TIME Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Odds: American Pharoah the Betting Favorite

George Alverez, American Pharoah
Garry Jones—AP Exercise rider George Alverez gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful American Pharaoh over the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville on April 18, 2015

American Pharoah is a 5/2 favorite as the 2015 Kentucky Derby approaches, according to Bovada’s latest odds.

The 141st Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Post positions will be announced on Wednesday. With all prep races finished, the Kentucky Derby 20-horse field is set, barring anyone backing out.

Last year’s winner, California Chrome, entered the race as the favorite at 5/2. Last week, American Pharoah was given 2/1 odds to win the race.

Here are the complete odds, as of Monday, from Bovada:

American Pharoah 5/2
Dortmund 4/1
Carpe Diem 15/2
Mubtaahij 10/1
Materiality 12/1
Firing Line 16/1
Frosted 16/1
International Star 18/1
Upstart 20/1
El Kabeir 33/1
Far Right 33/1
Bolo 40/1
Danzig Moon 40/1
Itsaknockout 40/1
Keen Ice 40/1
Mr Z 40/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 40/1
War Story 40/1
Tencendur 66/1

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Boxing

10 Observations From Floyd Mayweather’s Training Camp

LAS VEGAS – Ten observations from Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s training camp in preparation for his May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao.

1. Mayweather loves to FaceTime. It’s his preferred method of communication. He FaceTimed with Stephen Espinoza from Pacquiao’s hotel suite in the middle of negotiations. He also FaceTimed with four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, with an assist from the Showtime broadcaster Jim Gray, who does a radio show with Brady during the NFL season. This happened, oddly, twice.

“Brady, my guy!” Mayweather shouted during one commercial shoot, the one where he walks toward Pacquiao that has been playing on endless loop. (Quick aside: the boxers filmed that commercial separately, much to Mayweather’s chagrin. He had wanted, well, a little face time with his opponent. They saw each other at the initial press conference and that was it.)

“Defense wins championships!” Mayweather said to small-screen Brady, who, of course, is an offensive player.

Another aside: Brady is expected to attend the fight. We’re told he appealed directly to Leslie Moonves, president of CBS.

2. Mayweather can read, contrary to reports that surfaced before his rematch last September against Marcos Maidana. (He won, by unanimous decision.)

At the commercial shoot, Mayweather read a series of promos. “Hi Puerto Rico, I’m Floyd Mayweather,” and stuff like that. Granted, it wasn’t Hemingway, but it was reading nonetheless.

This was not lost on Mayweather. “Come on now!” he shouted to no one in particular. “You know I can’t read!”

3. Pacquiao’s dog is named Pacman. That’s one of the boxer’s nicknames, too.

There’s now a Ms. Pac-Man video game in the lobby of the Mayweather Boxing Club.

Speaking of, Mayweather renovated the gym before he started training for Pacquiao. He added a clubhouse in the back, near the locker room, complete with two black leather couches, two refrigerators and a flat-screen television. He had the walls repainted. And he added signage, TMT, or The Money Team, splashed everywhere in sight.

There’s also a painting in the locker room of Mayweather smashing Pacquiao’s face into pieces. That was a birthday gift from Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics guard and one of Mayweather’s best friends. He had the Art Mobb, a company based in Los Angeles, put the painting together. “It was tough to come up with something,” Thomas said. “What do you get someone who has everything?”

It’s worth mentioning that Mayweather gave Thomas a $200,000 Bentley earlier this year.

4. Mayweather’s friends and associates all have very specific jobs. Some of the jobs are normal, or normal for someone like Mayweather. Like: his personal assistant carries a backpack filled with cell phone chargers, lip balm and whatever cash Mayweather needs to place bets on NBA basketball games. Some of the jobs are stranger. Like: there’s a guy who picks up Mayweather’s underwear when he finishes a workout. And then there is Nate Jones, a former Olympic heavyweight, whose sole job as it relates to Mayweather is to wear a chest protector and be punched repeatedly in the stomach.

During one workout, as the Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino looked on, Jones grimaced through a series of heavy blows. He says that sometimes he pees blood, which he chalks up to an occupational hazard. “Thatta boy, Nate!” someone shouted from the crowd.

“What the hell is Duke doing with all them black players?” Mayweather asked Pitino between sit-ups, as the coach stifled a smile.

“Is that why they win they won the championship?” Mayweather asked.

“There are a million motherf–king Plumlee brothers,” he said later.

