Greg Bird was scheduled to play today but he came in this morning with some swelling and tightness where he was hit by a pitch yesterday above his elbow. Going back to Tampa now and will have x-rays.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) March 21, 2019Manager Aaron Boone said he thinks Bird could have played, but he didn’t want to mess with his mechanics. Aaron Boone said he did not want Greg Bird to play through soreness because he was worried it would affect his mechanics. Boone says he thinks he could have played, but he thought it was best to send him home.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) March 21, 2019Bird is in the middle of a competition with Luke Voit to be the Yankees’ starting first baseman and this was the last thing he needed. Related News Yankees’ Brian Cashman weighs in on first-base battle between Greg Bird, Luke Voit The 26-year-old lefty missed all of 2016 with a torn labrum, significant amounts of time in 2017 with ankle and foot injuries and even more in 2018 removing bone spurs.Bird is batting .333 with three home runs and eight RBIs this spring, while Voit is hitting .316 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. It’s happening again.Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from Thursday’s lineup to undergo X-rays on his elbow after being hit by a pitch in New York’s 2-1 loss to the Astros on Wednesday, according to The Athletic.
Who would agree to fight Amanda Ribas with a record like that? #UFC251 pic.twitter.com/auGgkCfgzo— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) July 12, 202010 p.m.: Jiri Prochazka ends the prelims in style with a clean two-punch knockout of Volkan Oezdemir:“OHHHHH!”Jiri Prochazka (+140) gets the knockout on Volkan Oezdemir 😴What a right hook 🥊 👀 pic.twitter.com/rsoexlGiW6— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) July 12, 20209:40 p.m.: The theme of the night/morning has become low blows. There have been a few of ’em:Goddard was STARING at this and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING pic.twitter.com/Ob2xwYDcfS— Judicar Lee (@sundancermma) July 12, 2020tired: low blowwired: low toes#UFC251 pic.twitter.com/cfgtaPGi3A— calhoun (@calhounlink) July 11, 2020Material from Omnisport was used in this report. UFC 251: How much money will Usman and Masvidal make?Usman (17-1) used a variety of strikes, toe stomps and grappling to control Masvidal (35-14), who took the fight on six days’ notice after Gabriel Burns was scratched for testing positive for COVID-19.Big takedown by @USMAN84kg puts Masvidal on the mat 🤼♂️ #UFC251 pic.twitter.com/pkRJojTJY5— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 12, 2020″I’m just at levels better, I have more tools in the toolbox and when I need to pull them out I can pull them out and use them,” Usman told ESPN after his win.Usman’s win was his 16th straight and second successful defense of his welterweight championship. Burns is likely to get his shot at Usman next.The other title fights were a lot more intriguing. Petr Yan pummeled Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight championship, and Alexander Volkanovski rallied to decision Max Holloway in their rematch and retain his featherweight championship.Sporting News provided live results and highlights from the main card of UFC 251 at Flash Forum on Yas Island, aka Fight Island, Abu Dhabi (all times Eastern).UFC 251 on Fight Island: Live updates, highlights from Abu Dhabi card1:58 a.m.: And, no, it wasn’t close. Usman almost pitched a shutout, with Masvidal winning just one round on one judge’s card.🏆 Just a level above the rest! #UFC251 pic.twitter.com/PlRqr3gWGG— UFC (@ufc) July 12, 20201:48 a.m.: Usman gets Masvidal down in the middle of the fifth and rides that long enough to take the round. Masvidal gets to the feet in the final minute but his attempt at a desperation knockout was never going to work. This should be a lopsided decision for the champ.1:42 a.m.: Masvidal shows an iron chin as he eats multiple hard strikes from Usman. It’s on to the final round, and it looks as if Usman is in command.1:37 a.m.: To the fourth. Masvidal was trying to troll Usman by smiling in the previous round.Masvidal smiling and blowing kisses 😜 #UFC251 @espnmma pic.twitter.com/stOlqg4WJ6— ESPN (@espn) July 12, 20201:35 a.m.: Annnnd, another low blow: Masvidal takes this one in the third, although one replay showed that maybe the shot was legal.1:30 a.m.: Another clash of heads leaves Masvidal bleeding from the forehead. This one may need stitches. Usman comes out strong in the third against an opponent who took the fight on less than a week’s notice and had to cut a bunch of weight to get to 170 pounds. 