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Jermain Taylor
Jermain Taylor continued his comeback with a win Friday over Caleb Truax.
The Boxing TribunePaul Magno
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UPDATED APR 21, 2012 2:46 AM ET
     

Former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor (30-4-1, 18 KOs) had to survive a ninth-round knockdown, but otherwise outclassed a solid, but unspectacular Caleb Truax (18-1-1, 10 KOs) en route to a unanimous 10-round decision in Showtime’s ShoBox main event.

 

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It was mostly a lackluster affair for the first 8 1/2 rounds, with Taylor going through the motions and Truax just doing enough to save face in each losing round.

The only real excitement in the bout was generated by the Minnesota native via sharp right hand that sent Taylor to the canvas about a minute into the ninth round. A buzzed Taylor beat the count and held on desperately until the bell.

By the beginning of the tenth and final round, it was apparent that Truax had let his one opportunity pass and the fight ended with Taylor re-establishing his tepid superiority.

At the end of 10, the judges’ scorecards read: 98-91, 97-92, and 97-94. The Boxing Tribune also scored the fight 98-91 in favor of Taylor.

— Was it a new attitude from a fired-up Erislandy Lara (16-1-1, 11 Kos) in his first bout after the Paul Williams robbery? Was it a poor, overmatched Ronald Hearns (26-3, 20 KOs)?

It was likely a little bit of both that led to Lara’s half-round destruction of the second-generation fighter.

The Cuban was stalking and timing Hearns from the opening bell and it didn’t take long to find an opportunity against his fatally flawed opponent.

A lightning-quick and perfectly-timed straight left hand sent Hearns to the canvas mid-way through the opening round. Hearns would beat the count, but was clearly buzzed and on unsteady legs. Another left hand would hurt Hearns again and force a standing eight count. Seconds later, Lara would close the show with a pait of left hands that put Hearns down and out at the 1:34 mark of the first round.

For Lara, possible opportunities abound in the entertaining junior middleweight division, but politics will likely continue to be the former Olympian’s most difficult foe. Lara is too good to just be an opponent, yet not known enough to be a “must” fight for the division’s top dogs. But with a skill set that has purists salivating and a more aggressive
mindset in the ring, Lara has the potential to be a real star and force some big fights to happen.

Off-TV, middleweight prospect J’Leon Love (11-0, 7 KOs) stopped Ibahiem King (10-7, 4 KOs) in the third round of a scheduled eight-round contest.

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David Beckham shows he can still blast it into the top corner

It’s been an unpleasant start to the season for the LA Galaxy. On Saturday night they looked more like reigning MLS champions after a 3-1 win over Portland that was topped off by a beautiful goal from David Beckham.

Beckham was given too much time and far too much open space in the middle of the pitch to blast his shot into the top corner from distance. And the result seemed inevitable even though he was subbed out of the last match he played at halftime. But, as everyone should know by now, David Beckham has a habit of reminding people that he’s still got it whenever they start to doubt him.

 

By Brooks Peck | Dirty Tackle – 21 hours ago


Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake announced himself as an Olympic contender when he won gold in the 100 meters final at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in South Korea.

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake announced himself as an Olympic contender when he won gold in the 100 meters final at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in South Korea.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jamaican Yohan Blake is the current world 100 meter sprint champion
  • Blake took gold at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in South Korea
  • The 22-year-old trains with Olympic champion and 100m record holder Usain Bolt
  • Blake aiming to challenge Bolt for gold at the London Olympics this year

(CNN) — Everyone expected Jamaican flags to be flying high after the 100 meters final at the 2011 World Athletics Championships — but no-one predicted that Usain Bolt would not be performing his customary celebration rituals.

The world’s fastest man had to watch as his training partner Yohan Blake took his title in South Korea, with the Olympic champion having been disqualified for a false start.

The furore over Bolt’s predicament completely overshadowed the achievement of his 22-year-old compatriot, who became the youngest world champion since U.S. sprint legend Carl Lewis was crowned in 1983 aged just 21.

They are firm friends as well as training partners, but when the starting gun sounds at this year’s London Olympics, there will only be one thing on Blake’s mind — scooping another one of Bolt’s titles.

Human to Hero: Sprinter Yohan Blake

Bolt won the 100m and 200m events in record times at Beijing 2008, and earned a third gold in the 4x100m relay, but Blake is closing the gap on his idol with personal bests last year.

CNN’s Human to Hero show caught up with the boy from St. James as he turns his attention to performing on the biggest stage of all.

Early days

Blake’s sprinting career took off in his early teens when he was spotted running at his school in Spanish Town, and he made a big impression at the Carifta Games — a Caribbean track and field meeting for young athletes.

