Boxing Dishonored: The Backstory on Estrada vs. Adkins

Seniesa Estrada squared off against Miranda Adkins in the third fight of the evening on DAZN's July 24 return to boxing.

Estrada, age 28, has a 19-0 (8 KOs) ring record and is the WBC silver female light-flyweight champion. She can fight.

Adkins, a 50-to-1 underdog, was born and raised in Kansas. She began training in martial arts at age 39 and is now 42 years old. BoxRec.com listed her record as 5 wins with 5 knockouts in five fights. Her first four opponents had been making their pro debut. She fought one of them again in her fifth outing. None of them has ever won a professional fight or lasted past the first round against a fighter other than Adkins. At present, they have a composite ring record of 0 wins and 8 losses.

Against Estrada, Adkins evinced no idea of what to do in a boxing ring and never threw a punch. She got hit with six of the seven punches that Seniesa threw. The slaughter ended seven seconds after the opening bell with Adkins lying unconscious on the canvas.

The fight card was promoted by Golden Boy which arranged for Adkins's services through John Carden. According to Boxrec, Carden has been a boxing promoter since 2006 and has promoted shows in Missouri (23), Kansas (15 ), Iowa (1), and Nebraska (1). In recent years, Kansas has been his promotional base.

Carden's company - Carden Combat Sports - promotes itself with the tagline "The Legacy Continues." Many of it fights resemble toughman/toughwoman contests.

Carden is Adkins's promoter and de facto manger. They appear to have been married in Pololu Valley, Hawaii, on May 25, 2019, and listed Bed Bath & Beyond as their online bridal registry. Social media posts by Adkins earlier this year suggest that the couple might have since separated.

The most recent fight card promoted by Carden Combat Sports took place in Abeline, Kansas, on June 6, 2020. There were thirteen bouts - eight regular boxing matches, two bare-knuckle fights, two kickboxing fights, and one MMA contest. Two weeks before the event, the fighters were asked to fill out coronavirus participation questionnaires. At the weigh-in, their temperature was taken. That was the only coronavirus "testing" required by the Kansas Athletic Commission, whose website states, "For promoters, Kansas has never been more open for business or ready for promotions to come into the state. The commission has gone to great lengths to make our process as easy as possible and have developed several initiatives designed to help make our state more promoter-friendly."

Charles Jay is one of the best investigative journalists in sports. Between 2002 and 2005, he wrote 175 articles about boxing under the title "Operation Clean-Up."

Two years ago, Jay wrote a penetrating investigative piece that explored a 2016 fight in Missouri between a club fighter named Bryan Timmons and a young man named James Kindred. It was, Jay wrote, "perhaps the most egregious and despicable thing I have ever heard of in boxing, and I've been in and around the industry for over thirty years."

As recounted by Jay, Carden, who then ran a promotional company called Legacy Boxing, was promoting an April 16, 2016, fight card at the No Place Bar in St. Joseph, Missouri, and needed an opponent for Timmons, a 35-year-old local club fighter with a 3-7 ring record who had lost four fights in a row. Carden's solution was to book 33-year-old James Kindred, who had never boxed as an amateur or pro, as the opponent. There is no evidence that Kindred had even sparred in a gym.

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At the weigh-in (where Kindred appeared without representation), Carden was advised by Dave Callaway and his son Joey (local residents who Carden later described as “good friends” of his) that Kindred was intellectually challenged and should not be in a boxing ring.

More specifically, as Jay wrote, "Kindred is what is known as a 'special needs' individual; someone referred to in some circles as 'intellectually-challenged' or, by those not of a politically-correct nature, 'mentally retarded.'” Indeed, Kindred was so cognitively challenged that he had been allowed to compete at the 2014 Special Olympics.

"James Kindred wanted to be a fighter," Jay wrote. "Just like some of the guys he’s seen on television. The thing is, a perfectly reasonable argument can be made that he had no understanding whatsoever about what he was about to get into. Boxing is an activity where an opponent is throwing punches at you in an aggressive manner. It is hard enough to engage in this if you have not had gloves on in a competitive situation. But there is something that is absolutely essential, and that is the very specific understanding of the potential dangers that are involved. Such a thing might be referred to as the 'reality of consent.' As someone certified to be involved in Special Olympics competition, there is every reason to believe James Kindred did not possess the capacity for this."

So what happened when Carden was advised of Kindred's status?

"One would expect," Jay wrote, "that there might have been surprise and/or shock on the part of Carden, and that he would have scrapped the fight (he had thirteen scheduled) or at least sought some counsel by way of the boxing commission which had regulatory and medical personnel on hand."

