UFC 230

UFC 230 The octagon will return to Madison Square Garden Arena next month for the promotions UFC 230: Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis pay-per-view event.

The UFC 230 fight card, which takes place November 3 in New York City, is headlined by a heavyweight title fight featuring reigning champion Daniel Cormier taking on surging division contender Derrick Lewis.

The fight card was originally slated to feature Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier as it’s co-headliner. Unfortunately for fight fans however, “The Diamond” was forced to withdraw from the contest due to a hip injury.

Following the removal of Diaz vs. Poirier from UFC 230, the promotion announced that a rematch between former UFC middleweight champions Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold would now serve as the evenings co-main event.

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That announcement did not last long, as shortly after news broke that Luke Rockhold had suffered an injury and would no longer be able to compete against Weidman on November 3.

With that being said, the promotion was then forced to pull Jacare Souza from his scheduled bout with David Branch, and move the Brazilian into the co-main event of UFC 230 opposite Chris Weidman.

Jared Cannonier is now expected to replace Jacare Souza against David Branch at Madison Square Garden.

With the recent changes, November’s UFC 230: Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis pay-per-view lineup looks as follows:

The popular UFC fighter is taking aim at the entire lightweight roster after zero fighters stepped up to fill in for an injured Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 next month in New York City. Remember, Diaz and Poirier were originally pegged for the co-main event slot before “Diamond” withdrew earlier this month due to a nagging hip injury.

In a recent social media post (shown below), Diaz suggests stepping away from the sport again after the roster fell silent for a replacement.

Diaz, who was expecting to step foot inside of the Octagon for the first time since losing to Conor McGregor back at UFC 202, also took aim at Poirier. Earlier this week, “Diamond” informed fans that he was able to bypass surgery on his hip and is only expecting a three-week recovery time. That obviously didn’t sit well with Diaz, as shown above.

After seeing what Diaz had to say about his UFC 230 removal, Poirier fired back with the following tweet:

Diaz does pay respect to former lightweight Jorge Masvidal, who reportedly lobbied to fill in for Poirier at UFC 230. Unfortunately, the welterweight contender didn’t get his wish. Instead, Diaz was yanked from the New York City card entirely.

For now, Diaz’s return to the Octagon will have to wait. Fight fans have been anxious to see the former UFC title challenger compete following his two bouts with McGregor so hopefully the promotion is able to re-book Diaz a fight by the end of the year.

Jets vs Redskins

Jets vs Redskins, New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold impressed in his preseason debut. As a result, Jets head coach Todd Bowles has handed him the majority of reps in practice for the first time, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.

As Cimini notes, that could be a sign that Darnold is in line to start in their next preseason game Thursday night against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

Bowles says he still hasn’t set his plans at quarterback for the game. However, Cimini says the Jets plan to hand the No. 3 overall pick at least one start in preseason.

“It’s important to get him working and caught up with certain things defenses are doing,” Bowles said. “That’s more important than getting him reps with the first, second or third team.”

Darnold put on quite a show in the team’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons. He went 13-of-18 for 96 yards with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Charles Johnson.

On Sunday, Darnold remained third in the rotation, behind Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. But he did get 12 first-team reps, compared to seven for McCown and one for Bridgewater. Darnold ended up taking 20 of the 35 total reps during practice.

Darnold’s display against the Falcons was certainly an encouraging sign for the Jets. As long as he shows that he can capably handle playing quarterback this preseason, the starting job will most likely go to him.

If he does get the chance to start against Washington, another fine showing should go a long way toward him cementing that starting spot this season.

Pryor spent one season with Washington, last year. He was obviously not well liked by at least some of his teammates, particularly the defensive players.

During Tuesday’s joint Jets-Washington practice, Washington’s defensive players verbally abused Pryor. Safety D.J. Swearinger even faked like he was going to hit Pryor, which led Pryor to flinch. Swearinger was the most vocal Washington player trash talking Pryor on Tuesday.

But things never got physical between Pryor and Washington’s players during the Jets’ three joint practices with Washington in Richmond, from Sunday through Tuesday. Still, Pryor made it clear he would be plenty capable of handling any potential cheap shots.

“I could do as much damage as they could do,” Pryor told NJ Advance Media on Monday.

It never came to that, though.

These teams will play in preseason game No. 2 at FedEx Field on Thursday night, but Pryor won’t participate in the game, as he returns from offseason ankle surgery.

Pryor also did not participate in the Jets’ preseason opener against the Falcons. Pryor fractured his ankle in May, and had to undergo surgery. That was different from the surgery-requiring foot ligament injury he dealt with last season in Washington, which limited his productivity.

Steelers vs Packers

Steelers vs Packers, Jaire Alexander wanted to play last Thursday when the Packers took on the Tennessee Titans in the first preseason game of the year. But the coaches decided to hold him out as well as 17 other players because they wanted to play it safe.

