Brock Lesnar, LeBron James, Miami Heat and Tuesday's Late Sports News
It's late Tuesday afternoon, but the sports stories continue to flood the net and the news.
So, from Brock Lesnar to LeBron James to the latest events circling the Miami Heat, let's quickly break down today's greatest sports talk.
First and foremost, questions still abound over Cain Velasquez' first-round TKO defeat of Lesnar at UFC 121 to claim the heavyweight title, mainly regarding rumors and accusations of illegal blows.
More on that later.
Plus, check out the latest remarks and responses to LeBron James' latest advertising campaign for Nike.
For the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans, the feedback has been anything but smooth and at times has been filled with angry wrath.
And, if that's not enough to grab your attention, the LA Times is also reporting that Las Vegas oddsmakers disagree with the public's view of the Heat beating the Lakers in the 2011 NBA Finals.
All that and much, much more to follow...
The Boise State Broncos are doing the best job possible to solidify itself as a top-notch BCS team.
Boise State took another step in the BCS Championship direction with a 49-20 blowout win over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday night.
With the victory, the Broncos improve to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the WAC.
Kellen Moore led the way for Boise State, passing for 298 yards en route to 468 total offensive yards for the Broncos.
Another win, and another weekend awaiting where Broncos fan will be hoping and praying for a top-two BCS team to fall.
And even that can't guarantee Boise State of moving up the BCS ladder.
Regardless, here are the remaining five games for the on-the-rise Broncos:
Nov. 6: Vs. Hawaii, 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPNU)
Nov. 12: @ Idaho, 9:00 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
Nov. 19: Vs. Fresno State, 9:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
Nov. 26: @ Nevada, 10:15 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Dec. 4: Vs. Utah State, 3:00 p.m. EST
Midway through the opening day to the 2010 NBA season, the madness has already begun.
In the league's first game of 2010, the Boston Celtics shocked the world and the new big three by knocking off the Miami Heat, 88-80.
And at halftime in Los Angeles, the Houston Rockets are leading the Lakers 62-51.
Regardless of LeBron James' 31-point effort for the Heat, Miami lost to the Celtics by eight—with Rajon Rondo leading Boston with 17 assists.
Ray Allen (20 PTS), Paul Pierce (19 PTS), and Kevin Garnett (10 PTS, 10 REB) also helped propel Boston to the win.
In Shaq's debut for the Celtics, O'Neal scored nine points while pulling down seven rebounds in a little over 18 minutes of action.
In the Rockets vs. Lakers game, Kevin Martin (19 PTS) and Aaron Brooks (18 PTS) lead the way for Houston while Kobe Bryant (13 PTS), Pau Gasol (12 PTS) and Lamar Odom (12 PTS) have 10-plus points at the half for LA.
With the second half moments away, Houston is holding an 11-point lead over the LA Lakers.
Scoring points with ease is one thing.
But dishing out double-digit assists is even more impressive.
Forget LeBron James' 31 point effort in his Miami debut; the Heat still lost by eight.
Heck, even forget about the four Celtics players to score in double figures or Shaq's debut in Boston.
The story of the night belonged to Rajon Rondo, who dished out 17 dimes in the team's season-opening victory over the Heat.
Rondo's 17 assists, one shy of a career high, are the third-most in a season opener since the 1986-97 season, according to ESPN—behind only John Stockton's 19 dimes in 1989 and Tim Hardaway's 18 assists in 1990.
Regardless of Miami's loss, James wasn't too concerned when speaking with the media following the Heat's 88-80 loss to the Celtics.
"We all know Rome wasn't built in one day," James told NBA.com writer Brian Robb on Tuesday night. "We understand that. We just need to continue to get better."
The defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers have officially tipped off the 2010 season, currently hosting and battling the young and energetic Houston Rockets on TNT.
After tonight's home game, the Lakers hit the road to face the Phoenix Suns on Friday, October 29, at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.
The only other game in October for LA will be a road matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 p.m. EST.
However, the first week of November will be very busy, with no signs of slowing down the entire month.
That week, the Lakers begin games on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at home against the Memphis Grizzlies—tipping off at 10:30 p.m. EST, followed by a road trip to face the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.
LA wraps up November's first week of action on Friday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 p.m. EST at the Staples Center, before hosting the Portland Blazers on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 p.m. EST.
So much for the super-team that couldn't be beat.
Just don't tell the Boston Celtics the new-look Heat can't be beat.
