By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Anthony Joshua set up an April showdown with veteran heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday after retaining his IBF world title with a clinical third round stoppage of outclassed American Eric Molina in Manchester. After two probing opening rounds, 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion Joshua sent his opponent crashing to the canvas for his 18th win inside the distance in as many professional fights. Molina, 34, clambered unsteadily back to his feet as the count reached eight, but the referee stepped in again to stop the fight after two minutes and two seconds of the round with a technical knockout declared.
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* Joshua stops Molina inside three rounds * Former Olympic champion now has 18 wins in 18 pro fights * Briton to fight Klitschko at Wembley in April (Adds quotes, Klitschko fight announcement) By Alan Baldwin LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Britain’s Anthon…
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Dillian Whyte beats fellow Briton Dereck Chisora on a split decision after a thrilling heavyweight fight in Manchester.
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Mastery won the $300,000 CashCall Futurity for 2-year-olds by 7 1/4 lengths Saturday at Los Alamitos, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record ninth win in the Grade 1 race. Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Mastery ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:4…
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Anthony Joshua paved the way for a fight against Wladimir Klitschko next year by making quick work of Eric Molina in a third round win on Saturday. Joshua forced the stoppage in two minutes, two seconds of the third round after first flooring American Molina with a right. Klitschko, the former world No 1 who lost three titles on points to Joshua’s fellow Briton Tyson Fury last year, was ringside to check on Joshua and could not have failed to have been impressed.
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Great Britain’s Anthony Joshua retains his IBF world heavyweight title to set up a fight against Wladimir Klitschko in April.
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• British fighter defends IBF heavyweight title in Manchester
• Molina knocked down in third round before referee stopped fight
Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina, a 34-year-old Texan of quiet disposition and scant achievement, said before he stepped into the ring with Anthony Joshua here on Saturday night that he considered the WBC champion, Deontay Wilder – who stopped him in nine rounds – to be the best heavyweight in the world. As he sank towards the canvas here in round three, he was probably reassessing that judgment.
On a night that threatened to test boxing’s capacity to accommodate bad behaviour on the undercard, two gentleman heavyweights did their thing in the main event with all the quietude of a Sunday church service until Joshua exploded a venomous right on Molina’s chin in the third round. One more assault forced the American to spin into his own corner and he was taking further punishment when the referee called a merciful halt.
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It’s the final match of the MLS season, and Toronto and Seattle have the chance to lift the championship trophy for the very first time. Follow it live with Tim Hill
Both sides did it the hard way. Seattle sneaked into fourth-place in the Western Conference after a late-season surge, but have shown their mettle in the postseason, beating Sporting KC before seeing off No 1 Dallas and No2 Colorado over two legs.
TFC finished third in the East, beat Philly in the play-in game, humped NYC FC in a remarkable 7-0 aggregate win, and then ousted Montreal in an extremely entertaining Eastern Conference final. They might not have topped their respective divisions, but TFC and Seattle deserve to be here.
Graham Parker is at a very chilly BMO Field:
“So far so good on snow … it’s cold, though. Not as cold as Kansas City in 2013 yet, but temperatures dropping. Am pathetically grateful that my Guardian affiliation qualifies me for an obstructed view seat inside the press box, rather than in the outdoor press tribune.”
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• Whyte wins 114-115, 115-113, 115-114
• British heavyweight title not on line because of pre-fright fracas
Somehow, against the odds, defying all fears, Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte, sworn enemies from either side of the Thames, produced a memorable heavyweight contest of considerable nobility to wipe away the rancour that had poisoned not only their relationship but the sport.
The split decision after 12 rounds of high-grade brawling, went the way of the younger, fitter Whyte, 114-115, 115-113, 115-114, because he kept his shape in the key exchanges, but Chisora, an oak that would not be cut down, won the Manchester crowd over with possibly his bravest performance in 33 contests. They may even do this again; if they can just find a table around which to negotiate that is also nailed to the floor.
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Ice-skater takes unconventional path to Bulldogs’ AFLW team
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Trevor Lewis had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Alec Martinez scored on the same power play early in the first period of the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Peter Budaj made 19 saves and earned an assist…
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons assigned forwards Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson and guard Michael Gbinije to the team’s D-League affiliate in Grand Rapids.
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Make no mistake, Andrew McCutchen is happy to still be a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. ”I do want to be here, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that none of this didn’t bother me, that my name was out there,” McCutchen said. McCutchen, who …
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Army ended a 14-year run of frustration against Navy, using an overpowering running game and opportunistic defense to carve out a long overdue 21-17 victory Saturday.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — James Blackmon Jr. scored 18 points, Robert Johnson added 16, and No. 9 Indiana dominated Houston Baptist 103-61 on Saturday.
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Rick Pitino graciously acknowledged the latest milestone in his Hall of Fame career with the hope his Louisville Cardinals grow from the tougher-than-expected win that required overcoming some deficiencies. Quentin Snider scored 15 points, V.J. King a…
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