Andy Ruiz Jr aiming for huge body transformation and wants more than TWO stone weight loss before next fight – The Sun

ANDY RUIZ JR says there is fat chance he will return to the ring out of shape and revealed he wants to lose over two stone before his next fight.

The Mexican shocked the world last June when he defeated Anthony Joshua with a seventh round knockout to become heavyweight champion.

However, after enjoying everything his new-found fame brought him, Ruiz turned up for the December rematch more than 15 pounds heavier at a huge 283½ pounds and was completely outclassed as he lost the belts back to AJ.

That was his heaviest weight in nearly a decade since tipping the scales at 292 ½ for his second pro fight.

Speaking to Fox Sports, he said: “My last fight I was 280-something pounds. I was overweight.

“I couldn't cut off the ring, I couldn't throw combinations.”

His lack of professionalism in the build-up to the rematch caused a split after the fight with trainer Manny Robles.

Ruiz usually weighed between the 245-255 pound range throughout his career until after his title fight defeat to Joseph Parker in December 2016.

A year-long absence from the ring was followed by two more fights when he severed ties with Top Rank and soon joined the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) umbrella.

Since that switch his fighting weights have been 262, 268 and 283½ pounds – but now he has promised everyone they will see a much more slim line version next time he steps between the ropes.

Ruiz said: “I want to be at 250. I think 250 would be a perfect weight for me.

“I will be light, I will be fast with my hands.  I want to start camp now and that's what I posted on my Instagram. I want to train now.

“Right now, I want to focus on myself.”

The Snickers-loving star, who is still in the process of trying to find a new trainer, added that he believes his comeback fight will happen in August.

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‘Numb3rs’ actor David Krumholtz says grandpa was Meyer Lansky’s driver

Queens-born actor David Krumholtz understands whey Jews have had such a long history of persecution.

“I think we’re low-hanging fruit,” he said at the premiere of the upcoming HBO mini-series “The Plot Against America.” “We’re really low-hanging fruit,” he continued, “because we’re really smart, we’re really nice and some of us are really rich, not all of us.”

Ruminations on anti-semitism were in the air at the screening of the HBO adaptation of the late author Philip Roth’s novel, which follows a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey under an imagined Charles Lindbergh presidency and America’s descent into fascism.

However, any parallels made with today’s political landscape are, for the 41-one-year old actor who also starred in “Numb3rs,” of little concern.

“I don’t run, I’m not running,” he said. “You know, half of us are really tough. My grandfather was Meyer Lansky’s chauffeur.”  In his lifetime, Lansky — who died in 1983 — was referred to as the “Mob’s Accountant,” and was instrumental in establishing what would come to be referred to as the National Crime Syndicate.

“He was a bad dude, probably a murderer,” Krumholtz noted of his grandfather. “Yeah, I come from a long line of tough Jews.”

Krumholtz added that a biography on the infamous gangster claimed that Lansky referred to his grandfather as “the dumbest Jew he ever met.”

“The Plot Against America,” starring John Turturro, Zoe Kazan and Wynona Ryder, premiers March 16.

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AMP winner Sampa The Great creates history

Two years after winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize, Sampa The Great today became the first musician to twice claim the $30,000 album prize, having been named the 2019 winner for The Return.

After her first win with 2017's breakthrough success Birds and the BEE9, Zambian-born Sampa Tembo, whose stage and recording name is Sampa The Great, was again shortlisted against eight others for 2019's AMP.

Sampa The Great becomes the first musician to win the Australian Music Prize twice.Credit:

In rehearsals ahead of her performance at Golden Plains in Meredith, Victoria, on Sunday, Sampa The Great said she was "in shock" after hearing about her second AMP win. "You find your name shortlisted and you don’t expect anything … I was wondering who would win, there was so much good music," she said. "I just said to the guys in rehearsal this (winning) has happened again, it’s amazing."

The Return, she said, was an important album for her, not only in her musical development but in speaking about where she is in her life.

"It took a lot to even get into creating the record, there was so much pressure even from myself. Once I got rid of the pressure the music and the stories started seeping out, about where I am in my life and what I wanted to tell.

"For me, I knew this was my truth, my story, I said what I needed to say and I’m at peace with that … you get to a point of acceptance (making an album) and then you’re ready to release."

The 27-year-old, who was raised in Botswana before settling in Melbourne, now travels extensively with a burgeoning music career, taking her soulful R&B and jazz infused hip-hop to an ever-widening circle of fans.

