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Hangover Sports Roundup: Rampage barely tames Dragon, Lobos lose

MMA


Normally, Detroit doesn't have too much to cheer about. But on Saturday night UFC 123 took center stage in front of 16,404 MMA fans. The main event featured Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida locked in a three-round chess match. Jackson won a close decision despite getting thrashed by Machida in the third round. Even Jackson was surprised he won when UFC cage announcer Bruce Buffer read the result. Both fighters and the fans are open to a rematch but UFC President Dana White felt Jackson won the first two rounds and thinks a rematch is unnecessary. With UFC light-heavyweight champion Shogun Rua still recovering from a knee injury, White may not have a choice but to give Machida another shot at Jackson.

From the moment the bell rang, B.J. Penn looked determined to beat Matt Hughes by any means necessary. Penn was on a two fight losing streak and needed an impressive victory to keep himself relevant as a contender.

It only took 21 seconds for Penn to destroy Hughes and remind the MMA world why 'The Prodigy' is still one of the most dangerous fighters in the game today. Meanwhile, Hughes may see retirement looming on the horizon. Penn's impressive victory earns him a shot at tough contender Jon Fitch in Australia early next year.


Lobo Sports

The California Bears gave Lobo basketball their first loss of the season and a major reality check. With no home crowd to save New Mexico, bad shooting and turnovers allowed the Bears to score 51 points in the second half to capture the 89-64 victory. Lobo point guard Dairese Gary had a team-leading 16 points but also had five turnovers. The Lobos now turn their focus on Northwood for Wednesday's home game.

BYU continued to add to the nightmare of Lobo football. The Cougars are having a disappointing final season in the Mountain West Conference, but it did not stop the 40-7 beatdown. Cougar quarterback Jake Heaps totaled three touchdowns to make BYU bowl-eligible. Stump Godfrey continued to be the only glimmer of hope by throwing for 125 yards and a touchdown. Now the Lobos welcome BCS contender TCU to University Stadium for the season finale.

V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010
Randy Couture. Yikes.

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Hangover Sports Roundup: Randy Couture, instant replay and Tiger Woods

UFC 118

Usually when watching the UFC, my stoke level is through the roof but with Randy Couture vs. James Toney, my excitement turned into anxiousness. If pro-boxer Toney somehow knocked out Couture, old-school boxing fans would quickly devalue MMA as a competitive sport.

Luckily Couture did his job and destroyed Toney with ground and pound before choking him out with a arm triangle in round one. Now Couture can move on and face top contenders in the light heavyweight division.

When the main event ended between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn there was no doubt, Edgar had confirmed his spot as the No. 1 lightweight in the world. Unlike their first bout earlier this year, Edgar dominated Penn in every aspect of MMA. From takedowns to powerful striking, Edgar took the heart and will from Penn to win a lopsided decision and retained the lightweight title. Penn seemed confused and had little help from his cornermen to counter Edgar's gameplan. Now Edgar will collide with No. 1 contender Grey Maynard and try to avenge his only loss. Meanwhile Penn needs to reflect on his career and evaluate if he will continue as a lightweight, or challenge much bigger fighters in the welterweight division.

Boston heroes like Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and the new member of the Boston Celtics Shaquille O'Neal witnessed an average undercard. The fight of the night went to Nate Diaz and Marcus Davis, which featured a Diaz submission in the third round. Despite an ugly and un-fan-friendly style, Grey Maynard finally got his title shot by winning a decision over Kenny Florian. Also Demian Maia showcased textbook Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and overwhelmed Mario Miranda.

Baseball

The Little League World Series ranks as one of the most underrated sporting events in the country. It's refreshing to see these competitors playing for the love of baseball instead of money and fame. Japan broke the United States streak of five straight victories by defeating Hawaii 4-1. Major League Baseball should be paying special attention this year because instant replay made its debut in the tournament. From all accounts, replay was a success and will hopefully be used to review every close call in Major League Baseball.

Golf

Everybody said Tiger Woods would never win a major again and his career was over. But, as usual, Woods proved his critics wrong and had his best performance of the year at the Barclays Tournament. Woods didn't win but proved he's still a threat by shooting a 65 and 67 during the first and final round.

Even though the final round didn't feature Woods, Matt Kuchar made sure to add excitement by defeating Martin Laird in a playoff. Critics needs to cut Woods some slack this season and evaluate his career when his mind is fully committed to golf.

V.19 No.32 | 8/12/2010
Loser face on Chael Sonnen

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Hangover Sports Roundup: Chael Sonnen, Emmitt Smith, Tiger Woods

UFC

Chael Sonnen probably talked the most trash to hype a fight in the history of the sport. But once he stepped into the octagon, could Sonnen practiced what he preached? He’d have to beat up the man who, pound-for-pound, is considered the best fighter in the world, Anderson Silva.

Sonnen did exactly what he said he would and punished Silva with takedowns, and ground and pound for four rounds. Silva lost every round but only needed a couple minutes to pull off a comeback victory with a a triangle armbar. Once known for one sided beatdowns and boring performances, Silva will be remembered for one of the greatest comebacks in MMA history.

