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Showtimes four-month dry spell with no major fights from August through November is finally coming to an end with the announcement of five new fight cards on Tuesday, all of which look promising. Jordan Retro 3 Wholesale .Seven total bouts were announced, with the promise from Stephen Espinoza, the Showtime Sports boss, that each card would ultimately be at least a doubleheader, so that means there are still more bouts to be announced.Espinoza said getting everything done and ready to announce at once was like herding cats. While most of the bouts have been expected it was nice to see them finally official with dates laid out, even if some dont have locations yet.Espinoza is a lifelong boxing fan, so when I spoke to him about the new schedule, I asked him which fight he was looking forward to most. He was political with his answer.Its like choosing among your children, he said, laughing. Were proud of every single one of these fights. We have a rematch of the possible fight of the year [between featherweight titlist Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz], we have Keith Thurman against Danny Garcia. Thats the most attractive fight that can be made in the welterweight division. Weve looked forward to the Badou Jack-James DeGale fight. We have a lot of good fights.Adrien Broner is in a really tough matchup against Adrian Granados that is an intriguing match of styles. The [Jermall] Charlo-Julian Williams fight is a really attractive fight, [Jesus] Cuellar and [Abner] Mares are never in a bad fight and you have Mikey Garcia fighting [Dejan] Zlaticanin, a guy nobody else in the lightweight division wants to fight. Its really hard to choose. I cant pick. You look at these fights and maybe theres a slight favorite but you can make a case for either fighter in every fight. Thats why were so proud of this slate of fights.If he doesnt want to tell me his favorite one, Ill tell him and all of you mine. Heres how I rank the bouts announced this week:1. Thurman-Garcia (March 4): To me, its a no-brainer for this one to be in the top spot. Its a fight fans have been anxious for. Theyre both undefeated, both in their prime, both fight in crowd-pleasing styles and they are meeting to unify world titles in the welterweight division, arguably the best in boxing. If you go by my ESPN divisional rankings it matches No. 1 (Thurman) against No. 4 (Garcia, who is only that low because he has had two bouts in the division and neither against a top opponent). The fight also might wind up on CBS, Showtimes sister network, rather than premium cable. Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) will be taking on the best opponent of his career and Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs), who still has to win a tune-up fight against Samuel Vargas on Nov. 12 in a bout the world could do without, will finally be taking on an elite opponent for the first time since upsetting Lucas Matthysse in a 2013 junior welterweight title fight.2. Frampton-Santa Cruz II (Jan. 28): Frampton left behind his two title belts at junior featherweight and moved up to challenge Santa Cruz for his featherweight belt on July 30. They produced a bona fide fight of the year contender, which Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) won by majority decision. Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) immediately exercised his right to an immediate rematch and I thank him for doing so. Its hard to imagine the sequel, which matches No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the division, being anything but another outstanding scrap.3. Jack-DeGale (Jan. 14): Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) and DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) were supposed to meet in the fourth quarter of this year but for a variety of reasons it was delayed until early 2017. Its a small price to pay for another No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown as they will meet to determine division supremacy and also to unify their super middleweight world titles. Neither fighter has a reputation for being in great fights but do have a reputation for fighting to the level of their opponent, which means they should battle it out at a very high level.4. Charlo-Williams (Dec. 10): In the co-feature of this show, Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs), No. 3 in the ESPN junior middleweight rankings, will defend his belt against No. 6 Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs) in a mandatory fight that has been anticipated for the past year. Stylistically, it looks like an exciting fight between skilled boxers who pack a solid punch and who will be facing their most dangerous opponent. They dont seem to care for each other either, which could also make the build up fun.5. Zlaticanin-Garcia (Jan. 28): No. 3 Zlaticanin (18-0, 11 KOs) is really good and the sort of guy nobody has been calling out -- except for Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs). Zlaticanin is an all-out attacker while Garcia, a former featherweight and junior lightweight titlist who I have No. 10 at junior welterweight, is the epitome of a controlled boxer-puncher. Garcia came back from a long layoff in July and fought as a junior welterweight but said from the outset he planned to go down to lightweight. Here he is taking on a top-notch opponent in a fight, the co-feature, which I think could be very explosive and go either way.6. Cuellar-Mares (Dec. 10): This is the main event of the card and figures to be a highly competitive and fan-friendly fight if they live up to their reputations. No. 6 Cuellar (29-1, 21 KOs), who will be defending his secondary featherweight title, and No. 5 Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs), a former three-division titleholder, could be the sleeper of this slate of fights. Adding to its significance is that the winner will be the mandatory for the Frampton-Santa Cruz II winner.7. Broner-Granados (Feb. 11): This fight might rank last but that is not an indictment of the match, rather a statement on the strength of the overall Showtime schedule. No.3 Broner (32-2, 24 KOs), a four-division titlist, had been on track to challenge junior welterweight titlist Ricky Burns in an attempt to win back the belt stripped from him for missing weight before an April victory, but Burns suffered a perforated eardrum during his Oct. 7 victory against Kiryl Relikh and was not available, according to Espinoza. Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs), unranked in the top 10, is no pushover whatsoever despite the modest record. A closer look reveals that all four losses came by way of split or majority decision to opponents with a combined record of 52-1. Broner is more talented but if he is not prepared and takes Granados lightly, he will find himself in a world of trouble. Cheap Jordan 3 Sale . The Browns coaching search remains incomplete. Cheap Jordan 3 Retro . Scott won the Australian PGA last week in his first event in Australia since winning the U.S. Masters in April. American Matt Kuchar, ahead by two strokes with four to play and even with Scott with one to go, double-bogeyed the 18th after taking two shots to get out of a bunker. http://www.cheapairjordan3shoes.com/ . Kuznetsov, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing for his hometown team Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL. RIO DE JANEIRO -- As the final round of the mens Olympic Golf Tournament took place Sunday, Gary Player figured it might be a nice time to get in some work on his own game.So as the women who were arriving for their Olympic tournament this week began taking their places on the driving range, so, too, did the 80-year-old Hall of Famer, pausing to chat between shots.He did more chatting than he did practicing.Nobody has been a bigger proponent of golf in the Olympic Games than Player, the nine-time major winner who served as South Africas advisor for the men and will remain for the womens competition.Critical of the players who withdrew, including the South Africans, Player was concerned about golfs future in the Olympics beyond 2020, where it is guaranteed to take place in Japan but not necessarily beyond.I got realistic, Player said. I was worried. I thought we were out. If Im the IOC (International Olympic Committee), Im kicking you out.But now Im very optimistic. You had (Henrik Stenson), the British Open champion; the Masters champion in (Danny) Willett. Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, on and on. The scorers have been outstanding, the crowds have been great.I thought thered be (only) 3,000 people and its been a roaring success. People come up to me, kids even, they say my name. Im shocked they know me. Not in America, but here in Brazil? I think weve justified our place in the Games.While it might not be quite as easy as Player believes, undoubtedly the way the mens tournament played out at the Olympic Golf Course has done much to improve its status, a feel-good ending with Great Britains Rose dueling Swedens Stenson for the gold medal with a birdie at the final hole, and American Matt Kuchar firing a final-round 63 to snag the bronze.To watch the intensity as it played out, to see the joy on their faces afterward, to hear a boisterous and enthusiastic gallery support them throughout the course was a welcome and fitting retort to the naysayers.Anybody making the decision going forward, I would just ask them, were you in Rio on Sunday? Rose said. The crowd was incredibly well supported. It was jam packed, a sellout, which is more than some of the other events Ive been watching on TV. Theres been a lot of open spots in stadiums, and it was incredible to see golf so well attending and so well supported. From that perspective, its been a very successful sport this week.That was undoubtedly a relief to International Golf Federation officials, who had to fear lackluster support in a country not known for its golf. Player, who booasts two Brazil Open victories (including shooting a 59 on his way to the win in 1974), said very few people attended those events, but was amazed at the enthusiastic support here. Air Jordan 3 Retro China. .This event has gone over fantastically well, Kuchar said. Amazing support from the crowds. I wasnt really sure what to expect as far as golf in Brazil. I didnt think that it would have great support and it really did.If you take the broadcast and then look at what a great showdown to have these two guys battling down the end. I dont know that it could have gone much better for the game. Its a clear winner to move forward.But there will be other issues to sort out. The IGF can explain the absence of many top players due to circumstances. The negativity leading into the Games was not just a golf issue; security, Zika, health concerns... all of it has been an Olympic problem.We know some of the difficulties there have been with tour schedules, said Peter Dawson, president of the IGF and former CEO of the R&A. And comments about format, although Im not as convinced about those as some. We have to press the right buttons with the IOC, not just with our performance here, but how supportive of the Olympic movement we are all the time. Not just a peak every four years. And were doing just that. Were part of the family. And that is just as important.To that end, the IGF can stay prominent by discussing ways to improve golf during the next year. The schedule is a huge issue. The Tokyo Games are in late July, so those problems are not going away. As it currently is constituted, the mens Olympic tournament would be played two weeks after The Open in 2020.Then there is the format, which has caused much consternation, even though Rose admitted that 72 holes of stroke play is the best way to determine an individual champion. To introduce best-ball or alternate shot would make crowning an individual winner nearly impossible giving scheduling. So why not go with an aggregate total for two-man teams, and allow the players to also play for individual medals?If that had been the case here, the Americans (Kuchar and Patrick Reed) would have tied with Sweden (Stenson and David Lingmerth). How cool would it have been to have a playoff for team gold, on top of Roses stirring individual victory?But those are decisions to come. For now, it is best for golf to revel in what just transpired -- with more of it to come this week with the womens golf tournament. ' ' '