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Chris Bosh dominates ‘Late Late Show’ staff in game of 1-on-30 (Video)

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Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh allowed opponents to shoot 55.3 percent at the rim against him last season. But based on his appearance on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Wednesday night, you’d think that number would be a lot closer to triple zeroes.

The two-time NBA champion challenged the entire show’s staff to a friendly game of 1-on-30 and proceeded to slaughter all of their hopes and dreams.

Not even fellow guest Jason Sudeikis nor Corden himself stood a snowball’s chance in hell against the 10-time All-Star.

Sure, Bosh may have temporarily suspended the goaltending clause in the basketball constitution. But since he was playing in sunglasses and jeans, while also presumably fielding personnel calls from Heat president Pat Riley, I would say it all evened out.

Looks like along with camera angles and joke-writing, Corden really needs to work on some post moves with his staff. Even that final barrage looked like it only netted maybe one basket.

As for Bosh, who looks to be fully healthy after a terrifying bout with blood clots in his lungs last season, he probably won’t have to play much “Late Late Show” defense for the Heat next year with Hassan Whiteside protecting the rim, leaving Bosh free to be the pick-and-roll defense dynamo that he is.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to work yourself back into playing shape by ruining the ambitions of a local late-night talk show crew.

H/T SB Nation

*Stats courtesy of NBA.com*

DeMarco Murray: LeSean McCoy has to move on with his life

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DeMarco Murray took some time on Thursday to come out and say what many of us are thinking about LeSean McCoy.

GET OVER IT.

In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, McCoy took a shot at Murray, who is replacing LeSean as the starting running back with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I think Murray’s good,” McCoy said. “But I don’t see him as competition as far as the best backs. I like my game a lot.”

While some people like to give all the credit to the Dallas Cowboys’ tremendous offensive line, Murray was easily one of the best — if not the best — running backs in the NFL last season. It will be interesting to see if he can duplicate that success in Philly, but he certainly doesn’t care what the guy Chip Kelly shipped out of town has to say about him.

“At some point you’ve got to move on with your life and career. I never worry about what someone else says about me, good, bad, and ugly,” Murray told reporters Thursday, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “I can only control what I can control, and I can’t control what someone else says about me.

“It’s funny, but I don’t take anything to heart. He has his opinion, I’m sure everyone else has theirs. I’m not worried about it at all.”

McCoy has done nothing but sound bitter since Kelly traded him. We know he thinks Kelly traded him in part because of the color of his skin, but some comments Kelly made years ago indicate he prefers a runner with Murray’s north-south style over McCoy’s east-west preference.

Let it go, LeSean.

Report: Seth Curry turned down offer from Warriors to sign with Kings

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It seems like to this point of his young basketball career, Kings guard Seth Curry has gotten this far because he has been fortunate enough to share a last name with father Dell, the Hornets legend, and older brother Stephen, the reigning MVP and defending NBA champion. But this past offseason, the younger Curry decided to go full Harry Truman and declare, “The buck stops here.”

According to a story by Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated earlier this week, Seth revealed that the Golden State Warriors (along with the Charlotte Hornets and the New Orleans Pelicans) offered him free-agent deals this summer but he turned them down to sign with the Sacramento Kings on a two-year, $2 million deal instead.

“I didn’t want to go to Golden State,” Seth told Jenkins. “I didn’t want to go back in Steph’s shadow.”

The Warriors, of course, were the first team to sign Seth after he went undrafted in 2013, briefly pairing him with his older brother. He went onto play with the Santa Cruz Warriors, their D-League affiliate, upon being waived by Golden State after six preseason appearances.

The offers from the Pelicans and the Hornets are interesting as well since the former is the franchise that father Dell actually found his greatest success playing for (before the team moved to New Orleans and changed their name), while the latter is the franchise that now carries the old moniker.

Either way, it’s good on Seth for wanting to create his own identity, independent of his familial success. He proved he belongs in the Association on his own merit with a strong Summer League showing, posting 24.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game on 45.9 percent shooting from the field.

Seth’s biggest strengths are shooting and playmaking, but he may struggle to carve out a consistent role with the Kings, having to compete with Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli on the front end and Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison on the back end. Still, the 25-year-old seems to be more than up to the challenge.

Kudos to you, Seth. If you were a Jackson brother, you would definitely be Jermaine and not Tito. After all, the last time they tried a brother-on-brother pairing in the Western Conference, things didn’t end very well.

H/T Bleacher Report

*Stats courtesy of NBA.com*

Adam Schefter essentially calls Roger Goodell a liar

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Adam Schefter on Thursday came as close as you can possibly come to calling Roger Goodel a liar without actually using the word.

As you may know, the New England Patriots and the NFL have been going back and forth for months over the suspensions of equipment managers John Jastremski and Jim McNally. The two team employees were suspended after damning text messages that were exchanged between them were published in the Ted Wells report. The Patriots insist the NFL asked them to suspend McNally and Jastremski. The NFL has vehemently denied that.

