first_img Struggling powerhouse The struggling powerhouse, which have already been disqualified from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player, will also have to be careful not to be caught by fourth-place Villarreal after Bruno Soriano scored his second of two goals deep into stoppage time to grab a 2-1 victory at Deportivo La Coruna. Benitez’s latest stumble, which arrived after losses at home to Barcelona and away at Sevilla and Villarreal in the last eight rounds, came in his return to a Mestalla Stadium where he established his reputation with two league titles and a UEFA Cup trophy. Benitez’s counterpart, Gary Neville, remained winless in his fourth league game since taking over at Valencia, but his team earned a morale-boosting result. Madrid’s strong start provoked panic in Valencia. Bale started the move with an audacious back-heeled flick to send Benzema’s pass to Cristiano Ronaldo, who slid the ball back for Benzema to slot his shot into the corner of the net. But instead of going for a second goal to finish the hosts off, Madrid let complacency creep in, and Valencia slowly began to push forward through midfielder Andres Gomes and forward Joao Cancelo. A Gomes incursion was only stopped when Pepe tripped him in the area, letting Parejo step up and level the score. Madrid recovered some of their attacking verve after the restart, but it was stalled by Kovacic’s sending-off for a lunging tackle on Cancelo in the 70th. Toni Kroos, however, placed a free kick for Bale to rise up and gracefully head in off the far post to momentarily restore Madrid’s lead. But Valencia charged right back to score when Rodrigo Moreno headed down a pass for Alcacer to nod home. Also Sunday, it was Athletic Bilbao 2, Las Palmas 2; Real Betis 0, Eibar 4; Granada 2, Sevilla 1; and Rayo Vallecano 2, Real Sociedad 2. BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Real Madrid squandered a great opening goal and a chance to catch Barcelona in the Spanish league standings when they slipped to a 2-2 draw at Valencia in a match it ended with 10 men yesterday. Madrid seemed set to romp to an easy victory after Karim Benzema finished off a superb move in the 16th minute, but Valencia’s Dani Parejo levelled from the penalty spot just before half-time. Gareth Bale headed Madrid back in front in the 82nd, despite his team playing a man down after Mateo Kovacic saw a direct red card, only for Paco Alcacer to strike right back for the hosts a minute later to spark a thrilling finish by both teams. Coach Rafa Benitez will face even more scrutiny after Madrid failed to capitalise on Barcelona’s scoreless stalemate at Espanyol on Saturday and remained two points behind the defending champions, which have a game to play. Madrid also fell four points behind provisional leaders Atletico Madrid, the only title contender to win this round. Benitez said: “I can’t stop some people from speculating” about his future. “What I can do is get the team to work hard like they did today,” he said. “We missed an opportunity – only if you look at the result. But the effort that my team made deserves more praise that anything else.”last_img read more

first_img Today’s Game: – 3:30 p.m. Humble Lion FC vs Portmore United FC at Effortville Community Centre Fans crying out for excitement in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will have it all today when title aspirants Humble Lion hosts former champions Portmore United in a first-leg semi-final at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon. Game time is 3:30 p.m. This ‘Clarendon derby’ will feature a number of former teammates at the schoolboy and club levels going against each other and should have fireworks aplenty. Perhaps the only drawback could be the capacity of the venue. Despite the above and the fact that there is a place in the RSPL final on offer, what perhaps will be most on the minds of the fans is whether the ‘vexed’ Humble Lion will have the chance to right what they believe was a wrong. Portmore United, the team many love to hate, were beaten 3-1 in their third encounter of the season with Humble Lion, but had the win erased when they protested the use of an ineligible player. The competition’s committee ruled against Humble Lion and awarded Portmore United three points and a 3-0 win. That result almost derailed Humble Lion’s season as they fell from fourth spot a position which had been their preserve for most of the season and one which would have guaranteed them a spot in the semi-final and fell to sixth. Those three points also enabled Portmore United to top the table on points, as they finished one ahead of defending champions Arnett Gardens and collected the bounty of one million dollars. “Obviously, the issue will be on the minds of all concerned, but we intend not to make it a distraction,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion, said of the impact the ruling will have on his players. “I have asked my team not to focus on that issue, but to focus on the game itself and what winning these two games will mean to us,” added the man who led Wolmer’s Boys’ to a schoolboy football title this season. While stating that he asked his players to put the past in a certain ‘space’, Reynolds confessed that in their matches leading up to this one, that disappointment was a major motivator. “Getting to this stage, we used this incident to motivate us. For about a round and a half, we were in fourth spot, but wouldn’t get any further. Since we lost the points in the boardroom, our only blemish