Moraes submits Assuncao, then taunts Dillashaw

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Marlon Moraes defeated Raphael Assuncao by submission in the first round Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Moraes (22-5-1) dropped Assuncao with two big right hands and eventually locked in a guillotine choke, getting Assuncao to tap at the 3:17 mark.

With the win, Moraes is expected to be next in line for a title shot against 135-pound champion TJ Dillashaw.

One possible impediment to Moraes title shot is if UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo moves up for a chance at a second belt. Cejudo defeated Dillashaw by first-round TKO on Jan. 19 to retain his title and has been adamant about moving up in weight.

Saturdays fight was a rematch of UFC 212 in June 2017, when Assuncao won in a close split decision.

Moraes has now won four fights in a row, while Assuncaos (27-6-0) four-fight winning streak was snapped.

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Punchy, cheeky, passionate: Eddie Jones masterplan rejuvenates England

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DUBLIN Mark this England victory down as the moment where Eddie Jones masterplan came together, where they laughed in the face of rugby logic and for one evening in a golden era of Irish rugby they asked questions of Joe Schmidts side that others have recently tried and failed to do.

A resurgent England upset Six Nations champions Ireland on Saturday, handing Joe Schmidt a first ever home defeat in the championship.

It was all going so well for France as they took a 16-0 lead into half-time. But a record-breaking comeback from Wales puts coach Warren Gatland on course to deliver on a bold prediction.

Winger Blair Kinghorn scored a hat-trick of tries and pivot Finn Russell provided decisive moments of genius as Scotland got their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start.

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You have to go back to the World Cup-winning days of 2003 and those ageless names of Jonny Wilkinson and Martin Johnson to find an England performance to rival this. It was a match where everything came together as they brought physicality and a brilliant game plan to prevent Ireland from ever finding their stride. They were, simply, superb.

For Ireland, the likes of Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray will reflect on a game where they were never allowed space and had a wall of white constantly on their case. Ireland never found any momentum and were out-kicked. They never had a chance to turn it into an arm-wrestle or get a foothold. And England just kept the foot neatly pressed on Irelands throat and landed their game-winning punches.

This will make the rugby world sit up and take notice of Jones side once again but he will do his best to downplay expectation and talk of a game-to-game mentality. But the basic fact is that Ireland do not lose at home in the Six Nations, at least not under Schmidt. Last year they won the Grand Slam and dispatched the All Blacks. They were rising to what many thought would be one monumental crescendo to Japan and a potential World Cup triumph with the Six Nations already safely secured for the second year running. But England had a point to prove after their miserable fifth-placed finish last year and the ignominy of Ireland wrapping up that Grand Slam emphatically at Twickenham. They not only proved that point, they hammered it home with a four-try victory.

England travelled to Dublin as underdogs. Jones was painted by some in the build up as a poor mans Mourinho and a coach who had passed his sell-by date. Yet after this victory, he deflected any praise levelled in his direction in the post-match press conference onto the players and did his utmost to quieten any excitement about the World Cup in September. It was the old refrain of just focusing on the next task, with France arriving at Twickenham next Sunday. But away from public eyes, oh how hell enjoy this.

Jonny Sexton (far right) and his Ireland teammates try to comprehend a stunning 12-point defeat by England, their first loss at home in the Six Nations under coach Joe Schmidt.Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

This was a victory and performance in Jones image: punchy, cheeky, passionate, precise and ruthless. They had the outstanding Mako Vunipola at the heart of the win, but he was just one star performer among a huge cast. Billy Vunipola got through an almighty amount of work while Manu Tuilagi hunted anything and everything wearing green. Henry Slade came of age on the Test stage and England presented a multi-dimensional and layered attack mixing power and prowess that has not been seen in recent times.

It was the first Test where the Vunipola brothers and Tuilagi started together. My, how they clicked, constantly coming round the corner and hammering away. Kyle Sinckler looked in danger of spontaneously combusting such was the energy he brought to the Test. Tom Curry was a nuisance at the breakdown but will need to learn from his yellow card in the first half. Maro Itoje was also heroic and England will be keeping everything crossed that the knee injury that forced him off in the second half heals quickly.

In the backs Jack Nowell popped up all over the place, running through midfield and on the flanks and even packed down at openside when Curry was sin-binned. Jonny May did his job in scoring the opening try after two minutes England started irresistibly and also made the key contribution in kicking ahead smartly for Henry Slades first try of a late, match-clinching double.

And then there was Owen Farrell. In his first Test as sole captain of England, he led from the front and offered a calm, authoritative presence. His kicking game in tandem with Slade and Elliot Daly gave England a trio of playmakers, constantly pinning back Jacob Stockdale and Robbie Henshaw.

