Ja poised to lift men’s 100m medal tally to 10

first_imgThe men’s 100 metres is a flagship event for Jamaica these days at the World Championships, but it took an age to move the country’s medal tally in the event from one to two. Thankfully, those days of waiting are long gone. Not only is Jamaica almost certain of medals in the 100 metres, but when the 15th IAAF World Championships begins in Beijing, Usain Bolt has a chance to match Americans Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene with three gold medals each in the event. Lewis won the last of his three gold medals with a world record of 9.86 seconds in the 1991 Worlds. Sprinting has accelerated since then. When Bolt won his first gold in 2009, he did it with a stupendous world record of his own, 9.58 seconds. That was the first of three gold medals for Jamaica in the 100m, with Yohan Blake winning in 2011 and Bolt regaining the title in 2013. Lewis, Greene and Bolt are the only men to win the title more than once, with Greene successful in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Jamaica waited from 1987, when Raymond Stewart got a silver medal, until 2005 for relief. That’s when Michael Frater won a silver of his own. Since then, Asafa Powell, in 2007 and 2009, and Nesta Carter, in 2011, have garnered bronze medals. Overall, Jamaica has three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the men’s 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships. With the tall man healthy again and Powell over his long-standing groin worries, that tally could rise to 10 in Beijing. – Hubert Lawrence was in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.last_img read more

Tony Becca: A time to cherish, and to remember

first_img Those memorable events will live with me forever. Somehow, however, they pale in comparison to the wonderful performances in recent years, to the deeds of Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce over the past eight years, and definitely, they fail in comparison to the feeling of national pride I felt after the IAAF World Championships in Beijing recently. I am a Jamaican, born and bred, and the feeling that swept over me, the goose pimples that appeared on my skin, and the pounding of my heart was tremendous. Bolt was again the man, Fraser-Pryce was again the woman, Danielle Williams was brilliant in winning the women’s 100 metres hurdles, Elaine Thompson was brilliant in winning the silver in the 200 metres, and Novlene Williams-Mills was fantastic in unexpectedly leading home Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson in the women’s 4 x 400 metres relay. I was also pleased to see, for obvious reasons, Kenya’s Julius Yego winning the javelin, and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva winning the women’s pole vault, two of the events that were always considered out of their reach. Those two victories, along with performances in the sprints, probably more than anything else, demonstrated that the old order of things is changing, or has probably changed. When McKenley ran Lindy Remigino to a photo finish in Helsinki in 1952, the world was shocked. Everybody, however, should have known what was coming in the sprints. And they did come. Jamaicans were coming into their own, and despite such greats as Bob Haynes, Jim Hines, Tommie Smith, Carl Lewis, Hasley Crawford, Linford Christie, Donovan Bailey, Justin Gatlin, and Tyson Gay; Wilma Rudolph, Wyomia Tyus, Evelyn Ashwood, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Gail Devers, and Gwen Torrence; Carmelita Jeter, Sanya Richards, and Allyson Felix, came the Jamaicans. In London in 1948, Arthur Wint raced past the favourite, Herb McKenley, to win Jamaica’s first Olympic medal, the 400 metres gold medal; four years later, in Helsinki in 1952, George Rhoden held off the fast-finishing favourite McKenley to win the 400 metres; and also in Helsinki, McKenley, with a glorious run on the third leg, and Rhoden, with a truly memorable anchor leg, in a tight finish, led Wint and Les Laing to a fantastic victory in the 4 x 400m relay. Those were moments which, as a youngster, I can hardly remember, including the public holiday given by the Government in response to Jamaica’s world record run in the relay. What I remember about them was that Jamaica, a little dot on the map, a small island of little economic importance, a tiny island under British rule, flying England’s national flag, and singing their national anthem, had defeated much larger countries, namely the revered United States of America, and “mother country” England, and Canada, not to mention the real “mother countries” of Africa and India, and, of course, recently, China. I also remember Don Quarrie’s brilliance in winning the silver and the gold in the 100 and the 200 metres at the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976, and Deon Hemmings’ gold-medal run in the 400 metres hurdles in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. Brilliant performances They came in the form of athletes such as Keith Gardner, Mel and Mal Spence, Denis Johnson, Bert Cameron, Michael Fray, Raymond Stewart, Billy Miller, Donald Quarrie, Winthrop Graham, Gregory Haughton, James Beckford, and Danny McFarlane; Jacqueline Pusey, Lilieth Hodges, Rosie Allwood, Vilma Charlton, Una Morris, Carmen Smith, Merlene Ottey, Grace Jackson, Lorraine Fenton, Sandie Richards, Beverly McDonald, and Juliet Cuthbert. They were champions all – every single one of them. The best were yet to come, however, and they came over the last 10 years or so: Maurice Smith, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Michael Frater, Warren Weir, Nesta Carter, Nickel Ashmeade, Hansle Parchment, Kemar Bailey-Cole, and a string of talented Jamaicans. Veronica Campbell-Brown, Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Delloreen Ennis-London, Shericka Williams, Melaine Walker, Elaine Thompson, Williams-Mills, Natasha Morrison and many, many others. The world should have heard them coming; they were preceded by the sound of rolling thunder. In the time since then, Jamaicans have demonstrated their class and their pedigree. They have won almost every major sprint race since 2008; they have set a number of world records; they have finished one, two, two in the women’s100 metres at the Olympic Games; they have finished one-two in the men’s 100 at the Olympic Games; they have finished one, two, three at the same Olympic, and at the World Champion-ships, they have the glorious distinction of having four women in the 400 metres final, among many other wonderful performances. Those are enough to make a man blush with pride, especially a man from a country as small as Jamaica with such limited resources at that. Maybe I am too greedy, however, for all that failed to satisfy me as much as the picture of the final standing of the teams at the recent World Championships. The standing saw Jamaica – with seven gold medals, two silver medals – and three bronze medals – sitting pretty in second position, one behind Kenya, and one ahead of the USA. In medals won, Jamaica were in third position, behind The USA with 18 and Kenya. In terms of gold medals won, however, Jamaica stood on top of the standing, tied with Kenya and ahead of the much-vaunted United States of America. With America standing in the number-one position in the all-time list with an imposing 320 gold medals and a total of 767 medals at the Olympic Games, and Jamaica in 13th place with 18 gold medals for a total of 67 medals, it may not last long, or rather, it will not last long because things always change. Thanks a lot to administrator Herbert MacDonald; to the pioneers and pace-setters Wint, McKenley, Rhoden, Laing, and Cynthia Thompson; to coaches G. C. Foster and Ted Lamont; to the likes of Gardner and the Spence twins, who kept the pace going; to coaches Glen Mills, Stephen Francis, and company; to an administrator like Mike Fennell; and to Bolt and Powell, Campbell-Brown and Fraser-Pryce and company for taking Jamaica to dizzying heights. championslast_img read more

