Life’s been pretty hectic for Popeye Jones of late — and not just because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers, Jones — an 11-season NBA veteran with six different teams, including the Toronto Raptors — has been keeping busy with his job and a 10-month-old for a little while now, and the novel coronavirus rearing its ugly head only proved to complicate matters a little more.

And now, with the NBA set to return at Walt Disney World at the end of July, and a historic movement for racial justice marching forward

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LAS VEGAS — UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes dominated Alexander Volkov with wrestling Saturday night, earning his fourth consecutive victory in a suffocating unanimous decision.

Featherweight Josh Emmett won a unanimous decision over Shane Burgos in a thrilling joint performance during the penultimate bout of the latest show from the fan-free UFC Apex gym in the mixed martial arts promotion’s hometown.

Blaydes (14-2) showcased his superior wrestling skills from the start against Volkov, taking down the towering Russian within the first 10 seconds and then dominating the first 3 1/2 rounds. Volkov (31-8) landed his own takedown late in the

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Justin Haley took the lead on the final lap — with help from Kaulig Racing teammate Ross Chastain — and held on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway for his first Xfinity Series victory.

Haley passed Jeb Burton, the fellow Chevrolet driver who held the lead going into a restart with three laps to go, on the outside with a push from Chastain and finished 0.299 seconds ahead.

He climbed out of the right side of his car to start the celebration.

“I’ve been thinking about, everyone has their own deal,” Haley said. “That’s mine. That’s going to be

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The NBA will allow up to 10 coaches in facilities starting on Tuesday as players return to ramp-up for the remainder of the season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski adds that teams can have four players at facilities from June 23-30 then up to eight from July 1-9. After that teams are expected to travel to Orlando, Fla., for the start of training camp.

The NBA regular season is scheduled to return on July 30 at Walt Disney World with 22 teams each playing eight more games to determine seeding for the playoffs.

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MIAMI — Jim Kiick, the versatile running back who helped the Miami Dolphins achieve the NFL’s only perfect season in 1972, died Saturday at age 73 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, daughter Allie said.

The former University of Wyoming star was part of a formidable backfield that included his best friend, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback Larry Csonka. They earned the nicknames Butch and Sundance, inspired by the popular 1969 movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

Kiick (“Butch”) made the American Football League All-Star team in his first two seasons and played on Miami’s back-to-back Super Bowl

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LAS VEGAS — Canadian flyweight Gillian (The Savage) Robertson choked out American Cortney (Cast Iron) Casey in the third round on a UFC Fight Night card Saturday.

Quebec City middleweight Marc-Andre (Power Bar) Barriault then stopped Poland’s Oskar Piechota late in the second round for his first UFC win after three straight losses.

The main event at the UFC’s Apex production facility pitted Curtis Blades, ranked third among heavyweight contenders, against No. 7 Alexander Volkov.

Robertson used a superior ground game to control her fight, finishing it off with a rear-naked choke with 28 seconds remaining.

“I wanted to be

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The PGA Tour’s return to competition has brought together the strongest fields of the year on courses that have not been overly punishing, and the result is the same.

It’s another free-for-all at the RBC Heritage.

Webb Simpson practically had to apologize for a 3-under 68, in which he managed just one birdie on the back nine. He was part of a four-way tie for the lead, and that was good enough for him. He also knows good probably won’t cut it Sunday at Harbour Town,.

“It’s not like I’ve got a three- or four-shot

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BARCELONA, Spain — Atletico Madrid honoured the club’s victims of the coronavirus pandemic and earned a hard-fought victory Saturday in its first home game since the Spanish league resumed.

Substitute Victor “Vitolo” Machin scored in the 81st minute as Atletico beat Valladolid 1-0. The victory lifted Diego Simeone’s team past Sevilla and into third place on head-to-head goal difference.

Barcelona leads the league by three points over Real Madrid, which can pull level if it wins at Real Sociedad on Sunday. Madrid holds the tiebreaker between the two in case of a tie. Atletico and Sevilla trail Barcelona by 13

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