Filip Hrgovic chasing Anthony Joshua: IBF mandatory goal ahead of ‘toughest fight’ on Saturday | Boxing News

first_img Filip Hrgovic knocked out Eric Molina “He’s in a very good position after just 11 fights,” his co-promoter Nisse Sauerland, who works alongside Eddie Hearn, told Sky Sports.“To become mandatory is our aim.“(Current IBF mandatory challenger) Kubrat Pulev is fighting Joshua, then there is Charles Martin, Oleksandr Usyk (who is going the WBO route), Michael Hunter and Andy Ruiz Jr.“So hopefully, with a win on Saturday, he can jump into the top five.“The IBF is the route that has opened up for us. The WBC title will be tied up for quite a while.“The IBF stick to their mandatories and they are very regularly. So, for us, it is the soonest route.“The aim is to get a world title fight next year.” Hrgovic needed less than 60 seconds for this KO! Joshua defends his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Pulev on December 12, live on Sky Sports Box Office, then plans two fights against WBC champion Tyson Fury in 2021.Hrgovic’s most recent four opponents have been dispatched in less than nine combined rounds.“Hrgovic is very much avoided but I can’t blame guys for that,” Sauerland said.“They are all waiting for their big opportunity so why fight Hrgovic instead of holding out?“I don’t see any heavyweight coming close to Hrgovic.“Below the top guys, Tyson Fury and Joshua, it’s all to play for. And we believe Filip is top of the chasing pack.” 0:36 Hrgovic is undefeated in 11 fights Hrgovic is undefeated in 11 fights

How ‘Mom’ Wrote Off Anna Faris’ Character in Season 8 Premiere

first_imgThe season 8 premiere of Mom wasted no time explaining what happened to Christy Plunkett after Anna Faris exited the CBS sitcom.The Thursday, November 5, episode began with Christy’s mother, Bonnie Plunkett (Allison Janney), in the car with her husband, Adam Janikowski (William Fichtner).- Advertisement – “Every mom dreams of the day when they drop their 42-year-old daughter off at the airport to go to school,” Bonnie said of the law student. “And I did it all by myself — not the dropping off, the raising. I mean, I wasn’t there the whole time. But I was definitely there for the beginning, in and out during the middle and rock-solid from age 37 on. You know, the formative years.”How Mom Wrote Off Anna Faris Character in Season 8 PremiereAnna Faris on an episode of ‘Mom.’ Robert Voets/2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.She then revealed that Christy got “a full scholarship” to Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C.“A lot of parents would be a puddle of tears right now, but you know what I think of them? Selfish. Not me ‘cause I’m focusing on what she’s going to get, not what I’m going to lose, which is the most beautiful little girl a mother could ever have,” Bonnie continued as she and Adam began to sob.- Advertisement – “I think I’ll miss the most, for me, the relationship between Bonnie and Christy, even though that will still continue,” the I, Tonya star said on Monday, November 2. “But she won’t be present. That’s what I’ll miss.”Ahead of Thursday’s premiere, Jaime Pressly, who plays Jill Kendall, exclusively told Us Weekly that the characters “still talk about” Christy even though she is no longer with them.“It’s become a show about a group of women in recovery and the relationships between these beautifully flawed women, and so we’re all very tight,” the My Name Is Earl alum said on the “Watch With Us” podcast. “While we’re missing one of our main links, we’ve all been together for so long and have significant roles. … We kind of feel like she’s still there!”Mom airs on CBS Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! – Advertisement – Faris, 43, shocked fans of the show in September when she announced that she was leaving after seven seasons as the main character.“The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” she said in a statement to Us Weekly at the time. “I’m so thankful to Chuck [Lorre], the writers and my amazing castmates for creating a truly wonderful work experience. While my journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, I’ll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family.”How Mom Wrote Off Anna Faris Character in Season 8 PremiereAnna Faris Carlos Tischler/ShutterstockJanney, 60, later told Entertainment Tonight that the Scary Movie star’s departure was “a huge loss” for the Emmy-nominated series.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick’s Relationship Timeline

