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NBA to investigate video of Kyrie Irving partying maskless; Irving will not return to Nets lineup this week, per report

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NBA to investigate video of Kyrie Irving partying maskless; Irving will not return to Nets lineup this week, per report

Party hard, party down, partied out?

Kyrie Irving’s unexplained, mysterious absence from the Nets has put Brooklyn in a predicament: Now without Irving since last week, the Nets are expected to be without the star point guard through at least Saturday, per reports.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA is planning to investigate a video of Irving at what appears to be a birthday party that made the rounds Monday night. Irving, without a mask in the video, would be in violation of the Association’s coronavirus guidelines, should the video be recent and its authenticity be proved.

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Wojnarowski adds that Irving is not expected to return to Brooklyn’s lineup this week.

Last week, Irving missed out on several Nets games to tend to “personal issues.” Nets coach Steve Nash wasn’t made aware of the reasoning for Irving’s absence and was forced to answer questions without having a concrete answer as to his player’s whereabouts.

One initial report indicated that Irving may have initially sat out because of the violence in the nation’s capital last week, when insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building.

The NBA Board of Governors is scheduled to meet in an impromptu gathering on Tuesday to discuss the tightening of the league’s coronavirus protocols. 

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What channel is Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 on tonight? How to watch, buy UFC 257 on pay-per-view

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What channel is Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 on tonight? How to watch, buy UFC 257 on pay-per-view

Conor McGregor is coming out of retirement (again) to face off against Dustin Poirier (again) at UFC 257.

McGregor (22-4) first met Poirier (26-6-1) in the Octagon in 2014, securing a first-round TKO to improve his record to 16-2 at the time. That said, this will be McGregor’s first fight in over a year after securing a TKO victory over Donald Cerrone on Jan. 18, 2020. Prior to that, his last UFC match came two years earlier: a defeat via submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018. Will that relative time off have any effect on the fight?

Poirier has been slightly more active recently, going 2-1 in his last three fights in 2019 and ’20. Curiously, his only loss — and second-to-last fight — was also a defeat to Nurmagomedov, also via submission.

MORE: Save over 30% when you buy UFC 257 and an ESPN+ Annual Plan for only $89.98

Speaking of which: There’s a slim chance Nurmagomedov could come out of retirement if he sees “something spectacular” out of McGregor or Poirier in their rematch. Something to consider as the fighters face off for the second time in the Octagon.

In all, 11 fights will take place before McGregor and Poirier face off in their rematch. With that, here’s everything you need to know to watch McGregor vs. Poirier 2, as well as the rest of the UFC 257 card:

What channel is UFC 257 on tonight?

UFC 257 will be split into early prelims, prelims and the main card. All three stages of the fight can be seen on ESPN+ and, in the case of the preliminaries, ESPN.

  • UFC 257 early prelims TV channel: ESPN+
  • UFC 257 prelims TV channel: ESPN, ESPN+
  • UFC 257 main card channel: ESPN+

In Canada, the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass, the prelims are on TSN and RDS, and the main card PPV can be ordered via major cable providers and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

What time does Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 start?

Each stage of the McGregor-Poirier fight card has multiple fights, so it’s uncertain when exactly the two fighters will begin their ring walks. The early preliminaries, which start at 7 p.m. ET, have two fights; the prelims, which start at 8 p.m. ET, have four; the main card, which starts at 10 p.m. ET, has five (not including McGregor vs. Poirier). With that in mind, it’s likely the two won’t begin their rematch till midnight or later.

Here are the start times for the early prelims, preliminaries and main card at UFC 257:

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 23
  • Early prelims: 7 p.m. ET
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
  • Main card: 10 p.m. ET
  • Live stream: ESPN+

How much does UFC 257 cost on PPV?

The main card is available to stream on ESPN+ for the pay-per-view cost of $69.99 for current subscribers. ESPN is also offering a bundle of $89.98 for new subscribers, which includes the fight and a year’s subscription to the streaming service — a savings offer of 30 percent.

Earlier fights are available for free on ESPN+ though, in the case of the early prelims, fans will need access to UFC Fight Pass. The preliminaries will also be available on ESPN.

UFC 257 fight card

Main card

  • Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier (lightweight)
  • Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler (lightweight)
  • Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood (women’s flyweight)
  • Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar (lightweight)
  • Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas (women’s strawweight)
  • Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov (middleweight)

Prelims

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan (lightweight)
  • Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (middleweight)
  • Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann (women’s bantamweight)
  • Khalil Rountree Jr vs. Marcin Prachnio (light heavyweight)

Early prelims

  • Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz (catchweight)
  • Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (flyweight)

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What time is Conor McGregor’s fight today? UFC 257 schedule, PPV card start time vs. Dustin Poirier

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What time is Conor McGregor's fight today? UFC 257 schedule, PPV card start time vs. Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will face off for only the second time in their storied careers at UFC 257 on Saturday.

