Daniel Cormier was fighting COVID-19 before fighting Miocic

ESPN MMA reporter Ariel Helwani talks about Daniel Cormier testing positive for COVID-19 six weeks prior to his fight against Stipe Miocic in UFC 252, why the organisation didn’t release this information, whether Miocic was aware of the infection, and to preview this weekend’s card, headlined by Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley.

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Fantasy Premier League tips: Popular and differential picks as Man United and Man City join in

Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code: tc90vz

We’re one week into the new Fantasy Premier League this season but after the opening round only featured 16 teams, we’ll have all 20 participate in Gameweek 2.

Owing to Manchester United and Manchester City’s European commitments, they were granted a delayed start to the Premier League campaign. But now that their appealing assets are in play, it raises a few questions about the composition of our FPL teams.

Here are the popular and differential picks from three of this season’s late comes.

MANCHESTER CITY

Popular pick: Kevin De Bruyne

Price: 11.5m
Ownership: 28.8%

With an incredible 23 FPL assists last season, you can’t go wrong with Kevin De Bruyne in your team. The playmaker also scored 13 goals and is certain to deliver big hauls again.

The Belgian should be on penalties from the start after taking the responsibility off Sergio Aguero last season. City boast several attacking assets to choose from but De Bruyne is as close to a guarantee you’re going to get in FPL.

Differential pick: Phil Foden

Phil Foden

Price: 6.5m
Ownership: 4.1%

Perhaps not as reliable as De Bruyne, yet, and there is some risk of rotation as well but Phil Foden is an increasingly appealing midfield option for the new season.

He is set to enjoy a breakout campaign following David Silva’s departure and is a real bargain at 6.5m. A strong finish to last season saw him bag five goals and two assists in the final nine games. With so many premium midfielders around, Foden could be the key to finding the right balance.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Popular Pick: Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes

Price:

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Horrors of slavery at center of Janelle Monae’s ‘Antebellum’

This image released by Lionsgate shows Janelle Monae in a scene from “Antebellum”. Image: Lionsgate/Matt Kennedy via AP

NEW YORK — Janelle Monae says she “felt so much rage and anger” when she stepped onto a former slave plantation for the first time to film the psychological thriller “Antebellum.”

In the movie, set for release Friday, the pop star and actress plays a successful modern-day author that finds herself trapped in alternate time periods, including the terrifying reality of a runaway slave. Remembering the moment she arrived on that plantation set, she becomes visibly emotional.

“My ancestors were stolen. They didn’t steal slaves or servants. They stole doctors. They stole lawyers. They stole musicians. They stole mothers, fathers. Humans that mattered,” she said.

Much of the horror of “Antebellum” is in its unflinching depiction of the violence inflicted on slaves. Monae hopes the film acts as a catalyst for discussions about systemic racism in a politically divided nation. She says it’s essential to “confront the pain” of the past in order to understand the present state of Black Americans — and address police brutality and social injustice.

“You cannot talk about the present and everything we’re dealing with the police without knowing the past and understanding that in the South during the Civil War that the first police institution was the same slave patrol meant to control, meant to monitor free slaves, meant to kill, meant to discriminate against free slaves,” Monae said.

The movie grew out of a literal nightmare that co-writer-director Gerard Bush had after his father died. He awoke remembering “this woman, Eden, that was screaming desperately for help that felt like cross-dimensional in a sense.”

“I was really emotional from the experience. And I took out my notepad and took all of the notes from the

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