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MMA Star Conor McGregor Pleads Guilty In New York Melee Case

Conor McGregor pleaded guilty on Thursday to disorderly conduct and will perform five days of community service to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a New York City arena in which he was caught on camera hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters. McGregor will also be evaluated for an anger management program and barred from contact with fighters injured in the mayhem after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in April. “I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward,” McGregor said outside a Brooklyn courthouse. “I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans, thank you for the support.” The UFC stripped him of its 155-pound championship belt in April because he had not fought in 17 months. The UFC declined to comment Thursday on the outcome of McGregor’s case. ...Read more

New York Yankees Agree To Deal For Closer Zach Britton Of Baltimore Orioles

The New York Yankees have acquired former All-Star reliever Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles for three minor league pitchers in a trade announced Tuesday night. The deal will send right-handed starter Dillon Tate, left-handed starter Josh Rogers and righty reliever Cody Carroll to Baltimore. Britton, 30, has garnered 139 saves for the Orioles since 2013. Britton had ruptured his right Achilles during an offseason workout session and didn’t make his 2018 debut until June 12. He joins Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and David Robertson as part of the Yankees bullpen, which leads the major leagues with a 2.75 ERA and 448 strikeouts. ...Read more

Kevin Love Signs 4-Year, $120M Extension With Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love signed a long-term extension with the team on Tuesday. Terms were not made official, but league sources say that the four-year, $120 million extension tops out his overall deal at five years, $145 million. Love, a five-time All-Star, opted out of the 2019-20 season on his current five-year deal, league sources said, and the new extension will kick in after he earns $24.1 million next season. Love shot 41.5 percent on 3-pointers last season, the second-highest percentage of his career, as the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals. He played just 59 games, his fewest since the 2012-13 season. ...Read more

Rams’ Todd Gurley Becomes NFL’s Highest-Paid Running Back With $60M, Four-Year Extension

The Rams have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract extension with running back Todd Gurley; the deal includes $45 million guaranteed. Gurley is set to make a base salary of $2.3 million this upcoming season and $9.6 million in 2019, upon which the All-Pro running back will start this new deal. Last season, Gurley ran for 1,305 yards and a league-high 13 touchdowns in addition to catching 64 passes for 7888 yards and six scores. During his three-year career, Gurley has racked up 3,296 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground while he has also made 128 receptions for 1,303 yards and six touchdowns.  ...Read more

Injured Jockey Victor Espinoza Will Miss Rest Of Del Mar Meet

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza will miss the rest of Del Mar’s summer meet after he fractured a vertebra in his neck during a training accident. Agent Brian Beach said on Monday that the 46-year old Espinoza’s condition had improved to stable and he was up and walking in the hospital, and he was expected to be moved from the intensive care unit, but will be held a few more days for observation. Espinoza was hurt Sunday while exercising Bobby Abu Dhabi during morning workouts at the track north of San Diego. Track officials said the horse had an apparent heart attack and Espinoza was thrown off. Bobby Abu Dhabi, a 4-year-old horse, died. Espinoza rode American Pharoah to a sweep of the Triple Crown in 2015. The Del Mar meet opened July 18 and closes Sept. 3. ...Read more

German Soccer Star Says He Quit National Team Over Racism

In a lengthy statement posted on his Twitter account, midfielder Mesut Ozil of the German national soccer team said he is quitting due to racism — this coming after he posed for a photo in May with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ozil said, “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.” His family traces their roots to Turkey and he is proud of his background. He said that after the photo with Erdogan was picked up by German media, it caused a firestorm of criticism and racist language. In his statement, Ozil said the photo taken at a London event “wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said through a spokesperson that she “respects” Ozil’s decision and his accomplishments.”  ...Read more

Lewis Hamilton Wins German Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One championship lead on Sunday, winning the German Grand Prix after race leader Sebastian Vettel crashed. However, Hamilton was summoned to speak to stewards to explain a move late in the race, where he went to the pits and then aborted his move. He escaped with a reprimand and so kept his win, his fourth this season and 66th overall. The incident came while the safety car was deployed following Vettel’s sudden crash. Hamilton decided against pitting at the last second and crossed the grass to rejoin the track — which is prohibited. “I just slowed down and trundled over some grass, and tried to join the track as safely as I could,” said Hamilton, who finished ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.  ...Read more