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Mike Adams has gotten knocked out of Ravens’ game



Houston Texans veteran safety Mike Adams has been knocked out of the game against the Baltimore Ravens today. What happened?

The Houston Texans are off to a solid start in today’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.  In what many thought would be a shootout, the possessions of the 1st quarter have largely been three-and-outs or ending with a turnover.

The Houston Texans have already made some big plays with A.J. Moore being able to help avert a successful fake field goal late in the 1st quarter.

A botched pass interference call on Matthew Judon with 5:56 left in the first quarter as he was trying to prevent a DeAndre Hopkins touchdown could’ve seriously turned the tides.  The referees didn’t make the call at all and Bill O’Brien — who went for it on 4th down — decided to challenge it and he lost, resulting in him losing a valuable timeout.

The league has shied away from overturning such calls as the evidence has to be undeniable to be overturned.  Based on the replays, it certainly looked like Judon was tugging onto his jersey and then made the tackle on Hopkins.

Luckily, the Ravens didn’t benefit from that terrible call as their drive ended with the Moore tackle on tight end Mark Andrews.

But in earlier news before the start of the game, the Houston Texans found out they will be without veteran safety Mike Adams, who suffered a concussion.

According to the Chron’s Aaron Wilson, the injury was suffered during warmups when he collided with a Ravens’ player.  He was down for a few minutes and was deemed unfit to be

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available for today’s game.

Adams literally was knocked out of the game before the game actually even started.

The Houston Texans didn’t have time to switch players out on the inactive list because they had already announced the seven that weren’t going to be available for the game.

So the timing could’ve have been worse for the Houston Texans to quickly find a replacement for him on the roster.

My best guess is that they would’ve re-activated Joel Heath, who just re-signed with the Houston Texans, which would’ve provided additional depth on the defensive line.  Heath is familiar with how the team does things, having spent all three seasons of his career with the franchise.

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Adams who is the eldest player on the team at age 38, has been a valuable veteran presence for the secondary in the locker room off the bench.  He still can make plays and that’s why he has a roster spot in this league.

The two-time Pro-Bowler, who was signed as a free agent early last month, has one tackle through three games for the Houston Texans this season.


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Australian Open 2020: What to Expect



MELBOURNE, Australia — In the shadow of the country’s bushfire crisis, the best tennis players in the world have traveled to Australia for the first Grand Slam event of the decade.

There will, however, be some notable absences when the Australian Open begins on Monday. Bianca Andreescu, the 19-year-old Canadian who won the United States Open four months ago, withdrew from this tournament because of a knee injury. The former No. 1 Andy Murray, who defied his retirement announcement here a year ago and returned to the tour after a hip resurfacing operation, has been sidelined again by pelvic bruising.

Despite these apples-to-oranges disparities, Williams has set her sights on Court’s mark for years. She has been within one match of equaling it four times, losing in the finals of Wimbledon and of the U.S. Open each of the last two years, all four times in lopsided fashion. Williams won her first title in nearly three years last weekend in Auckland, New Zealand, and that may ease some of the jitters that have accompanied her into her recent Grand Slam finals.

It is not just Williams’s pursuit that will keep Court’s name in the conversation at this tournament. After Court insisted that she be feted on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of winning all four Grand Slams in 1970, she will be honored throughout this tournament. The plans have already drawn the ire of many of Court’s critics, including Martina Navratilova, who has called for Court’s name to be stripped from the arena bearing her name at Melbourne Park because of her determinedly homophobic and transphobic remarks in recent decades.

Another clean sweep at the Grand Slams this year for the men’s so-called Big 3 seems possible: Nadal, Djokovic and Federer have combined to win the last 12 Grand Slam events and hold the top three spots in the ATP rankings. There has not been a first-time Grand Slam champion in men’s tennis since Marin Cilic won the 2014 U.S. Open.

