For the second time in franchise history the Cincinnati Bengals will be featured on HBO’s popular show Hard Knocks, which follows an NFL team through training camp. At first glance this seems to be sort of an odd choice because the Bengals have been featured before but it also makes a lot of sense. Cincy has a very young and exciting team that is positioned to make a deep run this season.
This season of Hard Knocks will air on August 6th on HBO. Are you excited for this season?
OS REWIND: 2013 NFL Draft First Round Recap
From the streets of Cincinnati, Showtime Sports steps into the life of Adrien Broner for a brief look at his coming of age. From leaving his street life behind to pursuing a professional career in boxing, Broner’s journey hasn’t been easy, as he still has more to achieve at the tender age of 23.
From his trainer to his mom and even the local barber, they all speak on Adrien sticking to his dream of becoming a boxer which he found love for it an early age at 6. His trainer Michael Stafford speaks on Broner already fighting people two and three weight classes higher in his youth, which he’s doing again this Saturday against Paulie Malignaggi for the WBA Welterweight title. Check after the jump to watch “This Is Where It All Started.”
OS REWIND: Adrien Broner “It’s Time to Perform”
OS REWIND: HBO Boxing Presents: The Greatest Hits Of Adrien Broner
OS REWIND: Adrien Broner & Meek Mill “Dreamchasers Cypher”
We are getting closer and closer to the end of this years NBA season, and quite frankly that really sucks. So we better enjoy the rest of the NBA Finals, which have been pretty amazing so far. Tonight’s game will be the last one in San Antonio and will most likely determine the fate of the rest of the series. Miami is coming off a game 4 in which they played their best complete game in quite a long time and Dwayne Wade looked like his former self finally.
The Spurs also for the first time in the series look to be in a little trouble. Tony Parker’s hamstring continues to be a question and Manu Ginobli looks absolutely lost the entire series. But do remember what history has told us and never count out the Spurs. Tune into ABC tonight at 7:30 EST to catch all the action.
FINAL: San Antonio Spurs 104 | Miami Heat 94
Spurs lead series 3-2
One of the most respectable player-coach relationships in the history of not only the NBA, but in all of sports has been the unique bond formed by Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich. In their career together for over 16-years, the two have won four championship titles together spanning since 1999 and even have a shot at winning one this year against the NBA Finals. Former Spurs assistant coach, P.J. Carlesimo, David Robinson, Bruce Bowen and Sean Elliot speak on the dynamic relationship the two have sighting the rarity it is for a superstar to allow a coach to do his job (coach the stars).
The two formed a dynasty winning 4 NBA titles in 9 years, setting a precedent for the league to follow when the two’s career together ends. If there was any coach-player that could pass for a father-son relationship, it’s this one. Check after the jump to watch the video before their must-win game 5 tonight and last at home against the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals.
Earlier this week, NBA TV premiered “The Doctor” featuring Julius “Dr. J” Erving. The nearly 90-minute documentary follows Erving’s childhood life growing up in Roosevelt, L.I. with narrator Chuck D of Public Enemy to becoming one of the most iconic sports figures of all-time. He brought us some of the biggest jaw-dropping highlights influencing your favorites in the NBA from Michael Jordan to Vince Carter, and LeBron James.
Those who witnessed his greatness up close and personal include Pat Riley, Bob Costas, and Doug Collins to name a few all speaking on their experiences watching him in the league. While there was always excitement on the court, Julius dealt with overwhelming off the court passings with his father when he was only 9 years old, to his brother dying at 19; and more recently his own son losing his life after a tragic car incident, also at 19.
“If you ever hear Michael Jordan talk, he always says he looked up to and aspired to be like Dr. J. So if there was no Dr. J, then Mike would have never had someone to look up to, and if there was no Mike, then there’s no guys like myself who looked up to Mike.”
(c) LeBron James
Watch the full documentary after the jump chronicling the life and career of “The Doctor”.
Before Canelo Alvarez & Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s big showdown in September, one of the biggest fights we’re looking forward to that has potential to also be fight of the year is Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner.
With Broner’s always flamboyant fast-talking and Malignaggi’s relentless to backdown from a fight, this has been one of the more “personal” fights in quite some time with even ex-girlfriends and past domestic relationships all exposed in the process. Their fight goes down next Saturday on June 22nd, as Adrien will be challenging Paulie for his WBA Welterweight title.
In the first clip from Showtime, we see Broner’s “It’s Time To Perform” clip, which he says he’s what boxing’s missing to put on a show for the fans every time he steps into the ring. His confidence and style mirrors Mayweather, as Broner sees himself making the hall-of-fame when his career is over citing next week when he steps up 147, he’ll showcase to the world his skills in the larger weight class.
Watch “It’s Time to Perform” after the jump.
OS REWIND: HBO Boxing Presents: The Greatest Hits Of Adrien Broner
OS REWIND: Scouting Report: Athletes On The Rise
OS REWIND: Adrien Broner & Meek Mill “Dreamchasers Cypher”
We introduced you to Kiwi Gardner a few weeks ago through his new vlog series, “THE TRUTH,” but in episode two you get to hear what happened to his failed college career after being recruited as one of the top prospects. Although he did everything the NCAA asked him to when he landed at Providence, he did not play one game all season because of eligibility issues. He took his game to Midlands College the following year, but that wasn’t the level of play he wanted to be in after leaving the Big East conference.
Ultimately, he has put the ball and his own fate in his own hands, making the move to LA after advice from his high school coach, and has skipped the last two years of college to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. He knows it’s a longshot, but is determined to make his dream come true. Basketball is all he knows, and he hasn’t given up on his ultimate goal.