in terms of dropped points was a 0-1 loss to Arnett Gardens. We pledged to fight to get back in,” Reynolds explained. Portmore United’s Geoffrey Hewitt acknowledged that the results and points reversal could play a part in the temperature of the match. “It is something that we are totally cognisant of, but this is a semi-final. It is a big game and several things can motivate us to perform. We are confident in our ability to win and we are motivated to do so,” said Hewitt, a very successful coach at the schoolboy level, in particular at Garvey Maceo. Not one to say a lot, Hewitt would only add that they are driven by ambition. “Our ambition drives us. That is our driving force. We are determined to succeed and we believe that we have what it takes to be champions, and Humble Lion is our first hurdle to the championship,” Hewitt said. Talent is something Portmore United have in abundance. Besides the steady Ewan Grandison, there is the duo of Ricardo Morris and Tramaine Stewart, who can decide a game on their own. Javon East is another player who comes to mind and, if fully fit, could cause problems. Defensively, they are also sound with the vertically-challenged, but commanding Damano Salmon, Ryan Wellington and possibly Uptsan Edwards. Humble Lion are themselves not humble in the talent department and should have at their disposal the on-form Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Jermaine Christian, Wolry and Kemeel Wolfe and the fit-again Francois Swaby, who could come off the bench. The other semi-final, between Arnett Gardens and Montego Bay United, who finished third, will be played tomorrow at Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay. Tomorrow’s Gamecenter_img – 8:40 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Arnett Gardens at Catherine Hall Complexlast_img read more

first_imgSehwag retires from international cricket NEW DELHI, India (AP): Virender Sehwag, one of only four players to score two triple-centuries in Tests, retired from international cricket on his 37th birthday yesterday, more than two years after he last played for India. The big-hitting batsman, who redefined batting at the top of the order along with Australia’s Matthew Hayden, made the announcement on Twitter. Sehwag scored 309 against Pakistan in Multan in 2004 and 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 to join Donald Bradman, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle in scoring two triple-centuries in Tests. Not afraid to clobber the first ball he faced in an innings, Sehwag often got to a half-century or century with a boundary hit. He even reached his Multan triple-century with a six. Sehwag aggregated 8,586 runs from 104 Tests with 23 centuries, 8,273 runs from 251 one-day internationals with 15 centuries, and 394 runs in 19 Twenty20s. Shaun and Mitch Marsh named in Cricket Australia XI CANBERRA, Australia (AP): Australia’s cricket selectors will give more hopefuls a chance to press Test claims when they play for a Cricket Australia XI in a two-day match against New Zealand starting on Sunday. Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh were drafted into the side yesterday, giving the selectors a chance to assess other batting options ahead of the first Test against New Zealand starting in Brisbane on November 5. Several Test prospects have already been named in a Prime Minister’s XI to meet the Kiwis in a one-day match at Manuka Oval on Friday. Batsmen Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft and Adam Voges will be able to further press their Test claims after also playing in Friday’s one-day match. ICC withdraws umpire Aleem Dar after right-wing party threat NEW DELHI, India (AP): The International Cricket Council (ICC)on Monday withdrew umpire Aleem Dar of Pakistan from the remainder of the limited-overs series between India and South Africa after a group it described as “extremist” threatened to prevent him from officiating in the last game in Mumbai. “Under the present circumstances, it will be unreasonable to expect from Aleem that he will be able to perform his duties to the best of his abilities,” the ICC said in a statement. “As such, he has been withdrawn and his replacement will be announced in due course.” Dar officiated in the first three games of the five one-day international series, which South Africa lead 2-1, and was also due to stand in the fourth game in Chennai tomorrow and in Mumbai on Sunday. Shiv Sena, which has a strong presence in Mumbai, has in the past opposed cricketing ties with Pakistan, which is blamed by India for terrorist attacks on its soil. ICC to look at using green-yellow balls in Tests LONDON, England (AP): The head of cricket’s ruling body says that “greeny yellow” balls could be used in Test matches when bad light threatens to end the day’s play. Dave Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council, was quoted as telling Monday’s edition of The Times that a different colour to the red ball currently used would help Test cricket under floodlights. A pink ball will be used in the inaugural day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand starting November 27 in Adelaide. Richardson says, “Long term, we will probably end up with a pink or greeny-yellow ball so that we can play under floodlights, if the different coloured ball is good enough.” A white ball is used during limited-overs cricket.last_img read more

