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Three UFC contracts handed out in Week 10

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Make it an even 30 new fighters for the UFC this summer. Season 3 of Dana White's Contender Series concluded on Tuesday night in Las Vegas with three more prospects earning contracts and another walking away with the evening's most effusive praise.

The UFC deals went to unbeaten middleweight Dusko Todorovic, lightweight Peter Barrett and featherweight TJ Brown. But it was Impa Kasanganay, a 25-year-old middleweight from Charlotte, North Carolina, who began training just last year and turned pro in 2019, that made the most eye-opening impression on the UFC president.

As the biggest underdog on the card, Kasanganay (6-0) took it to Kailan Hill from start to finish on the way to a clear unanimous decision.

The UFC's return to China features a strawweight division championship fight, one that fans in Shenzhen have been anticipating for several months.
Zhang Weili, who is 19-1 and fights out of Beijing, will look to take the title from Jessica Andrade in Saturday's main event.

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Family of Rays prospect killed in triple homicide

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The wife, child and mother-in-law of a Double-A pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization were killed in a small Virginia town Tuesday, with police arresting the brother-in-law of right-hander Blake Bivens and charging him with three counts of first-degree homicide, sources told ESPN.

Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, of Keeling, Virginia, was arrested after a manhunt that dispatched dozens of police officers around the community near the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Police said they did not know the motive for the killings, Bernard, who was naked at the time of his arrest, had led authorities on a short on-foot chase. Police have not named the victims.

In a statement, the Rays said: "Earlier today we learned that Blake Bivens, a pitcher with our Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, suffered a terrible family tragedy in southern Virginia. Our hearts are broken for Blake."

The Biscuits had canceled a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, due to what the team called a "tragic event."

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Prep sports involvement falls; 1st time in 30 years

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Led by a decline in football for the fifth straight year, participation in high school sports dropped in 2018-19 for the first time in 30 years, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The 2018-19 total of 7,937,491 participants was a decline of 43,395 from the 2017-18 school year, when the number of participants in high school sports reached a record high of 7,980,886.

The last decline in sports participation numbers occurred during the 1988-89 school year.

The group said 11-man football dropped by 30,829 to 1,006,013, the lowest mark since the 1999-2000 school year. It was the fifth consecutive year of declining football participation.

"We know from recent surveys that the number of kids involved in youth sports has been declining, and a decline in the number of public school students has been predicted for a number of years, so we knew our 'streak' might end someday,'' Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director, said in a statement. "The data from this year's survey serves as a reminder that we have to work even harder in the coming years to involve more students in these vital programs -- not only athletics but performing arts programs as well.''

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Sears enters transfer portal; lost USC QB battle

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After finishing USC's quarterback competition No. 4 on the depth chart, redshirt sophomore Jack Sears has entered the transfer portal.

Sears announced his decision earlier Tuesday via Twitter.

"The past week has been a difficult time, a bump in the road, and it makes me realize that life is not linear," he wrote. "I love my teammates, football, USC, and the USC degree. Nobody can ever take that degree away from me."

Sears' decision came less than one week after coach Clay Helton announced sophomore JT Daniels would start for the second straight season. The Trojans held an open audition among all four scholarship quarterbacks during spring practice and preseason camp as part of their transition to the Air Raid spread offense. Freshman Kedon Slovis was named the backup, with redshirt junior Matt Fink third on the depth chart and Sears fourth, leading to the expectation that Sears would seek other options.

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Coaching debate heats up at US Open again in Tsitsipas upset

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NEW YORK -- Well, that didn't take long. On Day 2 of the US Open, the issue of on-court coaching -- the controversy at the heart of the 2018 US Open women's final -- reared its ugly head.

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In the third set between No. 8 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and 21-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev, chair umpire Damien Dumusois hit Tsitsipas with a code violation for coaching, based on the behavior of Tsitsipas' father/coach, Apostolos, and India's doubles star Leander Paes, an adviser. Tsitsipas' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, whose hand gesture sparked the conflict between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos in last year's infamous final against Naomi Osaka, was also in the box.

Tsitsipas was surprised by the censure, and the penalty became a major distraction in the match, which he went on to lose 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5. As Tsitsipas said afterward: "[The penalty] can affect your thinking. It can affect your decision-making. And I sometimes believe there is nothing [no penalty] to give there."

The comment was a painful echo of Williams' outrage last year at being penalized for a supposed coaching violation. She said she never even saw Mouratoglou's gesture. Likewise, Tsitsipas argued that in the heat of competition, he isn't even aware of what coaching might be directed his way.

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Lloyd serious about NFL try, but not until 2020

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Carli Lloyd's 55-yard field goal at a Philadelphia Eagles-Baltimore Ravens practice last week generated enough buzz that the soccer star said she's now mulling multiple offers from NFL teams to explore kicking.

