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“The researchers found that the virus transmission through a respiratory system or digestive system depends on the host of the virus,” he explained as quoted by tempo.co.Although the research suggested that the coronavirus could be spread through farts and feces, Nidom said, there was no scientific evidence of flatulence alone posing a risk of COVID-19 transmission. However, the coronavirus was uniquely hard to predict, he added. Read also: Scientists call for global cooperation, use of scientific methods in fight against COVID-19Meanwhile, Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology director Amin Soebandrio also confirmed that the coronavirus could match with receptors in the mucous membrane of the digestive system. COVID-19 might be transmitted through farts and feces, Airlangga University molecular biologist Chairul Anwar Nidom has said.According to him, the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute (HVRI) in China has tested the hypothesis using dogs and cats. Chairul explained that the researchers were conducting swab tests through the dogs’ anus – instead of through nose and throat.Nidom went on to explain that such a swab test method was normal, given that the matching protein receptor, called ACE2, was normally found in several human organs – the lungs, kidneys, heart and the gut. However, he also said the likelihood of this was low compared to the common transmission through respiratory droplets.Previously, Australian doctor Andy Tagg pointed out that farts could spread the coronavirus – the coronavirus had been found in the feces of 55 percent of COVID-19 patients. While respiratory droplets transmission could be spread through coughing and touching hands, Tagg said, small feces particles like “aerosolized feces” among fart gases could also spread the virus.What has all this farting talk got to do with the coronavirus?Well, SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in faeces and has been detected in an asymptomatic individual up to 17 days post-exposure.https://t.co/6IflYTLFWr pic.twitter.com/XuYCmYoEQ7— Andy Tagg (@andrewjtagg) April 6, 2020However, Tagg also suggested that people not throw around assumptions against “gas”, and he reminded everyone to keep their pants on.”Perhaps SARS-CoV-2 can be spread through the power of parping – we need more evidence. So remember to wear appropriate PPE at all times and stay safe,” Andy Tagg wrote on his Twitter account @andrewjtagg on Apr. 6. (trn)Topics :
Press Association Villas-Boas’ fractious relationship with Lampard dogged his eight-month reign, which ended with the Portuguese’s sacking on Sunday. He also froze both Alex and Nicolas Anelka out of the first-team squad in November after the pair handed in transfer requests. Alex, who joined Paris St Germain in January, told O Jogo: “Andre is not the kind of person who talks a lot, he’s someone who is a bit closed. That’s just the way he is. I saw some comments of Lampard recently and I think he deserved more respect.” Former Chelsea defender Alex has accused Andre Villas-Boas of disrespecting Frank Lampard. He added: “It is true that a player knows he will sometimes have to stay on the bench, especially after reaching a certain age. That’s not a problem. “But with Lampard’s history at the club, where he has more than 10 years, he deserves a word or an explanation from the manager. Fundamentally, it was a question of respect for everything that he represents for Chelsea.” Alex also questioned claims player power drove Villas-Boas out of the club. “I think it makes little sense to say that there was a hardcore who did not want Andre to continue,” he said. “If you look carefully, (John) Terry and Ashley Cole always played, (Didier) Drogba and even Fernando (Torres) had lots of opportunities. “We, the players, often have a habit when things go wrong of blaming the coach. But that’s not true. Sometimes things don’t go well for the team due to little details, like a lack of luck, or poor form from some of us. “In the end, it was good I had a problem there because I came to a great club and city.”
