July 3, 2015 |
A 40-YEAR-OLD man with a long history of arrests on drug and murder charges yesterday was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder and weapons offenses in the 2013 shooting death of one of his girlfriends. Rudolph McGriff was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole by Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff. This was his first murder conviction. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano said McGriff was convicted in the April 2013 shooting death of Malisha Jessie, 29, after a two-week trial.
May 8, 2015 |
P.T. BARNUM never uttered the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute. " Biographers pin it on a critic or a con man of his era, which sure seems to make more sense. To say such a thing would have been bad business, especially if, as the story goes, the famous promoter was trying to convince the public his fake petrified giant was the real thing and not a plaster-built copy of another fake petrified giant. Barnum eventually fessed up to avoid a lawsuit brought from the guy who owned the other fake.
May 6, 2015 |
CLIPPERS FORWARD Matt Barnes told Sports Illustrated that Allen Iverson taught him "how NBA players spend money in strip clubs" when they were Sixers teammates. Iverson, according to Barnes, would "throw $30,000, $40,000" at strippers "every time we went. " Iverson's reply was classic. "I don't know what Matt is talking about," he told CBS. "I was rich at 21, so ain't no telling what I may have done, but I know I ain't do that. " Stellar fight Floyd Mayweather's victory over Manny Pacquiao is out of this world, and we're not talking about the way the fight played out. HBO and NASA have partnered to have the fight made available to the crew of the International Space Station.
April 30, 2015 |
HAD P.T. BARNUM operated in modern times, the legendary showman and borderline con man likely would have been a boxing promoter. Even though Barnum did not actually coin the celebrated phrase so often attributed to him, the spirit of the sentiment that "There's a sucker born every minute" is better suited for boxing than the world-famous circus he founded. Six years ago, when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao both had legitimate claims to be called the world's best "pound-for-pound" fighter, their matchup would have been worthy of being called one of the greatest fights in history.
April 30, 2015 |
PROFESSIONAL BOXING has been around for 200-plus years, but the unifying thread that ties fighters of every race, creed and nationality is a language that is spoken wherever men wearing padded gloves square off on a roped-off swatch of canvas. If trash-talking is the fight game's commonality, then Floyd Mayweather Jr. has established himself as perhaps its most eloquent, if somewhat coarse, practitioner. Mayweather has never been shy about proclaiming his own greatness, or in detailing the inadequacies of those foolish enough to face him in the ring.
April 29, 2015 |
JESSE HART always figured that by the time he became a pro boxer, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would be retired. He was wrong. On Saturday, he'll fight on the undercard of arguably the biggest fight in boxing history, when the two pound-for-pound kings clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Hart (16-0, 13 KOs), who grew up in North Philadelphia at 28th and Berks, takes on Chicago's Mike Jimenez (17-0, 11 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout for the vacant USBA super middleweight title.
April 13, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Danny Garcia opened an early lead against Lamont Peterson and held on to win a majority decision in their nontitle bout in front of 12,300 fans at Barclays Center on Saturday night. Garcia, who won the early rounds but was clearly taking a beating late, won on the cards, 115-113, 115-113, and 114-114. With the win, Garcia, the WBA and WBC super-welterweight champ, improved to 30-0. Peterson, the IBF super-welterweight titlist, saw his record fall to 33-3-1. Fighting at a catch weight of 143 pounds, Peterson, who spent plenty of the fight early on his toes and keeping his distance, settled down in the later rounds and was the better puncher.
April 8, 2015 |
WHEN FLOYD Mayweather meets Manny Pacquiao next month, there's a good chance he'll put his money where his mouth is. And we're not talking about making a wager on the fight. Dr. Lee Gause, a New York dentist, has designed a special mouthpiece for Mayweather, aka "Money," that contains $100 bills. And yes, the bills are as real as the cost, reportedly $25,000. Gause, who owns Iceberg Guards, said that in addition to protecting against concussions, his mouthpieces help athletes breathe better, which increases performance.
April 3, 2015 |
The paydays being talked about for the May 2 megafight between welterweights Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are so outlandish that boxing simply cannot be discussed without them coming up. Philadelphia's Danny Garcia could earn millions in a bout with Pacquiao or Mayweather in the near future. However, before that, the owner of the WBC and WBA junior-welterweight crowns has some business of his own to finish. On April 11, Garcia will put his undefeated record (29-0, 17 knockouts)
December 4, 2014 |
Danny Garcia arrived at Burlington Coat Factory in Center City on Tuesday morning to outfit three families with winter coats. But the families were not there. They were stuck in traffic, someone told the light-welterweight champion from Juniata Park. "People in Philly are always late," Garcia joked. "They're going to show up when we're leaving. " The families arrived and Garcia and his father, Angel, helped them grab coats, scarves, and gloves. The champ, as his father calls him, paid for it all. The Garcias then packed coats into cardboard boxes and drove them to Hunting Park's Casa Del Carmen.