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Blonde Bomber Bridges strips to underwear for weigh-in

Boxing siren Ebanie Bridges didn’t leave much to the imagination during her weigh-in ahead of her WBA bantamweight title fight against Shannon Courtenay, with the fiery Brit slamming Bridges’ skimpy attire.

Australian fighter Bridges, better known to boxing fans as the ‘Blonde Bomber’, has previously called on female pugilists to “embrace femininity” by wearing eye-catching bikinis to weigh-ins – and the 5-0 boxer certainly heeded her own advice early Friday in advance of her showdown with the 6-1 Courtenay.

Bridges’ aggressive harnessing of her own sexuality has predictably led to calls – including from title rival Courtenay – that the 34-year-old Aussie is “disrespecting” the sport which pays her bills with her headline-grabbing antics.

Courtenay, with whom Bridges will trade leather on Saturday on the undercard of the Conor Benn vs. Samuel Vargas fight, told Sky Sports after their weigh-in showdown that Bridges will quickly realize she is out of her depth when they step into the ring.

Now there is no more talking,” said Courtenay. “Now it’s fight time, and this is where I shine.

She’s done her bit, she likes talking, I like fighting. My prediction is Saturday night I become world champion.”

Somewhat bizarrely, Bridges also offered Courtenay a pair of what she described as her “dad’s undies” as an apparent peace offering between the two, something which was unsurprisingly rebuffed the English boxer.

I tried to give [Shannon] my dad’s undies, but she said ‘no thanks I got my own‘”, the Blonde Bomber wrote on social media.

They were even champion brand, her sponsors.. She knocked them back, I thought was a cute gesture.”

Bridges’ racy reveal on the scales has certainly led to a spate of new fans sitting up and taking notice of the Australian prizefighter, who will be hoping to secure her maiden world title.

And there is little doubt that her legions of new fans will be pulling for her success in Saturday night’s fight – not least because many of them might well be hoping for a few more glimpses at the sultry siren on the scales before she hangs up her gloves.

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Hardware Review: 8BitDo Pro 2 – The Best Switch Pro Controller Rival Has Evolved

8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life

8BitDo has a long and enviable reputation when it comes to third-party accessories, having produced some of the best controllers we’ve seen in the past few years. A short while back it released the superb 8BitDo Pro+, a Switch Pro Controller rival that mixed the design language of the SNES and PlayStation pads to create one of the most comfortable and responsive interface options money could buy.

Fast forward to the present, the 8BitDo is releasing a new version of the pad. On the outside, it looks rather similar to the original, but it offers some significant upgrades over the previous model. The most obvious is the inclusion of two additional ‘paddle’ buttons on the back of the controller, located where your fingers ‘rest’. These can be programmed (more on that in a second) with custom inputs, giving you even more control over the in-game action (Hori’s excellent Split Pad has a similar feature).

Another big advantage the Pro 2 has over its older sibling is the ability to quickly toggle modes (Switch, Android, D-input, X-input) using a mechanical switch, rather than having to hold various buttons when powering the device on. This is handy because the Pro 2 can be used on other systems, such as your smartphone or PC.

8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life
8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life
8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life
8bitDo Pro 2© Nintendo Life

The next big update relates to software rather than hardware. Like the original 8BitDo Pro+, this new model can be re-mapped and tinkered with using software – however, rather than having to be near a computer, you can now use the Android or iOS app on your smart device. As well as changing which button does what, you can adjust the sensitivity of the sticks and triggers (analogue trigger support is not present on Switch, though, for obvious reasons) and have multiple button and directional inputs mapped to a single button – so, for example, you could have the combination for Ryu’s fireball special move in Street Fighter II mapped to a single button press. You can create custom profiles for any configurations you cook up, and switch between them at the touch of a button.

Outside of those changes, the Pro 2 isn’t massively different from the original Pro+ – and that’s a good thing as the first model was (and still is) comfortable to use. A textured surface has been added to the underside of the pad, but that’s about the only other difference. Like the original Pro+, the 1000mAh Li-on rechargeable battery (20 play hours on a 4-hour charge) can be removed in the event of it refusing to hold any juice, which is good from a sustainability perspective – there’s no need to bin the entire pad when the battery dies. Rumble is included (not HD Rumble, however) and it has gyro support as well.