On Wednesday, the Patriots sent a request to the league asking for McNally and Jastremski to be reinstated. In an interview with ESPN Radio, Goodell reiterated once again that the NFL “absolutely” did not ask the Patriots to suspend the two staffers.

Schefter, who was the first to report that the NFL asked the Patriots to issue the suspensions, said on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show Thursday that Goodell is lying.

“It’s odd to me why if the Patriots suspended them, why they would have to go to the league to ask permission to reinstate them,” Schefter said, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com. “Again, I’m not not here to debate anybody, I reported over two months ago, in the beginning of May, that the league asked the Patriots to suspend those two employees, which is in fact what happened. Anybody can say what they want, I’m not trying to make anyone look bad, it’s not the goal, I’m just telling exactly what I was told from people that I trust from people that understand and know the situation. Why else would the Patriots have suspended them?

“Just think about it logically. It makes very little sense for the Patriots to go ahead when they believe in their innocence when they accepted the findings to go ahead and do this. And they did it. That’s it. That’s the deal.”

So what exactly are you saying, Adam?

“As forcefully as others say that the league did not do that, I’m telling you as forcefully the league did do that,” Schefter added.

Schefter is easily one of the best NFL reporters in the business, so he must be very certain about his sources to continue beating the drum. Stories we have shared with you like this one have to make you wonder if ESPN is uncomfortable with the way Schefter basically called out Goodell.

Floyd Mayweather’s top 10 most infamous moments

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As divisive welterweight icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes the ring for the 49th (and presumably final) time against Andre Berto this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, what more can be said about his controversial yet brilliant 19-year career as it comes to a close? Amidst the millions upon millions earned, the never-ending deluge of counter punches, shoulder rolls, and slips and slides, the wall-to-wall display of title belts, the silly feuds and shameful legal troubles outside of the ring, the self-proclaimed “Best Ever” distinction, and the 46 men (he fought Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo twice; shoutout to the technicality police) who have tried and failed to dethrone him from his perch atop the boxing universe. Is there anything really left to say about Money Mayweather that hasn’t been said already? As it turns out, the answer is probably no. Because Floyd himself has often been the one doing most of the talking.

For as technically gifted as he is between the ropes, the five-division world champion has embraced the villain role like no other figure the sweet science has ever seen. He embraces it, feeds off of the negative energy, and channels it into something else entirely. And one of Floyd’s main tools for achieving that much throughout his career has been through brash manipulation of the media. After all, the late great Jim Morrison once said, “Whoever controls the media controls the mind.” And if that’s truly the case, then with his outrageous interviews, abrasive personality, and knack for producing headline-grabbing spectacles, nobody has controlled the boxing mind better than Mayweather has. At least that’s what he would like us all to think. For better or for worse, here are Floyd Mayweather Jr’s ten most infamous media moments.

10. Floyd duels David Lloyd and Brian Kelly to a split decision

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Ruben Amaro’s five worst moves as Phillies GM

Ruben Amaro JrThe Philadelphia Phillies announced on Thursday that the contract of Ruben Amaro Jr. would not be renewed in a move long awaited by frustrated fans.

Amaro oversaw the team’s successful run from 2009-2011, but he also made several moves that contributed to the team’s nosedive to the bottom of the standings. Viewed as a GM who held on too tightly to the past, Amaro gave out multiple ill-advised big-money contracts and extensions that hurt the ballclub because he desperately believed the team was one of the best in the NL long after their peak had ended. It wasn’t until this season — after consecutive 73-89 seasons — that Amaro saw fit to endure a rebuild. So poorly regarded as a baseball executive, Amaro became a running joke among baseball fans, and it didn’t help when he showed a lack of understanding of statistics with comments like this.

In light of the Phillies finally parting ways with Amaro, we will revisit the GM’s five worst moves.

5. Jonathan Papelbon signing – Papelbon actually pitched well for the Phillies and more or less earned his money with the team, but few moves delineate Amaro’s blindness when it came to the state of his franchise more than this one.

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Floyd Mayweather denies covering up failed drug tests

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Thursday issued a statement addressing the growing speculation that he may have engaged in some shady behavior that indicates he covered up failed drug tests.

“As already confirmed by the USADA Statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines,” Mayweather wrote. “I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing.”

As Mayweather mentioned, the USADA also released a statement in the wake of a lengthy story from SB Nation that accuses Mayweather of manipulating the drug testing organization. The USADA said such articles are “riddled with significant inaccuracies” and are based on “unsubstantiated rumors.”

As expected, Mayweather cited his decision to use Olympic-style testing for all of his fights as proof that he is clean.