Dana White has an interesting dilemma. as he must decide between giving Sonnen a rematch or finally giving Vitor Belfort his title shot.

The main event was awesome, but the UFC 117 undercard featured compelling action with future contenders. Welterweights Matt Hughes and Jon Fitch had impressive wins. Heavyweight Junior dos Santos looked like a threat for the title regardless of the winner of Lensar vs. Velasquez.

NFL

Hall of Fame Weekend features the official start of the football season, but the main event is the induction ceremony. Despite my overwhelming hatred for the Dallas Cowboys, you can't help but respect Emmitt Smith's career. Smith's speech was emotionally engaging and respectful to his teammates, who help him achieve all of his accomplishments in the league. Jerry Rice was also inducted and during his speech stated he never took time to enjoy special moments of his career. Hopefully Rice and the rest of the Hall of Fame Class of 2010 can reflect and take pride of the impact they had to the game of football.

Golf

Tiger Woods continues struggle and many critics are enjoying his slow demise on the PGA tour. Woods finished 18 over par, second to last at the Bridgestone Invitational. This year should be viewed as a lost cause for Woods and not a representation of Woods' future golf game. Lets wait until next years Masters Tournament to determine if he’s truly lost his golf game.

V.19 No.19 | 5/13/2010
Kimbo Slice

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Koscheck’s trash talk and Daley’s suckerpunch; Tiger Woods’ neck hurts; Suns sweep

MMA

UFC 113 had everyting it needed—controversy and knockouts—on Saturday night. Over 17,000 Montreal fans witnessed " Shogun Rua capture the title with a first-round KO over Lyoto Machida. But Rua has little time to enjoy the victory as he waits for the winner of the Rampage Jackson/Rashad Evans fight later this month.

Josh Koscheck's trash talk about George St. Pierre should have been what fans remembered after his victory over Paul Daley. Instead Daley's suckerpunch stole the headlines, prompting Dana White to hand Daley his walking papers. Koscheck also accused Daley of “oiling up” before the fight. Maybe he should focus on coaching on the next season of reality show “The Ultimate Fighter”—and his title shot.

As usual White had plenty on his mind including the fate of Kimbo Slice.

Golf

Tiger Woods' comeback isn't exactly going as planned. He pulled out of The Players Championship. Finishing only one tournament since his break, Woods suffered a neck injury during the seventh hole of the final round. Reports surfaced that he’s been having neck problems for quite a while, which begs the question: Did Tiger Woods return too early?

NBA Playoffs

Much talk has centered on the phantom elbow injury of LeBron James and the fall of Kobe Bryant. But many fans have forgotten about the Phoenix Suns, who completed the sweep of the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs dominated the Suns in playoff action, so Phoenix was motivated to prevent a miracle comeback.

MLB

Before Sunday, Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden was infamous for calling out New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez. Now Braden will forever be remembered for throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

V.19 No.17 | 4/29/2010

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Weekend Sports Guide: The 2010 NFL Draft and MMA’s Aldo vs Faber

2010 NFL Draft

Football fans favorite NFL holiday continues on Friday and Saturday, with diehards hoping to find their diamond in the rough. With Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy still on the draft board, a normally boring second round is now guaranteed to deliver some excitement. Despite Sam Bradford being selected number one, Florida Gator poster boy Tim Tebow stole the show by being selected no. 25 to the Denver Broncos. Tebow's excitement is written all over his face in this interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap from his Florida home. Still looking for draft info, stick with ESPN's Draft coverage and the NFL.com Draft coverage. Both have great videos and articles breaking down every pick for your viewing pleasure.

Aldo vs Faber

After two lackluster MMA events, WEC presents Aldo vs Faber, which hopes to leave fight fans with a better taste in their mouths after lackluster UFC and Strikeforce shows.

Dana White continues his infamous video blogs and hypes this main event as the most important fight in featherweight history. These videos contain White's foul mouth, but are worth a look as he talks to the media and visits fans at his favorite yogurt shop, Pinkberry.

•  Dana White WEC Blog One

Dana White WEC Blog Two

The Versus network website has gone through a makeover and now includes a pretty cool MMA section. It previews Aldo vs Faber and includes a workout video by both main event competitors.

V.19 No.15 | 4/15/2010
Frankie Edgar, the UFC’s lightweight champion
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Tiger Woods is bummed, Anderson Silva’s a maniac, Pacman vs. Money Mayweather

Miss something over the weekend? We got you covered.

Golf

A conversation with 2010 Masters winner Phil Mickelson

What fourth-placer (third loser?) Tiger Woods has to say

UFC

Here’s some reaction to the crowning of lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and a horrible main event during UFC 112: Invincible on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

An interview with Ed Soares, manager of the badly behaved Anderson Silva

UFC President Dana White speaks

The post-fight press conference

Boxing

Pacman vs. Money Mayweather might not happen, but if it does, it could be the fight of the year.

The popular series 24/7 on HBO began Saturday, and it is not to be missed.

A Floyd Mayweather Jr. interview

Shane Mosley talks about what he needs to do