Joe Garza

  • Amir Khan dominates Devon Alexander; could a bout with Money May be next?

    Joe Garza at Boxing 8 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – Amir Khan dominated Devon Alexander on Saturday night before a crowd of 7,768 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to retain something called the WBC Silver welterweight title.

    But the real question is: Could a fight with Floyd Mayweather be next?

    Khan was in the running for a bout with Floyd Mayweather in February, but the pound-for-pound champ instead elected to fight Marcos Maidana on May 3. An excellent performance against Luis Collazo on that Mayweather-Maidana undercard boosted Khan's stock, and now with his excellent performance against Alexander, the native of Lancashire, England, could be primed for his shot against the pound-for-pound king.

    "Now I know why Mayweather doesn't want to fight him: Brilliance. Brilliance," Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya said. "I wouldn't want to fight him. Mayweather will think twice about fighting Amir Khan."

    Perhaps Mayweather already has.

    "I really believe Khan vs. Mayweather would be huge."

    Here's how much he believes:

    All three judges had the bout 120-107.

  • The Film Room: A different look at the players and stories of the NFL

    Joe Garza at Yahoo Sports 2 mths ago

    Peyton Manning breaking the all-time NFL record for touchdown passes rightfully dominated the headlines last Sunday. He is one of the greatest to play the game and it was one of the coolest accomplishments of his historic career. But what's cooler than that? How about footage from his youth and high school days, with the man himself reflecting on the beginning of his brilliant career:

    Teddy Bridgewater and E.J. Manuel are two young quarterbacks brimming with potential who are navigating the difficult waters of the NFL. But that's not all they have in common. They share a deep bond that has affected their families and shaped who they are today:

    And now, for you younger fans out there, here are some quick looks at two of the best players to ever step on the field. Do you have a favorite player? Well, chances are, these guys are better:

     

  • After a mostly ice-cold game, Tony Parker brings the heat down the stretch

    Joe Garza at Ball Don't Lie 6 mths ago

    SAN ANTONIO – For three quarters, it probably wasn't the NBA Finals game Tony Parker had imagined.

    Although the Spurs were well on their way to a 104-87 NBA title-clinching victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night in Game 5, Parker struggled to find his offense.

    At the start of the fourth quarter the Spurs led 77-58, but Parker was just 1-of-11 from the floor with one assist.

    But as he has done so many times in his 13-year career, Parker rose to the occasion as the Heat kinda, sorta showed some life and cut the lead to 79-65 with 9:57 remaining. From that point on, Parker scored 14 points to take away any Heat momentum and help guide the Spurs to their fifth championship.

    "It was just a weird game for me," Parker said. "But I stuck with it, and the team was playing well, and so I was just trying to find my rhythm while the team was playing good.

    "Finally, in the fourth quarter, a breakthrough for me. I made a couple shots and contributed to help the team win."

    "We're a true team, and everybody contributes," Parker said. "Everybody did their job defensively, offensively. We did it together, and that was the whole key this season."

  • While dancing around talk of the future, Spurs focused on one more victory

    Joe Garza at Yahoo Sports 6 mths ago

    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs have seen just about everything in their run as one of the most unique and outstanding franchises in modern sports history.

    From various playoff disappointment and glory to four NBA championships to last season's collapse in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, nothing fazes these Spurs.

    They remain unchanged and undaunted, neither hiding from last season's bitter loss to the Miami Heat nor expressing any unnatural urgency over the opportunity Sunday to win the franchise's fifth NBA title.

    With a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, and a calm, confident demeanor that borders on nonchalance, there appears to be only one way to get a rise out of them: mention their age.

    "We've been on our last run for the last five or six years from how everyone wants to put it," Tim Duncan said Saturday. "We show up every year, and we try to put together the best teams and the best runs possible because what people say doesn't matter to us."

    When the 38-year-old Duncan specifically addressed his future, he was even more blunt, if not especially enlightening.

    It could be the same next year as well.

  • The truth about the highest, farthest seats at the Final Four

    Joe Garza at The Dagger 8 mths ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas – You've no doubt seen the pictures on Twitter. Those shots purported to be views from the "worst seats in the house" at AT&T Stadium, where the announced attendance of 79,444 Saturday was a Final Four record.

    Well, after an epic climb to the highest, farthest reaches of the stadium affectionately referred to as "Jerry World" or the "Death Star," the truth is … those seats high in the rafters aren't that bad.

