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Javy Ayala makes bold prediction for overdue return

It’s been a trying 18 months for Javy Ayala. During this time, Ayala (11-7 MMA, 6-4 BMMA) was booked for two fights – both against Vitaly Minakov. However, each bout fell through during fight week. Ayala hopes a third booking against a different opponent will be the charm for his return at Bellator 239, where he takes on Valentin Moldavsky on Saturday. “I feel good,” Ayala told MMA Junkie. “I’m
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Adam Silver expects ‘return to normalcy’ soon for NBA in China

CHICAGO -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver estimated the league will lose hundreds of millions in revenue from the ongoing disconnect with the Chinese government and couldn't commit to staging preseason games there next October, but he said he expects the league's relationship with China to have "a return to normalcy fairly soon."With Chinese companies pausing or canceling sponsorship deals, the league recently lowered its salary-cap projections for next season. Silver
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Holly Holm ready to return after father’s recovery from stroke

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Holly Holm had a lot to deal with in the lead-up to her last fight. Holm (13-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) got back in the win column at UFC 246 with a unanimous decision victory over Raquel Pennington, making it 2-0 against the former UFC bantamweight title challenger. But during training camp, Holm also had to make regular trips to the hospital to visit her dad, who recently
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WrestleMania media day takeaways – Reigns challenges The Rock, Ronda to return?

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Reporters, clad in hard hats and yellow fluorescent vests, made their way up to SoFi Stadium on Tuesday morning.The mammoth, state-of-the-art facility is expected to be done in July and the NFL's Rams and Chargers franchises will begin playing there in the fall. In 2022, the Super Bowl will take place at SoFi, and the stadium will be one of the central venues for the 2024 Olympics.Also
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Claudia Gadelha wants April return, eyes bouts with Esparza, Rodriguez

HOUSTON – Almost one month on from seeing her fight with Alexa Grasso scrapped by commission officials at UFC 246, Claudia Gadelha is hoping to get fixed up with a matchup as soon as possible. But she knows she’ll have to be patient. Speaking to MMA Junkie while on guest fighter duty at UFC 247, former strawweight title challenger Gadelha said the disappointment from missing out on fighting in Las
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UFC 246 was much more than just Conor McGregor’s return

UFC 246 was one of the promotion's most intriguing events in recent years. Among the unique happenings surrounding the Jan. 18 card in Las Vegas:Conor McGregor's stunning TKO victoryThe amount of interest McGregor's comeback gleaned worldwideThe respect shown between McGregor and Donald Cerrone all fight weekThe amount of celebrities in attendance, including Tom BradyHow the main event will shape the rest of the UFC's 2020The historic event will be replayed
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Warriors hope Stephen Curry (hand) can return in March

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will miss all of February as he continues to recover from a broken left hand.He will be re-evaluated in four weeks, and the team is hopeful for a return sometime in March.Curry suffered the injury during an Oct. 30 loss to the Phoenix Suns and had surgery on the hand on Nov. 1 in Los Angeles."Curry .. .has made good progress during his rehabilitation
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What UConn’s return will mean for the rest of the Big East Conference

10:29 AM ETGraham HaysespnW.com CloseGraham Hays covers college sports for espnW, including softball and soccer. Hays began with ESPN in 1999.Geno Auriemma hardly sounded giddy with nostalgia when asked earlier this season about the throwback tour that UConn was about to commence. The Huskies would play consecutive games against Seton Hall, Notre Dame and DePaul, all former Big East foes."My stomach's already bad," Auriemma groused. "It just got worse. Thanks
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Fernando Alonso targeting F1 return to complete ‘unfinished business’

Fernando Alonso is targeting a return to Formula One next year and is confident he will win the championship given the right car.Alonso left the series at the end of 2018 after four seasons with McLaren failed to yield results. Since then, he has won the Le Mans 24 Hours twice, become WEC champion, returned to the Indy 500 and competed in the Dakar Rally.But above all else, he wants
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Titan FC 59 includes welterweight title fight, Max Rohskopf return

Top Southeast regional promotion Titan FC has officially booked their first show of 2020. Titan FC 59 takes place Feb. 28 at Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The main card streams on UFC Fight Pass. The promotion recently announced the event and a handful of bookings. The rest of the lineup is expected to be announced in the coming days. The main event features a 170-pound title unification