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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BOXING

Pacquiao unsure on next foe

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has delayed the planned announcement of his next opponent in what could be the final fight of his legendary career. Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, last week said that Pacquiao would reveal his next foe during cable network truTV’s coverage of a fight card in Puerto Rico featuring Filipino star Nonito Donaire. However, Arum spokesman Fred Sternburg told ESPN that Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight classes, is not yet ready to make a decision regarding who he will fight next in a card set for April 9 in Las Vegas. Pacquiao, 57-6 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, turns 37 next Thursday and plans to run for a senate seat in the Philippines and retire from the ring to devote himself to work as a lawmaker. He is already a congressman in his homeland.

BASKETBALL

John Williams dies at 53

John “Hot Rod” Williams, a standout top reserve for the Cleveland Cavaliers during a 13-season NBA career, has died of cancer, the league confirmed on Friday. He was 53. Williams, a power forward who played with the Cavaliers from 1986 to 1995 and later suited up for Phoenix and Dallas, averaged 11 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 blocked shots. Williams, who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in June last year, was arrested in 1985 on accusations of point shaving in games during his college career at Tulane University. After a mistrial, a second sports bribery and conspiracy trial saw him declared innocent on all charges. In 1990, Williams signed a seven-year deal worth US$26.5 million with Miami to become what was then the top-paid player in NBA history. The Cavaliers matched the epic offer and Williams stayed, but Cleveland’s title dreams were constantly thwarted.

GOLF

Hoffman, Berger share lead

Charley Hoffman and Daniel Berger had a one-stroke lead after Friday’s second round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Hoffman-Berger had birdies on the last three holes to finish eight-under-par for the day and 20-under-par 124 for the tournament. They led Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner and opening-day leaders Matt Kuchar and Harris English by a stroke. Hoffman-Berger birdied Nos. 2-4, 12-13 and 16-18 to go ahead. “Obviously, we all want to win,” Berger said. “But we just go in there with some low expectations and just keep doing what we’ve been doing.” Five teams are within five shots of the leaders after the modified alternate-shot format.

GYMNASTICS

Peter Vidmar resigns

Double Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar resigned as chairman of USA Gymnastics’ board of directors on Friday, the organization announced. Vidmar, 54, a Mormon, leaves to undertake a three-year overseas missionary posting. “I love gymnastics, and it has shaped my life for the better,” Vidmar said in a statement. He has been replaced as chairman by Paul Parilla, who has been vice-chairman since 2009. Vidmar leaves US gymnastics in top shape heading to next year’s Rio Olympics. US gymnasts topped the medal table at the recent world championships, winning five gold medals and 10 medals overall. Vidmar won a gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when he tied for first place in the pommel horse event. He also won gold as part of the winning US team in the combined, and took silver in the all-around.

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