John Calipari NBA Return?

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John Calipari has won big at UMass, Memphis and Kentucky. His current UK squad is, of course, undefeated and just four wins away from a national title and a 40-0 mark. 

The one place Calipari has not won is the NBA. He failed in his only stint at the professional level, compiling a 72-112 record with the New Jersey Nets over parts of three seasons. Calipari was fired 20 games into the strike-shortened 1998-99 season. 

So would Calipari ever leave Lexington, and the college ranks altogether, for another crack at the NBA? The possibility of that isn’t as far-fetched as one might think, according to NorthJersey.com’s Steve Popper. 

Popper’s report quotes an unnamed NBA front office official as saying Calipari wants back in the pro game, and badly.

“He desperately wants it,” the front office official said. “He won’t say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he’s ever failed and it drives him nuts. He’s not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn’t ready. He’s ready now.”

As of now, Calipari back in the NBA is mere speculation and conjecture. It would certainly be an interesting reunion though, if it ever came to fruition.

Obama’s Niece Received a Threat

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 Security was increased at Monday night’s Princeton-Maryland NCAA tournament women’s basketball game after a phone message was received detailing a threat against President Obama’s niece, according to a person with knowledge of the threat who was not authorized to speak publicly because of security issues.

An eight-minute voicemail was received at the University of Maryland athletic department offices this afternoon in which a woman said a man was driving on campus with a Glock handgun in his possession, the person said.

The caller linked the man’s appearance on campus to tonight’s game and Leslie Robinson, the daughter of Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother, who is a freshman forward at Princeton. She was not told of the threat, the person said, but Princeton coach Courtney Banghart was aware of it.

In addition to normal game security, undercover security officers were near the Princeton bench, the person said. Secret Service officers also were in the arena due to the presence of Supreme Court justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

President Obama attended Saturday’s first-round game between Princeton and Wisconsin-Green Bay but was not at tonight’s game. Maryland beat Princeton 85-70, giving The  Lady Tigers their  only loss on the season.

Tickets….Get Your Tickets!!!

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If you’re wanting a chance to contribute to the estimated $74 million gate that the Mayweather-Pacquiao ‘Fight of the Century’ is expected to garner, you’ll get your chance as soon as next week.

According to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, who spoke with Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions, tickets to see Floyd Mayweather in the ring with Manny Pacquiao will go on sale “by the end of next week.”

In that same Los Angeles Times article, Pugmire writes that less than 1,000 tickets will be made available for public purchase. That’s according to promotional executives who spoke with the Los Angeles Times, but aren’t authorized to discuss any plans publicly.

Two officials added that the most expensive seats — floor seats — will be posted at $10,000. The cheapest tickets are estimated to be valued at $1,500.

Of course, the MGM Grand will fit more than a 1,000 seats for this fight. According to promoter Bob Arum, it’s capable of holding 16,200 seats for this fight. The remainder of the tickets are designated for the MGM Grand, Mayweather Promotions, and Top Rank — Pacquiao’s promoter.

On Monday, it was reported that the gate of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight will reach a record $74 million. The previous record was set by another Mayweather fight in 2013. Still, the gate of his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez only hit $20 million, so this fight’s gate will do more than break the record, it’ll destroy that mark.

Darren Sharper Gets 9 Years in Prison.

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Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Monday immediately after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in Arizona, marking the first change of plea of the day for the former safety accused of drugging and assaulting women in four states.

Sharper on Monday admitted to charges of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault arising from the 2013 Arizona case. It is very unusual to sentence defendants immediately after a guilty plea, which normally takes weeks or months.

Sharper and appeared in the Phoenix courtroom by video-conferencing from Los Angeles. He also is expected to change his plea in person in Los Angeles on similar allegations. Similar hearings will follow in Las Vegas this week and in New Orleans in the next month.

In each state, he’s accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women when they were unconscious or otherwise unable to resist or consent.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville said Sharper will serve his time in federal custody and that the Louisiana case will be resolved through a federal court.

In Arizona, Sharper admitted sexually assaulting one victim, though police say he drugged and sexually assaulted three women, at an apartment in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe in November.

Barack’s Bracket

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President Barack Obama is predicting that Kentucky will remain undefeated and take home the title in the NCAA Tournament.

The basketball fan in chief says there’s a good reason the Wildcats are the prohibitive favorite in the tournament after going 34-0 so far. He picked them to beat Villanova in the title game during an interview broadcast Wednesday on ESPN.

The president advanced Arizona and Duke to the NCAA Final Four, scheduled for April 4-6 in Indianapolis.

Obama hasn’t picked the correct national champion since his first year in office, when North Carolina won the 2009 championship.

Obama also tells ESPN he would like to see the NCAA move the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds and move back the lane and three-point line to mirror the NBA.