Nearly one whole year out of the boxing ring didn’t have a major effect on Floyd Mayweather, as he retained his WBC welterweight championship title against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 4.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to the face of Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Al Bello (Getty Images)
The 36-year-old Mayweather did show some signs of his age and his time out of the ring. The first two rounds had Guerrero throwing more punches, while Mayweather played defense and acted like a patient warrior waiting for his moment to attack. By round three, Mayweather finally started to feel comfortable with his position, and started throwing strong punches with his right and powerful counters with his left. Guerrero played a great defense, and was able to keep up with Mayweather through all 12 rounds, but his punches never had a major effect on the undefeated champion.
Mayweather may be six years older than the 30-year-old Guerrero, but his age never fully caught up with him during Saturday’s match. He is still quick with his feet, and smart with his punches. His defense is a powerhouse, and he still comes across as a threat to anyone who wants to face him in the ring. And he’s going to need to hang onto all those abilities, as he just signed a six-fight contract with Showtime/CBS.
Toward the end of the match, though, Mayweather did realize that he had the win in the bag and just found ways to burn time off the clock – a decision that didn’t please the boxing fans in Vegas, who began booing and shouting “boring.” Mayweather would go on to win the bout by a unanimous decision, with all three judges giving the score of 117-111. Mayweather now has a record of 44-0, while Guerrero is 31-2-1.
The undercard matches leading up to the Mayweather/Guerrero bout were strong, too, with a few of them having questionable outcomes.
The first match of the night had J’Leon Love in a split decision battle against Gabriel Rosada for the vacant NABF middleweight championship title. Both boxers landed plenty of punches, and were pretty even for most of the match. Rosada was even able to knock Love down at the end of the sixth round. But, in the end, it was Love who was decided as the winner, and that upset the audience at the arena. Love remains undefeated at 16-0, and Rosada is now 21-7.
Next up was Leo Santa Cruz and Alexander Munoz for the vacant USBA junior featherweight championship title. Munoz hardly had a chance against Santa Cruz and his strong offense and fists of fury. Santa Cruz went for as many punches as he could, giving Munoz very little time to defend himself. By the end of the fourth round, Munoz was questioning whether he should continue or throw in the towel. He decided to give it one more round, and that round was all Santa Cruz. The match was called at 1:05 in the fifth, and Santa Cruz won by technical knockout (TKO). Santa Cruz is now 24-0-1, and Munoz is 36-5.
The final match before the Mayweather/Guerrero bout was Daniel “Ponce” De Leon putting his WBC world featherweight championship title on the line against his friend Abner Mares. De Leon went down by the end of the second round, but was able to get up for another round. Both fighters took turns winning rounds, and there were some times where it was tough to decide who had the upper hand in the match. By round nine, after De Leon had gone down a second time in a previous round, there was still uncertainty as to how the match would go. But Mares was able to throw some strong jabs and put De Leon into a corner. Even though De Leon still seemed focus and ready to strike back, the referee called the match at 2:20, ruling it a TKO. Questionable at first, the replays showed that De Leon could have gone on for a little longer, but Mares was definitely overpowering him before the match was decided.
Obviously, this is a national tragedy warranting wall-to-wall news coverage. This is much bigger than any superficial sports story I could come up with. I am just as shocked and saddened by these events as the rest of the country. However, this story hits dangerously close to my heart. A very good friend of mine and his wife recently left the Baltimore area to return home to the Denver area and reside roughly five-to-ten minutes from where the shootings took place. Just as the rest of the country’s thoughts are with the victims and victim’s families, I certainly echo those same sentiments.
I have been following the story all day. In the morning, I was following via the various national news programs but I have spent the majority of the afternoon following coverage directly out of Denver. If you are interested in superior coverage, I strongly suggest following along on Denver’s 850-AM KOA News Radio. If you are out of market, it’s very easy to stream live on the website or by utilizing the iheartradio app on your smartphone.
If you do not already have heartradio on your phone, I highly suggest it. It’s good stuff.
For now, I’ll leave it with quotes from our United States President
Denver Colorado— Hours after a shooting at a theatre in Aurora on the opening night of a Batman movie killed at least 12 people and injured 50, US President Barack Obama paid tribute to the victims of the tragedy.
Barack Obama; the 44th President of the United Sates of America
In a brief comment in Florida where he was scheduled to appear before a campaign event, President Obama said:
“There are going to be other days for politics…This is a day for prayer and reflection.” He then led the audience in a moment of silence.
