Pacquiao Could Face Discipline For Not Disclosing Shoulder Injury

LAS VEGAS (CBSNewYork/AP) — Manny Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said Monday that the state attorney general’s office will look at why Pacquiao checked “no” a day before the fight on a commission questionnaire asking if he had a shoulder injury.

“We will gather all the facts and follow the circumstances,” Aguilar said. “At some point we will have some discussion. As a licensee of the commission you want to make sure fighters are giving you up-to-date information.”

Pacquiao could face a possible fine or suspension for not answering the question accurately on a form he filled out just before Friday’s weigh-in. He would go on to lose a unanimous decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever.

Meanwhile, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache told ESPN.com that Pacquiao will undergo surgery later this week to repair a “significant tear” in his rotator cuff. ElAttrache examined Pacquiao on Monday at his Kerlan Jobe Orthopedics office in Los Angeles.

“Once you know he has a tear that’s not going to heal on its own, then the decision for an active person is you want to try to fix this before it gets bigger,” ElAttrache said. “If all goes as expected with the surgery and the rehab is successful, Manny could be back training in about six months. At that point, he will be regaining strength and endurance, and competition is reasonable within nine months to a year. But this is a severe enough tear that it won’t heal without being repaired.”

Pacquiao’s promoter put out a statement on behalf of the fighter late Monday afternoon saying that the injury was disclosed to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which approved the use of an anti-inflammatory shot for the fight. But USADA was only a third party to the fight, charged only with testing the fighters for banned substances in training and the night of the bout.

“We had no medical information, no MRIs, no documents,” said Travis Tygart, who heads the USADA. “It was not an anti-doping issue. The real question is why his camp checked ‘no’ on the disclosure. Either they made a terrible mistake to not follow the rules or they were trying not to give information to the other side. I’m not sure there’s a middle ground.”

Tygart said his agency, which was hired by promoters to oversee drug testing for the bout, was contacted April 7 asking about the use of various substances and whether they were allowed under anti-doping rules. He said there was another call 10 days later asking about using a different substance, again for what the USADA was told was an unspecified shoulder problem.

A little more than two hours before the fight, Pacquiao’s corner asked Nevada regulators if he could be given a shot of Toradol, an anti-inflammatory. Aguilar denied it, saying the commission had no previous indication there was an injury and could not allow a shot in fairness to the Mayweather camp.

“Our job is to protect the health and safety of fighters and the integrity of the sport,” Aguilar said. “We expect our fighters to be forthright.”

Pacquiao said after the fight that his shoulder had improved and he was hopeful of fighting with the shot. He said it didn’t bother him until the fourth round, when he hit Mayweather with a big left hand and went after him with a series of punches.

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said the shoulder was getting better by the day in training camp.

“We thought at one time we’d postpone the fight, but as the weeks went on it was getting better and I was happy with his performance,” Roach said. “I thought the progress was good enough.”

Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett said Pacquiao filled out the form himself and understood the questions. A copy of the form was posted earlier on the True.Ink website, signed by both Pacquiao and his manager, Michael Koncz.

“It’s not just the fact he didn’t fill out the question completely, it was that he wasn’t honest and they didn’t tell us a month ago when he had the shoulder injury,” Bennett said. “They’re not obligated to, but two hours before the fight they wanted a shot that’s a pain killer in essence. That put us in a very precarious position.”

In the statement released by Pacquiao’s camp, they said Pacquiao decided to proceed with the fight even without the shot.

“As Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses,” the statement read. “Manny gave it his best.”

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Listen to Vince Staples’ New Track “Señorita” feat. Future

Those lucky enough to catch Vince Staples on tour of late would have witnessed the Long Beach rapper cooking up a frenzy for his new number alongside Future. Titled “Señorita,” Staples anchors the track with his unrelenting pace, paired with Future’s signature rapid-fire cadence. Backed by an ominous production, the studio quality version is surely of note for fans of Vince, while we can only hope to see the duo get on stage together sooner rather than later.

Listen to the track below and watch Vince Staples deliver a ferocious performance of “Señorita” at SXSW.

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Manuel Neuer Vows to Show Lionel Messi ‘Who’s Boss’ in Champions League

A big Champions League semi-final clash against Lionel Messi is enough to bring any goalkeeper out in a sweat, but not Manuel Neuer.

The Bayern Munich stopper said he was ready for the Barcelona forward on Wednesday night with some bullish words. 

