Las Vegas, NV. - D.C. Mike 'The Hulk' Easton beat Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision at UFC 148 giving the bantamweight his eighth consecutive victory and improving his record to 13-1. His UFC record is now 3-0 and a shot at a title fight is no longer out the question.As the former Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight champion, the 28-year-old Easton was able to display his skills on a national stage during his first Pay-Per-View event. And not just any title fight, but Silva vs. Sonnen II."It feels good. I'm very happy for the win. Ivan is an incredible fighter. Usually when I throw my power it offsets everything and I think my strategy helped me come away with the win tonight."Although he's still a few fights away from getting a chance at Dominick Cruz's bantamweight belt, Easton has his eyes on the prize, "I want to fight for a belt. That is my goal. I want to keep getting better, keep getting better and keep getting better."The veteran Menjivar's record now stands at 24-9 (3-1 in UFC) with the loss. A defeat that has cost the 30 year old a chance at the bantamweight crown any time in the near further."I realizedI didn't put much pressure. The judges gave it to him because he looked more aggressive even though he didn't connect. I was too calm."
Can the Caps beat the Buffalo Sabres for the third time in two weeks? Stream the game via CSNmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream or tune in to CSN at 6:30 p.m. for coverage. Here is everything you need to know:
What: Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y.
When: Saturday, 12/3 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
How to Watch: Capitals GameTime airs at 6:30 p.m. followed by Capitals at Sabres on CSN Mid-Atlantic.
When is the Capitals-Sabres game?
The Capitals (15-7-2) play the Buffalo Sabres (10-10-6) Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
What channel is the Capitals-Sabres game on?
The Capitals-Sabres game is broadcast on CSN. The coverage of the game begins at 6:30 p.m. with Capitals GameTime. The game begins at 7:00 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game. (CSN channel Finder)
Where can I stream the Capitals-Sabres game?
The Capitals-Sabres game, along with Caps Extra, is available to stream live here on csnmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream and the NBC Sports app and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.
What are the lines for the Capitals-Sabres game?
Based on Friday's morning skate, here are the projected lines:
Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - Jakub Vrana
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov
Nate Schmidt - Taylor Chorney
Philipp Grubauer starts with Braden Holtby as backup
Brett Connolly, Aaron Ness
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With the NHL's Olympic participation in serious doubt, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis reaffirmed his support Friday of Alex Ovechkin should the team captain choose to leave in the middle of the NHL season to go to the Olympics.
Leonsis addressed Ovechkin's stance at the NHL's Board of Governors meeting.
"He has given a lot to our team and he doesn’t ask for much in return and whatever he likes to do in this one, I’ll support him,” Leonsis said, per Josh Cooper of Puck Daddy. "His mother was an Olympian. It’s a part of the tradition in the family and it is meaningful to him, and he’s kind of the ambassador and captain of the team. We don’t sit and talk about this all the time, but he needs to know, and he does know, that in this one instance I’ll have his back.”
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Leonsis made a similar statement in October when Ovechkin first made clear his intention to play in Pyeongchang.
Ovechkin first stated he would leave to play in Sochi for the 2014 Olympics even if the NHL did not participate. At media day for the World Cup of Hockey, Ovechkin vowed again to leave the Caps midseason in 2018 to participate in the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The difference in the two situations is that Olympic participation is not a guarantee in 2018. It seemed very unlikely that the NHL would not play in Sochi considering how many Russian players are in the league.
The outlook for Pyeongchang, however, is much more bleak. Just one month ago, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called NHL participation in the 2018 games "unlikely." The NHL recently made an offer to the NHLPA saying they would agree to participation if the players would agree to extending the CBA, an offer the NHLPA rejected.
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