There are some signs of the tide shifting: Fourth-ranked Daniil Medvedev, 23, pushed Nadal to a fifth set in the U.S. Open final in September and won two Masters titles last year. The elite year-end ATP Finals in London, which was contested by all of the Big 3, was ultimately won by Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, who defeated Dominic Thiem for the title.

Thiem, 26, would not be considered an up-and-comer in any other era of tennis, having already competed in 24 Grand Slam tournaments. But if he can break through for his first Grand Slam title this year, it would qualify as a new look for a tour that has lacked fresh faces.

Ashleigh Barty, the reigning French Open champion, is Australia’s best chance for a homegrown singles winner since Chris O’Neil claimed the 1978 women’s title. The top-ranked Barty, a Queenslander with Indigenous ancestry, has quickly become a favorite of Australian fans, beloved for both her unassuming personality and her preternatural court craft.

If she can handle the spotlight — and perhaps a fourth-round match with Alison Riske, who beat her at Wimbledon — Barty could become the first home champion of a Grand Slam event since Sloane Stephens won the 2017 U.S. Open.

Predicting contenders at this tournament has taken a back seat to forecasting the winds. When the winds have blown into the city from the east, smoke from the nearby East Gippsland bushfires has cast a pall over the city and the tournament, dusting the air and creating a haze that caused breathing problems for players who were practicing or competing in the qualifying rounds.

The tournament director, Craig Tiley, has said that play will be stopped if the air quality is too poor, but players and spectators could struggle anyway.

Tiley promised that the tournament would begin and end on time and that play would continue under the tournament’s three retractable roofs regardless. But with 254 main-draw matches to complete in singles alone, any sort of bottleneck could quickly choke the schedule.

The top men’s players had their traditional Australian Open preparations upended by the new ATP Cup, which was held in the first 10 days of the season and pitted teams against each other based on nationality. The goal was to generate more excitement than usual this early in the tennis calendar. How players will react once they reach Melbourne is yet to be seen, particularly players like Djokovic, Nadal and ninth-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut. They all reached the final between Serbia and Spain, each playing six singles matches.

There is already one player who will miss the Australian Open because of the new event: Alex de Minaur, the top male Australian player, pushed through an abdominal injury to keep playing for his country, ultimately sustaining a tear that forced him out of the Open.

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Donovan Mitchell Sports Louisville Themed Shoes, Watches Cardinals Beat Duke



A detail view of the Adidas shoes worn by Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz, before a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on January 18, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah guard Donovan Mitchell wore a Louisville Cardinals themed edition of his signature Adidas shoes and watched his former college team upset the Duke Blue Devils before the Jazz tipped off against the Sacramento Kings.

Mitchell and the Jazz hosted the Kings at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday, January 18. The Jazz guard’s college squad played at Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier on Saturday afternoon.

The Jazzman watched his No. 11 ranked Cardinals upset the No. 3 Blue Devils 79-73 on their home court from the sidelines during pregame warmups before the Sacramento vs. Utah game.

Mitchell wore a pair of Cardinals themed version of his Adidas D.O.N Issue #1 signature kicks in support of his college squad.

“That’s a big win,” said Mitchell after the final seconds of the Louisville vs. Duke game expired.

Mitchell’s alum improved to 15-3 on the season with the victory. The Jazz will also have bragging rights over Utah head coach Quin Snyder who played his college ball at Duke.

Mitchell and the Jazz were hot to start their game against the Kings in Salt Lake City and owned a 63-49 advantage at halftime.

The third-year guard scored 16 points on 4-10 shooting during the first 24 minutes of the game. Mitchell shot 3-7 from downtown while pulling down a rebound and dishing out an assist in 18 minutes of play. He posted a +13 plus-minus rating at the break.

Sacramento vs. Utah is broadcast on NBA League Pass, AT&T SportsNet, and 97.5 FM.

