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The “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is mere hours away as Indianapolis Motor Speedway will bring back a full house for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.
After two years of reduced capacity because of the COVID pandemic, the grandstands and infield will once again be full to witness the Memorial Day weekend mainstay with the possibility that history could be made on more than one front.
After Scott Dixon broke the record for fastest pole-qualifying speed last weekend and combined with Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay for the fastest front row in Indy 500 history, there’s a chance the race’s record speed could be broken Sunday as well. And as it turns out, that record was set last year by Helio Castroneves, who will be chasing more history on Sunday.
Castroneves won the 2021 Indy 500 with an average winning speed of 190.690 mph, blowing away the 187.433 mph average posted by 2013 winner Tony Kanaan. And that win put Castroneves in one of racing’s most illustrious clubs. He joined A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears as the only drivers to win the 500 four times. Can Castroneves go back-to-back and stake his claim as the best driver in Indy history?
Here is all the information you need to get ready for the 2022 Indy 500, Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
What time does the Indianapolis 500 start?
The 106th Indy 500 begins at 12:30 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 12:45 p.m. ET.
How can I watch the Indianapolis 500 on TV?
NBC is broadcasting the event and will have a pre-race show beginning at 11 a.m. ET.
Will there be a live stream of the Indianapolis 500?
The 2022 race will be streamed on NBCSports.com (must have TV provider) and the NBC Sports app. The race can also be streamed on FuboTV as well as other options.
Is there a radio broadcast of the Indianapolis 500?
The IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM channel 160 will broadcast the race on the radio.
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What is the race distance of the Indianapolis 500?
The Indy 500 is 200 laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a total of 500 miles.
Who won last year’s Indianapolis 500?
Helio Castroneves won his record-tying fourth Indy 500 one year ago in thrilling fashion. Castroneves, who also won this race in 2000, 2001 and 2009, delivered his new team Meyer Shank Racing its first-ever victory by holding off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou on the final lap to secure his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory.
What is the lineup for the 2022 Indianapolis 500?
Scott Dixon beame the fastest pole winner in race history (at 234.046 mph) and recorded the second-fastest four-lap qualifying average ever last weekend. Dixon will start on the pole alongside reigning IndyCar Series champion Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay.
(car number in parentheses)
1. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda
2. (10) Alex Palou, Honda
3. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet
4. (33) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet
5. (8) Marcus Ericsson
6. (1) Tony Kanaan, Honda
7. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet
8. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet
9. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda
10. (51) Takuma Sato, Honda
11. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet
12. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda
13. (18) David Malukas, Honda
14. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet
15. (23) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet
16. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda
17. (11) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet
18. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet
19. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet
20. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda
21. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda
22. (24) Sage Karam, Chevrolet
23. (98) Marco Andretti, Honda
24. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda
25. (26) Colton Herta, Honda
26. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet
27. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda
28. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet
29. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet
30. (6) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet
31. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda
32. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda
33. (25) Stefan Wilson, Chevrolet
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Indy 500 2022: Live stream, start time, TV schedule, lineup for race
Phillies a season-worst 5 games under .500 after another embarrassing loss to Mets originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
NEW YORK — The losses continue to pile up for the Phillies. Ugly losses. Dispiriting losses. Losses that make you question the leadership of the club, both in the corner of the dugout, where manager Joe Girardi stands, and in the clubhouse, where there are plenty of veteran players who are better than this and should be embarrassed by the way the team is playing.
The latest defeat unfolded at Citi Field on Saturday night, where the sad-sack Phillies suffered an 8-2 loss to the New York Mets.
The Phils took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning and gave it back in the bottom of the inning. The Mets scored three times against Zach Eflin in the inning and three more times the next inning. At times, it seemed as if the Mets were toying with the Phillies. Other times, the Phillies looked like the Keystone Kops as the adventures of their blundering outfield — a big problem this week — continued.
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The loss was the Phillies’ ninth in their last 13 games.
They have fallen to a season-worst five games under .500 at 21-26.
They are 3-8 on the season against the NL East-leading Mets (31-17) and their deficit in the division, two days before Memorial Day, is a whopping 9½ games.
