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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

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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

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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

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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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Dolphins Sign Tannehill To $96 Mill Contract, 49ers Defense In Trouble, Mayweather Wins $500K Bet

Bit of a quiet day in the sports world with the conference finals in the NBA playoffs set to tip off Tuesday night.

FOOTBALL

Ryan TannehillIn the NFL, the Miami Dolphins quietly signed their young quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a long term contract worth roughly $96million.  Of course, these numbers are inflated and largely bonus based, but it’s still around $20million guaranteed.  Even though Tannehill has had some major shortcomings late in each of his few seasons in the NFL, the Dolphins think he has the ability to be a franchise quarterback.  They have no interest in starting from scratch with another rookie.  Plus, they added some serious receiving weapons in the draft to help Tannehill.  Could be a good move for the Dolphins.
Elsewhere in the NFL, what was once a mighty defense in San Francisco for the 49ers is quickly going soft.  Earlier this off-season, the Niners star linebacker Patrick Willis decided to retire.  And now, their star defensive lineman, Justin Smith, has decided to call it quits as well.  This leaves major holes in their defense, and that is not good news in the increasingly difficult NFC West division.   It’s going to be a rough ride in SF this fall.

BOXING

Undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather went on a gambling spree this weekend, and won nearly $500,000 by going against the grain.  In one such bet, he put his money down on the Rockets to win Game 6 in Los Angeles, when everyone thought the Clippers would wrap up the series.

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Mayweather’s Chess-like Moves Wins Fight Of Century, American Pharoah Wins Derby, Clippers Stun Spurs

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Mayweather/PacquiaoThe main sporting event of the weekend, if not the century:  Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.  These were the titans of the boxing scene the past 12 years, and finally, FINALLY, we got to see who would win.  This fight was previously something of myth, as nobody ever thought they would get in the ring.  Everyone thought that Mayweather didn’t want to fight Pacquiao because he would lose.  Then, the two realized just how much money they could make and got in the ring together.  The numbers are not definite, but they both made well over $100 million in just one night.

Manny came out fast and furious, flailing punches, and getting Floyd in the corner, but Floyd is such a calculated, chess-game fighter, that this was exactly what he wanted.  He knows how to bait his opponents, and then strategically dodges their punches, and catches them with nasty jabs to the face.  It’s hard to see because the action is so fast, but a lot of damage is being done in there.  As the fight went on, Floyd continued this defensive technique, and kept winning rounds.  Pacquiao simply couldn’t hit him, and at the end, the judges unanimously agreed that Mayweather won.  This makes him an incredible 48-0.

As for what’s next for both fighters, Manny Pacquiao will likely retire and pursue a political career, while Floyd has publicly stated that he intends to honor his contract with Showtime and fight one last fight in September.  It’s uncertain who he will fight, but if he wins that, he will retire a perfect 49-0.  There is no clear competitor out there that could beat him.  He’s just so difficult to hit.

Horse Racing

American PharoahIn the Kentucky Derby, good and bad news for all bettors, as the favorite American Pharaoh took home the trophy.  Good news if you like to bet on the low-paying favorite, but bad news if you were one of the millions of bettors around the world that likes playing a long shot of any type.  American Pharaoh now will look to win The Preakness in a two weeks.

BASKETBALL

The Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs were in a first round battle that felt like the NBA Finals.  The series was tied at 3-3 headed into Saturday, and Game 7 was anybody’s game.  It was hard to imagine, however,  the Spurs losing such an important game, especially against a Clippers team that had a reputation of failing in clutch situations.  But… not Saturday night.  With the game tied with just 10 seconds left, Chris Paul took an amazing off-balance shot that banked off the back board and went in.  He gave the Clippers the win, and now the Clippers advance to take on the high-scoring Houston Rockets in Round 2.  LA Clippers 111, San Antonio 109.

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Shaka Smart To UT, Lebron & Kyrie Dynamic, Record Pay Per View For Mayweather/Pacquiao Fight

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Shaka SmartIn college basketball, it’s official, former VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) coach Shaka Smart, a guy who miraculously led a “nobody had heard of them VCU” to the Final Four in 2011 and made the program relevant again, has decided to take the job at the University of Texas.  After Smart got VCU to the Final Four, many large colleges came after him, but he wanted to stay.  But jobs like Texas are just too lucrative and too prestigious to pass up.  He’s already a good coach, and when he gets access to the recruiting in Texas, he will likely make Texas an immediate contender.   VCU will be sad to see him go (even the strip clubs in the area offered free lap dances to Smart and his staff if he stayed), but it was the right opportunity for Smart to move on.

And in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers might be red hot right now, but that doesn’t mean that they’re perfect.  On Thursday, we got a glimpse into their inner-dynamic.  After an early season game where the Cavs lost to the Jazz, LeBron gave Kyrie a lecture.  Kyrie finished the game with 34 points, but didn’t finish with ANY assists.

“He came up to me and was like, ‘One, you can never have another game with no assists,’ ” Irving said, describing James’ words. ” ‘You can damn near have just one, two, three, but you can’t have zero.’ And I was like, ‘All right, cool, it won’t happen again.’ And it hasn’t happened since that game.”

Now the Cavs are in prime position to win the Eastern Conference.

BOXING

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on May 2nd will cost a record-setting $99 on Pay Per View.  Typically, the big fights are between $40 and $60, but they know that everyone wants to see the fight of the century, so they can charge as high as $99.  Alternatively, you you can book your reservations at your favorite sports bar or restaurant but do it now to get a good seat.

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