Colorado won’t allow Melvin Guillard to fight at BKFC 31 over safety concerns

For the second consecutive time, Bare Knuckle FC’s attempt at booking former UFC fighter Melvin Guillard has been blocked.

For the second consecutive time, Bare Knuckle FC’s attempt at booking former UFC fighter [autotag]Melvin Guillard[/autotag] has been blocked.

The Colorado Combative Sports Commission said Thursday that it won’t allow Guillard to compete after BKFC had announced his return against promotional newcomer [autotag]Evgeny Kurdanov[/autotag] for BKFC 31 on Oct. 15 at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo.

“We value the safety of all athletes in Colorado and after further research have decided to disallow this fight,” the commission said in a statement to MyMMANews.

Colorado’s decision comes eight months after Guillard, 39, was pulled from a Feb. 19 fight booking vs. Ulysses Diaz. In that instance, the Florida Commission, in conjunction with the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC), intervened to stop Guillard from competing.

The ABC also cited Guillard’s health as the reason why.

“After doing due diligence, the executive director Patrick Cunningham found a serious concern with the health of Melvin Guillard,” ABC said in a statement then. The association also placed Guillard on suspension pending a neurological exam.

Guillard is on a seven-fight losing streak combined between MMA and bare-knuckle and has lost 14 of his past 15 fights. He’s 0-4 in BKFC after most recently losing to Joe Riggs by knockout in 59 seconds at BKFC Fight Night: Montana in October 2021.

With the change, the full BKFC 31 lineup includes:

  • Mike Richman vs. Isaac Doolittle
  • Brandon Girtz vs. Jake Lindsey
  • Josh Copeland vs. Levi Costa
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Bubba McDaniel
  • Evgeny Kurdanov vs. opponent TBA
  • Cory Madden vs. Christian Torres
  • Nolan McGlaughlin vs. Andrew Yates
  • Danny O’Connor vs. Van Vo
  • Gabriel Mota vs. Josh Todd
  • Khortini Kamyron vs. Crystal Pittman
  • Keegan Vandermeer vs. Jeb Vincent

Men’s college golf notebook: St. Thomas earns first Division-I win, North Carolina captures Ben Hogan Collegiate

Here’s what you missed in the men’s college golf world.

St. Thomas made history at the Big O Classic.

The school earned its first Division I victory in any sport after three second-place finishes last year. It won the 14-team tournament at Indian Creek Golf Course in Nebraska, shooting 1-under 863 for the tournament and beating host Omaha and Southern Illinois Edwardsville by five shots.

The Purple started the final day tied for the lead with SIU Edwardsville, just two shots ahead of Omaha, the host school. St. Thomas carded a one-over-289. The 863 total was only two shots off the low 54-hole score of last school year.

Matthew Raab tied his career-best round with his 3-under 69, aided by seven birdies to offset four bogeys. His 54-hole score of 214 was a career best by one shot. He placed fifth overall in the field of 93 golfers.

North Carolina gets on track in Texas

It’s safe to say North Carolina hadn’t played up to its preseason expectations through its first two tournaments of the 2022-23 season.

Yet the Tar Heels got on track in Texas against a field that featured some of the best men’s teams in the country. North Carolina captured the Ben Hogan Collegiate, finishing at 15-under 825 as a team for the week. It beat second-place Texas Tech by nine shots. The Tar Heels led after every round.

And North Carolina got a big win in large part to its big three: David Ford, Dylan Menante and Austin Greaser. The latter, who won the Western Amateur this summer, finished in a tie for third at 6 under. Texas freshman Christiaan Maas and Vanderbilt’s Gordon Sargent, who captured the 2022 NCAA individual title.

Ford finished in a tie for sixth at 4 under while Menante came in a stroke behind.

TCU’s Gustav Frimodt picked his first collegiate victory. He shot 8-under 202 after 54 holes, beating Pepperdine’s William Mouw by a shot for the trophy.

The Ben Hogan Collegiate was played at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Little Rock wins at Trinity Forest

Little Rock picked up a big win at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, shooting a 31 under total over three days to win the Trinity Forest Invitational. Little Rock beat SMU by three shots and Baylor by eight.

