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UFC Fight Night results, highlights: Cynthia Calvillo outpoints Jessica Eye in flyweight debut – CBSSports.com

In a division already in need of contenders for dominant champion Valentina Shevchenko, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event couldn’t have produced a better outcome. Cynthia Calvillo made her official debut at flyweight after moving up a weight class and decisively outworked former title contender Jessica Eye to secure a unanimous decision over five rounds (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) inside the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. 

The victory instantly announced Calvillo (9-1-1) as a legitimate contender at 125 pounds as she mixed clean striking with four takedowns to remain unbeaten over her last four fights. 

“I feel great, especially for putting on a performance like that with a short amount of training,” Calvillo said. “I do understand that we are going through crazy times in this world, so it feels great to be able to do this. 

“I knew that it was my first time getting ready for a five-round fight and had to do it in three weeks. I knew it was going to take me a bit to get it going and I needed that first round as a warmup.”

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Eye (15-8, 1 NC), who missed weight by .25 pounds on Friday and subsequently required help walking off of the scale, appeared to control the opening round with clean counter-punching. The naturally bigger fighter as a former bantamweight, Eye quickly lost any momentum she had in Round 2 when Calvillo changed levels brilliantly to score a takedown and soon take Eye’s back in search of a choke. 

Calvillo, 32, outlanded Eye by a margin of 137 to 97 over five rounds. But it was the timing of her takedowns that turned this from a close fight to a largely dominant one as Calvillo appeared on the verge of dangerous submission attempts in three of the final four rounds, forcing Eye to fight just to survive. 

“I felt great [in the championship rounds],” Calvillo said. “I trained super hard, and when I get bored, I always try to win practice and outwork everyone. This is my first time doing that, and I’m really excited and proud of myself.”

The 33-year-old Eye, who was knocked out by Shevchenko via vicious head kick in their 2019 title bout, fell to 4-2 after moving down to flyweight. 

Following the debut win at 125 pounds, Calvillo received an instant callout on social media from former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian and expects to stay active from here on out. 

CBS Sports was with you the entire way on Saturday, updating this story with all the results and highlights. You can check out the action from UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo below. 

UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo results

  • Cynthia Calvillo def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
  • Marvin Vettori def. Karl Roberson via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Charles Rosa def. Kevin Aguilar via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Andre Fili def. Charles Jourdain via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

  • Jordan Espinosa def. Mark De La Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

  • Mariya Agapova def. Hannah Cifers via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)

  • Merab Dvalishvili def. Gustavo Lopez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
  • Julia Avila def. Gina Mazany via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Tyson Nam def. Ryan Benoit  via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Christian Aguilera def. Anthony Ivy via first-round TKO (punches)

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Scorecards: 49-46, 49-46, 48-47 all for Calvillo. Impressive win. Welcome to the division.

They go the distance. 49-46 for Calvillo on my card.

R5: Good takedown late from Calvillo. This has been impressive.

R5: Right hand from Eye. Calvillo continues to answer at all the right times to slow any momentum.

R5: Eye continues to come up short with punches as Calvillo steps away. Good combo inside from Calvillo. Eye is not urgent enough.

R5: Eye is flashing an uppercut for the first time but keeps getting countered with stiff jabs. Eye will need to be much busier than she currently is.

ROUND 5: Eye lets her hands go but eats a hard counter right. Swelling showing on the right eye of Eye.

I’ve got it 39-37 for Calvillo entering the final round.

R4: Good jabs from Calvillo to slow Eye down. Stiff counter from Eye. Give the round to Calvillo as the aggressor, 10-9.

R4: They trade right hands along the cage. Eye wants to counter but Calvillo won’t take the lead. Eye starts to walk her down. Nice right hand from Eye.

R4: Eye stuffs a takedown nicely. She will need to be busy late to take this round.

R4: Eye reverses nicely and gets to her feet with two minutes to go in the round.

R4: Calvillo has the hooks in and is working hard with punches to open up room for the choke.

ROUND 4: Another takedown for Calvillo and she takes Eye’s back with relative ease. Eye has a lot of time she will have to kill if she can’t break free. This is very problematic.

R3: Eye gives up her back to try and stand but Calvillo takes it and leans Eye back. She will run out of time trying a choke as Eye survives for the second straight round. 10-9, Calvillo.

R3: Nice level change leads to a takedown for Calvillo. This could secure the round for her.

R3: They trade clean punches in the center of the cage but Calvillo remains the aggressor who is throwing and landing more.

R3: Good defensive jab from Eye but Calvillo answered clean. She can catch Eye flush whenever she wants.

