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Kamaru Usman Becomes The First African To Win A UFC Championship

Big up, Nigeria!

Kamaru Usman took home the UFC title Saturday night (March 2) in Las Vegas defeating welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. Usman's victory makes him the first African to hold the title.

The 31-year-old known as the "Nigerian Nightmare" greeted journalists in Arabic before switching to Pidgin and admitted he'd fractured his foot and had been walking around in a supportive boot all week.

UFC, which is the highest level within mixed martial arts, combines jiu-jitsu, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling,  and several other fighting techniques while inside of an octagon caged ring.

"Nigeria, I have told them, we would do it, I told them we never fail. And we have done it today," he said.

Usman was born in Nigeria and reportedly left Benin City for Arlington, Texas with his parents when he was a child. Now, more than 20 years later Usman explains the road he took to win his championship.

"It was kind of time to make a switch and not just be a wrestler anymore, but to be a fighter and to go and make a living for not just myself but my family as well," he told Sportsworld.

The champ also thanked his daughter who he admits "lit a fire under his ass."

"I come from humble beginnings. I never dreamed I'd have a platform like this to be on this stage, and when this little girl came along she lit a fire under me, she lit a fire under my ass and I got going."

Congrats to Kamaru Usman.

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Warriors Confirm Klay Thompson Tore His ACL During Game 6

Golden State Warriors player Klay Thompson reportedly tore his ACL during a hard fought game against the Toronto Raptors during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

"Golden State’s Klay Thompson has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, his agent Greg Lawrence tells ESPN," wrote ESPN's Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter.

This heartbreaking news came a few hours after it was announced that Golden State's Kevin Durant would be out for the 2019-2020 NBA season after injuring his Achilles in Game 5, which required immediate surgery.

Thompson's injury occurred during the third quarter of last night's nail-biter (Jun. 13). With just under three minutes left in the quarter, the shooting guard was fouled by Toronto's Danny Green.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reportedly said that Thompson just needed a "two minute rest" after receiving assistance off the court. While clearly injured, he came back and was still able to make both free throws, ultimately finishing the game with 30 points. He reportedly left the Oracle Arena on crutches.

Golden State’s Klay Thompson has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, his agent Greg Lawrence tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 14, 2019

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Toronto Rappers Defeat Golden State Warriors To Win First NBA Championship

The Toronto Raptors just made sports history! For the first time in the franchise history, the Canadian team won an NBA Championship Thursday (June 13), and became the first NBA team outside of the U.S. to earn the title.

After being up 3-2 going into game six, the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 114 -110 in the final game to be played at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

The feat was an extra-special win for the Raptors as noted by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “The first NBA game was in Toronto and now an NBA Championship,” Silver said.

Despite trailing the Raptors up until the last 9 seconds of the game, the Warriors were ultimately unable to recover from losing Klay Thompson to an injury in the third quarter. Thompson scored 30 points before leaving the game. Teammates Andre Iguodala put up 22 points in game six, followed by Steph Curry with 21 points, and Draymond Green with 11 points. The Warriors were also short Kevin Durant who ruptured his achilles in game five.

Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard earned the 2019 Bill Russell Finals MVP Award joining the likes of LeBron James and Karreem Abdul Jabar as a two-time finals MVP. Leonard scored 22 points, six rebounds and three assists in game six, following a career-high performance of 36 points in game four. Leonard wasn’t alone in having an impressive performance. Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam both scored 26 points during the game.

KAWHI LEONARD 2X FINALS MVP! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/dabEfjSRsb

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019

And of course, Drake took a moment for a post-game interview. "It's over," the Toronto native told reporters. "We did what we had to do!"

Drake really did a post game interview 🤣 #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/ulXTz4unvY

— Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) June 14, 2019

See more reactions to the Raptors win below.

HISTORY! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/F6nKao43jf

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019

Inside the @raptors lockerroom celebration! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/7ovDvRoHhX

— NBA (@NBA) June 14, 2019

HEART OF A CHAMPION! @Klow7 | #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/VwMntkCuuI

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019

The streets of Toronto have erupted. 🌋#WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/3U2AInnO1r

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 14, 2019

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Jury Deadlocked On Remaining Counts In Kellen Winslow Jr Rape Trial

While a San Diego jury convicted former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman, they couldn't, however, agree on the other eight counts against him Tuesday (June 11.)

Winslow's legal team motioned to have the undecided charges dismissed in regards to the alleged rape of 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen. The judge denied the request.

On Monday, the jury--made up of eight men and four women--found Winslow guilty of an attack on a homeless woman in the Encinitas beach community of north San Diego. The 35-year-old was also found guilty of indecent exposure and lewd conduct involving two other women.

All five women reportedly testified during Winslow's nine-day trial. The defense alleged the women concocted stories in hopes to gain some of Winslow $40 million fortune during his 10 seasons in the NFL. However, many of them said they didn't know who he was or that he was famous during their encounter with him.

The tight end played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England, and the New York Jets.

Prosecutors allege that the Hall of Famer felt emboldened by his fame to abuse women. Dan Owens called Winslow "a wolf in sheep's clothing."

The homeless woman, who was 58 years old at the time, said Winslow befriended her and then attacked her next to his car in May 2018. The hitchhiker said he drove her to a shopping center and raped her inside his hummer in March 2018. As news of the attacks became more prominent, a woman came forward an alleged Wilson raped her when she was 17 and he was 19.

Winslow's defense team said the women's testimonies were inconsistent. However, prosecutors maintained the gist of their stories remained the same. Winslow's DNA was found on one of the accuser's pants and GPS locations placed him where the women say they were attacked.

Winslow now faces nine years in prison, if found guilty of all nine counts, he could go to jail for life.

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