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Tech revelation puts Gaylord on right track for BST checkers

first_imgHOLYOKE, Colo. (July 21) – Ryan Gaylord’s journey to victory lane Monday night at Phillips County Raceway got its start two nights before in the tech area at Calhan.“I had been struggling and they found the left side wheelbase was way off at Calhan,” Gaylord explained after his $1,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature win in the Precise Racing Products BST show at Holyoke. “That was a blessing in disguise because it really helped us turn the car around.” Gaylord ran seventh at El Paso County Speedway and worked out some kinks with a mid-pack finish Sunday at Thomas County Speedway. He wrapped up the four-night BST swing with his first feature win of the season.“We needed this one. It seems like we’ve been getting a lot of seconds,” Gaylord said. “My brother Tripp was crewing for Kenny Wallace, too, and made the changes to my car and told me just to worry about driving.”After drawing the outside row one start, Gaylord stayed on the higher line and eventually caught Ken Schrader for the lead just after midway in the 25-lap main event.He motored to the win ahead of Schrader, Dominic Ursetta, Eddie Belec and Jake Adler. “I think that was one of the best drives of my life,” the new 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “I’d been doing a lot of stupid things on the track, making stupid mistakes. This time I stayed focused and did what I needed to win.”Angel Munoz, Nick Tubbs and Ondre Rexford ran 1-2-3 in the Addiction Chassis BST Series feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Chad Dolan was the winner for the fifth time in six Leary Racing Products BST Series outings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Bryan Herrick and Brandon Clough were next across the stripe.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Ryan Gaylord; 2. Ken Schrader; 3. Dominic Ursetta; 4. Eddie Belec; 5. Jake Adler; 6. Beau Speicher; 7. John Hansen; 8. Greg Gustus; 9. Jesse Taylor; 10. Kenny Wallace; 11. Bill Brack; 12. Jeremy Frenier; 13. John Burrow Jr.; 14. Greg Sharpe; 15. James Krehmeyer; 16. Garrett Sporhase; 17. Danny Concelman; 18. Jeff Hunter.Stock Cars – 1. Angel Munoz; 2. Nick Tubbs; 3. Ondre Rexford; 4. Jason Noyes; 5. Gregory Gutt; 6. Kurt Trusty. Northern SportMods – 1. Chad Dolan; 2. Bryan Herrick; 3. Brandon Clough; 4. Ryan Moser; 5. Tom Nelson Jr.; 6. Henry Henderson; 7. Mike Lininger; 8. Tom Quint; 9. Brian Cross; 10. Trevor Geist.last_img read more

Allardyce ready for sabbatical

first_img The Hammers confirmed within minutes of the final whistle in the club’s final-day 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Newcastle that the 60-year-old’s contract would not be renewed, ending his four-year reign at Upton Park. Allardyce, who confirmed it was he who had decided not to sign a contract extension, later revealed he is unlikely to be in charge of another club for the new season, and is prepared to wait for the right job to come around. Sam Allardyce is to take an extended break from football after parting company with West Ham. Asked if he planned to be back in work by August, he said: “No, I’m looking for a break well beyond that. “Recharging your batteries – if and when you come back if you have recharged your batteries, you are much better prepared to carry on doing the job at this level of football. “It depends whether it’s a year or whether it falls around Christmas time, or whoever might fall into trouble, whatever job you fancy doing. “It’s not just a job I’m after, it’s he right job if it comes along. I certainly won’t be doing that in the next few weeks. You can never say never, but I can’t see myself in charge of another football club for the start of next season.” Allardyce’s departure was confirmed in a statement issued by joint-owners David Gold and David Sullivan as he and his players headed back into the dressing room at St James’ Park, where he had a brief spell in charge earlier in his career. It said: “We would like to start by thanking Sam Allardyce for his valuable work since arriving at the Boleyn Ground four years ago. “He leaves the club in a considerably better state then when he arrived and, for that, the board are truly grateful. “However, we have made the decision not to renew his contract, so we now have the chance to appoint a new manager with a new philosophy to lead us into two of the most exciting years in our great club’s history. Press Association “Our target is to recruit a manager that will build a team capable of saying a fitting farewell to the Boleyn Ground next year and do justice to the outstanding surrounds we will call home from August 2016 (when the club moves to the Olympic Stadium in east London). “We have already been impressed with the quality of candidates that have expressed an interest in the role and fully expect to appoint a manager with the credentials to take this club on to new heights.” However, Allardyce insisted it was he who decided the time had come for a parting of the ways. He said: “I didn’t want to stay, no. I suppose you could say it’s mutual if they didn’t want to give me one anyway, so that’s a bit of tit-for-tat, isn’t it? “But it’s done, it’s dusted now, it’s settled and we both move on. West Ham have a big job appointing a new manager and moving forward now – I have the job of seeing the family for a change, because it’s a massive commitment. “As a manager, you just ignore your family 24/7 when you do this job, and it’s time for me to give the family a little bit of time and me to enjoy that time and see what comes in a few months’ time. “I thought it was time to leave, I thought it was the right time to leave. For me, four years is a long enough spell. “You don’t want to overstay your welcome and like I said, you have to commit your whole life to being a Premier League manager. “You are under scrutiny all the time and you have to be totally obsessed with the job to get it right, and particularly your family, you have to ignore that side. “They worry for you, they support you. They are down when you’re down, they’re up when you’re up, so it does become a bit of a strain on them, particularly your wife, so it’s time to have that break. “It’s leaving on a high for me – not a high today the way we performed in the second half – but leaving on a high, and walking away from a football club that has achieved so much in the last four seasons is something I am very proud of.” last_img read more

