Somalia: 30 Ethiopian troops killed in attack by militants

ABDI GULED, Associated Press
ELIAS MESERET, Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least 30 Ethiopian troops were killed Thursday in an attack on a base for African Union peacekeepers in central Somalia, a Somali military official said.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle early Thursday at the gates of the Ethiopian military base there before gunmen entered the base, said Mohamed Mohamud, a military officer in the town of Halgan, where the attack happened.

The death toll is likely to rise, he said.

The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed it had killed 43 Ethiopian soldiers in the attack.

But the Ethiopian Communications Minister Getachew Reda told The Associated Press that the assault was repelled and that more than 100 of the attackers were killed. He did not say how many Ethiopians were killed or injured.

Ethiopian troops are pursuing the militants who fled led during the firefight, he said.

The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, said on Twitter that there had been attempted attack on a base run jointly by the Somali national army and African Union peacekeepers. The attackers were “successfully repulsed” and some of their weapons seized, it said.

Al-Shabab, which has ties with al-Qaida, is fighting to impose a strict version of Islam in this Horn of Africa nation. Despite losing a lot of ground in recent years, the armed group continues to carry out lethal attacks in many parts of the country, including near the seat of government in the capital Mogadishu.

African Union peacekeepers are trying to prevent al-Shabab from threatening the authority of the weak, Western-backed federal government in Mogadishu. Some recent attacks by al-Shabab, which opposes the presence of foreign troops in Somalia, have targeted peacekeepers.

Pilot of elite Russian aerobatic squadron killed in crash

 

MOSCOW (AP) — A pilot of the Russian air force’s elite aerobatic squadron died Thursday when his fighter jet crashed near Moscow.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the Su-27 fighter jet went down while returning from a training mission. It said, according to preliminary information, the crash had been caused by a technical malfunction, but wouldn’t elaborate pending an official probe.

The Russian Knights aerobatic squadron said on its Facebook page that Maj. Sergei Yeremenko died in the crash.

Russian TV stations broadcast images of the gutted wreckage scattered around a forest and a plume of black smoke rising over the trees.

According to news reports, the plane crashed while returning to its base in Kubinka west of Moscow after a group demonstration flight marking the opening of a monument to airmen near Moscow. The Interfax news agency said the plane that crashed had recently undergone factory repairs. Emergency crews have already have recovered the plane’s flight recorder.

The Russian Knights are famous for their spectacular low passes and synchronous maneuvers. They perform widely at air shows in Russia and abroad.

Truck slams into Michigan bicyclists, killing 5; 1 critical

 

COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police fielded complaints that a pickup truck was being driven erratically just minutes before the vehicle slammed into a group of bicyclists in western Michigan, killing five, authorities said.

At least four more bicyclists were injured in the crash Tuesday night in Kalamazoo County’s Cooper Township, including one who was in critical condition Wednesday.

The truck driver is in custody but has not been charged.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims,” county prosecutor Jeffrey Getting said Tuesday night. “I can’t even begin to imagine what they’re going through.”

The driver of the pickup, described as a 50-year-old western Michigan man, fled from the wrecked vehicle, but police caught him a short time later. State police are assisting in the ongoing investigation, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said in an email Wednesday.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Kalamazoo and particularly the cyclists and their families,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement. “What we already know for certain is that Michiganders as a family are in mourning today as Kalamazoo struggles to understand another senseless tragedy.”

Authorities began receiving calls about the blue pickup truck about 30 minutes before the crash, with people complaining “about the manner in which that vehicle was being driven,” Getting said. He did not provide details of the erratic driving.

Several agencies were searching for the pickup when the first report of the crash came in just after 6:30 p.m., he said. No officers were actively pursuing the truck at the time it crashed.

The bicyclists had been riding as a group. Their names and ages were not immediately released because family members were still being notified. The group included men and women, but no children.

Two people were in serious condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital and another was in fair condition at Borgess Medical Center.

Markus Eberhard was leaving a nearby park after fishing and said he nearly was hit by the pickup. He was unable to warn the bicyclists.

