Morning Jolt: Pacquiao retiring for political pursuits?
This could be the end of Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, delivered this knee-buckling assessment for boxing fans already distraught by the failed Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. negotiations. "This could be our last fight," Roach said last week, as Pacquiao heads into the final days of training for his March 13 welterweight world title bout against Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas. Roach's sobering speculation about boxing's biggest star is based on a chain of events that could occur. Pacquiao, 31, is running for a congressional seat in his native Philippines. If elected in May, he'll represent a community of about 400,000 people in need of improved healthcare, education and employment that the boxer himself was deprived of while being raised in poverty. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
It may not be the total pitches, but the pitches per inning that mean the most to Clayton Kershaw this season. Asked whether the 22-year-old would remain on a pitch count of 100 or so this season, Joe Torre put his index fingers to his lips and said, "Shhhh. Let's not talk about it. If we don't talk about it, we don't have to worry about it." Torre said that instead of the total number of pitches Kershaw throws, he will be focused more on how many pitches he throws in each inning. Kershaw said he understands why. "You could throw 80 pitches in a game, but if you do that in four innings, sometimes you're a lot more sore than if you throw 110 pitches in eight innings," Kershaw said. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Look who's going through another pro day. Adam "Pacman" Jones will work out for NFL scouts March 19, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The cornerback, whose troubled past has left him out of the NFL since the 2008 season, will hold a pro day-style workout in New Orleans following Tulane's pro day. (NFL.com) Comment
Team USA goalie Ryan Miller lays on the ice after Canada's Sidney Crosby scored in overtime to win the Olympic gold medal. (AP)
Two-time Slam Dunk Contest champ Jason Richardson misses a game-tying dunk with 42 seconds remaining against the Spurs on Sunday. San Antonio won the game.
- SI Vault: Mickey Mantle
- 1941 -- Elmer Layden becomes first NFL commissioner.
- 1949 -- Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ.
- 1969 -- Yankees icon Mickey Mantle retires.
- 1972 -- Wilt Chamberlain becomes first NBA player to score 30,000 points.
- 1993 -- George Steinbrenner is reinstated as owner of Yankees.
- 1993 -- New expansion NHL team, owned by Disney, is named the Mighty Ducks.