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- Our beloved O’s just will not get out of this race. Last night they won 4-0 in a game that was highlighted by a Trey Mancini bomb! and an Adam Jones web gem. Mancini hit his 17th home run, tying an Orioles rookie record for most home runs in a season. Jones on the other hand, got it done on the defensive end. In the bottom of the third, with nobody on, Joey Gallo hit a blast to dead center only to see the birds outfielder Jones reach his glove over the wall to make the snag.
- What is not being talked about though is the fact that Kevin Gausman threw 8 2/3 of shutout baseball, striking out eight. This continues a run of solid starts from the young right hander. Like last year, he has us all hopeful that he is figuring things out and turning the corner towards success.
- With the first preseason game right around the corner, there are still a ton of questions that remain and people keep sustaining injuries. Obviously, the biggest question is will the Ravens bring in Colin Kaepernick? The Ravens signed David Olson on Friday, of course causing an uproar with people not paying attention. Olson is a real life version of a ball cannon, nothing more, he will be gone in two weeks. Kaepernick is still in play to be signed. Also, for those that are complaining about the non signing, remember that just last August Kaepernick dealt with arm fatigue, so be happy that David Olson is wasting these reps and not Colin.
- Friday also saw a couple of injuries. Both CB, Maurice Canady and TE, Crockett Gillmore went down with knee injuries in practice. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun both injuries are “potentially significant.” This comes at an awful time considering both positions have seen injury, CB Tavon Young, and TE, Dennis Pitta. I would imagine that with the way things are going for the Baltimore Ravens they are simply counting down the days until this pre-season is over.
- For the first time in a long time, Jon Jones proved what we all already knew…..that he is damn good. While Daniel Cormier gave it a very valiant effort, Jones was simply too much to handle, winning by way of knock out in the third round. Jon Jones ended his championship night like many sane people would….by calling out Brock Lesnar. Would that be a super fight people would want to see? Color me intrigued. Quietly, Tyron Woodley had his third title defense, defeating Damian Maia in a unanimous decision and Cris Cyborg defeated Tonya Evinger for the newly formed UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship. Woodley is in an interesting predicament in regard to who he fights next. All signs pointed to him squaring off with GSP, George St. Pierre, after his bout with Michael Bisping. However, after what many perceived as a “boring” fight between Woodley and Maia, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports, “Asked if the fight impacted the potential for a Woodley-St-Pierre fight, White said, ‘Absolutely. I’m probably not going to do that now.'”
- It will be interesting to see who White will match Tyron Woodley with for his next fight. UFC.com has the welterweight class rankings as follow:
- 1. Demian Maia – Woodley just defeated Maia last night
- 2. Stephen Thompson – Woodley fought Thompson twice, defeating him once and coming to a draw. Would fans want to see a third fight?
- 3. Robbie Lawler – Woodley defeated Lawler in July 2016 to start this championship run.
- 4. Jorge Masvidal – was on a three fight win streak until Demian Maia stopped that back in May.
- 5. Carlos Condit – Condit has not fought in a year and has been on a bit of a losing streak, losing three of four. Not to mention, losing to Woodley in 2014 by way of a knee injury.
- My take is that this is the most precarious position the UFC has been in with their welterweight division in some time. The welterweight division has seen some great champions; Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, George St. Pierre just to name a few. Ultimately, I think Dana White should go back on his word and give the fight to GSP, people love seeing him as the champ. However, if White sticks by his word, then I have no idea. McGregor has always jawed about coming up to 170 and going after the belt, however he has work to do against Khabib when he gets back to the UFC. Maybe a third fight with Thompson? This one has me perplexed.
- There was a money grab last night down in Miami. It featured Real Madrid against Barcelona in a friendly match. Barcelona won 3-2 in what looked to be a decent game. What else is there to say about a friendly soccer match?