“Let’s not forget that I was the one six years ago who insisted on elevating the level of drug testing for all my fights,” he said. “As a result, there is more drug testing and awareness of its importance in the sport of boxing today than ever before.

“I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause.”

According to Thomas Hauser of SB Nation, Mayweather does not actually engage in true year-round Olympic-style testing. You can read a good breakdown of all the points Hauser laid out here.

Many people believe that Mayweather is so outspoken about drug testing because he is hiding something. He has perpetuated those beliefs by doing bizarre things like refusing to sign off on a failed drug testing penalty for his fight against Manny Pacquiao.

ESPN conveniently edits Mike Reiss reaction piece to new Spygate report

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ESPN released a 10,000-word bombshell report earlier this week that drummed up a lot of old emotions about Spygate. There was some great work done by Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham, but the story was not flawless.

And ESPN is not about to stand by and let one of its own employees point out more than a few of those flaws.

Mike Reiss, who covers the New England Patriots for ESPN.com, published a reaction piece on Wednesday highlighting seven takeaways from the Outside the Lines report. But as Pro Football Talk noted, the most recent version of Reiss’s story only contains five takeaways. That’s because ESPN cut two of them out.

“[T]he story was given a tighter edit after its initial posting,” an ESPN rep told PFT.

So what was removed? For starters, the ESPN higher-ups apparently didn’t appreciate Reiss insinuating that it would be very difficult to sneak into the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium to steal a play sheet.

“Security’s extremely tight throughout Gillette Stadium. Don’t think too many people, if any, are casually walking into the visitors’ locker room,” Reiss wrote in the original piece. “And let’s just say they are, who leaves play sheets around?”

You could counter that the security guards are in cahoots with the home team, so it would depend if the security was supplied by the Patriots or the visiting team. Still, the point seems to mesh with some of the stuff former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest said earlier this week.

The second takeaway that ESPN felt needed a “tighter edit” was Reiss’ assertion that people are looking to knock the Patriots down because they have been so successful.

“When you’re at the top, everyone likes to bring you down,” he wrote. “A longtime sportscaster with a deep history in Boston relayed this thought to me that resonated: ‘They used to say same the stuff about Red Auerbach.’”

No matter how much the Patriots did or didn’t cheat, anyone with a brain knows none of it would be as big of a deal if we were talking about the Cleveland Browns or Atlanta Falcons. Most of you probably have already forgotten what happened with the Falcons at their stadium last year.

ESPN has taken a lot of heat for its Deflategate coverage, mostly because of Chris Mortensen’s false report back in January. The decision to give the Reiss feature a “tighter edit” is, at best, lame and, at worst, further proof that the World Wide Leader has an agenda.

Aaron Rodgers shares secret to avoiding interceptions

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been by far the most efficient passer in the NFL over the past four or five years, and that is hardly an accident. Sure, Rodgers is physically gifted. But like all the greats, most of his success is bred between the ears.

In a recent interview with Peter King of The MMQB, Rodgers spoke at length about the importance of avoiding turnovers. After going into detail about one of the six red-zone interceptions he threw in his career, which was picked off by Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte in 2013, Rodgers explained his three keys not giving the ball away.

“There’s three senses as a quarterback we talk about,” Rodgers told King. “One: No premeditated decisions. Two: Don’t make a blind throw. And that was a blind throw, meaning I didn’t look inside to see where the next coverage element was—that will get you sometimes. It got me against Conte. Three: Don’t throw it late down the middle.”

Rodgers said he learned in the eighth grade that he will find himself riding the bench if he can’t secure the ball. He loves that Packers head coach Mike McCarthy drills the same things into his head that his childhood coaches used to teach.

“I desperately want to be coached,” Rodgers said.

When you look back at the 2005 NFL Draft, it’s incredible that Rodgers was taken 24th overall — 23 picks after his good buddy Alex Smith. Heck, the guy has even mastered the art of handling a sword. Almost every other team in the NFL should be kicking itself for passing on Rodgers.

Rex Ryan has photo of wife’s feet on his desk?

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The 2015 NFL season is set to officially kick off on Thursday night, and there are a number of questions about certain teams that need to be answered. But before we do that, we must examine a much more important issue.

Does Rex Ryan have a photo of his wife’s feet on his desk?

On Thursday morning, North Shore Animal League America shared the photo you see above on Facebook and asked fans to join Ryan in helping to protect the lives of animals. That’s very admirable of the Buffalo Bills coach, but we can’t help but notice that framed photo in the background.

Is that a photoshop? Is Rex trolling us by owning the whole foot fetish thing that came out several years ago? Was it a gag gift? These are all legitimate possibilities.

Whatever the case, we applaud Ryan for helping out a great cause. We’d applaud him even more if he proudly displays his obsession with his wife’s feet after fans have dressed up in costumes like this to mock him.

Do you, Rex. Do you.

H/T Deadspin