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Amat hoping for league chance

first_img While the former Espanyol centre-half has featured in seven of Swansea’s eight Europa League games to date, he has found action harder to come by in the Premier League. Amat, 21, has just three league appearances to his name, all of which came during an enforced injury lay-off for Swans’ captain Ashley Williams. But the Spain Under-21 cap looked assured when given the chance to partner Williams in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League and pushed himself into contention to usurp Chico Flores at the heart of the Swansea defence. Amat feels he and Williams have formed a good understanding, but will be prepared to put the needs of the team first, as opposed to his own personal aspirations. “The team performance is the most important thing, and we played well in the first-half in Russia, although maybe we could have scored another goal. We need to learn from these mistakes,” he said. “As for myself, I enjoy playing with Ashley, I think the partnership looked good, the transitions were good, the communication is good, so I would obviously like to keep playing in the team. “But I am not the manager and I can only play as well as I can when I do play, whether that is with Ashley or Chico. “I don’t know if I am getting better, but I think we played very well against Kuban and we were unlucky in the last minute. “We must all try and use what happened there as a motivation to come back and win the next game.” While Mark Hughes is looking to tweak the manner in which Stoke play, the Potters remain a real threat from set-pieces meaning Amat, if selected, will have a big part to play. Jordi Amat hopes he has done enough to force himself into the Swansea starting line-up for Sunday’s meeting with Stoke. The Spaniard is keen for Swansea to improve a recent record of two wins from nine games in all competitions and give supporters of the Welsh club a boost ahead of the international break. “It is difficult to switch straight away to thinking about Stoke after playing in the Europa League, but we are getting used to it and will do as we have done before. “This is a very important game, not just in terms of getting the three points at home, but to lift the fans after some tough games.” Thursday’s draw in Russia, as a result of relinquishing a lead in stoppage time in both fixtures against Kuban, means Swansea will have to wait to confirm their place in the Europa League knockout stage. But Amat has urged his team-mates not to dwell on their late slip-up. “It was unlucky because we had control of the game and it was expected in the second-half they would try and push more. “But to concede in the last seconds again is incredible and just unlucky. We have to just win the next game now against Valencia and not think too much about these two games with Kuban.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Fabregas out of Spain games

first_img Press Association Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out of Spain’s upcoming matches against Belarus and Germany with a hamstring injury. However, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he had taken a “gamble” with Fabregas’ fitness by playing him, and the tests in Spain have revealed the full extent of the injury. A statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said: “The Chelsea midfielder has been ruled out for the games against Belarus and Germany following tests and an evaluation of his condition that was carried out this morning by the medical staff of the Spanish national team. “The MRI done this morning in the Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja (Madrid) showed a clear improvement with respect to the one done by his club on Sunday. “Although the MRI discards a hamstring tear, the player continues to have discomfort and the medical team considers that his involvement in the next games would not be advisable for his complete recovery.” The news will no doubt please Mourinho, who had asked for the 27-year-old to remain in London this weekend in order to recover. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano as Fabregas’ replacement. Fabregas has joined Manchester City’s David Silva and Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta on the sidelines. Del Bosque left out Chelsea striker Diego Costa for the upcoming games, with the former Atletico star needing to rest after recent injury troubles of his own. Spain host Belarus on Saturday before facing world champions Germany in Vigo on November 18. center_img The Chelsea midfielder will return to London on Tuesday afternoon after undergoing tests in Madrid. Fabregas played the whole of Chelsea’s 2-1 Premier League win over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and was included in Spain’s squad for this weekend’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus and the friendly against Germany next week. last_img read more

