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Dodgers, Padres play a thriller in first meeting of 2021; six takeaways from NL West showdown



Dodgers, Padres play a thriller in first meeting of 2021; six takeaways from NL West showdown

The atmosphere in San Diego on Friday was infinitely more October than April. The Dodgers were in town for the first of 19 “World Series games” this season vs. the division-rival Padres. The 15,250 fans at Petco Park, split into blue and brown camps, brought postseason energy.

Let’s hope that these teams are still battling for first place in the NL West in Game 19 on Sept. 30, because the opener of the season series — which the Dodgers won 11-6 in 12 innings — was electric.

MORE: Bellinger saw this coming in the spring

A six-pack of takeaways from the best game thus far in 2021, a 4-hour, 57-minute thrill ride that ended at 3:08 a.m. ET:

Fernando Tatis Jr. announced his return in a big way

The San Diego shortstop missed just 10 days after appearing to suffer a serious shoulder injury. He came off the injured list Friday and immediately made up for lost time with a home run to center field against LA starter Walker Buehler.

The drive turned the intensity inside Petco up to 11. 

Unfortunately for Tatis and the Padres, he struck out with the bases loaded to end the bottom of the 10th.

Manny Machado played on guts at the end

Machado appeared to hurt himself batting against LA closer Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the ninth. Machado stayed in and eventually drew a two-out walk to keep the game going. He then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Eric Hosmer’s two-strike, ground-ball single to center.

He was uncomfortable the entire trip around the bases but still managed to finish the game. 

Both closers entered in a tie game

Jansen came on with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and the go-ahead run in scoring position after the Padres had rallied to tie. Melancon started the top of the ninth in a 5-5 game. Both relievers eventually gave up runs, which sent the game to extras.

But the closer usage showed how important the game was to the teams. Jansen was asked to get four outs, Melancon six. The game’s intensity also seemed to boost Jansen’s fastball. He was touching the mid-90s with it.

Yes, the benches cleared

Don’t bet on that being the only dustup this season. The teams got together in the bottom of the 10th after Dodgers reliever Dennis Santana hit Jorge Mateo in the thigh with a fastball. The two exchanged glances and words. They wound up standing in front of each other but declined to do anything else. Their teammates didn’t need to work hard to hold them back.

There might have been more activity if the game wasn’t on the line at the time.

The Dodgers showed off their unparalleled depth

LA received big offensive contributions from rookies Luke Raley (fifth-inning home run) and Zach McKinstry (RBI double in the eighth). They were in for outfielder A.J. Pollock (groin) and second baseman Gavin Lux (wrist), respectively. The lefty-swinging McKinstry’s hit came off Padres left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who was dominant with San Diego last season.

McKinstry has hit well enough to receive semi-regular at-bats. He has a .999 OPS in 46 plate appearances.

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And while San Diego’s bullpen struggled late (more on that in the final item), LA gave the 11th and 12th innings to David Price, the $32 million left-hander who is the team’s No. 3 closer at the moment behind Jansen and Corey Knebel. Price earned the win with two scoreless frames, striking out four, one night after he notched a save against the Rockies. 

Things got weird at the end

Padres manager Jayce Tingler put second baseman Jake Cronenworth on the mound to finish the 12th after the Dodgers scored three times against Tim Hill, who faltered in his second inning of relief. Hill was the Padres’ eighth reliever on the night. San Diego’s nine-man bullpen was short an arm because Craig Stammen worked three innings for a save Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Cronenworth was a two-way player in the Rays organization, so pitching him in this situation made sense. The odd part of the move was that San Diego starter Joe Musgrove had to come in and play left field because the Padres were also out of position players. Jurickson Profar moved from left to second in place of Cronenworth. And, because the ball finds you, as the baseball saying goes, Musgrove caught a line-drive sacrifice fly hit by . . . Price. 

To add to the crazy, Cronenworth struck out Mookie Betts to end the inning.

And then Musgrove batted in the bottom of the 12th. Price struck him out.

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What channel is UFC 262 on tonight? How to watch, buy Oliveira vs. Chandler on pay-per-view



Oliveira vs. Chandler purse, salaries: How much money will they make at UFC 262?

It’s strap season for Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira.

After spending the majority of his career with Bellator MMA, the three-time lightweight champ has an opportunity to capture the vacant UFC lightweight championship on Saturday against Oliveira.

MORE: Sign up to watch the UFC 262 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

Chandler has a hungry and ready opponent in the No. 3-ranked Oliveira: Looking for his first UFC title, the veteran enters this fight on an eight-fight win streak, his last bout a unanimous decision win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 256.

Here’s what you need to know about Saturday night’s UFC event.

What channel is UFC 262?

  • Early prelims: UFC Fight Pass
  • Prelims: ESPN/WatchESPN
  • Main card: ESPN+ (pay-per-view)

The main card of UFC 262 will air exclusively on ESPN+, with early prelims kicking off the show on UFC Fight Pass, moving to ESPN for the prelims.

As with all UFC PPVs and ESPN, the show will air exclusively on ESPN+ at a PPV cost.

What time does Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler start?

  • Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
  • Main card: 10 p.m. ET

The early prelims and preliminaries are expected to start at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET, respectively. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET. Oliveira and Chandler are expected to make their ring walks around midnight. 

How much does UFC 262 cost on PPV?

