Ju-jitsu exponent Constance Lien was caught in a triangle-choke submission in the finals of the World IBJJF Championships, with just 20 seconds standing between the Singaporean and her dream of becoming a world champion. Lien, 19, was leading against Brazilian Jaine da Silva Fragoso, 21, in that final bout in Long Beach, California, on Friday morning (May 31, Singapore time). But, with her opponent's arm restraining her neck, she had to hold on long enough to turn her dream into a reality. She told The New Paper through a phone interview that her win was an emotional one, with tears trickling down as soon as the buzzer went off. "Before I went on my knees and bawled my eyes out, I actually screamed! It was a whole drama scene. I cried, I ran to hug my coach, and then to the stands to hug my dad and bawled even more," she said. The Temasek Polytechnic graduate, who is on a gap year to focus on her training, powered through six rounds of fights in the blue-belt featherweight division to … [Read more...] about 19-year-old Singaporean wins ju-jitsu world title
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As the credits roll for the last time, realization sets in during that special “work leave” you set aside for viewing. You’ve spent almost a decade of your life raving, ranting, and obsessing over Game of Thrones. You probably also noticed that they finally included lyrics (ominous chanting counts) to the famous theme song composed by Ramin Djawadi. There may be several prequels and spin-offs in the pipeline but it won’t be the same. As you bid farewell to the main storyline and the characters you’ve invested in (well, not too much since the series is known for killing off your faves), you may start thinking about your new raison d'être. Don’t be that guy who wasted his time putting up a petty petition demanding the showrunners to rewrite the entirety of season eight. While discourse and criticism is always welcome to truly appreciate the source material without the blinders on, don’t go full toxic out of grief. You’re … [Read more...] about 11 ways to cope after the Game of Thrones finale
There was a time when people were blowing into little plastic cartridges, hopeful of getting their copy of Contra to work properly with their Mitashi (or N64 or Atari, depending on the location). Today, streamers are screaming at screens in frustration when a little lag in PUBG causes them to lose their dinner.The ability to play video games without having to download them is an enticing notion for gamers and corporations alike. Instant delivery of content and no requirements for the showroom. It's a win-win, and the scene is already shifting from brick-and-mortar stores to digital retail. Steam, GOG, Humble and other digital game providers have been major perpetrators of this change in cahoots with the console manufacturers themselves.Now, we have software giants releasing "exciting" cloud gaming services – Stadia, ProjectX, Apple Arcade – it is obvious that people will soon have an additional monthly expense apart from today's video or music streaming platforms. This … [Read more...] about Can cloud gaming turn the tide for the industry?
By Dave Feschuk Sports Columnist Sat., May 11, 2019 It was a snapshot of Toronto basketball history when the ceiling was assumed to be unlimited, the prosperity seemingly perennial. Perhaps you’ll remember the details. Charles Oakley set the screen worthy of an offensive lineman. Dell Curry threw the on-point inbounds pass. And in that monumental instant, as Vince Carter pump-faked and jumped and fired, everything seemed possible for Toronto’s nascent NBA team. Carter was only 24 years old. He was coming off a season in which he’d be named all-NBA second team — one of the 10 best players in basketball as voted by the media. As measured by Player Efficiency Rating (PER), the all-in statistic that’s a useful gauge of one’s place in the league hierarchy, only the mighty Shaquille O’Neal ranked higher. Better things seemed sure to come. But we all know how that Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers ended. As hard as it is to … [Read more...] about Raptors know chances like Game 7 don’t come around often
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he had no regrets over his decision to keep faith with David de Gea after another costly error from the Spaniard helped Chelsea claim a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. De Gea had been in the spotlight for his poor performances as Solskjaer's men had lost heavily to Barcelona, Everton and Manchester City in their previous three games. And after a bright start from the hosts was rewarded by Juan Mata's 11th-minute opener, De Gea cost the Red Devils again when he spilled Antonio Rudiger's long-range effort to allow Marcos Alonso to equalise just before half-time. Yet, as De Gea headed for the dressing room at the break, his name was chanted by the home support in recognition of his brilliant performances over a number of seasons prior to his recent loss of form. "David has been unbelievable for this club. That just says everything about the supporters," said Solskjaer. "No chance anyone can blame him for losing many points for … [Read more...] about De Gea deserves support, insists Solskjaer as Man Utd’s top-four hopes fade