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Mayweather Remains Undefeated, 49ers Reid kneels During Anthem, Browns Stand & Rookie Kizer Starts, Isaiah Thomas Fails Physical

BOXING

The most hyped boxing match in recent memory between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor lasted for 10 rounds, before the judges called the match in favor of Mayweather. After the match, McGregor claimed the scoring was biased as he thought he won the first 3 rounds. Even so, he accepted defeat and even complimented his opponent, “I enjoyed the fight, it was a great contest … It was an honor to share the ring with him.”  McGregor said in his post-fight interview. Mayweather recorded his 50th win and could retire undefeated (50-0). He earned $100 million from this fight, while McGregor earned $30 million.

FOOTBALL

San Francisco 49er safety Eric Reid previously said he would not continue to kneel during the National Anthem this season (he kneeled with Colin Kaepernick all last year), but changed his mind Sunsay night against the Minnesota Vikings. According to Reid, “I just had a change of heart. A lot of thinking, a lot of praying, talking to Colin [Kaepernick].”

Just a week after 12 players from the Cleveland Browns took a knee during the national anthem, the whole team stood Saturday night. The legendary Jim Brown reportedly spoke to the team before the game and said, “do not disrespect your country, do not disrespect the flag”.

In other Browns’ news, the team announced their rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer will start during the regular season. Kizer was selected in the second round of the draft, the 52nd overall pick (and the 4th quarterback taken). The top 3 quarterbacks in the draft appear to be starting the season on the bench.

BASKETBALL

The recently announced blockbuster trade sending Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers may not happen. Thomas failed his physical which could cause the Cavs to void the whole deal or ask for additional compensation.

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Cabrera Starts Bench Clearing Brawl, Kevin Hart Goes To Rams, Mayweather/McGregor Fight Finally Here

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Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera started a bench-clearing brawl when he shoved New York Yankees catcher Austine Romine Thursday afternoon. Cabrera claimed Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle aimed a pitch at him. Eight players were ejected in the Tigers 10-6 win over the Yankees. Cabrera defended his actions by saying, “You don’t want to see that. You don’t want to see people hit in the head. You don’t want to see fighting on the field. But people have to understand, we’re human. Sometimes, in the heat of the game, when people throw at you at 97, right at your wrist. You react sometimes.”

FOOTBALL

NFL pre-season practices and games are in full swing. Most practices are pretty grueling and boring, but the Los Angles Rams got a treat when comedian Kevin Hart and actor Scott Eastwood showed up for the workout. At the end of the day, a tired Hart told the team he’s a fan!

BOXING

For months we’ve heard about the big fight between undefeated (49-0) 40 year old boxing phenom Floyd Mayweather vs the 29 year old mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. The pay per view spectacle takes place Saturday night August 26th and already ranks as the most bet fight in Nevada history. For more info on the fight and how and where to watch, click here.

 

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Mickelson Missing Open For Daughter’s Graduation, Mayweather/McGregor Fight On

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It’s official, Phil Mickelson will drop out of the US Open. Mickelson had a scheduling conflict with his daughter’s high school graduation in California, but was hoping there might be a rain delay in Wisconsin allowing him to jump on his p plane and get there in time. Unfortunately for him, the weather looks great at the Open and his tee time is on schedule, forcing him to have to withdraw from the tournament (for the first time since 1993). He said he’ll have no regrets though, as his daughter is not only graduating, but also giving the commencement address.

BOXING

After years of trash talking, two of the biggest fighting champions will face each other. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will match up against UFC champion Conor McGregor on August 26th in Las Vegas. As a mixed martial arts competitor, McGregor will compete in the boxing ring against Mayweather who is an undefeated 49-0 and 12 years older than McGregor. After the fight was announced, McGregor took to social media and mocked Mayweather’s age by posting a photo of himself next to Mayweather’s father.

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Muhammad Ali’s Legacy, Djokovic’s Historic Win, Williams Loses In Final, Warriors’ Defense Crushes Cavs

BOXING

Muhammad AliThe most charismatic and greatest boxer of the ages, Muhammad Ali, died over the weekend at the age of 74 due to respiratory issues related to his Parkinson’s disease. Ali was a three-time heavyweight champion but transcended the world of boxing and became known for his anti-war stance and his opinions on the world.  One of his assistants captured Ali’s presence in the ring with the now famous saying, Mr. Ali would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

 

TENNIS

By winning the French Open, Novak Djokovic accomplished what no male player has in over a decade, won all four Grand Slam titles at once. The last player to accomplish this feat was Rod Laver in 1969.

In the women’s draw, top seeded Serena  Williams lost to Garbine Muguruza. The win was Muguruza’s first Grand Slam title.

