Stafford, Ryan, Johnson among locals in Forbes top 50

Floyd Mayweather is America’s highest-paid athlete, and LeBron James is getting an estimated $38 million this year from corporate America just to hawk products.

That’s the word from Fortune magazine and Sports Illustrated, which released their list of the 50 athletes who are making the most money. The list cites salaries from each players most recent season, which endorsement estimates are from “agents and a stable of experts and marketing executives.”

Mayweather’s salary is listed at $105 million, with no endorsement money. James’ $38 million tops the endorsement figures, with Phil Mickelson ($33 million) and Tiger Woods ($31 million) not far behind. Kobe Bryant was fourth in endorsements at $20 millon.

Behind Mayweather in salary was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, at $40 million. Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford’s $31.5 million salary with the Detroit Lions ranked second.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal heads the list of …

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NBA stars read #MeanTweets

Continuing the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” theme for today – see previous post – we bring you the latest installment of #MeanTweets for NBA stars.

For the NBA Finals, Kimmel gathered a variety of NBA players to show them how fans really feel about them on Twitter.

(You’ll want to hear Dikembe Mutombo’s at the end. Classic.)

He did the same last year.

The players’ reaction is pretty much always the same … speechless.

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Stanley Cup turned into giant margarita cup

What can be done to the Stanley Cup.

The Los Angeles Kings are the holders of the NHL trophy after defeating the New York Rangers.

As has become tradition, players take the cup on a tour of defiance and do all kinds of gnarly things.

Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel, along with the Kings’ Justin Williams and Alec Martinez, tested the boundaries of what they could do with Lord Stanley’s mug.

After running through a number of opportunities – including painting it black in honor of the king – they decided to turn it into a delicious cocktail receptacle.

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Airline – it wasn’t Delta – loses Rory McIlroy’s clubs

It’s been a tough few weeks for Rory McIlroy.

Last month he broke up with fiance Caroline Wozniacki (by the way, it’s not too late to wager on who he will date next); he finished tied for 23rd in this weekend’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst, N.C.; and now United Airlines has lost his golf clubs.

McIlroy, plans to play in this weekend’s Irish Open, which starts Thursday at Fota Island Resort in Cork.

It’s kind of a homecoming, you know, since he is from Northern Ireland.

Well, he arrived fine, but his clubs are MIA.

Perhaps he shoulda flown Atlanta’s hometown airline Delta? But the good news is United has located McIlroy’s clubs and will deliver them tomorrow – which means he will only miss today’s practice round.

He does have an offer to borrow a pair:

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The good and bad of the U.S. win over Ghana

Three points.

That’s all the U.S. wanted to get out of last night’s game against Ghana in its World Cup opener.

That’s what the red, white and blue got in a 2-1 win.

It doesn’t matter that the U.S. was outplayed for 93 ½ of the 95 minutes and ceded 60 percent of the possession to Ghana.

The U.S. made the two plays it needed to make – Clint Dempsey’s brilliant opening goal within the first minute and John Brooks’ powerful header in the 86th – to beat the team that had knocked them out of the two previous World Cups.

One more point against Portugal on Sunday  will likely secure passage into the knockout stages of the tournament.

Here’s a look back at the game:

More of the good

Juergen Klinsmann’s super subs

Brooks came on at halftime to replace defender Matt Besler, who suffered a strained hamstring in the first half. Graham Zusi came on to replace a worn-out Alejandro Bedoya, who worked tirelessly to keep Ghana at bay.

After right back Fabian Johnson – …

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is dead at 54

Tony Gwynn was one of the most prolific hitters in baseball for nearly two decades. (AP)

Tony Gwynn was one of the most prolific hitters in baseball for nearly two decades. (AP)

Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died early Monday, following a long battle with cancer. He was 54,

Left handed Gwynn had 3,141 hits during a career that spanned 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres. He compiled a career .338 batting average – 18th best of all-time – in 2,440 games. The 15-time All-Star won eight batting titles and five Gold Glove Awards. He was a key member of the 1984 and 1998 San Diego Padres National League Championship teams.

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Commissioner Bob Selig called Gwynn one of the best hitters “our game has ever known.”

“For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the National Pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched,” Selig said. “On behalf of all of our Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Tony’s wife Alicia, their son Tony Jr. …

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Fisher: Coker better than any of Saban’s Bama QBs

The way Jimbo Fisher sees it, Jacob Coker will be Alabama’s best quarterback in a long time.

Coker graduated in May from FSU and has transferred to Alabama. Coker wasn’t your typical backup, playing behind Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Fisher has coached three quarterbacks chosen in the first round of the NFL draft (Jamarcus Russell, Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel), so he can spot a talented signal-caller. He ranks Coker closer to those three than to any of the three QBs who have started for Saban at Alabama: A.J. McCarron, Greg McElroy and John Parker Wilson. (McCarron was the highest drafted player of the three, in the fifth round.)

In an interview with TideSports.com, Fisher was told that some people believe that a program of Alabama’s stature shouldn’t have to play someone else’s backup quarterback. His reply: “Including what they’ve had, he’s much more talented than anything they’ve had. I don’t mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all …

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Braves players are soccer fans

The World Cup match between the Netherlands and Spain was playing on televisions in the Braves’ clubhouse and shortstop Andrelton Simmons was the most interested observer.

Simmons is a native of Curacao, which is a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He twice celebrated scores by the Netherlands by running through the clubhouse shouting “Gooooal!”

The Netherlands went on to defeat Spain 5-1 in a group play match.

Braves right-hander Julio Tehran also was showing his World Cup pride. He had the soccer jersey of his native Colombia displayed prominently in his locker stall.

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UGA sophomore wins NCAA decathlon title

Maicel Uibo, a Georgia sophomore from Polva, Estonia, scored 8,182 points to win the men’s NCAA title in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Uibo is the reigning SEC men’s indoor heptathlon champ and was the 2013 SEC outdoor decathlon champ.

The UGA men are in second with 24 points, trailing Oregon (26 points) with two days remaining in the competition.

The UGA women are 13th.

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Joker Phillips leaves Florida staff

Joker Phillips has resigned as Florida’s wide receivers coach, the Gators announced Wednesday.

Chris Leak will assume the responsibility of coaching wide receivers, coach Will Muschamp announced.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons,” Phillips said in a statement.

“I appreciate Joker’s contributions to our program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future,” Muschamp said in the same statement.

Phillips, a 26-year coaching veteran, spent one season on the Gators’ staff after he was hired in December 2012. Before arriving in Gainesville, Phillips was the head coach at Kentucky for three seasons (2010-12).

Leak, quarterback of Florida’s 2006 BCS championship team, has been a Gators graduate assistant since May 2013.

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