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SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 04:  Guard Gary Neal #14 of the San Antonio Spurs takes a shot against LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat at AT&T Center on March 4, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Yhe Spurs were  down four with just ticks remaining on regulation, the Spurs showed the world why they should never be doubted on a basketball court. Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal delivered clutch shots that allowed the game to stretch into overtime. In the extra five minutes, Tony Parker took over the game offensively while Tim Duncan played great defense on Marc Gasol. Coming into this series, nobody expected Memphis to win. Some analysts expected San Antonio to easily sweep the Grizzlies while other gave Memphis one or two victories in the series. Against all odds, Memphis was able to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Western Conference top seed. Every game had been close except their last outing in Memphis, where San Antonio suffered a blowout loss. The Spurs started the game on fire, with Tim Duncan easily having the best start to a game in the entire series. Duncan scored 11 points in the first quarter. He would go on to finish with 13. The Spurs were carried offensively all night by Manu Ginobili. Ginobili filled up the stat sheet with 33 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. For the Memphis Grizzlies, they basically stayed with the game plan that has proven to be successful all series long. They went inside to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, who combined for 37 points and 28 rebounds. Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Both teams were about even in every statistical category possible. The only area where San Antonio had the clear edge was three-point shooting. San Antonio was plus-12 from behind the arc. Even though they only shot 32 percent from deep, it was their last three by Gary Neal what saved the season for San Antonio. With only 1.7 seconds left, Gary Neal made a three-pointer off an inbound pass that beat the buzzer cleanly. The Memphis Grizzlies once again played an excellent game and took the game down to the wire. Game 6 will be back in Memphis where they beat the Spurs by 18 the last time the teams met in that arena. San Antonio will live to fight another day. Do they have enough energy left to pull off another clutch performance like tonight but in Memphis? Time will surely tell.113235166_crop_340x234

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The 11th-seeded Rams, who didn’t even bother to watch the NCAA tournament selection show, are heading to Houston, and final No. 1 seed Kansas is heading home after a spectacular collapse.

Jamie Skeen scored 26 points as the Rams delivered the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament, shocking the Jayhawks 71-61 on Sunday to become just the third 11th seed to ever make the Final Four.

So doubtful were the Rams of even making the tournament that they watched the Cartoon Network and went out for fast food instead of watching the reveal of the tournament field two weeks ago. Now, they’re Houston-bound after an incredible takedown of the last No. 1 seed.

“Those people [the doubters] don’t matter,” VCU coach Shaka Smart said. “The only people that matter is the 14 guys on our team, and they never stopped believing.”

One of those doubters was one of Kansas’ vaunted Morris twins — Marcus or Markieff.

During a captains meeting with officials before tipoff, VCU guard Joey Rodriguez said one of the brothers offered him some parting words: “The run ends here.”

“We’ll see,” Rodriguez shot back.

The Jayhawks saw all right.

VCU players, hoisting their Southwest regional champion trophy, poured into the temporary bleachers where VCU’s outnumbered fans sat in an Alamodome that was otherwise colored in Kansas blue and white.

As the final seconds ticked down, Skeen heaved the ball from the free throw line and into the stands behind the opposite backboard. His teammates on the bench, who had spent the final minutes with locked arms to hold each other back, finally spilled out onto the court.

Kansas players walked slowly off the court. Several, includingMarkieff Morris, cried.

“We got beat by a team that was definitely better today,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “They were faster. They were good.”

It’s George Mason all over again, and VCU had an even tougher Final Four path than their tiny conference brethren in 2006.

The Rams needed five wins to go from First Four to Final Four. Along the way, they toppled the Pac-10’s Southern California, the Big East’s Georgetown, the Big 10’s Purdue, the ACC’s Florida State and now the Big 12’s Kansas.

They’ll pick on someone their own size next: Butler.

The Jayhawks? All they did was bully smaller teams to get this far. Kansas never apologized for coasting through a favorable bracket that served up schools seeded 16th (Boston University), ninth (Illinois) and 12th (Richmond).

None of those games tested the Jayhawks, who had been ranked No. 1 this season and had won 11 in row. Then VCU came out and showed it wasn’t just another pushover.

The Jayhawks spent the first half not knowing what hit them.

Kansas (36-3) hadn’t trailed by more than two points the entire tournament. With five minutes left in the first half, the Jayhawks trailed by 17.

Marcus Morris had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and his brother had 13 and 12. They played in disbelief as VCU, which ousted Florida State on 3-pointers on Friday night, used the long ball to bury the Jayhawks early this time.

The Rams hit 9 of their 12 3-pointers in the first half. Kansas trailed 41-27 at halftime and closed the lead to 46-44 with 13:11 left, but a 10-2 VCU run put the Jayhawks right back where they started.

VCU coach Shaka Smart, the 33-year-old whose enigmatic personality has made him a breakout star this tournament, was so animated shuffling in front of his bench that officials shooed him back. Another official later served Smart his first technical all season.

VCU (28-11) is the third 11th seed to ever crack the Final Four. The last was George Mason in 2006, when that Colonial Athletic Association school stunned Connecticut in its regional final. LSU made it in 1986.

That upset guaranteed a Final Four without a No. 1 seed.

Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Duke didn’t even last to the regional finals. Two traditional basketball powers, Arizona and Kentucky, and defending runner-up Butler took care of that.

