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Soccer Star Neymar Admits To Being Inspired By Michael Jordan (Video)

Soccer Star Neymar Admits To Being Inspired By Michael Jordan (Video)

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Several months ago, it was announced that Neymar would be part of the Nike/Jordan collaboration as the brand releases their first Jordan soccer cleats. Fast forward to today, we’re finally seeing the bad ass pair of shoes–and finding out why the soccer superstar was also the perfect choice for Nike.

Apparently, Neymar actually wanted to be like Michael Jordan even when he was a kid and had long been patronizing the Jordan line. And in the new commercial, Neymar not only shows off the new shoes but also gushes about his idol and how he inspired him to achieve greatness.

We suppose that means his collaboration with the brand was simply a way of thanking the veteran basketball star… and raking money from the endorsements, too. Win win situation!

Check out the shoes and find out what else Neymar had to say about his idol below:

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Jason Day Unsurprised That His Success Bothers Jordan Spieth

Jason Day Unsurprised That His Success Bothers Jordan Spieth

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It has reached Jason Day that his counterpart, world number two Jordan Spieth, is bothered by his current form and rank. His reaction? “It should.”

The Australian is currently at the top of the ranks and is winning tournaments around the world, including three recent world tournaments for 2016.

“It should bother guys who are competitive and want to stay on top as well. There’s nothing wrong with being bothered by that,” Day told reporters on Tuesday. “I hope it motivates them just as much as it motivates me to see other guys on top of the world winning tournaments. That’s just how some guys are pushed.”

“I know I’m pushed that way as well when I see Rory [McIlroy] or Jordan on top of the world. I want to do that as well. So it’s great to see how they’ve responded so quickly.”

Day will be at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin this week and is aiming to win there as well, as he expects himself to “play well each and every week now,” especially with all the hard work and preparation he’s been putting in each week before tournaments.

“So it comes as a little bit of a surprise if I play bad because I’m not expecting to do that.”

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Joe Rogan: “I’d Like To Move On” From UFC Commentator Job

Joe Rogan: “I’d Like To Move On” From UFC Commentator Job

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Joe Rogan has become a staple in every UFC broadcast, so much that it would be noticeably different without him making color commentaries about the fights.

The huge UFC fan, who also rose to fame as the host of “Fear Factor,” has been handling the mic duties for the sport since forever (1997). Of course, nothing lasts forever and all good things must also come to an end.

“If the [UFC] sale goes through I’m outta there,” Rogan recently told Rolling Stone when asked about rumors about the league selling for more than 4 billion dollars. “I’m already wondering whether or not I can continue doing this as it is. I will always be a fan, I’ll always love it, but shit, I’ve been working for the UFC on and off for almost 20 years. And that’s more than I’ve done anything in my life. I’d like to move on.

“The only other thing I’ve done longer than that is stand-up comedy, but you know, with stand-up comedy I’m constantly writing new material, I’m traveling, I do it out of my schedule, I do it whenever I want. You know, it’s a very different thing calling fights rather than just being a fan. I’ll always be a fan, for sure, but as far as calling fights…boy, I don’t see that going on very much longer.”

Late last year, Rogan also hinted at ending his long run as a UFC commentator after mentioning that his contract with the company was going to be up in August this year. At the time, he said, “I like taking chances, and I like walking away from things. I’m not a big fan of doing the same s**t over and over again.”

It truly has been grueling for a huge fan that has had an overwhelming dose of the sport, no matter how much he’s getting for the stint. Back when he started, there were only about 7 huge stints for him a year, compared to the 26+ all around the world the past few years.

Looks like these next few months will truly be the last that we’ll see (and hear) of Rogan in the UFC, so better relish his presence while it lasts.

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LeBron James On Steph Curry’s NBA MVP Award: “He Definitely Deserved It”

LeBron James On Steph Curry’s NBA MVP Award: “He Definitely Deserved It”

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Before Steph Curry won his unanimous and second consecutive NBA MVP honors on Wednesday, veteran star LeBron James was considered to be in the running for it. Then again, after seeing Curry’s clearly astounding numbers, the Golden State Warriors point guard proved to be more deserving.

