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Blake Bortles goes third to Jaguars in 2014 NFL Draft

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

It was a wild four months of training, interviews and mock drafts for former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles, and it all culminated into a day he will not soon forget. Jacksonville got a QB and a new hot chick around town, Bortles’ girlfriend Lindsey Duke.

With his family present at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the Oviedo native turned his dream into reality as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell read off the words that every football player works so hard to hear:

“With the third pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Blake Bortles.”

As Bortles heard his name called, UCF fans immediately started getting excited about driving the short distance up the road to watch a talent that took the Knights to extraordinary heights during his time in a Black and Gold uniform.

By being selected third, Bortles became the highest draft pick in UCF history, surpassing Daunte Culpepper who was drafted 11th overall by Minnesota in 1999. Bortles and Culpepper now stand as the Knights’ only two first-round picks and quarterbacks to be selected in the NFL Draft.

UCF has now produced at least one Knight in the NFL Draft in each of the last nine seasons. Entering this year’s draft, it is one of 32 schools with one or more players selected each year dating back to the 2006 draft.

Bortles is the 32nd UCF player to be tagged in the draft, 13 of which have been mentored by head coach George O’Leary who just completed his 10th year at the helm of the program. Of the previous 12 O’Leary-produced draft picks, Josh Sitton (won), Jah Reid (won) and Bruce Miller have reached the Super Bowl.

The Knights’ first draft picks came back in 1987 with Ted Wilson (10th round) and Elgin Davis (12th round).

Signing with UCF on Feb. 3, 2010, Bortles redshirted as a true freshman before being voted on to the 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman Team. Appearing in 10 games off the bench, he completed 68.2 percent of his passes, throwing six touchdowns in the process.

Taking over as UCF’s starter in 2012, he would be named to the All-C-USA Second Team by throwing for 3,059 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also ran for eight scores during the campaign, leading UCF to a 10-4 record, a C-USA East Division title and a victory over Ball State in the Beef `O’ Brady’s Bowl.

Bortles then found the national spotlight as a junior in 2013. Guiding the Black and Gold to its most memorable season since its inception in 1979, Bortles and UCF went 12-1 with the American Athletic Conference title and a win against Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

He was voted as the 2013 American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Bortles completed the season with 3,581 passing yards and a 67.8 completion percentage, racking up 25 touchdowns. On the ground, he sported 272 yards and six scores.

Bortles finished his career with a 22-5 record as a starter.

Clowney goes #1 overall to Texans

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

University of South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was selected by the Houston Texans with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, held tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Clowney, a 6-5, 266-pound defensive end from Rock Hill, S.C., becomes the 12th first-round draft pick in school history and the seventh since 2000. He is just the second Gamecock taken with the first pick in the draft, joining 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, who was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the first pick in the 1981 draft.

In three seasons in the Garnet & Black, Clowney recorded 47.0 tackles for loss and 24.0 sacks, ranking second and third respectively in school history. A two-time first-team All-American, Clowney finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting following the 2012 campaign. He was named the All-America Player of the Year, presented by AT&T, as selected by the fans on ESPN.com and was the Hendricks Award winner as the nation’s top defensive end. During his sophomore season, he set school single-season records for sacks (13.0) and tackles for loss (23.5) while earning University of South Carolina Male Athlete of the Year accolades.

With the pick Houston bolstered their already dominant defensive line that already was loaded with perennial All-Pro JJ Watt.

Rams take Greg Robinson with second pick in 2014 NFL Draft

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Greg Robinson came from humble beginnings in Louisiana. This Thursday night, he was one of the top players in the NFL Draft and in line for a contract befitting a potential star.

The now-former Auburn offensive lineman was the No. 2 player selected in the NFL Draft when the St. Louis Rams came calling his name at Radio City Music Hall.

He played just two years at Auburn, having been redshirted as a freshman. He never played his junior year, much less his senior season. But here he as a toast of New York.

He has repeatedly said he would take care of his family back home when he signs his NFL contract. He earned his way here as he helped Auburn’s explosive offense help the Tigers all the way to BCS title game.

Auburn says he led the nation with 25 touchdown-clearing blocks, and helped Tre Mason and Nick Marshall each burst through the 1,000-yard rushng barrier.

South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney was the No. 1 pick, going to Houston.

