Jake Paul cleared to fight despite saying he had CTE

Jake Paul was cleared to fight Ben Askren on Friday by a doctor for the Georgia Athletic Commission, despite his comments Thursday at a news conference to promote Saturday’s fight at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta that he has early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Matt Woodruff, the executive director of the George Commission, told Yahoo Sports by telephone that the commission’s doctor had examined Paul and cleared him to fight.

Paul, a social media influencer with a reach in excess of 40 million, spoke at Thursday’s news conference about the risk he is taking.

“It’s a dangerous sport,”

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MLS 2021 Opening Weekend top moments: Dynamo vs. Earthquakes, Sounders vs. Minnesota United

What’s better than an opening day? An opening weekend, of course.

The MLS regular season kicked off Friday, with a jam-packed slate of games all weekend long featuring 26 of the league’s 27 teams.

Not to brag, but FOX Sports’ weekend schedule boasts a couple of games worthy of a watch, beginning with the Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes and MLS Cup runner-up Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United on Friday.

Here’s a look at top moments from the opening weekend.

Dynamo dynamite

Houston Dynamo midfielder Jose Memo Rodriguez used his body to fend off the defender and opened the

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Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold

Welcome to this week’s Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where we have a little fun taking a quick look at what’s hot and what’s not in sports cards and sports.

Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. had himself a week. Since last Friday, he’s hit five home runs and driven in 12 runs. Even warming up, he’s making highlights. His big personality isn’t for everyone, but it’s also what’s making a lot of people fans and helping driving his cards.

Acuna is no stranger to having hot cards. It’s been happening since before he made his MLB debut back in 2018. Now

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Transgender athletes: Where do nonbinary people fit in?

It was in the WNBA bubble—the Wubble—that New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon made the decision. The Wubble was a stressful experience for Clarendon. For one, they were living through a pandemic. For another, life at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., was very small. Clarendon shuffled among their villa, the gym and games, like Groundhog Day designed for a professional athlete. They had also left their pregnant wife at home. (Clarendon alternately uses she, he and they pronouns.)

In her little time off, Clarendon became the face—and the force—behind the WNBA’s Say Her Name campaign, thinking about and talking

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Rams’ Aaron Donald not guilty of assault, attorney says

Aaron Donald never assaulted the man who alleged he severely beat him, the Los Angeles Rams star’s lawyer claimed Friday morning.

Casey White, the attorney Donald hired to represent him, made his first public comments in an interview with Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 The Fan. White told the station that DeVincent Spriggs instigated last weekend’s confrontation and that Donald went from being restrained by friends to actually coming to Spriggs’ rescue.

“He goes to the pile where this melee is taking place and he starts tearing people off, protecting Mr. Spriggs,” White said. “He actually saves Mr. Spriggs from

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NFL Draft 2021: BYU sports writer begs Jets not to pick Zach Wilson

This is different.

Doug Robinson is a columnist for the Deseret News, a newspaper published in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Robinson has been on staff for more than 40 years, so he has the pulse of the BYU football program and the fans who support it.

That prompted Robinson to pen an open letter to the New York Jets, begging them not to select Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2 pick overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

In asking the Jets to “give the kid a break,” Robinson lobs some verbal barbs at New York:

“Look, the

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