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2:55 PM ET Ariel Helwani Another former UFC star is on his way to Bellator. Lyoto Machida has verbally agreed to an exclusive multifight contract with the promotion, sources told ESPN. “The Dragon” is expected to sign the deal in the near future. Machida, 40, leaves the UFC on a two-fight winning streak and with
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2:24 PM ET Associated Press LONDON — Andy Murray will continue his comeback next week after asking for a wild-card entry into the pre-Wimbledon Eastbourne International event. The three-time Grand Slam champion returned after nearly a year out with hip problems when he played at the Queen’s Club in London on Tuesday, losing to Australia’s
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1:50 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN DALLAS — The NHL Awards are over, which means that the yelling could begin. Every year, there are votes that boggle the mind, and this year was no exception. Some of them are egregious — like Mathew Barzal getting anything less than a first- or second-place vote for the Calder
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1:01 PM ET Emily Kaplan Chris Peters Close Special to ESPN Chris Peters is ESPN’s NHL draft and prospects analyst. The Chicago native previously covered the NHL for CBSSports.com and founded the popular independent blog UnitedStatesofHockey.com where he covered the game at all levels since 2010. The 2018 NHL draft kicks off in Dallas on
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12:58 PM ET Ariel Helwani Michael Chandler is inching closer to free agency. Chandler’s Bellator contract is set to expire imminently, sources told ESPN. Per the terms of the contract, the sources were not at liberty to discuss exactly when the contract runs out. However, according to those same sources, Chandler’s management and Bellator are
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2:53 PM ET Former middleweight interim titlist Martin Murray returns to the ring for the first time in nine months to face Roberto Garcia; the fight will air live on ESPN+ in the United States at 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday from The O2 Arena in London. Murray (36-4-1, 17 KOs), who won the WBA middleweight
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2:46 PM ET Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, England — Petra Kvitova, who hopes a successful title defense at the Birmingham Classic will help her bid to win Wimbledon for a third time, moved into the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Germany’s Julia Goerges on Friday. The fourth-seeded Kvitova took an hour and six minutes
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set a blistering pace in second practice at the French Grand Prix. The world champion was a massive 0.704 seconds quicker than his closest rival, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton’s title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was only fifth fastest, 1.150secs adrift of Hamilton. The session included a 10-minute red flag
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BBC News reporter Chris Partridge experiences what it takes to drive a Renault F1 car around the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The French Grand Prix returns for the first time since 2008 this weekend, and is live on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC sport website. READ MORE: Raise a glass to F1’s
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1:28 AM ET WASHINGTON — Don’t be fooled by the W. The Washington Nationals have an offense problem. Yes, they managed to prevail in the finale of their three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles, squeaking out a 4-2 victory on Thursday night. Sure, they won two of three from their Battle of the Beltway rivals
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11:41 PM ET Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno State has hired Terry Tumey as athletic director. University President Joseph I. Castro announced the move Thursday on Twitter. Tumey replaces Jim Bartko, who resigned in November. The 52-year-old Tumey, a three-time All-Pac-10 defensive lineman at UCLA, spent the past 2½ years as athletic director at
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