“I saw a bunch of bikes hit the front of his truck and a couple of them flew,” Eberhard told WOOD-TV.

Paramedics and fire crews rushed to the scene, Getting said.

He declined to answer questions about the suspect and said the man’s name would not be released until his office has determined which charges he will face.

Cooper Township is south of Grand Rapids and just miles from Kalamazoo. The area still is dealing with the random fatal shootings of six people and wounding of two others in February. Jason Dalton, 45, had been picking up riders for Uber at the time of the shootings. He is charged with murder and attempted murder. His attorney told a judge Monday that Dalton is expected to plead insanity in his defense.

 

Stanford put on defensive over efforts to deter sex assault

LISA LEFF, Associated Press
PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stanford University officials say policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault worked as well as expected after bystanders spotted a member of the swimming team sexually assaulting an unconscious woman near a garbage bin.

Two graduate students passing by on bicycles interrupted the attack, chased down a freshman and held him until campus police arrived. Brock Turner was arrested and agreed to leave Stanford and never return rather than be expelled.

But with outrage brewing over a six-month jail sentence the one-time Olympic hopeful received last week, Stanford unexpectedly has found itself defending its sexual assault prevention efforts and arguing that the case should be cited as evidence of their success, not failure.

“Stanford University did everything within its power to assure that justice was served in this case,” the university said in a statement, citing a swift police investigation and referral to prosecutors, who got a conviction on felony assault and attempted rape charges.

A judge who attended Stanford and played lacrosse there as an undergraduate sentenced the 20-year-old Turner of Dayton, Ohio, to the jail stint, three years’ probation and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

Like other U.S. colleges and universities, Stanford has been under renewed pressure from federal education officials, state lawmakers and students to improve the way sexual assault victims are treated and to ensure perpetrators face serious and consistent consequences.

When Turner began his short-lived career as a swimmer for the prestigious California school in September 2014, orientation sessions featured a video of student-athletes discussing sexual violence and a talk by the provost on their rights and responsibilities as members of the Cardinal community. Stanford also required new students to complete online training that covered topics such as getting consent for sex.

Four months later, Stanford police arrested Turner for assaulting the woman he had met while they both were drunk at a fraternity party. The university banned him from campus for life and offered the victim counseling and other support even though she was not a student.

“What the case highlighted was the importance of our training and prevention efforts, and those are continuing, particularly in terms of bystander intervention — ‘If you see something, do something about it’ — and this case has been an excellent example for all of our students,” campus spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said.

But some faculty and students are not impressed with the university’s handling of sexual assaults and its response to the Turner case.

The Association of Students for Sexual Assault Prevention, a Stanford student group that staged protests and a teach-in for parents this school year, started an online petition calling on the school to publicly apologize to the victim, devote more money to prevention and survivor counseling programs, and undertake a survey of how prevalent sexual assaults are among campus fraternities.

Group co-founder Stephanie Pham called the university’s statement about its role in seeking justice for the victim “cold” and said it “lacked sympathy for the survivor in any way.”

“Sure, there were bystanders that stopped the rape from proceeding, and sure, they took whatever required steps afterward,” Pham said. “However, Stanford utilized its statement to defend its brand and defend its image.”

Lapin said Stanford welcomes the student efforts to educate their classmates but said the petition unfairly suggests the university shares blame for the length of Turner’s sentence.

“There is a certain point where the university doesn’t have the authority. So we did a thorough investigation, we presented considerable evidence to the county for prosecution and it was a successful prosecution,” she said.

Turner’s sentence sparked anger from critics who say Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky was too lenient on a privileged athlete. Persky cited a recommendation from the county’s probation department in the sentencing as well as Turner’s clean criminal record and the effect the conviction will have on his life.

The prosecutor had argued for a six-year term for crimes that could have sent Turner to prison for 10 years.

Backlash flared again Tuesday after it emerged that a member of an Ohio indie band wrote a letter of support for her childhood friend Turner. Several venues in New York City canceled appearances by the band, Good English.

