Tuesday April 21st, 2015

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Floyd Mayweather's Stomach Punching Partner (and other tidbits)

Floyd Mayweather and Nate Jones

SI's Greg Bishop has been in Las Vegas the past few weeks spending time at Floyd Mayweather's gym and filed this piece with 10 random observations from his time with the champ. Among the revelations: Tom Brady had to call in a favor to CBS President Les Moonves to score tickets to the fight, Duke's basketball team has too many black players and Nate Jones (a former Olympic heavyweight) has been hired solely to wear a chest protector and be punched repeatedly in the stomach. My favorite is that Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas gave Mayweather a painting of him smashing Pacquiao’s face into pieces.

In other news, the contract for the fight hasn't been signed yet, though this $1 million championship belt for the winner is a pretty good sign that the fight will happen. Referee Kenny Bayless hopes it goes off without a hitch. He is set to earn a record $25,000 for the fight, while the three judges will each earn $20,000. 

New Sport Alert

Ever watch MMA and feel like it would be much better if the fighters were in full-body armor and could use swords and shields? If so, may I suggest traveling to Russia for a M-1 Medieval show.

NBA Round-Up

An angry Bradley Beal accused the Raptors of calling the Wizards punks, then led his team to a 117-106 victory and a 2-0 series lead ... John Wall scored 26 points (including this gem) and dished out 17 assists, though that won't change Colin Cowherd's opinion of the Wizards guard ... LeBron James showed why he's the NBA's best closer in a 99-91 victory over the Celtics. This halfcourt alley-oop from LeBron to Kevin Love is must-see ... Mavs guard Rajon Rondo was benched for the final 23 minutes of Tuesday night's loss to Houston, which led this Dallas writer to destroy Rondo in his postgame column. In other news, J.J. Watt put an end to those pesky Caroline Wozniacki rumors and found a new woman to dance with.

Good News, Mavs Fans. No work!

Sam Bradford as a Pretzel

Walk-Off Slide

Just Missed It

Odds & Ends

The International Space Station flew over Citi Field during Tuesday night's Mets-Braves game ... The NFL has no love for Jewish fans of the New York Jets ...  If you're a mascot looking for a way to propose to your girlfriend, you should read this post ... The Atlanta Hawks' tunnel is decorated with student-designed posters ... The greatest matches in WWE Extreme Rules history ... The Reds and Brewers combined for the fourth three-grand slam game in MLB history ... Must-see games for the 2015 NFL season ... WAGS of the NHL Playoffs (Western Conference edition) ... Jay Feely called Tim Tebow "the single worst quarterback I ever saw in my career in the NFL" ...  Gary Payton is accused of assaulting a woman three times in one night back in January ... ​Dwight Howard owns 50 guns and 20 pet snakes ... Two Mets rookies took the subway to Tuesday night's game ... The top 64 prospects in the NFL Draft ... A new species of frog was discovered and it looks just like Kermit the Frog ... This Florida woman probably won't win Grandma of the Year.

Kate Bock, Proud Canadian

I love Kate Bock. She was my first-ever LLOD and my favorite SI Swimsuit Model. She's also a proud Canadian, as this awesome video demonstrates.

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Model Teacher, Kate Bock

Outsmarting Traffic, With Vlade Divac

Tips for Waze users: ​From April 16 to mid June, you can download and use the voice of Vlade Divac. Go to Menu > Settings > Sound > Voice and let Divac guide your drive. 

A Dramatic Reading of Things Jordan Spieth Said to His Ball

This made me laugh.

Mike Tyson is the Best

Mike Tyson was a guest on Lip Sync Battle and performed Salt N Pepa’s Push It. The full performance will air on Thursday.

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