West Florida Women’s Soccer vs. Saint Leo on Friday Cancelled

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s soccer game against Saint Leo scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4 has been cancelled.  The Saint Leo women’s soccer team has several student-athletes who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms that could be indicative of the H1N1 virus infection and, as a result, the Lions have canceled their upcoming matches this weekend against UWF and Delta State.”Five players from our team have experienced flu-like symptoms,” said Saint Leo Head Coach Ged O’Connor. “It’s obviously not a good thing to happen to us right now.  We need to compete more than anything else, but on the other side, we don’t have any other options. These things happen.  It’s unfortunate, but it’s the only thing we can do right now to keep everyone safe.”The UWF women’s soccer team will be back in action on Saturday, September 5 against NAIA opponent Warner Pacific.  To follow all the action via live stats and a live audio broadcast, visit www.GoArgos.com. SAINT LEO PRESS RELEASEH1N1 INFORMATION AND RESOURCESPrint Friendly Version West Florida Women’s Soccer vs. Saint Leo on Friday Cancelled Sharecenter_img UWF Soccer Complex last_img read more

Ini Dia Deretan Stasiun Unik yang Terbengkalai dari Seluruh Penjuru Dunia

first_imgStasiun Fushouling, CinaStasiun Fushouling. Sumber: istimewaMenurut Guardian, awal mulanya stasiun Fushouling di Beijing, China dibangun untuk penggunaan militer. Kemudian stasiun ini berfungsi mengantar anak-anak pedesaan untuk perjalanan ke sekolah hingga akhirnya ditutup pada 2007.Stasiun Strand, InggrisStasiun Strand. Sumber: istimewaStasiun yang lebih dikenal dengan nama Aldwych Station ini dibangun pada tahun 1907. Stasiun yang terletak di City of Westminster ini sempat mengalami pasang surut yang berdampak pada buka dan tutupnya stasiun ini. Pertama, Stasiun Strand ditutup pada tahun 1940 karena alasan perang. Lalu stasiun ini kembali beroperasi pada tahun 1946. Terakhir, tahun 1994 stasiun ini benar-benar ditutup secara permanen karena biaya renovasi yang membengkak.Stasiun Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf, JermanSumber: istimewaBahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf merupakan stasiun kereta yang terbengkalai yang terletak di Berlin, Jerman. Stasiun ini dibuka pada Oktober 1893 dan hanya beroperasi hingga tahun 1990-an dan tak pernah digunakan lagi. Menurut laman digitalcosmonaut.com, stasiun ini terhubung ke salah satu jalur kereta api utama di Berlin dan dirancang seperti kereta turntable raksasa.Kereta ini dirancang untuk satu arah. Begitu kereta modern mulai bermunculan pada 1990-an, stasiun kereta ini tidak dapat mengakomodasi panjang kereta baru. Pasalnya, turntable itu sendiri tidak dapat dibangun atau diperbesar. Karena terlalu lama terbengkalai, stasiun ini pun kerap diidentikkan dengan hal-hal mistis. Hiii!Baca Juga: Tanggula, Stasiun Terbengkalai di Atas AwanThe Cincinnati Subway di Cincinnati, OhioSumber: WikipediaStasiun ini dianggap sebagai proyek percobaan yang gagal untuk kota. Cincinnati memutuskan untuk membangun sistem kereta bawah tanah pada awal 1900an, ketika perdagangan sungai mencapai puncaknya. Dikarenakan biaya pembangunan kereta bawah tanah yang tinggi, maka konstruksi pun dihentikan pada 1920. Saat ini pengunjung ke Cincinnati dapat melihat terowongan bawah tanah. Konstruksi terbengkalai ini dapat dilalui dengan cara tur “Walk and Talk”. Kereta bawah tanah ini tidak pernah selesai dan tidak pernah mengangkut satu penumpang satu pun. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedJalur Kereta Komuter di Yogyakarta, Bakal Hadir dari Berbagai Arah!06/11/2018In “Darat”Stasiun Labuan, Pernah Jadi Stasiun di Paling Ujung Barat Pulau Jawa30/01/2019In “Darat”Merasakan Nostalgia Satu Abad Lalu di Stasiun Mojiko Jepang15/11/2018In “Darat” Sumber: Youtube.com Sebagai salah satu infrastruktur penunjan operasional kereta api, tentu saja stasiun memegang peranan yang sangat krusial. Ketika berbagai negara saling pamer stasiun bersemat teknologi nan mutakhir, ada beberapa negara yang malah menutup stasiunnya dengan ragam alasan yang melatarbelakanginya – mulai dari faktor sepi pengunjung dan lain-lain.Baca Juga: Inilah 12 Stasiun Angker di Dunia!Kira-kira, dimana saja ya stasiun yang ditutup tersebut? Berikut KabarPenumpang.com paparkan beberapa contoh stasiun yang ditutup, dikutip dari berbagai laman sumber.last_img read more

