Thomas J. Werner, age 78 of Morris and formerly of Florida, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 at his home. Born January 20, 1940 in Franklin County Indiana, he is the son of Edna (Nee: Schuck) and Edward Werner. Tom farmed and worked security for Cummins Engines. After moving to Florida, he worked as a clerk at Publix.According to his family, Tom took after his mother. He was a quiet individual with a green thumb. “He could put a stick in the ground and have it grow into something beautiful.” While not an avid reader, he did enjoy farming and gardening magazines. What he liked best was being outdoors and being active. A good ballplayer, for years he played baseball and softball. He continued to play after moving to Florida where he joined an over 50 league and was able to play with his brother Jerry. Tom remained a lifelong Reds fan and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.He is survived by his daughters Lisa Marksberry of Milan, Amy Prickel of Morris; sons Tom of Napoleon, John of Batesville, Jeff of Sunman, Tony of Batesville; sisters Rosie Lohman of Harrison, Ohio, Alean Saunders of Covington, Kentucky, Mary Grace Bischoff of St. Leon, Indiana, Dottie Gillman of Cincinnati, Ohio; eighteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Joan Fassler, Bette Oligee; brothers Robert, Ralph, Jerry, James and one great granddaughter.Visitation is Tuesday, March 13th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the St. Anthony’s Cemetery Fund.
“I think it will be difficult for Madrid to get him. The president of PSG is a person who wants to win, I know them well and they will fight tooth and nail to keep Mbappe.” Former Arsenal coach Unai Emery also thinks Mbappe should swap Parc des Princes for the Bernabeu. The Spaniard believes the World Cup winner has the talent to create a spectacular period at Madrid, if he decided to make the move. “Of course he has the ability to mark an era in Madrid,” former Arsenal coach Emery told AS. “Which league would I advise him to play in? When I was in France, I loved watching him play and I was happy to be able to see it first hand. “When I went to England, I would have liked him to have seen him play in the Premier League. And if I return to Spain, I hope he comes to La Liga. “I’m sure there will be some things about being at PSG that will give him what he needs and maybe other things that won’t. And perhaps Real Madrid might be able to offer him some of the things that he is lacking at PSG. Loading… Madrid have found it hard to replace Ronaldo, who decided to leave the Liga giants to join Juventus in 2018. Cannavaro, who won two La Liga titles with Los Blancos as a player, said Mbappe could be the player the club need to follow what Ronaldo delivered. “Real Madrid need players like Mbappe, a young star who could follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo,” the Guangzhou Evergrande coach told AS. “It’s normal that Madrid want to sign him but it also has to be taken into account that PSG’s owners don’t need the money. They are ambitious and they want to win the Champions League.Advertisement Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19“We are lucky to have two of the best teams in the world – Real Madrid and Barcelona, and I personally would like them to continue having the best players in the world.”Mbappe has won three Ligue 1 titles, a Coupe de France and a Coupe de la Ligue with PSG.He scored 30 goals in 33 games in all competitions this season, with the Ligue 1 campaign cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Fabio Cannavaro believes Real Madrid need Kylian Mbappe so that he can follow in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps, but feels it will be tough to sign the Paris Saint-Germain star. Mbappe, 21, continues to be linked with a move to Madrid from PSG, where he has starred during the past three seasons. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoZodiac Signs Reimagined As Women Look Incredible6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopStunning Wedding Outfits From All Around The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better
Statewide — On Friday, Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order to increase child care options for families seeking support during virtual school days.The executive order allows school corporations to contract with organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club or a YMCA, to operate school-age child care programs in locations in addition to public school buildings to help families who need care while their students engage in e-learning.Additionally, the order increases the number of school-aged children from six to ten that are allowed to gather in a home on school days for e-learning without requiring the child care setting to be licensed.
