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Amanda Nunes on possible COVID-19 infection: ‘I never felt like that before’ – Bloody Elbow



Amanda Nunes feels she won’t have any problems fighting amidst the coronavirus pandemic at her UFC 250. That is because the UFC’s female bantamweight and featherweight champion believes she already had a mild case of COVID-19 and is now completely recovered from it.

In an interview with Combate, Nunes talked about a trip to Las Vegas she took back in the beginning of the pandemic, where she was in contact with several people at once. Afterwards, Nunes described coming down with a strong sickness, which left her bedridden and feverish for a few days. Although she was never tested, the ‘Lioness’ feels like it was a case of COVID-19.

“I was at a convention in Vegas. There were people from all over the world. I was exposed to a lot of people while I was there. When I got home, I was sick. I had the same symptoms as the coronavirus. Now that I’m headed to a UFC card, I’ll know for sure. When I got back from the trip, I went straight to bed, I had a fever, my body really ached. I never felt like that before.”

“I’ve been sick before, but I never felt the way I did when I got back from Vegas after the convention.” Nunes continued. “Then I got sick, I was bedridden for two, three days, and later on Nina (Ansaroff, Amanda’s wife) caught it and got sick, too. So I believe I had a fast case of coronavirus, but now I’ll know if I really had it. I should be immune now, right? Once you get it, you’re immune, I read something along those lines. Then I’ll really know.”

Although there are no well documented cases of reinfection, scientists remain unsure as to whether or not you can be reinfected with COVID-19. There were cases of reinfection reported in South Korea. However, it was determined that those patients’ second positive tests for the virus were because they still had genetic material connected to COVID-19 in their body left over from their initial infection. These patients were also determined to not be secretors of the virus.

Currently on a 10-fight winning streak in the UFC, Amanda Nunes (19-4), will try to defend her featherweight title for the first time since taking it from Cris Cyborg, back in December 2018. After the win, the 32-year-old successfully defended the bantamweight title twice, against Holly Holm and, most recently, against Germaine de Randamie, in December 2019. The Brazilian’s last and sole loss in the Octagon dates back to September 2014, when she was TKO’d by Cat Zingano.

Now, Amanda Nunes is expected to meet Felicia Spencer at UFC 250’s main event, on June 6, at the UFC Apex, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Listen to the Ear-Splitting Home Radio Call of Brayden Point’s Fifth-Overtime Game-Winner – Sports Illustrated



In Wednesday’s Hot Clicks: the Lightning and Blue Jackets play one of the longest games in NHL history, a wild baseball game in Philly and more.

Five overtimes!

There were no fans to head for the exits early when the Lightning and Blue Jackets played one of the longest games in NHL history Tuesday afternoon (and night). 

Tampa Bay and Columbus played 90 minutes and 27 seconds of extra time, the fourth-longest game the league has ever seen. The game started at 3 p.m. ET and didn’t end until 9:23. It went on for so long that the Bruins-Hurricanes game previously scheduled for 8 p.m. had to be pushed back to the morning

Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo made an NHL-record 85 saves but couldn’t stop Brayden Point’s wrister from the high slot more than halfway through the fifth overtime. 

It was a dramatic goal and it produced some fantastic commentary from the guys calling the game on TV and radio. 

Here’s how it sounded with Gord Miller on the call for NBCSN.

Rick Peckham handles the play-by-play duties for the Lightning on Fox Sports Sun and sounded like he was in disbelief when Point’s shot hit the back of the net. 

Radio play-by-play man Dave Mishkin definitely believed what he saw, though. Mishkin, who handles the Bolts’ broadcasts on WFLA, nearly blew his mic out screaming, “Scores! Scores! Scores!”

Blue Jackets radio guy Bob McElligott, on the other hand, was absolutely crestfallen.

(I couldn’t find Fox Sports Columbus play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer’s call of the goal, so please send it my way if you come across it.)

