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Tony Thompson vs. Malik Scott

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44-year-old #9 WBC heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) will be looking to add another scalp to his resume this Friday night against 35-year-old Malik Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) in a 10 round fight on free television in the main event on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV at The Venue at UCF, located behind the CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla.

With the heavyweight division labouring slightly and both men clearly far from finished, the contest holds some interest with the winner surely not too far from a world title shot of some sort.

The older man by nine years, Thompson is coming off one of his best wins in his 40-5 (27) career. Facing old foe Odlanier Solis in Turkey, Thompson took full advantage of the younger man’s dubious conditioning and put a beat-down on the Cuban who eventually refused to box on after eight one-sided rounds.

That fight was back in February and one wonders how much longer “The Tiger” can continue mixing it with the best after 15 long years as a pro with around ten of those being spent somewhere around the world’s top ten big men.

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Malik Scott offers similar credentials to his older opponent with 40 bouts to his opponent’s 45. Scott is only an inch or so behind Thompson in the height and reach departments though could be around 20-25lbs the smaller man come fight night.

Scott, just like Tony, turned pro in 2000 and won every one of his first 35 pro contests. The Philly prospect made his name with terrific sparring of the world’s best men including Lennox Lewis. The problem was “King” never seemed to nail that meaningful fight that gets a guy’s status from prospect to contender.

After several low key victories, Scott disappeared after a win in December 2008 and wouldn’t resurface until early 2012. Credit where it’s due; Scott has faced far superior opposition since his comeback.

If Thompson looks good in beating Scott, he could have a chance of getting selected by Wilder’s adviser Al Haymon for Wilder’s next title defense. It’s not an ideal fight for Wilder though because he needs to face someone shorter to get him ready for his title shot against his WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Wilder needs to be ready for that fight because it’s potentially going to be a tough one.

“It’s great to be fighting on PBC on Bounce in a heavyweight fight like this,” said Thompson. “I’m not looking past Malik Scott because he’s an experienced and crafty fighter. I think most fighters will stay away from a style like Malik’s but everyone knows I will fight anyone. I’ll be looking to make a statement against him by pressing the action and keeping him out of his comfort zone.”

 

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East Carolina Pirates at Connecticut Huskies

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Start Time: 7:00 PM EST. Friday, October 30.

Location: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut

Line: East Carolina -7.5. Over/Under: 50.5.

The Eastern Carolina Pirates will travel to Rentschler Field to take on the Connecticut Huskies this Friday night in College Football action.

The Eastern Carolina Pirates couldn’t hold on to a 14-10 4th quarter lead and dropped to 4-4 (2-2 American East) on the season after being defeated by the 22nd ranked Temple Owls, 24-14, this past Thursday. The Pirates were able to outgain the Owls by a 378-322 margin however committed two turnovers and allowed Temple to block a key punt late in the 4th that led to game clinching TD for the Owls. Leading the way for the Pirates was WR Isaiah Jones who had 106 yards on 10 receptions in the loss.