PAFL: Campbell Has Big Night As Ohio Raiders Dismantle Summit County

first_imgArticle by Michael Hirn of the Ohio Raiders network. Pic by Amanda K RundleSTOW, OH – On paper it might have been nearly three years since he had worn a pair of cleats and donned a uniform, Raiders QB Glenn Campbell had a banner day on Saturday as he accounted for 6 touchdown drives in his teams 47-8 road victory over Summit County.With his squad short handed the Ohio offensive coordinator put his team on the scoreboard with 11:43 in the opening quarter when he connected on a 23 yard strike to Corn Strickland for their first hookup on the day to give their team a lead they would never relinquish.After a Danny Skalecki punt traveled 42 yards and was returned inside Summit County territory the former Hiram College record setting wideout called his own number and rushed into the endzone from 5 yards out to give Ohio a 13-0 lead as the ensuing extra point was blocked with 7:20 to go in the first period.Three possessions and three starts inside their opponents half of the field put the Raiders in the drivers seat again as Campbell hooked up with Strickland for the second time on just the second play of the drive for a 28 yard score and a 20-0 lead with 1:33 left in the first.Another three and out forced by the Raider defense gave the offense the football at their own 23 near the end of the first quarter and resulted in the first non-scoring drive of the game as Campbell’s long toss down the sideline was intercepted by Summit County defensive back Amier Patterson.Patterson’s long return set up the home offense inside Raider territory at the first time but resulted in a turnover on downs on an incomplete pass on fourth down at the Raiders 15.The final score of the first half put Ohio on top 27-0 came on a 25 yard touchdown pass from Campbell to RodRico Stamps for his first catch and score on the season.As he had done earlier on from his QB spot Campbell finished off a long drive for the Raiders on their first of the second half with a five yard scamper to run the advantage to 34-0. One of the key plays on the drive saw a 37 yard completion to James Keck that moved the offense deep into opponent territory and ultimately helped lead to the score.Summit County began their opening drive in the third at their own 25 yard line thanks to the fifth touchback kick from Josh Brebant. Unlike their first half drives where Danny Skalecki was calling the signals, this drive would start with Marlo Drummond under center. Similar to the pressure Skalecki faced in the first half from the hounding Raider defense it was Drummond who found himself with a host of defenders in his face while trying to make plays.A turnover on downs at the Ohio 20 flipped the offense to the black and white of the visitors and lasted just three minutes on the clock as a 42 yard run by Campbell and a 29 yard touchdown jaunt by Kylan Wells ran the score up to 40-0.Corn Strickland picked up an interception on the next Summit County possession of the football but the Raiders were called for a holding penalty that negated a pass from Lance Kandel to Strickland himself for six and resulted ultimately in a turnover on downs that gave the ball back to their opponent near midfield.5:06 remaining in the fourth and final stanza and a 36 yard pass from Drummond to Jacob Bostic put the Storm on the scoreboard before Drummond tossed a two point conversion pass to Avion Brown for a 40-8 score.Lance Kandel had been knocked out of the game at QB on a previous drive but was able to move back out to the wideout spot and catch a 17 yard touchdown for his first of the day and the fourth of the contest tossed by Glenn Campbell for the games final margin of 47-8 with 1:07 left to play.Summit County pulled out all of their tricks from the bag on the last play of the game in attempt to put another marker on the scoreboard as Skalecki caught a ball on a reverse and tossed it downfield for a 31 yard gain before the receiver was knocked down at the final horn short of pay dirt.Summit County’s record falls to 3-3 in PAFL games and will play host to the NEO Silverbacks on Saturday evening at CVCA’s Royals Stadium while the Raiders move to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in PAFL contests.Ohio sits at 3-1 in their division and will travel to New Kensington, PA for a battle against 3-1 Western PA in a 6pm battle Saturday night that could determine the conference’s #1 seed in the upcoming playoffs.If you can’t make it to the game it can be heard live on Ohio Raiders Football Network.In addition to Campbell who accounted for 91 yards rushing, 162 yards passing and 6 total touchdowns in the game, defensive coordinator Jermaine Campbell also played well on the defensive end in his re-debut after four years off as well as accounting for a carry for four yards late in the ballgame.“We are short handed and even my coordinators are going to get some work in the game tonight” stated Raiders boss Adam Rogerson before the game. 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Baron Cup 2019: Rocky River Builds Early Lead, Dominates Benedictine 7-1 to Advance

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. BROOKLYN, OHIO –The Rocky River Pirates got off to a fast start in their Baron Cup I matchup with the Benedictine Bengals Thursday, scoring three goals in the first seven minutes and skating to a 7-1 win.The victory for the Pirates moves them to a second-round matchup Saturday night with the winner of the final game Thursday night between Kenston and Strongsville. River entered the Baron Cup I tourney as the number two-seed. Pirates forward Hayden Weaver led the way for River with a pair of goals, including the first goal of the game with 12:35 to play in the first to quickly put River in the lead.Nolan Weaver scored just 63 seconds later making it a 2-0 affair, and River was off and running. They outshot the Bengals in the win 34-15. Seven different Pirates scored in the win, Ethan Routenberg made it a 3-0 Pirates lead with 8:02 left in the opening period.River pushed two more goals across in the second period, as Hayden Weaver scored his second of the evening, and then Luke Witzigreuter scored to make it a 5-0 Pirate lead.The Bengals finally got on the board with 5:47 to play in the second, as Matt Carson found the back of the net, Andrew Schiffer and Michael Wilk each got an assist to cut the Pirate lead to 5-1.That’s as close as the Bengals would get, as Luke Mallett and Danny Asmareach scored in the third for the Pirates to close out the scoring at 7-1.Ethan Mylett earned the win in net for the Pirates, stopping 15 of 16 Bengals shots.Tristan Cotter on the other side for the Bengals made 34 saves on 41 Pirates shots. Check out the Photos Below of the Action Between Rocky River and Benedictine! Related TopicsBenedictine BengalsRocky River Piratescenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

Kenai Man Arrested For Vandalizing District Attorney’s Office In Kenai

first_imgGarber was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief 5th Degree and another two counts of Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree. Officers contacted the subject Thomas A. Garber, age 49, of Kenai. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department arrested a Kenai man for vandalizing the District Attorney’s office on December 26. According to the KPD dispatch; while responding to the area, officers noticed a person vandalizing the State office building at Bidarka/Main Street Loop.center_img At 5:49 a.m., KPD received a report that the District Attorney’s office in Kenai had been vandalized. Garber was transported to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility.last_img read more

Deadline Approaching For Health Insurance Open Enrollment

first_imgFor information about plan prices and help choosing a plan, go to healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596. Monthly premiums in the individual market will cost an average of $770 in 2019 compared to an average of $1,043 in 2017, the state announced in August. Kevin Counihan, Marketplace CEO of Healthcare.gov: “This is open for people who are brand new to coverage and it’s open for people who already have coverage so they have a chance to shop around.” Alaskans must purchase insurance during open enrollment window, unless they experience a qualifying event like changing jobs, losing umbrella coverage from a parent’s policy because they’ve turning 26, getting married or having a baby. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The deadline for Alaskans to sign up for individual health insurance plans is Saturday, December 15.last_img read more

City Of Kenai Extends Operation Hours For Cannabis Retailers

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council adopted a new city code at their meeting on October 2 that would allow retail marijuana establishments to operate outside the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. The vote passed unanimously. Over the summer, the city’s planning and zoning commission recommended a closing time of 2 a.m. for cannabis stores following a complaint by a local resident regarding the headlights and traffic near a residential area. Appleby in the letter further states, the proposed Code change would allow the City of Kenai to customize marijuana retail store hours to meet the needs of our community as allowed under State law regarding marijuana.Alaska State Statutes prohibit consumers to access a retail marijuana stores premises or for business to be conducted between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. each day. Photo/Media provided by East Rip & the City of Kenaicenter_img The closure for retail marijuana stores between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. would match regulations for hours of operation within the Kenai Peninsula Borough under Kenai Peninsula Borough Code Section 7.30.020(C)(2) and would not be any more restrictive than other neighboring jurisdictions, according to a letter to the council from Elizabeth Appleby, City Planner. Council member Henry Knackstedt: “I think the problem that we do have is that it’s not in our code, and I think we need to enforce it.”last_img read more