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Rampant Jaguars thump Red Force by 219 runs to seal emphatic win

first_img–Permaul voted match MVP, bowlers instrumental in 3rd round winBy Clifton RossTHE Guyana Jaguars got back to their winning ways after inflicting a 219-run win over the Trinidad Red Force, wrapping up a commanding display at home as round 3 ended yesterday at the Providence Stadium.Led by Man-of-the-match, Veerasammy Permaul, with a match-haul of 8 for 71 after picking up 4 for 29 in first innings and 4-42 in the second, Guyana outplayed the Darren Bravo side in all departments to shoot up back to the number 2 spot after their second round loss put them in 4th place.The visitors resumed day 4 on 122-6, needing 281 for a win before Permaul had other plans to mop up the tail within the first hour of play in the morning session.It was a feeble batting performance by the Red Force as opener Jeremy Solozano (34), Jason Mohamed (33), Yannick Cariah (27) and 22 apiece from Kjorn Ottley and Terrance Hinds failed to take them close to the target as they were knocked over for 186, batting a second time.Red Force were put under pressure from the inception after the Jaguars racked up 332 batting first, thanks mainly to Anthony Bramble’s 91, Tagenarine Chanderpaul (68) and Chris Barnwell (58).Red Force spinner, Bryan Charles, grabbed 7 wickets in a losing effort while his team had a completely opposite experience when they fell for 98 in their 1st innings.Rookie pacer, Niall Smith’s lethal 5-7 opening burst rocked the Red Force as they crashed below 100. Smith ended with brilliant figures of 5-12 and grabbed a wicket in the second innings after making the first breakthrough of the morning.Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson’s decision to declare on day 3 with the score 177-5 proved to be a brilliant call as the Red Force batsmen were unable to maintain partnerships due to the constant loss of wickets.Fast-bowler Keon Joseph (2-15) set the tone while spinners Kevin Sinclair, who grabbed a wicket and the experienced Devendra Bishoo (2-39) along with Permaul kept a choke-hold on the Trinidadians during their second innings.Following the match, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) presented Permaul with a trophy for his 500-wicket milestone. Territorial Development Officer (TDO) Colin Stuart, during the handing over of the trophy, encouraged the left-arm spinner to be a role model for other spinners and the future generation.last_img read more

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Syracuse survives toughest test of season with win over DePaul

first_img Related Stories Women’s basketball overcomes “bumps and bruises” to defeat DePaulGallery: Syracuse beats DePaul 84-80 Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 16, 2013 at 12:48 am Contact Kevin: kmprisei@syr.educenter_img With just more than a minute left, Carmen Tyson-Thomas received the ball after an inbounds pass and dribbled down the court as the shot clock wound down. With Syracuse clinging to a one-point lead, making the most of the possession was imperative.Forced into a hurried 3-point attempt just before the clock expired, Tyson-Thomas couldn’t get the shot to fall. But Kayla Alexander was well positioned to grab the rebound, leading to a second-chance bucket for Tyson-Thomas that expanded Syracuse’s lead to three.The crucial rebound and subsequent basket helped the Orange come away with a tight 84-80 victory over DePaul (13-5, 2-2 Big East) in front of 450 fans in the Carrier Dome Tuesday. The win, SU’s eighth in a row, moves Syracuse to 15-1 on the season, 3-0 in conference play heading into Saturday afternoon’s matchup with perennial powerhouse Connecticut.“Our team just keeps fighting,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We see that fight as we go into these games. They just continue to compete.”Watch: Hillsman, players discuss Syracuse’s win over the Blue DemonsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore Tuesday night, the first seven games of Syracuse’s winning streak were all won by 13 points or more. Aside from close battles with future Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Georgia Tech and Virginia in November’s San Juan Shootout, the Orange hadn’t had a true down-to-the-wire test.That changed Tuesday. DePaul showed poise early on the road, taking advantage of SU’s soft-perimeter defense to shoot 8-for-18 from 3-point range in the first half. DePaul’s fast-paced offensive attack kept the Orange on its heels as the Blue Demons led 46-40 at the break.Syracuse responded immediately after halftime with a 7-0 run, taking a 47-46 lead. But DePaul refused to go away. During the middle of the second half, many SU possessions lasted less than 15 seconds with players taking and missing quick shots. DePaul took a 65-59 lead with less than 10 minutes to play.“We got some open shots off initial catches,” Hillsman said. “They might not have been the shot that we wanted on that possession, but it’s tough to tell your team to not take open shots.”Despite the lack of experience in close games this season, SU has an abundance of veteran leadership, and it came through at the end. Along with critical plays by seniors Tyson-Thomas and Alexander down the stretch, junior Rachel Coffey stepped up with two free throws to put the Orange up 83-78 with 32 seconds left.After a DePaul basket made the score 83-80 with 16 seconds left, Tyson-Thomas was fouled and made it a two-possession game with a free throw with 10 seconds remaining. After going 2-for-6 from the line in the first half, the Orange responded with a 19-for-24 effort after the break. For the game, Alexander and Elashier Hall combined to go 11-for-14 from the line.“I think you just have to adjust when it’s close,” Coffey said. “Even in blowouts, you have to play like it’s close. …We’ve kind of all been in every situation.”With the win, the Orange has now tied the best start in program history, as well as its best Big East start. Syracuse’s only loss so far is to Temple, a 74-67 decision Dec. 2.It doesn’t get any easier for SU this weekend. Syracuse travels to No. 3 Connecticut, but the team is looking forward to the challenge. Coming off of a 30-point-blowout win over Georgetown Saturday, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Hoyas, the Orange showed Tuesday that it could come away with a narrow victory when things get tight.The poise under pressure should serve the team well down the stretch, Hillsman said.“They’re hard-nosed kids,” Hillsman said. “They play for a coach who just keeps pushing them and keeps pushing them, because I know the toughest team will always win. I give them a lot of credit, and I’m just really happy to be where we are right now.” Commentslast_img read more