Now that the Packers are entering the second week of preseason play, there’s a good chance the first-round pick makes his NFL debut on Thursday vs. the Steelers as he returned to practice on Sunday. Alexander talked to reporters after the practice and he said he’s ready to go.

“I’m fine,” Alexander said. “We’re going to take it day-by-day with the training staff. Their word is always a good word and it felt good to be out there today.”

When Alexander practiced on Sunday he was able to get some work in during team drills which is a good sign he will see action on Thursday.

“I got out there and got some team reps,” Alexander said. “[They’re] working me back in slowly but surely.”

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The Packers will be happy to have Alexander on the field on Thursday if he’s cleared and fans are anxious to see if he can be an impact cornerback in the NFL. Alexander was able to do that while at Louisville as he had a tendency to play his best when the team had a big game. The best example is when the Cardinals were taking on Clemson in 2016. They lost the game, but Alexander put on a show.

“He was at his best in the big games,” Jody Demling said who is the publisher of the Cardinal Authority which is part of the 247Sports network. “He had two picks against Clemson as a sophomore and just seem to do it at the highest level against the best teams. It’s not to say he plays down to the level of the not-so-good teams, but he was his best against the best.”

Alexander ended the year with five interceptions and he was named to the All-ACC team. He only had one interception last year, but he was in and out of the lineup due to injuries.

During camp, Alexander has intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass and he was able to also do it during the offseason workouts. And while Alexander has been able to get a few picks off Rodgers, he also intends to talk to him and the Packers receivers to learn how they approach cornerbacks during games.

“I need to get with the offensive vets and be able to pick their brain on how they see things and what they look for in a corner,” Alexander said per Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I didn’t come in Day 1 asking them. I’ll let it happen.”

After watching last week’s preseason game from the sideline, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start Thursday’s exhibition against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rodgers on Monday said he expected to start; coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that on Tuesday morning.

How much Rodgers will play against the Steelers and, if he plays next week at Oakland, will depend largely on the health of those surrounding him.

“It’s more about the coordination of who he’s playing with, what we’re trying to accomplish in that period of time,” McCarthy said. “Our practice structure and what we’ve been able to accomplish in practice is a bit different. Every rep we achieve on the practice field, whether it’s an individual drill, combination drill, group – you factor all those things in the training of your football team. Obviously, at the forefront of your decision is obviously being smart with Aaron. But the combination of who he plays with, too, is part of that. There’s a lot of things you talk about. That’s why you wait until you get all the information to make those final decisions on play time.”

One of the key factors will be the availability of left tackle David Bakhtiari. Bakhtiari, who was carted off the field on Family Night 10 days ago because of an ankle injury, returned to practice on Sunday and worked with the first-team offense on Monday. Left guard Lane Taylor was limited to individual reps the past two days because of an injured quad and right tackle Bryan Bulaga is working his way back from last year’s torn ACL, so Rodgers would be working behind something of a makeshift offensive line.

Otherwise, the offense will be mostly at full strength. At the skill positions, only running back Aaron Jones (hamstring) is unlikely to play among the players at the top of the depth chart.

Regardless, Rodgers probably won’t play much. As ESPN Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde pointed out, Rodgers played three series and 26 plays last preseason and two series and 26 plays in the 2016 preseason. That’s down from five series and 45 plays in 2015, eight series and 69 plays in 2014 and 16 series and 93 plays in Rodgers’ first season as the starter in 2008.

Sweden vs England

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Latest update: England are going in with an unchanged line-up, while Sweden have Mikael Lustig banned and is replaced by Emil Krafth, while midfielder Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension and comes into the side for Gustav Svensson.

Catch all the latest updates from the quarter-final between Sweden and England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Samara.

Latest update: England are going in with an unchanged line-up, while Sweden have Mikael Lustig banned and is replaced by Emil Krafth, while midfielder Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension and comes into the side for Gustav Svensson.

Catch all the latest updates from the quarter-final between Sweden and England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Samara.

Jordan Pickford and Eric Dier were the heroes in Moscow on Tuesday night as the Three Lions won their first penalty shootout in 22 years.

In their way are the unfancied Swedes, who have already help send Germany home in the group stage and defeated Switzerland in the round-of-16.

The competition is hotting up as we approach the latter stages, with Belgium knocking Brazil out on Friday night after France’s win over Uruguay.

A semi-final against hosts Russia or Croatia await the victors on Saturday.

Join Sportsmail’s JONATHAN SPENCER and LUKE AUGUSTUS with all the live action from the 3pm (BST) kick-off, with our reporters providing all the updates from the Samara Arena.

Marcus Rashford believes the positive mood within the England camp is in complete contrast to their Euro 2016 debacle and the spirit is translating into their performances on the field.

The Manchester United striker says Gareth Southgate’s side are being powered by the feelings of failure and disappointment experienced by England teams at previous tournaments.

The Three Lions play Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon for a place in the World Cup semi-finals, where either hosts Russia or Croatia would await them.

