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Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson get into a fake brawl at press conference

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Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson get into a fake brawl at press conference

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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Dana White was onstage in L.A. today at “UFC: Welcome to the Show” which was being held to drum up support for UFC 187 in May in Las Vegas. Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort came out and did a staredown for the fans. Then it was time for Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson to do the same. Jones had gotten into a brawl with Daniel Cormier last year at a similar event and a lot of people were wondering if it would happen again.

It did. Sorta. Johnson and Jones pretended to get into to it with Dana White in the middle. White was going crazy trying to separate both men but the two quickly started laughing and let it be known they were only playing around.

Jones will face Johnson On May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Stockstill announces spring, camp dates

Stockstill announces spring, camp dates

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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As the 2015 season approaches, Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill has announced his spring practice and summer camp dates.

The Blue Raiders are currently in week two of mat drills. The 5 AM workouts, which comprise of agility and mental toughness drills, got underway Feb. 16. The team holds the workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for three weeks beginning at 5:25 AM with the last one scheduled for March 6.

After a two-week break, Middle Tennessee will put the pads back on as spring practice will begin on March 20. The 15 practices will conclude with the annual Blue-White Spring Game on April 18 at 1 PM inside Floyd Stadium.

Following are the spring practice dates: March 20, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31, April 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, and 18. Scrimmages will be held on April 4, 11, and of course 18. Also, don’t forget the annual Lettermen’s Golf Tournament that will take place on April 17 at Indian Hills.

Stockstill welcomes back 45 letterman, 16 starters, and six new mid-term signees. The Blue Raiders return eight starters on an offense that ranked 30th nationally in rushing and 32nd in third down percentage.

Defensively, Middle Tennessee has eight starters back including senior stars T.T. Barber and Kevin Byard. Barber, despite battling injuries, led the team in tackles with 72 stops, while Byard added 66 and a team-leading six interceptions.

Stockstill also released his summer camp schedule for 2015 and attending is easy by signing up online at CoachStockstillCamps.com. Following are this year’s dates:

Elite Camps: May 31st, June 6th & 7th
Youth Camp: June 1st – 4th
Friday Night Lights Skills Camp: June 5th
Big Man & Kicking Camp: June 12th
QB/WR: June 13th
Friday Night Showcase: July 17th
7-on-7 Passing Camp: July 18th
OL / DL Camp: July 18th

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Parker dismissed from MTSU Women’s Basketball Team

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Parker dismissed from MTSU Women’s Basketball Team

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee senior forward Cheyenne Parker has been dismissed from the women’s basketball program due to violations of athletic department policy, according to Director of Athletics Chris Massaro.

Parker remains in good academic standing and is expected to finish the spring semester.

Parker was suspended for the first five games of the 2014-15 season for violating athletic department policy.

“We have high standards at Middle Tennessee,” Massaro said. “We expect all of our players to abide by the rules. Unfortunately, (Parker) could not meet those expectations. We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Parker averaged 18.6 points and 11.0 rebounds in 22 games as a Blue Raider. The Queen, N.Y., native set the single-season blocked shots record at Middle Tennessee with 88 and leads C-USA with 4.0 blocks per game.

Middle Tennessee plays host to UAB at Murphy Center Saturday at 5 p.m.

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OVC honors Butler

OVC honors Butler

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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The Ohio Valley Conference begins a new tradition in 2015 with the recognizing of men’s and women’s basketball legends from each of its member institutions during the OVC Basketball Tournament. Former Skyhawk guard Heather Butler has been chosen to represent UT Martin in the inaugural tradition.

With roots dating back to 1948, the OVC and its member institutions have produced many outstanding student-athletes who have earned numerous accolades and led their respective schools to success on the hardwood.

Each OVC member institution identified both a male and female legend to be honored through signage and announcements at this year’s and next year’s championship. This year the league selected six male student-athletes and six female student-athletes and next year the next group of 12 legends will be honored.

Butler finished her career as the top scorer in OVC history with 2,865 points which ranked 16th on the NCAA’s all-time leaderboard. Named the 2014 OVC Player of the Year, Butler ranked ninth in the country in scoring with 23.6 points per game along with setting her third NCAA three-point record with 392 career three-pointers made. Butler scored in double figures in 129 consecutive games – every game of her career – ranking as the second longest streak in NCAA history. Her 129 game double figures streak ranks fifth on the all-time NCAA list. She later signed a free agent contract with the San Antonio Stars, becoming the first OVC player to play in the WNBA.