Just don't expect Lloyd to try to exploit the moment to make that happen in 2019, according to the coach who helped her reach the pinnacle of her current sport. James Galanis said that if Lloyd pursues football, it will be with an eye toward training for the 2020 season.

"If she's going to do this, she'll do it -- she'll train in the offseason, she'll get herself ready so that she just doesn't do it for the sake of doing it," Galanis told ESPN. "If she's going to do it, she's going to do it so that she can be a success."

What began as an invitation for Lloyd to observe Eagles practice with her husband Brian Hollins and Galanis' son Preston last week quickly took on a life of its own when video of her field goal began to circulate.

Galanis said that on Sunday, Lloyd sent him a screenshot of a text message from an NFL general manager gauging her interest in participating in a preseason game. She couldn't because the U.S. women's national team plays the same night.

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Sources: Royals owner negotiating sale for $1B

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Kansas City Royals owner David Glass is negotiating to sell the team to local businessman John Sherman for more than $1 billion, sources familiar with the discussions told ESPN.

The potential deal, which multiple sources believe will be finalized, would transfer ownership to a group led by Sherman, who is currently a minority owner of the Cleveland Indians. Sherman would divest himself of his share of the Indians to buy the Royals from Glass, who purchased the team in 2000 for $96 million.

In a statement, the Royals organization said it is "not in a position to make any comments on the published speculation regarding any potential sale of the ball club," adding that no further statements would be made at this time.

The valuations of baseball franchises have skyrocketed in recent years, though the price of the Royals is expected to fall short of the most recent sale, when Bruce Sherman (no relation to John) bought the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion.

Glass, 84, is the former CEO of Wal-Mart whose son Dan serves as team president. David Glass bore the brunt of criticism locally for his lack of spending until the Royals' ascent five years ago. They reached the World Series in 2014, and won a championship in 2015, the second in franchise history.

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Sources: United and Inter agree on Sanchez loan

Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Alexis Sanchez with Inter Milan, sources have told ESPN FC.

Sanchez is set to spend the season at the San Siro after the two clubs reached an agreement that will see United pay a portion of the Chilean's wages.

He is set to fly to Italy to undergo a medical and will be confirmed as an Inter player before the European transfer deadline on Sept. 2.

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United have agreed to loan Sanchez for 10 months while contributing around £6 million of his £391,000-a-week salary. Inter are set to pay £9.46 million of the 30-year-old's wages plus a loan fee to United. The deal does not include an option to buy.

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Sources: Details holding up Barcelona deal for Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have set the price for Neymar at €170 million, but details about the payments are holding up a deal, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Ligue 1 side want the entire amount to be paid up front, but the Catalans are exploring different ways to cover the fee following a busy summer in which they brought in Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie De Jong, Neto and Junior Firpo for a combined €239 million.

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During a meeting between the two sides on Tuesday, Barcelona offered to pay PSG €40 million in 2019, with additional payments of €65 million to be made in 2020 and 2021, but the Ligue 1 side rejected that proposal and insisted that they want the entire fee paid up front.

The Catalans are trying to include Ousmane Dembele as a makeweight to sweeten the deal, but there could be another stumbling block with the France international's agent, who recently said he wants the former Borussia Dortmund forward to stay at the Camp Nou.

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Sources: Dolphins interested in Clowney trade

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The Miami Dolphins are interested in trading for Houston Texans star Jadeveon Clowney and recently met with the pass-rusher, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Clowney has met with first-year coach Brian Flores and other members of the Dolphins organization, who hope to persuade the three-time Pro Bowler to accept a trade to Miami, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

The Texans have interest in Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil, but Miami is believed to be unlikely to part with him in a Clowney deal, a league source told ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.

Mina and Gregg Rosenthal of the NFL Network discuss persons of interest like Jadeveon Clowney (10:16), Derwin James (18:04), Josh Gordon (24:03), Lamar Jackson (43:48), and Deshaun Watson (57:45). Listen now!

There is interest in completing a deal, but a trade isn't considered a guarantee or imminent at this time.

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Nick Saban talks Alabama draftees, Tua Tagovailoa on NFL Network

Alabama head coach Nick Saban appeared on NFL Network on Thursday to recap the 2019 NFL Draft and discuss his current Crimson Tide team. Below is everything Saban said during an interview with Andrew Siciliano, including an update on his return from hip replacement surgery.

Does it ever get old seeing the young men that are in your building, that go to class, that work so hard every day -- both on and off the field -- hearing their name called and having that journey take them to the NFL?

