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Espy Awards 2019: What You Didn’t See on TV

  • Variety
The ESPYs’ television broadcast only paints so much of the picture of what went down at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles from sports’ biggest award ceremony. Viewers at home saw Tracy Morgan host, celebrities like Sandra Bullock present and athletes including Drew Brees, Alex Morgan and Giannis Antetokounmpo receive awards, but they didn’t quite catch all the exciting moments left off TV. Here’s what they missed:

“Fresh Prince” Dwyane Wade: During a commercial break karaoke challenge, Wade showed his skills on the mic as he rapped along to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song. The retired basketball superstar laid down the rhymes from the comfort of his own seat, next to his wife, Gabrielle Union. “In West Philadelphia born and raised…” Wade rapped, filling in the remainder of the song with perfect memory as the lyrics cut out.

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Espys 2019 Complete Winners List: Us Women’s National Soccer Team Named Best Team

  • The Wrap
Espys 2019 Complete Winners List: Us Women’s National Soccer Team Named Best Team
Just days after their second straight World Cup victory, the U.S. women’s national soccer team won Best Team at the 2019 Espys Awards hosted by Tracy Morgan on Wednesday night.

Other winners included Zion Williamson (Best College Athlete), soccer star Alex Morgan (Best Female Athlete), and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Though the night’s nominees included luminaries like Serena Williams (who won for Best Female Tennis Player) and Kevin Durant, the biggest stars of the show were members of the women’s national soccer team, who arrived in L.A. from their World Cup Finals victory parade in New York City earlier Wednesday.

Also Read: Chris Long, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, NHL Among Winners at ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards

Among other highlights, the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup victory nabbed the team Best Comeback. And for the first time ever, all the nominees for Best Male Athlete — Patrick Mahomes, Mookie Betts,
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Espys Give Los Angeles Rams “Best Game” Honors, Name Greek Freak Top Male Athlete

Espys Give Los Angeles Rams “Best Game” Honors, Name Greek Freak Top Male Athlete
The 2019 Espys brought out the stars in force to celebrate the best in sports as voted by the fans. Tracy Morgan hosted, quipping that it was one of the few rooms where everyone knew how the guests made their money. Watch his monologue above.

This year’s award winners:

Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Rob Mendez

Pat Tillman Award for Service: Kirstie Ennis

Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: Bill Russell

Best Coach: Jim Calhoun

Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Best NBA Player: Giannis Antetounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Best Wnba Player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim

Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Huston

Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Allysa Seely

Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Mark Barr

Best Boxer: Canelo Álvarez

Best Mma Fighter: Daniel Cormier

Best Male Golfer: Brooks Koepka

Best Esports Moment: Timothy “oLARRY” Anselimo returns to 2K League
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Jon Jones Teaches TMZ Staff How to Throw Ferocious Elbows, Awesome Video

  • TMZ
Wanna throw a killer elbow strike like Ufc legend Jon Jones?! Well, good news, the reigning Ufc light heavyweight champ came to our office and gave a live demonstration ... right on a TMZ staffer! Of course, Jones is gearing up to fight Thiago Santos at Ufc 239 on July 6 -- and he stopped by the office to talk with the guys from "TMZ Sports" about how he's planning to end Thiago's 4 fight win streak. Jones hit
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Daniel Cormier 'Disappointed' Brock Lesnar 'Doesn't Want to Fight'

  • TMZ
Ufc champ Daniel Cormier is keeping it all the way real when talking about Brock Lesnar -- telling TMZ Sports he's genuinely "disappointed" the guy pulled out of fight negotiations.  "I wanted to fight Brock," DC tells us ... "but you can only really worry about things that you can control. I can't control that he doesn't want to fight anymore. He's done." Cormier says he appreciates the Ufc and Lesnar for trying to make a
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Daniel Cormier Says Looks Don't Matter, Fat Guys Can Fight!