 

NBA

The Golden State Warriors certainly made a statement at home in game 2 of the NBA Finals. Their defense simply crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers for a decisive win. On offense, the Warriors’ Draymond Green was the star with 28 points and 5 3-pointers. The Warriors are up 2-0 in the best of seven series. Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland 9:00 pm EST ABC. Warriors 110, Cavaliers 77.

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Heads Rolling For Kings, Manny Pacquiao Fired By Nike

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The Sacramento Kings may have spared coach George Karl, but not everyone got away unscathed. The Kings fired assistant coach Vance Walberg on Wednesday, and Karl isn’t quite sure why. Karl detailed his thoughts in an op-ed for The Sacramento Bee, saying the firing left him “disappointed and confused,” arguing that any criticism of the team should be directed at him. But the Kings are looking to “shake things up,” according to GM Vlade Divac. The team currently has a dismal 22-31 record, and Karl was expected to be fired last week. Instead the team, which is contractually obligated to pay Karl another $10 million either way, decided to keep him on. But heads will roll, as they say. Walberg was next in line and the price was right.

BOXING

Manny PacquiaoProfessional Boxer Manny Pacquiao has been dropped by sponsor Nike after making derogatory remarks about same-sex couples. Pacquiao has been endorsing the company for just over eight years. The fighter made a recent appearance on Filipino television where he claimed animals don’t have same-sex relationships. Humans do, making people “worse than animals.“ Within hours, he took to twitter to apologize. But faster than you can tweet, “I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” Nike dropped the boxer, condemning his comments as “abhorrent.” An eight-time champion, Paquiao is the Philippines’ most famous living celebrity and most popular athlete. He’s also a member of the Philippines’ House of Representatives and is expected to pursue a seat in the Senate and and possibly even the Presidency after what is likely to be his final match in April.

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Rousey Goes Down, Pats & Cards Tough Wins, Bears, Steelers & Redskins Easy Wins

BOXING

Holly Holm 2Ronda Rousey, the fighting phenom that put the UFC on the map, lost over the weekend against former kickboxer Holly Holm. Rousey was knocked out in the second round but don’t expect Rousey to go away anytime soon. She’s too much of a competitor to stay undefeated for long.

FOOTBALL

It was an exciting weekend in the NFL with some close games and some blowouts.

In the close game category, the New England Patriots remain undefeated after a late field goal against the New York Giants. QB Tom Brady did not have a particularly great game but in typical Brady fashion, he found a way to win by leading the team downfield to set up a game-winning field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with only seconds left to play. Patriots 27, Giants 26.

The Seattle Seahawks found themselves down 19 points against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night. Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer had a solid game with 3 TD’s and 1 Interception but almost lost the game by fumbling twice in the fourth quarter with both fumbles converting to touchdowns by the Seahawks. The Cardinals held on for the win, however, and now Arizona has control of the NFC West. Cardinals 39, Seahawks 32.

In the blowout games category, Ben Roethlisberger came back from injury and threw for an impressive 379 yards leading to a big win over the Cleveland Browns. Steelers 30, Browns 9.

Another record breaking day for Chicago Bears’ QB Jay Cutler when he threw 2 TD’s over 80 yards in one game to trample the St. Louis Rams. No other QB in franchise history has accomplished that feat.  Bears 37, Rams 13.

Washington Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins embarrassed the New Orleans Saints defense with 297 yards and 3 TD’s in only the first half.  The Saints couldn’t get anything going in the second half and the Redskins ran away with an easy win. Redskins 47, Saints 14.

 

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Kaepernick Taking Breather, Bills Drunkest Fans, Mayweather/Pacquiao Fight

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, news came out a few days ago that San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula would bench QB Colin Kaepernick in favor of back-up Blaine Gabbert.  Kap has struggled this season due in large part to the shocking coaching change the Niners made this off-season by firing their very successful coach Jim Harbaugh. Kaepernick has been forced to learn a whole new offense.  Tomsula said he is benching Kaepernick so Kap has time “to breathe”.  Tomsula said he thought Kap needed a mental break from all the stress.

Buffalo Bills Fans 2Elsewhere in the NFL, a study was conducted to determine the NFL’s drunkest fans. The runner up was the crazy fans in Detroit pulling for the Lions. And, the honors went to the Buffalo Bills fans.  Even through the disappointing years after their 4 Super Bowl runs, the Bills fans remained dedicated.  With the cold weather and the losing games, they probably needed a few drinks.   I guess congratulations are in order?

