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With Cynthia Calvillo out, Lauren Murphy welcomes newcomer Liliya Shakirova at UFC 254

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Harmon’s 22 points sends Oklahoma past No. 9 Kansas 75-68

De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat No. 9 Kansas 75-68 Saturday for its second victory this month over a top-10 opponent.Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its last four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and is 8-1 at home this season at the Lloyd Noble Center. Included in…

Sasser, Grimes lead No. 8 Houston past Temple 68-51

Kelvin Sampson watched his Houston team win another rout and found "two or three areas" of needed improvement. Clean those up and another number comes into focus for the Cougars: a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament."If we get better in the areas we need to be good at," Houston’s coach said, "all…

Mahoney scores 20, leads No. 11 Creighton past No. 23 UConn

Denzel Mahoney scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Creighton broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat No. 23 Connecticut 74-66 Saturday.The Bluejays (11-4, 7-3 Big East), who struggled offensively while losing their previous two games, shot 58% in the second half and avoided their first three-game losing streak since February 2019.Mahoney…

FA Cup holder Arsenal eliminated, Man City survives scare

Last season’s FA Cup winner Arsenal was eliminated from the competition in the fourth round on Saturday thanks to Gabriel’s own-goal in a 1-0 loss to Southampton, while Manchester City survived a scare to beat fourth-tier Cheltenham 3-1.In an otherwise close game, Gabriel's decision to try to block a shot from Kyle Walker-Peters proved decisive…

Lauren Murphy has a new opponent for UFC 254.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Cynthia Calvillo has been forced to withdraw from her 125-pound matchup with Murphy and newcomer Liliya Shakirova will step in on a little over a week’s notice for the UFC’s next PPV event in Abu Dhabi.

ESPN broke the news and reported Calvillo tested positive for COVID-19.

Shakirova (8-1) makes her octagon debut riding a three-fight winning streak. The Uzbekistan native, who has spent most of her career competing in Russia and China, will compete for the first time in 2020. In her last appearance, Shakirova earned a TKO stoppage win for Russia’s Gorilla Fighting promotion.

Murphy has won three straight, and four of five, as she is knocking on the door of a flyweight championship opportunity. “Lucky” picked up a third-round TKO win over Mara Romero Borella at UFC Newark in August 2019, and is 2-0 in 2020 with decision wins over Andrea Lee at UFC 247, and Roxanne Modafferi at UFC on ESPN 11.

UFC 254 will be headlined by the highly anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.

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Harmon’s 22 points sends Oklahoma past No. 9 Kansas 75-68

De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat No. 9 Kansas 75-68 Saturday for its second victory this month over a top-10 opponent.Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its last four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and is 8-1 at home this season at the Lloyd Noble Center. Included in…

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Kelvin Sampson watched his Houston team win another rout and found "two or three areas" of needed improvement. Clean those up and another number comes into focus for the Cougars: a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament."If we get better in the areas we need to be good at," Houston’s coach said, "all…

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Denzel Mahoney scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Creighton broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat No. 23 Connecticut 74-66 Saturday.The Bluejays (11-4, 7-3 Big East), who struggled offensively while losing their previous two games, shot 58% in the second half and avoided their first three-game losing streak since February 2019.Mahoney…

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