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has declared his happiness with the club’s summer transfer window dealings so far – and confidence that they have all been above board. “He is a competitive player, he will be important for our team and we didn’t spend any money on him, so the rules of financial fair play don’t have any relation with Lampard.” Neither Lampard nor Sagna will be part of the squad for Sunday’s game – among eight City players set to miss out. That also includes Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho and skipper Vincent Kompany, all of whom – like Sagna – were involved in the knockout rounds of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Alvaro Negredo is recovering from a foot injury. But there could be debuts for two other new signings City have made this summer in goalkeeper Willy Caballero and midfielder Fernando. And on the quartet of fresh faces at the club, Pellegrini said: “I’m very happy because I think we have important restrictions from UEFA, but I think we have a stronger team than last year. “The four players that have arrived for the moment will be very important for us.” City are also expected to wrap up a deal for Porto’s France defender Eliaquim Mangala, but Pellegrini was giving little away on that front on Friday. “I always say the same answer – when things are finished, we can talk about that,” he said. “For the moment, Mangala is not our player.” One player it had appeared City might lose this summer is midfielder Yaya Toure after his agent suggested the Ivory Coast international felt he had been treated disrespectfully by the club. Toure has since emphasised his commitment to City, though, saying he wants to stay with them for ”as long as possible”, and that was echoed by Pellegrini on Friday. “There were a lot of different reports about a lot of things but Yaya doesn’t have any problems,” Pellegrini said. “He works normally here, he wants to stay here, he is very happy here. “With most things that everyone talked about during the summer, I never heard Yaya talking about them – other people yes, but not Yaya.” Meanwhile, City have completed the signing of Argentina Under-20 international Bruno Zuculini. The 21-year-old midfielder, who joins from Argentinian side Racing Club, was part of City’s pre-season tours of Scotland and the United States and scored in the friendly against Kansas City. Zuculini, who is available for Sunday’s Community Shield against Arsenal, said on mcfc.co.uk: “I’m very excited about the future. I am looking forward to the experiences which this move will bring and to improving myself as a player.” Press Association The Barclays Premier League champions were in May hit with sanctions from UEFA for breaching financial fair play rules, and when asked about the Lampard deal, Wenger said: ”Is it a way to get around the fair play? I don’t know.” The Frenchman has also subsequently suggested that his compatriot Sagna’s move to City this summer following the conclusion of the full-back’s contract with Arsenal was “agreed a long time ago”. But asked on Friday if he was happy that everything as far as the Lampard and Sagna deals were concerned had been done correctly, Pellegrini – whose side face Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday – said: “I think so.” The Chilean added that he was “surprised” by Wenger’s comments, and also said: “I think as managers we have enough problems with our own teams to be talking about other teams. “The only thing I can say is that we have important restrictions about the amount of money we can spend, and Frank Lampard was a free player – we didn’t spend any money in bringing him from New York City to Manchester City.” Pellegrini is baffled by any negative reaction there has been to Lampard’s move, including from Chelsea fans that might be upset to see him at a Premier League rival after 13 years at Stamford Bridge. “I don’t understand the reaction of Chelsea fans who say he is a traitor,” Pellegrini said. “The problem was not that Frank Lampard did not want to sign another contract with Chelsea – Chelsea didn’t want him any more. Over the last few days the spotlight has been on City’s recruitment of Frank Lampard and Bacary Sagna following comments made about both signings from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard has arrived at the Etihad Stadium on loan until January from New York City FC – Manchester City’s American sister outfit, who the 36-year-old England international signed for earlier this summer.
For a team that started the year 7-0, 12-3 and 19-10, USC baseball went 4-22 in its last 26 games, including a dismal 1-15 stretch to end the season.After getting swept by No. 5 UCLA last weekend in Westwood, the Trojans finished with a 23-32 record, going just 8-22 in Pac-12 Conference play. That record comes out to winning percentages of just .418 overall and .267 in conference play.The .418 winning percentage is the program’s worst in 27 years, when the team went 24-44 (.333 winning percentage) in 1985. It is the fourth worst in the program’s history, behind 1985, 1982 (22-36, .390) and the team’s inaugural season in the Pacific Coast Conference in 1927 (7-14, .333).No solution · Senior catcher Kevin Roundtree (left) and senior pitcher Andrew Triggs (right) were unable to lead the Trojans back on track. – Corey Marquetti | Summer TrojanThe 23 wins are the least by a USC team since that 1985 team won just 22. The 1982 team also won 23, but before that you have to go all the way back to 1957 to find a USC baseball team with so few wins. That team went 18-4.The 32 losses are tied for fourth-worst in program history. The Trojans lost 44 games in 1985; 36 in 1982; 33 in 2006; and 32 in 2004, 2010 and 2012.The .267 conference winning percentage is the program’s third-lowest. The worst was that catastrophic 1985 season, when the Trojans went just 5-25 (.167). In 2010 the Trojans went just 7-20 (.259) in conference.Likewise, the eight conference wins are tied for the program’s third-lowest number since the Trojans went 3-5 in PCC play in 1945.Finally, the 22 conference losses are the second-most in program history, after 1985.The 2012 season completes what is unquestionably the worst 10-year span in the history of USC baseball. In the last 10 years, the Trojans have won 277 games and lost 295.Of the 1,354 losses the USC baseball program has suffered in its 123-year history, nearly a quarter have come in the last 10 years. And that can’t be blamed on longer schedules; the Trojans have played in at least 40 games a season every year since 1960.Just one time since 2002 have the Trojans had a winning season: in 2005 when it went 41-22 and made it to within one win of a trip to the College World Series. It is the only time in the last 10 years the Trojans have made it to the postseason. In the 10 years before that, the Trojans made it 10 times.When the Trojans were 19-10, there was talk of ending that skid. Instead, the season took a turn for the worse.