1:20 a.m.: The main event is underway. Good action in the first round. Masvidal was bleeding from an accidental clash of heads. The first round ends with @GamebredFighter firing off the cage and @USMAN84kg on the hunt 😬 #UFC251 pic.twitter.com/jF4xbACSMA— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 12, 202012:55 a.m.: Volkanovski retains by split decision. Scores are 48-47, 47-48, 48-47. Now it’s on to the main event.Two words. Hard work. #UFC251 pic.twitter.com/zf0qNu2qJw— UFC (@ufc) July 12, 202012:50 a.m.: The fight goes the distance. To the judges’ cards. Volkanovski worked his way back into the fight with better work in Rounds 3 and 4. Round 5 should decide this.12:35 a.m.: We’re midway through Volkanovski-Holloway, and it looks as if the challenger is in control. Observers have Holloway winning the first two rounds.11:57 p.m.: Petr Yan bludgeons Jose Aldo in a fifth-round TKO and grabs the undisputed bantamweight belt. Yan had the former champion in trouble on the ground multiple times in the fight, but the finish didn’t come until after Yan had split open Aldo’s face with ground and pound midway through the fifth. The referee gave Aldo way too much time to recover and answer the barrage of strikes from Yan.Petr Yan wins by TKO (+110) in a heavy beatdown over Jose Aldo.Did the ref bet the fight to go the distance? #UFC251pic.twitter.com/LmB5FNXavB— Barstool Bets (@barstoolbets) July 12, 2020Significant strikes were 62-1 Yan in the final round, per @ESPNStatsInfo— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 12, 202011:12 p.m.: It’s time for the title fights, starting with Yan-Aldo.11:10 p.m.: Rose Namajunas takes a split decision from Jessica Andrade in their rematch. This was a straight slugfest that left both fighters bloodied. It was contested almost exclusively on the feet, but both women escaped takedowns in the third round. Two judges had the bout 29-28 for Namajunas and the other judge had it 29-28 for Andrade. A Fight of the Night candidate.Rose Namajunas gets the SPLIT DECISION against Jessica Andrade… #UFCFightIsland #UFC251 pic.twitter.com/fbWz1Tvmld— The Sports Keg🍺💭™️ (@TheSportsKegRPS) July 12, 202010:30 p.m.: The first fight of the main card is over quickly: Amanda Ribas submits Paige VanZant with an armbar at 2:21 of the first round. This was the last fight of VanZant’s UFC contract.Quick work!🇧🇷 @AmandaRibasUFC with the first round submission at #UFC251We are LIVE on ESPN+ PPV ➡️ https://t.co/2F9xYFPYfP #InAbuDhabi | @VisitAbuDhabi pic.twitter.com/egS17okbQp— UFC (@ufc) July 12, 2020And while it might seem as though Ribas’ MMA record is 100-1 after that effort, it is just 10-1. UFC 251, the first of the UFC’s four “Fight Island” events this month, wrapped up Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with the last of three title fights on the card. The bout was the most lopsided of the bunch.Kamaru Usman grinded his way to a unanimous decision over Jorge Masvidal to retain his welterweight belt. Usman was never in danger of losing on the judges’ cards: He won the bout 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46, meaning Masvidal won just one round on just one card.
‘I hope Lampard can come back and get that send off!’ – Terry wants Chelsea tribute for old team-mate
1 John Terry believes Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard deserves a tribute from the club, as the Blues legend prepares to finally complete a move to the MLS.Chelsea wrapped up their Premier League title win with a 3-1 victory on Sunday, a game which saw departing hero Didier Drogba carried off the pitch on the shoulders on his team-mates when he was substituted after 30 minutes at Stamford Bridge.It was a fitting send off for the 37-year-old striker, and Terry hopes former team-mate Lampard will one day receive the same gesture, despite having his reputation as a Chelsea legend sullied by agreeing a short-term move to title rivals Manchester City last summer.“I hope one day Lamps can come back and get that send off,” Terry said of the midfielder, who spent a glittering 13 years at Stamford Bridge before agreeing a move to MLS outfit New York City.“What they [Lampard and Drogba] achieved day-in, day-out, year after year, was an example to everyone.“They’ve set the base and the foundation for everyone to build upon.“What amazes me with those two is they’ve won everything and still the next season they’re hungry to win more. That’s why they’re the best.”Terry played every minute of every Premier League game this season, becoming the first outfield player to do so for a championship-winning side since Manchester United’s Gary Pallister in 1992/93, as he collected his fourth top flight title and first since 2009/10.“It’s been a long five years,” added the 34-year-old, who signed a 12-month contract extension in March.“When you get to my age you realise these moments and these days won’t be around forever.“Let’s make sure it’s not another five before we win it again. Let’s hope I can stay for a long time and be part of this great team.” Chelsea captain John Terry with former team-mate Frank Lampard