem, but the defending champion began in terrific form, moving freely as she made the early running.
It was all Muguruza could do to hang on, a forehand and an ace seeing off early break points, and it was Williams who faltered first by dropping serve with a double fault at 2-2.
With both players hitting huge groundstrokes and vying for control of the rallies, Williams looked to have gained the upper hand with three games in a row taking her 5-4 in front.
However, Muguruza played a nerveless service game to stay in the set and then clinched it with some wonderful hitting down both tram lines.
The second set began with three breaks of serve but it was still Muguruza who was dictating, another stunning forehand into the corner moving her into a 3-1 lead.
Muguruza was prepared to concede double-faults - her tally ending up at nine - to keep Williams at bay on her second serve and it proved a successful tactic.
Williams could not fashion a break point in the latter stages of the second set and did well to fend off four match points on her own serve in game nine.
Muguruza remained rock solid, however, finally converting on her own serve with a lob that caught both players by surprise, before the Spaniard fell to the clay in celebration.
Williams was trying to win her fourth French Open title - the first came back in 2002
Williams suffered only her sixth defeat in 27 Grand Slam finals stretching back to 1999, but did not blame her injury issues.
"It was OK," she said. "I'm not one to ever make excuses and say, like, 'Oh, my adductor was hurting,' or whatever.
"At the end of the day I didn't play the game I needed to play to win and she did. Adductor or not, she played to win.
"She won the first set by one point. I mean, that just goes to show you that you really have to play the big points well, and she played the big points really well.''
The American has now missed out in three consecutive Grand Slams, and will head to Wimbledon later this month looking to defend her title and finally land a 22nd major.