But he didn't. And as Jay explained, "No one from the commission ever bothered to do the logical thing a reasonable person might do when they want to find a 'fighter' who has no professional or amateur experience, which is to perform a simple Google search. Yours truly, upon first hearing the name 'James Kindred,' was able to find his Special Olympics page through Google in less than a minute."

Fight night arrived. Then fate intervened. A local woman (Jay withheld her name to protect her privacy) was at the fights. She was friendly with Bryan Timmons and his wife. She was also a long-time Special Olympics volunteer. The woman asked Timmons’s wife who Timmons was fighting and was told that it was James Kindred. The woman knew Kindred from her work with the Special Olympics and advised the Timmonses of the situation. Bryan’s first instinct was to withdraw from the fight. He and the woman went over to Kindred to tell him, and Kindred started crying. He said that this was his dream and he didn’t want people to say there was something he couldn’t do.

Timmons then did something extraordinary. “I didn’t want to fight him,” he told Jay. "But didn’t want him to feel not good enough and was scared he would try again and who knows what?"

So Timmons went in the ring, pulled his punches, and went through the charade until the referee called a halt to the "fight" fifty-seven seconds into the second round.

“In the end, I’m glad it was me,” Timmons said. “I hated it at the time, but he could have got real hurt had it been someone else.”

Yeah. Kindred could have wound up unconscious on the ring canvas like Miranda Adkins.

BoxingScene spoke this week with Tim Lueckenhoff (executive director of the Missouri Office of Athletics).

"I had no clue at the time that he [Kindred] was a Special Olympian," Lueckenhoff said. "He passed all the pre-fight medicals including the psychological exam. The doctor who examined him didn't pick up on the intellectual problem. Technically, it's not against the law for someone with special intellectual needs to fight in Missouri, although we don't approve of it."

Then Lueckenhoff added, "Unfortunately, John Carden does a lot of shows that aren't what you'd want them to be. As far as he's concerned, it seems to be all about putting bodies in the ring without regard for the skill level or safety of the fighters. He promoted a number of shows here. And then, after this one [the Kindred fight card], we suggested that he promote somewhere else. Most of his shows since then have been in Kansas, although he did co-promote one here with Darrell Smith last year [Miranda Adkins's second fight against Shania Ward]. That one was pretty bad. The opponent didn't know what she was doing and looked like she just wanted to get paid and go back to Kansas."

That brings us to the July 24 confrontation between Seniesa Estrada and Adkins. Internet writers have heaped adjectives on the butchery, calling it "brutal ... ugly ... repulsive ... appalling ... gross ... revolting ... disgusting."

How did it come about?

Adkins was a late replacement for Jacky Calvo, who was slated to fight Estrada but suffered a knee injury two weeks before the bout.

"We wanted to do right by Seniesa and get her a fight," Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz told BoxingScene.com. "So we started calling around right away. It was hard because there's a limited number of women in her weight class; very few top fighters are willing to fight on short notice; and we're in the middle of a pandemic. Then a booking agent I called [Diaz declined to say which one] told me about Miranda. She wasn't ideal. Her age worked against her and the opposition she'd fought was extremely limited. But she was an undefeated professional boxer. So I called John Carden. We made the deal and he flew to Los Angeles with Miranda. I'll take the blame. My goal was to get a fight for Seniesa. The most important thing now is that Miranda is okay."

The fight was changed from ten to eight rounds in light of Adkins's limited experience. It could have been scheduled for eight seconds and wouldn't have gone the distance.

Clearly, the California State Athletic Commission should have been more vigilant. But there's no need to beat up on CSAC executive director Andy Foster because he's already beating up on himself.

"It's fair to criticize me," Foster told BoxingScene. "I didn't think Adkins would win. But Golden Boy brought the fight in, and I looked at her record. Five knockouts and five wins in five fights. The WBC had approved her as the opponent for one of its title fights. And even if a fighter hasn't beaten a quality opponent, if they've knocked out everyone they've fought, they might be able to fight. What can I say? I should have checked it out further. I got duped by her record and made a mistake."

DAZN wasn't responsible for making the fight. It streamed the entire card and was focused on quality control for the main event. That said; it was disheartening to hear blow-by-blow commentator Todd Grisham celebrate the knockout and triumphantly proclaim, "One of the quickest knockouts in women's boxing history. You witnessed it live here on DAZN."

John Carden is also to blame. He's an experienced boxing guy. Adkins might not have fully understood the peril she was facing. It's possible that she had never even been hit hard in the head by a world-class professional fighter before. But Carden knew what Adkins was getting into against Estrada. One assumes that the $10,000 purse weighed heavily in the decision-making process at his end.

Estrada's purse was $75,000. She did her job and showed no joy in the slaughter.

Boxing needs more vigilant regulation. Without it, malignancies will continue to spread.

Thomas Hauser's email address is thomashauserwriter@gmail.com. His most recent book – A Dangerous Journey: Another Year Inside Boxing  – was published by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism. He will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame with the Class of 2020.

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Melbourne City FC Vs Sydney FC Prediction, Live Stream, H2h, A-League Live

Following a near five-month freeze, Melbourne City FC will resume their campaign against A-League table-toppers Sydney FC on Saturday, August 1. The A-League live clash between Melbourne City FC and Sydney FC is scheduled for kick-off at 5 pm local time (12:30 pm IST) at the ANZ Stadium. Here's a look at the Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC prediction, Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC live stream and the Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC h2h. 

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Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC prediction and match preview

Melbourne City FC's clash against Sydney on Saturday is their first fixture since Erick Mombaerts' men suffered a 2-1 defeat against Newcastle Jets back in March. Melbourne City FC have 40 points from 23 games and are in second place in the A-League standings, 11 points behind leaders Sydney FC. However, with Wellington Phoenix FC hot on their trail, Melbourne City will be hoping to finish the regular season on a high to boost their confidence heading into the finals. 

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Sydney FC also faced the Newcastle Jets in their last A-League outing and suffered a 2-1 defeat on July 20. However, Steve Corica's Sky Blues are on the brink of securing the Premier's Plate. Sydney have the best defensive record in the A-League, conceding only 19 goals and have lost only three games all season. Based on these stats, our Melbourne City vs Sydney FC prediction is a win for the defending A-League champions, Sydney FC.

Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC h2h stats

The Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC h2h stats make for interesting reading as the top two teams in the A-League standings will square off for the 31st time this weekend. In the previous 30 encounters between these two teams, Sydney FC have the better record, winning 13 games. Melbourne City FC have registered eight wins while nine games have ended in draws.

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A-League live: Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC live stream details

Fans in Australia can watch the Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC live stream on ABC TV and FOX Sports 507There will be no Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC live stream on Indian television. However, fans in India can still watch the Melbourne City FC vs Sydney FC live stream on the My Football YouTube channel. 

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Religion News in Brief

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Virtual services at Second Congregational

Second Congregational Church is currently holding virtual services live via YouTube on Sunday mornings at 10am. The service live-stream is accessible at www.bennscc.org. Based on Matthew 14:13-21, this week's message from Rev. D. Mark Blank is entitled "Making Miracles." The weekly service includes musical contributions by church musician Sue Green and music director Matt Edwards."

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome to our work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, ability, sexual identity, gender identity, or citizenship; and we seek to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Nursery care is provided. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available during worship. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or see our website at www.bennscc.org.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church Zoom service

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The Rev. Angela Emerson will preside and preach in Rite II Morning Prayer at 10 a.m., the ninth Sunday after Pentecost at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The Scripture readings are Genesis 32;22-31, Psalm 17:1-7, 16 and Matthew 14:13-21.

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You may join our service via Zoom. Please visit www.stpetersvt.org for instructions.

- On Sunday at 1 p.m., we are joining in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the nation with a 30-minute silent vigil to protest systemic racism. We will gather on the church lawn wearing masks and observing social distancing. Bring a sign or a placard to help get the message across that Black Lives Matter!

- The silent vigil will be followed by a short, meditative prayer walk at 1:30. All are welcome.

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- St Peter's is offering a 45-minute weekly Bible Study on Thursdays at 7 p.m., followed by community prayers. If you would like to join our Zoom group, contact the church office.

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Communion Sunday worship with the Federated Church

his Sunday, August 2, the invitation is extended to the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship live via Zoom with the Federated Church of East Arlington. This summer we are exploring the beauty and importance of the Psalms with this week's focus on Psalm 16. It is also Communion Sunday so everyone is encouraged to have some type of bread or cracker and juice or wine handy to participate at the Communion table from the comfort and safety of home. The service will also be available for viewing later on the Federated Church of East Arlington YouTube channel as well as on GNAT-TV. Additional information, including the link to the service, can be found at the Federated Church website at federatedchurchofeastarlington.org. For any questions phone 802-375-2548 or go to the church's website or Facebook page. The Federated Church is an Open and Affirming and Reconciling congregation in covenant and connection with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

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Brian Myers and Matt Cardona tease Vince McMahon

Former WWE RAW tag team champions Brian Myers and Matt Cardona have teased their former boss Vince McMahon in a post on their Major Figure Wrestling Podcast Instagram account.

The post features Matt Cardona alongside fellow AEW wrestler Cody and Brian Myers alongside former TNA President Dixie Carter, all in action figure form as their action figures gaze at WWE President Vince McMahon. , outside the Major Wrestling Figure Podcast toy ring.

Former tag team champions tease Vince McMahon

This post apparently reflects the post-WWE careers of Brian Myers and Matt Cardona. Both fighters were released in April from Vince McMahon’s company due to budget cuts associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, after waiting for their 90-day non-compete clauses to expire, both Brian Myers and Matt Cardona have now signed on with major wrestling promotions.

Brian Myers has signed with IMPACT Wrestling, as reflected by being located alongside former promotion president Dixie Carter. In the past few weeks, a series of Brian Myers videos were broadcast during episodes of IMPACT Wrestling on AXSTV.

Cardona is ‘All Elite’

Matt Cardona made his surprising debut in All Elite Wrestling last week on AEW Dynamite when he reunited with his friend and current AEW TNT champion Cody.

After defeating WARHORSE in the weekly TNT Championship Open Challenge, Cody and his opponent would be attacked by members of The Dark Order. Just as Mr. Brodie Lee’s evil minions seemed ready to attack The Nightmare Family head coach Arn Anderson, Cardona would rush to the ring and save.

Subsequently, it has been announced that Matt Cardona will be making his AEW ring debut next week on Dynamite as he teams up with Cody to take on John Silver and Alex Reynolds from The Dark Order.

Brian Myers and Matt Cardona’s ‘biggest’ obsession

It is well documented that Matt Cardona and Brian Myers are great collectors of professional wrestling toys and figures. Real life best friends and former couples team champions host a weekly podcast called ‘Major Figure Wrestling Podcast’.

In each weekly episode, Matt Cardona and Brian Myers discuss the latest news, upcoming releases, new toys on the market, old toys, and more as they indulge in their professional wrestling fandom.

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Pandemic swings: MLB on verge of striking out

The baseball season is not newly on a ledge, suddenly teetering toward surrender to the life and health crises that exist in the neighborhoods outside its ballparks. The season was there from the get-go. It chose this ledge and hoped against firm gusts.

Eight days in, baseball is an outbreak away from capitulation.

In the wake of yet more bad news — two St. Louis Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus at the end of a week in which 18 Miami Marlins were found to be infected — players traded gloomy text messages about a Friday phone call between baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and union chief Tony Clark. On it, according to sources briefed on the call, Manfred stressed that players needed to be more vigilant both on and off the field, that the league was receiving pressure from local and state officials to control current situations and better manage future conditions, and that baseball had perhaps only days or hours to get it right. (ESPN was first to report details of the call.)

The message was relayed to the players. There surely will be a re-emphasis on the guidelines put forth a month ago, in which players would be directed to refrain from, among other things, physical contact and spitting during games, habits that die hard.

On Friday night, six teams did not play scheduled games because of virus-related reasons. Three teams were under quarantine, one of them — the Marlins — in a Philadelphia hotel since Sunday. Another team, the Texas Rangers, not among the six, had its broadcast booth infected. 

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Scott Oberg socially distances in the stands during a game against the San Diego Padres. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Other teams, including the Minnesota Twins, who hosted the Cardinals earlier in the week, on Friday underwent mass additional testing. Twins management ordered another deep cleaning of its visiting clubhouse at Target Field, where the Cleveland Indians were housed for a second day, and isolated clubhouse attendants who’d been in close contact with the Cardinals during that series. During rapid testing, a nasal swab that is not as reliable as saliva testing, none of the attendants was positive, according to Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey. Told Thursday night they could report late in the afternoon for Friday night’s game against the Indians, Twins players were summoned several hours earlier in order to submit to testing.

“We said the other day after the first incident specific to the Marlins that … it was a wake-up call, so to speak, for everybody to see that number of players ultimately result in positives, and staff as well,” Falvey said Friday evening. “I know that’s continued to grow over the last couple of days. I would say that when you have another round of this, I was concerned the other day. Am I more concerned today? Absolutely. It would be naive of me to say otherwise.”

Indians officials, coaches and players met Friday in their Minneapolis hotel, where they considered and ultimately came to terms with playing a baseball game several hours later.

