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Nate Craig-Myers Decommits from Auburn: Latest Details and Reaction

The University of Auburn’s football program was dealt a major blow Wednesday night as elite class of 2016 wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers withdrew his commitment.  

Josh Newberg of 247Sports was the first to report that the Tampa, Florida, native has decided against joining the Tigers for the time being:

According to 247Sports, Craig-Myers is a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 receiver in his recruiting class. He is also the No. 23 player overall, so losing a talent of his caliber is a massive disappointment for Auburn and its fans.

Per Newberg, Craig-Myers didn’t have anything negative to say about Auburn after changing his mind: “I just want to thank the Auburn coaching staff for the opportunity and seeing the potential in me. But I have decided to open up my recruitment.”

He will have no shortage of options now that he is back on the market, but 247Sports lists Florida State as the favorite. According to Tom D’Angelo the Palm Beach Post, the 6’2″ wideout has a link to the Seminoles as well:

After making an initial decision that he wasn’t comfortable with, one can only assume that Craig-Myers will do his due diligence and be a bit more cautious this time around.

There will be plenty of pressure on him to pick a school, though, because he has all of the makings of a game changer who could impact the college football landscape in 2016 based upon where he chooses to go.

 

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Floyd Mayweather Wants Manny Pacquiao on His Undercard, Bob Arum Talks Rematch

Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes Manny Pacquiao “needs to go back to the drawing board” and suggests it would be profitable for both fighters if the Filipino appears on the undercard of his future headline event.

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao via unanimous-decision win on May 2. He dominated the bout from start to finish and rarely appeared likely to be caught by Pacquiao’s hardest shots.

In a video for FightHype.com (h/t GMA News), Mayweather suggests both fighters could profit from appearing on the same card in two individual battles:

JST of GMA News transcribed Mayweather’s comments:

I look forward to, actually, since September’s my last fight, I look forward to Pacquiao fighting on the undercard.

[...] We could fight on pay-per-view on a doubleheader. I think we both can make some good money. He can fight somebody solid, I can fight somebody solid. 

[...] Together, we can have some good numbers.

Bob Arum, CEO of the Top Rank promotions team that looks after Pacquiao, suggested the Filipino is open to stepping into the ring with Floyd again. Arum complained about the difficulties of working with Mayweather’s camp during the buildup to the last fight, per The Washington Post (h/t Chris Williams of BoxingNews24.com), but he suggests everyone is better experienced to make a second encounter happen.

Arum spoke to ESPN (h/t Alex Richards of the Mirror):

I think we now know what the pitfalls were. And, ultimately, with all the aggravation and trouble, look at the pot of gold that we both produced. I think there will probably be less aggravation in a rematch. We understand each other better now. There’s a real possibility it could work even better.

At this point, it seems Floyd will hold the power to decide exactly who he wants to fight. Pacquiao was forced to have shoulder surgery in the aftermath of the recent fight, as reported by BBC Sport, and it’s uncertain as to whether he would be able to recover in time for September.

The 36-year-old lacked fluidity against Mayweather and failed to unleash the flurry of shots that have seen him overcome so many fighters over the years. Floyd’s victory was so one-sided that, potential earnings aside, there’s nothing left to be settled between the two.

Considering a card with both men on it could excite many fans. Mayweather could face Amir Khan, as reported by Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph, while talk of Pacquiao’s next encounter is yet to look beyond a rematch with Pretty Boy. Perhaps he would be tempted to avenge his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.

Right now, it’s interesting to see Mayweather suggesting alternatives to a rematch. He doesn’t need to beat Pacquiao again to cement his legacy. There’s no guarantee Pacquiao will be even fitter second time round—especially considering his injury—so it may be best for both if they work together on a joint promotion.

As harsh as it sounds, this is most likely the only way we’ll see Pacquiao’s hand raised on the same card as Mayweather.

Lionel Messi: the best footballer the world has ever seen – Telegraph.co.uk


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Liverpool Transfer News: Paul-Georges Ntep Deal Expected, Memphis Depay Blow

Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep is “set to sign for Liverpool,” according to French publication L’Equipe (h/t Jamie Sanderson of Metro).

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has visited Merseyside “twice in 10 days,” according to Get French Football’s translation:

Ntep has scored six and assisted five in 32 Ligue 1 appearances for Rennes this season, per WhoScored.com. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be enticed by his ability to play on either flank or through the middle, where his confident dribbling skills often allow him to skip beyond opponents.

The youngster has plenty to work on—having completed just 70.1 percent of his passes and surrendered possession often this campaign, recorded by WhoScored—but he’s built in the Rodgers mould. His playing style and quality can be seen below:

Ntep may even offer an alternative to Liverpool’s reported hunt of PSV Eindhoven starlet Memphis Depay, who appears to be moving closer to a Manchester United switch.

Dutch newspaper AD Sportwereld (h/t Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News) suggests Depay has spoken with Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal. It is also indicated both the player and his agent have discussed a transfer with Liverpool’s fierce rivals. Rodgers’ interest is reported by The Sun (h/t James Whaling of the Daily Mirror).

Luckhurst believes Depay will cost his eventual suitors €25 million (£18.65 million), which should be considered a snip on the current market.

The flying forward has netted 21 times to lead the Eredivisie scoring charts this season, per ESPN FC, and is becoming an all-round threat in the opposition’s half. Depay is smart on the ball, can utilise his pace to devastating effect and is developing into a deadly set-piece taker.

Sport Witness provided its take on AD Sportwereld‘s article:

B/R UK’s Sam Tighe recently discussed key targets Rodgers should look to purchase during the summer:

Ntep would be an interesting addition for the club, one that comes out of left field but would further add to Rodgers’ creative forces. The Northern Irishman needs a clinical striker, though, someone to buzz inside the box, if Liverpool are to become comfortable Champions League qualifiers in the future.

The Reds are four points behind fourth-placed United with three games remaining. Anfield will become a more attractive stomping ground if this deficit can be overturned. Liverpool fans will undoubtedly be disappointed to see Depay move to United, but they will hope Ntep has the quality to make a lasting impression in the Premier League.