Roger Goodell talks sports betting

Last week, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling, which gives states the ability to legalize betting on sports.

Today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement about legalized sports betting.

Here is the statement from Goodell:

As it was for my predecessors, there is no greater priority for me as the Commissioner of the National Football League than protecting the integrity of our sport.  Our fans, our players and our coaches deserve to know that we are doing everything possible to ensure no improper influences affect how the game is played on the field. This week’s ruling by the Supreme Court has no effect on that unwavering commitment.

We have spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling and are prepared to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive way, including substantial education and compliance trainings for our clubs, players, employees and partners. These efforts include supporting commonsense legislation that protects our players, coaches and fans and maintains public confidence in our games. We are asking Congress to enact uniform standards for states that choose to legalize sports betting that include, at a minimum, four core principles:

  1. There must be substantial consumer protections;

  2. Sports leagues can protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it;

  3. Fans will have access to official, reliable league data; and

  4. Law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary to protect our fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad.

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Mayweather: ‘If Gervonta(Davis) would have dropped Loma, he would have finished him'(AUDIO)

Vasyl Lomachenko added another belt in a third weight class after stopping Jorge Linares last Saturday night at MSG.

During the fight with Linares, Loma was dropped for the first time in his career. Loma was able to survive and ultimately would win the fight.

However, according to Floyd Mayweather, who promotes Gervonta Davis, if Loma would have been dropped by Davis, Loma would not have been able to survive:

“If Gervonta(Davis) would have dropped Lomachenko, he would have finished him because he is a finisher,” Mayweather told Fighthype.com. “When he gets you hurt, it’s not like a “Money Mayweather,” it’s like a “Pretty Boy Floyd.”

Davis does have power and is a great finisher, but is he good enough to drop Loma? We probably won’t found out anytime soon. While Mayweather wanted to Davis to fight Lomachenko next, Davis called out the winner of Tevin Farmer-Billy Dib after beating Jesus Cuellar last month. The IBF has ordered Farmer and Dib to fight for the interim super featherweight title.

Listen to the interview below:

 

Photo: Top Rank

Loma: ‘I want to put my name in the history of boxing’

Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares took their talents to the streets of Manhattan on Wednesday, as they participated in an open workout on the corner of 33rd Street and 8th Avenue, just outside Madison Square Garden.

Lomachenko, a two-weight world champion, is looking to conquer a third weight class when he challenges WBA/Ring Magazine lightweight champion Jorge Linares on Saturday at MSG.

This is Lomachenko’s first fight at 135. The 30-year-old Ukrainian believes he has to fight in multiple weight classes and get titles in those different weight classes, to be one of the best in boxing.

“I want to put my name in the history of boxing, and this is one of the steps I have to take, to fight in different weight classes, different titles,” Lomachenko said his media workout on Wednesday. That’s what will put my name in the history of boxing.

“I already proved where I am, and I plan on being at the top of the sport for a very long time. I do not plan on slowing down.”

Lomachenko’s last fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux was easy, but he does not expect that to be the case against Linares:

“Linares is one of the best fighters in his weight class. I don’t think it’s going to be easy work,” Lomachenko said. 

Linares vs. Lomachenko will be televised live and exclusively at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and undercard bouts will stream live on ESPN+, available through the ESPN App, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Jermell Charlo: ‘Me and my brother talk the talk and we walk the walk’

Unbeaten WBC junior middleweight world champion Jermell Charlo and former world champion Austin Trout went face-to-face Tuesday as they met with media in Los Angeles to discuss their showdown Saturday, June 9 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

One thing about the Charlo brothers is they like to talk, and talk loud. However, both fighters are undefeated, and both fighters have been champions at 154. Now, Jermall is trying to get another belt at 160.

“Me and my brother talk the talk and we walk the walk,” Jermell Charlo said on Tuesday. “From this point on in our careers, we’re going full force and it’s going to be nothing but knockouts.

“Every fight in my life is important because the man standing across from me is there to beat me. Kobe Bryant used to talk about how he knew everyone was going to come at him extra hard whether it was practice or a game, because of who he was and the status he had. I know that I can’t take anyone lightly.

