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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BOXING

Garcia claims world title

Danny Garcia overcame a sluggish start to win a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday and claim the WBC world welterweight title vacated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. With Mayweather, who retired in September last year, sitting ringside, Garcia (32-0) took control from the middle rounds and was awarded the decision 116-112 by all three judges. Guerrero (33-4-1) controlled the early going, landing big shots and forcing Garcia to retreat, but things took a turn in the sixth round when Garcia responded with a series of strong right-hand shots. Garcia poured it on late in the fight, but Guerrero thought he had done enough. “Not one person out there thought Danny won but his team. I pressured him, I nailed him, busted his body up. I outjabbed him,” Guerrero said. “I want a rematch and that’s it.”

SOCCER

US women thrash Ireland

The US women’s soccer team’s road to Rio de Janeiro got off to a smooth start. Carli Lloyd scored three goals to help the US defeat the Republic of Ireland 5-0 in an international friendly on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. It was the US’ final match before next month’s Olympic qualifying tournament for the Games in Rio de Janeiro. Alex Morgan, playing in her 100th match with the national team, and Mallory Pugh, making her debut, also scored. Lloyd made it 3-0 with her last goal in the 28th minute when she sprinted free from the Ireland defenders and sent a shot past goalkeeper Emma Bryne. It was the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year’s 19th goal in her past 14 matches.

SOCCER

Mourinho touts credentials

Jose Mourinho has written a six-page letter to Manchester United outlining his credentials to succeed under-fire manager Louis van Gaal. The Independent on Sunday said 52-year-old Mourinho, out of work since parting ways with Chelsea last month, outlines in detail his blueprint to resuscitate the Old Trafford giants, who slumped to a 1-0 loss to Southampton on Saturday. The timing of Mourinho’s reported contact with United is interesting as frustrated Old Trafford fans booed their team off the pitch in the aftermath of their latest setback. The report said the Portuguese coach used the letter to pledge his commitment to adapting his style of management and how he would overhaul the squad. Mourinho has been linked with the United job before when Sir Alex Ferguson left to be replaced by David Moyes in 2013. As well as two spells at Chelsea, Mourinho has also coached Porto, Inter and Real Madrid.

SOCCER

Zambia advance to quarters

Veteran striker Chris Katongo earned Zambia a quarter-final berth at the African Nations Championship on Saturday by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win against Uganda in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Katongo powered in a header from close range just four minutes before halftime to earn the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions a second straight win. The victory means Zambia top Group D with a maximum six points, while Uganda, who have just one point, need to beat bottom side Zimbabwe in the final round of matches on Wednesday to have any hope of reaching the quarter-finals. Zimbabwe were eliminated from the competition following their 1-0 loss to Mali as the West Africans picked up their first victory courtesy of Moussa Sissoko’s late volley. Mali are second in the group on four points and next meet Zambia needing just a draw to advance.

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