Clint Capela Has Been Battling Two Respiratory Illnesses: Report

The Houston Rockets had a chance to sweep the Utah Jazz last night in game four their first-round matchup. Unfortunately for the Rockets, the Jazz outclassed them all night en route to a 107-91 loss. Rockets player Clint Capela struggled last night and after the game, explained to ESPN that he’s actually been battling two respiratory illnesses throughout the playfs. Capela had missed some practices before the series and the illnesses have persisted throughout the playfs.

Capela explained that he was diagnosed with adenovirus and a Klebsiella infection during a visit to the doctor’s while in Salt Lake City. During his interview with reporters, Capela had bloodshot eyes and explained that he should be fine within the next four to five days.

“It’s tough, man,” Capela explained. “Especially when I try to breathe, it’s hard. I’m just going to fight it the best that I can.”

Capela only managed four points and seven rebounds on Monday night. Despite the loss, Capela and the Rockets will have a second shot at eliminating the Jazz on Wednesday night at 8 P.M. EST. By then, Capela will be closer to a full recovery and will be looking to have a bounce-back game.

Amir Khan Was Peeing Blood After Low Blow From Terence Crawford

Boxers Amir Khan and Terence Crawford took to the ring on Saturday, April 20th at Madison Square Garden for the WBO Welterweight Title. Crawford eventually won thanks to a TKO decision after hitting Khan below the belt. Usually, such a punch would result in a penalty, but Khan was unable to continue because the punch which gave Crawford the win. Many boxing fans were confused by the ordeal and thought Crawford should have been disqualified, while some were unhappy with Khan for “quitting.”

After the fight, Khan took to Twitter to explain his condition after the fight.

“Peeing blood. The shot was low. The fight was just getting interesting,” Khan wrote. “Well done team Terrance. I never quit, I rather get knocked out cold then quit. Good night. Thank you New York.”

Khan also explained that he is taking a break from boxing and will have an update for his fans in the near future.

“The last 12 months have been brilliant. After a long layf with hand injuries I fought 3 times. Lo Grego, Vargas and Crawford,” Khan explained. “Thank you for all the support and motivation everyone. Will have a nice break and with my family and friends. I will announce something soon.”

What did you think the low blow? Was it weird for you to see a fight end that way?

"Game Of Thrones" Badass To Play Bruce Wayne On "Titans"

With Game Of Thrones having wrapped filming, it won’t be surprising to see the talented ensemble cast members start picking up their next projects. Now, it would appear that eight-season alumni Iain Glen, known for his portrayal as the grizzled, fightin’ pit winning, Dothraki slaying, Grayscale surviving, bestie to Daenerys, Ser Jorah Mormont. While his fate in the upcoming season remains unknown (a friend mine and I have a gentleman’s wager going), it would appear that Glen is already lining up to secure the DC bag.

A report from Deadline indicates that he’ll be joining the cast DC’s Titans, donning the iconic cape and cowl as Bruce Wayne. The series is getting set to return for its second season, and the ficial character description from the producers provides a hint toward the direction his arc: “After decades fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.”

Game Of Thrones fans already know that Ser Jorah Mormont is not to be trifled with, and given Glen’s notable gravitas, he’ll likely make an incredible Batman. And one with immense bat honor, at that. Anyone watch Titans out there? 

"Game Of Thrones" Badass To Play Bruce Wayne On "Titans"

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UFC’s TJ Dillashaw Suspended For Two Years: Report

Former UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has been suspended by USADA for two years, after testing positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) prior to his Flyweight title fight against Henry Cejudo on January 19.

Cejudo KO’d Dillashaw in the first round the bout, and it will be the last time we see TJ in the octagon for quite some time. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Dillashaw did not contest USADA’s decision.

The two-year ban, which is dated retroactively to January 18, 2019 when the test was submitted, is the maximum punishment for a non-specified substance under the UFC’s anti-doping program, according to ESPN.

“We all know the pressures to win at all levels all sport are real and intense,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart in a released statement, according to ESPN. “It is exactly why strong anti-doping efforts are necessary to protect clean athletes’ rights, health and safety and to ensure that those who do succumb to these pressures and decide to break the rules will be held accountable in a real and meaningful way, as in this case.”

According to ESPN, EPO is a peptide hormone used to stimulate red blood cell production, and it is typically administered intravenous injection.

“I’m quite familiar with EPO from my days investigating pressional cycling teams,” UFC vice president athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky told ESPN. “It’s a very effective substance. It’s not a substance you find in contaminated supplements, it’s injectable only. You have to know what you’re doing when it enters your system.

“On a scale seriousness in anti-doping, it’s up near the top.”

In addition to the USADA suspension, The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) issued Dillashaw its own one-year suspension for the failed drug test. Dillashaw will serve the suspensions concurrently, making him eligible to compete again in January 2021.

Irving Azoff's Global Music Rights Wins Significant Victory in Case against RMLC

The Radio Music Licensing Committee’s ugly antitrust lawsuit against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights company continues to drag on.

Irving Azoff’s performance rights organization, Global Music Rights (GMR), doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with terrestrial radio group Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC).

According to the RMLC, Azoff and GMR major radio broadcasters into paying higher performance fees.  GMR has also used its catalog of high-powered hits to force the higher radio rates.  The radio group negotiates licensing fees for around 10,000 radio stations across the U.S. – 90% of the market.

RMLC has also accused Azoff and its PRO of antitrust violations.

GMR, in turn, has accused RMLC of paying too little.  Earlier this year, the PRO’s attorneys lambasted the radio group for attempting to introduce ‘useless’ new evidence in the case.

GMR countersued, claiming the radio group has also engaged in bullying antitrust tactics, likening the organization an “illegal cartel.”

This fight first started three years ago.

Now, Azoff and GMR have won a small – but significant – victory.

Time to change courtroom venues.

Irving Azoff first launched Global Music Rights in 2013 to upend the way radio stations license music.

In the latest round, US District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones II ruled last Friday he doesn’t have “personal jurisdiction” over GMR.  Thus, he transferred the case to a federal court in Los Angeles, GMR’s hometown.  The PRO has long argued the case belongs in California.

Lambasting the radio group, GMR had stated RMLC filed in Pennsylvania just to gain “tactical advantage.”  This, said the PRO, was basically “forum shopping.”

In a statement celebrating the ruling, Azoff said,

I am thrilled with today’s victory.

Now, Global Music Rights gets to expose the radio cartel’s bullying tactics.

“It’s always worth the wait when artists win.

Currently, GMR and RMLC operate under an interim licensing agreement as the argument continues to drag on in court.

GMR’s countersuit remains on hold in California pending the result of the recently-transferred lawsuit.

 


 

Mike Tomlin Disappointed By NFL’s Lack Of Black Head Coaches

Mike Tomlin is unique as he is only one three African-American coaches in the NFL. Tomlin has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers since the last decade and is one the longest-serving head coaches in the league and for good reason. Despite rules in place to encourage racial diversity amongst coaching staffs, the league has still lagged behind when it comes to hiring black coaches. For instance, five African-American coaches were fired this fseason, while only one was hired.

“It was a disappointing hiring cycle for someone who watches it like I do,” Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Knowing some the deserving men I do who I thought should have gotten an opportunity and didn’t.”

Brian Flores was the only black head coach hired this fseason as he went to the Miami Dolphins. Tomlin says there is still a lot work to be done when it comes to racial diversity and that he hopes to help change things when it comes to the culture in the NFL.

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“We’ll continue to fight for equality within opportunity], not only in terms head coaching searches, but maybe other areas the pression as well,” Tomlin said. “I know there’s some discussions in the f-season regarding some that.”

The Steelers finished 9-6-1 last season and some believe Tomlin could lose his job if the Steelers miss the postseason again.

Heavyweight Boxer Kash Ali Disqualified After Biting His Opponent

A commoner picks a fight over a single-digit bar tab. One the belligerents hits the floor, the other walks f a few pence lighter. Now imagine a real sanctioned bout where the paydays are in the thousands, the bar tabs completely free charge, to the victors at least.

Last night a boxer named Kash Ali came forward with a spotless record going on 16 fights. His promoter matches him up with David Price, a former European Champion, on opposite ends their pugilist journey.

Going into the fight, the 27-years-old Kash Ali really thought he was going to spark the old bellend they matched him up with. “Beating someone like David will put me straight in the mix. It’s a great opportunity to show my skills, and show that I’m a real contender,” he told the press, leading up to the fight.

David Price saw his stock dramatically in 2013, after suffering two consecutive losses to the same journeyman fighter, signaling an end to his days as a blue-chip prospect. But last night, Price was a rejuvenated fighter and it showed. In the fifth round, he dropped Ali, but when the 27-year-old rose back to his feet, he didn’t hit back with punches, but with his teeth over his older opponent’s sternum. 

Referee Mark Lyson spotted the bite, then look at Price’s chest to confirm his bewilderment. Within seconds, he’d be looking in the direction the scorer’s table with instructions to call the fight. Even though Kash Ali took the DQ in stride, it didn’t prevent him from trying to make nice with his opponent after the bout.

When Price was asked to elaborate on what his opponent had whispered into his ear, he mentioned that Ali had requested a rematch.  “I don’t want to share the ring again with an animal like that,” he explained. “He did a couple early on and I thought he had lost his head completely. I hurt him to the body just before the final bite he took.”

