Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant does ‘feel pain’

Los Angeles Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto said Thursday that Kobe Bryant’s pain tolerance is “the highest that (she’s) ever seen.” The 36-year-old Bryant, who suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in April 2013 and a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee eight months later in December, averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over six contests. “I think that trait makes him who he is, and his ability to focus also allows him to channel his energies,” said Seto. “It’s not that he doesn’t feel pain; it’s how he responds.” Without Bryant, the Lakers (27-55) finished … Continue reading

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Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio have ‘a big present for Southern California boxing fans’

Pugilistic sensation Gennady Golovkin and popular Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio formally announced their upcoming showdown on Wednesday at the El Paseo Inn in Los Angeles, California. Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) will challenge Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) on October 18 at the StubHub Center in nearby Carson. Nicknamed “The Poison,” Rubio is a hardened battler and the epitome of a professional. A victor in six consecutive bouts since losing a unanimous decision to Julio César Chávez, Jr., Rubio captured the interim WBC middleweight title by knocking out Domenico Spada on April 5. “The moment they offered the challenge I accepted,” said … Continue reading

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Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has taken the ‘next step of leadership’

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said during Wednesday’s media session that Everett Golson is “taking the next step of leadership.” The 21-year-old Golson was banned from South Bend in May 2013 for cheating on a final exam and he wasn’t readmitted to school until roughly six months later. Brawnier and weighing 200 pounds, the 6-foot Golson trained with quarterback guru George Whitfield last winter and is now reportedly more polished and disciplined in the pocket. Able to run the option and launch the ball from all angles, Golson is the ideal athlete to operate Brian Kelly’s unpredictable, spread-attack. “He’s … Continue reading

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Madison Bumgarner can pitch the San Francisco Giants to another parade

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner shutout the Colorado Rockies in Tuesday’s 3-0 win at AT&T Park. The 25-year-old Bumgarner (15-9, 3.02 ERA) only yielded one hit and was perfect through eight innings. Selected 10th overall in 2007, Bumgarner is 64-48 with a 3.07 ERA since debuting with the Giants on September 8, 2009. Although the 6-foot-5, 225-pound native North Carolinian throws a fastball that barely reaches 93 mph, Bumgarner compensates for his relative lack of velocity with great command and a release point that’s difficult for batters to locate. A stellar postseason performer, “Mad Bum” was surely lost not … Continue reading

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is in a ‘good spot’ to miss the season finale

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says fragile New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski remains in a “good spot” to start Week 1 when the team travels to Miami Gardens to play the Dolphins on September 7. The 25-year-old Gronkowski, who penned a six-year extension worth $54 million in June 2012, suffered a concussion, and a torn right ACL and MCL on December 8 versus Cleveland. Gronkowski, who also required back surgery in June 2013 to alleviate pain caused by a degenerative disc disease and didn’t debut until October against the Jets in the swamps of Jersey, underwent the knife on January 9. Prior … Continue reading

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Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys are ‘up in the air’

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says electric playmaker Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys have been making strides negotiating a long-term deal. However, after extending Tyron Smith’s contract earlier this month, it’s “up in the air” if Dallas can manage to make the 25-year-old Bryant one of the sport’s highest-paid wide receivers in 2015. Bryant signed a five-year pact worth $12.05 million roughly three months after being taken 24th overall in 2010. Set to pocket $1.78 million in salary this autumn, the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Bryant is an absolutely menacing physical force who overwhelms defenders with his strength, size and speed. Born … Continue reading

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub will start in East Rutherford

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub was diagnosed Monday with tendinitis in his throwing elbow. The 32-year-old Schaub, who should heal with rest, will start when Oakland travels to play the New York Jets on September 7. Oakland acquired Schaub from Houston in exchange for a sixth round pick in this past May’s draft. Schaub, a two-time Pro Bowler who was the league’s premier passer in 2009, has tossed 130 touchdowns, against 84 interceptions, for 24,254 yards since debuting as an Atlanta Falcon in 2004. Although Schaub remains an adequate signal-caller, Derek Carr will lead the Raiders by October. The 23-year-old … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko will now knockout Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in November

Heavyweight icon Wladimir Klitschko suffered a torn left biceps and announced Monday that his fight versus mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev has been postponed. Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs), who sustained the injury during a Friday sparring session, was slated to defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against the 33-year-old Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) on September 6 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. “I am very disappointed that the fight cannot take place as planned,” said Klitschko, 38, who earned gold as a Ukrainian at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. “I am in absolute top … Continue reading

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Ray Leonard predicts the rematch between Mayweather and Maidana will ‘be a better fight’

Speaking Sunday with Fight Hub TV, International Boxing Hall of Famer “Sugar” Ray Leonard predicted that the upcoming rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana is “going to be a better fight.” The 37-year-old Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) will again battle the 31-year-old Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In their original prizefight in May, Mayweather earned a majority decision over Maidana to unify welterweight world titles. “Pretty Boy” officially outscored Maidana by counts of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 in front of 16,268 electric fans. A powerful and beloved … Continue reading

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Birthday babe of the day – Playboy model Vanessa Gleason

Mesmerizing adult model Vanessa Gleason will turn 35 on Sunday, August 31. Please see below for Gleason’s measurements and personal information. Birthplace: San Diego, California Height / Weight: 5’5” / 110 pounds Eye color: Brown Hair color: Brown Bra size: 34D Adult relationships: Unknown. However, Gleason certainly isn’t lacking suitors. Gleason is admired for disrobing in the September 1998 edition of Playboy. To an uninhibited woman, Happy Birthday wishes are relayed in advance to Vanessa Gleason! by by

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Birthday babe of the day – Actress Cameron Diaz

Radiant thespian Cameron Diaz will turn 42 on Saturday, August 30. Please see below for Diaz’s measurements and personal information. Birthplace: San Diego, California Height / Weight: 5’9” / 119 pounds Eye color: Blue Hair color: Blonde Bra size: 34B Adult relationships: Diaz has enjoyed private moments with Elon Musk, Carlos de la Torre, Matt Dillon, Jared Leto, Justin Timberlake and infamous ballplayer Alex Rodriguez. Severing from the noted sextet, “Cami” is reportedly on the brink of getting engaged to Benji Madden. Regardless, lacking a ring, Diaz remains an option for dreamers worldwide. Despite starring in a slew of renowned … Continue reading

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