The Ministry of Health said it has today received confirmation of five new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to 257. Case #253 is an 11-year-old...

Disclaimer: Thisadvice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. As a parent, it may be a little concerning to wake up to a crying child especially if your little one is exhibiting signs of a high temperature or has a warm forehead. Your natural reaction as a new parent might be to panic. But don’t! It is normal for your baby’s temperature to fluctuate for various reasons such as physical exertion, taking a warm bath, fighting allergies, or even digestion. Also, the time of day can be a factor since body temperatures tend to rise in the afternoon and early evening. If your child has a feverish temperature of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, it may not necessarily be bad but it may be a key indicator of the immune system fighting a more serious infection. A fever can be an indication of flu, pneumonia, an ear infection, sore throat, or influenza. So, what should you do? Do you call your doctor, get emergency care, maybe grab medication? This depends on your baby’s age and temperature reading, as well as other symptoms that accompany a raised temperature. Here’s what to do for a baby’s fever: -Any temperature over 100.4 degrees in newborns under three months is considered a medical emergency! Babies under three months don’t have fully functioning immune systems, which increases the risk of infections like bacterial meningitis and pneumonia. It’s important that they get evaluated right away to prevent life-threatening complications. -For a fever over 101 degrees in babies between three and six months old, call the doctor. You should also alert your doctor if your baby is vomiting, has diarrhoea, ear pain, stiff neck, skin rash, inconsolable crying, shortness of breath, or other concerning symptoms. It is also important to watch out for signs of dehydration in your babysuch as lack of tears and less than three to four wet diapers a day. - Should your child seem uncomfortable or in pain, there are several things you can try to bring down your baby’s fever and help him or her feel better Fever-reducing medicines such as ibuprofen (for babies over 6 months) and acetaminophen can provide some relief (call your doctor to advise about the proper dosage), but there are other baby fever treatment methods that can lower a temperature: -Place a cool, wet cloth on your child’s head to draw out the fever and help your baby rest. -Give your child plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and help the body cool itself. You can give them plenty of water, clear soups, popsicle, or yogurt. Refrain from giving them sodas as this will further dehydrate them. If your baby is younger than 6 months, breast milk will hydrate and strengthen your little one’s immune system while fighting illness. -Use air conditioning or a fan on a low setting to keep your baby’s room cool. In addition, try to avoid taking your child out in the sun. - Remove extra layers of clothing so your child can lose heat more easily through the skin. - Help your child feel more at ease with a relaxing sponge bath using lukewarm water. As water evaporates from his or her skin, it can bring the fever down temporarily. But avoid using cold water as this can cause your baby to shiver, raising his or her temperature. Whatever you choose to do to alleviate discomfort, do not use aspirin as this can cause a potentially fatal illness called Reye’s syndrome. Call your doctor if the fever has dropped but your child is still acting sick or if they seem to be getting worse. Call if the fever lasts more than 24 hours in a child younger than 2, or more than three days in a child 2 and up. A fever can be frightening, but it’s important to remember that it’s not usually a problem. Keep a close eye on your baby, and remember to treat them, not the fever. If they seem uncomfortable, do what you can to offer comfort. If you’re feeling unsure about your baby’s temperature or behaviour, don’t hesitate to speak with your child’s doctor.