James, who finished third behind the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, praised Curry and told reporters, “I think he definitely deserved it. Look at Steph’s numbers. He averaged 30, he led the league in steals, he was 90-50-40 and they won 73 (games). Do you have any debate over that, really, when it comes to that award?”

Afterwards, LeBron questioned the interpretation of the coveted award, like the all the rest of us have. Does the award go to the most valuable player in a team, or to the league’s overall best player?

“But when you talk about most ‘valuable’ then you can have a different conversation, so, take nothing away from him, he’s definitely deserving of that award, for sure.” LeBron analyzed. “If you do it by a year-to-year basis, I think sometimes the word ‘valuable’ or best player of the year, you can have different results.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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Larry Bird On Kevin McHale Coaching Pacers: “I Wouldn’t Do That To Him”

Larry Bird On Kevin McHale Coaching Pacers: “I Wouldn’t Do That To Him”

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After Larry Bird fired coach Frank Vogel in his search for a “new voice of leadership” for the Indiana Pacers, everyone believed his former Celtics teammate Kevin McHale would be perfect for the job opening–especially after McHale just withdrew from the Sacramento Kings’ own coaching search.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.

Not that Bird thinks McHale would do a bad job at it. The longtime Pacers coach and current President of Basketball Operations explained at a press conference today:

“I would not do that to Kevin, have him to work for me. That’s just not fair. I respect the man too much, and we’ve been through too many battles together to bring him in here and be my coach. I would love for him to be my coach, but it ain’t going to happen, because [of] our relationship.”

We suppose anything can happen at this point, and Bird could still change his mind. However, one thing’s for sure: The Pacers will have a difficult time finding a competent replacement for Vogel.

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Manny Pacquiao Announces Retirement After Bradley Win

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Manny Pacquiao’s retirement has long been speculated, but no one wanted to believe it until he finally said it.

After winning against Timothy Bradley Jr. in Las Vegas over the weekend with a 12-round unanimous decision and a score of 116-110 on all three judges’ cards, the 37-year-old boxing champ announced that it was going to be his last fight.

A good way to go, in our opinion, because there was no way that he was going out a loser.

 

“Yes, I am now retired (from boxing),” Pacquiao announced during the post-fight press conference. “I am going to go home and spend time with my family and serve my people.”

Meanwhile, he had nothing but good words about his last opponent. “[Bradley]’s a very tough fighter. He’s a tough counterpuncher. (Trainer) Teddy Atlas made a difference because this was the best Tim Bradley that I have faced.”

Pacquiao, who is a two-term congressman in the province of Sarangani, will be flying back to his homeland this coming weekend to continue his campaign efforts in winning a seat in the Philippine senate next month.

With an impressive record of 58-6-2, we believe Pacquiao can still fight—especially if it’s going to be against Mayweather. Do you agree?

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Lyoto Machida: Cyborg Can Beat Ronda Rousey (Video)

Lyoto Machida: Cyborg Can Beat Ronda Rousey (Video)

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UFC legend Lyoto Machida has spoken.

In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Machida talks about Cris “Cyborg” Justino being the “real deal.”

Not only that, he agrees that she can beat the best male fighter out there.

Hmm. We think he’s trying to be super supportive of his fellow Brazilian, but Cyborg does seem to be an interesting match for Rousey–and we all know Cyborg wants that to happen.

Watch his video interview below:


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Jason Day Shares Words Of Encouragement From Tiger Woods

Jason Day Shares Words Of Encouragement From Tiger Woods

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Jason Day has definitely gone a long way to become the reigning PGA champion. And after winning his first PGA title of the year at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer invitational, the Australian-born player shares that the infamous Tiger Woods was one of his inspirations.

“One of the things he told me was ‘just be yourself and stay in your world’ and another was ‘you know that you can do this and start your own legacy here’.” said Day.

“And to have his advice, to be able to go see him and practice with him and pick his brain about numerous things that I want to try and improve my game … it’s been a big credit to him.

