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With Real Madrid’s triumph over Liverpool, a fourth Champions League title would be Zidane’s finest

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Zinedine Zidane is on track to win his fourth Champions League title as Real Madrid manager. Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images This may be the year that Zinedine Zidane finally earns full recognition for his achievements as Real Madrid coach because, if he guides this squad to Champions League......

Does Jamal Murray’s Injury End the Nuggets’ Title Hopes?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here SI Staff The Nuggets lost star Jamal Murray for the remainder of the season after a torn ACL in Monday’s loss to the Warriors. Murray exploded in the playoffs last season and was behind the Nuggets’ historic postseason run in......

Real or Not: Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren is a win, ‘Boots’ Ennis deserves a title shot

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While the world waits for Anthony Joshua-Tyson Fury, Jose Ramirez-Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos, the boxing spotlight will be placed on the sideshows as celebrities and former champions are making their way into the squared circle. There is little doubt that boxing purists hate what’s on tap this weekend,......

Real or Not: Masvidal’s last title chance? Would heavyweights rival McGregor’s buzz?

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Jorge Masvidal doesn’t view his UFC 261 main event as his last shot at UFC gold, but only because he won’t allow himself to accept the possibility he’ll lose to champion Kamaru Usman. “I feel like every fight, I have to win,” Masvidal told ESPN. “But, no, I don’t feel......

WrestleMania 37 Takeaways: Roman Reigns Rightfully Retains Title

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Justin Barrasso For the first time in a decade, Edge wrestled a WrestleMania match in front of a live crowd. Daniel Bryan put a second WrestleMania main event on his list of accomplishments. And after a one-year absence, Roman Reigns......

ATP roundup: Lorenzo Sonego wins title at Sardegna Open

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FILE PHOTO: Mar 30, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Lorenzo Sonego of Italy hits a backhand against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Third-seeded Lorenzo Sonego gave his countrymen a thrill by posting......

UMass wins first NCAA men’s hockey title

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PITTSBURGH — Filip Lindberg had 25 saves, Aaron Bohlinger scored his first career goal and Massachusetts beat St. Cloud State 5-0 on Saturday night to win the program’s first NCAA title. After St. Cloud State turnover, Bohlinger led a breakaway and dropped the puck to Ryan Sullivan whose one-touch pass......

UFC takeaways: Marvin Vettori didn’t lock up title shot; Mackenzie Dern is gaining momentum

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UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori was as dominant as ever with a unanimous decision victory over Kevin Holland in Saturday’s Fight Night main event in Las Vegas. The Italian middleweight had no problem taking Holland to the ground and maintaining control throughout the fight. Mackenzie Dern also had a standout performance......

Ringside Seat: Joe Smith Jr. earned his way to a light heavyweight title fight, but can he win the belt?

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Joe Smith Jr. did not take the path of least resistance to reach his second shot at a light heavyweight world title. As he prepares to step into the ring on Saturday against Maxim Vlasov at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma (10 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN+), with the......

Ex-UFC champ Johnson KO’d in One title bout

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Demetrious Johnson, one of the most dominant champions in mixed martial arts history, suffered a crushing defeat to Adriano Moraes on Wednesday during a landmark night for Asian-based promotion One Championship. The One Championship event took place in Singapore and was aired live in the U.S. on TNT, marking the......

Cat Zingano’s focus is on a title fight against Cris Cyborg; first, she needs to win on Friday

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Cat Zingano thought it was interesting, if unsurprising, when she found out last month that Miesha Tate would be returning to fighting in the UFC. Zingano beat Tate by third-round TKO in 2013, one of the first fights that shaped the women’s bantamweight division. Then she saw Tate’s return opponent:......

CBS saw 14% decline in viewers for NCAA men’s championship game, while women’s title match on ESPN grew

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here MaCio Teague #31 of the Baylor Bears goes up for a basket against Drew Timme #2 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 05, 2021......

Forget the Serie A title: Juventus must beat Napoli to retain hopes of top-four finish

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It’s not a surprise that maybe the biggest match of Juventus‘ season is taking place on the day of the Champions League quarterfinals. It is, however, a surprise that it’s a league match. With all Serie A teams already eliminated from Europe’s biggest tournament, it’s the perfect open date for......

Baylor Denies Gonzaga a Perfect Season, Winning N.C.A.A. Men’s Basketball Title

New York Times
Billy Witz INDIANAPOLIS — There was a symmetry about Gonzaga’s arrival in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball championship game — the unbeaten Zags bidding to be the first unblemished champion since Indiana, the state’s flagship basketball school, last accomplished the feat in 1976. That Gonzaga, the small Jesuit school tucked away......

2021 NCAA tournament national championship: Reaction to the Baylor Bears’ title

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Perfect no more. After a tournament in which they blew out several teams and played one of the greatest games of all time against the 11-seed UCLA Bruins, the 1-seed Gonzaga Bulldogs saw their quest to become the first undefeated national champions since 1976 come to an inglorious end in......

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