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  • Most of the tickets and money are coming in on underdog Jorge Masvidal to top welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, but Kevin Iole isn't buying it.

  • LeBron James and Kevin Durant have both received plenty of criticism for their decisions in free agency. LeBron for 'The Decision' when Cleveland for Miami, and Durant when he left the Thunder for the Warriors. JJ Redick said he believes the root of most of the criticism stems from racism. Redick said quote, “I think an underlying reason for the reaction to Kevin and LeBron making those decisions, is because people were uncomfortable with powerful black men making a decision for themselves. I really believe that." Hear why Shannon Sharpe believes JJ Redick hit the nail on the head.

  • American Noah Lyles was denied a new 200 metres world record in the Inspiration Games after it was revealed he ran only 185m. The 22 year-old's time of 18.90 seconds would have usurped the 19.19-second mark set by Jamaican great Usain Bolt in 2009. Lyles, running in Florida, set the time racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe. Given his personal best is 19.50, the time was immediately challenged. After initial confusion, his official result eventually read "shorter distance" with the American starting from the wrong lane. Swiss television said he had only run 185m. World champion Lyles later tweeted: "You can't be playing with my emotions like this... Got me in the wrong lane smh." The race was won by Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre, running in Zurich, in 19.80 seconds, one hundredth of a second ahead of Dutchman Churandy Martina, who was running in the Netherlands. The farcical ending to one of the event's headline races is a major embarrassment to Inspiration Games organisers. The meeting was the Zurich Weltklasse's answer to the coronavirus which has prevented conventional events from taking place.

  • The 18 counties have been warned that returning to four-day cricket without eight to 12 weeks of preparation poses a “significant” risk of serious stress fractures and could leave them open to litigation from injured players. A document circulated to counties by the ECB’s science and medical department, seen by Telegraph Sport, has warned of the significant risk of injury, particularly to fast bowlers, posed by playing four-day cricket without the recommended eight to 12 weeks of preparation. “Preparation time for return to cricket, especially bowlers, will need to be carefully considered and special playing conditions, such as substitutes, must also be considered. This is a unique period of shutdown and a rapid return carries well documented risks,” the report states. “The risks of soft tissue island bony injury, especially lumbar stress fractures following an accelerated return to cricket are significant.” The England & Wales Cricket Board on Friday gave the go ahead for a four-day competition, entitled the Bob Willis Trophy, to start on Aug 1. The ECB’s own research, adopted as guidelines by the International Cricket Council, states that players should have eight to 12 weeks preparation to play multi-day cricket. But most counties will have only been in full training for four weeks when the Bob Willis Trophy starts because the majority were furloughed during the lockdown. In a draft schedule seen by Telegraph Sport, counties will play five rounds in total including a run of four four-day games with only three days rest between each match from Aug 1 to Aug 25. Such a schedule does pose potential injury risks, but mitigating those presents problems for the first-class status of matches. The report recommends the use of bowling substitutes in 12-a-side teams but that would invalidate its first-class status.

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  • Shea Patterson is the odd man out in the Chiefs' quarterback room. Hours after the Chiefs agreed to terms with backup quarterback Matt Moore, they released Patterson, according to Field Yates of ESPN. Patterson went undrafted this year and signed with the Chiefs after the draft. He was Michigan's starter the last two years and [more]

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