Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent already determined

April 15, 2014 – 7:55 pm by Ryan Phillips

Manny Pacquiao Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao showed he’s not done yet on Saturday by thoroughly beating the previously-undefeated Timothy Bradley around the ring the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao avenged his completely unjust split decision loss from their first fight and showed that even at 35 he could take on one of the best fighters in the world and completely outclass him.

Now the question is, who will be next for Pacquiao? Fortunately, we won’t be wondering for long, as Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has made it fairly obvious who the Filipino superstar will face off with in his next fight.

Arum is pushing his next big fight on the public hard. Long-time Pacquiao nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez  (55-7-1, 40 KOs) will face Colorado tough guy Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) at the Forum in Los Angeles on May 17. The winner of that bout will be the mandatory challenger for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title, and behind the scenes, things have been set up for whoever wins to face Pacquiao, likely in November.

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Longest-tenured NHL coach dismissed by Nashville Predators

April 15, 2014 – 12:11 am by Hickey

trotz

Barry Trotz is a name only familiar to hard-core hockey fans or Nashville residents. Yet he has been one of the mainstays in the world of professional sports — until Monday.

The Nashville Predators relieved Trotz of his job after he had served as the team’s head coach since its inception in August 1997, which was a full year before the expansion team even played its first game. It wasn’t a full-blown firing — he was offered another job within the organ-I-zation — but he declined, preferring his chances at landing another coaching gig. Trotz was not only the longest-tenured coach in the NHL, but he was the second-longest tenured head coach or manager in all four major North American team sports behind San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Trotz’s ability to stick around was impressive for multiple reasons. As one former boss once told me, “NHL coaching changes are as newsworthy as me changing my pants,” the point being that both occur with great frequency. Furthermore, it’s pretty obvious why Popovich is the longest-tenured coach in sports — the Spurs are perennial contenders and he has four NBA titles to his name.

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Tampa Bay Rays ace Matt Moore to undergo Tommy John surgery

April 14, 2014 – 11:05 pm by Ryan Phillips

Matt Moore

The Tampa Bay Rays have a gem of a left-hander in Matt Moore. He had an excellent season in 2013 and looked poised to be one of the top starters in the American League this season. Unfortunately, Moore will be missing the rest of the year thanks to Tommy John surgery.

Moore tested out his gimpy left elbow on Monday throwing a bit, but the soreness in his arm persisted. He has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will reportedly undergo surgery next week. The 24-year-old could have tried rest and rehab as a cure, but that almost never works, so this is probably the smart decision.

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San Diego Padres, Jedd Gyorko agree to big extension

April 14, 2014 – 6:26 pm by Ryan Phillips

Jedd Gyorko

On Monday the San Diego Padres and second baseman Jedd Gyorko announced they had agreed to a big contract extension. The 25-year-old slugger will now be under contract through 2019, and the club also holds an option for 2020.

The deal was announced as a five-year, $35 million pact, with a $13 million option for 2020 and a $1 million buyout. The contract will begin in 2015, and Gyorko will make $2 million, then $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $13 million in 2019.

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley II: Live Blog

April 12, 2014 – 2:24 pm by Ryan Phillips

Manny Pacquiao Timothy Bradley 2

We will be live blogging the rematch between Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) and Timothy Bradley (31-0, one no-contest, 12 KOs) tonight starting at 8:45 p.m. ET.

Pacquiao dominated the first matchup in June of 2012, but was robbed by a controversial split decision that gave Bradley the win. On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Pacquiao and Bradley will both have their chance to show who is truly the better fighter.

The live blog is after the jump.

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Johnny Manziel scores 32 on Wonderlic test

April 11, 2014 – 5:52 pm by Ryan Phillips

Johnny Manziel

Say what you want about “Johnny Football” but he ain’t stupid. A report on Friday claims that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel scored well on the Wonderlic test, netting a 32 to beat out the rest of the top quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cornell’s Jeff Matthews had the highest score with a 40, but Manziel was the best out of the real first-round options.

Central Florida’s Blake Bortles scored a 28, and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater got a 20, so Manziel topped both of his main rivals on top of most draft boards. While the Wonderlic is not really a predictor of future NFL success, a high score can sometimes help a player’s stock.

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Hank Aaron, Brandon Spikes and matters of historical hyperbole

April 11, 2014 – 1:03 am by Hickey

Hank Aaron

Our nation’s racial history remains treacherous ground. Like any other pile you’d prefer not to step in, it seems to find you when you aren’t paying attention. And wearing sandals.

Two different athletes trod into that territory this week with their words. One is a living legend with a history of choosing his statements carefully. The other is a current NFL player with a University of Florida education. And thus, their respective statements should be viewed with much different lenses even though in some circles both will be accused of the same offense — egregious historical hyperbole.

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