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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.

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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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Durant Wants To Stay In OKC, Romo Said Pay Cut For Murray, Ali Weighs In On Big Fight

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Kevin DurantOKC Thunder’s Kevin Durant made a statement that may squash the plans of other teams. Durant is a free agent after next season. His teammate, Russell Westbrook is playing outstanding basketball making Durant somewhat expendable, especially since his biggest value for the Thunder would be in a trade. On Tuesday, however, Durant said that he wants to stay in OKC.  That might not be financially possible, but teams that thought they may get him (Washington, LA Lakers, Knicks) are now questioning their chances.

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In the NFL, last year’s leading rusher DeMarco Murray left Dallas to go play for their rival the Philadelphia Eagles.  But now, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said that he would have taken a pay cut to keep Murray around.  That would have been good to know before Murray felt forced out.  Then again, while Murray is great, a lot of his success came on account of Dallas’ stellar offensive line.  And it’s totally plausible that they get a rookie running back who can exploit that protection just as well.

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Finally, in just one of many updates leading up to the biggest boxing fight in 20 years on May 2nd — Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, another boxing legend has taken a stand.  Last month, Mike Tyson publicly endorsed Pacquiao, and now Muhammad Ali said that he thinks and hopes Pacquiao will win the fight.  Not a lot of love for Mayweather yet.  Maybe Evander Holyfield will get in his corner.  Nonetheless, this fight is going to be huge!

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Carroll Defends Original Call, Hawks’ Winning Streak Ends, Fight Of The Century Stalled

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In the postmortem after the Super Bowl, everyone is still baffled how Seattle didn’t run the ball to win the game from the 1-yard line.  Everyone has been skewering Seattle Coach Pete Carroll for making that call, and today’s rumor is that the original call submitted by the offensive coordinator was actually a run, and that Carroll changed it.  Carroll instantly shot down that rumor. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson has said that he isn’t going to let one play define his career and will get back to work this off-season ready to win again.  The Seahawks are the favorites for next year, but this loss is going to be tough to forget.

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And in the NBA, Atlanta was riding a 19-game winning streak heading to New Orleans.  The Hawks are playing incredible team ball, and have become a nightmare for opponents.  On top of that, they are running away with the East.  But… Anthony Davis and the Pelicans were ready for them.  The Pelicans played spectacular team ball of their own, and built a huge lead on the Hawks that they simply couldn’t narrow.  So the Hawks’ win streak ends at 19, but this definitely doesn’t mean that they aren’t still a major threat to win the title.  New Orleans 115, Atlanta 100.

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Floyd MayweatherFinally, in boxing, everyone is thrilled about the potential fight between the two superstars of the last decade — Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.  This would be the fight of the century, and both parties stand to make millions.  The earliest numbers reported that Mayweather would make $120million and Manny would make $80million.  But on Monday, talks stalled, and there were contract issues from both camps.  The fight is tentatively scheduled for May 2nd, but if these issues continue to stall the talks, there may not be enough time for the fighters to adequately prepare for the bout.  Everyone is desperately hoping that these two fighters put their legacies on the line and fight.

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San Fran Steals Victory In St. Louis, Mayweather Makes $600K In Broncos Win, Spike Lee Doesn’t Know Basketball

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In the NFL, it was Monday Night Football between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams.  The Rams started off rather slowly this season, but their silver lining might just be their un-drafted QB  Austin Davis.  Davis is from Southern Miss., and he has played well in every one of his starts.  In this matchup,  Davis got off to a hot start, but then the 49ers made some adjustments and reeled off 24 unanswered points to steal a victory in St. Louis.  The crowd was also pretty paltry in St. Louis, which begs the question, will the Team move? San Francisco 31, St. Louis 17.

Elsewhere in the NFL, it looks like the Broncos late Pick-6 of Geno Smith helped heavyweight champion Floyd Mayweather win $600,000.  Mayweather put a very large bet on the Broncos to win -7.5, and as the game neared its end, the Broncos were only up by 7.  It looked like there was no hope, but that Pick 6 helped seal the deal for Floyd and he showed up in person to collect his winnings. 

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Spike LeeFinally, in the NBA, everyone knows that Spike Lee is a huge New York Knicks fan. But now new Knicks’ President Phil Jackson called Lee just a huge fan that knows nothing about basketball.   “As most people know, Spike is an avid Knick fan that doesn’t know anything about basketball,” Jackson said, drawing laughs from the crowd. “He knows how someone makes a shake and bake move and might dazzle the fans and make a shot.” This is part of a new documentary that Lee made about Jackson’s famous “Triangle Offense”. It was all in good fun though! 

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NFL Knew About Video, Goodell On Hot Seat, Mayweather Defends Rice

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Roger GoodellIn big Rice news, it’s been reported that the NFL received the Ray Rice video back in April so now people are asking for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be fired for not prosecuting earlier. The question is, did Goodell actually see the footage or did someone at the NFL mishandle what was in front of them.

 

Floyd MayweatherMost athletes are tweeting their disappointment with Rice although Boxer Floyd Mayweather, who is set to fight Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on Saturday,  is disturbingly supporting his friend Ray. Mayweather has had his own bouts with domestic violence and in 2012 served 2 months in jail for domestic battery. Even though he pleaded guilty to these charges, he still claims that he’s a victim:

According to ESPN, he said, “Like I’ve said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing.  With O.J. and Nicole (Simpson), you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With (Chad) Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten (by Mayweather). So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day.”

These comments are clearly incredibly disturbing and as expected the Rice story is not going away any time soon. In fact, Rice’s former team, the Baltimore Ravens will be taking on their perennial rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday evening. The Ravens lost their first game of the season while the Steelers won their first.

 

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