Today in sports: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. says Manny Pacquiao won't even talk to them about fighting in June, if not for the lockout the average NBA player would have pocketed a $425,000 check today, and U.S. Soccer gets a much-needed win.
- The much-teased "fight of the century" between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao doesn't look like it's happening. Again. Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe is predictably putting the blame on Pacquaio promoter and former Mayweather promoter Bob Arum, telling ESPN.com's Dan Rafael that Arum won't even negotiate about a possible bout in May. Earlier this month, Ellerbe said Mayweather wanted to fight "the biggest fight possible" at the MGM Grand on May 5. Pacquaio's handlers said Mayweather was just trying to sap media attention away from their fighter's then-upcoming bout with Juan Marquez Manuel. [ESPN]
- In a nice piece of Time Warner corporate synergy, HBO and Sports Illustrated will join forces for a five-part documentary series called Sports in America that will air sometime in 2013. A SI rep denied to Adweek that the series was tacit admission from HBO Sports that ESPN's 30 for 30 series is the new king of the sports documentary hill. Nobody from HBO had a response, probably because they were too busy green-lighting yet another documentary about Mickey Mantle. [Adweek]
- Major League Baseball players and owners are quietly closing in on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement to replace the current pact, which expires next month. According to an AP source, the tweaks include changes to the free agent compensation system and "progressive [financial] penalties" for free-spending clubs, similar to the NBA's luxury tax. The two sides apparently hope to finish up in-person negotiations this week. [AP]
- If quiet, drama-free pro sports labor negotiations aren't your thing, the NBA is in the first full day of what commissioner David Stern is referring to as the league's "nuclear winter." If there were basketball, players would be receiving a check for 1/12th of their yearly salary on Tuesday. If you're the "average NBA player whose salary is $5.1 million, that means you're missing out on a paycheck of $425,000. [Bloomberg]
- U.S. soccer defeated Slovenia 3-2 in a friendly Tuesday afternoon, which should quiet the grumbling from American soccer fans about new coach Jurgen Klinsmann's offensive alignments and jersey-distribution system. Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Edson Buddle all scored for the Americans, though the U.S. was badly outplayed in the second half. [The New York Times]
- As expected, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has won the 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner. All 28 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America put Verlander atop their ballots, which is nice, but the real intrigue come next Monday when the AL MVP results are announced. If Verlander wins, he'll be the first pitcher to be named most valuable player since Roger Clemens in 1986. [Detroit Free-Press]