On the season, Eastern Carolina is averaging 29.9 ppg on 426.0 yards per game (286.3 passing, 139.8 rushing). The Pirates have used two QB’s throughout the season as they have a throwing QB in Blake Kemp (70.1 comp %, 1828 yards, 11 TD, 7 INT) and a duel-threat QB in James Summers (Throwing: 66.7 comp %, 428 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, Rushing: 60 carries, 383 yards, 6 TD). RB Chris Harrison is the main threat in the backfield and currently has 525 yards and 7 TD on 119 carries. Eastern Carolina has a solid receiving core that is led by WR Isaiah Jones (61 receptions, 701 yards, 3 TD), TE Bryce Williams (38 receptions, 400 yards, 3 TD) and WR Trevon Brown (25 receptions, 341 yards, 3 TD). Defensively, Eastern Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 29.1 ppg on 413.3 yards per game (241.5 passing, 171.8 rushing). The Pirates have had trouble with turnovers as they’ve committed 15 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of minus 6. Leading the way for the defense has been LB Zeek Bigger who has 65 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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The Connecticut Huskies had trouble stopping the high-powered Cincinnati offense and dropped to 3-5 (1-3 American East) on the season after being defeated 37-13 by the Bearcats this past Saturday. The Huskies were outgained by an incredible 612-266 margin and committed two turnovers in the loss. QB Bryant Shirreffs struggled throwing the ball as he completed just 12 of 27 passes for 87 yards and a INT however did lead the way for the Huskies as he was able to rush for 90 yards on 17 carries. On the season, the Huskies have had trouble finding ways to put points on the board as they are averaging just 19.0 ppg on 342.1 yards per game (221.6 passing, 120.5 rushing). Leading the way for the offensive has been RB duo of Arkeel Newsome (83 carries, 412 yards, 4 TD; 33 receptions, 345 yards, 2 TD) and Ron Johnson (70 carries, 150 yards, 4 TD). QB Bryant Shirreffs has completed 62.0% of his passes for 1723 yards, 7 TD and 5 INT while rushing for 342 yards and 2 TD on 113 carries. Noel Thomas is the leading receiver for the Huskies as he has 493 yards and a TD on 37 receptions. Defensively, Connecticut is holding their opponents to 22.1 ppg on 388.5 yards per game (204.0 passing, 184.5 rushing). The Huskies currently have a plus 5 turnover margin and have been led defensively by DB Jhavon Williams (37 tackles, 3 INT) and DB Andrew Adams (65 tackles, 2 INT).

The Pirates are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following a S.U. loss however, just 2-10 ATS in their last 12 conference games. The Huskies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Why East Carolina Will Win

The Pirate offense was derailed by Temple, but it was just a brief detour. And now that the Huskies have begun showing cracks on D, yielding 612 yards to Cincinnati on Saturday, ECU is poised to get back on track. The staff has done a nice job of mixing the quarterbacks, passer Blake Kemp and runner James Summers, and the skill talent is much more diverse than it is at UConn.

Why Connecticut Will Win

Sure, the Huskies are a one-note, spotty offense that relies too heavily on QB Bryant Shirreffs. However, the Pirates have been anything but consistent on defense through the first eight games. It’s a beatable unit that’s going to be challenged by not only Shirreffs, but also RB Arkeel Newsome and WR Noel Thomas.

Player Who Matters

Summers took a backseat to Kemp last week because of how difficult it is to run on the Owls. But the Huskies are giving up more than 4.7 yards per carry, while being gashed the last two weekends. The Pirates will want to unleash the shiftiness of Summers, while also giving more touches to backs Chris Hairston and Anthony Scott.

 

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015The Rugby World Cup 2015 final takes place at Twickenham on Saturday, 31 October, 2015. Kick-off scheduled for 4.00pm (GMT).

It’s the final of the Rugby World Cup this weekend with Australia taking on New Zealand.

When Australia and New Zealand run out at Twickenham, both seeking to win their third world crown, the gameplan each will try to impose on the other won’t be polar opposites, but it will be close. On one hand the All Blacks, the reigning champions and the best side on the planet for a decade and more, will rely on doing the simple things well, or better than the Wallabies. Australia are altogether adventurous.

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Both teams have managed to make it to Twickenham with minimal injuries or absences, maximising the fans’ chances of seeing the best possible XVs head-to-head at the climax of the competition.

The pair are deserved finalists after showing their exceptional quality throughout the tournament.

Both displayed their ability to dominate and dismantle teams with ease to run up a huge score and likewise grind out narrow results in hard-fought contests.

The Wallabies were fairly comfortable victors against a resilient Argentina side, though they were only one score ahead for much of the match.

According to Fox Sports’ Christy Doran and Dan Walsh, the final will be the last international match in All Black for Carter and fellow veterans Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith and Keven Mealumu, while captain Richie McCaw is also likely to follow suit.

The match could well be a close encounter, but New Zealand’s experience and superior kicking give them the edge that should produce a fairytale ending to several glittering careers.

