All Star Weekend has finally come to the Big Apple. All your favorites, Stephen Curry, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, James Harden and many more all in ONE INTENSE basketball game to be aired Sunday February 15th at 8pm at Madison Square Garden, in Manhattan. But that’s not all. The festivities begin as early as Friday the 13th, majority of the events taking place in the famous Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. There will be many exciting events such as the All Stars Celebrity Game on Friday the 13th, and the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday the 14th. Not only are the events that lead up to the actual game and the actual game the highlights of the weekend, just like super bowl parties; All Star weekend Parties and celebrations are something to look forward to. Even if you’re not able to make it to the actual stadiums to watch the games, go to your nearest sports bar, grab a beer and enjoy the game.
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Will the match we have all been waiting for since 2009 finally happen? Pacquiao made an appearance on Huffington Post this past Friday where he stated that the only thing that separates him from the LONG-AWAITED fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is Mayweather’s signature on the infamous contract. Pacquiao stated he agreed to ALL terms and Mayweather’s people have also. This match has been talked about since 2009 when the two boxers were ranked as Number 1 and Number 2 and since then the world has wanted to know who Number 1 really is. The two boxers are so different which makes for an extraordinary fight; Mayweather so cocky and so outspoken and Pacquiao who speaks softly and lets his punching power speak for him. Yahoo Sports reported that the fight is to be held at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on May 2nd; reportedly ticket prices may begin at $1,000 and can go up to $5,000.
When asked about his feelings about the fight and whether he feels this fight could help his career Pacquiao stated “If you ask me if the fight happens, no problem,” Pacquiao said. “If that fight will not happen, it will never impact my career because what I’ve done in boxing, I’m already satisfied. I broke the record in boxing [by winning world titles in] eight divisions. I’m a coach in the Philippines of a basketball team. I’m a playing-coach. I’m a congressman. What my concern is, is to make the fight happen for the fans. Everywhere I go, even in Thailand, every place, the fans are asking, ‘When will this fight happen? When will this fight happen?’ That question is not for me. It’s for Mayweather. Millions of people are asking that question everywhere I go. It’s kind of bothering me, that question. It’s time to make the fight happen. The fans deserve it.”
Not only will this fight make millions of fans all over the world happy, but it will also help the two boxers make a large amount of money. Reports say that with this fight alone Mayweather stands to make as much as $120 Million.
Are you excited?! Made your Bets?! Pacquiao vs Mayweather?
Let us know who you think is number 1?
Between the national championship game on the college side and the divisional round in the NFL playoffs, you are going to need to reserve a comfortable spot near a TV for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The NFL playoffs are particularly intriguing this year, with games with a variety of great teams like the Carolina Panthers against the Seattle Seahawks. And legendary Peyton Manningagainst his former team the Indianapolis Colts.
Here is a look at the complete schedule and bracket information for the divisional round. So Head to your nearest sports bar, grab a beer and a large order of wings and enjoy this year’s playoffs as we countdown to Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday February 1st2015.
NFL Playoff Divisional Round Schedule
Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
Baltimore Ravens at
New England Patriots Saturday, Jan. 10 4:35 p.m. NBC
Carolina Panthers at
Seattle Seahawks Saturday, Jan. 10 8:15 p.m. Fox
Dallas Cowboys at
Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 11 1:05 p.m. Fox
Indianapolis Colts at
Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 11 4:40 p.m. CBS
Ray Rice has been suspended by the NFL since September 8th after a video of Rice striking his then fiancée in an elevator in Atlantic City surfaced. Prior to the release of the video tape Rice had already been suspended for two games. Rice knocked Janay Palmer unconscious with a single punch, the NFL responded by suspending Rice indefinitely. The NFL maintains that they had no knowledge of the incriminating videotape when commissioner Roger Goodell gave Rice the two game suspension. Rice on the other hand, says that the NFL had all of the facts of the case at the time the suspension was given. Rice then appealed the NFL’s decision at a hearing in early November. At the hearing Ravens manager Ozzie Newsome indicated that in conversations he had with Goodell, Rice had already confessed to hitting Palmer. Goodell maintained that Rice had lied in his account of the events. The arbitrator and Former U.S Disctrict court judge Barbara S. Jones wrote in her decision “‘Because Rice did not mislead the commissioner and because there were no new facts on which the commissioner could base his increased suspension, I find that the imposition of the indefinite suspension was arbitrary. I therefore vacate the second penalty imposed on Rice.” Rice was released from the Baltimore Ravens in September and is now a free agent and is eligible to be signed to any team, however there is a question on whether he will be able to overcome the protest against him that will come from this situation.
Pablo Sandoval aka “Kung Fu Panda” and Hanley Ramirez have both agreed to sign deals with the Boston Red Sox. This great “double play” resulted in Sandoval receiving almost $100 Million for a five year contract. A few hours after, Ramirez also agreed on a deal with Boston for four years at $88 million. Although both deals are not yet finalized people familiar with the agreements say it’s a done deal. Sandoval, the Venezuelan third baseman made a very difficult decision to leave San Francisco after 8 years and 3 world series rings. Sandoval chose the Red Sox’s offer over those from the San Fransico Giants and also San Diego Padres. The plan is for Sandoval to play thirdbase and Ramirez to play left field. Ramirez was said to have reached out to Boston for a possible reunion with the team as well as with David Ortiz who he views as a mentor. Boston is rebuilding their team in a huge way. The team is also looking into resigning their former pitcher Jon Lester and it is believed they are prepared to make him an offer of close to $130 Million over six years.
