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Verstappen signe la pole au Canada (...)

Pour le retour du Grand Prix du Canada de F1 après deux années d’absence à cause du Covid-19, Montréal a réservé la pluie au paddock de la Formule 1. Au milieu du débat sur le marsouinage et les directives de la FIA pour le limiter, les pilotes vont pouvoir se disputer la pole position sans contraintes officielles à ce sujet.

On connait déjà l’identité des deux pilotes qui composeront la dernière ligne de la grille de départ dimanche, puisque Charles Leclerc et Yuki Tsunoda seront contraints de s’élancer du fond de grille à cause de changements de pièces sur leur moteur.

Max Verstappen a dominé les deux premières séances d’essais libres sur le sec, tandis que Fernando Alonso s’est illustré sous la pluie en Essais Libres 3. Si Red Bull semble favorite, le mauvais temps était bien décidé à jouer un rôle crucial lors de la séance qualificative.

En effet, la pluie tombait toujours au moment où le feu au bout de la ligne droite des stands est passé au vert.

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Q1 – 18 minutes

Les pilotes n’avaient pas d’autre choix que sortir des stands, malgré le peu de roulage sur la piste humide du Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Mercedes F1 a immédiatement dit à Lewis Hamilton de faire un chrono correct rapidement, car “le risque de drapeaux jaunes et rouges est élevé” dans ses conditions.

George Russell s’est vite placé en première place, battu rapidement par Max Verstappen, qui a signé la première référence en 1’35″830. Mais Carlos Sainz l’a battu en 1’35″812, et Russell a repris la main en 1’34″989 ! Hamilton se plaignait de n’avoir aucune visibilité, tandis que Lando Norris a fait une erreur au premier virage.

Pierre Gasly a pris le troisième temps, et Sainz a progressé pour revenir à 0″176 de Russell. Esteban Ocon et Yuki Tsunoda sont remontés aux cinquième et sixième places, rapidement séparés par Guanyu Zhou.

Ocon a pris la deuxième place, et Kevin Magnussen a pris le meilleur temps en 1’34″893, alors que la piste semblait progresser. Russell a signé le meilleur première secteur pendant que Valtteri Bottas prenait le meilleur temps absolu en 1’34″811.

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Mais Russell a repris la main en 1’33″925, et Hamilton s’est placé deuxième à sept dixièmes de son équipier. Verstappen a ensuite repris le meilleur tour en 1’33″200… battu par Alonso en 1’33″136. Sainz a pris le meilleur temps en 1’32″781, et Leclerc est remonté au septième rang.

Bottas a amélioré en sixième place, Leclerc a repris la septième place et Zhou est remonté en dixième position. Tsunoda faisait partie des éliminés et AlphaTauri confirmait qu’il ne reprendrait pas la piste, devant servir sa pénalité sur la grille.

Ocon a également amélioré et pris la deuxième place tandis que Gasly a fait une erreur et n’a pas rejoint la piste où il aurait dû le faire. Cependant, vu la météo, il est probable que les commissaires fassent preuve de clémence.

Leclerc a pris le deuxième temps alors que Sainz expliquait qu’il serait bientôt possible de chausser les intermédiaires. Verstappen a signé le meilleur chrono en 1’32″219 et Sainz a fait une erreur dans le secteur 1, faisant agiter un drapeau jaune, mais l’Espagnol a vite repris la piste.

Pérez semblait en difficulté et n’a pu améliorer qu’en 12e place, tandis que les pilotes Aston Martin F1 étaient en grande difficulté aussi. Vettel a amélioré mais seulement en 16e place, battu par Gasly qui restait 16e et ne se qualifiait pas. Ricciardo a pris la huitième place, Latifi a amélioré mais sans progresser au classement.

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Les éliminés étaient Gasly, Vettel, Stroll, Latifi et Tsunoda.

Q2 – 15 minutes

Vettel était très déçu de son élimination, se plaignant de n’avoir trouvé aucun grip. Ocon se plaignait du retour en piste plutôt cavalier de Sainz, qui l’a gêné dans un tour rapide, heureusement sans conséquence. Gasly avait un problème à l’avant gauche qui semble avoir provoqué son élimination.