“No, not at all. A lot of the guys that we recruit here and a lot of guys when they’re in high school and they play, a lot of them have dreams, regardless of what they play -- football, basketball, baseball. They all want to be professional athletes some day. And these guys put a lot into it. They work hard. They really mature and contribute a lot to our program. I know it’s their dream, and I’m always happy to see them have success at the next level. I mean, that’s one of the goals of our program here.”

Let’s talk about Quinnen Williams, if we could, who went third overall to the Jets. Coach, what makes him so special?

“His initial quickness and his ability to play with his hands, play with leverage, get off blocks quickly. He’s athletic, so he’s a really good pass rusher. He’s not a huge, gigantic, overpowering guy, but the rest of it is perfect for this day and age in football. And I go back to the initial quickness, the use of his hands. And this guy is a really smart, instinctive player, and I think sometimes people overlook how that impacts someone’s production -- and his production here was fabulous.” 

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Marlon Humphrey, Josh Rutledge headline UA's spring commencement

ByCharlie Potter 7 hours ago

A total of 80 University of Alabama student-athletes are slated to receive degrees during this weekend's commencement activities, including 14 All-Americans, three NCAA champions and four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. The Crimson Tide's tally also includes 15 master’s degrees.

Crimson Tide All-American and Baltimore Raven Marlon Humphrey is among the 10 football players set to graduate. Others include SEC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year Hale Hentges, who is getting his master’s degree this weekend after signing with the Indianapolis Colts last month, as well as CoSIDA Academic All-American Keaton Anderson.

Other Alabama football players include Kyle Edwards, D.J. Lewis, Milo Lewis, Xavian Marks, Scott Meyer, Chris Owens and Matt Womack.

MLB draftees Josh Rutledge and Geoffrey Bramblett both earned their degrees this month, putting them among the nine UA baseball players receiving degrees in the spring, along with football and baseball standout Keith Holcombe, who finished his master’s degree this semester. Rutledge, a 2008 Freshman All-American, was drafted in 2010 and played for the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox during his pro career.

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Saban offers JUCO DB who grew up fan of Alabama

Alabama offered a rising junior college defensive back in the state of Texas on Thursday. Good news for the Crimson Tide ... he grew up a fan of the program.

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Former Alabama DL Joshua Frazier 'done with football'

ByCharlie Potter 8 hours ago

Former Alabama defensive lineman Joshua Frazier is hanging up his cleats.

On Thursday, Frazier announced via Twitter that he was “done with football.”

“I’m done with football. I’ve decided...I’ve got a lot going on right now in my life personally and can’t put my 100 into the game I love. Made some great memories with my teammates at Harber And @AlabamaFTBL and was blessed with the opportunity to be drafted to the @steelers

“Thank you everyone who helped me on my journey.”

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NCAA Takes Look At Injury Reports

It was a big deal — make that a REALLY big deal — when sports gambling, including gambling on college sports, was expanded from Las Vegas. Now, only the most naive would suggest that there isn’t gambling on Alabama football in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and everywhere else in the nation regardless of the presence of a gleaming casino with a sports book. There is not in Alabama, but projections are that sports books will be available in some 30 states within five years. (Alabama will probably become No. 50 a few years after Utah makes it 49.)

With the expansion, there is more than ever a concern about corruption, to the extent that according to a report by CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd something called the NCAA Gambling Working Group will propose that schools reveal the status of injured football players each week — “available,” “possible,” or “unavailable” — but without revealing the type of injury.

Obviously, a coach could announce “possible” on all of them without revealing much of anything.

The point, though, is that sports injuries never seem to be that much of a secret. The NFL routinely has a reveal each week (“probable,” “doubtful,” or “out”). As for the college game, no one ever seems to be caught off guard by the absence of a key player on Saturdays.

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 At Alabama, Coach Nick Saban has an almost weekly announcement regarding injuries and some expectation of a player’s availability. (Of course, his most notable injury announcement concerned his own recent hip replacement procedure.) Many coaches nationwide have spoken out against the suggestion that injuries be revealed as giving away the game plan to the opposition.

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Five offseason questions revisited: Special teams

Revisiting five questions for Alabama's special teams as the Crimson Tide moves through the offseason.

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What Saban, Alabama players said about new coaches this spring

Alabama welcomed seven new assistant coaches to Tuscaloosa this offseason, and plenty was said about more of them during the Crimson Tide’s 15 spring practices from March 8 to April 13.

We didn’t hear from any running backs or outside linebackers, so there are no quotes on either Charles Huff or Sal Sunseri, but below is what Nick Saban and Alabama’s players said about offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive line coach Brian Baker, safeties coach Charles Kelly, offensive line coach Kyle Flood and wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins in the spring.

