Floyed Mayweather decision to fight Marcos Maidana left Khan Disappointed

After months of speculation and hyped internet polls, Floyd Mayweather finally made the announcement. His next fight is now with Marcos Maidana, officially on the books. Floyd Mayweather will fight Argentinian slugger Marcos Maidana in a welterweight unification contest on May 3. The arrangements of Mayweather vs Maidana stream already began.

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The decision also ends British Amir Khan’s hopes of being the WBC champion’s next opponent. The Brit had thought he was in with a chance of fighting Mayweather.

The announcement was much anticipated, one that seems exciting even if it’s not. Mayweather announced his next fight immediately after defeating Alvarez in September. He said the next fight would be on May 3, 2014 but did not mention the opponent, leaving fans and media with much speculation...

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Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic set to resume battle

Nadal’s eight-year winning run at the ATP 1000 event was ended in the final in 2013, when Djokovic claimed a straight-sets victory in the decider.World number one Nadal has been below his best since a back injury hampered him in his Australian Open final loss to Stanislas Wawrinka.

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The Spaniard reached the third round at Indian Wells and was runner-up to Djokovic in Miami, and a return to clay comes at the right time.

Nadal has lost just five matches on the surface since 2010 and he won the Rio de Janeiro title earlier this year.

He may have been beaten in his past three meetings against Djokovic but he has won four of their previous five matches on clay.

Djokovic collected back-to-back Masters crowns in the United States and takes that confidence to the Monte Carlo Country Club.

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Where Should Argentina Play Lionel Messi at the World Cup?

A few weeks ago we published my (very) early thoughts on some World Cup outright winners bets. The post went into detail on almost every team with a realistically viable shot at winning the tournament this summer in Brazil, except for one: Argentina. La Albiceleste are an intriguing proposition and oddsmakers have installed them as the second favorite behind host Brazil at 5-to-1, primarily because of the four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.

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The question to focus on when analyzing Argentina–where will it play Messi at the World Cup? Throughout his international career, which began in 2005, Messi’s place in the national team lineup has moved all around the field...

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Asafa Powell banned for 18 months

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after he tested positive for a banned stimulant last June.
In the sprinting powerhouse’s capital of Kingston, a three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said its decision was unanimous.

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[Courtesy: Associated Press]

“In all the circumstances, Mr. Powell was found to be negligent, and he was at fault,” said commission chairman Lennox Gayle, adding that the panel would issue a statement explaining its decision in about a month.

Powell’s ban begins from the date of his sample collection on June 21, 2013 during national trials for the world championships. That means he’s eligible to return to competition on Dec. 20.

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Michigan’s Jon Horford says he’s going to transfer

Michigan’s Jon Horford is planning to transfer for his final season of basketball eligibility.

The school announced Horford’s decision Thursday.

The 6-foot-10 Horford averaged 3.8 points per game this season, helping the Wolverines win the Big Ten despite losing big man Mitch McGary to a back injury. It’s not clear whether McGary will return to school next season or go to the NBA.

If McGary does not come back, the Wolverines could be quite thin in the frontcourt. They also lose senior Jordan Morgan.

Horford is scheduled to complete his undergraduate degree in May. He says he leaves Michigan “with nothing but love in my heart.”

Courtesy: Fox News

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Masters feels weird without Tiger

As hard as it may be to believe, Phil Mickelson has claimed that he misses having Tiger Woods in the field at the Masters this week.

Woods is not playing in the tournament for the first time in 20 years due to March 31 back surgery that is expected to keep him out of competitive golf until at least the summer.

As part of an answer to another question, Mickelson brought up Woods’ absence unsolicited.

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“It’s a weird feeling not having him here, isn’t it?” Mickelson said. “He’s been such a mainstay in professional golf and the majors. It’s awkward to not have him here. I hope he gets back soon. I mean, I hope he’s back for the other majors, and as much as I want to win and I know how great he is and tough to beat … it also makes it special when he’s in the field and you’re able to win.”

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Running Backs Have Not Become Less Desirable than Kickers in the NFL

The Running Back position has been steadily de-valued over the last several decades. We have seen running back “committees” return to prominence, and the 300+ carry back has been on the decline over recent years. Last year, two backs topped 300 carries; in 2003, there were thirteen who had at least that many carries.

We’ve seen a similar decline in value attached to running backs in the draft, though the decline has been less sharp recently and really began over a decade ago. Here’s a look at how many backs were taken in the first four rounds in four different five-year periods.

While I do think the position of running back has declined in importance–and I could cite many other things that show this–I am not sure that this year’s free agent crop and comparisons to kickers and punte...

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Djokovic needs to regain confidence

Roger Federer’s victory over Novak Djokovic in Dubai was a telling result not just for the resurgent Swiss but for his opponent, too.

Djokovic’s stunning end to 2013, when he won 22 straight matches, papered over the cracks but his faltering start to this season has made those cracks plain for all to see.

One big loss too many appears to have eroded Djokovic’s confidence to such an extent that, against Federer, the Serb simply did not trust the basic foundations of his game.

Simple groundstokes flew long or into the net, and on the biggest points Djokovic was at his most shaky.

Such aberrations would have been unthinkable in 2011 or 2012, when he was unquestionably the best player in the world and even had the mental edge over Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic began 2013 by winning a third stra...

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Watson’s approach is gung-ho for Ryder Cup

Tom Watson looked a little bemused this week by all the ‘Year to go’ events ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles – and not just because they were a few days early.

The biennial contest between Europe and the United States has grown beyond all recognition since Watson was last captain in 1993, with endless meetings about team uniforms, opening ceremonies which sometimes feel endless and even the two captains embarking on a steam train journey from Edinburgh to Gleneagles.

But one thing which might not have changed is how Watson will approach his captaincy, and anyone thinking the five-time Open champion will have lost his competitive edge – he will be 65 by the time the 40th Ryder Cup gets under way — had better think again.

“All I can do is put the best teams who are playing...

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FACTBOX: NBA-Memorable Finals Game Sevens

(Reuters) – The Miami Heat face the San Antonio Spurs in Game Seven of the NBA Finals on Thursday, marking the 18th time the league’s championship series has gone the distance.

Here are five of the most memorable Game Sevens in NBA Finals history.

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1984 – Boston Celtics 111, Los Angeles Lakers 102

Boston’s Larry Bird and Los Angeles’ Magic Johnson added another chapter to the Celtics-Lakers rivalry in a series that is credited with lifting the NBA to new levels of popularity. This best-of-seven series concluded with the host Celtics withstanding a late Lakers rally.

The Lakers cut a 14-point deficit to three with one minute remaining when Cedric Maxwell, who had a game-high 24 points for Boston, took the ball from Magic Johnson. Dennis Johnson drained two free throws to seal the win...

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