Adrian Peterson has missed 9 games with the Minnesota Vikings after his run in with the law on various felony charges such as committing reckless or negligent injuries to a child. Peterson’s 4 year old son sustained injuries when Peterson disciplined him with a “switch”. Peterson pleaded no contest to the charges this past Tuesday morning. Peterson will be suspended without pay for the remainder of the season and the Vikings running back will not be eligible for reinstatement no time before April 15, 2015. Apart from his suspension Peterson is required to pay $4,000 and also provide 80 Hours of Community Service. Peterson’s reinstatement is said to depend on the progress of his counseling and program treatment.
In their 60th one-run game of the year, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves and clinched their second-straight playoff appearance. Starling Marte had the game winning hit last year in the playoff clincher and pushed across the winning run in this game with a double in the top of the sixth. The win and a loss by the Milwaukee Brewers clinched the postseason for the Pirates. It is the fourth time in the franchise’s history they have earned back-to-back playoff berths. The Pirates fell behind 2-0 early in the game, but Gerrit Cole settled down as the game went along. His mound opponent, Alex Wood, was solid over 6.2 innings. Wood struck out six and walked two while allowing seven hits. However, it was Cole that would take the game over retiring the last 17 batters he faced. The Pirates showed some leather as well. Jordy Mercer made a great play in the hole with a jump throw from short to get Chris Johnson at first in the eighth. Evan Gattis grounded into a double play to end the eighth inning. Freddie Freeman represented the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth and grounded into a game-ending double play. Andrew McCutchen who went 2-2 with two walks led the offense. He reached base all four times at bat. He scored the first run of the game for the Pirates on a throwing error in the top of the fourth. Travis Snider tied the game at two with a solo home run to lead off the fifth. The winning run came in the top of the sixth when McCutchen was brought home by the Marte double after McCutchen doubled off the end of his bat. The win moved the Pirates to 15-6 in September. They still have something to play for with home field in the Wild Card game or even the NL Central title on the line. Two games remain in the series with the Braves, but it is all about the celebration tonight for the Pirates.
News broke that General Manager of the Atlanta Braves Frank Wren has been fired, less than 24 hours after the team had been eliminated from the race to the playoffs. After releasing the news on Wren, team president John Schuerholz announced that MLB network analyst John Hart will be the new interim General Manager for the team. He has since then scheduled a news conference at Turner Field. Wren was in his 15th season with the team. He accepted the position in 2007 after Schuerholz left the job in order to be team president. Although he did take the Braves to the playoffs three times while being GM, he also suffered much criticism surrounding his costly decisions regarding players. One of those players is second baseman Dan Uggla who was released in July, despite still owing the team $13 million this season and the next. Another player is center fielder B.J. Upton who was an even bigger bust with three years remaining on a $75.25 million five year contract. There is no definitive answer as to what led to Wren’s termination at the moment, but the Braves have already formed a three person team of Schuerholz, Hart and retired manager Bobby Cox to find a new GM.
It seems as if Scotland will be making history again, and this time not for reasons of their independence. In the midst of deciding whether or not to split from the United Kingdom, members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews have decided to finally allow women to become members. “I can confirm that The Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews is now a mixed membership club,” R&A secretary Peter Dawson said in a statement. This comes two years after Augusta National, home of the Masters, became the first course to change its policy to allow female members. More than three quarters of the club’s membership took part in the ballot, with 85% voting in favor of women becoming members; a result announced outside its famous clubhouse on Thursday evening. “This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club,” said Dawson. “The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men.” The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) also put out a statement after the announcement by the Royal & Ancient, “The LPGA is happy to hear that the members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews have voted to include female members. This decision is certainly a step in the right direction and one that better captures the current diversity and inclusiveness of our great game.”
Ray Rice has begun the process to return to playing in the NFL. On Tuesday, The NFL’s Player’s Association filed a formal appeal of the indefinite suspension given to the former Baltimore Ravens running back. In a statement posted to their website, the NFLPA said they were appealing to “protect the due process rights of all NFL player.” Their statement read:
“Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players. The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators.”
Initially the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, had given Rice a two game suspension, but when video of Rice knocking his now wife, Janay Palmer, unconscious surfaced last week he increased the penalty to an indefinite suspension. NFLPA President Eric Winston believes Rice should be allowed to play again. “I think that we’re all entitled to a second chance,” said Winston, who played last season with the Arizona Cardinals. “Obviously he made a horrific mistake and he’s paying for it. He’s already disciplined once, and actually disciplined multiple times by the commissioner.” The NFLPA said that the collective bargaining agreement requires a hearing date be set within 10 days of the appeal notice. It also said the hearing will require a neutral arbitrator to determine what information was available to the NFL and when it was available. Both the NFL and players’ association agree that Rice will remain suspended indefinitely while the appeal is resolved.
- Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic player for Manchester United is banned from playing in three matches due to violent misconduct
- The New England Patriots Win Super Bowl 51
- Two Dominican baseball players died on the same weekend
- Northern Michigan University’s Anthony Herbert Dies at 20