New Zealand gold medal Paralympian Liam Malone announces retirement

Paralympic sprinting star Liam Malone has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 24.

Malone, who claimed two golds and one silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, confirmed the news this afternoon, releasing a statement saying he lacked motivation to continue.

Malone told 1 NEWS he made the decision to retire today.

He will take up a corporate job with Soul Machines.

"Over the last month I have been reflecting on my position and I have made the difficult decision to retire my running career effective immediately," Malone said in a statement.

"External events both in and out of my control have taken a toll on my training in the last month and I don't feel I have the emotional investment or necessary focus and energy to succeed at the highest level in Tokyo."

Malone went on to say his athletics career has been an "incredible journey".

"Becoming an elite athlete was an incredible journey but life is short, I want to find something that I can commit to and be happy in for a long time.

"It would be unjust to commit half-heartedly to those who support me, my coach, the supporting organisations, the New Zealand public, sponsors, my friends and family."

He's now a household name, but Martin Tasker caught up with the sprint ace long before he was famous. Source: Sunday

The two time Paralympic gold medallist says he also faces the usual everyday challenges in the cutthroat world of love. Source: TVNZ Re:

Malone said the journey to success came after he told his mum he couldn't do math because he had no legs. Source: 1 NEWS

The Kiwi Paralympic gold-medallist gave an emotional interview to TVNZ1's Sunday. Source: Sunday


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Kiwi UFC veteran Mark Hunt to battle fellow over-40 star in Moscow

UFC veteran Mark Hunt and his Russian opponent will strike plenty of blows for the over 40s in mixed martial arts, when they headline a historic card in Moscow on the weekend.

Sydneysider Hunt, who's fight catalogue bulges with bouts against other leading heavyweights, faces another world ranked adversary in Alexey Oleynik, in the first UFC promotion in Russia.

NZ-born Hunt, who is 44, is ranked eighth, three places above 41-year-old Oleynik.

The Russian, who is nicknamed "The Boa Constrictor," is a submission specialist renowned for his ground game, while Hunt remains one of the most feared stand-up fighters in the organisation.

"I think it's a classic striker versus grappler," said Hunt, whose bout will take place early Sunday (AEST).

It's the second last bout on Hunt's existing UFC contract.

While not looking past Oleynik, Hunt is eyeing a spot in Australia's next UFC show on December 2 in Adelaide.

"If I'm not injured (on the weekend) i'm going to to try and get on the (Adelaide) card," Hunt said.

The show in South Australia will be headlined by rising Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, who regards Hunt as his mentor.

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Source: 1 NEWS


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Conor McGregor being sued by UFC lightweight fighter after attack that left him with facial lacerations

Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor is being sued by UFC lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa after and alleged attack in April.

Chiesa is seeking damages he suffered when McGregor allegedly threw a dolly (a cart for moving heavy items) at a bus window, injuring Chiesa and forcing him to withdraw from the UFC 223 card on April in Brooklyn, New York.

The incident was captured on camera at the Barclay's Centre.

TMZ reported that the lawsuit was filed overnight and alleges Chiesa suffered "serious personal, economic, other injury" and "severe emotional distress, mental trauma and bodily harm."

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 07: Michael Chiesa enters the Octagon against Anthony Pettis in their lightweight fight during the UFC 226 event inside T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Michael Chiesa enters the Octagon against Anthony Pettis in their lightweight fight during the UFC 226 event inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Source: Getty

The lawsuit accuses McGregor of assault, battery, negligence and infliction of emotional stress.

Chiesa is also named the Barclay's Centre as a defendant, saying the organisers at the venue failed to take "proper security measures to protect the plaintiff and other patrons."

The American fighter doesn't specify the amount he is after, but is asking for compensation lost which includes "lost opportunities".

He argues that the incident robbed him at a shot at a UFC title, with the UFC needing a last-second replacement for the lightweight title fight at the UFC 223 event, which Chiesa was unavailable for due to injury.

Mixed martial arts figher Conor McGregor, center, is escorted by court officers as he leaves a Brooklyn Supreme court, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in New York.  McGregor is in plea negotiations to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena. The 29-year-old Irish fighter and co-defendant Cian Cowley remained free on bail after a brief court appearance on Thursday. They are due back in court July 26.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Mixed martial arts figher Conor McGregor is escorted by court officers as he leaves a Brooklyn Supreme court. Source: Associated Press

McGregor agreed to a plea deal with the Brooklyn District Attorney's office in July which allowed him to avoid a criminal record.

He pled guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct. The 30-year-old is set to return to the Octagon at UFC 229 on October 7 (NZ time).

Chiesa recovered from his facial lacerations and went onto fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 227 in July in Las Vegas.


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Watch: Jets wide receiver slices Lions defence during stunning punt return to score long-range touchdown

Sam Darnold rolled right and made a rookie move, lobbing a football across the field that was picked off and returned for a touchdown.

It might've been his only mistake all night.

Darnold made a stellar debut after throwing a pick-6 on his first NFL snap, and the New York Jets intercepted five passes and also scored on special teams in a 48-17 rout over the Detroit Lions this morning.

The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and looked his age on the first play.

"Licking my chops a little bit too much, I think, on that play," he said

Quandre Diggs intercepted his ill-advised pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown 20 seconds into the game.

"On that interception, I was pretty nervous," Darnold said. "After that, I put it behind me."

The former USC star, drafted No. 3 overall, shook off the nerves and finished 16 of 21 for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

"He didn't flinch," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "He didn't even blink."

The Jets dominated in all phases.

They scored 31 straight in the third quarter to pull away, sending Detroit's fans for the exits and setting off a jolly green party in the Motor City. It was the highest-scoring third quarter in team history and trailed only the 34-point second quarter the Brett Favre-led team scored in 2008 against Arizona.

New York scored on the ground and through the air, on defense and on a punt return by former Lion Andre Roberts.

The Jets could've piled on even more in the final minutes but turned the ball over on downs after kneeling to take time off the clock.


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Most read: Italian Moto GP rider sacked after terrifying attempt to pull rival's brake

Disgraced Moto GP2 rider Romano Fenati has been sacked by his Marinelli Snipers Team, after attempting to pull a rival's brake in San Marimo yesterday.

Coming down a straight, Fenati rode alongside compatriot Stefano Manzi, pulling his brake while travelling at speeds of 225km/h.

Fenati was quickly disqualified for the incident, although there are now calls to see him never race again.

The Italian was initially given a two race suspension, before his contract was terminated by the Marinelli Snipers.

"We can communicate that the Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati, from now on, for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all," a team statement said.

"With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can't be apologised for in any way. The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team."

Fenati, 22, has since apologised for his behaviour, saying:

"I apologise to the whole sporting world," he said in an official statement.

"This morning, with a clear mind, I wish it had been just a bad dream. I think back to those moments, I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man!"
 


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