Happy December! Decemberis the twelfth and final month of the year in theJulianandGregorian Calendar. It is also the last of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Dr. Seuss said, “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon.” Shakespeare said, “How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen. What old December’s bareness everywhere!” Here are some things you might not have known about the month of December. 1.December is the day with the fewest daylight hours, and thesummer solsticein theSouthern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours. 2.In Catholic tradition, December is the Month of the Advent of Christ. 3.Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December25, but there is no mention of December25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring. 4.The first official day of winter on the Northern Hemisphere is Wednesday, December 21. 5.There are 3 claimed December gemstones: zircon, tanzanite and turquoise. 6. The following celebrities have birthdays in December: Zoe Kravitz, Michael Loccisano, Britney Spears, Ozzy Osbourne, Stuart Wilson, Jay-Z, Paula Patton, Judd Apatow, Sara Bareilles, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Tyra Banks and Lucy Lui.Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901. Without him we wouldn’t have Mickey Mouse and all the Disney classics we still love to watch today. 7.The first successful flight was administered by the Wright Brothers on December 17, 1903. 8.The name December comes from the Latindecemfor “ten”, as it was the 10thmonth in the Roman Calendar. 9.December is National Tie Month, Worldwide Food Service Safety Month, Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month, Quince (a flower) and Watermelon Month and National Write a Business Plan Month. December2 is National Mutt Day,December14 is Monkey Day,December15 is Cat Herders Dayand December30 is Bacon Day. 10. Here are some Caribbean festivals in December: Dia de los Reyes, orThree Kings Day, is one of Puerto Rico’s largest and most celebrated holidays of the season, celebrated between December 25 and January 6. The Junkanoo Festival in Nassau, Bahamas takes place on December 26 (Boxing Day) and New Year’s Day. During these celebrations, locals dress up in masks and traditional, colorful costumes and parade through the streets. Every year, Jamaica’s Grand Market is an all-day event held on Christmas eve where local shops and vendors stay open for last-minute holiday shopping and themed festivities. Festival of Light traditionally marks the start of the Christmas season in Saint Lucia, celebrated on December 13, the day associated with Saint Lucia or Saint Lucy, the patron saint of light, symbolizing the triumph of light conquering dark, good overcoming evil and the renewal of life.

Moderna Incorporatedsaid it would ask US and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens. Multiple vaccine candidates must succeed for the world to stamp out the pandemic, which has been on the upswing in the US and Europe. US hospitals have been stretched to the limit as the nation has seen more than 160,000 new cases per day and more than 1,400 daily deaths. Since first emerging nearly a year ago in China, the virus has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide. Moderna is just behind Pfizer and its German partnerBioNTechin seeking to begin vaccinations in the US in December. Across the Atlantic, British regulators also are assessing the Pfizer shot and another from AstraZeneca. Moderna created its shots with the US National Institutes of Health and already had a hint they were working, but said it got the final needed results over the weekend that suggest the vaccine is more than 94 per centeffective. Of 196 COVID-19 cases so far in its huge U.S. study, 185 were trial participants who received the placebo and 11 who got the real vaccine. The only people who got severely ill — 30 participants, including one who died — had received dummy shots, saidDrTal Zaks, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, company's chief medical officer. When he learned the results, "I allowed myself to cry for the first time," Zaks told The Associated