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Bruce Jenner declares 'I am a woman' during Diane Sawyer interview

ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos After living a lie for 65 years, Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer Friday night, it's time to tell the truth.“I have the soul of a woman,” declared the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and modern-day reality show fixture.
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After living a lie for 65 years, Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer Friday night, it's time to tell the truth.

“I have the soul of a woman,” declared the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and modern-day reality show fixture. “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

So, to the surprise of nobody who follows celebrity media, he's going to become one.

He added, however, that this doesn't necessarily mean full physical sexual reassignment surgery, just “having a free soul and enjoying life as who I am."

He told Sawyer he never considered himself gay, that he hasn't thought about what gender person he might marry in the future, that he wasn't completely fair to the three women he did marry, that he regrets not being honest on the reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and that he briefly thought about suicide when it seemed taunting paparazzi would follow every step of his surgical reassignment.

He said he was generally upbeat and that his family has been supportive.

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BRUCE JENNER'S MOTHER CONFIRMS TRANSITION INTO A WOMAN

In his reality show family, he said Khloe Kardashian was “taking it hardest” while Kim was “by the far the most accepting and the easiest to talk to.” 

He confessed that one time, before he came out to the family, he was busted by an in-house security camera while wearing a dress when he thought he was alone.

Over the two hours of Friday's special, Jenner swung from laughter to tears. He spoke in a calm tone even when he was vehemently denying any insinuation that this much-promoted interview or his upcoming E! reality show, which launches July 26, add up to an elaborate publicity stunt.

“I went through all this for publicity, right?” he said sarcastically.

ABC News Bruce Jenner tears up during Diane Sawyer's interview with him.

Jenner told Sawyer he "felt like a woman” from the time he was 8 and had begun wearing his mother's and sister's clothes when they weren’t around.

After wrestling with “this knowledge" all through his Olympic and celebrity-endorsement years, he said he first started physically transitioning more than 30 years ago.

“I was on hormones for almost five years” in the 1980s, he told Sawyer. He also began reshaping his face, with surgery on his nose and electrolysis to remove his beard.

BRUCE JENNER CRUSHES WORLD RECORD, WINS DECATHLON GOLD IN 1976 OLYMPICS

He said he stopped “because I lost my nerve.” He didn't want to hurt his children, he said, or face the scandal he knew it would cause. 

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Now he has been back on hormones for a year and a half, he told Sawyer, and Friday's interview will be his last as "Bruce."

He referred to his inner woman only as "she,” saying he knows his female name but isn't revealing it yet.

He will further discuss his future Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," according to promotions on Friday night's show. But he said that if he has sexual reassignment surgery, it will not be part of the E! show. "It will be private," he said.

He repeatedly used the terms "pain" and "confusion" to describe his life, despite his athletic success and later career as an infomercial star.

He said he looks at pictures taken after he won the 1976 Olympic decathlon and sees "a confused person, running away from who I was."

Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images 1976 Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada, Men's Decathlon, USA's gold medal winner Bruce Jenner.

He said he envies women who were born in a woman's body. "How lucky they are," he said, "that they can wake up and be themselves."

BRUCE JENNER INVOLVED IN A DEADLY FOUR-CAR PILEUP

He said his gender issues contributed to, among other things, the breakup of all three of his marriages.

"I wasn't as fair to them as I should have been," he admitted, though he said he confided his gender issues to each.

His first wife Chrystie, he said, "thought she could fix me." That marriage ended mostly because he fell for Linda Thompson, he said, and she became his second wife.

They split up when she realized "there was nothing about this that could be fixed," he said.

His third wife, Kris Jenner, to whom he was married for 23 years and with whom he appeared for years on the Kardashians reality show, knew his gender issues and wasn't bothered, he said.

"I kind of downplayed it," he admitted. He also said that while "I thought our sex life was great . . . maybe she didn't."

Still, he said, "I loved Kris. I had a wonderful life with her."

He wasn't as buoyant about "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

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"We've done 425 episodes over 10 years," he said. "The entire run, I kept thinking to myself, the one real true story in the family is the one that I was hiding ? the one thing that could have made a difference in people's lives."

He said now he hopes his public decision and declaration will help create more "acceptance" for transgender individuals.

"I'm not a spokesman for the community," he said. "But I would like to think we could save some lives . . . . We can change the world here."

He described himself as a conservative Republican who "in a heartbeat" would go to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Majority Leader John Boehner to ask for help on the issue, "and I'm sure they'd be very receptive."

Sawyer said Jenner invited her to have a private off-camera dinner with "she" and that it was very pleasant.  

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Arts How to watch HBO Now streaming service

That will give you a lineup of traditional channels, including HBO, HBO2, HBO Family and HBO Latino. But it can be difficult to drop HBO once it's in a package, so HBO Now is better for short-term subscriptions. HBO THE REGULAR WAY If you're already paying for a cable or satellite TV package, you're probably better off getting HBO as part of that rather than signing up for HBO Now on your own. You get all past episodes of HBO shows and an extensive library of original movies.

NEW YORK -- HBO Now, the cable channel's new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse.

Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes and movies, along with programs from months and years ago. People who don't subscribe to cable TV are now able to watch hit shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "Girls" without "borrowing" parents' accounts or turning to piracy sites.

The curse? Having more video than you can ever find time to watch.

I spent a weekend catching up on "Game of Thrones" in time for the April 12 season premiere. Then I squandered a day off from work bingeing on the startup parody "Silicon Valley." Now on my list: shows that ended years ago, including "Six Feet Under."

And don't get me started on movies. HBO gets many Hollywood hits that never make it to Netflix streaming. Plus, it makes its own movies, including recent documentaries on Frank Sinatra and Scientology.

Here's your guide:

HOW TO WATCH

You can watch new episodes online at the same time they are shown on TV, just as you can with HBO Go. You get all past episodes of HBO shows and an extensive library of original movies. Theatrical movies come and go.

For now, HBO Now requires you to have an Apple TV, iPhone or iPad or be a Cablevision Internet subscriber to sign up. It costs $15 a month and is available only in the U.S.

You can watch on the Apple gadgets or personal computers, but not yet on Android or streaming TV devices besides the $69 Apple TV. HBO Now should be available on more devices once an exclusivity deal with Apple expires this summer.

BENEFITS

As with HBO Go, new TV episodes appear on demand immediately -- and you can skip ahead to find out the ending before TV viewers.

It's cheaper than paying for a cable TV package. You can drop HBO Now when your month is up.

