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Nearly one year after suffering his first defeat in a split-decision loss to Keith Thurman in their welterweight title u...
02/16/2018
Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios on Showtime: Prediction, fight card, odds, start time

Nearly one year after suffering his first defeat in a split-decision loss to Keith Thurman in their welterweight title unification bout, Danny Garcia accepted the first opponent offered to him for this weekend's return without hesitation.

As Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) closes in on Saturday's welterweight bout against Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET), the former two-division champion and unified 140-pound titleholder has a message for his opponent.

"It's the wrong fight for him and I'm going to show it," Garcia told CBS Sports during Tuesday's appearance on the "In This Corner" podcast.

Garcia, 29, who typically leaves the trash talking to his father and trainer Angel Garcia, wasn't being incendiary as much as he was stating what he believes to be a fact. It's a comment the elder Garcia backed up during DSG's media workout last week.

"Danny Garcia has never taken a beating," Angel Garcia said. "He gives them out."

Despite the outward confidence of the father/son duo, Angel Garcia made sure not to underscore how prepared they will be for a dangerous fight knowing the nature of the ever-brawling Rios, 31, who claims to be in the best shape of his life amid his current comeback.

The fight certainly features the prospect of violence provided that Garcia doesn't typically rely on foot movement and Rios never takes a step back. What still remains uncertain is whether it will simply serve as a get-well for Garcia on his way back to the title picture against the Thurmans and Errol Spence Jr.'s at welterweight or if it will become an all-action trap fight.

Most of that is dependent upon Rios, who faces a steep skills gap that he'll attempt to overcome with crowding pressure. When Rios has taken his career seriously, the former lightweight titleholder has been a handful. But not only has the accumulation of damage added up as a willing warrior, it has typically been Rios' lack of commitment to conditioning that has held him back.

The low moment for Rios came in 2015 when he was floored twice and stopped for the first time in his career against light-punching welterweight Timothy Bradley Jr. Not only did Rios walk away from the sport for 19 months in the aftermath, he split with longtime trainer and friend Robert Garcia.

After Rios came back last June to stop Aaron Herrera in seven rounds, he set course for a reunion with Garcia ahead of Saturday's fight.

"Brandon is like my little brother and he's definitely part of the family," Robert Garcia said. "I've always been in touch with him, even when I wasn't training him. When we agreed to team up again, the promise was that he had to stay healthy and train hard and show us that he wants to be champion again. Since that day, he's been on a mission. He's doing it the right way."

Doing it the right way means entering camp in better shape to minimize the danger of the weight cut. Rios told BoxingScene.com last week that he entered the Bradley camp in 2015 at 190 pounds before trimming down to the 147-pound limit.

"It took me forever to lose the weight," Rios said. "So in that fight, that wasn't the Brandon Rios that everybody's used to seeing. My body was just drained. It was horrible.

"I feel rejuvenated and more mature than ever before. I've already been to the top. I just want to do things right this time so I can get back up there and stay there."

For Garcia, suffering his first defeat against Thurman was a humbling experience and one that was tougher than expected. Not only is "Swift" the type who claims he never played team sports as a youth "because I was a sore loser," Garcia felt he had done enough to rally on the scorecards after Thurman began to backpedal in the later rounds.

"I think once he felt my power, he knew he would be stupid to stand in front of me so he started moving," Garcia said. "I'm an old-school type fighter and an aggressive fighter so I would give it to the champion who wants it more and not the champion who is running.

"It was a good fight. I thought I did enough to win it, to pull it off at the end. It is what it is. One of the judges didn't give me the last two rounds and that's what determined the fight. I'm looking forward to the future and rebuilding myself to the top starting [Saturday]."

For Garcia, his return offers an opportunity to get back into the win column and remind boxing's often fickle fan base just how good he is despite a reputation for intermittently soft matchmaking in recent years. But he knows the fight has a different meaning for Rios and has prepared accordingly.

"I'm expecting someone who has something to prove," Garcia said. "He's going to come in and give it his all. This is a do or die fight for him."

