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What channel is Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren on tonight? How to watch, buy 2021 fight on pay-per-view

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What channel is Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren on tonight? How to watch, buy 2021 fight on pay-per-view

Whether you love him or hate him, you must admit that Jake Paul knows how to promote himself.

The YouTuber-turned-boxer was a big reason why last year’s Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. pay-per-view hit more than one million purchases. Tyson headlined the card, of course, but FITE TV CEO Mike Weber told Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole that Paul’s knockout victory against former NBA player Nate Robinson shouldn’t be overlooked when discussing the success of the event. 

“Tyson is like Muhammad Ali; everyone knows the name. If you don’t follow boxing, if you don’t know a thing about boxing, you still know who Mike Tyson is,” Weber said. “One of the other reasons for the high [sales] success of this is Jake Paul. … If you want to give people on the card credit for sales, I think it’s fair to say Tyson brought in 40, 50 percent of the buyers. But Jake Paul brought in 40 percent, too, and Snoop Dogg [as a commentator] had a big impact.”

Now Paul is hoping to carry over the momentum of his last win when he faces retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday night. Paul has once again built up plenty of hype around the event and could be in line for a big payday. But will he be able to defeat someone with legitimate combat experience and prove he is more than just a novelty act?

Here’s everything you need to know about watching the Paul vs. Askren fight.

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What channel is Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren on?

The Paul vs. Askren pay-per-view can be purchased in the United States for $49.99. Boxing fans can watch the fight by ordering through FITE.TV, Triller Fight Club or a cable or satellite TV provider. 

What time does Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren start?

  • Date: Saturday, April 17
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. PST

The Paul vs. Askren fight is expected to take place at approximately 9 p.m. ET on Saturday. There are three other fights on the card, so the main event could be pushed back depending on how long the earlier bouts last.

Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren card

  • Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren; Cruiserweights
  • Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach; Junior Welterweights
  • Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir; Heavyweights
  • Joe Fournier vs. Reykon; Light Heavyweights

Jake Paul record and bio

Nationality: American
Born: January 17, 1997
Height: 6-1
Reach: 76 inches
Total fights: 2
Record: 2-0 (2 KOs)

Ben Askren record and bio

Nationality: American
Born: July 18, 1984
Height: 5-10
Reach: 72 inches
Total fights: 22
Record: 19-2-1 (6 KOs, 6 submissions, 7 decisions as MMA fighter)

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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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