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2015 NCAA Tournament: Latest UPDATES – EOTM Sports News

By Cain Cawthon

Can anyone stop the Kentucky Wildcats? (Don McPeak/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates

With the bracket set, it’s time to take a deeper dive into the Field of 68. Read on to find first-round Cinderellas, teetering top seeds and more.

Picking favorites in the NCAA tournament is the smart play, but what makes March Madness great is the upsets and Cinderella teams who pull off something special. (Read More)

Most vulnerable top seeds

They’re the best teams in the nation. But when one loss can banish anyone from the bracket, it just takes one slip-up to shatter dreams of ladders, scissors and a nylon necklace – even for those occupying the top seed lines. (Read More)

Selection Sunday’s biggest snubs and surprises

The NCAA tournament selection committee made its decision, and as usual, the final cuts were the cruelest. (Read More)

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Care about college basketball? Root for Iowa State, Villanova, Notre Dame and North Carolina

Once they put aside educational allegiances and office-pool interests, college basketball fans should root for the handful of dangerous teams who play with a combination of pace and skill that doesn’t require toothpicks to keep eyelids open. (Read More)

When it’s Kentucky vs. the field, the field is the underdog
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The bracket does not feature a handful of favorites and a swath of dark horses, all jockeying for position, elbowing one another out of the way. It features Kentucky and everyone else. (Read More)

The bracket is unveiled

The first region has been revealed, starting with Kentucky, unsurprisingly, as the overall No. 1 seed in the Midwest. Here’s how the bracket shakes out so far:

Midwest

1. Kentucky vs. 16. Manhattan/Hampton
2. Kansas vs. 15. New Mexico State
3. Notre Dame vs. 14. Northeastern
4. Maryland vs. 13. Valparaiso
5. West Virginia vs. 12. Buffalo
6. Butler vs. 11. Texas
7. Wichita State vs. 10. Indiana
8. Cincinnati vs. 9. Purdue

Quick take: Kansas hangs on to a No. 2 seed despite losing in the Big 12 title game, but their reward is a spot in Kentucky’s bracket. Meanwhile, the ACC tournament champs end up as the best 3-seed, with Notre Dame getting the nod in the Midwest. In terms of early bubble talk, Purdue, Indiana and Texas ended up on the good side of the bubble. And neither the Boilermakers nor the Hoosiers came particularly close to the cutline, which is surprising.

East

1. Villanova vs. 16. Lafayette
2. Virginia vs. 15. Belmont
3. Oklahoma vs. 14. Albany
4. Louisville vs. 13. UC Irvine
5. Northern Iowa vs. 12. Wyoming
6. Providence vs. 11. Boise State/Dayton
7. Michigan State vs. 10. Georgia
8. North Carolina State vs. 9. LSU

Quick Take: The Cavaliers couldn’t hang on to a No. 1 seed, but they did end up a No. 2 in what looks like a navigable bracket — except for the part where they have to play Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans in the second round. Boise State’s loss in the Mountain West semifinals has put them into the play-in game in Dayton … against Dayton. That seems, um, interesting. LSU was another team many thought may miss the cut, but like Purdue, they land a No. 9 seed.

South

1. Duke vs. 16. North Florida/Robert Morris
2. Gonzaga vs. 15. North Dakota State
3. Iowa State vs. 14. UAB
4. Georgetown vs. 13. Eastern Washington
5. Utah vs. 12. Stephen F. Austin
6. SMU vs. 11. UCLA
7. Iowa vs. 10. Davidson
8. San Diego State vs. 9. St. John’s

Quick Take: Let’s start with the UCLA Bruins … CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb said during the selection special that there’s not a reasonable person in the country who believes UCLA belongs in the bracket. He’s not too far off. The Bruins finished 5-10 against the RPI top 100. That not only got UCLA into the field, the Bruins don’t even have to play a first-four play-in game. That’s stunning. On the top half of the bracket, Duke looks like a safe bet to advance. At the bottom, a potential Iowa State-Gonzaga clash in the Sweet 16 would produce a thriller.

West

1. Wisconsin vs. 16. Coastal Carolina
2. Arizona vs. 15. Texas Southern
3. Baylor vs. 14. Georgia State
4. North Carolina vs. 13. Harvard
5. Arkansas vs. 12. Wofford
6. Xavier vs. 11. BYU/Ole Miss
7. VCU vs. 10. Ohio State
8. Oregon vs. 9. Oklahoma State

Quick Take: With the final region revealed, hope dies for a Murray State miracle bid. BYU and Ole Miss will get the opportunity to earn the 11-seed with the play-in game in Dayton. Wisconsin, winners of the Big Ten tournament Sunday, gets the No. 1 seed, but if everything proceeds according to seed-strength, they’ll have to top a very dangerous Arizona team in the Elite Eight.

