TIME NBA

Watch This Crazy Richard Jefferson Dunk That Got Nixed By a Foul Call

Playing in his 14th NBA season at age 34, Dallas Mavericks forward Richard Jefferson can still get up.

His dunk over Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Sunday night was a perfect example, though he was called for an offensive foul on the play.

At 15.1 minutes per game, Jefferson is receiving less playing time than he did last season with the Utah Jazz (27 per game), but he’s still proven capable of being a solid contributor when needed. Getting the start on Sunday and playing 33 minutes, he contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, scoring in double figures for the first time since Feb. 5.

Kidd-Gilchrist scored 15 points and added six rebounds for the Hornets.

The Mavericks won 92-81 to move to 38-20, sixth in the Western Conference.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME golf

James Hahn Wins Riviera in a Playoff

"I never would have thought I would win this tournament," Hahn said

(LOS ANGELES) — Surrounded by stars in the city and on the golf course, James Hahn turned in the performance of his life Sunday at the Northern Trust Open.

In trouble behind the 10th green at Riviera in a three-man playoff, he hit a flop shot over the back bunker and made a 10-foot putt to stay in the game when Dustin Johnson hit a shot that was even better. On the third extra hole, Hahn remembered the subtle break and holed a 25-foot birdie putt.

He was too nervous to watch Johnson try to match the birdie from 12 feet.

And he was too stunned to dance.

By closing with a tough par for a 2-under 69, and making two birdies in the playoff, Hahn captured his first PGA Tour title and earned his first trip to the Masters.

Until Sunday, he was best known as the guy who did the “Gangnam Style” dance before the crazies on the 16th hole at Phoenix. On Sunday, he was amazed and humbled at what hit him at Riviera just as the Academy Awards was getting started.

His story is fit for Hollywood.

Hahn once sold shoes at a high-end department store to make a living. He was on the verge of giving up on golf in 2008 when he was down to his last $200 and decided then to work a little harder. And he then he won a PGA Tour event in a playoff over Johnson and Paul Casey, weaving his way through traffic on the back nine in which seven players had at least a share of the lead.

“I never would have thought I would win this tournament,” Hahn said.

It looked like it would belong to so many others.

Johnson, in his third tournament back from his six-month break for “personal challenges,” had gone 21 holes without a bogey and was tied for the lead with Sergio Garcia with a lob wedge for his third shot to the par-5 17th. He hit into a bunker and made bogey, and then narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th to win it. He shot 69.

Casey made a late surge only to bogey the last hole for a 68. Hahn joined with at 6-under 278 with a tough up-and-down for par on the 18th, not even realizing it would be enough to get into a playoff.

Garcia was playing the 17th behind them and had a one-shot lead. But the Spaniard three-putted from 50 feet on the fringe for a bogey, and then chipped weakly to 25 feet on the 18th for another bogey and 71.

“I’ve always been truthful to myself and I didn’t deserve to win this week. It’s as simple as that,” Garcia said.

Jordan Spieth, who four-putted from just off the green at No. 4, thought he needed to be at 7 under to have a chance and nearly chipped in on the 18th. But it ran 6 feet by the hole, and he missed that one for a bogey and a 70 to finish one shot out of the playoff. So did Hideki Matsuyama (67) and Keegan Bradley (68).

So much went right for Hahn, and it was a long time coming for the 33-year-old from Cal, born in South Korea and raised in the Bay Area.

“Hats off to James, making a long putt like that,” Johnson said. “I played with him all day, so I knew he was rolling the putter really well.”

Three pars on the 18th in the playoff sent them to the 10th hole, which was 310 yards of trouble and terror. Casey had the best shot, a 3-wood in the collection area left of the green. He pitched to 15 feet. Johnson and Hahn were in the wet rough behind the green.

“I didn’t think I would have the longest birdie putt after seeing where those guys were,” Casey said. “But those guys played phenomenal recoveries, absolutely brilliant.”

Hahn pitched to 10 feet, and Johnson followed him with a shot into 3 feet.

Johnson had the advantage again on the par-3 14th, the third extra hole, until Hahn poured in what turned out to be the winning putt.

He was even more excited about what happens next, and he wasn’t talking about his first trip to Augusta National. His wife, Stephanie, is expecting their first child the week after the World Golf Championship at Doral. Even if Hahn stays eligible, he said he won’t play.

First, he has to pick out a name for his daughter.

“I’m going to have to talk to my wife about ‘Riviera.’ I think that’s a good name,” Hahn said.