first_imgThe richest ever race in the English-speaking Caribbean, the $13.5 million Diamond Mile, marks its inaugural running at Caymanas Park on Saturday with a star-studded field representing the top-16 earners in training expected to face the starter.Sponsored by Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) and conceived by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, the grade-one event offers a whopping $6.5 million to the owner of the winning horse – a record. And if that wasn’t enough, purse money will be paid to the first 10 past the post, an unprecedented move.The breakdown of the purse from first to 10th place is as follows: $6.5 million to the winner, $2.1 million for second, $1.25 million for third, $754,000 for fourth, $628,000 for fifth, $513,000 for sixth, $200,000 for seventh, $189,000 for for eighth, $179,000 for ninth and $169,000 for 10th place, while the breeder of the winner will collect $945,000.In all, 26 entries have been received, representing the top earners in racing and comprising the top 16 and 10 reserves in order.Some of the really big names in racing will line up for this historic race, among them the 2013 Derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, one of six horses in the top 16 conditioned by 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.Also down to run is the top imported horse, UPPA TUNE, one of three horses from the stables of veteran trainer Harry Parsard; stable companions PETE’SWILDONE and outgoing champion sprinter POTCHEEN, along with two-time Horse of the Year, TYPEWRITER, from the stables of Spencer Chung; stable companion COMMANDING CHIEF, this year’s Derby winner; SEEKING MY DREAM from the DaCosta stables and the 2000 Guineas hero, ALI BABA, also trained by DaCosta; as well as the recent Burger King Superstakes winner, FRANFIELD, who is trained by Richard Azan and the consistent UNCLE TAF from the stables of Solomon Sharpe.Among the reserves are the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile winner PHINEAS, the November 14 Glen Mills O.J. Caribbean Sprint champion POKER STAR, the runner-up CAMPESINO and the vastly improved 3-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN, all of whom are unlikely to get in.The three imported horses (UPPA TUNE, PETE’S WILDONE, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED) will carry joint top weight of 57.0kg, four-year-olds and up carry 55.0kg, while the three-year-old colts SEEKING MY DREAM and ALI BABA carry 53.0kg.last_img read more

first_imgDOHA, QatarKaliese Spencer is more determined than ever to win her first senior championships medal in the 400m hurdles this year.Spencer, who turns 29 today, twice finished fourth at the World Championships and once at the Olympics.She will today compete in the first meet of the 2016 Diamond League series being held in Doha, Qatar, having won the Diamond trophy in her pet event in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. But even the circuit will have to take a back seat this season, with the Olympics being her priority.”This (Diamond League) is definitely not my focus for this season. I am just focused on staying healthy and getting to the Olympics, and that’s my main focus, getting there and getting a medal,” Spencer said.Spencer has in the past been accused by local track and field fans of giving of her best on the circuit and falling short in the championship races. However, she blames her shortcomings at the World Championships and Olympics on injuries and said she would be out to quiet the doubters this time around.MORE FOCUSED”I am more focused right now, and I just need to stay healthy. I am always getting hurt, so once I am healthy, I should be good,” Spencer said.Spencer, who, with 21 wins in the 400m hurdles on the Diamond League circuit, is the most successful track athlete in the history of the series, split from the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club in 2015 after 10 years. She is now a member of Cameron Blazers, led by the 1983 four hundred metre World champion Bert Cameron.”Training has been going good. Great people and being there is like a family, so I am just trying to stay healthy, and once I am healthy, I believe that it should be a great season,” Spencer said. “He (Cameron) is a great 400m coach, and I have a lot of persons there working with me as well for the hurdles, so they are really trying their best to get me into top shape for the championships.”Spencer will get to test exactly where she is at the moment when she lines up against two-time reigning World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who denied her the Diamond trophy in the event last year.”I just want to ensure that my stride pattern is correct and getting my rhythm. It is a bit off,” Spencer revealed. “So once I can get the stride pattern and the rhythm, it should be a good race.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