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Nick Saban: “My experience is the guy did a really good job when he was here. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him for what he did before he came here as an offensive coach. I don't think it's fair to criticize when a guy takes over a job one week before a game and has to go try to implement something because the circumstance we were in. I think if you look at the body of work with the Falcons, they were like sixth in the NFL in offense or whatever so there's got to be some level of expertise to allow them to do that. The players that I talked to there thought he did a really good job and was a good coach. He's, I think, a tremendous asset on our staff and we're very pleased and happy to have him. We had a whole list of people we went through to hire and I feel like we were really, really fortunate to get a guy that was offered the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator job to come to Alabama and had a successful stint in the NFL.

“We're going to run our offense do the things that we do. I'm sure that there are some things that they did in Atlanta just like there were some things when Brian Daboll came here that they did in New England that we implemented in the offense and those things were very helpful. We'll do the same thing. If Sark's got things that he thinks are going to be beneficial and fit in with the things that we're doing then we'll implement some of those things. He's got great knowledge and experience and the biggest thing is he's well organized and he's got good relationships with the players and he's a good teacher.”

Tua Tagovailoa: “Well, I think you can’t really compare all the coaches. you look at it more so as these guys have their own way of coaching, these guys have their own style and you just got to learn to go with it because at the next level it is not always going to be the same person. So, you’ve got to be able to adjust and you’ve got to be able to go with it as well. So, they all have different styles. Coach Locksley was one way. Coach Daboll was another way and with the offense we’re running now it’s different, too. It’s just getting used to what they’re doing and what they like and going with it. 

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Where Alabama commits rank in latest 247Sports Composite update

ByHank South 16 hours ago

It's a three-team battle between Alabama, Clemson and LSU for the top spot in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings, with each program spending time at No. 1 in the standings in recent weeks.

The Bayou Bengals currently claim the No. 1 spot with the Crimson Tide coming in at No. 2, but with how narrow the margin is between the three teams in the standings, one commitment or decommitment could change the entire order.

Affecting that order is the 247Sports Composite Rankings, an industry-generated average. Those rankings were updated this week with several Alabama commits moving up in the standings.

Here's a look at where they currently sit, along with the latest in their recruitments.

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Son of former NFL QB walking on at Alabama

Alabama landed a preferred walk-on commitment from 2019 quarterback Jayden George of Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central on Wednesday evening.

"It’s been a long process and I’m excited to announce I will be continuing my dream to play football at the University of Alabama next year!" George Tweeted. "I can’t wait to be a part of something special! All glory to God! #RollTide."

The 6-foot-3.5, 205-pounder signal caller has taken several visits in recent weeks to programs like Georgia and Miami, but it was Alabama where he saw the best fit.

George passed for 3,100 yards and 42 touchdowns last season, helping lead Warren Central to the Class 6A state championship win. 

Jayden is the son of former Illinois quarterback and No. 1 pick in the 1990 NFL Draft Jeff George, who had stints with the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears. The elder George led the league in passing yardage in 1997, and for his career threw for over 27,000 yards. Jayden's older brother, Jeff Jr., played for Illinois before transferring to Michigan and then Pitt. 

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Alabama's 2019 offseason to-do list

The offseason has arrived, and the countdown to Alabama’s 2019 season is getting shorter and shorter. But what are some of the things the Crimson Tide coaching staff and players need to do before the upcoming season arrives in order to get back to the College Football Playoff?

Below, BamaOnLine takes a look at bullet points on Alabama’s offseason to-do list.

Hip hip hooray?

Head coach Nick Saban underwent hip replacement surgery last week, and less than 48 hours after the robotic procedure, the 67-year old was back at work. An avid golfer, Saban was forced to withdraw from the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge and will likely miss the Regions Pro-Am next week, though he still might make an appearance. It’s not surprising that the 13th-year head coach was adamant about getting back on his feet as quickly as possible, but it’s also important that he heals properly in order to be ready for the season.

“It’s more than he just wanted to get back to work. He’s back to work with a purpose,” head trainer Jeff Allen told ESPN’s Chris Low. “He feels like he owes this place and his players his total effort. He demands way more of himself than he does of anybody else.”

Stay healthy

Speaking of surgeries, Alabama will also look to avoid any injuries this offseason. Last year, the Crimson Tide lost linebackers Terrell Lewis and Christopher Allen to ACL injuries before the 2018 campaign even started. Saban mentioned some players could have shoulders scoped after spring practice, and freshmen Darrian Dalcourt and Jeffery Carter were possibilities there, BamaOnLine has learned, along with redshirt senior Matt Womack. But between now and the start of preseason camp later this summer, staying healthy will be a top priority for the Tide. 

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