Sage Northcutt returns against Andrew Holbrook at UFC in New Jersey

Sage Northcutt returns against Andrew Holbrook at UFC in New Jersey

Sage Northcutt will get one more fight before he’s no longer a teenager when he takes on Andrew Holbrook at FOX UFC Fight Night in Newark, N.J. on Jan. 30.

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Sage Northcutt will get one more fight before he’s no longer a teenager when he takes on Andrew Holbrook at FOX UFC Fight Night in Newark, N.J. on Jan. 30.

The 19-year-old prospect has been ultra-busy since making his debut at UFC 192 in October and following his win last week over Cody Pfister, Northcutt requested one more bout before he turns 20 in March.

The UFC granted his wish, and now Northcutt will return in January while looking to improve to 3-0 inside the Octagon.

Northcutt has finished his first two fights in impressive fashion, with a TKO victory in his debut before submitting Pfister with a guillotine choke last Thursday in Las Vegas.

He’ll face his stiffest test to date in January as he faces Holbrook, who is 11-0 during his career after making his UFC debut in July

Holbrook eked out a close decision over Ramsey Nijem in a fight he accepted on short notice, and now he’ll fight on the main card on FOX in January with a chance to take out a rising star in Northcutt.

Northcutt vs. Holbrook joins the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card in Newark with a light heavyweight bout between Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Ryan Bader headlining the show.

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For Manny Pacquiao, it’s about getting a chance to win, not the money

For Manny Pacquiao, it wasn’t about winning the business deal.

It was about proving he was the better fighter.

Pacquiao cut his losses in negotiations to secure a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. So on Saturday night, fittingly in Las Vegas, the gamble Pacquiao made gives him a chance to go all in and win the legacy bout, with all the high-rollers and the world watching.

“If my concern is myself alone, the fight is hard to make happen,” said Pacquiao, who accepted a 60%-40% purse split in Mayweather’s favor. “I didn’t want 60-40. I did it for the sake of the fans. We know they’ve been waiting for this fight for five years.”

When the buzz first started about this super-fight, it was Pacquiao who was No. 1 in boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound rankings. But the fighters’ swapped spots, as Mayweather (47-0, 26 knockouts) kept winning while Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) suffered a December 2012 knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.

Rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Manny Pacquiao was already called the best boxer in the 2000s. At the age of 35 with a record of 56 wins, five losses and two ties, Pacquiao shows no sign of slowing down.

Pacquiao’s professional boxing career started in 1995 and he boxed primarily in the Philippines until 2001. In his 2001 debut in the United States against Lehlohonolo Ledwaba of South Africa, Pacquiao won by TKO in six rounds.

Before facing Mexico’s Erik Morales in March 19, 2005, in Las Vegas, Pacquiao had not lost since September 1999. Morales won by unanimous decision to take the WBC international super featherweight title.

Ten months later, Pacquiao faced Erik Morales again. Pacquiao knocked Morales out in the 10th round. It was the first time Morales was knocked out in his boxing career.

Pacquiao trades punches with David Diaz during their WBC lightweight championship boxing match June 28, 2008, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won by knockout in the ninth round.
That loss made the already problematic negotiations between the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps all the more difficult. Previously, they’d had major disputes over drug-testing, the purse cut and personal feuds.

After Pacquiao lost, Mayweather was quick to dismiss him as a possible opponent by saying the Filipino first had to finish his business with Marquez, who won in their fourth fight.

But Pacquiao, 36, responded with three convincing victories over younger men, including a unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley that avenged a controversial loss to Bradley in 2012 because of bad judging. Pacquiao then set a personal record by knocking down Chris Algieri six times last November in a lopsided decision in China.

As he concluded training for Algieri, Pacquiao was asked about the Mayweather side saying it would require accepting a 60-40 split to get the fight made.

“Yeah, I’ll do that,” Pacquiao said without pause. “No problem.”

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said negotiations started at an even steeper disadvantage, with Mayweather’s representative proposing a 65-35 split.

“Manny truly believes money isn’t everything, and you can’t be cheated when money isn’t everything,” Arum said. “He was willing to sacrifice points to make the fight. Simple as that. He wanted the fight.”

Arum, who’s been brokering fight deals since the 1960s, said, “Obviously, I pushed back” from the 65-35 talk, “but it went on for weeks.”

Friction between Arum and his former fighter Mayweather, along with the promoter’s strong influence on Pacquiao, were considered as major reasons the fight would never happen.

