Florida prosecutors drop charges against Conor McGregor over alleged robbery

Prosecutors have dropped charges against former UFC champion Conor McGregor after he allegedly smashed a fans phone outside a Miami hotel Prosecutors have dropped charges against former UFC champion Conor McGregor after appeared to announce his retirement from mixed martial arts a few weeks after his arrest. McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, tweeted: Hey guys quick announcement, Ive decided to retire from the sport formally known as Mixed Martial Art today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas! The Irishman, who finishes with a 21-4 record, has not fought since October last year when he …

LA Lakers to hire Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as assistant, report says

A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because Vogels three-year contract has not been finalized. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday and met with a group that included owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka and adviser Kurt Rambis. The 45-year old Vogel worked for the organization before as an advance scout during the 2005-06 season. He did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando …

Is a tarnished UFC worth the risk to ESPN and Disney Studios?

Mixed martial arts biggest money-spinner can deliver a young, internet-savvy audience. But UFC has been hit by a number of unseemly controversies On Saturday the UFC will return Rio de Janeiro for UFC 237. The event, which features a handful of former champions such as Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo, will mark the promotions second pay-per-view event since announcing an exclusive deal to host their PPV shows on ESPNs new streaming service, ESPN+. The deal means that fight fans in the United States are required to have ESPN+ subscriptions in order to then purchase the UFCs tentpole shows. Although the exclusive deal emphasizes ESPNs confidence in the UFC product, there are still several risks associated with their investment. In May …

How an amateurs favour revealed the cold-blooded winner in Tiger Woods

Steve Scott handed Woods the 1996 US amateur title with a sporting gesture and is in awe of his old rivals resurgence Steve Scott understands Tiger Woodss propensity for heroics to a greater degree than most. It has been 23 years since he finished runner-up as Woods became the first player to win the US Amateur Championship three times, in his final event before turning professional. And yet, even Scott looked on with disbelief as Woods Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Julian Williams stuns Jarrett Hurd for unified junior middleweight title

The feisty Philadelphian sprung an emotional upset of the previously unbeaten Jarrett Hurd to capture the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles on Saturday Julian Williams sprung a shocking upset of the previously unbeaten Jarrett Hurd to capture the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles on Saturday night at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. Williams, who went off as a 5-1 underdog in Hurds backyard, floored the champion in the second round on his way to a unanimous decision after 12 rounds of mostly close-quarters action by scores of 116-111 and 115-112 (twice) on the campus of George Mason University. The wildly entertaining scrap completed a comeback for the 29-year-old from West Philadelphia known as J Rock, who has won …

NBA playoffs: Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer beater wins Game 7 for Raptors over 76ers

Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling in to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling in to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was the first winning buzzer-beater in a Game 7 in NBA history. NBA (@NBA) Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Frances Tiafoe: I want to use my story to inspire others, you cant make it up | Donald McRae

Frances Tiafoe used to sleep at the tennis centre where his father was janitor, now the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone tells Donald McRae how he feels at taking on the great names in the sport Its a movie, man, an absolute movie. I say it all the time, Frances Tiafoe exclaims of his incredible life story. Born into a family of west African immigrants, Tiafoe escaped the disadvantages of his early years in America to become one of the most exhilarating young players in world tennis. Four months ago, at the Australian Open, the 21-year-old came through a series of brutal matches to reach his to win the Orange Bowl, the most prestigious title in world tennis for …

As the Kentucky Derby approaches, deaths pose existential questions for US racing

A rash of deaths at the famous Santa Anita Park in California has left many wondering about the future of horse racing in America Tank Team, Unusual Angel, Secret Street, Derby Treasure, Noise Mandate, Amboseli. There will be no statues built at Santa Anita Park in memory of those six thoroughbreds, 23 horses died at the track, either training or racing. Equine death has been called on racing to be suspended at Santa Anita, while the Los Angeles District Attorneys office announced an investigation into the deaths. Animal right activists are calling for the abolition of horse racing in California, an attainable goal in a state where won his last race here. this weekend at Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky …

Country House wins Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security disqualified in stunner

Country House, a 65-1 longshot trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Flavien Prat, sprung one of the biggest upsets in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby For the only time in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby, the first horse across the finish line was disqualified for a foul on the track. Country House, a chestnut colt trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Flavien Prat who went off as a 65-1 longshot, sprung one of the biggest upsets in the centuries-spanning history of Americas most famous thoroughbred race when it was declared that unofficial winner Maximum Security impeded the path of two horses in the final turn. Maximum Security, always on the lead after breaking well …