UFC Reveals Jon Jones’ Next Opponent For UFC 239

Although Jon Jones has recently teased a much-anticipated bout against Stipe Miocic, the two former heavyweight champions will have to wait a little longer to step into the octagon together.

On Wednesday night, the UFC announced that Jones will put his Light Heavyweight title on the line against Thiago Santos in the main event the UFC 239 PPV on July 6, scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

Jones, 24-1, snatched the 205-pound title in December with a third-round TKO victory over Alexander Gustafsson. He successfully defended the title against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on March 2, and the July bout with Santos will mark his third time in the octagon in the last seven months.

Santos (21-6) is 3-0 since moving up from the middleweight division, and he has won each those three by way  KO/TKO.  

The UFC 239 co-main event will pit two-division champion Amanda Nunes against Holly Holm for Nunes’ bantamweight championship.

Nunes (17-4) stunned Cris “Cyborg” Justino in her last fight back in December, as she KO’d the former Featherweight champ in the first round to claim the 145-pound strap.

Holm is 12-4 in her career, and she has not fought since last June when she picked up a decision victory against Megan Anderson.

Deontay Wilder Says Tyson Fury Rematch Will "Probably" Happen In 2020

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury battled it out for the heavyweight title some time again and ended up combating to a draw. It was an important battle that noticed Fury get knocked down twice. Despite Wilder’s best efforts, Fury was in a position to preserve getting up and ultimately fought his option to a tie. Considering the truth that nobody gained, followers instantly wished a rematch from the 2. While Wilder has saved saying he desires the battle to occur, it seems as if Fury has been reluctant to signal a contract. Regardless, in a brand new interview with TMZ, Wilder explains that the rematch is unquestionably going to occur.

“I feel that is one thing that’s undoubtedly gonna occur, however it’s gonna take a while now,” Wilder stated. “Fury did not need the rematch and I do not blame him. To be getting up f your ass like he did and to get a concussion, I would not need to go once more both!”

Wilder and Fury have already got fights booked for the Spring and Summer, so it seems as if a battle will almost definitely occur in 2020. Although, Wilder defined that if the 2 can attain an settlement quickly, a battle may occur on the tail finish 2019.

Who do you suppose would win the rematch?

Eminem Pitches Idea To The AAF: ‘Allow The Players To Fight’

The Alliance American Football league has offered diehard soccer followers with a way to quench their thirst in the course of the draught between the Super Bowl in February and the beginning NFL coaching camp in July. 

Among those that have tuned in to the AAF throughout their inaugural season is Eminem, who lately submitted a number of strategies for the way the league can enhance transferring ahead.

For starters, Em says permitting the gamers to struggle, like in hockey, will likely be key to the league’s success. Secondly, get a group in Detroit. 

The Detroit-native tweeted the next on the league’s ficial twitter account:

“DEAR @THEAAF,
PLEASE ENTERTAIN THIS THOUGHT REGARDING THE @AAFIRON@AAFEXPRESS GAME: ALLOWING THE PLAYERS TO ACTUALLY FIGHT WOULD BE KEY TO LEAGUE’S SUCCESS LIKE HOCKEY, I WOULD WATCH EVERY GAME (EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO DETROIT TEAM YET – HINT). DON’T BLOW IT. SINCERELY, MARSHALL”

The request did not go unnoticed. Charlie Ebersol, the CEO and co-founder the AAF, responded moments after Em hit ship on the tweet.

The AAF presently consists eight groups, together with the Memphis Express, Birmingham Iron, San Diego Fleet, Arizona Hotshots, Salt Lake City Stallions, San Antonio Commanders, Atlanta Legends and Orlando Apollos. 

The four-team playf will likely be held on the weekend April 20 with the higher-seeded groups internet hosting semifinals. The championship sport will likely be held on April 27 within the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Conor McGregor Announces Retirement From The UFC & MMA

Conor McGregor shocked the UFC and MMA in the course of the early levels Tuesday morning by taking to Twitter to announce his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts. McGregor most just lately misplaced to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October and hasn’t fought since. Many believed he would tackle Cowboy Cerrone in his subsequent combat, however McGregor appeared apprehensive about signing a deal. Perhaps his emotions desirous to retire are why he by no means tried to finalize a combat.

“Hey guys fast announcement, I’ve determined to retire from the game formally generally known as “Mixed Martial Art” in the present day,” McGregor wrote. “I want all my previous colleagues effectively going ahead in competitors. I now be a part of my former companions on this enterprise, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”

McGregor has already began his personal Proper No. Twelve whiskey enterprise which has develop into fairly profitable over the past 12 months. The now-former UFC champion even went on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon final night time to sing and drink at an Irish Pub.