Robinson is expected to lead the Auburn charge in the draft. He’ll likely be followed by defensive end Dee Ford and tailback Tre Mason, then others.

Watch 2014 NFL Draft Online

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Tonight is the big night if you are wanting to see how your favorite team will rebuild and become a Super Bowl contender for years to come. The 2014 NFL Draft has been one of the most talked about events since the NFL season ended in February. The Houston Texans have the first pick in the draft and many experts have them picking South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney at #1. Johnny Manziel is thought to be a top ten pick and there are rumors that Dallas wants to make a run at him and could be in position to shake things up with a trade. It’s always a fun night when the Draft is going down.

No matter who your team is the NFL Draft is available online if you know where to look.


The Draft will be streamed live on NFL.com and all NFL teams will be providing coverage on their websites as each team picks. So when it is the Giants turn to pick go to Giants.com and when it is time for the Titans to pick go to Titansonline.com if that is your team.

Round 1 will be held on Thursday, May 8, 8 p.m. ET. While rounds 2-3 will take place Friday, May 9, 7 p.m. ET. Rounds 4-7 will be on Saturday, May 10, at noon ET.

If you can’t watch it or get to your computer you can check things out on Twitter where you will get news in real time.

Here is the full selection order for the 2014 NFL Draft;
1. Houston Texans
2. St. Louis (from Washington)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Oakland Raiders
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Detroit Lions
11. Tennessee Titans
12. New York Giants
13. St. Louis Rams
14. Chicago Bears
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Dallas Cowboys
17. Baltimore Ravens
18. New York Jets
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Arizona Cardinals
21. Green Bay Packers
22. Philadelphia Eagles
23. Kansas City Chiefs
24. Cincinnati Bengals
25. San Diego Chargers
26. Cleveland (from Indianapolis)
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Carolina Panthers
29. New England Patriots
30. San Francisco 49ers
31. Denver Broncos
32. Seattle Seahawks

Marcos Maidana vs Floyd Mayweather Fight Video

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Heavy-handed WBA Welterweight champion Marcos Maidana was looking to pull the upset tonight in Las Vegas over Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather was a huge favorite coming into the fight but Maidana was riding a four fight win streak coming into the bout and wanted to prove the critics wrong and leave with the unified world title. ‘Money’ was scheduled to make $32 million for the bout while his opponent only got $1.5 million. Many in the boxing world wondered just what Mayweather had left to prove after so many years on top but he still has a chip on his shoulder after all these years.

Did Mayweather find a way to get the win or did Maidana shock the world and finally dethrone ‘Money’ Mayweather with his powerful right hand? It was a fun fight and Maidana really showed up. It may not have played out like you thought it would. Check it out below.


Where to watch Mayweather vs Maidana Online

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

How stoked are you to watch Floyd Mayweather back in the ring tonight against Marcos Maidana? Mayweather has been talking about how he was going to knockout Maidana and take his WBA belt for months. This event is a really big deal for boxing since Mayweather could unify the belts and call out Pacquiao if he wins.

Mayweather is without a doubt the biggest draw in the sport and boxing fans always watch when he fights due to his uncanny ability to sell a big fight by talking trash leading up to a fight. But if you are stuck at work and can’t order the show at home luckily it can be watched online for free if you know where to look.
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Watch 2014 Kentucky Derby Online

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky will be the place to be today as the Kentucky Derby will be the focal point for every horse racing fan. The big race starts at 5 PM ET. California Chrome is the favorite after her big win at the Santa Anita Derby in earlier this month. Wicked Strong, Danza, Hoppertunity, Intense Holiday, and Candy Boy are other horses that Vegas is picking to possibly pull the upset this afternoon at the Derby.

If you are stuck at work and can’t watch the Kentucky Derby on TV it is available online if you know where to look.


The Derby will be shown live on NBC. The pre and post-race festivities will be shown on NBCSN. You can also listen to the race on Sirius 93 and XM 208 on satellite radio.

