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Sports: Floyd Mayweather And Conor McGregor Will Fight August 26th (Video)

The fans wanted to see this fight… and it will be the biggest fight ever in the history of two people punching each other.
– UFC President Dana White

Respect for the sweet science or claims of cage fighting’s supremacy aside, Dana’s probably right. This fight has plenty of haters, each of its combatants have plenty of haters, and both boxing and UFC have haters. With that much hateration – and even more folks who follow either or both Mayweather and McGregor in the nation – this is another event to net Floyd triple figures easy!

And some pretty juicy scraps for everyone else involved.

Like it or love it (and Stephen A. will tell you which L he’s taking above, hahaa)… the fight is on! Hitting pay-per-view screens in August… It’s Showtime!

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Sports: Lebron James’ Free Throw Style Is In A Constant State Of Change (Video)

Lebron James has had yet another stellar season, and talk of him replacing Air Jordan as the heir to the title of Best Baller Of All. His free throw game has been kind of lame (on the low) but he has been trying to fix it. Trying VERY hard. And ESPN has been eyeballing and has taken the time to elucidate every time King James has changed his style up in an attempt to do better at the line.

Damn. They even gave each switch up name!

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Kobe Bryant Explains How The Warriors Work To Weaken Opponents’ Defenses (Video)

Communication is key. The confusion the Warriors create by their play confounds opponents attempts to communicate with each other as they attempt to keep up. Out of touch, out of step, opponents end up out of the playoffs. Ask San Antonio.

And there it is. A lot to take in, right? Well, the Mamba might be able to break it down. He’s pretty good at breaking things down (like defenses). Watch above.

In the next episode of Canvas, Kobe Bryant looks at the Warriors’ rare style and how it breaks down their opponents.
– ESPN

Liking ESPN’s ’70s stylized documentary presentation for this episode. The Golden Democracy. Cool.

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Philadelphia 76’er Joel Embiid Makes A Play For Rihanna At The Bar (Video)


I mean… look at myself!

Hahaaaaa! You know how some athletes might clam up, play tough or off-brush when talk show hosts hint at blatantly push a love-life line of questionning? That is NOT Joel Embiid’s problem…AT ALL!

Shoot your shot, player! Not mad at you. Of course, you might consider that Jamele Hill is looking pretty nice and Kelly Rowland is hella sexy (as always); and they’re right there.

Because we’re considering it. Yeaaahhh, considering all that right now…

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ESPN President John Skipper Speaks At The Tuskegee University Commencement And…

…it was a CELEBRATION! Strike up the band… the best band in the land, the Tuskegee University Golden Virtuosos!!

Wow. I have a LOT of family and friends who are Tuskegee Institute and Tuskegee University alumni. I may well have attended myself, but The University Of Alabama ended up being the best option (financially, mainly) for continuing my education post-high school. However, anyone who grew up in ‘Skegee can tell you that TU and the town that surrounds it are bound in many ways; especially on Football Saturdays (Homecoming Weekend = Off The Meter!) and special commemorations. So, I may not be a TU alum, but I am a true Tuskegeean (46!)… and trust me, that is way past close enough for me join in celebrating this.

See more footage and some of what students and Presidents Skipper and Johnson had to say on this occasion after the jump.

(Wonder if any of this made SportsCenter over the weekend? Best bet for worthy coverage is ESPN’s ‘The Six’ with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith.)

#ESPNSportsCenterTheme #TUBallandParlay #MCP #TUCommencement2017#CelebratingTUBestandBrightest

@ojones1

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Lakers Vs. Celtics (ESPN 30-For-30 Trailer)

We had no respect for ’em… none… zero!

“Lakers Vs. Celtics.” Bird vs. Johnson. Respect earned, but NO LOVE LOST! NOWWWW we go to school… Old school!!

Back in the day, in the ’80s, there were no damned exclusive ‘banana boat’ excursions or summer b-ball buddy camps with NBA rivals getting together. F**k no! There was PRIDE. There was WINNING. There was HATE – for the other team, and worse, for losing to them!

Purely rhetorical: How do you feel about today’s basketball? Are the rivalries fiery? Is it easy to get out of bed the next morning when your team loses? Do you think it really hurts your team’s players to their hearts when they lose?

Yeah. Bet money today’s game is nowhere near as raw as it was back then. And this ESPN 30-For-30 will show you real rivalry was lived by two of the NBA’s elite franchises.

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DL Hughley Speaks On ESPN’s Sage Steele Firing, White Privilege, & Fox News Anchor Bill O’Reilly (Video)

Deeeeem! It’s cold out here for Sage Steele now that the ESPN door got slammed, esp. in the Hughley-verse.

