Payrolls to test second quarter climate for Fed

Pedestrians walk past the Federal Reserve Building in WashingtonBy Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) – Always top of the data pile, this week will be no exception for the U.S. jobs report with a first interest rate rise likely this year despite a dramatic slowdown in the first quarter. The Federal Reserve has put in place a meeting-by-meeting approach on the timing of its first rate hike since June 2006, making such a decision solely dependent on incoming economic data. "They will need better data to justify a rate hike, and that need is pushing the timing of a policy change ever-deeper into 2015," said Tim Duy, a professor at the University of Oregon and a noted Fed watcher. You need the jobs and inflation data to turn sharply better to pull the Fed back to June." The Fed has kept rates near zero since late 2008.


Watch Wes Anderson’s Iconic Violence Scenes

Filmmaker Wes Anderson has carved out a niche for himself in the way he directs, implanting his characters with whimsical attributes while shooting in a very distinct style. Sometimes those characters are tasked with enacting action sequences and these violent episodes, however sporadic they are, make their way into a supercut from David Velenczei titled, “Wes Anderson’s Violence.” Check out the video above.

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Christian Covington to Houston Texans: Full Draft Pick Breakdown

The Houston Texans did their research on this year’s late-round draft prospects. On Saturday night, the Texans drafted someone that was likely to be the No. 1 pick in the CFL draft, defensive lineman Christian Covington.

With a year left of draft eligibility, Covington probably could’ve been a top-rank pick in the NFL, too. Instead electing to leave Rice a year early, Covington entered the draft knowing he was a chance to fall in the late rounds, and now he’s got a chance to prove he could be a steal.

The Texans obviously saw something in Covington that was special, because no one really expected them to draft a defensive lineman this year. You could point to Covington’s knee injury in 2014 for the reason other teams stayed away, but with such strong experience at the position, it’s not hard to see why the Texans saw positives.

Covington is known for his vision and rarely takes his eyes out of the backfield. He’s got a great stance and can break down the quarterback’s pocket from an inside lane. As a run defender, Covington gets into the gap to bring the ball-carrier down, which isn’t hard since he’s got huge 33-inch arms.

Matching up against tight ends and lead blockers, Covington looks at his best. He gets really low in his pads, and as long as he’s running in a straight line, he does have some speed behind him. Most of Covington’s strength comes through his lower body, so if he can add some muscle up top, knee injuries and discomfort should become less likely.

Since rookie minicamps start on Friday, the Texans will likely give Covington’s knee the once-over sometime next week. Since he is so aggressive, Covington does have the tendency to lose his balance sometimes and let offensive tackles get underneath him, so it’s important the Texans medical staff makes sure his knee is flexible and strong.

If Covington does pass that test like he should and moves into minicamp and impresses, it’s likely we could be hearing a lot about him during practices and into training camp. The Texans don’t need help on the defensive line, but with Louis Nix and Tevita Finau both sharing only three years of experience between them, there is definitely room for a rookie to come in and make an impact.

Covington’s dream has been to make the NFL for years, and since battling a knee injury and also playing a handful of games with a cast on his right hand, he’s definitely showed resilience to earn an opportunity.

Although the Texans had some blockbuster picks in the first few rounds, selecting Covington could really be Rick Smith’s chance at saying he found a “steal” in 2015.

 

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Bob Arum Claims Injury Controversy Cost Manny Fight

Promoter Bob Arum has blamed a ruling that denied Manny Pacquiao an anti-inflammatory shot for the boxer’s defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Pacquiao was beaten by Mayweather following a unanimous points verdict at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.

But Arum claims that the outcome of the fight would have been different if Pacquiao had been allowed an anti-inflammatory shot for his shoulder in the locker room, per Tim Dahlberg of The Associated Press.

“The ruling made tonight affected the outcome of the fight,” Arum said.

Pacquiao had injured his shoulder during his training camp for the fight but had been given permission to have anti-inflammatory injections at that time by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, per Dahlberg. However, the Nevada Athletic Commission refused to let Pacquiao have an injection on the night of the fight.

Dan Roan of BBC revealed from the NAC that they didn’t receive the request for a shot until 6:30 p.m. PT, and that it was too late at that point.

The Filipino, though, had no quarrel with the decision of the Nevada Athletic Commission:

Per Dan Rafael of ESPN, Pacquiao did consider postponing the fight against Mayweather after suffering a tear in his right shoulder:

Pacquiao’s punches lacked their usual power against Mayweather, even allowing for the fact he struggled to land a glove on the winner on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, Rodney Berman, the Chief Executive Officer of Golden Gloves, claims the scores were not an accurate reflection of Pacquiao’s performance, per Marc Lewis of Eyewitness News. Two judges scored the fight 116 to 112 in Mayweather’s favour and the other judge 118 to 110.

Berman said: “It was very lopsided and it must be justice to Pacquiao to win 118 and it very clear that he won some rounds clearly.”

Whether the outcome would have been any different if Pacquiao had been fully fit is debatable, and Mayweather’s father has ruled out a rematch:

Pacquiao must now recover from the injury, and it is likely to be months before he is ready to fight again.

When he is back to fitness, he will also have to make a decision on where his career goes from here and whether he has anything left to prove.

Savvy Floyd Mayweather Delivers His Best on Biggest Stage, Thumps Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather was too slick for Manny Pacquiao, too savvy.

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His footwork was too perfect. His counterpunches were too crisp. His ring generalship was as good as it could be. He was the consummate defender, a slippery mover Pacquiao could never quite corral no matter how many times the Filipino spark plug pressed him into a corner or up against the ropes Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

It never mattered. Mayweather was too great a defender on the evening. He’s just too good. On his biggest stage yet, Mayweather delivered and thumped Pacquiao to prove without a doubt he is the better boxer.

TheSweetScience.com’s Michael Woods called it “pretty easy work” for boxing’s best, Mayweather.

It was a unanimous decision. Judges at ringside scored the fight 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 for the winner, who now becomes the unified WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titleholder. Mayweather also netted the Transnational Rankings welterweight championship to go alongside his Ring Magazine title.

It was Mayweather’s best win to date, a clear win over the best fighter he’s ever faced.

“He’s a hell of a fighter, and I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather told Showtime’s Jim Gray after the fight. “Now I see why he’s one of the guys at the pinnacle of the sport of boxing.”

With the win, Mayweather proved without a doubt he is the best welterweight in the world. Moreover, he solidified his standing as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

Mayweather’s artistry was just as it is always: a study in countermoves. The undefeated boxer wasn’t just fast; he was smart. He glided around the ring as if his body were made of air. But his punches were thrown with fists of malice.

That’s the thing that makes Mayweather so difficult to defeat. He moves and moves and moves. But opponents cannot spring toward him without being slapped back by counter right hands, jabs and hooks.

Pacquiao did his best to catch Mayweather, but he could never quite get the job done.

Mayweather started the fight with two hard counter right hands. Pacquiao responded with patience rather than reckless aggression, a lesson perhaps learned by Pacquiao in his infamous 2012 loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.

But patience was not a virtue in this case. A fighter like Mayweather, a master of defense, timing and counterpunching, prefers his opponents to be patient. As Pacquiao moved back or stayed at a distance instead of advancing for long stretches of the fight, Mayweather pecked and pawed his way to a fairly easy victory.

Pacquiao didn’t think so, though. Talking to HBO’s Max Kellerman after the bout, Pacquiao indicated he thought he had won the fight when the final bell sounded.

“It’s a good fight,” said Pacquiao. “I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing.” Pacquaio later referred to Mayweather’s style as “running.”

Maybe there is something to that last bit. Mayweather did move around the ring as if it were a track and he were some kind of star sprinter at times. But throughout many of those moments, Mayweather was landing clean blows to Pacquiao’s face and body.

Pacquiao may have landed the best punch of the night—a hard left in Round 4. The punch stunned Mayweather and Pacquiao hurled a barrage of punches at his foe as if he truly believed the end was near.

