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  • Aug 13
    LAS VEGAS -- Dutch heavyweight Stefan (Skyscraper) Struve, slated to make a comeback Saturday after a heart scare, was scratched from his UFC 175 bout with Matt Mitrione after blacking out while warming up. [b]Cameron Meredith Jersey[/b] . "Stefan Struve suffered a non-life-threatening, near-fainting spell backstage," the UFC said in a statement during the fight card. "Afterwards, the medical team did not feel he was fit to compete. With his health and safety in mind, hes been removed from the card and is currently under the care of the medical staff." After the card, UFC president Dana White said Struve was "doing great" and had been cleared by doctors. "He had something like a panic attack," he told the post-fight news conference. "He almost blacked out, he started hyper-ventilating, his blood pressure dropped. I dont know, just one of those weird things." White said Struve had to ponder his fighting future. "He needs to do some soul-searching. Hes a super-talented guy. Hes a great guy, we love the guy. I dont know, well see where he goes from here." Struve, meanwhile, tweeted he was fine. "Just want to let everybody know Im OK, had a blackout in the locker room and we had to call the fight off, thanks for the love folks!" White said both Struve and Mitrione would get their basic purse. "I found out what happened and went to talk to Stefan," Mitrione said in a statement. "He was still in his chair and was very apologetic. Hes such a competitor. Obviously health and safety come first." The six-foot-11 Struves MMA career appeared over last year when he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. Given the OK to resume fighting by his doctors in the Netherlands and the UFCs cardiologist, Struve (29-6) was looking forward to returning to the cage. Struve was also cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. "It looks good," Struve said in a pre-fight interview, "I just need to do checkups two times a year with my doctors in Holland and two times a year with my doctors in L.A. "Thats no problem for me. I actually like that I know for sure that my heart is healthy." The 26-year-old Struve, ranked 12th among heavyweight contenders, last fought in March 2013 when he suffered a broken jaw in a knockout loss to hard-hitting Mark Hunt in Japan. He returned to training some three months later. But he blacked out briefly while at his parents home and went to hospital to be checked out. A stress ultrasound test, which uses high frequency sound waves to examine the hearts anatomy and function, found the heart issue. Struve was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve, as well an enlarged heart. It meant that his heart was only pumping 60 per cent of his blood into the aorta and then the rest of his body. The remaining 40 per cent was ending up back in the heart chamber. Doctors used medication to control his blood pressure and the demands on his heart. Struve says he will probably have to undergo surgery at some point but hopes to do it after his fighting career. [b]Marcus Davenport Jersey[/b] . Off-Season Game Plan looks at what the Blue Jackets may do to build upon last seasons success to return to the playoffs again next year. [b]Kurt Coleman Jersey[/b] .C. - Canadian ice dancing, it seems, is in good hands.TEMPE, Ariz. -- Larry Fitzgerald was quick to rebut a tweet by his father criticizing the Arizona Cardinals organization after the eight-time Pro Bowl receiver caught just one pass in the teams 18-17 season-opening victory over San Diego. Larry Fitzgerald Sr., a reporter for a Minnesota newspaper, said in his tweet, "The world saw on Monday night football the politics and business of football. If its been decided that you are not getting the ball, just win." Larry Fitzgerald Jr. sent out his own tweet Tuesday night. "My fathers inflammatory comments dont reflect my feelings or mood," the younger Fitzgerald wrote. "Were 1-0 & working tirelessly to be 2-0 this week thats my only concern." On Thursday, the Cardinals all-time leading receiver elaborated, and tried to make light of the situation. "Its hard to make news with one catch," he said. "My dad seemed to find a way to do it." Actually, when Fitzgerald makes only one catch, it is news. For most of the past decade, he has been the go-to guy for Arizona. But when coach Bruce Arians took over last year, he moved Fitzgerald into the slot and put Michael Floyd at the wideout spot. Now Floyd is catching those deep passes that used to go to Fitzgerald. The addition of speedsters John Brown and Ted Ginn Jr., as well as tight end John Carlson and the emergence of running back Andre Ellington, further diminishes Fitzgeralds role, at least it did in the opener. Arians insists that his system does not target specific receivers but leaves it to quarterback Carson Palmer to throw to whoever is open. But Fitzgerald said that because of the game plan he knew he wouldnt have a big role against the Chargers. His father has chimed in with criticism in the past. "Its not my first time," the younger Fitzgerald said, "and I would assume it probably wont be my last, either. But like I said, Im a man and what comes from my mouth comes from my mouth, what comes from other peoples mouths comes from their mouths. If you dont hear it from the horses mouth, its not accurate." He said he felt he had to send a reply to what his father had said. "I didnt want my teammates thhinking that was my concern," Fitzgerald said. [b]Saints Jerseys[/b]. "I just wanted to make sure that everybody knew I was fully committed to doing what we needed to do to get a win." Fitzgerald had been one of the leagues best at the wideout spot, and he has acknowledged the difficulty of learning a new position. He said it doesnt matter whether he likes it or not. "It is what it is," he said. "I come to work every day and try to prepare the best that I can and get ready for the game, same approach Ive always taken." This could well be the end of his decade-long run in Arizona. His salary cap number for next season is $26 million, and he would almost certainly have to take a pay cut to return, if hes even asked to do so. He might think its a good time to move on. With his fourth-quarter catch Monday night, Fitzgerald barely kept alive his string of catching a pass in 150 consecutive games. The difficult 22-yard reception was a big play in the Cardinals 10-play, 91-yard drive for the winning touchdown. Earlier, as if to show the talent he still possesses, the 31-year-old receiver caught Palmers pass with one outstretched hand. But he was out of bounds. And for one of the few times over the past decade, Fitzgerald wasnt on the field for the winning touchdown, a five-yard screen pass to Brown. "Its no problem. We won," Fitzgerald said. "Ive been on the field for a lot of winning touchdowns." Arians said Fitzgerald had missed practice because of a sore knee. "We didnt know if he was even going to play," Arians said, "but he is tough and came back and taped it up. ... I learned my lesson last year not to ask him things to do in a game that youre not practicing, and its not fair to the quarterback, either. There were times when he was not in there on third down. That was due to that." Fitzgerald doesnt expect this lull to continue, at least not this bad. "I dont want to go one catch for 16 weeks if thats what youre asking me," he said. Sixteen catches for a season "would be discouraging," he said. "That cap number would be REAL big at the end of the year." Then he and the reporters surrounding him laughed. 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