The game was the NHL’s longest in 20 years, 94 seconds shorter than a Flyers-Penguins conference semifinal game from May 4, 2000. The two longest games in league history were played in 1933 and 1936, more than two decades before the first goalie wore a mask full-time. So Point’s goal was a truly historic moment that we’ll be seeing for decades to come. With any luck, it’ll be Mishkin’s frantic call that lives on as the preferred historical record of Point’s goal.’s game recap page is already using the audio of Mishkin’s call over NBCSN’s video feed. 

The best of SI

The college football dominoes are starting to fall with the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceling their seasons. … From the latest issue of the magazine, Lamar Jackson is helping to redefine the quarterback position for young players.. … What’s next for embattled MLB commissioner Rob Manfred?

Around the sports world

At least 10 Big Ten football players reportedly have a rare heart condition associated with COVID-19. … Rob Manfred concedes it’s going to be tough to have the Cardinals play 60 games this season. … A rugby team in Australia is threatening to cut a player who breached the league’s COVID-19 protocol by going to the opening of a (biker-gang-connected) barbershop. … Hafthor Bjornsson (aka “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones) is retiring from strongman competitions.

The NHL, which has had a really good sense of humor about the empty arenas, had a lot of fun on the video boards with the marathon game

The Orioles won in extras thanks to two blunders by the Phillies

Fantastic idea from the Suns

A rare mean streak from Giannis

The Bucks were a total mess on this sequence after Giannis got ejected

Never change, HBC

The perils of working from home

That’s not Tom Brady

The Blue Jays made their Buffalo debut

MLB gave Alex Cintrón a historic suspension

I want to know where Disney is finding golf clubs that don’t look cartoonish in the hands of a 7′ 5″ guy

The Sabres have new jerseys that throw it back to their original ones

Not sports

A man in Peru perusing Google Street View discovered that his wife was having an affair. … The world’s last remaining Blockbuster store is being listed on Airbnb. … The cocreator of Better Call Saul gave a cryptic hint about an object that will play a key role in the final season. … A 17-year-old employee at Sesame Place was hospitalized after being attacked by a man he asked to wear a mask.

Hell, I’d get a book from there

Fresh Prince is getting rebooted as a drama

You have to be a special kind of freak to stuff coffee beans in your lip

It was so windy in Australia, waterfalls flowed backward

A good song

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The optimist’s guide to the Canadiens beating the Flyers – Habs Eyes on the Prize



The Montreal Canadiens have been down this road before: heavy underdogs against the top seed in the format they are in. The Canadiens have said they are fine being the underdog, and almost everyone who has spoken to the media since the matchup was set has been praising the Philadelphia Flyers.

If you listened to the last episode of Habsent Minded, you’ll know why I want to bring you back to the 2012-13 season. That year, a Canadiens team that missed the playoffs the season before hired a new coach who previously made a Stanley Cup final, and overcame a months-long break to win the division in a shortened season.

The 2019-20 Flyers missed the playoffs a year ago. They hired Alain Vigneault, who had been a Stanley Cup finalist before. They rose to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, and that’s where they would have been if a months-long break due to COVID-19 had not necessitated a round robin for seeding. The Flyers swept their three games, and find themselves in a position to be the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

You know that the Canadiens, incidentally coached by one of Vigneault’s assistants, Michel Therrien, lost to the Ottawa Senators and never made it past the first round.

Now, I’m not comparing the two teams. Philadelphia does seem like a deeper team than even those Canadiens were, and Montreal had a long list of players playing injured or who were too hurt to play through the series. But that ascent from afterthought to favourite is not an easy rise.

These teams need to prove themselves. Having said that, it’s entirely possible that this talented Flyers team led by a veteran coach will easily dispatch the Canadiens. But the fact that the franchise hasn’t won a playoff series since 2012 means that there may be an opening to exploit. There isn’t the history of success that the other round-robin teams — or even the Pittsburgh Penguins — had. That doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. The Flyers are still the heavy favourites and should be expected to move on in the most likely scenario. However, we don’t know how they will react to being the favourite. After all, the Canadiens just won a post-season series last week against a team that finished three points behind the Flyers.

In 2017, Claude Julien had no answer for Vigneault’s New York Rangers. Some point to his inability to react to the Rangers’ forecheck (which just happens to be similar to the system he is using with the Flyers) as proof that Julien lost his ability to adapt.