Bishoo eager to test Sri Lankan conditions

first_img After just three days here, West Indies have already come face to face with the challenge of the Sri Lankan heat, with temperatures already soaring past 32 degrees Celsius. And Bishoo said it was vital the team stuck together as a group in order to survive the rigours of the tour. “If the place is hot, you can’t do anything about it. At the end of the day, you still have to play cricket in it, and you have to be mentally tough and mentally strong,” he said. “We have to enjoy the tour as much as possible, stick together as a unit and do well. Sticking together will help the team a lot, that’s very, very important … just supporting each other. As I’ve said over and over, we have to enjoy the cricket as a team.” West Indies face Sri Lanka President’s XI in a three-day tour match starting next Thursday. CONFIDENCE “My confidence is there, there’s nothing to worry about too much. I just have to go and put the ball in the right areas and just focus on your game and do what you have to do at the set time.” Bishoo has enjoyed success ever since returning to Test cricket earlier this year, following a three-year spell outside the selectors frame. The right-armer played the second Test of the three-match series against England back in April taking five wickets in the match, and followed up with a brilliant six-wicket first innings haul in the first Test against Australia at Windsor Park in Dominica. “One of the things [I have been focusing on] is staying tough and enjoying my cricket as much as possible and just keep working hard at my cricket,” the Guyanese explained. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo says he is looking forward to his first taste of Test cricket on Sri Lankan soil, after undergoing his first practice session Saturday. The 29-year-old toured Sri Lanka last year with West Indies A but says the thrill of playing the longest format had left him highly motivated for the two-Test series. “It’s my first time in Sri Lanka playing Test cricket. I’ve heard a lot about Sri Lanka and the pitch taking spin, so I really want to play here … they are one of the best teams in the world at playing spin,” Bishoo said. “At the end of the day, you have to play your cricket and try to enjoy it as much as possible and be up to the standard. I just want to do well, as with every other series and every match that I play, I just want to do well and enjoy it as much as possible. STICKING TOGETHERlast_img read more