5. On one recent training day, some 18 Ferraris rallied from Los Angeles to the gym to show support for Mayweather. Obi Okeke, one of two Mayweather car guys, organized the rally. Okeke runs Fusion Luxury Motors, and he has sold Floyd 39 cars, including a red Ferrari Enzo that Okeke procured in Abu Dhabi and shipped to the United States. He said there are only 400 of those cars made in the world, and only 111 in the United States, and those numbers don’t count the cars that have been crashed (see this video of the comedian Eddie Griffin on YouTube.)

Okeke has sold cars to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jessica Simpson and Brittney Spears, among others. But no one quite like Mayweather.

“He calls me in the middle of the night, whenever,” Okeke said. “He called me once at 3 a.m. and said, I need a Bugatti in 12 hours in my driveway. I found a way to get it done.”

“This is the real Fast and Furious,” said someone in the crowd.

6. Mayweather’s uncle, Roger, remains in camp. But he’s struggling with diabetes, and his eyesight is deteriorating. He still does mitt work with his nephew most training days, and he’s in the gym most every day, also doing mitt work.

Speaking of Roger, a former world champion boxer in his own right, and of the familiarity in both camps, he once sparred with Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer. Roach noticed the 5-year-old that accompanied his uncle to the gym – Floyd Jr. He already flashed the talent that would make him an unbeaten world champion. “I mean, he was born to fight,” Roach says.

As for their sparring session, “I chased him for four rounds,” Roach says. “He never hit me once. So the next day, he says, you want to spar again? I said, no, I already ran this morning.

“I don’t like Roger too much,” Roach said. “But Floyd always called me Mr. Roach.”

7. Maybe true. Maybe not. But someone in Mayweather’s camp tells us that Macy Gray’s assistant called five times in a single day to lobby for Gray to sing the national anthem at the fight.

8. Floyd Mayweather Sr., the boxer’s rhyme-spewing dad, now has his own publicist. Not that he needs one. He considers all microphones friends.

Someone asked him recently to describe Pacquiao’s biggest flaw. “Getting into the ring with Floyd,” he answered.

9. For this camp, Mayweather still allows around one hundred to two hundred guests to watch him train. But they are not allowed to take pictures or video with their cell phones, which is a new development. This rule is strictly enforced.

There’s a sign on the door.

No cell phones

While Floyd Mayweather is training leave your phone in your car

No videos

No pictures

No texting

No phone calls

Violators will be asked to leave the premises and will not be allowed to return

For emphasis, there is also a picture of a cell phone with an X through it.

10. It’s too early to tell how much this means, but those close to Mayweather insist that he will fight Pacquiao once and only once. “No way they do a rematch,” one person close to Mayweather told us. “No. Way.”

Mayweather, of course, has about $150 million reasons to fight Pacquiao again.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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TIME Basketball

WNBA Player Brittney Griner Arrested for Assault and Disorderly Conduct

Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury speaks with the media in Phoenix on Sep. 7, 2014.
Barry Gossage—Getty Images Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury speaks with the media in Phoenix on Sep. 7, 2014.

Griner's fiancée Glory Johnson was also arrested on same charges

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was arrested on Wednesday on charges of assault and disorderly conduct, according to records from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Griner, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA draft, was taken into custody and booked into Maricopa County Jail.

Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson, who is Griner’s fiancee, was also arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

Griner averaged 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game last season for Phoenix en route to a second straight All-Star selection. She helped the Mercury win the WNBA title in 2014, when the team swept the Chicago Sky.

The former Baylor star averaged 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 blocks in two WNBA finals games last season.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Boxing

Tickets for Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight to Go on Sale

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Robyn Beck—AFP/Getty Images Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr, left, and Manny Pacquiao gesture during a press conference on March 11, 2015 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Tickets are reported to cost between $1,500 and $7,500

The May 2 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was made official on Wednesday after Top Rank, Mayweather Promotions and the MGM Grand came to an agreement to resolve multiple issues associated with the fight, according to Yahoo Sports.

The parties had been trying to iron out an agreement on several issues, including ticket allocation, credentials and other aspects of the much-hyped fight. The promoters and the MGM Grand, where the fight will take place, had not yet signed a contract, even though the fight was agreed to in February.

Now that the parties have reached an accord, tickets for the fight will be made available to the public. Tickets will cost as much as $7,500 and as little as $1,500, according to Yahoo Sports.

“We resolved all of the issues and now we’re waiting for the paperwork,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told Yahoo Sports. “I said on the call that if what we agreed upon is in the paperwork we receive, we will sign it and the tickets will be released.”

BISHOP: Mayweather’s new training device

The fight is likely to be the richest bout in boxing history, with both Mayweather and Pacquiao each expected to bring in more than $100 million. Tickets will be required for the weigh-in before the fight, with each costing $10 and proceeds going to charity.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Football

NFL Suspends Cowboys Player Greg Hardy for 10 Games

Greg Hardy on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Grant Halverson—Getty Images Greg Hardy on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Suspension follows NFL investigation of whether he violated its personal conduct policy

The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games without pay, the league announced Wednesday.

The suspension comes after the NFL investigated whether Hardy violated the league’s personal conduct policy. Hardy is able to appeal the decision within three days.

Last year, while Hardy was a member of the Carolina Panthers, the defensive end was found guilty by a judge in a bench trial of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. The charges were dismissed in February after Holder failed to appear in court and could not be found by prosecutors, who said she received a settlement from Hardy.

Hardy only played one game in 2014, as he spent most of the season on the commissioner’s exempt list.

Despite the possibility that the NFL would issue a suspension, the Cowboys signed Hardy to a one-year deal worth up to $13 million in March. The 10-game suspension means that Hardy’s first game as a Cowboy would come against the Panthers, his former team.

A North Carolina judge ruled earlier this month that the NFL could view photos submitted as evidence in the case as part of the league’s investigation.

On Tuesday, Hardy filed a petition to expunge domestic charges against him.

In 2013, Hardy had his best season in the NFL, recording 15 sacks and 40 tackles en route to Pro Bowl honors.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Football

Tim Tebow’s Contract With Eagles Includes No Guaranteed Money

Tim Tebow speaks during a television broadcast in Atlanta on Dec. 5, 2014.
Brynn Anderson—AP Tim Tebow speaks during a television broadcast in Atlanta on Dec. 5, 2014.

It includes only the "typical, one-year, $660,000 deal"

Tim Tebow’s contract with the Philadelphia Eagles includes no guaranteed money, USA Today reports.

The deal, signed Monday, offers a $660,000 base salary, the minimum available to a three-year veteran. It includes an injury split that would drop the quarterback’s salary to $388,000 if he is placed on injured reserve, according to USA Today.

It’s a typical, one-year, $660,000 deal — paid in weekly installments of $38,824 during the season if Tebow makes the team — that comes without a signing bonus or other guaranteed money, according to contract details obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.

Tebow, 27, last played for the New York Jets in 2012. He signed with the New England Patriots in June, 2013 but was cut before the season. He spent last season working for ESPN and SEC Network as a college football analyst.

In 2011, Tebow quarterbacked the Denver Broncos to the playoffs and fired a game-winning pass to Demaryius Thomas in the team’s first-round win over the Steelers. He completed only 46.5 percent of his passes on the season.

The Eagles currently have four quarterbacks on their roster in addition to Tebow: Sam Bradford, Matt Barkley, Mark Sanchez and G.J. Kinne.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Head Coach Scott Brooks

Head Coach Scott Brooks at an Oklahoma City Thunder game on March 28, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Melissa Majchrzak—NBAE/Getty Images Head Coach Scott Brooks at an Oklahoma City Thunder game on March 28, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brooks took over the Thunder on an interim basis in 2008

The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired head coach Scott Brooks, the team announced Wednesday.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week that the Thunder were uncertain whether Brooks would return as coach next season. Brooks’s contract had been guaranteed for next season, with a team option on his deal for the 2016-17 season.

“As we all know, this past year we had unique and challenging circumstances and as I have conveyed, not many people could have accomplished what Scott and this team were able to,” Thunder GM Sam Presti said in a statement. “Therefore, it is very important to state that this decision is not a reflection of this past season, but rather an assessment of what we feel is necessary at this point in time in order to continually evolve, progress and sustain.”

Read more: Enes Kanter undergoes knee surgery, sidelined 4-6 weeks

Brooks took over the Thunder on an interim basis in 2008 after the firing of P.J. Carlesimo and was hired permanently after the end of the 2008-09 season. The Thunder made the playoffs in each of the following five seasons but failed to qualify this season. OKC star Kevin Durant, a four-time NBA scoring champion, was limited to just 27 games by a foot injury.

University of Connecticut head coach and former Thunder player Kevin Ollie was rumored to be a target to replace Brooks, but Ollie said in a statement issued Wednesday that he has “no plans to pursue other opportunities.”

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Running

Venezuelan Runner With Muscular Dystrophy Finishes Boston Marathon

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans (L) and Mayor Marty Walsh (C) listen as Maickel Melamed, of Venezuela, speaks during a Boston Marathon ceremony in Boston on April 21, 2015.
Bill Sikes—AP Boston Police Commissioner William Evans (L) and Mayor Marty Walsh (C) listen as Maickel Melamed, of Venezuela, speaks during a Boston Marathon ceremony in Boston on April 21, 2015.

