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Trainer Baffert holds pair of aces in Kentucky Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert has two good reasons to feel confident about winning his fourth Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday. They are American Pharoah (5-2) and Dortmund (3-1).

In this poker game, Mariota is the ace, not Winston

In a high-stakes poker game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pushed their chips to the middle of the table and went all-in on Jameis Winston. But the odds are Winston will turn out to be a joker in the deck.

At last, Freddie Roach will face his obsession

Freddie Roach is a Hall of Fame trainer who for years has gone over in his mind every detail, every form of strategy, every potential surprise and counteraction, every movement that could decide a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Bennett’s hands full dealing with gloves for Mayweather-Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao is the first megafight for Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. Among other things, the commission is in charge of the boxing gloves each fighter will use. Don’t expect to find a horseshoe in them.

Not your typical turkey season for two hunters

Birds with multiple beards are classified by the National Wild Turkey Federation as atypical. Should they choose to record their birds, Kensen Lee and Kevin Pratt will be the first hunters to record atypical Rio Grande turkeys in Nevada.

As fight approaches, Mayweather Jr. remains calm, collected, confident

Wednesday was the official media day to promote the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden, and yet Mayweather’s comfortable demeanor and candid temperament haven’t wavered much since the much-anticipated bout was announced.

Long wait ages Mayweather-Pacquiao to perfection

I disagree with the notion that there is no suspense in inevitability, that because Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao didn’t step into a ring and oppose each other years ago means all the tension and excitement from the moment has disappeared. It just made people angry and bitter, is all.

The tick-tock on baseball with a clock

After watching his first 51s game with the clocks turned on, a columnist reconsiders and decides longer ballgames mean less time worrying about the job, or the kids’ college education, or whatever.

Pacquiao winning popularity contest at books

It could be a 12-round slugfest, with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao trading staggering shots to whip the crowd into a frenzy. It could be one of the most memorable battles in boxing history.

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