Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre says he is ending his three-year absence from mixed martial arts.
St. Pierre confirmed his plans Saturday with a video posted on his Facebook page and official Twitter feed.
The video ends with St. Pierre looking into the camera and saying: “It’s official. I’m back.”
The Canadian star was among the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draws during his nearly six-year reign as its 170-pound champion. He has won 12 consecutive fights since 2007, including a narrow decision over Johny Hendricks in November 2013.
St. Pierre announced an extended break from fighting afterward, and he dealt with injury problems before closing in on a return recently.
UFC President Dana White told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that St. Pierre had signed a multi-fight contract.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.
Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.
Revis’ attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis “feared for his safety” and sought medical attention, but he didn’t offer details about the severity of Revis’ injuries.
Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.
The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis’ situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.
Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.
Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.
The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.
Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.
Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position — and in franchise history — while also earning the nickname, “Revis Island” for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams’ top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has turned himself in to Pittsburgh police following charges alleging he was involved in a fight with two men last weekend.
Revis entered a Municipal Courts building Friday. He didn’t answer questions on his way in.
A docket sheet filed Thursday says Revis faces counts of aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and terroristic threats over the Sunday altercation.
Revis’ attorney says Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He says Revis “feared for his safety” and sought medical attention. He hasn’t described Revis’ injuries.
Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. They say other men joined in and two men claimed they were punched and knocked out.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The parents of three Tennessee elementary school children arrested on school grounds have filed a lawsuit against police officers and local government.
The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro (http://on.dnj.com/2lWLh9i ) reports the federal lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of Zaccheus and LaVonia Crawford and their children.
At the time of the April 15 arrest last year, the Crawfords’ children and six others were charged for a fight that happened a month earlier off school grounds. Charges were dropped in June.
The suit says at least two of the Crawfords’ children weren’t present when the fight occurred and the third was in the area but couldn’t be seen or heard on video.
Murfreesboro City Attorney Craig Tindall said the city has received the suit but can’t comment. Attorneys for Rutherford County weren’t immediately able to confirm receipt of the lawsuit.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That’s a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies — and recording their attempts.
At issue is how to bridge the infamous “word gap,” the fact that affluent children hear far more words before they start school than low-income kids. New research suggests intervening early can at least boost the words at-risk tots hear, and maybe influence some school-readiness factors.
One program in Providence, Rhode Island, straps “word pedometers” onto tots to record how many words a day they hear from family or caregivers — not TV. Another in New York City records video of parents practicing conversation strategies with babies too young to even say “Da-da.”
“Parents say: ‘Wow, look what I did there. I made a sound and my child smiled at me,” said Dr. Alan Mendelsohn of New York University. “The power in that is really something.”
The research was presented Friday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston.
Scientists have long known the power of simply of talking to babies — the sooner the better. A landmark 1995 study found that poor children hear a fraction of the words their peers in wealthier homes do, adding up to about 30 million fewer words by age 3. The reasons are myriad. If mom’s exhausted from two jobs, she’s less likely to read that extra bedtime story or have time to explore “this little piggie” when putting on a tot’s socks.
Those children have smaller vocabularies and lag academically, and can find it hard to catch up. That’s in part because early experiences shape how the brain develops in those critical first years of life.
Programs are popping up around the country to spread the “let’s talk” message. There’s little data on which interventions really work. But researchers outlined some promising early findings Friday — and noted the problem is about more than word quantity.
“Yes, you can talk more, but what is the quality of your language?” said Caitlin Molina, executive director of the Providence Talks program. “It’s not just the adult word count but the conversational turns, the back and forth, that engage the child.”
Providence Talks has enrolled more than 1,300 babies and toddlers since 2014 in programs that train parents to build in more conversation during the day. First, coaches provide strategies. Don’t just read the book but ask about the pictures. Turn off the radio in the car to talk about where you’re going. Describe the colors when dressing a tot, and pause to give them a chance to babble back.
Then, one day every two weeks, the children wear a small recorder that counts how many words they hear and the number of those “conversational turns.” It can count the returning baby babble but not the TV or radio. Parents are given the scores, to track their own progress.
Early results show two-thirds of participating families improve. Children who started the program hearing an average of 8,000 words a day were averaging 12,000 a day when the coaching ended, Molina said.
Brown University has begun an independent study to track whether the improvement was enough to make a difference once those children begin kindergarten.
In New York, Mendelsohn is studying a program that coaches parents at the pediatrician’s office, while they’re waiting for routine well-baby visits. The coaches use a prop — a free book or toy — to explain strategies for conversation and engagement, and record the parent trying. Going over the video shows what he or she did right and where to improve.
More than 400 at-risk families were randomly assigned to the video coaching or standard pediatric visits. By age 3, youngsters in the coaching program did better at imitation play and attention, and displayed less hyperactivity, Meldelsohn reported. He said the benefits appear to last as he’s tracking the first children in that study who’ve reached kindergarten age.
HOUSTON (AP) — Surveillance video at an indoor skydiving facility in Houston shows an instructor quickly catching a toddler as the child falls backward off a counter.
The boy was standing on the counter holding onto his father when he tumbled backward.
Jesse “Tex” Leos, an instructor at iFly, was standing on the other side of the counter, saw the boy falling out of the corner of his eye and quickly reached out with his left hand to catch him before gathering him up in his arms.
On Wednesday, Leos posted the video to his Facebook page where it’s been viewed more than 700,000 times.
He told KPRC-TV that regular training for skydiving helps keep his reflexes sharp.