An emotional statement the 23-year-old victim read at Turner’s sentencing faulted him for failing to take responsibility. She did not criticize the university and thanked the graduate students who tackled her attacker.

“I don’t sleep when I think about the way it could have gone if the two guys had never come. What would have happened to me?” she said.

The Associated Press does not generally identify victims of sexual assault.

One of the students who stopped the attack told NBC News (http://nbcnews.to/1t6QKMZ ) that he and his friend saw Turner on top of the woman and knew something was wrong.

“We saw she wasn’t moving at all, so talked to him briefly, then he started running away,” Carl-Fredrik Arndt said. “My friend Peter ran after and caught him.”

The victim and others are calling the pair heroes.

“I think it happened on instinct for us,” said Arndt, who testified at Turner’s trial. “I never thought about it twice, and I’m glad I did it.”

Stanford acknowledged that more needs to be done about sexual violence but said it is a national leader in implementing prevention programs, student training on intervention and support for victims.

“There is still much work to be done, not just here, but everywhere, to create a culture that does not tolerate sexual violence in any form and a judicial system that deals appropriately with sexual assault cases,” its statement said.

 

Newtown documentary gets 1st public Connecticut screening

PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mark Barden and David Wheeler share intimate details of their families’ struggles following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in “Newtown,” a documentary that gets its first public showing in Connecticut this weekend.

The men, whose first-grade children were among the 26 people gunned down inside the school in December 2012, told The Associated Press they wanted people to understand the grief in Newtown and to open up some lines of communication among those affected by the tragedy.

Wheeler said that already has begun to happen. He said he’s had conversations with fellow residents after private screenings in Newtown that wouldn’t have taken place without the film.

“It is perfectly natural to be uncomfortable in the wake of this tragic, horrific experience. It is perfectly natural not to know what to say or do for any number of reasons,” said Wheeler, whose son Ben died at Sandy Hook. “We humans make mistakes; we can be short-sighted and we can miss things, but in the end, connection and conversation can help ease that. I hope this film can help facilitate those conversations.”

The film debuted this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is showing this weekend at the Greenwich International Film Festival. It focuses on the aftermath of the shooting in the Newtown community by following victims’ families, first responders, teachers, neighbors and clergy.

“It moves past the failed political discourse into a real human level where we can see, think and feel through the lens of an authentic experience,” said Maria Cuomo Cole, the producer of the documentary, which took three years to make.

Among other things, the film shows the struggle of an emergency medical technician who transported Ben Wheeler to the hospital and wrote a letter to his family. It explores the emotions of a priest who had to preside over numerous funerals and of teachers feeling guilty about not wanting to go back to work.

“Still, all these years later, nobody knows what to do,” said Abbey Clements, who was a second-grade teacher at Sandy Hook and huddled with her class during the shooting. “It’s like when someone is sick and you don’t want to bring it up because you don’t want them to be sad; you don’t know what to say. I think that’s the experience here. I hope a message of this film is about having those hard conversations and connecting.”

Barden said he chose to allow the filmmakers into his home, to talk to his now-teenage daughter, Natalie, and to use home videos of his son because he wanted to give people a “first-hand window” into the devastation of gun violence.

He said he knows the film will be difficult for some to watch, but it’s important.

“You see Daniel animated as he was in his little life and how he still should be,” said Barden, who has become an advocate for mental health and gun policy reform. “I hope that translates to the audience and gives them a deeper, more personal sense of loss and for what’s at stake here.”

The filmmakers said they wanted to show how different communities in Newtown have been affected as grief has rippled out from the center of the tragedy. But Laurie Veillette, the EMT who transported Ben, said the film barely scratches the surface of the shooting’s effects in Newtown.

“The documentary shows a small number of people, close to the events of that day, many of whom have been able to respond to the tragedy through activism,” she said. “I believe the film successfully represents these individuals, but it doesn’t reveal the full scope of the tragedy.”

But director Kim Snyder said she hopes the documentary shows a sense of purpose and community resilience in Newtown.