Mississippi State plans to back its lofty expectations

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:fbe298cca8dff2872b9b56f5 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-331044-3753910233001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.STARKVILLE – The hype now appears in the rearview mirror. The talk becomes the walk. Whispers of Heisman Trophies transform into statements, for better or worse. Trips to Atlanta for a Southeastern Conference title either get booked or canceled.The expectations surrounding Mississippi State throughout the spring and summer have never been higher. The reality for this edition of Bulldogs begins today, inside a new $75 million renovated stadium against Southern Miss (SEC Network, 6:30 p.m.)“We’ve just been waiting for this. It’s been a long summer. It’s been a hot summer. We’ve just been grinding,” senior Jameon Lewis said. “We’re just happy this moment; it’s come at the right time.”Cleveland: Mississippi State, USM bout restarts rivalrySouthern Miss game plans for MSU’s QB Dak Prescott, front sevenGame Preview: Southern Miss vs. Mississippi StateIt comes as Mississippi State returns 16 starters from a year ago. It’s projected to start 19 juniors or seniors today. None is more important than the quarterback Dak Prescott.Ever since he entered the Egg Bowl in the fourth quarter and led the Bulldogs to a comeback win, the MSU hype train has been barreling down the tracks. A strong performance against the Golden Eagles only throws more coals on the fire.“Everything we’ve put in to this point I’m pleased with, but it means nothing if that doesn’t translate to great performance on every Saturday,” coach Dan Mullen said. “That’s what we have to look for and that’s what we’re going to find out here.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:31cc74a41e50238e4be3b6c9 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-798770-3756649622001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Mississippi State is 4-1 under Mullen in season-openers. The Bulldogs’ only loss came last year at then-No. 13 Oklahoma State.This year MSU opens against a team that’s 1-23 the last two seasons. Southern Miss’ only win during that time came against UAB, who MSU plays next week.“You never know what type of team you have or how you’re going to be because you’ve always gone against each other,” Mullen said. “So it’s how we stack up against other people.”The Bulldogs’ first true test might not come until the fourth week of the season on Sept. 20. MSU travels to Baton Rouge to play LSU. Until then, it’s Southern Miss, UAB and South Alabama – a program that didn’t exist prior to 2009.But none of that matters once MSU takes the field tonight. The kickoff erases all preseason chatter and makes the 2014 Bulldogs a reality.“We’re ready for it,” Prescott said. “Couldn’t be more excited.”Contact Michael Bonner at (601) 961-7289 or mbonner@gannett.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more

Mike Tyson called out by Peter ‘The Hurricane’ McNeeley – the man Iron Mike battered after release from prison

