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BASEBALL

Taiwan team take bronze

A Taiwanese team made up of 16-to-18-year-olds trounced the Philippines 10-0 yesterday in the bronze-medal match in the Asian AAA (under-18) Baseball Championship. A strong performance on the mound by Taiwanese starter Li Kang-sheng and reliever Li Yen-chang ushered the team to a victory in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Coach Wang Yi-min said his team, made up mainly of players from Taoyuan County, could have won the championship if they had performed well during extra time at the semi-finals on Wednesday. Wang said staying calm during the excitement of a match is what his team needed to improve on.

BOXING

Marquez trains for Pacquiao

Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez has started training and promoting his November fight with Manny Pacquiao in Manila. Fans snapped pictures of Marquez jogging in a downtown Manila park only hours after arriving from Los Angeles yesterday. His third matchup with Pacquiao in what has already been an epic series is set for Nov. 12 in Las Vegas. Marquez said he’s preparing mentally and working on his speed and power. The Mexican told reporters he’s friends with Pacquiao outside the ring and “inside the ring he’s a great fighter.” The two are scheduled to hold a joint news conference on Saturday.

BOXING

Geale retains IBF title

Australian Daniel Geale retained his IBF middleweight crown with a unanimous points decision over American Eromosele Albert over 12 rounds in Hobart, Australia, late on Wednesday. It was 30-year-old Geale’s first successful defense since winning the title from Sebastian Sylvester in a split points decision in Germany in May. The victory improved Geale’s record to 26 wins (15 KOs) with one defeat in 27 bouts, while Albert fell to 24 wins (12 KOs), five defeats and a draw. Geale said he would take some time off before deciding on his next title defense.

BOXING

De La Hoya hits bottom

Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya said in Los Angeles he has contemplated suicide and has been going to rehabilitation to treat drug and alcohol dependency. In an interview with Spanish-language network Univision that aired on Tuesday, De La Hoya said he has been sober for three months after hitting rock bottom over the past two years. “Rock bottom was recently,” De La Hoya said, according to an English-language transcript provided by the network. “Within a couple of years, just thinking if my life was even worth it. I don’t have the strength, I don’t have the courage to take my own life, but I was thinking about it.” De La Hoya says he has been sober for three months after undergoing treatment and joining Alcoholics Anonymous. He said he was unfaithful to his wife and that they temporarily separated. “We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful,” De La Hoya said. De La Hoya retired in 2009 after a 16-year career in which he won 10 world titles in six divisions and became boxing’s most popular fighter. De La Hoya was thoroughly beaten by Manny Pacquiao in his last fight. “There were drugs, my drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol. Cocaine was recent. The last two years, last two-and-a-half years, and I depended more on the alcohol than the cocaine,” De La Hoya said. “It took me to a place where I felt safe, it took me to a place where I felt as if nobody can say anything to me, it took me to a place where I just can reach out and grab my mom.”

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