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Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Islanders

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Carolina Hurricanes (3-6-0) at New York Islanders (6-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)The Line: New York Islanders -200 / Carolina Hurricanes +180 — Over/Under: 5.5
Special teams play has the New York Islanders ascending toward the top of the Metropolitan Division. With a potent power play and a stingy penalty kill among the league’s top five in both categories, the Islanders vie for their seventh win in eight outings on Thursday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Carolina Hurricanes will be looking to extend their winning streak to three games when they visit the Barclays Center Thursday and are 7th in  the conference. The Hurricanes have won back to back contests after a 3-1 victory at Detroit on Tuesday night. The Canes received goals from Victor Rask, Eric Staal and Ron Hainsey to make a winner of Cam Ward and his 25 save performance. The slumping Red Wings are slow out of the gate with defeats in five of six to fall to 4-4-1. Jakub Kindl sored the lone goal for Detroit while the loss went to Petr Mrazek who recorded 18 stops.

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The New York Islanders look to continue their strong start to the season when the Carolina Hurricanes visit on Thursday night. The Islanders received another strong performance between the pipes from Jaroslav Halak  in a 4-0 victory versus Calgary on Tuesday. Halak now has two shutouts and is 3-1 with a 1.76 GAA after a 29 save effort against the Flames. Frans Nielsen paced the New York attack with a pair of tallies while Cal Clutterbuck and Mikhail Grabovski also found the back of the net. Nikolay Kulemin and Kyle Okposo added a pair of helperseach which was too much for Flames netminder Joni Ortio who stopped 31 shots in defeat.

Projected Lineups

Hurricanes (from Tuesday’s game)

Eric Staal – Victor Rask – Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Chris Terry
Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Kris Versteeg
Brad Malone – Jay McClement – Brock McGinn

Ron Hainsey – Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles – Brett Pesce
Michal Jordan – Ryan Murphy
Noah Hanifin

Cam Ward
Eddie Lack

Injuries and scratches: James Wisniewski (IR – ACL), Joakim Nordstrom (lower body), Andrej Nestrasil (lower body)

Islanders (from Monday’s game)

Nikolay Kulemin – John Tavares – Ryan Strome
Anders Lee – Frans Nielsen – Kyle Okposo
Josh Bailey – Mikhail Grabovski – Brock Nelson
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy – Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan – Travis Hamonic
Brian Strait – Marek Zidlicky

Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss

Injuries and Scratches: Eric Boulton (lower body), Thomas Hickey (lower body), Steve Bernier (healthy), Jean-Francois Berube (healthy)

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Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators

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October 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

The Line: Ottawa Senators -144 / Calgary Flames +130

Over/Under: 5.5

Two teams seeking salvation face off Wednesday when the Calgary Flames visit Canada’s capital to take on the Ottawa Senators. Calgary is wrapping up a three-game road trip that began with losses to the New York Islanders and Rangers.The Flames totaled one goal in those setbacks and have dropped six of their last seven contests overall, netting more than two tallies just once in those defeats.

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About The Flames (2-7-0)

Calgary heads into the Canadian capital looking for any kind of spark as they’re just 2-7 so far on the season and for a team that had so much hype coming into the year they have really been a disappointment. Calgary has a ton of young talent that is the core of their team right now and while that novelty worked out well for them last year they haven’t been able to build any momentum this season and perhaps we are seeing what a team looks like when too much of their success is dependent on young players.

The Flames have the talent to turn things around quickly but they haven’t been getting it don in their own end and against a Sens team that is very opportunistic and has a lot of offensive depth it may be tough for them to get a victory here.

About The Senators (3-3-2)

The Senators meanwhile are coming off a home loss against the Coyotes and will be looking to move above the .500 mark with a victory here as they too have underachieved a bit through eight games as they’re just 3-3-2. Ottawa made some changes in the offseason but return the majority of their team that went to the playoffs last season including Craig Anderson who will be getting the start between the pipes as the Sens try to sort out who will be their go to guy in the crease moving forward between Anderson and Andrew Hammond.

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Miesha Tate Still Disappointed

Miesha TateMiesha Tate is no longer certain that her dream of winning a world championship in mixed martial arts is attainable, and that feeling has her at a major crossroads.