Garcia vs. Rios betting odds
FAVORITE UNDERDOG WEIGHT CLASS
Danny Garcia (-2250)

Brandon Rios (+950)

Welterweight

David Benavidez (-550) Ronald Gavril (+375) Super middleweight
Yordenis Ugas (N/A) Ray Robinson (N/A) Welterweight
Prediction
Whether Rios enters in top shape or not, this is a bad matchup for him. His tendency to square up and forego the responsibly of defense won't afford him any luxury against Garcia, who is the most dangerous puncher he has ever faced.

Garcia's left hook, which comes at the end of a two-punch combination that begins with a body shot, is the closest thing boxing has to a finishing move. It's also a bunch that should be there all day against Rios, even if he finds early success with pressure from close range.

Rios not only hasn't carried his power that well above 135 pounds, he's facing a fighter in Garcia who has one of boxing's best chins. Even more, Rios' limitations leave him with only one way to win the bout -- brawling to a decision.

While Rios' recommitment to fitness is a good thing, it won't help him remove the heavy damage he has already accrued. Eventually, his punch resistance will fade and Garcia is the right puncher who may be able to do that with one perfect shot. Pick: Garcia via KO5.

Garcia says the welterweight bout on Saturday night is the wrong one for Rios

Rockhold vs Romero: UFC 221 and its ‘Sidecar’ Middleweight main event
02/08/2018
Rockhold vs Romero: UFC 221 and its ‘Sidecar’ Middleweight main event

Rockhold vs Romero: UFC 221 and its ‘Sidecar’ Middleweight main event

Enjoying a pint of craft beer during any mixed martial arts (MMA) event will undoubtedly make the viewing experience more exciting. And when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wants to charge you $65 to watch Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker then craft beer is a darn-near must.

UFC 221: Preview and predictions
02/08/2018
UFC 221: Preview and predictions

UFC 221: Preview and predictions

US Sports: This weekend we see the UFC's first major event in Australia since November 2015, when Holly Holm spectacularly knocked out Ronda Rousey for the women's ba

01/25/2018

The NFL #ProBowl is Sunday in Orlando, featuring many of the best players who aren't getting ready for the Super Bowl. It's a celebration of the game, a showcase of skills on both sides of the ball -- and it usually features one touchdown after another.

Vegas has set the Over-Under for the 2018 Pro Bowl at 64. That's 21 points higher than the season average of 43 points. The game is a pick'em, meaning neither side is favored.

To assess the high total, there's no better person to get advice from than Mike Tierney.

The SportsLine expert has a gift for picking #NFL totals. A national sportswriter who has reported from seven Super Bowls, Tierney excels both against the spread and straight-up, but he's as good as it gets when it comes to placing Over-Under bets.

Over the last two NFL seasons, Tierney is an incredible 52-29 on NFL totals -- $100 bettors are up over $2,000 on his Over-Under picks alone.

He nailed the NFC Championship last Sunday by taking the Over and now Tierney has found a few big reasons to take a side on the Over-Under for the Pro Bowl.

The Pro Bowl moved to Orlando from Honolulu last year, but the offense didn't get the note. The AFC won a defensive struggle 20-13, the lowest score since the 1993 season.

Last year was the third time in four years the Under cashed. Prior to that, the Over had nailed six of seven.

All told, teams averaged 21.7 points per game during the regular season in 2017. That was the lowest output since the 21.5 average in 2009.

But history would suggest that's not what matters when it comes to NFL Pro Bowl scoring. What does matter? Motivation. https://goo.gl/cDsRnT

01/25/2018
Updated player rosters for 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando

The Pittsburgh #Steelers led the league in #ProBowl selections, boasting eight picks to this season's version of the all-star game, which airs Jan. 28th at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Check out the position-by-position rosters below:

AFC Pro Bowl Roster

Offense

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown*, Steelers; DeAndre Hopkins*, Texans; A.J. Green, Bengals; Keenan Allen, Chargers; Jarvis Landry, Dolphins (replaces Hopkins); T.Y. Hilton, Colts (replaces Green)

Tackle: Alejandro Villanueva*, Steelers; Taylor Lewan*, Titans; Donald Penn, Raiders; Russell Okung, Chargers (replaces Penn)

Guard: Kelechi Osemele*, Raiders; David DeCastro*, Steelers; Richie Incognito, Bills

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Steelers; Rodney Hudson, Raiders

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Chiefs; Rob Gronkowski, Patriots; Delanie Walker, Titans TE (replaces Kelce)

Quarterback: Tom Brady*, Patriots; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers; Derek Carr, Raiders (replaces Brady); Alex Smith, Chiefs (replaces Rivers)

Running back: Le'Veon Bell*, Steelers; Kareem Hunt, Chiefs; LeSean McCoy, Bills

Fullback: James Develin*, Patriots; Roosevelt Nix, Steelers (replaces Develin)

Defense

Defense end: Joey Bosa*, Chargers; Calais Campbell*, Jaguars; Khalil Mack, Raiders; Cameron Heyward, Steelers (replaces Mack); Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars (replaces Campbell)

Interior linemen: Geno Atkins*, Bengals; Jurrell Casey*, Titans; Malik Jackson, Jaguars

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Broncos; Jadeveon Clowney*, Texans; Terrell Suggs, Ravens; Telvin Smith, Jaguars (replaces Clowney)

Inside/middle linebacker: C.J. Mosley*, Ravens; Ryan Shazier, Steelers; Joe Schobert, Browns (replaces Shazier)

Cornerback: A.J. Bouye*, Jaguars; Jalen Ramsey*, Jaguars; Aqib Talib, Broncos; Casey Hayward, Chargers

Free safety: Eric Weddle*, Ravens

Strong safety: Reshad Jones*, Dolphins; Micah Hyde, Bills

Special Teams

Punter: Brett Kern*, Titans

Kicker: Chris Boswell*, Steelers

Return specialist: Tyreek Hill*, Chiefs

Special teamer: Matthew Slater*, Patriots

NFC Pro Bowl Roster

Offense

Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Falcons; Adam Thielen*, Vikings; Michael Thomas, Saints; Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals; Davante Adams, Packers (replaces Jones)

Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Cowboys; Trent Williams*, Redskins; Lane Johnson, Eagles; Andrew Whitworth, Rams (replaces Williams); Joe Staley, Niners (replaces Smith); Duane Brown, Seahawks (replaces Johnson)

Guard: Zack Martin*, Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Eagles; Brandon Scherff, Redskins; Trai Turner, Panthers (replaces Martin); Larry Warford, Saints (replaces Brooks)

Center: Alex Mack*, Falcons; Travis Frederick, Cowboys

Tight end: Zach Ertz*, Eagles; Jimmy Graham, Seahawks; Jason Witten, Cowboys (replaces Ertz); Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (replaces Graham)

Quarterback: Carson Wentz*, Eagles; Russell Wilson, Seahawks; Drew Brees, Saints; Jared Goff, Rams (replaces Wentz)

Running back: Todd Gurley*, Rams; Alvin Kamara, Saints; Mark Ingram, Saints

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, 49ers

Defense

Defensive end: Everson Griffen*, Vikings; Demarcus Lawrence*, Cowboys; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Michael Bennett, Seahawks (replaces Griffen)

Interior linemen: Fletcher Cox*, Eagles; Aaron Donald*, Rams; Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Mike Daniels, Packers (replaces Donald); Linval Joseph, Vikings (replaces Cox)

Outside linebacker: Chandler Jones*, Cardinals; Ryan Kerrigan*, Redskins; Anthony Barr, Vikings; Thomas Davis, Panthers (replaces Barr)

Inside/middle linebacker: Luke Kuechly*, Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seahawks; Deion Jones; Falcons (replaces Kuechly); Kwon Alexander, Buccaneers (replaces Wagner)

Cornerback: Xavier Rhodes*, Vikings; Patrick Peterson*, Cardinals; Marshon Lattimore, Saints; Darius Slay, Lions

Free safety: Earl Thomas*, Seahawks

Strong safety: Landon Collins*, Giants; Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles; Keanu Neal, Falcons (replaces Jenkins); Harrison Smith, Vikings (replaces Collins)

Special teams

Punter: Johnny Hekker*, Rams

Kicker: Greg Zuerlein*, Rams; Graham Gano, Panthers (replaces Zuerlein)

Return specialist: Pharoh Cooper*, Rams

Special teamer: Budda Baker*, Cardinals

* Indicates starter Source: https://goo.gl/bwgvpf ##ProBowl2018

The Pittsburgh Steelers led the league in Pro Bowl selections, boasting eight picks to this season's version of the all-star game. Who else was named to the 2018 Pro Bowl roster?