Forever and always! Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick bonded over a shared love of musical theater in the ‘90s and nearly 30 years after meeting, they are keeping the music and their love alive.In November 1991, shortly after Parker split from longtime boyfriend Robert Downey Jr., the couple met through the world of Broadway.- Advertisement – After tying the knot in 1997, the couple welcomed their first child, son James in 2002. Seven years later they became parents to twin girls, Marion and Tabitha, via surrogate.Throughout their 20-plus year romance, the two stars have kept their relationship as private as possible, which Parker attributed in 2013 to their background in the theater.- Advertisement – “Matthew and I come from a different time and place,” the Divorce alum told Harper’s Bazaar in 2013. “When we were young people, all we ever wanted was to be good working actors. [My dream] was to work in theater, to be around those people whose work I was in total awe of. Nobody talked about being a celebrity.”She continued: “So, when our marriage came up in conversation, it wouldn’t occur to us that we were obligated to respond to allegations or gossip. You have to be a bit circumspect, but you also have to take up a position, and you have to stick to it.”The Sex and the City alum, did, however, gush about her husband and explain why her marriage works.“I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him,” she told the outlet. “We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”The duo have maintained a professional distance from one another for the most part, but in 2020 they prepared to take the Broadway stage together for Plaza Suite. “I feel I’ve waited a lifetime,” Parker wrote via Instagram in September 2019, announcing her stage comeback with her husband.Their show was put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Parker told Rosie O’Donnell in an interview in March that they were “optimistic about the opportunity to do it in the future when it’s safer to gather again.” It’s now scheduled to run from March 19, 2021, through July 18.Scroll down to see Parker and Broderick’s relationship over the years. Broderick was introduced to his future wife thanks to two of Parker’s brothers, Pippin and Toby, who helped start the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York City. It wasn’t until a few months after they first crossed paths, however, that the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off star asked Parker on a date.In 1996, the pair starred alongside one another for the first time in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Ahead of the show’s debut, Parker opened up to the Los Angeles Times about her budding romance with the Inspector Gadget star, calling him “the funniest fellow I’ve met in my whole life.”“He’s so bright, so handsome, I think he’s the most handsome man I’ve seen in my life,” she told the publication. “And he inspires me. I’m mad for him, totally.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – read more

Perdue’s re-election race goes to a runoff in Georgia, leaving the Senate majority in limbo.

first_img– Advertisement – Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, was fighting for his political life on Saturday in a contest that could determine which party controls the Senate, as his re-election bid headed to a January runoff against Jon Ossoff, his Democratic challenger.Mr. Perdue had a razor-thin lead over Mr. Ossoff in a contest that demonstrated Democrats’ emerging strength in what was once a Republican stronghold in the Deep South. Neither candidate claimed a majority of votes amid a protracted count, according to The Associated Press.- Advertisement – If Mr. Biden wins the White House and Democrats take both of Georgia’s seats, they would draw the Senate to a 50-50 tie, effectively taking control of the chamber, given the vice president’s power to cast tiebreaking votes. But that is a tall order in a state with deep conservative roots, and Republicans felt reasonably confident they could hang onto at least one of the seats needed to deny Democrats the majority.- Advertisement – Two other Senate races, in North Carolina and in Alaska, had not yet been called. But Republicans were leading in both and expected to win, putting them at 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48. The inconclusive result set up a drastic rematch between Mr. Perdue and Mr. Ossoff on Jan. 5, and thrust Georgia into the center of the nation’s political fray as Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared on track to win the White House. The state had already been scheduled to decide the fate of its other Senate seat in a special-election runoff between the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, on the same day. That makes it nearly certain that the twin Georgia races will determine which party controls the chamber just two weeks before the next presidential inauguration.“Change has come to Georgia,” Mr. Ossoff said at a rally on Friday, “and Georgia is a part of the change coming to America.”last_img read more

‘Home Alone’ Cast: Where Are They Now?

