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May112017

UFC cancels middleweight fight between St. Pierre, Bisping

(LAS VEGAS) -- The UFC has canceled a match between former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and current middleweight champion Michael Bisping.                

The fight would've been St-Pierre's return to the Octagon after a three-year retirement. But after the three-time welterweight champion tweeted that he wouldn't be ready to face Bisping until October at the earliest, UFC President Dana White pulled the plug on the match.


Instead, top contender Yoel Romero will face Bisping at an undetermined time.
 
The decision to give St-Pierre, who has never fought in the middleweight class, the chance to face Bisping angered some of the UFC’s best middleweights. Ex-champions Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold spoke out publicly against being forced to wait for a shot at the title.

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Thursday
May112017

FIFA to fast-track host bidding process for 2026 World Cup

iStock/Thinkstock(MANAMA, Bahrain) -- The host of the next World Cup will be decided sooner than expected.

FIFA approved a plan to fast-track the bidding process that determines which country will host the 2026 World Cup. An overwhelming majority of its more than 200 members voted Thursday in favor of this decision during its FIFA Congress in Bahrain.

The host country will be selected on June 13, 2018, two years earlier than previously scheduled.

Countries will have until August 11 of this year to express interest in hosting. They must meet a list of FIFA's technical specifications by March 2018.

The United States, Canada and Mexico announced a joint bid last month. If the three-nation deal is approved, it would be the first time the tournament was co-hosted by multiple countries since 2002, when South Korea and Japan teamed up.

The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994.

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Thursday
May112017

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/10/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Seattle 11, Philadelphia 6
Houston 4, Atlanta 2
Washington 7, Baltimore 6
Texas 4, San Diego 3
Milwaukee 7, Boston 4
Arizona 7, Detroit 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 3, L.A. Angels 1
Toronto 8, Cleveland 7
Tampa Bay 12, Kansas City 1
Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco 6, N.Y. Mets 5
Colorado 3, Chicago Cubs 0
St. Louis 7, Miami 5
L.A. Dodgers 5, Pittsburgh 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Boston 123, Washington 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh 2, Washington 0
Anaheim 2, Edmonton 1

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Wednesday
May102017

Joe Maddon: sleep deprivation "has a lot to do" with team's slow start

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(DENVER) – Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is partly blaming fatigue for its team’s slow start.

"I sense sleep deprivation more than anything," Maddon said before his team’s eventual 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. "Sleep deprivation has a lot to do with it. Right from the
beginning of the year our schedule has been awkward. No one has had a chance to settle in.

The Cubs are just 17-17 after winning the World Series last season following a 25-6 start.

"I don't think anyone is taking anything for granted," Maddon said. "I love the word expectations, I do, but on the flip side of that it's going to be a different path this year. It is. It just has
to be. To this point we haven't pitched nearly as well, as starters. The biggest thing for me is defense. We haven't caught the ball with the regularity that we normally do. Those were our bedrocks
of our performance."

The Cubs remain on the road through the weekend, with a three-game series at St. Louis.

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Wednesday
May102017

Wife of ESPN anchor Chris Berman dies in car accident

Roy Rochlin/Getty Images(WOODBURY, Conn.) -- Kathy Berman, the wife of ESPN icon Chris Berman, died Tuesday in a car accident in Connecticut.

Kathy Berman, a teacher, was killed in a two-car crash near Woodbury, Connecticut. She was 67. She was married to Chris Berman for more than three decades and had two children, Meredith and Douglas.

The couple married in 1983, four years after Chris Berman joined ESPN.

"This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend," ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement. "Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues -- and for good reason. He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him, and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family."

Chris Berman was the host of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown for 31 seasons until January. He is still with the network after signing a new contract.