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Friend groups might not be as diverse, study finds

first_imgThough USC is the most internationally diverse university in the country, diversity might not translate to friend groups, according to a recent study by the Group Process & Intergroup Relations.The study concluded that as large universities become more diverse, students tend to only make friends with those who share their own interests and backgrounds.The study refers to the term “social selection” — the idea that students will actively select friends who are ethnically similar and have like interests.USC, with its large international population, seems to follow this trend. The Freshman Profile and Admisson Information 2011-2012 revealed an increase in the international student population.“Greater human diversity within an environment leads to less personal diversity within dyads,” the study said.One reason for this might be that students’ unfamiliarity with college leads them to form friends with those similar to themselves, said Linda Wong, executive director of the Center for Urban Education at the USC Rossier School of Education.“For a lot of freshman students, attending college may be their first experience away from home and with such unfamiliar surroundings,” Wong said. “I am not surprised by the study, but I do believe it is the job of the university to create an environment that enables students to establish diverse relationships.”In comparison with last year’s Freshman Profile, the number of international students increased 4 percent. Among freshmen, 15 percent tends to come from areas such as China, South Korea, Canada and India.Of enrolled freshmen at USC, 7 percent identifies as African-American, 12 percent as Latino/Hispanic, 2 percent as Native American/Pacific Islander and 25 percent as Asian. Of freshmen, 39 percent are Caucasian, compared with 42 percent in 2010 statistics.Mayur Shah, an undeclared freshman, said the study accurately depicts the social environment at USC.“Walking around campus, I see people of the same ethnicity hanging out together a lot more than I see a mix,” Shah said. “This is understandable, though, because a lot of us are looking for familiarity in a new environment, and especially for internationals, I think it is a difficult transition.”Wong said the university needs to proactively integrate diversity into all aspects of school life in order to create a diverse environment on campus.“The study shows that simply creating a diverse campus won’t necessarily create a diverse individual,” Wong said. “Students must be willing to go beyond comfort zones while the university must create an environment that gives them that opportunity.”Ryan Choi, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering, said he attempts to find friends who match his interests, not necessarily his ethnicity.“Just because I’m Asian doesn’t mean I only want Asian friends,” Choi said. “For me, social selection just means finding nice people who are accepting of my interests and ideas.”A diverse community is crucial for a university and prepares students for life after college, Wong said.“Exposure to diversity is critical because that’s the nature of the world we live in,” Wong said. “At some point, we all experience it. To have an opportunity in a university environment will better prepare students for the real world.”last_img read more

