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Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul Ends Without a Knockout

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By the end of the June 6 fight, Logan Paul landed 28 of his 217 punches, while boxing champ Floyd Mayweather made 43 of his 107 hits. No official judges were around to declare a winner, but it was obvious Mayweather won the match.

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  • Mayweather (44) came out of his retirement and entered the ring against Paul (26) for an eight-round “special exhibition”. When discussing the event, Mayweather and Paul made it clear they agreed to the fight to entertain viewers.
  • Many believed that the fight would end quickly because of Paul’s inexperience; the new boxer only ever fought once before taking on Mayweather, and it ended in a knockout. However, Mayweather let the match go on for all eight three-minute rounds and never tried to strike Paul unconscious.
  • Throughout the exhibition, Paul proved he would not go down easily. In the first round, he used the fact that he weighed 34.5 pounds more than Mayweather to his advantage. Paul threw “a flurry of punches,” but none of them broke through Mayweather’s guard. In the second go-around, Mayweather allowed Paul to keep aiming at him in an effort to tire his opponent out. By round four, Mayweather unleashed the strength that earned him 50 straight wins and he continued it until the fifth section. The two boxed until the end of the eighth round, and finished the scrap with no knockouts, as mentioned before.
  • This upset viewers in the crowd, which began booing in the end. According to The Guardian, many either paid to see a shocking fight or to watch Paul, who holds a few scandals to his name, “get his comeuppance.” Fans believed Mayweather only let the fight endure as to not taint his flawless record. They also think Mayweather did not want to make himself vulnerable to a “lucky punch,” implying he felt intimated by his opponent.
  • Regardless of his fan’s disappointment, Mayweather took the time to thank them. In addition, he expressed that he enjoyed himself throughout the night and discussed his surprise at Paul’s endurance.

“He’s a great, young fighter better than I thought he was. He’s a tough raw competitor,” said Mayweather.

  • Paul also showed gratitude to Mayweather. He called fighting Mayweather “one of the greatest moments” of his life and considered himself lucky to survive the match.

When asked if he would fight again, Mayweather said he would need to talk to his team. Currently, Mayweather only leaves his retirement for exhibition fights.

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Oklahoma Sooners Beat Florida State Seminole 5-1 in Game 3 of Women’s College World Series

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The win allowed the Oklahoma Sooners to win their fifth Women’s College World Series title.

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  • The Sooners’ Jocelyn Alo started Thursday’s game with a home run. After this, Jayda Coleman “poked one over the fence” in the second inning, giving the team an early 2-0 lead. Soon after, the Seminoles got in their only run in the third inning when the Sooners’ Tiare Jennings lost a popup, and Kalei Harding took her opportunity to score.
  • Oklahoma responded automatically with Jennings scoring on a wild pitch by Florida State’s freshman reliever Emma Wilson. Coleman scored two with a “hard-line drive off the left-field wall to score two” and give the Sooners the 5-1 advantage.
  • The Sooners acquired this win because of star pitcher Giselle Juarez. Before the game, the Oklahoma softball team lacked a dominant pitcher, but Juarez “answered the call.” In Game 2, she helped the team win 6-2 against the Seminoles. During Game 3, Juarez allowed one run on two hits.
  • The crowd’s majority also stood up when Juarez took the circle in the seventh inning. ESPN writes that she caught the final out like a “popup into her glove.” After securing the catch, the other Sooners ran up to her, and “Boomer Sooner” played over the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium’s sound system.

“Honestly, I was kind of hoping it didn’t go in the sun and that they would let me catch it,” Juarez said. “But I mean, it felt so slow motion, and then just to look up after I caught it and see [Kinzie] Hansen running at me — surreal, awesome moment.”

  • In contrast, Florida State University’s Seminoles softball team aimed to win their second title in three consecutive World Series under coach Lonni Alameda. However, the Sooners shocked them with their talent. Center fielder Dani Morgan told the media she felt pride in the team despite losing.
  • Although the Seminoles did not win this time around, they made marks at the World Series. For example, freshman Kayley Mudge made 14 hits, a new record for the Women’s College World Series.

The Sooners’ other World Series wins were in 2000, 2013, 2016, and 2017, under coach Patty Gasso.

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Miami Heat President Pat Riley Fined $25K for Tampering Over Comments About Los Angeles Lakers Star LeBron James

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Miami Heat president Pat Riley told Dan Le Batard he would happily consider Lebron James rejoining the team if James wanted to. That comment cost him $25,000.