The hours are ticking down to England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden and the fans are in Samara soaking up the atmosphere ahead of their biggest game in a generation.

Gareth Southgate’s side are favourites for the last-eight clash with a semi-final meeting against either hosts Russia or Croatia in the offing.

And after ending their penalty hoodoo by defeating Colombia in a shootout on Tuesday night, confidence is high in the camp as they aim for a place in the last-four for the first time in 28 years.

It was, Gareth Southgate said, the way Harry Kane reset himself; the way he shut out the dastardly attempts of the Colombians to distract him, even resorting to dragging their studs across the penalty spot.

Kane remained composed — calm for as long as it took for the referee to regain control of a tense, bad-tempered, last-16 contest. And then Kane adopted that now familiar stance, feet apart, three steps behind and to the left of the ball — a ‘routine’, as he called it on Friday night, that has seen him successfully convert four penalties at this World Cup.

Southgate said it reminded him of Jonny Wilkinson, and for a man choosing his words very carefully, who is trying to manage expectations as much as the national football team, that was some statement.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham have agreed the terms of an unusual wager that could see the former England captain taking his Swedish counterpart on an all-expenses paid trip to IKEA.

Ibrahimovic, who plays for Beckham’s former club LA Galaxy, extended a bet ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden on social media.

He offered to buy Beckham dinner anywhere in the world if Gareth Southgate’s men emerged victorious on Saturday afternoon, but the stakes only increased from there.

Former English footballer Jimmy Bullard was in a positive yet cheeky mood on Twitter.

World Cup fever has taken over England and Rio Ferdinand woke up with a real spring in his step before the eagerly-anticipated clash with Sweden.

Gareth Southgate’s side take on Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon with a place in the semi-finals at stake and the excitement levels are at boiling point.

Former England international Ferdinand, donning the Three Lions kit tracksuit top, took to Twitter in the morning to post an amusing video of himself spurring himself up in front of the mirror before the big clash.

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We asked you to become the England manager – temporarily – and pick the side to face Sweden in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final, which is live on BBC One from 14:00 BST.

After the shootout win over Colombia you decided there was no need for wholesale changes, but did make three switches, perhaps with an eye on fitness concerns in the camp.

Tottenham’s Danny Rose, who came close to an extra-time winner against Colombia, has been picked to start on the left ahead of Manchester United’s Ashley Young, who limped off on Tuesday night.

Also missing out on selection is Dele Alli – with the Tottenham man also struggling for fitness in Russia.

Alli was the 12th most popular selection, but misses out to Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield, meaning that Eric Dier has to settle for a place on the bench despite his historic winning penalty.

And up front Raheem Sterling was only 14th name on the sheet – behind Young – as you went with Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford instead.

Fewer than 250 people took the maverick step of NOT selecting captain and Golden Boot chasing Harry Kane alongside him.

You can still pick your team below, and remember to share your selection on social media with your friends.

England are preparing for their biggest game in over a decade as they face Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday at 3pm.

England have not reached the last eight of the World Cup since 2006, where defeat by Portugal on penalties in Germany marked the start of a period of underachievement.

But Gareth Southgate’s side now have the country believing following their dramatic shootout win over Colombia in the last 16 in Moscow on Tuesday night; their first win on penalties in World Cup history.

Sweden stand in their way of a semi-final, but England’s record against the Swedes reads as just two victories in 15 games. Janne Andersson’s side beat Switzerland in the last 16, and are looking to reach the last four for the first time since 1994.

“We think they’re a very strong team,” Southgate told a pre-match press conference.

“I’ve been involved in matches against Sweden many times and always the team has a very strong identity, has better players than people sometimes give them credit for.

This team is the same. You only have to look at their results – in the qualifying beating France, in the play-off beating Italy, in this tournament knocking out Germany.

“They are obviously a very strong side and one we will have to play really well against to beat them.”

Andersson said England had been his “second team” when watching the country’s domestic football while growing up, but said “this was not the same England” that had drawn accusations of a kick-and-rush style in the past.

“Football isn’t that simple. You can’t identify one single factor, you need to look at the overall picture,” the Sweden coach said.

“Many things must be right to beat a team like England.

“We need to get the defence right, we need to be courageous when we have possession. We have a clear idea of what we want to do in attack and we want to implement all of this.”

Sweden’s strengths will undoubtedly come from their defence, which has conceded only two goals in the whole tournament so far – the lowest of any of the remaining nations, with both coming in their 2-1 defeat to Germany in the group stages.

Sweden are the lowest scorers in the tournament too, having scored six goals in four games to date – and Andersson feels their predictability could prove an advantage.

“I think there was a coach who once said about their team that they’re quite easy to analyse but quite difficult to beat. I think that’s a right description for us.

“It shouldn’t be that difficult to get an idea of what we do – the surprise is probably that we’re terribly consistent. Whether or not you take us seriously and how they perceive it, that’s very difficult for me to say.

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