The 2019 AMP shortlist – narrowed down from a list of 107 nominees – included Ainslie Wills for her album All You Have Is All You Need, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for Ghosteen, Amyl and the Sniffers' self-titled album, Julia Jacklin for Crushing and Thelma Plum's debut album Better in Blak.

Last year Sampa The Great collected the ARIA award for best hip-hop release with her song Final Form, from The Return, edging out a celebrated collection of Australian artists including Baker Boy and Hilltop Hoods. She also took home the best hip-hop act at last year's Music Victoria awards.

Other winners of the AMP throughout its 15-year history include last year's posthumous winner Gurrumul, A.B. Original, Courtney Barnett, Hermitude, Augie March and inaugural winners the Drones in 2005.

Upon winning her second AMP, Sampa The Great said the past two years have been an enormous period of growth for her personally and musically.

"I really learnt a lot about myself," she said. "Being on the road, touring … there's been a lot of confirmation that people from all walks of life are receiving and being inspired by the music [and] that just strengthens you as an artist.

"I feel like what I’m doing is connecting; I want to write more, express myself more, it makes you grow as an artist."

2019 Australian Music Prize's full list of nominees:

  • Ainslie Wills – All You Have Is All You Need
  • Amyl & The Sniffers – Amyl & The Sniffers
  • Dispossessed – Warpath Never Ended
  • Julia Jacklin – Crushing
  • Methyl Ethel – Triage
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
  • Sampa The Great – The Return (winner)
  • Sleep D – Rebel Force
  • Thelma Plum – Better In Blak

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Crazy Arrest Video Shows Moment Mom is Caught Building Bomb Inside Walmart

While she denied making the bomb, she did admit to being on meth, spat at the officer, claimed she had AIDS and threatened to pee on him.

This is the moment a Florida mom was arrested for allegedly building a bomb inside a Walmart — using items she found on the shelves.

Emily Stallard, 37, was apprehended by an off-duty Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer on January 11, whose body-cam recorded the entire incident.

She was accused of constructing an explosive device by filling a mason jar with kerosene and nails, and soaking a shoelace in the fuel to act as a fuse — all right in front of her young son.

WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

When Officer Reece Alvis approaches her in the store, she is holding a lighter in her hand.

After identifying himself, he asks her to step outside the store, but she refuses, telling him she is going to get killed if she does.

"Well you better call a bunch of other people to bring me out," she tells him, "because I just want a bunch of other people here… maybe the news agencies."

The officer refuses to allow her to use her phone, so she hands it to her son as she is handcuffed, yelling at him to start calling people. She gets angry when he doesn’t do it quickly enough, swearing at him before attempting to dial using her nose while he holds it, until the officer intervenes, in the full video footage released by police. (TooFab has not included this portion of the video to protect the identity of the child.)

"So the reason you’re in handcuffs right now is for the mason jar filled with nails and kerosene that you constructed," he tells her once outside.

"That wasn’t mine!" she insists. "If there was something like that, it wasn’t mine."

"Well they have video of you putting that together," he explains.

Indeed his bodycam shows him photographing the contents of her shopping cart: it contains several emptied canisters of kerosene, a six-pack of large glass mason jars with one removed, several empty packets of nails, and a pair of women’s trainers – one with its laces removed.

Officer Alvis’s bodycam also shows him watching the CCTV footage over a security guard’s shoulder, appearing to show Stallard lowering the white lace into the liquid filled jar, before carrying the homemade device away, all while her son watches. She is on the phone the entire time.

In the back of the police truck, Stallard admits she is coming down off meth, but can’t remember when she took it.

The video also shows Alvis asking her to calm down after she starts kicking out.

"I swear if you break my window or dent my truck then you’re gonna have additional charges," he tells her. "You realize you just kicked the door into my wrist right?"

She continues squirming in the handcuffs which causes her wrist pain and her trousers to slip down; when Alvis tells her he is going to take her out of the car to pull her jeans up and get her better fitting cuffs, she turns violent, threatening to spit at him before appearing to follow through with it.

After getting a spit mask placed on her head, she then claims she has AIDS and threatens to pee all over him.

"You f–king goddamn call somebody," she screams from the back of the truck, "tell them there’s a bomb at Walmart — and I didn’t do it!"

Stallard was charged with attempted arson, fire bombing, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as well as battery of a law enforcement officer.