SuperSport viewers on DStv can now begin counting down the days until the the football season restarts with La Liga on June 12, but until then you can ReLive Africa’s best football memories with Nigeria.Nigeria burst onto the global football scene in style in the nineties with an impressive performance at the 1994 World Cup in the USA, which saw them finish top of their group in their first ever official football tournament. There have been two undeniable peaks in the history of Nigerian football, two moments which have garnished the reputation of fear when you face the Super Eagles.Those moments are undoubtably the 1994 World Cup and the 1996 Summer Olympics.DStv and GOtv viewers can relive those moments on SuperSport on Saturday with Joseph Dosu, Jay-Jay Okocha and Victor Ikpeda commenting live on the 1996 Olympics from 5:30pm on SuperSport 1, SuperSport 9 and SuperSport Select 1.The pioneers of Nigerian football will then be coming to you live as Peter Rufai, Finidi George and Emmanuel Amunike relive the 1994 World Cup from 6:30pm on SuperSport 1, SuperSport 9 and SuperSport Select 1.In the 1994 World Cup, the Super Eagles topped Group D with six points after two wins and one loss to Argentina, who at the time were arguably the best footballing nation in the world. Nigeria, though, started out the World Cup in spectacular fashion with an impressive 3-0 win over Bulgaria, which shocked the world, thanks to goals from Rashidi Yekini, Daniel Owefin Amokachi and Emmanuel Amunike.Unfortunately, this was followed by a hard fought 1-2 loss to Argentina after Samson Siasia gave the Super Eagles the lead.Nigeria bounced back in their very next game with another mouth-watering performance to beat Greece 2-0, thanks to goals from Finidi George and Amokachi, his second of the tournament.The result left them top of Group D and set-up a Last 16 match against Italy, a match that will be remember by many West Africans for a long time.The Super Eagles looked set to move onto the quarterfinals of the 1994 World Cup after taking the lead through Amunike, but a late, late Roberto Baggio goal (89th minute) broke African hearts and saw the 90 minutes end 1-1. Italy went on to win the match in extra-time after a Baggio penalty-kick to send the Super Eagles crashing out of the tournament.Italy went onto finish runner-up at the World Cup after losing in a penalty shootout to Brazil in the final.Nonetheless, the Nigerian nation had won the hearts and minds of all football fans and made Africa proud in their first official tournament on the world stage.Speaking after the tournament, Amokachi explained why the team was so successful.RelatedPosts NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Exciting EPL, La Liga, Serie A matches this weekend on DStv, GOtv He said: “It all started from 1989 when we failed to reach Italia 90 and the coach made it clear that he will make us the first to play at the World Cup.“We had a blend of experience and fearless young players as well as a manager who had the power of motivation and the ability to bring the best out of his players.”It was only two years later when the Super Eagles were crowned the 1996 Olympic champions in Atlanta, USA, after beating Argentina 3-2 in the final, where Amokachi and Amunike were front and centre once more.Nigeria finished second in Group C after beating Hungary (1-0) and Japan (2-0) before losing 1-0 to Brazil.This set up a quarterfinal match against Mexico, which saw the Super Eagles register a comfortable 2-0 win, thanks to goals from Jay-Jay Okocha and Celestine Babayaro.Nigeria then got their revenge over Brazil after beating them 4-2 in extra-time of the semifinals after 90 minutes ended 2-2.Nwankwo Kanu was the hero on the day with a brace in extra-time to send Brazil packing.The final of the 1996 Olympics was a humdinger with Babayaro, Amokachi and Amunike finding the back of the net, Amunike’s goal coming in the 90th minute to see the Super Eagles beat Argentina 3-2 to win a gold medal as they made all Africans proud.Speaking after the Olympics, Sunday Oliseh, who was a key player in the Nigerian team, said: “I guarantee you that as I talk to you now, everyone in Africa is celebrating.“There is no sleeping tonight.“Everyone will be happy.“This is for all the African countries.”Tags: 1994 World CupDSTVSuper EaglesSupersportVictor Ikpeda
Press Association Evans, bidding to become the first woman ever to qualify for the tournament’s main draw, trailed the 1997 champion 5-4 ahead of this evening’s resumption at Ponds Forge. Doherty won the first frame with the aid of a 45 break but Evans then reeled off three in succession before the interval, including a 51 break in frame four. Reanne Evans remained firmly in contention after the first session of her World Championship qualifying match against Ken Doherty in Sheffield. Doherty levelled with breaks of 51 and 64 but Evans nervelessly cleared from the final red to the pink in frame seven to lead once more. She showed off her ambidextrous potting skills in frame eight, dropping in a tricky left-handed red along a cushion, but she was unable to overcome a 65-point deficit and Doherty moved to 4-4 before also winning the next frame.
