Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pacquiao vs Marquez III - Free Online Live Streaming

Watch Pacquiao vs Marquez III Live Streaming Free HD here. The most awaiting fight rematch has now come to a week close when Manny Pacquiao has a face off with Juan Manuel Marquez. While Juan Manuel Marquez is a fine Mexican lightweight champ Pacquiao is a wonderful contender and who can be the best he has ever faced. While Pacquiao will go with the aim of beating Manuel Marquez, for he has KO Marquez not once or twice but thrice. In 2008 when the both had had a rematch in the 130 pounds category, Pacquiao had got a split decision in his favor by some narrow margin.

Monday, February 21, 2011

An iPad for $2.82, or illegal gambling?

Here’s a puzzler: How can a website sell a $10 Walmart gift card for 26 cents and still make money? Or sell an Apple iPod worth $100 for $3.30 and make an enormous profit?
Welcome to the wild world of penny auctions, where nothing is quite what it seems and everything costsmoney — even the bids themselves.
Penny auctions have taken the Internet by storm. Ads for electronics products promising seemingly impossible 95 percent discounts appear on hundreds of popular websites. There are dozens of pennyauction sites, with more popping up daily. One site,, recently engaged in an aggressive national radio campaign, bringing even more attention to this “new kind of auction.”
Penny auctions aren’t like eBay or any other real-world auction. Instead, their apparent deep discounts rely on a simple mathematical trick. Instead of one person paying $500 for an Apple iPad, a penny auctions can entice 1,000 people to pay $1 for that iPad. The catch: Only one of them wins it. The final price — let’s say $35 for the iPad — is nearly irrelevant.
The concept is not unlike a 50/50 fundraiser, where 100 people might pay $1 for a raffle ticket; one of them wins $50, while the other $50 goes to charity.
Here’s one example of how a penny auction works: Participants pay 60 cents for each bid they place, with each bid adding only one penny to the “sale” price. So an item worth $100 that begins at 1 cent and sells for $3.31 had 330 bids placed on it — meaning the auction house collected $198 in bid fees. The auctions continue until bidding stops, so theoretically, the price could continue indefinitely.
Penny auctions are run by for-profit companies that believe they’ve hit on a new formula that is entertaining and offers a real chance at deeply discounted merchandise. Of course, paying a littlemoney for a chance at a big prize sounds like gambling, but supporters of the concept say that additional elements they’ve added differentiate the format from what might otherwise be called an illegal lottery. Some observers aren’t so sure.
Meanwhile, a class-action lawsuit filed late last year against one of the bigger sites,, has shed an unfavorable light on the industry.

Thomas’ influence grows within Knicks

LOS ANGELES – The thin veil of secrecy has torn away now, the pretenses gone and Isiah Thomas has left the shadows and moved into the light again. Once more, he is the New York Knicks’ top basketball executive.
Thomas is driving everything through owner James Dolan – the trade for Carmelo Anthony(notes), the departure of Donnie Walsh and perhaps even the eventual hiring of the New York Knicks’ next president and general manager, multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
“Isiah is calling the shots for New York,” said one front-office executive with knowledge of the Anthony trade talks. “It’s a disgrace. Donnie should walk.”
Isiah Thomas has maintained a close relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan.
Thomas wouldn’t blink. After all, that’s his plan: He wants Walsh to leave out of sheer frustration because of Thomas’ meddling, or because Dolan doesn’t pick up the option on his contract in April. Fora franchise with a history of inexplicable dysfunction, even this is an episode for the Madison Square Garden time capsule.
Dolan has overruled Walsh in these trade talks and undermined his authority. Walsh has never wanted to give away Raymond Felton(notes) for an aging Chauncey Billups(notes) and throw Danilo Gallinari(notes) into the package, too. This is all Isiah, all his influence.
Thomas doesn’t believe Dolan is inclined to give him his job back, but it almost doesn’t matter anymore. In a moment of truth for this Knicks franchise, in the biggest trade they’ve tried to make in years, Isiah Thomas, the coach of Florida International University, has emerged as the de facto GM.
Eventually, Anthony will likely end up with the Knicks, and Thomas plans to take full credit with Dolan for delivering him. He’s worn out Dolan with the idea that Walsh is too old to recruit the biggest stars to New York, that he can’t connect with them. This is complete nonsense. What sells New York isn’t the GM, but cap space, the Garden and a magnificent teammate and leader like Amar’e Stoudemire(notes). Thomas is forever selling revisionist history and out-and-out lies to an audience of one: Dolan.
For months, Thomas has privately insisted that Walsh was done with the Knicks this spring. His option must be exercised by April 30 and that still hasn’t happened. Thomas believes it’s never happening, and believes he can install a puppet regime through Dolan to replace Walsh. This way he can eliminate the middleman. “He wants his own guy in that office, someone he can have some control over,” a league source said.
Thomas had a plan to run the Knicks again, and it failed a year ago: When Dolan pushed Walsh to bring back the disgraced executive as the Knicks general manager, Walsh reacted with the threat of resignation. This was pure lunacy, a plan hatched out of the incompetence of Dolan, out of the deviousness of Thomas.