Let’s put that series into perspective. The break between the regular season and the post-season in 2019-20 was longer than the amount of time Julien was in charge of the Canadiens before that series against the Rangers.

The Flyers are a better team than the Penguins, and may not be beaten the same way. However, Montreal proved that they have depth of their own, and beat Pittsburgh without any goals from their four top scorers.

The Canadiens will have to rely on players who helped them get through the Penguins, namely Artturi Lehkonen, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Nick Suzuki, Shea Weber, Jeff Petry and, of course, Carey Price. They all provided big goals or saves at the right time.

You don’t win a series without players stepping up, and there are many options for breakout performances against the Flyers. Whether the Canadiens get them again will likely decide how long their stay in the playoffs will be.

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Multiple records fall in Lightning’s unforgettable OT win vs. Blue Jackets –



It was a game that won’t soon be forgotten.

More than six hours after the puck first dropped, the Tampa Bay Lightning emerged victorious over Columbus Blue Jackets with a 3-2 win in five overtimes. Before Brayden Point‘s winner ended this game, multiple records were broken and players on both sides pushed themselves beyond any limit they previously had reached before.

Here is a summary of the history that was made Tuesday afternoon night.

Statistics courtesy Sportsnet Stats and the NHL.

Old fashioned shootout

Even without Steven Stamkos in the lineup, the Lightning fired a ton of rubber at Joonas Korpisalo in the Blue Jackets net. So much so that the 26-year-old set a new NHL record for saves in a playoff game with 85, blowing Kelly Hrudey’s mark of 73 in the 1987 Easter Epic out of the water.

In the other net, Andrei Vasilevskiy set a new Lightning record with 61 saves, breaking the previous mark set by Nikolai Khabibulin when he made 60 saves in a three-overtime win over the Capitals in 2003.

In total, the two teams combined for a record 151 shots, which smashed the previous record of 132 that occurred twice before in the Easter Epic and in the Canucks’ four-overtime win over the Stars in 2007.

The Lightning’s 88 shots were the most by one team in a game since shots began being tracked in the 1959-60 season. For comparison, the New York Rangers tallied 88 shots in their three-game sweep at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes in the qualifying round.

Point and Victor Hedman led the way with nine shots on goal each. Cam Atkinson, who was hauled down on a controversial non-call shortly before the game-winner was scored, was the only player on either team that didn’t register a shot on goal.

No shortage of ice time

Individual ice time only began being tracked in 1997-98, but Seth Jones set an NHL record by skating 65:06 Tuesday. Hall of Famer Sergei Zubov was the previous record holder after he skated 63:51 for the Dallas Stars in a five-overtime loss to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003. Jones’ teammate, Zach Werenski, wasn’t that far behind him with 61:14 of ice time.

“I feel fine,” Jones said after his historic night. “Lots of minutes, obviously, but I thought I stayed with it and obviously I tried to stay hydrated through the whole thing.”

In total, 23 players skated over 40 minutes in the game, while six of those (Jones, Werenski, Hedman, David Savard, Nick Foligno and Ryan McDonagh) skated over 50. Blue Jackets forward Eric Robinson skated a game-low 17:49, but did get two shifts in the final overtime.

The game finished after 150:27 of game time — 90:27 of which was in overtime — making it the fourth-longest game in NHL history and the second-longest since the league expanded in 1967. The three longer games were: The Detroit Red Wings’ 1-0 win over the Montreal Maroons in 1936 after 116:30 of overtime; the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins in 1933 after 104:46 of overtime; and the Philadelphia Flyers’ 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001 after 92:01 of overtime.

In all, only five games have ever gone to at least five overtimes.

Both teams set new records for the longest game in franchise history. The Lightning’s previous mark was a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils in 2003 that lasted 111:12. The Blue Jackets’ longest game before Tuesday came in 2018, when the club lost 2-1 to the Washington Capitals after 89 minutes.

After a day of assumed rest, Game 2 of this series goes Thursday at 3 p.m. ET/ noon PT on Sportsnet.

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