Garcia lands a right hand to the head of Redkach. (Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime)
Garcia lands a right hand to the head of Redkach. (Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime)
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Garcia outpoints overmatched Redkach
by Bryan Fonseca
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Garcia lands a right hand to the head of Redkach. (Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime)
Garcia lands a right hand to the head of Redkach. (Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime)
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Ivan Redkach (23-5-1) inexplicably landed a main event bout against three-time two-weight world champion Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) this past Saturday, and Garcia demonstrated why he’s in a different stratosphere. For the bout, both returned to Barclays Center, where Garcia has fought seven other times, while it was Redkach’s second showing in Brooklyn, the first came a one-sided loss to current champion Tevin Farmer in July of 2016. Over 8,000 people were in attendance on Saturday night. “I thought the referee was going to stop it because I felt like I was punishing him,” Garcia said after the victory at welterweight. "He's a tough guy, he hung in there. I wanted to get the KO, but I didn't get it. I feel like I boxed smart, and I feel like that's what I needed.” Garcia dominated Redkach, out-landing the 33-year-old Ukrainian by scores of 118-110 and two scores of 117-111. Garcia landed 195-of-568 punches in the 12-round drumming, with Redkach only hitting on 88-of-578. “I promised myself that I'm going to stay in the gym now and stay in shape,” Garcia added. “I felt regular, but then when I got on the scale a few weeks ago, I was like whoa! So maybe that played a factor, maybe it didn't. I make no excuses.” Garcia lost 25 pounds heading into weigh-ins on Friday. He was scarcely in trouble throughout the night, and it appeared that the fight was headed toward a stoppage when the Philadelphia native had battered Redkach to the point where a doctor stepped in for a brief, mid-round examination. Action resumed, and shortly before the round ended, Redkach bit Garcia on his neck. “He bit me,” Garcia exclaimed. “He said 'Mike Tyson' when he bit me. I said 'Ref, he bit me.' I thought I needed stitches or something. That's my first time ever getting bit in a fight.” Redkach managed to voice some positive takeaways from his showing, despite the one-sided defeat. “This was very good experience for me,” he said. “He never had me hurt, and I was able to learn a lot. I'm thankful to be in this position that my team put me in and I'm going to keep growing from here.”
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Mourning Kobe
by John Jastremski
Jan 28, 2020 | 134 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sunday, January 26, 2020 is a day that will haunt sports fans, basketball fans and Americans for the rest of their lives. NBA and cultural icon Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others perished in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles. My initial reaction after finding out the news was absolute disbelief. It couldn’t be real, Kobe Bryant was indestructible as a player. The resume speaks for itself: 20 years in a Lakers uniform, 18-time All Star, five-time NBA Champion. Kobe Bryant entered the league out of high school looking to be the next NBA great. He delivered on that promise in a big way. There was not a player that wanted to win and be great more than Kobe Bryant. Aside from Michael Jordan, I’ve never watched a more fierce competitor in my years of following NBA Basketball. Kobe was an assassin. An assassin late in games, yes, but also an assassin when it comes to hard work, preparation and the drive to be great. Was he perfect? No. The fallout from the incident in Eagle, Colorado, haunted him, and harmed both his marriage and his legacy. Kobe Bryant’s life and career could’ve gone one of two ways after 2003. He took the path of being the best player, husband and father he could be. He escaped the shadow of Shaquille O’Neal and became the face of the Los Angeles Lakers. He became a global icon, helping to grow the game of basketball internationally. Most importantly, Kobe developed into something that means more than any ball he threw into a basket. He became a world-class father. His relationship with daughter Gianna allowed him to share insight to the Bryant family business of teaching and sharing the game of basketball. Gianna Bryant was ready to be next great Bryant baller. It is a travesty that she will never get that chance to live out her father’s legacy. I wasn’t on this earth for the tragic passings of Roberto Clemente or Thurman Munson. For my generation, you’ll never forget where you were on Sunday, January 26. Monday, January 27, was one of the toughest radio shows of my career. Trying to make sense of an American tragedy of this magnitude and put it into words was not pleasant. However, as I went into WFAN Monday with a heavy heart, I thought of the joy and fire Kobe Bryant brought to his basketball career. Kobe played every game like it was his last. Never take your job, your family or your passions for granted. May the Mamba mentality live on in all of us.
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Athletes across the spectrum react to news of Kobe's death
by Noah Zimmerman
Jan 28, 2020 | 158 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The sports world was devastated by the news of Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s deaths in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. The five-time NBA champion and fourth all-time leading scorer and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were on their way to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where Gianna was set to play with her travel team. Poor weather conditions caused the helicopter to go down, killing all nine on board. The death of the legendary Laker came the day after current Laker LeBron James scored his 33,644th NBA point, passing Bryant as the third all-time leading scorer. In his return to Los Angeles following the Lakers victory in Philadelphia, the NBA star was visibly distraught, as were players around the league. “I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly,” said James in an Instagram post. “Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have.” Games were played as scheduled on Sunday, with players on all teams agreeing to start each game by taking 24-second shot clock violations or 8-second violations in honor of Bryant’s 24 and 8 jerseys, both retired by the Lakers. Players were seen with tears in their eyes and heads in their hands across the league. Former Lakers and Team USA teammate Tyson Chandler was seen fighting back tears on the Rockets bench, while Cory Booker was teary-eyed on the court as the Memphis crowd chanted “Kobe.” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who faced Bryant in two NBA Finals while coaching the Celtics, was in tears ahead of the Clippers game. “We’re all Lakers today,” said Rivers. “People think because you compete against each other that you don’t have a relationship and you don’t like them, I think it’s the exact opposite. Sometimes the more you compete, the more respect you have for the opponent. That’s the way I felt with Kobe.” Above all, it was who Bryant was off the court that made him special. Bryant and Gianna were seen around the NBA making courtside appearances as he taught his daughter about the game, a request Gianna had made a couple of years prior. The two were seen in Dallas as Bryant heckled young star Luka Doncic before Gianna took a photo with the Mavericks phenom, and in Brooklyn where Bryant was seen giving Gianna pointers before speaking to good friend Kyrie Irving and L.A. native Spencer Dinwiddie at the end of the game. “The lesson of hard work and the Mamba mentality are a big part of where I am today,” said Dinwiddie, who grew up idolizing Bryant. “He inspired a lot of kids, and I was one of them.” The entire sports world paused to give their respects to one of the world’s greatest competitors. Nick Kyrgios wore a Bryant jersey onto the court at the Australian Open before his match with Rafael Nadal, even warming up in it. Neymar, a massive basketball fan, put up a 24 with his fingers following a goal. In Spain, players stood in silence ahead of a Real Madrid training session. The NBA decided to postpone Tuesday’s contest between the Lakers and Clippers out of respect for the Lakers organization, giving players and staff extra time to grieve, as well as the city of L.A. itself. Petitions have started requesting the NBA change the logo of Jerry West to a silhouette of Bryant. Others have asked the NBA to add a second black band to all jerseys, joining the one in honor of former NBA commissioner David Stern, who passed away earlier this month. It was David Stern who shook Bryant’s hand for the first time as an NBA player when he was drafted 13th overall in 1996.
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LJ Figueroa lets a floater go in the lane.
LJ Figueroa lets a floater go in the lane.
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