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Georges St-Pierre cites ‘minor’ eye injury for delayed comeback, still wants Michael Bisping fight

UFC star Georges St-Pierre?said he is currently dealing with a “minor” eye injury, which is the reason his return to the Octagon has been delayed. Speaking to Justin Kingsley at the C2 Montreal conference Friday, St-Pierre (25-2) said he suffered the injury before the UFC announced he would fight middleweight champion Michael Bisping back in March. According to St-Pierre, the UFC was aware of his injury and time frame for recovery but still asked him to fight in July. He has refused to do so. “If it were up to me, I would come back,” St-Pierre told Kingsley, according to MMAFighting.com. “The reason is I had a problem with my eye. I had an injury. “My vision has not been back yet. It will be back. It’s something very minor. The doctor insisted for me that I don’t spar until September. “The UFC was aware of it. They knew I couldn’t fight during the summer, but they still insisted on doing that press conference with Michael Bisping. And when it…

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Scott Dixon out of Indianapolis 500 following scary wreck

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter  Scott Dixon went airborne after contact with Jay Howard, sending Dixon’s car in to the inside fence and retaining wall in Turn 2, shredding it in the process at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dixon and Howard were was able to walk away from the crash and both were checked and released from the infield care center soon after. “I’m a little beaten up there, it was a bit of a rough ride,” said Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner. “… I think when you make those decisions which way to go with the car, you’re hoping Jay there is going to stay up against the wall. “We had nowhere to go and that happens.” Howard made contact with the outside wall in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2 just after being passed low by Ryan Hunter-Reay and spun down into Dixon’s path. With nowhere to go, Dixon’s car went over the top of Howard, barrel-rolled towards the inside wall and the right side of the…

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The unlikely five: Angelique Kerber joins dubious list of first-round Slam losers

Angelique Kerber made history Sunday — of course it was the dubious kind. The two-time Grand Slam champion suffered a lopsided loss against Ekaterina Makarova in the opening round of the French Open. It was an all-around ugly performance from Kvitova, who fell to 19-13 on the year and without a title of any kind. Here’s a look at the Open era history of the top-ranked women who have fallen in the first round of a Grand Slam: 2017 French Open: Ekaterina Makarova def. Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 6-2 Kerber has not been playing well, and she came into the French Open with little confidence that she’d fare well on clay. Turns out her feeling became reality when the No. 1-ranked German lost Sunday in only 1 hour, 22 minutes. Afterward, a defeated Kerber told the press that pressure has been a factor in her downfall. “This year, I mean, the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and the Grand Slams. And…

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