Charles Leclerc est sorti de sa monoplace après la Q2, ayant visiblement décidé d’en rester là. Dans des conditions difficiles, Ferrari ne veut certainement pas qu’un bon chrono du Monégasque puisse provoquer l’élimination de Sainz.

Alonso, Magnussen, Ocon, Schumacher et Albon sont sortis directement en gommes intermédiaires, tandis que les autres pilotes optaient pour des pneus pluie au départ de cette deuxième partie de séance qualificative.

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Hamilton expliquait à la radio que le “crossover point”, ce moment où les intermédiaires deviennent meilleurs que les pluie, était proche. Mais le Britannique s’est lancé à l’assaut du chrono en pneus pluie.

Hamilton a fait un temps de 1’33″060, battu d’un dixième par Russell. Les commissaires confirmaient avoir noté l’incident impliquant Sainz et Ocon en fin de Q1. Alonso a signé le meilleur temps en 1’30″910, et Albon est allé taper les pneus dans le deuxième secteur, sans dommages.

Juste après en revanche, c’est Pérez qui a tapé le mur, au niveau des TecPro du virage 3. Le drapeau rouge a été brandi pour évacuer la Red Bull du Mexicain, qui a dû mettre pied à terre. Après la pénalité de Leclerc, c’est un deuxième pilote de top team qui voit sa qualification ruinée, puisque Pérez partira probablement aux alentours de la 14e place.

La séance a été relancée avec 9 minutes à disputer dans la deuxième partie de la qualification. La piste s’améliorait et il semblait que la pluie n’allait plus revenir. Hamilton le confirmait, avec l’apparition d’une trajectoire sèche sur la piste.

Bottas a pris la troisième place avant que Magnussen ne signe le meilleur temps en 1’30″612. Albon s’est positionné deuxième à deux dixièmes du Danois, et Hamilton s’est emparé du meilleur temps, vite battu par Russell, puis Sainz puis Verstappen, en 1’27″764.

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Alonso a amélioré à son tour en deuxième place, à plus d’une seconde de Verstappen. Magnussen a pris la deuxième place, et semblait décidément à l’aise sur cette piste changeante. Albon est remonté quatrième devant Zhou, et les Mercedes ont progressé aussi.

Sainz a progressé en 1’26″588, et Verstappen a repris la tête de la séance en 1’26″270. Albon a continué à améliorer en cinquième place, et Zhou a pris la quatrième position. Russell et Alonso progressaient aussi, et la piste était sans cesse en progression.

Verstappen a gagné plus d’une seconde en 1’25″201, Schumacher a amélioré, mais d’autres ont encore progressé dans la hiérarchie. Les pilotes profitaient de pneus intermédiaires performants pour enchaîner les tours. Russell et Schumacher ont pris les deuxième et troisième positions.

Alonso a pris le meilleur temps en 1’24″848 au moment où le drapeau à damier était déployé, alors qu’Ocon n’améliorait pas. Bottas a pris la septième place provisoire, Magnussen a amélioré et Zhou aussi, remontant en cinquième place. Norris était 14e sans avoir signé de chrono et rentrait aux stands. Hamilton a pris la quatrième place, Verstappen a amélioré en 1’23″746, Ocon est remonté huitième.

Les éliminés étaient Bottas, Albon, Pérez, accidenté, Norris et Leclerc, qui n’a pas roulé en Q2.

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Q3 – 12 minutes

La piste était séchante mais encore bien humide dans le premier secteur, et c’est Hamilton qui a fait le premier chrono de la Q3 en 1’24″360, battu par Russell en 1’24″006. Schumacher s’est placé troisième, avec quatre dixièmes d’avance sur Magnussen.

Verstappen a signé un temps de 1’22″701, et Sainz s’est placé deuxième à 1″111. Alonso a pris le troisième temps à 37 millièmes de son compatriote. Ocon était en retrait, comme Zhou et Ricciardo, qui a commis une erreur dans son tour rapide.

Schumacher a amélioré en deuxième place, Sainz est remonté en deuxième position à deux dixièmes de Verstappen, et Alonso s’est emparé de la troisième position, à un peu moins de quatre dixièmes du champion du monde.

