Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields begins MMA career

Claressa Shields already reigns over boxing with two Olympic gold medals and professional titles in three weight classes.

Her next world to conquer is mixed martial arts.

Shields has signed with the Professional Fighters League in a quest to become the first woman to hold simultaneous titles in both MMA and boxing, she told The Associated Press on Monday. She will make her debut next year, and she hopes to have two or three MMA fights along with two boxing matches during 2021 before she attempts to win the PFL title in 2022.

“I’m not trying to do this for show,” Shields told the AP. “I’m really taking this seriously. I’m not thinking that just because my hands are better than everybody else that I’ll win. I’m really going to strengthen the things that I’m weak at.”

Shields realizes she faces a steep learning curve as she prepares to fight

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Baylor University Announces Statues Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients | Media and Public Relations

Gift from Houston couple installs statues in McLane Stadium plaza

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 28, 2020) – Baylor University today celebrated the installation of two bronze statues honoring the institution’s two Medal of Honor recipients, U.S. Army Corps Col. John Riley Kane (BA 1928) and U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Jackson “Jack” Lummus Jr. Efforts to honor these Baylor heroes were spurred forward and funded through a gift by A. Haag and Millette Sherman of Houston. The statues were unveiled during a dedication ceremony in the McLane Stadium Plaza.

“We are truly grateful for the generosity of Haag and Millette Sherman and their heartfelt dedication to honoring two of Baylor University’s most decorated heroes: John Kane and Jack Lummus,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “As Medal of Honor recipients,

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For Sungjae Im, a Masters green jacket isn’t as important to his career as an Olympic medal

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Sungjae Im might be the only player in this year’s Masters field for whom a green jacket would be a stepping stone, not a career pinnacle. 

After two full rounds, Im sits at -8, just one stroke off the lead. He carded a 6 under first round in the course of eight holes on Thursday and 10 on Friday, and then added a 2 under second right afterward. Not bad for his first trip to Augusta National. 

Im wants to win the Masters, yes. Who wouldn’t? But he has a larger goal in mind: an Olympic medal. If he’s able to win one next year at the Tokyo Olympics, he stands a very good chance of exempting out of mandatory 18- to 21-month military service in his native Korea. Under Korean law, he must enlist by the time he turns 28; he’s currently 22. 

However, due to

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