EVERTON VS MAN UNITED

first_imgEVERTON (4-2-3-1)HOWARD, BROWNING, JAGIELKA, MORI, GALLOWAY, McCARTHY, BARRY, DEULOFEU, BARKLEY, NAISMITH,LUKAKUMAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)MARTIAL, MEMPHIS, ROONEY, MATA,SCHWEINSTEIGER, CARRICK, YOUNG, BLIND, SMALLING, DARMIAN, DE GEAEverton are unbeaten in their last seven games in the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup, winning four and drawing three since they were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester City. But Roberto Martinez’s men won only once at home in the league so far, drawing two and losing another.Manchester United, meanwhile, arrive at Everton in third place following their shock 3-0 defeat at Arsenal a fortnight ago. That loss was only United’s second of the season but both have come on the road – the other was at Swansea – and the fact is 10 of their 16 points have come at Old Trafford.While United’s record overall at Goodison is impressive, recent trips have been less productive. In 23 games in the Premier League at Goodison, United have won 15, drawn two and lost only six.However, in their last seven trips there they have won once – in October 2011 – while drawing two and losing four. And in their last three trips to the blue half of Merseyside United have lost all three without scoring. Indeed, United have gone 341 minutes since Javier Hernandez scored United’s last goal there, in a 1-0 victory four years ago.last_img read more

Dr Paul Wright | Put a stop to Windies demise

first_img AUTHORITARIAN STRUCTURE “Elected” leaders, democracy at work, yet when you look closely at their governance structure, it appears a lot like authoritarianism running rampant. Elections do not make a democracy. Elections without democratic institutions merely lead to dictatorships, which will eventually lead to a kind of “mob rule”. The woes of the West Indies cricket team are blamed on outside conspirators, who seek to undermine the ‘culture’ of West Indies cricket. Stalwarts of the game, who are contributing to cricket in other countries and media outlets, want absolutely nothing to do with this group of men. So the slide continues. The abuse and sidelining of those West Indians who are recognised by cricket aficionados and administrators around the world, as “must pick”, are publicly humiliated by a seemingly vindictive group of men, who will dismiss or sue anyone who dares to question their modus operandi. Are we the fans of West Indies cricket to believe that we are powerless? We are most definitely not powerless. These men continue their merry way because of the monetary support that they get from us, we the people. Sponsors and gate receipts are the lifeblood of these men. We can and should take a stand. No mas! No more! Let the team play to empty stands and sponsors see steeply declining sales for their products. Within one year, victory will be ours, and the West Indies cricket team will for the first time at last, get a chance to prosper and improve. On the eve of the departure of the West Indies cricket team to the United Arab Emirates to do battle with Pakistan, news arrived that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has not only dismissed the coach, Phil Simmons, but also reprimanded the captain of one of the teams Jason Holder, apparently warning him of impending doom if certain performance criteria were not met during this tour. It seems the WICB has decided that these actions will inspire the team to achieve better results than what usually occurs on recent cricket tours. Where is Dr Rudi Webster when you need him? West Indies cricket is in crisis. We cannot seem to do well in the purest form of the game: Test cricket, while in the shortest forms: Twenty20 and One Day, where a free spirit is mandatory, we “rule the world”. This fact seems lost on the members of the cricket hierarchy, who consistently use every “trick” in the book to stifle individualism. They listen to no one, and react in a most acute and draconian fashion to anyone who dares to criticise them publicly. There is a “CARICOM Committee” on cricket comprising of the heads of Government of the states that comprise the West Indies cricket team. There have been special committees set up by the very same WICB to advise on the way forward. There have been statements from previous members of the WICB, (including past presidents), and there have been numerous outbursts from past players who all, with one accord, state that the present structure and members of the present WICB is the real reason for the continued slide of the team in the World Test rankings, and yet nothing happens. It is as if their own requests for assistance from the committees they select was nothing, but a public relations exercise. “Look, we want to improve, help us”. How can that be? How can the cricket loving people of the Caribbean and fans of cricket allow this to go on, unabated? We are constantly reminded that the members of the WICB are “elected”.last_img read more