UEFA is giving priority to completing national league and cup competitions. One contingency plan is for games to continue into July and August and decide entries for the Champions League and Europa League next season.This season’s Champions League and Europa League could resume once domestic titles are decided.The UEFA executive committee last month postponed the European Championship by one year to 2021. Other games affected include World Cup qualifying groups, the 2021 Nations League finals and the women’s Euro 2021 tournament in England.___The Asian Football Confederation says it has postponed “all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June until further notice.” Players and staff were previously given the opportunity to self-isolate at their offseason homes.There is no timetable of when play might resume and whether the NHL will be able to complete the regular season or start the playoffs, which could stretch into September. There were 189 games remaining when play was suspended.— AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow reporting.___The German soccer league has delayed a meeting of clubs that was expected to set out a timetable for resuming games in empty stadiums. The Latest: Cubs to use Wrigley as food distribution hub April 14, 2020 — AP Sports Writer Larry Lage reporting.___Major League Soccer says its hopes of returning in mid-May are “extremely unlikely.”In a statement Tuesday, the league said guidance from federal and local public health officials is making it unlikely the league will be able to restart in about a month.MLS says the goal remains to play as many games as possible, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to potentially play an entire season even if there are enough dates available. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Chicago Cubs are putting Wrigley Field to use as a food distribution hub to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Seattle’s expansion NHL franchise along with arena operator Oak View Group say they have raised $1 million to support at-risk families in the city and help nonprofit organizations on the Seattle Center campus where the team’s new arena is being constructed.NHL Seattle and OVG say the leadership, staff and partners of the two organizations have come together to help make the donations. The first donation of $800,000 will be to the United Way of King County and will be distributed as grocery vouchers to those who have recently lost their jobs or seen their hours significantly reduced due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.Another $200,000 is being earmarked as grants for 21 different nonprofit organizations that share the Seattle Center campus.NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke says bringing the NHL to Seattle was born out of a strong partnership with the city and, “we are committed to giving back to those among us with an urgent and immediate need.”___ New Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson expressed thoughts and prayers for first responders, health care workers and people affected by the coronavirus pandemic and this week’s severe weather that swept across the South.The Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer then stated her desire to keep the Bulldogs’ program among the nation’s elite and win a national championship.“My expectations for the program are to continue to build on this tradition and compete for SEC championships and national championships every year,” McCray-Penson said Tuesday during an introductory video teleconference.___The Nashville Predators have raised $2.7 million to help both with tornado and COVID-19 relief. ___There will be no Golden Spikes Award this year, ending a streak of 42 consecutive seasons.USA Baseball made the announcement Tuesday. It followed the NCAA’s decision to cancel spring sports seasons due to the new coronavirus.Past winners included future NL MVPs Buster Posey, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. Bob Horner was the first Golden Spikes winner in 1978.___ Clubs from the top two divisions were to meet Friday but that has been delayed until April 23.The league had hoped to resume play next month but Germany’s federal political system could allow numerous state and federal officials to obstruct games if they disagree.The league says clubs need extra time to prepare and that any decisions made will be “based on the current political decision-making situation at federal and state level over the coming week.”___The Senior British Open golf tournament has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. PSE also said more than 36 employees, including management, hockey staff and broadcasters, will have their salaries reduced temporarily.PSE says it will continue to pay health insurance coverage for furloughed employees. The cuts won’t affect the staff of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, who are also owned by Terry and Kim Pegula. Their Buffalo-based company employs more than 3,000 across its various holdings.— AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo, New York___ Most of the 32 Asian Champions League teams played two group games in February before the coronavirus outbreak caused a shutdown.The AFC says it “will explore all possible options in order to complete” those groups.___The first women’s professional golf tournament in Saudi Arabia has found new dates in October.The inaugural Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour was to be played last month but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Cubs said they will use the famed ballpark’s concourse as a food-packing and distribution center starting this week while working with Lakeview Pantry. The team also plans to open the Hotel Zachary it owns across the street from Wrigley to workers at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center through the end of the month. Hotel staff will be required to wear personal protective equipment while working and follow social distancing guidelines.___The parent company that oversees the NHL Buffalo Sabres announced a series of cost-cutting measures, including layoffs and furloughs affecting 125 employees as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic.Pegula Sports and Entertainment says 104 employees are being furloughed, while another 21 were laid off on Tuesday. A person told The Associated Press the laid-off employees were informed they were fired, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because that information wasn’t included in the news release. ___All-Star Celtics forward Jayson Tatum says he hasn’t touched a basketball since scoring 30 points in a win over the Indiana Pacers on March 10.“I got weights and bands and a bike to do some cardio,” Tatum said Tuesday after informing Emoni Bates he became the first sophomore to win Gatorade’s national player of the year award in basketball. “It’s tough, but on the other side, I know there are more important things going on in the world,” Since the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tatum has tried to make the best of an extended stay at his home in the Boston area.“I’ve been taking time to relax and be at home with my son every day,” he said in a telephone interview. “I am trying to enjoy this time and the things we usually take for granted.” Maddux vowed to match up to $54,000 in donations for virus victims as part of his birthday celebration.One of the game’s most notorious pranksters, Maddux took the occasion to poke fun at some of his former Atlanta Braves teammates, including John Smoltz.“Who’s watching 1995 World Series Game 1 on @MLBNetwork,” Maddux wrote during a showing of his two-hit masterpiece. “Solid dugout shot when we could see smoltzy with some hair.”Maddux also discussed a disputed call in the pre-instant replay era, which brought longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox out of the dugout to argue with the umpires.“Where’s replay when you need it?” Maddux tweeted. “Great to see Bobby always fighting for his players.” The event was scheduled to take place at Sunningdale from July 23-26.R&A official Johnnie Cole-Hamilton says organizers are looking at alternative options to host the tournament “later in the year if at all possible.”___UEFA says it will host another round of calls next week for European soccer leaders to address the shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.The UEFA executive committee is set to join by video link on April 23. It will follow separate days of calls with UEFA’s 55 member federations and club soccer officials. The Predators started raising money after tornadoes hit Nashville and Middle Tennessee in early March. Then the franchise included help for the coronavirus pandemic once the NHL stopped play along with the cancellation of the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball tournament in Nashville.Sean Henry, the Predators’ president and chief executive officer, said Tuesday that commitment to the community is a cornerstone of the franchise and the Predators are trying to help rebuild and provide help for a return to normalcy as quickly and safely as possible.That includes Predators’ owners, players, coaches and management creating a $1 million fund to pay event staff for canceled concerts and postponed NHL games. The Predators also donated $100,000 to the Mayor’s Relief Fund, hosted blood drives and have been delivering meals to Nashville police precincts and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.Predators captain Roman Josi and his wife, Ellie, gave $20,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and another $20,000 to a local homeless ministry.The Predators also gave donors to the team’s foundation a chance to redirect money to tornado and COVID-19 relief with $700,000 in grants being handed out this month. MLS currently has a training moratorium for players through April 24.___The NHL will remain on pause through at least the end of the month.The league on Tuesday announced it was extending its self-quarantine recommendation for players, coaches and staff through April 30. The announcement marks the third time the NHL has pushed back its timetable since suspending play on March 12 because of the new coronavirus.The most recent self-quarantine recommendation was supposed to run through Wednesday. The recommendation means team facilities will remain closed to players. Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson joined athletic director John Currie, university president Nathan Hatch and the president’s cabinet members in taking a 10% pay cut to help the school address revenue shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Clawson signed an eight-year extension with Wake Forest last April. According to USA Today’s coaches’ salary database, Clawson was paid almost $2.2 million last season by the private school.“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on Wake Forest University and our Athletics Dept.,” Clawson said. ”(Wife) Catherine and I are more than happy to do our part to help during these challenging times.”___Baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux spent his 54th birthday live tweeting as MLB Network replayed some of the best performances of his brilliant career. He also was raising money for coronavirus victims. The $1 million event will now be played from Oct. 8-11 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City.___The Tour de France won’t begin as originally planned because French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled.It is unclear if cycling’s biggest event will be scrapped from the race calendar. New plans are likely to be announced before the end of the month following consultations with the governing body of cycling.
Sydney, Australia | AFP | Sprint superstar Usain Bolt looks set to make his first start as a professional footballer Friday, a challenge he said could determine if he has a future in the sport of his boyhood dreams.Bolt said the coach of his Central Coast Mariners, Mike Mulvey, had indicated he would be in the starting line-up in a friendly against Macarthur South West United in Sydney.“For me, that’s always a good step, when the coach is satisfied with your fitness to put you in the starting line up — that’s always a big step,” Bolt told Mariners’ club media Wednesday.“I am just happy to get the chance and go out there and start, and do my best because that is the key thing.”The eight-time Olympic champion made his footballing debut in late August in a 20-minute cameo as a substitute on the left wing, nearly scoring but tiring quickly.Bolt said he had improved his fitness since, and expected to spend more time up front. “My movement and my touch is much better now,” he said. “I’ve learnt how to set my body and where to place the ball.”The A-League has been struggling in recent years with fewer fans and dwindling TV ratings, with football chiefs hoping the arrival of big names like Bolt will boost local interest.The 100m world record holder said he expected some nerves when out on the pitch, but was excited by the opportunity to prove his worth as a footballer.“This will be a big game. I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career. So for me it’s a very important game,” he said.“I’m looking forward to prove myself.”Share on: WhatsApp
TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy is “not scared” of selling Christian Eriksen to Manchester United.The Danish playmaker has rejected several approaches, worth up to £200,000 one-week, from Spurs to extend his contract that expires at the end of the season.3 Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ‘not scared’ of selling Christian Eriksen to Man UtdCredit: Rex FeaturesAt the start of next month Eriksen can negotiate a deal to join any overseas club for free next season – so Levy is looking to sell the midfielder in the winter widow.The Spurs chief is even open to flogging Eriksen to a rival club in order to prevent losing him for nothing in six months, as United and Real Madrid lead the race for the 27-year-old.Levy told The Standard: “We are honestly not scared to trade with our rivals.”Defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are in similar situations, and looked set to run down the remaining months on their contracts.3But after Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino, and Spurs moved within three points from Chelsea in fourth, the duo are said to be considering committing their future to Tottenham.Levy, though, has insisted the contract rebels will have to be fully committed to the club if they are to sign new deals.He explained: “My view is really simple. For a player to sign a new contract, not only have the conditions got to be right but the player has got to want to do it.“It is up to those players whether they want to stay at Tottenham and we’ll see. I don’t want to comment on individual players too much.“I actually think it is unfair. Every circumstance is different. There may be a player who wants to stay, there may be a player we don’t want to stay.”Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions LeagueMost read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himAfter Mourinho inherited the squad, and revived midfielder Dele Alli, he claimed the North Londoners did not need improvement in the January window.And Levy agrees, as he said: “Jose is on record as saying what we need now is to get the players playing better, which is what they are doing.“He’s made it clear he is not looking for new players in January. He is happy with what he’s got and that’s why he said that.”3 Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld could soon sign new Spurs deals under Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – Contributor
