Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri: Live Blog

November 22, 2014 – 12:00 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Manny Pacquaio Chris Algieri

Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri will square off on Saturday, November 22 in Macau. They will be battling for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title. We will be live blogging all the action for you.

Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will be looking to show he’s still got knockout power against an underrated fighter in Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs). The Pac-Man is coming off consecutive lopsided decision wins over Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley and wants to show he still has the ability to earn stoppages despite being 35 and five years removed from his last knockout.

The fight will take place at a catch weight of 144 pounds, Algieri owns the WBO junior welterweight title so he’ll be moving up for this fight. Meanwhile, Pacquiao will be coming down from 147, but he walks around at 140 and believes that might be his best in-ring weight. We will see if putting on less weight and fighting at a lower class helps or hurts him.

Check out our preview of the full card here, and join our live blog, which will kick off at 8:45 ET.

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri: Full Card Preview

November 20, 2014 – 4:59 pm by Kevin Johnston

The Venetian Macau

Manny Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title is on the line this Saturday at the Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Macau, as Pacquiao takes on undefeated American Chris Algieri at a catch weight of 144 pounds. The 12-round championship bout will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view as the main event on a card that also features two Olympic gold medalists and another undefeated American.

As always, join us right here this Saturday for our live blog coverage of all the excitement.

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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Marshawn Lynch fined $100,000, still returns fan’s missing wallet

November 20, 2014 – 12:42 am by Hickey

beast mode

Marshawn Lynch made one of history’s more unique daily doubles on Wednesday, quite possibly becoming the first person to ever return a stranger’s wallet on the same day his own bank account was docked by $100,000.

Beast Mode received what could be described as a “fine about nothing” from the NFL on Wednesday, getting nailed with a $50,000 penalty for leaving the locker room without talking to reporters following Seattle’s Sunday loss at Kansas City. That also kicked in an additional $50,000 that he had been fined last year for the same thing, but had been deferred by the league provided that Lynch abide by the “I’ll never do it again” clause.

He didn’t, so now Lynch has to pay both fines at once, kind of like getting nailed for a bunch of overdue library books. But by no means is he desperate for dollars.

Even on the day his own wallet got 100 Grand lighter, Lynch still drove to a stranger’s house to deliver the man’s wallet after finding it at a gas station.

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Brock Lesnar ready to return to UFC?

November 18, 2014 – 2:22 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Brock Lesnar

It seems that every few months we get a headline like the one above, but this time there appears to be some validity to everyone’s favorite mixed martial arts rumor. UFC president Dana White claims that Brock Lesnar is finally fully healthy and interested in returning to the sport.

Lesnar is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and is under contract with the company through the end of March 2015, which would be sometime after Wrestlemania XXXI. After that, Lesnar will be a free agent. He could continue with wrestling for a few years, or attempt a return to mixed martial arts.

Lesnar will turn 38 in 2015, if he does want to return to fighting he is running out of time to do so. He could probably go back to wrestling again if things don’t work out with the UFC, which means an MMA comeback would make sense right now.

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It’s time for Bobby Knight to fill Mike Davis’ shoes

November 18, 2014 – 12:28 am by Hickey
    Mike Davis Indiana

In September 2000, Mike Davis was placed in one of the most difficult positions in college basketball history when he took over for deposed Indiana coach Bobby Knight shortly after the start of the school year. There was literal rioting on campus. I would know; I was walking amongst the sea of thousands of students that decided a march to IU President Myles Brand’s house was the appropriate course of action.

Davis did an admirable job as IU’s interim coach, getting the team to the NCAA tournament and getting himself the job on a permanent basis.

For one year, it was a beautiful thing. Players who were recruited by and learned the game from Knight played a worry-free, loose style under Davis that meshed so perfectly that the Hoosiers rode it all the way to the national championship game. And that’s where I learned the fine line between angry and joyful student rioting.

Alas, it was all too good to be true. The players recruited by Davis rarely had much to offer in terms of basketball IQ, and a full cycle of them exposed the fact he had never before been a head coach at the collegiate level, much less at one of the nation’s premier programs.

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Florida fires Will Muschamp

November 16, 2014 – 11:40 am by Ryan Phillips
    Will Muschamp

Early Sunday morning reports began to circulate that claim the University of Florida has fired head football coach Will Muschamp. Andy Staples was first to report the news and it has since been confirmed by numerous outlets.

Muschamp is currently in his fourth season at Florida and the Gators are 5-4 with a 4-4 record in the SEC. On Saturday night, they lost to South Carolina 23-20 at home in overtime. That was likely the final straw for athletic director Jeremy Foley.

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Report: Scott Boras tried to cover up Ramirez failed drug test

November 15, 2014 – 1:28 am by Ryan Phillips
    Scott Boras

It seems like every time we think the Biogenesis scandal is over for baseball, another bombshell drops. On Friday, it happened again as a report surfaced that claims Biogenesis boss Anthony Bosch told federal investigators that baseball super agent Scott Boras sought to cover up a failed drug test by then-client Manny Ramirez.

Bosch reportedly claims that Boras tried to help “fabricate medical records and concoct a cover story to explain a failed drug test” by Ramirez. Two sources confirmed the story to Newsday.com.

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NCAA Hoops: Season win total predictions

November 14, 2014 – 5:33 pm by Kevin Johnston

Utah's Delon Wright

So, just in case fantasy NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, EPL, March Madness brackets and NFL eliminators weren’t enough, I stumbled upon a season-long men’s college hoops contest with an intriguing format that I had never seen before.

Rules: Pick exactly five Division I teams with a budget of no more than 100 wins (including postseason wins) from the 2013-14 season. The person whose five teams win the most games in the 2014-15 season wins the contest.

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