Vowing to stand by “our neighbours in Colorado”, the US President said that shooting is a reminder that “we are united as one American family”.
He further called “such violence, such evil” as “senseless”, adding, “We may never understand what leads someone to terrorise their fellow human beings like this.”
Earlier in the day, shocked and saddened by the “horrific” cinema hall shooting in Colorado, Obama vowed to bring to justice the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora (the city where the Cinema hall is located) in this extraordinarily difficult time,” Obama said in a statement.
The President, who was notified of the shooting in an Aurora cinema hall by his Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan at 5:26 am local time, is in Palm Beach, Florida, on a two-day election campaign trip.
“We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family,” Obama said.
“All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbours, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come,”
AP Jerry Sandusky is shown in this booking photo released early Saturday morning by the Centre County Correctional Facility in Bellefonte, Pa.
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty of nearly all of the allegations of child sex abuse leveled against him.
After 20 hours of sequestered deliberations, the jury of seven women and five men read 45 “guilty” verdicts late Friday as Sandusky stood and looked at the jury with his left hand in a pocket of his brown sport coat. There were three not-guilty verdicts.
One of the victims — identified as Victim 6 during the proceedings — was surrounded by his family and they cried as the verdict was read.
After court was adjourned, the former Penn State defensive coordinator was led in handcuffs to a waiting police car to be taken to the local county jail.
“The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Mr. Sandusky, but we do hope this judgment helps the victims and their families along their path to healing,” Penn State president Rodney Erickson said in a statement.
Sandusky likely will be sentenced to life in prison. He faces a maximum sentence of 442 years and will be sentenced in approximately 90 days.
Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, looked forward stoically as the counts were read off and her husband repeatedly was found guilty. At one point, dozens of counts in, she started shaking her head.
Sandusky’s daughter, Kara, broke down as her dad was handcuffed, and held her hand over her heart as her father walked out of court.
The jury found Sandusky not guilty of three sex abuse crimes, including the alleged rape of Victim 2, the boy assistant coach Mike McQueary said he saw being raped by Sandusky in a Penn State locker room shower in 2001. He was also acquitted of indecent assault on Victim 5, who testified in court, and Victim 8, who was the subject of an eyewitness account from a Penn State janitor.
Sandusky and his lawyers, along with prosecutors, had been summoned to court to hear the verdict. Assembled spectators shouted jeers such as “pervert” as Sandusky and his wife walked into the courthouse lit up by flashbulb bursts.
The crowd of hundreds outside the courthouse let out a cheer as word emerged that Sandusky was guilty.
After the verdict, Attorney General Linda Kelly said the jury believed that Sandusky “calculatingly and with meticulous planning mercilessly preyed” upon his victims.
“The jury here in Bellefonte, Pa., would and did believe a kid,” she said, referring to testimony by Sandusky’s victims. “I hope this outcome allows the victims to heal and encourages other victims to come forward.”
Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, said the defense plans to appeal the guilty verdicts, arguing it was not prepared to go to trial as soon as the judge ordered.
“The Sandusky family is very disappointed, obviously, by the verdict of the jury but we respect their verdict,” he said. “We had a tidal wave of public opinion against Jerry Sandusky.”
He added that Sandusky fully planned to testify in his own defense, but the plan to have him do so was scuttled when the prosecution threatened to have Matt Sandusky, his adopted son, testify as a rebuttal witness that he was molested by his father.
After the verdict, the family of the late Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State head coach who was Sandusky’s boss, released a statement.
“Although we understand the task of healing is just beginning, today’s verdict is an important milestone,” it read. “The community owes a measure of gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families.”
The two-week trial was remarkable for the graphic tales of abuse that ranged from Sandusky playing tickle monster in the shower to aggressive sex including oral and anal sex on boys as young as 8. At one point, jurors were brought to tears by the testimony of the alleged victims who are now grown men.
The defense scored some points back during week two of the trial by putting Sandusky’s wife on the stand and hearing her testify that she never saw anything inappropriate between her husband and children and knew some of the accusers to have behavioral issues. They also poked holes in the stories of two lead investigators on the case by showing that the men told potential victims that others had already come forward claiming Sandusky raped them.
During 30 hours of testimony over two weeks, the jury heard from eight accusers, one eyewitness, a string of character witnesses testifying to Sandusky’s character, and members of the police who investigated the case.