Muhammad Ali, who riveted world as 'The Greatest,' dies


 
— He was fast of fist and foot — lip, too — a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper.
He was The Greatest.
Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74, according to a statement from the family. He was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, and his children had flown in from around the country.
"It's a sad day for life, man. I loved Muhammad Ali, he was my friend. Ali will never die," Don King, who promoted some of Ali's biggest fights, told The Associated Press early Saturday. "Like Martin Luther King his spirit will live on, he stood for the world."
A funeral will be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The city plans a memorial service Saturday.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor Ali.
"The values of hard work, conviction and compassion that Muhammad Ali developed while growing up in Louisville helped him become a global icon," Fischer said. "As a boxer, he became The Greatest, though his most lasting victories happened outside the ring."
With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, Ali dominated sports for two decades before time and Parkinson's disease, triggered by thousands of blows to the head, ravaged his magnificent body, muted his majestic voice and ended his storied career in 1981.
He won and defended the heavyweight championship in epic fights in exotic locations, spoke loudly on behalf of blacks, and famously refused to be drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War because of his Muslim beliefs.
Despite his debilitating illness, he traveled the world to rapturous receptions even after his once-bellowing voice was quieted and he was left to communicate with a wink or a weak smile.
"He was the greatest fighter of all time but his boxing career is secondary to his contribution to the world," promoter Bob Arum told the AP early Saturday. "He's the most transforming figure of my time certainly."
Revered by millions worldwide and reviled by millions more, Ali cut quite a figure, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds in his prime. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," his cornermen exhorted, and he did just that in a way no heavyweight had ever fought before.
He fought in three different decades, finished with a record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts — 26 of those bouts promoted by Arum — and was the first man to win heavyweight titles three times.
He whipped the fearsome Sonny Liston twice, toppled the mighty George Foreman with the rope-a-dope in Zaire, and nearly fought to the death with Joe Frazier in the Philippines. Through it all, he was trailed by a colorful entourage who merely added to his growing legend.
"Rumble, young man, rumble," cornerman Bundini Brown would yell to him.
And rumble Ali did. He fought anyone who meant anything and made millions of dollars with his lightning-quick jab. His fights were so memorable that they had names — "Rumble in the Jungle" and "Thrilla in Manila."
But it was as much his antics — and his mouth — outside the ring that transformed the man born Cassius Clay into a household name as Muhammad Ali.
"I am the greatest," Ali thundered again and again.
Few would disagree.
Ali spurned white America when he joined the Black Muslims and changed his name. He defied the draft at the height of the Vietnam war — "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong" — and lost 3 1/2 years from the prime of his career. He entertained world leaders, once telling Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos: "I saw your wife. You're not as dumb as you look."
He later embarked on a second career as a missionary for Islam.
"Boxing was my field mission, the first part of my life," he said in 1990, adding with typical braggadocio, "I will be the greatest evangelist ever."
Ali couldn't fulfill that goal because Parkinson's robbed him of his speech. It took such a toll on his body that the sight of him in his later years — trembling, his face frozen, the man who invented the Ali Shuffle now barely able to walk — shocked and saddened those who remembered him in his prime.
"People naturally are going to be sad to see the effects of his disease," Hana, one of his daughters, said, when he turned 65. "But if they could really see him in the calm of his everyday life, they would not be sorry for him. He's at complete peace, and he's here learning a greater lesson."
The quiet of Ali's later life was in contrast to the roar of a career that had breathtaking highs as well as terrible lows. He exploded on the public scene with a series of nationally televised fights that gave the public an exciting new champion, and he entertained millions as he sparred verbally with the likes of bombastic sportscaster Howard Cosell.
Ali once calculated he had taken 29,000 punches to the head and made $57 million in his pro career, but the effect of the punches lingered long after most of the money was gone. That didn't stop him from traveling tirelessly to promote Islam, meet with world leaders and champion legislation dubbed the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. While slowed in recent years, he still managed to make numerous appearances, including a trip to the 2012 London Olympics.
Despised by some for his outspoken beliefs and refusal to serve in the U.S. Army in the 1960s, an aging Ali became a poignant figure whose mere presence at a sporting event would draw long standing ovations.
With his hands trembling so uncontrollably that the world held its breath, he lit the Olympic torch for the 1996 Atlanta Games in a performance as riveting as some of his fights.
