Remember When? GSP beats Serra in first UFC event in Canada

With nearly every sports organization on the planet on pause at the moment as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel it’s an opportune time to reminisce about some special moments in sports history.

On this day in 2008, Georges St-Pierre defeated Matt Serra to win back his welterweight title at UFC 83 at the Bell Centre in Montreal in what was the first UFC event ever held in Canada.

“Wow time flies,” St-Pierre said in a recent interview with ESPN when realizing it has been 12 years since that event. “It’s crazy. It’s insane. That was one of the best moments of my career. It was a home fight, my parents, my friends, everybody was there. The first fight in Canada. It was a dream come true for me.”

The win was all the more meaningful because the Saint-Isidore, Que., native was avenging a loss. St-Pierre had been upset by Serra one year earlier. He was finished in the first round at UFC 69 in what remains one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts history.

St-Pierre rebounded with dominant wins over Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes to earn his rematch with Serra. Hughes was the only other fighter to get the better of St-Pierre during his career.

“Unfortunately, nobody is invincible and I failed twice in my career but these two failures that I had made me better and stronger,” St-Pierre said.

The UFC felt Montreal would be a fitting setting for St-Pierre’s redemption.

The historic event sold out immediately with every available ticket being scooped up literally within one minute of tickets going on sale to

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Saudi Professional League facing up to five-month postponement because of coronavirus – reports

Bafetimbi Gomis (EPA).

Coronavirus will have forced a five-month postponement of the Saudi Professional League after 2019/20’s tentative resumption date was set at August 15, according to reports.

A full suspension of sporting activity was decreed in the Kingdom on March 14 in an attempt to curb the disease’s spread. This followed a decision, within a week of March 2’s first confirmed case in the country, to play the top flight behind closed doors.

Arriyadiyah newspaper has stated that the 16 SPL clubs have been informed of the potential mid-August return in the wake of discussions between league organisers and the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. This process will require necessary approvals from the relevant authorities, plus be subject to continuous review and follow-ups.

The Kingdom has registered 8,274 confirmed cases and 92 deaths since their first instance was registered.

Al Hilal currently hold a six-point advantage over second-placed holders Al Nassr, with eight fixtures to fulfil. Al Adalah, Damac and Al Fateh sit in the relegation zone.

The semi-finals and final of the King’s Cup also remain outstanding.

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‘Liar’: Rape victim goes through the wringer in 6-part whodunit

Scene from “Liar”

AMC Networks’ Sundance TV has yet to disappoint us. In the latest set of screeners its publicity and promo team sent Inquirer Entertainment, it doesn’t just examine the ordeal rape victims have to endure long after the dastardly deed is done; it also demonstrates the shameless insensitivity of a society that can’t sweep its partiality to misogyny over women’s rights under the rug.

We’re talking about ITV and Sundance TV’s highly viewable crime-drama series “Liar,” whose sophomore season has transmogrified from a “he said, she said” rape case in its first season to a compelling whodunit in the latest season, this time with a string of sometimes discombobulating red herrings sprinkled all over its “binge-able” six episodes. (“Liar” began airing on Sundance TV last week, and is also available on Fubo TV.)

Season 1 puts newly single teacher Laura Nielsen (Joanne Froggatt) through the wringer after she is assaulted by serial rapist Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd, best remembered in the “Hornblower” films and for playing Reed Richards in “Fantastic Four”). The suspect is the father of Luke (Jamie Flatters), a student at Laura’s high school.

Ioan Gruffudd in “Liar”

Ioan Gruffudd in “Liar”

But the 28-year-old teacher’s fight for justice hasn’t been easy because the charming widower she claims to have sexually abused her is a well-respected surgeon in the community.

Soon after it is established that Andrew did victimize women—all 19 of them—the show wraps up its acclaimed premier season with a shocking cliffhanger: Andrew’s lifeless body is found in the Kent marshes where Laura has been seen rowing a kayak!

In the six-episode second season, directed by James Strong (Episodes 1-3) and Chris Sweeney (Episodes 4-6), “Liar” pursues the mystery behind Andrew’s death with a nonlinear narrative that drives viewers to figure out the identity of the vengeful culprit

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