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach to miss race with entrapped epiglottis

Omaha Beach, the morning-line favorite for Saturdays Kentucky Derby, will be scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis, trainer Richard Mandella said Omaha Beach, the morning-line favorite for Saturdays Kentucky Derby, will be scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis, trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday. The stunning blow to the 145th running of Americas most famous thoroughbred race was discovered when the son of War Front developed a cough after a promising morning workout at Churchill Downs and was scoped, the Hall of Fame trainer said in a Rebel Stakes and rode Justify to the Triple Crown a year ago. Earlier Wednesday, Omaha Beach had galloped one and three quarter miles in preparation for the $3m race, after which Mandella declared the …

Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Tiger Woodss rehabilitation continues with the news that he will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony next week at the White House Tiger Woodss rehabilitation continues with the news that he will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony next week at the White House. The medal is one of the highest civilian awards in America, and Woods will be only the fourth golfer to receive one. The other are Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Charles Sifford, the first African American to play on the PGA Tour. Woods will receive the award from Donald Trump, who is a long-time friend and business partner of the golfer. Woods pulled off one of the great revivals in …

Giants draft pick Ballentine injured and college teammate killed in shooting

The New York Giants sixth-round draft selection Corey Ballentine has been injured and his college teammate Dwane Simmons was killed in a shooting in Topeka, Kansas The New York Giants sixth-round draft selection Corey Ballentine has been injured and his college teammate Dwane Simmons killed in a shooting in Topeka, Kansas, on Sunday morning. Simmons was 23 at the time of his death and had played alongside Ballentine at Washburn University. Ballentines injuries are not life threatening, and he should make a full recovery. Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act, the Washburn president, Jerry Farley, wrote in a statement. Both Dwane …

Justin Gimelstob says he will quit ATP player council after assault case

Justin Gimelstob, who entered a no contest plea to a battery charge, says he is resigning his post as a board representative elected by the ATP player council Justin Gimelstob, who entered a no contest plea Gimelstob told the New York Times his place on the council was no longer tenable. Im stepping down because my job is to work on the sports behalf and the players behalf, and in my situation Ive become too much of a distraction and a liability, Gimelstob told the Times. I take responsibility for that, and I take responsibility for the mistakes I made Halloween night. Gimelstob has also worked as a coach and commentator on the Tennis Channel. But it is his work …

Former surfing world champion Sunny Garcia in intensive care

The World Surf League has confirmed the former world champion Sunny Garcia is in intensive care in Oregon The World Surf League has confirmed the former world champion Sunny Garcia is in intensive care. With heavy hearts we confirm that Sunny Garcia is in the ICU in the hospital, the WSL posted on Twitter. Sunny has always been a great champion of surfing, both in and out of the water. Our prayers are with him and his loved ones at this deeply challenging time. World Surf League (@wsl) With heavy hearts we confirm that Sunny Garcia is in the ICU in the hospital. Sunny has always been a great champion of surfing, both in and out of the water. Our …

Violence against women isnt a sports issue, but a societal one | Kavitha A Davidson

#MeToo backlash is a new twist to the backdrop as the NBA and Sacramento Kings investigate a sports reporters sexual assault allegations against Luke Walton The NBA and the Sacramento Kings have launched a joint investigation of newly hired head coach Luke Walton after a former sports reporter filed a civil suit accusing Walton of sexual assault, dating back to a 2014 incident when Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. As we await more facts to be known in whats looking like a classic he said, she said case, both sides have come out firing, with Waltons defense team employing familiar tactics of publicly discrediting the accuser while simultaneously imploring the media not to try this …

Onuoha rejects Zlatan Ibrahimovic apology after threat to ‘hurt’ him during game

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again found himself at the centre of a storm after clashing with Nedum Onuoha during an MLS game on Sunday Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again found himself at the centre of a storm after clashing with Nedum Onuoha during an MLS game on Sunday. Ibrahimovic scored the winner for LA Galaxy in their 2-1 over Real Salt Lake but had clashed with former Manchester City defender Onuoha in the 60th minute, throwing his opponent to the ground. Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) Nedum Onuoha explains to @realsaltlake locker room and why he didn’t accept Zlatan’s apology. #mls pic.twitter.com/RNH36Olpv7 Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific