Has April Fools’ Day come early or did Conor McGregor really retire from MMA?
McGregor tweeted late on Monday night that he was retiring from MMA. His tweet was complete with a “Proper” reference to his whiskey.
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
I have a hard time believing McGregor will never partake in an MMA fight again, especially when he just signed an 8-fight deal with the UFC last year.
So what’s going on? My guess is one of two things.
One, maybe McGregor is taking a page out of Floyd Mayweather’s book. Mayweather retired multiple times during his boxing career, which proved to be a successful strategy at building interest in his subsequent fights when he came out of retirement. In other words, this could be a publicity stunt.
Two, McGregor said last week he was close to fighting in July. There was supposedly a snag over the potential fight with Donald Cerrone because it would only be a co-main event, which supposedly wasn’t suitable to Conor. He also seemed to be angling for an ownership stake in the company, so maybe he’s trying to exercise his leverage.
There’s no way I’m buying this.
- Conor McGregor
Jusuf Nurkic suffered a brutal injury during double overtime of the Portland Trail Blazers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Nurkic was going up for a rebound and got his leg bent backwards underneath him. It went so far in the wrong direction that the bone snapped. Those watching the game on NBA TV could hear an audible snap as his left leg broke. TV cameras zoomed in and showed his leg bending the wrong direction where the break occurred.
Nurkic took one look at his leg and then started screaming in shock after he saw the injury. Players from both teams quickly backed away, while a stretcher came out to carry away the big man.
Nurkic had 32 points and 16 rebounds in the game prior to the injury and was enjoying the best season of his career. The Blazers later announced he was out for the season with compound fractures to his left tibia and fibia.
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The Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz got so petty as Devin Booker chased a 60-point game on Monday night.
The Suns were blown out 125-92 in the game and their only bright spot was Booker. The 22-year-old guard was hot and went 19/34 from the field and 16/17 on free throws for 59 points.
Phoenix really wanted him to get to 60 points, so they left him out there in garbage time to add to his point total. They even intentionally fouled in the final 30 seconds to get the ball back so Booker would have a shot at crossing the mark.
How did Utah respond? They intentionally fouled back to prevent Booker from having a shot at 60.
The Jazz really intentionally fouled so Book wouldn’t reach 60.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) March 26, 2019
The entire situation was so silly. It’s hard to get mad at Utah for blocking the Suns’ efforts when Phoenix did so much to try and get Booker to the total. But as we’ve seen, people will do crazy things when chasing statistics.
MLB is expected to announce discipline on Tuesday morning for San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer, according to reporters.
Bay Area Sports Guy reported Monday night that Baer’s punishment may be a suspension. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic confirmed the punishment is expected to be announced on Tuesday.
I've heard the same. Giants have been told MLB will make an announcement tomorrow morning. https://t.co/jvRUVCOgeu
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) March 26, 2019
Baer was caught on video on March 1 in a physical altercation with his wife at a public park in San Francisco. He was placed on leave by the Giants while MLB investigated the matter.
No criminal charges were filed against him.
Baer has been the team’s CEO since 2012.
- Larry Baer
Travel issues surrounding the team’s planned trip to Syracuse left many New York Mets players pissed off, according to a reporter.
The Mets hosted a spring training game on Sunday at Port St. Lucie, which is on the east coast of Florida. Their game on Monday was at the Orioles’ home in Sarasota at the complete opposite end of the state. It’s a 2.5-hour drive from one coast to the other. On top of that, the team had plans to travel to Syracuse for a workout on Tuesday to promote their new minor league affiliate. Then they would head to DC to prepare for Thursday’s season-opening game against the Washington Nationals.
Not only is that a lot of traveling in a short period of time, but complicating matters was a 3-hour delay in Monday’s flight due to a mechanical issue that would mean they would arrive in Syracuse around midnight.
Mets are finally going to take off for Syracuse around 9 p.m. – they have been grounded for hours in Sarasota by a mechanical issue.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) March 26, 2019
The New York Post’s Mike Puma says he was told that a lot of players were pissed off by the delay and complications.
Report I am getting from the Mets plane: Lots of guys pissed off. The delay has been 3.5 hours. Will be landing in Syracuse close to midnight.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) March 26, 2019
The extra travel plans with the trip to Syracuse has been a point of contention among the team. Pitcher Noah Syndergaard was actually bold enough to speak up about it and ripped the team over the trip.
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They still love their Jimmer Fredette in Utah.
Fredette on Monday played in his second game since signing with the Phoenix Suns. He had a rough night, missing his first eight shot attempts before finally making a field goal. When he got to the free throw line and scored his first point, the fans went crazy.
Jimmer Fredette gets a standing O from the Utah crowd after going 0 for everything from the field but hitting his first two free throws pic.twitter.com/VhTRC6a66K
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 26, 2019
Fredette was playing in Salt Lake City, nearby where he starred at BYU from 2008-2011. Fredette averaged 20.7 points per game and won National Player of the Year as a senior and became a fan-favorite.
Though he went on to become a lottery pick, his NBA career quickly fizzled out. Fredette has since developed a career playing in China and has now returned to the NBA for the first time since 2016.
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Johnny Manziel responded on Monday to rapper Eminem’s AAF request.
Eminem sent an all-caps tweet in which he said the startup football league should allow players to fight. The Detroit native also campaigned for a team in Detroit.
PLEASE ENTERTAIN THIS THOUGHT REGARDING THE @AAFIRON @AAFEXPRESS GAME: ALLOWING THE PLAYERS TO ACTUALLY FIGHT WOULD BE KEY TO LEAGUE’S SUCCESS LIKE HOCKEY, I WOULD WATCH EVERY GAME (EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO DETROIT TEAM YET – HINT). DON'T BLOW IT.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) March 26, 2019
Eminem’s tweet referenced the Birmingham Iron-Memphis Express game on Sunday in which Manziel made his league debut. Manziel responded to the tweet and told Eminem, “I got you” and added a goat emoji — indicating his respect for Eminem as a great rapper.
I got you https://t.co/oNXEErCxHD
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) March 26, 2019
Considering the AAF has shown it’s anything but a gimmick league and actually progressive from the NFL in some regards, we’re guessing Eminem’s wish for fights won’t come true. That’s a request he might want to direct to the XFL, which doesn’t have plans for a team in Detroit yet either.
The Boston Red Sox will enjoy a team dinner on Tuesday night in Seattle ahead of their season-opener, and the dinner will be generously hosted by Mookie Betts.
Back in February, Betts and the Red Sox agreed to a $20 million settlement to avoid arbitration. That was a record amount for a player in his second year of arbitration. When Betts and the Sox agreed to the deal, manager Alex Cora joked that the reigning MVP would pay for a team dinner because of how well he did salary-wise.
Mookie Betts is paying for team dinner before Opening Day. Cora: “He crushed arbitration.”
— Chris Mason (@ByChrisMason) February 18, 2019
Fast forward a month and that’s exactly what is happening. Betts is treating the team to dinner, and Cora joked that nobody feels sorry for the outfielder over the cost.
Alex Cora said that Dustin Pedroia hosted the team at his house last night.
Cora on Pedroia’s house- “Wow.”
Cora also told us that Mookie Betts will be sponsoring a team dinner tomorrow night but it will be more expensive than last year
“No one feels sorry for him.”#RedSox
— Guerin Austin (@guerinaustin) March 25, 2019
This is just the start of big pay days to come for Betts. He has another year of arbitration next year and then will be able to become a free agent after that. Betts is not expecting to sign a contract extension prior to hitting free agency. He’s set to cash in big after proving himself as one of the best players in the game.