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Punches galore by Kownacki, Arreola help heavyweight division shine

[ad_1] Opening Bell: All hail the heavyweights!NEW YORK -- If you had surveyed boxing fans before the fight, most of them would likely have agreed that the heavyweight matchup between rising contender Adam Kownacki and veteran three-time world title challenger Chris Arreola would be nothing less than entertaining. At their core, they are straight-ahead brawlers.Whether it would emerge as a legitimate fight of the year candidate was another story, but
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No. 1 hoops prospect Mobley commits to USC

[ad_1] 1:06 PM ETJeff BorzelloCloseESPN Staff Writer Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware.Paul BiancardiCloseBasketball Recruiting National Recruiting Director for 18 years of coaching experience at Division I level Former Horizon League coach of the year at Wright StateEvan Mobley, the 7-foot-tall No. 1 prospect in the 2020 class, announced his commitment to USC on Monday."I want to get it out of the way
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what’s changing with handball, offside rules

[ad_1] VAR has been used for years across several leagues and tournaments, including the 2019 Copa America. But it will take time for referees in the Premier League to get used to it. Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty ImagesVAR makes its Premier League debut on Friday, meaning English football will fall into line with Europe's other top leagues. Coupled with the International Football Association Board's (IFAB) changes and clarifications to the
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Ben Askren – ‘I messed up my life’s goal’ losing to Jorge Masvidal

[ad_1] UFC welterweight contender Ben Askren was potentially one win away from a title shot entering his bout with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 in July. And in five seconds, that dream was over.Masvidal's flying knee earned him the fastest KO in the promotion's history and ended Askren's 20-fight unbeaten streak and chance to face champion Kamaru Usman for the belt."It's not as bad as it was in the Olympics
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Team USA must set example of unity

[ad_1] LAS VEGAS -- Gregg Popovich on Sunday night gathered his newly formed Team USA for its first practice in the six-week journey toward the World Cup in China.He'd been preparing for this gathering in one way or another for almost four years, since he was named as Mike Krzyzewski's successor in late 2015. The message he delivered to the patchwork roster was aimed at responsibility and unity, two things
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20 MMA thoughts, including why you can’t deny Covington a title shot

[ad_1] It's Monday -- time for another edition of Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, which airs live starting at 1 p.m. ET on Twitter and YouTube. After it ends, you can listen to the show via the ESPN podcast center.The UFC makes its Uruguay debut on Saturday, with a main event featuring Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche 2. As we've discussed before, this is a rematch of a fight that happened
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Man City lucky? Man United worse than sixth? Aguero robbed? Here’s what we found

[ad_1] The Luck Index was kind to Man United but tough on Man City and relegated Fulham. ESPN IllustrationWe've all watched and wondered. We've all felt hard done by. We've all cursed the sliver of fortune and happenstance that turns victory into defeat. That's what prompted ESPN and the team led by Dr. Thomas Curran, at the London School of Economics, to compile the Luck Index, which returns for a second
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Frampton out of fight after pillar falls on his hand

[ad_1] Former two-division world titleholder Carl Frampton suffered a broken metacarpal in his left hand in a freak, non-boxing incident Monday, forcing him to withdraw from his fight against Emmanuel Dominguez.Frampton was due to have the first fight of his newly signed co-promotional deal with Top Rank in the 10-round featherweight main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card on Saturday (main card at 10 p.m. ET with

Jets trade for Ravens’ Lewis to buoy offensive line

[ad_1] 3:18 PM ETRich CiminiCloseESPN Staff WriterLongtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News Syracuse University graduateJamison HensleyCloseESPN Staff WriterUniversity of Maryland graduate Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and sonFLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Continuing to address their offensive-line deficiencies, the New York Jets acquired guard Alex Lewis from the Baltimore Ravens for a 2020 conditional seventh-round pick Monday.The teams announced the deal, which is pending a
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Cubs’ Contreras out four weeks; Kimbrel on IL

[ad_1] Chicago Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras will miss four weeks with a strained right hamstring, the team announced Monday.Contreras was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, less than 24 hours after suffering the injury while running out a fly ball in Saturday's game against Milwaukee. He had an MRI that showed a Grade 2 strain, which helped put a time frame on how long Contreras will be out.1