Follow Kiwi through the next episode of “THE TRUTH,” below.
OS REWIND: Kiwi Gardner “THE TRUTH” [Episode 1]
Do or die time tonight for the Miami Heat as they get ready to take on the San Antonio Spurs in game 4 of the NBA finals. They trail the series 2-1 after a disheartening 36 point defeat at the hands of the Danny Green and Gary Neal lead Spurs. Green and Neal put on a astonishing performance in game 3 hitting almost every shot they put up it seems like.
The Heat now face a must win game because going down 3-1 in this series would be almost insurmountable against this good of a Spurs team. To mix things up a little there are rumors that Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra will start Mike Miller tonight in place of Udonis Haslem, essentially moving LeBron James to the center postion. This move does make sense as Miller has been the Heat’s hottest offensive player in the Finals. Tune in tonight at 8:30 EST on ABC to catch all the action.
Heat 109 | Spurs 93
Series Tied 2-2
Game 5 Sunday at 8:00PM ET
Upon first hearing that Jason Kidd was a candidate for the vacant Brooklyn Nets job we really thought he was a longshot to actually get it. So did most people, but today that longshot is getting the ultimate opportunity. Yes that’s right Jason Kidd is the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, as today he signed a contract for 3 years.
Sources say that the Nets will stack Kidd’s coaching staff with whatever help he needs. Only real question we have is how much of a transition will it be for Kidd going from a player to coach immediately. Only time will tell. The Nets will hold a press conference on Thursday to introduce Kidd officially as the new head coach.
OS REWIND: Jason Kidd & Grant Hill Retire From The NBA
One of the more interesting aspects of baseball is the unwritten rule that the players must protect their teammates at all costs. This was seen first hand during the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks game last night. Tensions escalated after Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks threw at the head of Dodgers star rookie player Yasiel Puig. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke returned the favor, by hitting a Diamondbacks player in the 7th inning and all hell broke loose. Both benches cleared and an all-out brawl ensued.
Not only did the players get involved but the coaches (Mark McGwire seen in the picture above) squared off with a number of people as well. We are sure this will lead to some suspensions, but thankfully nobody was seriously hurt.
Check out the action-packed brawl after the jump.
OS REWIND: Scouting Report – Athletes On The Rise
Who is ready for some NBA Finals action tonight? To us it doesn’t feel like the biggest basketball game of the year so far is going to get played in a couple of hours, but in reality it is. The series is heading to San Antonio tonight all tied up at 1-1 and is searching for either team to take command. Miami was able to win game 2 in a landslide, but still the Spurs never seemed worried or discouraged. Have to think their goal was splitting the games in South Beach and getting the series back to Texas.
For the Spurs to win tonight they will need strong efforts out of both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli, who were both off on Sunday night. Add that in with Tony Parker’s great play so far and they are a tough team to beat. Miami must keep getting help from role players and maxamize what they can out of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Tune into ABC at 8:30 EST to check out all the action.
UPDATE: San Antonio Spurs 113 | Miami Heat 77
Spurs lead sereis 2-1
OS REWIND: LeBron James Named NBA 2k14 Cover Athlete
Earlier today, we saw the long-awaited return of the NBA Live franchise. Graphically, the game gives Take-Two competitive heading into the new season but the only thing that always matters is gameplay. LeBron James was announced on Sunday during game 1 of the NBA Finals as the official cover guy for NBA 2K14 marking his first time gracing a video game cover. In the trailer, LeBron meets his 2K counterpart “Video Game James” in the clip showcasing an exact replica (including the hairline).
Check after the jump to peep the first teaser trailer showing a sample of the in-game footage that’s not pre-rendered (pre-alpha graphics).
If you’re a frequent viewer of Miami Heat games, you have probably seen the likes of Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Diddy, Drake, Rick Ross, Flo Rida, Birdman or any given rapper sitting courtside at a Heat game. ESPN explores why Hip-Hop artists have embraced the team and the city, asking the likes of Weezy F. and #1 Stunna why Miami is the place to be. They attribute it to the experience of being in MIAyayo and how relaxing it is to be there.
ESPN even got commentary from Jimmy Buffett, and the funniest part is nobody knows who he is. But he doesn’t care because the players know what’s good.
It looks like Tim Tebow is taking his talents to New England this summer, as ESPN is reporting that the former Jets & Broncos QB will sign with the Patriots. This comes as pretty shocking news, as insiders were not sure if Tim would be able to pick up with another team after being cut by the Jets. It is unclear in what capacity Tebow will be used in the Patriots offense, because he obviously won’t start over Tom Brady, but I’m sure Belicheck has something up his sleeve.
OS REWIND: 2013 NFL Draft Results
ESPN sports journalist Gene Wojciechowski sat down with Tiger Woods for the network’s “Sunday Conversation” series where the two tackled a couple of topics lingering in his professional career as a golfer. Wood’s hasn’t won a major in over 5 years and is looking to get back on the winning track 2013 U.S. Open which starts this Thursday lasting until Sunday evening. Coincidentally, his last Major was for the 2008 Open where he won in a playoff against Rocco Mediate.
After his nasty divorce fallout and very public scandal, he’s seemed to have finally gotten his professional career back in order. This year, he’s already won 4 events from the Farmers Insurance Open, WGC-Cadillac Championship, WGC-Cadillac Championship and The Players Championship. During the 2013 Master’s however, he was disqualified from the event after an alleged illegal drop, which hindered him from fully dominating the game of golf once again.
Check after the jump to watch interview, as he gears up for the U.S. Open.