Golovkin stops Macklin
Undefeated Kazakhstani middleweight Gennady Golovkin stopped Irish challenger Matthew Macklin in the third round in Mashantucket, Connecticut, on Saturday night to successfully defend his WBA and IBO titles. Golovkin improved to 27-0 with his 24th knockout, using a left hand to the body to flatten Macklin (29-5) one minute, 22 seconds into the third. Golovkin dominated the first two rounds, landing several hard combinations. “It was an easy fight for me,” Golovkin said. “I felt great in the ring. He never hurt me. I was very happy with my performance.” Golovkin has made five successful title defenses and has not gone the distance in a fight since June 2008 against Amar Amari in an eight-round bout. Macklin has lost three of his last four fights.
Fruean to have heart op
New Zealand Super Rugby team the Crusaders say center Robbie Fruean must undergo heart surgery and will miss the remainder of the three-nation tournament. The 24-year-old Fruean needs a valve replacement to repair damage to his heart caused by rheumatic fever which he contracted four years ago. Team doctor Deb Robinson said Fruean’s cardiac function has been deteriorating over the past six months and a specialist had recommended surgery. Fruean underwent open-heart surgery in 2009 when he was diagnosed with pancarditis as a result of his earlier illness. Coach Todd Blackadder said Fruean was expected to make a full recovery and could return to Super Rugby next year.
Uruguay progress after win
Uruguay defeated Uzbekistan 4-0 at the Under-20 World Cup to secure a place in the knockout stage on Saturday. Gino Acevedo scored with a low 25m shot in the 38th minute, and Nicolas Lopez, Giorgian de Arrascaeta and Ruben Bentancourt added more goals in the second half. Uruguay finished Group F second to Croatia, and will take on Nigeria in the playoffs. Uzbekistan also advanced as one of the best third-placed teams and will meet Greece. Croatia, already qualified, beat New Zealand 2-1 while Iraq beat Chile by the same score to win Group E. Both teams were already through to the last 16. Iraq will face Paraguay, while Chile are up against Croatia. Egypt beat England 2-0 and finished third, but came up one goal short of advancing. Instead, Ghana went through to the first knockout round as the 16th and last team because of a better goal difference and will play Portugal.
Lorenzo hails best ride
Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo said his fifth placed finish in Saturday’s Dutch MotoGP the day after he underwent an operation on a broken collarbone was better than any of his numerous victories. The Spaniard — who was passed fit to ride only hours before the race — also saw his gamble pay off because he finished just one place behind championship leader Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa extended his lead by only two points to nine over Lorenzo in a race won by the latter’s Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi, ending a winless run of nearly three years for the Italian. Lorenzo, who underwent the operation early on Friday morning in Barcelona after breaking the collarbone in practice on Thursday, was delighted with the way things turned out. “This fifth position is better than any victory I have had in my career,” Lorenzo said. “It would have been impossible to believe some minutes after my crash that this could happen.”