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Nikola Jokic Says Nuggets Miscommunicated On Defense During Final Play – RealGM.com

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Nikola Jokic said that the Denver Nuggets miscommunicated on defense on Anthony Davis’ game-winning three during their 105-103 game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Mason Plumlee started the final possession guarding Davis, with Jerami Grant guarding LeBron James.

Plumlee and Grant both ended up on James, giving Davis space to receive and shoot the ball.

“Either going to be him or LeBron [James to take the last shot], so we kind of knew it. Just happened, a little bit of miscommunication. I think I had a really good contest, to be honest. I think I was right there. As soon as he shot the ball, he shot it really well. Like, I kind of felt it going in,” said Jokic of Davis’ shot.

The Nuggets are now down 2-0 in the series.

Jokic and Michael Malone said that the Nuggets needs to continue fighting in the series, though Malone found a positive in that the Lakers needed a last second shot to win the game.

“The only thing you can talk about tonight is we were in the game. They had to rely on a great shot by a great player to beat us at the buzzer. But as long as we’re putting ourselves in position to win games, that’s all you can ask for. One thing I know about our group, even though we are disappointed, frustrated, angry, we’ll use that motivation to come out and try to take Game 3.”

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib retires after beating Gaethje – Al Jazeera English

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Khabib Nurmagomedov chokes Justin Gaethje unconscious to retain title, announces retirement following death of his father and coach.

UFC superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov has announced his retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje to successfully defend his lightweight title and retain his perfect record.

The undefeated 32-year-old mixed martial artist from Dagestan, Russia, collapsed in the centre of the octagon and sobbed after choking his American opponent unconscious at UFC 254 on Saturday.

On getting up, he took off his gloves and left them on the mat.

“This is my last fight in the UFC,” he said.

His father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away in July due to complications caused by COVID-19.

Nurmagomedov said in the post-fight interview that he talked to his mother for three days before deciding to accept the fight against Gaethje in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

“There’s no way I’m going to be back without my father. I spoke to my mother. She don’t know how I fight without father, but I promised it’s going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow it.”

The American troubled the champion with leg kicks but succumbed to a triangle choke in the second round as Nurmagomedov cemented his claim to be the most dominant MMA fighter of all time with a 29-0 record.

Social media erupted in celebration and tribute following Nurmagomedov’s win and retirement announcement.

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Mighty Heart, horse with N.S. connection, falls short in bid for Canadian Triple Crown – CBC.ca

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Mighty Heart, the one-eyed colt with a Nova Scotia connection, narrowly missed winning the OLG Canadian Triple Crown on Saturday.

“It’s been a crazy journey,” Cape Breton’s Siobhan Brown, Mighty Heart’s groom, said from Toronto before the Breeders’ Stakes race, the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

The three-year-old horse took an early lead at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, but fell short after he ran out of steam, finishing seventh.

His stablemate, Belichick, captured the title instead.

Mighty Heart is held outside trainer Josie Carroll’s stable by exercise rider Des McMahon. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Mighty Heart, nicknamed Willie, lost his left eye in a paddock accident when he was just two weeks old — but he’s never let that stop him.

Last month, he won the Queen’s Plate, the opening leg of the Triple Crown with a winning time of 2:01.98, the second-fastest since 1957. He went on to capture the second jewel, the Prince of Wales Stakes, only a couple weeks later.

If he had won the Breeders’ Stakes, he would become the first horse since Wando in 2003 to capture the Triple Crown — and the first to do it with one eye.

Mighty Heart was only two weeks old when he lost his left eye in a paddock accident. (Submitted by Siobhan Brown)

Brown has been Mighty Heart’s groom since last year. She said she understands Mighty Heart’s disability because she has epilepsy.

“I totally get, you know, not being all there so we just kind of bonded from that and it’s been really nice,” she said.

But she said it was his personality, sense of humour and his kindness that made her want to be his groom.

Mighty Heart, a one-eyed thoroughbred racing horse, is hoping to capture the Canadian Triple Crown. The colt, which lost an eye in a paddock accident at a young age, would be only the eighth horse in more than 60 years to win the coveted prize. Greg Ross has more. 1:51

“He just needs some love and he’s one of those [horses] that needs that confidence boost and time and patience,” she said. 

“… And the more I’ve worked with him now, I’ve just absolutely fallen in love with him.”

Earlier Saturday, Brown said her family back home in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were rooting for Mighty Heart.

“It’s so amazing to see such a community come together for something that nobody really knew anything about, because we don’t have thoroughbred racing at home.” 

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UFC 254 results: Robert Whittaker outstrikes Jared Cannonier to win unanimous decision – MMA Fighting

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Robert Whittaker proved yet again at UFC 254 why he’s the No. 1 ranked middleweight contender in the world.

The former champion put on a technical striking showcase to avoid Jared Cannonier’s power for the better part of all three rounds before earning a unanimous decision in the co-main event on Fight Island. The judges all scored the fight 29-28 with Whittaker earning his second straight win after defeating Darren Till back in July.

“I’m very happy,” Whittaker said. “Obviously we got the result we wanted. It was a good fight, he’s a tough guy.”

The middleweight clash was really a display of speed and accuracy against a whole lot of power as Whittaker was fast with his hands and feet while Cannonier was looking for the knockout with almost every shot thrown. While Whittaker was connecting with better volume, Cannonier fired back with a series of thudding leg kicks that left a serious mark behind the former champion’s knee.

As time passed, Whittaker really started to establish his lead jab, which Cannonier was struggling to avoid. Whittaker continuously flicked out the jab and the straight punches were giving Cannonier problems as he looked for a way to counter.

While the leg kicks were still paying dividends for Cannonier, he just couldn’t keep up with Whittaker’s pace where he was throwing and connecting with much more regularity.

With Cannonier trying to find an answer to the punches, Whittaker set up a beautiful combination that he capped off with a staggering head kick. The shot glanced off Cannonier’s head and he was immediately rattled but he managed to survive the subsequent onslaught.

As the final round was coming to a close, Cannonier cracked Whittaker with a hard punch that wobbled the former champion momentarily but he wasn’t able to capitalize. The fight ended with both fighters launching shots at each other as the middleweights left everything in the cage.

After losing his title to Israel Adesanya almost exactly one year ago, Whittaker has now dispatched two top ranked middleweights in a row. With these past pair of performances, Whittaker may be looking at a rematch with Adesanya once both fighters are ready to return in 2021.

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