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February

19
O’Shaquie Foster retains WBC junior lightweight title vs. Nova

O’Shaquie Foster retained his WBC junior lightweight title with a split-decision triumph over Abraham Nova on Friday at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden. One judge scored it 114-113 for Nova but was overruled by scores of 115-112 and 116-111 for Foster. The champion scored a 12th-round knockdown to seal the triumph, connecting with a counter left hand with less than 25 seconds left in the fight. “I’m a 12-round fighter and I know how to make adjustments through the fight,” said Foster, ESPN’s No. 2 boxer at 130 pounds. “He came on strong in the beginning, but I […]

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February

12
Leverkusen crush Bayern to go 5 points clear in Bundesliga

Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen outplayed champions Bayern Munich for a 3-0 triumph on Saturday that sent them five points clear at the top of the league and put them firmly in charge of the title race. Goals from Josip Stanisic, Alejandro Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong made sure of the three points as Leverkusen, who have never earn a Bundesliga title, and stretched their undefeated run to 31 matches across all competitions this season. Bayern, chasing a 12th consecutive league crown, were nowhere to be seen and managed only a single shot on target over the 90 minutes. Xabi Alonso’s team, who also twice hit the woodwork, are now on 55 […]

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February

12
Teofimo Lopez tops Jamaine Ortiz, retains title despite boos

Teofimo Lopez strutted his way to the ring Thursday night accompanied by a sword eater and other circus acts as he channeled Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman” complete with top hat and ringmaster robe. He was anything but in an uneventful junior welterweight title defense versus Jamaine Ortiz, a unanimous-decision victory for Lopez that elicited constant boos from the Mandalay Bay crowd. Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) prevailed via scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113. And while he kept his WBO title at 140 pounds, he failed to put on a show and was frustrated once again by a slick southpaw […]

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February

06
Joshua Buatsi wins WBA title eliminator, sets sights on Bivol

Joshua Buatsi took a big step toward a world light heavyweight title shot with a unanimous-decision victory over English rival Dan Azeez on Saturday at Wembley’s OVO Arena in London. Buatsi earned scores of 116-110, 117-109 and 117-109 in an eliminator for the WBA world light heavyweight title, held by Dmitry Bivol. Buatsi, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, also claimed the British and Commonwealth titles from Azeez after showing greater accuracy and ambition. Azeez was knocked down twice in the 11th round, but he argued both were slips. Regardless, Buatsi was a worthy winner after resisting a spirited finish from […]

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February

05
Diana Shnaider beats Zhu Lin in Thailand Open for 1st WTA title

Rising Russian star Diana Shnaider bounced back from a turbulent second set to upend defending champion Zhu Lin of China 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 for her first title at the WTA Thailand Open on Sunday. The No. 108-ranked NC State student displayed a fierce and solid baseline game to unsettle her No. 45-ranked adversary, prevailing in a competitive contest lasting 1 hour, 59 minutes amid challenging, humid conditions at the beach resort. Facing a brief setback as Zhu fought back from 1-4 to 3-4, Shnaider regained control by unleashing deep flat strokes, managing to break back to lead 5-3 before comfortably securing the first set. […]

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January

19
Aryna Sabalenka gets rare 6-0, 6-0 win, advances at Australian Open

Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka reached the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday with a 6-0, 6-0 demolition of Lesia Tsurenko. The second-seeded Belarusian, who earned her first Grand Slam title here 12 months ago, needed just 52 minutes for victory at the Rod Laver Arena. She has dropped just six games in three rounds so far. “Last year, Iga [Swiatek] won so many sets 6-0, and this is one of the goals, to try to get closer to her,” Sabalenka joked. “I’m just super happy with the level I’m playing so far. Hopefully I can just keep going like that or […]

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December

19
Jai Opetaia vacates IBF cruiserweight title, will fight Ellis Zorro next

Jai Opetaia announced on social media that he has vacated his IBF cruiserweight title after the organization ruled he must next face mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis in a rematch. Instead, Opetaia (23-0, 18 KOs) will proceed with a fight vs. Ellis Zorro on Saturday’s stacked card in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, headlined by Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder in separate fights. “I fought through absolute agony to win that belt and it saddens me to relinquish it,” Australia’s Opetaia said. “But the fact is, Briedis isn’t ready to fight on Dec. 23 and I need to stay active. I simply can’t turn down […]

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December

12
Devin Haney shuts out Regis Prograis, now 2-division champion

Devin Haney delivered a virtuoso performance to become a two-division champion in his first fight at 140 pounds, scoring a shutout decision over Regis Prograis on Saturday evening at Chase Center. All three judges scored the fight 120-107 for Haney, who captured Prograis’ WBC junior welterweight title. Haney also was the undisputed lightweight champion before vacating all four of his belts in late November. Haney (31-0, 15 KOs) earned every round Saturday night on the strength of precision punching, an excellent jab and ring generalship beyond his 25 years. He scored a knockdown in Round 3 with a sharp right hand and busted […]

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November

02
Rangers take out D-backs for franchise’s 1st World Series title

The Texas Rangers spent seven months of this season terrorizing adversaries with a menacing offense that feasted on home runs and hardly ever let up. The first night of November showcased the other aspects that make them dominant — gritty starting pitching, sound defense and a lineup versatile enough to manufacture runs when needed. It sealed them a title. The Rangers defeated the upstart, underdog Arizona Diamondbacks in front of a soldout Chase Field crowd, 5-0, in Game 5 of the World Series on Wednesday, clinching the first championship in the 63-year history of their franchise.  Nathan Eovaldi continually weaved out of trouble, somehow matching […]

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October

30
Tyson Fury survives knockdown, edges Francis Ngannou on points

In a shocking turn of events, Tyson Fury was forced to survive a third-round knockdown to eke past Francis Ngannou via split decision Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. One judge scored it 95-94 for Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, but was overruled by tallies of 96-93 and 95-94 for Fury. Fury’s WBC heavyweight title wasn’t on the line in the 10-round boxing match. Ngannou was making his pro boxing debut in his first fight since January 2022. England’s Fury was installed as a -1400 favorite to attain the match. He moves on to an undisputed heavyweight championship fight versus Oleksandr Usyk despite arguably his […]

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