‘It is now up to President Sisi to do what he said he would do and that is pardon us if we were ever convicted,’ journalist says in Sydney
The Australian journalist Peter Greste has called on Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to pardon him and his imprisoned colleagues after a shock court ruling on Saturday found them guilty of terrorism charges and sentenced them to three years in jail.
He said the convictions of him, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who worked with him on al-Jazeera reports, struck at the heart of the rule of law, and called on governments around the world to continue to fight for the imprisoned journalists’ release. The three men were detained in December 2013, accused of broadcasting false reports and colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Philadelphia Eagles lit up the Green Bay Packers for 25 points in the first quarter of Saturday’s preseason game, with quarterback Sam Bradford and wide receiver Jordan Matthews displaying excellent chemistry over the course of three drives.
Here’s a look at how the duo fared in just one quarter of action:
Bradford was simply sensational at the helm of Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense. He completed every one of his passes, including touchdown strikes to three different receivers.
Darren Sproles caught Philadelphia’s first touchdown on a wheel route before Bradford found tight ends Trey Burton and Brent Celek for three- and seven-yard strikes, respectively.
And every time Bradford targeted Matthews, the two connected for a solid gain. Matthews tallied three catches for 51 yards, including a 27-yard reception that saw him box out his defender downfield thanks to his 6’3″ frame.
Not surprisingly, Bradford targeted Matthews consistently after gushing over the second-year wideout’s talent.
“A guy that big typically doesn’t play in the slot, and the fact that we use him in the slot I think is really advantageous to us,” Bradford said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News‘ David Murphy. “It makes it really easy on the quarterback to have a tight end and Jordan running down the seams or the middle of the field.”
Based on what he saw Saturday, ESPN’s Matthew Berry suggested stocking up on Eagles players:
According to FantasyPros.com, Bradford is currently being drafted 16th among quarterbacks. Given everything we’ve seen to this point, that’s quite low. Even if he isn’t the most talented signal-caller out there, playing in a fast-paced scheme that regularly creates mismatches and open opportunities should make him a low-end QB1 entering Week 1 of the regular season.
He’s worth a look as a high-upside play over quarterbacks such as Eli Manning, Ryan Tannehill and Philip Rivers, who are being drafted 12th, 13th and 14th among quarterbacks, respectively.
For Matthews, it was just another day at the office. He’s being picked 15th among wide receivers, and that’s a solid appraisal of his value given his presence as a No. 1 wide receiver on a team that likes to spread the ball around. A case could be made to draft Matthews over the likes of Brandin Cooks and DeAndre Hopkins, but both of them have higher ceilings—and admittedly lower floors—than the Eagles’ emerging stud.
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Charismatic, strong, explosive, good wrestling, deadly knockout power—these were the things people used to say about Melvin Guillard. It feels like eons ago that the former UFC lightweight contender was boastfully walking down to the Octagon with a self-assured grin and a pair of sunglasses.
Guillard’s one-punch knockout power, cheeky attitude and bleach-blonde fade made him an instant star. His knockout win over Rick Davis nearly a decade ago is a chilling reminder of the kind of damage Guillard was capable of causing. Gravity pulled Davis’ limp body to the floor quicker than a boulder hanging six feet above ground.
But that was a long time ago.
Guillard, who now competes for Bellator, is a shell of the fighter he used to be. After getting cut by the UFC, he drifted to World Series of Fighting, where he endured one of the most controversial two-fight stints in MMA history.
After being granted his requested release from the promotion, Guillard was quickly picked up by Bellator and thrown into a main event bout against Brandon Girtz, a relatively unknown former NCAA Division II wrestler.
Abdel-Aziz was looking like Nostradamus after Guillard’s lackluster performance at Bellator 141.
“We had some sparring sessions in the gym at Greg Jackson’s, and I beat Melvin every time. Melvin is never going to be a world champion,” Abdel-Aziz told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour(Warning: NSFW Language). “All you’ve got to do is just match him up with a wrestler. He’s going to take him down and finish him.”
While Guillard didn’t get finished, he did get tossed around like a rag doll in a fairly one-sided split-decision loss. Apparently one of the judges was snoozing throughout the fight, as the vast majority appears to share the belief that Girtz’s hand deserved to be raised.
Sure, we can talk about Guillard’s broken hand. After the fight, former UFC fighter Din Thomas posted a picture of the swollen mass on Instagram.
A broken hand is always a nasty injury, and it very well could have been the reason Guillard seemed hesitant to exchange. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell because Guillard has appeared hesitant in all of his recent performances. The one-punch knockout power is still there, but modern-day Guillard bouts typically consist of him bouncing around on the outside and leaping in with a haymaker every 20 seconds.
Girtz, whom Derek Anderson knocked out a year ago in devastating fashion, showed no respect for Guillard’s offense, until the waning moments of the third round. He actually cracked Guillard with a left straight before hoisting him into the air and slamming him on his head. It was an absolute wrestling mismatch.
We can go on and on about broken hands, but the fact remains, Guillard is 3-7-1 in his last 11 fights. With more than 50 professional bouts under his belt, he is still facing the same old conditioning and grappling woes. Perhaps he can turn it all around, but it’s definitely hard to see any changes at this point.
Guillard is a young fighter, with a lot of miles on his body. If things fizzle out in Bellator, we could be looking at his last days in the MMA spotlight.