8bitDo Pro 2© 8bitDo

Should you upgrade if you already have the original 8BitDo Pro+? That’s a tricky question to answer, because while the improvements are welcome, it’s not like they radically change things. The ability to toggle between modes is fantastic, as the button combinations on the original pad were difficult to remember, while the gripper texture and additional paddles are genuinely decent improvements – as is the ability to re-map buttons via a smartphone rather than a computer. However, the ‘feel’ of the controller remains largely unchanged, and, like the Pro+, there’s no NFC support.

If you’ve yet to take the plunge and are looking for a decent Pro Controller replacement, then we’d heartily recommend this pad, though.

The 8BitDo Pro 2 launches on April 12th in North America and April 30th in Europe. Thanks to 8BtiDo for supplying the unit used in this review.

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Ronaldo left Serie A rival “blushed, ashamed and small” after embarrassing snub

Cristiano Ronaldo’s brutal rejection of a shirt swap had a lasting impact on the Atalanta defender Robin Gosens, according to the German international.

Gosens, who has five caps for his country, has impressed on the left side of the Italian side’s defence in the past couple of seasons, as the Bergamo outfit have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2019/20 and then the last-16 this season.

But while his standing in the game has risen, it seemingly still isn’t enough to impress Ronaldo, whose rejection has been documented in Gosens’ new biography, ‘Dreams are worthwhile.’

“After the game against Juventus[1], I tried to fulfil my dream of having Ronaldo jersey,” sats Gosens in an extract from the book, via Goal.com[2].

“After the final whistle I went to him, having not even gone public to celebrate … but Ronaldo did not accept.

Ronaldo's snub left Gosens upset
Ronaldo’s snub left Gosens upset

“I asked: ‘Cristiano, can I have your shirt?’ He didn’t even look at me, he just said: ‘No!'”

“I was completely blushed and ashamed.

“I went away and felt small.

“You know that moment when something embarrassing happens and you look around to see if anyone noticed it? That’s what I felt and tried to hide it.”

Gosens is believed to be referring to a match in January 2019 when Atalanta beat Juventus 3-0 in Bergamo, while they have also drawn with them on their last two visits to Turin.

The German could end up getting the ultimate revenge on Ronaldo at the end of this season, with third-place Atalanta currently one place and two points ahead of Juve in the Serie A table.


  1. ^ Juventus (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Goal.com (www.goal.com)

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Dan Walker is 'a nasty piece of work fighting to get out', Piers Morgan swipes at rival

Piers stated: “My supremely virtuous former breakfast TV show rival Dan ‘Halo’ Walker said about me: ‘Underneath all the froth, I think there is a decent bloke fighting to get out.’

“Ironically, I’ve always thought that underneath all Dan’s faux saintly froth, there’s a nasty piece of work fighting to get out.”

The father-of-four then went on to discuss GMB finally triumphing over Breakfast.

He continued: “The one thing guaranteed to have him stamping on kittens is the knowledge that GMB finally overtook BBC Breakfast in the ratings, on his watch, on my last day.”

After ditching its Echo, Microsoft is shutting down its Alexa rival on Android and iPhone

The decision removes a voice assistant option for Android and iPhone users. While there’s still Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa, those who are deeply invested in Microsoft’s suite of software and hardware might’ve preferred an option with deeper ties to Windows 10 and Xbox, for example.

Cortana launched on Android and iOS with its own app a little under three years ago back in November 2018. With the removal from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, no new users will be able to download and install the software. For those who haven’t deleted the app from their device yet, it won’t be automatically stripped from your phone.

However, any content that you created within the Cortana app will no longer work within the software.

Lists and reminders will no longer be accessible or editable within the Cortana app. Instead, if you need to access either of these, you’ll need to download Microsoft’s To Do app on iOS and Android. If you’d rather use voice commands, you can still use Cortana to summon your lists – but only on Windows 10.

After stripping out Cortana completely from Windows 10, Microsoft is slowly bringing back the talkative voice assistant for a limited number of features. Moving forwards, Microsoft has promised to shift focus so that its Halo-inspired voice assistant will help users with Microsoft 365 services.

