The WBO announced yesterday that Floyd Mayweather was stripped of the welterweight world title belt after refusing to pay sanctioning fee. Floyd Mayweather refused to pay the $200k sanctioning fee and as a result will no longer be recognized as the welterweight world champion.
Floyd won the title after defeating Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in the highest grossing pay-per-view match of all times. Floyd earned more than $220 million from the fight based on total gross, pay-per-view subscriptions, closed circuit revenue, live gate, foreign television sales and sponsorships.
Floyd must also vacate two junior middleweight titles.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The NFL has suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for at least one year without pay for violating the league’s substance-abuse program.
Gordon, who has already served two league suspensions, will have to apply for reinstatement. A league spokesman said his one-year ban begins immediately. The former Pro Bowler has been a repeat offender of the league’s drug policy, and his latest offense has jeopardized his once promising career.
Last week, Gordon said his failed test was for alcohol. He was prohibited from drinking following a DUI arrest last summer in North Carolina.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team is “disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh.” The team has supported the 23-year-old, but Farmer said “unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him.”
Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards in 2013. He was suspended for the first 10 games last season.
Ex-football player and former Dancing with the Stars alum, Warren Sapp was busted with a prostitute in Arizona this morning and was later fired from his job from The NFL Network.
PHOENIX – In the early morning hours before NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp’s arrest on assault and solicitation of prostitution charges, hotel guests at the Phoenix downtown Renaissance awoke to what they believed to be an argument and physical altercation in a hotel hallway, Yahoo Sports has learned.
The Phoenix police department and an employee at the Renaissance declined comment Monday, but a source with details of Sapp’s arrest told Yahoo Sports that sometime around 2:30 a.m. MT, guests reported hearing an argument followed by objects banging in either the hallway or another room. When guests opened doors to see the disturbance, at least one reported seeing two women – one lying on the floor with apparent marks associated with a physical altercation, and a second woman who was with her, the source said. The women were shouting and alleged that Sapp had assaulted them and asked for someone to call police, the source said.
Officers arrived shortly after the incident and interviewed the woman who had alleged the assault. Officers then began to look for the second woman, who had left the scene. Both eventually identified themselves to police as escorts who had met Sapp in the hotel. The source said Sapp was interviewed by police, then remained in his room until the second woman could be located. It was after the second woman was found and interviewed that Sapp was taken into custody and subsequently charged with soliciting prostitution and assault around 7 a.m. local time.
A longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle who also played for the Oakland Raiders (and onetime Dancing With the Stars contestant), Sapp was fired from his job as an analyst for the NFL Network on Monday, shortly after charges were filed against him. Sapp was arraigned in a Phoenix court and released on his own recognizance on Monday afternoon.
Super Bowl 49 ticket prices are officially the most expensive ever, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN. The average price of a ticket on the second-hand market was $4,600 and $4,131, according to the top resale sites StubHub and NFL Ticket Exchange, respectively.
Those numbers are actually well south of the lowest entry point for tickets at various points over the past few days. That’s because most of the tickets available were sold before a massive price hike. Said price hike occurred when brokers sold tickets without actually having them in hand. So when the brokers tried to get the tickets to deliver to the customers, the prices went up dramatically.
As noted in the report, it was difficult to get a ticket for any less than $4,500 around Thursday, and tickets on Saturday were in the $7,000 range. Usually, as the game gets closer, the ticket prices fluctuate but there are usually points in which you’re able to take advantage of the price dropping. This year, that didn’t happen, and brokers had to either take a loss on the tickets they’ve already promised to customers, or offering refunds.
The mentioned sites — StubHub and NFL Ticket Exchange — had systems in place that ensured their customers all received tickets. But as mentioned by Rovell, there are those who weren’t as lucky. Hopefully, if you were wanting to make it out to Sunday’s game, you got your ticket and didn’t have to pay too much, given the highest face value of this year’s tickets was in the $1,900 range.
Damn, how can New England look themselves in the face after this scandal? especially given their past for alleged cheating. ESPN reports that the NFL has found that 11 of the New England Patriots’ 12 game balls were inflated significantly below the NFL’s requirements, league sources involved and familiar with the investigation of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game told ESPN.
With the integrity of the game at stake, the NFL should come down hard on Bill Belichick and the Pats if they are proven to have underinflated footballs, writes Jackie MacMullan. Story
Are the officials at fault? Were Indy’s game balls weighed as well? More facts are needed before judging the Patriots, writes Mike Reiss. Story
The investigation found the footballs were inflated 2 pounds per square inch below what’s required by NFL regulations during the Pats’ 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, according to sources.
“We are not commenting at this time,” said Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications.
League sources have confirmed that the footballs were properly inspected and approved by referee Walt Anderson 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff, before they were returned to each team.
ESPN Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City reported that the Patriots’ footballs were tested at the half, reinflated at that time when they were found to be low, then put back in play for the second half, and then tested again after the game. The report did not reveal the results of the test following the game. All of the balls the Colts used met standards, according to the report.
