2:06 PM ET Sought-after heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin signed on Thursday with promoter Dmitry Salita. “Salita Promotions prides itself on showcasing and promoting its fighters and that really impresses me,” Franklin said in announcing his deal. “I believe that Salita Promotions gives me the best opportunity to become heavyweight world champion. Dmitriy understands boxing and
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2:22 PM ET Associated Press HELSINKI — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that the NHL is planning to play a season-opening game in Prague and another two games in Stockholm next season. Bettman, speaking before the Florida Panthers and the Winnipeg Jets played the first of their two regular-season games in Finland on Thursday, said
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2:35 PM ET TAMPA, Fla. — Amid the speculation that surfaced as a result of his benching and what it means for his future, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was asked Thursday if he sees himself as a member of the team a year from now. “Yeah, hopefully,” Winston said, admitting that coach Dirk
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2:26 PM ET Associated Press BOSTON — The Red Sox say their brand new World Series trophy has been repaired after getting beaned by a beer can during the championship parade. From Eduardo Rodriguez’s glove slam to David Price sprinting out to the mound to celebrate, we look back on some of the moments that
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2:43 PM ET James Harden is doubtful for Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, but coach Mike D’Antoni is optimistic that the Houston Rockets guard can return to the floor Saturday. Harden has missed the past two games after being diagnosed with a Grade 1-plus strain to his left hamstring last week. He was set
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12:36 PM BST Luke Morgan is to make his first Wales start in the opening match of the autumn internationals against Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday. Winger Morgan is Wales Seven’s all-time leading scorer and starts alongside international regulars George North and Leigh Halfpenny in the back three. Cardiff fly-half Gareth Anscombe starts in the
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4:09 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Slava Voynov, a former Los Angeles Kings defenseman who was suspended indefinitely by the National Hockey League and served jail time for domestic assault, has formally applied for reinstatement to the league. “We’re in the process of an intense factual investigation,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Dennis Bernstein of The
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3:00 AM ET Big Picture A bunch of globe-trotting T20 specialists couldn’t stop the Pakistan juggernaut in the first T20I, but they have convinced the top-ranked side that they have an equal footing in the series. New Zealand have already shown the hosts that this series is unlikely to be similar to the one against
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1:49 PM ET Ole Miss‘ appeal of NCAA sanctions fell short of lifting the football team’s postseason ban this season, but it was successful in vacating a penalty that hindered the Rebels’ ability to host recruits on unofficial visits. No longer will Ole Miss be limited to one unofficial visit per student-athlete per academic year.
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11:30 AM BST Alec Hepburn will make his first England start in the opening match of the autumn internationals against South Africa on Saturday. Hepburn starts at No.1 in an inexperienced, injury-hit forward pack that also includes Kyle Sinckler and Mark Wilson, who has been selected at No.8 ahead of the uncapped Zach Mercer. Brad
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11:29 AM ET UFC president Dana White does not believe a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and retired boxer Floyd Mayweather will happen, but says he has been in contact with Mayweather’s team this week. White told ESPN’s Get Up! on Thursday that he met with Mayweather’s associates on Wednesday in Los Angeles to discuss the
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11:23 AM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports PLANO, Texas — Martin Truex Jr. says he won’t change the way he races following Sunday’s finish at Martinsville Speedway. At least for the most part. Truex took several laps to get by
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5:49 PM ET Associated Press PARIS — Roger Federer‘s bid for a 100th career title remains on as he beat Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the Paris Masters quarterfinals. If he wins that, against either Kevin Anderson or Kei Nishikori, he could face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Federer, 37 and returning
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11:48 AM ET Associated Press PARIS — Novak Djokovic advanced to the Paris Masters quarterfinals when Damir Dzumhur retired trailing 6-1, 2-1 on Thursday. Dzumhur had a lengthy massage to his lower back late in the first set and got loud applause when he carried on playing. But after a few more games, he stopped
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10:01 AM ET Madison Square Garden hosts the UFC on Saturday for third time, but this event has seen an unusual shuffle of headliners given the high-profile venue. With the dust finally settling, we’re left with an improbable heavyweight title fight featuring Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis, two guys who were nowhere near the heavyweight
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