More than that, in this short clip, DL went IN on the FoxNews x Bill O’Reilly situation in the right way… Hell, I remember having genuine HEAT for FoxNews’ ‘Papa Bear’ when he attacked Ludacris on his show (attempted character assassination); when Pepsi dumped Luda as a spokesperson (by the way, eff Pepsi for that.. I’m a Pepper)!

@ojones1

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ESPN’s 30 For 30: Nature Boy (Teaser Trailer)

Finally… The R… oh wait, that’s another pro wrestler’s schtick. Ha!

But wrestling fans might be feeling like “finally” when the kiss-stealing, wheeling-dealing, limousine-riding, jet-flying son of a gun gets his 30 For 30 shine on ESPN. Watch the teaser above for the ESPN documentary for The Nature Boy Ric Flair. Wooooooooo!

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Go In-Depth With ‘Common’ and ‘Serena Williams’ On ESPN’s “The Undefeated” (Video)

Quick! When you conjure up a visual of a dude sitting down to talk to his ex, what do you think? Cringeworthy viewing, right? Well, nah. Kind of a trick question if you aren’t told that it’s the renaissance revolutionary cool rapper Common. And his ex? Oh that’s super sexy tennis star Serena Williams. Much better imagery in your mind now, of course.

On this ESPN’s The Undefeated: In-DepthSerena and Common… speaking on fame, sports, and race and gender issues. Start above and continue after the jump.

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ESPN’s 30 For 30: This Was The XFL (Trailer)

This trailer is intriguing. Check it out.

ESPN, the world’s sports leader, is going to do a documentary on the XFL, the failed football league borne of and bearing more than a slight resemblance to Vince McMahon’s leading sports entertainment franchise, World Wrestling Entertainment. Any televised sport has to be entertaining enough to bring eyeballs and ad revenue, right? So maybe Vince thought he could put out an entertaining football program with no sweat. Whatever the motivations and machinations behind the result and resulting demise, we should learn something watching this 30 For 30.

(Speaking of learning something… Do you know what XFL stood for? Answer: It was NOT Xtreme Football League! It was not an acronym at all. Learned something already, huh?)

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Outside The Lines: Greg Oden After His Pro Basketball Career Was Cut Short (Video)

Damn. Greg Oden described himself as ‘the biggest bust in NBA history’ (damn, and damn again). There is a very somber tone to this whole interview. More coming to grips than moving on. Though leaving due to injury and going back to school should be seen as just that.

How would you describe your career now?

I don’t have one right now…

Short and not really sweet. Watch.

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NBA Standout Dwayne Wade Speaks On Leaving The Heat For The Windy City And Getting A Warm Reception And More (Video)

It’s only a six-minute clip but there is a lot in there (including precious seconds of screen time with gorgeous wifey Gabrielle Union). D Wade joining D Rose in Chicago certainly signals the Bulls desire to win rings, but other things ring true in this clip. Concerned about making the most of his remaining time (even referencing his long-gone youth, when he was ‘able to sit Indian style’ and dream about playing for the Bulls), getting the best contract and competitive situation for himself…all that and more…factored into Dwayne Wade’s decision to make that move from Miami. Watch him talk all about it above.

Dwayne Wade speaks with Cari Champion about his decision to sign with his hometown Chicago Bulls, his welcoming discussion with Jimmy Butler, and what message LeBron James and Chris Paul told him before signing.

(SportsCenter’s Cari Champion is definitely looking lovely in this interview, too. Bonus!)

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Ali: The Mission (Mini-Documentary)

Even before The Champ’s passing, you’ve probably heard about his nobility and heroism outside the ring. Given that, this 30-For-30 documentary short’s content may not shock you; but the story should warm your heart and make you miss him a little bit more.

Ambassador Ali. Fighting Parkinson’s all while winning over folks worldwide including Saddam Hussein; which was key. You’ll see why when you watch.

(Narrated by John Legend.)

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Fat Joe Reveals Who Notorious B.I.G. Was Talking About In “I Got A Story To Tell” And More (Video)

Fat Joe SPILLED the beans out the B.I.G. bag. “I Got A Story To Tell” was about former New York Knick Anthony Mason. Speculation OVER. Now the story to tell is TOLD! Wowww… uh wait-what? Okay, well there are some conditions to the big reveal. So watch and judge for yourself. And, trust, there is waaay more in this video to ‘wow’ about! Like…Roy Jones did what???

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ESPN’s 30 For 30: This Magic Moment (Documentary)

Think. Really think… that is, if you remember back when Shaq and Penny Hardaway were the 1-2 punch that was supposed to take the Orlando Magic all the way to the tippy top of the NBA. Do you remember why that didn’t happen? ESPN takes us back and takes us there; to the heart of the story about when the ‘magic’ happened and when the Magic fell apart.

