Holm out-points Aldana; De Randamie chokes out Pena

Former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm is on her first multi-fight winning streak since 2015 after earning a unanimous decision victory over Irene Aldana in the featured bout on a UFC Fight Night card over the weekend.

Holm, who is now 2-0 in 2020 after beating Raquel Pennington in January, swept the judges’ scorecards over five rounds at the Flash Forum on Yas Island (aka Fight Island) in Abu Dhabi.

Also on the main card, inaugural women’s featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie earned her first career submission win when she choked Julianna Pena unconscious with a third-round guillotine choke in their bantamweight bout.

De Randamie and Holm are currently ranked as the No. 1 and No. 2 contenders, respectively, in the women’s 135-pound division.

On the preliminary card, Carlos Condit snapped a five-fight losing streak that dated back to 2016 by defeating Court McGee by unanimous decision.

Here are the full results from the event.

— Holly Holm def. Irene Aldana by unanimous decision
— Carlos Felipe def. Yorgan De Castro by unanimous decision
— Germaine de Randamie def. Julianna Pena by submission (guillotine choke)
— Kyler Phillips def. Cameron Else by TKO
— Dusko Todorovic def. Dequan Townsend by TKO

— Carlos Condit def. Court McGee by unanimous decision
— Charles Jourdain vs. Josh Culibao ends in split draw
— Nassourdine Imavov def. Jordan Williams by unanimous decision
— Loma Lookboonmee def. Jinh Yu Frey by unanimous decision
— Casey Kenney def. Heili Alateng by unanimous decision
— Luigi Vendramini def. Jessin Ayari by TKO

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Emotions flood back for Kvitova, No. 1 Djokovic rolls on at French Open

PARIS — Petra Kvitova stood wide-eyed and perfectly still, scarcely believing she was through to her first French Open quarterfinal in eight years after winning against Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4 on Monday.

When the chair umpire climbed down and pointed to the mark confirming her two-handed backhand landed just in, she released her emotions. The seventh-seeded Czech player looked up in the air, then blew kisses and waved to the small crowd gathered on Court Philippe Chatrier, the tournament’s main stadium.

“Yeah, I got a bit emotional last two points of my match,” she said. “My memories, happy memories. When I made my comeback here in 2017, when I step on the Philippe Chatrier, I couldn’t really imagine me to be in the quarterfinal of this slam. Everything just came back to me.”

Reaching the last eight was less poignant for Novak Djokovic, considering he has done so every year since 2010.

He made sure of an 11th straight French quarterfinal and extended his Open-era record at Roland Garros by beating 15th-seeded Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, with the roof shut on Chatrier to keep out the persistent rain.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion has not dropped a set so far, but his face looked flushed after some heavy exchanges withstanding the Russian slugger’s huge forehand.

“It was more difficult than maybe the result shows,” Djokovic said. “The result is three sets to love, but I think we were equal on the points.”

The top-ranked Serb next plays No. 17 seed Pablo Carreno Busta or qualifier Daniel Altmaier.

Earlier, Kvitova spoke about her emotional reaction. Roland Garros was where the two-time Grand Slam champion made her comeback three years ago after she was attacked by a knife-wielding robber in her Czech home and suffered serious injuries to her left hand.

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Cineworld shuts cinemas amid ‘Covid horror film’

A couple shelter from the rain under an umbrella as they pass a cineworld cinema in Leicester Square in central London on October 4, 2020. Cineworld is set to close its 128 UK sites in the coming weeks. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

LONDON — British cinema chain Cineworld is temporarily shutting its theaters in Britain and the United States as the coronavirus pandemic delays major new films like the latest James Bond spy blockbuster, it announced Monday.

From Thursday, it will suspend operation at 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in Britain, and 536 Regal theatres in the US, affecting 45,000 employees, a statement said.

Analysts described the impact of Covid-19, which sparked lockdowns worldwide, as a “horror movie” that plagues the entertainment sector, with cinemas already shut in key US markets including the cities of Los Angeles and New York.

Cineworld’s announcement sent its share price into a dramatic nosedive on Monday as investors headed to the exits.

‘Backdrop of Covid-19’

“In response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cineworld confirms that it will be temporarily suspending operations” in the two countries, the statement said.

“As major US markets, mainly New York, remained closed and without guidance on reopening timing, studios have been reluctant to release their pipeline of new films.

“In turn, without these new releases, Cineworld cannot provide customers in both the US and the UK — the company’s primary markets — with the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theatres against the backdrop of Covid-19,” it added.

The announcement comes just days after the makers of the new James Bond movie — which has already had its release date pushed back owing to the pandemic — said it

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