Uchiyama knocks out Solis
Titleholder Takashi Uchiyama of Japan scored a technical knockout to beat Jorge Solis of Mexico and defend the WBA super featherweight crown on Saturday. The knockout time came 19 seconds into the 11th round when Uchiyama fired a left fist straight to the face to send Solis onto the floor. “I trained hard to use this punch, because I couldn’t use my right fist for 11 months due to an injury. I wanted to fight longer, but I was lucky to win by a knockout,” Uchiyama, 32, said, as he improved his unbeaten record to 18 wins, including 15 KOs. The 32-year-old Solis, who could not stand up after the knockout, has 40 wins, including 29 KOs, against four defeats.
Ivan Lendl to coach Murray
Andy Murray hired eight-time Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl as his new coach on Saturday in a bid to finally win a major title. The fourth-ranked Briton will begin working with the Czech-born Lendl as he prepares for the Australian Open, which starts on Jan. 16. “It was important to me that any new person joining my team was able to add fresh insight,” Murray said in a statement. “Ivan’s impact on the game is unquestionable and he brings experience and knowledge that few others have, particularly in major tournaments. I look forward to working with him going forward.” The 24-year-old Murray spent all of last season ranked in the top four, but still ended it without a first Grand Slam title.
Murray Barnes passes away
Football Federation Australia said Murray Barnes, a former captain of the Socceroos who played 51 times for Australia, died at the age of 57. Barnes was the 24th captain of Australia and scored nine goals in internationals. He was appointed captain for the team’s 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and led the team nine times in 1980 and 1981. He also won four domestic championships with Sydney City Hakoah — the only National Soccer League club he played for — in 1977 and in the early 1980s.
Padres trade for Quentin
Carlos Quentin, a two-time All-Star outfielder, was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the San Diego Padres on Saturday. Padres general manager Josh Byrnes traded Quentin while they were both with Arizona only to regret the move after the outfielder became a hit with the White Sox. This time, he sent developmental-level pitchers Pedro Hernandez and Simon Castro to Chicago to make Quentin the Padres’ starting leftfielder. “Having a chance to get him back became very appealing,” Byrnes said. Quentin belted 105 home runs in four seasons with the White Sox and provides power for the heart of the Padres batting lineup. The Padres were worst in the major leagues last season in batting against right-handed pitchers with a .229 average.
Jeptoo wins at San Silvestre
Kenya’s world championship marathon silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s San Silvestre race in Sao Paolo, Brazil, on Saturday in a record time of 48 minutes, 48 seconds. The 27-year-old — winner of the Paris and Turin Marathons during her career — beat home Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia, while another Kenyan Eunice Kirwa was third for the second successive year in the 15km race that saw 25,000 runners from 34 different countries compete. The men’s race was won by 24-year-old Ethiopian Tariku Bekele. The younger brother of athletics great Kenenisa timed 43 minutes, 35 seconds.