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UFC 184 Weigh-ins Video

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano will go to war tonight after weighing in yesterday in Los Angeles. The weigh-ins went pretty smooth but Mark Munoz did some in heavy but did make the weight after another hour.

The event is really geared towards the women. Should Holly Holm get by Raquel Pennington it’s likely she will get the next shot at Rousey as long as she beats Zingano.

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Georgia Falls 4-3 To GSU

Georgia Falls 4-3 To GSU

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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A two-out, two-run double in the seventh by Aaron Mizell lifted Georgia Southern past 18th-ranked Georgia 4-3 Friday at J.I. Clements Stadium.

The Bulldogs saw their three-game winning streak snap but the more pressing question Friday was the status of Georgia sophomore ace Robert Tyler and freshman left-hander Bo Tucker who both left the game with injuries. Tyler will have an MRI on his right elbow Saturday while Tucker was diagnosed with a groin injury. Tyler left with two outs in the fourth after registering eight strikeouts and allowing a pair of runs on four hits. Tucker came out after getting the first out of the eighth.

The Eagles (6-4) struck first in the first on a two-out single by Chase Griffin, scoring Mizell who reached on a triple. Georgia answered in the second, scoring two runs on four hits including an RBI-single from freshman Keegan McGovern. GSU tied the game in the fourth off Tyler as shortstop Daltony Busby provided a run-scoring single. Georgia reclaimed a 3-2 edge in the seventh on an error by Busby, allowing Stephen Wrenn to score after he reached with his second hit of the night.

Sophomore right-hander Drew Moody came in for Tyler and tossed three scoreless frames with three strikeouts before leaving with two on and two out in the seventh in favor of Tucker. Mizell greeted him with the go-ahead two-run double.

GSU reliever Jason Richman earned a win to move his record to 2-0 while Chris Brown tossed 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts for his third save. Moody took the loss to fall to 0-1.

“We didn’t have a lot of good at bats tonight and you have to credit Georgia Southern’s pitchers because they did a good job,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “We need to have better at bats Saturday. I thought Drew came in and threw the ball well in relief of Robert Tyler, and we went to Bo for the left-on-left matchup, and the veteran (Mizell) won the battle against our freshman.

“ We’re staying positive and will wait to hear about Robert after he gets an MRI Saturday,” Stricklin added. “Bo’s injury was a groin. Through the course of a season, we know we’re going to have to battle through adversity, and we’re facing some right now with the injuries to Robert and Bo. ”

The series continues Saturday with first pitch slated for 2:03 p.m. and be available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Radio Network and on ESPN3.

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Blue Raiders Win Fourth Straight

Blue Raiders Win Fourth Straight

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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Senior Jake Ingold’s RBI single in the 12th inning broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Middle Tennessee past New Orleans in a pitcher’s duel Friday night. The Blue Raiders have now won four straight and improve to 6-1 overall on the season.

Starter Johnathan Frebis tossed a season-high 7.1 innings and struck out seven, tying his single-game record for the fifth time of his career. The Blue Raider ace allowed only two hits and one unearned run in the no-decision.

“This was by far his best start in three outings this year,” head coach Jim McGuire said. “And that’s what we need him to do, he’s got to be that kind of guy on Friday nights for us. He was very effective tonight.”

In a game that lasted nearly four hours, the Blue Raiders twice left the bases loaded and stranded a total of 14 runners as the Privateers turned a pair of clutch double plays in the ninth and 10th frames.

“It was a team win, we really had to grind it out,” McGuire said. “We had all kinds of opportunities where we could’ve scored, but we just couldn’t breakthrough.”

Jared Allen reached base on a dropped third strike to lead off the 12th and cleanup hitter Michael Adkins put down a sacrifice bunt to get Allen to second base. Allen immediately stole third and Ingold shot a 3-2 pitch back up the middle to plate the go-ahead run.

The Blue Raiders went down 1-0 in the second after UNO scored on an error, but a Dustin Delgado sacrifice fly tied it in the fifth.

Delgado (2-for-3; 2 BB, RBI) extended his reached-base streak to 22 games, pacing MT with two hits along with Ingold (2-for-5; 2B RBI) and leading-hitter Brad Jarreau (2-for-3; 2 BB). Kaleb King collected his second double of the season as the Blue Raiders combined for nine hits.

