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04/02/2017

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bernard Hopkins hobbled into the gym before a sparring session using a cane to aid his small steps. Adidas Zx 750 Outlet . He scrapped his usual stylish Prada glasses for a cheap pair old fogeys might wear and a fake gray beard that sprouted several inches past his chin.Hopkins chuckled as he wagged his cane toward amused onlookers. Long a contender in the jumbled alphabet concoctions of boxing organizations, Hopkins seemed more fit in disguise to apply for an AARP membership. Hopkins is in on the joke and has the sober realization that not even he can KO Father Time.At 51, Hopkins may have enough Executioner left in him to make it seem like old times again inside the ring.Hopkins has forged his life by hook -- like the left one he threw to knock out Oscar De La Hoya -- or by crook, the time served at Graterford Prison that steeled his resolve for a boxing career. Just about a month before he turns 52, Hopkins will fight on both his word and contractual obligation for the final time in a 28-year career when he faces 27-year-old Joe Smith Jr. in a light heavyweight bout Saturday in Los Angeles.No one savvy enough around boxing will count out Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) for a final victory. Even as the years ticked from his late 30s to his late 40s, the days of thinking of Hopkins as a washed-up fighter sure to see his career end in a thunderous embarrassment have long ended.Nobodys laughing at me anymore, Hopkins said. That laughing made me motivated. How do I know its time? I cant find no one to laugh no more.Hopkins once promised his mother hed retire at 40. He vowed to quit at 41 after he defeated Antonio Tarver in one of his greatest fights in 2006. The Associated Press wrote of the fight that Hopkins had a storybook finish and noted Tarver starred in the final installment of the `Rocky series.Yet much like the fictional Rocky Balboa, Hopkins had many more rounds left in his story.At 48, Hopkins scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud to become the oldest boxer to win a major title.Im glad I reneged on that 10 years because Ive added to my legacy even further, Hopkins said. And nobody is complaining.Hopkins packs a punch on the short list of great geezers that include Nolan Ryan throwing a no-hitter at 43 or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still sinking hook shots at 43. Chris Chelios hung up the hockey stick at 48.But fighting at 50? George Foreman, another geriatric great, had already traded gloves for grills by the time he hit the Big 5-0.Once Hopkins shed the old man getup, he hit the ring and physically looked like he was in prime, save for the salt-and-pepper beard. Hopkins dismisses the wisecracks about his age. He is about as serious and dedicated as any athlete in his training. Hes carved a straightedge lifestyle that bans drinking alcohol, keeps a healthy diet and a curfew of about 9 p.m. The two-weight world champion is known to splurge on a slice of cheesecake after a victory.His fitness, his daily physical commitment, has allowed him to thrive long after fighters of his era have retired.If he can, and his body allows him to, why not? Its not like anybody is hurting him, De La Hoya said. It just proves to everyone that age doesnt matter as long as you do the right thing.Hopkins is a minority owner in De La Hoyas Golden Boy Promotions and he will continue to broadcast fights in retirement. Hopkins said he planned to become involved in a yet-to-be-announced boxing series that could help revitalize the East Coast boxing scene.Whatever he does, the mouthy Hopkins will let the world know.Ive done just about everything, Hopkins said. Peoples points are well taken on how they think. But thats why we dont have a lot of people thats me.Hopkins wore an alien mask to the ring in his last few fights and his loquaciousness always stood out even among the cartoonish personalities in boxing. He enraged a country when he stomped on a Puerto Rican flag in San Juan. He said that Manny Pacquiao should fight more black fighters. Hopkins biggest foe was his most bizarre one; a one-sided verbal lashing of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.While never stylistically pleasing, few middleweights ever performed better than Hopkins during a 10-year reign as champ. He called himself the reincarnation of Ray Robinson and Marvin Hagler when he defeated Felix Trinidad on Sept. 29, 2001 in the defining fight of his Hall of Fame career.Hopkins lost his first fight in Atlantic City in 1988 and didnt lose again until 1993. He made 20 successful middleweight title defenses and boasts multiple runs as light heavyweight champion.Hopkins saw quality opponents dry up the last few years