But Mayweather blocked and parried most of those, and while Pacquiao might have won the round, there was no indication the momentary lapse in Mayweather’s defense would last, nor would the barrage of counterpunches lessen.

True to form, Mayweather was seldom hit flush again. While Pacquiao had moments here and there, Mayweather appeared to be in control as the clock ticked away.

After the bout, Pacquiao claimed a shoulder injury (per the Associated Press) kept him from fighting at his best, though it’s hard to see how the fight would have gone much differently. Mayweather’s defense was just too good. 

If Mayweather’s defense was something played in the NFL, it would be a prevent. That’s how he operates in the ring. He fights as if he is already up on the cards when the first bell rings.

He moves craftily and with purpose throughout all 12 rounds. And where he can land flush punches to keep his opponent off of him and wary of Mayweather’s competent power, he does so.

But don’t expect to see this virtuoso defender for very much longer. After the long-awaited superfight concluded, Mayweather told Gray he would fight only once more before he called it a career.

“My last fight is in September,” said Mayweather. “Then it’s time for me to hang up the gloves.”

It will be time to hang up his shoes, too. That are the article of clothing Mayweather has used most to make his mark on the sport. His footwork is impeccable, and against Pacquiao, in a fight he absolutely had to win to ensure his historical legacy was secure, he absolutely delivered.

Mayweather is 38 now. He will be the same age in September. There was some thought before the bout that Mayweather might be slower than he used to be, that his legs might be gone.

But against Pacquiao, the premier offensive force of the era, Mayweather looked as great as ever. If there is a fighter at 147 pounds who can track Mayweather down enough times in a 12-round prizefight to land enough punches to take a win from him, he has not yet revealed himself.

For Mayweather to be beat, someone will have to catch him first. And it doesn’t appear anyone will be ready to do it by September.

Mayweather wins decision in richest fight ever (Yahoo Sports)

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, poses with his champion's belts and his father, head trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr., after his victory over Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, in their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn’t the best. Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation. After the fight, it was disclosed that Pacquiao injured his right shoulder in training and that Nevada boxing commissioners denied his request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight.


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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: A Twitter Recap Of The Fight Of The Century

Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports

Well, the Fight of the Century is over and Floyd Mayweather is 48-0. Manny Pacquiao threw everything he had at the undefeated champion but hit mostly air while Mayweather’s counter-attacking style gave him a unanimous decision victory over the Pac-Man.

Regardless of how you felt about the action in the ring, the action outside of it both before and after the Fight of the Century was just fantastic. Las Vegas turned into Hollywood and the sports world Hall of Fame for the evening as celebrities and athletes from all walks of life made their way to the MGM Grand for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Here were some of the highlights from the moments leading up to the fight and immediately after. 

It was an eventful day for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, who traveled from the Kentucky Derby straight to the the fight in style. But first, the Derby

Then, the private jet to Sin City.

So the Patriots were in Sin City, but the most people watching the fight were in another country. Pacquiao’s home country, The Philippines, came out in droves to support their hero.

We told you there were celebrities. There were top flight stars like Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Jay-Z, Beyonce and of course, “His Airness” himself.

Still, Michael Jordan didn’t even make it into an entourage. Not impressive at all. Jimmy Kimmel rolled in with Pacquiao looking… interesting.

Speaking of entourages, looks like there were enough of them flying into Las Vegas’ McCarran airport to merit investing in an entire new airport. 

Once the second undercard fight ended, things started to unravel a little bit. The good news was that this fight was extremely popular. The bad news, the Pay-Per-View servers crashed and not only delayed the fight, but also kept some viewers in the dark.

Once that got sorted out, we got the Jamie Foxx national anthem. Not quite Carl Lewis bad, but yeah, not awesome.

For many, the anthem was better than the bout.

However you felt about what happened, the Fight of the Century is a wrap. Even if the actual fight left something to be desired, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao built this night into something special that we’ll always remember, for more than a few reasons. 

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