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Edgar Beats Penn At UFC 118

Edgar Beats Penn At UFC 118

Saturday, August 28, 2010 11:55 pm

BOSTON (AP) -- Defending his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title against the man he defeated to win it, Frankie Edgar won a five-round unanimous decision over B.J. Penn on Saturday at the TD Garden. Edgar won the title from Penn via decision in April in a much closer fight than Saturday's bout, which all three judges scored 50-45. "B.J. really brought out the best in me," Edgar said. "It was close the first time and I wanted to make a point." The 28-year-old Edgar, of Toms River, N.J., is now 13-1. Penn, a 31-year-old native of Hilo, Hawaii, fell to 15-7-1. "Frankie fought a great fight," Penn said."He beat me twice, so what can you say. He got off early, so much respect." Edgar controlled the bout from the beginning, scoring a takedown in the first 20 seconds. After Penn escaped and got to his feet, Edgar took him down again with 1:50 left in the round. Edgar scored another takedown in the second. After both fighters spent most of the third round on their feet trading punches, Penn began the fourth round with a takedown, but Edgar got up with 3:45 left in the round. In the final three minutes of the round, Edgar swept Penn's left leg, sending him to the mat, where he landed a hard right hand to Penn's head in the final minute. In the fifth round, Penn took Edgar to the mat in the first 30 seconds, but a minute later, Edgar reversed positions. Both fighters finished the bout on their feet, with Edgar warding off a takedown attempt in the final 15 seconds. "Frankie looked like a complete mixed martial artist," said UFC president Dana White. "He looked unbelievable." In a battle between a championship boxer and a champion mixed martial artist, five-time UFC titleholder Randy Couture defeated 11-time boxing champion James Toney by submission in the first round of a scheduled three-round heavyweight bout in the co-main event. With Couture holding Toney in a head triangle, Toney tapped out at 3:19 of the first round. "I've been working on that head triangle a lot," said Couture. Couture improved to 19-10, dealing Toney a loss in his first MMA bout. Toney began training for MMA nine months ago. Within the first 30 seconds of the bout, Couture brought Toney to the mat with a single-leg takedown. He never let Toney off the mat, landing punches to the head, then getting Toney into the head triangle, which he held until Toney signaled to referee Yamasaki that he had enough. The 47-year-old Couture is a former three-time UFC heavyweight champion and a two-time light heavyweight champion. Toney has held world championships in boxing at middleweight, super middleweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight. The 42-year-old's boxing record is 72-6-3, with 2 no contests. "I got caught, what can I say," Toney said. Toney weighed 237 pounds while Couture weighed 220. "Mixed martial artist went in against a boxer and anything can happen in a fight," said White. "(Toney's) a tough guy, but he came in there with one discipline and that was not enough, even if he trained eight or nine months." In other bouts on the main card, lightweight Gray Maynard won a three-round unanimous decision against Kenny Florian. Maynard, who has beaten Edgar, is now 11-0, while Florian, a local favorite from Brookline, Mass., dropped to 15-5. Demian Maia won a unanimous decision against Mario Miranda at middleweight. All three judges scored the bout 30-27. Maia is 13-2 and Miranda is 12-2. Nate Diaz won by submission against Marcus Davis in the third round of a welterweight bout. The time of the stoppage was 4:02. Davis, a resident of Bangor, Maine, is a former boxer who fought in the final boxing card at the old Boston Garden. Diaz is 13-5. Davis is 21-5. This was the first time UFC held an event in Boston since the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission began sanctioning MMA at the beginning of this year.

Final Bears thoughts: Will Akiem Hicks earn his deserved spot in the Pro Bowl?

Final Bears thoughts: Will Akiem Hicks earn his deserved spot in the Pro Bowl?

Akiem Hicks deserved to be a Pro Bowler in 2017, a year in which he led the Bears with 8 1/2 sacks while proving to be one of the best run-stuffing defensive linemen in football. But it wasn’t even that he wasn’t selected to the roster — he was only a fourth alternate, which seemed like a slap in the face to a guy who had a standout season.
 
