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Russell Westbrook might be the most aggressive basketball player on the planet.

That approach to the game had Jason Kidd comparing the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard to one of the most feared boxers ever.

“He is the (Mike) Tyson of basketball,” the Milwaukee Bucks coach said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

“When the jump ball (goes up), he is coming as Tyson did (in getting) off the stool. When the bell rings, he’s coming for you. Whenever he’s on the floor, he plays at one speed and that’s fast and hard.”

Kidd, who had a Hall of Fame-worthy career as an NBA guard, wasn’t done praising Westbrook.

“He’s the best in the game,” the 10-time All-Star said. “Puts a lot of pressure on your defense, offensively and defensively.”

Those words rang true later Tuesday, as the reigning league MVP registered 12 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists in 26 minutes as OKC stomped the Bucks 110-91 at Bradley Center.

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Floyd Mayweather is in the IRS’ good books again.

The retired boxer paid $23.5 million to the IRS just days after his Aug. 26 win over Conor McGregor to settle an outstanding tax liability from 2015, according to Bryan Koenig of Law360. Both parties filed a joint motion in U.S. Tax Court to dismiss the payment dispute in September.

While he’s off the hook for the 2015 tax lien, Koenig notes that a lightly redacted account transcript states Mayweather had a late-payment interest charge of more than $551,000 and a $1.2-million late-payment penalty assessed against him on Sept. 25.

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor

Conor McGregor wasn’t too impressed with referee Robert Byrd’s decision to stop Saturday’s fight in the 10th round.

“I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage,” McGregor said after the fight. “I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots. I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fights will do for you.”

The Notorious, who held his own in the first three rounds against undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather, was visibly shaken in round 10, leading to Byrd’s decision to call the fight.

“I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back,” McGregor said. “When you’re in here in the squared circle, everything is different. Let the man put me down, that’s fatigue, that’s not damage.”


Proud as he is, Dana White has seen enough of Conor McGregor in the ring.

Moments after McGregor submitted an impressive performance despite losing to Floyd Mayweather by TKO in his pro boxing debut Saturday, the UFC president heaped praise on his lightweight champ before stating McGregor belongs in the Octagon – not the squared circle.

“I would rather he did not (box again),” White said at the post-fight presser. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist, where he goes in, and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed to use his hands. I think he did great tonight, I don’t think he has anything left to prove. I would rather he fight in mixed martial arts.”

White’s stance is no surprise, as the promotion is rumored to have set its sights on UFC 219 – its final pay-per-view event of the year – for McGregor’s first defense of the lightweight strap he won last November. “The Notorious,” for one, appeared game for returning to the cage moments after dropping Saturday’s bout, judging by his comments to to Showtime’s Jim Gray.

As for whether Saturday’s crossover bout would prove the first of many, White said he was looking forward to “getting back to the UFC and doing what I do.”


Much has been made about mixed martial artist Conor McGregor’s transition to the boxing ring and while Saturday’s bout against world champion Floyd Mayweather has the sports world buzzing, one group of professionals aren’t on board.

The Association of Ringside Physicians, a constituency of more than 100 doctors, contend that McGregor doesn’t stand a chance against Mayweather and have expressed concern over his safety.

“We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on,” Larry Lovelace, a doctor and president of the association said, according to Joe Depaolo of the New York Times.

“The thing I really fear, truly fear, is that somebody’s going to get really hurt in this upcoming fight.”

Mayweather enters the fight with a perfect 49-0 record and has been boxing professionally since 1996. McGregor, though, will be making his debut in the ring despite his experience in the Octagon.

Richard Steele, a retired Hall of Fame referee, echoed Lovelace’s thoughts on the matter, expressing similar concern over the bout.

“Here’s a guy from one sport, challenging the world’s best in his own sport. I really don’t know how it’s going to work,” Steele said.

When asked if he thought McGregor’s style would match up well against Mayweather, Steele said: “He can’t kick. He can’t elbow. He can’t do nothing. Nothing that he’s used to doing that makes him a great MMA fighter.”


The fight of the century has its anthem singer, which hopefully won’t cause a Heart Attack.

Showtime announced Tuesday that singer and actress Demi Lovato will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Saturday under the Neon Lights ahead of the main event between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather at T-Mobile Arena.

The hitmaker will be singing the anthem at a boxing match for the first time, but she’ll be Confident because Lovato has been Cool For The Summer as she’s previously performed the anthem ahead of multiple World Series games.

Check the lengthy list of prop bets for the over/under on the length of Lovato’s rendition, but we’d understand if you Really Don’t Care.


Floyd Mayweather is eyeing the NBA once he retreats back into retirement.

Mayweather is training for one last fight with MMA star Conor McGregor, but once that’s finished, the 49-time undefeated boxer plans to purchase an NBA franchise.

“I look forward to getting an NBA team in the future,” Mayweather told ESPN. “I don’t know where the team is going to be, but I look forward to having a team someday.”

If there’s any athlete that could conceivably own an NBA franchise, it’s the brash boxer who goes by the nickname “Money.” Mayweather could reach $1 billion in career earnings depending on the success of his final fight, according to Forbes estimates.

But even 10 digits might not be enough. The last team to be sold was the Atlanta Hawks, who went for $850 million in 2015. The NBA has grown in popularity in the two years since, which means buying a franchise can only get more expensive.