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LeBron says he has ideas for new commish Silver

LeBron James wants a meeting with the next commish.

(USATSI)LeBron James will give the thumbs up or down on playing Wednesday night. (USATSI)
LeBron James has big ideas. And he wants to share them with the incoming NBA commissioner. "Hopefully I can sit down with the commish and just throw out some ideas where I hope the league can be better, " James tolder reporters on Tuesday, via ESPN. com. "Hopefully he has some ideas for me. "

As for what those ideas might be, LeBron was hesitant to disclose them.


"It's not a major change, but the game can always be bigger, " James said. "There's a lot of people who love the game who can't watch the game, so hopefully we can [expand it]. "

By LeBron using the word "bigger, " one would assume he's thinking global expansion. And global marketing has always been something on LeBron's mind.

LeBron noted his respect for David Stern, saying, "Can you name a commissioner who is better than him and what he's done? I don't think so. "

But he's also excited about what Commissioner Silver will have to offer.

"The opportunities I've had to be around him as he's been the assistant commish, he's been easy to talk to, " James told reporters. "He understands the business and someone who understands what the game means to everyone – the whole pie. Best of luck to him; hopefully he can get 30 years in, too. "

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2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event — Max Silver Leads After Bubble Bursts On Day 3

Just some hours into day 3 of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Journey predominant occasion the money bubble burst, guaranteeing that the remaining 151 gamers would all cash for a minimum of $17,600. Surely they all still had their eyes on the title and the more than $1.8 million first-place prize, however. On the finish of the day only seventy two players remained, with Max Silver holding the chip lead heading into day four with 1,453,000. Silver finished sixth in the EPT Prague major event lower than a month in the past for €one hundred sixty,200. The current Dublin, Ireland resident has roughly $1 million in prior stay match earnings and is poised to add a lot more after this occasion is finished.

Roger TeskaRoger Teska will enter day 4 in second chip place with 1,406,000. Those chips is not going to be in motion straight away, however, as Teska will begin they day with a one-orbit penalty on account of some vulgar gestures made by the apparently intoxicated Teska in direction of the EPT television crew.

There are many notables remaining in the subject, with probably the most well-chipped being current PCA super excessive curler third-place finsher Vanessa Selbst (911,000), Antoine Saout (668,000), Jude Ainsworth (618,000), Matt Berkey (607,000), Vladmir Schemelev (578,000), Matt Stout (433,000), Isaac Baron (433,000), Loni Harwood (394,000) and Mike McDonald (355,000).

Play began on day 3 with 215 gamers remaining, however solely 151 had been fated to make the money. Some of those who busted out wanting a payday on this occasion embrace Taylor Paur, Joe Cassidy and Amanda Musemeci.

Andreas Kynsveen was the unfortunate bubble boy, busting during a comparatively short period of hand-for-hand play. Zo Karim had opened to 6,500 and Kynsveen called as the following participant to act. Grzegorz Derkowski called from the large blind and the flop was dealt, bringing the AClub SuiteightClub Suit8Diamond Suit. Derkowski and Karim each checked, prompting a 5,000 bet from Kynsveen. It folded over to Karim, who raised to 13,500. Kynsveen moved all in for about 70,000 whole and Karim snap-called with the AHeart SuiteightHeart Suit for a flopped full house. Kynsveen’s ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit was left drawing dead for the whole pot after the turn introduced the QSpade Suit, and the JSpade Suit sealed the deal.

Notable eliminations after the money was made embody Jared Hamby (150th – $17,600), Ole Schemion (144th – $17,600), Jason Mercier (142nd – $18,200), Antonio Esfandiari (a hundred and fortieth – $18,200), David Baker ( 130th – $18,200), 2010 PCA champion John Dibella (106th – $20,300), 2012 WSOP Important Occasion champion Greg Merson (98th – $20,300) and Maria Ho (eighty fifth – $22,800).

Additionally price noting is the truth that the three Greenwood brothers; Sam, Max and Luc all made the money on this occasion. Luc finished 91st for $22,800 and Max finished 78th, additionally for $22,800. Sam will enter day four with 760,000 in chips, placing him in eleventh chip position.

Here is a take a look at the chip counts for the remaining 72 gamers heading into day 4:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Max Silver 1,453,000
2 Roger Teska 1,406,000
three Kyle Sorel 1,132,000
four Renato Almeida 927,000
5 Vanessa Selbst 911,000
6 Yuri Martins Dzivielevski 884,000
7 Madis Muur 835,000
8 Shayam Srinivasan 811,000
9 Mark Ioli 792,000
10 Jorgen Sandvoll Lindebo 781,000
11 Samuel Greenwood 760,000
12 Robert Auer 746,000
thirteen Antoine Saout 668,000
14 Jorge Breda 627,000
15 Jude Ainsworth 618,000
16 Rudy Blondeau 608,000
17 Matthew Berkey 607,000
18 Vladimir Schemelev 578,000
19 Eduardo Cruz 538,000
20 Thomas Hall 531,000
21 Dominik Panka 504,000
22 Adrian Bussman 470,000
23 Allon Allison 459,000
24 Jennifer Shahade 457,000
25 Anton Iaroslavskii 457,000
26 Ortiz Fabian 439,000
27 Matt Stout 433,000
28 Isaac Baron 433,000
29 Marc-Andre Ladouceur 416,000
30 Jason Helder 414,000
31 Erik Olofsson 394,000
32 Loni Beth Harwood 394,000
33 Kristoffer Edberg 383,000
34 James St Hilaire 383,000
35 Cory Joseph Winchar 381,000
36 Daniel Alcazar Gamez 369,000
37 Mike McDonald 355,000
38 Leon Campbell 333,000
39 Daniel Weinman 333,000
40 Angel Guillen 322,000
forty one Marcel Luske 320,000
forty two Anthony Fiumidinisi 317,000
43 Fabio Freitas 317,000
forty four Mihai Tusnea 316,000
forty five Nicole Cervenka 304,000
46 Daniel Bavec 301,000
47 Grayson Ramage 301,000
forty eight Jeremy Wray 283,000
49 Felix Sides 279,000
50 Marcelo Fonseca 263,000
51 Santiago Nadal 253,000
52 Rudi Johnsen 237,000
53 Jorge Luiz Ribeiro 230,000
fifty four Tim Reilly 200,000
55 Paul Berende 191,000
fifty six Yngve Steen 189,000
fifty seven Pascal Lefrancois 181,000
58 Jose Pineda 179,000
59 George Lampert 176,000
60 Sergei Fedorov 173,000
61 Grzegorz Derkowski 132,000
sixty two Josh Prager 130,000
63 Bahbak Oboodi 129,000
64 Liv Boeree a hundred and fifteen,000
65 Pal Zsibrita a hundred and fifteen,000
66 Stefan Grunewald a hundred and ten,000
sixty seven Ismael Bojang 99,000
68 Patryk Slusarek 97,000
sixty nine Antonio Pace ninety five,000
70 Chris Klodnicki ninety four,000
seventy one Tyler Reiman 82,000
72 Gerardo Gomez seventy seven,000

