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UFC Bracket – Vote for the Final Four

Everybody knows March is bracket season. And even though all those beautiful diagrams are traditionally reserved for college hoops this time of year, we’re asking fight fans to join in on the fun. The UFC has witnessed thousands of remarkable fights since 1993, but which one stands out above the rest? ESPN is relying on you, the fans, to determine the answer. Earlier this month, we unveiled 16 selections for the title of Greatest Fight in UFC History. Last week you voted for the Elite Eight and today we present…

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NHL — Mario Lemieux, Martin St. Louis among current and future Hall of Famers who became youth hockey coaches

Mario Lemieux‘s hockey resume speaks for itself. So imagine his surprise when a fellow dad questioned his credentials. When Lemieux was coaching his son Austin’s peewee youth hockey team in 2010, a father of one of the players had a suggestion. Pittsburgh Penguins team president David Morehouse was there to witness it. “We were at a game when [Mario] showed me [the email],” Morehouse said. “It was when BlackBerries were still popular. He showed me an email on his BlackBerry from a parent, and it said, ‘I’m really concerned about…

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Belt brings Huck, Briedis added motivation for fight – Dan Rafael Blog

Marco Huck long ago established himself as one of the best fighters in cruiserweight division history. From 2009 to 2015, the German brawler was the dominant fighter in the weight class. Even when he made a one-fight foray into the heavyweight division and challenged Alexander Povetkin for his secondary world title in 2012, he fought very well, though he came out on the losing end of a highly controversial majority decision and was denied a rematch. In all, Huck, 32, made a division-record-tying 13 title defenses. He matched the record…

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‘Compelling’ case for Cardiff team in new T20 cup, says Hugh Morris

Hugh Morris is a former chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris believes Cardiff is ideally placed to be one of eight city sides hosting matches in a new Twenty20 tournament. The new competition planned by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is set to start in 2020. Glamorgan became the first county to launch its bid at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Thursday, and could face competition from Bristol. “We believe Cardiff has a compelling case,” Morris told BBC Wales…

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2024 Olympics: ‘Time is right’ for cricket bid – ICC chief Dave Richardson

England would have to play under the Great Britain banner at the Olympics The “time is right” for cricket to apply for a place at the Olympics, according to International Cricket Council chief Dave Richardson. Cricket has not been played at the Summer Games since Great Britain beat France to win gold in 1900. But the ICC believes an Olympic Twenty20 tournament is the key to growing the game. “I think the majority of the members – and certainly myself – think the time is right,” said Richardson. “We’ve come…

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Ashley Giles: City-based T20 is cricket’s Brexit, says Bears boss

Ashley Giles (right) returned to Warwickshire in December after two seasons coaching Lancashire Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles says it is time to stop debating about why England’s proposed new city-based T20 competition will not work, and concentrate on making it a success. Plans for a new eight-team tournament from 2020 were announced on Monday. “I compare it to Brexit,” said Giles, who this winter rejoined his old county, who now play their T20 cricket under a city brand as Birmingham Bears. “We’ve made a decision. Let’s get on…

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NHL — Playoff matchups we’d love to see include Connor McDavid facing off against Joe Thornton, and Sidney Crosby versus Sergei Bobrovsky

It’s still a little too early to pin down exactly which teams will be squaring off when the playoffs begin in less than two weeks, but that hasn’t stopped us from imagining some dandy first-round, head-to-head matchups. Here are three we’d like to see: The Pacific Division is pretty fluid, but it looks like the Anaheim Ducks will finish on top — which would likely set up an interesting first-round matchup between the San Jose Sharks, the defending Western Conference champs, and an Edmonton Oilers team that is making its…

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