first_imgThree years later, the Schitt’s Creek alum told InStyle that “from November through December ‘tis the season for Home Alone!” She also opened up about a run-in she had with her movie son a few years prior.“I ran into Macaulay once, and he said, ‘Mom!’ and I said, ‘Baby!’” O’Hara told the outlet in January 2018. “He looked great and was doing well, and I was happy to see him.”The film also stars the late John Heard as Kevin’s dad, Peter McCallister and features a cameo by the late John Candy as the Polka King of the Midwest, Gus Polinski.Scroll down to see what the cast of Home Alone has been up to the last 30 years — even grumpy Uncle Frank!- Advertisement – Buzz, your girlfriend, woof! Home Alone launched the career of Macaulay Culkin and created a holiday classic that fans watch religiously every holiday season.Three decades later, viewers still quote the iconic 1990’s Christmas film that follows 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Culkin) after he is accidentally left home alone when his parents go to Florida for the holidays.- Advertisement – The former child star noted that the worst aspect of the festive season is that he’s “on TV every two seconds,” which he explained is a “beautiful curse/a tricky blessing.”Culkin isn’t the only actor from the ‘90s movie and it’s 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, that gets recognized.Catherine O’Hara, who plays Kevin’s mom, Kate McCallister, told the Star in November 2015 that she is “grateful to be a part of someone’s Christmas ritual.”- Advertisement –center_img Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern play the other leading roles as the two robbers, Harry and Marv, respectively, who try — and epically fail — to steal from the McCallister home under Kevin’s watch.Quotes including, “Keep the change, you filthy animal” and “Look what you did you little jerk!” resonate with audiences of all ages. The memorable lines are part of the reason Culkin can’t escape his childhood fame.“Christmas is my time of year,” the My Girl actor exclusively told Us Weekly in November 2019. “I get recognized 10 times more between the months of November and January. I have no idea why.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

FDA approves CDC’s new rapid flu test

first_imgOct 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved a new diagnostic test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that can quickly distinguish seasonal influenza strains from an evolving virus that might have pandemic potential in hours rather than days.The test, called the Human Influenza Virus Real-Time RT-PCR Detection and Characterization Panel (rRT-PCR Flu Panel), can detect flu viruses and differentiate between seasonal and novel influenza strains, according to a statement released yesterday by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).The device isolates and amplifies viral genetic material from patients’ nose and throat samples. Then it labels the viral genetic material with fluorescent molecules.The FDA also cleared a diagnostic instrument called the Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast Dx that detects and analyzes the fluorescent-labeled viral genetic material, the HHS statement said.The test panel and diagnostic system can detect and characterize commonly circulating human influenza viruses, avian influenza A viruses such as H5N1, and novel viruses within 4 hours rather than the days it takes for conventional tests. Also, the system can test multiple samples simultaneously.Mike Leavitt, HHS Secretary, said in the statement that the new diagnostic test represents a significant achievement for public health surveillance. “The test allows us to better support laboratories on the front line of influenza testing in the United States and abroad,” he said.Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, the CDC’s director, said in the statement that the test provides another tool to fight seasonal influenza. “We’ll now be able to detect influenza in the community faster, which allows us to take steps more quickly to protect and save lives,” she said.Three groups collaborated on the development of the new test: the CDC, Applied Biosystems, based in Foster City, Calif., and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). State public health laboratories in Virginia, Iowa, California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Washington conducted clinical evaluations of the new flu panel.CDC-qualified labs will be able to use the new diagnostic test this fall, and some facilities will be able to receive free reagents, the HHS said, adding that the test should ensure the accuracy of influenza testing results among the different sites that perform subtype testing.Rosemary Humes, the APHL’s senior advisor for scientific affairs, told CIDRAP News that labs have been using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing to analyze influenza viruses for a while, but they’ve never had standardized reagents until now. “The speed and accuracy is a great asset,” she said, adding that the APHL helped develop the test and conducted validity testing.If a lab detects a novel strain with the new diagnostic testing system, the results will be more credible, Humes said.Leavitt said the test’s ability to identify emerging influenza viruses is especially important. “This breakthrough allows for a more timely detection of a pandemic virus, which helps in determining when to begin broad control strategies as well as life-saving mitigation measures, such as closing schools, cancelling social gatherings, and informing businesses to begin work-at-home policies,” he said in the statement.See also:Sep 30 HHS press release read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Egypt and Nepal, Chinese bird market confusion, weakened smallpox vaccine, NIH funds