  • TMZ
Ufc legend Daniel Cormier says he's tired of people thinking combat sports is a beauty contest, saying both him and Andy Ruiz Jr. prove the fact that Fat Guys Can Fight!!! Ruiz set the Keto diet back 10 years when he knocked out Anthony Joshua a couple weeks ago ... making blubbery brawlers all over the world believe in the power of the ponch. We talked to Cormier and he told our guy it's about damn time,
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Daniel Cormier Says Stipe Rematch Will Likely Be Last Ufc Fight

  • TMZ
Daniel Cormier Says Stipe Rematch Will Likely Be Last Ufc Fight
Daniel Cormier says his upcoming title defense against Stipe Miocic could be his last hurrah in the Ufc Octagon ... telling TMZ Sports, "I don't anticipate fighting much past this." Remember, DC had always said he would retire on his 40th birthday -- but that came and went in March ... with Cormier breaking his vow to take on a second fight with Stipe.  Now that the rematch is set for August 17 in Anaheim, we asked Cormier
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Dana White Says Brock Lesnar Is 'Done' In Ufc, 'He Made His Decision'

  • TMZ
Dana White Says Brock Lesnar Is 'Done' In Ufc, 'He Made His Decision'
Brock Lesnar's career in the Ufc is over ... for good ... so says Dana White who tells TMZ Sports, "He's done. He's made his decision." Of course, White has previously said he was hoping to book Brock for a super fight with heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier ... but the two sides just couldn't get a deal done.  Now, White says Lesnar has chosen to focus on his career with the WWE -- and Dana says he respects Brock's decision.
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Ex-ufc Star Anthony Johnson Arrested for Domestic Violence Again

  • TMZ
Ex-Ufc star Anthony "Rumble" Johnson was arrested for domestic violence Monday night after admitting he got physical during an argument with his girlfriend, TMZ Sports has learned.  According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, a woman called police to report an altercation with her boyfriend, Anthony Johnson. The woman claimed she had started to pack Aj's belongings to throw him out of the house when he forcefully picked her up -- "put
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Brock Lesnar Tested By Usada Weeks Before Mma Retirement

  • TMZ
Brock Lesnar Tested By Usada Weeks Before Mma Retirement
Brock Lesnar was submitted to official Ped testing just Weeks before he told Dana White he was retiring from Mma for good, TMZ Sports has learned.  We spoke with a rep for the United States Anti-Doping Agency which performs all of the testings on Ufc fighters and confirmed Lesnar has not only been in the testing pool, but submitted 9 samples over the past year.  In fact, Lesnar submitted two tests in 2019 -- once in the
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Derrick Lewis Says He's Fighting Stipe After He Beats Junior Dos Santos

  • TMZ
Junior Dos Santos is a Bad man, and Derrick Lewis knows beatin' him ain't gonna be easy, but when he does ... "The Black Beast" knows who's next in line for an ass-whoopin' -- Stipe Miocic. Lewis is headlining Ufc Fight Night 146 this weekend in Kansas against Dos Santos -- a 6'4", 250-pound ex-ufc heavyweight champion -- who's beaten 5 former Ufc heavyweight champs. The champs Jds has beaten ... Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez, Frank MirShane Carwin,
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Daniel Cormier Chooses Disneyland Over Jon Jones Fight

  • TMZ
Daniel Cormier Chooses Disneyland Over Jon Jones Fight
Daniel Cormier wasn't interested in watching Jon Jones fight Anthony Smith in person on Saturday ... he had other things on his mind -- like taking his family to Disneyland!!! Despite the crazy feud between the two, DC tells us he wasn't going to let Jones dictate his weekend -- and instead opted to take his wife and kids to the Magic Kingdom in Anaheim, CA -- 260 miles from the Jones fight in Vegas.  There was
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Royce White Already Reached Out to Ufc, 'I'm a Supreme Athlete'

  • TMZ
Ex-NBA player Royce White says he's already taken real steps to make his Ufc dream come true -- telling TMZ Sports he's reached out to Dana White's team in the hopes of getting a real fight in the Octagon.  We spoke with the 6'8", 260-pounder to find out how he's transitioning from the court to the mat -- and why the 28-year-old believes he can be dominant.  "One thing I am is a supreme athlete,
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Jon Jones Gunning to Finish Mma Career with 50-0 Record

