Month: April 2015

Oscar De La Hoya blames Mayweather camp for megafight ticket snafu (Yahoo Sports)

Another day has passed without any word of when – or even if – tickets will go on sale for the Floyd Mayeather-Manny Pacquiao fight that is scheduled for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya, who fought Mayweather in 2007 in the top-selling pay-per-view event of all-time and whose company, Golden Boy Promotions, promoted all of Mayweather’s fights between 2007 and 2014, was asked his reaction to the fact tickets haven’t been put on sale yet. He didn’t pull any punches. He put the onus on Mayweather adviser Al Haymon…

Bears at Packers (and Favre's number retirement ceremony) on Thanksgiving (Yahoo Sports)

It’s NFL schedule release day, a bona fide holiday around many parts, and we have unwrapped our first of 256 presents. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will continue the best rivalry in the NFL with a showdown on Thanksgiving night, as reported by Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com . Yes, please. In addition, the Packers will use Thanksgiving night to put former quarterback Brett Favre’s retired number in their ring of honor at Lambeau Field. That was reported by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Favre’s number will be retired when he’s inducted into the Packers Hall of…

Bryan Price apologizes for his 77 F-bombs, but stands by anti-media rant (Yahoo Sports)

Bryan Price has agreed to wash his mouth out with soap, but he still hasn’t changed his tune about the media. The Cincinnati Reds’ skipper believes the beat reporters that cover his team shouldn’t share any information that gives opposing teams an advantage. He believes that so much that Monday he conveyed that sentiment with 77 F-bombs . [ Still not too late to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ] In the requisite apology, which the Reds released Tuesday via Twitter, Price says he stands by the message but he’s sorry for the language: Bryan Price – “In…

Nevada commission appoints Kenny Bayless to referee Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (Yahoo Sports)

Kenny Bayless got the plum assignment of the year and was in essence designated as the top referee in the world by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday when he was chosen to referee the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden. Judges selected were Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman. Bayless is no stranger to either Mayweather or Pacquiao, having worked in recent years many of their fights. Bayless has refereed Mayweather in his rematch against Marcos Maidana, as well as against Canelo Alvarez, Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya. Bayless has…

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown could hold out into training camp (Yahoo Sports)

In 2012, the Pittsburgh Steelers and receiver Antonio Brown agreed to what was a mutually beneficial contract extension. Brown got $42.5 million over five years after his second NFL season. The Steelers recognized his talent and locked him up at a reasonable price early on, and Brown got some financial stability. The problem is that Brown has outplayed that deal and wants a new one. Fox Sports 1’s Mike Garafolo reported that Brown wasn’t at the first day of voluntary Steelers workouts on Monday, and is considering skipping minicamps and maybe even training camp to get a new deal. His…

Todd McLellan, Sharks ‘mutually agree to part ways’ (Yahoo Sports)

David Pollak was on to it . Todd McLellan won’t be fired from the San Jose Sharks. Instead, the team announced on Monday that they’ve “mutually agreed to part ways” with the head coach. From the Sharks: “I want to thank Todd and his staff for their years of service to the San Jose Sharks organization,” said [GM Doug] Wilson. “Sometimes a change is best for all parties involved but nothing will take away from what Todd and his staff accomplished here over the last seven seasons.” “San Jose will always hold a special place for me and my family,”…

Alex Boone’s criticism of ‘insane’ Jim Harbaugh doesn’t make sense (Yahoo Sports)

I worry about the San Francisco 49ers this season. Jim Harbaugh, who was not welcomed back by the 49ers and went to the University of Michigan after last season, pushed that San Francisco team hard. Here’s what San Francisco guard Alex Boone had to say about it, on HBO’s “Real Sports.” “He does a great job of giving you that spark, that initial boom,” Boone said, via Pro Football Talk . “But after a while, you just want to kick his (behind) … He just keeps pushing you, and you’re like, ‘Dude, we got over the mountain. Stop. Let go.’…

Boston Marathon winner wins by four seconds (Yahoo Sports)

It would take far more than just a few rain showers and gusting winds to dent the spirits of Boston and its runners at the Boston Marathon. About 30,000 runners set out early Monday morning to compete in one of the world’s most prestigious races. The marathon covers more than 26 miles of Boston’s hilly terrain, and this year’s runners faced rain and 20-mph headwinds almost every step of the way. [Slideshow: Photos from the 2015 Boston Marathon ] In the end, the men’s race came down to Lelisa Desisa and Yemane Adhane Tsegay, both of Ethiopia. With about a…