Heung-Min Son gives Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino food for thought

first_imgBoss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Heung-Min Son charmed his new Tottenham colleagues with Korean food ahead of his matchwinning display in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat of Crystal Palace. Son, signed towards the end of the summer transfer window for a reported £22million from Bayer Leverkusen, concluded a fine week by scoring the only goal of the game, in the 68th minute, to seal victory against Palace just four days after his first two goals for the club in their 3-1 Europa League win over FK Qarabag. His purpose and confidence had provided Tottenham’s biggest threat, at least until the introduction of substitute Christian Eriksen, though the manager will likely be concerned at Harry Kane’s latest struggles to score. “For us after playing Thursday in the Europa League it was a tough game but we played well and fully deserved the win,” Pochettino said. “Son scored twice in the week and now again, the performance was fantastic, the energy he showed was amazing and for that I think the supporters are very happy with him. “Son is a player that we followed for a long time, he can play No 9, 10, 7, 11, all different attacking positions, when you sign a player like this it is big. I’m happy because he scored three goals now in two victories and I’m very pleased with him. “Maybe you can’t see, he is a very friendly guy, after one week with the team he brought very good korean food to the training ground, and showed he is a humble, friendly guy. He also had some Japanese, Chinese. I had a big dish, I liked it a lot.” Concerns persist that Son will prove too lightweight to have a long-term future in English football but his desire and athleticism highlighted the qualities that would have tempted Pochettino, a manager whose preference is for a high-tempo, aggressively-pressing style of football, to bring him to White Hart Lane. “His character is to run a lot, I wanted to sign him because of his profile, he has energy, can press high with a high tempo,” the manager said. “The way we play, we dominated the game, more than 60 per cent of the ball, more chances than the opponent. I’m very pleased, we gave a big effort. The players showed very good energy after a tough game against Qarabag.” Pochettino’s visiting manager Alan Pardew, meanwhile, explained that his decision to substitute Wilfried Zaha at half-time, in place of Fraizer Campbell, was inspired by the forward’s lack of desire. “I didn’t think Wilf played very well to be honest,” he said. “The issue with Wilf is that he is a fabulous footballer. I am trying to get him to understand that every game, every moment in every game, is very, very important. “It is about concentration, and having that same desire, to defend, to attack, movement and everything, that top players produce. “He had 45 minutes to show me he was up to speed on all of those areas. And he wasn’t. So therefore he needs to take that away and be a lesson. “He’s not the first player, by any stretch of the imagination, who didn’t do their job. He was perhaps unlucky to be taken off, because one or two others were just below their level. But he was probably the worst of the pack.” Press Associationlast_img read more

MLK’s Niece Alveda King Reacts to Riots and Protests after George Floyd’s Death

first_imgThe niece of the great Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Evangelist Alveda King, Director of “Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life” joined 850WFTL News Director Karen Curtis and program director for our urban station X102.3 Don Williams to give A DIRE WARNING TO AMERICA: “Pray to Stop the Looting and the Shooting.”President Donald Trump greets Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)We asked her what would her uncle think of the mayhem? She said that her uncle believed that riots don’t develop out of thin air and that these violent protests are organized, planned and funded.Also she does not think the violent protesters are honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement or George Floyd by burning down cities and their own communities.MLK Jr. said rioting was the voice of the unheard and Alveda King said, “People of America, your voices are being heard. Now, let us come together in unity and faith and love and communicate, solve the problem; violence will not do that.” Listen to the full interview with Evangelist Alveda King here as she answers how we got here and where should be go from here. read more

VB : SU wants more consistency with Big East games ahead

first_img Published on September 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Last Friday, Syracuse let a two-set lead slip away against South Florida. It wasn’t the first time this season for the Orange, as it also blew a two-set advantage in a loss to Utah Valley earlier in the month.The inconsistent play is a cause for concern for SU, but the team has remained positive despite its up-and-down performances thus far this year.‘That was a good game (against Utah Valley) for us because it showed us a lot that we need to work on, but at the same time it showed a lot of good things that we did in those first two sets,’ senior Ashley Williams said.Inconsistency has plagued a young SU team so far this season as seen by both dominant and disappointing stretches within individual games. Part of the Orange’s uneven play is the result of a young roster featuring nine freshmen. The young players have showcased their talent and potential throughout the season, but have also showed their inexperience during key points in matches.SU hopes that consistency will come with more experience in games and during drills at practice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough the Orange has given up early leads, it has also displayed the ability to come back in matches. When playing from behind, the team has played with a sense of urgency.In the Big Orange Tournament to open the season, the Orange faced Youngstown State and dropped the first two sets to the Penguins before rallying back to win three straight sets and the match.‘That’s the other side of the story,’ senior Noemie Lefebvre said. ‘I think we showed resiliency, and we were able to come back into a game.’The comeback against Youngstown State was also by far Ying Shen’s best performance of the season. The freshman had eight kills in the final three sets as well as a pair of aces.And while the outside hitter has had success since, she hasn’t consistently cracked the starting lineup. As well as she has played in some games, she has also struggled to find her comfort zone.But Syracuse doesn’t fear that the inconsistency from the freshmen is rooted in the early success. Orange veterans are insistent that the success hasn’t gone to some of the younger players’ heads.‘I don’t think they’re really overconfident,’ Williams said. ‘I think they’re still adjusting to our play. We’re trying to make everybody jell together as a team.’SU still hopes that a tougher nonconference slate than a year ago will straighten out some of the inconsistencies that plagued the team in Big East play last season.‘We played a few bigger games this year during preseason,’ sophomore Lindsay McCabe said, ‘so I think that was good to get them used to playing.’But it hasn’t seemed to help in the two games since Big East play began. A pair of disappointing losses has Syracuse back at square one and in position to disappoint in a similar fashion as last season.Much of the inconsistency has come from mental errors. SU committed 15 errors in the final two sets, allowing USF to beat the Orange at home. But the team doesn’t blame its loss to USF on its own errors.And those mental errors can often be straightened out through repetition. The Orange will be focusing on its mental toughness before its next set of games.‘I think we can just learn,’ freshman Nicolette Serratore said. ‘Going into other games we’re going to know that we need to put in the same intensity for every single point.’A quick fix for Syracuse is to keep things simple. In the second set against South Florida, the Orange rallied from a 10-3 deficit to win the set 25-22. Stretches like that prove the potential SU has this season.And if it can play like that on a consistent basis, a repeat of last season’s second-half collapse isn’t something Syracuse will have to worry about.‘We’re just talking to them on what’s working for us,’ assistant coach Kelly Morrisroe said. ‘We are constantly talking to them about just staying focused. … We just want to do what we do and do the simple things well.’‘If we can capitalize on the simple things, we’re going to win a lot of matches.’dbwilson@syr.edulast_img read more

When No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy stymied St. John’s comeback attempts

first_imgNEW YORK — As Syracuse’s offense fell into its worst state of the season and SU’s early lead dissipated with every St. John’s possession in frigid temperatures, the Orange’s staple in net provided much-needed relief. Only two SU goals in the second and third quarters placed an extra reliance on Evan Molloy in goal.When St. John’s won back-to-back faceoffs, fired back-to-back shots or set a series of screens, Molloy was there. When SJU reeled off a few long possessions or recovered a rebound in front of the goal, Molloy was there to make big stops. On Saturday, in a 9-8 victory over St. John’s, Molloy rescued a fledgling SU defense that’s struggled to stop even impotent offenses.Molloy entered Saturday with a 50 percent save percentage, right in the middle of the NCAA leaderboard. But the saves he does have this season — those down the stretch against then-No. 9 Virginia last Saturday and a handful this week — have enabled the Orange to stick around and either stage a comeback or avoid a near upset. The 2016 ACC Tournament MVP spearheaded the Syracuse defense Saturday afternoon in the No. 6 Orange’s (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) win over SJU (1-5) at DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens.“In the fourth quarter I stepped up a little bit,” Molloy said, “and made the saves I had to.”The Red Storm entered Saturday 63rd among 69 NCAA teams in scoring offense (7.4 goals per game). Though SJU fell down 5-0 early and committed 15 turnovers, the Red Storm hung around with Syracuse from quarters two through four, outscoring SU 7-4 over that stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTemperatures hovered in the 20s, with 19 mile-per-hour winds and a real-feel of about 12 degrees. Nick Mariano, Brendan Bomberry and Brad Voigt scored two goals apiece to lead Syracuse to victory one week before its annual showdown at No. 7 Johns Hopkins, a game during which SU will likely need a third straight valiant effort from Molloy.The redshirt senior is 11-3 as starting goalie since he earned the starting job only midway through last season. On Saturday, he picked up a ground ball, caused a turnover and saved nine shots. St. John’s tallied 37 total shots, none better than its last score.With 53 seconds on the clock, SJU pulled the game within one score. A pair of players shielded Molloy’s vision and the shot came low and away on the right-handed Molloy, who had to twist his stick to his left. The ball sizzled to the low pipe. For the fourth consecutive game, SU and its opponent traded goals and stayed near-even up until the buzzer sounded.“There’s not a lot you can do with a shot like that,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.Molloy’s nine total saves is two fewer than St. John’s and three off his season high (Virginia, 12), but nearly each of his saves Saturday came on an open shot from fewer than 12 yards out. SJU’s screens in front of the goal, fast style of play and attack-centered offense did not relent.In the first half, Molloy made a save but gave up the rebound. An SJU player recovered before a swooping Marcus Cunningham and Scott Firman took the ball. One ran into the other amid a scrum. As the ball popped out, Molloy already headed out of the goal to start the clear. An SJU attack picked up the loose ball and let off a quick shot. Molloy laid out to make the save.“He’s a good quarterback, barking out the defense,” Desko said. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence. He sees the ball well. He’s been playing well all year long.”In Syracuse’s only loss of 2017, a 14-13 stunner against Army two weeks ago, Molloy allowed all 14 goals. One of which came as the game-winner from a right-hander going to his weak side. The same happened on Saturday. To get on the board and end SU’s 5-0 streak, a righty darted left and fired a ball past Molloy’s stick.In the second quarter, during which St. John’s tallied 17 shots and three goals, Molloy turned the ball over. Later, he threw a weak outlet pass that led to a turnover and score.“There are times when we have lapses,” Molloy said. “I’m definitely guilty as well.”But when No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy blocked St. John’s comeback attempts. SU avoided an upset against a team it hasn’t lost to in 11 tries since the series began in 1990, and that’s largely credit to Molloy’s play in the cage. He saved three shots in the final minutes to stymie St. John’s last-second rally.“The goalie’s the hardest position in what the weather can issue,” said senior attack Jordan Evans, who had one goal and one assist. “Standing there in the cold and trying to make quick movements and quick saves? It’s a difficult task. He made some great saves when we needed it.” Comments Published on March 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Daniels: MLS is here to stay

first_imgWhen soccer icon David Beckham decided to take his talents elsewhere this past offseason – leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer for Paris Saint-Germain in France – many loyal MLS fans feared the worst.And this fear was certainly justified.In six seasons with the Galaxy, David Beckham had a tremendous impact on the state of soccer in the United States.Since his first game in 2007, the MLS has added five teams, while also increasing the average attendance at an MLS game by 3,000 fans. Teams that were lucky enough to schedule a game against Beckham and Co. in his five-year stint in America were likely to experience the benefits of the “Beckham bump,” which was a rise in attendance at games just to see him play.But that was then.Although it’s still considered a fringe sport in the United States, just outside of the big four – basketball, football, baseball and hockey – soccer has slowly but surely found its niche since MLS’s origins in the early 1990s.However, without its poster boy to advertise across the country, American soccer seemed poised for an identity crisis when the red carpet was rolled out for opening weekend in the MLS March 2 and 3.While teams continued to bring in new talent, none of the names were on the same level as Beckham’s – a name that is estimated will sell 22.7 million dollars worth of jerseys in his one-year contract with the Paris-based team – and so it seemed the MLS might fade back into the sports shadows without a new player to take the torch.But when the curtain was lifted for the opening act of MLS, and America’s best soccer was put on display Saturday, those who predicted an early exit stage left for the league could not have been more wrong.Of the season’s opening nine games, five of them finished with an attendance above the 2012 average of 18,807, two matched it, and only two fell below it. Leading the way Saturday was a raucous 38,998 crowd at hand for the Seattle Sounders’ first home game against Montreal.This begs the question: What has changed?The answer to that question is certainly not a simple one, as there are many factors that play a role in a league’s success, but the underlying factor contributing to continued growth for MLS soccer seems to be the direct result of a changing culture around the sport in the U.S.Like never before, the league has developed a sense of pride, a sense of camaraderie among its fans, spurred on largely by the MLS’ ability to market the league more effectively than in past seasons.I have seen this pride firsthand.Not long ago, after writing a column that lightly chastised the league and predicted MLS had reached its peak importance in America, my inbox was inundated with emails and comments from MLS fans across the country telling me I was wrong – some of the comments even longer than my column itself.While I brushed it off at the time as a few crazy fans too prideful to recognize a stagnant league when they saw one, I now see that they were the rule, not the exception.The MLS is here to stay, and the league itself has played a critical role in the successful branding of the fledgling league, especially heading into a 2013 season without the Beckham brand to help it out.While league games have typically been scheduled throughout the week in past seasons, the MLS made a move this season to host over 90 percent of its games on the weekends; the majority of those games have start times between the primetime hours of 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., which will make the league easier to follow than ever before.Even more importantly, the MLS has finally realized the tremendous power that rivalries hold in the world of sports.If there is one thing sports fans love more than cheering for their own team, it is cheering against the villains they despise.With the development of league rivalries over the last few years, such as Seattle, Portland and Vancouver in the annual Cascadia Cup and the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA (also based in Los Angeles), the league has decided to take a play out of college basketball’s playbook by creating “rivalry week,” which is scheduled to take place March 16.The chance to watch bitter rivals face off all in one day is enough to make a diehard soccer fan’s mouth water, and is sure to draw in a few casual sports fans along the way.In essence, the MLS has proved it is not about the players. After all, they will come and go.Instead, it is the fans who determine whether or not a league is successful.Now that the MLS understands that, the sky is the limit.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Think he is wrong? MLS doesn’t stand a chance unless it brings in better talent? Let him know at or send him a tweet @np_daniels.last_img read more

PL on Citi: Jorginho, Abraham lead Chelsea comeback win over Arsenal

first_imgGETTY IMAGES – GETTY Aubameyang gave the Gunners a deserved lead The Gunners pulled the Blues apart at will, with Emerson particularly enduring a torrid time on the left.That the home side took the lead came as no surprise. Chambers nodded a corner across goal and Emerson switched off entirely, allowing Aubameyang to ghost behind him and make it 1-0 after 13 minutes.Just when Arsenal started eyeing victory however, Chelsea turned the tables. GETTY IMAGES – GETTY4Leno’s howler gifted Chelsea their equaliserThe Blues, who did improve after the break, were forced to change the system entirely and even introduce 19-year-old Tariq Lamptey for his first-team debut, making their victory all the more remarkable.Frank Lampard will wonder how his side didn’t suffer a sixth defeat in eight matches, while Arteta will question how on earth he is winless in his opening two matches.Arsenal ripped into a disorganised and disoriented Chelsea from the off. Chelsea completed a stunning late turnaround to beat Arsenal 2-1 despite being outplayed for much of the match.New Gunners boss Mikel Arteta looked set to take an impressive victory from his first home match in charge before a Bernd Leno howler gifted Jorginho an 83rd-minute equaliser. GETTY IMAGES – GETTYAbraham scored a dramatic winnerAnd things went from bad to worse four minutes later as the Blues caught Arsenal on the break and snatched all three points thanks to a smart turn and finish from Tammy Abraham.It seemed impossible after Chelsea were blown away by a resurgent Arsenal, who were electric inside the opening 30 minutes.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stooped low to head the hosts in front on 13 minutes and the Gunners dominated for large parts of the game thereafter.center_img Arteta will be left scratching his headLeno misjudged Chelsea’s free-kick to miss the ball entirely and gift Jorginho a tap-in.Both Arteta and his keeper had their heads in their hands from that clanger, but the misery was only just beginning.Chelsea broke at pace, with Abraham and Willian linking up before the England striker conjured a decisive finish. Source: TalkSport Tags: ArsenalChelseaPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Why Bellator 214 is the last stand for Fedor Emelianenko

