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Blake Griffin prepared for any role with rebuilding Pistons

The Detroit Pistons are in the midst of a rebuild but Blake Griffin isn’t worried about where he fits in the plan. When the team shifted its focus, questions were raised about where the 10-year veteran would fit into Detroit’s blueprint for the future. In a video conference call Thursday, Griffin stated he told the…
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Dodgers’ Joe Kelly has suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Los Angeles Dodgers hard-throwing reliever Joe Kelly has had his eight-game suspension for throwing at Houston Astros players reduced to five on appeal, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel. Kelly originally was handed an eight-game punishment by MLB after his erratic pitches and demonstrative taunts sparked a benches-clearing situation at Minute Maid Park in Houston last month. The game…
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Top Rank wins bid for Navarrete-Magdaleno

The second purse bid hearing to be conducted via Zoom managed to outdo its predecessor. Terms have been settled for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title bout between Emanuel Navarrete and Jessie Magdaleno. Top Rank—which represents both boxers—claimed the rights to the fight with a $250,000 offer as the lone promoter for a…
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Luke Rockhold decides not to retire

Luke Rockhold has decided against calling it a career. The former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion told ESPN on Sunday he has decided to resume his MMA fighting career. This comes after he said in October that it was "very" possible he'd never fight again. "Because I felt like it," Rockhold replied when asked why…
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Verstappen wins the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Max Verstappen sprung what could be the surprise of the Formula One campaign by beating Lewis Hamilton to attain the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday. The Red Bull driver crossed the line at Silverstone 11.3 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas third. “I didn’t see it coming but after the first stint it seemed we were really…
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Heavyweight Ajagba signs deal with Top Rank

Heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba has a new crew. Top Rank announced on Wednesday that it has signed the undefeated 26-year-old to a long-term promotional agreement. Ajagba (13-0, 11 KOs) also has enlisted the services of manager James Prince and head trainer Kay Koroma. Ajagba had been managed by Shelly Finkel and was trained by Ronnie…
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