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Three UFC contracts handed out in Week 10

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Make it an even 30 new fighters for the UFC this summer. Season 3 of Dana White's Contender Series concluded on Tuesday night in Las Vegas with three more prospects earning contracts and another walking away with the evening's most effusive praise.

The UFC deals went to unbeaten middleweight Dusko Todorovic, lightweight Peter Barrett and featherweight TJ Brown. But it was Impa Kasanganay, a 25-year-old middleweight from Charlotte, North Carolina, who began training just last year and turned pro in 2019, that made the most eye-opening impression on the UFC president.

As the biggest underdog on the card, Kasanganay (6-0) took it to Kailan Hill from start to finish on the way to a clear unanimous decision.

The UFC's return to China features a strawweight division championship fight, one that fans in Shenzhen have been anticipating for several months.
Zhang Weili, who is 19-1 and fights out of Beijing, will look to take the title from Jessica Andrade in Saturday's main event.

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Family of Rays prospect killed in triple homicide

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The wife, child and mother-in-law of a Double-A pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization were killed in a small Virginia town Tuesday, with police arresting the brother-in-law of right-hander Blake Bivens and charging him with three counts of first-degree homicide, sources told ESPN.

Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, of Keeling, Virginia, was arrested after a manhunt that dispatched dozens of police officers around the community near the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Police said they did not know the motive for the killings, Bernard, who was naked at the time of his arrest, had led authorities on a short on-foot chase. Police have not named the victims.

In a statement, the Rays said: "Earlier today we learned that Blake Bivens, a pitcher with our Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, suffered a terrible family tragedy in southern Virginia. Our hearts are broken for Blake."

The Biscuits had canceled a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, due to what the team called a "tragic event."

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Prep sports involvement falls; 1st time in 30 years

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Led by a decline in football for the fifth straight year, participation in high school sports dropped in 2018-19 for the first time in 30 years, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The 2018-19 total of 7,937,491 participants was a decline of 43,395 from the 2017-18 school year, when the number of participants in high school sports reached a record high of 7,980,886.

The last decline in sports participation numbers occurred during the 1988-89 school year.

The group said 11-man football dropped by 30,829 to 1,006,013, the lowest mark since the 1999-2000 school year. It was the fifth consecutive year of declining football participation.

"We know from recent surveys that the number of kids involved in youth sports has been declining, and a decline in the number of public school students has been predicted for a number of years, so we knew our 'streak' might end someday,'' Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director, said in a statement. "The data from this year's survey serves as a reminder that we have to work even harder in the coming years to involve more students in these vital programs -- not only athletics but performing arts programs as well.''

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WATCH: Instant reaction to four Alabama players suspended for Duke game

According to reports, that surfaced on Tuesday evening, Alabama will be without four of their veteran players for at least one half as Devonta Smith, Terrell Lewis, Brian Robinson and Najee Harris face suspensions for the Tide’s season opener against the Duke Blue devils in Atlanta on Saturday. Senior analyst, Stephen M. Smith reacts to this news.

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Sears enters transfer portal; lost USC QB battle

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After finishing USC's quarterback competition No. 4 on the depth chart, redshirt sophomore Jack Sears has entered the transfer portal.

Sears announced his decision earlier Tuesday via Twitter.

"The past week has been a difficult time, a bump in the road, and it makes me realize that life is not linear," he wrote. "I love my teammates, football, USC, and the USC degree. Nobody can ever take that degree away from me."

Sears' decision came less than one week after coach Clay Helton announced sophomore JT Daniels would start for the second straight season. The Trojans held an open audition among all four scholarship quarterbacks during spring practice and preseason camp as part of their transition to the Air Raid spread offense. Freshman Kedon Slovis was named the backup, with redshirt junior Matt Fink third on the depth chart and Sears fourth, leading to the expectation that Sears would seek other options.

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Coaching debate heats up at US Open again in Tsitsipas upset

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NEW YORK -- Well, that didn't take long. On Day 2 of the US Open, the issue of on-court coaching -- the controversy at the heart of the 2018 US Open women's final -- reared its ugly head.

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In the third set between No. 8 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and 21-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev, chair umpire Damien Dumusois hit Tsitsipas with a code violation for coaching, based on the behavior of Tsitsipas' father/coach, Apostolos, and India's doubles star Leander Paes, an adviser. Tsitsipas' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, whose hand gesture sparked the conflict between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos in last year's infamous final against Naomi Osaka, was also in the box.

Tsitsipas was surprised by the censure, and the penalty became a major distraction in the match, which he went on to lose 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5. As Tsitsipas said afterward: "[The penalty] can affect your thinking. It can affect your decision-making. And I sometimes believe there is nothing [no penalty] to give there."