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ESPN’s 30 For 30: Chasing Tyson (Video)

Plain and simple, in boxing’s mid-1980’s to mid-1990’s, Iron Mike Tyson was that dude! The ‘Baddest Man On The Planet’ was trained and became known for throwing ‘punches with bad intentions’ that left opponents destroyed and fight watchers astonished. Tyson was a star gone nova who cast a commanding shadow over boxing. Meanwhile, there was Evander Holyfield… the man who captured the heavyweight title when he knocked out Buster Douglas, the only dude to date who had knocked Tyson out… the man long-considered a mild-mannered champ, a legitimate champ, but never a truly great champ. In that era, when there were several who might ascend to that status, the way to it ran through Mike Tyson. To be the man, you gotta beat the man; and Iron Mike was that man. Holyfield was ready for that status, ready to take on ‘the man’ in 1991, but Tyson had to pull out due to injury. Rescheduling of the fight of destiny was further delayed when Tyson was convicted of rape later and had to spend time in jail. Even when he was in prison, away from the sport, people overwhelmingly considered Tyson the best of in heavyweight boxing.

All the while, Holyfield was fighting for titles and standing – dramatically gaining, losing and regaining the heavyweight crown. He was fighting. Tyson was sitting. And still, no real respect as a champ on his own… until November 1996. Holyfield, then 34, would finally get his shot at the heavily favored and four-years’ younger Tyson. Truly, this would be when Holyfield could earn the title, not just a belt, but undisputed status as ‘the man’ in heavyweight boxing. Yeah, ’96 gone be that year, when Holyfield was really considered the ‘Real Deal.’ After spending much of The Golden Era “Chasing Tyson,” Holyfield would do it.

Twice.

And that second time… maaaan! Yeah, another incredible 30 For 30 by ESPN. Watch above.

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ESPN’s 30-For-30: Trojan War (Video)

Ah, college football fans. Let’s talk about the Pete CarrollUSC Era. He took over the program at the University Of Southern California after the 2000 season, and eventually restored the luster and swagger of the once-great Trojans with his football knowledge, upbeat personality and recruiting skills (and a couple of star graduates who’d come back to visit, if recollection serves).

Soon enough, Southern Cal was back! Topping the college football world in home field attendance; turning out win after win, multiple Heisman Trophy winners (e.g. Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush), marquee TV respect (ABC & Keith Jackson don’t just call any game)…

BUT…

There was sinning at the revival of USC. And the worst sin of all D-1 sins, THEY GOT CAUGHT! Lost scholarships, overturned victories, a returned Heisman award… oh my. All of the fall would come to light after the 2006 National Championship game. USC lost the Rose Bowl that year to The University of Texas. Then the proverbial bottom fell the f##k out!

The hurt ran deep and are really only numbing today. At least now we can really talk about it. Well, Coach Carroll, Heisman-winning quarterback Leinart and others can that is. Watch “Trojan War,” an ESPN 30-For-30 special, above.

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Take It Personal: Ghostface Killah Still Has Beef With Action Bronson (Video)

It has come to our attention that some of y’all may not be aware of the near-nuclear-launch tension between Action Bronson and Ghostface Killah. Here is what has come to pass, and why Ghostface put out the above visual getting in Bronson’s azz:

  1. Bronson goes on a show on ESPN, and near the end, kinda goes in on Ghost (see after the jump).
  2. Ghost hears about the shot Bronson took at him on TV, and the two talk it out via phone, AND Bronson apologizes via Twitter…AND deletes those Tweets (per the Ghost vid above).
  3. Ghost goes the f#ck off (the video above…daaayyyuuummmm)!
  4. Bronson apologizes on Twitter (and leaves the Tweet up, see below the video above).

This just in… Ghost does NOT accept Bronson’s apology. See?

NOW, in case you keep up with such things, you are up on things.

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Big Sean Joins Stephen A. Smith & Skip Bayless On ESPN’s First Take (Video)

Yep, MTV (Music Television) isn’t really focused on dropping music videos anymore. No Yo! anymore. Heads watch a lot of ESPN. Shout and RIP to Stuart Scott, and Stephen A. Smith, for steering the network into the Hip-Hop sphere. So, now we are hosting rap stars and debuting vids on ESPN. Like in this First Take episode here: We get Big Sean with his video for “One Man Can Change The World,” promoting the album (“Dark Sky Paradise”)…and they get a good amount of sports talk in, too. Talking about his Detroit Lions, his fav b-baller Steph Curry and more.

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‘Stephen B. Smith’ Joins Mike & Mike In The Morning (Video)

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Been said before. But a Stephen A. Smith commentary impression like this? Nah, we have NOT heard anything like this before. The ‘call in’ to ESPN’s Mike & Mike In The Morning was done by Frank Caliendo as ‘Stephen B. Smith.’

Icing on the cake… Stephen A. approves! Watch above – hilarious!

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