Neuer said he will show Messi “who’s boss” and mentioned that having such an attitude worked out pretty well for him during the World Cup. 

He told L’Equipe, as per Goal.com

I have a lot of respect for Messi and for everything that he has achieved. He is very humble.

But it’s crucial to show authority when we meet on the pitch and show him who’s boss. I did the same in the World Cup final and this worked out pretty well.

We will be looking to do the same on Wednesday night. It is vital to obtain a position of dominance and instil respect.

Bayern take on Barca at the Camp Nou on Wednesday with the return leg in Munich six days later.

[Goal.com]

An in-Depth Look at Miami Dolphins’ Most Intriguing Selection, Tony Lippett

It was the fifth round, the 156th overall pick in the NFL draft and the final pick of the draft for the Miami Dolphins

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Much like the first pick, the last pick was spent on a wide receiver. Not just any wide receiver, but the Big 10’s Receiver of the Year, Michigan State’s Tony Lippett

If you were confused as to why Miami spent their last pick on a receiver in the ensuing seconds and minutes after the pick, you weren’t alone. Even after releasing Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, then trading Mike Wallace, the Dolphins were stacked at the position.

This is thanks to top pick DeVante Parker, second-year player Jarvis Landry, the acquisition of Kenny Stills from New Orleans for Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick, the signing of Greg Jennings and the little-used Rishard Matthews. 

So why go receiver? As we would later find out, they didn’t, they instead addressed a much more pressing need: defensive back. 

That is the position that Lippett is expected to play in 2015 and beyond for Miami, and it’s a position he actually knows well. 

Let’s go back to the beginning with the former Spartan: Lippett was born July 2, 1992 in Detriot, MI, and was a 3-star recruit in high school. While his high school career saw him play as a dual-threat quarterback, he would commit to Michigan State in East Lansing and play wide receiver. 

Only it wasn’t as cut and dry as him coming on campus and becoming a wide receiver. He would redshirt his freshman year in 2010, and in 2011 he made five starts at cornerback, recording 18 tackles, 0.5 for a loss and deflecting five passes. 

It was a nice start for Lippett, who was on his way to becoming a player that Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio called “one of the greatest players in Michigan State history.” 

Lippett‘s redshirt sophomore season saw him play all 13 games at wide receiver, and in 2013 he’d do the same. 

He’d be back at cornerback in 2014, a position that he had not played in more than two seasons. Despite the lay off, he recorded four tackles and four pass deflections in his three games starting at cornerback against Rutgers, Penn State and Baylor. 

He even blocked a punt against Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, a game where he played on special teams as well. 

While doing all this, he still led the Big 10 in receiving en route to winning the conference’s receiver of the year award. 

Lippett being able to play on both sides of the ball, as well as his 6’2″, 192-pound size earned him comparisons to Richard Sherman on draft day, but at Michigan State’s pro day, his collegiate head coach offered another comparison to him: former Carolina Panther Chris Gamble, who Dantonio coached while he was an assistant at Ohio State. 

He’s not going to get beat deep because he’s got two or three inches on most people, very long arms, and he’s got great deep ball judgment. I would equate that with Darqueze [Dennard] and the only other guy, because he was a wideout, was maybe Chris Gamble. He [Lippett] has that kind of size and that kind of ball awareness.

That awareness comes through no matter what side of the ball you see Lippett play on. You won’t find a lot of film online of him playing cornerback, but his ball skills come out as you watch him play receiver. 

At first, Lippett wasn’t too crazy about playing cornerback, but as he explained to MLive.com’s Kyle Austin, he’s warmed up to the idea: “I wasn’t really for playing corner right off the bat, but as process went on, I was more open. I started to watch Richard Sherman film, and then I watched it more, numerous times.”

He also added, “I look forward to the opportunity of showing the team what I can do as a corner,” and Dolphins fans are looking forward to seeing what he can do. 

 

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Tiny cellular bubbles enable delivery of Parkinson’s drugs straight to the brain

Exosomes (shown in red) deliver catalase to protect neurons (shown in black) from the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

A natural enzyme called catalase may prove hugely significant in treating neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s. These extremely potent antioxidants can tackle neuron-killing inflammation with an effectiveness unparalleled by small molecule drugs. But there’s a problem, they are big. So big that getting them through the blood-brain barrier for delivery straight to the brain is nearly impossible. But researchers have now discovered that loading them into tiny, naturally occurring bubbles allows them to sneak past the brain’s defenses, pointing to the possibility of improved treatments for such conditions.

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