“In the end, we all felt comfortable that the right thing to do was to play tonight,” said Chris Antonetti, Indians president of baseball operations. “We consulted with Major League Baseball, with the Players Association, obviously infectious disease specialists, and that’s why we’re here playing.

“There’s always some anxiety. But, again, the protocols are in place almost with the presumption that there’s someone positive in the environment. If we knew everyone that came to the ballpark every day was virus-free, we wouldn’t need to be wearing masks and going through all of the hygiene and protocols.”

A masked Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins played Friday night even though positive COVID-19 tests on the St. Louis Cardinals, a recent opponent, through their day into question. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Each new day of the season has confirmed what should have been evident — the virus is better at what it does, regardless of the detail in one’s protocols manual. U.S. officials have consistently undershot the virus and its capabilities. Unwilling or unable to build a protective bubble around 30 teams and thousands of players and personnel, baseball steered directly into that path and is limping into its second weekend. 

If the season is canceled prematurely, a good portion of the blame will fall on the Marlins, who MLB officials believe did not always or adequately follow off-field health and safety guidelines. Among the leads the league was investigating, one Marlins player was said to have had dinner at a friend’s house in Atlanta in the lead-up to opening day and another was to have dined in a restaurant. The league is unlikely to make its findings public.

As a consequence of so many Marlins testing positive, the league heightened its reaction to potential outbreaks. The plan was to have larger rosters, taxi squads and as many as 30 additional players at the ready, so that infected players could be quarantined and replaced without damaging the schedule. The Phillies were isolated in spite of only one coach and one clubhouse attendant testing positive, however, for fear of a broader outbreak. When two Cardinals were found to be positive Friday morning, the league postponed Friday afternoon’s game.

Shortly after breakfast, the day changed for the Twins as well.

“It’s something that’s certainly not lost upon us,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It’s been a very unusual day, I’d say, for our guys. There are still guys outside right now waiting in line to come in to be tested. We’ve been at it since 1 o’clock this afternoon. These are the things that are the reality we’ve living with right now.

“We knew we were probably going to have days like this.”

There probably won’t be many more, however. There can’t be. Not if the season is to survive.

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How to Watch: Washington Mystics Vs. Chicago Sky

The Mystics are off to a tremendous start following their first title in franchise history last summer and will look to remain unbeaten against the Chicago Sky on Saturday evening. 

All three of the Mystics wins since the WNBA started last weekend have been in the double digits, registering an 18-point victory their last outing over the Seattle Storm on Thursday. Sharpshooting small forward Ariel Atkins produced 22 points and new center Myisha Hines-Allen scored 17 points in 31 minutes. 

The Sky are coming into this matchup hungry as they look to avenge their two-point loss to the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday. Here's how you can catch all the action. 

MYSTICS VS. SKY: HOW TO WATCH

What: WNBA 2020 regular season

Where: IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL

Who: Washington Mystics vs. Chicago Sky

When: Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM EST

TV Channel: Mystics vs. Sky will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder

Live Stream: You can live stream Mystics vs. Sky on NBC Sports Washington live stream page or on the NBC Sports App

MYSTICS VS. SKY: TV SCHEDULE

3:30 PM NBA REPLAY: Wizards vs. Suns

6:00 PM WNBA Basketball: Mystics vs. Sky LIVE

8:00 PM The Donald Dell Interview: Mike Thibault 

MYSTICS VS. SKY: WHAT TO WATCH

Washington's offense left off right where they left off despite not having a healthy Elena Delle Donne available for the 2020 season. Through three games, the Mystics shook off any shooting rust they may have had with impressive performances. It's a trend you should get used to

Look for high-energy and very talented forward Aerial Powers to continue her terriffic start to the season, and hopefully a certain Andre Iguodala knows her name by now.

Finally, if you haven't looked into Hines-Allen's game, check out this write-up of her Mystics debut.  

MYSTICS VS. SKY: PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mystics F Emma Meesseman (12 ppg, 5 apg, 5.3 rpg) The Belgian forward has always been a jack-of-all-trades for the Mystics offense, but especially so in Delle Donne's absence. Through three games she's provding more than an assist more on average than past seasons, and though it's early, that's a great sign for Washington. Opponents won't know who to leave open on the perimeter with this offense, either, as Meesseman still flaunts a feathery touch from outside. 

Sky F/C Azurá Stevens (16.3 ppg, 1.2 apg, 4.5 rpg) The former Duke Blue Devil has been outstanding to start Chicago's season, providing a solid defensive presence inside the paint while being an integral part of the offense. With 1.1 blocks per game through games so far, the Mystics offense must be wary with Stevens in the middle. She's also been stellar offensively recently, scoring 21 points and 16 points the last two contests. 

