Happy Friday. I hope the end of your week goes smoother than Coach K’s retirement press conference walk-up.
In today's Sprint:
🥇 Trouble in Tokyo
🥊 Boxing’s revival
⚽ US National team advances
Trivia:Who is the only heavyweight boxing champion to retire with an undefeated record?
WATER COOLER TALK
🥇 10,000 of 80,000 Tokyo Olympic volunteers quit due to Covid-19 fears. According to Morning Consult, only 17% of Japanese adults favor moving forward with the Games. Not looking great for this summer.
🥎 Unseeded James Madison shocked #1 Oklahoma 4-3 in game 1 of the Women’s College World Series.
🏈 The USFL is making a comeback in 2022 after a 35-year hiatus. The first go at the professional league lasted three years. Based on the XFL’s success, the USFL has a chance.
🏈 Johnny Manziel admitted to making “a decent living” signing autographs while at Texas A&M. With new Name, Image, Likeness laws being introduced, it’s crazy to think how much Johnny could have made in college.
YouTube stars turned boxers Logan and Jake Paul (3-0, 3 KO) are some of the best-known professional boxers today. This weekend, we’ll find out just how good Logan is:
Floyd Mayweather (50-0) vs. Logan Paul (0-1) - Sun. 8:00 ET on Showtime PPV
If those records look a bit lopsided, it’s because they are. Floyd is one of the best boxers of all time while Paul lost to fellow YouTuber KSI in November. Even Logan said it’d be “the biggest upset in sports history.”
But Floyd is 5’8” and Paul is 6’2”. That length combined with legit power means Paul may need just one punch to pull it off.
The rules are a bit weird:
No official winner
Eight three-minute rounds
We'll all know who wins. If the outcome is anything other than Logan Paul lying on the ring, then he won. Floyd just doesn't want to ruin his perfect 50-0 record.
Both guys are getting paid. While no official numbers have been released, it takes a huge amount to get the 44-year-old Floyd Mayweather in the ring. Here's what he said:
"I can fight a fighter right now and guarantee myself $35 million. Or me and Logan Paul can go out, entertain, have fun and make nine figures."
The bottomline: Nobody knows what to make of the Paul brothers. Love them or hate them, they know how to drive attention and turn that into massive paydays.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
#2 Phoenix Suns113vs. #7 LA Lakers 100
Devin Booker (47 pts, 11 reb) went 6/6 from three in the first quarter, leading the Suns to a 22-point lead they’d never relinquish.
Crazy fact: With the Lakers eliminated, we’ll see the first NBA playoff second round without LeBron or Steph since 2005. First Finals without one of them since 2010.
Stat:Luka Doncic scored or assisted on 31 of the Mavs’ 37 made field goals in game 5. That’s a cool 84%.
Quote:“I know there are a lot of shows in this city and I know what they do when the show is over.”
- Trae Young on his bow at Madison Square Garden.
Highlight:The New Jersey Devils tried to bribe the NHL via Venmo to boost its draft lottery odds.
#4 LA Clippers vs. #5 Dallas Mavericks - Fri. 9:00 ET on ESPN
DAL leads 3-2
#3 Milwaukee Bucks vs. #2 Brooklyn Nets - Sat. 7:30 ET on TNT
#5 Atlanta Hawks vs. #1 Philadelphia 76ers - Sun. 1:00 PM ET on ABC
Colorado Avalanche vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights - Fri. 10:00 ET on NBCSN
ML: COL -115
COL leads 2-0
Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders - Sat. 7:15 ET on NBC
Boston Red Sox (33-23) vs. New York Yankees (31-26) - Sun. 7:00 ET on ESPN
ML: BOS -105
Belmont Stakes - Sat. 6:45 ET on NBC
Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Sun. 8:00 AM ET on ESPN
Nations League Final: USA vs. Mexico - Sun. 9:00 ET on CBSSN
C. RockyMarciano’s 49-0 record is even more impressive when you realize 43 of those wins were by knockout.
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