  • TMZ
Jon Jones tells TMZ Sports he wants to be the first Mma fighter to finish his career with a 50-0 record -- becoming the Floyd Mayweather of the sport -- and he's 100% confident he can do it.  First things first ... we know Jones already has 1 loss on his record, but it's because Jon was disqualified for throwing illegal elbows in a fight he was otherwise dominating. Clearly, Jones doesn't consider that an official loss. Instead,
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Ex-nba Player Royce White Gunning For Ufc Heavyweight Belt

  • TMZ
Ex-nba Player Royce White Gunning For Ufc Heavyweight Belt
Daniel Cormier better watch out ... there's a new guy comin' for the Ufc heavyweight belt -- ex-NBA player Royce White!! The 6'8", 260-pounder announced he's now transitioning to Mma and even has a full-time coach in Minnesota. In his new book "Mma x NBA," the 27-year-old says he's dead serious about becoming a pro fighter -- and he's got some Big goals. “I’m coming for the Ufc Heavyweight Crown,” Rw told The Last Renaissance.
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Explore the Science of Mortal Kombat in New Webseries

  • Cinelinx
Nerdist and Warner Bros are teaming up to explore the iconic moves/fatalities of the fighting game series, Mortal Kombat later this month. Come inside to get your first look at the limited series.

If you've ever wondered how Mortal Kombat's moves and fatalities would work in the real world, well, you'll get the chance soon enough. The team behind Nerdist's "Because Science" series is partnering with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for a limited series with special guests from the Ufc to test out various Mortal Kombat stuff. It's a pretty neat idea, and as both a gamer and long time martial artist, I'm eager to see how they do some of these tests when it kicks off next week:

Nerdist's hit series Because Science has collaborated with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to explore the science of Fatalities and iconic moves featured in the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 videogame. The original limited series,
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Dana White Says Amanda Nunes Is Greatest Female Fighter Ever

  • TMZ
Dana White Says Amanda Nunes Is Greatest Female Fighter Ever
Dana White says it's obvious to him ... Amanda Nunes is the greatest female fighter Ever.  But, when you add men to the mix -- is she better than Jon Jones?  White broke it down for us ... saying Nunes has not only beaten the best of the best, but destroyed Cris Cyborg -- "the most feared fighter out there" -- and made it look easy.  Don't forget, she also dominated Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko (twice) and Miesha Tate.
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Mma Fighter Anastasia Yankova: I'm a Bikini Model Too!

  • TMZ
You've never seen a 1-2 combo like this -- here's Mma fighter Anastasia Yankova ... who's killin' it in the cage And in the model game!! The 27-year-old Russian fighter is heating up in both worlds. She's got a 5-1 pro record and she's currently fighting in Bellator. Also, she's really, really, really good looking. But, Yankova ain't relying on her looks to get by -- she's putting in that work at the American Kickboxing Academy
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Amanda Nunes Says She's the Greatest Ufc Fighter Ever, Men Included!

  • TMZ
Amanda Nunes Says She's the Greatest Ufc Fighter Ever, Men Included!
Some people say it's Daniel Cormier. Others say it's Jon Jones ... but Amanda Nunes says when it comes to the greatest Mma fighter ever, She's #1. Most Mma experts agree Nunes solidified her place as the greatest female fighter ever with her dominant victory over Cris Cyborg at Ufc 232. But, with a resume that boasts wins over Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Two victories over Valentina Shevchenko ... ya can't ignore Amanda's G.O.A.T. case.
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Donald Trump Has Beef with DirectTV Over Ufc Fight

  • TMZ
Donald Trump Has Beef with DirectTV Over Ufc Fight
Even the President of the United States has issues with his cable provider ...  Donald Trump has a bone to pick with DirecTV -- after he ordered a Ufc fight back in July ... but didn't get to see how it ended.  According to Dana White, Trump Really wanted to see Ufc 226 -- Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic -- and ponied up the $65 to order the pay-per-view on DirecTV. But, Dana says some "Presidential stuff" went down during the July 7 event,
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