Either the Celtics didn't get the memo, or Tuesday night's season-opening thumping of the Heat just nails down the fact that the team DID get the memo.
I'm voting for the latter.
The big three had a disastrous debut—and despite trying to bounce back from a shaky start—the Miami trio and their teammates fell 88-80 to begin the 2010 campaign at 0-1.
Outside of LeBron James netting 31 points, both Dwyane Wade (13 PTS) and Chris Bosh (8 PTS) had off-nights.
And this was supposed to be the new dream team.
Regardless of the poor start, it's a very long NBA season—as any die-hard sports fan knows.
And it's also not about how you start, but how you finish.
However, Miami's loss on Tuesday night at least proves one thing many experts were questioning before the season began.
The Heat can absolutely be beat.
Live right now on TNT TV: the Los Angeles Lakers hosting the Houston Rockets in a 2010 season opener.
And early into the first quarter of action, Houston and LA are both shooting lights-out.
Earlier this evening on TNT, the Boston Celtics ruined the big three's debut with Miami by destroying the Heat 88-80.
In Miami's season-opening loss, LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade netted 13 points, and Chris Bosh contributed with eight points.
Leading the way for Boston was Ray Allen with 20 points while Rajon Rondo lit up the stat sheet with 17 dimes.
Also scoring in double-figures for the Celtics were Paul Pierce (19 PTS), Glen Davis (13 PTS), and Kevin Garnett (10 PTS).
Garnett also notched another NBA double-double by pulling down 10 boards in Boston's victory over Miami.
In his Boston debut, meanwhile, Shaquille O'Neal played a tad over 19 minutes: scoring nine points, grabbing seven rebounds, and blocking one shot.
The Boston Celtics gave the Miami Heat the season-opening welcoming nearly everyone wanted.
In Tuesday night's 2010 NBA tipoff on TNT, the Celtics beat up LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and company in Boston.
And before the game, according to an Associated Press report, James felt overwhelmed as the Heat hit the hardwood for the season opener.
"I feel like a fish in a fish tank," James told the AP. "How fast can he swim?"
James' new Miami teammate, Wade, agreed.
"You don't usually see this many cameras unless you're in the finals," Wade said. "And it's the first game of the season."
In the season opening loss, James scored 31 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists, had two steals, and blocked a shot.
Wade's stat line: 13 PTS, 6 AST, 4 REB, 3 STL; Bosh: 8 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK.
According to an Associated Press wire report, an autographed Babe Ruth baseball was auctioned off for more $8,000.
A Minnesota man who wants to remain anonymous paid $7,250 for the signed ball and after adding taxes and auction fees the tab came to about $8,300, according to the report.
The Wisconsin woman who sold the ball at the auction said her late husband caught a home run hit by Ruth at Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1929, asking the slugger to sign the ball after the game.
In addition, The Free Press of Mankato says a California company certified the signature as authentic before the auction.
According to a report published by the Associated Press, former Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett is regaining his footing in the United Football League after three and a half years in prison.
And about a month into his new job with the Omaha Nighthawks, Clarett has seen limited action in his attempt to get back into shape and back onto the gridiron.
"I'm doing something that I love," Clarett told Associated Press reporters on Wednesday in a conference call. "I think that goes for anybody in the world anywhere: If you're doing something you love and you're having fun doing it, I don't think a person can ask for too much more."
Clarett has spent the past three-plus years behind bars after hiding a gun and holding up two people outside a Columbus bar in 2006, according to the wire report.
"I take things day by day. I don't get too far ahead of myself; I don't look behind myself," Clarett told AP reporters when asked if he hopes to someday make it to the NFL.
"I understand my responsibility and where I'm at right now. I'm sort of living in the moment," he said. "Some personal goals, I keep them private and I keep them to myself. I put in all the work I need to be putting in, to contribute to the team and become a better player. I try every day. It's a day-by-day process. I focus on the moment."
Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested on a DUI charge early Tuesday morning in Dallas.
According to the report on pressofatlanticcity.com, police spokesman Dustin Bartram said Blackmon was arrested at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday after stopped for speeding at 92 mph in a 60 mph zone along I-35 in Carrollton, Texas.
After failing a field sobriety test administered by officers, Blackmon was arrested on DUI chargers before bonding out of jail shortly after 8 a.m. for $375, Bartram told the media.
Today, the university released a statement saying Blackmon "was stopped for at traffic violation" and that Oklahoma State officials were gathering details on the incident.
