The NBA Western Conference Finals just got started and the Oklahoma City Thunder keeps on surprising everyone, this time taking Game 1 from the Golden State Warriors. The star power in this matchup is undeniable and crazy enough that basketball fans easily forget those who play the supporting roles. No one's going to get awed by the one diving for the ball since it is more fun to see half-court heaves and rim-rocking dunks.
No doubt this series is a showcase of the battle between Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook, along with stars in Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. But just like last season's finals, there is a tendency for a role player or an unheralded one to rise to the occasion. Veteran Andre Iguodala took home the Finals MVP last year. Can somebody else steal the spotlight this time?
Let's take a look at those who have the potential to make the difference or even become the key factor in giving his team the ticket to the NBA Finals. more >>
The 2016 Rio Olympics is drawing near but the concerns on the Zika virus hasn't faded, with more and more athletes expressing concern about getting exposed to it. But this time, another adverse issue is coming Brazil's way as Olympic officials announced the retesting of hundreds of doping samples from the previous Games held in Beijing.
Why should this be a concern for several athletes slated to compete in this year's Olympics? Well, retesting the samples means one thing – that some of these athletes may find themselves banned from competing in Rio.
In fact, BBC reports that up to 31 sportsmen from six different events are almost certain to be barred from participating. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that a total of 454 samples have already been retested using the latest methods of analysis available. Likewise, the committee also said that they are waiting for the results of 250 other samples from the most recent Olympics in London. more >>
WWE may have struck gold with Rusev, who on "Monday Night Raw," asserted his dominance over Kalisto, his upcoming opponent in "Extreme Rules." Although the night ended tragically for Kalisto who now suffered a serious back injury after, The Big Guy did an Accolade submission maneuver.
The official WWE confirmed that the U.S. Champion won't be able to compete on this week's SmackDown due to a "strained intercostal muscle and erectus spinae muscle." Regardless, the game is still on as Kalisto will still defend his US title against the much bigger Rusev in this Sunday night's match-up.
Forbes speculated that the U.S. Championship belt will likely to be strapped on The Bulgarian Brute, given his opponent's injury and the "shaky booking" of Kalisto as the current champion. If this scenario pulls through, this would lead him back to the road where he gets to clash once again with John Cena. more >>
The UFC is yet to announce when Ronda Rousey would return to the Octagon after the first loss in her MMA career to Holly Holm in the main event at UFC 193 on November of last year. However, fans of the prized fighter from all over the world have been hopeful to see Rowdy back in action before the year ends.
In fact, UFC President Dana White was one of those who is looking forward to the 29-year-old's next fight. For the past few months, he was quite presumptive that it would likely to happen by November or December. As of late, White may have begun to doubt that Rousey's name will be included in the UFC 205 which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York this Nov. 12.
"She has as much time off as she wants or needs. Obviously, I would love her to come back sooner than later so we'll see how that plays out but it wouldn't be a bad thing to roll into New York with Ronda but I just don't know if she's going to be ready," the President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship said during an interview with ESPN. more >>
In the world of combat sports, professional boxing and mixed martial arts are now taking center stage, and the possibility of two fighters from each sport clashing is one that keeps fans and critics on their toes.
And in recent weeks, MMA superstar Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, Jr. have hinted at the chance that they would meet in a boxing event.
It has not been a secret that these two professionals are not fans of each other and they have made their statements regarding the fact that they can possibly meet in the future. more >>
Undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith is looking for the big fights out there. The young British professional boxer is coming off a 7th round knockout victory over his fellow Brit, Jimmy Kelly last December to retain his title. Although he's not looking past Predrag Radosevic in his scheduled defense in June, "Beefy" isn't shy when it came to his desire to fight Kell Brook sometime this year.
The 27-year-old said that Kell Brook is the fight he wants; referring to his countryman, who happens to be the current IBF welterweight champion. As per Fight News, Smith admits he and Brook are acquainted and that he's a good guy.
"But it's a fight that people would love to see," he added. more >>