first_imgDefending champions Jamaica College (KC) and Super Cup kingpins Wolmer’s Boys will meet in the November 26 ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup final.Both outclassed rivals Holy Trinity and Kingston College, respectively, in the semi-finals at the National Stadium yesterday.JC drubbed Holy Trinity 5-0 before Wolmer’s blanked early title favourites KC, 3-0.Fresh off his Manchester City FC Digicel kick-start sojourn, JC stand-out Tyreek Magee helped the dark blues to his second final and the fourth in a row for the Old Hope Road-based boys’ school.In the second semi-final, Wolmer’s stunned KC in the third minute when Alphanso Gooden scored with a powerful header. They took the lead into the halftime break, and as KC pushed for the equaliser in the second half, they were punished twice by counter-attacks. Andrew Daley was on target in the 67th minute, and Mickel Graham completed the scoring five minutes from the end.AFTERNOON STROLLIt was an afternoon stroll for JC in the opening match. Captain Oquin Robinson scored a penalty in the 39th minute and Maleik Howell doubled the score on the stroke of half time.Chevany Willis was on target in the 65th before Duhaney Williams slammed in the fourth 12 minutes later. Magee slammed in the fifth in spectacular fashion in the 85th minute.Magee is just coming off an injury and he added fluency to JC’s attacks. The creative player was at the centre of most of the JC attacks.”The Manchester City kick-start academy experience has been great for me. The technical side of my game has improved a lot and I want to give them a lot of credit,” he said.”It’s a bit easier playing in the Manning Cup because as you can see, I am a bit more advanced than the other players,” he noted, adding that if JC ‘play their game’ on the day, they will retain the Manning Cup.last_img read more

first_img McCauley win INSPORT St Catherine Primary Football Braeton win final, qualify for Division one Braeton United, after many years in the doldrums, have finally returned to St Catherine Division One football. They returned to the top division after a 2-1 win over Southborough FC in the final of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division two Football League at the Cedar Grove Estate Sport Complex last Sunday. A strike from Trevon Richards and an own-goal were good enough to secure victory for the Braeton side. McCauley Primary recently won the INSPORT/St Catherine Primary Football League after they defeated Marlie Mount Primary. It was McCauley’s second title in less than a year as they also won an Under-9 tournament in Portmore, June 2016. Tevin Grey and Nickel Ellis scored for the victors. The winning team was managed by Errol Campbell, the coach of this year’s Gleaner Spelling Bee champion Deneiro Hines of Glenmuir High. Hines is a past student of McCauley Primary. Big Domino clash in Gregory Park Two undefeated teams, defending champions Fort International and Eradication, will clash for the first time this season in Gregory Park in the eighth round of the City of Kingston Cooperative Union/Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/St Catherine. The match is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. In last week’s games, Fort shot past Masterpiece 300-283 and Eradication punished Braeton All Stars 300-271. The third undefeated side, Waterhouse United (28 points), cut down Soursop Tree 300-261. In matches scheduled for this weekend, Waterhouse will travel to Garveymeade Sports Club to play the home team Garveymeade; Spring Village, currently in fifth place on (24 points), battle Felluchi Strikers, at home; Mechanical Strikers face Ken’s Wildflower; Naggo Head versus Correctional Services at the Naggo Head Bus Park; Memory Lane welcome Frazsiers Whip for a match atn Waterford; Chedwin Strikers host Passagefort United; Masterpiece entertain Braeton All Stars, Soursop Tree await Right Stuff and Links United, fresh from their morale-boasting 300-279 win over Spring Village, host Exceptional.last_img read more

first_imgDenver Nuggets new forward Paul Millsap, right, holds up his jersey with his mother, Bettye, during his introduction to the media at a news conference Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Paul Millsap was welcomed back to his old neighborhood with a reception that included a drum line and cheering children.It was a contrast to how the newest Denver Nuggets player left town years ago as a kid — his mom struggling to make ends meet.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet It definitely got Millsap’s attention.“The way (Marshall) explained the fans, the way he explained the city, it made me think, ‘I want to be part of it,’” Millsap said. “We’re looking, not to take the Denver Broncos fans — they’re the Broncos, let’s be honest — but for them to be with us, too. To take a ride with us, just like we were with them.”Denver (40-42) improved by seven games this year but still missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Millsap’s presence helps the Nuggets remain in the playoff conversation even in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.“I’m excited about that challenge. We don’t run from that,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He’s going to help us tremendously.”That’s partly because Millsap brings a defensive-minded mentality to the court. That and an unselfish style of play, which complements such young players as Jokic, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris.“We feel in Nikola and Paul, we have the most talented, most unselfish, best playmaking front-court in the NBA,” Malone said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES “When I came to Denver in 1988, I was crying all the way in shame and had my head down,” Bettye Millsap said. “When I came back this time, I cried tears of joy and I could hold my head up.”The 32-year-old Millsap gives the youthful Nuggets a proven veteran to pair with budding star Nikola Jokic. Millsap averaged a career-high 18.1 points last season with 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists.“I’m looking for (Jokic) to make my job a little easier,” Millsap cracked. “And vice versa. I want to make his job easier. I want to help the younger guys around me become better players.”For landing the highly coveted free agent, give an assist to Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. Marshall’s sales pitch helped sway Millsap’s decision.“Brandon was able to look Paul in the eyes and talk about what this city means to him, not just as a player but as a guy who lives here full time, and talk about what it’s like to win in Denver,” Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said. “I certainly had goosebumps.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments That wasn’t lost on the four-time All-Star forward as he was introduced at a recreation center Thursday after signing a three-year deal worth $90 million. He spent nearly a dozen years in a suburb of Denver before returning to Louisiana for high school and college.“My history had a lot to play into (signing with Denver), actually,” said Millsap, who was touched by the band that greeted him, along with the throng of children. “It felt like it was unfinished business here, being here years ago and leaving under the circumstances we left. To help this community out, this organization out, that played a big factor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Searching for a fresh start, Millsap’s mother moved the family to Denver when he was just a toddler. But it was a struggle. His mom, Bettye, said she used to make $12 last for two days’ worth of meals for her four sons.In 1999, the Millsap family returned to Louisiana, where she had relatives to lend a hand. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Vicente sets ‘humble’ goals for women’s volleyball team in SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets UST’s Mario Bonleon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBeleaguered swingman Mario Bonleon of University of Santo Tomas held off his transfer to Arellano University after former Growling Tigers persuaded him to stay in España.In a message to INQUIRER.net, Bonleon said he will forego his status as a student-athlete but he will still enroll with UST for the 2017-2018 academic year.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I almost gave up my academics last year because I really want to play,” said Bonleon, who accused Sablan of favoritism among his players. MOST READ Antetokounmpo arrives in Manila for charity stint 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I won’t play, I’ll just stick to being a student,” said Bonleon, who almost had his brother Mario Emmanuel join him in Arellano, in Filipino.“The people at the alumni office will be the ones who will take care of the schooling of my brother and me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Bonleon was adamant he will not play for UST if head coach Boy Sablan remains in charge of the team.And now that he’s back in UST, Bonleon said he still won’t suit up for the Tigers. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fedor Emelianenko, right, of Russia, fights Frank Mir in a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at Bellator 198, Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Rosemont, Ill. Emelianenko defeated Mir. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)ROSEMONT, Ill. — A Russian mixed martial arts fighter who has connections with President Donald Trump, the president’s personal attorney Michael Cohen and Russian President Vladimir Putin was questioned this week by the FBI, his manager confirmed Saturday.Fedor Emelianenko was questioned by agents who met him in his hotel room on Tuesday, manager Jerry Millen said before Emelianenko’s Bellator MMA heavyweight fight against Frank Mir. Millen declined to detail his client’s conversations with the agents.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jazz guard Rubio to miss Game 1 vs Rockets with hamstring injury “The FBI came to the hotel looking to talk to Fedor and they were very nice, came in to speak with Fedor for a few minutes, spoke to me, very cool guys, and that’s all I can really say about it. Again, the FBI did come to the hotel, they found us, knocked on the door,” Millen said.“Hundred percent, kind of surprised,” Millen added. “They were very nice, very professional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe agents were in attendance at Saturday’s fight, Millen said.Putin has attended Emelianenko’s fights, and the 41-year-old fighter has been photographed with the Russian president. His connection with Trump dates back to 2008, when he was signed by Affliction Entertainment, a fight league in which Trump had an ownership stake. Trump announced a joint venture involving MMA and Emelianenko at a news conference on June 5, 2008. View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Affliction ended up folding for financial reasons after two events, both headlined by Emelianenko.Cohen was the league’s chief operating officer. Two weeks ago, the FBI raided Cohen’s New York offices, hotel and home, seeking information about a nondisclosure agreement he brokered with porn star Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 election. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had an affair with Trump in 2006.The criminal investigation of Cohen is linked to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.The fighter’s encounter with the FBI was first reported by The Telegraph of London.Emelianenko dominated MMA’s heavyweight division from 2000-2010. He retired in 2012 but began fighting again in 2015. He’s currently under contract with Bellator.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more