In my mind, I didn’t think I’d be a good boxer. All that was really in my mind was to earn a kilo of rice.
– Manny Pacquiao, on his humble beginnings as a fighter
“Some can paint me as a Svengali who dictates what to do to Manny, but it’s not the truth. I stayed in this business so long by taking directions, and getting approval, from athletes,” Arum said. “If Manny wants to take a ridiculously low percentage, it’s his career and his life. … We settled for this because Manny was willing to.

“Whether it was a smart decision or a stupid decision, it’s a decision he and I will live with.”

Of course, given the historic scope of this fight, both boxers will earn unheard-of sums for their bout Saturday. Together they could earn more than $300 million for what should be a record pay-per-view bout, with a possible $100 million for Pacquiao.

Pacquiao’s first memories of boxing also center on money.

He still remembers how, as a poverty-stricken child, his uncle showed him VHS tapes of boxing matches featuring Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., the Ruelas brothers and more.

At age 11, when Pacquiao used to sell doughnuts and other items on the street to help pad his family’s income, his uncle led him to a Sunday boxing contest. The young boy was surprised to learn that he’d been entered into the competition.

“I was excited, like, ‘What’s this?’ ” Pacquiao said.

He won a three-round decision and was given 100 pesos for the triumph — two dollars — and split the money with his uncle while giving the rest to his mother for groceries.

“Fifty pesos, that was big,” Pacquiao said. “Six pesos was a kilo of rice. I was thinking, ‘This is good for everybody.’ I was selling doughnuts, whatever I can sell … but boxing was one day of some work and you earn more money.

“My teacher saw me come in a little bruised up one day and told me, ‘Maybe you become Flash Elorde [the late former featherweight world champion from the Philippines].’ ”

Little did they know …

Pacquiao said when he was watching those fight videos, seeing the legendary men fighting in packed venues, his uncle imagined aloud: “What if you could get like that? In a building like that?”

“I loved boxing because it helped my mother,” Pacquiao said. “In my mind, I didn’t think I’d be a good boxer. All that was really in my mind was to earn a kilo of rice.”

Pacquiao became a pro at 16 and fought 43 fights, almost all in the Philippines, before his first bout in the U.S. in 2001. His furious fighting style, an ability to knock out bigger men and his winning titles at various weight classes made him an international star.

His success here made his returns home heart-tugging, and he’d literally allow lines to form at his home, where he’d hand out money.

He enjoys the fruits of his labor — drives a lavish sports car, is angling to buy a multi-million-dollar home in L.A. with this purse from the Mayweather fight — but his newborn religious faith and current duties as a congressman in the Philippines still leave him feeling obligated.

“I enjoy helping people — the poor, orphans — I cannot leave them hungry without helping them. I’m not materialistic,” he said. “The money’s not mine. It’s God’s grace that’s entrusted to me.

“My first concern every fight is how to entertain people, give them enjoyment and make them happy. Of course, for doing that, there’s a price, and [Mayweather] set this price.”

Pacquiao admits both men had “nowhere to go,” regarding another big fight. Mayweather, 38, wouldn’t come close to earning $200 million in a fight against Amir Khan, and Marquez no longer wants to fight Pacquiao.

Pacquiao could’ve dug in, pressing Mayweather for a better cut with so many millions possible. But Pacquiao said he has other concerns.

“I have to make sure I’m in the best condition of my life,” he said. “Being an underdog, you’re more focused on training, from the first day to the last day. I’m very confident. My training, conditioning; I can feel it. My speed, footwork, punches … are the things to beat his [defensive] style and win the fight.”

The possibility of recouping a larger chunk in a rematch is something Pacquiao said he can tend to after this fight.

First, he has to win, and so he routinely spent this training camp in L.A. running up to Griffith Observatory, with a pack of fans and countrymen tailing.

“The most important thing in this fight is cutting off the ring — with strong legs, footwork, speed,” Pacquiao said. “It’s good to get to the top of the observatory and feel like I do now.”

He’ll break camp Monday, then drive himself to Las Vegas.

“No problem,” he said, about the biggest fight of his life on Saturday. “I’m ready.”

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The Masters: Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods get most attention

Rory McIlroy stands on the cusp of history, but the returning Tiger Woods is among those looking to prevent the world No. 1 from etching his name in the record books in one of the most eagerly awaited Masters of all time.

Northern Irishman McIlroy will become just the sixth player to achieve a career grand slam if he triumphs at Augusta this weekend — joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Gary Player.

An outstanding 2014 saw McIlroy win the British Open and the PGA Championship and he’s rightly the favorite to receive the famous green jacket from defending champion Bubba Watson on Sunday.