Carmelo Anthony meets with Nets owner Prokhorov

LOS ANGELES – Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony(notes) met with New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and minority partner Jay-Z for less than an hour Saturday as they tried to sell him on accepting a three-year, $65 million contract extension, a source confirmed to Yahoo! Sports.
“The Nets didn’t come away very confident,” a source briefed on the meeting told Yahoo! Sports.
Nevertheless, the Nets’ best hope remains that Denver refuses to do a deal with New York, gets to the trade deadline on Thursday and simply tells Anthony: If you want your $65 million extension, you can only get it with the Nets. If not, we will keep you and let you go to free agency.
“Denver still wants the Nets deal, not New York’s,” a league executive told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday night.
Ultimately, this may still come to a bluff between the Nuggets and Anthony. Are the Nuggets willing to lose him for nothing and let him go into free agency? Is Anthony willing to finish the year with Denver and go into the uncertainty of free agency and a new collective-bargaining agreement that could cost him tens of millions of dollars on a max contract?
The meeting, first reported by the New York Daily News, had been several months in the making and comes after the New York Knicks and Nuggets reached a stalemate in trade talks. All along, Denver has preferred a deal with New Jersey that includes rookie forward Derrick Favors(notes) and multiple first-round draft picks over New York’s assets.
Anthony has told close confidants he is hopeful the Knicks can work a trade for him by the end of the weekend. This has turned into a high-stakes game of leverage and bluffs, with Anthony and Prokhorov – despite numerous denials about a possible meeting – thrusting pressure on New York to keep improving its offer.
The Nuggets’ star believes he needs to create leverage with the Knicks and keep the Nets as an option should a deal to New Jersey turn out to be the only way for him to get a contract extension and avoid the uncertainty of free agency.
Several Western Conference teams are still trying to get involved with Denver for Anthony – some even willing to take him without the assurance of a contract extension – but as one conference executive told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday: “Denver does not want to send him into the Western Conference.”

Rookie Trevor Bayne Wins Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Trevor Bayne finally made a mistake. Fortunately for him, it didn’t happen until he missed the turn pulling into Victory Lane at the Daytona 500.
The youngest driver to win the Great American Race gave the historic Wood Brothers team its fifthDaytona 500 victory — its first since 1976 with David Pearson — and Bayne did it in a No. 21 Ford that was retrofitted to resemble Pearson’s famed ride.
In just his second Sprint Cup start, the 20-year-old Bayne stunned NASCAR’s biggest names with a thrilling overtime win Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, holding off Carl Edwards after fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed in NASCAR’s first attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish.
“Our first 500, are you kidding me?” said Bayne, who needed directions to Victory Lane. “Wow. This is unbelievable.”
Unbelievable, indeed.
Just one day after celebrating his 20th birthday and leaving his teenage years behind, the sport’s biggest race was captured by an aw-shucks Tennessean who shaves once a week and considers “Rugrats” his favorite TV show.
The rookie had been great throughout Speedweeks, even proving his mettle by pushing four-time champion Jeff Gordon for most of a qualifying race.
With the win Bayne breaks Gordon’s mark as the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history. Gordon was 26 when he won the 500 in 1997.
“I think it’s very cool. Trevor’s a good kid, and I love the Wood Brothers,” Gordon said. “I’m really happy for him. And I think it’s great for the sport. To have a young talent like that — he’s got that spark, you know?”
The victory for NASCAR pioneers Leonard and Glen Wood ended a 10-year-losing streak, and came the week of the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Kobe Bryant All Star MVP – Leads West!

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant always shines brightest among the stars, especially in his hometown.
Bryant brought Showtime back to the All-Star game, scoring 37 points and tying a record with his fourth MVP award, leading the Western Conference to a 148-143 victory over the East on Sunday night.
Returning to the game he dominates after a one-year absence, Bryant added 14 rebounds in aspectacular performance in front of the usual celebrity-filled crowd that turns out to see his Lakers at Staples Center.
It feels great, being at home here and playing in front of the home crowd,” Bryant said after receiving the MVP trophy. “This will be my last All-Star game in front of these home fans, so it feels good to do it.”
Kevin Durant chipped in 34 points, scoring five straight after the East cut a 17-point deficit after three quarters to two points with 2:34 to play. The NBA scoring leader added the clinching free throws after the East got back within three in the final seconds.
LeBron James powered the East rally, finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to join Michael Jordan as the only players with a triple-double in the All-Star game. Amare Stoudemire also scored 29, but Miami’s Dwyane Wade, the MVP of the East’s win last year, had to leave with an ankle injury after scoring 14.
He told fans to “enjoy the show” before the tip, and as always he delivered a good one.
Always more about focus than fun, Bryant had 21 points by the time Rihanna came out for her halftime performance, putting him halfway to Wilt Chamberlain’s record from 1962, the year of his 100-point game. And when the East made it close in the third quarter, Bryant dunked over a chasing James who was going for the block, then nailed a 3-pointer to make it 90-79.
Carmelo Anthony scored eight points in his possible goodbye to the West team. The weekend was dominated by talk of a potential trade to New York or New Jersey, and the Denver Nuggets forward appeared alternately entertained and annoyed by the constant questions.