Who’s going to rescue this $230 million team of which so much was expected? Does Girardi have something up his sleeve? Will president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski shake things up with a jarring personnel move? Will veterans like Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins do more? It’s hard to ask more of Bryce Harper, who has played hurt and produced.
In the short term, the Phillies will ask Zack Wheeler to stop the losing when he gets the ball in a nationally televised series finale Sunday night.
“I hate it when people say it’s early,” Harper said. “I don’t like that because you’ve got to play, and it’s not early because these guys (the Mets) are playing the way they are.
“We’ve got to keep pounding forward. Nobody is going to feel bad for us. (Sunday night) is a huge game for us. (Chris) Bassitt going for them. Having Wheels on the mound is huge for us. We’ve got to get him a few and do our job.”
Like Eflin, Wheeler will be working with an extra day of rest after Bailey Falter was inserted into the rotation in Friday night’s series-opening loss.
Eflin took a major step backward from his previous start when he struck out 12 and allowed just two runs in a 4-3 win over the Dodgers.
The right-hander was tagged for eight hits and seven runs over six innings. He walked two and struck out four.
“I was battling my command the whole game,” Eflin said. “I felt like I was fighting myself the whole game.”
Did the extra day between starts affect him?
“No,” he said.
The Phils trailed 1-0 after two innings but strung together three hits and a walk to take a 2-1 lead on a two-run single by Realmuto in the fourth.
The lead vanished in what seemed like a blink of an eye. Eflin walked the first batter in the bottom of the inning then gave up a bloop hit to Pete Alonso before Jeff McNeil launched a three-run homer through the raindrops and into the second deck above right field to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.
The Mets built their lead to 7-3 with another three-spot in the fifth. Eflin gave up a one-out bunt hit and a double before Francisco Lindor hit a ball to left-center that Schwarber and Odubel Herrera collided under at the wall. It fell in for a two-run triple. You can’t hide from bad outfield defense and the Phils have had a lot of it on this road trip that so far has produced two wins and four losses.
Five games under .500 and 9½ games back before Memorial Day.
Hard to believe given some of the names and paychecks in that clubhouse.
“There’s leadership in that room, don’t worry about that,” Girardi said.
Then what’s the problem?
“It’s a plethora of things,” Girardi said. “At times we haven’t pitched well. At times we haven’t hit well. Our defense has let us down. It’s not one thing in particular. It’s different things.”
What will Sunday night’s series finale bring?
Will someone step up to rally this team?
Will someone step up and shake this team?
“We have to play better against the Mets,” Girardi said.
If they don’t, the deficit in the NL East will reach double digits before Memorial Day.
With Romeo Doubs and Zach Tom both signing their rookie contracts on Thursday, Christian Watson is the only member of the Green Bay Packers’ 2022 draft class without a deal. While there is no reason to panic, it is possible that the absence of an agreement could be financially driven.
Under the current collective bargaining agreement, agents are unable to negotiate the length of a rookie contract. All newly drafted players receive a four-year contract, while first-rounders carry a fifth-year team option. There is still some wiggle room when it comes to the money side of things, but it was drastically reduced under the CBA that went into effect in 2011. For more perspective, just look at the rookie deals signed by Sam Bradford and Matt Stafford compared to Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence.
In its current state, agents are tasked with the impossible of pushing these financial boundaries to their limits to satisfy their clients.
When it comes to Watson, outside of being the highest-drafted wide receiver Green Bay has had since Javon Walker, his case really isn’t that special. The Packers did give up two picks to move up in the draft to take him, but the fact that he was taken 34th overall and not a couple of picks sooner, negatively impacted the amount of money he can earn and the negotiating process overall. Recent history suggests Watson could be seeking more guaranteed money.
In 2022, Watson became the third straight wide receiver taken with the number 34th pick, joining Elijah Moore and Michael Pittman Jr. According to overthecap, Pittman Jr. signed a rookie contract worth $8,612,842 with $6,625,377 guaranteed. His percentage of guaranteed money came to 76.92.