Two people the jury did not hear from include Sandusky himself, who waived his right to testify, and Sandusky’s adopted son Matt. Matt Sandusky was one of his father’s most ardent supporters following Sandusky’s November arrest, but contacted prosecutors at the end of last week saying he was, in fact, a victim of his father’s abuse and would be willing to testify, sources told ABC News. The prosecution did not put him on the stand, and the revelations about Matt Sandusky’s willingness to testify are not known by the jury and will not factor into deliberations.
ABC News’ Michael S. James and Brian Hartman contributed to this report.
The post positions for the 2012 Belmont were recently announced, as well as updated odds for the field of contenders in this latest horse race. I’ll Have Another will be seeing a historic third straight victory at the race to be named thorough bread racing’s first Triple Crown since the late ’70s and Affirmed.
Twelve horses will compete in the upcoming race, with the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, I’ll Have Another, at the #11 spot. Other familiar names in the race include Union Rags, a heavy favorite from the Derby, at the #3 spot, and fellow Derby competitor Dullahan at the #5 spot. Optimizer will be at the #10 spot and was trained by the well-known D. Wayne Lukas. All of the Belmont post positions can be viewed via Chicago Tribune’s report.
The noticeable omission from the list of twelve will be the Bob Baffert-trained Bodemeister, who was winning the previous two races, until a certain other horse surged ahead at the finish. In this race, Baffert has Paynter, which has the #9 spot and is ridden by jockey Mike Smith.
The latest available odds and betting lines for the race still favor I’ll Have Another with 4 to 5 odds to win this race, meaning it could be a historic victory. Next in line is Dullahan at 5 to 1 and Union Rags at 6 to 1. Since both horses were in the Kentucky Derby, they may give the favorite a run for his money at the next race. Full odds can be seen at the Des Moines Register article.
This should be an exciting race coming up, but it will remain to be seen if a horse can finally win the Triple Crown after decades without a winner. Will I’ll Have Another “have another win,” or will another horse else come away with the upset?
I'll Have Another moments after he won the Preakness (Photo courtesy of WBAL's Gerry Sandusky).
I’ve never been one to get involved in horse racing. I’ve never placed a bet or looked at and comprehended the odds but I’ve always enjoyed watching the three triple crown races. My favorite part of the races are the commentary during the race itself and hearing all of the unique names of the horses. Perhaps the best name I’ve ever heard of for a horse is the one who has a legit shot at horse racing royalty in three weeks at Belmont, I’ll Have Another! He needed a late surge to overtake Bodemeister and win the 2012 Preakness Stakes.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t around to watch on TV but I was fortunate enough to catch it on radio.
BALTIMORE (AP) — I’ll Have Another had Bodemeister in his sights again, a shot at the Triple Crown hanging in the balance.
Two weeks ago, he ran down his rival and won the Kentucky Derby. This time, the chestnut colt needed to be even more relentless to win the Preakness.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez asked for more at the top of the stretch, and I’ll Have Another closed the gap with each stride, finally surging past Bodemeister a few yards from the wire.
Next up: New York and the Belmont Stakes in three weeks and a chance to join the company of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, who was the last to win thoroughbred racing’s most coveted prize in 1978.
That’s heady company for a colt who has yet to be favored in any of his seven races. That should change in the Belmont.
Happy New Year to all of my readers! 2012 is finally here and so is the NFL Playoffs! With each playoff team having no perfect formula to winning the Super Bowl just yet, we shall see how much the bye week helps out the number one and two seeded teams in both the AFC and NFC. Let’s kick off the blog!
Here are my Top Three Performances from NFL Week 17:
1. Quarterback Matt Flynn (Green Bay Packers): Before we talk about his performance in the Green Bay Packers 45-41 home win against the Detroit Lions, one thing must be said about Packers backup quarterback, Matt Flynn. Flynn is ready to be a starter, obviously not for the Packers, but if his team doesn’t get offers the way Matt Schaub did when he played as a solid backup for the Atlanta Falcons, then the teams in the NFL in need of a quarterback are missing out. Flynn has been solid everytime he has been out in the field but who knew in the last game of the season he would set Green Bay passing records? Flynn went on to complete 31 of 44 (70%) of his passes for 480 yards and six passing touchdowns, both which are now newly set Packers single game passing records.