While McGregor says he’s retiring, there’s an opportunity he might nonetheless come out retirement to combat once more. At solely 30 years previous, McGregor nonetheless has lots time left to proceed to be an amazing fighter. Although, for now, we’ll need to study to stay with out him within the Octagon.

Jimmy Uso Half-Naked During Arrest In New Bodycam Footage: Video

Back in February, WWE star Jimmy Uso was arrested on disorderly conduct costs after being stopped by police together with his spouse, Naomi. Uso was reportedly driving the mistaken means down a one-way road when the incident occurred. When police stopped him, Uso acquired out the automobile and took his shirt f. That’s when he squared up with police and tried to battle them. The incident all went down in Detroit, the place Uso was promptly arrested after which launched on bail.

WDIV Local 4 news in Detroit now have the bodycam footage the arrest which exhibits the way it all went down. Naomi advised police “He’s had rather a lot to drink. He’s intoxicated” when referring to her husband. After Uso acquired out his automobile and engaged police, they pulled out their tasers and urged him to get on the bottom. Uso did simply that and stated: “Man, you do not perceive. I am simply right here out and in. I am out and in, man.”

After the arrest, Naomi took to Twitter to defend her husband and make clear the state of affairs.

“I used to be NOT ticketed, I used to be NOT ingesting, leaving the lot I used to be unaware that it exits to a 1 means road,” Naomi wrote.

The two have been married since 2014.

NCAA March Madness: Duke Draws ND State In First Round

Today is a superb day for school basketball followers as a result of it’s the ficial begin to March Madness. 64 groups are at present vying for NCAA males’s basketball supremacy and it’ll all go down over the subsequent three weeks. Over the final two days, eight groups have been battling for the ultimate 4 spots within the bracket. Two these groups have been preventing for the 16th seed within the East Region which might give them a first-round matchup in opposition to event favourite, the Duke Blue Devils.

Those two groups have been the North Dakota State Bison and the North Carolina Central Eagles. The Bison ended up popping out on prime with a slender 78-74 victory.

While the Bison are joyful to be within the event, they’re anticipated to undergo a fast exit by the hands the Blue Devils who’re coming into the event sizzling. With Zion Williamson again within the lineup, the Blue Devils received the ACC event, knocking f groups just like the University North Carolina and Florida State Seminoles.

Duke and ND State will battle it out tomorrow at 7:10 P.M. EST as Duke stars Williamson and R.J. Barrett make their March Madness debuts.

Tyrone Crawford Investigated By NFL Over Bloody Bar Fight

In a report from TMZ that broke earlier this week, it was revealed that Dallas Cowboys defensive captain Tyrone Crawford was allegedly concerned in a large bar combat on the Coyote Ugly Saloon in Panama City Beach, Florida. The alleged incident occurred on March 15th, with a number of folks being injured within the combat. Police have been referred to as to the scene and in line with the report, there’s surveillance footage Crawford shoving a number of police ficers. Despite Crawford’s alleged actions, he was not arrested, though the NFL is now investigating the scenario.

The newest report states that NFL investigators visited the Coyote Ugly Saloon to talk to some the employees and hopefully evaluate the surveillance footage. Police have been on file saying that some the footage is fuzzy as there have been blind spots that missed lots what went down. This blind spot would not apply to Crawford as he was allegedly seen exterior the bar shoving two cops who have been attempting to arrest somebody. 

Tyrone Crawford Investigated By NFL Over Bloody Bar Fight

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As proper now, neither Crawford nor the NFL has commented on the scenario. It appears as if each events are ready for the investigation to conclude earlier than making an announcement.

Stay tuned for updates as they develop into accessible.

Conor McGregor On Nate Diaz Fight: "The Trilogy Will Happen"

UFC celebrity Conor McGregor not too long ago made an look at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago, as he continues to hawk his Proper 12 whiskey, the place he defined to followers that he owes Nate Diaz one other battle.

As seen within the video embedded beneath, McGregor is assured that the extremely anticipated rubber match will occur.

“He fought me, he beat me. He gave me a rematch at the very same weight, there was no hesitation, that is a real fighter proper there,” McGregor mentioned. 

“I’ve nothing however respect … I owe him the trilogy now and the trilogy will occur.”

Diaz made McGregor faucet out of their first go round at UFC 196, however the Irishman bounced again with an epic five-round choice victory at UFC 202 in August 2016. Diaz, who has not fought since that 2016 battle, has mentioned that he’s finished reducing weight, and not too long ago steered that he’ll return to the UFC as a 185-pound middleweight.

As it seems, McGregor appears greater than keen to battle at that weight if want be.

McGregor remains to be serving a suspension stemming from the post-fight brawl at UFC 229, however he’ll be eligible to return to the octagon in late April. 

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani notes that the not too long ago introduced Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs Al Iaquinta match might pave the best way for McGregor vs Diaz three later this 12 months.