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Jeremy Stephens lights up Josh Emmett at UFC Fight Night, pleads for title shot

One thing is certain about Jeremy Stephens: Once he’s got an opponent hurt, he does not let him off the hook. Stephens (28-14) recorded a vicious second-round knockout over Josh Emmett in their featherweight main event on Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Orlando. The finish came at the 1:35 mark, after Stephens dropped Emmett (13-2) with a left hook across the chin. As Emmett tried to turtle and get back to his feet, Stephens landed a right uppercut and a series of hard, unanswered elbows to put him away….

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Fernando Verdasco, Diego Schwartzman advance to Rio Open final

6:59 PM ET Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment RIO DE JANEIRO — Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman advanced Saturday to the Rio Open final. The eighth-seeded Verdasco beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-5, and the sixth-seeded Schwartzman topped Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 7-5, 6-2 in the clay-court event at Jockey Club Brasileiro. Schwartzman will enter the top 20 for the first time. He also beat France’s Gael Monfils, Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Norway’s Casper Ruud on his way to the final. Verdasco also topped…

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All Football 

West Brom: Alan Pardew hopes for a chance to ‘find a way to win’

West Brom’s only league win under Pardew was a 2-0 home victory over Brighton on 13 January West Brom manager Alan Pardew says he hopes he will be given time to keep the club in the Premier League following their 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield. The Baggies are bottom of the table, seven points from safety with 10 games of the season remaining. Pardew’s side have won just one league match in 14 attempts since he replaced Tony Pulis, who was sacked in November. “I hope so, but obviously that decision…

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All Golf 

Tiger Woods back seven strokes at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The Tiger Woods of a different time may very well have walked off the Champions course at PGA National on Saturday in a foul mood, annoyed at the opportunities missed and the mistakes made. There were all those birdie putts that did not drop, then bogeys on two of the closing par-3s when the wind and water got the best of him. A 1-under-par 69 in the third round of the Honda Classic was “probably the highest score I could have shot,” Woods said. And…

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All NHL 

Buffalo Sabres sit Evander Kane vs. Washington Capitals with trade deadline looming

WASHINGTON — The Buffalo Sabres held out forward Evander Kane from Saturday night’s matchup against the Washington Capitals. Kane acknowledged this week he expects to be dealt before the NHL trade deadline Monday. Kane is second on Buffalo with 20 goals behind the injured Jack Eichel and is third in points (44) behind Eichel and Ryan O’Reilly. The productive left wing has scored at least 20 goals in all three seasons with the Sabres. The Sabres are last in the Eastern Conference. “Management thought it was the best decision moving…

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Philadelphia Phillies infielder Will Middlebrooks leaves game with apparent left ankle or leg injury

Veteran infielder Will Middlebrooks, who signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies last month, left Saturday’s spring training game with what appeared to be an injury to his left ankle or leg. Playing third base, Middlebrooks was injured in the eight inning when he drifted back while attempting to catch a pop fly. Left fielder Andrew Pullin was coming in on the ball and Middlebrook’s ankle appeared to get caught underneath Pullin. Middlebrooks was attended to by trainers before leaving the field on a cart. The team said he…

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Jimmy Butler of Minnesota Timberwolves has meniscus injury

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler suffered a right meniscus injury, an MRI revealed on Saturday. The team will announce updates on Butler’s progress as information becomes available. Butler posted on social media a photo along with a caption that included the words “you gotta take the crooked with the straight.” Butler suffered the non-contact injury in the third quarter of the Timberwolves’ 120-102 road loss to the Rockets on Friday. The Wolves star has averaged in 56 games this season 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Source link

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All Boxing 

Josh Taylor gets new opponent for Saturday bout

Junior welterweight Josh Taylor, one of boxing’s best prospects, had a change of opponents on Saturday. Taylor (11-0, 10 KOs), a 27-year-old southpaw from Scotland, was supposed to face vastly more experienced former two-division world titleholder Humberto Soto on March 3 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. However, on Saturday, Cyclone Promotions announced that Soto had withdrawn because of a serious cut suffered during a recent sparring session. Soto (66-9-2, 36 KOs), of Mexico, was replaced by Winston Campos (30-3-5, 18 KOs), a 25-year-old southpaw from Nicaragua. “It came as…

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