The 25-year-old McIlroy has talked in the build-up about how his collapse in the 2011 Masters has been the catalyst for his career.

The record books show that last year’s eighth-place finish was McIlroy’s best showing at Augusta, but four years ago he held a four-shot lead heading into Sunday’s play. However, he endured a nightmare final-round collapse and an error-strewn 80 saw his dreams go up in smoke.

It took a mere two months for McIlroy to bounce back as he won the first of his four majors at the U.S. Open that same year and the pressure is now on to complete his haul.

Ironically, Woods’ return from a self-imposed, two-month hiatus may have alleviated the pressure on McIlroy, because so much of the focus has been on Tiger’s status for Augusta.

The 14-time major champion has not played competitive golf since his withdrawal after 11 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open in February following a dramatic and well-publicized drop in form, while concerns about his persistent back injury have remained.

Woods, who now sits outside the world’s top 100, confirmed his participation last week and if he were to collect a fifth green jacket, it would represent arguably one of the greatest comebacks in golfing history given his fall from grace in recent times.

Key for Woods, who missed the 2014 Masters due to injury, will be to overcome a short game that has completely deteriorated as he tackles one of the most challenging courses in the game.

With so much of the attention stolen by McIlroy and Woods, there are plenty of players who have slipped under the radar.

That might suit defending champion Watson, who has won the tournament in two of the past three years. The American undoubtedly has the length off the tee and delicacy around the greens to join Nicklaus, Woods and Nick Faldo as the only men to have defended the Masters.

There will be a strong contingent from the United States aiming to shoot their way into Masters folklore.

Jordan Spieth has been touted as the man possibly best equipped to challenge McIlroy this weekend, borne out of an outstanding Masters debut in 2014.

The 21-year-old was runner-up to Watson a year ago and won the Valspar Championship in March. He also recorded a second-place finish at the Texas Open and lost the Houston Open in a playoff last weekend to J.B. Holmes.

Rickie Fowler, fifth at Augusta last season, is a man never far away at the majors. He had two runner-up finishes and a third-place finish in the other majors last season.

Patrick Reed is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour and has the confidence, guile and self-assured nature to challenge the leaderboard, while Dustin Johnson — one of the few players who can match McIlroy for distance off the tee — has returned from a self-imposed exile to deal with personal problems in fine form, including victory at the World Golf Championships.

At 44, Phil Mickelson represents the old guard and he has endured a tricky few months, but the prize of a fourth Masters victory could spark another run.

Away from the States, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson has proved his mettle with four top four finishes in majors over the past two seasons, but his best at Augusta came last year when he placed 14th.

Adam Scott, the 2013 champion, and fellow Australian Jason Day will also be among the favorites this weekend.

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Through 10 titles, winning never gets old for Connecticut

Human nature being what it is, this third consecutive national title, a fifth in seven years, a tenth overall, could have been collected and cataloged by the Connecticut women’s basketball team, positioned inside a crowded trophy case before the grinding pursuit of the next begins all too soon.

But there was Breanna Stewart on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena, the three-time Associated Press Player of the Year, first female three-time NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player, lifetime All Everything and backbone of the Huskies, sob-smiling as the seconds bled away from a tougher-than-expected 63-53 win over perennial near-miss Notre Dame.

There was Stewart and junior guard Moriah Jefferson scurrying on the floor, among the feet of cameramen and onlookers to scrape confetti into “National Champions” hats, just to dump it on the well-coiffed head of their coach, Geno Auriemma, who had just tied legend John Wooden of the UCLA men’s program with ten national titles.

And there was Auriemma, ascending a ladder yet again, scissors in hand, pausing and then turning to ask a manager with a hand gesture accompaniment.

“All three?” he asked, referring to the three strands of net still attached to the rim.

All three. It was likely accidental symbolism, but it worked well. Three snips for three consecutive national championships. Three more souvenirs accrued by a 30th-year coach of one of sport’s most oppressive dynasties, and the elite players who congregate in Storrs, Conn., to be tested, tormented and turned into champions.

“It’s a feeling I can’t really explain,” said Jefferson, who co-led all scorers with 15 points with five assists and four steals. “I think you come into college having these dreams and to do it and to know we had a goal and we have three of them now. It’s crazy.”

And giddy. And fresh every time, they said.