HBO THE REGULAR WAY

If you're already paying for a cable or satellite TV package, you're probably better off getting HBO as part of that rather than signing up for HBO Now on your own. That will give you a lineup of traditional channels, including HBO, HBO2, HBO Family and HBO Latino. More importantly, you might be able to negotiate a discount as part of a package. But it can be difficult to drop HBO once it's in a package, so HBO Now is better for short-term subscriptions.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH HBO ONLINE

REPLICATING THE TV EXPERIENCE

Buy a streaming TV device. With HBO Now, you can watch on an Apple TV. With HBO Go, Sling TV and Amazon, your options include the $100 Roku 3 and the $39 Amazon Fire TV Stick. The Xbox and PlayStation game consoles also have streaming capabilities. Otherwise, you're stuck with a personal computer, phone or tablet.

RESTRICTIONS

Not every service is going to work on every device. Comcast subscribers can't watch HBO Go on Amazon's Fire TV, for instance, but Fire TV owners can get HBO through Sling TV. There are also blackouts due to rights issues. That happened with some overnight boxing programs on Sling TV this week.

These services typically give you three streams at once, meant for use within the same household.

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Money Merrill Lynch Reiterates Buy Rating On Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NOK) Stock

(NASDAQ:XLNX), and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) recently noted weak wireless demand. higher than expected opex and weaker goss margins, partly due to the loss of Apple IPR income...Our analysis of global peer data points suggest limited signs of demand weakness in wireless.”Merrill Lynch noted that Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR), Xilinx, Inc. Notably, Ericsson’s inventory days were 90 in the first quarter of 2015, the highest since the first quarter of 2012.

Published: Apr 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm EST

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has reiterated a Buy rating on Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) stock with a price target of $10.6, according to a research note published on Friday. The sell-side firm noted Ericsson’s earnings miss reported on Thursday, and believes that investors are concerned about the environment surrounding telecom equipment demand.

Merrill Lynch analyst, Kai Korschelt stated: “Ericsson’s EBIT miss was largely company-specific ? higher than expected opex and weaker goss margins, partly due to the loss of Apple IPR income...Our analysis of global peer data points suggest limited signs of demand weakness in wireless.”

Merrill Lynch noted that Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR), Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) recently noted weak wireless demand. However, the sell-side firm believes that this is the case of having excess inventories rather than a decline in demand. Notably, Ericsson’s inventory days were 90 in the first quarter of 2015, the highest since the first quarter of 2012. The firm’s recent analysis highlights strong growth potential in Nokia’s Networks business, as it continues to gain market share from new contracts.

Notably, both routing and optical demand remain solid. Nokia’s US peer Juniper’s routing revenue beat consensus estimates in first-quarter by 2%. Moreover, Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ:INFN) and ADVA Optical Networking SE (ETR:ADV) have also beaten the optical revenue guidance, due to strong demand from enterprise and carriers in optical transport deployments.

According to the analysts polled by Bloomberg, six rate Nokia stock a Buy, 10 recommend a Hold, and two advocate a Sell rating on the stock. The analysts’ 12-month consensus price target on the stock is $9.45, representing an upside potential of 22.1% on its current trading price.

After closing down 1.15% at $7.76, the stock is trading down 0.39% at $7.73 in after-hours trading today. The stock has declined 2.39% year-to-date (YTD) with an average daily trading volume of 36.62 million shares.

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Money Air New Zealand Orders More Airbus A320s With New Pratt & Whitney Engines

Published: Apr 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm EST Air New Zealand recently announced its decision to procure 13 Airbus Group (OTCMKTS:EADSY) A320 Neo commercial aircraft equipped with Purepower engines manufactured by the Pratt & Whitney segment of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). As per the agreement, Pratt & Whitney will also provide fleet services to Air New Zealand for up to 16 years.

Published: Apr 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm EST

Air New Zealand recently announced its decision to procure 13 Airbus Group (OTCMKTS:EADSY) A320 Neo commercial aircraft equipped with Purepower engines manufactured by the Pratt & Whitney segment of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). As per the agreement, Pratt & Whitney will also provide fleet services to Air New Zealand for up to 16 years. However, the exact amount of the contract has not been disclosed as of yet.

According to the contract, deliveries are expected to begin in 2017 and conclude by the end of 2019. Air New Zealand currently operates a fleet of 107 commercial aircraft manufactured by both Boeing and Airbus, and its choice of engines is expected to help the company reduce operating expenses while yielding higher passenger unit revenues in the long run.

Since the launch of the Purepower engines, Pratt & Whitney has received a total of 6,300 orders from 60 different aircraft suppliers in 30 different countries, including Airbus and Boeing. With crude oil prices expected to rebound, fuel expense will prove crucial in deciding the cost per available seat mile (CASM), pushing airlines to shift to more fuel-efficient aircraft to keep operations profitable.

With rising demand from customers to supply aircraft with higher passenger revenue yield, Airbus announced earlier this month that it was increasing the seating capacity of its wide-body commercial aircraft from four seats per row to five. Airbus took this decision after reviewing the fact that approximately 90% of the air traffic travels via economy class.

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Tech The week in Reviewed: Dresses made of beer?

Some of the products we got our hands on included a budget-friendly LED TV from Sharp, as well as a laptop for gamers that'll answer the call of duty. At 32 inches, this new LED TV from Sharp is among your smaller choices, but it also manages to pack some solid image quality and picture customization options into an affordable package . It's called the Futura, and it lives up to its name as an indicator of where dishwashers are heading in the near future.

This week at Reviewed.com, we kept ourselves occupied by testing out more of the latest and greatest in tech and home appliances. Some of the products we got our hands on included a budget-friendly LED TV from Sharp, as well as a laptop for gamers that'll answer the call of duty. We also dipped our toes into the highfalutin world of luxury appliances, as we reviewed a premium dishwasher and double wall oven.

In our news and features department, we learned about the Aussies and their most recent beer-related innovation: a dress made entirely out of beer. We also covered a grill that could be the Ferrari of George Foreman grills, the secret to keeping your rug clean, and a new, 12-foot-tall smoker that assists your BBQ with data.

Leave it to Aussies to make a dress out of beer

Not content to settle for a dress made of wine ? which Australian researchers made back in 2012 ? a new team of Australian scientists has created a dress made entirely of beer. It actually doesn't look bad, and unlike the dress made of wine, produces no unpleasant odors. (As for the dress's color, everyone can agree that this dress is white...we think.)

