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Cormier says ‘respect’ made him turn down Miocic rematch

UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier said he turned down a rematch against Stipe Miocic because of concerns his broken right hand had not properly healed. “(UFC) asked me a few weeks ago and I didn’t know if my hand was going to be OK,” Cormier told The Associated Press on Thursday. “Also, because of the … Continue reading Cormier says ‘respect’ made him turn down Miocic rematch

DOVER, Del | Fresh off win, Blaney tries to move in NASCAR title hunt

DOVER, Del.— Ryan Blaney kept the party rolling from his first win this season long enough to stimulate business at his favorite bar. He soaked in the celebration from his checkered flag on the roval at Charlotte. Now he hopes to stamp himself a contender in the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs. Blaney, one of … Continue reading DOVER, Del | Fresh off win, Blaney tries to move in NASCAR title hunt

NEW YORK | Only in New York: McGregor takes shots, swigs ’em in return

NEW YORK— Conor McGregor bellied up to his makeshift bar, plopped his dress shoes on the table and took a swig of his own Irish whiskey. Take a shot for every profanity belched out by the returning star? You’d be toast. But UFC can raise a glass to the return of the most loquacious, wicked … Continue reading NEW YORK | Only in New York: McGregor takes shots, swigs ’em in return

PHILADELPHIA | AP source: 76ers name Elton Brand general manager

PHILADELPHIA — Elton Brand is in charge of the Philadelphia 76ers. A person familiar with the situation says the Sixers have made Brand their new general manager, replacing Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers’ president of basketball operations after what an investigation concluded was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | AP source: 76ers name Elton Brand general manager

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. | Tony Finau added to US Ryder Cup team as captain’s pick

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Tony Finau has been named to the Ryder Cup team, the final pick by U.S. captain Jim Furyk. Finau joins Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as Furyk’s four wild-card selections. Finau has 11 top-10s this season, including three in majors. “There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” … Continue reading NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. | Tony Finau added to US Ryder Cup team as captain’s pick

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. | Bradley holds off Rose in playoff to win at Aronimink

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.  — Keegan Bradley held off Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff to win the rain-plagued BMW Championship on Monday for his first PGA Tour victory in six years. Though Rose was runner-up at the FedEx Cup playoff event at Aronimink, he didn’t come up short in the world ranking. Rose hit No. … Continue reading NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. | Bradley holds off Rose in playoff to win at Aronimink

NEW YORK | Year after missing US Open, Nishikori shines in return

NEW YORK — Kei Nishikori was so crushed about missing the U.S. Open last year, he couldn’t even watch the tournament. Nishikori’s season was over with torn tendons in his right wrist, and he knew how much he’d ache to play if he flipped on the TV. “I didn’t really want to see any matches,” … Continue reading NEW YORK | Year after missing US Open, Nishikori shines in return

NEW YORK | US Open runner-up Keys avoids latest women’s upset loss

NEW YORK — Dickie V found a totally awesome PTP’er in the U.S Open’s women’s bracket. His pick is on point — Madison Keys knows how to make a Final Four. “Madison’s backhand is lethal !” Vitale tweeted Saturday from the Open . “Her physical skills r #awesomebaby.” Keys was almost on the wrong side … Continue reading NEW YORK | US Open runner-up Keys avoids latest women’s upset loss