“It gives me so much confidence that a person like that would believe in me. He’s been a big influence in my life ever since I was a kid. I was idolising him ever since I was a kid and watching him in ’97 win the Masters for the first time and all of a sudden I’m playing the Tour and I’m pretty close with him now.”

Day comes second to Jordan Spieth, but there’s a chance that he’ll beat him for the world’s no.1 title at the Dell Match Play this week so stay tuned.

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Jason Day Concerned That Jordan Spieth “May Get Burned Out”

Jason Day Concerned That Jordan Spieth “May Get Burned Out”

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Reigning PGA champion Jason Day is concerned that the world’s No.1, Jordan Spieth, may be working and playing too hard after the latter admitted that he has become tired from globetrotting since November last year in order to play 6 tournaments in 6 different countries–namely China, Australia, Bahamas, Hawaii, United Arab Emirates and, finally, Singapore.

Before the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando on Tuesday, Jason said in an interview, “I’m worried about him because I don’t know if he’s playing too much and he’s doing too many things with golf and sponsor obligations that he might make – may get burned out and go through a rut where he doesn’t want to be on the golf course for awhile. Everyone goes through that.”

Then again, Spieth played eight times worldwide last year. This year, he will be playing nine times worldwide before the Masters.

It will be hard work, sure, but we think Spieth can do it.

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Ronda Rousey Reveals History Of Suicide In Family

Ronda Rousey Reveals History Of Suicide In Family

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Ronda Rousey wasn’t playing with words when she admitted that she had suicidal thoughts after her shocking loss to Holly Holm. In fact, the (former) UFC champ says she knows the seriousness of suicide–because someone close to her had taken their life, too.

In an ambush interview with TMZ, Rousey says suicide is “something real people are going through” and that she doesn’t even consider it a weakness. She then shared that her own dad and paternal grandfather had committed suicide, although she didn’t say how long ago.

“It’s really heavily affected our family … anything I can do to make sure it affects as few people as possible, I’d be happy to do that,” she said.

Looks like Holm was right about Holly ending up being “stronger mentally” from this ordeal.

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Holly Holm On Ronda Rousey’s Suicidal Thoughts Post-Fight: “She’ll Be Stronger Mentally From It”

Holly Holm On Ronda Rousey’s Suicidal Thoughts Post-Fight: “She’ll Be Stronger Mentally From It”

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You may remember that before 2015 ended, UFC ultimate fighter Ronda Rousey shocked everyone when she was defeated by Holly Holms.

This year, we were even more shocked after hearing from Rousey herself how she actually reacted to her devastating loss. In an emotional interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the fighter said, “Honestly … I was sitting in the corner and was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ I was literally sitting there thinking about killing myself.”

Rousey’s father did also commit suicide when she was 8, making it an existential crisis. It was her devotion to her boyfriend, UFC fighter Travis Browne, that saved her.

“I looked up at him and I was just like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.'”

Now, 34-year-old Holly Holm is responding to the suicidal comments made by Rousey. She admitted, “There’s a lot of things around that. When I heard that she said that, for me it’s one of those things it’s like, ‘How do I respond to that?”

“I don’t want to say I’m sorry because I think on a competitive level for me, if somebody was to say they’re sorry after beating me, it’s like, ‘No, I’m a competitor.’ I’m not a charity case.” Holm added, “I don’t want to say that I’m glad that she felt that way and I don’t want to say, ‘Oh I’m so sorry.’ It’s something I think that you have to dig through on your own. In the long run, she’ll be stronger mentally from it.”

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Peyton Manning Admits He Hasn’t Slept Since Super Bowl Win

Peyton Manning Admits He Hasn’t Slept Since Super Bowl Win

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Peyton Manning is still riding high on adrenaline.

The Denver Broncos quarterback went on a live interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, hours following his team’s fantastic win against the Carolina Panthers at 24-10 in the Super Bowl 50 (something Donald Trump had predicted last week).

When asked by the interviewer if he had gotten any sleep yet, the oldest QB to ever win a Super Bowl responded, “No, ma’am,” adding that he wasn’t tired.