“Our careers and our records are growing and you’re getting to see more of the Charlos. We’re jolts of lightning for this sport. We’re giving people real problems. We just get in there and do what we do.

“We’re ready to keep putting on shows for everyone. My brother just did his thing in Brooklyn and now we’re taking it to the West Coast. I love Los Angeles. I live here and I love training here. Me and Jermall both have knockouts at STAPLES Center and we’re going to turn it out on June 9.”

Jermall Charlo beat Trout two years ago in a very tough fight, but that does not concern Jermell:

“I know that I have to get in there, put my mind to it and do what I have to do. It’s his job to beat me and I’m preparing to stop him. The ‘Charlo Show’ is going to keep going. I’m not worried about Trout’s fight with my brother. Every fight we’ve been growing and changing.”

 

If Jermell Charlo gets by Trout, IBF/WBA junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd could be next in a unification fight. This is the biggest fight that can be made at 154.

Regarding Jermall, who stopped Hugo Centeno back in April, maybe he can get his hands on Danny Jacobs or Gennady Golovkin at some point.

Photo: Chris Farina/SHOWTIME

Gary Russell Jr.: ‘My last fight will be against (Vasyl) Lomachenko’

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs) is going home on May 19 as he will battle Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (26-0, 14 KOs) live on SHOWTIME from MGM National Harbor in Maryland.

The Washington D.C. native has big plans for his career. He wants to dispatch Diaz, unify at 126, and eventually move up to fight Mikey Garcia:

“As far as a hit list of my next opponents goes, we are first going to take care of JoJo,” Russell said at a press conference on Tuesday. “I would love to get a unification bout with Leo Santa Cruz after that. If we don’t get that, I plan on moving up in weight and challenging whoever has the title in that division. You want to know who I really want, though? I want Mikey Garcia.”

Russell, 29, also has some interest in WBA junior lightweight champ Gervonta Davis:

“Of course I would entertain a fight with Gervonta Davis,” Russell said “We’re cool. He’s somebody that I actually watched grow up and develop as a fighter, but you have to stay in your lane. When I move up in weight, he’s got to get out of the way or he’s going to get ran over too.”

When it’s all said and done, Russell would love to avenge his only loss, which would be a rematch against Vasyl Lomachenko:

“My last fight will be against (Vasyl) Lomachenko. I want to conclude my career with breaking my foot off of him. That will be the conclusion of it. I’m willing to wait, though. Right now, we’re good.”

Russell has a lot of ability and talent. He has the potential to be a star in the sport, but he can’t overlook Diaz on May 19.

Photo: Rosie Cohe/SHOWTIME

Stephen A. Smith on Embiid’s injury: ‘I’m not concerned about it in the slightest'(WATCH)

Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid has established himself as one of the better young talents in the NBA. The only concern about Embiid is his health. In his first three years in the NBA, Embiid played in only 31 games, but this season has been a totally different story.

Embiid, 24, who was an All-Star this season, has played in 63 of the team’s 74 games. Unfortunately for Embiid, he probably won’t play another game in the 2017-18 regular season.

Embiid is expected to miss 2 to 4 weeks with a fractured orbital bone in his left and concussion after colliding into his teammate Markelle Fultz in the Sixers’ 118-101 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday night.

The Sixers have clinched a playoff berth and are currently the 4th-seed in the Eastern Conference. Philly is a 1/2 game behind the Cavs for the 3rd seed.

If the playoffs were to start today, the Sixers would play the Indiana Pacers. If Embiid is back in two weeks, he would be ready for the first-round, but if it’s four weeks, he will miss a considerable amount of the first-round, which would dramatically have an impact on the Sixers chances in the playoffs.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith says not to worry.

Listen to what Smith had to say about Embiid on ESPN’s First Take today:

Howard suspended one game by NBA after big night in Brooklyn

Charlotte Hornets C Dwight Howard was exceptional last night in the Hornets’ 111-105 comeback victory over the Nets.

