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Golovkin said he might watch the replay of Mayweather-McGregor this week, but didn’t seem terribly interested. Alvarez, who took his only career defeat against Mayweather in 2013, said he ordered the pay-per-view, but “to see a show, not a fight. I knew what I was getting.”“We weren’t negative on that event,” Loeffler added. “We just made it clear that this is the real boxing match, and that was a spectacle. It was the most popular MMA fighter against the most popular boxer. … You shouldn’t sell it as a real, competitive fight. But we were happy that it wasn’t a disaster to where people would be down on buying this fight.”Although Loeffler praises McGregor’s showmanship and MMA skills, he likened the matchup to Muhammad Ali’s infamous 1976 fight with Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki.“It was really more of an exhibition,” Loeffler said. “It wasn’t really a boxing match.”But don’t mistake Loeffler for an Oscar-style hater. He thinks the long-term benefits of that short-term curiosity outweigh the drawbacks.“The more boxing exposure we can get for the sport in general, the more fights that can be made,” Loeffler said. “It brought (boxing) to the mainstream. It got a lot of attention that many other events never have a chance of getting. But I really think (Alvarez-Golovkin) is the highlight of boxing for this year.” But now that Mayweather’s farewell victory over the UFC champion went off without a major embarrassment for boxing, De La Hoya and fellow promoter Tom Loeffler hope their upcoming megafight between Saul Alvarez and Golovkin will be carried to new heights by a surge of interest created by the spectacle of the summer.If you liked Floyd and Conor, they think you’re going to love Canelo and Triple G.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGolovkin meets Alvarez on Sept. 16 in the same Las Vegas arena where Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round last Saturday. The result was no surprise to De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez, or to Loeffler, who guides Golovkin’s career.“We were all pretty convinced that Floyd would win,” Loeffler said. “We were just hoping that it wouldn’t be a disaster where people were going to say, ‘We’re never going to buy another pay-per-view.’” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Boxer Canelo Alvarez works out as he hosts an open-to-the-public media workout at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is a 12-round box fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Oscar De La Hoya had no desire to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s victory over Conor McGregor last weekend. Neither did middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who smirked at the idea of taking the time away from his family.“I just thought it was a fraud, and I still think it’s a fraud,” De La Hoya said Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ray Allen visits Manila MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Loeffler and De La Hoya are both grateful that most casual sports fans seemed to enjoy Mayweather’s 10th-round stoppage victory: The unusual fight appeared to be competitive, and it largely entertained people who don’t watch every big fight.And if those casual fans now want to see the best that boxing has to offer, De La Hoya and Loeffler are selling Mexico’s biggest star against an unbeaten Kazakh knockout artist for four middleweight title belts.“I’m glad that so many people bought the fight so they can see what boxing is all about, and what boxing is all about is September 16th with Canelo and Triple G,” De La Hoya said.De La Hoya sent out a furious, profane tweet to his 1.8 million followers one day before the bout, declaring that Mayweather and McGregor were “disrespecting the sport of boxing.” De La Hoya didn’t back down from that opinion during public workouts in downtown Los Angeles for Alvarez and Golovkin, who attracted well over 1,000 fans standing in 90-degree downtown Los Angeles heat for four hours.“Only Mayweather knows, why it lasted 10 rounds,” said De La Hoya, who lost a close fight to Mayweather in 2007. “Obviously, Mayweather is not the biggest puncher in the game. If there was a Canelo in there, obviously it would last one round.”ADVERTISEMENT
The Academy of Country Music has announced the partners, activities and special events taking place during the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a two-day outdoor music festival headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5.The festival will be the first-ever special event held at the The LINQ in Las Vegas and will transform into a country music fan’s paradise featuring multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more including the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event, ACM Expo Marketplace presented by Roper, Coors Light Beer Garden, Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience, Firestone’s Destination Country Tour, RAM Ride and Drive and many more.“We are thrilled to partner with some of America’s most recognized brands in order to create a dynamic, interactive experience for our fans,” said Teresa George, Senior Vice President, Brand Integration and Strategic Partnerships for the Academy of Country Music. “Each brand’s participation is pivotal in making The Week Vegas Goes Country one of the most exciting weeks in Las Vegas!”The 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival is part of The Week Vegas Goes Country leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Two-day passes for the ACM Party for a Cause® Festival headlined by Rascal Flatts on Friday and Keith Urban on Saturday are available for $65 and one-day tickets are available for $45 at www.ticketmaster.com.Other performers include Danielle Bradbery, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and The Cadillac Three plus Will Hoge, Chase Rice and Charlie Worsham on Friday night and Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young, Love and Theft and Parmalee plus Joel Crouse, Jon Pardi, Leah Turner, Austin Webb, Dan + Shay, and Max Impact, the premier rock band of the United States Air Force, on Saturday night.A free open-to-the-public concert event, ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull, will officially kick off the Week Vegas Goes Country on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at The LINQ and serve as a preview to the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival. The event will be headlined by Hunter Hayes and feature performances by David Nail, Cole Swindell and Sasha McVeigh.For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMAwards.com. The event benefits ACM Lifting Lives.
