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Your morning roundup for May 8, the day we watched the world's terroristic boogeyman watching himself and channel surfing like an Ritalin-addled preteen whose parents won't spring for a DVR.

• After losing a lackluster fight by unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley said, "I thought I did a pretty good job. ... I had to box a little bit today." He lied on both counts, unless going into a defensive shell the entire 12 rounds because he didn't expect 3/4-strength Manny to have as much power as he has qualifies as good and/or boxing. [Phillippine Daily Inquirer]


• Regan Smith won the Southern 500 in Darlington, SC last night [Fox Sports]. The race featured all sorts of static including Kevin Harvick and a pit fella taking dadgum swings at Kyle Busch's car afterwards [NASCAR]. (H/T Steve P.)

• Kudos to the Pee Dee work crews who spent most of Friday night into Saturday morning repainting the track's walls so they looked purdy instead of covered in "Darlington stripes" as per normal [Florence Morning News].

• Zach Randolph set a Grizzlies franchise record with 21 rebounds in Memphis's 101-93 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Griz was down 16 points in the game [Commercial Appeal].


• The Celtics's Big Three combined for 70 points, Shaq added two points in eight minutes of court time, and Rajon Rondo was the dislocated-elbowed hero in a 97-81 win over the Heat. Miami leads the series 2-1 now. [Boston Herald]


• With a 4-3 victory in Vancouver, the Nashville Predators will return home with a chance to even their Western Conference semi-final series at three. [The Tennessean] (Photo H/T Rich Lam, Getty Images)

On a day when Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter, Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo threw a one-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. [Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel]


• Andre Ethier's hitting streak ended at 30 games when he went 0-for-4 as the Dodgers lost to the Mets last night. [New York Daily News]


• The fact that sifted-through public records exposed at least eight Ohio State athletes and 11 relatives bought used cars from Jack Maxton Chevrolet or Auto Direct within five years was enough for the Columbus Dispatch to write a story. The fact that the Columbus Dispatch wrote about it was enough for "Ohio State University's chief enforcer of NCAA rules" to "investigate." [Columbus Dispatch]

• New York Rangers gnat and real-world fashionista Sean Avery joined in on the Human Rights Campaign's push for same-sex marriage equality. He's one of few athletes to speak out in favor of gay rights. Good for him. Good for everybody. [New York Times]


• Rafael Nadal defeating Roger Federer is hardly news anymore. But that it happened yesterday, in Madrid, after Nadal got teary during a prematch tribute to late golfer Seve Ballesteros makes it worth a mention. [Latin American Herald Tribune]


• Media cat-fight rematch on Twitter! Lord Grantland vs. Viceroy Countdown. [Twitter 1, Twitter 2]


• So, um, Stephen A. Smith gave the commencement address at Stillman College yesterday. He talked a lot about his jet-setting competition-annihilating self and a little about the whole Tuscaloosa tornado thing. [Twitter]

• Fans of Greek basketball teams Panathinaikos and rival Olympiakos made arrangements to "meet at midnight in a deserted spot outside Corinth to fight." All went according to plan until an Olympiakos fan whipped out his AK-47 assault rifle and hit two of seven foes. [AP]


• Says Manchester United's Nani of his side's two big upcoming matches (Chelsea, which could essentially decide the EPL title, at 11 a.m. eastern; Barcelona, to decide the UEFA Champions League, on May 28): "The most important game now is Chelsea not Barcelona. It will be very difficult. But we are at home and we have had good experiences against them. We know if we want to win the game we have to play with confidence. The results against them in the Champions League were very good. I think that gives us the psychological advantage." [Telegraph]

• QPR will be moving on up to the Premier League next season despite concerns that punishment for "breaching regulations over the signing of midfielder Alejandro Faurlin in July 2009" could deduct enough points to keep them down. Big day, happy day. [BBC Sport]


• Today's soccer-viewing recommendations: The aforementioned Man U/Chelsea match starts at 11 a.m. Other games: Arsenal vs Stoke City started at 9 a.m. and Corinthians vs. Santos commences at 2:55 p.m.

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