A few years after that, he sat mute in a committee room in Washington, his mere presence enough to convince lawmakers to pass the boxing reform bill that bore his name.
Members of his inner circle weren't surprised. They had long known Ali as a humanitarian who once wouldn't think twice about getting in his car and driving hours to visit a terminally ill child. They saw him as a man who seemed to like everyone he met — even his archrival Frazier.
"I consider myself one of the luckiest guys in the world just to call him my friend," former business manager Gene Kilroy said. "If I was to die today and go to heaven it would be a step down. My heaven was being with Ali."
One of his biggest opponents would later become a big fan, too. On the eve of the 35th anniversary of their "Rumble in the Jungle," Foreman paid tribute to the man who so famously stopped him in the eighth round of their 1974 heavyweight title fight, the first ever held in Africa.
"I don't call him the best boxer of all time, but he's the greatest human being I ever met," Foreman said. "To this day he's the most exciting person I ever met in my life."
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay on Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali began boxing at age 12 after his new bicycle was stolen and he vowed to policeman Joe Martin that he would "whup" the person who took it.
He was only 89 pounds at the time, but Martin began training him at his boxing gym, the beginning of a six-year amateur career that ended with the light heavyweight Olympic gold medal in 1960.
Ali had already encountered racism. On boxing trips, he and his amateur teammates would have to stay in the car while Martin bought them hamburgers. When he returned to Louisville with his gold medal, the Chamber of Commerce presented him a citation but said it didn't have time to co-sponsor a dinner.
In his autobiography, "The Greatest," Ali wrote that he tossed the medal into the Ohio River after a fight with a white motorcycle gang, which started when he and a friend were refused service at a Louisville restaurant.
The story may be apocryphal, and Ali later told friends he simply misplaced the medal. Regardless, he had made his point.
After he beat Liston to win the heavyweight title in 1964, Ali shocked the boxing world by announcing he was a member of the Black Muslims — the Nation of Islam — and was rejecting his "slave name."
As a Baptist youth he spent much of his time outside the ring reading the Bible. From now on, he would be known as Muhammad Ali and his book of choice would be the Koran.
Ali's affiliation with the Nation of Islam outraged and disturbed many white Americans, but it was his refusal to be inducted into the Army that angered them most.
That happened on April 28, 1967, a month after he knocked out Zora Folley in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden in New York for his eighth title defense.
He was convicted of draft evasion, stripped of his title and banned from boxing.
Ali appealed the conviction on grounds he was a Muslim minister. He married 17-year-old Belinda Boyd, the second of his four wives, a month after his conviction, and had four children with her. He had two more with his third wife, Veronica Porsche, and he and his fourth wife, Lonnie Williams, adopted a son.
During his banishment, Ali spoke at colleges and briefly appeared in a Broadway musical called "Big Time Buck White." Still facing a prison term, he was allowed to resume boxing three years later, and he came back to stop Jerry Quarry in three rounds on Oct. 26, 1970, in Atlanta despite efforts by Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox to block the bout.
He was still facing a possible prison sentence when he fought Frazier for the first time on March 8, 1971, in what was labeled "The Fight of the Century."
A few months later the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction on an 8-0 vote.
"I've done my celebrating already," Ali said after being informed of the decision. "I said a prayer to Allah."
Many in boxing believe Ali was never the same fighter after his lengthy layoff, even though he won the heavyweight championship two more times and fought for another decade.
Perhaps his most memorable fight was the "Rumble in the Jungle," when he upset a brooding Foreman to become heavyweight champion once again at age 32.
Many worried that Ali could be seriously hurt by the powerful Foreman, who had knocked Frazier down six times in a second round TKO.
But while his peak fighting days may have been over, he was still in fine form verbally. He promoted the fight relentlessly, as only he could.
"You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned," he said. "Wait till I whup George Foreman's behind."
Ali won over a country before he won the fight, mingling with people as he trained and displaying the kind of playful charm the rest of the world had already seen. On the plane into the former Congo he asked what the citizens of Zaire disliked most. He was told it was Belgians because they had once colonized the country.
"George Foreman is a Belgian," Ali cried out to the huge crowd that greeted him at the airport. By the time the fight finally went off in the early morning hours of Oct. 30, 1974, Zaire was his.
"Ali booma-ya (Ali kill him)," many of the 60,000 fans screamed as the fight began in Kinshasa.
Ali pulled out a huge upset to win the heavyweight title for a second time, allowing Foreman to punch himself out. He used what he would later call the "rope-a-dope" strategy — something even trainer Angelo Dundee knew nothing about.
Finally, he knocked out an exhausted Foreman in the eighth round, touching off wild celebrations among his African fans.