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Wednesday
May102017

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/9/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Texas 11, San Diego 0
Seattle 10, Philadelphia 9
Baltimore 5, Washington 4, 12 Innings
Cincinnati 5, N.Y. Yankees 3
Milwaukee 11, Boston 7
Houston 8, Atlanta 3
Detroit 7, Arizona 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 6, Toronto 0
Kansas City 7, Tampa Bay 6, 12 Innings
Minnesota 7, Chicago White Sox 2
L.A. Angels 7, Oakland 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 6, San Francisco 1
St. Louis 6, Miami 5
Chicago Cubs 8, Colorado 1
L.A. Dodgers 4, Pittsburgh 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
OT/San Antonio 110, Houston 107

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Ottawa 4, N.Y. Rangers 2

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Tuesday
May092017

Judge grants request to erase Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction

John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- A Massachusetts judge on Tuesday granted a request to erase Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction, less than one month after the former New England Patriots star hanged himself in prison.

“Abatement has been practiced in state and federal courts for more than a century,” Judge Susan Garsh said in delivering her ruling from the bench in Fall River.

She noted that “an appeal is an integral part of the system” and said the interests of justice do not permit a defendant to stand convicted upon death if appeals are not exhausted.

“Abatement remains the law in this Commonwealth and this court is compelled to follow binding precedent,” Garsh said.

The judge said she could not abide by the assertion of prosecutors that Hernandez knew his about abatement when he decided to commit suicide.

“This court cannot know why Hernandez chose to end his life,” Garsh said, adding that suicide is a “complex act that may have myriad causes.”

John Thompson, Hernandez’s appellate attorney, had argued to the judge, “When the defendant dies after a trial and before an appeal the abatement ab initio doctrine applies without exception. ... This is an established common law doctrine.”

But prosecutors in Bristol County, where Hernandez was found guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, argued there is no constitutional right to abatement -- prosecutor Pat Bomberg said it instead “is a practice.” Bomberg also told the judge there is no reason to erase the conviction since doing so would “reward” Hernandez for taking his own life.

On April 19, Hernandez was found naked hanging from a bed sheet in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said. His death was ruled a suicide. Hernandez left behind three notes, and in one note, Bomberg said, Hernandez indicated he knew about abatement.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence after he was convicted in April 2015 of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition for the June 2013 killing of Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Lloyd was dating the sister of Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, who was Hernandez's fiancée.

Five days before his death, Hernandez was acquitted in a double murder that occurred in 2012.

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Tuesday
May092017

NBA opens elite training center in India

NBA(NEW DELHI) -- In hopes of reaching a cricket-obsessed fanbase, the NBA has opened an elite training center in India.

The league announced on Tuesday the official opening of NBA Academy India at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Delhi National Capital Region. Twenty-one male prospects will receive scholarships to attend the academy. They were selected after a three-month, nationwide talent search.

“The opening of our first academy in India is an important milestone in the NBA’s efforts to grow basketball in India and demonstrates our commitment to developing talent and shaping the game’s future here,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said in a statement.

In 2015, Satnam Singh Bhamara became the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA, joining the Dallas Mavericks as a center.

The opening of NBA Academy India follows the launch of training centers in China and Senegal. Another one is planned for Australia.

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Tuesday
May092017

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/8/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore 6, Washington 4
N.Y. Yankees 10, Cincinnati 4
San Diego 5, Texas 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 4, Cleveland 2
Kansas City 7, Tampa Bay 3
Oakland 3, L.A. Angels 2, 11 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 9, Miami 4
N.Y. Mets 4, San Francisco 3
L.A. Dodgers 12, Pittsburgh 1
Chicago Cubs at Colorado, postponed

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Golden State 121, Utah 95

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Washington 5, Pittsburgh 2

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Monday
May082017

Report: Hawks' Dwight Howard pulled over for speeding the morning of playoff loss

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard was reportedly caught speeding and without insurance on April 28, the morning of his team's season-ending loss against the Washington Wizards.

According to a police report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 31-year-old Howard was pulled over by police in Dunwoody, Georgia, for traveling 95 mph in a 65 mph zone around 2:06 a.m. The report said an officer found he was driving without insurance and on a suspended registration.

Howard was given a verbal warning for speeding and suspended registration, had a ticket written for having no insurance and had his car towed, the report said.

The Wizards beat the Hawks 115-99 in Game 6 of the playoffs on April 28.

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