Today’s sports roundup features UFC Bantamweight Champion and American MMA fighter Holly Holm. Also in the news are the New Zealand’s skiers. How did LeBron James respond to Stephen Curry’s three-pointer feat? And what’s the theoretical probability of making that buzzer-beater shot?
Sports Roundup – in a zip
Holly Holm’s attitude towards sports: Passion
When Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey with an incredible knockout at UFC 193 last year, a rematch was talked about. And this could mean “bigger payday” for Holm. As of now, Rousey “won’t be ready for a return within that time frame”. Instead, Holm will be defending her title against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 on March 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Holm’s victory over Rousey made a headline and fame. Yet, despite all these, for Holm fighting is all about passion and not money nor fame.
“This is the next opportunity,” Holm said. “My mind doesn’t function like, ‘If I wait for this, it will be more money.’ That’s just not how my brain functions. There’s never a dollar sign in my mind when I’m thinking about my fighting career. I want the passion.” SOURCE: Why Holly Holm opted out of Ronda Rousey rematch | Dave Doyle | Yahoo Sports
Kiwi snowboarders bring home the bacon
Snow Sports NZ communications manager Alex Kerr says it’s a “golden afternoon” after Kiwi snow sports athletes secure victory in various events at the northern hemisphere.
Here are the reasons to celebrate. Adam Hall won a gold medal at the IPC World Cup finals in Aspen, Colorado. Wanaka freeskier Finn Bilous won gold medal in Seiser Alm, Italy. Wanaka freeskier Anna Smoothy won the Freeride World Qualifier Tour. Nico Porteous, 14-year old Christchurch half pipe freeskier, was a winner in Calgary, Canada for the North America Cup (NorAm).
LeBron James on Stephen Curry’s three-point shot: “Never before seen”
LeBron James tweets his praise to Stephen Curry after the reigning MVP made a stunning three-point shot. Now here’s the thing, Curry was 38 feet away from the basketball hoop with 0.6 seconds left in overtime. The Golden State Warriors point guard made an unbelievable feat that shattered the 118-118 tie versus Oklahoma City Thunder.
@StephenCurry30 needs to stop it man!! He’s ridiculous man! Never before seen someone like him in the history of ball!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 28, 2016
But this “never before seen” buzz didn’t end there. So what’s the theoretical probability of making a shot like Curry did on Saturday? MIT physicist’s Brian Skinner and experts from Nylon Calculus said it “would be expected to go in only about 17% of the time.”
Stay tuned for another sports roundup.
Holly Holm: By Mike Jackson, “Mike The Truth” – Legacy 21 Post Fight Interview with Holly Holm, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41607842
Stephen Curry: By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA – Stephen Curry, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46777220