Drivers used by PGA Tour players ranked in the top 10 in strokes gained off the tee

With the Fall Series and the West Coast Swing now in the rearview mirror and the PGA Tour’s Florida Swing having started, there have been enough events played in the 2021-2022 season to start to get a good statistical feel for the game. Most players have competed in at least four to six events, so their stats have meaning and are less likely to see wild changes based on one week’s performance.

One of the most coveted stats on the PGA Tour is strokes gained off the tee, which measures the advantage (or disadvantage) a player has exclusively from his performance on par 4s and par 5s off the tee. A positive number means a player is better than the average golfer on Tour, while a negative number means the player is worse than average. Golfers who excel in this statistic tend to make a lot of money, find themselves in contention on the weekends and become household names. The best season-ending strokes gained off the tee average ever was turned in by Bubba Watson in 2012 (1.485), and Rory McIlroy has finished the season ranked either first or second five times in the past 10 years.

Below is a list of the golfers who rank in the top 10 in strokes gained off the tee, along with the drivers they are currently using.

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10. Ryan Palmer, 0.794 strokes gained off the tee

Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer

Ryan Palmer (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

DRIVER: TaylorMade Stealth Plus+ (9 degrees), with Project X HZRDUS Smoke Blue RDX 60 shaft

TaylorMade Stealth Plus+: $599.99 at GlobalGolf / $599.99 at PGA Tour Superstore

9. Corey Conners, 0.664

Corey Conners
Corey Conners

Corey Conners (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

DRIVER: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees), with UST Mamiya Elements Gold 6X shaft

Ping G400: $397 at Carl’s Golfland / $435 at PING

8. Collin Morikawa, 0.666

Collin Morikawa
Collin Morikawa

Collin Morikawa (Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

DRIVER: TaylorMade Stealth Plus+ (9 degrees), with Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 60 TX shaft

TaylorMade Stealth Plus+: $599.99 at GlobalGolf / $599.99 at PGA Tour Superstore

7. Luke List, 0.685

TaylorMade Stealth Plus+ driver
TaylorMade Stealth Plus+ driver

TaylorMade Stealth Plus+ driver (David Dusek/Golfweek)

DRIVER: TaylorMade Stealth Plus+ (9 degrees), with Mitsubishi Diamana DF80 TX shaft

TaylorMade Stealth Plus+: $599.99 at GlobalGolf / $599.99 at PGA Tour Superstore

6. Sergio Garcia, 0.687

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia (Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

DRIVER: TaylorMade Stealth Plus+ (8 degrees), with Fujikura Ventus Black 7X shaft

TaylorMade Stealth Plus+: $599.99 at GlobalGolf / $599.99 at PGA Tour Superstore

5. Patrick Cantlay, 0.692

Patrick Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay (Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports)

DRIVER: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi ZF60 TX shaft

Titleist TS3: $499.99 at PGA Tour Superstore

4. Sungjae Im, 0.711

Sungjae Im
Sungjae Im

Sungjae Im (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

DRIVER: Titleist TSi2 (8 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X shaft

Titleist TSi2: $549 at Global Golf / $549 at PGA Tour Superstore

3. Keith Mitchell, 0.793

Keith Mitchell
Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

DRIVER: Mizuno ST-Z (9.5 degrees), with Project X HZRDUS T1100 6.5 75X shaft

Mizuno ST-Z: $399.99 at GlobalGolf / $399.95 at Dick’s Sporting Goods

2. Cameron Young, 0.837

Cameron Young
Cameron Young

Cameron Young (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)

DRIVER: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 70 TX shaft

Titleist TSi3: $549.99 at GlobalGolf / $549.99 at PGA Tour Superstore

1. Jon Rahm, 1.227

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

DRIVER: Callaway Rogue ST Three Diamond LS (10.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Callaway Rogue ST Three Diamond LS: $549.99 at GlobalGolf / $549.99 at PGA Tour Superstore

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TelevisaUnivision adds Colombian and Peruvian soccer leagues to streaming

Colombian and Peruvian soccer leagues

TelevisaUnivision has added select matches from the Colombian and Peruvian soccer leagues to its streaming platform. As a result, the leagues will be more accessible than ever before in the United States.

Currently, select games from Colombia Categoría Primera A and LIGA 1 Perú are available via PrendeTV, the free ad-supported streaming service. As of March 31, PrendeTV will evolve into ViX, the new Spanish-language streaming service. Compared to PrendeTV, ViX will have an improved interface and more content.

Just a few of the well-known teams that play in leagues from Colombia and Peru include Alianza Lima, Sporting Cristal, Junior F.C., Independiente Medellin, Universitario, Independiente Santa Fe, among many others.

For example, this weekend, Prende TV will stream the Clásico Vallecaucano on Saturday. The game features Deportivo Cali versus América de Cali clash (6PM ET kickoff). On that same evening, PrendeTV will stream Deportivo Municipal vs. Universitario (7PM ET) from the Peruvian league.

