Floyd Warned Pac Man & Was Trying To Kick Knowledge A Few Years Ago: Floyd Mayweather Predicts Bob Arum Screwing Manny Pacquiao To Lose In An Old Interview!
Floyd Warned Pac Man & Was Trying To Kick Knowledge A Few Years Ago: Floyd Mayweather Predicts Bob Arum Screwing Manny Pacquiao To Lose In An Old Interview!
Ochocinco took to Twitter on Thursday to thank Patriots fans.
“Thoroughly enjoyed the oppurtunity to play for the “Patriot” organization… fans were f—— wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best…,” Ochocinco tweeted.
The Patriots pushed trade conversations with other teams up to near the end of the day’s transaction deadline at 4 p.m. But despite conversations with other teams, there was not enough interest to make a deal.
Ochocinco’s biggest issue in New England was not his ability; it had more to do with his ability to pick up the Patriots playbook, which the veteran wide receiver struggled to do.
Earlier Thursday, there had been speculation that this was Ochocinco’s last day with the Patriots because the wide receiver left the training facility before the team’s OTA.
However, Ochocinco said later in the day he had not been released and simply was attending an eye doctor’s appointment.
The 34-year-old caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown in his only season with the Patriots after being acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals last July.
Ochocinco, who was paid almost $6 million last season, earlier this year agreed to restructure his contract for 2012. He lowered his base salary to $925,000 from the $3 million he had been scheduled to earn, thus ensuring himself a roster spot — for the short term.
The Patriots added many new faces at the receiver position this offseason, agreeing to deals with Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Donte’ Stallworth and Anthony Gonzalez (who has since been released). Deion Branch also agreed to a one-year deal to return and Wes Welker received the team’s franchise tag.
Those additions pushed Ochocinco far enough down the depth chart that his release Thursday does not come as a surprise to most observers.
And now, he’s one big step closer to making his basketball dreams come true.
Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds while playing all of regulation for the first time all season, and the Thunder claimed a spot in the NBA Finals by beating the San Antonio Spurs 107-99 on Wednesday night
Russell Westbrook added 25 points for the Thunder, who trailed Game 6 of the Western Conference finals by 18 in the first half and erased a 15-point halftime deficit before pulling ahead to stay in the fourth.
“It’s an amazing moment for him to play like this in this moment, in this setting, and I wasn’t going to take him out,” Brooks said.
“I was not going to take him out. I don’t care how many times he looked at me fatigued. He has enough, and I think all of our guys have enough to play. You just have to fight through it.”
Durant grabbed the final rebound, dribbled the ball across half court and raised his right fist to celebrate with a sold-out crowd wearing free white T-shirts. The franchise will play for the NBA title for the first time since 1996, before relocating from Seattle.
Even before the final buzzer, Durant indulged by hugging his mother and brother seated courtside after a foul was called with 14 seconds remaining.
“I never want to take those moments for granted,” Durant said. “I know it’s just one step closer to our dreams, but it felt good.”
Tony Parker had 29 points and 12 assists for San Antonio, but only eight of the points and two assists came in the second half.
The Thunder outscored the Spurs 59-36 after falling behind 63-48 at halftime and getting a challenge from Brooks that he said had “nothing to do” with committing eight turnovers against only six assists while allowing San Antonio to shoot 9 for 15 on 3-pointers.
“It just had everything to do with who we are as men, who we are as a team, the type of spirit that we want to show every time down the court,” Brooks said. “It was all about that, about body language, about being a family. I thought our guys did that the first possession of that second half and they did not look back.”
In the process, the Spurs pushed past Oklahoma City for the best record in the league and home-court advantage in the playoffs. But the Thunder took that back by winning Game 5 in San Antonio on Monday night.
“There’s not much to complain about,” San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili said. “We had a great run. We just couldn’t beat these guys.”
The Thunder, only three years removed from a 3-29 start that had them on pace for the worst record in NBA history, went through the only three West teams to reach the Finals since 1998 — Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio — to earn their shot at the title.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals will be Tuesday night in Oklahoma City against either Boston or Miami. The Celtics lead that series 3-2 and can earn a trip to the Finals with a win at home in Game 6 on Thursday night.
The Thunder took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter, getting nine of their first 13 points on free throws as the fouls started to pile up for San Antonio — six on the defensive end and three on the offensive end in the first 7 minutes.
Even Durant drew what he thought was his first charge of the season, stepping in front of Ginobili.
