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Tyron Woodley asks Dana White to apologize for criticizing his UFC 214 performance

UFC president Dana White wasn’t happy with what he saw from Tyron Woodley on Saturday night, and apparently the feeling is mutual. During an appearance on The MMA Hour on Monday afternoon, Woodley, who retained the welterweight title via a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia at UFC 214, demanded “a public apology” from his boss for comments made following the fight. “If you’re going to publicly scrutinize me — Dana White, he needs to apologize to me,” Woodley said. “I’ve done nothing but good stuff for the sport. I’ve…

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Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey — Could argue for ending awards

Russell Westbrook winning the MVP award over James Harden has Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey wondering if the NBA should just eliminate awards. Morey told The Crossover in a telephone interview that he has questions about the method of voting the league uses to name its award winners. Morey made his comments on Saturday but they weren’t published by the website until Monday. “I don’t know if this is a good process,” Morey told The Crossover. “The ones that are decided by players or executives or media, they all…

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Buffalo Sabres avoid arbitration by signing defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to 2-year deal

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Newly acquired Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has agreed to a two-year, $4.8 million deal in foregoing the opportunity to have his contract determined at an arbitration hearing. The Sabres announced the agreement on Monday, five days before both sides were scheduled to present their case before an NHL arbitrator. Beaulieu was a restricted free agent. Buffalo gave up a third-round draft pick to acquire Beaulieu in a trade with Montreal on June 17 after the Canadiens were prepared to expose the player in the expansion draft….

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Football transfer gossip: Costa, Coutinho, Van Dijk, Lemar, Sancho, Aurier

For completed deals, check our transfers page. Transfer news Diego Costa will not report for pre-season training with Chelsea with the rest of the squad on Tuesday as the 28-year-old striker continues to look for a departure from Stamford Bridge. (Marca) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could move for Bayern Munich’s 19-year-old Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches if playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, leaves for Barcelona. (Bild, via Daily Mirror) Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, is set for showdown talks with new manager Mauricio Pellegrino this week, with Liverpool prepared to break…

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Dana White says Ronda Rousey’s likely exit isn’t sad, is ‘the way she wanted it’

LAS VEGAS — No one can say Ronda Rousey is officially retired from mixed martial arts, because she hasn’t spoken about fighting since her last loss seven months ago. UFC president Dana White has speculated Rousey, the most famous female fighter of all time, is probably done. He told ESPN she remains in the UFC’s anti-doping program, but there’s been no discussion regarding another fight. Ronda Rousey doesn’t apologize for her ambitions, Ramona Shelburne writes. But when Rousey fell apart after losing to Holly Holm, she was in a state…

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Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella gets 1-year extension

COLUMBUS, Ohio — John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets received a one-year contract extension following a season in which he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced the move Monday. Financial terms were not released. “John Tortorella and his coaching staff have done a terrific job since his arrival nearly two years ago,” Kekalainen said in a statement. “He is one of the top coaches in our game and we are excited about what lies ahead for our club…

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Jon Jones a Vegas favorite in potential bout against Brock Lesnar

Moments after defeating Daniel Cormier on Saturday night to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight championship, Jon Jones made his preference for his next fight well known. He looked straight into the camera and said, “Brock Lesnar, you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by someone 40 pounds lighter? Meet me in the Octagon.” One Las Vegas sportsbook is already taking wagers on the potential superfight. On Sunday, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened odds on the potential bout with Jones a -300 favorite and…

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Rory McIlroy reportedly splits with longtime caddie J.P. Fitzgerald

Rory McIlroy has parted ways with his longtime caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald, according to a Reuters report which cited an unnamed source. McIlroy’s manager, Sean O’Flaherty, said in a text to ESPN that “Rory will talk Wednesday and answer all questions” during a media session in advance of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Fitzgerald has been on McIlroy’s bag for nine years, including four major championships. It was just less than two weeks ago, during the opening round of The Open at Royal Birkdale, when McIlroy credited Fitzgerald with giving…

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Hottest storylines to watch for the 2017-18 season

As the calendar turns to August, the NHL is in the dog days of its summer sojourn. Here are five storylines I’m stoked about before training camps open in September: 1. Olympic absence NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has held firm on not sending players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, citing participation as too disruptive to the schedule. That means NHL players will not compete in the Olympics for the first time since 1998. The decision has been critiqued by several NHL stars, including Henrik Lundqvist, Connor…

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Mikey Garcia’s future is bright after dominating Adrien Broner

A roundup of the past week’s notable boxing results from around the world: Sunday at Bakersfield, California Victor Ortiz TKO4 Saul CorralWelterweightRecords: Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs); Corral (24-10, 15 KOs) In his first fight in over a year, Victor Ortiz lands a strong left-hook to Saul Corral who falls to the mat. Corral would answer the 10 count but Ortiz finishes him off with more punches as the ref waves it off in the fourth round. Watch Rafael’s remarks: Former welterweight world titleholder Victor Ortiz returned from a 15-month layoff…

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