The comment was a painful echo of Williams' outrage last year at being penalized for a supposed coaching violation. She said she never even saw Mouratoglou's gesture. Likewise, Tsitsipas argued that in the heat of competition, he isn't even aware of what coaching might be directed his way.

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Two more Alabama starters suspended for Duke game

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After the suspensions of Najee Harris and Brian Robinson were announced, it has now been reported by BamaOnLine that outside linebacker Terrell Lewis and wide receiver DeVonta Smith will also serve suspensions for the Duke game.

As of right now the duration of the suspension for Lewis and Smith is unclear, but it is still two massive blows to both sides of the ball.

On the offensive side of the ball, Tyrell Shavers appears the next man up as he and Smith both play the X receiver spot. Shavers has had a solid fall camp and uses his size to his advantage regularly.

Defensively, Christopher Allen will slide into Terrell Lewis’ spot at outside linebacker. Allen has backed up both Lewis and senior Anfernee Jennings at outside linebacker all throughout fall camp.

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Lloyd serious about NFL try, but not until 2020

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Carli Lloyd's 55-yard field goal at a Philadelphia Eagles-Baltimore Ravens practice last week generated enough buzz that the soccer star said she's now mulling multiple offers from NFL teams to explore kicking.

Just don't expect Lloyd to try to exploit the moment to make that happen in 2019, according to the coach who helped her reach the pinnacle of her current sport. James Galanis said that if Lloyd pursues football, it will be with an eye toward training for the 2020 season.

"If she's going to do this, she'll do it -- she'll train in the offseason, she'll get herself ready so that she just doesn't do it for the sake of doing it," Galanis told ESPN. "If she's going to do it, she's going to do it so that she can be a success."

What began as an invitation for Lloyd to observe Eagles practice with her husband Brian Hollins and Galanis' son Preston last week quickly took on a life of its own when video of her field goal began to circulate.

Galanis said that on Sunday, Lloyd sent him a screenshot of a text message from an NFL general manager gauging her interest in participating in a preseason game. She couldn't because the U.S. women's national team plays the same night.

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Sources: Royals owner negotiating sale for $1B

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Kansas City Royals owner David Glass is negotiating to sell the team to local businessman John Sherman for more than $1 billion, sources familiar with the discussions told ESPN.

The potential deal, which multiple sources believe will be finalized, would transfer ownership to a group led by Sherman, who is currently a minority owner of the Cleveland Indians. Sherman would divest himself of his share of the Indians to buy the Royals from Glass, who purchased the team in 2000 for $96 million.

In a statement, the Royals organization said it is "not in a position to make any comments on the published speculation regarding any potential sale of the ball club," adding that no further statements would be made at this time.

The valuations of baseball franchises have skyrocketed in recent years, though the price of the Royals is expected to fall short of the most recent sale, when Bruce Sherman (no relation to John) bought the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion.

Glass, 84, is the former CEO of Wal-Mart whose son Dan serves as team president. David Glass bore the brunt of criticism locally for his lack of spending until the Royals' ascent five years ago. They reached the World Series in 2014, and won a championship in 2015, the second in franchise history.

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Sources: United and Inter agree on Sanchez loan

Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Alexis Sanchez with Inter Milan, sources have told ESPN FC.

Sanchez is set to spend the season at the San Siro after the two clubs reached an agreement that will see United pay a portion of the Chilean's wages.

He is set to fly to Italy to undergo a medical and will be confirmed as an Inter player before the European transfer deadline on Sept. 2.

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United have agreed to loan Sanchez for 10 months while contributing around £6 million of his £391,000-a-week salary. Inter are set to pay £9.46 million of the 30-year-old's wages plus a loan fee to United. The deal does not include an option to buy.

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UA’s Najee Harris, Brian Robinson to be suspended for first half of Duke game

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A pair of offensive stars in leadership roles for Alabama football will serve a suspension for the first half of the team’s season-opener against Duke. 

Per a tweet from Joseph Goodman of AL.com, running back Najee Harris and Brian Robinson missed a team function on Tuesday. Both players are returning juniors with much experience and were highly-touted athletes out of high school in the 2017 recruiting cycle.  

Despite the big expectations for both this year, Nick Saban sticks to a tight ship in making sure each student-athletes follows protocol.

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Starting outside linebacker Terrell Lewis and wide receiver DeVonta Smith have also been suspended according to BamaOnLine.

