Charles Radtke Knocks Out Brandon Lopez In Brutal Fashion

Charles Radtke lit up Brandon Lopez in brutal fashion.

During their Thursday night CFFC 100 fight, Radtke landed a shot right on Lopez’s face, and it was an immediate curtain call. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Of all the MMA knockouts that you’ve recently seen, I can promise that this is among the best. Give it a watch below.

I was seriously at a loss for words when I saw the video for the first time. Everything about it is wild, and that’s putting it lightly.

Radtke dropped Lopez with an absolutely brutal shot.

Not only did Radtke drop him with the punch, but he then proceeded to throw another blast into his face. I’m not sure that was necessary, but welcome to the world of combat sports!

If you don’t want to get lit up, then don’t allow yourself to get knocked out. It’s actually pretty simple.

Let us know in the comments what you think about the knockout. I think we’re all likely going to be in agreement that it was insane.

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Illinois QB Brandon Peters named starter vs. Maryland

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Illinois senior quarterback Brandon Peters, who missed the past two games with a shoulder injury, is back as the starter for the team’s upcoming game against Maryland.

Peters suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder in Illinois’ season-opener against Nebraska on Aug. 28.

Artur Sitkowski replaced Peters in that game and started the past two, both losses for the Illini.

Illinois coach Bret Bielema said Monday he talked with Sitkowski on Sunday about the decision

“It wasn’t anything he did or didn’t do well,” Illinois coach Bret Bielema said Monday. “He played extremely well, especially the way he first entered the game going back to the Nebraska game. … But I told him if the roles were reversed and he were the starter and was knocked out of the game and BP came in, we’d do the exact same thing 100 times over. I think honesty’s always the best policy, and that was just being real.”

Sitkowski, a transfer from Rutgers, completed 56.9 percent of his passes, throwing for 611 yards and six touchdowns against one interception.

The Illini host the Terrapins (2-0) on Friday night.

–Field Level Media

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Brandon Woodruff carries Brewers past Reds

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Brandon Woodruff threw six scoreless innings for his first victory in almost two months and Avisail Garcia doubled in a run and made two key defensive plays to lead the host Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

The victory extended Milwaukee’s lead in the National League Central to 9 1/2 games over second-place Cincinnati. The Brewers took the series opener 7-4 on Tuesday and now have won four in a row.

Garcia’s RBI double put Milwaukee up 1-0 in the fourth inning. Garcia threw a runner out at second in the sixth and robbed pinch hitter Max Schrock of a home run in the eighth with a leaping grab at the top of the wall in right.

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Woodruff (8-7) allowed four hits while striking out 10 and walking none for his first victory in nine starts since his last win on June 29. It was the fourth time this season that he has struck out at least 10.

Brad Boxberger and Devin Williams each followed with a perfect inning. Jake Cousins allowed Nick Castellano’s 23rd homer in the ninth but struck out the other three batters he faced.

Reds starter Luis Castillo (7-13) was almost as effective, allowing two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking two.

Held to two walks through three innings, the Brewers broke through in the fourth when Christian Yelich doubled to open and Garcia followed with an RBI double into the gap in left-center.

Milwaukee made it 2-0 in the seventh on Jace Peterson’s RBI ground-rule double to left-center.

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The Brewers manufactured two runs in the eighth on two walks, an error, a wild pitch, an infield single and an RBI groundout.

After a leadoff single by Kyle Farmer in the second, Woodruff struck out nine of the next 13 hitters before Tyler Naquin’s one-out single in the sixth.

Castellanos punched a liner into right and was trying for a double but was thrown out at second on Garcia’s perfect throw from the right field corner. Joey Votto flied to left, stranding Naquin at third.

The Reds had runners on second and third with one out in the first, but Woodruff got Votto on a called third strike and Mike Moustakas on a tapper to first.

–Field Level Media

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Pelosi’s January 6 Committee Requests Communications Between Trump WH Officials and Top Conservatives, Including Reporter Jack Posobiec, Scott Presler, Alex Jones and Brandon Straka

Pelosi’s January 6 Committee Requests Communications Between Trump WH Officials and Top Conservatives, Including Reporter Jack Posobiec, Scott Presler, Alex Jones and Brandon Straka

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Brandon Belt leads Giants to rout over slumping Mets

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Brandon Belt homered twice and finished with four hits and three RBIs Tuesday night, and four San Francisco Giants pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout in an 8-0 win over the host New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series.

Left-hander Sammy Long earned his second big league win by tossing 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball for the Giants, who improved to 16-5 this month. San Francisco maintained its 2 1/2-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

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The Mets are 6-16 in August, a span in which they’ve gone from leading the NL East by four games to trailing the Atlanta Braves by 6 1/2 games.

Belt opened the scoring by homering off the apple beyond the center field fence with one out in the first off Tylor Megill (1-3). Belt singled leading off the third, homered immediately after a two-run shot by LaMonte Wade Jr. in the fourth and added an RBI infield single in the eighth.

The second homer was the 19th of the season for Belt, breaking his previous career high set in 2015 and 2017. The two-homer game was the second of the season for Belt — he also went deep twice against the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 7 — and the seventh of his career.

Mike Yastrzemski hit a long two-run homer in the second and Brandon Crawford had an RBI single in the fourth. Wade, Alex Dickerson and former Mets infielder Wilmer Flores had two hits apiece for the Giants, who received at least one hit from every player in the starting lineup.

Long (2-1), who singled in the second for his first big league hit, walked one and struck out four while pitching past the fifth inning for the second time in five career starts.

Pete Alonso had two hits for the Mets.