first_img Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Most awesome bullfighting festival People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heelscenter_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. MIKE TYSON has been teasing a return to the ring – and the man who faced him for his most famous comeback fight is ready to try and avenge his loss.Peter “The Hurricane” McNeeley says he is on board to go toe-to-toe with the man dubbed the GOAT for an exhibition match.Mike Tyson smashed Peter McNeeley within 90 seconds of his first fight back from his prison termThe pair fought out a real mismatch in 1995 – after Tyson had spent three years in prisonTyson famously battered McNeeley in less than 90 seconds during his famous comeback fight in 1995 – when he made his professional return after a three-year prison sentence having been convicted of rape.Now in an exclusive interview, McNeeley vowed to avenge his defeat and meet “force with force” should Tyson agree to the rematch.Reports have already claimed Iron Mike is weighing up a deal for a four round exhibition bout with Evander Holyfield.Tyson Fury’s dad John, as well as Shannon Briggs, have thrown their names into the running for a fight with Iron Mike.But Boston brawler McNeeley says that he is ready to “stick it” to Tyson, but not throw bombs – event though he knows that the New Yorker has a superior skill set.In an in-depth interview, McNeeley opened up about their initial fight in Las Vegas, where he was knocked down twice before his trainer threw in the towel.Cheerful McNeely reveals he was terrified before the match, even though publicly he’d promised to wreck Tyson’s comeback.McNeeley was devastated by Tyson’s speed and precision, but also insists his trainers had prepared him well to avoid “damage from power left hooks”.After the demolition, Tyson and McNeeley became friends three years later with the loser confirming he still has “huge respect and love” for Iron Mike.But McNeeley feels Muhammed Ali is the greatest to have ever stepped inside a ring, not his friend Tyson.Like all things in Mike’s life, this whole thing takes on a life of it own and it rolls into a monster.McNeeley on Tyson’s return to boxingOn a potential rematch, McNeeley told SunSport: “Of course I would do it again. It would be a fairytale.“But the bottom line for the world to be entertained by these Gods, it comes down to one thing – money. It is all about the money!“It is all about Mike. I can say things, but it is about what he wants to do, because that is what will happen.“According to Mike he just wants three or four rounds exhibitions for charity. And of course that could be fun.“But like all things in Mike’s life, this whole thing takes on a life of it own and it rolls into a monster.“People are saying that he may come back from retirement and is going to fight Holyfield, I mean come on.“Mike is 53, not in his prime like when we fought 25 years ago. He looks in great shape and maybe he is returning as a pro?“I do not believe that the WBC would rank him, of course Mike could walk into a press conference tomorrow and say he was signing real contracts and everything changes.“But hey I am the same weight and size I was back then, but I am not sure if I can throw or take punches like I did then. You only know that when you step in the ring.“I am not worried for his ring return, but I am not worried. He has huge experience and knows himself.”McNeeley knows Holyfield may be Tyson’s first challenger given figures of £16million have been raised.But he urged Tyson to reconsider, saying: “This is the odd thing, Evander already beat Mike 2 and 0, including he one we all remember as the pay per chew – where he bit his ear off.“So come on, this is not a real No3 fight. People have to got to realise what is real. So I’m not sure if they both need money – that is their business.“Evander does not have a vast fortune, who really knows. But there is no way it can match what we saw in their fights.”Reflecting on his own skillset, McNeeley – whose career saw him have a record of 47 fights and seven losses – said: “Have I got gas in the tank? I am walking – so there is gas in the tank.“I am in good shape – weighing 225lbs – but I am smart enough to know my body was a whole different ball game back then.“I am lean and mean. At 51 my body is not the same, but who knows – maybe I can take a punch better than I did back then.“I last sparred about two and a half years, but I work with younger boxers most days.“I coach a lot of youngsters at the 978 IntenZe (CORR) gym in Lawrence, Massachusetts. I run defence a lot, to aid them their offence. It never leaves you.“These are great guys at the gym, who do a lot of good for the community especially in this tough city keeping kids, teens and early 20s out of trouble. So this would be nice for them too.”In 1995, the then-highest ever pay per view TV audience watched clinic Tyson dismantle McNeeley in 89 seconds in Las Vegas.McNeeley vows that he will repeat the same tactics he adopted that night, despite his disastrous defeat.Peter McNeeley hasn’t ruled out a rematch with Mike TysonMike Tyson looks in great shape as he prepares to return to boxingMcNeeley’s trainer threw in the towel to prevent his star from any hurtHe added: “Look I was the only boxer to ever go after Mike from the bell in round one.“I stuck it to him and I would do the same again if we fought today. You have to meet force with force.