Month: November 2018

7:22 PM ET Ryan Songalia LOS ANGELES — Moments after stepping off the scales, Mark Barriga received advice from someone who knows something about being a world champion. “Never feel afraid,” Nonito Donaire Jr., a four-division titleholder, told Barriga in a huddle at stage left. “You’re not inferior to anyone.” Two years after turning pro,
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6:37 PM ET Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — Jon Rahm hardly missed a shot and found golf easy Friday on his way to a 9-under 63, giving him a share of the lead with Henrik Stenson going into the weekend at the Hero World Challenge. Tiger Woods stayed eight shots behind, and an 18-month-old rules
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6:17 PM ET INDIANAPOLIS — Pat Fitzgerald will coach Northwestern in its first Big Ten championship game appearance in the title game’s eight-year history this weekend. He said Friday that he believes his program will be a regular visitor to Indianapolis in future years. See their picks for the rematch of Texas-Oklahoma and the other
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5:35 PM ET ASHBURN, Virginia — The Washington Redskins finally received some good injury news Friday. Coach Jay Gruden said he is “very optimistic” that running back Chris Thompson will return Monday night vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. Thompson was a full participant in practice Friday, the first time that has happened since he broke a
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4:54 PM ET Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is be out indefinitely with a sore right knee, the team announced Friday. Oladipo has not played since a Nov. 17 game in which he played just five minutes before exiting after falling into a broadcast cameraman and fans sitting courtside. An All-Star last year, the 25-year-old
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3:00 AM ET Jozi Stars 230 for 3 (Hendricks 104*, Rickleton 45) beat Durban Heat 177 (va Wyk 66, Rabada 4-27) by 53 runs Reeza Hendricks cracked the maiden century of the Mzansi Super League as Jozi Stars buried Durban Heat under a mountain of runs to climb to third place on the table with
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3:21 PM ET Bellator MMA president Scott Coker is celebrating this week’s cross-promotional announcement with Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation — and expects there to be similar announcements in 2019. Earlier this week, Bellator announced its bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will face Rizin’s Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2) for the promotion’s inaugural 135-pound championship. The bout will
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2:41 PM ET It’s been a long time since two different promotions allowed their fighters to cross over and face each other, but that’s exactly what was announced earlier this week as Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell will take on Rizin champion Kyoji Horiguchi on New Year’s Eve in Japan. Could this become the new
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3:19 PM ET CHICAGO — The Cubs on Friday tendered a contract to suspended shortstop Addison Russell, who is eligible for arbitration. Russell, 25, will miss the first month of the season after accepting a 40-game suspension late in 2018 after his ex-wife accused him of domestic abuse in a blog post. From the start,
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2:22 PM GMT Jamie BraidwoodESPN Juan Manuel Leguizamon has said it will be “weird” to line up opposite his international teammates when he plays against Argentina for the Barbarians this weekend. Leguizamon is the only Argentine representative in the 23-man Barbarians squad to face the Pumas, joining 13 South Africans and players from six other
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1:58 PM ET A Bellator MMA grudge match between England’s Paul Daley and Michael “Venom” Page has been booked for Feb. 16 in Uncasville, Connecticut, according to multiple sources. The highly anticipated bout is part of Bellator’s Welterweight Grand Prix. The event, which will take place at Mohegan Sun, will air on DAZN. According to
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1:43 PM ET Associated Press VORHEES, N.J. — Former Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall said he was stunned the Flyers fired him this week, despite their losing record. Hextall, a former Flyers goalie, was fired Monday after four-plus seasons on the job. “I didn’t see this coming in any way,” Hextall said Friday. “I was
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