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It’s time for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to lose the silver spoon and grow up

Will Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. (R) be able to rein in son Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. as his trainer? (Getty)

Life has never been hard – really hard – for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Until it gets difficult, he’s probably never going to come close to fulfilling his potential as a boxer.

He grew up wealthy and privileged, the son of the most revered athlete in Mexico’s proud history. He was pampered from the time he was wearing Pampers. People made excuses for him, covered for him, eager to spare him the pain of paying for his transgressions.

When he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a professional fighter, the pampering shot to another level.

He didn’t have his father’s skills, but then, few in the history of boxing did. Junior was not without talent; he’d show it in flashes.

But if he didn’t want to train, he got the day off. If he didn’t feel like running, he slept in. If he couldn’t make the weight, he took diuretics to help him.

He was matched as easily as possible, regularly fed a collection of hapless opponents.

He earned plenty of money for beating up on boxing’s lesser lights until, suddenly, shockingly, he found himself nearing the top of his profession.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback win against Sergio Martinez. (AP) Almost in spite of himself, though, Chavez Jr. emerged as a contender. That gene pool was too good, too rich with boxing skills, for even a lazy, indifferent rich kid to screw up.

When he somewhat improbably scored impressive victories over Marco Antonio Rubio and Andy Lee to land a high-profile pay-per-view bout against the great Sergio Martinez last year, the thinking was that he’d finally seen the error of his ways and would prepare for the bout the way real fighters do.

We now know, though, that this was wrong. In the weeks leading up to the biggest fight of his life, before a bout in which a win would have made him one of the sport’s three or four biggest draws and earned him acclaim around the world, he routinely did his training in a living room.

He ended up losing a fight he could have won. Martinez is a consummate professional, and he pushed himself in training. He worked to improve, with nothing too small to skip fixing. When he stepped into the ring to meet Chavez last September, he was as fit as he’d ever been and tortured himself in an attempt to make the fight easier.

By contrast, Chavez rented a Las Vegas mansion, where he relaxed by the pool, living the life of a champion, leaving his Hall of Fame trainer by himself in the gym in an industrial park on the other side of town.

The consequence of doing that, of course, is that Chavez not only got routed, but Freddie Roach decided he’d had enough.

So now, the son has reached out to his father to train him.

When Chavez Jr. fights Brian Vera in a catchweight bout in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, his legendary father will work his corner.

Father and son teams have had mixed success in boxing, and this pairing only has a chance if Junior has finally decided it’s time to act like an adult and approach his job the right way.

Chavez Sr. is one of the 20 or 25 greatest fighters who ever lived, but he’s not Roach. If Junior were ever to put it all together, it would have been with Roach showing him the way.

Roach had agreed to train Chavez on the condition that Chavez agreed to work and do whatever he asked. It speaks volumes that Chavez Jr. didn’t say yes. It’s not out of the question that Roach will work with him some during camp, but Chavez Sr., forever El Gran Campeon to millions of fight fans, will be the primary trainer.

Will Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. be able to convince his son to respect boxing? (Wenn) On the surface, that’s not good. But in this case, father might be able to reach son in a way that Roach, or no other trainer, ever could.

Even though Chavez Jr. is now 27 and a wealthy man in his own right, Chavez Sr. is an all-encompassing figure. He might be the guy who forces the son to run an extra mile, to spar an extra round, to pay attention to his technique and stay true to his diet.

Of course, it’s also possible that Senior will get fed up, just as has happened to so many others who have worked with Junior.

The only way this really works is if Junior wants it to, if the loss to Martinez showed him what might have been with just a bit of effort.

Bruce Trampler, Top Rank’s Hall of Fame matchmaker, was extremely confident that Chavez was a more skilled fighter than Martinez and, as he said Monday, would “win based on skills.”

But Trampler said Chavez didn’t want to fight and was sending subtle messages conveying that.

“He’s a happy-go-lucky, goofy kid, and he was telling us something,” Trampler said. “We just didn’t hear it. He was saying, ‘I don’t want to fight,’ but nobody really heard that.”

He meets Vera in a fight he should win, but could lose if he’s indifferent in camp and spends more time by the pool than in the ring.

He’ll get plenty of chances even if he blows this one because of his famous last name and because talent is clearly there.

If his father can impart some of the desire, dedication and pride that marked his legendary career, then this story might turn out to have a happy ending after all.

Just don’t be shocked if it doesn’t, though.