Posted 05/23/2011 at 02:54 AM
--According to a report on MMAWeekly.com, the announcement of a fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's welterweight belt between champion Georges 'Rush' St-Pierre and Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz could come as early as this week. The likely venue would be Montreal. BetonFighting.com opened GSP as a minus-425 favorite with Diaz listed at plus-325 on the comeback (risk $100 to win $325).
--TMZ.com reported this past weekend that former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya has entered rehab for unspecified reasons.
--The Atlanta Spirit group, which owns Philips Arena, the NHL's Thrashers and the NBA's Hawks, is on the verge of selling the Thrashers to an ownership group in Winnipeg. The Atlanta Spirit is also in negotiations to sell the Hawks according to multiple reports. With all of this uncertainty, what went unnoticed this past week was the Hawks exercising an option to keep GM Rick Sund for a fourth year. Sund has to make a decision on whether to trade Josh Smith, who could bring back a quality center and let Al Horford permanently move over to his natural power-forward position. If Jamal Crawford is going to be re-signed, cap space has to come from somewhere. Sund has his work cut out from him if the Hawks are going to get the East finals for the first time since the franchise moved from St. Louis to Atlanta.
--FoxSports.com's college basketball writer Jeff Goodman has moved over to CBSsports.com.
--According to the Birmingham News, the SEC is looking into possibly eliminating its two-division format in basketball. A decision will be made at the spring meetings for SEC ADs in Destin, FL.
--For the second straight game, Taj Gibson was the only Chicago player to shoot at better than a 50-percent clip from the field in last night's Game 3 loss at Miami. Gibson was 5-of-6 from the floor in an 11-point effort.
--The Falcons are the latest team to turn down HBO's Hard Knocks.