"I told you I was the greatest," Ali said.
That might have been argued by followers of Joe Louis or Rocky Marciano or Sugar Ray Robinson, but there was no doubt that Ali was just what boxing needed in the early 1960s.
He spouted poetry and brash predictions. After the sullen and frightening Liston, he was a fresh and entertaining face in a sport that struggled for respectability.
At the weigh-in before his Feb. 25, 1964, fight with Liston, Ali carried on so much that some observers thought he was scared stiff and suggested the fight in Miami Beach be called off.
"The crowd did not dream when they lay down their money that they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny," Ali said.
Ali went on to punch Liston's face lumpy and became champion for the first time when Liston quit on his stool after the sixth round.
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," became Ali's rallying cry.
His talent for talking earned him the nickname "The Louisville Lip," but he had a new name of his own in mind: Muhammad Ali.
"I don't have to be what you want me to be," he told reporters the morning after beating Liston. "I'm free to be who I want."
Frazier refused to call Ali by his new name, insisting he was still Cassius Clay. So did Ernie Terrell in their Feb. 6, 1967, fight, a mistake he would come to regret through 15 long rounds.
"What's my name?" Ali demanded as he repeatedly punched Terrell in the face. "What's my name?"
By the time Ali was able to return to the ring following his forced layoff, he was bigger than ever. Soon he was in the ring for his first of three epic fights against Frazier, with each fighter guaranteed $2.5 million.
Before the fight, Ali called Frazier an "Uncle Tom" and said he was "too ugly to be the champ." His gamesmanship could have a cruel edge, especially when it was directed toward Frazier.
In the first fight, though, Frazier had the upper hand. He relentlessly wore Ali down, flooring him with a crushing left hook in the 15th round and winning a decision.
It was the first defeat for Ali, but the boxing world had not seen the last of him and Frazier in the ring. Ali won a second fight, and then came the "Thrilla in Manila" on Oct. 1, 1975, in the Philippines, a brutal bout that Ali said afterward was "the closest thing to dying" he had experienced.
Ali won that third fight but took a terrific beating from the relentless Frazier before trainer Eddie Futch kept Frazier from answering the bell for the 15th round.
"They told me Joe Frazier was through," Ali told Frazier at one point during the fight.
"They lied," Frazier said, before hitting Ali with a left hook.
The fight — which most in boxing agree was Ali's last great performance — was part of a 16-month period on the mid-1970s when Ali took his show on the road, fighting Foreman in Zaire, Frazier in the Philippines, Joe Bugner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Jean Pierre Coopman in Puerto Rico.
The world got a taste of Ali in splendid form with both his fists and his mouth.
In Malaysia, a member of the commission in charge of the gloves the fighters would wear told Ali they would be held in a prison for safekeeping before the fight.
"My gloves are going to jail," shouted a wide-eyed Ali. "They ain't done nothing — yet!"
Ali would go on to lose the title to Leon Spinks, then come back to win it a third time on Sept. 15, 1978, when he scored a decision over Spinks in a rematch before 70,000 people at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Ali retired, only to come back and try to win the title for a fourth time against Larry Holmes on Oct. 2, 1980, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Ali grew a mustache, pronounced himself "Dark Gable" and got down to a svelte 217 1/2 pounds to beat Father Time. But Holmes, his former sparring partner, mercifully toyed with him until Dundee refused to let Ali answer the bell for the 11th round.
"He was like a little baby after the first round," Holmes said. "I was throwing punches and missing just for the hell of it. I kept saying, 'Ali, why are you taking this?'
"He said, 'Shut up and fight, I'm going to knock you out.'"
When the fight was over, Holmes and his wife went upstairs to pay their respects to Ali. In a darkened room, Holmes told Ali that he loved him.
"Then why did you whip my ass like that?" Ali replied.
A few years later, Ali said he would not have fought Holmes if he didn't think he could have won.
"If I had known Holmes was going to whip me and damage my brain, I would not have fought him," Ali said. "But losing to Holmes and being sick are not important in God's world."
It was that world that Ali retreated to, fighting just once more, losing a 10-round decision to Trevor Berbick in the Bahamas.
With his fourth wife, Lonnie, at his side, Ali traveled the world for Islam and other causes. In 1990, he went to Iraq on his own initiative to meet with Saddam Hussein and returned to the United States with 15 Americans who had been held hostage.
One of the hostages recounted meeting Ali in Thomas Hauser's 1990 biography "Muhammad Ali — His Life and Times."
"I've always known that Muhammad Ali was a super sportsman; but during those hours that we were together, inside that enormous body I saw an angel," hostage Harry Brill-Edwards said.
For his part, Ali didn't complain about the price he had paid in the ring.
"What I suffered physically was worth what I've accomplished in life," he said in 1984. "A man who is not courageous enough to take risks will never accomplish anything in life."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver statement on the passing of Muhammad Ali