“No, we don’t take things for granted here at all,” Stewart said, still emotional in the locker room long after post-game ceremonies had concluded. “I think that the amount of pressure we put on ourselves to get back here … this is how you make your season perfect. There is no other way to go out with a great season than to become national champions. That’s something some of our freshmen have never experienced before and every time you experience it, you want to enjoy it like you’ve never done it before.”

The championships all feel different, coach and players say, because teams and seasons evolve differently. Auriemma admits he didn’t much like the personality of this group in the fall even before its lone loss of the season, 88-86 in overtime to Stanford. They grew together and learned to trust each other, he said, and ultimately at 38-1, celebrated this championship together. Assessments of the career’s work, he said, have to wait.

“Any time you’re in a championship situation, any time you’re trying to win any tournament, but especially the national championship, so many things have to go right and you have to have players that make those plays that make it go right,” he said. “To do that 10 times in a row, to win 10 and be 10-0 in national championship games is — again, it’s too big for me to think about it. It’s too much. Too much.”

Scarily for everyone else, including Notre Dame — which has played in five straight Final Fours but not won a national championship since 2001 — UConn could be too much again next season. Stewart, the first Most Outstanding Player for three consecutive seasons, returns and is poised to fulfill her stated freshman year goal of four championships. Next year, if she and the Huskies can maintain their new version of the status quo, she will surpass former UCLA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was named MOP three times in his career. That, she said, shouldn’t even be a possibility.

“I think Moriah should have gotten the MOP,” Stewart said. “I think the way she played was phenomenal this past two games (with a combined 29 points and nine assists). I think that people wanted to give it to me just because it was my opportunity to win three in a row.”

Senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis personified every senior or retiring veteran’s dream by co-leading with 15 points and hitting a 3-pointer and two-point field goals in succession to stem what was Notre Dame’s last, best rush in the final five minutes and build an 11-point lead. Going out well was its own reward.

“It’s special for us every time we win a national championship,” she said. “Every year is different. Every year has its own trials and tribulations and I don’t think at all we take it for granted. We get just as excited whether it was our first one or our third one. I think we’re just so excited being able to win together.”

“Together” at UConn is a broad term. With Auriemma a common thread between three decades of national champions, All-Americans, pro players and Olympians, alums with expectations are ubiquitous, especially in the spring. That, Mosqueda-Lewis said, helps foster a perpetual expectation that prevents complacency or ambivalence to success.

“It’s the culture that coach Auriemma and (associate head coach Chris Dailey) have built since they got to UConn,” she said. “Their expectations are so high that you’re forced to kind of try and reach them. I think it’s just something you get used to over the years as you stay here, as you practice here and as you grow as a player. And also you see all the former players that come back to the Final Four and you pay it back to them. They’re the ones that started this history here.”

And when you burnish it, you enjoy it.​

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Sacramento’s Sim Bhullar makes NBA history as first Indian player in league

There wasn’t much to it, there were just 16 seconds left in a blowout game, but it happened:

The Kings’ Sim Bhullar made NBA history as first player of Indian descent ever in the Association. The D-League call up likely will get more time in upcoming games. Hopefully we’ll get to see him do more than inbound the basketball.

It may have been one small step in an undecided game, but it was a giant step for the NBA — the first player with family from one of the world’s largest and most populated countries on the planet walked on to an NBA court and had his name called.

Bhullar is a bit of a project as a big man. But from the “things you can’t teach” file he is 7’5″ and weighs north of 350. He spent most of the season with the Reno Big Horns.

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NFL draft’s ‘experience of a lifetime’ may not woo Mariota, Winston

Marcus Mariota plans on skipping the experience of a lifetime, attending the NFL draft in Chicago, to honor a previous commitment. Jameis Winston is poised to make a similar decision.

Mariota’s high school friends in Hawaii have planned a huge party in his honor, and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner gave his RSVP last year.

“Mariota has been saying since October that they’re having a class party,” former Dallas Cowboys personnel guru and NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt, himself a big part of overseeing draft invitations to the top draft prospects, told USA TODAY Sports. “Mariota feels torn because he’d like to come (to the draft). Yet he has this obligation.

“In Winston’s case, it sounds to me like he’d like to change his mind.”

Winston, the former Florida State star and 2013 Heisman winner who is likely to be picked first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is leaning toward spending draft night in his hometown of Bessemer, Ala., with his family, including a grandmother who has Type-2 diabetes.

Attending the draft is not mandatory for invited players. But it’s very rare for top picks — especially marquee quarterbacks — to bypass draft week’s festivities, which include media obligations, community events and a red carpet appearance prior to the first round.

