Reveco defends title
Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco achieved a unanimous points decision over Japan’s Masayuki Kuroda to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight title on Wednesday. Two judges scored it 117-111, while the other judge counted it 116-112 in favor of the defending champion. It was Reveco’s third defense of the title since he defeated Jean Piero Perez of Venezuela by a knockout to become the interim champion in June 2011. The 29-year-old Reveco, who became the full champion after his second defense, improved his record to 30 wins, including 16 KOs, against one defeat. It was the first attempt at a world title for Kuroda, ranked ninth in the WBA, who saw his record reduced to 21 wins, including 13 KOs, against four defeats and two draws.
Singer strikes out
A singer struck out in a big way at Major League Baseball spring training, botching both the Canadian and US national anthems before an exhibition game. Jeff Fuller messed up the lyrics in O Canada and The Star-Spangled Banner before the Toronto Blue Jays hosted the Houston Astros on Wednesday. Fuller’s first attempt at the Canadian anthem went awry when he lost track of the words. With some fans booing and others cheering, the tenor started over again in the middle of the diamond, but forgot the words and stopped. Several Toronto players laughed, including third baseman Brett Lawrie, who is a Canadian citizen. Fuller then began The Star-Spangled Banner and mixed up the words. He kept going and finished.
Juniors’ coach goes to jail
A Vancouver junior hockey coach has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for tripping a player during a postgame handshake. Martin Tremblay swept out the leg of an opposing player while the teams were going through the typical hockey ritual of lining up to shake hands after the game. Two players, a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old, fell to the ice. The move was caught on video and worked its way around the Internet. The 48-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of assault in November last year. Richmond provincial court Judge Patrick Chen sentenced Tremblay to jail, saying he was not satisfied that time served in the community was enough to denounce or deter the man for his actions.
Hibbert, Lee suspended
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Golden State Warriors forward David Lee were suspended one game by the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Wednesday for an altercation that spilled into the stands. The NBA announced the bans in a statement one day after the pair got into a shoving match late in the fourth quarter, triggering a fight that involved several members of both teams. The NBA also said Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, have each been fined US$35,000 for escalating the altercation in Indiana.
Nagatomo hurts ligaments
Inter defender Yuto Nagatomo’s season could be over after the Serie A club confirmed the Japanese had damaged ligaments in his knee. Nagatomo limped off during their 1-1 draw with AC Milan on Sunday and underwent tests in midweek. Inter did not say for how long Nagatomo would be sidelined, although it is believed recovery from the injury would take between several weeks and several months.