Sharp HD TV a sharp choice for entry-level buyers

4K TVs are steadily increasing their market share in 2015, but if you're content with "only" full-HD 1080p resolution, there are still plenty of attractive options out there. At 32 inches, this new LED TV from Sharp is among your smaller choices, but it also manages to pack some solid image quality and picture customization options into an affordable package ? it can be found online for under $300.

Ingenious indoor grill makes perfect steaks every time

This countertop cooker is like the Ferrari of George Foreman grills. It's able to use precise temperature controls and a smartphone app to cook meats and veggies to just the right temperature and hold it there indefinitely, essentially replicating sous vide with less fuss and without the water bath. Best of all, you don't have to worry about leaving a steak in the oven and returning to find a charred mess.

New laptop a great fit for gamers on the go

Laptops geared towards gamers usually trade portability for power, but this new model from Razer proves that you don't have to choose. It offers enough dedicated horsepower to handle most of the top-tier games graphically in a sleek package that's relatively easy to lug around. Add in a slick-looking, vaguely sinister green and black color scheme, and you've got a great laptop for gamers on the go.

The secret to getting a cleaner rug

What's lurking beneath your rug? There may be more dirt than meets the eye. Fortunately, there's an easy way to uncover and clean out this filth, which involves vacuuming the underside of your rug with your vacuum's beater bar. You might be surprised by how much grime is actually caught inside your rug, but the good news is that you can get it out.

The future of dishwashers has arrived

This new dishwasher from high-end German brand Miele is hands down, one of the best dishwashers we've ever tested. It's called the Futura, and it lives up to its name as an indicator of where dishwashers are heading in the near future. It features excellent performance, as well as a door that opens automatically when a cycle is done, which is impressive, as well as a clever way to dry dishes.

GE's 12-foot smoker uses data to cook perfect BBQ

GE's new Super Smoker cooker uses real-time data and sensors to get BBQ that's just right. We got to see it in action in Austin, TX, and came away impressed ? and full. GE's resident BBQ scientists (yes, this is an actual job) also offered tips on improving your home backyard barbecue, even if you don't have access to a gigantic smoker and reams of data.

Viking double wall oven is worth the luxury

If you're able to afford a luxury double oven, well, you've got (even more) good news: There are more options than ever for a high-performance double wall oven. This model by Viking is one of them, and it has a few features that help to distinguish itself. Most important are its sleek, stainless looks, in addition to the inclusion of a convection cooking mode in both of its cavities. It may not be the best in its class, but it's still a solid choice.

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Money Verizon Communications In A Fix, As Disney And Fox Boycott FiOS Commercials

She said: “As we’ve been saying, FiOS Custom TV is a product consumers want, and it’s all about consumer choice. The company’s product, FiOS Custom TV, debuted this Sunday and is available for sale. After the launch of FiOS on Sunday, the ads started airing on local stations from Tuesday onwards.Ms. Popular channels such as ESPN, Comedy Central and Lifetime fall in some of those categories, but are still offered as part of the basic programming to attract more individuals.

Published: Apr 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm EST

A number of companies have attempted to enter the cable business lately, and Verizon is the latest entrant in the market. The company’s product, FiOS Custom TV, debuted this Sunday and is available for sale. However, certain parties are not ecstatic about the cable packages that Verizon is offering, and have now boycotted FiOS commercials from running on their networks.

Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS), Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX), and NBCUniversal had already raised objections to the new FiOS cable package. More recently, Disney and Fox dealt Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) a considerable blow when they informed the company that the two channels would not run any commercials for Verizon’s new cable package on certain channels.

Deidre Hart, a Verizon spokeswoman, confirmed that Disney had refused to air FiOS Custom TV ads on local stations, which include WABC, A&E, and ESPN Radio in New York, as well as the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia. Fox Networks, on its part, confirmed that boycotters on its side include the New York affiliate, WNYW, and sports cable channel, YES. After the launch of FiOS on Sunday, the ads started airing on local stations from Tuesday onwards.

Ms. Hart said that consumers will be the losers if such a move is allowed to continue. She said: “As we’ve been saying, FiOS Custom TV is a product consumers want, and it’s all about consumer choice. We believe we are allowed to offer consumers and small businesses this choice and flexibility under our existing contracts.” Regarding the contracts issue that the networks seem to have cited, Ms. Hart stated: "From our perspective there is no dispute."

According to a Fox spokesman, the company prefers “to keep our commercial discussions confidential,” while Disney has not yet commented on the issue. However, since Verizon's cheaper and slimmer pay-TV plan was revealed, Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, and Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) have been against the service, claiming that Verizon's FiOS TV “was violating existing agreements”. Reuters cites a quote from an ESPN spokeswoman, who said on Thursday: "The issue here is that Verizon unilaterally decided how to offer Disney-owned channels ABC Family, the Disney Channels, ESPN 1 and ESPN 2 on the Custom TV service.” That basically indicates that Verizon is controlling things that it basically has no rights over.

Disney did run Custom TV ads in some locations though, such as Washington, Boston and Pittsburgh. The FiOS package, setting consumers back by $55 a month, is apparently aimed at “cord cutters”, which is basically a term for people who prefer getting their TV fix over the Internet, such as with Hulu or Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). With Netflix producing original content such as the brilliant new Daredevil series, you can imagine why.

However, Verizon is hoping that its new “slimmed down” pay-TV plan will attract consumers through a cheaper bundle of 36 fixed channels via FiOS TV, as well as two additional tiers specific to categories such as sports, health, lifestyle, and children’s programming. Popular channels such as ESPN, Comedy Central and Lifetime fall in some of those categories, but are still offered as part of the basic programming to attract more individuals. The flexible packaging will certainly give consumers more choice for less money, although it might mean bad news for certain segments such as health and lifestyle. On the contrary, sports segments could benefit from that; many sports enthusiasts would certainly pay for that alone.

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Tech Romance authors on latest 'Arrow': Can't wait!

AB: I'm with you, except I did expect this episode to resurrect Thea and to force Oliver's hand. But, you were right last week, Allison, when you talked about Ray not needing Felicity the way Oliver does. Allison Brennan is a USA TODAY and New York Times bestselling author of romantic thrillers. What I DIDN'T expect was Felicity drugging Oliver and trying to get him out of Nanda Parbat. They both watch Arrow with their sons, Allison on the West Coast and Lavinia on the East Coast.

USA TODAY and New York Times bestselling romantic thriller author Allison Brennan and bestselling historical romance author Lavinia Kent are back dishing about ARROW ... and anxious to see what comes next!

LK: I hardly know where to begin. The Fallen gave us everything I've been waiting for and I still want more. I am personally a little confused by my reaction to this episode. The Fallen had almost everything I thought I wanted and yet I am not completely satisfied. It certainly hit all the marks, and yet somehow I still feel incomplete. Why? The best answer that I can come up with is that for every conclusion and piece of closure it offered, it left something open ? and I wasn't quite ready.

The only real surprise for me in this episode was that it all happened so quickly. I thought some of this would wait until the season finale: Thea's quick resurrection, the breakup of Felicity and Ray, the beautiful coming together of Olicity, and, of course, Oliver's decision to follow through on becoming the new Ra's. I knew some of it would happen this week, but I didn't think it all would.

I know the writers have left openings for some big further questions this season, but I wasn't quite ready for so much of it to be over.

What about you, Allison?

AB: I'm with you, except I did expect this episode to resurrect Thea and to force Oliver's hand. What I DIDN'T expect was Felicity drugging Oliver and trying to get him out of Nanda Parbat! You go, girl!

The reason it was placed well was because we still have three more episodes that will all be coming to the pinnacle: Is Oliver the Arrow or Oliver Queen? (The title of the last episode this season ? I am Oliver Queen ? sort of gives it away.) But my problem was it felt like a placeholder episode.

It was a no-brainer that we'd see the Lazarus Pit. DC fans have been dying (pun intended!) to see someone resurrected in the Pit. I'm still angry at Malcolm for setting everyone on this path ? I still think he's up to something. There were too many things left to chance in his stated plan of setting Thea up to kill Sarah so Oliver would take the blame and fulfill the prophesy of surviving Ra's al Ghul's sword. But ... we'll see. Still, Malcolm was truly the catalyst for everything that has happened this season.

And Olicity! Yes, the writers definitely led us down this path with Felicity being unable to tell Ray that she loved him, with Ray being such an understanding guy, and then after she admits she loves Oliver, he still gives her his jet.

LK: Ray is one of the best guys ever. I want her to love him. I want to love him. But, you were right last week, Allison, when you talked about Ray not needing Felicity the way Oliver does. He was sad to let her go. I do think he truly loved her. But, it didn't break him. Ray will survive this and survive it with kindness and style. He really does want her life "to stop being awful," but he will not pine away wishing that it was him that she loved.

I do have to say that as the scene moved to Nanda Parbat, it became one of the most beautifully visual episodes we've had in a long, long time. (And that was even before shirtless Oliver.) From the moment they approached Nanda and the League all lined up in greeting, through the Lazarus Pit scene, and into Felicity and Oliver's love scene, the cinematography was wonderful.

My favorite scene visually (and not just because we've all been waiting for it) was the love scene between Felicity and Oliver. I'd been a little bit scared (after seeing the trailer), that it was going to be a dream sequence because it was all just so perfect. And it was perfect, the way he took off her glasses, the way their eyes met and said more than words, the beautiful torsos, the firelight glowing on skin, the sumptuous bedding. Perfect.

And made even more perfect by their response afterward ? both the casual, "so ... that happened" and then Felicity's deceptive actions.

Allison, did the scene provide the payoff you've been waiting for?

AB: Well, I was watching the scene with my 14- and 11-year-old sons, so I was thinking more about what THEY were thinking about! LOL. I think the love scene was organic to the characters and the show, so it worked for me.

It's clear that Oliver is willing to do anything to save the people he loves, and Felicity clearly understands him better than anyone. He's a hero to her, but also a man and in some ways a lost little boy still trying to figure out his place in the world. As Felicity says, "You have done so much, you have saved so many people's lives and you have changed so many for the better."

Now Oliver needs to believe it.

I'll admit, I didn't see Felicity drugging Oliver and trying to get him out off the mountain. I didn't expect her to confront Ra's al Ghul ? wow. I love her! And Maseo ... he's always been one of my favorites, and this episode proved to me he's worthy of being a favorite. Loyal and honorable and filled with grief.

LK: Maseo has become one of the most interesting characters to me. (More so in the present than in the flashbacks. I do hope the flashbacks are truly leading somewhere. It's been a really long chase scene and even the spilling of the bioweapon doesn't have me gripping my chair.) Maseo is both such a good friend to Oliver and at the same time a good assassin in Ra's army. I've been waiting for an explanation of his dual character and we definitely got some this week. We got the confirmation that his son is dead and that he died in Maseo's arms, although we don't yet know the details of how, and we also got Ra's explanation of how his current life as the assassin, Sarab, still contains parts of Maseo and that it was Maseo who betrayed Ra's. I have the feeling that this duality of personality is going to be very important as we watch Oliver move toward becoming Ra's.

I had mixed feelings about the goodbye sequence as Oliver chooses to stay behind, while sending everyone else back to Starling City. There were some deeply touching moments, Oliver telling Diggle he was the best man he'd ever known, and his farewell to Felicity, repeating her own words back to her, "Life is precious" and that she wanted more from it than he could offer her, and that he wants that for her. On the other hand, it felt like a little bit too much after last week's farewell to Roy and the touching almost "I love you" moment between Oliver and Felicity, and because we know there are still several weeks left in the season it seemed premature, despite Ra's earlier words about finding closure. I might have felt differently if this had been a finale episode ? but then, I might have felt differently about a lot of things if this had been the finale.

And, I guess that's my big problem with this episode (which I basically adored), there are so many moments that would have been more poignant if I really felt they were the end ? at least for now. I don't know how to react when I know there is more coming, kind of strange for an episode that was largely about closure.

AB: I agree ? we KNOW that Oliver has to come back to Starling City, or there is no show. Yet ... at what cost? Who are we going to lose? Who is Oliver going to be when he returns? Who is Thea going to be after being resurrected?

LK: I definitely think there will be a lot more to the Thea story. I don't think she's back to being who she was before. After all the hints about how the Lazarus Pit changes people, I don't think they are going to leave it at a little amnesia. My son (who played with his phone through the love scene) keeps guessing that she will be the new Ra's, but I can't quite see it. I think it much more likely that she will move into being the Speedy character, perhaps with some extra powers she gained in the pit.

And Nyssa? We didn't see her at all in this episode, but the trailer for next week certainly hints at a showdown between her and Oliver, the new heir to the demon. I definitely think there will be more to this story and wonder if Ra's actually set it up to give her a chance to redeem herself.

