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LeBron James, Kobe Bryant offer words of support for Ronda Rousey

first_imgSinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops PLAY LIST 02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND READ: Rousey stopped by Nunes 48 seconds into comeback at UFC 207Despite another setback for the Olympian judoka—her second straight loss following another devastating knockout defeat last year—the Cleveland Cavaliers’ franchise player displayed sympathy and encouragement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“In sports, in general, they build you up as high as they can, put you on the highest mountain in the world, just to tear you down. That’s coming from somebody who has experienced it. And that’s exactly what she’s going through right now,” James told the Akron Beacon Journal. “That’s a fact. I know exactly how she feels because I was that athlete. I went through that.”James is believed to be directly referring to ‘The Decision’, a live broadcast of his move from Cleveland to Miami in 2010, which received public outrage and turned the game’s brightest star into a full-blown villain. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals the following year, the Ohio native bounced back to lead the Miami Heat to back-to-back NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. James described his ascension to “the mountaintop” and believes that Rousey could still do the same.“You don’t know her mindset. You don’t know the drive, is the drive still there? You don’t know,” James added. “But you can tell that it’s built and built and built and built and built, they always make the teardown story more important than how long it took for her to actually get to the mountaintop.”Meanwhile, another NBA great, Kobe Bryant, shared James’ feelings for Rousey and reminded everyone of her contribution to the sport, particularly for putting Women’s MMA in the mainstream.“Instead of clapping for @RondaRousey defeat give her a standing O for putting the sport on the map,” the Black Mamba tweeted, along with the hashtags #pioneer and #muse.Instead of clapping for @RondaRousey defeat give her a standing O for putting the sport on the map #pioneer #museADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA NBA: James leads depleted Cavs to win over Pelicans EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ronda Rousey stands in the cage after Amanda Nunes forced a stoppage in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. APNBA superstar LeBron James has endured his fair share of backlash and animosity throughout his storied sports career, and he offered some kind words for another athlete in badly need of one, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.In the wake of a shocking 48-second beatdown of Rousey against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 over the weekend, the former women’s bantamweight champion has been the subject of several cruel depictions online, after being completely annihilated in her much anticipated comeback fight.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img We are young MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 31, 2016Retirement talks have also been rampant after Rousey’s loss, and it still remains unclear if she’ll return to fighting anytime soon. Khristian IbarrolaRELATED STORYRetire or fight back? UFC stars offer advice to Ronda RouseySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more


Exdiplomats urge Trump to pressure Poland on rule of law

first_imgWarsaw: Dozens of former Polish ambassadors are telling President Donald Trump that Poland’s democracy is at risk and urging him to pressure the country’s populist government during a coming visit to respect human rights and stop flouting the constitution. “Mr. President, you are coming to a country where the rule of law is no longer respected,” the Conference of Ambassadors of the Republic of Poland wrote in an open letter posted on its website late Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Trump is to attend ceremonies in Warsaw on Saturday marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, which began with Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. More than 40 other world leaders will also attend. It will be Trump’s second visit to Poland, where a nationalist right-wing government that shares his anti-migrant views welcomed him enthusiastically in 2017. Then, Trump gave a speech praising Poland as a defender of Western civilization without mentioning democracy or concerns voiced often by the European Union that the young democracy was veering off course. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls At the time, the government was moving to restrict judicial independence, a process that picked up speed after Trump’s visit. His visit now comes as the ruling party, Law and Justice, and the country’s powerful Catholic church have been depicting gays and lesbians as threats to Polish society and to families. That appears to be a campaign ploy ahead of parliamentary elections on Oct. 13 to appeal to the conservative heartland in a country where many people cling to their traditional Catholic values. The former ambassadors write that “the process of flouting and bending our Constitution has been on the rise for several years.” “The division of powers is being dismantled and the independent judiciary is being destroyed. Human rights are curtailed, and the growing repression of political opponents and various minorities, be they ethnic, religious or sexual, is not only tolerated by the government, but even inspired by it.” They tell Trump: “Your powerful voice calling for tolerance and mutual respect, as well as compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and other laws, may have historical significance.” The ruling party has repeatedly denied accusations of violating democracy, noting that it came to power in free elections and that it still enjoys the approval of many Poles. It is by far the most popular party in the country, approval that is partly explained by generous welfare policies for families and farmers. The Conference of Ambassadors is made up of 41 ex-ambassadors concerned the current government is eroding democracy and hurting the country’s position on the global stage. It was formed in 2017, two years after Law and Justice took power, and some of its members were fired by the party.last_img read more


Rice mens basketball to host 4000 gradeschoolers for School House Mania

first_imgAddThis Share2MEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice men’s basketball to host 4,000 grade-schoolers for ‘School House Mania’HOUSTON – (Dec. 10, 2015) – Rice University’s Athletic Department will host more than 4,000 local elementary school children for its third annual “School House Mania” when the Owls men’s basketball team tips off against University of St. Thomas in a special weekday matinee game at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at Tudor Fieldhouse.“School House Mania” is designed to provide local elementary students the opportunity to visit Rice’s campus for an educational field trip along with having fun watching a basketball game. The event promotes education and a healthy lifestyle but also challenges students to learn in a fun way.Who:        More than 4,000 students in third, fourth and fifth grades from Houston, Fort Bend, Katy, Alief and Sheldon independent school districts and from KIPP Schools and Amigos Por Vida.               What:      “School House Mania” will feature the Rice University versus University of St. Thomas men’s basketball game, a healthy lunch for the students, a Kids’ Day workbook with educational components binding basketball with core subjects that are taught in the students’ schools, a pregame presentation by the Rice University School Mathematics Project, a halftime drone presentation by Rice’s Center for Engineering Leadership and Trumbull Unmanned.When:     Thursday, Dec. 17. Pregame event at 10:45 a.m., game at 11:30 a.m.Where:    Rice University, Tudor Fieldhouse, 6100 Main St. Prior to the game, on the basketball court and in the stands, the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) will provide students opportunities to participate in a presentation on the science behind parabolic motion (or motion due to gravity) and rectilinear motion (or straight-line motion). The game of basketball provides perfect examples of these motions in the shooting, dribbling and passing of the basketball.RUSMP has been promoting Rice beyond the hedges in pre-K-12 education by providing support to precollege institutions across the state since 1987. It offers numerous programs for leaders, teachers and students to support schools and school districts. “School House Mania” is the latest collaboration to bring STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — education from Rice University to Houston-area students.The halftime drone presentation is part of a partnership among Rice, BP and Trumball Unmanned. The Rice Center for Engineering Leadership developed and hosted the inaugural Rice Drone Camp in Aug. 2015. The camp supplements traditional classroom curriculum and standards by providing students with a real-world, project-based application of knowledge and skills.Members of the news media who want to attend “School House Mania” must RSVP to David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.Rice Athletics Department representatives and teachers will be available for interviews during the event.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.last_img read more