Press. "We have already, just in the trial, have already saved lives. Just imagine the impact then multiplied to the people who can get this vaccine." Moderna said the shots' effectiveness and a good safety record so far — with only temporary, flu-like side effects — mean they meet requirements set by the US Food and Drug Administration(FDA)for emergency use before the final-stage testing is complete. The European Medicines Agency, Europe's version of FDA, hassignaledit also is open to faster, emergency clearance. The FDA has pledged that before it decides to roll out any COVID-19 vaccines, its scientific advisers will publicly debate whether there's enough evidence behind each candidate. First up on December10, Pfizer andBioNTechwill present data suggesting their vaccine candidate is 95per centeffective. Moderna said its turn at this "science court" is expected exactly a week later, on December17. If the FDA allows emergency use, Moderna expects to have 20 million doses ready for the US by year's end. Recipients will need two doses, so that's enough for 10 million people. Pfizer expects to have 50 million doses globally in December. Half of them — or enough for 12.5 million people — are earmarked for the U.S. This week, a different panel of US experts, established by theCentresfor Disease Control and Prevention, will meet to decide how initial supplies will be given out. They're expected to reserve scarce first doses for health care workers and, if the shots work well enough in the frail elderly, for residents of long-term care facilities. As more vaccine gradually becomes available in coming months, other essential workers and people at highest risk from the coronavirus would get in line. But enough for the general population isn't expected until at least spring. Outside the US, Zaks said significant supplies from Moderna would be available later, "in the first quarter" of next year. "Obviously we are doing everything in our power to increase the capacity and accelerate the timelines," he said. Both Moderna's and Pfizer's vaccines are made with the same technology, using a piece of genetic code for the "spike" protein that studs the virus. That messenger RNA, or mRNA, instructs the body to make some harmless spike protein, training immune cells to recognize it if the real virus eventually comes along. AstraZeneca last week announced confusing early results of its vaccine candidate from research in Britain and Brazil. That vaccine appears 62 per cent effective when tested as originally intended, with recipients given two full doses. But because of a manufacturing error, a small number of volunteers got a lower first dose — and AstraZeneca said in that group, the vaccine appeared to be 90 per cent effective. Experts say it's unclear why the lower-dose approach would work better and that it may just be a statistical quirk. A larger US study of the AstraZeneca candidate still is underway that should eventually give the FDA a better picture of how well it works. The FDA has said any COVID-19 vaccine would have to be at least 50 per cent effective. Meanwhile Britain's government will have to decide whether its UK data is sufficient for an early rollout there. Johnson & Johnson also is in final-stage testing in the US and several other countries to see if its vaccine candidate could work with just one dose. Both the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines work by using harmless cold viruses to carry the spike protein gene into the body and prime the immune system. The different technologies have ramifications for how easily different vaccines could be distributed globally. The AstraZeneca shots won't require freezer storage like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Candidates made with still other technologies are in late-stage testing, too. Another US company, Novavax Inc., announced Monday that it has finished enrolling 15,000 people in a late-stage study in Britain and plans to begin recruiting even more volunteers for final testing in the US and Mexico "in the coming weeks." Vaccines made by three Chinese companies and a Russian candidate also are being tested in thousands of people in countries around the world.