She highlights a scene in which Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan in the shooting, sits down to talk with a parent from the same classroom, whose son survived.

“It’s in some ways about how do you have those conversations, which I think in some ways is a beginning of healing for the community,” Snyder said.

After screenings on Saturday and Sunday, many of those who appear in the film will participate in panel discussions with the audience.

“Newtown” is scheduled for a wider theatrical release in September and will later be broadcast on PBS.

 

NYC correction union head, hedge founder face charges

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the nation’s largest municipal jail guard union is facing federal corruption charges along with a hedge-fund founder.

The FBI in New York says Norman Seabrook and Murray Huberfeld of Platinum Partners, L.P. were arrested early Wednesday.

A 17-page indictment says that in return for kickbacks, Seabrook agreed to “direct transfers of millions of dollars” in union retiree benefit and operating funds to the hedge fund.

It says Huberfeld used an intermediary to pay Seabrook an initial kickback of $60,000 in cash. In 2014, Seabrook directed a total of $20 million of union money to Platinum.

Union representatives did not immediately respond to comment requests.

There was no immediate information on an attorney who could comment on Huberfeld’s behalf. An email to Platinum was not immediately returned.

 

2 Air National Guard pilots eject after midair collision

SUSANNE M. SCHAFER, Associated Press

 

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 fighter pilots ejected safely after an apparent midair collision in eastern Georgia, the Guard said.

The collision happened about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday during night training operations over a remote military operating area in Jefferson County, Georgia, a National Guard spokeswoman said.

The jets were assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, which operates out of McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, South Carolina.

The base commander, Col. Nicholas Gentile, said the two pilots are among the most experienced in the unit.

Gentile said he could not yet release their names, but said they are back in South Carolina being debriefed as part of the investigation.

He said the two jets were part of a group of six that was conducting night training operations in preparation for an upcoming deployment that he could not discuss.

The pilots were wearing night-vision goggles when the collision occurred, Gentile said.

“We had planes spread out across the Southeast last night,” Gentile said, adding that the bombing range is only about a 15-minute flight from the South Carolina base.

The F-16C models practice maneuvering against opponents and were involved in some of the earliest deployments in the Persian Gulf War in the 1990s.

It has been decades since South Carolina F-16s have been involved in a collision, he said, though he did not know the date of the last time it occurred. The 169th Fighter Wing has 28 of the aircraft.

U.S. F/A 18 jet fighters from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort also were flying nighttime operations and contacted officials to help locate the pilots, Gentile said.

The National Guard, Marines and Air Force all use the area, called the Bulldog Military Operations Area, said Lt. Col. Cindi King.

There were no injuries on the ground, Jefferson County Fire Chief Jim Anderson said Wednesday.

“We have located the debris from the first aircraft, which was located in a wooded area,” Anderson said.

Crews were still searching for the second aircraft but expected to find it nearby, he said.

The pilots were talking normally and did not appear to be hurt when they were found, Anderson said.

“We transported them to the hospital for precautionary measures until the military could pick them up,” Anderson said.

One pilot was found in a pasture and the other at the edge of some woods.

The pilots did not discuss details of the crash with him, Anderson said.

Gentile was heading to the crash scene Wednesday, King said. The South Carolina Army National Guard was flying Gentile to Georgia aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, King said.

King said South Carolina National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston Jr. was in Washington on Tuesday night when he got news of the crashes and was returning to Columbia to be updated.

The South Carolina Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force are dispatching teams to investigate the collision.

The collision comes after both of the military’s precision flying teams suffered crashes last week.

A Blue Angels F/A-18 crashed last Thursday near Nashville, Tennessee, while taking off for a practice session. The pilot, Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, was killed.

Also Thursday, a Thunderbirds F-16 crashed outside Colorado Springs, Colorado, but that pilot, Maj. Alex Turner, ejected safely. The Thunderbirds had just performed over the open-air graduation ceremony at the nearby Air Force Academy, where President Barack Obama spoke.

