E-sports: Singapore to host US$300,000 M2 World Championship in January, Sport News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The world’s top Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) players will set foot in Singapore from Jan 18-24, with the Republic set to host the MLBB M2 World Championship behind closed doors.

Teams will compete for a prize purse of US$300,000 (S$402,210) at the Shangri-La Hotel with the necessary Covid-19 measures in place.

The M2 World Championship is co-organised by Mobile Legends game developer Moonton and the Singapore’s Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (Scoga) with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

Mobile Legends is a mobile multi-player online battle arena game in which two opposing teams battle to destroy the enemy’s base while defending their own base and the teams vie for control of a path, which connects the bases.

When asked about the Covid-19 protocols, Moonton said it has “worked together with various industry experts to put up an operational plan that adheres to the safe

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Lovejoy volleyball sweeps short-handed McKinney North in regional final, eyes second straight Class 5A state championship

ALLEN — The banner had been made far in advance. With the Lovejoy volleyball team posing behind it, it read, “Region 2 champions 2020.”

Even Lovejoy coach Ryan Mitchell was surprised by how easily his defending state champs swept McKinney North Thursday night at Allen High School.

“When you play a district team for the third time, you don’t know what to expect,” Mitchell said.

Against defending state champ Lovejoy (24-0), the Dallas Morning News’ top-ranked 5A team and the District 10-5A champion, McKinney North (23-4) had the fewest points in three three-set losses this season, falling 25-10, 25-13, 25-19.

The young North team, the runner-up in 10-5A and The Dallas Morning News ranking, was without senior middle Nylah Encalade, a McNeese State signee on the bench with her right foot in a boot because of a high ankle sprain.

“Our defense is what really separates us from most

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In 2005, Liberty, Wilson advance to PIAA football championship games

A look back at Lehigh Valley sports stories over the years from Dec. 3.

a group of men playing a game of baseball: Liberty's Dan Persa follows the block of Joe Luther, 78, through the North Penn line in the 2005 PIAA Eastern final.

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Liberty’s Dan Persa follows the block of Joe Luther, 78, through the North Penn line in the 2005 PIAA Eastern final.

2005: Liberty (Class 4A) and Wilson (2A) reach PIAA football championship games with narrow wins in the semifinals. The Hurricanes get two touchdown passes from Dan Persa in a 14-12 win over North Penn that sends them to Hershey against McKeesport. The Warriors erase a late nine-point deficit in 2:19 to beat Montoursville 33-32 to advance to the final against South Park. D.J. Lenehan’s third touchdown run with 1:22 left, and Juan Lozano’s 25-yard field goal with 11 seconds left after Kevin Iobst recovers an onside kick, cap the Warriors rally. Lenehan also passes for 338 yards and a touchdown.

a football player with a football ball: Wilson quarterback D. J. Lenehan tries to elude Montoursville's Luke Ellison, left, during the 2005 PIAA Class 2A Eastern final at Hazleton Area School District Stadium.

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Top 10 Metro Detroit high school football championship games in the last 30 years

This was supposed to be state championship week for high school football in Michigan, but the state’s latest shutdown of fall sports has shelved any hopes for championship until at least the end of December.

To scratch the itch for championship football, here is a look back at the 10 best state championship games for Metro Detroit in the last 30 years. Admittedly, this list is supposed to be a bit biased to Metro Detroit teams, so games in which a Metro Detroit team won gets a nod over losses in a close call.

Still, win or lose, some games were just too classic to ignore.

RELATED: Top 10 Metro Detroit high school football championship performances in the last 30 years

10. Harrison wins a high-scoring affair against Creston

Score: Farmington Hills Harrison 42, Grand Rapids Creston 35

Year: 1999, Division 3

This was a battle of two schools that

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2021 FIM Motocross World Championship Calendar Update – MXGP

MONACO (Principality of Monaco)–Infront Moto Racing are delighted to share some updates to the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship, along with some news on the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship and the FIM Europe Motocross of European Nations dates.

In cooperation with the Águeda Action Club (ACTIB) and the Federação de Motociclismo de Portugal (FMP) the decision has been made to move the MXGP of Portugal, due to take place at the popular Águeda venue, from the 9th of May to the 16th of May, as the FIM Motocross World Championship will make its return to the Portuguese track after missing out in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Infront Moto Racing are excited to announce that the FIM Junior World Championship will be back next season, as Megalopolis, Greece will finally get to host the world’s youngest and most promising talents for a weekend of awesome racing.

