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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 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 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.”

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