- Created on 05 September 2013
The sum of money Floyd Mayweather Jr. is making for merely appearing in the ring reportedly reached a new record high, according to news that broke Wednesday.
According to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, and Golden Boy Promotions head Richard Schaefer, Mayweather will receive a $41.5 million guarantee for his impending Sept. 14 fight against Canelo Alvarez.
ESPN.com's Dan Rafael broke the news:
Dan Rafael ✔ @danrafaelespn
Hang on to your hat. @LEllerbe & Richard Schaefer say that @FloydMayweather's purse for Canelo fight will be all-time record $41.5 million.
Mayweather has shattered his own record in guarantees for this latest bout, which will be held at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. In each of his previous two showdowns against Miguel Cotto and most recently Robert Guerrero, Mayweather received a guaranteed $32 million, according to Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen.
This certainly gives Money May plenty more dough to add to the bankroll, regardless of the outcome of the fight that is being labeled "The One."
With the WBA super welterweight title on the line along with Alvarez's WBC and The Ring light middleweight titles, the hype surrounding this showdown certainly won't be minimized in light of Mayweather's exorbitant guarantee.
The 36-year-old boasts a perfect 44-0 record in his illustrious pro career, but faces a formidable foe in Alvarez who himself has never lost as a professional, with a 42-0-1 record.
A catchweight of 152 pounds has been established for the fight, and considering Mayweather's endurance and the patient style of Alvarez, this one should go all 12 rounds.
Even if this fight does live up to its monumental billing—and is worth the high-definition pay-per-view cost of $74.95 on Showtime PPV, per Badenhausen—justifying or even fathoming this kind of payday is difficult in any context.
- Created on 05 September 2013
In case you have not yet realized, there is no stopping Mr. Shawn Carter in his attempt to dominate every aspect of the entertainment industry. After much speculation that Jay Z would be forced to sell his 0.067 share of ownership in the Brooklyn Nets to pursue his Roc Nation Sports Agency, the music mogul decided Jason Kidd was the perfect person to sell his small stake to.
A source shared with the New York Post,
“Other owners want to give Jason a part ownership of the team, and urged Jay to sell his shares to him.”
The deal comes months after Jay started his Roc Nation sports agency. By selling his share of ownership, Mr. Carter has successfully avoided the ‘conflict of interest’ talk he was bound to hear due to his personal and professional investments. Roc Nation has signed New York Yankee Robinson Cano, Oklahoma City Thunder’s very own Kevin Durant and WNBA newcomer Skylar Diggins.
Kidd has signed on as the coach of the Brooklyn Nets for this forthcoming season. Unlike Jay Z, Kidd’s ownership will not be seen as a conflict of interest.
What can we say? Jay knew about these new rules!
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- Created on 04 September 2013
Athlete Usain Bolt of Jamaica addresses the media at the Sheraton hotel in Brussels on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Bolt arrived in Brussels to participate in the Diamond League Memorial Van Damme Track and Field meeting on Friday. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Usain Bolt plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Bolt said Wednesday he wants to win more gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 meters next year, and perhaps win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
"So far, (it) is after the Olympics in Rio," Bolt said of his retirement plans. "I think if I am in great shape, I'll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire on top."
Winning another three golds in Moscow last month made him the most decorated athlete in world championship history with eight gold and two silvers. He has six gold medals from the Olympics.
"If I want to be among the greats of (Muhammad) Ali and Pele and all these guys, I have to continue dominating until I retire," Bolt said ahead of his final race this season in the 100 at Friday's Van Damme Memorial.
Bolt won the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and at last year's London Games. He won the same triple at the 2009 worlds before repeating that feat in Moscow last month.
At 27, Bolt has the experience to know that a lax season midway between Olympics can hurt him. In 2010, a soft entry into the year and subsequent injury cost him almost a full season.
"I kind of didn't do much in the offseason and then got injured and had to start from scratch. So this season, I will not make that mistake again," Bolt said.
Like 2010, next season has no major championships, but Bolt is thinking of new goals for 2014.
He already owns the 100 and 200 world records and shares the 4x100 with his Jamaican teammates. He acknowledges the 100 record of 9.58 seconds will be extremely tough to better, but he hopes to improve on the 19.19 he ran in the 200 in Berlin four years ago.
"I have learned, I have mastered the art of running the turn," Bolt said of the 200. "So if I can stay injury free and be in good shape, then it is possible for me to definitely go after the world record."