All newsletters See more college football predictions Oh, and don’t forgetKasparov with the jokes We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeOhtani narrows it to sevenJapanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his search for a MLB team down to seven, with New York and Boston notably absent from the list. Right now Ohtani looks to be 20 percent higher than the league average in ERA and on-base-plus-slugging, which is nuts. Only a few dozen players each year beat the 20 percent above average benchmark in either stat, it’d be crazy to hit both. [FiveThirtyEight]Russia’s bannedRussia was banned from competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in light of the complex doping regime the nation operated throughout the Sochi games. So far 11 medals have been stripped from Russians. But with the nation out of the 2018 games, it’s worth looking at which nations may stand to gain. Had Russia not competed in Sochi, and its 33 medals been reallocated, China would have left with five more, Norway four, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the U.S. three. [FiveThirtyEight]African players making gains in the NFLNative-born and first-generation African players are all over the NFL, with 30 teams having at least one African on their roster. Cleveland has the league high, with B.J. Bello, David Njoku, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, and Victor Salako. African players have been making steady gains in the NFL since Howard Simon Mwikuta played for the Cowboys in a 1970 preseason game, and players who have returned home to start development programs have accelerated that progress. [The Undefeated]A Jonas testifies in soccer corruption trialKevin Jonas, one of the Jonas Brothers, testified in Brooklyn that yes, he had gone to a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires in 2010. The circumstances surrounding the testimony have to do with the trial of Juan Angel Napout for money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. Napout allegedly used his FIFA influence to score tickets to that concert. His lawyers refused to concede there even was a Paul McCartney concert, so prosecutors called on a celeb to solve the problem. Soccer is weird. [Vice Sports]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?LeBron remains the bestLeBron James remains as good as ever, notching career highs in true shooting percentage, three point percentage, assist percentage, block percentage, and the second highest free throw percentage of his career. While his defense is slightly off his peak performance, James hasn’t really missed much of a step. [FiveThirtyEight]They did it!The New York Giants are cleaning house, firing GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo after a disastrous season. The team is in the capable hands of defensive coordinator, a man who is 10-38 as a head coach. [NorthJersey.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number284 kgCongratulations to Sarah Robles, who won the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, becoming the first U.S. woman to take gold since 1994. Robles lifted 126 kg in the snatch and 158 kg in the clean and jerk (three kilograms shy of the record) for a total of 284 kilograms. [Team USA]Leaks from Slack: emily : See more NBA predictions College Football emily :!! that means the two biggest buildings at nike HQ will be named after Serena Williams and Mia Hamm. hell yeah !!(also cause I guess the new big WHQ buildings are getting athlete names.. so the whole “She’s the only one!!!” isn’t exactly true)Predictions NFL NBA See more NFL predictions
INDIANAPOLIS — The Purdue Boilermakers upset top-seeded Ohio State in the 2017 Big Ten women’s basketball tournament. Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports Director
When the Buckeyes step into Gentile Arena in Chicago on Saturday and senior outside hitter Mik Berzins looks at the opposing team’s bench, he will see two people he knows quite well. “I’ve grown accustomed to playing my brothers over at Loyola,” he said. “It’s a good rivalry.” Berzins’ brothers, Kris and Dainis, have made the family name synonymous with volleyball at Loyola University Chicago, just as their father paved the way for Mik at Ohio State. The tradition begins with OSU Hall of Famer, Aldis Berzins. The Olympic gold medalist and former outside hitter led the Buckeyes to four Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships and four NCAA Final Four appearances between 1975 and 1978. Like father, like sons. Kris, Mik and Dainis have played at the outside hitter position and have made strides within their respective programs. Even the youngest Berzins, sophomore Dainis, started in 21 sets last year and tallied 113 kills, according to Loyola’s athletic website. “We all really support each other and want to have the other one do well,” Mik said. “I’m not going to cheer whenever Dainis gets a kill, but I wish him the best.” Former all-American Kris Berzins amassed more than 1,000 kills and 500 digs in his career with the Ramblers, one of only seven players in school history to do so. After a year on the professional circuit in Austria, Kris returned to Chicago as an assistant coach for the 2012 season. Ramblers’ coach Shane Davis said he tried to recruit Mik, too. “I thought we had him,” Davis said. “He took another look at Ohio State unfortunately, but we definitely wanted him.” Mik said he chose OSU over Loyola because he could see himself succeeding in the versatile program. “I came in as a libero, and I got the opportunity this year, and a little bit last year, to play some outside hitter,” he said. “Ohio State was the best place for me to go.” Mik has helped propel the Buckeyes to an 11-4 record with 120 kills, 10 service aces and a 0.928 serve percentage so far this season. He also has the most career digs in school history with 787. OSU’s coach Pete Hanson describes Mik as a passer, defender and server, but not one to be distracted by the family feud that awaits him this weekend. “Mik does a great job for us,” Hanson said. “He’ll be in a good frame of mind in terms of Ohio State volleyball.” The Buckeyes are 28-13 on the series against conference rival Loyola, and are on a five-match winning streak. The No. 14-ranked Ramblers have fared better at home, however, with a 9-7 record against OSU there. Davis, who shared the MIVA Coach of the Year award with Hanson in 2010, said that he is most looking forward to “all the hype” surrounding the match. “The two teams, we have a lot of history together,” he said. The trio from Brinklow, Md., will reunite Saturday after OSU makes a stop in Romeoville, Ill., to face No. 7-ranked Lewis on Thursday. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.
Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) stands up after catching a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter in the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOver the past two games, no Ohio State wide receiver has demonstrated as much potential as sophomore wideout Binjimen Victor.With six catches for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Victor is quickly showing why coaches have praised the 6-foot-4 wideout, as demonstrated Tuesday afternoon by head coach Urban Meyer’s comparison between Victor and former Ohio State wideouts Michael Thomas and Cris Carter.Though he got off to a slow start to the year, Victor has shown why the Thomas and Carter comparisons are warranted as he has now added the weight needed to fulfill the various responsibilities of a wide receiver in Meyer’s offense, while also putting on display his ability to make leaping, athletic catches over cornerbacks and serve as a red-zone target for quarterback J.T. Barrett.Barrett, who has been the starting quarterback during both the tenures of Thomas and Victor, said Victor has something Thomas lacked: early opportunity.After both were used sparingly as freshmen, Thomas redshirted his second season in Columbus whereas Victor is listed as a starter and has begun to flourish.Though Victor is still far from being the true No. 1 wideout Thomas developed into, Barrett said he believes Victor has that potential if he continues to develop physically.“He’s a taller guy and [strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti has] been pushing him in the weight room,” Barrett said. “So make sure he’s physical in that aspect. But I think he’s coming along well.”Out of high school, Victor weighed only 170 pounds. Victor’s height has always given him the potential to be the red-zone, jump-ball target Barrett needed, but his weight limited his usefulness on the field. Meyer has often discussed the importance of being physical enough to block at receiver in order to see extended playing time.Two years since arriving in Columbus, Victor has bulked up to 195 pounds — though he still remains lanky. Victor said his increased size has led to an ability to fulfill the blocking requirement for Meyer’s receivers, aiding him in his quest to see more playing time.“Here you have to block to play receiver and also play special teams,” Victor said. “So offseason I try to work on getting stronger, getting bigger as well, so when it comes to blocking, I can be blocking from my slots and perimeter running.”The ability to block might have been what put him on the field, but he is far from the blocker several other receivers, like redshirt junior Terry McLaurin and sophomore Austin Mack, are currently. What separates Victor from everyone else is his height, which causes problems for the typically smaller cornerbacks because there is rarely a pass Victor can’t get his hands on.Victor said the trust Barrett has in him to come down with the catches stems from chemistry the two have built up over the spring, summer and into the fall.“You’ve got to trust in your quarterback to give you a chance on that 50/50 ball and using my height to my ability to go make a play,” Victor said. “It comes easy because you know we work on it throughout the week and come game time, we’ve got to make it happen.”That trust works both ways between quarterback and wide receiver. Just as Victor said he counts on Barrett to give him a chance, Barrett said Victor’s size gives him much more room for error on passes, making him a more comfortable target.“I think with Ben, I guess not necessarily be as accurate with his wingspan being so wide. He helps you out a lot,” Barrett said.Throw in the size and added confidence Victor has picked up from his recent successes and involvement in the offense, and Barrett said he has a guy he can continue to count on throughout the season. Having limited usefulness and thus a limited role in the offense last season diminished the confidence Victor possessed in his game, Barrett said. The three-time team captain said he now sees a receiver who believes in his own ability to make plays for the team.“Last year, he would be timid at times, and with that wouldn’t be open. And I see now he’s being more confident,” Barrett said. “Even when a guy is hanging onto him, he’s able to go up there and grab the football … So I think there’s something that has been really good for him just being more confident in what he’s doing being that this is his second year.”Though Victor no longer lacks confidence, the potential dynamic playmaker said he has more left to give the Buckeyes. As Meyer said, Victor believes he still has yet to scratch the surface.“I have a lot to work on. I’m not where I need to be right now,” Victor said. “I feel like I can become [that well-rounded receiver], so I can make this offense and help my teammates get better on it.”
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp says Chelsea transfer target Abdoulaye Doucoure is also linked with a potential move to Tottenham.The Watford midfielder has enjoyed an impressive campaign for the Hornets, netting nine times, that has seen him linked with a move away this month.“Of course your head will be turned,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports via Daily Star.“He might look at it as his big opportunity as a player.“This is no disrespect to Watford who have had a brilliant season.“But these opportunities don’t come around very often.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“If Chelsea were to make a late bid for you, of course, you’d want to take it.“Financially to go and play for one of the best clubs, Champions League football, obviously not at Chelsea, but Champions League football would be a pull as well.“I heard about Tottenham as well maybe being mentioned for him.“He is a real talent, I really like him.“It’s hard sometimes to turn down these moves when they come along.”
Map of LakshimpurBNP leader Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie alleged activists of ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has attacked his residence in Lakshmipur district.BCL men on Wednesday afternoon attacked his residence at Godown Road in the town, he added.BCL, however, denied the allegation and said the attack was carried out by BNP men over the factional clash.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader said several hundred BCL activists led by district unit general secretary Ziaul Karim Nishan attacked Annie’s house while the local BNP leaders were holding a views-change meeting there.Annie, the central publicity secretary of BNP, was not present at that time. Annie told Prothom Alo, “They vandalised 10 motor bikes, smashed the windows and doors, and ransacked the chairs of the house.”Denying the allegation, BCL general secretary Nishan said, “I have heard they fought within the party over their factional feuds. Now they are trying to blame the BCL out of their political vengeance.”Lakshmipur sadar model police station’s officer-in-charge Mohammad Lokman Hossain said, “The attackers had fled the scene before police reached there.”No complaint was filed in connection with the matter, he added.
trainA passenger train smashed into a truck at a level crossing in South Africa on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, injuring 180 and throwing several carriages off the rails.Flames ripped through the twisted wreckage and choking black smoke rose into the air as desperate passengers clambered out of the train to escape the inferno.Rescuers rushed to the scene to search for survivors and treat the injured. Officials warned the toll could rise as operations continued to clear the crash site.”Police are investigating. The truck driver was taking chances… that cost lots of lives,” Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi told reporters at the scene.”The truck driver has been taken to hospital where we are going to do a blood test to verify if he was sober or not, or what was the problem.”The Shosholoza Meyl rail company, which operates long-distance trains in South Africa, said the train travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg collided with the truck at about 09:00 am (0700 GMT).- Fierce fire -It said in a statement that the truck had made an “untimely” crossing of the tracks when it was hit by a train at high speed, between the towns of Hennenman and Kroonstad, 200 kilometres (125 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.One of the derailed carriages was the power generator — the car, sitting behind the locomotive, that provides power to the rest of the train. The car caught fire and the flames spread rapidly.Shosholoza Meyl said there were 429 passengers on board, though Maswanganyi put the number at 730.”The death toll has increased to 14,” provincial government health spokesman Mondli Mvambi told AFP, adding that at least 180 people had been injured — two of them critically.”It is feared that they could find more bodies as the search, recovery and rescue work is ongoing.”The number of injury reports also varied widely in the immediate aftermath of the crash.”We still have to lift the carriages to see to whether there are any other people that are still trapped there or not. We still don’t know what is underneath,” said one railway official at the accident site, promising a full investigation.Some victims were treated on a strip of grass beside the railway line while others were taken to hospital. Uninjured passengers waited on a nearby road, some of them carrying their luggage.The New Year is a busy period for transport in South Africa, with railways and roads carrying passengers returning to work after the holidays.