Retief Goosen, the 54-hole leader, held on as long as he could until a horrid stretch on the back nine. The 46-year-old South African, going for his first victory in nearly six years, went from the trees on the left to the trees on the right and made double bogey on No. 13. He followed with two more bogeys. Only a pair of birdies at the end salvaged an otherwise miserable final round and he closed with a 75.

Vijay Singh, who turned 52 on Sunday, was tied for the lead with a beautiful bunker shot to 10 feet on No. 10 for birdie. He didn’t made another birdie the rest of the way, fell back with a bogey on the 15th as the rain started to pound Riviera, and then taking double bogey on the par-3 16th. He shot 72.

Bae Sang-Moon also was tied for the lead until bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes. He closed with a 72 and tied for eighth.

TIME Auto Racing

Watch NASCAR Driver Joey Logano Win the Daytona 500

He beat out four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and two-time Daytona winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR driver Joey Logano finally lived up to his billing as one of the top drivers on the American racing circuit, winning the coveted Daytona 500 on Sunday in a nail-biting finish.

The 24-year-old Connecticut native beat out a competitive playing field including two-time Daytona winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, Sports Illustrated reported.

Gordon dominated most of the race but was stymied by traffic during the final push, allowing Logano to surge to the front and hold on for his maiden title.

“Daytona 500, oh my God! Are you kidding me?” he yelled following his victory. “I was so nervous the whole race.”

[Sports Illustrated]

TIME NASCAR

Tony Stewart Is Now 0-for-17 at the Daytona 500

57th Annual Daytona 500
Chris Trotman—Getty Images Tony Stewart takes part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach.

He finished 42nd

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Tony Stewart’s Daytona 500 drought continues.

Stewart was involved in a five-car accident early in NASCAR’s season opener Sunday, sustaining enough damage to his No. 14 Chevrolet that it ended his chances of winning the “Great American Race.”

Stewart is winless in 17 tries in NASCAR’S premier event.

“Well, it’s just part of it,” said Stewart, the driver nicknamed “Smoke.” ”It’s not what we had planned.”

Stewart was hoping to end the losing streak after two tumultuous years, but he seemingly started the wreck on lap 41. Stewart moved up the track, got loose and triggered the minor mess. Stewart’s car turned right and slammed into the outside wall, damaging his right-front tire and steering.

Stewart spent significant time in the garage for repairs, got back on track for some meaningless laps and then called it a day with about 50 laps remaining.

He finished 42nd — the fourth time he’s been 40th or worse in the 500.

Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Blaney also were involved in the accident.

But Stewart drew all the attention — mostly because of his losing streak. He parked his car in the garage, climbed out and was cordial while conceding another defeat at Daytona.

He could have stayed on track until the end, but opted to stay out of the way down the stretch.

“We ran as many laps as we could,” he said. “We couldn’t run any more laps and gain anything. It’s the biggest race of the year, and the last thing you want to do is stay out there and have something else happen to get in the middle of something. Let’s just let those guys have their day.”

Stewart’s good days were few and far between the last two years.

He broke his right leg in a sprint car accident in 2013. Although he got back in the car last year, he wasn’t 100 percent and it showed in his performance. Then he fatally struck Kevin Ward Jr. in an August sprint car race in upstate New York, and retreated for three weeks to grieve.

Stewart was not himself when he returned, but used this past offseason to recharge and refocus.

He showed up at Daytona with a bounce in his step — feeling more confident than cursed — and no one would have been surprised to see him end the streak.

“To be a driver that can cross off one of those marquee events as a winner, that cements your legacy in motorsports,” Stewart said last week. “To be able to win the Daytona 500 is the ultimate dream of a race car driver.”

His quest will have to wait at least another year.

He’s had his chances, too, most notably in 2008 when Ryan Newman edged him as neared the finish line. Even now, seven years later, he feels like he lost that race more than Newman won it. Newman got pushed to the win by teammate Kurt Busch.

Winning the Daytona 500 does not consume Stewart the way he once was about reaching victory lane at his beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His desire — an all-encompassing yearning, really — ate at him until his breakthrough victory at Indy in 2005.

Daytona doesn’t bug him the same way, perhaps because he is NASCAR’s winningest active driver at the superspeedway despite his record in the Daytona 500.

Between the July Sprint Cup race at Daytona, exhibitions, the second-tier Xfinity Series and the former IROC series, Stewart has won at Daytona 19 times. He trails only Dale Earnhardt, who had 34.

But the Daytona 500 can be a fluky race, complete with random winners. And someone has to be the odd man out. Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500 in 1998, in his 20th try.

Stewart understands that’s how it goes at Daytona.

