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Helwani’s UFC welterweight plan – Gilbert Burns vs. Leon Edwards for No. 1 contender

[ad_1] With this past Saturday's UFC 251 welterweight title fight out of the way, I think this is an appropriate time to take a look at the rest of the division.After all, welterweight is fascinating these days, and it's always fun to matchmake a hot-and-heavy weight class, so let's get to some matchmaking, shall we?Of course, we have to start with the champion, Kamaru Usman. He won a hard-fought battle
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NHL, NHLPA approve restart plan, 4-year CBA extension

[ad_1] The NHLPA and the NHL board of governors announced Friday night that they have approved a package that not only will allow the league to restart this summer but also includes a four-year CBA extension.The NHLPA on Wednesday started a full membership vote on both return to play and the CBA, and voting concluded Friday.Training camps for NHL teams will open Monday. The 24-team tournament will then begin on
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NHL, players’ union reach tentative agreement on return-to-play plan, CBA extension

[ad_1] The NHL and the NHL Players' Association have reached a tentative agreement on a Return to Play plan to restart the 2019-20 season, and a memorandum of understanding that adds an additional four years to the term of the current collective bargaining agreement.The next step in the process is the voting. The NHL board of governors must approve the agreements. Once the NHLPA's executive committee (one player rep from
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76ers’ Mike Scott calls NBA’s jersey message plan a ‘bad miss’

[ad_1] 1:28 PM ETTim BontempsESPN Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott said players being given a list of phrases they may put on the backs of their jerseys when the NBA season restarts in Orlando, Florida, later this month, rather than choosing what they want to say themselves, was a "bad miss.""They gave us some names and phrases to put on the back of jerseys. That was terrible. It was just
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Arizona pauses plan for athletes’ return to campus amid COVID-19 surge

[ad_1] Arizona paused its plan to bring athletes back to campus Monday, citing a surge in COVID-19 cases in Pima County and its impact on the local healthcare system.The school started bringing back athletes June 15 for voluntary workouts in groups of approximately 20, with new groups arriving each week. Arizona said Monday that it has received only one positive COVID-19 result after testing 83 athletes in the past few
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NBA, union plan to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on courts in Orlando

[ad_1] The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are planning to paint "Black Lives Matter" on the court inside both sidelines in all three arenas the league will use at the Walt Disney World Resort when it resumes the 2019-20 season late next month in Orlando, Florida, league sources told ESPN.The WNBA is also discussing painting "Black Lives Matter" on the court when it begins its abbreviated 2020 season at
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Poll shows fans supportive of plan for 60-game season by MLB

[ad_1] More than three-quarters of baseball fans support Major League Baseball's plan to hold a shortened, 60-game season, according to an ESPN poll released Saturday.In the poll, 77% of respondents who said they were baseball fans expressed support for the 60-game season, with 23% opposing it. Of all sports fans surveyed, 73% supported and 27% opposed MLB's plan.MLB is set to hold Opening Day on July 23 or 24, and
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver says restart plan is best option amid coronavirus spike

[ad_1] 5:20 PM ETTim BontempsESPN With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic set to be part of American life indefinitely, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league's plan to return to play next month in a closed campus environment in Florida was the best option available to the league."We know that COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future," Silver said on a conference call Friday afternoon with several league officials."And
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Inside MLB’s 2020 season plan to play through a pandemic

[ad_1] 12:15 PM ETJeff PassanESPN CloseESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"Ten days ago, as Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association continued haggling over finances in return-to-play discussions, one official said the whole thing felt like "Game of Thrones." All this fighting over money and power when the real hazard for the 2020 MLB season -- the existential
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Giants plan to display fans’ images in stands

[ad_1] The San Francisco Giants are doing their part to ensure their fans' presence will be felt when baseball returns next month -- at least in print form.In a letter sent to season-ticket holders Thursday, the Giants announced that games at Oracle Park will be played without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the team will allow season-ticket holders to send in an image of themselves to be placed