 
— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Muhammad Ali:
"Muhammad Ali transcended sports with his out sized personality and dedication to civil rights and social justice. He was an inspirational presence at several major NBA events and was deeply admired by so many throughout the league. While we are deeply saddened by his loss, Muhammad Ali's legacy lives on in every athlete who takes a stand for what he or she believes."

Durant out of the playoffs but still on Warriors' minds

Harrison Barnes would be most directly affected should Thunder forward Kevin Durant end up with Golden State.
— Kevin Durant has been in the Warriors locker room for months, an obvious presence without actually being present, a loud constant without saying a word, even now that his season has ended.
Especially now. The Warriors just pulled off one of the great moments in franchise history by erasing a 3-1 deficit to eliminate Durant and the Thunder. They are up 1-0 in the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers and can take a commanding lead when the series resumes Sunday evening at Oracle Arena.
With all that, K.D. is very much part of the Golden State landscape. Officially, of course, no. Truthfully, though, yes.
That the Warriors want to be at the front of the line if Durant considers leaving Oklahoma City as a free agent has been a poorly kept secret since early in the regular season. Of course, a lot of teams want to to be in that spot. The difference is a lot of teams won't have at least one championship and two straight trips to the Finals in the bag, not to mention the most regular-season wins in NBA history.
Golden State management would love the opportunity to consider breaking up a back-to-back champion, and the players know it.
Guys have definitely asked questions. We're not immune to it. We've seen it. We've seen the rumors, heard the rumors, all that kind of stuff. Different guys at different times have been scratching their head and thinking, 'Why?'
– Warriors center Andrew Bogut
"Guys have definitely asked questions," center Andrew Bogut told NBA.com. "We're not immune to it. We've seen it. We've seen the rumors, heard the rumors, all that kind of stuff. Different guys at different times have been scratching their head and thinking, 'Why?' The only way we can dispel all that stuff is maybe we've got to win five straight. Who knows? It's one of those things we can't really control, but we can control trying to make them make a tough decision."
It clearly hasn't been a problem that's reached the level of distraction -- again, check the Warriors' recent resume -- but the potential of a major roster jolt to the best team in the league, even for Durant, has been on players' minds.
"Guys obviously ask questions at certain times," Bogut said. "We've had two good years. Guys definitely find it interesting. But we understand that it's a business and you're not going to be able to stop. If an owner or a GM wants to do something, they're going to do it."
Durant doesn't even have to end up in Oakland as a free agent -- either this summer or in 2017 should he choose to take a short-term deal in Oklahoma City and defer the ultimate decision -- for the uncertainty to become an issue on the Golden State roster. Players talk about possibly becoming part of a sign-and-trade. Others know it will influence their own contract situations, regardless of what K.D. does in a month.
It's out of my control. People say, 'Do you want to be here in Golden State?' A lot of it is, look, I love Golden State. I'd love to be here. But there's also some other factors that factor into that.
– Warriors forward Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes, for example. He will be a restricted free agent on July 1 and plays the same position as Durant, small forward. Barnes would love to stay. But asked if he thinks he is staying, he told NBA.com: "Assuming no one else chooses to sign here?"
He smiled.
"It's out of my control," Barnes said. "People say, 'Do you want to be here in Golden State?' A lot of it is, look, I love Golden State. I'd love to be here. But there's also some other factors that factor into that, you know what I'm saying?"
Loud and clear.
Bogut has likewise made it clear he wants to stay, to the point of hoping to sign an extension in October rather than waiting another year to become a free agent and being eligible for millions of dollars more. But when he spoke about the possibility in March, he said, "We all hear the rumors of other guys coming through here, so if that kind of stuff happens they'll be some shedding of some contracts, so who knows what can happen?"
That the Warriors have handled the potential distraction, when other teams might have let it become a problem, is another sign of their enviable chemistry. The real Kevin Durant didn't stop them in the Western Conference finals. And the front office debating breaking up a potential back-to-back championship team hasn't derailed them either.
"What we do is we play," forward Draymond Green said. "We just focus on what we can control and what we can control is playing together, going out and giving maximum effort. This is obviously a business."

Arsenal close to completing Vardy deal

Arsenal close to completing Vardy deal

The Premier League champion has all but agreed his move to Arsenal as the club pencil in a medical before he travels to Euro 2016 with the England squad on Monday
Arsenal are hoping to seal the signing of Jamie Vardy within the next two days, Goal understands.
The 29-year-old will travel to France with the England squad ahead of Euro 2016 on Monday and Gunners officials are desperate to complete the deal before the tournament gets underway after activating his £20 million release clause.
Vardy scored 24 goals last season as Leicester City won their first ever Premier League title, finishing 10 points above the second-placed Gunners.


After rising from non-league to top flight football, Vardy was named Football Writers' Player of the Year after his scintillating performances in attack for the Foxes which included goals against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Vardy is represented by the same management company as Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Gedion Zelalem, along with youth team prospects Jay Beckford and Daniel Crowley.
Goal understands that Vardy's England team-mate Jack Wilshere has played a huge part in persuading his compatriot to join him at Emirates Stadium and that a medical has been pencilled in for Sunday afternoon at the club's London Colney training ground.
Arsene Wenger has identified Vardy as the top class striker Arsenal need but business will continue in a busy summer. Wenger is also keen to sign a centre-back, along with a young forward.
Vardy will become Arsenal's second signing of the summer following the arrival of defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for £33m.

Bacca not distracted from Copa by Milan future

Bacca not distracted from Copa by Milan future
The striker has been linked with a San Siro exit this summer but insists his current focus is on the national team who beat United States 2-0 in their Copa opener
AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca is refusing to let rumours about his domestic future distract from his aim of winning the Copa America Centenario with Colombia as he continues to be linked with a move to West Ham.
Bacca only moved to San Siro from Sevilla last July and scored 20 goals in all competitions in a fine debut season in Serie A.
However, Milan failed to qualify for European football for a third consecutive season and Bacca is being linked with an exit, with the player's agent claiming West Ham have already had one offer rejected to bring him to the Premier League.
But Bacca, who started as Colombia beats hosts United States 2-0 in California in the Copa opener on Friday, insists that his domestic future is not a pressing concern.
"For now I do not think about [my club future]," he told Sky Sport Italia.
"I am only focused on the Copa America with Colombia. But I can say that I have a contract with Milan for another four years yet."
Club-mate Cristian Zapata, who scored the opening goal for Colombia against USA, is hopeful of signing a new deal at Milan with his current contract set to expire at the end of the month.
"We are talking about a renewal," he said. "There is optimism and we hope to reach an agreement as soon as possible."