And of course, Oliver? What changes will there be to him after the transformation to being heir to the demon? Will he still remember enough of who he is? Will he kill Diggle as the trailer hints? (Of course not, but ...) And what does it mean for his future and the future of the show? Even after he doesn't permanently become the new Ra's (making assumptions here) will this continue to mold his character?

And what is left to be the cliffhanger at the end of the season? New villain? Felicity's dad?

Questions. Questions. Questions. And I want answers now!

AB: I don't need answers now, I love the journey. But you're right ... I've been wondering about Nyssa as well. Personally, I think that when Oliver becomes the next Ra's, he'll hand it over to Nyssa, but I don't know how that works or if it does work. She wants it, she's capable, and Oliver usually has a backup plan.

I cannot WAIT until next week!

Allison Brennan is a USA TODAY and New York Times bestselling author of romantic thrillers. Her latest release is Compulsion. Lavinia Klein is a bestselling author of sexy historical romances. Her latest is Bound by Bliss. They both watch Arrow with their sons, Allison on the West Coast and Lavinia on the East Coast. And now, they enjoy recapping their favorite show together. Find out more about Allison and Lavinia and their books at www.allisonbrennan.com and www.laviniakent.com.

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Sports 5 horses to watch for 141st Kentucky Derby

He has two wins in seven career starts.INTERNATIONAL STARA son of 2000 Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, he swept the trio of Derby prep races at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, including the Louisiana Derby. Victor Espinoza will be aboard a year after winning the Derby with California Chrome.CARPE DIEMPletcher's top Derby entry among his four-horse contingent. Winner of the Blue Grass and Tampa Bay Derby, with his lone career loss being a runner-up finish in the BC Juvenile.

The Kentucky Derby routinely attracts a full field of 20 horses, even though half or more of them have little chance of winning.

The prestige of having a Derby runner is too much to resist for owners and trainers, so the starting gate will once again be full for the 141st running on May 2 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Most of the 3-year-old colts will be running 1 ¼ miles for the first time, making for a guessing game on which handles the distance and chaotic conditions the best.

Trainer Todd Pletcher is expected to have four horses in the race after the owners of Madeforlucky decided not to run in the Derby. Bob Baffert will saddle two of the most talked about colts.

Here are five horses to watch:

DORTMUND

One of two horses in the field trained by Baffert, who is seeking his fourth Derby victory and first since War Emblem in 2002. The colt is a son of 2008 Derby winner Big Brown. He brings a gaudy 6-0 record into Churchill Downs, equaling the records of Seattle Slew in 1977 and Smarty Jones in 2004 when they both won the Derby. He proved he can win with a front-running style in his last two starts in the San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby. Earlier in his career, he stalked the pace and came from behind to win. "The worst thing you can do is take him back and get him behind a wall of horses," Baffert said. The colt will be ridden by Martin Garcia, who is 0 for 2 in the Derby.

AMERICAN PHAROAH

The other Baffert-trained horse in the race that has just as much or more talent than Dortmund, and owner of a four-race winning streak. He was sired by 2009 Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile. He's coming off an eight-length victory in the Arkansas Derby, his second race back after a left front foot injury that kept him out of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile. American Pharoah has a front-running style and the only time he had to come from behind he finished fifth in his career debut. The worry about him is that the colt hasn't been tested in his prep races, leaving Baffert unsure how he will handle a full field of horses making a mad scramble for position going into the first turn. Victor Espinoza will be aboard a year after winning the Derby with California Chrome.

CARPE DIEM

Pletcher's top Derby entry among his four-horse contingent. He commanded a sales price of $1.6 million as a 2-year-old. Winner of the Blue Grass and Tampa Bay Derby, with his lone career loss being a runner-up finish in the BC Juvenile. He prefers stalking the leader and closing strongly. The colt has a history of fractious behavior when it comes to loading into the starting gate and Pletcher has given him extra tutoring in the hopes of keeping him calm on Derby Day when the gate area is busy with 20 horses. He'll be ridden by John Velazquez, whose lone Derby win came in 2011 aboard Animal Kingdom. Pletcher is seeking his second Derby win; his first was with Super Saver in 2010.

FROSTED

Winner of the Wood Memorial by two lengths, he has undergone the biggest transformation of any Derby runner. After inexplicably stopping at the top of the stretch in the Fountain of Youth, Frosted had Kiaran McLaughlin scratching his head. The trainer decided to change jockeys and go with Joel Rosario, who won the 2013 Derby with Orb; move Frosted from Florida back to New York, where he won his first career race; adjust his blinkers that restrict his vision; and have him undergo a minor throat procedure to help his breathing. The biggest question is whether he can handle the longer Derby distance of 1 ¼ miles. He has two wins in seven career starts.

INTERNATIONAL STAR

A son of 2000 Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, he swept the trio of Derby prep races at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, including the Louisiana Derby. His 171 points topped the Derby leaderboard that decides the 20-horse field, but he figures to be a longer shot despite being one of four millionaires in the race. He has five wins in nine career races. He is trained by Mike Maker, who is 0 for 7 in the Derby. Miguel Mena will be riding in his first Derby. His owners, Ken and Sarah Ramsey, are among the top owners in the sport and are native Kentuckians.

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Sports Harden, Howard lead Rockets to 130-128 win, 3-0 lead on Mavs

James Harden deferred to Dwight Howard and his role players when Houston swept two games at home to open a first-round series against Dallas.The MVP candidate took over in the game that put the Rockets on the verge of Harden's first postseason series victory with Howard in their second season together . "Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can't happen in Game 4."TIP-INSRockets: Harden's previous career playoff high was 37 against Portland last year.

DALLAS (AP) ? James Harden deferred to Dwight Howard and his role players when Houston swept two games at home to open a first-round series against Dallas.

The MVP candidate took over in the game that put the Rockets on the verge of Harden's first postseason series victory with Howard in their second season together ? even interrupting his big man on a question about the best rebounding game of the center's playoff career.

Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and the Rockets beat the Mavericks 130-128 on Friday night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.

"He was a beast," Harden said as Howard struggled for the right words about his big night on the boards. "He was a beast. Go ahead," he said, nodding toward his teammate.

By that time, Howard had the words.

"Tonight wasn't my night to score. I was OK with that," Howard said, although he did have seven of his 13 points to help Houston hold on in the fourth quarter. "But the one thing that I can always control is the paint and just try to get every rebound."

The high-scoring game was Dallas' first without effectively banished point guard Rajon Rondo, and Monta Ellis had a playoff career-high 34 points to match Dirk Nowitzki.