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Boxing Jam with Music at GOtv Night 13

first_imgSpeaking at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday, CEO of Flykite Promotions, Jenkins Alumona, the event organiser, explained that GOtv Boxing Night 13 seeks to fuse music and boxing because they are two most popular strains of entertainment.“Boxing and music provide entertainment. We decided to provide a better rounded entertainment package for fans as an end of the year present. Whether it is music you want or boxing or both, you have an unbeatable package with the quartet of Small Doctor, Reekado Banks, Falz and Simi as well as top class boxing action, including two African Boxing Union (ABU) title fights,” said Alumona.He disclosed that buses will be provided to convey fans, who buy tickets from the National Stadium to the event venue and bring them back.The event will feature seven fights across weight divisions, with the headline bout being the ABU lightweight title fight between Nigeria’s Oto Joseph and Egypt’s Abdulrahim Ahmed.Also scheduled is the ABU light welterweight title bout between Olaide Fijabi of Nigeria and Michael Odhiambo of Kenya. The third international duel of the night is the West African Boxing Union (WABU) middleweight title clash, which will see incumbent champion, Abolaji Rasheed, seeking to stop contender, Ghana’s Aryee Ayitteh.There will be two domestic title bouts. One of these will see fast rising Rilwan Babatunde go up against Chijioke Ngige in the light welterweight category. The other will see the flamboyant Rilwan Oladosu seek to win the vacant lightweight title when he takes on Kehinde Badmus.A lightweight challenge bout between Rilwan Oyekola and Jimoh Lukman will also hold. The fight line-up is completed by a national super middleweight challenge bout between Matthew Obinna and Cosmos David. Tickets are available at online ariiyatickets.com, National Stadium, Ebeano Supermaket and SLOT outlets.The best boxer at the show will go home with N2.5million, while the two runners-up will win N1million and N500,000 respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Music and boxing are set to mix seamlessly at GOtv Boxing Night 13, scheduled to hold on December 26, at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island in Lagos.The event, which promises to be the biggest edition ever, will see four of the country’s biggest musical talents perform. Billed to perform are Small Doctor, Reekado Banks Falz The Bahd Guy and Simi.last_img read more

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Lagos Polo: Caverton, Agad, Optima Energy Triumph in Low Cup

first_imgSTL parading Omololu Agoro, Mario Gomez, Khalifa Ibrahim and Seyi Tinubu, who is the patron began on ½ goal handicap but had their lead wiped off in the opening chukka with Argentine four-goaler, Juaregi scoring twice but STL stayed in touch with a goal by Ibrahim.The third match of the day saw Lagos Plug having no answer to the intense play of Optima Energy who ran out 7-2 winners.Ibrahim Dantala and Saidu Umar starred as Optima Energy were optimally energized for what turned out to be a resounding victory.Goals difference is always going to play a huge part in the race for who among the eight teams will clinch the sole ticket in the League 1 which has eight teams and the both Umar, the hitman and Dantala enforced their presence in the game while, Timi Badiru, 14, also had a game to remember.The match between Lagos Agad and Kaduna Trappco which was called-off due to poor visibility was concluded with Agad scoring a goal to win 7- 5 1/2 having led 6 – 7 1/2 before the final two minutes was decided.Friday’s schedule will see Ibadan Bodija file out against Port Harcourt Elshcon, who had a very slim chance of progressing after their defeat against Kaduna YY Sublime in their first match. Lagos La Mansuri are in for a tough meeting with Lagos A-Plus/DDSS while the penultimate match which is also in the Low Cup will see Kano Dantek/YBL confront YY Sublime.The day’s activities will be rounded off with the Italian Ambassador Cup between two selected teams.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos Caverton/Sao Polo began their chase for a place in the final of the Low Cup of the 2018 Lagos International Polo Tournament mainly sponsored by GTBank with an 8 – 4 ½ win over Lagos STL.Lagos Optima Energy out-galloped their city rival, Lagos Plug to also brighten their chances of making it to Sunday’s final.Martin Juaregi, unsurprisingly, ran the show on behalf of Caverton/Sao Polo netting a large chunk of his side’s goals while Jamilu Umar and Rotimi Makanjuola, the side’s patron, were also on target.last_img read more