Russell n’est pas parvenu à améliorer, pas plus que Zhou. Les pilotes sont rentrés au stand pour préparer une dernière tentative. Hamilton a commis une erreur dans sa deuxième tentative de chrono.

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Russell a tenté les pneus slicks malgré un premier virage très humide ! Les autres pilotes sont repartis en piste avec des pneus intermédiaires, et c’était donc un pari très risqué pour le pilote Mercedes.

Magnussen a amélioré son chrono et s’est emparé d’une très belle troisième place. Verstappen a grandement amélioré en 1’21″620, et Russell est sorti de piste au premier virage, comme on pouvait s’y attendre ! Le Britannique a cassé l’aileron arrière mais a pu reprendre la piste.

Hamilton a amélioré en deuxième place, toutefois à 1″2 de Verstappen. Alonso a commis une erreur au virage 10, tandis que Hamilton repartait pour un autre tour rapide sans succès cette fois.

Verstappen a enfoncé le clou en 1’21″299, et Sainz s’est emparé de nouveau du deuxième temps. Alonso a réussi un dernier tour rapide et s’est emparé de la deuxième place ! Quel retour !

Verstappen a donc signé la pole position devant Alonso, qui s’élancera en première ligne devant Sainz et Hamilton. Les pilotes Haas F1 sont en troisième ligne, Magnussen devant Schumacher.

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Pos. Pilote Voiture Temps Q1 Temps Q2 Temps Q3
01 Max Verstappen Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:32.219 1:23.746 1:21.299
02 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A522 1:32.277 1:24.848 1:21.944
03 Carlos Sainz Ferrari F1-75 1:32.781 1:25.197 1:22.096
04 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 1:33.841 1:25.543 1:22.891
05 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:32.957 1:26.254 1:22.960
06 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:33.707 1:25.684 1:23.356
07 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A522 1:33.012 1:26.135 1:23.529
08 George Russell Mercedes W13 1:33.160 1:24.950 1:23.557
09 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:33.636 1:26.375 1:23.749
10 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:33.692 1:26.116 1:24.030
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11 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:33.689 1:26.788
12 Alex Albon Williams Mercedes FW44 1:34.047 1:26.858
13 Sergio Perez Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:33.929 1:33.127
14 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:34.066 – :—.—
15 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 1:33.008 – :—.—
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16 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:34.492
17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:34.512
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:35.532
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW44 1:35.660
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:36.575

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2022 Assen MotoGP

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Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia will start the race from pole position as he aims to bounce back from two straight retirements that have all but ended his chances of winning the title.

Fresh from his dominant performance at the Sachsenring, championship leader Fabio Quartararo will line up second on the Yamaha, while Pramac’s Jorge Martin will complete the front row.

Marco Bezzecchi qualified an excellent fourth for VR46 ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who remains the chief rival to Quartararo in the title fight.

What time does the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix start today?

The Dutch GP will begin at 2pm local time (+2 GMT) at the TT Circuit in Assen.

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The race will run to 26 laps.

  • Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022
  • Start time: 12:00 GMT / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST / 14:00 SAST / 15:00 EAT / 08:00 ET / 05:00 PT / 22:00 AEST / 21:00 JST / 17:30 IST

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the MotoGP schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

2022 MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix session timings

Session

GMT

BST

CEST

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ET

PT

AEST

JST

IST

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FP1

07:55

08:55

09:55

03:55

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00:55

17:55

16:55

13:25

FP2

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12:10

13:10

14:10

08:10

05:10

22:10

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21:10

17:40

FP3

07:55 08:55 09:55

03:55

00:55

17:55

16:55

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13:25

FP4

11:30 12:30 13:30

07:30

04:30

21:30

20:30

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17:00

Qualifying

12:10

13:10

14:10

08:10

05:10

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22:10

21:10

17:40

Warm up

07:40

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08:40

09:40

03:40

00:40

17:40

16:40

13:10

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Race 

12:00

13:00

14:00

08:00

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05:00

22:00

21:00

17:30

How can I watch Dutch MotoGP?