"This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal," Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said after the arrest. "I am proud of the quick response by the officer and security personnel who stepped in and the thorough job performed by my deputies to investigate this matter and make an arrest.

"I can’t stress enough: if you see something, say something. You don’t have to tackle a bad guy to be a hero. One phone call to law enforcement when you spot something or someone suspicious can ultimately save lives."

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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Have the Sweetest Quotes About Their Relationship, Y'all

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Have the Sweetest Quotes About Their Relationship, Y’all

Sometimes you’ve just got to shoot your shot, and Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are living proof of that. What began with a DM has blossomed into one of the most beautiful celebrity relationships of all time, and now, the middle Jo Bro and the Queen of the North are reportedly expecting their first child together. Joe and Sophie aren’t shy about showing off their love on social media or on the red carpet, but it’s the couple’s cutest quotes about their relationship that really make us melt. Check out the gallery for the 15 sweetest things these love birds have said about each other.

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School bans World Book Day costumes for kids to stop parents forking out

A primary school has banned pupils from dressing up on World Book Day to help parents struggling to afford costumes.

The 440 or so children at St Nicholas Priory in Great Yarmouth were told to arrive in 'normal uniform' on a day that traditionally sees kids dress up as their favourite characters.

Teachers were still allowed to wear costumes.

The controversial decision gained mixed reception from parents, some of which were disappointed the announcement was made at short notice.

Maria Grimmer, the school's headteacher, said the decision was to ensure the pupils enjoyed the chance to read books rather than fork out on costumes.


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She told The Sun : "This World Book Day we are not requiring parents to spend extra money on costumes for their children, but instead are focusing on the many opportunities to enjoy the books available in school.

"For some families, making World Book Day a special non-school uniform day becomes an additional financial burden as they feel the need to buy costumes."

St Nicholas Priory made the announcement on their Facebook page, which led to praise from some parents and criticism from others.

One parent commented: "'I'm really annoyed and disappointed about this, my daughter and her friends have really been looking forward to dressing up and talking about the characters that they love."

Another said: "Wow its world book day once a year not impressed every school does it and if the kids cant then teachers should definitely not either."

Others supported the school's decision.

A parent said: "Pleased to see this. I think many have forgot that WBD is about books. We spend on average £10-15 on a costume for it to then sit there until next year when it's then too small."

Another added: "It is about reading, the joy of books, activities around book and getting into books."

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Ready Steady Cook fans go wild as it features first blind contestant

Ready Steady Cook viewers are wowed by show’s first ever blind contestant – with fans going wild over his ‘adorable’ guide dog and ‘nifty’ cooking gadgets

  • Fans praised reboot of Ready Steady Cook for featuring first blind contestant 
  • Alex Pepper, 29, from London, who lost his sight four years ago, wowed viewers
  • Daytime show is hosted by Supermarket Sweep presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, 31 
  • Show has returned to screens after ten years, having first made its debut in 1994

Ready Steady Cook viewers were left amazed after watching the show’s first blind contestant show off his impressive cooking skills today.

Alex Pepper, 29, from London, who lost his sight four years ago, demonstrated the gadgets and techniques he uses to help him move around the kitchen on this afternoon’s BBC One programme.

He had sticker bumps to show where the hob was, a beeper to measure the level when pouring hot water, and special oven gloves.

Fans were fascinated with the helpful items and also loved Alex’s guide dog River, who was in the studio audience.

Ready Steady Cook viewers were left amazed after watching the show’s first blind contestant Alex Pepper, 29, from London, (pictured left with presenter Rylan Clark-Neal) show off his impressive cooking skills today

Alex, who lost his sight four years ago, demonstrated the gadgets and techniques he uses to help him move around the kitchen on this afternoon’s BBC One programme. Pictured: A beeper to measure the level when pouring hot water

Fans were fascinated by the helpful items and also loved Alex’s guide dog River (pictured), who was in the studio audience

One person wrote: ‘Today’s Ready Steady Cook is a must watch! If you ever wondered how someone partially sighted cooks, Rylan is demonstrating with his contestants. 

‘I am so glad we are giving a platform to diverse contestants and being educated at the same time.’ 

Another said: ‘The blind contestant on Ready Steady Cook has brought some fascinating gadgets with him to help in the kitchen. Interesting stuff!’

Alex revealed on the show that he was four months old when he suffered from cancer of the eye, leaving him partially sighted. Four years ago, his condition worsened and he was left fully blind. 