The Trojans men’s volleyball team (0-6, 0-4 MPSF) will take on No. 8 Pepperdine (4-1, 3-1 MPSF) at the Galen Center on Tuesday night.The game will be the Trojans’ first as an unranked team since the end of the 2013 season.“Honestly [ranking] doesn’t really matter,” senior libero and team captain Brooks Varni said. “We’re trying not to look at that kind of stuff yet. We’re more focused on how we’re gaining experience and how we’re learning throughout the whole season. We’re not here to worry about where we are in the rankings.”On the other side of the net, the Pepperdine Waves have made quite a splash this season by starting MPSF play with a 3-1 record including a 4-set win over No. 4 UC Irvine in their most recent game.To USC, Pepperdine is yet another ranked opponent in the way of the team’s first victory of the year and one with a variety of weapons.Two-time All-MPSF second-team senior opposite Matt Tarantino leads the Waves in kills (3.50/set) while hitting .285 for the year. In an errorless performance versus Hawaii, Tarantino landed 13 kills on 16 attempts hitting .812.USC’s answer to Tarantino is junior outside hitter Lucas Yoder. Two years ago, Yoder earned MPSF Freshman of the Year honors, but after a down year in 2015, he has been hot and cold this season. In Saturday’s match against UCLA, Yoder hit -.200 in just two sets.Coach Jeff Nygaard remains impressed with his outside hitter’s natural ability and dedication to improving his game.“[Yoder] is on a path where he’ll go out there and still pass naturally at the highest level,” Nygaard said. “He’s getting better across the board at everything that we do.”The match will also feature a battle at the net between Pepperdine’s Tommy Carmody and USC junior Andy Benesh.Carmody, a redshirt senior transfer from the University of the Pacific, has been a quick success with the Waves, leading the team with 32 blocks. As a team, the Waves have recorded 57 blocks to date and held opponents to 30.Where Pepperdine has added a key player at middle blocker, USC has been missing star Benesh for most of the season. His absence accounts for the Trojans’ mere 37 blocks while opponents have racked up 64 against them.Benesh returned to the court on Saturday at UCLA with a strong start to his season recording five blocks, six kills and a hitting percentage of .308.“As you saw against UCLA, [Benesh] blocks balls, which is something we haven’t been doing much of,” Nygaard said.On Tuesday, Benesh will square off with Carmody to try to mitigate the Waves’ size up front, but Nygaard knows that Benesh will embrace the challenge of Pepperdine’s size, a trait that “makes him who he is.”Benesh also brings much-needed experience to the court after playing with the Junior Men’s National Team this past summer.“The good thing about him playing on the international scene is that he played against some middles that were next level across the board: height, jump, physicality, experience and intelligence,” Nygaard said.“It feels really good to be out there with my teammates again,” Benesh said, when asked about his return. “That first home game was hard for me to watch my teammates go out there and I couldn’t help support them, so it’ll be nice to get back out [at the Galen] tomorrow night.”With Benesh back in the lineup, the Men of Troy have a big reason to keep their heads held high.Varni has told the team, “[Our start] has not been ideal, but it’s really about sticking to the process. As frustrating as it is to be 0-6, we’ve got to stay positive.”While USC has proven they can stay close with the best teams in the nation, to win versus Pepperdine, the team will need to start and finish sets better.Varni blamed “inexperience” as part of the reason for the team’s inability to close out sets.“Now with Andy back, it’s a whole new lineup, so I think we’re still getting used to one another and I think we’re going to have that experience as the season goes on about winning games,” Varni said.The Trojans will gain more in-game experience with the new lineup on Tuesday against Pepperdine.
