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Khamzat Chimaev ‘thought he was going to die’ from COVID-19 complications

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Khamzat Chimaev 'thought he was going to die' from COVID-19 complications

Khamzat Chimaev thought he was going to die as he battled coronavirus, his manager has revealed.

The 26-year-old’s fight against Leon Edwards has been cancelled for the third time as he has still not fully recovered.

The pair was initially set to fight on Dec. 19 before Edwards tested positive for coronavirus.

It was rescheduled for Jan. 20 in a midweek main event, but Chimaev was ruled out with COVID-19.

And their March 13 date has been scrapped as Chimaev is still not fit enough to fight.

His manager, Majdi Shammas, has revealed the extent of the UFC star’s illness.

In a video posted by Frontkick Online’s YouTube channel, Shammas said: “The coronavirus has taken a toll on Chimaev, with numerous complications and several visits to the hospital.

“He wanted to train. We tried, and it failed, he was really bad.

“He didn’t even do two rounds straight, he did one round and then rested.

“He started coughing, started feeling ill again, and we had to cancel the training, he even went in an ambulance to the hospital.”

Before he added: “When he called me, he thought he was going to die.”

Shammas confirmed that he will not let Chimaev train again until he is fully recovered.

He said: “He has to rest a little bit, get his body fully functional. Then he can start training again. Some stuff is not up to him.

“Sometimes you have to step in and firmly say how it is. I can’t let him train.

“Who knows? This time, he started training, he got lucky (it wasn’t worse).

“Next time he might not be this lucky. I’m not gonna take that risk. It doesn’t matter.”

Dana White has named Chimaev, 26, as one of the top three fighters to look out for in 2021.

He shot to stardom in 2020 as he picked up two wins in the space of 10 days on Fight Island in July.

Chimaev then extended his unbeaten record when he knocked out Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11 in the first round.

But fans will have to wait a little longer to see the Chechen-Swede in action again.

Meanwhile, Edwards has called out Nate Diaz to replace Chimaev at UFC Fight Night 187.

But Diaz hilariously mocked Edwards with the infamous ‘who the f–k is that guy’ Conor McGregor meme.

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Clippers’ Paul George misses crucial free throws in stunning Game 2 loss to Suns

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Clippers' Paul George misses crucial free throws in stunning Game 2 loss to Suns

The box score from Tuesday’s Suns-Clippers game — a pivotal Game 2 win for Phoenix in the Western Conference finals — will show Paul George had a decent game.

Twenty-six points, on 10-of-23 shooting; six assists; six rebounds; and 5-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. He also scored his team’s last six points, all within the last minute, to help the Clippers to a 103-102 lead with just 8.2 seconds remaining.

The only stats that ultimately mattered in the Clippers’ 104-103 loss, however, were the final two free throws George — a career 84.7-percent free throw shooter — missed. They ultimately allowed Phoenix a chance at an unbelievable comeback victory, which may prove costly even as the series heads back to LA.

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Had George sunk both of those shots, the Suns would have needed a 3-pointer just to send the game to overtime. Had he sunk even one shot, they would have needed a 2-pointer. But he missed both, allowing the Suns to win on an inbound dunk with less than a second remaining:

Credit to Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder and the Suns. That play will go down as one of the top plays in NBA playoffs history. But every heartbreaking loss needs a goat, and no one fits the bill better than “Playoff P,” who could have secured a win for his team with the simplest of basketball scoring plays.

Here’s the bright side for the Clippers, if there is one: They have already overcome 2-0 deficits in each of their first two series against the Mavericks and Jazz, respectively. That’s likely a cold comfort as George and Co. head back to LA, however. The scathing Twitter comments aimed at George likely won’t do anything to help, either:

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Athletics’ Sergio Romo pulls down pants during substance check

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Athletics' Sergio Romo pulls down pants during substance check

MLB pitchers aren’t taking kindly to the league’s new foreign substance rules.

Athletics pitcher Sergio Romo seemed particularly annoyed that the umpires performed a substance check on him Tuesday night.

After working a one-run seventh inning for Oakland, the umpire beckoned for Romo to come over for the check. Romo responded to the moment by tossing his hat and glove to the ground and whipping his belt off.

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Then came Romo’s final act. He pulled his pants halfway down to prove that he wasn’t harboring any illegal substances.

Romo certainly made his point, but Dan Iassogna, the umpire checking him, didn’t seem too bothered by his high jinks. In fact, the umpire flashed a smile at Romo, who the broadcast described as “heated.”

Romo wasn’t alone in being bothered by the substance check on Tuesday. Max Scherzer was checked for foreign substances three times in the first four innings of the Nationals-Phillies game and became increasingly irritable with each examination. He directed his rage at Phillies manager Joe Girardi, who was later ejected for jawing at Scherzer. The checks didn’t seem to faze the three-time Cy Young winner too much; he earned the win, pitching five innings while giving up just a run and striking out eight.

Needless to say, these antics will be fairly common as MLB attempts to implement these rule changes on the fly.

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Nationals’ Max Scherzer feuds with Phillies’ Joe Girardi over substance checks

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Nationals' Max Scherzer feuds with Phillies' Joe Girardi over substance checks

MLB’s new sticky substance rules are already causing havoc, and resulted in a feud between Nationals ace Max Scherzer and Phillies manager Joe Girardi on just their second day since being implemented.

Scherzer was checked for foreign substances three times in his first four innings against Philadelphia. He came up clean each time. The Washington starter didn’t look happy about his first check of the game after the opening frame.

That said, all starters will be checked for foreign substances under MLB’s new protocols, so that was expected.

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What wasn’t expected was that Scherzer would be checked after the third inning as well. He finally drew the line when Girardi requested that Scherzer be checked in the middle of the fourth inning.

The feud between Scherzer and Girardi reached its boiling point in the fifth inning. Scherzer stared at Girardi on his walk back to the dugout after retiring the Phillies in order, and Girardi took exception to it. He came running out of the dugout yelling at Scherzer and was ejected while the pitcher mocked him from a distance.

Be prepared to see more of these mini squabbles and frequent substance checks. Managers have the right to have the opposing pitchers checked, so they will likely take advantage of this as baseball implements this major rule change on the fly.

Though the Scherzer-Girardi feud was amusing, it’s certainly not a feather in MLB’s cap. If anything, it’s a bad omen that the league’s hastily made protocol changes could result in more conflicts, slowdowns and controversies as umpires figure out how to properly deal with them.

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