Going into the 2014 season, both the New York Yankees and New York Mets each had high expectations for two men who would be in the middle of their respective lineups. Those players are Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson. Fantasy baseball owners shared in this hope and optimism, many considering the two to be staples in their every day lineups. The season has started, however, and things have not gone as planned for either for various reasons. Below the fold is an examination of what has went wrong, and if anything can be done to fix it. Continue reading
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather (45-0; 26 KO) will put his undefeated record on the line against big-hitting Argentine sensation Marcos Maidana (35-3; 31 KO) on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight, for the WBC Welterweight title, will be produced by Showtime PPV.
Mayweather’s resume is highlighted by wins over 20 world champions, including Arturo Gatti, Canelo Alvarez, Carlos Baldomir, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Shane Moseley, Victor Ortiz and Zab Judah, while Maidana has beaten the likes of Adrien Broner, DeMarcus Corley, Erick Morales, Jesus Soto Karass, Josesito Lopez, DeMarcus Corley and Victor Ortiz.
Maidana has been beaten by Amir Khan, Andreas Kotelnik and Devon Alexander. Khan (28-3; 19 KO), who won the silver medal representing the UK at the 2004 Olympics in Athens at the age of 17, will fight Luis Collazo (35-5; 18 KO) on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard.
As expected, Mayweather is the bookmakers’ odd-on favorite to win. The most popular bets are as follows: Mayweather (1/10), Maidana (8/1), Draw (38/1).
Ticket prices range from around $400 to $15,000.
Year after year the end of the NBA regular season signals playoff basketball for 16 teams, while the future of 14 franchises is determined by ping pong balls.
As always, ping pong balls will determine the order of the top 14 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, with the Lottery scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 20 May.
The Milwaukee Bucks, who secured the ‘top spot’ in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery with a dismal 15-67 record, are projected to be on the clock first but that could easily change before Draft Day (Thursday, 26 June 2014).