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Jim Harbaugh wants to take Michigan to South Africa or Brazil next

Jim Harbaugh has taken his Michigan Wolverines to Europe for a team building and culturally enriching trip. The experience has been so positive that he would like to do something similar next year. Harbaugh, whose team is in Rome, told MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner that he wants to go to South Africa or Brazil next year….Read More

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Anthony Joshua willing to fight Tyson Fury, anyone

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua is not afraid of anyone.

The heavyweight improved to 19-0 after an impressive win over reigning WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday in London. Joshua dropped Klitschko once in the 5th and then twice more in the 11th before the fight was stopped. He also was knocked down in the 6th.

Joshua has continued his impressive KO streak as he has won all of his fights by KO. He is poised to take on some of the best heavyweights in the world and is willing to fight anyone.

“I never duck a challenge, so if you want ever want to see me fight Tyson Fury, I’m not going anywhere. I will fight Tyson Fury,” Joshua said in his postfight match with HBO’s Max Kellerman.

Joshua said he was willing to do a rematch with Klitschko or even fight Deontay Wilder.

“If Wladimir wants to fight, I will fight Wladimir once again,” Joshua said.

He was asked by Kellerman about Wilder.

“Wilder’s a great champion and representing America really well. If that fight happens next, so be it. We don’t duck anyone.”

Let’s hope he ends up fighting Fury or Wilder because those would be some great battles. Even a rematch with Klitschko would be a fun fight.

Albert Pujols mocks Rangers pitcher after beef

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols mocked Texas Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez after Saturday’s 6-3 loss in Arlington.

During the top of the 4th inning, Pujols was facing Yu Darvish with an 0-1 count when the Rangers pitcher buzzed him with a pitch up and in. Pujols ducked out of the way but had words with some in the opposing dugout after his at-bat, including Gonzalez.

After the game, Pujols called Gonzalez “Chi Chi Rodriguez,” who was a famous golfer.

There’s no better way to show disrespect for someone than by getting their name wrong.

Gonzalez is currently on the 60-day DL with an elbow injury. Pujols went 0-for-3 with an RBI on Saturday and has a lowly .634 OPS this season, though he has racked up 22 RBIs thanks largely to batting behind offensive machine, Mike Trout.

Report: Major front office changes expected for Buffalo Bills

Doug Whaley

Major changes in the Buffalo Bills’ front office are expected to come, possibly on Sunday, according to a report.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Saturday that he hears a major shakeup with the Bills could be coming.

This report should not come as a surprise to those who have been following the situation.

Last month a Bills reporter said it was only a matter of time before GM Doug Whaley was fired. The word then was that new head coach Sean McDermott has the personnel control.

The Ringer’s Michael Lombardi said as much on Friday when he said it was McDermott running the draft:

In addition to Whaley’s job being on the line, Pro Football Talk recently reported that many Bills scouts could get fired.

When new leadership takes over an organization, the threat of them bringing in their own people always exists. It seems that may be the case in Buffalo.

Jalen Robinette goes undrafted after Air Force changes policy

Air Force Football

Jalen Robinette went undrafted this weekend, and a change in the Air Force Academy’s policy had a big reason to do with that.

Robinette is the Air Force’s all-time leader in receiving yards and was projected as a potential mid-round pick. He had been training and preparing for the draft, but then he got some awful news on Thursday night.

The Air Force changed its policy and decided not to allow athletes the chance to defer their two years of active duty to pursue a professional sports career. Consequently, Robinette was not chosen in the draft.

Last year Navy’s Keenan Reynolds was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the draft. That was under the Department of Defense’s policy, which allowed athletes to apply to have their active duty deferred on a case-by-case basis. The DOD’s policy remains the same, but the Air Force decided not to allow athletes the chance to defer their service.

This new rule is unfortunate for Robinette, who had been training and working out thinking that he would be allowed to join a team. He already attended the Air Force knowing he would be serving his country first and himself second, but to work and prepare the way he did and only be told the day of the draft that the rules were changing has to be disheartening for anyone.

Robinette says he is not going to stop playing football just because of the new rule.

Jim Harbaugh wants to take Michigan to South Africa or Brazil next

Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh has taken his Michigan Wolverines to Europe for a team building and culturally enriching trip. The experience has been so positive that he would like to do something similar next year.

Harbaugh, whose team is in Rome, told MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner that he wants to go to South Africa or Brazil next year.

“We’ll get together as a team and decide, but I’d really like to go to Cape Town or Johannesburg,” he said. “One of those two.”

Harbaugh has been a pioneer in many aspects since returning to the college game. He made a lot of noise for setting up satellite camps around the country, which rubbed opposing programs the wrong way. He took his team to Florida for spring break last year. And this year he took them abroad.

Harbaugh wants to keep doing similar trips and hopes other programs follow suit.

So much of what Harbaugh does is different from the norm, so it probably shouldn’t also shock you that he’s giving his players the entire month of May off. They’ll have the chance to get jobs or internships during that time, or just study without worrying about football.

You know Harbaugh keeps his focus on the game when they’re in season, but when they’re not, he’s trying to give his players a full college experience.

John Wall lived up to promise to Atlanta celebrities in Game 6

John Wall Wizards

John Wall more than exceeded his promise to a few VIPs in Atlanta on Friday night.

Wall’s Wizards were in town looking to close out the Hawks in their first-round playoff series. Also at the game were some celebrities, like Julio Jones of the Falcons and rappers Gucci Mane and Quavo.

Late in the game, Wall could be seen saying something to Jones:

After the game, Wall was asked what he said to the guys and explained:

35 and a win? How about 42 points and a 115-99 win. Wall balled out going 16-for-25 with 8 assists, and teammate Bradley Beal scored 31. Next up for the Wizards will be the Boston Celtics. Game 1 of that series is on Sunday. Hopefully for the Celtics’ sake no Patriots show up to that one.

Report: Magic to offer David Griffin top basketball operations position

David Griffin

The Orlando Magic have reportedly zeroed in on David Griffin as the man they want to run their basketball operations department.

Griffin is currently the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his contract is set to expire. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, the Magic are planning to offer to make him the president of their basketball operations department. The two sides can begin negotiating a deal after the Cavs’ season concludes.

Cleveland has not ruled out giving Griffin an extension, but the team has not discussed a new deal with the GM. With the Cavs having the highest payroll in the NBA, there has been speculation that owner Dan Gilbert would rather not pay Griffin like one of the top executives in the league.

For what it’s worth, LeBron James has publicly endorsed Griffin and said he wants the Cavs to give the executive an extension.

The Magic are also said to be interested in a pair of Boston Celtics legends for their president of basketball operations position, but all signs indicate Griffin is the front-runner to land the job.

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