ONE’s Vera, Tate go back to simpler things in life amid lockdown

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MANILA, Philippines—The COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed much of normal life, forcing people to stay inside their houses for as much time as possible.

Staying inside can cause cabin fever, but for ONE Championship’s Brandon Vera and Miesha Tate this time of isolation can be used to reflect and learn, or relearn, new stuff.

Vera, the ONE World heavyweight champion, said that self-quarantine could be used to look back at the things afforded to one’s self before the pandemic.

He added that once the crisis is over, it’ll be much sweeter to be with loved ones once again.

“Let this teach us of a simpler life we all could and should have with our loved ones,” said Vera. “When this is all over, let your appreciation shower them everyday and always make it count.”

As for Tate, the lockdown allowed her to rekindle an old passion—playing the flute.

Tate, who’s the vice president of ONE Championship, typically flies to the countries where the promotion conducts its cards, leaving her with as little time as possible to spend for herself and her daughter Amaia.

“I feel [the boredom] too but I am also am proud of my sacrifices and you should be too. Let’s try to turn this into a positive and do some things you normally wouldn’t have time to do,” said Tate. “For me, reading and learning new skills like video editing has been very rewarding in my downtime.”

“I have finally found the time to relearn how to play my flute again, something I’ve had on my goal list for a long time. I’ve also been baking with my daughter quite a bit,” added Tate.

Another solution to prevent lethargy during the lockdown is to exercise and both Vera and Tate are all

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Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter dies at 76 with COVID-19

In this file photo dated May 6, 1972, Leeds United captain Billy Bremner, seated on the shoulders of his teammates, shows the FA Cup to the Leeds fans after their 1-0 victory over Arsenal at Wembley, London, with from left to right, Johnny Giles, Jack Charlton, Allan Clarke who scored the winning goal, Peter Lorimer, Norman Hunter, and goalkeeper David Harvey. Norman Hunter, a former Leeds defender who was part of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 1966, died Friday, April 17, 2020, with COVID-19 coronavirus, aged 76. (AP Photo/Bob Dear, FILE)

LEEDS, England — Norman Hunter, a former Leeds defender who was part of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 1966, died Friday with COVID-19. He was 76.

Hunter, who earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” because of his tough tackling, was admitted to the hospital last week and died early Friday, Leeds said.

“He leaves a huge hole in the Leeds United family, his legacy will never be forgotten and our thoughts are with Norman’s family and friends at this very difficult time,” Leeds said in a statement.

Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and won two league titles and the FA Cup.

He also played 28 times for England. Although he was in the squad for the World Cup in 1966, he did not play in a match at the final tournament in England and only received a winners’ medal in 2009.

Originally, only the 11 players on the field at the end of the win over West Germany received medals.
Hunter was also the winner of the inaugural PFA player of the year award in 1974.

“All at the PFA are deeply saddened to hear of passing. Football has lost a legend and we join the entire football community in mourning this loss,” the players’ union wrote on

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Pioneering boxing ref dies, sport’s 1st black Olympic judge

In this July 20, 2012 file photo, Carmen Williamson, the first black boxing referee and judge at an Olympic games, poses with his honorary gold medal in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Family members say Williamson died from COVID-19 complications on April 8, 2020 at a hospital in Toledo. (Zack Conkle/The Blade via AP)

TOLEDO, Ohio—Carmen Williamson, who in the 1940s and ’50s was a top U.S. amateur boxer and then in 1984 became the first black boxing referee and judge at the Olympic games, has died. He was 94.

Williamson died of COVID-19 complications on April 8 at a hospital in Toledo, one of his daughters said Thursday. He was just three weeks away from receiving his college degree from the University of Toledo — a pursuit he began nearly 20 years ago, she said.

“He loved education, the process, the classes,” said Celia Williamson, the youngest of his four surviving daughters. “He sat in the front row and would always arrive early.”

In addition to refereeing, he traveled the world in the 1980s, teaching the sport to young people, using a training program he had developed, she said.

“He would take assignments in dark, warn-torn countries where white trainers wouldn’t go, like Sierra Leone,” Celia Williamson said. “He wanted to teach. It gave you something positive to do through exercise and discipline. He wanted young men around the world to stand honorably.”

Williamson didn’t talk much about his boxing career, she said, and years passed before she and her sisters found out that he had been awarded an honorary gold medal after officiating at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

They did, though, see photos of him with boxing royalty, including Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Williamson, who lived in Toledo nearly all of his

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