Growing the ViX brand

“The addition of these two South American leagues to our robust streaming soccer offering, which also includes the Brasileirão, Argentina’s Liga Profesional de Fútbol and select Liga MX and UEFA Champions League matches, leverages TUDN’s positioning as The Home of Soccer and makes it available on ViX to super-serve fans with the best competitions from around the globe,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Sports Global Enterprises of TelevisaUnivision. “We will continue expanding our sports offering to position ViX as an incredible soccer destination for Spanish-Language speakers around the globe like only we can do.”

Up until now, fans of Colombian and Peruvian club soccer teams had limited options for watching games. Available through DirecTV, Perú Magico had been televising games from Peru. As for the Colombian league, games were available exclusively via the streaming service Fanatiz. Select games were also televised via the RCN Nuestra Tele channel.

PrendeTV’s other soccer content

In addition to leagues from Colombia and Peru, Prende TV has more soccer. In July 2021, TelevisaUnivision finalized an agreement to stream live matches from the Campeonato Brasileirão Série A and B and Argentine Primera División games, including playoffs and the SuperCopa, to fans over its PrendeTV service.

The launch of ViX on March 31, 2022 (and late 2022 for ViX+) will mean that Prende TV (just launched in March 2021) will be phased out. With ViX, the plan is for TelevisaUnivision to have one global brand. TelevisaUnivision sees the ViX app as its be-all and end-all.

ViX will also include a brand-new 24/7 sports news channel called Zona TUDN. This will be in addition to the 100+ linear channels available for free on ViX.

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Jorge Lorenzo confirms his future and fulfills dream - Motorcycle Sports

Jorge Lorenzo was made official this monday as the new MotoGP TV commentator for DAZN in Spain. He takes up his duties at the Qatar GP next weekend, in what is his return to work in the premier class some two years after his stay at Yamaha as a test rider.

After the end of his career in 2019, Lorenzo told more than once that he would like to be a TV commentator – even recently. Now, he is confirmed in the DAZN team, which already has two other former riders – Alex Crivillé and Carlos Checa.

With him, the mallorcan brings the experience of almost two decades as a rider in various categories of the World Championships, three MotoGP titles and the fact that he represented three different manufacturers (Ducati, Honda and Yamaha). In an interview with DAZN, Lorenzo said:

– I am very exquoted to comment. After leaving motorcycling I decided to have a more peaceful life. I passed and I will have a great time. I come with the humility of knowing that it's something new for me, that I have a lot to learn, but knowing that I have a lot of experience in what I'm going to talk about, and that I can add a lot to the audience.

On what he brings with him to the position of television commentator, the spaniard added: 'I think I can add a lot of technical freshness. [...]. I know motorcycles perfectly. I know the people who work there, especially the engineers, which is very important to add technical issues. And then I know exactly what can go well under any circumstances'.

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Ukrainian Tennis Star Elina Svitolina Refuses To Play Russian Opponent, Russian Opponent Responds

The highest-ranked Ukrainian tennis player in the world, Elina Svitolina, announced today that due to the Russian invasion of her country, she would not play a “match against Russian or Belarussian [sic] tennis players until our organizations take this necessary decision.”

That decision, she said, should be for the ATP, WTA and ITF to treat Russian players as the IOC does, as “neutral athletes, without displaying any national symbols, colours, flags or anthems.” Svitolina is currently ranked 15th in the world. Her first-round opponent in the Abierto GNP Seguros WTA event in Monterrey, Mexico today was to be Anastasia Potapova, who is Russian.

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Potapova responded shortly thereafter saying: “Even when I was a kid, I dreamed of playing tennis without choosing a match, a country or a partner in the game…for me there is no opponent from any country, I am fighting for victory, my best game, my best result…Unfortunately, now we, professional athletes, are essentially becoming hostages to the current situation…I am against grief, tears and war.”

It wasn’t just players taking action.

Earlier in the day, the 38-year-old secretary of the Ukraine Tennis Federation, Evgeniy Zukin, slapped Tennis Europe chief executive Thomas Hammerl after an argument over what the Ukrainian described as a “disgracefully weak” statement from Tennis Europe regarding the conflict.

While the statement announced the suspension of junior events in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and urged “the international tennis community to show solidarity to players from the nations concerned,” it did not explicitly condemn the invasion.

Zukin told Telegraph Sport of the incident at a Tennis Europe board event, “I read the statement, finished my dinner, stood up, turned around, saw him [Hammerl] sitting five tables near me, and asked him ‘How come you could do this?’ He said, ‘Go away.’ I gave him a light slap and walked away.”

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Oregon State Beavers vs. Washington State Cougars score updates, live stream, odds, TV ...

CORVALLIS – Oregon State plays its 2021-22 home finale Monday night when the Beavers face Washington State at 8 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

This game was rescheduled from Jan. 22, when the game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Cougars program.