Photo: US National Hurricane Centre.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said a non-tropical low pressure system, located about 650 miles southeast of Bermuda, is producing a few disorganised showers and thunderstorms to the north and east of its centre. NHC said environmental conditions are expected to be only marginally conducive for development during the next day or so as the low moves north-eastward before it is absorbed by an approaching frontal system over the north-central Atlantic. NHC said the system has a low (30 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and five days. Meanwhile, the second non-tropical low pressure system, which is located over the far eastern Atlantic, is expected to move southward about midway between Portugal and the Azores during the weekend. Environmental conditions are forecast to be marginally conducive for the low to acquire subtropical characteristics early next week while it meanders just to the north of the Canary Islands. It has a low (10 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and a low (30 percent) chance during the next five days.

Dexta Daps (right) and Masicka perform on Night 2 of Reggae Sunsplash. (Photos: Contributed)

More than 100,000 people from more than 28 countries watched the return of Reggae Sunsplash live and post-live online over the weekend, according to organisers. After a 14-year hiatus, the brand was re-introduced virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers are pleased with the response to the show which – despite a slow start on Friday due to technical problems with the stream – boasted two nights of strong performances which were well-received by reggae and dancehall lovers. “We are very happy to see the way in which Reggae Sunsplash turned out. The first night started a bit slow with a little internal technical glitch with the streaming, but we quickly got through that and got good engagement with fans of the brand all over the world,” Tyrone Wilson, Executive Producer of Reggae Sunsplash, told Loop News. Capleton gave a typical fiery performance on Night 1. Night 1 saw performances by four artistes – Tanya Stephens, Ras-I, Richie Spice and Capleton – and featured a video tribute to 'crown prince of reggae', Dennis Brown, who graced the iconic Sunsplash stage a number of times, the first in June 1978, the festival’s first staging at Jarrett Park in Montego bay. Following the strong opening night, Jesse Royal, Romain Virgo, Agent Sasco, Masicka and Dexta Daps brought the curtains down on the event in equally stellar fashion. Wilson indicated that the power of reggae and brand Jamaica was on show with more than four continents represented among viewers. The United States represented the biggest audience, 19.4 per cent, followed by Jamaica with 13.5 per cent. “We are happy to keep reggae music alive and keep brand Jamaica going. We were the number one trending topic in Jamaica,” Wilson said, adding “People from all over the world tuned in…parts of Africa, the UK, Japan, the US, Caribbean…” (From left) Aaron Spence - Founder & CEO of Kaboom Nation, Debbie Bissoon - Reggae Sunsplash Producer, Richard Hoo Kim Executive Technical Director of Clearsound Production Services & Reggae Sunsplash, Randy Mattis - Reggae Sunsplash Producer and Tyrone Wilson - Executive Producer, Reggae Sunsplash. Once the premier reggae festival in the world, Reggae Sunsplash has featured the likes of Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Bunny Wailer, Terror Fabulous, Tiger, Lady Patra, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Papa San, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and other iconic names of reggae and dancehall. Randy Mattis, Festival Co-Producer of Reggae Sunsplash, said: “Reggae Sunsplash from its inception has been a great platform for showcasing our talented musicians locally and internationally. It has always been about bringing people together and we are honoured to have been able to present our interpretation of what the festival would have evolved into if it had continued on the path that it was on. “We look forward to continuing that vision of bringing people together through the showcase of our music,” Mattis added. Wilson noted that organisers were particularly happy to lift spirits among reggae lovers “at a time when the environment is severely impacted by COVID-19.” He added: “We are pleased about the entire execution of the event which really set the stage, in my view, for virtual events going forward.”

In this screengrab is actor Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in 1977, 1980 and 1983.

Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died. He was 85. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent ThomasBowingtonsaid Sunday. Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse was a three-time British weightlifting champion and represented England in weightlifting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games before breaking into movies with roles that emphasized his commanding size, including Frankenstein's monster in a pair of Hammer Studios horror films. Director George Lucas saw Prowse in a small part in "A Clockwork Orange" and asked the 6-foot-6-inch (almost 2-meter) actor to audition for the villainous Vader or the Wookie Chewbacca in "Star Wars." The costume worn by Dave Prowse. Prowse later told the BBC he chose Darth Vader because "you always remember the bad guys." Physically, Prowse was perfect for the part. His lilting English West Country accent was considered less ideal, and his lines were dubbed by James Earl Jones. Prowse donned Darth Vader's black armour and helmet for "Star Wars" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983). He expressed some regret that, thanks to Vader's mask, "I can walk around with complete anonymity." "All actors crave recognition and I'd like to have some like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo," he told The Associated Press in 1980. "Fortune tends to follow fame." Prowse also worked as a trainer for other actors, helping Christopher Reeve prepare to be the Man of Steel in hit 1978 film "Superman." Prowse was also known to a generation of British children as the Green Cross Code Man, a superhero in a series of road safety advertisements during the 1970s and '80s. He was a regular at "Star Wars" fan events but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" films, tweeted that Prowse was "a kind man & much more than Darth Vader." Hamill said the actor "loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP" "Ant-Man" director Edgar Wright also paid tribute to Prowse on Twitter. "As a kid, Dave Prowse couldn't be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man," he wrote. "Rest in Peace, Bristol's finest." Prowse is survived by his wife Norma and their three children.

Saint Lucians at home and in the diaspora are invited to nominate deserving countrymen and women for National Awards 2021 as the National Awards Committee calls for more nominations ahead ofthe December 11 deadline for submissions. The National Honours and Awards Act grants awards to citizens of Saint Lucia and other persons, for distinguished, outstanding or meritorious services or achievements or for gallantry and related matters. The committee will consider nominations of persons who are citizens of Saint Lucia for awards in the following categories: Saint Lucia Cross – Gold Saint Lucia Medal of Honour – Gold or Silver Saint Lucia Medal of Merit – Gold or Silver Saint Lucia Les Pitons Medal – Gold, Silver or Bronze National Service Cross Police Force – not below the rank of deputy Fire Service – not below the rank of deputy Correctional service – not below the rank of deputy National Service Medal – Members of The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force; Fire Service; Correctional Service Cadet Corps. Nomination Forms can be obtained from Constituency Councils, Post Offices, Accountant General Sub-Offices and online at Submissions should be made on the nomination forms provided together with the justification for the award. The name of the individual and/or organization making the submission should be legible and signatures provided. Deadline for submission of nominations is December 11th, 2020. Submissions must be sent to: The Secretary National Awards Committee C/O Office of The Prime Minister Greaham Louisy Administrative Building 5th Floor Waterfront, Castries Saint Lucia

In this Saturday, November 21, 2020, photo the word pandemic is displayed in a dictionary in Washington. Merriam-Webster on Monday announced “pandemic” as its 2020 word of the year. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be? Ding, ding, ding: Merriam-Webster on Monday announced“pandemic”as its 2020 word of the year. “That probably isn't a big shock,” Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, told The Associated Press. “Often the big news story has a technical word that's associated with it and in this case, the word pandemic is not just technical but has become general. It's probably the word by which we'll refer to this period in the future,” he said. The word took on urgent specificity in March when the coronavirus crisis was designated a pandemic, but it started to trend up on as early January and again in February when the first US deaths and outbreaks on cruise ships occurred. On March 11, when the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, lookups on the site forpandemicspiked hugely. Site interest for the word has remained significantly high through the year, Sokolowski said. By huge, Sokolowski means searches for pandemic on March 11 were 115,806% higher than lookups experienced on the same date last year. Pandemic, with roots in Latin and Greek, is a combination of “pan,” for all, and “demos,” for people or population. The latter is the same root of “democracy,” Sokolowski noted. The word pandemic dates to the mid-1600s used broadly for “universal” and more specifically to disease in a medical text in the 1660s, he said. That was after the plagues of the Middle Ages, Sokolowski said. He attributes the lookup traffic for pandemic not entirely to searchers who didn't know what it meant but also to those on the hunt for more detail, or for inspiration or comfort. “We see that the word love is looked up around Valentine's Day and the word cornucopia is looked up at Thanksgiving,” Sokolowski said. “We see a word like surreal spiking when a moment of national tragedy or shock occurs. It's the idea of dictionaries being the beginning of putting your thoughts in order.” Merriam-Webster acted quickly in March to add and update entries on its site for words related to the pandemic. While “coronavirus” had been in the dictionary for decades, “COVID-19” was coined in February. Thirty-four days later, Merriam-Webster had it up online, along with a couple dozen other entries that were revised to reflect the health emergency. “That's the shortest period of time we've ever seen a word go from coinage to entry,” Sokolowski said. “The word had this urgency.” Coronavirus was among runners up for word of the year as it jumped into the mainstream. Quarantine, asymptomatic, mamba, Kraken, defund, antebellum, irregardless, icon, schadenfreude and malarkey were also runners up based on lookup spikes around specific events. Particularly interesting to word nerds like Sokolowski, a lexicographer, is quarantine. With Italian roots, it was used during the Black Death of the 1300s for the period of time a new ship coming into port would have to wait outside a city to prevent disease. The “quar” in quarantine derives from 40, for the 40 days required. Spikes for mamba occurred after the January death of Kobe Bryant, whose nickname was the Black Mamba. A mass of lookups occurred for kraken in July after Seattle's new National Hockey League franchise chose the mythical sea monster as its name, urged along by fans. Country group Lady Antebellum's name change to Lady A drove dictionary interest in June, while malarkey got a boost from President-elect Joe Biden, who's fond of using the word. Icon was front and centre in headlines after the deaths of US Rep. John Lewis and US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The Merriam-Webster site has about 40 million unique monthly users and about 100 million monthly page views.