first_imgAfter losing by controversial doctor’s stoppage against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in December 2000, Emelianenko (38-5, one no contest) went on a nine-year unbeaten streak where he accumulated a record of 27-0-1 from April 2001 until June 2010. During the run, Emelianenko defeated four former UFC champions, one Pride champion, one former and two future K-1 champions and two Olympic medalists with 21 of those wins coming via stoppage. Emelianenko also won the Pride heavyweight championship and held onto it from March 2003 until the company folded in 2007. This unbelievable streak came to end when former UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum submitted Emelianenko in the first round. It’s been a bit of struggle for Emelianenko since then, going 7-3. “The Last Emperor” gets another shot at gold on Saturday in the main event at Bellator 214 when he faces off with light heavyweight titleholder Ryan Bader in the finals of the heavyweight grand prix with the winner emerging as the champion. For Bader, his career will continue on after Bellator 214. For Emelianenko, this is very likely his last stand.MORE: Join DAZN and watch Bellator 214Although he never competed in the UFC, it’s hard to take anything away from Emelianenko’s stellar career, which saw him dominate the best heavyweights of his era. There will always be questions regarding what would have happened if Fedor competed in the UFC. Once Pride folded, the UFC had the cream of the crop in the heavyweight division. Who wouldn’t have wanted to see Emelianenko taking on the likes of Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture and Cain Velasquez? Unfortunately, the two sides could never come to an agreement, which left the legacy of Fedor with a massive question mark.  We have heard the stories about meetings on a secluded island, record-breaking contract offers, Emelianenko not liking how UFC president Dana White treated his fighters and not wanting to co-promote with his M-1 Global promotion. The truth likely lays somewhere in the middle on what really happened.Emelianenko has struggled since he turned down the overtures from White. Some of that has to do with Fedor facing stiff competition with Fabricio Werdum, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Dan Henderson handing The Last Emperor losses. Another factor was Father Time, who had its way with Fedor along with the wear and tear he accumulated in wars against the likes of Mirko Crop and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (three times) during his time in Pride. Emelinenko is 42-years-old and isn’t getting any getting younger.All of the setbacks haven’t prevented Emelianenko from becoming a mega-star in the United States. He still receives a hero’s welcome whenever his image is shown at an event he’s attending or when he makes the walk to the cage before a fight. And it will be no different when he takes on Bader at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bader (26-5) is a heavy favorite heading into the fight and rightfully so. He’s 10-1 in his past 11 fights and made it look easy in the process. A win makes “Darth” the first fighter in Bellator history to hold two belts simultaneously. Bellator 214 should signal the end of one of the most storied careers in mixed martial arts. Emelianenko can go out like John Elway and Peyton Manning in winning a championship in one of his final performances. However, a loss would also signify there’s nothing left to do. He has accomplished all that he could in his career while earning enough money to last him for a couple of lifetimes.  Win, lose or draw when Emelianenko is sitting in his locker room and getting dressed after Bellator 214, he should grab his white cowboy hat, walk out of the arena, get on the white horse and ride off into the sunset without looking back. On May 21, 2000, Fedor Emelianenko competed in his first MMA bout, defeating Martin Lazarov by first-round submission at Rings Russia: Russia vs. Bulgaria. No one knew what to expect from the stoic looking individual from Stary Oskol, Russia coming out of that bout. But what the world ended up getting is arguably the greatest heavyweight in the history of mixed martial arts.  He truly has nothing left to prove.last_img read more