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Washington State (15-13, 8-9) at Oregon State (3-24, 1-16)

Time: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Gill Coliseum

On air: ESPNU

KenPom ranking: Washington State 53, Oregon State 241

NCAA NET ranking: Washington State 57, Oregon State 257

Betting line: Cougars by 8

Projected starters for Oregon State

G – Glenn Taylor Jr. (6-6 freshman)

G – Jarod Lucas (6-4 sophomore)

C – Roman Silva (7-1 senior)

F – Maurice Calloo (6-10 junior)

G – Dashawn Davis (6-2 junior)

Up next for OSU: at Washington State, 8 p.m. Thursday, Beasley Coliseum, Pullman (FS1).

Previous meetings: Oregon State leads the series 175-126. The last time the teams played, OSU won 68-66 in Corvallis a year ago.

Notable: Because of the rescheduled game, Oregon State and Washington State play twice within 72 hours. The Cougars and Beavers play Thursday in Pullman. … The Beavers have a 14-game losing streak, tied for the longest since 2017. OSU ended with 2007-08 season with a 21-game losing streak. … The Beavers have a six-game winning streak over WSU in Gill Coliseum.

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Boxing News: Okolie-Cieslak Undercard Results » February 27, 2022 - Fightnews.com

Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Galal Yafai chose a ten-rounder for his pro debut in the Okolie-Cieslak co-feature on Sunday night at the O2 Arena in London. He won the vacant WBC international flyweight title with a fifth round stoppage of Carlos Vado Bautista (10-5-1, 3 KOs).

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WBA #6, IBF #8 Jordan “The Thrill” Gill (26-1-1, 7 KOs) claimed the European featherweight title with a spectacular ninth round KO against WBC #9 rated Karim Guerfi (30-5, 9 KOs). Guerfi dropped Gill in round seven then in Guerfi’s follow up barrage the fighters fell to the canvas awkwardly with Gill having his head rammed into the canvas like a wrestling DDT move. Guerfi looked headed to certain victory until Gill suddenly laid him out with a right hand. Time was 2:59.
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Middleweight Anthony Fowler (16-2, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Lukasz Maciec (27-4-1, 5 KOs) by scores of 99-91, 99-92, 99-93.

Unbeaten heavyweight Fabio Wardley (13-0, 12 KOs) stopped West Virginia’s Daniel Martz (20-10-1, 17 KOs) in round two. Martz down twice. Time was 1:30.

Lightweight Campbell Hatton (6-0, 2 KOs) got a sixth round referee’s stoppage against journeyman Joe Ducker (9-9-2, 2 KOs). Time was 2:23. Campbell’s dad Ricky Hatton was at ringside.

WBO #11, IBF #12, heavyweight contender Demsey McKean (21-0, 13 KOs) won an eight round shutout against Ariel Esteban Bracamonte (11-7, 6 KOs). Scored 80-72.

Tokyo Olympian cruiserweight Cheavon Clarke won his professional debut via stoppage against Toni Visic (20-30-2, 5 KOs). Clarke dropped Visic in round one and put him down for the count at 2:01 of round two.

6’5 light heavyweight John Hedges (5-0, 1 KO) got his first career stoppage against Aleksander Nagolski (2-2, 1 KO) at :38 of round four.

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LIVE WEBCAMS: Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkov, Dnipro as Russia attacks - Audacy

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AEW Set To Make Southern California Debut Soon? - Wrestling Inc.

AEW could be hosting a show in Southern California in the near future.

According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, The Young Bucks are expected to announce the date of the first-ever AEW show in Southern California on tomorrow’s episode of BTE.

For what it’s worth, the story going around the wrestling world is that the show will be held at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. The Forum, which once hosted home games for the Los Angeles Lakers, was purchased by Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer in March 2020.

Meltzer pointed out that The Forum has historically been a tough building to draw in, as WWE drew only 8,000 fans with Brock Lesnar advertised seven years ago. WWE hasn’t run a show in the building since.

Although WCW sold out The Forum several times in 1998 and 1999, no pro wrestling show has particularly drawn big at the venue since then.

According to Fightful Select, AEW had considered The Forum as a venue for the Double or Nothing pay-per-view on May 29, before finalizing on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. As noted earlier, in addition to the PPV, AEW will be taping episodes of Dynamite and Rampage in Las Vegas in May.

A few years ago, Young Bucks teased the possibility of AEW hosting a show at Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA. However, the show never materialized.

Stay tuned for updates on Young Bucks’ announcement on Monday’s BTE.

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FIFA plays along with despots. It's not working

For decades now, Russian President Vladimir Putin, among other despots and dictators, has used feckless international sports organizations to prop them up and help cleanse their dismal record on human rights.

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee and others have gladly done the bidding of the worst of the world’s worst in the name of money. There has never been a bar too low to squirm under.

Since 2008, China has hosted two Olympics and Russia one. The Russians also ran the 2018 men's World Cup soccer tournament

The 2022 men's World Cup will be staged in Qatar, where gleaming stadiums and transportation lines were built by low-paid migrant workers who toiled in unsafe conditions with numerous fatalities. A 2021 analysis from The Guardian newspaper of Great Britain has pegged the number at 6,500.

This will be a haunting tournament come November.

FIFA now finds itself in the midst of a reckoning though, not just from its own conscience as it looks on in horror at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In a statement, the organization said it "condemns" the use of Russian force, but that's it.