The Middle Tennessee bullpen was spectacular in the late innings, most notably Nathan Foriest (1.2 IP) who twice stranded the winning run and recorded four punchouts. Blake Stansberry kept the Privateers off the board in the eighth, while Sam Alton earned his first Blue Raider win in two innings of perfect relief.

New Orleans sent out five pitchers as Kevin Kelleher (0-2) was charged with the loss. Freshman Shawn Semple went toe-to-toe with Frebis, turning in a quality six innings with one run on five hits and five strikeouts. Preston Marsh led the Privateers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

MT overcame an uncharacteristic three errors in the early going and limited the home team to four hits on the night.

Austin Bryant had his 11-game hit streak snapped, while Middle Tennessee improves to 3-3 in extra-inning contests under McGuire. At six wins in seven games, the Blue Raiders are off to their best start in five years.

The series continues on Saturday with game two’s first pitch scheduled for noon. McGuire will skip Kooper Kessler in the rotation and send out Nate Hoffman for the junior transfer’s first start. The game can be heard on WMOT-2 (92.5 FM) and on GoBlueRaiders.com.

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TSU Legend Mason Passes Away

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TSU Legend Mason Passes Away

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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Tennessee State men’s basketball legend Anthony Mason passed away due to heart complications, Saturday, at the age of 48.

Mason played for Tennessee State University from 1985-88 and left as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 2,076 points. The Miami, Fla. native also tallied 894 career rebounds, ranking him sixth in the school’s record book.

The forward was so dominant down-low during the 1987-88 season that he was fouled and put on the line a TSU record 247 times, making 191.

After becoming the school’s first All-Ohio Valley Conference Player in 1988, Mason was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the third round of the 1988 NBA Draft. He went on to play with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat, averaging 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in his 13-year NBA career.

Mason really blossomed in New York, leading his team to the Finals in 1994 and winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 1995. He was named to the 1996-’97 All-NBA Third Team and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He led the league in minutes played in 1995-’96 (3,457), also setting a Knicks record with the number.

Mason’s oldest son, Anthony Jr., played for St. John’s while his other son, Antoine, plays at Auburn after transferring from Niagara.

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Cumberland wins at the buzzer

Cumberland wins at the buzzer

Posted on 27 February 2015 by Allen

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Shantanique Tolbert’s putback off an air-ball just before the final buzzer provided the winning points in Cumberland’s 50-48 victory over Lindsey Wilson in women’s basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (15-11, 8-6 Mid-South) shot just 34 percent from the field in the contest, including 2-for-15 from 3-point range, but Tolbert, who played just nine minutes into the contest and was in the game because Brittany Lawson fouled out with 3:36 remaining, caught the Chelsey Hall air-ball and made a layup just before the final horn sounded for the winning points.

The Bulldogs called timeout with 14.7 seconds remaining and the game tied at 48. Jalita Fason tried to drive but was cut off and passed out to Hall, who did get into the lane but her left-handed shot from about 12 feet fell short. All of the Lindsey Wilson (21-8, 9-5) defenders went toward Hall, leaving Tolbert all alone for the final basket.

Tolbert’s offensive rebound with 2:09 remaining led to a foul and the junior knocked down both ends of the 1-and-1, giving CU a 48-46 advantage. Chanel Roberts, who scored a game-high 22 points for the Blue Raiders, hit a baseline jumper with 1:19 to play, tying the contest for the seventh and final time. The game also had nine lead changes, five in the second half.

Freshman Kaitlin Oliver led the Bulldogs with a season-high 12 points and added seven rebounds while Lawson grabbed 14 boards but scored only six points on 3-of-9 shooting. Fason finished with nine points and five steals but made just 4-of-14 shots and Hall had eight points, five rebounds and four assists but also had a tough time from the field, hitting only 3-for-14. Terra Pryor recorded seven points and seven rebounds as well for Cumberland.

Billie Hearn grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds for the Blue Raiders but Roberts was the only LWC player in double figures.

The two teams started the game ice cold, missing six shots apiece before Johnson’s 3-pointer from the corner with 15:48 left in the opening half finally broke the scoreless game. That also broke the ice in the scoring column for both teams, with the club combining for 17 points over the next four minutes.

The Blue Raiders scored eight straight points in the middle of the period, including a 3-pointer and a long jumper from Bre Elder, for a 17-11 advantage. Hearn had an offensive rebound and putback to make it a six-point lead for LWC again, but Oliver’s putback in the final minute cut the deficit to three at the break.