In May, two Navy jet fighters collided off the North Carolina coast. The four people on board the jets were pulled from the Atlantic Ocean by a commercial fishing ship.

 

Maria Sharapova suspended for 2 years for doping

 

LONDON (AP) — Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open.

The ruling, announced Wednesday, can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The five-time Grand Slam champion was provisionally suspended by the ITF in early March, when she announced at a news conference in Los Angeles that she failed a doping test in January.

Sharapova said then she was not aware that the World Anti-Doping Agency had barred athletes from using meldonium, also known as mildronate, as of Jan. 1.

Her lawyer, John Haggerty, says Sharapova took the substance after that date.

Sharapova said she first was prescribed the Latvian-made drug, typically used for heart conditions, for medical reasons in 2006.

 

Pressure point: Irving, Cavs face crucial Game 3 in finals

TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — One day before his first NBA Finals game at home, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spent time after practice trying out some one-on-one moves against assistant coach James Posey.

That’s not what Cleveland needed him to work on.

With the Cavs already in a 2-0 hole they can’t allow to get deeper, Irving must play like an All-Star, if not a superstar, for Cleveland to win Game 3 on Wednesday night over the Golden State Warriors, attempting to cap an historic season with a second straight title.

Irving has waited a year, actually a lifetime, for this moment. After breaking his kneecap in Game 1 of last year’s finals and enduring months of grueling rehab, the 24-year-old, often criticized for being too selfish on the court, has a chance at personal redemption and to help the Cavs, who could be missing concussed forward Kevin Love in Game 3.

The pressure’s on.

Irving, though, isn’t feeling any.

“Just be myself,” he said when asked how he needs to improve in Game 3. “Go out there and be aggressive.”

Irving was in attack mode in the opener, scoring 26 points and making 11 free throws as he was able to get to the rim almost at will. It wasn’t nearly as easy in Game 2 — for Irving or the Cavs — as he was held to 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting and the Warriors rolled to a 110-77 win.

But in addition to clanking shots, Irving also fell back into a bad habit of hanging onto the ball too long, dribbling and failing to get his teammates involved. He had just one assist in 33 minutes and there were several possessions when Irving seemed to forget there were four other guys in Cleveland jerseys on the floor.

Coach Tyronn Lue, who is feeling some heat for the first time since taking over for David Blatt in January, said he has spoken to Irving about attacking the basket earlier and not letting the 24-second shot tick down to single digits, sending the Cavs into a panic to avoid a violation.

The Cavs are at their best when Irving — and the ball — are moving.

“He’s one of the players that we have on our team that can go one-on-one, because they’re switching one through five,” Lue said, referring to the Warriors’ defensive plan when guarding pick-and-rolls. “But he has to make sharp, quick moves. He understands that, but we need Kyrie to be aggressive. He’s a scorer. He’s a special player. He has the best handle in the NBA, so he’s able to play iso (isolation) basketball. But he’s got to make quick decisions, and he understands that.”

Irving made major strides in his second season while playing with LeBron James, but there are still moments when the two stars are in different galaxies. The Cavs must get Irving and James back in sync quickly or the Warriors will be spraying champagne in Cleveland once again.

As for Lue, a torrid run through the postseason has slowed to a crawl.

Cleveland opened the playoffs with 10 straight wins before needing six games to oust Toronto and win its second consecutive Eastern Conference title. That was expected, though, and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and general manager David Griffin are demanding more, which is why Blatt was fired in January despite a 30-11 record and trip to the finals as a first-year coach in 2015.

Lue’s under the gun to deliver a championship or there could be more changes. The 38-year-old Lue didn’t sign a contract when he agreed to take over for Blatt, a decision that either shows his confidence, respect for Blatt or a desire to look elsewhere once the season ends.

Whatever the case, Lue, like his starting point guard, needs to get going or he could be embarrassed in the finals again.

On June 6, 2001, Lue was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers when he was on the wrong end of a nasty move by Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson in Game 1 of the finals. Despite solid defense by Lue, Iverson shook him with his patented, ankle-breaking crossover dribble, drained a jumper and then stepped over him as Lue sat on the floor.

