Holly Holm Breaks Down McGregor vs. Mayweather: ‘Anything Can Happen In a Fight'. Before Holly Holm became a UFC champion, she was an accomplished multi-division boxing champion. “The Preacher's Daughter” went on a nine-fight winning streak in MMA and earned a UFC title shot against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November 2015. She moved from boxing to MMA and doesn't count out UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor‘s chances when he faces unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August. I came over to MMA from boxing, and I felt like I had a chance. Still, I feel anything can happen in a fight.” Holm believes that McGregor matches up with Mayweather better than some think. He’s the only fighter out there that’s still undefeated, but I also admire a lot of things that McGregor has done in his career. But that’s not saying that Conor doesn’t have the chance to do something big,” she said. “I do think the longer the fight goes – I mean that's Mayweather's style – the longer the fight goes he really gets people's timing and really starts to pick them apart,” continued Holm. If it goes longer, it goes to Mayweather.
The short answer is “no,” but texts exchanged between Draymond Green and Durant in the minutes following the Warriors loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals reveal the uneasy relationship between players’ virtual communications and longstanding NBA rules. Durant would sign with the Warriors on July 4, 2016. Then again, based on remarks made by an unnamed Thunder official to Jenkins, Durant began to distance himself from Thunder officials at around the time the Warriors lost to the Cavaliers and thus around the time Green texted Durant. What is tampering? In the NBA, it refers to a team or its representative attempting to persuade a player, coach, trainer, general manager or any other person who is under contract with another team to join the tampering team. As a result, teams are forbidden from making contact with coaches and players who are under contract with other teams. Perhaps they would retaliate by making recruitment pitches to players under contract with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively. Article 35 dictates that upon a finding of tampering, the commissioner can issue a range of punishments including fines, suspensions, forfeitures of draft picks and transfers of draft picks from the tampering team to the victimized team. Both of those players were under contract with other teams. Hypothetically, if Green had texted Durant not out of personal frustration over losing to the Cavs but because a Warriors official had encouraged him to do so, the NBA would be more inclined to see tampering.
Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon wins 2017 Rookie of the Year. Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award, following Malcolm Brogdon’s victory for Rookie of the Year to open the show on Monday night. Mike D’Antoni was then voted Coach of the Year, the second time he has won the award. He led the Rockets to 55 victories and a league record for 3-pointers this season. The Rockets had a chance for a big night on Monday at the first NBA Awards show, with James Harden a finalist for MVP and Mike D’Antoni a finalist for Coach of the Year. The guard won the first award Monday night during the first NBA Awards show that was hosted by Drake. He was joined on the first team by Utah center Rudy Gobert and Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard – who join Green as the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards show. Leonard won the award the last two seasons. Gobert got 97 and Leonard received 93. Saric, Brogdon and Embiid are the three finalists for Rookie of the Year to be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards show.
CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians trailed by seven runs and were without manager Terry Francona by the fourth inning Monday night. Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana each had three RBIs to help Cleveland rally and beat the Texas Rangers 15-9 on Monday night after Francona left the game because he wasn’t feeling well. ”This is the best win of the year.” The Indians said Francona was evaluated by the team’s medical staff and checked out fine. He experienced similar symptoms as when he left a game June 14, when he was taken to a hospital. Mills came out to fetch starter Carlos Carrasco in the fourth inning, the first sign the players had that Francona wasn’t there. His health is the most important thing.” The Indians scored a run in the fourth, four in the fifth, took the lead with five in the sixth and added three in the seventh. Cleveland set a season high in runs, matched a season best with 19 hits and was 11 for 28 with runners in scoring position. ”I think coming off the type of series we just came off of, any win would be a good win,” Shaw said. Napoli returned to Progressive Field for the first time since helping the Indians reach the World Series last season. Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (broken right thumb) is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 3, but Banister said his return will be delayed.
The win was their 10th straight, and they own the NL's best record at 51–26 (.662). They're the third team to win 10 straight this year, after the Rangers (May 9–19) and Astros (11 straight from May 25–June 5). The last Dodgers team to do so was in 2006; that team, which extended their run to 17–1, ended up winning the NL West but bowing to the Mets in the Division Series. That streak is two wins better than next-best 55-game tear in the majors this year, by the Astros, and one win better than the best streak in the majors last year (by the Giants). The franchise record for home winning percentage is .779 (60–17) set at Ebbets Field in 1953, while the major league record is .805 (62–15) by the 1932 Yankees. Seventeen straight games with a homer Even in that June 15 loss, the Dodgers hit a home run, so they've now homered in 17 straight games, matching the Los Angeles era record set in 1960 (though they went just 8–9 in that stretch) but still a ways off the franchise record of 24, set in Brooklyn in 1953 (they went just 13–11 then, but did wind up winning the NL pennant). The major league record for consecutive games with a homer is 27, set by the 2002 Rangers; last year, the Padres and Cardinals became the third and fourth teams since 1953 to homer in 25 straight games; the 1994 Tigers and 1998 Braves did so as well. The Prodigy Sunday's win over the Rockies featured yet another two-homer game by rookie Cody Bellinger, his sixth of the season. With the two-homer game, Bellinger passed Mike Piazza to take over the team rookie record in that category, set in 1993, and he's one shy of the major league rookie record, set my Mark McGwire in 1987. Since being non-tendered by the Mets following the 2013 season, Turner has hit .309/.380/.501 for a 140 OPS+.
MLB Trades: Marlins send defensive whiz Adeiny Hechavarria to Rays. x This video is not available. Please try again in a few minutes. x This video is geo-restricted. Ads keep our content free for all to enjoy so please turn off any ad blockers to keep watching. This video is not available on your platform. This video is not available for this device, browser, or operating system. Good defensive shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has been sent along with his full salary to the Rays in exchange for minor-leaguers Braxton Lee and Ethan Clark, both teams announced. So it appears the Marlins are sellers and the Rays are buyers. Hechavarria isn't much of a hitter and he had been injured, but he's ready to come back and has a good defensive track record at a premium position.
Westbrook is the overwhelming favorite. His regular-season numbers — 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds per game — are too hard to ignore. Antetokounmpo is not going to win the league MVP; he’s not even a finalist. Kareem Abdul-Jabar (twice), Larry Bird, Kevin Durant and Chris Weber. Curry’s was below (very high) expectations. His numbers took a slight step backward from last season (25.3 points/6.6 assists/4.5 rebounds in 2016-2017). Is that because he’s making players around him more effective? But it all worked out in the end, as the Warriors prevailed in the NBA Finals and hoisted the championship trophy. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Minnesota Timberwolves remain interested in trading point guard Ricky Rubio despite sending Kris Dunn to the Chicago Bulls in a package for Jimmy Butler. ESPN's Marc Stein reported Monday the Wolves are shopping Rubio in hopes of landing more shooting. He shot above 40 percent from the floor for the first time in his career and broke out following the All-Star break, putting together his best-ever NBA stretch in March. Stein's report runs contrary to public comments made by general manger Scott Layden after last Thursday's draft. "His second half of the season I think was his best basketball, too, so we're looking forward to (having) him." "I think he's just going to grow on that second half, and just keep going and just have a great career here," Layden added. But there are some understandable fit issues. Neither Butler nor Andrew Wiggins are consistent three-point shooters. The best shooter in their starting lineup at the moment is their starting center, Karl-Anthony Towns. The Wolves are committed to Wiggins and Towns as part of their core, so Rubio is the only obvious trade piece.