Yohan Blake: Fast Facts

Event: 100m, 200m 4x100m relay

Hometown: St James, Jamaica

Age: 22

Honors: 100m world champion, 4x100m relay champ

Olympic appearances: 0

Daily routine: Up at 6.30am, train for five hours, bed at 1am

How do you relax? Read, play cricket, dominoes, go to the beach (with girls)

Calorie intake: 4,000 or 5,000 a day

“Somebody just saw me running, went up to my school principal and said ‘You’ve got a new track star there,” and from there it started, from the age of 15 or so I started running,” he says.

“When I was in High School I ran the Jamaican national junior record of 10.11 seconds. I was running at the Carifta Games when I ran 10.18 secs in the semis. And I ran 10.11 in the final, so from there I knew I could do something great.

“I think it’s fate because I believe in fate and that it leads towards good things.”

Heroes

“I really have to look up to Usain Bolt because of what he has done. Just to be his training partner and know what he thinks and know what he can do — I have to look up to him.

“Asafa Powell (100m world record holder between June 2005 and May 2008) started it back in the day, and for a guy to do that to put Jamaica on the world stage and say ‘Look, Jamaica can dominate the world,’ I have to look up to someone like that that even though he did not get a world medal at the time. He has put Jamaica out there.”

Gold in Daegu

Blake posted a time of 9.92 seconds, enough to beat a strong field in the final but still well short of Bolt’s world record of 9.58.

“What happened at Daegu — Usain Bolt is on the world stage and people are always going to look at that,” Blake says.

“But I think I turned people’s minds. It wasn’t a fluke, so I think when they look back on Daegu they’ll say, ‘Oh, there’s a young man who is going to challenge him.’ ”

London 2012

What I got at Daegu is what I’ve been working on over the years and it is finally coming true
Yohan Blake

“My first time going into the Olympics, you know, I think it is going to be a breathtaking moment for me. I want to go to the Olympics, have some fun and come back home with some medals.

“When I feel it is a big stage for me as the Olympics is where the big times, the big things really happen because an Olympic medal would really mean a lot.

“It makes more sponsors come out to you, so going out to the Olympics is going to be a really wonderful gift for me, really.”

The competition

“When you have Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and myself lining up for the 100m, I’m always excited because the competition is really good and I want to be the best person on the day, the best person to execute well,” Blake says.

“I think that is what the world wants to see. It’s going to be really interesting, all them guys they come out feeling fit and feeling ready to go.

“Also in the 200m, Water Dix, me, Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay if he is fit, you know I think anything can happen and I think it’s just going to be interesting.”

Work ethic

“I’m a hard worker and I believe in time — things take time to happen and it’s my time and it’s coming out.

“I work assiduously at what I do, I like the heights by a great man. I work at night, always working. And what I got at Daegu is what I’ve been working on over the years and it is finally coming true.”

Just 20 years old, Basel’s Xherdan Shaqiri has already been one of the Swiss Super League’s most talked about talents for some time now. During Basel’s impressive Champions League campaign this season, he attracted more international attention and ended up signing a €10-million deal with Bayern Munich that will be finalized this summer. And this is exactly why Bayern were so eager to grab him.

Helping Basel to a 1-1 draw against (a distant) second-place Luzern, Shaqiri executed a brilliant and powerful scissor kick from an angle that proved far quicker than the opposing goalkeeper’s reflexes. So that’s why they’re smiling in Munich right now.

 

 

Xherdan Shaqiri in Action

BREAKING NEWS

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Los Angeles Angels stud Torii Hunter was staring down the barrel of a loaded firearm yesterday … when cops raced to his mansion in Newport, CA … and drew their weapons on the MLB star.

Hunter admits it’s kind of his fault … explaining on Twitter that he accidentally triggered the house alarm … and 20 minutes later cops had arrived to the property to investigate the scene.

Hunter says he went outside to talk with the cops … and, “They drew their guns on me.”

But then Hunter suggested he was racially profiled … tweeting, “They didn’t believe I lived here in Newport Coast so they walked me upstairs at gunpoint to get my ID.”

He continued,  “When I showed him my ID, he said I’m an Angel fan hope u guys have a great season. ARE U KIDDING ME!!!!!! Lol.”

One of Hunter’s teammates chimed in with a tweet that read, “That’s racist.”

Hunter responded, “lol … Now you know I can’t say that.”

A short time later, Hunter changed his tune … tweeting, “Hey Twitterland! I’m not upset that the cops did their job today. I’m actually glad they were protecting home.”

He added, “It was my fault that the alarm went off anyways. I just thought it was cool to let u guys know my awkward moment for today. The cops that were here today had there guns drawn but pointed downward in for safety. Those guys handled the situation like trained cops.”