Here are the odds from Vegas on each horse in the race.
California Chrome: 9/4
Wicked Strong: 11/2
Hoppertunity: 7/1
Intense Holiday: 11/1
Danza: 11/1
Samraat: 15/1
Ride On Curlin: 16/1
Wildcat Red: 16/1
Candy Boy: 20/1
Dance With Fate: 20/1
Tapiture: 25/1
Vicars In Trouble: 25/1
General A Rod: 25/1
Uncle Sigh: 35/1
Medal Count: 35/1
Chitu: 35/1
Commanding Curve: 55/1
Harrys Holiday: 65/1
Vinceremos: 65/1
We Miss Artie: 65/1
Pablo Del Monte: 80/1

Glover Teixeira vs Jon Jones Fight Video from UFC 172

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Glover Teixeira came into Baltimore tonight as a pretty big underdog to champ Jon Jones in their UFC light heavyweight title fight. Jones was coming off a very close win over Alexander Gustafsson and needed a strong showing to put fear back into his critics who has been saying he should’ve lost his title in his last fight. And with Phil Davis chirping all week about how Jones should’ve lost you know ‘Bones’ had a chip on his shoulder.

Did Jones shut up his critics once and for all with a dominant performance or did Teixeira find a way to leave Baltimore with the belt? This fight had all the makings off a standup war and the two men did not disappoint. Check out the video below to see how it shook out.


How to watch UFC 172 Online

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Did you get talked into going to visit your family tonight and you won’t be home to see UFC 172 live from Baltimore? Jon Jones will face Glover Teixeira tonight for the UFC light heavyweight title. Jones survived a scare against Alexander Gustafsson in his last outing and many experts are predicting that tonight is the night he loses his title. It’s going to be a fun show. Luckily for all of the poor UFC fans out there there are some places to see the show online if you know where to look.


The main card will feature the big title showdown between Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira for the light heavyweight title, Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson, Tim Boetsch vs. Luke Rockhold, Yancy Medeiros vs. Jim Miller, and Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway will get the show started live on pay per view.

‚ÄčThe undercard for the show will be shown for free on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET. They will show Chris Beal vs. Patrick Williams.

Fox Sports 1 will show Joseph Benavidez vs. Timothy Elliott,Takanori Gomi vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Bethe Correia vs. Jessamyn Duke, and Charlie Brenneman vs. Danny Castillo. They may even show the fights that aired earlier on FightPass if the fights go quickly with some early knockouts. Sometimes you get to see one or two extra bouts depending on if there are some quick stoppages or not.

With this big title fight tonight you will not want to miss out on the show. Teixeira has been on fire lately and desperately wants to take the belt from Jones.

You can order the show on your computer by purchasing it at www.ufc.tv. The event only costs $44.99.
If you decide to order the pay per view there you can even watch it on smart phones such as Androids and iPhones by downloading the UFC.tv app from the app store on your device.

There are some other places on line that will have live streams of the pay per view. But usually they will go down during the fights and that always is a pain when there is a good fight going on. Ordering straight from the UFC is the best way to see the event live without any interruptions.

You could go to a bar with some buddies like Hooters or Buffalo Wild Wings if it’s not too crowded. Those places usually fill up pretty quickly for big pay per views such as this one. If all else fails you can catch the highlights on Youtube or other sites such as ESPN or FoxSports.

Make certain you turn your phone off and stay off of Facebook an Twitter. If there is a big upset or vicious knockout you know your friends will be texting you about what went down in Baltimore in the Octagon.

Tim Donaghy accuses NBA of fixing Raptors-Nets Series

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Former NBA ref Tim Donaghy, who served 15 months in prison for fixing NBA games alleges that the NBA is pressuring the officials to side with the Nets in their series against the Raptors. Donaghy went on record in an interview in Canada earlier this week.

“(The Raptors) are not only going against the Brooklyn Nets but going against the league office,” Donaghy said in a radio interview in Canada. “They have a very talented team and have to be that much better than the Brooklyn Nets.”

“In this situation, Brooklyn would be put at an advantage. A Brooklyn-Miami matchup (in Round 2) would bring great ratings and that’s what this is all about for the NBA and the league offices — bringing in as many dollars as they can. … Some of the things that the league does and continues to do puts these teams at a disadvantage — like the Toronto Raptors — because moving forward they won’t bring in the big dollars for the league. It’s terrible for the fans (of) Toronto. They go and support that team but really they’re going to have trouble moving on based on talent and what takes place on the floor when they’re really going against the refs and the league, along with the Nets.”

It makes sense. There have been rumors for years that the league wanted the big market teams like the Knicks and Lakers to do well to bring in TV revenue.

Right now the series is split 1-1 after Toronto won Tuesday.