TIME celebrities

Michael Phelps Just Got Engaged to Former Miss California USA

Subway Press Conference With Pele And Michael Phelps
Rafael Neddermeyer—Getty Images Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps attends a Subway press conference to promote healthy living and lifestyle among childrenon December 04, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Olympic champion is taking the plunge

Olympic champion Michael Phelps is engaged to girlfriend Nicole Johnson, the swimmer announced on Instagram Sunday.

The 22-time Olympic medalist posted a photo of the couple lying in the snow with the caption, “She said yes.” Johnson posted a similar photo to her Instagram with with the caption “I’m gonna be a Mrs.”

The couple began dating in 2009 but broke up in 2012 before getting back together, according to Page Six. Johnson was Miss California USA 2010.

She said yes😁😁😁 @nicole.m.johnson. (Photo credit to @arschmitty )

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I'm gonna be a Mrs. 🙊🙈 @m_phelps00 💍❤️ 📷: @arschmitty

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TIME NASCAR

Kurt Busch Won’t Race Daytona 500 After Domestic Abuse Ruling

The driver lost his final appeal to overturn NASCAR's ban

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch lost an appeal late Saturday to overturn an indefinite suspension from the sport on the eve of the Daytona 500. The punishment was levied on Friday in response to a finding by a Delaware family court that the driver had committed an act of domestic violence.

“Kurt Busch now has exhausted his appeal options under the NASCAR rulebook, and the indefinite suspension remains in effect,” NASCAR said in a statement. The decision means Busch won’t be able to race in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

The organization said that Busch would need to undergo treatment and win its approval before returning to the race track. Busch vowed to continue fighting the decision through an attorney.

“We are unhappy with the latest decision to deny our re-appeal, but we will continue to exhaust every procedural and legal remedy we have available to us until Kurt Busch is vindicated,” said Busch’s attorney Rusty Hardin.

[ESPN]

TIME Auto Racing

Here’s How Much Gas Daytona 500 Racers Will Use

Daytona 500 Gas NASCAR
Jared C. Tilton—Getty Images Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, crosses the finishline to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Fec. 23, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

And other surprising facts about the race

The 43 cars racing at Sunday’s Daytona 500 will use an estimated 5,375 gallons of racing fuel, according to NASCAR.

But don’t start panicking about greenhouse gases yet — while that’s a startling amount of gas, it’s actually only a small chunk of the 360 million gallons-plus of gas used daily in the U.S. On top of that, NASCAR says the cars’ racing fuel, Sunoco Green E15, is specially blended to reduce the cars’ greenhouse emissions by 20%.

In any case, NASCAR says it has plans to plant enough trees near its racetracks to offset carbon emissions for the next 40 years. That’s being done in an effort to quell concerns about racing’s environmental impact.

It also isn’t clear if NASCAR will benefit from how cheap gasoline has been lately. The organization says the price of the E15 it gets from Sunoco is baked into a sponsorship deal, so the cost might have been worked out based on prices before the cost of oil took a plunge late last year.

The Daytona 500 begins on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast by Fox.

TIME Boxing

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight Sells Out in 15 minutes

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York City.
Elsa—Getty Images Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York City.

It didn't take long to fill 17,000 seats

In the wake of confirmation that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would have their long-awaited fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2, the hotel reportedly sold out in just 15 minutes, according to USA Today.

The MGM Grand has a capacity of about 17,000, depending on the arena’s configuration. Thousands of spectators are likely to travel to Las Vegas during the weekend to view the fight at various venues.

Speculation about a fight has existed for several years, with several developments occurring at the beginning of this year.

Mayweather to Pacquiao: ‘We have to make this fight happen’

As it appeared more likely the two would square off, rates at the hotel rose steadily, according to USA Today. On Thursday, rates were as high as $615 per night for May 1 and May 2, one of the more popular weekends of the year.

Mayweather and Pacquiao are considered by many to be the two best fighters of their generation. After the announcement, Mayweather was named the favorite at -295, while Pacquiao’s odds were put at +230, according to Sportsbook.

No official details of the fight contract have been release, but reports indicate thatthe prize could be as high as $250 million. According to SI’s Chris Mannix, Jim Lampley, Al Bernstein and Roy Stein will call the fight.

Six classic boxing stories from the Sports Illustrated Vault

Mayweather, 37, beat Marco Maidana in September, improving his record to 47-0 with 26 KOs. Pacquiao, 36, has a 57-5-2 record with 38 KOs after defeating Chris Algieri in November.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME

Mayweather Says He and Pacquiao to Fight May 2

Mayweather, Pacquiao
From left to righ: Alastair Grant; Rick Bowmer—AP Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, prepares to spar at a gym in east London on May 22, 2009, and Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, weighs in for the junior welterweight boxing match against British boxer Ricky Hatton, May 1, 2009, in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2015 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing's richest fight ever.