 

 

Viewers were wowed by the gadgets which aided Alex in the kitchen while others explained how they loved seeing guide dog River in the studio audience on today’s show

Alex also explained while on the show, how when cooking at home, he used a bar code reader for identifying ingredients and a speaking set of scales. 

He said he wanted to take part in the programme to show that ‘anyone can get in the kitchen if they want to, it’s just finding the know how’. 

Alex, who starred in Guide Dog’s latest advertising campaign, won the episode against his cousin Joe Pepper, who is also visually impaired.

He was voted the winner as part of team green pepper by the studio audience with his chef Mike Reid, defeating team ‘red tomato’ consisting of chef Romy Gill and his cousin Joe.

Alex (above) said he wanted to take part in the programme to show that ‘anyone can get in the kitchen if they want to, it’s just finding the know how’

Alex said: ‘Winning Ready Steady Cook was an amazing experience, especially as I got to take part with my cousin Joe! Rylan and the team were so welcoming and seemed genuinely interested in how I navigate the kitchen.

‘It was a great opportunity to demonstrate how blind and partially sighted people can cook just like anyone else, and the producers spent a lot of time asking me what tools, tips and tricks I use that I thought people at home would be interested in.’ 

The iconic daytime programme returned to our screens this week, ten years after its last episode, with Rylan Clark-Neal, 31, replacing Ainsley Harriot, 63, as host. 

Speaking ahead of today’s episode, Rylan told the Mirror: ‘Alex is fully blind and was just ­unbelievable in the kitchen.

Alex, who starred in Guide Dog’s latest advertising campaign, won the episode against his cousin Joe Pepper (pictured right), who is also visually impaired

‘He wasn’t treated any differently to any other contestant. The first thought I had was, ignorantly, how is he going to get on with the chopping? 

‘How is he going to get on with the gas hob? Is it going to be dangerous? Absolutely not, because there’s little things we learnt from him.’ 

The BBC decided to leave the show’s format largely unchanged for the new series and as before, two contestants are paired up with a professional chef. 

For the first challenge, contestants bring in ingredients bought on a £10 budget and create a dish in 20 minutes with their chef. 

Alex (pictured left) was voted the winner as part of team green pepper by the studio audience with his chef Mike Reid, defeating team ‘red tomato’ consisting of chef Romy Gill and his cousin Joe

The second task has been changed slightly and sees the studio audience hold up cards with letters on them to be picked from by the two contestants. 

They randomly select three cards, which are then turned around to reveal three different ingredients. The chef’s have ten minutes to create dishes from the items and the audience picks the winners.

But while the format hasn’t changed, the show has certainly become more sustainable. 

Gone are the famous plastic bags that the contestants brought their goods in – replaced by reusable ones.

Meanwhile unused food will be given to a food bank, and locally sourced produce is favoured.

Ready Steady Cook, Monday to Friday, 4.30pm, BBC1 

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Bill Clinton Says He Had The Monica Lewinsky Affair To ‘Manage Anxieties’!

Bill Clinton is blaming his historic affair with Monica Lewinsky on the pressures of being US President!

In a new interview obtained by DailyMailTV, the former POTUS reveals he had an infamous fling with the then-White House intern while he was in office because it helped manage his “anxieties”!

The interview will be featured in Hillary, the upcoming docu-series that will air on Hulu about Bill’s wife, Hillary Clinton. Naturally, the docu-series covers the scandalous affair and its aftermath, which saw the couple in “painful” marriage counseling, according to the former First Lady.

Bill also shares his side of the story, and it sounds like he’s attempting to victimize himself by insisting how stressful his job was at the time he met Lewinsky. In the sit-down, the politician claimed the pressures of being president made him feel like a boxer who had done 30 rounds, causing him to view the young, bright-eyed intern as “something that will take your mind off it for a while.”

Video: Monica Gets Candid About Her ‘Flirtatious Encounters’ With Bill!

Hey, we all have our vices! But dude…

Bill acknowledges he shouldn’t have taken the edge off in a way that would be so damaging to his marriage — not to mention, Lewinsky’s life. The ex-prez offered an apology to his former intern with benefits in the documentary, saying he felt “terrible” that her life was defined by their tryst.

However, he also suggested his former employee should just move on with her life, saying that when things don’t return to normal after a certain point, “you’ve got to decide how to define normal.” LOL, gotta love it when a man tells a woman how to move on from a situation he put her in!