The Blue Raiders shot 30 percent from the field, which was better than CU, and Hearn had four points and eight rebounds. Oliver scored six points for the Bulldogs and Lawson grabbed 11 boards, six on the offensive glass, but Cumberland was just 9-of-35 from the field.

Hall’s free throw at the 17:27 mark of the second half tied the game at 24, the first of seven ties in the final period. Neither team led by more than four the rest of the contest.

Both squads also missed crucial free throws down the stretch, including two apiece by Fason and Hall and three from Roberts, who was just 6-for-14 at the foul line. Jazmine Smith hit a driving layup for the Bulldogs with 12:30 remaining, but Roberts answered on the other end with a layup plus the foul, knotting the score at 33.

Lindsey Wilson took the biggest lead of the second half with a 9-2 spurt over a three-plus minute stretch, with Johnson knocking down two foul shots and a midrange jumper. Roberts added a bucket and three foul shots, the last one with 4:34 to play for a 44-40 LWC advantage.

Lawson’s turnaround from about eight feet ended the run on the next trip down the floor and a steal and layup by Fason tied the contest again with 3:17 to play. Roberts hit another baseline jumper, but Fason answered with a floater on the baseline as well, knotting the game at 46 with 2:47 to play.

That set-up the final four points from Tolbert, her only points of the contest, and the win.

Cumberland opens play in the Mid-South Conference Championships next Thursday, March 5, in Frankfort, Ky. Tournament seedings and pairings will be announced Sunday after the conclusion of all league games.

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Bulldogs Prevail 76-72 at Ole Miss

Bulldogs Prevail 76-72 at Ole Miss

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Allen

The Georgia Bulldogs won their second consecutive SEC road contest with a 76-72 victory over Ole Miss at the C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum on Wednesday night.

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Georgia improved to 18-9 on the season and 9-6 in SEC play with the win while Ole Miss fell to 19-9 overall and 10-5 in the league.

The Bulldogs were ahead of the Rebels 34-23 at the break and led by as much as 12 points with 10:07 to go in the second half, but Ole Miss clawed its way back into the contest towards the end of the game, slimming the margin to as much as two points before the Bulldogs regained their momentum with a late surge.

Junior Kenny Gaines scored 22 points as he went 8-for-15 from the field and 4-for-7 from three-point range to lead Georgia in scoring. Senior Marcus Thornton chipped in with 18 points of his own in addition to a game-high 13 rebounds to secure his fifth double-double of the season. Senior Nemanja Djurisic and junior Charles Mann also posted double-digit scoring totals with 17 and 22 points, respectively. Sophomore Cameron Forte was second on the team with 8 rebounds.

“Our kids really came with a determination about them,” said head coach Mark Fox. “I’m really proud of them. We had a bad week and we gave up a couple of home games to teams that maybe people didn’t think we should have lost to, and maybe we didn’t think we should have lost to, but we went on the road and beat two really good basketball teams this week. I think Ole Miss is a lock for the NCAA tournament and I’m really proud of our team for their resiliency and certainly our start was key for our victory today.”

The Bulldogs led for 36:48 of the game and enjoyed a comfortable spell in the first half as they took the lead with 15:15 to play in the opening period and never looked back. Djurisic paced Georgia in scoring early on, netting three of his six shots from three-point range to post a team-high 11 points going into the locker room.

It was Gaines, though, who gave the Bulldogs a double-digit advantage right before halftime as he sank a buzzer beating three to put the score at 34-23 in Georgia’s favor.

“We handled that possession perfectly,” said Fox. “Give Kenny credit for finishing it at the horn with a three, but our guards managed the clock perfectly. We took the last shot of the half, they didn’t get the ball back, and that was a sign of really good maturity from us.”

A 9-3 run midway through the second half extended Georgia’s lead to as much as 12 points, but the Rebels cut the margin down to just two points with 4:04 to play.

Thornton was able to dominate on the next three Georgia possessions, however, as he sank five-straight points to give the Bulldogs some breathing room. The senior then added five more before the final buzzer sounded to put the game beyond doubt.

“Marcus Thornton was terrific in the second half,” said Fox. “He got a double-double and he has his legs back. He was in foul trouble in the first half but he got in a groove late on. They guarded him, it was physical, but he went and got some rebounds there late in the game that nobody else way getting. He was just outstanding tonight.”