McGregor (22-4) is favored in the rematch against Poirier following his first-round TKO victory in their 2014 bout. That said, the No. 4-ranked fighter in the UFC lightweight division hasn’t fought in over a year, and only once since 2018. Poirier, the division’s top challenger, has had a little more action in the Octagon, fighting three times in the last two years.

Here’s everything you need to watch the entire McGregor vs. Poirier 2 card, including the start time and price for the PPV card on ESPN+.

MORE: Save over 30% when you buy UFC 257 and an ESPN+ Annual Plan for only $89.98

What time does UFC 254 main card start?

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 23
  • Early prelims: 7 p.m. ET
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
  • Main card: 10 p.m. ET
  • Live stream: ESPN+

The main card of UFC 257 is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET, following the early prelims (7 p.m. ET) and preliminaries (8 p.m. ET).

How to watch UFC 257: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

Fans will need ESPN+ to watch the entire UFC 257 card, from the early prelims to preliminaries to the main card. The early prelims are also available on UFC Fight Pass; the preliminaries are available on ESPN; the main card is pay-per-view.

In Canada, early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass, prelims continue on TSN and RDS, and the PPV main card is available to purchase via major cable providers and UFC Fight Pass.

How much does UFC 257 cost? PPV price for McGregor vs. Poirier

The UFC 257 main card is only available via pay-per-view on ESPN+ (which requires a subscription). The PPV price is $69.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers, however, can pay a bundle price of $89.98 for both the UFC 257 main card and a year-long ESPN+ subscription — saving over 30 percent.

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

Where is UFC 257?

UFC 257 will take place at Fight Island at the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, though fans will not attend due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will be both fighters’ first time fighting at the venue. Fight Island has hosted 10 previous UFC events prior to Saturday’s rematch between McGregor and Poirier, including UFC 251, 253 and 254.

Conor McGregor record

  • Name: Conor McGregor
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Born: July 14, 1988
  • Height: 5-9
  • Reach: 74 inches
  • Total fights: 26
  • Record: 22-4

Dustin Poirier record

  • Name: Dustin Poirier
  • Nationality: American
  • Born: Jan. 19, 1989
  • Height: 5-9
  • Reach: 72 inches
  • Total fights: 33
  • Record: 26-6-1

UFC 257 fight card

Main card

  • Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier (lightweight)
  • Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler (lightweight)
  • Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood (women’s flyweight)
  • Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar (lightweight)
  • Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas (women’s strawweight)
  • Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov (middleweight)

Prelims

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan (lightweight)
  • Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (middleweight)
  • Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann (women’s bantamweight)
  • Khalil Rountree Jr vs. Marcin Prachnio (light heavyweight)

Early prelims

  • Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz (catchweight)
  • Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (flyweight)

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Who is the Packers' backup quarterback? Green Bay QB depth chart behind Aaron Rodgers

If the Packers were trying to motivate Aaron Rodgers by picking Jordan Love in the first round, it worked. Rodgers is the likely 2020 NFL MVP.

Love isn’t even Rodgers’ main backup as a rookie, though. That title goes to Tim Boyle. Of course, neither is anything like Rodgers, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, which makes a heavy Green Bay priority keeping the 37-year old Rodgers upright. But one play in football can change everything.

Here’s what you need to know about Rodgers’ backup quarterbacks and what experience they have in the NFL (hint: very little).

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Who is the Packers’ backup quarterback?

The Packers’ backup quarterback is Tim Boyle.

The 25-year old Boyle played three seasons of college football at UConn before concluding his college career at Eastern Kentucky in 2017. He signed with the Packers as an undrafted player in 2018 and was Green Bay’s third quarterback behind Rodgers and DeShone Kizer.

Boyle’s only four NFL pass attempts came in Week 12 of the 2019 season as he completed three of them for 15 yards. He’s been more busy taking kneel-downs at the end of games, rushing 18 times in his NFL career for a total of negative-16 yards. 

Packers QB depth chart

Aaron Rodgers

After there was some question as to whether Rodgers was starting to decline, he dominated in 2020. He led the NFL with a 70.7 completion percentage and 48 touchdown passes, which was a career-high. 

Rodgers is one of the most mistake-free quarterbacks in NFL history. For 10 consecutive seasons, he’s finished with single-digit interceptions, including just five in 2020 despite his 48 TD passes.

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Tim Boyle

Since Boyle has only thrown four passes in the NFL, the best read on him comes from his final college season at Eastern Kentucky in 2017. He completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,134 yards and 11 touchdowns while being intercepted 13 times. He’d started 10 games total in three years at UConn before that.

Jordan Love

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The Packers shocked many by taking Love with the 26th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Utah State. Love, an athletic 6-4 QB, was great at Utah State as a sophomore in 2018, throwing 32 touchdowns and only six interceptions, but he regressed as a junior with 20 TDs compared to 17 interceptions. 

Love has yet to play a snap in the NFL.

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