Europe:

  • Spain: DAZN
  • UK: BT Sport
  • France: Canal+
  • Germany and Austria: ServusTV/DAZN
  • Italy: Sky Sport
  • Hungary: Spiler TV
  • Netherlands: Ziggo Sport (new for 2022)
  • Portugal: Sport TV

Asia:

  • Japan: G+/Hulu
  • Thailand: SPOTV (new for 2022)
  • India: Eurosport
  • Indonesia: Trans7
  • Malaysia and Singapore: SPOTV (new for 2022)
  • China: Guangdong Television 
  • South Korea: SPOTV (new for 2022)

Americas

  • USA: CNBC
  • Canada: REV TV
  • Brazil: Fox Sports
  • Argentina: ESPN+

Oceania

  • Australia: Fox Sports
  • New Zealand: Spark Sport

Africa

  • Sub-Saharan Africa – SuperSport / Canal+

Dutch MotoGP – Starting grid:

Cla   Nº   Rider   Bike   Time   Gap
1 63  Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1’31.504
2 20  Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1’31.620 0.116
3 89  Jorge Martín Ducati 1’31.708 0.204
4 72  Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1’31.796 0.292
5 41  Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 1’31.868 0.364
6 43  Jack Miller Ducati 1’32.124 0.620
7 Johann Zarco Ducati 1’32.175 0.671
8 88  Miguel Oliveira KTM 1’32.272 0.768
9 42  Alex Rins Suzuki 1’32.307 0.803
10 33  Brad Binder KTM 1’32.367 0.863
11 12  Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1’32.424 0.920
12 30  Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1’32.967 1.463
13 10  Luca Marini Ducati 1’32.787 1.283
14 36  Joan Mir Suzuki 1’32.898 1.394
15 49  Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1’32.912 1.408
16 23  Enea Bastianini Ducati 1’33.005 1.501
17 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1’33.009 1.505
18 Stefan Bradl Honda 1’33.029 1.525
19 87  Remy Gardner KTM 1’33.093 1.589
20 21  Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1’33.096 1.592
21 73  Álex Márquez Honda 1’33.113 1.609
22 32  Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1’33.467 1.963
23 25  Raúl Fernández KTM 1’33.652 2.148
24 40  Darryn Binder Yamaha 1’33.998 2.494

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The Real Winners and Losers From UFC on ESPN 38

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    Call it the premium cable calm before the pay-per-view storm.

    One week before the UFC 276 extravaganza takes place a few miles down the road at the T-Mobile Arena, the mixed martial arts conglomerate was in Fight Night mode on Saturday with a 12-bout card from its Apex facility home base in Las Vegas.

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    Two fights matching ranked contenders topped a six-bout main show that was broadcast live by ESPN with a crew of Michael Bisping, Paul Felder and Brendan Fitzgerald at the announce table and Megan Olivi working the rest of the room with breaking news and feature pieces.

    The B/R combat sports team was in position to take it all in and assemble a definitive list of the card’s winners and losers.

    Scroll through to see what we came up with, and drop a thought or two of your own in the comments section.

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    It wasn’t the stuff of fights or knockouts of the year.

    So if you’re hunting for titillating YouTube highlights, take our advice and don’t bother.

    But if you’re a fan of high-speed chess with a violent objective, the main event between closely ranked lightweights Arman Tsarukyan and Mateusz Gamrot was a good watch.

    “It’s like watching a Tasmanian Devil cartoon, but they’re not just rolling around like maniacs,” Bisping said. “It’s calculated madness.”

    Indeed, the 11th- and 12th-ranked 155-pounders went back and forth with punches, kicks, takedowns and grappling exchanges across 25 minutes before Gamrot was awarded a unanimous decision by matching 48-47 scores across the board.

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    B/R saw it the same, giving Gamrot the final three rounds after Tsarukyan won the first two.

    “In this game, you have to be confident,” Gamrot said. “It was a very tough fight. I am ready for every single guy in the division.”

    Gamrot entered with three straight wins after a loss in his UFC debut two years ago and did his best work on the ground, scoring six takedowns and running up nearly five minutes of control time.

    The consistent scrambling gradually compromised Tsarukyan, who’d never gone past three rounds in 20 pro fights. Gamrot had two five-rounders and finished one fight in four rounds before arriving to the UFC.

