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Boxer vows to 'smash' champion Klitschko's face

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Boxer vows to 'smash' champion Klitschko's face

From Comcast SportsNet

PARIS (AP)Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck says one hard blow will be enough to beat heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko when they meet in December.

The 35-year-old Ukrainian will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Mormeck in Duesseldorf, Germany on Dec. 10.

Mormeck says he will smash his face, adding that Klitschkos opponents dont do what they need to do.

The former WBC and WBA cruiserweight champion is confident of landing a decisive blow, noting that Klitschko has lost three fights and each time he lost them without going the distance.

Mormeck has a career record of 36 wins with 22 knockouts and four defeats.

It will be Klitschkos first fight since beating Britains David Haye in July.

Klitschko has a record of 56-3, with 49 KOs.

2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Jack Hughes

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2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Jack Hughes

From June 10-20, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile one top prospect per day — 11 total — leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft as the Blackhawks prepare to pick third overall.

Jack Hughes

Position: Center
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report from NHL.com draft expert Adam Kimelman:

The most talented player in the draft should be the first one selected. The 18-year-old has a package of skating, passing, vision and hockey sense that's reminiscent of Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane."

NHL player comparable: Connor McDavid/Patrick Kane

Fit for Blackhawks:

Listen, we know. Hughes isn't going to be on the board at No. 3. But let's dream just for one minute because when the Blackhawks jumped into the top-three on lottery night, the thought crept into everyone's minds.

Hughes is one of the most talented players to ever come out of the United States National Development Program, and is the most pro-ready out of any prospect in this year's draft. He could step onto an NHL team tomorrow and play in a top-six role seamlessly. 

Stylistically, Hughes' game is reminiscent of McDavid and Kane: A playmaker, goal scorer, smooth skater, unreal vision, high hockey IQ. He is the complete package. And just wait until he adds some muscle to his frame under the care of an NHL organization.

If the Blackhawks landed the No. 1 overall pick, their center depth for the next 7-8 years could've consisted of Hughes, Dylan Strome and Jonathan Toews. Alright, now back to reality. 

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs split Crosstown and Adbert Alzolay is called up

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs split Crosstown and Adbert Alzolay is called up

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki check in from Wrigley Field after the Cubs split the first leg of the Crosstown Classic with the White Sox.

Kelly and Tony discuss the breaking news of top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay's promotion to the big leagues and what his role could be with the Cubs (2:15), and assess where the Cubs stand as they continue their long homestand, including the recent offensive downturn and Yu Darvish taking a step forward (7:30).

Cubs Talk Podcast

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