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HBO not worried about Terence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko move to ESPN

HBO is taking in stride the loss of two of its marquee boxers — unified junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko, two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world — to ESPN. HBO has been involved in all but one of Lomachenko’s nine professional fights and it has been involved in 11 of Crawford’s past 12 bouts. The network has put considerable time and resources into advancing both of their careers. However, promoter Top Rank, seeking a bigger platform than premium cable network HBO,…

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Darren Waller’s suspension Baltimore Ravens’ 13th since 2010 – Baltimore Ravens Blog

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Darren Waller‘s one-year suspension, which was handed down Friday, continues a bad trend for the Baltimore Ravens. This marks the Ravens’ 13th substance-related suspension since 2010 — the most in the NFL over that span, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Waller joins running back Kenneth Dixon (four games) as Ravens players who have been suspended this season. In the Ravens’ pre-draft news conference two months ago, general manager Ozzie Newsome said the players who had been suspended recently — namely Dixon and tight end Nick…

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Eagles release wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham

The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham on Friday, ending a one-year trial run that didn’t pan out as hoped. The Eagles acquired Green-Beckham from the Tennessee Titans last August for lineman Dennis Kelly. A former second-round pick out of Missouri, Green-Beckham’s physical gifts are evident, but like his stint with the Titans, the consistent production just wasn’t there. The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Green-Beckham finished last season with 36 catches for 392 yards with two touchdowns. He was part of an Eagles receiving corps that was 31st in yards and…

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Nike says logo of Rob Gronkowski is too similar to the Air Jordan Jumpman logo

Nike has fired back at one of its top spokesmen, saying that his logo is too much like that of the Jordan brand. Earlier this month, the shoe and apparel giant filed a formal opposition to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trial and Appeal Board, saying a logo of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in silhouette spiking a football could be confused with its Air Jordan Jumpman logo that it has used since November 1987. Nike says Rob Gronkowski’s silhouette logo (left) is too similar to the…

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Mitchell Henry dies of leukemia at age 24

Former NFL tight end Mitchell Henry died Friday of complications from acute myeloid leukemia. He was 24. “It is with great sadness that we learned of Mitchell’s passing this morning,” Western Kentucky athletic director Todd Stewart said in a statement. “Mitchell was as committed to his teammates, his University, his friends and his family as anyone you will ever find, and we were so fortunate to have him as part of our Hilltopper family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his lovely wife Madison, and all of those…

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Peter Uihlein, Adrian Otaegui share the lead at the Open de France

American Peter Uihlein drew inspiration from the US Open victory of former room-mate Brooks Koepka to claim a share of the lead in the weather-affected HNA Open de France. Uihlein, who shared an apartment with compatriot Koepka in his first few years as a professional, carded a second consecutive 67 at Le Golf National to join Spain’s Adrian Otaegui at the top of the leaderboard on eight under par. Otaegui had set the early clubhouse target following a superb 66, before an afternoon thunderstorm led to a delay of two…

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Lionel Messi’s ‘wedding of the century’ begins in Argentina

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption Lionel Messi joined on the pitch by Antonela Roccuzzo and their two sons Argentine football star Lionel Messi’s “wedding of the century” is taking place in his hometown of Rosario. Messi, 30, is marrying his childhood sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo, 29, in a civil ceremony at a luxury hotel. Football stars and celebrities are among 260 guests attending the ceremony. Hundreds of police have been deployed ahead of the event. Messi, the Argentina and Barcelona star, first met Antonela Roccuzzo before he moved…

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Calgary Flames re-sign Michael Stone to three-year contract

CALGARY, Alberta — The Flames have signed defenseman Michael Stone to a three-year deal reportedly worth $10.5 million. The Flames acquired Stone from the Arizona Coyotes before last season’s trade deadline to add stability to their defense. He had two goals and four assists and was a plus-5 in 19 regular-season games with Calgary. He added a goal in four playoff games. Stone, 27, has 26 goals and 76 assists in 343 career games with Arizona and Calgary. The signing capped a busy Friday for the Flames, who also waived…

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Snoop Dogg, Urijah Faber to serve as alternate commentary team on ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series’

UFC has signed a unique play-by-play commentator for the launch of its new, live fight series set to debut next month: entertainment icon Snoop Dogg. The show, “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” debuts July 11 and will air on UFC’s internet subscription service Fight Pass. It will consist of five live fights every Tuesday in Las Vegas, featuring talent that is not yet signed to the company. A traditional commentary team is expected to be announced shortly, but viewers will also have a secondary audio option titled “SnoopCast,” which…

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Washington Nationals put shortstop Trea Turner on DL with fractured wrist

WASHINGTON — The Nationals have placed shortstop Trea Turner on the disabled list Friday after the speedster suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right wrist. Turner was hit in the wrist by a 96-mph fastball from reliever Pedro Strop in the seventh inning of Washington’s 5-4 loss to the Cubs on Thursday. X-rays confirmed the break. The Nationals did not give a timetable for Turner’s return to the team. Between the big bats still in the lineup and a healthy lead atop the NL East, Washington is in solid shape…

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