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U.F.C. 246 Live Results: Modafferi Wins Last Preliminary Bout



After the opening bell, Andre Fili of Sacramento, Calif., greeted his opponent, Sodiq Yusuff, with a raised hand, looking for a sportsmanlike touching of gloves. Yusuff, a rising contender from Camp Spring, Md., responded with a front kick that missed Fili’s face by what looked like an inch.

From there, the two featherweights spent three rounds trading punches — Yusuff landed more powerful ones — and takedowns. Fili brought Yusuff to the canvas more often, but Yusuff’s takedowns were more authoritative.

The bout ended in a workmanlike win for the 26-year-old Yusuff, with all three judges scoring it 29-28 (two rounds to one).

Russian flyweight Askar Askarov remained undefeated as a pro, with a unanimous decision win over an aggressive Tim Elliott.

Askarov dropped Elliott with a crisp left hand in the first round, but spent much of the second on his back thanks to judo-style hip tosses from Elliott, a 33-year-old from Lees Summit, Mo. Askarov retreated for much of round three but landed enough punches to win the fight.

The judges’ scores were: 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.

That didn’t take long.

Nasrat Haqparast saw an opening for a leg kick, so he threw one. But Drew Dober, a densely-muscled southpaw, saw a bigger opening — for an overhand left. Their blows landed simultaneously, but Dober’s did damage.

Haqparast hit the mat and Dober pummeled him with punches and elbows until the referee stopped the bout. It took 70 seconds and was, according to betting odds, an upset.

“I will knock anyone out in the division, I promise,” Dober said in the ring afterward.

Here is a list of the bouts in chronological order. The five-round main event will likely happen after midnight Eastern. The rest of the fights before then are scheduled for three rounds each.

Preliminary Card

  • Drew Dober vs Nasrat Haqparast (lightweight)

  • Tim Elliott vs Askar Askarov (flyweight)

  • Andre Fili vs Sodiq Yusuff (featherweight)

  • Roxanne Modafferi vs Maycee Barber (flyweight)

Main Card

  • Anthony Pettis vs Diego Ferreira (lightweight)

  • Brian Kelleher vs Ode’ Osborne (bantamweight)

  • Aleksei Oleinik vs Maurice Greene (heavyweight)

  • Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington (bantamweight co-main event)

  • Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone (welterweight main event)

The 15-month span between McGregor’s loss to Nurmagomedov and Saturday night’s fight with Cerrone is the second-longest layoff of McGregor’s mixed martial arts career, and it’s not clear how the time off might affect his skills in the octagon.

McGregor spent nearly two years away from the octagon before he lost to Nurmagomedov, a period that included his big-money boxing match with Mayweather. The time off might have contributed to the loss, but the undefeated Nurmagomedov was a difficult opponent for McGregor no matter what.

Cerrone, in contrast, has been one of the U.F.C.’s busiest athletes. He competed four times in 2019 alone, winning twice and losing twice.

McGregor is a former featherweight and lightweight champion, but Saturday’s bout will take place in the welterweight division, where the 170-pound weight limit could favor the taller Cerrone.

McGregor has spent the vast majority of his career competing in the 145- and 155-pound divisions, and has only competed twice as a welterweight. In March 2016 he lost by submission to Nick Diaz, and five months later he defeated Diaz by submission.

Cerrone fought exclusively as welterweight for more than two years, winning six fights and losing four between February 2016 and November 2018. But all of his bouts in 2019 took place in the 155-pound class.

Conor McGregor, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s biggest star, is finally back in the octagon after a 15-month absence.

More than three years after losing to the boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a highly popular crossover bout, and after tapping out against Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018, McGregor is scheduled to headline U.F.C. 246 on Saturday night. The 31-year-old former champion in two weight classes will face Donald Cerrone, a kickboxing specialist from Albuquerque who is known professionally as Cowboy.

Leading up to the fight, McGregor has presented himself as mature and focused, still capable of spectacular violence in the octagon, but also promising that the numerous legal problems that derailed his 2019 are behind him.

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