In a photo provided by Triller, Mike Tyson throws a punch during the third round against Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition boxing bout Saturday, November 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photos: Joe Scarnici/Triller via AP)

Mike Tyson stepped through the ropes in his signature black trunks and heard the opening bell in a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years. The former heavyweight champion of the world traded lively punches with Roy Jones Jr. for eight entertaining rounds that ended with two middle-aged legends wearily hugging each other in mutual admiration. Their fight was only an exhibition, and it ended in a draw. But for Tyson, the experience evoked the joy and excitement he felt so long ago at the start of his boxing career — and it was likely the start of a new chapter in his epic life. “I'm happy I'm not knocked out," Tyson said. “I'll look better in the next one.” Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon's return to the ring against the 51-year-old Jones. Tyson had the most impactful punches, showing off versions of the footwork and combinations that made him the world's most feared fighter. After eight two-minute rounds, both Tyson and Jones emerged from Staples Center smiling and apparently healthy. “This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities. “We’re humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We've got to do this again.” Tyson's return to the ring for this show attracted international attention, and Iron Mike did his best to demonstrate his months of work to recapture a measure of the form that made him a legend to a generation of boxing fans. Tyson tagged Jones with body shots, head shots and a particularly nasty uppercut during a bout that was required by the California State Athletic Commission to be a reasonably safe, glorified sparring session. Tyson was exhausted two hours afterward, but also clearly energized as he recounted his emotions with his wife and team looking on. “I took my youth for granted,” Tyson said. “This event made me find out what I was really made of. ... My body feels splendid. I want to beat it up some more.” Tyson intends to fight in more exhibitions next year, perhaps heading to Monte Carlo next to challenge a European fighter. He didn't close the door on the possibility of a full-fledged comeback, although that would be many fights in the future. For one night, Tyson and Jones were back at the center of the sports world, and they reveled in it. “I'm happy to scratch that off my bucket list and move on with my life,” said Jones, the former four-division world champion widely considered the most skilled boxer of his generation. “He hit harder than I thought. Everything hurt. His hands hurt. His head hurts. Everything hurt when I made contact. He's an exceptional puncher still. He can do anything he wants next.” Neither fighter was deceived by the quality of the bout. While both came out throwing punches that evoked echoes of their glorious primes, they also tied up frequently on the inside, and their occasionally labored breathing could be heard on the microphones in the empty arena. Hip hop star Snoop Dogg's witty television commentary was among the loudest noises inside Staples, and he had a handful of zingers: “This is like two of my uncles fighting at the barbecue!” But Tyson and Jones were the headliners in the most improbable pay-per-view boxing event in years, engineered by social networking app Triller and featuring fights interspersed with hip hop performances in an empty arena. The event was derided as an anti-sporting spectacle by some critics, yet both Tyson and Jones appeared to handle themselves capably and safely. Their fans were clearly enthralled, with the show getting enormous traction on social media. Some of that success was due to the co-main event, in which YouTube star Jake Paul knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson in the second round of Robinson's pro boxing debut. Paul, in his second pro fight, recorded three knockdowns against Robinson, the three-time NBA Slam Dunk contest champion, before an overhand right put Robinson flat on his face and apparently unconscious. But most of the fans tuned in to watch Tyson, many for the first time. Any boxing fan who came of age after Tyson retired from boxing in 2005 had never seen a live fight from the legendary figure — and within the bounds of this event, Tyson delivered. Tyson said he no longer had “the fighting guts or the heart” after he quit in a dismal loss to journeyman Peter McBride in his final bout. Finally free of his sport's relentless pressure, Tyson gradually straightened out his life, kicking a self-described drug addiction and eventually succeeding in acting, stage performance, charity work and even marijuana cultivation while settling into comfortable family life in Las Vegas with his third wife and their children. The idea of a boxing comeback seemed preposterous, but Tyson started toward this unlikely fight when he started doing 15 daily minutes on a treadmill a few years ago at his wife's urging in a bid to lose 100 pounds. The workouts soon became multi-hour affairs encompassing biking, running and finally punching as he regained a measure of his athletic prime through discipline and a vegan diet. Tyson posted a video of himself hitting pads on social media early in the coronavirus pandemic, and the overwhelming public response led to several lucrative offers for a ring comeback. With the chance to make money for himself and for charity, Tyson eventually agreed to take on Jones long after the chance of their dream matchup seemed dashed. Tyson and Jones negotiated with the California commission over the limitations of their bout, eventually arriving at eight two-minute rounds of hard sparring with only ceremonial judging and no official winner. The WBC still stepped in to award a ceremonial “Frontline Battle Belt” to both fighters.