The biggest prohibitive factor for Hicks’ Pro Bowl campaign, though, was the Bears’ 5-11 record and general irrelevance in the NFL landscape.
 
“Yeah, it doesn’t really work out when you don’t have the record to match your performance, right?” Hicks said last year.
 
The Bears’ record now matches Hicks’ performance. He’s having an outstanding season as part of the league’s best defense: His 30 stops, defined by Pro Football Focus as plays that result in a “loss” for the offense, are the most among defensive linemen this year. He has six sacks and 39 total pressures, pairing good pass rushing productivity with his elite-level run defense.
 
All that adds up to an impressive Pro Bowl resume. Fan voting — which counts for one-third of determining the roster, with the other thirds coming from player and coach voting — ended on Thursday, with Hicks receiving the second-highest number of votes among NFC defensive linemen. The guy ahead of him is Aaron Donald, and there’s certainly no shame in that.
 
“It would be an honor,” Hicks said. “It’s something that I’ve aspired to achieve, it’s something that I’ve wanted for a really long time. Is it going to happen and is it a guarantee to happen? No. Have I been shafted before? Yes. Will it hurt the same? It for sure will. But that’s what we got. That’s what we gotta deal with. So I hope everything goes the way that I deserve but we’ll see.”
 
Hicks, though, would prefer to make the Pro Bowl roster and then not play in the actual game — which would mean the Bears would be preparing for the Super Bowl.
 
“The objective is to be able to play in the biggest game,” Hicks said. “We’ll see how all that shakes out.”
 
Packed for Chicago
 

Earlier this year, Allen Robinson told a Jacksonville TV station that his free agency decision came down to the Bears and the Green Bay Packers. That he chose the Bears — with an unproven coach and unproven quarterback — over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers was a notable leap of faith, but one in which Robinson was always confident.
 
“For me, since early on in free agency, I had my eyes on Chicago,” Robinson said. “I think that was the big thing for me as far as again, Chicago not only had Mitch Trubisky and coach Nagy, but the city of Chicago. Being close to my hometown (Detroit), being in a city that I was pretty familiar with — and there’s a lot that goes behind Chicago. Chicago is a big sports town, as far as a player, there’s no other place that you would want to play in like this. For me, it was a lot that went into Chicago more than just some of the small variables.”
 
Not has Robinson’s decision paid off with an all-but-confirmed playoff berth — which would be the first of his career — but he’s taken advantage of his platform in Chicago. Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation on Monday raised more than $112,000, which will allow his foundation to launch “Reach For a Book” reading rooms at Title I elementary schools and Boys & Girls Clubs.
 
Deflected praise
 
The Associated Press this week named Nagy the NFL’s best coach in 2018, likely the first of a handful of coach of the year honors the first-year Bears’ coach will receive.
 
Nagy, though, was quick to credit everyone else around the Bears for his personal achievement.
 
“That kinda stuff — the individual awards, for everybody, I think to me when you hear something like that, especially as a head coach, it speaks to who we are,” Nagy said. “When you hear an award like that, you get humbled by it, you appreciate it, but it’s all about everybody in this building. It’s about the players. so that’s pretty good for them.”

Zach LaVine's injury provides an opportunity to evaluate Rawle Alkins

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Zach LaVine's injury provides an opportunity to evaluate Rawle Alkins

According to sources of Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic, the Bulls have called up Rawle Alkins in the wake of the Zach LaVine injury news. 

However, the 21-year old wing will not play with the Bulls tonight in San Antonio.

Alkins is a 6-foot 5 wing player who plays with tenacity and energy on the defensive end. In 18 NBA G League games Alkins has averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game. 

The main weakness in Alkins game was his inconsistent perimeter shooting, which has looked good so far with the Windy City Bulls. He is shooting 38 percent on 4.5 attempts from 3-point range per game, though he is struggling mightily from the free throw line. 

It will be interesting to see how Jim Boylen deploys Alkins in lineups—assuming he gets solid playing time in LaVine's absence—because a Alkins-Shaq Harrison-Kris Dunn pairing could provide a very big dose of switchability and defensive pressure for a team that has been quietly been 17th in the league in defensive rating since Boylen took over.