Arthur Jones wants Silva vs. Bones

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Arthur Jones wants Silva vs. Bones

Fairfax, VA.-UFC events have become the 'IT' event for celebrities. Star-studded affairs. The New York Fashion Week of the sports world, if you will. The perimeters of the Octagon is THE place to see, but more importantly to BE seen. Strike that. With MMA, the fandom runs deeper. Those close enough to the cage to get a 'blood sprinkle with a chance of showers,' is arguably a fan.UFC on Fuel TV 3, The Korean Zombie vs. Dustin Poirier, at the Patriot Center was no exception. Nationals, rookie stud, Bryce Harper, who was coming off his first 2 career homeruns, was in attendance. He was by his teammate, pitcher, Edwin Jackson and NASCAR driver, Kevin Hardvick was in attendance.Art Jones has a slightly more vested interest in the sport. The defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens is the older brother of Jon 'Bones' Jones, the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and undoubtedly the face of the UFC.Although, Art's little bro was not at the fight, the DT came on his own accord, saying, "It was awesome. It was exciting, you know, a lot of great fights. I enjoy watching Cowboy is my boy, great turn out too."Giddyup! Art has love for CowboyDonald Cerrone, but what about Jonny? Bringing it closer to home, Art had some thoughts on Jon's next opponent, Dan Henderson, "It's a major match-up, you know, Hendo is a guy you can't really sleep on, he's old but he's very explosive and he has knockout power so Jon just has to stick to the gameplan and everything's going to be ok."On Jon's strategy, Art noted that he thinks his brother's advantage over Hendo will be his, "Youth and his ability to be creative. Jon is a hard guy to study for a fight and I think just his mindset and how he moves is going to be tough for him Hendo."While Hendo v. Jones is sure to be an explosive fight, a Jon Jones v. Anderson Silva showdown continues to intrigue, but does Art think it's a possibility?"Absolutely not. They're great friends and they have mutual respect. I know Jon doesn't want to hurt their friendship, you know, like how he did with RashadEvans, so, you know, I don't think it will ever happen," Art paused as a smile spread across his face, laughing he added, "I wouldn't mind seeing it though."

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Orioles are one game shy of setting MLB record for consecutive games allowing five or more runs

Orioles are one game shy of setting MLB record for consecutive games allowing five or more runs

BALTIMORE -- The Cleveland Indians put on another offensive show against a Baltimore Orioles pitching staff that's poised to set a record for extended futility.

Austin Jackson had three hits and three RBIs, Erik Gonzalez homered and the Indians pounded out 13 hits in a 6-3 victory Thursday night.

The Indians won three of four from the Orioles to complete a 7-1 road trip that began with a four-game sweep of Minnesota. Cleveland has scored at least five runs and reached double figures in hits over nine consecutive games, and homered in 11 straight.

"It kind of starts at the top and it trickles its way down to the bottom, from the 1-hole hitter to the 9-hole hitter," Jackson said. "It seemed like everyone was having good at-bats."

Baltimore's struggling pitchers were overmatched against that kind of firepower. The Orioles were outscored 28-10 in the series and have given up at least five runs in 19 straight games, one short of the major-league record set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.

Starter Wade Miley (3-5) gave up four runs in five-plus innings and Gonzalez hit a solo shot off Richard Bleier in the sixth to make it 5-2 and extend the streak.

"We're going out there and working our tails off trying to work on track," Miley said, "and I think we're moving in the right direction."

Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger (3-3) walked four and hit two batters in five innings, but he only gave up two runs to earn his first win in five starts since May 20.

"That's the ultimate bend but don't break," Indians manager Terry Francona said.

The victory lifted Cleveland a season-high seven games over .500 (39-32) and lengthened its lead over second-place Minnesota in the AL Central to 2 games.

Seth Smith homered for the Orioles, who have lost 11 of 15.

"There's not a single person that has any sympathy for us, and I get it," cleanup hitter Mark Trumbo said.

Baltimore played without manager Buck Showalter, who left the team to attend the birth of his first grandchild. Bench coach John Russell took over as manager.

After Smith put the Orioles ahead with his fourth leadoff homer of the season, Jackson hit an RBI triple and scored on a single by Yan Gomes in the second inning.

Baltimore pulled even in the bottom half when Clevinger hit two batters and walked Jonathan Schoop with the bases loaded .

In the third, Jackson followed a pair of walks with a two-out, two-run single for a 4-2 lead.

RAMIREZ STOPPED

Cleveland's Jose Ramirez went 1 for 4, ending his run of successive multihit games at nine -- the team's longest streak since 1936.

Ramirez hasn't had a day off since May 21, so Francona asked him if he wanted to take a break.

"He's like, `Not now,'" Francona said. "I get it, man. I'll just stay out of his way."

ROSTER MOVE

Indians: Clevinger was recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, and RHP Cody Allen was placed on the paternity list.

Orioles: After the game, RHP Gabriel Ynoa was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: LF Michael Brantley (sprained ankle) took batting practice Thursday and is expected to do running drills Friday. Francona said Brantley, who is eligible to return Monday, shouldn't need a rehab assignment.

Orioles: RHP Darren O'Day (shoulder) is expected to come off the 10-day disabled list Friday. ... CF Adam Jones was given the night off. It was a preventive measure, because Jones missed time recently with a sore hip and Baltimore's next six games are on artificial turf. ... Closer Zach Britton (forearm strain) pitched a scoreless inning for Class A Delmarva on Thursday. He will pitch again for the Shorebirds on Saturday.

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Indians: Trevor Bauer (6-5, 5.54 ERA) makes his team-high 15th start in the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Twins.

Orioles: Back in the starting rotation after being exiled to the bullpen, Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2, 6.25 ERA) helps launch a three-game series on the road against AL East rival Tampa Bay.

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Wizards pass on getting back into NBA draft and go without pick for 2nd year in a row

Wizards pass on getting back into NBA draft and go without pick for 2nd year in a row

For the third time in four years Thursday, the Wizards completed an NBA draft without making a pick after trading out of it less than 24 hours before it began.

They flirted with the possibility of buying a second-round pick but didn’t pull the trigger because they feel comfortable with their core that won 49 games and came one win from advancing to the conference finals in May. They acquired Tim Frazier from the New Orleans Pelicans late Wednesday.

“The 52nd pick, you never know if a player is going to be able to help,” Brooks said. “The history of the game, that’s a hard place to pick.”

Taking another player late on an unguaranteed deal would add to a list that includes the likes of development prospects Sheldon Mac, Daniel Ochefu, Tomas Satoransky and Chris McCullough.

It won’t be until 2018 when the Wizards have a G-League team based in southeast D.C. where the process can run smoother. 

The Wizards traded their first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in February that brought Bojan Bogdanovic and McCullough. Last year, they didn't have a pick, either. 

They swapped picks with the Atlanta Hawks to get Kelly Oubre in 2015 and sold their No. 46 pick in 2014 to the L.A. Lakers. 

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