A year later, the New York Jets took Moore. Moore’s agent did him a favor and secured $7,061,273 in guaranteed money out of $8,940,422, resulting in a guaranteed percentage of 78.98. Because Moore was able to secure more in guarantees than Pittman Jr., it is possible that Watson is now trying to surpass Moore.
Again, there is nothing for fans to worry about when it comes to Watson’s rookie contract. The two parties are bound to agree to terms between now and the start of training camp. It is also worth mentioning that only 11 second-round draft picks have signed their contracts, according to Spotrac.
When a deal is finalized, it will be interesting to see if Watson jumps ahead of Moore in guaranteed money.
Denny Hamlin won the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
Hamlin will start alongside Kurt Busch, whose No. 45 Toyota Hamlin co-owns at 23XI Racing.
Eleven different drivers have gone to victory lane in this year’s 13 points-paying races, the most recent of which was Busch at Kansas Speedway. Saturday’s qualifying session resulted in the best starting spots of the year for Hamlin and Busch.
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The second row features another pair of Toyotas in Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch. The third row consists of William Byron and Austin Cindric, while the fourth row features Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick. The fifth row of Alex Bowman and Michael McDowell completes the top 10.
The green flag is scheduled for 6:18 p.m. ET on Sunday night on FOX.
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Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah won the 100m at the Pre Classic, while runner-up Sha’Carri Richardson‘s performance put her back in the medal mix for July’s world championships at the same track.
Thompson-Herah, who in Tokyo became the first woman to win the 100m and 200m at back-to-back Olympics, clocked 10.79 seconds at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. The Jamaican ran 10.54 at Pre last year, the second-best time in history, and has dealt with Achilles and shoulder injuries this spring.
“To keep the fire going, it’s a challenge sometimes, especially when you have bumps in the road,” Thompson-Herah said. “I am a fighter, and every champion has something they’re fighting.”
Richardson was second in 10.92 with her tiara falling off mid-race. The result was promising given it’s just her second meet of the year and her fastest time since last year’s Olympic Trials by a sizable .22 of a second. Richardson won last June’s trials at Hayward, then was disqualified for testing positive for marijuana and missed the Tokyo Games.
Richardson, who did not speak to media after the race, is now the joint-third-fastest American this year and presumably still on the ascent given her late start to the season. Next, she must finish top three at the USATF Outdoor Championships in four weeks, also at Hayward, to make the world team.
Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion, remains fastest in the world this year with a 10.67 from three weeks ago. Fraser-Pryce entered the 200m at Pre and won in 22.41, well off the world’s top time this year of 21.87 from Olympic silver medalist Christine Mboma of Namibia.
Full Pre Classic results are here. The Diamond League moves to Rabat, Morocco, for a meet on June 5.
Also Saturday, Trayvon Bromell stamped himself as the men’s 100m favorite for nationals by winning in 9.93, .08 off the fastest time in the world this year held by Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala.
Bromell, the world’s fastest man last year yet eliminated in the Olympic semifinals, was followed by Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley (9.98), world 100m champion Christian Coleman (10.04) and world 200m champion Noah Lyles (10.05).
“When people complain and things like, ‘Is he going to show up in a big race?’ This year I’m worried only about myself,” Bromell said, according to The Associated Press. “I don’t care what the naysayers say.”
American Michael Norman won the men’s 400m in 43.60 seconds, the world’s best time since the 2019 World Championships. Norman ran the world’s best 400m in the last Olympic cycle — 43.45 seconds in April 2019. He then missed the medals at the last worlds and Olympics while also dealing with injuries during the cycle.
In the Bowerman Mile won by Norway’s Olympic champ Jakob Ingebrigtsen in 3:49.76, Colin Sahlman ran 3:56.24 to become the third-fastest American high schooler in history behind Jim Ryun and Alan Webb.
In the shot put, two-time gold medalist Ryan Crouser prevailed with a throw (23.02 meters) that no man other than the world record holder Crouser has eclipsed in 32 years.
Norah Jeruto, a Kenyan-born Kazakh, won a women’s 3000m steeplechase that included three of the five fastest women in history. American Emma Coburn, the 2019 World champion, was eighth. American Courtney Frerichs, the Olympic silver medalist, was ninth.
Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico won the 100m hurdles in 12.45, beating a field that included reigning world champion Nia Ali (seventh, 12.77) and Olympic silver medalist Keni Harrison (eighth, 12.78).
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Faith Kipyegon of Kenya easily won the women’s 1500m in 3:52.59, distancing Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay by 1.62 seconds in the world’s best time this year by 8.91 seconds.
Olympic bronze medalist Alison dos Santos of Brazil won the men’s 400m hurdles in 47.23 seconds, beating his fastest time in the world this year by one hundredth. Olympic silver medalist Rai Benjamin withdrew earlier this week. Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Karsten Warholm of Norway did not enter Pre.
Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi took the men’s 5000m in 12:50.05, best in the world this year. On Friday night, Olympic champion Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won a 5000m in 12:57.99 in a failed bid to break his world record of 12:35.36.
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EDMONTON, AB – The Oilers hit the ice at Rogers Place to begin to the preparation for their Western Conference Final series with the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
The emphasis in Round 3 begins and ends with one thing: Speed.
The Oilers and the Avalanche may be blessed with the two fastest players in the National Hockey League in Connor McDavid and Nathan Mackinnon, but both teams play with a high pace in their transition game.
“Dynamic skaters,” Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said about the Avalanche team. “I think we’ve played Colorado well throughout the year. They have some natural gifts, but so do we. Certainly, as we weave our way through the series, they are going to have some moments but we’re going to have good moments as well. We’re going to do some things to try and prepare our team for the level of speed and skill that will be on the ice.”
“I think the way that we’ve played heading into the playoffs and the way we’ve continued to grow in the last two series, we’re playing fast,” Tyson Barrie said. “Obviously, we’re watching their series and they are as fast as anyone in the league. It’s going to be an exciting match-up, it’s going to be fast and skilled, but we have to stick to our structure and try to slow them down at points”
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When the two clubs have clashed this year, it has been a tightly contested showcase of the tempo that elite hockey players and teams can play with.
The Oilers will enter the series with a 1-0-2 record against the Avalanche in the regular season, but in both games that the Oilers were unsuccessful against their Conference Final opponent, the results came outside of regulation.
Colorado picked up a 3-2 victory on March 21 courtesy of a 3-on-3 overtime winner by Nathan Mackinnon, and a 2-1 win on April 9 off a shootout winner also by the Avalanche’s captain. Edmonton capped of their series against the Avalanche with an emphatic 6-3 win at Rogers place on April 21, a victory which clinched a playoff berth for the Oilers.
“I think what those three games showed our team, especially at that time, was that we were a team that could play with the best in the league,” Woodcroft said. “Colorado at that time was fighting for the Presidents Trophy. They were at the top of the league, by us playing the way we did in those games, it showed that we have what it takes to play with the best in the league. In some of those games, it comes down to an extra play made either way. For us, we know the challenge that is before us.”
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This time around their will be no ‘skills challenge’ out for Colorado. The two teams will get to test their mettle against one another in regulation or a full five-on-five overtime like the one in Game 5 against the Calgary Flames that sent the Oilers to the third round.
The Oilers will draw on the experiences over the last two series to prepare them for what should be a hard fought battle to earn a chance to compete for hockey’s ultimate prize.
“I think we did learn a lot about our team over those two series. At this time of year, you have to be prepared to win in different fashions,” Woodcroft said. “We found our way against a really tight-checking, neutral zone-specific team in LA. Then to go and beat your arch-rival in five games in some pretty interesting fashions. Both of those teams represented different challenges for us to find our way and navigate our way through each series.I think that serves us well. It strengthens and hardens our belief that we do have the people in our locker room that we can get it done and we can get it done in different ways.”
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Los Angeles Sparks and Australian women’s basketball team center Liz Cambage allegedly directed a racial slur toward members of the Nigerian women’s basketball team during a scrimmage ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, according to an investigation by The Daily Telegraph.
Anonymous members of the Nigerian women’s national team interviewed by The Daily Telegraph allege that Cambage called them “monkeys” and told them to “go back to your third world country” during an altercation in a scrimmage that was not open to the public.
