The Toronto Raptors so far had several ups and downs in the NBA playoffs this year. They started the postseason by losing Game 1 of their first-round series against the Boston Celtics but were able to rally behind Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. The Miami Heat took them to Game 7, where they had to pull out all the stops to win it and get the right to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Cavs Dominate in Game 1
Coming off a nine-day break, the Cavaliers dominated the Raptors in Game 1, 115-84, per NBA.com. The story here is that LeBron James and company are the obvious favorites after sweeping their previous two opponents. The Raptors' chances of winning this series is slim to none, so the right question to ask is if they can avoid a sweep -- something the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks couldn't manage. more >>
As of April 2016, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao has retired from the sport of boxing, mainly to put his sole focus on being a public servant in his country of the Philippines.
"Pacman's" last bout was a rubber match against former WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, where he ended his 20-year career on a high note via a convincing unanimous decision victory, scoring two official knockdowns in the process.
His long-time rival, Floyd Mayweather is also retired, having fought his last fight in September 2015 against former world champion Andre Berto. "Money Mayweather" won the fight via a wide-margined unanimous decision victory, keeping his undefeated record intact. Given the said scenario, it is highly unlikely that the world would see a part two between both fighters. more >>
Since WBC middleweight world champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez successfully defended his title against Amir Khan last May 7th via a sixth round highlight reel knockout, he has been primed to face mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin.
"GGG," who is also the WBC interim 160-pound champion, solidified his spot when he defeated Dominic Wade last April 23. The WBC had previously and repeatedly stipulated that should Alvarez refuse to face Golovkin, the Mexican boxing superstar would be stripped of his title, as per Boxing Scene.
The WWE lately has been plagued by so many injuries to its stars, so it's about time for someone to step up and help the entertainment company get back to prominence. With that in mind, the next edition of Monday Night Raw should be more than enough to generate interest in the WWE, with stars like John Cena, Randy Orton, and Seth Rollins making their respective returns.
According to Forbes, the popular Rollins is expected to make a return to the ring by June for Raw, a program by the WWE that has been struggling as of late ever since he and Cena took some time off with injuries. But now, the program will again be able to compete with WrestleMania.
And because Rollins' return is already set in stone, the only question now is who are those guys anticipated to carry on with their feuds with former WWE World Heavyweight champion? Here's a list of the give most sensible rivals for his return: more >>
When Floyd Mayweather Jr. left boxing undefeated, no one really took his claim of retiring for good seriously. After all, he's done it before, only to come back to cash in for another heavily promoted boxing match. But this time, the talk of him "unretiring" has some interesting twist in it.
According to Mayweather, via an ES News interview, there only is one thing that could convince him to return to the ring -- a fight with UFC star and Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. "If I do fight, it's only against Conon McGregor," he said. He believes the matchup is worth the try because it's "intriguing" enough.
Intriguing surely fits the prospect of him, a full-time boxer, mixing it up with an MMA fighter. Both are established superstars in their industries, with Mayweather not having tasted defeat ever. McGregor meanwhile is an ideal opponent to the one calling himself "The Best Ever" since he probably might be the only man in the planet who runs his mouth more than the welterweight boxing champ. more >>
Steph Curry has never been shy about his Christian faith as an NBA star, but that doesn't mean he will quote Bible verses in every interview either.
While gracing the cover of the new May/June 2016 issue of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes FCA Magazine, Curry explains that he won't always have a Bible verse to share publicly.
"I'm not a guy who's going to be trying to bash people over the head with the Bible," he said in the magazine. "I want people to know when they see me play that something is different, that I play for something different, and whether I'm talking about it [or not], I just hope by the way I carry myself and by the way I play the game, they can see there's something different about that guy. And they find out what it is and then they know. It's part of who I am." more >>