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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino cited for battery after altercation

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has cited UFC fighter Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino with misdemeanor battery, following a public altercation with another fighter on Sunday. A spokesperson for the LVMPD confirmed to ESPN.com on Monday that Justino, 31, had been cited. She was not placed under arrest. TMZ first reported the citation. “Obviously, we’re looking more into that,” UFC president Dana White told reporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday. “It’s very serious. We’ll see what happens. “This is a thing that the district attorney and police are handling right now. There’s way more to that than just what [I’m] thinking about.” The alleged incident took place around 2:30 p.m. local time, according to LVMPD officer Larry Hadfield. The UFC hosted an athlete retreat in Las Vegas over the weekend. According to sources, Justino confronted UFC strawweight Angela Magana over several disparaging posts Magana had written about her on social media. Justino…

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Isaiah Thomas won’t make surgery decision until swelling goes down

WALTHAM, Mass. — Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas says he must wait until the swelling subsides in his injured right hip before determining his rehabilitation plan but noted that surgery is not currently the top option. “[Surgery is] not the No. 1 option right now, but it could be once the swelling goes down,” Thomas said Friday while addressing reporters at Boston’s exit interviews. “They want to let [the swelling] die down a little bit then take another MRI once everything is down and it’s back to normal. We’ll go from there. Hopefully I don’t have to have surgery, but I know that is an option.” Thomas couldn’t offer a timetable on how long he might be sidelined, regardless of the treatment, until more tests can be run. Even while waiting for the swelling to go down, he has been advised to remain patient. He said the Celtics are committed to putting him on the best path to long-term health. “I’ve gotta do…

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Enes Kanter wants to become U.S. citizen, received death threats

NEW YORK — After having his Turkish passport canceled and receiving death threats, Enes Kanter is back safely in the United States and says he hopes to stay here for good as an American citizen. After he was held in Romania by authorities there because his Turkish passport was canceled by Turkish authorities, Kanter said he plans on taking steps toward becoming a U.S. citizen. “Right now I am country-less,” Kanter said at the National Basketball Players Association headquarters in Manhattan. “I am open to adoption definitely. I am going to try to become an American citizen. I have a green card. We will see if they can speed up the process a little bit. It would definitely be nice. Right now my next move is becoming an American citizen.” Kanter, who said he has received death threats including two on Monday morning, has been critical of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Oklahoma City Thunder center said his Turkish passport was canceled because…

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