and hasnt fought since a 12-round decision loss to Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 8, 2014.But Hopkins never stopped pushing for that final bout. He wanted to hear the bell sound for the last time on his own terms.Rules dont apply to everyone, Hopkins said. That can go a long way. I dont look at it as others do as Russian Roulette. Rolling the dice. I look at it as, Im one of those exceptions to the rules.Hell be the exception again when he steps inside the ropes at the Forum. The ex-con from the Philly streets who learned to box in prison has become nothing short of a model citizen forever stamped as one of the sports great fighters.I came, I proved and I showed that my legacy is always based on what they say I couldnt do, Hopkins said. Asics Gel Lyte iii España . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Adidas Superstar 80s Dlx . -- Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good. http://www.stansmithcomprar.com/adidas-zx-750.html . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. SAN DIEGO -- Of all the ways to win a game, the San Diego Padres did it with a walk-off balk against the major league-leading San Francisco Giants.Adam Rosales singled in the tying run before Santiago Casilla balked home the winner, and the Padres rallied to beat the Giants 7-6 on Saturday night.I guess well take it any way we can, San Diegos Travis Jankowski said.Thats the first balk-off Ive been a part of, manager Andy Green said. We kept fighting all the way to the end. We did have some opportunities in the seventh we didnt capitalize on. ... It was a heck of a way to finish.The Padres started the decisive rally when Alex Dickerson and Derek Norris singled to open the 10th against Casilla (1-3). Norris stole second before Rosales bounced a single past shortstop Brandon Crawford to tie the game.With Alexei Ramirez at the plate, Casilla appeared to catch a cleat and stutter-stepped during his delivery. A balk was called, bringing in Norris with the winning run.He just stumbled, caught a spike when he put his foot down. Clearly a balk, Green said.It looked like he was a little discombobulated there on the balk, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. He was going home and his cleat caught or something. Its got to be one continuous motion. He did the right thing by throwing the ball, but he stutter-stepped and thats why its a balk.Casilla just got behind, Bochy said. He got behind 2-0 on the first hitter and had to go at him there, and he just wasnt sharp with his command.Rosales said he thought Crawford was going to make a great play, being the great shortstop that he is.I couldnt believe it, Rosales said about the balk. Ive never seen that before. But any way we can do it, though, right? Especially after (Buster) Posey hit that home run.Kevin Quackenbush (6-3) won despite giving up Poseys go-ahead, opposite-field homer leading off the 10th, the Giants fourth home run of the night.Posey hit a 91 mph fastball to right field for his 12th homer this season. Adidas Yeezy Boost España. .San Diego twice had three-run leads, both of which evaporated after Giants home runs.Angel Pagan hit a two-run shot off rookie starter Luis Perdomo in the third to pull San Francisco to 3-2.Pinch-hitter Mac Williamson and Ramiro Pena homered off Carlos Villanueva to tie the game at 5 in the sixth. It was Williamsons fourth and Penas first.San Diego had the bases loaded and one out in the seventh but failed to score.The Padres led 5-2 after three innings against Jeff Samardzija, thanks to home runs by rookie Ryan Schimpf and Matt Kemp, and two errors.Samardzija walked his first two batters. Jankowski stole third and Posey threw the ball into left field for an error that brought in a run. Yangervis Solarte singled with one out to make it 2-0.Samardzija allowed five runs, four earned, and five hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked four.Green pulled Perdomo with two outs in the fifth after he allowed Poseys RBI double to pull the Giants to 5-3. Buddy Baumann came on to make his big league debut and retired Crawford on one pitch.TRAINERS ROOMGiants: Bochy said Johnny Cueto, the All-Star Game starter and loser Tuesday at Petco Park, is still feeling a little under the weather but will be OK to pitch Sunday. Cueto said after the All-Star Game that he didnt feel well.Padres: Green said INF Cory Spangenberg likely wont return this season after re-tearing his left quadriceps.UP NEXTGiants: Cueto (13-1, 2.47 ERA) is scheduled to start Sundays series finale. He allowed three runs on two homers in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss in the All-Star Game.Padres: RHP Edwin Jackson, who hasnt started in two years, will be promoted from Triple-A El Paso to start Sunday. 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