“That’s what I recall, the term monkeys, yes. And go back to where you came from,” one Nigerian player told The Daily Telegraph. “She definitely did use monkeys or monkey.”
Another player said: “I was on the court. She definitely said go back to your third world country. I didn’t hear it, but (teammates) confirmed she called us monkeys.”
In addition to making the alleged slurs, The Daily Telegraph obtained a video that showed Cambage elbowing a member of the Nigerian team in the head and slapping another player during the incident.
The altercation eventually led to the Australian national team calling off the game before the end of the second quarter. Cambage apologized to the Nigerian national team the day after the incident, but “it wasn’t well received by every player,” according to The Daily Telegraph.
“I think it was bulls–t, I don’t think it was a sincere apology,” one Nigerian player told The Daily Telegraph.
Cambage eventually withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics, citing a need to take care of herself both physically and mentally. She previously represented Australia at both the 2012 and 2016 Games.
“Anyone that knows me knows one of my biggest dreams is winning an Olympic gold medal with the Opals. Every athlete competing in the Olympic games should be at their mental and physical peak, and at the moment,” Cambage wrote in a statement. “I’m a long way from where I want and need to be.”
Cambage, a four-time WNBA All-Star, is in her first season with the Sparks after spending the 2019 and 2021 campaigns with the Las Vegas Aces. She has also played for the Dallas Wings and Tulsa Shock over her six-year WNBA career.
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Gervonta Davis once again showed why he’s one of boxing’s premier knockout artists, as he stopped the previously undefeated Rolando Romero in the sixth round with a brilliant counter left to retain his WBA secondary lightweight title on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
SHOWTIME Boxing @ShowtimeBoxing
GOODNIGHT BROOKLYN 😴
@Gervontaa KOs Romero in round 6 with a POWER left hand 😳
It was a difficult fight for the 27-year-old Davis, who had to contend with Romero’s power, size and aggression. There were moments when it looked like Romero might take control of the fight, but Davis dialed up the perfect punch when he needed it. Romero tagged him with a right hand to the jaw and then the midsection, but he ended up leaning into a counter left that sent him crashing into the ropes and unable to continue the fight.
The TKO win makes it 25 stoppages in 27 career fights for Davis. He’s now defended his WBA title four times.
Lamar Jackson @Lj_era8
Dropped dude🚀🚀🚀 @Gervontaa the truth stop playin 😮💨😮💨
Odell Beckham Jr @obj
Heavy hitttter like @Gervontaa !!! Sheeesh
It was a tough ending for Romero, who was ahead on at least one scorecard entering the sixth round.
Mike Coppinger @MikeCoppinger
Rolly Romero was ahead on one scorecard, 48-47, but down on other two, 49-46 and 48-47 #DavisRomero
The 26-year-old challenger did plenty of trash talking in the buildup to the fight, even going so far as to promise a first-round knockout. His actions in the ring didn’t follow, however, as he spent much of the three minutes pawing at Davis and boxing cautiously. Davis mostly did the same in the opening frame, and that set the tone for the rest of the fight.
The first real sparks were generated by Romero about halfway through the second round. His aggressive maneuvering allowed him to pin Davis on the ropes and tag him with a two-punch combination. Davis didn’t come up with anything quite as eye-catching in the frame, as he worked off the back foot and tried to bait Romero into making mistakes.
That salvo from Romero didn’t quite open up the fight, as both fighters clearly respected each other’s power and fought carefully. Romero had success by pushing forward in the ring and trying to dictate the tempo. He got the better of the champion in a couple of exchanges in the third round. His overhand right proved to be a potent weapon.
Stephen Edwards @BreadmanBoxing
Rolly aint no bum. Hes fast, twitchy, strong and crazy. Anybody cant beat him. I dont care how he looks. Hes a tough out.
After a slow start, Davis slowly but surely added wrinkles to his attack. He mixed in shots to the body that blunted Romero’s momentum, and by the end of the fourth round, he had the timing down on his straight left. He also did a better job of moving laterally as the fight went on, which kept him from having to fight off the back foot.