“We respect any player’s decision to do what is best for him on draft day, especially when it involves family,” the league said in a statement.

“There have been other top players who have elected not to attend previous drafts. We expect to have about 25 of the highest-rated players in Chicago for the festivities there.”

Still, the league can’t be happy that such visible players won’t be in attendance for an event it plans to rotate around the country. The draft had been held in New York since 1965, but the NFL is taking it on the road to the Windy City and could dangle it to cities that want to bid for it in the future.

“You’re always disappointed when you don’t have the top quarterbacks there,” said Brandt. “But we’ll have a lot of good players there, a lot of players who want to be there. The experience they’ll have in Chicago will be off the charts.

“It’s not going to affect the draft going forward. I’ve got 20 agents calling who want their kids there. … The city of Chicago is going to make this one of the great offseason events ever.

“Deep down both these guys want to come.”

Brandt says Mariota’s dilemma runs deeper than spending draft night with his friends and family.

“Marcus just said that it’s the island culture, and that he owed something to the islands where he was raised,” said Brandt, who discussed the matter with Mariota at Oregon’s pro day last month.

“You admire the guy for keeping his word.”

In concert with NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent and VP of football communications Michael Signora, Brandt was influential in inviting a record 30 players to the 2014 draft. That was seven more prospects than the previous draft.

But other notables have skipped the league’s offseason flagship event before.

Cleveland Browns perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, the third overall pick in 2007, opted to go fishing with his father, father-in-law and agent on Lake Michigan. Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, the 25th pick in 2010, opted to stay home in Jacksonville with family members and friends after several of them were unable to make it for the draft celebration in New York.

“It wouldn’t be that big a deal if it wasn’t both of them,” said Brandt, referring to Winston and Mariota. “And it wouldn’t be that big a deal if it were two wide receiver or defensive backs. But there’s so much publicity attention devoted to quarterbacks.

“It’s unfortunate they can’t be there. And we wish they were there. But we also wish them both good luck.”

Mariota and Winston can only hope they don’t reflect on their decisions with regret.

“They are going to be missing out on something special,” Courtney Warmack, mother of Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack, told USA TODAY Sports.

She raved about the experience she had with her son, who was picked 10th overall in 2013.

“They’re missing out on a wonderful opportunity, just the camaraderie with their draft classmates who still talk about that experience whenever they see Chance,” added Courtney Warmack, a Fulton County schools administrator in Atlanta.

“For our whole family, the draft experience was memorable. The league treated us so well. It was so well organized, just a class act.”

Chance Warmack had the time of his life in Manhattan — so much so that his mom sent a thank you letter to Brandt and Signora.

“Everybody has their own reasons for going and not going,” Chance Warmack said. “But it definitely was an experience of a lifetime walking across that stage.”

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Steve Nash Announces Retirement From The NBA

Steve Nash finally made official what many have long expected: that he is retiring from the NBA.

“It’s bittersweet. I already miss the game deeply, but I’m also really excited to learn to do something else,” Nash wrote in a post published Saturday on The Players’ Tribune titled “Life After Basketball.”

Nash didn’t see the court this year with the Lakers, sidelined again with injuries. The two-time NBA MVP said in his post that after his 19 years in the NBA, he “will likely never play basketball again.”

Nash, who turned 41 last month, will finish his career as the most accurate free throw shooter in NBA history, according to ESPN, with a 90.4 percentage. He is also the third highest in assists with 10,335 trailing John Stockton and Jason Kidd.

Nash’s retirement has long been expected as he has struggled with back pain and injuries towards the end of his career. In 2014 Nash himself speculated that with one year left on his contract, this would be his last season.

“I heard someone once say there comes a day when they tell us all that we can’t play anymore. We’re not good enough. Surplus to requirements. Too slow, maybe. When you’re a teenager with outsized dreams and a growing obsession, and someone tells you this ain’t gonna last forever, it’s scary. I never forgot it,” he wrote.

Throughout his essay, Nash thanks the fans and supports and fellow teammates and players from his storied time with both the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers.

I remember when Dirk [Nowitzki] and I were nobodies. He used to say over dinner sometimes, “How are us two stiffs gonna make it in this league?” Somehow we made something of ourselves. After all the wins and all the great times we’ve had around the world together, what really means the most to me are the late nights early in our careers when we’d go back to the Landry Center in Dallas, to play a few more games of HORSE and one-on-one.
Nash, who said he also had a future in soccer had he focused on the sport, was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft by Phoenix. Steve Nash announces retirement

UFC Fight Night Weigh-in

UFC on FOX 15 Lands Paige VanZant vs. Felice Herrig and Jim Miller vs. Paul Felder

UFC on FOX 15 on Wednesday landed a couple more bouts, as women’s strawweights Paige VanZant and Felice Herrig will square off on the fight card, as will lightweights Jim Miller and Paul Felder.