    Tsarukyan, who landed more significant and overall strikes, dropped to his knees when the verdict was announced and was visibly upset upon speaking with Bisping.

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    “I don’t know what happened. This camp was very good. I had to show better fight than this one,” he said. “It was my first fight going five rounds, and that was difficult. I will learn from mistakes and come back better. But I thought I won three rounds. I can watch it again, and maybe I’ll understand.”

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    Shavkat Rakhmonov was all-in on the streaks.

    He entered Saturday’s co-main event with Neal Magny having won 15 straight fights, all by finishes. That included one of the UFC welterweight division’s longest active streaks (3) and one of the entire promotion’s longest active finish streaks (3).

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    And he showed precisely zero signs of letting those streaks end anytime soon.

    The Kazakhstan-based Sambo ace flustered his veteran foe with consistent pressure, got him to the ground with relative ease and eventually chased and secured a guillotine choke finish with just two seconds remaining in the second round.

    It was the 15th time in 16 fights he’s finished inside of two rounds.

    “Just when I thought the bell was gonna go and this isn’t gonna work, he isn’t gonna get it,” Bisping said, “it just shows how much technique he has.”

    Indeed, Rakhmonov was able to keep Magny on the mat for better than four minutes in the second round and diffused several scrambling escape attempts before working himself into position and securing Magny’s neck with his left arm.

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    The 34-year-old was rescued by referee Chris Tognoni and fell short in his attempt to break a tie for the UFC welterweight win record (19) that he shares with Georges St-Pierre.

    “Neal Magny was good. That’s why I didn’t rush. I took my time,” Rakhmonov said. “I knew I was winning, so I didn’t rush. I looked for opportunities. Once it presented itself, I took it.”

    The winner, who entered at No. 15 in the UFC rankings, followed up with a callout of longtime contender Stephen Thompson, who’s ranked seventh.

    Magny had been ranked 10th.

    “One or two years,” Rakhmonov said, “and I am champion.”

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    The UFC is making its first trip to France later this year.

    So it’s no shock that heavyweight Alan Baudot was hoping for an impressive Saturday performance that’d put him on the matchmaking radar for the international show.

    Didn’t happen.

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    The burly 34-year-old dominated early but was soon gassed out, taken down several times and eventually pummeled to a second-round TKO stoppage by Josh Parisian.

    It was a third loss alongside a no-contest in four UFC fights for Baudot, who dropped Parisian with a right hand in the first round and battered him with a series of ground strikes before the Michigan-based big man got back to his feet with a swollen, bloody left eye.

    The tide turned when Parisian was successful on a double-leg takedown attempt in the final 20 seconds of the first round and threw more than two dozen right-hand strikes before the round’s end.

    He went right back to that approach in the second, scored two more takedowns in the first two-plus minutes of the round and followed with another barrage of strikes until referee Mark Smith finally stepped in at 3:04.

    “I thought he didn’t have anything for me on the ground, and once my corner told me that [at the end of the first round], it just cemented it,” he said.

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    It was Parisian’s second win in four UFC fights since graduating from Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020.

    “I must’ve been pretty hurt because I don’t remember it,” he said when Bisping asked how badly he was rocked by Baudot’s first-round strike.

    “I was gonna jump in your arms, but I don’t have the energy.”

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    First things first: Umar Nurmagomedov easily won his fight with Nate Maness.

    But while the victory came after the Russian had dominated every second of a 15-minute bout, those expecting fireworks, or even highlights, are still waiting.

    A cousin and training pupil of the former lightweight champion and soon-to-be UFC Hall of Famer, Nurmagomedov scored a takedown in each round, established nearly 11 minutes of ground control time by the final bell and raised a ghastly knot on his foe’s forehead.

    Still, while the win boosted him to 15-0 overall and 3-0 in the UFC, he not only failed to score the ninth finish of his career, he never really got close to one. Instead, he seemed content to get Maness to the mat, work to a control position and not risk making a mistake.

    Bisping, while clearly respecting Nurmagomedov’s game, didn’t hesitate to chide him a bit for not stepping on the gas when it seemed an option.

