TOP 5 SPORTS NEWS UPDATES
Read along as we count down the Top 5 sports updates from around the world.
#5 MAVERICKS SWEPT BY THUNDER
The defending champions Dallas Mavericks were ousted from the 2012 NBA Playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder. They were defeated tonight in game four 79-95 completing a full sweep of the former champions.
Dallas Mavericks’ Leaders:
Points: 17 – Dirk Nowitzki
Rebounds: 10 – Shawn Marion
Assists: 6 – Jason Terry
Steals: 1 – Six Tied
Blocks 2 – Shawn Marion
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Leaders:
Points: 31 – Kevin Durant
Rebounds: 11 – Serge Ibaka
Assists: 6 – Kevin Durant
Steals: 3 – James Harden & Russell Westbrook
Blocks: 34- Serge Ibaka
#4 I’LL HAVE ANOTHER WINS KENTUCKY DERBY
I’ll Have Another ran down Bodemeister in the final furlong Saturday to win the Kentucky Derby, winding up in the winner’s circle despite a rookie jockey, a more famous stable pony, and a price tag of just $11,000 as a yearling. With Mario Gutierrez aboard, the chestnut colt stormed out of post No. 19—the first winner from that slot in 138 runnings of the Derby—and bided his time back in mid-pack while Bodemeister set a blistering pace on a hot, muggy afternoon. Dullahan finished third, followed by Went the Day Well, Creative Cause, Liaison, 5-1 favorite Union Rags, Rousing Sermon, Hansen, Daddy Nose Best and Optimizer.
#3 UFC’S NATE DIAZ SUBMITS JIM MILLER
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nate Diaz showed the value of his new black belt in jiu-jitsu by submitting one of the lightweight division’s best grapplers on Saturday in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Diaz tapped out Jim Miller with a guillotine choke from top position in the second round of their main-event bout for UFC on Fox 3 in East Rutherford, N.J. The victory paves the way for Diaz to claim UFC’s No. 1 contender slot in the lightweight division.
Miller tried to exchange strikes for much of the fight, but the taller, lankier Diaz, an outstanding brawler, often got the better of the smaller man.
“He had my number,” Miller said afterward. “He just was landing strikes and hurting me.”
By the second round, Diaz was engaging in his habitual goading of opponents, waving in Miller or casually dropping his hands and throwing a front kick. When Miller tried for a takedown, Diaz initially went for a one-armed guillotine choke before converting it into the winning choke after the fighters rolled over.
In Miller and Diaz, the fight paired Nos. 5 and 7 in the USA TODAY/SB Nation consensus rankings for lightweights. UFC promised Diaz a title shot with a win against Miller, although he could be shelved for many months if he waits for it, because champion Benson Henderson already has a rematch scheduled with ex-titleholder Frankie Edgar later this year.
#2 LOGANO WINS AT TALLADEGA
For a more detailed breakdown, please read our previous posting – “Logano slips past Kyle Busch for last-second win at Talladega”.
#1 BOXING: MAYWEATHER TAKES BIG SHOTS IN VICTORY; MOSLEY TAKES SHOTS IN LOSS
LAS VEGAS — Late Saturday night, Miguel Cotto did to Floyd Mayweather Jr. what opponents rarely, if ever, do to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Cotto made him bleed.
It started when Cotto landed a quick, direct left hand square on Mayweather’s nose. Blood trickled down his chin and announced to the crowd at the Grand Garden Arena that Mayweather, the self-proclaimed best boxer in history, had himself a fight.
More telling was what happened next. As Mayweather wiped the blood with a red glove, he turned to Cotto and actually smiled. Like a vampire, re-energized, ready to go to work, in this case at the MGM Grand in front of another sold-out crowd pleading for Cotto to hand Mayweather his first defeat.
Cotto gave Mayweather a fight beyond expectation, a close fight, a tough fight, an instant classic. In the end, it was not enough. Mayweather triumphed in a unanimous decision and blew kisses to the crowd, which, naturally, booed him.
“You’re the toughest guy I ever fought,” Mayweather said to Cotto.
LAS VEGAS — Junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the 21-year-old Mexican star, was matched with old warhorse and former champ Shane Mosley for one reason: to etch the name of the likely Hall of Famer on his résumé.
And etch it he did in the co-feature, winning a unanimous decision to retain his title for the fourth time on the card headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s junior middleweight title challenge of Miguel Cotto on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Alvarez, with his youth and power, muscled his way past Mosley, whose reflexes and speed are gone at age 40 after a 19-year career and hundreds of amateur fights.
But unlike his past three fights — in which Mosley did almost nothing in losses to Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and a draw with Sergio Mora — Mosley came to fight.
His will was clearly there. But he could not make his body fire at will as he once did.
Alvarez was happy to take advantage, cleaning Mosley’s clock with numerous clean right hands and left hooks. Both fighters worked hard to the body, but Alvarez seemed to win that battle, too, on his way to winning by scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110. ESPN.com had it for Alvarez, 118-110.
“This was a great experience,” Alvarez said. “I felt really good and I want to thank Shane for giving me this experience. He’s a great fighter, a true veteran. I tried to knock him out. He took a lot of punches, but it didn’t work.”