Although he ultimately remained in office, the scandal led to Bill being impeached in 1998 after it came to light that Bill had lied to a grand jury investigating his personal affairs. The Commander In Chief also lied to his wife — and she believed him.

Ultimately, though, he came clean to Hillary. He said in the interview:

“I went and sat on the bed and talked to her. I told her exactly what happened, when it happened. I said I feel terrible about it. We’ve been through quite a bit in the last few years. I said I have no defense, it’s inexcusable what I did.”

Hillary also talks about the scandal during the docu-series, sharing the emotional trauma she went through after finding out the truth. She recalled:

“I was just devastated. I could not believe it. I was so personally just hurt and I can’t believe this, I can’t believe you lied.”

The four-part series details Hillary’s public life from her student days to losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

Looks like we’ll be getting plenty of crocodile tears from Bill, too!

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Sony Shutters Three European Offices Amid Coronavirus Scare

Sony Pictures Entertainment has shuttered three European offices after a London-based staff member returned from a coronavirus-affected area, Variety has confirmed.

Offices in London, Paris and Gdynia, Poland, have been closed for the remainder of the week, with all staff working from home. The directive was communicated to staff via an internal memo circulated this morning. The business has also instated a travel ban across APAC and parts of Italy, as revealed by Variety.

A Sony spokesperson has confirmed there are no positive cases within the business so far, but extreme precautionary measures are being taken to contain any potential illness.

“The health and well-being of our employees is of the utmost importance. We thought it was important to share with you that one of our London employees may have been exposed to coronavirus COVID-19 given recent travels to an affected area. Out of an abundance of caution, the London, Paris and Gdynia offices will be closed for the remainder of the week, and employees should work from home.”

Sony’s move comes after a wave of entertainment companies decided to rein in foreign travel and cancel crucial pitch events and company gatherings, including WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, Disney and Amazon, as well as Sony itself.

Several international events linked to the media, tech and entertainment sectors were canceled or postponed due to fears of coronavirus contagion. These have included film festivals such as Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival, Lausanne’s Think Cinema, and Greece’s Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, as well as events in adjacent areas such as Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the London Book Fair, and Google’s I/O developers conference.

The fate of the upcoming international TV content market in Cannes, MipTV, has yet to be revealed.

 

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A phone call between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick reportedly 'didn't go well' as free-agency rumors around the 43-year-old quarterback heat up

  • A phone call between New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday did not go well, according to The Boston Herald.
  • Brady is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career on March 18, and his future with the Patriots is uncertain.
  • There have been conflicting reports about the free-agent market for the 43-year-old quarterback.
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With quarterback Tom Brady's first dip into NFL free agency rapidly approaching, relations with the New England Patriots — his team of 20 years — may be shaky.

According to Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald, Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke on the phone on Tuesday, and their conversation "didn't go well."

According to Guregian, it was the first time the two had connected to discuss Brady's contract.

Brady set his contract up to expire after the 2019 season, allowing him to hit free agency for the first time. Rumors have persisted all season that the 43-year-old quarterback really could leave New England.

Guregian reported that the market for Brady has been described as "very good." He doesn't officially become an unrestricted free agent until March 18, but rumors have already suggested that the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers might all be interested in pursuing Brady.

Rumors of the 49ers' interest, in particular, heated up this week after Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston said the Niners are "closing hard on the outside." Brady is from the Bay Area and grew up a Niners fan.

However, the speculation has also raised eyebrows in the NFL world. Michael Giardi of NFL Network tweeted on Wednesday that Brady's market isn't "nearly as strong as is being portrayed," meaning people may be trying to drive up interest.

Additionally, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on Wednesday that some of the rumors surrounding Brady's free-agency options have come from people not involved in the situation.

"A lot of the same people who are trusted sources on their own guys are fantastically entertaining rumor mongers on other guys," Rapoport said.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Brady and Belichick's call was "business as usual."

Brady, Belichick, and the Patriots are all likely to connect further in the days leading up to free agency, and, of course, afterward. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero said on Wednesday that Bill Belichick may be the only person who knows how the two sides might chart a path forward.

"There might only be one person on the planet who goes know the answer to that and that's Bill Belichick," Pelissero said. "My understanding is that the lines of communication have not been completely closed here. In fact, I'm told that Tom Brady has spoken with owner Robert Kraft. But Kraft is not the guy making the football decisions. That all falls on Belichick."

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