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February

23
Francis Ngannou eyes Ferreira-Bader winner after boxing match

Francis Ngannou is two weeks away from his second appearance in a professional boxing ring, but he’s already considering his eventual return to mixed martial arts. Ngannou (17-3) hinted Thursday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that he’d likely face the winner of Saturday’s heavyweight contest between 2023 PFL champion Renan Ferreira and Bellator MMA champion Ryan Bader. “I think the winner of this is the guy I’m going to fight in my MMA return,” Ngannou told ESPN. “It is my intention to return to the sport. When exactly, I think depends on March 8. [Ferreira and Bader] are both champions and one of them is going […]

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February

23
Pirates, Mitch Keller agree to five-year extension

Right-hander Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a five-year, $77 million contract extension, sources tell ESPN, locking up another young core player as the team continues to try to return to the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade. The deal, which starts this year and ends after the 2028 season, will pay Keller $7.5 million in 2024 — more than $2 million above where he had settled with the team in arbitration, according to sources. In what would’ve been his final year of arbitration in 2025, Keller will receive $15 million. For the three free agent years […]

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February

23
Hawks center Onyeka Okongwu (toe) out for ‘foreseeable future’

The Hawks are preparing to be without center Onyeka Okongwu for an indefinite period, leaving the team with serious front-line depth issues as it returns from the All-Star break. Coach Quin Snyder stated following Thursday’s practice Okongwu, who missed the final game before the break with a sprained left toe, “is not going to be available for the foreseeable future.” Snyder’s announcement was a surprise following initial expectations Okongwu would miss a week to 10 days. The loss of Okongwu, who has shared playing time with starting center Clint Capela, comes as Capela has missed the past six matches with a left adductor strain. Capela […]

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February

22
Coco Gauff reaches Dubai quarterfinals after arguing with umpire

Coco Gauff rallied from a slow start and a second-set argument with the chair umpire to defeat Karolina Pliskova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 and reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday. The third-seeded Gauff ended Pliskova’s 11-match winning streak. The 19-year-old American built a 4-2 lead in the second set before a lengthy back-and-forth with chair umpire Pierre Bacchi. Gauff complained to Bacchi that he called her serve at deuce out only after Pliskova returned it into the net. Looking for the best online betting site and Live betting? Visit Heritage Sports The US Open champion stated the argument “fueled” her. […]

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February

22
Verstappen dominates F1 preseason testing

Max Verstappen concluded the opening day of Formula One’s preseason testing in the same place that he finished last year’s championship — comfortably clear of the rest of the field. The first of three days of testing got underway at the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday, with the opening race of the season set to take place at the same circuit on March 2. While headline times in testing can be misleading, Verstappen’s advantage of 1.140s over nearest rival Lando Norris is an ominous sign for the rest of the grid, especially as it comes off the back of two successive seasons of […]

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February

22
Porto stun Arsenal with last-gasp winner in UCL 1st leg

FC Porto snatched a shocking last-gasp 1-0 win against Arsenal with Galeno netting a sublime effort deep in stoppage time in their Champions League round-of-16 tie Wednesday. A drab clash was deadlocked until the fifth minute of added time, when Galeno curled an unstoppable effort past David Raya to send the Estadio Do Dragao crowd wild. Arsenal, who had scored 21 goals in their past five Premier League matches, were strangely subdued in attack and failed to register an effort on target throughout a cagey contest. It was the first time Arsenal failed to have a shot on goal in a Champions League match since a 3-1 loss to […]

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February

21
Boxer Manny Pacquiao, 45, can’t compete at Paris Olympics

The International Olympic Committee will not alterate its rules to let boxing great Manny Pacquiao compete at the Paris Games aged five years beyond the entry limit. Pacquiao, who retired in 2021, wanted to box at age 45 in the Olympic tournament in Paris, where medal fights will be held in the Roland Garros tennis complex. The IOC stated Sunday it wrote to Olympic officials in Philippines explaining the age limit for boxers of 40 will be upheld. The IOC now oversees Olympic boxing after derecognizing the International Boxing Association governing body. Looking for the best online betting site and […]

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February

21
Aaron Judge: Toe to require ‘constant maintenance’ rest of career

Aaron Judge’s big toe is more than a footnote for the New York Yankees. Judge missed 42 matches after tearing a ligament in his right big toe when he crashed into the right-field fence at Dodger Stadium last June 3, a big reason the Yankees fell from postseason contention. “It’s going to be I think a constant maintenance I think the rest of my career,” Judge said Tuesday. “Anything with injuries like that, you just got to stay on top of it so it doesn’t flare up again.” The affable 6-foot-7, 282-pound slugger returned July 28 and wound up hitting .262 […]

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February

21
Carlos Alcaraz injures ankle, exits Rio Open after 2 games

Two-time major winner Carlos Alcaraz retired hurt from the Rio Open on Tuesday after two matches due to a right ankle injury. The retirement at 1-1 meant Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro advanced to the second round. He will face his compatriot Felipe Meligeni Alves for a place in the quarterfinals. Alcaraz twisted his ankle in the first game after only two points. He received medical attention, broke Monteiro’s serve, but after the Brazilian pulled level he shook his rival’s hand and left the court walking as his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero looked concerned. The Spanish player stated his doctors said the injury was not serious. “These things happen, even […]

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February

20
Alex Pereira will meet Jamahal Hill in UFC 300 headliner

Dana White revealed Saturday that Hill (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will challenge light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira (9-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) April 13 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The UFC has been scrambling hard to find a main event for UFC 300, and according to Hill, he received a last-minute offer that he accepted. “Everybody wants to be on UFC 300, but realistically it didn’t really come on my radar and didn’t really happen until like yesterday,” Hill told Sportsnet. “I’m not even going to lie – like, yesterday, when he called me, and he let me know the situation. Looking […]

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