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Staff writer, with agencies

BOXING

Cotto stops Rodriguez

Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto stopped Delvin Rodriguez in the third round on Saturday in his comeback fight in Orlando, Florida, after dropping his last two bouts last year. Cotto, a former three-division champion, improved to 38-4 with his 31st knockout in the junior middleweight bout, getting out to a quick start in his first fight since losing unanimous decisions to Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather Jr last year. “It feels good to win and be able to do it in front of a wonderful crowd,” Cotto said. “I thought I hit him with some good shots early and I was able to get the stop.” Cotto attacked Rodriguez from the sound of the bell, going after him with left hooks to the body. Near the end of the second round, Cotto landed a strong combination, finishing with a left hook to the head that staggered Rodriguez. Cotto finished him off with a flurry of head shots that put Rodriguez to the canvas and referee Frank Santore Jr stopped the bout 18 seconds into the third round.

BASKETBALL

Teen Ruggles beats pros

US teenager Josh Ruggles has bettered eight professional basketball players from the Spanish league in a three-point shooting contest in Vitoria. The 16-year-old Ruggles was a special guest invited by the Spanish league to the event on Saturday after a video of him making 135 three-pointers in five minutes went viral. Ruggles edged former NBA player Andres Nocioni 18-17 in the semi-final. He then beat Jaycee Carroll, the Spanish league’s top-scorer in 2010 and 2011, in the final by 14-12.

GOLF

Seve Trophy even

The Seve Trophy is heading for a nail-biting finish after Britain and Ireland won three of Saturday’s foursomes at St-Nom-la-Breteche to draw level at 9-9 with Continental Europe. Sam Torrance’s team trailed by 5.5 to 4.5 points overnight and Jose Maria Olazabal’s Europeans extended their advantage to 8-6 after the morning session. Dutchman Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy of France combined for a fourth win in the afternoon, but Britain and Ireland dominated the other match ups. England’s Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher of Scotland beat Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain 2 & 1, the same score Jamie Donaldson of Wales and Scot Marc Warren recorded over Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn and Mikko Ilonen of Finland. David Lynn then ensured the overall score would be all locked up ahead of yesterday’s final day, when his birdie three at the 18th gave he and fellow Englishman Paul Casey a one-hole success over Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Matteo Manassero of Italy.

FOOTBALL

Obama speaks on Redskins

US President Barack Obama, already embroiled in a battle over a government shutdown, jumped into another dispute on Saturday — the long-running fight over the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team. Obama said that if he owned the team, he would consider changing the name, which Native Americans and others have long pilloried as racist. “I’ve got to say if I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team, even if they’ve had a storied history, that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” Obama said. Native American groups have fought the name in court and through advertising campaigns. Today, the Oneida Indian Nation of New York plans to protest an NFL meeting in Washington. The group called Obama’s comments “historic” and said they added momentum to its campaign to urge a name change.

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