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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — The city of Alpena opened the Thomas Stafford Dog Park this afternoon. The new, spacious area for dogs is located behind the Alpena Post Office in North Riverfront Park. A few dogs and their owners made it to the soft opening on Friday afternoon.“I think it’s great that they’re getting stuff out there for people to use and have… it’s a good time,” said Dog Owner Steve Shaver. Shaver brought his daughter Kenzie and their dog Lucy to the park after hearing about the opening that day.The park features a few special features for the pups including a water spiget, concrete tunnel, and a ton of open space to run around. Four benches are set to be installed once the city’s contractor is available to pour concrete and set the bench. So far no hours have been set for the park. Dog owners are asked to pick up their dog’s waste. For the first day of operations, the dogs that explored the park exhausted their energy all over the park.“They can go run around if they want and do what they want and relax,” said Melissa La France. “The parents can just sit and watch them run around.”A formal dedication ceremony for Thomas Stafford will take place in the near future. The city is still waiting on signage and final arrangements. Expect to see more people and dogs on the north side of the Thunder Bay River.“It’s just a cool, little unit for dogs to come and play,” said Shaver.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Post Office, City of Alpena, Dog Park, Dogs, MICHIGAN, North Riverfront Park, Thomas Stafford, Thomas Stafford Dog Park, Thunder Bay RiverContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for August 31Next Operation Christmas Child Recipient Tells His Story of Receiving Shoebox
Every week, we’ll release a new MMA mix tape entitled “The Remix” that looks back at not only the biggest stories of the last seven days, but some of the ones that aren’t getting enough attention too, with some weekly awards and a prospect to watch going forward added in for good measure.Gaethje ends nine-week run in styleJustin Gaethje capped the UFC’s nine-week run with an event every weekend in trademark style, pressing forward against Edson Barboza in the main event of Saturday’s fight card in Philadelphia, inviting punishment in order to dole out a little damage of his own. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhen the two started swinging for the fences and trading shots along the cage, you knew it wasn’t going to end well for the Brazilian and it most certainly did not: WE TOLD YOU THIS FIGHT WOULDN’T [email protected]_Gaethje puts Barboza away in round 1! #UFCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/WD40HcctN9— UFC (@ufc) March 31, 2019 Gaethje punctuating this stretch with a blistering knockout and backflip off the top of the cage just felt right because while people often get down about the “constant slog” of events, these last nine weeks in the Octagon have been pretty damn awesome. Here’s a quick reminder:Week One: Moraes, Aldo, Walker all shine in FortalezaWeek Two: Israel Adesanya keeps rollingWeek Three: Ngannou crumples Cain VelasquezWeek Four: Thiago Santos earns a title shotWeek Five: UFC 235 delivers across the boardWeek Six: “Dangerous Dos Santos Brothers” close out a fun night in WichitaWeek Seven: Three Piece and a SodaWeek Eight: Showtime SupermanWeek Nine: Gaethje ViolenceEvery one of these events produced memorable finishes, breakthrough efforts and plenty to get excited about and it ended with Gaethje doing what Gaethje does.Tell me again how this isn’t the best time ever to be an MMA fanNot only did the UFC just wrap up nine straight weeks of entertaining action inside the Octagon, but this weekend made it abundantly clear that there has never been a better time to be a fan of mixed martial arts than right now.You can make your “back in the day” arguments about trading grainy VHS tapes and “stacked UFC PPVs” or how “TUF Noobs” and “Conor Fans” have ruined things, but this weekend featured a solid LFA card, a quality Bellator event, UFC Philadelphia and ONE Championship’s debut in Tokyo and you’re going to try and tell me that there was a time when it was better than this?Sure, you could get more hyped for an event because you had to wait three, four or five weeks before the next pay-per-view and fans were more invested in a greater number of competitors than they are now, but in terms of the sheer volume of awesomeness available at the moment is second-to-none.Never have fight fans had access to so many fun cards and quality fights and if that makes you lament the shifting definition of what it means to be “UFC caliber” or how many cards the promotion delivers, I just don’t know what to say to you because the upper echelon of talent has never been better and the amount of talent competing around the globe is outstanding.Daniel Straus’ incredible comebackIt wasn’t the most high profile fight of the weekend, nor was it the most impressive stoppage from the heavy slate of action that transpired, but Daniel Straus returning to the Bellator MMA cage and securing a first-round submission win over Shane Kruchten was arguably the best moment of the entire weekend. Catch up with @DanielStraus in this emotional interview with @JohnMcCarthyMMA following his incredible first win back in the Bellator cage after a motorcycle accident threatened his MMA career.See his full story here: https://t.co/2N88l5SHxR#WeAreBellator pic.twitter.com/p1sgIb4AHv— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) March 30, 2019 Straus had to learn how to walk again following his horrific motorcycle accident on December 17, 