  • Date: Saturday, May 15
  • Network: ESPN+

The main card will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+, meaning you need an ESPN+ subscription to catch the fight. On top of the subscription, there is a price for the event:

  • For current yearly subscribers, the price is $69.99 on the ESPN+ app.
  • Current monthly subscribers can get UFC 262 and an upgraded bundle at a discounted rate of $84.99. They can also purchase the event itself for $69.99.
  • New subscribers will be able to pick up a yearly recurring subscription and the PPV for $89.98, which is a savings of more than 30 percent.

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.

UFC 262 fight card

Early prelims

  • Gina Mazany vs. Priscila Cachoeira, women’s flyweights
  • Kevin Aguilar vs. Tucker Lutz, featherweights
  • Christos Giagos vs. Sean Soriano, lightweights


  • ​Lando Vannata vs. Mike Grundy, featherweights
  • Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko, women’s flyweights
  • Jordan Wright vs. Jamie Pickett, middleweight
  • Ronaldo Souza vs. André Muniz, middleweights

Main card

  • Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler for vacant UFC lightweight championship
  • Matt Schnell vs. Rogério Bontorin, bantamweights
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush, lightweights
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Viviane Araújo, women’s flyweights
  • Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza, featherweights

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What time is UFC 262 today? PPV schedule, main card start time for Oliveira vs. Chandler



What time is UFC 262 today? PPV schedule, main card start time for Oliveira vs. Chandler

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement from UFC has left a massive void in the UFC’s lightweight division — one that Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will seek to fill on Saturday.

The division’s Nos. 3- and 4-ranked fighters, respectively, will face off at the Toyota Center in Houston to become just the third non-interim lightweight champion since Conor McGregor took it from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in 2016.

Both Oliveira (30-8-1, eight KOs) and Chandler (22-5, 10 KOs) are coming off multiple wins, setting up a new era-establishing fight for the lightweight division. Will Oliveira earn the belt 11 years after first fighting under the UFC banner? Or will Chandler, fighting for only the second time under UFC since transferring from Bellator, take it?

We can’t wait to find out. With that, here’s everything you need to know to watch UFC 262, including the expected start time for the main event.

MORE: Sign up to watch the UFC 262 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

What time does UFC 262 start today?

  • Early prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
  • PPV main card: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
  • Oliveira vs. Chandler: 12:15 a.m. ET (approx.) / 9:15 p.m. PT (approx.)

The main card for UFC 262 is projected to start at 10 p.m. ET. Depending on how long the four prior fights on the card last, Oliveira and Chandler will make their ring walks at roughly 12:15 a.m. ET.

What channel is UFC 262 on?

The early preliminaries and first half of the prelims will stream on ESPN+; the second half of the preliminaries will move to ESPN. After that, the main card can only be watched via PPV on ESPN+.

Click here to learn more about ESPN+ pricing and bundling options.

UFC 262 card

Main card

  • Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler (lightweight championship)
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush (lightweight)
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Viviane Araujo (women’s flyweight)
  • Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza (featherweight)
  • Matt Schnell vs. Rogerio Bontorin (bantamweight)


  • Jacare Souza vs. Andre Muniz (middleweight)
  • Lando Vannata vs. Mike Grundy (featherweight)
  • Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko (women’s flyweight)
  • Jordan Wright vs. Jamie Pickett (middleweight)

Early prelims

  • Gina Mazany vs. Priscila Cachoeira (women’s flyweight)
  • Kevin Aguilar vs. Tucker Lutz (featherweight)
  • Christos Giacos vs. Sean Soriano (flyweight)

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What time is the Preakness today? Post time, TV channel, horses & more to watch 2021 race



What time is the Preakness today? Post time, TV channel, horses & more to watch 2021 race

The second jewel of the Triple Crown is up for grabs on Saturday.

The 2021 Preakness Stakes, which will run at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, will help determine whether Medina Spirit can become the first horse since Justify in 2018 to win the Triple Crown. Even if the horse does win Saturday’s race, however, that lofty accomplishment might not be guaranteed.

LIVE: Follow for updates from the 2021 Preakness Stakes

That’s because Medina Spirit returned a test positive for 21 picograms of betamethasone after its win at the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Pimlico decided to let the horse race on Saturday but, if a second test confirms the first, then Churchill Downs will invalidate Medina Spirit’s Derby win and grant runner-up Mandaloun the retroactive victory. The retesting results aren’t expected for several weeks.

Mandaloun is not part of Saturday’s race at the Preakness Stakes.

Just another tantalizing tidbit for bettors and sports fans alike ahead of Saturday’s race, which will include 10 horses and jockeys — including prohibitive morning-line favorite Medina Spirit (9/5 odds).

With that, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Preakness Stakes, including the post time and how to watch the event.

MORE: Watch the Preakness Stakes live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What time is the Preakness Stakes today?

  • Date: Saturday, May 15
  • Post time: 6:50 p.m. ET
  • TV coverage: NBC

NBC Sports will cover the Preakness Stakes starting at 2 p.m. ET and transfer coverage to NBC at 5 p.m. The race has a scheduled post time of 6:50 p.m. ET at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

What channel is the Preakness Stakes on?

NBC has full broadcast rights for each of the Triple Crown races, including the Preakness Stakes. Viewers can also stream the race on NBC via fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

PREAKNESS STAKES: Full draw and odds for 2021 race

Preakness Stakes horses 2021

Post position Horse Odds
1 Ram 30/1
2 Keepmeinmind 15/1
3 Medina Spirit 9/5
4 Crowded Trade 10/1
5 Midnight Bourbon 5/1
6 Rombauer 12/1
7 France Go De Ina 20/1
8 Unbridled Honor 15/1
9 Risk Taking 15/1
10 Concert Tour 5/2

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