In all, the Big 12 and the Big Ten emerge with the most bids, sporting seven apiece.

UCLA made the tournament, and no one is happy about it

This year’s utterly head-scratching decision was the inclusion of UCLA, which not only made the field despite a suspect resume, but also wasn’t even chosen as one of the four teams that will head to Dayton for the play-in games early this week. (Read More)

Dick Vitale plants a kiss on Ashley Judd with a capital ‘K

Dick Vitale got a little frisky with actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd before the Wildcats’ win over Arkansas in the SEC championship game on Sunday. (Read More)

The Bubble

Sorting through Saturday’s results

See who clinched an automatic bid to the Big Dance and whether the bid thieves still lurk in the shadows of Selection Sunday’s conference championships. (Read More)

Breaking down the bubble

Who are the last teams in? First ones out? Take an in-depth look at the top candidates for an at-large bid, from the locks to the leftovers based on historical analysis. (Read More)

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Visualizing the bubble

What the heck does the bubble look like? What provides its shape? See where every Top 100 RPI fits and what it means for their status in the NCAA tournament field. (Read More via Washington Post)

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50 Cent says he’s betting $1.6 million that Floyd Mayweather will beat Manny Pacquiao, Report

By Cain Cawthon

Rapper 50 Cent hasn’t always been nice to his former friend and business partner Floyd Mayweather.

Rapper 50 Cent, left, and boxer Floyd Mayweather pose during an interview regarding their collaboration in the film production company Cheetah Vision Films during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in 2011. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

It was just last August when the entertainer pledged to donate $750,000 to charity if the boxer could prove he could read. Mayweather did not take the challenge. Instead, he tweeted out pictures of two checks totally over $70 million and told 50 Cent to donate his money to Michael Brown’s family, referring to the young black man who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

Well, flash forward a few months later, and there might be hope for the pair’s friendship after all. 50 Cent went on “The Breakfast Club” on New York’s Power 105.1 FM Tuesday morning to report the two are on speaking terms again after meeting by chance at a Chris Brown show earlier this month. Not only that, but 50 Cent boasted he plans to bet $1.6 million on Mayweather to beat Manny Pacquiao when the two are scheduled to fight on May 2 in Las Vegas.

“Champ gonna smoke him,” 50 Cent said, referring to Mayweather, who holds both the WBC and WBA welterweight titles. 50 Cent then went on to describe Mayweather as “super focused,” and said, “It’s gonna look like [the fight] was pumped up for no reason.” He was downright nice!

As to why 50 Cent has decided to bet $1.6 million, as opposed to, say, a more round number like $1.5 million, 50 Cent says he’s “been thinking this out” and that he’s “gotta make a real bet.”

Read more via the Washington Post now.

 

Chicago Bears Report – NFL Updates

By: Cain Cawthon

CHICAGO – Another talented Chicago Bears team is in the midst of another disappointing season. With the exception of the vaunted ’85 squad and a handful of other deep playoff runs, disappointment is often the norm in the Windy City.

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Just ask Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, Hall of Fame Bears who never once played in the postseason despite legendary careers that ran concurrently.

“Butkus and Sayers were cheated. They were cheated,” their former Chicago teammate, linebacker Doug Buffone, says in A Football Life: Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers. “They were cheated because they (did) not put ballplayers around them. They expected Butkus and Sayers to take ‘em to the championship. You can’t do that. Shame on the Chicago Bears. Shame on them.”

Hard to believe that such a pair of luminary talents who played together for seven years only finished above .500 twice with their 9-5 rookie campaign the zenith of the Bears’ collective success with Butkus and Sayers.

Landing two Canton-bound players in one draft — Butkus went third overall in 1965 and Sayers came off the board one pick later — usually translates to Super Bowl success as the Pittsburgh Steelers (four Hall of Famers in 1974 draft), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks in 1995 draft) and Baltimore Ravens (Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden in 1996) can attest.

But maybe Chicago’s struggles only serve to illustrate the greatness of its famed dynamic duo. In 1969, the Bears’ 1-13 record was tied for the worst in the NFL. Yet Butkus was honored as the defensive player of the year while Sayers, who was coming back from his first major knee injury, won the rushing title with 1,032 yards.

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As it typically does, A Football Life does a nice job adding new layers to well-known NFL legends.

Butkus, known as one of the league’s most ferocious players in his day — the late Deacon Jones called him an “animal” and “stone maniac” — squirms when asked about some of the stories that have followed him.

Question from NFL Films producer: “Did you ever hit a guy out of bounds?”

Butkus: “Maybe.”

Q: “Did you ever give a guy a little extra (on a tackle)?”

Butkus: “Yep.”

Q: “Did you ever spit on (Vikings center) Mick Tingelhoff’s hands?”

Butkus: “No way. I spit on the ball.”

Q: “Did you ever bite an opposing player?”

Butkus: “I think it’s just another one of those stories, grows after the years. … I had a ball.”

Sayers did for a while, too. His 22 touchdowns in 1965 remain a record for rookies. But his career is as noteworthy for the knee injuries that derailed it prematurely — Sayers only played four full seasons — as it is for his slithery moves and breakaway speed.

Sayers blew out his right knee for the first time on Nov. 10, 1968. The emotional scars remains.

“Sometimes I cry about it because I didn’t get a chance to play the game,” said Sayers, his voice still dripping with pain and emotion.

“I wish they had better doctors back then.”

Sayers was forced to retire after the 1971 season while Butkus was done in by his own creaky knees two years later.

Yet four decades later, these close friends remain the standard bearers subsequent Bears are measured against.

A Football Life: Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers premieres Friday night on NFL Network at 10 p.m. ET.

News Source: USA Today


Manny Pacquiao to help Tim Bradley find religion tonight

Published by EOTM News Editor on April 12th, 2014 - in Boxing, Sports, Sports News

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Izenberg: Manny Pacquiao may help Tim Bradley find religion tonight (via NJ.com)

LAS VEGAS — Well, what kind of a week has it been in Gomorrah-in-the-Desert leading up to Round 13 of the welterweight fight without end? Don’t ask. Tim Bradley, an underrated boxer of genuine skills, is here to prove to the world that he is the…

 

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Mind Games Over? Cena wins over Bray Wyatt to keep his legacy

Published by EOTM News Editor on April 6th, 2014 - in Breaking News, EOTM Sports News, Sports, Sports News

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Mind Games Over? Cena wins over Bray Wyatt to keep his legacy (via The Capital Sports Report)

By Anthony Caruso III Sunday, April 6th, 2014 – 9:24 pm EST The Wyatt Family attempted to play mind games on John Cena leading up to their match. Cena would not have it, as he was focus on keeping his legacy in tact. On the final Monday Night RAW…

 

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Philadelphia 76ers retire number of Allen Iverson

Published by EOTM News Editor on March 2nd, 2014 - in Entertainment News, EOTM Sports News, Sports, Sports News

Allen Iverson salutes the Philadelphia crowd as the 76ers retired his No. 3 jersey on Saturday night. - Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Philadelphia 76ers retire number of Allen Iverson (via NJ.com)

PHILADELPHIA – During halftime Saturday night at the Wells Fargo center, the Philadelphia 76ers added an eighth retired number to the rafters – ninth if you include long-time announcer Dave Zinkoff. The festivities saw the No. 3 rise to the top…

 

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Internet was wrong: Floyd Mayweather didn’t lose $10.4M on Broncos

Published by EOTM News Editor on February 3rd, 2014 - in Sports

Floyd Mayweather says he didn't bet $10 million on the Denver Broncos to win it all (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images))

Internet was wrong: Floyd Mayweather didn’t lose $10.4M on Broncos (via Fox Sports)

Updated FEB 03, 2014 1:49a ET Floyd Mayweather Jr. likes to gamble on sports. And when he gambles on sports, he usually has a lot of money at stake. So when somebody posted the photo below of him earlier this week on Twitter, a lot of people assumed…

 

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Texans will hire Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator: report

Published by EOTM News Editor on January 4th, 2014 - in Breaking News, EOTM Sports News, Sports, Sports News

Texans will hire Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator, per report (via SB Nation)

By Jeff Gray on Jan 4 2014, 3:44p + No official word has been released, but all signs are pointing to Crennel heading to Houston. New Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is beginning to build his staff, and Romeo Crennel is expected to come on as…

 

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Dallas Cowboys sign Jon Kitna out of retirement to be third-string QB

Published by EOTM News Editor on December 25th, 2013 - in EOTM Sports News, NFL, Sports, Sports News, Trending

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Cowboys sign Jon Kitna (via SB Nation)

By Mark Sandritter  @MarkSandritter on Dec 24 2013, 6:48p + With Tony Romo’s status in doubt, the Dallas Cowboys pulled Jon Kitna out of retirement. The Dallas Cowboys surprised the football world on Tuesday by pulling Jon Kitna out of retirement…

 

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