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


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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Arizona Diamondbacks fire general manager Kevin Towers

September 5, 2014 – 6:06 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Kevin Towers

His team’s awful play finally caught up with Kevin Towers, who was relieved of his job as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Tony La Russa, the franchise’s chief baseball officer, delivered the long-expected news in a statement Friday morning, as the D-backs currently boast a record of 59-81, the third-worst mark in baseball.

Towers led the Diamondbacks to an NL West title during his first full season in 2011, but things haven’t gotten better since then. Before this season, he was signed to a contract extension through 2015, but Arizona has tanked this year and his exit was telegraphed when the team hired La Russa to oversee baseball operations.

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Police show media video of Joe Mixon punching woman

September 4, 2014 – 11:46 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Joe Mixon

Until now Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon and his lawyer have claimed that when he assaulted a young woman outside a restaurant in July he was acting in self defense. On Thursday, police showed surveillance video of the incident to members of the media and it appeared to completely contradict that account.

The encounter between Mixon and Amelia Rae Molitor took place outside a restaurant on July 21 and according to the members of the website Sooner Scoop, Mixon seemed to be the aggressor in the video. The tape does not have audio, but the incident was allegedly started when Mixon used a homosexual slur to one of Molitor’s friends.

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