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    “If you want to be great, if you have that star quality, people do want to see you take chances,” he said. “To try and put a nail in his coffin, so to speak.”

    Nurmagomedov seemed unconcerned by the critique and instead suggested he was prepared to be matched with the truly elite operators in the bantamweight division.

    “I think next or after next, I’m going to be in the top 10, then we’ll see,” he said. “I’m ready. If they said tomorrow I’m going to fight for a belt, I’m ready.”

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    Dealing with a UFC-quality foe is hard enough.

    But doing so with your friends and family in the audience is an extra challenge.

    Carlos Ulberg was up to both tasks on Saturday night.

    A City Kickboxing teammate of UFC 276 headliners Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski, the New Zealand-based light heavyweight got an on-site thumbs-up from both colleagues with an abrupt first-round stoppage of Tafon Nchukwi.

    Ulberg landed the fight’s decisive blow when he leaned backward and connected flush to Nchukwi’s jaw with a hybrid jab/hook with the left hand.

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    Nchukwi immediately reeled backward, and Ulberg pounced, landing another half-dozen shots before referee Herb Dean stepped in to rescue his stricken opponent at 1:15.

    “I’d seen his game,” Ulberg said. “He seemed to parry with the right hand, so I knew [the left-hand strike] was going to be there eventually.”.

    The win was Ulberg’s second straight in the UFC after his octagonal run began with a second-round loss to Kennedy Nzechukwu at UFC 259—headlined by Adesanya’s fight with Jan Blachowicz—in Las Vegas.

    “I’m new to the sport of MMA, but I work, and I work fast, and I have a good team behind me,” he said. “It’s all inspiration. We all work together. We all keep other sharp, and I’m happy to have [Adesanya and Volkanovski] on my team.”

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    Main Card

    Mateusz Gamrot def. Arman Tsarukyan by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

    Shavkat Rakhmonov def. Neil Magny by submission (guillotine choke), 4:58, Round 2

    Josh Parisian def. Alan Baudot by KO (punches), 3:04, Round 2

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    Thiago Moises def. Christos Giagos by submission (rear-naked choke), 3:05, Round 1

    Umar Nurmagomedov def. Nate Maness by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)

    Chris Curtis def. Rodolfo Vieira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Preliminary Card

    Carlos Ulberg def. Tafon Nchukwi by KO (punches), 1:15. Round 1

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    Shayilan Nuerdanbieke def. TJ Brown by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Sergey Morozov def. Raulian Paiva by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Cody Durden def. JP Buys by KO (punch), 1:08, Round 1

    Mario Bautista def. Brian Kelleher by submission (rear-naked choke), 2:27, Round 1

    Vanessa Demopoulos def. Jinh Yu Frey by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27

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Phillies’ Bryce Harper Leaves Game vs. Padres Because of Hand Injury

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Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper exited Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres with an injury after being hit by a pitch in the top of the fourth inning.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported Harper’s injury has been diagnosed as a fractured thumb.

Harper was in a lot of pain after being hit and appeared to take his frustration out on Padres pitcher Blake Snell.

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Bryce Harper takes a pitch to the hand and exits the game.

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Harper has dealt with an elbow injury that has limited him to DH duties since mid-April. A blister on his left hand briefly took him out of the lineup in mid-June.

Nonetheless, the 2021 National League MVP hasn’t seen his performance dip compared to last season. Through 63 games, he has 15 home runs, 48 RBI and a .320/.385/.602 slash line.

Albert Pujols is the last back-to-back MVP winner in the NL in 2009, so history isn’t on Harper’s side in his quest for more hardware. The 29-year-old is at least putting himself in the MVP discussion, though.

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The Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi in June after getting off to a disappointing 22-29 start. Their fortunes immediately turned around, and they now sit third in the NL East at 37-35.

The offseason additions of Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos have done little to lessen Philadelphia’s reliance on Harper. The top half of the order is shouldering a heavy burden for the offense, and now the lineup will become even more top-heavy if Harper misses extended time.

Playoff expansion has widened the margin for error for contending teams during the regular season, but there’s no question the Phillies need Harper to remain healthy as they seek to earn a postseason berth.

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