"Neither Blackmon nor OSU coach Mike Gundy can comment until the matter is resolved," the statement released by Oklahoma State said.
According to the report, Blackmon is also ranked No. 1 nationally at wide receiver with 158.9 reception yards per game.
In 2010, he has 62 catches for 1,112 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Airing right now on TNT: the 2010 NBA season-opener featuring the Boston Celtics hosting the Miami Heat.
According to NBA.com blog writer Brian Robb, here are a few things to keep in mind regarding this evening's showdown:
-Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Dwyane Wade will play for the first time since straining his right hamstring in the preseason opener. Spoelstra indicated, though, that he would keep a closer eye on Wade’s minutes because of the injury. “My expectation is not to play him 40 minutes,” Spoelstra said.
-The Heat’s newly signed swingman Jerry Stackhouse will be inactive for tonight’s contest. Guard Mario Chalmers will be in uniform for Miami despite a lingering ankle injury.
-In a last-minute switch, Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers announced that rookie center Semih Erden would be active for tonight’s game in place of rookie forward Luke Harangody. Erden was expected to sit out due to a sore shoulder. Boston will have only 11 players active tonight due to Delonte West’s 10-game suspension.
According to NFL.com wire reports, Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has been fined $35 million by the NFL for violating the league's policy that prohibits public criticism of officiating.
Childress was informed of the fine by NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, according to the report.
The key play Childress was complaining about on Sunday concerns a reviewed call that resulted in Minnesota losing a touchdown and being forced to settle for a field goal three plays later.
Childress, who claims the league has apologized for the call that cost his team four points Sunday night, told NFL.com that vice president of officiating Carl Johnson said he was "disappointed that the call was reversed."
"It's supposed to be irrefutable evidence," Childress told NFL.com. "The guy is looking right down on it and says it is a touchdown. You have got to show them something that says it wasn't a touchdown.
"I saw him control the ball. It's not about forearms. It's not about hands. I was told it was about hands. If he has it in his teeth and it touches the ground and he has it when he comes up, it's a touchdown."
Kristen Lee, wife of Texas Rangers ace pitcher Cliff Lee, is absolutely not happy with how Yankee fans treated her during her last visit to New York.
But, according to a recent ESPN report, that doesn't mean the Lees are not still interested in New York being a future home.
"The story is not an issue to us," Darek Braunecker, Cliff Lee's agent, told ESPNNewYork.com. "Her experience in New York is certainly a non-issue. She enjoys New York as much as anyone enjoys New York."
Cliff Lee is slated to start Game 1 of the World Series for the Texas Rangers, facing the Giants on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. EST in San Francisco—with the game being televised nationally on FOX.
According to the ESPN report, the Yankees are expected to chase Lee as the team's No. 1 free-agent target, and he will likely be receiving a contract in the range of $100 to $150 million for five-plus years.
The Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants will square off in the 2010 MLB World Series, with the winner taking home some impressive hardware.
Game 1, slated to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. on FOX, will be played in San Francisco.
Probable starters for Game 1 are Cliff Lee for the Rangers and Tim Lincecum for the Giants.
Game 2 is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. EST start time on Thursday, Oct. 28, in San Francisco—with the game being televised on FOX.
Probable pitchers for Game 2 will be Texas' C.J. Wilson battling San Francisco's Matt Cain.
The World Series then heads south to the Lone Star State.
Game 3 will be on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. EST on FOX at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Probable pitchers for Game 3 include the Giants' Jonathan Sanchez and Texas' Colby Lewis.
Game 4, slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Texas, will also air on FOX.
Probable pitchers for Game 4 will be San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner facing Texas' Tommy Hunter.
If the series continues, Game 5 will be held Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. EST at Texas, Game 6 will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. EST at San Francisco, and Game 7 will be held Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. EST at San Francisco.
According to numerous wire reports, including thirdage.com, Kristen Lee—the wife of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee—has recently spoken out about New York Yankee fan behavior.
Kristen Lee, who was sitting in the family section during a game in New York, was disgusted by the Yankee fans reactions, according to the report.
"Ugly taunts; obscenities; cups of beer thrown," Kristen Lee said. "Even fans spiting from the section above."
And if it's up to her, she'd prefer her husband stay in Texas as a member of the Rangers over making a move to play with the New York Yankees in the foreseeable future.
"The fans did not do good things in my heart," Kristen Lee told USA Today. "“When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it’s hard not to take it personal."
The Rangers are slated to face the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EST on FOX, with Lee scheduled to start for Texas against Tim Lincecum.