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (12-7, 5-3 Big Ten) beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-12, 2-6) at the Kohl Center Tuesday night, bouncing back from a near-blowout loss to Michigan State over the weekend.Winners of six of their last eight, the Badgers got a favorable matchup against the struggling Huskers, who entered the night with three consecutive losses. Early on, however, it was clear that Nebraska came to play.The Huskers started the game 4-for-4 shooting en route to a 9–6 lead, but the Badgers found a way to keep responding via 3-pointers. In the first half alone, the Badgers made eight 3-pointers from six different players.Men’s Basketball: Following D’Mitrik Trice’s mid-season riseAfter a season of reliance on Ethan Happ, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team needed to fill the production Read…At the break, Wisconsin led by just one point, 39–38, despite being heavily favored heading into the game.Nebraska’s Dachon Burke Jr. and Cam Mack led all scorers at the half with 12 points each, while Kobe King and Micah Potter led the way for the Badgers with nine points and eight points, respectively.While the Badgers led by just one coming out of the break, you would never know it from the way they shot in the second half. Wisconsin torched the nets to open the second half, shooting 9-for-15 from the floor — including 5-for-8 from 3-point range — in the first eight minutes.Brad Davison was especially impressive after the break, scoring 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting, including three 3-pointers. Nate Reuvers added nine points of his own.Davison credited a team effort for the contagious shooting in the second-half.“When you see the ball go in, whether it’s individual or as a team, that just breeds confidence,” Davison said.Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin upsets Ohio State University in marquee road winThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (9-5, 2-1 Big Ten) upset No. 5 Ohio State University Buckeyes (11-3, 1-2) Read…The Badgers took a commanding lead early in the half but allowed Nebraska to claw their way back into the game before putting the game away late via 3-pointers by D’Mitrik Trice and Davison, winning by a final of 82–68.In all, the Badgers made 18 3-pointers, breaking the record for the most in a Big Ten game in school history and the most in any game in school history. The previous records were 14 and 17, respectively.Davison finished the game with 14 points while Brevin Pritzl added 12 of his own. Reuvers totaled 11 points while Trice had 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a solid all-around game.
Part of The Daily Orange’s coverage of Syracuse Athletics — and more — this fall is the numerous features written by our staff. With the fall semester done, we compiled a list of our 10 best-written stories from the past five months. In this list are stories about Jalen Carey’s New York City upbringing, Alton Robinson’s path to Syracuse and the tale of sports agent David Falk and how he revolutionized an industry.Read the whole list below.AN HONEST LIVING: How David Falk revolutionized the sports agent industryLauren Miller | Asst. Video EditorOne of professional sports’ landmark agents knows what some outsiders think of him. David Falk doesn’t regret any of it. In an industry known for empty promises and deceit, he’s risen to the top.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘DREAM COME TRUE’: How Buddy Boeheim carried out his lifelong goal of playing for SyracuseJosh Shub-Selzter | Staff PhotographerBuddy Boeheim, the son of Hall of Fame Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, has been an SU fan as long as he can remember. The team he admired for 18 years trained him all the while. This season, Buddy has carried out his dream of playing for Syracuse.REDEMPTION: Alton Robinson faced up to 20 years in prison on a robbery charge. Now, he’s gearing up for a season leading the Orange’s defense.Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerWhen Alton Robinson arrived on the Syracuse University campus during August 2017, there was no guarantee that he would ever step foot in the Carrier Dome to play football. Now, he’s led SU’s defensive line in a historic season.HOMEGROWN: Jalen Carey, his father and the plan they’ve always hadJosh Shub-Selzter | Staff PhotographerSyracuse 43-year head coach Jim Boeheim described Jalen Carey as one of the best offensive guards he’s had in 20 years, citing his quickness, anticipation and feel for the game. As Carey embarks on his career at SU, he remembers Harlem.Ryan Raposo’s family background fuels his passion on the fieldMax Freund | Asst. Photo EditorRyan Raposo, now an all-conference freshman forward at Syracuse, experienced little stoppage in his career. He said he’s the most competitive person he’s ever met, and that confidence is a result of his upbringing.Leonid Yelin’s coaching style is driven by his relentless intensityTJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerSuccess traveled with Leonid Yelin from the Soviet Union to Barry University in Florida. Syracuse is his “final destination” in a 50-year career that’s totaled almost 700 wins. The price of Yelin’s greatness manifests in the perceptions players have of him.How Allie Munroe’s emphasis on past failures fuels her successAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerAllie Munroe has had far more successes than failures in her hockey career, one filled with individual and team accolades. As a captain for the Orange, she is still looking for SU’s elusive first-ever College Hockey America conference championship.