Floyd Mayweather Decisions Maidana
LAS VEGAS — Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. continued his perfect career, but boy, was it a tough night. Maybe the toughest of his entire brilliant, unbeaten career. Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) found himself in a serious dogfight, trying to fend off the super aggressive Marcos Maidana of Argentina and his wild overhand rights, but his accuracy was the difference in a majority decision victory to unify welterweight world titles on Saturday night before a sold-out crowd of 16,268 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Typically, Mayweather fights are over early, when it is obvious that he is dominating his opponent and on his way to a wipeout decision win. But Maidana, a 12-to-1 underdog and given no chance by anyone other than his most ardent supporters — one media poll was 46-0 in Mayweather’s favor — was in the fight all the way. “This was a tough, competitive fight. This is what fans want to see,” said Mayweather, who was hit by more punches…
Clippers, Rivers can finally exhale
LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers finally let loose. After being the calming voice and face of a franchise in turmoil for the past week, Rivers finally let his emotions spill over. With two seconds left in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 126-121 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 on Saturday night at Staples Center, Rivers started pumping his fists and high-fiving everyone in sight — fans, players, even the team’s television analyst, Michael Smith. “I just thought this team really needed the game,” Rivers said. “I just wanted us to win the game. Not because of not winning last year, I just thought with all this stuff, this team just needed a win. My excitement was not for me at all, it was for everybody. I wanted the fans to get excited. They were almost sitting there in shock, and I just wanted them to get excited and exhale for a second.” Rivers and the Clippers never had much of a chance to exhale over the past week. Last…
Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott on car accident: ‘Been in bigger collisions’
DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott tweeted “I’m good” after he was involved in a minor car accident near the team’s facility on Wednesday.
“We can confirm that Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a minor vehicle crash this morning in the area of Dallas Parkway and Gaylord Parkway,” the Frisco Police Department said in a statement.
No injuries were reported in the accident, which was a minor fender-bender at approximately 7:30 a.m. local time.
“Just got into a little accident, glad that no one is injured,” Elliott said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters who cover the Green Bay Packers, the Cowboys’ upcoming opponent in the Divisional round of the playoffs.
Vance Joseph reaches deal to be Broncos’ head coach
DENVER — The Denver Broncos have hired Vance Joseph as their new head coach, the team announced Wednesday.
The deal is for four years, sources told ESPN.
Joseph, 44, was the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator in 2016.
He was scheduled to interview for the Chargers’ head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday, but postponed his trip to San Diego and stayed in Denver after interviewing with the Broncos on Tuesday.
“He has great leadership qualities and a strong vision of what it takes to win,” general manager John Elway tweeted after Tuesday’s interview, which lasted several hours.
Gary Kubiak, who led the Broncos to the Super Bowl title last year and spent more than two decades with the team as a player and coach, stepped down as head coach on Jan. 2, saying simply it was “time to step away.”
Joseph has quickly risen up the ranks the past few years, from a defensive backs coach with the Cincinnati Bengals for three years to defensive coordinator in Miami last season. He interviewed with Denver two seasons ago.
He becomes the sixth active black head coach in the NFL, joining Mike Tomlin (Steelers), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Hue Jackson (Browns), Jim Caldwell (Lions) and Todd Bowles (Jets).
Joseph has been praised for his schemes and honest and clear communication with players. The Dolphins have been injury-riddled on defense and that has led to inconsistencies, but Joseph was been a big part of Miami’s turnaround from a 6-10 record in 2015 to a 10-6 record and playoff appearance this season.