With Siri and Google Assistant core parts of iOS and Android, respectively, using an alternative voice assistant takes some work. Finding and launching a dedicated app to use a voice command is much harder than the hands-free access offered by the defaults from Apple and Google. The removal of the Cortana app from the App Store and Google Play Store seems like an admission that a device-independent voice assistant wasn’t as popular with smartphone owners as Microsoft had hoped.

Clearly, the costs associated with maintaining and updating these mobile apps were no longer worth it for Microsoft.

For the most dedicated Windows 10 users, that will be a real blow. But for most iPhone and Android users, they likely won’t even notice the disappearance.

Boxing vs. MMA: Jorge Masvidal calls ex-UFC rival Ben Askren a ‘crotch sniffer’ as fans turn on him again over Jake Paul sparring

UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal has boasted that he “buried” Ben Askren in the fastest UFC knockout ever and said that Askren “represents crotch sniffers” rather than MMA, lashing out after helping Jake Paul prepare to box against him.

Cage veteran Masvidal has been a surprise addition to YouTuber Paul’s training team during his preparations for the fight on April 17, when retired MMA fighter Askren will switch his hands to boxing for a battle of two rookies in the ring.

Masvidal, who has been branded a traitor by some fans for helping Paul attempt to outbox an MMA fighter, was clearly unimpressed by the acrimonious head-to-head between social media sensation Paul and his opponent last week, watching Askren shove Paul in the face before the pair nearly came to blows.

“The individual I buried does not represent MMA,” announced Masvidal, referencing his win over Askren in record time at UFC 239 in July 2019, when he required only five seconds to end the scrap with a flying knee.

“He represents all the hardcore and casual crotch sniffers.”

Former Bellator MMA and ONE champion Askren took aim at 24-year-old internet personality Paul’s entourage.

“How much would another grown man have to pay you to be his cheerleader?” he asked. “I think Jake’s squad is so cringe.”

Masvidal has appeared in footage helping Paul, who has two professional boxing wins over unheralded opponents including ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, hone his hand speed.

The majority of fans seemed to side with Askren. “The MAGA and Jake Paul acts have got to go,” said one, pointing to Masvidal’s support for Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan when he joined the former US head of state on his campaign trail ahead of his failed bid to win re-election as president last year. “Used to be a fan. It’s sad, honestly.”

Another rued: “When he sides with a YouTuber who talks s*** about MMA, you can’t take ‘sellout’ Masvidal seriously. He’s only into it for the money. He’s just a journeyman.”

The seemingly bitter feud between Paul and Askren has divided some UFC figures, with promotion president Dana White suggesting he would bet $ 1 million on Askren and fighter Mike Perry warning Askren that he would suffer at the hands of the celebrity.

In an attempt to wind up Paul, Askren produced a video on Sunday parodying himself as he ran through snow and appeared in farcical training scenes.

“When I got the call to fight [YouTuber] Logan Paul’s little brother, I had to go into Rocky Style training,” he said.

Masvidal is next in action at UFC 261 the week after Askren and Paul scrap, when he will attempt to avenge his defeat to Kamaru Usman last July.
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Freeview rival Netgem now wants to boost your Wi-Fi as well as your TV viewing

Netgem TV is an up-and-coming telly service that brings together 120 of the linear channels you’ll find on rivals like Freeview as well as on-demand services like Rakuten TV, Prime Video, YouTube, Hayu, BBC iPlayer, and more. Depending on the set-top box you have, you can watch in High Definition or Ultra HD HDR quality. A companion app also lets you pick up where you left off in another room, or when you’re out-and-about. So you can watch a film on your iPad to speed-up the commute, then resume when you collapse on the sofa at home.
A number of full-fibre broadband firms have partnered with Netgem TV to bring this telly system to customers, including WightFibre, Voneus, Pure Broadband, and Air. But now, Netgem is going a step further.

The company has announced a new mesh Wi-Fi solution designed to take aim at the likes of Amazon’s Eero, Google Nest Wifi, Linksys and others. Dubbed Netgem SuperStream, the system has been created to bring up to 1Gbps speeds to every room in your home. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi extenders, mesh networks don’t require you to connect to a separate network. Instead, your gadgets will automatically jump between the nodes dotted around your home to make sure you always get the best signal.

Better than that, mesh networks can also intelligently shift devices around the nodes to even out demand. So, if there are a huge number of devices connected to a single Wi-Fi node in your living room, some might be shifted over to the kitchen next door to evenly distribute the number of gadgets trying to siphon off your wireless internet speeds.

Unfortunately, Netgem hasn’t revealed the exact specs of its mesh network as yet. However, it has confirmed that it will have a companion smartphone app that lets you track the performance of your wireless network, speeds, and more. Presumably, parental controls and content filters will also be included in this app.

Speaking about the upcoming arrival of SuperStream, Netgem Chief Commercial and Customer Officer Sylvain Thevenot said: “Our experience deploying SuperStream in France across thousands of Fibre homes confirmed that our service has a true mass-market appeal with more than half of customers adopting SuperStream WiFi Mesh with their Fibre Broadband and TV plans. In addition, building on 20 years+ of experience working with Operators, we have added the WiFi Mesh complete Quality-of-Service features to our existing Cloud-based service tool for Customer operations, and we are very pleased to make our first deployments of Super Stream with Netgem TV in the UK & Ireland.”

Netgem’s mesh network system will launch with Internet ThankYou, a full-fibre broadband company currently deploying gigabit-capable internet in 12,000 premises in Staffordshire, North Lincolnshire, Liverpool, and Manchester. Another full-fibre company, Origin Broadband, is expected to offer the mesh network to its customers soon too.

‘Super disrespectful’: UFC fighter Cheyanne Buys accuses rival Montserrat Ruiz of SPITTING ON HER as ugly octagon row erupts

UFC scrapper Montserrat ‘Conejo’ Ruiz has been accused of spitting on octagon rival Cheyanne Buys, after an ugly row marred their UFC Vegas 22 clash on Saturday.

Ruiz earned a unanimous decision victory on the scorecards (29–28, 29–28, 29–27) in the pair’s strawweight bout, but despite the win being a first in the UFC octagon for the Mexican, much of the talk surrounded a contentious ending to the contest.  

On the final buzzer, Ruiz appeared to taunt her opponent and, as Buys broke free from being smothered on the octagon floor, Ruiz was seen moving towards her foe’s face.

Ruiz then gave Buys the middle finger, and the pair also had to be separated from additional confrontation by Nevada Athletic Commission officials.

Taking to social media, Buys – a former Dana White’s Contender Series fighter who was also making her UFC bow – claimed that her Mexican rival had spat on her. 

“To all my friends and family I just want to say I am sorry for losing my cool after the fight,” wrote ‘The Warrior Princess’, sharing a supposedly incriminating clip of the incident. 

“I have never in my life been spit on by a opponent that I gave nothing but respect too.

“I will live to fight another day. Thank you guys for all support. I’ll be back.”

But when interviewed post-fight, Ruiz denied all wrongdoing.

“No, I didn’t spit on her at all,” claimed ‘Conejo’ via a Spanish translator.

“It was probably the momentum. I’m not the kind of person that likes to spit, and if you spit on someone, that’s crossing the line, and that’s not something I was thinking about doing.”

If Ruiz is to be believed, Buys was anything but respectful from the moment the fight was announced, which directly led to bad blood going into the bout.

“Everything got started when she insulted my wrestling and my takedowns,” explained former Invicta FC fighter Ruiz, who had been a late notice replacement for Kay Hansen. 

“She said that I had stupid headlocks and stupid takedowns, and she said that she used to know me.

“I [said] to her that she didn’t know me and I’d give her a little help so she can taste it. I’m not the kind of person that likes to insult other people. I’m a homegirl.”

On social media, debate raged as to whether Ruiz was guilty of the unsportsmanlike action or if Buys is a sore loser. 

“The close up slo-mo showed after she said something she leaned forward and spat, you could see the glob of spit and everything,” claimed one user, although others dismissed that notion. 


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Italy should ramp up efforts to localize manufacturing in Russia to catch up to rival Germany, national business lobby says

Russia could easily become a production site for Italian companies that are actively exporting to Eurasian markets and outside, according to Ernesto Ferlenghi, vice president of the General Confederation of Italian Industry.