Inter 'always interested in a guy like Kovacic' - Ausilio

Inter 'always interested in a guy like Kovacic' - Ausilio

The Serie A side have admitted they would be keen to bring the Croatia international back from his spell at the Bernabeu but feel he could still have a future in Spain
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio says the door is always open for Mateo Kovacic to return to San Siro, but he hopes the midfielder becomes a success at Real Madrid.
Kovacic left Inter for Madrid last year, but endured a difficult first season, making just eight La Liga starts.
The Croatia international failed to make Zinedine Zidane's 18-man squad for last Saturday's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, and has been heavily linked with a move away from Spain.
Juventus and AC Milan are said to be interested in Kovacic's services, but Ausilio would like to see the 22-year-old spurn their advances in favour of trying to establish himself at the Santiago Bernabeu or a return to the Nerazzuri.
Ausilio told Radio Umbria: "If he has to come back to Italy, selfishly I hope it's not to AC Milan or Juve. Inter would hate to see Mateo with another shirt because we are fond of him.
"We always have an interest in a guy like Kovacic, but we cannot set anything. I hope he continues on his path at Madrid, a team that has just won the Champions League.
"It's true that he did not play much, but Mateo, for his age, has many appearances in professional leagues such as la Liga and Serie A.
"If he is patient, he may become important for Real."

Parolo backs Italy to spring a Euro 2016 surprise

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 The Lazio midfielder admits the Azzurri do not have any elite figures in the squad, but is confident that their mentality can lead them all the way in France this year
Italy midfielder Marco Parolo believes his side can defy the odds and spring a surprise by winning Euro 2016.
Antonio Conte's men are considered an outside bet to triumph in France and face a stern opening test against Belgium in Group E.
Parolo concedes Italy are short on headline players who are considered world class, but is confident the right attitude will win the day.
"With the right spirit, anything is possible," the Lazio player said. "We do not have any top talents at their peak, but we do have players who can resolve a game.
"Many players have established themselves in both Serie A and the Champions League through hard work and sacrifice. If we do badly, you will write that we are second rate, but sometimes it is more beautiful to be a surprise.
"Going into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil there were some big changes in the squad. In this case we worked as a unit, seeing as those in the national side have been part of it for a while.
"We do have some good talents in the Under-21 side, although at times there are too many expectations piled upon them. Abroad, players are given more time to grow. There might be a small generational gap, but we'll bridge it soon enough."
Coach Conte will head to the Premier League to take charge of Chelsea next season and Parolo sung the 46-year-old's praises.
"The coach always has energy and strength," he added. "He has a winning mentality that spurs you on to give everything. You see this in training. There is a great group spirit and desire to make sacrifices for everyone."
After taking on Belgium, Italy – who meet Finland in a friendly on Monday – face Sweden and Republic of Ireland.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Rashford ready to rock the Euros as his miracle rise continues

Rashford ready to rock the Euros as his miracle rise continues 
The young Manchester United striker has burst onto the scene over the past few months, but he may not be finished yet with a trip to the European Championship lying ahead.
Even by the standards Marcus Rashford has set himself in 2016, the last week has been something quite special.
Handed an England debut on Friday, he netted within 138 seconds to become the nation’s youngest debut goal scorer in history. On Monday it was announced that his form with Manchester United had earned him a new four-year contract, and 24 hours later he was confirmed as one of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad to head to the Euro 2016 finals.
For a young man who started the calendar year as a regular in the under-18s at Old Trafford with occasional under-21 substitute appearances to add to his portfolio, Rashford has suddenly become one of the most talked-about footballers in the country. And as England gear up for their flight to France with a final friendly match against Portugal at Wembley on Thursday, his remains the name on everybody’s lips.
But there is a fear that Rashford’s rise will plateau somewhat in France. "In all honesty, I can't really see him playing,” admitted former England managerial candidate Harry Redknapp after Tuesday’s squad announcement.
“We've got Kane, we’ve got Vardy, we’ve got Sturridge, we’ve got Rooney - I think [Hodgson] has got a lot of options up front.
“I wouldn’t see Rashford getting a game and I’ll be surprised if he gets too much, if any, games personally.”


