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Cast in many roles, Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow

first_img Associated Press Television News “I’m always trying to expand my horizons,” said Kenworthy, a five-time Winter X Games medalist who will compete in the slopestyle and superpipe competitions this weekend in Aspen, Colorado. “Just enjoy all the different things that I like to do.”Now if he just had more time to practice. His schedule, though, is that crammed.He hasn’t really pushed the boundaries on news tricks since at least March. In an Instagram entry dated Jan. 11, he posted a photo of himself in the halfpipe and quipped: “Back in the office and while the temperature is negative my attitude is… also pretty negative.”Kenworthy announced last month his decision to switch from representing Team USA to skiing for Britain. Really, it was a resolution a long time in the making.Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Telluride, Colorado, he’s felt a pull of loyalty toward both nations. So much so that he mulled over who to represent leading into the 2014 Sochi Games, where he captured a silver in the Olympic debut of slopestyle as part of an American sweep. He contemplated it again four years later in Pyeongchang.But leading into the 2022 Games in Beijing, he felt the timing was right to change.“I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure how people were going to take it,” Kenworthy said. “But everyone seems supportive.” COMMENT His close-knit relationship with his mom played a role in his nationality change. It was a chance to show his appreciation for his British-born mom and all she’s done for him.“She used to drive me to the mountains and she would drive to minuscule competitions,” the 28-year-old Kenworthy said. “I fell in love with the sport with her. She’s been at my competitions screaming and waving an American flag — and she’s not an American. I want to pay her back and ski for G.B.”The world was introduced to Kenworthy after he won his Olympic silver medal in 2014 and adopted several stray dogs he encountered while in Russia. He received all the praise and was portrayed as the pet-loving heartthrob.Only, the person who did most of the hard work with the dogs, which included staying behind in Russia for more than a month to get them back to the U.S., was his boyfriend at the time.More than a year later, Kenworthy revealed to the public that he was gay. Ever since, he’s become more assured about who he is — on the slopes and off.“I feel proud that I get to live my life authentically and honestly,” he said.At the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, Kenworthy didn’t medal but had another memorable Olympic moment for the LGBTQ community. Social media erupted when a screen grab from NBC showed Kenworthy kissing his boyfriend at the time, actor Matthew Wilkas, before the competition.“I’m very proud of where I am and who I am, and I think it’s sort of all because I took a leap of faith by coming out in a public way,” said Kenworthy, who helped raise around $250,000 last summer by participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, the charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. “I get to live my truth now.”While in South Korea, he teamed with Humane Society International to rescue puppies from a dog-meat farm. He ended up bringing home a dog he named Beemo, who died suddenly that May of a preexisting heart condition. He later adopted another named Birdie, a Korean Jindo mix that was part of a litter that was born while he was there. The dog captured his heart. Birdie even has its own “sponsor” — a healthy pet-food company called Nulo.“Birdie was a puppy on a dog-meat farm and now she’s on a billboard in Times Square for a dog company,” he said. “Her story is cooler than mine.”His current endeavor? Acting.He did theater as a kid and has had some small cameo appearances (“Sharknado 5: Global Swarming”). But his big break arrived when he was cast in the ninth season of the FX horror anthology “American Horror Story.”He played the athletic-looking character named Chet Clancy in episodes that began airing in September. The plot as described on the FX website: “Five friends escape Los Angeles to work as counselors at Camp Redwood. As they adjust to their new jobs, they quickly learn that the only thing scarier than campfire tales is the past coming to haunt you.”Stepping into this sort of role presented a new kind of nerves for Kenworthy.“The first two days, the first couple of scenes that we shot, I was pretty uncomfortable because it was like really being thrown in the deep end,” Kenworthy explained. “And it just got easier and easier. By the end, I felt quite comfortable and really was loving it.”As for his next act, it’s still in the planning stages.“I’m always thinking about the next trick, the next move, the next opportunity,” Kenworthy said. “I have a very hard time staying still.” Last Updated: 23rd January, 2020 17:03 IST Cast In Many Roles, Gus Kenworthy Is One Tough Act To Follow Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy hasn’t had much time to rehearse and practice new tricks heading into the Winter X Games this weekend. First Published: 23rd January, 2020 17:03 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy hasn’t had much time to rehearse and practice new tricks heading into the Winter X Games this weekend.That’s no line, either. He’s just been too busy memorizing them.The 2014 Olympic slopestyle silver medalist is one tough act to follow as his talents have him starring in a variety of roles on and off the slopes.These days, he’s an actor (recently appearing in “American Horror Story: 1984” ), gay-rights advocate (he came out in 2015) and friend to animals ( rescuing puppies at the last two Winter Games ). Of course, he’s also an innovative slopestyle/halfpipe competitor who recently switched from competing for the red, white and blue to representing Britain (to honor his mom). WATCH US LIVE Written By LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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Deontay Wilder will invite Tyson Fury and ‘coward’ Anthony Joshua for his party IF he wins

