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Alvarez, Woodley Latest Examples Of Conor McGregor’s Influence On UFC

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With last month’s opening-round, knockout-victory over Rafael dos Anjos, seasoned MMA veteran Eddie Alvarez beat the odds to become the UFC’s new lightweight king and the latest unofficial member of the promotion’s growing group of late-blooming champions. Alvarez has waited a very long time to get to the top—and he’s definitely paid his dues along the way. But the proud ...

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Conor McGregor Opens As Favorite For Rematch With Nate Diaz

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After months of often ridiculous rumors, high-stakes negotiations, and big-money meetings at over-priced restaurants, the rematch between featherweight king Conor McGregor and lightweight contender Nate Diaz has officially been rescheduled for UFC 202 on August 20th in Sin City. Announced during Saturday’s UFC 199, the second chapter of this cash-fueled conflict will allow both fighters to take advantage of a ...

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Fabricio Werdum set to fulfill lifelong dream at UFC 198

Fabricio Werdum

On Saturday, just the fourth stadium show in the promotion’s storied history will take place when UFC 198 featuring a heavyweight title fight between reigning champ Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic takes over Curitiba, Brazil for an event that’s loaded with local mma legends. But while the event will also include a middleweight title eliminator between fellow Brazilians Jacare Souza ...

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Only Kyle Lowry can lead the Toronto Raptors to Eastern Conference Finals

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Facing the harshest criticism of his career, a determined future hall-of-famer, and an opponent that’s already packed for Cleveland, Kyle Lowry rose to the occasion on Saturday with a clutch performance for the ages to give his Toronto Raptors a 95-91 victory and a 2-1 series lead over the Miami Heat. Shooting a dismal 31 percent from the field entering ...

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The world doesn’t want the Toronto Raptors to defeat the Miami Heat

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With the world expecting the Toronto Raptors to collapse following their Game 1 overtime-loss to the Miami Heat, head coach Dwane Casey’s crew reminded the league of their playoff potential with a 96-92 overtime-victory on Thursday night to even the series 1-1 ahead of Saturday’s Game 3 in south Florida. ”I’m encouraged,” said Casey following the victory. ”We’ve got to ...

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Refocused and determined, Jon Jones can be better than ever

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With former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones constantly making headlines, it’s easy to forget that he hasn’t actually set foot in an octagon since defeating current 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 186 in January of 2015. But in the main event of this weekend’s UFC 197 in Las Vegas, Jones will be making his first octagon appearance in ...

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DeMar DeRozan’s playoff problems will lead him to Laker-land

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For any of the NBA’s other 15 playoff teams, entering the second game of a seven-game series down 1-0 is no reason to panic. But for the seemingly-cursed Toronto Raptors, Monday night’s 98-87 win over the Indiana Pacers was one of the most important victories in franchise history. That’s life for a talented regular season team that’s continuously failed to ...

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It’s time for the New York Knicks to fire Phil Jackson

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While the NBA’s playoff teams are busy battling it out in the opening round of the league’s second season, and those excluded from the festivities wonder where it all went wrong, the New York Knicks are headed for an off-season of disaster. It wasn’t all that long ago—three years to be exact, that Mike Woodson’s Knicks were riding high following ...

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Can the Toronto Raptors finally kick opening-round curse?

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After failing to reach beyond the opening round of the NBA Playoffs in each of the last two seasons, expectations surrounding the Toronto Raptors’ chances in this year’s playoffs range from extremely skeptical to ridiculously optimistic. There are several significant differences between the Raptors of the past and this season’s squad of record-setters. Beginning with the most obvious, Toronto had ...

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