Pacquiao motivated by Mayweather’s history of domestic violence

April 8, 2015 – 10:07 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Mayweather Pacquiao

I don’t think Manny Pacquiao needs any extra motivation for a win over Floyd Mayweather, but he has apparently found it in Mayweather’s history of domestic violence. Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will face Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) on May 2 in Las Vegas, and the title of “best fighter of this generation” will be on the line. But according to Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, Pacquiao has found an extra level of motivation for this bout.

Roach claims that Mayweather’s history of domestic violence has upped Pacquiao’s intensity and motivation during training camp. Mayweather has been involved in seven alleged incidents of physical assault – against five different women – that resulted in his arrest or a citation. In 2012 he spent two months in a Nevada jail after an assault on Josie Harris, who is the mother of three of his four children.

Read the rest of this entry »

Scumbag Dave Bliss hired to coach NAIA hoops program

April 7, 2015 – 1:45 am by Hickey

Dave Bliss

In the case of Southwestern Christian University, Bliss is ignorance.

The NAIA school in Oklahoma that no one has ever heard of prior to today accomplished its goal of changing that by hiring the 71-year-old former Baylor coach, who is perhaps the worst scumbag ever produced by an industry teeming with them.

Bliss last coached at Baylor in 2003 before stepping down in one of the more sordid scandals in the history of just about anything.

Bliss was guilty of making illegal payments to several players, including Patrick Dennehy, who was later murdered by teammate Carlton Dotson. Once Dennehy was dead and buried, Bliss used him as a ploy to try and trick NCAA investigators, telling assistant coaches and players to inform them Dennehy made his extra cash from dealing marijuana rather than directly from Bliss.

Read the rest of this entry »

How Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall both made right choice

April 3, 2015 – 2:21 pm by Hickey

Shaka Smart

The coaching darlings of the mid-major basketball world, Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall, both made very different decisions about their futures this week. Smart decided to finally make the jump from Virginia Commonwealth to Texas, while Marshall passed up Alabama’s big money for a raise from Wichita State.

Both made the right choice. And here’s why.

Read the rest of this entry »

USC AD Pat Haden to boycott NCAA meeting in Indiana

March 31, 2015 – 3:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Pat Haden

USC athletic director Pat Haden has become the first NCAA official to publicly boycott Indiana over its controversial “religious freedom” bill. Haden, a member of the College Football Playoff committee, will not attend this week’s meeting in Indianapolis as a protest against the law. The NCAA’s headquarters are are in Indianapolis and the city will also host the Final Four this weekend.

In a tweet, Haden said: “I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #Embrace Diversity”

Read the rest of this entry »

The Big East Goes Back to the Future

March 30, 2015 – 12:51 am by Hickey


A pair of Big East programs that were national powers in the 1980s announced their new coaches on Sunday, though both left people scratching their heads for different reasons.

St. John’s is turning to the most prominent name in program history, while DePaul will turn to… a name in program history.

Chris Mullin, a long-time flattop aficionado and member of the last St. John’s  team to play in the Final Four,  will return to his alma mater as its new head coach. Meanwhile, conference rival (?) DePaul decided to go back to the coach who last provided it with any semblance of success — Dave Leitao, who guided the Blue Demons to their most reason NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.

Read the rest of this entry »

Brady Aiken: Former No. 1 pick undergoes Tommy John surgery

March 27, 2015 – 1:59 am by Ryan Phillips
    Brady Aiken

Last summer, prep left-hander Brady Aiken was the consensus top player in Major League Baseball’s June draft. The San Diego product had a big arm, three plus pitches and uncommon poise and polish for a prep hurler. He was selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros and everything seemed great. One crazy year later and that has all changed.

Aiken and the Astros couldn’t work out a contract agreement before MLB’s deadline to do so. Houston balked after the team believed a physical showed problems with the 18-year-old’s elbow. Aiken and his representatives disputed those findings claiming he was fine and there was no reason for concern. The Astros held firm and pulled their high-dollar offer. Aiken’s team also held firm and refused to accept less money. Instead, the lefty decided to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida this season before re-entering the 2015 draft.

Read the rest of this entry »

Will Wrigley Field be ready for opening night? UPDATE: Yeah…

March 26, 2015 – 12:42 am by Hickey

Wrigley Field Jumbotron

Even when someone finds themselves impossibly excited about the Chicago Cubs, it doesn’t take very long for some damn fool thing to happen that reminds you that you’re dealing with the Cubs.

Regardless of their record this upcoming season — it may well be a few games under .500 or a few games over .500 — there’s no question that an exciting young team has been assembled on the North Side. Even the growing pains will be fun. And some intelligent baseball minds believe that 2015 won’t necessarily be a bridge year for the ballclub.

Grantland’s Rany Jazayerli posits that the Cubs are ready to contend RIGHT NOW, and not just because Marty McFly said so. He notes that Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler are odds-on favorites to finish 1-2 in Rookie of the Year voting, something that hasn’t happened to Cubs teammates since Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith pulled it off for the 1989 NL East champs. (He also notes that the rest of their careers are likely to turn out better than it did for Messrs. Walton and Smith, though I will never personally question Dwight Smith’s ability to pinch-hit like a boss).

So there should be joy in Wrigleyville as we eagerly try to make the next two weeks before opening night vanish from the calendar. But as it turns out, there’s some question as to whether the Cubs will actually be in Wrigleyville on opening night.

Read the rest of this entry »

Emails show NCAA was out of control in USC case

March 25, 2015 – 1:42 am by Ryan Phillips

Todd McNair

In June 2010, the NCAA hit USC’s football program with the harshest sanctions since SMU received the death penalty in 1985. For years USC fans and administrators have contended that the NCAA was far too harsh in its punishment of the school’s football program as a result of the Reggie Bush scandal.

People close to the school have repeatedly insisted that the NCAA unfairly targeted USC, that the investigation was biased against the university and didn’t produce nearly enough evidence to actually prove its case. On Tuesday, those people were proven right.

Hundreds of internal NCAA emails related to the Bush investigation were unsealed on Tuesday and what they revealed was exactly what we’ve come to expect from the NCAA. The picture painted by the emails is one of a Committee on Infractions that judged USC guilty before the investigation into the Bush matter even started. Then, when no smoking gun existed to prove that USC knew about Bush receiving benefits, the investigators and committee members attacked Todd McNair, the former running backs coach at USC.

McNair is currently suing the NCAA for defamation and that suit was the reason the documents were unsealed. The NCAA had fought for years to keep the documents under wraps, but several court rulings determined the organization had to turn the information over and make it public.

Read the rest of this entry »

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...