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Sunset Elementary Still Vacant as APS Brainstorms on the Building’s Future

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena Public Schools is still trying to figure out what to do with the vacant Sunset Elementary School.The topic was the main subject of discussion during a meeting earlier this week as Superintendent John VanWagonger brainstormed on options.Some of the ideas brought up to the Board of Education’s Property Committee includes moving the central office that is located on Gordon Road and shared with the district administrators and Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency to the vacant school.Another idea was to make the building a head start and great start readiness program to relive stress of limited space from some of the other local elementary schools, including Ella White and Besser Elementary.Sunset Elementary was closed back in June 2010. The vacant building has been remodeled with new tiles, and floors. No deadline has been revealed on a likely lease or sale of the building.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, Board of Education, Board of Education Property Committee, Sunset ElementaryContinue ReadingPrevious PBS, Frontline’s: ‘Being Mortal’ Screening Influences Alpena Residents to Cope With DeathNext Notable Michigan Author, William Rapai Coming to Alpena March 23rdlast_img read more

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Miller: Dodgers, Astros wearing their emotions on their sleeves … and pretty much everywhere else

first_imgAs suddenly as a line drive off the bat of a Houston Astro found the turf of Minute Maid Park.As swiftly as the legs of a Houston Astro sent the winning run skidding across home plate.A marathon clipped in an instant, which is still plenty of time to break a million or more hearts.Then it was over Sunday, the popular suggestion being to call this wild 2017 World Series a roller-coaster ride. That’s ridiculous, since no roller-coaster ride lasts 5 hours, 17 minutes, Game 5 alone looping and twisting and tumbling enough to churn the stomach of a statue.When it finally ended in a 13-12 Houston victory, the Astros naturally burst forth from their dugout as subtly and tranquilly as a school bus full of kids sprinting into summer vacation. With their teeth on fire and their blood-sugar levels equal to that of a Snickers.Video: Dodgers vs. Astros Game 6 preview on HalloweenThough records are sketchy, this World Series certainly has topped the 112 that have come before it in one statistical category: Emotions expressed.Entering Game 6 on Tuesday, the Astros and Dodgers have done just about everything imaginable, except hide their feelings.We’ve had bats flipped and batters flipping out. We’ve had passions engaged and eyes enraged. We’ve had countless chest bumps, fist pumps and shaken rumps.If this series had a face, it would be screaming into the chaos of a thundering stadium that’s screaming right back.“There’s just been so many emotional swings,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, and that was before Game 5 came unhinged, releasing another round of exuberance and merriment, another parade of jubilant jocks.After driving home the game’s 25th and final run Sunday, Houston’s Alex Bregman circled the bases with his arms spread wide like an airplane, one capable of soaring all the way back to Dodger Stadium.Then he stopped to talk to Fox’s cameras just long enough to get so lost in the moment that he incorrectly credited teammate George Springer with hitting two home runs rather than the one Springer really hit.“Just pure joy,” Bregman explained later. “Because when you look around and you see the smiles on your teammates’ faces, it makes everything worth it. It makes every weight that you lifted in the offseason, every swing that you took in the cage. …“When you feel like you came through for your team, and you see the joy on their faces, there’s nothing like it. It’s such a special feeling that I’m so fortunate and blessed to feel.”To feel and then convey to America in the form of celebratory calisthenics similar to ones usually reserved for winning things like an Olympic gold medal or a state-run lottery.The heartfelt displays the past week have been crazier even than last season, when the Cubs ended a 108-year World Series drought, an achievement so dramatic that people were moved to wrap headstones in jerseys in order to share the victory with dead loved ones.And all this is happening not even two years after baseball was accused of dulling the personality out of its players by Washington’s Bryce Harper, a man who wears his passions like he does his hair – long and obvious.