Lue recovered as did the Lakers, who went on to win the title.

He and the Cavs need to get back on their feet in Game 3.

“I have to do a better job,” he said. “Our players have to do a better job. We have to play better, and they understand that and we will.”

 

Down 2-0, Cavs may be without Love in Game 3 of NBA Finals

TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — Already underdogs, the Cavaliers may also be undermanned for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

They remain undaunted.

The Cavs practiced Tuesday without starting forward Kevin Love, who is following the league’s concussion protocol after being struck in the back of the head by Golden State’s Harrison Barnes during Sunday night’s Game 2 blowout loss.

Love stayed in the locker room while his teammates practiced on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena, where they are 7-0 in this postseason and will have 20,000 screaming fans on their side for the next two games. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Love is feeling better, but his status for Game 3 — and the remainder of the series — hinges on him passing several physical tests and getting cleared to play.

Love might be uncertain. LeBron James, on the other hand, is positive the Cavs can’t let anything become a distraction.

“Next man up,” James said. “We’re down 0-2, and we can’t afford to look and say: ‘Wow, Kev’s not playing. What are we going to do?’ It’s next man up because it’s a must-win for us. So obviously his health is very important, but in the situation we’re in now, we’ve got to stay confident.”

If Love can’t play, Lue will have to replace 16.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. A potential move is bringing back Russian center Timofey Mozgov, who was disappointing in the regular season and has been exiled to the bench. The 7-foot-1 Mozgov was Cleveland’s second-leading scorer in last year’s finals against the Warriors, who switched to a smaller lineup to drive him off the floor.

One thing that Lue and his staff will change is the approach when it comes to physicality: Cleveland had success when it got aggressive with the Warriors in last year’s finals, so it’s a reasonable assumption that the Cavs will try it again Wednesday.

Lue considered other lineup changes in hopes of slowing the Warriors, who won the first two games by a combined 48 points despite sub-standard performances by shooting stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, whose splashes have been mere sprinkles so far.

“We’ve thought about it, we’ve talked about it, but I can’t let you know what we’re planning on doing,” Lue said with a laugh.

Lue’s first postseason as a head coach has been relatively uneventful. He’s made savvy moves, kept his players focused despite a few lengthy breaks between series and handled the daily circus surrounding any team James plays on with a steadying hand.

But despite his team’s 33-point loss in Game 2, Lue has faith the Cavs will respond.

“We’ve just got to execute,” he said. “When we get chances on the break to convert, we’ve got to convert. When we get open shots, we’ve got to take advantage of open shots. We just can’t turn the basketball over like we’ve been doing. If they turn the ball over 20 times, which is good, in our home building, we should be fine to get out and run and play with pace.

“We’re not discouraged. They won two games and the series is not over until you win four.”

For now, the Cavs’ only objective is to win one.

Until the finals, they rampaged through this postseason, sweeping series against Detroit and Atlanta before eliminating Toronto in six games. Unlike last year, when Love was out with a dislocated left shoulder and Irving was knocked from the finals with a shattered kneecap, James was getting help and didn’t have to carry the Cavs virtually all by himself.

And while James’ statistics through two games are LeBron-like — 21 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists — he had seven turnovers in Game 2, a performance that irked him so much that he got on the first team bus leaving Oracle Arena and immediately began watching it on the team’s ride to its San Francisco hotel.

He dismissed the sentiment offered this week from legendary coach Phil Jackson, who feels the four-time MVP should take over in Michael Jordan fashion.

In his sixth straight finals, James isn’t changing a thing.

“I think for me to go out and be who I am and play as true to the game and as hard as I can and try to lead this team, that’s who I am,” James said. “Not anybody else. I’m not Michael. I’m not (Muhammad) Ali. I’m not nobody else that’s done so many great things for sport. I am who I am, and if I’m able to go out and put together a game like that, it wasn’t because I was possessed.”