Its athletes, however, have said plenty. The national teams of Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic have agreed that they will not play Russia in upcoming World Cup qualifying matches. Russia was scheduled to face Poland on March 24 with the winner advancing to take on either Sweden or the Czechs five days later.

Now, perhaps not.

“I can’t imagine playing a match with the Russian National Team in a situation when armed aggression in Ukraine continues,” Polish star Robert Lewandowski said. “Russian footballers and fans are not responsible for this, but we can’t pretend that nothing is happening.”

It is the second line that is most powerful because that has always been the excuse by FIFA and the IOC to let these nations, Russia in particular, continue to compete no matter the actions of their governments, the doping scandals of their federations or any other outrageous behavior.

FIFA is expected to follow this dubious path. The New York Times reported Sunday that the organization would allow the Russian team to play but not host the games in Moscow, as currently scheduled. The team would also need to be “known by a different name” and compete “without its flag or national anthem.” (Poland has already rejected these reported punishments.)

This is similar to how the IOC allowed Russian athletes to compete in the past three Olympics from which Russia was technically banned after its massive state-run doping operation was uncovered. Allegations of doping continued anyway.

FIFA and the IOC have tried to paint themselves as sympathetic to the innocent individual and thus allow the guilty central authority to use sports to build nationalism, project strength and, indeed, act like “nothing is happening.”

Will the athletes — in this case rich, famous and powerful international stars such as Lewandowski — go along with it?

FIFA and president Gianni Infantino (right) have allowed Vladimir Putin to run over them with no consequences for years. Will they find the spine to act amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine? (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)
FIFA and president Gianni Infantino (right) have allowed Vladimir Putin to run over them with no consequences for years. Will they find the spine to act amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine? (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine is a complicated one, a mix of politics, economics, ego and 1,000 years of history. It is foolish to think one single thing, decision or person could have prevented it.

So to be clear, the allowances provided by FIFA and the IOC across the years didn’t cause this tragedy. However, their history of allowing Putin to run over them with almost no consequence certainly didn’t dispel any notion that he and his country are above reproach and force (or bribes) always wins out. It all plays some small role.

So what now?

Can FIFA kick Russia out of the World Cup, a blow to the ego of Putin and a major disappointment to everyday Russian citizens who wish to see their national team play in the biggest sporting event of the year?

FIFA understandably prefers to stay out of political rivalries, but how would it work if a plurality of countries won’t play Russia? And do you run the risk of bringing this all to the actual World Cup?

Or do you side with the country that just invaded another country?

"The first match is one month from now and of course we hope that this whole situation will be solved before then — well before then, as soon as possible,” FIFA president Gianni Infantinio said. "But we have a body in place, the bureau, who can take a decision at any time. We are analyzing the situation and we will take the decision when we have to take it."

Obviously the best case for everyone is that the aggression in Ukraine ends and thus Russia can again compete in World Cup qualifying. Barring a Russian retreat, however, that may be impossible. A Russian occupying force and a Ukrainian guerrilla war could go on and on, or flare back up at different times, which FIFA seems to acknowledge.

The answer here is simple and complicated. Booting Russia out of this year’s World Cup would be the easy thing for most. It would also create a precedent that FIFA would prefer to avoid. What’s the tipping point for protest? How many countries would need to band together to get another country kicked out of the World Cup?

FIFA’s horrific history suggests it would love to ignore everything and just count the money. It has no soul.

The athletes and coaches of Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic aren’t allowing that this time.

If those who run the sport don't care, those who play it do.

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A 28-point loss to the Pelicans!? Lakers' issues grow uglier in boo-filled flop

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Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, and New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas battle for a rebound during the first half of the Lakers' 123-95 loss Sunday at Crypto.com Arena. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

The Lakers were booed off the Crypto.com Arena court Sunday night, their 123-95 beatdown by the New Orleans Pelicans leaving their fans displeased and leaving the players from Los Angeles searching for answers for a season that has gone off the rails.

The Lakers have lost their first two games after the All-Star break, showing no sense of urgency against the Pelicans, falling six games below .500 (27-33).

Obviously, this wasn’t expected for a Lakers team many viewed as a championship contender when the season started.

They are far from that now.

“I think each play we get down on ourselves too much and just not playing as hard as we can,” said Russell Westbrook, who had 16 points, one assist and seven turnovers. “Teams are coming in and playing harder. And I believe that’s kind of the scouting report, just play harder than them and see what happens and it’s working. Until we determine and have a determination that we’re not going to allow it, especially on our home floor, it will continue to happen to us.”

As the ninth seed in the West, the Lakers now hold just a 2½-game lead over the 10th-seeded Pelicans.

The Lakers have 22 regular-season games remaining, two of them against this same New Orleans team that just steamrolled Los Angeles.

LeBron James led the Lakers with 32 points on 13-for-23 shooting, but his effort was meaningless in a game the Lakers trailed by as many as 32 points. James also had seven turnovers.