first_imgMar 11, 2009Egyptian baby stable with H5N1 infectionThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza case that Egypt’s health ministry reported yesterday, in an 18-month-old girl from Menofia governorate. She got sick on Mar 6 after she had contact with dead and sick poultry, the WHO said. She was hospitalized on Mar 9 and remains in stable condition. The WHO’s H5N1 count for Egypt has reached 58 cases, 23 of which were fatal. The global H5N1 total is 411 cases and 256 deaths.[Mar 11 WHO statement]Nepal, Egypt report H5N1 outbreaksVeterinary officials in Nepal’s Jhapa district culled about 260 poultry and destroyed eggs yesterday in response to another H5N1 outbreak, the country’s news agency reported today, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The outbreak is Nepal’s second since mid January. Meanwhile, Egypt reported two new H5N1 outbreaks in backyard birds, one in chickens and ducks in Alexandria governorate and the other in chickens in Beheira governorate, according to reports from the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR).[Mar 11 Xinhua story]Contradictory reports on Chinese live-bird marketsContradictory reports have emerged from China regarding attempts to prevent the spread of avian influenza via live-bird markets. The news websites Shanghai Daily and report that the Ministry of Agriculture plans to close any live bird or animal markets in medium or large cities, but the ministry denied the report in a story placed in the Beijing Times and the official news service Xinhua.[March 10 story (Mandarin)][March 10 Xinhua story]Good results reported in trial of weakened smallpox vaccineA weakened smallpox (vaccinia) vaccine grown in tissue culture triggered an immune response in most recipients in a Japanese trial, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The vaccine, called LC16m8, was used safely in thousands of Japanese infants in the 1970s. The new trial involved more than 3,200 Japanese military personnel. The vaccine induced a skin reaction in 94.4% of vaccinia-naive participants and triggered an antibody response in 90%. Among previously vaccinated volunteers, the vaccine elicited a skin reaction in 86.6% and an antibody response in 60%. No serious adverse events were reported.[JAMA article]NIH seeks stimulus grant applicationsThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it was accepting applications for $1.5 billion in grant money provided by the federal stimulus bill that was passed in February. The funds include $200 million in 2-year jump-start funding to address specific challenges in biomedical and behavioral research, $1 billion to improve existing research facilities, and $300 million to purchase critical research equipment.[Mar 10 NIH press release]last_img read more

Ukraine imposes social distancing steps amid flu surge

first_imgOct 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Ukranian officials today shuttered schools and banned public meeting for the next 3 weeks in the wake of a spike in pandemic flu and the country’s first H1N1 deaths, which have sparked speculation that the disease has become worse in some patients or that another pathogen is circulating.Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced that the spikes in virus activity were affecting three parts of western Ukraine where large number of respiratory illnesses have been reported since the middle of October, Reuters reported today.She said the emergency order banning public events also applies to political rallies. She is running as a candidate in the presidential election against other candidates, including current President Viktor Yushchenko. Both candidates have cancelled election events.Yuschenko told reporters that 11 people have died of pandemic H1N1 infections, though the health ministry said it has confirmed only 1 death, according to the Reuters report. The National Radio Company of Ukraine (NRCU) reported that two labs have confirmed 11 pandemic H1N1 cases, but it didn’t mention the number of deaths.Meanwhile, Polskie Radio, based in Warsaw, reported today that more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized and that 33 had died from an unknown virus in the Ukraine. The report said Polish health officials are monitoring the outbreak.Though authorities in Poland have not ordered border closures, they are advising those traveling to the Ukraine about how to protect themselves from the flu.The report identified the hardest hit areas as the Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Lviv regions.For at least the past week contributors to influenza news blogs and message boards have been translating Ukranian news sources to sift for clues about the Ukraine’s spike in respiratory diseases.One translated report posted on the Flutrackers message board said some of the fatalities were young people who had severe hemorrhagic pneumonia. A regional health chief was quoted in one of the translated stories as saying autopsy revealed lungs soaked with blood.CIDRAP News was unable to confirm if officials from the World Health Organization had sent a team to assess the flu outbreak in the Ukraine or if experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been asked to consult on the outbreak. No information was immediately available from the US Embassy in Kiev.See also:Oct 30 Reuters story 30 Polskie Radio report 30 NRCU report Ukranian outbreak thread read more