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The real story behind 1980s sensations The Go-Go's | How to watch the Showtime documentary

Part hardcore punkers, part American sweethearts, The Go-Go’s ruled the airwaves in the early 1980s with hits like “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” But behind the scenes things weren’t so pretty, as Showtime’s new documentary The Go-Go’s reveals tonight, Saturday, Aug. 1, at 9 p.m. ET. You can also watch it on fuboTV (7-day free trial).

In one whirlwind year, the five-member group – Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Belinda Carlisle (lead vocals), Gina Schock (drums), Kathy Valentine (bass and vocals) and Jane Wiedlin (guitar and vocals) – went from playing grungy L.A. dive bars to headlining Madison Square Garden. And that was far from their only feat. As the first all-female band with a number one record (and the first to write their own music and play their own instruments), The Go-Go’s paved the way for many other girl groups.

But, as so many other rock legends have learned, stardom often comes with a dark side. This documentary includes interviews with the band’s members, reflecting on their rocket-like rise to fame – and the drugs, drinking and artistic clashes that brought it crashing back to Earth.

And there’s bonus news for Go-Go’s fans: The band just released their first new recording in nearly 20 years, “Club Zero,” on UMe.

What channel is Showtime on?

You can find which channel Showtime is on by using the channel finders here: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV and Dish.

Where can I watch The Go-Go’s if I don’t have cable?

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Rumour: Huge Name Appearing On Next Week's AEW: Dynamite

So far in AEW we’ve seen Bret Hart turn up to unveil the World Championship belt, Jake Roberts manage Lance Archer, Jim Ross join the commentary team, and the list of WWE legends goes on.

However, it appears AEW has no plans to stop the flow, as it’s being reported that none other than former WCW President and SmackDown Executive Producer Eric Bischoff will be appearing on next week’s episode of AEW: Dynamite.

The report comes from Reddit user SpaceForce1, who recently reported spoilers for Fyter Fest Night 2 with 100% accuracy. SpaceForce1 is Chris Jericho confirmed.

Speaking of Jericho, SpaceForce1 reports Bischoff will get involved in the Jericho/Cassidy feud in some way, although it was not specified how that will be.

Bischoff was sacked from his role as SmackDown Executive Producer on October 15, 2019, just three months after he was given the role. Bryan Alvarez reported at the time that Bischoff’s time in WWE was an unmitigated disaster, and that he heard “zero good things” about his brief return to the company.

Hopefully his appearance on AEW will go a bit more smoothly.

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Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia confirm November 21 for anticipated megafight

Errol Spence Jr. is wasting no time jumping back into the deep end in his first fight back from a car crash last year.

Both Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia took to Twitter on Friday to announce that they would indeed be going head-to-head on Nov. 21 at a venue to be confirmed. Spence's IBF and WBC welterweight titles will be on the line.

The two elite fighters were looking at Jan. 25 of this year, once upon a time, for their eagerly anticipated bout. However, a car accident put Spence, 30, on the shelf indefinitely, and Garcia instead scored a unanimous decision over Ivan Redkach on that date. The last time Spence was in the ring, he defeated Shawn Porter via a narrow split decision to unify the WBC title with his IBF championship in what was deemed by many as a fight of the year candidate. 

Now, with fights coming back after the COVID-19 pandemic brought boxing to a standstill for several months, the duo have both confirmed their bout will be going ahead with zero tune-up fights beforehand — a particularly surprising development in Spence's situation.

The card will be a Fox pay-per-view event.

Back in May, Garcia had given his thoughts about a potential fight against Spence on "The Ak & Barak Show":

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Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Live Stream, MLB Lineups, TV Channel, Start Time

The Boston Red Sox will be on the road on Friday when they take on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. One of baseball’s oldest and most storied rivalries will be renewed for the first time this season. The Yankees are coming off a win over the Orioles and the Red Sox beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Thursday.

The Red Sox will send Ryan Weber (0–1, 14.73 ERA, 0 SO) to the mound while the Yankees will counter with Jordan Montgomery for his first start of the season.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

When: Friday, July 31 Time: 7:00 p.m. ET TV Channel: MLB Network Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

MLB Odds and Betting Lines

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Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

Run total: 10.5 (Over: -106, Under -115) Run Spread: Red Sox +1.5, -121 / Yankees -1.5, -100

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Arkansas Tennis Programs Partner with PlaySight

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas tennis teams recently announced the addition of PlaySight Technology to both their men’s and women’s programs. The new partnership aims to connect the next generation of athletes, coaches, teams, leagues and sports facilities with the latest in video and analytics technology, powered by AI and machine learning.

“We’re so happy to partner with PlaySight and to add to our already stellar facility,” said women’s tennis head coach Courtney Steinbock. “We are so appreciative to all of our donors and the Razorback Foundation for this opportunity to have access to PlaySight’s state of the art technology. Both Tennis programs will benefit immensely in their player development as well as giving out-of-state and international families an opportunity to watch all our home matches. A very exciting and rewarding addition for everyone!”

With PlaySight, high-performance cameras will be installed to capture all sports action, but the real power of our system is in the cloud – with instant video, automatic recording and analysis, full integration, content generation and more.

The smart sport technology company has four goals, to improve performance through visual learning and analysis, to harness the power of technology for good by merging the desire for technology that today’s athlete has with their passion for sport, to socialize sports by giving PlaySight athletes the ability to live stream, create, save and share their sports content with friends, fans and on social media and to inspire and motivate by making sports more engaging, challenging, and ultimately fun

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76ers vs. Pacers in NBA restart: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, odds, start time, prediction

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After four-plus months, the 2019-20 NBA season is back.The league's slate of "seeding" games got underway on Thursday night, and the action will continue on Saturday night when two teams in the thick of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference -- the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers -- will go head-to-head. The game will be the first of eight seeding games for both teams, and it will serve as an interesting barometer to see how the two teams look after an extremely long layoff.   

Heading into the seeding games the 76ers and Pacers have the same record of 39-26, though the Pacers sit fifth in the conference while the Sixers sit sixth due to the fact that the Pacers won two of the three meetings between the teams during the regular season. Both teams trail the fourth-seeded Heat by just two games, which means that the playoff positioning for both teams could change significantly depending on how they perform during their seeding games  While the seeding games are a formality for some squads that already have their postseason position locked up, that's certainly not the case for Philadelphia or Indiana.  

Ahead of the contest, here's everything you need to know about 76ers vs. Pacers.    

How to Watch

  • Date: August, 1 | 7 p.m. ET
  • Location: Disney Wide World of Sports -- Orlando, Florida
  • TV: NBA League Pass
  • Odds: 76ers -5.5 | O/U: 214

Storylines

76ers: This is an important one for Philadelphia. If the Sixers win they will eliminate Indiana's advantage in the head-to-head tiebreaker should the two teams finish the regular season with the same record. The tiebreaker would then be determined by which team has a better record against teams in their conference. If the Sixers win just one more game than the Pacers during the seeding games, they will pass them in the standings and move into fifth in the East. While the Pacers did best the Sixers twice during the regular season, the Sixers were without superstar center Joel Embiid both times. In Orlando, the Sixers will have Embiid and are expected to be fully healthy.  

Pacers: Indiana enters the restart in Orlando with something to prove. While other teams in the East like the Raptors, Celtics, 76ers, and Bucks have generated some buzz as potential title contenders, the Pacers have flown under the radar a bit, despite the fact that they're right in the thick of the playoff picture with those teams. The Pacers also still don't know if they'll have star guard Victor Oladipo, as he has been on the fence about playing in Orlando. His decision will ultimately have a big impact on Indiana in Orlando. 

Game prediction

The 76ers are the more talented team on paper, and they should benefit from the fact that they are neat full strength; something that wasn't always the case during the regular season. Both times that they lost to the Pacers during the regular season they didn't have Embiid, who is expected to play on Saturday night. Embiid's presence in this one should be enough to give the Sixers an edge, as Indiana doesn't have anyone that can match his physicality. Pick76ers -5.5 

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Plex Free Live TV Adds 19 New Music Channels

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Loop Media announced a partnership with Plex today to bring 19 of Loop Media’s curated music video channels to Plex Live TV.

Plex launched its free live TV streaming service on July 23 with over 80 channels spanning news, sports, family, TV, and movie genres.

Today, the free service added these music channels from Loop Media:

  • 80’s party
  • Beast Mode
  • Bedroom Beats
  • Friday Feels
  • Hip Hop Bangers
  • Hot R&B
  • Hottest of the Hot
  • Latin Pop
  • Like Yesterday
  • Neural Focused
  • Only Nineties Kids
  • Texas Sized Hits
  • That 70s Channel
  • That’s Hot
  • Trending
  • Unwind
  • Yacht Rock
  • Electro Anthems
  • Party

“We’re excited to kick off our work with Plex, offering even more audiences across the globe access to our ever-expanding music video library. Whether a customer wants to hear a specific genre of music or wants to see what’s charting this week, Loop provides fans with music videos for every occasion,” said Jon Niermann, CEO and Co-founder of Loop Media, Inc. “Through our partnership with Plex, we look forward to furthering our reach and offering consumers everywhere access to a constant stream of innovative short-form content.”

Loop’s catalog of lifestyle content is expected to launch on Plex over the course of 2020.

Check out Plex here, and visit Loop’s website to learn more about the channels offered.

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Protests are the new norm in NBA, like it or not

Shoulder to shoulder. Baseline to baseline. Sea to shining sea.

Inside a mostly empty youth sports facility, inside a bubble designed to keep the coronavirus from getting in, the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans made a statement before the NBA’s reopening that they wanted to make sure got out.

Black lives matter, of course. Police brutality needs to end. Equality must be pursued. 

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It was more than that, though. 

When it comes to speaking out on social justice issues in the United States, there will be no fear of retribution, no holding back to appease some segment of the masses. If the old days need to go, then old fears of what some might think of it do as well. 

It is time, most Americans believe, for significant change in the country, and if having players kneel during the pregame national anthem is too much change for you to accept, then move on because this generation is going to move forward without you. 

If the sight of players demonstrating so turns you off that you turn the channel, then the NBA is just going to shrug press on without you. 

This was a moment for reflection, a moment for contemplation, a moment to consider what the players were trying to say. It was a time to listen to them, not to shout them down. 

The players would dribble soon enough. Before the game, they certainly weren’t, without a word, going to shut up.

As an instrumental version of the Star-Spangled Banner by New Orleans native Jon Batiste was played, both teams silently took a knee. They linked arms or rested them on each other’s shoulders. Some held up fists. Coaches participated. So did game officials. White people. Black people. Americans. International players. 

The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before Thursday's NBA restart. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

What so proudly they hailed. 

“Black Lives Matter” was painted in front of them on the court. Social justice messages were stitched into their uniforms on their backs. 

It was respectful. It was peaceful. It was unified. It was appropriate.

It was patriotic. 

And it was a reversal for a league that remained standing post-Kaepernick. It wasn’t that players or coaches weren’t outspoken when it came to politics. They were. And then some. 

Business was considered business though, and league rules prohibiting anthem protests were followed. Not now though. Not in 2020. Not after George Floyd. 

“I respect our teams’ unified act of peaceful protest for social justice and under these unique circumstances will not enforce our long-standing rule requiring standing during the playing of our national anthem,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. 

America is changing and changing fast. That can scare the hell out of some. 

Back in 2016, when Colin Kaepernick first sat, then knelt during the anthem before NFL games, the backlash was significant. Now, a CBS News poll says that 58 percent of Americans view it as an “acceptable” form of protest. For younger Americans, the number is far higher.

And so here came the NBA, lining up with the future. As part of the deal to get players to leave their communities and sequester in a Disney World bubble for the 2020 playoffs, the league accepted that they would find a way to get their message out. 

There was no way the players were going to ignore the opportunity. Just hours before, civil rights icon and United States Rep. John Lewis was laid to rest in Atlanta. As a young man Lewis risked beatings and imprisonment to desegregate lunch counters and bus stations, to push for voting rights and equal justice. 

He often called his tactics “good trouble.” 

In this case, there wasn’t even trouble. 

There will be critics, of course. The anthem means different things to different people. There will be fans who swear the league off. There will be howls from some media and plenty of politicians. There will be cries of “What about China?” and there is no question the NBAs muted criticism of that country is wrong and problematic. 

That said, the shrill of “China, China, China” is dubious. How many of those screaming actually care about China, or just want to drown out the players? How many hold other multinational businesses, or the federal government itself, to the same standards? 

It’s an old, tired playbook in this old, tired fight. That’s how America is, was and always will be. Any action forward will be met by resistance. So too will this. 

Yet eventually what seemed threatening to some will sound unbelievable to their children and grandchildren. There were actually people so opposed to desegregated restaurants or African American voting?

Yes, there actually were. 

There are people actually outraged that Zion Williamson took a knee?

Yes, there actually are. 

It’s the right of the players to make their statement. The NBA no longer opposes it. 

And it’s the right of the fans who can’t accept it to go watch something else. 

That’s America. Old and new. The NBA is clear on where it wants things to head and what audiences it wants to serve — it is showing it, without apology, stretched out for all to see, from one end of the court to the other.

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