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Lakers guard Russell Westbrook, center, puts up a shot in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes, left, and forward Herbert Jones during the first half. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

“Well, I don’t have an answer for tonight,” James said. “Obviously, you talk about the future, that’s for us to figure out. Who can know what can happen the next few weeks? But tonight, from the six-minute point of the second quarter through the third, no answers. That team has been playing well: They went into Phoenix, beat them, and obviously beat the doors off us today, mostly in that third quarter. So, don’t have too many answers.”

The Lakers shot just 20.6% (seven for 34) from three-point range.

When James threw a cross-court pass that went under Talen Horton-Tucker’s hands and out of bounds with five minutes left in the third quarter, the boos started.

When the Lakers called a timeout with 5:39 left, now down 75-53, the boos came yet again. When the Lakers went down 95-65 at the end of the third quarter, the fans booed them again. By game’s end, the Lakers had 23 turnovers.

“It’s real easy to give up, throw in the towel and say negative things,” Dwight Howard said. “So, I’m really at a loss for words. But we got to stay positive. We can’t sulk in defeat, and we can’t quit on each other. I know it’s been a very rough season.”

The Lakers were outscored 44-25 in the third. Their defense was ripped apart, allowing the Pelicans to shoot 64% in the third. Their offense was horrible, the Lakers making just 33.3% of their shots in the third, missing all nine of their three-point attempts.

The Lakers were unable to slow New Orleans’ trio of Brandon Ingram, Jonas Valanciunas and CJ McCollum.

Ingram produced 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds, Valanciunas had another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and McCollum had 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

“I feel like we get deflated when we don’t play well and the other team’s on a run, which I think is pretty much all 30 teams would have the same response,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “But I don’t think it’s about not caring. This group wants to get some traction, it wants to get some wins, put some wins on the board, play better than we’re playing. But if it doesn’t go well, it’s natural to get deflated sometimes. Our guys had moments like that but then they pushed through it, tried to keep fighting.”

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Sarri: "We Played Well Tonight and Shouldn't Have Lost" - The Cult of Calcio

After a hard-fought fixture to close off an exhilarating week 27 of the Serie A, it was Lazio who fell short in a 2-1 defeat to Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico.

The fixture between both Serie A giants tilted in I Partenopei’s favour at first as Lorenzo Insigne curled an absolute stunner into the right low-corner into the back of the net from outside the box after having the ball laid off by Elif Elmas to obtain the breakthrough.

Just as it seemed like Spalletti’s men were in the clear to seal all three points away from home, the Spaniard Pedro put his mark onto the game after coming off the bench as he struck an outstanding half-volley from a long way out passed David Ospina to hand the Biancocelesti a late-equalizer.

In the end, Spalletti’s side showed composure and resilience as Insigne cut swiftly towards the inside at played the ball for Fabian Ruiz. The central midfielder showed no signs of hesitation and scored a thunderous last-gasp curler into the bottom-left corner in order to clinch all three points and launch Napoli to the top of the table in joint first with Milan.

Following Lazio’s disappointing defeat to Gli Azzurri, Sarri spoke to Dazn about his sides overall display at the Stadio Olimpico this evening: “It was a good performance, we dominated the first half and our regret was only being at 0-0. That means we went behind, got back on track, but then were punished by a naïve error at the 93rd minute.

“We went to triple up the marking on the wing, allowing them to counter and we were badly set out in defence. “However, if you think that three months ago Napoli were untouchable for us, but tonight we were on more than level terms and had more scoring opportunities than they did.

“The objective is to keep improving our performances, to do as well as possible and learn to read situations better so that we can transform those potential situations into results. It’s a matter of details, because we played well tonight and shouldn’t have lost.”

As it stands, Lazio currently sitting in seventh place with a total of 44 points, only a one-point gap separating the Biancocelesti from fifth-placed Atalanta.

After suffering a difficult defeat at home against Napoli, Sarri hopes that his men can regain focus as they prepare to face Cagliari in a vital fixture in order to keep their aspirations of attaining an Europa League qualifying-spot alive.

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Vlahovic: 'Mixed feelings about Fiorentina vs. Juventus' - Football Italia

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“These are three important points, because we were coming off two draws and we are happy to have got the win,” Vlahovic told DAZN.

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Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal date: UFC 272 UK start time, full fight card, live ... - talkSPORT

Bitter rivals Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal will face off in the main event for UFC 272 next weekend.

There is no love lost between the welterweight duo and they’ll battle it out in Las Vegas soon.

Colby Covington takes on Jorge Masvidal in the main event for UFC 272

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Colby Covington takes on Jorge Masvidal in the main event for UFC 272

Covington, who is 16 and three in his career, lost to Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 last November to miss out on the UFC Welterweight Championship.

Masvidal, meanwhile, has lost twice to Usman in his last two outings and now has a record of 35 wins and 15 losses.

Both stars need a win at UFC 272 to get their careers back on track which should set up a cracking contest.

Covington vs Masvidal: Date and how to follow

The main event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 5 and is being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The prelim action will get going at 1am UK time on Sunday morning with the main card kicking off at 3am.

Covington vs Masvidal can then be expected at around 6am.

