Ron Artest, Rudy Fernandez, Manny Pacquiao and Today's Top Sports News

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Ron Artest, Rudy Fernandez, Manny Pacquiao and Today's Top Sports News
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What a fun weekend in sports, huh?

Normally at this time of year we only talk about the NBA draft and several small baseball stories, but there are several topics that I want to touch on. If you missed anything this weekend, it has to start with Ron Artest.

Well, his name is not Ron Artest anymore. Artest has changed his name to Metta World Peace.

Yes, you read that correctly.

When I first heard this during the NBA draft, which I attended live, I rolled my eyes. After all, we have lived with several athletes changing their names. Chad Ochocinco has to be the first one that comes to mind. Being a Cavaliers fan, I was instantly reminded of the player Lloyd Bernard Free, who changed his name to World B. Free.

This name change is just another Ron Artest antic. He needs to stop and just play basketball. Ron Ron needs to realize that basketball is his real career, and it is time to focus on it alone. Sure there are many Artest...er... Peace supporters, but I am not one of them. For a man with the last name Peace, it wasn't so peaceful when he bolted into the stand to fight a fan in Detroit.

This is also the man who wanted to leave basketball for a little while to pursue his rap career. By all means, the name change is just an act from an unpeaceful person.

In other news, Manny Pacquiao might have a true competitor after all. If you missed Saul Alvarez's bout on the 18th, it was impressive. He continues to dominate opponents and is making his way towards Pacquiao.

During the NBA draft, one jaw dropping trade that went under the radar was that of Rudy Fernandez. The Mavericks basically gave up nothing to receive a starting shooting guard.

For more breaking news and buzz in the world of sports, check Bleacher Report throughout the day

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