Map of NoakhaliBNP leaders and activists allegedly hacked six people including an on-duty presiding office and snatched away election martial including ballots form a polling station at Natershwaor in Sonaimuri Upazila of Noakhali on Saturday night.Among the injured, one is identified as presiding officer Mahmudul Hasan, the upazila family planning officer.The incident took place at Nateswar union’s Maddhya Nateswar Ebtedayii Nurani Madrasa polling centre around 10:30pm, said Elias Faruque, superintendent of Noakhali police.On information, a team from Sonaimuri police station rushed in and fired several rounds of gunshots on the air to disperse the attackers, he said.Police were conducting drives to recover the election materials till filling of this report around 00:30am, said the police super.After rescuing four injured including Mahmudul, police took them to Noakhali General Hospital.Meanwhile, Mahmudul was sent to Dhaka by an ambulance as his condition was critical, he said.
Convicted Giasuddin Al Mamun on the premises of Special Judge Court-3 in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: AsaduzzamanA Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun to seven years imprisonment in a money laundering case, reports UNB.Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of Special Judge Court-3 also fined him Tk 120 million in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).The ACC filed the case with capital’s Cantonment police station on 22 September 2011.Giasuddin Al Mamun was accused of laundering Tk 61.57 million between 2003 and 2006.Mamun is a close friend of Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting chairman Tarique Rahman.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy Stoke-on-Trent road will be shut for six hours tomorrow – while a ‘dangerous’ tree is removed. The A520 Weston Road will be closed in Weston Coyney from 9.30am until 3.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday July 31) while the tree is removed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. As a result of the work First Potteries, one of the main bus companies in the city, say they will be unable to serve bus stops on Weston Road between Weston Coyney lights and Main Street. A First Potteries spokesman said: “Service 6 will be diverting between 09:30-15:30 on Tuesday July 31 due to a dangerous tree being removed. The bus will divert by turning out of Brookwood Drive, turning left onto Weston Coyney Road. Taking the second right onto Carberry Way. Read MoreMotorbike stolen from outside house “Then right at the lake into Glandore Road. At the top of Glandore Road the bus will turn tight then go straight ahead at Weston Coyney lights then turning left onto Weldon Avenue and onto Main Street. “Bus will then continue along Main Street until turning onto Flint Street and following this until the end and turning right back into Main Street and resuming it’s usual route. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.
Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA motorcyclist who crashed at a busy roundabout on the A50 in Derbyshire said the new road surface. Mike Thompson suffered a fractured wrist after he fell off his moped at the Sawley Junction roundabout, just north of Castle Donington. Speaking to DerbyshireLive, StokeonTrentLive’s sister outlet, he said he still uses his Lexmoto 125cc moped, but the body work was damaged in the crash. He says he brought the moped for £1,600 from The Bike Shop, in Long Eaton, in January. Mr Thompson, who lives in the Allenton area of Derby, said: “It’s lethal, it is either the surface itself or the road markings which makes it slippery when damp. “Travelling at 10/15mph, I followed the lane markers past the Long Eaton turn following around the middle lane for Castle Donington. Next moment, the back wheel slipped, pulling the control of the moped from out of my grasp. “The moped went down to the ground with me on top. I was sliding towards the bridge and the bike stopped at the kerb. My bike’s body work was damaged. Read MoreTwo arrested after ‘racially aggravated assault’ on security guard at Staffordshire supermarket “After the crash my left wrist was aching, and I was feeling sick inside. I’ve got a displaced fracture in my left wrist, so I need to have a cast for next few weeks.” In warning other drivers to be careful, he said: “I’ve seen car drivers slide too! I really think they should have used an anti-slip surface. It seems all surrounding roads were dry, however not this. It was a very good job it wasn’t busy. “It is annoying because I am not the only one to experience issues at this spot, but I’m the one who got hurt and damage to my motorcycle. Work colleagues on motorbikes have had wheels slip here too.” Fellow biker Sean Annakin supports Mr Thompson’s concerns and says he nearly had an accident at the roundabout himself. Read MoreArrest after woman’s body found at house in Staffordshire Mr Annakin said: “I’ve experienced nearly having an accident there myself just turning left to exit onto the A50. “My front end kept tucking under while turning right around the roundabout. I thought this was odd, having to transfer all my weight to the left. I saved a crash with my knee and leg, it wasn’t easy. “I’d tell any motorcylists using this as a commute route in the morning to be very careful.” A Highways England spokesperson said: “Essential resurfacing work was carried out on the island on March 12. “The safety of road users is our primary concern and we would be keen to speak with Mr Thompson to find out more details as we look into the matter.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.