R3: Calvillo is starting to land clean whenever she wants. Eye is looking a bit weary as she slows down.

R3: Calvillo is really mixing up her striking. She barely misses a spinning backfist. Nice combination upstairs caught Eye flush.

ROUND 3: Calvillo opens with jabs to the body and a left hook upstairs. Eye is looking to counter from distance and she eats a leaping right from Calvillo.

R2: Eye tries to stand but Calvillo is stuck to her. Good punches from behind for Calvillo. Eye is going to try and survive the round. She does. This was all Calvillo, 10-9.

R2: Calvillo really working well on the ground. She’s staying stuck to Eye like glue and is controlling this round as Eye clings to her wrist to avoid the choke.

R2: Calvillo succeeds in applying the backpack but Eye bends over to nearly shake her off. Calvillo hangs on to the back as they grapple on the ground.

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Northam vows to fight temporary injunction against removing Robert E. Lee statue – The Washington Post

RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday vowed to fight a temporary injunction from a Richmond Circuit Court judge that prevents the state from immediately removing the statue of Robert E. Lee that towers 60 feet above this city’s Monument Avenue.

“We’ve been preparing for this for a year,” Northam said in a news briefing. “This is a statue that is divisive; it needs to come down and we are on very legal solid grounds to have it taken down.”

Northam (D) announced plans last week to remove the bronze figure of the Confederate general from its granite base and put it in storage amid protests in Richmond and across the country against police brutality toward African Americans. Late Tuesday, protesters brought down another statue in the city, that of Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park.

Preparations began Monday, when state surveyors used a bucket truck to examine the figure and the city prohibited parking on the street around it through Friday. But efforts came to an abrupt halt with the judge’s ruling Monday night, which prevents any further action for 10 days.

Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley B. Cavedo granted a temporary injunction sought by William C. Gregory, who contends in a lawsuit that the state promised to “affectionately protect” the statue when it annexed the land it stands on from Henrico County. The suit identifies Gregory as a great-grandson of a couple who were signatories to the deed.

State officials said they received no notice of Monday’s hearing on the injunction and did not know about it until calls started coming in from the news media. Governor’s counsel Rita Davis said the court was not required to give the administration a chance to respond but added that in most ­cases — such as recent suits filed against Northam’s pandemic-related shutdown of businesses — “we have been afforded that opportunity. But we were not this time.”

The statue is on state property that was annexed from Henrico in 1890. In the deed recording the land transfer, the state “guaranteed” to “hold said statue and pedestal and circle of ground perpetually sacred to the monumental purpose” and to “faithfully guard it and affectionately protect it,” Gregory’s lawyer, Joseph E. Blackburn Jr., argued in a court filing Monday.

“His family has taken pride for 130 years in this statue resting upon land belonging to his family and transferred to the Commonwealth in consideration of the Commonwealth contractually guaranteeing to perpetually care for and protect the Lee Monument,” the suit states.

Blackburn emailed a copy of the order to The Washington Post on Monday evening but did not respond to requests for comment. Another lawyer from his Richmond-based firm — Blackburn, Conte, Schilling & Click — said Tuesday that they would not discuss the case, but issued a statement pointing out that they had also offered pro bono representation to several people arrested in the recent protests.

The traffic circle around the Lee statue has become the focal point for 12 days of demonstrations against racial injustice, and its granite base is covered with graffiti. Four other Confederate statues along Monument Avenue are on city property. Mayor Levar Stoney (D) and members of the Richmond City Council have said they will back removal of those statues under a law passed this year by the General Assembly that gives localities power over war memorials on their own property.

Davis, the governor’s counsel, said she would work with the office of state Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) to ensure that there is a hearing on the Lee injunction as soon as possible.

“We were well aware of the potential legal challenges, and also well aware of the governor’s legal authority to do this,” she said, adding that the governor was prepared to take the issue to the Supreme Court of Virginia if necessary.

In Byrd Park late Tuesday, a few dozen people gathered to look at the statue of Columbus submerged in Fountain Lake. “I’m not going to say I approve, but I’m not going to say I disapprove either,” said Ronald Johnson, 33, a call center supervisor who has marched five nights in the city over the past 12 days.

Johnson was with at least 100 people at the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee — which Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has said he plans to put in storage — when word spread that the Columbus statue has been torn down. A “massive cheer” went up, he said, and he drove over to Byrd Park to see it for himself.

John McDonnell contributed to this report.