‘It’s an addiction,’ The anatomy of SU football’s scalping marketSarah Allam | Illustration EditorIn Syracuse, ticket scalpers are a game day staple. They’re situated around campus from the tailgates in the Stadium Lot to the bus stop at College Place. On any game day, fans can walk by and partake in an underground economy that’s figuring out how to turn a profit.See how women in sports broadcasting are inspiring younger generationsSarah Allam | Illustration EditorA 2016 statista.com study showed the gender distribution of journalists among different news topics in the United States. Sports topped the chart, as 89 percent are men and 11 percent are women. Women are fighting the numbers.How a few kickboxing lessons redefined Kendall Coleman’s pass rushPaul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerAfter 1.5 sacks in his first 20 games at Syracuse, Kendall Coleman focused on his pass rush this offseason. Everything came together 643 miles from the SU campus during a family bonding session, where Nikki, Coleman’s mother, introduced her 6-foot-3, 266-pound pass rusher to kickboxing. Comments Published on December 19, 2018 at 10:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Then there are veterans like Danny Green, who made six 3-pointers in a crucial Game 3 of the Finals. He has said he’d “like to be back” in Toronto, following his most efficient shooting year ever.Toronto has the pieces to be competitive and Ujiri has pulled off a series of miracles in the front office, but Leonard’s decision this summer will seriously affect the future of the franchise. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Raptors considered the ‘favorite to land’ star Toronto mayor begs Raptors fans to leave Kawhi Leonard alone ahead of free agency Toronto won its first NBA championship but it could have some big decisions to make this summer.The Raptors pulled off one of the most successful gambles in league history when they traded their franchise player, DeMar DeRozan, for Kawhi Leonard last July, but even a ring might not be enough when it comes to enticing the soft-spoken star to stay in Canada for the long haul. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Danny Green thinks there’s a ‘higher percentage’ star stays with Raptors Leonard reportedly wanted to return home and play for a team in California after his relationship with the Spurs soured and he is rumored to be interested in joining the Clippers. Leonard has given no recent indication about his future, but Toronto remains the favorite to sign him, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. If Leonard leaves, however, there really are only two routes Toronto can take when it comes to addressing the situation, so let’s take a look at what they are. Related News Blow it all upThe Raptors didn’t come close to the Finals until the arrival of Leonard, and it made changes to build around him for a championship run.One constant in Toronto’s organization is Kyle Lowry, who has spent the last seven seasons with the team. But, despite being a five-time All-Star and maintaining his position as the heartbeat of the Raptors, he found himself in trade rumor talk as the 2019 deadline approached. Lowry has become a Canadian icon, but Toronto’s general manager has made it very clear he’ll do anything he can to win.The Raptors weren’t able to package Lowry in a reported deal for the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley Jr., but did land Marc Gasol — a 3-time All-Star and early Defensive Player of the Year candidate in 2018-19. Gasol’s experience, defensive versatility and ability to stretch the defense were valuable in the postseason.One thing to think about is Toronto’s payroll, which is the fourth highest in the NBA. Lowry is owed over $33 million next season and Gasol could accept his player option to make an additional $25 million. Then there’s Pascal Siakam, who will likely be named the NBA’s Most Improved Player and clearly has a sizable raise on the way, as he averaged just under 20 points per game in his first Finals appearance.The Raptors don’t appear to be front-runners to land any top free agents, but were 13-3 in the regular season when Leonard didn’t play.Toronto has