“In a real fight someone is looking to knock you out, set you up and hurt you. Look obviously it is an exhibition match no-one will be throwing bombs, trying to kill.“But I would not hold back. These types of fights are like light sparring. You show your boxing skills and then get behind your jab for a bit.“Sure I can box a little, but I am not known for the finesse of someone like Ali.“Mike has been around the block and can handle himself so it could be fun. Maybe for the second one I could achieve the things I failed to in the first match.”He added with his enigmatic Boston charm: “It‘d be nice to see Mike again, but to avoid that upper cut.”McNeeley was lifted from virtual obscurity to face Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion, in front of 16,113 fans at the MGM Grand Garden on August 19, 1995.The spectacle grossed almost £85million worldwide and set multiple domestic pay-per-view records.Underdog McNeeley adopted the same tactics as he approached every one of his previous 37 fights.I had STD to be honest – I was scared to death!McNeeley on squaring up to TysonMcNeeley continued: “I always felt the best way to start was to be as warmed up, worked out and wound up.“I went in there sweating, feeling I could get right on him, while he was cold and get him out of there quick.“And Mike had been away for a while. So maybe he would be Rusty Mike, and less Iron Mike. And also Don King, my then promoter, told me that I had nothing to lose.“It was a lottery ticket for me. Don said ‘if Peter beats Mike Tyson he will get £8m for the next fight.“And I took my shot – and he was a better fighter than me. Short and simple.”Fans watched fearless McNeeley run across the ring, physically smashing into Tyson, before throwing a wild right cross and left hook.But his unrattled opponent fended him off, ducked away from a fraught left hook from the Bostonian before pivoting back up to deliver a thumping right cross, which sent him sprawling backwards.McNeeley recalled: “I had STD to be honest – I was scared to death… not a sexually transmitted disease!“I may not have acted nor looked it, but the truth is I was scared before every fight. If you aren’t then you should not be there.“I stuck with the plan ‘f*** it I am going right at him’. And you look closely you can actually see me saying it in the corner.“Mike weighed 216lbs that night and was all speed – frankly blinding fast speed.“I was trying to get him out of there early, but I didn’t see that really good right cross coming; although the first knockdown I was off balance.“I felt OK because I bounced up and just wanted to get back to him. The referee had no choice to start the count, but I wasn’t out or really hurt.”Mike Tyson took just 89 seconds to beat Peter McNallyMike Tyson was one of the most feared fighters on the planetCredit: Getty Peter McNeeley has opened up about his friendship with Mike TysonThe referee gave McNeeley a seven-count, before he again tore across the canvas to attack Tyson.The American continued: “I’ve got film of the footage afterwards from Showtime, and I saw how the speed overwhelmed me.“I hit Mike with a couple of head shots, but it did not matter. His trainers had him prepare well too.“My great career punch was a left hook, either to the head or the body. And Mike held on to that arm, which was a smart thing to do avoid getting hurt.“Still, I didn’t stop trying. Probably I should have changed up my routine and gone to jab… but life ain’t about ‘what if’.”Tyson shied away from the wild hooks and crosses for just over a minute longer.And at the 74-second mark he began to unload a flurry of six stinging left and right hooks, before smashing a devastating right upper cut on his chin.McNeeley remembered: “It became clear in his mind that this kid will throw bombs at me, so let’s get him out of here.“If I would have caught him, given his contract with Showtime and MGM, it would have cost him a lot.“So he came at me, he switched to southpaw and got me clean with his best punch – that career punch – the right upper cut point blank on the chin.“I don’t remember this, but if you look at the film closely I went down on my face as I couldn’t get my hands up to stop my fall.“You know something is wrong. When I did get up at the count of four I was out of my face. I was mixed up, my pupils were dilated as s*** and concussed.“[Trainer Vinnie Vecchione] was a foot away from me, because I got knocked down in my own corner, and he saw my eyes.”Vecchione stepped into the ring to protect his fighter from more damage as boos rang out across the arena.And McNeeley added: “People were mad when Vinnie jumped and stopped the fight and I feel Vinnie did the right thing stopping the fight.“At the time I was p***ed, but I understand why he did that. My instinct was I wanted to go at him a third time.“But when Mike Tyson has you hurt, he is like a shark in blood infested waters. When you are hurt – he is going to f*** you up. That is the bottom line.“If I would continued maybe he would have hurt me real bad.”McNeeley, raised in Medfield, laughed: “I respect Vinnie for that. Afterwards, I went up to Mike and said you will be champion again. And since that moment I was tied to Mike for life.”And he enjoyed the fame for a couple of years – earning over £230,000 for commercial deals with brands like Pizza Hut and AOL.He continued: “I am smart enough and man enough to know I was just the co-star. But I have always been a confident kid and being out with media came easy for me.