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Top 10 state championship performances from Ann Arbor-area football players in last 30 years

ANN ARBOR – Only four high school football teams from the Ann Arbor area in the past 30 years have competed for a state championship.

And while none of those teams ended the season with a state title, there were still some memorable performances from players on the biggest stage.

MLive has highlighted 10 players who had standout individual showings during their state championship games spanning the past three decades.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 most memorable state championship performances from Ann Arbor-area football players.

MHSAA Football Finals: Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs. Chelsea - Nov. 28, 2015

Chelsea’s Jack Bush (2) looks to pass in the first quarter of their 2015 MHSAA Division 3 state final game against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, November 28, 2015. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com) Mike MulhollandMike Mulholland

Jack Bush, Chelsea, 2015

Chelsea’s offense didn’t have its best showing against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in 2015, but

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Top 10 Metro Detroit high school football championship performances in the last 30 years

While we won’t have the opportunity to see some of the state most talented high school football players strut their stuff at Ford Field this weekend, there is still hope for that to happen at the end of December.

a person holding a baseball bat on a field: Detroit Martin Luther Kingu00e2u20acu2122s Armani Posey (7) celebrates after they defeated Lowell 40-38 in their 2015 Division 2 state final game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, November 27, 2015.

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Detroit Martin Luther Kingu00e2u20acu2122s Armani Posey (7) celebrates after they defeated Lowell 40-38 in their 2015 Division 2 state final game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, November 27, 2015.

In the meantime, let’s take a walk down memory lane at the best individual performances by Metro Detroit players at the state finals within the last 30 years.

10. Marvin Campbell’s big day gives Loyola its first state title

Year: 2014, Division 7

Detroit Loyola finished runner-up in the Division 7 title game in 2012 and 2013. The Bulldogs needed something or someone to get them over the hump. In the end, it was

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Cancellation of Wake Forest game assures Notre Dame of spot in ACC Championship

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — If No. 2 Notre Dame manages to secure its second College Football Playoff berth, coach Brian Kelly’s words before his Fighting Irish secured their first one in 2018 will have proven prophetic.

“Look, we need to get better from 65 to 85 — that 65th scholarship to the 85th scholarship,” Kelly said on national signing day in February 2018, more than 10 months before the 12-0 Irish faced Clemson in a CFP semifinal.

The Tigers manhandled the Irish 30-3 behind freshman Trevor Lawrence’s three touchdown passes against an Irish secondary weakened with All-America cornerback Julian Love in concussion protocol. It was evident then that Notre Dame needed to improve its talent on both sides of the line of scrimmage and create adequate depth if it wanted to challenge the top CFP contenders.

Fast-forward to this season in which the Fighting Irish (No. 2 CFP) find themselves

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Healthy, deeper No. 4 Clemson ready for championship run

Coach Dabo Swinney believes No. 4 Clemson is healthy and deeper as they prepare for another championship run after battling injuries and COVID-19-related issues.

The Tigers (8-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) returned several missing starters, including q uarterback Trevor Lawrence, who hadn’t played in five weeks, last weekend.

The defensive starters back from injury include tackle Tyler Davis and linebackers James Skalski and Mike Jones Jr., were also back on the field in a 52-17 blowout of Pittsburgh last Saturday.

Lawrence was sidelined two games after testing positive for COVID-19 in October and hadn’t played since Oct. 24.

But Swinney said there was a positive side to their absence. With the starters watching, several younger players got practice and game reps, providing them much-needed experience.

“We’ve had a little bit of everything across the board,” Swinney said Tuesday. “And we’ve continued to play well. We had to get guys

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Platt, Biggersville earn 1A championship game berth | Local Sports

Biggersville High School football is beginning to remind me more and more of the “Rocky” movie series.

From the beginning, Rocky Balboa may not have won a lot of matches with pure talent and superior athletic ability but he certainly won with heart.

The Lions are similar in many ways to the boxing movie legend. It’s been a long hard road for head coach Stan Platt’s team to reach the pinnacle of Mississippi High School football as they play Lumberton Friday at 3 p.m. for the MHSAA Class 1A state championship.

Other teams in their class may be bigger, faster and have more of a pedigree on the gridiron but Biggersville just keeps fighting and playing with heart. As a team they consider themselves a brotherhood that will fight to the end with all their might and with all their soul.

They have left everything on the field this year,

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