2017. Doctors told him he probably wouldn’t fight again. The former featherweight champ set out to prove them wrong and Friday night, he closed the latest chapter in his career by stinging Kruchten on the feet and squeezing out a finish before the opening five minutes had expired.We spend a lot of time talking about gossip and drama and nonsense in this sport, fixating on the biggest names at the expense of some of the best stories, and it’s unfortunate that Straus’ return to both the cage and the win column came on such a hectic weekend because his comeback story deserved even more attention than it received and is the type of thing we need to wrote about more.Fight of the Weekend: Xiong Jing Nan def. Angela Lee by TKO (strikes) at ONE Championship: A New EraFor much of the fight, it looked like Lee was going to continue her unbeaten run and become the first female two-weight titleholder under the ONE Championship banner. She started quickly and damn-near snapped Xiong’s right arm in half at one point with an armbar reminiscent of Rousey-Tate I: EPIC armbar escape 😱 @angelaleemma #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/aEN8Loo7KV— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019 But “The Panda” persisted and as Lee tired, the strawweight champ got after her, securing the improbable come-from-behind finish early in the fifth round. Jingnan Xiong vs Angela Lee #ONEchampionship #WeAreONE #ANewEra pic.twitter.com/j4YqIF9w4e— ZombieProphet (@GIFsZP) March 31, 2019 Rallying to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat is always impressive. Doing so in a fight where it seemed like you were seconds away from getting tapped and having your arm torn off ups the ante and pulling off the comeback in the fifth round of a “Champion vs. Champion” tilt where you’ve got five minutes to find a finish or else lose your belt is some serious next level, ‘Y’all better remember this performance when you’re voting for Fight of the Year in nine months’ stuff.Lee was gassed and Xiong did exactly what she needed to do in order to secure the comeback win. What a terrific performance from the now 14-1 standout.Submission of the Weekend: Paul Craig def. Kennedy Nzechukwu by triangle choke at UFC PhiladelphiaShout out to Demetrious Johnson for his second-round submission win over Yuya Wakamatsu in his ONE Championship debut and Jack Hermansson for locking up his trademark off-center guillotine choke against David Branch, but Craig’s last minute finish was the best of the weekend in my books.A big part of this for me is that Craig is constantly active off his back, no matter if it’s the start of the fight or the final minute, like it was here or in his fight with Magomed Ankalaev last year. He doesn’t just hold guys in guard and look to for standups; he’s shifting his hips and looking to set up sweeps or create opportunities to attack submissions.But the other part of it is just the way he actually secured this finish because he went back to the well two times in order to finally secure the hold.Nzechukwu was under a minute away from securing his first UFC victory and did a good job to slip out of the first triangle choke attempt, stuffing both arms in and forcing Craig and reset. And he did, attacking with the same setup, quickly throwing his right leg over the shoulders and getting the Texas-based neophyte trapped with no escape.This was a terrific finish from a guy who never stops hunting for opportunities.Knockout of the Weekend: Josh Emmett def. Michael Johnson at UFC PhiladelphiaJustin Gaethje’s finish of Edson Barboza was savage, but the right hand that Emmett landed to sleep Johnson was a better singular shot, plus he needed it more than Gaethje.Emmett was down on 20-18 on two of three cards heading into the final round and had a tough time finding Johnson, who was doing a good job minding his Ps and Qs and avoiding the risky spots that had always been his downfall. But the Sacramento-based fighter did a good job of getting after Johnson in the third and finding a home for a few more shots, pulling him in closer, getting him out of his rhythm and drawing a little more carelessness out of him as the round advanced.Then, he uncorked a right hand that literally knocked all the wetness inside Johnson’s mouth into Row 17 at Wells Fargo Center and brought the fight to an instant end.This was the comeback version of the right hand Emmett landed on Ricardo Lamas a couple years back and what makes him such a risky matchup in the lower half of the featherweight Top 15.It was also the best knockout of the weekend in my books.Prospect to Watch: Joey DavisA few years ago, Bellator went out and signed a bunch of talented collegiate wrestlers who were keen on transitioning to the cage, betting that out of the group, there were bound to be a few who put it together and evolved into “top of the food chain” talents down the line.Davis went 133-0 in college, competing at the Division II level. Since transitioning into the cage, “Black Ice” has gone 5-0, picking up another first-round stoppage win on Friday night at Bellator 219 by sleeping Marcus Anthony with a clean right hand over the top. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWrestling is still the best base for young athletes to me, as having proven takedown abilities and the athleticism it takes to dominate on the mats automatically puts some hesitation in the minds of opponents who because they’ve got to avoid getting put on the canvas. That opens up lanes for landing big punches and Davis did that on Friday.Between his wrestling pedigree, the fact that he’s 25 and working with the crew at Bodyshop MMA, there are a lot of reasons to be high on Davis’ potential inside the cage.
