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Phil Davis, Ed Ruth ready for MMA homecoming at Penn State

When Phil Davis faced former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, he endured one of the most intimidating atmospheres of his career. As the two fighters met in the center of the Octagon to hear instructions and touch gloves, the nearly 14,000 fans in attendance chanted “vocĂȘ vai morrer” in Portuguese at Davis, which translates to “you’re going to die.” Davis, who won that bout by unanimous decision, expects a similar environment when he returns to his alma mater — Penn…

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NHL – Greg Wyshynski – Guess the NHL player’s Halloween costume

3:50 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN What did P.K. Subban, Marc-Andre Fleury, Connor McDavid. Kiev Shattenkirk and other NHL stars dress up as this year? Click each action image to reveal their clever, creepy or controversial costumes! The player who made the Edmonton Oilers great again dressed up as the man who wants to make America great again. Halloween is upon us, which means it’s OK to wear a mask in public. In honor of goalies — the freaks of hockey who also fancy them — we ranked the most frightening…

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Dan Rafael – How I voted for the Hall of Fame

When I get ballots to vote in the various categories for the International Boxing Hall of Fame each fall I go through them very carefully. I take a look at the newcomers, I give another look at others I have passed on previously and refresh my memory on their careers. I take the task seriously and spend time thinking about who I will vote for. I talk to others whose opinions I respect. This year was a little tougher than usual because there were more newcomers to the ballot than…

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Commonwealth Games Federation had ‘170 queries’ over Birmingham’s 2022 bid

Weightlifting would be held at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall under the city’s plans The Commonwealth Games Federation raised “170 detailed queries” when deeming Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 event non-compliant, but organisers remain “quietly confident” of hosting. Birmingham’s was the only bid before a 30 September deadline, which has now been extended until 30 November. No new bids have yet been announced. Commonwealth Games England chairman Ian Metcalfe told BBC Sport some “fine details” had to be resolved, but said Birmingham’s bid was “in good shape”. Birmingham beat Liverpool in September…

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Ashes 2017: James Vince hopes England’s displays force Aussies to turn on each other

Australia are ‘putting pressure on themselves’ – Vince Australia are placing themselves under extra pressure with their pre-Ashes remarks, says England’s James Vince. Captain Steve Smith said it would be “magnificent” to win the series 5-0, while David Warner says the tourists should expect “war”. “They are putting pressure on themselves to come out and perform from the word go,” said batsman Vince. “A few of our guys have said that if it doesn’t go quite as well for them early on, they could turn on each other.” The 26-year-old…

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Chris Silverwood: Essex head coach to be England bowling coach

Chris Silverwood played for Yorkshire, Middlesex and England Essex head coach Chris Silverwood will take over as full-time England bowling coach from January. Silverwood, 42, replaces former West Indies bowler Ottis Gibson, who left to become head coach of South Africa. Former England seamer Silverwood, who played in six Tests and seven ODIs, led Essex to their first County Championship for 25 years in September. He will not be involved in the Ashes, with England using former New Zealand bowler Shane Bond as a consultant. Silverwood was appointed Essex head…

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Mike Mayhew: Harlequins sign Yorkshire Carnegie hooker on loan

Mike Mayhew is the older brother of former Harlequins prop Nic Mayhew Premiership side Harlequins have signed Yorkshire Carnegie hooker Mike Mayhew on a three-month loan deal. The 30-year-old New Zealander has had previous spells at Newcastle, London Irish, North Harbour and Waikato. Quins had been looking to bring in cover for Rob Buchanan and Joe Gray, who are both sidelined by injuries. “We needed to identify someone who provided the necessary experience to come into the group,” director of rugby John Kingston told the club website. “He is a…

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WTA Elite Trophy – CoCo Vandeweghe, Julia Goerges both win

10:58 AM ET ESPN staff World No. 12 CoCo Vandeweghe beat China’s Peng Shuai 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the opening day’s action at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China. Germany’s Julia Goerges also emerged victorious in her match with Magdalena Rybarikova winning 6-1, 7-6(5). However, fellow countrywoman Angelique Kerber couldn’t follow in Goerges’ footsteps, as she fell to a 3-6, 6-3, 3-6 defeat to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian victor, who is world No. 14, takes on Australia’s Ashleigh Barty next on Wednesday. Kristina Mladenovic also takes on Rybarikova on…

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Formula 1: New engine formula from 2021 announced

Fifteen of the 19 Formula 1 races in 2017 so far have been won by Lewis Hamilton (right), Max Verstappen (centre) or Sebastian Vettel Formula 1 has revealed its plans for a new engine formula from 2021. The proposals are aimed at reducing costs, “improving the sound”, increasing competitiveness between teams and maintaining road relevance. The plan is to retain a 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid but to remove one of the two ways currently used to generate hybrid power. Engines will run at a higher speed and the drivers will…

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Lewis Hamilton: ‘I want to be better next year’

Lewis Hamilton’s fourth world title makes him the most successful British Formula 1 driver of all time Lewis Hamilton says he is already determined to come back better than ever in 2018 after winning his fourth world title in Mexico on Sunday. The Mercedes driver said: “I have to sit down and figure out the pros and cons from this year and see how I can improve. I want to be better next year. “The challenge is going to be even bigger from Ferrari and Red Bull. F1 doesn’t sleep….

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