SMU’s Nathan Petronzio won the individual crown at 13-under 203. He shot 4 under in the final round to win by two shots over Furman’s Walker Crosby and North Texas’ Vicente Marzillo.

Crosby shot 7-under 65 in the final round to vault up the leaderboard. Matteo Cristoni was the highest-finishing player from Little Rock, coming in fourth at 10 under. Anton Albers was at 7 under while Jansen Smith finished at 6 under.

The win is the second this season for Little Rock and the third victory in program history.

Cameron Jourdan covers college and amateur golf for Golfweek. Got a college or amateur story? Email him at

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Rockets provide injury update on rookie Jabari Smith Jr.

Smith suffered an ankle injury on the final play of practice on Wednesday.

Houston Rockets rookie Jabari Smith Jr. will not play on Friday versus the Toronto Raptors due to a sprained left ankle, assistant coach John Lucas II said.

Lucas, who is filling in for head coach Stephen Silas because of the health and safety protocol, said Smith suffered the injury on the final play of practice on Wednesday. The decision to hold him out was “more precautionary” and the team would reevaluate him after Friday.

“We’ll wait to see how the ankle responds,” Lucas said.

The injury comes after Smith dazzled in his preseason debut on Sunday, recording 21 points, eight rebounds and two assists in a win over the San Antonio Spurs. He went 8-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, in 24 minutes of work.

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The Rockets’ next game after facing the Raptors is Sunday in Miami. Lucas was unsure if Smith would be able to play in that contest but said the team will continue to monitor his ankle. The injury does not appear to be serious so it is possible Smith is ready to go in that game.

They wrap up the preseason on Oct. 14 with the Indiana Pacers.

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Austin-area golf course books strip club tournament, high school practice on same day

The high school golf team members who arrived for practice were surprised when a local adult entertainment club was conducting an event.

Vista Ridge High School golf team members who arrived at Avery Ranch Golf Course for practice earlier this week were surprised when a local adult entertainment club was conducting its annual charity tournament.

According to a report from KXAN-TV in Austin, Vista Ridge golf coach and assistant athletic coordinator Keith Allen sent a letter home to parents explaining the situation. The letter said those conducting the Yellow Rose Cabaret’s annual charity golf tournament were “acting very inappropriately” and that the team’s golfers “did witness some lewd behavior.”

Practice was canceled that day and the following day while school staffers worked to get clarity from the golf course’s management team about the incident.

On Tuesday, according to KXAN, school staffers did talk with Avery Ranch management. According to a letter sent to parents, Avery Ranch’s owner/GM Adam Owen said that he did not condone any inappropriate behavior and noted the course would not host the event in the future.

Also in the note, the coach said the high school — which sits about 30 minutes north of Austin — has had a “20-year positive working relationship with Avery Ranch,” and added that golf course management was “very apologetic” about the incident.

“We are sorry this happened and appreciate your support as we work to restore trust with our players and families,” the note from Allen to parents said. “What occurred yesterday is not acceptable and we will work closely with Avery Ranch to ensure this never happens again.”

Calls from Golfweek to the school district’s media relations department and the coach went unanswered.

The Yellow Rose Cabaret posted to its Facebook page after the incident.

“Any attempt by the golf course any attempt the fein surprise an to the adult nature of the tournament is disingenuous. This was their mistake,” the post said.

The post went on to say this was a private event and the adult club had rented the course for the entire day.

“The Yellow Rose has played their annual (sic) charity golf tournament at Avery Ranch for the last four years. Avery Ranch is a private golf course and The Yellow Rose rents the entire course for the whole day. This tournament was no different than any previous tournament. This is a tournament for adults and no children were allowed on the course at any time while it was being played. The high school golfers were only on the driving range not the actual course. This is an area our marshals did not and were not supposed to supervise. We were completely unaware that the golf course scheduled a high school practice at the same time as the Yellow Rose Tournament,” the post said.

The councilmember who represents the area told Fox News that inappropriate behavior was viewed by the athletes.

“I started receiving complaints from constituents about what had happened,” Austin City Council Member Mackenzie Kelly told Fox News Digital on Thursday. “I don’t believe that any student should be exposed to that type of behavior that was happening out at the golf club that day. I’ve seen photos of women who were topless, in g-strings, passing out alcohol. I’ve been told that there were women dancing on top of golf carts without clothing on.”

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‘They’re delaying the inevitable. We’ve hit every mark in their criteria’: Bryson DeChambeau had some strong words for the OWGR in Bangkok

“To not get points is kinda crazy as, at least I believe, we have the top players in the world.”

Bryson DeChambeau is the 48th-ranked player in the world.

His place in the Official World Golf Ranking has gradually dropped since his departure from the PGA Tour to join the upstart, Greg Norman-led, Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf Series.

His last Tour start came at the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews where he finished T-8. Prior to the Old Course, his last top-10 finish at a full-field Tour event came at the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship.

A once-popular name in the sport has become a footnote, merely making headlines when losing in long-drive competitions or almost losing his head thanks to a gallery rope.

LIV Golf is in Bangkok, Thailand, this week for its first Asian event. After his opening-round 3-under 69, DeChambeau spoke to the media about LIV’s new alliance with the MENA Tour as the Saudi circuit continues its pursuit of world ranking points.

“They’re delaying the inevitable. We’ve hit every mark in their criteria. To not get points is kinda crazy as, at least I believe, we have the top players in the world,” DeChambeau said after the first round at Stonewall golf course.

“We’re gonna keep dropping down in the rankings until it gets to the point that our rankings won’t ever matter. And that’s what they’re trying to accomplish, and I hope people can see right through that instead of believe the lies they’ve been told.”

You can watch his, and Brooks Koepka’s, full comments here:

The MENA Tour is recognized by the OWGR, and due to their newly stricken “strategic alliance,” LIV was hoping to receive world ranking points as early as this week. On Thursday, the OWGR announced LIV players would not receive points for their event in Bangkok and next week in Saudi Arabia.

After day one, DeChambeau is T-14 while Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, Richard Bland and Branden Grace are tied for the lead at 7 under.

While star players like Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith have already won on LIV, DeChambeau is still searching for a finish better than 10th. His last worldwide victory came at Bay Hill for the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Aspen Ladd vs. Kayla Harrison? Coach Jim West says there have been discussions for potential ‘superfight’

Now that Aspen Ladd has signed with the PFL, Jim West says a superfight with Kayla Harrison could be on the horizon.

Now that [autotag]Aspen Ladd[/autotag] has signed with the PFL, Jim West says a fight with [autotag]Kayla Harrison[/autotag] could be on the horizon.

Just one week after parting ways with the UFC, Ladd (9-3) inked a deal with the PFL and is expected to take part in the 2023 season as a featherweight.

Although two-time PFL champion Harrison (15-0) is a lightweight, she did compete once at 145 pounds under the Invicta banner. All Ladd’s head coach West knows is that Ladd will be competing at 145 pounds.

“So in the conversations with PFL, it was very known to us that they wanted to sign Aspen as part of their launch of that 145-pound division,” West told MMA Junkie Radio. “So Aspen will be competing for the PFL at 145 pounds, not 155 pounds. With that said, there is a lot of language that that fight could happen. But there is a lot of uncertainty, too, because nobody really knows what Kayla is going to do after she most likely wins in November. But yes, that topic was presented and it has been discussed, but Aspen will be a 145-pound fighter for the PFL.”

West said he can see Ladd and Harrison potentially fighting if they meet in the middle.

“It is very possible that those two can meet,” West said. “… PFL, they’re starting their pay-per-view series and all that kind of stuff coming up, so it would be more of one of those superfight type things, and Aspen would absolutely do it. And yes, it has been talked about.

“Aspen will fight Kayla. She has nothing but respect for her. But, of course, why wouldn’t you fight her? Aspen is one of the best grapplers on the planet. So if that’s what it comes down to and they fight, then great. They’re both going to make a lot of money, and I’m sure a lot of people want to see it.”

Harrison faces Larissa Pacheco at the 2022 PFL Championships on Nov. 25 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. As for a fight with Ladd down the line, Harrison appears to be interested (via Twitter).

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Sixers rising star Tyrese Maxey ranked as 52nd best player in the NBA

Philadelphia 76ers star Tyrese Maxey comes in ranked as the 52nd best player in the NBA heading into the new season.

As the 2022-23 season continues to rapidly approach, final player rankings are setting the standard for who the best in the league are. This gives everybody a better idea of where each player is and how they are viewed around the league.

Philadelphia 76ers rising star Tyrese Maxey is turning heads; he has been terrific to begin his career. He had an impressive second season during which he had to overcome significant challenges. He averaged 17.5 points, and he shot 42.9% from deep. That 3-point percentage improved to 48% after the All-Star break when James Harden joined the team.

As he gets set for the 2022-23 season, he is expected to help Harden and Joel Embiid lead the team. A ranking done by Sports Illustrated has Maxey ranked 52nd just behind Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns, who was ranked 51st.

SI on Maxey:

Ben Simmons’s absence opened a pathway for 21-year-old Maxey to arrive ahead of schedule as a full-time player. Armed with a crafty scoring arsenal, Maxey answered two of the key questions that followed him into the NBA: Yes, he can play some point guard, and yes, he’s also more than competent shooting jumpers, making an impressive 42.7% from three on more than four attempts per game. His minutes may need to be staggered with James Harden’s to optimize both, but where his play goes from here could considerably raise the 76ers’ ceiling.

Maxey has been terrific to begin the preseason. He has 41 points through the first two games, and he has only played a half in each game. The expectations for the third-year guard out of Kentucky continue to rise, and it will be interesting to see what he will do for an encore after strong second season.

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Colorado State vs Nevada Prediction, Game Preview

Colorado State vs Nevada game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 6 game on Friday, October 7

Colorado State vs Nevada prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 6, Friday, October 7

Colorado State vs Nevada How To Watch

Date: Friday, October 7
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV
How To Watch: FS1
Record: Colorado State (0-4), Nevada (2-3)
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Colorado State vs Nevada Game Preview

Why Colorado State Will Win

Okay, Coach. This is the game to get it done.

Colorado State head coach Jay Norvell had a good run and a great 2021 as the main man at Nevada, but he bolted to Fort Collins for a better deal, strong facilities, and …

He has yet to win a game.

The offense isn’t working and it’s been a few weeks since the embarrassing 41-10 loss to Sacramento State from the FCS, but there are a few decent parts in place.

Penalties aren’t that big a problem, the run defense hasn’t been awful, and more than anything else in this, Nevada is struggling, too.

The Wolf Pack can’t come up with a third down stop, the passing game that was so strong last year isn’t around anymore, and …

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Why Nevada Will Win


Beyond just not being able to move the ball, or score, or stop anyone, Colorado State has turned it over nine times in four games. That’s hardly the end of the world, but Nevada has been as clean as can be with just three giveaways in five games with two coming in the loss to Incarnate Word.

The Colorado State offensive line hasn’t done a thing so far for the running game and is dead last in the nation in sacks allowed. Nevada doesn’t have a killer pass rush, but there’s enough of one to keep the Ram’s problems going.

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What’s Going To Happen

Norvell’s former team is playing better than the current one.

The Wolf Pack might be struggling, but they were able to get the ground game going early on against New Mexico State and Texas State and there shouldn’t be a problem against the Rams.

It won’t be anything scintillating, but the Nevada lines will outplay the Colorado State fronts in a relatively even game for four quarters.

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Colorado State vs Nevada Prediction, Line

Nevada 26, Colorado State 17
Line: Nevada -3.5, o/u: 44
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Colorado State vs Nevada Must See Rating (out of 5): 2
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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
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Indianapolis at Denver

Line: Denver -3.5, o/u: 42

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E, CFN Denver
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Big 12 schedule and previews for the Week 6 games TCU at Kansas, Texas vs Oklahoma, Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, Kansas State at Iowa State

Big 12 schedule and previews for all of the Week 6 games of the 2022 season: TCU at Kansas, Texas vs Oklahoma, Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, Kansas State at Iowa State

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Results So Far
Straight Up 27-12, ATS 18-20-1, o/u 26-15

TCU at Kansas

12:00, FS1
Line: TCU -7, o/u: 67.5
Final Score: COMING

Texas vs Oklahoma

12:00, ABC
Line: Texas -7, o/u: 65
Final Score: COMING

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

3:30, FS1
Line: Oklahoma State -9.5, o/u: 69
Final Score: COMING

Kansas State at Iowa State

7:30, ESPNU
Line: Kansas State -2, o/u: 45
Final Score: COMING

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