“Everyone loved to joke about Vinnie stopping the fight, but it turned out well.“We ended up getting two commercials after the fight. Him stopping it like that by stepping one ring made us more money.“I did a famous Pizza Hut commercial. And the other thing I will never forget Vinnie called me up and said ‘you’ve been offered this other computer thing America Online – who the hell knows what it is!“That was back in 1995 and let’s be honest who knew that it would become this big thing. It was fun times and I take it all in good spirits.”We used to call each other, and every time without fail he would ask: ‘Peter how is your father’. That is respect.McNeeley on ‘respectful’ TysonMcNeeley won the USBF heavyweight title a few weeks later, while Tyson retained his WBC and WBA crowns.The Boston star felt he may never get to express his thanks to Tyson, until a bizarre connection played out in September 1998.McNeeley said: “This one time Mike was in Boston and by coincidence he happened to be driven by my old limo driver Dave.“And Dave called me up and said: ‘Pete you’re never going to believe this… I am driving Mike Tyson. Should I say anything about you?’“I said ‘hell yeah… you might help me get the rematch!’“I just got a message that Mike thought it was funny and he would like to have dinner one time if I had time.“Some time passed and Dave came by and said Mike wants to take me out to dinner. I got home and Tyson was on my voicemail asking if I wanted to hook up.“Next thing I know, the limo driver was banging on my door saying Tyson was at his hotel room in Cambridge, with his second wife and their kids.“Mike shook my hand, hugged me and talked to me for about 15 minutes. I am still grateful I got that time with him, because things were going on in his life far greater than meeting me.“It was nice to be with him without it being TV cameras, a press conference or anything fight-related.“These things get blown out of proportion around these fights and Mike. People are just people. They all put their pants on the same way.“He came across as a kind, down to earth, humble guy. It was pretty special.“I did not hear from until nine years later, in 2007 when he got my landline phone number from somebody and called me and we ended talking for a few months.“We used to call each other, and every time without fail he would ask: ‘Peter how is your father’. That is respect.“He knew that my dad fought Floyd Patterson and Jose Torres, who were two of his mentor Cus D’Amato’s fighters. And of course Mike knows his boxing history.“It is nice to talk to him on a normal level. I am not one of his best friends, but it was great to have connected like we did.”Grinning, he added: “Mike has talked about me in public and has always said nice things about me. He is a great guy – I love the guy.“I am glad he is doing so well. And when Mike is doing good. I am doing good. And our names are attached henceforth.“Tyson was my hero when I was in college. I still won’t forget at the weigh in, his stare, his presence and the tension.“And he very calmly said, ‘good luck’, and shook my hand. That says it all.”But McNeeley revealed he still regards Ali as the best ever, saying: “Me, personally, I think Ali in the 1960s was best.“He had speed and he could punch. That fight he had with Cleveland Williams in 1966 that was the greatest heavyweight performance ever.”In the last 25 years, McNeeley has had a small negative reaction over his swift defeat.He revealed: “Can you believe people are still prank calling me about that fight. They ring up calling me bum, saying I sucked. I am not joking.“I try to talk to these idiots, but these people aren’t kids they are adults. I am like, ‘you are making a prank call – what is wrong with you? Why are you are wasting your time talking to me.’“It is hilarious. Someone told me once if you get prank calls you it means you made a difference.“People think I am punch drunk and I took too many punches. I had 54 pro fights and I am proud of that – I am a third generation McNeeley fighter. The trickle down effect has been wonderful.”By the late 1990s McNeeley was overcome with addictions to drink and drugs.At one point he claims to have lived in a crack house in Brockton, blowing £30,000 in six weeks.In 2006 he was arrested for a couple of petty crimes, the first for punching a man and stealing his wallet containing £160, and the second for driving the getaway car used in a robbery of a Walgreens store.His distraught mum saved him from lifetime money woes, essentially taking over his bank accounts.McNeeley said: “It is no big secret I had my alcohol and drug problems back then. I trained hard, fought hard and I played hard.“I couldn’t say why I did all that. It was all in my head. I needed to grow up and say ‘why are doing that?“I can sit here and point the finger at this and that, but at the end of that was the way I was that day. Today I couldn’t care less if I never had a beer again.“I miss smoking the green stuff. But say if I did that again who knows what would happen. I feel stable now.“I put my issues on the shelf. My mother seizing my money was the best thing that ever happened to me.“But I don’t run around Boston like I used to. I was always in Boston drinking and doing coke in the 90s.“Today when I go there it’s to hang with my six-year-old daughter, who is the greatest thing in my life.”Mike Tyson shows off shredded physique aged 53 in gym workout with MMA legend Vitor Belfort ahead of boxing return last_img read more