The action will be shown on BT Sport 1 with their coverage starting at 12:30am.

talkSPORT.com will also have all the build-up and reaction to the action throughout fight week.

Jorge Masvidal lost to Kamaru Usman last time out

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Jorge Masvidal lost to Kamaru Usman last time out

Covington vs Masvidal: Fight card

Subject to change

Main card

  • Main event: Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal
  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev
  • Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell
  • Kevin Holland vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Sergey Spivak vs. Greg Hardy

Preliminary card

  • Jalin Turner vs. Jamie Mullarkey
  • Marina Rodriguez vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
  • Maryna Moroz vs. Mariya Agapova

Early preliminary card

  • Brian Kelleher vs. Umar Nurmagomedov
  • Tim Elliott vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
  • Jessica Eye vs. Manon Fiorot
  • Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Dustin Jacoby
  • Devonte Smith vs. Ludovit Klein

Covington vs Masvidal: What has been said?

Jorge Masvidal: “It’s so amazing that I’m going to get to punch this guy in the face. And I really don’t like this guy, and I’m going to get paid for it – a big amount of money. 

“And I can’t wait just to expose him once again to the world. He’s a charlatan.

“You’ll see he’s just a fraud, man. He’s just holding up books to get triggers and things like that, but he doesn’t know anything about what he talks about. 

“And about fighting, he’s very limited. I’m going to show it, March 5, how limited he is.

“Keep talking s***, though. March 5 is getting closer and so is this knee to your temple. Not only am I going to break your face in a violent way, but the UFC is going to see you as such a liability that they’re going to kick you out, bro. 

“I’m going to f*** you up, man. March 5 can’t come close enough. See you soon b****.”

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UFC Fight Night: Bobby Green is fighting for not himself but his kids | DAZN News US

'Being a fighter is a demanding profession. The sacrifices made by the men and women who put on the line are unheard of.

From multiple training sessions a day to eating, making sure you get the proper sleep, to taking care of your body, it is a 24-7 job. Adding children to the mix makes it even more challenging for many reasons. 

Bobby Green is no different as he steps up on ten days notice to take on No. 4-ranked lightweight Islam Makachev on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night headliner from the Apex in Las Vegas, Calif. Green had just come off a stellar performance at UFC 271 on Feb. 12 when he beat Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision to notch back-to-back victories.

Days after the fight, Green was enjoying the fruits of his labor and was going to help his girlfriend recover from surgery when he got the call to replace Beneil Dariush and main event his first UFC card.

"All you can eat sushi. I went to town. It's was all you can eat," Green excitedly told DAZN News. "I definitely got my money's worth as (I had) spicy tuna, eel, octopus.

"She (Green's girlfriend) was very understanding," Green added. "I've always told her work comes first and providing for my kids is the first thing that I'm interested in, and everything else is just second. I'm sorry about that. But as a man, I'm supposed to work and provide.

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Green didn't have it easy growing up in San Bernardino, Calif. Green was placed in foster care at the age of four as his dad was in prison, and his mother was addicted to drugs and sent him into foster care. 

Green began his mixed martial arts career in January 2008. He went 19-5 before finally making it to the UFC with his first fight in the organization in February 2013.  He's 10-7-1 inside the Octagon heading into his first bout on top of the marquee. But the struggle and sacrifice to make it to this point is as real as it gets. 

Green has three children with three different women. One of them lives with him. The balancing act of giving three kids the same amount of attention while fighting is brutal. But it's one Green has finally started to figure out. 

"I'm getting better at it over the years," Green admits. "My kids are getting a little bit older. My youngest is six. We're getting to the point where I'm getting a little better. At first, it was driving me nuts. Women pull on you all these different ways and what you're not doing right and wrong. But now, I'm so much better at it, so it’s balanced out now."

As they have gotten older, Green's kids have started to pay more attention to his fighting career. While they enjoy what their father does for a living, Green knows they don't care about what he does. Like any child, they just wanted to spend time with their father, regardless of his job. Going from UFC 271 to this weekend's contest has made Green realize that even more.

"Yeah, they're proud of me," Green admits. "I think they're more so worried about spending time with me. My issue is that when I take on these five-week camps, I haven’t seen my kids in five weeks. The last one (fight) was short notice. It was five weeks. And so I haven’t seen my kids in five weeks. Then I'm like, ‘Daddy's coming home. Daddy's coming home. It's time to go play. It’s time to go have a good time’. Then I get another call like, ‘Oh, actually, I have to go back to work."

"They don't understand. All they understand is that daddy’s not here. Daddy’s somewhere else. Daddy's not here. It plays on my heart. But I think over time that they will recognize what I've always told him that we have to make sacrifices for what it is that we want."

When Green is in fight camp, he tries to talk with his kids every day. With the advent of Facetime, Skype, and other video devices, it is easier to connect with family while you are away. Though technology is more advanced, it still is difficult for Green to talk with his loved ones.

