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    Stephen A. Smith To Call Upcoming Pacquiao vs Bradley Fight

    With the Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas showdown rapidly approaching on Monday, Top Rank revealed who will head up the fight card broadcast team and it’s lead by none other than Stephen A. Smith. Smith’s statement regarding his upcoming assignment appeared in a press release issued by Top Rank Boxing. “To say I’m incredibly excited would be an understatement,” said Smith. “Anyone who knows me knows I fell in love with boxing from the time I was three-years-old, when my Dad showed me Muhammad Ali beating Jerry Quarry in October 1970. Ever since that day, Boxing has been a passion of mine. But never — ever — in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d ever…

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    Golovkin Retires Brook To Remain Champ; Corner Throws In Towel

    Gennady “GGG” Golovkin continued his winning ways by defeating IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook by stoppage in the fifth round at the 02 Arena in London. A bout that ended in nearly the same amount time it took to sell tickets to the raucous crowd in attendance featured Golovkin taking control from the onset. Going into full mode attack from the opening bell, Brook found himself in jeopardy against the ropes while GGG rained down punches. Recovering between rounds, Brook stepped up his offensive in round two to mount a comeback. During stretches off the round Brook connected with meaningful shots that threw Golovkin off kilter but ultimately lacked the power to keep the alphabet champion at…

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    Sergey Kovalev & Andre Ward Kick-Off Fight Promotion TOGETHER IN NYC

    After a negotiations period filled with highs and lows, alphabet light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and former super middleweight champion Andre Ward held their first official press conference, together, to announce their highly anticipated November 19th showdown in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile arena. Flanked by their respective teams and trainers, here’s what the participants had to say. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion “It’s a big moment in my career. I want to thank all of the people who are involved with this fight, my promoter Kathy Duva, Roc Nation and HBO Pay-Per-View. Thank you to all of my fans. It will be a fight to remember; one for…

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    Josh Warrington Plows Through Patrick Hyland To Win by TKO In 9

    Josh Warrington improved his undefeated record to 24-0 by defeating Josh Hyland by ninth round TKO. A fight that was largely one sided appeared to be in Warrington’s favor as early as the weigh-in when Hyland failed to make weight by a whopping two pounds. As action commenced in the opening round, Warrington took control early connecting with punching power and combination that Hyland never found an answer for. Easily finding a home for a thunderous left jab, Warrington dropped Hyland for the first time in the ninth round before ending action following a ferocious flurry that ended it all. “It was a really accomplished performance,” Warrington said to Sky Sports after the fight. “Hyland is a tough man…

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    Terence Crawford Defeats Viktor Postol To Become Unified Champion

    The highly anticipated unification bout between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol proved to be a masters class for Crawford. In front of a predominately pro-Omaha crowd, Crawford outworked and handily defeated Viktor Postol to add the WBC and Ring Magazine Titles to his stack of wins. After a cautious start, Crawford picked up the pace in round in round five dropping Postol twice before cruising to victory. Judges final scores: 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108.  “I did everything right. I caught my rhythm. I knew what I was going to do,” Crawford said. “I just kept his feet moving. That was the plan. Go southpaw, stay away from him.” With the win, Crawford is expected to land…

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Are We Being Too Hard On Troy Ave?

Be honest. Before you had all the facts, you had Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave — the heartbeat of the Irving Plaza shooting that left 1 dead and several injured — pegged as a bad guy. Even if you’re unfamiliar with him as a Hip Hop artist, all you heard from the media is that he raps about drugs and that it was him in that now infamous video. The one where he is clearly discharging his weapon in a room full of cowering party patrons. A healthy portion of us who are familiar with Troy know him to be a bit outlandish and somewhat annoyingly arrogant in between his aggresive attempts to convince us he…

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Why I Support Hakeem Lyon’s Choice To Avoid A Controversial Photo Op

Bryshere Gray, who’s widely known around the world as infamous MC, Hakeem Lyon, star of the musical drama Empire, is under the proverbial gun right now for decided not to take a photo with a Philadelphia musical Collective known as Philly Drag Mafia. Bryshere — nee Hakeem — was in town to perform at the Anti-Defamation League’s Walk Against Hate and the PDM opened up for him. So, it would only make sense that he would take photographs with this local act, seeing as though he’s such a big star, right? According to people that were at the function, Bryshere made himself available to take photographs and selfies with various members of the audience as…


Adrien Broner Releases TMT Diss Track

Adrien Broner isn’t in the ring but he’s in the booth.



3 Ways You Can Sound Cool About Soccer

So you are just getting into Soccer and want to be more in touch with the workings of the game.  Maybe your child is playing the sport and you want to seem hip to your kids?  Could be that you are tired of the hipster guy with a full beard who brags about his love of the game.  That same guy scoffs at anyone who he thinks is not as knowledgeable as he is.  Or could it be you want to impress that pretty lady in the Colombia national team jersey who comes to your sports bar.  Or ladies you may want to catch the interest of the fit guy in a Chelsea jersey you…

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All Spanish Champions League Final?

