Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, we're going inside the boxing ring to chat about this weekend's slate of fights from Atlantic City on HBO Boxing After Dark, which airs Saturday at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Matthew Macklin, @mattmacklin, (chats at 1 p.m. ET) faces Lamar Russ (14-0, 7 KO) as the British-Irish Macklin (29-5, 20 KO) tries to come back from a loss to Gennady Golovkin back in June. The Russ-Macklin fight will be the first bout during HBO's telecast. Macklin is ranked No. 9 in Dan Rafael's divisional rankings.
Following Russ-Macklin, Glen Tapia, @RealGlenTapia, (chats at 1:30 p.m. ET) squares off with James Kirkland (31-1 27 KO). Tapia (20-0, 12 KO) already has four wins in 2013.
Both fights are on the undercard of the junior featherweight title bout as champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO) faces Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KO).
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What's the real North Carolina?
They lost to Belmont and UAB. Sandwiched between those games was a win over defending champion Louisville. Then, on Wednesday night, the North Carolina Tar Heels took to the Breslin Center to face No. 1 Michigan State -- and, you guessed it, won. By 14. Which is the real UNC? How far will Roy Williams' team go come postseason time?
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Moyes is the obvious difference between last season and this one, but the club didn't exactly light up the transfer window.
Wayne Rooney & Co. have earned just two points out of their past possible nine.
Moyes' former club did something it never could do under its old boss: win at Old Trafford.
Buoyed by Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, the Gunners just keep picking up points -- but have challengers close behind.
Jacoby Ellsbury has gone to the Yankees, undoubtedly causing Red Sox fans some degree of consternation. That World Series championship should help, but Ellsbury is a unique talent; his speed is a huge weapon, and he has enough power to really threaten pitchers when he's hot. He's one of the few players in the 30-30 club since the turn of the century. Can you name the rest?