    In the interest of authenticity, the decision was made to trek to the top of the stadium via the old-fashion, winding cement walkways. There would be no escalators or elevators on this journey, which took place during seventh-seeded UConn's 63-53 victory over top-seeded Florida. Besides, if things got really hairy and sustenance became an issue, drinks and food were readily available about every six feet, with enough available funds (Thanks, Jerry Jones!).

    "I thought it was definitely going to be higher, but this is a nice little stadium," Johnson said.

  • Baylor shuts down Doug McDermott in rout of Creighton

    Joe Garza at Yahoo Sports 9 mths ago

    SAN ANTONIO – Entering the NCAA tournament, sixth-seeded Baylor had the billing of being one of the field's most dangerous teams.

    It lived up to that reputation Sunday, advancing to the Sweet 16 with an 85-55 rout of third-seeded Creighton at the AT&T Center before an announced crowd of 13,431.

    All-American Doug McDermott, the favorite to be named Player of the Year who entered the game averaging 27 points, was held to 15 on 7-of-14 shooting. He had three points in the first half, hitting just 1-of-4 shots.

    "I'm not sure if it was Baylor being that good or us being that bad or if it was somewhere in between," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "Over the course of a season, you're going to have a few clunkers, and we had one at the wrong time."

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  • Last-second Iowa State layup and review sink North Carolina

    Joe Garza at Yahoo Sports 9 mths ago

    SAN ANTONIO – Iowa State may have been without injured sophomore forward Georges Niang, but fortunately it had senior guard DeAndre Kane.

    His driving layup with 1.6 seconds left gave the third-seeded Cyclones an 85-83 victory over the Tar Heelson Sunday in a third-round game at the AT&T Center.

    "I've never seen this happen," said analyst Steve Kerr on the CBS broadcast. "But [the officials] got it right."

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams concurred.

    "Let's not anybody lay it on the officials or anything like that," Williams said. "We didn't call the timeout with 1.6 seconds to play. ... We practice all the time that situation for five guys to be calling timeout, and I'm supposed to be calling timeout, and I was calling timeout. ... We practice those scenarios, so we made mistakes."

    So Kane, who totaled 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, took matters into his own hands.

  • North Carolina survives Providence's Bryce Cotton

    Joe Garza at Yahoo Sports 9 mths ago

    SAN ANTONIO – What happened to sixth-seeded North Carolina in their East Regional opener at the AT&T Center on Friday?

    They survived Bryce Cotton, that's what.

    Providence's diminutive senior guard put on a show, scoring 36 points, but North Carolina held on to defeat the 11th-seeded Friars 79-77.

    James Michael McAdoo hit the first of two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining to give the Tar Heels a 78-77 lead, and he rebounded his miss on the second attempt to get back to the line and seal the game by making one of two once again.

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    "Well, we feel very fortunate to say the least," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "We really did some good things and we really did some bad things. But we made a couple of plays at the end. We had a couple of guys that made big time shots and a couple guys that got big time rebounds for us."

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  • Doug McDermott powers Creighton past Louisiana-Lafayette

    Joe Garza at Yahoo Sports 9 mths ago

    SAN ANTONIO – Creighton offered just enough support and hit just enough shots to complement All-American Doug McDermott, turning back feisty Louisiana-Lafayette 76-66 Friday in the second West regional game before an announced crowd of 12,663 at the AT&T Center.

    Fourteenth-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette was the smaller and quicker team and gave third-seeded Creighton fits for a while. Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin made the interesting move of putting his best player, 6-3 junior guard Elfrid Payton, on the 6-8 McDermott. Payton used his speed and quickness to face-guard McDermott and occasionally give him trouble.

    "I think I did a good job keeping him uncomfortable," Payton said. "To his credit, he made some plays down the stretch.

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    That's why McDermott is a Player of the Year candidate. He hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:06 remaining to put the Bluejays up 71-64 and essentially ice the game.

  • Baylor outshines Nebraska in more ways than one

    Joe Garza at Yahoo Sports 9 mths ago

    SAN ANTONIO – It wasn't a display of the prettiest basketball ever. As a matter of fact, it was downright ugly at times, even rivaling Baylor's neon yellow uniforms, which looked like something Oregon might have rejected.

    But despite the questionable Day-Glo fashion statement, the sixth-seeded Bears were bigger, longer, stronger and more athletic than 11th-seeded Nebraska in the their opening 74-60 West Regional victory Friday.

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    In a game in which both teams struggled to shoot for long stretches, it was the Bears' size and rebounding that was the difference. Baylor outrebounded their former Big 12 rivals 37-25, with Royce O'Neale leading the way with 10 rebounds, Isaiah Austin grabbing seven, and Cory Jefferson and Rico Gathers each getting six. No Nebraska player had more than five.