Former UFC star, GSP rival Josh Koscheck retires from MMA

It has been a busy week when it comes to mixed martial arts retirements.

First it was Rashad Evans, then Johny Hendricks hung up the gloves, and now former UFC welterweight star Josh Koscheck is stepping away from the sport for good.

Koscheck announced his retirement on The Luke Thomas Show on SiriusXM Thursday afternoon.

Well, Josh Koscheck just told me he’s officially retired on #TLTS.

— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) June 28, 2018

After a collegiate wrestling career that saw him win a Division 1 championship out of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Koscheck transitioned to MMA where he made his professional debut in 2004. Koscheck got his big break by being a cast member on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005. Although he didn’t win the show, the Waynesburg, Penn., native had an impressive showing and gained a strong following.

He eventually became of one the top MMA villains of the era and developed a rivalry with former champion Georges St-Pierre. Koscheck and St-Pierre met twice, once in 2007 and again for the title in 2010, with St-Pierre earning unanimous decision victories both times.

The 40-year-old had competed just once in the past three years. Following a five-fight losing streak in the UFC that lasted from 2012 to 2015, Koscheck took a two-year break from MMA before suffering a technical knockout loss to Mauricio Alonso in Bellator in February 2017.

“It’s almost like you kind of just lose it, and it pains me to say that,” Koscheck told Thomas when speaking about the twilight of his career. “It really, truly pains me as a fighter because I have a big ego. Everybody that steps inside that cage has a big ego, but I truly didn’t have it [late in my career]. I …read more



Stampeders defence stands out in Calgary’s win over Ottawa Redblacks

CALGARY — Eric Rogers and Kamar Jorden had touchdown catches for the Calgary Stampeders in a 24-14 win over the Ottawa Redblacks on Thursday.

Calgary’s defence was the difference, however, generating a turnover that produced the first touchdown, and twice denying Ottawa at the goal-line early in the fourth quarter.

Don Jackson ran for a touchdown and Rene Paredes kicked a 22-yard field goal for Calgary (3-0) in front of an announced 23,454 at McMahon Stadium.

Greg Ellingson had a touchdown catch for Ottawa (1-1). Kicker Lewis Ward was good from 40 and 28 yards and Richie Leone added a 63-yard punt single.

Stampeder quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell surpassed a career 20,000 passing yards in the second quarter, making him the third Stampeder quarterback to do so after Henry Burris (32,191) and Doug Flutie (20,551).

Mitchell completed 19 of 35 pass attempts for 251 yards. He threw a pair of touchdown passes and was intercepted once.

Ottawa counterpart Trevor Harris was 13-for-29 for 135 yards and was picked off once before giving way to Dominique Davis in the fourth quarter. Davis threw a nine-yard pass to Ellingson to score late in the quarter.

The Redblacks and Stampeders had each produced over 300 passing yards and 40 and 41 points respectively in their previous games.

But the two clubs were tied 7-7 until a Paredes field goal in the last minute of the third quarter.

Calgary’s offence found its footing in the fourth with Jorden’s 32-yard catch and Jackson’s six-yard run to score.

A 56-yard catch by Ellingson and a 15-yard carry from William Powell had the Redblacks threatening early in …read more



Yes, you can teach your child to be funny. Here’s how

SALT LAKE CITY — While some kids are spending the summer coding or canoeing, others are learning how to be funny at comedy camps being held across the nation.

Kids honing their sense of humor could have long-lasting benefits. The ability to make others laugh is a skill that can help people in almost any job they do, from marketing to medicine, and people with a sense of humor are perceived to be more intelligent and creative than the humorless, psychologists say.

But there’s a fine line between a joke and an insult, as comedian Roseanne Barr recently learned when her TV show was canceled because of a joke that she later admitted was “thoughtless.”

Some comedians say a joke isn’t funny unless it offends someone and skirts the line of propriety. Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, however, dismisses that sort of comedy as bullying, and “clean” humorists such as Jim Gaffigan and Ryan Hamilton have shown you don’t have to be inflammatory to be funny.

As the children’s author Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, once said, “Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes and recite three poems, in case they are ever trapped in an elevator.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Titus Jarman, 9, Mia LaPlante, 11, and Theresa Jenny, 10, laugh during a performance in the Skits and Bits class at the Utah Children’s Theatre summer camp in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

So how can parents who themselves don’t have a funny bone raise children who are both funny and kind? Comedy camps across the nation teach children just that, and professional comics also have some advice. In helping your children develop a sense of humor, you also might find that your family grows closer, some humorists say.

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Elders Gong, Soares share experiences from first 3 months as LDS apostles

SALT LAKE CITY — The young Mormon missionaries who walked out of the sweltering heat and into Temple Square’s North Visitors Center on Thursday afternoon longingly told reporters they hoped to see the two men who were giving media interviews on the top floor.

That’s part of the new normal for Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares, who have served nearly three months of what are expected to be lifetime roles as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I think our members have a very great love for those who have been called to the office in which we are now privileged to serve,” Elder Gong said about how his life has changed since March 31, when LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson announced the two new apostles. “We are just so grateful to interact with them.”

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Elder Gerrit W. Gong answers questions during an interview in the North Visitors Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 28, 2018.

During a 15-minute interview with the Deseret News, KSL-TV and the LDS Church News, Elder Gong, 64, and Elder Soares, 59, shared the assignments they’ve been given, how their perspective on the apostleship has changed since they became members of the quorum themselves, and the impressions and lessons of their first months, including their insights about President Nelson.

Each man has used the word “overwhelming” to describe being called as an apostle for a church with 16.1 million members worldwide. Each already has begun to contribute in weekly quorum meetings, other discussions and on travel assignments made by acting quorum President M. Russell Ballard. Elder Gong has been to Asia and Central America. Elder Soares has been to West Africa.

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