“There’s definitely a lot of adrenaline after winning a game like that. It’s been a unique season. To cap it off with that special victory here tonight against a really good football team, it’s easy to stay up and not be tired.”

Manning wouldn’t reveal his long-term plans, specifically whether or not he was going to retire any time soon.

“I got some good advice from my old coach Tony Dungy. He told me just to take some time after this game and not make an emotional decision,” Manning said adding that he would pray about the decision and talk with his wife, Ashley.

“I’m very much at peace right now and I think, however it works out, it’ll work out the way it’s supposed to,” Manning said. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity and to be playing with a group of special guys.”

Watch his GMA interview below:


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Donald Trump Will Be Rooting For Denver Broncos At Super Bowl 50

Donald Trump Will Be Rooting For Denver Broncos At Super Bowl 50

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Denver Broncos gets Donald Trump—at least for the upcoming Super Bowl 50.

In his interview with “Face The Nation” last weekend, the infamous tycoon turned presidential candidate quickly chose the Broncos when asked whom will he be supporting in the Super Bowl 50, which will be held this weekend at the Levi’s Stadium.

Though he knows that the Carolina Panthers are the “hot team” nowadays, he supported his choice because of his pal, Peyton Manning.

“I very much have always liked Peyton Manning; he’s a very good guy,” Trump said.
“I know him. So I have to go with the person who I know,” Trump said.

Are you on the Brocos’ side, too?

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Jordan Spieth Bags Major Coca-Cola Endorsement

Jordan Spieth Bags Major Coca-Cola Endorsement

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We can now add Coca-Cola to one of the huge brands that Jordan Spieth will be endorsing.

”Coca-Cola has always been associated with iconic sporting events and some of the world’s greatest athletes, so this is an incredibly cool opportunity for me,” the world’s top-ranked player said in a recent interview about his new project.

The multi-year partnership was announced by the brand in Wednesday, and it includes television advertisements, digital and social media, point-of-sale and more. In addition to this, Spieth will also be endorsing the company’s Dasani brand of water.

According to Peggy Loos, Coca-Cola’s connections activation vice president for Atlanta-base, they have been talking to Spieth for over a year now—even before he won two majors and became the No. 1 player in the world.

”Today a lot of his appeal is within the golf culture,” Loos said. ”We believe, and he believes, that he has the potential to transcend that and be a cultural influence. He has the capability and the attraction to do so.”

Watch his video with Coca-Cola below:


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Nate Diaz Wants To Fight Conor McGregor Tonight, Next Week Whenever

Nate Diaz Wants To Fight Conor McGregor Tonight, Next Week Whenever

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Not to be too eager, but Nate Diaz is requesting Conor McGregor to fight with him in the cage as soon as possible.

In his expletive-filled post-fight interview with Joe Rogan in the ring after beating Michael Johnson, as well as at the post-fight press con, Diaz ranted and talked about Conor McGregor. According to him, he’s the next best opponent for the Irishman.

“If we’re going to see a fight that people want to see, it’s going to be that fight with Conor McGregor,” Diaz said. “We can do that (expletive) tonight. Whenever, next week.”

Diaz insists he’s unlike any other fighter, and that he’s not into joke time type of fights that people will forget.

“Now this guy Conor McGregor’s coming back and he’s doing all this big stuff, and everybody’s calling him out, left and right,” he said. “I’m not like these guys begging for no fight. We’re talking about big fights. He wants a big fight — we can fight, and that’s a big fight. And that’s the kind of (expletive) I’m talking about; real fights, not funny fake fights.”

The 30-year-old fighter, currently at 170 pounds after fighting at 155 a few times, shares that he doesn’t plan on cutting down to lightweight. Then again, things can change.

“I don’t think I’m going to be losing weight for any of these guys down here,” Diaz proclaimed. “There aren’t too [many] big names at 155, I fought them all. If there’s something worth it in the future, we’re going to have to see. But yeah, definitely big fights is what I’m after.”

Watch his profanity-laced rant in the ring below:

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