One of the games myriad subplots in the build-up was the battle of the two makeshift fullbacks with Henshaw and Daly both playing away from their usual positions. Daly did well, but while Henshaw is a wonderful centre, he needs to stay there rather than at 15. Elsewhere for Ireland, Bundee Aki never got a chance to get going, the half-backs didnt impose themselves on the game while England won the collisions and played with a heightened urgency which Schmidts side failed to match. The Ireland back-row were mere extras in this play, while Englands pack took the limelight.

Ireland will now lick their wounds and if Schmidt has a hairdryer, the players will likely be blasted with it. This wasnt part of the plan but such is the beauty of this competition, they have another four weekends to assign this game to an ugly corner of their recent rugby history.

Meanwhile, Englands Fortress Twickenham took a battering last year in the championship so next weeks match against France carries added importance. But while Jones was loathed to paint this Dublin win in any greater significance than a mere single victory, those World Cup foundations are appearing secure. England now must find a way to back this up next weekend and prove this is the norm, rather than the exception.

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Fowler fires 64, moves step closer to Phoenix title

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Rickie Fowler had eight birdies in a 7-under 64 on Saturday, taking a four-shot lead over Matt Kuchar into the final round of the Phoenix Open.

Twice a runner-up at TPC Scottsdale, Fowler navigated a difficult two-putt on the par-4 18th hole to reach 20-under 193.

Kuchar shot a bogey-free 65 to put himself in position for his third victory of the wraparound PGA Tour season. He won the Mayakoba Classic and Sony Open.

Justin Thomas, who started a shot behind Fowler, shot 65 and will be five back of his friend and desert roommate headed into Sundays final round.

Branden Grace and Byeong Hun An were seven back at 13 under.

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Giants Barkley continues run, named top rookie

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Saquon Barkley, described by some as a generational running back, is The Associated Press 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The second overall draft pick who rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns behind a weak New York Giants offensive line drew 26.5 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield and Giants RB Saquon Barkley, the top two picks in last years NFL draft, have a bet riding on the outcome of the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Barkley edged top overall draft pick Baker Mayfield, who earned 21.5 votes. In addition to the award, Barkley also will soon be sporting a chain courtesy of Mayfield as a result of a wager with the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback on the outcome.

The losers got to get someone else a chain, Barkley told cleveland.com earlier this week. We get to pick the chain and we get to have fun with it because obviously everyones talking about whos going to win.

In a rarity, a guard, Quenton Nelson of the Indianapolis Colts, got two votes in balloting announced at NFL Honors.

Barkley also made a team-high 91 receptions for 721 yards, and his 2,028 yards from scrimmage led the NFL.

This kid is a special player, a special talent, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. Hes such a big, powerful guy that has breakaway speed. Sometimes, its impossible, but you kind of have to get two or three bodies on him. Hes a tremendous running back, and a load to bring down.

Barkley is the second Giants player in five seasons to win the award; wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., took it in 2014. They are the only Giants to win it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Premier League January transfer spending falls for first time since 2012

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The amount spent by Premier League clubs in the January transfer window fell for the first time since 2012, figures released by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte have shown.

Clubs in the top division spent 180 million in the winter window, down from 430m last year, when150m was spent on deadline day compared with 50m this year.

The figure takes total gross spending by Premier League clubs this season to an estimated 1.4 billion, the second-highest after last seasons 1.9bn, while the league was the highest-spending in Europe ahead of Serie A.

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Almost one-third of this Januarys spending came on one player Chelseas 57m move for Borussia Dortmunds United States international midfielder Christian Pulisic, while Newcastle spent around 20m on Atlanta Uniteds Miguel Almiron.

Last years winter window featured a number of big-money moves including Virgil van Dijks 75m arrival at Liverpool from Southampton.

In January 2012 Premier League clubs spent 120m, with that total increasing to 130m in the following two winters and then rising to 175m, 215m and 430m in the next three years.

The Deloitte figures showed that transfers by the top flights big six clubs accounted accounting for 43 percent of this Januarys expenditure, down from 62 percent at this time last year.

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Barcelonas Lionel Messi faces fitness race ahead of Copa Clasico

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BARCELONA, Spain Lionel Messi is a minor doubt for Barcelonas game against Real Madrid on Wednesday after ending Saturdays 2-2 draw with Valencia with a thigh problem.

Messi, who scored twice as Barca came from two goals down to earn a point against Valencia at Camp Nou, received treatment on the sidelines for five minutes during the second half.

The Argentine forward was eventually able to finish the game, but he will now undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is hopeful that its nothing too serious and is optimistic that Messi will be available to face Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg.

We have to wait until [Sunday] to see how the pain is, Valverde said in his postgame news conference. I cant help you any more than that. We hope that he will recover [in time] for Madrid. Either on Sunday or on Monday well determine exactly what the problem is.

I dont know what it is. We will see what the medical team tell us but we dont imagine it is anything too bad.

