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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2014 NFL Draft: Why is Anthony Barr’s stock dropping?

April 10, 2014 – 6:38 pm by Ryan Phillips

Anthony Barr

At the end of the 2013 college football season, UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr looked like a sure bet to be selected in the top 10 of the 2014 NFL Draft. Barr has been pretty solid in his workouts since the end of the season, but for some reason scouts, evaluators and executives have quickly soured on him.

But why? Barr was certainly one of the most dominant defenders in college football over the past two years (23.5 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss in that time), he’s tested fairly well leading into the draft and he also has good size for an edge rusher in the NFL. The problem seems to be that while he put up great numbers in college, Barr doesn’t actually show as well on tape as his numbers would lead you to believe.

Shabazz Napier: Breaking down point guard’s draft stock

April 9, 2014 – 7:28 pm by Ryan Phillips

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier was the story of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. He threw his Connecticut team on his back and led the seventh-seeded Huskies to a championship with a 60-54 win over a heavily-favored Kentucky team. After a fantastic four-year career, now Napier will be looking forward to the 2014 NBA Draft.

No one improved his draft stock in this year’s tournament more than Napier, but until a few weeks ago he looked like a fringe second-rounder. Now he’s elevated himself to possible first-round status. What follows is a detailed breakdown of Napier’s draft stock and what he will bring to the NBA team that selects him.

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Los Angeles Lakers give GM Mitch Kupchak multiyear extension

April 9, 2014 – 2:19 am by Ryan Phillips

Mitch Kupchak

Despite being in the midst of the worst season in franchise history, the Los Angeles Lakers announced they have agreed to a multiyear extension with general manager Mitch Kupchak. While the team has struggled mightily this season, that certainly can’t be blamed on Kupchak, and over the years he has proven to be one of the NBA’s best general managers.

Since succeeding Jerry West as Lakers general manager in 2000, Kupchak has presided over four NBA championship teams and six Western Conference champions. He has been with the organization since he retired as a player in 1986.

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Johnny Manziel visits Oakland Raiders

April 7, 2014 – 12:29 am by Hickey

Johnny Manziel

It’s a match made in Heaven, or at least whatever after-world it is that Raiders fans are transported to.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is visiting Oakland today, as confirmed by various NFL reporters who talk to people that know Manziel and the Raiders organization. Manziel was most recently seen at the Final Four kicking it with his boy Drake on Saturday before flying out to California on Sunday.

Stylistically, it seems like the perfect pairing. Manziel is the roguish prince of college football and a seemingly ideal fit for the franchise that has always embraced a rebellious spirit. His cocksure attitude is also exactly the type of force capable of making a moribund team believe that winning more than 5 games a season is actually an attainable task.

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