always consistently been a solid team in the regular season, but tying up money to these players without a bonafide superstar could be risky. Making a few trades to acquire young pieces and picks could be the better move.Stay the course and developA major storyline in this year’s NBA Finals was that the Raptors path to the championship was one paved by a roster made up of zero lottery picks.Toroto’s personnel is made up of diamonds in the rough like undrafted guard Fred VanVleet, the former project Siakam and the often criticized Lowry. But all these pieces have developed well in Canada.Lowry didn’t develop into an All-Star until his 10th NBA season in 2015-16, but he’s been a regular every year since. Siakam basically doubled his production from a season ago and was a borderline All-Star talent in 2019. The 6-9 forward blossomed after being named the D-League’s (now G League) Finals MVP in 2017, and the Raptors have more promising talent in their back pocket.Toronto’s 6-10 big man Chris Boucher didn’t play organized basketball until his teenage years, like Siakam. Boucher dominated the G League himself this past year and was named Defensive Player of the Year and MVP for Raptors 905. Surprisingly enough, he’s already a two-time NBA champion — he was a member of the Warriors in 2017-18.The Canadian native has only notched two playoff appearances in his career, and both were this year. But he has been around winning environments and has potential.
CC: Yeah. This fight is very personal to me. This guy has my full attention. He besmirched Dan Lambert, and Dan Lambert is like a second father to me. He’s the godfather of MMA. The guy has done so much for me and the gym. To slap him in the face like that and besmirch him. Robbie Lawler has to pay. Now I have to bring that scalp back to Dan Lambert, and that’s got to be had. There’s nothing else that can be said.SN: When you envision the fight in the head, how does it play out?CC: I envision myself knocking out out Robbie Lawler in the first round. “Chaos” made his debut in February 2012 and hasn’t looked back. He won his first five fights on the regional circuit before getting the call for his first UFC bout in August 2014. Using his dominant wrestling and his gift of gab, Covington quickly climbed the ladder with an 8-1 record. The pinnacle of his career to this point has been challenging Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight title at UFC 225 in June 2018.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe 31-year-old Covington controlled the majority of the fight and won by unanimous decision to claim UFC gold for the first time. His reign didn’t last long, however; the UFC removed the interim tag when he couldn’t face then-champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 in September because of sinus surgery. Days before his return at UFC Newark, Covington talked with Sporting News about getting stripped of the interim title, how frustrated he was about the move, why taking on Lawler is so personal and how expects to beat Lawler.(Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity.)SPORTING NEWS: Do we still call you the interim welterweight champion?COLBY COVINGTON: Of course, you can call me that. You can call me “America’s Champion,” “The People’s Champion,” but you can’t say “former champion” by my name because to be a former champion, you have to be beaten inside the Octagon, and no one has beaten me inside the Octagon. I still claim my title. Possession is nine-tenths of the law. No one is taking that title anytime soon because there’s not a man alive on this earth that can beat me.SN: There’s been a lot of rumor and innuendo on what happened with the UFC and why they stripped you of the interim tag. Can you set the record straight on what happened with you and the UFC?CC: They (the UFC) wanted me to do an unrealistic turnaround. I just fought Rafael dos Nachos (Anjos) and won the interim world title. They wanted me to fight a healthy Woodley on four weeks’ notice, and I already had a nose surgery scheduled with the UFC doctors. Their doctors told me this was one of the worst deviated septums and sinusitis we’ve ever seen and you need to get the surgery because you can’t breathe, mucus drains going down to your lungs, and it’s not safe to fight right now. I have to use my lungs to fight so that I can breathe. I needed just a little bit of time, and they wanted to move on. The people know I’m still the champion. I’ve never been beaten. We’re on better terms now, and things got smoothed over. Now, I’m ready to put on a show and defend my title against Robbie Lawler this weekend.SN: How frustrating was that time for you because you knew you couldn’t fight, doctors said you couldn’t compete, and everything still went the way it did?CC: When they (UFC) did the Woodley vs. Till fight, I wasn’t frustrated because it was unrealistic. But it was very frustrating when they did the Fake Marty (Kamaru) Usman