first_imgLast Updated: 3rd February, 2020 22:00 IST Deontay Wilder Will Invite Tyson Fury And ‘coward’ Anthony Joshua For His Party IF He Wins WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has already planned the after-party for his upcoming fight against Tyson Fury. Wilder has also invited Anthony Joshua. During an interview on the Rich Eisen Show, Deontay Wilder said that he is planning to have a grand celebration after fighting Tyson Fury on February 22. The Bronze Bomber further revealed that he had invited Tyson Fury in the party too. The undefeated American said, “As a person, I like him (Tyson Fury). As fighters, we always have to compete against each other and you know at times they can get very competitive in the ring. And we say certain things to promote and stuff like that. It is just our emotions that are getting the best of us, the negative energy that we displace, so when we are in the ring we have an opportunity to release. So, in the end, that’s when we are able to embrace each other.”Also Read | Deontay Wilder Vs Tyson Fury 2 Promo Video Promises UNREAL Fight; Watch VideoHowever, things went loose when Deontay Wilder slammed Anthony Joshua by calling him a coward. “He (Anthony Joshua) is invited as well, the coward. I doubt it (Whether Anthony Joshua will show up or not). But he (Anthony Joshua) is invited too,” Wilder said.Also Read | Mike Tyson And Tupac Shakur’s Friendship Story Has Been Revealed By WBCAlso Read | Conor McGregor Says He’s Never Spoken With Tyson Fury Despite UFC Debut Training Rumours(Image courtesy: Instagram of Anthony Joshua and WBC.com) FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Also Read | Deontay Wilder And Tyson Fury Fail To Control Their Laughter After Epic StaredownDeontay Wilder plans to party with Tyson Fury after the fight Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are slated to fight each other in an epic re-match on February 22, 2020. Apart from the WBC Heavyweight title, Deontay Wilder will be putting his undefeated boxing record on the line against another undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury.The heavyweight gladiators share an intense rivalry between each other. However, Deontay Wilder has clarified that he loves Tyson Fury as a person. After the fight gets done, Deontay Wilder has planned to host a party for Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua if he wins. However, the WBC heavyweight champion went on to mock Anthony Joshua by calling him a ‘coward’. First Published: 3rd February, 2020 22:00 ISTcenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Raj Sarkar LIVE TVlast_img read more

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Leaney leads at Chubb, Funk vying to be oldest winner