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Following the public wake the previous day, family and friends said their farewells yesterday during Nate Dogg’s funeral service at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Nate’s manager, Rod McGrew spoke during the service and had this to say:

“He fought a hard fight. The last three years were unbelievable. He didn’t give up. He just had a talk with God and gave up. Two hours before that he was fine. He wanted to go to heaven and hang with his boys. He loved Tupac. He recorded with him. He wanted to hang with Biggie. But the most important thing is that he can walk around heaven with his favorite artist of all time, Michael Jackson.”

After the jump are photos courtesy of MTV and a tribute video, “Nobody Does It Better” created by Snoop and Warren G.





Nate Dogg Mourned At Funeral Service
Big Homie
Sun, 27 Mar 2011 08:18:50 GMT

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LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao’s defamation lawsuit against longtime boxing rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. and others rests on firm allegations and can continue, a Nevada federal judge said in a court order Monday that Manny Pacquiao’s suit against Floyd Mayweather going forwarddenied a motion to dismiss the case.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks said Pacquiao has sufficient evidence to continue his lawsuit that alleges Mayweather and others acted with malice by accusing the Filipino boxer in a series of interviews of using performance-enhancing drugs.

“Moving defendants argue that Pacquiao has failed to sufficiently allege malice because moving defendants could not have known one way or the other whether Pacquiao had actually taken PEDs when they made the alleged defamatory statements,” the order reads. “However, the court finds that Pacquiao has sufficiently pled malice in the amended complaint.”

OgilvyThe truth did not stop [Floyd] Mayweather and the others. That is because they are motivated by ill will, spite, malice, revenge and envy.

— Manny Pacquiao’s lawsuit

Pacquiao claimed in the suit that he has never tested positive for any performance-enhancing drugs, but that Mayweather, Mayweather’s father and uncle, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions’ Richard Schaefer embarked on a campaign to make people think he used drugs.

“The truth did not stop Mayweather and the others,” the suit contends. “That is because they are motivated by ill will, spite, malice, revenge and envy.”

Mark Tratos, a Las Vegas lawyer who represents Mayweather Promotions LLC, said the lawsuit was without merit and he would continue to fight for its dismissal. He said the defendants merely questioned Pacquiao’s reluctance to submit to drug testing, but stopped short of declaring Pacquiao a drug user. Statements of defamation must consist of facts, not opinions.

Tratos said Pacquiao would also have trouble proving the defendants acted with malice, which is required because the famous boxer is a public figure.

“The malice standard is very, very high,” Tratos said. “We do not believe it can be met by the plaintiff.”

Schaefer declined to comment on the court order. De La Hoya’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Pacquiao’s attorney, Dan Petrocelli, said his client’s professional career would suffer if boxing fans believe he used steroids or human growth hormone to win titles in seven weight classes.

“Manny has an unblemished reputation and has earned all of his achievements through hard work and his natural-born talent and to call him a cheater is something he cannot and will not tolerate,” Petrocelli said. “None of these defendants have had any evidence to back up the assertion that he has taken performance-enhancing drugs because he didn’t. It’s very false.”

Pacquiao’s suit cites various interviews given by the defendants in which they intimated that Pacquiao’s strength and power were not natural. Among the interviews cited was an October radio interview in which Mayweather Jr. allegedly said Pacquiao’s physique was different “cause we know the Philippines got the best enhancing drugs.”

Pacquiao claimed comments by Mayweather, his father, Floyd Sr., and trainer, Roger Mayweather, were part of a defamation campaign against him.

“Mayweather Jr. and the others set out on a course designed to destroy Pacquiao’s career, reputation, honor and legacy and jeopardize his ability to earn the highest levels of compensation,” the suit contends.

The 2009 suit came as both sides were battling to reach an agreement for a proposed fight between the champion boxers. The negotiations fell apart over demands by the Mayweather camp that both fighters submit to random blood and urine tests leading up to the bout. Mayweather wanted blood tests up to 14 days before the fight, while Pacquiao claimed he feels weak after drawing blood and would not agree to testing within 24 days.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers might not have been strong enough to secure his position at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, but he easily remains in the lead as the top rap act this week.

In its second week on shelves Lasers was able to move 46,700 units, giving Lu a seat at No. 3 on the charts, and making his total stand at 251,000, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report.

Six slots down, Travis Barker’s new hip-hop compilation, Give The Drummer Some, debuted at No. 9.  Barker sold 28,400 units of the album featuring artists including; Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Game, Clipse and Lupe Fiasco, among others.

In its 17th week on the charts, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday continues to move units. This go-round the album sold 25,100 discs, making her overall numbers stand at 1,239,000. She also was able to climb from No 16 to No. 13. Meanwhile, in its 39th week, Em’s Recovery maintained its position at No. 19 while moving another 20,100 units to make his tally stand at 3,736,900.

Kanye and Weezy F both maintained their presence in the Top 40.  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy checked in at No. 35 with 10,900 for 1,085,200 units overall.  I Am Not A Human Being climbed a few spots to No. 37, as he picked up an additional 10,300 in sales to make his complete figures equal 817,200.

Two of the worlds greatest producers were at the Colony Nightclub in Hollywood on Monday. As Swizz hyped the crowd over Dre’s banging instrumentals, the Doc briefly eulogized Nate Dogg. Too bad the clip ends before they play “that exclusive”. Damn you, Bartabz !

Dr.Dre & Swizz Beatz At Colony Nightclub

Dr.Dre & Swizz Beatz At Colony Nightclub
B.Dot
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:31:33 GMT

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