Will UFC 220 be an event remembered as the coronation of two new champions, the extension of two great legacies or a lit...
01/20/2018
UFC 220: 10 Things You Should Know About Saturday's Card

Will UFC 220 be an event remembered as the coronation of two new champions, the extension of two great legacies or a little bit of both?

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 19: (L-R) Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou of Cameroon face off during the UFC 220 weigh-in at TD Garden on January 19, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier puts his belt on the line against Volkan Oezdemir in the co-main event. In the main event, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic steps into the Octagon with the fearsome Francis Ngannou. Both of these fights could end with a spectacular finish.

Here's a breakdown of the viewing information for the card, the promotion's history in Boston and more. #UFC220 #MiocicvsNgannou

Here is the viewing information and other pertinent details for UFC 220.

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Jose Aldo May Not Get His Conor McGregor Rematch After All
03/18/2016
Jose Aldo May Not Get His Conor McGregor Rematch After All

Jose Aldo May Not Get His Conor McGregor Rematch After All

After UFC Featherweight Champion, Conor McGregor, lost at UFC 196 to Nate Diaz, fans have been anxiously awaiting news on who he will fight next. There has been speculation on potential opponents, one of them being José Aldo, however Joe Rogan doesn’t believe he should be the first man in line to fi…

03/03/2016

HBO CONDEMNS ‘DEPLORABLE’ MANNY PACQUIAO
Manny Pacquiao appears to be losing the confidence of his television network. Although they will still show his next fight, HBO has moved to distance itself from the Filipino star. The network condemned #MannyPacquiao’s homophobic remarks, though HBO will still broadcast his April 9 pay-per-view contest with #TimBradley.
“Next month Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are scheduled to meet in a pay-per-view bout. We have an obligation to both fighters and, therefore, will proceed to produce and distribute that event,” HBO said in a statement, as reported by USA Today.
“However, we felt it important to leave no uncertainty about our position on Mr. Pacquiao’s recent comments toward the LGBTQ community. We consider them insensitive, offensive and deplorable.
“HBO has been a proud home to many LGBTQ stories and couldn’t approach this event without clearly voicing our opinion.”
#Pacquiao likened gay couples to animals. He subsequently apologised but sponsor Nike promptly dropped him. Pacquiao has said April 9 will be his last fight before he retires to focus on his political career in the Philippines.
#PacquiaoBradley #PacquiaoBradley3 #boxing #HBOboxing #April9
Read more: http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/hbo-condemn-deplorable-man/

03/03/2016

HBO CONDEMNS ‘DEPLORABLE’ MANNY PACQUIAO

Manny Pacquiao appears to be losing the confidence of his television network. Although they will still show his next fight, HBO has moved to distance itself from the Filipino star. The network condemned #MannyPacquiao’s homophobic remarks, though HBO will still broadcast his April 9 pay-per-view contest with #TimBradley.

“Next month Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are scheduled to meet in a pay-per-view bout. We have an obligation to both fighters and, therefore, will proceed to produce and distribute that event,” HBO said in a statement, as reported by USA Today.

“However, we felt it important to leave no uncertainty about our position on Mr. Pacquiao’s recent comments toward the LGBTQ community. We consider them insensitive, offensive and deplorable.

“HBO has been a proud home to many LGBTQ stories and couldn’t approach this event without clearly voicing our opinion.”

#Pacquiao likened gay couples to animals. He subsequently apologised but sponsor Nike promptly dropped him. Pacquiao has said April 9 will be his last fight before he retires to focus on his political career in the Philippines.

#PacquiaoBradley #PacquiaoBradley3 #boxing #HBOboxing #April9

Read more: http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/hbo-condemn-deplorable-manny-pacquiao/

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