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Elon Musk’s latest fight with Alameda County follows familiar path – The Mercury News

Silicon Valley titan Elon Musk likes to do it his way. And when he can’t, he rarely holds back.

Musk’s combative nature revealed itself again this weekend when the Tesla and SpaceX chief executive challenged Alameda County government officials about reopening his electric car manufacturing plant in Fremont in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Saturday night fit, Musk had a lawyer file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to block Alameda County from enforcing an order that prevents the plant from reopening immediately. He went to court even though Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty said Sunday they were close to an agreement to reopen the plant in the coming week.

The federal suit also argued that local government officials had overstepped their authority: “Alameda County’s power-grab not only defies the Governor’s Order, but offends the federal and California constitutions,” the lawsuit said.

The controversial action was the latest in the past month by the iconoclastic billionaire best known as a serial entrepreneur and serial tweeter.

To wit:

— Tweeting Saturday night, Musk said he would move Tesla’s headquarters from Palo Alto to Texas or Nevada, states with favorable tax laws that have been luring California companies for the past decade.

— Wednesday, Musk put two multimillion-dollar Bel Air mansions on the market after saying he would sell almost all physical possessions. “Don’t need the cash,” he tweeted. “Devoting myself to Mars and Earth. Possession just weigh you down.”

— On Tuesday, Musk and Grimes, the Canadian musician Claire Elise Boucher, announced on Twitter the birth of their newborn boy. They named him X Æ A-12 Musk.

–On May 1, Musk tweeted that Tesla’s stock prices were too high, causing an immediate 10 percent drop. (The stock rebounded and closed Friday 7.78 percent higher than the day of the tweet.)

— In an April 29 conference call with reporters, Musk lashed out at shelter-in-place orders. “To say they cannot leave their house and that they will be arrested if they do, that’s fascist,” he said. “That is not democratic — this is not freedom. Give people back their goddamn freedom.”

Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, did not flinch when learning of Musk’s threat to abandon the Bay Area.

“Nothing ever surprises me anymore when it is related to Elon Musk,” he said Sunday. “I’m sure there are more surprises to come.”

Hancock described Musk’s remarks as “extreme impatience. We can completely understand it. Nobody gets to do anything they would like to do” while dealing with a global pandemic.

But Musk, a South African immigrant worth almost $40 billion, according to reports, is used to getting his way. And he is not afraid to air his frustrations publicly when he doesn’t.

With 33.9 million followers on Twitter, Musk commands a large audience. He did not respond Sunday to requests to talk about the Tesla situation through Twitter and email. Tesla Inc. also did not respond to an email request for comment.

“There is a reason he builds rockets: He moves at the speed of sound,” said Haggerty, the Alameda County supervisor who helped bring Tesla to the former General Motors Fremont assembly plant in 2010. “It is hard for people to keep up with him.”

Haggerty said Tesla officials threatened Thursday to sue Alameda County over the plant closure. The weekend filing still surprised him.

“I don’t think he is going to leave,” Haggerty said. “I think he wants to feel valued.”

Nevada would be a happy beneficiary if Musk does follow through with the threats, said Cara Clarke, vice president of the Las Vegas chamber of commerce.

“Nevada is always looking to diversify and expand businesses here,” she said Sunday. “Right now in this tentative economy, new jobs are something we would welcome.”

The 5.3-million-square foot Tesla plant that assembles the Model 3, Model S, Model X and Model Y vehicles temporarily closed March 23 to comply with the shelter-in-place order after first defying public health officials. It appeared the electric carmaker would reopen about the same time as America’s three big automakers that are scheduled to resume operations on May 18.

“We were close, we were really close,” said Haggerty, who added he had been working with Tesla executives and county health officials for three weeks to create a safety plan. “For some reason, Elon had it in his mind he wanted to open it this week. For the life of me, I don’t understand why Elon couldn’t wait a few more days.”

Hancock hopes the latest dispute does not lead to relocation.

“You’re talking about severing ties to 14,000 people who have given their lives to Tesla, who are loyal, devoted, who he cares about,” Hancock said of the plant’s workforce.

“It would be a cold-hearted move on his part, and it also would involve all kinds of start-up costs, relocation costs. None of this makes sense.”

Plus, Hancock added, Tesla is a technology company: “Silicon Valley and Elon Musk were made for each other,” he said.

Haggerty called for the immediate opening of the economy while also praising the work by the Bay Area county public health officials who took early action to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Such measured comments usually are not found on Musk’s unfiltered Twitter feed.

“He’s made of that stuff that made California, that made the Wild West, made Silicon Valley,” Hancock said. “He’s a maverick, he’s a renegade, he’s an innovator and a disruptor.”