But Ellis missed a potential tying jumper just before the buzzer, leaving Dallas to face a fourth straight year without winning a postseason series since taking the franchise's first championship.

Game 4 is Sunday at Dallas. No team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA postseason series.

"It was an up-and-down game, shot-making and play-making all over the place," said Nowitzki, who scored 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks rallied from 11 down after leading by 13 in the second ? and trailing by 11 in the opening quarter as well. "This ranks up there with the toughest playoffs losses I've had in my long playoff career."

Harden set his playoff career high and hit 40 points with a three-point play on a layup when Dallas was within a point.

After Harden fouled Nowitzki on a 3-point attempt and the big German hit all the free throws, Harden hit a jumper over Tyson Chandler. The ball rattled off the rim, hit the backboard and dropped back in for a 129-126 lead with 12.7 seconds remaining.

The Mavericks had one more chance, trailing by two with 6.7 seconds left, but Ellis wasn't close, missing to the right of the rim.

More concerned with protecting the rim after Howard and Josh Smith combined for five dunks off alley-oop passes in a key run in Game 2, the Mavericks let Harden have his shots. He found a rhythm and did most of his damage without his normal load of free throws, making 15 of 24 from the field.

"The first two games, they kind of put two on the ball and kind of got me off the ball," Harden said. "This game, there were really no traps or anything like that. They were just giving me lanes and letting me be aggressive. So I just tried to read the play and make the best decision."

When Dallas focused on slowing Harden in the second half, Corey Brewer hit two corner 3s and scored 13 of his 15 points. Harden had nine assists, including a nifty pass for an easy dunk by Smith, who had 18 points.

The Mavericks were playing without Rondo two days after coach Rick Carlisle said he had a previously undisclosed back injury while acknowledging that he didn't think Rondo would play for Dallas again. The announcement came after Carlisle benched Rondo for almost the entire second half of Game 2.

HIGH-SCORING AFFAIR

The Rockets had a season high in points in taking a 42-36 lead after the first quarter. The 258 combined points were the most in regulation in the playoffs since April 29, 1995, when Houston beat Utah 140-126. "It was a hell of a game if you like offense," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "If you like defense, maybe not so much."

CARLISLE'S BEEF

The Dallas coach took issue with several calls but had his harshest words for the referees on a play early in the fourth quarter when Howard appeared to push Devin Harris out of bounds before grabbing a loose ball. He passed to Trevor Ariza for a 3-pointer and a 104-99 lead. "That stuff's got to stop," Carlisle said. "Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can't happen in Game 4."

TIP-INS

Rockets: Harden's previous career playoff high was 37 against Portland last year. Howard's previous best in rebounds was 24 in a first-round series against Philadelphia in 2009, when he led Orlando to the NBA Finals. He tied the Houston franchise record with the 26 rebounds.

Mavericks: PG Raymond Felton made his first playoff start since May 18, 2013, for the New York Knicks in a Game 6 loss to Indiana that sent the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals. ... Ellis' previous playoff high was 29 points twice.

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New Jets GM Mike Maccagnan would rather trade down in NFL draft and collect more picks 

The GM said the Jets will call every team in front of them before the draft to try and gauge the market, a process he said that will heat up over the coming days. Jets fans may be looking for a move up in the draft for Marcus Mariota, but it sounds like new GM Mike Maccagnan may be casting his eyes in the other direction. "To me it's just more opportunities to acquire more talent."RELATED: NFL MOCK DRAFT: COULD JETS TRADE DOWN FOR O-LINEMAN.
Rich Schultz/Getty Images New Jets GM Mike Maccagnan says Friday that ‘philosophically’ he prefers the idea of trading down to collect more picks, rather than giving up assets to move up in the draft.

Jets fans may be looking for a move up in the draft for Marcus Mariota, but it sounds like new GM Mike Maccagnan may be casting his eyes in the other direction. Maccagnan has indicated he is open to trading one way or the other in the draft, but said on Friday that his preference in general is to move down.

"Philosophically I'm not opposed to moving up in the draft to go get a player if you feel that (he) is a player that you feel is going to be an extremely good player. But I would personally like to get more picks," Maccagnan said Friday during his pre-draft press conference in Florham Park. "To me it's just more opportunities to acquire more talent."

RELATED: NFL MOCK DRAFT: COULD JETS TRADE DOWN FOR O-LINEMAN? 

Maccagnan compared the drafting process to financial analysis.

"It's almost like a portfolio," he said. "Do you pick one stock you think is going to get the big return or do you pick three stocks which may not actually hit the same ceiling but the overall value of it actually gets a higher yield."

All that being said, Maccagnan was speaking in a vacuum about his preferences. And clearly, moving up could be an option too. The GM said the Jets will call every team in front of them before the draft to try and gauge the market, a process he said that will heat up over the coming days. He added that the team will run through mock draft scenarios so that they are prepared for any situation or opportunity that arises.

"We'll have that discussion before we get to the draft, about if we want to move up in the draft," he said. "And what we feel would be a fair value for it would be."

Should the Jets elect to move up ? which would of course mean surrendering picks in the process ? the logical target would be Mariota, who seems unlikely to be available with the sixth overall pick. The Jets had a private workout with Mariota and brought him for a pre-draft visit, so they've certainly done their due diligence in scouting the former Oregon Ducks QB. Asked if he was comfortable with the amount of homework the team has done on Mariota, Maccagnan said, "At this point in time? Absolutely."

RELATED: MACCAGNAN WON'T TALK MARIOTA VS. WINSTON

Steve Dykes/Getty Images Oregon Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota figures to be the second quarterback taken in next week’s NFL draft.

The Jets are one of the team's often connected to Mariota because their need at quarterback is so apparent ? even though Maccagnan wouldn't come right out and say they need a QB on Friday. While they may or may not go after the former Oregon signal caller, one thing Maccagnan made apparent during Friday's press conference was that need would not be a major factor in his drafts.

"To me, it's one of those pet peeves, need in the draft," the GM said. "I've seen a lot of mistakes made over the years with that."

Need would probably only be a tiebreaker, Maccagnan said.

Though the GM obviously wouldn't get into too many details about the team's plans, he did say that he thought this year's wide receiver class was strong and close to as good as last year's, which he termed "exceptional."

He also shed light on his philosophy toward drafting the 3-4 outside linebacker position, which is a need for the Jets. He indicated they can be harder to project, so "you'd like to have a young one every year...you almost want to have like a pipeline."