The two new bouts were originally reported on UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1. They join the already announced April 18 headliner pitting Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold.

Twenty-year-old VanZant (4-1) may not have been old enough to compete on The Ultimate Fighter, but she immediately became a fan favorite with her spirited TKO stoppage of Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night 54 on Nov. 22 in Austin, Texas.

She’ll now face Herrig (10-5), who capped off her participation on The Ultimate Fighter with an armbar submission of Lisa Ellis on the show’s finale in December.

Miller (24-5, 1 NC) returns to the Octagon for the first time since last summer, when he lost the UFC Fight Night 45 main event to the red-hot Donald Cerrone in Atlantic City, N.J.

He faces no easy task trying to rebound from the loss when he faces Felder, who is undefeated in his ten professional bouts. Felder’s resume includes two UFC victories, over Jason Saggo and Danny Castillo. Miller will be his most experienced opponent to date.
Josh McNary charged with rape

Josh McNary charged with rape

Josh McNary charged with rape

INDIANAPOLIS — Prosecutors have filed charges of rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury against Indianapolis Colts backup linebacker Josh McNary.

Peg McLeish, a spokeswoman in the city prosecutor’s office, confirmed Wednesday that the charges were filed.

According to the probable cause affidavit, two Indianapolis police officers said a 29-year-old woman accused an unknown man they later determined to be McNary of attacking her in the early morning hours of Dec. 1. Police, according to the report, determined the man was McNary after investigating a cellphone the woman claimed she took from the man’s apartment.

In the report, police said the woman also picked McNary’s image out of a group of photos.

The police also wrote that when they arrived at McNary’s apartment to investigate, McNary said: “I know why you’re here.” The report said McNary claimed to have preserved evidence because he expected the police would be coming.

McNary has been with the Colts for two seasons after finishing his college career as Army’s career leader in sacks and tackles for loss. McNary spent two years on active military duty to fulfill his commitment before signing with Indy in 2013. He had 20 tackles during the regular season and no tackles in the playoffs, and still serves in the National Guard as part of his military obligations.

Indianapolis (13-5) faces New England (13-4) on Sunday in the AFC championship game.

The Colts issued a statement saying they’re aware of the allegations.

“Unfortunately that’s the limit of our knowledge,” the team said. “At this time we are very concerned and trying to find out what the relevant facts are, but we have insufficient information to venture any opinion. As we learn more we will make appropriate updates.”

The woman, whose name was redacted from the document, claimed the two engaged in a “physical fight” and that she scratched his neck, face, back and shoulder before the alleged sexual assault took place. According to the report, the woman also said she believed the man slapped her on the left side of her face with his hands before forcing himself on her.

Police reported that a nurse found dried blood behind the woman’s ear after she consented to a sexual assault examination, and that a friend of the accuser played a 2-minute voicemail from the women for police.

“At one point, the female can be heard crying and becoming emotionally distraught,” the report said.
Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press

The most influential CEO’s in The United States

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The most influential CEO’s in The United States

The most powerful CEOs in America

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg has 56.5 percent of the voting shares of Facebook.

By Douglas A. McIntyre, 24/7 Wall St.

Several CEOs and founders of well-known American companies have complete control over their companies. Through voting power, they control the boards and strategic decisions of these corporations. The best current example is Facebook, which will go public in a few weeks. Founder and CEOMark Zuckerberg owns enough of the voting shares in the company that his decisions cannot be overruled by outside shareholders or the board under most circumstances. Zuckerberg is also the most visible American CEO among a small group who have complete control of their companies and how long they will remain at their jobs.

The most powe

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President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett in the Oval Office, July 14, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

rful CEOs fall into three categories. The first are founders who are currently CEOs. They may, by themselves, or with other founders, have voting control over their companies. Larry Page of Google is the best example of this. He started the Internet search engine with Sergey Brin. Together with Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt, who they hired, the three hold shares that have nearly two-thirds of the company’s voting rights.

24/7 Wall St.: The least powerful CEOs in America

The next category is founders who no longer have the majority of the vote in their companies, but who have been in charge successfully for so long that their job security is not in question. Jeff Bezos at Amazon.com is the best example of this group. He owns slightly less than 20 percent of the company that he started in 1994. This stake is greater than that of any othershareholder. But it is his status as founder and his tremendous success that ensure he will not be replaced unless he wishes to be.