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Leeward Islands Hurricanes head coach Reginald Benjamin said he was concerned that rookie West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has failed to fire since his return to action in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament. Joseph was sidelined for a little over a month following his return home to Antigua from the West Indies Tour of Zimbabwe to tend to his ailing mother. He, however, returned to action for the Hurricanes in the last two matches of the 4-Day tournament before the long break for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, plus the Regional Super50 Tournament. But the 20-year-old has not lit a spark, taking just four wickets in the period, much to the disappointment of Benjamin, as the Hurricanes suffered successive losses to the Windward Islands Volcanoes and Jamaica Scorpions, sliding to fifth in the tournament. “He is not coming and hitting the lines and lengths efficiently, and we didn’t want at the beginning of the season, to be depending on (Rahkeem Cornwall) only,” Benjamin said. “As you can see, Gavin Tonge and other players have stepped up, and with Alzarri coming back, we were sure that we would have an edge to our bowling attack, but thus far it hasn’t paid off.” Benjamin believes the break will be good for not only Joseph, but the rest of the Hurricanes squad, giving them a chance to regroup before tackling the Super50 tournament and the remainder of the four-day matches. “After the Guyana game, Hugh Gore, our manager, and I had a meeting and based on our observations, one of the things we came up with is that some players started getting complacent,” said Benjamin. “So we saw it right at that point, and even in Trinidad, and in Windward Islands. We addressed it against Jamaica, but (the break) comes at a very opportune time because we have to go back to the drawing board. “We should be second on the table, but we had a game against the Volcanoes, where we basically allowed that to get away from us, and I think that had a negative effect on us for the game against the Scorpions.”
White had not announced he would officially strip McGregor of the championship until Wednesday when he discussed the popular Irish fighter’s return to UFC this year.“Conor McGregor is 100 percent coming back this year,” White said.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 crownWhite said he did not expect McGregor to attend the fight.The UFC 223 main event of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway will be for the lightweight championship. Nurmagomedov was originally scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson. Holloway already holds the 145-pound featherweight belt, and moved up to 155 pounds on less than one week’s notice. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Ferguson had been the 155-pound interim champion in McGregor’s absence and remained the No. 1 contender in the division.“We’re not stripping Tony Ferguson,” White said. “Tony Ferguson isn’t being stripped. The only one that’s losing a belt here is Conor. Conor is losing the belt. These two are fighting for the belt.”Once the fight starts, McGregor will no longer be champion and the need for the interim belt will go away — leaving the winner as the true 155-pound champ.Ferguson and Nurmagomedov had been booked to fight each other four times, yet all four fights have been called off.White was hesitant to book a fifth fight between the two but could be forced to should Nurmagomedov walk out the champ.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Beermen near PH Cup crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “It’s the last fight on earth that I want to make again,” White said. “However this thing plays out on Saturday, we’ll go from there. Tony is still the No. 1 ranked guy in the world either way, no matter who wins. I’ll deal with that when it’s time to deal with it.” /mufSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2016, file photo, Conor McGregor leaves the octagon with his title belts after knocking out Eddie Alvarez during a lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York. McGregor’s run as UFC lightweight champion is set to end. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)NEW YORK — Conor McGregor’s run as UFC lightweight champion is set to end.The long-expected move that McGregor would lose his 155-belt was officially announced by UFC President Dana White at a press conference for Saturday’s pay-per-view card at Barclays Center. McGregor has not fought for UFC since he won the 155-pound title at UFC 205 in November 2016. McGregor last fought at all in a boxing match he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio 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