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Claressa Shields Speaks On What Boxing Has Done For Her And Why She Spars With Guys (Video)

Anything that gets in the way of my focus, I get rid of it.

Flint, Michigan, produced a pugilistic azz kicker in Claressa Shields. The nine title belts in her possession leave no doubt! Great interview. Insightful. I was thinking that, with all the hearsay and hype regarding back-and-forth between Claressa and Laila Ali, there would be more spiciness in Shields speaking on the situation. Nah… more clarity than clapping back.

Claressa Shields On Making Boxing History, Tension With Laila Ali + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Sports: Watch Josh Neuman ‘Race Against the Storm’ (Video)

And by sports, I mean EXTREME skateboarding! Now, I try never to say ‘never’… but to this, it’s gonna be a loud “hellyell naaaw” from me!!

This Josh Neuman skateboard run down the mountain, in the face of a coming storm (and some traffic), is like laughing in the face of DEATH! But it is hella exhilarating. I admit it.

Great camera work, too. CRAZY!

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Black History: Her ‘GIF’ To The World! Online Visual Media Would Not Be The Same With Lisa Gelobter’s Work (Video)

Man, look. For her work on Shockwave alone she gets the head nod AND a soul clap!

Computer scientist Lisa Gelobter worked on several path-breaking products in the technology industry, including Hulu, Shockwave and online video. Once the chief digital service officer at the U.S. Department of Education, Gelobter will go down in history as a scientist who took the tech world to another level.

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Matt Barnes & Stephen Jackson Really Speak Their Minds, On Their Podcast And On The Undefeated (Video)

Have you heard about their show on Showtime? You should check it out. A good time, a good time-waster, a good way to spend your time… Barnes and Jackson’s show “All The Smoke” vacillates between these states most of the time.

Former NBA stars Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson sit down with The Undefeated sports writer Martenzie Johnson to discuss walking away from the hardwood, the NBA now, medical marijuana and their new hit show, Showtime’s All The Smoke.

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Black History: That Scintillating Live Sports Commentary… Thank Professor James E. West For That (Mic Drop!) [Video]

You know how some terms seem made up? Like when a mechanic says the solenoid switch failed… First reaction is like ‘Psssshhtt! Who you tryna fool, fool?’ Yeah. Now doesn’t ‘electric transducer’ sound made up? Like a “Back To The Future” flux capacitor or something? Well, it’s real… the transducer, that is. And it made a real difference in broadcast media.

In 1962, professor James E. West developed the electric transducer, technology that is used in 90% of microphones today, including at sporting events all over the world.

Oh… and Prof. West had a whole lot more patents than that one for the transducer.

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Black History: Dr. George Grant Invented The Wooden Golf Tee & Changed The Game (Video)

It’s the little things, the simple things, that mean everything. And it doesn’t get much ‘littler’ than a golf tee, which (it can be argued) is petty much everything to a golf game. I mean, we even start the game that way: Tee off!

The Undefeated: Watch how Dr. George Grant’s golf tee invention still makes a difference For Black History Month, The Undefeated honors this great inventor.

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Black History: Black Hockey Players… Old News. Black Polo Players… Say What? (Video)

When you watch this, substitute references to ‘polo’ with football, basketball, rap music… the stuff we’re supposed to be into… and you’ll start to really get it; and why the kids that succeed in polo would likely succeed in any endeavor given a chance to fall in love with and be good at it!

In Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, young people have found a path, and purpose, through polo. In Why I Play, The Undefeated documents the journeys of two young trailblazers who have dominated a sport that has long been considered an exclusive country club pursuit of privilege for centuries, while exploring the role youth sports play in the Black community as a means of opportunity and empowerment.

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Technology: Industrial Robot Vs. Sword Master (Video)

So. One step away from autonomous killer robot. We are just gonna hand The Terminator’s great-great-grandpa a sword and hope he doesn’t kill the human opponent on some ‘are you not entertained’ ish??

Yaskawa Electric Corporation conveys to the world the “manufacturing spirit” inherited continuously in itself to mark its 100th anniversary of foundation.

In “YASKAWA BUSHIDO PROJECT”, we reproduced Machii’s swordplay with MOTOMAN-MH24, while challenging the industrial robot’s performance limitations by integrating “legerity”, “accuracy” and “agility” at a high level. Machii retains many world records like “cutting a 6mm BB bullet”, and his swordplay has a reputation of theurgist. In this project, we also tried to express the courtesy and considerateness that Bushido has cherished.

– [Yaskawa Electric] e-mechanical site

Oh. So the man vs robot is not a head up thing, it’s more like a I-can-do-IT-can-do-too demonstration situation. Cool. But, um, anybody notice that the machine is the one NOT sweating at the end? Just saying. Dope presentation. But just saying… to our future sword-swing techno-overlords… We cool. HA!

