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Mike Tyson ready for UFC legend fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes Mike Tyson to face Roy Jones Jr Mike Tyson and MMA legend Tito Ortiz could be set to take each other on in a pay-per-view fight after Iron Mike insisted he was ready to go up against any challengers.Tyson, 53, has recently been training with MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro, and is reportedly set for a stunning comeback in order to raise money for charity. There has been a huge amount of speculation as to who he could be set to fight, with the likes of Tyson Fury’s father John and the legendary Shannon Briggs all touted as possible opponents.And when asked by TMZ Sports about Ortiz recently calling him out on social media, Tyson replied: “I don’t really know, but anyone that’s willing to contribute to this charity, they’re welcome to come in and challenge me. I would be open for anyone.”Speaking about his toned new look, Tyson added: “I am just having fun looking good, showing off my new body, anything is possible.“My ego is starting to get elated, but we will see. There are a lot of things to hope for in the future.”Another potential opponent could be Tyson’s former foe Evander Holyfield, and Iron Mike seems keen on a rematch with the 57-year-old. “Listen there are a lot of people out there who need help, and something like that could help a lot of people who need help,” he said.“That’s just basically pretty much what I embark on, a life of charity and gratitude.“I don’t know if Evander and me are going to get in the ring, arch-enemies, doing it for the humanity of people, less fortunate than ourselves.“What would that be like? That is something that has not been done by any entertainer any sports figure in the history of sports and entertainment.”Tags: Iron Mikemike tysonMMARafael CordeiroTito Ortizlast_img read more

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Borgstrom looks to step up as Syracuse enters Big East play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2012 at 2:59 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu A Hanna Strong shot from 8 yards out rebounded quickly toward the sideline. The ball nearly went out of bounds, but Syracuse defender Cecilia Borgstrom stepped up and sent a shot on goal.The ball sailed over the shoulder of South Florida goalkeeper Nicole McClure and hit the inside left netting.Borgstrom’s improbable goal from 22 yards with just 1.9 seconds remaining in the game last October clinched a 1-0 victory and a berth in the Big East tournament.Borgstrom, a junior defender from Stockholm, Sweden, has been a reliable player for the Orange. She has played on the highest levels of international soccer and has a knack for stepping up on the game’s biggest stages.Borgstrom will look to help the Orange (3-3-1) get off to a strong start in the Big East when it takes on Connecticut (4-2-1) at SU Soccer Stadium on Thursday at 7 p.m. After the conference opener, Syracuse will face Providence (5-2-1) in Rhode Island on Sunday at 1 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange is determined to build on its seven-win 2011 campaign. And Borgstrom will be crucial to achieving that goal.As an 18-year-old, Borgstrom competed against older players in the Under-19 European Championship in Belarus. Her Swedish team lost in the championship game to England, but she was pleased with her play in the time she received, including a few starts at outside back.Syracuse’s game against Connecticut — a celebrated program that the Orange has never beaten — will not faze Borgstrom. Teammate and roommate Rachel Blum said she’s a key part of the SU defense.“She’s an impact player when she gets out and uses her speed and body,” Blum said.Head coach Phil Wheddon said SU is fortunate that a player of Borgstrom’s talent level chose a growing program like Syracuse. Wheddon originally scouted Borgstrom on a trip to Sweden, where he went to see several Swedish players, and Borgstrom happened to be one of them.In three years at SU, she has started 32 games, scoring three goals and tallying one assist. Borgstrom said she needs to improve her offensive skills this season.“I’m trying to bring my speed and be as physical as I can,” she said. “I’m trying to cross as many balls as I can, but of course to score.”Despite her talent and experience, Wheddon said Borgstrom has to show that she belongs on the field.“She’s shown some very good things at times,” Wheddon said. “She has pace. She’s difficult to deal with. She’s still developing. She’s still a player who is someone that we need to step up and rise to that next level.” Commentslast_img read more

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Baldwinsville native Firenze living dream playing at Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 19, 2012 at 2:35 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Jackie Firenze’s parents saw potential in their young daughter. They installed green turf-like carpeting in the basement of her childhood home, so she could kick a ball around and work on her first touches whenever she wanted.Just last week, Firenze worked on that same first touch with Syracuse assistant coach Adam Reekie before SU’s game against Connecticut. Three hours later, Firenze, playing in her first Big East game, scored the game-winning goal with 30 seconds left.Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon called it the biggest goal and biggest win in program history.Firenze spent her teenage years living in Baldwinsville and grew up following Syracuse athletics. She came to the Carrier Dome and the SU Soccer Stadium to watch her heroes play. For her to now be wearing an SU uniform is a surreal experience for the Firenze family.“We always would come to watch the men’s and women’s teams over the years,” said Firenze’s mother, Kelly. “We were always in the stands, so this feels like home.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKelly said it gives her chills to hear her daughter’s name announced over the public address system during games.From the bleachers at SU Soccer Stadium, Firenze dreamed of her Syracuse debut. She envisioned herself on the field, playing with Cecilia Borgstrom, Brittany Anghel, Jenna Rickan, and Skylar Sabbag. She took mental notes so she’d be ready to play when given the opportunity.She even memorized the team’s warm-up routine. And when this year’s team decided on how to get ready before games, the freshman knew just what to do from watching in the past.“I was like, ‘I know exactly what they do. They do this, this, this and this,’” Firenze said.She was even more comfortable with putting on a Syracuse jersey for the first time.“I guess a lot of people would be nervous, but I was more excited than nervous,” Firenze said. “I mean, obviously there were some butterflies, but it was great. I was so happy.”Her family is excited, too. Eight of Firenze’s family members were on hand to see her goal against the Huskies, including her sister, 2013 SU soccer recruit Emma Firenze.“We’ve played soccer together since we were 5,” Emma said. “We’ve always been on the same team, so coming here and being on the same team as her was really important for me.”For the sisters to play in college together is a dream come true. Jackie Firenze originally made a verbal commitment to Boston University, but withdrew when she realized what Syracuse athletics meant to her.“It’s crazy,” Emma said. “I can’t believe that she’s actually out there because we grew up watching it. It’s just shocking, almost, to realize that we’re actually here and we’re going to be playing (together).”Kelly said she’s thrilled her daughters will be together again.The sisters share a love for soccer and have practiced together hours on end, starting from a young age in the family’s basement. Jackie Firenze has become the player she is by always striving for more.Playing for the Empire United soccer club, Firenze’s teams competed against the nation’s top teams. In one game, as Empire coach Mike Paolini put it, the team was getting “shell shocked” by the defending league champions and was lucky to be down only 1-0.“Jackie scored a free kick with probably two minutes to go and we ended up tying it 1-1,” Paolini said. “It was an unbelievable free kick. That was really special.”At a young age, those around Jackie realized she had special talent. Opponents always kept an eye out for her No. 9 jersey.“The thing about Jackie is she’s worked for everything,” Paolini said. “Even at that age all the way through 18 years old, Jackie put her social life aside and focused hard on her academics and soccer. That was her life and I think all the opportunities that have opened up, not only soccer, but off the field, are because of her dedication.”Paolini was in attendance for Syracuse’s home opener and called it a joyful and fulfilling moment.“Everyone through the years knew she was a good player,” he said. “It’s like climbing the mountain. I think it’s harder to stay on top of the mountain than it is to climb it. I think she was at the top of the mountain a lot.”The goal against UConn was the highlight of Firenze’s young collegiate career. For it to come playing for the team she grew up idolizing made it even better.Firenze had opportunities to play elsewhere, but Syracuse sports are all she’s ever known and what she grew up loving.At the end of the day, it’s where she wanted to be.“I couldn’t be happier that I’m here,” Firenze said. “I’m really excited about what’s going to come this year and the years after.” Commentslast_img read more

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Construction begins on new Dawson Creek/Chetwynd transmission line

first_imgRight of way clearing and site preparation for the Dawson Creek/Chetwynd transmission project has begun, and the task will create 55-110 jobs during the process.The new line will feature a number of improvements including a new substation at Sundance Lake near Highway 97, and a new double circuit, 230-kilovolt transmission line between the new substation and Bear Mountain Terminal located about 12 kilometres west of Dawson CreekThe new transmission line will be in service by 2015 and will double the power capacity in the region.- Advertisement –last_img

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Slow improvements in API scores

first_img Districtwide, 64 percent of schools met their API targets – a required state performance increase based on a school’s performance the year before – compared to 51 percent last year. Statewide, 68 percent met their targets compared to 48 percent last year. Wong attributed the 13-point increase to LAUSD’s continuing work in English Language Arts and improving math at elementary schools, focusing on instruction and literacy at the secondary level and ongoing assessments to focus instruction on skills that students need. “It’s because the teachers are teaching the standards and we’re testing what the children are being taught,” she said. But neither the state nor the district has matched their performance of 2003, when 85 percent of LAUSD schools and 78 percent statewide met their targets. Since then, the state has been putting greater weight on the standards test in calculating API scores, Wong said. -Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722, naush.boghossian@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the third straight year, Los Angeles Unified’s minority and low-income students met or exceeded state academic progress goals in math and English, but they failed to narrow the achievement gap with Asians and whites, according to a state report released this morning. Reflecting statewide trends, LAUSD’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students added 18 points on the state’s benchmark Academic Performance Index, which measures performance on a 200-1,000 point scale. Students are expected to achieve a score of 800 over the next few years. “The good news is there is continuing improvement in all our subgroups, and it’s a consistent improvement. But because all groups are growing the (achievement) gap is not necessarily narrowing,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent for planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week African-Americans added 16 points and Latinos added 17 points to last year’s score. White and Asian students in the district improved by similar strides, with whites gaining 18 points and Asians up 17 points. They were the only two subgroups in the district to exceed 800 points. The school board is scheduled today to hold the first meeting of its Educational Equity Committee, which will focus on ways to close the achievement gap. “This is the core of the work that still needs to be done and studied. We’re really going to start to look at schools that are closing the gap, what they are doing and replicating their successs,” board President Marlene Canter said. The API results released by the State Department of Education were nearly identical to those released Aug. 1, but included results broken down by ethnicity and income – which officials refer to as subgroups – giving administrators more detailed information about where to focus their resources.last_img read more

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