$45 million project would add two floors and 1,400 spaces without taxpayer costAt a press conference on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, Brian Searles, Director of Aviation at Burlington International Airport, unveiled plans for a major expansion to the airport s parking facilities. The need for additional parking at the airport has become acute, said Searles. Enplanements for Calendar Year 2008 were up 7.3% over 2007. In 2008, the existing garage was filled to capacity at least once nearly every day from February through October. Searles added that when the primary lot is full, vehicles must be moved to the Park & Shuttle location, or even to off-site temporary lots. The result is inconvenience to customers and lost revenue.To be completed in phases, the new project would ultimately add two floors and 1,400 parking spaces. The addition will also incorporate a variety of creative energy-efficiency features. The phases are scalable, depending on economic conditions. The full build-out cost for the project is estimated to be $45 million. To pay for the construction, the airport is asking Burlington to seek voter approval in March for a Revenue Supported General Obligation Bond.Searles added, It is critical to understand that this project will not result in any increase in Burlington area residents taxes. I can t stress that strongly enough. The project will produce sufficient revenue increase to repay the bond without raising taxes. Searles also noted that voter approval does not commit the city to actual sale of the bonds, nor to spending at any particular level.Source: Burlington International Airport
“It was very fast,” Ngannou said during his post-fight interview. “I didn’t even realize what happened.”WOW! @Francis_Ngannou gets it done in Arizona! #UFCPhoenix pic.twitter.com/xGF4ziuAZA— UFC (@ufc) February 18, 2019Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearVelasquez (14-3) didn’t waste too much time, as he came right at Ngannou and attempted a couple of head kicks that Ngannou was able to move out of the way of. Realizing that method didn’t work, Velasquez went for a takedown, but Ngannou made him pay with a short uppercut, which landed as Velasquez’s knee buckled simultaneously, as he screamed in agony. Seeing Velasquez in trouble, Ngannou (13-3) uncorked a series of hammerfists and the referee came in to stop the fight. After a shaky start to 2018 in a title loss to then-champion Stipe Miocic and to Derrick Lewis, the native of Cameroon has knocked out Curtis Blaydes and Velasquez in just 71 seconds in his last two fights.After his latest victory, Ngannou told reporters that UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier should try to avenge the loss of his teammate and friend, Velasquez.Velasquez told ESPN that it was a freak thing that happened to his knee, adding “we’ll see what happens” regarding his future.Here’s what happened at UFC Phoenix.UFC Phoenix resultsFrancis Ngannou blasts Cain Velasquez in 26 seconds11:53 p.m.: Ngannou def. Velasquez by knockout at 0:26 of the first round. Velasquez came out throwing a couple head kicks. Ngannou hit a glancing straight right hand to the forehead and a left hand behind the head. Velasquez tried for a takedown, but Ngannou stuffed it. Ngannou hit Velasquez with a short uppercut and almost simultaneously his left knee buckled from under him. Couple hammerfists from Ngannou and it was all over.11:43 p.m.: It is now time for the main event as former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez squares off with No. 3-ranked Francis Ngannou in heavyweight action. Velasquez (14-2) returns to the Octagon for the first time in 31 months due to having surgery to repair an issue where his spine was pinching his sciatic nerve, ongoing contract negotiations with the UFC and the birth of his son, Cain Jr. The 36-year-old last fought at UFC 200 in July 2016, where he blasted through Travis Browne inside one round.Coming into 2018, Ngannou (12-3) was getting ready to challenge Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight championship at UFC 220 in January 220. Many expected Ngannou to become the new sheriff of the division. However, Miocic had other ideas in mind and used his wrestling and constant pressure to stymie the native of Cameroon to win a lopsided decision. Then at UFC 226, Ngannou curled up into a shell and put on one of the worst showings in UFC history to lose a decision to Derrick Lewis. Not all was lost in 2018 for the 32-year-old when he steamrolled through Curtis Blaydes in November in just 45 seconds. If Velasquez can get past the first round, it’s his to lose as Ngannou’s cardio isn’t up to snuff.Paul Felder chops down James Vick in return to lightweight11:35 p.m.: Felder def. Vick by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). A systematic win for Felder, who was at a four-inch disadvantage. Instead of going punch for punch, Felder threw one vicious leg kick after another to nearly snap Vick’s left leg in two. Doing so allowed Felder to go upstairs and make Vick compete on just his left leg. That’s the best we have seen from Felder in a long time. If he continues to fight like that, a new contender can emerge at 155 pounds.11:10 p.m.: It is now time for the co-main event of UFC Phoenix, as No. 10-ranked James Vick takes on Paul Felder. Vick (13-2) had his four-fight winning streak snapped when he got knocked out by Justin Gaethje in 87 seconds back in August. Felder (15-4) returns to 155 pounds after a one-time trek to welterweight, losing by split-decision to Mike Perry at UFC 226.Should be a fun one. If you are looking for a grappling match, this won’t be for you.Cynthia Calvillo earns gritty decision win over Cortney Casey11:04 p.m.: Calvillo def. Casey by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). A tough victory for Calvillo and a fight that she needed to be in. Known for her submission and takedown prowess, Calvillo wasn’t able to get Casey to the mat. So, Calvillo bit down on her mouthpiece and went strike for strike to now win back-to-back fights. You learn a lot about fighters when their preferred method of competing doesn’t work. A lot of credit to Calvillo and one she will remember.10:35 p.m.: Now at UFC Phoenix, No. 11-ranked Cortney Casey battles No. 12-ranked Cynthia Calvillo in women’s strawweight action. Casey (8-6) has lost two of her last three, but did win in her last time out, winning a split-decision against Angela Hill. After losing the only fight of her career to Carla Esparza, Calvillo (7-1) bounced back with a first-round submision win over Poliana Botelho.Calvillo and Casey are action fighters, so don’t expect anything less here.Kron Gracie chokes out Alex Caceres to make successful UFC debut10:26 p.m.: Gracie def. Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:06 of the first round. Well that didn’t take Gracie long whatsoever. After stunning Caceres with a two-punch combination and getting him to the back of the cage, Gracie took Caceres’s back and threw him to the mat. You knew what was coming next, as Gracie immediately took the back, locked in the choke and Caceres tapped out instantly.Great way to introduce Gracie to a worldwide audience. If he can show striking like he did here then watch out. He doesn’t have to be Conor McGregor. Gracie just has to be good enough to help set up his takedowns, so he can grab a submission and go from there. The impressive win caught the attention of the biggest name in the sport. Enter the mix young son.Congratulations.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 18, 2019 10:17 p.m.: Coming up next at UFC Phoenix, Kron Gracie fights Alex Caceres in featherweight action. Gracie (4-0) comes from the famed Gracie family. He’s the youngest son of Rickson Gracie and grandson of Hélio Gracie. Caceres (14-11, one no-contest) has stumbled of late, having lost three of his last five.This is designed to be a setup fight to introduce Gracie on the big stage. Can Caceres come in and spoil the party?Vicente Luque knocks out Bryan Barberena in ‘fight of the year’ contender10:08 p.m.: Luque def. Barberena by knockout at 4:54 of the third round. An unbelievable fight that was non-stop action for 15 minutes and without a doubt the best fight of the year so far in 2019. After a fantastic standup battle in the first two rounds, we were treated to a scintillating third round as well. Luque and Barberena continued to trade the heavy leather until a right uppercut down the middle by Luque finally started to break the armor known as Barberena’s chin. Luque followed up with a right hand and a knee that sent Barberena crumbling to the mat. A series of short shots from Luque proved to be too much and the referee waved it off with six seconds remaining.Luque has now won eight of his last nine fights. Give these guys a bonus. They deserve it.9:56 p.m.: How are Luque and Barberena still standing? They stood there for four minutes and 55 seconds and just exchanged one punch after another. It took a knee by Luque with five seconds left in the second round to send Barberena down. What a fight!9:50 p.m.: What a first round! Luque and Barberena showed a little bit of everything. Luque delivered a series of heavy of strikes that Barberena just walked through like it wasn’t a big deal. Barberena went on to drop Luque with a straight left hand. Once on the mat, Luque reversed position and locked in a deep rear-naked choke. Somehow, Barberena escaped and reversed position at the end of the round to get on top of Luque and landed some heavy shots. Best round so far in 2019. 9:45 p.m.: Up next at UFC Phoenix, Vicente Luque faces Bryan Barberena in welterweight action. Luque (14-6-1) is on a great run having won seven of his last eight and winning all of those via stoppage. Like Luque, Barberena (14-5) is on a good streak as well, having won four of his last six and winning three by stoppage. Expect an all-action affair.Andre Fili wins kickboxing battle over Myles Jury9:37 p.m.: Fili def. Jury by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). The name of this fight was who could fight better on the feet and it was Fili. He popped the jab and there was nothing Jury could do it about it.Fili controlled the striking in the first round and busted up Jury’s nose. Jury started off the second round well by letting his hands loose. Fili quickly regained control by staying on the outside and popping the jab and continuing make blood gush from Jury’s nose. The round took a complete turn when Jury dropped Fili with a spinning back fist and blasted Fili with some ground-and- pound punches before the round came to a close. With the fight hanging in the balance in the third round, Fili went to back to what was working and kept pumping the jab to start his 2019 with a win.Don’t get why Jury was so tentative. When he let his hands go, he was effective. He’s in trouble, as he’s lost back-to-back fights in what is becoming a deep featherweight division.9:10 p.m.: Kicking off the main card of UFC Phoenix, Myles Jury and Andre Fili square off in featherweight action. Jury (17-3) looks to get back on the winning track after losing to Fili’s teammate at Team Alpha Male Chad Mendes in July at UFC Boise by first-round TKO. Fili (18-6) had a modest two-fight win streak broken when he lost a narrow split-decision to Michael Johnson in August. A good way to start the main card that features two guys who are evenly matched.9:00 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC Phoenix. Get the refreshments and don’t miss any of what should be an exciting night of action.UFC Phoenix undercard resultsAljamain Sterling def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); BantamweightManny Bermudez def. Benito Lopez via submission (D’Arce choke) at 3:09 of the first-round; BantamweightAndrea Lee def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); Women’s FlyweightNik Lentz def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); LightweightLuke Sanders def. Renan Barao via TKO at 1:01 of the first-round; BantamweightEmily Whitmire def. Aleksandra Albu via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:01 of the first-round; Women’s StrawweightUFC Phoenix fight cardMain cardFrancis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez; Heavyweight James Vick vs. Paul Felder; Lightweight Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo; Women’s Strawweight Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie; Featherweight Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena; Welterweight Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury; Featherweight Preliminary card UFC Phoenix had been centered around the return of former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who was coming back from a 31-month layoff from a due to back surgery and taking time off to spend with his family after the birth of his son last year. In front of a raucous crowd at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday night, his opponent, Francis Ngannou, strolled right in and crashed the party, knocking out Velasquez in 26 seconds. Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling; Bantamweight Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez; Bantamweight Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee; Women’s Flyweight Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz; Lightweight Renan Barão vs. Luke Sanders; Bantamweight Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire; Women’s Strawweight UFC Phoenix latest news – Francis Ngannou tells Sporting News the road back to challenging for the heavyweight title stars with Cain Velasquez.- After nearly being gone for almost three years, Velasquez explains to SN why this was the correct time and place to make his return.- Plenty of notable names are on UFC Phoenix. SN looks at Vicente Luque being the one to watch out for.
How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years SPURS HAPPY WITH USC PRODUCT METUHeaded into Wednesday night, Chimezie Metu had only logged 85 minutes of official game time. But the Spurs have seen how much time the former USC standout has been willing to commit first-hand.As Metu worked with resistance bands down the hallway, Popovich lauded his work ethic.“This is a good example. This is what he does,” he said. “He’s working like crazy. Before games, after games. He’s the first guy off the bench if we do something good in a game. Great teammate.”After three years as a springy standout forward for the Trojans, Metu was the 49th overall pick in the draft this summer. While it’s a steep upward climb for second-round picks to make it in the league. Popovich said Metu has gotten off to the right start.“Working on his game all the time, whether on this type of thing, or development-type things,” he said. “But always there first and last every practice.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“This group, if we continue to grow together and go through what teams go through,” he said, “and our young players continue to get better at the rate they have in their short NBA careers, absolutely.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Walton has been bullish about his young core, generally agreed upon as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. After James, they’re the next four leaders in minutes played for the Lakers this season, and they’re four of the team’s top six scorers.As the Lakers look to get back to championship-level play, all four have frequently been mentioned as potential trade chips in landing more established players. Walton said he’s “a big fan” of all of his current players, and tries to coach as if the roster he has now will be the roster for the conceivable future. Even though media coverage can sometimes be distracting to that end, he hopes they do, too.“Do they read? I’m sure they do. Since we’ve been here every single year, there’s articles and media talking about who’s going to be traded, who’s not going to be traded,” Walton said. “Sadly, they’re probably used to it already even though a couple of them have only been at it for a year or two. But that’s the world we live in and it’s something we talk about. We have to believe in each other and trust each other and not let outside influences get in the way of what we want to do.”Related Articles Walton also talked at Lakers shootaround about a Bleacher Report story that quoted several NBA stars, including Kevin Durant, who publicly questioned why another established star would want to play with James. The reasons given: James is ball-dominant, and his teammates are subject to more criticism by fans and media than average players. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers But citing James’ track record, which includes three championships across eight consecutive visits to the NBA Finals, Walton flipped the question around.“What I’ve known about being around him for these few months is he’s an incredible teammate,” Walton said. “He’s very unselfish. He’s won multiple championships with other superstars. … Again, I haven’t read the article so I can’t comment on that, but what you’re asking me. To me, the question is, why would you not want to play with LeBron? He’s a winner and he’s an incredible player and he’s unselfish.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who had the task of coaching against James on Wednesday night also chimed in – in his own way.“The only thing I would say is LeBron seems to have a positive influence,” he said curtly, “whatever team he plays on.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed EL SEGUNDO — Even as the Lakers have started out the season with a 14-9 record led by the most famous basketball player in the world, the conversation always seems to shift forward.Who is coming next summer?It’s a question the Lakers front office has entertained as well, by clearing cap space for another max contract salary alongside LeBron James and talking (and sometimes drawing fines) about pursuing such a star.While eyes have increasingly shifted to the summer of 2019 and what it could bring, Coach Luke Walton thinks the elements of a championship team are already in the locker room. When asked Wednesday morning if his current roster has the potential to someday win a championship, Walton didn’t pause before saying “absolutely.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions