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.”
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.
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.
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.
As they celebrated Naomi Osaka’s victory in the final of the US Open in New York City’s Flushing Meadows on Saturday, Tokyoites were eager to embrace their heroines’ stand against racial injustice. Osaka, who won her third Grand Slam title with a victory over Victoria Azarenka, has used her platform to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, wearing a mask bearing the name of a different African American before each of her seven matches in the championship. She had donned masks bearing the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and Philando Castile. On Saturday, she walked
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
THOROUGH THRASHING: Hualien City beat Taichung Blue Whale 2-1, ending their three-year winning streak with one round of matches left and eight points to spare Hualien City on Saturday clinched this year’s Taiwan Mulan Football League title with one game to spare, by beating Taichung Blue Whale 2-1 at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City. Hualien City have scored 38 points this season. Blue Whale are second on the scoreboard with 30 points, while Taipei Bravo are third with 23 points. One final round of matches is to be played on Saturday. It is the fourth league trophy for Hualien City, and ends Blue Whale’s three-year winning streak. Hualien had won the title from 2014 to 2016. Both teams defended well, leaving few chances in front
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7