As a team the Bulldogs shot 37 percent (23-62) from the field and 48 percent (11-23) from three-point range. The Rebels shot 35 percent from the field (23-66) and were led in scoring by Stefan Moody’s 19 points.

The Bulldogs will return home to face Missouri (8-20, 2-13) on Saturday in a noon tip-off at Stegeman Coliseum. The game is scheduled to air on ESPNU. It will be the two teams’ first meeting this season. Georgia swept the Tigers on the road (70-64 OT) and at home (71-56) last year.

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Four individuals ranked; Bulldogs move up to 17th

Four individuals ranked; Bulldogs move up to 17th

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Allen

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Cumberland moved up three spots to No. 17 as a team and four student-athletes earned individual rankings, including senior Jake Williams at No. 2 at 149 pounds in the latest edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.

Williams swept through the NAIA East Region Qualifier last weekend with three victories, running his record to 21-2 overall this spring at 149. The Rio Rancho, N.M., native has posted victories over Campbellsville University’s fourth-ranked Kyle Terry, Lindsey Wilson’s fifth-ranked Isaac Thomas and Life University’s 16th-ranked Dallas Brown this month.

Senior Scott Stewart moved up two spots to 10th at 285 after finishing as runner-up in the weight class at last week’s NAIA Qualifier. The Kenova, W.Va., native improved to 17-2 this academic year with all but one of those matches this semester. He has produced wins over Missouri Valley College’s ninth-ranked Daniel Mueller and Life’s 10th-ranked Jacob Roza since January 31.

Sophomore Kyle Delaune moved back into the rankings at 184 for the first time since the Preseason Coaches’ Poll in October. The New Orleans, La., native has won five of his last seven outings overall and went 2-2 in last week’s NAIA Qualifier, defeating Life’s 15th-ranked Dalton Bailey. He also has victories this season against Southern Oregon’s fourth-ranked Jacob Abrams and Montana State-Northern’s 13th-ranked William Miller. Delaune has posted an 18-11 overall mark at 184 this season.

Freshman Austin Meyn made his first appearance in the national rankings this season at 141 after a fourth-place finish in last week’s event. The New Orleans native has also posted wins in five of his last seven bouts, including against Indiana Tech’s 15th-ranked Robert Humphrey. Meyn is 9-13 overall this academic year at 141.

Williams, Stewart, Delaune and Meyn along with Dustin Harris and Nate Croley all qualified or received at-large berths into next week’s NAIA Championships in Topeka, Kan. Live video for the event will be available at www.naianetwork.com.

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Kimbo vs Ken Shamrock set for June

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Allen

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While the UFC lays claim to most of the best fighters in the world Bellator is now relaunching itself as the promotion that does big fights. Last year they put on Tito Ortiz vs Stephan Bonner that did great ratings for Spike TV. Now they are going with Kimbo Slice vs UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock. Slice washed out of the UFC several years ago and Shamrock is 51 years old. It will be a trainwreck but people will watch.

Here is the press release from Bellator.

On October 4, 2008, a freak accident robbed the MMA world of one of the most anticipated fights in the history of the sport. On June 20, Bellator MMA will right that wrong.

Street fighting legend and YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice and “The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Ken Shamrock, have agreed to renew their rivalry and will now meet in the main event of “Bellator MMA: Unfinished Business,” which takes place at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center and airs live and free on Spike TV.

Additional information, including ticket prices and an on sale date, will be announced shortly.

“I remember how excited I was when this fight was originally announced, and how disappointed I was when it didn’t come to fruition at that time,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “I’m very happy we were able to put this one together because I know these guys still have a lot of unfinished business to take care of, and when they do, it will be something special.”

The two superstar each played featured roles in the two most-watched MMA contests in U.S. television history, as Slice’s 2008 win over James Thompson peaked with a remarkable 7.281 million viewers, and Shamrock’s 2006 tussle with Tito Ortiz earned 6.524 million viewers.

Slice also fought in the third most-watched contest, as his bout with Seth Petruzelli – who replaced Shamrock on that 2008 evening – scored 6.451 million viewers.

Slice and Shamrock were originally supposed to fight in 2008, but in one of the most bizarre incidents in MMA history, Shamrock suffered a cut over his eye during pre-fight warmups and was ruled ineligible for the contest just hours before it began.

