Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II: Live Blog

September 13, 2014 – 5:00 am by Ryan Phillips
    Mayweather Maidana 2

Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather will square off with Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana for the second time this year. The bout will be for Mayweather’s WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring welterweight titles, and his WBC light middleweight title. Their last fight was a close, back-and-forth affair and the rematch should be just as exciting.

As always with big fights, we will be live-blogging all the action for you, starting at 8:45 ET. Come join us as we breakdown the fight and see if Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) can be the first man to defeat Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs).

Live Blog Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II: Live Blog

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Q&A with San Francisco Giants reliever Sergio Romo

September 11, 2014 – 6:30 pm by Kevin Johnston

Orlando Cepeda, Sergio Romo & Vida Blue

The life and career accomplishments of San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo were celebrated this week during a cocktail reception sponsored by Hennessy V.S at Infusion Lounge in San Francisco.

Romo, a proud Mexican-American, 2013 All-Star and two-time World Series champion, became one of the best relief pitchers in MLB despite not being a highly-ranked prospect in the minors and sporting a fastball that tops out around 90 MPH. In fact, only Mariano Rivera has a better DIPS in the modern era.

I got the opportunity to catch up with Romo for an interview before the party started about everything from when his father first taught him to throw a slider to his habit of studying his teammates’ stats more than his own.

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Sources: Jim Mora was never offered Texas job

September 11, 2014 – 3:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jim Mora

With UCLA and Texas set to square off this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, several stories have popped up about UCLA head coach Jim Mora and how – if circumstances had been different – he might be the head coach of the Longhorns. While Mora has consistently claimed that he turned down the job at Texas to remain at UCLA, sources close to both programs have told us that is a complete fabrication.

In an expansive interview with Chris Low of ESPN, Mora detailed his discussions with Texas representatives, claiming they met for four hours at a private residence in Manhattan Beach, California. He went on to claim that Texas was so hot after him that the school even offered him the use of a private jet to fly his parents to games.

Mora has maintained for months that he turned down Texas to stay at UCLA, where he finally felt at home. The truth is, he was never offered the Texas job and at no point was he the top option on the school’s list.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II: Full Card Preview

September 11, 2014 – 2:26 am by Kevin Johnston

Floyd Mayweather Marcos Maidana

A rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO) goes down this Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing Pay-Per-View, live from the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. On the line are Mayweather’s WBC and WBA welterweight titles, along with Mayweather’s WBC junior middleweight title in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds.

Join us right here this Saturday night for our live blog coverage of the main event and entire undercard starting at 8:45 PM ET.

If you want to relive all the action from the first fight, here is the link to our live blog from that evening.

Click “Next” to see our analysis of the main event, as well as the four other fights on the televised undercard.

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Report: Miami Marlins to offer Giancarlo Stanton record deal

September 9, 2014 – 11:31 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Giancarlo Stanton

The Miami Marlins have a dubious reputation when it comes to retaining their best players. But a new report from Bob Nightengale claims the organization plans to change that image this winter. The team with the lowest payroll in baseball is ready to open up its purse and spend to win. That will start with star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

The Marlins apparently plan to offer MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton the biggest contract in franchise history this offseason. And even if they can’t get Stanton locked in long-term, they say they will keep him through at least the 2015 season, and plan to build a championship team with their big slugger as the centerpiece.

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NCAA drops the ball on Penn State

September 9, 2014 – 1:01 am by Hickey

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There are many things in this world that are easy. The easiest, in my humble opinion? Not raping children.

Not orchestrating a coverup because child rape is damaging to your brand image in lieu of turning in a dirty old pedophile is also fairly high on the list.

And because Penn State has gone two whole years of successfully meeting these standards, the NCAA rewarded its football program on Monday by making the Nittany Lions bowl-eligible effective immediately after originally hammering it with a four-year bowl ban and vast scholarship reductions in 2012. Penn State will be able to field the full FBS load of 85 scholarship players starting next year, meaning all the non-monetary penalties for its role in failing to stamp out the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal are over.

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June Jones resigns as SMU head coach after 0-2 start

September 8, 2014 – 5:38 pm by Ryan Phillips
    June Jones

When SMU brought in June Jones as its head football coach back in 2008, it was supposed to be a sign that the school was once again taking the sport seriously. Almost seven years later the team’s supposed turnaround has fallen flat and as a result, Jones resigned from his position on Monday.

The Mustangs have opened the season 0-2 and lost their first two games by a combined score of 88-6. Jones – who is supposed to be an offensive guru – has only guided his team to one touchdown so far this season. His resignation is effective immediately.

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Jadeveon Clowney to have surgery, out four to six weeks

September 8, 2014 – 12:46 am by Ryan Phillips
    Jadeveon Clowney

The Houston Texans won their opener on Sunday 17-6 over the Washington Redskins, but in the process they lost something big. No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney went down with a knee injury late in the second quarter and had to leave the game. The prognosis isn’t good.

Clowney tore the meniscus in his knee and is going to miss a significant chunk of time. The 21-year-old will have surgery on Monday and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Clowney had a tackle for loss in his professional debut but that was all he could muster before leaving the game.

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