In a bout where relatively few punches were landed, Davis got the one that counted. He never quite took control of a fairly even bout, but his breathtaking power ensured he didn’t have to. Romero beat the 10-count after the brutal knockdown, but his legs betrayed him and the referee was forced to call off the action.
Ryan Songalia @ryansongalia
Watched the replay, Rolly Romero’s legs were like newborn Bambi. Good stoppage by David Fields
This fight should be a confidence boost for Davis, as he got back to his knockout ways after a difficult decision win over Isaac Cruz in December. In both fights, Davis showed off his ability to remain calm under pressure and throw a wide variety of punches. The improvement here was patience, as Davis didn’t resort to hunting for the uppercut and instead let the big moment come to him.
As one of boxing’s top draws, Davis will again be assured of another pay-per-view bout against a high-profile opponent.
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It’s a good time to be Gervonta Davis.
Though his claims of lightweight championship supremacy are dubious at best thanks to sanctioning body nonsense, there’s no mistaking the 27-year-old Baltimore native is at or near his career apex.
He handled brash rival Rolando Romero in six rounds atop a four-bout Showtime pay-per-view production from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night and set himself up for a stretch he’ll enter as a promotional free agent flush with opportunities against high-profile opponents.
And the B/R combat sports team was happy to compile a list of the ones it’d be best for him to consider.
Take a look at what we came up with and drop a take or two of your own in the comments section.
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It wasn’t long ago that Teofimo Lopez was atop everyone’s wannabe list.
He was an unbeaten prospect with charisma and punching power who became a champion with a stirring defeat of pound-for-pound elite Vasyl Lomachenko in a lightweight showdown in October 2020.
But rather than riding that wave through a series of moneymaking title defenses, Lopez wiped out.
He was dropped, embarrassed and lost his cache of title belts a year later against George Kambosos Jr. and has spent much of the subsequent six months suggesting conspiracies were at fault for the upset.
Still, there is history between him and Davis. They sparred as teenagers and a fight between the two had frequently been discussed before Lopez lost his 0. So it’s hardly a big reach to think the fire can be rekindled once Lopez gets back on the board with a victory or two.
“Who knows?” Lopez told DAZN. “Maybe down the line, we can make that fight happen.”
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Kambosos took an opportunity from Davis, but perhaps Vasyl Lomachenko can give one.
Now 34, the Ukrainian export is still considered among the elite in the 135-pound ranks after following the loss to Lopez with a pair of impressive victories. He turned down a chance to meet Kambosos himself following the Russian invasion of his home country but has suggested he’ll eventually return to the ring.
When he does, few opponents would provide as much juice as Davis.
In addition to the high-profile status of both fighters, it’s an intriguing matchup for many reasons.
Davis’ raw power and aggression against Lomachenko’s sublime skill and footwork. The brash youngster against the respected veteran. One guy looking for a career-defining win against another trying to enter the twilight with a successful run.
And now that Davis can call his own promotional shots, it’ll be a lot easier fight to make.
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Slide this one in on a conditional basis.
Devin Haney has a bit of business to handle on June 5 in Australia, where he’ll put his WBC lightweight title against Kambosos and the cache of IBF, WBA and WBO straps he took from Lopez.
But if Haney manages to return from Down Under with all that hardware—and he’s a -185 favorite to do so—the prospect of a fight with him becomes much harder for Davis to ignore.
He could provide Davis with a chance to elevate beyond his cheesy title to a legitimate undisputed championship. And the heat between them in the run-up to Davis’ fight with Romero indicates that it’s already a top-of-mind proposition for Saturday’s winner.
“If you win, I’m now out of my contract; let’s make the fight happen since you want to talk crazy,” he told the Last Stand Podcast. “Let’s do that; I want to fight you if you win, Devin Haney.”
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Maybe it doesn’t happen right away.
But if both men stay on their current unbeaten and belt-collecting tracks, it’ll be huge.
Davis’ win over Romero got him to 27-0 with 25 KOs and certified his status among the sport’s new generation of popular stars. Shakur Stevenson is there as well thanks to titles at 126 and 130 pounds and particularly impressive recent wins over reigning champions Jamel Herring and Oscar Valdez.
