MMA fighter Jahreau Shepherd stabbed to death at own birthday party

Jahreau Shepherd’s 30th birthday celebration turned tragic on Saturday when the British MMA fighter was killed in South London, The Sun reported. The welterweight fighter, known as “The Nightmare,” was knifed and died at the scene, police said. According to an eyewitness account, paramedics tried to save him, with his mother shouting, “please keep going, please save my baby.” Mourners returned to offer tribute on Monday to Shepherd, leaving bouquets and candles. A photo of him holding championship belts was placed at the memorial. “He lived and breathed fighting,” his…

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Ben Simmons adjusts to life as power forward ahead of NBA return

Life in the NBA bubble has forced players to grow accustomed to an environment many of them are not used to. For 76ers star Ben Simmons, that includes on the court, too. Coach Brett Brown has been using Simmons exclusively as a power forward in practices, a departure from his usual point guard role. “He’s so dynamic,” Brown told reporters Monday. “Let’s just talk about running. There’s nobody faster in the NBA. So, to always have the ball and dribble it up against five guys… to do that dilutes some…

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Patrick Mahomes tweaks $500 million critics after Chiefs re-sign Chris Jones

Patrick Mahomes heard the critics who said his $503 million contract would limit the Chiefs’ spending, and he reminded everyone about it on Tuesday after another big signing by the Super Bowl champs. After star defensive tackle Chris Jones inked a four-year, $85 million deal, Mahomes tweeted: “And yall thought we couldn’t ….” He added three laughing emojis with the hashtag “run it back,” a reference to repeating as champions. And yall thought we couldn’t… 😂😂😂 nvm #RunItBack — Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 14, 2020 Jones signed a day…

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Robinson Cano returns to Mets camp after undisclosed absence

The concern around Robinson Cano’s status has been quelled. Mets manager Luis Rojas said Tuesday afternoon the veteran second baseman was at Citi Field and set to practice with the team later in the day. Cano, 37, was absent from camp for the last week with no reason given. He reported to spring training 2.0 on time and worked out with the team over July 4 weekend. A healthy Cano would be set to start at second base when the Mets open the season on July 24 against the Braves.…

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11 MLB umpires opt out of 2020 season over coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus continues to take a toll on the start of the upcoming shortened MLB season. Eleven MLB umpires are opting out of the 2020 season, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. “Some are said to have family members who are ill,” Heyman tweeted. Like the players, umpires can opt out with full pay if they are determined to belong to a high-risk group due to preexisting health conditions. Those who aren’t high-risk can opt out but won’t be paid. The loss equates to 12.2% of the current umpire roster, according…

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Bettors’ best win-total values for the 2020 MLB season

Betting on season win totals has long been a favorite of both recreational bettors and wiseguys. However, their strategies couldn’t be more different. While public bettors are biased toward big-name favorites and love betting on popular teams, sharp bettors search for value and are never afraid to take an unpopular position. Pros are also more disciplined when it comes to win totals. They like to pick their spots and not go crazy wagering on too many teams. The key is having enough liquidity so that you don’t burn through your…

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Richaun Holmes roasted by mom on Twitter after breaking NBA bubble rules

Richaun Holmes has some explaining to do. After the Sacramento Kings big man revealed Monday he “accidentally” broke the NBA bubble rules to grab a food delivery, resulting in a 10-day quarantine, the 26-year-old’s mother gave him a very public scolding on social media. “You only cross the line for your MOMA’s COOKING! AND I WAS NOT IN FLORIDA SIR!! #lol @Rich_Holmes22. Love you baby!” Dr. Lydecia Holmes tweeted Monday. Holmes, who has seven days of quarantine remaining, has since apologized. “I apologize for my actions and look forward to…

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Washington name change is complicated by one frustrated trademark expert

A Virginia man who owns 44 trademarks relating to potential new names for the Washington Redskins is begging the franchise to take one of them off his hands. “@NFL @nflcommish Take my trademarks please! You can put that in all caps,” 61-year-old actuary Martin McCaulay tweeted Monday. “I sent you an email on 7/4/2020 and said you can have them all for free. Are you waiting for me to offer to pay you to take them off my hands? #ChangeTheName #TheTimeIsNow #NotYourMascot” McCaulay said in a frustrated Twitter screed on…

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Islanders’ Adam Pelech, Casey Cizikas back on ice in big lineup boost

Islanders coach Barry Trotz didn’t know what to expect from defenseman Adam Pelech’s first day skating with the team since suffering an Achilles injury more than six months ago. But he was hopeful. “I’ve listened to my assistant coaches who have been on the ice with the players and they kept saying he hasn’t missed a beat, he looks like himself,” Trotz said on a Zoom call with reporters following Day 1 of training camp 2.0 Monday. “And I saw that today.” Pelech tore his Achilles in pregame warm-ups Jan.…

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Michelle Obama’s brother leaves Knicks front office

Craig Robinson, the Knicks’ Vice President of Player Development and Minor League Operations, has accepted a new position as Executive Director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Robinson, the brother of former First Lady Michelle Obama, was hired by former Princeton teammate Steve Mills to join the Knicks three years ago and took over as general manager of the Westchester Knicks. Robinson’s contract is set to expire on Aug. 1 and he was not expected to remain with the franchise, following Mills’ firing as team president in February. Assistant…

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