Now the question is how far will Musk go to make his latest point.

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith scored an impressive submission win over Alexander Gustafsson in his most recent bout after competing for the light heavyweight title. Smith faces Glover Teixeira in the main event of the Fight Night event on Wednesday, May 13.

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Fight for control of Senate intensifies as Democrats capitalize: ‘Odds have improved’ – Fox News

The math was never on the GOP’s side.

Republicans enjoy a 53-47 majority in the U.S. Senate, but the party’s defending 23 of the 35 seats up for grabs in the chamber this November. And while at least a half-dozen GOP seats are considered battlegrounds, Democrats are defending just a handful of vulnerable incumbents.

Two developments this month appear to be giving the Democrats a further boost.

“I do think it’s 50/50 right now. I think that Democrats’ odds have improved over the past month,” predicted Jessica Taylor, who closely tracks the Senate races for the Cook Report, a leading non-partisan political handicapper.

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Scott Fairchild, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – which is the political arm of Senate Democrats – touted recently that “Democrats have built strong operations in core battlegrounds, brought more states online, and expanded the overall map to widen the path to the majority.”

The presidential race will directly impact the battle for control of the Senate, with GOP fortunes closely tied to President Trump. The president’s approval rating has edged down and his disapproval rating’s edged up the past month as Americans judge Trump’s handling of the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, enjoyed a bump thanks to former Vice President Joe Biden locking up their party’s presidential nomination. Biden’s victory over populist firebrand Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – who suspended his bid and backed Biden this month – was a big sigh of relief for some Senate Democrats worried that a liberal standard-bearer like Sanders would have put moderate states out of reach.

A leading indicator of the Democrats’ momentum – campaign cash.

Democratic challengers in six states where GOP senators are facing challenging re-elections – Arizona, Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Georgia and Montana – outraised the incumbents during the January-March quarter of campaign fundraising.

“I think that this first quarter should be a wakeup call to Republicans that Democrats are enthused. They are sending their money because they see that there is a real possibility of flipping the Senate,” Taylor said.

The DSCC tweeted on Sunday that “Momentum is on our side, but we can’t let up if we’re going to flip these seats in November.”

A GOP official on Capitol Hill acknowledged to Fox News that “Republican candidates and campaigns need to understand that the financial competition is only going to increase as the actual campaigns ramp up.”

The Cook Report currently lists GOP-held seats in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Colorado as toss-ups, with Republican-held seats in Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, and Montana — and Democratic seats in Alabama and Michigan — as very competitive.

Democrats must net three seats to win back the majority in the chamber if they also capture the White House. If Trump wins re-election, the Democrats will need to net four seats to capture the chamber, as the vice president in the constitutional role as president of the Senate casts tie-breaking votes.

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With Biden at the top of the ticket, Senate Democrats believe that states like Georgia, Kansas, and even North Carolina may now be in reach.

“I think Biden becoming the presumptive nominee spared them having to run with Bernie Sanders on the ticket in a place that in places could have hurt them,” Taylor said. “Republicans – for better or for worse – their Senate fortunes are going to be tied a lot to what happens in the White House. A lot of these states that are critical to the presidential race are also Senate battlegrounds.”

Also helping to expand the map for Democrats is a  late recruitment victory. Outgoing Montana Gov. Steve Bullock – who last year ran unsuccessfully for president – changed his mind and in early March decided to run for the Senate in his conservative state.

Republicans note that while they’re mostly playing defense, they do have “a couple of good offensive opportunities.”

Their prime target is Alabama, where Democratic Sen. Doug Jones – who won a special election in 2017 – faces an extremely difficult re-election in the ruby-red southern state. The GOP also has their eyes on Michigan, where incumbent Sen. Gary Peters repeatedly has been outraised by Republican challenger John James.

“Alabama and Michigan pose two excellent opportunities for Republican candidates to knock off Democratic incumbents,” National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) communications director Jesse Hunt told Fox News. “John James has been an incredibly impressive candidate thus far, outraising Gary Peters three quarters in a row, and demonstrating the type of charisma and strong uplifting message on the campaign trail that is a good contrast to a relatively unknown politician like Gary Peters.”

The NRSC says thanks to strong fundraising, the committee’s going up with ads as early as June in some Senate battlegrounds.

A GOP official stressed that it’s time to change the narrative, arguing that “Republicans have been on the receiving end of a barrage of attack ads from dark money Democratic groups for over a year. Democratic challengers up to this point have lived a charmed life. They haven’t had much scrutiny.”

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