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Kovalev on being the underdog: I want to disappoint a lot of people

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 MGM GRAND — a Mexican-dominant crowd who anticipated the arrival of Saul \”Canelo\” Alvarez motivated the Russian WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey \”Krusher\” Kovalev for their bout this coming November 2nd.

Booed and cheered against, Kovalev was all smiles as he took the stage during his grand arrival.

“This motivates me, I want to disappoint a lot of people,” the 36 years old champ said.

The Russian came out as an underdog against the challenger, who jumped from middleweight to light heavyweight despite spending his entire career in the division.

And with the news stressing more about Canelo making history, Kovalev is set to make his mark by halting Alvarez’s dream of becoming the first Mexican boxer to win four titles in different weight classes.

“I’m ready to win against Canelo. For my glory, for my history,” he said.

Kovalev as well is expected to fight smarter comes fight night. Known for his knockout ability, the ‘Krusher’ with his new team beside him is trying to change their tactics as they want him to last up to the 12th round.

Believing that he has more to lose than Canelo in the fight, Kovalev vows to turn the ‘boos’ into ‘ooohs’ on Saturday night.

Nonetheless, he lauded Canelo for going up the 175 pounds, a division he said he wanted to make known.

“I respect his steps (for going up in light heavyweight) and his risks, you know. This is boxing only real men can prove to themselves that they’re real fighters and for Canelo, it is (he proved it).”

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

The 10 players from the Eastern and Western Division that will start the 2023 NBA All-Star has been named.

As expected, LeBron James will spearhead another game as he dominated in the voting.

Joining him in the west are Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson.

Out East, Giannis Antetokounmpo topped Kevin Durant for being the captain. Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell completed the five.

James and Antetokounmpo will do the honor of drafting hours before the actual ASG.

The festivities in Utah will mark James’ 19th All-Star appearances in his 20-year career. 

Curry will made his ninth All-Star, fourth for Luka Magic, fifth for the reigning back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic and second All-Star for Williamson.

The Greek Freak will see his seventh ASG, Durant with his 13th, Kyrie with his eighth, and Tatum and Mitchell both their fourth appearances.

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Jordan Poole wins it for the Dubs, goes 2-0 in season series vs. Memphis 

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In a much-anticipated NBA rivals week, Golden State faced off against the gritty Memphis Grizzlies and Jordan Poole may have caused Stephen Curry to get ejected, but he bounced back by hitting the game-winner for the Warriors. Up by two with less than two minutes left, Poole decided to release a 30-footer off a huge offensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo with still 12 seconds left on the shot clock. Curry, who was asking for the ball, got frustrated on the shot that he threw his mouthpiece on the floor while going back to defense and with the referee in front of him, the two-time MVP got slapped with a technical and ejection in a clutch-situation game. But despite missing their best player, Klay Thompson made a huge triple off Poole's assist to give the Warriors up with 14.1 seconds. Brnadon Clark though, tied the game off a beautiful setup from Ja Morant. Thompson missed the following shot but the Warriors grabbed an offensive rebound that paved the way to an inbound game-winning play as Poole went backdoor for the layup. He finished with 21 points while Thompson had 24. Curry top scored with 34 points. With the win, the Warriors are now 2-0 against the Grizzlies in the regular season.

In a much-anticipated NBA rivals week, Golden State faced off against the gritty Memphis Grizzlies and Jordan Poole may have caused Stephen Curry to get ejected, but he bounced back by hitting the game-winner for the Warriors.

Up by two with less than two minutes left, Poole decided to release a 30-footer off a huge offensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo with still 12 seconds left on the shot clock. Curry, who was asking for the ball, got frustrated on the shot that he threw his mouthpiece on the floor while going back to defense and with the referee in front of him, the two-time MVP got slapped with a technical and ejection in a clutch-situation game.

But despite missing their best player, Klay Thompson made a huge triple off Poole’s assist to give the Warriors up with 14.1 seconds. Brnadon Clark though, tied the game off a beautiful setup from Ja Morant.

Thompson missed the following shot but the Warriors grabbed an offensive rebound that paved the way to an inbound game-winning play as Poole went backdoor for the layup.

He finished with 21 points while Thompson had 24. Curry top scored with 34 points.

With the win, the Warriors are now 2-0 against the Grizzlies in the regular season. 

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Damian Lillard drops fourth 60-point career game 

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Damian Lillard drops fourth 60-point career game

Top 75 of all-time in full display for Damian Lillard as he put on an incredible 60-point show in Portland’s 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz.

The Trail Blazer superstar was off to a hot start scoring 26 first half points before becoming even hotter, delivering 24 points in the third quarter alone including a personal 20-point run.

He finished the quarter with 50-piece before adding 10 more in the final frame to reach 60.

This is Lillard’s fourth 60-point game of his career and a point shy to tie his career-high.

He is now third in the most 60-point output in NBA history.

Lillard shot the ball very efficiently at 21-out-of-29 field goals. He drained nine triples, dished out eight assists, grabbed seven boards and picked up three steals.

This also marked his 15th 50-point game, proving everyone he is a professional bucket-getter.

Portland’s back-to-back wins gave them a 23-25 record, fourth in the Northwest division, 12th overall in the West.

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