Derek Fisher and James Harden hit 3-pointers in a three-possession span to increase the lead to 99-93 with 3:13 remaining. Jackson, who had made his previous six 3-pointers, and Parker both missed 3s that would have gotten the Spurs within 103-102 in the final minute.
The Spurs put up quite a fight, at least for the first half.
Parker, who had been largely bottled up ever since the Thunder put 6-foot-7 defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha on him in Game 3, had a hand in the Spurs’ first 12 baskets, making seven on his own and assisting on the other five.
Kawhi Leonard and Jackson followed his three-point play by nailing back-to-back 3-pointers for a 34-16 advantage in the final 2 minutes of the first quarter.
“I told the coaches that I could go all night, I could go 48, and I didn’t think they would let me do it,” Durant said. “But they kept me in and I just tried to give my team a spark.”
The Thunder stormed back with an 11-2 run to start the third quarter and eventually pulled ahead after Durant’s 3-pointer from the top of the key made it 79-77 with 1:41 left in the period.
San Antonio missed seven of nine of 11 3-pointers in the second half.
“The third quarter, it was like playing in mud,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “So, that was our downfall as much as anything.”
Are You Ready To get your madden On !! When Ray Lewis retires from the game of football, he will certainly go down as one of the greatest defensive players to ever play the game. He will also go down as one of the best motivational speakers to ever grace an NFL locker room, and it appears as though EA Sports has taken notice.
We have seen Ray give plenty of motivational speeches over the course of the past year, and he has provided us with yet another, as EA Sports unveiled their trailer for the upcoming release of Madden NFL 13, which features an intense, emotional monologue from the Ravens’ star linebacker. The footage was on display at E3 2012 in LA, as EA Sports General Manager of American Football, Cam Weber, introduced several of the game’s newest features, including the Infinity engine, which is designed to make the game more realistic by delivering runtime physics. This will allow Madden 13 to treat player-on-player collisions on a case-by-case basis, resulting in a more natural look that should prevent any two plays from looking identical to one another.
Madden NFL 13 is expected to be released on August 28th, 2012, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and Wii.
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Miami’s season, the one that’s supposed to end in an NBA championship and vindication, was slipping away.
LeBron James brought it back.
And this time, Dwyane Wade helped him.
James scored 40 points, Wade added 30 — 22 in the second half — and Miami’s dynamic duo took over after halftime to get the Heat even in the series with a 101-93 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday.
With Chris Bosh injured and back in Florida, the James-Wade tandem saved the Heat, who will host Game 5 on Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
“Just survival,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This is what the playoffs are about.”
James was at his MVP best, adding 18 rebounds and nine assists and refusing to let Miami’s season slip away.
“It’s still going to be a dogfight,” James said. “It’s a three-game series now.”
Wade rebounded from the worst playoff game of his career, shaking off a 1 of 8 shooting start and adding nine rebounds and six assists.
Danny Granger scored 20 to lead the Pacers, who had the Heat down but couldn’t put the defending conference champions away.
Down by 10 points in the third quarter, the Heat were in danger of having their championship dreams obliterated by an Indiana team outworking them at both ends and backed by a towel-waving fans.
James would have none of it.
Wade, who scored five points in Game 3 and yelled at coach Erik Spoelstra on the sideline during a third-quarter timeout in Miami’s 19-point loss, came alive in the third when he made all six shots and scored 14 points.
“I’ve been doubted before. I’ll be doubted again,” Wade said.
James added 14 as well in the period as the pair landed a 1-2 punch on the Pacers’ chin.
“We had a terrible performance in Game 3,” James said. “We wanted to redeem ourselves.”
Granger’s 3-pointer had given Indiana a 61-51 and the Pacers, outhustling the Heat to loose balls, appeared poised to take a commanding lead in the series.
But that’s when James and Wade put on a jaw-dropping spectacle, combining for all but two points in a 25-5 run that put Miami up 76-66.
During one sequence, Wade lost his balance and fell and was lucky to push the ball toward James near the top of the key. As Wade scrambled to his feet, James alertly passed him the ball and he calmly knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Heat a 64-63 lead. The pair made easy shots, tough ones and did everything in their power to steer Miami away from a 3-1 hole.
Only eight teams in league history have overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. That’s what the Heat were staring at with a loss in Game 4.
The Heat took a 76-70 lead into the fourth, and every time Indiana got close, either Wade or James responded.
Miami also got a huge lift down the stretch from Udonis Haslem, who hasn’t been a factor in the series but made four big jumpers in the final six minutes despite playing with a large bandage over his right eye after being elbowed by Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough.
