Watch a Ferrari LaFerrari drift, almost crash at the Nurburgring

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The elusive question of how fast a Ferrari can get around the Nurburgring isn’t going to be answered with this video, but hey, there’s plenty of drifting!

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Keidel: Mind Games Have Begun For Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout

By Jason Keidel

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The mind games have begun, the semantic subterfuge and machismo that has become a boxing tableau.

First it was Floyd Mayweather, Jr. poaching all potential sparring partners from Manny Pacquiao, so that he could not be properly trained for the pound-for-pound czar.

Then it was Team Pacquiao who shoved $5 million onto the table, begging Mayweather to match it and make a wager that the fighter who fails a drug test forfeits their stack of cash.

Then Freddy Roach, the esteemed trainer, who sauntered up to the dais at the Nokia Theater and said his man Pac Man, would kick Mayweather’s behind.

There’s the dual broadcast from dueling cable entities. A simple fight between two fighters has mushroomed into a referendum on an entire sport and its periphery, staring contests between industry titans.

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

Bernstein vs. Kellerman

Roach vs. Mayweather, Sr.

Lampley vs. Kenney

Top Rank vs. Mayweather Promotions

HBO vs. Showtime

Call it the publicity undercard. There are more showdowns here than you’ll see in a Spaghetti Western.

CBSSports.com even is working on a March Madness facsimile, pitting Mayweather and Pacquiao against the best non-heavyweights in history. Brackets always seem to touch the right male nerve.

This is the requisite buzz and bravado for a fight of this heft. We can’t even decide if this is the final flagship fight or a portal into a new era of boxing. Those of us who have been devotees of the sweet science since the 1970s hope the latter is true, of course.

But one common assertion, mostly among Millennials, is hogwash – boxing is dead. How can a dead sport generate close to a half-billion bucks? In one night? Name some cage match that guarantees both combatants a combined $200 million. Name a UFC marquee that does a $74 million gate.

Ronda Rousey – the first name to twirl around the rumor mill as the only celebrity to get a free ticket for Mayweather-Pacquiao – was paid a whopping 130-grand for a fight this year (before her PPV cut). She’s reportedly due to make her first million-dollar payday soon, which Floyd Mayweather makes in literally less than one minute of boxing.

Nothing against Rousey or MMA or any constellation of consonants that make up other sports, but the idea of Fight Night is a boxing domain. You don’t close the lid on Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson simply because you aren’t old enough to remember them.

The past matters. All sports trade on their historical prerogatives. It taps your nostalgic bone, and hence you project your salad days on the present. The haters insist this fight is five years too late. While it would have presented both fighters in their relative prime, it would not have yielded this kind of cash or cachet.

And the boxing is doomed cliche just doesn’t compute. Try getting a ticket, hotel room in Las Vegas the first weekend of May. Try booking a flight. Try finding an event that is so nuclear that it doesn’t need advertisement or promotion.

I have yet to see a commercial, billboard, or print ad for the fight. Maybe there are some or will be some soon. But there’s so much organic excitement that the fight is literally selling itself, each of us a de facto publicist for that singular Saturday night.

Maybe the sport is on life support. But don’t try pulling the plug before May 2. Before you know boxing’s prognosis.

Twitter: @JasonKeidel

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Jason writes a weekly column for CBS Local Sports. He is a native New Yorker, sans the elitist sensibilities, and believes there’s a world west of the Hudson River. A Yankees devotee and Steelers groupie, he has been scouring the forest of fertile NYC sports sections since the 1970s. He has written over 500 columns for WFAN/CBS NY, and also worked as a freelance writer for Sports Illustrated and Newsday subsidiary amNew York. He made his bones as a boxing writer, occasionally covering fights in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, but mostly inside Madison Square Garden.

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Donor Heart Recipient Pleads For Others To Become Organ Donors

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Every 18 hours someone in New York dies waiting for an organ transplant. Religious concerns, language barriers and the unappealing subject of mortality make our area last in the country for organ donation.

But CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan spoke with one grateful recipient.

“[They] said your daughter is dying of heart failure, come say your goodbyes now,” Jennifer Lentini said.

Lentini was a baton-twirling 13-year-old at Hicksville Middle School when a virus invaded her heart. Her parents and the family priest were given word her only chance of survival was a heart transplant.

“(So you languished in the hospital for three months?) Yes, but I knew unfortunately someone had to pass away for me to live,” she said.

She said that as a child, it was difficult for her to comprehend and accept death that way.

At the same time, a courageous decision was made upstate by the family of Matthew Brannon, a 14-year-old who died suddenly.

Lentini was next on the organ donation list and a high stakes surgery replaced her heart with Brannon’s.

Now 32, Lentini was recently reunited in Florida with Matthew Brannon’s family where they were able to hear their son’s heart beating 18 years after his death.

“We wept over Matthew.  I just hugged her and she hugged me and we finally got to say thank you,” Lentini said.

Currently New York is in last place, ranking No. 50 notes Donate Life America. Unlike many other states, the Department of Motor Vehicles in New York requires an opt-in rather than opt-out and requires an organ donation signature very eight years.

Doctors say some families worry unnecessarily about red tape or that bodies will be desecrated.

“The beautiful thing about organ donation is that it does not have any type of barriers. It goes across all religious, racial barriers, ethic, gender barriers,” Dr. Ernesto Molmenti said.

“I live my life not just for myself but for Matthew, he is my guardian angel, donor families are angels and donors are the guardian angels,” Lentini said.

Just 24 percent of New Yorkers are registered organ donors, McLogan reported, while 10,0000 people across the state are waiting desperately for transplants, and some are running out of time.

You can register to become an organ donor when you visit the DMV, register to vote or at LongLiveNY.org.

April is Organ Donation Month.

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Illinois bill would make ‘rolling coal’ illegal

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An Illinois state representative proposes a $5,000 fine for any drivers who tamper with the EPA-mandated emissions equipment on their diesel-engined vehicles so they can do what’s called “Rolling Coal.”

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‘Captain Marvel’ Not in ‘Avengers 2′; Female Director Wanted

Earlier in the week it was reported by ‘Bum Juice’ scoop extraordinaire El Mayimbe at Latino Review that Carol Danvers had been cast for the Marvel Phase Three adventure Captain Marvel, and would be making her debut appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fuel was added to the fire when toy photos from the movie appeared online that included Captain Marvel in the line-up. While this rumor has been lingering around for awhile, Nerdist now calls it completely false, saying the character is not going to appear on the big screen this summer:

“A source close to production confirms that Captain Marvel will not appear in Avengers 2.”

It is not known, however, if the first part of Latino Review‘s scoop is correct. Did Marvel already cast the role of Carol Danvers? If that is true, we haven’t heard whom landed this coveted part in Marvel’s Phase Three line-up just yet. Jessica Chastain revealed in November that she had met with Marvel for an unspecified role that many believe is Carol Danvers, while Emily Blunt was rumored to be in contention back in December. Vikings star Katheryn Winnick has expressed her interest in playing Carol Danvers on multiple occasions, but it isn’t known if she was actually ever up for the role.

In other news, this time springing out of Meet the Movie Press, it is said that Marvel is definitely seeking a female director to take the helm on Captain Marvel, which is something we’ve heard in the past. Joss Whedon teased that he’d be up for the job, since he is not returning for Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. But that doesn’t sound likely. One candidate that we’ve heard rumored for the job is Angelina Jolie, who was reportedly offered $50 million to take on the project by Marvel. No one at Disney or Marvel has ever confirmed that to be true, but sources close to the actress-turned-filmmaker claim she is keen on the idea. And who wouldn’t be for $50 million? Here is the quote from Meet the Movie Press followed by the tweet which also has some interesting X-Men: Apocalypse news thrown in as an added bonus:

“The Captain Marvel director is definitely going to be female.”

Mini-scoops on today's #MeetTheMoviePress: Fox casting X-MEN's Psylocke & CAPTAIN MARVEL will have a female director https://t.co/cl9O6wupsG

— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) March 27, 2015

Captain Marvel comes to theaters November 2nd, 2018.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.


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‘The Leviathan': Sci-Fi Thriller Goes to 20th Century Fox

Just 10 days after the proof-of-concept trailer was first released, 20th Century Fox has picked up the sci-fi thriller The Leviathan from director Ruairi Robinson (The Last Days on Mars). We reported earlier this week that Simon Kinberg has come aboard to produce with Neill Blomkamp serving as an executive producer. Simon Kinberg has a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox, so the project landing here makes perfect sense.

The Leviathan is set in the 22nd Century, where mankind has developed the ability to travel faster than the speed of light. This is made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the largest creatures Earth has ever seen, but those who are tasked with obtaining the matter do so involuntarily. Ruairi Robinson‘s three-minute proof-of-concept video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times since debuting last week, which helped build plenty of buzz for this sci-fi film’s potential.

Ruairi Robinson is directing from a screenplay by Jim Uhls (Fight Club), although it isn’t known if 20th Century Fox is putting this project on the fast track or not. Ruairi Robinson made his directorial debut with the 2013 sci-fi thriller The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber and Romola Garai. In case you missed it last week, you can check out The Leviathan proof-of-concept video and concept art below.

The Leviathan is in development . The film is directed by Ruairi Robinson.


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Two Children’s Bodies Found in Mother’s Deep Freezer

A Detroit mother is behind bars after the discovery of her two children were found in her deep freezer. An eviction order was sent to Michelle Angela Blair for unpaid rent, when authorities opened the deep freezer in her home, they discovered the body of 11-year-old Steven and 14-year-old Stony. Authorities are saying that the body of one of the children was in the freezer for two years. The other body was in the freezer for a year.

Neighbors claim that they have not seen the children for some time and wondered what happened to them. It’s unknown how the children were killed but close friends of the suspect say that she took her children out of school because she always feared that something would happen to them. According to sources, Blair told her neighbor, Tori Childs that she had to kill Stony and Steven after discovering that they were sexually abusing her youngest son.

Authorities say that the kids show signs of torture but cannot determine how the children died.

- Ballah-moni Kollie (@Gottadream87)

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Styles P Drops New Heat! Ghost Energy / Ghost Zilla / Ghost the Man

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Styles P  has been going hard this week with back to back music.  It’s Friday, roll up, listen at high levels and feel the fire.

Check out 3 of the ghost’s latest joints on soundcloud!

Ghost Energy 

Ghost Zilla 

Ghost the Man

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