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  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) placed a heavy fine on Riley because his words went against its anti-tampering rule. The NBA orders that its teams, players, or coaches cannot approach or lure rival athletes bound to a contract. Remarks such as Riley’s, which stated interest in acquiring a player’s talents or contacting agents about a possible trade, count as tampering.
  • Once the NBA learns about a possible tampering event, they begin investigating. The league will then determine monetary punishments based on the action’s severity. Payments can go up to a million dollars.
  • Riley accidentally expressed his desire for James to return during Le Batard’s 24-hour podcast marathon on June 4th. The host asked Riley would he ever welcome Dwayne Wade back on the team; the Miami Heat president believed the question was about James. In turn, Riley declared he would “leave a key under the doormat” if James told him he would come back. He proceeded to say that “the key is rusted now.” He also acknowledged his proclamation may result in a fine.

“LeBron, look, he’s one of the greatest of all time, and for four years down here, if we want to go back and remember what those four years were like… It was the best time for the Heat. So I wish him nothing but the best, and if he ever wanted to come back, I’ll put a new shiny key under the mat,” said Riley.

  • After finishing his statement, Le Batard corrected Riley and informed him the question was about Wade. Riley responded he did not hear that portion and affirmed Wade can always join the Heat again.

  • James’ former teammates Wade and Chris Bosh shared their thoughts on Riley’s blunder in an appearance on The Jump. Bosh stated he thought Riley wanted the NBA to consider his comments as nonchalant; however, he also believes that there may be some truth in his words. In addition, Bosh thinks Riley might just be considering ways to win and improve the roster and ended up thinking about their “last run to the Finals.” Since Wade now works as part of the ownership of the Utah Jazz and can’t talk on the matters, he just said it’s “Pat Riley doing Pat Riley things.”
  • James still has not responded to Riley’s bombshell.

The NBA legend played for the Miami Heat from 2010 until 2014. During that time, the team appeared in the NBA finals for four consecutive years. Alongside this, James helped the Heat win two straight championships in 2012 and 2013 with the help of Wade and Bosh.

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Ohio High School Football Coaches Fired after Player Says He Was Forced to Eat Pork

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The Canton City Board of Education unanimously voted not to renew the contracts of six McKinley Senior High School coaches for forcing a player to eat pepperoni pizza after missing a voluntary workout. These include head football coach Marcus Wattley, two assistants, three assistant football coaches, and an assistant baseball coach.

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  • The district originally placed the six on administrative leave after learning about the incident. According to the district, the six knew the boy practiced the Hebrew Israelite faith; they also knew the religion prohibits its members from eating pork or its derived products.
  • To verify the athlete’s claims, the Board of Education conducted an investigation. While analyzing the allegation’s details, Superintendent Jeff Talbert reviewed surveillance footage, proving the boy told the truth. After this, Talbert called a special board meeting and made his decision on the coaches’ fates. Additionally, Talbert announced he would not release the recording due to federal student privacy regulations.

“What is on that video shows that what happened on May 24 is an ill-mannered attempt to instill accountability and discipline in our students,” said Talbert. “The type of behavior was inappropriate, demeaning, and divisive.”

  • The board confirmed athletic director Antonio Hall would replace Wattley as interim head football coach for the 2021 season. Furthermore, the district disqualified the three assistant football coaches from holding future coaching positions.
  • Wattley’s attorney Peter Pattakos denied the accusations. He declared that the boy exaggerated some details and made up others. He also blamed an unknown assistant coach who told administrators and the player’s family an embellished version of the story. Alongside this, five football players and the other coaches remarked that Wattley offered the boy chicken nuggets instead of the pizza; they also said the boy could have left whenever. Despite this, the boy stayed and just removed the pepperoni slices from the pizza.

“This young man is one of the most talented members of the team and he’s… not showing up to practices… The idea was, ‘Okay young man, you’re so special? You want special treatment? Are you hungry? I’ll buy you a pizza and we can all watch you eat,” Patakos commented. Furthermore, he said the boy understood he was being punished.

  • Ed Gilbert, the teen’s attorney, said he skipped the optional practice four days before the incident to nurse a sore shoulder. On the day of the occurrence, the coaches demanded the boy sit in the middle of the gym and eat the entire pizza. Although they allowed him to remove the pepperoni and cheese, some pork residue remained. If the boy did not follow Wattley’s orders, he would face additional drills and a lower rank on the team.

A statement written by Talbert and read by Board President John M. Rinaldi emphasized that although the football team holds a “long and proud history” at the school, the instructors’ actions do not reflect the district’s duty to protect the physical and emotional wellbeing of the students.

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