Meanwhile, a source told WEEI.com that the Patriots used 12 backup balls for the second half against the Colts after issues were found with most of the originals. Patriots spokesman Stacey James confirmed that the team had 24 balls total available, WEEI reported.
Under NFL rules, no alteration of the footballs is allowed once they are approved. If a person is found breaking league rules and tampering with the footballs, that person could face up to a $25,000 fine and potentially more discipline.
Troy Vincent, the league’s senior executive vice president of football operations, told The Associated Press late Tuesday in response to this report that the “investigation is currently underway, and we’re still awaiting findings.” He told “Pro Football Talk with Mike Florio on NBC Sports Radio” earlier Tuesday that the NFL expected to wrap up its investigation in “two or three days.”
Sources earlier this season told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Colts had concerns about underinflated balls after their regular-season game against the visiting Patriots on Nov. 16.
During that game, Colts safety Mike Adams twice intercepted Tom Brady and gave the balls to the Colts’ equipment manager to save — and both times there were concerns about the balls feeling underinflated, sources told Schefter.
Former NFL official Gerry Austin talks about the process used to inspect footballs before games and the examination of footballs at halftime during the AFC title game.
Those sources said the Colts raised concerns to the league, which was aware of the issue going into this weekend’s AFC title game.
Yet to be determined is what, if any, penalties may be imposed upon the Patriots. One source described the league as “disappointed … angry … distraught” after spending considerable time on the findings earlier Tuesday.
Part of the investigation that needs further vetting is how the 11 footballs became underinflated.
The balls are required to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces. Once approved by the referee, the balls are then put into ball bags and are set on the sidelines for each team. The ball bags are not guarded or watched in any way. When an official calls for a new football, a team’s designated ball boy will get a new football from the ball bag and give it to the official.
Eleven of the Patriots’ 12 game balls were inflated 2 pounds per square inch below what’s required by NFL regulations during the AFC Championship Game against the Colts, according to league sources.
“We have been in complete cooperation with the league and will continue to do so,” James said.
The NFL began looking into the issue because doctoring the footballs could provide a competitive advantage, compromising the integrity of the game.
Deflating a football can change the way it’s gripped by a player or the way it travels through the air. Under NFL rules, each team provides balls each game for use when its offense is on the field.
Furthermore, Brady told WEEI radio in November 2011 that he likes using underinflated footballs.
“When Gronk scores … he spikes the ball and he deflates the ball. I love that, because I like the deflated ball,” Brady said then of tight end Rob Gronkowski. “But I feel bad for that football, because he puts everything he can into those spikes.”
Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, however, said on Twitter that the issue still didn’t affect the outcome of the game.
The New England Patriots are Super Bowl bound after crushing the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in Sunday night’s AFC Championship game, but a new report is calling into question the integrity of that victory.
Soon after the game, Bob Kravitz of WTHR Indianapolis tweeted that the NFL was investigating the possible use of deflated footballs by the Patriots:
Breaking: A league source tells me the NFL is investigating the possibility the Patriots deflated footballs Sunday night. More to come.
— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 19, 2015
A deflated ball could be easier to throw, especially in rainy conditions like those in the Patriots-Colts face-off.
The NFL source reportedly told Kravitz that “officials took a ball out of play at one point and weighed it.”
According to NBC Sports, “several” abnormal balls were allegedly removed from gameplay during the match-up.
Bob Glauber of New York Newsday later confirmed that an NFL investigation into the matter is underway:
Told if a league investigation confirms deflated footballs it will result in lost draft picks. Stay tuned.
— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 19, 2015
According to Newsday, the Patriots could face a potential fine or a draft penalty if it turns out that they did use deflated balls, though they would likely retain their win. WTHR’s Kravitz tweeted similar information about draft picks on Sunday night:
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responded to the allegations in question during a Monday morning appearance on WEEI Boston sports radio, calling the reports “ridiculous”:
Brady said he was not aware of the report, claiming, “I have no idea” what the controversy was about.
“I think I’ve heard it all at this point,” he said with a laugh.
Added Brady: “That’s the last of my worries. I don’t even respond to stuff like this.”
Despite the NFL probe, the show must go on. The Patriots are set to face the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks on February 1st in Super Bowl XLIX.
Before joining the Ravens’ staff, Kubiak had served as head coach of the Houston Texans. The Broncos will introduce him at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
“Gary Kubiak has established a track record of leadership, success and high character during his 30 seasons in the NFL,” Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement Monday. “While there is no question he is a Bronco, what Gary has learned from his other opportunities around the league — especially in his eight seasons as a head coach — will tremendously benefit our organization.
“Having coached on three Super Bowl champions and 11 playoff teams, Gary knows what it will take to deliver another world championship to Broncos fans. Coach Kubiak is all about winning and doing things the right way, which are values that have always been most important to the Broncos and owner Pat Bowlen.”
Kubiak had said after the Ravens’ loss to the New England Patriots last week in the divisional round of the playoffs that he was staying in Baltimore, but he had a change of heart when the Broncos job became available.