first_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Stephen Leaney leads after Saturday’s second round at the Chubb Classic, and Fred Funk is two shots back as he attempts to become the oldest competitor to win a PGA Tour Champions event. Leaney made an eagle on the 17th hole and has posted consecutive rounds of 65, putting him one shot ahead of Bernhard Langer and two clear of Funk, Chris DiMarco and Fred Couples. “I played well the last two days,” Leaney said. “I have been driving it great, hitting a lot of very good iron shots. And suddenly started to make some putts, which I didn’t really do last year. So just try to keep it going tomorrow.”Leaney’s 130-shot total is his best 36-hole score at a PGA-sanctioned competition. His last pro win was at the 2017 Western Australian Open, and his only appearance in a Sunday final group on the PGA Tour was at the 2003 U.S. Open, when he started three shots behind eventual champion Jim Furyk. “I mean, I have won over 16, 17 times in the world,” Leaney said. “I mean, I have won tournaments before. No problem in this position. So it’s all about controlling yourself. I can’t control what anyone else does.” At 63 years, eight months and two days old, Funk would be the oldest winner ever on the tour, surpassing Scott Hoch at 63 years, five months and four days.“That’s unbelievable,” Funk said. “That would be awesome. Although that will be broken once Bernie gets to be 63, so I might as well get it.” Funk’s two-round total of 132 is his best since the 2017 Regions Tradition, and that was also the last time he started the final round of an event in the top three. He finished tied for fourth. He hasn’t won a PGA Tour Champions event since the 2014 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf with partner Jeff Sluman. He’s made 145 individual starts since his last solo victory at the 2012 Greater Hickory Classic.Funk has dealt with back and nerve pain recently and said he had to push through the latter Saturday. “My back is overall a lot better,” he said. “I usually don’t have the nerve pain. Today that nerve pain fired up again on 13, for some reason, going right down my hip and into my leg. And killing me right now. But it’s been a lot better. It’s been a lot more functional. “When I had that nerve pain the last two years, it completely shut me down. And I’m scared to death of it, because I know what it means if it pops back up. So I don’t want it to come back. I can play with pain, I can’t play with that nerve pain.” Langer is a three-time winner at the Chubb Classic, last in 2016. He shot 5-under 66 in the second round, sending him into Sunday among the top-five at this tournament for the 10th time in 12 starts. A year after posting a course-record 9-under 62 in the second round at the Chubb Classic, Kevin Sutherland shot a bogey-free 63 and jumped into a tie for sixth place. First Published: 16th February, 2020 21:12 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT Written By Last Updated: 16th February, 2020 21:12 IST Leaney Leads At Chubb, Funk Vying To Be Oldest Winner Stephen Leaney leads after Saturday’s second round at the Chubb Classic, and Fred Funk is two shots back as he attempts to become the oldest competitor to win a PGA Tour Champions event LIVE TVlast_img read more

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Cam Newton to Los Angeles Chargers? Can Chargers afford to sign the quarterback?

first_imgLast Updated: 30th March, 2020 19:01 IST Cam Newton To Los Angeles Chargers? Can Chargers Afford To Sign The Quarterback? Cam Newton is officially a free agent after Carolina Panthers released the quarterback on March 24, 2020. LA Chargers are touted as a destination for Newton. Meanwhile, Twitterati debate over Cam Newton’s winner status Also Read | Panthers Staying Mum On Cam Newton’s Future With TeamCam Newton to LA Chargers? Where is Cam Newton going in 2020?The one-time NFL MVP is currently struggling to find suitors in the NFL. However, the quarterback could prove to be a valuable fit for some of the franchises willing to take a chance with the quarterback. Apart from LA Chargers, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and even heavyweights like New England Patriots are in the market for a new quarterback. It’ll be interesting to see where Cam Newton would end up ahead of the 2020/21 NFL season.  COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Sujay Chakraborty Written By First Published: 30th March, 2020 19:01 IST Cam Newton is officially a free agent after Carolina Panthers released the quarterback on March 24, 2020. The No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft endured an injury-hit 2019/20 NFL season and was finally released by the Panthers after he failed to find a team interested in a trade. Despite currently struggling injuries, Cam Newton remains one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL. Unsurprising a host of franchises are interested in giving a lifeline to the 30-year-old. The LA Chargers are touted as one of the most interested parties in Newton. Also Read | Cam Newton Trade Rumours: Carolina Panthers Likely To Release Injured Star QuarterbackCam Newton to LA Chargers: Can a deal work out?However, per the latest reports, there are several ifs and buts surrounding LA Chargers’ interest in Cam Newton. Multiple reports have suggested, Cam Newton, if fit, can prove to be an upgrade on Chargers current quarterback Tyrod Taylor. A big factor which will decide if Chargers will make an offer for the free agent is the salary cap.According to Over the Cap, LA Chargers are heading into the 2020 NFL Draft with close to $22 million salary cap space. This figure is expected to go further down after the NFL draft. Chargers have the sixth overall draft pick which could potentially eat up a lot of their cap space. It is still believed that LA Chargers could offer Newton a one-year deal if they prioritise upgrading their quarterback position over others. Also Read | Panthers Owner Says Cam Newton’s Future Depends On HealthCam Newton to LA Chargers? Cam Newton workout video fuels rumoursA photo of Cam Newton and Tyrod Taylor conducting a workout surfaced on social media on Friday. The Cam Newton workout video and subsequent images instantly sparked rumours suggesting Newton could head to LA as he looks to resurrect his NFL career. SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | LA Chargers Make Upgrades On Both Lines And Secondary FOLLOW US LIVE TVlast_img read more