It’s been two months since UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey announced on “Good Morning America” her that next opponent would be Holly Holm — not Tate, who had been publicly guaranteed the next shot by UFC president Dana White after her win against Jessica Eye the previous month.

Either way, Tate knows in her heart that she is the true number one contender for Rousey even if others don’t think she is due to her losing to Rousey twice.

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“I understand why they want to make the Rousey-Holly fight but that doesn’t change the way they handled it,” Tate told ESPN. “I think it happened the way it did because they didn’t want to risk the information getting out, but in a way, that’s also insulting to me. I’ve been fighting for a long time and I’ve proven my character. I’m a professional and I can separate my disappointment from my actions.

“I don’t think the UFC did this to be malicious, but I also don’t think they gave me any consideration. This was another day in the office to them but to me it’s like, ‘you just ruined my life,’ and I feel like they need to understand that a little.”

She feels that she deserves to fight Rousey for a third time and is worried that the UFC sees her as a gatekeeper in the division.

“I fear that they want me to fight all the other top girls and the connotation is that if they beat me, they get a title but if I beat them, it’s ‘bring on the next one.’ Essentially, I feel like they have deemed me as a gatekeeper and that’s fine for awhile because I put myself there. I won and lost those fights. But there has to be some light at the end of that tunnel. If there’s not, what is my future in this sport?”

“It’s a very fine line,” Tate said. “All I can say is I don’t want it to go in that direction but anything is a possibility. If it’s clear there’s no way for me to get a title shot as long as Ronda has the belt, then I don’t know. I suppose I have to look at my options. And that’s not saying I will retire, but it’s something I’d have to think about.”

Tate made it clear that she is a company person as she has shown that in the past, but also made it clear that will stand up for what she believes in and will not let the UFC bully her around.

“When push comes to shove, I will stand my ground,” Tate says. “I’m a company woman. I went to Japan and fought on Fight Pass for relatively low exposure. I fought Sara McMann when nobody wanted to fight her. I make myself as available as possible. But there comes a point when I can not sacrifice what I believe in my heart to be right.

“I’m not saying the UFC is trying to bully me, but if they really want something and they get it in their head, that’s all they want and for me it’s not that simple. When I don’t feel right about something or if my heart’s not into it, I’m not going to do it.”

Tate (17-5) is currently on a four-fight winning streak. In her last six bouts, she’s 4-2. She is scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes (11-4), who is 4-1 in her last five bouts and is currently on a two-fight winning streak, at a to be determined event in December.

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Arizona Coyotes at Boston Bruins

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The Arizona Coyotes look to conclude their five-game road trip with a third straight victory when they visit the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Arizona began its trek with setbacks against New Jersey and the New York Rangers that extended its overall losing streak to four games (0-3-1) after opening the season with three consecutive victories.The Coyotes turned things around north of the border, however, posting triumphs in Ottawa on Saturday and Toronto two nights later. Boston will be attempting to extend its points streak to five games and complete a sweep of the two-game season series against Arizona.

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The Arizona Coyotes look for their third straight victory as they end a five-game road trip. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.9 goals per game and scoring on 8.8 percent of their power plays. Anthony Duclair leads Arizona with five goals, Max Domi has six assists and Tobias Rieder has 27 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.4 goals per game and killing 83.9 percent of their power play chances. Mike Smith has allowed 19 goals on 245 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up two goals on 43 shots. Smith has allowed three or more goals in five straight games.

The Boston Bruins look for a nice home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.9 goals per game and scoring on 33.3 percent of their power plays. David Krejci leads Boston with five goals, Loui Eriksson has five assists and Patrice Bergeron has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 4.1 goals per game and killing 68.2 percent of their power play chances. Jonas Gustavsson has allowed five goals on 48 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 22 goals on 151 shots. Rask has allowed 14 goals in his last three games. Matt Beleskey is questionable with an upper-body injury.

The Coyotes are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 22-45 in their last 67 road games. The Bruins are 4-9 in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Coyotes are 3-7-1 in the last 11 meetings in Boston and 0-7 in the last 7 meetings overall.

 

 

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CIMB Classic 2015

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The Malaysian LPGA tournament had the ‘angels’. Now the men’s competition will see our own ‘three musketeers’ at the CIMB Classic.

Danny Chia, Ben Leong and Arie Irawan Fauzi will tee off in the US$7mil (RM29.77mil) event at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) on Thursday.

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Arie and Ben will be making their debut at the US PGA Tour and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event. This will be Danny’s fourth outing.

Arie gets the nod because Danny will now compete as one of the leading 10 players in the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.

The 25-year-old Arie will make his debut at the US$7 million PGA TOUR FedExCup event. Arie is the only player to win twice on the Asian Development Tour this season claiming his breakthrough victory at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship earlier in January followed by ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational in April.

Chia previously held the exemption as the highest ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Ranking as aof September 30. However, a victory at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters and a T8 at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC in Chinese Taipei earlier this month moved him into the top-10 of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, through which he will now qualify for the CIMB Classic.

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New York Mets vs Kansas City Royals

 New York Mets vs Kansas City RoyalsThe World Series has arrived and the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets battle for the title.

Game 1 of the best-of-seven series will be played at Kauffman Stadium and will be on October 27, 2015.

The match will start at 8:07 PM ET.

Those two teams will be the Kansas City Royals making their second straight World Series appearance as the American Leaguerepresentative and the New York Mets representing the National League for the first time since 2000. The Mets haven’t won a championship since 1986 while the Royals haven’t won since 1985.

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These two teams had some different routes to this Fall Classic, however. The Mets made quick work of the Cubs in the NLCScompleting the four-game sweep, while the Royals had a little bit more work to do disposing of the Blue Jays, but ultimately got it done in six-games.

This is the first World Series ever that at least one of the teams is not one of the original 16 franchises.

Both of these teams have a significant amount of time off before this series gets going on Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see how these teams respond. Most of the champagne should have worn off by Tuesday. The Mets last played on Wednesday while the Royals last played Friday.

With the American League winning the All Star Game, they will have home field advantage which means games one, two, six* and seven* will be played in Kansas City while games three, four, and five* will be played at Citi Field in New York. (* if necessary). All games start at 8:00 p.m. EST

Game 1, Oct. 27: New York at Kansas City
Game 2, Oct. 28: New York at Kansas City
Game 3, Oct. 30: Kansas City at New York
Game 4, Oct. 31: Kansas City at New York
Game 5, Nov. 1: Kansas City at New York
Game 6, Nov. 3: New York at Kansas City
Game 7, Nov. 4: New York at Kansas City

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Yale Bulldogs at Pennsylvania Quakers

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Where: Franklin Field, Philadelphia
When: Friday, October 23, 7:00 PM ET
Line: Yale Bulldogs vs. Penn Quakers

The Yale Bulldogs are now playing catchup in the Ivy League conference after losing to Dartmouth a couple of weeks ago. Of course it would help their cause if Harvard and Dartmouth both lose this coming Saturday, but that won’t matter if they were ambushed by the Penn Quakers this Friday.

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The Bulldogs are just fine. After suffering its first loss of the season, Yale got back in the win column with a gutsy 21-10 over Maine on last Saturday.

Yale, which lost to Dartmouth on October 10, got a big hand from Deshawn Salter in the win over Maine, as the sophomore running back went off for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries. Salter can expect a ton of workload again this coming Friday, considering that Penn’s flimsy defense that allows 174.6 rushing yards per game.

The Quakers sure could use a big win for some momentum, as they prepare for a match with Ivy League powerhouse, Yale. Following back-to-back defeats to Dartmouth and Fordham, respectively, Penn managed to put an end to its slump when it crushed Columbia last Saturday, 42-7.

Against Columbia, the Quakers rode a balanced offensive attack to notch just their second win of the season. On one hand, there was quarterback Alek Torgersen, who passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns on 19 pf 29 attempts. Wide receiver Christian Pearson, who only had 66 receiving yards prior to the contest, came out of nowhere and hauled down 10 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown.

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