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp waits for the start of the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at the Amex stadium in Brighton, England, Saturday, November 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wiglesworth, Pool)

Already angered by fixture timings in a congested schedule and hindered by a long injury list in his squad, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was given another reason to be unhappy following the latest contentious incident involving VAR in the English Premier League. The champions dropped two points after conceding a goal from a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time in a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Saturday. The spot kick was awarded following an intervention by the video assistant referee, who previously ruled out two Liverpool goals at Amex Stadium for offside — one of which couldn’t have been tighter against Mohamed Salah. “You cannot imagine how many things are hard to take (at) the moment,” said Klopp, whose list of gripes is getting longer by the day. Liverpool’s coach made clear his frustration by sarcastically applauding the assistant referee after Pascal Gross converted Brighton’s equalizer. He spoke to the match officials as they walked off the field after the final whistle. Klopp wasn’t finished there, continuing his complaints about broadcasters post-match regarding a schedule that has seen Liverpool forced to play on Wednesday night in the Champions League and then Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League. “The only thing we have to do is deal with it, recover, prepare again and go,” he said. Indeed, for a team that is back atop the league as it looks to retain the title, Liverpool is an unhappy bunch. Salah, who recently returned to action after contracting the coronavirus, was substituted around the hour mark — just like he was on Wednesday in the 2-0 loss to Atalanta in the Champions League — and didn’t hide his unhappiness. Klopp made it clear he was trying to protect his star attacker, who set up Liverpool’s goal scored by Diogo Jota. “We have to be careful (with Salah),” Klopp said. “He doesn’t like that, but that’s it.” Already missing Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Thiago Alcantara because of injury, Liverpool has another issue to contend with after the versatile James Milner hobbled off with a hamstring problem. Likely adding to Liverpool’s frustration was the sight of arguably its biggest threat to the title, Manchester City, regaining its scoring touch in a 5-0 win over Burnley a few hours later to close the gap to the champions. MAHREZ HAT TRICK There had been concerns about City’s once-prolific attack, with the team scoring just 10 goals in its first eight games. All it needed was a visit from Burnley to get City flowing again. Riyad Mahrez scored a hat trick while Benjamin Mendy and Ferran Torres added goals as Burnley was beaten 5-0 for a fourth straight time at Etihad Stadium. Three of those have come in the league in successive seasons. City should be in the goals in its next three home games, too, with relegation contenders Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle visiting in December. It was Mahrez's first hat trick for City, while Torres scored his first Premier League goal having already netted for the club in the Champions League and English League Cup since joining from Valencia. EVERTON'S SLUMP Everton's slide after its brilliant start to the season continued with a 1-0 home loss to Leeds. After opening with four straight victories, Carlo Ancelotti's side has won just one of the next six games and hasn't kept a clean sheet since the opening weekend. Raphinha grabbed a 79th-minute winner for Leeds with a 25-meter drive, and the Brazilian winger impressed throughout in just his second start since moving from Rennes in the summer transfer window. In an end-to-end contest at Goodison Park, Jack Harrison struck the post with a header and also had a shot cleared off the line.