2. Running Back Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens): If there is one thing that still rings true, it is the fact of the matter that the Baltimore Ravens need production from their running back Ray Rice in order to get far into the NFL postseason. For the second time in his young NFL career, Rice has accumulated for over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, making him a valuable asset to the Ravens organization. The Ravens in need of a win in order to clinch the AFC North title and a bye week, traveled to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the young but hungry Cincinnati Bengals. Rice didn’t disappoint in this game, as he ran over the Bengals on 24 carries for 191 yards and two long rushing touchdowns (70, 51), in a 24-16 Ravens road victory.
3. Wide Receiver Victor Cruz (New York Giants): The Dallas Cowboys flew to New Jersey knowing how much a win for the NFC East title was needed against the host New York Giants. With Cowboys owner Jerry Jones observing the game from his skybox, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz wanted to make sure Mr. Jones’ visit to Metlife Stadium was bittersweet and disappointing. Cruz would catch six receptions for 178 yards and one touchdown, a 74 yard score, to help the Giants beat the Cowboys in a 31-14 home victory. The Giants won their first NFC East title since 2008 while the Cowboys traveled back to Dallas with an irate Jerry Jones.
Today was the NFL’s version of “Black Monday”. Unfortunately, there were no deals on NFL apparel and merchandise, only firings of head coaches and front office staff. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired their head coach Raheem Morris while the St. Louis Rams parted ways with their head coach, Steve Spagnuolo. And after a disappointing year for the 2-14 Indianapolis Colts, the Colts front office parted ways with their vice chairman Bill Polian and his son Chris Polian, who was the general manager.
Here are my Top Dog Awards for the best players and coaches in the National Football League:
NFL Most Valuable Player: New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, for his stellar record breaking year in which he threw for 5,476 passing yards and 46 touchdowns, while leading the NFC South champion Saints to a 13-3 record.
NFL Offensive Player Of The Year: Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson, for having a career year with 96 receptions, 1,681 yards, and sixteen touchdowns, which helped the Lions make their first postseason appearance since 1999.
NFL Defensive Player Of The Year: Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs, for providing the Ravens defense with the best statistical year of his career, piling up a career high fourteen sacks and forcing seven fumbles for the third best defense in the National Football League.
NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year: Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, for being the only reason to watch a Panthers game plus breaking the rookie passing yards record with 4,051 yards, twenty passing touchdowns, and fourteen QB rushing touchdowns.
NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year: San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith, for being an integral part of the 49ers success on defense, notching fourteen sacks in his first full season in the NFL.
NFL Head Coach Of The Year: Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis, for having faith in both rookie QB Andy Dalton and rookie WR A.J. Green to lead the Bengals on offense, which paid off as the Bengals finish the season 9-7, and are the sixth seed in the AFC Playoff picture.
Baylor quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III was certainly impressive in his team’s Alamo Bowl win against Washington, which saw both teams set new bowl records in yards and scoring. Griffin III has recently announced that he has not made up his mind yet in regards to entering the 2012 NFL Draft, as many scouts who watched the Alamo Bowl truly believe that the Baylor QB is ready to play in the NFL. Over the next couple of days, there will be other highly touted quarterback prospects that will be observed in the upcoming bowl games. Stanford QB (and the projected number one overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft) Andrew Luck will be playing against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl tonight while Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson plays against Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl tomorrow night.
Despite off the court problems with former assistant coach Bernie Fine, the Syracuse Mens Basketball team is still the best in the nation, leading the coaches USA Today poll at number one, and a 15-0 record. Unfortunately, as it always is in college basketball, the number one spot always changes. John Boheim’s Syracuse team could be tested this Saturday as they play against #20 Marquette. Or they just may suffer their first loss near the middle of February when they host #9 Georgetown, #8 UConn, and play #10 Louisville on the road.
Thank you for reading my blog this week! Next week, we will be gearing up for the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, and we will also discuss the possible resurgence of golfer Tiger Woods in 2012. Be sure to check me out on Facebook (Joshua Collins Hall), follow me on Twitter (@MadDogSportz), or e-mail me at email@example.com for any questions regarding my blog and future projects. Enjoy your Monday night, I am out.
With six days left in 2011, many of us are now setting up our New Years resolutions for 2012. With weight loss, trip plans, and more financial destinies in my sight, I do wish 2012 to be an exciting year for sports. Maybe an United States-born heavyweight boxing champion would be nice considering the Klitschko brothers rule that division. Anyways, time to kick off the blog!