For Slice, a chance to revisit the matchup provides an opportunity to rewrite history.

“Ken Shedrack, I owe you this ass whooping,” Slice said. “No more running! No more hiding!”

Meanwhile, Shamrock is an MMA Hall of Famer and multiple-time world champion who is universally recognized as a true pioneer of the sport. Competing professionally since 1993, Shamrock has fought the absolute biggest names in the history of MMA, including Rich Franklin, Don Frye, Royce Gracie, Matt Hume, Ortiz, Bas Rutten, Kazushi Sakuraba and Dan Severn, among many others.

Now in the twilight of his career, Shamrock believes his drive and determination have him in the best form of his career.

“I am back,” Shamrock said. “It’s good to be performing again for my fans. I feel great, and my health is great. Age should never be a factor if an athlete is healthy, in great shape, and has the drive to continue their sport. I will quit fighting when I want to.”

And for Shamrock, the frustration of that bizarre 2008 night has lingered for years. Now is a chance to prove he would have been the one with his hand raised.

“Kimbo Slice and I have some unfinished business,” Shamrock said. “I am a fighter – that’s who I am. Fighting has always invigorated me. Never give up.”

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EKU Women fall at Belmont

EKU Women fall at Belmont

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Allen

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The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team fell to a hot-shooting Belmont team, 84-70, on Wednesday night at the Curb Event Center.

Belmont (13-15, 10-5 OVC) shot 44 percent (11-of-25) from three-point range to earn the win. The Bruins also went 23-of-31 (72.7 percent) from the free throw line.

Junior Shameekia Murray led the way for EKU (9-16, 4-11 OVC), scoring 17 points, grabbing five rebounds and coming up with three steals. Sophomore Michaela Hunter added 13 points and a team-best eight rebounds, while junior Jasmine Henshaw came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points. Henshaw had scored 10 points five times in her career before Wednesday night.

Sierra Jones paced Belmont with a career-high 23 points, while Sally McCabe contributed a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) for the Bruins.

McCabe’s effort led Belmont to a 47-30 rebounding advantage over Eastern.

The Colonels stayed within striking distance in the first half due in large part to the long-range shooting of Murray. Murray knocked down three three-pointers in the first 20 minutes, the last of which pulled EKU to within eight, 35-27, with 47 seconds on the clock. However, Belmont’s Lauren Thompson converted a layup on Belmont’s ensuing possession to send the Bruins into the locker room at halftime up by 10, 37-27.

Belmont shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field in the first half.

The Bruins opened the second half on a 9-2 run and grabbed a 16-point advantage, 46-29, on a pair of free throws by McCabe with 17:53 left. Belmont led by double digits the rest of the way.

EKU will close out the season by hosting Tennessee Tech at McBrayer Arena on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

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Lipscomb falls 70-47 to USC Upstate in final regular-season road contest

Lipscomb falls 70-47 to USC Upstate in final regular-season road contest

Posted on 26 February 2015 by Allen

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With a start as cold as the winter storm that is bearing down on the southeast, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team dug a hole it could not dig out of falling 70-47 to Atlantic Sun Conference foe USC Upstate at the G.B. Hodge Center.

The Bisons opened the contest by missing the first seven attempts from the field and would go on to hit only two of the first 17 attempts from the floor. The Purple and Gold would claw back from an 11-point deficit to trail 32-26 at the half.

“I don’t think there was ever a point in the game where we were in control, where we played with confidence or played with the mentality that this game had a real significance,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Upstate kept us in it in the first half and gave us hope and momentum but we didn’t capitalize”

The lid never would come off the basket for the Bisons in the second half either as Lipscomb shot 21.2 percent in the final 20 minutes of action.

“We some guys player harder than others and some guys wanted it more than others but we didn’t have anybody that played the way that we needed them to play,” said Alexander. “I take the blame for that for sure because it’s my job to have them ready and to have them execute better. Until we do that, we’re going to get the same result.”

Sophomore guard Josh Williams led Lipscomb with a 15-point, five rebound effort. Center Chad Lang fresh off his first career double-double nearly completed the feat again with an 8-point, 9-rebound night.

Upstate’s Ty Greene led all scorers with a 25-point effort hitting 8-of-16 from the floor including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.

The Bisons return home on Saturday morning to wrap up the 2014-15 regular season hosting Kennesaw State for “Senior Day” at Allen Arena. The game tipsoff at 10 a.m. and will air on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

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