(Consider that this vid is almost 5 years old. Imagine what the robo-sword game is like now!)

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Terrell Owens & Matthew Hatchette Speak On The NFL, On The XFL, And On Their Podcast (Video)

Off field: An outspoken sports and media figure. And you gotta figure he was an on-field nightmare to folks who tried to D him up (feels like a ‘pause’ should be put on that, so ‘pause’ just in case). Nonetheless, a good get and dream guest for Power 105: Terrell Owens… AND Matthew Hatchette. Take ’em as a set.

Terrell Owens & Matthew Hatchette Talk Reputation, Colin Kaepernick, XFL + Their New Podcast
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Watch Dr. Dre’s All-Star Tribute To Late NBA Legend Kobe Bryant (Video)

Wow.

It can’t get much more West Side than this; than one of the greatest producers paying homage to one of the greatest ballers… EVER! The greatest LA beatmaker doing the damn thing for the greatest LA Laker (that’s coming from other Laker greats like Magic Johnson)

Dr. Dre delivers an epic tribute to Kobe Bryant with the help of Gibson Hazard and Jack Bannon.
– NBA on TNT

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Drink Champs: Floyd Mayweather (Video)

Whether you pay to see me win, or pay to see me lose, you’re gonna pay.

Facts. And they do pay. Three quarters of a BILLION (and counting) says so. The winner… and still… the Olympian… Pretty BoyMoney… CHAMPION… in and out of the ring… in athletic and business circles… and then some… Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is chilling and clinking glasses with the Drink Champs. Bringing ’em all the smoke!

On today’s episode The Champs chop it up with legendary boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. The only boxer in the history of the sport with a record of 50-0, Floyd sits down with The Champs and talks about his boxing history and much more!

Stories of his battles with Connor McGregor, Manny Pacquiao, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, just to name a few, Money Mayweather beat them all! As he breaks down his battles inside the ring Floyd also talks about his battles outside the ropes.

In this episode Floyd opens up on how influential his Father has been to his career and how he evolved from “Pretty Boy” Floyd to “Money” Mayweather.

As we play another game of “Quick Time with Slime,” Floyd clears up rumors about T.I. and his relationship with 50 Cent. Money Mayweather gives us that mogul talk, discussing his business ventures with HBO and Showtime, and creating the ever popular shows “24/7” and “All Access”, respectively.

– REVOLT TV

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J.J. Watt Tells Jimmy And Sean That The ‘Air Hurts’ While Eating These Hot Wings (Video)

I’m starving. Let’s go!

Look, Fallon already KNOWS what this is… and he is gonna dance with the devil AGAIN (fool)! And they are only doing four bites for this “Tonight Show” version of Hot Ones with JJ Watt. On flame! I’m already calling it.

J.J. Watt and Jimmy go head-to-head eating spicy wings that get progressively hotter as Hot Ones host Sean Evans grills them with questions.
– The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Hit the jump for more hilarity. They actually try to do an interview right after the Hot Ones Challenge.

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Three Pro Football Players On Holding The Number 1 Spot: The Struggle Of The Black Quarterback (Video)

Good coverage and perspectives offered by The Undefeated in this piece. Maybe y’all remember (maybe not) Doug Williams coming from getting beat up with the [orange, really orange] Tampa Bay Bucs for YEARS in the League… to taking the Washington Redskins to the Super Bowl AND winning (with a bum leg) in one year… AND retiring and taking over for one of college football’s greatest coaches EVER, Eddie Robinson, at Grambling University… now that’s a “QuarterBlack” (published in 1990, link to Amazon here) story. Barely talked about.

And the struggle continues. But first, a bit more history… Don’t let them forget, we’ve always had Black QB’s that were the ‘ish!

The first wave of successful Black quarterbacks gave this entire generation of stars the role models they needed – but few know the actual struggles that these legends had to overcome behind the scenes. In conversations with The Undefeated’s senior NFL writer Jason Reid, these legends discuss their journey and how they each played a unique part of the evolution: Warren Moon going from undrafted to the Hall of Fame, Randall Cunningham being able to embrace his athletic style and Donovan McNabb on the 1999 draft class that saw three players drafted in top 10.
– THE UNDEFEATED

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RIP Kobe Bryant (Video)

I found out at work, working overtime, when my boss announced to the room: “This is going to be sad news for basketball fans. Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash just a few hours ago…”

She said some other stuff after that. I wasn’t really pay attention. I really wasn’t even trying to ‘confirm’ the story (my brother BoneBreaker Jones did moments later, with a “No-noooo-nooooo, man! RIP Kobe“). I was just numb for a bit, and I was not going to try to ‘snap out of it.’ This loss is WAY more than a ‘hit to the basketball world’…