Here Are My Top Three Performances From NFL Week 16:
1. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): On Christmas night, the Chicago Bears traveled to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin to take on the Packers. Luckily for the Packers, they had Aaron Rodgers at quarterback while the Bears had Josh McCown, who was coaching a high school football team two months prior to this game. It was easy to predict that Rodgers would also have the better game, completing 21 of 29 pass attempts (72%), 283 passing yards, and throwing five touchdowns. With the 35-21 home victory over the Bears, the road to the NFC title will be set in Green Bay.
2. Defensive End Robert Mathis (Indianapolis Colts): The Indianapolis Colts have had a rough 2011 season so far but last week’s win, the Colts first of the season, was a definitely a positive event that the team desperately needed. The AFC South Champion Houston Texans were traveling to Indianapolis on Thursday night with certain doubts heading into the 2011-12 postseason, doubts that the Colts would increase. Colts defensive end Robert Mathis may not stop the running power of Texans running back Arian Foster but he can disrupt the Texans passing game in ways that would change the outcome of the game. Mathis would collect two sacks and one forced fumble, helping the defense hold the Texans to 283 total yards in a 19-16 Colts home victory.
3. Wide Receiver Wes Welker (New England Patriots): Just when you thought the New England defense was going to lose the game to the Miami Dolphins at home, in comes Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to play “Superman”. If Tom Brady was “Superman”, then his receiver Wes Welker must be “Batman”. Welker aka “Batman” had one hell of a day against the Dolphins, contributing with twelve receptions and 138 receiving yards in a 27-24 Patriots home victory. And with one more victory, the road to the AFC title will be set in New England.
Here are my All Bite, No Bark Selections for the best players of the 2011-12 NFL season:
QB: Tom Brady (NE)
RB: Ray Rice (BAL)
FB: Vonta Leach (BAL)
WR: Wes Welker (NE), Brandon Marshall (MIA)
TE: Rob Gronkowski (NE)
OT: Matt Light (NE), Joe Thomas (CLE)
OG: Logan Mankins (NE), Marshal Yanda (BAL)
C: Maurkice Pouncey (PIT)
DE: Elvis Dumervil (DEN), Robert Mathis (IND)
DT: Haloti Ngata (BAL)
OLB: Terrell Suggs (BAL), Tamba Hali (KC)
ILB: Pat Angerer (IND)
CB: Kyle Arrington (NE), Lardarius Webb (BAL)
S: Eric Weddle (SD), Matt Giordano (OAK)
AFC Special Teams
K: Neil Rackers (HOU)
P: Brandon Fields (MIA)
KR/PR: Joe McKnight (NYJ)
QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB)
RB: LeSean McCoy (PHI)
FB: John Kuhn (GB)
WR: Jordy Nelson (GB), Victor Cruz (NYG)
TE: Jimmy Graham (NO)
OT: Chad Clifton (GB), Jeff Backus (DET)
OG: Jahri Evans (NO), Steve Hutchinson (MIN)
C: David Baas (NYG)
DE: Aldon Smith (SF), Jason Babin (PHI)
DT: Henry Melton (CHI)
OLB: Lance Briggs (CHI), DeMarcus Ware (DAL)
ILB: Patrick Willis (SF)
CB: Charles Woodson (GB), Brandon Browner (SEA)
S: Dashon Goldson (SF), Kurt Coleman (PHI)
NFC Special Teams
K: Dan Bailey (DAL)
P: Andy Lee (SF)
KR/PR: Devin Hester (CHI)
The 2011-12 NBA season started on Christmas Day with several games airing on national television, some that were intriguing, others…not so much. The Los Angeles Lakers lost a tough one at home, as Derrick Rose sunk a game winning shot to give the Chicago Bulls an impressive comeback win on the road. The New York Knicks hosted the Boston Celtics at home and impressed the Madison Square Garden crowd in New York with a huge win over the aging Celtics. The reigning NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks looked subpar in their home debut, dropping a stinker to the Miami Heat in front of their hometown crowd.
I can remember watching a late night documentary on George Foreman not too long ago on tv. The one thing that stood out to me throughout that documentary wasn’t Foreman’s boxing career or his business savvy, but the boxing career of his son, George Foreman III. Foreman III learned to be a business man early because of his father but more recently he has put together a stout boxing record, going 14-0 with 13 knockouts. If he is half as good as his father, I think heavyweight boxing purists will be in for a real treat in the near future.
Thank you all for reading my blog this week! Next week, I will be giving you my 2011-12 awards for accomplishments in the NFL. Check me out on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any information regarding my blog and future projects. Have a Happy New Year, everybody!