By R. Hoyal
When D. J. Stephens jumps, the record books ask how high. From his humble beginning in Killeen, Texas, D.J. has grown to a rising star in basketball. At his recent workout with the Brooklyn Nets, this 6’5” small forward leapt to the amazing height of 46-inches during his vertical jump. His leap bested the records set by Kenny Gregory (45.5-inches in 2001) and Miami’s Shane Larkin (44-inches), while setting the record for the highest recorded vertical jump by the NBA. …
Perhaps you missed “Inside the NBA” on Sunday night following the Thunders demolishment of the Houston Rockets. If so, let me fill you in on a comment made by Charles Barkley referring to the day’s activities. Sir Charles stated “This may be the worst playoffs we have ever seen.” Kenny, Shaq and Ernie were quick to clarify he meant the first round matchups thus far. This was confirmed and I tend to agree.
While things got off to a somewhat competitive start on Saturday they quickly deteriorated into blow outs the rest of the way. …
With the NBA playoffs just under way it is time to take a quick look back at the regular season and evaluate which individual players and coach made the greatest contributions to their respective franchises success this year.
We will start our in-depth analysis with Most Valuable Player, Candidates: LeBron James
Winner: LeBron James.
OK, perhaps it won’t be so “in-depth” after all. This award has been the most discussed of any, dating back to March 1. …
This year’s National Football League draft gets underway on Thursday night (4/25) in New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. The ceremony will begin at 8ET and be televised on ESPN. One can only wonder what the wild and crazy Jets fans will have to cheer (or jeer) about now that the N.Y. American Conference franchise has picked up an extra first round pick for the newly departed Darrelle Revis, who is en route to the Sunshine State as a member of the Bucs.
There are no Andrew Lucks or RG3’s available in this year’s pool of NCAA players. As a matter of fact, there may only be 1 or 2 so called “impact” players selected in the first 15 selections. …
The 78th edition of the National Football League draft will begin on Thursday night, April 25th at 8pm ET. The official description of this event is The NFL Player Selection Meeting. This gathering will take place at the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The draft will continue for a total of 3 days. The first round consisting of 32 picks will be Thursday night. You’ll be able to follow the selection by your favorite team on either ESPN or the NFL Network each of the 3 days. Rounds 2 and 3 will be held on Fri. April 26 beginning at 6:00ET. If you are still interested upon completion of those first 96 picks, keep your calendar open for Saturday, April 27 at noon. …
By Melissa Harder
Next week will mark a big moment in the ongoing concussion class action lawsuit brought by over 4,000 former players against the National Football League (NFL). Lawyers for the former players will argue the matter belongs in federal court while the NFL will push for the claim to be heard in arbitration. The Master Complaint was filed in federal court last June in Philadelphia.
The Master Complaint asserts that the NFL had a “duty to provide players with rules and information to protect the players as much as possible from short-term and long-term health risks,” that they had a duty to “take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure the safety of players, including a duty to advise Plaintiffs that the repeated traumatic head impacts the Plaintiffs endured while playing NFL football were likely to expose them to excess risk to neurodegenerative disorders.” …
Ever wondered what rules and regulations the UFC has in place? Wondered what the referees have to memorize? Well his is the official rules and regulations of the UFC inlcuding the UFC's weight classes. I post this to spread the word, to enlighten the many so that people can actually realize what is going on in the cage. This is a public service announcement.
“Mixed martial arts” means unarmed combat involving the use, subject to any applicable limitations set forth in these Unified Rules and other regulations of the applicable Commission, of a combination of techniques from different disciplines of the martial arts, including, without limitation, grappling, submission holds, kicking and striking.
Written by Kevin Early
For all of you who tuned into UFC 155, you saw a good card including a fight of the year candidate, Lauzon vs Miller. What you also saw was Junior Dos Santos get dominated like never before. While most people probably came away impressed with Velasquezs' performance, I, on the other hand, was not blown away but was disappointed with how Dos Santos fought.
Junior Dos Santos made one critical mistake which cost him the fight; he kept his hands low. …
- Lightweight: Benson Henderson def. Nate Diaz
Decision (unanimous) (50-43, 50-45, 50-45)
- Light Heavyweight: Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio Rua
Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Welterweight: Rory MacDonald def. BJ Penn
Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)