Well we are down to four teams remaining in the quest for European club football’s most coveted trophy.  The UEFA Champions league title is something every club hopes to secure every year during the month of May.  Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid are the remaining teams battling for the trophy.  The semifinal match ups are Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid and Manchester City vs Real Madrid in a two legged affair. So with the team pairings we have a chance of an all Madrid final.  The first leg has already completed with Atletico beating Bayern 1-0 on their home grounds of Estadio Vicente Calderon.  Manchester City and Real Madrid played to…


Atlanta Soccer Team paints the town Red & Gold

MLS Soccer is still a year away from kicking off live in Atanta, GA.  Now if you live in the Atlanta metro you might think the season is already in full effect.  There is a certain excitement around the city about the Atlanta United FC team. Fans and supporters are visibly excited about the newest MLS franchise.  If you go into the local Soccer Pubs like Brewhouse Cafe, The Midway, or Meehans people are wearing Atlanta United FC shirts.  The mayor is behind the team and of course Arthur Blank owner of the club along with the Atlanta Falcons. Fan is short for fanatic and every sports team no matter the sport must have a…

Apr 8, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott reacts from the bench during the second half against the Denver Nuggets  at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 119-101. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Time Up For Byron Scott; Lakers Fire Head Coach

Add Byron Scott to list of big names leaving the Los Angeles Lakers this season but his wasn’t of his choosing. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers relieved Byron Scott of his head coach duties on Sunday. The Lakers finished the 2015-2016 season with a dismal 17-65 record so it didn’t take much deductive reasoning to see this coming. Front runners for the position include former Laker Luke Walton, David Blatt, and Mark Jackson as the Lakers look to make a whole new start in the post-Kobe Bryant Era.


[Push Play] The BEST Kobe Bryant/Nike Commercial EVER

The tributes keep coming and coming for Kobe Bryant. The latest from Nike Basketball… In this humorous and amazing, musical tribute, Bryant embraces his haters for the final time before walking off the court for the final time. Push play, get emo and laugh.


Caron Butler Says ‘Thank You’ To Kobe’s Farewell

Wednesday night,  the Black Mamba aka Kobe Bryant plays in his final NBA game ever and legions of fans and peers continue to express their appreciation for the Lower Merion HS standout. The latest adding their voice to the chorus is former Laker small forward Caron Butler. In a thoughtful letter, published by the Washington Post, Butler recalls his time with the Lakers, feeling welcomed by Bryant and what the Mamba means not just to the sport but him specifically. Read the letter in it’s entirety below. … As Kobe Bryant says goodbye, I’d like to say thank you People say that you never get flowers while you can still smell them. So Kobe, on your…


[Push Play] Triple H In FULL BEAST MODE for Wrestlemania

For all intents and purposes, 46 isn’t old…unless you are a professional athlete. Apparently wrestler Triple H didn’t receive that memo. Ahead of his upcoming bout against Roman Reigns at Wrestlmania 32 on April 3, Triple H workout regiment has been so hard in the paint that even the best cross fitters would likely be impressed. On his instagram page, you can see him doing 42-inh box jumps (that’s nearly four feet!), a lot of heavy lifting and pulling and more. Check him out! A video posted by Paul "Triple H" Levesque (@tripleh) on Mar 10, 2016 at 8:41pm PST A photo posted by Paul "Triple H" Levesque (@tripleh) on Mar 16, 2016 at 9:55pm PDT…


Baltimore Ravens Tray Walker Dies From Dirt Bike Accident Injuries

On Friday, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker succumbed to injuries sustained from a dirt-bike accident in Liberty City, Florida. He was only 23 years old. According to Miami-Dade Police Department press release, Walker was riding his dirt bike just  before 8PM ET when he collided in an intersection with an SUV. He was then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in critical condition before succumbing to major head trauma injuries. It’s been reported that Walker was not wearing a helmet at the time of accident. After the accident, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh wrote an open letter to the Ravens team asking the players to pray for Walker and to be mindful of their actions off the field….

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[PUSH PLAY] Kobe Bryant 1-On-1 With Andrea Kremer

*The Black Mamba. With five NBA Championships, 18 All-Star Game nods and countless other accolades, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant will be remembered as one of the best ever. However, the sometimes outspoken “Black Mamba” is hoping to be remembered for more than basketball, and plans to run a multimedia company that tells sports stories. Correspondent Andrea Kremer visits Bryant’s new venture, which is already well underway, and goes one-on-one with the future Hall of Famer. EXCERPTS Bryant had announced his retirement abruptly in November, a month into the season. Without tears and without even a hint regret… HBO’S ANDREA KREMER: “When do you think you truly knew that this was gonna be your last season?”…


4 Reasons Why Leicester City Can Win The EPL

It what is arguably the the most competitive race for the English Premier League title in years, the race is wide open. When you think about title chasers in this year’s race, names like Chelsea (current holders of the title) Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal continue to sit atop the field and frankly aren’t a surprise when you consider the huge salary space these clubs have access to in order to attract the top players in the sport. So what is the explanation of an anomaly like Leicester City? A fledgling team who just last year struggled to stay in the top flight of English Football but still finds itself in prime position to win the title. Without the…