Think about a multi-lingual Black kid that goes to prom with Brandy, a teen R&B idol of his and millions of fans…who goes to the NBA as a teen and becomes a multi-million dollar superstar, all-star, champion, Olympic gold medal winner…embroiled in extra-marital scandal, beefing with one of the greatest impact players in NBA history (Shaq)…who knuckled down and got back to winning on- and off-court, saving a marriage and staying with his wife, having four daughters, finding ‘new careers’ after NBA retirement – coaching his girl’s ball team and giving motivational speeches (to Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide among others, because champions NEED to FEED on the energy of champions) AND winning an Academy Award (yeah, an Oscar!)…

Look. Kobe Bryant was just 41, and he managed to squeeze in more life in half a lifetime than many of us will if we get to live twice as long. And I could go on, but nah. I’m done. I’m not even a basketball fan like that, but I am done AND undone at the same DAMN time. Give me a long minute. Past a moment of silence. Because, among other reasons, his daughter Gigi was on that helicopter.

Dammit.

May Kobe, his baby Gigi, and the other three passengers on that fateful flight, Rest In Peace.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter were among five people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bryant was 41.
– ESPN

MORE: KOBE BRYANT, DAUGHTER GIANNA DIE IN HELICOPTER CRASH (ESPN)

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Truth Or Dab: Skip Bayless vs. Shannon Sharpe (Video)

Haha! It’s Shannon vs. Skeeeyup (Skip) in some heated convo over some hotter food! Got a feeling this is gonna be a Hot One (get it?).

Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe are well-known for going head to head on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, FS1’s opinion and debate show moderated by Jenny Taft—catch it weekdays at 930am ET on Fox Sports 1. But what happens when you throw violently hot chicken wings into the middle of the fight? Find out in this Hot Ones spinoff, where guests have two simple choices: Tell the truth, or suffer the pain of the Last Dab. Watch as host Sean Evans drills the two sports obsessives with high-stakes questions about everything from the most insufferable fans in America, to private text messages with Lil Wayne. The only way to escape the truth is to eat an incredibly spicy wing.
– First We Feast

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Ebro Gives Props To Jalen Rose For His Wave Game & Off-Court Commentary On The Game (Video)

Daaaamn. Of course, we all knew… but Jalen actually spoke on the Lebron [hair]line situation.

(Oh, maybe they talk a bit of b-ball, too. Ha!)

Jalen Rose On LaVar Ball, Stephen A. Smith, Knicks & Colin Kaepernick
– HOT 97

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DeAndre Jordan Takes His ‘Houseguest’ On A Tour Of His Malibu Mansion (Video)

DeAndre Jordan’s Thanksgiving was probably different than most; having gone totally vegan. Don’t know about how tasty his TOFUrkey Day was… but this mansion is looking ‘delicious’ man!

DeAndre Jordan started his plant-based diet a year ago. He welcomes Nate Robinson to his beautiful Malibu mansion to check out his garden and learn the vegan lifestyle.
– The Players’ Tribune

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Von Miller Takes His ‘Houseguest’ On A Tour Of His Poultry Palace & Grounds (Video)

The multi-time pro-bowl D-lineman is no chicken, but he knows chicken. Interesting how he describes chasing chickens as being all about patience… when his pass rush is nothing but… RUSH!

This week on Houseguest, Nate Robinson heads down to Austin, Texas for a new kind of tour: Von Miller’s poultry palace.
– The Players’ Tribune

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Seattle Seahawks’ Griffin Twins Touch Down And Look Around A-Town (Video)

Them Birds have landed in Atlanta! Okay, not ‘Dirty Birds’ but these twin Seahawks are in the city, in the building… several buildings. Doing big things. Real things. Doing real things BIG!

Shaquem Griffin and Shaquill Griffin (Seattle Seahawks) give back to their mom and hook her up with a new ice – diamond earrings and a tennis bracelet to match on the Premiere episode of Play It Forward.
– Yahoo! Sports

You heard it here first… If it doesn’t work out in Seattle, with the football… It’s off to the dolphins #BreakingNewsBroken

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Professional Speak On Athletes Coming Into Money & How Much (Or Little) Their Leagues Look Out For Them [Video]

I went from a dorm room… a dorm room… to a million-dollar house, and did not understand it, but had to act like I knew what I was doing every day…

Real, REAL talk about money & wealth here; the comings and [unfortunately] goings of it. The NFL’s responsibility to make sure retirees aren’t broke? Interesting. Who wouldn’t be in favor of, at least, the idea of the athletes not being broke after years of playing a game that leaves their bodies broken.

Tommie Harris, Clinton Portis and Jack Brewer discuss the money they made in the NFL with financial expert Michael Bapis.
– The Players’ Tribune

And the revelations that come from this discussion… DEEP! Great clip.

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