Patient Iqbal leads Bangladesh to 221-5

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP): Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal hit a patient 78 as Bangladesh posted 221 for five against England by stumps on day two of the first Test yesterday. The hosts trail by 72 runs and could hope to gain a first-innings lead after bowling out England for 293 in the morning. In the middle were Shakib Al Hasan, on 31 not out, with nightwatchman Shafiul Islam yet to score after facing nine balls. “We are slightly at an advantage at the end of the second day,” Iqbal said. “We will gain the upper hand if we can bat well in the first session. The wicket is not easy to play.” England ruined Bangladesh’s chance to take complete control of the Test by removing captain Mushfiqur Rahim on 48, just two overs before the end of play. “If Mushfiqur didn’t get out, I would have said that we had a good day,” Iqbal said. England kept coming back into the match all day. Just when Bangladesh looked like reaching lunch unscathed on a pitch offering plenty of turn and variable bounce, Moeen Ali’s first over of offspin flipped the complexion of the contest. He bowled opener Imrul Kayes (21) with a quicker delivery that didn’t turn as much as Kayes expected, and in the same over, induced Mominul Haque with extra bounce to poke a shot to gully for a three-ball duck.last_img read more

Guiao admits he hasn’t fully gotten over departure from Rain or Shine

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX guard Kevin Alas caromed into his coach Yeng Guiao after getting bumped by Rain or Shine swingman Gabe Norwood late in the third quarter.Norwood quickly apologized to his former coach, who nearly lost his balance after Alas crashed into him near the officials table, and the two had a good laugh.ADVERTISEMENT Nearly a year after parting ways with Rain or Shine, Guiao still feels strange being on the opposing bench and going against most of the players he shared a couple of championships and countless playoff games with.READ: NLEX coach Guiao: I won’t help dismantle Rain or ShineFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress that we’ve made,” said Guiao after the Road Warriors clipped the Elasto Painters, 122-114, in double overtime. “It’s also a weird and awkward feeling beating that team because sometimes I think I’m still the coach of that team. I haven’t really gotten over that 100%.”“I feel like that’s my team, they’re my boys but like I said, we’re on different sides now and I have to get used to that,” he added. MOST READ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Alas quick to atone for ‘stupid foul’ with crucial bucket ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Guiao was appointed as NLEX coach in October 2016 five months after steering Rain or Shine to its second title in the Commissioner’s Cup.READ: NLEX looking forward to Governor’s Cup, says GuiaoCaloy Garcia, who was Guiao’s deputy then, was promoted to head coach and up to now, he still tries to pick up a few things from the fiery mentor.“I miss coach Yeng. He was a good mentor. Until now, I still try to watch his games as much as possible and try to learn from him still,” said Garcia, who was 2-0 against Guiao coming into the game.After finishing dead last in the standings in the first two conferences, NLEX finds itself on top this time with a franchise-best start at 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson READ: NLEX hikes win run to 3 But Guiao opted to downplay his team’s undefeated run so far.“It feels good to win this time, it’s the opposite feeling of the losing streak, which we felt, experienced before. Now we have a winning streak,” said Guiao, whose squad has now won five in a row dating back to last conference.“But again, it doesn’t make us a contender this conference. We’re not yet a contender, we’re not yet at that level of the competing teams. Not Rain or Shine, not even Alaska, who we beat. We’re just having a good run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

PH netball squad gets bamboozled by Thailand

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangascenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Under Armour PH ambassador Mark Striegl makes dominant return to URCC cage KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines dropped an 86-3 decision to Thailand Tuesday at the start of women’s netball competitions at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara Sports Complex.Coming here to gain a much-needed exposure for a sport that is trying to gain ground in the country, the Filipinos failed to get a grip of the game amid a well-oiled Thais side.ADVERTISEMENT The Thais, the bronze medalists two years ago in Singapore, opened with a 46-1 lead at halftime and went on cruise control from then on.By third period, the Filipinos tried to make a big push but just couldn’t get through Thailand’s tough defense, trailing behind 64-3 entering the fourth period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’It was a big heartbreak for the Philippines which is hoping to improve from a lackluster debut in Singapore 2015. Back then, the Thais downed the Filipinos (62-22) in the preliminaries.They will play Brunei at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