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Ryan welcomes the return of Liam Sheedy as Tipp manager

first_imgMichael Ryan says it was a surprise that Sheedy took on the role for a second time, but feels he’s the right man for the job. Photo © Tipp FM There’s a sense of excitement in Tipperary surrounding Liam Sheedy’s appointment as senior hurling manager.That’s according to former Premier boss Michael Ryan, who stepped away from management earlier this year following a disappointing 2018 season.He’s worked with Sheedy previously, and the pair – along with another former Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea – were behind Tipp’s All Ireland success in 2010.last_img read more

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Mixed fortunes for local sides in Cup action

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay St Michael’s are through to the last four of the FAI Junior Cup.The Tipp town side maintained their unbeaten record against Kilkenny outfit Evergreen with a 1-0 away win to reach the semi-finals.No joy though for Clonmel Town as they went down 3-1 at home to Donegal side Glengad Utd. Meanwhile Carrick Utd lost 2-1 at home to Pike Rovers in the Munster Junior Cuplast_img

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GM Iniyan to organise ‘Chess Marathon’ to raise funds for COVID-19 relief

first_img Grandmaster P Iniyan will be organising a ‘Chess Marathon’ from May 15 to 17 in an effort to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. Several chess players including forrmer world champion Viswanathan Anand have taken part in online events in recent times to raise funds for coronavirus relief. The 17-year-old player from Erode in Tamil Nadu will take on several players in blitz games during the three-day event with the money collected going to the PM CARES Fund and the state Chief Minister’s relief fund.GM Iniyan to organise ‘Chess Marathon’  Asked what made him come up with the idea of organising such an event, Iniyan said after seeing what was going on due to coronavirus and so many people being affected, he thought of doing something for them. “It was tough to see so many people getting affected due to COVID-19 and I was keen to do something from my end. My father came up with the idea of a fund-raising event in which my chess skills would be put to use. Then we started working out the plan and keen to do our bit for a cause,” he added. The event would be held on an international playing portal, he said and added that anyone can join. The minimum donation to take part in the event is Rs 150 with no upper limit.  First Published: 13th May, 2020 07:32 IST He said the three-day event could be extended for a couple of days more if needed.Iniyan will take on all the participants in this unique attempt.”I am hoping to have over 200 players in the event. I will also be analysing the games. It will be a challenge but I am ready for it and it will also be a test of my skills,” Iniyan, who became the country’s 61st GM in 2019, told PTI. LIVE TV Image credits: PTI Last Updated: 13th May, 2020 07:32 IST GM Iniyan To Organise ‘Chess Marathon’ To Raise Funds For COVID-19 Relief Grandmaster P Iniyan will be organising a ‘Chess Marathon’ from May 15 to 17 in an effort to raise funds for COVID-19 relief Written Bycenter_img Press Trust Of India WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Also, the participants would get a chance to get their games annotated by the GM himself. Though the break has put a halt to sporting action across the world and he is unable to participate in events, Iniyan continues to train online with his coach (K Visweswaran) and is working on his physical fitness too. COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Conor McGregor mocks Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team on social media