Yet there are others who see no reason why the 18-year-old’s sensational rise to prominence shouldn’t continue during the finals in France.
“He’s not been daunted by any of it, so this is another obstacle if he actually gets to play,” former England front man Emile Heskey told Goal. “But I don’t think he’ll care about that to be honest, he’ll just go out there and perform the way that he can.
“None of it has been any problem for him. He’s been a breath of fresh air for Manchester United because they were looking for strikers themselves, and he gives them something different.”
And England skipper Wayne Rooney is in agreement, telling a press conference on Wednesday: “For me, he doesn’t need much advice. Let him play. As a young lad, that’s how you’ll see the best out of him.
“Sure, in the future you can work on more advice, more instructions, but with some players you just have to let them play and I think he fits that category.”


Rashford has confounded expectations at every turn. Nobody could have predicted his two-goal salvo against FC Midtjylland on his debut, and within days he was making a mockery of claims that he couldn’t reproduce such form in the Premier League by bagging two more against Arsenal.
He delivered in a Manchester derby too, before also scoring a wonderful game-breaker in the FA Cup quarter-final against West Ham and going on to play in United’s semi-final and final victories at Wembley.
For a player barely three months into his senior career, he has taken to big-game situations like someone of vastly greater experience, with his England debut against Australia the latest example of his cool head in the most nerve-racking of environments.
With the likes of Rooney, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge to usurp, Rashford remains an outsider for significant game time in France. Yet there is no hard evidence that he is likely to do anything other than relish the responsibility of playing for England in a major tournament if he gets the chance.
Nothing that has been thrown at him this year has fazed him in the slightest, and Hodgson has included him in the party knowing that if he needs to call on the youngster then he has the mentality to perform.
Forget the Theo Walcott experiment of 2006, Rashford’s story could well end up being more reminiscent of Rooney’s in 2004. And the young man who has England talking may yet have the entire continent buzzing by July.

France v Scotland Betting: Strachan's side set for another defeat

France v Scotland Betting: Strachan's side set for another defeat

Didier Deschamps' men have won each of their last five fixtures at home and our tipster cannot see Les Bleus slipping up against the Scots as they prepare for Euro 2016
Euro 2016 hosts France face Scotland in their final friendly fixture before the tournament gets under way. Didier Deschamps' men head into this match in good spirits, having won each of their last five fixtures on home turf - with the latest victory coming by virtue of a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Cameroon on Monday night.
Les Bleus are chalked up as a 1/3 (1.34) chance with bet365 to seal a sixth successive home win, while the odds compilers offer 4/1 (5.0) that both sides are forced to settle for a share of the spoils from Saturday's showdown.
Gordon Strachan's men slumped to a dismal 1-0 defeat against Italy in Malta last weekend, with the Scots failing to register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes. The margin of defeat could have been far greater had the Azzurri not been as wasteful in front of goal.

While Antonio Conte's charges were profligate, Les Bleus will be punitive and Strachan's side will need to produce a significantly better performance if they are to stand any chance of ending their season with a victory.
Indeed, the enormity of the task facing the visitors is reflected by bet365's 9/1 (10.0) quote for the Scots to come out on top in Metz. There have been fewer than two goals scored in eight of Scotland's last 10 friendly fixtures, and bet365 offer 3/1 (4.0) that the trend continues this weekend.
Scotland ran out as 1-0 winners in the last two meetings between these nations and bet365 offer a chunky 18/1 (19.0) that the scoreline is repeated again here. Free-scoring France, though, have hit 15 goals in their last five home fixtures and their superior firepower could prove pivotal once again.

Scotland were sloppy against Italy in their most recent outing and a similarly slack performance against Les Bleus will lead to more misery for Strachan's outfit. Deschamps' team will be determined to lay down a marker and the 4/5 (1.80) quote from bet365 for France (-1) to come out on top in the handicap market is the recommended play for punters ahead of this match.
The selection would have paid dividends in three of France's last four home fixtures and, with Euro 2016 just around the corner, the host nation will be keen to underline their credentials as potential champions with a convincing win on Saturday.