Kubiak served as backup quarterback to Elway before becoming a part of the team’s coaching staff after his retirement.
Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison and tight ends coach Brian Pariani will be following Kubiak to Denver, sources told ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley.
Kubiak replaces John Fox, who parted ways with Denver following the team’s divisional round playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts a week ago. Fox has since been hired as head coach of the Chicago Bears.
The Broncos’ hiring of Kubiak leaves the Atlanta Falcons as the lone team without a head coach.
The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly just took another step in their quest to bring back LeBron James by opening up a large amount of cap space in a three-team trade with the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics. Point guard Jarrett Jack and young center Tyler Zeller headline the trade.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports the deal can’t become official until Thursday, when the July moratorium ends, but all parties have agreed to the terms. Here are the details:
Three-team trade will see Nets acquire Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev from Cleveland. Boston gets Thornton, Zeller and a first
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 9, 2014
Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski provided additional details about what the Cavs will receive:
In 3-way, Cavs get: Draft rights to Nets prospects: Karaman/Drejer/Bavcic. And cap space — more than the $20.7M needed — to sign James.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 9, 2014
Essentially, the Cavs are doing this deal to free up as much cap space as possible. The draft rights to Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavcic are ancillary benefits included just to make the trade legal. Cleveland isn’t hiding its intentions of adding James or another big-name free agent.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Cavs will have enough cap room to accomplish that mission once the deal goes through:
3-team trade involving Cavs, Celtics & Nets could allow Cavs to open about $24M in cap space. LeBron max is $20.7M
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 9, 2014
Cavs planned to make version of this trade regardless of LeBron plans, sources say. Should not be indication any LeBron decision reached.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 9, 2014
If the Cavaliers don’t have a strong feeling about their ability to land James, however, this deal is a major risk. They are giving up some valuable assets—Zeller, Sergey Karasev and a future first-round pick—for basically nothing.
After an extremely successful stint with the Miami Heat, James has remained quiet since entering the free-agent market. Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press (via Cleveland.com) had a brief exchange with him between meetings on Tuesday:
Asked by The Associated Press how free agency was going when his afternoon meeting agenda was apparently complete, the four-time MVP said ‘no complaints.’ He offered a quick greeting, and provided no hints of anything—including when his next ‘Decision’ will be known—before leaving with a wave.
As for the trade itself, both the Nets and Celtics do well by lending Cleveland a helping hand.
Brooklyn adds Jack, who can help back up Deron Williams with Shaun Livingston having departed in free agency. Karasev could also step into the starting lineup if Paul Pierce decides to sign elsewhere this summer.
Boston gets a promising young player in Zeller as well as a future first-round pick to help with its rebuilding process. Marcus Thornton can also be a solid role player, although his value is largely as an expiring $8.6 million contract.
For the Cavaliers, it all comes down to how they use the cap space. If they are able to add James or another big name, it will be easy to crown them the winners of the trade. That’s not a guarantee, however, unless they know something the public doesn’t.
In other words, stay tuned.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling couldn’t even apologize without making more inflammatory comments. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that aired Monday night, Sterling admitted that he “made a terrible mistake” by uttering the racist remarks that earned him exile from the NBA, but he also took a shot at Magic Johnson.
“Big, Magic Johnson, what has he done?” Sterling asked Cooper. “He’s got AIDS.”
Cooper clarified that Johnson was diagnosed with HIV, not AIDS. Sterling went on, “What kind of a guy has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. What does he do for the black people?”
Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after audio recordings of his racist comments were released by TMZ and Deadspin. In the recordings, Sterling told a woman, V. Stiviano, to not bring black people to games or share photos of herself with black people on social media. A photo of Stiviano with Magic Johnson was mentioned during the recorded conversation.
Sterling told Copper that he has spoken to Johnson twice since the recordings were released. Asked if he had offered an apology to the NBA legend, Sterling questioned Johnson’s status as a role model.
“Well, if I said anything wrong, I’m sorry,” Sterling responded. “He’s a good person. What am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’t think so. But I’ll say it, he’s great. But I just don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles. That he would go and do what he did, and then get AIDS.”
Sterling went on to claim that “some of the African-Americans — maybe I’ll get in trouble again — they don’t want to help anybody.”
In the interview with Cooper, which came nearly two weeks after the first recording was released, Sterling also claimed he “was baited” by Stiviano into making racist remarks.
“I mean, that’s not the way I talk. I don’t talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things. I don’t talk about people,” he said.
Along with the lifetime ban, Silver said he would urge the NBA’s Board of Governors to force a sale of the Clippers. Sterling expressed hope that the owners might not vote for a sale but did not express interest in a prolonged legal battle.
“But if you fight with my partners, what at the end of the road, what do I benefit, especially at my age? If they fight with me and they spend millions and I spend millions, let’s say I win or they win, I just don’t know if that’s important,” said Sterling.
Silver released a statement apologizing to Magic Johnson since “he continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack… The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.”