Conor McGregor's trilogy fight to take place in Vegas

Conor McGregor’s trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier will take place before a capacity crowd in Las Vegas in July, said Ultimate Fighting Championship chief Dana White. It will mark the first time a capacity crowd has attended a UFC fight in Nevada since the Covid-19 pandemic. “I’m so happy to finally be able to say Vegas is back,” White said. UFC has staged events in multiple venues like Las Vegas, Florida and Abu Dhabi since the pandemic erupted, mostly behind closed doors with strict safety protocols. However with restrictions gradually…

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Team Sapura Cycling with high hopes for Turkey

A year without international action, Team Sapura Cycling are looking to mark their return to racing on a bright note at the Tour of Turkey on April 11-18. Sapura will be up against a strong field at the UCI ProSeries race which includes WorldTour teams such as Astana-Premier Tech and Deceuninck-Quickstep. The UCI Continental team, who left for Turkey yesterday, have included Danilo Celano (Italy), Jesse Ewart (Ireland), Ahmet Orken (Turkey), Nur Aiman Rosli, Zawawi Azman and national road champion Akmal Hakim Zakaria in their squad. “Danilo has been especially…

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A fighter has to adapt, said the Alligator

ONE Championship fighter Agilan Thani is not in a rush to get back in the cage after a string of mixed results. The 25-year-old admitted that preparing for fights has been a tricky affair in the pandemic era. “ONE Championship is a great company that has always kept me busy. “It is challenging, but a fighter has to adapt, and that is what I am doing now, said the fighter. “I don’t want to go into the circle (ring) unprepared. I am doing my best, and I think things are…

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Team Sapura Cycling have cancelled their plan to Greece

Team Sapura Cycling have cancelled their plan to race in Greece after one of their Italian riders tested positive for Covid-19. Team principal Sayuti Zahit revealed that Pierpaolo Ficara, who finished fourth overall in Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) last season, tested positive for the virus in Syracuse, Sicily last month. Sapura’s foreign riders have been training in their own countries since the pandemic struck last year. “Pierpaolo’s condition has improved, he has informed us that he has been discharged from hospital and is now undergoing home quarantine in Italy,”…

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Few more tweaks on custom built bikes for Azizul and Shah

National Sports Institute (NSI) will make a few more tweaks to the custom-built track bikes used by Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom before they head to Tokyo in July for the Olympics. “This Olympic bike development project is in its fourth year now after beginning in 2017. The intention is to build a bike which is tailored to each rider’s physiology,” said NSI chief executive officer Ahmad Faedzal “Azizulhasni and Shah each have one bike, and they have been using it for some time now. But we feel there…

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Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin will continue no matter the speculations

MALAYSIA: He does not care about what the detractors are saying over his return to the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix and Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) this year. His return to Cub Prix and ARRC, seen by some as a step backwards, was not a complete surprise due to the limited time available. The 20-year-old has rejoined Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor this season — the same team he had won the CP150 title in 2017. “As long as I am healthy and capable of riding a bike, I will…

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Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi experiencing contrasting fortunes

 MALAYSIA: Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s (SRT) Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi experienced contrasting fortunes on the second day of MotoGP testing in Qatar on Sunday. Morbidelli, who was seventh (1:55.174s) fastest on an opening day, made solid progress and moved up to fourth after clocking 1:54.153s on his older 2019 A-Spec Plus YZR-M1. The Italian, who was placed 14th (1:55.584s) on Saturday, hopes to make inroads when testing resumes at the Losail International Circuit tomorrow. Morbidelli, who completed 63 laps on Sunday, said he will focus on race pace…

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Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled

MALAYSIA- Road cyclist Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled to keep up with the peloton early on but revealed the “secret” behind his historic win at the Grand Prix Manavgat in Turkey last week. After spending a year without competition due to Covid-19, the Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) rider said he found it hard to keep up with the early pace and even suffered mild cramps during the 145.8km race. “This was really tough for me as I had gone a year without racing. I did my best to tuck…

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Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom to start picking up the pace heading into the Tokyo Olympics

National track cycling coach John Beasley expects Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom to start picking up the pace heading into the Tokyo Olympics. Beasley has always stressed the importance of “big blocks” of strength training as the foundation in his preparation, and it is no different for this Olympic cycle. Spending hours in the gym, a switch to more track-focused training is likely in store for the duo over the final few months ahead of the Tokyo Games. Hopes to convert the muscle that they have built into explosive…

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Seiko Hashimoto named Tokyo Olympic president

TOKYO: Tokyo 2020’s new president Seiko Hashimoto on Thursday vowed to “regain trust” in the Olympic organising committee after an embarrassing sexism row, with just over five months until the virus-postponed Games. Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian, had been one of just two women in Japan’s cabinet, serving as Olympic minister before stepping down to take the key post. The 56-year-old Hashimoto was named president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee after a meeting of its executive board, which is 80% male. She replaces 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister…

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