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Barca beat Madrid 5-1 in the league earlier this season with Messi missing through injury, but he once again demonstrated his importance against Valencia.

A goal from Kevin Gameiro and a Dani Parejo penalty had given Valencia an unexpected 2-0 lead at Camp Nou but Messis 20th and 21st league goals of the season earned Barca a draw.

He scored from the penalty spot just before half-time and added his second after the break with a brilliant finish from 20 yards as Barcas eight-game winning streak in La Liga came to an end.

Valencia started really well but after that we were in control of the game, Valverde said. We werent switched on and they caught us on the counter and then doubled their lead with the penalty.

But we have taken charge of the game from there. We were dominating the ball and the feeling was that we could score goals. It was a good reaction in the end but when you dont win you always feel that something has slipped away.

Barca could see their lead at the top cut to three points if Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis on Sunday, but in the meantime they will turn their attention to Wednesdays Clasico in the cup.

As well as Messi, there are also doubts about Ousmane Dembeles availability for the game. The Frenchman has missed Barcas last four matches and Valverde said he didnt know whether he would make his comeback from injury against Madrid on Wednesday or at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

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Burnley net late penalty to leave Saints with just a point

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* Late Barnes penalty secures 1-1 draw against Southampton

* Spot kick cancels out Redmond opener for the visitors

* Saints striker Ings goes off injured in the 27th minute

* Barnes booked after penalty appeal failed in 33rd minute

* Superb Redmond 25-yard strike puts Saints ahead in 55th

* Barnes volleyed against the bar for frustrated Burnley

* Barnes levels for hosts in injury time from the spot

* Burnley are at Brighton next, Southampton host Cardiff

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Feb 2 (Reuters) Burnley converted a stoppage time penalty through Ashley Barnes to earned a 1-1 draw with Southampton at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday.

A superb 55th minute strike from Nathan Redmond had given Southampton the lead before the late drama.

With the clock running down, Ashley Westwood lofted a cross towards Burnleys new signing, substitute Peter Crouch, and Saints defender Jack Stephens rose and appeared to handle.

Burnley had not been given a penalty in their previous 67 league games but Barnes kept his cool and slotted past Alex McCarthy to extend the home sides unbeaten run to six games.

Southampton, revitalised under Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, are unbeaten in five and have now claimed eight points from a possible 12 in their last four away matches.

Burnley will consider the penalty just reward after they had a strong appeal for a spot kick turned down in the 33rd minute when Barnes went down under challenge from McCarthy.

Redmonds opener was a fine solo effort, the midfielder picking the ball up deep, running at the defence and beating keeper Tom Heaton with a low drive into the bottom corner.

The introduction of 38-year-old debutant Crouch in the 76th minute caused some chaos in the Saints defence and Barnes had smashed a volley against the bar before he scored from the spot. (Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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Best of Bill Belichick at 2019 Super Bowl, by (or buy) the book

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ATLANTA New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked by a reporter Wednesday whether he would consider writing a book when his career is over. As he often does, Belichick deflected the topic by mentioning that his only focus is the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Then there was a pause before Belichick had a question of his own.

Would you buy one?

That sparked laughter throughout the room.

Bill Belichick tends to have a little more fun during his news conferences at the Super Bowl.Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Belichicks wit and dry sense of humor dont often shine through when hes behind the dais. But if there is a time when they do, its the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Of course, Belichick has been to nine of them as Patriots head coach, so he knows this drill well.

Nothing could top what he said before Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, when he noted that he never received much friendly hospitality until the time he unsuccessfully went for it on fourth-and-2 a reference to the 2009 season and a 35-34 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

But Belichick was clearly in his element this week, including on Wednesday, when he went on for 6 minutes, 15 seconds when asked how much he values history. At the end of his answer, he smiled and said, Thats a long answer to a short question. Thank you for getting me going on that. Class will start tomorrow at 9.

Because Im a masochist, I transcribed Bill Belichicks entire soliloquy on football history from todays news conference. 953 words. Six minutes and 15 seconds. Fascinating stuff. Here it is in full: pic.twitter.com/y94DEgZrAy

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There were some similar moments along the way, starting from Mondays opening night, when he sat at podium No. 5 and patiently fielded a variety of questions. When things started slowly and no one asked an initial question, he cracked, All right, thats it?

He wasnt exactly soaking up the scene like tight end Rob Gronkowski, but he played along as he was handed a shirt with his picture on it and appreciated that the sleeves were cut off.

Later in the week, the 66-year-old Belichick was talking about his history in the game when he said, Its fascinating for me to talk to people that predate me. I guess there arent that many more. There are a couple.

The self-deprecating humor went over well and was reflective of how Belichick at times struck a more relaxed tone than the norm.

He said theres no place hed rather be than working during Super Bowl week, and it showed.

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