If the latter man decides to continue his weight-climbing path in search of a title at lightweight, Davis should be on his list of would-be opponents. And it’d provide a similar contrast in styles as the Lomachenko and Haney fights, with the athletic boxer matched against the violent and powerful aggressor.
The two went back and forth on Twitter prior to Davis’ fight with Romero in an exchange punctuated by Stevenson simply
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Good enough for us.
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Let’s just say this one has been brewing for a while.
Ryan Garcia had Davis on his mind after scoring a career-defining victory over Luke Campbell in January 2021, and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, mentioned Davis as a specific target when he chatted with Bleacher Report last month.
De La Hoya said the fight could happen within 12 months and would become even easier to make if Davis goes ahead and stops working with Mayweather Promotions. In fact, he told TMZ he’d offer Garcia’s potential rival a multi-fight pact to make it so.
“I’ll sign him! Absolutely,” De La Hoya said. “I wouldn’t mind making a three-fight deal with him just to make the Ryan fight happen. Tank, give me a call! Get a hold of me whenever you are free. If you are free.”
Garcia’s massive presence on social media and the following Davis has generated from his frequent TV appearances combine to ensure maximum buzz, and maximum cash, for both principals.
Unless something goes unforeseeably wrong, this one’s done by this time next year.
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The 2022 Fan Controlled Football playoff field is set, with four teams vying for the championship starting next Saturday.
Bored Ape and Shoulda Been Stars were able to relax coming into the final week of the regular season. They had already locked up postseason berths last week.
The two-week postseason will start with two semifinal games on June 4. The winners from those games will play in the championship on June 11.
Shoulda Been Stars are the defending champions, though the 2021 team went by the name of Wild Aces. They defeated Glacier Boyz in the championship game.
2022 FCF Playoff Schedule
Semifinals: Saturday, June 4
Finals: Saturday, June 11
Semifinal No. 1: Bored Ape vs. 8oki
Semifinal No. 2: Shoulda Been Stars vs. Zappers
Bored Ape led the league with a 5-2 record in the regular season. They have lost their last two games after starting the year with five consecutive wins. Shoulda Been Stars won the OG Division with a 4-3 record.
The final two playoff spots were decided by a showdown. Glacier Boyz forced a showdown against the Zappers winner thanks to a 28-20 victory over Shoulda Been Stars.
Knights of Degen had the easiest path to the postseason, needing a win over 8oki. Things didn’t work out as planned, though, thanks to a thrilling last-second comeback by 8oki.
Trailing 30-28 with 17 seconds remaining, Mitch Kidd found Patrick Smith deep down the sideline for the go-ahead touchdown.
Thanks to 8oki’s win, they forced a showdown with Knights of Degen with a playoff spot on the line. 8oki took the showdown by preventing the Knights from converting on either of their two attempts.
Despite their 4-3 overall record, 8oki looks like a very dangerous team heading into the playoffs. They handed Bored Ape their first loss of the season last week in a 24-20 game.
As wild as 8oki’s victory was, it has nothing on the controversy from the end of the Zappers’ 42-38 win over Beasts. Beasts were trying to run out the clock, but Dentarrius Yon lost control of the ball after hitting the ground on a keeper.
Even though a Zappers defender clearly touched Yon as he was on his way to the ground, officials ruled the play a fumble and the defense returned the ball for a touchdown to steal a win.
That left Zappers in a showdown against Glacier Boyz to determine the second playoff team from the OG Division.
Zappers won the showdown 2-1, setting up a matchup with Shoulda Been Stars. The two teams met in the first week of the regular season, with Shoulda Been Stars winning a close 20-12 game.
After squeaking into the postseason, Zappers’ potential going forward looks to be very high. They defeated SB Stars 28-24 in their one head-to-head meeting on May 14. They have scored 90 points in three games since being shutout by Beasts on May 7.
SB Stars have lost three of their last four games after a 2-0 start. The defense is allowing 25 points per game during this span.
Based on how all four playoff teams are playing right now, look for Zappers and 8oki to play for the championship. Zappers is operating at peak potential and will finish the season with a title in two weeks.