Month: December 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia — Fifth-ranked Juan Martin del Potro will miss the Australian Open as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. “Recovery is going great and I will tell you later where I will be making my comeback,” the 30-year-old Argentine wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately it won’t happen in Australia.” I hope you have
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The Houston Cougars have officially reached out for permission to interview West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen about their coaching vacancy Monday as momentum continues to build toward Holgorsen leaving Morgantown, a source confirmed to ESPN. Holgorsen’s buyout with West Virginia drops from $2.5 million to $1 million on Tuesday. Houston fired coach Major Applewhite on
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As the calendar turns to 2019, rumors of a Corey Kluber trade continue. A series of money-saving moves saw Yan Gomes, Yonder Alonso, Yandy Diaz and Edwin Encarnacion traded from a division winner with Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers the principal returns. Cleveland looks to have a sizable advantage in its division despite a weak
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Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerk has extended his contact with Sale Sharks until 2023, the Premiership side announced Monday. De Klerk, who was named on a five-man shortlist for World Rugby’s player of the year for 2018, made 25 appearances for Sale in his debut season following his move from Super Rugby’s Lions in 2017.
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Floyd Mayweather’s KO victory in Round 1 over kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in a boxing exhibition on New Year’s Eve in Saitama, Japan, was as easy as it was effective. Mayweather dropped Nasukawa multiple times in the first of a scheduled three rounds to earn $9 million, according to the “Pretty Boy.” The fight lasted
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All along, Floyd Mayweather insisted his three-round welterweight boxing exhibition fight with Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa was supposed to be “all about entertainment.” Mayweather preached that line throughout the unusual buildup to the bout that was first on with no rules announced, then off when Mayweather suddenly backed out and then back on again
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11:32 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will have to wait until New Year’s Day to take it outside at the University of Notre Dame. Steady rain in South Bend forced the teams to move their practices indoors and off the puddle-covered rink at Notre Dame Stadium
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Jan 2, 2019 Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” In November 2017, when baseball free agency ground to an unexpected halt, teams claimed that there was no nefariousness to the industry’s sudden sheepishness in signing players. They were simply waiting for
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12:00 AM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Floyd Mayweather dusted off the boxing gloves to deliver a masterclass and stopped Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round on New Year’s
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Jan 3, 2019 Greg WyshynskiESPN High-sticking is one of hockey’s most literal penalties. Roughing can mean various things. The definition of interference can be nebulous. But high-sticking is self-explanatory, in that a player’s stick hit an opponent because the stick was, in fact, too high. It’s self-explanatory, that is, unless you’re a Spanish language hockey
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Donnie Nietes, one of the Philippines’ all-time great boxers, succeeded in his quest to win a world title in a fourth division on Monday. Nietes claimed a hard-fought split decision victory against Kazuto Ioka to win a vacant junior bantamweight belt in the action-packed main event of a world title tripleheader at the Wynn Palace
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9:31 AM ET Jeff WagenheimESPN Amanda Nunes had just shown herself to be the Baddest Woman on the Planet. But then pure emotion took over. Moments earlier on Saturday night, the 30-year-old Brazilian had stunned the mixed martial arts world by knocking out the unstoppable Cris Cyborg in 51 explosive seconds in Los Angeles. And
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