The final category of powerful CEOs are relatives of founders. These CEOs inherited the voting rights, usually from their parents, and they use those rights to run the company for another generation. The best example of this is Brian Roberts of Comcast, whose father started the company. By almost any measure, Comcast has done well financially and in the stock market. Even if it did not, Roberts would have his job.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the corporate structure, governance and voting rights of the 500 largest companies by market cap. Based on a review of company proxies, we identified those companies where the CEO had voting control of the company or was the company’s founder. We then limited the universe to those companies with market cap in excess of $30 billion.

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1. Facebook

  • Name: Mark Zuckerberg (Age: 27)
  • Title: Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive
  • Shares: 36.1 percent of the Class A shares and 56.6 percent of the Class B shares

As the initial public offering of Facebook approaches, the company faces three major hurdles with investors. The first is the company’s worth. Estimates have pegged Facebook’s market cap once it begins to trade at $100 billion. It is unclear whether investors will support that price for a company that had only a little over $1 billion in revenue last quarter and earnings of $205 million. The second is whether it can continue to keep Google and other competitors at bay as it has done so successfully up until now. For example, Internet research firm Comscore released data late last year that showed the average U.S. Facebook user spent seven hours and 46 minutes on the site during August. That is nearly four times the time spent by visitors to Google during the same time frame. The last question is how much it matters that founder Mark Zuckerberg appears to run the company with only the most modest advice from his board. When Facebook bought the photosharing application company Instagram for $1 billion, several in the media reported that the board was not briefed about the transaction until it was well underway. Through direct and indirect control of class B stock, Zuckerberg has 56.5 percent of the voting shares of Facebook, making investors nearly powerless to affect changes in the social network company.

2. Google

  • Name: Larry Page (Age: 39)
  • Title: Founder and Chief Executive
  • Shares: 28.4 percent of all voting power among shareholders

Larry Page was the CEO of search giant Google from its founding in 1998 until 2001. He and co-founder Sergey Brin brought in Eric Schmidt to run the company as chief executive. Page took the job back last year. Among them, the three have 65.8 percent of the class B voting shares. Google’s proposed stock split would give the founders even more power. Page’s immediate challenge a little over a year into his second stint as CEO is to show that Google can expand sales beyond its traditional search business. So far, Page has not had much more success in sales diversification than Schmidt had. Google’s Android mobile operating system is now among the most widely distributed in the world, and by some measures is in first place. But Google has been unable to demonstrate how this distribution makes it money. In addition, several patent suits have been brought against Google about Android’s intellectual property ownership, which makes the sales bar for the business even higher. Investors are also concerned about the fast growth of Google’s staff, which has added rapidly to costs. Google had 33,077 full-time employees at the end of the first quarter.

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3. Amazon.com

  • Name: Jeff Bezos (Age: 48)
  • Title: Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive
  • Shares: 19.5 percent of all outstanding shares

At 48, Jeff Bezos is the grand old man of the American Internet. He founded Amazon in 1994, and the company has gone from a tiny online bookstore to the largest e-commerce business in the world. Amazon earned $130 million on sales of $13.18 billion in the last reported quarter. Bezos has increased Amazon products offerings over the years so that the company is a major force in consumer electronics, clothing, software, toys and even groceries. Bezos’s most widely regarded innovation is the e-reader business, driven by its Kindle hardware and an online library of tens of thousands of books. The Kindle and Kindle Fire tablet are leaders in the e-reader and tablet PC market. Amazon is one of the few companies that poses a threat to any of the Apple’s products. Amazon also has a large enterprise business line. Amazon Web Services offers clients e-commerce tools through the cloud. Companies that do not want to invest in their own server hardware, software and bandwidth can use the Amazon service as a turnkey solution.

4. Berkshire Hathaway

  • Name: Warren Buffett (Age: 81)
  • Title: Chairman and Chief Executive
  • Shares: 33.8% of Class B voting shares, also listed in proxy as a controlling person of the corporation

Warren Buffett is the grand old man of American investing. Buffett has been a board member of the company since 1965 and its chairman and chief executive officer since 1970. Berkshire filings to the SEC say that “Major investment decisions and all major capital allocation decisions are made by Warren E. Buffett, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO.” He has built Berkshire Hathaway into one of the largest conglomerates in the world, as well as into a holding company for stakes in a number of well-known companies. These include total ownership of GEICO Auto Insurance, International Dairy Queen and Benjamin Moore. Berkshire also has significant investments in IBM, American Express, Coca-Cola and Wells Fargo. Berkshire is one of the most valuable public corporations in the county with a market cap of more than $200 billion.

