Joe Smith Jr. has retained hisWBC international light heavyweight title and sent Bernard Hopkins into retirement with an eighth-round TKOvictory in California on Saturday night.
The end of the fight was controversial, at least from Hopkins' perspective. Smith unleashed a flurry of heavy punches on Hopkins, who was leaning against the ropes and fell through them all the way down to the floor.
Hopkins was able to stand up on his own outside the ring, walked around for a moment seemingly confused by the situation as the referee's count reached 20 to end the fight.
Watch: @beastsmithjr knocks @THEREALBHOP out of the ring [...]
Tom Herman is bringing a key piece of his coaching staff with him from the Houston Cougars to the Texas Longhorns, as it was reported Saturday that Todd Orlando will be hired as Texas' defensive coordinator.According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, Orlando's deal is for three years and is worth more than $1 million per season. Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle also reported the terms of the contract.Orlando was Houston's defensive coordinator for two seasons under Herman after previous stints at Connecticut, Florida International and Utah State in the same role.Per Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston, [...]
The further we get into the 2016-17 NBA season, the more the rumor mill seems to speed up.
The latest factor in accelerating the mill is that we've now passed an important date for trade rumors. After Dec. 15, teams are allowed to trade players they signed this past summer, which makes it easier to put together multiple-player deals.
With that being the case, it could now be easier to move guys who've been in the rumor mill for months. Take Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel, for example. Everyone can see that Philly can't move forward with all of its big [...]
Week 15 of the 2016 NFL season is already underway. If you're still alive in your fantasy postseason, congratulations. However, this good news also brings the reality that every choice is magnified.Start the wrong player, and your season could be over just like that. The wrong waiver-wire add? Consolation bracket, here you come. Well, we're here to help sort things out for the remainder of the week with some good old fashioned positional rankings.We'll be examining the top skill-position players and ranking them based on our Week 15 projections. We'll have separate lists for standard and PPR scoring, where applicable, [...]
Hype is one of those words that gets thrown around in sports to describe any extra attention a player or team might be getting before having the chance to prove worthy. It's the fuel that keeps the firing going during the offseason, particularly so with college basketball since there's more than seven months between the end of one season and the beginning of the next.With all that idle time, hype helps fill the void and keep names relevant. But when the actual season begins, not everyone can actually meet those lofty expectations that were created during the down time.With a [...]
Less than one week after being fired by the Los Angeles Rams, Jeff Fisher is speaking out about his former employer.
In a preview of an interview with Charissa Thompson of Fox Sports that will air during Sunday's pregame telecast (h/t NFL.com's Marc Sessler), Fisher does not seem like he's taking his dismissal well.
"I want a chance to play the Rams," he said.
In addition to his desire to coach against the Rams, Fisher explained why he believes the team decided to let him go.
"He didn't win enough games, and the organization has a much bigger picture," Fisher said. "And I don't [...]
The Stanford Cardinal bolstered their offensive front Friday, as offensive tackle Walker Little joined their 2017 recruiting class.
According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Little chose Stanford over in-state Texas.
world news isisThe 68 and 305-pound Little is a 5-star prospect, per Scout.com, and the No. 16 overall player, No. 2 offensive tackle and No. 1offensive tackle from the state of Texas in the 2017 class.
Little drew plenty of interest throughout the recruiting cycle from some of the top schools in the country, including Texas, Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Auburn. All of those notable programs were [...]
After watching Atlanta Falcons inside linebacker Deion Jones through his rookie season, I had to adjust my expectations on a weekly basis because Jones was developing so well in head coach Dan Quinn's defense.A lighter, faster linebacker as opposed to a run-stopping bruiser, the 6'1", 222-pound Jones had a few issues with field-reading and recognition early in the season. There were times when he'd outrun his knowledge and have to recover.But his learning curve has been impressive, especially over the last month. He's now been the NFL1000's top rookie in two of the last three weeks. Against the Los Angeles [...]
The Golden State Warriors are so dominant on the basketball floor, they can play games within the actual game and keep the crowd entertained during a blowout win.
Golden State handled the shorthanded New York Knicks with ease on Thursday at Oracle Arena, 103-90, in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. While the 13-point victory is notable as is, the Warriors assisted on 41 of 45 made field goals and appeared to be seeking the extra pass every time down the floorto keep the assist total high after the game was well in hand.
Ian Clark ended [...]
Michael Gehlken of theSan Diego Union-Tribunereported Thursday that former San Diego Chargers linebacker Chuck Allen has died at the age of 77.
Allen played 12 years in the NFL, nine with the Chargers during the franchise's first seasons of existence from 1961 to 1969.
He recorded 28 interceptions throughout his career, which also included short stints with the We are the chief cornerstone Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles.
But he will forever be remembered as one of the greatest linebackers in franchise history; he played a big part in San Diego's 1963 AFL championship headlined by its title-game win over the Boston Patriots [...]