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Sources: Details holding up Barcelona deal for Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have set the price for Neymar at €170 million, but details about the payments are holding up a deal, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Ligue 1 side want the entire amount to be paid up front, but the Catalans are exploring different ways to cover the fee following a busy summer in which they brought in Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie De Jong, Neto and Junior Firpo for a combined €239 million.

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During a meeting between the two sides on Tuesday, Barcelona offered to pay PSG €40 million in 2019, with additional payments of €65 million to be made in 2020 and 2021, but the Ligue 1 side rejected that proposal and insisted that they want the entire fee paid up front.

The Catalans are trying to include Ousmane Dembele as a makeweight to sweeten the deal, but there could be another stumbling block with the France international's agent, who recently said he wants the former Borussia Dortmund forward to stay at the Camp Nou.

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WATCH: DE Raekwon Davis talks about his new role as a leader

Alabama defensive end Raekwon Davis spoke to the media ahead of practice as the senior opened up about his role as a leader heading into the season.

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WATCH: Patrick Surtain, Shyheim Carter and UA secondary in Duke prep

When senior cornerback, Trevon Diggs spoke to the media on last week, his message was about Alabama’s secondary getting its respect back.  

The group has worked hard all summer and on Tuesday, it was indoors performing angle tackles under the guidance of Nick Saban and cornerbacks’ coach, Karl Scott. 

Brian Pride of Touchdown Alabama Magazine shot the video, as it appeared to be Patrick Surtain II and Shyheim Carter leading the drill for corners. The duo of Xavier McKinney and Jared Mayden started drills for safeties.  

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Alabama continues preparation for Duke this Saturday

via: Steve Mitchell USA Today Sports

On an a 85-degree day with overcast conditions, the Alabama Crimson Tide took things indoors as the team completed its Tuesday practice in preparation for its first game of the season against the Duke Blue Devils.

During the media viewing period, there were multiple looks of first-team units running plays against scout teams.

Listed below are some observations from today’s practice:

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WATCH: Giles Amos talks about his unique nickname

During the media speaking period, Alabama tight end Giles Amos laid out the story of his journey as a walk-on at the university and shared a couple of interesting stories about how he has left his mark on the practice field.

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WATCH: Najee Harris, Brian Robinson and Alabama RB’s go through practice

With four days separating us from Alabama’s season-opener against Duke, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide returned to practice on Tuesday.  

Brian Pride of Touchdown Alabama Magazine takes you inside the running back drills, which is headlined by Najee Harris. Following him, Alabama has Brian Robinson, Jerome Ford, Keilan Robinson and Chadarius Townsend.

Prior to the ladder drill, assistant coaches Steve Sarkisian (offensive coordinator) and Charles Huff (running backs) had quarterback work on passes in open space to the backs.

Per Saban, Ford is listed as “day-to-day” in returning from an ankle injury – yet the team is hopeful that he’ll play on Saturday versus the Blue Devils. 

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WATCH: TE Miller Forristall talks about his return to Georgia

Alabama tight end Miller Forristall spoke to the media today ahead of the team’s Tuesday practice. Forristall shared some stories about teammate Giles Amos and what it’s like going back to play in Georgia.

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UA players say receiver Slade Bolden reminds them of an elite NFL star

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Like it does with true freshmen, Alabama football has plenty of redshirt freshmen that will see action this season. After having a year to learn the system, student-athletes such as Emil Ekiyor, Jerome Ford and Jalyn Armour-Davis among others are ready to contribute to the program. 

Slade Bolden, a native of West Monroe, La., is another second-year talent. 

As the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Louisiana in 2017, Bolden was a premiere athlete on offense and defense. He was known for skill set at quarterback and running back at West Monroe High School — totaling 1,622 passing yards, 1,460 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns.

Bolden was handed a three-star grade from multiple recruiting networks, prior to signing in the Crimson Tide’s 2018 class. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder has been a scout-team quarterback at times for Alabama; however, he’s improved his game at receiver this offseason. 

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Sources: Dolphins interested in Clowney trade

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The Miami Dolphins are interested in trading for Houston Texans star Jadeveon Clowney and recently met with the pass-rusher, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Clowney has met with first-year coach Brian Flores and other members of the Dolphins organization, who hope to persuade the three-time Pro Bowler to accept a trade to Miami, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

The Texans have interest in Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil, but Miami is believed to be unlikely to part with him in a Clowney deal, a league source told ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.

Mina and Gregg Rosenthal of the NFL Network discuss persons of interest like Jadeveon Clowney (10:16), Derwin James (18:04), Josh Gordon (24:03), Lamar Jackson (43:48), and Deshaun Watson (57:45). Listen now!

There is interest in completing a deal, but a trade isn't considered a guarantee or imminent at this time.

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