All Access: Mayweather vs Maidana premieres tonight on Showtime

Episode 1 of the four-part series All Access: Mayweather vs Maidana will premiere tonight on Showtime.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.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Lottery Edition

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2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Lottery Edition

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).

Return to sender: Russell Westbrook denies Paul George & George Hill after the whistle

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook channeled his inner Kevin Garnett on Sunday, blocking jump-shots from both Paul George and George Hill before hitting the hardwood.

 

Despite Westbrook’s moment of post-whistle brilliance, the Pacers had the last laugh, taking control of the East’s No. 1 seed with a 102-97 win over the Thunder at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Sunday’s win over the Thunder means that the Indiana (55-26) can clinch home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs if the Miami Heat lose one of their two remaining games (@ Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers) or if the Pacers can win in Orlando on Wednesday.

Which team, Indiana or Miami, will secure the No. 1 seed in the East?