As a Jamaican, Bolt can compete in the Commonwealth Games, too, something he has yet to do. Next year, the event will be held in Glasgow, Scotland.
"I have never been to Commonwealths and so it is always good to add to your collection of gold medals," Bolt said.
- Created on 04 September 2013
NEW YORK -- Chris Sale was cruising along toward his latest gem against the New York Yankees. The only thing he failed to do was finish them off.
Eduardo Nunez's two-run double capped a five-run eighth inning that rallied the Yankees past Sale and the Chicago White Sox 6-4 on Tuesday night for a crucial victory as they chase an AL playoff berth.
Derek Jeter got the Yankees started on their vintage comeback, and pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson tied the score with an RBI single. New York, which began the day 2 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot, has won 12 of 14 home games and 16 of 23 overall.
"It was just one of those where you've got to kind of tip your hat to the Yankees. We didn't walk guys or make errors," Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko said. "They hit their way back into that game and won it. It's that simple."
Alexei Ramirez had a two-run triple and Alejandro De Aza homered to build a three-run lead for Sale, but the last-place White Sox couldn't hold it. They dropped their fifth straight to start a 10-game trip against AL East contenders.
Sale had a 4-1 cushion when Jeter singled with one out in the eighth. Robinson Cano drove a 1-2 pitch off the left-field fence for a double – only the third extra-base hit off Sale by a left-handed batter all season.
"Just left a bad pitch to a great hitter and that's what happens," Sale said. "I'm honestly lucky that the ball didn't leave the park, as hard as he hit it."
That got the crowd back in it and took Sale out of the game – which was great news for the Yankees. The left-hander entered 2-0 with a 0.49 ERA and 24 strikeouts in two career starts against them, and was working on another masterpiece until the eighth.
Alfonso Soriano grounded an 0-2 delivery from Nate Jones (4-5) up the middle for a two-run single that cut it to 4-3. Alex Rodriguez's single put runners at the corners, and Granderson lined a tying single off left-hander Donnie Veal.
Mark Reynolds struck out before Nunez roped a double off Matt Lindstrom into the left-field corner, putting New York ahead 6-4 in a half-inning that lasted 32 minutes.
"It was a 95 mph two-seam fastball that was 3 inches off the inside corner. I don't know how he kept it fair. He swung the bat vertically," Lindstrom said. "I don't know if they were picking up our signs or what. ... It didn't go our way, to say the least. But I made my pitch and it makes you wonder sometimes."
Boone Logan (5-2) pitched a perfect eighth, and Mariano Rivera struck out two of his three batters to reach 40 saves for the ninth time. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the major league record.
Jeter had two hits, giving him 3,315 to move ahead of Eddie Collins (3,313) for ninth on the career list.
"It's pretty amazing what he's accomplished," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
De Aza hit his 15th homer in the seventh, making it 4-1 and chasing starter Hiroki Kuroda.
The 38-year-old righty, who had been hit hard in three straight losses on the road, gave up seven hits in 6 1-3 innings against the American League's lowest-scoring team. He struck out seven and walked two.
Gordon Beckham doubled in the first inning and scored on Adam Dunn's single. Chicago was set up with the bases loaded and one out, but Kuroda fanned Avisail Garcia and got Conor Gillaspie to chase a full-count fastball that was up around his eyes.
New York tied it with an unearned run in the second after a pair of White Sox errors.
Vernon Wells reached on an infield single and scored on the front end of a double steal. With runners at the corners and two outs, Nunez took off for second and stopped in the middle of the basepath when catcher Josh Phegley threw down.
Wells slid in feet first ahead of a wide return throw from Beckham.
NOTES: One day after the season ended for Triple-A Charlotte, the White Sox called up RHP Erik Johnson, RHP Daniel Webb, C Miguel Gonzalez and INF Marcus Semien. ... The 23-year-old Johnson will start Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, his major league debut. CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91 ERA) pitches for New York. Drafted in the second round two years ago out of California, Johnson went 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA in 24 starts combined at Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham this season. ... Chicago manager Robin Ventura said the team is likely to go with a "modified" six-man rotation the rest of the way, depending on how Johnson does. The idea is to keep the starters fresh and take a look at youngsters. ... White Sox LHP Jose Quintana, pulled after a long rain delay Monday, is scheduled to start again Thursday night in Baltimore. Quintana threw only 20 pitches Monday and still took the loss. LHP Hector Santiago was pushed back to Saturday.