Frampton wins slugfest
Carl Frampton defeated Mexico’s Leo Santa Cruz by a majority decision in New York on Saturday to claim the WBA featherweight crown and become the first boxer from Northern Ireland to win titles in two divisions. Frampton improved to 23-0 with 14 knockouts, overcoming a height and weight disadvantage in one of the few times in his career he has moved up to fight at 126 pounds. “It is a dream come true,” said Frampton, who was born in Belfast. “I had a dream of winning a world title and I won it. I won it with my heart, not with my head. I got my hand raised.” Frampton controlled the early rounds, landing a punishing left hook in the second that sent the champ backpedaling across the ring. He held on for the win as Santa Cruz gained steam in the middle rounds before they closed it out exchanging heavy blows as the final bell rang. One judge scored it 114-114, while the other two gave it to Frampton 117-111 and 116-112.
President expects boos
Brazilian interim President Michel Temer on Saturday said he is fine with the likelihood that he will be booed when he attends the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday. “I am totally ready. As [Brazilian writer] Nelson Rodrigues used to say: In Maracana [Stadium] even the moment of silence gets booed,” Temer told local media on a visit to Porto Alegre ahead of South America’s first Olympics, which he is to open at the soccer facility. Temer is to preside over the opening ceremony and declare the Games open amid the country’ contentious political situation. Suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has said she would boycott the ceremony.
Zlatan scores for United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Saturday needed only 195 seconds to score in his first game for Manchester United. The 34-year-old Swedish forward met Antonio Valencia’s cross with an acrobatic scissor-kick to score in the fourth minute against Turkish side Galatasaray in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ibrahimovic, who was substituted at halftime of the pre-season friendly, joined the 20-time English champions at the start of last month on a one-year deal with an option for an additional year. Wayne Rooney got two goals for United, while Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata also scored in the 5-2 win.
Liverpool defeat AC Milan
Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino scored as Liverpool beat AC Milan 2-0 in an International Champions Cup exhibition game on Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium in California. Origi opened the scoring in the 59th minute off an assist from Alberto Moreno. Firmino scored 14 minutes later on a sliding kick off a deflected pass from Sheyl Ojo.
Jaeger adds to records
Stephan Jaeger on Saturday broke yet another Web.com Tour record in the Ellie Mae Classic and shot a six-under 64 at TPC Stonebrae to increase his lead to seven strokes. Two days after opening with a 12-under 58 to break the Web.com mark and match the lowest score on a substantial tour, the 27-year-old German reached 23-under 187 to break the tour’s 54-hole record for strokes and fall one short of the mark for relation to par. “There’s one more. I guess I got to break the record for 72 holes,” Jaeger said. “It’s been a good week, it really has. I’m going to try to keep it going. The game plan doesn’t change.”
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but