U.S. Soccer says it has paid women’s national team more than men’s team United States star Megan Rapinoe and three of her international teammates are among 12 nominees for the Best FIFA Women’s Player Award for 2019, and Jill Ellis is on the list for Best Women’s Coach after leading the U.S. to its second consecutive World Cup title. A first-time Best Women’s Player recipient will be named in Milan on Sept. 23 after former winners Marta, Lieke Martens and Carli Lloyd all failed to make the shortlist announced Wednesday. One NWSL coach also made the cut: Paul Riley of the North Carolina Courage. 2019 Best FIFA Women’s Player nomineesLucy Bronze (Lyon & England)Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars & United States)Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona & Norway)Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)Amandine Henry (Lyon & France)Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars & Australia)Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit & United States)Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal & Netherlands)Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride & United States)Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC & United States)Wendie Renard (Lyon & France)Ellen White (Manchester City & England)2019 Best FIFA Women’s Coach nomineesMilena Bertolini (Italy)Jill Ellis (United States)Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden)Futoshi Ikeda (Japan U-20)Antonia Is (Spain U-17)Joe Montemurro (Arsenal)Phil Neville (England)Reynald Pedros (Lyon)Paul Riley (North Carolina Courage)Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands) Rapinoe shapes as a strong contender after inspiring the U.S. to glory at the World Cup in France. The 34-year-old scored six goals in five games, including one in the 2-0 victory over Netherlands in the final, to claim a Golden Ball-Golden Boot double. Here they are! #TheBest Women’s Player nominees:@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected] NOW OPEN https://t.co/t8x1884tdq— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 31, 2019Rapinoe’s compatriots Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz are also in contention, as are England pair Ellen White and Lucy Bronze, who claimed the Silver Ball. Related News Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT coach after back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles The list of contenders has been expanded to 12 from the usual 10 due to a tie in the number of votes received by some nominees.Ellis, meanwhile, is up against Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman, whose side the U.S. beat in the World Cup final. The coaches of both semifinalists, England’s Phil Neville and Sweden’s Peter Gerhardsson, are also on the shortlist.
The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Dzeko and Pellegrini worked together at Manchester City Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most read in Premier League huge blow Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Earlier this week it was reported West Ham are keeping tabs on Dzeko with a view to a moving for him in January, with a £20million bid allegedly being prepared by the east Londoners.However, Pellegrini has played down these suggestions in his pre-match press conference.He said: “You can talk about five, six or seven players that are linked with us. We must not talk about one player. gameday cracker predicted Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion changes tense revealed TOP WORK whoops latest 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury He played under current Hammers boss Pellegrini while the pair were at the Etihad, helping the Chilean guide City to the 2013/14 Premier League and the 2014 League Cup.The 32-year-old has performed excellently since turning up in Italy in 2015, with a remarkable 63 goals scored in the last two seasons. He’s started this campaign in similar style, netting five times in just nine games in the opening stages. SORRY West Ham’s potential January move for Edin Dzeko has been played down by the club’s manager, Manuel Pellegrini.Dzeko, the forward, has been linked with a return to English football four years after he left Manchester City for Roma. 2 Dzeko has been one of Europe’s most prolific forwards over the past couple of seasons “I know him well but we are not thinking about that at the moment.”West Ham are not alone in their admiration of Dzeko, with the Mirror claiming Southampton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff are also checking on the forward.