vs. Tyron Woodley fight (at UFC 235) in March because they (UFC) offered me the Woodley fight four times. They told me we’d fight in September, then it was November at Madison Square Garden, and I agreed. Woodley declined. Then they said I’d fight him in December at the year-end show. I accepted, and he declined. Then they said I was going to save the Anaheim card and we’d headline that. But then Woodley had to pull out of that, so they canceled the Anaheim card altogether. They said to me that Woodley is going to fight in March, but you aren’t going to fight him unless you fight Usman at the end of January and turn around five weeks later and fight Woodley in the undisputed fight. I was like, “What?” Obviously, I’m not going to take that fight when I was guaranteed the Woodley fight. It was very frustrating to lock down Woodley because he wouldn’t fight me for literally two years. He was getting offered that fight since he fought Demian Maia. He turned it down every single time.Now Usman is Woodley 2.0 and faking all these injuries, going under the knife. You see after he fought Woodley that he was in a wheelchair to the press conference, but then the next day he’s jumping barricades at Palms Hotel buffet line. He’s running a fake narrative about being injured and use up every cent he can with that No. 1 contender fake power ranger belt. It sucks because these guys don’t want to fight me and I want to prove that I’m the best in the world.SN: For a time, you and Lawler were at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. You’re still there, and he’s not. Did you ever think when you guys were at the gym together that this fight would eventually happen?CC: That’s so funny, you say that. One hundred percent (saw it happening). I’ve seen these fights happen before my eyes. I thought Lawler. I thought Woodley, too. I trained with those guys a long time ago. I knew these fights were destined to happen. When Robbie Lawler brought me in to prepare for Johny Hendricks, he needed a southpaw wrestler. I knew when we were training in those days, weeks and years that our paths would eventually cross because I’m the young, up-and-coming stud and I’m beating the world champion, and nobody knew who I was at the time. It was a matter of time before I got my moment, and I got my opportunities to be in the spotlight that I’m in today. Now here we are, teammates turned into rivals.SN: What was the relationship like between you two?CC: It was a good relationship. We went and ate food a couple of times and hung out with him. I never went to his house. It wasn’t that type of friendship. He’s very into his family anyways, so he didn’t have a lot of time outside of fighting. We trained, grab lunch, hang out at the gym, and always talk. I have his number still. He would try and hook me up with sponsors, and I would try to hook him up with stuff. We had a very good relationship. It wasn’t just training partners. There was more of a dynamic of friendship to it as well.SN: The build-up has been why he left the gym. He hasn’t discussed what happened. You’ve talked about how personal him leaving was to you. What exactly happened with him leaving ATT?CC: The reason Robbie Lawler left the gym and turned his back on all his teammates and coaches is because of a picture they put up when he lost to Woodley, and a picture was put up at the gym. Lawler came into the gym, saw the picture, and said he’s leaving the gym. He went to Dan Lambert, who is my agent and manager and the owner of American Top Team, and said, “Hey, Dan, that’s bulls—. You shouldn’t have put up that picture. I’m leaving. F— you.”That was uncalled for, especially for how much Dan did for him. Robbie Lawler has had it better than anybody has had it in the history of American Top Team. The guy was silver spoon-fed. He had everything taken care for him like expenses and training partners. Dan Lambert paid for everything. He had it better than anyone. A private jet was waiting for him pretty much every day. He could go anywhere he wanted. It’s just sad that we built him up at American Top Team and as soon as he loses one fight, he turns his back on us and runs away from the people who built him up into what he is today. Now, it’s personal. As team captain of American Top Team, I need to go out and put on a show and I need to beat the s— out of Robbie Lawler for what he did and put our team through.SN: I’ve never heard you this fired up. Is this fight more personal than anything that has happened with Tyron Woodley? Colby Covington will return from a 15-month absence Saturday when he takes on former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC Newark from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. After graduating from Oregon State University, where he was a two-time All American and Pac-10 Conference champion in wrestling, Covington was recruited by the owner of American Top Team, Dan Lambert, to join his gym and get into MMA.