Matt Prior

29 March 2012Last updated at 12:50 GMT

England lost their last six wickets for 31 as they collapsed to a 75-run defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Chasing a record 340, England seemed well set as Jonathan Trott (112) and Matt Prior took them to 233-4.

But Prior’s dismissal to Rangana Herath (6-97) for 41 sparked the latest collapse of what, for Andrew Strauss’s side, has been a miserable winter.

England, the world’s top Test side, have now lost four successive matches.

Just as in their 3-0 series defeat by Pakistan earlier this year, the failure of the batting order was again to blame, with players unwilling to play patiently on a pitch that seemed to hold few demons.

Trott at least became the first England player this winter to reach three figures, but elsewhere there were injudicious shots as players gifted Sri Lanka – and Herath in particular – their wicket.

HOW ENGLAND’S DAY FOUR COLLAPSE UNFOLDED

  • 0544 BST: Pietersen (118-3)
  • 0651: Bell (152-4)
  • 0921: Prior (233-5)
  • 0950: S Patel (252-6)
  • 0958: Trott (256-7)
  • 1011: Swann (259-8)
  • 1034: Anderson (264-9)
  • 1037: Panesar (264)

However, Trott’s patient innings suggested that the total could have been attainable despite England’s previous highest chase being 332 against Australia in 1928.

After a gutsy stand between Kevin Pietersen and Trott had kept England in the game on the third evening, the tourists resumed on 111-2, with Graeme Swann suggesting that they would pull off a famous victory.

But having added only one to his overnight 29, Pietersen played a poor shot to off-spinner Suraj Randiv, coming down the pitch and flicking straight to mid-wicket.

There was a more disciplined and watchful mindset from Trott and Ian Bell, the reverse sweep that took Trott past 50 being a rare exception.

Trott survived a scare on 62 when he offered a sharp return chance to Herath, who could not hold on to a one-handed catch to his left.

The curse of the premeditated sweep then struck England as Bell lunged at a straight ball from Herath and was caught on the half volley to a delivery that a review suggested would have clipped off stump.

His Warwickshire team-mate carried on defiantly until lunch and, after the interval, continued to grind down Sri Lanka’s attack, supported by an unusually restrained Prior.

When Trott brought up his hundred, England were sensing victory, but Prior then tried to up the ante and lost his wicket when a pull off Herath thudded into short leg’s stomach, the catch taken on the rebound.

Cool heads were needed as the tension mounted, but two wickets in quick succession suddenly put Sri Lanka back in the ascendancy.

Debutant Samit Patel failed for the second time in the match, hitting Herath to cover, and Trott’s heroic effort was finally ended when he nudged Randiv to leg-slip.

England, who lost their final five wickets for 12 runs, required 84 with three wickets remaining and it proved well beyond them.

The lower order quickly subsided with Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Monty Panesar all offering minimal resistance as Randiv and Herath ripped through, Sri Lanka needing only seven balls after tea to take the final two wickets and record a first home victory since Test cricket’s leading wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan retired in July 2010.

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Tim Tebow‘s not second-string to Nike — because the athletic company is now suingReebok … over the exclusive rights to use Tebow’s name on merchandise.

Nike filed a lawsuit against Reebok this week — just one day after the Jets officially announced the Tebow trade — and according to the suit, Reebok’s new Jets merch bearing Tebow’s name (above) is in violation of a 2010 Nike-Tebow endorsement deal.

According to the deal, Nike’s got sole merchandising rights to all things Tebow … and Nike alone.

A rep for Nike released a statement, claiming, “We have filed a complaint relating to unauthorized use of Tim Tebow’s name on New York Jets related apparel. Nike is authorized and licensed to use Tim Tebow’s name on products.”

As for the 2010 endorsement deal — Nike made off like a bandit, signing Tebow before his jersey became one of the most sought-after in the league … for $300,000 a year.

OAKLAND, Calif. – In the latest episode of the Los Angeles Lakers’ long-running soap opera, suddenly 3-point-happy center Andrew Bynum was sent to the pine for not playing “the right way,” one game afterKobe Bryant was benched.

Andrew Bynum didn’t see much action after missing badly on a 3-pointer against the Warriors on Tuesday.
(AP)

Bynum made the first 3-pointer of his seven-year career in seven attempts in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. Feeling suddenly confident in his deep jumper, the All-Star surprisingly tossed up another that didn’t fall as the Lakers held a 56-50 lead with 10:05 left in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Bynum was sent to the bench shortly after the ill-fated shot and appeared to play uninspired while missing all three field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter before sitting out the final 9:10 of the Lakers’ 104-101 victory.

“I don’t know what was bench-worthy about the shot, to be honest with you,” said Bynum, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes. “I made one last [game] and wanted to make another one. I swear that’s it. I guess [coach Mike Brown] took offense to it and he put me on the bench.”

That’s where Bynum sulked. He didn’t join the huddle during timeouts after being sidelined.

[Related: Lakers awed by Magic Johnson’s winning $2B Dodgers bid]

Bynum expects the coach to address the issue with him formally at some point. Brown declined to answer if Bynum’s 3-point attempt was the reason he benched him, but he doesn’t appear afraid of sitting him again if need be.

Mike Brown

“If I feel like I have to take him out the game again, I’ll take him out the game,” Brown told Yahoo! Sports. “If I don’t feel like he’s playing the right way, I’ll take him out the game. I didn’t feel like he was playing the right way. I didn’t feel like we were playing the right way as a club when he was on the floor. That’s why I took him out the game.”

Bynum’s pouting appears to be over his desire to expand his game. He said he has developed a jump shot and different post moves. He won’t be afraid to fire away again from long range.

“I guess don’t take 3’s is the message. But I’m going to take some more,” Bynum said. “I just hope it’s not the same result. I hope that I make it.”

Bynum wanted to have a stronger role offensively after last season. He’s currently the Lakers’ second-leading scorer behind Bryant with 18.2 points per game.

[ Related: Kobe Bryant bounces back from benching with 30 points ]

Lakers forward Pau Gasol said Bynum’s 3-point shooting is “not his game,” and he expects his teammate to do “the right thing.”

“We’ll address it as a team and unit to make sure everybody is on the same page,” Gasol said. “We need Andrew at his best for us to have a chance. That’s the only way we are going to get it down.”

In his younger days, Kobe Bryant often tested the limits of his game with coaches. An older and wiser Bryant wants to see the conflict with Bynum addressed with patience and poise. Bryant chuckled when told Bynum wanted to shoot more 3’s.

[* Yahoo! Sports Radio: Adrian Wojnarowski on Knicks, Lakers’ drama]

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points to lead the Lakers past the Warriors. He found some humor in Andrew Bynum’s benching.
(Getty Images)

“It is somewhat amusing to me,” said Bryant, who entered the NBA out of high school in 1996. “In some ways the edginess and chippiness of him makes it very easy for me to relate to him because I had some of that when I was young. It’s easy for me to see where he is coming from.”

Brown benched Bryant during part of the fourth quarter Sunday in a loss to the Grizzlies. While the All-Star and Brown downplayed the incident, the coach acknowledged that anything controversial involving Bryant will always receive big headlines. Bryant responded on the court Tuesday, making two late well-contested, double-teamed jumpers to seal the Lakers’ win while finishing with a game-high 30 points.

“Those are shots that I work on time and time again,” Bryant said. “So it was just about me getting to my spot.”

Through all the drama, the Lakers (31-19) remain in third-place in the Western Conference and appear to be better with newcomer point guard Ramon Sessions. Bryant is “extremely” happy with the roster and even took a shot at his cross-town rival Los Angeles Clippers. “Why does everybody acting like we are in eighth place?” Bryant asked. “You guys [the media] were kissing the Clippers’ ass at the start of the season and now here we are in the third seed and everybody is acting like we suck. I don’t understand.”

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While Indianapolis Colts stud Dwight Freeney was crushing NFL QBs … 2 financial advisors allegedly sacked him in an embezzlement scheme involving millions of dollars, luxury hotels, and a private jet … TMZ has learned.

According to the Federal complaint — obtained by TMZ — Eva D. Weinberg andMichael A. Stern were busted late last week after a lengthy investigation revealed how they “conspired to defraud victim D.F., a professional football player.”

According to the docs, Weinberg is a financial advisor at Bank of America who worked with Freeney, controlled several of his accounts, and introduced him to Stern … also a financial advisor.

The feds claim Weinberg and Stern did major damage between May 2010 and October 2011 — making $2.2 million in fraudulent transfers from Dwight’s accounts to Arms Reach Consulting — a company controlled by Stern.

When Freeney finally noticed one of the bogus transfers in 2011, and discovered Weinberg and Stern were dating … he called the FBI.

One FBI investigator says some of the items Weinberg and Stern purchased with Freeney’s cash include expensive sunglasses, stays in luxury hotels, and — best of all — they planned to buy a private jet for $1.5 million!

According to the docs, agents even heard Stern brag on the phone … “no one would be able to connect him to the [consulting] account if the wire transfers were investigated.”

Clearly he was wrong … agents arrested Weinberg in L.A. and Stern in Miami. Both were charged with wire fraud.

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Tim Tebow has been traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets … this according to FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer.

According to Jay … the Jets only had to give up a 4th round draft pick in exchange for the former Heisman Trophy winner.

The Jets already have a starting quarterback in Mark Sanchez … but if Sanchez chokes again … like he did last season … Tebow could be in a good position to take over the #1 spot.

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