Granger’s 3-pointer got the Pacers within 96-91 with 1:33 left, but Haslem hit another short shot and James closed the Pacers out with three free throws in the last 16 seconds.
Leandro Barbosa dropped a layup just before the horn to give the Pacers a 54-46 lead at halftime, closing a second quarter that included another altercation involving Granger.
Wade was fouled hard on a drive with 12.6 seconds left by Hibbert. After the whistle, Miami’s frustrated star slapped off the Indiana center’s arm after the two got tangled. Granger didn’t like that and he confronted Wade nose-to-nose in the foul lane.
Wade turned to one official and pleaded to “get him out of my face.”
Granger was slapped with a technical foul for the second straight game, and as Wade lined up to shoot his free throw, Indiana’s forward kept jawing at him.
“I’m right here,” Granger said, standing near mid-court.
Wade got the message, and he and James returned one of their own in the third.
His team’s dynamic disrupted without Bosh, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra changed his starting lineup for the fourth time in four games, putting Ronny Turiaf at center and starting Shane Battier up front with James for the second straight game. The switch did nothing to stop the Pacers from getting off to another strong start.
Indiana was up 9-0 in a blink and led 19-11 after Granger dropped a 3-pointer.
James, though, got things going for the Heat and had them within 25-18 after one, a deficit that could have been much worse if not for the Pacers missing several wide-open 3-pointers.
From ESPN.com news services
The home of NFL legend Junior Seau was burglarized last week, only five days after the former San Diego Chargers linebacker committed suicide inside the house, police told the North County Times on Tuesday.
The Times reported that someone forcibly entered the Oceanside home’s garage through the doggy door at roughly 2 p.m. PT on May 7. The thief went through the cabinets before stealing a bicycle worth around $500 that was the property of a friend of Seau, the paper said.
Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata told the Times that the burglar did not enter other sections of the home and the only item that appeared to be missing was the bike.
Seau committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest May 2 in a spare bedroom of his house, where his girlfriend discovered him.
He played for the University of Southern California before joining the NFL’s Chargers. Seau retired in 2009 after 20 seasons in the NFL.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Moments before he made history with his final swing in an incredible four-homer performance, Josh Hamilton stepped to the plate in the eighth inning with a surprising sense of calm.
The Texas Rangers slugger had never before hit more than two home runs in a game, and he already had three. So as he took his place in the batter’s box against Baltimore right-hander Darren O’Day, Hamilton already had a feeling of accomplishment.
“I just went up like it was any other at-bat because if I don’t hit one,” Hamilton reasoned, “I’ve still had a really good night.”
It turned out to be unforgettable.
Hamilton became the 16th player to hit four home runs in a game, launching a quartet of two-run drives against three different pitchers to carry the Rangers to a 10-3 victory Tuesday.
Hamilton homered off Jake Arrieta in the first and third innings, added another off Zach Phillips in the seventh and topped it off with a one-for-the-books shot against O’Day. During the last at-bat, Hamilton took a mighty hack and missed, lined a foul into right-field seats and then sent an 0-2 pitch over the center-field wall.
“Obviously it’s, other than being in the World Series, the highlight of my big-league career,” Hamilton said. “I was saying after I hit two I’ve never hit three in a game before, and what a blessing that was. Then to hit four is just an awesome feeling, to see how excited my teammates got.
“It reminds you of when you’re in Little League and a little kid, and just the excitement and why we play the game. Things like that. You never know what can happen. It was just an absolute blessing.”
Hamilton also doubled in the fifth inning. His 18 total bases is a new single-game American League record, and his eight RBIs are a career high.
“Amazing,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “Josh came out tonight, and he wasn’t going to be denied.”
The last player to hit four home runs in a game was Carlos Delgado on Sept. 25, 2003, for Toronto against Tampa Bay. Two of the 16 players to hit four homers in a game did it before 1900.
“History was witnessed tonight,” Washington said.
“It’s like anything else – you do something good or something incredible happens, it takes a little bit for it to sink in,” Hamilton said. “I think when I get away from everybody and I have some time to myself, I think it might then.”
Hamilton is the sixth AL player to perform the feat. The last to hit four homers in a game against the Orioles was Rocky Colavito in 1959, at old Memorial Stadium.
“He’s the best athlete in baseball,” teammate Nelson Cruz said of Hamilton. “If anybody can do it, he can do it.”
Elvis Andrus got on base ahead of Hamilton in each instance, said, “He kept hitting bombs and bombs. It feels really good because I don’t have to run that hard to score.”