 

BOXING

Floyd Mayweather’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said Mayweather and Pacquiao will fight again.  Mayweather made over $100 million in one night this past May, and the second fight would arguably generate close to that amount.  For there to be a fight this big, we would have to wait another 10 years for two boxers to secure their legacy and then agree to fight.  The odds of that happening, especially with the decline of the sport, are pretty slim.  These two are still household names and an hour in the ring would net them both another enormous paycheck.

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Manziel Elbow Issues, Russell Wilson’s Recovery Water, Rousey’s Trash Talk

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, Johnny Manziel is having some elbow issues.  He was on pace to become the starter in Cleveland after a good performance in last week’s pre-season game, but this injury could set him back.  As a precaution, the Browns have decided to rest Manziel for the remainder of the pre-season so he can get healthy.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 7.18.57 AMElsewhere in the NFL, Russell Wilson addressed a nasty hit he took in last year’s NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.  Russell collided with a defender and had to come out of the game. He returned to lead the Seahawks’ comeback and said he was able to recover because of “Recovery Water”.  This is a liquid concoction of nano bubbles and massive amounts of electrolytes.  Not surprisingly, Wilson is an investor in the company.

 

BOXING

In the UFC world, Ronda Rousey had some excellent trash talk for Floyd Mayweather.  Floyd boasted earlier this year that he made $100 million in one night (from the Pacquiao fight) and no other athlete has been able to accomplish this payday.  Ronda Rousey, while she doesn’t get paid as much, told Mayweather that she “makes more per second”.  Rousey’s fights tend to last no longer than 30 – 60 seconds.  Pretty cool observation on her part.

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Mayweather To Fight In September, Foster Injured, Clowney’s Dad Arrested

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Floyd MayweatherAfter Floyd Mayweather won over$100 million for his fight against Manny Pacquiao in May, it looks like he will satisfy his Showtime contract and fight his final fight.  The lucky competitor to take on Mayweather will be a young fighter named Andre Berto.  Berto is 30-3 and is a huge underdog coming into the fight.  Berto, however, was quoted as saying, “I’m going to knock him off his undefeated perch”.  The fight will take place on September 12th at MGM Grand.  The timing seems awfully soon, and doesn’t leave Mayweather much time to get in shape.  But Mayweather said he doesn’t even need to be in tip-top shape to win.  We will see which Mayweather shows up.

FOOTBALL

 

In the NFL, with training camps under way, teams are already suffering setbacks for the season.   In Houston, expectations were high from running back Arian Foster this season, but he injured his groin in the team’s fully padded practice.  According to team doctors, Foster will require surgery and will likely miss the start of the season.   This isn’t good news for the veteran running back, who will may lose his starting job for the course of the season to Alfred Blue or any of the other young running backs on the squad.

HardKnocksIn more news from the Texans, their star defensive end, JaDeveon Clowney, is having serious family issues.  Clowney’s dad has been charged with attempted murder for firing a gun in a South Carolina bar. This is unfortunate news, and could seriously affect Clowney’s psyche.   Surely, these stories will be all be covered when HBO features the Texans this season on Hard Knocks.

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Dwayne Wade Opts Out Of Heat Contract, Bo Ryan To Retire, Oscar De La Hoya Box No More

BASKETBALL

Dwayne WadeIn the NBA, long time Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade is opting out of his contract.  The Heat could still have him back, but Wade is likely hoping to get a big contract and play for a contender (even thought the Heat are still actually a pretty good team).  Team president Pat Riley is going to try to bring him back, but Wade is 33 years old and injury prone.  It may be time to let him go.  A lot of people are speculating that Wade may join LeBron in Cleveland to help him snag a ring for the city. After all,  LeBron helped Wade in Miami.
And in college basketball, the Wisconsin basketball program has been a force under head coach Bo Ryan the past few seasons. On Monday, Ryan said that he will coach one more season and then retire.  Badger fans are disappointed as Wisconsin looked poised to be highly ranked for the foreseeable future, but Ryan has done such a great job for their recruiting reputation that Badgers fans will still likely have a lot to cheer about.

BOXING

Oscar De La HoyaOscar De La Hoya, the champ and celebrity before Money Mayweather become the most talked about name in the sport, has been pondering a comeback for some time now.  He even tweeted out last month that he was 50-50 on his decision to step back into the ring.  But on Monday, De La Hoya made it official that his boxing days were behind him.  He praised many of the current fighters and said that he enjoys watching them carry on the greatness of the sport he will always love.  One has to assume De La Hoya’s thoughts of a comeback may have been at least partly fueled by money, seeing that Floyd Mayweather made $100 million in just one night.  De La Hoya probably wanted/needed a pay day.

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