(LAS VEGAS) — The Fight is finally on.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online.

The long anticipated bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will almost surely break every financial record ever, and make both boxers richer than ever. Mayweather could earn $120 million or more, while Pacquiao’s split of the purse will likely be around $80 million.

The fight, which matches boxing’s two biggest attractions in recent years, has been in the making for five years. It finally came together in recent months with both fighters putting aside past differences over various issues — including drug testing and television rights — to reach agreement.

“I promised the fans we would get this done and we did,” Mayweather said.

While the fight rivals the 2002 heavyweight title bout between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson for interest, it comes more than five years after the first real effort to put the fighters together in their prime. Most boxing observers believe both have lost some of their skills, though Mayweather remains a master defensive fighter and Pacquiao showed in his last fight against Chris Algieri that he still has tremendous quickness in his hands.

Still, Pacquiao is 36 and has been through many wars in the ring. And while Mayweather has been largely untouched in his career, he turns 38 on Tuesday.

Pacquiao was sleeping in the Philippines when the fight was announced, but his camp issued a statement saying the fans deserve the long awaited fight.

“It is an honor to be part of this historic event,” Pacquiao said. “I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.”

As part of the agreement, Mayweather insisted on having the right to announce the bout. He also won concessions from the Pacquiao camp on who enters the ring first, what type of gloves are used, and a number of other issues, including a reported 60-40 split of the purse.

But it didn’t take long for Pacquiao’s camp to start talking, either. Promoter Bob Arum expressed his elation in making the fight, while trainer Freddie Roach predicted a big win for his fighter.

“Floyd should enjoy being the A-Side while he can because on May 2 Manny is going to put him on his backside,” Roach said.

Arum, who has promoted some of the biggest fights in history, said this one would be bigger than them all.

“This boxing match will have the interest in the U.S. of a Super Bowl,” Arum told The Associated Press. “I think it will set all kinds of pay-per-view records and gate records. It will be the biggest boxing event of all time.”

Both fighters will bring 147-pound titles into the ring, but the fight is about far more than belts. Mayweather, who is unbeaten in 47 fights, wants to stake his claim as one of the greatest fighters ever, and remove any doubts about his legacy by fighting the boxer who is thought to be the greatest challenge of his career.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, will try to show that a knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 and a disputed decision loss to Timothy Bradley should not define a remarkable career that began 20 years ago in the Philippines

Don’t tune in looking for a big knockout, either. The last time Pacquiao stopped anyone was in 2009 when he finished off Miguel Cotto in the 12th round, while Mayweather has only stopped one fighter (Victor Ortiz) in the last eight years.

Oddsmakers have already posted their opinion on the bout, making Mayweather a 2 1/2-1 favorite in betting parlors in this gambling town. The fight is expected to draw record betting, with tens of millions wagered in Nevada’s legal sports books.

Another record which will almost surely be set will be the pay-per-view price to watch the fight at home. The fight will be televised as a joint venture between competing networks Showtime and HBO, which will share announcers with Jim Lampley and Al Bernstein reportedly handling the task at ringside.

TIME Soccer

Soccer Team Takes Viagra Before a Match, Loses Anyway

San Jose v River Plate - Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2015
Javier Mamani/STR—LatinContent/Getty Images Rodrigo Mora of River (L) and Arnaldo Vera of San Jose (R) run for the ball during a match between San Jose and River Plate as part of group stage Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2015 at Jesus Bermudez Stadium on February 19, 2015 in Oruro, Bolivia.

They met stiff resistance

An Argentine soccer team tried to get ahead by taking Viagra for a match at high altitude. Unfortunately, they lost 2-0 anyway.

Club Atletico River Plate decided to take a cocktail of Sildenafil (commercially known as Viagra), caffeine and aspirin in advance of a match in Bolivia, the Washington Post reports. Research has shown that the anti-impotence drug helps boost circulation and deliver more oxygen to the muscles, allowing athletes to perform better at high altitudes.

River Plate hails from Buenos Aires, where the elevation (about 82 feet) is fairly low, while their match against San Jose de Oruro in Bolivia took place at 12,400 feet. Still, even Viagra was not enough to help them, and they lost their first group game of the Copa Libertadores de America.

“The players finished very tired and angry, because they know they played a great match,” coach Marcello Gallardo said, according to the club’s website. “[The team’s center back] Pezzella is still sore.”

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