Maccagnan was asked about Muhammad Wilkerson not attending the team's voluntary workouts, but the GM didn't bite.

"It's voluntary," he said. "I'll probably leave it at that."

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Auschwitz survivor confronts former Nazi at Germany trial, is embraced by him 

Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) May 30, 2014 Groening sometimes helped unload prisoners, but mostly he kept financial records of the money and physical belongings stripped from the arriving prisoners.Kor was 10 when she arrived, she testified. Scores of former prisoners are scheduled to testify about the horrors they suffered at Auschwitz. Related Stories Editorial: No statute of limitations on mass murder Auschwitz guard goes on trial for accessory to murder .
JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / POOL/EPA Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor, 81, was hugged by former SS member Oskar Groening in a remarkable show of reconciliation at his trial in Germany.

After testifying in horrific detail about her life at the infamous Auschwitz Nazi death camp, Eva Kor, 81, stepped forward to shake the hand of the accused, Oskar Groening, 93, who reached out and hugged the survivor and kissed her on the cheek.

The German trial of the camp's former bookkeeper has captivated international audiences since it began earlier this week. Kor, who has herded into the camp with her family in 1944, said she approached the elderly accountant on the first day of the trial, but he fainted as she shook his hand.

On Thursday, she went up to him again, and that's when he hugged and kissed her.

"His response to me is exactly what I was talking about when I said you cannot predict what will happen when someone from the victims' side and someone from the perpetrators' side meet in a spirit of humanity," she wrote in a question-and-answer blog.

I am sharing with you my face to face meeting with Oskar Groening the former Nazi guard. Two old people reaching out pic.twitter.com/XlooNvPpQ1? Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) April 23, 2015

Groening, the so-called "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" and a sometimes guard, is on trial for assisting in the killing of 300,000 prisoners at the death camp.

His emotional testimony has been full of graphic recollections of cattle cars rolling into the Polish woods and disgorging thousands of Jews who were most often pushed straight into crematoriums where they were gassed to death.

He has long admitted to his conduct as a Nazi and faces up to 15 years in prison. Scores of former prisoners are scheduled to testify about the horrors they suffered at Auschwitz.

Dear friends, this is my number A-7063 that was burned into my left arm,dot by dot, 70 yrs, ago. My family is gone!!! pic.twitter.com/bVS5A6766s? Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) May 30, 2014

Groening sometimes helped unload prisoners, but mostly he kept financial records of the money and physical belongings stripped from the arriving prisoners.

Kor was 10 when she arrived, she testified. She and her twin sister, Miriam, were wrenched from her parents and taken off to become the human guinea pigs of Josef Mengele, the deranged doctor who was obsessed with twins and grotesque medical experimentations.

Kor said she and Miriam were injected with unknown chemicals, smeared with unknown substances and pumped full of germs.

Markus Schreiber/AP Former SS member Oskar Groening is seen this week during a break in his German trial for assisting in the deaths of 300,000 prisoners at Auschwitz during World War II. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS Former Nazi Oskar Groening, 93, is on trial in Germany, charged with assisting the murders of 300,000 people at the infamous Auschwitz death camp, seen here in Poland. Previous Next Enlarge

She remembers Mengele standing beside her bed and laughing during one incident.

Her forearm still bears her prisoner number: A-7063.

The sisters, originally from Romania, were liberated from the camp by Allied Forces in 1945, and eventually made their way to Israel, and then the United States.

Miriam died in 1993.

Kor did not know Groening in the camp. She testified about the horrid living conditions and her own experience there.

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Sports North America's largest powwow draws thousands to New Mexico

MISS INDIAN WORLDTwenty-one women are competing this year for the crown of Miss Indian World. GRAND ENTRANCEDancers file into the arena in a large procession during grand entries Friday and Saturday.They don traditional costumes with colorful beads, feathers, fringed leather and bells. Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:

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FROM FAR AND WIDE

More than 3,000 dancers, drummers and singers representing some 700 tribes from the United States and Canada typically attend the three-day festival in Albuquerque. The competitions also draw tens of thousands of spectators from around the world.

This year's celebration started Thursday.

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GRAND ENTRANCE

Dancers file into the arena in a large procession during grand entries Friday and Saturday.

They don traditional costumes with colorful beads, feathers, fringed leather and bells. Their pounding feet keep time with beating drums as they funnel into the bottom of the University of New Mexico arena, better known as The Pit.

The participants join the procession in a specific order and then twist toward the arena's center. The formation gets tighter with each pass until the floor is packed.

Grand entries can last close to an hour.

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MISS INDIAN WORLD

Twenty-one women are competing this year for the crown of Miss Indian World. The contest is one of the largest and most prestigious cultural pageants for young Native women.

They're judged on public speaking, dance, traditional presentations and more.

Current Miss Indian World Taylor Thomas will pass on the crown to this year's winner Saturday. The winner will spend the next year traveling internationally, serving as a role model and cultural ambassador.

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NATIVE YOUTH

This year's powwow was preceded by a special gathering to kick off a White House initiative called Generation-Indigenous, or Gen-I.

About 300 Native youth from across the country met Thursday to discuss individual community projects aimed at tackling some of the challenges faced by American Indian and Alaska Native teens, from high suicide rates to low graduation rates.

Some of the teens will reconvene this summer in Washington, D.C.

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ARTS AND EATS

Like any good gathering, the powwow has music, vendors and fry bread.

At the Indian Traders Market, more than 800 artisans and crafters show off their wares. On Stage 49 near the arena, Native American musicians perform a range of genres, including country, reggae, rap and rhythm and blues.

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ECONOMICS

Organizers expect anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 visitors, providing a boost to Albuquerque's hospitality industry.

According to a recent study by the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Gathering of Nations has had an average annual economic impact of about $21 million over the past five years.

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Sports Mayweather-Pacquiao isn't Hagler-Hearns, so don't expect a knockout

"He'll do it in a manner where he follows a game plan, but Floyd Mayweather is looking to finish him off. I strongly believe he will do just that."If Mayweather is uncharacteristically aggressive, that could play into the hands of Pacquiao, who needs to be able to find Mayweather in the ring to beat him. But he couldn't finish Algieri off, and faces a fare more difficult style against the elusive Mayweather .

LAS VEGAS ? Tommy Hearns understood what was expected from him the night 30 years ago when he stepped into the ring to face Marvin Hagler for the middleweight title.

There would be no running. There wouldn't even be that much boxing.

"I knew before I got in the ring I had to put a show on for the people," Hearns said. "I knew I had to get him or they would say something is wrong with Tommy."

Ring history was made that night in April 1985 in what may have been the best first round ever in a major title fight. Hearns and Hagler went toe-to-toe in fearsome exchanges that bloodied Hagler and eventually sapped the vaunted punching power of Hearns.

Who will win: Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao?

There's no evidence that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will put on anything close to the epic three-rounder that was Hagler-Hearns. Mayweather has only one knockout in the last eight years, Pacquiao hasn't stopped anyone in nearly six, and there's a far better chance of them both fighting to the final bell of the 12th round than any other outcome.

WATCH: Most bets on Pacquiao-Mayweather finishing in a draw

But Hearns believes both fighters have to take risks they may not normally take, simply because of the magnitude of the richest fight ever.

"Mayweather has no authority to be Mayweather," Hearns said. "He has to be defensive, but he has to be offensive, too. People will be offended if he doesn't. People will lose their minds."

Though Pacquiao is a free swinger who built a career on stopping people in the ring (he's got 38 knockouts in 64 fights), Mayweather prides himself on winning while not getting hit. That sometimes makes for a dull fight, something he may feel forced to try and avoid because of the massive $180 million payday he is expected to get.

"Floyd Mayweather is going to try and take Manny Pacquiao's head off. You can count on that happening," Mayweather's promoter, Leonard Ellerbe said. "He'll do it in a manner where he follows a game plan, but Floyd Mayweather is looking to finish him off. I strongly believe he will do just that."

If Mayweather is uncharacteristically aggressive, that could play into the hands of Pacquiao, who needs to be able to find Mayweather in the ring to beat him. Still, oddsmakers in this gambling town make it nearly 3-1 that the fight will end with a decision.

"We'll keep him guessing when we're coming and we're not coming," Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said. "Floyd will be overwhelmed by the foot speed and the hand speed of Manny Pacquiao."

Pacquiao showed some power in his last fight, knocking Chris Algieri down six times in Macau on his way to a lopsided decision win. But he couldn't finish Algieri off, and faces a fare more difficult style against the elusive Mayweather ? one 47 other fighters have failed to figure out before him.

Former heavyweight champion George Foreman said Mayweather's tremendous counter-punching ability won't be enough for him to win the fight unless he engages Pacquiao more often than he has other fighters.

"Pacquiao is really a pop shot artist," Foreman said. "It's hard to get a counter punch in on him, it's not that easy. Mayweather is by far a defensive genius but to win these rounds you're going to have to become an offensive fighter, too."

Mayweather may have to fight more simply because his best defensive maneuver ? the shoulder tuck away from a right hand ? isn't effective against a southpaw like Pacquiao. Mayweather has struggled at times against southpaws in his career, particularly in 2006 when Zab Judah gave him fits before dropping a unanimous decision.

Mayweather has prepared by using several lefties as sparring partners, but it's his ability to adjust to an opponent in the ring that separates him from most fighters.

"We'll see what he brings to the table. I'm pretty sure our styles are totally different," Mayweather said. "I fight with smarts. I've been on top for so long because every move is calculated, every move is thought out. I'm five to 10 steps ahead of my opponent."

Mayweather will have a size advantage in the fight, which was evident when the two boxers got together at their Los Angeles press conference last month. Mayweather said he was surprised how much bigger he was than Pacquiao, who he accused of wearing lifts in his shoes to try and look bigger.

He may be able to pair that advantage with mistakes made by Pacquiao.

"He's a very, very reckless fighter," Mayweather said. "In the (Juan Manuel) Marquez fight (where Pacquiao was knocked out in the sixth round) he was fighting very reckless. My career would have probably not lasted this long if I was that reckless."

Hearns was a bit reckless, too, against the seemingly unstoppable Hagler. But their fight at Caesars Palace has stood the test of time, and even the loser has come to terms with it.

"I knew I had to do what I did," Hearns said. "I was ready for a hard fight but not that hard. I broke my hand hitting that man in the side of the head. I was just trying to get rid of him so fast."

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Sports Sports digest: Roger Goodell lauds Los Angeles area stadium projects

The NFL owners would need to vote on any franchise transfer at next March's annual meeting. Roger Goodell says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city. Louis group showed the NFL officials revised renderings and video of plans for a stadium along the Mississippi River that would cost around $1 billion. Louis stadium task force hoping to keep the Rams there met with league officials Wednesday.

Roger Goodell says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city.

The NFL commissioner told the Associated Press Sports Editors group Friday in New York that he thinks the projects in Inglewood and Carson are "viable," and have a "great deal of potential to be successful."

The Raiders and San Diego Chargers have combined to work on the Carson proposal. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is involved in the Inglewood project.

"We had presentations earlier this week that are very exciting," Goodell said. "Not just for a return but to continue being successful going forward."

Goodell also acknowledged there is some urgency in the matter. The league has not had a franchise in Los Angeles since the 1994 season.

He said the window for applying to move to L.A., currently early January, could be moved up. The NFL owners would need to vote on any franchise transfer at next March's annual meeting.

Members of a St. Louis stadium task force hoping to keep the Rams there met with league officials Wednesday. The St. Louis group showed the NFL officials revised renderings and video of plans for a stadium along the Mississippi River that would cost around $1 billion.

The Rams are year-to-year on their lease for the Edward Jones Dome and could leave as early as 2016, meaning the upcoming NFL season could be their last in the Midwest.

Motor sports

NASCAR says three pit road crew members were taken to a hospital after a fire broke out on pit road during the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. Two of the crew members were working in Brendan Gaughan's pit, where the fire erupted, and one was in Eric McClure's pit. There was no additional information about the extent of their injuries, or what sparked the fire.

Denny Hamlin won the race, leading almost from start to finish.

MLS

Nick LaBrocca scored in the 79th minute, and the Colorado Rapids tied 10-man FC Dallas 1-1.

Colleges

The NCAA put Oklahoma State's football program on a year of probation for failing to follow its own drug-testing policies over a four-year span, largely sparing the Cowboys of serious penalties for violations uncovered after an expose by Sports Illustrated. "I feel this vindicates us," Oklahoma State president V. Burns Hargis said.

Miscellany

Bloomberg News reported that resale tickets for the May 2 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are selling at an average of $10,350 after Thursday's public sale, still at record levels.

Gay received a backdated one-year suspension last year after testing positive for a steroid at the 2013 U.S. championships. He was given the reduced penalty because he provided evidence to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that led to an eight-year ban for his former coach, Jon Drummond.

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