British boxer David Haye has been out of the picture for quite some time now, but his unexpected exit three years ago left fans wondering if he'll return to the ring. That question has been answered when he announced his return to fight Australian boxer Mark de Mori in January at the O2 Arena in London.
The 35-year-old is not getting any younger, but his Jan.16 fight date proves that he still has the hunger to pursue another heavyweight championship. The last time the 2001 silver medalist of the World Amateur Boxing Championships fought was in the summer of 2012 when he stopped Dereck Chisora in the fifth round.
Haye talked about his plan of moving up to heavyweight title contention once again. "I'm so happy to be able to step back through the ropes and back into the ring, where I do my best work," he said. "I've always set the bar high in my career and I will continue to do so," the British boxing star added. more >>
Since taking over as majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets (then the Bobcats), Michael Jordan liked to experiment with several coaches, giving them so little time to carve out a niche in his team. But the news about current head coach Steve Clifford's multiyear extension is somewhat new; something that the club actually needs for continuity.
Multiple reports are saying that the deal Clifford signed includes a three-year guarantee, keeping his job as head coach secured until the 2018-2019 season, while the team gets an option for the 2019-2020 season.
Currently in his third season, Clifford guided the team to the first round of the NBA playoffs in his first season. He may have an overall losing record with the Hornets, but the team is having some bit of success to start the season with eight wins to show against six defeats. more >>
The Los Angeles Clippers are currently under .500, losing seven of their last nine games early in the season; and while it's not about time to push the panic button, it looks like the consecutive defeats are taking its toll.
Recently acquired forward Josh Smith was reportedly involved in an argument with one Clippers assistant coach in the team's locker room, immediately after LA lost another game to Toronto last Sunday. Although there are no exact details as to the cause of the argument, coupled with profane language and shouting, several members of the team attribute the same to the growing frustration of losing.
Reports also came in that the argument actually was heard by several reporters waiting in another room where head coach Doc Rivers was to attend to the post-game press conference. more >>
If there's a commitment within the Bucs organization to save the season and fight for a spot in the NFC playoff race, then they will need some kind of a plan that doesn't include rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander.
Tampa Bay is still within reach of playoff contention, but the news of Alexander expecting a notice from the NFL office about his suspension is an obvious blow to the team. The letter from the league contains information about his four-game suspension in response to Alexander's violation of the NFL policy on using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Talking to reporters after the Bucs' 45-17 win against the Eagles, he admitted that it's his fault — at least he's man enough to do that. "It's very disappointing, and I'm just disappointed in myself because all our coaches keep saying, 'if you're going to drink something, ask somebody first.' So I hold myself accountable," he said. more >>
Details: Date: Nov. 24, Tuesday Venue: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain TV Coverage: FOX Sports (US), BT Sports Europe (UK)
Barcelona is coming into this match super confident after soundly beating its rival, Real Madrid, with 4-0, last weekend. However, Luis Enrique believes that his team still hasn't played its best. This time, they'll be up against an equally difficult opponent in AS Roma on Tuesday, hoping to grab that spot in the Champions League knockout stages.
Good news for Barca is that Messi and Rakitic are expected to be back in action, though the team will still miss the services of Rafinha and Douglas to knee and foot injuries, respectively. more >>
The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again trying to make history with the signing of a minority manager; reports are coming in that former outfielder Dave Roberts is slated to become the team's manager. Roberts has a Japanese mother and an African American father, which makes him a unique selection.
The 43-year-old and the Dodgers are reportedly inking a three-year contract, while the team has the option to keep him for a fourth season. As soon as the hiring becomes official, he will become a member of a group made up of three minorities who are currently managing a major league baseball team. The other ones are Fredi Gonzales of the Atlanta Braves and Dusty Baker of the Washington Nationals.
Roberts himself is no stranger to achievements and feats all throughout his colorful career, but probably the most prominent of those feats is the stolen base during the 2004 ALCS. He stole a base in Game 4 of that series, successfully fueling a comeback for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees. The Red Sox eventually won their first-ever World Series in almost a century. In the latter part of his career, Roberts suffered cancer; a battle that he eventually won. more >>