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Five fight options for Bernard Hopkins

Who would have thought that when Bernard Hopkins lost his first
professional fight in 1988 that he would still be boxing 27 years
later. ‘The Alien’ has confirmed there will be one last sequel as he
plans another fight to cement his legacy. The 50 year old legend
doesn’t want to go out with a loss to Sergey Kovalev but is not
planning an easy fight for his swan-song. What are the possible
options for Hopkins and how would they improve his legacy.

Here’s my top 5 fights in order of preference from Hopkins point of
view of legacy and his ability to win.


Mayweather could be stripped of WBO 147lb title on Friday

If boxing’s No.1 superstar fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26
KOs) wants to retain his WBO 147lb title he won off of Filipino Manny
Pacquiao last May, then Mayweather will have to fork over $200,000 to
the WBO, and give up both of his junior middleweight titles – WBA and
WBC. All this has to be done by this Friday or else Mayweather will be
stripped of his WBO strap.

I’m not sure that Mayweather is going to grant the WBO their wish
because it’s a trinket that Mayweather would be giving up anyway after
his next fight in September if he’s serious about wanting to retire at
that point.

Mayweather would still have the WBA and WBC 147lb titles and still be
recognized as by far the best fighter in the welterweight division if
the WBO goes ahead and strips him of his WBO title.

“I have been in touch with the WBO today. He has until 4:30 pm ET on
Friday to comply with the WBO or he will be stripped, which is what I
think is what will happen,” Dan Rafael said on his chat at ESPN.com on


Draymond Green announces he's re-signing with Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green announced Wednesday night that he will re-sign with the
Golden State Warriors on a five-year deal, with sources telling
ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman the deal is worth $85 million.

"Proud to say that I'll be a Warrior for at least the next five
years," Green said in a video posted to Bleacher Report. "It's been a
long journey to get to this point. Always trying to overcome the odds,
overcome doubters.

"To be in this position, signing back long term with the Warriors is
amazing. It's an organization that I love, it's great being a part of,
best fans in the NBA, first-class organization."


Monta Ellis to sign four-year, $44M deal with Pacers

Monta Ellis is headed to the Indiana Pacers, his agent said Thursday.

Sources told ESPN.com that Ellis and the Pacers have verbally agreed
to a four-year deal worth $44 million that includes an option for the
shooting guard to return to free agency after Year 3.

The Pacers' push to sign Ellis was at the behest of team president
Larry Bird, who led a contingent of team officials that dined with
Ellis on Wednesday night. The Pacers are looking to play at a faster
tempo and have been looking for some time for more scoring punch in
the backcourt.


Wizards, Bucks agree to trade involving Jared Dudley, according to source

The Washington Wizards have agreed to a trade for theMilwaukee Bucks'
Jared Dudley, a source told ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Wizards will absorb Dudley's contract into an existing trade
exception, and the Bucks will get back a future second-round pick. The
deal is on course to be completed July 9.

On the last day before free agency began, Dudley opted into the final
year of his contract at $4.25 million for the 2015-16 season.

The Wizards had a void on the wing and in terms of veteran leadership
after Paul Pierce's decision to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.


Jeanie Buss: Three-year rebuilding plan still in place

Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss has said before that the team
is rebuilding under a deadline. Specifically, she has said, the Lakers
need to make a deep run in the playoffs within three years or her
brother Jim will step down from his post as president of basketball

Asked about that deadline in a radio appearance with KPCC on Thursday,
Jeanie Buss reiterated that timeline is still in place and that if the
Lakers don't reach their goals by then, she's ready for change.


Robin Lopez picks Knicks, as long as DeAndre Jordan goes elsewhere

Free agent center Robin Lopez has picked the New York Knicks over the
Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein, and will sign
with the Knicks as long as DeAndre Jordan, as expected, chooses the
Los Angeles Clippers orDallas Mavericks and not the Knicks.

If Lopez ends up in New York, he'll be the second free agent picked up
by Phil Jackson and the Knicks in the 2015 offseason. Earlier
Thursday, New York agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with
Arron Afflalo.


Returning Dwyane Wade: Heat 'going to be better' next season

After 12 years with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wadeneeded a reminder of
how much the franchise valued him.

Once he found out, any chance of him leaving vanished.

Wade accepted a one-year, $20 million deal Thursday to stay with the
Heat next season, ending his latest foray into free agency and
wrapping up a weeks-long saga that had him seriously wondering about
leaving Miami for the first time.

A pair of conversations, first with Heat CEO Nick Arison and then with
managing general partner Micky Arison, reminded Wade of what he meant
to the team. From there it was a matter of making numbers work.


Curry overtakes LeBron for most popular jersey in NBA

Stephen Curry has surpassed LeBron James for the most popular jersey in the NBA.

The Golden State Warriors star and league MVP topped the list of jersey sales in the NBA for the first time Tuesday. With teammates Klay Thompson ranking fifth and Draymond Green at No. 15, the Warriors also led the team-merchandise sales list during the playoffs.

James, who held the top spot at the end of the regular season, dropped to second. Chicago's Derrick Rose is third and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is fourth.

Following the NBA champion Warriors on the team-merchandise sales list are the Cavaliers, Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.


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