"Even that can be an issue," Green said. "Time confliction. For instance, my daughter, who lives with me, doesn't see me often, and she lives with me. The kids get up, and they have to go to school at seven. So I'm sleeping. Then I have to be training at 10. I end around maybe 12, one. Sometimes I have to go to two, three practices. They're not getting out of after school program until like four or five.

"When I finish training and everything, and I've had a meal, it's around three, four, maybe four, not falling asleep. So I'm sleeping through the time that they got home. Then it's I'm up by seven to get to practice by eight. I'll see my daughter and say, Hello, kiss her. From there, I go to practice. I don't get back to 10, 10:30, and they're sleeping. It is really hard. We just miss each other."

That would appear to be the most challenging thing in being a fighter from the surface. Not to Green because of the way he grew up without having his parents by his side to guide him in life and show him what loving someone is all about.

"There's a lot of things hard about the profession," Green said. "A lot of things that are hard about this profession. I don't know if it's the hardest because you have to understand. I've been in foster care since I was about four years old. I never had a mom and never had a dad. My dad was in prison most of my life. My mom's on drugs and gave us away. When you don't have those things, I don't have attachment issues (like saying), ‘I miss my mom. I miss my dad’. 

"I never had those. Sometimes I even suffer with connections with my kids. I don't understand how they miss me because I never had that feeling. They're feeling these things that I never had to feel because I had to get used to not having them."

But as time has gone on, the 35-year-old has begun to understand better the way his kids feel towards him, which in turn, has helped him grow closer to them with each passing day.

"It's all-new, and it's strange," Green admits. "I'm trying to learn every day. I'm trying to be the best father I can be and deal with the chips I was dealt. Yes, I start to realize, like, ‘Oh, he's having an attachment with me’. 

"It's very hard. I'm still learning and doing the best I can."

Makhachev has been a runaway train since entering the UFC. He's 10-1 and is currently riding a nine-fight winning streak, with five of those wins coming inside the distance. So when Dariush pulled out, the UFC looked far and wide. All of them declined, except for Green, who understands the hype centered around the man that many pundits feel will be the next lightweight champion. 

"I'm very aware of the hype," Green said. "That's why nobody else wants to take it. To some people, it may look crazy. It's like, ‘Why would you do that’? 

"But I'm a crazy motherf—er."

A win over Makachev puts Green in line for a significant fight and perhaps a crack at the winner of the lightweight title clash at UFC 274 between champion Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje. But, to Green, getting the elusive shot at the title doesn't mean much to him. 

"A win for me puts me closer to the title, which I really don't care about," Green claims. "But a win for me gets me more paid, and that's about it. It gets me paid."

For the "King", it's about being a prizefighter and making the most money for his three kids, who, at the end of the day, mean more to him than anything else. 

"If I had the title, I couldn't jump in on a week's notice," Green said. "They (UFC) wouldn’t even call the guy with the title to jump in for the fight. To me, it's the money I can make. I feel like some people may get put on a certain schedule. We need six, eight months to promote you or to promote the fight. Me, I'm just popping them out. This is the third fight in four months. Just being that active and you can stay in front of the people's faces. 

"I'm always fighting for the money. It is always about the money." 


 

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Ducks roll over St. John's - University of Oregon Athletics

EUGENE – For the second consecutive day, Oregon jumped out to an early lead and never let up cruising to a 16-3 win over St. John's Saturday in game two of a four-game series at PK Park.
 
In the first two games of the series, Oregon has outscored the Red Storm 39-8 while batting .440 as a team with a 20-hit advantage (37-17).
 
How It Happened: Oregon did not waste any time making a statement sending nine hitters to the plate in the first inning. Tanner Smith led off the inning with a base hit, moved to second when the right fielder misplayed the ball and to third on a passed ball. Drew Cowley drove Smith in with a ground out to the second baseman.
 
Brennan Milone quickly added to the lead blasting the first pitch he saw over the left-center field wall for a 2-0 lead, his second first-inning homer in the series.
 
The Ducks were not done doing first-inning damage. After a Jacob Walsh single and Josh Kasevich hit-by-pitch, Colby Shade made it 5-0 with a 3-run home run to left-center field.
 
Oregon added six runs to the lead in the second inning. Milone picked up two more RBI, driving in Smith and Cowley who started the inning with a single and double, respectively. Milone moved to third on a Red Storm throwing error on a Walsh fielder's choice and scored on a Josh Kasevich single for an 8-0 lead.
 
The Ducks (3-3) added three more in the inning on an Anthony Hall RBI ground out, a Shade RBI single and a Gavin Grant RBI ground out.
 
St. John's (1-5) got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth, but Oregon answered with a run in its half of the inning. Hall reached on a fielder's choice, moved to third on a Shade single after the center fielder misplayed the ball and scored on a Josiah Cromwick RBI fielder's choice.
 
The Red Storm cut the lead to nine with a pair of runs in the sixth, but Oregon extinguished any hopes St. John's had with a four-run eighth inning.
 
Oregon loaded the bases with two outs before scoring a pair of runs on back-to-back bases loaded walks by Cowley and Smith. Walsh capped the scoring with a two-RBI single.
 
Box Score Notes: Six different Ducks finished with multiple hits, led by Shade (4-for-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB) and Cowley (4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB) … Both Shade and Cowley had two hits yesterday and have combined for 12 hits, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored in the first two games of the series … Milone (2-for-5, HR) drove in four runs, running his total to six in the series … Walsh (3-for-6) drove in two runs and scored two more … Smith went 3-for-6 and scored three runs … Kasevich went 2-for-5 with a RBI and a pair of runs scored … Andrew Mosiello picked up his first win of the season allowing just one run on three hits in five innings in his second start of the season … RJ Gordon picked up his first career save, tossing the final four innings with four Ks.
 
On Deck: Oregon will look to clinch the series on Sunday with a win. Isaac Ayon (0-0, 7.20) gets the ball for the Ducks while the Red Storm counter with left-hander Oliver McCarthy (0-0, 6.00). First pitch is at 2:05 p.m at P.K. Park.
 
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His case is made: Makhachev deserves a shot

LAS VEGAS — The UFC’s lightweight division is filled with elite talent. Champion Charles Oliveira will defend against Justin Gaethje in May, and if he gets through that successfully, he’ll most likely face Islam Makhachev next.

Makhachev’s dominance is impossible to overlook at this point. Former champion Conor McGregor is lobbying for a title shot, but if McGregor, coming off back-to-back losses to Dustin Poirier and with a 1-3 record in his last four, gets a shot it would render the title essentially meaningless.

It would be a farce if McGregor, or any other lightweight, were to leapfrog Makhachev and fight the Oliveira-Gaethje winner. It would be promotional malpractice and would be a sign that money, and nothing else, is the only criteria for fighting for the title.

After stopping Bobby Green with strikes in the first round on Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 49 at Apex, Makhachev has now won 10 in a row, finished four in a row and improved his overall record to 22-1.

What else does a man have to do to fight for the title?

UFC president Dana White was not at Apex Saturday. He was at his son’s college football scrimmage, but he saw the fight and, like everyone else, was impressed with what Makhachev did.

White almost never will talk about what’s next for a fighter immediately after the event, and though Yahoo Sports asked him if it made sense for Makhachev to face the Oliveira-Gaethje winner, he didn’t answer directly.

Instead, he said via text, “He looked incredible.”

He’s looked incredible for a while, and he has no more to gain by doing anything but fighting for the belt. Makhachev’s path is eerily similar to the route his coach Khabib Nurmagomedov took. Nurmagomedov was 25-0 before he got a chance to compete for the title.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 26: (R-L) Islam Makhachev of Russia battles Bobby Green in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 26, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Islam Makhachev made it look easy against Bobby Green on Saturday at UFC Vegas 49 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Makhachev has remained patient despite the long wait. He was supposed to fight Beneil Dariush, but an injury forced Dariush to pull out and Green stepped in on 10 days' notice. Green was on a roll, with three consecutive wins, but Makhachev is a handful to prepare for when one has a full training camp, let alone just 10 days.

For Green, it was a chance pretty much to get an extra payday and hope to perhaps hit Makhachev with that one punch that could have changed history.

It wasn’t to be, though. As they were trading against the cage, Makhachev dragged Green to the canvas and wound up in half-guard. He quickly got into mount and finished Green with a fierce ground-and-pound.

Khabib: Conor McGregor 'doesn’t deserve a big fight'

Nurmagomedov told Yahoo Sports that he spoke with White Thursday. He said White told him that if Makhachev won Saturday, he’d make a bout between the Oliveira-Gaethje winner against Makhachev in Abu Dhabi in either October or November.

Nurmagomedov said he’s not concerned that McGregor would leapfrog Makhachev.

“This guy’s doing too much drugs, too much cocaine,” Nurmagomedov said of McGregor. “He talks so much on Twitter, but how many fights he wins in the last six years? One fight. Maybe one-and-a-half. Maybe two wins. How can this guy even think of fighting for the title? He doesn’t win fights.

“I know at the end of the day, this is a business and it’s all about numbers and all about money, but this guy doesn’t deserve a title shot. His mind’s out. His leg’s out. Everything is out. He doesn’t deserve a big fight. He has to focus and get together and come back and do something with someone.”

Makhachev certainly did something. He looked amazing from the moment the bell sounded. He was confident because of the work he’d put in preparing for Dariush.

And now that he’s added finishing skills, he’s really a handful.

“I improve every day,” Makhachev said. “I improve my ground-and-pound skills. I’m looking to finish. I like this, [finishing a fight] in the first or second round and getting out, not injured, not tired. I like this.”

There’s only one thing Nurmagomedov would have preferred to see from his longtime friend. He wishes he would have finished the fight with a submission instead of by ground-and-pound.

That’s a small criticism, but Nurmagomedov said it makes a difference.

“Honestly, if I have a chance, I’m always going to try for the [submission] finish,” Nurmagomedov said. “Always, it’s better when your opponent taps. He gives you a signal, ‘Hey, I’m finished. I’ve had enough.’ When you make your opponent do this, it’s better than everything, better than cappuccino with caramel.”

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