It took him just under 20 hours to complete the race

Maickel Melamed, a Venezuelan college professor with muscular dystrophy, completed the 119th Boston Marathon early Tuesday morning in just under 20 hours.

Melamed, 39, has completed marathons in Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo, and he finished the 26.2-mile run down Boylston Street with a flock of supporters cheering him on and physically supporting him when he grew tired. They also counted in Spanish for every step he took.

Melamed told reporters after finishing the race that Monday’s marathon would be his last. He’s physically unable to run another after the toll on his body and weight loss.

“It was tough, the wind, the rain, the distance, the cold, everything today was overcome,” Melamed said, reports CBS Boston.

“For me I’m so grateful for Boston and to Boston this is an amazing city.”

Melamed’s family took him to Boston when he was young for life-saving treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital, according to CBS Boston. He ran the marathon with supporters from the group VAMOS Boston to spread a message of peace, and will be presented with a finisher’s medal by Boston mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Media

ESPN Suspends Reporter Britt McHenry Over Leaked Parking Lot Video

Britt McHenry, a Washington D.C.-based bureau reporter for ESPN, has been suspended one week by the network following the release of a video tape on Thursday in which she is seen berating a towing company worker. “I’m in the news, sweetheart,” says McHenry on the video. “I will f—— sue this place.”

In what appears to be an edited tape, the woman at the towing establishment then threatens to play the video of the interaction. McHenry is shown on the tape responding.

“I wouldn’t work in a scumbag place like this,” she says. “That’s all you care about, taking people’s money. With no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that. Do you feel good about your job?… So I can be a college dropout and do the same thing?… Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?… I’m in television and you’re in a f—— trailer, honey.”

The video ends with McHenry telling the attendant to, “Lose some weight, baby girl.”

As of this writing, McHenry has not responded to an email from SI.com but did release a statement on Twitter:

“In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things,” McHenry said. “As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.”

The Busted Coverage website identified the worker as Gina Michelle and posted a piece on her here.

Prior to joining ESPN in 2014, McHenry worked as a sports reporter in Washington, D.C., at ABC7/WJLA-TV and at News Channel 8. She began her career in Washington as a community reporter and weekend morning-show anchor. McHenry earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and holds a bachelor’s degree from Stetson University, where she was a member of the school’s soccer team.

At the time of McHenry’s hiring, ESPN senior vice president and director of news Vince Doria praised her newsgathering abilities.

“In a relatively short time, Britt has established a reputation for strong, aggressive reporting in the D.C. area, and an ability to land big interviews,” said Doria. “Her presence there will be a great benefit to ESPN’s newsgathering, and, as with all of our bureau reporters, she will be assigned to high-profile stories around the country.”

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

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TIME Courts

Jameis Winston’s Sex Assault Accuser Files Lawsuit

Rose Bowl - Oregon v Florida State
Jeff Gross—Getty Images Quarterback Jameis Winston of the Florida State Seminoles reacts after losing 59-20 to the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in California.

Lawsuit stems form alleged assault in late 2012

The woman who accused former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault in December 2012 has filed a lawsuit against Winston, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

According to the Times, the lawsuit is over claims of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and “intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape.” It was filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial District.

The accusers’s attorney provided a statement to the Times, calling Winston “an entitled athlete who believes he can take what he wants.” From the statement:

“Over the past two years, this survivor of sexual violence has had to endure a delinquent police investigation, a hostile FSU athletic department, and Mr. Winston’s bullying lawyer. But the more these forces sought to silence her, the more determined she has become to step forward and hold Jameis Winston accountable for his actions. With the support of her family, she is prepared for this fight and for the counterclaims and the smear campaigns that will surely follow.”

The accuser previously filed a federal civil lawsuit against Florida State university trustees in January.

Winston was accused of sexual assault in December 2012. No charges were filed, but in November 2013, the state’s attorney announced that it was opening an investigation into the accusation. The investigation was completed a month later, and again no charges were filed.

The quarterback faced a Student Code of Conduct case at FSU in December to determine if he violated up to four school student conduct codes. Winston was cleared by an arbitrator after a two-day hearing, which included Winston reading a five-page statement denying the allegations against him. It was the first time he publicly gave his side of the story regarding the allegations.

In October, a Fox Sports report based on its own investigation of the case alleged that FSU administrators and Tallahassee police took steps to “hide and then hinder” the Winston investigation.

The accuser discusses her allegations against Winston in The Hunting Ground, a documentary that premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

Winston could be drafted No. 1 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the upcoming NFL draft, which begins on April 30.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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