The Champ Comes Home: Jose Ramirez to Defend WBC Super Lightweight Title Against Danny O’Connor July 7 in Fresno

  Title Defense No. 1 For Ramirez, LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. ET Tickets ON SALE NOW FRESNO, Calif. (May 16, 2018) – Jose Ramirez, the pride of California’s Central Valley, is ready for his world championship homecoming. Ramirez, from Avenal, Calif., will make the first defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight title against former amateur standout and longtime contender Danny O’Connor on Saturday, July 7 at the Save Mart Center. Ramirez vs. O’Connor will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes…

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Badou Jack Hits Canada for Toronto’s Most Significant World Title Fight in More Than 30 Years

  Jack Challenges WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson This Saturday Live On SHOWTIME® From Air Canada Centre “I’m younger, I’m stronger, I’m faster. I’m the better guy.” – Badou Jack   TORONTO (May 16, 2018) – Former two-division world champion Badou Jack explored Toronto and Maple Leaf Square at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday just three days before he challenges light heavyweight king Adonis Stevenson in what will be the city’s most significant world title fight in more 30 years. Jack will attempt to dethrone WBC 175-pound champion…

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Williams takes Baddeley’s bag – temporarily

  DALLAS – There’s a familiar face behind the caddie bib this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Longtime looper Steve Williams, he of the 14 major titles from work with Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, is back to work this week as a caddie for Australian Aaron Baddeley. But Williams, who has also caddied in recent years for LPGA stars Lydia Ko and Danielle Kang, will soon head back into semi-retirement. Baddeley explained that he’ll have Williams on the bag only for this week’s event and next week’s Fort…

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Abner Mares Media Workout Quotes & Photos

  Four-Time World Champion Mares Rematches Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz Saturday, June 9 Live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions RIVERSIDE, Calif. (May 16, 2018) – Four-time world champion Abner Mares, along with trainer Robert Garcia, hosted media at their training camp in Riverside, California Wednesday ahead of the featherweight world title rematch between Mares and Leo Santa Cruz Saturday, June 9 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The SHOWTIME…

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NFL Insiders predict best, worst teams after free agency and draft

Our panel of ESPN NFL Insiders is breaking down what all the offseason action means for the 2018 season throughout the week. Next up: Which offseason addition — via free agency, the draft or trade — will make the biggest impact this year? Insiders make their picks, plus dig into these topics: Which offseason addition will make the biggest impact in 2018? Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Tyrann Mathieu, S, Houston Texans. His past injuries have to be discussed, but the former Cardinal played faster on tape toward the end of…

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Gary Russell Jr. Returns to The Harbor to Defend His Crown

  On Saturday, May 19, 2018 live on Showtime from MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, WBC Featherweight world champion Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs) and unbeaten No. 1 contender Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (26-0, 14 KOs) go head-to-head in a scheduled 12-round championship showdown. The Russell Jr. vs. Diaz Jr. fight is part of a split-siteShowtime Championship Boxing telecast that will feature WBC Light Heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson defending his title against two-division world champion Badou Jack in a main event from Toronto presented by Premier Boxing…

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Alex Cora of Boston Red Sox surprised by Carson Smith’s comment on injury

BOSTON — Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he was surprised to hear that reliever Carson Smith feels that fatigue could have contributed to his dislocated pitching shoulder. Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday. “I don’t agree with it,” Cora said when he met the media Wednesday at Fenway Park before the team’s series finale against Oakland. “On a daily basis, we talk to pitchers and see how they feel. “If they don’t feel that they can pitch that day, we stay away from them. “It…

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A pair of college player-of-the-year candidates see their season end early after NCAA Regionals stumbles

The 2017-’18 men’s college golf season has been shaping up not so much as a year of titanic teams—although there are a few of those —but of standout individual golfers from across the country. But a showdown of the best and brightest at the NCAA Championship will be missing some of those high profile players thanks to the postseason tournament that all college golf fans love to hate. NCAA Regionals. USC’s Justin Suh and California’s Collin Morikawa, the top two players in the latest Golfstat men’s player ranking, saw their…

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Tiger's 10-Under Weekend Boosts Players Championship To Best Final-Round Viewership In 16 Years

The final round of golf’s Players Championship drew its second-largest television viewing audience over the past 16 years thanks to a resurgent Tiger Woods. NBC Sports said its Sunday coverage was watched by 5.81 million viewers, the most since Woods’ victory at the 2013 tournament (7.66 million). This year’s final-round broadcast was up 57% over a year ago and delivered 12.5 million minutes of live streaming coverage, a 194% increase from the 2016 tournament. Woods, 42, made the cut for weekend play by just a single stroke, but surged up…

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Joey Gallo to fill the Texas Rangers’ hole at third base? Not if he can help it

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went back on the disabled list Tuesday, and the team is looking for ways to fill the void at third. The Rangers were contemplating asking left fielder/first baseman Joey Gallo to go back to third, but he is not fan of the idea. “I don’t want. I don’t like it,” Gallo said before Wednesday’s game with the Seattle Mariners. “I hate it, no joke. I hate third base.” Gallo came up through the Rangers system as a third baseman, but has been playing left…

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