“Baseball’s tired,” Harper said in the spring of 2016. “It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself.”Tired? Maybe. But this World Series, after 48 innings, 13 tied scores and 18 hours, 56 minutes of game time is definitely exhausted, as spent as a bullpen’s worth of discarded sunflower seed shells.And, as for expressing yourself, there was Houston’s Carlos Correa in Game 2. After homering in the 10th inning, he didn’t flip his bat as much as he launched it, the two acts like comparing a flicked pancake to a tossed javelin.There was the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, in the same game, rounding second base after a home run and shouting something so blatantly expressive that TV replays obscured his mouth as to not permit the country to lip-read his four-letter delight.In Game 4, there was Dodgers starter Alex Wood, so excited about retiring the Astros, that he bellowed the chewing gum right out of his mouth as he stalked off the mound.And here, we thought Yasiel Puig kissing hitting coach Turner Ward was an extreme reaction.Those are only the highlights, too, numerous players on both sides also thrusting index fingers, raising fists and applauding for themselves, and that’s while the ball has been still in play!After his 11th-inning homer in Game 2 – one that brought the Dodgers to within 7-6 – Charlie Culberson was so demonstrative that Fox’s Joe Buck criticized him to all of America for thinking he had tied the score.“I knew the score,” Culberson countered later. “It was adrenaline, and I think anybody would say the same thing.”It has been a World Series of surging adrenaline, both teams overdosing on the stuff.Sometime in the next two days, it will be over, punctuated by one final eruption of pure joy, a tired sport now fully awakened by a screaming face. They led by four and then it was tied. They led by three and then it was tied. They led by one and then it was tied. They trailed by three and then it was tied.They were tied and then it was …Over?Yes, then it was over. Just like that.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Tony Ferguson reportedly suffered orbital fracture in loss to Justin Gaethje

first_imgJUSTIN GAETHJE WITH THE ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHT TONIGHT!🏆 @Justin_Gaethje with a championship level performance in the biggest fight of his career! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/FyyXZYBVG0— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020MORE: Fighters say Daniel Cormier’s analysis in empty venue helped them winHere are a couple of highlights from Saturday’s fight that show just how much punishment Ferguson took at the hands of Gaethje:AS ADVERTISED. 😤@TonyFergusonXT and @Justin_Gaethje swinging from the get-go! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/MUWJDDjKaT— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020👊💥😱How is Ferguson still standing after this massive right from @Justin_Gaethje?! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/Ow1Qdb3cNQ— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Quite possibly the BEST version of @Justin_Gaethje we’ve ever seen. 👏#UFC249 pic.twitter.com/KIFLwMlTVG— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Justin Gaethje vs tony Ferguson ufc 249 new pic.twitter.com/f2V2OtvUmx— Fightgame (@futurefights360) May 10, 2020With the win, Gaethje will now set his sights to Khabi Nurmagomedov to replace the “interim” in his light heavyweight title with “undisputed.” By the end of his UFC 249 fight with Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson looked as if he’d fought … well, Tony Ferguson.Gaethje scored a monumental TKO upset victory over Ferguson on Saturday, winning the interim lightweight championship in the process. All Ferguson had to show for his trouble, however, was a badly bloodied face and a big ego check. That and a fractured orbital bone, per Ken Iole of Yahoo Sports:last_img read more