PH gold medal bet Obiena injures ACL, out of SEA Games

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “I don’t know why he had to still practice when he’s about to leave the next day,” said a disappointed Philippine Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico.READ: Obiena a sure gold in SEA GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But Juico said he’s being taken care of and would still be qualified for Asian Games next year. “He will have surgery today,” he added.Obiena’s personal record of 5.50 meters is better than the existing SEA Games benchmark of 5.30 meters, making the 21-year-old vaulter a title favourite. “Good thing Mary Joy (Tabal) won today,” added Juico, referring to the newly minted marathon champion.READ: Ernest Obiena resets PH pole vault record in Germany tiltIt wasn’t the first time Obiena had bad luck. This year, his equipment worth $7,000 was damaged during a flight back to Rome from India.He had to ask help from friends over Facebook to buy a new set of poles and bag.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES MOST READ EJ Obiena has broken the national record 14 times and, at 21, looks very capable of raising the bar well beyond the 5.55 meters he achieved in a recent athletics meet in Singapore (photo).KUALA LUMPUR—Ernest John Obiena, the Italy-trained pole vaulter who is expected to deliver a gold medal for the Philippines, dropped out of the Southeast Asian Games even before he could even take the plane out of Manila.Obiena tore his anterior cruciate ligament and has to undergo surgery after a bad fall during practice at Philsports Arena Friday, one the eve of the national track and field team’s flight to this capital city.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

Mayweather, McGregor trade verbal jabs as countdown begins

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Crawford wants winner of Pacquiao-Horn 2 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Mayweather, the 40-year-old undefeated former welterweight boxing champion, has been lured out of retirement to face McGregor, a star of mixed martial arts’ Ultimate Fighting Championship.The two men meet in a 12-round contest under boxing rules on Saturday that is tipped to become the richest fight in history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The cross-combat collision has appalled boxing purists, with many decrying the event as a farcical publicity stunt more in keeping with the choreographed traditions of WWE wrestling.Mayweather and McGregor, who clashed repeatedly during an expletive-laden world press tour to drum up interest for the fight last month, insist however that they are ready to deliver a battle for the ages. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite McGregor, a massive underdog in what will be his first professional boxing fight, insisted Tuesday he was ready to stun the oddsmakers.“This is not even close to my toughest challenge ever. I will crumble him,” McGregor said.“I have adapted perfectly to boxing, I am very pleased and ready. I’m a special man, I will prove that August 26, this will go one or two rounds, maybe I will bang him out and hurt him.“If he survives, I will decide whether I embarrass or seriously hurt him.“I’m calm and cool, same as I am in every fight. I’m fit, sharp and I’m gonna be ruthless in there. I believe he’ll be unconscious inside one round.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments McGregor could face a painful financial penalty if he is unable to tip the scales inside the limit. Boxers often have the option of cancelling a fight or collecting a larger share of the purse if an opponent fails to make weight.Mayweather, who is expected to earn at least $100 million from Saturday’s contest, indicated he would take the money.“I get that extra money if you can’t make the weight,” Mayweather said. “Get those extra millions ready. UFC get those extra millions ready.”“If he don’t make the weight, we still going to fight but there’s going to be a heavy fine.”Mayweather has fought at 154 pounds before but is more used to fighting at welterweight (150 pounds). McGregor however has fought at 170 pounds in MMA.McGregor, 29, last week insisted he was in peak condition following a gruelling training camp that had taken him to “hell and back” and left him primed to face either a long or short fight.“There is no way in hell that I’m not ready to fight in the deepest of trenches in this contest,” McGregor said.“We are ready for both scenarios. I’m ready to go to war for 12 rounds and I’m ready to put him away early on.” Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOFloyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor traded verbal jabs on Tuesday as the circus-like countdown to their money-spinning superfight cranked into overdrive on the Las Vegas Strip.Thousands of fans, including a sizeable contingent of Irish supporters,  thronged the heart of the Nevada boxing capital to greet Mayweather and McGregor at their separate formal grand arrival ceremonies.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor and Mayweather passed each other after their separate introductions, with McGregor taunting the American with a shout of “Why didn’t you want to face off?” — triggering a melee between their two entourages.‘Intriguing fight’ A relaxed-looking Mayweather, meanwhile,  had earlier encouraged fans to bet on the fight finishing inside 12 rounds.“I talked to you before and said that this fight wouldn’t go the distance,” Mayweather said.“If you’re going to bet, bet it won’t go (the distance).”Mayweather did his best to play down his status as a heavy favorite, insisting that his two-year layoff from the ring had blunted his prowess.“That’s what makes this fight so intriguing, I’ve been out a few years, feel like I’ve lost a few steps,” Mayweather said.“So we’ll just have to wait and see.”Earlier Tuesday, Mayweather had taunted McGregor over his fitness, telling the US website FightHype that he believed his opponent would struggle to make the 154-pound limit for Saturday’s bout.“Conor McGregor is extremely heavy right now,” Mayweather said. “I think he’s 164 so he’s still got 10 pounds to go.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datulast_img read more