5. Oracle

  • Name: Larry Ellison (Age: 67)
  • Title: Founder and Chief Executive
  • Shares: 22.4% of company’s shares

Larry Ellison, who founded Oracle (ORCL) in 1977, has thrashed his competition in the global enterprise software industry, holding off challenges from Microsoft, SAP and a number of other companies. These companies would like to increase the part of their businesses that sell hardware and software to large businesses and governments. Ellison has made a number of shrewd buyouts, including Sun Microsystems, which increased Oracle’s business in Java software and the server market. The most powerful part of Oracle’s earnings engine is the license fees it charges its customers. The fees offer recurring revenue streams that can last for years. Not shy of exercising his control in the company, Ellison has rotated a number of people in and out of the number two position at Oracle. Its most recent president is disgraced former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd. Ellison made a public statement about how foolish the HP board was to fire a talented executive, and then snatched him up within a matter of weeks. Ellison has several extremely expensive hobbies, including the support of an entry in the America’s Cup yacht race. His boat won the most recent competition.

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6. Comcast

  • Name: Brian Roberts (Age: 52)
  • Title: Chief Executive, Chairman and son of founder
  • Shares: Owns or controls 100% of Class B voting shares

Brian Roberts, like a number of CEOs who control the voting shares of their companies, is the son of the founder. Ralph Roberts, who is 92, cobbled together a number of small cable companies as the industry grew from largely a rural and suburban business to one that serves large cities. Comcast, which was founded in Mississippi in 1967, now has 48.9 million video, high-speed Internet, and voice over IP customers. Comcast bought a controlling interest in NBC Universal from General Electric last year. The company is now only one of the largest distribution networks in the United States, but it is also one of the largest content producers because of NBC. The government struggled with potential “monopoly” problem when it approved the transaction. The cable industry used to be a de facto monopoly because cable companies controlled discrete regions of the country. Now, however, AT&T and Verizon have laid fiber in front of tens of millions of homes so that they can compete with cable companies in the broadband Internet and video markets. Comcast must also contend with improved technology for satellite TV, which makes these services more competitive with cable.

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7. Groupon

  • Name: Andrew Mason (Age: 31)
  • Title: Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder
  • Shares: 41.7% of Class B voting shares

Groupon (GRPN) is widely considered the most poorly run of the Web 2.0 IPOs. The online coupon company has to restate earnings for its most recent quarter because of a “miscalculation” of its customer refunds. It has cut the original revenue statements by $14.3 million. The company admitted it has a “material weakness” in its financial reporting process, a tremendous warnings sign about the quality of a company’s management. This is not the first time Groupon had to restate its financials. It had to do so before its IPO as well because of SEC and potential investors challenged how it accounted for sales. Andrew Mason has been able to insulate himself from all of these catastrophes at least as far as his job security is concerned. Mason and two other cofounders, Executive Chairman Eric P. Lefkofsky and Bradley A. Keywell, own 100% of the voting shares. SEC filings directed to by the company to shareholders say this stock ownership “limit your ability to influence corporate matters.” What is at risk for Mason is his fortune. Groupon’s shares have dropped from a post-IPO high of $31.14 to just over $10 recently.

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8. LinkedIn

  • Name: Jeffrey Weiner (Age: 42)
  • Title: Chief Executive Officer
  • Shares: 5.9% of voting shares

LinkedIn has done a good job convincing Wall St. that its professional social network has strong longer term prospects. From a post-IPO low of $55.98, shares have risen to more than $108. LinkedIn’s 2011 revenue was $522 million, up from $243 million the year before. Net income attributable to common stockholders rose from $3 million to $12 million. Growth rates are not the only thing that shareholder likes about LinkedIn. The company makes money from its more than 150 million members in two ways. LinkedIn sells its products online but also has a sales force that sells and markets products directly to companies. The revenue between these two businesses is nearly equal, which gives LinkedIn a diversity of sales that other social networks like Twitter do not have. CEO Jeffrey Weiner benefits from his relationship with the company’s largest shareholder, Reid Hoffman. Hoffman owns 45.4% of Class B voting shares. SEC filings by LinkedIn call his holdings as having a “significant influence over the management and affairs of the company.” Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur who made a fortune as a senior executive at PayPal. He also sits on the board of online game company Zynga.