Hamilton, who is in the final year of his contract and could become a free agent after this season, leads the AL with 14 homers and 36 RBIs, and his 5-for-5 effort raised his batting average to .406.
He also set the Texas single-game club record with five extra-base hits, breaking the mark of four held by eight players. Hamilton has homered in five of his last six at-bats, counting his final trip to the plate Monday night.
Hamilton’s record-setting night is the latest accomplishment in a career that almost never was.
He went from first round draft pick in 1999 by Tampa Bay to out of baseball all together because of drug and alcohol addiction.
He recovered and returned to the majors in 2007 with Cincinnati, and was traded to the Texas, where he has become a star – the AL MVP in 2010 – while still battling his addiction. He had a relapse before this season, but is off to a torrid start.
“Understanding that what I’m doing and what God’s allowed me to do coming back from everything I went through and allowing me to play the game at the level I play it, it’s pretty amazing to think about,” Hamilton said.
Adrian Beltre also homered for the Rangers. Coming off a 14-3 win in the series opener, Texas has won two straight for the first time since April 24-25 and are 20-10, their best-ever record after 30 games.
Dating back to last season, Texas has won seven in a row over Baltimore by a combined 70-18 score.
Rangers starter Neftali Feliz (2-1) gave up one run on four hits and had a career-high eight strikeouts. Converted to starter after notching 72 saves over the previous two seasons, Feliz had a 2-0 lead to protect before throwing his first pitch and maintained the advantage – just like when he was closer.
The Orioles entered the series with the best record in the majors after a 5-1 trip through Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, but they have looked more like a team with 14 straight losing seasons in these two games against the two-time defending AL champions.
Arrieta (2-3) allowed six runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. He yielded a career-high three homers, matching the total he surrendered in his first six starts this season.
His most notable flaw was his inability to keep Hamilton from hitting the ball out of the park.
“It was the first time I’ve ever seen anything like that. Very special hitter,” Arrieta said on Hamilton. “He didn’t miss tonight.”
J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis hit consecutive solo homers for Baltimore in the eighth, long after the outcome had been decided.
The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Andrus drew a one-out walk and Hamilton hit Arrieta’s next pitch over the center-field wall.
It was more of the same in the third, and then some. After Andrus reached on a chopper off the plate, Hamilton lined an opposite-field drive into the left-field seats. Beltre followed with this sixth home run, the fourth time in 30 games that Texas has homered in successive at-bats.
Andrus singled in the seventh before Hamilton sent a drive over the center-field wall against Phillips, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game.
After that, the only suspense was whether Hamilton would get another at-bat. He did, and made it count.
NOTES: Andrus has reached base in 26 straight games. He is 16 for 33 on the road trip. … Despite Baltimore’s surprising start, the game drew a meager crowd of 11,263. … Baltimore’s Chris Davis singled in the eighth to snap an 0-for-14 skid.
You could just feel the excitement building when Floyd Mayweather Jr. came down to the Ring With Pop Icon Justin beiber, 50 Cent and WWE Superstar Triple H. Floyd Mayweather Jr., now 43-0, 26 KO’s, dethroned WBA “Super” Jr. Middleweight Champ Miguel Cotto over 12-rounds. But the fight was much tougher for Floyd than expected from my viewpoint. Mayweather was pressured and had his back against the ropes for great lengths in several rounds. Floyd’s excellent, opponent-maddening defense kept most of Cotto’s spirited flurries from landing flush, and Floyd fought well off the ropes. But I couldn’t help but wonder how Mayweather would fair against Manny Pacquaio put in the same situation. There is a definite FACT that styles do indeed make fights, and I’m not so sure Floyd would be in the same situation should he fight PacMan, but the questions will linger, especially after this fight.
There is no doubt Floyd is one of the game’s greatest boxers in the current state of the game, but I still have to question his greatness when it comes to “All time greats”.
There was a point at the end the 11th round, when I thought the fight could still be somewhat close, where Floyd stunned Cotto and had the Puerto Rican on wobbly legs. But instead of pouncing, like a prime Sugar Ray Leonard would have done, Mayweather chose to bounce on his toes with both hands down directly in front of Cotto, seemingly allowing Cotto to regain his senses. Why? Well, maybe we’ll never know the answer to that one. If Floyd’s purpose was to “give the crowd a great show” as he said in his post-fight interview with Larry Merchant, then I’d say fair enough. But wouldn’t actually stopping Cotto have been more viewer friendly? Maybe that’s just me, but such is the bizarre world and reasoning of Floyd Mayweather Jr…