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Caleb Plant faces Jose Uzcategui for the IBF middleweight boxing title.,Autumn Allison, Nashville Tennessean read more

Roach has been there, as trainer of record, for most of it until July 2017, when Pacquiao fought Jeff Horn in Australia.I kept telling Manny that it wouldnt work, Roach said recently during an interview at his Wild Card Boxing gym in Los Angeles, that the political thing was messing us up.,We were living its inspiration.Headquarters was Pacquiaos home in General Santos City, a place few people outside the Philippines had heard of before Pacquiao laced on boxing gloves, even with its population of nearly 600,000.,In a cemetery not far from Pacquiaos home, those journalists were memorialized with a special walkway and signage, paid for by Pacquiao.Manny Pacquiao, right, works out with trainer Freddie Roach at a boxing club in Los Angeles, Wednesday.Koncz managed much of the news-gathering group.,They were now my allies.He defeated Roy Chiongbian, whose family had controlled that Sarangani congressional seat for years.Manny Pacquiao poses for photos at a boxing club in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Among the celebrants the U.S. journalists figured it was OK to celebrate a Philippine election was Pacquiaos boxing promoter Bob Arum, who loves politics, loved being on hand for the election and was treated like royalty by the Filipinos.,It will be Pacquiaos 70th professional fight, and when it is suggested it wont be his last he nods and smiles.For the moment, the oil and water of boxing and politics continue to mix nicely.Pacquiao trained much of early January at Wild Card Boxing gym, where he always trains for fights in the U.S. Most of the wall space in the gym is occupied by pictures of Pacquiao.

Sportfitz, a Waterloo startup, showed off a device that can detect brain injuries at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.,The company was selected, along with 19 others, by the federal trade commission to represent Canada at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas this week.,The show is an international gathering of more than 4,000 companies and businesses who work in consumer technologies.,This year, Sportfitz is invited to be an exhibitor at the Canadian Pavilion — a first for the company.,It's the company's first venture into smart-home technology, and the device aims to curb stolen packages.

Entertainment mogul Ice Cubes Big3 basketball league is looking for a rebound.During a conference call with reporters Thursday, Big3s backers had planned to tout their incredible success and ambitious plans to expand the fledgling league into new markets.But Cube and his business partner, entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, also revealed some ongoing challenges facing the league, including the end of its two-year TV contract with Fox Sports.It is really time to move on, Cube said.Big3 has spent much of the last year locked in a bitter legal dispute with a Qatari investment firm and has struggled to recruit a deep-pocketed investor to help back the leagues hoped-for bid for the Fox sports channels.Cube and Kwatinetz previewed their plans for the leagues expansion: Big3 intends to grow to 12 teams from eight this year, and the league plans to widen its tour to 18 cities, up from 10.,Although its games which consist of former NBA basketball players competing three on three have brought in large crowds to sports arenas, TV rights deals are the lifeblood of professional sports leagues.Big3, Kwatinetz and others say, has been fielding interest from other sports broadcasters and the group hopes to have a new TV home by June, when the leagues third season tips off.Cube and Kwatinetz downplayed the termination of the Fox Sports TV contract.The company [Fox] is going to be a little different after Walt Disney Co. buys much of 21st Century Fox, Kwatinetz said.,Were both competing for a similar asset, potentially, Kwatinetz said.The league has been trying to scrape together as much as $15 billion to make a competitive bid for the Fox regional sports channels that Disney must sell after the Burbank entertainment giant completes its $71.3-billion purchase of much of Fox.,Kwatinetz said that tennis star Serena Williams, entertainer L.L. Cool J and former basketball star Julius Erving were interested in joining their bid for the regional sports networks.The U.S. Justice Department is forbidding Disney from acquiring the 22 regional sports networks as part of its proposed Fox purchase because Disney already owns sports juggernaut ESPN.,Several people close to the auction say the odds are great that the 22 networks will be split up because that would generate more money for Disney.Kwatinetz, during the conference call, seemed to acknowledge that their bid for some or all of the Fox local sports channels might collapse.Ice Cube and I dont need a big asset to prove that were cool, he said.

The games are only available to Spectrum cable TV subscribers.,If you live in the Los Angeles TV market, or other TV markets that Dodgers claim as home markets, such as Las Vegas, you can not get the games through the MLB.com TV package or through the MLB Extra Innings package.,When the channel first started, it was only available to Time Warner Cable subscribers in the Los Angeles area and to Bright House subscribers in Bakersfield.,Charter Communications, the other big cable TV player in the Los Angeles area, acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House and created the Spectrum brand in 2016.,By this time many teams were showing most or even all their games on TV in their local market, usually in a combination of a local TV station and a regional sports network.

Tucson attorney Ali Farhang recently phoned Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain, introduced himself and pitched a plan for the Raiders to play their 2019 home schedule at Arizona Stadium.,The man who created the Arizona Bowl and has become part-owner of the indoor football league’s Tucson Sugar Skulls, is not shy about an attempt to execute a grandiose Act III, putting the National Football League in Tucson — if only for a season.,+1 

Before settling in Las Vegas, the NFL’s Raiders would be smart to call Tucson home in 2019, Ali Farhang believes.,Or, perhaps, the Raiders could be creative, schedule a preseason game or two at Arizona Stadium, and play the ’19 regular-season schedule — eight home games — in a variety of Western cities.,In the hallway to his office is a subway sign that reads: read more

A cowboy hat is awarded to each of the winners at the Doc Buchanan Wrestling Invitational Tournament being held Friday and Saturday at Clovis High School.,Seven of the teams in the Orange County top 10 are sending wrestlers to The Doc B, including No. 2 Villa Park, No. 3 Esperanza, No. 4.,The top two teams in the state rankings, No. 1 Buchanan and No. 2 St. John Bosco, will be represented at The Doc B.

Cross sees The Doc B as the perfect tournament at the perfect time of the season.,Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: read more

Nor is it likely to end well for a lot of Lakers, some of whom could be New Orleans-bound in a trade for Anthony Davis … or cut for salary cap space, like the eight of them who are on one-year deals, to bring in more free agents like Klay Thompson … or unemployed like Coach Luke Walton if Magic Johnson holds him responsible for any shortfall.,I don’t see a second-round loss going over well with Johnson, not after he read Walton the riot act seven games into the season, then, in as close as he felt like coming to reassuring everyone publicly, said Luke would, “finish this season unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”,It’s still emerging with last week’s report by ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski that Magic has wanted a new coach since he took over, but has yet to convince Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Walton.,Despite his cachet, James hasn’t been a behind-the-scenes schemer … aside from all his player recruiting … although Riley, whom LeBron left high and dry, late revealed that LeBron hinted that he would like him to fire Coach Erik Spoelstra during LeBron’s first season in Miami without coming out and actually asking him to do it.,A recent report from ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has wanted a new coach since he took over in February of 2017, but has yet to convince team owner Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Luke Walton, left.

For this fight, I look at him versus [Arturo] Gatti every night before I sleep.In that 2005 bout, Mayweather trekked to Gattis home state of New Jersey for his first pay-per-view and dominated the forward fighter, forcing him to stop after six rounds.Davis sees parallels in how Mares will fight him.I know whats coming and still watch it so I can remind myself what Im in front of, Davis said.,Al Haymon called me offering me [World Boxing Council featherweight champion] Gary Russell or Josh Warrington there were so many options [at 126 pounds], and the money is the same as Im getting in this upper weight class, Mares said.But I chose this fight because I see flaws on the kid.,Because if people dont know by now, Abner Mares is always willing to fight any opposition, style, shape or form as long as it brings excitement.Mares is boosted by the brotherhood of his trainer Robert Garcias gym in Riverside, where Garcias younger brother, Mikey, is training to move up two weight classes in his March 16 pay-per-view against Errol Spence Jr. and veteran Josesito Lopez is training as a longshot against another unbeaten welterweight champion, Keith Thurman.We work hard and at the end of the day the results will be on our side in all three fights, Robert Garcia said.,[Davis] might have a little more strength, but the conditioning will speak for itself from the training.Live gatesLess than a week after discounted tickets went on sale, Los Angeles impressively showed up for Saturdays UFC show at the Forum, and the first half of 2019 reveals the Southlands more muscular standing as a location for fight cards of all levels.Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live will stage the Jan. 13 super-middleweight title fight between Jose Uzcategui and Caleb Plant and Leo Santa Cruzs Feb. 16 featherweight title defense against Mexicos Miguel Flores one week after Davis-Mares.,Bellator MMA has its heavyweight grand prix final Jan. 26 at the Forum, and Lomachenko is scheduled for a lightweight unification April 12 at Staples Center.This has proven to be a good market, and I expect more of the fights like this to come here, said Ellerbe, after Mikey Garcia fought at Staples along with Santa Cruz-Mares last year.Davis-Mares fight promoter Richard Schaefer, whos handling some of Haymons pay-per-views, said, Los Angeles is becoming the fight capital of the United States again because of the venues the war grounds, [in Carson] and Staples, the busiest arena in the world and so many great fighters are from here.

The road was paved to the Final Four, but Nevada’s run ended with a one-point loss to Cinderella story Loyola-Chicago, a bitter end to a banner year that saw Nevada win the Mountain West, earn 29 victories (tied for the most in program history) and reach the Sweet 16 for the second time ever.,Dan Avansino takes aim at Manogue Reno High’s Dan Avansino entered 2018 as the longest-tenured Northern Nevada football coach at the 4A level with the same school.,Nevada women reach MW Tournament final The Wolf Pack women’s basketball team had an up-and-down first season under head coach Amanda Levens, but it ended in historic fashion, with Nevada reaching the Mountain West Tournament title game for the first time in its history.,The Wolf Pack led Boise State for much of the game before a buzzer-beater sent the Broncos to a 62-60 win to deprive Nevada of its first NCAA Tournament berth.,When it was founded in 2008, the Bighorns were Northern Nevada’s first affiliated minor-league team in more than 15 years after the city lost the Reno Silver Sox in 1992.