's 10 most popular stories from the week ending May 8

Friday May 8th, 2015

Here is a roundup of's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.

Mayweather will never have victory he wants most

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Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision last weekend, in a fight that aesthetically left much to be desired. Amid the post-fights boos, it became clear that Mayweather will never gain the respect and adoration he desiresBy Greg Bishop.

2016 NFL mock draft 1.0

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It's never too early. With the 2015 draft behind us, looks ahead with the first 2016 mock draft, with stars like Shawn Oakman, Ronnie Stanley and Joey Bosa at the topBy Chris Burke.

Mayweather-Pacquiao falls short of hype

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After years of build-up, Saturday's fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had lots to live up to. But with Mayweather defensive-as-ever and Pacquiao unable to do anything about it, the so-called Fight of the Century was somewhat of a dud. By Chris Mannix.

Supercool Carey Price stands tall

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Amid all the pressure and expectation that comes with being goalie for the Canadiens, Carey Price has managed to make the job look easy as Montreal battles through the playoffsBy Michael Farber.

Steve Spurrier talks Gamecocks' offseason

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With South Carolina coming off a disappointing 7-6 season, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier reflects on the past and looks forward to 2015. “We’ll have a good team,” Spurrier says. “How good? Well, who knows?” By Zac Ellis.

A-Rod, Trout and other April trends

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Nobody should draw conclusions after one month. But one month is enough time to identify trends. And here are your 10 most interesting trends from the first month of baseballBy Tom Verducci.

Deflategate: What are Brady's options?

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On Wednesday, investigator Ted Wells released a report implicating Tom Brady in the Patriots' ball-deflating scandal.'s legal expert breaks down what the report means and what comes next for Brady. By Michael McCann.

Griffin, Harden stepping up in postseason

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Through Round 1 and the early stages of conference semifinal matchups, several players have produced the best postseason showings of their professional lives. These guys have all shown out when compared to their numbers from past postseason appearancesBy Ben Leibowitz.

Golson's transfer best for everybody

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Everett Golson will transfer from Notre Dame and reportedly be eligible to quarterback another team in 2015, and this is precisely the best thing for both Golson and the schoolBy Brian Hamilton.

Deflategate quotes, then and now

Fourteen weeks after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pronounced he was no cheater, Ted Wells suggested otherwise. We compared what Brady and his compadres first said in the face of deflategate allegations to the findings in the Wells Report. By Alex Putterman, Jake Fischer and Lindsay Applebaum.

The day Michael Jordan hit "The Shot"

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With Chicago trailing by one point in Game Five of the 1989 Eastern Conference first round and the clock showing just three seconds, Michael Jordan double-clutched on an 18-foot shot over Craig Ehlo that rattled the back of the rim and went in, giving the Bulls a 101-100 victoryBy Jack McCallum.

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