first_img Raj Sarkar First Published: 29th May, 2020 15:03 IST And I do two at a time. https://t.co/xzismVriYE— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 28, 2020 UFC superstar Conor McGregor and his social media pouncing seem nowhere close to ending as he recently took another dig at lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and his teammates with a cheeky tweet. It is no secret that Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are bitter foes but after Khabib’s father invited the Irish celebrity to their hometown in Dagestan, it appeared that the duo was ready to call off their rivalry. However, Conor McGregor’s recent tweet has forced the audience to speculate that his bad blood with the undefeated MMA icon Khabib Nurmagomedov remains and it might go on in the near future.Also Read | UFC news: Dana White Reveals Jon Jones Demanded “absurd Amount Of Money” To Face Francis NgannouUFC news: Conor McGregor takes dig at Khabib Nurmagomedov again Last Updated: 29th May, 2020 15:03 IST Conor McGregor Mocks Khabib Nurmagomedov And His Team On Social Media Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor has once again lashed out at lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and his teammates via Twitter. Written By A twitter account named ‘The RealTishko’ posted a picture of Conor McGregor and two of Khabib’s teammates who appear to bruised in the photograph. ‘The Notorious’ wasted no time and went on to retweet the photo by taunting Khabib Nurmagomedov and his teammates. The picture showcases Conor McGregor throwing a left-hand jab on one side while the other side portrays Khabib’s teammates’ bruised faces. Not only did Conor McGregor retweet the post, he further quoted it with, “And I do two at a time.”Khabib’s teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov went on to unleash a brawl with Conor’s teammates in the aftermath of the UFC 229 headliner, which caused widespread drama all over the combat sports community. However, Conor’s teammate responded back and the feud escalated. It was speculated that Conor McGregor went on to land jabs over Khabib’s teammates in the process, which ultimately bruised up their faces.Also Read | UFC news: Conor McGregor Accepts Anderson Silva’s ‘super Fight’ UFC Catchweight ChallengeUFC news: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor rematch SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img LIVE TV Goat 🐐 pic.twitter.com/WWSm3hcgQH— TheRealTishko ☘️💚 (@TheRealTishko) May 28, 2020 COMMENT WATCH US LIVE It has been almost two years since Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov locked horns inside the octagon, but the rivalry is yet to be ruled out. Although UFC officials have often been vocal about trying to materialise a re-match between them, Khabib Nurmagomedov seemed uninterested in running it back with Conor McGregor. The undefeated Dagestani has said in the past that Conor McGregor needs to come down at lightweight (155 lbs) and win 10 fights in a row to earn another title shot against him.Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor rematch: Conor McGregor Insists He’s The MMA GOAT Despite Being Snubbed By KhabibAlso Read | Jorge Masvidal Issues Open Challenge To Nate Diaz For BMF Rematch On TwitterImage courtesy: Instagram of Conor McGregor and Zubaira Tukhugov FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Sheedy to stay on as Tipp boss

first_imgLiam Sheedy will remain on as manager of the Tipperary senior hurlers for another year.The Portroe native guided the Premier County to the Liam McCarthy Cup back in August.Sheedy quit straight after winning the All Ireland championship during his first spell in charge in 2010. Photo courtesy of Teneo But he will stay as Tipperary look to go back to back for the first time since 1965.last_img

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2020 Olympic Qualifiers: D’Tigress to Open Camp in Belgrade on Feb….

first_imgThe Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Vice President, Babs Ogunade, who confirmed this, said that the Guard has been given the all-clear to participate in next month’s Women Olympic Qualifying Tournament billed for Serbia between February 6th and 9th , 2020.Prior to her release, Ogunade said that the federation made several efforts in the past to secure her release, including contacting her father, Mark Balogun, for his intervention.According to him, D’ Tigress head coach, Hughley had to speak to her coach, Jeff Walz, in Louisville before she was released for the qualifying tournament.The former Georgia Tech University guard, who was not released for the pre-Olympic qualifiers in Maputo, has been handed yet another opportunity to be part of the team in February.Fellow Point Guard, Sarah Ogoke has since been recalled to the team to replace Upe Atosu.Other players expected in camp include Italy-based Ifunanya Ibekwe, Promise Amukamara (France), Sarah Imovbioh (Belgium) and Spain-based Elo EdeferiokaOthers include 2019 FIBA Women Afrobasket MVP, Ezinne Kalu, Evelyn Akhator and Aisha Balarabe who just moved to Spain.Pallas Kunaiyi Akpannah will also join team captain, Adaora Elonu as they prepare for the OQT campaign having missed out of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.In a related development, the Head Coach of Air Warriors of Abuja, Samson Sotuminu and his counterpart at MFM of Lagos, Aderemi Adewunmi will also be on the train to Belgrade as members of the Technical Crew.Their latest appointment came on the backdrop of their heroics last season in the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League.Sotuminu guided league debutant- Air Warriors to the 2019 title while Adewunmi’s tactical acumen saw MFM snatching a continental ticket after narrowly losing in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s senior women’s national basketball team, D’Tigress will open their 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) camp on Saturday, February 1 in Belgrade, Serbia.The team under the tutelage of Otis Hughley will camp for five days before they start their campaign against host- Serbia, World Champion- USA and Mozambique with two Olympic tickets on offer.Elizabeth Balogun with Louisville University may be handed her first national team debut alongside 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League’s Most Valuable Player, Musa Murjanantu.last_img read more