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Miguel Cotto inks multi-fight deal with Golden Boy

Miguel Cotto’s previously announced fight with Yoshihiro Kamegai will be the first of a multi-fight agreement between the surefire future International Boxing Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions, Cotto and the company announced on Wednesday. The announcement came as Cotto and Kamegai met the media at a news conference in Los Angeles to kick off the promotion of their vacant junior middleweight world title fight that will take place Aug. 26 in the main event of an HBO “World Championship Boxing” telecast (9:45 p.m. ET/PT) at the StubHub Center…

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UFC’s Dana White blasts Oscar De La Hoya for criticizing proposed Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight

UFC president Dana White has not delivered a contract for a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor yet — but he clearly does not appreciate Oscar De La Hoya’s badmouthing it. White posted a video to social media on Wednesday, which combined two interviews given by De La Hoya. The video was accompanied by a caption that read, “WTF?????” The video first showed De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, bashing the potential Mayweather-McGregor fight, referring to it as a “disrespect to boxing” and predicting that the contest…

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Jose Aldo-Max Holloway UFC 212 featherweight title fight – Stats & Info

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo faces interim champion Max Holloway for the undisputed championship Saturday at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro. Stats & Info previews the bout. Aldo is the No. 1-ranked featherweight and the No. 7-ranked pound-for-pound fighter, according to ESPN, and Holloway is the No. 2-ranked featherweight fighter. Aldo is in his second reign as UFC featherweight champion. If this fight goes into the championship rounds — and seven of Aldo’s nine UFC title fights have — the Brazilian should have the advantage. He has averaged 19…

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French Open – W2W4 – Don’t sleep on No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka, the ‘other’ Swiss star

4:23 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” Led by Venus Williams, players from the U.S. acquitted themselves admirably on Wednesday. Fewer of them will be sliding and grinding on the red clay on Day 5. Here are some of Thursday’s more compelling matchups:…

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Columbus Blue Jackets send second-round pick to Vancounver Canucks for John Tortorella

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Wednesday that they have agreed to send a 2017 second-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks as compensation for hiring head coach John Tortorella in 2015. The Blue Jackets’ pick in the second round is No. 55 overall. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella led the team to a franchise-record 108 points last season. Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images Tortorella, 58, led the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record 108 points in the 2016-17 season as the team finished 50-24-8 in the regular season. Columbus was ousted in the…

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Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson praises QB Brock Osweiler

BEREA, Ohio — Hue Jackson had positive words for quarterback Brock Osweiler on Wednesday, calling the quarterback a “pleasant surprise” as the Cleveland Browns worked in week two of OTAs. “He’s done a good job,” Jackson said of Osweiler, who was acquired from Houston in March. “He works hard at it every day. He’s into it. I think he really enjoys being here.” Osweiler is working with Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan as the Browns sort through who will be the starter. This was not his week…

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British and Irish Lions: Sam Warburton to captain tourists in opener

Scottish trio Tommy Seymour (left), Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg will all start for the Lions against the Barbarians Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions in their opening match against the Provincial Barbarians on 3 June. The flanker will play his first game since suffering a knee injury in April, lining up in an all-Welsh back-row. The Scottish trio of Greig Laidlaw, Tommy Seymour and Stuart Hogg all start, as does Kyle Sinckler, who has yet to start a Test for England. Anyone involved in club finals…

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Bryce Harper of Washington Nationals has suspension reduced to three games

Major League Baseball has reduced the suspension for Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper by one game, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. Harper, who originally received a four-game ban for his role in a fight with Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, will start serving his three-game suspension as the Nationals face the Giants on Wednesday night, the source said. It’s likely that no one would have noticed the idiocy of the Giants’ reliever if it hadn’t been for the zealous reaction by the Nationals’ star. Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper…

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Jimi Manuwa to fight Volkan Oezdemir on UFC 214 undercard

The UFC has added a light heavyweight fight between Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir to UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California. Officials announced the 205-pound bout on Wednesday. A light heavyweight championship fight between Daniel Cormier (19-1) and Jon Jones (22-1) is scheduled to headline the pay-per-view, which will take place at Honda Center. UFC president Dana White had stated previously he wanted to book Manuwa (17-2) to the card, in case something were to happen to the main event. The last time the UFC booked a fight…

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