Russia could easily become a production hub for Italian companies that are actively exporting to Eurasian markets and outside, according to Ernesto Ferlenghi, vice president of the General Confederation of Italian Industry.The official called for a major shift in the manner of cooperation from trading alone towards industrial partnership.
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“We are still deeply dependent on the export model of cooperation, but it is necessary to move to a strategic industrial partnership and actively develop it, otherwise competitors from other countries will take our place,” Ferlenghi said in an interview with TASS.

Localizing Italian production facilities in Russia is the top priority for effective cooperation between the two nations, according to the vice president. He stressed that the Russian authorities have been creating excellent conditions for this by introducing tax benefits and providing special economic zones for foreign businesses.
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“Moreover, apart from its own market, Russia is able to access to the entire Eurasian Economic Union that is home for more than 200,000 people. This is a great advantage and motivation to invest,” Ferlenghi said.

According to him, Italian businesses have to face growing competition from Germany.

“Germany, which placed a bet on production localization long ago, is currently running 4,000 enterprises in Russia, half of which are either localized or participate in joint ventures,” he said, adding that Italy may boast just about 450 localized firms and 80 joint ventures.
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Ferlenghi highlighted that the sanctions currently in effect do not create a significant hurdle for now, though the financial sector is hit, preventing companies from direct investments.

“As a whole, the range of industries targeted by the penalties is narrow and sector-specific, most… Italian companies haven’t left Russia, and we have learned how to work under these conditions over the past eight years,” he said.

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Oculus Quest 2 coming to Xbox Series X as PlayStation VR rival for PS5?

The Oculus Quest 2 has proven one of the more popular VR headsets on the market, and while it comes with plenty of its own content, it can also connect to PCs, providing additional compatibility options.

So it’s important to keep tabs on what other platforms could be preparing for virtual reality support, with Xbox Series X seemingly the next obvious choice. And it was interesting to see an Xbox error message provide some hope for those interested in further support.

First spotted by IGN Italy, an error message was seen which reads: “An update for the VR headset is available”.

This reportedly happened when trying to connect the new Xbox Wireless Headset to Xbox Series X consoles.

This provided some hopes for gamers that Microsoft could be building towards Xbox VR support, perhaps by partnering with others.

And with Oculus Quest 2 already branching out to different platforms, it could be seen as a perfect team-up.

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The only dampener is that Microsoft has moved to dispel rumours regarding Xbox VR support, telling The Verge that virtual reality is not a focus for the gaming brand right now.

This includes references to VR in the error message being a localisation issue, which means it shouldn’t be seen in the UK.

The statement shared with The Verge reads: “The copy in this error message is inaccurate due to a localization bug,” adding that: “VR for console is not a focus for us at this time.”

So for the moment, Microsoft is not preparing any virtual reality surprises for Xbox Series X owners.

But that doesn’t mean that they won’t in a few years, however much later, it might be after the PlayStation VR for PS5 is released.

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We’re all starting to learn more about Sony’s next-gen VR plans, even if the new headset is not expected to arrive until 2022 at the earliest.

The latest news shared by Sony is regarding the new PSVR controllers and how they will work with the PS5.

The new controllers are completely different from the current versions available to buy and should make it easier to stay immersed, a key goal in virtual reality.

Each VR controller (Left and Right) includes an adaptive trigger button that adds palpable tension when pressed, similar to what’s found in the DualSense controller.

A message from Sony adds: “If you’ve played a PS5 game, you’ll be familiar with the tension in the L2 or R2 buttons when you press them, such as when you’re drawing your bow to fire an arrow. When you take that kind of mechanic and apply it to VR, the experience is amplified to the next level.

“SIE’s Product, Engineering, and Design teams have collaborated to build our new VR controller from the ground up with a goal of making a huge leap from current-gen VR gaming.

“We’re thrilled with the controller we developed, but what matters now is how game creators will take advantage of the features to design the next generation of VR experiences.

“Prototypes of our new VR controller will be in the hands of the development community soon, and we can’t wait to see what ideas they come up with and how the controller helps bring their imagination to life.”