The side that will line out in Paris was announced yesterday – Tipperary men Tommy O’Donnell and Donncha Ryan will be among the replacements. England have made three changes to their starting fifteen to face Italy in Sunday’s match in Rome.Ben Youngs comes in for Danny Care at scrum-half – while in the forwards, prop Mako Vunipola and lock Courtney Lawes replace Joe Marler and Joe Launchbury respectively.
Miami, Florida — There’s a group in Miami, South Florida that spend timeless hours doing multiple things – big and small – all while striving to help the life and livelihood of others. And oftentimes, while their work helps shape and change the lives of hundreds, they sit quietly in the shadows of their relentless effort in the pursuit of the happiness they helped to share and provide for others without ever being formally thanked or duly noted. These strong men work tirelessly in the shadows. They have a solid and meaningful purpose and are on a cause with a true mission: to help empower and inspire. They plant seeds of hope by giving of their resources, their professional expertise, and their valuable time. Modern day, real-life ‘Avengers’This group is known as the Alpha Rho Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Through their Foundation, these heroic men are truly the modern day, real-life ‘Avengers’ of our time, and they stand in the shadows and watch from a far while witnessing their contributions take shape. Founded in 1904 by a doctor in Philadelphia, the Boule, Sigma Pi Phi, is a professional fraternity with member Boules all over the country and internationally as well. “Member Boules across the country lend a helping hand to those who need it,” says Ricardo Forbes, a highly revered community leader, and member of The Alpha Rho Boule. “We work behind the scenes and help do our part to help support the lives of young, gifted and talented black men who have demonstrated that they have the potential to excel and exceed if only given the opportunity to do so.”FMU’s Black Male College Explorers ProgramKnowing this premise for their success, the South Florida Boule initiated a program with Florida Memorial University, south Florida’s only Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Their partnership helped to position FMU’s Black Male College Explorers Program, which serves to stem the tide of low matriculation of Black Males in institutions of higher learning. The Alpha Rho Boule Foundation and FMU’s Black Male College Explorers Program serve an average of 60 students each year. The summer program provides these students with five weeks of intensive on-campus training, seminars, and professional encouragement. The program’s curriculum is based around S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, and funding support includes room and board. Recently, financial aid/scholarships have been distributed among the Explorers Program, FMU sophomores through graduation, as well as to a medical student at Florida International University. In this past year, financial aid was also provided seniors to ensure their graduation.Dr. John T. McAdoryThe Boule Foundation is led by renowned physician, Dr. John T. McAdory. Known throughout South Florida for his successful practice in South Miami, Dr. McAdory has also made time to contribute to increasing the Black middle class by way of providing educational opportunities. It is here in this effort that he has focused the Foundation’s resources. These efforts are endorsed by the Alpha Rho Boule membership empowering the Foundation to pursue its goal of providing scholarships to young Black men through higher education careers and economic stability. Successful Black influencersThe South Florida Boule is comprised of a number of successful influencers, including prestigious lawyers, government officials, business owners, renowned physicians, and many others. These men collectively give of their time, talent and resources and work to provide mentorship, financial support, encouragement and partnerships for these young men. To date, over $154,000 has been awarded through the Alpha Rho Boule Foundation to enhance the growth of the Black middle class. These contributions to youth and education are just what the doctor ordered. And as the Alpha Rho Boule and their Foundation become more visible to the community, this group of unsung heroes are stepping out of the shadows and into their light to receive the gratitude and appreciation they truly deserve.“We’re still behind the scenes, and our goal, mission, purpose and vision remain the same, says McAdory. “Our invisible capes, if you will, are perhaps a little more visible.” And thank God they are!
Floyd Mayweather dropped to his knees as the final bell sounded after his whitewashing of Andre Berto on Saturday and looked skyward.For the final 30 seconds, the crowd of 13,395 at the MGM Grand Garden stood, their camera phones in their hands, documenting the end of the unbeaten star’s legendary career.Berto offered little in the way of a serious challenge and Mayweather cruised to an easy victory, running his record to 49-0 in what he insists will be his last fight.Few believe he’ll be able to stay retired, but he earned at least another $32 million and, with television upside, his 2015 earnings could push past $300 million.He again insisted his career was over, and while he didn’t always fight the way many fans wanted, he leaves the sport with his faculties intact and hundreds of million in the bank.“You’ve got to know when it’s time to hang it up, and it’s my time to hang up,” Mayweather said. “I’ve been in the sport 19 years and been a world champion for 18. I have nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing.” He told his father, Floyd Sr., following the ninth round that he injured his left hand, but dismissed it later.“It doesn’t matter if I hurt my left hand or my right hand,” Mayweather said. “My career is over.”The fight was like so many of the 48 Mayweather bouts that preceded it. Berto simply wasn’t good enough to force Mayweather to fight and so Mayweather fought at his range and at his pace. Mayweather pounded Berto with his jab, did a nice job going to the body and largely controlled the action.Mayweather seemed to hurt Berto twice, but there were no knockdowns and no classic back-and-forth exchanges. Mayweather was, yet again, a defensive master, and made it impossible for Berto to hit him. Berto landed just 17 percent of his punches, while Mayweather connected on an astounding 57 percent (232 of 410).“He was difficult to hold onto and was slippery, very slippery,” Berto said. “Like I said, experience played a big part. I tried to use my speed, but he was using little things, smart things, to get me off my rhythm. I was coming, but he was crafty. He had a lot of speed and is very crafty.”Mayweather, who made about $250 million in May when he defeated Manny Pacquiao in what was billed as “The Fight of the Year,” has insisted since this fight was announced that he’d retire.Few believed him, or believe him now. The MGM is opening a new 20,000-seat arena in May, and Mayweather would break Marciano’s long-standing mark if he fought and won once more.There would be no shortage of huge paydays if he chose to reconsider, but he said he’s made more than $700 million in his career and is looking forward to spending time with his children.“I’m financially secure and I’m in good health,” he said. “I’m looking forward to finding the next Floyd Mayweather and seeing someone break all these records I set.” The crowd briefly chanted “TBE! TBE!” during the fight, referring to Mayweather’s self-annointed moniker of “The Best Ever.”Most boxing historians consider Sugar Ray Robinson the best fighter ever, and Berto, despite getting walloped, wasn’t about to put Mayweather in that company.He chuckled when he was asked if he believes Mayweather is the best fighter ever. He thought for a second and then send, “He’s definitely one of the best out there.”And now, apparently, he’s done. The search for the next superstar is officially on.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports