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Frankie Edgar out, Yair Rodriguez in for UFC Fight Night 139 headliner vs. ‘Korean Zombie’

Frankie Edgar out, Yair Rodriguez in for UFC Fight Night 139 headliner vs. ‘Korean Zombie’

There’s been a shakeup to the UFC Fight Night 139 main event. As a result, Yair Rodriguez will step in to fight Chan Sung Jung, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity since the promotion had yet to officially make announcement, though ESPN.com, which broke the news Friday night, cited UFC President Dana White in its report. Edgar, who just turned 37 last week, would’ve gone for his second straight victory after a unanimous decision over Cub Swanson in April. Edgar (23-6-1 MMA, 17-6-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio earlier this month that he was looking forward to his 25th UFC fight happening the same weekend of the promotion’s 25th anniversary celebration. “I think I’m just getting smarter,” Edgar said. I got in a while ago, and it was kind of archaic. I think we all over-trained a little bit, so I think just being on this game so long, knowing what’s right, what’s wrong, I got a little better at training. That’s kind of kept me bouncy, if you know what I mean.” Rodriguez (10-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC), 26, hasn’t fought since suffering a TKO loss to Edgar in May 2017. After public fallout with the promotion that nearly resulted in his release, the Mexican fighter had been set to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov in September but withdrew because of injury.
The Anatomy of Fun

The Anatomy of Fun

Jerami Grant was in awe when he cradled Nubbs, a blue-tongued skink lizard measuring at 24 inches long. Crawling around in his tank, the docile classroom reptile flickered his tongue to greet all newcomers waiting to be picked up and coddled. The friendly creature popped eyes and slacked jaws on sight when Grant along with Steven Adams, Patrick Patterson, Terrance Ferguson and Alex Abrines came by to see the lizard. On Friday afternoon, the Thunder teammates donned white lab coats to surprise students at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM). After the initial shock from the classroom settled, the players and the future biologists grabbed their gloves and tweezers for a hands-on zoology lesson. “When the Thunder is helping you dissect a squid, it's one for the books.” Cierra Clark, OSSM junior “This gives the kids a chance to get their hands dirty and learn directly. They'll definitely learn from this lecture today.” Brent Richards, Professor of Biology, OSSM
No. 6 Texas at Oklahoma State: After freefall into open week, Cowboys hope they have the leadership to turn season around

No. 6 Texas at Oklahoma State: After freefall into open week, Cowboys hope they have the leadership to turn season around

The next is having the leadership to make sure that energy is converted into positive execution Saturday against No. Any time something even slightly out of spot, anything like that, we’ve just got to be there and keep them in line and let them know this is important.” Smith said the leadership has to come from within each position group. Many of those issues are small, Smith believes. “I feel like the small things will help us long-term,” Smith said. “We don’t point fingers or anything like that,” he said. In the last month, the Cowboys lost three of four. Like his players, Gundy remained steadfast in his belief OSU’s issues can be solved and that the fabric of this team is not fraying. “I’m sure you get players that feel like they could contribute more, and how come I’m not getting more playing time or touching the ball more,” he said. And what I do is watch practice and meetings and kind of keep an eye on different things now to get a feel for that. And I don’t see a lot of it.
Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic says Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal can’t guard him

Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic says Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal can’t guard him

Report: Nikola Jokic signs 5-year max extension with Nuggets Shaquille O'Neal may have been the most dominant center during his time period, but Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is not showing any signs of intimidation. 😂 pic.twitter.com/v03znA0uci — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 26, 2018 While Shaq wasn't known for being a dominant defender, he was a 7-foot-1, 320-pound behemoth in his prime. He was also a three-time All-Defensive Team selection in 2000, 2001 and 2003, so it's not as if he was a slouch on that end of the court. Jokic is considered one of the more skilled centers of this time period, but it's a completely different era compared to when Shaq played. Big men were at more of an advantage in the 90s and early 2000s, but there was also a lot more physicality. While Jokic certainly earns points in the paint while posting up, the rules don't allow for as much physical play down low. Furthermore, the increased pace over the past several seasons has allow for more freedom for the offense. With that said, Jokic possesses an all-around game that not only sees him score in the post, but also sees him shoot 3-pointers. The 7-foot, 249-pound Jokic is a career 36.8 percent shooter from 3-point range. We'll never know whether Shaq would actually be able to guard Jokic with both players in their primes.
NBA scores, highlights: LeBron’s triple-double helps Lakers hand Nuggets first loss; Celtics mount comeback to beat OKC

NBA scores, highlights: LeBron’s triple-double helps Lakers hand Nuggets first loss; Celtics mount comeback to beat OKC

Damian Lillard set a franchise record with 34 points in the second half after scoring just seven points in the first half. NBA scores for Thursday, Oct. 25 Detroit Pistons 110, Cleveland Cavaliers 103 (Box Score) Portland Trail Blazers 128, Orlando Magic 114 (Box Score) Boston Celtics 101, Oklahoma City Thunder 95 (Box Score) Los Angeles Lakers 121, Denver Nuggets 114 (Box Score) LeBron, Lakers hand Nuggets first loss The Los Angeles Lakers ended the Denver Nuggets' undefeated start to their season, handing them a 121-114 loss on Thursday night. 🚨#LakeShow pic.twitter.com/mLWIvTG24P — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 26, 2018 Celtics have huge comeback win The Boston Celtics overcame a 24-point halftime deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 101-95, on Thursday night. The Celtics used a 16-1 scoring run and nine 3-pointers in the third quarter to keep the Thunder winless on the season. pic.twitter.com/bkb7zUST7F — Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 26, 2018 Lillard sets Blazers record Everybody in the NBA is scoring these days. As the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Orlando Magic on Thursday night, Damian Lillard scored 34 points in the second half -- a new franchise record for points in a half. Thunder takes quick 11-2 lead pic.twitter.com/q0zhmYckio — OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) October 26, 2018 Thunder make lineup change versus Celtics The Oklahoma City Thunder fielded a different starting lineup for their matchup versus the Boston Celtics tonight. The former All-Star is already up to 16 points in the first half after this spin, which led to a slam dunk. Vucevic has started 5-of-6 from the field while scoring 11 of the Orlando Magic's first 17 points. 8 PTS for Jusuf Nurkic early in the 1st!#RipCity #KiaTipOff18 pic.twitter.com/Jwxw3GzHNT — NBA (@NBA) October 25, 2018
Sooner bowl outlook: Oct. 25

Sooner bowl outlook: Oct. 25

What has to happen: Win out. Chances: 29 percent Possible opponents: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State What has to happen: There are really three scenarios here. Or, the third scenario is OU drops a remaining game in the regular season, while an undefeated league champ the rest of the rest (Texas or West Virginia) advances to the CFP, and OU earns the Big 12’s bid over that team. Another scenario is the Sooners losing one of their final five games, but still grabbing an at-large spot as one of the Top 12 teams. Chances: 17 percent Possible opponents: Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCF What has to happen: Same scenario as above. Chances: 17 percent Possible opponents: Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCF What has to happen: Wins in every remaining game, followed by a loss in the Big 12 Championship, which somehow knocks OU out of the Top 12 and out of contention for a New Year’s Six bowl OR one or two losses down the stretch here, which also keeps OU out of the NY6 mix. Losing at West Virginia, if the Mountaineers win out or only lose to Texas, would likely have the Sooners behind both of those teams in the bowl pecking order. That means one could grab the Sugar Bowl bid, another earn an at-large, and OU sits there for the Big 12’s first non-New Year’s Six bowl. Even with two losses, it’s expected the Sooners would be more of a priority than other league teams the bowl could pick. Finish with those two losses and see one of them selected first, and OU could be headed here.
Stephen Curry 51-point game: Wizards explain exasperation of guarding Warriors star when he’s scorching hot

Stephen Curry 51-point game: Wizards explain exasperation of guarding Warriors star when he’s scorching hot

They were tough shots. Stephen makes it look like he is playing a video game, because those shots are not normal shots to make, but he can make them. He makes shots that coaches would think are bad shots, but he makes 60 percent of them. So, they are good shots for Steph." Durant, by the way, had perhaps the quietest 30-point game of his career, while Thompson added 19. That's 100 points between three players on 59 shots -- the Warriors' conundrum in a nutshell. "It's just their team all together, you really can't help off of guys," Wall said. "They have KD and Klay out there, and Draymond does a great job of moving without the ball, setting screens. That's what makes them so tough. It's hard to imagine Curry, a two-time MVP, raising his game to an even more ludicrous level, but he's now 33-for-63 from the 3-point line (an absurd 52 percent), and has made more 3-pointers than four NBA teams.
ESPN’s FPI projects Oklahoma’s remaining games

ESPN’s FPI projects Oklahoma’s remaining games

8 Oklahoma Sooners are 6-1 heading into a matchup with the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. The Sooners are coming off a dominant 52-27 road win over TCU last week, a game in which they torched the Horned Frogs for 536 yards of offense while allowing just 275. It was a bounceback win for Oklahoma, who opened the season with five straight wins over Florida Atlantic, UCLA, Iowa State, Army and Baylor before falling to Texas on a late field goal in the Red River Showdown. Following the Week 8 games, ESPN updated its Football Power Index ratings, which featured the Sooners as the No. 5 team in the country and No. 1 team in the Big 12 Conference. In addition to its team ratings, FPI also includes game-by-game projections for every team, so we’ve decided to check in on the Oklahoma projections for the rest of the season. FPI gives the Sooners a 54.7 percent chance of winning the Big 12 title and a 27.3 percent chance of winning the remainder of their regular season games. With that in mind, here’s a look at the Sooners’ game-by-game projections for the rest of the season, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index: Week 9: vs. Kansas State Wildcats Date: Sat., Oct. 27 Location: Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium | Norman, Okla. FPI projected result: Win OU’s chance of winning: 94.0 percent Projected record: 7-1 Week 10: at Texas Tech Red Raiders Date: Sat., Nov. 3 Location: Jones AT&T Stadium | Lubbock, Texas FPI projected result: Win OU’s chance of winning: 68.6 percent Projected record: 8-1 Week 11: vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Date: Sat., Nov. 10 Location: Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium | Norman, Okla. FPI projected result: Win OU’s chance of winning: 86.7 percent Projected record: 9-1 Week 12: vs. Kansas Jayhawks Date: Sat., Nov. 17 Location: Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium | Norman, Okla. FPI projected result: Win OU’s chance of winning: 97.4 percent Projected record: 10-1 Week 13: at No. FPI projected result: Win OU’s chance of winning: 66.5 percent Projected record: 11-1

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