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MacGregor to Fight Again

September 21, 2018

Conor McGregor bellied up to his makeshift bar, plopped his dress shoes on the table and took a swig of his own Irish whiskey.

Take a shot for every profanity belched out by the returning star?

You’d be toast.

But UFC can raise a glass to the return of the most loquacious, wicked and perhaps the pound-for-pound most bankable star in the promotion’s 25-year history. McGregor sat on the Radio City Music Hall stage -- the second home for Santa Claus -- and used his four-letter-word power of persuasion to make believers out of his doubters that he’s ready to shake off any rust and beat Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229 in October.

“Don’t come at the king! Don’t ever come at the king,” McGregor bellowed.

Conor McGregor is back.

McGregor headlined one more time in a fitting city to hype his comeback after a two-year hiatus -- he last fought in November 2016 at Madison Square Garden and it was this past April in Brooklyn where he used a dolly, chairs and guard rails in an underground rampage, with Nurmagomedov his intended target. McGregor was arrested, and was sentenced to perform five days of community service, avoiding jail time in a plea deal.

The commotion was one reason UFC put the kibosh on the tradition of allowing fans at the presser.

BASEBALL

21-run salute by A’s

Marcus Semien had three hits and a career-high five RBIs, Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in four runs and the Oakland Athletics hammered the Los Angeles Angels, 21-3.

The Athletics reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to five. Since June 15, Oakland is a major league- best 58-25.

Going into Thursday, Oakland trailed Houston by four games in the AL West, led Tampa Bay by 51/2 games for the second wild card, and was 21/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the first wild card.

HOCKEY

Domi suspended

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the NHL preseason after punching Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad during an exhibition game.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety made the announcement following an afternoon hearing with Domi.

The punch came at the start of the third period of Wednesday’s preseason game. Domi began tugging on Ekblad’s shirt, asking him to fight. With the Panthers star showing no interest to drop the gloves, Domi punched him in the face twice, but still Ekblad didn’t respond.

Domi then dropped his right glove and sucker-punched him right on the nose, and the bloodied Ekblad dropped to the ice. Domi was given a minor, major and match penalty on the play.

GOLF

Paisley opens with 61

Chris Paisley birdied four of the last five holes for a 10-under 61 and the first-round lead in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship.

The South African Open winner in January for his first European Tour title, Paisley played the back nine first at Atlantic Beach Country Club, holing a bunker shot for an eagle on the par-5 18th. On the front nine, he birdied the par-3 fifth and finished with three straight birdies.

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