Howard finished the game with 32 points and 30 rebounds. The last person to have a 30-30 game was Kevin Love in 2010.

Today, the NBA announced that Howard would be suspended one game for picking up his 16th technical foul.

Howard received his most recent technical foul with 10:48 remaining in the third quarter against the Nets last night.  Howard will serve his suspension March 22 when the Hornets play host to the Memphis Grizzlies at Spectrum Center.

Gervonta Davis: ‘I feel I have to prove myself to show people that I am a champion’

After beating Francisco Fonseca on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard last summer, Gervonta Davis(19-0, 18 KOs) caught a lot of heat.

First, he missed weight, which caused him to lose his IBF 130-pound belt. Next, he was not very sharp in beating Fonseca, and finally, he beat Fonseca by a controversial knockout after hitting Fonseca behind the head.

Now, Davis, 23, is looking to redeem himself. He has a chance to get another belt when he battles Jesus Cuellar for the WBA 130-pound belt on April 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“Coming off not a good performance from me last August on Floyd Mayweather’s undercard, I feel I have to prove myself to show people that I am a champion,” Davis told TMZ Sports. “I am here to stay. I am ready to take over the sport of boxing.”

In order for Davis to be at his best, he felt he needed to prepare differently for his fight against Cuellar:

“I’m definitely focused. This is the first camp I (did) not have in my hometown. I actually have a chef. I’m actually getting up in the morning doing my running,” Davis said. “I had great sparring; I believe this is going to be a hell of a fight.

‘The best of me? Not yet. The best the people have seen, yes.”

Davis has a lot of ability, but if he wants to take over the sport of boxing, he needs to stay focused in and out of the ring. If he can do that, he might be able to make some noise in the sport of boxing.

Photo: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

Report: Browns trade DeShone Kizer to Packers

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Browns will trade QB DeShone Kizer to the Packers for corner Demarious Randall.

This trades comes after the Browns acquired QB Tyrod Taylor from the Bills and WR Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins.

It seems the Browns may use Taylor for one year and look to find their QB of the future in the upcoming NFL Draft.

These deals can’t be finalized until the new league year begins on March 14.

Ortiz on Wilder: ‘I looked into his eyes and I knew that I’m not going to lose this opportunity’

BROOKLYN (March 1, 2018) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder(39-0, 38 KOs) and unbeaten contender Luis Ortiz(28-0, 24 KOs) exchanged words and went face to face at the final press conference in Manhattan on Thursday.

Ortiz was scheduled to fight Wilder back in November, but after a positive test for a banned substance, which Ortiz said came from his high blood pressure medicine, the fight was canceled.

Fortunately for Ortiz, the WBC agreed with him, and now, he has been given another opportunity to fight for Wilder’s WBC belt on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn(SHOWTIME).

Today, Ortiz talked about this opportunity and what he expects to happen on Saturday:

“I never say anything bad about fighters because inside the ring, anything can happen,” Ortiz said on Thursday. “I respect everyone who steps into the ring. This is my opportunity. This is my time. Deontay is a great champion but this is my chance.

“Like I always say, this is my time and it’s going to be a great triumph. This is big for all of Cuban boxing and I will make my country proud.

“This is going to be like two trains on the same track about to collide. I’m going to win and I’m going to take his belt.

“This is not a video game. This is not using controllers. You have to actually step into the ring with me on Saturday night.

“Deontay is scared. He’s talking a lot of nonsense. He’s worried about what I’m going to do. This is my time. I’m going to show everyone.

“I’m 100 percent ready to go. Sparring has been amazing and I’m totally prepared for Deontay Wilder. Deontay’s biggest mistake is that he talks too much.

“I looked into his eyes and I knew that I’m not going to lose this opportunity. I’m going to be the first Cuban and the first Latino born outside the country to win a title. Saturday night will be historic.

“The public gave me this opportunity to fight for the title and beat you for your belt. I’m going to make the most of my chance and knock Deontay Wilder out.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, start at $50 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, BarclaysCenter.com, or call 800-745-3000. Tickets for the event can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME