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WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford need not wait for Manny Pacquiao's to name his opponent for his farewell fight which is set for April 9.

Op-Ed: Mark Schultz: 2015 belonged to Olympic gold medalist wrestler

2015 belonged to Olympic gold medalist wrestler Mark Schultz, whose life story was made into the feature film "Foxcatcher."

Op-Ed: Why Manny Pacquiao won't pick Amir Khan for his next fight

Amir Khan should not put too much hope in his camp's ongoing fight negotiations with Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum because his chances of getting Pacquiao in the ring with him are almost nil.

IAAF president Coe steps down from Nike role

IAAF president Sebastian Coe bowed to intense pressure and announced Thursday that he had stepped down from his paid role as an ambassador for Nike to focus more on cleaning up world track and field's beleaguered governing body.

Russia accepts ban from world athletics over doping

Russia has accepted its "full suspension" from world athletics over widespread doping without even requesting a hearing, the IAAF said Thursday.

Erislandy Lara dispatches Jan Zaveck by KO in 3rd round

Cuban boxer Erislandy Lara retained his WBA light middleweight title after beating Jan Zaveck by third round TKO Wednesday at the Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida.

Op-Ed: Mayweather's Pacquiao compliment could be part of rematch plan

Floyd Mayweather never praised Manny Pacquiao since they started negotiating for the 'Fight of the Century' about his talent and skill in boxing until he talked about the proposed Pacquiao-Crawford fight penciled for April 9.

Foreign security agencies helping Brazil's Olympic prep

Foreign security agencies including in the United States and France are working closely with Brazil ahead of next year's Rio Olympics, the Latin American country's lead security official for the games said Wednesday.

David Haye to face Mark De Mori in return fight on Jan. 16

After almost four years of inactivity, former heavyweight champion David Haye of Great Britain will return to the ring on January 16 against Mark de Mori of Australia at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London.

Tyson Fury sees Klitschko fight easiest in his career

Unbeaten British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury is confident of victory against heavyweight multiple titlist Wladimir Klitschko, saying their Saturday encounter in Dusseldorf, Germany will be one of the easiest fights of his career.

Alvarez takes No.9 spot in P4P rating after beating Cotto

Mexican boxing star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez took the No.9 spot in the Ring's rating of the Top 10 pound-for-pound list after his unanimous decision win against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pro rugby coming to Northern California; games to begin in April

A privately owned soccer field at the California state fairgrounds in Sacramento was chosen last week as the first of six venues for a new professional rugby league beginning play next year.

Platini facing life ban from football

FIFA's ethics watchdog wants Michel Platini banned for life over a suspect payment, the UEFA president's lawyer said on Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Why Mayweather would pick Pacquiao over Alvarez for return fight

If Floyd Mayweather finally decides to come out of retirement and do one last fight to break Rocky Marciano's career record of 49 wins without a single loss, who would he pick for his next foe?

Highlight of the Weekend: Game-winning TD pass in CFL playoffs

It was football Sunday in Canada, too, when the CFL semi-finals brought incredible drama to Ottawa. In this video, watch Ottawa QB Henry Burris throw a 94-yard game-winning pass to Greg Ellingson, advancing the RedBlacks to the Grey Cup.

NASCAR: Busch wins his first title as Gordon takes his final laps

With many of the eyes of NASCAR-nation locked on Jeff Gordon, as he raced off into the sunset, Kyle Busch seized the opportunity and became the 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion.

Nonito Donaire gears up for crucial battle against Cesar Juarez

Five-division world champion Nonito Donaire is making sure that he is physically prepared and mentally focused on his upcoming fight against Cesar Juarez on December 11 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Brandon Rios to continue fighting after brief retirement

Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios could be back in the ring as early as March or April next year after a brief retirement from the sport following his TKO loss to Timothy Bradley last July at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Real Madrid succumb to Barcelona's pressing in Clasico drubbing

Rafa Benitez has been heavily scrutinized over a defensive-minded Real Madrid in recent weeks, but his attempt to play an expansive game backfired against Barcelona.

Anthony Crolla snatches WBA lightweight title with single punch

British boxer Anthony Crolla needed only a single punch to the body of Darleys Perez of Colombia in the fifth round to score a knockout win Saturday at the Manchester Arena, Manchester, England.

Alvarez beats Cotto, wins WBC middleweight title

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has shown boxing fans that age does matter in boxing as he outlasted 35-year-old Miguel Cotto in their 12-round title fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday night to win the WBC middleweight title.

Guillermo Rigondeaux beats Drian Francisco in lopsided fight

Cuban boxing star Guillermo Rigondeaux doesn't care what boxing fans say about his boring fighting style as long as he gets a favorable decision from the judges. Moments ago he got a unanimous decision win against Drian Francisco amid boos from the crowd.

Diego de la Hoya outpoints Giovanni Delgado, remains unbeaten

Diego "Golden Kid" de la Hoya, a cousin of legendary boxer and owner of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya, scored a unanimous decision win against Giovanni Delgado Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

FIFA ethics committee requests sanctions for Blatter, Platini

The FIFA ethics committee probing allegations of corruption against suspended president Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor, Michel Platini, requested Saturday that sanctions be levelled against both men.

Op-Ed: Cotto-Roach relationship put to test in Alvarez fight on Saturday

The flourishing partnership and rock-solid relationship between Hall of Fame Trainer Freddie Roach and Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto will be put to the test when Cotto collides with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev.

Tactical Preview: Manchester City - Liverpool

Liverpool’s trip to the Etihad Stadium showcases the champions and runners up of the 2013/2014 campaign. Where City improved their core squad that triumphed two seasons ago, Jurgen Klopp is trying to move Liverpool past a difficult transitional period.

NBA Rumors: Kobe Bryant set to retire?

After playing just 41 games over the past two NBA seasons, injuries and father time have caught up with LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant. After a slow start to this season, will the former All Star retire before the year is finished?

MLB Rumors: Yoenis Cespedes to LA Angels?

The LA Angles are learning that Mike Trout and Albert Pujols can't carry the offensive load and win this team championships. That has led to several rumors of potential big name free agents making their way to Southern California for the 2016 MLB season.

MLB Trade Rumors: Trevor Bauer to Toronto Blue Jays?

The MLB free agent market started a couple weeks back, but movement has been slow as players and their agents look for the best deal possible. For teams like Cleveland and Toronto, making a trade now could land them the help they need for 2016.

Op-Ed: Vancouver Canucks on a losing streak, heading for high draft pick

If there are any Vancouver Canuck fans, any hockey fans anywhere, who are of the opinion the Canucks have any chance whatever of winning the Stanley Cup this year then state your case in the comments section below. Or forever hold your peace.

Premier League adopts Marseillaise in Paris tribute

'La Marseillaise' will drift out across Premier League stadiums this weekend as English football continues its show of solidarity with France over last week's devastating terror attacks in Paris.

Op-Ed: Why Canelo Alvarez favored to win over Miguel Cotto on Saturday

Hall of Fame Trainer Freddie Roach isn't going to settle for a win on points when his new-found talent Miguel Cotto collides with Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada

WADA suspends Russian anti-doping agency

Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), raising the possibility of Russian track stars being barred from the Olympics if the country does not fall back into line with accepted international rules.

Op-Ed: Why Rigondeaux could suffer first career loss against Francisco

Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux has won all his fights since turning pro in 2009 but on Saturday night in the undercard of the Cotto-Alvarez fight at the Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he could suffer his first career loss.

NBA Power Rankings: Golden State 12-0 after win over Raptors

What looked like an easy win after opening a 63-47 lead at the half, turned into an excellent NBA contest as Golden State held off a second half rally by the Toronto Raptors, escaping with a 115-110 victory and improving to 12-0 on the year.

Rugby legend Jonah Lomu dies at 40

The sport's first global superstar, an athlete of immense prowess who displayed an awe-inspiring combination of speed, strength and stamina on the field of play, passed away in Auckland on Wednesday following years of poor health.

Op-Ed: Guillermo Rigondeaux needs to keep audience awake on fight night

Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux needs to engage Filipino challenger Drian Francisco in a toe-to-toe situation when they collide Saturday night in the undercard of the Cotto-Alvarez fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Op-Ed: Pacquiao likely to face Crawford if Mayweather stays retired

Manny Pacquiao has until the end of the year to decide who will be his opponent for his farewell fight set for April 9, and most likely he will pick Terence Crawford provided Floyd Mayweather finally decides to stay retired.

NASCAR: Final four set for run at the title in Florida

The stage is set. After a long day, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr and Kevin Harvick will engage in a one-race, winner-take-all shootout to become the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.

Future of war against sport doping in spotlight at WADA meeting

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is expected to rule against Russia's anti-doping body at a key meeting in Colorado on Wednesday which will aim to map out future strategies for the global war on drugs.

NFL Rumors: Tim Tebow headed back to Philadelphia Eagles?

Sunday was tough to swallow for the Philadelphia Eagles as the team lost a heart-breaker to Miami 20-19, dropping the team to 4-5 on the year and putting a big hurt on its chances of making the NFL Playoffs.
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