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GRAPHIC VIDEO: UFC champ Pettis finishes match with ‘Superman Punch’

UFC champ Anthony “Showtime” Pettis brought Saturday night’s match in Nashville to an abrupt ending by throwing a “Superman Punch” that completely knocked out his opponent in the second round with just seconds remaining. Pettis’ fight against fellow welterweight and two-time title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson was the main event for …

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March Madness: Duke squeaks by UFC in dramatic finish

Zion Williamson hit a layup over 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall in the closing seconds and RJ Barrett’s putback provided the margin of victory as top-seeded Duke held off UCF 77-76 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16. Aubrey Dawkins finished with 32 points for UCF, but his tip-in try for the …

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Gronkowski girlfriend posts loving message after retirement announcement

Camille Kostek, the longtime girlfriend of former Patriots great Rob Gronkowski, posted words of encouragement for the ex-tight end who earlier announced his retirement from the game after nine seasons. “You motivate me to be better,” she posted on Instagram. “You show me that limits can be pushed and that …

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement on Instagram

New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski speaks with members of the media during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, ahead of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots tight end whose larger-than-life personality complemented his …

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Georgia Tech football player Brandon Adams dead at 21, school says

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Brandon Adams died Saturday at age 21, according to school officials. (Georgia Tech) Days before spring practice was set to begin for Georgia Tech’s football team, school officials announced Sunday that defensive tackle Brandon Adams died at age 21. Adams, a senior majoring in business administration, …

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No ‘Cinderella’ yet for NCAA Sweet 16 as favorites dominate Saturday games

Murray State’s Ja Morant (12) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half of a second-round men’s college basketball game against Florida State in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (Associated Press) Fletcher Magee shot Wofford out of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Murray State’s …

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Liberty upset over Mississippi State caps NCAA tourney Day 2 action

Liberty players celebrate during the second half against Mississippi State in a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (Associated Press) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Down by 10 points with less than seven minutes to play against a more accomplished opponent, …

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ISU says there’s ‘no evidence’ US skater Mariah Bell ‘intended any harm’ to South Korean opponent

The International Skating Union determined there was “no evidence” that an American figure skater accused of purposely cutting her South Korean opponent “intended any harm” to the skater. In a Thursday statement, the ISU said they were aware of the incident between Mariah Bell, 22, and Lim Eun-soo, 16, during warm-ups …

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FSU player Phil Cofer is told after game that his father, ex-NFL linebacker, passed away

Florida State University player Phil Cofer (seen sitting  in the center with a boot on his foot) learned after his team won the NCAA tournament against Vermont that his father, former Detroit Lions linebacker Mike Cofer, died.  (AP) Just moments after Florida State University hmmm defeated the University of Vermont in …

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo restrained while berating freshman player Aaron Henry

DES MOINES, IOWA – MARCH 21: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans glares at Aaron Henry #11 after a play during their game in the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament against the Bradley Braves at Wells Fargo Arena on March 21, 2019 in Des Moines, …

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NBA star Kevin Durant’s ‘adopted brother,’ 32, shot, killed outside Atlanta-area nightclub

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) talks with referee Brian Forte during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Warriors and the Phoenix Suns in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) A close friend of Kevin Durant, whom the Golden State Warriors star …

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Wofford’s Fletcher Magee sets 3-pointer mark as Terriers top Seton Hall

Wofford guard Fletcher Magee (3) celebrates with teammates after hitting a 3-point basket during the final moments of the second half against Seton Hall in a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Associated Press) Wofford guard Fletcher Magee set the …

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NFL paid under $10M to settle Colin Kaepernick grievance

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, the NFL stars who alleged the league’s teams colluded to keep them off the field after they led protests during the national anthem, will receive less than $10 million to settle grievances with the league, according to people briefed on the deal. The confidential agreement was …

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March Madness roundup: Morant makes history with triple double in Murray State’s big win

Murray State’s Ja Morant (12) passes the ball under pressure from Marquette’s Sacar Anim and Brendan Bailey, behind, during the first half of Thursday’s game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Ja Morant recorded the first NCAA Tournament triple-double in seven years and just the ninth of the 32 years since the NCAA …

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US figure skater Mariah Bell accused of purposely cutting South Korean opponent at world championships

Mariah Bell, 22, an American figure skater, [right] is accused of bullying and purposely cutting opponent South Korean skater Lim Eun-soo [left] during warm-ups at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP/Reuters) An American figure skater was accused of bullying and purposely cutting a …

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Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate plans to ‘celebrate’ Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez engagement

A Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate plans to be among those — ahem, “congratulating” — former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez on his engagement to Jennifer Lopez. The Pawtucket PawSox announced Wednesday they will celebrate the pair’s engagement on April 12 as part of their Legendary Fridays series …

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Ichiro Suzuki gets standing ovation as he walks off baseball field for the final time

Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki leaves after his team’s group photo prior to Game 1 of a Major League opening series baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) Ichiro Suzuki on Thursday walked off the Tokyo Dome field …

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Australian rules football star likens photo comments to ‘sexual abuse’

AFLW Carlton Blues forward Tayla Harris speaks during a press conference at Ikon Park on March 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images) A female Australian rules football star lashed out this week against crude and disparaging comments made about a photo of her in mid-air kicking the ball. Tayla …

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UCLA student never played for soccer club listed on her Bruins’ athletic profile, official says

A UCLA student, whose parents are wrapped up in a nationwide college admissions scandal involving several prominent public figures and universities, reportedly didn’t play for the soccer club of which she’s listed as team captain. Lauren Isackson’s athletic profile on the university’s women’s soccer team website claims she was captain for the Woodside …

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Trump goalie mask made for youth hockey player draws criticism

A Pennsylvania youth hockey player and an artist were reportedly slammed on social media after the goalie wore a mask which featured President Donald Trump holding a trowel and a brick, in a nod to Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Doug Wagner, …

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Miami Marlins minor league affiliate to host ‘Florida Man Night’

Miami Marlins minor league team will host a ‘Florida Man Night.’ (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Minor league baseball is known for wacky promotions, but a Miami Marlins affiliate capitalizing on strange crime in the state is really out of left field. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp announced earlier this month the team will host “Florida …

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UC Berkeley student accuses football players, coaches of sexual harassment in Facebook post

A woman has accused football players and coaches at the University of California at Berkeley of sexual harassment in a social media post.  (University of California at Berkeley) A former student at the University of California at Berkeley alleged sexual harassment involving the school’s football team in a Facebook post on Wednesday. …

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Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout agrees to record 12-year contract

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout agreed to a record 12-year contract, the team announced. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports, File) The Los Angeles Angels and star outfielder Mike Trout have agreed to a 12-year contract, the club announced Wednesday evening. The club did not immediately disclose the terms of …

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Michael Jordan overwhelmingly voted greatest hoops star ever, topping Lebron James

Basketball fans have voted on who is the best ever — Michael Jordan or LeBron James (Reuters) The debate is over — basketball fans have finally named their GOAT. In a new survey, Michael Jordan was, by an overwhelming margin, dubbed the best ever to lace up a pair of signature sneakers. …

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander talks parenting and being best pitcher he can be

Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Justin Verlander talked to Fox News about being a new parent while balancing his career.  (Getty Images) Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has dominated his sport since his first full season in 2006, when he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, hurled 100-mph fastballs by the best hitters in baseball and …

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Peyton Manning and ESPN reportedly meet to discuss ‘Monday Night Football’ job

Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning has reportedly been approached by ESPN to fill their empty spot in the “Monday Night Football” booth.  (Getty Images) ESPN is reportedly not giving up hope on recruiting Peyton Manning for a broadcasting spot on “Monday Night Football.” Jimmy Pitaro, the network’s president, and content chief …

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UCLA student had no business playing for top soccer program: report

Lauren Isackson supposedly played midfielder for UCLA. (UCLA) A UCLA student whose parents are wrapped up in a nationwide college admissions scandal involving dozens of parents and prominent universities was listed on the university’s 2017 women’s soccer team that finished as runner-up to the national champions — even though she reportedly …

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Nevada men’s basketball stars credit their mother with getting them this far: ‘That’s why we are who we are’

FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Nevada forward Cody Martin, right, dribbles downcourt as his twin brother Caleb Martin, left, trails during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) The Nevada Wolfpack earned another …

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New Jersey wrestling referee who made competitor cut dreadlocks alleges defamation, emotional distress

In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 image made from video provided by SNJTODAY.COM, Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson is declared the winner by referee Alan Maloney after a match in Buena, N.J. (Michael Frankel/SNJTODAY.COM via AP) A New Jersey high school wrestling referee who was blasted for forcing a …

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Marlins CEO Derek Jeter’s rocky relationship with Giancarlo Stanton led to threat, trade to Yankees: book

A new book, “Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees” shows a number of prominent officials in the Yankees including star slugger Giancarlo Stanton have less than nice things to say about former Yankees superstar Derek Jeter.  (Getty Images) New York Yankees legend and current Miami Marlins part-owner …