Megill allowed seven runs on 11 hits and walked none while striking out five over 3 2/3 innings. The runs and hits allowed were the most he has surrendered in 12 big league starts, and he failed to complete four innings for just the second time.

–Field Level Media

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Consistency Makes Things Possible, per Brandon Rangel

The secret sauce in the recipe for success is consistency. The sun goes down and comes back up, bringing with it a brand-new day, full of possibilities and duties.

The way to grab the opportunities is by being diligent about the responsibilities we are obliged to carry out. Successful entrepreneur Brandon Rangel shares his view on staying focused and how showing up at work every day has helped him and his enterprise.

According to Rangel, “the biggest threat to the growth of any business is laziness.” He doesn’t mince his words when he says that people who procrastinate are just being lazy. For him, a thing has to be done on time, every time. “It’s like repeatedly striking at hot steel to fashion the sword. The repetitive, consistent swing of the arm and the pounding of the hammerhead on the bright red metal helps attain the perfection that you have set for it,” he explains.

For Rangel, consistency is the repetitive action that makes great things possible. But most people cannot manage to build up enough momentum to achieve consistency in their work and life. One of the reasons for this, according to Rangel, is that people undermine their own abilities.

“When a person undermines their own abilities they tend to self-sabotage themselves. You place yourself in a position that weakens your ability to perform, and causes a lot of disbelief in yourself. Consistency is about being courageous and believing in your God given abilities to continue your growth process,” reveals Rangel.

Another reason for the lack of consistency is because people fail to be disciplined.

“We live in a world where a lot of people crave instant gratification. They look for quick pleasures. They do one thing, feel good, and then they stop because they get a dopamine hit. To reach success it’s a continuous amount of effort on a daily basis,” says Rangel.

Brandon Rangel dedicates his success to the consistency he shows towards his work. “It is easier said than done. It is challenging to develop the habit of taking action every day and making the right decisions. But it is not impossible,” he concludes.

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Giants sign SS Brandon Crawford to 2-year, $32M extension

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Veteran shortstop Brandon Crawford agreed a two-year, $32-million contract extension with the San Francisco Giants on Friday, keeping him with his hometown club through the 2023 season.

Crawford, 34, was set to become a free agent this offseason. A Bay Area native, who went to high school in Pleasanton, Calif., Crawford has played all 11 of his major league seasons with the Giants and was a fourth-round draft pick by the club in 2008.

In 95 games this season, Crawford was batting .296 with a .904 OPS, with both numbers well over his career averages. He also has 19 home runs, just two away from tying a career best, with 69 RBIs.

A three-time All-Star, as well as a three-time Gold Glove winner, Crawford was named to his most recent National League All-Star team this season. He was a key contributor to the Giants’ World Series championship teams in 2012 and 2014.

–Field Level Media

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Phillies release veteran RHP Brandon Kintzler

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The Philadelphia Phillies released veteran hurler Brandon Kintzler on Tuesday after designating him for assignment last weekend.

Kintzler, 37, signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies, making $3 million after earning a spot on the big-league club out of spring training.

He was 2-1 with a 6.37 ERA in 29 games (one start) for the Phils this season. He saved 12 games for the Miami Marlins in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Kintzler is 24-24 with a 3.50 ERA in 12 seasons with six teams and made the All-Star team in 2017, finishing with a career-high 29 saves. He saved 28 for the Minnesota Twins before getting dealt to the Washington Nationals. He spent his first six seasons in Milwaukee.

Kintzler will be free to sign with any club after clearing waivers.

–Field Level Media

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Washington adds Brandon Scherff, David Sharpe to COVID list

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Washington All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff and offensive tackle David Sharpe both were placed on COVID-19 reserve on Saturday, coach Ron Rivera announced Saturday.

Since the start of training camp earlier this week, six Washington players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Receiver Curtis Samuel, defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis, offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas and defensive back Chris Miller are the other players on the COVID reserve list.

As of Monday, only about 60 percent of Washington’s roster had received the COVID-19 vaccine, among the lowest rate for NFL teams.

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Washington’s entire coaching staff is vaccinated, but because so many of his players aren’t, Rivera has continued to wear a mask around the team’s facility.

“I’m truly frustrated. I’m beyond frustrated. Part of the reason I walk in with a mask on is I’m immune-deficient,” said Rivera, a cancer survivor. “I just hope that our guys can understand that.”

Rivera said that he hoped that players will change their stances and get vaccinated, possibly as soon as Sunday.

“We’ll see tomorrow. Tomorrow we’re hoping we can get some more guys vaccinated,” Rivera told multiple media outlets following Washington’s final training camp practice in Richmond, Va. on Saturday. “We’ll see. It’s a difficult topic. I’ve tried to broach it a lot of our players, talked with a lot of our guys that haven’t. Again, it’s a personal thing, but hopefully — we can sway them, hopefully.”

The NFL is intensifying its efforts to coax players into receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, laying out strict protocols that will penalize teams should a coronavirus outbreak among unvaccinated players put the league’s schedule in jeopardy.

–Field Level Media

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OF Brandon Nimmo (finger) to return to Mets on Tuesday

FILE PHOTO: Apr 13, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

June 27, 2021

Outfielder Brandon Nimmo is expected to be back with the New York Mets on Tuesday for the opener of their three-game home series against the Atlanta Braves, according to

Nimmo, 28, has been sidelined with a detached ligament in his left hand since early May. He has been with Triple-A Syracuse for the past week on a rehab assignment.

In 21 games this season, Nimmo is batting .318 with a home run and eight RBIs. In 386 career games with the Mets, the 2011 first-round pick is a career .262 hitter with 40 home runs and 129 RBIs.

–Field Level Media

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